Hello everyone

I've just joined. I'm female, am about 1m68 tall, but have no idea how much I weigh as I am too scared to go on the scales. I have always been large, done countless diets and a few years ago lost a lot of weight (on my own) but then got lax about it and have put most of it back on. I don't want to have to buy new clothes (I went crazy when I lost the weight and have a wardrobe bursting to the seams with great outfits) and of course there is the health aspect. I am lucky in that I don't have a sweet tooth, love vegetables and hate junk food BUT my problem is that I work from home (a translator) and start at the computer practically as soon as I get out of bed (well, after a shower...!) and then switch off the computer and go to bed, so hardly any time for exercise....

When I feel brave I will weigh myself and post my (hopeful) progress!

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  • Hi and welcome, MsMorocco :)

    The number on the scale doesn't define you, as a person and my advice is to own it, rather than it owning you. If you know what it is, you have a starting point and can move forward. If you continue to put your head in the sand, how are you going to measure your progress? :)

    Take a look at the Pinned posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), or in the drop down on the 'Posts' page (it says 'arrange by'). Read the Welcome Newbie thread, then 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.

    Take a look at the NHS 12 week plan, as a lot of people have been successful with it, making sure to enter your details into the BMI calculator, to get a calorie allowance tailored to your personal requirements. 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.

    We run a weigh-in every day of the week and you'd be very welcome to join one of them. The threads can always be found in the Events section, to the right of the HOME page, bottom on a mobile.

    We also run a Daily Diary, where we share our meal and exercise plans for the day. It's a great place to get ideas and to keep us focused. The link can also be found in Events.

    Be aware, that the HU app doesn't give you access to all of our important features, so we advise that you use the full website page.

    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.

    It's only left for me to wish you well on your journey :)

  • Thanks for the welcome and advice!

  • Welcome MsMorocco, I hated the thought of having to give my weight when I started, but it is actually quite liberating. I have always felt ashamed of my self, now I don't - I am who I am despite the number on the scales. Be brave, if your brave enough come on over to the Friday weigh in group now. We are a very supportive lot, not judgemental, nobody is on this forum.

    You obviously have an idea of what to do as you have done it before.

    Maybe one of the first things to change is your work routine. You sound as though you could do with putting in a couple of breaks that will allow you to prepare some good meals and get out for some fresh air. There is more to life than work alone.

    Wishing you good luck on your downwards journey.

  • Great advice!

  • Thank you very much, Lucigret. I promise I will weigh myself tomorrow a.m. and post the dreaded score!!

  • Welcome MsMorocco and good for you. Like the others have said, own it and then know that each week afterwards you can wave it good bye as it slips further and further into the rear view mirror :)

  • Hi, you don't have to tell anyone the weight of you don't want but I agree you need to know what it is yourself so you can celebrate when you lose weight. Telling people on here is easy as one knows you. It took me a long while to tell my husband but now I am okay with him knowing. Good luck!!

  • Welcome.

    You say you hardly have any time to do exercise - but that couldn't be further from the truth. Everybody has the same amount of time, 24 hours in a day, so you are just making bad excuses. It's what we do with our time that makes the difference.

    If you are eating healthy but not losing weight you should really considering exercise. You would start to loose weight if you just got into the habit of walking at least 30 minutes every single day.

    Humans are not build to sit down for longer periods... Your body is responding in a way that makes you stay at your current weight.

    Sorry to say but with your current attitude you are setting yourself up for failure.

    Get movin' ! :)

  • Ok, I'll go out now!

  • Hello and welcome, the brutal truth needs to be addressed, as how to much you weigh.................................then the plan of action can take place, you have to start somewhere!

    As someone who has a job on her feet, being off work is rest time for me, my feet do ache at times from an infected toenail (which I'm sorting).

    You could fit in some stretches in between tea making and stuff, I'm sure that would help, they say brief intense periods of activity is better than a longer bout.

    The dietary stuff is planning, tho if you have a budget and a store cupboard of basic canned, frozen , and dried goods, you can of course cook healthy stuff, pretty much as you wish, without a major menu plan, in the heat this week, this is what I've done.

    No doubt some would say that 's too much temptation and stuff

  • Good morning everyone,

    OK yesterday morning I weighed myself, steeling myself for the naked truth (well, with my contact lenses otherwise I can't read the scales hhhh!): 97.3 kilos.... then today it was 98.2 kilos... obviously I'm doing something wrong here.... I hate myself but as I'm someone who can't do things by halves (everything is always black or white for me) I'm not going to punish myself but look at this as a challenge where I will come out the winner... hopefully.

    Have a great Sunday everyone! Be positive!

  • Nobody answered me yesterday... and today the news is worse, almost 99 kilos. Can somebody tell me what the point is? I'm acting like a teenager but I feel terrible. I'm now going to be obsessed by this weight. I am in tears as I write this.

  • Hello to MsMorocco sorry no one answered, sometimes if there's a flurry of posts a thread gets pushed down the screen and no one sees it. The best place to post a weigh in is the daily weigh in thread, there's one every day, just pick which day of the week you want to go with and look out for the thread, or itill be in pinned posts, I don't see those on my phone but if you follow the directions Moreless gave you above you will find it.

    Now you know your weight put your stats into the NHS BMI calculator online and it will tell you what your calorie range is to safely lose weight, keep reading posts on here not everyone uses the same methods so you will get different ideas to try. The daily diary thread is really good for ideas, I don't post on it every day but do plan my meals every day which is really helping me.

    I work long hours sometimes and I know how tiring that can be but if you can get out for a brisk walk that has so many benefits as well as helping your weight, it helps your muscles and joints to be mobile after being cramped up at a computer, and has a great impact on your mood which motivates you to keep to your calorie goal.

    Good luck 😀

  • Hello MsMorocco, please don't be too alarmed by the different in weight each day, I think we all fluctuate on a daily basis.

    I guess the point is what ever you want the point to be, for me it is being healthier and more able to keep up with family life, especially as we have grandchildren on the way. It is hoping to avoid things like high cholesterol an knowing that I am look after my body.

    Once you have read all the information that has been given to you by moreless, I would suggest you get a note book/journal and plan your meals in advance, as Fran has said the Daily Diary is a great place to get some ideas.

    The more you interact with the forum the more support you will get. Just keep posting. Wishing you good luck.

    I should have said when you post, do new ones, don't just keep adding to this one, they will then be more obvious to the forum folk:)

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