I started this to add to my profile but once I got going I couldn't stop! So I guess its too long for a profile and is now my first blog.
I started C25k to increase my fitness. I have been following Lesley Sansome's Walk at home programme. When I started a year ago I couldn't finish the one mile easy senior walk! I thought I was going to die about 4 minutes in but I stuck with it and was up to a four mile walk but it was taking an hour and wasn't pushing me anymore so here I am.
I guess I should explain why a slow one mile walk was so dificult, this time last year I weighted 21.5 stone. Since then I have lost 9.5 stone and need to lose 2 more stone to get to my first goal which is a BMI of sub 25 (down from 53!). With years of abuse, I needed to take care of my joints so waited until I hit 12 stone before I started C25K.
I am not finding it too difficult which is a little surprising as I am on a VLCD, to anyone that doestn't know what this is, I live on powdered food and bars consuming between 500 and 600 cals per day which contains virtually no carbs. So when you folk are coming back to your bananas or cereal or chocolate I have a bowl of diet porridge and a black coffee to look forward to and no carb loading the night before!
I seem to be coping fine at the moment but my biggest problem is the cold. On a ketogenic diet your body doesn't waste fuel by heating itself up. As I go out around 6-6.30 am its pretty cold out there. I have broken out out a thermal vest and long sleeve thermal top bought fo a winter trip to prague and wear both under a mens microfleece (I had to buy last week). My legs were getting too cold so I also got a pair of thick thermal running tights that I wear under my normal ones. I look like the Michellin man! Oh, nearly forgot, and two pairs of gloves, leaving only my toes to get chilly which they did this morning.
I completed W4R1 this morning and was dreading it as its such a big jump, I was fully expecting it to be my first "failed" attempt but I did it, bloody slowly, but I did it.
I can honestly say that completing each week gives me more of a kick and sense of achievement than each stone I have lost. I knew I could lose weight but I never believed that I would be able to run.