Hi, I'm new. I would like to lose the 4 stones and a bit the NHS suggests, which sounds an enormous amount to me, and I am using the one pound at a time mantra. I am about 5'8" and 211lbs btw, can't bear to put it into stones and pounds as it sounds even worse. I have never been one to get weighed and this weight has gone on gradually, over about 12 years, so maybe I should have used the scales more!!. I have just turned 60 and probably like many people am wondering how I will be when I am 70 if I don't get thinner and fitter. I haven't been on a proper "diet" before, so all of this is very new to me. At the end of the first week I reckon I have lost 4 pounds which I understand will be mostly water? I usually have 3 heaped sugars in my tea so have had to stop drinking tea as it is disgusting without sugar and I drink it by the gallon. I can drink coffee without sugar so that is a plus but mainly I have been drinking much more water. Funnily enough, even though I have only just started, I feel a lot better, no heartburn this first week which is amazing, and my tummy doesn't feel so squashed when I bend to put socks or shoes on, which I guess is maybe something to do with cutting out sugar. Anyway, fingers crossed, the days are getting longer, the garden is coming alive, some blue-tits have been checking out my nest-box and I don't have to go to work tomorrow.