I read through all the stickies, but I wanted to post here to see what you all think, and perhaps get some validation. I'm so glad I found this place! I'm picking up lots of helpful info for your posts. Some background: I've been 'chubby' most of my life. It's of some comfort that at least I'm quite proportionate and no matter what weight I'm at, I look much lighter. I'm what I would call a yo-yo exerciser. I exercise for a few years, for some reason or another (studies, work) stop altogether until my weight gets out of control and start the cycle again. I can maintain a decent weight if I exercise, so needless to say, I'm committed to making exercise a part of my life from now on (no exceptions!). Having said that, my 'exercise' in the past has consisted primarily of cardio, with some light dumbell work, squats, and other non-equipment workouts. My weight shot up to 185 lbs a year ago (d'oh!) I finally got my arse to a gym and dropped to 160 lbs and basically have stayed there for the past 6 months or so. As of 2 weeks ago, I've been weight training, because of course I can do better! Here are my current stats: Gender: female Age: 36 Height: 5'2" Weight: 160 lbs BF%: I'd say about 30%, very likely higher My current goal is to get down 130 lbs. Although it seems heavy for my height, that's the weight I've been most comfortable at, while fit. Gym-wise, I've been going 5 times a week (for the past 2 weeks). I saw a trainer and he split my program into 2 - back muscles (hams, back, triceps) and front muscles (quads, biceps, chest) and I do 1 ab exercise with both. Schedule looks like this: Mon: Low-intensity cardio (45 min) Wed: Front weights + 20 min HIIT Thu: Back weights + 20 min HIIT Sat: Front weights + 20 min HIIT Sun: Back weights + 20 min HIIT As far as nutrition goes, I know the general guidelines (good/bad carbs, fat, foods in general), and it certainly didn't hurt to read the stickies to 'refresh' my memory. I've been tracking my diet on fitday.com for the past week. I'm taking in between 1,300 and 1,800 daily - about 4 - 5 meals a day. My weight has stayed the same for the past 2 weeks, although I do have more energy and am really enjoying pushing myself with the weight routine. Now, for the questions: Should I be doing more cardio? Are my daily calories consumed ok? The range seems much too wide to me - should I aim towards the higher or lower range? I'm getting at the most 30% protein - is this ok? more? I think I had more questions but I can't think of them now lol. Any advice will be much appreciated.