I think this will be a great place for me to document my Slimming journey. What an amazing forum, so full of ideas and support! This is precisely the inspiration that I have been looking for when I'm not at group.

Well, I have struggled with my weight since my early 20's when I had my eldest daughter. I always has a large appetite as I was a gymnast / dancer and trained almost everyday until I was in my late teens. However, as that stopped, weight slowly crept on. I've done Slimming World on and off for 20 years but it always seems to get to a four month brick wall for me. I'm now coming up to that stage but feel that this time is different. Next year I am 40 years old. I have only had my photo taken 5 times in the last decade and have cried everytime over how look. My daughter had her school prom just a couple of weeks after I started Slimming World again and begged me to have a photo taken with her. She was so upset when I said no, that I eventually gave in on the condition that it was only ever kept in her room and no one ever saw it.

When my posts count gets high enough for me to do it, I'm going to post it, as a reminder of why I am doing this!

This photo was taken after I'd lost half a stone at home plus 2 and a half pounds at Slimming World, so although not strictly at my heaviest, it was there or there abouts. Although it upsets me seeing this, it does focus me on what I want and I'm going to share it. Hopefully, I will make some like-minded friends on here who may be interested in my weight loss journey. But if not, this will be my space to face my journey with renewed conviction and strength.