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.
steffanie3: Yes kimlopez, some mamas cut back a bit on the Oolong for caffeine and/or folic acid absorption, I personally drank mine a different time of day than my prenatal. I did make it with pregnancy tea as well and enjoyed it very much that way
May 30, 2015 1:21:21 GMT -5
steffanie3: stacylynn you want to take a break, you can do three weeks but then I think you want to break for a month. I would have to check on the time I think it is a few weeks to a month in between.
May 30, 2015 1:22:29 GMT -5
steffanie3: meemee you could us the grilled chicken breast in an E, but you would want an E fuel with it for an E. We don't have CFA, but I think I have seen mentioned they have a fruit cup or some kind of fruit option (maybe a salad with fruit) so you could do that
May 30, 2015 1:23:56 GMT -5
steffanie3: for your E fuel alone the breast would be FP
May 30, 2015 1:24:25 GMT -5
steffanie3: lindah60 Welcome I think you will find THM very compatable with your diabetes, one thing you might find is you need to do more of a "pulled back E", basically lighter on the E fuel (on plan carbs) to help your blood sugars stay stable. You might also
May 30, 2015 1:26:17 GMT -5
steffanie3: have a little bit of a journey to find out what time of day works best for your E meals, my friend likes them earlier in the day since she can do a bit of excersize since that helps her levels stay in a good range (she is type 2) though.
May 30, 2015 1:27:19 GMT -5
steffanie3: A walk after an E lunch or breakfast seems to work just great for her
May 30, 2015 1:27:45 GMT -5
Bec720: Hello, Why am I nervous?! I have tried so many diets in my life. You name it and I have tried it and all of them have worked....for awhile. I can't seem to keep with any program and of course the weight comes back on.
Jun 22, 2015 15:24:47 GMT -5
Bec720: when I turned 43 my thyroid tanked, my hormones have not ever been balanced properly. (PCOS at 21yrs) and I have now gained 40+ pounds. I am scared to try and fail again.I am exhausted all day and by 2pm I need a nap or will fall asleep standing- for real
Jun 22, 2015 15:31:58 GMT -5
steffanie3: Welcome Bec720 Many mamas with PCOS do well on THM, looking forward to your journey.
Jun 24, 2015 12:49:35 GMT -5
orygungurl: I had a nice surprise when I went to the doctor a week ago. I learned that, after being on THM, off and on for a couple of years, I had actually lost 17 lbs!
Jun 27, 2015 19:27:45 GMT -5
lauriebovi: Just starting on this plan. Well I've been starting for a while now. Anyone have a really hard time staying on? I have no issue with what I'm eating. I feel like I'm just lazy and fall into old habits. any advice or personal experience?
Jul 16, 2015 16:45:08 GMT -5
steffanie3: lauriebovi, a menu plan really helps me even if it is just a daily plan so I kind of know what I will be eating through the day with snacks and meals. Also for me prepping ahead is a super helpful, having a large batch of something to grab when needed
Jul 20, 2015 10:09:50 GMT -5
alane: I've been on THM for 14 months and there is still a detail or two I am not sure about. The book lists 3/4 c quinoa as a serving limit, yet some of the breakfast recipes have 1 c listed. Can you clarify this for me? Thanks!
Aug 1, 2015 18:24:37 GMT -5
lynnluce: I have been doing the THM lifestyle for 8 months now with great success, for the first 6 months I have had the weight just slid off, lots of energy, and much happier. Now I am tired all of the time, cranky, and can't get rid of my lower belly. Help
Aug 3, 2015 11:11:41 GMT -5
steffanie3: alane, you can do 3/4 of a cup if alongside some other foods (including a bit more E fuel) and a full cup if it is the center of the meal like porridge It is a little confusing.
Aug 12, 2015 16:23:04 GMT -5
steffanie3: lynnluce, were you maybe losing too quickly? Maybe your body needs some time to heal?
Aug 12, 2015 16:23:27 GMT -5
fran: ok I have missed vibes for whey powder? Which ones NOW or Swansons, or Robs?
Aug 25, 2015 7:56:53 GMT -5
gaelle: Just noticed the Lifeway Plain nonfat kefir I bought contains 12 sugars!!! :-( Also made the THM pancakes but added an egg beaters thinking it was egg whites. Need to be better at reading labels!
Aug 26, 2015 12:26:28 GMT -5