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First off, I'm new here. I came here in search of some help to develop a successful weight loss routine. I'm the only one in my house that's really into working out, so I have no one to turn to for advice. I'm extremely open minded to suggestions and just want to do this in the healthiest way possible.

I've always had trouble sticking to a routine, but since February, I've been working out on a consistent basis, but I'm discouraged by the notion that I'm doing something wrong. I've been doing a minimal workout, so I wasn't expecting too much out of it. But since I'm ready to really get things going, I just want to make sure I'm going to be doing them right.

Let just give you a run down of exercises and diet so maybe someone can help me out here a little bit.

I would say my diet is pretty minimal.
Breakfast - Special K cereal w/ Soy Milk
Lunch - Plain yogurt w/ almonds, raisens & a little cereal
Snacks - I generally have 3 peices of fruit and 2 Special K bars as snacks throughout the day between my meals.
Dinner - Soup, or vegetables & chicken
Beverages - I only drink water, and try to drink as much as I can without having to constantly go to the bathroom at school

My diet is basically..eat my 3 meals, and eat if I get hungry in between..and eat healthy.

As far as my workouts go - I get up before school to jog. I walk for about 3 minutes, jog between 15-20, then walk again for a cool down. I come home & jog again..walking for 7-10 mins, jogging for 25-30, cooling down for 3-7...(I jog between 5-6mph) and after that, I'll switch off every other day with working out my abs using a variety of crunches and working out my upperbody on my Bowflex.

I've also been trying to add in a kickboxing routine (I have a kickboxing bag) when I get home from work.

Right now, I see the front of my stomach flattening out, but I have those stubborn love handles that are keeping my waist size from getting any smaller. My arms & shoulders are beginning to become more defined, as well as my legs..but generally there's just a lot of fat that still needs to go away.

I've always been bigger, so I have no idea what it's like to be skinny..and how skinny I could actually be. I'd like to lose 30 pounds..I could probably lose about 40 as my maximum.

I just need to know if what I'm doing is going to work, and I just need to give it more time? I've really only been doing the morning workouts & bowflex up until this week..I just started adding the second jog in.

Any help would be appreciated.





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