Post # 1
So I decided to sign up for my second half marathona and I am super nervous! I would like to PR this time but I don’t feel like I am prepared enough. My wedding is a week after the half marathon and some say I’m crazy, but running keeps me sane!
So on another note, did anyone try for a goal to lose ____ lbs by their wedding? I did and it looks like I won’t meet it. At my heaviest I was 193, when I got engaged I was about 187 and now I am at 158. My goal for the wedding was 130…I’m bummed that I didn’t meet my goal, but of course it is no one’s fault but myself because I should have worked harder. My FI and I do weight training and cardio, no fast food, fried foods or sodas and I haven’t been eating much bread or pasta for the past month. We aren’t big sweet eaters either so that hasn’t been tough to give up or “cut” back. I’ve also added more protein and fiber in my diet. (encouragement or motivation!)
My friend is doing the South Beach diet (and losing weight) and my cousin is doing another diet, but I forbid to do any fad diets. I want it to be a lifestyle change instead of a “temporary” thing. Plus I feel it is hard with running a lot I need those extra carbs or nutrients to fuel and have energy.
Post # 3
congrats on your weight loss and on your half marathon!!
i’m running my first half on october 7!! a little nervous but I’ve been running for a few years and i think i’m up for it.
Post # 4
Congrats on the half marathon! I did one for weight lost and I honestly didn’t lose much from it. I read that most people dont, actually. You will lose inches, but not necessarily pounds because your body is building muscles, while also reacting to a dramatic uping of cardio. You would actually need to eat significantly more to lose weight while running long distances (and it’s hard to play with the numbers or figure out protein vs. carbs).
Post # 5
I had been reading it is very hard to lose weight while training for a half marathon. It was advised not to try both at the same time.
Thank you! My first one was in May, and I ran it in 2:33. This time I was hoping for 2:15 but with the wedding and being so busy and tired all the time I haven’t gotten to train properly and of course I added weights to my workout. Since my last half I have only lost a few pounds, but i have lost several inches.
Post # 6
In the end of last December (9 mos after my son was born) I was on a mission to lose the rest of my baby weight. I was 20-25 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight, which was already a bit over where I wanted to be. I started counting calories and stuck to my daily allowance no matter what. At that time I also started running again after taking the winter off. By March I had lost almost 30 pounds. But as I started ramping up my miles running (training for a half marathon in early May) I was fatigued all the time and didn’t have the energy for some runs. I was eating back my exercise calories, but still wasn’t taking in enough to lose weight and train at the same time.
I had to put losing weight on hold for the running season. I’ve gradually lost another 10 pounds (15 to go!) but by eating more my running improved drastically. I went from a size 14 to a 10, and now with the last 10 pounds even the size 10s are getting lose.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Even if you haven’t met your weight loss goal, you have accomplished a lot! You ran a half marathon, you still lost a lot of weight and you are getting healthier and more fit!
I commend you for avoiding the fad diets and striving to make a lifestyle change. It can be a very hard thing to do when you really want to lose the weight and see a quick change!
Post # 7
Thank you all!!
@mrstilly: Congrats on your weight loss! I am happier with my appearance now than I was at the first of the year. I hated taking pictures and now I don’t mind. I know everyone is different, but about how many calories were you eating when you were fatigued to what you eat now that you are losing?
Thank you! It was kind of hard to do with my wedding getting closer I wanted a “quick” fix but just could not bring myself to do it. I had a friend who tried fasting and lost quite a bit of weight, (and I thought about doing it) but as soon as she stopped she packed on 15 lbs fast!