Monday Surgery

Q. From Linda Wilson. I’ve been going to slimming workd since September and have lost around 2 stone. I have a reasonable level of fitness before starting running. Ive been following your plan for a couple of weeks and have walked/run 3 miles around 4/5 times a week. I still go to Slimming World and follow the plan. Every week since Sept I have lost weight evne if only half a pound (including over christmas) but last week I gain 2lb. I was horrified! I love the running as its a novelty being able to do it as I gave up smoking at the begining of Jan. My biggest fear is that I gain weight and are tempted to smoke again. Running seemed ideal to help me lose the last 10 or so pounds I want to lose and also help keep off weight now I no longer smoke. Also replacing one addiction with another healthy one appeals. Hope this helps. Your answer in the clinic.. Im guessing I will be able to read this on the sight tomorrow evening? Thanks for helping!

A: Don’t panic and for goodness sakes don’t light up a fag!  2lbs in 1 week is most likley to just be an anomaly (a freak week) and have nothing to do with the running, especially as you say that you have been following the 6-step programme in previous weeks and were still losing weight.  Week by week our weight fluctuates for all sorts of reasons: hormonal changes, water retention, to name but a few.  I would recommend sticking with what you are doing, remembering to increase your water intake and continue to watch what you eat aswell.  I am confident that the weight will start to come off again very soon and would imagine – as you do – that running is the ideal way to shift those last 10lbs.  That was about the amount of weight I wanted to lose when I took up running.  If it doesn’t go down even by a very small amount in the next fortnight, please let me know and we will deal with it.

Q. I hate running and always have but wish I didnt because it would suit my busy lifestyle.  can you help? Reese

A. I hate running to.  Hoping to enjoy running is fatal to ever actually getting off your arse and going on a run.  You really need to read my book Run Fat Bitch Run because it was written with you in mind.  It is your cure.

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10 Responses to “Monday Surgery”

  1. Beebee March 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Oh Grit Dr, I am so glad to have found you. My inner bitch is currently in overdrive and I love it. 2lb down this week… I love the idea in your book of having a circuit. However, after all my walking I find 5 mins in just too long jog for in 1 go. I can’t seem to make the jump. Even if I go REALLY slow. So I’m doing your circuit idea and warming up, running 1 minute, walking 1 minute for 20 then walking the rest. Fingers crossed it can help me to the 5 minutes!

    • gritdoctor March 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      WELL DONE. Brilliant start, you will reach 5 minutes in no time. Just carry on with what you are doing and slow down as much as possible and try 1.5 minutes for a couple of days then 2 etc etc. keep me posted and good luck!

      • Jo March 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

        Hello Grit Doctor – I have a question for you… am training for a 10k and can get myself out of the door no problem on weekends, but during the week the only time I have to run is before work. Set my alarm for 6.00am each day only to turn it off and go back to sleep. Any tips on how to summon up the extra grit to get myself out of bed at 6.00am?

      • gritdoctor March 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

        i will answer this in next mondays grit clinic, but in the meantime, set your alarm in such a way that you cant turn it off without getting out of bed first – can you leave it outside your bedroom door for example with your copy of the book lying beside it?!

  2. Gwen Loughman March 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    It is two weeks today to my first 5k race!! i am excited and nervous all at once. Can you offer me any advice on the 24 hours before the race – should I take the Thursday as a rest day and what should I eat? The race is at 1pm Good Friday. I am hoping it will be a very Good Friday indeed. Me and my inner bitch cannot wait!!!

    • gritdoctor March 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      i will answer this in the grit clinic tomorrow!

  3. GemmaH June 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi, well ive just read the book and its the best thing to happen to me. BUT!! i hate the outdoors like dispise it and the cold but I am however a member of a gym. Why is it called the “dreadmill”??? is it not as effective ?? do I need to suck it up and go out to the nasty irish weather :/

    • gritdoctor June 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

      Do you mind if I use this question for my next column in the Irish Times and answer it there instead?

      • GemmaH June 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

        no problem

      • gritdoctor June 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

        thanks gemma, the short answer is yes you do need to get outside but my column will hopefully inspire you to do just that. will message you here when it comes out (in a week or so)

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