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8/1/13 10:15 A

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Hi, my name is Tracy and I am new to this forum. I have been running for about 1 1/2 years and have done multiple 5k's, a 10k and 2 half marathons and I am currently training for my first full marathon in October. Since I've been running I have hardly lost any weight. I've gone down in inches (some), but not weight. I am looking to Sparkspeople and hopefully this forum to help in my weight loss goals and being able to finally figure out why I haven't lost the weight. Excited to see what has helped you in the running/weight loss journey!

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SIMONEKP: How's the running going? I hope you've decided to stick with it.

"I'm in the race but I've already won
And getting there can be half the fun
So don't stop me until I'm good and done
Don't you try to rain on my, Perfect Day"


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3/28/13 11:18 A

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New to running, doing it as cardio for weight loss but really hope it's something I want to stick with long term.

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"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

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2/22/13 8:01 P

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I finished the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels and wanted to mix things up a bit so I decided to try running. I really enjoy running to the point that I may be pushing my body a bit hard as a newbie. What's incredible is how much I've lost since I started 5K training. I'm down 4lbs in 3 days! I'm definitely going to be making running a regular part of my fitness/weight loss program.

And in the land of dreams on 'one day's' I'd really like to be able to say I finished a full marathon. Maybe next summer...

"I'm in the race but I've already won
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So don't stop me until I'm good and done
Don't you try to rain on my, Perfect Day"


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2/4/13 11:57 P

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I would like to lose 2 lbs this February

The possibilities always outnumber the problems.
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9/30/12 12:51 P

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I took a year off from running mainly due to lack of self motivation and packed on about 15 pounds. I have started running again and found a good fat burning workout on the runkeeper app that consists of 28 interval runs every other day. It has been challenging but I am more motivated at the end of every workout. I like the runkeeper app because it cues me in whenever its time for the next interval.

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12/13/11 7:59 P

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Woof. I can't imagine building ANYTHING after today. I tried running up a big hill from the waterfront to the top of the West Seattle hill and ended up walking the last minute. Need to find some smaller hills......

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12/13/11 6:50 P

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I think lots of people rely on interval training, but for possibly different reasons. You can use intervals to gradually build distance, speed, etc. Also intervals are supposed to burn more calories for the same amount of time than running a steady pace.

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12/13/11 2:41 P

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Looks as if interval training is key to all of the programs.

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12/2/11 1:16 A

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I am doing a program I found on Shape magazine's website. There are 3 running workouts per week.

Week 1 20 min walk/run 4x400 (11/30--22 min) 2.5 miles
Week 2 25 min 6x400 3 miles
Week 3 30 min 8x400 2 miles
Week 4 30 min 10x400 4 miles
Week 5 30 min 12x400 2 miles
Week 6 30 min 4x400 5 miles
Week 7 30 min 30 minutes Race (except I don't have a race in mind)

I may do each week twice. I am just trying to get my speed up a little without hurting myself by over training. I have a tendency to push too hard, too fast, and following a program helps keep me in check.

Edited by: HENDRIXEMILY at: 12/2/2011 (01:17)
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12/1/11 3:08 P

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Here is a more specific link to the "Running For Losing Weght" fitness class:

http://runkeeper.com/search/fitness-clas
ses/running/fat-loss

You can get the entire program by clicking through the calendar but you lose the team support. If you sign up for the class you don't need to enter each training session individually every time you do one; you can just click on the day and get it downloaded.

And if you are "elite" you get the class for halfprice.

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Here you go ~

http://runkeeper.com/fitness-classes

Good luck with the program. I have been having real problems getting the GPS to engage. Like hardly ever... that means you need to plot your routes yourself to get full info and the plotting program can be kind of clunky. I'm not the only user with problems. Hoping that Runkeeper gets the bugs out soon.

Still as a freebie it's great. Doing intervals would be impossible for me without the RunKeeper timer.

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11/26/11 2:39 P

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That class sounds interesting. Can you post a link to the info?

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Yes! Great topic! I'm tired of running with extra weight. RunKeepers has a class you can buy that claims it will provide interval training to maximize weight loss from your runs. Anyone tried it?

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Hi everyone! I'm Stephanie. I just got back into running thanks to an awesome Circuit Training class that I'm taking at the local JC. I wanted to take the class because I thought it would be motivating, and I was right! I thought that I was too fat to run, but the instructor made us run short distances in the class and I got used to it. In the beginning, I could not run continuously for 30 min, now I can run 5mi in under an hour! I am so happy to be running again! I used to be a track/Cross-Country athlete in high school and college, so I think that running is pretty much engrained into my being as a person... I can't be happy without it in my life!


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11/7/11 8:22 P

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I just signed up for a Turkey Trot 5K. Love to run, but I'm slow. Need to bring my time down so now I'm trying sprints on the treadmill. I hope it translates to the race :)

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10/27/11 1:50 P

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That's great, Amy!

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10/27/11 1:49 P

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I've lost almost 20lbs since I joined in SP May, but most of it is due to running. I'm running about 15-20 miles per week (5-6 miles 3-4 times per week), it really burns the calories off quickly.

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10/16/11 1:21 A

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Hi everyone. I'm Emily and I am back on Sparkpeople after a year or so off. I broke my leg over the summer and I've gained weight and lost muscle mass. I am doing the Cool Running Couch to 5K (I'm in week 3) to try to get myself back in the running groove. I also really need to lost weight so that my running is not so hard on my joints and muscles. I am doing pretty well with exercise and really poor with eating.

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8/24/11 1:56 P

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It is SO much easier to make healthier food choices when I live alone and I have a decent-sized kitchen to work with. I've ran the last two days and ran 3 days last week! So I'm on track to run 4 days this week, and then next week: 5 days!

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8/23/11 10:55 P

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Welcome back Jaclight!

As for me, meh, this summer so far has been of feeling somewhat lackadaisacal about everything, incl. fitness and food. My weight's been pretty stable, though. I just feel a bit bloated because I've been eating more carbs than usual. I'm sure once I get back on the bandwagon in September, I'll drop some of the water weight.

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8/22/11 2:40 P

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Hey everyone! I'm back.. :) Under a new name because I forgot my password lol.

I'm signing up for the Austin Marathon next weekend.. I haven't been eating very well but trying to change that. :)

I hope everyone has been doing well. I know I've been coming on and off over the last two years, but I plan on tracking every day. I know how effective it is, and I need something so I know how much I'm eating.

Anyway, I hope to be much more active now that I'm back. :)

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I'm trying to lose weight while training for a half marathon. In the past, I have only been able to maintain my weight while training. I'm using Spark to track my nutrition this time and I hope that will help.

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I haven't checked here in a long time.

Just a quick report - I have been charting for over a week and so far have lost 3.4 pounds. It's awesome to be back on track. I hope to continue in this manner for the next 10 weeks. That should bring me back to my goal.

Hi Sarah, welcome to the thread. to increase distance and speed you just need to run farther and faster. lol Ok, there might be a bit more to it then that.

I find it difficult to work on both aspects at the same time. the general rule is to not increase the distance by more then 10% per week. What is you goal. How far would you like to see yourself run?

if you are running 3 miles now and you gently push and increase (lets say) to 5 miles. on the days that you go for a shorter run (2 miles for example) you will most likely see that you can cover those 2 miles slightly faster.

Eventually if you want to become faster you can incorporate speedwork in your weekly mileage.

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Hey Guys
This a great thread for me. I would like to lose about 20lbs and also gain a love of running, which I do not currently have. I am running about 2-3 miles at a time. Last week I think it ran about 10 miles. What your recommendations for increasing speed and distance.

Thanks :)
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7/29/11 2:09 A

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Sweetbuttercup - Me too, I prefer dry beans as well. The canned ones are more convenient, but I have to spend a bit of time rinsing them... and rinsing them more, lol. And yup, the dry ones are a lot cheaper!

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KCSLADY - Thanks for the tip about that book. I'm heading to a store after work to see if I can pick one up. It sounds like it would be perfect for me.

NYC_NATIVE - I bought some dry black beans and cooked them. I looked at canned ones, but those are so high in sodium. By cooking them myself, I can control that - plus it's alot cheaper. I add 1/2 a cup to my lunch and snacks and it's made a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!

Edited by: SWEETBUTTERCUP at: 7/26/2011 (16:32)
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Weighing in a little late here, and after a long absence from Spark People, dieting, an this Spark Team, but if my two cents are worth anything....

I find my body is used to a certain volume of food every day. (Notice volume not weight)

The calorie density of the food we take in affects that volume (for instance, a candy bar doesn't take up much space but is FULL of empty calories, whereas a fruit or vegetable takes up more, or at least as much, space, without being loaded with calories).

I'm in the same boat as many posting here-- do good for a while and then discomfort (hunger, emotion, stress) distracts me, but generally, don't count calories, but rather, try to improve my food choices.

For a book reference to this idea, you might refer to "The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories" by Barbara Rolls. When I stick to this plan it seems to really work.

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7/22/11 5:00 A

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NYC_NATIVE, Thank you for the suggestion. I really appreciate it!

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night. - Charlie Brown


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These are just my personal observations, so take 'em or leave 'em, Sweetbuttercup. Personally, I'd increase the protein. I eat a lot more protein than you and others (appx. 120-130 g's/day) and my daily cals are typically in the 1400-1600 range. Breakfast is usually a few eggs and some cheese (such as Gouda) or Greek yogurt. Lunch & dinner follow the meat + veggies model. I don't limit my veggie and meat intake unless they're covered in a ton of sauce. I feel more full this way. I know that a lot of runners harp on the carb-replenishing thing, and there's some truth to that. But honestly, the carb-focused way of eating makes me fat. I stick w/what has worked for me. You don't have to consume the protein #'s I do, but I think it works well in curbing appetite.

Carbs - I only bump them up on long run days, or when I have a significant event coming up (I want to PR at a race).

Snacks - Sometimes I eat them, sometimes I don't. When I do, again, I eat protein or something fatty (good fat, such as peanut butter or nuts).

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RHYNIC - Hmmmm...that's interesting. I believe we're in the same boat. I hadn't thought about it before, but that perfectly describes how I feel and I need to ask myself, "Has my appetite really increased? Am I willing to be hungry?".

I eat nearly every 3 hrs. Over the last 2 mos I've noticed another startling change in my feelings toward food: whille I'm eating, I think about the next time I will eat - before I've even finished what's in front of me. Isn't that crazy?!?! Has this happened to anyone else?

To give you an idea of where I'm coming from, here's what my typical food intake is during the week (1,500 cal a day):

Brfst:
Coffee w/ low fat creamer & splenda
1/2 c oatmeal
1 c organic milk
Snack:
150 grams broccoli
200 grams carrots
Lunch:
2 oz tuna
1 TBSP canola mayo
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 thomas english muffing multigrain light
Snack:
1 cup dannon light vanilla yogurt
100 grams blueberries (fresh)
100 grams strawberries (fresh)
Dinner
3-5 ounces chicken
1.5 c yellow squash
1.5 c zucchinni

Then I have about 200ish calories wiggle room for another snack.

I've tried to stay within this range but find myself creaping towards the top. I've found that whatever my calorie budget is, I tend to go over. So if I set it for 1,500 and go over it isn't so bad. But if I set it for 1,800 then go over - then I feel guilty.

I guess it's kind of like budgeting my check book. If I have "wiggle room" then I spend it.

Thoughts/comments?

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night. - Charlie Brown


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I also lost weight with running and now just feel too hungry when I try. I don't know if it's that I am more hungry then normal or if I am just not willing to feel hungry.

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMGatR8SNns

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I've been running for 4 months now and have not lost any weight at all. If I restrict my calories, I find that I end up starving and can't run because I am running on empty.

It's weird. After I had my daughter 6 years ago...I lost all the baby weight with running. And I wasn't running nearly as much as I am now.



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Free beer. Awesome. I had to go all the way to Miami before i found a free beer race. I live in Nova Scotia Canada. :-).

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

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Thanks for the support. The race was awesome! It was my first evening race - 730pm. I felt really strong! Once again, I indulged. After the race there was a party for the runners - free food and...free beer! I had several and had a great time.

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night. - Charlie Brown


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6/24/11 9:49 A

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It's pretty normal to gain a pound or 2 after the weekend. I had eggplant parm & kielbasa last Sunday at a family gathering,then had a huge bowl of salty soba noodle soup at the airport. Gained 7 lbs. btw. last Sunday & Monday. The weight's already gone back to normal, though.

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There always seems to be a reason to eat (and drink). I do well for a day or two and thats it.

Good luck this weekend. I hope you get to enjoy a weight loss this week.

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMGatR8SNns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SbXgQq
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Last week I had a loss of 2.4 lbs and was thrilled. This week I gained 1.2. At first I was upset because I did awesome counting my calories, drank lots of water and got in all my workouts. So why a gain? To be honest, I went overboard on Sat & Sun with my calories. I ate whatever I wanted at baby shower and then happy hour with friends. I"m accountable for my actions and will do better this week!

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night. - Charlie Brown


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I also keep track of calories on my phone. I find it vey handy. Still I have not been doing a very good job of it. The past two day I have made healthy choices. I hope I keep it up.

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6/20/11 2:31 P

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So I see this started off as kind of a New Year's weight-loss thread. Well, even though it's June, my running club had its annual banquet Saturday night, so I was looking at yesterday as kind of my Running New Year, and weight-loss is among my top goals.

I downloaded the SparkPeople app for my Droid phone yesterday and managed to track everything I ate. It helped, too, because even though I went a little over my calorie budget, I stopped within 100 calories of it, where otherwise I might have gone even more over. My goal is to make this a habit. It is extremely convenient to be able to enter the info instantly like that, as opposed to running to the computer after each meal or trying to remember four hours later exactly what I ate.

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I have to say that I have no idea why you are going through what you are going through. When I put on 4 or 5 pounds I know exactly why. And typically it goes away when I resume normal eating.

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMGatR8SNns

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I posted this on general baord yesterday but did not get any replies.....

"Does anyone else have this issue? ---- I am slowly losing weight 1 to 1.5 pounds a week, then one week I will gain 4 to 6 pounds. The gain happens for no apparent reason. I am good with my exercise and calories. The weight then starts to come off again but at 1 to 1.5 pounds a week. So I take about 4 weeks to get to where I was. I continue to lose weight then my weight jumps up again...and the pattern repeats, 4 time since I have been carefully changing my lifestyle.

It is so dishearten to do everything right only to have ones weight jump every so often. Any clues as to why this happens?

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6/7/11 11:03 P

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I've done both the calorie-counting and very restrictive diets (e.g. low-carb) approaches. Neither are pleasant. Though at least w/calorie counting, you can eat a broader variety of foods. Not so with restrictive diets. What you get in exchange for *not* tracking is basically entire classes of food eliminated from your diet. For ex., I did TNT Plan A a year ago, and I couldn't have any starches, beans or grains, not even fruit. It's not for everyone.

I can't do "intuitive eating," because honestly, I haven't developed the skills to do that. Even at maintenance, I still follow a set of guidelines (high protein, no processed carbs on non-training days, etc.). Otherwise, I gain weight.

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All calories count but unfortunately I can't se to get in the rythum of counting them. Some day I will get back to running and losing weight.

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMGatR8SNns

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Hi everyone! I have been running seriously for about a year. I am now training for my first 10K. I'd still like to lose 5-10 lbs but I am just so bad at counting calories. I will start doing it but then stop and get discouraged.

Do you all count calories? Do you follow a program? Any tips?


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I have been running for a very long time now (off and on). And every time I got serious about losing weight I would do great for the first several weeks then I would hit the dreaded plateau and not lose any more weight. This time around with help from some resources from SP I know know that I was "killing" metabolism.

I have broken through my plateau now and learned that us runners need to eat and eat good healthy foods. I had to increase my calories consumption by over 1000 calories to get my metabolism to come alive.

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Cheating because I can......lol

I was just making lunch for my son - baked beans and hot dogs (yes hot dogs) I was just about to take a nibble of a hog dog (and not count it). I was saying to myself that I just ran 15.3 miles not including a warm up and cool down so since I did not count the warm and cool down it would not hurt to sneak a bite. I was wrong...

warm-up cool calories not counted at most 30...one bite of hot dog (I weighed what I was going to eat...50 calories.

Granted I could eat the hot dog and put in my nutrition log but I learned I good lesson today a bite of food is sometimes a lot more than the exercise calories we don't count...no cheating for me if I take a bite I will put in the log...

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Susie:

I agree that a run walk program the first several weeks is the way to go, especially if you use to run!

Try 2 minutes jogging followed by 2 minutes walking for 20 minutes (with a 5 minute walk/stretch warm up followed by a 5 minute walk/stretch cool down). (ASSUMING you are walking at least 30 minutes a day now!!!, if you are not than build up to were you can do 30 minutes walking easy)
The next week go 3 and 2, the next week 4 and 2, the next 4 and 1, then after that increase your running by 10% a week and reduce your walking)

If you feel you are progressing to slow and you can go faster than that each week you are doing it right!!!!!!!


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Down 6 pounds this week. Hope the losing streak continues.

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMGatR8SNns

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Susiero - Welcome, and Gail's advice is spot-on. Intervals can be great, but they alone are not effective for torching cals and fat. Getting your nutrition together is. Many folks will undo a day's worth of hard exercise by letting calorie intake spiral.

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So far this year I have managed to lose 2 pounds every other week! Unfortunately I have gained 2 pounds on the alternating weeks. So I'm pretty much where I started!
I have been really good about running every other day (I'm almost done with C25K!), and have started to add ST back in, so I have high hopes for the rest of March and April! My plan is to lose 10 lbs by the Pittsburgh HM in May.

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Hi Susie. From what I hear a mixture of hard and easy cardio works wonders when it comes to losing weight. Of course nutrition plays an important roll.

So if you are new to running my question to you is what do you mean when you say intervals. It's really best to have a firm running base before you start hard intervals (the type that many runner do to get faster).

I think if you are new to running then walk/run intervals would be fantastic for someone starting out.

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMGatR8SNns

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Hi roadrunners. I am a day 1 newbie and new to this site and looking forward to the support side of things. I would love to get back to running but as I haven't regularly run for ages would love some tips ..Is interval trainig more effective for weight loss?? emoticon

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Humm 30 pounds in 4 week. I suggest you put yourself on a ranch and find yourself a Jillian. Hehehe

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It's so nice to hear that I'm not the only one running and not losing!! I've been so frustrated. Guess I'm living proof that you can't out train a bad diet. I do great right up until supper time. Then I want to uncork the wine, eat my supper, and have dessert. I've got a little under 4 weeks until I head to Florida for my half. Is a 30lb loss in that time unreasonable??? emoticon Swimsuit, shorts...yikes!!

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As slow as I am at 10 miles a day, I'd have to give up working...... emoticon

Oh, wait, I don't work so I have time to run 10 miles a day..... emoticon

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The exception that proves Joe's rule.

I ran for 2042 miles in 2010 and kind of watched what I ate (but did not count calories),

I gained 16 pounds.

So maybe there is a lower limit to the number of miles that need to be run, I guess if I ran an additional 400 miles I would have maintained my weight

And if I ran 350 more than that I would have loss 1 pound a month.

So that puts the number of miles needed to run a year at ~3000 to lose weight and eat sort of carefully but not counting.

That's only 10 miles a day 6 days a week , maybe at 7 X 10 we cane at chocolate and pizza and have a beer or two emoticon

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