Hiya! I'm starting S&S tomorrow. It is my first ever VLCD and Im pretty excited to get going. I had a gastric bypass nearly 11 years ago and never quite made it to goal. You will have to forgive me - Im American and I work best in lbs (pounds) than I do in stones. The day of my surgery I weighed just shy of 29st. Yep. TWENTY NINE. 402lbs. The lowest I got was 200lbs in July 2004. Then I moved here (Geordie hubby) and didnt cope with the homesickness and such very well. So the weight piled on and I gained about 80lbs within about a year! Ive yo-yo'ed over the past several years, Got pregnant with my first baby and the day after she was born (Nov 2009) I weighed 301lbs. Luckily, the baby weight fell off. Mostly because i was so stressed and never had time or desire to eat for the first few months. lol. I finally found my groove with healthy eating and exercise early 2011. I got down to 250lbs from 280lbs. It was hard work and I was plugging along. And then I got sick in April for a few weeks. Then we went off on hols the 1st of May. Well by the time we got back, my motivation and groove was gone. So I stayed in and around the 250s for a few months. And then I got pregnant with our 2nd (and final! lol) baby in Aug/Sept of 2011. The day after she was born (May 2012) I was 298lbs! So in the last (nearly) 10 months I have worked it down to 277lbs (as of yesterday. I will re-weigh tomorrow morning, just in case lol) but I cant seem to get out of the 270s. So! I came on here a few months ago when I was trying to get my head around Slimming World (and failing miserably) and I came across the Slim and Save threads. Id never heard of it so I had a look. I had toyed with the idea of Lighter Life in the past but never really was able to afford it and the counselling aspect didn't appeal to me at all. Well, I looked at the S&S website and thought it may be a good idea. It still seemed like a lot of money to spend. Well, the other day...I don't really know why but I just got FED UP. Sick of up and down. Sick of trying and failing. Sick of being strict with myself only to see little to no results. I want to be thinner, healthier...for my girls. I want to be the mother that they deserve. I want to be able to run around and play with them and not have to stop and catch my breath after 2 minutes! So I went back to the S&S website and I realised its not really expensive as there is NO FOOD involved. So i had a chat with my ever-supportive hubby who was a bit hesitant, but told me to go ahead and try it. So that brings us to today! My 7 day trial arrived this afternoon and I will get started tomorrow. They sent me enough of a variety that I can really see what sorts of packs I will like and what not so much so I will have more of an idea of what to order in my 28 day supply. Because I AM going to do this. I was on such a paltry amount of food after my surgery...I KNOW it works. I just have to stick with it. And Im ready. I am SO ready. I invite anyone and everyone who is interested to come along for the ride. We all need support now and then. We also all have it in us to do this.