Awesomeness Challenge: An Update

The Awesomeness Challenge is less than four weeks away already! Blimey!

To recap, I am doing a fitness challenge on 20 February to celebrate Hugo’s third birthday, and the third anniversary of the day I could have died. The idea behind it is to celebrate life, raise awareness of HELLP syndrome and premature babies, and raise money for Tommy’s and First Touch.

The fundraising is currently at 44% – nearly halfway!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has so far donated. I am touched by your kind generosity and messages. If you would like to donate, here are the details

Please visit my Team Page on JustGiving. In the ‘team members’ section, you can choose to donate to Tommy’s or to First Touch (or both, if you are feeling generous!) by clicking on the relevant link.

Prefer to donate by text?

Donate to First Touch by sending the code HCDP80 and your amount £x to 70070.

Donate to Tommy’s by sending the code HCDP90 and your amount £x to 70070.

(HCDP is Hugo’s initials: Hugo Christopher Dylan Parker).

Here is what I am getting myself in to!

  1. 420 metre run (Hugo weighed just 420 grams, less than a pound, when he was born).
  2. 24 TRX rows (I was 24 weeks’ pregnant when Hugo was born).
  3. 600 metres on the ski ergo (my LFTs – liver enzymes – were 600, which is several times higher than normal).
  4. 14 press ups with leg jacks from a Bosu (to signify the year)
  5. 20 burpee box jumps (to signify the date)
  6. 50 second plank (my platelet level was 50. Platelets are what helps the blood to clot, and normal levels start at around 150)
  7. 1.8 km bike (I lost 1800ml, or just over 3 pints, of blood during the C section)
  8. 16 sandbell rainbow slams (Hugo was 16 weeks premature)
  9. 36 kettle bell goblet squats (I spent 36 hours in intensive care after Hugo’s birth)
  10. 35 mummy sit ups (Hugo lived for 35 days)
  11. 7 boxing combos (my haemoglobin levels were 7, less than half of the bottom end of the healthy range, when Hugo was born – acute anaemia is a key symptom of HELLP syndrome)
  12. 2013 m row (my blood pressure was around 200/130 – hypertensive crisis, and at significant risk of stroke)

I’ve said I would share my progress, so below are a couple of videos. The videos might also be helpful to show what some of the more weird and wonderful exercises are. For example, you probably know what a run on a treadmill or a ride on a stationary bike look like, but you might not know what on earth a press up jack from a Bosu, or sandbell slams are!

Wonder no longer!

Check out this brief video of me doing press up jacks from a Bosu.

Fancy trying them at home? Press up jacks from a Bosu require a strong core to balance against the unstable surface – make sure you tense your abdominals, and lean in to the press up with your back straight to protect your lower back.

Thank you for reading, and for your support!


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