30 day challenge-anyone in?

(128 Posts)
awaywego1 Tue 13-Nov-12 12:46:38

So it's a month now until all my Christmassy stuff starts properly. My work night out is on the 14th. I've been fannying about and not doing anything about this extra weight for the last year and I need to make a start now. I don't have loads to lose-I'm 5.2 and 9.8 but I'm feeling really wobbly and sluggish and all my clothes are too tight. So I'm going to:
1) be healthy eating-under maintenance cals-lots of fruit and veg, more protein and less snarky rubbish.
2) no drinking in the week-recently I've been drinking nightly 1-2glasses of wine and this is no good for mind or body.
3) Some hand weights, sit ups, a walk or the shred daily-this may be tricky as I do have health problems but I will try my best.
Anyone in with their own pre Christmas challenge? smile

peachypips Tue 13-Nov-12 14:10:11

Yes! Just thinking this this morn. I pledge to lose 8 pounds and exercise hard twice weekly. :-)

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 13-Nov-12 14:15:20

I'm in too. smile Would like to lose a stone.

Sunseed Tue 13-Nov-12 14:51:07

Oh, I've been fannying about for ages not actually getting on with losing weight. I keep on starting running and trying to eat well but then get sidetracked and it all slides horribly backwards again. I want to feel good about dressing up for Christmas events and stop feeling fat and frumpy.

I am going to:

Cut back on wine
Run (or walk/run) 3-4 times per week
Shred on each day that I don't run

RufflingFeathers Tue 13-Nov-12 14:59:53

I'll join you. This time last year I stopped snacking between meals and did more exercise and lost 1.5stone+ without 'dieting' as such.
I've kept it all off, but some of the good habits I established (not snacking/exercise), have become a little inconsistent.

I'd love to do some Shreds again, and feel like my arms are toned !

So for me:

1) no snacking between meals or in evenings
2) no crisps at all (they are my weakness rather than choc)
3) exercise 3x a week at least
4) 3 pieces of fruit/veg at least per day

How does that sound?

awaywego1 Tue 13-Nov-12 15:33:47

That all sounds excellent! grin Glad im not alone! There's something about it being a month which makes it feel more manageable-although I will pick it up again post Xmas. I need to lose around a stone but would be happy with 4-5 pounds. Am tracking on myfitnesspal for now to get my head around it all.

Jes33 Tue 13-Nov-12 20:31:56

Yup count me in too! Hopefully you guys might help me! Have put on about a stone in past 2 years when I started working from home. That has come to an end and kids both at school so no excuse. For me it's snacking on all sorts of rubbish ESP sweets and choc and crisps and biscuits. Need to cut them all out and up my exercise. Looking forward to kicking it off tomorrow!

NotNeeemo Tue 13-Nov-12 21:10:30

I too am up for this challenge, slimming world, 3 days exercise cut back on wine.... Lose a stone grin

awaywego1 Tue 13-Nov-12 21:15:23

Well I've done 2days now-no alcohol and eating less-under 1200 cals ouch
Haven't managed to do any exercise yet as I've been unwell but am planning to do something tommorow evening if I feel better enough.

TwllBach Tue 13-Nov-12 21:25:53

I'm really bad at keeping up with threads, but I'm putting my name down grin I lost a stone in seven weeks, starting September, then had half term blush

I just cut out snacking and lunch Monday to Friday but then still have takeaway/breakfast/lunch/snacks on weekends. I'm following the same pattern and am hoping to lose at least another half stone in the next five weeks although another stone would be nice

awaywego1 Wed 14-Nov-12 11:06:55

Today i am in the terrible biscuit place of work, am trying my hardest to resist temptation. Somewhat spurred on by the fact that when i weighed in this morning i was down 2 pounds, obviously mainly water but was super happy to be under 9 and a half stone!
Hope everyone else is doing well..we will look glorious and feel amazing in our party frocks-oh yes ;)

Jahan Wed 14-Nov-12 11:47:29

Id like to join.
I had a baby 4 weeks ago by c section so im not exercising yet. I'll start walking with the buggy in a week or so.
I want to get rid of my jelly belly by xmas when we ll be hav
ing a big family get together.
My plan is 3 healthy meals a day, 1 treat (am being :-) ) and snack on fruit.
Today the plan is
2 oatibix, apple
Cheese salad roll, tomato soup
Fun size choc
Salmon, veg noodles

RufflingFeathers Wed 14-Nov-12 13:30:28

Hello All, not doing super great so far today !! got back at lunchtime and was starving so ate two biscuits before I even made lunch - such empty calories !!
But have managed to stay away from crisps in cupboard - yeahh !

Jahan - am impressed that you can even contemplate weightloss at this point!

Away - cos you started this thread, you've got to inspire us all with your encouraging stories, ha ha ! so well done on resisting the biscuits !

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Wed 14-Nov-12 13:40:09

Had a salad last night and a couple of weight watchers crackers and that's all I had yesterday.

Only had Broccoli and cheese the day before.

Haven't eaten yet today, trying to be strategic about it but have worked out at Physio.

I swear the Physios exercises are worse than the Shred!

Can I join please?

I joined WW last January and did really well and by June had lost 33 lbs. It has all gone a bit hit and miss since then and I have regained almost half a stone. Went back to WW yesterday after not going for four weeks and am back in the right headspace now.

Am crap at exercising. Always manage to find something else to do!

But I was going to a toning machine place and walking there and back and it made a huge difference so from Monday I will start that again. Am in midst of decluttering the house and have lots of other things on this week but will try to do something - even if it is just dancing around the kitchen!

Jahan Wed 14-Nov-12 14:39:44

Rufflingfeathers I have to lose some weight asap as i seriously can't get into any clothes except jogging/yoga pants. I feel terrible.
Im also taking the next 30 days as time to sort myself out.
Im taking a good multi vit plus some liquid vit d, drinking 8 glasses of water, switching to green tea, using a whitening toothpaste, oil cleansing my skin and using a moisturiser daily and putting oil in my hair once a week.
Hopefully I'll look and feel less frumpy in a months time :-)

awaywego1 Wed 14-Nov-12 15:03:55

Ruffling-encouraging stories? erm i'm bloody starving! but determined not to go over calories today, so far ive had a slice of marmite on toast, banana, apple and yogurt. I'm planning spicy soup for tea and a curly wurly as a treat grin Im also going to try and do my hand weights watching tele and a few sit ups. Really craving a wine-but i am not having one until friday!
Well done to everyone giving it a go-be spurred on by christmas cake at the end of it all!

awaywego1 Wed 14-Nov-12 15:05:18

Jahan-i like your eight glasses of water a day, i'll steal that one. I'm vit d deficient so must remember to take my supplement daily too. Would fully reccomend it to anyone.

Schro - is that really all you ate all day?? You can't keep that up. Not good for you.

Away - have more protein. Fills you up longer.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Wed 14-Nov-12 15:18:08

Recovering from a sickness bug! I can't really eat more than that or I feel ill. sad

awaywego1 Wed 14-Nov-12 19:17:48

Schro-hope you feel better soon smile

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Wed 14-Nov-12 21:53:54

Thank you. smile Just that bloody winter sickness thing. Feeling a lot better now, it's just I couldn't really eat anything so taking it slowly. smile

awaywego1 Wed 14-Nov-12 23:02:36

Glad you're feeling better, those sicky bugs can really linger.
Good day food wise although I definately need to up the protein to stave odd hunger. Didn't get time to do the sacked off the exercise so will try again tommorow.
Hope you've all had a good day.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Thu 15-Nov-12 11:57:50

Hey, thanks and yeah they can.

Glad you had a good day. I am loving weight watchers crackers. I got the garlic and herb ones and they are yummy and really low calorie (55 per 4 crackers), laughing cow cheese on them, the extra light ones are only 20 calories a triangle!

Had egg mayonaise salad last night. Got Hellmans extra light mayonaise and it's only 10 calories a tbsp!

Done some exercise at physio as well, weights and stuff and done some sit ups at home.

So far, I have lost over a stone since the bug started. Now 10st and need to lose another 1 and a half.

Hope you and everyone else has a good day today! smile

Jes33 Thu 15-Nov-12 15:51:37

Good day here yesterday food wise and managed an exercise class and dog walk..... Today though is miserable here and drank coffee all morning and one biscuit!! No dog walk yet although might try later. Intending to cook a nice dinner too - saw in WW magazine and looks quite easy. Chicken with olives and tomatoes and cous cous. Will let you know how it tastes. Trying to resist standing on scales every day too.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Thu 15-Nov-12 16:09:45

Jes "Chicken with olives and tomatoes and cous cous." That sounds gorgeous. Apparently that diet coke chicken is really low fat as well, it's lovely, have you tried that? Really simple too.

Having food now (egg mayo salad again) and have spent the afternoon making cupcakes (luckily I hate cake so no temptation!)

Jahan Thu 15-Nov-12 16:13:38

Good day yesterday for me too.
Todays plan
fruit n fiber, banana
Broccoli and stilton soup, cheese and tomato sandwich
2 oatcakes with peanut butter, grapes
Chicken pie thanks to dh smile

Jes33 that recipe sounds really nice. Let us know if its and worth sharing smile
Schro glad you're feeling better. That bug sounds awful
Everyone seems to be doing well!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Thu 15-Nov-12 17:02:00

Jahan Thanks, I think everyone has had it now though.

I would kill for some actual cheese. envy If I done that though, I'd never be able to stop.

Agree as well about Jes's recipe, it sounds lovely.

awaywego1 Thu 15-Nov-12 21:46:25

Sounds like everyone is doing well! All good for me during the day but then went out for an unplanned meal for DPs mums b'day-which equalled high calorie food and lots of wine, hey ho, ill try and have a relatively good few days to make up for it.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Thu 15-Nov-12 22:19:23

Can always start again tomorrow. smile If you have already been limiting calories I am sure with just than one meal over, you will be fine. smile

I'm off to the cinema tonight, have to make sure I am not tempted by nachos or a hotdog!

So far today I have had an egg and extra light mayo salad with a pack of WW 55calorie crackers and a laughing cow triangle and broccoli cauliflower and cheese sauce. I doubt I will be able to keep it up when I get to the cinema! sad

awaywego1 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:32:50

Schro-How did the cinema go? Yes am trying to be healthy today despite being a bit a lot hungover. So far i've had 2 weetabix with skimmed milk and lots of coffee, lunch will be a poached egg on 1 wholemeal toast and for tea a jacket with tuna, am meeting a friend later for a drink so there may be a G&T but am going to keep it minimal.
Hope everyone is having a good friday?

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Fri 16-Nov-12 13:02:18

Cinema went great! All I had there was a can of sugar free relentless! grin Chuffed with myself. smile

Did you have a good night last night? (not food wise wink)

That sounds a good menu for today. smile Eggs are great for staving off hunger and are full of protein. G+T is fine I believe, think they are pretty much calorie free?

Haven't eaten yet but am going to have WW crackers and WW tuna I think. smile

awaywego1 Fri 16-Nov-12 13:28:11

Excellent choice making at the cinema-impressed with the willpower grin
Yes i had a good night thanks-and think DPs mum did too which is great.
I'm a bit weird about crackers, which is a shame because they always sound so delicious, maybe i need to give some a go again.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Fri 16-Nov-12 13:35:26

Tbh, the line and prices in the cinema certainly helped my decision. grin It was packed!

Glad you had a good night and so did DP's Mum. Don't worry about it anyway, it was only one night. smile

The WW crackers are very thin and they are wheat and rye. They don't really taste the same as the normal kind of buttery crackers. smile Poundland are selling loads of different types and the WW pitta breads. (Not following WW btw, there's no way I could eat 29 points a day but some of their foods are really good). hmm

Jahan Fri 16-Nov-12 14:00:06

Glad both of you had a good night. I think one meal off a diet per week is allowed and doesn't usually harm weight loss.

I agree that cinema prices are terrible. It definitely puts me off buying anything. Im usually happy with a cappuccino!

Todays plan
Fruit n fiber, banana, 1 slice toast
Tomato soup, slice bread, yoghurt, grapes
Meatloaf, asparagus, mash

Jahan Fri 16-Nov-12 14:02:52

Glad both of you had a good night. I think one meal off a diet per week is allowed and doesn't usually harm weight loss.

I agree that cinema prices are terrible. It definitely puts me off buying anything. Im usually happy with a cappuccino!

Todays plan
Fruit n fiber, banana, 1 slice toast
Tomato soup, slice bread, yoghurt, grapes
Meatloaf, asparagus, mash

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Fri 16-Nov-12 14:03:05

Is meatloaf nice? I have never tried it.

YY to cinema prices, probably a good thing they are so high!

Jahan Fri 16-Nov-12 14:05:16

Glad both of you had a good night. I think one meal off a diet per week is allowed and doesn't usually harm weight loss.

I agree that cinema prices are terrible. It definitely puts me off buying anything. Im usually happy with a cappuccino!

Todays plan
Fruit n fiber, banana, 1 slice toast
Tomato soup, slice bread, yoghurt, grapes
Meatloaf, asparagus, mash

Jahan Fri 16-Nov-12 14:06:29

Oh dear. Not sure what happened there!

Jahan Fri 16-Nov-12 14:07:52

Its great. Shortcut for burgers


Jahan Fri 16-Nov-12 14:08:57
McNally Fri 16-Nov-12 15:01:49

Can I join? Thought breastfeeding was going to help me lose weight but has so far had the opposite effect. Damn. I need to make a start at losing one and a half stone and thought that some public (sort of) accountability might help (actual real life accountability at WW or SM is a step too far!). I did level 1 of the Shred yesterday (ow!) so going to try and do that again tonight. Food is my downfall really so trying to cut back on snacking and drink more water.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Fri 16-Nov-12 15:07:07

Jahan Must try one of those recipes. Cold food is meant to be good for dieting, I have the Dukan diet book here and he explains that you burn more calories when you're food is cold as your body has to work to warm it up as it goes through your system or something. Apparently as well, sucking ice cubes burns calories for the same reasons so he suggests making fruit flavoured ice. Diet redbull ice cubes anyone? grin

McNally Hello. <waves> smile I have heard a lot of people say they retained more weight while BF. sad I didn't do it for long enough to notice to much of a difference.

Jahan Fri 16-Nov-12 16:01:16

I never knew that about cold food!

I love ice cream. Do you think the actual calorie count is less than stated after it goes through the body? [Hopeful]

We actually have the meatloaf hot and made with lean lamb mince. There's been a change of plan and we re having it with ratatouille instead.

Hi mcnally. Im bf too and I don't lose weight either. My sister lost tonnes. I feel very hard done by.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Fri 16-Nov-12 16:32:50

Basically, he put it as in the calorie count of the food isn't actually lower but you burn loads of calories trying to heat it up and digest it.

He also talked about "negative calorie foods" like lettuce and stuff (basically lots of veggies), where you appaprently burn more calories digesting it than are in the food it's self.

It's also suggested that your 8 glasses of water a day are kept very cold so this helps you burn more.

I'm going to buy some of that skinny moo ice cream today (like 100 calories a tub or something), would you like me to report back on how it is?

McNally Fri 16-Nov-12 17:08:22

Yes please report back on the ice cream Schro. Maybe it'll be like Haagen Dazs. Hmmm. Also going to try to find those WW crackers you mentioned.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Fri 16-Nov-12 21:30:07

Couldn't get the ice cream as ended up no where near a supermarket. sad

Jes33 Fri 16-Nov-12 21:51:50

Hello everyone and well done as it all seems to be coming along quite nicely! Ok day here too - did have an egg mayonnaise bagel at lunch which was lush! Chicken, olives and tomatoes tonight as dh was home late last night.

Very nice too and easy. Chicken breast cut into 3 pieces, olives, halved cherry tomatoes, garlic, 100ml veg stock made with half a cube, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. All in oven for 30 mins. Oh almost forgot some rosemary too if you wish. I really messed up with the cous cous though so resorted to rice. Still lovely.

No exercise here today either my kids were off - in service day. Tomorrow.....

Anyone else sobbing their way through Children in Need.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Fri 16-Nov-12 22:46:50

Well done. smile I had a chicken royale and diet coke today in BK. blush

That recipe does sound nice!

Not watching Children in Need. We're watching "Wanted" hmm.

McNally Fri 16-Nov-12 23:54:15

Also sobbing my way through Children in Need. Going to have to stop watching!

Did the Shred again tonight and already having trouble getting off the sofa, so tomorrow is going to be painful! Had a low-calorie veg curry but ruined it with coke and kit kat.

Impressive cooking Jes. Especially for a Friday night!

awaywego1 Sat 17-Nov-12 00:16:09

I like the idea of this fat burning icecream-not entirely convinced of the science but a small detail grin
Been out to the pub had 2 g&ts but under cals for today but very happy with that. Still not done any exercise but have a long walk tommorow to pick my car up so that's a start!
Lots of healthy food and well deserved Friday evening snacks on this thread tonight so well done everyone smile

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sat 17-Nov-12 19:09:56

How is everyone today?

Just eating now as I have a sore mouth. Having Salad with no dressing, smoked salmon slices, ww crackers and soft cheese and a few ww crisps. Happy about today.

Only exercise today has been about a mile light walk to the shops and back!

awaywego1 Sat 17-Nov-12 19:12:39

Sounds like you are doing great schro grin
I'm having sausage stew and wine tonight but somewhat offset by only having a yogurt for lunch. However I need to make sure that I'm strict in the week if I'm going to indulge at the weekend.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sat 17-Nov-12 19:14:41

Ohh, sausage stew... <fantasises>

I could kill a sausage casserole!

No harm in indulging at the weekend, my problem is when I do indulge at the weekend I just don't get back to the diet.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sat 17-Nov-12 19:44:05

Have relented and also having a WW yogurt (can you tell there is a theme i my fridge? grin) Expected it to be rank but it's yummy!

awaywego1 Sat 17-Nov-12 19:49:54

Schro-sausage stew was lovely but yes I need to ensure I get back on things on Monday. I'm really keen to not let during inflict on 'normal' socialising at the weekends so that's my motivation, but it's easy to let it slip. I find 'up day down day' works better for me than eating the same calories everyday-but we will see in a couple of weeks!
Ps. I quite like weight watchers yogurts too.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sat 17-Nov-12 19:55:01

It's good way of doing it if it works for you, unfortunately I just can't do it. sad

What ones did you have? Mines were strawberry tart flavoured, really didn't expect them to be so lovely! Think my withdrawl from sugar is wearing off now, thank god!

threeinone Sat 17-Nov-12 20:08:42

I need to join as today's fare of crisps, a big bag of toffees and take out isn't going to get me in my jeans!

Am a bit wonky post delivery so the shred looks too scary but my post delivery weight loss has stopped and bitter experience tells me that all the new baby cake and cuddles can soon become weight gains. Don't normally care but I need to get healthier, fitter and be able to keep up with the children. Am less fit than have ever been after a rubbish pregnancy so it starts here. Am 5 ft 8 and 11 1/2 stone. Only healthy stuff tomorrow ( though am a bit scared by just how good some of you are!)

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sat 17-Nov-12 20:11:03

Hi ThreeInOne. grin <waves>

You'll do fine and it's not easy after having a baby. My DS is nearly 14 months and that's me just getting round to it!

threeinone Sat 17-Nov-12 21:54:04


To be fair this is the first time I have got round to it after number one seven years ago...smile

McNally Sun 18-Nov-12 00:17:02

Hi threeinone. It has taken me six months after DD's arrival to even contemplate doing any exercise.

Did the Shred again today but food has been a total and utter disaster. Sigh. Must do better tomorrow.

Schro congrats on weaning yourself off sugar. Amazing willpower!

threeinone Sun 18-Nov-12 08:42:45

Hi, McNally (good name) you did the shred thus are a hero. Am sat in bed justifying buttery toast on the ground that it is at least food rather than crisps! It would seem I will not find this easy, Schro you must have huge willpower.

Did think about jogging with the dog but am bf and could only do it if I also carried a breast in each hand, maybe if I wait until it is dark?!

McNally Sun 18-Nov-12 11:33:52

Ha ha ha threeinone. That's how I do the cardio sections of the Shred! I keep the curtains closed!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sun 18-Nov-12 15:04:32

I really don't have much will power. Just getting through day by day and thinking it wont be long until bedtime so it wont matter. blush

Haven't done the shred in ages!

Jes33 Sun 18-Nov-12 21:20:03

Hello all. Hope we're well and still keeping up. Quiet one here but seem to have been ok. Next week def need to up the exercise and fruit and veg and water intake!! Not much really! I tend to go for coffee or diet coke if I feel the need for something. Not great at all but suppose it is better than chocolate or sweets. I've been trying those WW puddings - like chocolate mousse. Quite like them. Those ski mousses are nice too.
Think it is going to be very wet here in morning so my walk which has to happen could be pretty unpleasant - hey ho!

Hope everyone has a good week!

awaywego1 Mon 19-Nov-12 09:48:50

Hello smile
I'm a bit off the radar at the money due to bring ill in bed so the regime is somewhat off until I feel a bit better (tho I can't imagine I'll be mainlining wine and cakes so I should be ok)
Hope everyone else is doing well-the weekends over which is generally bad-but I find it much easier to be healthy in the week.
And (dare I ask) has anyone weighed in yet?

momoland Mon 19-Nov-12 10:23:38

Hey a bit late but can i join in as well. Lost 10Ibs in September using mfp but have managed to put 5Ibs back on. Feeling determined today so jumping back on the diet/healthy eating wagon. Really need to up exercise apart from running after kids, housework and some walking im not that great at it but gonna try and do my fitness dvds a couple of times a week and do more walking. Im 5ft 4in and weigh 10.12 the now. If i can lose 5 to 7Ibs for Christmas would be delighted. Here goes smile

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 11:30:36

Jes Need to up exercise too, are you doing the shred? Try the strawberry tart ones, they're lush! grin

Away Are you okay? sad I hope you feel better soon and if you want some cake, have it.

My scales are broken! I am definitely at least a size smaller though and one of my blouses now looks huge on me. Will need to get working scales.

Momo Hello. <waves> smile

ankh Mon 19-Nov-12 11:35:27

I'm in too, starting today. I'm 61kg and aiming to get to 58kg by the end of the year.

The plan:
- cut completely carbs and sugar for a whole month (no rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, no sweets, no sugar, no pastries)
- eat only 0% or low fat versions of dairy products
- only low carb fruit, which is pretty much berries and rhubarb and apples
- use as little oil as possible when cooking
- if I absolutely need to drink alcohol, I'm allowed only red wine

My level of exercise is low, just walking every day and swimming once a week so I'l try and up that too, perhaps go swim twice a week and walk more at lunch time. I can't be bothered to join a gym or exercise at home sad.

Good luck everyone!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 11:55:58

Ankh Welcome. smile

That is pretty much exactly what I am doing. I have been allowing 1 pack of WW oat and wheat crackers a day though which have 15g of carbs. I'm pretty sure this is the allowed limit for the Dukan as well.

Dairy products: Tesco sell a very low fat soft cheese, it's lovely with 37 calories per 30g. Also Hellmans do a "lighter than light" mayonaise at 10 cals per tbsp, Asda are selling big squeezy bottles of it for £1.

Interested to see how you do, seeing as we are doing practically the same. No alcohol for me though and if I was to then it would be spirits only.

ankh Mon 19-Nov-12 12:14:02

@SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus what a nickname! smile

Thanks, yes the plan is my own interpretation of Dukan. Should I consider some wheat bran or oat bran as well, is my plan too radical with no carbs at all? I'm not cutting beans and peas and corn as suggested by Dukan so perhaps those will provide some carbs? Also the fruit I'm having has some carb (on Dukan there is no fruit allowed).

0% Yeo Valley plain yoghurt rocks!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 12:40:12

Thanks. grin

See, I am not having beans or peas or corn, just green salad, tomatoes and cucumber and spring onion so as to keep my iron levels up so I'm not really getting any carbs from anywhere else, I'm not having really any fruit either unless it's in a WW yogurt which I have only had 1 in 2 weeks..

Atkins suggests a couple of cups of salad a day so I figured it would be okay, the crackers are really just so I don't get bored of really low carb as I had quite the addiction before I started.

Haven't tried the Yeo Valley ones yet, had a look on the pot and it is riddled with carbs!

Are you doing the ice cubes as suggested by Dukan? We talked about it up-thread a bit.

ankh Mon 19-Nov-12 13:06:39

ice cubes? haven't heard of this.

yeo valley 0% fat yoghurt (light blue label) doesn't contain added sugar/carbs, so it's dukan friendly. the sugar that's on the label is actually lactose, hence the high carb number you are seeing on the nutrition box.

"No added sugar this yogurt contains only milk's naturally occurring sugar (lactose)"

yeah, trying to limit beans/peas/corn/carrots in favor of salads but i also have other vegs, mostly roasted like peppers, courgettes, mushrooms, spinach, anything would do... as long as it's not potatoes. that's a no no.

just had a huge salad for lunch, sprinkled with some smoked salmon bits. not sure what to eat for dinner, might roast roast chicken with vegs maybe. dinners have to be DD-friendly as I don't want to cook separately.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 13:13:27

In the Dukan book at the start when he's explaining tips he says that hot food is a problem with weight loss as it's too easy to digest as the body doesn't need to warm it to digest it. He suggests eating cold foods and making flavoured ice cubes to suck on as this apparently burns calories because the body needs to heat it. smile

Also, negative calorie foods such as Lettuce where you burn more calories digesting it than you absorb.

I might give the Yeo valley a try then, trying to severly limit anything that tastes sweet though as I have just got over sugar withdrawl.

That's what I love about this, huge salads! They taste lovely and are really filling.

I'm not worrying too much about cooking, I am actually only eating one meal a day and that's salad with some smoked salmon or tuna and very low fat mayo or egg mayo and a pack of WW crackers and sometimes a laughing cow triangle.

How much are you trying to lose?

ankh Mon 19-Nov-12 13:25:15

wrote that in my initial message: about 3 kgs (roughly 7 lbs) so not that much , but my body is very stubborn when it comes to weight loss.

lost most of the pregnancy weight during breastfeeding and then it started going up again. i've been having trouble maintaining my weight where it is now, so i know losing will be tough. having said that, i don't want to kill myself while trying so Dukan seemed too radical. thought about other diets but calorie counting is not for me and i couldn't possibly survive on fasting days so decided to tweak Dukan a bit.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 13:39:32

Sorry, I missed that. blush

Have you read about the South Beach diet? I'm not sure but I don't think it's quite as harsh but still low carb.

I could easily survive on the fasting days, just now I wont go over 500 cals a day and most days work out about 300 calories. I'm just not seeing great reviews about the results on it so decided it wasn't for me.

ankh Mon 19-Nov-12 15:27:54

does it cost anything other than the cost of food? :D I'm not willing to pay for any products or subscription.

500 cals a days is very low, no?

awaywego1 Mon 19-Nov-12 16:48:39

Schro-are you only eating 500cals a day everyday?? [surely not-faints at the thought]

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 17:38:51

No, I just bought the book ages ago on Amazon for £1. Haven't tried it though.

It is low but I am pretty inactive and unable physically to do much exercise.

Away Yes, every day. 500 cal limit and no sugar, bread or pasta (apart from once this entire time). sad Pretty used to it now though.

Falling off the wagon tonight though! Can't get to the shops because of the weather so we need to phone takeaway. Tbh, I am quite looking forward to it! Back to normal tomorrow though.

awaywego1 Mon 19-Nov-12 18:25:37

Blimey schro-that is hardcore. I struggled with 5:2 and that was only eating 500 cals twice a week. I'm sure you know what you are doing but do look after yourself, listen to your body etc etc smile

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 19:32:33

Tbh, I tried 5:2 for a bit, I thought that was harder as I wasn't getting into a daily pattern IYSWIM?

So... We had to get take out tonight, I ordered a kebab. I think my stomach has shrunk, 14mo DS managed to eat more than me! shock

Don't worry though. smile I will listen to my body and although it's a smallish amount of calories, I am eating a fair bit of low calorie food like salad.

How are you doing today?

McNally Mon 19-Nov-12 21:20:17

5:2 is my worst nightmare. There is not a chance I could do it! The more I have to think about food the more I end up eating... Schro glad you are listening to your body as 500 cals a day really doesn't seem enough. Even on the 5:2 it is just 2 days out of 7? Hope you enjoyed the kebab tonight. You definitely earned it!

I'm having a bit of a set back as the Shred seems to have done something bad to my back. The cardio sections hurt it quite a bit. Not sure whether to keep going or not as want to complete it now I've started it but don't want to damage my back as I know how awful that can be.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 21:30:57

McNally 5:2 is my worst nightmare as well, if I am not continually restricting my calorie intake and in a daily routine I will just think about food too much and eat it. Kebab was nice, didn't even manage a quarter before my stomach hurt. Not cut out for them anymore, tasted lush though.

I really think the shred is a bit dangerous actually, especially if you have big boobs and don't have a completely amazing sports bra. All those jumping jacks are a bit too high impact on a daily basis imo.

Please give your poor back a break, try youtubing some yoga or pilates exercises that might be a bit kinder.

McNally Mon 19-Nov-12 22:01:41

Schro I was having to fold my boobs into my pre-pregnancy sports bra so I only have myself to blame really blush. Damn, thought the Shred was the answer as can just about fit it in during one of my baby's naps.

I'm a bit worried about you and the 500 cals. Hope you are taking care of yourself.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 22:07:53

McNally Thank you but seriously, don't worry. smile

I have a medical condition that means regular exercise just isn't sustainable and I can only do it when I feel really well. Basically, I'm not really doing much to burn many calories anyway and I don't feel I need to eat more IYSWIM? I'm also really quite short (just under 5'2") so my daily calories wouldn't be 2000 anyway. smile

If you have big boobs don't do high impact exercise in a badly fitted bra! shock First time I did the shred, I wasn't even wearing a bra and I'm a 32GG! I learned the hard way, please don't do the same!

McNally Mon 19-Nov-12 22:20:54

Schro ok, if you are sure. I'm the same height as you and 34GG! Spooky! I will take your advice on the Shred. Seems there is no short cuts! Waaahh!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 22:55:34

That is a bit spooky... At least buy a very good sports bra that is properly fitted and leave it for a few days?

I was a 34GG before I started dieting, bought a brand new bra from Bravissimo which was fitted for me at 34GG 2 weeks ago and now I have to wear it on the tightest clip and it's still too big. Someone on the bra thread reckons I must actually need a 30! shock


awaywego1 Mon 19-Nov-12 23:00:04

I'm a 5 foot twoer too waves sadly not so well endowed in the boobage area tho!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 23:24:45

Away I'd gladly swap. grin It's really not a good thing...

McNally Mon 19-Nov-12 23:33:05

I agree. Though does give me an excuse not to do the Shred wink.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 23:38:11


Jes33 Tue 20-Nov-12 12:57:49

Goodness 500 is very little. You must be hardcore! I reckon I've just packed away 500 at lunch as I decided to have some crisps... Not sure why but never mind.

No shred here - just a couple of classes a week and dog walking. Have weighed myself today and think I have lost 4 lbs so quite happy. Need to keep going though and up the walking... So far this week my increased fruit intake has been zilch and my water intake is approx 3 a day!

Hows everyone else getting on?

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 13:06:30

Jes I'm really not, it's that low constantly as I don't have much willpower unless I have a routine.

My meals aren't small, they're just filled with lots of low/no carb, practically fat free and low calorie foods (salad and a bit of egg mayo or fish). Did you know a pack of cooked mussels from Asda is only 98 cals and a laughing cow cheese triangle if light is only 20?. wink

I also only eat one meal a day so my meal is big. smile It's working for me and I am happy with it.

Get the WW crisps! They're only about 75 calories a pack and are really lovely (I am not associated with WW btw but their food is quite decent).

What classes are you going to?

ankh Tue 20-Nov-12 14:06:52

@SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus I don't mean to be disrespectful at all but I would check this with your GP... 500 cal for several days is fine but I believe for weeks or months it's not a good idea regardless of your level of exercise.

Good day today for me, yoghurt with berries in the morning, 2x coffees with a bit of skimmed milk, salad with chicken bits at lunch, and planning for veal & sautee mushrooms for dinner.

Getting on the scale once a week, don't want to do it more often. Will do Fridays weigh ins til Xmas.

awaywego1 Tue 20-Nov-12 15:24:55

I'm not doing great this week, virusey horribleness an generally feeling down in the dumps has left me feeling unmotivated. Have not been eating terribly but certainly not as healthily as I'd like. Am going to go back to work tommorow hopefully so will try and get back on it.
Like shro I have a long term health problem which means exercise is not usually possible, I'd love to go for a run but its a struggle to get out of bed at the moment so I don't think it's going to happen-which is frustrating because then it all depends on cutting back food wise which I don't find easy. sad
Sorry for rant! Hope everyone is doing better than me smile

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 16:54:22

Ankh It's fine, I understand your worry. smile I'm waiting on the GP phoning me back anyway about something else so I will say to him then.

Glad you're having a good day. smile

Away Sorry to hear you aren't well. sad Is it that sickness bug? That's what started my diet! Couldn't eat so thought I wouldn't go back to eating crap. Hope you are okay for work, just don't push yourself too much.

Not being able to exercise is horrible, isn't it? You feel kind of hopeless when it comes to weight and negative comments don't really help like "eat less" because when you are practically inactive and also short it takes an awful cut down on calories to get anywhere.

I don't think my scales are working right, they keep going up and down so I don't know if it's them or me retaining water but I have went down nearly 2 sizes so am definitely losing weight.

McNally Tue 20-Nov-12 21:26:21

Well done on the weight/dress size loss Jes and Schro and on the good diet day ankh (v impressed with the menu!). Very sorry to hear you are not well away. Hope you are feeling better - you need to take it easy and make sure you are eating enough to recover.

It must be frustrating to not be able to exercise. I'm not doing much at the moment but it must be hard if that isn't your decision.

Weighed myself this morning. No loss (but no gain either). Not a massive surprise as still struggling with food quite badly.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 21:31:02

Well, seems my diet can't stick and I wont lose anymore weight because tonight... I found out I am pregnant. confused

I still hope everyone will do well and I will still keep checking in.

awaywego1 Tue 20-Nov-12 21:49:58

Schro-congratulations? How are you feeling about it?? You need to get eating pronto my love grin

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 21:54:34

Thanks. smile Not feeling to good about it tbh. I am on the nuvaring and can't really work at present because of the health problems. sad I already have DS who is just turning 14 months.

Way ahead of you, have just finished a full pack of appeteaser cheeses and about to demolish a pizza and then minstrels. not comfort eating, no siree. grin

awaywego1 Tue 20-Nov-12 22:25:08

Oh love that's so hard and must be a real shock-do you have a partner around to support you? I think comfort eating is entirely Appropriate in this situation-knock yourself out love!
I imagine a 14 month old is quite a handful-do you have anyone who could give you a break tommorow so you can have a bit of space to think?
Thinking of you x

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 22:31:39

Yeah, I have DP. smile I think he's a bit in shock too at being a Father again so soon.

I have eaten to the point I feel sick. hmm Stomach has definitely shrunk a bit!

He is a bit, he just started walking 2 days ago! shock I do but I think I will just get on with things, might pass time a bit quicker.
Thanks, any support is a help. smile

awaywego1 Tue 20-Nov-12 22:35:29

Am glad you've got a DP. Look after yourself love and I hope you get some sleep tonight-pop back and let us know how you are feeling tommorow smile

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 20-Nov-12 22:36:22

I will. smile Thanks again.

Will be going to bed in 5 minutes so will definitely check in tomorrow.

McNally Tue 20-Nov-12 23:12:29

Oh Schro, hope you are doing ok. It is hard to get such a shock. I think that this evening's eating was very restrained. Let us know how you are doing tomorrow and I'll fill you in on trivial diet breaking scoffings.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Wed 21-Nov-12 10:57:48

Hey, thanks. smile I am okay today, still shakey.

Would love to know all about trivial diet breaking scoffings! grin

Jahan Wed 21-Nov-12 11:27:03

Schro congratulations! I know its abit of a shock for you but im sure you'll be fine. Small age gaps can be great as the kids will play together (eventually!) Im sure things will work out and it was just meant to be smile

Away hope you're feeling better.

I had to give Shred too. I started to get pains in my knees. Can I suggest Davina? Her dvds are really good. I prefer to do them now.

Well I've lost no weight so far sad
I think its because im not doing any exercise yet (5 weeks since c se ton) and am just parked up on the sofa feeding or comforting my dd. I think I also need to reduce carbs so will have a carb curfew at 4pm.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Wed 21-Nov-12 11:50:11

5 weeks since your C-section! shock You're brave starting so early! grin

Thanks as well, I'm sure it will be lovely, I just can't see that right now. Just thinking of all the practicalities of it all...

Away Hope you're feeling better today as well. x

Jahan Wed 21-Nov-12 13:22:23

Well as indicitive of my lack of weight loss, I haven't really started much yet!
At this point, im just trying to break bad habits like evening snacking and grazing all day on quick fixes rather than having proper meals.
I intend to start properly next week after my 6 week check. I'll do proper calorie counting and lots of walking with the buggy.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Wed 21-Nov-12 13:25:53

I've heard the buggy jogging groups can be quite fun. grin

wossgoinon Wed 21-Nov-12 15:59:03

Can I join please?

Occasional poster and full time lurker. I measured myself today and see that I have put on two inches around the middle.

I want to at least cut out the sweet crap and start eating healthily again, This weather just makes me want to eat cake and stay in bed. I need motivation

Jes33 Wed 21-Nov-12 17:14:14

Oh Schro - congratulations. Is it slowly sinking in? How you feeling now - hopefully still eating and minstrels too. Love em!

Still ticking along ok but not brilliantly and could def do better. Jahan , like you trying to et properly at the correct times and relatively healthily and not eating crap! Unlike you I'm 6 years post c-section so no excuse for me.

Been to my class today which is Pilates/tai chi. Though I would hate it but really like it.

Hello to everyone and welcome to anyone new!

awaywego1 Wed 21-Nov-12 17:17:49

So despite having thought I'd had a bad week due to being ill I imputed everything into mfp today and I'm not doing too badly, on target cal wise. i also weighed in today and the 2 pounds i lost last week has stayed off so I am pleased with that. Am also remembering little tricks from calorie counting previously-like my favourite pud of fruit salad, fat free yogurt and a mini meringue and 10 cal jelly pots can you tell it's the sweet tooth that's the problem
Jahan-sounds like a perfect plan-it's breaking those little habits which needs to happen first, go easy tho so soon after birth-your body will still be recovering.

Woss- welcome aboard-I'm mainly a very prolific lurker too-stepping out of my comfort zone here wink

Schro-hope the shock is wearing off and you are having plenty of sweet treats to help you through it. I'm still feeling rough hut hopefully getting better but dragged myself in for half a day at work and managed ok. I'm on sickness monitoring already so I need to really try to be there more but it's hard going at the moment.

awaywego1 Wed 21-Nov-12 17:20:25

Ooh just realised we have done a week! 23 days to go (although ideally it won't stop there!)

awaywego1 Wed 21-Nov-12 17:21:24

Sorry Jes-cross posted with you there-well done for going to your class-it's good you like it-that has to help!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Wed 21-Nov-12 19:15:58

Jes Still a bit in shock but have brought myself round to the idea. Didn't eat the minstrels last night but had them today, haven't had anything else yet but about to have sausage sandwiches. grin

Have been really interested in Pilates type classes, was it really good then?

Away Glad you have kept it off! I'm going to start eating healthy again tomorrow. I don't want to put too much weight on this time and it doesn't hurt to eat right. Obviously no tiny calorie count diets though!

You really need to be careful with work. sad Better to have to get a letter or explain what is wrong than do yourself damage? Or, I'm sure if you have actually thrown up you're not actually meant to go into work for 48 hours.

awaywego1 Wed 21-Nov-12 20:54:24

Thanks schro-its been more of a coldly virusey thing than sickness, but yeah it's hard with work, they are aware of my health problems but I still need to be there as much as I can be without killing myself
Yes to healthy eating-but do make sure you eat enough, glad you are coming round a bit-try and focus on the nice bits like lovely cuddles and titchy clothes can you tell I'm broody! rather than the stressful practicalities for the time being.
Made a nice noodle soup for tea which is tasty and low in cals AND I've been sticking to not drinking in the week which is v. good.

Rockchick1984 Thu 22-Nov-12 00:06:22

Am I too late to join in??? Would desperately love to lose half a stone before Christmas, I've got 10lbs to get back to pre-baby weight - DS is 20 months so it's about time I dealt with it really grin

Congratulations on the weight loss so far everyone thanks I eat relatively healthily, but am a massive snack fan so need to try and stick to just eating at mealtimes and not sending DH to the spar for chocolate at 9pm every evening and I'm going to try and start drinking 2 litres of water every day as I pretty much survive on just coffee to drink at the moment!

awaywego1 Thu 22-Nov-12 10:23:52

Hey rock welcome aboard-I'm a coffee drinker too-ad need to drink more water-I bought some sugar free apple cordial which has been helping. Good luck with reducing those snacks-it's hard-allow yourself some low cal treats instead and get some lovely berries in.

awaywego1 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:16:59

Hope we're all doing ok today. I've managed to stick to my 1200 cals but had a glass of wine on a week night which is bad but won't be drinking on Saturday so figure that's not too bad.

awaywego1 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:03:07

Hey everyone-how's everyone doing on this horrible rainy and windy night?
Have had a generally good week, kept to my allocated 1200 cals most days and my drinking is much reduced so am fairly happy with that although I'd like to have eaten less sugary snacks.
Still not done any bloody exercise and its not seeming likely at the moment, although finally have a long awaited neurology appointment on Monday so maybe he will come up with some answers not holding my breath tho sad
Next weeks plan is to carry on with the calorie counting, cut down on the sugary snacks and try and drink some more water.

Rockchick1984 Sun 25-Nov-12 00:17:44

Well done away - I'm doing terribly badly!! Managing to increase my water intake most days, but seem to only be able to diet for one day at a time, then end up blowing it the next day. How do you motivate yourself to stick to it?

awaywego1 Sun 25-Nov-12 09:06:06

I don't know rock I'm normally dreadful but feeling a bit more motivated at the moment, logging everything on mfp but being much less strict at the weekend is helping.,.as well as factoring in some chocolate everyday!

ankh Mon 26-Nov-12 10:27:54

hi everyone, and welcome to the new joiners! never too late to start.

my weekend was so and so, managed to stay off carbs for most of it but cheated on Sat night - red wine and cookies. luckily I found the strength to stop after a couple of them. lost only about 1kg or so (out of 3kgs I want to lose) but I have a feeling that's not completely lost as my weight was up and down for the past week or so..

next weigh in on Friday. first xmas party next week on the 5th! thank God my dress is forgiving smile

McNally Mon 26-Nov-12 11:25:23

Good to hear how well everyone is doing. I had a last minute trip to the ILs (i.e. the land of no internet) over the last week. It has been quite hard to stick to the healthy eating as had limited control over meals and they are very hospitable. Too scared to weigh myself now sad.

Away congrats on maintaining the weight loss despite being ill. Hope you are doing better. Have got MFP but come unstuck when eating anything where the calorie count isn't obvious. How do you deal with that?

Ankh 1kg is very impressive!

Schro loving the healthy eating in pregnancy plan. Wish I'd done that (felt guilty that I didn't) when I was pregnant. Would probably make things easier now! Still think you need some treats to get you through though! Many congrats by the way, glad you've come round to it after the shock!

Jes33 Mon 26-Nov-12 11:31:10

Hello glad you are all doing so well and had good weekends.

I had a bit of a fall off the wagon - not too bad but a few stodgy dinners and biscuits and very little walking.

Back on a mission today though! Is freezing cold up here but have a big dog walk and about to walk to the shops.

Heres to a successful week!

ankh Mon 26-Nov-12 11:38:48

@McNally: I started last week on Mon so I'm not sure about impressive, read that much of that is lost water when you stop eating carbs. can't feel any difference with clothes, just I'm in a better mood and higher energy, which is good in itself.

anyone else scared of all these xmas parties coming up?

awaywego1 Mon 26-Nov-12 16:21:53

Oh dear..I have just eaten 4 jammie dodgers and a crunchie...may have nosedived off he wagon! sad

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