Hi everyone, I'm new here been lurking for a few days but you all seem like a friendly bunch so I thought I would join in
My story is that I've struggled with my weight for the last 20 years and in that time at my heaviest was 19stone and at my lightest 9stone and I've been all the weights in between several times over. I know how to lose weight and manage to do it every time I put my mind to it but my big struggle is keeping it off.
This time last year I was 13 stone and a few weeks ago 13s 10lb and decided enough was enough. Since it was the holiday period I didnt want to miss out too much so I've made gradual changes and now feel ready to start my "diet" in full.
I won't be counting calories or doing any faddy diet but cooking from scratch using lots of veg, eating as little processed food as I can, watching the portion size and gradually increasing the exercise and when the nights are lighter and I'm a bit fitter I will try the couch to 5k.
I'm 5'3'' and today weigh in at 13s 6lb and in the obese category so my first goal is to get to 12s and be "overweight".
My ultimate goal however is to get to a healthy weight, 10s, for turning 40 at the end of October which works out at 48lb to lose over 43 weeks. So just over 1lb per week, however hoping to lose more in the beginning to compensate for those weeks where it doesnt go to plan.
I will then be seeking a lot of advice on how to stay there.
I'm going to join in with the Monday club if thats ok to try and keep me on track.
Looking forward to our shared journey.