Hi everyone - I have been a member of minimins for years, have tried every diet known to man, but two separate things have motivated me to make 2014 the year it will change. Firstly Slimming World finally opened in my area (I followed the diet successfully online before I got pregnant with my second child but never got back on the train afterwards), and my mother made a very valid point - that if I just stuck to the diet and lost a pound a week I would be at goal by Christmas. I've spent so long trying to do it quickly and following fads that I had forgotten how easy it should be! Just a bit about me - I'm married with two children - Claire is will be 6 in March, Joe will be 2. I live in the south of Ireland and work as a primary school teacher, although my job is not permanent so I have periods of unemployment. I'm a lazy ass, get very little exercise - I use the excuse that it's because my husband works very long hours and I can't get out (my dad babysits so that I can go to group) but really I could do better. I have good support in real life - my mother and sister both joined group with me, but I thrive on online support - am always logging in on my phone! Obviously, I don't do anything simply - when I did it online before, I got great support from a group here that weighs on a Thursday and it seems like cheating on that group to be weighing in at class, so as a result I weigh in twice a week - once at group and also on Thursday mornings. I'm not sure which one seems more real - I think the Thursday morning reflects my true weight as it's first thing in the morning and no messing with what to wear and what to eat! My starting weight was 13st 9 at class, 13 stone 3 on the Thursday and the week's since have gone as follows: Start weight 13st 9lbs 13st 3lbs Week 2 13st 6lbs 13st 1/2lb Week 3 13 st 3.5lbs 12st 12.5lb I am really determined that this is going to be my year - although the upcoming week is full of challenges - I'm out for dinner Thursday night, away for the night Saturday night and I have a spa treatment and lunch out on the following Tuesday - I should add that I rarely go anywhere so all of these coming at once is a lot unusual!! I hope to use this thread to post my daily meals and get some tips and support to get me through the year!!