A joint post by Elizabeth and Janet.
Elizabeth’s Version of Events
I have a very good friend who is hugely supportive of my weight loss efforts and who is always looking for ways to encourage and assist me. Sadly, many of these ways involve exercise.
One of her latest suggestions was to walk another half marathon (and, yes, I have walked one before – three years and a huge number of kilograms ago). We’d choose somewhere away from home and then we could make “a lovely weekend” of it – her words, not mine, as I fail to see how walking 21kms is going to make any weekend lovely!
I practiced my speech to let her down gently. I just couldn’t commit to the training time. With working full time and really wanting to get some writing done, I didn’t need the extra pressure of another thing on my to do list. Maybe we could think about it in six months time. I was all ready to deliver this speech, but before I could, my daughter announced in front of my friend that she wanted to do it and I was stuck. There was no way I was getting out of it now.
So, what did I do?
Well, I bullied Janet in to doing it too, of course!!!
What I mean is I laid out all the benefits for her and provided support and encouragement to enable her to make this important decision on her own. I even generously provided her with a copy of my wonderfully balanced training schedule. OK, between you and me, it’s the training schedule from hell, but let’s not tell Janet that! I tried to focus more on the health benefits of walking and how we could have a grand old chat while we were walking for four hours. The course is flat and it goes through vineyards – what could be nicer than that?!
We also agreed there would be cake at the end of it. And mine will be accompanied by a stiff drink as well.
It will be fun!!! (Well, probably not, but I’m sure that’s something you’re supposed to say about these things.)
And I have started training. This morning I got up with the birds and walked into the Wither Hills behind our house (although stumbled along might be a better description). I even got to practice my stop-panting-and-look-like-your-loving-this face when I passed someone I knew. I hate to admit it, but it wasn’t so bad. It was a lovely time of day to be out and I listened to a great podcast while I was walking. Of course, it was only a 5km walk today. Ask me how I’m feeling about it in a couple of weeks when the walks get longer…
Janet’s Version of Events
I was conned.