Back to my youth - Fat to fit

Satanfriendly

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Well done you chaps for all the efforts including the 'still drinking clan'. Cognac is a big weakness here.

Know how you feel @Badger410

I was recently diagnosed as being pre-pre diabetic whatever the buggery hell that means and put on to the NHS diabetes prevention plan. Now lost a couple of stone, 2 inches on my waistline and getting much fitter out of it all. Cycling 10 to 20+ miles every day (when not on my working week) and arsing about with gardens has made me stronger.

Presently 6ft 2.5" and 14stone 7lbs. 36 waist
 
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Reality sucks!

I bought a fitness tracking watch and have been using it since Friday........ The associated app states I have the fitness age of......................... 72
Now that has to be wrong I've been on the treadmill 9 out of the last 10 days and I feel much older. :)

The step counting function of the watch shows that since retiring my average steps per day was lower than 800. the recommended MINIMUM for my age is 3000 with an active person doing around 7000. I'm currently averaging over 3000 but still a long way to go.

Being able to run is still a way off and I looked into some strengthening exercises to help things along. I'm not strong or flexible enough to do some of these yet. 15mins walking at a medium pace causes a mildly sharp pain in my right hip, by 30mins it's causing me to limp.
A 30 min walk is about 1.5Km at the moment. So running a 5Km race under 30mins by 6th Aug is probably (almost definitely) not going to happen.

So my current goal is to be able to walk/run 5Km in an hour.

The upside, despite the disappointment of allowing myself to get into such a poor state, is I am driven to put things right and can feel a slight benefit already.

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Reality sucks!

I bought a fitness tracking watch and have been using it since Friday........ The associated app states I have the fitness age of......................... 72
Now that has to be wrong I've been on the treadmill 9 out of the last 10 days and I feel much older. :)

The step counting function of the watch shows that since retiring my average steps per day was lower than 800. the recommended MINIMUM for my age is 3000 with an active person doing around 7000. I'm currently averaging over 3000 but still a long way to go.

Being able to run is still a way off and I looked into some strengthening exercises to help things along. I'm not strong or flexible enough to do some of these yet. 15mins walking at a medium pace causes a mildly sharp pain in my right hip, by 30mins it's causing me to limp.
A 30 min walk is about 1.5Km at the moment. So running a 5Km race under 30mins by 6th Aug is probably (almost definitely) not going to happen.

So my current goal is to be able to walk/run 5Km in an hour.

The upside, despite the disappointment of allowing myself to get into such a poor state, is I am driven to put things right and can feel a slight benefit already.

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Doing something is better than doing nothing. Keep going
 

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My advice is to ignore the VO2 max from the watch, is it a Garmin btw?

If you are getting into running I recommend trying the Nike Run Club App, it has a lot of training runs, pre-recorded, that you can download. It might sound a bit meh but they are formatted really well. They have some different professional coaches who will talk at regular intervals and the beginner ones will mostly be telling you that you are running too fast and to slow down. I found some of them quite motivating and full of dad jokes.

Alas, the winters here bring a lot of snow which lasts from December until April so I tend to put on some hibernation timber during that period. I have access to a treadmill at a local sports centre but they always have the heating on and windows closed which is too hot for me and made me a bit wary of the virus situation. Anyway, I am back on the road, enjoying the warmer weather and trying to get rid of that belly that I managed to build up over winter.
PS I recommend you get fitted for shoes as soon as you can, makes a huge difference to how long you can run and more importantly - less chance of injury.
 
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My advice is to ignore the VO2 max from the watch, is it a Garmin btw?

If you are getting into running I recommend trying the Nike Run Club App, it has a lot of training runs, pre-recorded, that you can download. It might sound a bit meh but they are formatted really well. They have some different professional coaches who will talk at regular intervals and the beginner ones will mostly be telling you that you are running too fast and to slow down. I found some of them quite motivating and full of dad jokes.

Alas, the winters here bring a lot of snow which lasts from December until April so I tend to put on some hibernation timber during that period. I have access to a treadmill at a local sports centre but they always have the heating on and windows closed which is too hot for me and made me a bit wary of the virus situation. Anyway, I am back on the road, enjoying the warmer weather and trying to get rid of that belly that I managed to build up over winter.
PS I recommend you get fitted for shoes as soon as you can, makes a huge difference to how long you can run and more importantly - less chance of injury.

Thanks.

Yes, it is a Garmin, the Forerunner 45.
I'll look into the Nike app and I plan to get proper shoes soon. I have a running shop fairly close that provide a Gait analysis service.
 

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I am starting a sugar detox next week. No chocolate, OJ, Coke or biscuits. I will have Greek yoghurt, Bananas and Strawberries. Bacon, eggs and Mushrooms sounds good for a few keto type meals.
Bananas can be one of the worst forms of sugar.
it goes in to your bloodstream super quick
Off course very natural but full of sugar nonetheless
 
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