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Graduation run- a new beginning

Well there was a time when I didn't think I would be writing this but here I am all finished! I first started almost a year ago and kept quitting for various reasons... too ill, a new puppy taking up my time, too cold, back ache, too tired, too busy, too etc. They all seemed valid at the time but now looking back I know I was trying hard to avoid hard work. Because getting started was hard for me. It was hard because instead of thinking about what I want from all this I focused on the difficulties. My mind worked super hard to convince me that what I was doing did not fit into my life 😮 it was a new habbit and exercising in general was a foreign concept to my body 😊 so I stopped. Completely. Then one day in August, two months after my last run, I was talking to a cousin of mine who started detailing the amount of work he does in preparation for a handball game. I was blown away! And there was I not even able to complete week 4! I was somehow so motivated that yet again I gave C25K another go and this time I did it. I listened to motivational speakers and I started to look into why some people succeed while others fail and studied (well read one book) the psychology of establishing a new habbit. This time I was more concious about the whole thing and it worked.

If you got this far in my post thank you for reading. And now please can someone tell me how to add 'graduate' next to my name? 😊

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What a great post! Huge congratulations to you and well done for sticking with the programme and graduating. Get your well earned badge here.

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

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Thank you so much! Yes I am proud to say it's well earned 😊

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Fantastic news and well done for getting back in the saddle and completing C25K - what a journey! If you look to the right hand side of the page you will see November Graduation Badges 2016 in pinned posts - just add your details to that post and the lovely admins will award your very well deserved graduation badge.

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Thank you! I look forward to seeing 'graduate' next to my name 😊

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Fabulous and inspiring post. Well done graduate, a fine run and a great achievement 😃🏃🏼‍♀️👍🏼👟🎶

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Thank you!! And I forgot to say that my time was under 31 minutes. MY time! Me! haha still unbelievable.

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Well done!! And such an inspiration for all all of us! if at first you don't succeed try try try again!!!! It's a great feeling & GRADUATION badge will soon be there😊🏃🏃👍👏 x

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Thank you so much! Maybe my post will convince someone to try again? :)

I'm so excited about the badge :D x

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Yes I think it will & the forum is such a great place to gain a boost when you need it & a lot of us lack the confidence to get back out there & try again😊 that's why your post is such an inspiration😊😊😊 I keep reading to keep me going to continue running after graduation as so easy to get out of the way especially in the colder nights 😨😨brr... X keep 🏃🏃🏃& keep posting😄x

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Aw thank you for these kind words!! xx

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Well done and a great time also , like you I made the excuses in the past , this summer I kicked the cigs lost some wobbles and heading into wk8 .

As you say this forum has lifted my spirits so often

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Thank you for your reply and well done on your achievements!! x

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Yay! Well done you for persevering. What a great journey, each of us has our own and the one thing in common is the good things it brings into our lives :-) Enjoy your shiny new badge. Happy running :-D

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Thank you! :) Happy running :D

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Well done! So glad you managed to complete the course, What an amazing achievement x

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Thank you :) I So pleased I persevered! x

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