What I have done is gone from this:
To Thisin four months time. I owe Anna an apology for allowing my weight to go so far out of control just in time for her college graduation: Sorry Anna!
Now, 30 pounds lighter, I am no longer embarrassed or ashamed and it's once again safe for the family to point a camera at me.
We all know that diets do not work. So, it wasn't a diet that kicked my substantial butt into gear, it was health. It was a primary care physician telling me that diabetes is a mere 5 years or less away if I continued on the path I was on. So, with the help of a glucometer and her patient educator, I got a grip. I am never hungry, I am off nearly all carbs, and I can move around a lot more comfortably.
We all have different motivators, there's no magic spell or fairy dust to set on ourselves to motivate. Working with a great primary care physician is a good first step, I think.
Perhaps I will lose more, time will tell. But, I am not looking so much at pounds as at blood glucose readings 2 times a day, and they are perfect, without any medications.
There are some health conditions we can control, diabetes being one of them. There are many we cannot. I felt very motivated to be in control of the one I could control.