Like most overweight people, I have tried a LOT of different diets and exercise programs.
I've had small victories along the way, but I never get to the ultimate END (i.e. a healthy weight). I find myself satisfied after losing 10 or 20 lbs and quit.
Although I haven't figured out yet what is going to take me all the way to the end this time - because this time I really am determined to make it to the end (eek, how embarassing it will be if I don't) - I do feel like I've made a solid start.
For exercise I am currently rocking Jillian Michael's Body Revolution series. Much to my own shock I have not quit and am on week 5. I WILL make it through all 12 weeks, I WILL make it through all 12 weeks... The only alteration I've made is that I do not use the cardio workouts as I find all the jumping too hard on my knees and back. On cardio days I use my treadmill and walk/run in intervals.
Diet wise I began with the recommended 7-Day Kickstart included with Body Revolution. I found the meals pretty easy to make and for the most part tasty, although the lox/eggs/spinach recipe is NOT my favourite. I dropped 5 lbs in that first week. The second week I tried to just eat reasonable sized meals and a snack in the afternoon. During weeks 2-4 I only lost 4.4 more lbs.
I think calorie counting will be essential for success. During the Kickstart, daily caloric intake is around 1200 per day. I was probably eating closer to 1500 a day when I started freestyling - on some days even up to 1800. Again, I am just guessing. In order to keep track of calories from now on I downloaded a calorie counter app onto my phone. I can also track exercise and it calculates calories in vs. calories burned. Very helpful!
To steer myself back on track I am doing the Kickstart again this week. Although I am trying to keep my official weigh in days to Wednesday, I stepped on the scale yesterday morning and saw 179.4 (!). 1200 calories a week it is!