Around the same time I caught part of a Horizon programme about the beneficial effects of fasting two days in seven on one's general health.
I've also been following the progress of two of my favourite TV chefs, the Hairy Bikers, as they attempt to lose weight without losing flavour.
The combination of these three events has prompted me to consider trying, once again, to lose some weight and increase my fitness.
I'm not one for fancy diets nor do I want to put myself through the trauma of a weekly weigh in at a slimming class. So I turned to a method that was of some use a couple of years ago, though clearly not entirely successful(!), that is Boots Weight Loss.
This is basically an online calorie counter with frills. You enter your details and set a target weight. The computer works out your daily calorie and fat intake limits and away you go. Every day you record exactly what you eat and the programme does the maths. You can add your favourite foods, set your portion sizes, create recipes, adjust your limits for special days, monitor your weight loss, log physical activity, access your data in a variety of formats and check your progress towards your desired goal.
There is 7 day free trial and a current offer of a 3 month subscription for £13.99 (and no, I'm not being sponsored to advertise this!)
I've initially gone for the recommended 10% weight loss which, all being well, I should reach by 3 November.
Wish me luck!