I've lost over 40# since Christmas by cutting out sugar and most baked goods, and limiting breaded products, fried foods, starches, and refined "whites". I started out on an Atkins induction program, and while my program is still pretty much low-carb overall, I do eat fruit and veggies. I've also become something of a fitness freak for the first time in my adult life....I have a stationary cycle, a Fast Track, some weights, an ab roller, and a Thighmaster, and I alternate aerobic exercise with weight training to keep from getting bored. Some days I play badminton with my kids in the front yard, and I do heavy gardening as well (weeding, hoeing, chopping, shoveling etc.) at least once a week. Four months ago I was a dedicated sofa spud; now I'm up to 5-6 days of 30-minute exercise sessions per week, and I've been at it long enough at this point that I don't feel right when I DON'T exercise. I'm 45 and still considered morbidly obese, but I no longer feel like it.......I've already regained some grace, and I feel younger than I have in years!
Back in November, I'd made a promise to myself to lose 100# in one year; while I still have 8 months to go on the original vow, I know I'm in this for the long haul. I have too many weight-related health problems to keep doing the yo-yo thing I did for 20+ years, and I think this is pretty much my last chance to get it right.......hence my motivation. I wish you the best of luck in your quest for health; please let me know how you're doing.