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Happy Friday everyone! This weekend I have a wonderful guest writer on my blog; Rebecca Lee. She is going to share her incredible experience at Pretty Mudder and the reasons as to why she has now adopted fitness as part of her lifestyle. Rebecca believes that fitness should be fun, it should create memories and it is the perfect opportunity to raise money for charity! Rebecca helped raise money for Cancer Research on the day and this charity, in particular, is very close to my heart.

Cancer is a huge ball of fire and it can break families. It can cause destruction and it can ruin peoples lives forever. Cancer has made a huge impact within my family and it has brought my family together and made us stronger. However, the process of overcoming these challenges scars families forever. I always focus on the positive and truly believe there is a positive in EVERY situation. Sometimes we may have to look a little harder. Whatever breaks us, will repair us and make us even stronger. Challenges come our way to change our direction, change our mindset and make us stronger from within. Without strength, would everything be worth it? Remember, pain won’t last forever. Weaknesses aren’t weaknesses, they are a next stage of progression. Always have faith. Sometimes, things come to an end. But they don’t ‘end’ they are the beginning of something new. Although, at the time you can’t see this or understand this, eventually light will appear at the end of the dark tunnel. I promise.

I admire Rebecca for doing this challenge and for getting her friends involved, this is definitely something to brag about and share! She is another incredible human being, doing her bit for charity and making a memory. She has definitely inspired me to do this too. I think you are awesome Rebecca, keep up the amazing work. It is so positive and it definitely makes an impact.

One extra person creating change, most certainly, creates an impact and can potentially saves someones life.

Let’s meet Rebecca and see what she has been up to!

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Whilst you’re reading this, please bear in mind that I am not the typical fitness fan – far from it! I do not enjoy exercise or going to the gym, so much so, I would actually define it as a daunting prospect to even consider. Running is definitely the least favourable. You could say my running style would resemble Phoebe’s chaotic display, limbs flailing – that’s one for all the Friends fans – A comedic spectacle to be observed right there, I assure you! I apologise I’m veering off topic. I’m sure you can imagine my horror when I was asked by a family member to join them in a race event.

Yep. Sheer horror. But the cause was a worthy one.

On the day I felt overcome with nerves and anxiety. I was scared that due to my lacking fitness regime I’d become a collapsed heap, unable to finish. Humiliation is a big issue, but more importantly, I didn’t want to let anyone down. There were so many women, with truly heart wrenching stories. I had to do it.

The weather was beautiful. The sun was shining, there was a crisp chill in the air, autumnal perfection. The atmosphere was electric, although such sad circumstances had thrust us together, every single face I saw had an immeasurable grin upon it. We all knew we were doing something momentous that day. Before I even realised, my fears had disappeared.

The race itself was the epitome of fun. I struggled, we all did, but we did it as a team. When any of us were flagging, someone would chirp up with something motivating to say and it gave you a fresh burst of energy and 45 minutes later we’d done it, we’d negotiated the obscene obstacles; flailed on top of inflatable torpedoes, toppled over hurdles, tackled huge climbing nets, scrambled through mud pits and cargo nets, grappled with an enormous spider entrapment, and finally accosted the inflatable slide into a victorious pool of mud, victory was ours!


The drive home was probably, for me, the best part of the entire day. My sister and I car shared, and I’m so glad we did, because with my jelly legs I wouldn’t have been able to drive, ha! We were exhausted, but we were buzzing – quite literally. I couldn’t stop smiling. I knew I had achieved something for myself as well as a worthy cause that morning. On that beautiful autumnal morning, 2000 women took part in the Pretty Mudder 5k, raising £140,000 for Cancer Research. I know that if my own experience was anything to go by, it wasn’t just about raising money that day.

For my sister and I it was personal. During the past year our family member has had a tough battle with breast cancer, her journey is not over, and every day she is still fighting, a battle that feels so damned one-sided; we did it for her. There was something cathartic and warrior like about it. Ladies who have lost their battle with cancer were remembered that day, ladies who still are battling and ladies who have their own battles still to come. It was a phenomenal experience, one that I urge everyone to take part in, even if you only do it once, use your fitness, use your good health to help somebody else.

My sister and I chatted the whole way home, we giggled at our mud splattered faces, the falls, the blunders, the laughs, we pretty much signed ourselves up for the next one, the one after that and the next – we even made our own plans to exercise more, together, as sisters. I felt like we created a closer bond that morning, and I was so happy.

I thought about the affirmation of personal trainers, and fitness gurus who claim that exercise makes you happy. I admit, I thought that was nonsense too! They state it is something to do with the release of chemicals, endorphins I think, which actually stimulate your happiness. Whatever it was, I vowed I’d get more of it, and if in the process I’m also raising money for charity, well there’s the cherry on the cake!

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I want to say a HUGE thank you to Rebecca for writing for my blog, it means so much to me and I hope this inspires my readers to create ‘change’. Whether that is in your life, or to raise money for charity. Sometimes things seem daunting, but they are incredibly rewarding.

I wish Rebecca all the luck in the world with her charity adventures and I hope she continues to spread a positive message!

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you all have a great weekend and don’t forget, to smile, be positive and treat yourself.

Jessica, x

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