Recently I've finally managed to take off a bit of weight. About 9 lbs in 2 months. Now I know that isn't a lot, but it is very exciting for me. Except for a brief stint on Atkins before getting pregnant with Katie, I've never been able to stick to a diet or lose any weight any time in my adult life.
My heaviest weight was 196 in June of 2003 - I went on Atkins and lost 12 lbs to put me at 184. I had to quit that diet in late August when I got pregnant with Katie. After I had Katie I lost most of the pregnancy weight and settled in at 187 - which is pretty much the number I had been at since about one year after Alex's birth until about a year before Katie's when I had ballooned up to 196. Today my weight was 178! :) :) I haven't weighed this little since 1996!
I'm not doing a specific program or anything - mostly because specific programs just give me something to fail at. :( I know losing weight to keep it off means making a lifestyle change, which is why I haven't gone back to Atkins even though I had some success with it. I don't think I could eat like that forever. I've been taking a 30 minute walk every day - even today in the rain. Since we live in a very hilly neighborhood I make sure I climb at least one hill on each walk. If the sun isn't too blazing I've started to take longer walks and do two hills now that I'm not as woefully out of shape as when I started. On the eating front I'm mostly just doing the obvious. I have one small snack mid afternoon about 2 - 3pm, but otherwise no eating between meals. My portion sizes are better now too. We have Tombstone Pizza for dinner on Wed. cause DH works late on Wed and it is easy. I used to eat four pieces of that! Now I eat two and maybe a bite or two of the one piece I gave Katie that she didn't manage to finish. I eat whatever I want - or whatever I used to eat - just less of it. I used to eat two PBJ sandwiches at lunch, now just one, etc. Anyway, I don't expect I'll reach my ideal weight this way, but if I lose 10 or 15 lbs that isn't bad. :)
Losing the bit I have has been really encouraging, so I feel better about keeping the changes I've made so far. Who knows what another 5 or 10 lbs might motivate me to do. :)