A lot has happened since the 1st anniversary...like the 2nd anniversary for example!
I see that you have found my stash of before and after photos on this Forum already. I hope that you found them entertaining and inspiring.
I have lots of advice (too much some may say)! The number one bottom line thing for achieving success is: "Get your head in the right place"
If you have the right mind set everything else in weight loss and maintenance will follow. The eating and the exercise will sort itself out if your mind is in the right place.
The year before I started to actively pursuing weight loss was given to the mind battle. By the time the 1st of January 2011 came around (my start date) my mind was well and truly ready. In that time I turned my wish to lose weight...to a want...and that want to...a must. Failure was not an option...I had convinced myself that this was literally a matter of life or death.
In that time of reflection, I stripped away all the artifices of my life and got real with myself. No excuses...telling myself exactly how it was. Right through the journey I wore my souvenir Bowie tour beanie with the word "REALITY" emblazoned on it to remind me that is what I was facing on this journey - reality. Also I owned the fact that if I wanted to have a different lifestyle that I had to be prepared to CHANGE.
People want to lose weight but are not prepared to pay the cost. They have to change their lifestyle. The old one doesn't work. Why most people fail at weight loss or fail to maintain weight loss is because they don't want to give up the old lifestyle in their heart of hearts. It is ok for a while...but not forever. The key to success is to want the new life more than the old. That means really counting the cost. Do you really want change?...or are you just talking?
That is why reflection was so important. I turned the wish to a want and then a need...saw my life in reality...and then was prepared to change it.