I've recently lost 11kgs and improved my level of fitness through a combination of walking and Zumba Fitness (games for the Wii console). This culminated in doing a long distance walk of 74 miles over 5 days.
I decided to take up running as I needed a new challenge to keep up my fitness and thought it would be a good way of shifting the last 4kg of weight I want to lose. I haven't run for many years and came across the Couch to 5K app when searching for a running plan to get started. I followed a similar plan years back but that achieved the same result over six weeks so I was worried that C25K would be too easy and gradual, especially as I considered myself to be moderately fit.
Needless to say I totally overestimated my level of fitness and underestimated how challenging C25K would be! I can't believe how long the very first run of W1D1 felt (I genuinely thought I must have accidentally hit the pause button as one minute has never felt so long!) and how much I could feel it in my legs the next day. Pleased to say I completed W1D3 this morning and am feeling great and really looking forward to next week.
Have to say I have nothing but admiration for those who start the plan straight from the 'couch' as I really can't imagine embarking on this even a few months back when I was overweight and truly unfit! Enjoying reading everyone's success stories.
[P.S. Username is purely aspirational at this stage!]