Ok. I've been reading various diaries etc on this site, and decided it's time to commit! I have dipped into these forums before, but never actually posted. My hope is that if I put my intentions down in writing I will be more likely to stick with the plan. We shall see! I have a family wedding at the end of May, so that is my motivation. I've also been getting joint pains which I think are due to weight gain. I've had a blood test to check various things and no arthritis or thyroid problems showed, so my GP says to walk more. I've been stressed with work, so the exercise will help with that too. If I can lose a stone in weight I will be happy with that. The plan I'm going to do alternate days and try walking every day. Today will be a down day. I've just had my usual breakfast of porridge, albiet with some milk. I do worry about getting enough calcium as I am in my late 50's and need to keep my bones strong. I'll try and not eat now for as long as possible, and stock up on some more veggies. Later on I might buy some of that slim rice and mix it in with a home made veggie curry. The rice is only about 7 calories per 100g - so I'm really looking forward to trying it out - what a great filler! I'll get the slim pasta too. I will go for a walk today. My downfall will probably be alcohol. I like to have a glass of wine (or two!) to wind down after work. But I will just have to go for a walk at those times instead and keep reminding myself that I can still have a drink (within reason of course) every other day. So, here goes.