Female, late 20s, 5'3 1/2" and weighing in at 165 lbs at the moment. That's down from around 190-200 (didn't have a scale) around Christmas last year. My end goal is to be around 115-120, and I should be hitting that around spring next year if I stick to my plans.
I've been using MyFitnessPal to count my calories and keep within my daily limit, and finally just had the opportunity to join with a gym. I'm working two jobs at the moment, so I've had difficulty going more than once, but both jobs are retail that keep me on my feet and moving constantly, and I try to get out for long walks at least if not doing calisthenics at home.
So far I've cut out sodas and junk food. They're a once in a while treat, and even then I'm starting to lose cravings for the sweets altogether in favour of fruits and veggies for snacks. I'm trying to get myself more used to black coffee with maybe a bit of cream in it by reducing the amount of sugar I have in that. I've really been enjoying some unsweetened herbal teas for my caffeine as well.
I've been having some difficulty finding a balance in my meals so that I'm still getting all the vitamins and nutrients I need. I was never taught healthy eating growing up unfortunately, so this is all new to me (straight up remember having cola in a bottle around 4 years of age).
I'm really happy to start seeing my curves coming back and the belly fat shrinking, but I still have a long way to go before I reach where I want to be.
I've taken to finding good deals and sales going on so I can maximise my shopping trips for healthy groceries. I've got a budget of $300-$400 for two people if any of you had advice or recipes to share :)
I'm lactose intolerant, and my doctor tells me I should avoid gluten due to the pain it causes me in my cut. I've found I can't have cabbage or pickled foods without experiencing gut pain as well. I think Keto or paleo diets might work for me, but I'm not sure where to start with that.