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Blondie3012Blondie3012 Posts: 14Member Member Posts: 14Member Member
Okay week one.....

I've set my calories to 1200 a day and have also started couch to 5k!!!

So I'm seeing a plus when I've done exercise! Just seen I've got almost 200 to still use but I'm done! Never thought I'd not want to use spare calories!

I loved tonight only day 1 or the 8 week couch to 5k but I want to be addicted to the feeling of running!! I have about 12 weeks until I go on holiday and I hope I can make a visual change by then!!!!

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  • Duck_PuddleDuck_Puddle Posts: 2,530Member Member Posts: 2,530Member Member
    Congrats! You’re going to want to start including those extra calories if you want to have enough energy to keep doing the rest of the c25k program.

    1200 is very low already and the absolute minimum to get all the nutrients and vitamins and thing you need if you’re just sitting on the couch. You need to eat those extra calories.
  • TrishSerenTrishSeren Posts: 585Member Member Posts: 585Member Member
    I loved the Couch to 5k program.

    You should eat back the exercise calories though, that's how MFP works.
  • Running2FitRunning2Fit Posts: 704Member Member Posts: 704Member Member
    Eat the calories. When I started running I would have extra calories at the end of the day but wasn’t very hungry so I didn’t eat them and then I’d be absolutely starving the next day and want to eat everything in sight!

    Additionally, you are eating the bare minimum of calories. You need those extra calories to properly fuel the workouts you are doing.
  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Posts: 6,607Member Member Posts: 6,607Member Member
    Okay week one.....

    I've set my calories to 1200 a day and have also started couch to 5k!!!

    So I'm seeing a plus when I've done exercise! Just seen I've got almost 200 to still use but I'm done! Never thought I'd not want to use spare calories!

    I loved tonight only day 1 or the 8 week couch to 5k but I want to be addicted to the feeling of running!! I have about 12 weeks until I go on holiday and I hope I can make a visual change by then!!!!

    It's fairly easy to makeup the 200 calories without feeling too full, add some calorie dense foods to your days that you're doing C25K.
    • Teaspoon of Oil when cooking approx 100 cals
    • 25g Nuts approx 120 cals
    • 20g Peanut Butter 120 cals
    • 2 Oreo Cookies 140 cals
  • PaytraBPaytraB Posts: 2,364Member Member Posts: 2,364Member Member
    Congratulations on starting C25K. It's a great program.

    Sometimes you may not eat the extra calories on the day of running but are extra hungry the day after. If so, eat those 200 calories. You need to fuel your workouts.
    One way of looking at calories that I found helpful was to look at weekly calories (not daily). This gave me flexibility to "save" calories for the weekend or for hungrier days and still remain within my weekly calorie goal.

    Again, congrats on starting the program and making it through Day 1 Week 1.
  • Blondie3012Blondie3012 Posts: 14Member Member Posts: 14Member Member
    Congrats! You’re going to want to start including those extra calories if you want to have enough energy to keep doing the rest of the c25k program.

    1200 is very low already and the absolute minimum to get all the nutrients and vitamins and thing you need if you’re just sitting on the couch. You need to eat those extra calories.

    Okay so today I've gained calories obviously and about to go for my run... So will prob have nearly 300 calories extra so you say use them?! Exciting!!!
  • TavistockToadTavistockToad Posts: 35,819Member Member Posts: 35,819Member Member
    Congrats! You’re going to want to start including those extra calories if you want to have enough energy to keep doing the rest of the c25k program.

    1200 is very low already and the absolute minimum to get all the nutrients and vitamins and thing you need if you’re just sitting on the couch. You need to eat those extra calories.

    Okay so today I've gained calories obviously and about to go for my run... So will prob have nearly 300 calories extra so you say use them?! Exciting!!!

    Peanut butter is your friend
  • Duck_PuddleDuck_Puddle Posts: 2,530Member Member Posts: 2,530Member Member
    Congrats! You’re going to want to start including those extra calories if you want to have enough energy to keep doing the rest of the c25k program.

    1200 is very low already and the absolute minimum to get all the nutrients and vitamins and thing you need if you’re just sitting on the couch. You need to eat those extra calories.

    Okay so today I've gained calories obviously and about to go for my run... So will prob have nearly 300 calories extra so you say use them?! Exciting!!!

    You say exciting, I say delicious! Enjoy!
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