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A healthy dose of self esteem

I did week 3 twice as I felt quite weak the first time. The second attempt was better and I progressed to week 4.

I've was intimidated by the thought of running for 5 minutes and I was really happy to make it through. I realised as I was jogging along that much of what holds me back is mental and a good dose of self esteem, gathered from finishing a five minute run, goes a long way in other areas of life.

The ripple effects of this programme are already being felt elsewhere. I've lost a little weight. I'm proud of myself. I am more organised and productive. My relationship is better. My skin glows. And in challenging times I am more objective.

Not bad for W4R1......

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It is an amazing thing this C25K... about so much more than running:) Great for us physically and mentally:)

There have been many many posts written about this...all positive :)

Very well done you... look in the mirror and be very proud of yourself as you move on,slowly and steadily :)

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Congratulations that’s brilliant and a fantastic motivating post too 🏃🏼‍♀️

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C25k produced a tidal wave of positivity within me, which I am still surfing and it is certainly helping me through some potentially tough times.

I always encourage people to accept the challenge and not repeat a week simply because they anticipate failure (their word, not mine) in the upcoming week. Overcoming that challenge is what builds our self esteem. Being outside our comfort zones is character building stuff and C25k exploits that superbly with its carefully considered progression.

Keep running, keep smiling.

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It's amazing and humbling that you take the time to answer our rainy day woes while guiding yourself through your own storms solo. You are an inspiration and I hope things are as good as they can be for you. Thank you.

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Distraction is a great therapy, as long as the main aims don't get obscured.

I am not solo, by any means and really do appreciate the power of support through tough times. The mutual support that this forum has provided me is worth its weight in gold, alongside that of my family.

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Love this. ❤️ Well done Lilybell, well done.

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This is brilliant, well done on every level and keep going! Really well expressed, those mental health benefits. Lovely x

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