Good post, Lisa. I think you're generally right. To some, it's not THIS simple, but I do think this covers it for many.
Trouble is, that it's not that we don't know HOW to do it. It seems to me that to many of us it's more about dealing with the question of "Why don't we just do it, then".
We need the right motivation to do right. I find that a good way to do this is to keep asking "why" until we can't get any further.
"Why do you want to lose weight?" - example: To be thin.
"Why do you want to be thin?" - example: To be more respected.
"Why do you want to be more respected?" - example: To be recognized by my boss.
"Why do you want to be recognized by your boss?" - example: So I will get promoted...
You get the idea. Once you get to the FINAL why-question, this might veyr well be the deep, inner, honest reason for losing weight. Use THIS reason to find the motivation, and then do what you state.
Also, while losing 10 lbs (and I congratulate you on that) is great, you may discover later that it's not as easy any longer. Trust me, I've been there. Eventually, we need to do more to convince our body. Then is when the little tricks come into play.
But, fundamentally, I think you're right. I'm still living after this general rule, and I am still losing weight at a pretty good pace.
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
"Eating enough, moving more, not eating stupid s**t = losing weight."
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.
I started my weight loss journey on October 4th, 2010 - and this is what I have accomplished so far: