I don’t blame you for thinking I had gone! I thought you had all gone too as my journey was over and I had become lax with posting….. I thought you would all be bored with my ramblings but I have been asked several times ‘When are you going to update your blog?’
I have still been struggling with the lack of an ambition now that I have satisfied my lifelong urge to walk from John O’Groats to Lands End.
Yes it is a hard one to follow….
What I do know is that the preparations, the training and the walk itself left me in better shape than I had probably ever been…….. I don’t want to lose that!
Potentially at 65 things can deteriorate very fast……. and I don’t want that to happen.
I am focussed on the need to keep mind and body in good order to get the most from the last section of my life.
What could my next achievement be? I don’t run, I have often passed runners on the road (from the comfort of my car) and thought ‘I don’t get it!’
However could my next challenge be to learn to run and then go on to run a marathon? I haven’t run for about 52 years so that is a very big ask. It would be a big challenge ………….. and then my mind went off into the world of fantasy where I thought could I get fit enough and train to achieve a marathon on my 66th birthday?
I did say it was a world of fantasy ……..could I challenge my 3 sons to run in the same marathon?
This train of thought was getting ridiculous but winter is coming and it is so easy on dark, damp days to stay indoors and not get enough exercise and fresh air. Last year I had the focus of the JOGLE. I had built up my mileage during the long summer of 2018 and when winter came I joined a gym to make sure I had no excuse not to exercise even on the wettest of winter days.
I still have the gym membership and I have been using it to keep my fitness levels up since the big walk. As I mentioned earlier I am in better shape than I have ever been.
I was an overweight child…. I am short, just five foot and come from a long line of short round ancestors!! I have had to be aware of my food intake all my adult life.
At 15 I was 11 stone and I would say that 95% of my adult life I have been within half a stone either side of that weight. Sometimes heavier and very, very occasionally lighter!
Now you can probably can see why I was never a runner……a five foot, eleven and a half stone, flat footed (forgot to mention that before) runner isn’t really a very pretty sight.
I spent many years working as a weight loss consultant trying to help people make changes to keep their weight under control. This was something that was close to my heart as I was constantly aware from my own genetic make up how easy it was to gain stones!
When I became a mum I was very aware that I needed to make sure my children learnt good eating habits so that they didn’t become overweight.
They can all tell you stories of how they got healthy snacks for school where their friends had sweets. They never had sugar in drinks or on cereals (and they didn’t have sugary cereals!) They were all sporty and had good teeth and didn’t get fat so I must have been on the right track!
So back to the present…….. My weight dropped during my training for the JOGLE and I have managed to keep it under control and I am now approx nine and a half stone. This is still borderline overweight for my height but I feel it is a healthy weight for me and I want to maintain it. This is not possible for me unless I eat healthily and exercise regularly……….back to my next challenge…….. it has to make me exercise and eat healthily…….
So let’s forget a marathon…… for now anyway.
I think I have come up with a focus, something Royston and I can do together, something that gives us both a reason to stay fit over the winter……….
Can you guess?
I am so tempted to leave you there on the cliff edge and tempt you to come back to find out but I am not that mean.
My plan is that next June we will do 3 peaks in 3 weeks! I know that is a piece of cake for many young fit folks but it is a sensible challenge for us!
So we will take 3 weeks holiday in the camper during which time we will climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. So potentially I will climb Ben Nevis on my 66th birthday.
We will be able to see more of Scotland, which we fell in love with, and will be able to choose the day’s we climb in order to have the best views from the peaks!
It is something to look forward and a reason to keep fit and healthy through the winter…..
Have I climbed a mountain before? Find out in my next post!