In March of last year I was 16st 9lb and unfit, I had a typical 50 yr old males beer belly and looked more like Onslow, I started using myfitnesspal in March of 2014 and by October tipped the scales at 12st 10lb, mission accomplished.
Also whilst using myfitnesspal I used Runkeeper and started hyking/walking or whatever you prefer to call it. I bought a satmap and using walkinghighlands mapped out some 8 to 10 mile walks locally, this gave me more calories to play with, especially at weekends, when I still enjoyed a few beers. By November, I was getting cocky and tried the occasional 100 meter run whilst out walking, I was in my youth and early twenties a quick sprinter, It was a challenge, but the dark nights where upon me and time was short for 10 mile walks, so running seemed a good alternative. I stared really ambitious and would run / jog a 9 mile route locally, I could do it it around 1hr 50 and it earned me plenty of calories for a Saturday night drink.
I needed some structure to my running, so back in mi February I started the C25K, I remember thinking as week 5 run 3 was approaching, I'm never going to run for 20 minutes after all I had never so far to date. Of course, through following the plan I did it. I started Park runs in the February and dropped out for 3 weeks in March whilst I completed C25K, opting instead to volunteer as a marshal whilst I saw it through.
I have since ran numerous 8 mile & 10 mile routes and today have entered my 1st 10k race, I'm not expecting to be fast, most probably looking at last years race results around the back I will finish, but eh so what I will have done it competitively.
I know many of you will and have followed a similar story and I acknowledge the achievement of Steve Lewis who went one further and completed the Oxford Half marathon.
I write this in the hope others may read it who are maybe following C25K and thinking, I will never lose this weight or run 5k. You can and as the late Roy Castle would say, dedication is what you need.
I'll let you know where I finished later, if anybody is interested lol.
Keep up the good work everybody and never loose faith.