I'm not writing this blog to be smug or show off but to let people starting out on this journey that it really works! I weighed myself yesterday and after teetering on the brink for several weeks, have now passed the 3 stone lost mark. I am so chuffed! After years of being a stuffer / starver and at times getting into quite obsessive not eating, I have discovered a balanced and (hopefully) lasting way of losing weight: exercise and using MFP to keep track of what I eat. I started C25k last July and am still running, love it. I also do more or less daily exercise (swimming, aquafit, Swiss ball, Pilates, exercise bike and some cardio/ resistance training routines) and walk lots. I'm a gym failure, get easily bored, hence the variety of exercise types, but I'm a changed character these days! ! I could still do with losing a bit more (my BMI is still 25.3 and there's definitely a bit of flab to go) but I can see a result and feel so much better than I did a year ago when I started panicking about my weight and high blood pressure.
Good luck to everyone else on this programme and a huge thank you to NHS Choices and all the people in this and the C25k communities for their couldn't-do-it-without-you support.