My Plan

Diet – I am going to put more focus on what I am eating by keep a daily food diary and weigh in every week at slimming world. I need to reduce my portion sizes (I know in theory slimming world lets you eat as much of the healthy stuff as you want but I’m eating to much and that has to change) and I am going to try new foods.


Fitness – I think I could manage to walk the Race for Life or should I say crawl but I would probably be one of the last over the finish line. I need to do something about that. I have a Fitbit and have been using it and in the course of the day can manage about 12,000 steps without to much hardship but this is spread across the entire day, I can get on the Wii Fit and do half an hour of stepping without my chest burning but this is very low impact. I intend to walk most of the 5k in the Race for Life however I would love to be able to run the last little bit without killing myself. I am part of some fitbit groups on facebook and will be using them to challenge myself as much as possible.


I have worked out that 5k is between 6-7,000 steps depending on stride so at least once a week I am going to try and get that many steps done in one go (kids might struggle with this so may have to be at home once they are in bed as they only have little legs). I may also have to build up to this so watch this space.



About Me

I’m Karen and I am considerably over weight and significantly unhealthy. I have been trying to loose weight since late 2014 to begin with I did very well following slimming world and lost exactly 3 stone in just over a year. Then I lost motivation and started to get lazy and put some of that weight back on. I’m still lighter than I was when I started slimming world in 2014 but not even close to where I need to be. In total I need to loose nearly half my body weight. So now I am more focused and more determined to get this weight of. I work part time study from home and have 2 small children so I am always busy but not always work out busy as often I am either sat on the floor playing with the children, cooking our meals or sat at the computer doing my coursework.


A friend asked if I was interested in doing the Race for Life this year. At first I thought hell no that’s way more than I can manage but the more I thought about it the more I thought it was a good idea, not only can I do something positive for me but I can also do something positive in my beautiful Aunts name. You can read about my Aunt Sandra in my earlier post. Since she passed I have wanted to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and get people more aware of this silent killers signs and symptoms. So on Thursday 24th March I signed up for the Bristol 5k Race for Life that takes place on 3rd July this gives me roughly 3 months to get fit and shed some of my excess pounds so I can do the race without having to crawl over the finishing line. I want to share my journey so others can see that with a little motivation it can be done, I also want a place to share facts and information about Pancreatic Cancer so with the help of a more technically minded friend “Steps for Sandra” is born. I will try to post at least once a week but I make no promises as I might be busy exercising, cooking healthy meals, getting my coursework done or playing with my children. I do promise to be very honest and share the highs and lows of this journey so please join me and share this with me.2016-02-26 19.57.57

This is a hard photo for me to post. I don’t usually have photos of me on my own (I usually hold one of the children in front of me to hide the worst of the fat) and I definitely don’t take side on images of myself in tight clothes that show all my lumps and bumps. But I promised honesty and that’s what your going to get. So this is me!


Born 15th August 1960 and over the years became many things to many people, a daughter, sister, sister-in-law, cousin, friend, colleague, wife, aunt, mother, girlfriend, grandmother and more. Through all her relationships Sandra was kind, caring, compassionate and graceful always made time to listen and give her advice and opinion. She had been unwell for a little while and finally went to the doctors the diagnosis came back very quickly (week commencing 15th June 2015), it was Pancreatic Cancer which had spread to her Bowel, the doctors had a few ideas for treatment but the future did not look very bright. Sandra was taken from us on the 22nd July 2015. She was comfortable and with her dignity still holding strong when she passed, just the way she would have wanted it at home with many of her nearest and dearest close by. She managed to hold on and meet her first Grandchild born just a few short weeks before we had to say goodbye to Sandra. Sandra’s voice was legendary singing with the local church choir, a local light opera group and the Jane Lilley Singers (JLS). She also sang at many family events particularly weddings alongside the rest of the JLS, which included one of her sisters and a cousin. She is sadly missed and fondly remembered.Prof 86

For Sandra

Welcome to Steps for Sandra, my very first blog.

We lost our beloved Sandra to pancreatic cancer not long ago, a blow that devastated everyone who knew her.

In Sandra’s memory I will be completing the Bristol 2016 – Race for Life to help raise money for cancer reasearch. You can join me on my journey here on the blog, from decision to race, to the final step across the line and every part in between.

If you would like to sponsor me and help raise money for cancer research, then please go to my JustGiving page:  Karen’s Race for Life Just Giving Page

I hope to interract with you all on this adventure.

For Sandra.

Karen xx