I have had so much success this last year, nearly 40 pounds. I have been steady between 150 and 146 for 4 months (a victory in itself). I am petite, 5-2, so I could lose some more, though i haven't been this size for 15 years and don't know what is a healthy weight for me anymore. I was amazed at how springy I felt. I thought my joints were getting old, but discovered that so much had to do with being nearly 190 pounds.
i would like to see some more progress towards a healthy weight, more motivation to exercise and eat better. That bread and butter over there on the counter calls to me morning, noon and night! I also want to be able to encourage others that you can get there. Yes, slow and steady has been the key, and no sudden changes, either.
I have grown up with a terrible relationship with food. First, it wasn't there, never enough. Then for some reason I decided that 100 pounds wasn't skinny enough in high school, then in my twenties I went on road trips and was lucky to eat a full meal in a day. Then I settled down with a job and a husband and I ballooned. Eating was a good thing, nay a great thing! Then I gained and gained and never managed to drop any of it until now. Plus, ever since our oldest was born, I hunch over and shovel in food like I have 3 minutes to eat (back then I was lucky to get 2!). I have no manners left, and now, no excuses now that my daughter is 6 1/2. Sigh! still some seriously bad food habits.
"French Women Don't Get Fat" really motivated me, because I do not stick to enforced routines and rules (I can barely remember to take a full round of medication for 2 weeks!), though I managed the 3-week food diary at the beginning (much like Weight Watchers).