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10/28/13 1:04 P

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Thank you so much Archimedes2 and Azulvioleta6 for quickly coming to the rescue with knowledge and suggestions. I'm sorry I'm just getting back now as I couldn't find the forum--I guess I had done a search on it.

My diet has been poor as I have not been consuming enough fruits and veggies but I have been getting a balance of carbs, fats, and protein according to the pie report at the end of the day. I've been eating the maximum amount of calories or more they add when they take exercise into consideration, so perhaps it is water weight, though I have been consuming water throughout the day and Leslie Sansone stops for a water break.

As for the pulse racing, this might also factor in, as I exercise between 8:45 and 11:45 or so, waiting til the last minute to get my 2 hours in before midnight as the challenge stipulates. This could mean my pulse is racing all night long, also accounting for poor sleep. I did restorative yoga that holds lying down poses for 5 minutes yesterday to get my fitness in (and nearly fell asleep a few times during it and totally fell asleep after in my workout clothes, and today am feeling much better, with 7 hours of sleep, then breakfast, then back to bed for an hour. Much improved from the 3 hours I was getting for a while.

The black circles are there but I'm back in the house. Now... I will learn from my mistakes. And Azulvioleta6--I think I need to see a doctor because I might have caused some short-term or permanent damage to my pressure rate. Archimedes2, well, only time will tell how much of this weight stays off, maybe not long. Sorry this reply is so long! Thanks so much to you, both!

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10/27/13 5:06 P

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Of course it is possible to over train, but I'm not sure that having your heart race all of the time is something that you can blame on exercise.

You might want to take your pulse from time to time throughout the day and track this for a week or so. That would be good data to share with your doctor. Could you have high blood pressure? It wouldn't hurt to run this by your doctor.

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10/27/13 3:31 P



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Hello, Emmy !

You don't have your food diary posted, so I don't know what you've been eating. If you drastically cut your calories in the past couple of week combined with the increase in exercise, that would explain some of the symptoms you've been experiencing.

food = energy and no food = no energy.

Many women (men too) in an effort to lose weight fast will drastically cut their caloric intake. This is not healthy ! Eating too little and exercising too much can hinder a person's weight loss. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight.

A 9.5 pound loss (depending on your current weight) may have been just too dramatic for your body to handle. That's a huge water weight drop. And no, I don't believe you lost 9.5 pounds of fat in a week because that implies that you burned 35,000 calories. one pound of fat = 3,500 calories. In theory, to safely lose one pound of fat per week, we lower our caloric intake by 500 calories per day. Do this for seven days and that would give you a one pound loss.

Is this an exact science ? Nope. you might lose one pound if you were to decrease the amount you ate by 500 calories per day. However, some people don't lose anything and others might lose 9 pounds. A dramatic loss of that kind does suggest a water weight fluctuation. I can easily lose or gain 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight. In past, I have lost as much as 7-9 pounds. Once again, not fat loss, but a water fluctuation.

And if you did have that big a loss of water weight, that could mean you are seriously dehydrated. That too would cause some of the symptoms you've been feeling.

What to do ? I would start by taking a couple of days off from your routine. If your body is exhausted, pushing it is not going to speed up your weight loss. If anything, you further increase your risk for injury. Your body is telling you something is wrong. Listen to your body and slow down. And if you aren't eating enough, you need to increase the amount of calories you eat.

If those symptoms don't go away in a couple of days, you'll need to call your doctor. Let them know what's been going on and they'll suggest a course of action.






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10/27/13 12:07 P

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Hi guys, I'm in the same boat of some of you. I've read the resources Spark Coach Jen suggested (and pinned them) but they don't describe what is happening to be the past couple of days on the Fall 5% Challenge. I really want to help my team so I've been doing 120 minutes of boosted walking with Leslie Sansone as the tapes are the right length plus body weight strength training a bit for the Skinny Jeans Challenge. Yesterday I was out like a light for several hours and could barely walk, my face was red all day, and my eyes are hollow with black circles. I lost 9.5 pounds last week but now am very weak. I am also only sleeping a few hours a night. I am not sure what the Chalean Extreme is but it sounds like quite the challenge! You posted this quite a while ago and I hope you are feeling better now with some of these resources and help.

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9/9/13 4:54 P

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Hi Out of my Tower. I am doing the Chalean Extreme, which is actually both Cardio, Strength, and a little flexibility. It is difficult for me, especially the cardio portions.

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What are you doing for strength training?



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9/9/13 12:16 P

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Thanks for your message. I am going to take a couple of days off, doing light stretching and slow walking before returning to my workout routine, and then trying to build up more gradually to the things that I have been trying to do right off the bat.

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9/9/13 12:13 P

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My pulse doesn't really race and it certainly does not flutter. It just stays at a rather high rate (for me) of about 94 bpm.

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9/9/13 12:11 P

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I do get a yearly physical. I think I am just out of shape and pushing too hard.

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Thanks. As much as I hate to feel that I am "breaking" the momentum, I am going to make sure I rest one to two days a week.

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I am doing cardio and strength. I haven't done much flexibility, but plan to start.


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are all those minutes cardio or are you balanced between the three?



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Adequate rest is just as important as the exercise itself. Here's an article you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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I find that rest days give me the strength to work even harder during my workouts, so try not to think of rest as a negative.

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Have you, or is it time for your yearly physical?

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Physiologically, what causes your heart to race or flutter at rest due to over exercise?

If hunger isn't the problem, food is not the answer.
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FIASCOMOM,

I'm guilty of over training. However, I've had enough injuries over the years to finally learn from my mistakes. The right amount of exercise will keep our bodies fit and healthy. Too much exercise can actually weaken our immune system and break down our bodies. If you find that it's taking longer for your body to recover after a workout, that's a sign your body isn't getting enough rest and recovery.

For years, we've been told "no pain, no gain". Well, that's a misconception. What most people don't realize is that rest and recovery are an important part of our long term good health. Yes, we want to push ourselves, but we don't want to push ourselves over the edge.

So, if you feel that your heart is racing, then it's time to cut back. No one will consider you a slacker because you're not working out all the time. The fact is, good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't out run a bad diet with exercise. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to eat right and watch your portions.

Why not take a couple days off ? You may find that you're more energized for your next work. If you want to do something to stay active, take a walk. Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise as well as a great way to reduce stress. As long as you're not power walking, you may find the low intensity workout more refreshing.

You don't have to kill yourself to be fit or healthy. As my yoga instructor taught me,"don't abuse".


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I have been very proud of the minutes that I have put into my weight loss efforts and of the calories that I have been burning. But today, I realized that I might really be overdoing things. My pulse remains at a pretty high level throughout the day, and I am sad that I probably have to cut back, because it really makes me feel in control of my weight loss. Anyone else had this problem?


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