I tipped the scales at 14st 7lb today (July 13th 2016). You may think thats pretty heavy and you are right but only twelve weeks ago I was horrified to see the scales straining and screaming out the news. Sixteen stone-four pounds. Sixty years of age, aching hips and knees and I am thinking how on earth am I going to sort this out?

Last time a calamity of this proportion hit me so hard I was 47. I had slowly crept up to 17 stones that time and now I could see the trend heading the same way.

At 47 I was a lot fitter so I went walking, then jogging and then running. I spent hours in the gym, I did the Atkins diet and set myself goals and targets and awarded prizes to myself on achievement. And it worked, I got down to 12st-10lb in due course. And I stayed that way for several years.

Then a personal crisis hit, there were false accusations in the work place after I discovered a fraudulent transaction.

By the time the investigation were over and a high up official in the company apologised over a video screen from her holiday in Spain and asking could we carry on as normal I was already back on the road to physical ruin.

It me took a long time to get over the extremities of the political correct human resources brigade, I felt it was like Soviet Russia the way they behaved. I tried but trust was broken so I left the role and then the company.

It took a while for me to forgive and stop feeling sorry for myself. This is not good news for the physical body because unforgiveness, resentment and stress all have physical manifestation. That is the only reason I mention it here… because stress causes your body to gain weight and makes it almost impossible to lose it. It really is not totally about diet and exercise. Sleep plays a massive part as does loving yourself the way you are while on the path to where you want to be.

So do YOURSELF a favour: get right with God, love yourself happy and forgive those who have trespassed against you and we are ready to start.

I will write more about the things I have done so far on my road back to 12st 10lb in the coming days. I am just celebrating being half way there. Not with cake though. I stopped eating those except as a treat on Sundays.