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Went on the scales this morning to see that I was 16 1/2 stone. How did that happen? I can’t keep blaming pregnancies when my children are now 13 and 11. So need to do something to lose the weight and get back to a healthy bmi, not just for me but for my family to set them a good example. I know it won’t be easy but small steps (ideally I would click my fingers and lose its all but that’s not going to happen 😂) and hopefully with the support here I will get there. No more it starts tomorrow, fresh start today!!

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Hi and welcome Clairebear368 that's the attitude, tomorrow never comes as it is always today :D

You will get loads of help and support on here :)

I would like to invite you to join our Newbie Club, which we hope will be a good place for you to connect with members, who are also just starting out, or re-starting.

If you just post a few words on the November Newbie Club thread to introduce yourself and respond to others there you will soon feel part of the club.

Follow this link to the Newbie club: healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

Please read all the information carefully, it is very useful and can be referred to whenever you want to check something.

It just remains for me to wish you well on your journey


Welcome Clairebear368 it’s lovely to have you join us and well done on taking the first step and posting on this forum. You can do this and we are all here to support you on your journey, wishing you lots of luck along the way 🍀👍

p.s keep active on here it really does work - honestly 😊


Hi Clairebear368

Oh we've all been there. Stepping on the scales ... Looking at this unexpected figure staring back at us ... Get off the scales ... then back on to double check we weren't imagining what we had just read! 😂

Best of luck with your weight loss.

You can do this! 😀

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Heh there, I empathise, I got weighed during a medical for something unrelated and I wanted the nurse not to tell me what I weighed - she did. Its more than I have ever been. I do partly attribute this to 3 children because of the 2 c sections I have where I have been left with what I consider cumbersome heavy excess skin where the incision was. However, like you , I want to be proactive and not use anything to blame. I have been walking with my sister for 8 weeks now., its like a hobby now. It does not feel like exercise, we see so much that we never thought existed in our home town, we talk the whole time, we de stress. And guess what - in an hour we are burning like 570 calories.! Now I need to look at what I put in my body. I have written a list of avoid foods on my fridge. For me these are : cheese, spreads, breads, mayonnaise and sauces. Then I add replacement foods that are good and keep appetite at bay x Good luck - you can do this!


Sounds very much like me. Not a big chocolate fan but cheese, bread, sauces and wine 🙄

Changed some habits this week with carrots for snack and soups for lunch. Just need to make it something sustainable.

Getting active is next on the agenda not easy in dark, cold mornings and evenings but even if I go out for a walk at lunchtime in work rather than sitting at my desk it will be a start.

Thanks for the support. 👍


Hi and welcome Clairebear368

You'll find this a brilliant way to lose your weight and what's more - no signing up fee or having to attend class each week :-) HOWEVER, you might find it useful to check in (as already suggested) with the daily diary and weight loss threads to keep yourself motivated and on track.

I have a disability that I was born with (shortening of all four limbs as a result of the drug Thalidomide my mum took when pregnant with me). As a result my mobility is minimal - and was further reduced following a serious head on car crash in 2002 when I broke my ankle. I went on to have my ankle joint fused and am still in constant pain with it.

I started my weight loss journey at 14 stone - 5 and a half years ago. I am just 4ft 9" tall and so was classed clinically obese.

I was 49 years old and had been trying to lose weight all of my life since the age of 9. My disability makes exercise difficult (I am very sedentary and use a wheelchair outside of the house).

The one thing that I realised very early on in my journey was that I was just eating FAR TOO MUCH! I was a short, middle aged, sedentary female and I was eating the same as 5ft 9" active man (my now husband!). No wonder I was piling on the weight!

I started my journey at the end of February 2012, and managed to lose 4.5 stone in 2 and a half years through calorie counting and logging/weighing all of my food.

I cannot stress enough how important this part of the weight loss journey is - being able to recognise just how much we are eating and address that. It is not about cutting out any foods but about being able to make informed choices about the foods we eat Also about learning how to behave differently around food. Just because food is in front of us does not mean to say that we have to eat it! Being able to exercise control and moderate intake is paramount.

I re-gained some of the weight I lost, then lost it again and have now managed to more or less maintain for the past 6 months at around 10 stone. Still considered "over weight".

Ideally I would love to drop another stone to 9 stone and maintain there.

My weight loss journey has been long, but I am still learning new tips and tricks to help me along the way and what's more, still enjoying the challenge! I would say that my behaviour around food has changed massively - I have learned to respect food, to "break" it's control over me, and to be able to modify how I behave with food. Just because food is within sight doesn't mean I have to eat it! I don't see eating the way I do as meaning that I am missing out any more - in fact I am now able to enjoy my life and have regained the ability to do things that I struggled to do or even found impossible to do!

Here are a few of my past posts which I hope you will find helpful and inspiring. I won't try and tell you that my journey was easy - and you'll see that there were many blips along the way, but 5 years down the line, I feel about 20 years younger than I did when I was lugging around 4 stone more.

Please do pop back to the forums and share your journey with us - we are here for you, day and night and happy to share your success or support you when you need it.






Thanks for sharing, I know it will take time and am prepared for that. Hasnt been easy so far but think it’s just getting used to my new ways. Have eaten a lot of veg! Soups for lunch. And snacking on carrots, just need to maintain this!


Good luck and welcome to the community!!

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