Hello. Not new to the forums, but a different person nonetheless. I have a few questions. I've been back on my fitness journey since my gyms reopened. I had surgery the previous year and had to take a while to recover, and admittedly stopped paying attention to my journey. I'm back around 156 lb right now and want to get to 140. I feel like I'm doing things right this time, but I haven't seen much change. I like to post here because everyone is encouraging and helps me see what I'm doing wrong.
With that out the way. I try to stick to 1300 cals per day. My goal is the gym 5x a week, 3 minimum (sometimes work is busy). I start with weights, then about 20-30 mins cardio to end. I let myself have a cheat meal Friday night, whatever I want. On weekends, I don't eat as frequently as the week, so I usually just keep track mentally of my meals. And I'll enjoy a drink sometimes after the day to relax or socially on the weekends. I find I've been at 156 since I started working out again maybe about 4 weeks back. Sometimes during the week I don't reach my 1300 goal and come below it. I'm not sure if I'm just not eating enough during the week, or if maybe I need to be stricter on weekends, although I wouldn't say I eat junk all weekend. I just don't track. Any help is appreciated. I want to reach my goal this time. I'm not sure if I'm just being over critical and need to give more time to see weight loss, but still want to make sure I'm starting off right.