I too am joining the many people who are graduating today! Today was my final run of the program and I decided to celebrate by actually keeping going until I had actually run the entire 3.1miles / 5km. I must admit to being quite proud of my 32:24 time for my first 5k ever. Never would have imagined this when I started this eight weeks ago.
I have to admit I didn't start this program for the usual reasons (although I'm not complaining about the weight loss so far!). My main motive was to claim some time back for me. I have three children, one of whom is disabled and an extremely part time father. Ive had to give up my career, my hobbies, my friends; everything that was me in order to give the 24 hour care my son needs. But a couple of months ago I decided to be selfish and claim some regular time for me especially now I have finally found a school that has the resources to cope with my 'spirited' boy.
So now I again have a hobby! Not only that but I have been able to see something through to completion for purely selfish reasons. And the icing on the cake has been this community. You are all so inspirational. I have thoroughly (and will continue) enjoy reading all your blogs and watching you all go through your individual adventures.
To anyone who doubts that they can do this I would seriously say, ''If I can do it then anyone can!'' Physically I was 18st when I started. Smoked for the last ten years. Ive lost over 2 stone (I spotted my collar bones for the first time in years the other day, I took a picture lol) and have dramatically cut down on the fags and I know that I will stop completely soon (such is the massive boost in confidence this program has given me in regard to what I'm capable of doing).
So I raise my glass to you all, cry some happy tears and toast the many, many more miles to come!