As I mentioned on my last blog I will not be running for the next month due to Ramadan beginning tomorrow. Ramadan is the Islamic month where Muslim's do not eat or drink during daylight, which will be around 19 hours this year. So I thought this would be a good time to blog about what I have achieved in the past 9 months.
Also I apologise for the length of this post in advance!
Back in October I was at 94kgs and walking up a few flights of stairs got me out of breath. There are a few things that started my weight loss and exercising. A friend passed away last summer of a heart attack at the age of 30 and weight was a contributing factor, so this did get me thinking of my health but i didn't do anything at the time. We also have a gym at work but since joining in 2011 I was too lazy to apply to join it. One day an administrator who looks after the gym was walking by my desk and I decided to ask what I needed to do to join up. I completed a health and safety induction the following day and I had access to the gym!
I started going 3 times a week doing light weights and cycling and it was difficult, however I didn’t change my diet. One day after going to the gym I got home and had fried eggs, chips, beans and garlic bread for dinner. Only after eating did it dawn on me that I had just undone and good I did in the gym. A friend had mentioned an app that they used for a few months to log their food so I researched a few and found one called calorie count. I logged my food for a week and could see I was eating far too much. By reading a few articles on line and by some simple calculations I worked out that I should be eating 1800 calories a day, which gave me a 500 calorie deficit and would lead to weight loss.
At the same time I bought a Nike Fuelband, which is a fancy pedometer. It turns your movements into a score and encourages you to be more active. This really helped me to get out and walk more in evening and weekends and to keep me going to the gym. It was £130 so I wanted to make sure I got my money’s worth! When I began my walks I used the Nike+ running app to log my walks but I did not run at the time because the walks themselves were tiring for me out.
So I kept logging my food, eating healthier, exercising and slowly lost the weight:
Mid Oct – 94kg
Mid Dec – 90kg
End Jan – 81kg
End Feb – 78kg
End Mar – 74kg
End Apr – 73kg
End May – 71kg
End June – 70kg
I felt the improvements to my health early in the year and by the beginning of April I felt confident that I could begin C25K. I also stopped logging my food in April because I had got into good habits after using it for 6 months. The first few weeks of C25K were not difficult because of the gym work I had already done but by week 4 I was finding it hard. I persevered and graduated at the beginning of June!
From there it took me 3 weeks to build up to 10km and I have joined my local Parkrun, where my best time is 25’30” for the 5km. I will also be volunteering at the Parkrun a few times when I am fasting.
So in the last 9 months I have lost 24kgs, improved my health and become a runner. My aim for the rest of the year is to get my 5km time to 23 mins, 10km time to 55 mins and improve my strength. My profile pic is an attempt at a before and after comparison, my photoshop skills are not great but hopefully the weight loss shows.
Thank you to everyone who has had kind words for me over the last few months and I will keep visiting this site in the next few weeks to read your blogs!