Cheers @Spinner !
That's where I'm at. I've actually lost 8.5lbs, but I'll shout again when I'm up to 10.
I've conned myself into thinking I could get away with being a bit bigger as I'll eventually exercise regularly and I'll eventually cut out the rubbish in my diet. That only really resulted in continual gains, particularly as a result of holidays and not hitting a reset button afterwards.
I've used the 'mathematical' approach @maxnas advocated in the intro post and I've found that to be the best learning tool - I've researched more and understood more about my body and what good and bad looks like.
Sure I've still eaten take aways, fast food and drank beer, but I've counted it and understood what those things are relative to other foods and drinks and moderated accordingly.
The change in my physical size is the biggest thing - I've got baggy clothes now that we're tight before and some of those more expensive items that haven't fit for far too long are now the 'right' size for me.
I'm not kidding myself either- I've still got some distance to cover. My medium term target is 26lbs and longer term is 46lbs. So I'll be back asking for more badges and overall I should weigh 20% or so less than when I started.
I've even worked out how long it will take, assuming smaller amounts of weight loss when there's less of me to lose!
There are other lifestyle changes I want to incorporate too - particularly exercising more - but as I've learnt in this first month or so, you have to make gradual achievable changes then keep pushing and getting better every day. That and don't get obsessed by it - after all, we all deserve a beer at the end of the week