For the past month I have been stuck at a certain weight and in fact I have gained about 5 lbs. I was getting very discouraged and didn’t know what to do. I decided to reach out to a friend for help. My friend is a health coach and we used to meet on a regular basis to discuss how I was doing on my journey to fitness. We would talk about making healthy food choices, about what kind of exercise I enjoyed, and about how things in my life were affecting my physical and mental health. I don’t remember the reasons why we quit meeting. I do remember how much she had helped me in the past. I called her to see if we could start meeting again. She was very happy to get together and offer me whatever help she could. We met this week and she talked to me about switching up either my exercise or my eating. I asked her how changing my exercise routine could help me start losing weight again. She told me that when you start an exercise routine you will start shedding pounds but after a few months, you may start to stagnate at the same weight, even if you do the same amount of exercise and you stick to your dietary restrictions. The reason for this is simple: with the repetition of the same type of workout, your body will get used to the exercise routine and will consume less energy. If you change up the exercise routine, your body will be continually challenged and it will burn more calories, resulting in a more successful weight loss. In addition, you can avoid repetition and boredom. Many people will quit their workout routine due to boredom or lack of results. The change can be made in the intensity of the workout or in the type of workout. You may also increase the time spent working out. I saw how this had happened to me. When I first began walking an average of 5-6 miles a day I did lose weight for the first 9 months, but the weight loss gradually starting slowly down to the point where I was no longer losing weight(in fact, I was gaining weight). I wasn’t bored with my routine; my body was just used to walking everyday and I was burning less energy/calories. In the same way your body can get used to what you have been eating. My friend said that if you have been eating foods that are low on the glycemic index, then for one week you should eat foods high on the glycemic index. Then go back to the way you were eating. This way you will shock your system and jump start your weight loss again. We decided to try switching up my exercise routine first. So, I am now walking one day, doing something else the next day(a kettle-ball workout, boxing with a heavyweight bag, dancing to Richard Simmons’ “Sweatin’ to the Oldies”, etc), then walking the next day, and so on. I hope this will shock my system and I will start losing again. One thing I know for sure is that I am not going to stop meeting with my health coach this time.
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I loved running the half marathon this year!! The course was diverse, well laid out, and clearly marked. All the volunteers were cheerful and helpful. I loved the food at the end, the music and the great energy and enthusiasm of all those involved. It was very evident that great care and thought went into every detail of this fantastic race. A big thank you to everyone who put so much time and effort into making this race a great experience!! Each succeeding year of this race gets better and better--I look forward to next year!
I had a blast. The course was well laid out and the stations were a great sight to see. The finish line was set up wonderfully. The after food, music, stretch tables and crowd were very welcoming. Thank you for everything. I really can't wait till next year.
My first Marathon! This was a great experience, extremely well marked course not only that but someone at every turn cheering you on was great, big thanks to them! Aid stations lots of them, after mile 20 my belt was empty and I was almost running on empty, they relly helped me finsh, they had everything I was even able to get a gel packet. I will run it again, and would recommend it to anyone. Thank you!
I do travel out-of-state for races from time to time and when I heard about this one, I had to participate. From the amazing/scenic course to the incredible volunteers, friendly participants & spectacular weather, I'd have to give kudos for a job well done. You guys just keep rocking it like you are and it won't forsake you. I hope to be back next year!
This was my first race ever and it could not have been any better! The energy on the course was amazing, everyone cheering each other on was inspiring. Having a pacer helped me complete my half marathon in my goal time! The whole event was well planned and a fun day all around, can't wait to do it again!!
The race was awesome. A really beautiful course. So many kind volunteers cheering us on along the way. Lots of free yummy food at the end. Also live music, physical therapists to help you stretch afterward. The t-shirts were great. My friends from Georgia and I are planning to make this our memorial day tradition!
Great event! I just ran the half today! The race seemed well organized and the course is fast and flat as described and runs through lovely neighborhoods and parks, nicely shaded, lots of beautiful trees and greenery, etc. Loved the venue for the start and finish. Loved the free hot dog or burrito option at the end for participants and BTW the "dawg's" were great and the fellow that owns and runs the hot dog stand was really cool!! He even took the time to snap a few pics of my friend and I for us. Enjoyed the live music while we were eating and waiting for award announcements. I would definitely run this race again and since I won a free race entry (division award) I plan to do just that next year!
This was a very well organized marathon, especially for an inaugural one! Beautiful and fast course. I got a new PR! Great support along the course, especially in the last hard miles. The race director even ran with me for a little bit. :-) I would definitely recommend it. It was small being it's first year but I expect to see it grow a lot in the coming years.