I have been reading this forum almost daily for much more than a year now and thought it about time I joined in properly as I've been so motivated by it. But I don't normally 'do' forums so this feels strange :).
Mine's a long story, but last April I had had enough of being overweight, unhealthy, tired all the time (although some of that's down to a specific health issue), and one evening, buoyed by all the positivity on this site, resolved to 'sort it out'. I weighed the following Monday morning at 14st 11lb (highest I've ever weighed aside from a short spell just after I gave birth to my son), which has slowly crept up over the last 25 or so years. I found it tough but straightforward (and sometimes quite exciting!), and was full of motivation, and over about 15 weeks I lost 21 pounds. Then some time over last summer I completely lost the plot, fell right off the wagon, watched it fade into the distance, and put a stone back on. So this is my second attempt and I'm starting again at 14st 3 (so, still half a stone off overall, I keep reminding myself!).
Last time I loosely followed the guidance of the 12 week plan but mostly just stuck to 1500 calories (roughly the halfway mark between the lower and upper recommended limits according to the NHS BMI calculator). I'm going to do this again and see how it goes but with some healthier choices this time to try to make my allowance go further (I have an incredibly sweet tooth - especially in the evenings after small boy is in bed, and seriously struggling with creme eggs at the moment (same every year about this time!!))
Am very good at spending hours reading everyone's posts and then getting on with the next job in life, but I'm determined to try to be active here, whenever I can.
Best wishes everyone!