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Workout/Diet advice please

OK, I am about 5'8" , female, 41 yrs old, and went from about 170 to 135 lbs. 2 1/2 years ago, and kept it off. I didn't work out at all this summer and felt my pants getting a tad tight, so in September started working out again and eating really healthy. I'm now down to 130 lbs, but I really do not want to lose anymore. I want to tone my floppy, slightly bat-wing upper arms and get more muscle in my thighs. My thighs definitely still I have fat. (And please don't tell me at 130 I couldn't possibly, because they jiggle and I can still see celluite cottage cheese looking areas.) My torso is thin, almost getting too thin. My shoulders are awesome looking. I am eating very healthy foods...not dieting.. fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, whole grains....even some junk now and then..about 1400- 1500 calories a day. I do 45 minutes cardio/pilates 3 times a week and 40 minutes with weights (8 - 10#s) 2 - 3 times a week. My question is: Do I decrease my cardio and increase weights only on my lower body? Increase my calories? Thank you for any suggestions!

Mon. Dec 3, 11:32am

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Have you been increasing the weight or the # of reps you're doing? You shoudl be gradually doing both - i.e. can you do 12 reps, 3 sets, at the current weight? Great. Go up a weight and do 8 reps, 3 sets. At that weight, work up until you can do 12 reps, 3 sets. Then go up a weight and go back to 8 reps, 3 sets. That way, you're always building up the muscle. You don't necessarily need to spend more time on the weights, just be sure that it's always hard.

Monday, December 03, 2007, 11:44 AM

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lots of skinny people have cellulite.

Monday, December 03, 2007, 11:54 AM

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For sure on the cellulite. I've had cellulite 'saddle bags' as long as I can remember. I even dieted down to 105 in college (I'm 5'6" and that was WAY too thin for me) and that @(*$)@(*$ cellulite was still there. Lipo wasn't around then 1980 - but that would have been the only solution, i guess.

Monday, December 03, 2007, 2:26 PM

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as a 5'6 person, 105 wow. Yup, I know i'd be waaaaaaaay too thin at that weight, but I do have a large frame. (I think my lean body mass is 125 ish).

Skinny people have cellulite, so you can't say you have too much fat on your legs because there is cellulite there. I mean, you're going to have a layer of fat over most of your body, and cellulite isn't the result of excess fat. Cellulite is often something one is genetically predisposed to. Many have foundbody brushing helps though.

Monday, December 03, 2007, 2:46 PM

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I agree with all said here but you CAN decrease the appearance of that cellulite by continuing to tone and the only way you can do that is with lunges/squats and other leg/thigh exercises using weights or free weights.

Monday, December 03, 2007, 4:10 PM

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2:46 - yah - I have a small frame, but at 105, I had no chest left to speak of and was very very thin. I wasn't anorexic or anything, I just wanted to lose some weight so over the semester I ate hardly anything but cup o noodles, salad and TAB (remember TAB?) WHen I finally took a look at myself it was -YIKES, and started eating regular again. Now I'm just trying to get to 130.

Monday, December 03, 2007, 11:00 PM

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To clarify - that was in 1980 - now, I'm trying to get DOWN to 130

Monday, December 03, 2007, 11:15 PM

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