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3/1/13 2:53 P

Yeah, I've started eating some sweet potatoes hoping that might help. I'll keep eating them, and add more meat, cut back on dairy. I think that, plus not being so hard on myself while transitioning to running will set me right.

Thanks :-)

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3/1/13 2:49 P

That's probably a good idea. :) It may not hurt to add a few more complex carbs to your diet, too!

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3/1/13 2:36 P

I have a physical coming up in two weeks, so if there's anything seriously wrong, they should catch it.

Looking at this week's food, I realize I have almost no meat in my diet. I usually eat quite a bit more meat, so perhaps this could also be contributing. I've also been eating lots of cheese this week, maybe that's making me sluggish?

It isn't a huge increase in exercise though, that's what's throwing me off. I had been doing 80-90 min/week on the elliptical, now I'm doing 90-100 min of running/jogging. Maybe I just burn way more calories running than using the elliptical, which is not reflected by the workout tracker (which has me burning crazy calories on the elliptical).

I rest 3 days a week, so it doesn't seem likely to be overtraining.

The more I look at it, I think my body is just adjusting to running again after a long break. I'll let myself eat a little more for a few weeks (maybe 1800/day) until I build stamina, then I'll start cutting back until I'm down to 1600.

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3/1/13 2:07 P

Have you checked with your doctor? When things are starting to affect you physically, a check-in with the doc is a very wise idea to rule out medical issues that may be causing it.

When you lack energy, look at the composition of your food. You eat a lot of veggies (which is great) but I don't see lots of protein in there. Protein and fat are important!

Have you updated your fitness goals with your new exercise routine? You may need more calories to support your new activity level.

Also, I'm wondering if you may be overtraining. The symptoms you describe can be a result of that. Here's an article that may help you see if this is the cause.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=508


How much cardio are you doing each week, and what kind of exercise are we talking about here? Are you taking any rest days?

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3/1/13 1:08 P

I've recently increased my cardio exercises a little (going from using the elliptical to jogging on the treadmill, maybe an extra 30 min/week). To help make up for this, I began eating more towards the high end of my calorie range, ~1600/day. I had previously been eating closer to 1400/day, with no change in weight and no ill effects.

I have started firming up nicely, though I haven't lost any weight, so I feel I have correctly balanced the new exercise with dietary increase. I am not currently looking to lose weight, but to strengthen and tone, while maintaining weight.

Despite this, I am feeling very tired and cold most of the time, as well as having head and body aches. These problems go away if I eat more, but this makes me feel bloated, and will likely cause weight gain (as I was holding steady under the control condition).

Should I hold the course and maintain the 1600 cal/day regimen, and hope the unpleasant feelings go away, or eat a little more, and accept that I will need to gain weight to develop more strength?

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