Welcome to the club! I started at 182 in October, really didn't lose much in November or December-who can diet during the holidays? I started logging here around the new year at 176, and this morning I'm at 150.6. I'm also 35 with 2 kids, age 2 and 6. I want to end up around 135, so that's 48 pounds totat I'm trying to lose. I have a hard time too with feeding my family while losing weight. It was especially tough in the beginning, the last thing I wanted was to be around food, but especially with the kids in the house there were a lot of things (like cheese sticks and peanut butter) I'd have to prepare for the kids that were major temptations for me. My husband used to be a toothpick in his younger days, and could eat anything that wasn't nailed down. These days he really needs to get serious about the diet and exercise, but I'm not the type to nag and anyway, that would just bring out his stubborn side and make things worse. He's starting to pay more attention to what he's eating, and I've gotten more healthy recipes on the dinner table. But all 3 of them are picky picky picky! I'd love to eat grilled fish with spinach or broccoli 2 or 3 times a week, nobody else will touch that.
It does get easier with time, but bsaz is right, this is a lifestyle change not a diet. I don't "forbid" myself from eating anything, but if I can manage to log it BEFORE I eat it, I do pretty well. I get sidetracked when I change dinner plans at the last minute, because when I log after the fact, it's usually at least 300 calories more than I'd guessed. After a while too, you get a feel for what you can eat at each meal and still stay on track. The logging gets easier too, because most of us tend to eat the same things over and over, so you can just log from your history instead of having to look up a bunch of stuff. I have a lot of custom foods created as well, and there's lots of recipe calculators online that can help you guesstimate the nutritional information for things you cook at home.
If I keep starting over, eventually it will stick, right?
Current weight: 140
Goal weight: 135