I'm nearly 31. I have 2 kids; the youngest being 8 months old. I've never really worked out before kids bc I didn't need to.. I felt that I looked great. Now, I am trying to slim down, tone and build muscle. I have about 45-50 excess pounds to lose before I'm no longer, statistically, considered obese.

For the life of me, I cannot seem to get this weight off. It's been 3 months in the gym 5-6 days a week unless I or my kids are SUPER sick. I've been doing the brown rice, chicken, black beans and broccoli thing for 2 months.. I personally think that's fine for my husband but not for me.. I'm a sahm. I'm not entirely physical all the time to need the carbs.

I'm not sure how many calories I need.. I've been trying for 1200. Three 300 calorie meals and three 100 calorie snacks..

Any advice, meal plans, information y'all can toss my way to steer me in the right direction?? I'm starting to get discouraged and I really don't want to do that..

Thanks (in advance).