Last year I topped at about 127 Kgs. Since then I've come down to 101Kg.
Motivation differs between people; however, I found a few basic things seem to work for me:1. Routine exercise to assist the creation of a habit-forming frame of mind.
I began to walk between 5-15Km most weekends and reduced intake of sugary and fatty foods (a simple start). Although the weight-loss from this level of exercise is negligible I found that this simple and easy routine is extremely helpful because it has locked me into a mental contract with myself. The experience showed me in later months that I could lock myself into other types of contracts - such as eating better and less. The routine also helps stop me from conveniently forgetting that I'm actively and constantly in this for the long haul.2. Keep a Food Diary
I write down what I eat each day and list the Kilojoules. This way I usually keep between my 5000-7000Kj intake and cannot cheat on myself. If I have a slice of cake, or some pizza then it will be staring back at me in print. This stops me from repeatedly eating poor quality food due to "forgetfulness".3. Remembering how bad I felt before the change.
This March I began "serious" weight-loss regime by turning to a healthy diet (natural whole food, less meat, less processed food, minimal sugar, fat, salt and alcohol) and walking more during the week.
Before the diet and the dramatic weight-loss that ensued I always felt ill, lethargic, fat and heavy, slouched everywhere, couldn't sleep on my stomach, had gastric reflux - and the list goes on.
By remembering how rotten I felt compared to now I have developed an aversion to going back to my bad eating habits.4. Support from family, friends and this forum.
Having someone ask me, "Wow, what happened to you - stud!", is satisfying. Even just a few Kgs lost can make a difference. And they all add up over time. I regularly read the personal stories in this forum for motivation, and the articles on the website for education.5. Don't worry about plateaux.
When I hit a plateau (where weight-loss stops for a few weeks) I don't worry, just change a few things (eat different foods, change the times and frequency of exercise) because I know I'm doing the right thing and weight-loss is just one of a number of benefits to arise from living a healthier lifestyle.6. Live the lifestyle of a healthy thin person.
For me, most of the hard work takes place in my mind.
A few months ago I asked myself "does a healthy thin person stuff themselves daily with excessive food full of fat and sugar and alcohol and doing no exercise?" The answer was "No".
So I don't.
I now live the life of a healthy thin person - my body is slowly catching up.