Today I finished "week 8".
I am running about twice a week, and I've had the odd bad week and a bout of flu in the middle, so I've actually been doing this since September. But I'm not bothered by that - I never really expected to complete the programme in 9 weeks - I just want to complete it, and I am looking forward to that now.
Before I started, I really hoped to lose some weight. I am 5'8'' and 14 stone 10, which gives me a BMI of 31 - firmly in the 'obese' category.
Now personally, I think BMI is a load of rubbish. I am a strong and sturdy Dorset girl and I've had 2 kids - if I was the average 'healthy' weight for my height (10 stone) I would know I was ill. But I was hoping that doing this programme would help me get closer to 12 stone 7 - which I think would be a very healthy weight for me, although BMI would still class it as 'overweight'.
I haven't eaten any less while doing the programme, but I haven't eaten any more either - but in 5 months I have not lost a single pound. And this week I realised that I DON'T MIND - because for the first time in my LIFE (I'm 43), I have got fitter through doing exercise.
I am much less tired than I was. Picking stuff up off the floor no longer makes my legs ache. My heart and lungs feel great. Last weekend, I went swimming for the first time in ages. I'd normally swim 20 lengths - maybe 30 on a really good day. Last weekend I swam 40 without even exerting myself.
I am happy with that.