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Monday, February 11, 2013

I want to lose several more pounds. I want my body fat percentage to go down; lose fat and gain muscle. I want to continue running, place in the 5K on March 9th, and complete the half marathon on November 9th. Yes, I want it all!!

It has been pointed out to me (thanks, Live2Run4Life) that gaining muscle, running performance, and losing weight are not really compatible. To gain muscle you almost always have to gain some weight. Losing weight is not best for athletic performance.

So, I've had to think about priorities. I started exercising regularly because I wanted to lose weight and I increased my cardio because I wanted to maintain my weight loss. I started running (after several years of regular cardio) because I just felt so good that I wanted to!

So, after more than 5 decades of being overweight/obese, my priorities are clear. Managing my weight and improving my eating behaviors are my top priorities. Body composition and running are secondary priorities.

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    1929 days ago
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    1929 days ago
    Priorities indeed: it always helps to pull 'em out now and again and take another look!

    You know what you want and what's most important to you!
    1929 days ago
    I read this before I left for work but didn't have time to reply then. What I was going to say was "Good for you, knowing what YOU want and going for it!"

    For me, it's not about the scale, it's about the activity and the ability to *do* what I want to in life. I figure the scale will take care of itself, and it has, "beyond my wildest dreams". Thing is, focus needs to be readjusted, goals need to be re-examined... from time to time, for all of us.

    Message the same... Good for YOU, knowing what is prime, your maintenance. I predict that with this focus, the activity will fall into place, right where you need it to be!

    emoticon Oh, and I was going to say, in response to your comment on my blog... after my first half? I in no way had any thought I'd ever try a full. Who knows what you'll think three years from now? Karnac isn't saying!

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    1929 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I do believe you have to look at your BMI as well. It's not all about the weight otherwise, I would stay at a suggested 162 with a 21.98 BMI. I'm only 22.1 now!
    Marsha, you do what you have to be feel good. Just stay healthy!
    1929 days ago
    You've got your goals and priorities well in hand.
    One question: Do you live in an area of real speedy senior citizens?
    I only know one who can match your 5K PR. (and it's not me)
    Around here you would place all the time.
    1929 days ago
    emoticon You inspire me!

    I am going to get on my treadmill right now and get my cardio on!
    1929 days ago
  • GABY1948
    emoticon that you figured it matter what you decided to do, I know you could do it!
    1929 days ago
    I'm glad you've got your priorities straight :-)
    1930 days ago
    good for you to look at all of this and make such a great choice in priorities.
    Good for you!
    Have a terrific week.
    1930 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    Competing goals are no fun! Glad you've chose one to go with.

    1930 days ago
    Healthy and Happy work for me.

    1930 days ago
    Don't worry about where the "charts" say you should be at. Focus on being the healthiest you can be for what you want out of your body. And you are amazing exactly where you are.
    1930 days ago
    The goal for most of us is to achieve the best physical and mental health we are capable of. Workouts, competition, proper nutrition, and even putting it all out there in our blogs and on the message boards are just tools to that end. So you have the right idea. I only have your picture to go by, but I think you might need an objective assessment of your health right now before you move your focus to weight.
    1930 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/11/2013 8:52:25 AM
    1930 days ago
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