this is my first proper post, though I've been visiting since September last year, when I decided to do something about my weight. I've made a few comments on other peoples' posts but this is my first one. So here goes. First off, THANK YOU EVERYONE! This is a lovely place to come when you need a bit of support or information. I can feel how kind and helpful people really are. Key things I've learned is that weight loss is not a sprint, it's a marathon; that small changes over time will lead to results; that it's normal to stick at a weight for a few weeks or longer; and not to beat ourselves up if we make choices that are not the best. New habits take time to form. Just learn and move on.
In September I started following the NHS 12 week plan. My BMI indicated that at 13 st 1 lb with my short height, I was obese. The amount I needed to shift to get into the healthy weight zone seemed too big to me to start thinking about. So I broke it down, took it slowly and rewarded myself along the way. As I hadn't dieted before I got an initial boost of losing half a stone in the first fortnight which made me believe I could do it. Things settled down after that flying start but by following the plan and listening to the voices on here I'd lost two stone by Christmas. As I got thinner it got harder to lose weight but I kept on with the habits I'd learned from the plan and was at the top of the healthy BMI zone in February. I was very relieved and proud of myself. I decided to stick with the format a bit longer so I would have a 'buffer zone', wanting to get down somewhere towards the middle of my healthy BMI range so I didn't have to stress about the occasional indulgence or holiday putting me straight back in the obese category. And I had developed confidence that my body and mind could do this. Subsequent loss has been even slower but I am now down to just below the mid-range point, having lost almost four and a half stone. (If you had told me a year ago I would be this size I wouldn't have believed you.)
My challenge now though is to maintain. I want to keep the good habits I have picked up, such as getting my 5 a day and being active, but wonder if that will be enough. I had a weight-loss plan - I don't have a maintenance plan, and it's beginning to worry me slightly. Any one out there keen to share their tips? Thanks!