hello everyone, just stumbled here through yahoo. i think this is a great site... anyone have any ideas for me though? i'm trying to lose weight (also all the extra jiggly fats). have currently started to do some free weights...although, i am using my 2 lbs chemistry book. (why? because my mom refuses to let me lift weights as she really really really believes that my hands will develop tremors and i will be unable to perform surgery later as i'm entering medical school next school year) so i'm lifting weights secretly.. using my heavy books... question is...do i have to add more weights (books) after a set? and how come my work out doesn't last 30 minutes? i'm done in around 15. am i doing something wrong? or maybe just working out too little? 2 X 10 dumbell squat dumbell stiff leg squat single leg calf-raise crunches then for another day 2 X 8 one-arm row dumbell standing shoulder press dumbell shrug dumbell bench press dumbell biceps curl dumbell close-grip bench press 3 times a week i brisk walk for cardio 30 minutes. 21, female, 5'2", 122 lbs. haven't lost for since i lost the 20 lbs back in april-june of 2002. what i did then was to walk walk walk. doesn't work now though... i don't eat much too...today...i had...2 toasts with honey, apple, 3 breads (fist size) with bean filling, one bowl of noodles... sometimes i eat more..i just slept off a large chunk of the day today.