Early October 2009 I moved from Warwickshire to Devon, I wanted to settle into the area, make friends and lose weight; slimming world seemed like the best option. I joined in late October 2009, and lost half a stone before Christmas. I had more to lose and got back on track immediately after Christmas. What surprised me, was that although I had a three week gap over the festive period (I had everything from family outings to funerals, it was a very busy time and I was away a lot). I had only gained 3lbs in three weeks. Three weeks of eating out, drinking more alcohol than usual, not tracking what I was eating, and generally just going with the flow. The previous year I had tried to lose weight with WW, and after being off the diet for just one week with WW (again over Christmas) I gained 10lbs! I was was just 'eating normally' with a few extras here and there. This year with SW has shown me how the focus on eating healthy every day food and getting into the habit of eating more naturally slimming food, my body has stopped craving all the other, less healthy options. Slimming worlds Extra Easy really is so easy to follow, it becomes second nature. WW had a point for so many things, even fruit and certain vegetables; it puts you off using the points on healthy foods, in case you ‘need’ them for something nice that you crave later. Not realising that if I just ate a well balanced diet in the first place I wouldn’t have those cravings anymore. Extra Easy has made this so much easier to understand, so much easier to follow and to get to grips with, I will never again struggle to count and weigh every spoonful of rice or spuds or peas again. I just make healthy choices, cook without fat, and eat until I am satisfied. Extra Easy. I am planning my wedding for mid september this year and I know I will be far lighter and far healthier than I have been in a very long time! Happy New Year everyone and Happy New Us!