Hello, my name is Helen and I started to run in November 2012 when I tipped the scaled at over 13 stone and a size 18. I couldn't tell you exactly what I weighed as I didn't take much note of my weight then, actually I would have done anything to avoid finding out. Before starting running I was a size 22 and have no idea of my weight. I used to hide behind food. If I was sad I ate, happy I ate, did something good, I rewarded myself with food.
One day I just decided that I wanted to be able to run, as easy as that. Just to be able to run one mile non stop. So I did plenty of research on the internet and discovered a great little site which helped me no end. It gave me a walk run programme which told me to walk a bit and run a tiny bit. I followed it to the letter and couldn't believe my progress. Sure enough a hefty fat girl was running a whole 1 minute, then 5 minutes and then 10 minutes. That was a massive deal. Running a whole 10 minutes without looking like I was having some sort of seizure was huge. After 12 weeks I was covering 3 miles and I could run a full mile with a walk and then another mile and a walk. If you google walk run programme there are lots around and there are plenty of apps such as couch to 5k to help now.
My running progressed from 5ks, to 10ks, to half marathons and my weight dropped. As I became fitter, I became healthier inside and out. My appetitie for bad foods diminished as I wanted to run longer runs and not have that takeaway or wine. I wanted to get up and run in the morning. I began to make healthier choices.
I’m some way down the line with my running and I am a much different girl from the one I used to be. I am now a size 6-8 and run marathons! Many of my friends are asking me how I started running and even complete strangers ask me, so I wanted to share in some way what I do. I want to say that I, the fat girl, just decided I wanted to be able to run one day. Not far or for long, just a little bit because it was free and I couldn't afford the gym and I wanted to be a bit fitter. I wasn't looking to getting skinny. I am so glad I started on my journey and I feel very passionate about running now. I feel that if I, the asthmatic fat girl could start and continue to you run and love it, what's stopping you from trying? You might love it too.