Bobbi - I definitely plan to reduce, and try to eliminate, extra sugar from my diet. As in, no sweets, ice cream, candy, chocolate, etc. I don't use any artificial sweeteners but I do put milk and pure vanilla into my coffee.
Shirley - I track all my calories in vs. calories out using two iPhone/computer friendly apps. I use MapMyFitness (also known as MapMyRun and MapMyRide) to track all my dog walks, runs, and bike rides. I don't like the food part of the app, so I use MyFitnessPal for tracking everything I eat, and then I just import my exercise data over from MapMyFitness. It's helpful to see how easily one can get off track. By the way, I am trying to stay under 1,200 calories a day. I will not change my wine intake. I only have two glasses a week usually, and I enjoy the taste and trying new kinds, so that's one sacrifice I will not make…so I'm glad to hear your neighbor still lost all that weight without giving up wine. And thanks for the encouragement regarding my recovery. You're right, the numbness is quite frustrating but I'm happy to take numbness over double vision.
Kimberly - I'm open to anything that doesn't require pills or meetings, or have any cost involved. If you don't mind, I'd appreciate the information on mindful eating. I've heard of it but never looked into it.