The shared passion that helped with isolation…

I didn’t meet that many people with a Disability growing up, anyone with cerebral palsy, even less so. I’m sure the services that helped me helped many but when it came to connections, that really didn’t start to build or pick up speed until my fitness journey took off. Looking back, I really feel itContinue reading “The shared passion that helped with isolation…”

Embracing Difference with a Disability…

Every time I use an adaption to make something work, there’s still a small part of me that has a thought process of asking what would this look like from someone seeing this for the first time? That mindset is still present all these years later – but the emotion is far far different thanContinue reading “Embracing Difference with a Disability…”

Driving with adaptions…

Making my impossible possible… For years I had a mindset that I was unable to drive. Difficulties with the use of a manual transmission dented self belief to the point that I thought it’ll never be fit me. Until that is, I was given guidance that I should try adaptions…again, my willingness wasn’t there toContinue reading “Driving with adaptions…”

My disability is not my weakness, it was built into a strength…

For a number of years growing up, lots of reactions to my disability painfully made me feel weak. Not through my own doing, which looking back, actually brought sadness. But what I didn’t realise at the time, those emotions would be later channelled into a positive…. A positive emotion because from the obstacles presented, theContinue reading “My disability is not my weakness, it was built into a strength…”

Disability and Fitness… Finding the right path for you….

Trying to create my fitness programme that works with my cerebral palsy can take some time. Allowing the time to put together the right methods to challenge me but to also allow it work with my dexterity can take a while to figure out but I’ve seen it as part of my journey more thanContinue reading “Disability and Fitness… Finding the right path for you….”

Recognising Rest….

I’m terrible at it. I want to push through, keep going (somewhere in the never give up range) but it’s not good to ignore. I need to face it and recognise when my body is telling to readapt. This is part of the territory I have come to learn in later years with cerebral palsy,Continue reading “Recognising Rest….”

From acceptance to empowerment…

I couldn’t control the restrictive movement, but although I was far removed from this for years, I control how I feel about my movement in my cerebral palsy on my left side. It’s too strong to say I hated my disability, but just saying that I had one was challenging for a long time. IContinue reading “From acceptance to empowerment…”

Sharing the Support…

I wouldn’t have had the experiences I’ve had without people sharing their stories of their own journeys of opening doors & breaking down barriers. It’s in part why I do this here. That I owe to those who helped me build that confidence to pay things forward and shine a light either on my ownContinue reading “Sharing the Support…”

It’s sometimes just about balance and practice…

There was a regular exercise I was given in my younger days during physiotherapy that was all about balance. How long could I stand unaided on my left side (compared to my right) the muscle tone has always been lower in my left and with other factors it remains a tricky discipline to carry out.Continue reading “It’s sometimes just about balance and practice…”

Focusing on what can be done…

I’ve tried to keep things simple this week – a lot of recent trials with attachments and new exercises have had relative successes – however it’s not lost on me to keep things simple with my workouts, keeping in what works well for me and whilst taking in new ideas, keeping a solid base toContinue reading “Focusing on what can be done…”