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  1. Since I'm on a treadmill, it's easy to keep an even pace. My regular walking pace is about 2.7 mph, so I warm up at 3 mph. When I first started in June, I would increase speed to 4 mph for the jogging segments. This time I'm jogging at 3.5, and only the final jog is at 4.

     

    Being back at week 1 is tough, I really thought I would have completed the program and run my first race by now. Tomorrow is day 3, so we'll see what happens! :)

  2. Sorry, life got in the way for a bit :)

     

    It's a combination of my legs hurting (have to be careful with a bum knee) and feeling more winded than I should after only 3 minutes.

     

    I'm seeing my 3rd endo in 2 years - finally found a female who actually listens rather than the good ol' boy (and his partners) who blew me off. She seems puzzled as to why the weight isn't coming off, but is taking more of a whole-person approach. We're working on meds, meeting with the CDE/dietician, and of course I'm trying to stick with C25K.

     

    I get up with my hubs (5:30 am) so I can get exercise in before the munchkins wake up. If I'm lucky they sleep long enough for me to run, shower, and get coffee down the hatch. But I'm a SAHM, and fortunately have plenty of flexibility in the schedule. It may be time, however, to look into alternative medicines. Anyone have experience with acupuncture or TCM? ;)

  3. Have you checked the side affects to the medication you are taking? What about lowering your carbs. Maybe there is a different combination of a diet that would work. Everyone is different. I know how frustrating it is. Hubby is diabetic and struggles off and on with his weight. I'm always up and down too. You've probably done this too but have you seen a nutritionist? And how do you feel? Any different since starting the excersize's?

     

    I've been on thyroid meds for nearly 6 years, and was on and off Metformin for years (for fertility treatments), but have been on Met steadily for 5 years excluding my two pregnancies.  Everything I've read says those two meds should be helping me lose weight.  The CDE/nutritionist at my endo's office told me that 90g of carbs is the minimum for brain function, but the scientific community is still debating that topic.

     

    I don't feel any different than I did when I started the c25k program in June.  I'm tired all day, sleep poorly, no measurable improvement in just about any category I can think of.  Even after doing week 4 over and over, I can barely get through the first running segment and frequently speed-walk instead.

     

    This isn't a problem I can solve on an internet forum, but damn I'm tired of being tired.  At least someone out there seems to think this is fixable.

  4. I'm hypothyroid - diagnosed and medicated since 2008.  My thyroid and A1C are checked quarterly, and my endocrinologist tweaks the meds occasionally.  At 37 years old I don't harbor any illusions about being 160 pounds again; I just want to be able to keep up with my children.  :)

  5. Hi New Start,

    You should be seeing some kind of progress with your body.  How is your eating habits?  I know that now that i am getting older, it does not come off as fast as it used to.  So I have changed my eating habits.  I do Paleo during the week with cheating on Saturdays and back to eating good on Sunday.  Your body needs a reset and you need one day to cheat, seriously!  I have been doing this for months.  Now, If you are eating healthy and working out hard, maybe its time to see a DR. and check with him/her on what you are doing?  Because you should be seeing some results.  NOw, I do love love my cocktails, and I have stopped them during the week and errhhmmm, trying to be good on the weekends, but you have to live too....

     

    Do you track your calories?  MyFitnessPal is a good one for that.  I am religious about it.   I am on Week 3 of the 10k app and I am seeing results in my muscles and starting to slim down.  I am now curious!  I have Fitness Calculators you can use at www.cavegirlcancook.com if you would like to know your BMR, Calories, etc....  Let me know how to help you!  

     

     

    Hey new start, Kelly just suggested something I was going to. I've been doing this for 2 months and was seeing no difference till this last week. I started tracking my foods with my fitness app and lost 2 pounds this week. Try it! Don't give up!!

     

    I'm the diabetic from the "Do you follow a Food Plan?" thread.  I track all food and exercise with MFP, take my meds as scheduled, follow the running plan and chase a three-year-old and 19-month-old on the "off" days.  The only time in my life I've ever lost weight was immediately following the birth of my now-3YO.  I gained only 8 pounds during that pregnancy (used insulin the last trimester) because I was eating only 180 carbs and 1600 calories.  The day I delivered her I was 240 lbs., and a month after her arrival I weighed 190 lbs.  I've been unable to keep the weight off or get back down to that number despite all efforts.  It's *bleep*ing frustrating and depressing.  The doctors have no clue what's going on.

  6. Hi New Start,

    You should be seeing some kind of progress with your body.  How is your eating habits?  I know that now that i am getting older, it does not come off as fast as it used to.  So I have changed my eating habits.  I do Paleo during the week with cheating on Saturdays and back to eating good on Sunday.  Your body needs a reset and you need one day to cheat, seriously!  I have been doing this for months.  Now, If you are eating healthy and working out hard, maybe its time to see a DR. and check with him/her on what you are doing?  Because you should be seeing some results.  NOw, I do love love my cocktails, and I have stopped them during the week and errhhmmm, trying to be good on the weekends, but you have to live too....

     

    Do you track your calories?  MyFitnessPal is a good one for that.  I am religious about it.   I am on Week 3 of the 10k app and I am seeing results in my muscles and starting to slim down.  I am now curious!  I have Fitness Calculators you can use at www.cavegirlcancook.com if you would like to know your BMR, Calories, etc....  Let me know how to help you!  

     

     

    Hey new start, Kelly just suggested something I was going to. I've been doing this for 2 months and was seeing no difference till this last week. I started tracking my foods with my fitness app and lost 2 pounds this week. Try it! Don't give up!!

  7. Luckily I'm controlled by diet and Metformin.  (I'm what used to be considered a "borderline" diabetic, good sugars but a mildly elevated A1C.)  As for picky eaters - I have a 3 year old who prefers as many carbs as possible, and a husband who feels the same way.  Neither cares for veggies or fruit.  Thank god my 19-month-old is a walking trash compactor and eats everything.  Never seen a kid eat meatloaf as fast as my son does!

    I love stir-fry, crock pots, even my old George Foreman grill.  Meat roll-ups, romaine leaves instead of taco shells, I've even found a super low-carb tortilla for fajitas and quesadillas.  Beef, black bean soup, chili, pulled pork or chicken all make it on my favorites list.  I'm rapidly approaching the "two choices" method for dinner - take it or leave it, I'm tired of making everyone a separate dinner because they don't want what I cooked.  I never think of hard-cooked eggs, thanks for the reminder!  I used to make chicken salad, egg salad, and tuna salad in 50-pound batches for work, that should all be OK on top of mixed greens or as vegetable dips, right?

    Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it Kelly!

  8. Hi Kelly,

     

    I'll definitely be checking your website!  I'm a Type II diabetic with other long-term issues (I'm a metabolic mess), and am restricted to only 90 carbs a day.  Needless to say C25K and MFP are my friends.  I'm having a very difficult time getting enough lean protein, and to be honest, I'm tired of cooking for my picky family simply because I'm the only one who has had to completely change eating patterns.  

    Could you help me think outside the box a bit?

    Thanks!
    Michele

  9. I've had to repeat week 4.  But I'm also in my late 30's, significantly overweight, and have a bum knee so I need to be careful.  I made it through days 1 & 2 of week 5, and since I was in pain I figured it was safer to go back and repeat week 4 until I could do it without pain.

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