21 Feb Inspirational Health and Wellbeing Stories
Losing weight, getting active and looking after your health can be a challenge. Sometimes all you need is someone to help you through with love, encouragement or support.
Valentine’s Day may have been a week ago, but love is still in the air in this week’s blog, as our Achieve staff say thank you to the people who have supported them with their health and wellbeing.
In 2014 I was feeling pretty down. I was struggling with several things in my personal life and felt like nothing was really going to plan. I felt like I had a real lack of direction and inspiration for anything.
A friend suggested that I try joining a local road cycling club as a way to exercise and meet new friends. I went for my first Saturday session and finished completely exhausted but exhilarated! I made lots of great new friends who were encouraging and supportive.
Soon I was meeting others for mid-week rides and plucked up the courage to enter my first very hilly 60 miles. Cycling in the group, I made it round. This really changed the way I felt about myself and what I could achieve if I put my mind to it.
By July I was participating in Ride London 100 miles, so a big step up. It was an amazing event and I couldn’t have done it without a great support network of like-minded individuals. Find a group of people to get active with as you will feel so supported and soon you will be the one encouraging others to challenge themselves!
At 13 weeks I suffered a miscarriage of my 2nd pregnancy. My first pregnancy was so easy and I was blessed with a happy healthy little boy. This loss came as a real shock, it also made me think long and hard about my own health and what I wanted, to be able to role model to my son and any further children I might have.
Because I desperately wanted another baby, I knew this had to be the start of a healthier me.
Following the birth of my first son, I was carrying a few extra stone and this awful loss helped me find the drive to make some changes. I started eating right, doing a little more exercise and putting myself first.
The love I had for the child I never got to meet has helped me to be the mum, wife and person I am today!!!
A few years ago I found myself faced with an unexpected diagnosis of a chronic health condition. To my surprise this threw me into a bit of emotional turmoil.
Luckily a good friend of mine was there for endless talks, support and encouragement. Her caring and loving presence really helped me move from my position of feeling “stuck” and frustrated with what I was facing to a point where I could see things I had control over and take active steps to improving my life and health.
She encouraged me to talk to friends. I took a course in mindfulness, which has proven invaluable for tuning into my body’s daily needs. I have also learned to say “no” to things without feeling guilty. Last but not least I have changed my diet to ensure that I fuel my body with nourishing foods that support my general wellbeing.
While things aren’t perfect I do enjoy my life and am grateful for each day, counting my blessings as I go along.
I used to be the kind of person who would get out of breath even running for the bus. Most forms of exercise were beyond my capability. I was unfit and I felt like my body was out of my control.
Then about a year ago my cousin told me that she had started running – at first to win a bet with a friend and then for pleasure. She encouraged me to give it a try and I thought, well if she can do it!
Week by week, little by little, my fitness gradually improved. She was always there to offer me encouragement, consolation and understanding. When I had a bad week she had already been through it and encouraged me to push past it. When I reached my first 5k she was the first person to cheer for me.
Eventually we ran a 10k together, and she stayed by my side the whole way. Even when I was grumpy and running out of steam she reassured me that I definitely could do this … And we crossed the finishing line together!