I have a tendency to waffle when it comes to creating posts on forums and I expect this diary to be no different. A little bit about me: When I was younger I always had more puppy fat than any of my family but I hoped after school I would grow out of it...WRONG! My weight since I left for university has gone through peaks and troughs but steadily the peaks get higher and the troughs get lower as they usually do when you do very little exercise and pretty much eat what you like. My sisters and cousins are all tall and skinny and I seemed the get the short and fat genes. They can all eat as much as they like, I have always been jealous of that. Towards the end of university I met my now wife she is amazing, I love her to bit's and we are perfect for each other in every way but one: we both love food. We both have the problem where we don't eat because we are hungry but because the food is there and we like the taste...including not having sensible portion control. Our key difference is that I am addicted to savory, carb heavy foods and her weakness is mainly chocolaty things. During the 6ish years we have been together we have both ballooned to 17st+. My dad lectures me on my weight each time I see him and tells me it's his one big worry in life but I have heard it so often from him that I tend not to listen much anymore. He had weight issues when he was younger and ended up becoming bulimic in order to try and get it under control but now has got into a routine of exercise and portion control and infrequent treats. My mum on the other hand has always been around a UK size 14 as long as I can remember but made an amazing effort 2 years ago to take up running and is down to an 8-10ish. My body shape is an apply, most of my weight is around my middle which means that trousers fit in the legs but not the waist or the waist but not at all flattering so I generally go with boy-fit jeans. My wife's' weight lies on her hips and thighs, and her tummy is much thinner and flatter (would love to have her tummy) than mine so has the opposite problem. We are both around a size 22 and are starting this together...step one in what will be a life-long struggle!