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CUECKER
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3/5/13 10:58 A

My weight loss goal since the fall has been to lose about .5 lb a week/2 lbs a month. I know that the loss is going to slow down a lot. I also know that I am putting on more muscle with the running.

I'll stick to the bottom of my range and see what happens.

Thanks!



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/4/13 6:09 P

Don't eat below your range. You need that to fuel your workouts. It's fine to experiment *within* your range, but eating below it won't speed up the process, nor will it make anything easier. Quite the contrary.

I have a question for you. What is your current weight loss goal per week? It's possible that you've set too aggressive a goal fo yourself, and are consequently eating too little. You can reasonably attempt to lose about 3% of your remaining goal per week. That means that the more you have to lose, the faster you can lose it. And consequently, the less you lose, the longer it takes.

When you started out, you could easily lose 2 lbs per week. Now, though, with less than 15 pounds to go, you can AT MOST manage .5 pounds per week... probably a little less.



CUECKER
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3/4/13 5:59 P

I've been trying to eat at the higher end of my calorie range on the days that I run, and towards the lower end on the days I don't. Guess I'll try just sticking to the bottom of my range, or just below it.



CUECKER
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3/2/13 7:13 P

I ran a Turkey Trot 5K in November and am trying to improve my time. I'm running another 5K in two weeks. I run three times a week for at least 30 minutes unless the weather is bad (in the Midwest) and if it is I do the elliptical instead. I also walk 45-60 minutes a day and do weight training. I'm burning 2500-3000 calories a week. I have 2500 calories goal per week in my tracker right now.




SP_COACH_NANCY
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3/2/13 7:07 P

Hi Catherine,

Have you updated your calories burn goal? Are you currently training for a race and if so, what is your training schedule?

Coach Nancy



CUECKER
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3/2/13 6:31 P

No, I have no had any kind of evaluation. But that is a good idea.

Supposedly my ideal weight is 145, but I am aiming for 155 because I think that is a bit more realistic -- but 155 is still 15 lbs away.... I would like to lose more because I started running in August and I've noticed that as I lose more it is easier on my joints and my conditioning is improving.



SIMPLELIFE2
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3/2/13 11:16 A

Why do you think you need to lose more? "I've matched my lowest weight as an adult" and your are older now, so you should take that into consideration.

I agree with the body composition testing. The amount of fat mass you have will help indicate if you more work to do or move into maintenance. You may not change your weight, but you can make sure you are in the healthy percentage of body fat range for your age. See if can find a gym or a trainer to do a caliper test. That is most reliable outside of hydrostatic weighing.



GOODWITCH333
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3/2/13 10:05 A

If you've done everything and you are still over your ideal weight it might be time to check with your doctor.

If you are in your ideal weight range, it may be that your body wants to be your current weight.



SP_COACH_NANCY
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3/2/13 9:55 A

Hi Catherine,

Are you currently at a healthy weight for your height? Have you had your body composition taken?

Coach Nancy



CUECKER
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3/2/13 8:45 A

My weight has not changed beyond a slight fluctuation in two months. I've tried changing up my workout and calories and so far nothing has made a difference. I've matched my lowest weight as an adult -- not sure if that has anything to do with it -- and I can't seem to get past it.

Any suggestions?



 
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