Katie suggested that I start a diary to record my weight loss progress. After a little bit of deliberation I decided that by writing my successes (and possibly failures) down it might spur me on and prevent me from giving up on yet another weight loss campaign. I suppose that I'd better introduce myself first, I'm Kims dad, a 47 years old single parent of (suprisingly enough) Kim who's 9 years old. I work full time which means Kim has to go to breakfast club at 8am and stay at afterschool club until about 6pm, because of this we tended to eat takeaways two or three times a week and didn't eat too healthily on the other days either. Microwave meals or pizzas were often eaten as they required little preparation time giving me more time to spend chatting to Kim before she went to bed each evening. I've always been overweight and gradually over the years I'd have to invest in trousers with larger waists plus larger shirts each year. I knew I was overweight but enjoyed the ease of convenience food and takeaways although the bank balance was shrinking as my waist increased. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure a few years ago and put on medication which helped so I felt that instead of losing weight I'd let the medication do it's magic instead. Kim tells me that I snore very loudly all through the night and often appear to be choking in my sleep. I believe that I might have developed sleep apnea as I'm always tired and never seem to get a refreshing nights sleep. On December 1st my doctor informed me that I now have impaired glucose tolerance which means that I'm heading towards being diabetic, however if I was to lose weight I could delay, or maybe even prevent myself from becoming diabetic. My blood pressure would hopefully decrease and my sleep problems might well disappear aswell if I was to lose weight. He asked me to jump on the scales and to my embarrassment I weighed in at 161kgs (355lbs or 25 stone). I agreed that I need to lose weight but when the Doc mentioned Xenical I decided that I would accept any help available and took him up on his offer to prescribe me a months supply of tablets. I collected them from my local chemist on the evening of 2nd December and have been taking them for almost a week now. I'm not sure if they're working yet as I've been very careful with the amount of fat I've been eating each meal and haven't yet had any side effects. When I jumped on the scales this evening (for the hudredth time since I started my healthy eating campaign) I was delighted to see that my weight has reduced to 154.5kgs (341lbs or 24 stone). I haven't done any excercise at all (and don't have the energy to do any either) however as my weight drops further I hope to start walking a bit more each day with a lot more at the weekends. I still eat three meals a day with breakfast being a bowl of muesli with semi skimmed milk plus a banana instead of a breakfast baguette full of sausage, bacon, fried egg, mushrooms and tomatoes that I used to enjoy most days. Lunch has been a low fat pot noodle most days (chicken and sweetcorn today) with another banana and a satsuma plus a muller rice or a low fat yoghurt. Dinner usually revolves around a jacket spud with either tuna and salad, or a piece of fish with vegetables or low fat beans. I don't drink tea or coffee so instead of fizzy pop I've been sticking to plain water. I must admit the first few nights I did feel very hungry at night and almost felt like nipping downstairs for a snack but managed to hold out and for the last few nights I've felt ok. I have to see the doctor again in two weeks time and would like to be able to lose another 7lbs over the next two weeks which should be achievable, however I've got a works Christmas dinner tomorrow night and on the 18th December I'm going out to an Indian Restaurant with some ex work mates but I reckon that I'll be OK. I'm not going to fail this time, for the sake of my health and my beautiful daughter I will be 150lbs lighter this time next year and if you, dear reader feel that I'm going astray I give you my permission to beat me around my head and get me back on track.