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Well, i prob havent seen you for 12 months, you didnt loom at deaths door as i would at 13 stone....

So, im going to guess you couldve been pushing 19 stone...which id never have guessed. Im currently 15 from 16 and a half and would like to get to, and stay at, 14

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On 28/08/2023 at 17:24, globaldiver said:

Not giving away such detail!

Cut back calorie intake (food and alcohol), and I walk a lot.

Changed habits, really, hopefully engrained now.

Top effort by the way. There is most certainly a major gratification when you lose a hefty amount of weight. You will suddenly look at old pictures of yourself and think - fat bastard! Staying at the new weight (if its your final target) is a task in itself and shouldn’t be underestimated. Keep at it!

My fluctuating weight is going in the upward trajectory at the minute. On holiday now and pissed off at the tyre I’ve got around my waist.

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Back on it this week after my recent back-to-back holidays. Weighed in at 13st 5lb. I like to be around 11st12 - 12st4. Bit gutted. Fasted and exercised Wed-Fri. Will crack on again this coming week with the fasting and what exercise I can manage.

Which brings me on to my mammoth day in the Lakes yesterday for the Terrex Ultra Marathon. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. The heat and humidity just wiped me (and everyone else) clean out. Not helped by being overweight and out of shape.

7.5 litres of sweat lost! Nearly 5,000 calories burnt.

Didn’t make the top half (spent far too long at each of the outposts) but did come 2nd in my age category.

Genuinely thought I might collapse at the top of Red Screes, physically and mentally I was gone at that point with a quarter of the race still to go. Managed a couple more miles, sat down, regrouped, put a fresh dry top on, fresh plasters on toes, a few Skittles and more water and then went again. Started to pick a few stragglers off and then was faced with a 600-800ft steep climb up to Alcock Tarn in the penultimate mile. Race organiser wants shooting for that!

Hard to say whether I enjoyed it. Was fighting all day to stay hydrated.

Weighed 3lbs less this morning!

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45 minutes ago, Smiley said:

Back on it this week after my recent back-to-back holidays. Weighed in at 13st 5lb. I like to be around 11st12 - 12st4. Bit gutted. Fasted and exercised Wed-Fri. Will crack on again this coming week with the fasting and what exercise I can manage.

Which brings me on to my mammoth day in the Lakes yesterday for the Terrex Ultra Marathon. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. The heat and humidity just wiped me (and everyone else) clean out. Not helped by being overweight and out of shape.

7.5 litres of sweat lost! Nearly 5,000 calories burnt.

Didn’t make the top half (spent far too long at each of the outposts) but did come 2nd in my age category.

Genuinely thought I might collapse at the top of Red Screes, physically and mentally I was gone at that point with a quarter of the race still to go. Managed a couple more miles, sat down, regrouped, put a fresh dry top on, fresh plasters on toes, a few Skittles and more water and then went again. Started to pick a few stragglers off and then was faced with a 600-800ft steep climb up to Alcock Tarn in the penultimate mile. Race organiser wants shooting for that!

Hard to say whether I enjoyed it. Was fighting all day to stay hydrated.

Weighed 3lbs less this morning!

You reckon you'd have made the gig had we decided to go?

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7 minutes ago, Zico said:

You reckon you'd have made the gig had we decided to go?

Yes. I crashed on a deck chair at the finish line for about 45 mins. Would have just grabbed my medal and jumped in car. They were on early though - 8.10pm.

But, I’d have stunk like shite and been driving.

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26 minutes ago, Smiley said:

Yes. I crashed on a deck chair at the finish line for about 45 mins. Would have just grabbed my medal and jumped in car. They were on early though - 8.10pm.

But, I’d have stunk like shite and been driving.

How far was it? Russ did a half Ironman yesterday in Wales, he said it was horrendous due to the heat 

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1 hour ago, Smiley said:

Back on it this week after my recent back-to-back holidays. Weighed in at 13st 5lb. I like to be around 11st12 - 12st4. Bit gutted. Fasted and exercised Wed-Fri. Will crack on again this coming week with the fasting and what exercise I can manage.

Which brings me on to my mammoth day in the Lakes yesterday for the Terrex Ultra Marathon. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. The heat and humidity just wiped me (and everyone else) clean out. Not helped by being overweight and out of shape.

7.5 litres of sweat lost! Nearly 5,000 calories burnt.

Didn’t make the top half (spent far too long at each of the outposts) but did come 2nd in my age category.

Genuinely thought I might collapse at the top of Red Screes, physically and mentally I was gone at that point with a quarter of the race still to go. Managed a couple more miles, sat down, regrouped, put a fresh dry top on, fresh plasters on toes, a few Skittles and more water and then went again. Started to pick a few stragglers off and then was faced with a 600-800ft steep climb up to Alcock Tarn in the penultimate mile. Race organiser wants shooting for that!

Hard to say whether I enjoyed it. Was fighting all day to stay hydrated.

Weighed 3lbs less this morning!

Fasted the week of an ultra? No wonder you felt like shite 

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Did the Goyt Valley Challenge on Saturday. Another trail/fell marathon. Was tough but came in 14th out of 88. Which I was pretty pleased about. I was actually 13th, but forgot to tap-in at the finish line. The guy behind me told me I’d not tapped… as he tapped himself and nicked my placing! Haha. Got a big cooked pie at the end. In fact the food the whole way around the route was belting. All locals, farmers, etc manning the check points. The highlight being Kettleshulme village hall. All the old dears in there couldn’t do enough for you.

As someone new to this running malarkey, found Saturday refreshing as it only cost me £21. As opposed to some of the bigger events at £75+.

Still struggling to shift weight though!

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Struggling to shift weight doing all that? Blimey. Have you just plateaued? You must have if you're doing those sort of times on those sort of courses?

I'm doing sober october as a kick start to getting back to running as my knee seems now to be holding up, 9 days in and the gym everyday and I've shifted half a bloody stone! Fucking starving though.

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12 minutes ago, Not in Crawley said:

Struggling to shift weight doing all that? Blimey. Have you just plateaued? You must have if you're doing those sort of times on those sort of courses?

I'm doing sober october as a kick start to getting back to running as my knee seems now to be holding up, 9 days in and the gym everyday and I've shifted half a bloody stone! Fucking starving though.

To be fair, I think this might have something to do with it:

24 minutes ago, Smiley said:

Got a big cooked pie at the end. In fact the food the whole way around the route was belting. All locals, farmers, etc manning the check points. The highlight being Kettleshulme village hall. All the old dears in there couldn’t do enough for you.

 

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10 hours ago, Not in Crawley said:

Struggling to shift weight doing all that? Blimey. Have you just plateaued? You must have if you're doing those sort of times on those sort of courses?

I'm doing sober october as a kick start to getting back to running as my knee seems now to be holding up, 9 days in and the gym everyday and I've shifted half a bloody stone! Fucking starving though.

Had two periods of my life doing regular running, put on weight during both of them. 

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7 hours ago, jayjayoghani said:

Had two periods of my life doing regular running, put on weight during both of them. 

The body has an amazing ability to maintain the norm, the more you burn the more fuel the body wants. Only way to lose weight is to monitor what you put in.

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6 minutes ago, Nowack said:

The body has an amazing ability to maintain the norm, the more you burn the more fuel the body wants. Only way to lose weight is to monitor what you put in.

That's the thing, when I'm running I don't like to drink before and two weeks before a race certainly and I eat better generally as like yesterday I did exercise in the morning didn't fancy a big lunch and then went swimming when I finished work at 8, by time I got home had a small bowl of noodles rather than a massive dinner.

Anyone else find doing exercise actually suppresses the appetite?

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5 minutes ago, Lt. Aldo Raine said:

It tends to be the opposite for me - like @Nowack points out, it's as if I've got a burning need to replace the lost calories

Running on an empty stomach first thing in the morning should see a person lose weight, though

Don't usually have anything to eat anyway until I've been up for a couple of hours so always run before breakfast if I'm doing a morning session.

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I’m blaming the carbs! Also had a couple of family birthdays in Sept which has meant cake, cake and lots of cake!!

Wife baked cookies with the youngest at weekend. 

I’m like a smack addict knowing we’ve a Tupperware box full of these cookies. 2 mins in the air fryer and they are soft and moist and totally delicious.

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Also, had a calf injury since my Ultra in early Sept, so only managed 2x 3 miles and 1x 6 miles runs in the month before my marathon at the weekend. Have tried my best to counter the injury with cycling and home workouts.

But like Aldo and Nowack say, I feel the urge to refuel after I’ve exercised, maybe not directly after, but not long.

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