I have just started working out again a couple of weeks ago. I gained a lot of weight at the beginning of this school year just because the job was so much more stressful than I was used to. It's really gotten past the point of being something I want to do just to look better and gotten into something I medically need to do. My first step was kind of to just establish a routine of actually exercising regularly (I did NOTHING for months at the beginning of the year). I don't have an ounce of natural athleticism, so basically any exercise at all is difficult for me. I'm about 25 pounds overweight at this point. I started tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I am going Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays for just 30 minutes. I do the elliptical for 20 minutes and then some arm weights for 10. I realize this isn't a ton, but I'm trying to get into the routine and something that I can stick with/have no excuse to blow off. I know not to say, "Well, I worked out today so I can eat dessert" and I realize I'm not burning that many calories yet. I'm dieting also. My friend (from work), on the other hand works out for 2-3 hours most days of the week. She drinks the protein shakes and lifts heavily and all that jazz. She makes comments EVERY time about how I'm just wasting time going to the gym for that short amount, I need to lift longer/heavier weights, etc. etc. She's trying to get me to drink/eat her protein things so that I can "have more energy to workout more." I've explained that my main goal is weight loss (hers is bulking up) and it wouldn't make sense to eat the few calories I'm going to go burn off. One thing I've started doing is changing into my gym clothes before I leave school and then going straight there. It's just a little gym at my apartment complex, and they don't have locker rooms. I figure by changing at school I'm not giving myself any excuse to put it off by going home first. So she knows when I go, asks what I'm planning to do, asks what I did the next day, blah blah. It's gotten to the point where I almost just want to lie to her to shut her up! I've explained my reasoning to her and that although I recognize she's trying to "push me" it's really having the opposite effect. She was just texting me about how she went for 3 hours today and asking what workouts I've been doing. This is really getting under my skin for some reason. How do I stop the madness?