I have completed the 12-week plan and am delighted to report a 35.5lb weight loss, about a third of the total I need to lose in order to be out of the obese BMI range.
I can now paint my toenails, scrub my own back and walk briskly without becoming pink and breathless.
My workouts at the gym have increased massively and I enjoy a full range of cardio and strength exercises as well as daily brisk walks out in the fresh air. Perhaps in another 12 weeks my frame won't be too heavy and I will be able to go running again.
I still have a long way to go but know now that I can do it – thanks everyone for the support on this forum, you got me through some difficult patches and gave my exercise a boost with fun challenges.
2016 is going to be great – bring it on!