Monday, 23 March 2015

Couch to Losing 2 Stone!

Having recently taken up the C25K challenge (sofa doesn't have the same ring to it does it?) I was delighted when Nickie from blogging fame agreed to do a guest post for me about her success using this app.  

Now, I have followed Nickie on Twitter from the get go, when I started my blog three and a half years ago.  She is a proper hard core Northern blogger. Not content with one blog she has 5! A whizz on all social media platforms, vlogging and techno stuff and now rocking the weight loss. What an inspiration for this soft Southern lass who is still mastering the art of creating a new blog header and stepping up a gear on the weight loss journey front. Enjoy!

In May of last year I decided to start the journey that I'd been promising to take since my 40th birthday (2 years previously) and that was to get fitter and less fatter.  I knew that I'd never have the size-8 svelte figure of my 20-something self but Things Had To Change. 

“Back in the day” I had been a sprinter of National accreditation however an accident stopped me in my tracks (no pun intended). When I returned to training I had continuous problems with damage to my knees, plus I'd discovered boys and cigarettes.  My athletics career was essentially over. 

Nicki completing her 5k in August 2014

Fast forward 20-mumble years, three children and a good chunk of sitting on my backside I sought out my local diet group. Slimming World membership was acquired and I've been attending weekly meetings ever since.  During one Slimming World meeting, one of the members mentioned that she'd almost completed  a “Couch to 5K” programme as part of a community running group.  I'd heard of this running plan before - it has been devised by the NHS and there is a free app you can download from their website.  I'd attempted to complete this programme twice before on my own and gave up by week 2 or 3 each time. I had little motivation and no-one encouraging me to get up and do it and I probably hadn't been in the right frame of mind. I looked up when the next plan started and made arrangements with one of my weight-loss buddies to attend the first session.  I was nervous but needed a challenge and knew that just the dieting alone wouldn't be enough for me to change my mental and physical well-being.

On the day of the first session the hardest thing I ever did was lace up my trainers and step foot out of the front door. I needn't have been worried – the group leaders had all been through the Couch to 5K plan themselves so knew how difficult and nerve-wracking it could be and really pulled each and every one of us through. We ended the programme with a 'Celebration Run' which is where everyone ran the 5K distance but with a real 'ParkRun' feel.

I love this photo! Its so Yay get me!! Looking fit and fantastic another 5k in March 2015

Over those 9 weeks the balance of changing my eating habits and progressing through the running plan meant that weight-loss was steady but also my body was toning up too. The continued weight loss is slow but steady and I have almost lost 2 stone in weight. It could have been more (WAY more) but I like my wine and weekend take-away too much.  However, the biggest change in my life plan is discovering that I do actually like running.

I'll never be a gym bunny and lone-training is hard for me.  Even going out for a 2-mile run on my own doesn't feel right. I also occasionally vlog about my running progress and host a fitness-related podcast and I'm in danger of becoming a running bore but I can't express how much this combination of changes has improved my life.

I love the camaraderie of mutual support and encouragement so I now volunteer three times a week to lead one of the groups through the Blackburn Couch to 5K Group Run programme. All of this is helping me with my own fitness and stamina and it is one way that I can 'give back' to the community group that helped me find myself again.

If that hasn't inspired you to have a go I don't know what will. Nickie is, like myself, on the wrong side of 40 and has never felt better. I can totally relate to feeling awkward when you take your first running steps. I still look like I've missed the bus rather than a proper runner. And I think we all cheered when she said she likes a take-away and wine! Thank you so much Nickie and please come back again.

If you would like to share your weight loss/healthy changes story on The 1970s Diet then please get in touch at I'd love to hear from you.

Until Next time..


  1. Thank you so much for hosting, Natasha. I will say that we are on the RIGHT side of 40 though ;-)

    1. Thank you for sharing has given me that little extra push - ha ha re 40 okay then! x

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  3. Massive well done Nickie, you've done a fab job. Mich x

    1. Hasn't she just Michelle I can only hope to mirror her achievements! x

    2. Thanks Michelle :-) I've surprised myself by how much I'm enjoying this journey!!