HI MissD and welcome!
Good luck with your new life plan, sounds like you're going about making changes in exactly the right way!
I'm also in the UK, also not following a particular plan and also making life changes that I hope will stay with me forever, far and beyond when I reach my goal weight!
You might want to take a look at the UK Chicks board and also at the challenges or other boards and get stuck in with something! This is a really great place to get help/advise to help keep you motivated and to generally moan and rant. I love it!
No fads, no unattainable targets.... just me and my good choices
Daily weigh ins, planned meals, controlled treats and alcohol and a more active, positive outlook on my lifestyle. Could this finally be the recipe for success?!