Hello all, I may have posted in here in the past, I can't remember, if I have then it was at least a year or two ago. This time however, I have found a plan (intermittent fasting, folling the 5:2 ratio) that I am finding incredibly easy (albeit early days), and for once I truly believe that I can make it a permanent lifestyle change without too much hardship at all. I lost 7lbs recently through simply cutting back on junk, and then have had my first weigh-in today after starting the 5:2 plan. I lost a further 4lbs I'm so happy, and love all the additional health benefits that medical and scientific research have shown this way of eating can give you. My goal is to get to 12.5 stone by my 40th (September 2016)...although I'd prefer 11 stone, but like having a round 12 stone to lose. I aim to lose 5 stone this year, and a family member has offered to treat me to a spa day when reach the half way point of 2.5 stone gone I'm astounded that I'm losing so well when I can eat whatever I want (guilt free!) for 5 days a week, and really hope that I continue to lose weight because it does feel too good to be true. I've been trying to lose weight for over 20 years now...please let this be my time!!!!! I have two young children that I want to see grow up, and I want to see my grandchildren grow up too...I have to do this.