Hi Lesveg - congratulations on the weight loss and not regaining it. All that exercise is definitely helping with maintenance, I think.
I am not losing (gaining in fact), but it is because I'm eating too much! I also exercise most days. I am also 48 years old.
If you weren't training for a marathon, I would have suggested you lower your calories by 100 or 200, but it would not be wise to do it until after the marathon, or you will not be able to keep up the running.
In the interim, I would suggest that you just keep on with the way you are doing it now - 1.5lb lost is better than nothing. I suspect at some stage the weight loss will really kick in and speed up. Even though you are muscular, I still think weight training is essential for everyone, especially once you reach your forties. You are inevitably going to start losing muscle as you age, which is not a good thing. The only way to counter that is to do weight training.
Good luck with the marathon, and keep posting here!View Thread
Very good that you are keeping up the exercise regardless of the collapse of the jogging plans. The strength training is making you stronger and suppler all the time, while the cardio is strengthening your heart and lungs.
Don't worry about the braces - people will notice the first few minutes, and then they will be used to the new look. I have to wear a denture (had 3 teeth removed; getting 2 implants) and it does not look very natural; but worse, it affects my speech and with certain sounds I sound like I'm slurring. I have to wear it for 6 months.
Why the hair colour change - just for a fresh look, I suppose? I am going gray, but I have no plans to colour my hair. Luckily I don't care much what others think of me!View Thread
I'm also at home, and it is easy to get tempted by all the food around.
The best start for you will be to get some sort of structure in your day; stick to regular eating and sleeping times for example. You could set aside a certain time for the job-search, or a certain hour for a walk, etc.
Try to "pretend" you are at work. Without regularity in your day, you could end up snacking all day long with disastrous results.View Thread
I think you are probably in the range of normal weight for someone your height; however, if you wanted to lose another couple of pounds you will still be in the normal range, just towards the lower end of it.
Just keep experimenting with food types and calorie intake, different patterns in your exercise routine, etc. E.g., if you exercise in the morning, you could try to fit in another "mini session" of 20 min in the evening or late afternoon - only if you have the time, of course.
I understand the need for carbs for exercise - I have the same experience. Sometimes something like 1/2 banana and/or 3 oz yogurt 1/2 hour before exercise helps, or another fruit. I sometimes even take 1/2 protein shake before exercise and find that helpful too. For the "before exercise" shake you could choose one that also have a bit of carbs in combination with the protein.
Just persevere - just think, once you get to the weight you want to be, you can eat a little more, to maintain instead of lose weight!View Thread
Hi Nettita - it sounds as if you are following a very healthy lifestyle. Congratulations on the weight loss so far.
Some people say that it could help to restart/increase the weight loss if you do interval training. If you don't want to spend more time exercising, maybe just increase the intensity, which should burn a few more calories.
Another option is to stick to the same calories, but eat different foods, in particular, reduce your carbohydrate intake and eat more low-carb (or zero carb) foods. For example minimise your intake of bread, pasta, cereal, rice, potatoes, corn, peas, etc. and eat more low-carb vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats. Some fruit is also high in carbs.
You didn't say how tall you are or how old. If you are short, you could maybe reduce your calorie intake by 100 or 200, but make sure that the calories you eat are high in nutrients. No room for "empty calories" then.
Also, as we age, we need fewer calories of course.
Are you measuring your calories correctly/no chance perhaps of underestimating the number?
For myself, I have to dip below 1200 if I want to lose weight, and even then I lose very slowly (say 1/4 lb a week). It may seem very slow, but any progress is good, and in the long term you will lose the weight, it may just take a couple of months. I believe one can still eat very well and balanced below 1200 if you eat "nutrient bombs", but a lot of people disagree with that - it's just my view and my experience.
E.g. if you eat: Breakfast: a boiled egg, a small fruit and 3oz yogurt;or an egg-white omelet with veg; After exercise: 1/2 protein shake; Lunch: Salad (various ingredients like celery, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, raw cabbage, bean sprouts, capsicum, olives) and 3oz tuna (canned in water); Snack: 1oz of nuts, raw veg slices or sticks; Dinner: steamed veg and 4oz grilled chicken (use 1tsp of olive oil during cooking),
you could eat 1000 -1100 calories and cover your nutritional needs, just not your calorie needs (which is the aim),View Thread
I hope the barbeque was fun and that you ate some good healthy grilled food and salad/veg.
I went to a work lunch Fri (Lebanese restaurant) and had a great meal: parsley salad (tabouleh), meat skewer, vegetable skewer (which was a bit too oily for my liking), fruit for dessert. And one glass of an excellent New Zealand wine.
I have to run, to keep me sane - it's my greatest stress reliever. I do it only 3 times a week though (I have osteoporosis and tend to get stress fractures), but I make sure those 3 times are worth it. I ran 8 miles Saturday.
My weight is up though, sadly. I've just been eating too much. Still, new week ahead!View Thread
Your focus should indeed be health, above other goals, especially if you are not overweight anymore.
Treat your body kindly and with respect: feed it healthy foods which are high in nutrients - not too much, but not too little either. Three moderate meals and two healthy snacks (like yogurt, fruit, nuts, boiled eggs, vegetable juice, etc.) would be a good routine.
Exercise is important too.
Put your past behind you as much as you can, and focus on living healthy from day to day.
Sounds good - lots of variety in activity for you.
I had a good run myself today. Plus did some housecleaning. Tomorrow I may go for a walk and do strength training.
Still not sleeping enough though! I just go to bed too late, like a rebellious teenager. I resist going to bed - read, watch TV, drink tea,work on the computer, etc and before I realise it is 1am. I will now start setting my alarm clock for a reasonable hour in the evening (like 11pm) so I can get to bed earlier.View Thread