28 Days in...
Saturday 29th Jul
I hit my 200km goal today, but with 3 days remaining, it doesn't mean its over! Now, it's just a matter of seeing how far I can go. Probably not much more haha.
I thought I'd talk about the personal effects of this challenge.
Other than raising money for an amazing cause, I did have some personal goals. The main one being to lose a little weight.
I have battled my weight for years and it has been something that has fluctuated depending on my mental health. It's made me a target since high school (though I wasn't remotely overweight then). For a long time, I had an unhealthy relationship with food. Sometimes, I still do. I even had a passenger at work bark at me, 'You need to lose weight!'. That was 11 years ago and it's never left me. Have I lost weight in this challenge? I'm not sure, I haven't weighed myself. My work pants don't fit properly, so maybe I have firmed up a bit, but I found other changes more significant.
I have found myself much happier, calmer and energetic - more positive across the board. I was buoyed by the donations and messages initially and that got me out the door. Eventually, I felt like I'd be missing out if I DIDN'T get out for a walk! I've been listening to my body a lot more too, rather than fighting against it. If the want for a walk struck me, I went. Morning, noon or night. The distance didn't matter, the action did.
As 'Ks for RUOK?' draws to a close, I have locked in the next challenge. A doozie of a walk in October, shared with a very special group of people for a very special cause! Stay tuned for that one ;)
I'll pull up stumps on this one now, but I want to send massive 'Thank you's' to:
Emma, Zofia and Seamus: For all of the support, motivation, laughs, love and hugs. You made this challenge so much easier for me by supporting me and helping me find the time to complete the 200kms. My favourite people - Love you.
Tricia: My walking buddy and true crime cohort. Thank you for keeping me entertained and flippantly agreeing to do big walks. October will be a blast! Better find a bakery at the half way mark ;)
To all the people that donated: I am all too aware that the cost of living right now means every cent matters. That you supported me and donated to R.U.O.K? means so much more than you could imagine. You all get a hug from me when I see you next.
To everyone that supported me and the team: Thank you. The messages, conversations, questions, interest and support have been so humbling.
If you ever need support, please reach out. Always on your side.
BIG LOVE AND HUGS TO YOU ALL :)