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  1. I've been overweight most of my life, dipping into the obese category on occasion (like now). I've had some success in losing weight in the past, but every time it's happened there's been one underlying factor... bullied in highschool = thin building friendships in college = overweight broke and lonely = thin gainfully employed = overweight broke and living with my parents = thin happily married = overweight the problem, as you might see, is I always lose weight when my life is the most miserable. diet becomes a form of control over a life where I otherwise have none. exercise becomes a way of escape (3 hours in the gym is 3 hours you don't need to face your miserable life). which brings us to now. I'm really happy in my life. an hour in the gym is an hour AWAY from my AMAZING life. food is a little easier to work in, but socialization (especially in the UK where I live) generally means lots of drinks that tend to torpedo my weight loss attempts. To make matters worse, my husband is naturally fit. never works out, eats and drinks whatever he wants, and has no interest in working out with me. While he supports my goals, he doesn't share in the work. he does enjoy paleo meals though and rarely brings junk food into the house. I'm not looking for advice, any advice is just going to be a version of "suck it up, buttercup." which is what I know I have to do. I'm just explaining where I'm at right now. So, I'm going to try and suck it up. Here we go!
  2. I just hit week 5 in C25k, and I will agree that it's about here that breathing becomes less of a problem. that's the good news. the bad news is, here is where total muscle fatigue and cramping become the real problems. I never pictured that I'd be breathing at a perfectly normal rate, but still having to slow or stop because my legs just aren't having it anymore. In other words, don't expect to ever just be able to run continuously forever without SOMETHING getting in the way. from a certain point of view, however, this is a good thing, it means you can always be progressing and improving.
  3. I try to stay away from milk after a run, I worry that I'm mistaking thirst for hunger and I'll pack on an extra million calories by chugging a gallon of milk before I come up for air.
  4. No matter how well fueled I am before a run, every time I get home I find myself completely ravenous. I don't mean hungry, I mean my entire body gets possessed by a fridge-raiding demon that consumes anything and everything that isn't bolted down. to be fair, I tend to run a lot, I consider 4 miles a short run, 8 miles isn't uncommon, so I get the energy depletion. however, I fear that I'm undoing all the good from the run by giving in to this manic need to pig out. I mean, I practically go into a fugue state, only to emerge surrounded by the sad remains of granola, apple cores, cheese wedges and even the occasional crisp packet (stolen from my partner's stash). Anybody else get this post-run binge state? how do you counter it? I mean, I'm really trying to lose weight here but I feel like I'm going in circles.
  5. dude, 9 pounds in a month is CRAZY GOOD. especially in the second month of weight loss. it's typical to lose a ton of weight the first couple of weeks and then slow down. also, that single pound of weight gain is statistically insignificant. one decent fart and you'll be back on track. I know what you mean about the "dumb jock" association. it is absolutely incorrect, but you already knew that. I'm guessing you're more associating the weight lifting with the gym bro dudes that spend 4 hours a day in the gym and live off of protein shakes and inappropriately touch females under the guise of showing them how to properly do an exercise? because, yeah, those dudes exist, but they're a teeny minority of weight lifters, again, I'm sure you already know this intellectually, but you can't help an association. my advice on the weight lifting front is this, yes, if you incorporated strength training into your workouts you would lose more weight in the long run and keep it off longer. HOWEVER, if you force yourself to do something that you absolutely hate, you're just going to associate all working out with that kind of misery and eventually quit. work out in a way that you enjoy. make sure you're eating enough. that "starvation mode" thing I'm sure you've heard about is absolutely true. if your body thinks you're dying it's going to hang on to every single fat cell that it can. and don't expect so much! seriously, 9 pounds a month is stupid good progress. think what that amounts to over a year! and realize this, you were NEVER going to maintain a weight loss rate of 19 pounds a month, that was NEVER going to last. sorry to burst that expectation bubble, but no. if it was that easy there wouldn't be overweight people. I wouldn't be surprised if your progress slows even more. 1-2 pounds a week is what you can reasonably expect in the long term. that sounds like crap, but if you assume 5 pounds a month (which is typical) you'll be down 60 pounds after a year. and don't forget, the closer you get to your goal weight, the slower it'll come off. this shouldn't be discouraging, this is just reality.
  6. Thanks for the tips. I'm not a big fan of counting calories, I've never had success that way. last year I lost a metric crap-ton of weight just going pure paleo and working out 5 days a week, but not counting a single damn calorie. counting calories always makes me feel depressed. Besides, if I'm hungry I'm going to damn well eat something, whether that puts me over a calorie allotment or not. otherwise I just get pissed off at being hungry and miserable and end up throwing the baby out with the bathwater with pizza, ice cream and beer just to spite the stupid diet. BUT, I will take into account the advice on veg/meat/fruit/fat ratios. I'll def load up on the veg, I just got this neat machine that turns zucchini or sweet potatoes into spaghetti, it's pretty awesome. that should help this italian lady keep to the plan. sprints are a good idea. I've always preferred distance running, it helps me center and meditate in a weird way. my mind goes wonderfully blank in the middle of a long run, so I don't want to eliminate them, but maybe instead of 3 distance runs a week I'll only do 2 and add in a sprint day. variety is good! I'll keep everyone posted on my progress as the big day draws nearer.
  7. OK, lets get this out of the way first, I KNOW that short-term crash diets and workouts are dumb and don't work, that's not what I'm after. HOWEVER, I just got engaged, and the wedding is in 3 months, November 5th to be specific. Bonfire night! I'm doubling down on paleo (I've been lax in the last year since starting grad school, I've been at maybe 70% adherence) I'm going to bring that up to 95% adherence (gotta have a little wiggle room for cake tasting and the hen party) The workout plan I've got planned is to run 4 miles three times a week, strength train 45-60 minutes twice a week, 2 days of rest. I'd like to lose 15 pounds by the big day, but I'm only interested in doing that if it's not going to fly back on as soon as we cut the cake. so... thoughts? ps: I'm still finishing up grad school, so I need to be able to work any fitness activities into a schedule that has me at a computer or library for ten hours a day, 5-6 days a week.
  8. Ice cream has always been my biggest weakness. if you check the link below you'll see the most amazing discovery I've ever made, a perfect ice cream substitute using only bananas. You can add all sorts of stuff to it, cinnamon, walnuts and dark chocolate chunks makes a beautiful chunky monkey substitute, for example. Get creative with it! http://www.thekitchn.com/stepbystep-instructions-for-on-97170
  9. Paleo? no. Probably fine? yes. I use butter on my veggies or baked apples and it seems to not be hurting anything. It's all in what you feel comfortable eating and how your own body reacts to it.
  10. I don't think there's been a point in the past 15 years or so that my lower back hasn't hurt. Any high-impact exercise (like running) exacerbates this. Even low-impact exercises take a toll. I stretch daily, I wear a fully supportive bra, and I watch my posture, but the boobs are a problem. I've seen a chiropractor about it, and he just tells me that hopefully when I get down into the "normal" weight range it'll take the pressure off and I'll see improvement. I know that the first line of defense is to lose some more weight (I have about 40 pounds to go before I'm where I oughta be), but what else can I do in the meantime? Surgery is NOT an option I'm willing to consider fyi. Anybody else have the curse of the bountiful bosom?
  11. can't wait to see the progress you made! are you going to be boxing again or looking at a different path this time around?
  12. Sounds like you've got a pretty good launching point, being a competitive cheerleader is no joke! best of luck in leveling up.
  13. Welcome to the rebellion! Sounds like you're going to be an amazing warrior in no time flat.
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