I started by going to my doctor, who referred me to a Health Care Assistant (HCA) who as it happens is one of the most lovely people I've ever met! She totally put me at ease as I was pretty nervous as my weight is kind of a touchy subject for me. She's been really positive and encouraging. I felt I needed some advice regarding my diet, as I'm vegetarian and have PCOS, so I'm aware that there is certain things I should avoid/reduce my intake of but I struggle to get the variety I think I need. So basically she's referring me to a Nutrionist who should be able to help me with this, so I'm on the waiting list. So since I first went just over a month ago I have lost nearly half a stone/ 3kg, which I'm pretty chuffed with for under 5 weeks. It's not drastic but it's steady which is what I was aiming for.
I also had a general health check (or MOT as I like to call it!) so I had my blood cells tested, liver and kidney function check, a diabetes and thyroid check and cholesterol check. They all came back normal and my HCA was especially pleased with my cholesterol levels which were rated as 3.4. She said under 5 was healthy so I was relieved about this as this was something I had been concerned about. So I feel a bit better knowing I've not "damaged" myself so to speak with my unhealthy habits and that it's not too late to change.
So it's early days but I really need to keep at it as I find I quite easily fall into bad habits so I'm hoping updating this blog, along with keeping my food diary will help encourage me to do this.