So I guess my goal of losing weight this month will go out the window. As long as it WILL come off once I get the hang of it, I don't mind sticking it out. I actually kind-of enjoy the challenge of running (or attempting to at least)...
When I first went through C25k, my weight loss pretty much stopped - and Nancy has given you the reasons why. However, I went down a size, lowered my resting heart rate, AND LEARNED HOW TO RUN!!! That was something I had always wanted to do, but never followed through because I was trying to do too much, too soon. There are so many benefits to running. Don't let the number on a scale play with your motivation.
Judi Saskatchewan, Canada
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Fitness Minutes: (2,494) Posts: 285 12/5/12 12:57 P
I threw the scale out for that reason. It is very unreliable. I can gain 15lbs in a day by just eating and drinking. The scale used to determine my mood for the day, but not anymore! Tracking your progress is important though, for motivation and personal success. I go by how I feel, how I look in the mirror and if you really need numbers, use a measuring tape :)
But DON'T stop running. Why stop something that is so healthy for you and makes you feel so good? :) After a while, it will become like a drug, cause it raises your happiness hormones, just like being in love does! :)
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Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 12/5/12 10:11 A
Running is a great activity, but weight loss comes from tracking your nutrition. While it does burn quite a number of calories compared to other forms of exercise, you can only burn so many according to your training.
Know too that it isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start running, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid.
Know too that it may take a solid 8-12 weeks once you start running for the changes to show up on the scale, but that does not mean they aren't happening.
Lastly, if you are running just to lose weight and you don't enjoy it, you may find it difficult to stay motivated.
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Fitness Minutes: (25,063) Posts: 211 12/5/12 10:01 A
I know that running in beneficial for so many reasons, and I really just want to be able to run.
I tried running on the c25k program a year ago, and got to like week 5 or 6, but I wasn't losing weight. It was just depressing so I quit. Well I realize now that I wasn't eating right, so no amount of exercise would've helped me.
I want to try running again, so I got on my treadmill at the end of last week and made it walking and jogging my three miles. I had some serious muscle aches in places I didn't even know muscles existed.
My issue is is that I have gained weight. For the most part, my eating habits are exactly the same as they were before I tried running. I'm also doing a few days of zumba during the week, but I have been consistently doing that for a few months and losing weight with it.
The only thing I can come up with is that running made me gain weight. I don't understand why. I can't be making muscle by running just once. I'm already discouraged and I just literally started.
Did this happen to anyone else? Is it normal? Should I quit? Please help!!
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