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Not running based but chuffed

swisstony4
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Today I stepped on the scales and had finally lost the 3st (42lbs) of fat I set myself as a target back in April...

pic on left is me last June (2016) when my son was born... pic on right today...

Running is fast becoming the main focus of my fitness regime and I am sure that the last few weeks from when I started this challenge have helped give me a turbo boost and get me past the post.

Having you all here to give support and advice is invaluable and people at work and my family must be bored to death of me banging on about how good the C25K and the forum is... but if I can get just one person to try it and like it .. I will be happy πŸ˜ƒ

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Jenny1970
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Excellent achievement, well done.

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swisstony4
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Thanks Jenny

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Sadie-runs
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Wow! Well done on the weight loss, Tony. More than that, you just look so healthy! Runners' glow. πŸ˜€ The good thing about running is that it makes you think more holistically about your lifestyle choices generally - including what you eat, drink, whether you take the stairs or lift etc.

Good work!

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swisstony4
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in reply to Sadie-runs

Thanks Sadie.. always run up the stairs now.. couldn’t do a single flight before without getting out of breath

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Sandyscroll

What a transformation! Well done! πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ If the journey has changed your life that much, I think everyone else needs to hear about it. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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swisstony4
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in reply to Sandyscroll

Thanks Sandy, I did it for my son, didn’t want him growing up with a father and I was definitely not helping myself with my life style. Loving life, loving running and love my son with all my heart

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TJMazz
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That’s an amazing achievement. Well done. I am loving the C25k.

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swisstony4
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in reply to TJMazz

Thanks TJMazz, loving it too.. its so rewarding

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SaskAlliecat
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Wow! A wonderful inspiration for many.

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swisstony4
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in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thanks Sask πŸ™πŸ»

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Wantorun2013
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Well done fantastic achievement πŸ‘πŸƒ

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swisstony4
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in reply to Wantorun2013

Thanks Wantorun πŸ™πŸ»

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Richard7
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Well done SwissTony .. an inspiration. I started this last week in August and have lost a stone with plenty more to go. My first week on the forum I saw the message β€œthis is not a weight loss programme” but I decided OK but it’s got to help!! Great to see such an impact.. congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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swisstony4
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in reply to Richard7

Thanks Richard, it’s a hard slog losing the fat but so rewarding.. watching everything you eat and getting active.

The C25k program helps with the latter, as it’s so easy to follow and very low cost to get started but it has to go hand in hand with a healthy diet.

No point in running and getting fit if you eat crap.

I enjoyed finding new foods and challenging myself to trying a new food stuff at least twice a week and it totally opened my eyes to new food opportunities.

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Richard7
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in reply to swisstony4

I think because of the challenge doing C25K it makes me say to myself why waste all that good work by eating rubbish. Eating better too but by the sound of things not as much as you :)

My job involves sitting at a desk all day .. worse still I work from home. At the moment this is just about the only exercise I am getting and it is making a huge difference. Starting to think of other ways to be more active.

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swisstony4
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I am a sales rep out on the road and spend most of my time either in a car between meetings or sat on meeting, my home office days are a nightmare I hardly ever move and it is a real challenge. So I feel your pain on that point.

My main point regarding diet was cutting out processed foods and cooking from scratch, with fresh protein and veggies etc, also eat a LOT of salads and cut out bread (service station sandwiches) by around 90%.

As well as the usual eat more fruit etc and ditch snacking on crisps chocolate and the usual high calorie foods.

Kept a food diary using the MyFitnessPal app and made sure my calories out was more than my calories in.

Exercise wise small changes make a massive difference, I started by just walking, 30 mins then 1 hours whenever I could find the time. Then once I got more self confidence joined a health club about 3 months ago and started the C25K about a month ago.

It was small steps at a time but as you get more confident and fitter it gets easier.

Well done for starting the program, you will not regret it and if time is a constraint, don’t worry about missing a day and doing the run a day later, there is no time limit to the course.

And just enjoy a brisk walk on your day off, being careful not to wear yourself out though !

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misswobble
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Walking is ace and burns a surprising amount of calories.

Great news on the weight loss! Eating healthily need never be dull πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸƒ

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swisstony4
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in reply to misswobble

Thanks Miss πŸ‘

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Fishypieface
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Wow! You look like a different person! Amazing achievement - and for your son, well there's no better reason than that :)

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swisstony4
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in reply to Fishypieface

Thanks Fishypieface....πŸ‘great name btwπŸ‘ bet there is a story there somewhere? !

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Fishypieface
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in reply to swisstony4

Not very exciting I'm afraid....My daughter's old Club Penguin username! Not that I don't like a well made fish pie if put in front of me!

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dubnde

Didn't even need to read what you wrote to notice the impressive change. Wow!

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swisstony4
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in reply to dubnde

Thanks dubnde πŸ˜€

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Vonhorn

Excellent result πŸ˜„πŸ‘ be very proud of yourself .....

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swisstony4
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in reply to Vonhorn

I am, thank you Vonhorn

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poppypug
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You look amazing ! What a transformation, all your hard work and dedication has paid off .

Really Well done ! :-) xxx

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swisstony4
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in reply to poppypug

Thank you poppypug, it was hard work but I have enjoyed every step of the way and am determined to keep it off!!

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poppypug
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in reply to swisstony4

Losing weight is like making love to a beautiful woman , Swiss Tony ! :-D :-D :-D xxx

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swisstony4
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in reply to poppypug

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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ejvcruns
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Well hello there handsome! I'm sure you'll be an inspiration to the little man. Great job!

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swisstony4
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in reply to ejvcruns

Thanks ejvruns, I hope I can be all that I can to him. πŸ™πŸ»

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Vixen67
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Awesome well done you !!! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘

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swisstony4
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Thanks Vixen πŸ™πŸ»

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AlMorr
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I congratulate you Tony in your weight loss and of course on having your son share that photo with you, looks like a lovely little baby, once he's about 7 or 8 he will be running along with you on either a 1k or 5k run.

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swisstony4
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in reply to AlMorr

Thanks AlMorr, he has bought another dimension to my life... every thing I do is for him.. think I must do at least 5k running around after him now he’s walking

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FlossnCharlie

Congratulations. Well done

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swisstony4
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in reply to FlossnCharlie

Thanks FlossnCharlie πŸ™πŸ»

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Theziggy
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Absolutely brilliant swisstony4

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swisstony4
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Thanks Ziggy

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Snodi
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Awesomeness! πŸ˜€

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swisstony4
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Thanks Snodi πŸ™πŸ»

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helenwheels
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Very inspiring. Well done πŸ‘

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swisstony4
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Thanks Helen πŸ™πŸ»

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Pianos

Amazing. I set myself a 3 stone weight loss goal. I'm only half way there, but I'm feeling & looking so much healthier.

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swisstony4
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in reply to Pianos

Hey Pianos, thank you... 1 1/2 stone is awesome, well done and keep going, the health benefits are great but the mental benefits and confidence boost you get are the best.

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Bluebirdrunner

You look great Swisstony and I bet you feel great tooπŸ˜†...

Said as a friend....

There's no way to make this sound less pervy...πŸ˜„

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swisstony4
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in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thanks jan.. compliment taken on face valueπŸ˜€

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Bluebirdrunner
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in reply to swisstony4

😊

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Megzy24
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Well done!!!!! You should be extremely proud x

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swisstony4
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in reply to Megzy24

Thanks Megzy... I am happy with how it’s going and now being able to run is a bonus

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Megzy24
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in reply to swisstony4

Good for you keep up the good work x

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KatyKaycd
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Fantastic - you look about 10 years younger in the second photo!

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swisstony4
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Thanks KatyKaycd... I will happily take that 10 years.. all I need now is a cure for dark circles around the eyes and I am sorted. Or maybe just a toddler who not teething and a full nights sleep!! πŸ˜‚

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Newrunnerliz
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Well done!

You look great which is a fitting prize for your efforts, but it’s the unseen health benefits that are the biggest prize of all. What a great gift for your baby son, a healthy Dad!

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swisstony4
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Thanks newrunnerliz πŸ™πŸ»

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LiisaM
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Wow! Yay you! Big difference! I lost 30-ish, but then plateaued and can't "un-plateau" myself!

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swisstony4
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in reply to LiisaM

Thanks liisa, I’ve been lucky and it has been steady lose all the way through.

Think the body get wise and thinks hang on a minute!! I am sure it will just start happening again for you 🀞

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LiisaM
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in reply to swisstony4

I didn't lose an ounce from running; I lost it from a WFPB diet before I started running. I ate as much as I wanted and the weight gradually came off--a pound a week. I was never hungry.

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Nora-Bone
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Tony! You star! You've not only lost 3stone, you've lost years! What an incredible achievement. Well done.

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swisstony4
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in reply to Nora-Bone

Thanks Nora, very kind of you πŸ™πŸ»

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Dw58

Well done! That’s an amazing achievement. You must have been very determined. Running regularly is also very important me time which is sometimes the first thing to go when you have children. You’re an inspiration!! 🌟

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swisstony4
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Thanks DW58πŸ™πŸ»

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quirkybee
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Yay well done there, you've done fab and the difference is very noticeable. Thanks for posting, what an inspiration 😊

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swisstony4
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Thanks quirkybee πŸ˜€

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Kimchoc08
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Wow! What a difference!! You look so much healthier and I bet you feel a like a whole new man!! Well done!!

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swisstony4
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in reply to Kimchoc08

Thanks Kim, I do feel so much better, more energy and motivation for life in general... and love using the energy to play with my son... who like most toddlers never ... ever stops !!

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