Well the first 4 weeks flew by. Lost another 3lbs. Really pleased with that but need to work on the old waistline, I must be losing weight elsewhere now as it doesn't seem to moving as fast as at first (inches that is, not weight). I have more energy now and don't get energy lows during the day.
Lessons learned up to now? I think about every single thing I'm about to consume before I do it and then try to think of a healthier alternative. When I see a big portion size, I question whether it's too much for me. I've introduced some occasional treats such as chocolate so as not to feel as though I'm cheating myself of a pleasure but only eat up to, say, 200 calories worth (surprisingly little) as long as I've exercised.
The biggest thing I've learned though is the direct correlation between what I do and what I eat eg, if I sit down and live a sedentary life I cannot eat too much, whereas if I'm more active I can enjoy more food - within reason of course!
Another thing is, I enjoy fruit and vegetables now when before I only ate them because they were on my plate.
I now find my cycle ride to work more pleasant because I'm not huffing and puffing when I arrive, nor am I dripping with perspiration - result! Although I still have to make an effort to push my bicycle past the car and motorbike each morning - I really feel like I'm cheating myself of a motorcycle ride, although the leathers don't have to be squeezed on now.