That way, if it turned out to be a bad decision (which I highly suspected it would!) I could back out gracefully and nobody would know the difference.
Except for the ten people living in our home. And my oldest daughter Amanda. I told her during a weak moment when I needed compassion (and maybe a little sympathy).
But then I received an email from my cousin wishing me luck with training for the 5K, telling me how brave I am. She said she had seen Stephanie's Facebook post.
I pulled up her Facebook page and saw her status:
Guess what? My mom is now training for the 5K! Yes ladies and gentlemen, I got my 48 y-o mom to run! Woohoo!
(Several of her friends commented, including Amanda who said, "Please don't kill Mom....")
|Image courtesy of Sura Nualpradid|
Corrie reminded me that I had accomplished something else that in her mind is really hard. I successfully completed a 60 day juice fast last summer. "Mom, if you can do that, you can surely do this!"
During these last 7 months since ending the juice fast, I've come to realize that a key factor in my success was...accountability. I had announced here on my blog what I was up to (and even invited others to join me). I kept an online journal which I posted weekly. Readers tuned in each Friday for an update and to cheer me on (you can read the first post here: Adventures of the Secret Society: Week 1. This post, along with the other 9 updates and results are now part of my eBook about my journey titled, Tugboat: My Voyage Out of Obesity.)
I'm here to make an "official announcement" that I have begun training alongside several of my children and two other friends for a 5K race that is scheduled for April 20. We are using a running plan called From Couch to 5K in 9 weeks. We will be jogging/walking 3 days a week and doing T-Tapps the days in between, and taking Sundays off. P.S. I'm already really looking forward to next Sunday!
I plan to post updates here on my blog, beginning later this week.
I'm trying to believe that I can do this.
I am confident that the accountability will keep me motivated.
And I'm really hoping that Stephanie doesn't indeed "kill Mom".