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I am more concerned about body fat at this point and would like to weigh less for running... I am currently 6'1'', 170 lbs and wear a size 10 or 12 and have been vegetarian for over 15 years. I feel too big right now for competitive running...HELP!!!
I currently work out 4 times per week...weights 3x's per week and I try to do at least 30 min cardio on those days with one longer run on the weekend (anywhere from 3-8 miles)
Calorie intake is the doozy here...I am really bad at tracking my intake....I think most days I am close to 1800...but I never know for sure. I find it really hard to tally it up!! This might be the area I need the most help???
Thanks everyone for your input so far...:-)
My weight loss has been very slow, but I think some of that has to do with the fact that I'm really exercising for the first time in three years and am probably building some muscle. I eat between 1600 and 1800 calories a day, and on days when I do a long hike (4 hours or more), I eat 2000.
I'm guessing, at your weight and height, you're not very much overweight at all. You can probably drop a few pounds just by counting the calories. Have you tried the tools on this site? I try to work with the range that I get from the intake and the expenditure tools. Good luck!
How do the rest of you do with tracking your intake? I find it very cumbersome...but then again I need to get more specific with numbers or I am not going to see results! How have others gotten "on board" with recording intake? I really need help with this! Do you need to plan everything out in advance?
I think I am going to use some of the tools and get more specific...any input as far as how others have conquered this would be great!! THANKS EVERYONE!!!
I'm 6'1" and currently weigh 208lbs after having 4 babies in 6 years (and am still nursing a 7 month old).
Anyway, I agree that 170 feels like a lot if you're like me and have medium sized bones. At my top form in University, I was at 147-150 and looked and felt great (not skinny, not anorexic!) My goal is to get down to 160, and then see what happens from there.
I'm training for a triathalon in September, and I have a 10k to run at the end of June. My real passion is road cycling/racing.
I need to lose lots more than you do, and believe me I know how awful it feels to lug around too much fat, especially when you're running or cycling up-hill (question of watts per kilo -- puts a ceiling on how fast you can go). It's even worse when you have the point of reference of a healthier, slimmer you.
I read an amazing e-book, "Burn the fat, Feed the Muscle" back in November. It's all about stoking your metabolism by eating the right foods and exercising the right amounts. Often, you need to eat MORE when doing a lot of physical activity in order to stoke the metabolic "fires", otherwise you're body's chemistry can't make up for the caloric loss and has to conserve a maximum of energy in order to feed your internal organs.
At any rate, I totally understand why you need to tone up. My husband has recommended that I do longer distances and interval training in order to lose a maximum of weight in the healthiest way possible, of course (more food comes with the increased exercise).
Hope it helps a bit...
That book sounds interesting. I am also working at increasing my distances in running...I am doing a 5K next week and am thinking about doing a half marathon in town this fall. I think alot needs to happen for me training-wise before then though.
4 children? Congrads!! I admire women who can raise a family and remain active (esp an athlete!) How do you feel your pregnancies have influenced your current workouts? Did you run at all when pregnant? I have a former teammate that is 6 months along and running....sometimes I worry about her!!!
Yes, this will be quite the journey getting back to where I used to be...but it is encouraging to hear from others that are also walking (or running!) a similar path!
I thought it would be incredibly tedious at first, but it only takes a few minutes at a time, and it's really interesting to find out how much or little you're actually eating. I actually found out that most days when I was eating normally, it wasn't nearly enough for my activity level. Now that I make an effort to eat more on days when I do a lot, I need almost zero recovery time, and have very little muscle soreness.
Once you've figured out the right level of calories, and have logged your usual foods often enough, you probably won't need to keep doing it forever. At least, that's what I keep telling myself!
Its also useful to measure more by looks/inches/size. I've noticed that my weight hasnt changed since I was size 8. I notice little things such as poky collarbones (they run in the family) which never showed before and more defined shoulders, yet theres no change in weight.
I think aiming for 160 is realistic at this point (10 lb loss) then make my way to 150 over the longer term (end of summer would be GREAT!!!)
Niiko--what is your intake like? Are you a runner as well?
Hello Athletic and Tall Women,
I played a GREAT deal of sports.
In my view you should not consider yourself too heavy to run at 6'1 with your weight at 170 lbs. You may wish to see a running trainer that is certified.
The most important factors I belive are "HOW" you feel, wearing the correct "Sports Bra" for propper support and the best "Shoes" I use only "Brooks" as I have long legs. They make EXCELLENT shoes for runners.
I re-injured a foot I broke a few years ago during Fencing class. I am 5'8" and weigh very firm 180. I am going to weigh 165 in a few months. On an athletic tall woman the loss of 10-15 lbs. looks like 30-50 on a non athletic woman.
I am now ready to start working out again. I can drop a size in 40 hours of working out. I would say relax and enjoy the sport you chose. As a tall athletic woman it would be good for you to see a fitness trainer that is certified!
Have a great time!
I run D1 Cross contry/ track (miler) and I am 5'9" and currently weigh 142 pounds. I joined this site because my coach thinks I could lose like 5-8 pounds and run A LOT faster (I'm aiming for a 5:05-5:10 mile this season). Anyway, I run between 30-60 miles a week depending on the season//month, etc. I think my current intake is around 2000 but that is just an estimate. I want to lose 5 pounds before February. I have already lost about 8 pounds over the past 4 months by replacing cereal with oatmeal.
Any suggestions on how to lose the last 5 pounds? I already run a lot and eat pretty decent..I'm stuck in a rut!!
Oh, and I completely agree with the whole I weigh more but look better becuase I am toned comments, because it is completely true!! In HS I weighed about 125 and just looked gangly and now I look like a woman! But good luck with everything, and let me know how it goes//if anyone has any suggestions I'd be glad to hear them!
I'm 5'9 and change and weigh about 152 right now. My BMI is 22.4 but my body fat is about 19% which means I'm pretty densely muscled. I do triathlon and swim competitively...although as a 37 year old mother of 2 'competitively' probably has a different definition for me than some of you college athletes! I compete for the experience, not to win (although I do alright in triathlon).
My run pace has definitely picked up as I've dropped weight, and I'm working to drop a few more pounds (not more than 7-8) and 3-4% body fat before the next tri season starts up. My swim and cycle times seem pretty solid regardless of my weight.
I eat about 2700 calories a day, I'm vegan and eat whole foods only. I don't even take supplements. I burn 700-1000 calories per workout, 5-6 days a week.