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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.
  14. If it's not pain, you're probably fine. just pay close attention and make sure that it doesn't turn into pain. Also, if the tightness sticks around for an hour or more after your run then it might be cause for concern. some things to consider: - are you warming up sufficiently before your run? - how is the diet? something as simple as potassium deficiency can cause all kinds of havok - streeeeetch - hydrate! simple stuff, but you gotta eliminate the obvious before you should look for deeper causes
  15. I just started my very first martial arts class, a combination of Kickboxing and Krav Maga, and I wanted to poke my head in and introduce myself to the monk community. The few classes I've been to so far have been incredible, I feel amazing after each session and I can't wait to continue my training. This is a completely new thing for me, in the past I've been almost exclusively a runner but I've always been drawn to martial arts both as a form of self defense and as a fitness tool. I'm going to be attending classes three times a week, taking my running down from five times a week to two. Any advice for me to take into consideration as a total newb?
  16. I can not in good conscience recommend running on trails in a park before sunup. Not only is it dangerous in the trip-and-fall sense, but yeah, homeless people, drug addicts and even just belligerent drunks that never made it home last night are likely to be around at these times. it is NOT safe. If you DO run before sunup then you should definitely run through a residential neighborhood, somewhere that you could call for help or even just run up and bang on someone's door in the event of an emergency or attack. As depressing as the activity might be, moving your runs inside and onto a treadmill is going to be you safest bet for running before sunup, but I understand if the thought of running on a treadmill makes you too sad to continue. Bottom line though, do NOT run through a park at night, don't freaking do it. Run in the burbs if you must, but remember, no run is worth your life. be safe.
  17. Thanks for the input, I'll try incorporating your suggestions, tomorrow I'll go for a run solo and have her join me in the cool-down period.
  18. One of my flatmates told me that I inspired her to start running (blush!) and she is super jazzed about the whole thing. She's decided to come running with me almost every day. This is, of course, awesome. There is one teeny, tiny problem. She's brand spanking new at the physical activity thing. If I go my normal pace she can't keep up for more than a block and even at her own pace she can only run for maybe a quarter of a mile before having to walk. I'm not getting ANY workout by going with her, except maybe what I would get out of a brisk walk. I want to keep going with her to encourage and help her, but short of going out for 2 runs every day, one on my own and another shepherding her, I really don't know how we can both get a decent workout. And lets be honest, I'm not going for 2 runs every day. How can I help her level up her abilities, without leveling mine down?
  19. Well, I did some googling and from what I can tell it's pretty normal for hands to shake for up to an hour after a strenuous workout. This is due to a combination of depleted blood sugar and the release of adrenaline. Almighty google has spoken, I'll be fine.
  20. be careful with things like protein bars, often times they're little more than glorified candy bars, the only time I eat anything like that is when hiking where you want a really high calorie to size ratio for your backpack to keep you fueled all day. Also be careful of trail mix, it seems so innocuous (all natural, no added sugar, unprocessed, mother nature's ultimate treat!) but dried fruit is packed with sugar and the nuts and legumes have a very high calorie density (the name "trail mix" give you a hint as to what it's ideal for, hiking trails where you need energy that doesn't take up much space, just like protein bars). when you look at the nutritional information on the package it's usually about 200 calories for a quarter cup (and have you EVER just eaten a quarter of a cup?) As always, fruits and veggies are your best options. try baby carrots dipped in hummus, or celery sticks with almond butter. keep smuggling that cafeteria fruit as well, ignore the dirty stares you get as your hoodie pockets bulge in evidence of your fruity larceny, if you don't take it, it'll just go bad (cause honestly, how many people actually eat the fruit at the cafeteria?) Something to consider is hard boiled eggs. they can stay in your fridge for up to a week after boiling, and for infinity while raw and in shell. if you have a microwave in your room maybe consider sweet potatoes, they cook in about 3 minutes in the microwave and can break up the monotony of constantly eating raw things. and jerky, but be careful with that, some brands are loaded with sugar and sodium, read the labels and basically don't eat an entire bag of jack links in one sitting. hope I gave you some ideas!
  21. Update: Since I started this thread, I've moved to a new city, a much more yuppy city (I was kinda living in the hood before). When I go out I don't get the level of harassment that I did in the hood, but I have gotten guys honking and yelling out of the windows of cars driving by. They don't slow down or anything though, so I guess they're just... yelling for the sheer joy of being a douche-nozzle? Just, spraying their douche-juice all over the street for anyone to hear. It's still annoying, but I feel much less threatened, which is good because pepper spray is illegal here (UK). In reading all the responses, it's pretty obvious that this isn't a person-to-person problem, this is a major societal epidemic. I guess what's really going to be required is a major overhaul of the mindset of this subculture of men, the douches.
  22. no, that's not your heartrate, that's the pulse reader going wonky. it's actually pretty normal, I've finished a breakneck speed sprint on a treadmill, slowed to a walk, with lungs burning and heart exploding out of my chest I grabbed the pulse reader, and it put me at 75 or so. those things are notoriously inaccurate. if you're looking for a good pulse reader you should consider buying one of the wristwatch ones. personally, I don't get bogged down in details like heartrate anyway. Did you have to breathe heavier? Were you sweating? Was it hard? Did your muscles hurt afterwards? These are the markers of a good workout, agonizing over heart rates and the exact number of calories burned, ugh, don't go there. down that way lies madness.
  23. kale chips, frozen banana slices, grapes, baby carrots. anything that you can munch on like a bag of chips. I'm eating a bowl of strawberries right now while aimlessly surfing the web!
  24. the best for sprinting is going to be a high school or college outdoor track, one of the squishy, rubbery ones. helps cushion impact, but smooth so you don't trip over anything. Whenever I sprint train I do straight/curve intervals. I walk for a curve, then jog for a straightaway and the next curve, then sprint the hell out of the next straight, then walk again for a curve, repeat as necessary. I know some people that sprint every straight and walk every curve, that also works, or the really badass ones run the curves and sprint the straights, never walking. I always think that if you have enough gas to keep running after a sprint, however, you weren't really sprinting at full capacity. on a road run (if there's no track available) I'll do a similar interval with lamp posts or street corners. walk to one, jog to the next, sprint to the third, repeat. I NEVER recommend sprinting through dirt or open field. It's nice and cushions your footfalls to be sure, but the surface is uneven and bumpy and you never know when a branch is going to be lying right there to trip you up. Even just the loose layer of topsoil is easy to skid on at the speeds you're traveling at. It's a great way to fall flat on your face, or turn an ankle, or even break a bone.
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