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#1 Hartman

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:52 PM

Before I joined I was running 2.5 miles on the treadmill - no problem. I'm finding it hard to reach 1 mile - my energy is just so depleted. I managed 1.50 miles, but had to stop after that and then felt dizzy.

Any suggestions? I can not exercise while I'm feeling so hungry!

Thanks! :blink:
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#2 kwads

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:17 PM

I recommend eat your free foods. I always have carrots and celery before I work out. It gives me energy. Free foods are your best friend on this program!
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:25 PM

what i have been doing is eating my 1200 calories on non run days, and then doing the 1500 calorie menu on my run days. my jcc is totally cool with this and it has been working! you may want to give it a shot! :)
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#4 nancy5012

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:46 AM

On my "run" days (and I use the term loosely) I tend to have my higher calorie JC foods and snack and always volumize my meals. I usually hit about 1300 calories, sometimes a bit more, on those days.

I usually eat before I run (about 40 minutes) so that helps, and I have fruit right after.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:20 AM

I've worked my menu to maximize my protein intake (75 grams/day) and it made a big difference for me. I don't run hungry, and I try to eat something within a 1/2 hour of running. If you are just starting out on JC, then your body is still getting used to getting by on a lower calorie count and it should get better in a few weeks. Hang in there!!
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:28 AM

Yes, the food's important but also don't forget to HYDRATE!!!! Make sure you do that before, during and after your run.
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#7 Hartman

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:35 PM

Thank you EVERYONE! All of your advice is helpful. I planned on speaking to someone about this at my first weigh in. And you're right, day 5 was much better, but I still feel like I need a little something "extra".
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#8 Laurie S

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:35 PM

I tend to increase my calories a bit more on the days I work out... 1300 to 1500 depending on intensity... days I dont work out, I may take in fewer than 1200 to balance things out. Probably not a smart thing to do... I also make sure that I stay hydrated. If I am tired and dont have energy, I dont work out for long, and some days I just feel like that. Other days I have more energy. so, it all balances out... at least for me :)
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