Why can’t I just say “NO”?

TGIF! How many times have you heard that today? Well, apologies but I am shouting it out again.
Another week of full-time work down – first world problem but this week I had a bad stomach bug – I won’t go into the ins and outs of this bug, but let me tell you it wasn’t pretty.

After the bug passed, I couldn’t eat enough rubbish. It was on Thursday that I ate a whole packet of those strawberry creams, I sat in my car whilst I waited for my son to finish tutoring and I ate every single one of those suckers. It was like the world was running out of strawberry creams and I just couldn’t get enough of them. Of course, there was regret after I had done this – which leads me into the purpose of this week’s blog – thinking before I act.

Friday afternoons are great, we have no after school commitments, its a beautiful afternoon, my little boy’s birthday today and life is good. HOWEVER – I do have this feeling deep in the pit of my stomach lining, a feeling of being quite nervous and anxious. As my good friend pointed out to me today – I am constantly committing to things, only to get to the day and then dread it! Well this weekend isn’t any different, as this weekend I have committed to walking 50 LONG STINKING HOT KILOMETERS! Yes you read that correctly and it was not a typo. It sounded like a wonderful achievement at the time – now I am petrified I may fail, I haven’t done the training, I have a dodgy knee cap and even though I don’t look it, I am over 40. I just wish that my personality allowed me to think more before I opened my mouth.

To add insult to injury or salt to a dirty infected wound, I unfortunately have to report that the walk isn’t part of The Kokoda Track or The Great Wall of China – it gets better – it’s a scenic walk around the Shire – 50kms of THE SHIRE, all in one big fat hit. I do feel quite comfortable about this location and destination, as I know the route and I know where all the train stops are.

Why did I say yes to this? Well… basically it has come down to this. A few weeks back our family had some bad news about a very dear friend’s health – and for some reason me signing up to walk 50 km – for him, made me feel like I was at least doing something. Not sure if there is any rationale here but that is how I felt at the time. I will walk tomorrow and I will think of my friend and his strength.

I also did it for the friendships. I am doing this walk with some wonderful ladies, who make me laugh. We are all in the same boat or on the same route!  We will have a good laugh, possibly a good dummy spit and possibly another great dummy spit as we crusade around the SHIRE!

So.. I leave you on this note, enjoy your weekend and think of me and my friends if it is a stinking hot day tomorrow.

Giddy Up!



PS: the bit about me not looking over 40! Well that was a joke! If you didn’t get it the first time 😉


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