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4/30/10 11:54 A

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I'm so with you on that! I flux 1-2 lb loss. Even with counting calories and watching what eat. My doctor says my fat is becoming lean muscle... but I don't see it. Good luck and DON'T give up! You can do it!:) emoticon

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4/28/10 9:26 P

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It IS so frustrating to not be losing weight, but I'm glad others can relate. I found some inspirational stories about running and weight loss here: www.runblogger.com/2009/10/running-f
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Maybe others can post similar stories they find about people who lost weight running. It sounds to me like running will lead to weight loss IF you're patient AND you gradually increase your milage until you're running a moderate/high number of miles each week.

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4/28/10 7:38 A

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I may try adding in my 30 Day Shred DvD as something different. I'm just not much for DVDs now that I've gotten into a gym routine, but obviously I need to do something different and changing up my intensities hasn't seemed to be doing much.

I'm thinking of adding sprints into my C25K intervals too, on the last 30 seconds of each run.

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible." --Arthur C. Clarke


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4/27/10 10:28 P

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I noticed the same thing...hadn't lost weight for some time and just over a week ago, I started doing Biggest Loser Bootcamp DVD on my off days and it's made a big difference even in such a short time...people are starting to notice the difference and I broke through that 2 month (or more) long plateau


There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.


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Ditto!!! Thanks for saying it so well!
I have been sitting at 176-180 for two months too... joining C25K to shake things up. I upped my strength training and my inches haven't decreased either. We have a LOT in common!

It is so frustrating. Just sharing on this forum though makes me feel a little better. Not to wish no progress on anyone, but at least I don't feel alone.

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4/27/10 3:15 P

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I've been sitting at 181-179 for almost two months now. I got back to doing C25K about 3 weeks ago hoping it would help "shake things up". I still seem to be stuck. It's frustrating.

I'd love to blame strength training, but inches aren't really moving either. I make sure I get a lot of protein, especially on lift days. And I do about 30 min to an hour on the elliptical after doing my Walk/Run intervals on the treadmill. So dunno. Seems it's that plateau. I'm doing my darnedest to bust it.



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4/27/10 2:49 P

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This is always such a hot-button topic! I know I have commented on other similar posts throughout the past 9 months since joining this team.

I also definitely slowed way down in my weight loss once running. But I did notice a definite change in the way my body was...even if it didn't translate to inches, I definitely slimmed through my hips, thighs and butt. I was able to fit clothes completely differently than before C25K. So take heart, it does change your body even if the pounds don't melt away!!

As another person mentioned, sometimes the beginning stages of running actually burn LESS calories than other aerobic activities, so keep that in mind. Just because we are running it doesn't mean we are burning gazillions of calories. I usually burn on average about 350 calories for 40 minutes of running...that's only about 75 calories more than 40 minutes of walking for me. Not a huge difference.

But you all mention that you really enjoy running, so you should definitely stay at it! The muscle soreness you experience at the beginning will subside and you can add back in some of your other activities like lower body strength training. Also, you can focus on the cardiovascular benefits too - your heart is definitely saying thank you for picking up running as a sport! It is great for your heart and lungs and eventually they will pay you back with pounds lost! :-)

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4/27/10 11:55 A

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I had hit a plateau with C25K as well. I was doing 25 min. C25K and walking at a 3.8 mph for 40 min. then doing upper body strength exercises. The weight in 2 weeks only dropped 2 lbs. I re-adjusted my calorie intake upwards by 400 calories and started to drop more pounds.

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4/27/10 10:22 A

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Thanks for starting this. I agree! I am only just finished with week 1 but from the exercise I was getting before to the exercise I got last week I was really excited to weigh in and it was UP 1 lb. I was TOTALLY bummed. It is reassuring to hear that this seems to be somewhat norm.

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4/27/10 9:39 A

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I've been on pretty much of a plateau for a couple of months now and only started the program a couple of weeks ago so I can't blame it on the running. The more we lose and the closer we get to goal I think that will happen. he most important thing is how you feel.

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4/27/10 12:35 A

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Couple of things: 1. The weight loss for a few of us came later.. like after week 8 or later. It was more 'inches' than weight. 2. Make sure your taking in enough protein. I think its 1gm per kg? lots if your working out hard. Look at the composition of your diet and ensure you are getting enough fats/carbs and protein.
Some of the running websites can help.
www.runnersworld.com.. and the like.
Keep it up; it eventually will pay off!

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4/27/10 12:33 A

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I'm so glad you started this topic, because since I started this program I haven't lost any weight either.
Of course, I had been on a month plateau before I started this. In fact... I was hoping the jogging would nudge me into losing weight again!

I'll be reading all the responses to see if there are helpful suggestions.

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4/26/10 11:25 P

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I noticed this, too... I would go several weeks without any loss, but then I would suddenly lose several pounds. My only suggestion is that because you are so close to your goal weight (I know 13 pounds doesn't seem close, but in the grand scheme of things it really is) it will get harder to lose weight.

You're on the right track if you're keeping your calories in a range that lets you feel energized. Focus on the way you feel. There's a lot more to health than inches and pounds, and if you focus on feeling energetic and strong, the inches and pounds will take care of themselves.

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4/26/10 10:42 P

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you are right the energy is good and I just plane feel good about myself
thats funny, he knows I hate him to, so Im going to ignore him HEHE!!!

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4/26/10 10:33 P

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I feel your pain... I did the C25K program twice through last year and continued with running -training to do an 8K and then a 1/2 marathon this year... since the first initial start up - I stopped losing. Weight and inches... it's been a YEAR long plateau... I finally gave up running a couple of weeks ago due to some knee pain and lost 3 pounds? I was working out quite a bit as well and tried a TON of different things/combo's... more cals, less cals, more exercise, less exercise, changing up my ranges in fat/protein, etc. I think a lot of it is just a plateau and I am not at all blaming running on it. I do not plan on giving up running long term as I have come to really enjoy it! Plus - I burn a lot of calories in a shorter amount of time and that fits into my lifestyle great. However, I am inching my way back into it and it will be interesting to see if I stop losing again!?
Even if you are not losing inches or weight, you are creating a healthier body overall... the rest will catch up in time!

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I actually lost almost 3 lbs when I started here on April 1st then by the time I started c2k5 I had gone right back to my starting weight. I have not lost a lb and my inches seem to be about the same but my energy level is outstanding. My clothes are starting to look a little saggy also. I will take the energy boost over a lb lost personally because I have never felt this great in my life. Hopefully, I will start to see the benefits later. I have decided that I am not focusing on the scale not budging. He knows I hate him anyways so why would he budge for me. emoticon

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4/26/10 10:14 P

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I'm glad it's not just me! I just finished W9D1 and I haven't lost a pound or an inch. That part is not very gratifying, but the fact that I'm actually going to run a 5K with my friends in May IS! Maybe it will start to change with MORE running?
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4/26/10 10:13 P

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Thanks for the great advice! I have cut back on some of my other activities due to muscle soreness caused by C25k. I don't want anything to interfere with my running. And so I stopped doing ballet and lower body weight training. So, maybe I am eating too many calories. Maybe I should try going lower on my non-running days.

Dancing, I keep visualizing myself crossing the finish line of a race and sometimes just thinking about it makes me cry happy tears. So, for me, becoming a runner takes priority over losing the weight. We just have to stay hopeful that with time the weight loss will follow.

Has anyone else seen any plateaus busted after so many weeks on the program? I'm hoping once I start reaching the longer runs towards the end I'll see the weight begin to fall off.

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4/26/10 10:04 P

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I agree I do enjoy running but I to have just started to noticed no body change, its a little frustrating, I enjoy jogging but if Im going to work that hard i would like to see a change in my body also. I have pondered quiting because I still also have fat to loose, but I like jogging, it is something I never thought I could do, but I found out I can, so what to do, what to do.....hmmmm

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4/26/10 9:55 P

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Congratulations (on the baby news)!!!!

Edited by: TREEBW at: 4/26/2010 (22:01)
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4/26/10 9:55 P

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wow! I just looked at your page--it looks like you exercise A LOT! I agree--make sure you are getting enough cals for all that activity...way to go! you should be losing for sure--don't get discouraged!! emoticon



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4/26/10 9:52 P

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Are you doing any other exercise besides c25k (since it's only 3 times a week)? Before I got preggo a few weeks ago, I was losing abt 2 lbs a week consistently doing elliptical at the gym 6 times a week in addition to the c25k and with around 1600 cals. emoticon



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I cant give you any advice, only hope that someone else will give some! I stopped losing once I started C25k also...I will say to make sure you are getting enough calories, and to take note of whether or not you are burning as much as you were before (1/2 hour of C25k was burning less calories than my normal 45 min walk so I started to add on to the end of my run with some additional walking to make up for it).

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4/26/10 9:41 P

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Has anyone else had a problem losing weight while doing this program? I'm at the end of week 5 and ever since I started I haven't lost any weight. And I have tons of fat and weight usually falls off of me around 1-2 pounds per week once I put effort into it. And running sure feels like effort. I am a bit older since the last time I needed to lose weight, but only three years older.

I've reduced my calories, but only to around 1700 because I've noticed that any lower and my ability to run is compromised due to lack of energy.

I'm frustrated because I really want to lose all of my fat, especially belly fat. But, I don't want to stop the program because I'm really enjoying it and I've signed up for my first 5k in June.

Any thoughts? Advice? Thanks!

I should throw in here that I'm not losing inches either. So, it isn't just muscle gained that's making the scale not budge. My tape measure isn't budging either!

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