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I'm a little frustrated! Maybe this is normal??

 

I started kickboxing and boxing 3 weeks ago, last week no classes as they were on holiday and I went camping but spent 4-6 hours a day swimming but I started again with boxing on Tuesday as well as doing this ap. My problem is I wear proper shoes for this, made for running but still suffer a lot of pain in my calves/shins (on the inside part of my shins) and it's mostly my left leg. I have taken it easy because of the pain but still am active. I am however getting heavier, according to the scale and feel like I'm just getting fatter!

 

Is this normal or am I stuck my weight and size forever? I don't have hormones anymore because of having all that removed 2 years ago and have put on 55lbs. I can drop 15-20 but than go right back. I'm frustrated and fed up! :( I hate this!

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A lot of that "weight" could also be muscle. Instead of just weighing yourself, try measuring your waist every month. If you drop an inch or two you'll know you're losing fat and building muscle.

 

I have this system I'm doing with this app where every 3 weeks I log my waist measurement and current weight. This way I can monitor if my weight loss is fat loss, or if I don't lose weight, muscle gain.

 

 

I'm new to the running world and am also learning things myself but if your left leg hurts, could it be possible that you're landing/leaning too hard on it? I realized a few years ago that I lean on my right leg more which has contributed to that hip aching. I ride and train horses and realized how much I lean on my right leg after a stirrup I had been using which was dry trotted broke while I was riding. Both stirrups were the same condition, but because I was so heavy on my right leg, that stirrup gave out. Since I've started trying to balance out my weight onto both feet, my hip hasn't been hurting, and when I walk or run, both legs ache equally the next day.

 

It could be worth looking into at least?

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Perhaps my experience will help you - having issues with one leg led to me being evaluated at my local running store. They recorded my gait and measured my alignment. It was all free. Their recommendation was hip exercises, as one of my hips was less strong than the other, thus causing the issues in the opposite leg. I've been doing squats and other hip exercises and my foot and knee issues seem to be getting better. I'm also taking it slow - not afraid to repeat a day or wait a few days if I'm feeling actual pain.

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Perhaps my experience will help you - having issues with one leg led to me being evaluated at my local running store. They recorded my gait and measured my alignment. It was all free. Their recommendation was hip exercises, as one of my hips was less strong than the other, thus causing the issues in the opposite leg. I've been doing squats and other hip exercises and my foot and knee issues seem to be getting better. I'm also taking it slow - not afraid to repeat a day or wait a few days if I'm feeling actual pain.

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I am however getting heavier, according to the scale and feel like I'm just getting fatter!

 

Is this normal or am I stuck my weight and size forever? I don't have hormones anymore because of having all that removed 2 years ago and have put on 55lbs. I can drop 15-20 but than go right back. I'm frustrated and fed up! :( I hate this!

This is perfectly normal.  As you exercise more, you get fitter and stronger and grow muscles.  But at the same time, you also feel hungrier after a workout and tend to eat more.  Especially with cardio workouts like running, your body learns to adapt and conserve energy so that every run burns less and less calories.  So you eat more and burn less.

 

You should continue to exercise because you know that's the right thing to do.  But more importantly keep track of what you eat and how much you eat.

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I would be cautious of any fad diets. The best way to diet is to concentrate on eating a healthy, balanced diet with portion control and not worrying too much about the odd treat. If you restrict your diet too much, it will affect your mental health and demotivate you. It sounds like you have a gait concern which can be resolved by getting your running assessed at your local running store. Most decent places will put you on a treadmill or heat pad to assess where you hold your weight and fit you with the right shoes accordingly. This should help any pain. The fact that you have started kickboxing and running will be converting excess fat into muscle mass and this is heavier than fat so I would definitely recommend staying off the scales for a while, it only serves to depress you! Try to concentrate more on how the exercise makes you feel. If you feel fitter and healthier then chances are you are. If you are desperate to keep a measure of something, you can always measure your dimensions; waist, arms, legs etc. But I'd definitely recommend not getting too hung up on these. Good luck!

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I would be cautious of any fad diets. The best way to diet is to concentrate on eating a healthy, balanced diet with portion control and not worrying too much about the odd treat. If you restrict your diet too much, it will affect your mental health and demotivate you. It sounds like you have a gait concern which can be resolved by getting your running assessed at your local running store. Most decent places will put you on a treadmill or heat pad to assess where you hold your weight and fit you with the right shoes accordingly. This should help any pain. The fact that you have started kickboxing and running will be converting excess fat into muscle mass and this is heavier than fat so I would definitely recommend staying off the scales for a while, it only serves to depress you! Try to concentrate more on how the exercise makes you feel. If you feel fitter and healthier then chances are you are. If you are desperate to keep a measure of something, you can always measure your dimensions; waist, arms, legs etc. But I'd definitely recommend not getting too hung up on these. Good luck!

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