I had been a member of minimins for a long time but never posted until yesterday when I realised that this was the place to come to share with others who really understand what it means to undergo a weight loss regime! I was a big Slimming World fan and that did a great job for me a few years ago but I find the SW is very hard to cheat on and after I hit a goal and went on holiday it was really hard to get back on the wagon and I pretended I was following the plan but of course I wasn't... just indenial. I've had a couple of health problems over the last 12 months, a lumbar issue in my back and then a ligament tear in the knee and what with a couple of other holidays and Christmas and before you know I piled on 2 and a half stone... urgh! The weight also seems to have piled on in different areas than before and I thought it felt worse when I went on a new bcpill so I just took myself off that to see what that would do to my body... I'm 42 so I think it's time my body took a break from it and see what the menopause may bring. A colleague got me onto My Fitness Plan so I thought why the heck not give Calorie Counting a try. For my height and weight ... and I have checked and double checked this.... I need to eat 1260 a day to get a 2 pound a week weightloss and the first week I lost 3 pounds but this past week I STS I'm also concerned about bloating and I'm trying to increase my water intake but have decided to now cut out caffeine, fizzy drinks diet or not and chewing gum. For the main part I have 4 drinks a week tops, usually 2 glasses of wine and 1 large vodka and 1 beer so I don't feel I need to give that up. The weekends can be hard, my hubby does a great job at being supportive and we plan the meals appropriately but Fridays is usually my rubbish food day. Today for example consists of: Starbucks Cappuccino Skinny Bran Flakes with skimmed milk Tomato, butternut squash and lentil soup with 2 slices of wholemeal toast with laughing cow light. Tonight - one 250ml of red wine, half a shop bought pizza with lettuce, coleslaw and beetroot Water and peppermint tea This gives me just shy of 1260 calories and not a lot to show for it but I live for pizza on a Friday night LOL otherwise I can usually eat a lot of food for 1260 calories in a day. My goal really is to be the same size I was back in 2008 when I was able to fit into this lovely PINK dress and I want to wear it again! I then want to maintain the weight and look to lose more but I thought it was best to pick a realistic goal in the first place. Thanks in advance for reading and sharing my journey with me.