Sweating after an hours boogie bounce session with my 2 pals😅🕺 #bodymagic
1 224 days ago
4 weeks and 16.5lbs down! °
I've never been bothered by my weight or felt ashamed of being fat but I know that I will be a better runner carrying less weight around a half marathon.
If that makes me quicker then bonus, and as happy as I am with my weight loss it does not make me feel like a better person because the scales say a lower number, my body is strong and I love it for letting me run no matter how much flab I have. #cheesy#cheese#loveyoself#slimmingworld#slimmingworldrunner
5 404 days ago
Sweet tooth find in aldi!
69p & only 7.5 syns for the whole bag😍
Sausage dinner 🍽
Lunch was spagbowl, 2 x satsumas, mini malteaser bunny (3), raspberries & a yogurt (1). Im not going to post every meal this time as it got very repetitive for you all!
New dinner for us, very simple 😊 2 x quorn sausages (2), mash (1.5), onions for speed and gravy (5)
Finising today on 14.5 syns🤗🤗
Dippy egg🥚 & soilders💂♂️ 3 x boiled eggs (free) 2 x toast (HEXB) 20g cheese (part of HEXA) & mushrooms for speed 🦁
Day one or one day?
2 706 days ago
I have decided to close "swcarbie" and that chapter of my life. It was great whilst i was "on plan" and loosing weight each week, but i lost my motivation and swcarbie slowly faded away. I thought about starting up again as swcarbie or making a new instagram but the truth is im not swcarbie anymore & i need a fresh start with my journey.
Heres to new beginnings, new motivation and finding myself so i can achieve my weightloss goals and hopefully one day learn to accept my own body. Ready for this new chapter with my family and friends by my side, its very important that doing this at home, doesnt mean doing it alone⚘
Oh honestly, the things your head would have you believe if you listened to it!! Mine today said: You can't run more than 3, don't even attempt it. You're struggling, you can't do it, don't try! It made me put off doing this run for about 3 hours.
I wanted to run 6 miles. I planned an escape route at 4 miles, you know, just in case that voice was right. It wasn't. I secretly knew that if I dropped the pace to comfortable plodding that I'd be fine. I was right, I listened to the positive voice in my head (eventually) and I won. Long runs are about covering the miles for me at the moment. Just get it done, pace does not matter at all. So I did 7. Happy smiles all around!
An hour flew by listening to Bryony Gordon on Fearne Cotton's Happy Place podcast. My happy place too you know, a Sunday long run, a thought provoking or inspiring podcast. I do love it.
She talked about mental health, addiction and learning to run as a larger lady.
"Do you know that the first person ever to run a marathon died?"
"Yeah... but that was before they had things like jelly babies and Fitbits. I told my husband I'd be fine. Crap... now I had to actually run a marathon. I got half way up the road in my husband's Star Wars shirt and my ripped converse before I knew I was going to die."
"Running at the start for many is about losing things, like losing weight. It's got nothing to do with loses but everything to do with the gains. It's the best thing I've ever done"
Mad Girl, The Wrong Knickers, Eat, Drink, Run are now all added to the list of want to read. Next book sorted!
Hi new followers! Thanks for following me old followers!
I'm Fiona. 🙋♀️ I've been overweight and an emotional binge eater all my life. I've tried every diet under the sun to lose weight but I believed the brain washing, that you had to starve to lose weight, I would lose a few stone, give up on starvation and gain it back again. Eventually I gave up on weight loss and life, just believing myself to be fat, trapped forever. At my biggest I've been nearly 17st and a UK size 24. A lot for some one who's 5ft 4.
One day I'd had enough, I wanted out. I couldn't live controlled by food any more. I wanted control of my life back. I'd had the most sucess on the slimming world healthy eating plan the previous year. I lost 3 stone promptly stopped going and put it back on again. And... slimming world let you eat! I finally believed I could do this.
So in January 2015 I went back to group with a 'this time will be my last' mentality. I stayed no matter what. Highs, lows, gains, downs, with the help of group and this Insta account I worked through my issues one at a time. Slowly I lost the weight. I got to target in 1 year and 6 months. I've been maintaining target for 2 years, still learning through the (many) ups and downs!
I started the couch to 5k plan to help me lose. I ran big. I went to parkrun and made friends. It was the best discovery ever!! I was a slow plodder, always at the back, but as I learnt to run I challenged every negative thought I'd ever had about myself. I felt proud! I felt like I could do anything!!! In time it helped to manage my stress and fix my relationship with food. I loved it and kept wanting more and in 2017 I ran a whole marathon. Me! The best feeling ever, I ran a marathon!
I'm still working on me. Every day I work on me. I'm still very much figuring out how to manage food and every challenge that relying on food to manage your emotions throws at you. All I know is this:
You can do it, it is possible, I am proof. Just never give up trying. Oh... and thanks for being here with me!
5st/70lbs lost forever 💜
Thank you @slimmingworld You changed my life. 💗
43 15536:55 AM Jan 8, 2019
Goals, goals, goals
Dreams, wishes, races
Challenges, PB's, new experiences
When I started running it was for that reason only. To start running. I had just no idea what I was letting myself in for.
My main goal was to go out and exercise x3 per week and get round a parkrun without dying. But running is a funny old thing... Once you get a goal, once you've run that parkrun there is always something more waiting for you.
I started this year with spring marathon dreams, 2 muddy trail races booked, one flat half, desires for PBs. I'd written it all down, planned it all out. I still have the weekly runs and milage written on my calendar!
But... plans change. Gall bladder issues, hospital, treatment all got in the way.
I held on to those race numbers all the way through, secretly hoping. The half is in two weeks, for a long time I believed I'd get there. I've only just given up on the spring marathon plan. Dreams, plans, well, they have to change.
These pics show my 5k times. Start and PB. My head stupidly thinks being better means I'll be half marathon ready in a few weeks, I very much doubt this is sensible or will be my actual reality! The honest truth is in two weeks maybe I can walk/run a 5k again. I'll be closer to that 40 min time than that 28min PB.
My goals for this year, that I purposely did not talk about in January, included 2 marathons, a half pb with a sub 2h dream, tough mudder ideas, pushing that 5k pb.
These have now changed, put back and replaced. We're doing it one step at a time.
Run x3 per week
Extend long run
Run a 10k
Sub 1h 10k
The rest of it is still there, I will get to it. I'm adding on 'own a bike' and a possible swim/bike/run event to the dreams list. Keeping up with cycling and swimming is something I'm keen to do.
The goal posts have moved, dates are flexible, it may take 1 month or 3. The dreams still exist.
Run a 5k comes first.
Whoops 5k time was 41:47 🙈
62 112412:05 PM Feb 8, 2018
It's not about weight loss. It's not about numbers on a scale or about clothes sizes. It's got nothing to do with appearance. It's about a mindset and the triumph of self belief over doubt.
What made me start to run?
A determination and a bit of bloody mindedness that I was just going to do it. That was it. Mind made up. I'm doing this. So I got it done.
What made me run a marathon?
Same thing exactly. A deep desire to prove it to myself. Many weeks fighting my own self doubt and negativity and a healthy dose of just suck it up and get it done.
It is hard. It will hurt. You will make mistakes and you will stumble and fall. It will not happen overnight and there are certainly no magic answers or corners to cut.
It's you vs your own self doubt, fears and any other unnecessary barriers you put in front of yourself.
It is a battle and you can win.
There are so many similarities and differences between the two girls here. Both with fear, both with doubt and both with the stubborn strength to just keep on trying no matter what. That's what got me off the couch, that's what made me battle through the couch to 5k and that is what got me a marathon medal. The desire to want more.
It's not about motivation, we all know that disappears after the first few weeks. It's about a determination never to stop, never to give up trying, no matter what. It's there, it's in us all.
Parkrun was my marathon
Completing the couch to 5k as a 15st overweight non-exerciser was huge. Every little step, a mountain.
Deciding to do it, putting the trainers on, buying XXL running kit, picking my 3 days a week and doing it, rain or shine no matter what. The 60secs on week one had me doubled over in the park gasping for breath, but I did it. Each week the increase terrified me. 90secs, 3 mins. The first 5 min run I did I stopped in the street and jumped up and down clapping myself and cheering, I just couldn't believe that I had run for 5 mins.
Then the 20 min long run came at week 5. No way, I thought. Not possible. How can I go from 8 mins to 20? You don't believe it, but you can do it, all the way to 5k.
I was so nervous for my first parkrun. Tummy nervous, sick nervous. I registered and spent a few weeks stalking the parkrun page and the facebook page. Looking at times, looking at the photos.
Could I do this? Was I ready? Could I go on my own? What if I... So many what ifs.
I stood in the carpark at #littlestokeparkrun listening to others chat, trying to mingle as people warmed up and stretched around me looking like pros. I overheard someone explaining the course so I took the opportunity to listen along. New to parkrun? Urgh... yes and I'm scared. Don't worry, we're all friends here! And so it began.
I was welcomed in. A lovely supportive community, so friendly as I lined up deliberatly right at the back making jokes about being last. Others joked and laughed at their own pace with me and put all my aniexty at ease. All round the 3 lap course there were people cheering, clapping and as I came in at the end I felt a bit like a champion. I had done it, this for me was a marathon.
Parkrun is the best experience, I instantly belonged to a community of runners. Familiar faces returning each week to support each other on their own running journeys. It was incredible as a newbie to experience a group of people of all ages and abilities unite, not just by running, but being part of a special community. Such a warmth, energy, humour, friendship and cake.
It made me go back, again and again and it taught me that, well, this girl can.