Our expert says:
I suspect the anti-depressant medication was a big part of the problem, and so the good news is that you should lose weight automatically now that you're off them.
Combined with a bit of exercise and diet, I suspect that you'll be able to achieve your goal. Remember, though, a year is a long time, and so you have to treat this like a long-distance run, not a sprint, and bear in mind that you might have a month or two where you don't lose weight and so just have to keep at it, don't let your head drop!
As for the details, so far so good. I think the 30 minutes, six times a week is great, and the combination with the weight training is good. I would caution that perhaps in the early stages, you can increase the cardio to say 35 and cut back on the situs ups, and lunges, maybe by half.
Over time, what will happen is that you'll get fitter, and that means you'll be able to push a little bit harder, and that means more weight loss. So you're kind of in a Catch 22 situation right now, because you're starting out. Keep it up and you'll get to the point where you are able to go hard enough to lose more weight.
The other thing to keep in mind is that for variety, you might consider some running or walking outside, and even cycling. The orbitrek is great, don't get me wrong, but my experience is that home exercise, if it's all you do, can be quite routine. And so I'd find some variety if possible.
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