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Hi to all!
As the title says, I am a complete novice having actively avoided any sort of physical activity at school preferring to occupy myself with stuffing my face for years. The end result was a gastric bypass 3 years ago and I have now lost almost 12 stone and have a BMI of 31 (down from 60something ) with a view to losing another 2 stone to eventually hit goal weight.
As a bit of a background, 3 years ago I was so obese that I could barely walk and couldn't remain standing for more than 10 minutes or so without serious back pain. Following the weight loss, this has changed dramatically and I now feel I am ready to take up jogging, to help lose the last of the weight, to increase my terrible fitness levels and as a general hobby.
So, tonight (once it was semi dark of course!) I took the plunge, drove to the pretty little beach in the next town where I always see loads of runners and started jogging. I chose a bus stop about as far into the distance as I could see and headed for it. After about a minute my heart was pounding, my head felt like it was on fire and my calf muscles started to ache but to my incredible surprise... I kept going. In fact, I went past the bus stop that I had chosen and kept going about the same distance again. I then slowed down, turned around and came back. I must admit by the time I had got to the last quarter of the return journey, I was positively gasping for breath, my head was pounding and I was sweating like no-ones business but I made it.
I sat in the car when I got back, gulped some water down checked my watch to time it and then cried. Tears of absolute joy that someone who just 3 years ago, was so morbidly obese and unfit could actually jog that distance. I then drove slowly down to the point where I had run and checked the milometer which had gone slightly past 0.5 miles so this means I had jogged just over 1 mile. It took me roughly 15 minutes.
I guess the reason I am posting here is that I am very aware that right now I am walking on air and thinking that this is it and I am now a jogger for life but I'm not silly, I know that motivation does wear off, I actually ran only 1 mile before I HAD to stop and to be perfectly honest, I have no idea if what I did was good/bad/about right etc. Also, i have no idea about what my targets should be. Having read a bit of my background and what I did tonight, what would you suggest to be a good target for 1 month, 6 months etc etc?
Also, I would add that I am a smoker. Another NY resolution to myself is to give up this year at some point and I'm hoping that taking up jogging would be good motivation to do this. Baring this in mind, should I be doing things a bit differently until I give up smoking? Should I even be doing this whilst smoking? Should I go whole hog and quit next week and see what happens???
I will continue to read these forums to learn as much as possible but I would love to hear anybodys thoughts on my desperate ramblings...
Thanks in advance