I've never done any type of commercial diet. Too many rules...and for me personally, I can't justify spending money on something where someone else tells me what and how I should be eating...when I KNOW exactly what and how I should be eating. I know what's good and what's bad and I know how much of everything I should be eating. So it's never made sense to me to doing anything other than stop eating junk and start eating good food. It really is that simple, no spending $$$'s required. At least for me, I know that's not the case for everyone.
So, I guess my plan consists of regular exercise which has been the biggest key for me. This is actually what's keeping me on plan...or bringing me back to plan when I fall off. Man, I NEVER thought I'd say that before. I could hardly walk a mile and got winded walking up my basement stairs when I started this. I was a HATER of exercise my whole life. Hated, hated, hated it. Hated pushing myself, hated sweating, hated everything about it. Now, I really love it. I love how it makes me feel afterwards, I love how much stronger I am getting (and will continue to get), I love how it's making my muscles pop. Because of the exercise I have new goals, beyond just weight loss goals, I have fitness goals, and the fitness goals are what keep dragging me back to plan.
The other part of my plan is obviously the food aspect. I have been making better food choices (for example instead of a tuna sandwich on white bread smothered in plain potato chips I have an open faced sandwich on whole grain bread), I've been eating smaller portions, and watching my calories. I *thought* I was a calorie counter until I came here and started reading about the women who actually count their calories. Whew, what a fraud I am. *giggle* The calorie counters here are GOOD at it and are really on the ball with it. I'm not like that. I kinda more watch my calories and guesstimate (always on the high side) b/c I can't stand measuring anything or making an effort. I tried fitday and things like that to keep track and I found I ate more when I did that
I'm weird. So I read food labels, make better choices, move, and try to NOT stuff my face too much. It's worked well too, my first 25lbs came off in less than three months. I was pretty much losing about 2 lbs a week, until I spent a few months maintaining b/c I lost a little control with my eating. The problem is, controlling the eating and actually staying on plan everyday is hard and more an emotional thing for me than anything else.