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Hello all. I'm new to the C25K challenge. I had wanted to do it previously but it wasn't a free app yet. I am excited to see what this program can do for me. I'm a 26 year old mom of three young boys. I also suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I use the term suffer because weight is nothing but a struggle due to insulin resistance and very poor metabolism that comes with the disease. Most women with PCOS aren't able to conceive, and I have been blessed enough to have had three beautiful children. However, I now have baby weight that will take twice the effort of the average woman to get off. With that being said, I am excited to start this program and see what results it can provide.

 

My only question coming into this is what is the proper "form" for running and jogging? I've heard a lot of people say it's very important, and I don't want to be doing it the wrong way and injure any muscles.

 

Thanks

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Hi there to you and welcome here,

 

First, congrats for dowloading the app. You can so do this. I am a little familiar with PCOS but not a lot but i do understand the weight is harder to come off. Just as it is for me getting older. Errrr hmmmmmm. Lol.

 

The proper form for running???, As long as you are running comfortably and injury-free, then you are ok. Your running mechanics are determined by the strength and flexibikty of certain muscles and how your body is built. Maintain a short, quick stride, Keep your knee in line, pushup and off the ground behind you, watch your elbows, keep them bent at 90 degrees, Relax your hands and Work your core. You can find these tips at runnersworld.com.

 

Any help we can give you to achieve your goals please ask. TrishE and I are here to help you get moving. Good luck and please keep us posted. Happy Running.

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I'm also a mum of 3 (2 biological) and I have PCOS, too. Over the past couple of years I have lost about 5 stone (70 lbs), although I still have another 50-60 lbs to go.

 

As far as kick starting your metabolism, eating breakfast and have 5-6 smaller meals a day instead of 3 large meals will help attain a more even metabolism level opposed to peaks and troughs.

 

I don't calorie count but I try to make sure that the amount of carbs in grams I have in a day approximately equal to the amount of protein+fibre in grams a day. Go for complex carbs as much as you can, too, things like brown pasta and rice, granary bread etc. This helps with the insulin resistance part of PCOS.

 

About an hour before I exercise (running, roller derby, or circuit training) I try to eat some complex carbs (usually 1-2 slices of granary toast with some peanut butter and sunflower seeds) for energy during my exercise. I then follow up the exercise with some protein to help build muscles, something like a hard boiled egg, a chunk of cheese or some chicken breast chunks.

 

(Disclaimer: this is just what I do, and not medical advice lol)

 

Hope this helps, give me a shout if you want :)

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Welcome! 

PCOS is no joke, I have a friend who also suffers from it and I know how frustrating it can for her. She is in the process of switching her diet to vegan and is most of the way vegetarian now. Making a diet change like that is a process and of course you dont have to but her doctor told her it can definitely make an impact for the better on her metabolism and help her lose weight. She is also prediebetic so losing some weight is the name of the game now for her to become healthy. 

Finding your perfect running form for your body will take time and practice. Running is very mental when you first start because there are lots of things that you have to remember while your doing it. Dont worry though, soon it will become second nature. The big things are keep you strides small, like kelly said, especially when you first start, and keep you head and back straight. Think of your body like a straight line, the straighter the line the easier the air flow through your body. Trust me, while running, breathing is all youre gunna be thinking about haha at least it was for me. Work on speed and distance later, now its all about building endurance and getting comfortable with running three times a week.

Good luck!! 

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Thank you all for your advice. It really helps me mentally to know there are others out there with the same struggle. I have started my slow changes, starting with my diet. I started making most of my grocery shopping in the produce dept and pre-cut and prep all my produce so that they're easy to grab for snacking. I have also cut out sodas, but I still have the occasional coffee for some energy (waking up every 2 hours feeding a newborn does a number on the body!). I am also trying to stay away from the "fat 5" (bread, rice, pasta, corn and potatoes) and I buy gluten free when possible. I can't always shop perfectly healthy, however, as funds don't allow, but I am hoping C25K will help picl up the slack because running is free!

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