I've lost 5 1/2st just by reducing portion sizes and cutting down on junk food, I didn't buy anywhere near as much as I had before. I limited chocolate to the small Cadbury bars 110calories each and low calorie hot chocolate to help with cravings. I use mfp to count calories but you have to be honest! Perhaps do a week of logging EVERYTHING you eat and that may give you an idea where you can cut down. I found I was very hungry for the first 3 weeks but then got used to the reduced calories and was actually satisfied after meals and now can't eat the portions I was regularly eating, I've actually learned to leave food. Personally for me I didn't want to go into a big group of people and I found it quite uncomfortable when people started noticing my weight loss. I also didn't want to do any plan/specific diet just wanted to eat what my family ate and be able to have what I wanted when I wanted it. Now I've learned to eat smaller amounts and to not go overboard with junk I eat more treats and am able to then modify the rest of my food for the day to make sure I'm not over indulging. Good luck with your weight loss journey.
I am a veggie who has lost 60 pounds. Basically I just cleaned up my diet - smaller portions,cooking from scratch,emphasis on 5 a day [fruit and veg],no ready meals/ takeaways. I still had the odd treat such as a biscuit or piece of cake,but I learnt to stop at 1 or 2! I stopped eating crisps and things like mayonaisse,coleslaw etc [used to be my downfall], I was already teetotal. I cut down on bread and chose wholemealor granary when I ate it.
Ok, I am going to be very boring and tell you what is working for me, but I gave several similarities with you OP.
I also need to loose 2.5 stone and am also veggie. I started going to Slimming World at the end of September and had lost 12.5 pounds in the five weeks up to last Thursday. Really hoping for a stone on Thursday, especially as it is my birthday!
As a veggie, I have found SW Green plan v straightforward as lentils, most Quorn, pasta, eggs, rice and jacket spuds with beans are all free- these are the foods I mostly eat anyway. Main changes have been no bread, cooking in Fry Light rather than oil and Alpen Light bars instead of cake with my afternoon cuppa. And I walk miles and miles with DD in the pushchair when I get the chance (4 yo DS not so keen) and also go to circuits onceva week. I run for 30 mins when I get the chance - maybe twice a week.
...and I don't know where to begin as mad as that sounds.
I have my sliming word book that I got from my one and only attendance at the class but it seems too complicated. I am a veggie and just seem to eat and eat!!! (I've worked out this is why I am fat I can't seem to get my head round the fact I need to shift weight but seem clueless about how to do it. I mean I will be ok for a day or two and then maybe have a slice of cake thinking that won't do any harm and then when they pass biscuits round I think, well it's only a biscuit - what's the harm?
I am going to circuit training at lunch time and then out for an hour on my bike.
I'm rambling away with my thoughts here but struggling.
What I want to know is who has had a lot of weight to lose and manage to get to grips with it after failing for years. What helped?