Suggestions...

I have lost over 20 lbs since January of 2011. I kind of reached a plateau this past December (mid) and finally started losing weight again back in late January of this year. It seems to be going slowly though. I mean, I know that I am losing body fat but the scale isn't budging (sp?) a lot. Since classes have let out for the summer, I have been able to increase the amount of time that I spend at the gym. I'm not getting obsessive or anything. I just want to get to a better weight. I have to lose around 18 lbs to be within the normal weight range. It is the upper end. I keep hearing that people my height (5 foot even) should be 100 lbs. That isn't going to happen unless I have a death wish. I haven't been 100 lbs since I was in the 7th grade (1993-1994). If I can get to 128 lbs, I'd be happy. My goal weight is 120 lbs. Yes, I want to get toned. I am trying to get plenty of protein, fiber, iron, and water. The fiber and water are the areas that I need to work on the most, but I do pretty well though. I eat some of the high fiber cereals and vegetables that are high in fiber.

I workout 5 days a week. On Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's, I lift weights/do strength training for 20 to 30 minutes each time (closer to 30 minutes, sometimes a little longer). Monday through Friday I do cardio (so basically every weekday). Since I don't have to focus on classes (just my project for my degree and my cat at my house), I am able to do more cardio. I get on the treadmill for 65 minutes (including 5 min. cooldown) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I vary the incline but it is typically no less than 8% or 9% up to 12 to 13% or something like that. I start out going 4 mph. but no less than 3.5 and no more than 4.3 mph. Somethimes I will go with a smaller incline and try to go 4.5 mph. I also get on the elliptical and stationary/recumbant bike. I will get on those 5 days a week. I will alternate how long I am on each one...trying to vary it up so that my body doesn't get used to the routine. Before the semester ended, I was doing the weights 3x/week like I am now (but I change up what I do regularly). I had switched to the treadmill in January of this year (from the elliptical). I didn't do the bikes much because the fat in my lower abs region kept getting in the way.

I am thinking that maye I should start going back to the treadmill 5 days/week...at least for awhile anyway. Because of my body shape and genetics, I gain fat everywhere, but it tends to stay in my lower abs and inner thighs. Dude, if my inner thighs were as toned as my as outer thighs, I would have some nice looking legs. Of course, I have had compliments on my legs. I know that I need to get my "girls" reduced. Like I said before, I am only 5 feet tall and they are too big for my height. I know that I qualify for a reduction/lift. I'd also get rid of the side boob (yes I know...tmi). The reduction/lift would make me look more proportional (and thinner).

Basically, I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions. Does it seem like I am doing enough? Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to reduce the fat in the lower abs or the side boob fat? I realize that you can't spot reduce things but I think that a combination of exercises might help...overall impact.
hikerchick2011 hikerchick2011
31-35, F
3 Responses May 21, 2012

stay focused , it will all pay off..;)

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Good luck!<br />
Jen