Building A Solid Foundation For Success (guest post from my Mom)

Sometimes I get hair-brained ideas, like texting my Mom and asking her if she wanted to run the 1/2 marathon with me…cause that’s normal 🙂 I blame this all on Miz.

My mom, we call her MaMa-n, will be guest posting EVERY week up until the Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon in December in Las Vegas! Her is a little glimpse into what is getting her motivated..and I LOVE it!



“Building a Solid Foundation for Transformation” ~MaMa-n

On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 8:50pm the foundation of my life changed.

My cell phone chirped the arrival of a text message.  I was in the midst of a kitchen project but dropped what I was doing to see who was texting me this late at night.  It was from my daughter Michelle who offered the first inspirational block in what would be a new foundation for my life.

Her message posed this  challenge, “Do you want to come and run a half marathon with me in Vegas? Dec 5th?”
I’m an extremely spontaneous person and without hesitation I texted back, “Count me in! A marathon would be an awesome goal!”

Within seconds, I had accepted  the first step in my transformation.

My heart began to race in excitement and a rush of adrenaline pulsed through my veins as I embraced the idea of the journey ahead.  A 5 month journey experienced by a mom and daughter living over 9,200 miles apart and who would come together in the crescendo of a half marathon.

I am 48 and could definitely stand to lose some weight. My challenge ahead was to build and keep in motion the foundation Michelle began for me.  This was just the motivator I was looking for!

While the last thing I need is another pair of running shoes, I knew a new pair marking the start of training for the marathon was in order. I am now the proud owner of Brooks Ghost 3 running shoes.

When I got home, I read the inside of the shoe which says, “run with the ghost.”  I saw this as symbolic of Michelle.  While she is not physically with me over the next 5 months, every time I put my running shoes on and train for our mutual goal, I know she is with me in spirit. (that made me cry)

The next building block of the foundation is my fitness journal.

After a bit of research I chose to follow Jeff Galloway’s conditioning and half marathon training program. I mapped the program out with what I need to do at a minimum everyday to prepare myself physically for the race.  I also use the journal as a way to capture motivational sayings that I come across in my readings. I will jot the saying down a few days out and then when that day arrives I am once again inspired by the thought.  A recent favorite:

“Look upon activity not as something you have to do but rather as a fleeting opportunity to give your body a gift. Get it when you can.”  The Paleo Diet, Loren Cordain, Ph.D.

My fitness journal also serves as a place to write reflections of the day and maybe pick one thing I wish would have done better and develop a goal for achievement the next day.  All training goals met each day are delightfully marked with yellow highlighter.

The journal is an integral part of my day.

I take it with me everywhere.  It is a constant physical reminder of my goals, motivation, and progress towards building a solid foundation for transformation.

What tools do you use to build a solid foundation for success?

~Mish & MaMa-n

9 thoughts on “Building A Solid Foundation For Success (guest post from my Mom)

  1. comfortingeatingcoach says:

    I love the idea of this motivational journal – I’m off to the shops to get one!

  2. Miz says:


    And for me the tool I bring along everywhere I go to be certain of success is finally wholly and utterly ME!

    the knowledge that all I truly need is within.

  3. Foodie McBody says:

    Your mom rocks! I cannnnnnnnnnnnot wait to meet her! And I am now 90% sure I am bringing my daughter (possibly daughterS) with me! Yay for multigenerational halfmarathoning!!

  4. Sarah says:

    Oh, Michelle, this is so wonderful! I am so happy for both you and your mum, and the fact you get to do it together. The only thing I could get my mum to do with me would be to diet…and lord knows I don’t want to do that!

    Looking forward to the regular posts from her!

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