My Heaviest Weight was around 375 in 2003. I managed to lose about a 100lbs of that weight on my own with a low fat/low sugar/complex carbs diet and plenty of exercise. I took a course on emotional overating and another course on a healthy lifestlye and eating habits. After about 100lbs, I yo-yo'ed a bit and had trouble finding a program I could stick with. After a year of ups and downs I finally decided I wanted to have weightloss surgery to get the rest of the weight off and keep it off. Before my liquid diet I weighed 280, the day of surgery I was 267. Alot of times I am down on myself and discouraged, however if I think "WOW you have almost lost 200lbs!!" It really helps to put things into perspective.