The battle is won! Beer talk and w9r3

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! :)


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  • congratulations on graduation and a fab time you completed a 5k.

    Well done to on getting a bit of me time back and putting it to such good use.

    You enjoy your drink and cry happy tears I know I will next week.

  • what a journey in 8 weeks and just the start of great things to come! very well done and many congratulations on all the changes you have managed.

  • WOW - Well done and carry on being "selfish". Everyone around you. including you, will benefit from your sanity break.

  • Fantastic! Good for you! You deserve the break that running will give you. Its an amazing hobby - and with health benefits! Really pleased for you :)

  • congratulations on every level - fantastic time for your run too.

  • Congratulations. Time for yourself is the most important thing. I'm glad you've realised this before the years have slipped by :)

  • Congratulations and bloody well done you

  • Fatrunner, many, MANY, congratulations on graduating. There is nothing selfish in having a little time for yourself every day. You will find you are a better, fitter, more tolerant, patient, lighter and definitely happier mum and that has got to be worth some "me time" hasn't it?

    Respect on the commitment and the weight loss. B210k next?


  • Wow!!! Congratulations, what an inspiration you are! It just goes to show what can be achieve with focus and determination. 32:24mn, you have every reason to be proud!

  • You are such an inspiration! Am only on W3R3 (tomorrow) but these blogs keep me going. You give yourself a massive pat on the back and I will send a virtual one....

  • Congratulations Fatrunnner (Much-thinner-runner?!) You are an inspiration to us all! I graduated too yesterday and am thrilled with myself tho my 5k time was much slower than yours - Wow! Well done and keep up the the good work. :-)

  • awww well done to you .i hope people doubting them selves will read this and get inspired . ;-)

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