Hello there, welcome to my diary I've already done a week, so this ones going to be a long post just to get it started off! So, here goes.. I've never been in any way interested in meal replacement diets, I don't like the idea of living on shakes and I hate the idea of cutting myself off from social activities by not being able to go out for dinner or drinks with friends and family. But recently I've decided to bite the bullet and try it out - my normal dieting just wasn't working and I was getting pretty disheartened by restricting myself all week to step on the scales and have only lost half a pound! So here I am, trying out my first VLCD & shock horror ENJOYING IT! Yes, you read that right, enjoying a VLCD! I started on Monday 24th February. I also majorly failed as although I'd bought all the shakes and savoury meal replacements for the complete plan I wasn't prepared at all, I forgot to take my water bottle to work, my sweetener for my tea and also my skimmed milk to actually make one of the shakes with! So I made one with water for breakfast, found that the lunch option (soup) tasted beyond vile and then ate crisps, chocolate, crumpets and an omelette for tea. Not the best start! Tuesday 25th came and I was prepared. I didn't cheat once, I drank about 4 litres of water and didn't feel hungry. I'd learned my lesson and had 2 sweet shakes and a savoury meal replacement for dinner - no soup. I went to bed feeling more than a little proud and when I woke up on Wednesday I was determined. Wednesday went by just as easily, as did Thursday and Friday. Saturday posed as a possible problem - girls night out in town. Pre-drinking copious amounts of wine, drinking a ridiculous amount of cocktails and vodka and the dreaded doner kebab with cheesey chips and garlic sauce with a 2 litre bottle of irn bru for good, hangover curing, measure... I stuck solely to water ALL night & because I was concentrating on getting dolled up, then went straight out and because I dancing and having fun I didn't even realise that I'd skipped my evening "meal" so I'd only had two of my three shakes all day. Woke up Sunday feeling fresh as a daisy, all be it with poorly feet from the heels! Yesterday was difficult, Sunday dinner I could have avoided pretty easily but there was no way I could have avoided a full family meal for my grandmas birthday... to a carvery I weighed myself in the morning, I basically thought if I hadn't lost any weight then I would scrap the diet and eat EVERYTHING at the carvery. Stood on the scales and couldn't believe my eyes. Since Tuesday I have lost 5kg or 12lbs. That is almost a stone! Motivation well and truly sky high and I went out for my grandmas birthday meal and stuck to my guns, well, ish! I didn't want to take myself out of ketosis so I was super careful. I asked for a child size plate at the carvery and chose one slice of lean turkey breast, some sprouts, green beans, cabbage and cauliflower. I ate slowly and had 2 pints of water throughout the meal, so that I ate the very minimum. I had my breakfast shake yesterday (with water) and then the food at the carvery and that is all, I didn't have anything else all day (which probably meant I was well below the controlled calories of the plan), I just didn't want to take any chances as I'm scared of regaining any of the weight or throwing myself out of ketosis by taking in any of the carbs in the shakes on top of the veggies, incase my calculations weren't correct or something! My aim is to have lost those extra 2lbs by tomorrow so that I can say that I have lost a stone in a week. Ultimate goal, well i'm not too sure yet. I go on holiday in 7 weeks, I'd like to be a little more comfortable in a bikini but obviously I need to be realistic about it! I go on holiday again in July, I'm a size 18 now. If by July I'm a size 12 I'd be over the moon But anyhow - so far so good! Start Weight: 105.5kg Current Weight: 100.4kg Goal Weight: 63kg!