I can't work for myself, but I work for a partnership, so all the top guys work for themselves having previously been employees of the partnership.
The biggest thing is that as soon as you become a partner, you become unemployed. You trade in all your employment rights. No sick pay. No holiday pay. No unfair dismissal. The irony is that the best way to get rid of an underperforming employee is to make them a partner. The day before they become a partner, they are entitled to something silly like 12 months pay on redundency. The day afterwards, nothing.
Just worked out, I was 117kg on 18 December 2010. That was 115 weeks ago. On a loss of 30kg, thats 250g per week, including six months when I couldn't exercise and several periods of stagnation. I reackon about half of those 119 weeks were going up.
Just looking at the stats, I had 26 weeks of stagnation early on, then some loss, then 16 weeks of gradual gain (3kg), Then some loss. Then another 14 weeks of gain (another 3 kg), and down from there. So actually, I've lost 36kg in 56 weeks, just with a lot of going nowhere or slight gain. Which is just over 500g per week. I'm quite chuffed, and long may it continue. If I can find my Norwich shirt from 1994, I might see how well it fits, as I think I will be able to get into it again.