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Looking for inspiration!!

Hey, I've asthma, emphysema and High BP and used that as an excuse not to exercise. But..week 1 was in the bag..got halfway through week 2 and now I'm struggling to get out after work. I work long days and have a teenager at home. I am now starting to talk myself out of going out and I was starting to feel great. I am a size 12-14 so just want to lose a few pounds and feel better about myself. What do you all do for inspiration? I've changed my eating habits so am eating natural yoghurts with fruit and a bit honey as I've such a sweet tooth.

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Your best bet may be to try run early in the morning. When I first started the programme, I was so worried about someone seeing my uncoordinated staggering that I was out of the house before 6am to run. The best things about early running, (apart from no one seeing you when you're feeling self conscious as a new runner) are 1) Your run doesn't eat into your busy life: you're getting up earlier so you're effectively making new time 2)First thing in the morning it's much cooler and, as summer approaches, that's got to be a good thing. 3) As a fellow asthmatic, there are way fewer traffic fumes around in the early morning to trigger your asthma.

I do hope you find a way to fit c25k into your life. You won't regret it :)

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I think I will. I do have to get up at 5.45am anyway but I do go to bed early. Anyway, I've taken tomorrow off so will indeed make use of that. I am so into doing this but at the end of the day am shattered. Thank u

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I also have asthma although I can't relate to the other medical things. But looking purely at the asthma, I tell myself 'If Paula Radcliffe can run marathons I can do this run' :)

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yeah I'll try getting up earlier and do it then. :)

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I also had HBP before starting the programme. A year on, my BP is 125/70 and I'm off medication. If you can stick with it, it really can help. (haven't lost any weight due to food indiscipline...)

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That's great with the HBP though!! Well done

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When I don't want to go I remind myself how good I'll feel in just half an hour. And how cross with myself I would be if I didn't. Works for me!

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I know...I went out yesterday and it felt great after. So going out tonight and will try remember that feeling afterwards as you do feel great.

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That's me started back up again and w3 r1 is tonight or maybe tomorrow as I was out running last night so should perhaps have a rest day tonight. So exited to be in it again..plus the weather is fab!! :)

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