Name: Dave Satre

Age: 75

City: San Jose

At one point I actually weighed 250 pounds. My wife was a gourmet cook with specialties in French, Spanish and Chinese cuisines. She cooked wonderful meals almost daily, even after she became very ill. But she would only eat a little bit of this, a little bit of that and I would end up eating the rest.

After she passed, I decided to lose weight. I didn't adhere to any particular diet. And I didn't have to buy special food from a diet company. I just needed the discipline to change my life -- for the better.

I simply started eating less. I switched from large plates and bowls to small ones, the theory being, if you eat less you can shrink your stomach and still enjoy the feeling of fullness, which is what we all tend to seek, with a lot less food. I still eat whatever I want but tend to eat fresh, healthy foods. For example, I haven't eaten frozen dinners.

It took me two years to achieve my initial goal, which was 200 pounds, but I still maintain the practice. I eventually reached 175 pounds, which my doctor claims is an ideal weight for a person my age.

When I lost the first 10 pounds, I was amazed at the difference it made. I have 10-pound dumbbells that I exercise with and they seem heavy when I am exercising. Losing 50 pounds made an incredible difference. Try lifting 50 pounds when you get out of a chair and you'll see what I mean. Now, I find it difficult to believe that at one time I was actually carrying 250 pounds wherever I went.

Have you lost a significant amount of weight, or did you finally lose those stubborn last 10 pounds? If so, we'd like to hear your story. Tell us in 400 words or fewer about your weight-loss journey. Send your stories to mross@bayareanewsgroup.com with the subject line "weight loss story." Include your name, age and city and a contact phone number. Also, send before and after pictures in JPG format, if available.