Well this week is the 2 year anniversary of me starting couch to 5k! I started on a Sunday morning after the clocks went back bright and early hoping everyone else would still be in bed as I didn't have much confidence and thought people would think I looked silly running. Well I've learnt since then that most other runners are too busy following their own schedule or programme to worry about how anyone else looks and we all have to start somewhere! I was 4 stone overweight & hadn't done any exercise apart from walking for the past 2 years because of a chronic health problem that took another year after that to get diagnosed.
This week I also hit 50 pound weight loss One third of it I lost mostly with running over the first year and a half, but at the very end of August last year I injured my foot and took a 6 month break. After a bit of down time I started using the myfitnesspal app and lost the rest. I still have a little bit more to go to get rid of on my belly, but I'm in no rush as I'm a healthy weight now and a size 10/12 (mostly 12!).
A lot people start this programme to lose weight and it does help, but it isn't easy unless you change your diet also. A lot of the time I ran I didn't loose or gain any weight at all, it just never changed. I never thought I ate unhealthy, but it came down to portion size for me when I wanted to cut back on calories.
I am definitely fitter, healthier and happier when I am running! I am very proud that 2 years on, even with mini breaks and a big break I am still here! I finished week 6 yesterday so starting week 7 at the weekend I hope in 2 more years I will still be going!