In August of 2006 I was 240lbs and being short (5'6") I was FAT! I also have diabetes and at that time it was uncontrolled.
Today I am 190lbs and at 50 I am in the best shape of my life. I use to make fun of men who lifted weights thinking they were all jerks and no brains but after I lost my initial weight (from 240 to 168) I looked like a deflated bag. My buddy asked me how was I gonna take care of that flab and stretchmarks (which hadn't developed yet). He gave a few copies of Muscle & Fitness magazine and that's how I started to reshape my body and not only good for my age but actually looked and felt like I was in my late 30's.
I used "VANITY" as my motivator and though most might think thats shallow I can tell you that it most definitely works. Re-shaping my body gave me confidence (I seriously lacked that most of my life), increased my social status, its a shame people don't like to talking to short fat bald guys but they like talking to buffed ones, I have a smokin hot gf (who's my age) and am Living the Dream as they say.
My friends & family respect me more now and I am, in a word, happy (i.e. I LIKE myself).
I consider July 1, 2007 as my "RE-birthday" as that was the day I had lost 50 since I August the previous year, I started lifting weights and I started to shave my head.
When I eat clean like I am now I feel SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good.
It is not okay for an alcoholic to get drunk once in a while.
So do not tell a food addict it is okay to eat like sh*t once in a while