I have increase my water intake, exercise for at least 10 minutes a day and I have waited until I feel a sort of burning sensation before eating and I have noticed a change in my weight loss. I have actually started seeing the scale go down every couple days. This is even after I spent 4 days in Tunica Mississippi on a trip where I ate at "the all you can eat buffets" for 4 days. I only ate when I was hungry and stopped before I was stuffed with the exception of going to the Paula Deans buffet located at Sams Town gambling casino. I really tasted many of her food choices and got so satisfied. Boy was it good! I even ate a bowl of fried shrimp that was really delicious. Before the trip I had decided to eat only when I was truly hungry for 21 days. As I tried, I continued to fall right back into my old habits but told myself not to worry and to keep trying. I was so used to feeling full that when I got hungry I was so uncomfortable that I had to keep telling myself to try to adapt to the new feeling of what hungry really feels like. It has taking me a whole year but I do not regret my decision to change the way I think about food, it has become a new way of life. I am much happier now that I do not have to worry about what I will eat next. I am starting to pay attention to how some foods make me feel whether it is the feeling of being light or the feeling of heaviness. Some foods that I once loved now taste like junk. There was a time that I used to love TACO Bell but now I can hardly swallow it because it does not have as much value as it did before. It no longer taste as good to me. I was using weight watchers for a short period of time and it showed me how to look at portions but I don't think it will be necessary for me at this time. True hunger and learning to stop when satisfied seems to be enough at this time and this blog has been a sort of diary for me. Believe me I was a hard core dieter with rules about certain foods but dieted my way right up to 340 pounds and could not control the weight gain. I can hardly wait until the weight comes off now. At one point in July I decided to check out the lap ban and started talking to a nutritionist and seeing a physical therapist. They have both guided me into making better choices about foods and exercising . I no longer want the lap ban. I realize everything is a practice and you really need to get prepared to lose weight or anything in life you really want to change.