Well, one problem with your thighs and rear is that you can't spot reduce fat. You've made a few statements that indicate you're trying to "tone" your problem areas, likely through specific exercises designed to target those areas.
Unfortunately, that plain doesn't work. Fat loss is a total body process. In order to reduce the size of your thighs, you have to burn fat all over! Doing squats will help make your legs stronger and definitely burns calories) but it won't burn fat from your thighs. That is because your muscles draw their energy from the bloodstream, not the surrounding fat stores. Where you lose weight is largely determined by genetics.
Now, in order to move forward, you're going to have to do several things.
1) Start tracking your nutrition accurately. I mean it! Weigh and measure, so you KNOW what you're eating.
2) Accurately update your fitness and weight loss goals to reflect your actual activity. It's important to eat enough for your activity; the kinds of exercises you were doing in the past were likely too much for your 1500 calorie diet. Remember that more is not better; it's a myth that exercise is how we lose weight. ALL weight loss happens in the kitchen. YOu'll probably do better if you cut back the exercise and eat a more reasonable diet.
3) Don't start cutting out foods you perceive as "bad". There is no such thing as a fattening food. With your intolerances, there's no reason to do that. EAt the things you always do, just eat LESS of them. Dieting is not about deprivation. Diets don't work! Skip that mentality.
4) Accurately track your fitness. Cardo and strength are BOTH important; strength doesn't burn as many calories as cardio, so if you're eating like you're doing more cardio, that's probably making you not burn as much as you were before. It's important to find BALANCE.
5) Give it time. 6 weeks is not enough to change your body, certainly not drastically. It can take as much as 6-8 weeks for a new healthy lifestyle change to show up on the scale. Trainers in general should not be consulted for diet advice; unless they're registered dietitians, they should only be giving you suggestions, especially if you have dietary restrictions like yours. I don't think you're giving yourself enough time to adjust; if you're exercising intensely, it isn't even uncommon to GAIN weight, because your muscles absorb water like sponges, which can result in temporary water weight gain AND sometimes even inches gained.
Also, stop using online body fat calculators. ;) They can't tell you how much fat you have.
If you are 5'8 and 138, you're actually smack in the middle of a healthy BMI: 21. This means your weight is not an accurate measure of how healthy you are. YOu can try to lose weight, but you are not going to lose it quickly, and it's going to be a struggle the lower you go. You may have a higher body fat percentage, but you are NOT fat. Not at that low of a BMI!
Because you were experiencing fatigue and coldness, I bet you were undereating severely. The things you've shared make me worry that you've got disordered thinking and eating patterns. Have you talked about all of this with your doctor? You may want to talk to him or her, and find a new personal trainer to work with. You want to work on body composition, not your weight... losing 10 more lbs is going to be tough for you. If you are aiming for a weight you were before having children, that may not be possible nor healthy for you. Having kids changes your body, and it means that in general, you are not going to have your pre-pregnancy body back. :) That doesn't mean you can't be fit and healthy, you just may have to realize that there are things that are different now, and you may need to adjust your expectations and goals to be more reasonable.
Cellulite is one of those realities that women in particular have to face. YOu will likely never completely get rid of it. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
Basically, you have more cellulite than you used to because you are a bit older now, and you've had kids. You will probably never be able to completely get rid of it.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/26/2013 (22:55)