In 2007 I was 180 pounds, wearing pants in the double digits, and tops in extra large. In March 2009, I weighed 150 pounds with 32% body fat and the clothes weren't much different. Today I'm happy to say I weigh 125 pounds with 17% body fat, my pants are size 2 and 4, and my tops are mainly smalls.
I didn't take any miracle pill or do any fad diets. At first I just changed how much I ate. I didn't want to discourage myself and start banning certain foods I loved. It was all about Baby Steps. The weight slowly started to come off. So I started cutting down on certain “bad” foods. I didn't say cut OUT, but cut DOWN. I began to count calories and stay within a certain range. More weight came off. I then hit that dreaded plateau at 150 pounds. It was time to throw in something new. Something I had been putting off, exercise. I had joined a gym and it was time to start using it. So that's exactly what I did. I had no clue what to do first