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11/6/13 10:02 A

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I recently read "Racing Weight" and would recommend - it changed the whole way I look at carbs! Focuses on a healthy diet, which will make your performance better, which will result in becoming leaner.

Edited by: JBAILEY1122 at: 11/6/2013 (10:02)
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3/28/13 10:53 A

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Nannycat, I would recommend a heart rate monitor to measure calories burned during workouts. Also, I would try the SP recommendations for a few weeks and see how it works out before making changes.


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

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
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2/16/13 9:06 P

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I'm 5'9", 235 lbs. I used their calculator using a time of 50 minutes and a conservative average pace of 16 min/mi. Many days it's a bit longer, and it's almost always faster, but I thought I should lowball here. It tells me calories burned without running is (rounding) 3300 calories. With running, it says I burn 700 (which seems too high for me) for a total of 4000 on running days.

I'm more of a jogger than a runner at this point, but even if I say, only burn 400 calories per workout, that's still 3700 on workout days.

I'm in the gym 6x a week, but I only do my running training 3x a week, the other days are either weights or a class or sometimes just a slow walk on the treadmill.

My BMR averaged from several different sites for someone who is "lightly active" averages out to 2500 per day. SP itself tells me 2228. Really I feel I am more active than this, considering my time in the gym and I have a retail job that requires me to walk around all day. It's hardly exercise, but it's more active than when I've had desk jobs.

According to my SP diet, I am only supposed to eat 1300 to 1650 calories a day.

That's a huge discrepancy.

It seems to me that if I were to eat 1000 less calories a day to shoot for 2lbs a week, I should be eating somewhere in the ballpark of 2200 calories a day, with my fat, protein, and carbs being the proper percentages of that.

The calculator is assuming I want to maintain my weight, and so recommends something like 500 carbs per day and 130 each of fat and protein. Obviously I don't need that much. I haven't calculated yet based on 2200 cals a day yet, I'm off to work soon and will have to do that later.

So, am I totally wrong here? Should I stick with the SP plan? Should I adjust up for a week or two and see how it goes? Do I need less calories (by percentage) of carbs as someone who is more of a dieter than a runner at this point? I hope to be a runner at some point, and thought I should eat and train like one, but maybe it's too soon for that?

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1/15/13 8:50 P

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Thanks for sharing this article. I've found you have access and share to some very helpful information.
Thanks for continuing to share.


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10/12/12 10:32 A

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Thank you, Nancy! It's good to know that what I'm doing is exactly what I need to continue to do as I am at the tail end of my weight loss journey.


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Gobble Wobble 5k 2012 - 30:00
Turkey Trot 4 Mile Race 2012 - 38:38
Ugly Sweater 5k Fun Run 2012 - 27:19
Move-It Memphis 10K 2013 - 55:36
Germantown Half Marathon - 2:08:53
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10/12/12 9:54 A

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Hey Team,

One of the most common questions I see on the message boars is how to lose weight safely without sacrificing your performance. This can be a very tricky but it doesn't have to be with the right information. Below is a link that I think you may find helpful.


Coach Nancy

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