Jo is known by her twitter and Instagram handle @HappyHealthy50 which is where I first discovered her.
Jo is 53 years young and lives on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Jo is a single mum, after getting divorced in her early 40s and has two sons aged 21 and 17.
In May 2014, after the loss of her mum, Jo decided to row a million metres and marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support. For eight months Jo would head down to her local gyn and hop on the rowing machine. She would then row 10,000 metres. She would do this every other night after work - through her dedication and hard work, Jo raised £10,000 for charity.
During this podcast Jo also shared more about her experiences with menopause and peri menopause and how exercise helped her both physically and mentally and how she began to incorporate more of it into her life.
In September 2016 Jo picked up a paddle board for the first time and she had no idea where it would lead! Since that moment, Jo has gone on to become the first women to stand up paddle board (SUP) 162 miles /260km from coast to coast (Liverpool to Goole) across Great Britain.
Jo talks more about self confidence, dealing with grief, living her dreams, joy and learning to be proud of herself.
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Who is Jo
More about her family
Her greatest joy at the moment
Learning more about her childhood
Growing up in North Yorkshire
Her love of the sea
What life was like in her forties
Going through a divorce
“I can’t do this anymore” - “I just want to sleep”
Getting through the tough times
Getting an old indoor rowing machine
Starting to be able to sleep
Fitting in the exercise
Taking the first step
Having no expectations
Why fitness wasn’t a priority
Raising money in memory of her mum
Deciding to row 1 million metres and a marathon!!!
Rowing 10,000 every over night for 8 months (200 days)!!
Dealing with her grief and needing to get it out of her body
What is was like turning 50
Jo’s experience of menopause and peri menopause
Having to put herself on the priority list
The power of exercise
Doing stuff (exercise) that she love
Learning how to say no to stuff
Jo’s paddle boarding journey
Rain or Shine 30 - getting outside for 30 mins everyday
Paddle board the North - 162 miles coast to coast in Great Britain
Putting her dream away
Needing to have a big dream to pull her into the future
To trust in the timing of your life
The planning and preparation for the coast to coast challenge
Getting the time off work
Working backwards from the start date
Facts make dreams possible
Why it didn’t feel hard
The physical challenges of the expedition
Living her dream
Picking up litter on the journey
Having people question her ability while on the water
The positive impact on self confidence and believe
Being proud of starting the challenge