My Story: Weight Loss
I've always been overweight, having spent the majority of my adult life as a size 16. It never really bothered me - I was able to do all the things I wanted to, wear the clothes I wanted (although I avoided strappy tops, short skirts etc) and although I was at the top end, I was still able to shop in the majority of high street stores.
However, during 2008 I put on around 2 stone. This weight gain took me into a dress size 18-20, meaning that none of my clothes fitted, I could no longer shop where I wanted and I ended up having to buy clothes because they fitted, rather than because I liked them or wanted to wear them. I also started to notice an impact on my health, I was unfit, really unfit. I couldn't walk up stairs without getting out of breath, I avoided exercise because I was embarassed and I generally felt sluggish and tired.
Weight Loss Resources) to help me track my daily intake (including calories, protein, fibre, water etc) and also my exercise (to ensure I'm not under-eating for the activities I do). Twelve months ago I was close to being morbidly obese, unable to walk for long without getting tired, I was lethargic and unmotivated. Today I'm almost at a normal BMI, I can run, and really enjoy it and love entering races, I'm in control of my eating habits and its not a struggle anymore. I have more energy, I sleep better, I frequently wake up before my alarm, I can't remember the last time I had a headache or a cold, clothes shopping is fun, rather than a chore, I don't cringe at every photo of me now and I love seeing seeing the numbers on the scales go down. If I can do this anyone can. :)
My Story: Running
Cancer Research's Race for Life in June (5km). I'd set myself the challenge of being able to run the whole way. The first time I ever ran 5km it took me 39 minutes, although I managed the Race for Life in 35. I didn't want to lose my new running habit, so I set about entering some more races - a 5 miler and a 10km for the coming months. As most of you know; running is very addictive! And now, 18 months later I've completed numerous 5km time trials (parkruns), 5 x 10km races, a 5 miler, several cross country races, 2 x 10 mile (the Great South Run), 2 half marathons (Bath & Bracknell), The Grim and the Thunder Run!!
- Train for and complete Bath Half Marathon: Completed March 2010
- Achieve a sub-30 minute 5km: Complete February 2010
- Complete a second half marathon: Completed May 2010 (Bracknell Half)
- Beat last year's time at the Great South Run: Completed October 2010 (reduced my time by 9 minutes!)
- Train for and enter my first duathlon: Completed June 2010 (Every Woman's Duathlon, Bristol)
- Take part in the Thunder Run: Completed July 2010
Weight: 15st 12lbs (222lbs) 12st 0lbs (168lbs)
BMI: 36.9 28.0
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