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I'm struggling!!!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Hi Everyone. If you know me, you know I have been running for 13 weeks now and I really do love it. I run about 4-5 times per week for a minimum of 3 miles during the work week and a longer run on the weekends up to an hour. I signed up for a half marathon in May . I also watch my calories, trying to stay around 1500 per day. I have not done much strengh training or toning lately. I have been really focused on building up my running. I have noticed a little bit of slimming in my arms and outer thighs. I have not lost one single pound though! I really, really, need help losing weight/toning my stomach and getting my butt to be more toned. I look at myself in the mirror and I look good except for these two bulges of my gutt and butt!!!! I'm sitting here so depressed right now. I am letting this get me down and I dont even feel like going for my run right now. I cant get past this right now. Due to a bone spur I cant do any deep knee lunges, squats. Is there anything I can do with my running.......will adding hills tone my lower body? I started doing some planks this week for my abs. Please give me your honest opinion/advice please!

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LYON77 11/7/2011 6:00PM

    Thank you everyone for your support. I am going to add some weight training to my workouts. I guess I got carried away with my excitement over being able to run! I know I need to keep it balanced though.

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CBOCEAN 11/7/2011 9:57AM

    I highly recommend you start adding in some weight training. Even if you have to give up one or two runs a week. That is where you will start seeing results.

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HJBUMP 11/6/2011 5:47AM

    So happy to hear you're sticking with the running! Anyways, your body decides where to put your fat, so your best bet is to do a combination of cardio AND strength training. Make sure you mix things up so your body doesn't get used to your workout schedule. Good luck! You're doing great already. :-)

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DITZYCHICK 11/6/2011 12:24AM

    I was a huge skeptic, and it took me forever to give it a shot...but now I'm a complete believer in weight lifting. Try incorporating two days a week of weight lifting in between your running and I bet you'll see a difference! You'll be mixing it up to keep your body guessing, and building more muscle to help you become an even better runner!!!

And even more important is that you have to stay positive and keep enjoying it...keep pushing forward girl!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/5/2011 3:38PM

    I feel from experience....if u wanna toner tummy u goota do the situp :)
Since my marathon grainy no p90x. Aka no ab ripper
But the minute I do it I see results faster..I just can't do dual workouts now....
But bc of my bikini challenge may just do abs ripper

That is 300 sit-ups in 15 mins (7-8 moves, 25 reps each or each side

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LYON77 11/5/2011 1:13PM

    Thanks Aimless, I did just force myself to do my run. I get so mad because I see my friends and co-workers and family members just sit around and NEVER EVER excersise and here I am running 5 days a week and eating healthy and forcing myself out of bed and into the cold while they lay around and I dont even see a big difference! Thank you for your encouragement! I'm not gonna quit!!!

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AIMLESS07 11/5/2011 12:08PM

    I am not an expert, but I would suggest doing 4 runs a week and a day of cardio to mix it up whether you do elliptical, bike, a class at your gym, etc. Throw in some weights too. I am doing 4 days a week of running, 1 day of cardio, and trying to start fitting in weights again.

If you haven't started taking your measurements, do that on your weight in day. You might be losing some inches and not realizing it. THe inch loss can happen so slowly that you don't realize it! I can look back and tell you the inches that I have lost in 3 months since I "started over" and it is very motivating to see that!

Let go of the weight loss thing and just focus on your overall fitness and confidence. I think the weight will come off when you stop stressing about it.

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40 days of running.........questions about weight loss.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hi everyone! Thanks for reading my blog. As you know, yesterday was my 40th run. It wasnt that long ago when I was trying to make it running a full minute, now my usual workout is 30 minutes non stop and my longer runs are 45 to 60 minutes non stop. I cant tell you how incredibly proud and confident I feel after every run. When I started this attempt at running again I told myself that this time I would run for me and not to burn off (fill in food here) or to fit into (fill in piece of clothing here). I would just run for me. BUT.....................I would like to lose some weight too. So, I am asking fellow runners about their experience/opinions. I have a Polar HR monitor watch with a chest strap so I know how many cals I burn. Runners World mag says to maintain my weight I would eat 1860 calories so I need to eat 1360 cals or less to lose a pound a week. I can do this by eating less or through exercise or both. I usually burn about 300 cals when I run for 30 minutes. What do you guys think? Any feedback is appreciated! Thanks!

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HIKINGLEAH 10/18/2011 7:54PM

    Wonderful job on sticking with running! emoticon

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STEFFIROCKSIT 10/18/2011 6:31AM

I've completed the C25K program which includes 3 runs every week. I keep up that schedule and sometimes even sneak in a 4th run. I use a SUUNTO heart rate monitor with a foot pod for tracking distances. Just like you I did it only for me and not to lose weight in the first place.

I eat my 1700 cals (suggested by SP) every day (give or take 100 cals) and burn approx 350-450 cals on every run. I've dropped 9 lbs in 12 weeks and lost 6 inches on my hips. I guess running helps with this target area because I've never lost inches on my hips so fast, no matter which sort of diet/exercise plan I was on. So, I don't think you need to dramatically drop you calorie intake, as long as it's in a normal range.

How many cals did SP calculate for you? To lose one pound you have to burn roughly 3,500 cals. So that's a good place to start your calculation. So you run on a regular basis and that sounds very solid. Why not give it a try and throw in some intervals? This will kick your metabolism into high-gear. Let's say 5 minutes warm up and then 2 minutes jog and 30-60 seconds sprint (as hard as you can). Repeat 3-4 times and see how you like it.

Good luck with it, let me know if you will try this and how it works for you!

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DITZYCHICK 10/17/2011 12:37PM

    Love your running excitement girl!!! You're definitely hooked!!! Of course you're doing this for the fun of it, but seeing the scale move is fun too! As long as you are consistent with your fitness and your nutrition, then you definitely should lose some weight. What worked well for me was to swap days between running and strength training. That way I was building muscle which helps you burn fat quicker. By switching it up, my body was able to heal from each activity. Also...keep on top of that water intake, it does wonders!!! Most importantly...keep smiling and loving it!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/16/2011 1:22PM

    Like many have said, it's not an exact science but if you're patient enough you can try something I did a few years back:

I tried eating at X calorie level for a certain amount of time, paid attention to what happened to my weight, and if I was losing fine, I tried eating more. (My goal was to be able to eat as much as possible and still lose weight - haha - that may or may not be your goal too, but I LOVE to eat and run much better when my hunger is satisfied.) I'm so glad I took the time to do this, because I was so pleasantly surprised by the results: I was able to eat up to 2,400 calories per day and still lose weight (about a pound a week)!!! That was FAR higher than my SP range, so I never would have known this was possible if I hadn't just started experimenting. I think this may not be possible for everyone, but for me I knew that 1,200-1,500ish calories just felt AWFUL, and I was losing 3+ pounds per week eating that little, and I figured that COULDN'T be healthy for me to feel that way all the time.

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AIMLESS07 10/15/2011 8:33PM

    Yup! As your weight goes down your BMR will go down a little so keep an eye on that. It's definitely not an exact science as APIRL said but if you use it consistently, you will see the progress anyway. I weigh in and measure myself every Sunday morning. I see not only the weight loss but inch loss as well.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/15/2011 8:02PM

    Oh one more thing I found.......

Today I am 170 muscle, I started 170 fat
So when I use SP FITNESS TRACKER it says 3mils was 200 cals...true for 170 fat me

But my HRM says 500 today lol, b.c I was speed working. I am too lazy to log in .2 milesat 6 min and .8 mile is blah blah blah.... I just say 40 min for 3 mile hahahah.
But I was 6 min miles For .5 miles in burst.

Same for my long runs... I think my 9 miler SP says 750 my HRM says 1130
and that was same avg pace. I logo it in as 1:50 and 9 mile...think it was 12 min mile.
What my pacer said I did.

That is where not exact science comes in......

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APIRLRAIN888 10/15/2011 7:57PM

    Yes!!!!! Not exact science but yes!!! But remember if u haven't ran bef u will be building muscle so I advise ignore scale and take pics...bc measure tape can't distinguish muscle either! I found when I bend to take my thigh my muscle flexes same for arms! Adds an inch or so lol

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LYON77 10/15/2011 7:55PM

    So, I just looked at my BMR on Spark and it says it is 1,696 so thats how many calories I burn by just being alive and going through my day? Then you add my exercise calories burned to this. As long as my calories eaten stay below that number I should lose weight? Am I understanding this right?

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AIMLESS07 10/15/2011 6:59PM

    When you are considering weightloss, your body's metabolic rate plays in too. If you don't have the Sparkpeople app, I would totally reccomend it. Under the reports section it shows your BMR which is the amount of calories your body burns just through daily functions and then it adds up the calories you burn from exercise. It will then show the calories you ate and calculate your calorie differential for that day. I am marathon training and down about 15 lbs since the end of July using the app and putting in EVERY food and beverage that enters my body. I am going for 1650-1800 calories per day and as my mileage increases I will manually change my caloric goals on Spark. All I do for exercise is use the website to calculate my calories. Don't know how accurate that is but it is working for me so far. If you want a gadget for running, go for a Garmin 305 running watch. It has a heartrate strap but tracks your distance and pace so you can run wherever you want to go! If you have any questions, just let me know.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/15/2011 6:35PM

    Yup sound solid! When I did c25k or b210k I was just following SP recommendatio. I didn't have HRM then.

So I just added the cals up and let the tracker tell me. I was at 1250-1450 I think.
I was fine. But I ran 3 miles tops or 4

When I started 6 miles and up it got weird bc I got really hungry and so am I now with marathon training!

Remember I lost 10 lbs and stop losing weight but dropped tons of inches my 7 month 160 plateau

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

So, if you read my first blog you know I started running again and I LOVE IT! Well, I am a school counselor who is off all summer. I was running at 8am when it was cool out and I was fresh out of bed. Now I went back to work this week and have to run after work around 4 pm. It hasnt even been THAT hot. Its been about 80 and sunny. My running has pretty much SUCKED since Monday! Could changing the time of my runs make that much of a difference? I dont want to give up but now I am starting to feel bad. I cant run in the mornings since I live about 40 min away from work and have to leave too early. Does anyone have any experience with this problem, advice, tips, solutions?


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STEFFIROCKSIT 9/27/2011 2:50AM

    Just go easy on yourself. It IS a HUGE difference in running AM or PM. You will get used to it, eventually. I have 2 running sessions in the afternoon right after work and one every Saturday morning before breakfast. The AM run is always the best of the week b/c I am truly an early bird. But sometimes we just have to adapt to certain circumstances - and this takes some time, physically and mentally.

You can do this!

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HIKINGLEAH 9/3/2011 10:25AM

    First, don't be too hard on yourself. Getting back into work is a big change in your routine. Give yourself a couple weeks to get back into the swing of things. It takes between 21-28 days to make a habit. Chances are, when you first started running in the AM it took a lot of effort, until it became a habit. Pick a time in the afternoon or evening that will work for you. I've found in the past that going to the gym or working out immediately after work is best. If I get home, I have more time to make excuses or opt out. Whatever you decide to do, it needs to work for you.

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DITZYCHICK 8/26/2011 12:49PM

    I was so hoping the transition would go better for you. BUT...You WANT This and You CAN Do This!!! Stick with it and allow your body time to adjust to it. It may take you a little while to get to what you were able to do in the mornings, but you'll get there as long as you don't allow yourself to get frustrated. Remember how much you truly want it and enjoy it!!!

Don't do it because you have it because you want to!!!

I have faith in you and I know you've got this!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 8/24/2011 7:23PM

    Yes! When I was crazy....hence burnt out .... 530 am was awesome run in any weather! and I got my exercise in for the day bef sun came up! Lol seeing sunrise. Late waker usually.
Evening runs are great too. Hubby schedule too irratic to garuantee run...
And hate running on full stomach!

Either way, if u run outside wear reflectors

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ARMSPORTS 8/24/2011 6:11PM

    Your body is going to need time to adjust. From a purely physiological perspective, running later in the day is better because your elevated core temperature keeps muscle warms and joints loose. But after months of exercising 8 hours earlier in the day, your body is holding onto those daily rhythms that have been established. If 4:00pm is going to be your time, prepare your body as best possible with solid breakfast and a lunch a little lighter on the carbs and higher in protein. Stay as hydrated as possible during the afternoon. Give yourself some time to get your gameface on after work and before your run. Try to duplicate your morning routine here if possible. And lastly, be patient. It will come and be just as enjoyable and productive as earlier in the day, but its all about preparation and allowing time for adjustment.

Good luck!

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Running again..............could it really be different this time?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hi Everyone, thanks for reading my blog. Its been a long time. I have always admired runners. Everytime I see somone running I think to myself that this is the ultimate definition of fitness. I have tried many times before to be a runner. I bought books and read about running. I tried to follow a beginners training schedule. I would go out and eventually build up to a few minutes of running, interspersed with some walking but have never been able to run/jog for more than maybe 5 minutes at at time. Running was very hard and eventually I would just give up.

Last week I decided that I wanted to try running again. I always felt deep down that I could master this. Why not? This time I changed my mind set about running. I changed my reason for running. Instead of saying I am gonna run to lose weight, I'm gonna run to burn off last night's ice cream or I am gonna run so that I can eat pizza tonight and feel better about it or I am gonna run to have a more toned butt (which are all GREAT reasons) I said I am gonna run for ME. I am gonna run for the beauty of it, for the challenge of it, for the mental clarity of it, for the thrill of accomplishing it, for the self confidence it gives me. And then something different happened. I started out on that first day and just started jogging, very slowly, but I was out there and I was just enjoying moving my body. I jogged for a few minutes and then a few more minutes and then a few more minutes. Eventually I jogged 10 minutes before I stopped. Ten minutes!!!! Wow!!! Then I walked. Then I jogged again........another 10 minutes.............really? Today, just about 8 runs later, I have been able to jog for 30 minutes without stopping!!!!!! Is it hard? Well, its jogging, so its challenging but hard? Not really? Its exhilirating! So my question is: Could changing your mind set really change how well you run? When you do something for YOU is it different than doing it for smaller thighs or to eat Ben and Jerry's? I am just truly astounded by my early success? I cant contribute it to anything but changing my goal. So..................what do you guys think? Have you ever tried to re-evaluate why you do something to see a shift in your success or progress?

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CJWALD 8/19/2011 2:35PM

    It truly is a mind game. I read somewhere the hardest part of running is getting dressed for it.

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COREY04 8/19/2011 11:24AM

    I totally believe it is mental. Outside pressure (ice cream, etc) doesn't match up to internal motivation. Congratulations! I run a few days a week myself. My big goals are to finish a 5k this year, and a triathlon next year.....

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LINDAKAY228 8/19/2011 11:07AM

    Oh definetely I've changed perspective on why I do things and had more success. Just like with weight loss. Instead of saying I'm going to do it to look better, to be happier, because people tell me I should, and so on, I'm doing it because I want to be the healthiest I can be. The same principle works for running as you've found out. Doing it for the good feelings you get from it instead as something you "have" to do to accomplish something else can make a huge difference. I'm so happy for you! You are a runner now!

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SHELLSTERS1 8/19/2011 10:18AM

    Yeyy go you!! I have heard many people say that running is mental. When I was training for a 5k most people I told would say that it is mental. So yes, I definitely believe that changing your mindset has helped you. This blog is so inspiring and I hope that I will start to have these same feelings about running. You should be so proud, I'm sure you are. It's very motivating to see your status updates about running!

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DITZYCHICK 8/19/2011 9:30AM

    I completely believe that it's all a mind game...with anything that we face. If we can control the mind game, then we can do anything that we decide to do!!! I'm so happy for you that you've been able to take control of your mind game and are discovering your love for running. You deserve that happiness and I'm loving your excitement!!! There's no limit in what you can do girl!!!

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HIKINGLEAH 8/19/2011 8:50AM

    I definitely think changing your mindset can help you reach a goal. It sounds like you were using running as punishment before. Now it sounds like it has become it's own reward. I think that is really important. You are focusing on the challenge of running, not running for some secondary gain. You should be really proud!

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The Ups and Downs...............and 85 days to go!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Its been a little over 3 months since I have been doing Spark and I have seen some ups and downs but definitlely more ups. I have only lost 8 pounds but my body looks a lot different. I have given away 4 pairs of pants and drum roll new bikinis I ordered from Victorias Secret came in and..........................I like the way I look. Yes, I said bikini! Do you all know the last time I wore a bikini? It was 1995, I was 18 years old. I will be 34 next month! I really cant believe it! I never thought that I would show my stomach has spent the last 16 years being hidden by a tankini. I live in Pittsburgh so its not like I am tan by any means but my stomach is the whitest shade of white you can imagine from all those years in hibernation. The great part is that I still have 85 days to tone up even more! Its so nice to know that even at this point I really do like the way I look! To anyone who lives and dies by the scale (which I admit still can get the best of me) you need to look more to the changes in your body. I went from hating myself in a tankini to dancing around in my living room tonight in a BIKINI! Obviously more has changed than what the scale can reflect, dont you think?

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GREENWARRIOR 5/2/2011 12:45PM

    Congratulations! You give so much good energy to other people - I'm glad you got to celebrate some progress too!

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SHELLSTERS1 4/17/2011 6:04PM

    Congrats!!! Way to Go!!!!

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HJBUMP 4/15/2011 3:28AM

    That's awesome! I'm glad you're happy with your progress. :-)

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DEE0973 4/13/2011 8:28AM

    I agree and I more often than not let the scale get to me. The way we feel and look in our clothes says a whole lot more. Thanks for sharing your journey with me. Be Blessed

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EMMA2727272 4/13/2011 8:22AM

    Such an awesome blog!! Congrats on the new bikini and on the way you feel in it!!

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DITZYCHICK 4/12/2011 11:26PM

    Love your positivity girl!!! It's really great that you've gotten away from the scale and can see changes within yourself rather than just the number. That darn scale had been frustrating me to, but I haven't been on mine for a few weeks now am so much happier without all the emotional ups and downs it was causing me. Keep doing what you're doing girl (being careful with the calf muscle) and enjoy those bikinis!!!
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HEATHER_RUNS 4/12/2011 10:42PM

    That's so great! I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

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