Sorry for going a little bit off-topic but this IS related to C25K, and intended as a fillip for those who are doing the programme as part of a weight loss regime.
I MADE MY TARGET WEIGHT THIS MORNING!
65.7Kg (target was 66) from a starting point of 97Kg last February (2012). I know that some of you have done much more than this, but I was so pleased I went out and bought myself a big box of choclolates. (to hand round my office colleagues ...) I lost 1/3 of my body weight, came off blood pressure medication and dropped from 38 inch waist trousers to 30 inch (and currently wearing a belt to stop them slipping ...)
So if you're running to lose weight, here's proof that C25K doesn't just work - it sets you up for the change of lifestyle that you need to get where you want to be. Of course, as I've often pointed out here, exercise alone doesn't actually result in weight loss - you need to run a mile to burn the calories from one slice of bread. But add exercise to the concept of just not putting as much food in your mouth ... absolutely.
Lessons? Here are my top two tips - the most important of the many I learned.
Read the nutritional information on EVERYTHING you eat - the most calorific foods are often those you would think are OK - and track your intake every day.
The plateau - we all hit those in running as well as weight loss. Be assured that you WILL get over these plateaux. And, if you track your weight day by day, you can monitor your trend by comparing the end-of-month weights. For me, this showed that, even when I was on a plateau, the weight was actually still coming off. So, in a lot of ways, the plateau is in the mind. Just like doing that first 20 minute run, the first 5K, the first 'public' run, the first 10K, half or full marathon.
You CAN do whatever you want. You just need to decide what you want to do, put the pieces in place, then stick to it even when you think it's getting tough. Just tell that little chimp on your shoulder to get back in his cage, and focus on what you CAN do.
Keep on runnin' !