My fitness pal is the answer. I started using it this week and it has really helped me. Calculate what you think your BMI should be, put it into the programme, say how quickly you want to lose weight and you are off!
Low carbing worked for me. I followed it strictly for 2 months after the birth of DS2. Lost roughly 25 lbs (sorry, American so I don't do stones) in that time. Haven't gained it backed in the 2 years since I stopped LCing. Good luck!
I like your positive thinking Their - what's a fitness pal, is it a planner online or something? And I'm not too sad (well a little sad as I was going to treat myself to a rare take-away tonight), more surprised, I think it just crept up on me a bit.
I think quite a lot of my snacks are carb heavy Minnesota so I could just cut them down/out as quite an obvious starter.
It is a free app/online tool. It tells you how many calories per day to reach your goal and calculates the no you have eaten each day as you go along. It really has made me think about the calories I am eating. I knew peanuts, for instance, were high calorie but had NO idea how much of my daily intake a smallish packet would be. I shall never inadvertently shove down a bowlful before dinner again (well maybe not anyway!)
Have now got my specs on and iron fist does make more sense - couldn't work out what to do with the spare letters after their.
I've looked up my BMI (currently overwieght, no surprises there), and according to the NHS calculator I should be somewhere between 9 and 12 stone (126 - 168lbs). I was thinking 11 stone would be a good weight to aim for so I'll go for that.
fitness pal looks like it has alot on it, don't think I've ever calorie counted (from food or exercise) so that'll all be new to me.