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Mandy's
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You can achieve anything you want to, but it has to be right for you

I’m a mum of two 2 beautiful girls and have always enjoyed fitness and exercising outdoors, but I guess I got stuck in an unhealthy body image cycle. After struggling with my mental health in 2010 I received cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and it changed my life for the better.  

In 2016 I noticed that a friend of mine was taking part in RED January, a campaign that helps motivate and supports people to get active every day throughout January, raising money for Sport In Mind. I was in awe of what he was doing and what he was raising awareness for. It inspired me and stayed with me all that year 

In January 2017 I took a leap of faith and I haven’t looked back since.

Exercising wasn’t just about payment for what I eat, but a necessary part of being healthier and happy within myself. I realised how important exercise was to me and that in turn became a positive role model for my children.  

Since the outbreak of coronavirus I have been running a lot outside which is something I always love and RED January helped inspireI’ve also been doing some zoom classes with my local gym. That and remaining a part of the online RED community has been a great way to feel connected throughout everything that has been going on. I walk with my family and our dog too. I have been more aware on making sure I don’t put pressure on myself.

 

Remember who you are, and what makes you tick and find a healthy balance of exercise and being positive, rational and mindful with yourself.

You can achieve anything you want to but it has to be right for you. Take a step forwards, own your goals and be proud of what you achieve. 

Join the online RED January 2021 community at redtogether.co.uk