Frightened new starter

Hi all, I am a 5 stone over weight and very unfit 40 year old and have decided to commit to this programme. I'm terrified of starting as I know it is going to hurt but I'm also scared of discovering just how bad I am and knowing that I will feel disappointed for allowing it to happen. I just need a massive boot up the bum and I will be on my way x


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  • Consider yourself booted! Take it slowly, repeat weeks if you need to, make sure you address your diet at the same time and keep posting. Good luck.

  • My boots are purple Doc Martins... what colour are yours x

  • I had a Doc Martin shoulder bag as a pressie recently, blue with flowers.,.... they do boots to match....... was thinking, maybe just mightπŸ€”πŸ˜‰

  • I love my purple Docs... go for the boots.. they are calling to you :)

  • My wife has bright pink Docs. She's not usually a girly pink person but She loves them πŸ˜†

  • Ah go on!, Millsie-J

  • Purple Doc Martens. My hero! Mine are brown, lacey (in a boot, rather than a frilly top sort of way!), calf high Timberlands. Or knee high black leather and lots of buckles (love a good boot) x

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  • Thank you I will x getting some trainers Saturday then im going out with my 14 yr old who will be bored after 5 mins lol

  • I am a 43 year old who is 3 stone overweight. I started and either my hubby or my 14 year old daughter runs with me. I have done 2 weeks and today decided to repeat week 2 as I am so unfit I am not ready for week 3. Been inproving my diet and lost 5 lbs already! Feels so muh more postive already. You can do this!

  • Fantastic I heard running is a fantastic way to lose weight x my first night is tonight

  • Okay.... did you feel the boot... that was me:)

    Welcome to the best thing ever!

    What you follow the programme... take your rest days, more if you need them... and mainly, above everything else... you go slowly and steadily!

    Do not push yourself, don't be afraid to ask any questions when you post your runs... we will be right there with you.

    Your body will protest, of course it will, and that is good, but you listen to it and you will know if there is anything amiss...make sure you link a healthy eating regime with this programme...and stop being so unkind to yourself!

    You are starting this journey as many of us have, it is your running path and you can do it!

    "Nothing to fear, except Fear itself!"

    Go for it :)

  • Thank you so much x I didn't need expect so much response and support x I have woken up this morning to all these messages and think you know what with this group I can do this..thank you xx

  • Yes, that's how we work❀️

  • I am on week 3 and it feels good it is a gradual way to start running go for it πŸ‘

  • Thank you x support on this group is amazing x

  • Booted πŸ˜‰

    Everyone of us was nervous and scared when we first started. Just remember to follow the program religiously and you'll be fine

    Well done for making the decision, I'm sure you won't regret it

    When are you starting?

  • I'm getting my trainers Saturday so Saturday noon I guess lol x thanks hun

  • Great stuff! I didn't think I would survive the first run but here I am on week 6! Just go as slow as you can and then some - the slower the better! You will be surprised at what you can achieve !

  • Thank you x seeing everyone else's improvements is so inspirational x

  • But after all that you will feel proud of having done something to change your situation and feel a huge sense of achievement when you succeed.

  • Thanks rignold x I am excited about the changes that will come and doing something for me to be proud of x

  • I've just started and was feeling trepidatious at the onset, but that feeling is soon overtaken by pride and achievement!, get those trainers on and give it a go, don't forget, no matter how slow you think you are, you are faster than anyone who is sitting on a couch!!

  • Absolutely sillybilly1 you are so right. No more eating a Mars bar while watching the biggest loser πŸ˜‚

  • How are things going to get better if you DON'T do this? Surely you'll be disappointed in yourself then aswell? If you discover your fitness level is so low then you have a fantastic benchmark to see how quickly it improves. If you do nothing it will get worse.

    So consider yourself booted. We were all unfit when we started this and we are all a lot fitter nowπŸƒπŸ‹πŸ»

  • Thank you jayskinnysee my bum is booted πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • like you, very overweight but am 45. listen to everyone go as slow as you can. ive just completed week 1. attempted and failed c25k, several years ago after bust ankle. but back at it. slow, slow, slow - you can do it!!!!

  • I have injured the same ankle 3 times so am in the same boat and weight doesn't help but positivity and I'm going to do this x

  • I was 6 stone overweight and now on week 5 with nearly 1.4 stone lost

    You can do this if you need repeat some of the runs until you feel comfortable enough to move on

    Good luck πŸ˜‰

  • That's amazing well done x I can't wait to shift this weight and start to be confident again x

  • Consider this a boot up the bum. In fact in my graduation post I said that if anyone ever said they couldn't run that is exactly what they would get from me.

    I'm a 6 stone overweight graduate. It's doable but you have to have a little faith in yourself. Don't give up and take it slow.

    I started walking, my first walk was 20 minutes at 3.5kms/hour (on a treadmill), I thought I might die by the end. In fact I did say to my husband that I thought we ought to go to A&E. When I could walk 5kms in under an hour I wanted to do more so I started the program. I did week one and two and then got stuck. 1, I was going too fast and 2, I was hung up about running for 30 minutes when week 3 isn't even 30 minutes!

    You can and will do it. You've taken the first step by coming on here and there is SO much great advise. Read through the old posts for each week as you do it, you'll notice that lots are by people who are now graduates. Easier said than done but don't get caught up worrying about the final weeks. Go slow and then slower still.

    Good luck!

  • I will go at slow pace as I know if I go over board I will stop and not continue x thanks

  • I'm not going to boot you because I fully believe that the best motivation comes from within you, but I will say that I'm almost 6 stone overweight and now in Week 4. The first run was absolutely exhausting, the second was a lot easier. There's no better pace than snail's pace. And be nice to yourself - you don't need to kick yourself, you need to realize the consequences for you if you DON'T do this and then find out that not doing it will cost you more than doing it. Good luck! I have faith in you :)

  • Thank you all for taking the time to to reply and you are all so supportive x

  • The most difficult part of this course is stepping out of your house for the first time. In my humble opinion the key to succeeding is making running as enjoyable as possible. Get some nice comfy clothes and some decent trainers (from a proper sports shop). Don't be tempted to over do it, you'll hurt and then it will put you off future runs. Run somewhere nice, like a park or canal path and enjoy the scenery/wildlife as you run, it makes the run go quicker. Just take it steady and relax, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Now for the kick up the bum - Lots of people more overweight/inactive than you have done this and have gone on to be regular runners. Stick to the plan! Your success will be much more dependent on your strength of mind and determination, than your physical ability. There will be days when it's cold, raining and you're tired. These are the days when your real strength will be tested. You'll get loads of support from this group, but ultimately it's down to you to leave the house and do your runs, nobody can do them for you. If you want it enough, you'll do it! Good Luck

  • Thank you so much for taking the time to reply x I will do exactly that x it's time out away from kids as well so I'm go8ng to try and enjoy those 20 to 30 mins xx

  • It doesn't matter how fit you are or what the scales tell you. What matters is that you want to change this. The trouble is in order to change, you need to Work at it. It will be challenging, but that's okay because the rewards are more than worth the sweat. You will look better and feel better - but to get there you may have to go through it a little bit. But the satisfaction of completing each run will get you through it

    It is worth it. And besides its only 9 weeks. I had to wait longer for a sofa.

  • Lol thank you and as we traditionally say I didn't get unfit or fat overnight x thank you

  • I've just decided to repeat W2 after a bad W2 run 1 and 3. You can do it. Just go really REALLY slowly

  • Thank you hun x

  • I changed my mind and gave W3R1 a go and did it!!! I was amazed to be honest. You can do this πŸ‘πŸ»

  • Well done x I can't wait to be able to run for any length of time lol x

  • Before you know it you will. Have faith in yourself x

  • That's inspired me, I'm starting w3 tomorrow and not confident at all!

  • Boot! Actually you've already done your own 'booting' by posting on here. Now you will have this mad, crazy family cheering from the sidelines every step of the way☺

    Slow. Keep it slow. And steady. Be kind to yourself and try and enjoy the journey. You will never regret it 😊

  • I think it's fantastic x I never imagined there would be so much support. I'm already excited about doing my first run and telling you all about it x

  • Lots of good input which there's no harm in me repeating but I won't this time.

    What I will say is how about dumping that "5 stones" right now? You weren't educated in stones, you're too young and I doubt you're using scales that only read in imperial. It's just an evil plot by the diet industry and celebrity culture, hahaha. You'll feel instantly lighter and that will help the kilos fall off for real... faster than stones can.

  • Ha ha I'm looking forward to the weight loss x actually excited about this journey now knowing I have all this support x

  • Hi Mozzeyrosa I started this programme in October 4 stone over weight and just shy of my 50th birthday so so unfit first few weeks were hard but as I got better I began to enjoy it and look forward to my runs I graduated in the 9 weeks cant tell you how amazing that felt, I am still running 3 times a week and have lost 3 stone!!!! just 1 stone to go so come on give it a go you will have bad days but don't let it put you off you will get there and feel amazing when you do. Good luck :)

  • Omg that is amazing!! Well done you must feel so proud. I'm so motivated by you all xx

  • Hiya! I've just turned 50 and at least 5 stone overweight, and at 5'3" I'm not a prime example of fitness,,,,I bit the bullet this week and started a 10 week beginners running course with a 5k Race for Life booked after that! I was petrified and yes I was very achy after but I felt so proud of myself after and wasn't worried what people thought of me as I slowly shuffled round the track! - Don't beat yourself up about your weight or lack of fitness, you're doing something now and don't care less about what other people think or say - be proud of yourself for taking that first scary step,,,WELL DONE YOU! Go for it and enjoy,,,it really isn't all that bad,,,honest!! :) x

  • Thank you hun and well done on your journey xx

  • I know how you feel believe me.

    Read the early posts of present Graduates - your anxiety is normal - but has nothing to do with the absolute reality that between the Programme and the help, guidance and TOTAL support you will get here the 5K is yours if you want it :)

  • Thank you so much. First night tonight so will fill you all in lol x

  • You can feel fitter than you ever have in your life if you just knuckle down and do what you need to do. Starting this programme is just one action. Combine it with eating and drinking sensibly, walking a lot more etc and things will start to change for the better πŸ™‚

    You just have to change your mindset. Change habits. The bad ones that is 😎

    C25k is fun. Enjoy it πŸ™‚

  • Thank you x it looks fantastic and a realistic goal to aim for. I usually beat myself up if I can't achieve goals but seeing that others repeat weeks and take a bit longer is a real motivation for me x

  • you are gonna really enjoy c25k just go for it no one here has regrets and neither will you and if for some reason you cant run for a week or two don't give yourself a hard time or think that's the end just go again and remember its not about speed nice and slow and have fun every run makes you fitter:)

  • Thank you x I originally woukd be really upset if I couldn't do it but after reading all the comments and how everyone else is doing it motivates me just to keep going x

  • PS. Well done, and a big up to June67 who has it all going on πŸ˜ƒ Scroll up if you missed her post πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

    You're doing brill. Come on! πŸ˜ƒπŸ’ͺπŸ…πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

  • Thank you misswobble I really am seeing the benefits now have even been mistaken for my young slender 23 year old daughter !!!!!! but hey big thumbs up to all on C25K I cant say enough about this programme:):)

  • Hi Mozzeyrosa,

    First of all, well done for making the decision to do this. I am around 1.5-2 stone overweight I think and I used to be very active and fit. I decided to do this because I wanted to get fit and active again but wanted something I could just do whenever I wanted to just pop on a pair of shoes. Like you I was terrified but the programme is very good - it takes you along at a sensible pace, and any time you feel unable to progress to the next week, just repeat one. I did that several times and completed it slower than the minimum. But it was fine. I just enjoyed getting out there and challenging myself.

    You've taken the first step - be proud and be confident. We're all here to help keep you going! :-)

  • Thank you x I'm really looking forward to getting fit but to also getting rid of these lbs. Makes me feel awful. X I was at the gym and felt a bit embarrassed by all the super fit girls around me but I just kept going until my time was over x I know it's going to hard but I know I have to keep going x

  • Don't worry about the fit girls at the gym (easier said than done I know). I just think it's fab you're out there doing all this stuff and making a commitment. You've nothing to feel awful about. :-)

  • Thanks hun x

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