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  1. So I grew up with a mom who is a very picky eater. As a result, I myself am quite the picky eater. I found that I had to tiny amounts and gradually increase. When I first moved out on my own, my plant diet was carrots, corn, celery, onions, garlic, potatoes, apples and bananas. I gradually started adding little nibbles of others and now I'm a fan of many. Having friends who are willing to let you try a little nibble off their plate also helps. As someone else said, different cultures prepare things vastly different and you may find that you like something just now how you know how to
  2. Thank you everybody for your words of support and encouragement. I slacked off a bit towards the end of last week and the weekend. I'm using my birthday as an excuse, I had my party on Saturday even though the big day wasn't until today. I felt super guilty yesterday, I did spend the weekend eating incredibly good food and cake and felt like I needed to get back into the game. I was a little apprehensive since it had been 4 days since the last run, but I did it! Although I'm not improving much on time, I do find that I am less breathless at the end. Overall I think that's a good im
  3. Keep up the good work! If you are anything like me, it'll be tough but one day it'll just pop. I struggled super hard to reach a 4k mark (not using the app, just 4k in general without care for how long it took) and it was so hard. I was only able to run for a minute or two at a time Then one day I just did 5k... I barely took a break and I was tired at the end but during I felt fine. I've been consistently doing it since then and find I am less and less tired at the end of the run. So, keep swimming, you've got this!
  4. Welcome back! I'm glad to hear that you've decided to start up again, and wow it sounds like you are getting quite healthy. Good luck! I'll be following your progress.
  5. Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to treat this post a little bit like a personal blog about my 5k+ journey. Last night I went out for another run. It was great, more validation that the 5k is a reality and still not a bizzare fluke. Quite to my surprise, I did better than 5k, I did 5.4k! I didn't intentionally plan to go further, I don't want to push myself too far so soon, but I was pleased with the results. The reason I went 5.4k last night is that my normal jogging route is on a recreational path that goes along a large river. These days, the sun goes down by the time I get
  6. I agree with Wendell, I wasn't a big runner before I started on this program. I mean, I used to like trying out running, but never seriously stuck with it. Because I wasn't on a program I found it easy to quit when I would push myself as hard as possible and then wonder why I wasn't improving any. I think this program is structured very well, and I also like that it doesn't remind you of how far you've run. In the beginning, the most important thing to focus on is building endurance but before I knew that I found myself focusing on distances and being disappointed when I couldn't run
  7. Excellent, keep at it! The hardest part is starting! If you ever feel de-motivated, just remember that it does get easier. I find that starting new workouts takes me about 2 weeks to really get in to, and then if I skip days I feel awful (physically and guilty). It is so rewarding though!
  8. I have to manually change it each time I make a post. When you are posting, next to the smiley face icon there is a symbol that looks like an "A" with four different coloured squares next to it. If you click that then you can change the font colour. Oh, the font needs to be highlighted first but it might work if you set that up before you start writing.
  9. Don't worry, you will! It definitely wasn't a smooth journey, but if you are persistent, it will pay off.
  10. I use a Nike armband. I had one for my iPhone 5 and loved it, it allows you to use the touch screen. I now have a Galaxy S6 and just picked up a new one designed for larger phones.
  11. I was reading an article about this just the other day. In the past I've been an early morning person, but more recently I've been working out just after work. There seems to be pros and cons to both, but in the end it's up to the person and whether or not they can stick to it. Morning or evening won't matter if you find yourself making excuses to not go! I've included some examples of the pros and cons I read about for the morning runs. Morning Pros There can be less distractions that cause you to miss sessions such as staying late at work, having to go out for dinner, etc. Because y
  12. So, last week I finally made 5k, and it was such an amazing feeling! To share my story, I started running seriously in May 2015. Prior to this I had sort of dabbled in it, but I had never taken it seriously. I never had a schedule, never kept proper track of things, found plenty of excuses to not do it. To be honest, I didn't really have any idea of how to properly train myself. I would aim to just run quickly, if I wasn't running I didn't feel like I was working, so I never interval trained. Because of that, when I couldn't hit the unrealistic goals that I set for myself, I found mys
  13. Welcome to the forums and great job on starting to run. Please don't feel embarassed to be outside. I know it can be intimidating at first, but it's very rewarding to run outside. Different types of terrain can help challenge your body and keep things new. Being outside where there is a scene can keep you interested. I know it can be scary - what if people judge you? I used to think the same thing but I found that when I ran on the recreational pathways in my city, it was the complete opposite. Every time I go out, other runners seek eye contact to give an encouraging nod, smile o
  14. Thank you everybody for the support. After I posted here I was able to run a second 5k. It's great to know that it's not just a fluke!
  15. I agree 100% with the comments about BodyGlide, the stuff is wonderful. Here's another tip, if BodyGlide is too hard to find or pricey, go to the drug store and buy an anti-blister stick from the footcare aisle. It's the same thing, just marketed for your feet to help prevent blisters from shoe rubbing. I've been using it for a couple of years now.
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