Hello! I've copied this from my introductions post to save writing out again! I started Exante yesterday and lost 3lbs overnight it seems, definitely in ketosis already. Currently on vanilla and chocolate shakes while I wait for a few parcels to arrive! ... New here and just starting out on Exante. I am currently 22st 6lbs which is the heaviest I've ever been. Two and a half years ago I got down to 15st and absolutely loved it. When my daughter was born she was found to be allergic to dairy and soya. As I was breast feeding her, I had to completely limit both of these from my diet. It is virtually impossible to find snacks that are free of both and I soon got fed up of smart price bourbons. When out and about, pretty much the only things to eat were plain crisps and chips, so I pretty much didn't bother. I started losing weight without particularly trying and once I realised I had lost two stone, I started eating around a thousand calories with soups, salads and portion control, using myfitnesspal. I also did lots of exercise in the form of carrying my heifer of a baby in a sling while pulling my older daughter in a wagon. Once she outgrew the dairy and soya allergies, I realised I could eat dairy milk and salt&vinegar crisps and takeaways again, I didn't stop eating and gained quickly and here I am. I also had a crazy diet coke addiction. I stopped drinking it and aspartame wherever possible ten days ago and have been drinking tea and water. It's a bit meh and I'm missing bubbles. So yesterday I started exante. Years ago I had some success with the Atkins diet and found I got into ketosis very quickly and true to form I could taste it by dinner time yesterday. This morning I swear it tasted like a dog had died in my mouth, but that's a good thing! My goal is to at least get back down to a size 16, so that I can get back into the gorgeous size 16 Phase 8 skirts I had. I also have a very nice Monsoon dress that I never quite managed - more of a size 14 I think. I want to stop the hideous back ache and heartburn, which more or less went away and is now back with a vengeance. I want to stop looking like a huge amorphous blob again and would like to reconvene with my chin! ... I knit a lot and spin, but think I need to spin more as the pedalling must use up more calories! Carla Xxx Aiming to be a size 14!