How I Ran Off 10st

How I ran it off

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

One woman’s in­spir­ing story of re­cov­ery and re­newal

My old life

My weight had al­ways been up and down. But when I lost a baby to mis­car­riage at 22 weeks I turned to food for com­fort.

Then I gave birth to twins in 2006. I had to take lots of bed rest dur­ing the preg­nancy and piled on more weight.

Be­ing over­weight both­ered me a lot. And as a health vis­i­tor, I was hardly a good role model.

Ev­ery­thing was a strug­gle. Just walk­ing around was dif­fi­cult and I’d keep my head down in clothes shops be­cause I knew noth­ing would fit me.

The turn­around

I de­vel­oped pneu­mo­nia in April 2015. In hospi­tal, there was a woman, larger than me, us­ing oxy­gen to breathe. I re­alised I was go­ing the same way and re­solved to lose weight.

I wrote down a list of all the rea­sons why I wanted to do it. I joined Weight­watch­ers as soon as I was out of hospi­tal.

My hus­band, Nick, has run for years. I’d al­ways said, ‘I can’t do it.’ But when I took the kids to join the lo­cal run­ning club, Stafford Har­ri­ers, they were start­ing a be­gin­ners’ course and I signed up. I was run­ning 5K com­fort­ably by Christ­mas.

I started run­ning purely for health. I was sur­prised to find I en­joyed it. I go to the gym now, too.

The fu­ture

Stafford Har­ri­ers have been amaz­ing. I’d never have done it with­out their sup­port. One of the coaches helped me train for the Birm­ing­ham 10K in May and I’ve done a few more 10Ks since.

Ev­ery­thing is eas­ier now: do­ing my job, fam­ily out­ings, even my asthma has im­proved.

I shop a lot more. My old clothes don’t fit me now. Some­times peo­ple who haven’t seen me for a while don’t recog­nise me.

I go to Weight­watch­ers ev­ery week. Since start­ing di­et­ing in April 2015 I’ve lost weight ev­ery week apart from two. It’ll al­ways be hard not to overeat but as long as I run, I’m fine.

Name

Jenni Beck­ett Home­town Can­nock, Staffs Height 5ft 4in Age 36 Weight be­fore 20st 11lb Weight now 10st 9lb Weight lost 10st 2lb

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