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Jenny's Jogging Jotter

About me, running and my lifestyle change from 40 something size 20 and unfit, to 50 something size 12 half marathon runner. My training, lazy days, highs, doubts and all points in between.

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My story so far

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In 2006, having quit smoking 5 years earlier I had gained more than three stone in  weight.

In 2007, I certainly didn't feel fit and realised my health would be at risk if I didn't do something about it.

This prompted a lifestyle change that nowadays includes regular exercise and a complete change of diet.

Jenny before and after her weight lossNow I am no longer overweight, having reached a healthy Body Mass Index and regularly run more than 20 miles a week, in the warmer months at least.

In January 2009 I moved into my second half century of life and decided to do something at 50 I couldn't do at 15. My challenge was to run my first ever half marathon, which was the Perkins Great Eastern Run in October 2009.

I finished the half marathon that year in 2:24 which is actually my best time so far. I've run it every year since and although I'd love to get faster, I've actually set myself a new goal to attempt to complete the race inside 2:30 for the next 7 years which will take me to age 60.

On my way to reaching my health and fitness goals, I have lost more than 3 stones in weight and dropped from a size 20 to a size 12 dress size.

I had already lost some weight by taking control of my eating through calorie counting, it wasn't until I began to run and clock up some more serious mileage that the pounds really began to drop off.

I now stick with regular exercise which in addition to running also includes swimming and ballroom & latin dancing and can't remember the last time I felt so well and full of energy, nor the last time I was a size 12!!

Making running part of a complete lifestyle change and not just relying on diet has helped me maintain my fitness levels and my weight.

The journey from fat to fit took just over 2 years, but it took me many years to gain my weight, so I wasn't in a hurry to lose it. In my view the time I've taken has given me the opportunity to properly re-educate myself to healthy eating and exercise.

The change has given me a whole new outlook on life and restored the confidence that I'd not realised I'd lost. My advice is to anyone trying to lose weight and get fit is to take the time you deserve to get it right. Don't beat yourself up if sometimes you have moments of weakness and don't give up when sometimes it doesn't go well.

The exercise is important and if you've been a couch potato as I was for several decades it's hard to make the change to incorporating it into your life. It doesn't have to be running, that's my choice, but doing something is so crucial in my opinion.

Join me on my journey on Jenny's Jogging Jotter...



Jenny lives in Peterborough and has run the Perkins Great Eastern Run every year since 2009 after discovering running later in life


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