I have gone up and down with my weight for years. I’ve been a size 22/24 in college, and over time lose a little, gain it back, lose a little gain it back. Earlier this year FI and I went paleo and that was good for a few pounds gone but we fell off the wagon and I gained it all back. In July, I was a 16/18 and decided this was it for good. Now I’m a size 10 and still going strong.
My fitness pal is an invaluable tool. The app and website are amazing. You can tailor it however you want, I suggest small amounts of weightloss per week at first. It’s more likely to stay off and easier to accomplish.
I use youtube and pinterest for workouts. Lots of free videos of any length and lots of instructional informtion on pinterest. Different challenges for different body parts. Ultimately, find something to do to move your body you like. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it. Doesn’t matter how many caloreis your burning, what muscles are moving, just move!!!! Anything, just make the commitment to do move your body to raise your heartrate 3x a week.
I also incorporate little things in my daily routine. Park farther away from the door (unless its night), take the stairs, zigzag around the grocery store on purpose, just any little thing to add steps will help. Daily yoga stretching is excellent to help sore muscles feel better alleviate pains.
Start adding nutrient dense foods to your diet. Don’t worry about removing foods at first. Just add in better fuel for your body. Avocados, dark leafy greens, grass fed beef,grass fed butter, coconut oil, bone broth, and as much water as you can handle. Organ meats are great too but that is a tough step so I get it. Eat as much real food v. processed as possible, cutting out all that extra stuff will help you curb the cravings for it. Pinterest is great for this as well. If you are craving something look up a healhty version of it. It will be way better for you and taste better too!!
Water, water, water, water! At least half your weight in oz a day plus if you drink anything with caffiene balance that out with as much water too. For example, I weigh 153 so half of that is 76.5, so that many oz. to start. I usually have 3 16oz mugs of coffee which is 48oz. So 76.5+48=124.5, so I’ll drink 125oz of water a day. I have a 33oz smart water bottle keep near me and refill all day, so after 4 refills I’m at 132oz. All set!
There are a lot of programs out there but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on shakes or training dvds i would not ultimately use. I read a lot of articles and have tried to listen to my body. If i crave something I eat it, trying to stop when I’m full. This is a choice you have to make to be healthy, you will be tempted all the time. Its a commitment you have to make to yourself. You can lose weight in your 30s, I am 33 so it IS possible. It’s never going to be easy. I made small changes over a year that have added up to me being the happiest with my body and weight and still dedicating myself to push even more. If you decide in your mind to make this happen, it will happen, with loads of hard work and pausing to ask yourself, Is this the choice I want to make today?
You can do it. I hope some of this helps.