1/2 stone that just won't shift!

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01/04/2003 at 10:55
Hi all,

I completed my first half marathon last year, six months after starting running and in doing so shifted 2.5 stones. I got round the Bristol Half in 2hrs 07mins and was over the moon. I'd got my weight down to 14stone 2lbs. For me that is good!
I had an injury over Xmas and the weight jumped to 14stone 12lbs. I've been back running for over a month and the mileage is back to about 5-6 miles, four times a week, longer run on a Sunday (7-9 miles) BUT, the weight won't shift and it's getting me down! I watch what I eat and cross train on non-running days. Any ideas folks?
01/04/2003 at 11:44

try weightlossresources.co.uk

buy a set of electric food scales and measure your portions. Its working for my husband

fergal k
02/04/2003 at 15:57
The most effective things I've found are: giving up drinking (not fun but it helps weight loss like you wouldn't believe), making sure you drink lots of water, writing down what you eat (it's easy to think you're 'watching' it but so much slips by unnoticed), checking whether you are losing inches rather than pounds (you could be firming up even if there's still some weight to go - especially if you are weight training) and making your runs harder, eg either faster or hillier courses. Hope this helps! I'm struggling after a race, then holiday, then bad cold, to get back into it - so you're not alone!
02/04/2003 at 16:05
I agree drink 2-3 litres of water a day weigh everything and write it all down.Also watch your carbs as it turns too fat for example i am only allowed one tatties 4oz or 2 oz rice and the same if it is pasta and watch yout bread intake.

hope this helps

02/04/2003 at 16:06
And if you want a bit of support, just keep posting here! I'll be struggling through the same process!
02/04/2003 at 18:56
Also - if you divide your food up into 6 small meals a day rather than 3 big ones, that helps.

That last few pounds is a b@$$t@rd. It has been there the longest and it has been closest to your bones, so it's really unwilling to shift.

11/04/2003 at 10:06
Hi Peter

I was unwell for three months after the Great North Run last year and the weight piled on. I started running again just after Christmas but still the weight wouldn't shift. I joined Slimming World 2 weeks ago and have lost 5lb so far. The plans are really easy to keep to (honestly).
14/04/2003 at 15:31
try weights/ strength training program
14/04/2003 at 15:39
I've just shifted almost two stone with Slimming World. I have found it a very sensible (and quite easy!) way to lose weight. I've just joined this site, and am beginning to run again after a break of about 20 years. Having shifted the weight with Slimming World has given me the impetus to don the running shoes again!

Good luck!

14/04/2003 at 18:00
I have the same problem losing the last stone I want to shift! I run four times a week but nothing shifts the last tyre. I can run easily for 30 to 40 minutes but it won't go - perhaps I need a challenge such as a half marathon?
21/04/2003 at 21:41
Slimming world is a great plan for runners as you need to make sure you restock you muscles after a run and you can have potatoes and pasta and rice in as greater quantities as you like. i've lost nearly 4stone with them so far, it's the only way really. i dont feel like training if i dont feel like i'm eating enough.
21/04/2003 at 22:23
Don't just rely on the running, I cycle for an hour on the days I don't run and the weight fell off, after sitting there for ages with just running.
27/07/2004 at 15:39
Help!!! I've been running for years, but on a milage of 3 miles three or four times per week. I was a smoker and have recently given up, but aimed to compensate by increasing the intensity of training - running 8/9 miles with a running club three or four times per week now and cycling a few times per week to total 40miles. I'm piling on the pounds and wouldn't say my eating has increased that much - little portions four times per day. Not sure if this is due to a slow in metabolism or to the extra intensity?? I also weight train three times per week and do hill reps with another running group - what am I doing wrong???
27/07/2004 at 18:25
Hi Cassie!

I don't think you are doing anything wrong. I think you are putting on muscle. Do your clothes feel tighter. I go by clothes rather than weight.

I started putting on weight and was eating really well. I gave the weights for a few weeks and only did cardio and I am shifting again.

Hope this helps! I bet you look fantastic though with all that training!

Oh! And well done for not smoking! I kicked the habit last year in August x
27/07/2004 at 18:36
Intensity seems to be the issue - if you want to boost metabolic rate then you need to get intervals - or tempo runs into your training - and maybe try twice a day.
27/07/2004 at 18:39
Yes Mij!

That is what I have been doing, the interval training! It really does work! I am walking proof! x
28/07/2004 at 11:22
Oh my god!! Just been reading some other forum articles - I've changed my anti-depressants a month ago from fluoxetine to citalopram and this might be it!
28/07/2004 at 12:05
Cassie - good luck with your running.
28/07/2004 at 13:16
Best diet I ever did involved giving up just 2 things...

wheat and sugar

so out goes cakes biscuits jam pastry pasta bread chocolate sweets etc - but its only 2 things you've given up

Have just this second decided to start it again as 20 years later I'm really getting desperate!
28/07/2004 at 13:21
By the way Fairy Princess, forgot to mention, my clothes are tighter than ever. with all the running and stuff I do it must be the AD change.

I gave up wheat and dairy milk (for soya). Took a bit of getting used to, but the bloated feeling I always used to have disappeared within days. As did about 4 lbs over a few weeks. It is hard with all the carbs you need though to keep your intake as it should be, but defo worth a try if you can discipline yourself.

Try a colonic irrigation session too - they're completely detoxifying!
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