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So...new to forums but hope by saying it out loud or in this case typing it, I will keep motivated to keep doing it.

 

42, overweight and out of shape!! And just signed up to coach my daughters football (soccer) team. I used to play but haven't been fit enough for a long time.

 

So I started the Atkins diet a few weeks ago and feel great. Started walking 5kms with a friend a few weeks ago too. Have lost 2 kgs of the necessary 20 and feeling positive for the first time in ages. Now have some self belief I will be able to run around with a bunch of 12 year old girls!!!

 

Then I discovered this app and tried day one and I actually did it (with some serious puffing and panting!!) Even managed day 2 a few days later with a few 5km walks in between. I have just talked my friend into doing it too. So she has done day one and me day three but I will repeat a couple and hopefully pant a little less!

 

Dreading week 2 even though it's only 30seconds more!! But I'm telling myself I can do it and that I want to be a real (read active and participating) coach not just one who yells at training.

 

It might take more than 8 weeks but I currently believe I think i can do it! I needed to type this so it is real. As a first time forumist it feels a bit self indulgent but I guess readers might well have given up reading at paragraph one lol!!

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So I repeated w1d2 with my friend, this being my 4th attempt. I was feeling confident. After run two I was ready to pack it in. Talk about heavy legs! Then I reminded myself yes they are heavy and that's why you are doing this!! By round 5 the lady telling us we were halfway way was the motivation we needed not to get in our cars and head to the pub! Anyway the last leg we were barely moving but we did get there even if my confidence was shattered.

 

Now we do this run around the park where our mildly embarrassed teenage sons have football (soccer) training. So we decided to continue our warm down until they finished their training.

 

Ending the evening on a high we did 9.18km in total. That should have burned a few calories!!

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Great job finishing up! I know its hard in the beginning to keep from feeling silly or feeling discouraged but you have to remember to be patient and every time you go out youre making a difference in your body. They say, it takes 2 weeks to feel a difference, 4 weeks until you see a difference and 8 weeks for others to see it. Its a long long road but its totally worth it. Keep it up! I know you can do it! 

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W2D2 done! It was really hard cos it is really hot downunder at the moment!

Needed water but hate carrying a drink bottle in my hand. Any ideas?

Tired legs now but day off 2moro which I will enjoy!

They make water bottles made for gripping with a strap. Also have waist packs with little drink bottles on them.

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Raining for today's run. Nice change from the heat of my last one!

W2D3 done but I am considering doing it again. I'll see how I feel before my next run. I struggled to lift my legs and find a good pace. My quads were tired and just didn't want to work, felt like my knees and calves were doing all the work.

I don't do a lot of strength work yet but do some lower leg stuff here and there. My arms seemed heavy too and I felt like I was holding them up and carrying them (which probably doesn't makes sense because of course I was) but they felt like they were tiring me. Tried a Pilates work out yesterday and quite enjoyed/ was challenged by it!

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Hey AgentP, 

 

Thats great.    You are doing amazing.   I have a waterpack that I wear around my waist and my water bottle snuggles in nice.   I havent seen another one like it.  I canno stand to wear the strap one unless i hold the bottle in my hand.  They do make camelbacks that are smaller, I have a waist one of those for long runs..   Enjoy that warm weather, stay hydrated.

 

HUGS!

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So I decided to give w3D1 a crack despite not feeling great after my last run. But I was feeling energetic and enthusiastic tonight.

There is something about this app that just won't let me give up before I hear that voice. I won't let her win. Maybe I do have some of my competitiveness left in me from my younger days.

Needless to say I did it! Feeling great!

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yes it does, keep your head up back as straight as you can and shoulders relaxed. Its like a vertical line, when the line has no kinks the air flows better. Pick a spot a head of you and focus on it, For me its trees, not very interesting but I try to let my mind wonder. Im sure youve all this already haha 

Keep it up! youre doing great!

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Yay smashed W3D3 - well my version of smashed!! Took a minute off my forest track time! Set off about 8 minutes before my husband and his two running mates and I was keen to get to the end point and turn before they caught me and I did it. They went passed a bit further on but I was still motivated to not finish too far behind them.

Feeling a bit more like a runner and didn't even mind them seeing me huff and puff!! Mind you they were going past so fast they probably only heard the huff not the puff!!

Keen to start week 4 next week.

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