I'm hoping I'll have myself to show for an example eventually. It's not like I see this as a temporary diet at all, so I have no reason to believe I won't succeed, except that there's always that little niggling voice in the back of my head that tells me "you are fat and ugly and nothing works for you." Somebody expresses any doubt to my face, says anything negative about what I'm doing to my face, and that little voice starts yammering at me and I just am not the kind of person who has a ready come-back. I just clam up.
I think I'm pretty dang fit for 47 even with an unknown number of pounds to go. I honestly don't have a goal weight anymore. I never thought I'd get this far. Heck, I'm even getting a faint outline of abs if I really flex them. Never thought anything like that could happen to me.