Hi Im Martina, 28 from london, Im a nursery teacher, and weigh 13.5 stone. I look over weight and I'm a size 18 just about, I have always been over weight, I went down from 16 stone as a teenager to 13 but that's it, and I'v been 13 stone ever sine..with the exception of a few crash diets that took me down to 11.5 stone. I've never had the pleasure of knowing what it's like to feel 'normal' and light and healthy, to go to a shop and buy a size 12 ( 10 would be ideal) and feel comfortable in my body. I'm hoping for people who can identify with my situation/ weight..however it goes without saying that everyone is welcome. I just started SW online two and half weeks ago, and I love it, although I also love food and eat a lot , I'm not sure how well it will work for me, as the only way I have ever lost weight is fad diets like Cambridge ( it allows no food just three 'shakes' a day,made with powder and water) I thought we could read each others diaries food diaries and give each other honest comment/ advise I have had some experience in catering so I'm also hoping to share recipes as I love to cook and experiment. I hope someone will enjoy my posts, and definitely write back as I need the encouragement with blogs, I'v never written one. I am not going to start writing my daily food diary just yet, i feel this introductory blog entry is quite long, I also feel that it is a bit selfish and would rather someone else shares, as it is important for me that you understand that I am here to give support as well as take it. i would like to mention exercise ( once at the start because I don't ever exercise) I'm always on my feet and running around 2 year old toddlers, carrying them etc,,my job keeps me on my toes. I also walk around after work for two hours ( but nothing that resembles exercise just walking around in shopping centre) I buy lots of veg and carry home heavy bags of food every other day). So that's it, phew that was long. So who is in? Also I'm always on this site ( but still very new so trying to get the hang of it) .