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Where is my energy please?

cheryl_couch_tatty
cheryl_couch_tattyGraduate
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So I have been running for 6 months now and I do feel fitter and I am slimmer which is fab, but where does all this extra energy come from? I am always tired and ache. I was running along this morning thinking.......hang on, it's been 6 months now. Why do I still feel rubbish all the time!?! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ my husband said I need to eat better....I stick to approx 1600 calories a day to help weight loss πŸ€”

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreGraduate

Firstly... amazing job, very well done.

Have you been adjusting your calorie intake regularly while losing weight? Your ideal calorie range will have changed a lot. Maybe a small tweak will give you the missing energy.

cheryl_couch_tatty
cheryl_couch_tattyGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you. I didn't think of that 😁😁

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to cheryl_couch_tatty

No worries

nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyw...

This is the best... eat at the high end of the calorie range and keep the exercise up

cheryl_couch_tatty
cheryl_couch_tattyGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks, according to this the lowest range is 1780, so I am below what I should be eating. Really helpful, thanks x

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to cheryl_couch_tatty

Cool... eating below the minimum will kill weightloss and may even cause a gain... certainly explains lack of energy though.

Sorry if we just proved hubby right... I won’t tell him if you don’t πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

cheryl_couch_tatty
cheryl_couch_tattyGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yes please don't πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Well done for running for 6 months. I have been in the same situation where the more I trained the worse I felt, after having a blood test was found to be anemic..... all good now, so might be worth checking out.

cheryl_couch_tatty
cheryl_couch_tattyGraduate in reply to Inkyfingers

Wow, that's interesting to know. Thank you. Glad you found an answer

Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate

I graduated in June and have been doimg well since, until I started weight watchers four weeks ago. I need to lose weight and I have lost weight...but the last two runs have been dreadful. No energy. Mentioned it on here on the Bridge to 10k forum and great advice, all diet related. We need to eat stuff that gives us the energy to run. My body just gave up one the last 2 runs. We need carbs. Am now planning to include more within my daily allowance and hope I get my energy back. πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ

cheryl_couch_tatty
cheryl_couch_tattyGraduate in reply to Ang33333

That is good to know. Thank you. I will make sure I am getting those carbs in. 😁😁

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Ang33333

My daughter is very excited about an ice cream in the supermarket where the whole tub is 320 calories and it’s high protein too... she knows that 311 calories is a 5k run! She’s losing weight still but she’s really looking forwards to that for breakfast before parkrun when she’s at healthy weight πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

cheryl_couch_tatty
cheryl_couch_tattyGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Icecream for breakfast! I can get on board with that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to cheryl_couch_tatty

Sounds pretty good to me too actually... only because it’s β€œnaughty” πŸ˜‚

6 months, that's amazing!!

Have you thought about asking your doctor to check your iron (haemoglobin and ferritin) and other levels (B12, thyroid hormones) for any issue that might cause excess tiredness?

I'm currently a bit low on ferritin and B12 after asking my doctor for some testing... likely caused by regularly donating blood, despite the fact that I take supplements. So I'm taking a break from donating blood and working on getting my iron and B12 levels up. I feel like I could take a 3 hour nap at 10am, it's not fun to feel like you're trudging through most of the day.

cheryl_couch_tatty
cheryl_couch_tattyGraduate in reply to Amandana

Yes maybe I need to get to the doctors and rule some things out. Thank you

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