Reverse Lent: starting a diet on Easter Monday

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Right, I had a baby 3 months ago. I need to lose 2 stone. I've eaten quite enough chocolate today. Tomorrow I'm starting a diet. Who's with me?

Normally I would do this as 'Sober October', but this year it's Reverse Lent. I'll eschew alcohol, eat lots of fruit and veg and try to get back into exercising. I don't anticipate losing both stone in 40 days, but I'd like to get a good head wind behind me for the rest of it.

I'll start by weighing myself tomorrow (Monday) morning, and weigh in each Monday after.

I'd really appreciate a bit of company with this. 40 days should be manageable, it's got a good (biblical) ring to it and by the time we're finished, it'll be well into spring and we can wear some nice clothes.

What more could we want?

twinklestar2 Mon 08-Apr-13 19:59:06

Well done on losses ladies!

eagleray Mon 08-Apr-13 20:24:33

You are right Trazzle as there were issues with my supply in the early days. The nurse I spoke to said that now BF was going well, the weight would just come off, but unfortunately for me it isn't true! The WW plan I'm on allows extra calories for BF and so I am hopefully eating enough to maintain supply, but little enough to lose weight.

Found a couple of manky bananas earlier, and as luck would have it, there's a WW recipe for a banana loaf using 2 manky bananas! It's coming out of the oven in 5 minutes and I will be virtually sharing it with you all.

Trazzletoes Mon 08-Apr-13 21:18:26

Sounds delish <channels psychic self!>

I definitely piled on the pounds while breast feeding. Being starving hungry and desperately tired is not a good combination for me smile

I get very cross with the whole 'the weight will just fall off' thing if you're breast feeding. It's a lie! And I expect to BF for a year. I'm not.going.to stay overweight that long!

I just drank a margherita. The whole not drinking thing might be tricky! It was yum.

Trazzletoes Wed 10-Apr-13 20:14:30

Right. This week has absolutely gone to hell in a handbasket! I have eaten horrificly badly BUT it looks like we might be back home this weekend (yay!) and the Drs said my eye is ok so I can now be less stressed about that and also can do exercise!

I am going to refocus myself tomorrow and sort myself out.

Don't worry trazzle, there's still half the week to go. Have a good night's sleep and crack on tomorrow. Great news about your son btw.

twinklestar2 Wed 10-Apr-13 23:37:28

It's not how you start it's how you finish! Get back on track tomorrow and you'll have 4 days to pull it back before Mondays weigh in. Good luck!

Rockchick1984 Fri 12-Apr-13 01:12:02

Hi ladies, am I too late to join in??? I'm currently 10st13. Was always 9st7 pre children, got down to 10st7 after DS. Fell pregnant again however I've sadly miscarried, I want to at least lose the baby weight from this pregnancy however would love to be less than 10st again!

More the merrier rockchick. Sorry for your loss, but welcome to the club.

twinklestar2 Sat 13-Apr-13 22:53:59

rock you sound like me. I'm 10st 12ish (ie I go into the 11s after a meal!) and was always around 9st 7 but then I got married and started trying for a baby and stopped dieting thinking I was going to get fat anyway! Nearly 2 years later and I'm still childless! would love to get down to 9st 7! Will be your buddy if you like? We can swap menus and race/motivate each other? :D

Sorry to hear about your mc, are you TTC at the moment?

Trazzletoes Sun 14-Apr-13 09:06:35

Hi, I just wanted to say that I'm going to have to bow out of this thread. DS' illness has turned out to be a lot more serious than previously thought and all my efforts now are on keeping him happy as we don't know how much longer we will have him for.

Good luck to the rest of you though. I will be cheering you all on from the sidelines with my pom-poms.

Rockchick1984 Sun 14-Apr-13 11:17:24

Trazzle I'm so sorry to hear about your DS - sending lots of <hugs> your way.

Twinkle not TTC just yet but planning on it again in the next few months, so want to lose this weight as quickly as possible without giving up chocolate or wine so a buddy would be great! Have you been trying to lose weight for long?

twinklestar2 Sun 14-Apr-13 12:47:44

Trazzle, sorry to hear about your son. Wish you all the best.

Rock - I've been on a diet for the past 10 years grin

trazzle I'm so sorry to hear about your son's illness. I'm glad you've made the decision not to worry about losing weight. I hope you still manage to have some energy left for yourself though. Best wishes. Xx

Gah. Weighed in at 161 lbs. Same as last week. I haven't had the best week in terms of dieting, but thought I'd have managed at least a couple of pounds. Bit disappointed really.

FrantasticO Mon 15-Apr-13 19:26:26

Trazzletoes I was on at the beginning and fell by the wayside.

I'm sending you every good wish in the world for you and your family.

Take care

eagleray Mon 15-Apr-13 23:01:32

Very sorry to hear about your son Trazzle - sending you hugs and wishing you all the best

Whimsical I had same result as you this week - static weight. I'm really gutted as worried my weight is stuck, but going to try again this week. Also, I walked 26 miles with the pram last week so really surprised that this didn't make a difference, along with cutting out most of the crap food.

Onwards and upwards - we will do better this week!

I'm not convinced eagle - my husband is going back to the UK for the week, leaving me with 4 children and some irritation that we're here because of his job, and he gets to go home!

But yes, best foot forward and all that.

Beccadugs Tue 16-Apr-13 17:00:47

Please could I join in v late? I actually started my diet on Easter Monday! Easter Sunday weigh in at 91kg... Sunday this week 89.4kg!! Hoping to get down to 80kg and start TTC!! Would like to aim for mid may, does that make it 40 days from Easter?!

Something like that becca. Easter Monday was clearly the day to start a diet... Well done on the first couple of kilos.

Beccadugs Tue 16-Apr-13 20:37:33

Thanks whimsicalname!!

I have spent the whole day starving... Think it is just because I am trying to be good!!

eagleray Tue 16-Apr-13 21:24:40

ooh Becca we have have almost identical weights! And interestingly, I was 80kg this time last year when I got a BFP (the result of which is now fast asleep in the corner of the lounge)

I did my official weigh-in today and I've actually lost a tiny bit after all - weight is now 88.8kg, down from 90.4 2 weeks ago.

Really need to start doing some toning exercises, but don't seem to have the energy. However, I did manage to walk 26 miles last week - I log all walks with the pram on an app and it all adds up.

Sorry you're being left with the kids Whimsical that sounds really tough. What's it like buying food in the US? Are there issues with portion sizes/types of food available, or is it pretty much like the UK? My only real experience of food in the US is when I've been transiting through Houston airport and the sandwiches are huge shock

twinklestar2 Tue 16-Apr-13 23:12:37

I'm TTC too Becca!

Beccadugs Wed 17-Apr-13 07:04:09

Ooh eagle, I can feel a bit of competition coming on... wink
Well done for your mammoth walks last week! Today is my first day of walking the 2 miles to work... Hope I don't end up totally knackered!!

Exciting times twinkle! I'm hoping shedding some weight will make the whole TTC/pregnancy thing easier!

Rockchick1984 Wed 17-Apr-13 08:52:28

Oooh Eagle what app do you track with? I tend to walk miles with the pram, but never have the faintest idea how far I'm actually going smile

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