Fangirls, I know I’ve been posting everywhere about my weight loss attempt and the work I’m putting into it. I also know that I talked about it so much everywhere that I thought it would be better just to make a separate instagram devoted to my health work, to keep myself motivated and working hard. One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is running. My mum has been a runner for her entire life, and constantly was trying to get me to join her. But I wasn’t into it. So when I was told that running can really help you lose weight and gain muscle, my first thought was simply, shit.
I didn’t want to run. Hell, most days I still don’t want to run, but I know that it’s helping. So I got Couch to 5k. When I first downloaded it, I wrote about my first couple experiences and how it was going, but as of 3 days ago, I finished the program, and I’m damn proud of myself. So here we are again.
I can not recommend this enough. Couch to 5k helped me see that running is possible, and that I can do it. Let me tell you something, Fangirls; if I can do it, anyone can. I’m lazy, I like to try to sleep in, and I don’t like moving too fast. Running forced me to change all of that; the past couple of runs have started with me waking up at 3AM. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Before I started Ct5k, I was about 205lbs. With the combination of eating better, minor daily strength training, and running, I have lost a little over 30lbs in 3 months. Couch to 5k got me through about 20 of those in around 7.5 weeks. The program is for 9 weeks, but I registered for a race and realized that I wouldn’t be done with the program in time, so I upped my runs from three times a week to every other day. It’s a lot, especially with the strength training 6 days a week, but again, it’s totally worth it.
I am still struggling to see my weight loss achievements in person, but when I look at these photos, it’s pretty clear that I’ve lost some weight. I will be running in my first 5k in over 10 years on Saturday (June 4th), and I’m both terrified and excited. I will be buying myself a copy of the Zodiac Starforce trade paperback as a congratulations to myself, before passing right the heck out. I’ll (of course) be posting about how it went both here and on my fitnessforfangirls instagram. And once I’m done with that, I’ll be buying the next step, 5k to 10k, in hopes that I’ll be ready by this time next year to do a 5k and 10k.
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