Today, after the 27 runs; I did something that (just under) 9 weeks ago: I thought impossible...
Iv struggled with my weight, for as long as I can remember. Going back to primary school, thinking of ways to get out of swimming lessons, as my man boobs would make me ashamed. As an adult: I accepted that I'm morbidly obese, and my being overweight, WOULD KILL ME at some point.
Just before Christmas (2020) I started getting palpitations, accompanied by tightness in my chest. At 35, and weighing 18st 8, I thought any day I could have a heart attack, and that would be it.
Several trips to the doctor, blood tests and multiple ECG's showed irrational sinus tachycardia (an unexplained speeding up of the heart.) The doctors only explanation was my weight.
January came, and I decided "I'm not ready to go, and when I do: it's not going to be like this" so I started working on my diet, and learned about this program. My brain told me "running isn't for fat people, it's for the super fit" so I procrastinated, for 2 months, but would go for a 2km walk daily.
Come march 17th, I thought "how do I know I can't do it, if I don't try?" I put on my trainers and set off. Jogging for 60 seconds, I felt a sharp pain, as if someone had impaled me from my shoulder, through my heart and out my chest. My brain said "told you! Running is for the fit people." Seeing this community though: I thought "No! It's not, what will happen if I carry on?" And so I did.
Now, I graduated... Iv lost 42lbs, and I look at myself in the mirror, and I'm extremely proud of the man looking back! Am I still overweight? Yes! Do I still have a hill to climb? Yes! But I'm off to an excellent start, and I'll never revert to my old ways.
I'm sorry it's a long story, but I'm so emotional, and I need to get my thoughts out of my head, and written down. This community has literally been instrumental in saving my life. How can I ever repay that debt? It's my hope that with the way the internet is: someday someone in a similar situation to what I was in, may read this, and so the circle of positivity will continue to turn.