It’s only walking… how hard could it be!

I’ve never done New Years Resolutions and wasn’t about to start now!

What I have decided is that 2020 is the year where I am going to start getting a bit fitter after discovering that being overweight puts me in a higher risk of recurrence. Sciency bit below 👇

Overweight and obese women — defined as having a BMI (body mass index) higher than 25 — have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared to women who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause. Being overweight also can increase the risk of breast cancer coming back (recurrence) in women who’ve been diagnosed with the disease.

This higher risk is partially because fat cells make estrogen; extra fat cells mean more estrogen in the body and estrogen can make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers develop and grow. Scientists also have recently found that extra fat cells can trigger long-term, low-grade inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence; the proteins secreted by the immune system seem to stimulate breast cancer cells to grow, especially estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Felt like I was a bit of ‘Got all the gear and no idea’ but it’s walking how hard could it be!

Those boots didn’t get to stay clean for long! 😂

Having these nutters with me made all the difference. They kept me smiling, took the breaks when I needed it and gave me the boost I needed to go that little bit further even when my lungs felt like they were on fire.

I can’t thank Shaun enough for planning my routes, making sure I had all the right gear and taking every step with me 💕

So how far have I walked I hear you say!…

In 20 days I’ve managed 24k and am super proud of myself. Obvs going to try and up the pace through the year, but it’s better than being stuck on the sofa waiting for ‘it’ to come back!

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