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Hello Rick,

Looking through your website is very inspirational and that's what I need in my life right now. I am a 19 year old female at 5'4" who weighs 132 lbs. I used to be down to 122-123 but after going to college for this first semester, I've gained weight mainly because of lack of time to go to the gym and bad food.

I had a very healthy diet at home (my mom is a nurse and shops only at whole food stores). At school, I still maintain only a bit of a healthy diet. I have taken cheese and dairy out of it for the past year (really helps me feel less tired and less acne) and I still eat chia seed in the morning for protein. The problem is that the foods served are a lot of the times greasy or 3/4 carbs and 1/4 protein. I do have salad but I also have begun having more sugar.

I've made it a necessity to start going to the gym (can be difficult as a music major with a busy schedule) but I get so exhausted at the end of the day when I actually have time. Now that I'm going to be really trying to motivate myself to go, I am confused on how to get back into it.

I plan on going every day (I've made myself a ritual to stick to) but I don't know what exercises to do and when. All I know is that it is important to alternate muscle groups every other day so you give them a chance to recover. I can jog and increase/decrease speed for 15 minutes on the treadmill. Could you help me in making a plan and how to increase it over time to lose weight and tone or point me in the right direction? I don't know what exercises will initiate the process of change and what will keep me stagnant.

I really appreciate it and thank you for making your site available. A lot of the tips have been extremely helpful for me.

Sincerely,
Monique

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All of the different exercises that you need to do are on my web site. Just mix things up. Try to do a little better every workout. If you run for 20 minutes today, try 21 minutes tomorrow... or try running a little faster (easier to see with GPS or a treadmill). Try to lift a little more weight each time. After 4 or 5 weeks with the same routine, vary the exercises a bit. It sounds like you are on the right track.

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I am happy to answer any questions from those who are overweight and want to learn how to lose weight through proper diet and exercise. I spent a year of my life studying weight loss and brought myself from 340 pounds down to a healthy 185 pounds the RIGHT way: no fad diets, pills, or crazy machines - just healthy eating and some moderate exercise. I'm happy to share my knowledge with you. I also have my own web site at RicksWeightLoss.com

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My knowledge is all practical, life experience. I spent over a year reading dozens of books, online literature, magazines, and lots of other sources. I've studied nutrition, weight-lifting, bodybuilding, exercise science, and many other fitness-related fields.

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I have no formal education in fitness or nutrition. But, then again, I am a computer programmer and trainer with no formal education in my field either. I'm completely self-taught in everything I do. However, I can give you plenty of tips and pointers on how to safely lose weight.

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