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    Exercise in P2

    I'm getting ready to start R2. I hate to change anything from what I did in R1 because I had such great results, but I was wondering about exercise. I know P&I says it's okay to continue with anything you've already been doing. That makes sense because it would mean that the muscles have already been in the process of the fluid retention and that would already be taken into account at weigh in on day 1.

    In R1, I slowed way down from what I'd been doing. I'm one of those kooks who loves long cardio workouts and loves to lift weights and do group classes. But I slowed from doing the elliptical for 60-75 mins to only about 30 and I was doing weight training maybe once a week instead of 2-3. The surprising part was that I didn't lose any muscle or cardio strength and my muscle tone/size is the same but looks better since there's not so much fat on top of it.

    I've since moved from the elliptical to running on the treadmill. I go 3.5 miles 4-5 times a week. I also do weight training 2-3 days a week and pop into a group class now and then. Once a week (until the weather changed) I went for a 20-mile bike ride. And I swim as often as I can.

    I don't do those things to lose weight (it never helped before and I don't see it being a solution now), but rather to feel powerful, strong, athletic. I love the feeling of pushing my body and achieving the results. To that end, some friends and I signed up for a half-triathlon that's coming up in August.

    Which brings me to my question. Finally, right? Do you think the amount of exercise I've been doing (italicized above) is too much for P2? I'd really like to continue my training toward the Triathlon and I know I'll feel better mentally if I don't back off. But I don't want to negatively impact my results, either.

    Have you seen people exercise like that, add the protein portion I've seen suggested, and have a normal P2?

    Thank you!
    Blessings,
    Nicole

    R1 start 9/1/15, 30-day round, -34
    R2 start 11/26/15, 30-day round, -30 (pneumonia, bronchitis, and a 13-day PI)
    R3 start 3/9/16, 31-day round, -30
    91 days of HCG = 94 lbs lost, for a total of over 100 pounds gone and GOAL REACHED!!

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    I think you have to be careful with cardio. Constant running is hard on your joints. Sprinting then walking then sprinting is far superior for strength and performance results. HIIT exercise in other words. Interesting article here: http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-...for-your-heart

    Weight training is always good as long as you aren't overdoing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy1952 View Post
    I think you have to be careful with cardio. Constant running is hard on your joints. Sprinting then walking then sprinting is far superior for strength and performance results. HIIT exercise in other words. Interesting article here: http://breakingmuscle.com/endurance-...for-your-heart

    Weight training is always good as long as you aren't overdoing it.
    I do hear you on that. But all of it (steady-state cardio or interval/HIIT) really is okay for P2 purposes?
    Blessings,
    Nicole

    R1 start 9/1/15, 30-day round, -34
    R2 start 11/26/15, 30-day round, -30 (pneumonia, bronchitis, and a 13-day PI)
    R3 start 3/9/16, 31-day round, -30
    91 days of HCG = 94 lbs lost, for a total of over 100 pounds gone and GOAL REACHED!!

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    If you're used to it, it's fine. I've seen plenty of women continue their usual workout. Some scale it back a bit because they don't have the same stamina but not all do.
    My expert Hcg Diet advice is based specifically on the original Simeons Protocol and over 10 years experience as a weight loss and nutrition coach. Grammy's personal protocol:Grammy's Hcg Diet Protocol
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    Thanks!
    Blessings,
    Nicole

    R1 start 9/1/15, 30-day round, -34
    R2 start 11/26/15, 30-day round, -30 (pneumonia, bronchitis, and a 13-day PI)
    R3 start 3/9/16, 31-day round, -30
    91 days of HCG = 94 lbs lost, for a total of over 100 pounds gone and GOAL REACHED!!

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    You can continue doing what you're doing, but, my experience has been that, if I don't step back the workouts in P2, both my losses and my athletic performance suck.

    What you were doing R1 seems perfect.
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    Yeah it may come down to an issue of stamina anyway. Lol thanks!

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    Well, I'm about a week in to P2, and I definitely don't have the energy to do what I had been doing. I talked with a trainer at work (I'm an editor for a health and fitness publisher) and he's helping me not panic about my training for the half triathlon. He said, "Well, when you take off 30 more pounds, you'll be faster already. And it's not like you were trying to win the thing." LOL Honest words.

    So this morning I thought I'd just do an easy 11-min mile and then do some lunges, planks, etc. The problem was that when I was done I felt depleted and empty. I would have killed for one of my favorite protein/fruit/kale smoothies, but I was at work already (that's where the gym is) and they were serving oatmeal and an egg casserole this morning. So, lesson learned. Tomorrow, I'll do a similar workout (which is really barely a workout) and I'll be prepared with a serving of protein.

    By the way, Colleen, I agree with you about HIIT. In fact, two of the books I edited in recent months were The HIIT Advantage and The Women's Guide to Triathlon. In general, I'd say HIIT is a better workout, but in the case of someone like me trying to build up to not embarrassing myself in an endurance sport, there needs to be a mix of steady-state aerobic activity in there to build up cardio endurance. I'm working both, though.
    Blessings,
    Nicole

    R1 start 9/1/15, 30-day round, -34
    R2 start 11/26/15, 30-day round, -30 (pneumonia, bronchitis, and a 13-day PI)
    R3 start 3/9/16, 31-day round, -30
    91 days of HCG = 94 lbs lost, for a total of over 100 pounds gone and GOAL REACHED!!

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    Glad you are figuring it out!
    My expert Hcg Diet advice is based specifically on the original Simeons Protocol and over 10 years experience as a weight loss and nutrition coach. Grammy's personal protocol:Grammy's Hcg Diet Protocol
    Grammy's author website: ColleenCoble.com

    I am not a medical doctor and my statements are not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any medical condition. Please always check with your doctor for medical questions and assistance. Medical Disclaimer:

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