I have been overweight my whole entire life.
In 2008 I lost a massive 40kg, taking me from 117kg down to 77kg. In dress sizes this went from a size 24 down to a size 14.
I managed this by starting on a shakes program, then followed by a long period of low calories healthy eating combined with a lot of exercise.
In 2009 I gave up smoking, and put on about 8kg in that year but maintained a really workable exercise regime, so I was actually OK with putting that weight on. I maintained at about 85kg
I managed to remain a dedicated non smoker and maintained a size 16 dress size.
In October 2010 I completed a half marathon, and as a reward I undertook a tummy tuck to get rid of saggy middle aged skin from around my belly which exercise simply could not shift. (From 2002 to 2006 I was pregnant four times - this, coupled with being so overweight for so long had created a saggy mummy tummy...) The tummy tuck got rid of this.
In 2012 I returned to work around three primary aged kids, and managed to still remain a non smoker with a very balanced exercise routine, and I maintained my weight at about 85kg/size16.
In 2013 I joined a social netball team and realised the kids were all of a sudden more manageable. I upped my hours at work. Content in my personal life, I realised my weight had increased a little.
Which brings me to today, at 91.4kg.
I still fit into a size 16 but not as comfortably and I notice that my bum has spread, and I am carrying weight on my face and around my midriff.
A very close friend of mine, Alice, has spent recent months on Dukan, and seeing her transformation and dedication recently has inspired me totally to revert to a method of eating that sees me lose weight on the scales and to get back to the point that I know I love.