This weekend my daughter and I complete a “Mother-Daughter 100mi ride.” This was probably the last place we were smiling. Mile 26. The heat soon became a real concern. Zapping us of energy and inclination The heat surrounded our bodies and brains. We were constantly drinking and dousing ourselves. 12 hrs later we were done. We finished what we started. The lessons will be with both of us for sometime. We ARE stronger than we thought.
The dream was BIG, 100 miles. The date set in the fall. Surely we’d be ready in May! Surely we’d beat the heat that will soon settle and smoother the south. (Some would say, it came early this year.” I would suggest so.)
Interestingly, this appeared in my Facebook feed yesterday morning, the day after the “Mother-Daughter 100mi ride.” A year ago my husband and I did a Husband-wife 100… NOTE THE SWEATSHIRTS…it was much cooler last year.
. The biggest take-away? Dreams are BIG and BEAUTIFUL! Then hard and almost impossible! You won’t finish alone! Most of us need someone to stay with us, and keep us going. My daughter has done that for me, and I did that for her. Most of us need others to encourage us and help us. My husband, so much stronger, faster and better on a bike, came and paced us in the last 12 miles, after his 100mi ride. Together we finished this as a family. My dear friend Ellie, came out and rode with us, calling it an honor.”
It takes a village! Same with changing your food and changing your life. It’s going to take pure vision and guts. Fearlessness in the face of pain and people around you supporting you and cheering for you. We all need it!
Our ride was really hard. It was really hot. I’m so proud of my daughter. She pushed through out there. She pushed through pain, heat, nausea and completely being empty. She found that little something at the very bottom of the tank and used it! We did it! She said a day later to her boyfriend, “My parents really got me through this.” May the value of community NEVER EVER LEAVE HER.
I have worked so hard to come back from obesity and shame. To literally rebuild my life. God has blessed me with vision, support and opportunities to rise up, help others and become a stronger version of myself. Truly it’s a life, REBUILT. God has empowered me to overcome. That is the gift. God whispered almost 5 yrs ago, “you know when you eat this way you thrive, this is your food.”
Now, Caitlin will tell you, I’m already asking her, “WHAT’S NEXT?” I’m trying to pass on the BIG secret. You cannot stop pushing out the envelope or tent pegs of your life. You are created for more! DO NOT STOP GOING AND GROWING! If I had quit on my diet or myself, I would not be here, resting and utterly exhausted.