Those last ten are tough! I honestly think a lot of it comes down to nutrition. You really have to nail it down hardcore. I do a lot of Beachbody workouts, I love them. I am doing another round of Insanity now and it really helps lose those inches. I would focus on measurements vs weight quite honestly. It is a much better measure of your results rather than your weight. I am a big fan of Shakeology as a great nutritional product that gives you all super foods and great nutrition all at once. I've been having it for about two years now and love it. But really, I think you need to nail the nutrition to accomplish your goals more than the workouts. I'd be happy to discuss further if you want.
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I know you said you aren't in to "toning" but I get a HUGE metabolism boost from adding in weight training. I love to do the "serious" weight lifting stuff, but at a weight that's appropriate for my body (which means, yes, I do use the 2.5 lb plates). I like Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 program (just google for info). It's designed for serious body builders, but I just use it to get a bit more muscle since that muscle will burn more calories than anything else.
On another pro-lifting note - it really really helps slim me down faster. After the initial burst of more weight loss from the muscle, the weight loss starts to slow down, but I get tinier and tinier - last time I did this right, I went from a size 8 to a size 2 but only lost a little over 3lbs. And I got to eat a lot more while I did that. Huge Win.
Just make sure if/when you start lifting that you go with a friend or pay for one training session with one of those gym trainers. They can help you make sure your form is spot-on, then you can do it all by yourself after that.
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To help you get over the plateau you are experiencing ~ try doing no carbs at AND after dinner for 3 - 5 days. It is an amazing boost to your body's fat burning while you sleep. Lots of veggies and water ~ small amounts of lean meats and fruit.
If the weight loss is slow you could try something to jump start your metabolism, such as calorie cycling. Eat more on one or two days per week, and eat less a couple days per week also. You're still consuming the same amount of calories overall in one week... but this usually "tricks" the body and gets things moving in the right direction.
I also have ten lbs to lose and it is tough. Question for you guys, I exercise about 45 minutes/5 days a week burning approx. 1500 calories a week. Do you think eating 1500 calories is adequate. That's what I ahve been doing but the weight loss still seems slow. This is a huge improvement over eating anything and everything and not working out at all. What's your opinions?
Those last 10 lbs are always tough ones aren't they? I found that tightening up my diet habits made all the difference recently in getting closer to my final goal. I'd been getting close to my goal, I'd slack on diet and then be back up out of my comfortable range. I've changed that by sticking to a system (for me it's been an Isagenix 30 day cleanse/weight loss) and it's really kickstarted that last push to my goal weight....
Sounds like you're doing fabulous. That's my plan to lose 10 pds. also. Low calorie and workouts. Over the summer I was focused on toning but decided I needed to focus instead on the weight loss and doing workouts that would burn more calories. Once I lose the weight then i'm going to work on the toning.
I don't really have a specific meal or workout plan but I'm determined to exceed my 2012 goal and the year is almost over! I initially had my 'goal weight' set to 155. At the beginning of 2012 I changed my goal to 150 and decided 2012 was my year to reach my goal. So far this year I have lost 16 lbs and am almost to 150. I decreased my goal to 145, and I think I can do it! With the holidays it's a challenge, though. So I'm hoping this team will help motivate me. So I'm focusing on eating healthy, low calorie, and exercising every day. I either run or hike or walk... whatever I can do. I'm not too terribly worried about toning up. Maybe that will be my goal for 2013. But I do crunches and squats and push ups... just not a lot of them.
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