Hello all! New here, but thought that this website would be a great resource to help me stay motivated/get support for my weight loss goals!
So let's get down to the nitty gritty... Over the last three years, I have gained about 50 pounds, going from 130 to 180 (180 is my current weight and I'm 5'9 for reference). If anything, my eating and fitness habits have improved over the years, seeing as I'm not a booze-guzzling 21 year old anymore, but it seems like no matter what I do I continue to gain weight. I have switched jobs in that time, going from an active serving job at a busy sports bar to a desk job, so I do attribute some of my weight gain to that.
But moving on; I'm becoming extremely frustrated with my inability to lose weight. I started the South Beach Diet about 8 weeks ago as I've done it in the past and had great results. I was VERY STRICT during my first phase (2 weeks for those unfamiliar), and even cautious in the more forgiving second phase with what I was allowing myself to have. I exercised regularly, up to 5 times a week, with cardio and strength training. I have tried to avoid the scales, basing my weight loss more on the "it's how you look/feel and how your clothes fit" philosophy, but now 8 weeks later, I still do not see or feel much of a difference. I finally got on the scale to see that I've only lost 2 pounds. I'm very discouraged to say the least. I keep telling myself that hard work pays off, but I'm starting to lose hope. Has anyone else had a similar struggle and found a good solution? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.