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Newbie- Starting a Journey (again!)

Hi, I'm new to this site as of last Sunday and after having a bit of a meltdown on Saturday about my weight and how unhealthy I was feeling- decided I needed some support and direction. I have flitted between SW and WW for the last year or so but not been able to stick to anything and just getting more demoralised about it. So, having come across NHS plan before, decided would give it closer attention. Found that it had been converted to an app and found this community, so signed up to both. Like most people, know what I should be doing but the actual implementation of a plan can be hard. Did some healthy shopping and batch cooking on Sunday too and now have managed to stick to the plan for 4 days - not much in the scheme of things but further than I've got for a while - taking 1 day at a time :)

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Well done @Gettinghealthy50 for sticking to the plan for 4 days. I to have tried the well known diets but I have ended up piling the weight back on and more! Like yourself I am taking the approach of 1 day at a time . Welcome & I keep posting 😃

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Hi Gettinghealthy50

Welcome to the weight loss forum.

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

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

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.

We have daily weigh in's 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.

You may notice that members have a grey box next to their name, these are achievement badges. All new members have a "newbie" badge to begin with.

Please note if you are using the new HU app it does not have all the forums features on it, so we suggest you use the full website version.

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.


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awesome ..

I am the same, I can't be doing with this going to meetings rubbish, too busy for all that - and I can't be doing with being judged by people .. I too had a melt down at the weekend and decided I have to do something that I can stick to .. 1 day at a time ..

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Hi there Gettinghealthy50 !

We're a friendly and supportive bunch here!

Here some of my past messages about how I succeeded this time (after many failed attempts throughout my life!)

Hope you find them helpful.




I am sure you may have heard one or two people say at those weight loss classes "something clicked". It used to really annoy me, as I wanted something to click for me, and this time it has!

My success has been to change how I approach food and eating it. I have learned to resist temptation! BUT please believe that this has taken a LOT of hard work and practice!

If you log your food - keep track of how many calories some of those "treats" contain, after a while they kind of stay in your head (medium egg = 70 cals, slice of white bread 100 cals, meringue nest 57 cals, 30g (matchbox size) of cheddar, 122 cals)

I do have sweet treats, but I buy my own choice, so things like 2 finger Kitkat, single finger Twix, Club biscuit... these are all around 100 calories. I keep them in a tin and I can have one whenever I want to, but I limit it to no more than one a day and usually with my afternoon cup of tea. They are always logged into my diary.

Nothing is forbidden and you will get to chose what you eat - you'll soon understand that the more treats and unhealthy choices will make a significant impact on your ability to do this!

If you don't keep a log of what you are eating and the calories foods contain, then it's a bit like trying to travel from one place to another without a map! You might get there eventually BUT it's likely to take you much longer than if you planned the route and used a map PLUS you might take a few wrong turnings and end up going back on yourself!

I have also learned not to plan each trip out of the house to include food. Once upon a time, I'd have included lunch with a trip into town, coffee and cake with a visit to the garden centre. I now plan or even prepare a meal BEFORE I go out (usually a salad) so that I know exactly what I can eat as soon as I walk into the door... and don't turn to "what I fancy" (usually high calorie carbs that don't keep you full for very long...)

Make a list of the reasons WHY you want to lose weight. Keep it somewhere safe (stuck to the inside of a kitchen cupboard door?) and look at it from time to time, especially when you are raiding the kitchen for treats!

I always ask myself before eating something really calorific "Do I really want to eat this thing more than I want to lose weight this week?". It's called "mindful eating" - being aware of why you are considering eating - real hunger? Boredom? Temptation? Feeling fed up?

Have a glass of water, wait 5 minutes and consider whether you still want the food. Once it's been snaffled down, it's too late and you may end up feeling cross and angry with yourself.... and that feeling lasts for a long time, much longer than the temporary enjoyment of whatever treat you ate....

Oh, and I always remind myself how good the feeling is of seeing a loss on the scales at my weekly weigh in! That feeling lasts for days!


Thank you Pineapple27 for such an interesting and inspiring reply - having read all your previous posts- it is certainly a long but successful journey you have been on. I hope I can keep going and actually get to a healthy BMI -feeling positive at the moment -instead of taking him out for lunch we made leek and potato soup!

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Little changes and small steps lead to your success.

You've a lot of experience too from WW and SW so use and share your wisdom.

Isn't it amazing how a small action can lead to a great feeling of motivation?

Best wishes to you, you're a great job.💜


You can do it!! Just stick around here for support and accountability.


You're doing a great job. Keep going!!!


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