Well, here I am, at the end of the NHS plan, about 5kg (11lbs or 0.78 stone) down from Jan. 2. I formally started the plan at about 104.4 kg but I've added in my earlier weight loss because it looks better on the chart! Last night I jumped on the scales after a strenuous bike ride and it said I had gained a whole kg, which made me feel a bit depressed. But this morning (my usual weigh-day) it was down below last week's measurement, even though I indulged in a posh meal on Friday night. I have started using Strava to track my bike rides. It's rather funny to be referred to as an athlete, but I like seeing a record of all the riding I'm doing, especially when it shows you the hills you climbed and miles you rode. I plan to keep going in the same vein, because I'm enjoying it so much, and I find my low-sugar, wholegrain carbs, high-fat DASH eating plan fairly easy to stick to. I haven't been counting calories strictly, but I have kept an eye on portions, including weighing out quantities of pasta (I am a recovering pastaholic). I have given up rice altogether because it 'costs' so much, calorie-wise. No cakes, crisps or biccies allowed in the house. No fruit juice, just fruit/veg. Dates, nuts and plain yogurt for treats. This forum has been a brilliant way to stay on track, so thanks to everyone here for your support! (I'm not leaving, just sayin'