Fat Runner Alert!

Fat Runner Alert!

My primary aim is to lose some weight. I am 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 103kg three weeks ago. On the chart I am well into the 'Obese' range. Milestone 1 would be to get down to being merely 'Overweight' (92kg). Milestone 2 down to a 'Healthy Weight' (76kg).

I am counting calories and eating more healthily, but want to get into some regular exercise. So I began C25K.

* Week 1 was quite difficult and I was not able to complete all of the running segments. I was having shin problems, muscle not bone, and took Ruth_canal_runner's advice to get a good pair of running shoes. I completed the week, spread over slightly more days than the seven. I decided to repeat W1.

* Week 2 (W1 repeat), I completed W1R1 with few problems on Sunday, and W1R2 today. I am taking the advice to run more slowly and so am able to complete the run segments. I plan to do W1R3 on Thursday, and roll onto Week 2 proper thereafter.

I have been listening to 'What I Talk About When I Talk About Running' audiobook by Haruki Murakami for inspiration, and loving it.

PS - His running is in a completely different league, but it's ok to dream.


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  • Good for you and well done on a positive start.

    Bear in mind that you are not going to be burning huge numbers of calories in the early weeks of C25K so do be disheartened if the weight loss is not everything you hope for initially.

  • Thanks Dunder2004, going from zero exercise to walking and running moderately should get my metabolism up. I intend to shift most of the weight from reduced calorie intake, but want to adopt a more active lifestyle.

    It's good to get out into the park and see the trees coming to life, like me emerging from a period of low activity.

  • Great start... and positive approach.. a winning combination.

    Stick at it, steady and slowly does it!

  • Thanks Oldfloss, appreciate the encouragement from all, but especially from those who have completed the programme.

  • You are going to be fine..just stick to your own pace... weight loss as Dunder2004 says, may not be immediate... but, you will get stronger and fitter and things will tighten up :)

    Maybe as well..think Low carb eating regime...not silly dieting, but good tasty food without the added extra! ( weight)

    There are some great recipes in the Michael Mosley Blood Sugar Diet recipes... ( We follow aspects of this as it enhances our Med type eating regime.. husband is Type 2 Diabetic.. genetic not lifestyle) but we don't stick to the carb recommendations.. too low ! And we don't fast.. :)

    But.. husband lost some extra weight which was annoying him.. he walks, every day, but does not run :) Might be worth a look; I just love some of the recipes :)


  • I have vastly reduced my carbs, dairy and sugar. I ate a lot of cheese and butter! Not any more. Gone are ready meals, sugary drinks (inc. spoonfulls in tea and coffee), only occassional low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt. Lots more organic (where possible) fresh fruit and veg, 5 a day plus.

    I am loving my new diet, trying some new foods, and feeling the benefit already.

    I only have artisan wholemeal bread, rationed to one loaf per week.

    I like Michael Mosley when I see him on TV, so will check out the recipes. Thanks very much, good health to you and your husband :)

  • Brilliant!!!! A man ??? after our own hearts ( healthy ones we hope) :)

    I love cooking and we really enjoy finding and experimenting with new recipes :) So much good food out there, which takes no time to prepare... :)

    Well done you!

  • It's definitely okay to dream! Good luck completing week 1 :)

  • Thanks Ruth_canal_runner, I'm getting there...slowly. Best wishes :)

  • You'll be fine if you take things easily. Slow is best for the programme. Once you get into the habit of eating/drinking healthily and running regularly you will feel energised πŸ™‚ Just stick to it!

    Good luck πŸ™‚

  • Looking forward to feeling energised, thanks misswobble, appreciate the words of encouragement.

  • Well done on your run. Keep going, you are doing great!

    I have just finished reading this book. Its an intetesting read. Amazing what you can do with running if you have the motivation, time and financies to travel the world. Another good read is 'Fit to Run' .

  • Thanks Jacs-W. Glad you enjoyed the book. Will check out your recommendation.

  • Its a more technical running book but very useful information.

  • There's a lot of us who start for the weight loss but continue for the running...

    Anyway, the great thing is that even if you don't lose so much as a kilo, you are putting yourself in a much healthier position.

    I enjoyed the Murakami (which is more than I can say for one or two of his other works) - wonderfully unfussy, even though hardcore.... and a nightmare as far as I'm concerned, not a dream.

  • I have Run like a Girl on my Kindle, its going to be one of my holiday readsπŸ‘πŸΌ

  • I hope that the running will persist... I am only part way through the Murikami book, and so far so good. I chose it because of the running theme, I read 'Sputnik Sweetheart' a while back, can't remember that much about it, but must have enjoyed it at some level to be prepared to try this book.

    Yes, GoogleMe, hopefully I can stick with the new regime and benefit from continued improved health. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • like you im 5ft9in ,only i weighed in at 113k and to tell you straight dont expect any real weight loss during your 1st 4 wks . in my case most of the segments are all about building your strength and stamina . from wk5 you can expect to start shedding , as the running segments start to become solid blocks of running where i promise you , you will build up a proper sweat . week 5 1st 2 days run build you up the strength for run 3 . just take your time

  • Hi doubletap, appreciate the heads-up on weight loss expectations. That will help me, I'm sure. I am beginning to realise that I am just building a foundation at the moment, and slow and steady seems to be the best advice.

    Looking forward to the full run stages, but that seems a long way off at the mo. Good luck with your running progress and weight loss :)

  • Sounds to me like you are on the correct path. Your aim should not be "to go on a diet" , "loose weight" or to "do some exercise" - but should be on "developing a proper diet" and "change your lifestyle to a more active one". It is quite easy to start a diet to lose weight and to start to exercise/run - but it is more difficult to turn these things into lifelong habits.

    BTW - as a simple example - whenever I get a bit "peckish" and want to snack, I eat an apple. I have developed a bit of an "apple eating hobby" - there are many many varieties of apples, all quite different and I reach for one when the hungries hit!! :)

  • Congratulations on starting the programme. It can only do you good. I did week one more than once until I was ready to move on.

    Scales don't give any real change - but I'm definitely trimmer and can spin my skirts round my waist!!!!

  • I've lost 20 kms in 15 months - don't let set backs stop you, have a variety of exercise & keep at it - the lighter you become the easier & more enjoyable the exercise becomes! Good luck!

  • Thanks grog, feeling a bit 'off' today for the first time since this new eating and exercise regime. I also had poor sleep last night, so maybe I'm just a bit tired. I am not easily put off by set-backs.

    'The lighter you become, the easier & more enjoyable the exercise becomes! ' - Music to my ears.

    Really motivational. Best wishes for future endeavours :)

  • Well done 50up😊 you have exactly the right attitude. Tackle each run one at time, enjoy your successes as you progress through the program.

    Many of us took much longer to complete the program (7 months for me), but its fine to repeat 'weeks' if you need to and each progression is designed to be challenging but doable.

    Good luck. Run nice and slow and steady just a gentle jog is required. Keep posting.😊x

  • Thanks Jan-now-runs. Good to hear that I am on the right track. I am enjoying the walks and runs (and the feeling afterwards), and am in no great hurry to get through the programme. It's a shock to the system, but in a good way :)

  • Completed Week 2 today. R1 went quite well, slow pace, no major aches. R2 had sore shins below the knee (both legs), probably ran too fast..but still slow, ice packs applied afterwards. R3 conscious sloooow pace, no major aches..phew!

    Been cycling a bit as well, so am increasing my daily activity, as was the plan. Losing a bit of weight too (mainly from restricted calories).

    Going to cycle over to my local park run on Saturday morning, just to see the course and soak up the vibe. May ask about volunteering to help with marshalling. Planning ahead for post-C25K activities, running in a proper 5k. Some way off, but definitely an aspiration.

  • That all sounds really great. You've got this!

    Before I did parkrun, I also cycled to it and checked it out. I followed the runners round! Volunteering before you're ready to run would be a great idea too as it will get you "into" the running community, in a way. And hopefully you'll see that - like our forum here - the people there are quite supportive and encouraging of people at all levels.

    Congratulations on this New Life, clearly taking root. Keep going.

  • Thanks AnneDroid (love the name). Good to know that I'm following a tried and tested path. I think that my seed (of wishing for better health) has fallen on fertile ground (overwhelming support generally, but especially on this forum).

    I don't want to get too carried away, looking at future possibilities, but mainly want to enjoy the journey and each new experience.

    It is so encouraging to read the stories of C25K graduates, see the struggles (which we all encounter) and then the milestones achieved, the new lifestyles adopted and the incidental rewards. Gives us all hope :)

  • Great news that week 2 has gone well. You'll find some runs feel easier, some feel harder - that's totally normal.

    I'm sure Parkrun would love to have you join their community.

    Happy running, and keep posting on your progress.

  • Thanks runswithdogs. Appreciate your words of encouragement and reassurance. Best wishes :)

  • Good to meet you yesterday at Parkrun!!

    You're doing great, your enthusiasm & realism are evident both in this forum & in real life.

    How did wk3 r1 go? (You do realise you now have someone checking up on you!!!)

  • Great to meet you too. Thanks for the kind words. Also, you were very good to walk me round the course after the run.

    I have registered with parkrun now. I won't be doing a run until I have completed the C25K. I will volunteer to help out in the meantime though. Looks like I am busy this coming Saturday, but maybe the following week.

    W3R1 went well, planning R2 today. Hope your injury heals soon, and you can get back to the running, which you clearly love.

  • Good job, keep plodding along, every day is one further from your start and closer to your end goal. You are ahead of me in this challenge and well on your way by the sound of it. We are all behind round! Go slow, go better, go always.

  • Thanks Bonkersbrit, just taking it one run at a time, and enjoying it, especially the feeling when you have completed another one.

    Definitely feel my legs getting stronger and able to take the shocks. Hopefully as my weight drops, the shocks get lower.

    Good luck with the programme and keep posting :)

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