I'm a freelance writer and web consultant who recently left London to live in a converted barn in the Wiltshire countryside. I used to be overweight, but managed to lose 40 pounds (about a third of my body weight) over the last several years through diet and exercise. Now that the weight is off, I'm figuring out how to keep it that way, without sacrificing my health or sanity. As I'm learning, fitness isn't just about the weight. It's also about being strong, able and most importantly, happy.