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Hey there,

I need to get healthy and kick the extra weight I'm carrying. Struggled to do so for years and am starting to feel the effects. I can be a very unmotivated person but found that the one time I lost a good amount of weight, I was part of a forum.

Moved to England from Australia in February to be with my fiancé. We are getting married next year at some point and I want to not look or feel how I do now. I crave sugar and I binge all the time.

I've recently started drinking water and aim for 2L a day which has been about 70% of the time. I'm proud of this because I use to not drink water.

I know weight loss is as simple as eating the right amount of calories for your body and exercising as little as 30mins a day. But why does it seem so difficult. Hoping that by being on here I might get the motivation I need. I'm also a worrier/have anxiety and tend to eat my emotions.

Let's give this a shot - I can do it!

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Hi oostevens

Welcome to the NHS Weight Loss Forum. It's a very friendly, encouraging and helpful site, where we are all on the same journey to health.

If you haven't already, please read the Welcome Newbies post. It's in the Pinned Posts section, to the right of your screen, (bottom if you're on a mobile). It has a link to the NHS 12 week plan, which is a great place to start. It doesn't give a specific diet plan, but gives guidelines for healthy eating. Also take a look at the Topics section beneath that, for posts that could answer any questions you may have. You may also like to check out how many calories you should have each day using the BMI checker.

Perhaps consider joining in our challenges, they're fun to do and help with motivation.

Join us for the Monday Group weigh-in. If you 'follow' Lowcal and moreless (our very approachable site Admins), you'll be notified when they post the threads. The latest weigh-in thread can always be found in the Events section, to the right of the home page. The weigh in is entirely voluntary, but I find it helps keep me accountable.

Be active on the forum, as that's where we exchange ideas and get our daily dose of motivation and inspiration. 😄

Enjoy the forum, and I wish you success with your goals.

Good luck 😀

Mouse 🐭


I found reading a book called mindless eating made me realise my main problem was bad habits & lying to myself that I wasn't influenced by advertising ie meal deals, go large for 30p yeah go large alright they get you to spend extra money and you eat food you weren't going to buy. Once you start questioning why am I eating this, am I still hungry, is it dessert just cos everyone else has one you can start swapping bad for good and take control of your eating. I've made all the excuses to over eat but in the end you have to question yourself as to what's more important, lying to eat what you want or controlling yourself and getting fitter and healthier. You can do it, I failed for 20 yrs trying all diets, I've lost 2st over almost a year, enjoyed holiday & put on 1/2 st drinking etc but my choice as I knew I'd lose it again, and 3 weeks later I had. If I can anyone can. Take control you can do it x


Great you are drinking more water and also that you are determined to change your eating habits!

The nhs 12 week plan is really helpful and using a free ap like myfitnesspal helps to calculate calories.

I like some of the suggestions already made, like consciously swapping unhealthy food for healthier choices.

Planning is key - work out in advance what you are going to eat for the day and do your best to stick to it.

It is not a huge problem if you stumble but make sure that you quickly pick yourself up again if you do. Good luck and congratulations on your forthcoming marriage too. Exciting!!!!


Welcome oostevens!

I'd also like to add to the excellent advice above two things: keep track of your eating (either in a food diary or an app) and make sure you have a set of kitchen scales. Then weigh out your portions and write down/record everything you eat.

It's really hard to hide from yourself exactly what you're putting in your mouth that way and I've found it works really well. If I don't write it down I just can't quite keep track. I also found that I was eating WAY more than a portion at every meal. Using the scales keeps me on the straight and narrow! :)

Good luck, you can do this. :D


Hello from another anxious person :)

I'm a sugar monster too and I've found that the little 10 cal jelly pots that you can get tend to curb my sweet craving quite well - that or an ice pop or even some sorbet or frozen yogurt if I budget for it in my calorie allowance for the day. I don't really like buying in tubs of stuff like that though as I'm dreading a bad day where I just eat my way through the tub! I'm trying to avoid stuff like that being in my freezer until I know that I have a handle on better eating and knowing that I can trust myself lol.

I agree with planning out your meals in advance and only buy in what you need so that the temptation to snack and/or binge is taken away from you but still make sure you enjoy what you're eating. I've found that if I diet hard and take all the fun out of what we eat then I sulk, crash hard, stop exercising and sabotage myself with take outs.

There is a winter solstice challenge starting in a few days (it's going to be my first challenge here and I'm excited to see how I do! ... I think my hub is sick of me telling him about it now) which a lot of people seem to be getting in on - maybe join in with us? It might give you an extra push - I'm hoping that it does for me :)

Congrats on your upcoming wedding! Had you been over here much before? How are you finding life here after your move?

Best of luck to you,

Deb :)


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