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Last ditch effort!

This is my last ditch effort to lose a lot of weight. I am 61 and my BMI is 37.5 and I am just fat and feel horrible about myself. Tried Weight Watchers last year and did well however after the initial start up from NHS I had to pay and as we are pensioners I chose to spend my money by rather joining the Leisure Centre for excercise at the same price and do the diet myself. I am doing excercise but just cannot get motivated to eat healthy and less and for last few weeks have been topping up with chocolates and loads of bread and chips! My OH showed me his photos from our holiday this week and I almost did not recognise the fat lady in the background! This is now my last chance and I plan to start on Monday!

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Hi and welcome, Gail :)

Fortunately, we offer support and encouragement, 24/7 and don't charge a penny :)

1. Put your details into the NHS BMI calculator, so that you know what your calorie allowance is.

2. Download the 12 week plan. nhs.uk/Livewell/weight-loss...

3. Make a shopping list, concentrating on fresh meat/fish (if you're not vegetarian), fresh/frozen veg, low GI carbs, eg quinoa, bulgur wheat, sweet potatoes. No low fat items.

4. Join today's weigh-in and log your start weight.

5. Join the Daily Diary and plan your menus.

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Wishing you all the best :)

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It's never too late to make a fresh start!

Best of luck!


It’s amazing to see yourself in a photo and see that the image is different to that of the mirror. Good that you are getting exercise at the gym as you can get calorie counting for free. Although WW works for some people it doesn’t teach you the caloric value of food. By counting calories you are better informed and can make better decisions about what you eat. Have a good read of all the info in the newbie post and good luck 😊

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I know how you feel, but I found counting calories the best way (as others have said, get your daily allowance as per your BMI on the NHS calculator). That way you can choose what you eat and even have the occasional takeaway if you make calorie allowances for the rest of the day in advance of splurging!

Take it slowly - I lost 3 stone last year - that's not even 1 lb per week (42 lbs in 52 weeks) but hey, that was a real result if you don't get impatient/dejected.

Keep in touch!

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