LURunning...it seems like we are twins...i weigh 163, am 31 and would at least like to get to 150. I actually started gaining weight when I trained for and ran my half marathon, then i quit running and had a baby...I am done with half marathons though and am just starting up running again but for 5k or 10k distances. A half marathon is awesome and a lot of work and time. Competition is what works best for me to lose weight. Especially if money is involved. A couple years ago I joined a weight loss competition and won $50 with most percentage weight lost, and then i get lazy and give up. Here is to being committed.
current weight: 163.2
Fitness Minutes: (4,595) Posts: 844 11/5/13 3:48 P
I've read in quite a few different fitness articles that running sprint intervals is a lot more effective for weight loss, even if you still do the same amount of time/distance. When I'm on the treadmill, that's what I do, it makes it less boring. Same for the stepper or elliptical. I just do one minute of hard, one minute of easy back and forth. Some of the machines have that program on them. If you're running outdoors, you just pick a marker (the end of the street, 2 blocks, that tree up there) and sprint to it then jog slow to recover. I'm not a natural born runner, so the variety helps me not hate every minute of it. :)
Hello everyone! I am new to SparkPeople site and this room! I am 33 and I've been exercising consitent since Augutst 2013 (between 5-7 days a week). I do a lot of cardio: Running, Elliptical, Spinning, weights and hiking. I am getting ready to hike Mt. Baldy (over 10,000 feet). I am joining this group for support and tips.
I went from 145-130 within the last 3 mths. My goal is 115-110(BMI) by 12/31/13! Any suggestions, tips and support would be great!
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You HAVE to do situps if you're running that much, though. Otherwise you'll screw up your back (like me) and if you continue to eat like a runner (like me) you'll end up with more to lose (like me). I've had three kids since 2009, too! And my 17% body fat is far behind me. Or buried, I guess. I still have 20 pounds from this last baby. But even if I still weighed 162, I wouldn't have anywhere near that muscle. Sigh.
Anyway, I was writing about competition. My coworker and I are paying each other 10 dollars a pound for 10 weeks, for a max of 15 pounds. It works really well for me, and we're marching down the scale.
I'm nursing, so no extreme calorie restrictions. It's hard to be sensible!
Running is a great way to start, but I've been running for 18 mos, and am still struggling at 142-143 as a regular weight. (I suck at staying on track with my eating) I'd like to be 129, and I really would like to join anyone on a challenge!
current weight: 136.6
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 5 10/15/13 8:39 A
Hal Higdon is a great training program! I actually used to run about 50 miles/week (pre-baby) for about 8 years (sad, I know since I can't even finish a whole mile now). But, with 3 kids in 4 years and NO running during that time, I am literally starting from scratch! Right now I'm just focusing on getting out the door and feeling good (otherwise I can't swallow my pride, go too fast & far in the beginning, and just quit running after a week or two). So, for the next couple of weeks, it is just getting myself out the door to run...that's my plan. :) I'm hoping it comes back faster than a first time runner, but I am definitely as out of shape as a person can possibly be right now. The good thing is that my weight isn't too bad (about 10 lbs. off of where I was my senior year of high school) so that at least helps. I'm not nearly as muscular as I was in h.s. but at least my body isn't carrying too much extra weight. So, here we go! When is your 1/2? Where are you at in your training? (Let me know if you need any tips!).
current weight: 163.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 5 10/15/13 7:19 A
Well, I ran today...only .67 miles, but it felt good to get that first one out of the way. I didn't eat the greatest (chai tea for breakfast, no lunch, 2 turkey/cheese sandwiches for dinner and 3 pumpkin/caramel cookies). But, it still hit right at my calorie point, so hopefully I can just make better choices tomorrow. One thing at a time. :)
I want to do sit-ups, but have a lot of separation in my stomach muscles from having my 3 girls (c-section) in 4 years. (I can fit 4 fingers horizontally across inbetween those muscles!!). I think I'll add in a few push-ups for now (and try to convince my husband of a tummy tuck down the road if it doesn't get better). :)
current weight: 163.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 5 10/14/13 5:44 P
Hey Ladies! Well, I signed up for 1/2 marathon in April (exactly 6 months from now). So, at least that is a start (motivator). What are you all doing in terms of eating? Do you follow a low-cal diet (12-1500 cals/day?).
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