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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hello, Sparkpeople! It was definitely a cathartic experience telling you, a whole community, about some of my fitness goals. So, I am back to write more!
I have been doing well, working toward some of my personal mile stones; however, I am plagued by temptation! A temptation to engage in cardio, cut back on calories, and the strongest temptation of all - to run. I know the kneejerk reaction of a primarily weight loss community would be to urge me to dive right in, burn off that fat, and not to think twice about it. I just wish I could do that!
While I would love to do all that, and plan to some day soon, it would severely hamper my progress in muscle gain. I am trying to consume *extra* calories from lean protein, avoid burning those calories off with aerobic exercise, and to divert all sustenance I consume toward the building of lean mass. I couple this with the lifting of free weights, in a constant cycle of breaking down muscle fibers through physical activity and then rebuilding through diet and rest. Some would call this a "bulking" phase, though I prefer the term "building". I am doing quite well during this phase, already seeing much progress and gain.
This would be all well and good, except for the fact that I have a highly motivated girlfriend who is such a big part of my life. I see her making such great progress toward her own goals that I can't help but feel drawn in. I want to run with her, cut calories with her, and otherwise join her in her journey. Right now, however, I have to remind myself that our paths are divergent; but not for long. I am only a few weeks out from my "cutting" phase. I will finally be able to join her, and perhaps push her a little harder through my own brand of motivation.
I know this blog did not give too much insight, or breach interesting topics, but it was definitely something on my mind. My next blog I want to talk about adaptation and "upgrades"!
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    When you do start running, there is a free program called C25K. It is couch to 5K. It makes it easier to transition into running from not. Also are you a Fresno State student? They have a free nutritionalist for us during the school year.
    3612 days ago
  • G-MAN63
    Its great that you are both motivating each other! I really need strong motivation to run, so I will be hitting the treadmill real soon. Something about a moving walkway really gets me moving (probably because I have no choice, but to run!). Anyway, I plan on doing it three times a week. Hopefully, things will turn out fine when I finally hit that treadmill.
    3612 days ago
  • no profile photo LISAKAY73
    Setting goals small and big is where it seems to be at. Kudos for you sticking to them. You can see your drive and determination in your post, you and Mel will be great motivators for each other I wish you both the greatest luck on this journey.
    3614 days ago
    sounds like a plan to me, i'm sure you'll be reaching your goals in no time what with all the motivation and support you are getting and sharing...Good luck! emoticon
    3614 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9937420
    Hey, sounds like you have a plan. That's a big part of reaching your goal, HAVING ONE!
    3614 days ago
    You made me so proud last night! We ran all that way together and it felt great. I am so happy that you and I were able to run as far as we did. Remember that we actually ran all the way around the block AFTER we thought we were done? How amazing is that?
    Although it was so wonderful to have you next to me, motivating me. I know that you are not at this stage yet. I miss those summer walks we used to take a year ago, when we would talk about everything going on in our lives and find solutions to our problems. Soon we will be out there together again, and I can't wait!
    You are showing some serious definition in your muscles, which I know is what you want. When you are done "building" and you start cutting you will be glad you built up that muscle!
    Oh and thanks again for helping me with the barbell exercises last night. It was something different & fun!
    3614 days ago
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