I officially started my diet Saturday Jan 15, weighing in at a solid 161 (!) and fitting size 10 clothes (well, size 10 - 12 pants, size 8 skirts. it balances out). Ideally, I'd like to get down to 135/size 3-5, which is where I was a year ago, but I'll be happy with whatever amount of weight I lose. I can live with 145, it's not a bad weight for me and it tends to be my winter weight anyway (I'm usually 7- 10 pounds heavier in the winter).
Exercise 3 times a week, 1 hr session
Eat 3 small meals and 3 snacks, meals 300 cals and snacks 100 calories, for a total of 1200 calories a day - I won't be counting religiously, just guestimating wisely. The idea is to eat little bits constantly so I'm not hungry all the time.
So far, so good. I've been meeting the exercise goals pre-diet, so I just have to keep going. I am feeling hungry a lot, so I'm going to allow myself unlimited amounts of soup at the beginning to keep me from breaking down and binge-eating an entire buffalo. I'm just making a lovely turkey stock right now which will be the base for a cabbage soup, yummy.
How long? That is the ultimate question. I tend to get discouraged after 2 weeks of dieting. I will try very hard to hold on until the bitter end, though.