In May i was 19 stone and very unfit. Honestly, i couldn't have run from one lamp post to the next. I had a little girl in August last year and it all kinda got out of control! I am now 3 stone less and running the GNR next weekend (gulp!) I found i couldn't run that heavy, i had to shift some weight first so have only been training for 12 weeks. My last long run was 13 1/2 miles, and it took 2:52:56, which to most runners will be bloomin' awful but needless to say, i was thrilled! It gets better and better and easier and easier and one day you just stop thinking 'oh God i'm going to pass out/throw up/die' and you think 'I'm running. Just running and it's so easy!'
Would def say to enter something, it gives you real motivation. Also, make sure you really listen to your body. some aches you can ignore, some you can't (in my limited experience!)
The diet i am on was the Cambridge plan. I initially chose to do it due to the fact i wanted to shift some quickly (i have a young horse and i needed to shift a certain amount of weight to ride him. I am now riding him!) It as intended as a temporary measure to enable me to lose enough weight to be able to ride again and pick up my exercise, as before, even taking it very slowly, my body just couldn't cope. I certainly have no plan whatsoever to stay on a low calorie diet, but do find losing weight very difficult. I have never really 'dieted' before, as i used to work 12 hour days on a hunting yard on red bull and wine (i'm sure there was some food involved somewhere along the way lol!) which kept me very fit!
Now i am where i intended to be i have no problem with increasing intake and trying to lay down some good, healthy eating habits for the future.
Mathschick - i must admit i have done WW and SW and tbh found them impossible. If anything, it was actually that they allowed too MUCH freedom of food and i have never liked the group support thing afterwards. Doing what i'm doing works because it is SO restrictive, leaves no room for interpretation and it comes of quickly enough to please me (i have NO patience!), but now i have to put my running and riding first above the diet, and i feel it is jeopardizing that.
Annoyingly, i ran 15 miles last week on 600 calories a day - result 2lb weight loss! AAAARGH! really is not working - i think my bady is in shock lol!
Today i did 6 miles, and had 2 poached eggs and a banana for brekkie and i think it made a dramatic difference. I love the fact everytime i go out it gets easier and i can really feel the changes for the better. Plus it is amazing head space away for a while!
Long story short (ish), after having a baby and pigging while sitting on my bum feeding, i managed to become about 6 stone overweight. I havenever been small but have always been muscley and fit due to working with horses, so being unfit has floored me!
In Febuary i signed up for the GNR. I have never run before and it came as a shock to the system just how bad the situation was, with the effect i couldn't run for 3 mins straight. I began getting knee and muscle pains and decided i would have to shift some weight first. I have lost 3 stone on a very low calorie diet (about 600 calories a day max) and have started running again - what a difference! I love it, i can go out and am currently following a training plan and am upto about 18 miles a week, with 6 miles as my long run.
I am determined to do the race, i have no pain at all and tbh, i am kinda making it up as i go along, running the majority but also walking if i have to. I am not aiming for Usain Bolt times (!) but just aim to complete (hopefully under 3 days...!).
My question is; I have noticed i run better if i eat something, but obviously still have weight to shift. I feel i am beginning to need more in my diet, but have no idea what i should be eating to help me in my training whilst maintaining my weight loss. So any ideas?
have no tasty nibbles for reading this far, but can unearth some mini rolls for the deserving and a G&T!