New here and new to weight loss and fitness - Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

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Louise3063 profile image

Hi, my name is Louise and I am needing to lose weight and get fit. I have just bought a treadmill and am thinking of starting this c25k. I am grossly overweight (I need to drop from 15st 12lb to at least 12 stone) Is this a good regime to start with along with healthy eating of course?

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Start slowly, relax, work at your own pace but keep to the run lengths, your body will respond to the exercise.

As for weight loss that’s down to diet, low carb, low sugar, high in lean protein, calorie reduction etc.

Good luck , stay strong and keep posting.

rolysmate profile image

c25k isn't designed for weight loss it sets out to get you moving and running for 30 minutes, however along with eating a better balanced diet and being careful I've dropped about 2 stone since last June plus my body shape has changed

Welcome Louise and yes, C25k is for everyone, its a great program that really works. Good luck starting, take the run sections nice and steady, follow the plan by taking your rest days inbetween and come on here to read how others are doing and so we can cheer you on.

Running itself won't give you a dramatic weightloss and until you are later on in the plan you may not lose many pounds but you will be fitter, more toned and more likely to follow a healthy eating regime. You will feel better, and its amazing how much your self-esteem gets a boost with each run.

Look forward to hearing how you get on.😊...

Wantorun2013 profile image

Bite the bullet and get going on the program can’t recommend it enough for all round good health emotional and physical you won’t regret but be warned it’s highly addictive 👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😂😂

It's brilliant that you are considering this programme, it's great and will certainly get you fit. You will also need a healthy diet to lose weight. Best of luck 👍

Bazza1234 profile image

Forget about the scales - Today, buy yourself a dress and a pair of pants 2 sizes too small for you. Not expensive stuff because eventually you won't be wearing them because they will become too large. Your first goal is to be able to fit into them - remember the 80/20 rule (It's 80% diet and 20% exercise) - and keep moving even when you are not "exercising". You can do it - plenty of others have lost much more than you want to lose :)

Welcome:) my situation this time last year was almistvthe same as you, I was 16st and very unfit - I decided a year ago my goal was to run 5k - however I did not start this immediately and only started approx 2 months ago...I started off by joining my local Zumba class And attending twice a week and the usual counting calories. I am now 11st 10lb. I can now run 5k (although still huffing and puffing) good luck with starting out on the plan - just slow and steady gets the job done :)

Mummarunna profile image

Hi Louise 🙋🏻‍♀️

This is a great tool to set you on the road to being fitter physically and mentally and set you up to continue with a way of life to fight the flab👍🏻🙌🏻

I was nearly 15st and have completed c25k on the treadmill. Just take it slow at your pace and forget speed as that comes later.

I now weigh 12st 11lb and am very happy with the steady manageable weight loss. But what is better is how you will feel mentally too .. it will give you such a positive feeling of achievement with each week you complete.

There will be tough weeks where you’ll feel like quitting but push on through and I promise you’ll reap the benefits 👍🏻

I am now continuing to maintain my weight loss by doing interval running on the treadmill. But find what works best for you.

🍀Good luck and really well done for making the move to do this 🙌🏻 X

VictoriaRuns profile image

Hi Louise! Welcome, this will be one of the best things you will do, it's a really great programme and posting on here only makes it better.

I just graduated yesterday, but as a lot of people will tell you, this isn't a weight loss programme alone, but you may well lose weight (i lost half a stone) I just wouldn't count on it.

What it will do is build your lungs, legs, stamina and motivation, all of which help with other exercise. Combined with a balanced diet, and a little patience, you'll see the results you want. Good luck!

Louise3063, I found the jump from some weeks to the next quite great and repeated week 3 and week 6 before moving on. After 20 years on the couch taking a few weeks longer to complete the program is no delay! Better to get to the end than give up. I found it to be a great program for me.

Thank you all for your encouragement. My treadmill comes on Monday so I hope to start Tuesday. healthy eating has already started so here's to a healthy (and fit 2018).

I will post how it goes.

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VictoriaRunsGraduate in reply to Louise3063

Great! I did the whole thing on the treadmill so if you have any questions, just holler, or use the search function. lots of useful info on here

Buddy34 profile image

Hello I quit smoking 5 and a half years ago and i put on 4st because of all the chocolate I ate . But 5 months ago I decided to lose weight. I started with healthy eating , cut out all the chocolate done brisk walking 6 days a week. I lost 2 stone then I took up c25k and I'm still losing weight so stick with it and good luck

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