It's not about the scales... but

Week 4 Run 1 done today and I loved it! My breathing is noticibly better, my legs keep going, I'm actually looking forward to my next run!

I've started to notice small changes in my shape, arms and legs feeling more toned etc. But I'm exactly the same weight as when I started.

Being in the 'obese' category (according to BMI) I had hoped that all this excercise would help shift a bit of weight. Am I hoping for too much too soon?

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  • Probably. There will be lots of people along soon to tell you how many calories you are burning in the early weeeks ( not many) and how you may feel more hungry so eat more etc etc

    What I will say is that muscle burns more calories just existing than fat, so if you feel your arms and legs are getting more ' toned' ie more muscle, they will start to use more energy all day and all night just being there, not just in the 30 minutes that you shuffle, jog or run.

    You need to see this as a long term plan. It will happen, just maybe not today!!

    Good luck, keep us posted.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿข๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿข๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • Thank you! I guess to me it seems like a lot as I did zero exercise before the program, but it will take a while to make a noticible difference.

    The nice thing is I care less about the scales now as I can feel the improvements my body is making. Such a good feeling!

  • That's an excellent attitude to have. You will hear on here all the time " take your rest days, don't skip them through impatience" that's because your body needs time to catch up with your head and what it thinks it can do. I love my rest days, love the idea that while I am not out running, my lungs , legs etc are getting stronger so that next time I ask them to do " shock, horror...90 seconds of running" or whatever, they are more likely to be able to oblige. I also take the time for a sneaky, smug look back at yesterday, last week or last month when I couldn't do what I can today!

    You will also hear that no run is a failure, good or bad, a run is better than no run. I think that is because, your legs etc don't know whether you completed 10%, 30%, 80% or all of the run. All they know is that they were tested to exhaustion and they respond to that by getting stronger so that next time you ask them to do it, they can. ( You will often hear 'call it a practice run' for this very reason)

    Stamina takes time so be like us, be a tortoise!

    Good luck๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  • I am on W5 and have lost no weight but there is a noticeable difference in my body shape and tone, so forget the scales and judge by your clothes.

  • Definitely. You've done 10 runs now, and probably burned 2000 calories, tops. (Sorry, I'm that guy that Bonkersbrit mentioned :-) )

    But you've taken a step towards a healthier you, and before long you'll be adjusting your diet to support your running: ("mustn't eat that now, I'll be running in 2 hours", "I'm back from a run and I think I'm hungry, but I know that I am just thirsty"...) and as you run further, you'll burn more calories.

    And Bonkersbrit is exactly right - this running will increase your basal metabolism and so you'll get a double benefit from the running. Just don't eat your running calories.

  • Thanks Marky, that all makes complete sense. I have been tracking my calories using nutracheck, and have a bottle of water with me wherever I go now. I'm very aware of what I eat but always have been. Just not great at willpower, especially when it comes to portions.

  • Try not to worry about the weight for now - feeling fitter, enjoying the exercise and noticing your changing shape is what counts. All huge successes! You are probably gaining more muscle at this may be why scales not yet showing a drop?

  • You should lose weight if you are running, being more mobile in general whilst eating fewer calories. It's obvious ๐Ÿ™‚

    You don't need any extra food til you are running beyond ten Kms

    Portion control is key! eat more of the good stuff and less of the bad and you will see a difference. Losing spare tyres etc will enable you to see the muscles underneath

    ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅ—๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿฅ™๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ…๐ŸŒถ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿค๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‹

  • Just think that people only see your size not the number on the scales. Muscle is much more dense than fat so as you get fitter you will look smaller even if you weigh the same ๐Ÿ˜ Win win ๐Ÿ‘

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