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Week 6 - New Year Low Carb Bootcamp _ Where I start to wave my big stick again

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BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 08:39:38

Morning all

Here it is - come and confess all

Now. Three things have come to my attention.

1. There is a lot of baking going on. Sweet things and bread substitutes.

Please remember that we are trying to avoid sweet things and that we are trying to avoid using artificial sweeteners.

2. A lot most of you are falling off the wagon - either 'accidentally' (hmm) or because situations arise where you have not planned ahead or deliberately.

This is not a very forgiving WOE. Lapses/cheats like this will have a big impact - at the very least you will not see any weight loss for a while - most likely, though, you will see a gain of around 3-7lbs. You really have to plan ahead and make sure you do everything you can to stay focused and avoid the carbs. Going out for a meal or to dinner at a friends does mean that you have to think about what's going to be on offer. You cannot assume that low carb options are going to be available (although most restaurants should be fairly easy to navigate).

3. There is a lot of moaning about seeing a weight gain or not losing.

May I refer you to 1 and 2 above?

Please, please, please go back to Bootcamp/Bootcamp Light rules. They are there for a reason!

I can tell you that almost every time someone posts "I don't know what to do, the scales aren't moving for me/I've gained half a stone and I don't know why, because I'm being really good/have been following the rules" this is a massive signal that, actually, they haven't.

Fat is key.
Water is key.
Too much alcohol will stop weight loss.
Dairy - especially cream and cheese - can be an issue for many (yoghurt is better tolerated)
Artificial sweeteners are to be avoided.
Fruit should be severely restricted.

We have only five weeks of Bootcamp left, including this week. Let's get serious and back on track.

PostBellumBugsy Mon 11-Feb-13 19:59:11

Wow Novelty - that is quite something - well done. How much have you lost in total?
What are the cream cheese pancakes like? I'm going to do them tomorrow too.
Agree with Ilove - to be successful with this WOE does involve retraining your brain a bit and learning to realise that if you eat well with low carb you'll easily be full & not hungry until your next meal. Reaching for snacks, when you are not hungry is definitely a bad habit - which I am as guilty of as everyone else. I do genuinely stop thinking about food when I do this WOE though - so there has to be something in it.

NoveltySlippers Mon 11-Feb-13 20:07:03

Post thanks! I've now lost exactly 10 lb, but there was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing as I had a few bingey weekends.

I am, and always have been, a serious sucker for food, and I still have willpower issues.

I've actually just started reading 'The End of Overeating', by Gillian Riley. Someone mentioned it on an earlier thread. I was always a 'just one more biscuit' person, and would love to escape from that mentality.

LCing does keep me sated, but I still haven't quite lost my old habits/soft spot for sweet things, if I were to indulge it. Would love to conquer this though, and this WOE combined with Gillian Riley's book is my two pronged attack! I do feel like I'm getting there.

NoveltySlippers Mon 11-Feb-13 20:09:53

NB. Haven't tried the cream cheese pancakes yet....have got them planned for tomorrow. We'll have to report back on our success!

STS, but in all honesty it was an awful week, for half of it. I have started however not to turn to food for emotional eating. I realised that in the last 5/6 days I have a few times thought to myself fuck it and then actually not eaten anything 'bad' and just drunk extra water without it being a massive effort. For me this feels like a big step, like I am moving fully to this being a woe for life. It is hard to explain as I thought I got it before, but it is a little like the penny has dropped in the emotional part of my head.

Black I reckon the zumbathon stayed you the same! Your body will have been a bit shocked probably (not as much as mine would have been thought!) and I reckon you'll see a whoosh very soon.

timidviper Mon 11-Feb-13 20:12:14

I think BIWI has hit a nail on the head here. Any WOE takes some adjusting to but it is far more likely to be successful if we adjust to it rather than trying to adjust it to us IYSWIM.

I have been invited out to a birthday meal on Wed at a chinese and thai restaurant. I am a spice wimp so don't eat hot stuff, any suggestions for what would be good to eat?

If they do foo young (fu yung, foo yung etc.. various spellings) that might be a good option. It is like an omlette dish with then chicken or prawns or whatever in it. I had it once by accident and just remembered and thought it might be good!

NellVarnish Mon 11-Feb-13 20:23:04

Thank you BIWI for your encouragement and big stick wielding. And also for the shiny new thread - I can't believe it's W6 already! Well done to everyone whether you've lost or not, we're all in this together and I appreciate all the support and comments on here. thanks

Lost 3lbs this week so that's 15 I think since I started. Considering I'm a snacker and have been tempted by chocolate occasionally, I'm v pleased.

I need to drink more water though, I'm letting that slip a bit. And I've had some of that Aldi linseed with goji berries in my Lidl yoghurt -is that ok do you think?

Does everyone feel more energetic on this WOE? I've done so much clearing out and cleaning since I started - seem to have so much more va va voom. grin

NoveltySlippers Mon 11-Feb-13 20:23:28

Timid I absolutely LOVE Tom Kha Gai - it's basically coconut soup, with galangal (like ginger), lemongrass, mushrooms, coriander, chicken (there is a prawn version too, but can't remember the Thai name). You can ask them to hold the chilli and they won't put it in.

It's an LC dream, and you could either have it as a starter or ask for it as a main.

Am kinda drooling now thinking about it!

timidviper Mon 11-Feb-13 20:24:37

Novelty Please let us know what you think of that book. I have heard of it but not read it and am curious. I am quite into the psychology of weight loss ATM

I have bought 'Beat Overeating with CBT' as one of my friends did Lighter Life and, although she has put back on most of the weight she lost due to never learning how to eat healthily on it, swears that the psychological support (which was CBT based) really enlightened her. I haven't started it yet but will keep you informed.

I am currently reading 'Body Clutter' which is by the woman who set up FlyLady, the housework site and the woman who set up Saving Dinner, the meal planning site. The theory being that weight is part of the clutter we get when overwhelmed by life. It is very american and rather twee but I will let you know of anything earth-shattering.

SavoirFaire Mon 11-Feb-13 20:26:49

Hi all. STS this week. Would someone be able to put it on the spreadsheet - I don't seem to be able to do it on the iPad. Thank you!

Back on track(so far this week).

B: 2 eggs and butter
L: chilli and salad
D: a sort of turkey and leek current made with cream, goats cheese and mixed spice, with broccoli and spinach.

Seem to be struggling to get through all my water though.

SavoirFaire Mon 11-Feb-13 20:30:23

Curry not current!

NoveltySlippers Mon 11-Feb-13 20:36:30

Timid - will do!

I like that idea of weight as yet more 'clutter' when we're overwhelmed. It's probably why we feel better after a clear out = feel better when we shed excess poundage too!

Just found a recipe for Tom Kha Gai, or Chicken Coconut Soup if anyone's interested. I hadn't thought of it in my low carb repertoire before - it's ideal LC, and so yummy!

NoelHeadbands Mon 11-Feb-13 20:37:10

Evenin all

B- Moque Monsieur
L - tuna mayo
T - chicken breast with yesterday's leftover veg. This was lovely actually- celeriac wedges, sprouts and cabbage all mashed up with finely sliced (raw) shallot. Spread into an oven proof dish and dotted with butter. Finished off with a topping of grated cheddar and bunged in the oven. Delish

thekitchenfairy Mon 11-Feb-13 21:17:53

Dropping in to say hello everyone, had a brief scan and a lot has happened in the few days I've been away attending to birthdays and the like.

I cant believe we are on week 6, and Seeing as its academy awards time and all that...I am sure i am not alone in wanting to award a few LC gongs:

Huge apologies for typing In haste to catch train of thout before it departs for the night and for missing out anyone deserving of obvious star status, please feel free to add your nominations!

To [BIWI] for: Services to boosting weight loss and self esteem among the low carb MNers

To [Willie] for: best supporting LC guru status and services to sorting out the spreadsheet of fabulousness

Special recognition: [Black] for her creative and inspiring recipe inspiration and that amazing zumbathon (and p interest board with which i shall acquaint myself with later !)

Best (un) dressed: [cathyandclaire and choos]... I bet there are many more of you but these two spring to mind and, may I say, are my own personal inspiration

Best recipe: [braised cabbage]

Star ingredient: [celeriac], who knew it had so many uses???

Lifetime achievement.: [dr briffa] for underpinning what this is all about with good, sound, no-faddy, jargon free easy to read words

Best comedy : [slattern] and her sugary twats grin grin (come back slattern, we miss you!)

Best supporting cast : [all you fabulous lot] without the support of this thread so many would have fallen by the wayside, condemned to spend more time as tired, bloated, grumpy sugary twats grin

Flowers, sparkly waters with cucumber garnish and celeriac chips all round!!

thekitchenfairy Mon 11-Feb-13 21:19:45

Crikey that was a bit of a long post... Oops <slinks off to refill water glass and toast Parmesan for crisps>

Thank you BIWI for the big kick up the behind. I needed this.

I am only half a pound down this week but this is no surprise. I'm still finding it quite easy to stick with the WOE, positively enjoying it in fact, but I drank too much red wine on Saturday night at a big village party, had too little sleep three nights in a row and then by Sunday I couldn't be bothered to shop with a hangover and ate an apricot and almond flapjack I'd made for DD's lunchbox puddings.

Started this week with a clearer head and a stunning coastal run in the sparkling sunshine and am now feeling very healthy and motivated once again. Bring on week six grin

Kitchen fairy- love your LC awards!

Where is slattern? And pistey? And cocolepew?

Hmmm.....

Had a shocker today for many reasons
Didn't get organised with food so had the following

Ham and cream cheese rolls
A small biscuit - was fecking horrible
No lunch
Boiled eggs with mayo at 5pm
An argument
Omelette with salami mushrooms and cheese

I am no LC inspiration today

Off to bed now lovely LCers. Onwards and downwards

An argument Not sure whether to grin or sad for you Gless but it made me chuckle to see it there in your list!

Sorry, I've been absent from the thread too for a while. I need to remember that a quick daily check in is lovely to catch up on everyone's news and to gain fresh motivation.

Forgot to say, I successfully completely avoided the carb laden buffet at the party on Saturday night. In fact I had no idea where in the pub it even was! I drank way too much for the WOE, but even three glasses of red down I wasn't remotely tempted to go and pig out. Had eggs when I got home instead. Went slightly wrong the next day with consumption of a flapjack, but my habits are definitely changing and for that I am very grateful.

BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 21:38:04

I hope there weren't too many carbs in that argument, Gless grin

Starfish - good to see you can change eating habits even after 3 glasses of red. Pork scratching are my friend I can assure you I ever thought I would utter those words!

The argument was the cause of having omelette which isn't bad in itself I just wanted a really Naice tea iykwim

BIWI - you know me

Low carb through and through wink

thekitchenfairy Mon 11-Feb-13 21:43:18

Hello [starfish]
Where are you in the Duchy? Had my first dawn run in a while today, DS still poorly at home so i got up early as I think a fortnight without regular exercise has really stalled me. I ran with the daffodils in view and home to a breakfast of local smoked mackerel. Quite yum!

Must say BIWI if I knew how quickly my bad eating habits would change and that it would in fact be possible to knock a sugar addiction on the head... I would have done this years ago.

BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 21:45:00

grin

Thank you for the award. I am indeed honoured!

NoveltySlippers Mon 11-Feb-13 21:47:53

Kitchenfairy and other runners - what do you wear to go running at this time of year?

I've never been running in winter before but I've recently moved to near a very large park.... Am starting to think it's a bit silly not to use it!

No idea what's suitable to wear in this cold weather though...

Tigglette Mon 11-Feb-13 21:51:53

Thanks for the lovely new thread BIWI, I've had a good day today food wise -
B a piece of cheese on the run
L pub lunch of chicken in creamy peppercorn sauce - avoided the chips sitting on the side of the plate and even checked with the chef to see that the sauce wasn't carb laden polishes halo
D chicken leek and mushroom "pie" ie filling, no pastry with buttered spinach

Happy days

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