So, it's been an amazing experience for me, my last run of week 9 went for 35 minutes, covering 5.2 km. I feel great, I should have written this last night, but my parents are visiting here in Istanbul, and didn't have time. When I started this running plan 9 weeks ago, I was 103 kg, now I am 90 kg, still need to lose 3 more kilos, but I'm in good shape, and I am aware of what I'm eating now. I used to smoke water pipe for some time a couple of years ago, but that's become history now for me.

I truly didn't have faith in myself, I'm too busy to do anything other than translation, reading, and family, but running changed my whole life, it brought me closer to myself, raised my awareness of the person I want to be 10 years later, better for myself, my kids in the future, and the people I love the most.

I am truly thankful for all of you guys, I don't think I would have made it without your support, advice, and cheers. I might seem over happy, but I know the best what a loser I was in terms of weight, shape, fitness, and diet, and this change, although very small compared to the achievements of others, is a remarkable thing in my life. I don't remember I was this happy when I got my M.A degree :)

I can't stop thanking you guys, Laura, NHS, and all those who worked to make this program available for other people around the globe, regardless of the their race, colour, or religion.

I am a graduate now, I want my badge please.

Merry Christmas people, and Happy Holidays for each and everyone of you,


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  • Congratulations on your graduation and what a lovely Christmas message for us here in the UK. Enjoy your new life and skill!

  • You made it ! Great news. I hope this becomes a continuing habit in your life as you seem to enjoy the benefits running can bring. Have a happy and healthy 2015 and fingers crossed Mrs Z does as well as you too.

  • Yay!! Well done Zeidan!! Have a great Christmas! :)

  • wonderful blog, it sounds like it really has changed your life completely....well done you and a good distance covered too. Enjoy whatever is next for you :)

  • What a lovely post, congrats on your graduation. Did you really lose 13KGs in 9 weeks? Just with running? That's absolutely fabulous! I don't think any of us had any idea when we started the programme where it would take us, it really is amazing isn't it?

    Enjoy your future running, don't forget to share with us all here where it takes you xxx

  • not only running, I was on a diet, not a strict one though, but I've been eating sensibly since I've started running.

    Thank youuuu

  • Congratulations Zeidan ! What a fab post ! I am so pleased for you. Its true, this programme is life changing .

    Its been a pleasure reading about your progress, and I hope you keep in touch and let us know of your continuing successes.

    Enjoy your running , wherever it takes you.

    Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones xxx

  • Yay!!!!You 've done it. I am really pleased for you and look forward to reading what your next runs are!!!

  • Woo hoo... well done... will set the fireworks off a bit later... putting the flags out now :-)

    Well done and may all your future runs be good ones!!

  • Congratulations Zeidan - you certainly deserve that graduate badge - you need to apply using the pinned post on the right.

    Lots of lovely running adventures ahead!

  • Congratulations! Lovely post :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to you too

  • Salam to you too Zeidan congratulations on your graduation. Well deserved. Enjoy your new hobby

  • welld one zeidan and very well deserved :D happy holidays tou you :D and enjoy your new life and everything it gives to you :D

  • Thank you so so much :)

  • What an lovely inspirational post, congratulations on your graduation and good running in the new year Zeidan

  • Thank you so much :)

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