Here goes, my first visit to this site and my first post, along with my first day on my journey of loosing weight through healthy lifestyle changes and choices. I currently weigh 11st 1lb, up until now I have being lucky I suppose that I have maintain a healthy weight for my height and ate what I wanted and stayed within 7st 7lb - 8st 7lb since being 18 (many moons ago). My rapid weight gain is an issue I have being running away from but no more. Eighteen months ago I weighed 8st 5lb, was healthy and active, I will highlight 'ACTIVE' as I feel this is the most important element to my weight gain. I can sit here and blame life changing events such as my dad passing, hormone changes, moving house, leaving a negative relationship (the last event was/is a huge positive) on the reasons I have gained this weight, and will admit to these life changing events being a contributor, but only as far as my mind set. The reason I have gained weight is because I have stopped listening or paying any attention to my natural stop switch, by this I mean I have become greedy and irresponsible, I am eating for the sake of eating, I am eating my main meals and then binge eating which has now become a habit. I have allowed myself to get in to the habit of eating trash not doing any form of real exercise and the most dangerous part making every excuse under the sun up to justify my weight gain, and allowing myself to believe it. Well as I stated in the beginning of this post I have decided as of today I will begin to break down these new found bad habits and excuses and start to get healthy again and loose some weight. I have decided to aim for a weight of between 8st 7lb to 8st 10lb, I will account a few pounds could be down to changes to my body due to ageing but I do not want my age to become another excuse for me to fall back on. I have being fortunate that I have never had to watch what I eat or being in need to lose weight and after speaking to other people who have tried to lose weight I realise it is going to be harder and take a lot my discipline for me to lose the weight than it has being for me to gain weight. Any advice anyone on here has for me would be greatly appreciated, I intend to visit this site and update every two weeks... wish me luck!