Stepping on the scale and finding out that I have lost 50 pounds has given me so much excitement and fulfillment. In my 9-month weight loss journey, I have reached my first goal at last! 50 is a big number. It is so surreal that I used to have 50 more pounds on me. I have not reached my goal weight yet, but I have learned a thing or two (well, 5 to be exact) about successfully losing weight.