My name is Dave and I have a weight problem.
I haven't ever needed to join alcoholics anonymous, but I would admit to being in dire need of a food-related one!
My weight problems began so long ago I actually can't remember being anything except fat and overweight. As long as I can remember I have always felt very self-conscious about my body, and have never liked the way I am.
I also feel like I have been dieting for over 20 years!
In reality of course, I started out healthy and fit, and brought myself to where I am by eating too much and the wrong types of food, and not exercising enough.
And as for diets, to be honest, every time I have managed to follow one properly the weight has fallen off quite easily!! The problem has always been sticking to a diet / healthy eating plan for long enough, and of course teaching myself how to eat well so that when I do come off the diet I don't pile it all back on again.
I'm not going to spend too long looking back, only forward, I can't undo anything from the past, but I can learn from it.
On Tuesday just gone, I joined my local Slimming World club, hosted by the lovely Sally. As expected, I was the only guy there, but that isn't a problem - this isn't about being male or female, it's about people meeting up and helping each other all sharing the same goal.
I have spent the last couple of days going over all the information I was given, and checking out some of the recipes on the website too. Yum!
I think this diet will suit me as it requires a lot of planning which I like to do, and on green days I can eat loads of my favourites such as pasta and rice.
My goal isn't really a particular weight, more a feeling about myself. I hate myself for never having taken my kids swimming as I am too embarassed about my body, and I am fed up having to go miles to a specialist clothes shop to get clothes rather than be able to get into some on the high street.
Anyway, just thought I'd say hi, and wish you all the very best on your journeys. I will be posting back here whenever I want to add something to my diary, you are all welcome to write in it too. I plan to read my (and maybe yours) posts anytime when I am struggling.