Some of you might be secretly thinking to yourself, ‘what a great idea’, whilst others’ train of thought will be more along the lines of ‘what a nutter’! But I imagine most of you will be wondering what made me decide to take on this challenge.
Well, it’s a New Year and I am feeling motivated. There were lots of resolutions that I had in store for 2014 already and this idea was one step on from that. It’s been a pretty hectic few years, with a lot of changes. Having our little boy (who will be 3 in February), moving up north, leaving work and putting on a ton of weight to name but a few! It has been a great time adjusting to the changes in life and having Jack is the best thing I have ever done – he really is my little inspiration. But, I’m sure as all new mummies out there know that having a child results in a lot of time constraints and pressures – leading to a shift in priorities and to a certain extent a loss of your own identity.
Now that Jack is becoming more independent, the last 6 months has been a time for me to start refocusing some of my energies on ‘me’. A happy mummy = a happy everyone else after all!!! 🙂 I have started getting back into running, something I dabbled with in the past, and have acquired a whole new passion. 2013 has been a year of firsts in many ways – running my first race, my first half marathon and my first obstacle course among others. Leading into 2014 I have loads more running ‘firsts’ and running goals I want to achieve. But my biggie is I want to lose all that weight I put on (a massive 5 1/2 stone) by the end of the year.
Venturing out into the online running communities out there, I stumbled upon a great challenge that another runner had set themselves – complete 101 challenges in 1001 days! Something about it struck a chord – a chance to explore some of my other ambitions in life before the biological clock strikes ‘you’re past it!’, with a longer period of time to get my teeth properly stuck into some of the bigger challenges. So that very night, I sat down with the laptop and the list began to take form. It’s a bit of mixture – some of the challenges are big ambitions, and some may seem like silly little things – but they all reflect areas of my life that I feel would benefit from the challenge! I am hoping to have some successes along the way, though I am sure there will be some roller coaster moments. But most of all I am looking forward to getting back in touch with ‘me’ as a person and re-establishing my own identity after some big life changes.
This blog is my way of sharing my new adventures with the world. At the very least I hope you enjoy reading it …. and if it inspires something new in some of you then all the better. I would also love to hear from you with any thoughts, goals and challenges you have, or are hoping to achieve. By sharing, we can create an inspirational force to change our lives for the better!
Keep challenging yourself and have fun!
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