I am New to this and need Motivation and support

I am just starting my weight loss plan on Monday next. BMI puts me in clinically obese category. my problem is 1, I enjoy food, 2 I suffer from Psioritic Arthritis and so find it hard to exercice and walk, cycle etc due to pain.

How do you all motivate yourselves and is there support out there for when times get really hard. Ideally initially I would like to lose 7 stone, how long should I aim to take to do this?

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  • Hello chrisl1950 and welcome to the Weight Loss Forum 😊 You have taken the first step to a new healthier and fitter you 😊 Your health issues can make life problematic but weight loss is still possible. I also think you'll find most of us are here because we love food, but have found ways of managing 😊

    Here are a few suggestions on how to get the most out of the forum. Please note if you are using the new HU App many of these features are not available so I suggest you use the full website version.

    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, as well as a new Daily Diary, 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 have a 'Newbie' badge. 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. If you have any questions please just ask ☺

    Best wishes

    Anna

  • Hi and welcome chrisl1950

    I think most of us have a food loving problem 😱

    It may be better to make smaller goals say 7lb at a time and then have a non food reward, that helps you achieve more so you are less likely to give up

    Small changes are best as these are achievable, sugar swaps change 4life app, and my fitness pal app to keep track of calories are both really good

    Don't think of it as a diet it's healthy eating or a life change, your journey can take as long as it takes, there is no set date or time to complete it,

    The best advice I can give you is to stay active on here, the people are fantastic, friendly and helpful, there's loads of support and motivation

    It's your journey enjoying it will help you achieve all your goals

    Good luck

    Kat xx

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