I started Fit for 365 as a way of recording my goal of exercising and eating healthier for 12 months. Its was a bit of a cliché, as I started in January 2012, full of good intentions and I’m glad to say that on the whole its worked! Somewhere along the way I got the running bug and I’ve not looked back since.

I’m not a fitness trainer or expert, but I believe that if you want to lead a healthier lifestyle and get fitter you have to think long-term. There are no quick fixes, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

After completing the Couch-to-5k programme I went on to complete the BUPA Great Manchester Run in May and the Preston Guild half marathon in October 2012.

So here we are in 2013, a year has gone by and I’m still running. This year I changed the blogs tagline from, “Getting fit, a year in the making” to “Running to fitness, year two” to reflect the main focus of the blog. I tend to write about my running and the ups and downs I encounter along the way. I also use a lot of running related quotes and motivational images I find on the web. I’m also a big fan of infographics, so I like to make use of them whenever I can.

My monthly weight and mileage

I don’t really have a goal weight, but I do record it every month along with my my mileage. More information on my running goals can be found on my 2014 goals page.

Weight Mileage
2012 2013 2014 2012 2013 2014
Jan 165 171 173 21 57 47
Feb 160 171 171 33 50 40
Mar 161 169 171 38 54 46
Apr 161 170 173 39 9 51
May 162 165 174 58 27 32
Jun 165 165 171 54 30 0
Jul 164 165 - 62 51 -
Aug 167 166 - 48 53 -
Sep 165 172 - 59 53 -
Oct 166 169 - 78 53 -
Nov 172 173 - 25 11 -
Dec 175 173 - 41 30 -

All the information contained here is for information purposes only and is offered in good faith. I hope you find this blog useful, if you have any comments please leave them below.

Thanks for visiting :)

Keep calm and run

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  1. Hi! Glad you found me at my rebelgrain blog! I just wanted to encourage you in your journey. By walking, one foot in front of the other, you can do it! Food is the foundation – get your food right and your body will want to follow. The better you eat, the more physical you will feel like being. My goal is to blog regularly this year – sharing insights from growing up in bodybuilding and from raising a family to “live against the grain” of our indulgent, sickness-ridden culture. I’m glad you’ve joined me :) Many blessings to you in 2012, -elisha

    • I’m setting off on the same road this year… Sofa to Marathon. I have an illness called fibromyalgia which can be treated by excercising regularly, but it’s an uphill battle as I have to combat chronic fatigue IBS and migraines along with an over active neural response to pain so I feel much worse than I actually am.

      Only a slow step by step day by day approach will work, so I’m now finally committed to doing it. I’ll be coming back here for tips and hints as it seems like you are a few years ahead of me on the same path :)


      • Hi! This year was a bit of a disaster really health wise. My sinuses got a lot worse soon after writing this post & I had to have an operation in February to try to clear them. I started work in May but as usual I overdid things and have just come back from a month off due to illness. My sinuses are worse than ever now and my ears are blocked, so I’m waiting for another operation soon to try and clear them :-( Have radically changed my diet to exclude all dairy, gluten and raw sugar, but hasn’t do e anything except I have lost 8kg that I could have done without losing!

        Hopefully 2014 will be better!!

  2. Hi, congratulations on the Manchester Great Run. My younger sister ran it also and really enjoyed it. I’ve just put your post run stretches to good use after this mornings run, and hope to get more good tips :)

  3. Congrats on your achievments so far. I’m looking forwad to reading about your half marathon training!

  4. wow, i can’t believe you started with c25k and are headed towards a half marathon now! I’m inspired! My first 5k is in 2 weeks. C25k has been great! Thank you for checking out my blog. :)

  5. Hi John! It’s a very admirable challenge – I’m looking forward to following your progress through the year :)

  6. Nice work on the Manchester Run. Might I ask if you have a GPS phone? If you do, you can download the Samsung Hope Relay and for every mile you run, a pound is donated to charity. I’m trying to spread the word by asking UK based runners to download it.

  7. Hey John! What a great goal… you’ll be running your first half marathon two weeks after us! We are rooting for you…and wish you all the luck. We’ll keep checking in on you. Thanks for finding us so we could find you.

  8. Hi, John — thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my “tortoise and hare” summary of my first marathon. Best of luck to you as you prepare for your first half (though it’s more about training than luck). I look forward to browsing through your blog posts.

  9. Thanks for reading my blog. I have been trying to run but doing it in quite an aimless, unfocussed way. I’m going to try to follow the couch to 5k prog from now on. I’m based in North West England too so see you out there!

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It was great to read your progress starting with C25K. I have started it 2 or 3 times but never seen it through to completion. Feeling a little more motivated to try again after reading your blog.

  11. Good luck with your fitness goals! I’ve been on a bit of a fitness path myself (though without the specific goal of 2012) but it feels good to be moving and doing it consistently. Looking forward to following your progress :-)

  12. I’m now following you also! I’m seriously impressed with your goals and what you’ve done so far, I did something very similar about 6 years ago when I started running, it changes everything. Also you seem to have an awesome outlook on the whole thing, humor in this is always a must.
    I wish you all the best, and I’ll be reading!
    Best of luck

  13. Hi John! Thanks for the follow, and what a great goal! I love half marathon training–it’s my favorite distance. Best of luck to you! :)

  14. Great blog an fitness goals and very informative and interesting blog content. Good luck with it all. I shall be following your progress in admiration! Thanks for checking out my blog too. Louise from Run Faster Mummy.

  15. Wow!! I had JUST found the couch potato to 5K article this past weekend and had decided to start it this week!! To see that that is what you did to start running is such a motivation!!!

  16. Good for you! I’m relatively new to this ‘healthy-living’ thing as well, but I do know that some of the changes I’ve made will be for lifelong, and I wish the same for you as well!

  17. Thanks for checking out my blog. I think yours is fantastic! I took a leap a few years ago to get healthy, and now I’ve not only gained health (and lost weight) but a love for all things fitness. I’ve achieved so many things and I can see you are, too!

  18. Good for you John! Isn’t it amazing how our bodies can do anything once we decide we want to do it. I will be thinking about you during my first half marathon next month (ugh!!). Just another notch in the belt, right?

  19. Hi John, thanks for liking my blog post. It is clearly not as inspiring as yours, but hopefully it gave you a giggle! Your idea sounds great, setting a goal and blogging about it are definitely good ways to motivate yourself to keep going aswell as inspiring the many more people that read your blog. I am definitely going to check out the rest of your blog, it looks great. Keep going :-)

  20. This is impressive stuff! Any tips for someone who hates running, doesn’t do a lot of exercise, but is determined to complete a 10k run at some point before June next year?

    • Thanks for visiting! Well, you’ve got plenty of time so if you are a new runner, follow the couch to 5k programme. You’ll find it at coolrunning.com, there is also an app for it. Don’t be afraid to repeat a week and go at your own pace, that’s what I did. Warm-up and cool down properly and listen to your body. Once you’ve done c25k you could do the bridge to 10k programme which is similar. All the information on the web. As for you hating running, you might change your mind along the way! :) And good luck!

      • Thanks for the link, I’ll check that out as soon as I’ve fully unpacked and explored some decent places to run. That’s what I’m hoping too, thanks again for the info and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of your informative and motivational posts!

  21. Hello John. I just wanted to say that I’m really enjoying your blog, and you are one of a couple of folks I’ve started to follow that have re-inspired me to continue posting. I’ve put a link to your blog from mine. Thanks for the kick. :) Have a fantastic week.

    Martin Moran

  22. Hi John. I am really enjoying your blog!
    I’ve been nominated for Liebster Award and wanted to pay it forward by nominating your blog for one too!

    The Rules:
    1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
    2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
    3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
    4. Choose 5-11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.
    5. No tag backs.

    Happy blogging

  23. I have been following your blog as you share your fitness/running journey. I am also impressed with how you are able to post such interesting and authentic articles every day. I also so much appreciate that you check into my blog eery so often. Check out my latest post where I have linked and nominated your blog for two or both awards. It is up to you. The Super Sweet Blogger Award might be a conflict of interest. My blog will give you the tasks if you choose to follow-up on them. If you don’t want to that is OK. Just enjoy the recognition. Take care and keep up the good work, Thea. I am a regular follower!

  24. Hi!

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog, as it allowed me to find yours! I love your blog and it’s cause, and I wish you the very, very best in all of your valiant efforts. I’m sure you will excel to every bit of your best, and well done for making it this far! (e.g. my new years resolutions go on strike by January 17th so you are flying!)

    Awesome blog, glad I’m following,


  25. Really a great blog John, you’ve hit on so many experiences that I remember from my first Half-Marathon (oh god, the burning knee!!!) and your motivational photos are top notch!

    Good luck with the rest of your year of fitness (which I suspect will be one of many) and on your future endeavours!

  26. Thanks for liking my post regarding my first half marathon and a big congrats to you for running your first half. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?!!! :)

  27. Woohoo! I just pushed your likes into the triple digits. Thanks for following my blog. I’m following yours now too.

  28. Thank you for visiting my blog recently and for liking one of my running posts. I too have been on a bit of a fitness kick in 2012 – or at least I have amped up my fitness level a lot this year. It looks like you have done a great job keeping up with your training and fitness goals this year. Awesome!

  29. Thanks for checking out my blog. I was a bit surprised actually. I just decided to start putting some of my thoughts down so I could reflect on them later. I hadn’t even told anyone that I had started my little blog.

    Just glancing over your blog I’m super impressed with the quick progress you’ve made with your running! Kudos to you!

  30. Hi John, thanks for cruising past my blog. Great you have set yourself some fabulous goals. Very inspiring!! I love the infographics you use. I have just subscribed to it and hope to use some on my blog. I’m a runner and have inspired a lot of people to run through my running group and bootcamps so its always awesome to hear stories like yours. Keep going :-)

  31. Thanks for liking my post! Enjoyed reading a few of yours. I am just starting to contemplate a 1/2 marathon. Longest race I’ve done was a 10k 5 years ago… great to know other people are enjoying the process of having running in their lives :)

  32. John,

    Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I too am training for a half marathon this April! Ran a nice 6 miles today in the weather here in NC, 70 degree in December!! Hope you’re continuing to pursue your running and healthy eating! It’s worth it!!

  33. Oh no! All these runners have seen my blog post today and I was so rude! I hope you weren’t too offended! Well, thanks for the Like. I LIKE anyone who is working towards their goals – its SO much harder than it looks. Well, running does look hard… Best of luck to you! Watch out for me at the 1k Marathon, Ill be the one out of breath!

  34. Hello John!

    I am also using a year time-span to accomplish something. In my case it’s a few goals but I really believe setting a time-line is good. Sounds like you’ve had an amazing year. I will take the time to read some of your posts.

  35. Just found your blog. I’m starting a year long journey in January and recording it along the way. Finding your blog gave me some great ideas that I need to cover between now and then. Thanks for the help.

  36. Thanks for stopping by and liking one of my pictures! Love your blog -it’s so inspirational! Makes me want to do it myself -maybe in 2013! :)))
    Love, Anna

  37. Awesome accomplishments! My Dad quit smoking about 7 years ago, started running 2 or 3 years ago, and has greatly improved his well being. He has asthma and allergies, and the asthma has gotten SO MUCH better, and he isn’t as bothered by pet hair anymore. It is all from a lifestyle change. He also completed a half marathon (Chicago) this past summer. It is amazing what you can do if you set goals and have a little faith in yourself. thank you for the inspiration! Good luck with everything in the future!

  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I started with a Couch to 5K program not two years ago. Now, I cannot imagine my life without running. I applaud you on your 12 months of fitness, and here’s to the next 12!

  39. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! It’s always great to meet other people who are passionate about running and healthy eating! You’re an inspiration in the way you have set goals – and achieved them – this past year for your health and fitness!! Keep up the awesome work!!

    All the best,

    • Hi Chuck, the short answer is I don’t know, its not something I thought would happen when I started this blog. When I started this blog it was just a way of recording my progress, I never imagined I would have any sort of popularity. But, I do read a lot of (and follow) similar blogs – there’s so much information out there. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

  40. 2012 is almost over and now you will have new goals. What are they? Thanks for liking my post on fun fitness.

    I have the following goals:
    get under 200 so I can stop wondering what it would be like (onederland)
    Help more people with weight loss and fitness
    Getting to my goal weight (only 57 more lbs)
    Become a Weight Watchers Leader by becoming a Lifetime member
    Blog more on Chicago Now
    Participate in a 5K
    Go on a roller coaster
    Go hiking

  41. Thank you for liking my post….Im still on the walk 1 min run 2 mins….but im certainly hoping to getter fitter and faster quickly!!

  42. Thanks for visiting my blog – especially as I’m not a runner! An ex-jogger actually until I couldn’t straighten up after a 5k charity run! But I do have a brilliant yoga pose for you to try as it’s really good for stretching out the leg muscles as well as strengthening the arms and shoulders – and you may have heard of it! – downward facing dog pose! Great after a run too – for stretching out and calming the heart. Then a relaxation would be really beneficial for easing out tensions and restoring body and mind. Keep going this year; it’s impressive what one New Year’s resolution will do! Here’s my take on it this month – http://sianrule.com/ :-)

  43. Hello dear, thanks for stopping by my blog. I accidentially got into running too a few years ago. Went from the couch to complete the 10k Sun Run (with some other 40,000 people) and then on to the Vancouver Half Marathon. I am very excited for you that you completed your race. It is an amazing sense of accomplishment, isn’t it?
    Wishing you all the best, Ramona

    • Hi John, Thanks for the like in my humble lil post. I gotta say I enjoy readin yours too – inspiring! I’m starting slow with the C25K app to make sure that I really take it slow cos this time I know I wanna run for the long run – and from your blog, I see it is possible. Looking forward to read & be inspired by all your running adventure! Cheers from Singapore ;)

  44. Life and running become somewhat more enjoyable when you begin to run towards something, instead of away from something. I began my journey while running away, I have been running towards a better life for over 20 years now. Welcome to the club.

  45. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and liking a post! I congratulate you on your fitness goals and continued perseverance! I’m looking forward to your posts and motivational quotes/posts!

  46. Congrats on getting started on a new journey, or adventure! We all have the ability to go on the adventures and see where our own legs take us. I hope you have an incredible journey and many, many happy moments in that journey….and it goes for years and years. :)
    Also, as someone who has participated in many charity events, enjoy every moment and thank you for using your time, energy and doing something you love to help others!
    Lasty, thanks for stopping by my blog–If you ever stop back, you can ready about my “Ah moment” in realizing how things like running can create moments you would never ever experience otherwise. If you go to the Nov 2012 post, it is there.
    Congratulations again and I look forward to keeping up with your blog!

  47. John, thank you for stopping by our blog! I’m looking forward to going through your previous posts– Mark and I both love to run, although he somehow manages to stay injury-free, and I get taken out once or twice a year with various silly injuries! But nonetheless — there’s no better way (for usanyway) to stay fit!

  48. Thanks for visiting. I started running in ’09 to train for a trialthlon my sister had on her bucket list. I lived in So Cal, sisters and tri were in Wisconsin. I did pretty well for an old lady. Moved back to No Wis after divorce last year. No support back there for me and tons of it here. My first 5K of the year is in May. Started C25K but the icy roads and trails are telling me to wait for a bit. I run in the 5 finger vibrams. Great blog. Look forward to more.

  49. Hey – thanks for stopping by and liking my little blog. All the best blogs have a story; a target, something to aim for. Yours definitely has that, and lots of interesting tips too. Look forward to reading more!

  50. Thanks for checking out my blog and liking some posts. I enjoy running and started as a form of exercise and now it helps me mentally as well as physically. Making exercise as part of your life style is what it is all about. Keep on running and enjoy. That is the main thing.

  51. Well, I’m you 12 months ago I guess! I’m about to start running. I did 5k Santa dash in December… It was a struggle for me but I did it and ran the whole thing.
    My brother is talking me into entering the Manchester 10k bupa run and then 2months later doing the London 10k all to raise money for a charity I do crazy things for every year MS Trust (Multiple Sclerosis).
    I’m looking forward to reading through your blog to discover how you transformed from newbie runner to a runner lover :) I hope it inspires me and helps me discover a love for running!!

  52. First I want to wish you good luck with your journey and don’t ever give up. Thank you for visiting my blog. I will be following you to see the progress you’ve made. Keep up the good work!

  53. Thanks for visiting my blog, and love yours. Gives me hope that my friend and I can get it done. I’ve been down this road before, but he has not.

  54. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on running :) Good for you in keeping with it. I have developed a strange acceptance of running which borders on “like” from time to time, but usually is a chore for me to do on a regular basis. However I now have a peaceful acceptance after 10 years that running is something that is a part of my life! LOL

  55. Hi John, thanks for the like. We are at similar stages, although your mileage is awesome! I ran my first three 10k’s and the Oxford Half Marathon last year until injury intervened. Now training for my first 10k of this year. Good luck! Have you tried http://www.parkrun.org? They really kick started me. Take care. Jeff

  56. Just found you (or rather you found me!) and will enjoy reading back on your last year at the weekend! Thanks you for showing it can be done and motivating those of us at the start who are just challenged by getting off the sofa!

  57. Hey there! Glad you liked my recent blog entry! Running is such a wonderful sport because I believe it is a great equalizer. Anyone who can put one foot in front of another can do it! If you are interested in more poems/essays about running or yoga, here are a few:






    • I just try to increase my mileage week by week and build in some rest weeks along the way. It’s not very scientific but seems to work. Having said that, I’m just coming back from a calf injury, so maybe I should take a more structured approach.

  58. Thanks for the like :-) I have entered a half marathon three times and have failed to get to the start line of any of them as life has got in the way each time. Doing the Great South Run this year again though, which I’m looking forward to. Good luck with your goals!

  59. Thank you for visiting my blog today! Your blog is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your journey and providing a path for someone who needs it! Best wishes with all of your goals!

  60. Thanks for liking my post on Thoughts and Sundry Things. Your blog makes me miss running SO MUCH. A bad ankle sprain has left me unable to do little more than hobble. Here’s to hoping I get back in the race sometime soon!

  61. I love the idea of tracking mileage every month! I don’t have a weight goal, but keeping track of mileage definitely sparked the idea of doing monthly tallies of other goals…awesome!

  62. You are an inspiration and im so excited to see your progression.
    I’ve been a trainer, jiu-jitsu instructor,rehab med specialist and nutritionist for over a decade…I always tell people…you may need me at first..but NOTHING is stopping you.
    If you approve I would like to show some clients your blog…(im a bad salesman).
    JUST DO IT…three words of truth…nike tried to tell them:)
    Keep it up. Youre amazing.

  63. This is brilliant. You’re very inspiring, especially to someone like me who is looking to get back into running. All the best.

  64. I’m looking forward to reading more about your journey. Like you, I changed my life a year ago and haven’t looked back. Fit is way better than unfit! Thanks for checking out my blog!

  65. Your journey is incredible, especially your running progress! I joined my high school’s cross country team mostly on a whim, but I’m also trying to lead a healthy and active live style as well. (:

    Good luck on reaching your goals! :D

  66. Just started following your blog because my 8 year old daughter wants to get into running, but I’m not a runner. Your blog seems to have a good balance of tips and reality without being too gung-ho serious.

  67. Your blog is wonderful! I caught the running bug 2 or 3 years ago, but injured myself right as I was really getting excited about it. Having to quit while I healed (6 months at least, because I kept THINKING I was better when I wasn’t) kind of put me off of running for awhile. I was setback to the time when it was a chore to even put my running shoes on. I’m back at it now, and am so so thankful! I’ll definitely be following your blog. I find it very motivating to hear the successes (and struggles so I know it’s not just me lol) of fellow runners :)

  68. Thanks for the like! I am enjoying reading your blog. I am working up to a Spartan Race on the 25th of August, AROOO! I am running 2 NYC RUNS races in the next week or so….I have a lot on the horizon ;-) I should come up with a goal list right now I kind of run races as they pop up.

  69. Excellent! I’ve attempted c25k a few different times, never making it past the 2nd week. I really do not enjoy running. I love that you have found something though that keeps you moving every day. Between yoga, roller derby and cycling, I stay pretty active. Guess I will just leave the running to the pros. :)

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  71. Really enjoyed reading this. I’ve lost over 5 st in weight in the last 12 months largely through running and more recently cycling. I feel great, completely different as a person and have just got a place for next year’s London marathon. I wouldn’t have believed I could ever have run a marathon a couple of years ago – back then just getting up the stairs was a challenge.

  72. Hi John, Your blog is pretty inspirational to me (You always share things that make me feel better about not being an amazing athlete), so I nominated you for the Shine On Award. If you’d like to accept this award, please check out the nomination post: http://stephanieisms.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/shine-on/

    If your blog is an award-free blog, please just know that your blog means something to another blogger out there.

    Keep blogging and inspiring!


  73. Thanks for liking our posts at girlsgone40.net! It is so hard to get started back up and we really appreciate the support. Your blog is great. We’ll be back!

  74. The running bug is new to me but I am excited to keep up with your chronicles! My original goal was to run a marathon when I was thirty but now that I am slightly addicted I believe it will be happening this year or next. Let the training commence.

  75. What an inspiration! I can’t tell you how many times I made that New Year’s resolution and then almost immediatly broke it! Nice to “meet” ya!

  76. I was glad for the new like of my post on getting more out of fitness than just the weight loss and I am glad we probably both follow the three Ds those of Determination – Discipline and Dedication! Yours is most inspiring you even do marathons oh my, however all the best in your endeavors and merry christmas!

  77. I’ve been thinking it’s about time I get addicted to something other that writing songs and stories….so your blog has inspired me to try running. Thanks for liking my post “Stowaway” Otherwise I never would have found you! Hope you continue to find more on my page that you like…will definitely be following yours~ Annabel

  78. Thank you for the like and for the follow. Your blog offers me a lot of motivation to continue to share my story and I’ve totally enjoyed the stats you put up above. Good luck and you’ve got a new fan cheering you on!

  79. I just found your site and I too started training for my first 5k. I also am using couch to 5k. It’s a good program and easy to follow. Good luck on your continued success.

  80. Great work on sticking to your goals and making such huge lifestyle changes! It’s not easy, so kudos to you! I’ve only read through a couple of posts but I’m loving the blog! Will definitely be back! :)

  81. What a fantastic inspiration you are. Great to see people living out their own dreams and motivating and inspiring people in the process! All the best luck with your 2014 challenges. I will be busy with my Ironman :)
    “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same”. – Marianne Williamson

  82. John, I know exactly what you mean and how you feel. I loved it when I hit my first 10K, then 15K and the whopping 21K. I promise that was huge mountain that I never thought was possible to tackle but did so with plenty of mental strength. Since then last year, I haver never looked back. I look forward to seeing where your journey takes you. This is great stuff. Finally someone fully devoted to doing what I lobe too.

  83. Congratulations!

    We nominated you for the Inspiring Blogger Award. You can read more about the award and expectations of nominees here: http://wp.me/p42da3-dN.

    Thanks for writing such an inspiring blog. We look forward to reading more and learning about the bloggers who inspire you.

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