Never thought I would write one of these. I've just joined. I am female and 5 foot 2 and I have a fairly active lifestyle involving walking, swimming and going to the gym etc . I avoid fizzy drinks and late suppers. Despite all of that and over the last few years, I have gained weight. I kind of knew I had but put my head in the sand and avoided the scales. I am physically fit but not happy with the way I look. I have been on the scales and I am 10 stone 13 lbs!! AAargh! This is the heaviest I've been in my whole life and I am now middle aged. I need to aim for 9 stone 5lbs. This would be a realistic target for now and would put me within the top end of my BMI healthy range. I think I should try to achieve this goal over 6 months. I have been trying to work out how it all got to this. I think it's getting home in the late afternoons and making supper for the children when hungry and snacking before the meal is ready. Also, I think I need to re-train myself on portions. Good luck to everyone on here and I will re-post if there is any progress on weight loss. Writing the post is hopefully a good motivator!!