I posted back in January when I joined, and since then have been reading rather than posting updates. Thank you to everyone in the community who does post and share. I started by calorie counting, which was effective to get me started, and I got my eye in on smaller portions. But my success and slow gradual loss is mainly due i think to my avoiding processed foods and products with added sugar. I still have honey on toast. And pasta, wine, fresh fruit, dried fruit - but not those coated in a syrup - it is the added, not natural, sugars I avoid. I was shocked to discover that the chicken stock i was in the habit of buying has added sugar. Why?! Sugar makes me want to eat more of something. So avoiding sugar has stopped my over-eating at any one meal time (it took about 3-4 weeks for my brain to really adjust). If recipes call for sugar (such as tomato-based concoctions) I add some barley malt extract I bought from a health-food store. Last week was Easter and i was on holiday with family - so it went to pot slightly. But I countered the relapse by walking my brother's dogs daily - I was regularly hitting 12,000 paces. I sleep better without refined sugar in my diet, and when awake, I've more energy. It is time-consuming because I am reading the ingredients before purchasing. Anyway, I have lost 5 kilos (11 pounds) since January. So a gradual loss, but I'm hoping it will stay off. I am now 86.7 kilos having got up to about 92 at Christmas. I am working in 10 per cent stints - my current target is 79.5 kilos. Then I will give myself a new target. It is time-consuming, but more straightforward than calorie counting, I find. Oh, and vegetable smoothies at breakfast featured a lot but I have to find new veg smoothie recipes now that a spring veg season is upon us. Kale is not so easy to find.