I really hate having to come up with diary titles, I am always feel like I fail miserably - much like my dieting/weight loss really. So, let's start with the nitty grit and then work backwards, I am generally quite backwards actually. I am 5ft 3" and I weigh in at 205.5 lbs, this is my heaviest weight ever and is the result of the love of a good man and a love of anything that contains Carbs. Why? When? How? I still carry all my baby weight, trouble is, my 'baby' is now 13 years old and I still carry the excess, I think during that time even my excess weight went and had babies too. I really digged the whole eating for two thing which was the start of a downhill slope. Up until having her, I'd always been a curvy 10/12 and been able to eat exactly as I liked and stayed that size with very little effort, oh those were the good days . I'm one of those who thinks I eat well for the most part, then I realise that all the diet goods and big fruit salads I have been merrily tucking away are loaded with Carbs in various guises, my absolute addiction is toast (don't laugh), well, PB on toast to be exact. I think saying I could eat it for B,L & D would be bang on the money, J'adore PB! I used to be really fussy with food but my hubby has persevered with me over the years and I now eat all manners of good, and bad, things - curries, peppers, some salad, asparagus etc. He's the cook here, I Iron, I don't do cooking - I once tried to make a cake and it ended up being a yorkshire pudding. Tasted good though! Previous Attempts I've had two serious previous goes at losing weight, one successful and one not. About 8 years ago I was 7lb lighter than I am now and was weighed by a healthcare professional, I had absolutely no idea how big I had gotten and was so disgusted and embarassed with myself that I went bright red and vowed to shift some lard. Over 6 or so months I lost around 35lbs, I started walking to work and back every day, going to the gym twice a week and just watched what I was eating. I then changed jobs to one where I have to drive and over the past 7 years it's all crept back on again. In September 2011, as I was aware of my fast approaching 30th birthday I decided to try again. I watched calories like a hawk, I started zumba and was doing 2 classes a week and swimming twice a week, but it took almost 3 months to lose 7lbs and I broke. I would literally wake up and cry because I felt so exhausted all the time, I'm a miserable mare at the best of times but that was serious grounds for divorce material! This time round - obstacles & plans! I'm not happy, and I know I am not. I never go out socially anymore, my tops are all long and floaty, I get a double/triple chin when I laugh and walking up stairs is SO tiring. Trying to lift shopping out of a trolley last weekend was so painful I wanted to rip my spinal cord out and stamp on it. That bad. My husband remains the best looking man I have ever laid eyes on and I want to look good for him, I feel like people look at us as a couple and wonder how on earth he ended up with me (anyone have any spare self esteem?!), he loves me and I know he would never ask me to change but I want to. I *believe* I may have PCOS, my GP is the most patronising chauvinistic ape and thinks I just eat too many crisps so as we have no baby plans I have left it be for now but it's probably something I need to revisit in the future. I have problems with my feet when exercising and I need to see a podiatrist ASAP, not sure if it's arch related or ligament related but it's painful and really hinders my exercise attempts - that's number one job this week. So, in terms of getting going. I decided to invest in a PT, he is my younger brothers best friend and his rates were so good I knew I had to try. We had our first session at the park yesterday and the exact reason I am sitting here writing a diary is because moving is too darn painful . He is also looking through my MFP diary to come up with some food ideas/plans to help me increase my protein and decrease my carb intake. I'm also restarting Zumba, I really love it and it makes me sweat lots. I know another class is starting soon so hoping I can do 2 Zumba per week, my PT session and some walking/weight work at home. Diet wise - I don't like labeling it, I am just going for lower (but not low) carb and healthy, lean meat, lots of veg, nuts etc. This will be an ever changing W.I.P though of course! So, the title? Ah yes, 'Slimming all over the world'....I live for holidays, that's our 'thing', some people like expensive clothes, some want big houses but we want to see the world and we seem to be doing a pretty good job so far! Obviously this gives me some great goals to work towards and also means I need to be realistic about losing weight while we are away, might be a toughie! It's also one of the biggest reasons to start this journey, I take, and print hundreds of pictures each time, I love photos buy there are hardly any of me/us because I don't like the way I look. Goals! It wouldn't be a diary without setting some goals! I was actually encouraged to start this thread by reading a post from a lady who said she was such a slow loser compared to others. I am exactly the same, I will probably be lucky to lose 1lb a week even though I have so much to lose. Hopefully though, that means it won't go on as quickly in the future So....... Goal 1: Lose 14lbs by 30th November 2013 Goal 2: Lose another 7lbs before Thailand - 28th Jan 2014 (total of 21lbs) Goal 3: Lose another 14lbs before Maldives - 27th April 2014 (total of 35lbs) Reach goal weight of 150lbs with 1 year - 26th August 2014 and be fit - fit is just as imporant as weight! Other things to know about me I run a travel blog I love peanut butter, and chocolate, especially together I keep reef fish at home I am a PADI advanced open water diver I got married this April (Awww) I like the colour purple I'm notoriously bad for updating things (sorry in advance) I also love tea I gave up smoking last October with Stoptober - went cold turkey, very proud of myself I suffer with Psoriasis, currently under control with meds I have quite a few tattoos If I didn't have my husband I would settle for Paul Walker and/or Tom Hardy I am blunt/sarcastic and occasionally funny. Thanks for reading!