Hi All, Just thought I would do a quick intro before getting to my question(s)! I'm female, 33, 6'1", and have been vegan for almost 3.5 years now. I do it for the animals, but I have to say, such an unexpected benefit has been the health changes. I have always struggled with my weight, and when I went vegan, some of it naturally came off. That being said, I still have about 30-40 lbs I want to lose. I also want to build some muscle, specifically my arms and legs. I mean, a super toned stomach would be great, but I have never had legs or arms I'm comfortable showing off - I want that to change. I've read conflicting things in terms of whether or not I should focus on cardio or weights or both. My husband and I try to get to the gym 4-5 days a week, and three of those days, we are usually up at 4am, to the gym for 5am, and out at around 6am. My question is - do I spend my days focusing more on cardio or weights? This is my current schedule: Mon - off Tues - 15 minutes stairs or treadmill (usually burn about 250 calories) - tricep workout with supersets; instead of resting for one minute between sets, I do 20 squats and a 30 second plank, then into another super set. In total, four sets of arm work and four sets of squats and planks. Wed - 15 minutes stairs or treadmill - bicep/shoulder/chest workout with supersets; instead of resting for one minute between sets, I do 20 Russian twists and 20 crunches, both with a 17.5 kettle bell, then into another super set. In total, four sets of arm work and four sets of ab work. Thurs - off Fri - Tuesday workout Sat - Wed workout Sun - off or Tuesday workout I want to get the most out of my workouts and I'm not sure if this is doing it. In terms of nutrition, I have a Vega performance protein shake when I get back from the gym every time. Breakfast everyday is a Sun Warrior protein shake and some Vega Chlorella. Lunch is leftovers from dinner and I try to have two snacks a day. I've also heard two things in terms of nutrition - that I shouldn't count calories because I eat a fairly raw and healthy diet (as an aside, I have never felt better than I do when I eat a lot of raw food), but then I've heard that because I want to shed some more weight, I should be. The problem for me, is that because I really do bust my butt at the gym (it's not pretty at the end, but it feels good!) that I need to watch my food. This means that I'm restricted to about 1,440 calories/day. Some days, this feels so inadequate, I can't even put it into words. Anyway, the point of all of this is that I want to work smarter not harder (unless harder is smarter!). I feel like I've hit a bit of a plateau, which tells me that I need to look at something, I just don't know what it is. I know my body type and I will never be a size 6 or even 8. I am tall and curvy and I like it, I just want to be a little leaner (but keep the booty!). If anyone has any advice, I would love to hear it. Thanks for taking the time to read this!