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5'4", 130 lbs...anyone else?


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I am female, 5'4, 131/133 pounds, 26 years old.  Have a desk job, but try to exercise 3-4 days a week, sometimes 5.  I want to weigh b/w 118-120.  I am having a lot of troubles dropping anything!  Has anyone else been in my shoes with the sames stats and been successful?  If so, any advice?  Or anyone who has the same stats trying to hit the same general goal? 

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I'm five foot six sitting at 150 lbs wanting to be 130. I have been exercising for over two weeks now and only lost six lbs... I'm having difficulty shedding the weight too (I play Zumba everyday for thirty minutes and do PE) so I'm in the same boat. Help anyone?!
Original Post by jesspierce15:

I'm five foot six sitting at 150 lbs wanting to be 130. I have been exercising for over two weeks now and only lost six lbs... I'm having difficulty shedding the weight too (I play Zumba everyday for thirty minutes and do PE) so I'm in the same boat. Help anyone?!


3 lbs a week at your size is a good strong pace. It's not going to happen any faster than that I can promise you that. Look at it this way. In less than 4 months you will be your 130 even if the loss does slow a bit as you approach your goal.  4 months is July and swimsuit weather :)

I am currently 5'4" 118-120 lbs. A few years ago I was 142 lbs. I dropped the first 17 lbs in a few months by working out REALLY hard (like one to three hour work-outs with heavy weights and cardio) and eating 1200-1500 calories per day. That weight dropped pretty easily. I then dropped the last 5-7 lbs when I got stressed out studying for the GRE and applying to graduate school. I have been trying to lose another five pounds for four months now with no success. I eat between 1300 and 1500 calories (my BMR is 1299) and I work out for about an hour day incorporating weight training and cardio. My conclusion has been that I am currently at the weight that my body wants and I would probably have to use some pretty unhealthy tactics to get it to let go of that weight. This might be true for you. Everyone is different and some people are healthiest at heavier weights than others.

If it is really important for you to lose this weight, I would suggest investing in a food scale to make sure you are not consuming more calories than you think you are. I would also suggest incorporating weight training into your workouts if you have not already done so. You can also try lowering your carbohydrate intake. This works for a lot of people. You should get most of your carbs from fruits and vegetables with the occassional whole grain source if you must. This usually works for me if I can stick to it (tip for that is not to start too extreme or you might fall off the wagon).

Good luck! Hope this helps!

@jess:  I would give anything to lose 6 pounds in a few weeks.  You're at the right pace, but it will slow, just a heads up.

I do a little weight training with my NO More Troubl Zones dvd.  That's all I can afford $ wise.  I think it's food I need to concentrate on.  I'm not usually home on weekends so it's hard.  I need more fruits and veggies for sure.  I'm not sure that my carb intake is really all that bad.  I'll have to pay attention to it.  I used to weigh 120-122 like 4 years ago.  So I know I can be there.  I was 125 in August, but somehow gained 8 August-October.  I really let myself go somewhere in those months.  Sadly, but not sure how. 

Any other advice would be helpful.  Thanks!  Especially from those who have been successful.

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It also depends on your constitution. I'm 5 foot 3 and I'm now at 144 lbs. I'm close to my goal of 135 pounds. You see, I'm smaller than you and I weigh more because I have very large shoulders and wrists so I'll never be 120 pounds. I'd have to lose muscle to be that weight because of my large constitution. Maybe you don't have much more weight to lose... a normal and healthy weight loss for people like you and me should be 1 pound a week and it can slow down the closer you are to your goal.

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I am also 5'4. Two years ago I lost 15 lbs. and went from 130 to115 by counting calories and doing a lot of cardio. The key is to not go back to old habits after losing. I did this and now I'm at 127, hoping to reach 115 again.

I have a medium build.  I have small wrists and medium width shoulders, wider hips.  God blessed me with hips!  My butt and thighs are fatty.  I am going to start tracking and going to eat about 1500 calories a day.  If I am hungry I will up it.  I just wish I knew how many calories I burned every day so I could go off that.  But life isn't that easy.  I'll need to play around a bit.

I am 21yo 5'5 and weight 117, and lost about 65 pounds, the last 20 was the hardest. I really got strict with my diet, I would eat mostly veggies. and i would have fruits grains and a serving of chicken(no cheating whatso ever, and i REALLY watched what i put in my mouth). Lots of water. And i had to change my exercise routine. I would do more cardio and go for a few jogs

Original Post by langey12:

I am female, 5'4, 131/133 pounds, 26 years old.  Have a desk job, but try to exercise 3-4 days a week, sometimes 5.  I want to weigh b/w 118-120.  I am having a lot of troubles dropping anything!  Has anyone else been in my shoes with the sames stats and been successful?  If so, any advice?  Or anyone who has the same stats trying to hit the same general goal? 

Been in your shoes a few months ago.

I started at 140ish on Sept and hit my goal weight of 117/118 on January. For the first 3 months, I also did Jillian Michaels' DVDs - rotating between BFBM, NMTZ and 30DS. I hit a plateau right around 125-130, and CC folks recommended that I eat more and cycle my calories.

Sure enough, the weight started dropping again by 1.5 lbs/week.

I'm 5'4" as well, 114 lbs as of this morning, 30 years old.

@brackish:  what were you eating for calories? and how many minutes of exercise did you do?  I only have the Shred and NMTZ dvds.  I also have a treadmill.  Since it's starting to get nice outside I can get out too.  I can't be all that "strict".  Weekends are hard when we're not home so I can be conscious of what I'm eating. 

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Original Post by langey12:

I am female, 5'4, 131/133 pounds, 26 years old.  Have a desk job, but try to exercise 3-4 days a week, sometimes 5.  I want to weigh b/w 118-120.  I am having a lot of troubles dropping anything!  Has anyone else been in my shoes with the sames stats and been successful?  If so, any advice?  Or anyone who has the same stats trying to hit the same general goal? 

Been in your shoes a few months ago.

I started at 140ish on Sept and hit my goal weight of 117/118 on January. For the first 3 months, I also did Jillian Michaels' DVDs - rotating between BFBM, NMTZ and 30DS. I hit a plateau right around 125-130, and CC folks recommended that I eat more and cycle my calories.

Sure enough, the weight started dropping again by 1.5 lbs/week.

I'm 5'4" as well, 114 lbs as of this morning, 30 years old.

I am at a similar place where you were--5'4" and 140 lb trying to get to 120.  Do you have any advice on how to lose the weight, hopefully at least 10 pounds by June 1?  I currently eat 1800-2000 calories per day and exercising 4-5 times a week, trying to build some muscle to rev up my metabolism, but i really want to lose this weight to fit into my summer clothes form last year (when i was 118).  any advice would be much appreciated

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I am 5'3 and 130 pounds, im wanting and have wanted to shift 9 pounds for me to feel happy for quite some time but its hard... my body (like everyone's) has a 'happy weight' meaning it may not shift unless you take drastic action! Just keep on healthy foods, have a few naughty things every now and again else you'll crave them n exercise regularly - its fool proof! I know it's cliche guys but you'll be healthy inside which is the main thing after all!! Ps Spray tans work a charm- gives the illusion of a 3 pound drop I always think!
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@brackish:  what were you eating for calories? and how many minutes of exercise did you do?  I only have the Shred and NMTZ dvds.  I also have a treadmill.  Since it's starting to get nice outside I can get out too.  I can't be all that "strict".  Weekends are hard when we're not home so I can be conscious of what I'm eating. 

From Sept to Dec (same time when I was doing JM's DVDs), I was exercising between 20 minutes to an hour, averaging 5 days a week. I eat legumes (beans, lentils, quinoa, etc), all kinds of meat, nuts, whole/multigrains, fruits, and I started picking up on veggies because I did not like them for a long time. I got rid of canned stuff at home, except tuna and salmon because it's hard/expensive to buy fresh fish here. I also watched my sodium and carb intake strictly (no more white rice for me).

You can alternate between 30DS and NMTZ - maybe do 2 of each a week, then reserve a day or two to run outside. Mix it up. Just be careful with 30DS for I almost tore my knees up with her lunges.

I am at a similar place where you were--5'4" and 140 lb trying to get to 120.  Do you have any advice on how to lose the weight, hopefully at least 10 pounds by June 1?  I currently eat 1800-2000 calories per day and exercising 4-5 times a week, trying to build some muscle to rev up my metabolism, but i really want to lose this weight to fit into my summer clothes form last year (when i was 118).  any advice would be much appreciated

I'm not sure what type of workouts you do, but it would be helpful if you tell me how much calorie deficit you have on an average.

I did lose 1.5 lbs per week for 4 months or so, but that was eating 1400 to 1800 calories, depending on the workout (I burn 1800 to 2200). In my case, at least, I was successful leaving 300 to 500 calorie deficit.

THat sounds good.  I have to count.  No doubt about it.  I'll just have to pack my veggies for the weekends and watch I take in.  I also have to remember that you won't see results in a week.  That is hard for me to put in my head.  I'm thinking that if I killed myself 4 days this week I have to see something! 

Spray tan, I have been thinking about getting one for a wedding that I have to attend the end of April.  Easier and less time consuming than laying in a bed.  Hmmm, that one i have to think about.

I am in the same boat. I am 21 years old, 5''4 and 129-130 lbs.
I admit, I have been eating terribly lately. ( I am a busy college student, not a lot of time for exercise, and go out far too often for meals)
I do exercise sometimes, but when I actually do keep it up AND eat healthy, I get so discouraged when I don't see any weight loss. 

Doing the same exercise every week can cause your body to get too comfortable and not react in the way it was initially. Try switching routines, really focusing on a proper diet, get some weight lifting in. Whatever you do remember that high intensity full body workouts will always be preferential. Good luck.

@langey12 I'm 30yo 5'4 and sitting at 135. I'm shooting for the 120's and at this point, I've found it important to accept that it's not going to come off in a few weeks. Also, I'm less concerned about a # on the scale. I want to look fit/toned....I don't really care what the scale does as long as I'm seeing results in terms of inches reduced and how my clothes fit. When you're at a normal weight and looking to shed those last few pounds or inches, it takes a little more discipline I've found. For me, it's all about my diet. I workout about 4-5 times per week and have increased my weight training the past few months which has made a difference in terms of how my body is toning up. But really, I know I can workout all the time, but not really see the results I want until I fine tune my diet. I've decided to incorporate more protein, veggies, and reduce alcohol intake. I'm also avoiding sugar and refined carbs. I've done this the past 3 wks and I've noticed a major difference in how I feel in general...I have more energy throughout the day which is great! Planning meals is crucial for me as I work long days as a nurse so I have to have healthy snacks/lunches ready so I don't grab all the goodies people bring to work. Just remember, it takes time and we will see the results we're hoping for if we just stay motivated and focused on our goals! We can do it!!!

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5ft 4 in and weigh 135. My first goal weight is 120. I am close to your stats. I need help to.

Hey you guys,

I'm 5'7" (maybe closer to 5'8" now but somewhere between) and 157.8lbs. I've been having an interesting beginning to this all and will try and give the most thorough history. I've always had a bit of an issue with my body image. My mother was a model for a while and is now anorexic. She and my father, who is now overweight but is quite a bit misogynist, has consistently been on my case about my weight. This has from an outside view been a bit ridiculous because I've never been called overweight or even chubby from anyone else. Though, having a beautiful sister, who is 5'10" and 130-140lbs, and being instilled with these negative thoughts, have made me not only overly conscious but a bit dysmorphic. For the past year, I've been keeping the same weight of ~148. When I was 12, my mother got me into smoking cigarettes and now that I've moved to Portland for college my seasonal allergies are quite intensified when the rain leaves. I had to quit smoking and that has been a factor in my 10lbs gain. 

As for exercise, I have always swam a great deal, which is intensified now because of my attempt at quitting cigarette smoking. This has kept my body very strong and healthy. Though now, I want to slim down and really feel confident about my body in a healthy way. I've begun intermingling a running routine into my swimming routine, making sure that I get two full rest days a week that are filled with walking around the city with some other friends. Additionally, I've been lifeguarding at my school and have felt greatly inclined to exercise. I would really like to have some help and motivation with this process because I feel like I have for too long denied my need for support. 

Finally to get to know me a bit better, I am a philosophy major with a great deal of conviction in my arguments. So if any of you want a diligent motivator, I would love to be the one to talk to you. 

Thanks,

E

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