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4/8/14 12:29 P

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It's not just working out. It's probably this for most middle-aged guys: 70% portion control, 15% water and 15% staying active. You can't out-exercise a lousy diet, consistently. So, push-aways... good luck!

Edited by: BOSS61 at: 4/8/2014 (12:29)
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4/8/14 12:20 P

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Thanks for all the input. I'm realizing I have a lot to do and a long way to go. Portion control (or lack of) is a big problem of mine, motivation is another. emoticon My wife and I try to hit the Y as much as we can, I'm sure that's going to help a lot. I guess you could call her my workout buddy!

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4/5/14 5:57 A

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Welcome Glenn. The question is whether you are new to Spark People overall, or just to this team. Assuming the former, where even to begin... here goes (assuming your principal goal is weight loss like it is for most of us):

1. The main exercise you need to know is push-aways. From the table, that is. For most men, 80% if not more of a successful weight loss and management program is portion control. You cannot out-exercise a bad diet. Use the nutrition tracker here, religiously, and the pounds will come off. Also, drink all the water you can stand and then some. I find success when I follow this strictly, and I do not when I do not.

2. As for exercise, do what (1) breaks a sweat after a while and (2) you enjoy and thus will stick with. Maybe its walking (brisk pace; swing your arms) maybe its cardio at the gym, something. As time goes by, you can mix in some weight training. The web site has oodles of videos to help.

3. My gym routine, Mon-Fri, first thing in the morning, is like this: 15 minutes cardio interval training, 20 minutes weights, then 15 more minutes more intense cardio. That's 50 minutes. I stretch out the cardio if I have more time. With summer coming and loinger and warmer days, it all will change but that's it for now.

Hope this helps and welcome.





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4/4/14 12:39 P

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emoticon Glenn


"The future ain't what it used to be"
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Life is full of obstacle illusions.
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4/4/14 11:01 A

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Welcome Glenn!

You came to the right place!

Spark People has a ton of resources that you and your wife will benefit from.
The best place to start is with your START page, and your spark points page.
I don't do things for the points but just starting out it helps you learn what you should be looking at! It's been a long time since I started with SP but I believe as you walk through setting up your initial plan it will take you through 4 phases.

Keep checking in with the team, we are hear to keep you accountable and encourage you!
Log EVERYTHING! Logging calories changed the way I look at food for the rest of my life!
and Most importantly don't give up!
There will be set backs and frustrating days, but there will also be victories!

Share them all so that we can help each other and we can celebrate with each other!



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4/3/14 11:00 P

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hi, my name is Glenn, I'm new to the team, in need of some motivation and some good exercise routines. I'm 52, out of shape, got a few health issues. I want to turn myself around and get healthy and become happier. My wife and I just joined the Y, and I'd like to get the most out of it, just don't know where to start. emoticon

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