In 2013 I spent two months in a hospital with fantastic food. When I came out I was nearly 19 stone and I thought - this is going to kill me!
Very soon I found a book I'd bought in a car boot sale called "I can make you thin". The ideas I tried were the small plate theory and also eating very slowly. This is fine when you are convalescent - not so easy when you are busy, nevertheless I started to lose weight.
It's a slow business of losing a stone a year - if I can! - through reformed eating habits, not dieting. I seemed to stick forever at 16 and a half stone, but finally beat it. Earlier this year I was 15 stone! Then _ oh...err... I put on a stone. I've been working on it, and now I'm almost at 15 and a half stone.
Down to the 15 stone target, then aim to be 14 stone... how long since I last weighed 14 stone..? I don't know at what point I stop. In the whole of my adult life I've never weighed less than 11 stone. That was my weight many years ago when I had a horse who had experienced leg problems, and I had to watch that I didn't become too heavy for her.
When I'm about 12 stone, I will see if the local Riding for the Disabled Centre has a horse up to my weight. Although my past horse was a thoroughbred, I am now very interested in heavy horses. Shires and similar breeds have now gained status as riding horses. The trouble is that they are mostly about 18 hands (six feet) tall and I can't get up there!
Roll on the day when Riding for the Disabled can get me onto a horse again, and then I will have some good exercise to help me!