Is it my imagination but does weight/fat loss become that much more challenging when you hit the second half of your 30's than in your first half?
In my first half of my 30's, I lost 30 pounds and although I wouldn't say it was effortless, it was a steady weight loss. Then in my mid-30's I went through a career change, decisions on grad school, and two state moves. So I got into the habit of eating badly and eating a lot of junk food and gained 25 of those back. Now I've settled down and I'm 38 and trying to lose that weight again. Actually, I've been "trying" for about 2 years now and very little has moved. It seems everything I try I only manage to maintain or gain (slowly, though).
I've only had some success in the past 5 weeks, but again, the scale isn't really showing it. I've been losing inches, though, and I'm happy with that. But it seems like it's going at a snail's pace as opposed to my early 30's. I'm really dreading turning 40!