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Last  year I lost 20 pounds in weight over the course of three months, going from a size 16 (UK) to a size 12. Unlike previously, when the weight piled back on again within an alarmingly short time, this time I have kept it off. Why? What did I do differently this time? Are there any lessons to be learnt from how I lost weight?

Well, yes, thankfully, I think there are. Firstly the way I approached this diet varied dramatically from earlier attempts, which included such gems as the sauerkraut diet – I know, doomed to fail – and the 80s f plan diet.  This time round I didn’t resort to any gimmicks – no diet pills, no shakes, no replacement meals –  just pure bog standard healthy common sense.  But with a twist – my twist.  Through a process of trial and error I worked out a number of little techniques which I now rely on to keep the weight of. More on that later.

Secondly,  I learnt how to manage the plateau. Because when you lose weight, you will always reach a plateau – when the weight refuses to shift – and its knowing what to do then, when all your senses are screaming at you to jack it all in.  It’s the most challenging point in any diet. And how you deal with it can make an enormous difference in whether you reach your weight loss goal or not. Again I hope to expand on this theme in the future.

Thirdly, once I had lost the weight I threw out all my old clothes. I refused to wear anything that wasn’t a size 12 or lower. Well, I can tell you, this is a huge incentive to not put on any weight! If you can’t fit into your jeans, you can’t go out. Simple.

This blog is going to take you through a number of techniques that will help you to lose weight in a healthy manner and hopefully keep it off in the future. In this Olympic year it would be a sacrilege to not mention the importance of exercise to weight loss and I will be talking about ways in which I have introduced running into my weight loss campaign.

In the meantime if you are in a hurry to get started on your journey please visit my blog at



I'm a 46 yr old mum who has been battling with weight on and off for about 30 years. Last year I finally managed to lose 20 pounds, going from a UK size 16 to a size 12, and have so far kept it off - I now weigh 10 stone exactly. In June of this year I decided I would start a personal blog about how I lost weight. I wanted to write a weight loss blog about healthy weight loss - not about diet pills, replacement drinks or any other gimmicks. I come from a fairly sporty family - mum and stepfather both in their 70s are still running 5 miles plus, I have a husband who runs marathons and a daughter who is a competition squad gymnast - so in response to all this sportiness I have dabbled with running on and off for the past 8 years - normally about 5 months on, 5 months off, the latter being attributed to a mixture of injury, work demands or just pure laziness. This year I have signed up to do the Cardiff Half Marathon in October so have a clear measurable fitness goal plus a family who will not let me duck out of it! I have also decided that I would like to attempt a sprint triathlon next summer. As running a half marathon (13.2 miles) is a real effort I decided it would be easier if I was carrying less weight so have decided to lose an extra stone by mid-October. Join me in my journey!

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