Started Running - Feeling Great - Weight not off yet :(

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ok so I started running officially for my 1/2 marathon training on June 20th. Mind you the last time I did any type of long distance running was when I was in high school so yep it has been a very long time since I have run.
I am very lucky that I have a new neighbor who was a running trainer using the Jeff Galloway method - run walk ratios -short runs and a long run weekly. This type of trainer is GREAT for the newbie runner.
I just finished my 9.19 km run today -long run at 8 minutes running and 1 minute walking. If you would have told me I would be doing this 4 months ago I would have thought you were crazy.
Now I love running - feel great - asthma (yes that's right I have asthma) is doing fantastic.
Here's the thing though the scale has hardly budged??
I am feeling very toned, notice my legs,butt and thighs are getting really strong and slim but yet the weight not coming off.
This is what brought me back to spark people. I decided I need to check out my nutrition and track my protein compared to my carbs.
I can't do eggs or milk due to allergies, and I don't do red meat but will eat chicken and fish.
I noticed in just 2 days of tracking I am not eating enough of protein so now my challenge is to find those protein high foods to add in my daily meals.

I know the weight will eventually come off and the journey is worth every step so this is why the encouragement from the community is so important.
Those "you go girl" and "high five" really does make my day and motivates me.

I will try to track my progress daily on this blog and share my newbie running experiences. All comments - tips and feedback are very welcome.

Keep smiling and fighting the good fight

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  • SKILL133
    You go girl! :) You are doing awesome! I know I'm in awe!
    2177 days ago
    Don't just go by the scale. Track your measurements, too. If you are getting slimmer but not lighter, then that means you are swapping muscle weight for fat weight and that is a GOOD thing.

    Also, remember that one of the physical adaptations that allows you to run endurance distances is that the body begins to store more glycogen in the muscle. It also stores extra water in the muscle with that glycogen because it is needed to metabolize the glycogen quickly. Again, this is GOOD weight.

    Finally, the body gets stronger through the process of breaking down (the workout) and rebuilding (the recovery). Recovery is an inflammatory process that involves swelling and extra fluid in the tissue. Again, a GOOD thing because otherwise the body continues to break down. Undercutting recovery in the name of scale weight loss (i.e. dehydrating yourself, depriving the body of required nutrition) is not good for your running. Getting extra sleep is also important here too.

    So it is actually difficult to lose a lot of weight when training for endurance distances, but that's not to say you are not improving your body composition. The scale can't tell you where the pounds are coming from.

    Adding some weight training to the mix will help, too.
    2183 days ago
    emoticon That muscle you have been building will start burning those calories soon. emoticon
    2183 days ago
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