Hoping I can complete it

I am starting couch to 5k tomorrow morning and im hoping to complete it. Im 38 now and havent run for years since giving up football and the pounds have piled on (to much alcohol). Im hoping to lose 4-5 stone before i hit 40. Hopefully this is the start of something good and will also stop me spending my spare time in the pub


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  • I would recommend using myfitnesspal, your goal is more than achievable, I did it at the age of 52, I lost 4 stone last year and up until March last year I had consumed too much Guinness & too many kebabs/chippies oh and Sailor Jerry rum than I should have. I kicked the spirits and just drink a few pints of Guinness a week so long as I have earned and have calories to play with. Download myfitnesspal and if you have a desktop PC I find the desktop version easier. Stick with it and it will work, good luck.

  • You're going to open up all sorts of doors you thought were shut while you make your progress through c25k. You'll find you get to explore the world around you the same way you did when you were a little kid. Just for that it's worth it. It'll help with the weigh, too. Well done on taking that difficult first step of making a start.

  • Hey, Glen

    Well done on starting the programme. Be prepared, it is most addictive!!

    You will be amazed at what you can achieve. Each week you will look at the next and think, there's no way you can do it, but you will.

    This forum is great and so so supportive so make sure you share your highs and let us help with any lows.

    Good Luck

    Jules xx

  • Go for it! You'll do it! A bit if discipline, cut the boozing right down, I still enjoy a few beers and and wines weekly, keep the runs up and the weight will start coming off when doing 30 mins plus. There's no rush but keep it there and you will start to reap the benefits, like me.

  • thanks everybody for the comments, its made me more determined and confident to get cracking with it. Wish i could start now but stuck behind a desk until 6 p.m and will be shattered when i get home, but alarm is set for 6:30 tomorrow and ready to crack on. Watch out Mo Farrah im coming for you!!!!

  • Best of luck.


  • Good luck, let us know how you get on.

    Week 1 can be quite hard and a bit of a shock to the system but it is incredible how quickly the body adapts and does more than you thought possible.

  • Day 1 complete, struggled to begin with but once I got going it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, I ended up doing 2 more runs than the app told me to which surprised me. Now for a day in London with the wife and kids so I think I'm gonna know about it tonight๐Ÿ˜ค

  • Well done, that's the hardest bit over with - that first run! keep us posted!

  • Well done mate, first step out of the way.

    A word of caution if I may - as tempting as it may be to do more than the app/podcasts says - you run the risk of overdoing things (even if you don't think you are) and causing injury.

    The plan works as it is laid out, so stick to what it says and you'll be fine.

  • I'm gutted, been struck down with man flu since Tuesday. On a positive though I've shed 7.5lbs in 5 days

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