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2/15/13 1:46 P

I do actually work other muscle groups--I was just mentioning the only quantifiable weight I had. I do body weight stuff for the others as I don't belong to a gym. You do have a great point about 12 pounds, though when I bought then I thought,"Surely not!" It's been a few months and they ARE getting easier than I even thought possible back when I was lifting 3s. Thanks for the advice...15s, here I come!

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2/12/13 4:15 P

"I do strength (with 12-pound dumbells) three times a week," If you aren't seeing changes in muscle mass, perhaps you need to up your weights. Once your body has mastered this weight, if you don't progress, your body has no reason to make further adaptations. Also, although you should hit all major muscle groups, make sure you focus on the largest -- glutes, back and quads/hams -- to get the most bang for your buck.

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2/12/13 3:47 P

Thanks very much for the advice. I am going to increase my calorie intake and see if it helps. Re: Making the Cut, I actually have that book and haven't gotten around to reading it yet! Based on your recommendation, I think it's time I checked it out.

Edited by: PEEJMA at: 2/12/2013 (15:49)
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2/11/13 4:40 P

Back when I was closer to my goal weight, I found Jillian Michaels' book "Making the Cut" to be really helpful with losing the last ten-or-so pounds. It really focuses on how (as Coach Nancy pointed out) weight loss is very different for people who are already at a healthy weight but looking to become leaner.

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2/11/13 4:23 P

You say you are pretty hungry most of the time. I think you will find that your body is telling you it needs MORE food.

Good luck with your goals.

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2/11/13 3:56 P


The closer one is to a healthy weight the lot slower the results can come. Remember weight loss and fat loss are not the same thing. Fat loss takes much longer than weight loss. That being said, if you are not eating enough (and 1300-1400 based on your activity may not be enough) may actually slow your progress and your body does all it can to conserve the calories you are consuming--what the experts call starvation and hibernation mode.

Lastly, there comes a time when body composition trumps the number on the scale. So if you belong to a gym or university you may want to see if they offer those services.

Coach Nancy

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2/11/13 3:41 P

OK. I am 5'2 and 129.7 (no rounding up:) and I want to weigh 121--a muscular 121. I am not technically overweight, but I don't like how I look at this weight. I lost three pounds initially, then for the past two weeks I've lost either nothing or one ounce. I recently started doing running with sprint intervals on my treadmill plus metabolic finishers. I do strength (with 12-pound dumbells) three times a week, and I eat consistently about 1300-1400. Not sure why the lag. I am burning a lot of calories and I'm pretty hungry most of the time. I am tracking carefully and not cheating, but I feel like the stupid scale is cheating me!!! Sorry, I probably sound whiny but I'm so irritated. I know the scale is not a valid measure of self-worth but sometimes it certainly feels that way. :(

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