I was around the forums quite awhile ago briefly. I fell off the wagon for a few months and gained some weight back. However, I can proudly say that I am back on and have lost what I gained plus some. At 225 lbs, I am officially at the lowest weight I have been since I was 21. I recently bought an elliptical and started working out at least 2-3 times a week. I am counting calories and overall eating much more healthy. I think this time it's helping that I'm looking at this as a lifestyle change, not a diet. If I slip up it's not the end of the world and the next meal will be a very healthy one and I will keep going. Today, I stopped for lunch on the way to the museum with some friends and then we stopped for dinner on the way back since we spent 3-4 hours in the museum. Even with the two meals out, I only ate about 1600 calories for the day by making many substitutions and opting for the healthiest options I could. I was able to still go out with my husband and friends and enjoy the day, and didn't let going to restaurants blow my diet. Which is a little high for me lately, but still in the lose weight range so I am quite happy!
I remember these forums being a positive influence when I started my journey. So hello everyone, I am back! And will do my best to be active again. I would love to find some people to be "weight loss buddies". It's always nice to have people to talk to who understand. We are all in this together!