More fitness questions: Distance jogging and weight lifting have always been the core of my workouts. After reading the book, I get the feeling I should give up the jogging due to the release of cortisol. Jogging has always been a huge stress reliever for me and I hesitate giving it up but am also very motivated to get rid of this extra load of chub on my belly as quickly as possible so: 1. Is there something that can be done to lessen the amount of cortisol released after a long run? 2. How much damage is my long run doing? 3. What are the major benefits of giving up the long runs?
It's not bad to go jogging once in a while if you love doing it. But as a regular exercise regimen it is not the best course to follow. Aside from the fact that it is less effective for weight control, when you run long distances your body runs out of glycogen to burn. Your body will then turn to protein derived from muscle tissue for additional energy. Adding resistance training can help preserve muscle tone and strength to some degree, but if you're doing too much running you'll offset any real gains achieved from muscle training. Serene makes a good point when she mentions how much better the short-distance runners look compared to the marathon runners. Giving up the long runs will preserve your muscle tissue, and help you avoid overtraining and adrenal fatigue because of too much cortisol and other stress hormone releases. This also results in inflammation, and all your muscles feel the brunt, including your heart. Have you tried any of the workouts in the book? There are so many other workouts you could do as well using the same principles that Serene outlines. And for stress relief, these exercises actually do achieve that great feeling you can get from a good jog. If you haven't tried any yet, give it a shot.
Post by storygirl727 on Jan 18, 2013 23:11:24 GMT -5
I feel your pain, Keasler! I'm a running addict too! Since I read the book, I took a good look at my rear end. Boy, is it ever flat. And my belly? Oh it was NOT flat. I said... "Hmmm" and bought some kettlebells. Just the 5 and 10 lb ones, since I've never been a lifter, and started doing them about four times per week. I totally get a high from my little 15-20 minute workout, I work up a good sweat, and I feel ALIVE. I fell off the wagon recently with my workouts. I'm still eating right, but I have noticed my energy levels have dropped pathetically. HOWEVER, last night I was astounded to see a rather toned tummy and perky rear in the mirror. I still have about 10 lbs to lose, but something is happening! I recommend that you give something else a try. Maybe the results will be worth it.
storygirl- I am so excited to hear your story! I've been a runner for year, but have switched over to sprints and workout videos and SPEW. I think Kettlebells sound perfect too! What video(s) do you use and like?
Post by storygirl727 on Jan 19, 2013 20:09:15 GMT -5
Angie, I did the free YouTube video from fitness blender many times. 'Kell's Kettle bells'. It is several moves, three circuits. I have never done all three at once. Twice with ten lbs was hard enough! Its a good place to start. And studying proper technique gets results faster, I think. There are just tons of free resources on YouTube!
Post by runnergirl2010 on Jan 29, 2013 19:48:11 GMT -5
How I really feel the pain of you girls not wanting to give up your running because I feel the same way! Running is my passion. I ran two 1/2 marathons, a 11 mile trail run in the Chattanooga mountains and 4 or so 5k's last year. I LOVE LOVE running. I also do boxing, spinning, BOSU abs, and body pump class to name a few of my regular classes. I have lost the most weight through the years by keeping up my workouts so changing it makes me nervous and I don't want to lose my passion for running.
Post by runnergirl2010 on Jan 29, 2013 19:52:05 GMT -5
btw I don't only do long runs, my long runs are only 1-2 days week, the other days can be anything from sprinting intervals, hill repeats, or just easy 3-4 miles. I have placed pretty well at most of my runs, usually always 1-3rd in my age group in 5k's around town which is such an accomplishment to me and feels so good so its hard to think up giving up that feeling of success that comes with my training and races.
Wow, runnergirl! You've got me waaaay beat in running love! Don't your joints ever hurt though? Sometimes my knees have really felt loose or something. Wonder what I was doing wrong?
Yes my joints have been hurting for past year but I found out after going to a chiropractor a few weeks ago I have bad scoliosis in my spine(its twisted in 3 different places), which caused my hips to go out of balance, which it turn caused to much pressure to wrong parts of my knee joints. I had to take over a week off with NO exercise, not even walking, last week I was allowed light walks, and finally tomorrow I am allowed a 2 mile jog to see how my knees are feeling. I am going crazy not being able to destress with running but this new meal planning has kept my mind off it a little. Everybody's body is different the way it handles certain exercises depending how your diet and your health and if you have had previous injury's and if you have misalignment in your spine as I know have learned. I have been running for almost 3 years now, after the 1st year I was less and less sore every long run I did. Now there are days I do a 16 mile run and feel fine next day! Crazy huh!
Post by runnergirl2010 on Jan 29, 2013 23:41:01 GMT -5
I have also learned a LOT over past year and esp this month reading this book about the benifits of protein and fats for tissue repair and carbs too. I am just having a hard time accepting the part of the book about less exercise even if it is true for weight loss. Its my hobby and I have lots of friends who I go out running with, I don't want to give that up yet. I wanted to train for a 50k trail run this year before I found out about my scoliosis in my spine.
varneygang6: JennyMomof8...Hi! Thanks so much for your help!! I know portion control is one of my big issues.. ..lol..thanks for tking the time to answer this!! Blessings!!
Nov 20, 2013 15:29:40 GMT -5
joyfulmomof6: JennyMomof8, are you drinking almond milk at all? It has way more calcium than milk. Yes, it is a huge shift in thinking.
Nov 21, 2013 19:44:42 GMT -5
aldaczka: i have on this for about 4 weeks, and only down a pound, i must not be doing something right. I do feel good and my clothes are not as tight. basically to eat 3 meals and 2 snack a day.
Nov 22, 2013 16:21:06 GMT -5
aldaczka: sorry i hit return and it post it. i eat oatmeal in the morning w/berries= E. snack 10 almonds. lunch- a pc of salmon, green beans and some eggplant. dinner-chicken or salmon broiled salad w/olive oil and snack i had a cake in a mug. Im not hungry. help
Nov 22, 2013 16:26:41 GMT -5
shariannamarie: Hi! Does anyone know why the book says not to eat oatmeal, sprouted breads right away when starting? When can I start to include these?? Thank you!
Nov 23, 2013 7:46:02 GMT -5
JennyMomof8: Thank you, joyfulmomof6, I do have almond milk in smoothies quite a bit but not everyday. Do you drink it straight up? I haven't tried it but I do know it has lots of calcium.
Nov 23, 2013 10:43:54 GMT -5
varneygang6: Does anyone have any input on the regular use of stevia?? I have just heard some controversial things about it and was wondering..especially the thoughts on it affecting your fertility..sure don't want that to happen..I have struggles in that area anyway!
Nov 23, 2013 10:59:16 GMT -5
smithfarm: I'm also new to this forum thing. I guess I can ask a question in the Shoutbox. Why is soy milk frowned upon? We have been drinking it for years. Hope I can figure out how to view any answers I get.
Nov 24, 2013 11:00:07 GMT -5
isymad: Anyone finding that coffee is losing its punch once you start THM?
Nov 24, 2013 19:59:13 GMT -5
steffanie3: smithfarm, the book explains a bit about soy and why they don't use it, not sure on the pages at the moment.
Nov 25, 2013 0:59:12 GMT -5
adelinesdream: I am a bit confused as to the portions and not sure if I'm doing things correctly can someone please connect with me, is there a THM chat room somewhere?
Nov 25, 2013 12:04:12 GMT -5
steffanie3: adelinesdream, if you start a thread and list a few days menu I would be happy to help
Nov 25, 2013 21:17:48 GMT -5
Lora Lee: Adelinesdream: head over to the Facebook page. It is chatty! Lots of sub groups for special needs/situations too.
Nov 26, 2013 9:55:36 GMT -5
thmfan: YouTubed "glucomannon" recipes and found the THMs. Found myself smiling as I watched how to make a gluc'd pudding. Got myself to their page and bought the kindle version of their book. And here I am.
Dec 1, 2013 16:35:12 GMT -5
steffanie3: Welcome thmfan
Dec 1, 2013 18:03:12 GMT -5
qberrymom05: I'm on my kindle & it wont let me create a thread,sorry. I just started THM today. I love it. But there is 1 hiccup for me. I need sugar in my coffee.if I drink 1 cup in the morning by itself then did the plan The rest of the day will this sabotage me?
Dec 2, 2013 0:26:40 GMT -5
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Dec 2, 2013 9:47:53 GMT -5
steffanie3: New Serene recipe up http://trimhealthymama.freeforums.net/thread/2248/guilt-cranberry-pie-serene-pearl
Dec 3, 2013 21:52:35 GMT -5
abigailjones2: I'm making THM favors for a party and NEED a recipe for some hard candy -or SOMETHING small and sweet- that won't melt! Thanks in advance!!
Dec 4, 2013 0:17:37 GMT -5
steffanie3: Hmmm, meringues came to mind or little cookies, not sure if that would be the same.
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