In early 2014, I felt pretty terrible. I separated from my long term partner and was about 4 stone over ‘normal’ BMI. I was worried about type II diabetes and heart disease (it’s in my family) and also had an ankle and knee condition gradually worsening. I was so unhappy in my body and felt disconnected from the real me. I realised I’d been prioritising everyone but myself and I knew something had to change.
I had heard of couch to 5k, but had no sports clothes and knew I’d go bright red and wobble like mad. I gradually removed all the physical barriers but still in my head was the thought that someone might laugh at me.
Then one particularly stressful day, I just made myself do it.
Over the next few weeks, I’d run in between work teleconferences at night or early mornings. I just refused to let this attempt be derailed. After 10 weeks, I completed a 5k. I cried in the street.
By the end of 2015 I had completed 10k, lost 3 stone, become a single parent, had normal blood pressure again and my knee and ankle pains disappeared. My mood and attitude to life are so much more positive now, and I have made loads of new, supportive friends
One amazing benefit is normalising of exercising for my children. I feel like I’ve broken a potential generational cycle – and that alone is enough to keep me going. I also find it motivating that other women have seen what I’ve done and think well, if Anna can, I can! I know a few people who’ve started the couch to 5k due to my facebook posts and I love that!
Exercise is now a completely normal part of my life. I’m happier than I’ve been for years!