mikeinslc saidA few years ago I dieted and got to around 165. I gained a lot of that back (245) instead of just losing it all however I think I'm going to exercise. I don't what to be that skinny again.
Any recommendations on exercise I can do at home until I feel confident enough to go to the gym?
I did exactly what you did. I dieted and lost weight a couple of times without exercise and then gained it all back and then some.
This time, I worked out.
I am lucky that I had a gym at the school that I could use for free and I started by just doing cardio - the elliptical for the first month or so. Then I added the weight training in - by myself. Then I eventually added the trainer.
So my first suggestion is find a cardio activity that you like and can stick with. That's going to help you burn calories and get you motivated. Use the DJ Grind downloads that are free from this site. They are a great motivational tool for cardio.
I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical, and added one minute every day until I got up to an hour. It really wasn't that bad. It was a great way to challenge myself. Plus, if I can do 20 minutes, then I can make it 21. If I can do 21, then I can easily make it 22.
Anyway, that's my 2 cents. Best of luck to you.