I DID IT!!!

Well the big day arrived on Saturday 27th April.
My swim was scheduled for 2.30pm and I had to be there at 2pm for registration.
Typically, I arrived at 1.45pm and was registered and on the poolside for 2.10pm and had to hang around for 20 minutes, chatting to other swimmers and realising I wasn’t the only one a little nervous!
We were assigned a lane, and each swimmer received a different colour hat so the marshals could easily tick off the laps as we went – I was angling for the flourescent pink one, but was allocated the white one .
Then we were told, we’d be called by name to start in 10 second intervals – and lo and behold I was first out in my lane. And that’s it we were off.
After that it was a case of doing a Dory – “Just keep swimming” (and if you don’t know who Dory is – shame on you! Watch ‘Finding Nemo’ immediately!).
The marshals called out distances every 10 lengths or so. After 40 lengths I checked my watch – thinking ‘1km done – woohoo!’ and ’40 minutes for a kilometre? That’s slow!’.
It was only when at length 74, the marshal shouted ‘2 to go Sarah!’, I paused and asked what distance they thought I was doing – they had me down for the 2.5km swim, not the 5k, and the pool was a 33 metre pool not a 25 metre pool!
After double checking, the marshal confimed that I was half way and had another 74 lengths to go for the 5K.
The lap count from 76 to 100 was the slowest 24 lengths on earth, it felt like they were never going to end.
Then all of a sudden I only had 38 left to do – then 10.
The last 10 were awful. Every stroke felt like my shoulders were going to come unstuck and the pain in my upper arms was agony…..BUT……I DID IT!!
In 2hrs 15mins and 19secs!
My overall rankings are below – I’m not sure how many took part, but I’m pretty pleased with my first ever challenge results:

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And just to prove I completed it – here’s a before and after shot to amuse you all:

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So far, my fundraising total is £317 so after all the saga above, the main point of this blog is to say a massive

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SPONSORED AND ENCOURAGED ME!

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The Big Day Approaches…

Wow! that happended fast!
I signed up for Swimathon on a whim back on February thinking “I’ve got AGES to train up to 5k!”
My swim is on Saturday 27th April. THIS WEEK! AAARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH!
I have done the full distance – 200 lengths of my local pool took me 2hrs 10 minutes, which is faster than I thought and has given me confidence that I can reach the end on the day.

Since then, I’ve done a 3k swim that felt SO easy, and this morning a 1K swim that felt like I was swimming through treacle.

And that’s it.
Training done!
The big day is Saturday!
Can you sense my nervousness?
I may be nervous, but I’m also looking forward to the challenge and, as a water baby, just getting into the water and swimming.

I want to say a MAHOOSIVE thank you to all of you who’ve sponsored me so far – I’m currently at £185 of sponsorship which blows me away – I’d’ve been proud to get £50.

All of your sponsorship money is going to support Marie Curie Cancer Care and the fabulous support they provide for people with cancer.

There’s still time to donate, or just wich me luck, by clicking on the link below:

Sarah’s sponsorship page

Thank you again & wish me luck!

Unstuck!

Well my epiphany and soul searching last week certainly had an impact!

I planned all my meals,/including making some 0point vegetable soup.

I tracked all my food honestly, including the “little bites” that mount up to “big bites”!

I also had the opportunity to see if i had the fitness and strength to swim 5K as my sponsored swim for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

My swim is taking place on Saturday 27th April, and although I had swum up to 3k, I was yet to attempt the full distance, and at the back of my mind there was a nagging doubt about whether i could make it or not!

I needn’t have worried, I managed the whole distance (200 lengths) in 2 hours and 10 minutes – and although there were moments it felt like I was swimming through treacle – it felt GOOD!

So this week, with all my ‘good behaviour’ I’ve lost 2lbs, and feel fantastic!

I’ve had some lovely comments about how I look recently, so although my weightloss had stalled, the activity and exercise have been having an effect on my figure and appearance.

I will be carrying on with my swimming once the sponsored swim has finished as I’ve rediscovered my passion for it. It’s also made easier by the opening of a new council pool in my area. Incidentally, I popped into tehe new pool today and walked in on the official opening ceremony – hosted by the mayor and Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington!

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Talk about an inspiration to continue the good work!!!

Now the cheeky part – if you feel you can spare a couple of pounds towards my sponsorship, I’d be really grateful – the link is HERE

So until next week, by which time I’ll have attended a family wedding and been on three day catered course – nice easy week for me!!!

Stuck

I have been stuck.

I know what I need to do to get healthy, but just haven’t been able to motivate myself to actually do it.

Since Christmas I have been yo-yoing and maintaining which is not what I want.

Last night I stopped a looked at my graduation picture. It was a great day and I felt so proud posing in my cap & gown. But underneath I was uncomfortable, self-conscious and fat. I hadn’t been able to wear what I wanted as it didn’t fit, and under the gown I felt horrible.

I don’t want to go back to that.

Ever.

I like the changes I see in myself. I am beginning to like how I look. I am beginning to be able to wear clothes that make me feel good.

So. I’m drawing a line. No more excuses.

This is my life and my body and its my choice how I treat them. I am choosing to make a change and be healthy.

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