Alcohol is dangerous on several levels. Yes, it relaxes you (but doesn't discourage exercise if you can motivate yourself to do that at the start of your day...). It relaxes your inhibitions in general, so you are not as disciplined on what you should or shouldn't eat, or how much.
But worse still is its effect on your metabolism. How your body processes alcohol, and the things you ingest with it, is just as damning. Even when you eat healthy foods with alcohol, the chemical process makes the worst of them it can.
The less alcohol, the better. (And yes, I still have the occassional drink... But I have to monitor that very carefully because the reality is that I am a recovering alcoholic.... probably the first time I have really admitted it.)
All things in moderation, eh? ;)
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Fitness Minutes: (62) Posts: 4 6/4/13 1:15 A
yes I understand where you are and I am currently experiencing the same issue with wine, not beer but it works the same way. A little bit of alcohol and you feel like it stimulates the appetite and decreases the ability to resist the snacks. It also makes one feel like relaxing instead of exercising. I registered for a race which is coming up soon. I think it is a good idea to admit to these issues and motivate one another to get back on our feet and on the road. Check back as often as we can and commit ourselves to a running or at least daily exercise streak. Let me know how you do. I'll keep this team posted on my progress.
The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.
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Fitness Minutes: (62) Posts: 4 6/3/13 11:01 P
Hello. I'm returning to SP after about 2 years. Running was a huge motivator and I lost roughly 140 lbs when I first got on track. I ran at least one 5K or higher for 26 straight months, but things started to break down way before that last one and I haven't "run" a race in 4 months - which was miserable. Running is not everything but it is a big motivator an I feel, I'm bank into that groove (but its too early to tell for sure). Beer and bad food choices (often as a result of the beer) is what has been my downfall. I was up over 80 lbs up from that "all time low" (now 70). I think I realistically can lose 90 to be happy with that weight level to maintain. But it won't be easy. ESPECIALLY on the weekends.
One thing I know I need to do is sign-up for a road race...probably July and get back on the one a month routine. I think the other is to kill the beer drinking. Last time I was religious about everything down to weighing food and counting calories , sodium, etc. It was effective but terribly time consuming.
Anyone been where I am or have any advice?
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Fitness Minutes: (29,888) Posts: 1,852 5/16/13 8:08 A
Hello to all! I am a 39 year old "almost graduate" of the C25K program. I am on week 8 and loving it! I started the C25K program b/c back in February my 10yr old came to me with a "Girls on the Run" sign-up form and begged me to do it. I figured I would walk or run the silly thing with her and then forget all about it and go on with my (sedentary) life.
Well I HATED that damn program at first! But I was determined not to give up, and somewhere along the way I started to LOVE running. At the beginning of the program I could not run even 30 secs at a time, and now I can run 30 minutes straight with no problem. I may not be the fastest runner, probably am more of a slow jogger to be honest, but I can do it.
We ran (and walked) the GOTR 5K this past Sunday, we completed it but our time was not ideal because she has a nagging ankle injury (from a previous break) that really started acting up around mile 2 for her, so we walked most of the way from there. But we did complete it and that is what I had her focus on so she would not be disappointed.
Now I have signed up for another local 5K on June 1st and I am anxious to see what my time will be since I am running it by myself.
I am 65lbs overweight, middle-aged and have NEVER ran in my life. I certainly never ever thought I would enjoy running so much. I hope to one day complete a 10K and then possibly a half-marathon, but I am just out there enjoying my runs right now!
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord. ROMANS 8:28
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