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I lost weight WITHOUT cardio!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

You may or may not know that I ran a lot in 2010. I started in March by training for a 10k, my first race to ever run. Then I ran another 10k in May and started training for a half-marathon in August. I reached my goal weight and then some by the half-marathon. I then started training to run a full marathon in December. I haven't had a chance yet to figure out how many miles I ran last year, but it felt like more than it probably was. I digress.

My point to all of this is that I was always hungry while I was training for a race, and I wouldn't always stick to my calorie goals each day as my mileage was increasing. I figured the extra running would help me burn the extra calories. However, if you look at my weight graph on SP, there is a definite curve from August to December/January. The curve was going in the right direction from March to August, and then it started going back up. Of course, the holidays hit towards the end, and I just decided I would worry about my weight after New Year's. I hadn't put that much on, but I did weigh more one day in December or January than I weighed when I started SP in March!

I had foot surgery on January 4th (a week ago) and weighed myself that morning. I weighed 130.6 on our scales at home. I couldn't do any cardio this past week, but I did some strength training a few days, and I STAYED WITHIN MY CALORIE RANGE EVERYDAY! I swear that's all I did. What else could I do with a throbbing foot that won't bend? I weighed this morning, and was surprised and happy to see 128.4 on the scales.

I won't say it has been easy to stay within calorie range, especially since my hubby brought home cinnamon rolls yesterday--ugh! He knows how much I love those, but I only ate half of one and counted that as my afternoon snack.

I'm planning to check out our neighborhood's amenity center today and see if they have anything I could use for cardio. I have used the treadmill there in the past for training runs, but I didn't pay attention to what else they have. I think there is a stationary bicycle, which might work soon. I doubt there is a rowing machine, but that would be awesome. I refuse to get a gym membership because I wouldn't use it enough. We have an elliptical at home, so I can do that in a few more weeks. I just need something to keep from losing all the muscle tone I developed training for a marathon.

Anyway, I just wanted to say weight loss can occur without cardio. I never thought I could lose weight without doing any cardio, but apparently it really is all about the nutrition.
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    Hubby always says,"You can exercise all you want, but if you eat more than your body needs,you'll gain weight."(this coming from a man who hasn't been overweight a day in his life).
    Nutrition is 80-90% of the whole scheme. Hope you're foot is healed by now..it's April! How are you???
    2561 days ago
    Way to go! Woohoo!
    2647 days ago
    Congrats! Encouraging news for sure.


    2652 days ago
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    I'm happy for you! I'm still amazed how true it is (to echo others above) that weight loss is 99% sticking to the calorie goal. You'd think by running a lot, weght loss would be a natural result without worrying too much about calories. Not true!

    Great job! :)
    2653 days ago
    You are so right. I lost 25 pounds while I was laid up with a badly broken ankle and did no exercise at all. I tracked my food carefully and did just fine.
    2655 days ago
    I have ALWAYS said..."That will do it!" This is GREAT News!
    2655 days ago
    I remember how surprised I was when I came to the same conclusion - losing weight is sooo much more about the calorie range than it is about anything else, including the cardio. That really stinks for someone like me who loves to exercise but also loves to overeat. I can work out like a fiend and still gain weight, and unfortunately I am well into the overweight range because I haven't been staying in my calorie range! (until yesterday, when I finally got on back on the calorie-counting wagon)
    2655 days ago
    good for you!!
    2655 days ago
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