I started following this plan on Monday, I am 57, 5ft 4 and weighed in on Monday morning at 14stone 3lbs. I would like to be around 10 stone, which is at the top of the healthy weight range for my height so I have set myself a target weight loss of 61lbs which will take me just under the 10 stone mark to 9stone 12 but because this is quite a daunting task I have set myself an initial interim target of losing 10lbs, which is 5% of my body weight, and then my next mini target will be 20lbs, which is 10%. I'm hoping in this way I will be more encouraged to keep going and will be able to celebrate achieving these mini targets along the way. I haven't set myself any time scale although I would like to lose at least 3stone by next April as I am going to Florida on a big family holiday. In October 2011 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I underwent 9 weeks of weekly chemotherapy followed by major surgery and then a further 9 weeks of weekly chemotherapy and my cancer has returned twice since then and I only completed my third course of chemotherapy 4 weeks ago. I was suffering from extreme fatigue but only found out last week that this was probably due to the fact that my magnesium levels had dropped to dangerously low levels and I was rushed back into hospital last Thursday for a magnesium infusion, since when I have felt great and keen to get started on this weight loss and fitness programme! I have been told that my cancer is incurable but I am an optimist and I am sure that it does return I'll be better equipped to fight it if I'm fitter and healthier. Being fitter and healthier is also going to make the rest of my life, when I'm not fighting the little c more enjoyable too! I have been told not to lose weight while I'm having chemotherapy as any weight changes would effect the dosage of the chemicals but I'm not on it now so I'm raring to go and I can stop it returning for a very, very long time (forever would be good).
I've been reading the posts on here and love the support people give and get which is why I decided to make this post. I think everyone here is in the same boat and understands what everyone else is going through and I feel it's really important to have that support and understanding to encourage when things are not going so well and congratulate when they are and also just to offer advice.
I've got a long journey ahead of me but at least I've made a start and I hope to make many more posts on here. I have decided to only weigh myself once a week because I am aware of day to day fluctuations but this week I am back in hospital on Thursday for some follow up checks which will include weighing so this week I won't be able to help it but I'll post my weight next Monday so everyone can see how I'm doing. Good luck to everybody else an I look forward to being encouraged by your successes!