Even though this is my first post, I've been coming here for about 4 months now.
I don't know why I'm posting this now, but just wanted to say that this board really helps keep me going.
I started my diet on May 22 and have lost approx 32lbs since then with calorie counting and exercise. In addition I cut out soda (which was extremely hard to do in the beginning) and have tried to limit other weaknesses (starbuck
It always helps when you're feeling a little down about how things are going to go somewhere for support and this is what this board has done. Reading other people's struggles (which are the same/similar to mine) and how they've overcome definately gives you a boost.
Like many others here I've dieted before and has some success only to gain it all back. Usually this would happen after a vacation or after a string of bad eating days. I'm sure everyone makes an excuse to have that one bad meal (birthday, celebration, etc) but for me that usually leads to a bad day the following day, etc until I'm off the diet. What I've learned is that it is actually OKAY to eat something that you know you probably shouldn't and not use that as a reason to stop the whole process. One meal doesn't mark the end! Having a reward once a week/month/etc can help keep you going. It was about not letting one meal ruin everything you worked for. Hopefully this makes sense...
Anyway still not at my goal weight...but just felt like now was a good time to let all of you know that just by reading about your experiences and comments with one another has definitely helped to keep me going.