It started piling on the weight when I was around 8 years old and never really stopped.
I've lost weight over the years and once, I even got down to 10 stone but as soon as I stopped dieting I put it back on plus more.
I've had three children and each time I've put on more weight. It wasn't until I started working at the laundry that I was able to maintain my weight and I even lost some for a while.
I started to think it was too hard to lose it and gave up trying. As long as I wasn't putting anymore on I was ok with myself.
Then I lost my job and became a full time stay at home mum. My weight went up and up with each passing year and last year I was diagnosed with a hernia. The doctor told me I was too big to have the surgery to fix it and if I wanted to stay alive, I needed to lose the weight.
I tried again by joining an online group that sets your calorie intake etc and for a couple of months I stuck to it and lost a few pounds.
Then came Christmas and my willpower up and left!
I put the hernia to the back of my mind and started eating normally again. Well, I say normally, I actually started overeating a huge amount. I'd snack every night on a big bowl ice-cream but only after I'd polished of three quarters of a bag of tortillas and a pot of dip.
In August I happened across a story about a man who'd lost over 17 stone with Slimming World.
I'd tried Slimming World a few years ago but never really got on with it; I decided to give it another go because I was getting depressed due to the constant feeling of guilt when I thought about the hernia or the possibility of the kids not having a mum while they were growing up.
I looked online, found my nearest group and told Ant that I was going to join.
I weighed in at 31 stone 1lb but far from being upset about it, I was happy that I was finally taking control and I knew that I wouldn't be seeing that weight again when I stepped on the scales!
With each passing week my confidence and determination has grown and this year, I'm not letting anything, not even Christmas, sway me from my path to my goal weight.
I want to get to 10 stone so that's the target I've set with Slimming World. I don't know if I'll be able to get there by weight loss alone because from all the research I've done, being this big usually means some skin removal surgery will be needed so while I can get rid of the fat by healthy eating and exercise, I may not be able to see 10 stones on the scales without surgical help.
I'm not going to worry about that yet though, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it!
I've been going to Slimming World for 1 year (at today's date of 21/08/2013) and have lost 7 stone. I hope to reach my target in 2015.
Please feel free to follow my journey :)