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.
2yorkiemama: How detrimental would it be for me to a TBSP half n half in my coffee each morning if I'm doing Fuel Cycle?
Feb 24, 2014 19:42:04 GMT -5
steffanie3: 2yorkiemama, sorry to hear that Glad you are here to troubleshoot.
Feb 25, 2014 0:54:56 GMT -5
tinac: Thanks cashen10!
Feb 25, 2014 14:13:31 GMT -5
tinac: 2yorkiemama- I know that amount would still be FP. Only one tbsp should be around 1.5 fat and less than 1 carb. I was advised by Pearl I could have that amount on S or E days and be okay. I would be careful to not go over fat or carbs on your breakfast
Feb 25, 2014 14:18:58 GMT -5
2yorkiemama: tinac and steffanie3 - thanks very much! I really appreciate your time! I in day 4 of FP and seems to be going well. I am so used to eating fat, this couple of days is harder. I'm not a carb girl, really. It's hard for me to think it's ok. EEK!
Feb 26, 2014 16:14:14 GMT -5
donawyo: Hello. May we have mayonnaise on S days of a Fuel Cycle?
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steffanie3: Off the top of my head donawyo, I wouldn't, unless it is a homemade. I came away from that chapter really focusing on superfoods that week, so homemade with some great deep S fats would work
Mar 4, 2014 7:55:59 GMT -5
judy46: Is roasted beets s or e. Still trying to figure it all out
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amandaof8: Just tried the fooled you pizza for the first time. It was amazing! I could eat that every week.????
Mar 4, 2014 19:11:20 GMT -5
ruscigno: Thank you for the answer. Really appreciate it.
Mar 4, 2014 21:39:57 GMT -5
steffanie3: Beets are E
Mar 5, 2014 1:27:15 GMT -5
steffanie3: Yum on Fooled You Pizza, some mamas do have a pizza night every week
Mar 5, 2014 1:27:48 GMT -5
legal223: Can someone give me some E recipes. I'm having a hard time with the Es
Mar 5, 2014 12:15:51 GMT -5
caddaway: I have hypothyroid will this still work for me? Anyone else with hypothyroid?
Mar 5, 2014 12:49:21 GMT -5
legal223: I'm new and I am having trouble with E meals. Any suggestions or recipes?
Mar 5, 2014 14:24:39 GMT -5
monika: If I have an s meal likebthe pizza casserole do I need a side of veggies with that or can we just have the casserole?
Mar 6, 2014 0:11:31 GMT -5
steffanie3: legal223 it might be better to post a question on the E board for more responses/longer responses
Mar 6, 2014 19:03:08 GMT -5
steffanie3: caddaway, I am fairly sure there are mamas with thyroid issues, might be good to post up top and explain if you have current diet restrictions, then we could help with ideas
Mar 6, 2014 19:04:00 GMT -5
steffanie3: monika, you don't have to have a side veggie, but you sure can if you want to
Mar 6, 2014 19:04:24 GMT -5
karajane: Can you take garcinia cambogia on the plan?
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