Running, Training, and Weight Loss

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Well, I have been on this weight loss journey for a while now. I started doing boot camp a few years ago, then I started running to help keep from dying in boot camp and to help me lose weight. When I started working out and running it seems like I did lose weight for a while. Now, it seems no matter what I do I can't lose weight and I can't improve my 5K time, both of which I really want to do. Everyone knows you have to exercise to lose weight, tone up, get in shape, yada, yada, yada. Well, I am doing all of that.

I have been stuck at around 185-190 for way too long now and I am ready to meet my goal. It is just a very slow process. I have also been trying to break 35 minutes in a 5K since last fall. I really thought I was going to do it this morning but I came in right at 36 minutes.

I don't think training for a half marathon and running long distances along with strength training is a good recipe for weight loss. If it's not the exercise, it must be the eating right? Well, maybe but I am definitely working on that area too.

I will not give up! I will not quit! I am determined! Now you all can hold me accountable!
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  • no profile photo CD4534979
    When you run do you run the same pace every time or do you do intervals? The reason I ask is because when I was training for my half marathon, my friend (who is a former collegiate track star and a high school track coach) had me running sprints at first. I would do that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then have longer runs like a mile or two during the other days, or HIIT (where you do high intensity for a minute and then recover), or kick boxing. I don't know how that would have worked out in terms of my times since I ended up having knee surgery (from an old injury I received while on active duty).

    Anyway, I say all of that because if you are not mixing it up, on your runs, maybe that is why your times aren't increasing or you are not seeing any weight loss. Your body could have just become accustomed to your regular routine.

    Just something to think about.
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  • TIGGER622
    Hang in there!!! Weight loss or not, know that the more you do the healthier you are.. you ARE moving in the right direction whether it shows on the scale or not! Keep it up, you will get there!
    3092 days ago
    I've been at the same 5lb range for months now! We can both do this! The fall challenge is helping me move forward!

    Way to go for having the determination to keep going too.
    3092 days ago
    I love your Can Do attitude and the fact that you are determined to stick with your weight loss journey!! Plateaus can be so frustrating! I was on one from July until September and was literally going up and down around the same weight that whole time. What I did was got my eating in order by measuring and tracking every morsel that went into my mouth. It worked for me and I broke through my plateau. I think I was slightly slacking there and so that is why i focused on it. You will find what works for you I know it! emoticon emoticon

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    You can do it! :)
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  • no profile photo CD2219650
    I agree with most of the others. When you hit a plateau it's time to make changes to both your exercise routine and eating nutrition intake.

    I like your enthusiasm and your determination to keep going - Good for you !
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    I was stuck for 4 months at the same weight. I did Supreme 90 for 90 days. It is a generic type of P90X, that was only $20 for 10 DVD workouts and I found mine at Best Buy. It combines cardio and ST, and really helped me bust through my plateau. Good luck, you'll find something that will work!
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  • MJ7DM33
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  • NEWMAC2011
    So many people would get discouraged and give up so it's fantastic that you have such a great attitude and determination. That's why you'll reach your goals!! You've gotten good advice here; try it and hopefully you'll get unstuck.
    3093 days ago
    Did you know that too much running stimulates stress hormones and your body actually starts to hold onto fat ? Slow down a little and add some Strength Training to build muscles.
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  • YIWEN39
    Actually I just read in another blog that running long distance burns off muscle and therefore slows down your metabolism, so that adding ST is essential. Are you doing that?
    Apart from that, I agree with the advice already given: intervals, mixing things up and checking your BMR...
    Good luck! You can do this ;-) emoticon emoticon
    3093 days ago
    I know that you're mixing it up with a number of activities. Here's hoping that the results come along soon and show you all the rewards for hard work!
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  • KAIPOW88
    The most important thing to do while working out is to always keep your body guessing. Boot camp and running are great and you can keep those as your work out staples, but I would suggest introducing new workouts on a regular basis on the other work out days.

    Make sure that you are always doing a new running route/workout. If you find yourself logging the same milage daily, opt for longer runs, shorter runs, and interval training. With interval training you could go to a track sprint the 100, jog back to the starting line, sprint the 200, and so on and so forth until you've gone up to 400s (really super rought workout). You could also do hills where you jog to a non busy street with a steep hill on it, sprint to the first telephone poll, jog back, and inch your way up the hill and back, you can do this on flat land for a different effect. If you're running on main road, run at a local state park.

    Also, if you've lost weight, make sure that your BMR and daily caloric limits still make sense for your new body. Sounds like you're doing a great job so far, though, keep up the great work!!
    3093 days ago
    Maybe change your exercise routine. Have you added Strength training? I love your never quit attitude!!!

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