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Hi everyone!

I’m breathing a massive sigh of relief today as I’ve managed to reach the end of term without blowing my successful maintaining. 😊

For the last thirty years, this has traditionally been the time when any ‘diet’ has failed as the end of the school year is a very busy time and the staffroom is full of high calorie treats.  I usually spend the last two weeks of term with days of endless snacking and the beginning of a weight gain that lasts through to Christmas.  This is then followed by yet another ‘diet’ starting on January 1st!

January 1st 2017 was the first time that I didn’t need to search Google and decide which diet I was going to try this year – and that was such a great feeling!  I broke the cycle in October 2015 when I decided to try WW for a final time.  I had a small blip with the end of the school year last year, before deciding to switch to No Count during the summer of 2016.  And since then, I haven’t looked back.

Yes, it’s hard at times, and I need all the willpower I can muster, but I’ve spent too many years wishing I was a lower weight to ruin it now by going back there.

And yes, I’m enjoying food!  Gone is the person who used cook-in sauces, ready meals and had regular takeaways: I now enjoy cooking and using a whole range of fresh ingredients.  I’ve learnt along the way and had quite a few disasters in the kitchen but if I can do it, anyone can.

Next week’s new recipes include:

  • No Count Chicken Chipotle Casserole
  • Lasagne (courtesy of @armyannie)

A special good luck to those of you aiming to reach goal weight this year – January 1st 2018 could mark the start of a new year and a new you, not the start of a new diet.  You can do this!

Thank you also for the lovely comments on the website, and via email, this week – I hope you all have a great week ahead!

Helen xxx