Hi my name is Jo and I need to lose as much as possible for an operation later this year. I am following my old ww programme switch (core plan) because this is what has worked best for me in the past. I do however have the discovery plan as well. After losing three pregnancies during 2006, 2007, 2008 and giving up smoking, I comfort ate all the way through my pregnancy in 2009 right up until I had a c-section and gave birth to my lovely little boy born June 2009. I had by this time ballooned to a astonishing 21st. After having a successful pregnancy my husband and I decided to carry on and try for another baby hoping to have them close together in age. Unfortunately I lost the next pregnancy in November 2009. As if this wasn't enough to cope with, during a gynaecological operation (a erpc), the surgeon 'accidently' perforated my womb and bowel leaving me very unwell and in hospital for 5 weeks. My recovery was a complicated one which has left me with a large incisional hernia. I lost some weight but was still weighing in at 18st 2lbs My consultant has said I need to lose as much weight as possible before my next operation to lessen the risks. I saw my consultant in November 2010 and my weight was down to 17st 6lbs. He was pleased I had lost weight but said he wanted me to lose as much as possible in the next six months. I came away from that apt and decided I needed to get my act together. I have a lovely husband and little boy (now 19months old). They nearly lost me during my last operation when my bowel was perforated and I need to do all I can to make sure this next operation goes smoothly with the least risks as is possible. New Start I have been following my old core plan programme for the last ten weeks and have lost 25 lbs. I am now 15 st 9lbs wooohoooo! I see my consultant again in May so have time to lose more. Sorry that my story was long winded but I wanted to explain why I am doing this in such a short time!! Please feel free to pop in, comment or just give general support....... I need all I can get! Update 28/09/2011 I am now 12st 3 lbs, It feels good to be well into the 12 stone's, and into size 12 clothes!Woooooo Hoooooo! Total loss 123 lbs ! I had my operation on 8th Sept 2011 and am now recovering at home. The operation was more complicated then the consultant thought it would be so they didn't do the abdominoplasty. This will hopefully be done next year to remove the excess skin I now have from the weight loss but also because the hernia got so large it stretched the skin. Read my up to date posts to follow my post operation diary / pics. I have attached two pics of my journey, the first is when I was 21st and last 12st 13lbs! There are more pics of my journey in my profile album, feel free to have a look. Good luck in your weight loss journey!! Thanks for listening! Jo xx This pic of my two men is all I need to look at for inspiration :heartpump: :thankyou:for reading!