To Michael and all the others who have posted here. It is quite inspirational and motivating to read about your challenges and successes, so in the spirit of community, I will share my story: I Started out on October 4th with the main focus being on regaining health and finding a sustainable lifestyle.
I am 5' 10" and started out at 252 lbs.....Checking my records, on January 1st I weighed in at 212 lbs....40 lbs less than my starting weight, a reduction of 15.9% of my original body weight.
The real upside is I have gained focus and motivation and a renewed interest in life as well as personal satisfaction in setting and achieving various goals. I guess an old dog can learn a few new tricks along the way.