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Marathon training and calorie needs

Saturday, October 02, 2010

On the advice of two dietitians (one of which is the one here at SparkPeople--thank you, Becky) I've had to rethink my weight loss goals again.

I've been having problems the last week of being CONSTANTLY hungry. This is pretty rare for me. And I've been concerned all along that I didn't know how to adjust my calories to account for some fairly intense training for the marathon.

My weight loss goals are going to have to go, if not quite on the shelf, then on a "very low priority" level while I train for this marathon.

I've recalibrated my weight loss goals to account for no more than a half pound a week of weight loss, and there will be days I knowingly go over my calorie count because I can't make it through a long run on 1300 calories a day. I knew that. I was just kind of hoping I could still keep my calorie ranges low enough to lose a pound a week safely, and I'm now being told that half a pound is about as low as I should aim, and not even that if it starts to compromise my health.

I'm a little bummed by this, but I would rather slow or stall my weight loss than get hurt, and I really want to do this.

Ergo my new goal for October is to not gain weight and to lose, if I can do so safely, two pounds.
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KNH771 10/2/2010 7:19PM

    I'm glad that you got some professional advice and I hope it works out for you! Good luck on the marathon training. That is completely awesome!

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