Couch to 5K – Time to slim down?

I have been working on this 5K run effort for over 6 weeks now.  As I have blogged here, I am amazed by how well the app that I am using builds up strength and stamina for achieving the goal of running a 5K.  While I feel stronger and healthier, I still have one stumbling block to overcome.  I know that to go faster, I need to be lighter.  It will take less effort and energy to move a lighter body along the path or treadmill.  That is just simple physics!!  Who knew I paid attention in that class!!

Like I mentioned back when I started my blog series on this topic, I had a number of motivations to start running.  One was to support the efforts of my friend, Rachel.  Another was to improve my heart health and cardio-fitness.  The final one was that I had hoped my efforts would help me lose a few pounds as an added bonus.  That has not happened yet.  🙁

I know that there are a number of people out there that have successfully slimmed down and lost weight using a number of methods.  Outside of the usual options for formalized programs, I am curious to find out what resources people have used when attempting to lose weight.  What blogs, websites, books or magazines did you use or find useful.  Was there a particular app that you used to help you or did you use the old-fashioned method of pen & paper to help your efforts??

I personally don’t like the idea of formalized programs that tie you into a system of meetings and check-ins.  I am a busy guy and truthfully, I don’t have the added time that those programs would take.  I know that people will tell me that the time required for those activities is an investment in myself.  I also know that I would fail if I tried to add more appointments into my schedule right now.

What I want to do is figure out a program that I have ownership of and have developed to fit my lifestyle, which includes a moderate amount of travel each month.  To do this, I need some resources to build a framework, so that I can do a better job of managing what I put into my body.

It wasn’t until recently that I came to the realization that I could get the calories I need to live off, from far less food than I need to feel full.  A stunning concept, I know, but I guess that realizing that now is a good thing.  Just like my running efforts, I can make a change and a difference if I set my mind to it!!

If you have any helpful resources that you would like to share, please leave a comment below so that others can benefit from your input too.  If you would prefer to send your comments directly to me, please reach me on Twitter or via my contact page.  I look forward to your input!!

6 responses to “Couch to 5K – Time to slim down?

  1. hey chris! good for you for doing this… my wife works out at the same place i do – push fit studio in waterdown – which has a great work out program as well as a nutrition program. i think the key things that she has found for dropping pounds (she has been consistently about 2lbs a week) are having 4 meals a day – 2 “mini” meals and 2 regular meals and keeping track of her carb and protein intake – there needs to be a focus on calories in/calories out – maybe if you just start by writing down everything you eat, and the number of calories you are putting in your body as opposed to how many you are loosing by running or working out – you’ll start to see places where you can trim and cut – and – loose the booze. lots of us drink more calories than we eat… anyhow, I’m no expert on this stuff – but i know that the has some info about nutrition there… Good luck and when are you running your first 5k race?

  2. Hey Chris,

    I used to weigh close to 290 and dropped down to just over 200 in a relatively short amout of time (though I have put some back on and am trying to lose that again). No matter how many diet type books or articles I read, losing weight really just comes down to burning more calories than you are taking in. To burn lots of calories you have to really push yourself outside of your comfort zone and really break a sweat when working out. If I don’t leave the gym drenched, I feel like I didn’t accomplish anything. I really like using the eliptical for losing weight over running or walking because it gets your full body in motion and you can add resistance. Though running 5K may be your goal, it doesn’t mean you need to just focus on the treadmil in the gym and should also do some weight lifting to tone up.

    When it comes to eating I just make common sense decisions and don’t really count the calories though I know from years of looking at labels which products are good and bad. Alcohol is going to have a huge impact on weight loss also and really needs to be cut (or cut back) and if you do drink u should switch to things like vodka water instead of a beer or sugary based alcoholic drinks.

    Anyway, hope that helps and if you have any questions you know how to reach me.



  3. We’ve talked about it a bit before, but I’m obviously a huge advocate for Weight Watchers. The online program is great as well…

    Otherwise great books include the Eat Clean series by Tosca Reno (pretty sure she has one for men) or I might suggest seeing a nutritionist for some guidance? I know a few awesome ones

  4. Awesome blog post. I am so pumped you are doing this. Probably a great resource that I used was You can order his book on nutrition; that is what I try to live by. Jillian Michael’s wrote a book called Mastering your Metabolism which is awesome too. Once you started down the path of weight loss you will be so blown away by how easy it can be by just taking the simple steps of changing what you eat. It’s more expensive yes, but it’s a lot cheaper than a hospital visit and will keep you out of the hospital. I lost 242 pounds just by changing my diet and getting into running. It took me two years, but I had to for health reasons. People like you are my hero because you made the decision for change without having to have the Grim Reaper knocking at your door.

  5. This website to track your intake and adust your daily requirements! Good job, Chris!!! 🙂

  6. Morning Chris,

    I am a long distance runner and had a bypass surgery last year. I ran 32 miles a couple weeks ago, to see if I could. For me it was a Plant Based diet with no added oil. A lot of my family members joined me a year ago and I can tell you the weight loss is 100 percent. I feel it is the oil more than anything. I wrote a couple blogs about trying to exercise the weight off and I have found that the input is the key. Good luck. Ian

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