After deciding to put music as a profession behind me, I'm heading to law school this fall. I've read that being healthy and active helps with concentration and energy, and I could lose about 35-40 pounds. I've been exercising on my elliptical machine at home (knee problems). For the first 3 weeks, I was exercising about 30 minutes, then bumped decided to go for 40 minutes. It's been about 5 weeks. I don't know what my starting weight was but I believe I've lost about 15 pounds or so. The read-out on my machine is broken but I used a machine in a gym for a bit that told me I was burning around 500 calories with the 30 minute workout. I don't know if that's at all accurate but it makes me feel better about myself. As far as diet, I've cut out carbonated beverages and processed sugar of all types. I don't eat candy or fast food. Hell, I don't even eat out that much anymore. I average a bowl of cereal for breakfast, and an appropriate portion of meat, veggies, and starch for dinner, sometimes lunch. Pretty much a chicken breast, veggies, and a palm-sized portion of rice/potatoes. I know I'm ingesting less than 2000 calories a day. Probably less than 1500. My problem is that I've hit my plateau and I need help getting over it. My father always taught me that pairing good hearty exercise with diet was the key to overcoming a plateau. I've intensified my exercise, but I've only lost .2 pounds in the last week and it's very frustrating. I'm not about to give it up, but I'd like some advice to see what my next step should be.