Oh hey there, its me, posting in the middle of the afternoon like it ain't no thang.
I hate to call this a "weight loss" journey, so I'm not. I'm going to call it "I wasn't happy with myself, so I made some changes in my life." Throughout high school, I was fit, had a high metabolism, and could get away with eating pretty much whatever I wanted. Maybe because this was because I played sports year round and was constantly active. The point is, after high school, my body did some more growing. And not the kind I liked.
Throughout college, my weight bounced around, losing 5 here, gaining a few there. I went to the gym irregularly, or would run a mile or two when I felt like it, which wasn't too often. And last year I was weighing the highest I'd ever weighed, and feeling the lowest I'd ever felt. I was unhappy with the way I looked, and furthermore I was unhappy with myself for not taking care of me. It was time to make some changes.
April 2012 vs. June 2013 (-16 lbs)
I became serious about going to the gym. I changed my eating habits. I slept more, drank less soda and more water, ate more fruits and less bacon. I will never say I'm on a diet, you will never hear me utter the words "I don't eat carbs." But I do moderate what I eat, I compromise, I substitute. If I'm reeeaaally craving a pizza, instead of going to Pizza Hut or the next greasy chain, I make myself a homemade veggie pizza with wheat crust, fresh peppers, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes (now my mouth is watering).
These changes are all about what YOU are comfortable with. If you can say "I'm not going to drink soda again, ever" and you can stick to that, by all means, do it! I don't have a "goal" per say, except to remain healthy and to always feel good about myself. And if I can lose a couple pounds/inches in the process, I'll take that too!