Ok I am doing the C25K as well as 5.2 diet and various other exercising things! But apparently I am not resting enough and with C25K you need to rest between runs! However I really need to keep up my calorie loss/burn! But I don't know other than swimming -which I do once a week with my seven year old - what exercise I can do to burn calories which also allow my legs to 'rest' and 'heal' after running?
I am a single mum so I am limited on how much I can leave the kids. A 30 min run on weekend mornings are ok but I am not comfortable leaving them in the evenings - they are aged 7 and 12.
I used to brisk walk 30 minutes daily after work and before the school run but now this is jogging 4 times a week. I use my treadmill -which is only for walking on - three times a week. Swimming once sometimes twice a week. A 15 mins aerobics workout 4 times a week and I just added cycling twice a week.
For my diet - my TDEE is supposed to be like 2100 a day - I consume roughly 1700 calories three days a week, 800 calories twice a week (instead of 500 which is the norm for 5.2) and weekends upto 1900 calories.
This regime is losing me 2 - sometimes 3 - pounds a week. I have lost 33lbs of weight so far but still have 53lbs to lose to be my 'ideal' BMI.
My motivation has been so high since I added the exercise and am losing weight consistently. Before that I would try so hard with dieting, fail to lose weight, get disheartened and binge eat. It's only by seeing the numbers drop that I can keep this up! I'm hoping once my weight comes down I can find a better level that maintains.
HOWEVER... The C25K runs are getting more intense and the rest days are important but how can I burn like 200-300 calories in half hour without using my legs? I can't really jump and I've tried stepping up and down stairs but my knees are not great (and still uses legs!).
I am stumped... How can I lose weight but still get rest days?