Well, I've just completed my first week. It hasn't been too bad all in all. I was very pleased with losing 9lbs and don't really feel too hungry. I have been going to the gym, but I have to admit that on Sunday at body pump I felt very weak and had to reduce my weights .... still, at least I went. This week my exercise schedule will be: - Monday 20 mins on bike, 15 minutes walking on gradient, 10 lengths swimming (steam to relax) - Tuesday an hour of body pump - Wednesday rest - Thursday 20 mins on bike, 15 minutes walking on gradient, 10 lengths swimming (steam to relax) - Friday an hour of body pump - Saturday rest - Sunday rest I do find it incredibly difficult to lose weight with a duff thyroid (I can't take Thyroxine) so I think my journey will be a slow and hard one hence the exercise. I had been swimming 50 lengths 4/5 times a week since June but unfortunately didn't lose a bean. On the plus side, I'm really enjoying doing more cooking for the family, and my distraction techniques are to clean the house and have baths, so everyone is happy (and clean) really!! I want to use this diary to record my feelings during the days ahead. I know I'm never going to be a stick insect and I'm happy being curvy - I just want to be a little less curvy and feel more body confident about myself, something which I'm lacking in. I'm also looking forward to wearing some of the clothes I have in my wardrobe which currently don't fit ... I'll save a fortune as I won't have to buy any new ones this Spring!!!