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a bit of background about me:- I'm female, age 39 (the scared big 4 0 is just round the corner ) 5 foot 8, 9 stone 12 (think that's about 60 kg ish). Have always been quite sporty, but apart from twice yearly ski trips have never really stuck at any one sport for long. I decided to make a concerted effort to get as fit as I could for my 40th birthday so in FebruaryI started running and gradually built up to doing a 10k race. I now run between 5 and 10k most days of the week along with lots of abs work. i have quit smoking the 3 ish cigarettes I've been having since my 20s. In general I feel lighter, more energetic and alert and havre a healthy glow.
hieever, a very nice effect would have been to lose half a stone and tone up. I haven't however changed my eating habits and therefore my weight has remained almost exactly the same! I'm not perfect with food, but I certainly dont think I'm eating back all the 750+ calories I burn on a run. I've been reading other forums and they all say that you don't see any physical changes in your body from running unless you strip off the fat.
so does that mean that my body looks exactly the same now as in February before I started running most days? If so, what's the point? Im thrilled I've given up smoking and feel healthier through running, but it would be great to think that my body is getting leaner and more toned as well. I didn't take any before and after photos or measurements so it's hard to tell and I'm used to my reflection in the mirror so that doesn't help!
i guess I'm looking for a little motivation to carry on.
Thank you x