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Starting w1D1 tomorrow

Well I had a doctors appointment today, and have been told that my weight is too heavy for my age & height so he has told me about this running app, it looks so good but just wondering if anyone has any tips I should take note of?

Also I am vegetarian and have been struggling recently with eating less as I feel like I get hungry a lot during work, is there any idea how to stop this or any good things to have for vegetarians?

I'll be grateful for any tips and advice!? :)

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Just take it slowly. Don't rush and if you need to, it's okay to repeat weeks. I have an overactive thyroid and am constantly hungry. If I can do this so can you ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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Slow and steady is the best way to tackle your running adventure, 60 seconds may not look a lot but the first few weeks are the hardest.

As for hunger, make sure you are properly hydrated (3 litres of water a day is a good target) as sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger.

The hardest step is getting your running gear on for the first time so don't listen to any doubts you may have and get out of the door.

I have only recently graduated and along with the running and drinking more water, I have also changed my eating habits as running alone won't lose you much weight, but if you make small, sustainable changes you will get to be where you want to be.

Good luck and keep posting, this forum is full of great advice from experienced runners and is what got me and a lot of others through the programme

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Welcome to the most supportive community anywhere for new runners.

This programme has the potential to change your life for good. It won't by itself make you lose much, if any weight, but your future health prospects will be vastly improved and you will look on life differently once you become physically active. C25k really does work and in just a few weeks you will be running for thirty minutes.

Read around this forum and you will find people at all stages with inspirational tales to tell. Post your progress and ask your questions and good luck.

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Love that your GP is aware of and recommended the c25k programme. โค๏ธ Veggies tend to eat too much cheese and bread in my experience which is why so many veggies are overweight. This programme will not address that, you will need to learn about portion control and how calorific certain foods are. Weightwatchers etc are good for that side of things. This programme has a multitude of physical and mental health benefits but weight loss will not the immediate obvious result without also following a weight loss programme.

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My first thought was also that is great the doc was recommending the programme. I also agree on the less bread & cheese. Have lots of bananas and a few nuts.

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Hi! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

This forum is awesome for EVERYTHING! Am amazing bunch of people who will always be there for you. I'm on week 4 and some already feel like lifelong friends.

My top tip would be stop thinking and just do. Don't worry about how long, how slow, how much, what if, are they, should I or any other type of worry or comparison question. Only praise yourself on the difference between today and yesterday i.e. Today you moved. Never let the doubts or negative thoughts be the ones you listen to.

Have fun. You'll be brilliant!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Are you sure you are hungry not just bored given that you say you feel hungry at work? You won't die of being hungry. Drink lots (water, tea, not sugary drinks,obviously) and learn to be hungry for a bit. A lot of "hunger" is also habit. Try the 5:2 diet (Michael Moseley version) but don't run and fast on the same day unless you really feel like you can (I can't).

Don't eat cheese, that's fatal for weight loss. But most vegetables are low cal. Hard to eat enough tomatoes or peppers to put on much weight. I am lifelong veggie but you can have a healthy or unhealthy veggie diet.

Follow the programme but run slow. It works and you get a real boost from the weekly achievements. Every week you can run further and longer. 9 weeks ago I struggled to finish the 1 minute runs. Tonight I did 30 minutes. It's brilliant. Post your progress here. We're all here to give encouragement, advice and a stiff talking to if you need it.

Good luck and enjoy.

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Thank you so much!

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You can eat cheese but only small amounts. So a bit of good cheese (about the size of a matchbox unfortunately = 25 grams) A bit of portion control will be a good idea. If you are veggie then you need to get enough protein. You could follow the NHS healthy eating plan. it looks very good from what I've seen of it

You won't need any extra grub while you are doing the programme. No extra calories til you are running beyond 10k.

Eating healthy food! Make good choices! Enjoy the programme! It's great. Once you're moving, keep moving and see the scales start to shift as well

Have fun!

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Great to hear you are starting this program. It's surprising how quickly it becomes part of your routine. Good luck.

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Well done for getting started with this๐Ÿ™‚ You might find that running helps you control overeating, hunger pangs and make healthier choices. I'm not a veggie but what worked for me was avoiding foods with added sugar and refined carbohydrates. In the past I've tried low fat diets which did result in weight loss but were unsustainable because I always felt unsatisfied and craved carbs. Healthy fats in nuts, seeds and avocados are good. If you like cheese there's no need to give it up, just don't have too much! There's protein in cheese and in moderation can help weight loss as it's satisfying. Likewise, with (wholemeal) bread. Sticking to healthy real foods and avoiding anything with empty calories like sweets, cakes and alcohol worked for me.

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Hi there and welcome... slow and steady is the mantra on here. Follow the programme, take your rest days, with other non impact exercise on those days too..Listen to your body, which will protest a bit.. that is normal!

Hydration and fuel are very necessary and a healthy eating regime will, as IannodaTruffe says, benefit you enormously and the way you feel. Many folk on here are also on the NHS Weight Loss Forum and find they compliment each other very successfully!

Loads of really, really, healthy veggie recipes out there and so many great snacks to make for times when you need to nibble...:) Make yourself a week's menu and stick to it! I still do a fortnight plan... to mix and match, change and move meals as we fancy them etc... ( used to do it when I worked) ..it saves having to think about it too much. Do a cook in day and do freezer packs, that can save time when working :)

My current favourite snack and that of our little runner in training, ( 8 month old granddaughter who is currently on the first stages of baby led weaning), sweet potato, carrot and red and yellow pepper popovers!

Quick and easy to make, no fat, no salt, dry pan fried ( no fat) yummy and refreshing! Gluten free too, so Little Mum can enjoy as well!!!

The only other advice, just get out there, start this and keep posting! :)

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