Ok a bit about me then I suppose!! Im 52 and happily married with two sons aged 24 and 20 and a little 2 yr old grandaughter. I have had a weight problem most of my adult life and have had some major health problems this year.
I have the usual high BP, although that seems to be under control with meds and high cholesterol which again does seem to be under control with meds. I also suffer from on/off depression which started when my only sibling, my younger Brother died in 2004with a brain aneurysm. However that is generally controlled with meds as well.....I sound like a right pill popper dont I!!!!
My major problem and the main reason I want to become as healthy as I can is that I was diagnosed with a very rare form of bone cancer in March this year after breaking my wrist in Dec 2011 trying to open a locked window at work.Its called Chondrosarcoma (90 people diagnosed in UK each year) and even my Consultant was surprised I had it when it was examined after he removed it.Basically I have been very very lucky as it was in my wrist which is a very very rare but 'good' place to get it.Also if you have to get cancer its not a bad one to get if its low grade which mine was and he has told me it shouldnt come back, wont spread and wont shorten my life so as I said I have been a very lucky Jacci indeed. I had it removed and a bone graft put in and just had my 6 month check up and all is looking fine with no sign of local recurrence and the graft is taking nicely, it doesnt respond to chemo or radiotherapy so surgery is the only treatment and it wasnt too bad at all.
This situation has really made me focus on whats important in life and I do feel very fortunate to be healthy and now the time has come to do something about my weight once and for all. I read up about the Horizon programme and ended up here! You all sound so friendly and happy and this way of eating sounds so refreshing and so 'me', so here I am! Early days, only 5 days in but I am enjoying it and looking forward to seeing the results and getting to know you all better.
I hope you dont mind about my mentioning the cancer problem but it has totally changed my mindset about a lot of things and I think its an important part of where I am at.
I have started this diary really so I can look back in the future and see how far Ive come , if I can support anyone in my journey that will be a huge bonus.
Take care all!!