Here lately I haven't done so well, after a series of bad anxiety attacks the last few months I haven't been to the gym in a while. I used to go 6x a week, sometimes for 2-3 hours at a time. Thankfully, my body hasn't punished me too much, I have gained about 8lbs but am still way down from my high point. At the beginning of last year I was around 230lbs, which is a bit on the steep side considering I'm 5'10". My physician had told me several times to lay off the fatty foods, but being stubborn as a bull, I didn't listen too well. What changed my mind was two things - health insurance changing. Insurance companies are trying to change policies similar to how auto insurance works. You're a bad driver? Your auto ins. rates are higher. You're overweight, or a smoker? Health insurance rates will be higher. - The other item was my physician finally made the comment that my sugar and cholesterol levels were dangerously high and that if I kept it up, I was at risk for serious health problems. It's funny how you set aside your stubbornness when both your health and money are threatened.
Immediately I started slow and made a diet plan that worked for me. At first I still ate fast food, but limited it to 3x a week and no fries. Within a month, I was off fast food completely. I nixed sodas and carbonated drinks from the start. Water and the occasional sweet tea became the drinks of choice. I started working out at home to condition myself before I eventually joined a gym with my friends.
Within 6 months, I went from 225lbs (weigh in at start of diet) to 170, but wasn't quite skin and bones thanks to building muscle at the gym.