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    I am in the military, for 2 more months. I have been running for routine PT because it is required for us in the military. I prefer cycling. I have one more test to take. I normally feel pretty good once I get to running 3 miles 3 times a week. Additionally, I do pushups and situps.

    I started the 21 Day Transformation. I am on day 8. I am not sure why I feel sluggish. It is almost like my legs don't have the energy. I finish in a decent time, but it takes effort.

    Any ideas or tips?

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    I should add I am 43 years old male... 26 years in the military...

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    • #3
      Are you restricting your carbs? If you are, perhaps you should let up on that and allow yourself some potatoes, sweet, potatoes, or rice.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
        Are you restricting your carbs? If you are, perhaps you should let up on that and allow yourself some potatoes, sweet, potatoes, or rice.
        I bet she nailed it. The time to become fat-adapted is when you don't have to take PT running tests.
        The Champagne of Beards

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        • #5
          I had some sweet potatoes last week but don't on a regular basis... trying to stick with the 21 DT intent... Should I have them more often as long as I don't go over the 150 grams a day?

          After doing a quick review of my journal, it appears I never went over 100 grams. Bounced around 80-90 one day I only had 24 grams of carbs.

          I appreciate your advice.

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          • #6
            Have an extra serving of carbs with dinner each night.

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            • #7
              Can I follow up? Thoughts on rice over sweet potatoes?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sgtcyclist View Post
                Can I follow up? Thoughts on rice over sweet potatoes?
                I would put the sweet potatoes on top of the rice, rather than the other way around. :P

                Seriously, just try it and find out what works for you.

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                • #9
                  The sweet potatoes are going to have a few more nutrients, but really you're looking for cheap carbs that you don't react negatively to.

                  I know you've heard this in your career, but make sure you are drinking water. Low carb can dehydrate you. Pay attention to your salt intake as well- it's easy to go too low when you cut out all processed food-like products.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                    The sweet potatoes are going to have a few more nutrients, but really you're looking for cheap carbs that you don't react negatively to.

                    I know you've heard this in your career, but make sure you are drinking water. Low carb can dehydrate you. Pay attention to your salt intake as well- it's easy to go too low when you cut out all processed food-like products.
                    Sorry, I have been swamped. Eating the SP has made things a little easier. Thanks. I drink lots of water.

                    I do have a question for those of you doing primal... How much running and what kind of running do you do? Nice and easy 5K or 1 mile sprints? Just curious.

                    Once I get this last test out of the way and I am retired, I will be doing my weights again with some road cycling, which I prefer.

                    Thanks again!

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                    • #11
                      I run all the time. I do HIIT once a week (1.25 mile warm-up, followed by 6-8 sprint intervals). I also do one long run a week, and now that I'm not training for a race, my long runs are around 8 miles. When I'm training for a race (either 10-miler or half marathon), my long runs are whatever the training program says they are. I also do one shorter run per week, about 5-6 miles. So three runs per week right now--one HIIT, one long, one shorter. I Crossfit the other four days. Before I started Crossfitting, I ran four times a week. We also run at Crossfit somtimes. The runs are either part of a WOD or 800-meter time trials. I think there are 200-m and 400-m sprints as well.

                      My journal

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