A few weeks before Christmas my friend Ben discussed wanting to lose some weight in the new year and the next moment he was announcing his intentions to lose 5 stone by 1st September 2013 in aid of charity on Facebook
There was a lot of support and in no time he had joined forces with the local charity Dream Factory, news reports and an appearance on BBC Essex followed and we are now a week in to his "5 stone challenge" and I can proudly say he has already lost 16lbs!
He has also started a blog which you can find here where he bravely announced his starting weight - you will not hear mine here may I add!! - and will be sharing his journey so do pop along and say hi - or even wish him Happy Birthday tomorrow!
If you're so inclined his Just Giving page can be found here where he is raising money for the Dream Factory who grant wishes and dreams to children suffering from life limited and terminal illnesses so a very worthy cause
Naturally this will have an impact on me.... as I said to Ben, I'm not becoming the fat friend and well who will I indulge in midnight runs to McDonalds if not him so I too am taking some steps to lose a little weight and can announce this week I have lost 2lbs
It also means Weight Loss Wednesdays are back!
Each week I will share news on my journey to lose weight; I'm tackling weight watchers once again so they'll be much competing with Ben as he will be following the Slimming World plan and of course the tweaks to my lifestyle to increase activity! I'm already joking I appreciate how Jessica Innis must have felt winning Gold at the Olympics because I now walk the long way home!
I hope you will join Ben and I and offer any words of advice - particularly tips on either the Slimming World or Weight Watchers plans