Walkies – Training walks with Taz my dog

Time seems to be flying by so quickly at the moment. As the nights are drawing in and winter is approaching I’ve been trying to make the most of the last of our warmer days and getting out for some training walks with my dog Taz. It’s not long until our Hadrian’s Wall walk in May 2017 and my lovely little pooch Taz is thoroughly enjoying me taking her out for all these lovely long walks.

Three years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was told that if I lost weight I could reverse the symptoms. I chose not to go it alone and joined Slimming World. When I was losing weight I did loads of exercise and Taz even used to come running with me. I lost over 9 stone with Slimming World, reversed my diabetes, and have now maintained my weight for over 2 years. Taz loved going for a run and was a great companion meaning that I could be more adventurous in where I was going. We even did a 5k Race for Life together with my local Slimming World Group. Since being diagnosed with Osteoarthritis I had to stop running and have slowly built up my walking again. Getting out for walks with Taz has been a great way to keep the weight off and she loves exploring around my local area.

Having her keeping me company on my training walks means that I can go further and further and my knees are slowly getting stronger. When it is warmer I try to get out early so she doesn’t overheat in the mid-day sun. I must admit she is a bit of a princess and she hates the rain and cold so I’m going to be investing in a coat for her for the winter.

Every night I have to do leg stretches and strengthening exercises for my knees and Taz see’s this as a great time to play. Every evening she brings her balls to me thinking that because Mummy is sitting on the floor it is play time.

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Taz won’t be coming with my to Hadrian’s Wall but she is loving every second of my training.

If you would like to support us on our charity walk for Cancer Research UK in honor of my Mum Rosemary who passed away from Ovarian Cancer in March this year please donate via our Just Giving Page. My Mum loved Taz and we quite often went for little strolls when my Mum visited. Taz always snuggled down on Nanna’s lap at the end of the night when she stayed over so every second I spend training with Taz is her little way of helping me honor my Mum.

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Scientists link obesity to THIRTEEN types of disease including the ovaries, stomach and liver

Cancer-cellsYesterday I read an article in the Mail about how Obesity is linked to 13 types of cancer. Having been overweight for most of my adult life this article scared me. I also wanted to know more, as I know a lot of Newspapers glorify stories to scare-monger and attract readers with sensationalist stories, particularly about obesity and its effects on people. I was also advised by the Genetic Counsellor I saw at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge that I had done all I could in losing weight and that it had given me better chances, in fact according to Cancer Resarch 11% lower risk of cancer overall.

Having lost my Mum recently to Ovarian Cancer I have been consulting with Addenbrookes to get her DNA tested to see if she had the BRCA1 Gene Mutation. I will then decide how I want to progress once I have Mum’s results. I have lost over 11 stone, 9 stone of this on the Slimming World healthy eating plan. Mum was so proud of me and came with me when I was invited by Slimming World to feature in their magazine and take part in a photo shoot in London. It was one of the proudest moments of my life and I was so glad to share this with my Mum. When she was in hospital she kept telling every nurse she met about my transformation and it is one thing that keeps me on track. Since Mum has passed I have been struggling to maintain my weight. Throwing myself in to a social life has been one of the things that is keeping me going and this isn’t friendly to my waistline. I have gained half a stone and am out of my ‘target’ bubble. I know that I will get back to target as I have to keep making Mum proud and keep myself the healthiest I can be. I am finding a balance between healthy living and mindfulness and with the wonderful support of Jane Aldous and her amazing Slimming World group I will get back to target.

As for my worries about my Obesity causing cancer… from the conversation I had with the genetic consultant apparently it used to be 1 in 3 people who got cancer, now as we live longer and are exposed to so many more chemicals it is more like 1 in 2. So the chances are that at some point I will  get some form of cancer or perhaps it will miss me. I will not live in fear of cancer but I will give myself the best chances possible. I fully intend to live my life to the full, enjoy myself and the freedom that I have and take care of myself and my body at the same time.

Cancer is a vile disease that is robbing so many of their family members and loved ones. Myself, my Father, my Aunt and my Friend are walking Hadrian’s Wall next year and aim to raise £4k to support Cancer Research so we can help them fight this illness. If you can take the time to sponsor us or share our blog it would be greatly appreciated as we have set ourselves a huge target.

If you want to read the Mail article here it is: Mail Online – Obesity Cancer Link Article

If you want to read more about how being overweight can cause cancer visit the link here to the Cancer Research site Cancer Research How Being Overweight Causes Cancer

If you want to read more about my Slimming World Story visit here Slimming World Story

Can losing weight lower your risk, Cancer Research UK explains more here Cancer Research UK – losing weight lowering your risk

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