as long as you try, that's all that counts- success is just a bonus :3
but i'm sure if you try hard enough for long enough, you'll get there!
my weight went up 100 pounds in 18 months, leaving me riddled with stretchmarks and fat in places i didn't know fat could exist!
(not trying to be crude, but my vagina even gained weight, that was a big wtf for me!)
but in just a few short months of counting calories i lost a good 25 pounds!
adding exercise to that i will not only be getting lighter but also fitter,
as i spent the past 7 years playing video games instead of working out.
my goal may seem to be weightloss, but it's really HEALTH
which is what you should be aiming for, too.
ignore the scale for a couple of weeks, and exercise at least 1 hour a week,
and keep on top of your calorie counting, and i bet you'll see a nice big drop~!
and if you, like me, are concerned with unhealthy ingredients, you can cut out or replace them. examples:
i have cut out high fructose corn syrup (except for 1-2 times a month when i'll have a soda)
i have cut out corn syrup and corn syrup solids
i have also cut out aspartame and gelatin (gelatin is for personal reasons not health, i just don't like the thought of what it's made of)
and i have drastically cut down on sugar. now, if i want to sweeten something, i use agave nectar or natural honey. my grandmother even has honey granules.
i've even found cheese in my local grocer's that is less than half the calories of deli-bought cheese.
oh, and i switched from soymilk to almondmilk, as i heard that too much soy can actually be bad for you.
anyway, those changes have all been having me feeling better, more energetic.
it used to be i'd get tired from a 1/4 mile walk, but now i can ride my bike up to 7 miles in a day!
i bet if you looked at what you are eating you could find some good changes to make that really don't take much more effort than simply reading the ingredients of the things you buy.
if you'd like, go look at my food log. i'm sure you'll find some low-cal foods in there that you could enjoy, and you'd be surprised at all the "junk" food i still eat while losing weight
seriously, don't go too gung-ho all at once, you'll get overwhelmed. small changes are key.