I don't consider myself a success story, I'm still a little fat but I'm down to the weight I want to be. Now I just need to drop body fat while putting on muscle which is going to take the most work I imagine but anyway I'll tell you my story quickly.
About a year ago I was at 225 give or take, junior in college, didnt put on a freshmen 15 but sophmore year I definetly did. I started going to the gym with my roomate, I've done this all throughout my life. Say I'm going ot start going to the gym, go for a week, then stop.
My roomate was into Deadlifting, squating and benching only, the big lifts. I had always just tried to run, which sucks. I got hooked with the lifts and wasnt even concerned with my weight but just about getting my lifts up.
A few weeks later my roomate came home with a scale I jumped on and was down to 215. Wow, no cardio and I was already losing weight nice. From there I figured I'd throw in a little cardio, I ran a mile maybe once or twice a week. Lost another 15, plateau at 200.
Screw It I came this far so I figured I'd try eating a little better, no diets, but when I went to get food I would make slightly better choices. Tuna Fish, Chicken and salad, instead of pizza every night. I definetly cheated more then once a week but I had made the effort to change what I was eating a little and it worked. Again I was down to about 190 and I had hit a plateau.
Ok so all those years people were telling me to go to the gym and what I didnt believe them? No I believed them I just wanted a magical pill to do it instead.
Time to turn up the heat. I'm at 180 now the last 10 lbs were the hardest, I've really tried to restrict what I eat, not as much pizza ( my favorite food if you cant tell already from this post ) and more of the good stuff. Right now what I have in my apartment to eat is - grilled chicken, salad, tuna, peanut butter, eggs, pasta, milk and whey.
I stoped drinking as much as I used to, every weekend I'd go through a 12 pack of sam adams plus what ever I drink at the bar. Now I run 2-3 times a week, sprints sometimes, hill sprints, pull a sled, and work out at the gym on my lifting 3 times a week.
I can't guess what my Body fat is but its not low yet. I'm not ripped, and not concerned. I'm not a fat kid sitting in front of my computer anymore, I can't believe that was me and I thank god I didnt continue down that road. Like I said I dont consider myself a success story and not sure if I ever will. I'm not sure why I've wrote this but I hope it helps you in some way. Good Luck.