I also cut out drinking during the week. I'm (mostly) a vegetarian at breakfast and lunch, and I've drastically reduced the amount of dairy I eat. I've cut back on artificial sweeteners too. And I'm in week 8 of the couch to 5K plan.
Net result so far - down about 10 pounds, feel better, and have virtually eliminated the heartburn that has plagued me since college.
Sad to say, I quit the weekday drinking too. Not only do I feel better, but I have lost a little bit of the weight I wanted to lose.
I pretty much put a moratorium on the Boy's drinking during the week (only drink when you're drinking with someone else is the rule of thumb). Me, I play outside with little kids. Run around, do the monkey bars. I haven't done it in a bit, since I'm sick. But it always makes me feel younger and more energetic.
You're already on the right track. For me, loads of variety is key. Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi, horseback riding, Couch to 5K, rowing, balance ball, etc... I never get bored, so I never want to slack off. I find a good menu plan that's also delicious to me, and I stick with it, planning my meals out a month in advance.
Eat bacon. Just kidding. I don't eat meat either. Except for fish. I drink maybe once a month. And I walk; I used to run but now I walk: outside. It helps. A lot.
I have lost 12 pounds since August 7. What jump started me was being busy and forgetting to eat breakfast. I quickly lost 6 pounds, realized I was onto something and started watching my carbs.
I have been eating more vegetables and I hike occasionally. I need to get back into walking daily and doing Yoga, regularly.