I remember an old Dear Abby column where the writer (presumably a passed-school-aged adult) would lament about going back to school to get her MD, complete her residency, etc., even though becoming a Dr. was her passion and that's what she always wanted in life.
Lamenting that she'll be "X" age upon graduating in 7 years, Abby's response was, "And how old will you be in 7 years if you DON'T go to school?"
STARDUST2K4 is right. The time is going to pass anyway! Do you want to be fatter, the same as you are now, or thinner? Thinking of it like that helped push me, and I was where you were at. Look at how fast time goes...I can't believe today is March 1st (wasn't it just New Years??). Time will fly, and you'll be all the better and happier and prouder of yourself. To say nothing of healthier! And let me tell you: being healthier and fit does color everything in your life. From being able to get dressed and out the door easier in the morning, to just feeling more comfortable in your own skin.
A great quote I read on this site went something like this: "Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. Maintaining is hard. Pick your hard!"
So pick already! You really CAN do this. Go to the Woo-Hoo section of the message boards for some great inspiration. Cheer on some of those folks and visualize your post announcing your Woo-Hoo, because it WILL happen.
Soak up what Archi and Nancy & the experts have to say....I know I put off addressing my weight for 10 yrs as I just did not want to face another awful "diet" only to probably gain it all back (which I did twice - ugh). Diet = punishment and dread. Making it a lifestyle, where you can enjoy everything in moderation, is the key. If it's torture, you're doing it wrong.
Eat smart. You don't have to exist on carrot sticks and celery - but if you do find fruits & veggies you love, that will help you beyond measure. Move your body and know that getting your health back starts in the mind FIRST.
You can do it!!!! It's so worth it and so are you.