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The Exercise Diet part 4

I said that I was trying out this exercise routine to see if I could lose weight without going on a diet or at least keep my weight from increasing without having to starve myself. I found that increasing my amount of exercise dramatically enabled me to eat anything I wanted without putting on weight.

Well…

Christmas soldier

I guess that my usual diet can’t be that bad because the Christmas weight explosion was not avoided this year!  Even though I kept up my exercise every day, I still gained half a stone, just like I do every year!

That’s interesting. It means that my normal diet is not that unhealthy yet I can still feel like I’m getting to eat lots of yummy things. It’s also interesting that I gained the same amount of weight over Christmas even though the percentage increase in calories must have been much less and I should have been burning off more of those anyway.

So now I am in need of losing weight. I’m wondering if by going back to a healthy diet together with exercise will do the trick or will I have to go back to feeling hungry all the time and gnaw on a stick of celery?

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The Exercise Diet Part 2

OK so now I have been swimming 5-6 times a week doing 64 lengths (25 metres per length) for the past few months. I’ve gone from taking 50 minutes to 38 minutes to do that mile so that is success, even if it wasn’t my goal.  Well actually I started to yearn to be able to swim faster because swimming takes up so much time by the time you get there, get changed, swim, shower, get dressed…

I’ve become so envious of those swimmers who skim along the surface like they are wearing flippers! Still I’ve met some very lovely people who swim every morning.

So? Did I lose weight? Well, no, I didn’t!

Running

Now this is a biggie, I can’t run to save my life!

But maybe after all this swimming I could try to learn? You might ask why. Well, for one thing, folks tell me that it’s very hard to lose weight by just swimming. I presume it’s just not strenuous enough.

But I don’t own any trainers

Or

Jogging pants!

So I bought some hi-tec silver shadow trainers for £30. If they are good enough for the British army, they are more than good enough for me.

I needed to know how far I was running: how can you measure your success without measuring something? So I downloaded an app for my phone: “Couch to 5k” sounded like my mind of thing. I mean, I’m not exactly Ms fitness champion so I decided to ease myself into it.  Here’s the URL for the app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.active.aps.c25kk

http://www.active.com/mobile/couch-to-5k-app?int=mob-homepage-couch-to-5k-app-03couch to 5k

Well I loved this! Walk for 5 minutes to warm up and then jog for 1 minute, walk for 1.5, run for 1, etc. Easy peasy, even I can do that! I loved the way I could compare my runs, the routes and the times and it was reassuring to have a voice telling me when to jog (and especially when to walk!). It’s better than swimming as you don’t spend most of your time looking at tiles at the bottom of the pool which is soooo dull.

Trouble is, although I’m now exercising every day, I’ve put on weight!!!

Horrors!

I think the reason must be that the workout program for running was just too easy going compared to my swims.  Also I have to admit I’ve been gorging myself on biscuits, crisps and various other unhealthy snacks!

Then I realised that the app was very inaccurate when measuring distance. Some sort of bug in the program. Quite a major bug if you ask me!

So I’ve swapped to using Endomodo https://www.endomondo.com/features and I’m aiming at doing 5k per day.

Endomondo

What will this do, apart from making my knees hurt and my sleeping even better?