Yes we have all been there in one way or another!! Welcome to the journey and congratulations on your choice of health!!
I started at 300 last November and was pretty down on myself and felt like i could never lose weight. Now i have lost close to 70lbs and i am a new person today!
When i started i googled "how to lose 100 lbs" and "Lost 120lbs" and "best way to lose 100lbs". I poured over all the information on the internet and slowly started to develop a plan on how to eat to lose weight based on other's successes. I also googled "heart disease prevention" and " anti cancer diets" etc just to know more as i was completely in the dark about nutrition and health.
I made a shopping list of the vegetables i know i liked and changed the way i shopped. First surprise was the extra large package of pepperoni i would always buy was 200 calories for each piece!! And i would eat that package in two days so that was 4000 calories in pepperoni alone!! I spent two hours shopping and eliminated all high calorie items.
Over the next two months i kept eliminating the bad foods and cleaned out my own cupboards of the old bad food. Pretty soon i was buying all sorts of veggies that i had never eaten before and bringing them home. I used Allrecipes and Recipezaar to find ways to cook my new foods.
I was so big i lost a lot of weight easily the first couple months. Then it started to slow down and i found fitday and stated logging every piece of food i eat and every drink. I reduced my calories to 1500 per day and stuck with it and now have lost another 30 pounds since then.
When i first started in November i would walk my dogs around the block. Now i am walking with them for 5 Km's!! And i ride my bike that i just bought for km's too. Also i just started running .... because i can now!!! And it feels awesome!!!
Fast food and junk food i stopped the day i started this journey and i don't miss it one bit. I am so tired of being fat and i never want to go back there again.
Since i started three other people around me have been so motivated by me that they too have started their own journey. It is very addictive and gratifying once you start!!
Start by logging all your food you eat and buy yourself a 20dollar food scale so you can weigh how big your portions are. This is a job, every morning start off and think about how your 'new job' is going to happen today. Come on the forums and ask lots of questions, everyone here is so helpful. Read all the other posts on what they are doing or struggling with. Be strong , be proud, and most of all be healthy!!
Started weightloss Nov 24 2009 302lbs
Started Fitday: February 19 2010 263lbs
Currently weigh in at 220 lbs
Jan 1 2012 goal 202 lbs