......throw in 2 HIIT sessions which could include intervals of sprinting and walking or even bodyweight intervals such as burpee's, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, air squats, split jacks. Intensity is key with low rest periods to increase metabolism for the intervals. Then add in low intensity cardio 3 times a week or so for around 45 minutes, such as fast walking.
Depending on how much your eating now, I would even consider upping your calories by including more protein and really focus on the weight training. If you've had your calories low for a while, it can make getting rid of fat around those area difficult to do. Even upping your calories by 500 or so 1-3 times a week can help tremendously by breaking through plateau's. Keep it simple and you will see great results.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Just the kind of details i was looking for!
However... I have no clue what HIIT sessions are, so i'll need to look more into that.
I posted in the online journal area what i've been eating.... but for an example, This morning i made a green smoothie of 3 bananas, 1 mango, chard, flax, hemp and spirulina..... I sipped on that, made some yerba mate and ate a greens + chocolate energy bar.
Went to the gym and worked with a medicine ball, did a bunch of squats, some dead lifts, and a few machines....
Sipped more smoothie. might make some quinoa for dinner...not sure. it' a hard balance to find...
Home for lunch, steamed some kale, and grilled up some tofu - (about the equivilant of 1/4 of block), put the kale and tofu in romaine leaves for a sort of taco - with a tahini lemon dressing on top.
That brings us to now... not sure what i'm doing for dinner.
I'm pretty thin - i'd love to gain muscle and loose that lanky loose look. I *am* toned in a lot of areas, but i hate "being vegan" and people knowing it - knowing i workout, and then seeing me in a swim suit - Toned in certain areas, really thin in some areas and loose/flabby in others. i don't like getting that, "it's cause you're vegan" look. it gets old. I want to look like, "wow! and you're vegan??? tell me more!!"
SO - how/what would you change re: diet? btw, i'm 29, 5'3'' and 110 lbs. - weight is not my concern here