I have an annual check up with the cardiovascular nurse at our surgery (Dec) and the last one in 2015 showed I had put on 4 kg; my blood sugars were also elevated and my cholesterol levels had crept up to over recommended minimums. I made a pact with myself and told the nurse that at the next session I would have lost 2 stone and have my other markers under control. I excercise regularly and keep myself quite fit so it was disappointing to find things were going the wrong way. To start with I decided to stop drinking alcohol for dry January; this was extended to Easter through lent abstinence and then I decided to keep this going for the whole year at least. This is continuing and I was pleased to see a steady loss of weight over the weeks and to date I have lost some 22pounds going from 14st 11lbs to 13st 3lbs. My aim is to be 12 stone something and I am finding the last half a stone difficult to lose so am now contemplating a review of what I eat in order to keep up the momentum, which is why I have joined the NHS 12 week weight loss scheme. I hope to be able to report a positive effect as the weeks roll on.