So impressed with your progress, BreannaJ! Congratulations on your weight loss. In my opinion, I think it's fine to do cardio 5X per week. I don't know what you're doing but you might want to make sure you're giving yourself enough variety so you don't get bored. Prior to having issues with my meniscus (both of them) I was running every other day, doing the elliptical on other days, and taking a turbo kick class as well. In addition, I was doing a Body Pump class. Since the trouble with my knees began I've been lifting heavy weights for the last three months in order to try to strengthen the muscles around knees to see if it helps alleviate some of my issues and to prepare me for surgery if I went that route. Much to my surprise heavy lifting has done just that! I tell you all this because since beginning lifting in January, I don't think I've had so much fun in the gym. It's friggin' fun to lift heavy things!!! And while the scale has only inched down a few pounds, my body has started transform. Clothes that didn't used to fit me now do; I see a decrease in my belly fat; and I've lost several inches.
I say go for it girl! You're probably seeing some amazing changes already in your body with all the cardio you're doing. Add some heavy lifting and you'll see more. Check out the Weight and Strength Training thread. I'd also recommend The New Rules of Lifting for Women.
Congrats again and keep us posted!
PS. The strength training was recommended by my doctor.
Last edited by curvynotlumpy; 04-01-2014 at 08:07 PM.