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    Welcome! This forum is for everyone who is new and just getting started. Questions? Post them in this forum and get answers from our community. Need help or guidance? This is your place. Please keep in mind that this forum is for beginners. Do you remember how it was when you first started? Any contribution can go a long way. Help others and please be polite. "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." – Booker T. Washington
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    Welcome to the Zen Labs Fitness forums! We have an awesome community of amazing individuals. Our forums is maintained by the community, for the community. Do good and be happy... Follow the guidelines. Be kind. We're all brothers and sisters here. Be kind to one another. Encourage everyone. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you're a newbie, don't be scared to ask questions. If you're experienced in any topic, jump in and help! A 1-2 minute response can go a long way. Do not... Spam. Flooding the forum with unhelpful and irrelevant posts is strongly discouraged. Please don't spam each other. No advertisements. Troll or Flame. Our community has a strict no-troll and no-flame policy. To "troll" is to intentionally post inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with intent of provoking a response. To "flame" is to insult fellow members of the community. Be inappropriate. No pornography and no illegal torrents. Have fun, meet new friends, and learn something new! We're all here for each other. Visit the guidelines for updated rules. "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" - Aesop
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    Hello everyone, My name is Marianna and I am finally ready to make a new beginning with my life. I suffered from bulimia and I am still struggling with depression. I used to be fit and I enjoyed running, but suddenly depression came by and everything changed. Procrastination and loss of motivation led me to unknown paths. I started hating my body and I forgot how it was to appreciate life and how to be happy. Today is my first run and I cannot wait for it. I can't say that I have won this battle, but I am proud of myself and I want treat my body with respect and love. I must confess that I am feeling really weird right now, since it is the first time that I am publicly talking about this without any guilt or embarassement. I am afraid. I am afraid that I won't be able to complete the run. I am afraid that I am not strong enough. If you are reading and you are also afraid, you are not alone. Just remember that the hardest step is the one out of the front door! Lots of love,
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    Hi my name is Alescia. I am 228.5lbs. I have started the C25K walk/run app probably 15 times. I'll make it up to week 3or 4 and stop. Not on purpose but it stops being a priority when I am overwhelmed with other things and before i realize it months have passed. Well I'm back again! Finished my masters today. I walk across the stage for my degree in 30 days. I've been asked to sing the National Anthem at at my St Louis Mo graduation. I live in Florida. I believe my focus is better with school being completed. I just need help from all of you. Motivation, consistency, time management is my weakness. I graduate July 21, 2017. Need my "Sexy" back! Thank you.
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    just finished W1D2. Ran outside today. In some ways it was much harder than the treadmill as I don't think I went as fast. But I definitely got a good workout because I am sweating! 8 weeks until I turn 40. Let's get a bit more fit for the big one!
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    I started running on a treadmill in September of last year and I've lost 40lbs. Want to run a 5k
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    Hi everyone - Shelia here! Haven't really done any real running in years - which was when I looked my best. Time for changes - hoping this app and community of folks will keep me motivated!
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    Just a little about me. 4 years ago I decided I wanted to join the army. I was 270lbs and 5'10 so I had a lot of work to do. Within that year I lived at the gym! Everything I did revolved around the gym. Carbs were a no no and protein was life. I basically stopped eating and only had protein shakes. I lost 100 lbs in a year and I joined the Army 3 years ago. But because of everything I did to get to that point I developed a type of eating disorder that's called exercise bulimia. Instead of puking I would exercise every calorie out so it was actually harmful. Once my trainer made me understand what was happening she said I needed to slow down so I turned to actually puking and turned to laxative. It was a hard battle for me but I did over come it. I still struggle everyday with wanting to do stuff like that again but I'm trying to do everything the healthy way. In January I welcomed a beautiful baby boy and got out the army to raise him. I still haven't lost the last 15 lbs from my pregnancy so I'm hoping this will help me get my run back and my body back.
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    Good luck! I am hoping to run one by the end of year!
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    I'd like to know the same thing! If it doesn't, I'm deleting the app.
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    Hi guys! I need some advice... I'm so disappointed today I'm a beginner overweight runner and so far I've enjoyed the program, but today I really struggled to run... I've been repeating week 5 day 2 for a while, because I just can't run 20 minutes straight. I repeated 8 min jogging - 5 min walking - 8 min jogging 3 or 4 times, then tried to push a little harder and run 9 min, walk 4 and run 9 again. The first time I made it! Last time, I had to stop for 1,5 min and then resumed running... but today, I just couldn't run. My legs felt so heavy and I couldn't breathe well, when I stopped, my side was hurting too... I don't run fast and I tried my best to keep a normal pace, not to push too much. The only difference I can think of is that it's getting extremely hot these days here in Italy, so maybe it's affecting me a bit... but what happened today? I usually run in the morning at around 8 am. Has it ever happened to you? What did you do? I easily lose motivation, especially when it comes to weight loss, but I don't want to this time! I like running and I want to improve myself and be able to run 20 min and more... what can I do? Thanks for reading!
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    I loved this app! Today was my 1st day and I'm super excited for my next day. I have chronic widespread pain including fibromyalgia and chronic migraines but I've decided they won't control my life anymore. Ready to be the person I was before the illnesses.... maybe even better than before.
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    Hi everyone. Im 42yrs old and live in the Highlands of Scotland. I am overweight 16st 9lb (5ft tall) and a size 18. I lost 2 stone last year and was halfway through the C25K when i badly injured my knee in January of this year....shortly after that i had to have surgery and have my appendix removed. I lost all motivation and felt like the world was against me. But....im back and more determined than ever! Ran just short of 1.5 miles tonight on the treadmill (w1d1). Fingers crossed i can achieve my goals this year and run my 1st 5K
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    Congrats!! Good for you for doing it again!
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    My goals are to ba able to finish marathons. And to keep running for the rest of my life. To stay active!!
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    Very excited about using this app.
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    Starting over and feeling anxious. I am hoping this forum will be just what I need and hold me accountable. I have done Crossfit for a few years and the past 6 months I have lost my drive. I would like to eventually run without feeling like death. Ready to start and continue my journey of health and fitness. Will also be restarting Crossfit as well. Slow and steady
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    I'm want to start my program on the 5th. These are my reasons not to: Average temperature is 104 degrees I homeschool my kids- even in the summer I am the caregiver for my 82 yo father I am smack in the middle of menopause, and apparently, my symptom is going to be insomnia. I wake up exhausted every day. I am carrying 60 extra pounds. These are my reasons not to begin.... but these reasons are why I so desperately need to begin!!!! I don't have a support system, and I'd appreciate any encouragement or advice you can share!
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    Hey everyone. I'm shipping out for basic training February 11th and I'm using this to help me get in shape for the fitness test. Currently I'm running 1 mile 4 times a week at my best time being 10:16. I need to be at 2 miles in 16:36 max. I'm shooting for a 7-8 minute mile pace and I'm hoping this app can help my achieve that. Does anyone have any success stories or any advice you can give me about running?? I've never been a running and running my mile almost kills me. I stop and walk about 3 times each run. It's really discpuraging. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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    Newbie training for 5K. Had Salmonella poisoning; went vegan. Started eating healthy to lose weight. I want to be able to run a mile without being out of breathe or walk/jog. This is a new adventure for me. Looking forward to participating in the Your Not Alone 5K - first one to help bring awareness to our local community regarding suicide and help in suicide prevention on different levels.
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    Super excited I found this free app to keep me motivated along with my fitness pal and Pacer to keep up with my steps. Just wish I could connect the C25k to MFP. Anybody have an idea?? Thanks & super day to y'all.
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    Hello all I'm new to jogging and horrified. I'm 100 lbs over weight with high blood pressure. Any tips for me as I adventure into this?
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    As far as I know, you decide the days.
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    1. Decrease A1C, cholesterol, depression, asthma attack frequency and body weight. 2. Increase happiness, good health and radiance.
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    Has anyone used turmeric to bring down inflammation? and has it worked? I always read about it and I think most times it's used in tea, but I'm just curious if it works in the same way a good cold compress would. And has anyone used it to reduce inflammation in the gut (bring down bloating etc.)?
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    I want to first start doing this. Thats a huge goal. After that i want to reach a mile. More goals after that.
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    Definitely start. It's really good "me" time and might even make you sleep better
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    Hi. Don't know what Pandora is. I use Spotify and works great running both apps at the same time. Good luck
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    Just finished Day 2. Want to finish the program. That is my goal.
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    I'm really starting at ground zero here and I have a bad back and bum ankle. After a very short period (like minutes) my lower back spasms and I have to sit where ever I am (even if it's on the curb) but the good news is that after a short break my back relaxes and I can get back up until the next spasm. The better news is that I've noticed in the past that if I continue this each day I can last longer between spasms so I'm encouraged by that reality. Running doesn't seem likely since my ankle doesn't have full ROM but if I can get to walking I know I'm doing my body good so my SMART goal is to walk, every day and increase my steps each day.
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    I am now up to 25 minutes - week 7 day 2 done!! I am slower than the 2.5 miles, and right now that lenght of time is tough but I am doing it. Don't be afraid to repeat days and weeks as needed - but also don't be afraid to push yourself to the next day.
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    I also have this issue, here are the tips my GP/podiatrist has given me: 1) get good quality running shoes that have arch support (I find Asics work well) 2) before you run, freeze a bottle of water. Then after exercising, stand on the frozen bottle and roll it back/forward under your foot. 3) see your physio/podiatrist/doctor often to make sure you're not doing any damage. Best of luck
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    Abitofwit - I'm with you, except I was able to do the 3 minute run. It was the 90 second run that came after it that I struggled with. I ended up pausing the app and walked for about 10 minutes before starting up with the second 3 minute run. I have mapped out a 2 mile route, so I do walk a little bit extra in the beginning and end of the workout. Keep with it. It will be worth it. Every time I think about quitting because it's too hard, I just remind myself about how far I've come so far. I mean, a month ago, I never would've thought that I could actually run 3 minutes continuously. And right now, I can't picture running for 5 minutes straight, let along running an actual 5K, but one thing I know for sure. I definitely won't get there if I stop. I hate exercise completely, so for me to be excited for my next run is thrilling. I hope that I keep this feeling going. Wendy
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    Just finished W1D3! I had the added difficulty of running part of the way on gravel. But, I finished it completely and ran(jogged) the entire time I was supposed to. Ended up going 1.77 miles only but continuing on to W2 tomorrow!
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    Listening to my audiobook on the treadmill helps me tremendously.