Hey Ladies, I've copied my "story" from a previous thread..... I was a very skinny child, I wouldn't eat, I got put on medication & closely monitored by doctors my whole childhood, my family encouraged me to eat more for years - it back-fired. When I got to around age 11 I put on loads & was a very chubby child, got bullied & stuff, as a teenager I lost it all. I was a size 8/10 & around 9/10 stone when I met my OH we soon had our daughter, through my pregnancy I went from a size 8/10 to a size 20, I never weighed, convinced myself I was just chubby. Years went on, I was depressed, very depressed, I let my weight control my life & I didn't go out, buy clothes, stopped looking after myself, then in 2009 my daughter was due to start school, in January my dad sent me fotos from xmas day, I had avoided camera until then, I saw the pics & cried & cried, I couldn't believe how I looked, as they say the camera doesn't lie, that showed me the way other ppl saw me. I'd tried diets before, no joy, I said to myself, If I eat properly & do a bit of exercise, there is no doubt i'd lose - as my mum used to say - you dont get fat eating salads. Anyway, I CC'd and it was amazing, I lost weight every 2 weeks, i'd lose around 2/3lbs. I didn't exercise much tho, but I did do alot of walking as part of my daily routine, I started in January and by August (when my daughter started school) I had lost over 5 stone. I looked & felt amazing, and the compliments....they keep you going, ppl literally cant believe their eyes when they see someone lose weight, its amazing. To slip into size 10's after being in 20s for years, I felt so stupid for all the times i'd put it off, not stuck to diet, I thought, I could have done this years ago. I got my life back. But after a year of that we started trying for baby no 2. I fell pregnant & was around 13 stone by this point, i'd put on 3stones gradually, after my son was born I was still 13 stones so didn't put anything on, but he had a life threatening condition & I struggled to keep myself alive let alone diet ect, so I let it pile on, I weighed myself about 3 weeks ago & I was 14.11 (5lbs less than my heaviest weight) I had to sort this, I couldn't believe i'd got that bad again, so here I am - I lost 3lbs last week just by cutting out rubbish. I loved CC'ing & i'd never do another diet, it worked wonders for me, my only problem was stopping watching what i was eating. I did a daily dairy (I still have them) and I counted every day, I spent most time on a 1000 cals a day, alot of ppl dissaprove to that, but I did spent alot of months doing 1200. If I went over....so what. I weighed weekly, The hardest part was putting on weight some weeks (esp when its totm) but it would soon catch up 2/3 weeks later. Scales aren't a good way of measuring but because I am ok with the gains on the scales, its not too bad, but if alot of ppl see a gain, they get de-motivated & dont watch their food as well ect. Thats alot of ppl's downfall. *************************** Today (2nd Jan) I weigh 14 stone 6 lbs, my ideal weight is 8 stone 6 lbs, meaning I have exactly 6 stone to lose, I would love to lose it by the summer but my goal is my 30th Birthday at the end of November. My biggest struggle will be when I start to look smaller (say after a 3 stone loss) because I found last time alot of people were telling me to stop, I look too skinny ect. I realise I looked smaller but I was by no means skinny and was still in the over-weight category when people were saying that. I plan to CC and also intermittent fasting, the way I'm doing it is I will not have any food for 14 hours a day, those 14 hours will be around 9/10pm and my first meal will be my lunch, then i'll have my dinner at normal time and around 9pm i'll have a small meal, a slice of toast, cereal, a breakfast type meal, then my fast. During my non-fasting times I will be consuming 1200 cals. I will also be doing exercise, but I haven't thought too much about that, i'll concentrate on the food for a while first. My CC'ing will start on Thurs (3rd) I will start fasting the night before that (tonight) I weigh in every Monday, first thing before I eat. I'm not expecting a loss at my next weigh in (7th) because of my eating this week. I'll be doing a diary every day, but I might do MFP as i've used it before and it looks good. But I will definately be keeping a diary of my food and i'll also put it on here. Be warned though - my food is very boring, I like plain things. lol Anyway, thanks to anyone who's managed to read all that. Wish me luck Here's my before and afters from last time. In the big pics I was around 15 stone and the slimmer I was 10, I would like to get to that again but a bit smaller.