I turned 50 in Nov...and had always seen myself as young minded, fit and healthy but a change of job from being a highly active Community Farm Manager to that of a completely sedantry Social Care worker, then the birth of my now 12 year old son and the trauma of the break up of my marriage, have all gradually contrubuted to my gaining more and more weight over the last ten years. Now frighteningly ( or so it feels now) I find myself as a 5ft 1inch woman topping the scales at an obese weight of 13 stone and 5Ibs. I am ready for change and to get back my old energy and flexibility levels and with it hopefully a new lease of life. Right now it feels overwhelmingly daunting...as many before me, I have stopped and started many previous diets of all hues but I recognise now it's a simple formulae of calories in not exceeding calories used ie cut back on the booze and down on the portion size!! Others in my extended family are exceptionally fit and slim( several running regular marathons) and whilst their well intentioned in their encouragement and concern about my weight gain, having never been dangerously overweight themselves, they have difficulty in really understanding how it feels. That is hating seeing the shape you've become, feeling exhausted after the smallest exertion, the guilt, self loathing etc.
So today I put it all on the line and say no more! This is the start of a new beginning. Any encouragement and support you can offer would be so welcome...as a single Mum, it feels a bit like a lonely battle at the mo! I will of course reciprocate with as much support and help for others as I can possibly give. Good luck to all!