August will be 4 years since I made the bicycle my primary mode of transportation. Lost 30 pounds and pretty much kept it off. It was sort of an accident, but I also didn't like what 185 lbs looked like in the mirror. Long story short is, my truck broke down right before I was to relocate to a new job 2000 miles away. I stored the truck and flew to the new job with my dog and my suitcase. I rented a car from the airport for a week, using it to get to work, as well as shop craigslist ads for furniture and a used bicycle. 4 months later, and 30 lbs lighter, I flew back to fix the truck over Christmas, and drove it back 2000 miles.I am adding that saying to my list of great sayings!!!
Congrats Felonious, and RhumbaI have luckily never been addicted to substances, but food was/is my bane. About 7 years ago, I said "F-it, I am tired of being fat", and lost 150ish pounds in 2 years. That feeling of being "unburdened" was awesome. I hope you are getting the same!!! Stay strong!!!
The truck stayed parked in the apartment complex while I continued using the bicycle to commute to work which was 2.5 miles one way.
Once you can convince yourself you're worth the time, the rest can be rationalized.