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Phase II – Starting Fresh

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Remember that excitement you had when you first started this program? You felt like you could conquer anything and do anything? That was me, when I was on my third start with Spark People. Wow, I was burning those calories, online all the time, earning spark points. All good things which lead to an awesome new me. Over 40 pounds lighter and healthier. Not too bad for my honeymoon stage, which I’m calling Phase I.

Now, for Phase II. I want to keep that spark I have, but make it burn bigger. As I lose weight, I’m realizing I can’t keep the same daily goals. Instead of tweaking my plans from the beginning, I figure it is probably good to start over. Begin afresh. Act like I’m doing this all over again, but keep that which I already know. I’m going to cherish the wonderful friendships I’ve already started building and make new ones. Focus on the core elements and not try to be everything to everyone.

As mentioned yesterday, I’ve already cut the groups that I don’t post to. So, if you see this blog post in a group, then congratulations, this is one of my core groups. I also sat down and brainstormed some basic steps to do every day. Instead of being overwhelmed with trying to post to everyone’s page every day, I want to try to post to one person’s page, at least once a day. Stuff like that. We’ll see how it goes.

What I really have to work on is feeling the gloom of not working out as much. Going from three hours a day to 30 minutes a day is going to be hard for me. I may end up making it 60 a day. My point of doing this is to try to keep it fun. I also want to feel at liberty to mix it up. When I had the 1,000 calorie a day goal, all my focus was in cardio. However, I just read an article today that talked about a study of people doing cardio only, resistance only, and doing both. All groups spent about the same energy. But, it was the group that did the mix of both that found the greater health benefits. This was specific to Type 2 Diabetes, but it sounds like it has more benefits. So anyhow, 30 minutes of solid cardio, sprinkled with fun and cleaning, and some weight lifting.

So, this is my thinking. Doing the core things of a beginner and carrying the lessons learned of a seasoned veteran.
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    Great ideas! I also cut teams I was uninvolved with. I got back to the basics of reading articles (I really learn from them), learning some of the science behind good nutrition and exercise, and focusing on staying off the computer and getting off my bum to work out! My results have been awesome! Good luck and keep MIHing!
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