Diet and exercise. How shocking, right? I have always been different levels of chubby. A tiny bit chubby all the way to mega-chubby almost obese. Losing weight has always been so hard for me because I love food and hate exercise. I do not eat emotionally, I eat because I love the taste, smell, texture, etc. And unfortunately for me, the foods I love the most are all very carb-y. I have done all of the unhealthy things. Diet pills made me feel like I was on the verge of a heart attack, so I couldn't take them long enough for them to help. Slim Fast made me gain weight. Crash dieting worked but was miserable and I gained it all back every time. An all liquid diet of V-8, water and multivitamins made me lose a ton of weight a few years ago but messed up my digestive system for almost a year. So, about 6 weeks ago, I decided to do the one thing I had never really committed to: a healthy weight loss plan. I have been basically doing the same thing every single day and the weight has been just dropping off! I have a 3/4 cup bowl of a healthy cereal with 2% milk for breakfast. I like cheerios, life, shredded wheat, etc. I always measure it so I know I have the portion that is listed on the side of the box. Lunch is a small salad with fat free dressing and a piece of fruit, or a grilled chicken wrap with lettuce, tomato and fat free ranch dressing. Dinner is steamed vegetables (I buy the frozen Steam Fresh ones that take 5 min. in the microwave, I love them!) and some kind of meat. I'll have chicken, fish or beef and keep the portion size equal to the size of the palm of my hand. For dessert, I have fat free jello or jello pudding with lite whipped topping. All through the day I drink tons of water and iced tea with splenda. I pee about a million times a day it seems but I feel so much better since I have been more hydrated. I also take a vitamin and calcium pill every day. I walk on my treadmill for 30-40 minutes every single day. I walk on the "fat burn" setting which is a very fast pace and I use the ski bars to work out my arms while walking. I adjust the incline throughout my workout so it gets harder and easier at intervals. After I'm done with the treadmill, I work my arms with a 5 lb dumbell for about 15 min. This is all very boring and not the most fun in the world, but it WORKS and I have never felt better.