Clare Taalab

Clare Taalab

Clare's 20 in 30 before 40 Challenge

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In April 2020, 3 and a half months after my diagnosis with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 38, I decided to stick it to the Parkinson’s man and undertake a fundraising challenge, the Ten Tasks of Taalab.[/p][p]12 months later, in an effort to show Parkinson’s I’m still in charge (most of the time), it’s back and it’s bigger than ever. It’s the “20 in 30 before 40” Challenge: 20 tasks in 30 days before my 40th birthday.[/p][p][b]So what am I up to this time?[/b][/p][p]Those of you who followed my challenge and my blog in 2020 will know that exercise is a big deal for people with Parkinson’s. I’ve gone from a reluctant and rare exerciser in early 2019, to someone who does some form of exercise (mostly uncomplainingly) at least six or seven times a week. Exercise has given me strength, confidence and greater control of my symptoms. So this means that I need to take on an even bigger challenge this time to prove myself worthy of your generous donations![/p][p]From 31st March to 29th April I’m planning to tackle the following 20 challenges:[/p][p]* One hour in [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvIjsG5Svck]plank[/url][/p][p]* 500 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnyTQDSE884]mountain climbers[/url][/p][p]* 500 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNp6RPH38sw]burpees[/url] (I’ll ‘fess up, I’ll be doing these off the edge of a step rather than on the floor as getting all the down to the floor 500 times falls into the too damn hard category)[/p][p]* 1,000 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wcgEGQN5_U]step ups[/url] holding two 10kg weights[/p][p]* 500 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF5tnEBrdkc]squats[/url] holding a 12kg weight[/p][p]* 500 [url=http://blob:https://www.youtube.com/56e2fca0-6222-43a9-9e22-7c77f8e5e365]glute bridges[/url][/p][p]* 1,000 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7KaRcUTQeE]lunges[/url] holding two 5kg weights[/p][p]* One hour in [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdln9qWYloU]tree pose[/url] (I appreciate this is not the most dynamic exercise ever, but balance is really important in Parkinson’s - before I started all my Parkinson’s-focused exercise I couldn’t stand on my right leg with my eyes closed for more than one second)[/p][p]* 500 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSxHifyI6s8]kettlebell swings[/url] holding a 12kg weight[/p][p]* 500 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSza8hVTlmM]bench presses[/url] with 10kg in each hand[/p][p]* 500 [url=http://blob:https://www.youtube.com/8d5a4d6c-790d-44d3-999a-fd5c40fbb407]bicep curls into shoulder press[/url] using 5kg weights[/p][p]* 500 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRiJVZDpdL0]tricep extensions[/url] using 5kg weights[/p][p]* 500 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asgla5Zg-co]shoulder flys[/url] using 5kg weights[/p][p]* 1,000 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYcpY20QaE8]bent over rows[/url] using 10kg weights[/p][p]* 500 push-ups (no link needed – you all know what these are!)[/p][p]* 200 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogR62Ghj3Z4]hand walkouts[/url] (I know this isn’t a lot, but I really bloody hate these)[/p][p]* Some running (for the sake of my sanity, I’m not going to commit to a distance as running is my nemesis. One of my worst Parkinson’s symptoms is dystonia (AKA really horrible cramping) in my right foot which, when it strikes, can spell the immediate end of any walking or running)[/p][p]* Six hours of specialist Parkinson’s specific workout classes covering strength, cardio, balance, coordination and shadow-boxing (big shout out to Anna from Neuro Heroes and to Toby)[/p][p]* Six hours of yoga (Gabi keeps me sane and bendy)[/p][p]* Four hours of Pilates (Nuala challenges my (non-existent) core muscles)[/p][p]I don’t mind admitting, having written this in full, I’m starting to wonder if this is one of my less good ideas… I have planned this all out, and completing the challenge will mean working out every day for each of the 30 days, and twice a day for 13 of the 30 days. My last challenge meant working out every day for about 20 minutes. This challenge means working out every day for each last 45 minutes and for more than half the days, doing more like an hour and 45 minutes.[/p][p]The intention is to finish on 29th April and then go away with my husband for our fifth wedding anniversary where I plan to spend four solid days sitting in a hot tub.[/p][p][b]Who am I fundraising for?[/b][/p][p]Last time I did a big fundraising challenge I didn’t raise money for Parkinson’s charities because, “Parkinson’s doesn’t define me.” [/p][p]Parkinson’s still doesn’t define me, but this time I am fundraising for two Parkinson’s charities. Why? In all honesty, entirely selfish reasons.[/p][p][b]1.[/b] [b]I really want a cure to be found[/b] - Left untreated, and even with treatment, in the long-term Parkinson’s could rob me of my ability to walk, to swallow, to speak and to smile. I’m sure there have been times when all of you would prefer that I spoke less, but I hope you’ll agree that avoiding all of these things would be better.[/p][p][b]2.[/b] [b]I really want to see improvements in treatment[/b] - Did you know that levodopa, the main treatment for Parkinson’s disease, was discovered in the 1960s? In essence, treatment for Parkinson’s disease has changed reasonably little in the best part of 60 years. Also, no Parkinson’s treatments are side-effect free – indeed, based on what I’ve read, some of the side-effects of some medications seem worse to me than symptoms of the disease they are trying to treat. Fancy dyskinesia (uncontrolled movements), a risk of gambling, shopping or sex addiction? Me neither.[/p][p][b]3.[/b] [b]I really want people to have access to better, more positive information[/b] - When I was first diagnosed, I found out by reading a copy of a letter sent to my GP. My diagnosis had not been discussed with me. I was not able to ask questions. I had to go private to get this diagnosis confirmed, and have the opportunity to discuss what this meant for my health and my future. Even now, some time after my diagnosis, I find much of what I read about Parkinson’s to be so bleak and depressing that it actually worsens my symptoms. People with Parkinson’s deserve access to better, more well-rounded information to empower them to make positive decisions on an informed basis.[/p][p]So with that in mind I’m raising money for Cure Parkinson’s (because a cure for this bloody thing seems frankly the most convenient way forward) and Parkinson’s UK (because access to information, tailored exercise programmes and a community of fellow Parkinson’s people to ask questions of is hugely important).[/p][p]Now I know many of you gave so generously to my last fundraising challenge that I may be pushing my luck in undertaking another challenge and asking again. And I completely understand that many people simply can’t give at the moment, and that’s absolutely fine. But for those who can afford it, I would be hugely grateful for any donation you can spare to help me, and the thousands of others like me, diagnosed with the world’s fastest-growing neurological condition.[/p][p]Help me show Parkinson’s that it can get stuffed.[/p]

Event

Personal Challenge Date

31 Mar 2021

Supporters


May 4, 2021

Pete

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


May 4, 2021

Anonymous

Amazing work Clare

£15.00


May 1, 2021

Ken and Julie

Yet another resilient inspiring effort. Well done Clare. Thank you for inspiring.

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Apr 30, 2021

Catherine Stewart

Clare ‘Inspirational legend’ Taalab! Absolutely brilliant, well done xx


Apr 29, 2021

Sal James and Es Xx

Legend! Xx

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Apr 29, 2021

Jacki Welch

Well done Clare. You are an inspiration x

£50.00


Apr 29, 2021

Liam

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Apr 29, 2021

Jemma

A fantastic job on completing the challenge and raising money for an important cause.

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Apr 29, 2021

The Goslings

Amazing achievement and amazing inspiration, you are truly an amazing role model Clare xx

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Apr 29, 2021

Anne and Stan

We think you’re absolutely amazing Clare. Well done xx

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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