Hi I used to post on the Cambridge section of MinMins and found this page through that. I'm going for a consult at The Hospital Group on 20 June and, hopefully a lapband on 7 July. I've tried many diets and exercise regimes but it's getting harder as I get older and after thinking about it for years I've 'taken the plunge' to get this surgery. I'm sick of being tired, aching joints and just avoiding mirrors, I need to get healthy before I end up in a wheelchair or with another illness, fortunately I'm healthy (apart from depression). Any tips/advice would be appreciated. thanks, sharon ps I will be writing this as a kind of diary so I hope it's not in the wrong place!