My father in law died earlier this evening. He was such a character and will be much missed.
But the reason I'm posting about it here is that I see inspiration in his story for C25kers everywhere.
He was in my life for nearly 30 years but BEFORE I knew him he was a chain-smoking lorry driver who lit his next cigarette from the previous one. He developed emphysema in the 1980s and as he lay in a hospital bed he said he heard the specialist tell the students gathered round his bedside, "If this man doesn't stop smoking he'll be dead in six months". He was so shocked by this that he never smoked again! And he lived another 30+ years and lived well, including numerous trips to his eldest in New Zealand.
My point is this: a simple, though no doubt difficult, change in lifestyle gave him an amazing new lease of life. And his grandchildren got to have a relationship with him, and as the mother of four of them, I'm grateful for that.
All of us who used to be couch potatoes have improved our odds by starting this excellent exercise program. There are no guarantees - that proverbial bus could hit us tomorrow. But we're en route to a new much healthier us. And our odds are better.
My mum's prone to say "Take the long-term view" about anything and everything. She's not wrong. And a nine week program isn't even all that long-term!