Starting January 2013

Starting January 2013, anyone else?

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17/12/2012 at 12:43

I'm Jules: 3 stone overweight and sedantary... I'm going to turn this around in 2013 and have a plan!

Going to start with "0-30mins in 8 weeks" as soon as 2013 starts. I have a 6 year old daughter, work full-time as a Commercial Manager and my husband's hours don't lend themself to me finding time to train - impossible!? Maybe not. I work from home about 50% of the time and can drop my daughter off at early-club from 8am... have you guessed my plan?

17/12/2012 at 13:32

Good Luck Jules!

One tip would be to write down your plan in your diary/calendar.  When its cold & wet its easy to find an excuse not to get outside, so having it in black & white in front of you makes it harder to avoid.  Once you're out there, its fine - but sometime's its hard to get out the door.

17/12/2012 at 14:53

Good luck!!

I was where you are now last May, it seems like an impossible goal to be able to "run" but stick at it, don't go out to often stick to three days a week for quite a while you might think after a couple of weeks ohh i can skip a run here but i'll add another run there... don't stick to a plan, it also helps those around you if you say every x night i'm going to be running come what may, no matter the weather... if you are arranging a meal out you know not to do it on x nights ... It's a habit and you really need to work at getting into it. But, once you are in the habit it's great and you just don't think about it, you know you have to go out and run

I lost 5.5 stone with WeightWatchers and running in 2012, so believe me it's possible

17/12/2012 at 15:15

Thanks Guys.

Stutyr - schedule already on Excel! Will plug the actual days in when I know what days I'm working from home.

Booktrunk - WW for me too! Will be running mornings on days I'm working from home, dropping daughter off at 8am then running home - changing up the route as I get better... then with the car left at school I'll have to walk back to pick her up in the evening (bit of a bonus activity there). Thanks for your advice, I need to plan in advance what I'm going to do on weeks I work from home less than 3 times (maybe some 5am starts!!!)

17/12/2012 at 15:32

Good luck, Jules!  Sometimes the hardest part of these things is actually committing yourself to doing them - so you're well on the way.

17/12/2012 at 15:45

Jules: My biggest piece of advice re WeightWatchers is by all means add the activity points, but only use weekly or activity points not both.  It semi defeats the object of trying to loose weight if you basically eat all the points that you've earnt.  So I allowed myself to use my Weekly points (in some cases pretty much all 49) but I never used them and my activity points that I earnt.

29/12/2012 at 22:58
Can I join you? I started a thread yesterday, but it hasn't attracted a lot of replies (um, none in fact!) so I'm looking for a home and some like minded people.

I've downloaded a similar programme and am about to fill in my training days in the diary. My plan is to go out in the 30 mins while hubby is bathing the little one before bed.

Hoping to find the support I need on these forums!
29/12/2012 at 23:04
Oh and I'm trying WW too this year....
30/12/2012 at 00:06
Good luck!!
30/12/2012 at 00:22

Yup, good luck Jules and combining your running with WW will really help I'm sure

30/12/2012 at 10:38
Hi this is my first time on this website and forum and I'm feeling better already! its great to know there are others just starting out. I'm a 44 mother of 3 who commutes 5 hours a day (4 days a week) and its making me feel lousy. I've decided 2013 is my year of change to lose the 2 stone extra weight I've put on thanks to commuting and sitting in too many meetings and to get fit - that means stopping the excuses and the feeling of acute embarrassment that I'm so unfit. I'm so pleased to find this thread, id love to join you in some mutual support. I'm going to follow the beginners training programme on this website. I was given decent running shoes for Christmas and intend to start TODAY! Wish me luck! Good luck to all of you too.....
30/12/2012 at 11:32

Good luck all!

You wont melt in the rain, just get out there. Once you're wet through you cant get wetter so may as well keep running! 

Good luck CaymanDeb - tell us how it went!! Im off for a run in a bit along the beach, Ive slowly been improving since starting (well - restarting) 6 months ago.. am finally feeling a bit happer with my body (BMI now in normal range and I can see hip bones again!!!) and have a Garmin thanks to Father Christmas woohoo so am keen to get out using it!! 

30/12/2012 at 13:25
Woo hoo I did it! Day 1, run 1 done! I followed the starting to run schedule on here (run for 1 min, walk for 90 secs repeat x8) and it was ok. Ridiculous but was definitely feeling it by run 8 but hey it's a first step. Then did a short burst (100 slow reps) on my son's rowing machine... That was ok too but feeling it already! Ha will enjoy the tired feeling.

Good luck to everyone else and thanks for the good wishes Runningforchocolate it helped!

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
30/12/2012 at 16:45

Being soaked through if caught in heavy rain is not the worst thing for me.  No, the real issue is having to remove my glasses in order to see a damn thing!  Then of course the water goes right in my eyes.

Edit: Well done, CaymanDeb!   We'll have you running 5k and doing HIIT on that rowing machine in no time...


Edited: 30/12/2012 at 16:46
30/12/2012 at 17:09
Ha ha here's hoping - thankfully no glasses to contend with! You sound like a seasoned pro.. how long did it take?
30/12/2012 at 17:19
Good luck Jules and CaymanDeb, it really is worth the effort. My only advice is get out of bed and go for a run, don't give yourself time to think about it or talk yourself out of it. As I have discovered in the resting weeks between doing Bedford Half marathon and starting my 16 wk training programme for MK marathon, if I don't get up and run then it doesn't happen.
30/12/2012 at 18:24
Hi Maria sounds sensible thank you... You never know maybe I will enter something this year. Good to have a goal... The MK marathon sounds tough though!

When are you starting Jules?
30/12/2012 at 19:10
CaymanDeb wrote (see)
Ha ha here's hoping - thankfully no glasses to contend with! You sound like a seasoned pro.. how long did it take?

Me - a seasoned pro?  Ha ha - no, not really.  I haven't done any half marathons or anything like that yet; it still gives me a bit of a chuckle when I see people saying they 'only' went for a nine mile run! 

How long did it take - well, I had to repeat plenty of weeks in the C25k, so it took quite a while to get to 5k.  From then I gradually increased the distance.  I've been running around two and a half years now and I'm at a stage where it doesn't feel like it takes too much effort and I feel confident doing it.  I remember when I first attempted running: once or twice around my local block and I literally had to crash out when I got back home - my fitness was non existent!  So then I decided something had to be done about it and committed to the C25k - the best fitness decision I've ever made.

My current maximum is probably 10k, which is what I did today.  The most I've ever done is 15k, but then I picked up a knee niggle which basically forced me to start from scratch again.  Target for the first part of the New Year is to build back up to 15k, and then see where it goes from there.

Happy running, all!

Edited: 30/12/2012 at 19:12
30/12/2012 at 23:20

Well done Camandeb! I hate the first mile of a wet run, hate it with a passion.. then I get past saturation point (or so it seems!) and the running warms me up and it doesnt bother me the rest of the time! I did a good 7.5K this afternoon along the prominade in weymouth, with the Garmin beeping at me the whole time for being too slow lol!  Well I was happy with 9:30 min miles but Garmin wasn't... hmm... need to work out how to use this thing properly and make it be nice! Felt kinda dead by the end, but rushed out and caught the hibbit at the cinema.. gonna sleep well tonight! 



31/12/2012 at 13:06
Wow I'm so impressed Runningforchocolate & Roadrunner 76... I'm deeply amused that I ache today. More the rowing machine but proof (if I needed more!) that this just has to happen!

So here's the ignorance bit - what is Garmin? Obviously a running aid of some sort - I downloaded run keeper yesterday but found it a bit of a pain to have to keep using my stopwatch for each section - any recommendations? maybe im just not using it right (my iphone died too towards the end so big note to self make sure its charged!!!!)

Roadrunner 76 what's the c25... Sorry if that's another daft question!

Runningbella - have you started yet? Good luck for when you do.

Can't wait for my run tomorrow!

Happy day, happy running all.
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