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'Couch to 5K got me off the sofa'

Laura, 27, hadn't done any exercise for 10 years when she came across the Couch to 5K plan. Here's her story of the nine weeks that took her literally from her living room sofa to running 5km. If I was to pinpoint one thing that put me off…

'Couch to 5K helped me lose weight'

Andy Stevenson was looking for an exercise plan to lose weight and get fit that would work around his busy schedule. He found that the NHS Couch to 5K ticked all the boxes. Andy's once-a-week bike rides were not enough to keep the weight off. When he…

'Couples counselling saved my marriage'

Diana, 36, was aware there was increasing conflict in her marriage. She felt more and more dissatisfied and the relationship was deteriorating. "My husband, Sol, and I were having angry, loud arguments, mainly about the fact that I felt very put upon," says Diana.  "I was working…

'Cystic fibrosis won't stop me singing'

Despite having a serious health condition, Bianca Nicholas has recorded a successful single, given live session radio performances, and appeared on The Voice. Thousands of young women in the UK dream of becoming pop stars, but few have a serious illness to contend with on top of their musical…

'Eating leftovers for lunch helped us save'

Tom Kirk and wife Emma managed to chop their weekly spend on food by more than half with a little savvy planning to make their ingredients go further. From an average bill of £157, the couple from New Cross in south London, spent only £72…

'Going dry for a month boosted my health'

As someone who drank no more than a couple of glasses of wine a day, Joanna did not see herself as a heavy drinker. But one day, she realised that "wine o'clock" had become more of a habit than a pleasure. She gave up alcohol…

'How diabetes affects my daily life'

Brian Hunte was born in Trinidad and now lives in London. He was diagnosed with diabetes around 34 years ago, when he was 43. He talks about living with the condition. "When I was diagnosed with diabetes, it was a surprise. I didn't feel unwell, but…

'How I beat osteoporosis'

Judi Paxton, 62, talks about her shock at being diagnosed with osteoporosis. "Four years ago I was working as an HR Director. I was stuck in the office day in, day out from eight in the morning till six or seven at night. I never…

'How I beat urge incontinence'

Nurse Debbie Flynn started getting sudden, strong urges to rush to the toilet after the birth of her second child, when she was 34. "It could happen anywhere and at any time. I remember once I was at a petrol station when an uncontrollable urge came…

'How I caught the running bug'

Aimee Albert talks about starting running, running to music, and sharing her running goals on social media. Aimee from Colchester says running to music and sharing her goals on Facebook keep her motivated. When did you first start running? I started running about a month…