I don't have a serious weight problem, but I would like to lose about 7-10 pounds while lowering my cholesterol and blood pressure a little. I am 6 ft, 183 pounds (on a light frame) but feel better at about 173, especially since I am still recuperating somewhat from foot surgery and would like to stay light on my feet if possible.
The main thing I have done is cut out most starchy and sugary things in general, potatoes, breads and high-fructose-corn-syrup junk in particular. I try to take my carbs in the form of veggies and beans. Most of my meat intake is fish, and I alternate fish days with soy days. I won't turn down an occasional lean steak.
Since I stopped keeping soda in my fridge I drink water, tea, coffee, and cranberry juice instead. I was allowing myself up to two martinis a day because I had read that moderate alcohol consumption had been found not to affect weight, but I'm prepared to retire that habit too. i have no other vices that i know of.
Getting more exercise is still a little tough for me because my foot kind of limits what I can do. Soon I am moving into an apartment complex with a fitness center and I will get to work on the exercise bike.
I'm not counting calories, because I don't want to get so obsessed with thinking about food that I develop a whole new problem. But I keep meals fairly modest in size, and never snack (aside from juice) after dinner.
What else can I be doing to get myself in order?