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Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator

Don't expect your 'Tech' to always give you the full picture !

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Birdlady64 profile image
Birdlady64Graduate

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Birdlady64

Never trust the tech 🤣

Alan99 profile image
Alan99Graduate

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Brilliant.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Alan99

You can't always believe your watch 🤣

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate

I saw that cartoon about 6 months ago. Wasn't sure whether to post it here.

I'm now at the point where I don't want to lose much more weight. I'm having to eat more to compensate for the extra activity. I went down from 82kg in May last year to under 71kg now.

My BMI is currently 21. It was over 25 and just in the "overweight" range.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to nowster

Similar results here , although I need to get my run frequency up or do more excercises between runs

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Birdlady64 profile image
Birdlady64Graduate in reply to Instructor57

I wish I could say the same - I haven't lost a jot of weight. 🙁However my body shape has totally changed and all my clothes, especially bottoms, are falling off me.Thank goodness for home working and the ability to wear leggings/joggers all the time. 😂

I will need to do a mega shop for work clothes once we have to start going in to the office again - my least favourite pastime

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Birdlady64

I did drastically change my eating habits at this time also

Popstess profile image
PopstessGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Well done! What did you do to drastically change your eating habits?

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Popstess

I used to bake a lot , cakes , tarts, pastries and the like .I gave them up and followed the BBC good food diet for around 6 months

Popstess profile image
PopstessGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Thank you, that's really helpful, I'll have a look at the bbc good food diet

Feeling_Runderful profile image
Feeling_RunderfulGraduate in reply to Birdlady64

Me neither! Actually put on weight despite eating less! Probably a combination of muscle and the meds I am on! But frustrating!

Happtogiveitago profile image
HapptogiveitagoGraduate in reply to Birdlady64

Me too. Nothing fits. Lol. 😜

Frizzbomb67 profile image
Frizzbomb67Graduate in reply to Birdlady64

Me too! I have a ‘baggy bum’ in everything! 😂. I make a lot of my own clothes so I’m steadily remaking my wardrobe as I hate shopping.

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Golf2106Graduate in reply to nowster

Did you lose that by running? What else did you do?

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate in reply to Golf2106

Mostly running.

Before June last year, I was mostly sedentary (a desk job) where my biggest exercise of the day was going up and down the stairs at work at lunchtime to get my sandwich from the city Tesco. Lockdown and an easy supply of biscuits made it worse.

I cut out the biscuits and took up running.

I first noticed a change in my trousers belt. It was no longer straining. Then one day I noticed I had to do it up an extra notch.

Prior to that I'd got down to about 75kg just by walking a mile every workday to get my lunch sandwich, but that was back in 2014.

I was back down to 75kg by Christmas and crucially didn't put any weight on over the that season of excess. I stayed stable at that for a few months, then when I started running for 90 minutes and more, that seemed to change my metabolism slightly and I've started to lose weight again.

As a guy, the big health danger is the visceral fat (the stuff that's inside and surrounds your organs). That's not noticeable on the outside. If you're starting to develop a beer gut (as I was starting to do), it probably means you've got worse problems on the inside.

Frenc profile image
FrencGraduate

Ah so true! Not sure how much my brain weighs, but sometimes it feels like I’ve lost my mind somewhat 🤣. Tech can be brill and also very naughty - have to take it with a pinch of salt 🧂. 😊😊😊

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Frenc

Yes absolutely !😁

Hahaha 🤣

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to InaGfit

Don't believe everything your watch tells you ! 😁

So my fitness age isn’t really 42? 🤣🙃🥸

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to WillowandSola

Haha, maybe less 😬

WillowandSola profile image
WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Or even more 😊

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to WillowandSola

Who knows 😬🤔

Reggit profile image
ReggitGraduate

😃

I started at around 102kg in May ‘20 now 87kg ish.

Didn’t take up running to lose weight, but I need to keep it up as I’m still in the fat category! 83kg is the target….

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Reggit

It's certainly a balancing act !

Asnad-Run profile image
Asnad-RunGraduate in reply to Reggit

wow

Roxdog profile image
RoxdogGraduate

Hi there! So on the tech theme, I'm running again for the past 2 months. No tech, no tracking, no pressure, just trying to stay injury free. So far it is working. Have built weights into my exercise regime. Going strong and loving my running again. A strange old year, and I'm resolved to run 2 or 3 times a week and to just runI will lurk on the forum and wish you all well. Put on a few pounds, so the aim is to lose them, without battering myself aiming for faster or longer runs at the moment. Whilst I'm not tracking, I think I'm doing regular 5ks and a longer run last weekend. That will do it for me, just glad to be running again at all at the moment! Take care

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Roxdog

Hello !Great to hear your running again and loving it 😁👍

Sounds like you have found the best way to do it for you !!

And that's exactly who it's for , no one else !

The tech can give us unecessary pressure when really all that matters is the enjoyment and benefits of 'Just running'

Even posting about it can be pressure !

I'm so pleased to hear it's working for you !

Take care 😁👍

Cmoi profile image
CmoiGraduate in reply to Roxdog

Hello Roxdog, lovely to "see" you and to know that you're back running and enjoying it. There's a lot to be said for running free, without tracking and plans etc. Happy running!

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Birdlady64Graduate in reply to Roxdog

Hi Roxdog Fantastic to hear from you and so pleased to know that you are running again and enjoying it. 😁

At the end of the day your runs are for you, and no-one else, so whatever way works for you is the best way of all. It's all too easy to get fixated by the stats - and we're all guilty of that - and forget how liberating it can be to just run for the sheer pleasure of it.

And Instructor57 is right about pressure to post too - I haven't posted on every run recently for that very reason.

Jools2020 profile image
Jools2020Graduate in reply to Roxdog

Oooh Roxdog, fab to see you on here, just wanted to say ‘hi’ and glad you are running, best wishes x

Roxdog profile image
RoxdogGraduate in reply to Jools2020

Hello! I hope you're well. I'm not reading/posting much, but am keeping an eye on the forum these days! Happy running!

Ant50 profile image
Ant50Graduate

According to my techs weekly summary, I seem to add 1lb in weight each week no matter what exercise i do. So, that’s about 4 stone a year weight gain if my maths is correct ! So glad I got into this running game to ‘add’ weight 😂😂

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Ant50

🤣🤣🤣

Ant50 profile image
Ant50Graduate in reply to Instructor57

Reckon I should spend a week back on the couch just to see what it says then !!! 😂

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Ant50

I've tried it ...... Didn't help 😁

Asnad-Run profile image
Asnad-RunGraduate

I can do with losing weight but that’s not why I run. I run because it keeps me sane- working from home was pushing me towards a big black hole. But I have thoroughly enjoyed this post and all the comments 👏

Might even weight myself …

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Asnad-Run

I find I'm just eating more now 🤣

Asnad-Run profile image
Asnad-RunGraduate in reply to Instructor57

True that ! 😀

newbie-nick profile image
newbie-nickGraduate

I had testicular cancer followed by appendicitis within a few years... so I'm losing weight bit-by-bit!!! Not quite the recommended way😧

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to newbie-nick

As you say , perhaps not a recommended way ! Hope all is ok now

newbie-nick profile image
newbie-nickGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Agreed! I am fighting, or at least running fit, thanks. All a distant and unpleasant memory now.

I started running mid spring using the C25K app, finished it a few weeks ago. I lost 2 stone over 4 months - I feel great for it. I now have the confidence to head back to the gym to continue my health goals. Thanks to everyone posting on this forum, it’s been so insightful learning about everyone’s stories and having a laugh along the way.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to NowOrNever21

Yes, this forum is a great place to be 😁👍

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