Everyone loves a success story. They motivate and inspire us to push through those difficult days during our training. I know it helps me get my butt in gear. That’s why whenever we hear of a success story we are eager to share it with our readers.
A few days ago we got a support email that began like this:
This isn’t really a support email, it is a huge thank you email. Attached are my before and after pics!
How awesome, I thought! We love hearing from our customers and we definetely love to hear about the impact our apps have had in their lives. So I asked Jo if she would like us to do a post about her success story and she graciously agreed. She started the program back in March 2010 but it wasn’t without some reservations, as she says:
“I initially thought it wouldn’t be for me as I have never run in my life. I was the asthmatic wheezy child that never participated in PE at school. I had put on lots of weight while doing my degree as I spent a lot of time sitting at home reading. If I can do it, I firmly believe that anyone can.”
Since than Jo has lost nearly 4 stone* (that’s 56 pounds! ) and she says she maintains her weight by sticking to the Weight Watchers maintenance plan, but also running a 5K three times a week, doing circuit training, and fitball classes as well. Jo told me she likes working out because it allows her to “have naughty treats!”
One of her biggest motivators is finding the right music:
“When I first started I put some favourite songs on but soon realised that they weren’t the right rhythm for my running. My music has changed during the journey as I run slightly faster, so the music tempo has increased to fit in to my rhythm. Also running is brilliant for all over body toning. I get a real endorphin rush too, something that people who exercised told me about but I never really believed it was true!”
Jo has participated in two 5K races this year: Hyde Park and Cambridge Race for Life. She finished them both in about 30 minutes and is looking forward to more races. Currently she has started training for longer distances and is using our B210K (Bridge to 10K) app to help her get there.
Jo hasn’t kept her running to herself. She wants her family and friends to experience the same “buzz of running” that she enjoys. Jo shares her excitement for running every time she is at the Weight Watchers meeting. She says:
“This app has been an important part of my weight loss, as who wants to weigh less, but be all flabby! I honestly thought that I could/would never enjoy exercise. Someone laughingly said that ‘fun run’ was an oxymoron and I agreed. Week one of the app I struggled as I was so unfit but I soon got in the swing of things and never had to repeat any weeks of the app. It literally got me to 5k, to the day! I have to also say that since I have started running that my overall health has improved. I rarely use my asthma inhalers now at all.”
What a difference Jo, you look fantastic!
Thank you for showing us that with the right kind of diet, mindset and exercise you have made a positive change in your life. We are so glad that the our apps have helped you get there. Best of luck in your running and thanks for sharing!
* This was new to me, but stone is a widely used body weight unit in UK. And I like it! 12 stone sounds better than 168 pounds