I would say that going back to a programme that will see you safely through a walk then run progression would be best. Your training has been sporadic and you are heavier than you were. It will be hard to gauge where to start otherwise, and difficult to know how much your body can take with the increased weight. Better to be steady and consistent in getting going again than tearing ahead and being out completely with injury. I also think it will just gently get you back into the routine of going out. If sessions are mega hard from the start you will be easily discouraged (well, I would!)If you feel you are behind where you could be, just remember that 2, 4, 6 or whatever weeks ago you weren't doing anything consistent, didn't have a target and it is all heading somewhere better than it is at present.
I've heard people say how much difference it makes just to be able to run after their toddlers when they take up running - you can get ahead of the game on that one and be fit and healthy by the time she reaches that stage .Good luck.
I agree, go back to the program, it sounds like you really enjoyed it and it made a difference. This time though, once you've finished it may be look to find the next program. It sounds like when you've got a plan to stick to, you stick to it. Once the plan was over you got lazy - perhaps because you weren't sure what your goal was.
If you feel yourself getting lazy, have a look at motivational tips - there's some here:
Joel Davison wrote (see)
I'm a fat b**tard, around 130kg or so and 1.85m tall. I'm a relatively healthy eater, I don't go to macdonalds, I don't eat junk, I'm just too lazy for my own good.
It's not that you're lazy, IF (and it's a big IF), you really do eat healthily, then to be at least (being generous) 7 stone over weight you must eat immense portions of vegetables!
I'm not saying I don't eat too much, but I don't eat processed foods, fried foods etc most of the weight went on a few years ago when I was eating more junk. But now its not going anywhere, which I fully accept is my own fault.
Not trying to make you feel bad, just saying you're weight will be due to eating too much, as you know. At 20st you'd have to run about 17.5 miles to lose 1lb, assuming you were only eating enough to maintain your bodyweight. You seriously can't lose weight by running alone if like me (and I know you are) you have a big appetite, because the more you run, the more you want to eat, the only way around it is to get a grip of your portions. It's a hard fact but true.
Thin people, even runners, don't eat very much (they'll say they do, but when you observe what they eat it will be less than you, guaranteed!)
You state that your goal is to see your daughter grow up, so straight away you have a massive incentive to get out and do something - I know it is easy to skip meals etc as a parent to a new baby - and snack - But and here is the thing for me - you talk about starting the walk/jog programme but with a baby you have the perfect excuse to be out walking everyday (at least whilst the weather is good). Great for baby and you. Do you have a baby buggy that you could jog along with - I used to do that with my son when he was little - we couldn't afford a proper baby jogger, but we did have the type with pneumatic tyres so I was able to trot along slowly - and walk when needed - (also gave my wife a break from him as she suffered from PND).
Obviously if you have a supportive partner/or support network around you then you will be able to get out on your own too -
Just my thoughts, but what do I know I'm just a bloke.
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