Since about mid-May, I have lost 30 lbs. I am 5'11" and down to 207 lbs.
The first 20 or so lbs came off without paying too much attention to what I ate. Just my 5.1 mile commute (each way) on my ill-fitting Walmart mountain bike turned commuter. I even won a weight loss contest at work. That was June 30th, so it worked out to 22 lbs gone in about 6 weeks. Winning that contest was my first major goal.
The weight continued to come off slowly. By this time I was paying more attention what I ate and had completely cut out sweets (not much of a sweet tooth anyway). On July 12th, down to 215, I rewarded myself and bought a properly fitting Specialized Allez Sport. A rocket compared to the other bike, more efficient and faster. Maybe too efficient.
At the same time I spent $900 on a bike and accessories, I thought I should quit smoking to help me pay for it. I have actually been mostly successful with that. I've cheated for a few beer-fueled campfires. I seem to have been able to manage the oral fixation with fruit and lots of water so I don't really think not smoking has caused me to eat more.
I got down to 210. The next week 210. The week after that, 210. My second major goal is to get below 200, as is the goal of many other visitors to this particular subforum.
So I upped my mileage to 14-18 miles per day. I have also been watching my intake to the calorie (side note: I have found out that I eat WAY TOO MUCH SODIUM despite never adding salt to anything...working on that too).
I have finally starting losing again this week, down to 207. My final goal is to get down to ~180 by the end of October when commuting will be shelved for the winter (and maintain that).
But MAN, the last 10 lbs before 200 have been STUBBORN! I'll get there. Has anyone else had a similar experience as they've approached a goal weight?