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Wanting rid of type2 diabetes

Hi first time posting 5 years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. So I thought I need to change my life and living as I was unfit obese and drinking far to much. I had abused my body for the past 20 years and now at the time I was 46 it was the next 20+ years I wanted to live and be healthy to see my 6 children grow and have families and be able to walk my daughter's down the isle.

That we 5 years ago I still have type 2 and I am still obese, however i stopped drinking and lost nearly 3 stone just by not drinking. I also decided to stop being a plasterer and go back into education. After going to college for 2 years i graduated this year from Sunderland Univedsity at tge age of 51.

I know have stopped smoking for 7 years, drinking for 5 years and exercised on and off until this year when my doctor suggested I have a gastric band to loose weight and rid the type 2 diabetes.

This pushed me to take my diet more seriously and loose that weight without help from a operation. Since I have lost a further stone through a low carb diet and now and have since gone vegiterian ( early days ๐Ÿ˜Š).

I seen my doctor last week and my results had come back

cholesterol was 4

Blood pressure normal

Sugar level now down to 50 ( it had been up to 64)

I am still over weight so decided to do this couch to 5k. I have just completed my second day on the first week and i am feeling really good. My legs and knees are aching, however I am determined to complete this and may be next year enter a 5 or 10k run for the first time in my life..i hope you all don't didn't mind the little bio about me as I am still on this journey and would like to share it with people.

Thankyou

Chris

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Iโ€™m sure you will do it safc73 keep up with positive thinking just take it slow ๐Ÿ˜

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Welcome to the forum, Chris and well done on getting started.

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

You can do this and it has changed countless thousands of lives over the years.

Enjoy your journey.

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Wow! You can definitely do this, you have done so much already. All the best!

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Hi Chris, good to read your story - sounds like you've made so many positive life changes already that I see no reason why you can't smash C25K too! :-D Keep going! :-)

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Thankyou for your kind words ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Wow Chris! Congratulations on your hard won changes so far! These are huge achievements in their own right! Now youโ€™re tackling the last piece of the puzzle. All the very best for your C25k journey. Be careful but enjoy the process, and weโ€™ll all be here to cheer you on towards graduation and beyond!

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Thankyou so much for the words and encouragement

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You can do it ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘

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You can do this ! - well done on your achievements so far, amazing!

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Thankyouv๐Ÿ˜Š

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Amazing journey so far Chris. A sincere well done in all you have achieved thus far. Take it slow & easy ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Well done! Youโ€™re doing a fab job! The app is great. Stick to this forum as the support is fantastic! And remember to slow down and slow down again as the runs get longer. Nice to have a north easterner on the forum! Weโ€™re few and far between ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

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Thankyou I will listen to what everyone is saying. Let's hope there may be more join from the northeast ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Just clicked on with your user name ๐Ÿ˜‚ #utb ๐Ÿ˜‚

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When you graduate, Iโ€™ll meet you half way, Hartlepool or Darlington for a ParkRun ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ

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Thankyou that will be great ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Thankyou and I will ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Youโ€™ve got this Chris! Well done this far ๐Ÿ˜€

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Wow, so many changes to your life, you sound strong and determined, so go get that 5 and 10K fella๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿฅ‡

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Wow @Safc73 what an inspiration you are! Youโ€™ve already achieved so much and Iโ€™m sure you will smash c25k! Well done! :)

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Welcome.

A lot of any running plan comes down to determination. Thereโ€™s always a tough run and strong minds push through it. So, youโ€™ve decided to beat diabetes, youโ€™ve lost weight, beaten the nicotine and cut drinking, and a degree! Lots of determination in that bio for sure. Low carb and vegetarian must be hard too. All in all, you have all the tools to get yourself through this. Some aches are normal, and week one is a worthy opponent for those of us (99% of us) that were sat on the couch the day before it. Youโ€™ll be doing a 5k soon, and Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll also do a 10, maybe further. Check out parkrun... those guys love us C25K guys turning up and doing our workout before walking the rest. Theyโ€™re welcoming and supportive, just like us, and you should meet your local running club there. Lots of the clubs have C25K sessions if you want to do some of this with running buddies.

Enjoy your journey.

Long introductions deserve long replies ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Thankyou Unfitnomore I am taking on board all the advice I have not thought about park runs just yet.

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Hello there, Welcome to the forum. This is a great place as all are very supportive and soon you can do a good run. I never ran since I left school but last week i finished my C25k and graduated so you can do it. Well done for working on your drinking and BS. If you can focus on your diet and become low carb, you could even put your diabetes into remission. The key is to bring down your 10 to 15% of total body weight and stay low carb. Good luck.

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Thankyou for the advice everyone has been so helpful ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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I have type 2 diabetes Iโ€™ve been told it will never go I lost 3 stone in weight and on wee9 of c25k I now weigh 10 stone and still stuck on insulin

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I hope you can sort your diabetes and well done for loosing the weight

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Hi Chris - thanks for sharing your experience - fantastic that you've joined the programme and get forum. Lots of lovely people here who are incredibly supportive and have lots of great advice. As everyone says (because it's true) learn to run slowly first.

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From one diabetic to another (type 1) sounds like you are on an awesome journey, stay strong and focused and listen to your body. If there is one piece of advice i could give it would be this.... you are in control, let the diabetes live with you not the other way round. โ˜บโ˜บโ˜บ

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Thankyou I will

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Youโ€™ve defo got this! Go for it...youโ€™ll be addicted before you know it ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Thankyou

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Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like you have all the determination you need to get you through C25K, and everyone here will be cheering you on. Enjoy your journey ๐Ÿ˜Š

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You've achieved so much already well done.. I wish you all the luck with your target in life ...Happy running keep positive ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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