Fit to drop!!

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Hot2TrotNowFit2Flop Sat 28-Apr-18 11:19:01

I'm so unfit and overweight. I have been diagnosed with hypertension and feel like I have the lung capacity of a quail!!
I have 2 DC 5&3yo and basically been last in line for everything and therefore suffered physically as psychologically as a result.
I'm now stuck in this apathetic rut of such self depreciation and comfort eating. I feel like I'm so unfit I might die if I tried to do anything (ok, so some exaggeration but you get the picture).

I need to hear some success stories from people who felt like they'd never achieve fitness/come back from the brink of a heart attack waiting to happen. From anyone who feels like they literally don't have a second spare most days, I'd love to hear how you did it. I'm feeling hopeless and need motivation. I want to have a long healthy life for my family but feel like I've done damage that will limit the length of my life already, I get mega breathless going up stairs at home!!
Anyone out there??

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FATEdestiny Sat 28-Apr-18 16:48:17

I need to hear some success stories from people who felt like they'd never achieve fitness/come back from the brink of a heart attack waiting to happen. From anyone who feels like they literally don't have a second spare most days, I'd love to hear how you did it.

Has your 3 year old got their 3 hours per day nursery place? And your 5 year old at full time school? Do you work?

My 3 year old started nursery Januart this year and I used the 3h I got to myself each day to become healthy. I have 4 children (3, 8, 12 and 13) and so a very busy family life. I'm a SAHM

1st January 2018

● 17st 8.5lb. At 5"4' that put my BMI at 43 (morbidly obese). Size 22-24. I struggled to walk the 1k to school.
● Target weight 10st 1lb (BMI under 25). Long term goal: 8st 11lb (half my body weight)
● I overhauled the whole family's diet. Cut all sugar and most carbs (only having porridge oats and brown rice as carbs). Stopped buying all processed food. Meals are 1/3 lean protein 2/3 veg. This was for everyone, not just me and DH (who's also dieting)

1st February 2018

● 15st 10lb. BMI 39 - no longer morbidly obese.
● Started walking the dog every morning when youngest was at nursery. Short walks at first. Worked up to 90 minutes daily dog walk.

_1st March 2018

● 15st 3lb, BMI 38 (I had also been on holiday during Feb)
● I set myself the challenge of "100 Miles in March". My aim was to dog walk 3-4 miles every day, which took me 60-90 minutes did was done after dropping youngest at school/nursery.
● Result: the challenge was motivation enough to get me to go out every single day. Even when it was chucking it Fownhope with rain. I came to love the "me time" walking gave me away from being a mum. I walked 110 miles in March

1st April 2018

● 14 st 6lb. BMI 36
● Started Couch 2 5K on 3rd April. I struggled to do the 60 second runs in the first week.
● Because I was used to going out with the dog every day, I decided to do the C25K run every day instead of my walk. I still take the dog (lead attached to a belt). So I now run every day.

28th April 2018 (today)

● 13st 8lb. BMI 33. Size 16 (and occasionally 14)
● 4st 1lb loss. Over half way to target weight.
● Tomorrow I start the final week of C25K and will run for 30 minutes non-stop. I've been running 28 minutes non-stop for the last 3 days so I know I can do it.
● 28 minutes running plus 5 minutes warm up and cool down walks cover about 4.8k. So I am very close to my whole "run" covering 5k - something I would never though I was capable of doing 2 months ago (or even 1 month ago).

Challenge for May: "Run 5k Every Day" I hope to increase my run to 40 minutes and so cover 5k at jogging pace.

My plan was to reach target weight by Christmas. I think I may actually hit target around September.

The change to our eating habits is a forever change. I think I may become a runner long-term. I love it, it's free to do, I can do it anytime I have a spare hour and it gives me some solitude and time away from our busy household of 6.

Hot2TrotNowFit2Flop Mon 30-Apr-18 11:04:25

Wow!!! FATEdestiny, you’re an inspiration!! Good work and congratulations.
I actually took a gym class yesterday for the first time in years! It was a BodyBalance class as I thought I’d start sensibly. That said, I ache a bit today. Never the less I have booked to go again next week. I have also got into a Pilates class at work which runs weekly in lunch time. So I thought I’d chuck a bit of swimming in one evening after the kids have gone to bed.
I work whilst DD is at nursery so no flex there but for not the fitness activity thing is beginning to take shape.
I realise that I need to address the diet side with more commitment as I know you ‘lose weight in the kitchen, get fit in the gym etc’.
Thanks for sharing though. You sound motivated and determined to have good results from your changes.
I think cycling will have to be my thing as I can’t run or do any high impact exercise due to bowel and bladder prolapse following kids etc.
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