Good morning all!
I know that the title of this post makes me sound like an exercise freak, but I'm not, I promise! My problem is that for months now I have been stuck on the wrong side of 80kg, and I'm sick of losing the same 2-3 kg from 82,5kg to 80kg over and over again. I have tried to "maintain" for weeks, thinking that maybe I'll drop below that line when I focus on something else, I've tried to eat very little (less than 1000 cals a day) and so on. It seems that I'm stuck on a plateau and nothing I do can get me down from it. Now, more out of desperation than anything else, I've decided to eat as sensible as I can, 1300-1600 cals a day, lost of fruits and veggies, no white bread and so on, and at the same time exercise _hard_ for a month or two, just to see if that will get me down to 70-something.
Mostly, I do some kind of cardio for 30 minutes in the morning before work (running or tae-bo) and strength or pilates for 30 minutes in the evening. I also try to get in lots of walking (7500-10000 steps pr day) as well as another 30-60 min of cardio (running, biking, tae bo, eliptical...) in the evening, for a total of close to 2 hours of exercise every day. If that doesn't get me below 80kg, I don't know what will... But is this smart, is it good for me to exercise twice a day 6 days pr week, and is it good for me to do this much cardio? I feel good doing it, and if that's what it takes to get below 80kg I'm willing to do it for now, as long as I don't hurt myself...
Just for the record, I'm 168cm (5'6?) with a large frame. My goal is to get down to 69 kg, and then ease slowly into maintenance, hopefully landing somewhere around 65kg eventually. I just turned 30. My goal exercise-wise for now is a marathon in October, and hopefully to get down to 75kg before then.
I really would appreciate input both on my training program and if you have some other tips that could get me past this plateau!