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I am Mani, 18 stone and achy

been meaning to lose weight and came across this through another forum. Never been a runner even when I was active but injuries and other issues have meant little to no excercise in years and the weight gain. Went to a football match and climbing teh stairs was asked at the end by a steward if I was ok. realised I wasnt, was out of breath and sweaty

Heres hoping I can start this and by the end can tell everyone of a successful result like some others i have read


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  • Welcome aboard , you've come to the right place :-)

    Have you downloaded the C25k podcasts from the Home page ?

    Come on , let's twist again !

    Let us know how you're doing . You will get lots of support on here :-) xxx

  • Just take it slowly and steadily, don't worry about speed or distance, respect the rest days and trust the programme and you too can have "Graduate" beside your name probably sooner than you think right now.

    Read the earlier posts of graduates and you will see what I mean. It really is simple - you run, or you dont. If you do run, you will have all of us with you because around here while we might run on our own, we don't run alone. :)

  • Take it slowly and listen to your body. But don't stop exercising even if at first you find you have to walk.

    The program says 9 weeks but it takes a lot of people longer then that. Also don't be put off if in the early stages weight doesn't fall off rapidly.

    Welcome and enjoy the journey 😊

  • Welcome on board!! Keep posting, you will find the support on here will keep you going. Just remember there is no such thing as a stupid question and equally there is no such thing as too slow.

  • I am 62 5ft 4 and 13st

    You can do this😊😊😊I started middle September and thought it was impossible.. so hard.

    3 months later I can do a slow jog continuously for 5/6 km.

    I don't think my legs can go fast... but slow and steady for me is best. Delighted to get here without injury.

    Welcome.. And go for it. πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Go for it Mani! Following the C25k plan - best if you can have an app and earphones and listen to it as you go but it's not essential. Also hang out here, raise your worries and frustrations and keep motivated.

  • Hi Mani. You've definitely come to the right place. Lots of encouragement and support here. Just do what Laura tells you and you will be fine. If you need to take 2 weeks to do 1 weeks runs then do - just go at your own pace. Slow and steady are the watchwords :-).

    Good luck - look forward to hearing how you get on.

  • Welcome Mani.

    This programme has got thousands of us through to become runners. Just take it slow and steady and you will amaze yourself.

    Good luck!

  • Go for it, this will do you so much good and it's incredibly addictive too.. you can post about your progress so that we can support you 😎

  • Welcome to the best programme & forum.

    You can AND will do this & within weeks you'll be saying "I just ran 3 minutes non stop..." and before you know it you'll be planning longer routes & thinking of your 1st 5k.

    One word of caution. It's highly unlikely you'll get to 5k in 9 weeks - but you will get to running 30 mins! And that's an amazing feeling.

    Trust the programme & GO FOR IT!

  • A further word of caution - 9 weeks is really a way of saying there are 9 groups of 3 runs to do. It may take you longer than a week to get through the runs for a particular 'week' - if so, don't worry, it's not unusual!

  • Well done Mani for taking the first step. That's the hardest part. Don't look at it as a chore. Enjoy the fresh air, your music and spending time doing something just for you! Losing weight and getting fit is a bonus!

  • You're on the right path. I'm 62 and have never been able to run for more than 30 seconds and that was extremely difficult. I just graduated and I can honestly tell you that this program and this forum is the BEST out there. The stories you read about everyone's struggles just like you're having are real and that's all I kept remembering. If they did it, I can too. And I did!!! Follow the program and you'll be amazed. As far as the weight, I need to lose about 20 pounds, but the running didn't take care of that. That's the next issue to conquer! Best of luck to you!

  • Good luck x I have never been a runner even at school, now I can run for 25 minutes. this forum is great support

  • Walking is a great exercise! Good place to start with your fitness. Aim to be more active generally, and walking rather than using the car or bus, is a good place to start. Avoid situations where you sit about if the temptation to start snacking is too tempting. if you don't sit watching telly you can save lots of calories 😊

    C25k is progressive, and builds carefully, so you should be able to do it. it's fun too ☺ As long as you go steady that is

    Let us know how it goes

  • misswobble gives very good advice. It's quite common for people to find the first C25K week very hard going. I know I wondered how on earth I would do 30 minutes or 5km when 1 minute seemed such hard work. If you do find the first run too much to complete, do what you can of it - it's still good because you've done more than anyone who hasn't yet got off the couch. It doesn't matter if it takes several goes to do it, just keep on having a go (ut make sure you take rest days in between) and build up your fitness by walking for at least 30 minutes a few times.

  • Good luck - you're in the right place

    - just have to add I have a lovely memory of my dad pushing me on a swing whilst singing Lets Twist Again so just seeing you on here has made me smile.

  • I hope you are not offended AR when I say that the first thought that popped into my unfortunate head was 'Blimey- I hope AR is not a Pierrepoint!" !

    Amazing how a song can transport us to our memories in a way nothing else's the closest we will ever come to experiencing true Time Travel :)

    And what a happy memory ('cos you are most likly not a Pierrepoint, right? ) you have. I hope my lot can write something like that about me and them someday :)

  • No offence - and no I'm not.

    I'd put a smiley thing on - but I don't know how!!

  • In fact , your lot will probably say - remember how he took up running and used to go out even when it was minus15!!!

  • followed by ' He always was an old-school nutter!' ;)

    (smiley face - type a : followed by a ) )

  • :))

  • LOL! - only ONE ) :)

  • was just thinking it looked a bit odd!!!

  • Hi Chubbychecky

    I've got to tell you that you have been lucky enough to find the BEST FORUM EVER! This lot are fantastic. First you've done better than me by facing up and "taking the michael" out of yourself just with the name you picked: I was boring and didn't want anyone to know what a cowardly wimp I really was. My voyage began in February being 3st+ overweight, with a local radio DJ saying that people took the mickey by being overweight and unfit and expecting the NHS to pick up the peices. Let me tell you that since then with NO DIET (what crap, diet isn't what you need to do, it's a different set of habits about what you eat - had a bottle of Malbec tonight, stayed below my daily limits, what's so bad about that?) Struggling with C25K so don't ask me about that, ask these folks here who try very hard to keep me going. But if you want any help with the weight then I'm your man ( - 3 st so far, not quite target but damn close!!!!!) ..... I'm really strugging with my C25K but with the help and support of everyone here I'm getting there and keeping going (by the way, you'll come to have a love-hate relationiship with Laura, so get ready for that - the podcasts are best, I think) ..... I'm getting there awfully slowly, certainly not going to make it in 9w but I WILL GET THERE! Stay with us all, you'll get there as well. WELCOME ABOARD. If you don't keep in touch then I've got to tell you I'll take it PERSONALLY!


    Have a look at this as a weight loss plan to compliment c25k. An associated forum too.

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