Do you like to take it slow or just dive in?
DH and I are both trying to loose weight and get in better shape but it's funny how different our approaches are. He's fully throwing himself into the change - running a ton (he's always been a runner) with different running groups and independently, and recently he drastically changed his diet to cut calories. It's the "diet plan for the obsessive" which honestly works with his personality and is working for his body. I can see him toning up and loosing the jiggle fairly fast.
I'm much more of a "take one thing at a time" kinda gal. I started with single changes to my diet for a week or two each, and didn't add more until I got used to that one change. Now I'm gradually adding in bits of exercise that I can maintain. I'm planning to do a 5K later this spring and hope to be able to jog the whole way without walking, but if I have to stop and walk a bit, oh well. I haven't lost much weight yet, but I know I'm on a path to a healthier life that I can live with long-term and use as a good foundation for my boys. (And my skin is looking better so the diet changes must be doing something good!)
I used to be different. Back when I was in my mid-20's, I got fed up with being overweight and just became totally obsessive about diet and exercise and dropped 60lbs in about 10 months. It was seriously something that was ALWAYS on my mind and factored into everything I did. At least I learned a ton about nutrition and exercise during that period and continued learning more over the coming years. It worked but I'm just not as focused and determined now. Having a peaceful, balanced life is more important. Having a well-run, happy home for my family is more important now. Taking care of myself is an important part of that picture, but just something I don't mind working on gradually.
What is your style? What works for you?