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.
mrshofer: Steffanie3 I was wondering earlier you commented on a post "lpayne: The nutritional content is 2 waffles- Fat 6 grams, carbs 35 grams, 1g fiber, sugar 3 g, protein 2 g. I ate one waffles and 3 eggwhites cooked in coconut oil. Would that work for E breakfas
Feb 5, 2015 23:28:20 GMT -5
mrshofer: And I was wondering about your answer... does it matter what ingredients are being used as long as it falls into the "E= less than 5g fat &more than 10g carbs (up to 45)" category?
Feb 5, 2015 23:29:57 GMT -5
steffanie3: Yes the ingredients trump the "numbers" is the saying. It is important to keep in mind the numbers (other than the 45 limit in an E for carbs) are all post book and not intended to be the focus on THM, just keeping foods in their proper fuel categories
Feb 8, 2015 0:24:57 GMT -5
steffanie3: as well as eating on plan options. A good exampt is a mini snickers might be able to be squeezed in somehow with numbers, but isn't a nourishing on plan meal option
Feb 8, 2015 0:25:49 GMT -5
daisymae27: Hi! I just finished the book, and it all makes so much sense! I just have one question. What amount of healthy fat ( per Smeal or per day) is recommended if you're wanting to lose weight?
Feb 8, 2015 10:51:12 GMT -5
steffanie3: daisymae27 Welcome There isn't a set number, in an S meal you are to eat until satisfied, not stuffed but satisfied. You can have up to a 1/3 of a batch of Skinny Chocolate a day is the only fat guideline I can think of off the top of my head.
Feb 9, 2015 22:10:03 GMT -5
steffanie3: You do want to be respectful of things like heavy cream with lots of calories and not as "pure" of fat as coconut oil Does that help?
Feb 9, 2015 22:10:45 GMT -5
daisymae27: Yes, that does help. I have been putting coconut oil with a little THM sweetener in my coffee and then blending it in the blender. It's really good! I guess After years of diets that require me to count fats, I'm afraid I might overdo it.
Feb 10, 2015 9:38:47 GMT -5
dynamo: So, I remember reading somewhere that 2 light rye wasa crackers can be used in a FP, but the nutritional info says that 2 crackers is 11 net carbs.. isn't the limit 10 net carbs for FP? Does anyone have an explanation for this? TIA! : )
Feb 11, 2015 17:49:18 GMT -5
steffanie3: Yes two light rye Wasa for FP, one in S, or four in E. Rye is very gentle on blood sugar and they are super low cal
Feb 12, 2015 16:33:20 GMT -5
htebe: is there a substitute for oolong tea? seems I have everything but
Feb 15, 2015 7:19:47 GMT -5
stacylynn: trimhealthygma4him - what is overwhelming to you? Maybe we can help you!
Feb 16, 2015 10:27:04 GMT -5
stacylynn: htebe - I have subbed green tea for oolong before. They aren't a perfect switch, but I believe they are close enough to sub for one another. What do the rest of you think?
Feb 16, 2015 10:30:58 GMT -5
steffanie3: I agree Green tea can be subbed in Earth Milk so I took that as they were similar. I personally like all kinds of teas and drink both at different times. Many types have their own benefits, I would use what you have for now
Feb 16, 2015 12:45:45 GMT -5
steffanie3: Don't miss out on participating in http://trimhealthymama.freeforums.net/thread/3301/menu-monday-february-16th
Feb 16, 2015 18:09:15 GMT -5
kari1052: does anyone have a package of not naughty rice or pasta they wouldn't mind selling. I want to try it before investing in a case of it in case I hate it.
Feb 22, 2015 11:41:28 GMT -5
steffanie3: kari1052 it wouldn't be the same brand, but Swanson's Vitamins sells individual bags of konjac noodles, Miracle noodle brand. Although I prefer THM's (and THM's are cheaper even with shipping) you could get the basic konjac noodle idea that way
Feb 23, 2015 14:46:09 GMT -5
perla: Do any of you still eat any of the RAW recipes from Serene's previous cookbook? I would like to be able to implement the "Sun-dried tomatoe spinach pasta" and the "Classic Green Bean Salad" recipes. Are those still within the THM boundries?
Feb 24, 2015 18:27:44 GMT -5