beautywithinusall:
Hey, I was just wondering, I'm. 5'4 and I weigh about 120. I don't think I'm fat, I'm muscular, but I wanna lose weight. Any suggestions? Ill put a picture of myself on my page. I carry most of my weight in my legs and butt

Hi there! I just checked out your page and saw your photo - you have an awesome figure! You look very lean and muscular, which is what most people want! You definitely aren’t fat, so I’m glad you aren’t in that mindset. Honestly, I hope you’re not too caught up in the scale. You say you want to lose weight - do you mean lower your body fat percentage, or decrease the number on the scale? Honestly I think you look great and you shouldn’t have the slightest concern about the number on the scale. If you are looking to lose fat, I would say it would be beneficial for you to try HIIT (high intensity interval training) - if you have no idea what I’m talking about, definitely Google it and see what comes up! This type of exercise allows you to burn fat while retaining muscle. There are all types of HIIT - treadmill, elliptical, bike, or just home workouts without any equipment needed. Check out YouTube or just explore around on Google. As for diet, I think someone with your body type who is looking to lose fat should up the protein & healthy fats, and decrease the carb intake. I am in the same phase right now with trying to lose my body fat and I’ve decided to try and stick to a lower carb diet. I’m not very strict about it like some people are (the Atkins diet recommends no more than 20g carbs per day which to me is super low). I love to run and do cardio, so I at least need SOME carbs to fuel my workouts.

Let me know if you have any more questions - I hope I’ve helped you out a bit! 

livingtobefitandhealthy:
How did you start off your weightloss journey? Diet ? Exercise?

Hi there! I started my weightloss journey by cutting out all white carbs (white rice/flour/pasta) and replacing them with whole grain/whole wheat alternatives. I took a hard look at my diet and realized I was eating so many carbs and not enough protein/healthy fats, so I tried (and am still trying) to find a good balance of macronutrients! I also stopped drinking sodas, fruit juices, or pretty much any other drink than water/tea. I do indulge in alcohol on occasion, but I try to keep it to a minimum. As for exercise, I started by doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. This program was really tough for me at the start because I was out of shape! I did the 30 Day Shred daily and combined that with 30-45 minutes walking on the treadmill at 4.0 - I could NOT run. As I lost weight and improved my physical fitness, I started to incorporate jogging. I would walk for a few minutes, then run for a minute, and keep going on that cycle. I now run for 30-45 minutes straight and am so proud that I’ve improved. I have asthma but I won’t let it hold me back! I also incorporate strength training into my workouts using dumbbells/resistance bands or just doing general bodyweight exercises. I recommend fitnessblender.com for a wide variety of different strength training workouts!

Currently I’m running at least 2 miles a day and walking a decent amount as well. I was doing P90X for a few weeks, but I found that it wasn’t working for me. I did end up improving my strength, but because I was burning so many calories, I would crave RIDICULOUS things & end up indulging. I upped my healthy calorie intake, but I’d still crave tons of unhealthy foods which lead to excessive snacking and fat gain.

Find what works best for you - there is always room for improvement! Let me know if you have any more questions <3 

car-dio:
hey you have a great blog! so inspiring :) I'd love it if you checked out mine and told me what you thought. Always looking for ways to improve. thanks! xo

thank you so much! I just checked yours out - loving your balance between fitspo and food pictures! your blog is definitely a good blog for motivating people to eat healthy foods AND workout!

sports-bra-junkie:
Thanks for the follow! Have a great night!! (:

you’re so welcome!! enjoy your day xo :)