Fit­ting it all in

Les­ley Dol­phin’s try­ing to find time to get fit . . .

EADT Suffolk - - Inside - CON­TACT les­ley­dol­phin@bbc.co.uk Les­ley Dol­phin

THIS month I have two dates for your calendar - the Suf­folk Walk­ing Fes­ti­val start­ing on May 12 and Suf­folk Day on June 21. The Suf­folk walk­ing fes­ti­val has be­come a firm fix­ture and is even big­ger this year. It started 11 years ago with just a few walks or­gan­ised by Mid-Suf­folk District Coun­cil and was such a great idea that the county coun­cil now co-or­di­nates events right across the county. I’ll tell you more about it nearer the time, but if you’re strug­gling to get enough ex­er­cise it might be a big help.

Last month I wrote about try­ing to re­duce the amount of plas­tic in my shop­ping and thank you for all your emails and tips. I was also im­pressed that the Prime Min­is­ter made her an­nounce­ments about cut­ting plas­tics not long after - per­haps she reads Suf­folk Mag­a­zine?

This month I thought I might write about my ef­forts to try to keep fit. Why is it that, al­though I am a grown woman, I still feel guilty about cer­tain things - the way I used to feel when I hadn’t done my home­work? As well as feel­ing bad about buy­ing sin­gle use plas­tic I also feel guilty if I don’t get enough ex­er­cise. I re­ally strug­gle to fit it into my life along with a pretty de­mand­ing job, look­ing after a house, shop­ping, and oc­ca­sion­ally meet­ing friends and re­lax­ing. I thought I’d cracked it by get­ting out onto the prom in Felixs­towe three times a week when I walk and run two kilo­me­tres. It takes me around 27 min­utes and I feel very pleased with my­self.

When I started, I planned on just walk­ing, but un­der cover of dark­ness I thought I’d try run­ning. Now I run the dis­tance be­tween two lamp posts, walk the next two, and so on. I do it first thing in the morn­ing and, al­though it’s not an el­e­gant sight, it sets me up for the day and I love it. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to who­ever de­cides these things, we are now told this is not enough ex­er­cise and we’re meant to do 150 min­utes a week. So, I still feel per­ma­nently guilty. I’m pretty sure there weren’t pres­sures like this on my mum’s and dad’s gen­er­a­tion. Any­way this takes me back to the Suf­folk Walk­ing fes­ti­val, when there will be strolls and stomps and even treks – some­thing for ev­ery­one – and you’ll be able to count it as part of your weekly ex­er­cise. www. suf­folk­walk­ingfes­ti­val.co.uk

HOW WILL YOU CEL­E­BRATE OUR BIG DAY?

Last year saw the first ever Suf­folk Day launched by my BBC Ra­dio Suf­folk col­league (and hus­band) Mark Murphy, along with the East Anglian Daily Times. It’s all about cel­e­brat­ing our lovely county and about spread­ing the word fur­ther afield that we are not sleepy Suf­folk but a vi­brant and thriv­ing county. Lots of peo­ple took part and did some­thing spe­cial for the day, and it’s go­ing to hap­pen all over again this year. One Suf­folk butcher is al­ready do­ing his bit. Leeder’s, of Box­ford, are mak­ing truly Suf­folk sausages. Alan Leeder told me a friend found the recipe in a book dat­ing back 100 years. He’s keep­ing the main in­gre­di­ents a closely guarded se­cret, but did re­veal they in­clude a blend of gin­ger, nut­meg, salt and pep­per which they mix by hand. Ap­par­ently, the mix­ing is one of the big­gest dif­fer­ences be­cause they have to mix, and mix, and mix un­til their arms hurt, and then beat some more. He says this makes the mix­ture re­ally fluffy. In the name of jour­nal­is­tic re­search, I can tell you I have sam­pled them and they are scrummy!

‘Why is it that, al­though I am a grown woman, I still feel guilty about cer­tain things - the way I used to feel when I hadn’t done my home­work?’

If you plan on do­ing some­thing for Suf­folk day let us know at Suf­folk­day@bbc.co.uk

Above: Alan Leeder, of Box­ford, will be mak­ing Suf­folk Day sausages

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