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Why you need the exercise AND the diet - the proof is in the pictures!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Three years ago I trained up for my first 5Km, my only motivation for it being that I wanted to lose weight. I was under the impression that as long as I started an exercise routine I would lose weight. I trained up and managed to run the race in 37 minutes, but only lost 4 pounds!

I managed to gain back the weight I had lost and came to the conclusion that I needed to train for a longer race - maybe if I ran more I would lose more. So, in 2011 I ran my first 10km.

I loved this race. I managed to lose about 6 pounds while training for this one and felt a great sense of accomplishment at completing it in 59.33. However, during the last km, I began to experience pain in my left leg, which left me unable to walk the next day (I found that a pretty scary experience) and resulted in my future runs always ending with the same sharp pain shooting through my leg at the 30 minute mark. I persevered, and ran two more races, but my training and my times suffered. I didn't lose any more weight, and, actually gained everything back again.

It was after The Nun run, (hence the fancy dress!) that I began to consider that perhaps there was some truth in what people were saying about needing to diet as well as exercise.

After a lot of debate, I joined sparkpeople. I had also been advised by my doctor to stop jogging and start strength training and cross training in order to strengthen and heal my leg. That was in September 2011. Gradually, as I began to lose weight and get stronger, I began to start jogging again.

Today, I ran my first race since the Nun Run. It was the Race for life 5km, which I completed in 25 minutes! Not only that, but I came 23rd out of the 9000 or so people taking part ! And, I managed to do the whole thing pain free!!

So, I'm converted : if you want to lose weight, don't just exercise, count your calories too!

thank you, sparkpeople.

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    So true there are no short cuts you definitely have to do them both, healthy diet and exercise!

    Sometimes I think we need reminding of that especially when it's a long journey you occassionally get complacent with one or the other.
    2092 days ago
    Fantastic time! And, a great lesson learned!

    Keep up the great work!
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    2095 days ago
  • JOANNA202
    Well done on perservering through the cross training - I know it hasn't been your favourite but obviously paid off. You should be incredibly proud of that finishing place, AND you look fantastic!
    2096 days ago
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    2096 days ago
    So very true...

    You did a great job with your strength training-cross training-diet combo,
    being able to do the 5K without pain or complications, and finishing in 25 minutes - this is a wonderful achievement!

    Also, you look fantastic, like a young girl!
    2096 days ago
    Congratulations on the wonderful race. You are different from most dieters as what they want to do is count calories and not exercise! LOL - me included!!

    I am glad your leg has healed and you are enjoying racing. Best wishes on your journey to good health.
    2096 days ago
    That is fabulous!! great job! I loved the photos! haha and you are so right.. one without the other just doesnt get the results that are right there in front of us-we just have to accept we need both to be in the best health! good job!
    2096 days ago
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