I had taken a stress-filled job in early 2008 and was commuting 40 minutes one way. I was up early, early in the morning and in an office atmosphere, with junk food within reach all day….that’s when and where I gained an extra 38 pounds. My husband is a runner and I asked him what I should do to lose the weight. His answer was to RUN!! So he loaded my iPod with a program called Couch to 5K and 13 weeks later I ran my first 5K and then a week later I ran another. It was then that I stepped on the scale and found I had not lost a single ounce! I was discouraged to say the least! I started this program on 27 August 2009 and by the end of October I had lost 38 lbs! That’s 8 weeks! I’ve maintained that loss for 13 months now and ran again that same 5K and when I crossed the finish line, I felt like I could and I wanted to keep running!!!! It’s the best feeling ever, to be nearly 50 and in the best shape of my life!!!!