Stop Bingeing and Start Eating Healthily Thread

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SnowyWellies Thu 24-Jan-13 06:21:40

Would anyone like to join me? I am a yo yo dieter, a failed WW (could not bear the small portions) failed SW (went wild on Free foods) and I eat too much of the wrong sorts of food. I binge then starve and I want to get out of that cycle. I also enjoy my evening 3 glass of wine a little too much! I feel bloated, pasty, tired and I hate how I look in the mirror. I am about to hit 40, and I refuse to spend any more time hating myself. I want to deal with my psychological food issues, and I want to finally be the woman I am meant to be.

I am 5 ft 2 and weigh 11 stone 3.

My aim- to increase fruit and veg. To cut out wheat as I bloat very badly on wheat. To take as much care over my own diet as I do over the diets of my children and my husband. To not treat my body like a rubbish bin.

As of this morning. I am tired. My skin is pale and blotchy. I am very bloated in the stomach. I am aiming to lose 24 pounds, but want to do it properly and without feeling deprived. I want to make this process luxurious, with a focus on gorgeous healthy food.

Today's plan:

Breakfast - fruit and natural yoghurt with a drizzle of honey.

Lunch - home made carrot and coriander soup.

Dinner - fresh veg risotto.

I need ideas for delicious alcohol-free drinks. Currently I love a splash of grapefruit juice and soda water.

Anyone want to join me? The focus is on good food, and to deal with the psychological issues around bingeing and self hatred. I am not a psychologist, just someone who needs- and can offer support!

Weigh in days will be Mondays and Thursdays.

SnowyWellies Thu 24-Jan-13 07:55:33

Oh, I have added a boiled egg, wheat free crispbread and cottage cheese and a green salad to the above. Otherwise I am in starvation mode and then will binge again!

Fairyloo Thu 24-Jan-13 08:03:33

Oh god me me. You just described me. Yo yo dieter. Down to 9 stone couldn't maintain, back up to 12. Now 12 3 and I don't even care about weight loss I want peace with food.

I done low carb that was amazing but my mood was awful. Felt down all the time.

I'm aiming for 3 moderate meals a day and no binging.

Good luck!!

Fairyloo Thu 24-Jan-13 08:04:44

Lovely healthy meals yep I'm in.

SnowyWellies Thu 24-Jan-13 08:09:29

Yay!! Welcome Fairyloo!

I am 3 meals a day, one snack and no bingeing. And I am off alcohol for a while, because then I lose my willpower and could do with giving my liver a rest anyway. (and saving some money!).

Glad to have your company!

Fairyloo Thu 24-Jan-13 09:46:17

What have you had this am? I've had a cheese toastie and tea. I am a total carb addict

SnowyWellies Thu 24-Jan-13 10:23:40

I do love cheese toasties.

I have had grapes and natural yoghurt and a boiled egg. Currently making carrot soup and will have that with wheat free crispbreads and cottage cheese.

I went low carb too once, and lost 5 pounds in about a week, but I was really down also. Currently I want to avoid wheat and potatoes though.

Fairyloo Thu 24-Jan-13 17:35:14

How have you done today? I had salmon pasta salad for lunch and veggie lasagne and salad.

No counting calories, no binging.

Slow but enjoyable!!

SnowyWellies Thu 24-Jan-13 19:49:21

i have been slightly naughty. When making risotto, DH opened a bottle of white and i thought 'why not'. But have had only 2 glasses and am now on herbal tea.

I am trying to not feel guilty and to say mentally 'well done' for moving on--- usually we would finish the bottle and then get stuck into the leftover Xmas chocolates!

Veg lasagne sounds very good. We also eat way too much meat and i am trying tp increase vegetables, and to make them the main event and not just a side dish.

Fairyloo Fri 25-Jan-13 08:08:55

Morning snowywellies,

Just me and you eh? What's your plan for today? Mine is 3 meals I had one of a friends Pringles last night and couldn't stop! Had about 30 so right about one you pop eh!!!

So today 3 good healthy meals and on the path hopefully to a healthy loving relationship with food.

SnowyWellies Fri 25-Jan-13 12:54:07

Good morning!

My plan is also three healthy meals, no snacks. So far I have had smoked salmon with a green salad (for breakfast! ) I am about to go out for lunch with a work colleague and plan for soup.

I am also going to try and go by the healthy eating guidelines as much as possible, so that would be (roughly);

dairy - 3 serves
fruit - 3 serves
veg - 5 serves
grains - 5 serves
protein - 2 serves.

and 8 glasses of water!

Good luck!

Mum2DS1andDS2 Fri 25-Jan-13 13:43:43

I'm in! I'm 5foot 8", weight a revolting 16 and half stone. I have to odo something about my shovelling crap down my throat overeating. I eat way too much of the wrong types of food. I eat hardly any fruit, not enough veg. I am starting todaywith 3 healthy meals a day. No snacks other than an apple. 8 glasses of water. I have to change for my 2 ds's sake.

SnowyWellies Fri 25-Jan-13 15:57:25

Welcome!!!

coolkat Fri 25-Jan-13 20:08:34

Could I join - been dieting so long with a history of food and weight - been dieting and bingeing for so long I no longer know what's normal.

So here I am fluctuate between 10.2 and 10.4 would like to get down to 9.10 so not much but have battled for the last year.

Your approach sounds healthy with the support I could use. I know I have been quite sedentary lately due to being so tired as I have low iron levels due to excess bleeding possibly from fibroids. Going to try and be more active even if its a daily walk smile

SnowyWellies Sat 26-Jan-13 09:07:29

Welcome everyone!

Today's plan for me;

Breakfast - chopped pear and banana in greek yoghurt

Lunch- carrot and coriander soup, 2 crispbreads and 1 boiled egg

Dinner - salmon baked in foil with stir fried vegetables (using Fry Light) and boiled rice with soy sauce and ginger.

It is the weekend, so I will allow myself 2 small glasses of wine.

So that would be;

protein- 3 serves
fruit - 2 serves
Vegetables - estimating 5 serves
Dairy - 2 serves
grains - 3-4 serves.

Plus 8 pints of water.

I will try and get out for a half hour walk later today too if I can manage it...

Last night I got home after 10 from work and ate 1/2 a rotisserie chicken. THAT is the kind of eating behaviour I want to stop.

coolkat Sat 26-Jan-13 09:28:50

I need to stop eating so many sweets - today breakfast nothing but this is not unusual.

Lunch bacon and poached eggs

I am going to friends for dinner tonight so will have a late afternoon snack of a banana and try to be good there.

Exercise will be walking 1.5 miles to friends and back smile

Otherwise busy day shopping, cleaning and visiting parents.

SnowyWellies Sat 26-Jan-13 10:18:32

I really understand you coolkat about not knowing what is eating normally anymore.

I hate food diaries, but think for a while I really need to plan my meals so that I get to understand again what a healthy diet looks like!

have a great dinner with friends.

coolkat Sun 27-Jan-13 09:28:00

So dinner was friends was good until the cheesecake - I drove though so surely counterbalanced what would have been Wine.

Today visiting family for lunch so damage limitation and casserole with veg for tea. Then may buy a new iBook to keep me busy this evening as that's when I tend to fail!

Have a good day smile

Fairyloo Mon 28-Jan-13 07:33:14

I'm struggling. Never made it over the weekend.

My downfall/triggers are chocolate and other rubbish.

Now back to Monday, I'm heavier and full of guilthmm

coolkat Mon 28-Jan-13 08:19:54

Oh fairyloo - today is a new day. To be honest I find the weekends much harder food wise but I am more active whereas in the week I find food easier but an less active as when I get home from work I am knackered.

Baby steps - what would you like to achieve today?

I am off today but dd2 has various play dates - biscuit avoidance needed grin

Weighed today no heavier but not really lighter either 142.8lbs.

SnowyWellies Mon 28-Jan-13 09:27:14

Good morning!

Sorry you feel low Fairyloo

Weigh in today. 11 stone 1. Down 2 pounds which I ought to be pleased about but feel low as well. I also have to do baby steps though as my ‘just one’ glass of wine turned into sharing the entire bottle with DH and then having a port.

So, for today, I am travelling most of the day around different offices for work. So plan to just make the best choices I can make based on what is available. I bought a banana and an apple for the car. Dh is making a cannellini bean and chorizo soup for dinner though which will be yum.

Celestialstarlight Mon 28-Jan-13 12:37:52

Hi there. Just wondering if I can join you please. Snowy when I read your post I thought I was reading about me! Im 41 5 ft 2 and too scared to weigh myself but I think I must be around the 11 stone mark if not more. Certain foods have a tendancy to bloat me and I drink far too much wine. My skin is grey and blotchy and lack energy daily. Im a size 14-16 with mahoosive boobs and an ever expanding belly. Im sick of feeling and looking like a fat and frumpy 40 something. All of it gets me down. Instead I want to look healthy and feel great. I have tried various diets in the past but never been able to stick to them so my plan is to try and adopt a healthier approach to my lifestyle.
I started doing 45min-1hr daily walks 2 weeks ago (well most days) and cut down on my wine and crisps intake drastically but im now feeling fatter than I did when I started 2 weeks ago and my clothes look worse on me! I’ve decided though not to give in and buy bigger clothes but instead fit into all the clothes I have which no longer fit into.
So please please can I join you for some motivational support and perhaps some healthy eating ideas too wink

SnowyWellies Tue 29-Jan-13 08:11:38

Good morning! Welcome Celestial.

I am afraid I did not really eat healthily yesterday- I was on the run all day, then when i got home at 10 made myself a club sandwich- but with lots of lettuce and tomato and lean ham and lean chicken, so possibly not TOO bad! Also, I had zero calorie drinks all day so feel that is something at least!

Today's plan -

fruit and yoghurt
cannellini bean and chorizo soup with lots of vegetables (made by DH)
white fish baked in foil with olives and capers and salad.

I also need to factor in snacks I have decided, for when I am bored, or feeling glum so will make homemade hummus today and eat those with carrots.

I love healthy food like this- I just eat too much of it, then binge and then get depressed then drink wine. bad cycle.

Yesterday though I read a book about conquering food addictions. One thing it said is that people have addicitions when they are missing something fundamental intheir life - either security, or love, or friendship, or hobbies that fulfil them. I was trying to think what is missing in mine. I have a stressful job- but am working out my notice. I am in a happy marriage, but we have had a rocky time the past year (although good now) but generally I have binged all my life. I can only think that some of it stems from my mother's relationship with food. She is morbidly obese and is obssessed with weight and what other people weigh. Since I was young she used to either give or withold approval based on my weight. That is something I need to work through, as I really feel it has crippled my relationship with food, and certainly has impacted my self esteem.

Issues I want to deal with, as I simply do NOT want to live the rest of my life like this.

SnowyWellies Wed 30-Jan-13 12:50:19

Good morning all!

I did a sneaky weigh in and am 10 stone 13, but tomorrow is my 'official' mid-week weigh in.

Yesterday I stuck to the plan above, except for when DH brought the jaffa cakes out and i had a few with a hot chocolate. never mind- at least I offset it (maybe) by having no wine!

I have decided to deal with one vice at a time. That is the wine. I have a few glasses and then eat the contents of the fridge. So, I am not going to think too hard about food- except for eating well- but will be wine-free during the week, then only 2 glasses Friday and saturday. Then when I am confortable with that I will thn review and change something else. Little by little really. This is a change for life, and I am falling into my usual trap of 'all or nothing' thinking.

So today so far I have had;

A toasted sandwich with lots of lettuce, tomato, lean chicken breast and lean bacon. (mmmm... yum)

Lunch- crispbread with sliced avocado, tomato and cucumber

Dinner will be leftover bean and chorizo soup that DH made. It is SO filling.

Drinks- herbal teas, slimline tonic and a hot chocolate last thing.

Yum.

How is everyone doing?

coolkat Wed 30-Jan-13 21:14:25

Hi snow

Great idea doing one thing at a time - mine is sweets not helped by dh surprising me with pick n mix - haven't eaten all though so that's good. Drinking plenty of water as well.

Tomorrow spag Bol is prepared on the slow cooker and then lunch is usual 3 rice cakes, Philly and a cup a soup and either banana or Special K bar.

The week has gone so slow - roll on the weekend!

Ok day food wise but I know I need to be more active so need to get motivated - my problem is I am just so tired.

coolkat Wed 30-Jan-13 21:16:33

Ps welcome celestial - looks like a small Number of us trying to drop our vices to become healthier and lighter in the process smile

SnowyWellies Thu 31-Jan-13 07:02:33

Good morning all! Hi Celestial H everyone.
'official' WI this morning, and I am still 10.13 so am prepared to accept it grin

4 pounds since last Thursday. That is amazing for me really.

As soon as I weighed in I thought 'right, now I will only do this..' before catching myself and reminding myself to deal with one thing at a time. So for today;

No calorie drinks except for my hot chocolate after dinner.
Breakfast- club sandwich again- I am loving them! And by using lots of salad veg and no mayonnaise it is pretty healthy.
Snack - grapes and a babybel cheese with crispbread
Lunch- bean soup again
Dinner- grilled steak, jacket potatos and green beans.

I think I might do spag bol tomorrow, cool. It has been ages and I love it. I usually use lots of olive oil and butter to fry the onions- we do not have a slow cooker but if I sautee the beg just in stock I bet it will taste good too.

What do you do to stop yourself eating sweets cool? I need good technique ideas. So far when I want a glass of wine I tell myself 'not today, tomorrow perhaps' and that so far is working and I am not bothered about it. But usually when I start 'allowing' myself food I find it hard to stop- hence the bingeing.

But, so far I am pleased with my progress. Baby steps for me, but I have decided that I have spent 40 years with disordered eating, so I am prepared to spend this entire year really unravelling all my hang-ups over food, and getting healthy.... PROPERLY healthy.

Celestialstarlight Thu 31-Jan-13 11:40:56

Morning all.
Thanks for the welcome and pleased to join you.
Day 3 of my healthy eating regime and I failed spectacularly on day 2. But I’m not getting down about. Today is a fresh start. Temptation was too much to bare yesterday at work when someone came in with a monstrous cream cake. So I had a small slice convincing myself that I would work it off being on a 12hr shift. But then I came home and started binging on crisps and biscuits blush So quite clearly I will need to work on this willpower malarkey. However 3 days ago I signed up to MFP so hopefully that will help to keep me on track from now on. I wonder though, does working a 12hr shift count as exercise? I only work 2 days a week. On my days off I am quite sedentary due to health reasons but I am trying to walk 45min – 1hr most days (not today though unless the weather improves!) So I don’t know whether to count my 2 working days as exercise. I’m on for feet for most of the 12hr shift! So perhaps I had a huge calorific deficit throwing my body into binge mode hmm
Thankfully so far this week I have managed to avoid wine. Yaaaay. Like you snowy, once I settle down with a glass of vino it opens the floodgates for crisps and copious amounts of other trashy food.
So todays food plan:
Breakfast – Granola cereal with natural yogurt and a handful of blueberries
Lunch –Butternut squash Soup with a couple of rivitas
Dinner- Roast chicken breast & avocado with salad
Drinks throughout day - tea with semi skimmed milk, peppermint tea and water (I’m not much of a fizzy drink/squash drinker)
I have located a battery for my bathroom scales so maybe….just maybe… I may take the plunge and weigh myself in the morning. [wishes there was a "scared" emoticon]

coolkat Thu 31-Jan-13 17:32:32

Well done snow - great weightloss.

Don't beat yourself up about a bad day - chalk it off and move forward its when the days roll into one another the problems start.

Today has not been as good as yesterday.

Cup a soup, rice cakes and Philly and half a flapjack with a colleague (so like 2 of the mini bites you can buy)

Tea spag Bol and the smallest bloody potato with spoon of grated cheese (done quite well no cheese for 2 weeks so only small spoon) piece garlic bread - I feel full but I am bored so going to get changed bath dd2 then perhaps download a new book. Evenings and boredom are my problem - I need to take up knitting or something !!

Snow re sweets - for so many years I had such horrendous will power - obsessive that I was so good with food - the problem Is that this has lead to such a bad relationship with it that I can't believe where my will power has gone. Years ago i would never believe losing 7lb would be so difficult! So at the minute I remind myself of this thread and how we are trying - MFP did not do it for me I need motivation of others grin

MissWooWoo Thu 31-Jan-13 18:19:53

may I join please? I go through cycles of over eating, weight gain, fad diets, weight loss, over eating, weight gain ... have put on 2 stone in the past 4 months and am now at 13 stone 5 sad. My downfalls are booze, bread and biscuits - I have issues with stopping at one or two glasses/slices/biscuit.

I'm going to concentrate on giving myself healthy, nutritious food that has flavour and watch my portion sizes. I have got off to a good start today but could do with the extra support from people in a similar postion. So today I've had:

breakfast - egg white omelette with mushroom, red pepper and spring onion
lunch - home made vegetable soup with a slice of ham
snack - mini baby bel and a few slices of choritzo
dinner will be smoked haddock with poached egg and spinach and possibly some natural yoghurt.

I'm going on holiday in 7 weeks and am using this as an additional motivator.

SnowyWellies Thu 31-Jan-13 19:20:52

Welcome MissWooWoo sounds like you are in the right place, as I can SO identify with what you say.

Eveneings and boredom are my problem too, coolkat. The last few nights I have gone to bed as soon as the Dcs are in bed- so by 8.30.

I made a spag bol - inspired by you- for tomorrow. It is now thinking about things in the fridge. It is interesting what you say about willpower. I want to get to a place where I can say 'enough for today' and then not worry worry worry like I will never have the opportunity to eat again. My DFather used to say 'dinner will happen again tomorrow' but I eat like it will not and I have to build up.

DH opened a bottle of red over our steak tonight and I thought 'why not' and 'I have been so good'. So my 1 glass turned into 2 - sipping my second now. But I have turned the kettle on and will stop now and will go and have a shower and a cup of herbal tea. Then bed again. Thankfully DH is on bathing bedtime duty so I will potter and clean the kitchen and mn and get through my desire to eat icecream and have a baileys.

MissWooWoo healthy and nutritious food is my aim as well. I pride myself on my cooking and feeding my family well- yet I am happy to throw any old piece of crap into my own stomach. Almost like I feel I do not 'deserve' to eat well. I like also how you are having protein at each meal- that has helped me too I think, whereas I have experimented with all sorts of things- low fat, low protein- raw - soup only. I am tired of experimenting! I want to have a normal, healthy relationship with food - and a respectful relationship with myself! (If that makes sense).

rusmum Thu 31-Jan-13 19:38:51

Can I join ?

coolkat Fri 01-Feb-13 07:45:27

Hi welcome rus mum.

So lay night no snacking as read and went to bed early as shattered.

I am going away in feb and have thought about pushing myself to exercise 10 times out of 15 possible days. Going to make myself a chart today!! Even if I do wii fit

Happy Fridays - usual lunch for me and then chicken tikka masala for tea with rice and veg - use a low fat jar of sauce!

SnowyWellies Fri 01-Feb-13 08:30:38

Welcome rusmum!

happy Fridays!

MissWooWoo Fri 01-Feb-13 11:01:19

thanks for the warm welcome Snowy. I'm trying to "eat clean" as they say so really that means steering clear of over processed high fat and/or sugary fooods. I'm not eliminating any food groups this time round as I've done in the past and I'm going to try and make wiser choices. It think half the time if I just stopped to think rather than acting on autopilot I'd get on a lot better. I had a very big night out on Wednesday and last week thought well there's no point in "starting" any kind of regime until after I'd recovered from the hangover on Thursday but then er it's the weekend so I might as well stuff my face til Monday. Then we booked our holiday and I thought to myself look there's always some bloody excuse isn't there? So why not change the bad habits you've got into over the last 4 months NOW, still go out on Wednesday, enjoy it, have a nice meal, have lots to drink and then the next day carry on with the frame of mind that you're going to take care of yourself much better than you have been doing. So, I decided to start making better choices on Tuesday and I carried that right through to the evening meal and yes I did have a lot to drink and I was quite hungover the next day but rather than spending the whole day eating a load of rubbish I made myself some soup - it didn't take long and I think it helped me recover more quickly. I was so proud of myself for stopping and thinking - do I really want to put even more crap in my body after all that alcohol? Will it make me feel better? Actually, no it won't so what will? I suppose it's about listening to the quiet voice inside your body that tells you what you needs to eat rather than the shouty one in your head that tells you to feed it's addiction.

So, good choices from here on in. Sausages tonight for tea but they are very good quality ones and I will grill them and have them with broccoli and cauliflower. I'm thinking a tuna nicoise for lunch and have had an actimel and scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Hope you all have a good day

Celestialstarlight Fri 01-Feb-13 13:38:18

Hi MissWooWoo and Rusmum and everyone

Woo I have that inner voice too but I am constantly ignoring it! What you say rings true though and I am definately going to try and be much more mindful of it.

Well the battery I found yesterday didn't fit my scales so I've had to order some online. When I do finally manage to get them up and running I promise to weigh myself and assess the damage!

So todays menu is as follows:-

Breakfast 2 oranges and 1/2 cucumber & papaya juiced

Lunch Butternut squash soup & 2 rivita crispbreads

Dinner Roast chiken and roast veggies

I love the healthy eating approach everyone has adopted. I might just ditch the MFP. In the last few days since I started it I've been totally consumed with counting bloody calories that I think I lost track of my initial aim of eating healthier and moving more. I love food and don't want to stop enjoying it. I just want to make more healthier choices to help me feel and look better. Really quite simple isn't it? So why is it so bloomin' hard!

Hope you are all having a good day and making fabulous eating choices smile

SnowyWellies Fri 01-Feb-13 15:03:21

Hello!
I have that inner voice as well.

Your juice breakfast sounds delicious, Celestial.

Me today;

Breakfast- toast with chicken breast and grapes.

Lunch - Vegetable soup (not homemade but out of those plastic 'fresh' pots from the supermarket. It is a busy day - technically- but I am procrastinating and MNeeting blush

Dinner- spag bol with one glass of red wine while cooking and one during. The sauce has lots and lots and lots of vegetables in it as the 2 year old has gone on a vegetable strike, so it is packed full with carrots, onions, courgettes and pureed.

coolkat Fri 01-Feb-13 19:58:43

Sounds good snow. so far so good here today - have stuck to this mornings plan - even declined a Cadbury cream egg!

Had a fun size Milky Way after tea but I have done the shred DVD and booked into a class on Monday night shock

Dh working all weekend so just me and the girls. Tomorrow lunch bacon and poached eggs - tea corned beef hash made by my mum! Essentially corned beef sliced potatoes (she does not add anything else!) incinerated until just mush but very tasty. I may try and fit a walk in but have a fairly busy day so am not to worried.

Right off to make a cup of tea.

Aiming for 3 lbs by 15th - I won't hold my breath as really struggle to the point i thought my scales are stuck!But I will try grin

tkay123 Fri 01-Feb-13 20:39:56

Hi, have also been on a diet roller coaster for a long time but now at age 49 I find myself 2 stone overweight! Pre menopausal, bloated, with all my clothes just too tight - am living in tracksuit bottoms at the moment, ie elasticated waist!
Am starting the Atkins Diet tomorrow. Has anyone had success with this?

rusmum Fri 01-Feb-13 22:21:06

Thanksgrin just finished 7 day detox and lost 8 lb. now ready to get going! Ran tonight, only 2 miles but started!! Lost 3 stone last year, put 7 lb on over Xmas. Need 1 stone ish off ish serious toning!!! Planning on mfp snd exercise plus limiting wine to 1 night per week only x

SnowyWellies Sat 02-Feb-13 08:44:27

Good morning! Welcome tkay. I never tried Atkins, but did my own version which was eating lean protein and salads and no bread/pots/pasta/rice. I lose weight, but got bored quite quickly. But fish and salad and steak and salad are all on my favourite lists so that part was easy. Let us know how you go!

3 stone is amazing rusmum! coolkat cadbury eggs are about the only sweets i really REALLY like, so I am not sure I could have declined it!

Last night DH came home with 'goodies' from the shops, and declared himself a spag bol free zone. He bought dips, and crusty bread and cheeses and olives and fresh anchovies. So I had olives, peppers and anchovies- the salsa type dips and avoided the cheese, so not too bad and I am not going to beat myself up. More importantly- and very very rarely- I did not think 'oh well, it's all gone to pot' and go wild. So I am pleased about that. Tonight we will have the bolognese and a green salad on the side. Mmmmm. Tomorrow we will have a roast and I have not decided yet what we will have. Usually I roast the veg in goose fat, but will dry roast tomorrow. We have our sunday roast for lunch/dinner and then settle down for the evening, so about 5 pm. So I plan to just eat lightly during the day.

Today will be herbal teas, as I want to get a 5th alcohol-free day in this week and I will enjoy some wine with DH tomorrow. All in all, I am feeling pretty good today! I am not hungry tet so will wait until I am before eating breakfast or lunch. Also unusual, as usually I would just eat anyway!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

coolkat Sun 03-Feb-13 08:43:09

Morning everyone - I managed a walk yesterday so all good on that front.

My meals were ok although my corned beef hash portion was large but I didn't snack in the evening.

I did have a small pick and mix as my weekly treat. blush

Today's challenge is costa coffee as meeting a friend there. Hoping to shred later and chilli that I had cooked and frozen for tea - possibly with a jacket potato.

Anyone doing anything nice? grin

MissWooWoo Sun 03-Feb-13 12:37:10

not doing too well here despite all my good intentions earlier up in the thread ... I was got by the white bread ... noooooooooooooooooo! I know exactly where I went wrong, no breakfast and then out til way past lunchtime with only a "tuck" shop" providing any chance of sustinence - chocolate, crisps etc so I passed on all that and had a coffee. By the time I saw I returned home I was STARVING and very grumpy (not helped by dd being up half the night) and well it was just there so I had a thick slice toasted with butter and then another 2 thick slices as a sandwich and then another slice later in the evening. Aaagrrggh. I've also had a slice this morning. So much for making better choices. Still, I did actively resist a biscuit this morning when I had a cup of coffee and I've not had a drink all weekend so maybe it's not all bad? I've got the rest of the day ahead to make good choices right so no need to beat myself up. I guess.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend

SnowyWellies Sun 03-Feb-13 12:52:33

Don't beat yourself up!!!! You are right, one slip is not a problem. It is a cumulative effect of eating well that works. (I tell myself this too!).

I am taking the day 'off' sort of. Sundays are roast days my fave- and we are having roast chicken with all the trimmings. mmmmm. Nigella's bacon brandy chicken. But, I am not having any alcohol today- so am 'swapping' the alcohol to allow myself to enjoy creamed potatos.

MissWooWoo Sun 03-Feb-13 13:05:08

well that's it isn't it Snowy I could easily have thought "oh well I've blown it now might as well have 5 biscuits and a kit kat". I think logging my thoughts on here really helped as I promptly went away and decided on a really lovely spicy moroccan soup with some dark ryvita for lunch which in my book is a pretty nutricious and tasty choice. I too am having a roast chicken dinner later but I never add an extra oil and will be having lots of steamed veg and a roasted sweet potato instead of the usual kg of king edwards wink. Nigella's bacon brandy chicken sounds delish' btw. Enjoy!

SnowyWellies Sun 03-Feb-13 13:20:14

I think logging thoughts on here help me too. I usually have a slip and go wild. Usually on Sundays I think 'bugger it' and eat my roast and drink copious glasses of wine then more often than not eat ice cream afterwards and then eat up all the leftovers for breakfast the next day. Today I am consciously thinking that I can have the pots as I am not having wine, and that the crunchy bacon bits will go to DH and then we can make chicken sandwiches with the leftovers for everyone, not just me! So I think (says hesitantly) that my mindset is starting to shift. I hope so anyway!

Enjoy your chicken too! And have a great day. smile

Sunnywithshowers Sun 03-Feb-13 13:34:43

Hello all

Can I join? I'm 5'2 and weigh 16 stone. I'd love to be a size 10 again - but more realistically I'd just like to be at peace with food.

I'm not going to weigh in as it's a binge trigger for me. I'm going to stop alcohol as that almost always leads to binge eating for me too.

SnowyWellies Sun 03-Feb-13 13:45:46

Welcome Sunny!

coolkat Sun 03-Feb-13 15:49:23

Welcome sunny.

Jealous of your chicken dinners but dh working all weekend so no roast here!

Been to visit my nan and last week we promise cream cakes this week so have had a cream meringue thing - 130cals but you know what I enjoyed it was a treat and I have done the shred - sounds bazaar but I don't feel guilty about having a cake whereas before I'd me beating myself up - I haven't binged and I don't need anymore I enjoyed the one small cake. grin

Does everyone else's weight fluctuate. Mine does. Yesterday 142lbs today 143.8. I find that really hard. Perhaps as well as improving my relationship with food I need to also step away from the scales. Like I said I no longer know what's normal anymore!

MissWooWoo Mon 04-Feb-13 09:37:10

morning everyone

I'm going to struggle today as dd was up (again) for a couple of hours in the middle of the night and I'm feeling pretty tired and grumpy - thank goodness all the white bread has gone hmm Does anyone else struggle when they've had a rough night or is it just me?

My weight does fluctuate coolkat from day to day and this can sometimes be a real downer if I weigh myself on a daily basis, it's hard to stay away though isn't it .... well done for sticking to the one cake!

Celestialstarlight Mon 04-Feb-13 14:04:28

Hi all and hello sunny

I think it sounds as though you are doing well and being mindful of what you are eating despite the odd little slip ups (well we are human afterall wink ) I think it's pretty natural too for weight to fluctuate on a daily basis. Which is why I think you are meant to weigh yourself at the same time with of day.

Well ladies, the scale batteries arrived and I took the plunge! It's official...I am now fatter than I have ever been in my whole 40+ years on the planet!
10st 8lbs and that was me standing on the scales first thing in the morning (at our lightest wink )

I am struggling with my willpower. I haven't had any wine in 1 1/2wks and I feel fine with that. I'm not missing it or feeling deprived or anything. So in that respect i'm pretty pleased with myself. But my issue now is FOOD! Arrrrgghhhh I cant help myself. I just give in too easily. I spend the whole day enjoying lovely healthy foods and then I just cave in. So on Saturday at work someone brought in cakes (again) so I had a slice. And then yesterday I settled down to watch a movie and binged on a snickers bar and half a bag of the large walkers crisps even though I knew I shouldn't be doing it. Oh, and I had more than a few biscuits during the day too.

Back on track again now! This morning I had
granola, banana and natural yogart
Lunch was butternut squash soup with a small granary baguette and dinner this evening will be chicken stir fry. I haven't managed to go for a walk today but I did put my slendertone Ab toner on for an hour while I did some housework.

Hope everyone is having a good day and woowoo hope the litte'un is feeling better soon

SnowyWellies Tue 05-Feb-13 06:58:48

Good morning all!

Celestial 10 stone 8 is my next mini-aim grin

I am also struggling with willpower so my plans this week are to make the best food choices available to me, to have as many alcohol-free days as I can fit in (tonight I have leaving drinks for a colleague- no WAY am I not having wine!) and to just mentally rest a bit. If I stay 10stone 13 this week then I will consider that a good outcome- it means the loss is real. I am aiming overall for a 1 pound loss per week, until I am 9 and a half stone. But I want it to be slow, steady, - permanent. Dinner last night was a delish white fish with stir fried veg. Have not decided yet for tonight. But I also need to head out and get some veg for soup.

MissWooWoo hope your dd is better.

Celestialstarlight Tue 05-Feb-13 09:49:59

Snowy I hope you have a lovely time this evening at your friends leaving party. You must have wine...it's the rules! grin

Yeah if I could lose 1lb each week i'd be really happy too but I don't think it's gonna happen this week following last nights crisp binge (the other half of the big walkers crisps that I opened the night before and the toblerone chunks from the remainder of the kids christmas choccies)

So we are about 2inches deep in snow just now and it's still falling. DH was so pleased with himself and proudly announcing "I have scraped your car for you" which was lovely until I discovered that DH had forgotten to take my car keys out of his pocket and are currently at work with him angry Thankfully DS1 came to the rescue and drove DS2 & DS3 to school in his car.

I haven't a clue what todays menu will be. Perhaps a chicken salad wrap for lunch but given the weather outside I'd quite like something hearty for dinner. Maybe spag bol.

Happy healthy options everone smile

SnowyWellies Tue 05-Feb-13 10:35:07

So jealous you have snow! I LOVE snow! (I am from a hot country originally and snow is a novelty).

I am having basic veg soup most of the day, then grilled chicken and veg and corn. I lost inspiration.....

Celestialstarlight Tue 05-Feb-13 13:41:54

lol snowy I wish I could share your passion of the snow but i'd chose a warm sunny climate everytime! Thankfully it has now stopped snowing given that I will need to walk to collect the boys from school this afternoon.

I too am stuck for meal inspirations. So think i'll stick with the spag bol option for this evening.

MissWooWoo Tue 05-Feb-13 14:07:22

afternoon all, this thread is helping me loads! Just writing that I thought I was going to struggle on my last post made me stop and think. I ended up having a really good day foodwise. Went out to lunch today and chose the butternut squash and walnut salad which was delicious and came with a green salad and a 3 slice of thick sourdough bread - I only ate 1 of them and felt completely satisfied! I really think "I'm making better choices" is a much better phrase to have in your head than "I'm on a diet" Snowy and planning is key.

Tonight I am having fresh mackerel, grilled with sweet potato wedges and spinach.

Hope you're all having a good day.

coolkat Tue 05-Feb-13 20:46:37

Don't mind the snow once a year but feel we have had this years quota! I am over winter bring on spring!!!

No bingeing today, also done shred again. Determined to do 10 lots of exercise before 15th. I am on 5.

Think I must be due onconfused

Hope everyone else is fine. Glad people are finding the thread helpful. I certainly am - just knowing I am not on my own.

Weds tomorrow which means half way to the weekend!!

MissWooWoo Wed 06-Feb-13 15:10:25

just stumbled across this website OMG! there are some delicious looking recipes on here ... drool, salivate and baked potato soup ladies, baked potato soup! So inspiring!

MissWooWoo Wed 06-Feb-13 15:11:41

oops! baked potato soup here

Celestialstarlight Wed 06-Feb-13 21:16:44

Hi ladies. Well I have failed in spectacular style again today. Chocolate cake at work and some All Gold and Thorntons chocolates and a bakewell tart. Then I got home from work this eveningand had DS1 left over pakora from his take away meal. And all that on top of my breakfast, lunch and dinner (which were all super healthy!) Why do I have no will power?

Also the scales this morning announced that I am now 10st 10. So have put weight on. Not surprised tbh given my extreme lack of resistance to food. I don't know how to combat this. Any ideas??

Cool I am super impressed with your shredding. And Misswoo Thanks for the link. I'm gonna check it out for inspiration smile

Right tomorrow is a new day. I will eat only tasty healthy options and get serious about shifting this weight for good!

Moca1 Wed 06-Feb-13 23:11:56

Hi all, can I please join ?. I am 3 weeks into my annual 'I am fed up with being overweight and not being able to wear half the clothes in my wardrobe' diet. So far so good with 8lbs lost. Hardest to give up is wine, bread, butter, cheese, etc etc. Have tried all of usual diets and like many of you just want to find a healthy way without the yoyo. What seems to be working just now is sticking to fruit , veg and meat/fish - no processed food. Not too difficult mon-fri but hard at weekends so trying to keep very busy. So good to know I am not the only one.

SnowyWellies Thu 07-Feb-13 07:22:28

Good morning! Welcome Moca1

I also fell off the wagon yesterday. Ate a lovely grilled piece of fish then had rounds of toast with butter.

I am also going to check that link out. smile

coolkat Thu 07-Feb-13 09:01:55

Hi ladies

Sorry to hear of gain hmm

I think small achievable goals is the way forward with a reward at the end. This has worked for me this past week. Today weighed 141.4lbs so small gradual loss. My target was 3 lb from 1 feb to 15th and 10 bits of exercise. I have been soon the shred all but 1 night when did a walk. I think as its a short term goal if makes it easier to tick off??

Have a good day smile

MissWooWoo Thu 07-Feb-13 13:03:49

I blame the weather! it's sooooo cold out there. The thing is Celestial life happens doesn't it? What a dull world it would be if we never ever again ate chocolate cake, bakewell tarts or pakora! As you said yourself tomorrow/today is a new day. How many times have you had a "bad" day when trying to lose weight and then the next day thought oh bugger this, it's never going to happen might as well have 2 bowls of radioactive cereal, a hot chocolate and half a packet of biscuits? The important thing is you haven't thrown in the towel. It takes a while to adjust bad habits.

Weighed myself this moring and have lost 5lbs since embarking on my healthy eating plan 9 days ago which I'm really pleased with and instead of doing my usual oh no only 5 lbs I've got so much more to lose sad I'm going to give myself a pat on the back and not put myself down by saying (as I usually would) well it's just water weight. I've been quite focused as I'm going away with my husband on Sunday for a couple of days and basically we'll just be eating and drinking! I really wanted to enjoy this without feeling "guilty" so have been saying to myself - actually no, don't choose that, choose this and then indulge on the trip away - maybe you need a weekend away Celestial to focus your mind wink

Movingforward123 Fri 08-Feb-13 07:56:44

Hi just found this thread and would like to join, havnt read through it all yet but will come back later grin

Celestialstarlight Fri 08-Feb-13 09:47:12

Well done Coolkat and Misswoowoo on your weightlosses. Yaaaay! And hello to Moca and Movingforward

MissW Great advice. Thank you. I was really starting to beat myself up over this and yesterday I had such a bad day that I stuffed my face with endless crap. But you are right. I'm not throwing in the towel and I just need to dust myself down and start again. Funnily enough I was just saying whinging to DH last night that I really need a weekend away without the kids. Desperately in need of a rest but it isnt an option for us at the moment financially. I hope you have a lovely time Missw A little romantic break sounds like heaven. Your effort is really paying off too. 5lbs is fabulous and makes such a difference. It is great to know that what you are doing is paying off. Well done grin

Mmmmmm snowy I love toast with butter!

Celestialstarlight Fri 08-Feb-13 09:49:16

...oh and I forgot to say that it is now 2 full weeks since I had any alcohol. Baby steps grin

feellikearubbishmummy Fri 08-Feb-13 09:52:01

Saw the title and thought this is right up my street. read OP and have to ask what do you put into fresh veg risotto? sounds lush> will read rest of thread now!!

SnowyWellies Fri 08-Feb-13 12:01:00

Hello! Sorry, went AWOL. I stuffed myself silly yesterday and became glum. Back to it today- sort of, but planning a takeaway.

welcome Movingforward and feellike!

Fresh veg risotto, I throw anything in really. But I really like asparagus and then fresh raw tomatos thrown in at the end with parmesan cheese. Another favourite is roasted butternut squash with cashews and spinach.

coolkat Fri 08-Feb-13 15:17:33

Not has a great day today. 1st day came of the wagon this week. Still one day as long as exercise later I should be ok. blush

coolkat Sun 10-Feb-13 07:45:11

Where have you all gone?! Come back smile

Hope your having nice weekends x

Celestialstarlight Mon 11-Feb-13 12:02:11

Sorry Cool I'm still here, although v. ashamed of myself given that I have stuffed my face all weekend.I really need to get a grip. Was working yesterday(12hr shift) and always fool myself into thinking that if I eat rubbish during work I will walk it off. I think I am just kidding myself on though. I don't take bisciuts or cakes to work with me but just recently there seems to be loads of nice treats in the tea room at break times which = me stuffing my face sad

Anyway the good news is that I haven't had any vino in well over two weeks so at least I'm managing to do something well...hooray!!

Rachtoteach Mon 11-Feb-13 22:30:20

Hi all, please can I come and join you? I am desperate to knock my unhealthy relationship with food (and wine) on the head. I am 5ft 2 and weigh 12 st 3.5. I have failed at every diet going, jeez the amount of times I've signed up to WW and SW is anybody's guess. I realise now that the only thing that will 'fix' me is to knock the yo yo/fad dieting on the head for good and adopt a completely new approach, for life. Oh and to admit that drinking 2-3 bottles f wine a week is not good. I am almost in tears writing this, I have a flipping wonderful family (hubby and 3 kids) and, to be honest, I feel like I'm killing myself with the amount of crap I'm putting into my body.

So, enough off the depressing talk, I'm so glad to have found you all and long may this thread continue!

I guess my strategy is going to try to eat as cleanly as poss so I will be keeping my eyes out for some recipes along those lines!

Rachel x

Vijac Mon 11-Feb-13 22:47:34

Ooh, can I join too! My baby is 15months and I still haven't shifted any of the baby weight. Reading this gives me an idea why. My current food intake (adjusted slightly for diet) is a lot more that the daily diets posted here. Clearly I need to reduce portion sizes-I'm not 21 and doing loads of sport anymore-but it's hard to kick the overeating habit. I weigh 13 and a half stone and want to lose at least two stone. Today I ate a breakfast: a carrot, apple and ginger juice and a bowl of Special K, Lunch: ate out a bowl of pasta with fried spinach balls and courgette, snack: hot chocolate and four mini eggs, few spoons of mashed potato while cooking, gym: Pilates class (low energy). Dinner: 12 inch chicken subway. Drink: hot chocolate.

SnowyWellies Tue 12-Feb-13 07:12:19

Good morning everyone and welcome rach and Vijac!. How is everyone?

Sorry for being absent... real life got in the way a bit this weekend and I also lost motivation completely.

I have not weighed myself at all, and at the weekend went to two parties and drank more than I should have..... at least 3 BIG glasses of wine at each. That is a bottle ffs. Ugh. I hate how I feel after that, so yesterday was a blissfully alcohol-free day. Oh..... and I had someone at the party on Sunday say to me 'Oh I heard you were pregnant again', while looking at my stomach and eyeing my glass of wine. I replied 'No, just having troubles shifting the baby weight from last time' and she looked embarrassed, but people have been congratulating me almost since DS was born.

And that is kind of the point for me really. I hate how I feel, and hate how I think about myself after eating too much and bingeing. I have gotten into the habit of eating everything in sight.... I need to get in the habit of making good and positive choices.

This week, well, I am going back to meal planning, but also to taking it not only day by day but meal by meal as I need to just get a grip.

Today..... I have absolutely no idea. I have no idea even where to start with what to eat and plan for today. So I am going to have a herbal tea and to think about it a bit.

Also- we are going away with my DParents in April... and DM always looks me up and down and comments on my weight and expresses approval or disapproval. So I am scared. (last week she thought it would be helpful to ring me and tell me all about the Paul Mckenna thing and how it would really help me. No DM, what would help me- and would always have helped me- is if you did not consider the only thing important to be my weight! ).

I also need to get a grip. I cannot continue to live like this, with all this self anger.

[screaming emoticon]

smile

Rachtoteach Tue 12-Feb-13 10:19:03

Hi Snowy, thanks for the welcome. I think you are doing the right thing taking it meal by meal, at least until you feel focused again. I quite enjoyed my 'clean' breakky today - fat free natural yoghurt with some blueberries and pecan nuts stirred in. Bit of a boring lunch planned - sesame ryvittas with hummus and cucumber on top, and am making a chicken passsata dinner with a couple of small boiled pots and lots of green veg. I'm trying to remember to drink lots of water too.

I am going to try ignore the scales for a while - might shove them in the loft or something - as, whilst I certainly want and need to lose 2+ stone I don't want anymore 'quick fixes', I want this to be a permanent way of eating.

Have a good day! X

coolkat Tue 12-Feb-13 20:51:09

Welcome rach and vij

Hi snow and cel. Not had a bad couple of days but weighed this Morning and 3lb heavier but my period is starting so hope that explains it as I have not been perfect but have exercised everyday and have certainly not binged of late which is what I wanted to stop.

Don't be hard on yourselves for having slipped we are here to recognise that what we have done goes against what we want to do and by supporting one another we will get there. I have not been as good since joining this thread for months and months and I feel like I have been trying to diet forever. I said before that is because I had set my self small targets but having thought about it I have a weekend away with the girls coming up and know I wanted to have lost 3lb by the time I go so think that has spurred me on.

What about us all setting a small target? I said on 1st feb i wanted to exercise 10 times before 15th feb. it could be something small like no cheese for a week - a small achievable target to make you feel good smile or drink more water for a week. Hope you don't think I am speaking out of line as I have honestly struggled so much but having you guys to report to has helped me achieve my exercise target. I am ignoring the scales until Friday wink

Mid week tomorrow so getting closer to the weekend - Hurrahhhh x

SnowyWellies Wed 13-Feb-13 07:52:23

Good morning all!

Thanks coolkat. I like the idea of setting small targets very much. I am supposed to weigh in tomorrow and already thought I would avoid it, but will be strong.

Okay, I would like to set a small food target and a small drink target, which will take me to next weigh in day- next Thursday. It will be;

Food - nothing fried- only baked, grilled or steamed.

Drink - no calorie drinks, so black coffee, black tea, etc. The only exceptions will be my requisite two glasses of wine on friday-Sat-Sunday. I realised yesterday I was drinking masses of white coffee and hot chocolate... not helpful.

Are two targets too much, do you think? I do not want to do an exercise target just yet as I know I have no hope at all of achieving it.

Tonight we have a friend coming for dinner who received a very big health scare. She is very overweight (but sporty and active) and her blood pressure is sky high. Her Dr told her she was running the risk of being dead within 5 years. She is only 45. So I am making salmon baked in foil with lemon and herbs, steamed rice and salad for dinner.

Hope you all have a good day. smile

coolkat Wed 13-Feb-13 20:28:14

They sound good targets snow. smile Perhaps replace the hot chocs and coffee with more water. I drink a lot of water in the evening that has been boiled - prefer to cold tap water.

I gave struggled today a little had a creme egg and few other bits. In my defence have bad period pain hmm

Meals have been fine though - this is why I am here to combat the snacking. X

SnowyWellies Thu 14-Feb-13 08:09:50

Morning! Well, i held my breath and weighed in and i am 10 stone 12, so 1 pound down since two weeks ago and 5 in total since this thread began. i am pleased!

So sorry about your period pain cool. I think chocolate under those circumstances is medicine rather than chocolate. smile

I agree about replacing the coffee with more water- yesterday i drank alot of coffee, and a whole bottle of diet coke and i started to get very unwell in the evening with headaches... so definitely mroe water today. I never drink diet coke, so i think too much caffeine.

Right today- baked, grilled or steamed and no cal drinks with lots of water. smile I'm on it!

coolkat Thu 14-Feb-13 22:09:13

Well done snow. The scales are going in the right direction. How has the drinking more water gone today?

Feel crap today food ok, few pick n mix as dh got me a jar for valentines (arghhh) time of the month and just feel crap - going out at the weekend and feel look like crap in everything.

Weight back at 142.2lb so failed on getting to 140lb before the weekend unless tomorrow they are any better. hmm

MissWooWoo Sun 17-Feb-13 09:05:58

Hi all

back after totally falling off the wagon for a week. Had a 3 day break away at the beginning of the week and ate and drank heartily as I knew I would but have really struggled getting back into the right frame of mind about making healthy choices. To be honest I've been feeling a bit low, mostly down to PMT and what's worse is that my period ended up being 4 days late which brought a lot of emotions to the surface that I stuffed back down with food. Then I went out for a very large very swanky high tea on friday and rounded that off with a couple of vodkas and a bottle of wine, consequently I was hungover yesterday and ate everything in site. Feel so disgusting, even my "fat clothes" are tight. What's more I feel so angry with myself which is making me want to eat all sorts of crap. I'm sure the weight I lost has gone all back on again and I'm dreading getting on the scales tomorrow morning. Still, I'm back here which means I'm ready to sort myself out (again), so yoghurt and fruit for breakfast, vegetable soup for lunch and salmon and green veg for dinner.

Good idea about the small targets ... I'm starting really small and just need to get back on the wagon so mine is going to be eat cleanly today and log on here tomorrow

Hello to all the new guys and hope everyone is being kind to themselves this weekend

coolkat Mon 18-Feb-13 07:36:48

Hi all

Back after a weekend with the girls. Damage on the scales not to bad 1lb to be exact so at least all of the dancing paid off grin

Oh miss it's a horrible cycle. Set a small target and come here for support and let's see what we can achieve in the next 7 days.

I have to think of a new target for the next week.

Back soon smile

MissWooWoo Mon 18-Feb-13 09:16:22

so I braved the scales and have put back on 3 of the 5lbs I had lost <sigh> and this is going to be such a difficult week as have loads of stuff planned including a boozy dinner out with an old friend that I rarely see. How do "normal" people do it? they seem to have social lives and yet remain the same weight whereas I'm up and down like a yoyo. Ok, new target for today is to only have 1 blueberry muffin with my coffee when friend comes round today not my usual 2 plus biscuits. Target for the week is to stop and think about the food choices I make and ask myself "is this going to help me in the long run?"

How's everyone else getting on?

coolkat Mon 18-Feb-13 20:40:18

Test

coolkat Mon 18-Feb-13 21:06:18

Have done 2 long posts and neither posted. Will try tomorrow!!

demi43 Mon 18-Feb-13 23:20:13

Can I join too? Am desperate to lose a few stone but it seems like a mammoth task Would love to know how do you not binge on leftover party food from DD birthday party at the weekend?

SnowyWellies Tue 19-Feb-13 07:28:06

Morning everyone. Sorry for vanishing again. I ame down with a really horrid cold.... managed to get into work yesterday thinking I was on the mend and nearly passed out when I got home. The advantage is that I have not been able to keep food down, so only tiny sips of herbal tea. hmm Am now in bed with a cup of tea listening to DCs cough.

Welcome demi. I also binge on letover food thinking 'well it will only go to waste'. But, I would suggest looking objectively at what is left. There is probably alot of stuff that you do not even like- mini sausage rolls for example. So give them in lunch today to everyone else. Or freeze them or throw it away. I read on another thread once 'my body is not a rubbish bin' and I try to think of that when I am tempted to eat either food I do not like, or leftovers. Does not always work, mind. grin

My goals for this week- well- the above really. On Saturday we went for dinner to the pub and I had a meal that was not tasty and I did not enjoy, but I sat there and ate the lot. And it was worthless. Lots of calories and not enjoyable at all. Then because I was annoyed with myself I had a third glass of wine and a packet of crisps. Goals... [thinking hard]

Food goal- only eat food that is worth it. It has to be tasty, it has to be filled with good nutrients.

Drink goal- calorie free drinks (water water water and herbal teas).

Exercise goal - when I am better as Ido not want to overdo it- but a dedicated 10 minute walk. Slowly build up.

I will probably make a vegetable soup today as well. I m not sure I will be able to stomach much else still.

Hope everyone is well.

coolkat Tue 19-Feb-13 18:23:08

Hi ladies will try again as did 2 posts and disappeared!

My goal is to exercise 4 times this week. Food wise not to binge.

Weight 142.4. I will get down to 140lbs. Can't believe how hard it is!

Welcome diva. Hope you are feeling better soon snow.

coolkat Tue 19-Feb-13 18:24:21

Sorry demi not diva! Posting from phone and have to remember!

Ps happy and healthy and banish the binge seems appropriate smile

twinklestar2 Tue 19-Feb-13 19:54:06

Can I please join? I'm doing low carb but not no carb as I'm ttc and don't want to cut out food groups but I'm 11stish and was 9st 7 when I got married 2 years ago. I stupidly thought I'd fall pregnant straightaway and therefore didn't need to diet! But I've steadily got fatter and still have no baby.

Today's menu

Skinny latte, yoghurt, apple

Soup
Crisps - a once a week treat
Apple

Dinner was veg chilli in a wrap

coolkat Tue 19-Feb-13 20:16:24

Hi twinkle - welcome.

I tried the carb boot camp but was hopeless. Am still aware of carby food though and my diet is relatively light of them.

Some of us have tried to set small achievable targets the aim of this is to feel positive when get there smile

twinklestar2 Tue 19-Feb-13 22:53:52

I just ate a digestive biscuit which has taken me slightly over my cals for the day on MFP. I've planned my meals for tomorrow too.

coolkat Wed 20-Feb-13 07:26:06

I am on MFP too twinkle although font use as strictly as before. When I am on the computer I will message you my user name smile

Loz1980 Wed 20-Feb-13 11:45:50

Hi everyone can I join?
Just jumped on the scales (been putting it off since Xmas) to find I'm the heaviest I've ever been (no surprise, I look and feel dreadful)
I'm 11st 12.
My problem primarily is chocolate, I binge on it every night with a pint

Loz1980 Wed 20-Feb-13 11:51:29

Didn't mean to post yet!
With a pint of milk.
I work evenings so don't eat proper meals and when I do it's on my night off so feel I need to treat myself so have curry or massive spag Bol at 9 at night when kids are in bed. Followed by massive bar/bag of chocs and said pint of milk.
I don't eat breakfast, have butties and crisps for lunch then often don't eat til after work at 10pm where I'll have toast or crumpets with loads of butter followed by the ubiquitous chocolate and milk.
Most Saturday lunchtimes we 'treat' the kids to a mcdonalds of course I have one too. On Sunday I'll eat a huge Sunday lunch (usually bigger than my 6ft plus hubby!)
Oh god I'm disgusted with myself writing this down.
I need to stop. Now.
I'm considering slim fast, anyone know if it's worth a try?

SnowyWellies Wed 20-Feb-13 13:04:40

Welcome Loz!

When you say slimfast, do you mean those meal replacement shakes? I have not tried those.

Don't be disgusted with yourself- we all have bad habits we have fallen into. But the good thing about a 'habit' is that you can break them!

Small things... okay, so you are identifying that the big issue you have is with chocolate and pints of milk. Can you maybe change the pint of milk for a huge cup of herbal tea and the chocolate for a huge bowl of fruit with a drizzle of chocolate sauce?

Maybe try that and make no other changes for a week and see how you go. (So much easier to help others rather than put it into practice myself!)

I have already had a hot chocolate today, so my aim to have calorie free drinks is kaput...

back to the drawing board.

twinklestar2 Wed 20-Feb-13 14:19:02

Welcome loz, u have identified your bad habits, now it's time to change them smile It's worse when you're in denial and think you're healthy. At least you can see what changes you need to make. I find it helpful to plan my menu for the next day the night before. I never used to eat breakfast so I started by having one slice of bread cut into 4 and then that's only 4 bites you need to get through.

You can also change what u eat for healthier versions, so swap white bread for brown, change the crisps for lower fat versions and swap chocolate for a curly wurly - take ages to eat and still give you the choc fix.

SnowyWellies Wed 20-Feb-13 14:59:58

I've heard freezing chocolate makes it last longer, but never tried it (chocolate is not my problem... maybe i should freeze my white wine!)

twinklestar2 Wed 20-Feb-13 16:14:37

Just had a thought about the pint of milk and chocolate - can you swap this for a massive hot choc made with low fat cocoa powder and stick in a few mini marshmallows? Lovely and indulgent but less cals. And you can also buy low fat squirty cream.

Loz1980 Wed 20-Feb-13 16:21:36

Such a cliche I know but I'm gonna start on Monday! Got a family do on Sunday night and need to go shopping for healthy/low fat foods first.
Thanks for advice so far guys, gonna pop back in for support once dreaded diet starts. Hopefully with help from you guys I might be more successful! smile

twinklestar2 Wed 20-Feb-13 17:58:45

Def get the good food in - you need to be prepared so you don't end up reaching for the biscuit tin!

Flossiechops Wed 20-Feb-13 18:10:07

Hi all I think I have the place I belong! I am a terrible binger with a horrendous relationship with food. I have gone from 9st 7lbs to 10st 10lbs over the past 6 months. I yoyo up and down like this all the time. I regularly skip meals (never eat breakfast) only to eat crap later on. My absolute downfall is anything sweet. I am a complete binge eater. I currently hate myself for being like this and I'm sick of hating myself. It affects my relationship with my dh and I'm miserable with my dc. I need to change but I'm not sure how?! Can I join you all please? smile

SnowyWellies Wed 20-Feb-13 18:43:14

Welcome Flossie.

I really understand what you mean when you say this affects your relationships with DH and DCs. I have never ever taken my Dcs swimming, because I am too ashamed. I HATE that they are missing out because of how I feel about myself. I cannot bear my DH to look at me naked. I hate myself too. sad

twinklestar2 Wed 20-Feb-13 20:07:11

Don't hate yourself girls, use that energy to be change things. Flossie - eating breakfast is key for me. Otherwise I reach for bad stuff later.

Whats everyone eaten today then?

Here's my menu

bacon sandwich

soup for lunch

having fishfingers for dinner

snacked on a hot choc with skinny milk and a flyte.

Under 1200 cals on MFP

Flossiechops Wed 20-Feb-13 20:32:00

Thanks for the welcome smile funny you should say that snowy I am taking the dc swimming tomorrow with a friend. I hate it and usually avoid it like the plague!! I think the self loathing stems from my inability to control myself, I feel pathetic and weak willed. I can compare my binging on chocolate to an addiction, I literally crave the feeling it gives me and thus the cycle continues!

I intend to get up for a run before dh goes to work in the morning, if I start positive it may help. I will try breakfast too smile

Flossiechops Wed 20-Feb-13 20:34:18

I had

No breakfast shock

Lunch - ham wrap and fruit

Tea - shepherds pie and broccoli

Snacks- curly wurly, crisps, go ahead bar

It's the snacking that needs to go!

coolkat Wed 20-Feb-13 21:17:19

I am the same flossie - meals generally good but then snacks wreck it!

SnowyWellies Wed 20-Feb-13 21:25:36

Dreading my weigh in tomorrow but i will be strong.

For me today;

breakfast - veg soup (still feeling unwell with my cold)
Lunch - hot chocolate
Dinner - DCs leftover roast chicken and green beans. Was nibbling really as am not hungry, but the food was there.

Sneaky glass of cava, but only one. I was SO shocked though- that one glass was actually 2 units. So all this time I have been drinking 2 glasses or 3 glasses and thinking that is moderate, I am actually drinking double the units I thought. Yikes. Never really took much notice before, as I just assumed I was on the right side of things.

I think I am right in saying that chocolate is addictive as the mix of fat and sugar is evolutionally programmed into us to be something we crave. That might be wrong though.

I hope you enjoy the swimming Flossie. smile You are a braver woman than me... but I am determined this summer I am going to go swimming.

Thanks for positive thoughts twinkle. smile

Loz don't abandon us until Monday! Keep checking in, even if you are not 'dieting' per se.

Right, positive thoughts for tomorrow.

Cal-free drinks. I am a big fan of peppermint tea so have been enjoying that in the evenings.
weetabix and fruit for breakfast, veg soup for lunch, and grilled steak with steamed veg for dinner. Yum.

Have a good evening and a great day tomorrow everyone!

Flossiechops Wed 20-Feb-13 21:52:13

Thanks snowy I will fill you in tomorrow! I don't drink at all, it's never been part of my life but chocolate is my Achilles heel. It's breaking the binge cycle that is very difficult. I manage it for a while, sometimes months and then let myself go again. I know my dc do not have the best diet either as a result and I'm ashamed of myself for that. I have to change! Like you said in your OP, I want to be the woman I'm meant to be!

Flossiechops Wed 20-Feb-13 21:57:14

coolkat I snack even when I'm not hungry. I have come to conclusion that I'm just very very greedy! If I didn't snack I would be waif like!

twinklestar2 Wed 20-Feb-13 22:51:35

flossie - could you be snacking because you aren't having breakfast?

twinklestar2 Wed 20-Feb-13 23:02:57

flossie I actually dont think thats a bad day!

Flossiechops Thu 21-Feb-13 08:31:10

That was a 'good' day, the day before was a binge day. Took dc to the cinema - popcorn, pick n mix, crisps, bacon rolls, 3 curly wurlies, 3 go ahead bars etc!! I feel ashamed to write it down but it's true. Was up at 6am out running did 3.5 miles and burnt 410 kcal so a good start to the day. Off swimming in a bit. Have a good day to you all smile

SnowyWellies Thu 21-Feb-13 08:37:10

Good monring! Wow Flossie 3.5 miles?! That seems amazing to me, well done!

I am 10 stone 10, so down 2 pounds. I am fully aware that it is more likely due to the fact I have had a cold and been eating so little but I am happy to accept it! So 7 pounds since i started this thread. woo hoo! My aim for this week is to maintain for next Thursday so that it is a 'real' loss.

I cannot face the thought of weetabix for breakfast or anything else for that matter, so will just sip veg soup again until I feel up to it. Main problem is i am SO busy at work, even though working at home today, so I have to push through, which is exhausting me.

Does anyone have ideas for little amounts of nourishing, easy to eat food I can feed DS (2) who is also unwell? He is eating tiny bits, so I have been trying him on grapes, breadsticks, babybels. Want to add in hummus there but am worried I am missing some important nutrients and don't want to resort to cake because he will not eat. He is allergic to eggs otherwise I would make him scrambled eggs.

Hope everyone has a good day. smile

twinklestar2 Thu 21-Feb-13 09:24:20

Well done flos on the running! What's your menu today?

Snowy - brill result on the weigh in! Keep up the good work. For your son what about crackers or brown toast with peanut butter?

My menu today:

Skinny latte
Fruit
Yoghurt

Soup for lunch

Quesadilla and salad for dinner

Flossiechops Thu 21-Feb-13 17:48:39

Thanks twinklestar and snowy i try to run regularly but I give up when I'm down on myself. On a good wk I do around 15-20 miles, on a bad week nada!! My menu was

Breakfast- 2 shredded wheat and sk milk

Lunch- grilled bacon on granary bread with tomato and lettuce

Dinner - roast chicken, dry roasted potatoes, veg & gravy

Snacks - Go Ahead bar, 1 custard cream, 2 rose chocolates

Not too bad, I ate breakfast too although didnt really feel any benefit I see it as a waste of calories tbh. I always feel really nauseas until mid morning and had to force it on me. I often find I feel hungrier if I have eaten breakfast than if I hadn't. There must be some weird science behind it like it wakes your appetite up?!

snowy fab weight loss, 7lbs over a month is perfect I think. I too want to lose 24lbs to get me down to 9st, the closest I've come was last summer. I'm 5ft 2 as well and carry my weight on my bum and thighs with a relative slim upper half. How was everybody else's day?

coolkat Thu 21-Feb-13 18:54:38

Go going with the running flossie. Sounds a good days food too.

Not great here

10.30 cereal bar

Lunch tuna salad and banana

2.30 cereal bar and hot choc (60 cal)

Dinner chicken goujans, oven chips and beans

Then had a penguin and handful of sweets from valentines. So did not need them. Will try and shred in a bit although not feeling the love today. Have shred everyday so far.

smile

twinklestar2 Thu 21-Feb-13 20:17:18

I ended 300 cals over on mfp due to eating a croissant in a meeting. My only saving grace is I had 200 cals left over from the day before.

I need to get back into regular exercise too. I went for a run last week but have done nothing this week and I won't have time tomorrow.

SnowyWellies Fri 22-Feb-13 10:41:21

Good morning, hope everyone is fine!

Yes, I will be happy with a 7 pound a month weightloss! I am sure when I can start eating again though it will come back on. smile Usually I very much am of the 'feed a cold' mindset but really feel very anti-food right now. Am about to have some veg soup.

I carry my weight around my middle- a true apple. Hence people always asking me if I am pregnant. sad

Chicken goujons sound good, cool. Might make that for the DCs for tonight. A real friday treat.

Flossiechops Fri 22-Feb-13 19:43:38

Hi all how was your days? I was reading some of your earlier posts. snowy you said you read a book about addictions and that eating disorders can stem from something else. I have often thought about this but I honestly can't think of a single thing. I have binged for as long as I can recall. I use chocolates and sweets as a meal substitute as there isn't much else that I like as much in terms of food. Maybe I'm lazy or maybe it's a really really bad habit but I do accept that it's all in my head hmm
I want to like myself I really do. I know how to dress well but don't because I feel I look too fat!

Today has been another 'good' day where I've managed to remain in control. Met up with my family at my parents and there was lots of very tempting food but I reigned myself in and had one pork and stuffing roll hmmm! Did have a small slice of homemade cake but have been for another run this evening - not easy in the bloody cold! Back at work tomorrow so just making some leek and potato soup. smile

coolkat Sat 23-Feb-13 08:02:00

Hi all

Well done on another run floss. Not to bad here yesterday 141.6lbs so slightly less. My problem are these bloody sweets dh got me for valentines. confused Going to start binning them as don't have the will power not to binge on them.

Yesterday food was relaxed but not bingey bar the above bloody sweets. Decided to do shred level 2 thurs night for a change - bad move hips painful.

Not much planned for the weekend. We were on about going to frankie and bennys however if do I have the steak and salad which is tasty smilethen the 200 cal pudding!

Have a good weekend smile

MissWooWoo Sat 23-Feb-13 09:43:58

morning and hello to all the new joiners

I've had a really busy week so have logged in everyday and had a quick read of the thread which has really helped keep me motivated so thanks everyone

Snowy thanks for the reminder of the saying "my body is not a rubbish bin" so true! I'm adopting this as my new mantra.

Coolkat totally agree with you on the carb front, I just can't do without them and severely restricting them for me perpetuates the binge/starve cycle and consequent yo-yoing. I do "get" the science of it all so see the importance of not overloading on them though.

Flossiechops I know exactly what you mean when you said that your relationship with food effects your relationship with your family. When I'm at a "high" weight and eating any old rubbish I feel really angry with myself, particularly when I compare the slimmer version of me with the fatter version of me and things that wouldn't normally bother me really get on my nerves and I'm more short tempered.

I surprised myself by not having that blueberry muffin on Monday and even eschewed the sugar ring doughnuts and giant chocolate cookies that my friend had bought round ahem for the kids. I wasn't hungry and although I did look at them a few times I stopped and had a conversation in my head with myself. I'd read something the night before about short term gratification - taste/feel in the mouth/not wanting to "offend" someone for not eating something versus long term gratification - feeling healthier/not being cross with yourself/getting into those jeans that are now too tight etc. and so I thought about that when I was looking at the doughnuts and I decided that in that moment the long term gratification was more important to me than the short term gratification. So I didn't have one.

I tried to apply this way of thinking all week and it worked quite well. I did have a lot to drink tuesday night with an old friend but I made the choice to not have a started or a dessert, so just dinner and lots of wine and I felt like that in itself was a massive step forward. Nothing wrong with having a starter or a dessert when you're out for dinner but for me on that day I just didn't need either.

On wednesday I had lunch with a couple of friends - I choose a fish stew! It was delicious, I really enjoyed it and felt like I'd really nourished my body. I did have a large glass of red but I stuck to the one glass although if we hadn't of had the kids with us who knows if I would have stopped there grin

Yesterday at my mums for lunch and chose the smallest cake on offer - a Fabulous Bakin' boys mini muffin. It would have been easy to have had 3 or 4 "as they're only small" but I'd had soup and a (small) piece of lovely bread with a couple of slices of "naice" ham and I was full. I didn't really need the cake but I did fancy a little bit of something sweet so I had it and then said to myself that it was a sufficient amount for that meal. Later I had a chocolate finger - but just the one.

I've got no plans this weekend, I think my husband is planning to make us a curry for dinner which is much healthier and I'm sure much nicer than one from a takeaway. Mini goal for the weekend is to lay off the booze. I've had some this week and a clear head helps me make better choices.

Hope you all have a good one!

SnowyWellies Sat 23-Feb-13 10:41:07

Good morning everyone!

MissWooWoo that is the kind of mindset I am aiming for. saying 'well I will have this, or that' not both!

Everyone seems to be doing so well. I had a mixed evening.... had my two glasses of wine I allow myself on Fridays and stopped there quite happily so that was good. Made chicken goujons (thanks cool!) for dinner with broccoli and pasta on the side, and ate all the toddlers as he did not want any dinner at all as well as my own. sigh. oh well!

Have eaten nothing yet as am tired. I have just started heating up some soup and will make toast so I have had something at least. Our boiler is on the blink and it is 10 degrees in the house, so I think we will not be doing much today- snuggling in front of the blowheater and watching Shrek. DH has just mumbled something about mulled wine this afternoon. For the warming properties of course!

twinklestar2 Sat 23-Feb-13 11:01:53

Hello all, thx for sharing tips and what has helped you as it def helps me to read them and try and apply those tips.

I had dinner at my sisters yesterday and she ordered pizza so I had a couple of slices and that's it. Back at mine today and in control of all 3 meals so will ensure they are healthy.

I don't do no carb but I do low carb and if I do eat carbs I make sure they're the wholemeal version.

Good luck today everyone!

coolkat Sat 23-Feb-13 18:13:04

Avoided take out tonight by getting a meal in from m and s. meringue and strawberries for pudding smile

twinklestar2 Sat 23-Feb-13 23:18:20

I had:

Bacon egg and beans for brekkie

Went to a burger bar for lunch and had a falafel burger without the bun but with salad smile
Skinny latte

Too full from lunch for dinner so snacked on a couple of ryvita thins with houmous

MissWooWoo Sun 24-Feb-13 08:11:24

M&S meal sounds like a great takeaway alternative to me coolkat love their food. Big fan of ryvita here twinkle but never tried the thins, must try them.
The curry got postponed as dh forgot to soak the lentils so we had a lovely chorizo and cannellini bean stew with green beans.
Really tired today as dd has been awake since 5.30!!! Food choices are always tricky for me when I'm tired as want a quick fix so to speak. I think eggs on rye bread with tomatoes for breakfast is the way to go as the usual yoghurt and fruit is just not going to cut it!
Have a great day everyone

Labootin Sun 24-Feb-13 10:02:11

Room for another ?
I have truly screwed up eating habits (I did modelling/promo work in the early 1990,s it was not unusual to eat tissues and snort a line and consider that a balanced diet blush

I can go days without sight of anything that has been sourced naturally and having hit 40 I can't get away with it anymore (I admit to being incredibly vain and shallow !)

So I shall attempt berries and nuts and yoghurt for breakfast as a start instead of black coffee and a silk cut

Labootin Sun 24-Feb-13 10:05:38

it's 2pm where I am so will start tomorrow

I'm also guilty of the wine and crisps binge (I can eat a family size back of walkers sensations in about 10 mins ...) and then polish off a bottle of wine and call that dinner (that sounds dreadful written down ..)

twinklestar2 Sun 24-Feb-13 10:14:15

Welcome labootin!

Labootin Sun 24-Feb-13 10:22:55

Ah thank you twinkle ! I suspect planning what to eat will be helpful, I have a housekeeper but she does the childrens food (I am strict about vegetables and proper food for them .. But I often say i'll sort myself out and then fail miserably)

MissWooWoo Sun 24-Feb-13 13:06:37

haha Labootin those were the days wink

Flossiechops Sun 24-Feb-13 18:59:51

Welcome to the pack labootin! Well I have been at work all weekend and have managed to not binge which is fantastic. Went for a curry with dh and dc last night but our local do a low fat balti which is divine. Today has been ok too. I have decided that my first priority is to sort out the binging then weight loss is sure to follow. I'm trying to do mfp but 1200kcal is brutal tbh! I would love to be at my goal of 9st by the end of June so 4 months to lose 24lbs.
labootin your diet (minus the fags) sounds similar to mine, I eat nothing with any nutritional value for days and days realistically it's more like weeks.

It's a pity we can't all weigh in on the same day? When do you all weigh in?

coolkat Sun 24-Feb-13 19:45:05

Welcome laboutin. Flossie I am terrible as I weigh daily unless I know I have been struggling with digestion (tmi) then don't weigh for fear of it being more. I have had an incredibly bad relationship with food in the past and it's the cycle of this I want to break. By coming here hopefully I find myself talking less about food etc in real life sad

Not a great day but have been very active and weekends are always worse for me. I did work days much easier. Helps that I meal plan for the week.

Anyone setting a small target for the week? I shall try to exercise at least 4 times again. smile

twinklestar2 Sun 24-Feb-13 20:23:15

Not a great day food wise but within cals on mfp (if I don't count the wine!)

Flossiechops Sun 24-Feb-13 21:39:33

coolkat I have also weighed daily in the past but I'm really trying to stop that as if they tell me I've gained I just give up and binge. I need to turn the 'sod it I'm not worth it' into 'come on Flossie you can do it'!! I find it really difficult to fit exercise in when I'm working and I don't have a day off now until Thursday. Will try and run tomorrow after work but my legs are lumps of led at night! Have a good week all smile

twinklestar2 Sun 24-Feb-13 23:23:03

Feel so sick at bad food and wine sad

Labootin Mon 25-Feb-13 04:12:01

thanks for the welcome .. I weigh myself daily my mood is so linked to the scale it's ridiculous ...

I've got a month until I go on holiday (back to England .. My hols are weird I am in a bikini at home and thermals on holiday!) and I'd like to have made a significant (ie wow labootin you look AMAZING ..heh heh)difference by then , it doesn't have to be weightloss though I could happily lose a stone!

last night I had a tuna salad, and that was it ! no glass of wine because I need to "unwind" no cheese crisps and biscuits because I was starving .. Had rather odd dreams though!

started as I mean to go on .. Handful of nuts, porridge oats, blueberries and a splash of milk. if I eat sensible meals (with protein) I won't (so my theory goes) get the 8pm red mist ...

SnowyWellies Mon 25-Feb-13 07:05:17

Good morning all!

Welcome Labootin. Your dinners of wine and crisps sound familiar to me!

I weigh in Thursdays. Anyone want to join a Thursday weigh in?

Hope you feel better today twinkle

I had a so so weekend. We were very cold so went to the local pub for lunch yesterday. I had three small white wine spitzers, and chilli nachos. But I got bored of the fat and grease so stopped halfway through. No dinner, just another glass of wine and then the entire family were in bed snuggled into our blankets at 7.30.

Goals for me for this week:

Food goal - to write down daily in advance my menu and to stick to it. I have been skipping meals lately.

Drink goal - herbal teas and water.

Mindset goal - Yesterday I thought to myself that maybe I should eat like I was already slim, and already had the attitude to food that I want to have. i.e. sensible, straightforward, not fearful. So instead of working towards that as my (unachievable) goal, bring the goal to me and behave as if I am already that person.

So that is my mindset goal for this week.

Today's menu:

Breakfast - natural yoghurt, handful of cashews, dried figs and honey
Lunch - vegetable soup, 1 slice pumpkernickel bread with green leaves and a boiled egg
Dinner - chicken casserole with broccoli, beans and a small amount of rice.

Hope you all have great days!

Labootin Mon 25-Feb-13 07:29:58

morning Snowy very positive re mindset !

Have been to the supermarket and stocked up on healthy stuff I'll actually eat (rather than mung beans sat forlornly in the salad box destined for the bin)

Today's menu : Breakfast done (oats/berries/nuts)

Lunch: sandwich (seedy bread with ham and salad) probably a yoghurt possibly a biscuit (I'm not going to go totally barnstormingly crazy as this is a lifestyle change see I'm already making excuses )
Dinner: feta salad with homemade wedges and salsa

snacks of fruit and copious cups of tea

Will attempt no alcohol but see how it goes ...

Labootin Mon 25-Feb-13 07:32:55

Oh and will do Thursday weigh in (Thursday is my Friday as Middle East has Fri and Saturday as weekends)

SnowyWellies Mon 25-Feb-13 07:42:07

Good morning Labootin!

I am envious that you are ina palce where salads seem like a good idea! I am so tired of this cold bleak weather!

twinklestar2 Mon 25-Feb-13 09:28:38

My menu today

Fruit and yogurt

Houmous salad wrap

Lamb steak and veg

MissWooWoo Mon 25-Feb-13 13:42:14

afternoon all

I've not had anything to eat today yet shock as had to take dd to the dr's first thing following a shitty night, turns out she's got an ear infection. The whole thing has got me completely out of kilter and I'm so tired that all I fancy is cups of tea/coffee - most odd.

Lunch is going to be a hearty vegetable soup with ryvita, hummus, cucumber and red pepper.
Dinner is roast chicken with lots of veg, a small amount of potato and some gravy.

Goal for the week is to keep making wise choices and to have another booze free weekend.

Flossiechops Mon 25-Feb-13 18:32:58

Ok labootin and Snowy lets weigh in in Thursday and post our results, hoping it may keep us motivated grin

coolkat Mon 25-Feb-13 19:23:19

I will post my Thursday result as well grin

Labootin Tue 26-Feb-13 03:07:44

morning ! (though I suspect you are all fast asleep so I'll be talking to myself!)

Stuck to my plan yesterday, no alcohol = no binge

I drank about six glasses of water last night with ice and a slice of lime.(surprisingly nice WHY have I not done that before???)

Am off out for coffee with a friend this morning, will stick to a skinny latte which always fills me up.

Lunch will be a sandwich of sorts and dinner will be chicken and rice

have a good day y'all

SnowyWellies Tue 26-Feb-13 07:11:36

Good morning!

Well I did quite well yesterday, but got hungry late afternoon so had a few slices of ham.

Today:

B- yoghurt, nuts, dried figs, chopped apple and honey. plus two white coffees
L - veg soup, slice of rye bread with lettuce, cucumber, ham and a boiled egg
Dinner - bangers and mash but I will have 1 sausage, 1 small scoop of mash and will fill up on green beans and broccoli. I will also have one glass of red with it.

Hope your daughter is better soon MissWooWoo.

Ugh I have a busy and stressful day ahead. I am currently very very unhappy in my job (although working out my notice) and it is the kind of situation where people get scapegoated for things. Quite a toxic nasty environment to work I think. I always say that we have 'responsibility without power' so if something goes tits up you get clobbered, but you do not actually have the ability to change things, as decision-making goes further up the line. I am in that situation now where on a contract the other party have at the last minute changed the conditions so the project will fall apart and I am going to be kicked by my boss, even though I could not forsee it, and they have done the nasty on us. I am not even meant to be working today and I am sitting at my desk stressing about it. So hopefully no confort eating.... sad

That is just one reason why I handed in my notice before Christmas........ I know I am on the last stretch, but it is still a bit anxiety-provoking.

hence the rewarding glass of red with dinner......

Hope everyone has a good day.

Labootin Tue 26-Feb-13 11:06:16

Snowy sounds stressful.. I recommend a desk calendar and a big fat marker pen to cross the days off ...

hope miniWoo s earaches better ds gets awful earache it's horrendous.

I went shopping today and bought a new nail varnish am going to paint my nails tonight as a distraction (crisps and wet varnish do not mix)

Dinner has turned into pork chops roasted veg and couscous as I went to the pork shop (supermarkets here have to have special licensed pork sections for non Muslims)

I do feel a lot more energetic today and dare I say it my skin feels a bit smoother .

twinklestar2 Tue 26-Feb-13 12:04:16

Good luck on the countdown to getting out of there snowy!

Good day yesterday, aiming for another today esp as I'm at a black tie do tomorrow and I'm having to buy a new dress as nothing I have already fits me sad

Menu

Bacon and egg in a bagel - at a conference all day so wanted something filling so I wouldn't have to get lunch

Out shopping tonight so might have to have a healthy dinner out, if home I made beef rendang yesterday so will have that.

Prob have a skinny latte in there too to keep me going

twinklestar2 Tue 26-Feb-13 12:04:41

Meant aiming for another good day today

Flossiechops Tue 26-Feb-13 19:39:41

You all seem to eat very healthily. Although sticking to my 1200 kcal my day was like this

Breakfast - nothing

Lunch - low fat cheese and cucumber sandwich on Multi grain bread, snack-a-jacks

Dinner - cheese on toast

Snacks - Rocky biscuit bar

Work is hell at the minute (I'm a nurse) we literally don't stop all day. I'm exhausted when I get home but did manage a run yesterday. I need to make meals healthier but haven't planned very well prior to my long stretch at work. Off after tomorrow until Tuesday so intend to meal plan better and lots of running. First weigh in on Thursday and hoping for a 3lb loss. snowy I know what it's like to work problems, my place is literally a nightmare at the minute (too many patients and not enough nurses - lots of stress) and I'm very envy, have you got another job to go to?

I haven't binged for a week now and today has been the only day I have been tempted, maybe it's due to a long day at work I'm not sure. I have resisted but its not easy. I just keep trying to think of the summer months and how I would feel to be slim and in control of myself. Hope everybody else's day went well smile

SnowyWellies Tue 26-Feb-13 19:53:15

Hi Flossie, my DMother was a nurse and I know what a stressful job it was then never mind now, so my synpathies.

No other job. It is a risky decision, but last year I possibly had a bit of a breakdown, and finally DH and I agreed that both my physical and mental health was suffering. We were lucky that he got a better paying job, which will bridge a gap for us a bit, and so I am taking the summer off, then will start looking for work, or will re-train. I am currently looking into doing a psychology degree.... but am in no state right now to make any proper decisions, so have given myself the summer off.

I have a few consultancies lined up that will take me until the end of April, but that was mainly because I had committed to things. If I could, I would finish completely now. I feel very lucky that we have a bit of a breather so I can rest up a bit, but also quite frightened about stepping out of the worforce at 40.

So, the future is uncertain! But, I hope much much better than the past couple of years have been. I could not have carried on for much longer. I have been so burned out, that on New Year's eve (when I had a major deadline!) I was sitting at my desk just shaking. While my DH and my DCs went to a party I was meant to be at.

Flossiechops Tue 26-Feb-13 20:35:47

That sounds so miserable hmm well I'm glad to hear that you can have some breathing space at least. I had been juggling 2 contracts (both nursing) for the past 5 yrs which meant a 45 hr + week, I gave up the one just before christmas and the relief was enormous. I now just do 3 days (22.5hrs) and whilst money is tighter my mental health is so much better. I have been toying with the idea of going to 4 days but it's too stressful plus the dc are only 8 & 9. I want to spend the time with them during the holidays whilst they are still young so I'm just doing a bit of over time here and there. I'm sure stress has a lot to do with binging!

Labootin Wed 27-Feb-13 03:22:29

Sneaking in to admit to an EPIC fail

lovely healthy eating .. Then dh had an unexpected night out somi plonked myselfmon the sofa

One glass of red turned into a bottle, and I found a family size pack of crisps at the back of the cupboard as I was eating them I wasn't really enjoying them but I still fricking chowed them down

I have a headache and feel like crap.

Sorry my posts seem really self absorbed (told you I was shallow)

Flossiechops Wed 27-Feb-13 07:01:51

snowy I didn't mean to post that face it was meant to be a sad one but I can't tell the difference on my bloody iPhone!

labootin your not shallow at all, you have done exactly what I do. Mine is usually chocolate though. I shovell it down to the point where I feel physically sick but then I still keep forcing it down my throat. I have no idea why I behave in such a way, it's like a self destruct button that I press! Admitting it and trying to change is hard sad At the minute though I'm doing ok and haven't binged in a week, I cannot carry on through my late 30s like this, I want to like myself infact I want to love myself. I know there is a slim confident happy woman inside me somewhere! Lets keep posting, good or bad it may be like therapy.

My dh is not supportive, he comments when I put on weight and so I have become a secret binger for fear of his judgement which makes me feel even worse. We aren't going through a good patch at the minute to be honest, hey ho we've been here before. Have a good day everybody smile

SnowyWellies Wed 27-Feb-13 09:00:04

Morning everyone.

Thanks for comments Flossie. I am so glad you could give up one contract- 45 + hours sounds horrendous. It is a quality of life issue especially with little ones, and I feel so so lucky that although things will be tight, as you say,I can take a bit of time to regroup. I think stress has alot to do with bingeing too! I hope this year to really concentrate on my halth- i know my unhealthy behaviours- my self destructive approach to food, and i am keen to sort it.

labootin I would have done EXACTLY the same! Anyway- you recognise you got little joy out of eating all those crisps.

I shared an entire bottle of red last night with DH, so my 1 glass plan went out th window, and i know i will have put on weight tomorrow, but i am going to be relaxed about it. Have to concentrate on work until a deadline by COB tomorrow, so will focus on that.

Have a great day everyone!

SnowyWellies Wed 27-Feb-13 09:17:29

To add, I am sorry Flossie that your DH is not supportive. Being judged does not help and is so demoralising. thanks

twinklestar2 Wed 27-Feb-13 12:08:24

Lost 5lbs!! Now 10st 12. Never want to see the 11s again!

SnowyWellies Wed 27-Feb-13 12:30:20

CONGRATULATIONS TWINKLE!!!!

That is fantastic!!!!!

MissWooWoo Wed 27-Feb-13 13:02:38

Oh I am a terrible booze hound once I get going and quite often will dip into a second bottle and/or quadruple gins/vodkas/whatever I can lay my hands on wine, it's a big stress reliever for me, not that I have any stress in my life to speak of

Well done Twinkle great weight loss, I'll be joining y'all on the weigh in tomorrow

Flossie can I just say that had I have been logging my food on here before 27th January when I decided to kick myself up the arse, you would have been appalled at some of the shit I was shovelling down my throat and since then I had a 5 day stint where I totally fell off the wagon and I didn't even log on to this thread. Yeah so you had a Rocky Bar but the wonderful thing is you only had 1 and you stayed within your calories. We're aiming to stop at 1 or 2 and not scoff the whole packet so I say that in itself is a major bloody triumph. I've been having a small something every night for the past week - a stick of kit kat (dp has the other half) a couple of chocolate fingers etc and am pleased that I've been able to stick at that. If only I could could do the same with wine grin

Fish stew with sour dough bread for dinner

Labootin Wed 27-Feb-13 13:07:12

big whoop for Twinkle that's fab !

well it's 5pm here and so far Im on plan ...
Dh has got a conference call booked for 8pm which is my (kids in bed sit on sofa chilllllllllll ahem ...danger time ) I may have to sit on my hands/get out some serious bondage gear

Labootin Wed 27-Feb-13 13:09:32

I was joking about the bondage stuff btw .. Have just read my post back and it sounds slightly too much like over sharing grin

twinklestar2 Wed 27-Feb-13 14:01:55

Somebody upthread said 'my body is not a dustbin' and that has really helped me this week. Labootin - big mug of a hot drink during danger time might help?

SnowyWellies Wed 27-Feb-13 15:05:00

Or do a megaload of ironing/ clear out your drawers?

Sitting on the sofa is my danger time also.... that is when I feel like a glass of wine.

i KNOW I will have put weight on tomorrow, but i feel slimmer! I am squished into size 12 trousers, they are tight but not unbearable though.

MissWooWoo Wed 27-Feb-13 18:27:23

whoa! let's not go too far snowy .. step away from the ironing!

coolkat Wed 27-Feb-13 18:30:44

Cleaner eating snow so perhaps not bloated like we get when eat crap all the while.

The sweets are gone - hurrah so no picking at them. Not going to make my exercise target this week as not feeling great but food wise ok blush

Laboutin sorry dh unsupportive.

Hi everyone else. Soon be Friday smile

coolkat Wed 27-Feb-13 18:32:53

Ps well done twinkle grin

Re wine I am not keen on it but if I go out will have a glass to be sociable but don't drink at home. Often wished I fancied a glass but am boring and have tea and biscuits!

Flossiechops Wed 27-Feb-13 19:00:42

twinklestar that's faaaabulous!! I'm due to Weigh in tomorrow for the first time but I may leave it another week as I'm scared if they don't say I've lost at least a stone in a week in may give up!

Well after 5 hellish days at work I'm off for the next 5 days so I intend to do some longer runs, around 5-6 miles. It's so nice to know I am not the only one who struggles massively with food though and controling the urge, its like having an addiction. My student who I mentored over the past 4 months is leaving tomorrow and has bought me a box of Green and Black so I've eaten a couple. My twat of a husband has just asked me why I'm eating chocolate. This is from the man who has stuffed his face with kebab and chips god I wouldn't mind if I was married to Brad bloody Pitt!!!

coolkat Wed 27-Feb-13 19:40:02

Oh Floss grrrr at your DH x

Flossiechops Wed 27-Feb-13 20:03:19

Sorry I will stop slagging my dh off now!!!

Labootin Thu 28-Feb-13 04:05:27

Had a glass of red .. But then stopped and had a big mug of tea so not all is lost.

I need a hobby for evenings .. The tv here is crap,might attempt knitting again.

I have a live in housekeeper (not unusual in the ME) so no ironing pile, no chores ... YY I know the heart bleeds

Starting to like my breakfasts (went kerrrrayzeee and had a chopped banana with my oats and nuts and yoghurt combo) During the day I'm fine

Flossie were you ranting for an hour ? grin

Flossiechops Thu 28-Feb-13 06:57:19

labootin I'm always ranting wink are you royalty? grin I'm jealous of the heat though the winter here has been a very long tough one, lots of snow and the kids have a crap quality of life for months as its been so cold sad

Anyway first weigh in today and ...........5lbs off!!! Wooohoooooo! So 10st 10lbs down to 10st 5lb, still disgusting but better than last week so it's onwards and downwards. I'm going to take the dc to school them I'm off to run through the local park. Have a fab day all x

MissWooWoo Thu 28-Feb-13 08:00:36

Yay flossie!!! What a lovely boost for you - take that Flossie's dh wink

2lbs down here (well 2.24 to be exact) so that's a grand total of 7lbs since the end of Jan and i'm now back under 13 stone. My usual reaction to that would be pah! rubbish! (I once lost 8lbs in 5 days on Dukan but put almost all of it back on over the following weekend hmm) but I'm done with that mentality - I've lost half a stone, it will
stay off and I'm going to keep at it.

coolkat Thu 28-Feb-13 12:47:19

142.2 so still hovering around the same despite exercising and being fairly good. But hey at least no gain smile

Flossiechops Thu 28-Feb-13 18:14:45

Well done misswoowoo 2lbs in fab, half a stone a month is my goal so it will take me until the end of May to reach my target weight.

I'm really struggling today. I know it's a combination of weighing myself today and being off work. I could so easily give up but I have to understand that going back to binging has never ever ever made me happy. Not once have I woke up the next day and thought "wow that's made me feel better" instead a loathe myself - so my question is why do I find it so much easier to treat myself like shit than be kind to myself?? Answers on a postcard!

I am trying to accept that this process is hard, but most importantly that its ok for it to be hard. Years and years of binging will not be cured in a week. I wonder how long it will take before I stop obsessing though? This is why I don't like to weigh myself I see the scales and tell me self 'what's the point? You've never been happy with yourself so what will change?' But I have to change, I cannot spend my life in a perpetual cycle of self loathing.

I feel pathetic, most people just have a healthy relationship with food not this self abuse crap that has become me. I can think of so so many occasions that have been spoilt by my dislike of my body, from holidays to days out with the dc. I would like to hope that the more I don't binge the easier this will become. Please tell me it will?!! Sorry for a moan but I figure you lovely people will know how this feels...

twinklestar2 Thu 28-Feb-13 20:14:56

Well done on the losses girls!

SnowyWellies Fri 01-Mar-13 07:14:38

Good morning!!! Well done on the losses, and well done on the no gain cool! A no gain is still the right direction!

I also have had no gain and no loss - 10 stone 10, and I am REALLY pleased! Last week I lost because I had been ill, so to maintain that is a victory!

MissWooWoo 7 pounds in less than a month is amazing! And it is REAL weightloss, not a quick fix weight loss.

Flossie, you know, I am not sure most people do have a healthy relationship with food at all. So many people are secret bingers, or secret purgers, or even just restricted eaters who get anxious around food. And it will take a while to stop obsessing, no doubt about that- you have years of training yourself to think one way, and now you are thinking another way. That will take time.

labootin envy of your housekeeper! Well done on stopping on one glass of red. That is fantastic. I need a hobby for the evenings also.... well I need a hobby full stop really. I have never really had hobbies- I was always studying or working. I am really feeling that lack now as I feel I am not offerring my kids all the chances they could have. (I really really want to go white water rafting... I mean to look that up to see where that might be possible. Nowhere around me I suspect!).

Flossie I also wonder why I am happy to treat myself like shit. I am much more brutal and cruel to myself than I would ever dream of being to anyone around me. It is like I feel like I am not worthy of the love or respect of anyone, least of all myself. The binge eating definitely comes into the self abuse category for me. (not, not that sort of self abuse grin ) I need to work on that also.

Goals for me this week.

Food goal- continue to write down my meals in advance. Also, I want to add a goal of 'choose the best possible option' for meals.

Drink goals - no cal drinks, except I want to add a single glass of wine (125 ml) to my dinner, as this is a change for life and I want to enjoy moderate amounts of wine drinking to be a part of my life.

Exercise - I have 2 work at homes this week, plus a half day scheduled so I want to add an exercise goal and walk on those days for an hour.

This weekend I am determined I am NOT going to work, and I will take the Dcs for a 'nature adventure walk' (which means going to the forest about half an hour from us and just playing around).

Hope everyone has a GREAT day and a GREAT weekend!

MissWooWoo Fri 01-Mar-13 09:49:19

oh flos sorry to hear that you are feeling down and hope you are feeling a bit more chipper today. You're absolutely right when you say it is a hard process, it really is and there are lots of people out there who just don't admit to this which can make things worse because we think if they find it easy why can't I? etc. You know what though? I can't think of a single female friend who I know well that doesn't have one issue or another when it comes to food and or/weight, every single one of us worries about our weight and is usually trying out some different way of eating, you name it between us we've done it from A(tkins) to Z(one) grin. That's not to say that a healthy relationship with food is impossible, it isn't and at least we're here trying to do something about it.

I had a bit of a blip last night - couldn't sleep, had the worst aching thigh muscles from the gym and was just staaaaaaaaaaaaaarving so had a ryvita with butter and - ahem - a chunk of cheese. I did weigh it which sounds a bit obsessive but I am trying to stick to 1400 cals a day so that little midnight feast will be coming off of today's calorie allocation (healthy filling vegetable soup on the stove as we speak to see me through the day!). Anyway the point of me fessing up to this is that a few months ago I would probably have eaten that lot and then the same again and then probably a biscuit and then today I would probably have thought oh well I've buggered it now might as well have a GIANT CAKE but I stopped and went back to bed and have no intention of going anywhere near cake today, giant or otherwise.

Well done to everyone on their weight loss/maintenance, let's keep going!!!

MissWooWoo Fri 01-Mar-13 10:55:48

stove! what is this, 1953????

Labootin Fri 01-Mar-13 11:09:03

I say stove ...
I don't think I know any female that doesn't have some sort of eating issue (god that's depressing)

No weightloss to report .. But no gain either

No MAJOR binges (had a couple of glasses of wine last night (my version of Friday night.. Dh managed 2 bottles of wine and a couple of beers and a 3 am finish .. Which I'd normally join him in

Am planning a bottle of fizz tonight as we've got friends over for a BBQ (sooo Dubai dahling) but having a swim this afternoon .. We have a pool and a gym .. Do I use them ???

I feel healthier anyway and I can't remember eating proper meals so consistently

Lamb chops with big salad for BBQ dinner

I HAVE NOT BOUGHT ANY CRISPS !

have a good day all

MillyMollyMandy78 Fri 01-Mar-13 11:14:58

Hi can I join too... My weight: 11 stone 7lbs. I have also been a classic yoyo dieter for years. I only plan to weigh in on thursdays tho if thats ok cos ive also got obsessed with the scales in past so dont want to weigh in more than once a week.

Flossiechops Fri 01-Mar-13 15:17:26

Welcome millymollymandy most of us are weighing in on a Thursday too.

Labootin for gods sake now I'm really envy a swimming pool and a gym?!!<faints emoticon>! It's still so bloody cold here full gloves hat and scarf are still necessary sad How lovely to be able to have a BBQ in February. I think I would find it hard to have so much flesh on show all the time! But then again I wouldn't mind giving it a go! Do you miss the UK? I think I would only miss my dear parents, there's not much else here.

misswoowoo that's food sounds fine, at least it was healthy and accounted for, I'm very much like that though once I start I just think 'bugger it'.

Today has been better so thanks for all your words of wisdom and encouragement. Went for a 5 mile run in 47 minutes so feel much healthier, after just a few good runs i can always feel a difference in my body especially my arse Some days are naturally going to be harder to resist the binge than others i think. One thing I have done is throw all the junk in the bin including the Green and Blacks I just cannot have stuff like that here and act sensibly, it's like having a fridge full of beer for an alcoholic. Off to do the school run, hope everybody else's day has gone well?

coolkat Fri 01-Mar-13 18:41:43

Hi milly

Great work on the run floss. Well done for throwing stuff out - I often do this if I know I am going to be tempted.

I have friends for dinner tonight - just a simple curry and then roulade. I have ha a slice if birthday cake today though - but one slice and its mil birthday so not to concerned.

Thank god the weekend is here! grin

IamMummyhearmeROAR Sat 02-Mar-13 07:55:22

Can I join you ladies? I am 2 full weeks into my 'stop bingeing' regime. I have terrible issues with sweet things all linked to anxiety and comfort. I Hoover up anything and everything in the cupboards when I'm on a downer and wake up the next day with a sugar hangover. 2 weeks and half a stone down I'm feeling so much better. I'm on about 1200-1400 cals a day with sweet snacks limited to 2 rich teas or chocolate oatcakes a day. I feel I'm only a bad day or a Special Occasion- ( looking at you Mothers Day and Easter!) away from slipping so could do with a support network.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Sat 02-Mar-13 07:56:31

Oh my current weight is 11stone 5 and I need to lose a stone.

MrsPenny Sat 02-Mar-13 08:16:53

The bottom line is life is hard, food is good and it's not reasonable for any normal woman to ear low fat food, every day for the rest of her life. If you are able to stand deprivation for one day though I would recommend checking out Dr Michael Mosley and his 'eat, fast and live longer' (commonly known as the 5:2) way of eating. At 46 I was carrying about a stone too much so started this two weeks ago and I've lost four pounds despite enjoying a huge Indian banquet on my friend's birthday, peanut butter kit Kats, cakes and crisps on my 'feeding' days, but sticking rigidly to the plan on my two fast days. I've also found that I no longer binge on this stuff because it's part of the 'rules' and you don't feel the usual guilt and can just enjoy your treats.

Check out either the book or the Horizon programme (still available online) to tell you all you need to know. There are also some threads on here xx

SnowyWellies Sat 02-Mar-13 09:06:47

Welcome IamMummy, Milly and MrsPenny!

I am about to go for a long walk and am looking forward to it!

Me today;

B - yoghurt, fruit and 4 cashews

L - chicken and vegetable soup (on the stove - I say stove too!! - now)

D - chicken and vegetable crepes and green beans.

Had a roast chicken last night.... using the leftovers!

I have been intrigued by the 5:2 diet MrsPenny, and have read a little bit about it. I am worried about attempting it though as think it may tie into my bingeing cycles. So it is interesting you say that it stops you bingeing because it is 'allowed'. I know people have had amazing outcomes on it though. What do you eat on your low cal days?

I am determined to lost 2 pounds this week- I am going to really focus on that.... smile

Have good days everyone!

Flossiechops Sat 02-Mar-13 11:00:29

Welcome to all the newbies smile iammummy that is how I feel - I am only a bad day away from blowing it again. I was pondering this on my run this morning and I can only liken my binging to an addiction, alcoholics can never just have one glass and I wonder if my relationship with food will always be something I have to concentrate on. Maybe I'm wrong though, as time ticks on and we move further away from our last binge it may get easier? Hopefully!

mrspenny I too have watched the Michael Moseley programme and whilst it sounds great in principle I don't want the 'feed' days to become a reason to binge. Crisps, cakes, chocolates etc I just can't control myself around and I would worry I would just blow it.

No binging for 10 days now, I feel I have to really battle with myself though all the time. The weekend is especially hard though but have done another 5 miles up a lot of hills so should have a bit of flexibility. Have a great weekend everybody smile

Wereonourway Sat 02-Mar-13 20:13:23

Hello ladies, may I join you please ?

My name is wereonourway and I am a binge eater!

So much of what is on this thread resonates with me. I had ds in Dec 2010 and 2 weeks ago I weighed 13st 12lb(I'm 5"4) I was roughly the same a year ago so no yo-yo here. Just humongous portions and a terrible terrible diet.

I've had a shitty shitty year, left my abusive ex, found a lovely home for myself and ds and a great new job so things are looking up and I've finally decided to take action against my weight and shocking habits.

I used to eat and eat then eat some more and shove full fat cola down my neck.

I started 30 day shred 2 weeks ago but have also started jogging 3x per week so do shred the other 4 days. I'm sticking to around 1200 calories a day(not too fussed if I eat 100 more for example as its still such a drastic change). I'm not snacking anymore, no crisps, no chocolate and no full fat cola for 2 weeks, which for me is a record!

I have lost 9lb in 2 weeks (actual weigh in ot due til tomorrow but cheekily checked this morning). but due to my size and huge belly which hangs down I can't really "feel" it yet. I have a new determination, helped by booking a beach holiday this week.

I'd love to keep checking in to spur myself, and hopefully others on if that's ok.

Current weight- 13st 3lb
Goal weight(within healthy bmi range)- 10st 6lb

So still a bloody long way to go and although I do struggle at times I'm not feeling too hungry or defeatist. Yet!

Today I had a latte and a rasberry and coconut loaf from Starbucks(approx 550 cals) and made home made veg pizza with ds(again around 550-600 cals) so I'm hungry tonight but will allow myself a cpl of crackers with butter and a coffee as 3 weeks ago I would have had all that plus more pizza, a big main meal and gallons of cola!

Good luck ladies, I'm in it with you!!

twinklestar2 Sat 02-Mar-13 22:41:05

Welcome newbies!!

I haven't been good since Wednesday! Life had just got in the way. I tried to be good today when i went out for lunch and asked for the chips to be swapped for salad and they gave me chips AND salad argh! and then i had chocolate cake - naughty me!

But I'm determined to get back on it from tomorrow morning and aiming for another pound off by Wednesday weigh in.

Labootin Sun 03-Mar-13 04:15:38

Start of the week for me, dc's are at school, dh is at work
Have had a bellavita biscuit thing and a cup of tea... I don't think it's going to keep me satisfied til lunch though .. I should have had my oats and fruit

Yesterday went well (ish) but I could and can do better
Am tempted by the 5 2 thing .

Plan today:
No booze
Soup for lunch
meat and veg dinner

Oh and welcome newbies

SnowyWellies Sun 03-Mar-13 07:09:29

Welcome newbies!

Wereonourway you have made so many big changes in the past year! good for you! You sound really strong and positive. Welcome!

Life does indeed get in the way sometimes twinkle. But back on and that is great.

Labootin what soups do you make for lunch? I am fast running out of inspiration. I tend to do veg or tomato based soups. Quite bored now.

I had an okay day yesterday. Walked for an hour and a half and really enjoyed it. Want to do that every day that I can feasibly do it. Ate mounds of soup for lunch (all the soup in fact), then a friend came around with a bottle of rose and shared that with her.

Today:

B - yoghurt and fruit

L - Not sure now I have run out of soup! Maybe a toasted club with no mayo and lots of salad veg.

D - salmon kebabs with green beans and rice.

I hope to have a good walk today as well, but we will be running around a bit with chores and obligations so that may not happen.

Labootin Sun 03-Mar-13 07:28:42

morning Snowy
must admit I have tried to make my own and I prefer opening a tin [sacrilege]

I generally buy the waitrose love life range, or baxters stay full (the beetroot and buckwheat despite sounding very worthy is lovely)

it's 11.30 here and I'm off out in a min just had a cheese sandwich (but it was only one I could cheerfully eaten 3 x ) it's too hot for soup and I'm in a very grumpy mood Probably because I've eaten the nutritional equivalent of cardboard this morning

Bah !

BambieO Sun 03-Mar-13 11:35:57

Please can I join? smile

I stayed up for hours last night reading this thread and it's so motivational! I like that you are all so supportive even when people have 'slip ups' not bad days as I can see they are forbidden language grin

I started healthy eating last Wednesday but my motivation was dwindling. I have basically cut out wine and junk food but it's so hard sad

After reading your thread I went out this morning and bought my first set of scales, the damage done getting on them was enough to scar me for life haha.

I am also going to try my first 30 day shred today curtesy of YouTube.

You are all doing fabulously, it really is great motivation. I will be weighing in on Wednesdays so fingers crossed I drop 1lb between now and then

BambieO Sun 03-Mar-13 12:11:17

Who knew the 30 day shred stage 1 would leave me feeling like I am half dead!

It definitely has the shock factor I can't believe how unfit I am! On the plus side I really feel like I have had a workout. I did start jogging a while back but gave up in the cold weather. This shred makes me feel much more worn out and in the comfort of my own home! Just did it while DS was napping. It's fab that it's so short but still works you all over.

twinklestar2 Sun 03-Mar-13 12:28:32

Welcome Bambi! I did the shred before I got married and yes it really does work. I also like fact that its over quickly :D

What's your menu today?

Mine is:

Fruit and yoghurt

Something with salad for lunch

Chicken and veg for dinner

Wine has crept into my menu recently, must cut it out again!!

BambieO Sun 03-Mar-13 12:37:04

Hi twinkle!

Did it make a visible difference? I really want to see some chanes in 30 days to keep me on track.

My menu is

Breakfast: 1 weetabix and milk with a glass of orange juice

Lunch: strawberries, blueberries and natural yoghurt

Dinner: chicken Shish kebab with lots of salad and no sauce

Snacks: activist fat free yoghurt or gherkins which I seem addicted to at the minute!

I'm hoping this will be a good start in itself as usually it's

Breakfast: fry up

Lunch: sandwich/ crisps/ eating out (not healthily)

Dinner: four sausages, a ton of mash, yorkies and veg

Snacks: crisps/ whole big bag of m and m's

Wine: half a bottle-a bottle

Gosh when I write it like that no wonder I am unhappy!

BambieO Sun 03-Mar-13 12:37:52

*activia not activist grin

twinklestar2 Sun 03-Mar-13 21:52:14

Yes it did! Keep going!

Labootin Mon 04-Mar-13 04:32:58

morning all

Another day another plate of raspberries...

BambieO Mon 04-Mar-13 07:06:23

Morning

I wish I had some raspberries, I'm still trying to use up my blueberries sad

SnowyWellies Mon 04-Mar-13 07:35:46

Good morning all! BambieO I think with those healthy changes you will see a HUGE difference really quickly!

Me today:

B - yoghurt and grapes

L - soup, pumpernikel bread, lettuce and ham (Labootin I am also opening a can today. I am tired of chopping veg!. I will look out for the beetroot and buckweat- I make a good Polish beetroot soup, so it appeals!)

D - have a craving for a good old humble meatloaf. The family will have that with mashed pots and veg, and i will have lots of broccoli and green beans.

Also, am working at home today so am about to head off for another 60 minute walk. DH has kindly said he will do the morning routine.

Labootin Mon 04-Mar-13 07:44:38

The raspberries were errr metaphorical grin

Though I did have some actual berries with my yoghurt

nearly lunchtime here it's about 30 degrees so salady sandwich

Dinner is chicken in a tomatoey sauce and rice

I think the avt of writing stuff down does make me think about what I'm eating, this week hasn't been perfect but it's a big improvement.

Bamb shred is v effective (those bum kicks and star jumps are a killer !)

BambieO Mon 04-Mar-13 11:15:49

Haha I did think so smile I still have blueberries though!

Ah I'm glad you all endorse the shred. I do feel achy today so am definitely going to try and keep it all up.

You guys are such good motivation. I'm bored of telling friends etc 'I'm going to diet' and then giving up. They must be bored of hearing it too so I am sticking with you all and hopefully I will stay strong and they will notice without me having to tell them.

Agree with the writing down, I am shocked by my diet before sad

MissWooWoo Mon 04-Mar-13 16:25:10

Ooo lots of lovely new people!

So a bit of a relaxed weekend for me, went out to dinner and had rather a lot to drink saturday night followed by a hangover on Sunday. I reeeeeeeeeeeeally tried to not cave and was doing fine up until I was offered some delicious "grown up cake" at a children's party and it was just too much for me so I had a huge slice of that and then a heavily iced cupcake. Both were delicious and I felt so much better after. Rounded it off with a (home cooked) full english for dinner (!) All things considered I don't think I did too badly.

Currently making beetroot soup - gawd knows what it'll turn out like but I do love fresh beetroot so fingers crossed it's edible.

Menu today has been very light, natural yoghurt and fruit for breakfast, tomato and vegetable soup for lunch, about to have some ryvita and then chicken with rice and spinach later.

BambieO Mon 04-Mar-13 17:35:53

That's a great menu today ;) normally if I have anything I consider 'bad' then I find it really hard to start again the next day but you have done amazingly!

I have just finished my day 2 of the shred, I wanted to die half way through but am glad I stuck with it. It's so hard though sad

twinklestar2 Mon 04-Mar-13 19:29:03

my menu today:

yoghurt

fishfingers and beans

3 x wrap with houmous and salad

chicken curry

MissWooWoo Mon 04-Mar-13 19:42:56

I know exactly what you mean BambieO and usually I do have trouble getting back in the saddle so to speak but (un)luckily I have to get my bits out on holiday in less than 4 weeks so that is reigning me back in.

beetroot soup is good, sweeter than I thought but definitely on the lunch menu tomorrow and the next and er the next judging by the amount it's made ... still they claim it's a superfood don't they?

Flossiechops Mon 04-Mar-13 19:47:35

I have been bad today. Lots of carbs over the weekend and stupidly weighed myself. I was 3lbs heavier than last weigh in. Had a major binge and feel crap today. I react to weighing myself so should learn to stay away from the scales - oh well tomorrow's another day sad

MissWooWoo Mon 04-Mar-13 20:03:21

absolutely flossie tomorrow is another day and you can have a completely fresh start

twinklestar2 Mon 04-Mar-13 20:08:15

I meant to get back on it yesterday, flossie, but I didn't so I just got back on it today. Don't give up!

BambieO Mon 04-Mar-13 20:10:16

Yes flossie don't get downhearted! Get back on track tomorrow and be proud you have the discipline to do it. I find it so hard after a few days off but you can do it smile think of summer!

BambieO Mon 04-Mar-13 20:12:06

Do you all have a group set weigh in day to report on loss or do you just do as and when? I can't remember that far back in the thread blush

Flossiechops Mon 04-Mar-13 20:27:43

Thanks all, I feel I have let you all down. I would usually give up but I won't this time. I will get back to it tomorrow smile

twinklestar2 Mon 04-Mar-13 20:29:26

Bambie I weigh on weds

SnowyWellies Tue 05-Mar-13 08:15:11

Morning all!

I weigh in on Thursdays.

Flossie don;t get downhearted! Also- i bet when you weigh in again your weight will have settled- you probably still had all that food in your system!

I also had a bit of a fall yesterday- DH persuaded me that fish and chips for lunch plus a huge beer would be a good thing! And then I ate dinner! But, it was YUM. I will eat a bit more lightly today. I also walked for an hour yesterday and will spend my lunch hour today walking instead of working through. I suspect that I have been sub consciously thinking that because i am exercising, I can eat more... so need to get back on track.

have great days!

BambieO Tue 05-Mar-13 09:15:17

Oh great, I weigh in Thursday so will report back. I'm hoping for a 2lb loss but who knows. I will be a bit downhearted if I don't lose 2lb as I have been trying really hard! Although I only started the shred Sunday so I guess I might be aiming high.

flossie I bet snowy is right and the food was still just lurking in your system. You will probably be fine on weigh in day smile

snowy if I could have possibly felt more jealous when I read about your lunch I would have exploded envy sounds so yummy!

SnowyWellies Tue 05-Mar-13 11:47:36

Good morning! i am hoping to be 10 stone 9 on Thursday.... that would be a pound down. Fingers crossed.

It was a lovely lunch. smile And i had mayo with the fish too, so it was really indulgent.

Today

B- nothing. Am not feeling hungry yet.

L - Baxters carrot and corainder soup plus a sandwich with chicken breast, toms, cucumber and lettuce.

D - meatloaf again. yesterday I did a mash made with potato and cauliflower as DC (2) is being super fussy with veg. he hoovered it up, so will do that again with broccoli. Plus I will make a gravy tonight to make it a bit different as no-one in my household likes eating the same meal two days in a row. angry spoiled things!

SnowyWellies Tue 05-Mar-13 11:49:03

Oh- flossie I definitely think food lurks. Last wednesday I did a sneaky weigh in and I was 10 stone 13, then Thursday was 10 stone 10. The difference was Tuesday night I ate a huge meal.

BambieO Tue 05-Mar-13 11:56:00

I just did my day 3 of the shred, I actually felt faint about ten minutes in! It was so hard. I am wondering if I should take a rest day but I'm really depressed with my weight so I'm not sure if it would be wise to stop so early on for a day.

This morning I had put on nearly 1lb! Sneaky weigh in I know I know, I shouldn't be so impatient. HOW is this possible! sad I have been so good with my food. Yesterday was:

Breakfast: 1 weetabix and milk

Lunch: tomato soup

Dinner: salad and roasted mushrooms with half a small ball of mozzarella

I couldn't believe it sad very depressing

Labootin Tue 05-Mar-13 15:54:58

Breakfast was a bellvita biscuit
Lunch was chicken sandwich with mayo

Skipping dinner I have a monster headache

Not healthy in the slightest but at least headache means I don't fancy a glass of wine (looks on Brightside )

Labootin Tue 05-Mar-13 15:55:25

Breakfast was a bellvita biscuit
Lunch was chicken sandwich with mayo

Skipping dinner I have a monster headache

Not healthy in the slightest but at least headache means I don't fancy a glass of wine (looks on Brightside )

MissWooWoo Tue 05-Mar-13 16:08:32

how's it going today Flos?

Rubbish breakfast today as something came up and I had to dash out so made do with a skinny cappucino <tuts at self>
Lunch was beetroot soup and some french bread, half a bag of mini cheddars (LOVE them) and an apple
Dinner will be some "lightly dusted" haddock courtesy of M&S with a "rainbow salad" (again, M&S) some calamari with red pepper - yep you've guessed it, M&S and some minted peas. Natural yoghurt and blueberries after to make up for not having breakfast.

I have guests coming on thursday for a few days so am trying to keep it really light until then as have a feeling that wine and a takeaway will be involved. Will also be weighing in on Thursday and hoping for a 2lb loss.

coolkat Tue 05-Mar-13 19:16:41

Hi ladies

Definitely think food sits in the system

Has a really busy weekend and looks set to be a manic week. Think it's the week before my period as I am absolutely shattered - ridiculously so hmm. not shredding tonight. Hope to feel a bit livelier later in the week!

Keep at it ladies. Banish the binges smile

BambieO Tue 05-Mar-13 19:20:09

coolkat I am just finishing my period, does that make a difference do you know? I am pretty new to all this hence my cluelessness. Should I be heavier or lighter now do you know?

Flossiechops Tue 05-Mar-13 19:46:10

Thanks for all the positive vibes smile today has been ok. Back at work which is manic as usual. No real time for food plus I wanted to have a low calorie day so have only had ryvita at lunch then baked potato for tea. Have also has 2 litres of water. Feels good to be back in the flow until tomorrow hope you all had a good day wink

Flossiechops Tue 05-Mar-13 19:47:15

misswoowoo your food sounds divine, I must seek out M&S smile

Labootin Wed 06-Mar-13 06:12:57

Fried egg (in frylight) on granary for breakfast

Agree on yum m and s food .. Dubai mall has a marks but the food bit has no fresh stuff just packets and a little frozen section

bamb I,m normally heavier before lighter after

Still have a headache gah !

SnowyWellies Wed 06-Mar-13 07:02:52

Yy to heavier before and lighter after. smile Sometimes by several pounds.

BambieO Wed 06-Mar-13 08:02:54

Fingers crossed in that case!

BambieO Wed 06-Mar-13 08:18:14

I did a sneaky weigh in blush I know I'm so impatient but I wanted to put your theories to the test and I'm 4.8lb down!!! So happy smile

You are all motivating me so much! Definitely shredding today

Flossiechops Wed 06-Mar-13 08:29:42

Well done Bambio gringringrin

BambieO Wed 06-Mar-13 08:31:58

Thanks flossie I'm so pleased as yesterday really put me down in the dumps. Although, my body is changing I can feel it so I shouldn't rely on the scales too much with this shred I suppose but I do like to see concrete results to keep me motivated. I just have to stick with it now and not get complacent.

That is always the hardest thing for me!

1996timeforchange Wed 06-Mar-13 16:30:58

Hello, can i play tomorrow pls, i'm so so fed up of putting food in my mouth, when i'm not even hungry!! sad

BambieO Wed 06-Mar-13 17:44:40

Hi 1996

How much weight are you tryin to lose? I'm trying to shift at least a stone before summer

BambieO Wed 06-Mar-13 17:44:56

trying

MissWooWoo Wed 06-Mar-13 18:43:40

glad you are on the up Flos and well done on a fabulous weight loss BambieO

welcome 1996 you're in good company here

had a really bad day mood wise but have managed to hold it together on the food front, the fact that I have visitors coming tomorrow for a few days has really helped as I know that I'll be pigging out paying less attention to the calories

breakfast was natural yoghurt and blueberries
lunch was beetroot soup and an apple
I've just had an early dinner ... mushroom, tomato and spinach omelette with a smidgen of red chilli and er dd's toast crusts
planning on a banana later and, wait for it ... 1 stick of kit kat ... don't eat it all at once woo grin

Flossiechops Wed 06-Mar-13 19:01:13

Welcome 1996 smile

bambiO I would love love love to be 8st something as I'm only 5ft 2 but realistically I would settle for 9st, this would be a loss of 24lbs, I have lost 5lbs so far so another 19lbs to go. Tbh I haven't seen the scales below 9st 7lbs since puberty so it would be lovely to lose that amount. How much have you got to lose?

misswoowoo well done on controlling yourself despite the low mood. I have days where I mentally shut out the damage of binging and just go for it, I usually end up feeling sick and guilty.

I have no idea where this way of eating has come from, I had a wonderful loving childhood, 2 dc I adore, a good career etc. My parents always had sweets and crap in the house though and although they did restrict us our diet wasn't the best, I wonder if its just a terribly bad habit I have. I'm 36 in May and I have never in my adult life been happy with my weight, I've always Felt too heavy. Today has been another shite day at work (honestly there has to be an easier way to earn a living!) thank god I only work 3 days! Been another ok day food wise, have stuck to my 1200kcal. Not weighing tomorrow as originally planned but I'm going to wait for another week as I get obsessed wit the scales, a gain or no change will make me lose focus.

1996timeforchange Wed 06-Mar-13 19:06:42

I need to loose 3 stone.. shock but would be happy with 2 at the moment, i work at home and have little people who i have to constantly feed , i'm always in the kitchen or so it seem's and eat rubbish all day, i seriously need help!!
any advice would be welcome x

BambieO Wed 06-Mar-13 19:12:59

I have at least one stone to lose ideally two sad when I got married I felt fabulous and since the honeymoon and baby no1 it's all gone to pot belly

BambieO Wed 06-Mar-13 19:15:27

My only advice 1996 is to grab any plates including your own when finished and scrape any leftovers straight in the bin (unless you can save them for another day) I find it really helps me as my DH is eating yummy things that I would just pick at

MissWooWoo Wed 06-Mar-13 19:58:20

I also need to lose 3 stone 1996 but would be happy with 2. My advice would be to plan in advance what you are going to eat, including snacks and log this somewhere - I'm using MFP - and try your very hardest to stick to it, if it ain't on the list it's not coming in grin. As someone said earlier up in the thread "my body is not a rubbish bin" so repeat this to yourself when clearing away the kids food.

I log onto MFP every day and as well as planning the day ahead food-wise I look at the "success stories" on the community board. They're are lots of inspirational stories and (more importantly) before and after pictures. The visual really helps me, some of the transformations are awesome and often just a loss of 10lbs can make a real difference. It really spurs me on.

BambieO Wed 06-Mar-13 20:13:10

I am on MFP too 1996 if you join feel free to add me (and anyone else who wants some more support)

It's so useful it really makes me think about what I am eating and if you do want a treat it lets you see if it's really worth it!

BambieO Wed 06-Mar-13 20:14:36

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Flossiechops Thu 07-Mar-13 06:50:25

After saying I wasn't going to weigh in I decided to jump on the scales....another 1lb off. That's 6lbs in 2 weeks woohoo!!!!!! I know it's not a lot but I haven't done much exercise this week and haven't stuck rigidly to it. So now 10st 4lbs, I cannot wait to see 9 stone something. We are taking the dc to London for the weekend in a fortnight so that's the goal 4lbs in 2 week. Then Easter week I have booked a cottage in Cornwall so instead of it being overshadowed by me feeling crap about myself I want to continue the positivity. Thanks for all the support over the week it's like therapy. Anybody else weighed in? smile

coolkat Thu 07-Mar-13 06:53:50

Weighed in floss the same 142.2lbs so the same. I seem to be stuck at this weight and have for the past year it's insane. blush

Well done on your loss that's great. We are away at Easter and I can't wait as I am so so tired. Had my bloods done on Monday to see if anything is unusual.

Have a good day everyone smile

coolkat Thu 07-Mar-13 06:54:20

Ps. Added you on MFP bambi.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Thu 07-Mar-13 07:26:15

Weighed in at 11st 2 so I'm 3 down, 10 over the last 3! Feeling good and am even sitting at the table eating my porridge beside my dh's half eaten bday cake that he brought home from work. Big choccie Tesco thing- not even tempted!

BambieO Thu 07-Mar-13 08:00:17

That is brilliant all of you! None of us are gaining unless we have treat days (which we all need once in a while) so we have to keep it up!

Thanks for adding me coolkat I love the app it's the only thing that makes me open my eyes before shovelling food in my bottomless pit grin

I am so proud of all of us smile

I have an official 5lb loss which I'm sure will slow down now but I am definitely sticking with you all until I hit my goal

BambieO Thu 07-Mar-13 08:01:24

And flossie that's a hell of a loss! Be proud of yourself smile

SnowyWellies Thu 07-Mar-13 08:06:55

Morning all. Weighed in and 10 stone 12 so 2 pounds up. feeling sad but have decided to test our theory of food lurking and do another weigh in tomorrow, as yesterday i was treated out for lunch by a colleague- and it included sea bass with scallops and tiramisu (heaven!) and then I had dinner as well.

I do think though I have eaten more as I have been walking so much. Grrrrr.

My aim is to be about 9 stone 10. I have been 9 stone 4, but really really struggled with that. 9 stone 10 seems do-able for me, without too much maintenance suffering.

So- a weigh in again tomorrow. This week my aims are;

food aim- nothing fatty or fried. Eat off bread and butter plates (portion control attempt!)

drink aim- 1 small glass of wine a day, then no cal drinks.

exercise aim- walk as often as I can.

mantra - my body is not a rubbish bin and I deserve to feel good about myself.

Happy days everyone! Welcome 1996 and Congrats to the losers!!!!

BambieO Thu 07-Mar-13 08:11:42

snowy that's not bad at all if you had a nice treat! Your goals seem fabulous, that will go in no time at all.

I do believe in the body holding water and weight after a relaxed day so have a sneaky peek in a few days and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Glad you are staying on track, don't be disheartened you are doing brilliantly smile

SnowyWellies Thu 07-Mar-13 09:29:07

Thanks BambieO i was feeling a little glum. I will definitely have a look tomorrow. smile

I just realised I have 7 weeks until a family function- one where there will be hyper critical family members- so if I could be 10 stone 2 or less I would be thrilled.

BambieO Thu 07-Mar-13 09:37:45

That's great, extra motivation. If you aim for 1.5/2lb a week until then you can do it! smile

I admire you all so much. Whenever I tried to cut down before I would have a gain or a lapse and would just throw in the towel but I know now that's not the attitude and we just need to keep going.

When I had my 1lb gain the other day I almost gave up but then the next day a loss so I'm so glad I didn't. Weight can really trick you and water, well blimmin water retention has a lot to answer for haha

BambieO Thu 07-Mar-13 09:40:46

I can't remember snowy have you looked at doing the 30 day shred? I am only on day 4 but I can see a difference in my body already, particularly my stomach. ashamed at my Jillian worship but it's really working for me smile

SnowyWellies Thu 07-Mar-13 10:02:17

The shgred sounds way too hard core for me, but I am willing to check it out!

BambieO Thu 07-Mar-13 10:49:42

Yeah have a look on YouTube, it is hard I won't lie but it's not unachievable and it really does make you feel like you have had a great workout! I love it because it's only 20 minutes and I am lazy so I do it in pyjamas haha

MissWooWoo Thu 07-Mar-13 11:31:28

there you go flossie 6 lbs down in 2 weeks is absolutely brilliant, just goes to show that a bad day here and there has very little impact. It's the having a bad day and throwing in the towel completely that keeps the weight on.

I've lost 3lbs this week bringing me to a total of 10lbs so I am pleased with that. In another terrible mood though, just not sleeping well at all sad

breakfast this morning was slice of white/wholemeal toast with butter and half (!) a boiled egg leftover from dd's breakfast. I am fucking starving today and feel a wobble coming on. Lunch is beetroot soup and gawd knows what for dinner, possibly roast chicken, possibly a takeaway depending on what happens when my guests arrive later. I have a feeling nothing is going to satisfy me today. Think I will have a ryvita and some goats cheese, I may even have a sundried tomato lurking in the back of the fridge.

snowie bet you lose those 2lbs by sat morning

BambieO Thu 07-Mar-13 12:27:12

Well done misswoo that's fantastic! I am jealous envy haha

Don't have a wobble today, be really good and enjoy every bite of your takeaway later smile

MissWooWoo Thu 07-Mar-13 13:59:48

have just made a banana and chocolate cake for - ahem - my guests hmm ... I've worked out that a decent-ish slice is about 300 cals. I'm going to see if I can make do with a slice half that size later ....place yer bets!

BambieO Thu 07-Mar-13 14:23:31

I bet on you smile you will stay strong and savour the half

SnowyWellies Thu 07-Mar-13 16:00:47

I bet on you too! MissWooWoo!

Don't wobble, you are doing brilliantly. smile

I have had today-

alpro yoghurt and banana

tin of carrot and coriander soup, 1 slice of toast with 1/4 avocado on it.

Dinner is a pork and fruit casserole that I got from a Waitrose recipe card. It smells gorgeous, and is just pork, spices, white wine and dried apricots and dates.

am a little stressed though as we are going through an audit at work, and some of the numbers are not adding up. I THINK it is just not taking into account uncleared cheques, but I am crap at this sort of thing so am working myself into a tizz.... but am home now and cannot be fixed until tomorrow.

coolkat Thu 07-Mar-13 18:59:46

Urghhh hate audits snow shock

Not a great say for me lunch was lasagne and salad and a biscuit.

Tea bag crisps and a penguin. So tired I want to go to bedblush

BambieO Thu 07-Mar-13 19:10:47

I read that as tea bag flavoured crisps and for a minute I was thinking what they would be like grin

That's not so bad coolkat, tomorrow is another day smile

It's horrible when you are so tired, when I'm tired all I want to do is eat

coolkat Thu 07-Mar-13 19:36:18

I haven't got the energy to go to the biscuit barrel!

twinklestar2 Thu 07-Mar-13 23:10:02

Fab loss flossie! Well done!
Well done too iammummy!
Snowy keep us posted, you might be down on the scales again tomorrow.
Well done misswoowoo, fab result!

I lost another pound so down to 10st 11. That's 6lbs in 2 weeks!

Todays menu was:

skinny latte

nandos half chicken, salad and corn on the cob

dinner was soup and a bit of bread.

I did end around 150 cals over on MFP.

Am off work this work so out of routine and been going out for lunches and coffees but managing to loosley stick to it.

SnowyWellies Fri 08-Mar-13 06:59:27

Morning all.

Still 10 stone 12. I am going to step on those damned scales every day until I have bullied them into registering a loss! GRRRRRRR angry

Well done everyone else. smile

Need to rethink what is what today. I am going to give myself a day 'off' (but will NOT binge) as I have leaving lunch to go to, and then a special dinner planned. Will be a roast chicken and all the trimmings. Will re-group topmorrow!

Have great days everyone, and thanks for the moral support. smile

coolkat Fri 08-Mar-13 08:29:04

Stick with it floss. I am like you not had a loss for so long until today and I was amazed. I actually think it does you good to have a few normal days.

Today 140.8lbs I will not weigh for a week.

coolkat Fri 08-Mar-13 08:29:37

Sorry that was to snow confused not floss. I am hopeless with names - I apologise

SnowyWellies Fri 08-Mar-13 11:36:02

grin

BambieO Fri 08-Mar-13 16:56:06

Day 5 of the shred complete, it did actually seem a tiny minute but easier today. Have had a good food day and plan to be good tomorrow as well so I can enjoy a nice meal Sunday. Still sticking to no alcohol but mainly as I feel better for it and one glass leads to a bottle for me confused

Hope you are all having a good friday

MissWooWoo Fri 08-Mar-13 17:21:09

thanks for the vote of confidence guys, I did indeed manage the small slice and in the end we had a roast chicken dinner so I totally avoided the blowout.

Well done on the weight loss twinkle yay!

BambieO I am the same with the old vino. I could really do with a bottle right now to be honest but am babysitting very small baby later so er best not. Feeling very very low today - what is wrong with me? Another bad bout of PMT like last month, I thought healthy eating was supposed to prevent this not bring it on? This is the second time since being on this regime that I've started to feel really low about a week before I'm due, previously I might get the odd day or two but nothing like this, maybe it's my age? I dunno, fed up with it and feeling like I'm never going to be happy again - ever!

Cooked breakfast this morning but kept it reasonably small,totally did not want it but thought as we had guests it would be rude to sit there with my yoghurt and fruit. Just had a bowl of leftover veg from last night reheated in the microwave which was surprisingly lovely. Dinner is a chicken/choritzo/bean stew.

Hope everyone is having a better day than me!

BambieO Fri 08-Mar-13 17:55:23

misswoo I actually got that miserable feeling too before I was due, I wonder if it is related to the diet?!

I have been having a mass panic today. Everywhere I look seems to be ranting on about the dreaded 'starvation mode'. The problem I am having is I am really struggling to meet 1200 calories a day.

It sounds so silly but I am having:

Weetabix for breakfast

Apple for a snack

Soup for lunch

Yoghurt for snack

Mussels in garlic sauce with a salad (salad has beetroot, red onion, rocket, tomato, avocado)

I am also drinking plenty of water. I just actually feel full for once in my life.

I will get some nuts etc to try and get some more calories but it just seems so silly that I am eating for the sake of it when I'm not hungry? confused

Any advice?

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twinklestar2 Fri 08-Mar-13 23:57:21

Bambi - how about adding some protein to lunch?

Today's menu:

Cup of tea

Gbk burger with bun, salad, sweet potato fries

Tortilla 'pizza' - wholemeal wrap spread with tomato purée, cheese and Jalepenos then dry fried till cheese is melted. A bit of leftover garlic bread from yesterday.

twinklestar2 Fri 08-Mar-13 23:57:54

That should read burger WITHOUT bun

Flossiechops Sat 09-Mar-13 07:22:59

Well done to all the losers!! snowy I know how bloody frustrating it is to not see a change on the damn scales. My barrier is usually 10st, I find it very difficult to get much below that. The only thing that really works for me beside the calorie restriction is a lot of running, drinking 2 litres of water a day and cutting down on carbs.

I'm doing ok, went out for lunch with my lovely work friend yesterday and had baked mushrooms and grilled chicken and new potatoes. Instead of having a desert we both resisted temptation. Work has been truly truly awful at the minute, the stress is horrendous and is making me feel really down. Even though I am only part time it dominates my thoughts when I'm not there. I wish I had a stress outlet but thankfully I have not been eating more as a result which I usually do.

Off for a run this morning and hoping to have a good food day. I'm going to attempt the chicken ramen recipe from the wagamamas book later. Lunch will be a sandwich. Have a good day all smile

BambieO Sat 09-Mar-13 07:45:09

twinkle that's a good point, I will try and add some in hopefully that will bump me up smile

twinklestar2 Sat 09-Mar-13 20:38:05

My menu today hasn't been great but it's within cals!

Bacon sarnie

Half portion of small chipy chips

Half an oven pizza

BambieO Sat 09-Mar-13 21:06:33

At least you are within calories twinkle that's gotta count smile

Good for you only having halves and small portions, I wish I had that much self control envy I wouldn't be in this position! Haha

twinklestar2 Sat 09-Mar-13 21:56:04

I keep thinking my body is not a dustbin and therefore doesn't need a whole portion of chips.

coolkat Sun 10-Mar-13 09:00:32

Was over yesterday but not by huge amounts so not enough to gain.

Happy Mother's Day grin

MissWooWoo Sun 10-Mar-13 09:39:52

I am having a treat day - white chocolate truffle with a cup of tea this morning in bed. Natural yoghurt and fresh pineapple for breakfast. Picnic lunch with my family, lots of nice bread, cold roast beef, potato salad, kettle chipa and a big slice of raspberry cheesecake. Cava and probably lots of it!

thanks and wine to us all for being fabulous

SnowyWellies Sun 10-Mar-13 10:08:10

Lovely menu MissWooWoo!

Happy Mother's Day! (As crazy as it sounds- DH and I both forgot! Too much going on and lots of stress)

Myt scales are still being resistant... 10 stone 12. Grrr.

I am out for a pub lunch today, and will enjoy myself. smile

Hope everyone has a GREAT day!!!!

Flossiechops Sun 10-Mar-13 10:14:25

thanksthanks Happy Mother's Day ladies have a fabulous day whatever your up to. Sod the healthy eating today <inserts cake emoticon>

BambieO Sun 10-Mar-13 10:45:37

Yes enjoy all of your fabulous lunches etc! I am off out for lunch as well so shall be throwing caution to the wind today but as I resisted Chinese last night I feel I deserve it grin

Labootin Sun 10-Mar-13 13:48:49

I have failed miserably these last couple of days nothing I have eaten has had any nutritional worth.

Sorry

But I will be back arnie style ..with blueberries not raspberries ....tomorrow x

Happy Mother's Day all!

SnowyWellies Sun 10-Mar-13 16:39:09

Don't worry labootin. Get back to things and report on Thursday. smile

I had a nice pub lunch. Mango prawns and chicken wings and a wine spritzer. DC3 is currently obsessed with logos, so on the way we got him a Sainsbury's in-house magazine.

The whole time was spent saying 'yes darling, you are right, that IS Sainsbury's'. [beats head against wall] grin

twinklestar2 Sun 10-Mar-13 17:42:27

Labootin - get yourself back on it today. What's your menu today?

BambieO Sun 10-Mar-13 18:09:06

I didn't do too badly today ladies, had weetabix in bed for breakfast haha and then out for lunch had whitebait followed by seafood linguine (ate all the seafood but only half the pasta) and resisted wine and desert.

It was such a weird sensation knowing I was full and leaving pasta! I never leave food grin

Tomorrow is another day laboutin, a treat weekend doesn't hurt every once in a while

Flossiechops Mon 11-Mar-13 07:32:38

Well done for the good day bambio it's hard to keep,it together on special occasions and your menu sounds delish!

I haven't been brilliant nor terrible. No binging but definitely eating over my 1200kcal. I'm going running after the school run so I am going to try and have no more than 500 kcal today. It's bloody freezing here though and I don't feel much like running when it's so cold but I'm going with a friend so I have to make the effort. I always feel better for it afterwards though.

I need more food inspiration as I'm not much of a chef. I have been looking at the hairy dieters cook book which looks good so might order that. I tend to stick to the same things, roasts, stews, spaghetti bolognase, chicken fajitas. Your menus always sound lovely. Anyway off to get dc ready for school. Have a good day all smile

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 11:47:42

flossie thanks smile it wasn't as bad as I thought to be fair. The hardest was resisting the bottle of fabulous wine MIL bought. The feeling of being in control was very satisfying as normally I never hear ignore the voice inside saying I am full grin

Am still going to be extra good this week and hope for another loss. I would love to hit the 8lb mark. I did a sneaky weigh in sat and lost 4 more pounds making almost 9 in total but I won't count that until my official weigh in Thursday in case it goes down as a result of Mother's Day! Hopefully it won't and I can safely say I have hit the half stone mark.

It's so good to see results, it really spurs me on. As do all of your fantastic stories and updates. These boards are making me more determined than ever as I know it's achievable, if you can all do it there is no reason I can't!

Re recipes, maybe we should all post our top five healthy ingredients and see what we can come up with as tasty dinners when everyone has a bit more time. Then we can all mix and match.

Good luck with your run flossie

SmellieWellies Mon 11-Mar-13 12:26:31

Morning all. [twirl] SnowyWellies here with a new name. I wanted WetWellies in honour of the weather, but it was taken so have gone with this. For now. smile

Well done BambieO!

It is cold here, but not snowing (yet) so I am making lasagne with salad for dinner. I am taking a rest from dieting for the week- my only aim is to not go wild.

Like your idea of top 5 healthy ingredients, Bambie. Mine would be;

salmon
natural yoghurt
grilled lamb
tomato
cucumber

Those are in my basket every week- and I tend to do things liked baked salmon and lamb kebabs with salad.

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 13:11:22

Loving the new name! It would be snowy wellies here in the south east, it's really coming down but not settling very well.

My friend made a salmon lasagne smellie she said it was delicious!

I would definitely go with the lamb kebabs, me and DH usually have them in pitta with salad and natural yoghurt so pretty much same as you!

I would definitely try the salmon lasagne and also salmon fish cakes.

My mains are:

Chicken I know creature of boring habit haha
Flat mushrooms
Mozzarella
Beef tomatoes
Red onion

I always end up with roasted mushrooms and mozzarella served on a bed of salad but I'm so bored of it now sad

Suggestions welcome!

SmellieWellies Mon 11-Mar-13 13:16:04

Hmmmm...... chicken breast stuffed with creamy mushrooms and mozzarella? I recently roasted tomatoes on the vine and they were nice.

SmellieWellies Mon 11-Mar-13 13:16:43

Somehow being nn 'smellie' suits me! grin

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 13:26:56

Haha I was dubious about shortening it but I couldn't resist grin

That sounds delicious! I think I will have that tonight smile makes a nice change and gets me some protein too as my dinners seem all veg/salady at the mo which isn't very sustainable and also must leave my diet lacking in some nutrients etc.

SmellieWellies Mon 11-Mar-13 15:48:06

Love stuffed chicken. We have a co-op special that is chicken stuffed with asparagus, mozzarella and wrapped in bacon which i want to try this week. It is basically that, just those ingredients and i thought it looked pretty nice.

Right... off to start the lasagne. Dh will be home about 7. it has started snowing now so I am sure a dish of steaming yumminess will be a good welcome.

Glad WetWellies was taken now. Somehow being shortened to 'Wet' would be awful!

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 16:08:22

Hahaha grin

That sounds delicious and you have just reminded me about asparagus! I haven't had it in yonks so will be adding that to my shopping list!

Enjoy your lasagne

twinklestar2 Mon 11-Mar-13 20:04:32

Today's menu

Fruit and yoghurt

Lamb kebabs and rocket in a wrap
Soup
Crisps

Dinner was chicken, roasties and veg.

I didn't want to eat the roasties but oh made too many. Back to low carbs tomorrow!

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 20:19:32

I could kill for a lamb kebab in pitta with salad, I don't have any lamb envy

Labootin Tue 12-Mar-13 05:07:31

You are all doing so well !
Egg on toast for breakfast
Off to the supermarket for healthy stuff

Flossiechops Tue 12-Mar-13 07:05:25

You are all doing do well. I was terrible yesterday, went running then to the supermarket and bought tons of binge food. Ended up stuffing my face until I felt sick sad not a nice feeling this morning. Need to try and refocus before I lose it again and let go completely.

SmellieWellies Tue 12-Mar-13 07:32:37

Morning. hope everyone has good days. Made loads of lasagne but never ate it as DC3 had to go to the OOC with a massive rash over his face. Slapped cheek syndrome. We were over food by the time we got home. So lasagne and salad today.

Labootin Tue 12-Mar-13 07:45:26

Ah Flossie ..I had a lovely healthy dinner of roasted vegetables and chicken and then I sat and ate six packets of salt and vinegar crisps and drank half a bottle of wine.

FFS

With me it's boredom ... DH is away kids were asleep

Have bought a six pack of soda water cans and no crisps

smellie my ds has slapped cheek ... Iirc I freaked out at the time there was a huge meningitis scare going on ..shudder hope he makes a quick recovery

SmellieWellies Tue 12-Mar-13 08:16:48

Morning. yes Labootin meningitis was my fear too. DH thought i was massively overreacting, but I rang the non emergency number and they said to bring him straight in. Better safe than sorry though. This morning you can barely see his rash- just on one cheek. Have to tell the child minder though- every single other mum who takes their kids to our minder is pg. sad.

Yum- roasted chicken and veg is my favourite meal.

Flossie and Labootin Let's all re-focus and get back to it together. smile I need to also.

My plan for the remainder of the week- eat half portions of everything and fill the rest of my plate with fresh fruit and veg.

That's it.

thanks

Flossiechops Tue 12-Mar-13 09:05:30

Glad it's not just me!! smellie (doesn't seem polite calling you that!) my dd had slapped cheek too, she was fine to go to school. It's so worrying when they are poorly though - glad it wasn't anything too serious.

Off to the hairdresser in a minute, now I know this should be a luxury but I hate going. It takes them ages to do my colour and is quite frankly a waste of my day! At least it will keep me from eating for a few hours...

twinklestar2 Tue 12-Mar-13 09:08:40

Hmmm scales this morn showing a gain! Must try and minimise the damage before official wi tomorrow.

Menu

Fruit and yog

Soup

Beef kebabs in wraps with salad

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 09:30:35

Keep going all! Loving the new focuses today, we all have off days don't worry smile sometimes in a way it's good as it makes you throw more energy in the next day so you end up burning more than you would have done anyway.

I have a slight loss again today although its probably because DH was frankly getting on my last nerve yesterday so I didn't have any dinner and went for an early night blush

Just had yoghurt for breakfast and will be having soup for lunch and chicken fajitas for dinner (no soured cream or cheese sad )

Labootin Tue 12-Mar-13 10:13:12

Soup for lunch

I might have to post my inane babble to keep me going...

MissWooWoo Tue 12-Mar-13 10:34:22

morning all, (still) feeling retched here after going completely over the top with the booze on Sunday. Totally kept it together on the food front, had a bit of everything and kept to a nice respectable (in my book at least) half a bottle of cava and half a bottle of red spread out over 6 hours. Then of course I got home and decided to have a large gin and then another and then another .... yesterday was a right off, ate a huge cooked breakfast and later a salmon pasta dish - healthy yes but I did eat enough for two. Today I am soooo hungry and to be honest I'm just going to go with it and get back on it properly tomorrow. I am definitely not getting on the scales!

So cold here just want to hibernate.

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 10:36:12

Noooo misswoo haha

Tomorrow never comes haha, indulge this morning and then have a healthy dinner to set you up to carry on tomorrow smile

or just ignore me and indulge because I probably would

MissWooWoo Tue 12-Mar-13 10:51:20

no you are right Bambio have just wolfed down a ham and cheese onion bagel with a few mini cheddars (very early lunch!) and feeling a bit more perky now so maybe I can keep it together and perhaps have roast chicken with lots of veg later.

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 11:38:31

That's the spirit! grin

Roast with lots of veggies is lovely, I'm sure one roast potato won't hurt as long as you aren't a greedy sod like me can stop at one.

coolkat Tue 12-Mar-13 20:55:47

Shall we all set a small target again. Mines to stop having a biscuit from the restaurant at lunch - I will have a cereal bar or Jaffa cake smile

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 21:06:15

Great stuff, mine is to stop drinking wine for one month

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 21:06:41

Started 3rd march don't want to add an extra two weeks haha

coolkat Wed 13-Mar-13 07:52:08

That's a big target bambi grin

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 08:14:00

grin tell me about it. It goes hand in hand for me though unfortunately. Alcohol makes me crave junk and then junk makes me crave alcohol sad

SmellieWellies Wed 13-Mar-13 08:18:59

I'm in. Mine is to stop drinking wine until the end of March. smile Will join you Bambie.

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 08:21:27

Great! We can ride it out together smile

SmellieWellies Wed 13-Mar-13 08:34:38

Last night we celebrated DH getting a promotion and me finishing the bloody audit by having a bottle of cava, then half a bottle of red, and I feel very ropey today.....

sad

I am going to try a salmon lasagne, sounds intriguing! Tonight it is lamb kebabs and yoghurt.

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 08:39:32

Ah fantastic, well done to both of you smile if you can't celebrate when necessary whats the point! I have decided I am going to have a night off one night this weekend, still no wine but have whatever I fancy for my tea using some of my calorie deficit.

I am 11.6 pounds down since I joined on the 3rd so am very pleased. I don't want to get complacent but I also really want a nice Chinese so I may allow myself one or I might wait until I hit the stone mark.

You are all so motivational, I have never done this well before, it must be the fear of reporting to you all grin

Flossiechops Wed 13-Mar-13 10:04:56

Bambio 11.6lbs in 10 days!!!! Bloody hell well done :-)) that amazing!! What's your secret?!! shockshockshock

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 10:16:36

Haha I wish there was one flossie

Truth is my diet was appalling before, lots of wine, chocolate, crisps, takeaways, giant portions of mashed potatoe/roasties/chips. I have literally cut that all out and have started doing the shred everyday and it seems to be working so far.

I know it will slow down soon as it's probably just the shock of being healthy for once but I will be happy if I can continue to lose at least 1lb a week.

I find it really hard to not get complacent right about now so am going to have to stay motivated or I will put it all back on and more sad

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 10:17:13

Potatoe?! Haha potato that should be!

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 10:17:54

Oh and fizzy drinks! I drank a lot of Pepsi etc which I have replaced with water, I think that's been a big help too.

MissWooWoo Wed 13-Mar-13 10:49:43

congratulations wellies and husband - you absolutely had to celebrate!

k'in hell bambio it has taken me 6 weeks to lose 10lbs - don't get complacent you are doing brilliantly.

I think my mini goal for this week is to just not give up as I'm feeling a bit like that at the moment. Same old story, won't be super thin in 2 weeks when I go on my hols so what's the point? Logically I know that I could be another 4lbs down by then which means I would have lost a stone and if I hadn't of lost that I would really be feeling uncomfortable on holiday. I'm still really tired today (and on period) despite going to bed at 10pm last night so struggling a bit. BUT! I am not going to give in right ladies?

Flossiechops Wed 13-Mar-13 11:02:29

That how I feel misswoowoo shite week and 2lbs up in last wks weigh in! If I can't lose 2 stone in 2 wks then I struggle!!! Oh god it's hard! I've just been for a 6 mile run and have come home and eaten....biscuits shock what the hell is wrong with me?!! I've burnt 600 kcal according to my iPhone running app so I have a bit of flexibility but it's not heathy is it??

bambio that is superb well done I bet you feel so much better just by giving up the fizz. My vice is sweet stuff, I don't drink alcohol at all but by god I can eat shite for England!! You should be very proud smile

Flossiechops Wed 13-Mar-13 11:03:20

wellies also a huge congratulations to you and dh, sounds like a well deserved celebration gringrin

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 11:05:55

Thanks all. I am proud I guess just still seem so far away what I want to be. I want to lose at least another stone sad

You are all helping me so much flowers

misswoo don't give up! 4lbs can make a huge difference to how you feel smile it's not long, keep going and you can relax on holiday

I do feel much better flossie, I feel so much less bloated its unbelievable

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 11:06:25

And 6 mile run is ridiculously good! I couldn't run one mile haha

MissWooWoo Wed 13-Mar-13 18:26:45

it is hard flossie isn't it??!! confused. I used to do exactly what you did today on the exercise eating front years ago when I was trying to shift a stone that I'd put on after giving up smoking and moving in with bf, I'd get up early and go to the gym before work, run 10km and then stuff my face with egg and bacon rolls, no wonder I couldn't shift the extra weight but oh to be that weight again now, I really thought I was fat because I was a stone heavier than I'd been a few years prior. I wasn't fat at all. Wish I could run 10k now ...

So, manged to stay on track today - this thread and MFP is really really helping. I've just had a small slice of garlic bread and despite the fact that there are 3 "leftover" slices sitting in the kitchen I'm not tempted at all, probably be cold and congealed by now anyway. Menu today:

pineapple
lentil and chili soup
ryvita and spreadable goats cheese
apple
slice of garlic bread
baked salmon with dill, green beans and roasted tomatoes and garlic
I may have a stick of kit kat later ... I may not

SmellieWellies Wed 13-Mar-13 19:45:06

Thanks for the congrats, everyone.

Actually, a tad premature. I was going through various figures today and realised that the auditor missed something. I inherited these accounts at the end of 2011 and they were a dogs breakfast. And something was not reported then as being restricted funds. When i was doublechecking, i realised they had been mis-categorised then, and were mis-categorised now. So rang the auditor this afternoon and we have to review on friday. I just feel sick. It is something I should have noticed at some point this year, but did not. Th good thing is i have noticed it now, and we have not spent those funds - the bad thing is it means we have less unrestricted money than I thought, and we had earmarked quite alot of it for this year;s budget. I just feel so shite about it all.
I have not eaten today at all as I have been so stressed. I stress nose-bleed in these situations, so am surrounded by tissues.

DH poured me a G&T. Not sure how good an idea it is. He keep saying 'you have identified a problem and are fixing it'. But i just feel like crap.

MissWooWoo Wed 13-Mar-13 20:26:30

crikey wellies you sound ever so grown up <swoons>

and you haven't eaten? you'll be hammered in a minute then on that G&T grin and then you won't care! It will be alright

MissWooWoo Wed 13-Mar-13 21:02:29

blush hope that didn't come across as too glib, just trying to cheer you up!

Stillstarving Wed 13-Mar-13 22:31:07

Help! I feel really pretty rubbish I've 4 children, work almost full time in an emotionally demanding job, have caring responsibilities for ageing parents/inlaws - not v excessive but there nonetheless and friends going through hard times who need emotional support too. I've got accustomed to getting on with it and ignoring how I feel but it's catching up with me. My digestive system seems to have packed in and my upper back is like a lump of concrete so tense am I. I really need to get a grip. I'm about 2 stone overweight and struggle to stick to a diet. I'm also drinking too much wine. Where do I begin oh wise ones to stop being so pathetic and look after myself a bit better? Give me a simple plan please?

Stillstarving Wed 13-Mar-13 22:34:36

Wellies Shit happens! You've caught it in time Yes you think you should have seen it sooner - possibly harsh on self? -but you still caught it in time

Stillstarving Wed 13-Mar-13 22:37:49

Hello by the way! Do you mind if I join you??

SmellieWellies Thu 14-Mar-13 06:31:33

Welcome Stillstarving! Do join us. I am not sure what our plans are- we are trying to make small but significant changes really i think, and to stop seeking refuge in what we put in our mouths. sad

Thanks everyone for kind words. i was so stressed i ended up having 3 G&Ts and was not even tipsy- so tense it is like it never happened.

Today..... well cannot think that far ahead. I guess I need to eat, but feel sick, so will try and eat small amounts of nourishing food only. Am having a cup of coffee now.

Oh- am 10 stone 10 again. A day of not eating, and pacing will drop you 2 pounds it seems. hmm

Flossiechops Thu 14-Mar-13 06:32:59

Arghhh 4lbs on shockshockshockshock haven't been that bad!! Oh god I'm bloody useless - sorry guyssad

coolkat Thu 14-Mar-13 06:50:40

Ohh floss - chin up and we can do extra good for the next 7 days. Plenty of water. Don't be disheartened. X

Tiny gain here was 140.8lb now 141 - fine with it as not exercised for 2 weeks due to feeling off par and haven't been as good at times.

I am going to start the shred again and hopefully see a change next week smile

Good luck everyone

Stillstarving Thu 14-Mar-13 07:23:43

Plan for today - I don't think I even know what constitutes healthy any more! I will drink water, I will not drink wine or diet coke. I will count calories and have at least 2 meals that I sit down and eat properly. I will make sure I have my 5 fruit and veg. Oh and I'll weigh myself. I suppose that makes a start. And I will go to bed at a decent hour! It's like parenting a rebellious teenager! Good luck to all of you!

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 07:25:47

None of that now flossie grin

It will regulate! Today is another day. I'm so sorry misswoo hate to think of you so down in the dumps sad

IamMummyhearmeROAR Thu 14-Mar-13 07:30:11

Hi all- sorry to post and run but I've got work in a mo. I've put on a pound- not unexpected really as had a birthday tea out for my mum and the focus was pizza and nachos and cake. Need to exercise more and Facebook less.
Hope everyone has a good day xx

MissWooWoo Thu 14-Mar-13 09:14:39

a measly half a pound down this week. Initially disappointed but have had a talk to myself and at least it's a loss right? Just got to keep going.

I'm alright really Bambio ... just like a good moan grin

Oh floss it'll be water/carb weight won't it? how about not weighing yourself for a whole week and then seeing where you're at?

coolkat nice positive attitude!

stillstarving hello! you sound like you have a good plan there.

Right mini goal until next weigh in, I really want to say no booze as I know this really effects my weight loss but I have a lunch on Sunday and it will be hard to refuse, how can I persuade myself to do this girls? I do love a tipple.

MissWooWoo Thu 14-Mar-13 09:39:02

Right! I've had a look back on MFP and it would seem that my most successful weeks have been where I've come in at an average of 1250 - 1350/day (I'm set at 1400). Last week I went over by 1000 for the whole week bringing me in at a daily average of 1550. So, I've decided that in the 2 week run up to my holiday I'm going to reset my daily allowance to 1250 and hopefully that should give me a bit of a boost on the weight loss front.

Bambio you mentioned you were on MFP, can I add you please?? pm me if you don't want to put your username up

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 09:39:53

One won't hurt, you've had a tough week. How about you have that glass and do enough exercise that morning to burn it off, then you can indulge guilt free!

MissWooWoo Thu 14-Mar-13 09:52:44

ahhh well that's the problem you see, I can't do just the one blush I seem to be doing ok on that front with other things but I really really struggle with just one drink, I just don't see the point blush again. aaaarrrrggghhh!!!

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 10:19:54

I am the same what lushes we are in that case have an alcohol free frozen daiquiri smile trick your mind!

twinklestar2 Thu 14-Mar-13 19:28:26

Sounds like a good plan stillstarving. How did you get on today?

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 07:47:49

Ladies I have hit my first stone! I am back in the 12 stones and back on a BMI of 24 smile I am thrilled. Must keep going!

Wereonourway Fri 15-Mar-13 07:51:40

My monthly weigh in has shown a 12lb loss, which is fabulous but I don't feel it yet, it doesn't look like I've lost it iykwim?

I did have 3st 6lb to lose to get to goal weight and my tummy is humongous so that's maybe why.

2 stone 8lbs to go, and with 16 weeks to go to my holiday I've worked out If I lose 2lb per week ill only be 2lb off my goal on the day I fly.

Have done less exercise this week too so that will be back on track next week

Stillstarving Fri 15-Mar-13 07:59:47

Reporting back on day 1! I ate my 5 a day,I drank my water, I didn't have wine- though sorely tempted. I didn't count any calories and only ate one meal properly sitting down which I always do anyway in the evening. Lunch was sandwiches at a funeral - emotional eater moi?? - I had about 10. They weren't even nice. I'd only had a banana for breakfast so I was starving. Still starving... See what I did there? ;) Can't remember if I had anything else on my list but not a roaring success though some progress - oh yes I was in bed before 11:30.
I don't know why it takes more effort to look after yourself than to treat yourself badly but it really does! It all feels like it needs energy and time I don't have but that's nonsense.
Right -plan for today is no wine, drink water, bed at decent hour, at least 2 meals sitting down properly, count calories, 5 a day and maybe a wee walk or a stretching DVD. I did weigh myself yesterday though tbh don't know what to do about scales because my weight fluctuates so much. I wonder if getting myself into better habits might help with that. I retain more water than the Hoover dam at times and then the scales make me sad so I eat a bacon butty and have a glass of wine then the scales make me sad so...Sorry for the ramblings! I do think its beginning to help though to put it down - it helps me see the more ridiculous thought patterns.
Good luck all as the weekend comes. Only have treats if they really are treats and not a stick to beat yourself with afterwards!

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 08:00:10

That is brilliant news!! You should be so proud that's such an achievement flowers

You will be ready for holiday in no time smile really well done

Wereonourway Fri 15-Mar-13 08:09:13

I'm half a pound off being under 13 stone.
I know the weight loss will slow and I have had the occasional treat so I'm not finding it too difficult so far, but my ds is being christened in 8 weeks so that's a midway marker, want at least another stone off by then and it's not impossible.
Think ill dust off the 30 day shred DVD. I fecking hate it!
Well done all, I'm trying to change the habit of a lifetime, as I'm sure some of you are too.
I'm 30 this year, recently single after an awful time and I will change!!!!

Stillstarving Fri 15-Mar-13 08:13:22

Wow! That is really encouraging! You two have done brilliantly. You're right about changing the habits of a lifetime too.

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 08:16:10

Wereonourway - you have done amazingly! I too expect it to slow now but we can keep going smile the shred- well the less said about the shred the better haha I'm just psyching myself up for say 2 level 2 haha. It really works though! The changes are obvious already, I can actually wear a sleeveless top once it gets warm enough!

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 08:18:36

Still starving- great first day! It really is so much harder to be 'good' to yourself. There is so much temptation. I always use food as a reward for myself and have had to change that but it's working and now I think 'do I really really want that?'. I haven't had a takeaway in two weeks sad that I consider that an achievement haha and no alcohol and I feel much better for it.

Keep going smile let us know how today goes

twinklestar2 Fri 15-Mar-13 09:10:04

Bambi that is a fab weight loss!

Still - a banana isn't filling enough for breakfast! No wonder you ate loads of sandwiches. If you dont have time to sit and eat brekkie could you have a yoghurt with your banana?

I find planning my meals the night before really helpful if that might work for you too?

Today's menu

Fruit and yoghurt

Lebanese meal for lunch

Soup for dinner

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 09:11:27

Drool at the Lebanese twinkle envy

Stillstarving Fri 15-Mar-13 09:58:58

Twinkle you are absolutely right about the meal planning. And the banana I ate while running out the door so didn't even know I had eaten it! I've got into ridiculous habits. I've become one of those woman who pushes her own needs to the bottom of the pile all the time and I'm really not that selfless martyr! It has just kind of crept up on me and I'm appalled! I think I feel guilty about time spent sorting myself out because there's always something else I "should" be doing or someone I "should" be doing something for. I sound like a basket case - there's more to this being healthier than meets the eye! Anyway baby steps - I will plan what I'm eating today. Lordy you're all going to be sorry I joined this thread with my incontinent ramblings but you're all doing so well it's inspiring

MissWooWoo Fri 15-Mar-13 10:35:39

well done Bambio you must be feeling great! please please impart your secret because I really need to shake things up.

Congrats too wereonourway, I know exactly what you mean about it not looking like it, I'm the same at 10.5 lbs down but having said that the linings of the pockets of my "fat" trousers no longer stick out and I can now do the bottom button of my coat up blush

I would say you are allowed to eat whatever you like at funerals stillstarving and I love a good incontinent ramble.

I second what twinkle says about meal planning although am undecided about my dinner, breakfast has been natural yoghurt with mango and blueberries, lunch is going to be vegetable and ham soup with ryvita, goats cheese and an apple. What's everyone else having for dinner?

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 11:03:41

Haha I wish there was a secret misswoo I would bottle it!

It's been hard resisting all the treats but seems to finally be paying off. Of I can lose another stone in the same amount of time I would be thrilled, if not am happy to slow down to 1-2lbs per week as long as it's coming off

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 11:03:58

*if not of

twinklestar2 Fri 15-Mar-13 22:39:12

I have to confess I haven't been as good as I could have been over the past couple of weeks. But I'm back on it 100% from tomorrow morning even though I'm going out for a curry tomorrow night. My menu for tomorrow;

Bacon sarnie for brunch

Chicken tikka, half pilau rice, 1 poppodom, salad

I've also planned all next weeks meals on mfp and will weigh in on Monday morning, accept the gain and move on.

I'm also going back to the gym next week.

I will do this!

SmellieWellies Sat 16-Mar-13 07:41:37

Hello everyone! You are all doing so well. Welcome Stillstarving. A stone Bambie!

I have nothing to report.... am still embroiled in work-related stress and so am not really hungry. Stomach in knots.

So am making a batch of yum veg soup today- so that at least I am getting something nutritious down me. Everything will be done and dusted by Monday though, so hopefully i will start eating again- and sleeping! It is all fixed- the problems are all fixed- i am just feeling so ugh about it all.

cannot WAIT to dump this job!!!!! 3 weeks to go!!!!!!

Hope everyone has a great day!

Stillstarving Sat 16-Mar-13 09:04:24

Hmm mixed bag for me - did well with water and really felt the difference, ate my 5 a day and - drum roll please - I ate 3 meals sitting down! This startling and astonishing achievement meant that I didn't pick all evening.

On bad side I drank 3/4 bottle of wine did no exercise and didn't count calories. Baby steps baby steps, changing the habits of a lifetime...

Will plan meals today and consolidate small changes made.

Twinkle I am so impressed with a whole week's meals on MFP! Brilliant! It's half the battle. I'm struggling to plan a day- know what the kids are having all next week but not me!

Snowie be kind to yourself, you sound very conscientious. Eat nice soup and don't beat yourself up, it doesn't change anything. I'm glad it's sorted out though the stress remains. It would be good to find a way to wash off that stress if you can. Maybe the great outdoors, yoga, good company? Don't know what works for you but it would be good to put away the feelings of last week.

Laughing to myself for giving advice on managing stress.....the reason I'm here is because I do it so badly!!

BambieO Sat 16-Mar-13 11:45:09

You are all doing so well smile

Well I went to my friends last night and they drank five bottles of wine between them and I abstained hahaha luckily the car was good motivation as it was freezing!!!

Had chicken and sweet potato wedges (rather too muh chicken but no skin!) and stayed within cals so not too bad.

I'm feeling bad today as I didn't do my shred yesterday blush going to have to do two lots today boooo hiss

Flossiechops Sat 16-Mar-13 11:51:43

Trying v v hard to get back to the healthy eating today - I'm at work so it's slightly easier. Well done on all the weight losses everyone. Have a good Saturday grin

twinklestar2 Sat 16-Mar-13 14:13:23

My curry night got cancelled so ill be able to stick to it much better today! Feeling in a good place diet wise, feeling like I can do it. Which is good!

BambieO Sat 16-Mar-13 22:30:27

Terrible evening, have been rowing with DH and it all came to a head. All sorted now but with wine and takeaway sad haven't este anything all day till now

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Sat 16-Mar-13 22:38:54

Hello there, am late to the thread, but love the idea of making peace with food, & stopping the war in my head where the food always wins!

I am 5ft 11 and fine boned and hulking around a gross amount of fat - don't know what I weigh but suspect more than 15 stone.

I need to go back to meal planning & hoping to find some inspiration here! One of the things I find is that I like healthy strong tasting food (garlic, chilli, spices), but then my Ds can't eat it do I end up eating food that I don't think is very satisfying as the taste isn't there for me... So am eating more to satisfy, but never really feel sated.

And don't get me started about the late night binging. Ahem.

cafecito Sat 16-Mar-13 22:47:02

having gained 7kg in 3 weeks, perhaps I should tiptoe in late too blush I have been living on late night carbs/sugar binges- no food in the day- completely wrong of me I know. I am determined to break the cycle of my massive overeating, even my shoes don't fit me and I have a tiny frame so an extra 7kg really shows

cafecito Sat 16-Mar-13 22:49:34

I've always had food issues, but it's really got the better of me. I have never over eaten like I have been recently. I can never have one anything. 3 minimum. get addicted rapidly to things so I have to completely block them out for success.

I have a couple of weeks of peace and quiet from my usual hectic chaos coming up over easter. I want to use that time to break this binge eating cycle and start exercising again and feel healthy and better.

BambieO Sun 17-Mar-13 08:08:26

Another day, a good food day smile lets go!

Labootin Sun 17-Mar-13 08:17:11

I've been skulking around, not been great but miles better than my previous diet

Had fruit and fibre with milk for breakfast and just polished off a feta and roasted veg salad (my new discovery is roasted veg .. I could potentially eat platefuls of it .. Binge binge but that's NOT the idea) Wine consumption has slowed (to a steady trickle)

m going to have a few days of trying to eat as much fresh stuff as I can, as it does make me feel so much better

Have a good day y'all

Labootin Sun 17-Mar-13 08:18:12

It's 12.15 here BTW I'm not that bad I eat my lunch at 8am !

Flossiechops Sun 17-Mar-13 09:27:04

Welcome cafe and double the more the merrier grin I think there are many of us out there with horrendous eating habits and it's lovely to have refuge in this thread.

I got up early to go running before work so feeling ok. Trying to have a good food day too

Breakfast - honeydew melon

Lunch - chicken and veg soup and a pack of French fries

Tea - maybe a stir fry

I eat less when working (nurses have very few breaks!) so I tend not to obsess quite as much. Hope you all have a good day smilesmile

twinklestar2 Sun 17-Mar-13 10:17:01

Starting again AGAIN!

Egg on toast

Fishfingers for lunch with something - wrap and salad maybe

Chicken stir fry for dinner

Fruit

cafecito Sun 17-Mar-13 20:25:28

Hello, yay - refuge!

well today was the first day in aaaages I have not bought chocolate blush - yknow, the big bars of green and blacks with nuts in, or other sweet sugary fix foods, like enormous frozen yogurt smothered in a whole pot of honey shock or 3 pain au chocolats, and so forth.

I had a good day because I was on a course all day - no breakfast though (this is possibly where I always go wrong, I dont eat breakfast, then don't eat lunch.. then eat everything [humanly possibly just before bedtime). But today, I ate lunch (sandwiches were provided, though usually I would not eat them they were very nice) had apple (well, 3) as snack, random chickpea/bean salad and some yummy scrummy mushroom stew at a cafe overlooking the river on my way home. just got in the door and now need to resist the lure of the 24/7 chocolate shop outside. no food in my apartment at all (I eat everything)

I feel this enormous sense of achievement grin silly hey- but yeah, I need to break the cycle. I just want to be ''free'' from it. I can spend a fortune every day on food without realising, I mean, literally, insane amounts of money that I don't have- and it takes up too much time. this is so embarrassing. hohum... (too late to retrospectively namechange!) need to be NORMAL hmm grin

cafecito Sun 17-Mar-13 20:26:43

flossie I am a medic. I find the same thing, but then I will go for too long without food and then get ravenously hungry and scoff way too much of the wrong stuff. I also do nightshifts sometimes, which mess my eating patterns up (vending machine at 4am, well, okay then)

cafecito Sun 17-Mar-13 20:30:32

I'm also meant to be studying and have dissertations and exams coming up (3 degrees, aaagh) which does not help. eating is better than stressing about the real stuff. but I do need to stop.

one day down - how many days to make a habit? I heard 3 weeks?

Stillstarving Sun 17-Mar-13 21:30:02

I'm coming round to the idea that a proper breakfast - after a lifetime of protesting - does make a difference. Cafe I also don't eat breakfast then don't eat lunch and graze all evening. We are terribly unkind to ourselves and would never treat a child like this.
Early bed for me tonight - 10ish- as part of the new discipline. Not sure I can keep this up!

Flossiechops Sun 17-Mar-13 21:37:36

God knows cafe I have done 3 wks straight shock it's the perpetual cycle that drives me nuts. I'm a sensible person most of the time but find food is my crutch. My eating pattern is very similar - I never eat breakfast, at work lunch is 2pm but this is just quickly shoveling something down your throat whilst doing paperwork, then home and eat eat eat! I can eat chocolate until I feel sick. It must be very stressful for you with so much study pressure, be kind to yourself. If you gained 7kg in a few weeks I bet you could lose it just as fast smile

My day wasn't too bad. A lovely patient of mine wanted to give me £10 for looking after him of course I refused but he gave me a box of chocs instead so my colleague and I made a dent in them! Some people are so sweet it almost makes the stress worthwhile!

Hope everybody else had a good day smile

Flossiechops Sun 17-Mar-13 21:41:41

'Never' gone 3 weeks was what I meant to write! stillstarving you sound very similar as well. I was toying with the 5:2 idea as I do seem to be able to go hours without eating but I always give in around 6pm as I'm famished!!

twinklestar2 Sun 17-Mar-13 22:09:33

Managed to stick to it today! First time in 2 weeks I think. smile

cafecito Sun 17-Mar-13 22:09:46

autopilot mode kicked in... ventured to little corner shop.. left with not one, but 3 yogurts... oh dear. at least I resisted the kitkat chunkys.

I am absolutely going to beat this, definitely starting by tuesday (start of easter break for a few days)-

the risk for me with breakfast is, I can easily let that be a trigger in itself (ie more than one breakfast, which makes no sense to normal people) and then I feel terrible about it, and then I 'write the day off' and it all descends into chaos rfrom there. So I think I avoid triggering it, by generally avoiding food- which has the paradoxical effect of making me eat more. sigh.

cafecito Sun 17-Mar-13 22:10:23

twinke that's brilliant well done smile

cafecito Sun 17-Mar-13 22:11:08

twinkle- sorry! smile feels good doesn't it <*note to self>

Stillstarving Sun 17-Mar-13 22:40:34

Twinkle I did try 5:2 and didn't find it hard at all. I'm the only person I know in RL who didn't lose an ounce on it - completely because I ate too much on the days off. I think it would work for me if I had a healthier attitude to food generally. As it is it just feeds into my bad patterns.

Cafe 3 yoghurts is a heck of an improvement on 3 chocolate bars

SmellieWellies Mon 18-Mar-13 05:22:11

Morning all- sounds like people are doing well!

Nothing to report here at all. Ate fried chicken wings for lunch. Veg soup for dinner.

Busy day ahead.

coolkat Mon 18-Mar-13 09:31:55

Just getting this back on my threads I am on. smile

Need to catch up properly on the computer as read everything then forget who said what!

Welcome to all the new peeps.

Anyone setting a small target this week. Mine last week was avoid biscuits from restaurant at work and I did bar I half a biscuit my friend offered me - so nearly smile

Still not gone back to shred but feeling so wiped out - hope to feel better soon. Got bad period pains today sad

My target this week is to try and get more active in the evenings smile

Stillstarving Mon 18-Mar-13 09:53:58

Good idea coolkat, my target will be to plan my food every day and then sit down and eat it. I absolutely agree with the good advice I've had on here that I need to do that. If I manage that it will be a ridiculously big achievement for me! Weirdo that I am.
Good luck all! Keep it up!

SmellieWellies Mon 18-Mar-13 10:55:17

Morning.

I honestly cannot think of a target, other than just keep it together for the week.

I will have to ponder....

coolkat Mon 18-Mar-13 14:34:03

Drink more water wellies?

BambieO Mon 18-Mar-13 14:51:54

What is this 5:2? How does it actually work does anyone know a brief overwiew? Sounds like my kind of eating!

Flossiechops Mon 18-Mar-13 15:18:22

Bambio where have you been for the past 6 month?!! It's the new diet craze. There's hundreds of threads on here where people are doing it. Basically you restrict your calories to 500 on 2 days a week the rest of the week you can eat 'normally' although I have a fear I would eat so much on those days it would out weigh the benefits. There's lots of health benefits to fasting too apparently smile

BambieO Mon 18-Mar-13 15:22:13

Haha ooops I clearly need to take my head further out is the sand blush haha

Does that mean you can have basically whatever you want inside the 1200 calories?

Flossiechops Mon 18-Mar-13 15:43:17

Bambio where have you been for the past 6 month?!! It's the new diet craze. There's hundreds of threads on here where people are doing it. Basically you restrict your calories to 500 on 2 days a week the rest of the week you can eat 'normally' although I have a fear I would eat so much on those days it would out weigh the benefits. There's lots of health benefits to fasting too apparently smile

SmellieWellies Mon 18-Mar-13 16:44:58

I have the same fear, flossie. I think I would just go crazy on the 'normal' days.

Drinking more water sounds a good target. smile

Flossiechops Mon 18-Mar-13 16:56:13

You restrict your calorie intake to 500 kcal 2 days per week, the other 5 days you eat normally - I understand this is around 2000kcal for a woman. There is a thread on here at the moment with lots of posters. I understand people are having excellent results plus there are apparently a lot of health benefits

twinklestar2 Mon 18-Mar-13 16:56:24

Cafe - just take it one meal at a time. Make breakfast good. Then lunch. Then dinner. Do that for 3 days and you'll be in a routine.

Back down to the lowest weight I've seen this year which makes me so happy! Might be able to get another pound off for official wi later this week!

Menu

Doughnut and fruit

Leftover Thai green curry and brown rice noodles

Fish and salad for dinner

Bag of French fries crisps as a snack

cafecito Mon 18-Mar-13 20:09:58

thanks twinkle, I hope you're right. know in the past it's easier once you're into the swing of it, in a habit of it, etc. I just need to break the exceptionally bad, addictive habits of my scoffing

I had a better day today. No breakfast- but instead of eating nothing, I bought a hospital cereal bar with coffee before a lunch seminar... then had 2 more after lunch hmm but then actually, I didn't feel like it was in any way triggering. Have had mushroom stew (again!) a salady thing and yogurt (ONE) this evening. I am fighting the urge to go to waitrose and buy masses of chocolate. I feel hungry, but I don't think I am hungry as I have just eaten confused I have so much work to do, I don't know where to start with it. Maybe that's why I am telling myself I am ravenously hungry. hmm.

cafecito Mon 18-Mar-13 20:11:28

I think I would find 5:2 easy - but would take it to extremes, which is not the idea of it. I just know my bonkers personality would make it 5 days of not eating and then 2 days of eating 15,000 calories a day- or something completely WRONG like that. So I am not going there.

twinklestar2 Mon 18-Mar-13 20:29:16

Today sounds better! DO NOT buy chocolate! Have a milky hot chocolate!

cafecito Mon 18-Mar-13 20:38:36

Gosh I am sooo hungry ! I need to retune my appetite and timings, I guess usually at this time of day I wouldn't have eaten and would then eat loads so my normal setting is to eat lots and lots in the evening. crazy.

Having a bath (so waitrose closes and I have to take my shoes off and will be less inclined to go out smile ) and getting on with some work......

not easy it it hmm

onceipopicantstop Mon 18-Mar-13 21:10:35

Just wanted to say Hi! Was about to start a new thread about healthy eating/calorie counting but this looks to be similar! I've been doing 5:2 since January and have lost a stone. I found it really easy initially but have struggled recently and am not losing weight as am overeating on the non-fast days blush. Am also feeling very grumpy on fast days which really isn't fair on DS!! So have decided to try and switch to a calorie controlled diet instead, aiming to eat healthily and sensibly. I have tried to do this in the past and have tended to fall off the wagon very quickly - so am hoping this thread will keep me motivated! An added incentive is that we are planning to start TTC and I am alot heavier than I would like to be even before becoming pregnant!

twinklestar2 Mon 18-Mar-13 22:59:14

Welcome onceipop!

Argh I'm soooo stupid. I'm out tomorrow night so made oh a big steak pie for his dinner that he can have tomorrow and then we proceeded to eat half of it straight out if the oven cause it was so nice! And that's AFTER we'd had dinner!

And it's my mates bday tomorrow so there'll be cake and food - I thought I was safely out of the 11s but now it looks like I'll be back in them tomorrow sad