Last year I was first introduced to Mind by an amazing rep I met last year called Gary. He really put across the importance of what the charity does in our local area, and how I could actually make a difference to someone’s life and mental wellbeing.
Their organization provides a range of services to support individuals in Norfolk and Waveney who are experiencing mental health problems, as well as their families and carers.
In December last year I decided to sign myself up for the 3k per day challenge to fundraise for Mind Norfolk and Waveney. This involved committing to running, swimming or walking 3 kilometres every day in January. Doing this challenge was a great way to improve physical health and mental wellbeing, while also supporting the important work that they do. I believe that absolutely no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. These guys are here for anyone when times get tough, and that helping hand is priceless.
This was not something that I just chose to do off the cuff, it took me 3 years to get to the point where I was finally in the position to say ‘okay I can actually do this’. I started my weight loss journey back in March 2020 and have now reached my weight loss goal of 7 stone 3 years later. This was done through running, intense training, extreme dieting and calorie counting. It was only recently that I built up enough fitness to do something I would have never dreamed of, a charity running challenge.
Not only has my exercise journey helped my mental health massively, things like better sleep, more energy, better self-esteem, managing stress and anxiety have all come from getting active this January.
Here’s the stats from my month
- I’ve run a total of 86.33km
- I’ve walked a total of 10.06km
- I’ve swum a total of 1.90km
- My fastest time was 15.23mins