Starting afresh

Hello! After a long time, I've decided it's about time I tried to lose some weight.

I've just turned 24, and at 5'3, I am classed as very obese. In the past three years, I've put on so much weight - I was in an horrible relationship and ate a lot as a form of comfort; and even though I'm really happy now, I still eat too much.

I had a really horrible bout of reactive arthritis last year that left me bed bound for three months and I've not regained my strength, so I'm still so weak.

I'm hoping a combination of healthier eating and going to the gym a few times a week will help!

I had bulimia as a teenager, and whenever I've tried to lose weight in the past, it's reared its ugly head again, so i'm hoping that this time, I can keep all the bad thoughts away!

I'd love some advice or friendly encouragement if anyone can help!

One big thing I struggle with is sweet snacks - I don't eat much during the day but I LOVE sweet food and snack loads during the evening, even if I'm not hungry! Has anyone got any tips?

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  • Welcome back to this forum where you will not be short of encouragement. Congratulations on taking control after having such s horrible time. As for evening snacking Im sure you'll get lots of ideas from the members. Personally I save calories each day to allow for that. Be sure to check what your recommended calorie allowance is on the NHS BMI calculator if you've not already done so as you may well be surprised at how much more it is than you might expect. Good luck.🤗

  • Hello sirensandbells and welcome to the weight loss forum ☺

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