"i was looking on the challenge message boards and noticed that your starting point was similar to mine and your goal is similar to mine....how long have you been working on your "new" you? congratulations on your success so far, that is absolutely something to be proud of! any bits of advice on what worked for you."
I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner. I just noticed your comment on my Sparkpage!
I started out in June. Over the summer, I went to the gym 3-6 times a week and did strength classes and cardio. Since mid-August, I have been doing an abs class, 1 or 2 other strength classes, a cardio class, and then a combination of biking, running, and elliptical each week. I probably work out for about 250 minutes each week. My eating is the main reason I've lost my weight so slowly. I eat chocolate pretty much every day. I've noticed I lose weight most efficiently when I plan my days ahead of time and include a treat so that I don't overeat. It's also good to have at-home workout options for days that you can't get to the gym (if you go to one). I know that for me, it's hard to work out at home if I don't plan it into my day. I end up on the internet or reading a magazine, etc. I have a notebook that I made where I keep workouts, nutrition articles, healthy recipes, etc. and I look at that when I feel myself getting lazy. Try new recipes! There are so many healthy recipe ideas available. Those make it easier for me to eat nutritious food since sometimes eating healthy foods can feel monotonous.
I think that's all I have for now but feel free to chat with me anytime (I'll start checking my comments more regularly).