A bit about me..... From a healthy 8 1/2 stone 18 year old I now suddenly find myself a 13st 40 year old. Where did the time, and my waist go? I'd also been a smoker since the age of about 14. Around 6 years ago I quit smoking and didn't really gain any weight but when I fell off the wagon 2 or so years later and started smoking again I lost over 2 stones without realising it or even trying. Then in January 2012 my hubby was told he may have cancer, we both quit again that very same day and after 2 lots of biopsies he was diagnosed with cancer of the Larynx in around May the same year. The diet and exercise routine went out of the window and my weight rocketed to the heaviest i've ever been, around 13 1/2 stones. On the bright side, neither of us has touched a cigarette since, I don't even know how we could afford to smoke anyway! Hubby is feeling better and has been all clear for over 18 months now so we're both making an effort to get fit and healthy again and try to manage his type II diabetes more effectively. So, here I am. Currently weighing in at around 12st13lbs on day 2 of Exante. I've decided to ease myself in so I don't feel completely starving all the time as I know that would just make me give up straight away. Things i've discovered since starting Exante precisely 1 day ago; The Porridge is horrible. The Red Bean Chilli is also horrible. I don't mind the Chocolate and Strawberry shakes. I'm 40 years old, it's no wonder I feel like a 60 year old after a bout of exercise. I'm actually not as hungry as i'd convinced myself I would be.