support thread 6!!!

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A thread for all those wanting support and advice for using mfp website and app. Welcome to everyone new and those of us that have been around a while hmm

BumBiscuits Tue 12-Feb-13 14:44:39

Happy new thread! marking place

mrsnec Tue 12-Feb-13 14:48:50

Me too!

Chopstheduck Tue 12-Feb-13 15:55:55

marking my place too!

I've just been to waitrose and bought their meal plan. Will def have to schedule lots of exercise to earn that!

LalyRawr Tue 12-Feb-13 16:01:24

Ohh add me! Username is alyiousa, if I know people are seeing what I eat, I knowi will stick to it more.

Have lost a stone so far and very proud of myself x

LalyRawr Tue 12-Feb-13 16:10:11

Do those diet pills, like Adios, actually work or are they a waste of money?

BumBiscuits Tue 12-Feb-13 20:32:35

Probably better off and cheaper with dandelion tea and drinking plenty water. If adios and the like worked, we'd all know about it and take them every day!

jchocchip Wed 13-Feb-13 05:46:51

Hello new thread grin
Don't forget its lent today smile

jchocchip Wed 13-Feb-13 05:48:01

Hello new thread grin
Don't forget its lent today smile

jchocchip Wed 13-Feb-13 05:49:10

Silly phone. Same user name as on here if anyone wants to add me.

Lissyfrog Wed 13-Feb-13 07:39:45

Hi girlies x

Just marking my place on this new thread x new ladies feel free to add me x same name as on here x the support on MFP is fab and I couldn't do it without my lovely ladies x getting very addicted ;-)

Lissyfrog Wed 13-Feb-13 07:45:20

Alyiousa I've just added u x welcome x

LalyRawr Wed 13-Feb-13 13:46:41

Thanks for the adds!

What's everyone doing for Valentines tomorrow? I'm making sure I do some exercise so I can earn a dessert :p

WiseKneeHair Wed 13-Feb-13 13:58:46

<waves> I do like a shiny new thread.
Welcome Laly and well done on your stone loss. I will add you on MFP.
The only over the counter diet pill that works (and, in fact, I think prescription pill in the uk) is Orlistat. It blocks about a third of the fat that you eat and you poo it out instead. It is supposed to increase weight loss by about 1/3, but the downside is that it gives you terrible diarrhoea! Not sure I'm willing to take that trade off, personally.
Thanks for mentioning Valentines day, I'd forgotten. blush Better get DH a card on the way home. As you can see, I don't really have plans for valentines day. Been married too long.
Had a terrible day yesterday, I was tired and headachy and ate too much. Trying to get back on track today and might sneak off work early to do a long exercise session.

Hi everyone! Marking place. I'm MrsDomini on MFP.

I've never tried LalyRawr but there must be some basis in what they do. If you are eating healthily and exercising then you will loss weight steadily and the right way, mfp really works! We don't do anything for valentines day other than buying a card. I've looked at those supermarket deals but they are a bit pricey especially as we really don't drink wine very often.

DoubleMum Wed 13-Feb-13 14:17:56

I was once prescribed Orlistat but I didn't like it at all and stopped taking it. Let's just say you don't always have control over what comes out of your body ...

BumBiscuits Wed 13-Feb-13 14:48:02

I was prescribed Orlistat too. In fact I just cleared out the medicine shelf and threw them away. As well as the main side effect that everyone talks about grin they gave me very painful joints and dandruff.

flootshoot Wed 13-Feb-13 14:49:05

Can I join? I'm sianie9 on MFP, been doing it for about a week so far this time. Are you all friends on there too?

LalyRawr Wed 13-Feb-13 14:51:11

Well, I have Chrons Disease anyway, so my intestines are not my greatest friend at the best of times.

I will stay well clear then!

essexmumma Wed 13-Feb-13 14:53:04

Oh a nice new thread!! Marking my place. I'm mummaessex on MFP- been addicted for over a month now. Longest I have stuck at anything and finding it great to have encouragement from fellow mumsnetterssmile feel free to add me newbies xx

WiseKneeHair Wed 13-Feb-13 14:55:37

Glad everyone agrees with me that Orlistat isn't a great idea. Also, it doesn't help to change eating habits which I think is the main thing we all need to do.
Laly I suspect it would be contraindicated in your case anyway! Healthy eating is the way to go.
floot welcome. Yes, we are friends on MFP and everyone is really good at giving each other encouragement. We do like to see an open diary though wink [nosy emoticon] I'll add you.

LalyRawr Wed 13-Feb-13 14:58:57

I have the app on my iPhone and I can't add people by username sad

Stoopid phone.

flootshoot Wed 13-Feb-13 15:27:18

I think my diary is open.... Anyway. I'm 4'11' and about 10st, aiming to lose a stone. I'm really determined to stick it for the long haul (DS now 4, DD now 2, defo not planning any more!!). Doing 1200 calories a day and alternating the shred with the 10 min solution DVDs.

DoubleMum Wed 13-Feb-13 17:38:19

The support is great here and on MFP, I'm sure that's what has kept me going. I'm the same name on MFP by the way.

WiseKneeHair Wed 13-Feb-13 17:44:10

Laly you can o it on the iPhone.
Click on the friends button on the bottom, then the friends button on the top. Then click on the add a friend button. In the next screen, ignore the from line and put their username in the to line. Then request sent.
Exercise done and feeling much more positive now.

LalyRawr Wed 13-Feb-13 17:49:36

Ohhh you truly are wise!

Sorry phone, stoopid me x

WiseKneeHair Wed 13-Feb-13 17:55:15

<takes a bow>
In fact, it is only my knee hairs that are wise. grin

LalyRawr Wed 13-Feb-13 18:03:51

And very wise knee hairs they are too!

Confitdecanard Wed 13-Feb-13 18:07:14

Hello everyone. Another MFP addict here. Same username as on here, feel free to add me. Talking of meal deals - my local coop has a £5 stir fry deal on at the moment. Prawns, noodles, prepared veg and sauce sachet - came in at under 500 calories for a portion with the Chinese sauce and egg noodles. Added extra ginger and chilli and now my mouth is on fire! Yummy though and I feel very full.

Confitdecanard Wed 13-Feb-13 18:16:44

Is anyone having a problem with the iPhone app? Mine says I have no friends which, unless there has been a big conspiracy to get rid of me, isn't true!

WiseKneeHair Wed 13-Feb-13 18:23:58

Oh Confit you've Sussed us out! grin. No, no problems with the iPhone app here.
That meal deal sounds yummy. I love stir fry.

Confitdecanard Wed 13-Feb-13 18:37:56

I knew it! How rude.

Mine won't syncronise at the moment so I'm in offline mode, could affect friends Confitdecanard.

kingbeat23 Wed 13-Feb-13 18:44:30

Another addict here after being recommended by a friend, my cycle is round the bend and I suffer with ibs but I've lost around half a stone since January and keeping an eye on what I eat.

Username is VixCyn23 would be great to meet more users!

Confitdecanard Wed 13-Feb-13 19:00:33

Switched my phone on and off and it works again. Phew!

WiseKneeHair Wed 13-Feb-13 19:20:04

Glad you've found us again confit
Welcome kingbeat, I'll add you.

kingbeat23 Wed 13-Feb-13 19:30:50

Oooh! Loads of requests, wicked!!! Thanks. I had a sad moment this week realising that my hips have been hurting me due to impromptu iPod discos in my front room once dd is asleep, shakira I am obviously not!

Lissyfrog Wed 13-Feb-13 19:47:33

Flootshoot x welcome I have just added u x MFP name is the same as in here x lissyfrog

Lalyraur x I to had the orlistat. Not nice x not only running to the loo but fat runs out whenever it feels like x not just on the loo x sorry but u did ask and no nice way to put it x stay well clear x

If u want to add any of us by iPhone then (and I didn't know this when I joined this thread) click on add a friend pick the email option put yr MFP name in the from box and the person u want to add MFP's name in the to box and then send x the person will then accept u and all done x :-D

Everyone else
I had a right old panick tonight and couldn't get on MFP x it just kept crashing x don't worry I didn't go for the hob nobs just a paper bag to blow in smile x it's working now x

Lissyfrog Wed 13-Feb-13 19:52:53

Sorry posted that then saw the rest of the blips x doh x

Welcome new ladies x I have added u all x

flootshoot Wed 13-Feb-13 20:05:58

Hurrah, I have friends. Now you can all spy on my v. weird eating habits grin. Just did the shred for the fifth time (have been alternating with other things) and I didn't break a sweat... Can't believe how much my endurance has improved in just over a week, but that does means its probably time for level 2. Yikes.

WiseKneeHair Wed 13-Feb-13 21:26:50

flootshoot definitely time for level 2 - go on, you'll enjoy it, promise. I am disappointed in you though as I can't see your weird eating habits on MFP. I was getting very excited wondering what you ate. grin have I mentioned that I am nosy?

LalyRawr Wed 13-Feb-13 21:35:53

Just added all of you.

<feels stalkerish>

OH broke my step, so just done 30 minutes of step ups on the bottom rung of his stepladder which is much higher! My legs can no longer bear my weight x

Lissyfrog Wed 13-Feb-13 22:36:18

Does the shred have lots of jogging in it ???? For those of u who don't know I'm recovering after a back op which I had 3 weeks ago x I'm a long way off being able to do high impact workouts but really need to strengthen my core x

twinkle183 Wed 13-Feb-13 22:37:04

Evening all.... Just bench marking!! Happy Lent everyone! First day has not been too bad...

Does anyone else stress eat?? hmm

Lissyfrog Wed 13-Feb-13 22:49:12

Yes hun x stressed , stress free, bored not bored, hungry, full up, cold, hot, happy, sad u name it I eat sad x

flootshoot Thu 14-Feb-13 07:35:01

I don't really eat because I'm stressed/bored/ for comfort. I just really really like food!! wisekneehair, do you mean you can't see my diary or my eating habits aren't that weird?? Yesterday was fairly normal I think...

Chopstheduck Thu 14-Feb-13 09:11:33

lissy I tried it once and nearly collapsed! It has lots of star jumping, prob not good after a back op x

Yes twinkle183, that's always been my problem that I am an emotional eater. I have also in the past eaten too much but mainly I eat when bored (mostly stopped that now), sad or stressed and definitely when I'm tired. I have learned how to cope with it a bit better and to eat less at those times but I think it will always be a struggle!

Morning everyone. Another fast day for me......

Pinkglow Thu 14-Feb-13 10:49:40

Added loads of the newbies (although I'm abit of a newbie myself)

Its great when you can see what other ppl have done. DH doing lots of late shifts this week so I cant get to the gym and have been doing Jillian Michaels instead, I brought her box set off Amazon yonks ago and have been doing that.

Anyone have a target like a holiday? I'm going on holiday at the end of april with my family so I'm treating that as a mini target.

Welcome all new comers.

Right who wants to queue up and give me a big kick up the backside.

I've almost complete fallen of the wagon. Since Christmas I've had one thing after another with children (being ill, broken arms ect) and snow days. I just can't seem to be able to get back onto doing exercise and eating properly.

Lissyfrog Thu 14-Feb-13 12:04:47

Hi wheredidiputit
Consider yrself kicked !!! And one more for luck ;-) x I think we all fall off from time to time but the main thing is u get back on and u have made the 1st step today x so well done x

R u on MFP ? If so is yr name same as on here and I will add u ?

twinkle183 Thu 14-Feb-13 12:21:33

Morning ladies....

I am so glad that I am not the only one but I do suffer after I have stressed ate!! IBS is playing havoc this morning..... confused

wheredidiput big kick from me too!!! Did insanity fit test yesterday off to do plyo shortly if I can manage to stay away from the loo long enough... smile!!

Come on ladies we can do it!!! Xxx

I know I can do it. I've lost 30lb since July last year. I've just got to get on with it. I may leave it next week as it's half term, and just try to eat healthly and do as much activity as possible (weather permitting).

My username is power1969 on MFP.

WiseKneeHair Thu 14-Feb-13 13:12:18

where KICK, although a break between losing weight is supposed to be a good thing, so if you have managed to maintain(ish) the 30lb loss, which is superb by the way, then getting back on track should give good results.
floot I couldn't see your diary. Happy to look at non-weird dairies, too.
pink I'm going on holiday at the beginning of April which I may have mentioned once or twice already and want to lose another 10lbs by then, although I'd be reasonably happy with 7lbs.
Lissy shred is high impact, so won't be any good for you. Have you looked at Taebo? I think that is supposed to be low impact - ask on MFP, I know a few people do it.
Twinkle yes, I'm definitely an emotional eater, too. I am trying to listen to my body and differentiate between when I want to eat because I am hungry and when I want to eat because I am stressed/ tired/bored. I agree with cinnamon that I think it'll always be a battle, but one I am getting better at.
It help me to prolog as much of my food as possible, then I know how many calories I have, or don't have, left.

flootshoot Thu 14-Feb-13 14:39:26

Should have made my diary public now. Indian takeaway tonight- I shall be on the tandoori chicken and okra, no rice or naan for me!

Jemster Thu 14-Feb-13 18:13:56

I've heard a lot of people talk about MFP but how exactly does it work? I am struggling to lose babyweight 10 months post baby. Want to lose about a stone and a half. I struggle to think up meal ideas and snacks to help me lose weight and never seem to find time to exercise but I really want to try harder now. Is MFP quite straightforward to follow? Thanks

LalyRawr Thu 14-Feb-13 19:19:40

Jemster all MFP is, is counting calories. Log every calorie you eat and try to come under your target!

Speaking of, I am now 47 calories over my target today, so must so some exercise this evening!

mrsnec Thu 14-Feb-13 22:08:41

Hello everyone just checking in again. Not much to report here. Jemster I am finding MFP useful in other areas too apart from calorie counting. I like the support that goes without saying but I also like how it breaks things down into food groups so you can see where you're going wrong or help you decide what to have as a snack if you have cals left over. I also like the fact that there are a lot of popular low cal recipes in the database. Good luck!

Lissyfrog Fri 15-Feb-13 06:27:12

Jemster big welcome to u x I love MFP but it can become very addictive in a good way x think I spend most of my time looking at what others have had to eat ( not in a stalkerish way might add) but for low cal snacks and eve meals x I have an iPhone so if u wanna log something u can scan the packet and it adds all the info to yr diary x

Not only does it teach u the calorie value of every thing which u pick up quickly it teaches u portion control which has always been where a slip up having done slimming world where u have loads of what they call free foods x no food is free x I and all the others log everything from glasses of water to main meal x once u have signed up u will b able to look at what others eat and that helps a lot x another good app is be food smart x it's free and has low cal meals for every time of day and snacks x

If u need any help getting started and setting up then post on here and someone will answer x but if I can do it anyone can ;) x

DoubleMum Fri 15-Feb-13 07:36:57

Wise I'm on hol at the beginning of April too, on a cruise so quite scared of myself being let loose among all that food!

mrsnec Fri 15-Feb-13 08:26:41

That sounds lovely. Where are you off to DoubleMum? I want to go on a cruise too! Jemster that is a really good point about MFP and portion control. I was quite a healthy eater, don't drink much, never have junk, always cook from scratch yet still at least 2.5 stone overweight probably more. Not an emotional eater either so portion control is my only issue. I notice a few people pre-logging. I think that's a great idea. I shall be doing more of that. Think holidays are difficult. I'm going to Venice tomorrow. Wish me and my willpower good luck!

DoubleMum Fri 15-Feb-13 09:48:00

It's in the Med, got into cruises through Clubcard points, it was a bit of a shock to have to pay for it and unlikely to happen again so I want to make the most of it. The first cruise we went on called at Venice, 'twas lovely. Good luck and have a fantastic time!
I think I have multiple issues - eating bad stuff, portion control, emotional eating, feeding frenzies - all of them and that's why I have so very much to lose. Also if you've never been thin - ie overweight since childhood - you don't have anything to hold on to IYSWIM.

Lissyfrog Fri 15-Feb-13 12:30:32

I'm in the same boat double !!!!! Think I was thin ish when I was 18 but had always been a chubby kid x now 43 so that was many moons ago sad may b I should change name to doublelissy ???? We will get there in the end hun x

mrsnec Fri 15-Feb-13 12:54:09

Yes definately make the most of the cruise then. I'm going to be as careful as I can. I'm mindful that a few All Inclusive holidays may have helped me get where I am. Must tell myself I don't need 5 puddings! I haven't been really thin since my 20's. I was at my smallest when I was at uni but I was huge as a child. I can't pinpoint exactly when I gained and lost weight and I wasn't even that happy when I was thin. It's ok thinking like that though as it makes the health aspect the focus for me.

WiseKneeHair Fri 15-Feb-13 13:00:03

Hi Jemster I agree with what everyone else has said about MFP. I have found it really helpful in many ways. If you join, let us know your username and we will friend you, it's like having your own cheer leading group, it's great for motivation.
Double that sounds lovely, although I get seasick, so have always been wary of cruises. We have a villa in Lanzarote for a week, as self catering I will have a bit more control over the food, but I don't intend cooking much and a week off is fine as long as you get back on the wagon afterwards.
mrsnec that sounds lovely. Enjoy your weekend away, very jealous.
floot I can stalk you now grin

flootshoot Fri 15-Feb-13 13:44:00

<disclaimer> I had an apple Danish for breakfast. Friday is bakery day in our house, I bloody love apple Danishes. However I should point out I've gone from having about four a week as snacks to having one a week to replace a meal. So it looks bad on paper but I'm actually quite proud of my restraint grin. Going out to Giraffe for dinner tonight, any low calorie suggestions?

Afternoon everyone.

Last fast day of the week today. Must instruct DH not to buy any wine or anything for tonight!

mrsnec have a great time in Venice. If you want a drink have a Bellini, or dirty Martini, they're lowish in calories! Lots of lovely seafood there too. Ooh, I'm envy now!

I think Chops is off to Montreal too. If you read this Chops, have fun!

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Sat 16-Feb-13 08:05:55

Last year I lost 17kg and mfp played a big part in that. Then I lost the drive to succed and need a giant kick up the bum. I'm feijoajam on mfp, please come and kick me.

At the moment I'm working on getting fit, but I need to sort my eating out again.

Chopstheduck Sat 16-Feb-13 08:34:08

Yep, off to the airport shortly, hope you all have lovely half terms, see you all soon! x

Lissyfrog Sat 16-Feb-13 10:36:46

Well gel chops x haves fab time u have done soooo well so far x

Welcome and I've just added u hun x consider yrself booted x

Lissyfrog Sat 16-Feb-13 10:37:42

Sorry silly phone corrected yr name x

WiseKneeHair Sat 16-Feb-13 18:50:43

It's going to be quiet around here with all these lucky people off on holiday.
Welcome feijoa, well done on the weight loss, that's great. I've sent you a friend request and am happy to kick. Feel free to kick back. grin

Have been really busy last few days and I'm on my phone so its a pain to scroll back past this page so sorry if I don't respond to anything!!

Welcome back wheredidiputit and come on pull yourself together, you've done so well to just stop now. Make yourself do that first day of eating well and exercise and you'll remember why you loved it smile

It tells you what you should be eating based on weight, height, age and activity level jemster and they allows you to log what you actually eat and you try to match up the two! Be honest with what you log and keep below your weekly calories and you will lose weight. Plus TA a great support network.

Have a lovely time mrsnec smile

Well done for getting as far as you did FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels, and you can do it again to get to your goal!!

I know what you mean DoubleMum, I was bullied as a fat child and my mum eventually took me to slimming world when I was 16. I went from 12 1/2st to 9 1/2st. I then gained it all back by 18 plus more. I've been between 13 and 18 1/2st since only losing while pregnant! So I don't really have anything I look back and didn't have clothes to fit back into, I had to buy new ones grin. You should look forward to what you would like to be! You can do it!!

BumBiscuits Sun 17-Feb-13 02:06:57

4 weeks in....9 lbs off, whoop, whoop!

Lissyfrog Sun 17-Feb-13 07:27:50

Well done BUM x that's brill x so chuffed for u x keep it up x

WiseKneeHair Sun 17-Feb-13 08:24:59

Great lose Bum well done.
I've exercised hard the last few days, it really is addictive! Feeling it today though, so may take it a bit easier today. Think we are going to try and drag the DC outside for a walk today, you'll probably hear the moaning from where you all are. Wish us luck. grin

fiftyodd Sun 17-Feb-13 09:45:35

Hello all - I've just added some more of you on MFP, where I'm busybusybee.

Could I ask a very cheeky question? From looking at some of the food diaries on MFP, some people seem to eat hardly any veg or salad (but stay under the calorie goal by exercising a lot).

If you fall into this category, is that really how you're eating, or do you not just bother adding veggies because they're so low in calories?

Eating like this and exercising will mean losing weight, but it wouldn't be great for optimum health and I guess risks putting it back on after the weight loss period is over.

WiseKneeHair Sun 17-Feb-13 10:45:04

Hi fifty I'll send you a friend request in MFP.
Interesting question, I have seen lots of different ways of doing it on MFP. I feel similarly to you, that you need to eat healthily as well as low calorie and I try and incorporate that into my food diary. With the not so odd treat.
However, others seem to being well without the five a day and I guess people do what works for them. That's what I love about MFP, the diversity of diaries and how different people's eating habits can be, yet still be eating similar calories.

fiftyodd Sun 17-Feb-13 12:27:53

I've accepted your friend request wisekneehair. I have more than the odd treat, including probably too much wine - but I do attempt to eat a lot of vegetables, salad and fruit, which I actually enjoy.

I wouldn't be able to lose weight otherwise, because I'm small (5ft 3ins) and don't need/want to lose a lot, plus, as my name implies, aged over 50 and boy, does the metabolism slow down! I thought the 40s were hard enough, this is much more difficult especially because I'm sitting down all day in work and then spend too much time on MN instead of the gym.

Dizzydora71 Sun 17-Feb-13 16:53:03

Hello everyone and all the newbies. I've lost 3lbs this week so in total I've lost 1 stone 5.5 pounds in 6 weeks.still feeling very motivated and not finding it a struggle. Feel free to add me on Mfp same username as here.

Well done Bumbiscuits!

I don't eat my 5 a day every day but usually have at least 3 most days fiftyodd, I was surprised by how little fruit and veg some people eat but it is expensive and I genuinely think a lot of people can't afford it. Since I have been maintaining I have increased the number of treats and know I don't eat enough fruit and veg but some days I really don't fancy fruit and depending on what we have for dinner I'd have a few there. I make sure my children eat plenty but not so good myself. I log all that I eat low calorie or not but can't speak for anyone else smile

DoubleMum Sun 17-Feb-13 21:38:37

Well done Bum!
I log everything, ad nauseam. I apologise if it makes boring reading, but I feel that way I'm not cheating IYSWIM. Cos obviously I know I would only be cheating myself but believe me it has happened before.

WiseKneeHair Sun 17-Feb-13 21:58:17

Well done Dizzy, that's a very impressive loss.
fifty 5'3" isn't small, it's about right as I am 5'2.5" but I know what you mean. Weight shows up a lot more than it would a taller person.
Had a good weekend, lots of exercise, so onwards and downwards.

WiseKneeHair Sun 17-Feb-13 21:59:46

Haven't said, but I log absolutely everything, even my daily multivitamin. Although, I admit, it is sometimes tempting to omit things.

jchocchip Mon 18-Feb-13 09:24:22

I sometimes miss things but not intentionally! Yesterday it was about 6 grapes my daughter gave me in the car and I forgot. Eat more veg when I am cooking and less when it is ds's turn as he thinks cooking is putting a pizza in the oven...

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Mon 18-Feb-13 18:17:39

Thank you for the welcome and the lovely new mfp arse kicking friends. grin

I have climbed back on the wagon and now that last of the ice cream has been 'disposed of' I will behave and kick the last 5 and a half kg into touch.

Makingmama Mon 18-Feb-13 19:17:20

Hello can I join please smile really want to lose at least 1 stone and tone up...especially flabby tummy! Going to get back onto MFP tomorrow with start weight in the morning. Also really going to try hard to work out 5 x a wk...just need to work it into busy schedule - that's the hard part! What calorie allowances are you all on and losing well with? Thinking start at 1200 for quick weight loss.

Hi everyone, can I join please? I was on MFP last year, stopped doing it, and forgot my log in details! New name is the same as on here, would really appreciate anyone adding me, it's a bit lonely on there at the minute!

Lissyfrog Tue 19-Feb-13 07:21:36

Hi girls x
I've added breakout x welcome x
Makingmama is yr name the same as on here as I couldn't find u x add me x lissyfrog x
I to r on 1200 cals per day and found the 1st week hard as I couldn't do any exercise as recovering from an op x so found it hard not bein able to even earn an extra 100 cals if I need it x In to the swing of it now but it helps to b able to do a bit of walking now apart from the exercise its scrapping the blinking boardom x
Had a really bad mood day yesterday as it was weigh in and had only lost a pound in two weeks !!!! Not a happy bunny but all the girls were they to support me x I did go out for a nice long walk with my DS and his 2 friends and the dog although he wasn't likin mums extra miles. We walked to Mc D's where they all had food and I had a coffee !!! So chuffed with myself coz considering my mood could of ate 20 meals 20 shakes plus the kids !!!!! smile x
Did u all know that on the back of the paper they put on the tray is everything they do with the cals x it really opened my eyes x what I normally have for lunch in there is more than my whole days cal allowance x Big Mac meal and shake is nearly 1500 cals sad I would have that plus breakfast and t !!!!!

That's another great thing about mfp, you can look up fast food before you go into the Restuarant smile. I usually have a happy meal at McDonalds now but would have always had a large meal before.

Pinkglow Tue 19-Feb-13 12:05:26

Hi Ive added a few of the newbies - Im seapaper on MFP if anyone needs to add me.

I eat loads of veg mainly because Im trying to be healthy rather than skinny if that makes sense. Plus we only eat meat about three times a week, then fish two times so I have to come up with veggie dishes. The only thing I suffer with is Iron intake. I used to be very anemic anyway so I try to have green veg most days but I still take a iron suppliment.

WiseKneeHair Tue 19-Feb-13 13:02:41

Welcome everyone. I've added you BreakOut, but couldn't find MakingMama.
Well done on resisting McDs Lissy, you should feel very proud of yourself.
I have a calorie allowance of about 1330 ( it keeps going down as I lose weight!) as I couldn't cope with 1200. In fact, having read about the eat more to lose weight threads on MFP, I am thinking of upping my calories. I'm going to wait until my losses slow down though as I'm happy with how it's going at the moment.

Thanks for the adds! Makes it a lot more fun when others are following too. My cals are currently 1200 sad, but I'm actually considering following 5:2 diet alongside it, eating slightly more on the other days- maybe 1500?

I struggle with getting my 5 a day in, as I don't like fruit. I'm trying to make more homemade soups, things like that, to get a few more in. I find I get very bored with meat and 2 veg type of meals, so trying to have a few more in soups, omelettes, etc.

fiftyodd Tue 19-Feb-13 18:23:33

I've just sent a few more requests via my busybusybee name on MFP.

Scales showed me as 1lb heavier this morning hmm but AF today.

I am determined to stick with trying to lose at least 5lb, but may go back on phase 1 of the Harcombe diet next week which is hardcore, but works well for me. I can only stick it for 5 days though.

gobbymare Wed 20-Feb-13 16:11:58

Ugh lost the thred for a few days, glad i found you all.

Welcome newbies, i`ve added a few of you ladies i`m saucysezie on MFP.

I`m on my phone so can`t go back but will catch up later, just want to say thanx for the support ladies and well done on the losses, as we continue to choose out hard!

OneTwoOrThree Wed 20-Feb-13 20:33:01

Wow, thread 6!

I've been away for a while (not enough time to mn these days!), but have been sticking to the diet. I'm about 11lbs away from goal, and the weight loss has slowed dramatically - just 0.5lb in the last 2 weeks.

To be honest I'm not to sure if it's just a plateau and the weight loss will return to it's previous rate, or if this is a more permanent slow down.

A few things have changed.....

Firstly, I've cut down on breastfeeds to one or two a day, so have stopped giving myself the extra 200 calories (I'm a bit worried my milk has dried up, but that's a whole other thread!)

I also got a fitbit a few weeks ago, and have upped my daily step count as a result. I'm earning 200-300 exercise calories most days (ie replacing the ones I got for breastfeeding) and am trying to use no more than 200 a day.

I'm going to start running again - did 6km at the weekend, any my legs are killing me (still!). I should know better than to start with a 6km run, when I haven't seen my trainers for months, but it felt good at the time.

I'll catch up on the thread later tonight....

PS - any newbies feel free to add me on MFP (same name as here)

jchocchip Thu 21-Feb-13 07:48:12

Hi 12or3

BumBiscuits Thu 21-Feb-13 09:16:48

karaoke I follow the 5:2, on week 3/done 6 fasts. I was on 1200 a day too. The problem with such a low amount is that you have no room for the odd blowout.

I've had years of doing really well on a diet for 2 or 3 weeks, losing say 6lbs then putting it all back on over the space of one day and becoming disheartened.

I'm on week 3 of 5:2. My calories over the week still work out at approx 1200 per day if averaged out. I've had a deficit of over 4000 each week. I think you need a deficit of 3500 to lose a pound.

I've lost 9lbs. Weighing in tomorrow or Sunday (away Saturday).

I'm 51tolose on MFP if you want to have a squizz at my diary.

That was one of the things I asked you on mfp OneTwoOrThree but you I don't always see replies unless I remember and go and check smile Bf made a huge difference to my weight after both my boys esp ds1 as he was a piggy so I did wonder if that may affect your weightloss. What makes you think your milk has dried up? Well done on the running, 6K is a pretty impressive return!

It may be better to have a few weeks with lower attempted weight loss BreakOutTheKaraoke to increase calories as this helps mentally and can kick start weight loss if you're struggling. Good luck with getting all the veg in smile

WiseKneeHair Thu 21-Feb-13 09:42:38

Has anyone tried the nakd fruit bars? They are absolutely lovely. Not particularly low calorie at between about 130-145 calories per bar, but they are very rich and satisfying. They also count as one of your 5 a day, so if you are struggling, they may help with that. Not exactly cheap either, but as I am saving a fortune on not buying much chocolate or crisps, I think it is justified.
Got the exercising bug badly at the moment and feeling very motivated. I've been looking at the before and after pictures on MFP and find them very inspiring.

LalyRawr Thu 21-Feb-13 09:59:31

Wise want to share some of that motivation? I'm really struggling the past few days!

Just can't seem to get my arse in gear. Doesn't help that's daughter has decided that sleep is now optional so I'm bloody knackered all day.

Hi, I'm snailrunner on MFP if anyone else wants to add me. I've been using it for well over a year, with gaps in between! I'm currently my heaviest ever, and while 10st might not sound like a lot I look much better (and fit my size 10s) at around 9st2 - 9st4.

I've been logging my exercise religiously but ignoring food - it's time for that to change! It doesn't help that I can park near the gym for free if I spend £5 in Asda, but I have to admit that I am not often spending that £5 wisely! I also need over £500 of dental work done on just two teeth because of my lifelong sugar habit.

It's time for change. New MFP friends extremely welcome smile

DoubleMum Thu 21-Feb-13 10:37:25

Wonder if my kids would like those Naked bars Wise. Need something to get them away from more naughty stuff on a regular basis.

WiseKneeHair Thu 21-Feb-13 14:50:36

Hi postmanpatscat can I call you Jess for short? welcome and I've sent you a friend request on MFP.

Double I have wondered the same. Trouble is, they are so expensive, that it might bankrupt me if all three start eating them regularly, as well as DH and I. The cheapest I've found is about 58p a bar, they usually seem to be about 75p each. So for five of us, at one a day, that would be £20.30 a week!

Laly why do you need motivating? You've just got into a healthy BMI. You should feel blooming marvellous. I know it's difficult with a little one that won't sleep, I had years of that. Try and be kind to yourself and don't expect too much too soon because you are doing brilliantly. Do you have any old photos to remind yourself of want you looked like before you started? What about your DP having your DD for a few hours over the weekend, whilst you treat yourself to a manicure or something? You definitely deserve a non food treat for getting into a healthy BMI. Remember, you CAN do this, we are all here to support you.

DoubleMum Thu 21-Feb-13 15:12:53

OK on second thoughts perhaps I won't introduce them Wise!

WiseKneeHair Thu 21-Feb-13 19:21:53

Double grin

HeavenlyWineandRoses Thu 21-Feb-13 19:54:48

Hello everyone. I lost the thread for a whle so it's nice to catch up and I've added a whole bunch of the even newer than me newbies.

I joined MFP almost four weeks ago and have lost 5.5lbs. I started dieting mid-January though and have lost 12.5lbs in total since then and am feeling so good about the weightloss. Have another half stone to go but hope to stick with MFP long term to ensure I maintain the lost weight.

Absolutely loving MFP and all the lovely friends and support. Xxx

mrsnec Fri 22-Feb-13 11:02:26

Hello everyone! Marking my place again. Hi to all the newbies too. You're all doing very well. I'm a bit gutted that I put on a KG on my hols. Hope to shift it very soon. I did break all of my rules! I'm going to measure myself again tomorrow too to see if that makes me feel any better.

nogoodusernamesleft Fri 22-Feb-13 11:52:16

Hi everyone, is it ok to join in? I've been using MFP on and off for a year, but could really do with a bit of extra motivation. I'd really got back into it in the last month, but then I had to have my top rib removed last week and since then have sat around pigging on chocolates! grin Am hoping to get back to walking rather than running next week and so will have to keep a careful eye on what I'm eating. Am off to Costa Rica at the end of April with a friend so could really do with getting some poundage off. grin My name on MFP is fattybumbum36 if anyone would like to add me! smile

Having a rib removed sounds nasty! Welcome, have sent you a friend request (snailrunner)

WiseKneeHair Fri 22-Feb-13 15:54:33

Welcome nogood I'll send you a friend request.
mrsnec you are a numpty! said in the nicest possible way but only putting on 1kg on a holiday should be cause for celebration (of the non calorific variety). I remember someone coming back from holiday, when I did SW, with a gain of 12lbs in a week. She was at target as well and it had taken her something like 15 weeks to lose those 12lbs!
I've made the big ?foolish decision to up my calories today by 250. The plan is then to up them again in a few weeks by another 250 if I don't put on weight. This will then take me to my TDEE-20% level. So, my weight loss may slow down, but it should be more sustainable. I'm also keen to lose as little muscle as possible and from what I've read, this is a better way of doing it. We'll see how it goes.
Some handholding may be necessary, please?

mrsnec Fri 22-Feb-13 17:14:05

Yes I'm a numpty I know but I'm only just at my first stone and I wanted to have lost more by now. I was only away 4 days and walked everywhere. It was worth it though as a friend pointed out today I couldn't not have Bellinis, Prosecco, full fat cappuccinos and Tiramisu! Should be happy too as I did have an NSV. Got a dress in Desigual. Their stuff has never fitted before! Anyway, I meant to say I'm all for faffing about with your cals to see what it does. Doing a bit of that myself at the moment. I'm not convinced by the starvation mode thing as the peeps on 5:2 and those who just eat fwer cals on my MFP list have really impressive losses. Those that eat closer to their goal, not so much which is why I aim for the middle. At the moment.

WiseKneeHair Fri 22-Feb-13 19:23:22

Well done on the new dress mrsnec, I don't know the make, is it French? Am I right in thinking they don't vanity size as much as the uk? Definitely agree you couldn't have missed all those tummy things whilst away.

Sounds like good decision wisekneehair smile

mrsnec Fri 22-Feb-13 21:02:17

Spanish brand wise. I still need an XL which they say is a 16 which I still am in theory but they don't do vanity sizing. A friend told me she thinks it's more a 12-14 but I'm sure she's just making me feel better!

Don't forget to let us know how you get on with the cals. One interesting point while I was away I logged one day. I ate junk but not full portions and I felt a kind of internal switch telling me to stop at what turned out to be maintainence cals. That's never happened to me before and I'm less worried about overeating than I was before. Bit of a breakthrough that maybe you'll find a similar thing and find what suits.

flootshoot Fri 22-Feb-13 21:52:50

Finally tracked down my bathroom scales (down the side of the washing machine - where else? hmm). So first weigh in tomorrow morning. I've been 10 stone forever so after two weeks back on MFP I'm hoping to be slightly less.....

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Sun 24-Feb-13 09:54:45

Having people actively looking at my diary is definitely helping thank you! (arse is feeling nicely kicked grin.

I am currently winding down bfing DD and have stopped logging extra calories for that which will hopefully help a little. Once she is (fingers crossed as she's very stubborn about booby) finished in a couple of weeks I am going to rejig my daily quota to be slighty less.

I've sent a couple of friend requests this morning x Feel free to add me (FeijoaJam) if you haven't already.

Dizzydora71 Sun 24-Feb-13 13:22:55

Hi everyone. I started Mfp 7 weeks ago . I've lost 3lbs today so in total I've lost 1 stone 8.5 lbs in 7 weeks. I can see I'm losing it but its not showing in my dress sizes (tried the next size down in clothes this weekend doesn't fit yet) but my clothes look really baggy . Feel free to add me on Mfp same username as here. Welcome all newbies too xx

WiseKneeHair Sun 24-Feb-13 16:25:47

Well done Dizzy you are doing really well.
Floot how did the weigh in go?
Feijoa I said we were nosy.

I'm enjoying my extra calories, trying to use them on nuts, seeds and dried fruit and wine and chocolate. Well see how my weigh in goes on Tuesday.

nogoodusernamesleft Sun 24-Feb-13 18:19:51

Thank you to everyone that added me (fattybumbum36)! Nothing quite like knowing everyone else can read your diary to keep you on track! grin

I am ON this from tomorrow morning, have 8 weeks to shed some serious poundage before Costa Rica, so need to get serious!

So DD2 is desperate to make apple pie, we bought bramley apples and a readymade pastry case, then get home and I remember that pies have a top crust too hmm so we bought jusrol pastry on our next trip and I've just made a treacle tart with the original pastry case, yum!

Where does this fit into my diet, you wonder...well, I'm doing 5:2 so it fits in very nicely!

Chopstheduck Mon 25-Feb-13 07:49:02

Morning girls!

Back to it today, think I have put on about 3lbs sad Was a bit miffed about that tbh, since we were really active, but I think it will soon come off again.

Holiday was fab, but didn't get near the gym in the end, because we walked for miles everyday, went skiing, etc. Ate loads of nice food, poutine is the best invention ever! Plus on the last night we went to a very posh Heston Blumenthal style restaurant. The food just kept coming and was out of this world. Little theatrical displays - Ham on a washing line, cheese cigars offered from a box, and the best bit was a book, that they opened at the table, and out comes a big puff of smoke and inside was a heavenly little smoked salmon tartlet. Oh and the breakfast buffets! The hotel was 4* and the buffet was huge!

Thinking about it, it's no wonder I put on weight!

DoubleMum Mon 25-Feb-13 07:50:37

Well done Dizzy!

nogoodusernamesleft Mon 25-Feb-13 09:28:00

Dizzy, you have done really well!

Chops, that restaurant sounds amazing, I want to go now!

Am I being really stupid? I can't see how to add people by their usernames on MFP? I click on Add Friends, then it only gives me the option of Facebook friends, phone contacts or finding by email address. Am I missing something? I'd be grateful if some kind soul could point me in the right direction!

DoubleMum Mon 25-Feb-13 09:43:06

You need to click on 'find members' on the Community tab.

nogoodusernamesleft Mon 25-Feb-13 11:08:40

Thanks doublemum, was trying to do it on the iPhone app! Have found it online now. smile

3lb doesn't sound bad from your description Chopstheduck!!!!

On the app you go to email nogoodusernamesleft and it then allows you to add by username. Would be helpful if it said that though!

Right back to 'diet' properly today.

Have logged everything and made sure I'm keep moving to do at least 10,000 steps (have a fitbit)

lirael Mon 25-Feb-13 19:25:56

Are other people getting a 'site down for maintenance' sign when they try to track their food today?

monahue Mon 25-Feb-13 21:26:32

After failed WW attempts, I am using MFP. First day today and I feel good! Under my calorie allowance for the day so feel very virtuous! smile
Please add me - same username as on here. I think being able to see other folks menus will inspire me!

BumBiscuits Tue 26-Feb-13 09:38:15

I did my 7th fast yesterday.

I'm tracking (please don't read my red wine consumption, not big or clever) but STS this week. I'm not surprised.

hairtwiddler Tue 26-Feb-13 10:49:30

Please feel free to add me folks. I'm gotootsiego on mfp.
Started again yesterday with husband for support. Managed my first c25k run this morning using the fabulous Robert Ulrey podcast. Goal is to run the Race for Life 5k in the summer, and to get back to a healthy weight. Currently 2.5 stone over ideal.

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Tue 26-Feb-13 14:20:45

I'm in danger of having a toddler stylee tantrum on the floor. I've been so good all week, even had salad for dinner so as not to go over my points limit one night, and I've lost NOTHING. I have dropped DD's morning feed this week though, so am blaming that [doubtful face]

mrsnec Tue 26-Feb-13 16:52:54

Just marking my place again. Hope you're all ok. Just wanted to say keep going if you're struggling. It will all be worth it in the end or at least that's what I keep telling myself!

monahue Tue 26-Feb-13 20:13:40

Thank you to all those lovely folks who have made friends with me on MFP. I have been having a nosey through your food diaries and stealing ideas! smile

DoubleMum Tue 26-Feb-13 20:33:22

Feijoa don't give up, it will be some wierd body/water thing. Work out your BMR and your TDEE (links somewhere around here, and definitely in 1st post of 5:2 fast thread) and the right level of calories for you.

Lissyfrog Wed 27-Feb-13 07:02:14

Hi lovely ladies x

Haven't been on here for while as have so many friends on MFP that I spend most of my time chatting on there x ;)

Chops yr hol sounds fab x well jel smile especially the last night x wow what a experience x don't beat yrself up about the ickle gain u will soon get that off as u do so well with yr workouts x glad u had a fab time x

All new ladies please feel free to add me x same as on here lissyfrog x I lost 4.4 lb this week x soooooo chuffed x but that's all thanks to all the fab support x had a bit of a fight with 4 slices of thick bread and butter yesterday ( banging head on table) the bread won the bugger but I did log it so everyone could see it x

Going back to work on mon yayyyyyy after 6 painful months off and my 3rd back op x got a long way to go b4 I'm at my target but 17 lb off so far is in the right direction x don't wanna go through all that again x so if u see me having another fight with a hovis feel free to kick punch and poke me in the eyes x at least I won't b able to find the bread then x chuckle chuckle chuckle !!!!!!

RGPargy Wed 27-Feb-13 23:59:02

Ooooo 'ello! Finally found you. Have been very slack in the food department!

I am off on a Fitness Fiesta weekender this weekend in Camber Sands so there is no way i am eating sensibly. The weekend will consist of stupid amounts of exercise, stupid amounts of crap food and stupid amounts of alcohol. grin

I have been to a nutritionist and so am starting her plan on Monday, once i get back from my weekender.

Hope everyone is doing well. Sorry i am crap at keeping up on here. Am always on MFP tho, so please feel free to add me/ talk to me/ tell me off there instead of here.


HermioneHatesHoovering Thu 28-Feb-13 00:18:04

Ive been doing MFP since mid September last year and have lost 15.5kgs.
I'm doing the eat more to weigh less rather than the drastic cutting of calories as I want to get it off slowly and for good this time, seems to be working!

TheFutureMrsB Thu 28-Feb-13 00:49:20

Have just signed up online, also have the app on my phone. Username babymama890! Fingers crossed this works need to shift this baby belly

Champagnecharleyismyname Thu 28-Feb-13 16:24:27

I have just started using the app and have first weigh in on Monday. I want to lose 10 lbs by the summer. I am 9st 13lbs and a small framed 5ft 4ins.

My user name is taffy princess. I will work out how to add people!!

WiseKneeHair Fri 01-Mar-13 10:01:47

Just catching up. Been busy with work then celebrating my birthday. grin
Did lots of retail therapy yesterday as I got rather over excited by the fact that I fit back into a size 12.
Off out for dinner tonight, so the clothes might not fit by tomorrow.
I've added a few newbies, I'm HappyKite on MFP if anyone wants to add me.

mrsnec Fri 01-Mar-13 13:52:25

Happy B'day Wise and result with your new clothes I'm sure you'll be fine!

Welcome new ladies smile

Have a lovely weekend RGPargy, the exercise should more than make up for the wine wink

Happy birthday Wisekneehair! And yay for your size 12's smile

jchocchip Sat 02-Mar-13 00:10:03

Diet not on track at the moment. Was feeling too tired all the time and thought eating more might help... will try and log tomorrow

DoubleMum Sat 02-Mar-13 08:57:02

Jchocchip I find the logging really helps to make me think about what I'm eating.
Wise yay for size 12s!!

twinkle183 Sat 02-Mar-13 18:42:03

Hello ladies... Am sorry for the radio silences been in dissertation hell and will be handing it in on Monday and I can't wait... My diet has gone completely out of the window..... I have dissertation butt and tummy shock! Shall be dusting insanity off on Monday as I will have no excuse..... smile I am so determined to get to my goal weight.....!!

Will catch on Monday once I have handed the dreaded thing in... If anyone's lost well done and if you haven't don't worry keep going everyone has set back!!! grin

kingbeat23 Sun 03-Mar-13 10:44:07

Hey all!! Haven't logged in for a while and haven't posted on here for ages.

Got very disheartened by putting all the weight back on that I'd lost but after losing it all again by doing all the same things I have no idea what my body is doing!!! shock

I'm trying to lose weight whilst giving up smoking and my hormones are flying about all over the place, so good luck to me!!!! I found out I'd lost 7lbs on the same day someone asked if I was pregnant (complete stranger). Felt like giving up for a few days. So I did!!!grin

Going to do a detox tomorrow of water and fruit. Lets see how I manage.

Thanks for all the support ladies!!!

Dizzydora71 Sun 03-Mar-13 12:27:46

Hi everyone I went out out to dinner last night and made good choices without going over.Even managed a few vodka and diet cokes too lol . I have weighed in this morning and I have lost 2.5 lbs.So in all I've lost 25 lbs in 8 weeks. Hello to all the newbies and good luck to everyone.Feel free to add me on Mfp it's the same username as here.

Well done Dizzydora71, that's great!

Good luck with the dissertation twinkle183, the moment of handing it in is like total freedom!!! Do you have exams after? I'm sure you'll be back on track in no time smile

Well done for losing all you've put back on kingbeat23!! Sorry to hear about the stranger's insensitive question, use it as something positive not negative though. Took me 3 1/2st before anyone noticed my weightloss, even my mum shock

DoubleMum Mon 04-Mar-13 11:07:33

Good grief Cinnamon, that's a bit depressing. : (
Still, they noticed, because you carried on, that's the important bit.

I have been back on MFP for 90% this week and have lost 2lb which makes 32lb since june/july last year.

I am also using my FITBIT properly and make sure i'm doing my 10,000 steps at least each day.

DoubleMum Mon 04-Mar-13 13:25:49

Well done Where. Which Fitbit are you using? Think I am going to ask for one for my birthday.

DH got me this one it is a Fitbit one.

DoubleMum Mon 04-Mar-13 13:54:15

Thankyou, will keep my eyes open for a good deal

twinkle183 Tue 05-Mar-13 08:10:48

Morning ladies....

Feel like a new woman this morning after handing that dissertation in smile!! Funny enough there was a program about it on channel 4 dispatches last night and it pretty much was a programme about my dissertation grin!! So fingers crossed I have done enough to pass.....

cinamongreyhound I don't have exams left thank goodness but two more assignments and one practical placement and I will be done!!!

Well plyo today just before lunch oh that is gonna hurt... Everybody willing to peel me off the floor around about half one will be welcomed in with open arms... Lol xxx

Keep going girls and guys!!! Am so determined to get to where I want to be this time it's unreal!! Feel like a freight train that I am unstoppable!! Xxx

BumBiscuits Tue 05-Mar-13 09:50:29

Well done on all the losses, everyone. I've enjoyed reading the statuses on my MFP app.

I tried that 15 cal for 200g pasta that you can buy from Holland & Barrett. I couldn't eat it. Well I could but I gave up quickly. Too rubbery. I'll stick with the cauliflower rice, cheaper and more edible!

I had another weekend away (family member ill) and ate lots of junk over the weekend.

I've STS though as I'm managing my fasts okay. I feel as if I'm going to break my stalemate this week and lose something. I've been the same weight for 3 weeks. I have had a deficit each week on my TDEE, so that's one thing.

Erm, I haven't pooed been to the loo since Friday, so that won't be helping. I'm normally an everyday kinda girl! I've had some prune juice this morning, which usually works before lunchtime grin

DoubleMum Tue 05-Mar-13 10:57:46

We like prunes on here!

DoubleMum Tue 05-Mar-13 10:58:04

Well, some of us anyway.

BumBiscuits Tue 05-Mar-13 11:48:17

Prune juice works for me, but only if I haven't had it yesterday and I take it first thing, before shower, cups of tea or whatever.

The effect is rapid and quite, erm, explosive. I think I might be slighly allergic to it grin

mrsnec Tue 05-Mar-13 14:34:25

Hi all! Having a bit of a giggle about all the prunes! Really just checking in again. I've mucked about with my settings a bit. I'm still weighing every day but not always updating. Up half lb today so not happy about that. It means I've lost hardly anything in the last couple of weeks. I changed my settings to give me less cals (upped to lose 1.5 lb a week) hope it will encourage me to be more active.

twinkle183 Tue 05-Mar-13 20:13:35


Well the insanity train is up and running and I burnt am impressive 375 in 40mins so grin with that!!!

Laughing at your explosive action BumBiscuits wink water and exercise work for me but bread bungs me up... So staying clear of that!!!

Am hoping for a good loss this week fingers crossed!! Anyone know of a post workout protein powder that will help me mend quicker??

Well done on all the losses it's fab!!! grinsmile

DoubleMum Tue 05-Mar-13 20:34:32

Well done Twinkle

kingbeat23 Wed 06-Mar-13 10:39:27

Just a message to say thanks for all the status messages on MFP it's really helped.

Well done twinkle183! The assignments will seem like a breeze after a dissertation smile

Sorry to hear you've had an ill family member BumBiscuits, and well done for sts. I find that my bowels slow down twice a month just as my weight loss does, now I gain at those times and then go back down so I think it is significant.

WiseKneeHair Thu 07-Mar-13 09:07:22

Morning everyone. I've been doing a bit of a catch up as not had chance to post recently.
I'm definitely in the prune fan club grin
Really, really hope you've managed to poo by now BumBiscuit strangely appropriate name
Glad you finished the dissertation Twinkle, been there, got number of T shirts and thank all that is holy that I don't have to do that kind of thing ever again. The only way I could do it was with gallons of coffee and tonnes of chocolate, so not very healthy. You go girl and get on that insanity train.
I'm out to dinner tonight. It's a work thing and I know that the menu choice is going to be fairly limited (Italian), so I think I'll try my best but won't beat myself up too much if I go over.
Will do some exercise, but feeling a bit achy after my run and doing lvl 2 of 6 week 6 pack yesterday.
Keep at it everyone, you are all great and MFP is helping me keep on track so much.

BumBiscuits Thu 07-Mar-13 11:40:03

grin at all the concerns for my, ahem, movements. Just to keep you all up to date, the prune juice worked the magic almost before I'd finished typing that last post. Great stuff.

My plateau has a tentative break, in that I was half a pound lighter this morning, bringing my total to 9.5 lbs. I hope is the start of a downward trend again.

I'm thinking about trying the 30 day shred for the first time.

DoubleMum Thu 07-Mar-13 11:47:57

Well done Bumbiscuits - on both triumphs! Aah, the joys of prunes ...

WiseKneeHair Thu 07-Mar-13 13:20:33

Well done BumBiscuit I've become a bit of a JM addict since starting the shred in January, so I would say go for it. grin
I'm sitting in the hairdressers, with biscuits and coffee. Bliss. Also feeling very virtuous as I walked here. Don't want to think too much about the hill in the way home...

BumBiscuits Thu 07-Mar-13 13:27:17

I looked at the shred thread on here. My telly in the kitchen is an internet one so I'll put it to good use and look up the Level one work out on You Tube.

And my kids will get a laugh at me huffing and puffing.

I am still plodding along. I have to say MFP has been a massive surprise to me, for some reason I am really sticking to it with good results smile

2.5 lbs to go to my goal and then may try and get a bit lower than that, we shall see.

If anyone wants to add me I am Vixen7777

Hope everyone's still going strong! I really need to increase fruit and veg, been trying this week but still not managed 5 every day sad

Dh is cooking with the boys tomorrow for the Birdseye Mother's Day product test thread, should be interesting!!

Doing my first park run tomorrow, which I'm strangely nervous about! Ladies from my running group and going for 3 miles before so I think
I'll be a bit slow!

Chopstheduck Sun 10-Mar-13 11:27:04

Hello everyone, finding it hard to keep up with this thread, but I try to keep up on MFP. Same username as here if anyone wants to add me.

Cinnamon, is there anyway to get MPF to count fruit and veg? The one I used last time used to tell me how many portions I had, but this one doesn't.

I just need to be more strict with myself, I'd prefer to eat junk then fruit is the main problem! I did the park run and was really pleased, did it in 26:55 smile 32nd out of 59 and 7th lady!

DoubleMum Sun 10-Mar-13 11:39:46

Well done Cinnamon!
I'm finding it intriguing how much of my eating is purely psychological. Most of the time I could not eat as long as I was thinking about something other than food.

Dizzydora71 Sun 10-Mar-13 16:54:50

Hi everyone welcome to all newbies and good luck to everyone else.Ive lost 2lbs this week so in total I've lost 1 stone 13lbs in 9 weeks. Feel free to add me on Mfp same username as on here . Good luck xxx

Well done Dizzydora71!

flootshoot Mon 11-Mar-13 07:30:09

How do I add people from the phone app? It only gives me options to add from Facebook, phone contacts or by email address not by username confused

DoubleMum Mon 11-Mar-13 07:31:00

That's fabulous Dizzy!

BumBiscuits Mon 11-Mar-13 09:37:55

Morning all. I'm on my 11th fast, but not at work, so we will see how I go.

Pinkglow Mon 11-Mar-13 12:14:59

Morning everyone - and well done to all the losses.

I seem to be losing a pound every two weeks but I guess as I'm near goal this will happen. As long as its moving in the right direction and all that.

I am exercising loads more than I used to purely because I struggle to eat under 1200 but its paying off and I am defo toning up esp on my legs.

cinnamongreyhound - well done, my personal best for 5k is 34 minutes!

Go to add by email address flootshoot and you can add username there.

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 14:04:12

Dora that's brilliant! I love seeing your updates on MFP as they really motivate me smile

Justtheonemore Mon 11-Mar-13 14:27:31

Hello smile

I started using MFP a while ago now. I'm wondering if having 'friends' on there will shame help me stay on track?? Not sure exactly how it works as I'm all on my lonesome on there! My username is 5PairsOfHands. Feel free to add me smile

I'm not exactly sure where to go next anyway. I'm trying to figure out a final target weight, something to aim for, but I'm just not sure?? Never thought I'd get this far, that's the problem.....

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 14:29:15

Just added you smile

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 14:33:22

Having friends on there (all mumsnet friends no one in RL as I want my dieting to go unnoticed haha) really helps me, everyone is so encouraging.

One even stopped me eating a Chinese I didn't really want or need so I was very glad!

Justtheonemore Mon 11-Mar-13 14:41:06

Thank you! Hopefully it'll really help. Be nice to have support if I waiver grin. In RL I'm too afraid of being a diet bore to talk about it!!

And I didn't know you could do status updates either, so you've already taught me something new wink

Justtheonemore Mon 11-Mar-13 14:44:59

BTW, is it odd that I do my meal plan in the morning?? I occasionally amend it throughout the day and I add any little extras that creep in, but on the whole I find it much easier to avoid eating little bits if I know what's coming up in a couple of hours.

Is this strange??

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 15:02:31

No not at all that's what I do, I find it helps me stick to it smile I also add on my exercise so that it's counted therefore I have to do it!

I'm glad you got the invite, it really does help! I will be sure to spur you on smile

BambieO Mon 11-Mar-13 15:04:25

I also prefer it, having friends on MFP saves bein the bore as we are all in the same boat. I find it great as well as if I have a loss I can tell you all and not anyone in RL so I still feel proud of myself but no one knows I'm on a sneaky diet mission!

Hopefully that way if someone notices I have lost weight it will be genuine and not because they know I'm trying and I keep banging on about it grin no one has noticed yet haha

I agree, only dh new I was losing weight and It was nice to share with others without the judgement.

Lissyfrog Tue 12-Mar-13 03:18:45

Hi all
Haven't been on here for a while as do most of my chatting on MFP x big big welcome to all the lovely new ladies and feel free to add me same name as on her x but b warned I will kick arse when needed x and regularly need mine kicking to smile

Lissyfrog Tue 12-Mar-13 03:19:52

That should b on HERE x blinking new set of nails !!!

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 09:34:51

It's true, add Lissy she will keep you on your toes grin

twinkle183 Wed 13-Mar-13 07:26:51

Welcome newbies smile

Sorry I have been MIA, fell from Grace but am back on the wagon firmly and have promised myself a ickle treat if I am a good girl and start focusing!

I decided I needed a goal and signed up for the 5k race for life!!! Hoping to do it in under 30 mins this year!!!

Feel free to add me newbies, a lot more active on MFP!!! Same name as on here!!! Well done to all those losing awesome job!!! Xxxx

WiseKneeHair Wed 13-Mar-13 12:36:59

Hi everyone. Had a busy time at work, so not posted for a while. Also, I tend to post to MFP first.
Well done on the losses, you are all such a bunch of losersgrin
Welcome Justtheonemore I've sent you a friend request and can I say, I am absolutely lusting over those shoes in your profile pic! I also try to add my food at the start of the day. That way, I don't have lots of cLories left I wish or go unexpected over by the evening. Obviously, it is sometimes easier to do than others. I meal plan for the week, so know what my evening meal is going to be usually.
As I've posted on MFP, I'm still on a train to a conference. I'm very slightly nervous about the eating opportunities (too many) verses the exercising opportunities (too few) over the next three days. However, I've had great support on MFP and am confident-ish that I can limit the damage.
Have looked at the distance from train station to my hotel and reckon it's just over a mile. I reckon I can lug my suitcase that far and get some much needed exercise calories in.

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 08:01:47

twinkle me and some friends are also signing up for the race for life! It's a great cause and great exercise - win win!

Have been very good and had my 5 a day the last two days, yay! Also had a killer track session with running club and burned 650 calories in an hour shock

DoubleMum Fri 15-Mar-13 07:41:21

Well done Cinnamon. I haven't paid sufficient attention to my 5 a day, it's hard trying to fit in all these different demands on my eating!

It's one thing I felt I needed to deal with, have maintained since July but my diet is slowly getting less and less healthy!!

WiseKneeHair Fri 15-Mar-13 20:57:44

I'm on a train again! Should be home within the hour grin Looking forward on seeng DH and the DC.
Think I coped reasonably well. I'm 30 cals over and haven't had dinner, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Back to normal tomorrow.
Well done on the five a day cinnamon, and the run.
I've sort of said I will run the race for life as well! Shame we aren't all near by to do it together although I don't think I could keep up with most of you

BumBiscuits Sat 16-Mar-13 15:04:14

Sorry folks I've not been here or on MFP. Things are difficult just now. Normal service will resume in a couple of weeks. sad

Hope you're ok and things improve soon BumBiscuits x

twinkle183 Sat 16-Mar-13 20:47:57

Anyone doing it in Carlisle... Been spinning this morning burnt a whooping 601 cals in an hour.. but will walk like I have been on a donkey tomorrow gonna go for a run tomorrow cos I need to get myself if good shape as I am determined to beat my friend this year... Last year she beat me by 5 mins hmm!

Been really good with food today but think I am having a sugar withdrawal though.... shock!! But i know that will go... Hopefully!

Cinnamon have also started eating 5 a day, sorry to ask but is it windy in your house? smile Cos it is in minesmile!

Keep working hard and keep the losses coming! X

BambieO Sat 16-Mar-13 22:31:22

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

To be honest twinkle183 its pretty windy in my house most of the time! I did a rfl with my mum about 10 years ago, took us 54 mins but took ages to get over the line to start! I am in Suffolk, did Nowton Park one in bury st Edmunds. I kind of feel that because I'm part of a club there are lots of runs open to me that others may not know about so feel a bit guilty entering a rfl. I tried to sell the c25k to a lady at the parkrun today but she wasn't feeling it sad

So plans for Easter? Everyone avoiding eggs or hoping to eek them out?

Chopstheduck Wed 20-Mar-13 07:07:54

morning girls!

I'm actually not that fussed about chocolate. My downfall is more along the lines of fried food! If Easter involved chips I'd be struggling.

I am a bit worried though, cos with no school runs, and four kids about, I wonder how much exercise I will get. The older two I can leave at home. The twins will be 8 on Saturday.

I am wondering whether to try leaving them in the park, there is a park right opposite the gym I have just joined, with only a weirdy bus only thoroughfare in between it and the gym (one bus ever half hour maybe less). They have been to our local park at home individually with the older kids, but never alone as a pair. I think I could see them from the gym though, and I would literally be 3 seconds away if they needed me.

dt2 is a bit lazy, but I am going to try bribing him to come out with me on his bike at least. We have some lovely mountain biking trails, and there is an ice cream place about 3 miles away taking a direct route through the woods.

Hello everyone!!

Am still plodding along.......getting a bit more complacent now though I have to admit and seem to struggle weekends. I am going to try and make sure I log everything I shovel into my mouth and try and be better sat and sun too.

Only 2-4 lbs to go to get to goal so really dont want to muck it up now.

Did body combat today, got hoop tonight and then will combat again tomorrow.

I will avoid choc over easter - we get DS a gift rather than choc anyway so hopefully there wont be too much temptation. Chocolate is something I never crave BUT if I have one bit then that is when I need more.

Feel free to add me on MFP - Vixen7777 smile

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Thu 21-Mar-13 14:01:12

Joining this group has been great. Finally, after stalling for several months my weight is going down again! It feels great to try clothes on in a size I have fitted into in years grin.

I still have a few kg to go, but I am feeling positive about it.

DoubleMum Thu 21-Mar-13 14:03:33

Well done! Support is everything I think. Well, and eating less, obviously.

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Thu 21-Mar-13 14:05:01

haven't fitted rather!

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Thu 21-Mar-13 14:05:55

It's easier to eat less when there are lots of people looking over your shoulder grin

Glad to hear you're making good progress FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels!

Chopstheduck Thu 21-Mar-13 16:56:54

the MFP site is down! Nooooooooo!

Lissyfrog Fri 22-Mar-13 02:36:53

Hi everyone x not been on here for a while as back at work so not so much time to myself x so as u can see everything back to normal sad you are all a great support to me and I wouldn't of come this far without u so big hugs sent to u all x
I think I'm friends with u all on MFP but if not feel free to add me x hmmmmmmmm Yes the blinking Easter bunny is on his way !!! I'm hoping he gets lost on the way to my house as I'm normally the only way chumping my way through them. Although saying that I've had 16 eggs in my cupboard under the stairs for about 3 weeks and not caved in so far. Brought when they were on offer for kids friends and family I might add. I'm not stocking up for myself.
Have a good weekend ladies and see u on the other side (MFP) !!!!!!

Lissyfrog Fri 22-Mar-13 02:39:51

Sorry that should be the only ONE !!!! But it is 2.39 am and can't sleep sad

DoubleMum Fri 22-Mar-13 07:21:18

Hope you got some sleep Lissy. Think I was awake then too. Snow here this morning but only a dusting, hope it stays that way.

So pissed off with this weather, I'm cold all the time and really have to force myself out to run as I've already been out in the miserable cold/wet/snowy/windy weather several times each day sad

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Fri 22-Mar-13 11:44:18

Zumba DVD for me today I think. Just really cannot face running out in the cold cold cold wind! (we have some snow, but only a dusting)

The wind is awful, going out Sunday but thinking of wussing out as I don't want to be outside for several hours! Will mean taking picnic too and probably eating it outside sad

twinkle183 Sat 23-Mar-13 08:43:40

Hi girls am feeling slightly better... Oh that was awful!!! Not better enough to start exercising though... But hoping by Monday to be back to full fitness! This weather is crappy awful isn't it! It needs to warm up soon wink

DoubleMum Sat 23-Mar-13 11:29:08

Yep we have quite a bit of snow here, but has just stopped, hope that's it. Nice warming food I think (although mostly not for me!).

meso Sat 23-Mar-13 23:38:10

Ok, I am getting desperate to lose some weight post baby and would like to know how you guys all do this, I've tried IF/5:2 not too successfully (in blaming the cold weather - makes me want to eat!)

Could you tell me if you're having fast days or just keeping under calorie goal every day the same? Also does it really help friending people on there- am on my own at the moment and not doing too well! (Did i mention that already??)

Please help me.....

Chopstheduck Sun 24-Mar-13 06:49:06

Cinnamon, I know how you feel. I was out for a run yesterday in the snow again. Thought we had seen the last of THAT! Got back and was soaked through.

Meso I try to keep under my calories each day, no way I could do 5:2. If I want a splurge I try to exercise and eat healthy for the rest of the day. I find the support from the ladies here absolutely brilliant, it really spurs me on and I couldn't have got this far without them smile

DoubleMum Sun 24-Mar-13 10:25:32

Meso I'm the same name on MFP, feel free to add me, it's such a massive help to have support.
Still blooming snowing here. Kids have played out in it this morning and fed up with it now. Going a bit stir crazy, but I cooked pancakes this morning without eating any. Saving myself for a roast lamb dinner!

meso Sun 24-Mar-13 11:06:24

Thanks for your replies, I am missmou on there, I can't seem to add anyone without using Facebook or emails! Am doing it on my phone tho, do I need to goon the main site?

How did you decide on your daily calorie goal? I really think I could get into this but just need a kick up the arse!!

DoubleMum Sun 24-Mar-13 12:07:26

I've added you meso. Am not sure how to add on your phone but I think it's on this thread somewhere.
I am eating 20% below my TDEE.

meso Sun 24-Mar-13 20:39:41

Woo - I now have a friend on MFP!! Thanks DoubleMum!

If anyone else wants to add me I could do with the inspiration and commeraderie (sp)

User name on MFP is missmou, please feel free to add me!

Starting properly tomorrow.... actually really excited

Hi meso, you got to add by email address and then type in the username on my app. I was confused until someone told me! I just put in my height weight age activity level and amount I wanted to lose each week and mfp gave me a calorie limit. I stick to it most days but if you go over it you can just eat less another day so it evens out over the week. I tend not to eat my exercise calories. I lost 5 1/2st in 8 months and have been maintaining for 8 months. I couldn't do 5:2 but I know it works well for lots. I mainly cut down portions and cut down on junk, my downfall I think is that as I've increased calories to maintenance I have increased junk confused

meso Sun 24-Mar-13 21:57:31

Thanks cinnamon - I have found a way on the actual website to 'find members' which means I can add without email or facebook. (can I add you?)
Really don't want to involve Facebook in this journey!

Yes of course!

meso Sun 24-Mar-13 22:07:11

Just checking you are the same user name on MFP - don't want to randomly add someone! smile

Yes the same smile

twinkle183 Mon 25-Mar-13 07:46:51

Morning all... Well marathon training starts today shock!! Fingers crossed I do okay.....

Well done on all the losses wink!

Not done too bad over the weekend but now the real hard work starts, can't afford to have excuses cos otherwise I look like a complete tit an silly person who didn't train.... Can't have that!!!

Keep going everyone!!! Xxxx

DoubleMum Mon 25-Mar-13 08:35:23

I'm in awe of you Twinkle!

Chopstheduck Mon 25-Mar-13 11:15:51

fab, twinkle183, good luck! How are you doing your training?

I went out this morning, probably shouldn't have gone to the woods today though. It was really flooded in places, was fun at first, jumping streams but I got bogged down and tired very quickly!

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Mon 25-Mar-13 13:44:32

Marathon? <sticks fingers in ears - lalalala> 5k is plenty for me. Good luck.

That said I haven't been for a run in a week now sad. A combination of DH suddenly working late several nights and my toddler just being a toddler has stopped me from getting out. Thank goodness for being able to jump about in the living room or I'd be reverting to blobdom.

Seeing lots of great results on MF this week. Great work every one x

meso Mon 25-Mar-13 22:32:54

So, have over done the calories today, blaming the cold for the hot chocolate!! Was also going to go to zumba but couldn't face venturing out again after a Baltic stomp earlier!!

An very inspired by some of the weight losses you've all achieved! Amazing!

Tomorrow is a new day, still cold tho!!

Lissyfrog Tue 26-Mar-13 02:13:22

Hi ladies
We r all doing fab x sorry some of u r still snowed in x that would b driving me to overdose on the hob nobs by now x keep up the good work x u r all A-MAZE-BALLS X

WELCOME MESO X I have just added u although If u chat to the others u might not want to accept smile

twinkle183 Tue 26-Mar-13 10:39:55

Well training commenced yesterday and yes I am still here!!! Lol

I must be the only place in cumbria without bloody snow wink!! Lucky for me though I have a beautiful treadmill to go running on at home, thank goodness!!!!

Keep going with all the losses you all rock!!! grin

Welcome to the newbies!!! smile

DoubleMum Tue 26-Mar-13 11:48:21

Well done Twinkle

What kind of distance are you able to run now twinkle183? I am running 6 miles Saturdays and between 3 and 5 week days and am thinking of doing a half marathon in July. Everyone I speak to seems to think I'll do it easily but wondering what sort of distance increases your doing over the next few months to prepare?

twinkle183 Wed 27-Mar-13 10:29:31

Am doing 10k at weekends with 5k doing the week and adding a mile at the beginning of April to the weekend run capping it at 20 miles (thats what the book says) but am doing insanity as well!!! If your doing those runs already cinnamon your be able to run half marathon easily!!! Are you doing anything other than running three times a week? I find running all the time harsh on the joints... So going spinning and swimming every now and then to give them a rest!!! X you should bite the bullet and do the marathon with me... Lol xxxwink

Are you adding a mile a week? I go to training with my club once or twice a week, which is usually intervals and then run another twice (total 15-18 miles a week at the moment). I only swim with my boys which doesn't usually involve a large amount of exercise! I love running and one of the main reasons I started was the freeness of it, at my local leisure centre classes are £5.50 a time and swimming is almost £5 for an adult too sad I can honestly say I will NEVER run a marathon, it's only for the crazies wink

twinkle183 Wed 27-Mar-13 14:28:58

Thanks cinnamon!! I know I am completely crazing... Yeah gonna try and add a mile a week but starting the middle of April!! Not gonna run more than 20 miles though on one run cos I don't want to burn my legs out... I do it on the treadmill at home but need to get out but it's hard with kiddies.... When your dh works away!!! hmm

I am really enjoying all the exercise although I am exhausted afterwards can't wait til that passes, I find it helps to do it with someone or have music blaring in my ears... Lol the marathon is not until 29th Sept so plenty of time to train and build up to it.. But they do say that marathon is 50% mental battle and 50% fitness so just hoping I have the right stuff for the job!! Lol x grin

Samnella Thu 28-Mar-13 19:18:52


I have rejoined MFP after failing at various weight loss schemes. I am trying to lose 2lbs a week but when I set my calories to 1200 it gives me a weight loss of 1.2lbs. I have put sedentary down as my activity level as I have an office job which requires little movement 4 days a week 8.30-4.30 but after that I am running about after the DCs getting them ready for bed and all that so I imagine my activity level is a bit higher. I really need to lose this weight as I have a fitting for a bridesmaid dress 10 weeks today. I really wan tot lose 2 stone in that time. Possible??

I have started badly as 350 cals over but still only 1550 cals so could be worse.

What other exercise are you doing Samella? 2st in 10 weeks would be close to 3lb a week wouldn't it? I think setting your targets high can lead to disappointment and you fallin off the wagon. We will be here for support and encouragement, good luck with your journey. I'm sure you will be a beautiful bridesmaid how ever much you lose smile

Samnella Thu 28-Mar-13 22:35:13

I am going to do a couple of exercise DVDs and incorporate more exercise. I am always so tired that's half of my problem. I must shift this weight though.

Samnella Thu 28-Mar-13 22:35:13

I am going to do a couple of exercise DVDs and incorporate more exercise. I am always so tired that's half of my problem. I must shift this weight though.

Shifting the weight will help you feel less tired! You can do it I'm sure. I've been overweight my whole life and lost 5 1/2st last year, if I can do it anyone can!

Samnella Fri 29-Mar-13 08:16:57

I am carryonslimming on MFP. I have been adding some of you as friends. I have read through the thread and am feeling really motivated. Have any of you got suggestions for recipes to include calories so I can meal plan?

Samnella Fri 29-Mar-13 09:03:58

I have answered my own question. I have found the BBC good food site and meal planned for a week ahead ; looks lovely, vege curry, enchilada's, fish cakes, pasta and a roast dinner. Yum.

The nhs befoodsmart app is good too smile

twinkle183 Fri 29-Mar-13 10:42:07

Welcome samnella!!! The girls on here are really motivating, encouraging and most importantly they don't judge you when you fall off the wagon they just pick you up, dust you off and encourage u to get back on!!

I am trying clean eating and exercising although I am not doing too good am rubbish with chocolate temptation but am doing great with the exercise side though!!!! I exercise at least 6 days a week!! Am not very active on here but am on my mfp app do feel free to add me. I am twinkle183...

Good luck on your journey remember its inches that count more than weight so measure as well as weigh!! Like cinnamon said your be a beautiful bridesmaid whatever you loosegrin.... X

Talking of inches, dh measured me for the first time and I have gained inches on all but my chest angry. I have gained 2Kg since then but everyone comments on how I'm still losing weight so I can only guess its muscle as I increased my running from 9 miles a week to 15-18 miles around the end of November. My calves are a whole inche and 1/4 bigger!!!!!

Samnella Sun 31-Mar-13 09:39:18

Morning all.

Cinnamon You would expect your calves to get bigger if you are running. I wouldn't worry about that - your waist would be different grin but your claves make sense. I am going to do my measurements today.

I was going to start yesterday but ended up scoffing loads of chocolate blush so today is the day. Poached egg on toast so far. I am going to plan out my meals for the rest of the day. We only have bits and bobs in as I have shopping being delivered tomorrow and have meal planned for the week. I went to see The Lion King yesterday in London. Absolutely brilliant. We are up there again today for a day out which will be lots of walking. I am going to do an exercise DVD this morning. Have a good day everyone.

Samnella Sun 31-Mar-13 09:39:58

Or calves not claves wink

Samnella Sun 31-Mar-13 11:13:07

Do you all eat your exercise calories? I am somewhat shock that MFP adds them on to your allowance. Surely I am exercising to burn calories.

It's not just my calves, they are just the biggest increase. Just trying to say that exercise does make a difference to inches. I'm happy with how I am at the moment. I tend not to but I know others who believe it's best to eat some, up to you see how it works for you smile

Dizzydora71 Sun 31-Mar-13 14:49:29

Hi everyone welcome all newbies . I've weighed in today and lost 4lbs so in 12 weeks I've lost 32.5lbs .im feeling very motivated. Feel free to add me on Mfp same username as on here. Good luck and keep going everyone xxx

twinkle183 Sun 31-Mar-13 17:50:40

My goodness dizzy that's awesome!! Well done wink am well jel!!! Wish you could bottle what you have and sell it to me....

Have decided to start a fresh after a disastrous food Easter weekend where I have stuffed myself stupid hmm! I only have myself to blame... Should no when to say no I break like a soggy kit kat! I need to work on my strength on saying "Do I need that?" Anyone else been through this??

DoubleMum Mon 01-Apr-13 09:56:27

Yes Twinkle I've had a disastrous weekend too, although no chocolate funnily enough. I'm off on holiday soon so it's only going to get worse, but I'm going to try to balance having a good holiday with eating healthily and waking more as I don't want to put it all back on.

RGPargy Tue 02-Apr-13 07:53:32

Hellooooooo!! I'm still here on mfp but hardly here on MN lately blush

Please feel free to add me on mfp - same name as here. I will try and be more active on here...... blush smile

How's it going with your nutritionist diet RGPargy? Interested in how you're coping without sugar!

RGPargy Tue 02-Apr-13 11:53:54

It's going really well cinnamon. Coping without sugar just fine (except yesterday when DP and I shared an Easter egg lol). Losing loads of weight each week and loving the back to basics eating. Highly recommend it!!

Just got back from the docs about my tonsillitis and she asked me my weight, told me my BMI was quite high and told me I should think about doing some exercise. shock. I just hate presumptuous people who think that because you're fat you don't go anywhere near a gym! Ggrrr angry

Sorry, rant over! smile

RG - if only she do loads of exercise the patronising woman!!

Am pleased to say I survived the long weekend with no chocolate binges and no weight gain so that is good.

If anyone wants any new buddies on there add me - vixen7777 smile

BambieO Tue 02-Apr-13 12:54:16

I have added everyone I have missed I think! Everyone is doing so well.

I fell off the wagon a while back but am firmly back on smile I am now 1 stone 2lb down since I started which I'm very pleased with. I have another stone to go though and my mummy tummy is still standing wobbling firm so I am going to have to boost my efforts and try to shift it, if I get to target and haven't lost it I will accept with a sigh that it's here to stay grin

I hope you told her that you were well aware of your BMI and doing something about it and that you take quadruple the amount of exercise of any normal person grin Hope your tonsils start behaving themselves soon.

Well done BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack on the chocolate!

Fab loss BambieO. Jelly belly's take a while to shift! Mine is pretty solid under the wrinkly skin but that's what being overweight your whole life does for you! Running has definitely firmed everything up all over.

BambieO Tue 02-Apr-13 15:36:26

There is hope for me then cinnamon smile I will keep going and hopefully I can join you in the firmness!

We are all doing so well, it's so nice to see everyone motivating each other. I would never have gotten this far without mumsnet and MFP

twinkle183 Tue 02-Apr-13 19:07:56

Evening ladies...

Am not doing too bad am off to do insanity in a minute eek... I am so hungry to day so gonna have some water to see if I can get rid of that!!!

Can believe she assumed you don't exercise... How rude talk about judging a book by a cover?? I bet your fitter than her!! Ooof people make me mad huh.... X

Keep going ladies.. Welcome to all the newbies feel free to add me my name is the same on here!! wink

Hello all, newbie here can I join you all? I'm resorting to drastic measures grin. I had a baby in dec and had GD so actually weighed less after than before pregnancy (10 st 9 at 5'3"). Christmas and beyond were just a calorie laden blur and I put on another 1/2 stone. I'm going to be a bridesmaid in 6weeks and something must be done!

Please add me my username is rachierach48 and I need the public shame to keep me on the straight and narrow. I get a stupidly low no of cals as am short so planning on bumping it up with long walks with pram if it ever stops snowing.

BambieO Tue 02-Apr-13 21:34:13

I just added you smile welcome!

meso Tue 02-Apr-13 22:48:06

Hi bambie0, you are about same height and weight as me, I had a baby in August and am also trying to shift my baby weight and mummy tummy. I've got a holiday with swim wear involved to motivate me!!! Good luck! I'm missmou on mfp, feel free to add me, I'm on my phone so can't add anyone til I get to the computer!

meso Tue 02-Apr-13 22:49:03

Sorry, that should have been to Willyoudothefandango, not to Bambio0!!!!

BambieO Wed 03-Apr-13 08:23:39

I was just going to say we could be twins! I had my baby in August and have a holiday coming up too, we could have compared notes haha

BambieO Wed 03-Apr-13 08:28:34

Juts had a sneaky weigh in and I am 20 pounds down since I started logging and joined these chats. I'm very pleased, still have a long way to go, ideally I would like another stone off before summer kicks in.

You have all been such a help, I am determined to keep going and hit my goal. It feels good to be in the 'normal' not sure I like that word BMI but I am on 24.5 so would like to get to a comfortable maintainable 23.

It's not the best indicator of weight for me as I think if I go down to 11 stone or lower I might look a bit gaunt so I will aim towards that and stop when I feel it's right.

Have a good day all

Samnella Wed 03-Apr-13 21:32:57

Evening all. I have been on MFP for 3 days and now I know exactly where I have been going wrong shock. It's been an eye opener. I have had a few tricky days and haven't been able to stick to my calories. We went out for dinner last night and it's my sons birthday today so it's been a challenge. I have also realised I am a habitual snacker. I am going to do my best to stick to it tomorrow.

BambieO Wed 03-Apr-13 23:03:40

Hi samanella glad you are liking MFP it really is invaluable in making us look at what we eat! I can't believe some of the things I have been wasting calories on. It has made me adjust my whole attitude to food! Hope your son had a nice birthday!

RGPargy Fri 05-Apr-13 15:07:31

Hello everyone smile

The tonsils are still being a little naughty at the mo, but I am finishing the course of penicillin as prescribed by my presumptious GP so hopefully they will do the trick. Normal shoutiness can resume very soon I hope!

Weight loss still going well. Just waiting for our nutritionist to email us over a set of "rules". Once we've got these I think we can broaden our eating a hell of a lot! Having said that, i'm really happy with the breakfast and lunches. It's just dinners that are difficult and dull!

Hoping to be back at the gym soon too. I dont think i've been in almost two weeks now! shockshockshockshock It will certainly be a killer tho! Will try for tomorrow but should hopefully be able to go on Sunday morning, providing I think i am better by then!

How are you doing Twink? Are you staying strong?

Glad you are liking MFP Samnella. DP has recently joined it too and he now cannot believe how expensive some things are in calories! It's really helped him understand where we went wrong with out eating and he is now very careful about what we both eat.

Hope you're back to normal soon RGPargy!

Samnella Sat 06-Apr-13 10:34:54

I am due to weigh in tomorrow and not expecting any great shakes as I have had a disastrous week with birthdays and meals out. Then yesterday I made the mistake of not logging before I ate. I then totted everything up at about 4 and realised I only had 180 cals left so skipped dinner and later ate half an Easter egg as I was so hungry and too tired to prepare anything healthy. Lots of "lessons learnt"as they like to say on the news.Arrrrrrrrrrrr.

I need tips for success please. Being organised and not eating easter eggs are probably a good start.

Better to have a light dinner of 200 cals, tin of soup perhaps than Easter egg but the fact that you're learning is all part of it smile

jchocchip Mon 08-Apr-13 08:47:05

Marking place smile

<Slopes guiltily back in>

Hello. I am Mackerel. Last year I lost 3 stone on MFP, but I have manged to put on 10lbs this year. I am bursting out of all my lovely new size 10 clothes and feel hefty and I am Not Impressed.

I hereby chastise myself publicly. It's almost a year now since I started on MFP and I would like to lose, I think, 2 stone.

I eat well in the week, I rarely go over 1200 cals, but at the weekend I have everything - takeaways, alcohol, chocolate, ice cream, crisps - and I was kidding myself for ages that this was fine, but I just cancel out all my hard work during the week, and then some.

So yes. I am beginning again, and would love to get this 10lbs off by the end of the month. I have joined a weekly dance class but they're having a 4-week break ATM. Might get my roller blades on again too if the weather stays mild.

RGPargy Mon 08-Apr-13 12:26:54

Welcome back mackeral! smile

Back to the gym today thankfully. Can't believe I've not been for about 2 weeks!!

Well done MackerelOfFact, 10lb is not a total disaster! Could be like me and cling on to mfp despite not gaining for 8 months!!

awaywego1 Mon 08-Apr-13 18:58:20

Hello! Have been lurking but failed to post until now smile
Am using mfp-wanting to lose around 10 pounds. Am ok at calorie counting having done it a few years ago and have maintained mostly but still have that stubborn half stone to go. Just wondering if I could add some of you as friends just to get some ideas about what other people are eating as I'm bloody starving at the moment-am only 5.2 so have to stick to 1200 to get any movement but am thinking I could be using my cals better some days-problem being I have to have something sweet after my meals which adds up even if its only fruit.
Thanks for all the inspiration so far-it's really helpful to see how other people are doing. grin

awaywego1 Mon 08-Apr-13 19:04:56

Ps. Same username for me as here

twinkle183 Mon 08-Apr-13 19:16:52

Well hi all, am off to the isle of arran tomorrow for two weeks for a work placement and I can't wait... Am hoping that I am able to get some marathon training done while away cos this marathon is not going to run itself... smilehmm!!

Well done to all the losses unfortunately I have managed to put on weight thanks to totm confused!! I always carry water weight around this time...... So will weigh tomorrow for a new starting point... Not expecting anything as I have been rubbish this week as my best friend was up from Plymouth hasn't seen her for 5 years that shouldn't be an excuse for eating crap! We had a lovely time but ate too much and drank way too much lovely cider....

Fingers crossed I am able to turn it around now I have NO distractions!!! Yay x

twinkle183 Mon 08-Apr-13 19:18:03

Oh and welcome to newbies the girls/guys are great support on this thread... Pls add me my mfp name is the same as the one on here! X

Hi away we go, I'll add you when I get on the laptop. Mini milks are good for after meal snacks, only 30 cals. Or make your own ice lollies with sugar free squash.

Hi RGPargy and cinnamongreyhound - great to see you both still here and still on the wagon! Thanks for the encouragement - I know 10lbs isn't the end of the world, I keep telling myself that I'm still heaps better off than this time last year - but that doesn't stop me being disheartened that my new lovely clothes now look crap on!

Welcome awaywego1, I am 5ft2 too so we are in the same boat. My favoured snacks include mini milks, as Fandago suggests, but also fun-size chocolate bars, or a coffee with skimmed milk and a sugar-free syrup. Cherry tomatoes make a good snack, as do mini clementines. It's also worth bearing in mind that multipack Quavers, Skips and Wotsits are lower in cals than the 'healthy' crisp-type things like Snack-a-Jacks and the Special K ones.

I get a Graze box delivered each week and you can choose to only receive snacks under 150 cals, and some are much less (50 or so). They make a nice change - I have 2 codes for 2 free boxes, if anyone wants one! (You can cancel after the free ones!)

awaywego1 Tue 09-Apr-13 15:54:13

Thanks guys-mini milks can go on shopping list now grin
I'm a very infrequent exerciser but am going to Zumba tonight for an hour-it's sweaty but not hardcore so I've added it as low impact aerobics for 45 mins for an extra 200 cals - do you think that's ok?
A bit disheartening that I've not lost anything after a week-but af is due on Sunday so I'm hoping ill see a little loss next week.

Sounds fine awaywego1, I used to go with my friend and in an hour I burned not a lot more than I did in 30 mins running which was 300-350. I am 9 1/2st so if you're heavier you can estimate a bit more. I have a hrm so know exact calories, was a little treat I bought myself second hand from eBay and I love it!

awaywego1 Tue 09-Apr-13 17:01:01

Thanks that's great-I'm 9.7 too smile

Moneypennyf2 Tue 09-Apr-13 22:08:42

I'm on there. I've lost 8lbs so far in two and a half weeks. Same user name as on here.


Chopstheduck Wed 10-Apr-13 08:38:52

mini milks are only 30 cals? shock I am def getting some of those on my next shop!

Movingforward123 Wed 10-Apr-13 10:34:57

Hi everyone,

I've decided it's time to get back on mfp! Last time I did it before Xmas u lost 8lbs which I was happy with but still needed to loose more!! Since Xmas it has crept back on and I have sprained my ankle badly so I now weigh 10.6 some says I was even upto 10.8 confusedconfusedconfused which is terrible as I'm only 5.2!

Anyway I've changed my calories to 1400 per day as u feel 1200 will be difficult for me right now!

I have logged for the past two days, good intake was perfectly on track! Snack intake equaled 800cals one day and over 900 second day!

I need help with the snacking! Do you guys just not keep all those fatty snacks in the house? Any tips for snacks? I see mini milks is one I'll get some of those!

Also I would love to add some of you to see how you manage on so litttle calories

awaywego1 Wed 10-Apr-13 11:57:23

Hi moving-I'm a big snacker too grin you just can't get away with it at 5 2" can you?
I'm trying not to keep rubbish in the house too much and just buy something small-like a curly wurly when I've accounted for it.
At work at the moment but feel free to add me on mfp-same username as here x

Add me Movingforward123, I'm RachieRach48. I'm 5'3'' and get 1360 cals a day

MrsBucketxx Wed 10-Apr-13 15:34:24

I'm back on too nearly reached my goal and gave up sad

I really want to be at or near my goal for the summer.

MrsBucketxx Wed 10-Apr-13 15:36:13

I'm the same username if anyone wznts to add me too,

Movingforward123 Wed 10-Apr-13 16:02:49

I've tried to add some of you but can't work it out. confused

My user name is krissycat add me grin

Movingforward123 Wed 10-Apr-13 16:03:30

Willyou - what weight are you now and why weight do you want to be?

MrsBucketxx Wed 10-Apr-13 18:07:52

too add look in community, then find members and add the username,

hope this helps.

awaywego1 Wed 10-Apr-13 18:41:26

I'm on my phone so can't add people but I'm awaywego1 and its so helpful to see other people's diaries grin
Am struggling today-feel knackered, probably pms but also not sure i ate enough yesterday, am about to go for a meal so will be calorie loading tonight grin but to be honest I feel as if I need it! 1200 feels quite brutal sometimes-especially when I've not bloody lost owt yet hmm

Movingforward123 Wed 10-Apr-13 19:37:44

Mrsbucket thanks for adding me grin I still can't seem to find the adding bit!

Also my starting weight on there was from two years ago! Do you think I should edit it today my current starting weight?

As its not very motivating to see that when I started I only had about half a stone to target weight and I now have one and a half stone! confusedconfused

MrsBucketxx Wed 10-Apr-13 20:17:14

if you are much less than you where I think you might want to change your status, although you could end up with less calories.

Movingforward123 Wed 10-Apr-13 21:18:35

No I'm much more then when I started confused

I started at 138lbs and I'm now 146 lbs hmm

So I've changed it as its a new start and I really want to stay motivated grin

MrsBucketxx Thu 11-Apr-13 08:39:51

sounds like a plan, I really want to stuff my face with crap today,

Its my ds' s first day at nursery and I'm a. over the place. aaarrrggghhh

Movingforward123 Thu 11-Apr-13 10:31:01

Nooo dont do it! Remember we can see everything you eat grin

The first day at nursery is tough, but soon he will love it and not want to come home!

If you have to stuff your face try to make it healthy ish wink

MrsBucketxx Thu 11-Apr-13 10:36:31

I have had one cookie which I have accounted for, and a cuppa.

I'm being good honest.

Go for a nice long walk MrsBucketxx you will earn some calories and it will help take your mind off it grin

MrsBucketxx Thu 11-Apr-13 11:38:22

not good for my bank balance, but I'm going shopping grin

Movingforward123 Thu 11-Apr-13 14:48:55

Cinna - I like your thinking! wink

Does anyone know how many calories are in a fresh sliced Danish bloomer? I can't really see it on mfp

MrsBucketxx Thu 11-Apr-13 14:52:01

is this the same?

ds is home now he really liked it smile

movingfwd I'm not much different from you, I'm 151 and want to be 140ish

If you put danish into mfp you get a slice of warburtons for 63 calories, not sure what a danish bloomer is!

MrsBucketxx Thu 11-Apr-13 18:16:41

nor me, I only ever buy aldi bread lmao.

Movingforward123 Thu 11-Apr-13 20:51:01

Mine is aldi bread grin the fresh bake one! Does anyone know how many calories are in that?

awaywego1 Thu 11-Apr-13 21:11:46

agghhh..having a very bad day-have just added a couple of you as i do find it helps with motivation. Hope thats ok. Have dreadful pmt today and have felt shocking all day with no energy so have eaten rubbish. I'll get back on it tommorow i hope!

Samnella Thu 11-Apr-13 21:36:38

sad Crap day. Good in terms of diet but crap in terms of being unlucky on the comments department. Firstly my 5 year old nephew announced to the room I am fat and then the librarian asked when the baby is due blush. I know I need to lose weight. I know I will feel better and look better so why does it feel so insurmountable. It's just eat less, move more but I seem to have a total mental block. Whinge, whinge.

Chopstheduck Fri 12-Apr-13 07:18:20

aww Samnella! At least you know you are doing something about it and you will soon be so much healthier.

I've been there. Last year sometime, I was headed up the school one time for an appointment and dt1's classroom is right by the door with windows all along. His friends asked if I was having another baby blush I felt just as bad for poor dt1 as for myself!

Can't help with the bread. I tend to eat lots of quite weirdy things that aren't on MFP, I have to just go for the closest match I can find.

MrsBucketxx Fri 12-Apr-13 07:30:48

just put it In an search, most aldi stuff I have is on there.

sad that really embarrassing fir both of you, id be tempted to come back with " I can do something about my cake bump, pity you can't do anything about your face"

hoping for better days all round.

meso Fri 12-Apr-13 07:57:56

Sorry a lot of you are finding it tough at the mo, I am too and in blaming the weather! I find it much easier to eat healthy when its warm! Feel free to add me - am missmou on MFP. I am actually getting somewhere since adding friends on there, it really makes you think about what you're eating and if you really want to add it publicly to your diary! Keep going, you CAN do it!!

Poor you Samnella, well done for sticking to the diet though.

I think twice before eating anything Meso so that I don't have to log it, I do like the public humiliation side of it. I've never done WW/SW but obviously the weekly weigh ins would be a good motivator for me.

What to have today, I haven't been shopping so there's bugger all in...

MrsBucketxx Fri 12-Apr-13 08:26:09

I weigh myself in on mfp, and keep track weekly, gives me something to aim for and the fact its shown on my profile helps.

Moneypennyf2 Fri 12-Apr-13 20:29:45

Hi, I think I am being stupid. Can anyone tell me hoe to add people from here on Myfitnesspal using a username?


awaywego1 Fri 12-Apr-13 20:53:25

Hi money- you have to be on the website rather than app to do it. Go to search for friends in home I think. Hth.

You can add from the app, go to add by email and then just enter username.

Sorry to hear that Samnella, think of all the lovely comments you'll soon be getting grin

Samnella Fri 12-Apr-13 22:00:44

I have gone over today but plan on pulling back tomorrow. I have meal planned using the BBC good food site and been shopping. I am sure half of my failure is due to not planning. I have also bought some nakd bars as snacks as someone recommended them.

Samnella Sat 13-Apr-13 09:47:52

4lbs down and 2 inches off my waist. Despite my moaning.

Movingforward123 Sat 13-Apr-13 10:40:06

Samnella - well done grin

Ive been within my calories everyday for 3 days which is an achievement for me, but I havnt lost anything yet hmm

I was shopping all day yesterday, what would you log that as on mfp? I just did slow walking as I eat over my calories and need more for all the food grin

awaywego1 Sat 13-Apr-13 14:44:14

Hey moving-I tend to log it as moderate walking but only log half as I think mfp over calculates calories burnt-so today I've walked into town and around for 4 hours but have added 2. I think other people do t differently and I might be being over cautious!

Movingforward123 Sat 13-Apr-13 15:48:54

I think it over calculates too! I did slow pace and halved the time grin

Well done Samnella that's great!

I think some things it over calculates and others under. I bought a hrm so add things in using that. If I'm wandering I don't add it but then I have mine set to lightly active and think things like that are included in it.

poshdjc Sun 14-Apr-13 10:41:24

Starting MFP today. Six stone to lose after two DSs, now 5 and 3. Im Working as well, so find it hard to balance everything. Went wedding dress shopping with size 10, no kids, BF yesterday ( and basically glad it wasn't me, as felt so ashamed of myself!) been lurking on th thread for a while, and now is the time to step up!

BananasInBikinis Sun 14-Apr-13 17:32:22

Hi all, I am planning to start MFP tomorrow, so would love to join this thread.

I have been trying to lose about 6kgs (around a stone I think - I am used to metric system) for a while. So I lose a couple of kilos then put it back on again when something such as Easter comes along.

I have a black-tie event on 25th May, so would love if I could maintain the motivation to do MFP and exercise 5 times a week, and hopefully get into a smaller sized dress than usual by then! I have a couple of new Davina DVD's and might alternate these with Jillian DVD's.

Right I back, and I am going to MFP properly and I also going to try to do at least 10,000 steps a day but aim for 13,000.

I know I can do it as I have already lost 30lb so really need to get on and lose the rest, at least another 30lbs if not more.

On a different note has anyone seen Secret Eater programme on channel 4. I'm really shocked that the people on it don't/can't see how much they are eating.

Welcome poshdjc, I lost 5 1/2st in 8 months last year using mfp. It really is a great way to lose weight! Don't feel ashamed feel positive that you are doing something about it. All of a sudden you'll realise you're well on your way and feel great.

Welcome BananasInBikinis, mfp is easy to stick to as its very flexible. You can eat less one meal or exercise more on a day you know you're going to have one large meal or treat. As long as you're organised and plan its fantastic, I recommend putting things in before you eat them.

Welcome back wheredidiputit you've already done so well. I know, it amazes me what people don't see about eating but I think its a lot of not wanting to see it. A lot of people are in denial about portion sizes particularly.

BananasInBikinis Sun 14-Apr-13 21:40:30

Thanks cinnamongreyhound for the welcome and the great advice smile. I'm quite looking forward to starting tomorrow!

I know Cinnamon. I had to laugh at this week's one, where the lady carefully peeled cut and then steamed all their vegetable then drown it in cheese sauce and not realise that she adding 1000's cal.

awaywego1 Sun 14-Apr-13 22:12:24

Waves to all the new people grin feel free to add me-same name as here-the last few days for me have been an excellent example of how not to do things-loads of booze, processed food and treats-I normally eat much better than this and always get my 5 a day so don't know what's happened but i plan to rectify this week.

Remarkably though I've still managed to come under cals so am hoping once totm has passed I might see some loss-it's a bit disheartening not to have lost anything atall but I will be patient and persevere.

Movingforward123 Mon 15-Apr-13 09:12:10

Away - I also havnt been Great this weekend! But I would say much better then normal! I started mfp on weds and havnt lost anything yet hmm Saturday I went over my calories an put a pound on but its gone now and im back to starting weight!

I put myself in 1400 cals instead of 1200 as I really struggle and on 1400 cals I'm not struggling and can eat enough food and still have a little snack! Do you think I will still loose weight this way? Or should I just go back to 1200 cals?

I might give it more time as its the time of the month an that might be why hmm

awaywego1 Mon 15-Apr-13 09:37:06

Hey moving-you should still lose weight eating that definately-if you read the mfp forums it's very much encouraged for you to work out your tdee and eat at 20% below that for weightloss- rather than sticking to 1200-which is the bare minimum that mfp give anyone.
I'm attempting to stick to 1300 because I only want to lose around 8-10 pounds and I'm very very sedentary.
Hopefully we will both start to see the scales move soon grin

BananasInBikinis Mon 15-Apr-13 10:46:13

Hi All, I'm going to try to add people if that's okay. (My name on MFP is kathnight.)

Movingforward123 Mon 15-Apr-13 16:45:16

Away - thanks I didn't know anything about tdee grin which calculator do you use? I have tried two and they came up with different answers!

So is that you should have 20%less then your tdee or atlest 20% less?

My tdee on one was 1733 so take away 20% is 1386 and I'm 5'2 and weight 10.6 confused

Movingforward123 Mon 15-Apr-13 16:46:45

Bananas - add me grin my name is: krissycat on mfp it's good to have friends so you can see what everyone is eating!

Movingforward123 Mon 15-Apr-13 17:15:36

Bananas - add me grin my name is: krissycat on mfp it's good to have friends so you can see what everyone is eating!

Movingforward123 Mon 15-Apr-13 17:15:54

Sorry posted twice blush

AliceinSlumberland Mon 15-Apr-13 21:03:10

Right I am determined this time! Just joined up as this thread looks very motivational. Had a terrible day today, got a dominos pizza sad but do feel like I made a slight achievement as was offered Ben and Jerrys and turned it down. This, for me, is an achievement, as I am so weak to sweet things.

I am doing 1200 per day although find this hard. Any tips? I particularly struggle with lunch, what do people normally have for lunch? I really hate exercise but trying to do brisk walking for one hour as many days as I can, think I might start c25k too, have people found this helps?

I am currently 5ft 9 and weight 12stone4lbs, would like to get down to 11 stone.

BananasInBikinis Mon 15-Apr-13 22:02:55

Just finished my first day, and went pretty well, though had to resist snacking during the day.

Ate almost 1200, and have just finished a Davina cardio workout (tough!) which I assume gives me about 200, so have a net of 1000 for the day.

Hopefully I can stick to it!

1400 seems reasonable to me Movingforward123, I was never on less than 1360 and was 9st 4 at lightest. How active are you without the exercise you add to mfp?

Welcome Aliceinslumberland! For lunch I tend to go for soup (chicken noodle is my favourite only 126 calories a can), mug shots are yummy. Sandwich with either small slices (400g loaf) or 1 slice but with things like cherry tomatoes or gherkins with it. Or a small portion of leftover, beans on toast (one slice again), really don't like salad! Tesco bread pretzel 205 calories with a few of slices of ham 10 calories each and cherry tomatoes 100g 18 calories is a favourite of mine smile. I did smaller portions rather than cutting things out but if 1200 to too tough I'd suggest upping it a bit for slower loss but more sustainable.

Well done BananasInBikinis!

I'm on 1200cal and I tend to have sandwiches or salads for lunch.

I aim for around 300cal for breakfast and 500 for dinner (I always pre plan dinner and enter into MFP in the morning) so I have about 400cal for lunch.

Movingforward123 Tue 16-Apr-13 09:06:56

Cinnamon - in not majorly active generally! But info work in retail two days per week which involves standing and walking all day, but I'm not at work at the Moment due to a sprained ankle! But I should be back soon. Also can't exercise much right now.

So how quickly did you loose the weight? As I've been doing it for a week tomorrow and only went over my calories once and so far I have lost 0.4 lbs hmm but its the time of the month too so maybe that's why!

Possible because it the time of the month. I can put on 2/3lbs when I'm due.

I lost 5lb the first week but then I had a lot to lose and drastically changed the way I was eating. TOTM definitely affects my weightloss/gain, upto 2lbs which disappears within a few days, also happens when I ovulate.

Movingforward123 Tue 16-Apr-13 22:18:37

Well its weigh in day tomorrow! Gulp I know I havnt really lost anything, but I don't feel too bad like I normally do when I'm on 1200 cals as I feel extra hungry then!

Movingforward123 Tue 16-Apr-13 22:36:06

Also does anyone know what's the best thing to eat in a Mexican restaurant? As I'm going for dinner on thursday!

I normally have the nachos which are sooooo nice smile and a beef enchilada gringrin

awaywego1 Tue 16-Apr-13 23:17:10

Good luck for tommorow moving-remember tho if its totm then you might not see a loss yet (it's taken me a month but i finally lost 2lbs today-when I weighed last week before af I had sts)
Not very knowledgeable with Mexican food but maybe a chilli without the wraps or nachos? Although I always think its nice just to have what you want and be healthier the days around a meal out-it makes healthy eating feel more like a way of life than a diet. grin

Movingforward123 Wed 17-Apr-13 19:28:42

Hi can anyone help me put with this? Today I went to Frankie and bennys blush I had a hot dog and fries, and chocolate brownies shock and in mfp it says that 1/2 a cup cooked is 200 cals! Is that what I would input or more?

There were 3 small squares of brownies ice cream in the middle and cream too! Not sure if 200 cals is enough!

Frankie and bennys fires are 200 cals grin and I'm thinking hot dogs arnt too much! Maybe around 300cals

jchocchip Thu 18-Apr-13 06:58:47

Hello again. Have managed to log for a couple of days. Eating salad at work. smile

I'd go for a full cup movingforward123, sounds like a cupful to me grin

Hi jchocchip smile

Movingforward123 Thu 18-Apr-13 08:53:07

I did go with a full cup in the end grin

Well I weighed myself today and I was 10.6.2 an ld started at 10.6.8 so in a while week ive lost 0.4 lbs but I'm going to keep it up and hope for the best grin and blame totm and hope next week is better!

squistle Fri 19-Apr-13 20:47:29

Hi everyone, I've finally got to the point where I am looking in the mirror and hating what I see. I did manage to lose a bit of weight but I have put it all back on over the winter. I would like to blame the terrible weather and comfort eating but the rain wasn't forcing pizza down my neck was it blush I've have started a 5k running prog, zombies, run! which hopefully will get me trained up and I would like to get down to 80kgs ish as my first target. I'm 5'7 and 103kgs now so got quite a bit of jelly to shift. My username on MFP is welsh_gal if anyone would like to add me smile

Welcome squistle, don't look at the whole just break it down ino manageable pieces. I was 95kg when I started and am and now 61 so its totally doable. If you want some support with the running you can come and join our couch to 5k thread smile

squistle Fri 19-Apr-13 21:51:36

Wow Cinnnamon what's amazing. I'm not really doing it for the scales, just want to be size 12/14, be fitter and not wobble when I walk [Grin] I'll check out C25K thread too!

squistle Fri 19-Apr-13 21:59:39

That's amazing! Sorry.. stupid phone grin

FeijoaVodkaStat Sat 20-Apr-13 09:02:08

Been having computer problems, so not on mn much (big threads take to long to load on phone), but I'm still on mfp every day. If anyone wants to add me on there I'm feijoajam. Hello to all newbies grin

After dithering for a week I'm finally back on track and the scales are going down again.

SissySpacekAteMyHamster Mon 22-Apr-13 06:56:09

Hi I went on to join this site yesterday and then realised I had actually joined it 2 years ago! Anyway, starting it up again as I let my online slimming world lapse and I really need to lose the extra pounds by July!

I am on 1200 calories, and I just wondered how anyone managed to keep the sugar within the allowance! I don't add any sugar to anything, but seem to have been over both days so far.

I am trying to plan my meals using it so I can see that I'm getting my necessary calories.

Any advice would be massively welcome, thanks.

ThinkyPantsWorryWort Mon 22-Apr-13 10:18:43

Hello all, I've been signed up to MFP for a while and have great successes some weeks and then others it's Wednesday before I remember to log. :-/ Looking for some more inspiration and encouragement. So much going on at the moment but fed up of my old excuse of "not enough time". Have decided to make this my priority.

I have set my calories to 1500 a day. This should afford me a 1lb-2lb weight loss a week ( I have a good 3 stone to shift if not more but I'm taking it a 1lb at a time).

Anyone out there that has struggled in the past to make this a priority but has now succeeded? I think I know the answer . . . I think there might be a huge amount of self sabotage going on. Anyway, here now to stop the cycle!

Day 1 of the rest of my life has started . . .

Dizzydora71 Mon 22-Apr-13 17:42:21

Hi everyone old and new. I haven't been on here for a couple of weeks. I've lost 3lbs this week so have lost 38 lbs in 14 weeks. I've got 4 lbs to my goal weight. Feel free to add me on MFP same username as on here. Hoping everyone has a good week chin up and take care xxx

I never have SissySpaceAteMyHamster! My breakfast takes me to over half of my allowance and that's just the milk and 15g of raisins. Really hard to get all nutrients on 1200 calories but well done for being aware of it.

You need to plan well and be mentally in the right place ThinkyPantsWorryWort. Logging and logging honestly is the key to mfp the rest comes along with it. Good luck.

Fab loss Dizzydora71!

awaywego1 Mon 22-Apr-13 22:21:14

Hi everyone-feel free to add me-same username as here-although my diet has been pretty rubbishy-am managing to stick to cals (around 1300) but have far too much alcohol and chocolate which I'm sure is affecting loss.
Weigh in day tommorow- am not expecting the scales to shift tho...
I'm wondering if anyone else is just relying on diet alone rather than exercise? Due to health problems (cfs/me etc) I struggle to do any exercise regularly-and have a very sedentary life and am feeling a bit disheartened-like I might never shift this 1/2 stone without it. I do have some hand weights and try and do a few sit-ups but really can't do cardio at the moment.
Am finding it helpful to see how everyone else is doing tho on here and on mfp so that's positive grin

MrsBucketxx Tue 23-Apr-13 09:34:30

I'm being really bad, can't stop eating aaarrggghh,

am I destined never to be my goal weight, so stressed about stupid stuff its not helping.

how is everyone else doing?

SissySpacekAteMyHamster Tue 23-Apr-13 11:37:53

Thanks Cinnamon I will stick at it this time, although I have majorly cocked up today by having pasta at lunchtime which has just about left me with no calories left for the rest of the day!

I can add some exercise though to gain some calories back, but tea might just be salad, although I do like salad!

Movingforward123 Wed 24-Apr-13 08:23:01

Hi everyone grin

I havnt been logging or eating properly since thursday confused

I had been stoking to 1400 cals very day for a whole week and list 0.6 lbs then after eating for a few days put 1 lbs back on! It's tough going but im back now!

Hi everyone

Just a note to say I'm snailrunner on mfp if anyone else wants to add me...I check in there much more often that I remember to check in here!

Lovely day for salads and healthy eating (and ice cream!)

Anyone else doing 5:2? It has certainly worked for me (16lbs gone in 8 weeks).

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 24-Apr-13 13:55:34


I was on this thread's predecessor the year before last (I think) and lost about 10 lbs, which I put back on and lost some of last year, and then gained the rest (ish) after Christmas. I have to do something about it as I'm only able to wear about 10% of my wardrobe!

I'm too obsessive scared to weigh myself but know I have to take 2 inches off my waist and hips - so a dress size and that's what I will be monitoring. I know I'm not big but I have to reverse this upwards trend and be able to fit my clothes again. I've been at it for 10 days now (and am furious I'm not skinny yet) and would appreciate the lovely support on this thread again.

I've cut back on thoughtless eating - I find MFP really helps me to think about what I put in my mouth and am hitting the gym hard again so am working hard and putting a lot of thought into what we eat. Sweet Potato Fishcakes are on the menu tonight with some salad. Yum. I think BBC Good Food has some great recipes, and with the nutritional info are easy to add to MFP "my foods".

I'm HannahT78 on MFP if anyone would be kind enough to add me.

MrsBucketxx Wed 24-Apr-13 14:10:08

I have added you another bad day for me sad thats why no food diary whats the point when its shitty.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 24-Apr-13 14:20:18

I kind of think keeping a log when it goes wrong has a purpose in itself. You can look back and spur yourself on to do well.

Also, the day isn't out yet. Why not make sure you log and have a healthy supper? Turning a shitty day into a slightly-less-shitty one.

MrsBucketxx Wed 24-Apr-13 14:47:32

I'm going too I think,

awaywego1 Wed 24-Apr-13 15:38:45

Chin up mrsbucket hmm what about setting your mfp to maintenance and aiming for that for a few days rather than trying to be too strict? Might help you get back in the zone.
Can people see my diary on mfp? I can see some people's but not others.

awaywego1 Wed 24-Apr-13 15:39:47

Just answered my own question and have now set it so friends can see-eek the shame grin

I agree MrsBucketxx, logging is half the battle as it makes it real and also shows you how far you've gone wrong. Sorry you're having a rubbish time. I'm struggling to eat healthily the last few days, just want junk sad

Welcome back HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform!

Sorry you're not seeing results movingforward123, are you drinking enough? What are your maintenance calories? Wondering if the difference is small then you would expect a slowish loss.

Just made 36 chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing and marshmallows as requested by ds1 for his class tomorrow as it's his birthday. Has totally put me of eating anything, perhaps I should get a new job and I'd never have to worry about not eating smile

MrsBucketxx Thu 25-Apr-13 19:52:21

I have logged today I'm over but its a start.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Thu 25-Apr-13 20:20:47

It is a start!

If you're struggling, which you seem to be, is it worth taking the weekend off to take the pressure off yourself and then coming back at it all guns blazing on Monday? You know where you're going wrong and seem to be down about it, so why not give yourself a clean slate as of next week?

I really couldn't manage the calorie limits without exercise. Thank goodness the new (and super cheap) gym has opened!

MrsBucketxx Thu 25-Apr-13 20:24:52

I'm really stressed atm with loads of things and I always seem to grab crap, like chocolate and sweet things.

I'm trying honest I am.

awaywego1 Thu 25-Apr-13 20:44:07

You are doing fine mrsbucket! Give yourself a break-your diary isn't bad atall today smile

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Thu 25-Apr-13 20:52:57

You're doing well though - whilst what you logged today wasn't perfect you did log it and came in close to target! Please don't beat yourself up - it really doesn't help and you have nothing to beat yourself up over!

Maybe baby steps are the answer - one time you reach for the crap tomorrow substitute it with something boring healthy?

Hello all, MrsBucket could it be because you are going too long between meals, so you're getting a dip in blood sugar which then makes you eat more? I always struggle if I don't eat little and often.

Cinnamon I always found that I didn't want rubbish after I'd spent ages making it. I worked in a cafe serving chips for a couple of years and in that time I never touched a piece of fried food. I made jacket potato and salad for myself every lunch time. Ah to be 16 and a size 8 again smile

I'm doing well at the minute 1lb off this week, but I've got 6 friends turning 30, a wedding and my baby's christening in the next 5 weeks. I think damage limitation and maintenance will be the name of the game!

Perhaps you need a break MrsBucketxx, whatever you decide to do don't beat yourself up. Sometimes things happen beyond in our control and although in an ideal world you don't eat to feel better but most of us do!! I have maintained for almost 9 months now and still have days when I stuff myself with junk because somethings upset me/I'm stressed/tried/hormonal but I eat less with it than I used to and I will adjust my eating when I'm feeling better to make sure it's not the beginning of the end. Look after yourself whatever that means for you. But in case you want a kick up the bum here's one <<kick>>

SuzySuzSuz Fri 26-Apr-13 11:43:58

Hello! [waves at everyone!]

I'm starting MFP today, day one here we go! Will be adding some people from this thread if that's okay?! Know it will help that others can see my food log! Also for me to pinch some ideas from you all!

I'm LondonSuz smile

Chopstheduck Sat 27-Apr-13 06:39:11

Hi SuzySuzSuz and welcome!

I accepted your request on MFP, but you haven't actually set your diary to public yet, so we can't see what you are eating. Good or bad days, it's really helpful to have it public, I've had such fantastic support from everyone on there x

jchocchip Sat 27-Apr-13 06:40:17

Marking place. Am trying to log absolutely everything at the moment. Haven't had a scone off the trolly at work all week smile. And its parkrunday smile

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Sat 27-Apr-13 07:56:37


Well yesterday evening went a bit wrong, but I think I did enough exercise in anticipation of it happening that I didn't do too much damage. Just the rest of the weekend to get through.

I really am not good at weekends!

awaywego1 Sat 27-Apr-13 08:19:25

Hi everyone smile
I've had an ok week, but like hotel weekends are always tricky, I'm giving myself permission to fall of the wagon this weekend, not well ATM and Meds are making me feel terrible so just doing whatever it takes to feel a bit better-this may include pancakes grinAs much as I want to shift this last bit of weight I'm trying to think of this as a lifestyle change so figure maintaining for a few days might be ok.

SuzySuzSuz Sat 27-Apr-13 09:26:54

Hey chops my diary access is set to friends only so you should be to see it now smile

Chopstheduck Sat 27-Apr-13 09:44:03

Ah i can see it now! I think maybe cos you didn't hit the complete entry button, it never showed up in the status feed. smile

I have a feeling this is going to be a tough weekend for me. DH gran is seriously ill in hospital, so going to be difficult to get exercise or eat healthily if we are back and forth.

poshdjc Sat 27-Apr-13 19:01:57

Interested to hear how everyone fits their exercise in to a day with kids, work and school runs. Once I've showered in the morning, I find it hard to get the motivation to sweat and shower again!
Equally, does looking like a wobbly beetroot in public get easier?

I do mine weekend mornings and weekday evenings either straight after work and I put something casseroley in the oven or after tea when the kids have gone to bed poshdjc.

And you will get less wobbly, less beetroot like and less conscious as time goes on grin

jchocchip Sat 27-Apr-13 20:12:20

I'm finding it hard to fit in my mid week runs at the moment, new job not quite so flexible. Will try for an evening run on Monday. I prefer to run away from the main roads, still. Don't mind about parkrun, you can almost hide in the crowd smile Equalled my pb this morning, bit annoying, could have had a pb if I'd started a bit towards the front - over 300 runners today smile

Chopstheduck Sat 27-Apr-13 20:21:25

I'm still beet root and wobbly but sod it i can run 11k - I don't care! I tend not to shower in the morning if I'm running, I drop kids, run then shower. blush I also cook double portions a lot of the time so I don't have to cook every night.

Thanks cinnamon, will def check out those pants, had been eyeing them up but weren't sure if they would be any good. Didn't realise you had already rested it a whole neither. Do hope it gets better for you soon, it must be getting so frustrating now.

Movingforward123 Sun 28-Apr-13 17:20:42

Cinnamon - to maintain I should be having 1690 cals per day, so it's 290 cals more then why I have been having.

I've done really badly recently, but I've decided to put my calories down to 1300 cals for now and see if I notice a difference, I'm alway going to start aqua aerobics and yoga to see if that helps!

Im feeling terrible today as I went through my summer clothes and although things still fit I look bigger then I would like to. And 10.7 is te biggest I've been since dd was a new born hmm

I spoke to a personal trainer yesterday who said he could write me a programme of exercises to do at home which will be ok for me with my ankle! It will cost £40 for an hour, do you think it's worth it?

So at 290 less than maintance you would be expecting 1/2lb a week, is that what mfp is telling you? If you have a specific injury that stops you doing other things and you can do it at home when you may not otherwise be able to exercise then is say yes (if you've got it of course!).

awaywego1 Mon 29-Apr-13 15:39:06

How's everyone doing?
I'm having my worst day since starting-about 6 weeks. Have just had a proper biscuit binge and gone hideously over calories-my weekly total has always been great til now hmm
I need some encouragement to get back on the wagon and try and do some damage limitation this week.
I'm blaming the fact that I feel very premenstul-despite being 10 days away from totm and having bloody toast for breakfast rather than porridge-I always have porridge in the week and never eat again til lunchtime.
Right must pull myself together!

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Mon 29-Apr-13 15:42:50

I've gone the other way. Had a truly shitty day and have managed one piece of toast and half a yoghurt (comfort starver here). Need to eat something or I won't be able to go to the gym tonight, and am on an 8 day streak I don't want to break.

But all I want to do is curl up in bed and sulk.

Can you cram in some exercise to offset at least some of the biscuits away ?

Hi fellow MFPers!

Another new week, eh. I like to go for a run before breakfast, and then shower etc after that.

awaywego1 Mon 29-Apr-13 16:15:56

Hotel-sadly not-cant exercise due to health-rubbish. Will make up for it this week I'm sure smile

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Mon 29-Apr-13 16:21:47

That's a bummer! I'll do your exercise for you if you'll share your biscuits though!

Think I might try to eat a proper summer if when DH gets home from work and then go spinning. It might shake me out of my mood (had a real run in with a lecturer today, to the point that shouting at me for using u to mean initial velocity instead of v wasn't enough. He emailed me to tell me my behaviour was unbecoming of an undergraduate). Hmph.

awaywego1 Mon 29-Apr-13 17:25:19

Hotel-that sounds horrible hmm do eat though-you'll feel worse if you don't-at least have a couple of slices of toast and maybe a few biscuits wink

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Mon 29-Apr-13 18:02:15

I just sent an ever-so-polite but effectively rather rude response to his email. I feel marginally better. Ha.

Now to see if my stomach will accept food - if I'm stressed or upset eating makes me feel so sick.

awaywego1 Mon 29-Apr-13 23:31:27

Good work hotel grin hope you managed to eat something.

travellingwilbury Tue 30-Apr-13 07:29:24

Morning all , room for a not so wee one ?

I need to lose two stone , have lost 10 pounds by doing mfp and joining a gym . I am also in the second week of couch 25k and against all probability I am enjoying it .

I am " neverthisfatagain" on mfp if anyone fancies finding me and giving me a prod .

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Tue 30-Apr-13 08:14:06

Yes, away I came home from a frankly rubbish spinning class and made a chickpea/couscous/chorizo thing that was quite comforting and didn't bust DH's diet. I think I ended up on 500ish net calories yesterday (not including my cycle commute). Not good. Today is another day though, and I expect I'll be ravenous after body pump given I've started today off starving!

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Tue 30-Apr-13 08:14:58

Balls, posted too soon. Will add you now, travelling - I've found it really helpful to have other people be able to judge see my diary. It keeps me on the straight and narrow.

travellingwilbury Tue 30-Apr-13 08:31:01

Thanks hotel , I need all the judging I can get smile

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Tue 30-Apr-13 12:23:06

I'll happily judge.

I bravely got on the scales today after two weeks of dieting (with a hiccup this weekend) and am still 2lbs above the top of my comfortable range. I dropped the ball on this one. 9lbs to get to my happy-but-not-sustainable end of diet weight, then I can put three back on and fit all my wardrobe!

Movingforward123 Wed 01-May-13 14:23:15

Hi all,

Hope it's all going well!

I went to a yoga class today was very air fairy but nice, does anyone else do yoga on here that could give me some tips? grin

Mfp said that in a 90mins class I burnt 248 cals. Does that sound about right?

Anyway I'm trying to gently exercise more to see if that helps with weight loss!

There's so many different types of yoga, those guides on MFP (and anywhere else really) are just estimates.

MrsBucketxx Wed 01-May-13 15:03:53

I really wish you coukd include activities lije gardening etc to the exercise list. I have been doing loads.

awaywego1 Wed 01-May-13 16:08:53

Mrs bucket-I've seen other people adding gardening and cleaning so there must be an option somewhere!

WiseKneeHair Wed 01-May-13 16:43:05

Hi All. I've not been on here for ages and ages! Lots of new faces. I'll try to add you, but if I miss anyone, I'm HappyKite on MFP. I'm a lot more active on there. I've now lost 20lbs and am gets loads of positive comments at work. grin
I've done C25K and am now doing a 5-10K program. Due to do my first Parkrun on Saturday! Gulp! I tend to run in the evenings, 8.30-9pm in the week and then in the daytime at the weekend as I work full time and I am definitely not a morning exerciser. Although I'll have to be in Saturday unless I decide not to get out of bed

WiseKneeHair Wed 01-May-13 16:45:49

MrsBucket - meant to say, I've seen people add gardening, cleaning, food prep. It's all up to you what you want to add or not. Although, I personally think if you add those, you should make sure your settings are set to sedentary as they would be included in the general allowance for lightly active.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 01-May-13 16:50:42

WiseKneeHair - parkruns are great! They're so inclusive. Do try to get up for it. Last time I did one I was run past by a great gaggle of children, but it was such fun, it really was. I can't wait to get running fit and out there again (have pesky skiing foot injury) - just in time for the warmer weather!

Yay for parkrun!!! It's a lovely event, I'm doing my local one on Saturday WiseKneeHair we can imagine we're running together! Don't be daunted at all, our one ranges from 16mins to 43mins smile

jchocchip Thu 02-May-13 07:54:25

Yay for parkrun, I'm a bit sad because I've been out twice this week in an atempt to speed up and knock a couple of seconds off my very slow pb but I tripped yesterday and my foot which has been hurting for a while is worse again. Hope it is under control for Saturday.

Another Parkrunner here! I managed a new PB of 30:12 last week, and this week I'll be joining the one on the beach at Portrush, on the north coast of Ireland. I'm hoping that the lack of hills will help me break through that 30 minute time. But I did a kettlebell class on Tuesday and my hamstrings are still in agony shock

WiseKneeHair Thu 02-May-13 13:07:38

Thanks for the words of encouragement for the Parkrun.
Guess I'm going to have to get out of bed.grin
chicchip hope your foot feels better for Saturday.
cinnamon I see you are logging longer runs now, does this mean your leg is feeling better? I hope so. And I'll pretend you are there to hold my hand on Saturday.
Melanie great PB, hope you manage to get sub 30 on Saturday. That is my aim within the next two-three months.
Running tonight, due to do 3 x 17 minute intervals with 1 minute walks in between, on my quest to be able to run for an hour without stopping.

jchocchip Thu 02-May-13 17:48:15

Today I'm going to try to get to the gym and do a bit on the eliptical before a swim trying to be low impact. Will rest Friday and hope I'm ok for parkrun. portrush sounds lovely. And yes wise you have to get out of bed and tell us about it after smile

awaywego1 Thu 02-May-13 18:06:16

How's everyone doing? Hope you are all enjoying the sun.Well done to all your parkrunners grin
Im struggling with motivation this week-its the first week that it looks like i might end up over calories at the end of it. So far i'm doing better today-i need to stave off the evening munchies. I've got such a sweet tooth and i think that long term i need to address that, but for now i'm going to allow myself treats-but just try to stay within calories.
I've lost 4 pounds now-which isnt a lot-but i feel better in myself-more confident and i really would like to lose another 4 by the end of may, whihc would take me almost to my goal weight (i think-i have no idea how to decide such a thing confused) The next week will be a challenge as im off work which means i'm likely to drink more and want to bake-but i will also have the opportunity to walk more so we will see!

Sorry for rambling! Only DP in real life knows i'm trying to lose weight and he thinks its unnecessary so just glazes over when i talk about it! So i really value the support on here and on the app.

That's rubbish jchocchip, did you go to the dr in the end? Might we worth some physio.

MelanieCheeks My husband uses kettle bells and keeps trying to encourage me to but his are 25 and 30Kg so im sure we'd need to buy smaller ones!

It's getting better thanks WiseKneeHair. Still hurts more than I'd like and running does make it worse for half a day or so but its not making me limp or want to stop anymore so I'm going for it! 10k race in 2 weeks so need to know if I can realistically run it even if it won't be a great time. It's for Marie curie so don't want to let sponsors down!

Well done awaywego1, I didn't have a target weight as I've been overweight my whole adult life so had nothing to aim for. Went for a healthy bmi and then felt I wanted to be a bit more in the middle of it and then I got to a point were I just felt happy and stopped. I'm 61Kg and an 8 on top 8/10 on bottom depending on the shop. That's exactly what I did with treats, had some but lower calorie ones as I knew without I'd never carry on. But a single bag of maltesers is better than a sharing bag wink. Sorry your dh isn't more supportive, mine was supportive but actually preferred me before I lost weight so that was a bit tricky!! He's got used to me now but regularly asks if I can 'just put some fat on my bum'. You need to find something that's sustainable though. Do your baking but give them away quick and enjoy the one that you have smile

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Fri 03-May-13 07:28:57

When we lost all the weight a few years ago we ate more chocolate than ever before as the treats kept us going. Now I always have a bag of treat size chocolate buttons in the fridge (75 calories per bag) so I can have a chocolate hit if I want one. My downfall is wine, so I drink spritzers now instead, thus drinking half the wine. It's great to find diet friendly treats so you don't feel you're denying yourself.

I didn't deny myself last night blush as a friend popped round and we sat on the roof terrace and had a little barbecue and catch up. Somehow, in spite of the wine I managed to stay within my daily limits. I feel a bit rubbish now though, but we had to make the most of the sunshine.

Good luck to the park runners on Saturday - I'll be there in spirit, and hopefully out there in body in a few weeks time.

awaywego1 Fri 03-May-13 18:52:34

cinnamon you've done so well then to get down to that size! I'm aiming to be able to fit v comfortably into my size 10s I think. My DP is unsupportive in a good way iyswim-he's no feeder but thinks I'm great as I am and because I'm a healthy weight bmi wise he thinks I should just accept myself as I am-which is Lovely but doesn't help with my jeans being too tight wink

I wasn't suggesting he was an arse awaywego1 wink but still nice to have support. I don't think its about doing well I just have a small frame but have hidden it well under blubber for most of my life. My mum was most definitely a feeder and I am an eater so not a good combination!!

Movingforward123 Sat 04-May-13 10:36:04

Oh gosh yesterday was a terrible day food wise! I don't know why I do it considering I just managed to get down to 10.5.8 which is the lightest I have been for ages!
I had an Indian and lots of wine with my friend last night and today feel bloated and full still hmm

BambieO Sat 04-May-13 10:43:35

Just checking in, I seem to have disappeared from these threads, have been too busy on MFP, I shall make a vow to check in more often!

WiseKneeHair Sat 04-May-13 19:39:22

Welcome back BambieO I did something similar!
Hope you are having a better day movingforward
How have all you Parkrunners done?
I may now count myself as one of you. grin I did it this morning and absolutely loved it. I got a time of 30:17, which I am partly really pleased with as it is faster than I was expecting, but partly disappointed as it was close to 30:00! Have got something to aim for next time, which will hopefully be next week.
I guess I'm lucky that DH is enjoying my weight loss at least he can't keep his hands off my bum but then I'm heavier than both of you, so there may come a time he thinks I should stop and I won't. It has happened before. I guess it just goes to show that you need to lose weight for you, not anyone else, and start/stop when you feel ready.

Well done for getting out there WiseKneeHair! Gives you a good time to aim for. I did mine in 30:04, my best is 26:48 so was disappointed my leg wasn't happy so guess I shouldn't be too hard on myself! It's only my 4th, think I've volunteered as many as I've run now!

WiseKneeHair Sat 04-May-13 20:54:14

cinnamon still faster than me with a bad leg. grin hope you're ok for your 10k in a couple of weeks.

I went with my friend Thursday and we did almost 8k and it was less painful, dh thinks its because that was an evening run and I warmed up totally. Race is 10am so we will see, its much better than 2 weeks ago so hoping another 2 weeks and I'll be good!!

WiseKneeHair Sat 04-May-13 21:09:53

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
I said to my DH on Thursday that I always run better in the evening. It just feels easier, probably for similar reasons.

jchocchip Sun 05-May-13 09:33:10

Well done wisekneehair you are a parkrunner now smile
My hrm registered well over 1000 for the run but I record 750 and try not to eat them all. Difficult when it is a special run and cakes for sale for charity at the finish grin

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Sun 05-May-13 12:39:11

Jchocchip was that for parkrun? If so it sounds bonkers! General understanding is that you burn 100 calories per mile when running, so parkrun should be 300 cals.

Have not lost since my gain midweek so am adopting a new strategy. 1200 is my bottom limit per day, including exercise calories. Obviously I will try to stay as close as possible to 1200 but I think I'm not getting enough in at the moment and my body is in shock. After exercise is included I'm recording as few as 500 calories per day which can't be enough. Lets see whether eating a bit more helps.

If it doesn't make any difference in a couple of weeks I might try 5:2.

jchocchip Sun 05-May-13 15:57:08

It also relate to how much weight you are carrying at 20 stone you use a lot more calories than at 10 stone for instance. That is why your targets go down as you lose weight...

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Sun 05-May-13 16:37:55

Indeed but even at 20 stone I think MFP/your HRM has gone a bit nuts! It does sometimes though, I think. You said you applied common sense though and good for you!

jchocchip Sun 05-May-13 17:10:43

calorie calculator My hrm is not that far out compared to this calculator and is consistent. For instance it always registers a lot less when I run the parkrun near my Mums house. The difference being my usual parkrun is three laps with a steep hill... But weight is the major factor in calories burnt. smile

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Sun 05-May-13 17:36:19

Yep, weight is. Which is why it really sucks to be trying to lose 1/2 a stone to fit my clothes! I'd not seen that calculator before - thank you!

Three laps with a steep hill sounds brutal. We have two laps with a big hill in ours and that's bad enough. DH did 3 flat laps at Dulwich this weekend and hated it far more than he did the 2 hilly laps. I think the lack of variation really messed with him.

I'm hoping to try one again next weekend - I got a stress fracture in my foot skiing and the medics said I can start running this week. If I don't race and gently plod round it should be fine.

I burned 370 for my parkrun Saturday and I weight 9st 8. Was burning loads more for my c25k run/walks because I was about 14st when I started it. I was disappointed with my reduction in calorie burn for same amount of effort as I lost weight wink

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Sun 05-May-13 20:43:21

You're my goal weight, cinnamongreyhound - I have 9lbs to go and it's so hard and slow. I hope it goes before summer - I'm working so hard.

Movingforward123 Sun 05-May-13 21:29:07

Ok so negatives are I've eaten badly all weekend!

Positives are today I bought a ab circle pro mini second hand grin I've wanted one for ages and tues I am seeing a personal trainer for a one off session to give me a exercise plan I can do that won't hurt my ankle! And talk about nutrition. grin so planning to give things a good go from Tuesday!

The food thing is defiantly a problem for me!

WiseKneeHair Tue 07-May-13 17:03:18

I did a 8.5k circuit yesterday that had hills in it! I don't like hills and am so glad the Parkrun I did was pretty flat.
Um, not sure what an AB circle pro mini is moving, but great! grin I've heard it said that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise, so we have to persevere with the food side, unfortunately. Not had a great day sitting in Costa as DS3 had his first session a school and I was nervous! Will get back on track tomorrow. Think I was also a bit complacent as I lost 1.8lbs this week grin
Going to try a short run tonight, although my knee is a bit sore, so I don't want to aggravate it.
I have a similar goal weight too cinnamon and hotel, although I am thinking of moving it down about half a stone. We'll see, I'm still 13lbs away, so don't have to make any definite decisions yet. I want to look at body fat as well. I'm down to 27.5 and want to get it at least below 25.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Tue 07-May-13 17:25:21

Good for you doing those hills! I hate them too - I find running up them repeating "this is good for my bum, this is good for my bum" helps grin

I did want to get below 9 1/2 stone a few years ago and dipped below it but it's not sustainable for me. At 9 stone 8 I'm an 8/10 and strong/toned. I'm not going to be a skinny girl so I go for being strong!

I've entered a half marathon for July this week, which I think will give me a goal of staying healthy/fit for that, though I will undo all the good work I do of running 13.1 miles in the pub afterwards - and I'll enjoy it!

Grrr wrote a post and its gone!! Well done on hills wisekneehair and fab incentive entering a half marathon HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform.

riverboat Thu 09-May-13 09:17:39

Hi all, I've just started using MFP to try to help myself understand why I've been gaining weight recently, and its been a real wake up call! I want to lose a few kg, stop overeating on 'extras' and keep myself motivated to do regular exercise.

I'm riverboat83 there if anyone wants to add me.

Dingle Thu 09-May-13 12:00:36

I have been logging a mug of tea with a dash of skimmed it really 30 calories????? LOL I have had red tea with no milk this morning.

The entry I use is 20 calories for tea but I really don't have much milk in mine, guess the only way to be sure is if you measure how much milk you add.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Fri 10-May-13 07:41:42

I only have one cup of tea a day when dieting to cut back on the calories from the milk. I could fuel myself entirely on it the rest of the time! Mint tea, green tea and herbal teas become your friend in this situation.

Ledkr Sat 11-May-13 07:23:53

Can I hop in? After two annoying years of trying everything possible to loss the two stone left from dc5 I have finally started to lose with MFP.
I'm on 1200 and find by avoiding eating many carbs I can eat well.
I do find it hard if I've not shopped or planned meals as those are the times you naturally reach for bread or pasta.
I'm getting used to it now though and just have lots of veg instead.
If I do have bread rice or pasta I have a tiny amount as its such a treat now.
Big cheat problem for me is when logging food I just guess at portions so I do need to get my arse into gear with that.
Hoping to start c25k this week and some shredding but I've got a medical prob which makes me knackered so it's very hard to get the motivation together to do it.
Feel glad something's working at last though.

Lissyfrog Sat 11-May-13 08:54:00

Hi guys
Haven't been on here for a while so just marking my place x any newbies feel free to add me same name as on here x I can't praise MFP Enough it's been a god send to me after bein on every flipping diet under the sun but the advice and support u all give each other is the main thing that keeps me going x and there's a long way to go on my fat arse x love MFP but love my new friends more x

VitoCorleone Tue 14-May-13 18:08:03

Hi all i was on MFP last year and added some of you. Lost 3 stone (21lb of it on MFP) but the weight is slowly creeping back onto my stomach so im back on MFP again and have started using DPs treadmill.

Tomorrow im starting the Insanity workout i must be fucking insane

If anyone wants to add me my username on there is RebeccaKayleigh


amigababy Tue 14-May-13 18:51:07

Hi can I join in?
I've dabbled on MFP in years gone by but didn't stick to it. Now I've got a smartphone (late adopter)
I'm trying again, with 21 pounds to lose.

my username is the same as here if anyone wants to add me ( please do, it says I've got no friends!

VitoCorleone Tue 14-May-13 19:09:52

Ive sent you a friend request amigababy.

amigababy Tue 14-May-13 20:23:02

thank you.

Welcome to new ladies. It can be quite a quiet thread as mfp is quite social in itself! Feel free to add me, same name as here smile

Ledkr Tue 14-May-13 22:00:11

It's working well for me I avoid potatoes pasta and bread which seems to give me lots of extra calories for other stuff.
It's hard when I'm working though and dh cooks he's git the idea but no idea how to make it nice. Tonight I had fish and steamed butternut squash and roasted courgettes truly vile and tasteless bluergh.

Ledkr Tue 14-May-13 22:11:54

Can't seem to do the friend thing can anyone enlighten me?
I'm ledkrmumsnet of course

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 15-May-13 07:20:27

Are you using the app ledkr ? Click the friends icon, then add friends at the bottom, then email, then write in the user names.

I've added the new people too.

Am a bit cross with it today though. I do a lot of spinning, and was playing around with other exercises and worked out that it thinks a spinning class (where I quite regularly push myself so hard I almost throw up/get a really tingly head) is the same as cycling at a moderate effort on an exercise bike. I think that's a bit wrong, but think it gets exercise calories all confused. Anyway, rant over.

Steamed butternut squash sounds like the work of the devil himself - did it taste like hot melon? I find it's better to roast it with chili flakes which balances out the sweetness. In fact I eat so much chili/spice when we're dieting as I try to substitute volume with flavour.

Healthy Recipes on BBC Good Food is a good place to start for inspiration. We like things like:

Chapati Wraps
Prawn Pilau
Couscous salad

And if I want comfort food

Soup with fish finger croutons

There's loads on the site and you can filter by calorie content/main ingredient/course etc. It helped me lose three stone a few years back.

Ledkr Wed 15-May-13 09:37:11

Well I've been trying to lose weight since baby was born and literally nothing has worked. Sw ww loads of exercise 5/2 diet. Suddenly I'm losing and it feels easy. I've started to realise I don't have to be constantly eating to be happy.
I went for pizza last Saturday and had two slices and loads of salad in the past I'd have scoffed a whole one blush

Ledkr Wed 15-May-13 09:39:11

Going to make that prawn pilau for dinner yum

Oops I've been AWOL for a bit, was a bridesmaid at the weekend. No logging or calorie counting then I'm afraid grin

Welcome all the newcomers, I've tried to add everyone. Of I've missed you I'm rachierach48

Newrowsees Wed 15-May-13 13:01:04

I only downloaded the app last week and am addicted already!

What's the etiquette re. adding people as friends, if their user names are mentioned in the thread - is it a free for all, or should one ask to be personally invited? Wouldn't mind the inspiration, as I'm tending to eat the same thing over and over again, because I know it's 'safe'.

I have 10lbs to lose before I go back to work after maternity leave in a few weeks. That, or I buy a whole new wardrobe, and I hate shopping with a passion!

awaywego1 Wed 15-May-13 13:49:18

Feel free to add me awaywego1 although I am being far from inspirational at the moment grin

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 15-May-13 14:39:20

Feel free to add me too - HannahT78. You might get bored of seeing me going spinning though!

Good luck with losing it - how many weeks do you have left of maternity leave?

Chopstheduck Wed 15-May-13 14:48:40

Newrowsees I think it is pretty much a free for all, its a really friendly bunch here, and a fantastic support and inspiration on MFP!

My username is the same on here as MFP, I think I've added everyone mentioned, if not feel free!

I have been starving today. This weather is really getting to me, don't feel like going out much apart from running, and couldn't really run for the third day on the trot. So stayed home and did shred instead!

Newrowsees Wed 15-May-13 14:51:11

Thanks HT! I've got just under a month left, and I'm swinging between being devastated and half looking forward to the break from my exhausting toddler plus baby combo!
And great job on the spinning - the one time I tried it I nearly lost consciousness!

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 15-May-13 14:59:50

10lbs in 4 weeks seems doable. Boring, but doable wink

Do you get much exercise in? I can't stick to my calories if I don't train!

I'm really struggling this week just can't keep under my calories. I've started a new pill after a 20 week period on the last one hmm and I have never been so ravenous! It's like being pregnant again!

Feel free to add me, I don't think anyone minds.

Newrowsees Wed 15-May-13 15:58:39

I've been doing a mix of squash, cross-trainer, some light weights (machines at the gym) and the 30 Day Shred DVD for the last few days. Ideally I'd do something every day, but I now have a non-napping toddler and a bottle-refusing baby who's decided he likes to stay up late so I'm not as consistent as I'd like.

Chops, what level of the Shred are you on, and what weights are you using? I should probably invest in some proper weights rather than using beer cans (which are liable to explode and leave your living room smelling like a brewery, FYI!) smile

As added motivation I've also signed up to do a Race for Like 10K in June, so I'll need to work in some more running as well. Hope that's not over-ambitious!

amigababy Wed 15-May-13 18:00:33

I'm really struggling to exercise. I've no reason not to but I can find every excuse under the sun why I'll do it tomorrow instead. I was better when I had an online personal trainer 2 years ago but can't afford her now and lack all motivation. feel like calling an amnesty on myself with it till June. and try and find some new approach

awaywego1 Wed 15-May-13 18:09:20

Amiga-it's great to exercise if you can obviously but I can't for health reasons and am still losing (slowly!) so it's still possible to lose without it. I don't feel deprived atall- I always have a couple of days a week where I go over and it's still been ok.

awaywego1 Wed 15-May-13 18:10:20

Also the only exercise I do occasionally manage is a bit of walking and it really helps and doesn't feel too much like exercise smile

Chopstheduck Wed 15-May-13 19:25:06

Newrowsees tbh I only do level 1 and once in a blue moon. I only use two 750ml water bottles for weights, though loving the beer idea! grin

I cycle a lot, walk, run, and go to the gym sporadically as well. I've just started a beginners half marathon in 16 weeks training schedule. I get bored quite easily so prefer to be outdoors really. The shred is just for days when I can't get out of the house because I've sat in front of candy crush too long for whatever reason.

amigababy Wed 15-May-13 19:45:13

I do enjoy walking, in fact I enjoy a lot of things but I've lost my mojo to get started.

probably over thinking it tbh, should adopt the Nike slogan and just do it!

I think generally people just add but write from Mn in the message bit newrosesees. How much can you run now? It seems to come to some easier than others. Took me a while to build up to 10k but I can now do a just under hour 10k (well before I injured myself I'm back over an hot at the moment!).

I agree ledk its about changing how you eat whether it be volume or why you are eating it. 2 slices of pizza is good, that's what I eat generally now but would have had more than dh before.

I highly recommend the c25k amigababy if getting out is easy for you and you don't have lots of pennies. I did it last jan and got totally addicted to running!

Ledkr Wed 15-May-13 21:23:32

I went over a bit but was under last few days so not bothered. I think I did ok considering I'm shattered. I'm in bed now so hoping she sleeps cos I've got work. I've retained this weight from pregnancy due to her non sleeping. It's no coincidence I've been losing since she has been sleeping better

Newrowsees Thu 16-May-13 15:19:08

Ta cinnamon - I've added lots of people now!

And I can run 3 or 4K on the treadmill (slowly), but I find I start getting bored really quickly, so can't make it anywhere near 10K. Am hoping it'll be easier when I'm running outdoors with a friend - we've agreed to take cheeky breaks and walk for a bit if needed. Definitely won't be coming in under an hour - well done you!

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Thu 16-May-13 17:22:42

Don't get despondent if when you go out on the roads it's really tough and you don't make it as far as a km, newrowsees - running on the roads is harder as you need to generate the forward momentum rather than having the road surface move to you. It builds up quickly though, and you'll be flying along in no time. A run/walk schedule is fine - just make sure you start running again when you're supposed to wink

I run 8/walk 2 when I race (I do the odd half marathon) and find I can keep that going for ages. DH did run 9/walk 1 at the London marathon and did 3.39 (fairly speedy) so it's not going to make you that much slower than if you run all the way. Enjoy it!

Newrowsees Fri 17-May-13 10:57:12

Thanks for the tips HT, I'll definitely give the 8:2 strategy a try when I next run - it might even spur me on to carry on for longer!

I'm loving MFP, and having friends on there gives it a whole new dimension - I do hope I'll stick with it when I'm back at work though. Does anyone on here work full-time and still keep their food diary up to date?

I work fulltime Newrowsees but I'm a childminder so working from home. At the moment I'm lucky that all of the children I mind sleep for the same 1-1 1/2hrs in the afternoon so I get a break smile

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Fri 17-May-13 18:45:19

May I join you all, please?

I signed up to MFP last week and am finding it so helpful. I've lost 7lb so far and i'm really chuffed. I'd like to lose 4st but it should probably be more like 5 if I'm being totally honest.

However, I've had a crap day, today, wrt food. Work was crazy busy and I ate my mindees' leftover cheese sandwiches blush because I wasn't organised enough to have planned my lunch before I got to the point of feeling really hungry...which was an hour before I'd be anywhere near my kitchen to make something better. There weren't many left over sarnies so I didn't feel like I'd eaten a proper lunch but when I entered it into MFP it added up to the same as the lunches I've been eating for the last week and a half but was 1/3 of the size sad.

My aunt just gave me some buns and before I could stop myself, I'd scoffed one with butter on. The rest of the pack are now calling me!

Dinner tonight is last night's leftovers and it didn't taste all that great last night!

I need some motivation to get back on track or a kick up the arse!!!

Newrowsees Fri 17-May-13 21:00:43

Ah what bliss cinnamon, naps are vital for everyone's sanity, aren't they? Nice that you get to plan ahead and cook in your own kitchen too - I'll be working in central London, about an hour from home so will have to investigate healthy options near the office.

And welcome Hiccups, 7lbs in just a week is amazing - keep it up!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Fri 17-May-13 21:19:16

Thanks for the welcome smile

It's actually been nearer two weeks...started eating better last Monday and started MFP last weds or thurs. Have fallen off the wagon today though so am fully expecting to have out some of that back in sad.

I'm going to read through some more of this thread now, looking for tips on how to keep motivated!

SuzySuzSuz Sat 18-May-13 08:42:41

Hey everyone, feel free to add me, I'm Londonsuz on MFP.

Haven't been tracking at the moment, MIL is in hospital not doing too well so have just been grabbing what we can when hungry. However there are moments when I know I need to get back to tracking and sensible choices as the jeans I bought especially as my 'fat jeans' are getting a little snug.... blush

Ledkr Sat 18-May-13 14:00:08

It's tough at weekends here. Dh works leaving me with two dds to entertain. We do lots but it invariably means eating out or picnics.
I don't go mad but for example just had a few of their chips and off to a fete in a bit so probably temptation there.
I'm going to log it anyway.

Chubfuddler Sun 19-May-13 15:00:56

Hello MFP types I've only just signed up to mfp. Place marking to read this thread when Dcs are asleep in the meantime of anyone would like to add me in mfp I am chubfuddler same as here. I've list nearly four tribe but half a stone has crept back on. Giving mfp a whirl to try to get 20 pounds off and keep it off.

Chubfuddler Sun 19-May-13 15:14:10

Four tribe should obviously be four stone

amigababy Sun 19-May-13 19:54:19

just checking in, had a lovely day and starting to realize that the more I exercise the more I can eat. (I know it should be obvious)

have downloaded a C25k app but am going to start after half term so I've got a full 9 week go at it. I'm a bit concerned about just how many hills are round here, it'll be hard to find a levelish bit of road to keep me going 20 to 30 mins.

I've lost 2 pounds since starting MFP and 5 since New Year. slow and steady.

Chubfuddler Sun 19-May-13 20:19:32

Thank you for the friend requests on MFP so far. I would send requests myself but I'm on the app and it won't seem to let me add by username only by Facebook or my phone contacts.

riverboat Sun 19-May-13 21:13:05

Chubfuddler, if you go to the 'add contact via email address' option, that's where it gives you the choice of adding by username. Have just added you, anyway. Good luck with MFP!

Chubfuddler Sun 19-May-13 21:19:51

Oh thanks am a bit of a Luddite!

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Tue 21-May-13 11:31:24

Coming back to the thread from MFP - I thought it'd be nice to share some recipes as I know that I'm not the only one in a food rut - whoever thought I'd get bored of steak and salad!

When we're being good I work through most of these recipes - DH particularly likes the spiced ones, which make him feel less like I'm punishing him wink

Easy Couscous Salad
Spicy Chapati Wraps - these are super quick and very tasty
Chorizo with couscous and chickpeas feels stodgy and comforting
Prawn Pilau v easy and tasty, a storecupboard meal too!
Salmon fishcakes can be made in advance and then shoved in the oven
Sweet potato and chilli soup
Stuffed peppers a bit of a faff but good if entertaining.

I'd love to see some other people's diet recipes!

Thanks for the recipes, I don't really have anything low calorie just eat smaller portions. Hopefully someone will come along with some more ideas smile

markymark Tue 21-May-13 21:33:15

Just started MFP today and want to sob into a non-calorific snack. 1,200 calories a day? How! I thought I'd had a pretty good day today - lots of fruit and veg, no biscuits or booze, and I'm at nearly 1,800. Clearly I need tips so am going to trawl back through this thread - but in the meantime. Agggghhhh!

riverboat Tue 21-May-13 22:05:53

markymark - MFP always seems to suggest 1200 or 1300 calories per day to everyone who wants to lose any amount of weight I think! If you don't mind losing the weight more slowly, or if you don't have a lot to lose, I'd up your target calories a bit. You can override what MFP tells you. I changed mine to 1600, which felt manageable and still forces me to eat significantly less than I was eating before. I knew I'd never be able to stick to 1200 or whatever it was that MFP suggested so there was no point trying and failing to stick to it in the medium/long term.

Tips that have worked for me:
- if you are a white wine drinker, drink 100ml of wine and top up with sparkling water (approx 80 calories per glass, and you can really make it last depending on how much water you're happy to add).
- do exercise regularly, it "wins" you more calories to eat
- watch the oil, mayonnaise and butter. These little extras eat a horrific amount of calories. I use small amounts in salads / sandwiches etc, but have cut way back on the amount I cook with.

Good luck!

Ledkr Tue 21-May-13 22:26:16

Marky. Try to reduce your carbs which helps hugely with cal count.
I have a small amount of rice and maybe one thin slice of bread but no potatoes or pasta. I fill up on veg.

Ledkr Tue 21-May-13 22:28:29

Bastard pizza box tricked me.
I thought it said the cals for 1/2 but it was 1/4
Weeps at eating 800 cals on something I didn't even enjoy.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 22-May-13 09:05:07

Marky - I tend to bulk up on veg and add small amounts of strongly flavoured ingredients (sadly where the calories lie). Last night I made a Spanish omelette for supper which had half a fridge's worth of veg in it and 50g of chorizo for two of us. That way we kept the calories down and still had the flavour.

Look up a BMR calculator online and use the figures it gives you as your calorie intake. MFP suggests 1200 for everyone and its very hard to sustain.

Also, do the exercise. If you can't run then get out for walks, or do a DVD if you can't go to the gym. I can't sustain the low calories without earning some back through exercise.

Ledkr- that is frustrating. It's something I noticed this weekend on packaging too. The worst part is not enjoying it though, isn't it. Today is another day though, so onwards and downwards grin

I'm half a pound up today, which is annoying, but am half an inch down on my waist so am taking a win. It's such slow going for me once I'm under 10 stone. Hopefully by the end of the summer I'll be at target. Off to the gym again now.

Newrowsees Wed 22-May-13 13:33:21

I know what you mean, markymark - my first two days at 1200 I was woozy with hunger. I've never counted calories before and was shocked at how little it was. Anyway I've put my goal up to 1450 now, as I'm still exclusively breastfeeding. It still means I haven't eaten chocolate for weeks now - I never thought the day would come!

I've found things that make it more manageable are lots of exercise (which I've not done enough of), drinking lots of water (which I now do before reaching for a snack) and cooking things yourself (which I used to be too lazy to do, but now feels like second nature). I'm really hoping some of these habits stick when I go back to work, because I do feel much better for it!

Newrowsees Wed 22-May-13 13:33:57

Oh but I still butter my toast though, because life's too short!

Ledkr Wed 22-May-13 15:31:33

Can I ask about the BMR thing? I'd that what you can still eat to lose!
I ok on the 1200 but it's starting to become a bit limiting.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 22-May-13 16:25:37

Yes - your BMR is what you need to stay alive if you do nothing. There are multiples you can apply for levels of activity, but work it out and see what it comes out as before you apply a multiplier.

I think 1200 is far too limiting - and if I'm honest, far too low. I expect I'm not losing fast because I was too limited in my intake. I now make sure that 1200 is my bottom limit for calories in and do a shedload of exercise to make up the rest!

Ledkr Wed 22-May-13 22:02:07

I'm a bit worried about my already crap metabolism grinding to a hault.
I do go over a bit at weekends tho so I guess that makes up for it.
Anyone got a plan for the weekend? I think I'm going to avoid the carbs to keep things low. I mean pasta bread and spuds btw not wine.

riverboat Wed 22-May-13 22:27:53

Ledkr - for me weekends tend to involve eating at someone's house / dinners out / going away for weekend / having houseguests (delete as appropriate) so I tend to go over too. Quite spectacularly in the case of last Saturday, and this Sat we have a BBQ party to go to, so I think I'll go quite over again.

I tend to eat a late (10.30/11am) cooked breakfast and no lunch at the weekend though, which helps reserve some calories for inevitable evening I can fit in more exercise at weekends too.