Hi Marcus, I too am hoping to slim down, (but not necessarily lean out, I like my curves. ) so I'm hopeful that it's possible to do. Also, congrats on the progress so far!!
Looking over the exercise you listed, I think what you're missing is the High Intensity exercise. When you do HIIT, and then don't eat carbs afterwards, your body naturally releases Human Growth Hormone (like tons of it) in the two hours after you exercise. (Key is to eat 20 g/protein within 30 minutes of you working out.)
Before I found MDA, I followed Dr. Mercola a lot, (I still do), he talks a lot about "Peak 8", which Phil Campbell has studied a lot and has written a book about ("Ready, Set, Go"), Phil calls HIIT, Sprint 8. You can watch a short youtube video about it here:
Peak 8: Diet and Somatopause - YouTube
IMO, the key things about what he says is in that clip, is that HGH goes after fat like a heat seeking missile, is anti-aging and helps build muscle. Also, he spoke about how we age we enter a phase called somataphause which he calls "the middle age spread". And this HIIT, Peak 8, Sprint 8 type workout can help reverse it.
I bought his book (Ready, Set, Go) and find it very interesting so far.
Anyway, just my $.02, Good luck w/everything!
Oops, just saw your latest post, saying that you sprint once a week. Maybe up it to twice a week, and try adapting it to the Sprint 8/Peak 8 way of doing it?
Last edited by lissee; 05-06-2012 at 12:30 AM.
Reason: Edit at the end.
5' 10" | AGE: 35 | SW: 247 | CW: 229 | GW: 145-158-ish