I must have one of the slowest metabolisms…I stopped the “do not need” foods and did my best to eat only what I needed. I started walking. My doc said at least 5 times a week for at least 1/2 hour. It doesn’t have to be terribly fast, just enough to get your heart rate up and still be able to talk. So, I walked everyday. I grabbed a coworker or two and walked a 1/2 hour in the neighborhood…all the while chatting away. When the weather was bad, I waited until I got home and went on my elliptical machine. I think I lost the first 5 lbs. rather quickly. Then to my disbelief, I ended up losing one pound every three weeks! Talk about slow…I kept on saying to myself…stay the course, stay the course. So, I did. After I lost count with how long it took, I was over 20lbs. lighter and my vitals were good. The bottom line is this…I didn’t “diet”. Diet to me means temporary. I am still making the same choices in regards to food and exercise and it is over 3 years now. I chose to be healthy and then went about making that happen. It started with a thought, then a belief that I could do it and that I deserved to be healthy. I knew what I didn’t want…the heart attack or the stroke…so I kept on focusing on what I did want…good health. I created my own reality of health with my beliefs and actions. If you are “on the fence” about making positive changes in your life, I hope you choose you! You are the only one who can make it happen!! If you can’t find it in you to make the changes, find out why. What are your challenges, what are your obstacles, what are your beliefs? There is a reason for everything…stay the course…All the best!