Hello everyone, I am new here but not new to having to lose weight and improve my lifestyle. I have probably been 'dieting' for most of my adult life. I do think some of the more commercial diet clubs out there have contributed to my problem in the long term, by providing short term losses, but by not encouraging me to change my lifestyle. So when I fell of the commercial wagon, as I inevitably did every time after a few months, I felt like a total failure and fell back into my old habits and put weight back on very quickly. I'm not saying these diets don't work for everyone they are just not for me anymore.
I have been happily married for a long time with grown up sons. They all love me as I am, which is great, but I need to love me a bit more and look after myself a bit better. I over eat for any reason, happiness, boredom, stress, because its Tuesday, I don't really need an excuse.
I love being outside, hiking in forests and up hills, canoeing, cycling and so on. I am finding my weight is now making me find excuses for not doing what I love. It is so hard to climb a hill when you weigh 18 stone, I suppose I am almost carrying two normal size people up there. I do still do it sometimes, but I need to stop a lot to get my breathe back and the enjoyment has gone.
I am the only one who can change this for me, I am determined that come next spring there will be less of me to lug up the hillside and on long hikes in the forests.