Originally Posted by SGT RJ
That app changed my life.
Long post coming... TLDR on end.
I graduated from college in 09, 5'11 and 247 lbs... I had gained a bit over 40 lbs in college through mass drinking and unhealthy eating, and when I returned back to my hometown I realized how far I had declined, becoming recently single at the time didn't help either.
I've always been athletic, played hockey my whole life, baseball and football in high school, and a few club sports in college... I came back and joined my dad's beer league hockey team, and my endurance was horrible. I was being out-skated by guys twice my age... Since most of my friends we're still in college when I finally decided to make a change, my first step was to cut down on my drinking and I downloaded that app.
The interval system worked perfectly for me. I started running three times a week, and worked my way up to a 5k within a month or so. The weight started to come off. Slowly, and steadily, I was down to about 220 lbs when people really started to notice my weight loss and compliment it. I got more girl interest, things were going well... I ran a 5k 2-3x a week for months.
Having started Couch to 5k in November, 11 months later and down to 203 lbs, having never having ran more than a 5k, I got up one day feeling good and was like "i'm gonna run a half marathon today". Plan was to just slow down, keep a jogging pace.
Got up, drove over to the forest preserve, where I could swing by water fountains along the trails. I was running a 5k (3.1 miles) at around 27 minutes at the time. I got my GPS started, put on some music, and started...
I kept telling myself I could do it, 3 miles down, no problem. 10k (6.2 miles), feeling alright... 8 miles... starting to feel it... but i'm way past halfway there and couldn't stop now. 9.5 miles... I get some doubt in my mind and and think about just stopping at 10 miles, after all, I was pretty drained. I stopped looking at my GPS.... once I was sure I'd past 10 miles I looked, pleasantly surprised to see 10.8 miles... just one more lap around the "short" trail at the forest preserve... 12 miles, No way I'm going to stop now. Then I started to cramp... not just the ache in the stomach, but the sudden shooting cramp around the knees. The first time I nearly fell, but I composed myself and worked my way through it. GPS says 13 miles, .1 to go.... and sure enough, 13.1.
I got home, and despite drinking a few bottles of water since the run, I know i'm still down a few lbs. I weigh in, 199.6. First time i'd seen under 200 since 7th or 8th grade. 200 lbs was my goal. I stopped the exercise routine. I got comfortable again, I still run, but only when I feel like it. My hockey game was excelling, girls are interested in me, and my friends are moving home... things are good.
Fast forward to February. Sync break during an FTP session, I run to the bathroom and while there weigh myself in. 220... Really? I let myself gain it back? I see the Chicago Marathon sign-up is coming up in a few days. Why not?
This post is dragging on... but yeah, I ran the Chicago Marathon last year. I've signed up to run it again this October (see avatar) and hopefully I'll actually run the New York marathon as well a month later if I luckbox the random draw.
I've bounced between 206 to 230 for the last year and a half. This week I weighed in at 224.6, though it's quite a bit different than the 225 from a few years ago, I've been focusing on strength training and have put on a good amount of muscle over the winter.
It's about to warm up again here in Chicago (Go Blackhawks! The worst part of the podcast is when you mention the Canucks
) I'll start up my regular running again and anticipate more weight loss. Guess I'll jump on board too.
Overweight? Couch to 5k works
I gained 40 lbs in college, then lost 45 through running, 25 lbs back on now
Weight loss is a long struggle, but definitely possible
Commitment, accountability, and social support is key