I'm a 40+ overweight mum of 2 with slightly raised blood pressure who has never run before.
Even when I was at school I had every excuse in the book as to why I couldn't participate in anything that involved being active
I am asthmatic and a couple of years ago suffered a nasty bout of Pleurisy, My Doctor always insists on weighing me and telling me in no uncertain terms that I am obese, but yet never offers any help or support, as a result I avoid doctors at all costs and have huge confidence issues.
I decided that I needed to do something for myself, exercise classes were out of the question as I'm either at work or looking after my youngest daughter and I wasn't keen about being seen out exercising in public so my lovely husband bought me a treadmill.
I started couch to 5K 3 months ago, I've found it tough, in fact very tough at times. Week 1 was a struggle, but I kept doing it until I managed to complete it 3 consecutive times, Week 2 I managed quite well, Week 3, on the other hand took me weeks and weeks of trying and trying, my problem was my breathing and a pain I was getting (the same pain as when I had pleurisy) after looking at forums and the NHS website (as I wouldn't go to the Dr's unless I was dying) I realised that it was quite amazing I was able to run at all with my history of lung problems and that spurred me on. Today I completed part 2 of week 5 - two eight minute runs and was amazed at how relatively easily I managed the 8 minutes.
If I can get this far anyone can, I've lost half a stone without particularly watching what I'm eating and my blood pressure is now normal.
I know it's going to take me longer than the average person and I know I don't run very fast and haven't even ventured outside to run....yet but the progress I have made is huge.