How I found Spring Into Summer

Mum of six Sharon Wright is looking forward to getting married in September. So how does this 36-year-old from Wickham Market find time to exercise? Q: What did you hope to achieve with Spring Into Summer?A: Firstly for me to come out of my comfort zone and try something different and new.

Mum of six Sharon Wright is looking forward to getting married in September. So how does this 36-year-old from Wickham Market find time to exercise?

Q: What did you hope to achieve with Spring Into Summer?

A: Firstly for me to come out of my comfort zone and try something different and new. And to lose some weight as I am getting married in September, and boost my self confidence.

Q: What stopped you keeping fit in the past?

A: Lack of motivation and positive thinking. I am always keen to have a go at sports and exercise classes, but I have never managed to stay with something for a long period of time.

Q: Have you tried any sports before, and how did you find them?

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A: I love to go swimming and cycling when I can and have tried numerous other activities to keep fit, but it is difficult to fit it in with family life.

Q: How are you getting on with the group?

A: I was nervous to begin meeting new people, but soon felt at ease as everyone has been very friendly and supportive of each other.

Q: Is weight loss part of your aim? If so, how have you tried before and did you fail or succeed?

A: Yes I have tried on many occasions to lose weight but have failed due to lack of motivation. The Spring into Summer experience has given me the realisation that if you have a goal it can be achieved.

Q: Plus what's your favourite food - and is it good for you?

A: Cheese and chocolate. It's not bad if you eat it in moderation within your diet you don't have to give up the things you like most.

Q: How has the nutrition advice helped you?

A: I knew most of it already but was still surprised at how big and important a part protein and carbohydrates still need to be within your diet. Where I always thought reducing them helped weight loss but that is not necessarily the case.

Q: How have you found Spring into Summer so far?

A: I have thoroughly enjoyed it and loved having the chance to do new and different things.

Q: Which event has been your favourite so far, and why?

A: Archery, as it was something I've never done before and once I relaxed and got in to it I had a lot of fun and it's also something my children and I could do as a family.

Q: Which event has been the biggest challenge for you, and why?

A: The dry wall climbing as I was extremely anxious and needed the encouragement which I got from the others. I am not very good with heights. Once I had done it I felt proud of my achievement.

Q: What have you gained from the programme?

A: Self confidence, realisation that I can achieve things if I stay motivated and positive. Meeting a great mix of people and some fun memories along the way.

Stowmarket man Graham Day, 55, was never confident at sport, but has enjoyed many activities through Spring Into Summer which he would not have tried otherwise. He now wants to start archery.

Q: What did you hope to achieve with Spring Into Summer?

A: An awareness of the other options for fitness and to improve my fitness levels.

Q: What stopped you keeping fit in the past?

A: Being wary of what activities would be like. This has been good because it is a taster. I don't' want to commit without knowing what it is like before.

Q: Have you tried any sports before, and how did you find them?

A: I've done running about 20 years ago when the jogging craze was on. But I stopped because my knee hurt. I used to be a market researcher and so was always on my feet which kept me fit. But I was the sort of person at school who was left when they picked teams and I've never been confident with sport.

Q: How are you getting on with the group?

A: It's fun. I enjoy it and it's nice to do it in a group with people you have things in common with. And while some people excel at some sports they don't at others so it is a leveller and don't feel inadequate.

Q: Is weight loss part of your aim? If so, how have you tried before and did you fail or succeed?

A: It is part of my aim but I haven't tried before. Now I really want to improve my fitness and do a sports run for charity.

Q: Plus what's your favourite food - and is it good for you?

A: Curries which aren't particularly good. I live on my own and I can cook if I want to but I don't often want to.

Q: How has the nutrition advice helped you?

A: Yes it has because I remember if I go into the supermarket and there is a nagging voice if I pick up a ready meal that says what about the vegetables.

Q: How have you found Spring into Summer so far?

A: Totally enjoyable. I've missed three sessions but the ones I've been done I have enjoyed with different levels of ability. But they were all fun.

Q: Which event has been your favourite so far, and why?

A: Archery, it was something I could do. I probably will take it up now and it was different and I like doing different things.

Q: Which event has been the biggest challenge for you, and why?

A: The climbing wall and over coming the fear of heights. It is a real fear because I climb a ladder to paint the house and freeze. I was surprised I could do Go Ape.

Q: What have you gained from the programme?

A: Improved confidence and deciding to look for the next challenge and to try to get a place on a charity run.