Alison Harvey, LighterLife weight loss Counsellor for Epsom, Ewell and Esher, has just completed a challenging 500 mile bike ride across the Jordanian desert along with her husband David. This unbelievable exploit took them five and a half days and they’ve raised over £6000 for The Openwork Foundation’s Care 4 Kids Campaign, a charity that supports disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and overseas. Alison told us what her experience was like:
Cycling uphill in the desert heat of 38 degrees with swarms of flies all around made me doubt that I could complete the challenge, but other members of the team gave me encouragement.
They reminded me why I started training for this in the cold wet days of January. I wanted to help children get a decent start in life, so that would help me make it to the top of the hill! The sense of achievement as we cycled into Aqaba was immense. There was a police escort, horns blowing and people waving and cheering. Now I want to do it again next year!
I’ve been a LighterLife Counsellor for more than six years and the main sources of inspiration for this challenge came from my LighterLife clients. There was one lady in particular who really inspired me. I witnessed her total dedication to the Programme whilst dealing with an unhappy working environment, the diagnosis of her Mum with a terminal illness, and Christmas. She is now in Phase One Management and is continuing to learn about herself and working to maintain her amazing weight loss. She looks wonderful and she’s a huge inspiration to me.
I needed a challenge and seeing my wonderful clients achievements inspired me to step up to the pedal and ride!
1. Set yourself realistic goals each week.
2. Acknowledge your achievement every week – treat yourself without using food. Pop a couple of pounds in a jar for thatnew wardrobe of clothes you are likely to need at the end!
3. Share any difficulties along the way with your Counsellor, group, partner or family. Even recognizing and expressing outwardly that sometimes staying on track is tough can be so beneficial.
4. Believe in yourself. Self doubt can lead to self-sabotage so practice visualizing what you will look like, what you will be wearing, whom you will be with and what you will be doing once you reach your weight loss goal.