In June I joined a gym and I've been doing cardio and strength training 3 - 4 times a week. But my waist is expanding and I'm finding it very, very difficult to lose weight. Actually, I've gained 5 lbs. since joining the gym! My crazy mindset works like this....45 mins. of cardio then I can have a couple of beers when I get home! I feel stronger and I just completed a very difficult hike, and I felt fantastic!!!! I know the exercising is helping, but this middle age spread is a challenge. Anyone got any lovely thoughts for motivation? I just joined and I need some serious help. Thanks.