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Wake up call

Don't know why it's taken me so long, denial I think, knew I was overweight and my knees are starting to really hurt and according to NHS chart I'm 3 stone overweight for my tiny height. Have been so lazy over the years and really want to change my ways to be healthy. I feel like a light has been switched on and I want and need to do this. Any encouragement will help no end and any success stories too

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Hi Siobhan79,

Well I'm sure you have come to the right place and welcome 🙂

This forum is full of support and encouragement with some great posts/replies to read through from some amazing people.

I really hope you find what you are looking for. I only joined a couple of weeks ago and I am amazed at how it has helped my mind set.

Stick with us and I'm sure you will be inspired to carry on and keep shedding those unwanted pounds.

Good luck on your weight loss journey.


HI Siobhan79,

Welcome to the Weight Loss NhS forum. Do have a look at our Pinned posts area, and in particular the Welcome Newbie post. Please join in with anything you like the look of in the forum, and I hope you'll find it a supportive and friendly place.

Have a lovely weekend. I'd recommend looking at the NHS 12 week plan, it is really good.

Enjoy your weekend.

Lowcal :-)

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Welcome to the forum.... I can't give you a success story as i only joined 2 weeks ago but support/encouragement wise you've come to the right place... good luck x


Hello Siobhan79 😊

I felt exactly the same as you and I'm well on the way to a healthier fitter me 😊 Getting your head in the right place is the first most important step so well done! Our brain really is our ally on this journey 😊

Have a look at the links lowcal suggested, also work out your bmi and target calories, the days of 1000 calorie starvation diets are long gone, thankfully!! 😊

Good luck and very best wishes 😊

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Inspiration ...not to mention a reminder to myself why I have to stay with the mindful eating;

This time last year I was puffing up the hills, not able to enjoy a good walk. Too fat to ride a horse, too heavy to haul myself out of the bath, knees hurting every night, taking far too many painkillers and feeling really old.

Now, 3 stone lighter (still a stone to go) I can run up a hill, leap onto a horse, spring out of the bath and get a decent night's sleep without needing any pain-killers! I feel 10 years younger and feel far more respect for my body - after all, I can't trade it in for a new one!

Good luck with your new-found determination - recommend getting a calorie counting app and chatting on this forum frequently - it all helps to keep you focussed.


Thank you - just what I needed to read! Well done, you sound like a true inspiration and you should be very proud of yourself


Hi Siobhan,

Just wanted to wish you every success.

You have had some fantastic advice from other forum members and, after a lifetime of struggling with my weight and too many attempts to lose the wretched blubber that I have lost count, at last I have found a way that suits me. The NHS 12 week plan and the support of the wonderful people on this forum have made a world of difference to me. It has helped to eat as much as I can while also losing weight (check out the NHS BMI calculator) , and also to focus on making small, sustainable changes which build up over time, rather than trying to become a different person over-night. Exercise is important, and rather than using exercise as a tool to use calories, I tried out activities to find things that I loved to do so that I knew I would keep them going. I finally settled on ballroom dancing, walking and the gym (yes, I really enjoy going and have just started to introduce a little weight training which is great fun).

I have lost 4 1/2 stone now and it is still coming off. I don't feel deprived and eat out with friends and family all the time, but I eat mindfully and have smaller portions. Portion control was my downfall and I had to weigh food for quite a while. Although I didn't do this intentionally, I appear to have swapped sedentary hobbies to active ones and I can dance the night away and do a very brisk 5 mile walk with ease now. When I started it was all I could do to walk 1/4 mile to the shops. Most important of all, my kidneys are working much better, my blood pressure has dropped, my blood glucose has decreased significantly and I truly feel like I have turned the clock back a decade or two.

Good luck x


An inspiring post, it gives me encouragement as well as being a great welcome to Siobhan.

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