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Sometimes for a week or more you will have times you don't lose much, however keep on with it and the rewards will come.

Concur, the weather can be a real issue, keep smiling, keep focus, you WILL do it.

Headwinds made parts of today more of a grimace than a smile!

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I've held my weight at 11 and a half for 3 years now after losing 5 stone.

 

Yesterday I ran my fastest 5K park run at 22.48. I recently did a 30K in under 3 hours and will be doing a marathon later this year.

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I've held my weight at 11 and a half for 3 years now after losing 5 stone.

 

Yesterday I ran my fastest 5K park run at 22.48. I recently did a 30K in under 3 hours and will be doing a marathon later this year.

Great efforts, that is inspirational, amazing.

Maybe I need to up my game this year!!

2 x 10k's

2 x half marathons

1 x mud run

I think that'll do me

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I somehow managed to miss this thread - inspirational stuff, and timely since I'm starting running later today for the first time, well, ever. I have of course run before, but only when doing RL training, playing other sports. I've never run for the sake of running, aside from in P.E lessons at school, where I dreaded the darn cross country run we were periodically made to do. I still have nightmares about that!

Over Christmas, at the tail end of 2012, I decided - in a spur of the moment kind of comment - that I would get myself fit and lose weight. I'd not thought about it much up until that point, though deep down I knew it was something I had to do for my health. I've always been overweight - even when I was more active in my teens/early 20s - but I'd let it slip to a point where I was well over 20 stones (probably closer to 21 and a half/22) and basically lazy. I always used to enjoy sport and exercise but had got out of it. Of course, the longer you leave it and the bigger you get, the harder it becomes to start anything.

However, having made the commitment I couldn't put it off any longer. I took a two-pronged approach. Firstly, I changed what I was eating, and when. I cut out almost all dairy products (bar some natural yoghurt with granola and fruit in the morning), reduced my non complex carb intake in the evenings (I.E no potatoes, pasta, white rice etc) and massively reduced my fat intake. I started eating much more fish(grilled, baked or poached, not fried) and chicken. Oh, and lots more fruit and veg, of course.

At the same time, I started swimming three times a week. To begin with, it was extremely hard. In fact, when I first started I had to stop and have a breather after every four lengths. Within a month of doing this, I'd managed to extend it to 20 lengths without a break. I'd swim for half an hour, and see how many lengths I could get through. By the middle of February I was up to 30-odd without stopping, then later 40, then 50. I signed up for the charity Swimathon and did 1.5k last April. It took me 39 minutes for the 60 lengths, swimming breaststroke. That's not super-fast, but at the time I was chuffed.

Since then I've kept up the swimming and the changes to the diet (I prefer to call them lifestyle changes, as thinking of it as a diet is restrictive, plus if you change for good then it's no longer a diet). I'm not as hardcore as I was about the food side of things, but I'm still keen and apply the same principles, with some additional leeway at weekends.

All the way through the process I didn't weigh myself once, until I recently joined my local leisure centre (I should have done this when I first started swimming, as it's the same place I go for that) and they told me I had to go for an intro session at the gym. Amazingly, it turns out I've lost just over 6 stones since I started in January 2013. Obviously I knew I was getting smaller, as my waist size has shrunk by about 7 inches, but I didn't realise I'd lost that much!

At Christmas I decided to set myself a new goal: this year I'm going to compete in, and complete, a sprint distance triathlon (400m swim, 20k bike, 5k run). I've been writing for triathlon magazines for 5 years and have never done one, so it was about time I had a go. Hence signing up for the gym.

The swimming I've got covered - my times keep coming down - and the cycling doesn't worry me that much. I've been doing combined sessions at the gym - 45 minutes on the bike, followed by 500m swimming at a good tempo - but have largely steered clear of the treadmill, other than a fast walk to warm up. Try as I might I just can't run on a treadmill - it just doesn't seem natural. So, I'm going out on the road instead, and today will start the "couch to 5k" programme (I.E start with alternating between fast walking and running, build up the time and distances over 9 weeks etc), running up and down the Bristol to Bath cycle path which helpfully passes by the bottom of my road. I have ordered a smart racing bike, too, which should be built by the local triathlon shop by the weekend.

The triathlon is in July. Brilliantly, my brother and his wife are also doing it. He's told me we're going to start, finish, and go through the whole thing together, which since they're much fitter than me is a bit scary - better get myself up to scratch!

Oh, and I've also been roped into doing the Swimathon again, though this time as part of a charity relay team. Should come in handy for the training!

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Matt, try your local Parkrun

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/

Bristol has 3, and when you've registered you can run anywhere in the UK that is linked. Sheffield has loads (Hillsborough, Endcliffe, Graves, Manor, Concord). They're very friendly and aimed at all abilities, including people who mix running and walking. All your times are recorded online and it keeps you informed of PBs etc.

Times vary from 15 minutes to 50 minutes and there will always be someone who runs at the back in case you are near the end to make sure you are OK. At Rother Valley the finishing time of the last runner last week was 50 minutes.

If you go regularly you also get to meet loads of new people too.

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Really enjoyed your post, fantastic read and a remarkable turn around.

I brought the post back up as I feel others could benefit from it.

Some times it's the little changes in life which get the better results.

Being over weight is caused by many different factors in life, I regret some of my choices in life and bingeing on food and alcohol was a poor lifestyle.

I hope these posts, help and inspire others to make the right choice and become fitter, stronger and healthier.

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Started to lose weight since last April.  Hit the scales at 150.5Kgs (23.7 Stone).  To cut a story short, it obviously had a big impact on my life (if nothing else it prevented me doing and going to many places I wanted to).

 

Now weigh 118Kgs (18.6 Stone), but I actually haven't lost any since December, so a bit bummed out!  I know why, my exercise is less consistent and so is my diet.

 

I did it by using a Fitbit and combined it with MyFitnessPal.  The Fitbit records what calories I use and the MyFitnessPal records the calorie intake.  Both websites talk to each other and I get lots of graphs and data!

 

I am walking further (16 miles in the peaks the other week) and am feeling better.  The weird thing is, I see no difference in the mirror.  I think I look the same, I know I have lost weight as the scales say so, my clothes say so and family and friends say its obvious.  Yet I truly see no difference.  Weird thing this perception malarkey!

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Bedford - the mirror is a horrible thing, I used to get myself down until somebody told me it's a dangerous game, it plays mind games.

I wasn't sure what they meant, she told me to take pictures and then compare them, the mirror shows you want your head tells you.

Nice read and continue to post, I'm now obsessed in sharing my stories and trying to help others.

Some times you don't lose weight for days or weeks, this is when you really need to persevere and think about your long term objective....... Losing weight and you will do it mentality!!

I'd actually quit my job and be a personnel trainer or a speaker on lifestyle if it paid enough.

Good luck and keep posting

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This is one of my favourite threads.  It is very heartening.

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This is one of my favourite threads.  It is very heartening.

It would be great if it kept going and people could freely offer their experiences, tips and advice.

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My favourite moment came when I thought i'd discovered a lump in my side. Turned out to be my ribcage that I hadn't seen for 20 years.

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Still running but not done a parkrun for a few weeks. Might have to do one this Saturday. Had a long time out with sciatica problems so am struggling to get back to where I was (which probably wasn't that sensational anyway)

But I still run and enjoy it for the sake of it

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Still running but not done a parkrun for a few weeks. Might have to do one this Saturday. Had a long time out with sciatica problems so am struggling to get back to where I was (which probably wasn't that sensational anyway)

But I still run and enjoy it for the sake of it

Backs and sciatica not nice, I had a car crash in 2000.

Cutting a long story short - yoga has been fantastic for my back

Good luck with the parkrun, I'll be asking on Sunday how you got on ;-)

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I've a big problem, I've no get up and go, pathetically lazy.

 

I can make all the plans and have all the ideas in the world when I'm sat here at my desk, but once I get home *pff* gone... it's just not in there then. And even on the odd occasion when I do realise what I should do, which can be as simple as move from the chair and onto the ground, it's quickly dismissed or over ruled by something else!

 

It sounds like a whinge, but this is me admitting it's completely my fault. A lot of times I read how weight loss is about 80% diet 20% exercise, and even losing nearly two stone this year, it's pretty much all down to eating.

 

Any tips for learning to love exercise?!

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Good luck with the parkrun, I'll be asking on Sunday how you got on ;-)

Actual chances of running may go down as well as up. ;)

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Another 3 miles on the commute this morning. No climbing legs whatsoever today, even on a 30ft climb. Trip home last night was hell riding into a 20mph wind. Think tonights forecast is for rain...

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Any tips for learning to love exercise?!

I have found that a fitbit has helped get me moving.  Escentially a pedometer, but all the graphs and data all helped kick me to life.

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A lot of times I read how weight loss is about 80% diet 20% exercise, and even losing nearly two stone this year, it's pretty much all down to eating.

 

Any tips for learning to love exercise?!

The basic physics/chemistry of weight gain/loss points very heavily to the input of calories as the key factor. The exercise is an added bonus, not because of the calories you burn (a 10 mile run is only worth 1/2 of a day's intake for an adult male and makes you extra hungry) but because of the way it alters your metabolism. I'm convinced that the best way for weight loss is to do "little and often" and make it very convenient. I started by using the Wii fit at home, 10-15 minutes a day, then up to 30 minutes, then starting to run outside with a local jogging group, then entering races and so on. Anything you do that requires effort must be something you want to do, not something that is a chore. If you are doing things with a group, it can make it easier and more fun.

Using a bit of pedometer technology that tracks your efforts is a really good idea. Watching the charts and not wanting to drop the levels can be a good motivator.

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After discovering that my trousers had shrunk over Christmas and were feeling a lot more 'snug' than they did pre-Christmas I've recently started going to the gym at my local leisure centre. I didn't join the January rush of new years resolutions (mostly as I was too disorganised) but started a few weeks ago. I play badminton once a week but that was pretty much it for exercise other than the occasional walk. Working from home full time I have no commute and sometimes it can be a couple of days before I leave the house which means I sit at home all day drinking tea and not really moving much.

 

I do have a Concept 2 rower at home but it doesn't get used as much as it should but I somehow find going to the gym more motivating and I get a more varied work out. I tend to do a mix of aerobic and weights at each visit but the portion size thing is something I need to work on as I appreciate that I need to reduce calorie input.

 

I am quite tempted to sign up with the vets team at my local rugby club but fear that I would end up damaged again and therefore not exercising. I still dream of glory on the rugby pitch but now that I am approaching 40 I think my body is past those heights and a more gentle pastime is a better idea.

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Hopefully the rowing machine can double up as a coat hanger.

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Hopefully the rowing machine can double up as a coat hanger.

 

I did have a go on it today as I was feeling energetic. I had to scrape the dust off it first......

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I've a big problem, I've no get up and go, pathetically lazy.

 

I can make all the plans and have all the ideas in the world when I'm sat here at my desk, but once I get home *pff* gone... it's just not in there then. And even on the odd occasion when I do realise what I should do, which can be as simple as move from the chair and onto the ground, it's quickly dismissed or over ruled by something else!

 

It sounds like a whinge, but this is me admitting it's completely my fault. A lot of times I read how weight loss is about 80% diet 20% exercise, and even losing nearly two stone this year, it's pretty much all down to eating.

 

Any tips for learning to love exercise?!

Well done on the two stone loss, food is the best way to lose weight, however depending on your size you need to do the regular excerise to help tone the body.

Unfortunately for me I have a saggy belly as I didn't excerise early enough.

Tips to fall in love with excerise.

Running apps or garmin / nike gps watches

Monitor your improvements and challegne yourself to do that little extra, in time you'll then push harder, feel stronger and hopefully think, Why didn't i do that earlier.

Good luck..... Just do it!!

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I am not sure monitoring times is that effective.  It is not something you have direct control over.  Monitor times, but also how far and frequently you run perhaps.  Also, keeping a log means that you can take pride in having been a runner for so many more months.

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Well done on the two stone loss, food is the best way to lose weight, however depending on your size you need to do the regular excerise to help tone the body.

Unfortunately for me I have a saggy belly as I didn't excerise early enough.

Tips to fall in love with excerise.

Running apps or garmin / nike gps watches

Monitor your improvements and challegne yourself to do that little extra, in time you'll then push harder, feel stronger and hopefully think, Why didn't i do that earlier.

Good luck..... Just do it!!

I use strava. Love tracking segments and comparing my times

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