Watching the fantastic Outlander TV series, then being lucky to briefly meet the Scottish actor Sam Heughan at the Dean Castle, Kilmarnock in December 2015, led me to the My Peak Challenge (MPC) path in February 2016.
The day I met Sam I had just finished a run and managed to somehow really damage my hip and knees. I couldn’t run regularly for many months after this and thought I might not be able to run anymore. I needed something to help motivate me to lose weight and get fitter. I kinda knew that the extra weight I was carrying was not helping my knees.
I followed Sam on Twitter, then found out about My Peak Challenge. At first I thought it was all about climbing mountains, which I wanted to do as well, but it’s so much more than that. This was the start of changing how I eat, exercising more frequently and also exploring my creative side. Little did I know that through this group I would also have the opportunity to meet up with so many other like-minded peakers from all over the world.
I can sometimes stray off the path a bit … but then I find my way again.
What is My Peak Challenge?
It’s a year-long program of online workout videos, nutrition plans and also non-physical challenges like trying something that you’ve never done before and always wanted to.
Joining My Peak Challenge helps change so many lives:
Donating to Bloodwise – when you buy your membership, you’re automatically donating 50 percent to the charity Bloodwise, research for leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders. Watch this video on how donations from My Peak Challenge has already helped fund the “Camellia” clinical trial at the University of Oxford.
In 2018 we are also raising funds for the charity Marie Curie.
Help you – help yourself become a better you! Many of us are too good at being negative about ourselves, myself included. We need to be more confident and not worry so much about what others think. I’m still working on this, but I can honestly say that I’m better than I used to be.
Help others – you will also have the opportunity to help others in the peaker community by supporting and encouraging them with their own challenges. The private Facebook group is ever-growing with like-minded people from all over the world. The love and support will be returned for sure. You will meet new friends online and maybe also in real life at peaker meet ups. This is optional though, you can also view quietly in the background if you prefer.
Three for the price of one I’d say! Check out the My Peak Challenge website for more details and how to join.
Your challenges can be anything you want them to be. It’s not just about exercise, but many of my challenges have now become this.
If you think about it, everything in life is challenging, even just the simplest of things like finally deciding to declutter that cupboard or take that first step to try a new hobby. I’ve seen many other wonderful, emotional and inspiring challenges in My Peak Challenge such as:
- taking up a new hobby like knitting, writing or painting
- overcoming an illness or fear
- becoming stronger, confident and accepting who you are
- moving on to a new job
- moving on after bereavement or separation
- travelling to places you’ve always wanted see
Many of us are very good at just staying put, not changing anything in our lives for the better. It’s easier that way. What we forget though, is that months and years go by so quickly and as we get older we usually look back and say: “I wish I’d done that.”
It’s all about doing something that you’ve always wanted to. It’s never too late to change, so let’s just do it now.
My own challenges
Each year I’ve been listing my challenges and achievements here on my blog. It really helps motivate me to have this list and tick it off as I complete a challenge. I don’t always reach my goals, but I’ve decided that’s okay. I’ve realised that every now and then life has a way of putting the brakes on some things.