... Dude, I am right there with you. Ironically, this year is the only year I've had no serious health issue of the 'WHAT THE HELL' kind, but, in exchange, my grandfather passed away in September and exactly one month later - and I do mean exactly, the insensitive mother fucker who Grandad had best be kicking the SHIT out of in heaven had impeccable timing - my brother decided the appropriate response to fighting with his girlfriend was to blow his brain out in a hotel room. Personally, I'd take the 'Huh, I might actualy die this time' illness instead, but beggers can't be choosers.
Anyway, I am insanely proud that you've not only managed to lose weight with a life that's going about as smoothly as mine without starving yourself. The Geekcycle is hilarious and, even if it's not necessarily considered the most EFFECTIVE exercise machine, the fact is it's close enough, particularly when you factor in how you're actually USING it.
Also? The bead bracelets are genius. I'm lucky enough I don't have to count calories, just use judgement calls for food, but partially the reason I've never gone that route is the counting. It does seem like one big headache, but here you've gone and gotten around that, and damn fashionably, too!
I've been working on losing weight these last few months - actually about the same amount of time you have - and I only have six pounds to show for it, so you? Totally get the awesome award for the month. Screw that, the freaking YEAR.
I've been tangling with the idea of writing an FF7 fic and now I've decided I must do it. I MUST. Because you deserve something smiley and goodness for all your hardwork and if that means I have to toil behind my keyboard punching out paragraph after paragraph of a fandom I've never written before, by God woman, I will do it!
... Also, if I've come off as entirely cracked, I blame it partially on it being Fuck-Early O'clock without sleep.