Firstly, I hope this is in the right topic area. Put it here because it's an "Appearance" issue? If not, please move as needed. ^_^ I would like to enlist the aid of anyone who knows more about exercising and health management or whatever you want to call it. Because I can't afford the trainers at my gym right now and I don't like any forums I've come across (except this one ^_^). Just want to make sure I'm on the right track? Okay. So based upon my signature, you can see that I've been trying to better my health and fitness. I joined a gym back in April and so far I am down 11lbs and ~6.5% Body Fat (and that's IF the BF thing at the gym isn't off, but I think it is). So I'm currently at 170lbs & 13.6% (give or take). I know I can't expect to see it all fall off overnight. It's a one day at a time kinda deal. I goto the gym 5 days a week with 2 rest days. **When it comes to the weights, I do 2-3 sets of 10 reps. There is a day of rest between weight training days! My current goal is to build lean muscle and tone, I can bulk later, if I'm not happy with my look** Previous Workout Routine: 1 hour of basic cardio (treadmill, high incline, 3.8mph) 30 mins of Fast Fit (machine based equipment, all muscle groups) Then I moved to Interval Training: 30mins of Treadmill; 1min walk 3.8mph, 1min jog 5.5mph, 1min run 6.5mph; switching up the order for 20mins. w/ 5min warm up 5min cool down. 30mins of Spin Bike; Interval setting, different resistances, speeds- based on what the machine tells me to do. Different workout each time. (Standing, Seated, Seated Climb, Standing Climb, etc) Fast Fit training, increased weights. Presently: I'm doing the same thing as before, except I've cut my cardio down to 30mins. So one day I'll do the treadmill, one day the bike, one day the elliptical. That way its always different and I'm not killing myself in 1 day. Followed by the weight training. I have also adapted an ab routine I do every other day at home post-gym. Although I might start doing it there, I don't know yet. I also jump in the pool occasionally. Do a few laps, swim around and whatnot. Good times. I do try to keep my caloric intake reasonable. I don't track it, but I know that I do not go bonkerz. I doubt I even hit the 2000 mark most days. My funds are limited, but I do get healthier options. I don't drink soda. No potato chips. Nothing fried. I keep just about everything to serving size. Fruits when I can. Veggies here and there. Popcorn for snacking. I have a cheat day every now and then, once or twice a week. Cant cut it all out completely! lol Whole wheat breads, low fat cheese, down to 1% milk. (working on skim.....ugh) Eat more eggs, whole grain cereals... I take a 1-A-Day Men's Multivitamin, Pro Edge & Whey Protein supplement powder (not everyday, just every now and then) Sorry for the book. lol Any advice, ideas? Anything? Thanks! *I'm attaching a couple of pics to show ME and what I'd like to achieve at some point. Something along the lines of these pics would be awesome* ~~ Okay, so LPSG is being quite unresponsive here lately, I can't upload the pictures as attachments. Takes forever to load anything too...I will put them in an album called "Workout Goal" and open to the public, so please check those for me!