I am posting this on the weight loss forum and c25k as, for me; they have been very closely linked.
Many of you will have read most of this before but I thought it might encourage some newbies.
In 2013, I decided it was time to lose some weight and get fit. I had always walked and used to hill walk but that had gone by the wayside and my weight crept up. It initially increased over 20 years ago when I stopped smoking but the weight was certainly better than the cigarettes.
I decided on the NHS 12 week plan and planned my meals and exercise. I was going to aquafit & jog Scotland once a week but started walking more as well and was also doing heavy gardening.
Part of my inspiration was two people I knew who both had lost several stones.
Over the course of the rest of 2013 I lost about 22 lb but I still needed to increase my exercise. I had various muscle problems running at jog Scotland and it was recommended that I had gait analysis for new running shoes and that I went to the gym to increase core strength. Both worked really well but I still lacked motivation to get out of the door and run more than once a week.
That’s when I started c25k just a year ago and graduated at the end of March. Meantime the goal posts were moved. A so-called friend, for my 59th birthday in January, entered me in a local marathon that was to be on 2 August. Therefore, I started training. There was no way I was going to run 26.2 miles but I did it by jogging and walking in 6 hrs 34 minutes. My weight loss and continued exercise were encouraged by the positive reactions I got from people and how amazing I felt, although I did not lose or gain weight while I was marathon training as I was
The past 3 months thing eased off a bit as I was away in Malaysia in October and it was too hot & humid to exercise and I put on a couple of kilos.
Now I am back on track to lose those kilos and a couple more and back at the gym & out with my new running shoes. (That’s not quite true – it was so wet today I wore my old ones :-)). I am back to counting calories and the cauliflower? Well a few weeks ago, I had posted that mashed cauli is a great substitute visually for mashed potato and Olsbean added that whizzing it in a processor to look like rice then steaming or stir-frying is good too.
So for all of you starting out, it is sooo worth the effort. I am fitter than I have ever been in my adult life, although I will never be a fast runner.
Good luck with your weight loss and fitness and a healthy 2015