Hi! I’m Steph and welcome to my little corner of blogland!
Tub on the Run
Tub on the Run is dedicated to my outpourings of my challenges of losing weight and, you guessed it, running. I started in January 2013, both in terms of blogging and running. I’d attempted both before, but never together, and never with any real gusto. The blog and I are still very much a work in progress, and always will be, but I enjoy writing about it along the way.
Why Tub on the Run? In short, I am somewhat rotund. Tubby if you will. I don’t mind – it’s not a negative thing, it is an accurate description of what I look like. The running part is because I want to become a runner. Why? It seems one of the most enduring, cost effective, efficient ways of getting fit. Google “benefits of running” and you’ll be met with a multitude of sources extolling the virtues of this particular exercise, but for me, it provides a mental and physical challenge. I struggle to run. The weight I carry makes it much harder, and I get great satisfaction from knowing I can run.
I started using the NHS’s Couch to 5k podcast series, and successfully completed it within the 9 weeks. I ended up taking a bit of a break from it, as I learnt that I did not cope well with the summer heat and found many excuses not to go out. I have inconsistently managed to get out since the autumn.
My personal bests so far include:
5k : 39:55 (Killerton Parkrun)
10k : 01:24:18 (Weston Christmas Cracker 10k)
They aren’t fast, but I am working on it, and I am proud of what I have achieved so far.
I was never a fat child, but in my head, I always thought I was.
I was a relatively active teenager, though my diet left something to be desired, but the activity stopped any massive gains. At 18, I left home to go to university, and there started my weight gain. By my second year, I was rocking the scales at nearly 16 stone, and spent the following summer in the gym with my best friend, who had suffered the second year with similar consequences. I worked hard to lose a lot of the weight, gained a boyfriend and graduated the following year. The relationship dissolved and at the time I thought I could fill the void with food. I tried hard to fill it but nothing ever worked. When I got to my little sister’s 21st birthday, I dragged my hefty weight onto the scales, which registered 16st 3lbs.
I decided to take action at that time. I joined Tesco Diets and followed the GI plan. It was a plan that worked well for me at the time, but I struggled with when I moved back home. By Christmas 2008 I had lost 3st 3lbs and felt much better than I had done in a long time.
It was at this point that M and I became a couple. With new coupledom (and many other things) I tipped the scales at 19st 1.5lbs when I weighed in at my first Slimming World meeting in March 2012. Since then, I have faffed and lost weight, but not been as committed to it as I could have, but importantly, I did not start 2013 or 2014 heavier than the previous years.
Aside from weight loss and running?
I live in Devon with my husband, M. M and I met at primary school, lost touch for many years, got back in contact through facebook and married in November 2013.
He puts up with all my weirdness, calms me down, boosts me up, and, frankly, deserves a medal for all of it! At home, M and I are ruled by our two cats – Tank and Timo. Tank and Timo are rescue cats who settled right in in 2011 and we struggle to remember life pre-cats.
Fuelled by tea, I work for a local manufacturer in a job I find demanding and rewarding in equal measure. My work can tire me out mentally, which makes running and staying on a healthy diet difficult at times, and one of my key things is trying to find a way not to resort to ordering pizza from the sofa, as my brain seeps out of my ears.
From March through to October, we can also be found at racing circuits, as we are both motorsport marshals.
You can also find me on…
Twitter – @tubontherun
Pinterest – Tub on the Run
Instagram – Tub on the Run