I'm 59, and did the programme 4yrs ago and got my badge. Then I went on holiday and ran on a beach for two days. By the second day, my right leg was in a terrible state (intense burning pain) and I spent much of the rest of the week hobbling around. The doctor at home said that I had damaged my tendons and they would heal but that I was stupid to be running with so much weight and should lose that first. (She has a local reputation for her bedside manner.)
So, I stopped running and just focused on walking. I can walk 6-9 miles comfortably, and last year did a longer walk over a week averaging 12 miles per day....
But my weight continues to slowly creep upwards (I guess it's about 250lbs now) .... We've cut out potatoes almost entirely from our diet, and reduced most other carbs to a fraction of former levels. I have substantially reduced my alcohol intake which wasn't at a dangerous level but was more than some friends - surprising myself how a daily habit stopped so easily.
My work is sedentary - I work at a laptop much of the time - unless I am teaching in which case even then I can sit quite a bit!
I swim once a week, and though I love it and am quite good, I hate having other people get in my way, and my improvement there is hindered by my weight and lack of 'core' muscle development. So, I tend to go to one session and don't put myself out fitting in more.
I don't sleep well. Never have. Always had 6hrs maximum and then been up and working.
There's so much more I want to with my life, but I really feel as though the weight thing is a millstone.
My partner is supportive, but a bit cranky (ie not scientific) and so comes up with silly approaches that don't make any sense.
Sorry, bit of a splurge, but it helped me to write it all down as a statement. Any advice or guidance would be appreciated.
Thanks for listening.