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Hello, a bit of rambling newbie post!

Hello all,

I've just joined today after reading the NHS weight loss website. There seems to be lots of ideas and inspiration here!

I'm a mid-40s mum of 3, and daughter of a serial dieter. She's 67, and still back and forth to Slimming World. She's spent her entire adult life either on a diet, falling off the wagon, beating herself up, then dieting again. I realllly don't want to do that.

However, there is no getting away from the fact I have a BMI of 32.5. I carry it around my middle, making me more liable for heart problems. I'd like to tackle this in a way that is a good example to my kids.

The reason for being overweight is (no surprises) I overeat. I comfort eat. I eat mindlessly. I eat when I'm bored, stressed, upset, fed up. This will be the biggest part of my challenge I think.

I will stick to the higher end of my daily calories, so I don't freak out after a week and eat a mountain of chocolate in response. I'll need to hold my own hand as I start, reassure the part of me that will hate every second. I didn't intend to get so personal here! Thanks for reading :-)

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We will hold your hand too, and you can get personal.

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Thank you!


Welcome diamondblock. Describing your mum is like describing me and you don't want to be that way in your 60s. I joined this wonderful forum in May, started my healthy eating in June and have lost 16lbs in 10 weeks. You have it sussed, your here and already planning your journey aiming for the upper end of your calorie allowance. Wishing you well on your healthy plan and as I have a further 5 stone to lose, I'll see you along the way.👍😊


Thank you, and congratulations so far!


Thank you😊


Welcome diamondblock

You will find plenty of kindred spirits here offering support and inspiration, we will hold your hand too!

This is an amazing forum to be part of. Many of people on here have different areas of concern but we are all trying to get to, or maintain, our desired weight. As you get to know us, and share experiences with us, you will find what a super supportive bunch we are, and that we don't pass judgements.

Here are a few suggestions about how to get the most out of the forum.

The first place to look is at the Pinned Posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), read the Welcome Newbie thread first and 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 topics for ease of access and we ask that you also 'file' your own threads, so that others won't miss your important news; and you will have important news to share with us.

Have a look at the NHS 12-week plan; many people have had success with it. Also use the BMI checker to find your target calories, it's important to eat enough. This can be a major turning point, realising you can eat anything as long as the calories are accounted for and are within your personal limit.

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; that happens to me quite regularly!

The forum also has group weigh-ins every day, just choose which day you wish to weigh, join the post for that day and weigh in once per week. The Daily Diary is a very useful thread where we post our planned menu for the day, including calories if you count them, any exercise you have planned and any tips that you can share. The posts can always be found in the Events section on the 'home' page.

If you just want to chat, to say hello, or share any news or struggles then look out for the What's Happening Today thread. There are many other challenges to get involved with, just choose to do what you are comfortable with and feel free to join as many, or as few as you wish.

The grey box next to people's names are achievement badges, and as a new member of the community you have a 'Newbie' badge. We've found that to get the best out of this community, you 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.

If you are using the new HU App on your mobile phone (helpful for when you are out and about), many of features mentioned are not available; use the full website version to maximise your experience.

If you have any questions please just ask. The more you join in and connect with people the more you get out of the forum.

I wish you well as you get started with a new lifestyle.


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Thank you, that's really helpful.


Pleased to help


Definitely lots of support and motivation! reading parts of your post made me think that's me (emotional eating) the good news is since I've been a member (8 days) I feel so positive even when I feel like stuffing my face. I log on and just offload ando someone always gives me a few words of wisdom and that keeps me on track. Good luck with your journey 👍


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