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10/6/07 8:51 A

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Don't you feel like with the excess weight gone now that you can really "zone" into problem areas?? I kinda feel like I'm finally able to tone areas better because even though there is still flab there it's less than what it used to be, does that make sense? One of my problems areas is not so much my inner thigh, but just right below it, on the inside of the thigh, right above my knee, do you know the area I'm talking about? That's like an impossible area to tone, no specific exercises for it and I can see the flab in that area. I'm still working on my triceps also, I don't like that wrinkliness right above the elbow...I know some of it you just have to accept because of age, but I'm still going to tone as much as I can!!!



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10/6/07 7:40 A

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Barb, it really is a problem for a lot of women. I'm inspired by so many on here that have been able to get their tummies back in shape though.

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10/5/07 11:27 A

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That's great 2B, every bit counts!! Why is this area so hard, probably because of children and the stretching that happens. I've been taking a Pilates class and am really enjoying it, I love how it makes you feel, like you're really stretching those muscles and breathing!!



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10/5/07 9:34 A

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Oh man do I have a problem with this!!! emoticon My original weight goal was 115. I maintained that for a month but finally realized I was going to have to go down even more to get rid of or at least shrink my midsection. Although I stayed at 115, my midsection did shrink an inch but it just wasn't enough. I've gone down almost an entire lb. this week and my midsection is 1/4 of an inch smaller. All other measurements are the same. Yay! I do tons of crunches, pilates and jog/run on the treadmill. Like someone else suggested, I think I need to cut down on my carbs too. So that's all I can tell you. Lots of crunches, pilates, running and not so many carbs. Good luck to you!

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10/4/07 9:02 P

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Hey GoLion-I can relate about the muffintop syndrome. I was at 123 for the LONGEST time and finally started breaking my plateau when I incorporated HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and Zig-Zagging my calorie intake per day. On my SP I have an article from Sparks about the HIIT, but anyways, back to the stomach area...this is when I REALLY started noticing a difference in my tummy and that when I sat down I wasn't feeling that flab spilling out, reminded me of my prekid days...it's taken a little while but in 6 weeks I've managed to lose 5 more pounds and I feel SO much more toned than ever, it's amazing how different you can feel with those last pounds coming off. I am very close to my goal weight also so I'm finding it's even harder to lose weight, BUT I feel it's getting easier to feel and look more toned, it's like it's finally all evening out, if that makes sense. It doesn't take much to do HIIT, I've even started doing it on my treadmill at home, normally I take classes at my gym, but there's different ways to get intervals in, so maybe give it a try. Good luck!!



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10/4/07 1:51 P

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I don't think there's any surefire method, it's ultimately cardio that burns fat. Doing crunches and the like will build muscle there, but there will still be fat on top of it.

If you've got a "muffin top," why not just go up a size in pants? Not meant to be snarky or anything, just a suggestion. :)

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10/1/07 2:45 P

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I think that crunches and reverse crunches are the only way to widdle it down.

That and cutting down on your carbs. They settle in the middle.

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10/1/07 1:28 P

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Muffin top- I like that. When you find out how to get rid of it tell me. I'm thinking running is going to be the only way. You can only cut calories so much. I do jazzercise 3-4 days a week. I do give her hell. I'm not a slacker when it comes to those crunches either. Maybe I need to attend a few more classes. I think I need to fix my treadmill and run in the morning. My dog thinks running on the treadmill is a waste of time because he likes to run outside but I bore the hell out of myself. If you ask a croud of people, "hey anyone up for lunch" you have a lot of takers but if you say anyone want to comite to a 2-3 mile walk run 6 days a week I don't find anyone jumping up and down. I must admit Up until now I would be a walk to lunch but I'm thinking I need to up the cardo to reach my goal. Goal for today is to order treadmill part.

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10/1/07 12:22 P

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I blogged about this a while back and got loads of suggestions, feel free to check out my page to see.





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10/1/07 12:19 P

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Does anyone have any ideas (exercise or diet) that would help me widdle my middle section. I am just about at goal weight and in a size 6 but I still feel uncomfortable because I have a muffin top aroud the middrif..any ideas? emoticon

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