Over the years I have been gaining weight, and developed a huge tyre around my waist, almost no neck and a chubby face. I found myself panting for almost no reason, and my weight touched 120 kilos.
Yet I didn't realise any of this until I saw a recent photo of myself at a party, which was in May this year. I was horrified! I found myself wondering how long would I live on borrowed time before falling victim to cardiac arrest.
Without further ado, I went to visit my nurse, and shared with her my problem.
This is what I told her:
Breakfast: Three Weetabix and some cornflakes with full cream milk, double toast, coffee.

No lunch

Supper: Spagetti bolognese or other large meal, apple, tea, cookies.

Late night: Bowl of cereal in full cream milk.

The nurse said to me that this eating habit was leading to disaster.
I said to her that my willpower is very weak, and past attempts to lose weight by dieting failed over and over again due to crushing hunger pangs.
This is what she suggested, in which I acted upon:
Breakfast: Grapefruit, small bowl of cereal with semi-skimmed milk, toast, coffee.
Snack during the day - fresh fruit is good.
Smaller eveing meal, fresh fruit, tea or coffee, little or no cookies.
Late night: Snack on fruit, or concentrated fruit juice or raw vegetables eg carrots.
Go out walking, cycling.

After two months I have lost ten kilos. My waist is trimmer, my neck looks longer, my face is more defined and I'm not panting so much. Happy as I am, I still have a long way to go, and I still need to get below the upper limit of my body mass index.
I see the nurse every two weeks. She now suggests tummy trimming exercises. I still need to inquire about this and how to go about it.
It is very encouraging.
I hope when I'm ready, I'll post a pic of my new self here.