never in a million years

I'm about 4 stone overweight and smoke a lot, the first week of this I was bright red, sweaty and gasping for breath. I'm now on week 8 believe it or not, and can take great big deep breaths and feel so much better. Its been a big wake up call to take better care of myself, so I would recommend this plan to anyone. Even if you think you can't have a go, you might surprise yourself. the couch is still there when you get back.


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  • Oh Hayley - well done!

  • Good on you!!!! - and think where you will be and what your fitness level will be like if you keep up what you are doing indefinitely!! :) It doesn't end when C25K is over - it is only starting for you !! :)

  • So true, there is nothing to stop people from running if they want to do it. My lung capacity is great nowadays, I ran for 1 hour 10 minutes and I wasn't super speedy but my breathing was good and I just kept going. The programme is remarkable, not long ago I thought running for 3 minutes was too much for me.

    Well done to you, nearly graduated, fantastic, keep us updated. Julie 😀

  • Well done! Only a little hurdle then its all over and you become a "graduate". I started week 4 today, so not long for me either.

  • Brilliant. You can really see the difference can't you. Well done for making major lifestyle changes.

  • Fantastic Hayley , Well done , this programme is a life changer . I used to smoke like a chimney , it was the first thing I did on a morning and the last thing I did at night , I would go as far as saying I LOVED smoking , but I love running more .

    Keep going , you're doing great !

    Good Luck ! :-) xxx

  • Well done! And it gets even better as you graduate and go beyond. Have you lost much weight if any? I would think, maybe not.

    But that will happen more as you graduate and continue running constantly for 30mins 3 times a week, still have to watch diet a tad though, but you can have some small treats..

  • Fantastic - be soooooooo proud :)

  • thanks everyone, I think its a really clever plan. I suffer from anxiety and depression, as well but when I run I can feel it all go away. At first I was anxious about not being able to complete each run and I found my breathing became shallower, and more gaspy, as I followed the breathing advice , I suddenly felt like Id grown a whole extra set of lungs, and it felt great, not lost much weight up to now but its Christmas, so after that Im going to look at my eating habits and try and eat a bit more healthier, and will try and quit the fags, but I'll go one step at a time and concentrate on graduating . I got runners knee around week 3 and that really hurt and slowed me down for a fortnight. The dog got runners leg about week 6 so he's just on round the block exercise at the minute.

  • Go for it Kayley! Keep going! You'll get to where you want to be if you keep running, walking, cycling, swimming etc etc and eating healthily. It's all in our hands. Make this the year you did something about yourself

    Good luck and happy new year to you

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