Every step counts
WHEN her late father passed away a year ago, Nuala Redmond found her weigh creeping up.
"I just stayed under the duvet cover and watched a lot of television," recalls Nuala from Mullaghmore.
Before long she was tipping the scales at 19st 4.5llbs.
The graphic designer and boat owner was very close to her dad, Reggie who passed away at the age of 87.
"I've always worked really hard but the weight kept piling on," she says.
Despite her hectic schedule, Nuala's comfort eating meant there was no halt to her weight gain.
It was on the first anniversary of her father's death that Nuala decided to do something about it.
Nuala (51) says: "I always had trouble with my weight but over the past year and a half I put on upwards on four stone. It was getting just worse and worse.
"I had it in the back of my head that I wanted to do something for St James's Hospital, maybe a sponsored weight loss.
"On the morning of my father's anniversary I decided to go for a walk.
"I went as far as the black rocks here in Mullaghmore.
"I picked up one of the black rocks and brought it home with me for varnishing.
"I decided I would start to do something about my weight.
"I got an MP3 player, downloaded some lively music and I also bought two light dumb bells.
"Practically every morning since, I walk down to the beach or go around the head.
"It can take me 55 minutes. I don't run or jog but I walk as fast as I can.
"I'm not attending classes nor do I intend to run any 5k races. I'm just doing this on my own.
"I prefer it that way rather than through a very structured way."
In her first week, Nuala lost five pounds.
She has spent the past six years in Mullaghmore and says its scenery is inspiring as she pounds its roadways.
Her ultimate aim is to shed around three and a half stone by her dad's second anniversary.
Nuala wants to raise funds for St James' Hospital and Sligo Regional Hospital through her weight loss regime.
Specifically she wants to buy special chairs used by patients in intensive care.
She explains: "These chairs help patients who are often hooked up to machines to get around better.
"They cost in the region of €3,000 each.
"When my dad was in St James's ICU, the only time he got out of the clinical room was when he was packaged up with all his tubes, oxygen and machinery into one of these very special chairs by ICU nurses and taken down to the foyer of the hospital.
"Then, he could sit under some indoor trees and watch people come and go at the cafe and shops there."
She is looking for sponsorship on a 'pound for pound' basis.
"Sponsors shouldn't feel they have to commit to the entire 12 months but it would be great if some did.
"I need at least 50 sponsors a month and a weight loss of about one stone every three months to reach my target and buy the chairs.
"I am setting up a dedicated bank account with a second signature to keep the money safe and separate."