I think I stumbled onto this site backwards, finding the journal section first and THEN finding the forum! To keep a long story long, about this time last year I learned that I do better with weight loss when I have a concrete goal such as being in a wedding party. That worked last year when the bridesmaid dress for a June wedding helped me lose about 25 pounds going from 195 to about 170.
I did the gym thing regularly, found a great site online for support and successfully avoided being the "fat bridesmaid" of the bunch. But, as usual, after the wedding I took a swandive off the wagon. I stopped going to the gym, ate without question and the person running the support site closed their proverbial doors.
But now I have a new concrete goal and have found what looks to be a promising new online support group! We're making plans for a Disney vacation in November - complete with their Disney cruise, which means no avoiding the swimsuit this year. In searching Disney boards, I've noticed lots of forum posts discussing weight issues refering one another as Pooh sized, hence the signature!
Stat-wise, I'm 5'7", 188 and 34 years. I'd welcome an interested buddy with a similar plight, but I'm just as content being accountable to the journal and around here! Great to find this little niche on the Net!