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DERNHELM
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11/1/13 9:32 P

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I don't know where to begin. I'm a mess. Facts: pescetarian for 10 months. Dairy free for 10 years. First child 5.5 years ago, second 3.5 years ago. Started drinking a green smoothie (loaded w/ kale, mixed greens, citric acid, ground flax, +some fruit) about 4 times a week.
Hair is much thinner sense children, seems fragile. Taking Biotin. Seeing little difference. Been struggling loosing weight for last 10+ years. Can't seem to break the 150 mark. Enjoyed P90X, got to week 9, lost little weight, belly fat changed not. Moving froze video regime, twice. I started bike about 25 miles a week pulling 100lb trailer (holding my two kids) for the last 3 months, lost no weight. Legs look thinner, no change in belly.
Sought Dr. A year ago about weight & hair loss problems. Had all kinds of blood tests, thyroid, iron.... All are in the "normal" range. However my iron is at the very bottom of normal. Am same weight I was a year ago.
I'd pull my hair out in frustration, but it's too scarce.
Am I missing something? Dr. Says "this kind of thing takes time" I would think I'd see more results after I change the way I eat or increase activity.
Advice, suggestions. =(

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MADELEINESNOW
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5/15/13 3:33 P

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I too struggle with that awful belly fat. I noticed that no matter how much I was exercising I couldn't get rid of it so I started doing Pilates and Yoga. I found a intermediate workout for Pilates that was 30 minutes and I would do that 3X a week with a 30 minute beginner Pilates workout. I would also do Yoga maybe once or twice a week and it really helped define that entire region.



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5/15/13 12:08 P

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Oh, my I can soooo relate as anyone who's read and noticed alot of my posts can attest. I have been lamenting my stomach for over a year now as I had reached my goals twice only to re-set them after finding that my stomach continues to be proportionally larger than everything else that continues shrinking!!

Some of the great SP advice that I've rec'd has been very helpful much like many of the PP's on this thread and now I'm actually starting to see somewhat of a waist definition and tiny increments of inch loss around my abdomen. Don't give up and yes, do ST for sure, so as to preserve the muscle that you have in other areas since as you continue to lose weight, you don't want to develop noodle arms and legs and ST will help to avoid that while eventually, the final fat in the most stubborn places has to eventually go!

One last thought. Not only is it beneficial to stay within your calorie range that is optimum for weight loss for you, but the cleaner you eat, the more results you will see, especially when you get closer and closer to your goal weight. I no longer allow myself any cheat meals or I see an immediate backslide. I try to avoid all processed foods and eat lots of whole foods, fruits and veggies, lean poultry and fish and seafood. (I don't eat red meat, but that is just a personal choice). Healthy fats, carbs, lean proteins, whole grains and low fat dairy all have a place in a clean, healthy diet, but try to limit or eliminate alcohol, soft drinks, and all extra sugars and processed foods and you should continue to see some losses most weeks.

Don't expect too much, too quickly though. Weight loss happens much more slowly in the last 10 lbs. I'm happy with .5 lbs per week.

Though we cannot control the winds, we can adjust the sails.

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JENSTRESS
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5/15/13 10:46 A

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Unfortunately, weight loss is an overall process. If we could target the best places to lose, it sure would be easy!!!

It is fantastic that you are losing from the lower body, that is my trouble zone. Of course, my stomach is shrinking. Although that is a smallish trouble area since my daughter was born. It is getting there though... just a process!

I think that if you are eating nutrient rich, healthy foods, working out, strength training and creating a calorie deficit, it will get there. Unfortunately, there isn't something quick and easy. It is just hard work, determination and chutzpah.



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5/15/13 10:20 A

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As others have stated, you can't spot reduce fat. I can speak from experience that too much cardio combined with little to no strength training will result in a "skinny fat" physique - I met my goal weight a little over a year ago, but I was doing hardly any strength training while running A LOT so I still had a gut and not a whole lot of muscle. Running is a great calorie burner (however, it is not lower-body strength training) but combining that with a complete strength training routine along with a balanced diet (neither supplements nor a low/no carb diet are necessary AT ALL) will help you reduce body fat. If your stomach is your problem area (mine is) you'll find that that will probably be the last place from which you'll lose fat.

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5/15/13 6:46 A

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Tamra,

I agree with the other posters - you can't target where you lose weight from. Energy is delivered to the muscles via the bloodstream, NOT from being absorbed from surrounding fat stores. What you can do is to continue to reduce your overall body fat through a combination of cardio, all-body strength training and watching your intake, and some of it will naturally come off the belly.

Any good exercise program can (and should) combine elements of both cardio and strength train. If your legs are recovered, perhaps run 3 days per week, and strength train 3 days per week. You can safely do cardio and strength on the same day, although if you do them back-to-back, whichever you do second is going to suffer.

Running is great cardio, but it doesn't challenge your leg muscles enough to be a substitute for focussed lower body strength training.

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


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5/14/13 7:56 P

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#DRAGONCHILDE THANX FOR THE ADVICE, THIS WAS VERY USEFUL

GOOD THINGS COME TOO THOSE WHO WAIT...EVEN BETTER THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO PROCEED!!!!


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DRAGONCHILDE
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2/28/13 3:32 P



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Strength training is indeed an important part of your fitness program. Without it, up to 25% of your weight lost can come from lean muscle, in the end resulting in what's fondly known as "skinny fat", where you weigh little but have a high body fat percentage.

While you can't spot reduce the parts of your body you don't like, and your genetics are the primary determinant of where the fat will come off, total-body strength training (real strength training, not just adding 2 lb weights while you do cardio) will boost your metabolism, help t he fat you DO have look better, and help you lose weight more effectively.

Running is not a replacement for lower body strength training, either. Don't focus just on certain body parts... develop a full body strength program!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/28/2013 (15:33)
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TAMRASTAYTON
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2/28/13 3:21 P

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I have read strength training is important. Am I suppose to mix Cardio with Strength training? I stopped running to work on my calf muscles and I feel like I am prepared to run again. But I heard that running on works your legs. If I mix the two, is running something I can still look into??

Keep Calm & Chive On
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TAMRASTAYTON
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2/28/13 3:18 P

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I have been weighing myself and taking measurements.

Keep Calm & Chive On
- Tamra


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ARCHIMEDESII
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TAMRASTAYTON,

As the PP noted, we don't get to decide where the weight comes off. Genetics makes that decision. In general, women tend to lose from the top down. You might have noticed your shirts loosen up before your pants. So, don't assume something is wrong because you're not losing weight where you want to lose. The fact that you've lost 12 pounds says that you are doing something right.

What to do ? If you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will lose weight off your entire body, with time. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight.

Patience, it's a virtue. Continue to be mindful of what you eat and you will see more changes.



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2/28/13 2:32 P

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You can't control how you lose weight.Have you been taking measurements or are you just going from appearance?

“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”


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TAMRASTAYTON
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I have been on a 90 day challenge. Currently on day 58. I was running for awhile in the beginning, but stopped due to shin splints. In that time I was adding the running, I didn't lose anything around my stomach! However, I did lose 12 pounds. I am currently taking Green Coffee Bean Extract, and Safflower Supplements before meals. I am drinking Yogi Slim Life tea and Green Tea. I have been trying work out videos by Tiffany Rothe, still no results. I just recently decided to do my own regimen that includes jumping jacks, bicycle crunches, torso twists, leg circles, and a few others I don't recall the names. As I mentioned, I have lost 12 pounds. But this is from my thighs and butt, which I didn't mind at all! My main focus is my stomach area. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong? I don't eat fast food, and I watch my portion control. People have suggested a no-carb diet. Any suggestions or advice? Please!

Keep Calm & Chive On
- Tamra


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