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supersprout

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  1. I was diagnosed with Adult ADD a month ago and have been taking Adderall. While this has been a great thing for me professionally and as a parent, I have noticed that my motivation to run has dwindled to nothing. I WANT to run, but my body is like "nope, don't care". The other part to this is that I have been putting in extra hours at work, A LOT of extra hours, so by the time I make it home after going in early - skipping lunch - and staying late, I'm falling-asleep-exhausted. The only time I have to run is on the weekends, I "put my hardhat on" and get it done, but my performance sucks and motivation is nil. At this point, running to lose weight isn't something I am completely interested in, keeping my cardiovascular system up to snuff IS something I am interested in, very interested. I welcome any advice
  2. I am more for the distance/road running. I would like to try trail running one of these days (sort of afraid that my complete lack of direction will catch up with me & I'll get lost) or doing a tough mudder competition. However, I have only ran 1 5K race before...I wasn't fond of it. I don't think I'm a "racer".
  3. You're so good to ask!! I have incorporated more sweet potatoes, yellow or red baby potatoes, and 1/4 - 1/2 cups of brown rice into my dinners (and/or breakfast) once a day. My running has been damn near flawless and I reached my 10K goal yesterday!! I can also tell where I have lost a pound or two, my clothes are a little loose but I'm weighing the same - so I am thinking muscle progress. I started taking a Functional Strength class once a week to build muscle and that is going well to boot. All in all, adding a few natural (not totally Paleo) carbs has helped. I may try quinoa to keep more on the Paleo side, I have read that it's not a hard to digest (as opposed to rice or other grains).
  4. Thanks everyone!! I incorporated 1/2 cup of brown rice with my dinner last night and a little more fruit. While I woke up this morning noticeably bloated from the grains...I did have a fantastic run. Don't know what to do, if I want better performance I am going to have to stop focusing on fat loss.
  5. Hi everyone! I've started, and done pretty well, with a new 10K program. All seemed fine until I started getting into the heavier runs and I noticed that I started to fatigue immediately, migraines have accompanied my every run and recovery, & my legs are like anvils.Performance sucks! Motivation is still there though, YAY! So I started researching the migraines after exercise and found that it's possible that I am not getting enough carbs. Ok, I'm a Paleo kind of girl, it makes sense. So I felt a little icky this past Saturday night and ate some homemade chicken and brown rice soup. My run two days later was like a dream. So my thought was "ok, I'll eat more "carby" Paleo foods like sweet potatoes....that did not do the trick, two days later my run began with the same funky symptoms as before. Am I doomed to put on weight caused by grains to fuel my runs??????
  6. I ran at no incline for a year and couldn't figure out why I couldn't run outside, 3 months after running at 1% I could run the same distance outside. It's a good idea, just my 2 cents...
  7. HA! I had to look POSE up because I'd never herd of it before. It seems that I do this natually...funny! Nice to know that it's a proper way of running. Machete - where do you find the drills? I'd love to improve!
  8. I have a low thyroid (hypothyroidism). I was hoping I could find some others that have the same issue, or even hyperthyroidism to learn about how others deal with fluctuating energy levels and/or hormone changes. How have you changed to stay healthy and what is the hardest part about dealing with your health problems?
  9. I agree with 67alecto. My first question is this: has a doctor actually diagnosed you with high blood pressure? If not, what symptoms are you experiencing that makes you believe you're affected with this? I've had high blood pressure since I was 18 years old (lucky me) and after many years of being an absolute moron about my health - I finally started down a correct path 5 years ago. I'd suggest to go buy a home blood pressure cuff, test and record your bp when you wake, middle of the day, and right before sleep. Testing it every hour or 15 mins is not going to help or give you an accurate picture of daily bp levels or health. Present findings to your doctor. If you take meds, keep taking them. Exercise as normal. Limit salt intake. Eat whole and healthy foods. I'd like to help you with more advise...but without more information I can't. Sorry!
  10. Protein that's ALWAYS in my fridge = cooked chicken (I eat it 1,000 different ways) & eggs Vegetables kept on hand = lettuces of different varieties, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, mushrooms, green or white onions, & broccoli. Fruits kept on hand = apples, oranges (or clementines), and bananas Olive oil, coconut oil, salt, pepper, fresh garlic, white wine vinegar, spices, canned tuna, and nuts are ALWAYS in pantry. Drinks: water and black coffee I buy a few different things every week to supplement the staples. Lean pork, steak, lean ground beef, ground turkey breast, spaghetti (and other kinds of) squash, cauliflower, beets, varieties of peppers, and/or sweet potatoes. *I also keep mini-snack boxes of raisins on hand to cure a sugar craving.
  11. Hello all! I wake up at 5:00 AM, throw on clothes while half asleep, and 10 minutes after my alarm goes off I am warming up for my workout. Since I am beginning a new program to get me to a 10K (currently run over 3 miles/5K every other morning), I would like to know if anyone can recommend some nutrition tips for morning workouts. My New Years Resolution is to stop eating 2-3 hours before bed, I have done very well so far. Boredom eating is a problem of mine. Having said that, I have noticed that my workouts are suffering a little because basically I am hungry. Any ideas?????
  12. Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR); the number of calories you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day. I wouldn't recommend to only eat this number of calories, your body will not function properly. In my opinion, I find that these calculators aren't very accurate and cannot help everyone. It's only since I've been doing a paleo diet that I not only feel better, but feel more fueled for workouts. I relaxed and stopped counting everything. I read Steve's article about Paleo and ate nuts and fruit sparingly to lose more body fat. I realized that unless I made the majority of food myself, I was doomed with extra fat and unnecessary water weight. Most importantly, I am currently working on a better self image. That's the hardest part! Good luck with your health and journey!
  13. My biggest goal for the next few weeks is to complete my 5K-10K training. Once I have completed that I believe that I will evaluate some different goals for fitness in 2014. Good luck to everyone with your goals!!
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