Welcome to My Slimming Diary! I’ve been writing this for the past five years, and as I know that many people struggle with their weight, it is my hope that by sharing my weight loss journey I may be able to help others with theirs. So, here’s my story.

I’ve had a weight problem for as long as I remember. I was born big. At 9lbs 12ozs I was the heaviest of my parents’ five children, and the big baby grew into a chubby child and then into an overweight teenager. All predictions that I would grow out of my “baby fat” proved unfounded and I have spent all my life battling with the bulge.

The first diet I remember was one of my own making when I entered High School. I was 5ft 1in, weighed 8st 10lbs and by starving all day and eating crisp breads with cheese and beetroot at night I got down to 8 stones. Since then I have tried almost every diet going in an attempt to lose my excess fat and achieve my dream body: The Cambridge Diet, Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Rosemary Conley, the Atkins’ Diet, the F-Plan Diet and Herbalife to name a few.

When I reached my heaviest (just over 18 stones) five years ago, I started to experience for the first time the adverse effects of being overweight. I struggled to walk upstairs or uphill and quickly got breathless at the least exertion. My knees were painful and I could no longer play badminton, a sport I once enjoyed. I constantly felt tired and I was finding it increasingly difficult to squeeze into seats in places such as the theatre, theme parks or aeroplanes. My confidence was at an all time low and I was really struggling to believe I would ever achieve the health and fitness goals I dreamed of.

For years I had fooled myself into believing I could lose weight on my own, but with the realisation that my life was more than half over, and not wanting my future to be limited or restricted in any way by something I had control over, out of desperation I joined a slimming club.

When I joined, I thought that it would take me around a year to reach my goal weight, but more than five years later I’m still on my journey. The road has been bumpy and I’ve definitely had lots of ups and downs and gains as well as losses, but I’ve never given up trying, and I can honestly say it is the best decision I could have made.

Slowly, through the patience and dedication of my class consultant I have begun to believe in myself again and fully expect that one day I will be slim, fit and healthy. I’ve currently lost just under three stones and would love you to join me on my warts and all account of my weight loss journey. Please visit this page next month to find out how I cope with Easter and two bank holidays!

Your Mystery Slimmer