Life can be hard sometimes… Based on your choices 😉
Months ago I decided to take ephedrine again to overcome a kind of plateau or ratchet effect. I have lost something like 10 pounds without much effort, thanks to the higher metabolism, energy, reduced appetite, all the well-known benefits of ephedrine for weight loss.
By the way it was great to go on an EC stack again after all this time During a few weeks I was able to do much more things with a lot of energy, both in the professional and personal life. Feeling younger
Even my wife did notice it and suddenly my to-do list started to increase and honestly I was happy to do it. “Go here”, “do that”, I guess most married guys with children will understand 😉 I don’t know how to measure that but to use business words, I would say that my “productivity” has doubled. I have a long history with ephedrine and caffeine so I went rapidly to the standard dosage of EC stacks and again, it was a pleasure.
But.. there is a but
I don’t remember exactly when it was, let me check in the posts… OK, it was one year ago, end of June 2014. Losing weight with an EC stack is quite easy, but keeping it off is another story. I was feeling so good, so confident that I skipped what you are supposed to do to stay at your new weight.
I had again a lot of business trips, a lot of long dinners and evenings with colleagues, drinking cocktails at the bar, after longs days sitting in meeting rooms with quite no physical activity, so again the same story. And as you can guess, with a normal appetite that had nothing to do with my body needs: eating bread at lunch, starters and desserts even if I was not so hungry, going for cookies instead of fruits during the meeting breaks…
For a while I saw no difference as I don’t use the bathroom scale very often: for me the real test is if your jeans fit. One day it seems like your jeans have shrunk but you know it’s not the case You feel less comfortable for instance in restaurants when you have to unbutton or it will explode 😉 Then you decide to buy other jeans, you don’t remember your size so you just try a few ones until you feel comfortable and that’s it!
So if you can relate to that: don’t buy clothes when you are gaining weight! It’s the best way to accept your failure! Stay with your current clothes and do what it takes to go back to your previous weight!
What I did next
Do you remember that my first advice to people who want to lose weight is to run slow with a heart rate monitor? First because you get the same health benefits as someone running four times a week and three times faster than you, as found out by this study. And second, because running below 70 percent of your maximum heart rate (MHR) is the best way to start lipolysis (burning fat by emptying adipocytes) instead of burning glycogen from your muscles.
So the logical choice would have been to do what I recommend all the time and guess what? I did run, sure, but much faster than 70 percent of my MHR. Let me explain why 😉
It happened by accident. I have the chance to work in a company which really cares for employees’ health: running at lunch time is accepted and even supported, we take part to three or four running events per year, for instance we recently had a 10K charity run.
Cool, isn’t it?
The problem is that I had to start training regularly with young colleagues who run quite fast 😉 and to be honest I felt a bit ashamed to run so slow in order to lose weight. A kind of ego thing if you see what I mean 😉
Where I Am So Far
We started with 2 sessions per week, typically on Tuesday and Thursday, for one hour at normal speed for them which is very high speed for me 😉 They all saw that I couldn’t talk much while running but I told them that I had to get back in shape and it was OK. In fact it was not OK at all.
I was so tired, my muscles were aching, I didn’t have time to recover, my joints started to hurt. Far from what I say here: You Say You Can’t Run?. I decided to react, in a way that most women will understand easily: buy some stuff! I’m just kidding: we know that women don’t need a special reason to buy stuff 😉
So I bought great running shoes (if you’re interested: Hoka One One Conquest 2 for their amazing cushion) and then something that I was expecting since a long time: a GPS running watch that has a wrist-based heart rate monitor! Which means that you don’t have to wear this %§#! chest strap anymore! I love it
This watch alone gave me the extra motivation to run faster and to track my progress with cool features such as badges, activity tracking (steps, calories, distance, etc..).
What I wanted to say from the beginning is that running fast is *really* hard if you have some overweight. So don’t do it. And for what benefits? To be honest I don’t see them yet. Our group is now running three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and I am always tired, my knee hurts and I didn’t lose weight yet. But I know that I have burned some fat and built some muscles: I know it because my old jeans fit again!!
It will probably take some time but I’m sure that when I will start losing serious weight it will be worth it. I know it from experience. The difference is that I was running at low pace at that time. I am now testing a different way and I hope that the weight loss results will be the same. But I wouldn’t recommend it: it’s really hard and you can have the same weight loss benefits without all that pain and suffering. You can get the same results in less time and efforts with ephedrine or ephedra alkaloids, as long as you don’t mess it up later with a crappy lifestyle 😉