Tell Laura, I LOVE HER!!: Here I am chuntling... - Couch to 5K

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AllieG profile image

Here I am chuntling around Parkrun. I may look like I'm about to die, but I've ditched a stone and a half, run three times a week and swim on Fridays, have ditched bread and chocolate and am ALOT happier than I look! AND... (Blush) I have bought my first ever bikini (there will be no selfies of that one).

Stick with it C25Kers :-)

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millwalki8 profile image


looking forward to the Baywatch beach run photo's :)

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AllieGGraduate in reply to millwalki8

Ha haa! No chance.

poppypug profile image

Wow ! You look amazing Allie !

Well done to you on the weight loss too .....

Yep, proper Poster Girl look there :-) xxx

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AllieGGraduate in reply to poppypug

I think losing weight has really helped improve my running, it's helped my shinsplints and joints. Can't believe I feel so healthy.

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poppypugGraduate in reply to AllieG

You look really healthy too ! - Fab stuff Ali , really pleased for you xxx

mfamilias profile image

Congratulations - on the weightless and exercise, AND the bikini :D You don't look like you're going to die, you look like a "proper runner" - because you are. The most important thing you mention above is that you are happy - it's essential in the mad old world we live in.

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AllieGGraduate in reply to mfamilias

I know! Anxiety and depression have been old foes all my adult life. It's really kept the old black dog away.

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mfamiliasGraduate in reply to AllieG

It is one of the benefits I wasn't expecting at all - it just goes to show how much we can be defeatist about things we don't realise can can through simple life changes, huh.

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mfamiliasGraduate in reply to mfamilias

can can? As in the French Cancan? Can change.

misswobble profile image

Great stuff Alli! You're a star!

I've never ditched bread as I make the stuff, and love it lots, but you can have good bread but not so much of it. I eat choc very occasionally, and then just a bit of the dark stuff, usually in a dessert. I quite like a grating of it on my fruity dessert. It's all about moderation, and if we keep running, swimming, dog walking blah blah then we got it covered.

Parkrun is brill int it! I don't do it as I volunteer on a Saturday morning, but I've done it twice and long to do it again

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AllieGGraduate in reply to misswobble

Must admit, I do let it all hang out a bit at the weekend, but I guess that's kind of the point of all the exercise! I love bread. Chocolate, though... Oddly, I've gone off it, it's too sweet and intense now. Red wine is pretty much the main vice now.. :-/

Dunder2004 profile image

Nice one Allie. Looking very composed there.

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AllieGGraduate in reply to Dunder2004

Thank you Dunder :-)

Beenal profile image

You are looking awesome! Go girl! Xxx

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AllieGGraduate in reply to Beenal

Thanks! :-D

Hey,,well done, I bet your really chuffed wi h yourself, and you should be.. I only joined today and did my first run of the c25k this morning.. I too looked like I was about to die lol but am really glad I did it.. Any tips on how to stay focused while trying to loose weight?

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AllieGGraduate in reply to babygirl13

I think the best thing I did was to be really abstemious during the week... No bread, just fruit during the day and then a sensible and normal evening meal. For me, I think carbs are the enemy so once you get in the mindset of avoiding them it's easier. Specially as I let myself have some croissants or crusty bread at the weekend, and a curry! That way you really enjoy the treats and appreciate them. Just try and find the groove that works for you, and stay in it. It's a whole new way of thinking really, don't think of it as a "diet" as such, but rather, your new way of approaching what you put into your system. I think the whole "diet" thing is quite punishing, you need to enjoy things still. Good luck, keep posting on this forum and your new virtual running chums will see you through.

Tomas profile image

Yay Allie, looking great! You should be proud of your achievements!

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AllieGGraduate in reply to Tomas

Feel very very happy, bursting with it as you can probably tell. Not sure what pride feels like, is that it?

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TomasGraduate in reply to AllieG

Not just pride. Well deserved pride. Earned pride. Yay!

AncientMum profile image

You look absolutely great Allie. Bet you never thought you'd get such a great action shot before you started the programme :)

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AllieGGraduate in reply to AncientMum

I didn't! The lovely Parkrun gang always have photographers along the route which actually really helps. "Oh crap! Run tall, run tall...."

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nhs2015Graduate in reply to AllieG

Run tall is a good Moto, I will work on it

no-excuse profile image

Looking good Allie, well worthy of that bikini. Well done on the weightloss. You don't look like you're about to die, you're looking like a proper runner to me! Gotta love a parkrun! x :-)

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AllieGGraduate in reply to no-excuse

Parkrun is ACE. :-)

dawncoates34 profile image

Fab photo well done you are an inspiration xx

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AllieGGraduate in reply to dawncoates34

Determined to get under 30 mins.... Only another minute and a half to go...

Ullyrunner profile image

Looking great Allie!

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AllieGGraduate in reply to Ullyrunner

Thank you Ullyrunner xx

You don't look as if you're going to die. In fact I think you look really composed! Well done for your achievements and I love your running top! Lovely photo.

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AllieGGraduate in reply to Irishprincess

I love that top... TKMaxx!

Sandraj39 profile image

Wow! That is amazing. Well done!- it seems to sneak up on you and change your life this c25k doesn't it?

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AllieGGraduate in reply to Sandraj39

Not half. I get very cross when I can't get my regular runs in, grrrr.

You look great ! As cool as a cucumber. Enjoy the bikini....

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AllieGGraduate in reply to

I think my husband will enjoy it more than me... ;-)

Pollynorris profile image

Looking good Allie!

thats a really good photo! i'd be very pleased with that! :)

I've not been so good lately with the healthy eating and my muffin top is returning! :( although exercise wise i've been quite good! Sit ups needed for me! But if ( and possibly when!) i EVER get a flat-ish tummy then i might get a bikini too! funnily enough someone at work was on about it yesterday, i reckon i've never worn one since about 1982!!! :X

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AllieGGraduate in reply to aliboo70

Another first for this year is getting flying-phobic hubby on a plane, bless him, so after 20 years of Welsh/Cornish holidays (which were all lovely, but the 13 year old isn't in to buckets and spades anymore) we're off to Cyprus. Might leave the wetsuit and boogie board at home!

nhs2015 profile image

Allie, you look great. A fantastic achievement. I hope I can be as good as you when I am finished

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