I reckon I really need to join this thread. I have been tryin to lose weight for awhile, but I seem to gain it back as fast as I lose it. :( I am in my early 30's and I have had 3 kids. I used to be around 130, and even after having all the kids I was around 150, but I am now up around 195. My long-term goal is to be around 140lb, and my short(er) term goal is to get below 175.
I believe I have discovered my two greatest problems with losing weight and keeping it gone. The first is what I eat. I work full time (40 hrs, sometimes more) at a fast food restaurant (Hardees) - hence the eating issues. I try to bring my own food, but always find myself forgetting and then winding up eating at work. Or we get a new item I want to try (so I can tell the customers when they ask my opinion) and wind up eating it for the next 2-3 weeks ;)
The other problem is also partly due to work. After working 40 hrs or more a week, when I am at home I have three kids to take care of - homework, etc, etc. - which means I do not get out to exercise like I should. Also means eating out more, as after working a 8-10 hr day and then helping kids w/ homework I do not feel like cooking.
So, I guess my two immediate goals are:
1) bring healthy food to work, and eat only that. (Also to cook dinner instead of eating out.)
2) to exercise more, and find ways to involve the kids so I am not trying to wait up to do it till they are asleep.
And my short term goal: get under 175lb
Long term: get to around 140lb.
Ps. Sorry for the long post.......