Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy 2nd birthday my little girl...

Hi All  ,

I am back again this week with my latest blog post on how far I have walked. This week isn't going to be the easiest for myself and Sarah for obvious reasons. On Sunday 19th of April in 2015 at 5:28am we welcomed the most specialist of lady's in our lives. Ava was born at 23 weeks and 1 day gestation. The fact that Ava survived for 6 long weeks by defying every obstacle put up against her just showed the type of little girl she was.



She was so special to both of us and not a day goes by that myself and Sarah don't think of her. She's my whole reason for doing this walk and she gives me that sheer motivation to do it, she is the reason that I have lost all this weight and she is the reason that I get up and go for walks in the rain and no matter how tough the weeks are its because of her. People don't like to talk about losing a child but I want people to remember her and the legacy she has left behind her. In many ways it can be bittersweet that this weeks is Ava's 2nd birthday and on the 27th its Luke's 1st birthday. You never would trade one for the other and we are so lucky to have Luke he's what makes the hard days seem that be easier with his little character and it certain ways looks like Ava we are so blessed and through the shit times you realise how lucky we really are. The one thing I might ask is if you were to buy Ava a present for her birthday could you please maybe just donate a small bit to my charity page and help someone who might need it more than you or I.. Donation Link

This week just a very brief update as to where I am walking wise , I completed 48km this week so there has been a huge improvement on last weeks. I have covered 453km in total over the past 10 weeks which is remarkable for a guy who probably hasn't walked that distance in the last 2 years of general walking, I also lost another 1lb this week bringing me to 14stone 12 now and the total of 19lbs lost.

I am now in Abergavenny which is 10km away from the English border. That means I will have finally reached England on this virtual walk with 5 weeks left to go. 246km left to complete and I will  have reached london.

Wikipedia
Abergavenny (/ˌæbərɡəˈvɛni/WelshY Fenni pronounced [ə ˈvɛnɪ], archaically Abergafenni meaning "Mouth of the River Gavenny") is a market town in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is located 15 miles (24 km) west of Monmouth on the A40 and A465 roads, 6 miles (10 km) from the English border. Originally the site of a Roman fortGobannium, it became a medieval walled town within the Welsh marches. The town contains the remains of a medieval stone castle built soon after the Norman conquest of Wales. The town hosted the 2016 National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Abergavenny is promoted as a "Gateway to Wales".[2][3] Situated at the confluence of a tributary stream, the Gavenny, and the River Usk,[4] it is almost surrounded by two mountains – the Blorenge (559 m, 1,834 ft)[5] and the Sugar Loaf (596 m, 1,955 ft)[6] – and five hills: Ysgyryd Fawr (The Skirrid), Ysgyryd Fach (Skirrid Fach), Deri, Rholben and Mynydd Llanwenarth, known locally as "Llanwenarth Breast". It provides access to the nearby Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Offa's Dyke Path is close by and the Marches Way, the Beacons Way and Usk Valley Walk all pass through the town.

Thanks for reading.. Happy birthday my little princess :)


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Llanegwad , Carmarthen

Hi All ,

Back for this weeks instalment of how far I have walked. Just over half way through my virtual walk and I have walked 368 km in total. This means as I reach the half way point in weeks I also have gone past my half way point in km also so I am really happy with how this is going. I completed a massive milestone in terms of distance covered in a week with 54km walked its my best one yet.

I want to all say a huge thank you to everyone has donated so generously of the past few weeks I never thought I would raise as much as I would €568.21. With 7 weeks left to complete if you feel you would like to donate something please do not hesitate to do so anything at all is welcome. I am enjoying this walk this is a really important charity to both myself and Sarah and with us coming up-to to Ava's 2nd birthday on the 19th of this month.  Donation Link

So this week I am down a 1 1/2 pounds so I am now 15 stone 0. Teetering on that 15 stone half a pound more would have got me to the magic number 14 but it wasn't to be this week. I think I had kind of eased off a bit this week as Sarah's brother was home drank some beer(which now tastes completely different) and had a few days off which probably affected the weight loss but I am back on track this week gunning for that 14 stone on the scales.

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Llanegwad
I have arrived in a small town Llanegwad , Carmarthen in Wales. The population taken at the 2011 census was 1,473.[1] Llanegwad is built up mainly of small farms and detached homes. The community is bordered by the communities of: Llanfihangel Rhos-y-Corn; Llanfynydd; Llangathen; Llanarthney; Abergwili; and Llanllawddog, all being in Carmarthenshire

One of the more notable homes of Llanegwad is Ty Dderwen formerly Coffee House. The home of the Lewis family, the house received the name coffee when the church asked the Lewis family if they would be willing on a Sunday to serve Coffee in their front room for the ladies after church. The house later served as a tailoring firm led by the master tailor David Lewis. The house at the same time served as the village post office. The house continued to stay in the same family lived in by David Eric Hart a musician and composer until he sold the house in the 1970s. The house still exists today and is located next to Llanegwad church.









Monday, March 27, 2017

Pembroke dock Wales

Hi Guys ,

Back this week with another blog post , almost half way through my virtual walk this is my 7th week and wehn I see the numbers written down how far I have walked I actually cant believe it. So far in the last 7 weeks I have walked an astonishing 314.5 Km's. I have finally arrived in Wales on the virtual tour and by the end of this week I will have walked almost half my journey.

I definitely would not say its been easy walking every couple of days having Luke at home and the crappy weather I am delighted I have got this far. This week I manage to lose another 2lbs which means I am 1 3/4lb away from my goal weight when I set out to do this. Donation Link



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I would like to thank everyone again who have donated to the NMH foundation and the people who have motivated me through this. Even though I am due to hit my goal weight next week I am hoping that I can lose a total of two stone which means I will have another 10lbs in total to lose over the next 7 weeks. I think at this stage its fairly achievable and will see some huge differences in my physical appearance if I manage to lose that. I am due to start this long awaited new shift next week in work for 3 months 8am-4:30pm which I am hoping will get me out of the house every night.

History about Pembroke Dock:
The natural harbour offering shelter from the prevailing south westerly winds has probably been used for many thousands of years, but the first evidence of settlement from maps is the name of the Carr Rocks at the entrance, derived from the Norse-language Skare for rock.[2]
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From the 790s until the Norman Invasion in 1066, the Milford Haven estuary was used occasionally by Vikings looking for shelter. During one visit (possibly in 854, but more likely to be in 878 on his way to the Battle of Cynuit), the Viking chieftain Hubba wintered in the haven with 23 ships.[3]
In 1172, three years after the Norman Invasion of Ireland, having prepared his fleet and army in the mouth of the Pembroke RiverHenry II of England sailed there from the haven. [2]
Prior to 1814, the site of modern Pembroke Dock and its nearby settlements were mostly farmland and the area was referred to as Paterchurch. The first recorded mention of Paterchurch was in 1289. In the area a medieval tower was built and, like nearby 18th century and 19th century fortifications, it may have served as a lookout post. By the 17th century, additional domestic and farm buildings stood close to the tower and the isolated settlement had its own cemetery, whose last recorded burial is that of a Roger Adams, in 1731. The ruin of the tower now lies within the walls of the dockyard.
Paterchurch Tower was the centre of an estate said to stretch from Pennar Point to Cosheston. This changed hands in 1422 when Ellen de Paterchurch married a John Adams. Prior to the building of the town and before the dockyard was thought of, various sales and exchanges took place between the principal local landowners – the Adams, Owen and Meyrick families. These exchanges left the Meyricks in control of most of the land on which the dockyard and new town were to develop. By 1802 the Paterchurch buildings were mostly ruins.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pembroke_Dock


As ever thanks again for reading and enjoy the sun :)

Monday, March 20, 2017

1 Stone, 6 weeks , 268 Km

Hi ,

My first 6 weeks have been completed, couldn't be more happy with the progress I am making with losing my first stone. I have walked 268km in total far and I have to say I haven't felt this good physically in quite some time. I previously weighed around this weight back in 2012. I have put in such a huge effort to get this far.

I have an important 9 weeks coming up now as I have 468km to cover. I am due to start a new shift in work which will hopefully give me an opportunity to get out at least every night of the week where as currently I am constrained to some mornings a week here and there which is difficult enough. Realistically its entirely achievable over the next 9 weeks with an average of 47km required. This has been my poorest week in the last 3 only covering 42km but the poor weather has had a huge impact on that.

November vs March 17th


























Hopefully by this time next week I should start to arrive in Wales along this virtual walk. I know I have said it a few times before but this is really an enjoyable experience so far. Its quite fitting that this week Ireland are due to play Wales in the World Cup Qualifiers. As ever thank you so much for reading my blog and also thank you so much to everyone that has donated once again it really means alot to me that I can help raise a bit of money all the while I am just heading out walking every week.


IF you would like to donate something please follow the link .. Donation Link

Please join me again next week as I close in on the next part of the story and hopefully visit some virtual towns in Wales along the way.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5 Weeks down , on to the Irish Sea

Hey ,

Good evening everybody , I am back this week with an update of how far i am. Last week I wrote a guest blog post over on my bro's blog at the www.thecooksbelly.com. I felt people probably wouldn't read two posts of my ramblings so i decided to give this one a break. Up until last week I had completed 177km. This weeks walking has now brought me past the 226km. I have achieved my new personal best this week again with an increase in km's.

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I wanted to say a huge thank you again to the people who have donated this week i have now surpassed 541.61 I never expected to raise this much by just walking my ass off week in week out. Big milestone is on the horizon for me on the weight loss side of things also I am 1 1/2 lbs away from losing my first stone. As you can see currently I am half way across the Irish channel but unfortunately I won't be able to swim that as my body would probably physically pack in but I will continue to mark my distance. My new shift in work begins in a few weeks so i hope to smash my weekly distance and really bring this home over the next 10 weeks. Its really been enjoyable so far I have to say and when I started this initially I thought afterwards that this may break me but if anything its spurring me on. If you would like to donate please follow this link anything would be gratefully appreciated. Donation Link


Another milestones was made this week by my little boy Luke too he learned to crawl which was absolutely brilliant and he's starting to learn how to stand almost too.

As ever thanks so much for reading hopefully this coming week now I can break the 50km mark that would be excellent.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Feeling good and covering a good distance..

Hey, 

3 weeks currently down on this huge feat and I am really starting to get into it. I feel really good health wise and starting to notice the difference in my weight. When I started this challenge 3 weeks ago I weighed myself I was 16.4 stone, today Monday the 27th I weighed myself and currently weigh  15.9 pounds. So in the last 3 weeks it means I have lost 9.5lbs. My goal realistically is to see 14 stone + on the scales and anything after that is a bonus.  I just want to say a big thank you to everyone again who has donated to far €323.52. If you wish to donate please use this link.

This week I covered slightly more of a distance than I have the previous few weeks. Just a little over 45km this week which is a new best currently for me. I forgot to mention last week apart from my phone and watch that I use to monitor I also have two companions with me on most walks my Fiancé Sarah and my little boy Luke. In fairness to them they have been really motivating for me and they enjoy the meals I am cooking with Slimming World. 

My mate Ian (Josse) joined me on a walk this week and I completed my most steps on that day a massive 11.3km. One thing that he noticed when we were walking was that the footwear I was wearing was not suitable for the distance I was covering. He said looking at the way I was standing he felt my feet were supernating which meant I was getting a pain in my feet after long periods of walking. I went and got a Gate Analysis done in Elverys sports and straight away they recognised it was exactly what Ian had said. I bought myself a pair of Asics and after wearing them for one day I noticed a huge improvement and was even able to start running which is something I havent done in a very long time.

Callan was the last place I visited, I have now arrived in New Ross Co.Wexford along my virtual walk.
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The Kennedy family former President ancestral home was not far from New Ross and they later emigrated to the USA. Another famous person worth a note from here is Irish Footballer Kevin Doyle.  
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New Ross (IrishRos Mhic Thriúin, formerly Ros Mhic Treoin) is a town in southwest County WexfordIreland. It is located on the River Barrow, near the border with County Kilkenny, and is around 20 km north east of Waterford. In 2011 it had a population of over 9,316 people, making it the third-largest town in the county after Wexford and Enniscorthy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Ross






Next stop..... Rosslare 








Sunday, February 19, 2017

First 80km Callan , Co.Killkenny....

Hi All ,

Just wanted to start off and say a huge thank you to the people who have donated to the charity page, I really appreciate it and we have raised €195.00 already so far :)

If you would like to donate to this cause please click the Link

So just a brief introduction the plan is to virtually walk 696km from Newport Co Tipperary to London in the United Kingdom. I have set myself a goal of 15 weeks to complete this task I hope to achieve
it sooner than this if possible. I am using my iPhone 7 Plus and Apple watch to monitor the walks I have done. I am doing this for an extremely worthy cause that is close to both mine and Sarah's heart and we just hope the fundraising we have done or do in the future will help a family who might have been in a difficult situation like we once were. I am doing this in memory of our special lady Ava.

This week has seen a huge improvement in my overall well being whilst doing this walk I am also trying to eat a bit healthier and i succeeded in losing 4lbs this week which at the start of the week was looking at no weight loss at all but that changed Tuesday. I feel much better in myself and its giving me extra energy to want to succeed this goal. I have completed 80 Km so far and currently in a town in Kilkenny called Callan.
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Callan (IrishCallainn) is a market town in County Kilkenny in Ireland. Situated 16 km (10 mi) south of Kilkenny on the N76 road to Clonmel, it is near the border between County Tipperary. It is the largest town in the county, with a recorded population of 2,330 (census 2011).{Wikipedia}
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callan,_County_Kilkenny

Thanks for reading I hope you enjoy.