Katie918: hi! 🙂 I have been exactly where you are: I would work out, but in my head that gave me some screwed up justification to eat poorly. then, I learned the hard way (exercising my ASS off but not losing any weight…and actually, gaining at one point) that exercise without a healthy eating habit is at best going to maintain the size you are.
So, my suggestion would be this: learn about healthy eating first. Don’t think of it as a diet or as a punishment of healthy foods. That is boring, and it’s food prison, lol. You’ll be back off the wagon before you can even say “broccoli.” Instead, I suggest watching a documentary on Netflix called Forks Over Knives; that, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Both will give you an idea of why natural, healthy, whole foods are just better for you in the long run. Having some perspective on WHY you’re eating well will help you do it.
As far as actually eating: go out and buy a cookbook! I recommend Cooking Light’s Weeknight Dinners. Everything in there (for the most part) can be cooked in less than an hour–most under 40 minutes–and it’s all healthy. It gives you the nutrition facts, and suggests side dishes to go along with entrees too. Most importantly, it gives you lots of yummy, healthy options!
Along with the cookbook, make sure you’re using it effectively. Plan ahead! Sit down on Sunday (or whatever day you shop) and plan a menu for the week; write a grocery list and don’t buy anything that’s not on it. You’ll be surprised how fun it is to have new food that’s delicious, and that you can eat guilt free! Plus, there’ll be plenty for leftovers, so lunches are covered. 🙂
An example of my menu this week (all straight from that CL cookbook):
Monday: Potato, Corn, and Leek Chowder with Parmesan Pepper Biscuits on the side
Tuesday: Chicken Chilaquiles, Black Beans on the side
Wednesday: Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms (the fat ones, like 6″ across) with Sliced Tomato, Garlic Cauliflower Mash, and Salad
Thursday: Curry noodles with Tofu (which you could swap for chicken if tofu isn’t your thing) and Red/Yellow Bell Pepper
Friday: Sausage and Bean Casserole, Salad, and Watermelon for dessert
YUM! 🙂 I promise, once you get in a healthy eating habit (and you see how it works with your exercise efforts) then not only will you feel better day to day, but you’ll find yourself not WANTING any of those foods you might be craving now. Also, keep in mind that you can alter your “guilty” foods to be healthier versions. Even small changes are good changes.
If you ever need support you can feel free to PM me–I know exactly what you’re going through 🙂