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11/6/09 2:39 P

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Hey all - I am just now starting to see my weight coming back down after feeling stuck for awhile at only losing a pound or so every couple of WEEKS!

I have been running consistently now for the past two months post-C25K graduation and I really see it making a difference in my weight finally. I have lost another pants size, gone down another belt hole(I'm 4 holes in from beginning with not being able to buckle it at all!) and my hips are so much slimmer.

So it does work!! It just takes some patience as your body replaces fat lost with muscle gain.

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11/3/09 12:33 P

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Thanks to all the posts. I have been getting very discouraged with the lack of weight loss. I keep hearing and telling myself that it is not the scale that counts but how your clothes feel blah blah blah. Sorry- I do need to see the weight come down. I know I am making myself healthier with the running. My jeans belt is down 2 notches so I see it that way. My endurance is up (most days)and I have noticed that I am hungrier. I have only lost 1-2 pounds so far and I am into W6 (w/2 additional weeks added on). I run on a treadmill so I can track my calorie burn. Seeing that some of you arent losing weight until well into the program is encouraging.
My question also to all of you is, what else are you doing besides c2k5 to encourage weight loss? When do you eat and what- before run, after run etc.
I am an evening runner and find that I have to run after dinner. Sometimes good, sometimes not so much... So, any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!

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SMITSAR, I'm seeing the same thing you are - in fact, I've had a slight uptick in my weight. I would say that 99% of the time, I stay within my nutritional ranges - and I'm trying to get some form of work-out in at least 2 other days besides my C25k training.

This particular past weekend, I did eat a little bit more. Not much excuse on Saturday, other than having run and needing a PB&J afterwards. But on Sunday, I also went over my caloric/protein values, but I had put myself through some rigorous activity on a 3 hour hike that included climbing/scrambling over boulders.

I'm sure that what I'm seeing now is the initial building of muscle in my legs, as my body adjusts to my new program.

Hang in there, in the long-run, it will pay off!

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I'm a scale freak. I kid ye not. I came off SP for a while because I just couldn't be bothred to count calories. I think I went back on SP last week and counted calories for about 3 days so at least I know what I'm eating now!

Basically what I've learnt.

After about wk 4 or 5 you're body (a) gets more used to running and (b) you're running longer distances so burning more calories

B) I ALWAYS eat a banana 30 mins before I go running. My body can't run if it's got no fuel.

c) I do other exercise too but not a lot. I cycle to whereever I can (about 10mins a shot but some of that is uphill). I cycle to the supermarket, to Uni etc. I love the sense of freedom even if it is a tad dangerous.

d) I AVOID GYMS. Too many ultra skinny folk in the latest lycra thankyou. I can't afford the lycra and I 'aint fabbo skinny. Nope save the blushes.


e) Always try to run at a safe time if you're vunerable and in a safe place. Now for me that's about 7am. for other it might be later in the day. You choose ya time and what ya comfortable with.

f) Be prepared for winter (I speak as a winter runner). Layers are great. Add them as it gets colder. I'm against running in the snow/ice (wud shock horror go to the gym instead) but you know your area. If in doubt check the temp outside before you go.

g) Make sure you can be seen. Reflective clothing for early mornings, dark nights is a MUST.

I am keeping a record of my monthly weigh ins on my blackberry and I notice that about wk 5 or 6 my weight just goes down pretty much regardless of what I'm eating. In the early days of C25K expect fluid retention (so your scale will actually go up the next day. Try weighing about 2 days later). Found that lasted about as long as the shin splints (maybe a bit longer). Also be aware that if you're of a certain age and a certain gender there will be times when you're more prone to fluid retention anyway. Weigh yourself once that's over with and grin. :)

Hope that helps...

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10/12/09 12:55 A

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I have also noticed changes in myself (toner tummy and legs) that have not been reflected in the scale, and so has my husband. That says something!


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10/11/09 6:53 A

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Hi everyone! I am a c25k runner too! I was having this same issue of not seeing results on the scale. Very frustrating... but a friend encouraged me to take my measurements to gauge my progress and not be so tied to the scale. The result was that last week I lost 2 inches on my waist!! I was thrilled even though I only lost 1 lb. Hopefully this will be an encouragement to you all!

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10/7/09 2:09 P

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I completely agree MANDA097 - the progress I have made in running has meant so much more to me than any progress on the scale!

I was also thinking this morning while running, that we have got to be increasing our bone density as well...it might not make a huge "weight" difference, but I wonder if it doesn't matter at least a little bit, especially when coupled with increased muscle mass. :-)

I just keep reminding myself that the non-scale victories are proof enough that I'm getting fit and healthy even when the scale doesn't do what I want it to! LOL

***Kristen***

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10/7/09 12:46 P

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I was reading on another website that you really can't increase your calorie intake or eliminate other exercise when doing C25K if one of your goals is weight loss. In the begining we are generally burning fewer than 200 calories in a workout. Last night I did W2D3 on the treadmill (usually run outside) so I was able to track my milage in the nurtition tracker - 2 miles in 30 minutes. Only 185 calories burned. That is less than I burn with only 20 min on the elliptical! I am sure it doesn't help that in addition to not burning very many calories we are also building muscle mass. I have lost these past 2 weeks with C25K but I have been keeping in the lower/middle of my calorie range and doing other workouts as well - even on running days if I can. I am hoping that my progress doesn't slow or stop in the coming weeks of the program but at least I will know it is normal - and I am not alone! I have always wanted to be a runner so I think the progress with running is as or more rewarding than progress on the scale. Keep up the great work and don't get discouraged!

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10/6/09 3:07 P

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I'm so glad I read this because I seem to have really slowed down since starting the program too, especially the last month. Hopefully things will kick back in soon!

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MAMASCHWICH definitely gives me hope! My weight loss lately has been so pathetic. Things are fitting better than they have in so long and I can actually really see muscle definition...but I sure would like the scale to catch up already! LOL

So I'm hoping that now that I'm getting in a groove and just logging miles that the actual pounds will start going!

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10/5/09 9:42 P

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I'm glad to see I'm not the only one. I also am hungry all the time now and my weight loss has slowed/stalled. I've been losing/gaining the same 2-3 pounds for a few weeks now. Its frustrating but I'm trying not to dwell on it. Like the rest of you I feel better than I have in years and my clothes are looser. Just would be nice to lower the scale.

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10/3/09 5:40 P

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Hang in there! I have been running since May, and FINALLY have started losing weight. This summer, when I was doing c25k, I was eating all of the time, it seemed. Only when I cracked down on my eating and got up to 10+ miles a week have I been losing weight.
So, don't give up, I think your body is building a good, strong running foundation now. Eventually, it will help!

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9/26/09 11:51 A

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It's hard to say how C25K has affected my weight loss because I was exercising fairly consistently before I started it. My weight loss HAS slowed, but I'm not sure if that is because of running or because I'm getting very close to my goal now. At least it's not a plateau, so even if I have slowed down a bit, I'll take it!

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9/26/09 8:48 A

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I too have been discouraged this week because I actually gained 2 lbs! I am so glad to see that I am not the only one. Thanks!

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9/25/09 10:37 A

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I lost 0 pounds in my first 4 weeks of C25K. I mean, 0. In week 1, the scale actually went up. However, after week 5, my weight loss picked back up and I started losing again. I think that it's a combination of building muscle, and also not actually burning a huge amount of calories at first while you're building up your endurance levels. Once you start running longer times and distances, then running helps more with weight loss. It's also obviously important to keep tracking calories, because it's very easy to feel hungry after a running workout and eat a lot more calories than you just burned. Try finding foods that are low in calorie density, meaning that you can eat a lot of the food for not many calories - like fruits, vegetables, etc.

I started C25K in June and am now running approximately 10 miles per week, and I am definitely seeing that it is helping me with my weight loss now, big time. But not in the first few weeks. Just hang in there, and you will see results!

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9/25/09 9:48 A

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I've noticed that I haven't lost any weight in the past two weeks as well (I'm almost done Week 4 of the Program). It's a bit frustrating, as I'm still 7 pounds from my goal.

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9/25/09 2:22 A

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Thanks for sharing, I was wondering the same thing. I having been running and working out more and haven't lost a pound! After being frustrated, my trainer told me to ignore my scale.

The good news is that my inches has gone down and I'm down almost two sizes. Even though I work out more, I'm haven't gotten hungrier. I've been eating lean meats and good carbs and it's helping me a lot.

One thing my trainer told me was that you cannot eat a lot more on days you exercise. a little more yes, but a lot more no.

Best of luck to you all! I feel confident and can't wait to hear about your successes.

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9/10/09 2:44 P

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I was reading the pamphlet that came with the scale because my husband couldn't beleive that it would be able to tell you body fat. After learning about the 'electrical current' he was a bit of a chicken to try it!! Then he realized you don't feel it, and it really doesn't do anything so he's back being my manly man!! :)

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9/10/09 11:53 A

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Oh yes, the body fat percentage is a good number to track! I haven't really lost many pounds, but for the first time in a long time, I was able to decrease my fat percentage once I started running and strength training on a regular basis. I went down 5% in a month, which is awesome! I think that those scales send an electrical current through one leg into the other, so I don't know if I was just doing a ton of squats that week, but it was nice to see some sort of improvement for all that work.

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Good idea to get the fat scale! :) Don't stress.. I lost all my weight by running consistently 3x-4x/ week. When I first started c25k it took a month to get going though! Soooo.. I think the body just needs to get used to it!

Liked your post Cindy! :D



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9/9/09 10:32 A

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Very interesting. I guess I need to agree with the idea that as long as my clothes start fitting better, then to heck with pounds lost. Though, I really really like to see the scale go down!! I just purchased a body fat scale just for this purpose... I'm hoping that as long as one number somewhere improves (weight, body fat, measurements) I can keep it going.

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I am finding that I am starving on my workout days, and have not been able to stay in my calorie range much. I did have a better week and actually lost a couple pounds last week-I am on week 6. Right now I don't really care...It is great to see the weight loss, but when I run I feel so much stronger, happier and more fit. I will take that over the weight loss for now. I have been biking too, and am doing my best to stay in calorie range at least on non-running days.

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Totally agree with everyone! I've added bike riding on my 2 days off from running. My friend is an avid bike rider, and he eats almost all day long without gaining any weight. But you would think running would be enough. Go figure!

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I have had a very similar experience but never really thought much about it until reading this post! I can't say I have lost more than a couple of pounds since beginning my C25K program and definitely found myself hungrier...especially for protein! I'm hoping that once running becomes a normal part of my routine the hungry will even out and weight loss will pick back up. Even without pounds lost though, I have noticed a big difference in my physique...I have toner legs and lower body so even if I'm NOT pounds lighter, I look like it!! My clothes have gotten looser too during this time, so I think inches are coming off even if pounds are not (yet).

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I don't know about anybody else, but the day after I run, I'm always 0.5 or 1 pound heavier. I don't know if it's water retention or swelling or what. Then the next day I'm back to what I was before. It's happened consistently for months now, so I know I'm not just seeing things. So maybe the stalled weight loss is actually just muscles/limbic system adjusting to the exercise?
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9/8/09 4:41 P

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When I started running I had a hard time staying in my caloric limits. Then I went and changed my fitness plan by adding one day of exercise so it would reflect how many days I was working out. It made my calorie limit increase! It made it easier for me to eat when I needed. Also- its weird motivation. I figure once Im a trim runner I can eat whenever I want because I will always need food!

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I've had the same experience. I just blogged about it actually, because last week I only ran twice and I lost weight for the first time in 2 months! Go figure!

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Yep, I'm with ya'll. I have been so much hungrier since I started running. I'm trying to keep it in check, but it has negated the extra calorie burn.
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i think I'm about the same, but I started eating more too

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I'm curious as to if people lose weight on this program, or because they are 'building' their bodies, you find that weight loss has stalled?? My loss stopped since starting, then I had a bad weekend (ick), but I'm hoping once my body adjusts, the weightloss will start again.

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