you need to make your new diet a lifestyle change, not something you have to do until the weight comes off. whole grains, not white, fresh fruits, a lot of fresh vegetables. you can put just about anything in a salad, and custom make your own for pretty cheap. chose a low-fat dressing, not something loaded with calories and fat like, ranch or ceasar. try a vinegarette. raspberry walnut is my favorite. try a spinach salad with strawberries, cucumbers, green peas, broccoli, and a shake of parmesan. top that with a low-fat dressing, and you have a yummy meal. avoid frozen tv dinners, soda, canned fruit packed in syrup, fast food, white pasta/bread/rice. you get the picture, i hope. eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. if i went grocery shopping, and filled my cart with junk i would easily spend about $40 more than if i filled it with my usual healthy fare. you won't find a single sugary cereal, bag of potato chips, soda, snack cake, pop tart, etc. in my house. i buy v8 splash 100& juice. i stick with the flavors that have 17-19 gms. of sugar, and i mix the bottle half and half with water in a large jug. my daughter is 22 months, and she prefers asparagus to cupcakes. she has no idea what candy is, or god forbid chocolate. strange kid, she doesn't like sweets. if you don't want to spend a lot of money on a gym memership, get yourself a pilates kit that includes a medicine ball with pump, 2 resistance bands, and 2 and weight balls. i found one with a dvd included for only $17 at walmart. that's a great start for a low price. you can add other things as you like. when your daughter takes a nap, start your workout. you will have peace, and space. try a weight loss pilates dvd. you can find those at walmart for around $13. good luck to you.