MyFitnessPal is the absolute number one best utility I had in my weight loss (and maintenance) journey. It's an online food journal with vast, fantastic database of foods available. You simply sign up (for free!) and enter your stats (gender, height, weight, age) and weight goals, and they will tell you the number of calories and macronutrients you need to consume to reach these goals. When combined with a food scale and confirming that their database information is accurate, it makes weight loss simple math. It all comes down to burning more calories than you consume, and MyFitnessPal was the number one reason I was able to do that. I cannot recommend it enough. Here's my personal profile on the website.
Although I did not know about TipsOfTheScale during my weight loss journey, I've become a fan and avid listener of this podcast in the time since I met founder Sam Lomeli. The podcast consists of real people sharing their stories and experiences with being overweight and their weight loss journeys and lifestyle transformations. I cannot stress enough how great of a resource this podcast is -- it's not gimmicky and it doesn't push nonsense fad diets or diet pills or anything like that -- Even after I've lost and maintained, it's a regular listen for me -- it's great to know that you're not alone in this struggle and that all of this can be done.
LoseIt is a subcommunity on the social networking site reddit.com. It's a very friendly, encouraging, and helpful forum for people at all stages of their lifestyle change -- those who have completed their journey and maintained the lifestyle, those who are in the process of doing so, or even those just interested in it. I found it great and helpful to have so many people from all walks of life, people who have had similar experiences to myself, people who could easily relate to me, all right at my fingertips. It's great for inspiration, motivation, and of course, advice.
Couch to 5k is a running training program that gets you from being a couch potato to being able to run a 5k. It's a pretty straight forward plan, and it's absolutely phenomenal in terms of training you on how to run. I started it completely unable to run for more than a minute at most. As you might be able to predict, I was able to run the full 5k distance by the time I finished the program -- nearly 37 consecutive minutes of running. It turned me into a runner and gave me the confidence to push myself.
DDP Yoga is a fitness plan developed by former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page centered around yoga, body weight fitness, physical therapy, and dynamic resistance. . I discovered it through this video of Arthur Boorman and decided to give it a try myself. I found it challenging, but in a fun way. It's great because it's low impact on the joints and doesn't consume too much of your time to do, but produces measurable and noticeable results and is actually pretty fun and challenging.