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Hi everyone. I've been quiet this week... A few reasons for this;

1. Ive struggled to get my runs in with work and life commitments (w2r1 done only).

2. A little disheartened that I have gained 4lbs.

3. W2r1 killed my legs! The first run interval was up a hill and I just didn't recover from that so I think a route change is needed.

Now I realise this is a life change and not a weightloss target but a little win on the scales would have been nice haha.

So yeah I felt deflated to say the least.

Anyway I have come to the realisation that I will not focus on 3 runs per week but instead do them when I can. So some weeks I may achieve the 3 others it may take me 10days to do them.

It's tough with the job I do and a new baby on the way so I suppose I need to factor that in.

But today I will complete w2r2.

Happy running

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I totally understand that it feels really sucky when you weigh heavier even when you’re trying to lose!! But, just remember that muscle weighs heavier than fat! 😜 in the long run, the exercise along with a healthy diet will pay off but nothing is a quick fix! You’re doing great, I’m only at the end of week 1 too and I do feel I have loads more energy....I feel tired but work out tired rather than lethargy and exhaustion from normal life, kids etc! I’m sure you’ll start to reap the benefits soon! 👍

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I feel your pain with the weight gain. I'm the same. Wk 1 completed and 3 lb on..... Im hoping its muscle, as it weighs more than fat.

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Try slimming world. I’ve lost a lot of weight on it. I’d try and fit in 3 sessions a week if you can - they are only about 30 mins each and I go out at 8:30 pm sometimes. You do feel better after getting out there. It’s the getting out there in the first place which is tricky. Mind over matter 💪🏽

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I did SW a few years ago. Lost almost 4st but it came with complications. Since I did that I've developed lots of health issues with my digestive system. Also I put it all back on once I stopped following the plan... It's a quick fix but not permanent

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Disagree. I know plenty of people who’ve kept it off. I did put my first lot back in from years ago but that’s cos I ate absolute garbage !

Just remembered something - when I started, I didn’t lose your 2 weeks. Apparently where your legs ache, there are tiny weeny tears which fill with fluid at first. As you go on, you lose that retention. Your gain may well be that. Don’t be disheartened. It’ll probably work itself out in a week or two. You’ve got this! 💪🏽

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I totally agree with you - I love Slimming World- I've done it for years & always kept it off til I had kids! & then last year I put on half a stone through not exercising but I've gone back on plan & started this program so hoping it will shift.

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I love SW!

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Remember muscle weighs more than fat so don’t go by the scales. When you lose weight the first thing to go is the excess water in your body so go by how your clothes fit and not what the scales say. If your your legs hurt, are they aching or painful?

Try stretching longer than you normally do (try using a foam roller to massage your legs). As for fitting in your runs try a few different options and the right one will present itself. Ok don’t get disheartened you are doing great. We all wobble at some stage just keep going👍

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Take hope ☺ I weigh 7lbs more than I did a few months ago - but waist size has gone down 3". I've gained healthy muscle weight and all in the right places ☺Go by how you look and feel (and pants size) l rather than the scales ☺

Fitting in runs is sometimes tough. Its busy time for my job - Masonry-and after the long winter layup it will have me positively knackered for the first few weeks, but if I can't run far I can run even for ten minutes or even five and that keeps me in the habit of the hardest bit of all - committing to suiting up and going out the door.☺ That way I don't "forget" when I do have more time to run.

Slow and steady, and incrementally is how most of us get to graduation, trying to NOT run too fast is something we all struggled with but practice helps with that also.

Wishing you many happy miles in your future ☺

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I understand all too well about committments. I have basically missed a week, not run since last Sunday when I did W2R1. It's frustrating, but life happens. I am still motivated, just have to go with the flow and stretch out the program as required. Kids change everything, they take priority 1! Xx

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I’ve seen pushchairs/prams being pushed on 5k Parkruns or what about walking/jogging on the spot for the time. If the kids are old enough let them join in and make it a game. Yesterday a five year old was encouraging his mum up the hills with his sister in the buggy! 😊

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Ditch the scales... lose them. Get that healthy eating regime going and find some flat bits:)

Exercises for those legs will help and try really hard to land lightly.

nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/...

Try these too for rest days:)

nhs.uk/Livewell/strength-an...

Slow and steady as you go and aim for runs as often as you are able with rest days in between. You need to try for a kind of routine,,, early runs maybe ? If you have along stretch in between your runs, try at least for some other exercise on those days... to keep the momentum going:)

You can do this and we will help :)

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Bless you! I feel your pain with the weight gain - hey - I'm a poet! As everyone says on here it doesn't matter if you don't finish in 9 weeks - it's your run - your way. You've come this far - don't feel despondent- you will get there in your own time.

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Really feel for you - I was overweight by nearly two stone by early twenties and i can keenly recall how it affected me. I finally found a way that worked for me and slowly and steadily lost it over about nine months. That was over thirty years ago - and I have two grown up children now. Personally I think it is important to know your particular eating weaknesses and adopt a regime that allows you to have some of this so you don't feel deprived and then find yourself shovelling down a bucket of KFC (or whatever)! Also then it is easier to gradually adopt a healthier eating regime for life, rather than yo-yo dieting.

I agree with others - note how clothes feel rather than what the scales tell you. You are doing a brilliant thing undertaking C25K for yourself, your future and your daughter's future 👏👏👏.

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It's better to try to find a small window of time for your running if you can manage it. Keep thinking about the future - about running and playing with your new child. It does seem a big commitment but it is really worth it !! Good luck.

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Thanks so much everyone 😊

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Your thoughtful approach is the right one, I think. I’m amazed at how much this programme has stretched my mind - you do have to coach yourself, know when to push, rethink, get help. (Great training for parenthood!! ) It’s early days and yet you’re well on your way - keep going! (For what it’s worth, my appetite was voracious for a while at the beginning then steadied - I don’t think the running has affected my weight over the last year since I began, though I did feel lighter for a bit, but it has definitely improved my strength and general body-esteem.)

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