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1/26/14 1:01 P

Thanks, Jenni. I just finished a strength training workout. It feels awesome! The best part was now I can see my muscles flexing when I lift weights so it makes me push harder. I used to just have flab all over and couldn't see any muscle lol. It's motivating.

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1/26/14 11:23 A

1. You may just have to reduce your calorie intake by a small amount

2. Yes because if you *don't* strength train up to 30% of your weight loss will come from lean muscle and tissue. Strength training while losing weight helps combat muscle loss.

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
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1/26/14 11:13 A

I have bad bursitis in my hip so I'm going to calm down on my cardio and instead, incorporate more strength training into my routine. I was doing 45 mins of cardio 5 times a week. I now am going to do 3x a week of cardio, and 2-3x a week of strength training. I don't have a big weight system but I do have dumbbells so I can do those kinds of exercises, along with body weight exercises such as pushups, sit ups, lunges, etc. My goal is to lose 15 more pounds by June 1st which I know is completely attainable, but I want my body to look more toned/defined when I get there. My concern is this: 1- Will I still steadily lose weight if I reduce my cardio and increase my strength training? And 2 - Will strength training help me to look more defined at my goal weight than if I did only cardio and no strength exercises?

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