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Fine Tuning the Focus

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tis the season! I love this time of year because the news feeds are a buzz with all the hope and inspiration for a new, better year. I was sharing with my House Ravenclaw sisters over at Hogwarts that I don't tend to make New Year's resolutions per se. I do goal setting and re-setting so regularly that this month will simply be another review of last month and an assessment of what I want to do for the next.

Which brings me to my 'resolutions', both of which are focused on fitness. My focus will be increasing the intensity of my workouts. I'm putting it out there where you all can see it. No more phoning in my minutes by lackadaisically pedaling on the recumbent bike. Even though the 30 minutes at around 12 mph gets my heart rate up and I work up the tiniest bit of sweat, I'm ready to challenge myself!

My second focus is to get into a real routine with strength training. I think part of why it's been hard for me to stick to a routine is because it isn't daily. I was able to incorporate regular fitness and a healthy breakfast into my daily routine because it was daily. Somehow, I need to find my groove that includes three strength sessions. Maybe I'll color code those days on my planner that I've been using.

I feel that I made some progress with my relationship with food over the last month. I attribute it to the meal planning and retraining my brain. I'm confident the plan has the nourishment that I need. It consists of six small meals throughout the day, so it's easier to avoid a hunge-induced binge, something that I have not had in a long while. As for retraining my brain, I think I've written about it before. I'm accepting natural and healthy food and finding that they can be satisfying without piling on sugar or high calorie additions.

I've decided to retrain my brain in regard to weight loss as well. I'm focusing less on losing weight and more on building and retaining lean muscle mass. A healthy bi-product of that effort will be fat/weight loss. I think I might actually put a project plan together for this, make it all official like!

There you have it. Consistency and intensity, always with a focus on being as strong as I can be. That's my mission for the new year.

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    I already said part of this over in the CR, but try setting a miles goal on that bike instead of a minutes goal. You'll ride faster. I also like to throw in several "as fast as I can go" intervals.

    There are several free ST plans (so that you don't have to figure out which moves to do in order to alternate body parts) at - I especially like the Jamie Eason LiveFit 12 week plan.

    emoticon I know you can make it all happen.
    1549 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon It's because of your good attitude and determination too! I'm wishing you the very best for the upcoming year! emoticon
    1550 days ago
    Great blog! I need to get serious about strength training too.
    1550 days ago
    emoticon love the fine tuning, retrain the brain, strength training plan, focus and ATTITUDE! Much success to you in the upcoming year,
    1550 days ago
    Can you do different muscle groups on the strength training, and then do it everyday. Like one day legs and abs and on the next day arms and back? Then just rotate the plan? Sounds like great goals and when you have those who needs resolutions! Have a wonderful Christmas!
    1550 days ago
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