I understand too about the losing weight thing. A few years back I did weight watchers, and I must say that while I stayed on it, it really worked well–got within spitting distance of my high school weight. I recommend it because it emphasizes eating well, and planning, and how to gauge the calories of “eat out” food. My mom has used it as well with good results.
And like a couple others, I too, got walk away the pounds-- a bundle pack at amazon that has a 1,2 and 3 mile walk. I’ve done the 1 and 2 mile, and they do help with the posterior and thighs–but it does take time and I am still not where I want to be in those areas. The nice thing about it is that you do it in your home, you don’t have to worry about the weather outside, or feeling like you’re the only non-fit person in the gym.
And as for the hip issue–me too-- and I have read in different sources that the hip area is the location where women lose fat last. I don’t say this to depress you, but so you’ll hopefully not get discouraged when you don’t see immediate results.