Don't take too much notice of the negative comments- I've also been enjoying reading your posts and your exactly the kind of motivational person someone needs on their side if they are trying to lose weight.
In defence of the diet soft drinks post -I lost 6 stone a while back, and found that my 'treat' being a Diet Coke at 11am and in the evening, along with all the wholesome/ flavoursome foods I was eating gave me little landmarks in my day that I would look forward to. In the evenings I would sit down with some cashews and a Diet Coke and that would be a salvation for me! We all know they are laced with aspartame and phosphoric acid and bad for us- however it was more important at that time I got the weight off and it just hit the spot. I now drink sparkling water instead -which I have the same craving for and I enjoy a Diet Coke on nights out or at the weekend
if needs be, but at the time of cutting carbs and 'dieting' it was a nice treat. I think we all know the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise but it is easier said than done- I was a ballerina for years before I put a lot of weight on and previously a healthy, active and fit person and found it very hard to shift the weight once there. As a doctor and nutritionist said to me when I considered the Cambridge diet- "We don't care how you lose the weight, it's just more important you do lose it any way you can and then focus on nutrition after'. If you can do both at the same time- great! However this is where people fail... so all in all, I just wanted to say I completely understand where you are coming from!