So, it's January, and like a lot of people, I'm using this as the opportunity to start again! First off, (and in our society today I, as a girl, unfortunately have to say all this BS) I'm happy with the way I currently am, I know I'm at a healthy weight, etc. Point is, I know I could feel better (physically as well as mentally). As of this morning, I'm currently 5'6 and weigh 121lbs. I'm going for somewhere closer to 115lb (and though it's just a number, I intend of having it be lean muscle, not being a skinny fat person). So it's not a big step, but it's been my sticking point to get under the 120lb bar for about 2 years now. The things I'm really trying to improve (and I also know that spot reduction doesn't work), is pretty much all tummy related, thus my dependency on cardio and diet for the most part...
I've only been vegan for about 3 months now (but was a vegetarian before) and it feels great. I love food, and that's an understatement. One thing is, I was told (and also recommended by my chiropractor) to have small meals throughout the day. I used to do that all the time, but even after drastic portion reduction, I felt too full all the time and went up to 126lbs. I'm back to three small meals a day now and I feel I have more control over my diet, but since the world is telling me to eat small meals throughout the day, I almost feel obliged to. I should listen to my intuition though right? or not? I've also found that though I eat cereal in the morning (and won't give that up! It's too good!) I find that the more complex carbs I eat throughout the day the fuller/more bloated I feel so I've been trying to cut down on that, and sugar (though even there, it's usually honey, organic cane sugar, or some other not refined sugar substitute).
Anyway, I guess my big thing is that I do cardio 5 days a week (usually 20 minutes of high intensity interval training--usually on the treadmill or stair climber-- followed by stretching) and 1 day of strength training (used to be 2 or 3 but I was bulking up too much so now it's more for maintenance). I feel that to get where I want I should do more cardio (also a girl stigma, but hey)... should I? I just find that 20 minutes gets me pretty tired given the intensity, and really I have a hard time keeping the attention span to bump it up to 30 minutes. I have turned 2 of my cardio days to swimming laps and the highest intensity I can for 30 minutes (I've only been doing that for a week though)... so maybe that will help? I also dance about every other day for about 30 minutes-1 hour, though I've always found that to be more a yoga like workout than 'cardio'... but when I skip of day of practice, I have noticed it makes a difference too.
I'm just kind of at a loss of where to go from here. Any suggestions on how to get below that 120lb bar?
Otherwise, I'll just keeping posting to motivate myself
Thanks in advance for the help/comments.
And for further motivation, here's a pic of what I'm starting with. Please excuse the cheesiness of the pose but it's the most recent and useful picture I have and was prompted by my husband...