I've completed the 12 week plan, and as with many on here, I will keep going with week 13, 14, 15 etc until I reach my goal. But I have to say my progress has exceeded my expectations, and I'm extremely confident about not only keeping the weight off but losing the last few lbs to reach my goal weight.
I started at 12st1, which at a height of 5'4" gave me a BMI of 29 (to go back a bit further, when I started the couch to 5k programme earlier in the year (approx Feb) I was 12st4, a BMI of 29.5). As a BMI of 30 is 'obese', I was definitely a long way from a healthy weight. I was also really unconfident in anything I was wearing and really wanted to get back into my jeans.
12 weeks later I am now at a BMI of 25.7. My weight is now 10st10, a total loss of 19lbs during the 12 week plan. This sounds even better if I compare it to my biggest weight: 22lbs lost overall.
My waist was 31.5 inches at the start, which may sound quite reasonable, but I am a 'pear' meaning my waist has always been slim - instead I carry my weight on my hips and legs. To have put this weight on around my waist was a really bad sign and I think it was contributing to stomach problems which I'm currently seeing a consultant about. My waist is now 27.5 inches, and my hips and legs (which I'm sorry but I can't bear to measure!) are almost slim enough to fit into size 12 jeans. My size 14 jeans (which I started to fit into about halfway through the 12 weeks) are starting to feel loose, so I will be going size 12 shopping soon. Yay!! Size 12 is my ultimate goal, so I'm really pleased about this.
My goal weight is 10st7, so I have 3lb to go, which I hope to lose in the next few weeks. A healthy BMI requires me to be 10st6 or under, but I know that for my build I wouldn't necessarily need to go much below that. I also don't want to lose my curves! So I will be looking at maintaining rather than losing by the time I reach 10st7. If I can get to 10st6 or less it would be a bonus and would simply be a way of ensuring I'm less likely to become overweight again in the future. I now have in mind a range of 10st0 to 10st7 that I want to stay between. I think 10st7 has to be my absolute maximum from now onwards.
I hope lots of people feel encouraged by my journey. 12 weeks is a surprisingly long time, meaning a lot can be achieved. I had weeks where I stayed the same or even gained. I went to family celebrations, a wedding, a music festival, had a glamping holiday, went to the pub with friends and to events with free wine and still managed to stay on plan. I followed the 12 week plan's requirements for exercise. I struggled to fulfil the strength exercises quota although I did manage to introduce 1 session a week. However, I eventually massively exceeded the aerobic exercise quota and am now running 3 times a week, and running well, and cycling all I can too. I watched my alcohol intake throughout the 12 weeks, a big weakness for me. I planned healthy snacks and small treats so I didn't feel deprived and also developed healthier recipes and cooking methods. Thank you everyone who has encouraged me and kept me going, and good luck to everyone else on their journey, whether starting out, still with a fair bit to lose, or struggling to lose the last few lbs