On April 1, 2011 I committed myself to losing weight. Today, October 24, 2011, the scale tells me that I have lost 100 pounds. My weight loss fills me with joy. I would never have thought that I could lose this much weight. How did I do it? Well the short answer is diet and exercise. At the present time I am limiting my calories to between 15 and 18 hundred and I am walking 4 miles a day at a 16 min. a mile pace. Not really fast, but quicker than a stroll by a bit. The longer answer I also had a lap band surgery, which is a diet aid. (If you would like more info on this I could provide it.) My surgeon said that he thought I could reasonably expect to lose 100 pounds, but that people my size more normally lost between 60 and 80 pounds. I therefore made 100 pounds my minimum goal, a 120 pounds my real goal, and after talking to my personal physician I am considering 150 pounds my ultimate goal. Here are some milestones I have reached along the way. I no longer need to take insulin, and my oral medication is ½ what it was. My blood pressure is now excellent My cholesterol is now good. My pants size has shrunk by a foot. I rode my bicycle for the first time in 30 years. I went swimming for the first time in 15 years. I was asked to speak at surgeon’s orientation class for people considering weight loss surgery. My diabetes coach would like me to speak at diabetes management class. It is a good run, and I would encourager anyone who wants to change their life to try it.