New mummies with wibbly tummies.

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ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 08:59:27

All new mummies welcome. Any exercise and/or weight loss programme acceptable, so long as it is healthy.

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 09:04:29

This is a thread dreamed up by Nov 12 mummies wanting to get fit and slinky again. Our resident fitness expert is the lovely horsey

My name is VQ and I have 4 stone to lose. I will tackle it in smaller amounts though. I am not yet ready to disclose my starting weight. I plan to commence slimming world on Monday.

Can I slip in and lurk? I was briefly on the nov 2012 threads. I have been advised to wait another while before starting any exercise but I can join in a bit.

I am wdg and I have 7 stone to lose, but half of that would be enough for now. My starting weight is too painful to write!

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 09:19:18

Of course you can wannabe how are you? There is no pressure to disclose weights. I plan to record weekly weight loss (or gain) and cumulative loss. I had a section 9 weeks ago, have a sore leg, am breastfeeding and sleep deprived, so I am not expecting miracles. My exercise will consist of walking miles and miles. Hopefully. I need to eat more fruit and veg too. I have always found it harder to lose weight whilst feeding. I am 43 and this is my last baby. I want a fit body again.

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 09:21:12

At my fittest I weighed 7 stone less than I do now, but I hardly ate and exercised to stupid levels. I do not have the time for that now, and it was not healthy.

DD2 was born 6weeks ago by ventouse delivery after I was induced. I had an episotomy. Im still not the same down there blush and I have a sore back if I do too much. My joints get sore really easily too.

I intend to walk loads and go swimming. I want to do a dance class but not zumba so I will have to have a look around.

I still need to buy scales, but Im getting those at the weekend!

Catbag Fri 28-Dec-12 09:33:26

I have no idea how much I weigh, but I will post once I have found some scales that tell the truth!
Went up to 12st 4lb at most pregnant with twins, had emcs, am exclusively breastfeeding and have a newly developed dodgy knee ( I think from sitting crosslegged on the sofa feeding babies). My babies are also limpets and will be accompanying me on whatever method of exercise is undertaken. I suspect I will be doing a lot of walking :/

TheDetective Fri 28-Dec-12 09:33:55

Boo! I'll lurk for now. Am not ready yet grin although I only noticed how unready when I walked down the stairs on boxing day to a slimming world leaflet pushed through my door and I declared them to be motherfarking c u next Tuesday's....!

BOXING DAY!!! Are you having a pissing laugh?!

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 09:37:53

wannabe congratulations on DD2. My sympathies for the episiotomy. DC3 (DS) is 9 weeks and wonderful. I just wish he would sleep!

cat my target is not that far off your heaviest weight with twins! I am 12 foot tall though. With huge tits!

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 09:39:29

detective we will be here for you when you are ready x

Congratulations VQ! DD2 is teething. I kid you not! 6 weeks and bloody teething! We were just getting into a good pattern.

I am cutting out treats. Drinking more water and making sure I eat breakfast. I dont need to worry too much about portions as I never eat much in one go anyway.

Oh and I am currently 10.5 pounds lighter than my booking weight smile

Iheartpasties Fri 28-Dec-12 09:44:59

ooow I'm in, but i'm not gunna weigh myself. i just want to fit back into some of my clothes please!

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 09:49:34

wannabe bummer on the teething! My great aunt was born with two teeth, and they pulled them out at birth! Good news on weighing less already. I am a couple of pounds over booking weight so could be worse.

pasties welcome!

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 09:50:26

So is weigh in on Mondays good for everyone?

Yep, monday is good! Im scared!

StuntNun Fri 28-Dec-12 10:01:30

I have lost 20 lb of my pregnancy weight gain. I need to lose another 11 lb to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, however this have me a BMI on the high end of normal so I would like to lose 15-16 lb to get back into size 12 trousers (but probably not tops since I plan to breastfeed for a year if possible).

I don't know whether the breastfeeding will be a help or a hindrance. On one hand my calorie requirements are much higher but on the other my body will want to retain its ample fat reserves. I'm going to cut out snacks in the evening and walk the kids to school twice a day to start with.

Iheartpasties Fri 28-Dec-12 10:02:49

I want to commit myselt to walking a certain amount each week. When dh goes back to work I want to work out a rythm to my time and put walking back in - before i got up the duff i was doing loads. My thighs rub together very uncomfortably - I hate it. It rules skirts out. I must buy myself some shorts that fit and just walk until they fall down!!!!

daisychain76 Fri 28-Dec-12 10:08:02

Hi all, figure this might help me to do better with Slimming World ~ 3 weigh ins and only 1 pound lost so far blush. My weigh ins are Tuesdays. l am aiming to loose between 1 1/2 and 2 stone so l am a size 12~14. I know from previous experience if l loose any more l can‘t sustain it.

Catbag Fri 28-Dec-12 10:22:00

Christmas day in the Catfamily household......

DH: I like that jumper on you, it looks really nice.
Me: Really? I was thinking that it made me look a bit fat.
DH: <<silence>>
Me: Oh hang on... It's my fat that makes me look fat, isn't it?
DH: <<snickers>>

GTbaby Fri 28-Dec-12 10:28:13

Hello everyone. I have about 3 stone to loose. 2 stone is my goal atm though.
I am going to try the 30day shred DVD and eat healthy.
I have a party in about 45 days n I need to look smoking! Lol.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Fri 28-Dec-12 10:34:41

I am not that new a mum- DD is 5 months, but i still need to lose 10lbs. However, more critically, I need to tone up and regain my pre-baby fitness- at the moment i'm like a cheap chicken; all fat and skin. I also need to stop eating so much crap because when I stop breastfeeding I am going to balloon if I don't improve my diet. Plus my skin and hair look rough (and not in a sultry, Kate Moss type way)

I'm starting 7 January as on holiday and then my parents are here so realistically no point in starting before then.

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 10:36:44

Good to see a number of us already. Hopefully it will help us to stay motivated. I am a bit past looking 'smokin' GT and I would say you do anyway from the lovely FB pics. You are a natural beauty. cat grin

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 10:38:18

Welcome richman and congratulations on your DD

Elizadoesdolittle Fri 28-Dec-12 10:39:40

Hi all, I'll join as a bit of a lurker for now. I got loads of chocolate for Christmas which there is no way I'm not eating. And I have my 6 week check on 7th jan so can't really do much exercise before that so will come back properly in a week or so. Good luck everyone.

TooManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Fri 28-Dec-12 10:40:02

Hi everyone, I'm going to join you all too. Before Christmas I had 10lbs to lose to get back to per-preggo weight. Not sure now though, too scared to weigh myself. I'm breast feeding so I'm hoping this will help me lose it quicker, the weight was falling off before Christmas. Seriously need to exercise but I'm only 3 weeks post c-section so can't really do any for another 3 weeks.

I'll mark my place, 1st Jan will be a big food shop then 3rd jan the skimming world group I used to attend before having DS3 resumes. I've ,out all my baby weight but still have some way to go to loose all my pre baby weight! I'm currently 11 stone and would like to be at least 2 stone lighter, DP will be joining me and he'll be also hitting the gym twice a week, I'll be doing whatever excessive I can with a baby in tow and very weak and stretchy joints.

NanoNinja Fri 28-Dec-12 10:55:19

Hi, can I join? Had a section almost 11 weeks ago. 3/4 of the weight was gone after 10 days, since then I have lost about 2 lb. I am ebf, but thus far it seems as though I am one of those women who clings on to weight rather than dropping. Sigh. Anyway, I figure healthier eating (less sugar and carb, more protein and veg) and more exercise (walking mainly, maybe some weights) can't hurt. I want to drop about 10lb, which will take me about 4lb below my start weight.

Evilwater Fri 28-Dec-12 11:25:19

I need to lose 2 stone. OMG I had no idea I was as heavy as I am. Healthy eating and horsey exercise should shift it.

Will post later
Evil

YellowWellies Fri 28-Dec-12 11:42:20

I'm in... I need to lose 2 stone to get back to pre-preggo weight but would like to lose 2.5 to get back to a weight I really like. Am about to have a bath so will dare venture on the evil scales and might post start weight.

Am ebf but also on a dairy and soy free diet as LO has reflux so that might help? LO is 9 weeks and will be accompanying me on my exercise jaunts. Walking is going to be my mission - maybe with a few evening runs when we're back south in Fife - the weather here (Northern Isles) is too god awful.

DH and I lost a couple of stone apiece a few years ago by walking - can I recommend the fitbug as a good way of charting activity levels and encouraging exercise. I LOVED mine and got really obsessive about doing at least 12,500 steps a day (6 miles) https://www.fitbug.com/individuals

horseylady Fri 28-Dec-12 11:43:28

Yay for this thread lol!!

Just weighed myself which I rarely do and I think ive got about 2lb to lose to get to the top of my normal weight band or a stone to get to my lightest. So I'll go for half a stone lol!!

I don't diet so will exercise it off!!

CandyPop Fri 28-Dec-12 12:13:08

Yay! Well done vq for starting this. I have 5lbs to go to pre preggers weight and then another 1/2 stone to my wedding weight! Yep I'm determined to get back to that albeit it was nearly 3 years ago!

Weigh in Mondays sounds good. Maybe we can start a stats list like our November thread ?!

Right I'm not officially starting till 1st of jan as need to clear the house of crap food first ( and yes shamelessly via my mouth!) . Then it will be strict healthy food and exercise from the 1st!

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 13:31:51

Stats list sounds good, then we can mercilessly hound actively outreach those who fall off the wagon.

VQ initial goal 7lb. Far too fat to mention.

YellowWellies Fri 28-Dec-12 14:04:17

Wah 78kg - 12 stone 3. I want to lose 2 stone 4 to get below the 10 stone mark which is just above my wedding weight and acceptable with new improved BFing norks.grin

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 14:11:13

Well done YW

I weigh myself in the nude, after a pee and a poo, and before I have anything to eat or drink. Not that I am obsessional. Oh no. Not me. I do not weigh myself every day either. No. That would be bad. And silly.

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Fri 28-Dec-12 15:23:28

Checking in VQ.

DS is 8 weeks old, I had an ELCS but feel great and expect to be signed off for plenty of exercise when I see the GP in a week or so. (Boo hiss). I am still, much to my own amazement, breast-feeding DS, so guess I need to take that into account <hopeful for cake emoticon>.

I have lost quite a bit since DS was born as I now weigh less than I did before I got pregnant. However, that is significantly less impressive than it sounds as my pre-pregnancy weight was 19st12. Yup. Am now 19st7.

Planning on finally adjusting my appalling lifestyle properly, and slowly. DH claims to be on board (he does need to be). Going to follow slimming world I think, and also ask my GP for a referral to the practice nutritionist. I am petrified of passing on my unhealthy relationship with food to the DC, and have been unhealthy for so long, I'm not sure if I really know what a healthy lifestyle looks like.

Anyhoo, good luck to all, and if the Nov'12 threads are anything to go by, this will be a marvellously supportive and inspirational place to come.

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Fri 28-Dec-12 15:24:13

candypop oh yes, must purge house of goodies first!

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 15:35:30

madam not sure cake is the best thing for bf unfortunately. Well done for posting your weight. That is very brave, and is the first step towards change. I salute you, and will post my weight on Monday.

I have a history of an eating disorder. I am very overweight. I also do not want my children to suffer through bad example or taunting. I am scared if you know how much I weigh you will not love me any more. How daft is that?

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Fri 28-Dec-12 15:42:25

VQ that is VERY daft. As you know. It's just a number that you dont like, and are going to change. Post when you're ready, if at all.

Have been in a state of dull acceptance about my size for yonks. Never had an eating disorder, but have had disordered eating for my entire adult life. Doubt I would be able to find the motivation if I was the only factor, but now, as a mum of 2, and breadwinner of my family, I really feel that I owe it to them to look after my health. Never yet stuck to a diet/healthy eating/whatever, so am deeply skeptical of my ability to do so, but do know that I am in a sort of now-or-never situation.

Catbag Fri 28-Dec-12 17:35:01

VQ grin That is absolutely daft. We all love you dearly and your size is relevant only as far as it affects your general happiness. Hopefully we can be as supportive to you as you have been to us x

Catbag Fri 28-Dec-12 17:36:03

That should have come out as a 'shock' emoticon, not a grin!

Catbag Fri 28-Dec-12 17:36:44

shock

TheDetective Fri 28-Dec-12 17:39:21

I am 89kg. At 5ft 2. blush Think that is 13st something?

I would like to be 11st something. This puts me at a size 12-14 which is sustainable for me. I will never be the svelte size 8 girl I was pre DS1. So I have found peace with this. And if we ignore the bastard overhang, my curves are pretty sexy at that weight. So that is where I would like to be!

For me its no good wishing to be less because I won't be able to sustain it. I was 11st 2 years ago. And if it wasn't for DP 's cooking I'd be there still now! Grrr!

TheDetective Fri 28-Dec-12 17:41:19

Shut up VQ <slap> !

Daft bird!

That is all. grin

Catbag Fri 28-Dec-12 17:45:33

Rofl detective. Spot on. grin

YellowWellies Fri 28-Dec-12 18:18:21

<offers VQ another supportive slap> grin

Anyone who judges someone by their weight is not worth knowing. Now shut up you daft moo.

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 18:32:05

Thank you blush grin

Can I join? DD nearly 7 months - lost almost 3 stone in the first 8 weeks post delivery still have 1 stone of baby weight left and another stone to my favourite weight!

Birthday is mid-Jan so will ramp up after then but I'd love to have some motivation and company on my weightloss journey!

Catbag Fri 28-Dec-12 19:07:50

Welcome blondie! The more, the merrier!

Evilwater Fri 28-Dec-12 19:08:44

I can't wait till Monday! I really want to lose this weight. I'm going to aim for 2.5 stone.

And I wish it would stop raining! The village down the road has been flooded a few times. It's even been on the six o'clock news.
Evil

Heartbeep Fri 28-Dec-12 20:10:50

hi i'd like to join too please!

DS is 13 weeks old i also have a 3.5 year old DD & i'd like to get back to pre DD weight.

i lost 8.5lbs in the run up to xmas and ideally i'd like to lose at least the same again.

I've not exercised properly yet having two leaves no time during the day and DS is not going to bed until around 9.00 each night at the moment.

Marking my spot for the New Year!!

I've no idea how much I weigh (no scales - prefer to measure in clothes instead). But I'm 5 foot 1, with a size 10 bust and hips, but a spare tyre that only fits 12-14. Baby is now 8 months old, and I've stopped breast-feeding. I hate it - I feel like a fat lump.

I really really really want to be all size 10 again!

My plan - cut out sugar and booze. No snacking, only 3 good, proper meals a day. 30 day shred DVD workout while baby has his lunchtime nap. Hope to start on the 1st/2nd of January.

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 20:44:33

Welcome everyone thanks

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 20:45:31

I plan to do lots of shagging to help shift the weight. DH is very supportive of this plan.

littleredmonkey Fri 28-Dec-12 20:58:50

Hi ladies.
Hi VQ found my way honey
Baby Dylan arrived 4th Oct. I have put on 4 stone. I found out I was pregnant and was a bit stressed. He was planned but I worried. When I worry I eat. I stopped smoking and gained 6 stones and lost it last year through weight training at the gym and very low carbs. Loved the gym worked out four times a week. Only had a food treat once a week. When I got pregnant the carb demon returned. So I have planned to return to exercises next week and lower fat.

ValiumQueen Fri 28-Dec-12 21:18:10

Hello lrm welcome! Carbs are my downfall. Especially bread.

kirrinIsland Fri 28-Dec-12 21:41:25

Count me in please?!

I've got 8-10lbs to lose, but no will power. I plan on walking lots, building up to running again - but when started running again after DD1 (when she was about 4months) I suffered with bad knees and ankles so stopped and never started again blush
I did once manage to cut right down on sugar so will try that again, but coke is my downfall so we'll have to see how that goes!

Awwwww VQ your post made me well up - I'm 22st blush was a size 14 until I gave up smoking 14 yeas ago sad I too don't want my issues with food to be passed to dc - ds no worries as v athletic and lean but dd is tall and heavier than she looks iykwim but loves veggies n fruit unlike me

I'm going to start in a week or two, once kids have gone back to school and were iN need of a big (healthy) shop!!

I've got many incentives ths time so hoping I can kick this blubbers butt!!!!

Good luck ladies

Off to google 30 day shed confused

Iheartpasties Fri 28-Dec-12 21:54:22

I think I'm keen to try and be good with food and walking for (maybe) a week before weighing in! I've not weighed myself in such a long time I'm worried I may faint in shock. My face is big and round and fat and I don't recognize myself in photos. Awful. I've had hardly any photos with dd2 since she was born coz I feel awful about my fatty-self. Ok I'm kicking my own stupid arse now.

Iheartpasties Fri 28-Dec-12 21:55:49

I have in the past cut down carbs and it's worked. This time I need to cut way down on sugary treats.

pikz Fri 28-Dec-12 22:58:56

I have 11kg to lose to get back to pre pregnancy weight. I have shifted 14kg in the last 5 weeks since Luc's birth.

I feel fat and frumpy as I'm only 5ft3 so would like to feel really good about myself again. Also want to get back to running halves again as enjoyed marathon training a few years back. Going to take a whole as emcs so will have to just walk walk walk.

VQ you are ace

Hi littleredmonkey - I have a baby Dylan too smile

TooManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Fri 28-Dec-12 23:14:06

I've weighed myself, I'm 11st 9oz. Pre-preggo weight was 10st10oz, but this is my top-end weight. I'd like to be under 10st so I'm aiming to lose 24lbs.

I've ordered 30 day shred, it was only £4.99 on amazon, bargain! Just got to wait for my six week check to start that now, can I start exercising immediately after six weeks post section?

Goatbongohohoandjinglejingle Sat 29-Dec-12 00:16:17

Hellooo, found ya VQ, I shall bite the bullet and join. Should have done more before as Babygoat 5 months old. Would like to lose 1 1/2 stone to be pre-preg weight and 2 1/2 stone to be pre-slipped-disc weight. Have lost half a stone since stopping bfing (BG, a prem, fed 90 minutes out of every 2 hours. So did I.)
My starting weight is CRACKLECRACKLESHHHHHPOPCRACKLE
Ooh sorry, seems to be something wrong with my computer...

Catbag Sat 29-Dec-12 00:19:49

No, dicks, I don't think you can. I was told mild exercise from six weeks, such as walking, but nothing intense and nothing involving abdominal workouts until twelve weeks to give the internal stuff time to stitch up properly.

GTbaby Sat 29-Dec-12 01:09:13

We have quite a few on the 30day shred!
Mentioned it to a friend today, she is fit n warned it was very intense. Suggested doing it without weights on first go just to not push to hard, n not b put off!

Omg just weighed myself hmmi have put on 4 stone in 2 years! I have lost my baby weight, so that is something I guess. blush
I KNOW my weight at 11stone mark is not sustainable, so my goal is to loose 2 stone and maintain regular exercise.

Need a diet plan. Will think of that next

So stats list... I'll start, copy the stats and add your own. If u want to leave current blank feel free to do so.

GTBaby - current 15 stone 7lb - goal 2stone

If any of you ladies want a copy of the shred I have one still in its packaging I can't do any excessive like that because of my HMS, I'm happy to post the DVD on. smile

funchum8am Sat 29-Dec-12 01:57:23

Hi everyone, like littleredmonkey I had my baby girl on 4rh Oct so she is 12 weeks but I still have at least 2 stone to lose. I am bfing and the weight came off quite nicely until recently when it has started piling on again sad

I have downloaded the couch to 5k podcast no. 1 and meant to start today but failed...tomorrow I will though now I have you to report back to!

Have been to weightwatchers over the years and often had real success so I know I can do it if I really try...may go back if exercising and cutting out the mince pies and choc doesn't work.

Thanks VQ for starting the thread, it is just what I need right now and looks like I am not alone! grin

I am shredding! MIL got me the DVD for Christmas hmm

SpanielFace Sat 29-Dec-12 02:13:47

Can I join in the new year please?

I'm a not-very new mum, DS is 16 weeks now! I'm breastfeeding & naively thought the weight would just fall off, but it hasn't. Excessive biscuits may be partly to blame!

I need to buy some scales but I've been on my mum's and I'm around 2 stone more than pre-pregnancy, and about 4 stone more than I'd like to be. It feels like such a huge amount that I don't know how to start tackling it, but I need to - am so fed up of feeling fat & frumpy, and none of my clothes fitting.

CandyPop Sat 29-Dec-12 03:01:19

tits ill take up the offer on the DVD ! I'll PM you smile

gt I think quite a few of us aren't doing the 'official' weigh in till Monday. I don't mind, once a few of us have entered their stats on monday I will put in in a seperate stats thread smile

KissysUnderTheMisteltoe Sat 29-Dec-12 03:49:16

I'm gonna join too. Will post weight Monday but was size 10-12 before PG and am a 14 now, am 5ft 6. Don't think I'll be able to get to pre PG weight as my body hangs onto fat stores when BFing, but healthy eating and exercise is definitely needed. Far too much cake/biscuit/choc consumption been going on in my household!

Catbag Sat 29-Dec-12 03:57:54

Is the body shred where you have to restrict your calorie intake to 1400 calories, in addition to exercises? No good for us bfeeders. Thing I'll stick with walking for ten days or so, and then i will be twelve weeks post-op so can look at Yogalates or something similar.

Iheartpasties Sat 29-Dec-12 04:31:10

Today I have bought some shorts that will be good for walking. I will try them on in a min. I might be upset if they dont fit!! They were in the sales so that is good. I had a small walk today and I feel I am back up to a proper speed, recently I have been such a slow walker due to a sore back, I have been careful to look after my back and now I'm glad - the walking will help it as well so I'm happy. I buggered it up just after DD1 was born in 2011 so have been mindful of it this time around. I would like to do Pilates - but I will start off with walking. I am going to get a step and some hand weights (fingers crossed) in the sales so that I can do some fitness stuff from home. I would like to enjoy being healthy and fit again and show my girls that it's part of a normal and happy lifestyle.

BarmeeMarmee Sat 29-Dec-12 05:28:31

Hello, please can I join you? DD is 7 weeks old and I'm still carrying the weight I put on with DS who is 2.5! I have an ideal goal of losing 5 stone but could live with losing 4. Please could someone add me to the stats list? Can't seem to do it on my phone...

Barmee - 15 stone (sob!) - goal 5 stone loss

BarmeeMarmee Sat 29-Dec-12 05:29:10

Btw thanks VQ for starting the thread

WaitingForMe Sat 29-Dec-12 07:03:35

I'm in! I was a regular on the Nov babies threads until I gave birth but never started on the new ones. I've missed the updates but life has just been a whirl.

Not sure what I weigh. I was down to almost my pre-pregnancy weight within a few weeks but I think I lost general weight as I have a jelly belly (with skinnier arms and legs). It'll be walking to start with as DS will only be 7 weeks on 1st Jan then Shred starting in Feb.

Revelsarethebest Sat 29-Dec-12 07:32:07

I have a 10 week old born by emergency section.

Gained 6 stone in pregnancy.

Joined slimming world 3 weeks ago, have lost half a stone since. I have 4 stone to lose.

I was 18 stone when in labour, im now 14stone 8 pounds. Im 5ft 8 in height.

Have a disgusting stomach, awful overhang, and look like i have loads of tyres when i put my clothes on. :-(

littleredmonkey Sat 29-Dec-12 07:34:27

Hey goat good to see ya
Visual. Yeh for baby Dylan's middle name Oscar.
Carbs and sugar are my evils oh and volumes of food I admit I am very greedy. So off shopping Monday. No bread biscuits or crackers. All fruit veg and protein and no crafty trips to the spa for a snickers or twix

The 30 day shred is an exercise DVD. 20 minute workouts for 30 days, progressively getting harder. So you can still eat, it's just a good, intense workout that doesn't take much time so you can do it while baby naps.

I can't believe how many of you are wanting to lose weight already! I had my baby 8 months ago, and have only just thought about getting my body back.

Iheartpasties Sat 29-Dec-12 09:25:14

visualise yes, but i had dd1 21 months ago! never really lost the baby wieght before getting pregnant again.

McPheastOfStephen Sat 29-Dec-12 09:29:11

Please may I join?

I had Dd via emcs 6 months ago today. My baby/cake/choc weight is really getting me down. I'm not sure what I can do about my cut stomach muscles, but I can hold a pencil under my tummy sad

I am going today to buy a set of scales.

DP has agreed to learn how to jive with me so we can make fools of ourselves dance the jive as our first dance in July.

shock

I cannot wait. I love dancing and it will help the weight loss!

I will post my actual weight on Monday. [brave emoticon]

TooManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Sat 29-Dec-12 10:07:33

Thanks catbag, I'll have to get out walking for the next 9weeks then. I'm thinking of walking the school run, it's a 30 min walk if walked fast! I'll need to walk for 2 weeks anyway as I can't drive after a section. I need to practise with the baby carrier, I think I might have a go at that today.

I need to do the food shopping today so I'm going to plan meals for the week and cook from scratch.

StuntNun Sat 29-Dec-12 11:11:17

I have gained 2 lb over Christmas confused so I'll post my official starting weight on Monday. Would it be a good idea to measure our waists as well? I'm more interested in getting back into size 12 clothes than in reaching a specific weight.

Iheartpasties Sat 29-Dec-12 11:22:30

I'm hoping some better cooking will also help us be a bit better with our weekly budget. I'm sure the food budget could be halved if I stopped buying chocolate!! blush

Yes stuntnun, Im up for waist measuring.

I have to order my wedding dress soon. If my waist (above belly button) is more than 37.5 inches I will have to go custom made. I think it probably is.

MissMummy1 Sat 29-Dec-12 11:34:44

I'm joining. Will be starting on 3rd jan when the bad influence dp returns to work! I've been ill the past few days and only managed a couple of slices since boxing day so fc that's a bit of a headstart! (playing the glad game and all)

Anyway, I weighed bang on 12st on Christmas eve.blush I was 9 prepreg but about a stone underweight (I'm 5'9 so quite tall) so I aim to lose 2st to get down to 10st.

I plan mostly exercise to shift it. I've suffered with eating disorders in the past so scared dieting might trigger them again blush

YW I'll be joining you on your fife walks! M and me are going to do postnatal baby yoga which will supposedly heal split tummy muscles and help tone up. It's with my preggo yoga instructor and she was fab. Fancy it?

MissMummy1 Sat 29-Dec-12 11:35:09

*slices of toast

GTbaby Sat 29-Dec-12 12:06:26

Not to worry candy. Like spanial I have no scales so weighed using mums last night! Lol

Nov mums - already having trouble keeping up with 2 threads. Lol

Loads of us doing the shred! Brilliant

BarmeeMarmee Sat 29-Dec-12 12:09:40

Not sure I'm brave enough for waist measuring but will try and summon up the courage...

GTbaby Sat 29-Dec-12 12:27:46

Box of 9 Huggies wipes for £6. At tesco.

GTbaby Sat 29-Dec-12 12:49:52

Oops wrong thread!

WaitingForMe Sat 29-Dec-12 14:56:28

The reason I'm keen to start now VisualiseAHorse is because so many women report gaining weight after the baby is born. DH was made redundant and starts a new job on Wed so I've had him making me lunch each day. I need to keep eating properly rather than snack on easy calories. I've had an extended babymoon with him and want a fit and healthy new life with DS.

GTbaby Sat 29-Dec-12 15:02:15

GTBaby - current 15 stone 7lb - goal 2 stone
Barmee - 15 stone - goal 5 stone
Raverlsarethe best -14 stone 8lb - goal 4 stone
MissMummy1 - 12 stone - 2 stone
spanielFace - goal 4 stone

Feel free to change if u want to...

SpanielFace Sat 29-Dec-12 15:39:00

Eek! That sounds about right. 4 stone sounds so much when written down though. The scary part is that we want to have a small age gap between babies, so were planning on starting to TTC in August, which doesn't give me long to shift 4 stone. But we'll see how we go. No idea how long it will take us to conceive when the times comes as DS was unplanned (although we're very happy to have him!).

funchum8am Sat 29-Dec-12 16:26:04

OK I did it - just back from the first couch to 5k run and feeling great! It was actually fine - the most strenuous it gets is 60 seconds of running so I am not that knackered and definitely feel I can keep up with it. It is more walking than running so can go with the buggy.

For the stats I weigh 12 stone 11 and aim to lose 2 stone. Will also measure my waist at some point.

Hope you are all doing well today smile

INeedThatForkOff Sat 29-Dec-12 16:44:37

I'm in. DS is nearly 9 weeks and I plan to begin WW by myself on 2nd Jan (I'll weigh in on Monday anyway). With the 14 extra ProPoints for BFing I'l be on 40PP a day, with 49 extras each week. If it works, it's a good opportunity to lose some weight while still eating fairly normally. It should do - I haven't been at all careful so far, but I've been losing a bit rather than staying the same or gaining.

I have a couple of new DVDs Davina Intense, and the Nell McAndrew one on its way. I have Shred but I absolutely hate it. I like to have a bit of fun when I exercise. I have kettlebells and the Kettlercise DVD which I was using pre-pregnancy. A friend of mine wants to start running again too, which is something I'd like to get back into. I do have some evening work lined up for mid-Jan - mid-Feb with a tight deadline, so it's going to be quite difficult to fit everything in and avoid stressed-out comfort eating, however I intend to plan my time quite carefully so I can keep my head above water (I have 2.10 yo DD, so obvs childcare is my main priority).

After that, DH and I plan to rejoin the gym and I'm having Saturday mornings to myself smile Can. Not. Wait.

INeedThatForkOff Sat 29-Dec-12 16:46:10

Oh, current 12st 8lbs, goal 9st.

ValiumQueen Sat 29-Dec-12 17:08:13

Wow, what a good turn out! Welcome everybody thanks lots of familiar faces, and some new ones too. I look forward getting to know you ( mcPhee I could hold a small tree under my tummy)

It never ceases to amaze me how much time and effort I go to to ensure that my kids eat well, eg BF for DS, fruit and veg and other healthy stuff for DDs, very dilute juice, rarely junk food, occasional sweets etc, yet I grab whatever is easy for me, usually toast. I am the most important person to these children, and owe it to them, and myself to get healthy and stay healthy. The kids have perfect little bodies, both on 50th percentile, but it will not be long before they start doing what mummy does, not what mummy tells them. I need to do this for myself though.

CandyPop Sat 29-Dec-12 18:26:45

Damn the weather! Wet to bluewater this morning and was planning to go for a long walk when we got home but the weather is so sh1tty ..... Can't wait until all the rubbish food is finished in the house!

I have made carrot and coriander soup for super tonight though.... That's healthy ! Gonna put a dash of cream in it ... Only for the calcium tho ;)

YellowWellies Sat 29-Dec-12 18:38:32

GTBaby - current 15 stone 7lb - goal 2 stone
Barmee - 15 stone - goal 5 stone
Raverlsarethe best -14 stone 8lb - goal 4 stone
MissMummy1 - 12 stone - 2 stone
spanielFace - goal 4 stone
INeedThatForkOff 12 stone 8lb - goal 3 stone 8 lb off
YellowWellies 12 stone 3lb - goal 2 stone 4lb off

MM walks and yoga sound fab!

TheDetective Sat 29-Dec-12 19:37:49

Just to add, my local surestart does groups for walking with prams, am going to join in new year! Might be something to look in to!

I've never voluntarily exercised, and I hate it... Gotta start easily!

ValiumQueen Sat 29-Dec-12 19:45:50

I used to be so into fitness that I exercised at least once a day. When I worked nights I would exercise in my break, and also get up at lunchtime to go to the work gym. Yes, I was exercising to extreme. My nick name was GI Jane. I had a no.2 all over at the time and my arse was like a peach.

Prolificmincepiebreeder Sat 29-Dec-12 20:03:30

I'm in I'm a nov 12 mummy. I have 1 1/2 stone to lose. I hate the fact I look 3 months pregnant. It's horrid.
I'm going to be sensible eating and once I've bought some trainers I will be doing couch to 5k.
valium you're 17:08 post rings true with me. I must try to do better for myself.
I find it so hard to eat properly, especially when the toddlers want to share my food and the sugar lows makes me grab toast and biscuits.
Thanks for this thread vq

pikz Sat 29-Dec-12 20:39:22

GTBaby - current 15 stone 7lb - goal 2 stone
Barmee - 15 stone - goal 5 stone
Raverlsarethe best -14 stone 8lb - goal 4 stone
MissMummy1 - 12 stone - 2 stone
spanielFace - goal 4 stone
INeedThatForkOff 12 stone 8lb - goal 3 stone 8 lb off
YellowWellies 12 stone 3lb - goal 2 stone 4lb off
Pikz 11 stone 9lbs- goal 2 stone off

ValiumQueen Sat 29-Dec-12 20:45:53

Roast sprouts for tea. Yummy! It will be windy in our house tonight!

Any Oct/Nov/Dec mums who do not have a lovely post-natal thread, you are welcome to join ours smile

Prolific you mention toddlers - do you have more than one of these magical creatures?

Goatbongohohoandjinglejingle Sat 29-Dec-12 20:55:34

Like some others on this thread I have not always had a great relationship with food (not an eating disorder but kept myself fairly seriously underweight for ages) so am looking to be a bit healthier in my choices - I seem to go from one extreme to the other. Also as I was one of the lucky ones whose HELLP syndrome didn't go with birth (it spiked five days later, cue much panic from hospital staff, but fortunately it did get managed ok) I could certainly do with making my diet much more BP and liver friendly! I need nagging to eat lots more fruit and veg.
Hi to the familiar faces here (waves to lrm stunt and funch ).
Indeed thanks for the thread vq !

DyeInTheEar Sat 29-Dec-12 21:09:15

Thank you for starting this thread - this is exactly where I need to be! I had my DS (DC3) 2 weeks ago and haven't bothered weighing myself yet because just can't face it but expect will probably have around 3 stone to lose. I'll weigh myself at 6 weeks and report back! I've eaten badly over the last couple of weeks too as loads of Christmas treats in the house tempting me as well as being sleep deprived so getting energy from sugar instead.... dreading the weigh in but really looking forward to feeling like "me" again after long, uncomfortable pregnancy.

INeedThatForkOff Sat 29-Dec-12 21:10:17

Which postnatal thread VQ? I never bothered, partly because my edd was 31st Oct and I was always going to be way behind everyone else.

GTbaby Sat 29-Dec-12 21:10:52

Just finished the last of the Xmas treat cheese! Yummy.

Those of u who have sky channel 282 is some kind of fitness channel. Saves buying DVDs. My mum just showed me. Mr motivator has a show on it as well!

ValiumQueen Sat 29-Dec-12 21:18:05

forkoff perhaps someone could do a link? It is november mummies sleepless nights a plenty. We talk a lot, and it is a very supportive thread. There is usually someone awake at night, someone with a similar issue etc. We have babies ranging from 13 weeks to 3 weeks. We would love to see you there.

ValiumQueen Sat 29-Dec-12 21:20:53

dye 2 weeks old eh? Do take a bit longer to recover, but we will be here when you are ready.

Prolificmincepiebreeder Sat 29-Dec-12 21:21:45

I do vq 2 of the tantrum prone magical creatures!
I was thinking pushing the 2 toddlers in the buggy and carrying the baby in the sling for 30 minute fast walk try and build up to everyday? That might help?
I will head over to the post natal thread, thank you smile

Passmethecrisps Sat 29-Dec-12 21:22:22

Hello!

My name is passmethecrisps and I am a crispoholic.

My lovely wee girl was born almost 7 weeks ago and I have barely walked the length of myself since.

Pre-preg weight was 8st 7Ib, I weighed 10st 8Ib at the very end of my pregnancy and I am now 9st 6Ib. I am 5ft 2

I have been a successful dieter in the past going from 11st to 7st 7ib. However, my world is different as is my attitude. I have no interest in being so tiny again but I would like my bottom to fit in my jeans.

I have also been a keen runner. However I damaged both Achilles' tendons training and, to be frank, this put me right off.

Waist measurement is a great idea. I would like to be back to pre-preg weight.

Prolificmincepiebreeder Sat 29-Dec-12 21:22:43

Excellent, thanks for the tip GT baby!

ValiumQueen Sat 29-Dec-12 21:29:02

'Length of myself' you are so funny pass you have a real gift with words.

prolific I have a 6 yo and a 2 yo so I take my hat off to you with two toddlers. You should be skinny in no time running after them. Sometimes though I do wonder if the 6 yo is more trouble. Come to think of it, I wonder if DH is sometimes.

Passmethecrisps Sat 29-Dec-12 21:38:01

blush Why, thank you VQ!

TheDetective Sat 29-Dec-12 21:57:56

I have measured myself! Here are my very strange measurements (and they are somehow the same as they were before, despite the lump of lard I tuck in to my knickers daily...)

Bust 35 inches
Waist 37 inches
Hips 47 fucking inches.

Yes I carry my fat around my fucking ankles practically. hmm

What a lovely shape I make! grin

TheDetective Sat 29-Dec-12 21:59:28

Oh, I should add. I used the regular fucking freezing metal tape measure, as I couldn't find the fabric one! So they may be a little out! But not by much!!

DyeInTheEar Sat 29-Dec-12 22:19:12

VM 2 weeks old eh? Do take a bit longer to recover, but we will be here when you are ready.

Absolutely - am still bit "grazed" and happy on the sofa lurking --eating curry--for now....see you in a month or so...

DyeInTheEar Sat 29-Dec-12 22:20:31

VM? I meant VQ!

failed on the strike through too - bloody one handed typing while I BF.

Lane81 Sat 29-Dec-12 22:25:23

I'm in! I've put on 5lbs over Christmas annoyingly! So I have 18lbs to lose. I'm not going to post my weight either just my goal and progress against it.

My downfall is cake and biscuits which I have been devouring due to tiredness! So my plan is to stop eating sugar and eat more veggies with meals so I need to snack less, and do lots of walking, and I'm going to investigate the 30 day shred thing too, as I need something I can do in the house.

Mondays are a good plan! I want to try and lose 1-2lbs per week. So in 10 weeks I want to see some progress!

Thanks VQ for providing the motivation and support!

I need to fit into a wedding dress in July.

Do not let me fall off this thread!

Im drinking wine and trying to locate a tape measure. Not having much luck.

TheDetective Sat 29-Dec-12 22:42:49

I don't own trainers. blush

I do have some pink sparkly converse though.... grin.

Prolificmincepiebreeder Sat 29-Dec-12 22:44:11

They are quite a handful but I would tend to agree that DH is slightly harder. DS2 is at that very destructive stage!
DS3- the baby thankfully seems rather chilled out at the moment.

ValiumQueen Sat 29-Dec-12 22:49:18

I have watched the 30 day shred DVD and was sweating just sitting on the sofa!

Justtheonemore Sat 29-Dec-12 23:07:15

I'll join you.

Not exactly a new mummy, DC5 is 5mo. However I had DC4 & 5 within 11 months so I'm sure I have a 'mum tum' to rival the best of them blush

I've been on Slimming World since mid September and have lost 35lbs so far. I'm now 11st 10 (5ft 9) and ideally would like to finish up just under 10st. Food wise I believe I'm ok, trying to think of it as healthy eating rather than some fad diet. Exercise is another matter!

I'd love to be able to go to the gym/classes as I used to but 5DC doesn't leave me with lots of free time. So I'm thinking exercise DVDs. Any thoughts??

Catbag Sat 29-Dec-12 23:10:02

detective You do make me giggle...

Prolificmincepiebreeder Sat 29-Dec-12 23:27:14

Buying trainers is a minefield! I just want trainers not powered by fairies, air and suspension damn it!

Off to watch 'The Shred' am fearing for my life now VQ.

Shit what have I got myself into

Suppose I better add myself into the stats to make sure I'm in it for the long haul!!

GTBaby - current 15 stone 7lb - goal 2 stone
Barmee - 15 stone - goal 5 stone
Raverlsarethe best -14 stone 8lb - goal 4 stone
MissMummy1 - 12 stone - 2 stone
spanielFace - goal 4 stone
INeedThatForkOff 12 stone 8lb - goal 3 stone 8 lb off
YellowWellies 12 stone 3lb - goal 2 stone 4lb off
Pikz 11 stone 9lbs- goal 2 stone off
Blondie - 2 stone 6lbs to lose

Hi girls

My idea is to introduce one healthy element into my lifestyle a week so's not to shock my blubber things like swimming once a week, eating off a smaller plate, eating at least one piece of fruit a day and gradually upping it, no more takeaways etc....

What's everyone else hoping to change in their diet??

GTbaby Sun 30-Dec-12 01:30:41

Oh how depressing.
I knew my booking in weight in kg. but current weight in st. Just worked out I'm currently 1 stone above pre(ish) preg hmm
At my 6 (8)week check I was half a stone lighter! That was only two weeks ago hmm

Need to buy scales. And need to loose weight! N loose this over hang. Envious of someone up thread who said they can hold only one pencil under their tummy wink weljel

CandyPop Sun 30-Dec-12 01:30:58

pass I almost have identical goals to you! I am also a crispaholic although during my pregnancy and these few weeks of post natal, I have developed a taste for chocolate, cakes and biscuits too. Thank god there is none left at home!

I'm 5ft 2, my ideal weight is 8st 7, just before getting pregnant I was 8st 11, think I'm around 9st now but will weigh properly in Monday ... So have 1/2 stone to go. Main thing for me is just to eat more healthily and get fitter whilst toning my wobbly belly!! Being only 5ft2 . Baby stretched me loads and came out at 8lbs 8!!!

Tried to be good for dinner today and made soup. LO is keeping me awake at the mo .... But now I'm hungry .... hmm

Glenda, I intend to up my water drinking and cut out all other fluids except for the occasional glass of wine maybe. I am a bit addicted to fizzy juice. When I was pregnant I only drank water and felt all the better for it.

Also cutting out snacks at night and sugary foods.

Bought a slow cooker the other day so intend to eat a lot more soups and casseroles with veg in.

TheDetective Sun 30-Dec-12 01:44:37

I cut the takeaways without trying in pg - because we couldn't afford them! I haven't yet picked up the habit despite dp trying again so I am hoping that will help things a lot. We still can't afford them, not without going without, I dunno, electric...!

My down falls are: cheese - nothing fancy, just regular cheddar/mozzarella, we have these a lot on meals. Carbs - I definitely have too many carbs. Bread/pasta/potatoes. I'm generally a savoury bird, but since having the baby, I suddenly want chocolate, and lots of it. I went right off it in pregnancy. Damn you body!

My other down fall is cream, or cream filled cakes blush such as profiteroles, and chocolate eclairs (although I always remove the choc off them..!!). I luuuuuuuuuuuurve cream!

My absolute worst habit, and one I've kicked many times, again due to cost: Coca Cola! (Again, went off it in pregnancy but now right back on it!) Me and DP can easily drink 3L a day of it. There is 800 calories in one bottle, so in 1.5 bottles, that is 600 calories each a day. Not to mention the damage it does to teeth. blush

I might try SW or WW, when I get a minute to have a look and see which would suit us better - DP would do it with me no problem. He put 5 stone on in 6 months 2 years ago. He was skin and bones before that though. He needs to lose about 2 stone, the same as me. Although he isn't in the obese category bastard!.

I need to make small changes to the above to start. Or I won't keep to it. I lose weight best by gradually reducing my appetite, and then allowing myself to still eat the things I like, but in moderation. I do need to kick the coke habit though! I'm not good at moderating that!

I will never be strong enough to resist the good stuff in life, so I have to accept that is why I can't sustain anything below 11st without being miserable. I've decided on a happy medium, unless I can see my health is being affected. I'm actually reasonably fit, despite being fat and an exercise dodger grin.

I'm not sure how exercise will go down here, other than walking and swimming, I can't think of anything I'd be happy doing once the soreness stops! I fecking hate it blush.

GTBaby - current 15 stone 7lb - goal 2 stone
Barmee - 15 stone - goal 5 stone
Raverlsarethe best -14 stone 8lb - goal 4 stone
MissMummy1 - 12 stone - 2 stone
spanielFace - goal 4 stone
INeedThatForkOff 12 stone 8lb - goal 3 stone 8 lb off
YellowWellies 12 stone 3lb - goal 2 stone 4lb off
Pikz 11 stone 9lbs- goal 2 stone off
Blondie - 2 stone 6lbs to lose
TheDetective 14 stone, 2.5 stone to lose.

Stone is a weird word. Seeing it over and over. Makes me giggle! Strange Detective!

Seems most of you want to get around 9-10 stone. Feel like a fat pudding now!!

funchum8am Sun 30-Dec-12 02:54:50

Detective I am aiming for 10 stone 11 as a happy medium weight. I am only 5 foot 5 ans my ideal weight ought to be 9.5 stone but when I once got to 9 stone 12 DH said I looked drawn and though I was still a perfectly healthy size 12 I had to eat almost nothing (think 17 old style weightwatchers points per day for those who have done ww) to stay that weight. So I am going for a realistic goal for me, and when I get there will decide if I can lose more without it becoming obstructive to normal life!

INeedThatForkOff Sun 30-Dec-12 03:38:01

I need to stop eating anything that stays still long enough biscuits and cake.

Iheartpasties Sun 30-Dec-12 07:26:11

My sil did SW and lost loads – anyone want to describe it to me? Point me to some recipes?

kirrinIsland Sun 30-Dec-12 07:26:54

Coca cola is my downfall too detective I am going to switch to coke zero, even though it's not as nice, but I need to give it up altogether really - there's nothing good about it.
So cut down on sugar and carbs and walk as much as possible are my aims. I will also do the 30 day shred but not just yet - I'm starting from zero fitness so I need to build up to it, plus baby is a limpet so I can't imagine I'll be able to put her down for long enough to di it just yet.

CandyPop Sun 30-Dec-12 07:47:07

Yum carbs. I love all things carbs! Especially potato in all its different forms... Mashed, baked, fried, crisps ..... blush

I too want to try the 30 day shred but will also build up stamina and fitness first . GT have u started it ? Be interesting to hear from someone who has. Maybe those who want to do it we can so it together?! Although I probably need 30 days to build up fitness first !!

INeedThatForkOff Sun 30-Dec-12 08:08:54

This thread had suddenly disappeared for me. Had to find it in history. Thought I might have hidden it by accident, but I haven't. Weird!

StuntNun Sun 30-Dec-12 08:27:10

Lol at you kicking your coke habit Detective, better hope that doesn't get taken out of context! grin

I have to eat all the biscuits in the house before Monday right? Right?

NanoNinja Sun 30-Dec-12 08:34:49

Hmm, will weigh In tomorrow so I can have one more day of stuffing my face. I did 30ds a year or so ago - def felt better for it, but didn't really change diet so no real weight loss. My obstetrician told me not to do any abdominal exercise for six months! Maybe over the top, but I guess it would rule out the shred. V

CandyPop Sun 30-Dec-12 09:00:45

stunt well I have been on a binge the last couple of days to get rid of crap in the house in preparation for 2mo grin maybe it's not the smartest thing to do ... But as I'm ebf apparently I've been told it's equivalent to a 5 mile run a day... Lol

nano why 6 months?! Is there a special reason why that long? I had a c section but was hoping to get back into it full on in a months time but starting to build up exercise from 2mo after my post natal appointment

GTbaby Sun 30-Dec-12 09:15:46

Good morning. I have trouble enough eating breakfast with LO. How will I manage a healthy breakfast! Any suggestions.
Morning goes like this
- LO wakes me for feed.
- zombie it down make milk feed
- change nappy
- talk to LO n have a cuddle grin
- he falls asleep.
- wash sterilise bottle
- clean kitchen tidy living room
- and stop, now I know this is ideal moment to eat, but never happens hmm I manage a cup of tea at this point tho
- LO n DH wake. DH takes LO n I eat. This is usually at 1ish.

candy not started shred yet. Waiting for DVD to arrive. Also started AF yesterday. So glad I can start my workout with one less "pain" for nxt few weeks.

Iheartpasties Sun 30-Dec-12 09:17:01

really no adominal exercise for 6 months?

TheTiger Sun 30-Dec-12 09:32:51

Hi, can I join?

DS is 10 weeks old, I gained 2.5 stone in pregnancy. I lost 1.5 stone initially in baby and fluid, started dieting at 4 weeks and lost 6 pounds. So I've got 8 pounds to lose to make pre-pregnancy weight. But I would like to be half a stone lighter than that, so want to lose a stone really <hopeful>

I'm 10 stone and want to get to 9 stone 6 initially. I'm re-starting the diet on 2nd Jan. I will be using My Fitness Pal, sticking to 1200 calories a day and walking at least 2 miles a day. Think I will start a spinning class too.

I've got a wedding to attend in March, I need to look nice by then!

TheTiger Sun 30-Dec-12 09:34:08

Oh, and I've started to 30 day shred in the past... I did the first 2 days and couldn't walk afterwards so gave it up! blush

Evilwater Sun 30-Dec-12 10:04:20

Hello, my name is evil.
I love food. I eat food in large portions and I love to cook. I love carbs, sweet stuff and meat and fish, Hm..... Crab too. Well pretty much everything.

I used to be just under 9 stone before DS1. I'm now 11,1. I'd love to get back to that weight. Everything as gotten bigger sad and it really doesn't help that I can eat half a family sized cake to my self! grin

I'm hoping that walking (when it stops raining!) , swimming and DP exercise machine will help in getting back to shape. I also need a lot of work on portion control.

For those with a coke problem, I stopped drinking it after loads of people here used it as a toilet cleaner! It works a treat too! If it can clean a loo imagine what it's doing to your insides!

pass and decteive you are so funny. Also waves to all the other nov ladies.
GTbaby porridge is a very healthy. You can have fruit with it. Tastes great, is very cheap and very easy to make. I put a little fruit special K on top.
Evil

GanglyGiraffe Sun 30-Dec-12 10:07:19

Marking place!

INeedThatForkOff Sun 30-Dec-12 10:11:45

I'm trying to find a moment to try the Davina Intense DVD today (i'll be doing the lower impact version if there is one!) My boobs are like leaky melons though, and DS doesn't have much of an appetite this morning. This could hurt!

NanoNinja Sun 30-Dec-12 10:12:34

I know - six months is mad, right?! She was even a bit unwilling to agree swimming would be okay! It was elective, no problems at all and recovery good. I think it's because it take six weeks for the internal healing? And I'm not in the UK - doctors here tend to be quite conservative. So am going to take it easy on the abs work - it's not my problem area anyway - but not totally lay off.

NanoNinja Sun 30-Dec-12 10:13:09

Sorry - six months for internal healing .

Revelsarethebest Sun 30-Dec-12 10:57:00

Went to be weighed at slimming world today, lost 2 pounds.

Target feels along way away.

Its taken a month to get 9 pound off

Goatbongohohoandjinglejingle Sun 30-Dec-12 11:02:01

stunt that is extremely noble of you to clear your house! grin

applecrumple Sun 30-Dec-12 11:06:12

Ooh can I join please? My dd is 16 weeks tomorrow & I've gone up from a size 10 pre preg to a size 14. Am ebf & have given up dairy for dd's reflux - will also be giving up wheat & soy tomorrow. Exercise plan will be walking - about an hr most days & -if I can get dd to nap in her pram instead of on me- a Pilates DVD. Hopefully this thread will give me the encouragement I need grin

ValiumQueen Sun 30-Dec-12 11:15:04

There are 43 of us here so far. That has got to help knowing none of us are alone. Hopefully we can share recipes and tips.

Each time I have lost a significant amount of weight I have got pregnant. Thankfully I know for a fact that will not happen again. I bet there will be a few here who will though.

Twobuttonsaway Sun 30-Dec-12 11:44:30

Hi VQ, can I be no 44. Have 2 stone to shift, 1 from DS2 aged 11 weeks and the other from DS1 aged 4 years shock

Am Ebf and have noticed that DS2 gets very fussy if I don't eat well so planning to cut out the choc/cakes etc and do some exercise!!

Prolificmincepiebreeder Sun 30-Dec-12 12:11:42

I need to sort a good breakfast out, I'm sure I don't snack as much. I just need to be rid of all these boxes of chocolates!
I was toying with the idea of slimming world or weight watchers. I'm not sure.

INeedThatForkOff Sun 30-Dec-12 12:18:01

Well done Revels, that's going some over Christmas - I will have gained at least that!

Davina DVD done - according to HRM it burned 469 cals, and I forgot to switch on until after the warm up. I modified it by slowing down but did more than Jackie's low impact version.

ValiumQueen Sun 30-Dec-12 12:27:10

Welcome No44 grin

It seems to me that those with the least amount of weight to lose are people who have stated they 'do not diet'. I am sure there is a parallel there. Us with more weight to lose and perhaps a less healthy attitude to food, who diet, are scoffing our faces getting rid of the bad stuff. I have decided I am not doing slimming world as I will eat 12 chickens or 3 lorry loads of pasta plus my weight on muller lights on a daily basis. I will aim to feed myself how I would feed someone else with a weight issue. Healthily, interesting, variety, occasional treats etc. I will try to listen to my appetite. I will also increase my exercise but not overdo things. I will also not buy low fat versions as I just end up eating twice as much. Appetite and portion control need working on. Also I will not have more energy if I eat that cake. I will have more energy if I eat clean.

ValiumQueen Sun 30-Dec-12 12:28:32

fork really? That seems an awful lot? Is the DVD 6 hours long?

INeedThatForkOff Sun 30-Dec-12 12:31:34

No, I monitored 1hr, 2mins of it.

crazypaving Sun 30-Dec-12 12:42:34

hello may I lurk in trepidation? ds2 born 4th Oct but I still had weight to lose from ds1 (2.2)

am 1.5 stone heavier than I'd like to be, but since being pregnant with ds1 have completely lost all willpower. see treats as necessities to get me through the day rather than...er, treats. also have ongoing SPD which makes many forms of exercise challenging, oh and bugger all time to exercise!!

grin

however, am determined to stop being so wobbly. those with the shred DVD, does it involve loads of ab work? not sure how badly my stomach muscles have separated - can't find the buggers!!

Passmethecrisps Sun 30-Dec-12 12:47:31

I don't think dieting is very effective because it has to be short-term. Developing new habits is the only way to keep extra weight off. I hye hearing intelligent women talking about 'being good'.

When I lost my extra weight in my mid-twenties a colleague asked me how I had done it. My reply was "I stopped eating like a fat bastard". Harsh perhaps but I my case it was true - noone needs a snickers bar and a packet of crisps every single lunchtime.

However, I also know just how hard it is to develop new habits and biscuits just are easier to eat than an orange when you are feeding.

It is great to know that we are all in it together

Prolificmincepiebreeder Sun 30-Dec-12 13:16:04

That's what I would worry about vq actually eating more than I do now if I was on a proper diet. (I would cheat I think as well)
Well I've ordered my trainers!

Can't get hold of any scales at the moment, so I'll be measuring myself in a bit...can't wait to get back into my skinny jeans, they look so unloved at the back of the wardrobe...And all those lovely bras I bought about a month before I got pregnant, that no longer fit sad

I forgot to add, that I walk twice a day - we have a bouncy dog, so I have to walk her twice a day, I'm aiming for 30 minutes at least, hopefully longer, depending on the weather. Must use the baby sling more too!! I'm sure that'll burn more fat than pushing the buggy?

tearoomtrash Sun 30-Dec-12 15:06:58

Count me in too!

I have a 5 month old, but as yet haven't been ready to address the weight issue - January seemed like a good starting point.

I have bought scales but putting off stepping on them or calculating my BMI until Jan 1st. At a guess, I must have 2-3 stone to lose to get back to my previous weight and dress size (I fully indulged my appetite during pregnancy - kicking myself now!).

So I'll be back with the stats of doom on New Year's Day...

tearoomtrash Sun 30-Dec-12 15:34:10

Forgot to add...

My plan is to eat clean, and I'm tempted to order the Zumba DVD set (loved Zumba per pregnancy but can't find the time - or energy - to head out of an evening these days). Anyone got it/tried it? The reviews seem good...

I will also try to get out for a 30 min walk every day, with the little chunky monkey in a papoose. The fresh air will be good for her.

Oooo! And hubby has bought the hairy bikers diet book (very random!), in a bid to help me out - he's the chef in our house envy

Justtheonemore Sun 30-Dec-12 16:36:24

Well I've just ordered Jillian Michaels - The Collection. I'm determined, absolutely determined, to tone up as much as I possibly can and I'm told this is the way to do it. We shall see!

The best bit about it is the workouts are intensive, so relatively short (I'm sure it'll feel like hours) and therefore even with the 5DC (2 under 16months, hence the mahoosive weight gain <sigh>) I should be able to jam fit it into my daily routine.

At least that's the plan grin

GanglyGiraffe Sun 30-Dec-12 16:37:39

Hello, can I join?

DD is 9 weeks old and decided at the weekend that I want to shift my baby weight & tone up. I'm getting married in April and going on honeymoon shortly after and there is no way I'm wearing a bikini the way I am.

Pre DD I weighted about 9st and wore size 6. Currently 9.6st and a size 8/10. So not too bad I just need to step away from the Xmas chocs!

I want to go to the gym, but still not been for my 6 week check (I know!) so need to get that out the way first.

Mostly I just want to tone up, my legs, bum and stomach look horrible. Not feeling very confident atm sad

FjordMor Sun 30-Dec-12 17:07:30

Hi all - joining in after seeing VQ was doing this on another thread we're both on.

I've got a 12.5 week old - my first - delivered by EMCS. I had 5 extra stone on me after bereavement when I got pregnant and put on about 2 stone while pregnant. I want to lose 5 stone and get fit for my very active baby's toodlerhood.

I tend to eat very healthily but a bit too large portions and I live with a snacker so I'm challenged to change his habits too. Exercise makes the most difference to me - I like dancey/kick-boxy DVDs done at home. What's this 'shred'? Definitely sounds like I'll need to gain some fitness before trying as I was finding Davina a bit strenuous when I last stopped training.

I haven't had my 6 week post c-section check yet (& wont get it until I'm nearly 15 weeks) and have a LOT of muscular soreness above my scar & masses of back/hip pain so it's starting with walking & healthy eating for me in the new year until the docs give me the green light for for strenuous aerobic stuff. I've been almost totally sedentary since the birth with a difficult feeder so I guess that's enough to start with.

crazypaving Sun 30-Dec-12 17:23:27

Hi fjord!

how much space is needed to do the shred? I have a tiny living room!

You don't need much space for the shred - most of it is done on/in front of a yoga style mat.

crazypaving Sun 30-Dec-12 19:02:14

thanks, that's good to know. well that's one excuse down the drain wink

YellowWellies Sun 30-Dec-12 20:11:43

Pass that's exactly how I lost nearly 3 stone the last time I needed to / tried to lose weight - for me there was no trick it was just to stop eating like a piglet.

We cut out crisps and choc and schoolnight booze, had porridge or special K for brekkie, home made veg soup (unlimited) and yoghurt for lunch and a healthy tea. We moved away from creamy / cheesey dishes and fried or baked carbs and ate more tomato dishes, rice and pasta. Oh and at least 3 pieces of fruit everyday. One takeout a week (fat Friday) and chocolate on a weekend and hardly any bread. I consistently lost 2-3 lb a week and kept it off for 2 years until pregnancy - in terms of exercise walking 5 miles a day everyday really helped and was a great mood booster too. I really did break my food = comfort associations as felt sooooo good on healthy food.

I'm going to try the same this time. No dairy or soy due to my bfing son's reflux - I'm a geek I need a spreadsheet to chart progress to motivate me.

pikz Sun 30-Dec-12 20:24:48

I want to get slim for the next one! Odd I know.

I am going to walk at least 30 mins a day, and for me it's the carbs. I have to cut down my carbs and eat more fruit and veg.

I managed to lose 1.5stone before I got pregnant, just need to find my motivation again.

CandyPop Sun 30-Dec-12 21:58:09

I did a 45 mins walk today with the pram . It's pretty hilly where I live.... Nearly killed me! Can't believe how unfit I've become! Felt good tho!!

GTbaby Sun 30-Dec-12 22:25:55

Omg. My party. Or rather my sons party in 45 days. For which I am loosing weight for is actually in 2 weeks. Feck me. For some reason I thought it was feb 13. Not jan 13! Oh shit oh shit oh shit

Passmethecrisps Sun 30-Dec-12 22:31:33

We walked in to town yesterday via the pub and it felt great to give my legs a proper stretch. It's only a half hour each way but it felt good. Not much opportunity today but small steps!

Hi-5 weight loss thread buddy candy!

I swear by home made soup. A lovely roasted red onion and tomato soup or curried parsnip is practically fat free and really filling. When I was still working I had soup and fruit for lunch every day. I think this was the main reason I kept the vast majority of my previous weight off. I also like veg curries.

Other things I have used are making up little pots of sugar free jelly for a sweet treat and stewed rhubharb with a squeeze of orange and sweetener.

I always eat all my veg or salad first during a meal as it fills me up a bit first.

Lane81 Mon 31-Dec-12 00:00:53

Gosh I'm re-thinking my plan to do the shred! It sounds too hard for me! GT let us know how you get on!

Still ploughing through Christmas treats here...keep promising myself I'll get better tmrw! Did have a healthy veggie dinner though, small steps! Are we starting the weigh-ins tmrw as the starting point?

MrsJingleBells74 Mon 31-Dec-12 00:06:26

I've got a September baby & a wobbly tum, can I join? No idea how much I want to lose but am going to give the 5:2 diet a go.

kirrinIsland Mon 31-Dec-12 05:43:26

Welcome mrsjingle smile I've been lurking on the 5:2 threads and it looks interesting - not sure if I should be doing that whilst breastfeeding though? I will do it at some point though, it seems like an effective method and is a lifestyle change that I feel I could actually stick to.

Well done candy and pass - a good walk sounds like a good place to start.

I have done exactly nothing towards this goal - still eating Christmas crap and still doing no exercise. I am still away from home though excuses excuses so I'm going to start on Thursday when i get home.

WaitingForMe Mon 31-Dec-12 06:24:50

I just weighed myself: 12st 3lb but I was 11st 11lb a couple of days ago so think I'll have a big loss in my first week (fingers crossed).

DSs naming ceremony is on 3rd March and I'd like to be 11st for that. I then want to get under 10st for my brother's wedding in August.

ValiumQueen Mon 31-Dec-12 07:39:14

Hmm. Not sure I want to do this! Just as well I have lots of motivators. Just feeding my boy, then will weigh myself and report back.

Goatbongohohoandjinglejingle Mon 31-Dec-12 08:04:06

Right... Vital stats:
Current weight: 12lb 5oz
Target weight: 10lb 7oz
Waist measurement: 35 1/2 in (no idea what that should be)

Lost 2lbs over the weekend! You are already an inspiration.

ValiumQueen Mon 31-Dec-12 08:18:54

Well done goat

ValiumQueen current weight 17st. Goal 12st. I am 5ft 8, and size 20.

NanoNinja Mon 31-Dec-12 09:09:34

Okay, just weighed in at
58.5 kg (= 129 lb)
Target is 54 kg (119 lb)
So looking at 10lb to lose. Am targeting end of April when I go back to work. Seems like a long way off, but I've lost 1 lb since end October!

Was post feeding - I find that factors such as feeding, whether I have eaten breakfast and been to te loo make a huge difference (up to 2 kg or 4 lb). But

Catbag Mon 31-Dec-12 09:54:12

Well done Valium smile

StuntNun Mon 31-Dec-12 10:07:18

Okay so it's not as bad as I thought although my BMI has slipped out of the normal range from 24.8 to 26.5 so I am currently officially overweight. I have gained three inches on my bust which is probably largely due to bfing. Under the bust hasn't changed at 34" and my thighs are the same size (23") so, apart from the boobs, all the weight has gone on my waist (up two inches to 36") and hips (up one inch to 41").

My immediate goal is to get back to my pre-pregnancy size 14 so my starting weight is 11st 5lb and I'm going to lose 10lb to reach 10st 9lb by reducing the junk food and walking the kids to and from school initially. My eventual goal is to get back to a size 12.

ValiumQueen Mon 31-Dec-12 10:12:32

I have put on 7lb since having DS 9weeks ago. Oops!

catwoman101 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:16:49

Hello all

Great thread. I wasn't too fussed about my weight until the third person asked me when the baby was due 10 weeks after having her. Harrumph.

Only about a stone to lose (ok, 2 stone), but will need much effort to make my sack like stomach acceptable again. Ate sit-ups the only way? Sigh.

Also worried by breast weight loss first rather than tummy bum and thigh weight. Why? Why?

Good luck all.

INeedThatForkOff Mon 31-Dec-12 10:17:33

I've weighed in at 12st 8lb. I've gained a pound and a half over Christmas, which I'm fine with as I usually gain half a stone blush

I'm not planning to start until Weds. We're having a party tea tonight and a roast dinner tomorrow. However I have the WW mag and will read it for a bit of motivation (small steps!) and will use the shopping guide to make a list of easy healthy meals and snacks.

applecrumple Mon 31-Dec-12 10:18:31

So start of a new me. Have no scales so don't know my weight- ill post hip & waist measurements later

INeedThatForkOff Mon 31-Dec-12 10:22:09

Sorry, target weight is 9st (I'm 5'4"), so 50lbs sounds a lot!

catwoman101 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:23:37

Should have added, not starting til jan 7th when will have eaten all Xmas goodies. Then target weight loss may need to be revised up?

Also, am worried about my capacity for exercise unless the constant rain stops. Anyone doing fitness dvd's?

catwoman101 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:25:25

Stats:

Height 5' 8'

Weight 12st 2

Target wt loss 2 stone 2

INeedThatForkOff Mon 31-Dec-12 10:28:50

Yes catwoman. I did the new Davina one yesterday and I'm feeling it today grin

Elizadoesdolittle Mon 31-Dec-12 10:42:04

My scales are either broken or out if batteries (digital ones). They probably broke due to the large amount of dust gathered on them. I will get to some scales at some point to do the stats but I probably won't join in the weekly weigh ins if that's ok. I'm not really worried too much about weight it's more shape and dress size for me. I know the 2 go hand in hand so if my clothes look and fit better ill know I'm losing weight iyswim.
Before DD1 I was a size 10, probably nearer a 12 by the time I got pregnant. After she was born I went up to a 14, in some shops I was a 16 on top half. Went back to a comfortable 14/12 just through running around after her, she's a very energetic toddler! Now after DD2 who is 7 weeks I am back in my size 14 jeans. I am realistically never going to be a size 10 again so goal is size 12.
I've found a gym buddy so will join once I've got the all clear from my 6 wk check. I'm not a gym lover but do quite like some of the classes. I'm sure the leisure centre has one of those fancy weight machines so will do my weigh in there. Means I actually have to go there!

Have to go get scales and a measuring tape today. Was waiting on the HV but shes just phoned to cancel!

Argos has scales. Where do I buy a measuring tape?

Oh and VQ, well done. smile

StuntNun Mon 31-Dec-12 10:47:24

They give them away in BHS kids section.

No BHS near me. Why do they give them away?

Passmethecrisps Mon 31-Dec-12 10:59:54

Morning fellow wibblers,

Just checking in with first Monday stats:

Weight 9st 5
Waist 30 inches
Hips 38 inches
Bust 35 inches (are you supposed to measure under? I kind of did round the fullest bit.
Thighs (I HATE my thighs and always have)

If I could get into my size ten jeans without massive overhang I will be delighted.

Right - poo to deal with

Passmethecrisps Mon 31-Dec-12 11:18:05

Oops. I was so disgusted by my thighs I forgot to log the measurement.

Thighs - 23 inches

projectbabyweight Mon 31-Dec-12 11:29:13

I really need this thread! Doesn't look like any of my baby weight is going to fall off by itself - have been the same weight since about a week after giving birth (ds2 is 7 weeks).

Now I'm finished having babies I really want my old body back. I'm a smidge under 10st and want to get to 8st, which sounds small but I'm short and pear-shaped. Widest part of hips/bottom is 41.5" and can't get into any trousers except maternity ones. I don't like it!

Plan is low-carb, meal planning, lots of water and exercising when I can (had a c-section so gentle exercise to start with)

Good luck everyone!

Does anyone have any tips on how to low carb on a budget?

DP and I are meal planning for the new year and he keeps saying "its not enough meat" but we just cannot afford a lot of meat. And we dont have a freezer so cant buy in bulk.

I know he could take protein shakes and I could fill up on low carb soups, but Id like us to be eating similar meals.

What's the 5:2 thing?

Lentils are a good source of protein. I lived off them when I was younger and could only afford meat once a week.

Here's my weigh-in...cept I have no scales!!

Monday 31st Jan....
Height - 5ft 1"
Hips - 28
Waist - 31 (see what I mean about my middle being bigger then my hips. Not a good look, this is the measurement I am most bothered by).
Thighs - 18
Bust - 24/29

I was 9st pre-pregnancy, and gained 3.5st during!! Have no idea how much I weigh now, will try to get some scales. The above doesn't sound too bad, but I am short, and used to being a size 8/10, rather than a 12/14. I feel like I have been wearing the same clothes for the last 18 months.

Angelico Mon 31-Dec-12 12:28:53

Hey all! And a special wave at Fjord and Crazypaving! grin

So DD is 14 weeks tomorrow (can't actually believe that!!!). Bizarrely I actually weigh less than I did pre-pregnancy - I was OW when got pregnant, then got gestational diabetes so lost weight with it, then lost more when I had to control carbs for last 5 weeks of pregnancy. Lost a bit more BFing but put some on over Xmas. So long and short of it is I would like to lose about 1.5- 2 stone.

Anyway, weight fell off doing carb control - and not massively controlled, just having one bit of bread with some protein for example. I felt fantastic on my 'diabetes diet' but it involved a lot of cooking which has been tricky with a baby and too many baby groups and lunches

Looking forward to getting some tips and recipes smile

Angelico Mon 31-Dec-12 12:30:23

Oh - and agree with Visualise re lentils - they were brill when I had GD, lentil soup especially or things like houmous and beans, all pulses good! Unfortunately thery are the one thing I have noticed seems to make our DD more colicky so limited while BFing sad Might start trying them again now that she's a bit older...

HAH! Don't use a measuring tape out of a cracker. I was just looking at my stats there, and realised they're totally wrong...stupid cheap tape. Use a proper dress-makers tape...the cheap tape 'inches' are about a third bigger!! Here's my stats as they should be!

Hips - 36
Waist - 39
Bust - 34/37
Thigh - 23

Lord above. I need to loose some weight. I hate my thighs rubbing together when I walk.

crazypaving Mon 31-Dec-12 12:57:30

hi angelico! grin

yikes just weighed and have gained over Christmas. now 11st 9, goal weight 10st. boo

am bfing so my current plan is to restrict myself to one sensible treat a day. that's challenging enough at the moment as I use bad food as a destressing mechanism...

Prolificmincepiebreeder Mon 31-Dec-12 13:02:47

Right here are my stats, no tape measure here though. I'll get one on Thursday.
Height: 167cm which I think is about 5ft 5?
Weight: just over 10 stone, couldn't quite see I think 10 stone 2.
I was at my booking in app 8 stone 8!
Sob! sad
Hoping my trainers will arrive this week.
I'm low carbing as of tomorrow.

Prolificmincepiebreeder Mon 31-Dec-12 13:06:36

I'm hoping that doing some exercise will give me some motivation, I find it so hard to just get up off the sofa and do anything!

Passmethecrisps Mon 31-Dec-12 13:07:53

I was massively jealous of your 18" thighs visualise!

Good tip about the cracker tape - could be useful of trying to persuade oneself of thinner wobbly bits --just like wearing jeans for a week and convincing yourself it is you who are thinner not the jeans being looser

ValiumQueen Mon 31-Dec-12 13:12:18

visualise that was very funny indeed grin made my day that has!

Ok, so weigh and measure in here as follows:

Weight: 13st 9lb
Bust: 40 inches
Waist: 35 inches
Hips: 41 inches
Thighs: 24 inches

Wow. So over Christmas I managed to stay the same(ish), however in the period since I have obviously not and have put on half a stone!!! Crapola. Jillian Michaels going on now. No wonder I look shit in all my clothes. Fat bloody bint.

Revelsarethebest Mon 31-Dec-12 13:42:25

Won slimmer of the week at slimming world, and won slimmer of the month for december!

If i can do it, then anyone can!

This time next year we could all be at target.

ValiumQueen Mon 31-Dec-12 13:48:32

Well done revels very impressive for Christmas!

funchum8am Mon 31-Dec-12 14:27:15

Fabulous work revels!

I have been out and done day 2 of couch to 5k. Didn't actually realise it was raining til I opened the door with my rather too tight running gear on so just plunged out and did it anyway! Feeling very pleased with myself, but need to remember it is only the start of a long process grin

Stats: 5'5"
current weight 12 stone 11
target 10stone 11
weight to lose 2 stone
eventually aiming to be size 14 on bottom half

Good luck for any aiming fo be good at NYE parties tonight!

CandyPop Mon 31-Dec-12 14:58:27

Ah I got way too excited with the first good night sleep that I forgot to weigh myself! Will do 2mo morning .... I only ever weigh myself first thing in the morning as that's when I'm lightest!! Lol

Just waiting at docs for my post natal check. Fingers cross for an all clear!

Prolificmincepiebreeder Mon 31-Dec-12 15:30:04

That's brilliant revel well done you smile

Ok here are my measurements.

Height: 5ft10 (shocked at that. I thought I was 5ft9)

Weight: 19st 8lb. sad

Bust (fullest part): 48inches
Waist: 43 inches
Hips: 56 inches.

Overall target loss 6st. Goal weight 13st 8lbs.

Talk about facing up to it. I am shock

applecrumple Mon 31-Dec-12 15:38:35

Ok so measurements are:

Waist: 31"
Hips: 41"

Haven't checked anything else as those 2 are the only ones I'm particularly concerned about. No scales so can't weight myself. Aiming to go down from a size 14 to a size 10 - guess that's about 2 stone - isn't it a stone a size???? I know my pre preg waist was around 27/28"

Good luck everyone!

ValiumQueen Mon 31-Dec-12 16:05:08

Well done everyone for posting their weights and measurements. We are certainly all shapes and sizes. Some of us have so little to lose in comparison, but we can be just as unhappy with our size and shape if we have 1/2 stone to lose or 12 stone. If anything it can be easier for larger ladies as we are rewarded with significant weight loss in the early weeks, and pretty quickly see changes to our shape, and improvements in our health, compared to the ladies with relatively little to lose who may see 1/2 lb go here and there.

We could do a slimmer of the week thing here, but to be fair it would need to be %loss rather than lbs lost. That would take some calculating, and would obviously add a competitive element which may or may not prove helpful. Our ultimate aim, whatever our size, should be an improvement in health and wellbeing. Thoughts appreciated.

applecrumple Mon 31-Dec-12 16:24:30

I'm assuming us BF ladies can't go losing too much weight so even if there was slimmer of the week we wouldn't necessarily win it as our weight loss would need to be gradual IYSWIM. How about exerciser of the week or something?

Lane81 Mon 31-Dec-12 16:30:43

Well done revels!

Starting weight: 10 stone 4lbs
Goal: 9 stone

Plan to lose 1-2lbs per week, so hoping for 10'2" next week. Well done everyone. Posting weight and committing yourself is the biggest step.

Thanks VQ for setting up and for all your supporting and encouraging words!!xx

Personally I am motivated by my desire to be slimmer and healthier. So a slimmer of the week wouldnt bother me either way.

Some people thrive on competition though so if they needed it for that little extra motivation I wouldnt mind.

I guess I am on the fence grin

kirrinIsland Mon 31-Dec-12 16:44:23

I'm writing this while eating a mince pie - falling at the first hurdle?!
I'm starting tomorrow assuming there are no mince pies left

I haven't got a tape measure so I'll update measurements next week.
Weight 8 stone 10lb - target 7 stone 10lb

Doesn't sound too bad but I am short and any extra weight shows quickly on me.

Exerciser of the week is a good idea apple - more of a level playing field?

kirrinIsland Mon 31-Dec-12 16:49:34

visualise 5:2 is eating a very low calorie diet for some days of the week - about 600 - and whatever you like in the other days. Some people fast alternate days, some do 5:2 or 4:3. There is a thread on here somewhere, I can't link on my iPad but a search should bring it up. I need to mug up on the details but it seems to be pretty effective.

Goatbongohohoandjinglejingle Mon 31-Dec-12 18:21:06

I wouldn't join a competition if that's ok, as I really need to watch going overboard with this. My goal is to be back on form when I go back to my home country at the end of July!

Afternoon ladies

I've just bought a battery pack for my dusty wii fit board so I can weigh myself on there and a lovely new personalised water bottle so I can start on my little pledges that will gradually increase!!!

Today I've eaten my first piece of fruit that isn't in a trifle, tart or cake for a while!!!

I wrote a list a while back with over 40 reasons to lose weight incl things I'd love to do but am too fat to such as horse riding and salsa lessons - am going to dig it out and read it daily!!!!

Evilwater Mon 31-Dec-12 19:19:26

1st day- and it has rainier all day. According to my DP exercise machine I have 33% of fat. Just great. 20 mins of exercise done, 10 more to go. I need to make sure LO is sleep first.

Also eaten my first fruit, it was tinned. I'm cutting down on carbs, and portion size as well as having lunch.

Evil

Oh evil. After reading that I would love some tinned mandarins and pears. Are tinned fruits ok? Aslong as not in syrup I suppose!

DP weighed himself on the new scales and hes put on 2 stone. Hes a cage fighter but has really not been training due to the new baby/lack of money. So hes on board with me too.

Walking tomorrow!

Evilwater Mon 31-Dec-12 19:26:09

Wanna it's the only fruit in the house, it is in juice. LO is awake!
Evil

ValiumQueen Mon 31-Dec-12 20:00:07

Well, I have survived the first day. Done ok. Not felt too deprived. I must admit I felt awfully sad last night as at the moment I feel food is the only treat or pleasure I have in life. I have three wonderful children, and a usually lovely husband, but I am just so very tired. I feel like a milk and juice and nappies machine, cannot go anywhere without at least baby boy, and struggle to go to the loo in peace. Food helps, but it doesn't really. It makes things worse if it is in control. I am feeling better today though.

NanoNinja Mon 31-Dec-12 20:47:42

Ah, VQ, well done. I know what you mean - sometimes it's just food that breaks up the monotony of the day... Just succumbed to two glasses of prosecco and some chocolate. Was dark though grin and I've stormed the day otherwise... Tomorrow is another year.

TheDetective Mon 31-Dec-12 22:41:05

I've had a lovely healthy stew for tea. Sadly with bread. But one piece instead of 5 grin.

Just a shame about the sticky toffee pudding and custard for afters. hmm

Baby steps Detective, baby steps...!

Evilwater Mon 31-Dec-12 22:46:05

Failed to do the last 10 mins of exercise on machine. So tired thanks to LO.
Need a better nite time rountine.
Evil

GTbaby Tue 01-Jan-13 01:30:20

Start as we mean to go on... Got the shred DVD today, had ppl in n out all day today, and set for the same tomorrow. When can I fit in 30 min for exercise n then I shower?

Happy new year folks

Lane81 Tue 01-Jan-13 03:49:04

I completely agree VQ. It might be sad but food literally is one of the pleasures I have left and v hard to resist when sleep deprived. I just have to find a new way of feeling better, not easy during these winter times!

INeedThatForkOff Tue 01-Jan-13 08:02:26

Happy new year!

How much time do you get without your DCs? Try as I might, DS (9 weeks) won't sleep without me at any time, so I'm not sure how I'm going to fit exercise in. It also bothers me because I have work to do from home from mid-Jan.

3ForMe Tue 01-Jan-13 08:11:08

INeed-I broke the sleeping on me habit, by putting dc in a gro bag and putting a water bottle in the Moses basket to warm it up before putting baby in when asleep. Then removing the water bottle.

If that helps?

Though I loved snuggling up with the babies when they're so young. Hope you had a lovely Christmas with your newborn!

Iheartpasties Tue 01-Jan-13 08:31:04

OK so DH is onboard for healthy eating as from tomorrow! Wohoo. I find myself joking about how fat I am/feel at the moment when really I could weep sometimes. So just knowing we’re both gunna be healthy together feels nice. It means neither of us will buy in chocs and biscuits so that will help. Look realistically we will still have treats at the weekends, but if we can be mostly healthy most of the time I will be happy!! Also as I mentioned before if we can be slightly frugal at the same time I’ll be mega happy.

I am often troughing while BF-ing just as a reward (?) gotta change what I'm stuffing in my face. Gunna go supermarket tomorrow and only buy healthy stuff. Must be good!!!!!

littleredmonkey Tue 01-Jan-13 08:34:27

Happy new year ladies
Weight 16stone 6lb
Height 5feet 11
Clothes average 22
This time last year
Weight 11stone 11
Clothes 12
Realist aim with baby and knackered. 13 stone.
Will aim 1 hour walk a day and 30mins cardio and weights. Very low carbs only protein and veg. Lost 6 stone last year on low carbs protein and veg. Lots of weight training so going to do the same. I cancelled my gym cant afford it or the two hours time it takes to get there do it and return. I have all the kit here. Bike x trainer. Weights. Exercise ball. Will buy some kettle bells and exercise mat. Will miss my carbs love bread but he ho off we go. Good luck to us all. X

Iheartpasties Tue 01-Jan-13 09:00:28

i'm hoping to buy some weights and a step. maybe next weekend or online.

INeedThatForkOff Tue 01-Jan-13 09:20:09

Thanks 3ForMe. I have tried that previously but will give it another go tonight. I'm going to try to get more of a routine going from tomorrow, when DH goes back to work, with a regular up-time and naps, so hopefully I'll get organised enough to squeeeeze the exercise in. Really reluctant to get outside in the rain with two of them, so not doing much walking either.

Right, my NYR is to spend less time online (I find smartphones a major distraction!) so 3 check-ins a day is my limit. I'll report back tonight.

Good luck for those starting today (I'm waiting til tomorrow).

INeedThatForkOff Tue 01-Jan-13 09:21:37

Ps pasties, do you have a DVD in mind for the step? I have a Reebok step in the garage but never use it.

Iheartpasties Tue 01-Jan-13 09:29:38

I was just going to wing it?! just try and do some moving when ive got 5 or 10 mins if that makes sense!! hoping to do steps and weights and just get heart rate up a few times a day - or minimum 10 mins before my shower! ive git 2 LO's under 22 months.

applecrumple Tue 01-Jan-13 10:42:31

Is anyone else on here doing elimination diets for the sake of their LO's health? I've cut out dairy, wheat & soy - this automatically cuts out most crap for me!

ValiumQueen Tue 01-Jan-13 11:13:58

crumple I think I diabetic diet is pretty good too. How are you getting on with eliminating all those things? Must be quite hard.

I am shattered and have a little voice in my head on loop, saying 'chocolate will help, or a cheese sandwich'

NervousReindeer Tue 01-Jan-13 11:37:38

Hello ladies smile I am going to join but next week, we still have some visiting to do and lots of food in the house so ill wait until its gone. My problem is snacking and DP he's so fussy it's unreal and doesn't really like veg so he's going to be on it with me but through force and not choice grin I am not cooking him a dinner then me something really healthy. Think I'm going to get the wii fit out but with a 10w old DD I can see a few problems on the horizon because she doesn't sleep in the day and when she's awake she likes mummy close but I love it. Going to try a 30-45 min walk every day but if its nice then do abit more, I'll add all my stats when I'm starting

NervousReindeer Tue 01-Jan-13 11:39:55

VQ stay strong, you'll feel better for resisting tomorrow smile

Does anyone know how many more calories extra, if any, for BF? I'm going to do meal plan this week and find some nice hopefully new recipes

StuntNun Tue 01-Jan-13 11:43:08

500ish Nervous

YellowWellies Tue 01-Jan-13 12:09:08

apple we can be elimination buddies together I'm off soy and dairy due to LO's reflux. As you say all of my favourite treats are off the cards now. Ironically it has made me discover some lovely healthy treats - raspberry and lemon sorbet and those nakd pressed fruit wholefood bars are yum especially the cocoa orange ones a'm nd they are pure fruit.

Cutting wheat out as well must be really tricky - the HV wants me to see a nutritionist to make sure I'm getting enough vitamins and fats - so won't be able to do one of those fad intense diets even if I wanted to (and I don't as I don't want to rebound and put pounds on long term).

Ladies doing the Shred make sure you don't end up piling on the pounds by doing such an intense routine and troughing afterwards - that's something I do after a good run!!!! grin

TooManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Tue 01-Jan-13 12:09:17

I'm starting today. I weigh 11st 13oz. My first goal is to get to my pre-preggo weight if 10st 10oz, I aim to do this in 8 weeks by eating healthily and gentle exercise. My second goal is to get to 9st 10oz, I will be doing the 30 day shred to help with the second goal as I will be 12 weeks post section by then.

I'm making a chicken and veg soup as we speak and I'm going out for a walk now!

YellowWellies Tue 01-Jan-13 12:10:34

Nervous 500-700 calories a day for BFing x

applecrumple Tue 01-Jan-13 12:25:47

valium mmmm cheese, that's one thing I really miss! Yesterday was my first day of cutting out wheat & as such I think I under ate quite a bit so going to be a bit more careful to eat more today.

yellow - yay sounds good to me! Have you tried the chocolate oatily drink? It's really nice & tastes just like chocolate milk.

I sympathise with all those mums whose babies don't sleep other than on them during the day - mines the same hence why walking will be my only exercise at the moment!

NanoNinja Tue 01-Jan-13 13:23:29

crumple I'm off dairy because of breast feeding, but not sure it's helping much for my lo (was a guess rather than diagnosed). Also trying to be careful with alcohol and caffeine. And now sugar!

Have managed two days of walking for 45 minutes a go. My lo isn't too Velcro, but is very unpredictable in terms of sleep during the day, so walking definitely works best.

candy I can't get on my PMs atm, don't think I'm ignoring you! smile smile

DP and I scoffed everything naughty in the house last night and slimming world diet starts today... I've in,y managed a yoghurt and an orange so far though! The group starts Thursday though so I'll have more of a grasp again on what I can/can't eat.

tearoomtrash Tue 01-Jan-13 15:43:34

My stats

Height - 5'0"
Weight - 10st4
BMI - 28 (which puts me at the top of the "overweight" bracket confused)

My first target is to get to 9st, I would like to have achieved this by March...

projectbabyweight Tue 01-Jan-13 16:26:48

I just ate an apple instead of a cupcake! I realise this sounds minor but I was so close to the cake and listened to the sensible voice in my head rather than blocking it out as usual.

If I can keep this up I will actually reach my goal grin

Good luck everyone!

CandyPop Tue 01-Jan-13 17:38:24

My stats:
5ft 2
Current weight: 9st
Goal weight: 8st 7

Didnt have time for a walk today hmm ... Hopefully will get a chance 2mo.
I need to try drink more water too!

applecrumple Tue 01-Jan-13 19:57:40

Been good all day. Now for a cup of dairy free hot choc & a homemade marshmallow!

I know - 24 inch bust. I'm such a twat. <hands head in shame>

Good day today. 3 meals, lots of glasses of water, and 2 30 minutes walk. Baby didn't give me time to even get dressed to do the shred! Will try again tomorrow.

GTbaby Tue 01-Jan-13 21:51:15

Oh dear. Bad day. Lots of guests. Lots of food. No exercise. N tomorrow will b the same. Lots of family want to see LO as they haven't had a chance n now everyone seems to have time off. Will try go for a walk between visits tomorrow.

horseylady Tue 01-Jan-13 22:23:35

Do something which is sustainable. Also try to put a positive spin on things. So rather than I'm not eating chocolate, think I'm going to eat fruit.

Also at the point of the day you sit and watch telly while the babies asleep, keep the Chanel on but just walk on the spot or forwards and backwards. If theres an add break you could do sit ups, press ups or plank.

And if you cam get yourself out for a 20 minute walk a day (minimum) it will benefit you and the baby smile

INeedThatForkOff Tue 01-Jan-13 22:25:06

I had a long walk with the double buggy today. I tracked it with the HRM and it's certainly good exercise, esp. with a variety of hill and flat sections. Unfortunately DD (2.10) is poorly and DS has his first imms in the morning, so tomorrow is likely to be difficult.

Start WW ProPoints tomorrow smile

So so day. The piece of cheesecake wasnt great but on a plus note, drank lots of water and had soup for lunch.

I think those measurements may have included TOM bloatedness because I feel a lot smaller overnight and it certainly wasnt because of anything I did yesterday.

YellowWellies Tue 01-Jan-13 23:11:37

10 days and we move back to the mainland where I'll be able to go out with the buggy without all weather gear and without braving our usual gales (I live on Orkney and we have, literally, had three hurricane force storms in the last ten days)! My exercise / getting out of the house starts the second I land in Fife. Am so excited as, as pass would say, until then I'm barely walking the length of myself whilst we're house bound and I'm going a bit mad. Will also not miss the sound of the roof attempting to leave the house on a windy night grin

So I don't expect to lose much weight until then as I'll not realistically be exercising until the 11th Jan. DH cooked a very nice tea of roasted aubergines and tatties with chicken in a red wine sauce. Was yum.

My measurements are (horror!!!!!) bust 41, waist 36 and hip 44 inches. Eeeek. There's a reason my pre-preggo jeans are snug don't fit

I have made a very geeky spreadsheet with automatic BMI and percentage of weight loss goal lost calculations. Am a nerd. grin

kirrinIsland Wed 02-Jan-13 00:12:49

Well, not a great start but not too bad either. I had a small choc bar and a mince pie that I shouldn't have but I also went out for a good walk - bout an hour I think? a lot of it was at DD1's pace so not very strenuous - I did have N in the sling though, that's an extra 10lb to carry - that's got to help, surely?!

I have just spent a week with my super slim sister which is both motivating and depressing all at once. I need a photo of her on my fridge!

CandyPop Wed 02-Jan-13 00:25:07

tits grin I'm in no hurry to do DVD considering walking for 45 mins had left me breathless!

Confession ... Like gt had guest today so ended up doing no exercise and eating crisp and chocolate blush BUT instead of a carby dinner I had tomato soup and a slice of whole meal bread. Dh also back at work 2mo so gonna really go for it 2mo

Goatbongohohoandjinglejingle Wed 02-Jan-13 01:46:41

Only change today really was eating less and going for a long walk blush Can't say I ate much more healthily! Need healthy snacks for the current sleep regression phase...
Tomorrow am making celeriac, leek and spinach soup. To use up the celeriac and as a change from celeriac and thyme (which is nevertheless yum).

GTbaby Wed 02-Jan-13 02:03:10

Unlike candy I had my left over "guest food" for dinner. Samosa n choc cake. N a glass of diet coke n some ice cream. Oh dear.

Feel like I'm coming down with a cold n feeling a little sry for myself tbh. Not good at all.

Iheartpasties Wed 02-Jan-13 04:05:48

Well girls, I was thinking of you all today while I loaded my two into the double pram and headed off to the park - a 40 min walk I reckon, and the same on the way back (except I was much slower on the way home!!). No snacking so far, which is good. I plan on doing a healthy tea - chicken breast, grilled probably, salad and a bean salad. Probably need to do some potatoes for dh.

Today I feel in control and that feels good. Evenings are normally my major snacking time! so tonight I will try and resist or have some raw carrot.

littleredmonkey Wed 02-Jan-13 05:57:51

Got off to a good start. An hour walk up and down hills in my village. Busy after noon with baby trialling new nap routine then x trainer for 30 mins. Breakfast eggs poached and yogurt. Lunch tuna salad snack almonds. Tea chicken and veg. Pudding porridge. So not bad first day but my legs are so stiff this morning. Will do the walk and swap cardio for weight training hope my legs recover I have squats to do. Ahhhhhhh!

littleredmonkey Wed 02-Jan-13 06:02:56

Goat. Your soup sounds yummy
And sleep snacks are necessary when they dont.

INeedThatForkOff Wed 02-Jan-13 07:55:05

Ugh. Awful night with DCs. Must not let tiredness ruin my willpower!

Ordered a ww pedometer during one of the night feeds.

crazypaving Wed 02-Jan-13 08:29:21

am not doing well. no sleep here as ds2 ill and screaming much of the night. body craving sugar and am disinclined to deny it what it wants when it's suffering so much grin

made a big batch of spiced lentil soup yesterday in an effort to eat easily and healthily for the rest of the week. and bouncing an inconsolable baby constantly in the sling is pretty good exercise right? hmm

must not give up...

Goatbongohohoandjinglejingle Wed 02-Jan-13 08:48:17

Oof, fork and crazy I share your pain...

If that damn tooth would just come through!!! For the sake of my diet, of course grin

crazypaving Wed 02-Jan-13 08:56:25

just watched that bloke on BBC news about the fasting diet. I assume that'd be a bad idea whilst breastfeeding? looks tempting.

applecrumple Wed 02-Jan-13 09:23:05

Don't do it crazy! Btw my DH did it for a few weeks & said it was quite good, but he hasn't started it again since dd was born - baby + FT job + PT degree course is not good when combined with fasting!

INeedThatForkOff Wed 02-Jan-13 09:26:13

I'm not doing it while BFing.

Just scooped a bit of DD's Nutella out with my finger. Was about to put it in my gob when I remembered and chucked it. Go me!

Time for baby one's jabs sad

CandyPop Wed 02-Jan-13 09:48:58

crazy don't do it! It will affect your milk supply.

Yum lentil soup. Can u sure ur recipe? Someone up thread also mentioned curries parsnip soup ?! Can u have recipe for that too???

Passmethecrisps Wed 02-Jan-13 09:52:12

I am very impressed fork. Nutella is the food of new mummies kings.

We went a decent walk yesterday. Shame it was punctuated by a visit to a friend where wine and nibbles were imbibed.

Weather is rubbish today so a walk out will need to be timed carefully.

crazypaving Wed 02-Jan-13 10:02:57

ok will wait til not feeding any more, thanks!

lentil soup - a bit slapdash but basically:

bit of ginger, grated
tsp or so of cumin
a few chili flakes
one onion, chopped
two carrots, chopped
200g or so of red lentils
roughly 1.25 - 1.5l veg stock (I use low salt so ds1 can have it)

fry onions, carrots and spices in a little oil until soft. add lentils and stock, simmer for 15mins, blitz and hey presto! yummy warming filling soup.

CandyPop Wed 02-Jan-13 11:09:46

I might make it for lunch !!

CandyPop Wed 02-Jan-13 11:26:58

I want to go out for a walk but can't be bothered to get dressed.... till in my jim jams!!! I have be doing stuff tho inc taking down the Xmas tree!

Just done my first Shred. Man, am I unfit. Totally out of breath now, but feel heaps better. Now, what to have for lunch....?

Elizadoesdolittle Wed 02-Jan-13 12:54:40

Hmmm so far my new year diet has been as bad as my Christmas. You are all so good, am seriously impressed. In my defence I did say I would lurk on this thread till I'd had my 6 wk check on 7th jan but still! Need to take DD2 for her weight check and am going to walk instead of drive. It's 30 mins there uphill and will have DD1 on the buggy board so that will be a good workout surely. Keep up the good work everyone smile

GTbaby Wed 02-Jan-13 13:40:56

Right. I'm about to have breakfast. Bloody starving. Feel ill. Having a shot day. Need some "on the go" breakfast ideas.

horseylady Wed 02-Jan-13 13:46:34

Never eat on the go!!

I already hate slimming world blush

Last time I did it I was really motivated and bang on it, I really enjoyed it.
I'm only on day 2 this time and I feel like crap, DS is still exclusively bf so I'm hoping the sudden change won't mess up my milk too much and that the headaches and feeling grotty is the vast amount of sugar/fat withdrawals.

SpanielFace Wed 02-Jan-13 14:25:47

Right, I've ordered some scales! That might not be much of a start but it's still a start! We've got my Nana's funeral & wake on Friday, which is going to be a difficult day, so I'm not worrying about starting until that is behind me & I've actually found out how much I weigh...eek!

ValiumQueen Wed 02-Jan-13 14:39:51

tits are you eating enough? Are you having extra for bf? Are you allowing yourself the odd treat?

horsey you are fab! So very right with your attitude and advice.

GT breakfast should be eaten in the morning, preferably before 9am. Nearly 2pm is not good at all!

I am finding my insatiable appetite is levelling and I know this is because of sugar levels. I feel I am making a bit of progress and feeling a bit better already. I do not allow myself to eat at night time feeds. I think that in itself will help. I am trying to listen to my body and eat when I am hungry, and what I fancy to an extent. I am going to bed earlier too as evenings are my worst.

pikz Wed 02-Jan-13 14:53:54

1st pound down....it's going to be slow and steady...

ValiumQueen Wed 02-Jan-13 15:27:52

Slow and steady is best. 2lb a week is a stone every couple of months. By Js birthday I could be slinky if I only keep slow and steady.

applecrumple Wed 02-Jan-13 15:34:31

Tits I feel the same as you at the moment with the headaches but mine might be due to not drinking enough water. Been a bit naughty today in that I haven't really had lunch as I was out at lunchtime. Will have a little something in a mo to tide me over to tea time. Everyone seems to be doing well so far! smile

CandyPop Wed 02-Jan-13 15:46:59

Ah gt can u not squeeze in a bowl of cereal in the morning ? That being said I know it's hard! I started with some granola at 8.30am then decided as LO was a sleep to do a bit of ironing , tidy the kitchen and then she woke... After feeding and changing I only finished the second half just before 11am!
I use to be a very slow eater... In the last 7 weeks I have learnt to each most meals within 10-15 mins!! Not good!!!

So I did manage to get changed. Walked to waitrose instead of driving.... Unfortunately got caught by the rain but at least it's a little walk! Had sushi for lunch and now made a beef stew with loads if veg for supper smile

littleredmonkey Wed 02-Jan-13 16:04:09

Nothing beats
Plenty of water
Regular exercise
Good sleep. Haha sorry what a joke at the moment
Low fat diet not starving yourself
And have a treat

Lifeonthecanal Wed 02-Jan-13 16:06:46

I am in please. DD2 is 3 weeks old and I plan to start WW online this Sunday (and in Middle East so Sunday first day of the week). I turn 40 this July, so my aim is 3 stone. I am DETERMINED not to feel fat on my birthday. I plan to buy an amazing dress and want to feel great.

Was planning to start walking in the evenings, but c-section scar has just become infected so think exercise will have to wait a few weeks.

Have new scales and now just need to cut out all the crap from my diet and stick to my points.

Sushi sounds good Candy!

Those who are still BF - please remember to still eat properly! You might find it easier to have 6 small meals a day, rather than 3 big heavy ones, which leaves big gaps in between for snacking!

I found cereal a godsend when BF - can be prepared and eaten with one hand. Plus you can add raisins, banana chips etc. I used to have cereal at 7.30am, brown toast at 9.30am, small salad sandwich at lunch, cereal at 2/3pm, small dinner with OH and then cereal before bed. I never ate during the night.

Lifeonthecanal - I really think you should wait until your c-section scar has healed before doing any exercise!!

I'm eating enough I think, J is being a nightmare today just constant yelling, my nipples feel like they've been through a mincer .
We're all a bit mardy today, DP has spent most the day in our room on his fucking computer and the kids have been a bit whingey, I think they're bored.
I've been meaning to tidy the house for the past 2 days but unfortunately I'm struggling to move off the sofa because I feel rough.

ValiumQueen Wed 02-Jan-13 17:20:46

visualise that is a splendid idea. There are enough calories to do six meals when you count in the bf ones. Thank you!

INeedThatForkOff Wed 02-Jan-13 17:41:50

What I like about WW is that you get 14 extra points for BFing so I know I'm eating enough (less than I was troughing before though!) I was already losing weight slowly so it should work. It feels like plenty and there are no other restrictions.

Lane81 Wed 02-Jan-13 17:46:31

Have eaten healthily today but craving sugar/choc so much, finding it very hard. Had two squares but now just want rest of pack! No exercise yet, will try and go for a long walk tmrw if it ever stops raining! This is going to be tough!

Doing alright here, being more mindful and on day 2 of shredding smile

horseylady Wed 02-Jan-13 18:34:45

Lane -look at hot chocolate or I find very dark chocolate brilliant for hitting the craving but you don't want to eat the 1kg bar at once!!!

CandyPop Wed 02-Jan-13 19:11:46

Hairy dieters - bbc 2 , ideas for nice diet recipes smile

Revelsarethebest Wed 02-Jan-13 19:25:53

Im sure i ve read somewhere about chocolate on this thread.

I had a friend once that bought a really horrible chocolate like 70% coco etc and when he fancied some chocolate he would have a piece of this horrible chocolate in his cupboard.

He reconed it puts you off chocolate and stops the craving, and also makes your brain associate the craving of chocolate with that horrible taste.

It worked for him so maybe worth a try.

INeedThatForkOff Wed 02-Jan-13 19:33:32

I like dark choc! I bought some treat size Crunchies today. Just have to be restrained enough to have one a day, as opposed to eight as I did once when pregnant

StuntNun Wed 02-Jan-13 19:46:02

I like 70% chocolate Revels. Maybe it was 99% Lindt, that's pretty hard to like. It's extra thin and you're supposed to put a square on your tongue and let it melt slowly. You couldn't eat the stuff normally, it's incredibly bitter and very dry because there's no sugar or fat in it. Bleugh!

horseylady Wed 02-Jan-13 19:52:24

Yeah 70% or 80% it does the trick of giving you the chocolate hit but you don't need that much of it as you do dairy milk/galaxy etc.

ValiumQueen Wed 02-Jan-13 19:55:13

70% is nice but not too nice.

I am watching Hairy Bikers too!

BarmeeMarmee Wed 02-Jan-13 19:59:30

Checking in here-have got the hairy dieters cookbook and have fished out some recipes today. Weighed myself though and depressed myself that nothing seems to have shifted sad. Am trying to console myself with the thought that Christmas excesses have caught up with me plus I've got the period from hell! I just want chocolate, damn it!!

Notgrownupinmyhead Wed 02-Jan-13 20:20:50

Another one here wink Hi, VQ!

Im about 14.5-15stone and a size 18/20. Would like to be a size 12/14. Had ds3 in September and have a problem with the usual stuff - chocolate, bread and big portions (not to mention the kids sweets that I steal eat).

I watched the Hairy Bikers too.

I can exercise on the Wii and need to leave the house more when ds1 is at school and its me and the babies so pushing a heavy double will help.

ValiumQueen Wed 02-Jan-13 20:21:45

barmee periods will affect things. I am hoping mine stay away for a long time. How often are you weighing yourself?

ValiumQueen Wed 02-Jan-13 20:22:17

Hiya notgrown welcome!

ValiumQueen Wed 02-Jan-13 20:24:12

I found pushing a heavy double was really good exercise. Then I found out DH had only pumped the back tyres, and the front ones were almost flat. Not such a good workout now, but I can push it further grin

I have had a terrible day.

Hormones are all over the place (after 7 weeks, is that even normal??) and I ate three chocolate biscuits, two cookies, 4 chicken dippers and a sausage roll. Thats it. All day.

Then we went food shopping. Dont ever go food shopping hungry.

The bakery reduced section had masses of carby fatty sugary things down to 26p. I bought muffins to add to my muffin top. I might throw them out tomorrow though.

No exercise either. The hormonal thing meant I was stuck to the bed until 2pm. Then got up and had a mad cleaning fit.

A walk tomorrow will hopefully get me feeling better.

Evilwater Wed 02-Jan-13 20:43:23

Had a good day, walked twice the amount and got blisters the size of 2 pence pieces. Felt good after wards but half way around felt so tired.

I really, really want donuts, and pancakes. I now have fresh fruit.
Evil

Notgrownupinmyhead Wed 02-Jan-13 21:05:15

I've got MFP on my phone that I've not used for 2m or so and it has housework as one of the exercise options on it (or I added it) along with gardening. Housework is great exercise I think dancing whilst doing it will help a but more too.

My double is heavy, ds2 is a right porker and he makes it worse.

Is anyone taking Evening Primrose or Starflower to help with hormones?

funchum8am Wed 02-Jan-13 21:23:56

I have had an ok day. Didn't do my c25k but that is ok, I will go tomorrow which is still 3 outings in 6 days. I did walk for about an hour in total with the buggy though. I also ate the second to last mince pie and a bit of ice cream, and I will finish the rest tomorrow, so that will be all the festive treats gone. Also only had half a glass of wine as opposed to the usual whole one or two on a bad day

Tomorrow my goals are to do c25k run no. 3 and to place a healthy online shop.order to arrive on Monday as we are away this weekend.

I also watched Hairy Bikers - might make that cassoulet as it doesn't seem like diet food and DH is a rugby player (hobby not a professional!) so right up.his street for a Saturday post match dinner.

Well done evil and others who have had good days. We will all get there if we support each other <cheesy enthusiastic and possibly naive emoticon>

Passmethecrisps Wed 02-Jan-13 21:40:24

Evening wibblers,

No movement here today apart from bowels and even those were minor.

DH however, is engaging fully with the effort and has taken to producing portions in line with NHS guidelines.

I am more of a savoury person but find that a hot choc type drink does the job if I have a sweet tooth. I have never found a suitable alternative to a delicious packet of crisps however!

Who was it mentioned shopping when hungry? I am terrible for this. End up with cupboard full of instant gratification foods and no ingredients.

Notgrownupinmyhead Wed 02-Jan-13 21:57:37

Pass me. You could make your own crisps. Use a veg peeler to shave the veg you want to make into crisps, lay on baking tray with a bit of oil and seasoning on, not sure how long you'd need to bake them for!

Has anyone got an actifry?

Prolificmincepiebreeder Wed 02-Jan-13 22:07:08

They sound good notgrownup
My trainers came today! They are too small annoyingly! Really wanted to start this weekend but looks like it will be next week now.
I'm low carbing at the moment, day one here. Needed a kick start.

TheDetective Wed 02-Jan-13 22:08:05

Shaving veg grin. That made me giggle!

Hot chocolate... for me, has to come with squirty cream. And lots of it.

Oh dear. blush

Not doing well here at the moment! Must try harder. hmm

Prolificmincepiebreeder Wed 02-Jan-13 22:08:58

Oh forgot to say: didn't get out today but am forcing myself tomorrow! Going to push the buggy up some hills and avoid Starbucks like the plague!

INeedThatForkOff Wed 02-Jan-13 22:15:13

Wannabe, be nice to yourself. It's so hard to be healthy if you're feeling crap. I've been like that for aged. Today a switch has flicked and I'm really motivated.

Anyway, I managed half a kettlebell workout before DS decided that enough was enough, but still burned 250 cals according to my HRM, Si better than nothing. Also walked to the docs and back for his first jabs (just under an hour) and got loads if housework done while DF and DSM were here to entertain the DCs. Plenty of activity in other words.

Had my 40 WW points and snacked on stuff like nuts, Muller Rice (yum!) and hummus with carrots and celery, so calorific for the BFing but also nutritious. Felt a bit deprived so dipped into my weekly points with a ma-HOO-sive teaspoon of Nutella (well the book said 'heaped', so I did wink)

Now I'm in bed feeding DS so scoffing is done for the day.

INeedThatForkOff Wed 02-Jan-13 22:17:15

Aw, he's doing a funny little giggle as he snoozes on me. They're so worth getting flabby for smile

Passmethecrisps Wed 02-Jan-13 22:21:16

Awesome idea notgrown. Yummy parsnip and carrot crisps. Will
Defo try that. I wonder if spraying them with 1 cal would work?

applecrumple Wed 02-Jan-13 22:22:16

The veg crisps shoukd take an hour on gas mark 2 or 150c. I made beetroot crisps yesterday

JollyGolightly Wed 02-Jan-13 22:26:53

Please can I join in? DS2 is 4 months old tomorrow and I am still far larger than is reasonable. Haven't had the courage to get on the scales but I'd estimate 2.5 to 3 stone over my normal weight, and I can only get into 2 of my skirts which is making life very dull. Absolutely refuse to buy clothes in a larger size, it would seem like giving up.

kirrinIsland Wed 02-Jan-13 22:28:38

Rubbish day sad
I'm starting afresh tomorrow.

BarmeeMarmee Wed 02-Jan-13 22:36:24

VQ I'm hoping the period is making a LOT of difference grin, like about 2 stone! I honestly can't remember when I weighed myself last week. Isn't that ridiculous?! My aim was to weigh myself once a week.

pikz Wed 02-Jan-13 22:59:17

Am trying swede and carrot mash and cassoulet tomorrow as very low cal from the recipe. Also got back into my muller no fat yogurts with 2 tablespoons of oat bean in... Yummy and good for me..

Lane81 Wed 02-Jan-13 23:00:49

Thanks everyone, going to try the dark choc thing...it might be just what I need!

Notgrownupinmyhead Wed 02-Jan-13 23:27:05

Hey detective, anything that sounds dodgy is always good. wdg made me laugh before about slipping in. grin

Dunno crisp, experiment time. grin

Just weighed myself and 14s9lb. 5"8. shock

GTbaby Thu 03-Jan-13 01:12:48

Hello all. Thanks horsey n VQ. I know breakfast is VERY important.
Today was a pain as I forgot about appointment n had to rush outa the house in half hour. Not as easy as it used to be pre LO.
By time I got LO home, bathed (poo accident) n fed it was 2pm.

Will try harder ... But for now must Sleep sleep.

Notgrownupinmyhead Thu 03-Jan-13 09:48:53

Did anyone watch that diet myth program on c5? Shop bought bread causes bloating due to the yeast they use and diet drinks are worse for you than the fast versions, something to do with Aspartame, the body things sugar is being ingested but when it finds its not sugar it dies something to your insulin levels then later on your body craves sugar. Or something like that!!

Notgrownupinmyhead Thu 03-Jan-13 09:48:53

Did anyone watch that diet myth program on c5? Shop bought bread causes bloating due to the yeast they use and diet drinks are worse for you than the fast versions, something to do with Aspartame, the body things sugar is being ingested but when it finds its not sugar it dies something to your insulin levels then later on your body craves sugar. Or something like that!!

CandyPop Thu 03-Jan-13 09:56:41

gt did u manage breakfast today?

Notgrownup is it just the yeast in shop bought bread or all yeast?

Must have a watch of that.

INeedThatForkOff Thu 03-Jan-13 10:15:40

I think there was quite a bit of bullshit in that programme as well as the factual bits. I started to watch but didn't last long.

Today is not.likely to be an active one. Both DCs are poorly and DD just wants snuggles on the sofa.

TheTiger Thu 03-Jan-13 10:33:31

Ok, day 2 of baby weight loss plan here. I weighed myself on Weds, I want to get down to 9 stone 6 by March, and then down to 9 stone after that.

DS currently snoozing on me, and we are going out for a long walk when he wakes up. I got my davina DVD and weights out yesterday, just need DS to stop being velcro baby and I might get chance to do it!

Catbag Thu 03-Jan-13 10:39:32

The thing about yeast is right, and it is all yeast, not just that found in bread. It isn't very good for you at all! I've tried to avoid it for a few years. At the time I didn't know why it happened, but within an hour of eating bread, my fingers would swell. Once I cut it out and ate wraps instead, I noticed that I felt less wobbly around my middle too. With no other adjustments to my diet. Try going without anything with yeast in for three or four days and I promise you, you will notice the difference. The only thing that I cannot resist is Subway sandwiches. I'll put up with a little swelling for a footlong veggie delite on italian herb and cheese bread! I believe the yeast causes water retention or somesuch thing.

Weighed myself this morning. Naughty I know. Lost 1lb already. I have done nothing though so Im not sure it counts.

Will try to avoid yeast and see what happens. It will be torture.

NappyHappy Thu 03-Jan-13 11:01:25

It said it was the shop bought bread, something to do with the fermentation of it.

Oh yeah, there were some bits I didn't believe either, the bit about only needing to do 3 mins of exercisehmm I didn't believe that about the Titanium Dioxide in the milk but if it was correct then shock

I've changed my name from ngu.

I'll be exercising in the form of housework today, need to get rid of some of ds1's toys.

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 11:01:38

Notgrownup I can believe a lot of that - especially the need to avoid diet / no sugar / low fat processed foods IMHO it's better to eat the original more natural versions in a smaller amount. A good tip is that a healthy diet shopping basket should cost LESS as you should be buying more cheap stuff like fresh veg and seasonal fruit and fewer expensive processed foods / ready meals.

Veg is more expensive than processed foods.

horseylady Thu 03-Jan-13 11:11:17

It isn't actually. Processed and pre prepared is more expensive.

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 11:12:58

It is if you buy the packaged ready chopped air freighted stuff but seasonal veg is a matter of pence - much cheaper than processed food (more work thought).

If I spend money on petrol to get to my local market the veg might be cheaper. But I will have used the petrol.

If I buy veg in the supermarket it really isnt cheaper if you think of all the other ingredients needed for a meal.

Eg, cottage pie. Supermarket shit one is 4.95 for a huge tray. Try making that from scratch for the same price.

Processed foods are cheaper than cooking from scratch if you cant batch cook and freeze.

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 11:42:47

But they're awful for you and not going to help you lose weight? They just get folks addicted to high fat / high salt tastes.

We're limited on batch cooking too as our freezer is piddly so I do sympathise with you - we end up eating the same thing a couple of days in a row or take it to work. I did shepherd's pie last night the veggie components cost me a grand total of £1.60 (onion, tatties, swede, celery stick and two carrots) and bulked it out by using some red lentils, so it only used a teeny bit of mince (half of one of those £4 trays) and that was enough food for two of us for two meals and much lower fat than bulking it out with meat. Most of the meat taste comes from the stock anyhow.

Try recipes without meat, or bulking with pulses and reducing the amount of meat if cooking from scratch is too pricey? You can't get a cheaper meal than say a dhal - literally a huge pot of food for pennies and very good for you. I can cook a pot of dhal to make 10 meals for under £2. http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/recipes/2011/march/curried-red-lentil-dhal

Catbag Thu 03-Jan-13 12:38:08

Yup, batch baking is definitely where the savings lie. When I do a big cooking session, I'll make two different kinds of soup, veggie burgers, pizza bases, curries- just using up whatever I have in the cupboards. If you do it like that you save a fortune. Granted DH is doing all the cooking at the mo because I have velcro babies, and so we are spending a fortune as he cooks, meal by meal and rarely from scratch. However, when I get back to doing the cooking we can realistically expect our food bill to get down to £35 per week. For a family of five (seven if you include the babies) with mahoosive appetites, that is not to be sniffed at. I am, in fact, extremely proud of that. Feels like quite an achievement given yhe cost of food at the moment. The children and I are vegetarian (lifelong for all of us); DH isn't, but doesn't eat a lot of meat generally. The moneysavingexpert.co.uk forums are an excellent place to pick up cheap and delicious recipes and tips.

applecrumple Thu 03-Jan-13 12:45:58

£35 a week?! Catbag you are a hero! There's 2 of us + baby & our food bill is way more than that - granted having to substitute wheat & dairy does bump it up a bit, but still ....

Catbag Thu 03-Jan-13 12:59:22

I have been very poor for most of my adult life and although not impoverished any more, some habits stick grin

So yesterday was day one...

Breakfast - toast and butter
Lunch - bowl of cereal with raisins
Afternoon snack - handful of dried fruits
Tea - some sort of sausage/chickpea stew that OH made.
Then I ate a Mars Bar Icecream....Other than that, no snacking, and about 4 glasses of water.

Plus I did one 30 minute walk with the buggy and a level one 30 day shred.

Feeling pretty achy, but day two is going well. There is some left-over chicken tikka pies in the fridge calling my name....

Lane81 Thu 03-Jan-13 13:03:15

I agree that eating healthily and seasonal is cheaper, our bills for 2 (plus baby!) are £120 per month (not as good as £35 p/wk for a family-that's amazing!! But it does include breakfast/lunch/dinner every day. We're lucky in that we have great local shops and don't need to shop in supermarkets, which are much more expensive.

Processed food looks cheaper, but is usually only one (unfulfilling meal). If you look at everything you eat and batch cook, it's much cheaper and don't need to snack, IMO anyway! Though the chocolate bill has taken a hike in the last two months!

I ate the pie. <hangs head in shame>

NappyHappy Thu 03-Jan-13 13:08:25

shock @ Cat bag! you are a hero.

Is/does anyone grow their own?

With all this lack of sleep, why aren't we thin? Surely our bodies should be using up energy keeping us awake wink

Going to get back in the Wii later when the k
children are asleep.

I do cook from scratch but if I didnt I know my bill would be less. Lower quality of food but cheaper.

We dont have a freezer. Nowhere to put it.

Wow Lane - your local shops are cheaper than the supermarkets?

OH is the big food spender in this house, and the reason I have put on weight (aside from getting pregnant!) - when I lived by myself I ate a lot less due to no money and no desire. It's hard to feel motivated to make a huge meal if it's just you eating it! I used to live on baked beans/egg on toast, stir-fries with brown rice and porridge. Living with OH means I eat a HUGE meal at the end of the day normally, and I certainly eat a lot more ice-cream and crisps. He loves cooking, and is very very good at it - he's also one of those skinny lads who can eat like a horse and not gain weight. I'm changing my plate for dinner to a small bowl so he can't over-portion me!!

I'm just not going to buy anymore junk. There are two ice-creams with my name on in the freezer, but I have no chocolate left otherwise. And no biscuits.

funchum8am Thu 03-Jan-13 13:51:42

My DH is the main cook too - he seems to feel no meal is complete without lots of butter so I am reeducation him!

Our local free grocer is way cheaper than the supermarket for fruit and veg. The stuff doesn't look as pretty but tastes better as not all drowned in plastic, is fresher, and all bag your own so you only buy what you need. It does go off quicker as not vacuum packed but since the shop is a five minute walk I can go every couple of days. needs to actually start taking advantage of this shop rather than just selling it on here

We have a tiny freezer but we try to cook double and eat the same thing for two nights, or freeze half. I am thinking of designating some nights of the week as pasta night, soup night etc, so I can get a couple of things more or less the same in the weekly shop every time rather than having to spend ages planning every week which generally leads to me buying stuff we don't need as I buy different alternatives "in case we fancy x that night." If we don't fancy the healthy and frugal option we have planned, well tough, it is what we planned for a reason! If we don't have alternatives in the house we are more likely to stick to our planned meals.

Have just got back from the third couch to 5k run, which means I have finished week 1 and have downloaded the podcast for week 2. Feeling really good for sticking to it! I have also come across an unexpected bonus - it is half and hour of guaranteed me-time that DH is delighted to make sure I have (plus shower or bath time afterwards) and not so long to leave baby with him that he can really mess it up need me there. Having said that he becomes the SAHP on 25 Feb so I had better drop that attitude sharpish!

Good luck today everyone.

funchum8am Thu 03-Jan-13 13:52:09

That should say green grocer, not free grocer!

NappyHappy Thu 03-Jan-13 13:53:27

That's it, just don't buy any sad . But what about when we get cravings? I'm a terrible binge eater in the afternoon and evenings.

I was super fit and slim before I met dh. He needs to lose about 11 stone. I did gym everyday and ate great. Ha, no-one would ever think now dh was a champion Kick Boxer in his day. I blame him for my downfall wink even though it was me who ate all the pies.

What does everyone have planned for tea? Ds 1 wants pasta and tuna so that it is!

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 14:26:14

We've got leftover shepherd's pie, spring greens and corn on the cob on the side. Nom nom. Sadly as I'm dairy free there will be no butter on that corn sad

INeedThatForkOff Thu 03-Jan-13 14:46:25

Salmon and veg here. Just had to wolf down egg on toast as the only quick, healthy thing I could think of. The kids were screeching (both poorly) but I thought if I didn't eat my milk supply might suffer and I'd be more likely to give in and eat crap (would've been easier though!)

applecrumple Thu 03-Jan-13 15:06:02

I'm having wheat free pasta with homemade tomato sauce & my DH is having leftover veggie shepherds pie (I can't have it as its got wheat in it).

I really fancy doing some baking (did so all the time before dd was born) - does anyone have any healthy baking recipies??

funchum8am Thu 03-Jan-13 15:11:42

Finally took measurements:
waist 41in
hips 46.5in
thighs 24in

Pretty grim so will keep up the couch to 5k!

Dinner is leftover potato and veg curry and homemade dhal.

Dinner is quiche. Meh.

Cooking a pork joint for tomorrow though.

Another bad day. Cant get appetite until afternoon and then binge.

GTbaby Thu 03-Jan-13 16:29:24

Left over chickpea curry. Although I have a shop bought shepards pie in fridge which I may have.

candy hmm no breakfast. Because I woke at noon. Felt rubbish this morning so DH took LO n gave me a break. But woke to mil cooking roti. So had two of those. Had a choc mini roll n 2 cups of tea so far.

Went to get some cold medicine so managed a 20 min walk.

crazypaving Thu 03-Jan-13 17:04:36

I was doing pretty well today. but got back from a long walk through thick mud (very good exercise if a bit rough on my stupid spd ridden pelvis) hungry and tucked into a pot of jam with a spoon blush that's what happens if there are no snacks in the house and I crave sugar. ah bloody hell...

kirrinIsland Thu 03-Jan-13 17:15:37

Mixed day here - pretty healthy except for a glass of coke and a biscuit. The day is still young though, and evenings are the toughest part for me - I need to eat, even if I'm not remotely hungry. What's that about?

We grow our own veg and have our own eggs too. DP does all most of the cooking, and is a bit too keen on butter and oil. I like the idea of swapping a dinner plate for a bowl, I'm going to steal that!

I have done no exercise yet, not a great start really. Must try harder.

Lane81 Thu 03-Jan-13 17:32:52

Much cheaper-two carrier bags stuffed with veg for £10 (everyone is always telling each other how cheap their veg is round here!); local butchers much cheaper -buy the cheaper cuts you can't get in supermarkets here (London) like neck/shoulder, plus the local Turkish shops are super cheap for tinned food and pulses, and it's all walking distance. We also have a Savers for cheap shampoo, used to spend so much in Sainsburys before we moved!! We are very lucky though, and it's quite unusual!

I have eaten 4 blueberry muffins all day blush

Right, tomorrow must be better.

horseylady Thu 03-Jan-13 18:10:42

To share with you all as were nearly a week in.

It takes;
4 weeks for you to notice any difference in your body
8 weeks for close family
12 weeks for the rest of the world!!

Keep going!! Xx

ValiumQueen Thu 03-Jan-13 18:19:20

horsey very true.

Not a bad day here. After an awful night with almost no sleep, I could have eaten really badly. It helps that DH is on board. He is 1 week in and has lost 7lb so is very motivated. He is also doing most of the cooking.

Breakfast was musli
Lunch left over casserole from yesterday and a yoghurt
Dinner chicken and veg and rice with a spicy sauce.
I will have supper but not sure what

Highest calorie was breakfast. I plan to swap to something else once cereal used up. Likely porridge.

Silly me weighed myself this morning. No loss. Disappointed. As I say, silly me! It has been three days!

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 18:44:21

Today was not too bad...

Cereal for brekkie
Tuna sarnie and an apple for lunch
Shepherds pie and veg for tea

And troughed on tesco own prawn cocktail 'skip' crisps as the only dairy and soy free thing in reach when DS was being a klingon and I'd been waiting 2 hours for lunch blush

crazypaving Thu 03-Jan-13 18:50:38

vq he's lost 7lb??? men!!! angry

MissMummy1 Thu 03-Jan-13 18:53:55

Today hasnt gone well. Visitors turned up at brekkie time so I had a spoonfull of porridge. And then jaffa cakes for lunch blush

Tomorrow will be better...

funchum8am Thu 03-Jan-13 18:59:14

VQ and yellowwellies you have done brilliantly, well done! Am starving feeding DD here, so will go inhale enjoy leftover veg curry and dhal and a glass of red in a moment.

JollyGolightly Thu 03-Jan-13 19:06:40

I've managed three proper meals today, and snacked only on fruit. This is a major achievement for me, I've found it really hard to et properly since ds2 arrived. I was a super-healthy eater before kids, need to rediscover it.

Sounds good to me yellowbelly!

Today:
Cereal for breakfast.
Peanutbutter on toast and a small chicken tikka pie for lunch
About to have a small portion of mac cheese for tea.

No snacking today!

Plus, two 30 minute walks and a Shred workout. My thighs hurt. My calves hurt. Everything hurts!

Evilwater Thu 03-Jan-13 19:17:33

fail today!
I've eaten pealla, with is full of rice, and done no exercise. sad
LO has had his jabs today, and was extremely grumpy and tired, he's only wanted to be on me. He's looking more himself, which is good.
I have a feeling ill be up all night.
Evil

applecrumple Thu 03-Jan-13 19:27:47

Dd is teething which means a lot of fussing & her refusing to feed which means a harassed mum. Just as well I can't eat dairy or I'd be off down to Spar to purchase a large bar of dairy milk hmm

ValiumQueen Thu 03-Jan-13 19:29:15

I would like to be seeing more lovely vegetables being consumed ladies.

I am in bed trying to settle DS so my supper plans are scuppered.

crazypaving he is a fat bastard!

applecrumple Thu 03-Jan-13 19:32:22

Horsey that's just depressed me!

Today I've had:

Porridge for brekkie,
Oatily choccy milk & small bowl of granola for snack
Small bowl of bean chilli & 2 slices of toast with almond butter
Pasta for tea
1 marshmallow & 1 apple
Oh & 1 rice cake with jam

60 min walk (including a very steep hill)

crazypaving Thu 03-Jan-13 19:56:36

vq grin

I'm logging everything as often as I can on myfitnesspal. apparently today, in spite of the jam incident, I've done well!

bowl of raisin wheats for breakfast
spiced lentil soup and toast for lunch
hot chocolate and jam mid-afternoon blush
lamb moussaka for supper
plus a 50min walk with baby in sling through mud.

I seriously doubt I'll be this good tomorrow when I have both dcs to wrangle...

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 20:00:25

Tomorrow I'm making what is affectionately known in our house as fart soup (homemade veg soup) roughly based on the cabbage soup diet but full of 5-8 different types of veg - a cauldron full to last us for a weeks lunches until we move house. You'll errr be able to smell that veg from the central belt VQ

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 20:08:25

Just read this www.trueactivist.com/nine-foods-you-should-never-eat-again/ not feeling so bad that there are no dairy and soy free white breads <tries to like brown bread> smile

Prolificmincepiebreeder Thu 03-Jan-13 20:11:10

I've eaten lots of veg today VQ and lots of water.
I need to sort breakfast out, that's my biggest problem.

Not an awful day for me today, although after J screaming solidly all night we didn't wake up until 11am blush

Muller light + banana for brekkie
2 slices of nimble toast with extra light cheese spread on + apple
Slimming world whole wheat egg 'fried' rice with lots of added mushrooms/peas/spring onions and prawns.

I need to start drinking more, J is sucking my body dry of everything atm (feels that way anyway!)

We're all feeling like pants today so no walking or anything for us.

yuletopian99 Thu 03-Jan-13 20:44:50

Hi can i join? Ds1 (first dc) is a week old today, my uterus has done a major chunk of shrinking but am still squidgy round the tummy zone. When can i/did you start exercising again? Also have a demon hunger but want to make the most of bfing calorie burn while at the same time not compromising his nutrition.

Was 5'6" and a size 8-10 pre pregnancy, weighed 10st at that size as quite muscular and did lots of running. Was 12st 4 just before he was born but scales battery died so no idea what i weigh now although dress size more important than weight. Keen to go back to pre-pg stats asap...

ValiumQueen Thu 03-Jan-13 21:00:28

yule congratulations, and welcome. I do however think you should go away again and come back in a few weeks. You have just had a baby, and any weight that is left over will be small from what you say. Concentrate on getting breast feeding established without putting more pressure on your body and mind! No exercise for six weeks except gentle walking.

YW DH makes fart soup too. Not that he needs any help in that department. He uses kale which makes it too slimy for me.

horseylady Thu 03-Jan-13 21:00:52

Why? Instant results don't last? Think about pregnancy. You gain slowly. You start to show slowly. I took photos every 4 weeks and to me the results are obvious. You are more aware of your body but big changes occur over time. You don't suddenly put on a stone without worrying about it !!

The 4 weeks is for putting on as well as losing. It's not that long really.

You'll notice results emotionally and mentally much sooner.

Stop saying bad days too!! Honestly look at the positives!!

And I second vq - fruit and veg!!!!!?

horseylady Thu 03-Jan-13 21:12:56

Yule - you sound like me wanting tbidy to return!! My belly with little core work other than plank/walking/riding is ok. Your insides need to fill the void. My belly now is reasonably ok. Just needs toning!! I didn't really put on much weight and was really all bump. Gently walk and build up!!

CandyPop Thu 03-Jan-13 21:18:30

Welcome yule, I agree with vq Ns think you should take it easy the next couple of weeks. The tiredness of a newborn will hit you and your body is still recovering . On the plus point, I put on over 3 stones during pregnancy and cost of bf , I lost 2 stones within 2 weeks and 7 weeks now with not really watching what I eat and not exercising, I have half a stone left to get to pre pregnancy weight. If you push the diet and exercise to early it may become counter productive

catbag I am in awe of your shopping budget ! Is it cheeky to ask for a typical weekly shop sample list?! Does your budget include all toiletries and household stuff? I am ashame to say that I spend in a week nearly as much as you spend in a month and there's only 2 of us plus baby who is being breastfed! Considering I'm now on sh1tty statutory maternity pay I should really rein in our seeking shopping spend.

Today I had:

Breakfast : granola (will have lower sugar cereal once this pack is finished)
Snack: actimel
Lunch : tereyaki chicken bento box (went out for lunch with a friend... It was huge... And a finished most of it hmm )
Dinner: small bowl of left over beef stew

Exercise: 1hr walk

I need to drink more water which will be my aim 2mo. Also 2mo is my birthday and we are going for a steak dinner so will be super health during the day to allow for enormous meal at night !

GTbaby Thu 03-Jan-13 21:46:54

Candy I'm with u on the shock at catbag shopping budget!
Don't know if I could manage that! But really want to, guess if I cooked veggie curry every day n lentils I could actually. (I'm Indian, not a mad about Indian food person). But that is boring.
Actually maybe dinner for 35£ but lunch.... Hmm

Does money saving expert have a babies nappy section? I'm off to look grin

applecrumple Thu 03-Jan-13 22:34:25

Gt I get my nappies from Kiddicare -£20 for a months supply (or would be if dd hasn't had diarrhoa for the last 5 weeks shock)

INeedThatForkOff Thu 03-Jan-13 22:42:24

Whoops. Sitting on the sofa snuggling both DCs all day made me irrationally hungry (though looking back I think it might have been dehydration. Seriously, couldn't do anything without one of them screaming. Anyway, I've pulled it back by making the decision to stop before I completely blew it, and have totted up the points of the extra stuff I ate. I can cover it by using quite a lot some of my weekly points and get back on it tomorrow.

By the way, MSE has a link to a cashback site offering more than £30 on WW membership. WW 3 month online membership is also on offer, so it's effectively free smile. I was going to do it on my own, but as a member I can use the online tracker to keep tabs.

kirrinIsland Thu 03-Jan-13 23:48:28

Managed the evening without troughing too much. Chicken and rice for dinner and piece of bread just now. I really need to get some healthy snacks in.

I bought some porridge oats today - now I just need to train myself to like it!

I will do some form of exercise tomorrow, even if it's just a short walk.

GTbaby Fri 04-Jan-13 01:24:08

apple what brand of nappies is that. We just use pampers ATM as like suckers we got some free so stuck with them.

Goatbongohohoandjinglejingle Fri 04-Jan-13 01:47:15

Today was seriously crap on the eating front. The best I can say is that I went for a walk. blush
I am looking forward to being in charge of the cooking next week so I can force veg on DH plan healthy menus. I am a Good Food fanatic and looking forward to happy wallowing in the kitchen. If When Babygoat lets me!
I also have a fab book called The Soup Bible - never had a duff recipe. Until yesterday. The celeriac,leek and spinach soup was so horrible I just chucked it sad And I was so looking forward to it! Sticking to celeriac and thyme next time.

TheDetective Fri 04-Jan-13 01:49:19

I am trying to remember what I ate today. But I can't remember anything until 8pm when I had tea?? Weird. Anyway, I had ciabatta with a small amount of mozzarella blush and tomatoes. Not exactly healthy. But not terrible. I think.

Wracking brain... Did I eat anything else today? I don't think I did. Seriously. hmm

Oh fuck. I did. I had some McDonalds chips. Duuuuh. It was the only place in town open for me to sit at 5.30pm with a baby who wanted feeding. I forgot. Why did I have them?! Whhhhy!

Anyway. Ignoring that... I have bought some things for the next few days, healthier snacks, some fruit, a cucumber (I luuuurve cucumber!) and some cherry tomatoes. Tomorrows tea is quorn fajhitas. Lots of veg to go in them. I have bought stuff to make a spag bol for Saturday, and it's the slimming world recipe I use, although I add more tinned tomatoes than their recipe as I don't like it so dry.

Exercise wise. I've been out the house. Walked around town for 2 hours, and asda for another hour. Does that count?! Also been sweating my imaginary bollocks off taking the decs down and hoovering. My hoovering is like an intense work out. I have to lift the Hoover at each stroke as it leaves my carpet looking shitty if I don't. So I'm lifting an 8kg hoover atleast 50 times doing the whole house.

I'll count that as exercise. grin

I need to find something healthy for breakfasts. I hate cereal. I don't like any breakfast stuff really. Except the unhealthy shit like fried eggs, or pancakes.

Oooh, could try scrambled eggs? But then I'd want toast. And I don't like healthy breads! Just white. Which isn't going to help matters. blush

TheDetective Fri 04-Jan-13 01:52:12

I also cried walking round asda. Stupid effing perineum. sad

I need it to get better or I can't risk going for a longer walk. Might try aqua aerobics as that shouldn't hurt my lady bits, surely?

applecrumple Fri 04-Jan-13 02:51:09

GT -just4bums. They're really good (apart from the fact that they smell of burnt almonds, which is a bit weird blush)

applecrumple Fri 04-Jan-13 02:54:13

Ouch detective poor you. Hope that gets better soon. Will the chlorine on the swimming pool hurt it though ?

yuletopian99 Fri 04-Jan-13 05:15:36

horsey, valium and candy, thanks for responses... Won't go hell for leather (would be too much on the stitches yet anyway!), but dying to do something in terms of walking as the foul weather here has us rather cooped up indoors.

Have been eating largely as and when, along with dh, who is pretty healthy bar a major chocolate obsession, so we eat the same but minus the blocks of dairy milk on my part. Have used my fitness pal as a diary/food monitor for two years now,.just to keep an eye.
Yesterday got up v late so had:
Turkey omlette for lunch
Pate on toast at 6pm,
Homemade pre-frozen fish pie at 9.30pm
Left over xmas pudding.

Not exactly diet foods! (adds up to almost 2000 kcals with my pre birth intake about 1700 but with exercise on top of that to remove 350 cals..)

Iheartpasties Fri 04-Jan-13 06:00:15

I have taken the lentil soup recipe! Thanks, will think about trying it out. It sounds quite nice and I’m sure it would freeze as well. I heard somewhere yesterday that Mushrooms are practically calorie free! I guess I will have to stop frying them in butter though!! But I have looked up some healthy mushroom recipes to try out. I love mushies.

And today I have squeezed some lemon in my water and tastes like squash! So that is cutting down on squash drinking!

I have had two good days with food and getting some exercise! Yey. Maybe one day this weekend I will weigh myself?! Eeek. Scary.

INeedThatForkOff Fri 04-Jan-13 08:03:47

I've planned ahead today to try and avoid the late afternoon slump:

Weetabix & banana with skimmed milk
OJ
Nuts
Mini Crunchie smile
Egg salad sandwich
Muller Rice
Filled pasta with sauce and veg

There, that's what I'm eating today.

DS is now more poorly and obvs I can't give him anything. Don't plan to take him outside. However I do have a hydraulic stepper which I plan to use for 3 x 10 mins. MiL is coming to help me today, so hopefully I'll get half an hour for a walk. I'll put DS in the sling to do some housework.

ValiumQueen Fri 04-Jan-13 08:08:24

detective white bread is not saintly, sure, but it is a better option than fries so long as it does not have butter and other fatty foods on top. I find I cope better with the idea of adding healthier things to my diet rather than taking away nice but naughty things, and I do not do it all overnight in one go. I still have white bread at the moment, but one slice not twelve, and without the inch of butter and foot of cheese. In a couple of weeks time I will probably want to swap to a home made bread which is way more tasty.

ValiumQueen Fri 04-Jan-13 08:12:03

Well done fork for planning ahead, and good to see it is pretty well balanced, substantial, and includes a treat! Also, you could easily use your circumstances to say 'fuck it'. Gold star for you!

INeedThatForkOff Fri 04-Jan-13 08:22:30

Thank you VQ. I'll be eating white bread and pasta today too. My aim is weight loss, following a reasonably well balanced diet. Not interested in super healthy or low carb, because I just find it boring and won't stick to it.

ValiumQueen Fri 04-Jan-13 08:35:43

Would low carb be bad for bf mums? My instinct is it would. Does anyone know any specifics? I am cutting back on complex carbs, but increasing veg and fruit.

applecrumple Fri 04-Jan-13 09:02:15

I'm guessing it would Valium. Anyway what you don't eat your baby doesn't get either. I've cut out wheat but I've replaced it with other grains so I still get the carbs. Complex carbs are fine anyway

Catbag Fri 04-Jan-13 09:10:55

apple you are magnificent! I did not know that it was so much cheaper to bulkbuy nappies online. Obviously with twins I go through thousands of nappies a day, so this represents a significant saving grin Found a discount code worth 5% too (kiddivc19) so have just bought 360 size 3 nappies for £37. Harumble!

INeedThatForkOff Fri 04-Jan-13 09:19:01

Oh fuck it. I was just about to do some exercise when DD yelled and woke DS. Now I'll be lucky to shower. I'm fast learning that good intentions are one thing, but actually fulfilling them with two DCs is quite another!

applecrumple Fri 04-Jan-13 09:27:34

Happy to help! smile Kiddicare are brilliant too - free delivery over £29 & a 1 hr time slot. We've bought lots of stuff from them, but be careful as some things are more expensive than places like JL. You just have to be savvy. Of & don't know if you've ever bought anything from vertbaudet? Their clothes are just lovely & once you sign up they always send you discount codes so you can get some real bargains. Worth noting though that their clothes do come in a little bit snug on baby

Iheartpasties Fri 04-Jan-13 09:30:21

I am planning on being good for 5 days a week and then maybe relaxing a bit on the weekends. Just perhaps a treat or two over the weekend. We'll see how i go!

TheDetective I would be very careful with aqua aerobics if I were you. The water may help the pain but you might not be able to tell if you are over doing it and then the pain could get worse later.

kirrinIsland Fri 04-Jan-13 10:48:04

Porridge is revolting :-(

Prolificmincepiebreeder Fri 04-Jan-13 11:20:31

I agree with wannabe I did myself more damage to my pelvis when I did aquacise as I pushed myself, it didn't hurt in the water!

I got myself a bargain running jacket in Primark today. Quality seems good, it's black with pink trim, inoffensive £10. I'm pleased. Just waiting for the right size trainers to be delivered then ok off on my couch to 5k.

I'm doing the low carb boot camp-day 2. I'm struggling tbh. I need sugar and carbs. I know the first few days are the hardest. It's when I look at how my clothes fit and there is this 3 month pregnant tummy looking at me. Patience is a virtue.
Sorry for the rant, we are all stuck inside today.

Prolificmincepiebreeder Fri 04-Jan-13 11:20:49

Kirrin I agree!

TheTiger Fri 04-Jan-13 11:26:01

I thought porridge was meant to fill you up? I had porridge an hour and 20 mins ago, and am hungry again now!!

Went for a 3.5 mile walk yesterday (in the rain aswell! - dedication) and going to do the same this afternoon.

DH suggested a fat Friday takeaway for tea.. I'm not sure he gets the idea of healthy eating! He is one of this disgustingly lucky people who can stuff his face with whatever he wants and not gain weight envy

INeedThatForkOff Fri 04-Jan-13 11:41:22

Just had a bit of a disappointment / wake-up call. We have a family wedding in 5 weeks and I've been looking for a BFing-friendly outfit. I ordered a skirt and top in both sizes 14 and 16, thinking that I should be in a size 14 by then, but just in case I'd try both. Turns out I must be an 18 on the bottom anyway sad. That is massive for me. Didn't like the clothes either, so back to the drawing board.

crazypaving Fri 04-Jan-13 12:06:42

forkoff sad it's so disappointing when you make a mistake that way round.

I was feeding DS2 at 3am last night with a seriously rumbly tummy. I ate about 1600cals yesterday - am thinking taht perhaps that isn't enough when bfing? Does anyone know if there are any guidelines for a safe threshold of calorie consumption for weightloss when bfing?

Means I'm starving today too. Been good so far, mainly because we have eff all food in the house. May have to go and eat lots of toast....both DSs are currently napping, and DS2 isn't on me!! One of the first daytime naps EVER in his own bed! grin he'll probably wake up in five mins...

INeedThatForkOff Fri 04-Jan-13 12:23:20

I would imagine you need more than that. If you look back at my food for.today, that's 40 WW pts (ie the normal diet amount of 26 + 14 for BFing). I could have extra out of my weekly allowance on top if I chose to.

I know very little about calories, but perhaps you could 'convert' it (actually WW doesn't use calories any more, but a formula based on protein, carbs, fat and fibre).

crazypaving Fri 04-Jan-13 12:32:13

thanks forkoff I just wasn't sure cos I've been overeating for so long I don't really trust my appetite sad

have eaten lunch and am still ravenous confused ds2 has woken as expected, ds1 still not asleep singing and chatting away in his cot. what to eat that's healthy and quiet and filling...

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Fri 04-Jan-13 12:59:11

[wanders onto thread a few days late]

Blimey- this has moved on a bit! Right- holiday over and parents have just departed for the airport, so I'm on the wagon as from tomorrow. Currently weigh 10st 9lbs and want to be 10st by 8th February when we're going on holiday (again- it's Chinese New Year and I live in HK so we all get a week off work- shame to waste it). I cant really diet strictly as I'm bf DD (5mo) who is allergic to dairy so I can't risk decreasing my milk supply as I cant supplement with formula, and expressing enough to get through my work days is stressful enough as it is. However, given the amount of crap I currently eat, I'm hoping that by just cutting out my worst excesses will yield results, so, until 8th Feb

- No alcohol at all.
- Drink only water or lemon tea (no coffee/dc/ soft drinks/ juices etc)
- All remaining Christmas chocolate will be bagged up and stuffed at the back of the wardrobe in DD's room so it will take about 30 mins to get at it if I'm tempted. Will also involve waking DD up so definitely NOT worth it, as she will be a nightmare to resettle.
- 30 mins exercise per day
- no carbs post-6pm

I'm feeling pretty motivated. Just got my Crimbo ipod up and running and almost looking forward to the gym tomorrow.

YellowWellies Fri 04-Jan-13 13:48:33

Woo richman where are you in HK? I used to live in Taikoo. I love HK so much! I could never diet there though the food it too good, and McDonalds deliver grin which saved many a hangover for me.

Today I've had cereal, leftover shepherds pie for lunch, some dried apricots as a snack and as it's Fat Friday I'll be having fish and chips and a pickled egg for tea.

The fart soup ingredients are all chopped but someone is napping on me so it's not cooked yet but that's going to be lunch sorted for the next week I'd guess.

CandyPop Fri 04-Jan-13 13:48:45

pasties that's how I use to eat pre pregnancy which worked really well. Strictest Monday to Friday afternoon then ate what I liked Friday evening and weekend (within reason!)
Was easier to implement before as was at work so can de distracted!
Good thing doubt that now is that we have weigh in Monday that should stop u from going to crazy!!

Made the lentil soup today . Very yummy and I'm full. Off for a walk now smile

CandyPop Fri 04-Jan-13 13:50:00

Ah just re-read my post, some parts don't make sense but you get what I mean!

YellowWellies Fri 04-Jan-13 13:50:23

Rich I'm in a similar situation - no crazy diet here due to BFing a dairy and soy intolerant wee one but your simple rules make a lot of sense. I'll be adding the no carbs post 6pm to my regime.

chroniclackofimagination Fri 04-Jan-13 14:02:50

Hi can I join? DS2 is 6 1/2 weeks and I am 13 stone and 5'9. I'd like to be 10 stone, which was my weight before becoming pregnant with DS1 three years ago. I'm EBF and have an enormous breast-feeding appetite as I did with DS1 so am trying to load up on veg and protein. After GP signs me off to exercise (ELCS) I plan to take post natal class, do tupler technique for my tummy and exercise DVD at home.

applecrumple Fri 04-Jan-13 14:07:56

Well I've got a bit of an issue now. Have had disc related back probs for the last 16 years, had a back op 2 years ago & just today one of my discs has popped out so lying on the sofa in a lot of pain. No exercise for me & no idea how I'm going to get comfy to feed dd in about half an ht hmm

INeedThatForkOff Fri 04-Jan-13 14:37:40

Ouch, apple, that sounds horrendous.

NappyHappy Fri 04-Jan-13 14:40:57

Is anyone in Manchester?

I've managed about an hours walking with the babies and some shopping in the buggy and cleaned the carpets downstairs. Thanks dog for shitting on the path and DH for standing in it and walking it in!!

Kiddicare is ace. Hmm, if Huggies are no longer being made do you think retailers will sell the stock off cheaper??

All the Xmas choc is gone now apart from the kids stuff which I promise I won't touch. Fat Friday here too, dh has lost his bank card so its homemade chicken and veg curry for tea.

Are you shreadders seeing decent results?

funchum8am Fri 04-Jan-13 17:26:50

Apple you poor thing! Do you have decent painkillers?

DH has been ill all day with some sort of tummy problem but I hope it is not infectious. Not like him at all but on the rare occasion he is ill it is his tummy so hopefully just due to him not eating enough fibre and not drinking enough water blush. However we have no food in as we're meant to go away for the weekend so I mopped to the shops and seem to have come back with ice cream (because I have a cold) and flapjacks....oops. On the other hand have hardly eaten since having breakfast at about 5:30am, and have been up since 2 with dd and only one nap. So surely will have burned off some calories that way??

Am also having fat Friday - probably takeaway pizza. But I am establishing and exercise routine rather than cutting down food intake too much so it's allowed....honest. feel free to tell me I am being an idiot people. Will still eat pizza but will resolve to start proper diet a day or two sooner! <fat emoticon, basically>

YellowWellies Fri 04-Jan-13 17:34:20

fun I see the biggest difference from exercise and sensible eating rather than crash diets with little exercise so I don't think you're daft x

applecrumple Fri 04-Jan-13 18:09:49

Thanks ladies wink

Been to the GP whose referred me back to the surgeon who did the op & also referred me for an MRI which is good. Cant take high strength painkillers cos of BF but have got some low strength cocodomol. Dying for some junk food but am determined to stick with the healthy eating & anyway it's not like I can have pizza or anything - fun am very jealous!

ValiumQueen Fri 04-Jan-13 18:10:47

Do tell me about this 'fat Friday' of which you speak.

funchum8am Fri 04-Jan-13 18:14:19

I will be honest, I jus heard the term 'fat Friday' for the first time on here, but I liked it so I used it! I have been having fat Fridays (and Mondays, Tuesdays etc too!) for years...I just never knew the name grin

Everyday is fat for me but I have been pushing cars up and down roads last night and today. So that must count for exercise?

Catbag Fri 04-Jan-13 18:35:25

I have ordained today to be a fat day. Mostly as I have eaten bugger all today. DH has been dispatched to collect takeaway pizza grin

TheTiger Fri 04-Jan-13 18:39:53

Ahh I love Fat Friday, but I'm not succumbing tonight!

apple poor you, sounds painful.

nappyhappy I work in Manchester and live not too far away, whereabouts are you?

WaitingForMe Fri 04-Jan-13 18:49:10

I had a fat Friday. I've had my DSSs and DS has been very colicky and just couldn't be bothered. DSSs were stunned when they saw the Pizza Hut guy at lunchtime.

I'm clearing the freezer in advance of low-carb batch cooking so tea is sausages and mustard mash with cabbage. Not the healthiest but we live by the freezer since DS (I made 48 meals when pregnant) and We'll only stick to an eating plan if I can pull something out in the morning and DH can cook it when he gets in.

Need an empty freezer first.

ValiumQueen Fri 04-Jan-13 18:50:51

Not a very good day. Stood on mega expensive scales of DHs, and it said I had put on 4lb. I got on again and weighed 7lb less. Clearly they cannot be trusted. Then I spent the day with my three kids and my mother. It was a case of eating crap or killing her! I chose a small bit of Christmas cake and a small choc crunch square. I have decided I need to have some plan to follow as I have no idea if I am eating too much or too little. DH is doing Neutracheck online. I will do the 5 day free trial. DH rates it highly, but I think an iPhone helps.

kirrinIsland Fri 04-Jan-13 18:51:19

Surely if you have eaten nothing all day then yo can have a days worth of calories in one meal catbag

:-( apple

I've not done too badly today but still room for improvement

TheDetective Fri 04-Jan-13 19:04:27

Ok, so while I wait to do slimming world (next week) does anyone know what I should be doing? Calorie counting? Fat counting? Both?! confused

Catbag Fri 04-Jan-13 19:29:36

That's what I am hoping kirrin. Suspect it might not work like that though sad

YellowWellies Fri 04-Jan-13 19:30:58

VQ I find structure helps me too! It needs to be simple! Hence I'm eating this every lunch http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/health/diet/433629/cabbage-soup-diet.html, cereal and oat milk for brekkie and for tea something from the Special k online site or Hairy Dieters recipes. Snacks are fruit fresh or dried and pud is sorbet. Feels good, if farty so far!

Detective I don't count calories but I do plan what I eat to maximise fruit and veg and minimise junk.... doing that seems to minimise both fat and calories.

yuletopian99 Fri 04-Jan-13 19:55:14

nappyhappy I'm in Manchester! Whereabouts are you?

Been into town to register ds over lunch, so although had bacon/eggs for breakfast and pasta bake for supper, hoping not too bad. Struggling with restraint as we still have chocolate in the house. When do people do fitness dvds? Just as and when LO sleeps?

yuletopian99 Fri 04-Jan-13 19:57:31

Also, sounds weird but over the last 10 years i trained myself to automatically tense/hold my stomach flat, to the point it feels unnatural not to. Trying to get back into it again now, with only semi-compliant stomach muscles. Will keep practicing..

INeedThatForkOff Fri 04-Jan-13 20:42:15

At the moment I'm getting no time to do exercise DVDs. Literally none. I might get half an hour tonight to sit with a glass of wine, but at the moment it doesn't look likely. Currently rocking DS in the Moses basket (unsuccessfully) then going to express milk.

Apple hope you are feeling better smile

Good day today.
Breakfast - cereal
lunch - cheese on toast
snack - a 'graze' box portion, had coconut and almonds in it.
tea - cottage pie. YUM.

Am going to have an ice-cream now. Haven't touched any booze since NYE, and done 3 lots of the 30DS too.

I do my DVD when LO is having his afternoon nap. He's been on the Gina Ford routine since he was a week old, so consistently has a 1.5-2.5 hour nap in the middle of the day. Normally sleeps for 2 hours (if we're not going anywhere), which gives me time to work out, shower, eat and rest a wee bit before he wakes.

Doing ok here today,

Breakfast - yoghurt and apple
Lunch - slow cooked pulled pork in Nimble bread and an Alpen light bar
Dinner - Chicken breast stuffed with basil and sundries tomato wrapped in bacon (fat removed) with cauliflower, broccoli and carrots.

Snack - 2 mini baby bell lights and same grapes/strawberries.

20 minute walk around a giant duck lake and a play in the park. Just eating a slice of slimming world chocolate cake that we experimented with making, it's actually ok, no flour or butter and only 1 syn per slice! smile

applecrumple Fri 04-Jan-13 21:22:32

Ooh recipie for that chocolate cake please tits!

Today:
Porridge for brekkie
Ham sand which for lunch
An apple & a small bit of Mrs Crimble low fat apple cake
Pasta & veg for tea
Hot choc with 2 marshmallows
Shit load of painkillers grin

No exercise (although I was hoovering when the back went)

Well done everyone!smile

funchum8am Fri 04-Jan-13 21:44:23

Waitingforme I am emptying the freezer too - one portion of chili and one of spag bol to go!

funchum8am Fri 04-Jan-13 21:45:07

Visualise I am deeply envious of your success with GF routine - never worked for us but I would give anything to have it succeed!

Evilwater Fri 04-Jan-13 21:45:52

Ok
Breakfast- porridge with a sprinkling of Special K.
Lunch- left over pealla,
Supper- pork loin with stir fry veg.

An hours walk for exercise.
Not to mention a very grumpy, baby!

Evil.

INeedThatForkOff Fri 04-Jan-13 21:49:11

funchum, I have a friend who swore by GF with her DS, but it hasn't worked with her DD. I tend to think you've either got a sleeper or you haven't. Neither of mine sleep well.

GTbaby Fri 04-Jan-13 22:09:41

I hate being one of those ppl who can answer all ur diet questions. Could write a gym session plan. Help u timetable walks/ runs. Can give advice till I'm blue in the face. But can I follow it. Can I fuck. Very frustrated with myself today.

Started off with a nut mixture breakfast. Cheese sandwich. Then two samosas. Indian sweets. A roti. N I'm now going to go down stairs n have some chocolate. I have had two cups , sry 3 cups of tea. N that's it in terms on drinks.

No veg. No fruit. No water. No exercise.

N now LO is crying. Great.

NappyHappy Fri 04-Jan-13 22:11:38

VQ, Fat Friday is a day where you are allowed to stuff your face with crap and its obligatory grin

I'm in Party Town. Say it fast and that's its real name. From Urmston and wish we could afford to live back there.

Toast and coffee
Rustlers meatball sub and half a Chicago Town Sloppy Jo Pizza
Homemade Chicken Curry and 2 naan.
More coffee but green coffee.

Hope you backs OK Apple. Dh has Spinal Stenosis so I can see your pain. Not good.

Exercise for the Moro - toy cull and tidy of ds1's bedroom, tree down, front garden cleared of doggy topics and house bottomed. ds1 is at mothers so I can leave ds2 playing in his room and ds3 flipping about in his cot.

My god I am hardcore.

ds3 keeps bringing up a full feed a day so have to run up and get us both changed, that'll count?

Pushing cars and a days calories in one meal counts too grin

funchum - we have worked bloody hard at it though - he has whole weeks where he refuses to nap or sleep during the night. Generally though, sleeps 11-13 hours without waking, and naps well.

I certainly agree with forkoff, it doesn't work for all babies!

Damn, that ice-cream was goooooooooooooood.

Iheartpasties Fri 04-Jan-13 23:00:16

yuletopian99 I always always used to tense my stomach muscles all the time (pre dc) and sort of gave it up when pregnant with dd1, and have never picked the habit back up! Must try and do it – although its hard when you have no muscles at all, and a massive gap between them!

vq can I give you a slap on the wrist!?? Stop weighing yourself so often. I’m banning you from weighing yourself until Monday!!!!

TheDetective Sat 05-Jan-13 00:12:38

I used to do that too with my stomach 'muscles' <hollow laugh>. Yes. I had them. Once.

funchum8am Sat 05-Jan-13 01:41:07

visualise I think you are right both about it not working for all babies but also that a really rock solid routine takes work for some babies. I certainly never get up at 7 which seems to be the cornerstone of GF! Not sure whether it would happen for us if we put the work in anyway so I tell myself it wouldn't have grin. Same seems to go for my weight management plans but that pizza was yum! grin grin

CandyPop Sat 05-Jan-13 04:13:18

Aww gt don't beat yourself up about it. Seems like most of us had a fat Friday anyway smile PLUS u managed breakfast ! That's a plus!!

Goatbongohohoandjinglejingle Sat 05-Jan-13 04:44:35

Yesterday was better. Breakfast a disaster but ok after that. Plus another walk. Anyone have any ideas of more strenuous activity that can be done with bursitis in the knee? (Apparently common in athletes and fat, middle-aged women. No prizes for guessing which description fits me best!)
Tomorrow Babygoat and I will be sallying forth to the supermarket to stock up on supplies.

GTbaby Sat 05-Jan-13 06:31:40

Aww thanks candy. Only difference is I've had a fat Monday, Tuesday Wednesday. U get the picture.

Don't think im in the right frame of mind for this ATM. I have a choice. Keep trying even tho I know I'm gona get no where. Or give up. Which is pathetic. Lets keep trying.

Ok. Lets go back to basics. Keep goals simple.
My aim for today is to drink two pints of plain water. And have breakfast within an hour of waking up. Or rather an hour of getting out of bed! That's achievable.
See I know what to do. Just a case of doing it.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sat 05-Jan-13 09:02:46

Yellow I live in Wan Chai/Mid Levels- basically just above Queens Road East. Been here over 3 years now.

Today's been ok-ish. Hid the chocolate in a place I definitely will never be arsed to get it from. Went to the gym and did 40 minutes of "walk two-run two" and that wasn't too painful. Also walked around town for an hour with DD in the sling, carrying my shopping. Ate pretty well- bit heavy on the cheese but I did stick to the "water only" rule despite desperately wanting a grande latte with 3 extra shots after DD woke 4 times last night, and DS woke twice. Going out for dinner tonight but having Japanese so no excuses there.

GTbaby Sat 05-Jan-13 12:45:19

I managed breakfast 15min after my one hour deadline. Not too bad. Now better get sipping on my water. smile

INeedThatForkOff Sat 05-Jan-13 12:51:07

Feeling fed up today - I need something to wear for this wedding that's also suitable for BFing and won't make me feel more fat and frumpy than I already do around my uber-slim family. BFing dresses seem to be either maternity/nursing or really casual. Wrap dresses are boring. I also don't want to spend much on something I'm only going to wear once sad. It's crap because I have a very slim cousin who gave birth a week after me, but she's back to her normal size. I hate feeling like this.

WaitingForMe Sat 05-Jan-13 13:06:05

I needed to exchange some babygros and rather than drive, I walked the 2.6 miles there and back. Round trip took me a little over two hours and I'm shattered.

But I like this as a plan and just looked to see how far the coffee shop I often meet a friend at is (2.2 miles). I expect my motivation will be somewhat dependent on the weather though.

crazypaving Sat 05-Jan-13 13:34:21

candy glad you liked the soup! I swear when I've eaten it that ds2's farts smell of it grin not sure that's possible...

forkoff good luck finding something. it's such a crap feeling isn't it sad

I underate again yesterday due to narky children and a general lack of
food in the house. until dh got home and I ate loads of toast, pizza and chocolate pudding blush argh must do better, I'm just so hungry all the sodding time!!

yuletopian99 Sat 05-Jan-13 13:50:20

Keep missing breakfast due to ds' erratic sleeping.. Pasta bake for lunch than off to local village centre and back which is an hour round trip walk. Tried on my most forgiving pre-preg trousers and not the same as before but can just about do them.up with squidge blush. Some way to go on the tummy front still.

ValiumQueen Sat 05-Jan-13 14:22:05

The hunger that comes with BF is extreme, although sometimes is actually thirst. Either way it is horrid.

NappyHappy Sat 05-Jan-13 14:27:13

Doing better today. No snacks! scrambled eggs and cheese for b.fast and 2 wraps with tuna, carrot, onion and extra lite mayo. Time to burn calories whilst babies are sleeping!

kirrinIsland Sat 05-Jan-13 15:05:45

So far so good -
Bran flakes for breakfast, beans on toast for lunch and a coke zero (I know, I know - but 1 step at a time!).

Still no exercise though. I need to do some tummy targeting exercises - plank, weighted hula hoop ( not tried that yet!) - will have to look up some more.....

Just off out for a short walk round the shops with DD2 in a sling, that's got to count for something surely!?

YellowWellies Sat 05-Jan-13 16:08:47

F*cking Orkney. To say the place doesn't exactly cater well for a 'restricted diet' is an understatement. The only things I could eat at the cafe in town - a bag of prawn crackers and a bag of wine gums. Gee cheers! Today is a write off. I could have so gone for some of the dairy filled sarnies and cakes but it's not worth an evening of ear splitting crying and a baby in agony sad

YellowWellies Sat 05-Jan-13 16:10:38

Had a healthy brekkie of brown toast and manuka honey (meant to be good for allergies) though. We've done our weekly shop and are cooking a couple of recipes from teh Hairy Dieter cookbook - it's awesome! Coconut prawn curry and chicken and bacon stew... both under 400 calories and using real ingredients not hideous artificial sweetener diet fake food stuffs.

ValiumQueen Sat 05-Jan-13 16:11:32

YW it won't be for ever. Do little ones grow out of it or will J be dairy intolerant for ever?

YellowWellies Sat 05-Jan-13 16:14:45

Fingers crossed we should be able to introduce it - my sister and cousins' kids with it have had dairy reintroduced from 8 - 16 months with varying degrees of success.

ValiumQueen Sat 05-Jan-13 16:32:55

Good news YW and you will not be bfing for ever anyway.

ValiumQueen Sat 05-Jan-13 16:55:07

And thank you for the slap pasties I know I should not weigh myself daily, but it is a hard habit to break.

YellowWellies Sat 05-Jan-13 17:10:54

I know but 8 months seems a looooong time sad

applecrumple Sat 05-Jan-13 17:26:43

8 months?! I can't go that long without cheese!

TheDetective Sat 05-Jan-13 17:27:39

YW I was thinking of you during one of the nights I lay awake! I was troughing on jacobs thins and fresh salsa and was going to suggest them as a low calorie snack for you. Til I checked the back of the box. All ingredients seemed fine. Except it exclaimed 'may contain milk'!!!! Raaaah! They aren't made with milk so why may it contain it. Twits!

TheDetective Sat 05-Jan-13 17:28:05

Oh wait. It was ryvita thins. Sorry jacobs!

YellowWellies Sat 05-Jan-13 17:37:08

The 'may contain' often means something is made in a factory where powdered milk is turned into an aerosol and used to spray on seasonings (like on crisps) because milk dust is in the air everything may contain milk. It sucks <looks at Worcester sauce Walkers Crisps lustfully>.

8 months without chocolate and a cuppa and cheese on toast and any food with a creamy sauce. Ok am winding myself up now!!! So yeah the diet should be a piece of piss given most nice things are off the menu. Bet I mysteriously balloon!!!! My clothes feel a little baggier but until we're south I'm not really able to get out and about and do some exercise so if I stay the same weight this week I'll be happy.

funchum8am Sat 05-Jan-13 18:10:39

YW my SIL lives on Sanday. I have never visited but plan to when babyfunch is old enough to enjoy it. Sounds rather basic foodwise though for your diet sad. Huge sympathy waves....

Sorry to go off topic there <braces self to confess>.

1. Failed to start wk 2 of C25k due to having a cold and little sleep and being away from home and forgotten running gear
2. DH made burgers for lunch. Had mine in a bun AND had oven chips too. And 3 pieces of chocolate.shock
3. Had cheese sandwich and crisps and a Penguin biscuit for tea.

However also signed up for buggyfit with goatbongos for weds and am in bed already so won't eat any more!

Tomorrow is a new day and I will have had more sleep!

YellowWellies Sat 05-Jan-13 18:20:05

I've got some pals on Sanday - Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Master of the Queens Music) and his partner live there we've had some lovely dinner parties on the island! I was also in the maternity hospital on Kirkwall with a lovely lady from there who was having her 5th baby (all under 5) she's not called Lynette is she? It would be a cracking place to take your wee one - amazing beaches and wildlife!

rich I used to go to life drawing classes in Wanchai! Amazing restaurants nom....

crazypaving Sat 05-Jan-13 18:25:44

YW aerosoled milk?? the mind boggles

I've eaten nearly a whole pack of jaffa cakes, damnit all to hell. /i have a policy of being allowed one treat a day and figured 2 jaffa cakes should do it. Until the sugar craze hit....damn jaffa cakes of deliciousness sad

INeedThatForkOff Sat 05-Jan-13 18:33:34

Right, I'm going to try and put a positive spin on a shitty day. I ordered a couple of things online for this wedding, then managed to pop into town, where I saw them in the flesh but in the wrong sizes. They're no good, so I used the opportunity to try on some other outfits. Oh my God. I can't believe how bulky I actually am. I tried on lots of 16s, and they were all too small, so I've woken up to the fact that I'm currently an 18 (at my comfortable weight I'm a 12).

I felt miserable for a while, but then I decided to look at it as a big fat fact that I have to address, so that's what I'll do.

Got home and DH hasn't started on the tea I'd planned for. Again, I'm choosing not to be too pissed off about it. I'm going to use the opportunity to fill up on carrots, celery and hummus, with a big bowl of cereal. That will claw back a few points from the unhealthier things I've picked at today.

So. Size 18 to size 10. Here we go.

applecrumple Sat 05-Jan-13 18:39:43

Good on you Ineedthatfork. I'm not really in the zone today, but at least all my snacking has been healthy. Managed to go out for a gentle walk today but all strenuous exercise is out of the question at the moment.

I have decided after much debate that this is on hold until my birthday (15th Jan) I am not really in the right frame of mind, and have 3 meals out before then.

Shred had been going well but I have had a really bad day with aches and pains and such today and just really didn't want to go there! Have been trying to eat more fruit and veg and less sugar and processed food. Step in the right direction but need to get my birthday out of the way first!

horseylady Sat 05-Jan-13 20:23:08

Yw - you need local honey for allergies. Don't buy the whole extra anti oxidant stuff. Just get some local honey.

horseylady Sat 05-Jan-13 20:36:17

Gt - if your not in the right frame of mind, I would leave dieting for a short while. The issue you is , you eat something unhealthy, you think bugger it I'll start tomorrow, and so the cycle starts. Don't punish yourself, either forgive the blip in the day and carry on trying that day, or just leave it for a bit. Mentally it'll not do you any favours and you'll feel even worse about yourself.

I had honey and toast for breakfast, veg risotto for lunch, baked camembert and soda bread for tea! Apple, orange, grapes and some chocolate as snacks. Plus two hour walk. Full of cold too so not feeling the best!!

Ok day here,

Muller light + banana for breakfast
Potato wedges for lunch
Pasta & pesto for dinner
Frozen yoghurt (fat free) for dessert

Snacks 2 x Alpen light bars, 2 mini baby bells and a small bunch grapes grin

Not a lot in the way of walking, just lots of tidying the house.

YellowWellies Sat 05-Jan-13 21:20:55

I use local honey for hay fever but was advised to try Manuka to help deal with Jonas' cow's milk protein intolerance. Bizarre I know but will do anything to get me back on cheese grin.

Not bad day here despite crap lunch - honey on toast for brekkie, wine gums and prawn crackers for lunch (cheers Orkney!) and pasta putanesca for tea with a nakd choc orange bar and a banana for snacks. Did a bit of walking round Kirkwall as it's not a hurricane day today!

YellowWellies Sat 05-Jan-13 21:52:50

whoops and a banana, apple, and handful of dry pretzels as a BF cluster feeding snack just now...

horseylady Sat 05-Jan-13 22:24:12

Interesting!! Someone tried to sell my antibacterial honey just before I gave birth. I said I was under the impression all honey was antibacterical?! Anyway I hope it works!! Can you have goats cheese? Or sheep cheese?

YellowWellies Sat 05-Jan-13 22:28:59

Nope he can have neither - the proteins in them are too similar to cow's milk protein - he's fine with lactose it's just that his gut, like a lot of babies can't yet digest the breast milk of another animal if that makes sense? I wish it could - I could murder a brie. Yes a whole one. With a stilton for pudding.

GTbaby Sat 05-Jan-13 22:57:17

Have almost reached 2nd goal for today grin 2 pints of water.
Eating not so good.

Horsey ur right. Going to try smaller goals.

But my goals for this week are...
Drink two pints of water everyday and eat breakfast within an hour of getting out of bed lol

Next week I'm going to introduce daily walks
Week 3 = attempt DVDs
Week 4= focus on eating good food.

Going to write this in my diary now grin

StuntNun Sat 05-Jan-13 23:05:36

YW DH and I have out our heads together (we're both Biochemists) and can't come up with any way in which honey will help with Jonas's dairy intolerance. It doesn't even work for hayfever unfortunately.

Why are you trying to drink two pints of water a day GT? Is it to try and fill you up or because you're dehydrated. I wish I could drink more water but I don't like cold water, I have to pour a glass and let or warm up a bit. Room temperature water is perfect for me. Weird I know.

GTbaby Sat 05-Jan-13 23:37:31

Stunt I drink a lot of coke zero. Which I'm trying to cut out. However noticed the other day that all I had to drink was 3 cups of tea. Nothing else. I have not been eating food with a high liquid content like soup either etc. so just thought it was a nice simple goal.

StuntNun Sun 06-Jan-13 00:41:37

I think it's a great idea GT and will help with the weight loss as it can be difficult to tell thirst and hunger apart. That Coke Zero is absolutely terrible for dieting. You would be better to drink normal Coke if you're trying to lose weight. Diet drinks fool your brain into thinking you're getting something sweet so you start to produce insulin to handle the sugar. Only there is no sugar so your blood sugar drops too low and you start to crave carbohydrates. Similarly skipping breakfast can make you crave simple carbohydrates such as sugary snacks to get a supply of glucose to your brain. IMO the best things you could do for weight loss would be drinking more water, eating breakfast and ditching the Coke Zero.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 06-Jan-13 03:20:49

Wow YW- that sounds tough. I am lucky in that DD's dairy allergy is relatively mild- she got hives and was farting like a cart horse after her first (and only) bottle of formula, but not distressed and no anaphalacsis, so I havent had to cut dairy out of my diet, just hers (so no formula).

Also, Hong Kong to Orkney?? I'm intrigued. How did that happen?

CandyPop Sun 06-Jan-13 05:31:27

Just fed LO .... I am starving !!!! But will hold out.... Weigh in 2mo and as I have over indulged over weekend .... I have to be super good today! Yesterday I had:

Breakfast: actimel and 3 rice cakes
Lunch ; Toby cavery and ice cream (oops)
Dinner: lentil soup

Today I think I will have:

Breakfast: actimel, mixed fresh fruit
Lunch: omelette with onions and peppers and veg
Dinner: chicken and veg

yuletopian99 Sun 06-Jan-13 05:55:21

YW can i get the recipes for Coconut prawn curry and chicken and bacon stew from you? Both sound amazing, esp if under 400 cals!

kirrinIsland Sun 06-Jan-13 06:01:39

That's interesting stunt I'd heard diet drinks were bad for dieting but I didn't know why. I've reduced my coke consumption to 1 can a day (I know that is still shit, but it is an improvement) and I've just switched to coke zero. I'll have to keep an eye on that.

GT I am the same. I can easy go a whole day on 1 coke and a couple of coffees. And then I wonder why I feel headachy and lethargic! <<adds 'drink more water' to list of goals>>

applecrumple Sun 06-Jan-13 07:06:36

What you may find easier to do is to buy a water bottle & just keep it topped up. You'll be more likely to drink if its always with you. Also maybe try herbal teas as they will count towards your water intake? Twinings fennel tea is surprisingly quite nice

projectbabyweight Sun 06-Jan-13 07:37:37

Yes I like fennel tea too, it tastes sweet (to me) even though there's no sugar.

Dangerous day for me today - big family gathering where there's bound to be loads of food. But it's my weigh-in tomorrow so I'll hopefully stay focused. I SO want to get out of these maternity jeans!

StuntNun Sun 06-Jan-13 08:37:12

I know it seems backwards Kirrin but you may be better off with the Coke than the Coke Zero. The problem with highly processed foods, artificial sweeteners and trans fats is that your body doesn't know what to do with them. I would avoid anything that is marketed as diet and avoid ready meals as they are loaded with salt, sugar and sometimes fat too. The best advice I heard was to read the ingredients and if you aren't sure what they are don't eat it! Things like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup are not what you want to be eating, look for natural foods. My SIL developed coeliac disease and had to start avoiding gluten. When she did so she started losing weight and it was probably largely because she was making everything from scratch.

horseylady Sun 06-Jan-13 08:37:59

Stunt - I've seen results for hayfever with local honey in one of my horses? And some hayfever sufferers swear by it others don't. I don't suffer but my horses headshaking reduced with local honey. And returned without it. The placebo effect can't work on her lol. Then again I guess their stomachs are different to ours?!