I'm Lisa, from Melbourne. I'm doing the weight loss 'thing' again too! Woop! I've got a LOT to lose, I'm currently around the 126kg mark, and gotta get down to around 68kg. I've been trying for about a year and a half now, and I've gone up and down, my lowest being 116 in January this year, but then I got diagnosed with depression and since then losing weight has been more difficult coz I'm such an emotional eater. But I'm working on that!
Cleansing... okay in the very short term but doesn't provide realistic weightloss/fatloss and you put the weight back on. It teaches you bad habits too but I guess it's alright to use it to mentally jump start a diet/ lifestyle change.
Best medicine is eating less (calorie counting works great) and exercising. If you do it right, you can still have what you want in moderation.
That's my dieting motto. I am not sure what else to say. I am keeping a regular blog thingy about diet in the main forum. As i am in a healthy weight range it might not be too interesting for people who have a lot to lose but frankly i think the princples are much the same.
I'm a binger so avoiding sugar totally is one thing that works for me. This is the second time i've tried to do it "forever". And this time i've been doing it for a month.