New Fat Boy!

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25/09/2002 at 22:57
Hello everyone,

I'm new!

The fat boy in the picture is me taken in the summer. Since then I have lost two stone (from 16st to 14 st) in what would seem like a very quick time.

However, I began the run/walk method and am now running 4 times a week between 5k and 11k.

I'm not a total newcomer to running so do not feel too much strain increasing so fast, (All this in 7 weeks.)

However, I was beginning to feel a bit depressed that the weight loss had decelerated in the last couple of weeks despite the increasing efforts I am making to exercise.

But now I am heartened to read through the threads in the forums that this might be due to muscle replacing fat and am more determined now to keep at it.

I am dieting as well at the moment but have actually been trying to reduce my intake, where again the advice seems to be to increase in order to provide fuel for the increased exercise.I will definitely re-think.

25 years after I last ran in a race, I have entered the "Dulwich Charity 10K" and can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it.

I've found that the encouragement and advice on this website, by both experts and co-runners, has really helped to motivate me in learning to run all over again.

26/09/2002 at 01:07
Hi Maccy,

Don't be depressed!

As you stated the weight loss can tend to slow down after you start to exercise on a regular basis.

Have a go at ignoring the scales and using a tape measure instead.You may find that even though you have not lost as much weight as you have hoped,your body fat has decreased.

Stick to the low fat diet and good luck with Dulwich.
26/09/2002 at 08:37
Well done and keep at it. DannyM is right; ignore the scales (for a bit, or buy one that measures body fat) and just look and see if your shape is changing. I'll bet it is.

27/09/2002 at 07:36
Thanks Danny & DH,

I think my shape is changing and can detect some muscle development and I will keep off the scalesas advised.

Last night I really didn't fancy running( it was dark and could only run on the roads)but once I got out there it was good.

I just went out with no set course and ran about 7.5k.

27/09/2002 at 09:31

Well done on getting this far. I think you will reach a plateau in your weight loss when other things start to happen as you have been advised above. How tall are you anyway ?
So don't get depressed and look forward to your 10k. You never know, by this time next year you might have a half marathon under your belt and be contemplating a full one.
28/09/2002 at 05:51
Thanks Bobolink,

I'm 5'9.

I'm hoping to go beyond a half as I am setting a goal to run a full marathon ( maybe even London entry permitting.)

As a youth athlete I represented Kent in both cross-country and on the track so feel I can achieve this.

The only problem is that up till now my mind set has not been right. Instead of just developing my running again for enjoyment I have tried to hard to run like I used to. I think I'm over that now!
28/09/2002 at 19:56
Oh Maccy, I can't help being jealous - sorry! I'd love to have a 'history' of running so that I had something more concrete to aim at. I started on June 20 and am going to try 3.5 miles in the morning, having managed a maximum of 2 miles so far. Wish me luck!
28/09/2002 at 20:59
Well done Maccy and keep it up.

Sassie I think you should enter yourself for a 5k race for say the next month or so. Just knowing that you have done this will motivate you and give you something to aim for.

Sammy :0)
29/09/2002 at 08:27
Sammy - I made it, so I'm going to take your advice. Who cares if I'm last?!
29/09/2002 at 13:56

I am new to this site - just wanted to encourage you to enter a 5K. I started running (very slowly) just over a year ago and did my first 5K in July. I did it with some energy to spare and feel it's more of a mental breakthrough than a physical one. Every time I go out I'm proving to myself that I can do it!! Good luck.
29/09/2002 at 14:30

When I started running at the start of this year I couldn't manage 400 meteres on the treadmill. With the encouragement of the staff at my local leisure centre I stuck with it and so far I have completed a 5 miler and three 10k's. I am now building up to a half marathon and completed an eleven mile run yesterday, my longest yet.

My message is, stick with it even on the days when you don't feel like it and don't worry about having the occasional bad run (the next one is always better). Enter races just to give yourself a goal it doesn't matter how fast you are as long as you are in it.

Good luck!

29/09/2002 at 15:35
Sassie I am so glad you are gonna take my advice. Remember always try to have goals, both long-term and short-term.

I started running over 5 weeks ago and at that time my goal was to complete the Nike Run London 10k which I did do in 57 mins (I am still well chuffed with my time). My next short-term goal is to run a 10 miler race then a half-marathon. My long-term goal is to complete a full marathon.

With time and effort I know that all my goals will come true.

Sammy :0)

29/09/2002 at 16:51
Great advice Dragon breath.

Well done Sammy on the nike 10k. brilliant considering you've only been running 5 weeks.

Sassie, I think the guys are right> Enter a race and then the bug will get you even more. I haven't yet raced since returning but when I entered the Dulwich race it seemed to give me much more enthusiasm for training every other day.

I detect that you were "chuffed" when you completed the 3.5K this morning. I strongly believe that the more you do the more you want to do. I would temper that by saying that you shouldn't be too ambitious too soon and make your goals achievable ones. All the best.
29/09/2002 at 19:24
well done for losing the weight
30/09/2002 at 08:13
Sukay, DB, Sammy and Maccy; thanx so much for all your encouragement. I'll find that race today!
30/09/2002 at 10:13
Why don't you come & join in on the 'Fat Club' thread over on the Health & Fitness forum. We start a new one every day and encourage each other and have a bit of a laugh too!
Michelle x
30/09/2002 at 19:35
Michelle, got your message and posted on the "Fit-fit club thread"

I received my number for the "Dulwich 10K" today and can't help having a chuckle about entering a race after so many years.
30/09/2002 at 23:05
Good luck maccy
Youll be a pro in no time!1
01/10/2002 at 22:37
Cheers Benz.
02/10/2002 at 00:15

Maccy wrote:

"Hello everyone,

...Since then I have lost two stone (from 16st to 14 st) in what would seem like a very quick time.

...However, I was beginning to feel a bit depressed that the weight loss had decelerated in the last couple of weeks despite the increasing efforts I am making to exercise."


As your weight decreases, the number of calories a day you need by way of intake (eating) in order purely to sustain yourself as a human being (your daily requirement) will also decrease. (i.e. Your body needs less food as a 14 stone person than you needed as a 16 stone person, leaving aside the exercise aspect.)

You should expect your weight loss to stop (i.e. your weight to start stabilising) at some point where (a) the calories you are eating is equal to (b) the total of the calories you are burning through living and exercise.

If, at that point, you still have some way to go until you reach your target weight, and you wish to carry on losing weight (which is your choice) you need either to (a) eat a little less or (b) exercise a little more from day to day (or combine these two) so that you again start creating a "daily calorie deficit". To lose two stones already is tremendous and will have given you great benefits to your health, but if you are still dissatisfied with the weight you are at and wish to reduce your weight further, you need to combine slightly more dieting with a little more exercise.

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