I've just been reading a bunch of the stories on here and without intending to sound patronising, I really hope it doesn't sound like it, I am hugely impressed at the willpower and resolve on display here. It's just very inspiring.
My own stats and story might be useful:
I had a basic two point plan
1) Move more
2) Eat less
I then adapted it, having worked out that high fat/sugar snacks, alcohol, and overeating pasta were my addictions.
3) cope with addictions.
And like any addiction I resolved to, day by day: "just don't pick up". Whenever I felt like a cheeky doughnut in the office I just didn't pick up. sometimes I flapped the box a bit to get a "hit" of that doughnut fragrance. I stopped drinking and eating snacks "cheaply" and not as a treat. I still had treats, but when I had them, occasionally I really really enjoyed them and did so completely guilt free. Glasses of beer tasted like nectar - I made sure they were perfect, condensation on the ice cold glass, proper tasty Belgian beer, no expense spared. A glass of champagne at a birthday dinner tasted like it had been personally squeezed frothed by angels...
I rode a bike on Sunday mornings. Occasionally I went to the gym and worked hard with a trainer.
It wasn't easy at first, but like a lot of the stories on here, I think the first 10 rides were the hardest. The rest have mostly been fun, always better for having done it, than not. Like everyone else I have the same message - just keep going.
Don't worry how you look on a bike, in lycra, nobody cares. Just get out there, get cold and get hot, muddy, sweaty, whatever, but just get out there, fill your lungs with air stoke up the engine.
I've kept the weight off, apart from a blip of 5 kg when I was injured at the end of last year. But even then, when you have the metabolism running faster, you can lose it quick. It's taken since the 12th January to get the weight back off.
During this time I spent more on physio, trainers, bike clubs membership and sportives entry and travel than I did on bikes and I am glad I did.
Cost beneft: I reckon the weight lost cost me about £70 per kilo.
Sounds like a lot right, but this includes all the physio I had as I ironed out the niggles I picked up being so overweight, the training I did with a PT, gym membership, and doing some sportives which I counted as training. I've not included the cost of the new clothes I had to buy for work and at home - I count that as a benefit!
I include this last point because if you're reading this and looking for another source of inspiration, look at the flip side, think about how much it is costing you to get fat and stay fat. You eat snacks "cheaply", i.e. they don't cost much, they're not really a treat, it's just another beer, on yet another trip to the pub with colleagues or it's a packet of crisps in front of the telly that you really didn't need or really want. It's going to cost a bunch of cash to get rid of! It's the hidden cost of being fat, sure there are cheaper ways than mine to getting fit again, but think also about how much all that alcohol and health insurance is costing you. My life insurance is being quote now at £18 less a month because of my better BMI, blood sugar and cholesterol. Over the course of a few years, this is a a small fortune.
Of course this argument breaks down a bit if you are fat because you've been eating foie gras for breakfast on a daily basis...