I did it! I stayed upright, not very far - just down the lane, u-turn and back again. But you've no idea how pleased I am with myself to even have got this far. With the support of my husband and this forum I've overcome my fear of being thought completely ridiculous and made a start!
I realise this is where the real work begins but for me to be thinking "Yes I will do it" rather than "No-way can I do that" is a pretty major achievement for me. I've had a pretty rough year and I've never been very good at trying things without being sure I could do them for fear of seeming foolish, so.... I'm chuffed to bits.
Thanks all for your support and encouragement. Now the hard work starts!!
I'll keep you posted - I find just "writing" this down helps, maybe I should start a blog too...