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Female, fifty and fat! Newbie says hello

Hi there, just found out about this amazing resource (health unlocked) so thought I’d join and say hello! Just downloaded the couch25K - used to be a regular 5k jogger in my youth, but haven’t exercised properly for years now and am about 4 stone overweight. Feel rather shy going out jogging alone as a plump woman, but really want to get back into it for my health -discovering recently that I now have both high blood pressure and high cholesterol was a shock! Hoping that posting regularly here will help keep me on track 😊

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Well done! Just getting out there for the first time breaks a barrier, embrace your Lycra and inner warrior.

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Haha, I’ve got to get the Lycra to embrace me first, it’s a struggle getting into those leggings but I’m on the case!

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There is nothing like feeling like a sausage in them and then having the bliss as they start to slip down after a few weeks......lol

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Welcome. I’m older and more overweight and on week 8. Be proud you are doing this and enjoy it. You won’t love every single run but you are in for a great journey x

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Hi Jay, and thank you. Yes, I remember from my younger running days that it was sometimes a struggle, but I’m a realist and not expecting to love every minute. I think when you are doing it alone, those are the times you need a bit of mental support from somewhere to stop you jacking it in.

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Definitely. And I’ve found that here in spades. You have an advantage - you used to run. Use it!

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Welcome! Don't be shy - plump women jogging rock!

I started C25K last August and hadn't done any running since school. I found posting on here regularly really helped - especially as I didn't let on to friends etc that I was doing it until about Wk5!

Astonishingly I'm now able to run 10k so believe me the programme really does work. I should add I'm 48 and plumpish (though less than I was in the beginning).

Enjoy the journey - and let us know how you're getting on.

Happy running 😊

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Wow! That’s great to hear and well done! Thanks for sharing that with me. I haven’t told anyone I’m doing this yet either.. well, my 12 year old knows as I was trying to get him to come with me ( without success)

Maybe he’ll get more interested as he sees me getting fitter. I’m doing it for him as much as me, hate being out of breath trying to do active stuff with him, and want to set a better example health-wise, too.

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You will get loads of support here, im well over 50 and overweight and couldn't believe for a minute I would be able to run. You are not alone here, the amount of times everyone has encouraged me is unbelievable. Enjoy the journey

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Thank you so much. It’s lovely hearing positive things from people my age/weight and older and/ or larger than me, I did wonder if I was a bit mad to think of could jog at my age/weight but clearly not. Well done on losing the weight and getting out there. Respect!

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Welcome to the forum and well done on getting started.

The guide to the plan is essential reading healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Enjoy your journey.

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Welcome! You have come to the right place for life changing benefits along with lots of friendly support & encouragement. Enjoy your journey. 😀

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Hi & welcome 👋🏼. You have come to the right place. I’m 57 and on W5 now and there’s no way I could have got this far without the wonderful support of the people on this forum.

Good luck, enjoy the journey and keep us informed 👍

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Go for it, it's just a great way to get fit, and this is the place to get all the support you need. And take your time!

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Welcome, I’ve just started to run for first time since late 70’s just completed W2R1 never thought I’d get this far! Enjoy it and good luck 😉

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Well done! Wishing you the best of luck!! I too am over 50, overweight and also suffering from Lyme's disease. Managed to get to week 7 in June - totally psyched up, and then had to stop due to stress fractures in my feet.End of August and it's still not right . Can't wait to restart, but I must admit I was crushed after having felt on top of the world for starting this programme in April. The pity party started and I've overindulged on the old chocolate over the summer. So please just check your footwear and get advice from a podiatrist/health professional if in doubt, so you can go right thru the programme without having to take a break like me!! Good luck!

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