From 3rd May 2017 for forty days I am going to be doing at least 10,000 steps a day for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), which means in total I will be doing 400,000 steps.
I’m going to be using my sports watch to make sure I’m recording my steps accurately, no cheating here. Not only will it hopefully raise some money for a cause so close to my heart – the research into finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, but also I am sure there will be a lot of health benefits for me too.
Usually on an average day working from home and driving everywhere, I am lucky if I walk 4000 steps, let alone 10,000 every single day. It will definitely be a challenge, but one that I am determined to do.
My eldest was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes almost 8 years ago now. Eight years is a very long time to be having at least 4 injections a day and at least 8 finger prick blood tests. Not to mention a lot of the other ‘fun’ side effects and health concerns of Type 1 Diabetes.
My son is one of 400, 000 people in the UK currently living with Type 1 Diabetes, this is the reason for doing 400,000 steps to represent each and every one of them. Not one of the 400,000 people were responsible for giving themselves Type 1 Diabetes. As an autoimmune condition it wasn’t something that they could have avoided and despite the stigma around Diabetes of any type, they didn’t become Type 1 through an unhealthy lifestyle.
Type 1 Diabetes isn’t an easy condition to live with, yes it’s controllable (ish, believe me sometimes it’s impossible) but it does affect people in so many ways. So many children have lost that bit of being carefree during childhood, which so many take for granted and I want to do my bit to hopefully stop this happening to more children and help those who already live with Type 1.
During the forty days I’ll be posting updates with photographs of the places I walk and how it’s all going. So there will be even more photos of Cornwall here very soon and photographs of wellies I suspect, as there is no way that there will be 40 dry days!
If you want to join in with the JDRF 400,000 steps challenge, then pop to the JDRF website for more information and to sign up! If you wanted to be absolutely lovely and sponsor me, then visit my JDRF sponsorship page and do so. If everyone was to sponsor me even 50 pence each I would be so grateful, every penny counts and I’m hoping to reach my target of at least £500.
Though my Forty before 40 list does say that I want to raise over £1000 for JDRF before I hit 40, so crossed fingers this will be a big chunk of that.
Thank you to anyone who does sponsor me!