Hiya, I had to retire as a Head Chef because of health problems at only 52, now 15 years later I am grossly obese and have an arthritic knee which is very painful but worse restricts my ability to exercise, as does another health prob. BUT at the beginning of this year I took a look at myself in a mirror whilst dressing and hated what I saw so I decided to do something about it. I started a healthier eating regime but struggled so I went to see my usual Doc but he just said "use willpower", easier said than done. My biggest prob was the size of my appetite, I could eat two man size meals at one sitting and be hungry and hour or so later. I saw some info on the WWW about hoodia gordonii helping to control your appetite, tried it and it worked, I managed to get the size of my meals down and lost just short of 2" from my waist. Last month I saw another Doc and he wiht no problem prescribed me Xenical. My first monthly weigh in was last Monday and I had lost just over 11lbs in just 4 weeks and got a repeat prescription with no problem. I know I need some backing so doing a Google I found this forum and I think having a Diary is a good idea so here is my starter page.