Hello everyone! I'm another newbie. My boyfriend is obsessed with this website and knows a lot about fitness and nutrition for men but suggested I set up an account on here because he's not sure if what he tells me is accurate for females as well. So here I am, eager and wanting to absorb all of the information that I can.
I am 22 years old, 5'2 and am currently plateauing at 145. I started out at 178 around Januaryish. My boyfriend had been seeking help from his bodybuilding buddy since he decided to whip himself into shape. He went from 364 to 220 in about 2 1/2 years. His bodybuilding friend suggested Paleo when my boyfriend had about 40 lbs that he just couldn't seem to shed. I began paleo with him. I have lost 33 lbs so far but am in a rut that I can't seem to get out of.
The first week in July of this year, I had to have melanoma removed right above my belly button. The incision was about 3-4 inches long. Given that I had received three layers of stitches, my doctor wouldn't allow me to exercise for 2 weeks. About a week into this no-gym kick, my car was rear-ended and I had neck/shoulder and lower back injuries. I had to take 6 weeks of physical therapy. During this time, the physical therapist wouldn't allow any form of exercise. I asked if I could do some light cardio or even yoga and he wouldn't allow it. So none the less, I was pretty miserable. I usually go to the gym 5 days a week for 1-2 hours. Thankfully, I have finished physical therapy. When I came back to the gym, I started with two weeks of cardio only and then began weight training with my boyfriend. While I was out of commission, I maintained 145 and ate clean with a cheat meal maybe 2-3 times total through that period. I have also switched birth control, which I understand can have an effect as well. I was on Depo but am back on the pill.
For the past few months I've been kind of down and out because my weight has been swinging from 145-150 and I can't seem to cut. I am, and have been taking the following since I began my journey: OxyElite Pro, CLA, BCAA (didn't take this when I couldn't go to the gym), fish oil, flaxseed oil, DIM, and two daily vitamins.
I don't really have a set weight that I want to maintain. I want to lower my body fat percentage and then tone up. I'm thinking 120-115 would be a good weight to start toning. I don't want to be skin and bones, my goal is healthy an toned. I am not looking to lose 30 lbs as fast as possible. I was happy losing 1 lb per week. It just get discouraging not seeing results.
Any tips on how to get out of this rut?