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By October 13, 2008 - 4:12pm
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I exercise a lot and I am maintaining my weight but cannot seem to loose those last few vanity pounds. I do about forty minutes of cardio a day, I hit the gym for weight training and stretching exercises, etc. about three to four times a week and I am always moving. I am about 5 ft 5 inches and weigh around 135 lbs. My build is medium. My measurements are 35" chest, 27" waist and 35.5"hips. I know that I am not heavy but could loose ten more pounds. My muscle tone is pretty good; flat stomach etc..

My diet is great, all veggies, lean protein from fish and soy, I have maybe one to two drinks a day, lots of water, no refined sugars, no late night binging. I am light on the carbs in general and drink lots of herbal tea and water. I always eat four to five small meals a day and rarely overeat. I am in my thirties and have not had children.
What more can I do??? I want to weigh 125lbs by Christmas.I work so hard at this but don't see the scales budge much.

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It was a very helpful and informative thread for me also. Just wanted to ask you if someone of you tried Chinese weight loss tea. I have no idea if this is the right place, since I'm new here, but just stumbled upon this post and thought of asking. Does it really help?

December 18, 2008 - 7:44am

rlyons, alysiak - this was a helpful thread for me. The advice to change up exercise was a very good reminder.
rlyons - you and I eat very much alike except for one thing. Try cutting back alcohol to once or twice a week for a month and see what happens. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

November 21, 2008 - 3:11am

Thanks Alison,
This is good advice. I suppose that I am far too influenced by the "ideal" images we see every day in magazines and on t.v.
I may take up tennis or dance! I will change my mindset to "trying something new"!
Thanks so much!

October 14, 2008 - 1:16pm

I'm 5'5" as well, and medium build. I used to weight 135, which is my "ideal", and well within the "normal body weight" for our height, weight and build.

You can check out your BMI (body mass index), but with your measurements, you are at a 22.5 BMI ("normal" BMI is between 18.5-24.9). You are right where you should be, according to this! :-)


If you want to try some new activities, as alysia suggested, that would be a good idea. May I suggest changing your goal from "losing weight" to something else....like "trying new sport/activity" or "gaining strength and flexibility"? Since you do not need to lose weight, maintaining a healthy and physically active lifestyle will be best for your emotional/mental health as well (not worrying about your body image and weight and number on a scale). Get out there and try something new..maybe you will lose weight, maybe you will gain more flexibility or a new skill...but you'll have fun!

October 14, 2008 - 1:02pm

Thanks Alysia,
I know that I get anough carbs from brown rice, whole grain bread, etc...I really just mean that I limit the "bad" ones, like white flour and potato chips....
I like your idea of changing things up a bit. I was condsidering tennis or cycling one day to give me a bit of a "wake up" call.
My doctor thinks I'm fine. My health is great....I understand that a lot of my feeling is really "hollywood" influence....silly, I know....but it's hard to ignore it. I just moved from LA , so maybe I'll let it go at some point.
I will check out the video and start changing things up a bit.

October 13, 2008 - 8:23pm

Why do you think you need to lose 10 lbs?

First of all, you need the carbs to fuel your muscles, if you're working out so much. While your diet sounds good, it needs to be a good balance between carbs and proteins, otherwise you could actually be starving your muscles of needed fuel stores.

Secondly, following the same workout routine only maintains your current fitness level. You need to change things up and challenge yourself to see any change on the scale. It's like running at the same pace and distance every day and wondering why you never improve. There's not enough time for recovery, and not enough variety to challenge yourself, so you just stay where you are.

Finally, have you consulted your doctor? Focusing on losing those last 10 "vanity" pounds might not be in your best interest healthwise; it really depends upon your overall physical health at whatever age.

You might be interested in seeing this empowHer video on Weight Loss for the Long Term that explains further what I'm suggesting about changing up your diet and exercise.

October 13, 2008 - 8:10pm
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