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For starters, I'm a 15 year old girl, who's 5'4 and 107 lbs. I've been doing an abdominal workout for around 7 months now, and built up to doing an 1 hour and 15 minute routine, 4 days a week. I felt like I was on my way to getting a toned core, but just recently I joined my schools swim team. I'm now swimming for 2 hours a day, for 6 days a week. I just wanted to know if the exercise I'm doing now will set me back in my efforts to get a more toned stomach.
Edit: I just want to thank everyone who's offered their advice down in the replies. I'm definitely going to be taking my age into account, as well as what I eat throughout the day. And as many of you have said, I will always be putting my health first.
TL;dr at the bottom!
I started my weight loss journey roughly around September 2019 from north of 160 lbs to now swinging between 128-131 lbs.
Detailed weight loss post here : https://www.reddit.com/r/loseit/comments/dkwizq/first_post_on_reddit_transformation_story/
My goal weight was to stay between 125-130 lbs. However I seem to have plateaued for the past 6 months. I got my first DEXA scan this October and was pretty happy with my results. Last year this time I must have easily been near 40% BF.
However I want to progress on my mid section(I know there is not targeted weight loss!) and want to drop to below 28%. But that seems like a total impossibility now considering I have been stuck in this range for over months now.
My diet is averaging about 1200 calories for the week. I have recently started to concentrate on my protein intake again and try to keep it above 90g.
My workout routine for the past 6 months:
Monday: Chest and Triceps. (3 exercise for the chest and 2 for triceps)
Hey r/xxfitness! I have a question: does anybody else have one arm that activates traps instead of side delts when doing lateral raises? They're working perfectly for my non-dominant/left arm, but whenever I'm doing them with my right, I feel it only ever in my traps and never the delts. As a result only my left delts are getting more noticeable while my traps are also becoming asymmetrical in that the right side is getting larger than the left.
I'm not sure why this is, so I've tried adjusting my form/stance multiple times, my grip, lowering weights from my usual 2kg dumbbells to 1kg, researching so many videos and basically everything else and my right arm still refuses to work anything but the traps when doing lateral raises 😭
If anybody could please let me know what I'm doing wrong, I would love that! Or if any alternative side delt exercises have worked well for you (without too much trap activation), I'd love to know that as well. Thanks so much in advance!
For example, I'll do all leg exercises then I'll switch to all arm exercises.
I'll use the stairmaster for 5 minutes, then go straight to the smith machine to do squats, lunges and calf raises or move to the leg press.
My question is, should I mix it up and workout different body parts in between or is this okay?
I just saw a post where someone said they replaced rice and pasta with vegetables and lost around 100lbs (not only from these things, but it was a change made in their journey). My initial thought was, “yeah, that makes sense.” But my thought following that was, “But rice, pasta, and potatoes are so much cheaper.”
How do I overcome this thought process or what “tricks” are there to incorporating vegetables in place of much cheaper staples? I think it goes back to the lack of access of healthy foods for low income families. I wouldn’t say I’m low income, but I’m really cheap so let’s pretend I am. Rice costs nothing and gets you full fast. Same with potatoes and pasta. Vegetables (especially fresh) on the other hand are generally expensive (I’m a family of two adults.) I can buy a box of pasta for $1, a 3 lb bag of potatoes for $1.60, and like 10lb of rice for around $7 (and it lasts forever). Vegetables: a small bag of carrots was $1.20 yesterday, a head of Romaine was $1.50, and 1lb of frozen broccoli was $2.59.
My biggest thing here is the vegetables don’t last as long and usually are used in 1, maybe 2 meals. Whereas the bag of potatoes can be used for 3-4 meals, the rice for...so many meals lol and the pasta usually for about 2 or 3.
How do any of you broke/cheap people like me get over this mentally?? I like fresh vegetables and fruits but can’t rationalize spending more for them when I can get staples that last longer in the pantry.
Jul 27, 2010