I've just joined the community from the Couch 2 5 K site.
Over the last 7 to 8 months I've managed to loose 6 and a half stone and come down from being morbidly obese (a delightful term that my doctor seemed to relish) to just outside the ideal range for my height.
I did this after years of back/hip/knee trouble that my doctor solved by prescribing pain killers. After I reached the stage where I couldn't get up from my chair at work due to back pain and couldn't lift up my daughters I decided I had to do something.
I started C25K and found it so, so hard. However, I think I surprised myself when I actually ran after all these years and forced myself to carry on in the programme.
After 4 weeks or so I could actually see physical improvements and I started to count my calories and joined the local gym through the GP referral scheme.
Now, several months later, I'm a shadow of my former self and just, at the age of 46, started snowboarding.
I realise after years of trying that "weight loss" (and "weight management") is hard but I'm now at what I consider to be my ideal weight and am trying to replace the remaining fat with a little muscle!
The best thing about the NHS C25K community is the people on there and how friendly and supportive they are.
I decided to join this forum to perhaps help others as well as be amongst people who need to keep an eye on their weight to enable me to manage mine in the months and years to come.
So, a big hello to everyone!