Water off a Ducks Back, I’m sure we all know that saying really well. This week’s guest, Moira Tobin, felt it reflected her philosophy on health and fitness so well she named her business after it. A business focused on food that you grow yourself, and physical fitness using the outdoors and your own body. Nothing fancy just plain common sense and using what you do every day to be healthy and well.
Moira had always wanted to walk the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory of Australia. Having been there to see it with her family she had thought it would be too hard for her to do. Then one of her best friends and training partner died suddenly and she realized that life is short and set about training for and completing it.
Moira’s story contains some remarkable insights into the simplicity of keeping well and healthy, and about taking time for yourself so you can be there for other people.
Moira’s big tip drink more water. If you do nothing else, drink more water.
So if you have something you have always wanted to do it then set your goal and make a plan.
Kokoda Trail Blazer Yvonne Shepherd is the Chief Adventurer for Women’s Fitness Adventures. What a cool title…. Yvonne decided a few years ago that she should do something special in her 50th year. Unlike most people she eschewed the usual romantic options of champagne in Paris or a Hot Air balloon flight, and with some of her friends and family they decided to walk the Kokoda Track.
The Kokoda Track was made famous through the 2nd world War and the defense of the Pacific against the Japanese. It is an incredibly grueling, physically challenging 96 km trek through the Owen Stanley Ranges in Papua New Guinea, a single person track through a tropical jungle. It is also well known as a vehicle for taking a long hard look at yourself and your life.
Yvonne gives us an incredible insight in what it takes to do something like this. Shares some of the good and not so good things about an adventure of this type and talks with me about the effect this has had on her and her family. Yes she also took her teenage son along.
Yvonne enjoyed this so much she is now putting together a trip so that other women can experience this for themselves. Watch this space.
An incredible woman and an incredible journey.
Do you have bad knees? Do you despair of ever being able to get fit? Well, this might just be the conversation for you. Tracey Hynes is an inspirational woman not just because she tries to be fit and healthy but that she managed to teach her knee to bend so she could ride her bike. By teach I literally mean that. Tracey couldn’t even do one revolution on her bike because her knee would not bend but she persevered for weeks on end until she could get around all the way and then she hasn’t looked back.
Her success spurred her on to even greater things such as actually taking mountain bike lessons and learning how to fall off without really hurting herself.
Tracey has since had one of her knees replaced with the other one on the way. Again Tracey used her bike as a motivation and rehabilitation tool to get her out in the fresh air again.
An inspiration to keep on going and don’t stop when you really, really want to do something.