What worked for me was very simple and it may not work for everybody. I learned to eat in moderation by counting calories, I replaced the sugar in my tea with Stevia, and I learned to exercise. It didn't hurt that after 3 years of tweaking my thyroid dosage, my doctor finally figure out what worked best for my body and my thyroid is optimal. I lost 1/2 pound to 1 pound a week until about March when I reached my final destination. It was slow and steady, but slow and steady wins the race right?
So, a year later, I find myself 36 pounds lighter, 4 jean sizes smaller, running 3 miles about 3 times a week, with more energy, less anxiety, and a bit more self esteem. I had been overweight for the better part of 10 years, so it was huge for me to get to a "normal" weight and then surpass that a while back. I used to not even be able to run the mile in gym class and now I can run 3 at almost 40 years old and a mother of 4!
I get up every day and make decisions (as we all do) on what I'll eat, what activity I will encounter, if I will exercise or not, etc. I didn't "diet" and never used that word. I changed how I think of food and exercise and it has not been easy! Nope! I won't lie! I had good weeks and weeks I wanted to quit like anybody else.
So, here is me wearing my favorite jeans from last summer! In fact, the receipt was still in the pocket where I had purchased my first running shoes! The jeans fit me like a glove at the time.