I felt like sharing this with all of you because this is my experience about weight-loss. It has not been a painful or depressing process for me and I would want it to be the same for everyone..
1) Love thy body: Be kind to your body. Love your body, it does a lot for you despite of all of the whacky diets you make it go through that make it suffer. It regenerates and adapts to all the changes you subject it to. If you are not losing weight, do not be unkind to your body. Maybe you are not doing something right.
2) Enjoy the process: When you start you journey to weight-loss, please try not to make everything about just that. You are embarking the journey towards a healthier life. You are trying to make your heart, lungs, muscles, etc healthy so that you don't pant after climbing a couple of flights of stairs, can do housework more efficiently, get lustrous hair and awesome skin. Enjoy these changes in your body. Enjoy the progress. Enjoy the fact that your can run faster and better than yesterday without panting.
3) No shortcuts: There ARE no shortcuts towards weight loss. Only hard work will make it happen and help you keep it off all of you life. Make it a lifelong commitment. No shortcuts diets and crazy-workouts-and-no-food or pills are going to help you keep it off all your life. It is ok to binge once in a while, but eat in moderation. If you control yourself too much, you will feel very unhappy and you will tend to binge tremendously the next time and all your hard work will go for a toss. Moderation is the key.
4) Perfection: Since we are all different, the way our body loses weight can be different.Don't get upset about it. You don't need to aim for looking like a super-model right from day one. Take it step-by-step while constantly keeping one eye on your the indicators that show how healthy you are today from when you started working out!
5) Throw your weighing scale out! Track your FAT-loss, not weight-loss! Make sure your muscle mass increases, this will definitely lead to fat loss. Only weight loss may mean that you are losing muscle mass and damaging your bones with zero fat-loss - which is not what we want.
6) What works for your friend may not work for you. We are all different people with different genes. So, do not fret if you do exactly what your friend does, but it does not work for you. You need to have a cardio aspect in your workout AND the strength training to build very strong muscles. Make healthy life a lifelong commitment, not just for an occasion.
Love and good luck,