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Newbie - all help gratefully accepted!

Hi everyone,

I'm a newbie on the forum, keen to get help in shifting the massive spare tyre I've seemed to acquire with menopause and - who I am I kidding - from life in general!

A big problem I have is that I have a very sedentary job plus I work from home (so temptation is on hand). Also, the last time I went to a gym (about 2 weeks ago) I felt massively tired/ill over the next two days, probably because I had an hour blitz after months of very rare gym visits.

I am on day 12 of cutting out snacks and trying to look on cakes, biscuits and sweets as things that other people eat.

I'm not great at self-control so any tips on motivation and ramping up exercise would be gratefully accepted !

Thanks, in advance,


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Hi TiaSusanna

Welcome to the weight loss forum.

Instead of going into an hour blitz at the gym start slower and build it up over a period of time and that way your body will get use to it and you won't feel ill or tired after it. To help you with the motivation to stay on track try using the Daily Diary where there is lots of support from members on the forum and it will help you play your menu for each day.

Take a look at the Welcome Newbie post in the Pinned post section at the right hand side or at the bottom if your on a mobile. Have a look at the nhs 12 week plan, many members have had success following this plan. Use the BMI checker to work out your daily calorie allowance.

Have a look at the Daily Diary which you can find on the Home page in Events. It is where all the members are sharing their daily plans on what they are eating and any exercise they are doing. This thread will give you some ideas on how to start.

Below the Pinned posts are the Topics where members share a range of weight related subjects.

Take your measurements at the start together with a photo so you can see the changes on the days the scales don't move.

We have daily weigh ins so why not come along and join us today. You can find the weigh ins on the Home page in the Events section on the right. Just click on the post in Events and record your start weight and any loss/gain or maintain for the week.

To get the most of the forum be active, share tips, recipes and experiences. Read some of the posts they are very motivating.

Have a good first week.



Thanks for your friendly (and helpful!) message, Rose.

I have never shared my weight with anyone, I guess because I'm a bit ashamed of it (even though it's probably just mediocre, not dreadful). However, I will join the daily weight in soon !

All the best,



That's fine I know how you feel as I never like to share mine to start with but found it good when I did.


I can find self-control can be an issue too. For me, the best way is to just not have cakes, cookies, candy, etc. in the house. If it's there I'll eat it, but if I have to go to the store I won't. Just too lazy to go buy some! :)

Also, find some kind of activity you enjoy doing. You'll be more likely to carry on if you're having fun. I would never go to the gym, but I really like swimming, so I go 3/4 mornings a week. Maybe a class, joining a sports team, or walking is your thing. Try out things you find interesting and you might just find one you like. Motivation sorted! :)

Good luck! :D


Thanks Vicky!

I agree - it's definitely best not to have temptation in the house. Unfortunately my family are rebelling at the lack of "treats" in the house and buying their own. At the moment I'm trying hard to ignore the ice cream bars that my teenaged daughter bought and stashed in the freezer.

Hmm, I wonder if I should go back to swimming? I do like it but somehow it doesn't feel as if it is strenuous enough. I'll have a good go at finding something that I can keep doing.

All the best,


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Swimming is good as a calorie burner because it works most of your body all at the same time. And if you like it, why not? I don't like getting hot and sweaty, plus it's easy on the joints (I have a slightly dodgy knee) so it works for me. Which is the important thing!

It is tricky when you have other people around. Luckily when my husband buys stuff he doesn't bring it home. I think he has sneaky treats on his lunch break, but if I don't see it I don't have to know about it! :)


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