THESE two friends are trying to exercise and raise money for a good cause.
With a combined starting weight of 34st, they would be the first to admit to them a push-up was a type of bra, and running was something hair dye did.
But Mandy Wood and Lindsay Hart decided they would jump off their sofas and take part in a 614 mile trek and bike ride across five countries, in aid of charity.
They will be walking and cycling from Blackpool Tower, to Holyhead in Wales, catching a ferry to Dublin, before walking and biking to Larne, Northern Ireland, boating to Troon in Scotland, and will then hike and cycle down through the Lake District back to Blackpool.
Over the 45-day journey, they will raise money for Making Space, which helps people with learning difficulties, mental health problems and dementia.
Lindsay, 33, of Poulton, said: “Mandy and I are carers, and we’ve both suffered from mental health problems at some point in our lives.
“I am a carer for the Shared Lives scheme, and I offer respite in my own home for people with learning difficulties. Making Space is a brilliant charity.”
Raising £5,000 is not the only reason the women – who hover around dress size 20 to 24 – wanted to take up the challenge.
Lindsay, a student at Myerscough College, said: “I have been overweight all my life. I’d like to shop in a wider range of clothes shops, I want to look at my body without cringeing.
“And I want to show we can do this. Charity walking isn’t just for skinnies, we can walk ourselves fit too.”
Mum-of-three Mandy, from Great Eccleston, said: “I want to walk into the pub with my hubby and turn a few heads for the right reasons. I want to be able to join in on the family bike ride, to go on family adventures and not worry about my weight.
“My children need good examples in their lives – and I want to be one of them.”
The 36-year-old said it would be tough leaving her family for so long, but her children and husband Roger would follow her route on Google Earth.
Both have started training – supported by the YMCA – for the challenge, which they have dubbed The Trim Trail. So far, they have lost more than 22lbs between them.
They are appealing for help with equipment for the trip in June – including a camper van they could borrow for six weeks, walking boots, bike spares, and a good mountain bike.
They would also welcome any gym kit people could donate.
To sponsor the pair, visit www.justgiving.com/trimtrail
To help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.