WHEN chip store employee Donna Cowan needed to lose some weight, she determined to get out and begin clocking up the miles to lose the kilos.
The Palazzo counter assistant misplaced three stones a couple of years in the past the place she didn’t have to surrender her beloved fish and chips however walked 10,000 steps a day.
Lockdown life and with the chip store closing for months, Donna, of Ardrossan, determined it was time to get again on monitor and lose a bit extra weight.
So, she set about strolling 10,000 steps a day, it gave her one thing to do and she or he loved the recent air of her hometown.
Impressed together with her efforts, her sister, Laura MacGregor, provided to assist and prompt Donna search for household and associates to enroll and stroll alongside her.
This concept has grown legs and now there are 70 steppers serving to Donna and getting match and wholesome on the identical time too.
And it’s became a little bit of a contest, the ten,000 Step Gang has its personal Fb group and has been divided into groups, starting from the Coast Busters, the Blazing Sandals and the Shufflers to the Shin Splint and Scrambled Legs.
Donna’s personal group is the Walkie Talkies and she or he is loving that complete households are actually getting concerned together with her son Jai, 9.
“Jai has been sporting his step counter on a regular basis and him and his associates Alfie, Charlie and Logan who’re getting wonderful numbers
every day,” laughed Donna.
“Younger Charlie is simply 5 and he reached 73,000 steps.
“They’re placing us to disgrace, they’re loving getting out and about and it’s been nice to have some sunshine as an alternative of all that wind and rain, particularly down the shore.
“We determined to arrange a Fb group, the ten,000 Step Gang and earlier than I knew it we had a frontrunner board and each group was posting up their weekly step counting totals.
“It’s an incredible feeling to see the Walkie Talkies on the high of it.”
What began out as Donna attempting to shed pounds has develop into a bunch of 70 people who find themselves all dedicated to serving to one another get outdoors, get wholesome and really feel higher.
“We’re all a wee bit aggressive but it surely’s nice enjoyable too, and a few are doing it for the Maggie’s Centre and charities” mentioned Donna.
“I’m so blissful that Laura, who is actually energetic and performs plenty of hockey, prompt beginning the group, it has stored everybody motivated and it makes me proud when Jai asks to place his step counter on earlier than he goes off to high school.
“I’m a wee bit anxious as I’m again at work now within the chip store and I do love my fish suppers however I’m staying on monitor with my steps and on the café I’m on my ft all day so I ought to have the sting over the others.”