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Hi I am a 52 year old mum of 5 . My weight started increasing when I started the menopause, just didn't see it happening. Sluggish feelings made me take a back seat although with a home to run and full time job I was surprised the pounds piled on.....but they did! Saying that I have always loved food, my body just doesn't seem to break down what I could eat before 40 in the same way. Back problems didn't help I suppose but I am optimistic that by joining this forum, with the support of others I will reach my goal. We can all do this!

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  • Hello Surbie and welcome to the weight loss forum 😊 Hormones can make a big difference in so many ways, but well done on taking the first step to a healthier fitter you 😊

    Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of the forum. (Please note some of these suggestions are not available if you are using the HU App so I suggest you use the full website.)

    The first place to look is at the Pinned posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), read the Welcome Newbie thread first and move through to the challenges, where we hope you'll find at least one that will appeal to you 😊

    Move down to the Topics, to find a variety of threads, collated into specific topics for ease of access and we ask that you also 'file' your own threads, so that others won't miss your important news 😊

    Have a look at the NHS 12 week plan, as many people have had success with it. Also use the BMI checker to find your target calories, it's important to eat enough. This was a major turning point for me, realising I could eat anything I wanted as long as the calories are accounted for 😊

    Don't forget to take your starting measurements and a 'before' picture, as they can be very motivating on days that the scales refuse to co-operate 😊

    The forum also have group weigh-ins every day if you wish to take part. The posts can always be found in the Events section on the 'home' page 😊

    You'll notice a grey box next to people's names, these are achievement badges, and as a new member you may have a 'Newbie' badge. If you have any questions or would like a Newbie badge please just ask 😊

    We've found that to get the best out of this community, we need to be active on the forum, as it's where we exchange information, get motivation and inspiration and make friends. We hope that you'll join us here, regularly, too 😊

    Best wishes

    Anna

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