Hey there! I’ve recently lost 31 lb. and am working on another 136 more. Here are some tips I have for you to be successful (because you definitely CAN do it!):
1. Find some way to log your food. MyFitnessPal.com and SparkPeople.com are both great resources with excellent phone apps so you can use them on the go. I log in multiple times a day to MFP and enter everything I eat to ensure I’m meeting my calories and other nutritional goals. It realllly helps to get a good idea of what you’re eating and where your problem areas are so you can start eating better.
2. Exercise, exercise, exercise. You don’t need a fancy gym membership, but you do need to put effort into it. Try new things or start up some activities you already like. Zumba is GREAT for high-calorie burn, and both the classes and DVDs are fun. You can stick to stuff as simple as walking and a couple of 5 or 8 lb. dumbbells at home, though. Just start doing stuff between 3-5 times a week or more for at least 30 minutes/day.
3. Drink water. Drink LOTS of water. If you can, try to cut out soda completely and limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine. Soda is liquid poison, and the other two can inhibit your weight loss. Water does so much for your body, you don’t even realize how much you missed it until you start giving your body the amount it craves. I suggest buying a bottle with a scale on the side that tells you how much you’re drinking – mine is 20 oz. so I try to refill and drink the whole thing no less than 4 times per day. You will pee A LOT at first, but that’s just your body releasing the extra water it stores because it’s used to not having enough – once you regulate the amount, the peeing frequency will decrease.
4. Portion control and eating frequency are also important. Measure EVERYTHING. It’s a pain at first, but often we have no clue what we’re eating compared to the actual serving size of foods (ex: you buy a drink noting it’s 100 cal per serving, and there are actually 2.5 servings in the container). Try to eat throughout the day, snacking as well as having meals. For example, I typically eat a 250-350 cal breakfast at 7:30, have an under 200 calorie snack around 10, 400-500 cal lunch between 12:30-1:30, snack again around 3-4, small post-gym snack around 6:30-7, then dinner with whatever calories I have left after my workout (it’s important to eat back the calories you burn from exercise so you have a net balance of at least 1,200 a day – if you want more info on that, PM me).
I have so much more advice I could offer. The BIGGEST, most important thing is not to give up. You will have bad days, but don’t use a slip-up as an excuse to give up for the rest of the day or even the whole week. Falling off the horse is expected when you’re learning to ride – get back on as quickly as you can and keep going.