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Reader Stories: How Running Helped Me Lose Weight


Updated June 22, 2011

Did running help you lose weight? Tell your running weight loss success story and share your weight loss tips with other runners.

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Reader Story: Running Helped Me Lose Weight

I started running, initially running 30secs also would be a task, but today I have ran 2 half marathons - and that too in time less than 3hrs. I focus on cross training like yoga and cycling too and …More

Reader Story: Running Help Me Lose 75 Pounds

After settling in with my new baby I joined weight watchers and a local strollercize group of new, older and soon to be mamas. That's where I got the running bug! Throughout the workouts we would do …More

From Non-Runner to Age Group Winner

That evening with my husband's encouragement, we started walking together. Each night after dinner, our pace and mileage increased and by November we were race walking 5 miles at a 10 minute pace. Hi…More

Running Helped Me Lose 55 Pounds

At first I was not sure were to start. I knew I had to diet and exercise big time. For my diet I decided to try the blood type diet which was introduced to me by a co-worker. I ate according to my bl…More

Falling in Love With Running Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds

I started training on an elliptical every day, but was bored after a month. I was sick of sweating in the hot indoors, staring at the same spot for a full half an hour, and despising my workouts. So …More

Running Helped Me Lose 130 Pounds

Started with food changes and learning to eat breakfast. Removing processed food and adding veggies. I used to eat crunchier chips now crunchy veggies. Learned to do without butter and sauces and now…More

New Mom Runs to Lose Baby Weight

I never knew how to exercise. I was shy and scared to step on to treadmill since I never knew how to use it. It started off slowly as I started going to my apartment gym . My husband taught me how to…More

Student's Hard Work Pays Off

I started high-school at 5 feet 2 inches - 135 lbs. I started second year high-school at 5 feet 8 inches 130lbs. I remembered being depressed about being heavy and out of shape. I sucked at sports an…More

Running Helped Me Lose 20 Pounds in Two Months

Exercise, exercise, exercise! And my husband introduced me to MyFitnessPal. It tracks everything, easy to use, on my phone so I can stay on track where ever I am! I also started running (jogging for …More

Future Marine Loses 60 Pounds

At first, I ran 4-5 times a week, coupled with muscle work outs and taekwondo twice a week. On Monday and Tuesday, I would run 2 miles at my capable speed, running at intervals (.25,.50, 1.0); these …More

Group Running and Healthy Eating Helped Me Lose Weight

I run with my running group 2 days a week and alone 3 days. I rest 2 days. I changed my eating habits (mainly because of Weight Watchers) and I never missed my workouts. I feel great and I've never f…More

Running Helped Me Lose 30 Pounds

I ran everyday, at least 30 minutes to 45 minutes every day for 3 months after that I had lost 30 pounds. After I lost all the excess weight, I stepped it up with 60min + runs every day and I also ad…More

Running Helped Me Lose 36 Pounds

My total weight lost was 36 lbs. I tried to run at least 4 times a week. After 12 months, I was running 5 to 6 days a week. The real trick to the weight loss was decreasing sugar and fat intake. Don'…More

Running Helped Me Get Stronger and Healthier

I remembered how in middle school, I had joined the cross country team and enjoyed it immensely. I decided to take up running as my main cardio workout. I began my training by 10 minutes of jogging …More

Group Running Helped Me Lose Weight

I lost a moderate amount of weight with boot camp but the big weight loss came when I started running with Sendera Ranch Running Club. My current weight lost is 20 lbs. Wow -- what a big difference I…More

Exercise and Good Eating Leads to Improved Health

I started to do brisk walking every day for all 7 days a week at least for 45 minutes for a day (as I was too heavy to jog) and at the same time I took a well balanced diet and reduce the amount of c…More

Running and Walking for Weight Loss

I started walking 30-40 minutes for three days in a row. Then I jogged for intervals of 3-4 minutes and walked 10 minutes for about two weeks. Then I increased the jogging interval time with less wal…More

Running Helped Me Lose 40 Pounds

Watching my portions and running. I still have 20 to go. I do need to get on a regular schedule. I struggle at night. I am an early riser so 5 am hitting the pavement is not bad. Consistency is impor…More

Running Helped Me Lose 30 Pounds After Pregnancy

I started the couch to 5k program from itunes in May 2010, weighing 153 lbs. After finishing that, I found that I really enjoyed running, and decided to do 6k, then 7, one thing led to another and n…More

Running Helped Me Lose 70 Pounds

Initially, I started working with personal trainers at Fitness Together. I needed lots of support and expert advice. One of the trainers convinced me to take up running as a way to get over a weight …More

Soldier Shapes Up for Homecoming

I worked out in intervals. I would work out for two days and take a break the next then another two days and another break and so on. I would run each of those days at least three miles and do ab wor…More

Running Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds

I lost weight by completely taking soda out of my daily life and drank more water or low-sugar juices. I munched on more fruit during the day too. Running was really hard at first because I ran out o…More

Running Helped Me Lose My "Comfort Fat"

I started with a warmup jog of 10-15 minutes and then switched to weights (build leg and ab muscle -- you'll get less tired when you run) then I'd go back to the treadmil and push out 1 mile I've man…More

Running Off the Pounds

I started to run/walk and was able to run continuously for a mile after a few miles. I signed up for a 5K to make sure I'd stick to the running. I also keep track of everything I eat in an online foo…More

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