First off, let me start by introducing myself. My name is Denise and I've been working out for close to 5 years now. I've been lifting with a more serious edge for about a year, or so. I'm one of those who as a child was overweight. I weighed between 120 - 125 and was a size 10 upon my high school graduation and on my 4'11" frame, looked a bit chubby. I lost the weight and gained over the years until I finally fell into a deep depression between 1999 and 2001 where I gained at my max 180. Yeah... I was fat. I decided to start healing myself emotionally and mentally and finally moved to a better place. Ate healther (started off low-carb, mostly meats, fish, veggies, fruit and protein shake in the morning) and started cardio, later adding lifting. By the end of 2002, I was able to get myself down to 120 and a size 5.
My cardio usually consists of speed walking, occasionally running on the treadmill during the winter and rain and I kickbox which I love (up until my shoulder hurts... just found out to be spur). My weight lifting had changed from circuit training to per body part per day. I lift for about a half an hour to 45 minutes a day and usually attend kickboxing for an hour to an hour and a half (depends on the day... it's a schedule)with days off of kickboxing consisting of 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill speed walking between 4.3 and 4.5 mph sometimes adding 6.0 mph running intervals for 2 minutes for every 5.
Well... I've been struggling as of late, so here comes the "I need help part". I've been trying to trim and dying to compete in a figure competition, but I also work and attend college, so it's rather difficult. I can't afford a personal trainer or dietician, or do loads and loads of cardio like most people who have time, however I still get in my work outs (I'm a total fiend for that) and eat approx. 1300 calories, more or less per day.
I would like to be more toned than I am... I still weight between maybe 119 and 125, depends on the time of the month when I weight myself. I have a 28 1/2 waist and would like to be about 4 inches thinner, if at all possible (my sister doesn't seem to think it will be due to excess adipose tissue and skin that I have and only surgery could fix, she's an RN on to be an NP soon and she also kickboxes and lifts, but has a tighter body that I'm completely jealous of... she's 2 inches taller than I and weighs about 5 to 10 lbs lighter than me... how fair is that), but I'm determined.
What can I do to lose more inches? I'm literally obsessed with how I look and even made an appointment with a plastic surgeon for a consultation to see if in fact I would need surgery or if this could be done through more working out and better diet (as if it isn't clean enough).
Supplements are: whey protein, whey protein isolate, multi-vitamin, calcium, Tonalin CLA, glucosamine, krill oil (I have to take it for gloomy days), chromium, vitamin C.
I also am unable to do push exercises of any kind for who knows how long, due to the spur on my left shoulder... so that sucks. I'm still tryign to figure out what I'm going to do for shoulder day and chest day.
Hope I gave enough info.
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