Just discovered your forum last night when I did a search to see if there was something around regarding weight loss, so thought I'd share my story for inspiration to others.
It all started about a year ago, I started a new job about 10-15 minutes walk down the road from where I live, a bit of a change from my two hours of driving that would leave me tired and lethargic.
At this stage I was weighing in around the 120kg mark. I never really thought I was a bad eater, but I just didn't excercise much. So I began to walk to work every day, about 20-30 mins of walking every day, now I hadn't really thought to myself "this is it, I'm going to lose lots of weight" I just started to noticed that my belt starting getting looser... down another notch... looser.
I didn't actually have any scales around the home so didn't know what weight I was at, but I eventually did go out and buy some and to my amazement, I was down to 100kgs, now from what I recall this was about two months of walking. I think by this time I had also started walking home at lunch time and back again, so about 45-60 mins of walking each day.
I kept this up and got down to 95kgs. Then winter hit and I was struggling to lose any more weight, I started walking for an hour at lunch time so had my walking up to about 90 mins per day, I went out and purchased a treadmill and even started running, I couldn't believe that I could now actually run 5km without stopping, I would have stopped after about 5 mins in the past.
December came around and while everyone was dreading the Christmas weight gain I started to lose weight again, I received some good advice through a program at work about chewing your food more and thinking about what you are eating. I now finish dinner after my girlfriend, whereas in the past I would have been finished while she still had half of hers left. With this new eating I found that I was eating heaps less than I used to eat at lunch and dinner and when I dish up food now I put barely anything compared to what I used to eat, I just look at the serving and think "wow I don't know how I used to eat more than that"
Anyway, summer continued, and I was fairly happy with myself over Christmas, as I kept at a steady weight and didn't gain any.
This weight loss has continued since and now I find myself at 87kgs. My goal has always been 80kgs, my BMI sees my finally in a good weight range at anything under 84kg, I like to set myself a goal each week, hopefully to lose about 1kg.
Two weeks ago I decided it was time for a new wardrobe, with my work pants getting way too baggy and my belt barely hanging onto me. It's GREAT! I haven't worn clothes this size for as long as I can remember, I was always a big kid through school, I remember being weighed in Yr. 8 and registering 108kgs!
It feels great to be walking around in size 87 pants and medium - large shirts, I just can't wait to reach my goal weight of 80kgs.
A lot of it is just mind over matter, there are temptations and sometimes we do fall, but one thing I have always told myself is if I slip up it is only one slip up, it's no use giving up over one small incident, just put it behind you and focus back on your goals.