The #Miles4MAMA Challenge – Coming To A Blog Near You

The #Miles4MAMA Challenge – Coming To A Blog Near You

Being a blogger opens the doors to many opportunities and none more important than raising awareness for good causes. One of my chosen good causes which I’m supporting this year is the MAMA Academy; a charity set up in 2012 to help more babies arrive safely as the UK has one of the highest still birth rates in the developed world. By raising awareness through several campaigns, MAMA Academy aim to empower expectant mums with pregnancy information, feeling in control of their pregnancy and confident in reporting problematic symptoms to their maternity team without delay. Ultimately, they are committed to raising awareness to what can be done to save babies’ lives.

As a mum to 3 healthy boys, each pregnancy had it’s minor hiccups but resulted in a positive outcome. There were moments when I worried something was wrong, usually when they hadn’t moved for a while, and through seeking advice, I was reassured that everything was ok. I was lucky to have midwives who listened and took any concerns I had seriously and it’s theses types of concerns and awareness of what to expect that all expectent mums need, which is where MAMA Academy comes in.

It’s not a charity I was aware of before joining the blogging community and becoming a MAMA Academy blogger so I’m joining a team of like-minded parenting bloggers to raise awareness and funds to support the vital work they do.

So how am I doing this?

Well I’m doing what I do best as a busy mum of three, I’m walking, jogging and blogging. I hit the bog 4-0 later this year and fitness is foremost on my mind. I’ve made a few adjustments to lead a healthier lifestyle  but I’m taking it one step further but setting myself a 10 month challenge to complete 1000 miles, 100 a month, aiming for 25 a week. in support for the Made to Measure campaign – bringing trusts together to save 1000 babies’ lives.

To complete this challenge I’ve got myself an essential #Miles4MAMA kit;

A FitBit Flex to track my miles – these ingenious devices are worn like a watch around you wrist and log your steps which can also be converted in to miles when synced to an app on my phone. This is just the incentive I need to keep me going and when I’ve had a lazy day, I can make it up on the next one.

A Mountain Buggy Terrain pushchair – Having the right pushchair means that no where is out of bounds. And so I don’t tire of the same walk over and over again I needed something which I could both run with and one which could manage the changing terrains of coast, countryside and road. This one ticks every box for those leading a healthy active life with a baby or toddler in tow. It’s light weight, a dream to push, has a hand brake to manage the hills and has quick release, changeable tyres for road to country. The handy bottle holders make exercising with babies just that little bit easier too.

Ascis gel trainers – A decent pair of trainers is a must to prevent injury when exercising. I’ve cried out a wet test to determine which trainers are best for my stride. It takes a lot to get me out of flip-flops but for this challenge to be successful, then I need something which isn’t going to cripple me when I speed walk on pebbles. (A sight to be seen in it’s self!)

So hang on in there with me and follow my challenge,  if you really want to spur me on, why not pledge a donation to MAMA Academy through the Team MAMA just giving page. Once those pennies start dropping in there’s no turning back!

You can also join in by starting your own #miles4mamma  challenge.

To be continued……

Mountain Buggy Terrain pushchair which I'm using to complete my fitness challenge of 1000 miles in 10 months along the Devon coast and countryside



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  1. 11th September 2015 / 8:20 am

    Brilliant challenge Ali, and a great charity to support! Looking forward to hearing how you are getting on. Have a fab weekend xxx

  2. Betty and the Bumps
    13th September 2015 / 7:00 am

    Wishing you lots of luck! It’s so true what you said about the right pushchair allowing you to do almost anything. I think it takes a bit of trial and error to get the right one but you know when you have! x


    • 13th September 2015 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you, I searched high and low to find the one which I knew would allow me to get out and about without limitations.

  3. 13th September 2015 / 8:24 am

    Wow, what a great challenge and cause. I was also lucky in that I had two relatively problem free pregnancies (though, morning sickness carrying on until 34 weeks with Tyger wasn’t pleasant but at least it wasn’t dangerous) and now have two healthy boys. From having spoken to other mums, though, I think women in this country can be reluctant to report any problems they’re having during pregnancy for fear of, ‘wasting the MW/doctor’s time.’

    Thanks for visiting my blog.


    • 13th September 2015 / 6:30 pm

      I totally agree, there are still a few old school midwives out there who poo poo your worries too which is why the work of mama academy is so important, it supports both mums & midwives.

  4. 14th September 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Wow, I’m wishing you all the luck, I shall be following your progress with great interest

    • 16th September 2015 / 10:04 pm

      thank you, it’s an epic challenge I know but I’m in great company.

  5. 15th September 2015 / 7:32 am

    wow that’s some challenge, good luck!!! #bloggingtojogging

    • 15th September 2015 / 7:53 pm

      Thanks Chantelle, it’s for such a worthwhile cause

  6. 15th September 2015 / 11:02 pm

    MAMA Academy is such a brilliant charity and this is such a great thing to be doing. Not only are you raising money for a fantastic charity but this is also a brilliant way to get fit and healthy. Good luck and I can’t wait to read more about your challenge. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  7. 16th September 2015 / 11:54 am

    Wowee! You really have set yourself some big challenges there, but for such a worthy cause. A dear friend of mine had a stillbirth at full term last year, and I can hand on heart say it’s the most devastating thing to see, let alone actually go through yourself. Great cause. Wishing you all the luck for a fab response. Thx so much for linking up with #SundayStars. Steph xxxx

    • 16th September 2015 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks Steph, I think it must be awful and if I, along with the rest of the Mamas team can help prevent any then it’s worth it.

  8. Tracey Abrahams
    16th September 2015 / 9:35 pm

    A brillant challenge for a brillant charity. Inwish you well, and will be donating. #brilliantblogposts

    • 16th September 2015 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks so much Tracey. really really appreciated!

  9. 17th September 2015 / 12:49 am

    Brilliant charity and what a great way to raise money. Well done for getting involved, look forward to hearing more about it as the challenge progresses x #brilliantblogposts

    • 18th September 2015 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks Sara, I prefer to support smaller charities personally after working for a big one previously.

  10. 17th September 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Oh wow what a great charity to support. Good luck I can’t wait to read more blogs about your journey! Thanks for linking up #brilliantblogposts

    • 17th September 2015 / 9:19 pm

      I’m hoping to help raise their profile and the amazing work they do in any way I can.

  11. Honest mum
    18th September 2015 / 11:56 am

    Fab challenge hun x

    • 18th September 2015 / 9:03 pm

      thank you, it’s been a tough start to the week.

  12. 19th September 2015 / 1:04 pm

    What a fantastic charity to support! Tough challenge! Good luck 🙂

  13. 19th September 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Excited to be part of this! I Jud had to throw my Asics away though! They finally gave up the ghost!

    • 20th September 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Its a fab charity to be supporting, now I’m getting into the swing of it I’ll start pushing the fund raising.

  14. 21st September 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Go team #Miles4MAMA! So jealous of your Mountain Buggy, absolutely desperate for one as ours is just good for jogging with. Good luck with your goal! Thanks for linking up with #BloggingToJogging xx

    • 21st September 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Hannah, it is pretty damn amazing I won’t lie! Good luck to you too x

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