It wasn’t a new years resolution for me, but I just joined a gym last month. I started eating healthier about 6-8 months ago. I was diagnosed early diabetic a month or so later (knew that was coming).
I haven’t been killing myself over it- Just added more salads, reduced my carbs (simple things, like wraps instead of sub rolls), and cutting dessert / sugar snacks from a couple a day to one every week or two. I give myself regular cheat days about that often as well, and have generally been trying to use more natural, unprocessed ingredients. All that makes it feel less like a diet, and more like a lifestyle change.
The biggest thing was quitting soda- I switched to sweet tea from McDonalds, because they’re ubiquitous enough that I could pretty much always have one on hand. After a while, I started ordering them half-sweet, and finally unsweetened. At this point, I mostly drink water and unsweetened tea. I’ve had one or two Thums Ups since then as a treat, but I’ve completely lost my taste for Coke and Pepsi at this point.
So far, I’ve lost around 40 pounds. I went from a little under 310 to 270.
My blood pressure has gone down from 150/105 to 130/80. Blood sugar has been normal.
I’m also down from a 46 waist to a 42- Which doesn’t seem like much, but it makes the difference between being able to buy clothes anywhere versus having to go to the fat guy store.
I was 140 for most of my 20s. Around 30, I quit smoking, got married, and started a desk job, and just started packing it on. My short term goal is to hit 250 by summer, with an ultimate goal of 180, which I think is reasonable for my frame.
So, there’s that. Good luck.