VLCD, Lighter Life, Cambridge Diet, etc

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Mudwiggle Tue 12-Mar-13 12:09:23

Hi All

Wanted to see if anyone is doing one of these or thinking about it. (If there's already an active thread, I missed it).

I have done LL before, lost three stone in 10 weeks and maintained wonderfully until DC's. Eldest is now four and a half and I think I have probably tried everything going, you name it, I've tried it (Paul McKenna, Paleo, 5:2, Dukan, Weight Watchers, etc).

I know that this works for me, although I understand other peoples objections.
I get paid on Friday and will be contacting a CDC to start on Monday. By the time DS1 is five in June, I intend to be pre DC weight again! grin

Anyone up for it? Or can give me some support or advice? TIA.

Purplehearts Tue 12-Mar-13 20:05:31

Hi Mudwiggle, I'm so glad you started this, I am on my 2nd week of Cambridge and it would be great to have a support thread to keep us motivated! I lost 10lbs in the 1st week, I am finding it ok so far, don't feel hungry, though am worried that I am going to become very bored after a few weeks, just hoping the weight loss will keep me on track.

This is my 1st time doing a VLCD, like you I have tried everything else since dc1 was born 6 and a half years ago and have just never got back to my pre-baby weight - I am so hoping this time I will. DC3 is now 6 months old and I have 4 stone to lose.

Good to hear that you previously lost weight (3 stone in 10 weeks is fantastic!) this way and maintained, you hear so many people saying that you will put the weight straight on again when u finish the diet which is so disheartening. Is it Cambridge that you're thinking of doing this time, I believe it is very similar to Lighter Life.

Mudwiggle Wed 13-Mar-13 10:07:19

Hi PH

Yes I will be doing CD. The products get good reviews and I need to be accountable to someone in RL once a week, but as I've already been through the LL 'counselling', I'm happy to do without that this time.

10lb in the first week is amazing. You must be so proud. I found as time went on I didn't get bored as such, just found it easy to ignore food completely. Towards the end when I knew I was going to eat again soon, well that was another matter! grin

I have 4 stone to lose too. It seems so daunting on other diets, but not on CD.

I once read something in one of my many, many diet books that gave the classic "you didn't gain this overnight so you won't lose it overnight", but went on to say "however if you did wake up overnight and find yourself a size 10, what would you do to maintain it?", well do that now! I intend to have all my maintainance plans in place before I even start. It's 12 weeks on SS for me, so I want to have completed 0-5k during that time and keep running afterwards too. That way I will have established good habits before I start eating again. Hopefully help with toning up too.

How did you find the first 4 days or so? I seem to recall they were the hardest. Does anyone know you are doing this or are you planning to avoid social stuff for a bit?

Purplehearts Wed 13-Mar-13 19:57:33

The CD products are really good and I am enjoying them so far, there a good variety of flavours of soups and shakes. I was so happy lose 10 lb in the 1st week, its so motivating, that would have taken 3 or 4 weeks on any other diet.

I am finding it pretty easy to resist food atm, just hoping I can last for the full 12 weeks on ss then work my way through the steps. I wasn't sure when I should start exercising, am keen to do a couch to 5k program as well but worried it might make me hungry if I do it whilst on ss.

The 1st 4 days for me were fine, I had read that days 3 or 4 would be the worst but actually for me it was day 1 where I had headaches and felt dizzy and after that it was ok - I guess everyone is different though! I haven't told anyone I am doing this diet yet, only dh knows atm! I am avoiding social stuff for the time being which is hard but tbh it had got to the point where I wasn't enjoying going out and was struggling to find anything to wear :-( I will tell people when my weight loss becomes noticeable and they start asking but am nervous about telling people I am on this diet as it gets such a bad press - is that a bit weird?

Have you found a consultant yet? Are you looking forward to starting, you already seem to have a good attitude about the diet and plan for maintenance.

Mudwiggle Thu 14-Mar-13 18:45:32

I'm really looking forward to starting! I wandered round Tesco's today for a look for anything to enjoy this weekend (hoping to start Monday) and nothing appealed to me. That really is a first. grin

I didn't tell any of my work colleagues last time and was amazed that no one asked anything. They just saw me drinking soup for lunch and thought nothing of it I guess. Obviously I got questions as the weight fell off, but an honest 'eating less' wink made everyone nod and ask no more. Friends knew - and judged - but the results spoke for themselves. Think people found it harder that I wasn't drinking alcohol than that I wasn't eating.

Roll on Monday! Let me know how you get on this week - you're doing brilliantly.

Purplehearts Sat 16-Mar-13 21:40:33

Had my 2nd weigh-in yesterday and lost 6lbs so thats 16lb's in 2 weeks, was estatic with that! I was hoping for 4 to make a stone so this was a bonus :-). As you say the results do speak for themselves!

Good luck for Monday, I'm sure you will do fine, will be good to have another mumsnetter on the diet - seems we are the only 2? Have had to turn down a few social engagements which is hard but I keep thinking its only 3 months of my life. I will enjoy these things more once I am at my goal weight!!!

TisILeclerc Sun 17-Mar-13 07:26:23

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MrsSonky Sun 17-Mar-13 20:35:31

Hello all <pulls up chair and sips black coffee>

I'm on week 6 of Lighter Life and about 2st down. Has been fine so far. The first week I did feel a bit rough - headaches and tired. But perked up after that initial week.

The food packs are ok - just a bit monotonous. I've been out to lunch/dinner a few times with friends. Some people do find it uncomfortable that I'm not eating. I'm not that fussed. I want the weight loss more than the food (at the moment!).

Mud - so why aren't you doing LL again <nosey>? Did you do 'maintenance'?

Mudwiggle Sun 17-Mar-13 21:30:27

This is mad, but I am getting quite excited about tomorrow! grin

Bloomin' 'eck Purple, 16lbs in two weeks. That is so inspiring. You must be so pleased. grin

Welcome TisI and MrsS.

MrsS - I going for CD over LL simply due to cost and convenience. I didn't do maintenance, no. I definitely will this time though. 2 stone in six weeks is fantastic, well done. Funny that other people are more uncomfortable than you isn't it?

I did Exante after having DS and lost 5st in 5 months (making me less than I was pre-preg). Maintained totally until I got pregnant again although didn't gain as much this time!! Lost 40lbs in 12 weeks and got a little bit more to go.

Should also say I am now doing slim and save which is way better!

TisILeclerc Sun 17-Mar-13 22:26:24

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oh and couch to 5k while on a VLCD??!! Er no way!!!!! I don't think your will be able to handle it, you really are running on empty...

Mudwiggle Mon 18-Mar-13 13:57:29

Slight change of plan, now meeting consultant tomorrow night, so sort of low carb-ing to get ready.

Wow Bob, what an amazing loss. I know what you mean about 0-5k, but I was so full of energy mid way through LL when I did it years ago, I started a new exercise program no problem. Probably helped that there was so much less of me to lug around after a month or so. So I'll see how it goes, no pressure, just an idea.

giggly Mon 18-Mar-13 15:54:57

Pulls up chair next to MrsSonkywink

I did CD 18 months ago and lost 3 stones in 8 weeks but fell off the wagon after Christmas and never got back on.

Now moved down under and no CD but started Optifast which is the same. I have 2 shakes for breakfast and lunch a low carb diner and a low carb choc bar later, although have had 5 chips and some haribosblush and its only day 4!
I now have a power plate which helps with the initial lack of energy for exercise.
I loved CD and if eating out would have the protien/salad menu. The only thing I missed was ALCOHOL, but loved the weight loss even more.

I am coming back to the UK in 16 weeks and have around 4 stones to lose so plenty of time, but would have helped if I had weighed myself before I startedblush

pinkdelight Tue 19-Mar-13 09:58:19

"oh and couch to 5k while on a VLCD??!! Er no way!!!!! I don't think your will be able to handle it, you really are running on empty... "

When I did LL last year, I talked to the consultant about this and he said it was fine. You're not running on empty, you're burning a big store of fat! As long as it's nothing too sudden, which couch to 5k isn't, then it should be fine.

Mudwiggle Tue 19-Mar-13 14:03:29

LOL at pinkdelight "you're burning a big store of fat". Harsh but true. grin

You're braver than me then!!! No way I could do it!

Aspiemum2 Tue 19-Mar-13 20:28:59

Ooh, perfect timing. I'm starting a vlcd tomorrow. I'm doing slim and save as it seemed pretty convenient to have it just delivered to home.
I have 10 month old twins and am finding it hard to get motivated.

I love the idea of not having to think about what I'm eating. No standing in the kitchen trying to pick something healthy and coming back out with a kitkat!

Dreading the 1st week though sad. 6 stone to lose for my ideal weight but 4 stone for pre pregnancy weight

deewillow Tue 19-Mar-13 20:46:09

room for one more squidgy bottom on this sofa?
I started the CD on sunday, so day 3 for me. First time I have tried this plan - so any CD experts out there feel free to offer advice/support.
Ok so far but am getting hungry late at night - it wakes me up! thinking of saving a shake for nightime? Im doing the sole source plus - so 3 x CD shakes/soups plus a small portion of protein (chicken/tuna). Ive never drank black coffee until this week - not too bad, but need the sweetner in it. No headaches yet.....bit tired. I have no scales in my house so I have no way of knowing how its going until I see consultant again on Sunday. hoping for a 4 or 5lb loss? look forward to sharing black coffee and encouragement with you all x

Aspiemum2 Tue 19-Mar-13 20:49:38

Just reading my info and its saying I can have tea/coffee and have a 150ml skimmed milk allowance? Is this true (I have decaf if that helps!)

TisILeclerc Tue 19-Mar-13 21:22:34

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Aspiemum2 Tue 19-Mar-13 21:26:51

Yes slim and save. I'm the same, drink far too much tea. I switched to decaf a week ago to prepare for the diet but not sure I can abstain completely!

ShoopShoop Tue 19-Mar-13 22:17:59

Please may I join? I'm starting Exante tomorrow - 50 lbs to lose <weeps into packets of shakes and soups>.

Not looking forward to the inevitable questions from nosy colleagues at work. I wish I could hibernate for 6 months and come out looking slim and shiny....<weeps some more>.

Ah well a best of luck everyone. Will report back tomorrow evening to say if Exente killed me or not smile

I'm really encouraged though reading the success people have had with VLCD - and the fact I've found other dieters on here!

MrsSonky Tue 19-Mar-13 22:21:22

Evening Giggly not sure you'll want to sit so close, I have the worse wind since starting LL :-) Mud did you find your self windy on LL? It's even offending me, so it must be bad... (something about foxes and smelling own holes).

<leaves room to powder nose>
<everyone else opens window>

thinkfast Tue 19-Mar-13 23:04:59

Watching with interest. Have at least 5 stone to lose and love the idea of seeing results quickly! The only diet that has worked for me in the past is low gi but lost weight at the rate of about half a pound a week and I can't face starting something where I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I have a few concerns about a vlc diet. Can you help:-

1. Will I be able to function at work (busy stressful office job requiring lots of concentration)

2. Will I get lose skin?

Am nearly 34 but have very dry skin. Worried it won't stretch back....

Aspiemum2 Wed 20-Mar-13 08:25:14

From what I understand you feel pretty crap for about 4 days so need to time your start carefully (my start has been postponed until sat now as twins have v&d bug)

Wrt loose skin, I think a certain amount is inevitable. I'm only planning to lose 3 stone this way as I'm currently massive and wanting to see a quick change! After that I'm going to do weight watchers and aim for a much slower weight loss whilst doing lots of exercise. At least that way I'll be very toned so hopefully any loose skin won't look so bad.

ShoopShoop Wed 20-Mar-13 21:57:39

I survived day 1 - v hard and I'm beyond tired, but at least I managed it with no cheating.

I had to field some interesting questions from work colleagues and try and disguise my rumbling stomach in various meetings. Ah well - day two will bring more of the same I expect! Bring on ketosis!!

thinkfast I can only dream of loose skin at the moment but I guess it could potentially be a side effect? I found my concentration levels at work were ok - I was just quite conscious that my stomach was empty! I'm really tired tonight though but that may be down to being away on business the beginning part of thr week. Which diet are you considering?

Alice2701 Thu 21-Mar-13 15:22:54

Hi all,

Just thought I'd add my thoughts to this thread, I'm a serial lurker!!
I've been on CD for the past 4.5 months and am so far just shy of 6 stone (3lbs this saturday PLEASE!) with a further 15lbs to go.

I'm happy to answer any questions that any of you might have but the best thing I can say is stick with it, ignore the haters and for the love of God....make sure you drink at LEAST 3litres of water a day! Really speeds up the weight loss as well as filling you up smile

Good luck!

Alice2701 Thu 21-Mar-13 15:24:59

6 stone loss that should say....I don't actually WEIGH 6 stone. Yikes!

TisILeclerc Thu 21-Mar-13 16:46:31

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Mudwiggle Thu 21-Mar-13 20:22:47

Fantastic Alice! Well done. Are you still on packs only?

Happy to say my CD counsellor seems fantastic so far. Great one hour initial meeting, she gave me quite a few 'freebies' in case I didn't like the ones I had and even explained how to drink on the plan. I don't intend to, but she said 80% of her clients do so she wanted to make sure if I did, I did it 'properly'.

Day two here and unbelievably am already 4lbs down. I know it's not fat loss, etc, but who cares, makes me feel v happy. Day one went pretty smoothly actually with only the odd moment of hunger. Today is another matter entirely...

I have had moments of hunger, but the main problem is I am so ratty. I am shouty and grumpy and basically hell to be around, even for myself. I only had a few hours sleep last night though and was up at 5am to get ready for a job interview, so all in all, I think I will be going to bed in the next 30ms or so. (Although that will mean missing the Good Wife sad).

Not windy here thankfully. However I know that the most common issue on VLCDs is constipation, let's just say that is not an issue here, the opposite in fact. Probably related to the amount of water...?

It's all going to be worth it though!!! gringringrin

thinkfast Thu 21-Mar-13 22:11:24

Hi all. Am considering Cambridge diet. Alice's 6 stone weight loss sounds v motivating. Alice how did you stick with it and were there any negatives?

catinboots Thu 21-Mar-13 22:22:04

Marking place. Just started on s&s this week

Alice2701 Fri 22-Mar-13 16:37:01

Thanks guyssmile

Don't dear it definitely gets easier (becomes a way of life really I guess) but you definitely need some mind over matter, especially when you're sitting with people who are eating etc. the only tip I could give really, is think what do you want most out of this? For me, I wanted to be slimmer again a little bit more than I wanted the crisps (only slightly though!) so that's what's pushed me through. Although I have to say it's other people who have more of a problem with me not eating that I did! I found I was quite "happy" to sit in a restaurant and stuff and just have water but my close friends found it odd and I guess I can't blame them really.

I started in September but I've had a few days off here and there (holiday, Xmas, birthday and a few other bits) but they've been planned days rather than "cheats" I guess.

I've pretty much done SS BUT I hate milkshakes so I used to have one bar plus a soup in the evening which really isn't enough but sadly I was losing on average about 5lbs a week doing that. I'm healthier now though and have 2 bars plus a soup in the evening, sometimes do SS+ and have a small tuna salad as well so that's what keeps me going! I've read a lot of people on here saying that they weren't allowed the bars until week 2 or something odd but my consultant said I could have them as soon as I went into ketosis and in fact, having 2 hasn't done me any harm at all but each to their own I guess.

How's everyone else getting on? Freezing cold?! That's probably the worst side affect of this diet for me and that's that I'm permanently FREEZING all the bloody time!

thinkfast Fri 22-Mar-13 19:28:21

Alice i can't imagine losing 6 or 7 stone ( although I need to) pretty sure I will try CD.

Just need to pluck up the courage....

thinkfast Fri 22-Mar-13 19:29:17

Meant to say well done!

How's everyone else coping?

Purplehearts Fri 22-Mar-13 20:57:23

Great to see so many people joining this thread! Alice you have done brilliantly, its so motivating to hear from someone who have successfully done the diet. I have done 3 weeks now and I agree it does kind of become a way of life!

I have just had my 3rd weigh-in and lost 4 lbs this week which is 20 lbs in 3 weeks, the results really do speak for themselves and makes sticking on this strict regime so much easier!

Mudwiggle, how has day 3 been for you, hope you're finding things easier now and even in ketosis! I'm also a fan of The Good Wife, I dont know anyone else who watches it :-)

I have been freezing cold this week especially in the evenings, I know it is cold outside but I just cant get warm even sitting beside the radiators - I haven't noticed this until this week tho'! Good luck for the weekend everyone, this is definately the hardest time for me!

Aspiemum2 Sat 23-Mar-13 11:03:24

Day 1. So far I've had a banana milkshake. Pleasantly surprised by it really, was much thicker than expected. Feel fine but I'm not a morning eater anyway, test will be 3-4pm

Alice, thank you for posting your achievement. Reading it helps me feel more determined and I can reread it anytime my willpower is fading smile.

Aspiemum2 Sat 23-Mar-13 11:05:48

Purple, 20lbs in 3 weeks is amazing. How are your energy levels? I'm not planning any exercise this week but wondered about week 2, do you think a short exercise video would be doable?

Purplehearts Sat 23-Mar-13 11:22:46

Applemum, I find the shakes and all the products quite nice really - hope the rest of the day is ok for you! My energy levels are just fine actually, in fact I would say I have more energy now than I had before, although I am not doing any exercise yet except a little bit of walking but I think an exercise video would be doable from week 2 or 3. I think I will wait to lose a bit more then start to introduce exercise.

Aspiemum2 Sat 23-Mar-13 11:39:48

Thank you, that's good to hear. I need to do something about my tummy - it looks like the twins are still in there!

Alice2701 Sat 23-Mar-13 12:54:46

Keep at it Aspie! The results will be worth it trust me smile

Had my weigh in this morning and 2lbs off so not tooooo bad but to be honest, I'm always gutted when it's not 4lbs but that hasn't been the case for quite a while now. Although from what I can gather, weight loss slows down quite a bit the closer you get to goal, purely because as a percentage of body fat it's bigger (I think!). I provably haven't explained that too well but a 16 stone person has more to lose each week right?!

I always find the weekends are the worst because I'm out of my work routine so stick with it girls smile

Aspiemum2 Sat 23-Mar-13 14:05:57

Thanks Alice. A few years ago I was much bigger than I am now and found the same as you. Initially I lost very quickly on the scales but it wasn't that noticeable - I actually lost about 3st before anyone noticed. As I got closer to my target every pound seemed to make a bigger impact so don't be disheartened by the scales (evil things)

Well I just tried the chicken soup - amazed I didn't vomit. Won't be ordering that next week!

Weigh in this week, 3lbs off after last week's 5lbs.

One pound short of 50lbs gone!

TisILeclerc Sat 23-Mar-13 16:00:55

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Alice2701 Sun 24-Mar-13 08:27:20

Jesus....I practically live of the chicken soup!! It's the only one I can stomach hmm

Aspiemum2 Sun 24-Mar-13 09:10:42

Are the other soups worse? I got the starter pack so have a selection of most things and have other soups too.
Oddly my favourite thing yesterday was the shake and I don't normally drink milkshakes whereas I love soup but couldn't stand the one I had!

Purplehearts Sun 24-Mar-13 11:06:49

I like the chicken soup too, the only one so far I haven't be able to stomach was the leek and potato!

Aspiemum2 Sun 24-Mar-13 11:28:17

I had the sweet porridge for breakfast, it was bloody awful!
Looking forward to my next order though when I'll just have what I liked this week. Might end up living on banana shakes at this rate!

CHERRYBL0SS0M Sun 24-Mar-13 12:15:30

Hi, can I join? Another Cambridge newbie here.
I started this week and am on day 4. Loving the flavours of everything so far.
I've also done lighter life before, did well on it, but didn't stay in for maintenance as I hated the woman running it. I put on about 1/2 stone and was able to maintain it just about until getting pregnant.
So inspired with all the loss already mentioned, you have all done so well! Congratulations! smile

giggly Sun 24-Mar-13 15:28:33

Just finished week one and have lost 4 kg which is about 6 1/2 pounds I think. sad to say I forgot to take my shakes to work and had to have fish and chipsblush but back on track. I forgot how motivating it is to lose every day I aim for no cheats this week, I am at the I'd rather be slimmer than have the crisp stage so fingers crossed for next week.

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Aspiemum2 Sun 24-Mar-13 15:34:21

That's great giggly. Can I ask those who've done it before when there worst day was. I'm still feeling normal on day 2. They say the 1st 4 days are the hardest or do they mean day 4?

Oh, seeing as I keep posting about my likes & dislikes! The mushroom soup is a hit smile

Alice2701 Sun 24-Mar-13 17:44:12

For me it was days 4-5 I think. Or at least the day before ketosis because you've for the card withdrawals which are a pain BUT as soon as ketosis comes you suddenly have loads of energy so all is good smile
Haven't tried the mushroom soup but the leek n potato/spicy tomato are hideous!! The vegetable one isn't too bad though that's worth a go.

deewillow Sun 24-Mar-13 18:47:22

hello, i have been on the CD for past week and had first weigh in today - was hoping for a 4-5lb loss.
very very pleased with an 8lb loss instead!!!! shock
I have been following the SS+ . so having a shake late morning, picking at chicken/tuna/quorn during the afternoon. then a soup mix for dinner (I like the veggie ones).
I dont feel any hunger at all. which is staggering as I am usually grazing all day long. Thats a bad habit I got into with the 'free food' slimming world approach......I was often eating when not hungry - just because it was 'free'. sometimes I was eating 8 pieces of fruit a day. blush
On CD I save one of the ready made shake cartons for bedtime as find if i am hungry its late at night. I've had the odd blip this week and had a single slice of bread on 3 evenings. Not something to get into the habit of I know but it got me through the first week.
I'm now hoping the boost from the weight loss will get me through the 2nd week. I have a very supportive consultant who says dont think of this diet anymore than one week at a time.
i'm going to give the porridge a try this week for a warm lunch on a couple of days.
Good luck with anyone else following this plan - get through that first week and you will feel confident about trying a 2nd week.

CHERRYBL0SS0M Sun 24-Mar-13 20:32:18

Dee, if you are really struggling and have to eat something can I suggest having a piece of chicken or similar, try to stuck to protein and avoid carbs so u don't knock yourself out of ketosis. I have a small pack of ready to eat chicken pieces for this very reason. Hope this helps x

CHERRYBL0SS0M Sun 24-Mar-13 20:33:37

Sorry, meant to add congrats on the first week loss! smile x

catinboots Mon 25-Mar-13 11:25:59

Hello everyone.

Day 1 for me here. I started last week but only half heartlesly as we had friends over for a very heavy food/drink weekend.

I'm mixing up SS plans - some days doing 4 meals, an other days doing 3 plus a 100g protein meal. I'm going to try and have 200g veg a day too.

Today I had the sweet porridge which I think is sooo much nicer (less sweet) than the original oatmeal!

Likes and dislikes to far from my taster pack last week:

Like:
All the shakes so far
Chicken noodle soup
Chicken soup
Mushroom pasta
Sweet porridge

Ok:
Chilli con carne
Spicy spaghetti
All of the bars

Vile:
Tomato soup
Original oatmeal

AyeOopMoose Mon 25-Mar-13 12:16:12

Hello all!
I was on the thread that started in Jan but it seems to have gone/fallen by the wayside.
I lost 2 stone and have had a break for various reasons-hols, excuses etc.
Started day 1 s&s today so thought I'd introduce myself. I found it helps coming on the thread if I'm tempted!
I find day 1 tough as you haven't got into it yet, by day 2, although it may be physically harder, I have the mentality that I'm not going to waste all the effort I put into doing day 1! I know that by day 4 I'll be in ketosis and from there on in it gets easier as the weight comes off.

I agree with what Aspie said upthread, when you have a lot to lose people don't notice till about 3 stone has gone. I've found this disheartening as I've lost 2st and no one has said anything, whereas my mum has lost about the same and she's getting loads of comments (she had 3 to lose). Ha another 8weeks and I'll look different smile

Aspiemum2 Mon 25-Mar-13 13:28:05

Hi cat and moose wink
Don't be disheartened moose - you'll be getting heaps of comments soon enough.

Am I the only one who doesn't like the bars?!

Just had a crispy choc shake and it was gross - tastes like coco pops which I hate.
Day 3 & still feel fine - looking forward to feeling like crap tbh as it means I am 'crossing the threshold'. Plus I read that once you are in ketosis it's ok to have a can of coke zero a day? I'm a Pepsi girl but willing to switch!

deewillow Mon 25-Mar-13 14:55:02

thanks for encouragement CherryBlossom.....ive really got to resist the bread I know - its a comfort eating thing for me though blush. But today I had the CD apple porridge and really liked that - so might save that as my pre-bed time 'treat' from now on?
Hows it going for you - over the worst few days now hopefully, keep looking forward to that first weigh in xx
I havent tried any bars yet on CD. Consultant said try and hold off for a couple of weeks unless you really dont like the shakes/soups etc. Im ok with what I have at the moment. So thinking of sving these exciting new options till i'm bored smile. Im also keeping away from anything that is a chocolate substitute - dont want to be tempted!!
any advice on how to get through the Easter weekend? its not the chocolate im worried about but have two family meals where it will be commented on if I am not eating. Consultant said go for the meat and veg (avoid carrots and toms).... How do you cope with 'helpful' comments from friends/family about these type of diets?

Aspiemum2 Tue 26-Mar-13 09:25:02

There is no substitute for chocolate!

How's everyone getting on today?

Day 4 for me and noticed, brushing my teeth this morning, that my mouth doesn't feel 'fresh' like it normally does after brushing - is that a good sign? Also knackered but was up half the night with dts so not surprised!

catinboots Tue 26-Mar-13 09:38:45

Day 2 and hungry! Had porridge for breakfast now out to work in a min. Will make a shake to take in the car.

Back early afternoon so may have a soup then. And not decided on dinner yet.....

catinboots Tue 26-Mar-13 09:39:38

Minging mouth is. Sign of ketostix I'm sure Aspie grin

Have you got any ketostix?

Aspiemum2 Tue 26-Mar-13 09:57:06

No I haven't got any, are they worth it?
Forget to say, the cottage pie is lovely smile

giggly Tue 26-Mar-13 15:01:10

I nibble on cold meat if I'm hungry. I work shifts which I find plays havoc with the plan as I'm up at 6 but don't have a shake until 9.30ish but once I have I am fine.
Can't share the likes as I am not using CD products as I am in Australia but using optifast which is the same stuff but no ready made meals which I miss.

How is everyone doing?

Aspiemum2 Tue 26-Mar-13 16:10:20

I'm not using CD stuff either, I'm using slim & save

catinboots Tue 26-Mar-13 19:57:21

I lost a stone low carbing recently and found it really motivating to see the ketostix turn purple grin

I just had the spag bol with 200g of broccoli and it was yum.

Mid afternoon I was starving so I ate a some cooked chicken chunks and some gherkins.

I just hope that when I get into ketosis in a day or 2 my hunger will totally disappear - as I'm actually really enjoying just the meals so hopefully won't need to snack

Aspiemum2 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:04:09

Thanks Cat, I've ordered some.
I haven't had anything other than the meals provided yet. I just want to disassociate from food for a while if that makes sense?
Food is something I use when stressed and I just want to take a break from that and find other ways to cope.

I have to say that I'm loving it so far, there's no angst over what I can or can't eat.

Dh did the food shopping online this week though just to help me avoid temptation!

Weighef myself this morning and I've hit the 50lbs gone mark!

Aspiemum2 Wed 27-Mar-13 07:58:49

Wow grin that's brilliant, congratulations thanks

Alice2701 Wed 27-Mar-13 08:44:37

Oh god help!!! I can't stop "cheating" with bits of cold turkey and chicken. Feeling ridiculously guilty that I'm going to have to eat normal food this week too hmm I know I've been doing this for ages but the last stone to shift really is a psychological pain in the arse!!
Hope everyone else is having a good day smile

Aspiemum2 Wed 27-Mar-13 09:22:22

I'm sorry to hear that Alice. It really is tough when you get close to your goal but you haven't come this far to give up now. I KNOW that you can do it. This last stone may take some time but it will not defeat you smile

Just a reminder to anyone else on slim and save to get your order in soon, just had an email about Easter weekend and making sure you've ordered in time.

Day 5... Feel fine!

TisILeclerc Wed 27-Mar-13 09:44:23

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Aspiemum2 Wed 27-Mar-13 10:03:47

I have 4 dc's too, went from 2-4 10 months ago and it's definitely keeping me busy!
It really is easier than I thought it would be. I've tried lots of diets over the years, have only had success with ww before. Put weight back on with the pregnancy but couldn't get back into weight watchers. Didn't get on with slimming world at all and hated Atkins. This is so easy in comparison to any others especially if you are busy as its one less thing to think about.

Aspiemum2 Wed 27-Mar-13 10:05:41

Should add, I'm aware that I'm only on day 5 but I'm an early in the diet giver upper! (Day 1 on Atkins!)

catinboots Wed 27-Mar-13 17:30:17

Not so hungry today! But feeling tired

B: sweet porridge
L: mushroom soup and a few chicken pieces

D: will be mild curry and broccoli. Not tried the curry yet so will report back.

Must drink more water

Aspiemum2 Wed 27-Mar-13 23:57:44

How was your curry? I liked it.

After doing my s&s order last night I got an email saying delivery will be Monday! The website promised Thursday delivery. I only have enough for up to Saturday so I'm looking forward to Easter roast gutted!

catinboots Thu 28-Mar-13 06:30:30

Curry was nice! But I put too much water in and it was like a curry sauce - which was fine as I had it with broccoli

catinboots Thu 28-Mar-13 21:14:41

Cottage pie is lush

Aspiemum2 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:17:44

It is isn't it? Definitely my favourite for tasting like 'proper food'. Spicy noodle soup is nice too.

catinboots Thu 28-Mar-13 22:14:50

All the soups are good except the tomato. That was revolting.

How's your hunger? Mine's deffo going grin

Rosduk Fri 29-Mar-13 06:10:40

May I join? I am a massive 16 stone and i'm getting married in 4 months. Sob.

Starting Cambridge today! Wish me luck!

Aspiemum2 Fri 29-Mar-13 07:17:23

I liked the tomato! My hungers fine, not really felt tempted all week tbh. Official weigh in tomorrow but had a sneaky check today and its looking like 9lbs off which I'm delighted about smile

Aspiemum2 Fri 29-Mar-13 07:18:46

Welcome Ros, congratulations on your forthcoming nuptials grin
4 months is enough time on the CD, you'll be a different woman by then smile

catinboots Fri 29-Mar-13 08:50:27

I've got a horrible dilemma. We've been invited for roast at SIL's tomorrow and roast at my parent's on Sunday. We can't not go.

We're going to both. I thought I could have meat and green veg instead of one of my SS meals.

But..... How do I resist all the potatoes/wine/cheese etc when by are all tucking in.

In those kind of situations my willpower is zilch sad

Aspiemum2 Fri 29-Mar-13 09:22:47

I have a similar dilemma, I miscalculated and actually run out today not tomorrow so I have 2 whole days with no supply. Really pissed of with the company at the moment as I ordered in plenty of time.

So I need to go on the website and figure out what I can have but I would rather stick to mrp. Think I'll try and be good tomorrow, have Sunday off and be back on it Monday. Not the end of the world, just annoying.

catinboots Fri 29-Mar-13 13:24:13

Can you just calculate 4 small meals with similar calorie and carb content?

Not ideal i know....

Batchelors slim a soup is low in carbs and calories

Not really because VLCD programmes are fortified with 100% of all the vitamins and minerals you need.

catinboots Fri 29-Mar-13 15:23:52

But surely it'd be okay for 2 days until she gets her delivery?

Rosduk Fri 29-Mar-13 16:24:39

You can buy single packet meals in boots- shakes and stuff but not sure which diet they are for. Might be worth getting them if you have a boots nearby and it's just 2 days...

Aspiemum2 Fri 29-Mar-13 16:31:32

It would probably be fine cat, my willpower might go out the window with all the fine Easter food I have in for my brood though wink
I don't have a boots near me as I live in the arsehole of nowhere!
All my shopping is done via Internet as we have no shops left, our nearest town is full of charity shops, pawnbrokers and betting shops!

sorry missed that it was for 2 days!

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milkybarsrus Thu 04-Apr-13 12:15:47

A word of encouragement for TisLeclerc, I have just finished my first week of Slim n Save and have lost 71b! It makes such a differance and gives a real boost to stick with it when you lose at a fast rate. good luck.

I'm starting Slim & Save again on Sunday...I did it last year and lost 3st really quickly, unfortunately my stress fuelled comfort eating came back with a vengeance sad. Anyway. Fresh new start time!

milkybarsrus Thu 04-Apr-13 12:22:02

A word of encouragement for TisLeclerc, I have just finished my first week of Slim n Save and have lost 71b! It makes such a differance and gives a real boost to stick with it when you lose at a fast rate. good luck.

tumbletumble Thu 04-Apr-13 12:42:53

Hi all

I would like to start a VLCD. Any tips on which one to choose? It seems to be between LL, Cambridge, Slim & Save and Extante.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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sammac Fri 05-Apr-13 21:42:26

Another starter this week on ll. Day 3 and headache started last night and today. Also feel wiped out today. BUT have stuck diligently to it. Am getting first meeting tomorrow so fingers crossed.

Nice to see others here. Have been away from mumsnet for ages.

JennySense Fri 05-Apr-13 23:41:06

tumbletumble I chose CD and not LL because I didn't want the group element of LL

JennySense Fri 05-Apr-13 23:48:35

I'm on my second CD go. The first time I lost 6 stone but didn't do maintenance sad
I've been on CD since 1 Feb and have lost 30lbs so far.

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AlrightOnTheNight Sat 06-Apr-13 12:38:04

Hi everyone, can I please join?

I've tried every diet under the sun and can't get back to my pre pregnancy weight before the 3 kids. I have 6 stones to lose!

I tried Cambridge a month ago and failed, but I honestly think its because I didn't have the support (single parent) and my consultant erm wasn't bad but I got no motivation or anything from her.

I still have packs left and thinking to order some from slim and save. I think if I post on here everyday I will keep focused as I really really don't want another summer of being fat. hmm

I'm not sure to start tomorrow, or Monday though!

Hello,

I started Cambridge Weight Plan on Thursday. It's my third day today and I am already in Ketosis. Starting weight was 13st 2 1/4lbs and my goal weight is around 9st. I am going on holiday in 11 weeks and I would like to lose as much weight as possible.

sammac Sat 06-Apr-13 17:11:38

Off to a positive start. Weighed this morning, after 3 days, and lost 6 1/2 lbs. Great incentive to continue. One woman lost 11lbs in this, her first week. I need the group element, though it takes a bit of time to know the others.

Headache gone, thankfully, so onwards....

AlrightOnTheNight Sat 06-Apr-13 18:14:26

Reading through the thread I might buy some ketosis sticks. I did Atkins 7 years ago and lost the bulk of my weight, plus found that I loved jogging. Then dc1 came along. It all went down hill from there!

Maybe I shouldn't tell anyone I'm restarting as well... I've decided Monday is definitely the day. If I get through the half term doing it then I can definitely do it once I'm back at work!

sammac Well done! I have lost two lbs to far, but I only did two days. Today is my third day. I am already in Ketosis and yes I use the Ketostix.

Shall I make a weight sheet and we can do weekly weigh-ins?

TisILeclerc Sat 06-Apr-13 22:18:27

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TisILeclerc Sat 06-Apr-13 23:58:24

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Okay, here is the Weight Sheet
Everybody should be able to edit it. If there are any questions I am happy to help. Are you all happy with the weekly weigh in on Mondays?

sammac Sun 07-Apr-13 12:18:08

I had a big night out at very posh restaurant last night with friends over from Canada. Was very worried but came clean and the staff were so lovely to me and kept me topped upwith decaff coffee and water. Actually think it's harder on others watching and feeling for me missing out. I had a bar to nibble on. Of course no alcohol, but took the car and dh could drink instead. My night was not dampened in the slightest as the company was the main thing.

However I will go back to the place and partake later to celebrate in a sensible manner. Just another hurdle gotten over.

tumbletumble Sun 07-Apr-13 13:46:19

TisILeclerc my advice would be to start on Thurs. Of course there will always be this kind of situation and you'll have to learn to deal with it, but I think it would be better to kick off with a clear week ahead to focus on it.

AlrightOnTheNight Sun 07-Apr-13 18:58:02

I'd love a weekly weigh in. When I started Cambridge I was 17.7 I think. And due to a lot of stress I think I've put on a lot. Not looking forward to weighing myself tomorrow but it has to be done!

Is everybody doing the sole source? So no food what so ever? I'm going to do 2 shakes and a low carb meal for the first week, but I really want to do sole source for at least 3 weeks afterwards.

No, I do SS+. However I struggle to drink three shakes a day and have a meal, so I usually only have two shakes and one meal. A third shake when I am really hungry.

AlrightOnTheNight Sun 07-Apr-13 21:55:17

That's what I'm planning on doing as well. I'm excited about starting tomorrow!

AlrightOnTheNight Mon 08-Apr-13 10:49:49

Good morning everyone. I'm starting this morning, and I am so surprised I weigh 17.2 I really thought I had gained at least half a stone and had been feeling extra fat- but proves it was in my head because I hadn't gained weight.

I'm 5,9 and would love to go back to 10 stones before kids. But I don't think that will happen! So I will be focusing on getting to 12 stones and going from there. So so 72 lbs to lose starting from today!

Good luck anyone starting today and everyone continuing it!

milkybarsrus Mon 08-Apr-13 11:17:57

I just would like to wish everyone who is starting a vlcd today the best of luck! Think of those meal replacements, shakes, soups and bars as your friend as you don't have to think about food anymore, you don't even have to shop for it, except of course for the rest of the family. I am 99% on plan, with the odd protein snack if hungry or bored or feeling left out of a social occasion. for example, went too the cinema this week and took, small portion of cheese, lunch size prawns portion (sainsburys), and for crunch i had half a packet of pork scratchings all washed down with coke max. I still managed to lose well this week and go out and have fun. I felt totally in control and quite good that I had made a choice to not for go chocolate and popcorn! checked ketostix and remained in keto throughout. Keep going everyone.

Aspiemum2 Mon 08-Apr-13 11:26:52

I'm back again, had a disastrous week last week. My order finally arrived on Tuesday, neatly coinciding with totm so not a good week. First weeks weight loss is securely back on. I'm not too worried though, I now have plenty of stock so am quite sure that I'll be back on track in no time smile
Day 1 (again!)

AlrightOnTheNight Mon 08-Apr-13 19:29:25

How has everyone's day been? Evenings are the worst for me so I have a new strategy. I've eaten my salad, and in a few minutes I'm going to clean the entire kitchen whilst watching corrie on the little tv. Once it is clean I will shut the door tight, taking my water with me and will NOT be entering it at all! I might even put a note on the door saying 'come in if you want to stay fat!'

So off I go now.

Airwalk79 Mon 08-Apr-13 22:58:20

Hi can i please join in!
Iv got a lady coming on weds eve to start me off. I'm 5'3 and about 1010. We're going on holiday in a month and would love to fit in my 10-12 holiday clothes! Can just about fasten the 12s at the moment but wouldent be Abel to go out in them.

I'm a bit worried about the feeling dizzy? I carry ds 7 months in a sling, and obviously that's proberbly not a good idea when dizzy/ faint.
Can't wait to get started now!

Airwalk79 Tue 09-Apr-13 19:08:51

Is anyone still on this diet? Iv told dh about it and he says he will see what the lady says and maybe give it A go! That's major progress he's never had a proper diet!

I had a terrible day today and I ate lots of rubbish. I feel so terrible. Why? Why? Why? I didn't sleep last night, little one was in hospital yesterday and had surgery and I woke up in the middle of the night. My pj's were soaked because I was sweating so much. Never happened before. I am back on track now, tomorrow another three shakes and then my consultant comes to see me on Thursday. I hope today didn't mess up too much.

Hi, read this thread ind it's inspired me to contact a local Cambridge diet consultant... happy to pay out if the fat goes quick. Am miserable being this weight, I hate not being able to get my shoes on and not having a lap the most! I am like a ball atm!

Airwalk79 Wed 10-Apr-13 12:37:42

We're going to be starting tommorow! Has any one got any advice on what we should be doing today?

milkybarsrus Wed 10-Apr-13 13:46:59

Hi airwalk, I would say as with all VLCD you have a bit of an energy slump in the first few days, try and sort things out today such as shopping, housework make a couple of meals for the family today, so that you don't have to be challenged by smells of cooking and not nibbling at food at the same time (thats maybe just me though)! Some people get headaches (I didn't), you need to drink loads of water, so get some bottled water in so you can actually see how much you have drunk/need to drink. If its possible try to be very low carb today, it's not essential but it will help you to have small portions, plus you will be more thirsty which will help up your water intake ready for tomorrow. Plan a non food reward for completing the first week. Mine was a Foundation. I have only lost 1.5 1bs this second week with absolutely no cheating, but it is TOM, so put it down to that, I do 'feel' slimmer/lighter than last week, I know its not a lot of weight to lose for eating 600 cals a day, but altogether its 9 1bs in 2 weeks which is good for me, so I am determined to keep going.

CerealMom Wed 10-Apr-13 21:09:05

Hello all (tis I *Mrs Sonky*).

I'm on holiday this week and feeling very hard done by. Everyone's eating lovely lovely pastries and those delicious Portuguese custard tarts, quaffing wine and I'm on the vegetable soup treadmill. I just hope the goddess of fat loss is kind to me on Saturday and rewards my efforts at weigh-in. I deserve a bl00dy sainthood!

On the plus side I did some very nice holiday shopping before I left - huge motivation to keep going (it's certainly not the taste of the 'food'!)

My wind has subsided - which is just as well, as I'm staying with friends and wouldn't want to test the threads too much. Also, the villa has stone floors etc... so all very echo'y. Ehh-em.

Milkybar- I have weeks when I only loose half a pound/couple of pounds. I try not to worry about it. My LL counsellor says it's x pounds of fat rather than water/fat you're loosing. And my clothes and inch measurements are changing.

Keep it up everyone.

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Airwalk79 Wed 10-Apr-13 22:09:20

Iv got all my stuff to start tommorow! My tea was 125g cottage cheese and 130g tinned tuna chunks. It was actually wry good,maybe a little dry but nice.

bbpants Thu 11-Apr-13 08:35:50

Am joining this thread in anticipation of my restart on Monday. I did SnS for 2.5 months between January and March and lost nearly three stone. I then took a planned couple of weeks off over Easter for a holiday, and ate and drank exactly what I wanted. Of course, I did put some pounds on, but what was interesting was that they went on immediately, and then stabilised.

This week is my 'transition' week to get back to normal eating (and the weight I put on is already beginning to come off), and then I restart SnS on Monday with a view of trying to lose another 2 stone by August (I have a LOT to lose!).

I am curiously looking forward to starting again. Bizarre!

TisILeclerc Thu 11-Apr-13 09:04:55

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bb pants what is Sns?

bbpants Thu 11-Apr-13 09:30:33

Sorry Stairs - SnS - slim and save. Online supplier of shakes, etc., and you don't go to a counsellor or anything, just do it yourself.

TisI - I'll be glad of a buddy! Don't be scared - it really is ok! The bit I struggle most with is socialising (luckily, I don't do that too much these days!). I really have been happy with SnS - I am keen to keep things as normal as possible in front of my daughter who's only six, and having a proper meal when she is around keeps it very simple. She just knows that I'm 'saving my treats for holidays to get a little bit thinner and more healthy'.

bbpants Thu 11-Apr-13 09:41:08

Sorry - should clarify - although there are no counsellors with Slim and Save, they are very helpful and provide a lot of support if you need it.

Ohhh...that sounds perfect, bbpants, hate the counsellor aspect. Going to google that now, thanks!

Thanks so much for posting about S&S, going to order now and start as soon as it arrives- hoping Monday. Have added myself to that spreadsheet, if it worked! Not sure if to do one meal a day or all replacements, what works best? Sometimes I find it hard to stop eating... maybe best to bypass food to start until I have got a bit of a grip?

Have two 40th birthday parties in early May, hoping I can shift a bit before then!

bbpants Thu 11-Apr-13 11:30:55

I mix and match the 4 shakes/3 shakes and a meal depending on what's happening that day! As I said above, when my little one is around, I tend to include a meal so that I can sit and eat with her, therefore weekend days tend to be with a meal, but I'm more likely to do just shakes/bars/etc on a working day.

Having a meal is useful occasionally as I haven't told anybody in real life (apart from my husband) that I'm doing this diet. If anybody asks, I just say I'm low carbing and cutting out alcohol and snacks.

TisILeclerc Thu 11-Apr-13 11:35:11

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That's what I'm thinking- I don't want to talk about this in RL as it sort of sets me up for a fall...

I ordered a 28 piece taster pack and the white wine flavoured water (I accept it will taste nothing like wine but might be a nice treat!). Apparently it arrives tomorrow! Which is excellent as I have exactly 3 weeks to go until parties! Maybe can lost half a stone by then, or anything would be good!

Yes, useful to know you can do a meal if you have to (and not feel like you have ruined diet etc).

TisI, your starting Monday right? I'll prob be weeping by then!

bbpants Thu 11-Apr-13 11:52:06

When you get your stuff from S&S - there's a sheet with it that tells you what you can have for the meal - a set amount of protein and certain vegetables (to make sure it all stays low carb, I think). When I've been out, I've had to, ahem, be a little bit flexible with what I've ordered (for example, I'm sure one salmon fillet I had was way bigger than the weight you are officially allowed, and I have also ordered steak and a salad when beef wasn't one of the official proteins you were allowed - although I think it is now). But at least I've not gone overboard and it meant that normal life could continue to some extent (without the alcohol, though, unfortunately!!).

DaisyFlower123 Thu 11-Apr-13 15:21:43

Hi All,
sorry new to this and hoping for some advice?
I am currently 33 weeks pregnant. I piled on weight with my first child, lost some, then fell pregnant again and just seem huge this time. I estimate after the baby is born I will need to lose between 3 and 4 stone. After the birth of our baby I'm interested in potentially signing up to the Cambridge weight loss plan or similar, however I am hoping you can answer the following questions;
1) Can these type of plans be followed whilst breastfeeding? (It is my intention to breastfeed for at least a year)
2) How long would you recommend some-one followed such a plan in order to lose for example 4 stone? (so I can work out potential costs)
3) How soon after giving birth would you recommend a mother start a plan?
4) and are any more suited to baby weight loss when BF than others?

also what does VLCD mean?

Obviously I am not looking to start just yet but wanted to do some research prior to the birth of my baby as I really am desperate to return to pre-first-pregnancy weight and shape.

Airwalk79 Thu 11-Apr-13 16:44:10

I'm on day 1. When I did the medical form it said you cannot do it at all if breast feeding or within 3 months of birth.

Iv had one shake so far at 1030, was pleasantly suprised! Quite nice and easy to get down. Going to have another soon and then save one for later when we would usually crack the snacks out.

Don't really feel too hungry, just trying to guzzle the water!

Iv hung my holiday clothes on the wall lights at the top of the stairs, every time I run up for a wee I see them!

TisILeclerc Fri 12-Apr-13 07:30:58

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TisILeclerc Fri 12-Apr-13 07:31:57

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DaisyFlower123

VLCD means Very Low Calorie Diet

My Cambridge Consultant came yesterday and I lost nearly 6lbs in one week. I am so motivated for next week! smile

TisILeclerc Fri 12-Apr-13 07:43:16

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Not for long, Leclerc, we will all be thinner soon. Waiting for my box to arrive... <drums fingers>

Aspiemum2 Fri 12-Apr-13 12:22:50

Does anyone know if you can interchange products? i.e have an Atkins bar instead of a slim and save one?

milkybarsrus Fri 12-Apr-13 15:30:27

Im not sure to be honest, but I do know that slim n save bars have all the nutrients that your body needs? you can contact slim n save as they will let you know, from what i have been told they are not opposed to people saying they try other products etc.

bbpants Fri 12-Apr-13 17:15:55

Well, leclerc - you are no longer the heaviest on the spreadsheet - I am! And this is AFTER I already lost a load of weight before Easter!!

I am weighing in on a Friday but will update the sheet as if it's the Monday (if you see what I mean). Roll on Monday!

Aspiemum2 Fri 12-Apr-13 17:29:22

I will do milky, thanks. I went out without anything this morning and was starving so picked up an Atkins choc bar on the spur of the moment. It was sooo nice!
Back to being good now, would make my day if I could have them though smile

Aspiemum2 Fri 12-Apr-13 17:30:10

Oh, and I haven't seen the spreadsheet but reckon I would be right up there at the top sad

ShootingStarsss Sat 13-Apr-13 00:04:16

Hi can I join please?
Wow so much inspiration on this thread it's amazing smile

I have contacted a consultant tonight about the Cambridge diet, never done it before but have a holiday in the summer & need to shift the weight.

Will be back when I have heard back from the lady, I am excited and want to get started after reading this thread.

ShootingStarsss Sat 13-Apr-13 00:08:23

Can I ask what is slim & save never heard of it?

What's best Cambridge or slim & save? What's the difference.

slim and save you can just order the food packs yourself online. They arrive next day. Mine did! Cambridge you do it through a consultant. Am starting slim and save tomorrow, hoping i can stick to this because my Jeans wont do up at the moment!

milkybarsrus Sat 13-Apr-13 08:09:50

Well the weekend has arrived and the sun is shining here in London at last! I mustn't let my hair down and totally relax (no wine etc). Lets have a saintly weekend and not cheat and remember that it will be worth it in the end when we see the scales showing a loss on Monday smile.

ShootingStarsss Sat 13-Apr-13 10:19:52

Thank you for answering me stairsinthenight smile

sammac Sat 13-Apr-13 14:55:56

So I go on Saturday mornings to get my supplies, get weighed and have my session. The good news is I lost 6 lbs this week, which bring my total to 12 1/2 lbs in 10 days!! Can't believe it. Really motivated to continue. Hopefully will get to the first stone by next weekend. Back at work on Monday so will be totally different to pleasing myself all day.

Good luck to everyone for next week.smile

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Sat 13-Apr-13 20:35:07

Right, I've ordered 2 weeks worth of stuff from S&S, should be here on Tuesday.

I'm quite excited really smile I have such a lot to lose (6 stone or so) and although I've lost 3 stone or so on at least 4 occasions (SW, WW, PigToTwig) over the last 10 years I lose steam. I hope that this time faster loss will keep me motivated.

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thepatioislumpy Mon 15-Apr-13 07:26:25

Morning all.

Could I take the liberty of joining you? I'm starting slim and save this morning as a VLCD virgin grin

Despite my best efforts I've managed to put nothing on during my last 'blow out' weekend confused so I feel great, raring to go. I've got eight pretty clear weeks ahead of me so I want to lose as much as possible by then. If I'm not done I'm happy to extend it at that point but we'll see!

I've got a RL buddy doing this with me too so I'm hoping between you all I'll get plenty of arse kicking support! wink

thepatioislumpy Mon 15-Apr-13 10:00:08

Well, that's a vanilla shake done and dusted. Not at all unpleasant. It tasted a little bit like McD's vanilla shake, with a slight powderiness to it. I'm going to try a hot meal at lunch time and I'm a bit more hmm about them...

milkybarsrus Mon 15-Apr-13 10:40:57

good morning all, had a good weekend. Took the family to the zoo yesterday and had my bar and shake whilst out, and then for dinner we ate at the pub where I enjoyed chicken on skewers with piri piri sauce and salad (no chips), washed down with a diet coke (no wine). Had a lovely time but stayed in ketosis, so it just goes to show that we can do this diet lose weight AND make good food choices when out and about. keep going everyone.

bbpants Mon 15-Apr-13 11:00:12

Well I'm back for my restart and feeling positive (although my stomach is rumbling a little right now!). I have a vat of peppermint tea on my desk and I'm using work as a distraction, so it's win/win as I'm getting through a pile of admin as well..!

thepatioislumpy Mon 15-Apr-13 12:07:53

I've got a rotten headache. It wouldn't be carb withdrawal already would it? Surely its just a normal headache?

Opened my S&S pack today and laughed at my weeks supply of food grin

I had a hazelnut shake for breakfast and mushroom soup just now for lunch. Very small portions so I guess this is going to be tough.

Going to do the simplicity plan, which is 4 packs/bars/shakes a day plus 200g low carb veg. I have white wine mix hmm to add to fizzy water for 'treat' in evening.

I have over 4st to lose. Going to take this a week at a time, if it seems doable I'm ordering next weeks supply Thursday morning.

Someon mentioned a non-food treat at end of week, great idea. I might go to my local lesure centre for relaxing swim/jacuzzi/sauna on Sunday...

bbpants Mon 15-Apr-13 12:50:58

Patio - make sure you've drunk enough water - that might help the headache.

Stairs - it does look a small amount, but I got used to it quite quickly (except for when I'm premenstrual, and then I charge round the house desperate for something to eat and acting like a bear with a sore head! In that situation, I have resorted to an extra pack to see me through.)

Thanks bb, going to make sure I have plenty of packs, and bear in mind the 100g protein/ low carb veg option if I am in situation where I have to eat a 'real' meal.

thepatioislumpy Mon 15-Apr-13 13:37:46

I'm drinking loads... I think it is just situational TBH. Had a pretty shitty w/e so slept badly etc.

I'm about to try the chilli. Watch this space!

thepatioislumpy Mon 15-Apr-13 14:50:08

Ok, so the chilli is alright. Better than I expected anyway! It is quite nice in that you have to chew it which makes it last longer and that it makes a change from what I would anticipate as boredom with shakes. It is one I'll order again I think.

Not hungry really. I have been doing that whole thing of reaching for the water when I feel a hunger pang instead of food and it is working so far!

Does anyone know of any carb free mints? I'm really worried about the bad breath which will happen blush

Well I am starving! Had the chili just now with mushrooms. Was quite nice, but how I didnt eat DSs leftover chips I dont know...

bbpants Mon 15-Apr-13 18:31:39

The chilli is my favourite meal. I'm on the mushroom pasta with leeks and mushrooms tonight.

Was struggling at about 5ish but have powered through! Early to bed for me...

thepatioislumpy Mon 15-Apr-13 21:36:02

Well it has to be said - I have so nailed today!

I went out earlier on a pre-arranged 'do' and although there was loads of lovely food (think sharing platters...) I had not a crumb. I was really cross with myself as dc had some Minstrels and gave me one. I popped it in and chomped it without even thinking angry I know in the grand scheme it won't matter but I was still ultra cross!

Then I came home and had a strawberry shake (very nice) and went out for 2 miles with my friend of which I reckon the walk:run ratio was 1:1 which I'm really chuffed with. Now I'm having the crispy vanilla shake for supper.

I've not really felt hungry once. The only time my tummy rumbled was in response to the food at the do. So it wasn't really hunger, just a response to the smell.

I can do this. I can so do this.

Scarey7 Mon 15-Apr-13 22:36:57

Hello can I join in too?! Just completed my first day of the CD. As I am very active I have started on Step 2. I am 5.4 and 11.7lb. Going on holiday in just over 5 weeks so want to be 10 stone!!

thepatioislumpy Tue 16-Apr-13 02:52:33

Hi scarey welcome!

Do any of you have sneaky weigh ins before a week is past? I find seeing the scales move is a real visual boost but my rl buddy said not to confused

Hello Scarey. Good luck!

I survived yesterday, stuck to the plan grin Feeling less hungry today and telling myself it gets better from here. I do feel a bit tired/headachey but I think that will pass.

I have not given up black coffee, hoping it won't affect weight loss. The white wine powder stuff was lovely with lots of ice/ fizzy water, going to get the mulled version next time too!

Hope everyone is feling strong today!

bbpants Tue 16-Apr-13 08:53:50

Well done all on such a successful Monday!

I am a MASSIVE scales-hopper - and weigh myself every morning when I'm dieting. I find it helps keeps me focussed - if only I did it when I'm NOT on a diet, maybe I'd be better at maintaining!

Feeling good this morning - just had a coffee with skimmed milk. Although I don't cut it out completely, I have tried to cut down and go for peppermint or green tea.

thepatioislumpy Tue 16-Apr-13 09:54:48

2.4lb off. Bring on day 2! I know it won't be consistently that high, but I'd love to see a 8/9lb loss on Monday next week.

I even survived dc being awake for four hours in the night. I was hungry at that point but I'm not again now - haven't had anything other than water since I woke.

5lbs off! Coudnt resist the scales... we are all doing well!

Just ordered my 2nd pack, determined to get through 2 weeks at least. Getting used to it now. Ordered the boullion and mulled wine mixes too.

bb, how often can you have the bullion? It didnt say- its 2.3 carbs per serving- can't be a free thing?

thepatioislumpy Tue 16-Apr-13 13:53:06

Just had the macaroni cheese and added some steamed leeks. It was actually quite nice. I'm drinking so much that I'll need to buy some more loo roll later. I had the porridge for breakfast this morning and it was vile. I couldn't even swallow one mouthful! So I binned it and had a chocolate shake instead.

I'm having a really tough time atm so I'm so proud of myself that I'm nearly two days down and I've not wavered once... Be strong girls - we can do it!

Scarey7 Tue 16-Apr-13 14:13:00

Thank you to everyone who welcomed me! Feels good to be in the same boat and you're inspiring me to keep going too. My weigh in day is Monday too. I have my son's 5th birthday party this Saturday in a function hall at a pub. Before I started the CD I thought it was going to be a good old knees up with the parents too. Now I'm feeling that I don't want to ruin my hard work. Some friends are saying have a day off, you only live once, others are saying not to drink?!? I have a really weak resolve when I'm in party mode so I must try and stay on track. I really want this as I detest myself and my body.

I wish now I hadn't told anyone about the CD so I could have pretended I was on medication or something!

What does DC mean? Something to do with your kids? I am so new to this site!!

Anyway keep going everyone! I know it will be worth it.

I'm not overly keen on the products apart from the bars (only my second day) but am forcing them down. Just had a 0% plain yogurt which was strange but I don't drink milk.

Can I drink diet tonic on Step 2? Thanks everyone xx

DaisyFlower123 Tue 16-Apr-13 14:20:23

Hi All, Where or what is the spread sheet people keep referring too?
Thanks xx

thepatioislumpy Tue 16-Apr-13 14:21:17

DC = darling/dear child/children

I was so chuffed last night that I didn't 'fail' and eat at the do. It has given me a really big boost. If I was you, having only just begun I'd be very careful about having a day off. My friend said that after a month or so she'd allow herself 2 x vodka on a big night out with diet coke so I'm planning on drinking no alcohol for a good long while. TBH it can only be a good thing anyway! And like you, I have zilch resolve if a bevvy or two has been consumed...

thepatioislumpy Tue 16-Apr-13 14:22:06

Hi Scarey! I would stay off the alcohol if you can. Be all virtuous and have fizzy water. Tell everyone its gin & tonic. This is based on me losing the plot when I drink and ending up scarfing chips in the gutter... grin

I have liked every S&S pack so far, maybe its just because I'm appreciating anything I can eat!

bbpants Tue 16-Apr-13 15:16:23

Stairs - I'm not sure about the boullion stuff as I didn't like it, so didn't stick with it, but I thought it was sold as a water flavouring and therefore ok to have as much as you want?

You go, Patio!!

WRT alcohol - I stop drinking altogether whilst doing this diet. I remember reading some article that alcohol could affect you really badly if you've been on a VLCD and are in ketosis, so feel it's best avoided. And I miss it, A LOT (!), but I do feel better without it. It must be my age...!

thepatioislumpy Tue 16-Apr-13 16:04:52

Oh man! So on the way home from school a dc had sweets bought by a friend. She broke a bit off and I popped it in my mouth. AAAAARRRGGGHHH! I suddenly remembered and sat with it in my mouth til we could get home and I could spit it out grin

When will I remember that no food = no food??!!

I'm impressed you spat it out, patio! That is proper willpower!

Scarey7 Tue 16-Apr-13 16:38:44

Thank you Patio & Stairs. I'm going to write my weight on my hand so I don't forget!!!

Just wanted to post a couple of recipe ideas for S&S.

Use the curry with grated quick-boiled cauliflower 'rice'.
Use the chili to stuff baked green peppers (spray with fry light before roasting)
Put the chili in crunchy lettuce and pretend its tacos grin

Just made some sugar free jelly (0.3 carbs) and froze some in an ice cube bag as an emergency pudding. Off to supermarket tommorrow to buy some veg & herbal teas.

DS is eating celebrations... sob!

thepatioislumpy Tue 16-Apr-13 19:40:34

I am sooo in the zone! I'm so pleased that I have my friend who is doing it with me. We just did another order tonight and we're getting a box between us so that we can take advantage of the bulk buying discount.

I did a ketostix tonight and the colour is already changing to darker pink.

So far I'm really impressed with the foodpacks (apart from the vile porridge) though I'm a little upset that the macaroni cheese is not available. It was quite nice with leeks sad

However, tomorrow is day 3... My friend said that when she did LL they said after the first week that 5lb/wk was a reasonable loss to expect. I'm so up for that grin

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Wed 17-Apr-13 08:58:32

Morning! My pack arrived at 3.30pm yesterday, so I've started this morning - which meant a starting weigh in sad not a pleasant sight.

Still, I feel full of hope (and Cafe Latte Shake which was surprisingly nice!) and off I go...

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Wed 17-Apr-13 09:01:22

I'm the heaviest on the spreadsheet sad

thepatioislumpy Wed 17-Apr-13 09:12:50

Go Brian you can do it! I have seriously the least willpower of any person I know and I'm beginning day 3. The vast majority of my diets fail around 11am on day 1 (coincidentally the time I put ds down for a nap!)

I am actually finding this not too hard. I think it really helps that I have an outlet here, and also an outlet with my lovely friend, so I have LOTS of support. I'm not telling anyone else in RL though. I really feel that this time I CAN DO IT! I have low expectations initially - I'd like to get into all my size 14 clothes. I have been saying that is my target for ages, mainly because I have some lovely clothes - some unworn! But then talking to my friend last night she made me realise that a few nice dresses in my wardrobe shouldn't hold me back from being smaller if that's what I want. And she's right. I should stop when I'm happy. If that means I have to bankrupt myself buying a new wardrobe, so be it grin

thepatioislumpy Wed 17-Apr-13 09:13:55

Not by much Brian, not by much.

thepatioislumpy Wed 17-Apr-13 12:15:07

Righto. I've just transferred the measurements sheet from the S&S brochure into a spreadsheet on my laptop and taken very through measurements so I can compare with next week.

I'm now about to try on a whole load of clothes I can't fit into so that I can do that on a weekly basis too - to see how much more nearly I can fit into them. I have a weekend trip planned in about ten weeks to see an old friend and his new DP. I've not seen him in nearly two years (when I was either heavily pg or only just not so) and he's never seen me lighter than about 13st. I am soooo going to make his jaw drop when I see him! I have my outfits planned already...

And as I find things are too big I shall ebay them or charity them immediately as I am never going to be this size again. So, on that note, might I just say right here and now... Monday was the last day I will ever step on the scales and see 214lbs again. Never ever again smile

I am feeling gooooood about this diet! smile

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Wed 17-Apr-13 12:50:53

Thanks for being so lovely patio - just the kind of thing I needed. Are you going to weigh once a week?

DH is coming home for a two week break in Mid July, hopefully that will give me long enough to make a good start.

Had my shake for lunch, now off to do some unpacking.

thepatioislumpy Wed 17-Apr-13 13:03:00

No worries smile We all need a combination of a kick up the arse and hugs from time to time wink Yes, I'm planning on weighing in once a week - my Tuesday sneak peak was a one off. I think one of the ways I can increase my motivation is to increase the anticipation by only weighing once a week but then also by the use of shock tactics (in a good way hopefully!) when I see a good loss each week on the scales.

Just about to sit down to spaghetti bolognese with a handful of rocket stirred in.

I'm aware that I'm treating this thread as my own personal weight loss blog blush grin

ShootingStarsss Wed 17-Apr-13 13:17:30

Afternoon everyone, your all doing so well, I love the positiveness on this thread it really helps reading it smile

Well I started on s&s today, had sweet porridge for breakfast which was nice & a strawberry shake for lunch which was also nice, have had 3 glasses of water so far.

My testing time will be from 3-6pm I am going to try a meal pack tonight maybe spaghetti bolognaise one or chilli anyone had these?

Feeling positive but it's only day 1 really want to stick to this though.

ShootingStarsss Wed 17-Apr-13 13:19:00

Downside I actually had to stand on the scales this morning hmm

day 3 and going is tough! Still feeling strong but could have done without DP bringing home a massive white crusty loaf and eating it in front of me angry. Am having tomato soup and its a bit meh but off to tesco later to find nice tea. :-)

thepatioislumpy Wed 17-Apr-13 13:23:11

Had both shooting. I had the chilli for lunch on Monday and thought it was ok. Put it this way, when ordering my packs for the next 2 weeks I ordered 4! The spag I've just had and its really quite nice.

I'm a bit of a foodie (hence the mega poundage to lose...) and I was really worried about the foodpacks. I think the packaging put me off as its so clinical. But they're really ok. My friend (who is trying to use up her LL packs) had some of mine off me last night as her LL ones were making her gag. She's had the chilli and the mushroom pasta so far and is really pleased - she says they are soooo much nicer than LL ones. But then, you likes the porridge, which nearly made me sick, so its all personal!

Right, spag done. Now off to do more sorting. I'm thinking if I can control my eating then there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to control everything else in my life. With the added benefit that its keeping me busy!

ShootingStarsss Wed 17-Apr-13 13:26:31

Thanks patio that's good to hear, I know what you mean by the packets, I have been quite surprised so far it's the "meals" I am more worried about but will report back tonight after I have had one.

milkybarsrus Wed 17-Apr-13 19:00:13

Not exactly sure what is going on with my body (thats nothing new), but my scales show that I have lost NO weight this week and yet I have stayed on plan 99% of the time! I went and bought new batteries for the scales as I couldn't believe my eyes, it was a total shock to see NO LOSS. I had to tell myself whilst driving back from work, that the scales don't mean everything (I'm lying now) and that I am actually feeling so much better on this diet. I feel lighter, which is the strange thing. So in 3 weeks I have only lost 9lbs which isn't the end of the world, but its not the stone I was hoping for sad.

Scarey7 Wed 17-Apr-13 19:04:31

Hey Patio, I'm on Day 3 too and I also tried on all the clothes on today that don't fit me! I want to be in them in 5 weeks time!!!

I done a Body Pump class today and stayed with my usual weights. Didn't have my soup til 2pm which is unusual for me as I normally have to eat by 12 noon. Not feeling hungry yet. So odd?! Feeling slimmer already....

Exciting.
Keep going everyone x

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Wed 17-Apr-13 19:27:20

milky Do Not Give Up. When I did Pig2Twig (which was great btw, I just have too much to lose now), the week 3 stall was completely normal. Next week you'll see the difference - honest.

We decided (on that forum) that it was as if your body was waiting to see if this was a long term change that required ketosis or if it was a short term starvation mode.

Keep going - I expect you'll have a mega loss next week as long as you keep going and don't cheat!

milkybarsrus Thu 18-Apr-13 06:52:38

thanks foryoureyes, well I am committed to making this work and sticking with it as we are not financially in a good position and I have invested in a months supply, so I can't afford or justify spending £100 on myself and then not being able to try. I hope that you are right and I lose something this next week? If someone had told me they were eating 600 cals and not losing weight I would be thinking that they were cheating, but I honestly haven't. I have always been a slow loser whatever diet I do, so maybe you're right and this is a 3 week stall, yep thats what I am going to tell myself! Thanks for the support, its just what I needed.

thepatioislumpy Thu 18-Apr-13 07:26:42

milkybars you cannot possibly do this diet (properly) and NOT lose therefore you WILL see it come off soon. You CAN do this!

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Thu 18-Apr-13 07:58:25

Silly question I'm sure but have you been to the GP about it? Just wondering if you have a thyroid problem etc.

bbpants Thu 18-Apr-13 08:33:33

The other thing, Milky, where are you in your monthly cycle? I find that makes a HUGE difference to my weekly losses, and sometimes on the week before my period, I only manage 0.5-1lb. It does all work out the following week, however.

Scarey7 Thu 18-Apr-13 09:39:41

I used to be a WW leader and I always saw monthly cycle and new exercise makes a diff to the scales but it always shows as a loss the next week. Stick to it.

I feel a bit teary today?! Still determined though.

Have a good day all

Day 4 today. Have lost 7lbs! I know is water weight but I dont care! grin

On Milky, thats disheartening- but water retention etc can happen- you'll prob lose a lot next week, dont give up!

Its true that paying for the packs makes it easier to stick to the diet.

Hi, I haven't really lost weight this week. Wasn't 100% strict but will start running again tonight and then I am always stricter with my diet anyway.

thepatioislumpy Thu 18-Apr-13 11:11:44

Doing fine. Day 4 for me too. Despite severe provocation in other areas of my life I've not resorted to my usual emotional frenemy - binge eating and I am so proud of myself. I'm really going to do this. I can feel my jeans beginning to get a little less tight looser already grin

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Thu 18-Apr-13 16:54:23

Hmm. I am feeling a bit sick - is that normal? I will go and drink some more water.

TisILeclerc Thu 18-Apr-13 17:22:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I'm feeling better today- finally! Less hungry. Haven't felt sick yet, hope I avoid that!

Loved the mulled wine drink. Mm.

ShootingStarsss Thu 18-Apr-13 19:15:23

Day 2 for me complete, struggling a bit am hungry but I will not give in grin

Not really liking any of the meals, so looks like I will have to live on porridge, shakes & a bar, although not tried the soup yet am going to try 1 tomorrow.

Bring on day 3.

Well done everyone keep going it will be worth it in the end!

Not felt sick yet, maybe try some water.

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Thu 18-Apr-13 19:26:35

I have just had a looksie at the slim n save forum and they have a swap system if you have packs you don't like.

Not feeling so bad now, I think it's just getting into ketosis (well fingers crossed anyway).

ShootingStarsss Thu 18-Apr-13 19:29:42

Foryour I think I will have a look at the swap bit I have some meals here I won't be using, thank you smile

Scarey7 Thu 18-Apr-13 20:20:25

I love seeing everyone's progress on here especially as some of us are on the same days.

I'm going to have a sneaky weigh in on my scales tomorrow to see how I'm doing. Day 4 and I haven't really felt hungry yet. Just done a Body Combat class and felt really energised!

We can and will do this. 5 weeks tomorrow til my holiday so have my goal set firmly in my mind. My biggest challenge is this weekend. I don't think I've ever had a weekend that I haven't drunk alcohol since I was 18 and I'm 36 now!!!

ShootingStarsss Thu 18-Apr-13 20:44:05

I have just realised I think I am doing it wrong hmm

I think I am doing the lifestyle plan but I didn't know you can have a meal !

No wonder I am hungry grin

ShootingStarsss Thu 18-Apr-13 20:44:49

What plans are others doing on the slim and save?

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Thu 18-Apr-13 20:45:49

I am doing the simplicity one - 4 packs a day and the only extras are veg.

thepatioislumpy Thu 18-Apr-13 20:52:03

Same here - simplicity. So veg and skimmed milk. I figured that it took all temptation away if I knew that all I had to eat was the stuff in the box and a limited range of veg!

I'm so tempted to weigh too - I've been feeling brilliant and I'm certainly not starving so I'm really pleased. And I'm positive my jeans are feeling very slightly looser!

I can't believe I'm four days down on a hugely restrictive diet and I've not cheated! Though I am really looking forward to my nightly can of coke zero tonight. It's on offer in Tesco if anyone wants to stock up...

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Thu 18-Apr-13 20:58:09

Ditto patio but by heck the dc's pork chops smelled good tonight!

ShootingStarsss Thu 18-Apr-13 21:09:42

I have just been doing 3 packs a day plus the semi skimmed milk 150ml for coffee/tea.

I don't know if I should stick to the packs I think your right about the temptation patio, hmm best think about this.

Am feeling ok tonight not hungry which is good & going to try sleep early.

milkybarsrus Thu 18-Apr-13 21:41:27

thanks for your support everyone, I got in from work really late tonight, which meant I was starving, I mean, is it normal to start eyeing up the dog cos you feel so hungry?grin. Anyway, stayed on plan, and didn't have a single one of the birthday cakes and cookies someone brought in, so Im off to polish my halo now, then sit down with my fizzy water in a wine glass, sad I know, but it helps me trick myself into thinking its wine. Keep going everyone, and lets keep the support up, it really helped today, thank you!

ShootingStarsss Thu 18-Apr-13 21:44:41

Yay well done milky great stuff, lol at eyeing up the dog know that feeling wink

Keep going, bring on tomorrow.

Enjoy your "wine" smile

thepatioislumpy Thu 18-Apr-13 23:32:04

Embarrassing moment alert - but in a good way!

I Sat down tonight to take my shoes off and when I bent over, there was no immediate attack of acid indigestion as there always sometimes is! I appreciate this is less to do with my wright and more to do with very much reduced portion sizes, but even so!

bbpants Fri 19-Apr-13 08:49:35

Everyone is doing so well - congratulations.

Well, Friday is my weigh-in day, and I've put my loss in on the spreadsheet, but it doesn't quite reflect the reality of the week.

I weighed myself last Friday after three weeks off-plan (and by off-plan, I REALLY mean off-plan - we went on holiday, and I consumed a truck load of Easter chocolate). After my weigh in last week, we went away to friends for the weekend, and I ate and drank to my heart's content. Therefore, I put on a couple more pounds over the weekend, which, combined with PMT, meant that I started the diet on Monday heavier than I weighed in on Friday.

So although it looks as though I've lost 4lbs (which in itself I'm very pleased about), it's actually nearer 6.5lbs - which is fabulous for 4 days of dieting!

Roll on next week.

bbpants Fri 19-Apr-13 08:53:53

Forgot to say, that means that since I started this diet (I did 10 weeks before the Easter break), I have now lost a total of 40lbs. It's starting to really show now, I feel so much better, and I'm really looking forward to throwing everything out of my wardrobe and starting again.

thepatioislumpy Fri 19-Apr-13 10:14:55

Whoop whoop! 40lbs! That's amazing! I'm soooo looking forward to seeing that sort of figure in my total lost smile

Wow, bb 40lbs is really good work- especially in such a short space of time.

My jeans fitted today which was very nice, I could do them up! Cant wait to go a size down, that will be great.

And I think ketosis or something has happened because I feel better today, more energy, less tired and draggy. Still finding it hard in waves but they pass more quickly, and having a big stack of packs really helps- I cant waste all that money!

thepatioislumpy Fri 19-Apr-13 10:36:43

Seombody asked me this morning if I have lost weight smile

milkybarsrus Fri 19-Apr-13 11:09:31

Well done bb, your loss is an inspiration to keep going. And Patio, thats lovely that someone noticed you've lost weight grin. Someone at work noticed by hands looked slimmer, hilarious, of all the things for people to notice, and whats more i couldn't give a damn about having a pair of slim hands! Need to shift the lard on the rest of my body!

bbpants Fri 19-Apr-13 12:03:32

Thanks all. It's taken this amount of loss for me to go down one size and for people to start to notice. I think when you're really big, it takes longer to lose a clothes size, and, to be fair, I was probably squeezed into my clothes somewhat before I started!!

In some ways, this diet is easy because choice is removed. However, I have a very social weekend planned, and it's going to be hard. I've decided on my coping strategy and have made plans to stick to meat,veg and salad, but I won't be able to stick 100% on the diet, so it will be interesting to see what my weight does on Monday.

Scarey7 Fri 19-Apr-13 14:57:14

Hi all, is anyone doing the Cambridge Diet. I assumed you were as writing s&s which I took to be Sole Source for some reason!!!! Haven't heard of Slim and Save before?!

I looked on my scales this morning and since Monday I have lost 4.5lbs and haven't been hungry once. I am wondering what the hell is going on!!

Although shopping for the family was an experience. I could actually smell everything and felt a bit envious and strange not buying anything for myself!

This is a break through diet I believe!!!

P.s laughed about the dog!!

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Fri 19-Apr-13 18:10:28

Nearly the end of day 3 and I could eat the sole off my shoes, so clearly I am not in ketosis yet...

thepatioislumpy Fri 19-Apr-13 19:14:39

Not long now brian...

I have slightly erred from my plan in that tonight I just wanted something real to eat. So instead of simplicity I've done lifestyle and had some plain chicken. Must admit it was delish!

Tho all I have left now for the rest of the evening is a can of coke zero...

Scarey7 Fri 19-Apr-13 19:42:31

You know I find it really helps to stay out of the kitchen as much as poss!

bbpants Fri 19-Apr-13 19:57:59

I have also eaten all I can today so am now off to bed to read. Don't tell me I don't know how to party on a Friday night!!

thepatioislumpy Sat 20-Apr-13 07:10:41

7lbs since Monday. I am soooo motivated to stick to this! Bring on next week...

bbpants Sun 21-Apr-13 07:18:54

How is everybody coping over the weekend?

I survived two meals out yesterday and the scales have been kind this morning - I think I may have been lucky that it's coincided with the end of my period. One more meal out today and then back to normal on Monday.

We can do this!

ShootingStarsss Sun 21-Apr-13 10:02:52

Hi all hope your all having a good weekend smile

It's be tuff this weekend but I have stuck to it, today is day 5, yesterday I felt bit unwell bit sick and miserable!

However I did a sneaky weigh and I have lost 7lb in 4 days I am amazed and it spurred me on again.

Next weigh in will be Wednesday morning that will be my 1 week mark.

thepatioislumpy Sun 21-Apr-13 16:14:14

Yesterday was interesting! I knew I was going out in the evening so I had two packs and then left the third til supper. I thought we were going to the pub but it was full so in the end we went to a curry house. I thought I was a goner, but actually it wasn't too bad. I drank iced water and ordered chicken tandoori, knowing that this place does the breast quarter not the thigh quarter, and ate that with the salad. So I def had too much meat but I remained in ketosis and stayed within my daily calories. So it was happy days! And I never had the third pack. And this morning I had still lost another 1/2 lb on yesterday's weight. So I'm back on simplicity today and feel fine. I really don't want to do that often, but it is tremendously useful to know that I can when I need to.

Determination and motivation to all!

I have name changed back to my normal nn toodle pip Brian and his happy ending it isn't very vlcd friendly though!

Good weekend here - had to have some roast beef and cabbage today at lunch (strong armed into going out and said I was lo-carbing) but as I have been failing to use all the calories this week I don't feel too bad about that.

My weigh in will be Wednesday too shooting fingers crossed!

sammac Sun 21-Apr-13 18:27:16

Weigh-in yesterday with 3lbs off. Bit disappointed as have stuck rigidly to it - on Lighter Life. Think I need to drink more water so bought the flavouring. Total of 15 1/2 lbs in 18 days, which is great. Like others, clothes are looser and am wearing combats which I couldn't even do up last month.

Sammac that is a great loss! Over a stone - a whole stone! - in just over two weeks!

And 3 pound is pretty damn good for an individual loss. That is nearly 1.5kg - a magnum of champagne near as dammit - that you won't be carrying around anymore.

Respeck <clicks fingers in down wi da hood type manner>

sammac Sun 21-Apr-13 20:30:16

Thanks so much. Encouragement always welcome!! Good luck to you and everyone else this week- stay strong smile

milkybarsrus Sun 21-Apr-13 21:39:20

Sammac thats a great loss 3lb! I am very jealous as I haven't lost that in the last week to 10 days. keep going, if you pick up a bag of potatoes that weigh that amount it will really motivate you to stick with it, well done!

thepatioislumpy Mon 22-Apr-13 07:33:56

8lb in total. I'm really pleased as the w/e hasn't been quite as I had planned! So, Monday again, my motivation is at a record high for this point in a diet and I'm really positive. I told my mum on Sat and she was totally supportive which was a shock. I was expecting to be challenged as she doesn't really approve of this sort of diet (which is easy to say when you're a lifelong size 10!) but she was totally behind me.

I had a really (emotionally) tough pm yesterday so I decided to give myself a little of my normal comfort and chose a slice of ham and a small piece of cheese. Not VLCD I know, but 100% protein and 0% carbs so I felt if I was going to stray (and I really needed a little pick me up!) then they were the best choices. I stoically resisted the dcs chocolate which they were eating sat next to me, and the popcorn, and the pringles - so I think that even with that small stray I am proud of myself.

I did have a good sniff of the chocolate though! blush

Good luck to all - may the scales be ever in your favour!

Feeling a bit deflated this am. Had a cheeky pre-weigh in and I have only lost 5lb. Deflated because I have stuck rigidly to this and my starting weight was particularly heffalumpish and I was hoping for more for such deprivation when I know that I can lo carb and get a similar weight loss the first week.

sadsad

thepatioislumpy Mon 22-Apr-13 08:40:24

Stick with it scone. It'll come off next week x

lost 9lbs this week! Just weighed and well pleased, especially considering i went mad on sat at chessington and had chicken and chips :-) back on it on Sunday tho. Well done to all who lost this week!

bbpants Mon 22-Apr-13 09:11:13

Don't get deflated Scone - it'll almost certainly show up on next week's weigh in, and you'll see similar losses on other weeks as well.

Patio - that is great - well done! I'm so pleased you've had such a good week diet-wise, despite a tough weekend.

Sammac - you're doing great too - 15lb in 2.5 weeks is fantastic.

When things calm down, I seem to average about 3lb a week or so on this diet. Although that may seem low to some, I know that an 'ordinary' diet tends to see me losing approximately 1.5lb a week at best, so I'll take the deprivation for the faster lost. I also compared my own weight loss diet chart (I love an excel chart!) for this time on a vlcd with an old one I found when I was doing well on Slimming World. Month in, month out, I am losing weight twice as quick.

Scarey7 Mon 22-Apr-13 19:58:58

Oh I have buggered up royally. So deflated. First week on Cambridge. On day 5 on my scales 5lb off the my son's birthday weekend and yes I drank and are what I liked. Weigh in today only nearly 2lb off. Felt like crying but knew I was going to have this weekend off but come on!!! So annoying so a failure yet again.

So guess what today I buggered it all up too when I got home. Just polished off 5 gins, 2 lagers, crackers with cheese, peanut butter, marmite, Choc yogurt, prawns, broccoli, Magnum, donor kebab and chips. Shall I just give up altogether confused

Oh scarey thats MY usual way! Just take it as a break from the diet, choose a good day and start again. I have to have a break in a week or so and im sure ill do just the same. Just pick it up again when your ready x

sammac Mon 22-Apr-13 21:14:43

Scarey, one bad day isn't the end. It's just a bad day and we've all had one (or 2 or 3....) We're all in this together. Think of what you achieved in only 5 days and you can do it again. Chose a day when you will be ready, one that you can plan for and start again.

Remember you will see results quickly. Have a hug xx

RedRidingChops Mon 22-Apr-13 22:56:24

Hi, I can join you all? I lost 4.5 stone on Slim and Save last year but gained a lot back- my own fault, no one to blame, no pregnancy or anything. Just food issues. I need need need to stop eating crap and just be normal. I've got a month's supply arriving tomorrow, to go with the packs I have left.

Haven't weighed in a long time, but my clothes are telling me I'm biiiiiig. I have three goals- to not shame my sister, as I'm her bridesmaid in October. And I'll be seeing some people I went away with, recently, at New Years. I was pretty much ignored, I felt literally like the elephant in the room! But my biggest goal is health, my joints are going. I'm 30 and won't see 50, way I'm going. Diabetes, being too fat to walk, it scares me.

So day 1 will be Weds, as I won't get the packs til after work tomorrow. Tomorrow is the grand throwing away of all the food! event. I live alone so I see it this way- any calorie that enters my flat, healthy, bad, whatever, will be consumed by me and me alone. The entire pack of butter? Eaten by me, over the course of however many days. So I need to get rid!

Phew. Have re-started a couple of times over the past year but it never lasts even a day. Need motivation! The £155 I spent on Sunday evening for the packs is the first bit. Don't want to waste that!

bbpants Tue 23-Apr-13 07:26:56

Scarey - Sammac and Stairs are completely right - forget it now, pick a good day to restart when you are ready to focus on it, and try again.

Welcome RedRidingChops - come and join us!

I worked out today that 3.5lbs a week is a stone a month off. Which is bloody good by anyones standards.

So don't feel discouraged if its not half a stone a week-that would be impossible!

3 months- 3 stone gone. By August we could all be 3st lighter, imagine!

milkybarsrus Tue 23-Apr-13 09:46:27

Morning all, this is a message to all those who seem puzzled by no big weight loss....... the scales finally moved down for me today!!! woop woop, lost nothing last week, I kid you not, not a pound. But this week the scales dropped by 5lb which spread over 2 weeks may not seem loads, but it means that in just under 4 weeks I have lost a stone. And Scarey - remember what made you start on this type of diet in the first place, just forget the binge from the other day and start when you are ready, but don't lleave it too long. Good luck.

yawningbear Tue 23-Apr-13 17:17:15

hello all, I have read all of this thread and it has given me the push I need, so thank you, sounds like you are all doing great and it's lovely that you are supporting each other so well. I think I'm going to try Slim and Save and just wondered if anyone who is doing this knows if I could do the basic plan, where you just use the packs plus some skimmed milk? I don't want to be tempted by the option of some food so I think packs only is the way to go but I don't think I could manage it without some tea/coffee with milk.

i just use the packs (the simplicity plan) and add green veg. I dont know how milk affects ketosis though, have you had a look at the slim and save website? I cant believe skim milk would be that bad, tbh id probably just have it!

So week 2 is feeling MUCH easier for me, what about you lot? Is this ketosis then?

I was absolutely obsessed over bread etc last week, this week I'm not really thinking about food. However... AF has just started so that might explain why I spent the week drooling at carbs. grin

I order again tommorow- week 3 and I'm a bit sad that I'll have to have a break next weekend- it feels like its going really well and I'm woried I will find it hard to get back into it. Grr!

yawningbear Tue 23-Apr-13 18:57:04

Thanks Stairs, I will have another look at the website, I think you can do skimmed milk on one of the plans that includes some food as well but I want to do 4 packs, and some milk which doesn't feature but I guess the main thing is staying in ketosis. I'm quite excited at the idea of all this but fearful that I won't manage more than a day.

sammac Tue 23-Apr-13 19:09:15

Hi yawningbear and red ridingchops, it's good to know that you're not alone. I meet my fellow lighter lifers on a Saturday, but don't know them, and don't know anyone in RL who's doing this. It's great to pop here and see how everyone is doing and how they're feeling. We all have the same aim - to be healthier, fit our clothes better and get on with life.

Tomorrow is day 22 (yes I'm counting each day, I even have it on my calendar)I have to go away with work till Friday night and am hoping to get through it without too many questions asked by the others. Apparently no kettle in room, but there is a staff room with a kettle for my soups and porridge.

Well done milkybar, your perseverance paid off. So glad you kept going.

Yawningbear- it really does gets better after the first 5 or so days. If you can get through the first week you are over the hard bit- I slipped up on day 6 but carried on on day 7. Its day 9 for me now- and its honestly so much easier.

Sammac, glad theres a kettle you can use- I felt an arse doing my shake at work in the open plan kitchen, but a man came up and started doing his just after me! I looked at lighter life last year but the hassle of the doctor sign off etc put e off a bit (pls I wasnt that keen on the consultant!) but it did sound great- the group thing I mean.

bbpants Tue 23-Apr-13 19:32:00

Yawning bear - I checked the slim and save brochure - apparently milk is optional on the simplicity plan, so you're fine. It's essential for the lifestyle plan.

milkybarsrus Tue 23-Apr-13 21:30:39

Hi yawningbear, I ordered a 28 day supply and went for the simplicity plan (4 packs per day), but if I feel like having a meal e.g tonight we had a simple barbi and I had chicken skewers and salad, washed down with coke zero rather than copious amounts of red wine and rolls etc with sausages and burgers. Most days I do 4 packs, but the odd day I will just have 3 and Real Food. I always check the ketostix as I am determined to stay in ketosis, it helps me keep an eye on what I am eating! I have soya milk in tea, as its unsweetened and very low carb. I don't measure it hmm.

Scarey7 Tue 23-Apr-13 23:22:44

Sammac, Stairs & Bbpants thanks so much for your support xx

I've successfully done a day today!! So pleased with myself. smile

Back on track. Good luck to everyone else too. And even though my slip up lasted 3 binge filled days, I haven't given up on myself. We are worth it!!

Morning! Just had my first week weigh in and I have lost 7 pounds! Yay!

Loooong way to go but half a stone is a good start I think.

RedRidingChops Wed 24-Apr-13 07:32:23

Morning all. My packs came yesterday so I'm starting today. Just weighed for the first time in ages and ages- 15st exact, phew not as bad as I feared. I'm 5'2 so yes it is huge as a huge thing BUT my biggest weight ever was 21st so at least I'm doing something before I get there. My lowest ever, ever weight was 11st 4lb which I was for exactly one day before I panicked and started binge eating back up to where I am now.

sammac Wed 24-Apr-13 07:36:46

Scone, that's fantastic - what a great start= it will really keep you going, Your clothes will be feeling a bit slacker too.

Stairs, you don't need to go to a doc now as long as you have no medical conditions, so i was fine. LL do a magazine, which I find inspiring and read again and again. Pix of people before and obviously looking fab now. Their stories really are inspiring. I'm not a fan of chatty it-happened-to-me magazines, but I like the LL ones.

Scarey - yahoo- you did it- that's your strong willpower at work - now just take each day at a time. I marked my calendar up to 100 days and ticked each day off at first, but don't need to do it daily now as it's now my daily routine.

yawningbear Wed 24-Apr-13 09:09:04

Morning all and thanks bbpants and milky for the info, it really isn't too clear on the website.

Having got some motivation from all of you I went ahead and ordered a 7day taster pack last night and had been thinking I would get straight on it once it arrives but now I'm not sure as it DP's 40th birthday coming up soon and we are having a big surprise meal out and then away for the weekend with friends and there is no way I will be able to stick to it.

I had been thinking it would be Ok to have a break and then go back on it but if I manage to get through the first week which sounds like the worst then it would be rubbish to have to start all again, so might have to plan to start after the birthday weekend. Keep thinking I could use this time to get into healthier eating habits -oh if only it was that easy eh?! Oh, I don't know, I'm itching to get started now!!

Well done on the 7ib loss Scone, how brilliant is that!! and keep going Scarey, really good that you are back on track.

Hope the first day is Ok Red, sounds like your goals are really good ones, I was thinking last night how it would feel to be light enough to be able to run, ok jog, gently somewhere without feeling my knee joints are going to give way and being a bridesmaid has got to be a huge incentive. Good luck!

Godlessdomestic Wed 24-Apr-13 09:27:18

I've just ordered the s&s Taster pack and a weeks supply to use after that.. Am starting on Tuesday as I am out on Monday evening (will cut down on Monday in preparation). Am going to have a salad at work during the day so it's not too obvious. V excited, have about 5 stone to lose but am focusing on a stone at a time.

milkybarsrus Wed 24-Apr-13 11:02:00

Scarey - well done for getting going again, it would have been so easy to feel that you've been beaten yet again, and then before you know it your not on any diet at all! Just keep focused now and think positive thoughts about yourself and how you just overcame the binge!
Yawningbear - when you say dh 40th birthday is soon - how soon? Just asking because when I try and put off dieting there is ALWAYS something coming up? And the weekend away - when? It may be possible to low carb and low cal that weekend and birthday? I'm only saying as if its in a months time for example, you could be a stone lighter grin. If its this weekend then yes wait. Just trying to encourage thats all, I'm not trying to presume that everyones like me for letting events stop me getting started.

yawningbear Wed 24-Apr-13 11:18:03

That is it exactly Milky, there is always going to be something, am feeling I need to go into hibernation for a while. The surprise meal is in two weeks on Friday and then we are away for the Saturday night. So if it hurries up and arrives I could get two weeks in, not quite a stone's worth but it would make a difference if I can do it. Am wishing I'd done express delivery now grin.

oggsfrog Thu 25-Apr-13 12:56:04

Room for another small large one?

Where to begin?

Serial yo-yo dieter who needs her hand holding and her ass kicking.

Have spent the last few months low-carbing and intermittent fasting which work really well for me but I have trouble sticking to them.

I've lost 3st in the past on the Cambridge Diet but put it all (and more) back on.

I've ordered a weeks supply of S&S and am hoping it will be delivered today.

Weighed myself on Monday and since then (until I can get started on S&S) I've been having 2 whey protein shakes during the day, chicken breast, courgette, onion and red pepper for evening meal and then an Options hot choc before bed.

So far so good; I'm 9lbs down already!
I know from experience that this is just my body shedding the water it's been holding onto, but it's just the motivation I need to get stuck in.

yawningbear Thu 25-Apr-13 13:14:25

Afternoon all, well my s & s taster pack just arrived, I nearly laughed when the delivery person gave it to me because it was so light.

I have chosen my menu for tomorrow and it is taking up a couple of inches in the cupboard, oh dear I think this is going to be tough. The bars feel nice and solid though, I think I will like them and the shakes but I am really not too sure about the rest.

I get paid tomorrow though so am going to put another weeks order in then. I am going to start tomorrow and will just squeeze two weeks before DP'sbirthday celebrations but if the two weeks have gone well I will try and stick to the plan as much as possible hmm

I got a message telling me what day it was going to arrive and then this morning one giving me the time within an hour which was brilliant. Hopefully yours will turn up too oggsfrog, are you planning on starting tomorrow if it does? How was your first day Red? Hope everyone else is doing well.

thepatioislumpy Thu 25-Apr-13 20:07:51

Evening all. Things are going ok here. I've taken my eye off the ball this week, but I am totally focused again now. i'm not weighing in until Monday but tonight I took my measurements. I've created a spreadsheet (cos I'm a bit sad llike that!) and put in all the measurements on the S&S programme book list. Since I started 11 days ago I've lost a total of 6.75" which is amazing. That includes 0.5" from my neck, 1" from my bust, 1" from my waist, 1" from my hips as well as various other little bits here and there. I'm so pleased and its given me the oomph I needed to refocus.

I've also bought two jumpsuits in a size 12 (I'm currently a 16) and tried them both on tonight. I managed one easily as it is a jersey fabric but it looked awful so I can't wait to see it get better and better looking on me. The other is a non-stretch fabric so I only managed to get it over my bum and one arm through an armhole. This is the one I want to wear on a special night out in 7wks time. So my focus better not waver that often!

Off out for a run again in a min. Hope everyone is doing ok tonight.

bbpants Fri 26-Apr-13 09:18:23

Weigh in day for me today, and I'm 4lb down - I'll take that!

Love the inch loss, Patio! I tried on some jeans that a thin friend gave to me this morning. No idea what size they are as they are trendy ones with a waist size, and I have only ever bought jeans from M&S and Evans!! However, although I couldn't get them up over my stomach/hip area, they got up to that point and were quite loose on my thighs!

Welcome Yawningbear, Oggsfrog, and Godlessdomestic (and anybody else I've missed!)

yawningbear Fri 26-Apr-13 10:24:05

The inch loss does Sound brilliant Patio, and great motivation with the jump suits. I am going to dig out some size 12 jeans that currently don't go past my knees and hang them up for inspiration. And well done bbpants, 4 ibs sounds brilliant too.

I do wonder how I'm going to get through the weekend. Day one today and whilst I got the kids brekkies I unconsciously had stuffed a handful of Cheerios in my gob, managed to get most of them back out but a think a couple got through. Have since had the sweet porridge, which I ate very, very slowly and with a very small spoon. It was odd, almost like a white sauce, couldn't decide if it was Ok or really rotten. I scrapped the bowl clean of every last morsel though so can't have been too bad. Am going to try and keep busy with the kids over the weekend and try to not think about it all too much.

milkybarsrus Fri 26-Apr-13 12:29:20

Morning all! TOM for me now and for a couple of days found I've got a bit nibbly when making food for the family blush, so firm smack on the hand and concentrate on what I am doing and what I want to achieve. I just got back from a shopping trip, and to be honest I kept looking at my current size (18) and thought NO, I am not buying stuff to fit now, because in a months time I want to be a 16. So I bought socks instead and a handbag grin. Anyway, well done all you newbies for biteing the bullet and just going for it, think of the sachets and bars as your friends and not the enemy. Its not forever that you will do this diet, just a short time for big losses. Just a tip for when I started 4 weeks ago, I bought a very small shallow soup bowl with tiny cute handles, a couple of extra beakers with lids and a small whisk, bottles of fizzy water and 24 x coke zero. I just find that if I eat out of someething smaller and half decent looking and have my water and coke in a large wine glass, it makes me feel a tiny bit better about what I am eating and drinking.

milkybarsrus Fri 26-Apr-13 12:31:08

ps. If you find you have to eat something, then make sure its pure protein like chicken etc.

thepatioislumpy Fri 26-Apr-13 12:39:13

Coke zero and Dr Pepper zero are on offer in Tesco until 30/04/13. Just sayin.

Is there room for a 5'2" barrel? grin

I'm on Sim n Save, just started on Monday although no stranger to diets. Have been fat thin fat thin and back to fat again this past two years and this ti e I want to stay thin!

No one in rl apart from dh knows so it'd be nice to have other people to chat to.

oggsfrog Fri 26-Apr-13 13:12:29

I'm still waiting for the S&S packs to arrive but as of today I've lost 11lbs since Monday (doing my own version).

Feeling inspired to start when they do get here, although truth be told it won't be that different from what I've already been doing all week. I've already joined the forum over on S&S and signed up to the 'lose a stone in May' challenge thread in anticipation.

Well done on the inch loss Patio and the lbs loss BB. I will switch to weighing once a week when I actually start, and measure myself too, but for for now I like to weigh once a day.

Yawningbear, the first few days are always difficult when you start on something like this so try to keep positive and don't forget to drink plenty of water smile

Godlessdomestic Fri 26-Apr-13 13:57:10

Oh my, the mushroom pasta s&s is nice (shame it boiled over in the microwave..), love the choc truffa bar too. A friend of mine said that Aldi do nice flavoured fizzy water for 34p per bottle. I bought some without checking and now am gutted I can't have them as they have citric acid in them. Onwards and upwards though, am finding it pretty easy so far smile

milkybarsrus Fri 26-Apr-13 14:04:08

Hey boiledeggs, welcome! I am a 5ft 1" size 18 (was 20) barrel. At least you can say you have been thin in the last 2 years I was once upon a time about 20 years ago!! I don't tell anyone what diet I am doing as its none of there business, I don't ask about what they eat/don't eat. It's just that people are very vocal about VLCD, and I don't want to hear that I will put it all back on quickly etc etc, thats negative before I've even got there IMO. I just say I am cutting down and watching what I eat, most people just say 'oh'! In a very bored manner, which is fine by me wink.

Hello everyone, am impressed by all the motivational ideas! Sometimes i lay in bed visualising all the lovely clothes i can get out of my wardrobe and wear, for first time in 7 years! that really helps! Am also a 5ft barrel, but as of yesterday am down 12lbs, in 11 days!

sammac Fri 26-Apr-13 18:54:35

Super results Stairs, very inspiring. Welcome to everyone joining in. I'm glad that we are all here for each other.

I survived my days away without too many questions asked. Kids didn't notice that I wasn't eating the same as them- I just said I was having soup. Last night was the hardest as they laid on cheese and wine for the staff- my favourites. was fine with resisting but they were just in front of me with everyone tucking in. At least I didn't have a sore head this morning!
Tomorrow is day 25 and weigh day. Fingers crossed.

ps dh and ds sitting tucking into fish suppers in other room..... and the smell is divine.
pps. I treated myself to 2 lovely linen dresses for the summer in size 14 which I spotted in a charity shop. Both really good makes- women serving told me "you've got an eye for quality" Haha I thought, maybe, but they don't fit YET...soon. Hung up and will tried on next month.

I know it won't last at this rate sammac- but I have been big for so long, feel really happy to be getting a bit smaller. I expect I will settle down to 3/4lbs a week after this, if I can stick at it.

Fish supper! You have will of steel. Hope the dresses spur you on.Good luck for tomorrow- hoping you get a nice big loss.

Godless- my mushroom pasta boiled over too. And the porridge. Very sad when it's all you have to look forward to... am a bit bored of the meals now, tbh. I only really fancy the shakes/bars. Anyone else finding this?

oggsfrog Fri 26-Apr-13 20:09:08

My packs have arrived! I'll start tomorrow.
I'm not expecting a huge result in the first week as I've already lost the first 11lbs this week. That's all the fluid retention gone, so I'm hoping for 3/4lbs my first week on S&S.

Looking forward to my hazelnut coffee in the morning.

thepatioislumpy Sat 27-Apr-13 14:59:19

Yummy. Took the kids swimming then got them McDonald's on the way home. I even made one of them hold the chips to my nose to I could smell them but I didn't even have a nibble!

But I'm now sitting down to steamed broccoli and cauli with mushroom pasta. It tastes damn fine! Looking forward to Monday's weigh in. I can honestly say that in all the years I've been dieting, all the different diets I've been on, I have never once looked forward to weigh day!

RedRidingChops Sat 27-Apr-13 15:24:31

Day 4, 2.06lb down. Not amazing (I know it's water weight!) but I'm down a notch on my belt so a bit of the bloat is gone. Just had a bag of rocket for lunch with a little chicken, and spray on salad dressing. Also got a bottle of Coke Zero! And some Ribena Plus blackcurrant which is citric-acid free.

For anyone who has trouble making kid's meals and not picking- I'm a nanny, I have to cook, I find the only way to get past the need to pick is to have my bar then. I slice it up very very thin and pop it on the surface as I cook. I can pick up little bits as I go, and having something sweet in my mouth helps not wanting the savoury things!

thepatioislumpy Sat 27-Apr-13 15:40:48

My friend said that when she did LL she did that Red - she used to chop it up small and then freeze it. That way when she took it out of the freezer it took her ages to eat it! I keep meaning to try it but I only normally think about it when I want the bar. However, having thought of it now, I might give it a whirl!

sammac Sat 27-Apr-13 16:34:20

Lost 2 1/2 lbs, which totals 18 in 25 days. Must admit that I thought it would/should be more, but looking at the bigger picture, is still good. I know you can have weeks of more off than others, so hoping for a 4 lb or so next week. Or even 3 will take me to a stone and a half in 32 days.

I asked today about drinks, but on LL not allowed coke zero, or even even fruit or flower tea, only leaf tea. Something to do with the citric acid. Not too sure about Lady Grey tea as that's orangey and what I've been drinking. Also Earl Grey with lavender. Away to check.

RedRidingChops Sat 27-Apr-13 17:23:49

On S&S and I think Exante you can have Coke Zero, but that only- I prefer Pepsi Max, and it's cheaper, but has citric acid. There are a couple of flavoured waters without citric acid, but only a couple. Citric acid in theory knocks some people out of ketosis, but not everyone. I don't think it does affect me but I just try to be sure!

yawningbear Sat 27-Apr-13 17:26:26

That is a great tip with the bar red, that is one of the things I am struggling with the most, preparing the kids food and then watching them eat it. Will slice the bar tomorrow to have when I am getting food ready and will put a sliced one in the freezer too. I have been trying to save the bar to have as a treat at the end of the day but it just wasn't possible today, by 330 I was ravenous and have already devoured it.

Do you really stop feeling so hungry after a few days?? I have the choice of a soup or shake now, found myself measuring out the water for the soup in the bowl and eyeing it up trying to decide if that might be more satisfying than a shake.

18 ibs in 25 days is pretty impressive sammac, sounds like you will definitely be at a stone and a half next week at least smile

Witco Sat 27-Apr-13 17:37:13

Hi All, am marking my place as I have done Lipotrim before and I'm considering doing it again. I have about 4 stone to lose and it has got to the stage where my health is beginning to be affected. I need to steel myself and get on with it!

RedRidingChops Sat 27-Apr-13 17:46:37

Never tried freezing a bar, because I'm a nanny I don't want to put it in the work freezer in case I forget or boss finds it!

After a few days the hunger lessens but is still there.... least that's how it is for me. I don't know if this ketosis thing even exists, I just know I lose the weight! But you never get that satisfied, full feeling on a VLCD. I do odd things with the packs though- I prefer the cottage pie with double the water so it's like a soup, always soak the chili and any pasta packs for a bit before cooking. All of them have extra water! And I don't like shakes really, so I put the powder in a bowl and add a few tbs water to make a thick paste. It's like a pudding! I just make sure I have an extra glass of water to make up for the loss.

I also sometimes substitute other products, ones which ages ago Exante used to say was ok but now took that back, I suspect to stop their customers going elsewhere! Tesco Ultraslim bars, and Atkins meal bars (NOT the snack bars). I might have one on a day when I need something more substantial due to work, I walk miles and miles on school and nursery runs!

Oh and boullion, the reduced salt one. Some carbs in it so a cup or two max a day but it makes a really good, different, hot drink. Some people used to cook veg in it as a stock to make a low-cal soup (S&S has a list of allowed veg, and I prefer to have it as I don't want a complete break from food, I want to stick to better eating habits!)

RedRidingChops Sat 27-Apr-13 17:49:49

Oh and I go mad with herbs too- cottage pie is lovely with a sprinkle of dried, mixed herbs and some black pepper. No salt because of water retention. Dried garlic too. Spray dressing, one cal stuff, on salad veg. All makes it all more palatable and easier to stick to. If I could take a break 100% away from food I could do without it, but when I'm making a shepherds pie for the kids it's good to know I'm going home to something ok!

thepatioislumpy Sat 27-Apr-13 18:27:33

I'd not thought of soaking the pasta first - it might make it a little less crunchy! I agree with you Red about the veg allowance. I think it's really important to use this as a quick fix but not just fixing your weight - fixing your head too. So actually, 200g is more than I might have eaten previously on some days blush which can only be a good thing. Tonight, I'm having the cottage pie with shallots fried in a little frylight tonight and its rather yummy.

I had an email the other day saying that the macaroni cheese had morphed into cheesy pasta which sounds great, and the cookies and cream shake sounds like it could be good too. Although I've got enough to see me through the next 3 weeks I'm thinking of putting another 2 week order in so that I'll def have enough to last me until next payday...

RedRidingChops Sat 27-Apr-13 19:30:22

The soaking works best for the 'thicker' type pasta, like the mushroom but not the original spaghetti. And def a good idea for the chilli! Hard little beans!

RedRidingChops Sun 28-Apr-13 00:06:47

I just found the Slim and Save official Facebook group and once they approve you there's a link to get two free samples of new products, don't know if it's been mentioned here but thought it may be worth saying!

Morning all! Well, after a bit of thought I have switched to doing Lifestyle rather than Simplicity on Slim and Save and I feel better for it.

I just couldn't square the circle of having 4 packs (and having a level of carbs that I know from the past is too high for me to be in ketosis) and yet not having enough calories.

I'm now half way into week 2 and weighing everyday and losing a pound a day. Which is lovely!

thepatioislumpy Sun 28-Apr-13 09:13:33

Scone that sounds very sensible. The overall plan is good but if it needs tweaking to your personal needs then that's ok.

I think I'm going to be kicking myself on weigh in tomorrow. I went to the pub on Friday and the best (or least worst) thing I could have was diet coke. I think its knocked me straight out of ketosis angry so my sneaky pre-weigh in weigh in wasn't looking good this morning.

I've got another night out in a few weeks, so I think it might be worth having only shakes that day as they're the least carb-heavy of all the products. I don't want to not go as its only once every few weeks and if I don't get any down time at all, then this is likely to fail. Which I'm not prepared for it to do.

I've recommitted to it again this morning by ordering another two weeks which will take me through almost the whole of May. So that's me - Little Miss Dedicated...

oggsfrog Sun 28-Apr-13 10:07:48

Morning!

Just had my last daily weigh. Since last Monday I've lost 14lbs. Last week was a hybrid of my own method and one day (yesterday) of S&S. Now I've started S&S proper and will switch to weekly weigh ins.

I've decided to mix the Lifestyle and the Simplicity plans depending on how I feel that day.

Yesterday...
B - Caramel shake, tsp coffee, blended w/ hot water.
L - Honey nougat bar
T - 100g fillet steak, 50g courgette, 50g spring onions (cooked in pan w/ steak) served on 50g watercress
S - Chocolate shake (hot, before bed)

RedRidingChops Sun 28-Apr-13 10:52:46

Morning all.

STS today, bit gutted given how hard I'm trying!

I have a first date today with someone I met from the internet.... I'll be taking a bar and if food is involved I'll aim for salad places (even Pizza Express does a nice Ceasar salad if you ask fro dressing on the side and go slow on the cheese!) but lets see.

Have a good day all of you!

Red don't get down. If you look ^ that was me a week ago. You are only 5 days in. You are just about in ketosis and it will kick in as long as you don't cheat.

Ooh and good luck with the date!

Witco Sun 28-Apr-13 15:43:02

Weighed myself this morning and I am 13 st 1 lb which, at a smidge over 5 foot is confused! Starting New You tomorrow morning for definite. I've got all my paraphernalia and shakes out ready and am horrified that I have let things slip this far. I now weigh more than I ever did while pregnant !

sammac Sun 28-Apr-13 19:36:25

For the first time since starting I've wanted to eat real food today- bread, toast, cheese- anything really. Day 26. Is this normal? I have and will resist but it's been hard. Lots of water being drunk, but I could really go something. Still to have my bar, don't want to eat it too soon.

Are you doing slim and save Sammac?

sammac Sun 28-Apr-13 20:12:19

no, lighter life, so nothing apart from the LL packs.

Bother sad

Well you know that you want to lose weight, is there an occasion that you can look forward to? Could you write a list of positives? How much have you lost so far?

sammac Sun 28-Apr-13 21:07:26

My size 12 jeans languishing upstairs is what's keeping me going. I'll be fine and this will pass, but I've honestly not missed food till today. I've lost 18lbs in 25 days, so know it works. I didn't want to say to dh so am pleased that you are all here to share with. Thanks scone for listening x

RedRidingChops Sun 28-Apr-13 22:59:43

Well I had a good day..... shake for breakfast, met someone for a first date in London! I lasted food-wise til 4 when he suggested an Italian place, I had salad with dressing on the side, and beef for protein. Was very nice, had mushrooms and courgettes in, not something I've ever put in a salad! And about to have a bar. I think that's a good day! Turns out he had also been extremely overweight, had lost a lot and still had several stone to go so he entirely understood when I said about dieting, was very supportive and had a salad too.

Tomorrow is official weighday on the thread, am I right? Hope it's the same or less than today!

thepatioislumpy Mon 29-Apr-13 10:14:33

'Only' 2lbs off this week but I'm thinking its probably because my period is due. I'm hoping to see it off next week and I'm refusing to get disheartened!

yawningbear Mon 29-Apr-13 10:36:07

Morning all, so glad you are all here!

Hope you got through yesterday Sammac, to be honest I think if you got to day 26 without wanting to tear into a great big hunk of bread and cheese you are pretty incredible. I am only on day 4 of S & S and noticed this morning that for the first time my first immediate thought was not food, it was an unusual feeling. Keep those size 12,s in mindsmile

Red, that is brilliant that you had a good first date and with someone who understands, and you had a meal out. I am going out for a meal in a couple of weeks, think I will have a look at the menu now and see if there is anything that will be ok. Hope your first day goes well Witco, I also weigh more than I did during my last pregnancy, I have put it all on it the last 2 years since DC 2 was born and it has to go!

Well I am day 4 and have not cheated, except for an olive and that is on the acceptable list for the lifestyle plan so hopefully not too much of a crime. And thanks to thispatio I gave myself a kick up the arse and have started using the optional veg, had the mushroom pasta with steamed broccoli and leeks yesterday and it was really yummy smile

Had moments over the weekend when I had to really restrain myself though, I think I eat an enormous amount of leftovers or stuff the kids don't want. I just Hoover it up without thinking about it. We were at a birthday party at the weekend and on getting into the car DD gave me a massive handful of birthday cake that she didn't want, normally I would just have eaten it without thinking. I just stood there frozen with a massivo lump of criminally good looking cake in my hand and then quickly stuffed it unwrapped in the top pocket of the back pack I had in my hands. It was the only thing I could do to stop myself eating it. It is still there, need to brace myself to go and deal with it this morning!

Hope everyone made it though the weekend smile

yawningbear Mon 29-Apr-13 10:39:14

Patio, just saw your post, it will definitely be to do with your period, not that I am an expert of these things but I know I am always much heavier just before mine. Definitely don't get disheartened, 2 ibs is still 2 ibs and it sounds like you are doing brilliantly, stick with it and I bet you see a big drop next week.

I've just finished my first week on Slim & Save - 8lbs down which I'm happy with, especially as I've done 2 night shifts this week which always play havoc with water retention and 3am carb cravings.

I've done CD/slim & save before, but had forgotten how cold I get when in ketosis. <shiver>

sammac Mon 29-Apr-13 20:23:43

Well done for the great weight loss toomanybuttons, thepatioislumpy, and wow oggsfrogs!! There is so much less of us all now than last week! I am over myself now- just a it of a humph at myself.

RedRidingchops, well done for date AND willpower- you are really doing well.

Scone, thank you for being there.

Yawning,thanks for kindness.

Today, for the first time in work, someone noticed and whispered in my ear. bearing in mind I'm in gym kit doing Zumba with the kids- so there is no mercy. I accept all and any nice things said.

thepatioislumpy Tue 30-Apr-13 09:24:44

Right - am feeling good today, the sun is shining etc. My body is a temple and all that. I'm back on track...

Morning, lost 4 pounds this week. Bright side is 11 pounds over two weeks!

Dark side is the total reluctance of my body to lose weight. The last time I did WW it took 4 weeks to lose 2 pounds even though I followed it completely. At which point I gave up.

Not giving up this yet, although the call of simple low carbing is quite strong!

yawningbear Wed 01-May-13 11:22:16

I'm thinking low carbing sounds good, simple low carbing even better! I had a look at a low carb thread earlier and it seemed complicated, though am sure it isn't I just didn't have time to read it properly.

I am on day 6 and today is proving difficult. Hopefully weigh day tomorrow will give me the lift I need. I definitely think that low carbing is the way to go for me. I am always tired, always but since I started this at times I have felt less weary and actually energised whereas I was expecting to feel even more shattered than usual.

I think 11 bs in 2 weeks is blooming good Scone, I know it's frustrating, I seem to lose weight very slowly too, hence S & S. Do your clothes feel better? I haven't noticed anything yet but then it is very early days!

thinkfast Wed 01-May-13 16:00:28

Just signed up for lighter life. Going to start next week. Wish me luck and hope I can stick to it!!!!!!!!

sammac Wed 01-May-13 21:44:09

Well done Scone, you're well on the way.
Thinkfast I'm on day 29 with lighter life, if I can do it anyone can, as I have zero willpower!

thinkfast Thu 02-May-13 22:03:41

My week's worth of "food"was lighter than my handbag!

Sammac how much have you lost in 29 days?

sammac Fri 03-May-13 07:05:43

In 25 days. I've lost 18lbs. Won't get weighed this weekend as we're away, but I might go to drop in on Monday, day 34 and will let you know.

milkybarsrus Fri 03-May-13 07:52:58

keep going everyone for the weekend! Plan ahead if possible, take your shakes and bars etc with you. Im out for a pub lunch and just going to order steak and salad, with fizzy water. Not my usual fair, but I am hoping to drop a couple of pounds this week. Good luck and enjoy the sunshine grin.

bbpants Fri 03-May-13 08:59:26

Just dropping in to say another 2.5lb for me this week.

I've struggled a bit this week, and whilst I've not cheated on the diet, my head has not quite been in the right place, so I'm pleased that I have had an ok loss. I think I've been concentrating too much on where I want to be in the summer, and getting down that it is still a fair old whack of weight away. What I should be doing is concentrating on each day and how well I've done so far.

Anyway, onwards and upwards all! Here's to a lovely sunny weekend and we're all that little bit thinner to enjoy it a bit more!

thepatioislumpy Fri 03-May-13 11:06:34

Really struggling. Life is a lot crap and is getting in the way. I'm trying really hard to avoid the emotional eating, but its not always possible. If I do succumb I'm trying to stick to the carb free options like some ham or chicken but I'm not always succeeding. I'm hoping to get this w/e out of the way (in more than one way) and then I can refocus myself on Monday.

I'm so low, but I know that if I 'allow' myself to fail in this too I'll feel even worse so I will not fail - this is just a blip

Good luck to all x

bbpants Fri 03-May-13 11:24:34

Patio - I'm sorry things are so difficult for you at the moment. You are not going to fail if you don't stick to the diet when things are so crap. Failure would be if you didn't get back to it when life allows. Be kind to yourself.

Enormous (((squidge))) to patio.

Emotional eating is such a difficult thing to deal with (understatement) - I have often thought that if only I used cigarettes as a crutch I would be a size 10. One with massive lung problems, obv. but thin. Instead I picked food and have been bulimic and a binge eater since the age of 14. Ah well.

The only thing I have ever found that helps is talking. Talk it out repeatedly. PM if you fancy an ear, I'm very willing to listen. xxx

yawningbear Fri 03-May-13 15:40:06

Me too Scone. And Patio I am really sorry too that things are shite, this diet is no easy thing and it is so tempting to go and binge on something and life is OK for me just now so I can only imagine how difficult it is for you. Sounds like you are doing brilliantly for sticking with it, that is a massive achievement. Keep hanging in there flowers

milkybarsrus Fri 03-May-13 16:49:28

Patio, please don't beat yourself up if you go off plan, its really not a failure. Life can be very difficult, (just visited my teenage niece who is in a mental hospital = 6 suicide attempts), it's very stressful and if a diet makes you feel more stressed right now, then just plan a date when you can re-start. If thats not possible, heres a big hug!

yawningbear Sat 04-May-13 07:43:51

Hope you are Ok this morning Patio, have been thinking about you and I do think Milky is right, it's not worth making yourself feel worse or more stressed, it really isn't. But if its helping then obviously it's good to keep on track.

Not that I'm one to speak, I totally messed up last night with a packet of steak mc coys and a glass of cava, classy me grin Oh dear.

bbpants Sun 05-May-13 20:53:38

How's everybody doing?

I've struggled all day today. Had to come up to bed early to stay away from the fridge.

thepatioislumpy Sun 05-May-13 21:44:35

I'm back. Thank you all for being lovely. I just went totally off piste this w/e but tried to be relatively 'good' and tried to stay away from too many carbs.

I'm back in the saddle tomorrow though. I need to get my arse into gear!

bbpants Mon 06-May-13 07:49:28

Good to see you Patio. Well done for getting straight back into it.

thinkfast Mon 06-May-13 08:47:29

Starting tomorrow! Wish my luck. Hoping to lose 18lb in 25 days like sammac!

thepatioislumpy Mon 06-May-13 08:55:27

Right - so going off piste and cheating a lot bit last week has seen me put 2lbs on. I'm ok with that TBH. I'm still 8lbs lighter than when I began S&S just after Easter, and although things have been tough, they will remain so. Which means I simply have to pull myself together and get back to it. There will always be challenges in life, and I may always deal with them by eating, but one day or a couple of days of eating badly don't need to affect my weight loss in real terms. Little blips - that's all they are.

So, off to have my first shake now. I thought that going back on the diet was going to be really hard, having eaten 'real' food for a few days, but actually, I'm looking forward to it! I like the lack of thought I can put into it. I'm doing S&S simplicity so its 4 packs plus veg which means I can eat nothing else at all. So there are no compromises, no ifs and buts or maybes, just packs and veg.

Good luck to all this week.

sammac Mon 06-May-13 15:15:07

Well done patio, we are all with you in this tough challenge right now. Just take each day as it comes and you sound completely up for it now.

We've been away for the weekend, when normally the wine would be flowing, crisps, dips etc. Ice cream blah blah. I found it really tough sticking with flamin sparkling water whilst dh drinking beer but my jeans are literally falling off me - I can pull them right down without unzipping or unbuttoning them. admittedly they are size 18, but when i got them in Feb I (blushing ) had to lie on the bed to zip them up blush

Little steps in the right direction.

thepatioislumpy Mon 06-May-13 15:24:34

Oh but its hard isn't it?! Spent the morning gardening so just been to the park with the little dcs as they were so good. Went to the shop on the way home as the older one wanted an ice cream and he chose white choc Magnums. They are my total favourite. And now I have two sitting in my freezer, calling my name sad

However, I am sitting here virtuously drinking a chilled can of Dr Pepper Zero and pretending that it is just as nice smile

I have dug out my two jumpsuits and hung them back on my wardrobe door (they got displaced in packing for the w/e) as thinspiration, and took my measurements again today. I've still managed to lose some even though I've put weight on. I assume it is because the weight is my muscles retaining water again rather than fat weight, so I've not got 2lbs bigger its just things redistributing.

So, yes, I am up for it again. I really went for it in the first week, the second week I was good but it was overshadowed by premenstrual slowing of the loss. Last week went pear shaped so this is my second crack at week #1. Feeling pretty good smile

I have managed not to give into temptation too... A trip to Warwick Castle, a trip to London and then a visit to the movies this morning.

No popcorn!!

Or lovely chocolate cake from Patisserie Valerie while waiting at Marylebone. I have a will of steel. grin

Plus, I took the dc to the local cafe where they scoffed cake. And I had a cup of tea. Oh yes. I know how to live. It is literally rock and roll around here you know!

Against all normal thinking I have decided to weigh daily. If the first rule of dieting is know thyself, I cannot cope with disillusion on a weekly weigh in, whereas at least daily I can see which way the wind is blowing.

So far this week another 4 pounds...

bbpants Mon 06-May-13 19:22:10

Excellent work Scone. I bow down to your willpower!

Forgive me for I have sinned - I had a small spoonful of picallilli with my chicken this evening. I have come a very long way on this diet for that to be the thing I craved most!!

Piccalilli? <SIOB>

<ignores sudden desire for small pickled vegetables>

bbpants Mon 06-May-13 19:58:06

I know, I know - such a stupid thing to blow a day's dieting on.

But it was VERY nice!

I am sure it hasn't wrecked your day bb I was just being daft!

One day at a time, it will become second nature after a while.

Wowserz129 Mon 06-May-13 22:39:02

I tried starting SnS a couple weeks ago and lasted up until day 5 and caved. I caved because I felt sick, weak, grumpy and thumping head for 5 days and felt it wasn't healthy being that ill.

I really wanna restart as have loads if packs! Any tips on getting of the ground with it?

thepatioislumpy Mon 06-May-13 22:58:43

wowzers were you drinking enough water? the only time I felt bad was if I lapsed in my liquid intake.

A reasonable day today smile

I felt sick for the first 4 or 5 days then it passed. No sickness here at all now.

(I weighed myself this morning and I am in the 15s! Yay! 16 pounds in 19 days...)

grin grin

bbpants Tue 07-May-13 10:05:53

Wow Scone - that's BRILLIANT!

Glad you had a good day, Patio.

Wowserz - water is definitely the key. I also drink a lot of peppermint tea just to break it up a bit. Green tea is good too.

Wowserz129 Tue 07-May-13 12:12:00

I was drinking two litres a day. Should I drink more? I had one shake at 7 this morning I am due another one but really don't fancy it! I am actually really sick of the shakes from the first time I did it! Does anyone else get sick of the shakes? I have different flavours etc but don't like the SnS spaghetti or soups yuk!

thinkfast Tue 07-May-13 13:43:04

Half way through my first day. So far so good

Scone you've inspired me! What a great weight loss to start off with

Off to buy water and peppermint tea!

bbpants Tue 07-May-13 15:00:04

Wowserz - I aim for about 2 litres a day, plus what I use in the shakes etc., so I would have thought that was fine.

I'm lucky in that I actually quite like some of the shakes, and bizarrely look forward to them! I tend to stick to the chocolate, caramel, and coffee ones. I whizz the vanilla one up with a bit of water and a lot of ice cubes and make a sort of soft ice cream and pretend I'm having pudding. I also make the chocolate crispy one very very thick and eat that like a pudding too. I've just bought the mousse mix from S&S as well, and that gives the shakes a different dimension for a change.

And I tend to use the meals as sauces over a pile of veg, rather than eat them by themselves (except for the curry and the chilli ones - I like them just as they are). If you find the pasta ones a bit crunchy, soak them in the water for 5-10 minutes before you cook them - it makes the pasta softer.

I didn't get on with the porridge ones, however, they were disgusting. Although I have heard of people making an oatmeal cookie out of it.

Some of the others might come back with some other suggestions for making the packs more appealing.

Thinkfast - welcome!

Wowserz129 Tue 07-May-13 15:45:48

I know Scone I hope I get a loss like yours that would be fab!

I am going to the states of holiday at the start of July so aim to lose 2 stone by then! Not sure if that is too ambitious?

Think fast I will be interests to see how you get on since we are starting on the same day! Really going to have to push through the feeling ill stage.

What is the m and s mousse mix? I am going to try the macaroni cheese if they have it next week!

Wish me luck cooking Ds dinner and pudding on a empty stomach shock

Wowsers, I found eating one of the bars while making the kids tea made it all ok for the first 10 days or so. Even better lobbed in the fridge first as they are then more chewy!

I quite like the shakes (although I found them really sweet to begin with, my palate has adjusted) but I really don't like the crispy ones! I like the hazelnut shake best and I too use the packets as a sauce sometimes, I am doing the lifestyle so 3 packs plus a meal.

I have a big cup of tea first thing, a shake at about 9am, a bar for lunch often keeps me going to dinnertime, then eg 100g chicken, boiled mushrooms and courgettes with mushroom soup for dinner. Sometimes I won't use a meal pack at dinner and then have a shake at supper time.

I have definitely found it easier since adding a lo carb meal and dropping a sachet.

Wowserz129 Tue 07-May-13 19:18:43

Scone are you losing the same by dropping a packet and adding a low carb meal?

At the moment it's half 7 and I have had one bar and one shake. Just feels weird forcing myself to drink a shake I don't want. It's not like I don't like the taste, they taste okay I am just fed up of them lol!

It isn't supposed to make any difference to the rate of loss as long as you keep within the restraints of 100g protein and the veg allowance. My metabolism is a bit shagged and I know I need to be under 50g carbs to be in ketosis, so for me three packs (roughly 36 g carbs) plus the veg and protein seems to be working.

There have been days when I have been slightly over the protein allowance though <rebel> but I do use the meal planner on the slim and save site to keep an eye on it.

thinkfast Tue 07-May-13 20:34:09

I'm exhausted!!!
It gets easier right?

sammac Tue 07-May-13 22:22:30

Fantastic weight loss Scone - now it starts to seem worth it.
I have been drinking peppermint tea too - any leaf tea, but not fruit or flower tea, I didn't realise this till last week, but am on track with it now. I find it hard to get the water drunk during the day, so try to catch up at night - but not very well. I didn't get weighed on Saturday so will keep my fingers crossed for this Saturday. I don't make the shakes as shakes but use less water to make it more yoghurty.

thinkfast Wed 08-May-13 07:32:56

Urghhh. Woke up feeling dreadful trying to eat a porridge mix but feel really nauseous. Not sure I can stick with this...

Wowserz129 Wed 08-May-13 07:37:49

Think fast try and stick with it if you can! It's meant to pass after the first few days like the ladies said. If you are really thinking about caving why don't you switch to lifestyle for today like have the small amount of protein and veg for dinner?

thinkfast Wed 08-May-13 07:47:42

Thanks wowserz. Had to throw the porridge away. Tasted really strange. Now feeling v lightheaded and nauseous. Hope it passes I have work today!

How are you getting on?

Wowserz129 Wed 08-May-13 08:54:15

I am sick of the shakes already! Thank goodness for the bars to be honest. Maybe just try drinking loads of water?

I am actually doing okay. I have increased my water intake from 2 to 3 litres this time and I seem to feel a bit better from it. I found day 3 a struggle last time though!

Was that the sweet porridge think because if so, yup, utterly revolting. The oatmeal one is nicer although I think I made a mistake when I made it as it was more like soup!

Try some ginger or fennel tea for the nausea, it helps a little. You can do this! <readies Pom poms>

bbpants Wed 08-May-13 09:53:03

Keep going everybody - first 3-4 days are definitely the worst. It's the carb withdrawal.

I'm feeling stronger again today as I took an early look at the scales this morning, and I now have lost a total of 3.5 stones since mid January (with a three week break and holiday over Easter).

This diet is hardcore, but it is working for me. I'm doing it in blocks so I've got another 10 weeks before the summer holidays start, and I have a goal in mind that will require me to lost at least 2lb a week. Then I'm buying some new clothes (because all my trousers are beginning to fall down!).

My plans for the summer is then to maintain over the school holidays before starting another block of S&S in September. If I stick to my plans, I should end the year being merely overweight rather than morbidly obese!!

Wow bb, that is absolutely amazing! Have the dc said anything? My ds poked me in the tummy this morning when he came in for his am cuddle and said that it was smaller blush but also grin and I have noticed that my size 18s are getting looser.

I colour co-ordinated my wardrobe last week with the same sizes on the same coloured hangers (thanks TK Maxx) and as I had thought I have 3(!)t shirts in a size 18, about 20 in a 16 and then all my lovely pre-Australia 14s and 12s waiting for me.

But I need to be 13st to be a 14, so a way to go yet (hmm, a stone a month they reckon, so could be there by mid July).

Wowserz129 Wed 08-May-13 10:15:34

That's a good idea bb. I am trying to take it a week at a time, like I just need to get to the end if this first week and then il think about next week! If I thought I have two months to go after one day I would stop now!

bbpants Wed 08-May-13 10:22:32

I agree about taking it a week at a time - I struggled over the weekend precisely BECAUSE I was thinking too far ahead and what a mountain I still have to climb. Then yesterday, I dropped a pound (I wondered if I would as I was in and out the loo all bloody day!) which took me to the next half stone and I'm all inspired again.

I have mini goals every two or three pounds, which makes me feel like I'm achieving something every week or two!

My DD hasn't mentioned anything about me getting thinner - she's just peeved that I'm not eating treats with her! She hasn't quite worked out that this is good for her as she doesn't have to share her cake with me!!

Sorry wowser, just me thinking out loud. I definitely do a day at a time (with the occasional wistful thought of further on) but it is all that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step stuff.

Wowserz129 Wed 08-May-13 11:06:05

Not sure what you are saying sorry for Scone but no need. We all do things in different ways and we are all aiming for the same thing lol! I have three stone to lose but my holiday is the first week of July so I will have to hope I don't gain to much on holiday!

thinkfast Wed 08-May-13 12:02:27

I'm doing lighter life so think my packs are different. It was their plain porridge which I am going to swap for shakes instead. Feeling very foggy and headachy and like I'm wading through mud. I am taking it one day at a time and can stick with it today at least wink

Am going away in mid June and a stone less would be great by then. (More would be better as I have 6 to lose!)

Wowserz129 Wed 08-May-13 15:05:46

I think you will do more than a stone think fast! I am hoping for a 5lb loss this week given its my first week!

Wowserz129 Wed 08-May-13 15:21:50

Ahhh I am having a weak moment! My sister came in as said wouldn't you rather just eat a banana and a flatbread (600 cals) or six slices of toast a day than sit and eat nothing and drink shakes you don't even want shock

But the packs are arranged to give the correct rda of vitamins and minerals. And bananas are horrendously carby!

Come on! Does your sister want you to lose weight? It doesn't sound very supportive sad

Wowserz129 Wed 08-May-13 15:34:18

My family think doing the shake diet is stupid because they see it like it takes more willpower to eat healthy than to eat nothing if that makes sense!

Well yes, it is much harder to eat normally. Which is why I weighed very nearly seventeen stone because I use food as a crutch.

But, and it's a huge but, my healthy relationship with food can begin when I reach a healthy weight. It doesn't have to start because anyone else wants it to.

I am looking at this like giving up smoking. The packs are my Nicorette equivalent. They will help me to reach a healthy place. And then I will deal with becoming normal ie, a non-smoker/non binge eater and not need the packs/Nicorette any more, because I can deal with it in small parts.

thepatioislumpy Wed 08-May-13 16:25:58

What scone said. I hope that by the time I'm done I'll have begun a little reprogramming - I'm doing this at a horrendously stressful time, my appetite should be smaller etc, but I'll have a figure that I want to maintain rather than trying to deal with those issues and climb the mountain which is losing 4 stone at the same time.

I thought my family would be like yours but they are actually wonderful smile

thinkfast Wed 08-May-13 17:35:07

What scone said!

Wowserz if I can do it so can you! Had to leave work early cause feeling so ill. Having a lie done before ds (20months) gets home. I feel strangely not hungry (perhaps because the packs are unappetising) just like I'm ill

However I have my fingers crossed for a 7lb weight loss on Monday and

thinkfast Wed 08-May-13 17:36:19

...(pressed send too soon) and really want to lose a stone before my holiday or none of my summer clothes will fit!

sammac Wed 08-May-13 21:45:59

Thinkfast, I make the porridge n a wee plastic cup so it's not runny. i'm not a porridge fan but am taking it every morning. I bought a pack of about 100 cups and use them for my shakes into yogurty puddings and porridge.

I felt really bad into day 3 but was expecting something. Luckily I was on holiday and spent the day in bed and was fine the next day and no further incidents. Make sure you're drinking plenty.

Try and space our packs out and drink other things between. Some nights I make a stock cube into a hot drink. You can buy a boullion type thing for about a tenner but I'm sing goodold Asda/Aldi ones. Not strictly allowed but it helps me.

bbpants Thu 09-May-13 09:10:00

To all of you that have told your family about the diet - well done. I'm too scared to do that because I know they will not understand, and I don't feel in a position to defend myself (without turning to a packet of jelly beans and a bottle of wine for comfort afterwards). My DH knows, and is being (broadly) supportive. He's just started the 5:2 diet, so we can now have conversations about very low calorie days smile

Scone - you are an incredibly insightful person. I like the Nicorette analogy. I'm going to steal that!

<barrel rolls onto thread>

I forgot I'd posted here. I've fell off the wagon once and restarted again since posting so here I am FOR THE LAST TIME!

I do not want to be fat barrel anymore!

I've been to the hairdressers this morning and sitting faced with my own reflection - urghh. I thought the gown had all bunched up around my sides between the chair, nope it was my fat spilling all over.

Good tips about the bars in the freezer and fridge and having one when putting tea out.

Onwards and downwards.

Will read thread now.

thinkfast Thu 09-May-13 18:13:27

Had a much better day than yesterday but very tempted to give up and do a normal diet eg low gi. I'm soooooo hungry. Dreaming of proper food!!!!!!
Hand holding needed please!!

thinkfast Thu 09-May-13 18:25:06

Dreaming of food and will power evaporating

thinkfast Thu 09-May-13 18:48:46

Boiled egg welcome but you maybe rolling in just as I roll out hmm

Melissakitkat Thu 09-May-13 18:55:39

Stop! Thinkfast don't do it!!!! Drink some water, read a book do some knitting!

Come on Thinkfast - you are so nearly at ketosis, you can do it. Have a nice cup of tea. I think it was on the third day that someone up thread was thinking how tasty their dog looked!

If you can, get an early night or have a long bath, something that will take your mind off it. Another 24 hours and you will be feeling great.

thinkfast Thu 09-May-13 19:00:11

Thanks scone! Haven't eaten meat since the age of 8 but there is some spag Bol in the fridge calling my name!!!! Also thinking about the weekend - without lunches and coffees out how will I enjoy myself?

sammac Thu 09-May-13 19:41:27

Thinkfast , stop and think about how much happier you will feel about yourself. After day 3 the hunger goes. You are so close and we're all with you xx

thinkfast Thu 09-May-13 19:46:11

Thanks sammac! As soon as ds is in bed will have my last food pack of the day then try to sleep. Wish I was naturally slim

Don't we all?! I always thought it was ironic in Harry Potter that with magic to keep them thin there still quite a few porkies!

Are you not allowed coffee on LL? You can have it on Slim and Save which is nice, but truly you don't get as hungry once the ketosis kicks in.

bbpants Thu 09-May-13 19:55:32

Stick with it Thinkfast - you can do it. I know EXACTLY how you are feeling, but when you get that first big loss, it'll be worth it.

thinkfast Thu 09-May-13 20:05:06

I can have black coffee on LL but its not the same. Feeling much better now thanks. Just wish ds would sleep do that I can eat and go to bed!

sammac Thu 09-May-13 20:14:03

If I could invent something, it would be some magic machine that reprogrammed your body whilst you slept to the body you want, in my case, a size 12. I would be a millionaire within the month, lol.

However, in real life, I'm having a cup of peppermint tea, catching up with Broadchurch, and recovering from 2 parents nights and sore feet!!

sammac Thu 09-May-13 20:15:01

Go have a stock cube.

Ifyoulike Fri 10-May-13 00:00:53

Hi smile

Am one week into a VLCD with 8 lbs lost, but about 120 to go, ugh!

Have tried multiple diets in the past, but low-calorie/low-carb is the only type that's ever allowed me to lose substantial weight in the past (previously lost from 260 to 150, and then put it all back on over a bad break-up).

Luckily the cravings have passed now, so am feeling optimistic that will be able to see the weight loss through, found this thread very encouraging! Nice to know I'm not the only one sipping black coffee and oxo cubes in a mug!

Hello, am back on the thread, after a couple of week off! Had huge mass of family/friend significant birthdays to deal with.

Lost a stone over 2 weeks ith S&S during April. Regained 3lbs. Now onto stage 2!

I have 5 weeks until my operation. I have 3st further to lose. Hoping to get another 1 and a half off by mid June. Now off to read the thread to psyche myself up. grin

Morning ifyou sounds like you are already in the zone! I think that one of the things I am looking forward to most of all is learning how to eat 'properly'.

<whispers> I understand that some people don't eat a whole packet of biscuits in one go. Or indeed two packets! How do they do that?

bbpants Fri 10-May-13 07:25:24

Hope you're ok this morning, thinkfast, welcome ifyoulike, and welcome back Stairs. 3lb back on in two weeks isn't bad going!

Weigh in day for me today, and I'm another 3.5lb down, bringing me to a nice round 50lb off in total. And, in other news, I picked up a pair of denim shorts yesterday with a view to getting in them in the summer for on the beach. Size 16. I could get them on and do them up!! Ok, I couldn't sit down, or bend, or walk, but I could do them up! M&S sizing, so generous I know, but still.......

bbpants Fri 10-May-13 07:27:42

Scone - who are these people of which you speak that don't eat a packet of biscuits in one go?! They wouldn't survive for two minutes in our house!

Just read through, everyone is trying so hard, its very inspiring.

I have tried many diets before this - WW etc, but this undoubtedly suits me best. Less potential for cheating...

thinkfast Fri 10-May-13 08:12:58

Morning all! Persevered last night. Thanks for your support.
Feel exhausted this morning but already my face is a little less puffy and my tummy a bit smaller so it must be working grin
Evenings are the hardest time for me but not sure how I will function at work today. Just want to crawl back to bed...

it is exhausting, the first few days. Day 5 was such an improvement though. Keep strong, youll Get half a stone off this week. Its worth it!

Well done thinkfast.

I read somewhere (so not sure of the accuracy) that you lose weight from the top downwards so the face is the first to show loss. My moon face goes down quite quickly. Shame the stomach takes so long grin

Ifyoulike Fri 10-May-13 12:29:46

Scone Its a mystery to me! For some reason I can never have just a 'little bit' of anything... it has to be a devouring of the whole lot, to the extent that it was becoming easier to just eat nothing in public, and then have all daily calories in one go, in private.

I think that I've been abusing food like a drug, not taking it for nourishment or satiety, but actually taking it for the sugar/carb/fat hit. And it seems that like any 'hit', it needs to increase over time to have the same effect. I don't know if this is a similar experience for most people?

VLCD is nice because its almost like going cold turkey (I low-carb it as well - boiled eggs and protein shakes, plus multivitamin and potassium supplements).

It kind of puts me into the mindset of knowing I'm not going to get that 'hit' whatsoever, not even a little bit. And strangely enough, its soo much easier to stick with once the hellish few days pass. Its so very nice to find people on the same path.

Ifyoulike Fri 10-May-13 12:32:21

Thanks for the welcome bbfast, and congrats on that wonderful feeling when the clothes at least get on! Every size drop feels like such a victory. And you know at least once you can wear them, that the tightness won't last long either. smile

I have been hungrier than normal today, but I am expecting TOTM at some point (I know that isn't very precise but it swings between 28 and 35 days so it is guesswork!) so that is probably why.

Lots of tea drunk today. And I ate nearly a whole bag of radishes. I left two at the bottom because I felt guilty

Glad you made it Thinkfast!

Bbpants - you deserve major respect! 50 pounds? Wow. And size 16 shorts? Looking good!

Hello again Stairs, you can do this, it will make such a difference to your rate of recovery too.

Ooh and hello BoiledEgg. Are you ready to have the slimmest ears in the Western Hemisphere? grin what a great theory...

My rings feel looser today and my watch isn't sticking as much either.

Onwards and downwards!

thinkfast Fri 10-May-13 18:06:34

Arghhh! It's starting again! Clearly coming home from work is my trigger to feel starving and want a Friday night takeaway. Does the hunger actually go away when you've been doing this for a while?

sammac Fri 10-May-13 18:34:08

Bbpants am well proud of you- 50lbs is just a kick in the bbpants from 4 stone. Thik a name change in order - muchsmallerpants, minipants, shrinkingpants.

bbpants Fri 10-May-13 19:11:17

Thanks all - I don't think me in shorts could ever be described as 'looking good' - I have the legs of an unfit rugby player! I am ridiculously pleased with the loss so far - I really do begin to feel like myself again.

Thinkfast - the hunger goes, but the mental thing of just really wanting a takeaway has not left me yet! Sorry!

thinkfast Fri 10-May-13 19:55:08

Just read the bum worm thread (well some if it). Feel MUCH less inclined to eat anything wink

I've seen the title of that thread. Not something I will be reading!

Mild curry for me tonight with an extra tsp of chilli powder.

Wowserz129 Sat 11-May-13 00:22:40

I just read the bum worm thread too, my advise would be don't read it. It's full of all kinds of knowledge about stuff you don't want to know. Boke!

sammac Sat 11-May-13 16:44:35

Weigh day today and I couldn't go last week- my 2 week loss is 9lbs!! Am well chuffed.

That brigs total to 27lbs in 39 days. Just a smidgen off 2 stones. Treated myself to a new bra in smaller size and a scarf in Sainsburys. I know how to live on the wild side smile

Well done Sammac, that is terrific!

I am looking forward to going down a bra size and they have some really pretty ones in Sainsbugs. envy

bbpants Sat 11-May-13 22:49:34

Sammac, that is just BRILLIANT!

Wowserz129 Sun 12-May-13 01:55:27

I ate and ate and ate today and now I am so annoyed!! I really want to lose weight and want to lose it fast but I just can't seem to stick at it past day 4/5 as I feel so ill! It's really really frustrating me!!

Right, here's an idea then wowser: why not 'normal' low carb to get into ketosis (still headaches but no sickness that I remember) and then switch into the packs? That way you might find it easier.

thinkfast Sun 12-May-13 09:16:31

Well done sammac!

wowserz i ate yesterday too hmm one meal but not a healthy one. However decided I'm back on track today. Not completely sure if this diet is for me though. Might switch to skimmers world or something because I can see myself having a huge binge on this one....

thinkfast Sun 12-May-13 09:38:39

Ps wowserz why were you up so late?

Wowserz129 Sun 12-May-13 11:50:43

I was up with Dc thinkfast! He's 16 months but still wakes up often during the night. One day I will get a full night sleep again hmm.

I just don't know why I do it, everyone says the first few days is the hardest but I get to day 4/5 whatever and then I just get fed up and eat! The minute after I feel really guilty and annoyed that I have ate. Maybe I just ain't cut out for a VLCD.

I might try low carbing thanks scone. I don't know much about what kind of things you can eat. Particularly lunch and breakfast? I don't want to have soup and eggs everyday!

I wasn't a veggie low carber, so I am probably not much help. Why not have a look for the low carb boot camp threads on here, there are bound to be some good ideas!

P.s I low carved for three years and never had soup. Soup can fuck off as far as I am concerned, I really really don't like it!

thinkfast Sun 12-May-13 13:42:47

Woserz I may join you on something else. Took ds to the park today. Could only walk at a snails pace and feel very faint. I am veggie too (although I eat fish) thinking about low carb or slimmers world although the results won't be so fast

Pollydon Sun 12-May-13 13:46:58

Very late joining thread, apologies, but I have lost 3st 4 lb on Cambridge and am currently moving through the steps ( step 3 ) to maintenance.

sammac Sun 12-May-13 17:20:45

Welcome Pollydon and well done for your tremendous loss so far. It's the maintenance stage that scares me. Like many others, I've been here before, but put it back on again and have to go through the whole process again. This time I'm determined that THIS IS IT!!!!!

Woserz and thinkfast, hopefully you will find a way that suits you - but we're still here with you. If you can get through the first few days, it honestly gets easier - still hard, but the hunger disappears (mostly). I've decided to do it for 100 days and see how I feel and where I am with it, and I'm heading towards the halfway point. God knows if I'd been doing WW or something I'd be nowhere near where I am now with loss, and would have given up or splurged. I have zero willpower which is why I'm on this all over again and if I can get there, anyone can. xx

What an amazing loss Polly! How are you feeling about maintenance?

I was having a quick shufty at the 5:2 diet this afternoon as a potential maintenance programme, but it's a bit previous really!

Still no TOTM. <drums fingers> and so I haven't lost much this week. My jeans definitely feel looser though, but I know that I need to lose at least a stone before I can drop another dress size.

thinkfast Sun 12-May-13 19:32:02

Polly that's great! How long did it take you?

bbpants Mon 13-May-13 08:50:20

Welcome Polly - good luck with the maintenance.

Despite being good over the weekend, my pre-menstrual state has led to weight on at the weekend, instead of off. I'm hoping now for a whoosh of weight to come off before Friday!

Thinkfast and Wowserz - how are you both this morning?

Come on bastard TOTM. I ate 6 packs yesterday - a hunger which just could not be filled. And I had some prawns!

Right. I am going to schlep a load of stuff into the loft. And possibly bang things together noisily.

thepatioislumpy Mon 13-May-13 09:23:51

Hey all. I fell off the wagon a bit blush

However, I'm back and determined to get my mojo back a la week 1 where I was positively saintly. The good news is that I am still 8lbs down on my starting weight.

Bizarrely I'm looking forward to this week. I found I didn't have many withdrawal symptoms last time so hoping for that again, and it was a lovely feeling to be less bloated and so in control of my eating.

Re the bloated feeling, this w/e I had pasta and bread. The pasta was ok, but the bread left me very bloated and also has confirmed what I have long thought - that bread (particularly white) gives me hideous acid heartburn. So when I do reintroduce carbs I'm going to try wholemeal to see if that has a similar or better effect.

Good luck to all this week. I'll be here a lot because I'll need you all to see me through!

bbpants Mon 13-May-13 09:33:47

Welcome back Patio - we will be here, don't worry!

Scone - many sympathies - my period has been threatening to arrive all weekend, and fingers crossed it's finally started. I'm ALWAYS to be found with my head in the cupboards looking for things to eat for two days before I start - why do hormones do that??

milkybarsrus Mon 13-May-13 10:54:06

Morning all, have been out of touch as been trying to support my poor brother and his wife through hell, my poor niece has been sectioned and is in a mental hospital and keeps (almost succeeded this time) to commit suicide. Back to what this thread is about....... Have lost 20 pounds in 6 weeks grin which despite not being massive loss, I am slowly but surely going in the right direction. I actually find the diet quite easy, as when I do (rarely) go off plan, I know I will go back on it the very next meal. So though it's not the way I should do things, its working for me right now. Have been tea total too, which is a first. Even managed a cinema trip with no popcorn or sweets, just a coke zero which I sneaked in. Keep going everyone, we can do this.

bbpants Mon 13-May-13 11:33:59

milkybars - that's great. And it sounds as if you've really made the diet work round your life, which I think is one of the biggest steps.

bbpants Mon 13-May-13 11:34:45

And I'm so sorry about the troubles your family are going through.

thepatioislumpy Mon 13-May-13 12:13:45

Me too milkybars. My troubles aren't as bad but they are pretty high on the list of most stressful things and it is so hard to keep food as a physical and not an emotional thing, especially when I've been so used to comforting/rewarding/medicating/numbing with food for so long - years and years.

I'm feeling very good about it today though. Been busy this morning and so just having my cheesy pasta with 100g of broccoli before carrying on. Remembering to drink loads too. And eat slowly. And use a teaspoon.

milkybarsrus Mon 13-May-13 14:26:37

thanks bb and patio, I think I'm going to eat my meals with a teaspoon, as sometimes I am finished before the family have finished putting salt and pepper on their dinner blush.

thinkfast Mon 13-May-13 15:59:13

Hello all. Yes I am also eating meals with a teaspoon and a small bowl to give the illusion of a bigger meal (because the bowl is fuller).
Have my first LL meeting this evening

Fell off the wagon over the weekend - but not a massive blowout and back on it this morning. Thinking what I might do is stick to this during the week but on Saturday and Sunday nights might have a small healthy dinner or I don't think I will be able to stick to it

Can tell I've lost some weight as I could do up my work trousers easily this morning (last week they were bulging at the seams). Also my boss asked me if I'd done something different with my hair or makeup this morning and said I was looking very well. Haha! No change so it must just be my lovely slimmer face!

Kimm2013 Mon 13-May-13 17:47:17

Hello everyone!!
Need advice! Please!! So, I have done my 1st week on Cambridge diet. I am 13stone 6lbs.. Getting weighted tomorrow. But I have been on plan. But would like to know, what if I did 2 shakes and a meal??? And gym 3 times a week for 3min exercise. 10 min weights??? Am a mum off two children.. Trying to get rid off baby weight.. So fed up!!! But I have been feeling lighter!! This weeksmile xxx

Kimm2013 Mon 13-May-13 17:47:53

30min

milkybarsrus Mon 13-May-13 17:52:04

Hi Kimm, I reckon your in for a lovely surprise when you weigh in this week! I know that you're supposed to have loads of energy when in ketosis, but I don't, so am very impressed with all that exercise kimm, Well done.

milkybarsrus Mon 13-May-13 17:52:43

Hi Kimm, I reckon your in for a lovely surprise when you weigh in this week! I know that you're supposed to have loads of energy when in ketosis, but I don't, so am very impressed with all that exercise kimm, Well done.

milkybarsrus Mon 13-May-13 17:55:40

oops sorry for the double post blush, got distracted.

thinkfast Mon 13-May-13 18:52:30

Hi Kimmm. Am thinking of doing something similar - well thinking of 2 meals a week at the weekend as I seriously doubt if I can keep this up otherwise. Very impressed you managed to exercise! I've felt far too faint most of the time to even do a short walk

thinkfast Mon 13-May-13 18:53:39

Sorry for the extra mmms Kim! Think milkybars' name made me do it! Milky bar - your name is too tempting for this thread wink

Kimm2013 Mon 13-May-13 19:10:06

Thankyou ladies...
I have not started the exercises yetsmile ... As they said no exercise first week.. But I was thinking 2 shakes and a protein meal, a day. it's just cheaper, and I can stick to it! X having done shakes for a week.. Am looking forward to green health food !! Anyone??

Kimm2013 Mon 13-May-13 19:10:26

Lol mmmm

thinkfast Mon 13-May-13 21:03:44

Lost 7lb in 6 days grin yay! (Wish it was 10lb) but hopefully will have list 10lb by this time next week

Has anyone tried visalus? I'm starting on Friday for 2 months and plan on using my fitness pal to keep me on track calorie wise.
Have bought some fitness DVDs but do you think I should start them at the same time as the diet or leave it until a couple weeks in?

Fabulous thinkfast! That is what I lost first week too!

I'm afraid I can't help with Cambridge Kimm, but certainly on Slim and Save which is what I am doing having a protein meal once a day is completely doable.

Hi Terra, not heard of visalus either, but going by how I felt the first week, I'd definitely concentrate on getting through that first!

thinkfast Mon 13-May-13 22:37:06

Thanks scone. Not heard of Visalia either

Feeling very cross. Husband who is supposed to be lo carbing just came in with a chicken burger and chips!!!! Feeling very resentful of the chips and annoyed that he just shovels foid in his mouth without thought

Thanks Scone, think I will wait til' at least week two for the exercise.

Thinkfast, My DH throws food down his neck in alarming quantities and retains a 32in waist, the bastard.

Am planning a lot of early nights to combat the late night munchies.

thinkfast Mon 13-May-13 22:51:40

Thanks terra unfortunately my dh's waist is more line a 42 than a 32!

Pollydon Tue 14-May-13 07:14:05

Saw consultant last night & Ive been moved up to step 5 but its so flipping complicated, going to have to food diary & check everything! Makes me look back on ketosis fondly wink

Got to up exercise to at least 1/2 hr per day, so lots of walking \ yoga\ wii fit.

Kimm don't go down to 2 shakes, you'll not be having enough calories & could make yourself Ill .Ask your consultant about Sole Sorce plus, Its 3 Cambr +a 200 cal meal & you still lose same amount of weight. & I bet you've done really well in your 1 st week smile

thinkfast Tue 14-May-13 13:22:05

Wowserz. How's it going? Do you need some hand holding?

sammac Tue 14-May-13 18:41:08

Well done thinkfast, that's a great a great loss. Makes the hard work worthwhile.

Wowserz129 Tue 14-May-13 19:02:11

Hi, I have dropped off it but been low carbing! Starting on slim and save tomoro again. Starting to get frustrated with myself for not sticking at it but when your in the moment and I have a toddler and I feel very weak and sick for days it's hard to see past it!
Well done on the weight loss grin

milkybarsrus Tue 14-May-13 20:50:46

Hey thinkfast- the story behind the name is I felt like a milk bar when breastfeeding my youngest, but he's now 7 and I reckon I'm due a name change!! Will have a good think of a slimming appropriate one hmm.
Kimm you really should have all the shakes or soups you're supposed to as they have all the vitamins needed. I know someone who didn't follow the plan and their hair fell out, which you certainly want to avoid.
Wowsers - Is there ever a good time to lose weight? Life is never plan sailing and just when you think in terms of losing weight you seem to get a run of invites, or things go wrong and you need to eat to feel better (well thats me anyway). Why do you feel sick? Maybe too much liquid sloshing around in your tum? If so, have half a portion at a time if possible. If its the flavour, then try another or add something to it. Try again if possible, and don't get frustrated with yourself, just put yesterday behind you and start again.
well done all on your weight losses.

Wowserz129 Tue 14-May-13 22:28:04

It's not even so much lack of willpower that makes me stop its feeling horrid! Then I want to punch myself for quitting on day 5 and having to go back to the start!

Morning everyone. Week Four weigh in (and yes bastard TOTM arrived yesterday) and I have lost another 4 pounds so

4 weeks = 21 pounds!

Wowserz129 Wed 15-May-13 07:23:34

Wow scone that is so great! Just think about much much closer you are to your gone!

I am starting the packs again today with a view of a goal of one week. If I can get to one week and see how I feel without falling over I might manage it further

thinkfast Wed 15-May-13 07:36:49

Wowserz I'm having a goal of one day at a time. A week seems long to me

Butterfly67 Wed 15-May-13 09:44:33

thanks hi everyone can I join you please but I don't have kids??
I am going at lunchtime to register with CD counsellor, been reading the thread very encouraging positive messages.

Can anyone tell me the difo between CD and S&S? Products and pricing as not heard of S&S before.

Wish me luck for the first weigh in, that's if I don't break the scales shock

Wowserz129 Wed 15-May-13 09:57:12

Yes might try one day thinkfast! Are you finding it any easier now your into your second week?

Does anyone drink green tea? I am thinking about trying to drink it when I am feeling yuky in the hope having something with an actual taste will help but not sure if there is restrictions.

There isn't a massive difference between slim and save and Cambridge. Slim and save doesn't have a counsellor, it's all done online and your packs get delivered but S and S is quite a bit cheaper.

Hi Butterfly, having dc is not necessary on this site - a sense of humour and the inability to be offended by imaginative swearing is!

I didn't do CD because a. I understand it is v.expensive and b. I am not sure that I want to rely on a counsellor to work out what is going on - I would rather blather to lots of people! grin

link here to Slim and Save are actually really good - the packs are not utterly repulsive, in fact the majority are quite nice and I like the flexibility of being able to have only packs or have 3 packs plus one meal a day without it affecting weight loss.

Slim and Save have a taster pack - I think it is a week's worth (28 items) for 28 pounds, and then after that they are about 1.50 a pack.

Cambam2010 Wed 15-May-13 10:32:44

Hi all - Having read your thread I have decided to try S&S. My sis and I both need to lose quitea few lb and I am challenging her to do it with me in the hope that we can keep each other on the right path.

Melissakitkat Wed 15-May-13 11:23:53

Hello, can I join in please, have been lurking for a little while. I started s&s on Monday so day 3 today - although it feels like a lifetime! Have been watching my calories on mfp and lost 19lbs since jan but my weight loss has been minimal since Easter - basically losing & gaining the same 3lbs - so decided to try this as my diet was a carb overload & wanted to see an immediate change on the scales. Since Monday have lost 5.5lbs but alot of that is water weight as Sunday I snacked madly on crisps and other bad foods in anticipation of starting this diet.
Must admit the food is surprisingly good - I had the chili con carne last night on a bed of cabbage.

Today am going to try to make the oatmeal into a biscuit.

Chat soon

Mel x

I have found it gets much easier, I am now nearly a month in - a month! - time flies and it is just routine now really.

I do have the occassional spasm of sadness as I stroll around Sainsburys but right here and now I am focused and ready.

They reckon on the S&S website (which also has a forum full of sparkly tickers but generally lovely people) that a stone a month is quite normal if you stick to it.

So far first month for me is 1.5 stone.

Hopefully I can get another 2 stone off by mid July - this is my next aim.

Then I want to get to 12 stone.

Then 10.

All going well I should be at 10 stone by Christmas. That will be my present to myself. I hope!

Wowserz129 Wed 15-May-13 11:52:10

Scone did you feel like death on your first week?

I am wondering if I should change food packs to somewhere else which is not S and S and see if it makes a difference.

I spent most of the first week feeling like i had flu with a side serving of almost constant nausea.

I did find that the Coke Zero helped with the sickness feeling quite a lot though and I drink quite a lot of hot water and tea. Some people swear by making the chocolate shake into hot chocolate, or making the cafe latte one with coffee.

My dc are 9 and 7 and I explained to them that I was tired and grumpy and not feeling too well and they were pretty good on the whole, although making their tea was tempting.

I think I have just reached that tip-over point. I am ready to do something about this, and although I have 5.5 stone still to lose it seems more possible on this than it ever did with anything else.

I am still weighing every day and that is a habit I am going to try really hard to maintain. I don't want to have that shock ever again.

Only you can decide whether to try another set of food packs. I don't know how much they cost or if you can get some to try - I've had a quick look on ebay but could only find this

Wowserz129 Wed 15-May-13 13:10:15

I didn't know we could have coke zero!! How much are we allowed?

500ml a day grin but only coke zero not diet coke as it has citric acid.

Wowserz129 Wed 15-May-13 13:25:35

I am totally going to buy some then! Coke (even coke zero) would feel like a treat. grin

Melissakitkat Wed 15-May-13 14:04:11

Lol - I am loving my coke zero here too. I also got some bovril stock cubes for a nightly hot drink! Just made the original oatmeal into a giant biscuit and it was lovely. We can do this! My main side effect is that I feel so cold and slightly jittery - x

Melissakitkat Wed 15-May-13 14:04:53

Btw, scone that's a fab loss, really inspiring! X

Melissakitkat Wed 15-May-13 14:06:39

Butterfly how did your registration go. Cambam, great idea to slim with a friend/relative x

milkybarsrus Wed 15-May-13 16:52:33

I know that feeling of being jittery, I usually get it just before I am due to eat, but don't have time to sort myself out before the kids. So when this happens I make sure I eat pure protein, a chunk of chicken, or ham, etc. It takes the initial starved feeling away and then when I am able to have something to eat (s & s) I can without feeling guilty. I would rather have that sort of 'cheat' than go off plan and eat a plate of chips or mars bar!

sammac Wed 15-May-13 19:30:08

Great loss scone - one you're on it, it does get easier. In work today there as freshly baked scones mmmmmm I could have wolfed one down but I simply smelled.

Now on day 43 and have had no other side effects apart from a rotten day 3 wen I took to my bed, but I had anticipated that and it was gone the next day.

Wowser I've been drinking peppermint tea, which I find more palatable than green tea. I originally started with lady grey, but they've got citric acid, so stopped. My loss has increased since taking up the mint tea.

thinkfast Wed 15-May-13 20:03:00

Arghhhhh I've sinned! Tomorrow's a new day right?

Wowserz129 Wed 15-May-13 21:04:10

What did you have thinkfast chocolate cake, chips, empire biscuits, pizza? <Dreams>
Tomoro is a new day! One day won't undo all your efforts so keep going tomoro! You know you can do it now you have made it this far!

I will start with green tea and bug peppermint next week whilst shopping!! Half my issue is all my family think its a silly diet and the minute I feel weak instead of encouraging me they are like just eat, there a caramel in the fridge hmm

Kimm2013 Wed 15-May-13 21:35:30

Hi everyone!!
I lost 8lbs on my first week. Am so pleased. Am going to try another week on sole source.
If, am really hungry I can have 3 eggs. But that's last resort. Am going to try to exercise this week, am looking at 20min cardio 10min weights. Feel great in the mornings, it's just around 7- 9pm, where I start to feel hungry!! Any tips. This is my 2nd week on cambridge diet.

Melissakitkat Wed 15-May-13 21:57:24

Kimm, well done on your loss. Fab news. Don't think I have the energy for exercise yet!

Have ordered some zero noodles today off amazon - as on slim & save you can use these to bulk out the meals.

Did a second week's order of s&s today.

Thinkfast, tomorrow is another day and bet your still under calories even if over carbs!

Green tea sounds a good idea might look into it.

Mel x

Some good losses happening. Well done everyone!

I'm trying not to weigh myself until at least a month <serial daily weigher> hoping for a surprise shock

I've got to make a c!%£ for ds2's end of SAT's party at school tomorrow. EEek!

bbpants Thu 16-May-13 09:53:04

Well done everybody.

I second the green tea and peppermint tea - I down it in great mugfulls when I'm at work. And Coke Zero is my weekend treat - I view it in the same way as I did wine for a friday night. And in fact, on a friday, I have it in a wine glass!

As for the evening munchies - the ONLY way I can avoid them is by going up to bed ridiculously early to read or watch telly. I have to get away from the kitchen.

I sometimes make up a 2lt jug of peppermint tea with about 4 bags and leave it to go cold, that's quite nice!

Quick quick! The sun is shining! Go and get some vitamin D!

Am in the rhythm but entirely without any motivation to do any housework of any kind at all. sad It is clearly a side effect of this diet.

thinkfast Thu 16-May-13 12:24:49

Vitamin d!!! By the time I leave the office there won't be any more sunshine confused

Feeling awful after my blow out yesterday have dreadful heartburn. Don't know what came over me but will be surprised if I lose weight this week. Think staying the same would be the best I can hope for confused

Hey thinkfast. smile You didn't have to sign a piece of paper swearing not to be human whilst doing this diet, so cut yourself a break, ok?

Sooner or later you will have a series of good days, hopefully enough of them in a sequence that the cravings dissipate and you get a good run, but you have to keep on keeping on. One day at a time. Remind yourself of the big picture.

My morning weigh in said that I had gained a pound yesterday. Which was nice hmm but I know I didn't do anything, and hopefully by tomorrow it will have gone again.

It is at times like this that I like an inspiring quote. Todays is from that seminal Motion Picture "Finding Nemo". It is a heartrending story about spousal murder, kidnapping and abuse. But as Dory says, "When we get blue, what do we do? We swim! Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming".

So today I am swimming.

Sunshine is rapidly going here sad feels like we might get a storm too. Ah well.

thinkfast Thu 16-May-13 13:21:19

Thanks scone. Have a favourite quote of mine "we are all lying in the gutter. But some of us are looking up at the stars" Oscar Wilde.

Butterfly67 Thu 16-May-13 13:51:57

Hi everyone. So went for the dreaded weigh in with CD counsellor who measured every bit of my body in great detail (not going back there again). I just got one week's supply which cost me over £40! Started this morning, just had second milkshake of the day for lunch.

I went on the S&S website and really like what I saw so ordered the trial pack. If it tastes as nice as CD then gonna switch as it is cheaper and won't have to go to see the dreaded tape measurer extraordinaire again!

So peppermint tea, green tea, coke zero all ok to stay in ketosis (in moderation)? Anyone else got any other things you can use that does not knock you out of ketosis?

Does anyone have the link for the May spreadsheet that I can fill in please.

Would welcome any hints and tips that peeps have. Feeling very positive at the moment and start a new job on Monday so its a good time to get rid of all my bad habits. grin

milkybarsrus Thu 16-May-13 17:37:36

Hi butterfly, just a couple of tips, always carry a bar or soup with you. Holland and barrat sell zero noodles, they are nearly 2 pound a packet so if I have them I make them last 2 meals. Buy coke zero cans when on offer and do what I do and tell the family that they are all yours!

Butterfly67 Thu 16-May-13 19:35:06

Thanks Milky some good advice there. I just had 100g of chicken and 60g of iceberg with some marmite on it. So full up feel like I might explode lol

Butterfly67 Thu 16-May-13 19:53:05

Hey can anyone tell me where I can buy the Salad Light spray that is ok to use on S&S also is it Balsamic or what type? Have looked in several places and cannot find it sad

Melissakitkat Thu 16-May-13 21:55:21

I think they stopped manufacture of it for some reason - have also never found it!

bbpants Fri 17-May-13 05:54:55

Hi all - dropping in as it's weigh in day for me - another 3.5 lb gone this week. On track for my summer target if I keep going.

Got a tricky weekend coming up - with friends at what is traditionally a carb fest. Not sure what I'm going to get away with - this is the downside of not telling people what diet you're on - I can't just whip out a shake for dinner. I'm aiming to try for very small portions and I've already told them I'm not drinking. So it's all about damage limitation.

Butterfly67 Fri 17-May-13 08:50:31

Day two and feeling very postitive. Wondering which of the trial packs to try first, feel like a kid in a candy shop lol.
Cant wait (weight) pun to day 7 when I can step on those scales hope it will be a nice surprise.
Does anyone know where you can buy the Salad Light spray from?
Hugs Butterfly67

Wowserz129 Fri 17-May-13 11:18:27

My granny died unexpectedly so didnt start diet as planned so will start on Tues after the funeral.

Fingers crossed I can do it this time!

thinkfast Fri 17-May-13 13:27:42

Oh wowserz so sorry to hear that. Are you ok?

Butterfly I think the salad spray is no longer manufactured

Listening to a programme about type 2 diabetes on the radio. Very motivating to help me stick to this today

Am feeling very rough and freezing cold today. Guess that means I'm going back into ketosis after my blow out

Wowserz129 Fri 17-May-13 13:57:43

Thanks thinkfast, it was a shock as she was v fit and otherwise healthy but going to keep busy over weekend to distract myself!

I always wondered if you are in ketosis and you eat a muffin or pancake or something small do you have to go through the whole feeling terrible for 4/5 days again to get back into if? Coz it seems to be feeling ill I struggle with. Will try to mentally prepare myself over weekend !

Melissakitkat Fri 17-May-13 15:07:23

So sorry for your nan, wosserz. X

bbpants Fri 17-May-13 17:52:50

Wowserz - I'm so sorry. I think getting back into ketosis is easier than doing it to start, but everybody is different.

thinkfast Fri 17-May-13 19:25:25

Hmmm it is hard going back in. Not as hard as last week but am tired cold and headachy

milkybarsrus Fri 17-May-13 21:49:27

Wowserz - Really sorry for your loss, lost my dad a few months ago and miss him like hell. Wait until you feel ok.

Butterfly67 Sat 18-May-13 03:21:52

sorry for your loss Wowserz (hugs)

Wowser, I am so sorry to hear about your gran. I hope that the funeral goes as well as possible. xxx

You are doing really well Thinkfast, you can do it!

Another 3.5 lbs bb? Fabulous! You are well on the way to target now!

It is my birthday today (39 yikes) but no cake or wine! The dc have made me some lovely presents - a paper lollipop is my favourite!

sammac Sat 18-May-13 14:59:06

So sorry for your loss Wowser. I lost my lovely nana in November and still can't quite believe it.

Weigh day today and lost 4 1/2 lbs, bringing a total to 31 1/2 lbs in 46 days. Our group discussion was about our achievements and how, as women, we don't acknowledge what we've done in life- always putting others before ourselves- and not looking after ourselves enough. It was really motivating to see just what we have collectively achieved so far, and makes me see why I need a group type programme rather than an individual programme. All those who are doing it by yourself -you have so much more determination than me and I admire you for that - an achievement in itself!!!

Melissakitkat Sun 19-May-13 16:22:57

Wow well done sammac!

Well have being weighing daily so know I have lost weight but official weigh in day Tom. Decided to take yesterday off plan and it was really nice to eat normal food but back on it today. Weirdly don't feel hungry at all - so hoping for a nice week's result Tom. It seems to be getting easier to stick to. Went to a cafe today and both dd and dh had a meal & I had a diet coke and was not tempted by food at all! It's so inspiring seeing the scales go down.

How is everyone else?

Xxx

I ate way too much yesterday - but then it was my birthday so I am back on the wagon today! I haven't lost much (if anything!) this week, but I am overdue a 'stall' so vigour recaptured, I'm off again.

By the way my naughtiness consisted of eating chicken satay skewers - no rice or anything, so I am fairly sure it was just too many calories rather than too many carbs.

Looking forward to hearing about your loss Melissa, hope that it reaches your hopes! And Yay for Sammac, another great loss. you are doing so well.

bbpants Sun 19-May-13 17:13:30

Well done sammac and scone, and in anticipation for tomorrow Melissa

Well, as predicted my fabulous weekend was a carb fest and, although I didn't eat nearly as much as I would have done normally, there was no option but to have small portions of what was offered. I didn't drink, however, and have walked bloody miles - these are the only successes of the two days. Scales won't be kind tomorrow, I can only hope it'll just be carb-weight and will go in a few days. Back on track tomorrow.

elah11 Sun 19-May-13 22:45:39

Hi all, can I join in please? I am going to start the New You Plan next week and am looking for any advice or tips as its my first time! I gather I will be allowed 4 shakes/ soups/bars a day but what can I drink and still stay in ketosis? Any advice appreciated

hello elah, nice to meet you! Which plan is the New You with? (god, sorry terrible grammar!) as I think that can make a difference to what you can drink.

There are quite a few of us doing Slim and Save which allows tea and coffee (with limited milk), Coke Zero and other flavoured waters as long as they have no citric acid.

I am not sure about the others - so best wait for Sammac or bb to tell you!

Anyway, best of luck! you can make a really big difference to yourself in a short time - once you get through that first week!

Melissakitkat Mon 20-May-13 11:03:11

Hello, just a quick post to say I lost 7lbs last week which am really happy about - am finally in the overweight category rather than obese. It's nice to see the scales move downwards as they had not moved in weeks of just a low cal diet so think low carb works for me! I don't feel hungry at all even though I has Saturday off the diet and ate what I wanted! Hope everyone else is ok. Off to work now x

oggsfrog Mon 20-May-13 21:15:26

Hello everyone! I've lost 24lbs since the 22nd April, but had a major wibble over the weekend so I'm not expecting a loss this week.

I'd been doing so well and had been tee-total for a month.
Because I'd been doing so well I decided to treat myself to a glass or two of vodka. Consequently felt crap the next morning and ate all the things, including some pizza, a cheese omelette and an ice cream. There may or may not have been some biscuits involved too...

Wow oggsfrog that is an amazing loss - you have done brilliantly. Just don't let yourself go!

sammac Mon 20-May-13 22:08:11

Well done melissa and oggsfrogs- don't get too hung up on your blip, just get back on track and continue - what's done is done and you can move back on.

Ellah, I don't know your plan, but on Lighter Life we're not allowed even coke zero - it's black tea, coffee and water. I buy 2 litre bottles of sparkling water from asda and decant ( sounds fancier than it is) them into 500ml bottles with flavouring. I can drink leaf tea, but not fruit or flower tea- I like peppermint now. We can get a bouillon type drink, which I've not bough but will occasionally make a stock cube into a drink in the evenings if I've had my packs.

sammac Mon 20-May-13 22:09:49

Forgot to say happy birthday scone - here's a virtual slice of celebration cake - calorie free of course!!

Wowserz129 Tue 21-May-13 07:46:49

Thanks everyone! Re - starting today so wish me luck!

elah11 Tue 21-May-13 15:49:22

Thanks sammac and scone, the one I am doing seems to be the same, only water, black coffee or tea allowed. I have been trying out black tea and its not bad actually! I think I am allowed tablet sweetners too so will be able to drink black coffee. I have also bought some green tea and peppermint tea so I will have plenty to choose from and won't feel deprived hopefully. I can't wait to get started, I feel so heavy and unhappy at the moment.

Melissakitkat Tue 21-May-13 17:24:13

Good luck elah! You can do it!

Wowerz (sorry if spelt wrong) hope today is going well.

I just wanted to say - I AM HUNGRY!!!!'

Roll on bedtime! Lol xxx

elah11 Tue 21-May-13 22:16:04

Btw can I ask, how will I know if I am in ketosis?

Morning. Week 5 weigh in is another 2 pounds down - so thats 23 pounds in 35 days.

Hoping I can lost 5 pounds next week to get into the 14s. That would be a lovely way to start June.

elah, ketosis is when you don't want to eat anything all the time (just you know when your mealtime is!) plus you get a funny metallic taste in your mouth. normally kicks in day 5.

Well done Melissa, 7lbs is a terrific start! Have some more water..

sammac Wed 22-May-13 07:53:54

Fantastic scone - that's great!!

bbpants Wed 22-May-13 08:34:24

Well done Scone.

It's taken me until today to take off what I put on over the weekend - if I could just shift another pound by Friday, I'd be into the 13s and half way to my summer target. It'll be tight!

Wowserz129 Wed 22-May-13 19:21:34

Man I am starving!

Have you had your veg allowance? I scoff raw mushrooms and cucumber when I am hungry - or - and it's not proper like but I reckon it gets you through the hunger wth - some plain cooked chicken/prawns etc.

Keep going wowser, you can do it!

Hi ladies, mind if I jump onto this thread?

I'm thinking about starting on Lipotrim after the weekend - my local pharmacy stock it & a friend has just started on it too.

I'm not sure how it all works though - when do you reintroduce food? Is the time you're on 'shakes for dependent on the weight you have to lose? I currently weigh around 11st 10 & would love to lose 2 st.

Thanks for any advice & well done for some fab losses/sticking with the plans you're on smile

bbpants Fri 24-May-13 09:24:18

Checking in for weighing day - 1.5lb off which, considering my weekend away, I'm quite pleased about. And it means that I've (just about) snuck into the 13s!

However, half term coming up means the week at home, rather than work, and I may struggle somewhat. My target for this week is 1lb - which will take me to a nice round 4st off since January. I need to focus on that.

Welcome offday and elah!

Kimm2013 Fri 24-May-13 21:21:56

Hi everyone!
Am on my 3rd week on Cambridge diet day 3, just had 5 slices of ham and 4 scrambled eggs! With 3 shakes, today!

Does that mean am out of ketosis !

Lost 11lbs in 2 weeks. But feeling the need to eat food. Having the ham and eggs, has filled me up!

Any suggestions smile

Kimm2013 Fri 24-May-13 21:23:43

My understanding, is when u are in ketosis.. You are burning fat??

bbpants Sat 25-May-13 20:39:06

Really, really struggling tonight. Have had a lovely day out with DH and DD but have come back craving crap. Had to come to bed again to get away from the kitchen and am inexplicably upset and miserable.

It's not even PMT, it's just a bad mood.

I've been so proud of how I've done and I feel a million times better. But tonight I feel fat, frumpy and generally about as attractive as a slug. <<shallow emoticon>>

Watching Mamma Mia in bed feeling utterly sorry for myself. God, I could do with a bottle glass of wine.

Am hoping I'll wake up tomorrow my usual cheery self.

How are you feeling this morning bb?

I am feeling a bit bleh this week too. I've been sticking to it completely and watching the scales move by 0.25 pounds a day is rather depressing. I have upped the water over the last two days, and I'm not going to have any bars for the rest of the week (they are so bloody convenient I have been relying on them too much).

bbpants Sun 26-May-13 09:00:15

Yes I've decided to cut down on the bars a bit - I usually save them as treats for the weekend but I have been having them more, and I do wonder if they slow my loss a bit if I have them everyday.

Feelng a bit better this morning, thank you Scone. Woke up early, so decided to start the couch to 5k app programme - I was bloody knackered after it (I will NEVER be a runner!) but am hoping a bit of exercise will lift my mood.

TenbyChristmas Mon 27-May-13 10:08:59

Hello, new here! Can I join? Started Shake that Weight (cheaper version of CD) this morning, got about 5-6 stone to lose. Have done CD in the past but failed. I failed, not the diet! Know first few days will be tough so have plenty of stuff lined up to distract me but ultimately head is in the right place which is a major part of the battle. Currently a size 16 (just!) goal is to be a size 10 for Christmas, at whatever that weight is but will require about 5/6 stone. As for exercise, kettle bells and some running is what I'm planning. Have had first shake, was rather nice! Not powdery or gritty and looked creamy. Good chocolate taste too.

Wowserz129 Mon 27-May-13 10:48:48

Thinkfast are you still here?

I have been doing well but still on it. Part of me wonders if it would be easier to eat 3 chicken salads a day though haha!

Wowserz129 Mon 27-May-13 13:01:43

I just tested with Ketostix and I am not in ketosis yet! I suspected I wasn't as I still feel ill and hungry and horrid! I seem to take longer than the average person I guess. I have stuck to it 100% apart from one day when I had one less shake hmm

Give us a menu Wowser, we might be able to spot something. As I said ^^ I can't do 4 packs a day - I know I don't go into ketosis if I have over 50g a day of carbs - that's why i have 3 plus a small meal.

Plus, try not to get too hung up on the ketostix. They are not always accurate (which is pretty bloody shameful really, considering that diabetic people need them to be). Try to look for that weird taste right at the back of your mouth instead.

Ooh and hello Tenby! I feel slightly blush at all these people doing exercise as well as the diet.

Wowserz129 Mon 27-May-13 19:20:38

Oh god guys I really am feeling terrible hmm. My head is pounding but drank 3 litres of water today, feel sick and exhausted sad.

I have just had the 3 packs and a bar and water hmm

Sorry to hear that Wowser. That isn't good. Do you think that perhaps just doing lo-carb would be better for you?

Hang on, just thought, what day are you up to?

Wowserz129 Mon 27-May-13 21:02:18

This is day 5! I honestly feel so flipping terrible. I went to the bathroom earlier thinking I might be sick! I really don't want to give up, if I knew it would pass soon but feels like I will feel like this forever hmm

TenbyChristmas Mon 27-May-13 21:27:44

Wowserz -maybe it's just not agreeing with you -check the ingredients list-is there anything there that might disagree with you? Have you adverse reactions to any foodstuffs, whey for example? Just a thought. That's me at the end of day one. Stayed busy, made sure I chugged water the whole day. Going to circuits in the morning, hoping the sight of all my jiggly bits keeps me motivated. There are some serious skinny minnies at my local gym. Biatches... grin

Scone -thanks for the welcome, much appreciated smile

Ok. End of day 5. If it were me I would give it another two days. And if you are still feeling terrible accept that s&s isn't for you and look to low carb.

They do have a helpline too, here that might be worth a try.

Wowserz129 Tue 28-May-13 07:16:15

Okay I will keep going! I really don't want to give up/switch to low carb as I am off to America in the last week of August. It will be the first time I meet my DP extended family who live there so I really don't want to be fat!

At the moment I am 13 stone 7lbs and 5 ft 7 and size 14 although pushing it there.

My goal is 10 stone. Not sure if that's achievable in 3 months though!!

No adverse reactions I don't think. Never been allergic to anything before and I feel today the same as day one!

I actually just remembered that the day before yesterday I ate a wine gum sad. It was a total accident though, my sister gave me one and I popped it in my mouth without thinking! Maybe that's why I feel so terrible now.

Thanks ladies!

TenbyChristmas Tue 28-May-13 07:33:25

How do you feel this morning wowserz? Day 2 for me. Feeling ok, expected headache and fur filled mouth but so far so good. Im pretty sure my breath could strip paint though. Resisting urge to get on scales, have decided only going to weigh in once a week. Forcing myself to the gym for circuits, would much rather recline on sofa and watch This Morning but that's how I ended up in this fat mess. As gym instructor says you didn't get fat by accident, you got fat cos you ate it!!
Have a good day everyone.

Wowserz129 Tue 28-May-13 07:44:28

Feeling a bit better thanks. Not miles better but not sicky! Thinking the wine gum has probably knocked me back to day one, this day 2. Annoyed at myself on that front as it was a total accident. If i was going to knock me out of ketosis i would have picked something better than a frigging wine gum!! How do you feel up to circuits on day 2? I am jealous, I just wanted to climb into bed on day 2!!

Wowserz129 Tue 28-May-13 07:45:19

Also with you on the breath front, Scone does that go away? How are you fairing now Scone on the scales front?

Not official weigh day until tomorrow but as a sneaky every day weigher (blush) I am down 3.5 pounds this week. Now teetering on 15st 1/4 pound and I started on 17th April at 16st 13.

I am 5ft7 too and starting to fit comfortably into size 16s. Yay!

Wowserz129 Tue 28-May-13 11:20:33

Well done scone, that's great! I am aiming for 3 stone 7 in 3 months which is probably aiming a little high but hopefully somewhere in the 10s would be great!

Did you notice your losses change at all when you swapped to lifestyle?

TenbyChristmas Tue 28-May-13 12:54:54

Well circuits nearly killed me this morning but I feel loads better for it. Was tempted for a snack when I got home. Discovered I had been mindlessly opening cupboards and the fridge for about 10 minutes. Settled for a cuppa and a teaspoon of peanut butter! No headache as yet which means it'll kick in 2moro most likely and ruin my day. Think the breath thing does go away over time. If I shifted 7lbs or more this first week I'd be delirious. I found an prediction thingy online yesterday. You input your age, start weight etc how many calories you'll be consuming on a daily basis and it gives you the predicted weightloss for each week. According to that I should hit my target mid November. Sorry I didn't save the link going to have a trawl and see if I can find it.
Trying to summon the energy now to go walk the dog, I'll have my second shake when I get back. Early doors but generally feeling much more positive this time around.

bbpants Tue 28-May-13 16:06:17

Well done Ten by for avoiding temptation - I've MASSIVELY fallen off the wagon this afternoon - been struggling for days and couldn't fight temptation any longer. Won't make my 4 st off this Friday, that's for sure. However, it's done now. Going to draw a line and start afresh tomorrow.

How are you doing today, wowserz?

Go Scone - that's GREAT!

Wowserz129 Tue 28-May-13 16:12:35

I am still feeling unwell but have not ate anything I am not meant too.

We are planning a meal out and a picnic this weekend. I definitely have to eat at the meal out. Any suggestions of what I can order that isn't cheating?

Tomoro is a new day Bb! Getting close to losing 4 stone is incredible! How long have you been on VLCD?

bbpants Tue 28-May-13 16:37:20

Steak and salad is my failsafe meal out, wowserz. Or grilled fish/shellfish.

I did a 10 week stint from mid January to march - then went away on holiday over easter and VERY MUCH enjoyed putting a few pounds back on! I then restarted in mid April and am planning on finishing this block on the day the schools break up in July. I'm then going to try the fast diet over the summer holidays in an attempt to maintain my loss over the six weeks. I may then do another block of slim and save on the run up to Christmas.

I've been so pleased with my loss so far, but I really am only half way there, unfortunately.

sammac Tue 28-May-13 18:11:31

Welcome to everyone joining in. Don't have a weight loss for this week as we were away the weekend. But have kept to it so will just have to wait till Saturday. I'm hoping to be almost at 3 stones .
Scone, we sound similar in height and weight - I'm also in my 16s and today, for the first time in work, a lot of people noticed and made positive comments - felt great. Last week in work was a cake and choc fest in the staff room - I did a lot of sniffing but no tasting.
I've not found the breath thing to go. I have umpteen wee bottles of breath freshener planked -including one in my bra. Also buy bottles of mouth wash for home and work. Am very aware of it too!!

Thanks everyone - I am quite proud of myself as it has been a long weekend of temptation.

The dc had Dominos on Saturday night, I was baking cakes all day Sunday for the Church Fete where I was running a stall, managed not to buy or eat any of the delicious cakes while we were there and went to the cinema and didn't mindlessly stuff myself with popcorn.

I just want to find myself again. I'm sure I'm in here somewhere!

Wowserz129 Tue 28-May-13 20:29:13

I am going away to a lodge for a week at the start of July so really worried what I will do then. My DP thinks I should eat what I want just for that week and I want to so I can enjoy it. But worried I will put on a scary amount and don't want to be fat for America!

Everyone's stories of success is keeping me going at this point! Can't believe some people on this thread have lost 3/4 stone in such little time!

Official weigh day result -4lbs. So I am now 15st exactly, 27 pounds lighter than when I joined this thread. Thanks to you lot. (Warm grin and hugs all round)

Wowserz129 Wed 29-May-13 07:41:43

Wow well done Scone that is crazy good! Keep plodding along and you will be at your goal in no time!

Thanks wowser, another 5 stone to go, but hopefully I will be there by December. All ready for a Christmas reveal!

bbpants Wed 29-May-13 08:10:40

Well done Scone! I'm planning a bit of a Christmas party reveal myself, but being realistic, I know I struggle sticking to a strict diet in the autumn when work is crazy. So I have a target that I would like to be by the end of December, and then will aim to lose the last couple of stone in the first half of 2014.

Stood on the scales after my disastrous day - oops! Only have 2 days to undo the damage but am feeling stronger today.

Wowserz129 Wed 29-May-13 08:54:16

Scone if you have lost over two stone this quick, there's a good chance you will be at your goal before December!

I am worried this lodge holiday in July will interfere with me getting to my goal by end of August. Also have DP birthday, Father's Day and mums birthday to get through. blush

TenbyChristmas Wed 29-May-13 09:20:14

Had a sneaky step on the scales this morning at start of day three, four pounds down! AND I had a sneaky glass of wine watching Britains got Talent last night! Could.not.resist. But I had burned a load of calories at circuits so it hasn't done me much damage. Still no headache which I cannot get over, previously by this stage the headache was crippling. Breath....worse than the dogs! Bbpants -am I reading right that you lost 4 stone in ten weeks? That's just fabulous, very well done! Think we're all doing well smile I'm going to body pump tonight and hoping to maybe squeeze in a small run on treadmill.
Come Christmas we will be goddesses grin
Have a great day everyone x

Is the lodge holiday self catering? It doesn't sound like you are going with DP is that right?

If you are going with your not very supportive family why not just low-carb that week. you can have really lovely lovely food, really indulgent stuff and still be in ketosis (although with higher calories obv. but not a significant hiccup to weight loss).

I think that you need to make a plan - all those events are possible if you plan ahead, but if you try and busk it - that's when problems start.

So, is it cake for DP's birthday that is the problem? Cos there are low carb cakes (and they are yummy), is it alcohol? Because Gin and slimline tonic is ok (IF YOU ARE LOW CARBING NOT VLCDING AT THE TIME). These are not insurmountable events - you can do it!

Wowserz129 Wed 29-May-13 09:49:04

I am thinking about doing a picnic and a hike for his birthday (his choice). Don't want to sit down and eat a bar on his birthday as know he won't be impressed. I was thinking about wrapping chicken and jalapeños in iceburg lettuce like a wrap. However I don't have any scales to weigh it out between now and then.

Lodge is self catering but lots of planned meals out and a trip to a Chinese we go to every year and order fried rice and chilli chicken.

bbpants Wed 29-May-13 10:35:12

Tenby - no, in the first block of 10 weeks I lost nearly 3 stone. I then lost the lbs I put on over easter and another stone since I restarted mid april. I struggle on this diet when I'm at home during school holidays (as this week has proved) so I now plan to do it in blocks of school terms. The idea is that I learn to maintain during the holidays as I go back to old habits very quickly. I realise that it will take me longer to get to goal but it's the way that works best for me.

Wowserz -could you do just low-carbing whilst you're at the lodge rather than the vlcd? Then life could carry on more normally and it would be easier to return to the shakes when you get home?

bbpants Wed 29-May-13 10:37:38

Oops sorry - I'm just repeating what others have said!

As long as you don't use mayo I wouldn't worry too much about weighing it out i am a heretic just eat it and enjoy it.

Chinese is harder to Locarb than Indian. I will have a think smile

JanStevens Wed 29-May-13 11:12:53

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I heard about diet chef on qvc and it had mixed reports. Glad it is working for you though!

Wowserz129 Wed 29-May-13 12:43:03

I have heard mixed reviews on diet chef too. Think it's quite pricey as well?

Started feeling really ill again an hour or so ago, heads thumping feel sick. Promise me its not like this once in ketosis!!

Since the end of week one I haven't felt il at all, have you tried contacting them?

Wowserz129 Wed 29-May-13 14:52:16

I will give it to the weekend! Do you literally just wake up one morning and feel fine/not hungry?

mrsfossil Wed 29-May-13 14:57:30

hi folks can I join please, may need some moral support in the next few weeks. Just done 1st week on Cambridge and lost 3 pounds. not as much as I want but had 2 already organised meals that I couldn't cancel. So this week I need to stick with it but have 1 staff meal out on sat. (hadn't been out for ages before this diet - sods law). Need to lose 2 stone before xmas as its my 40th and want to be in a 12 dress for my party.

TenbyChristmas Wed 29-May-13 17:19:47

Bbpants that's still a fabulous loss. Well done! I'm hardcore at it until my holiday in September. Hoping with weight off between now and then and keeping at the exercise to tone the wobbles I won't look too bad. My chums I'm going with are big girls so I won't be the odd one out in a pile of skinny Minnie's.

On a seperate issue, has anyone done/do Yoga? My gym are starting it soon I'd be interested to hear about your views, if its good, beneficial etc. I'm wishing they'd have brought in Pilates to be honest though. (Small local gym)

Wowserz129 Wed 29-May-13 19:40:00

Does it really matter if I have one less shame today? So 2 shakes and a bar?

Mrs Fossil - why don't you try having a low carb meal that won't affect ketosis? Well done on making it through your first week.

Wowser, no I am sure that would be fine. Have you got anything proteiny in the house though? A bit of cheese/chicken etc? Just having a couple of mouthfuls of this will help a bit. I am wondering of you are feeling sick because you aren't eating enough, ie at least 650 calories.

Wowserz129 Wed 29-May-13 20:08:41

Might have a slice of ham! I have been having the four items a day. Might try 3 and a small protein meal tomoro. Hopefully I will wake up feeling fab tomoro lol!!

Wowserz129 Wed 29-May-13 20:18:55

Is 100g of chicken about half a normal chicken breast fillet? Trying to guess for tomoro!

Yes it is roughly. Good luck wowser, hope tomorrow is better.

sammac Wed 29-May-13 21:49:52

Am waving back in awesome wonder at scone...wave...wave...

MyJellybean Wed 29-May-13 23:19:58

Hi all. I just registered and would love to join in the chat. I started Exante diet on 14 May and was surprised at loosing 8lb in first week (start weight was 12st 9lb, height 5'2" & size 14/16). My mum is also doing this diet and lost 12lb in first week. This is the first time I've tried a VLCD or meal replacement. I didn't weigh in last week as bank holiday but know l lost as a sneaky weigh in at home. I had my first 'real' food in 2 weeks on Sunday at a carvery (turkey and veg), I struggled to eat half of it and I'm normally a good eater. Suprised how much I'm looking forward to weigh day on Monday to see how this fortnight has gone.

Wowserz129 Thu 30-May-13 12:42:54

Hi Jellybean! Well done on your first loss that is great!

I am actually not weighing in until the end of week 3! My DP is working away until the 16th of June and instructed him to take the scales with him. Otherwise I just get disheartened if I don't lose as much as I had hoped. So I am weighing in end of week three, end of week 5 and then end of week 7. After that I will probs weigh in every week.

I ran out of bars yesterday so ordered more.

Thought I ordered 20 milk chic Truffa bars as I love them! 20 milk choc praline ones arrived today hmm. Checked the order form and right enough I ordered the praline by mistake. Kicking myself now lol!

TenbyChristmas Thu 30-May-13 14:59:42

Dipped my toe in the Slim and Save pool today and ordered some of the bars and the wine flavouring. Way cheaper than CD. i think last time i got bars from them they were £2.40 each? Am missing chewing lol other than that no headache or anything this time round. I can't help wondering if the exercise is helping? I didn't do any last time I tried the CD. So tempted to get on the scales but going to resist until Monday. I think the weekend will be the real challenge in sticking to diet. The weather here is fabulous and no doubt it'll be BBQ city if it keeps up. Grrrr. Just a question of what Zi want more Eh?!

Had a difficult day today, in a situation where I had no alternative but to have some bread. I have had a measure of how much I think I had - about 40g - and I had one shake this am. So I reckon I must be on about 53g of carbs so protein only for the rest of today.

I had had my daily weighin this am and was 14st 12.5 so I am just hoping that it doesn't knock me out of ketosis. sad

Wowserz129 Thu 30-May-13 19:14:48

I hope it hasn't knocked you out scone! Hopefully not but if not if you get straight back on it I am sure it will have no effect!

I have had a shake, bar, half a chicken breast and some lettuce today. Feels like I have cheated!!

How are you feeling after having had some food? Any better?

MyJellybean Thu 30-May-13 20:41:09

I felt like l had cheated last week just having some prawns instead of my bar and going to carvery another day. I have to start a full week of evening meals from Tuesday and actually a little worried about it!

I believed you could have 60g of carbs. Is that right?

I am sure that's fine Jelly, it is my silly metabolism!

painforlife Thu 30-May-13 21:14:23

Hello ladies,
May I join please? Scone thanks for sharing the link. I've got a lot of weight to loose without exercising as I can't due to physical disability. At my Dr's today I weighed myself & just broke down as I'm over 100kg - the heaviest I've ever been sad so starting tomorrow I'm going on a liquid diet for a month. I will weigh myself on the 30th of June & hopefully I will have come under 100kg!!!

I guess I'm looking for a bit of hand holding to keep me going & would love to hear some tips smile

bbpants Thu 30-May-13 21:16:17

I'm sure you'll be fine Scone - you may find that you just stay the same for a day or two as it sounds as if you've undertaken some damage limitation.

bbpants Thu 30-May-13 21:16:58

Welcome Jelly and Pain!

painforlife Thu 30-May-13 21:18:32

Thanks bbpants smile

leesam Thu 30-May-13 21:24:01

any one tried lipotrim?

painforlife Thu 30-May-13 21:24:19

Omg I just Google my weight I'm 16.5 stones sad I've gotta loose 6 stones at the very least!!! Is that even possible??? I'm having a lot of self doubt as I find it hard to stick to diets. I know this is going tto sound silly but I can't stop crying sad sad sad

Wowserz129 Thu 30-May-13 21:39:03

Leesam I know a few people who have tried lipotrim. Only Negative stuff I have heard is that there is limited meal/flavour choice and that the packets aren't very nice. Some people get on fine though!!

Scone I am feeling much better today thanks. Wonder if I am in ketosis lol!!

I am honestly really worried about eating a proper meal everyday. Don't know why but worry it will affect my losses!

Wowserz129 Thu 30-May-13 21:40:10

Pain for life - 6 stone is very possible. On the slim and save page there is a lady who lost 6 stone in 5 months 1 week.

Wowser, just keep the portions under control and you'll be great. You could look at it as the start of learning those new habits we talked about upthread. smile

Hi pain, nice to see you! On the 17th April that was me, except a bit heavier. I haven't done any exercise either because I am lazy except mow the lawns. It can be done, honestly. Has the doctor ok'ed your juicing idea? I am a bit concerned that if too fruit heavy that it might not help much. You'll need to be super careful about the recipes.

Six stone is doable - of course it is! Plenty of water. Learning to deal with the emotional stuff instead of burying it with food. Do it with us. Come and whinge whenever you feel the need, we'll celebrate your successes and gently kick your arse when needed!

Maybe we should have a roll call of what everybody is doing and how they are getting on?

Scone - start date 17.4.2013 start weight 16st13
Now - 30.5.2013 weight now 14st 12.5
Slim&Save

sammac Thu 30-May-13 22:23:08

hello to jelly and pain. You'll get lots of support here.

bbpants Fri 31-May-13 06:00:35

Well, i've had a last minute reprieve and have stayed the same this week. Disappointed in myself for not losing any, but I have really struggled, so it's a lesson in maintenance!

Bbpants - started 7 Jan 2013 - 17 st 12.5 lb
31 May 2013 - 13 st 13.5 lb
Slim and Save

Wow bb. You have done amazingly well! So inspiring.

(Meant to say, am a quarter pound up this am, so hopefully no real damage done)

sammac Fri 31-May-13 07:39:05

BB, that's great!! Do you think it's easier/ harder the more you go on? You must see a big difference. Have you gone down much in clothes size?

bbpants Fri 31-May-13 07:54:34

Honestly, people are only JUST beginning to notice! I reckon I've gone down two dress sizes ( was squeezed into my clothes before, and the size I've bought now is beginning to get loose). I want to lose another stone by the end of July and hope then I will be in size 16 trousers! Haven't been that size for over 15 years!

For me, it gets easier as you go on because the physical hunger isn't there, but the mental struggle continues. I'm greedy and I LOVE food that's bad for me!! When I struggle, it's my brain that's the problem, not my stomach. My long term maintenance plan is to give in to my inner-greediness on a Friday night only - if I've been good the rest of the week, then I can eat anything I want on Friday night.

Scone - a quarter pound is NOTHING - well done!

MyJellybean Fri 31-May-13 08:13:42

Hi pain, good to hear I'm not the only newby this week.

I wouldn't worry too much about the exercise side, my mother is disabled and is doing Exante diet with me. She weighed 16st and is disabled so also can't exercise at all, she lost 12lb in first week and 5lb in second. I'm a bit like you Scone, I can but haven't as yet.

Jellybean started 14 May 2013 start weight 12st 12lb
31 May 2013. 11st 10lb
ExanteDiet

TenbyChristmas Fri 31-May-13 08:29:17

Good to see more new members! Strength in numbers ladies!

TenbyChristmas started 27th May 2013
Start weight 224lbs Goal 140 by December
Next weigh in 3rd June
Shake that Weight diet

Wowserz129 Fri 31-May-13 09:39:25

I am excited to weigh myself on June 16th. Hopefully I will be in the 12s.

Wowserz - Start date 27/5 (Count before that as a test run as wine gum incident).
Start weight 13 st 7lbs. Slim and save mix between simplicity and lifestyle.
First weigh in end of week 3. June 16th.

milkybarsrus Fri 31-May-13 09:54:31

started begining of April - weighed 13 stone 5. Just had 2 weeks off plan (slim n save) and only gained 3 pounds!. Back on plan day after I got back and now weigh 11 stone 12. Not the fastest losses, but I eat out at least once a week. Have things like salad n steak. chicken kebabs on skewers etc. this week my goal is to try and drink less tea with milk and have more peppermint tea.

Wowserz129 Fri 31-May-13 10:29:08

Milky bar- A stone and a half in 6 weeks is a great amount to lose!

Did you eat bady when you were off plan/come out of ketosis? Just wondering as I have a holiday coming up soonish and not sure how to approach it!

painforlife Fri 31-May-13 10:56:43

hi ladies can anyone explain the slim n save diet to me it seems ur all having great results with it. thank you to all for the inspiring words It has put a smile on my face this morning smile hope ur all well this morning.

start weight : 16 stone 5 lbs start date: 31/5
goal weight : 10 stone 5 lbs

plan for today:
breakfast: a bowl of kellogs frosties, a cup of tea
lunch: a glass of guava juice
dinner: a glass of mango juice
If I feel hungry I'll be drinking lots of water!

TenbyChristmas Fri 31-May-13 11:18:03

Hi painforlife! I'm not too au fait with the slim and save but they have a website. I have ordered some of the meal bars from them. It appears to be essentially the Cambridge diet only considerably cheaper. I'm doing shake that weight, again, pretty much the same thing, 3 shakes and lo carb meal. When I get the bars ill be ditching the lo carb meal completely for one of those. Essential to all the meal replacement diets is ensuring you drink enough water. The more you drink you more you shrink -cd counsellor told me that! Do a bit of research online and see which one takes your fancy. Be prepared though, it's fairly tough at the start, expect to feel hungry a bit and possibly get a headache about day 2. Oh and breath will be a tad, um, unsavoury lol but the results are great if you stick with it and you'll get loads of support here too x

Wowserz129 Fri 31-May-13 11:44:49

Hi pain - I think a plan like slim and save would work better for you with regards to weight loss. Frosties are very carby and sugary and you won't be getting your daily vitamin need from two glasses of fruit juice. I am sure you will still lose weight tho!
Slim and save you get the option of 3 packs or 2 and a bar plus a small protein based meal or just having 4 packs a day/3 and a bar. There's even spaghetti/cheesy pasta/soups packets to choose as well as shakes. You order online and it gets delivered to your door! grin

Just remember wowser that week 3 is notorious for being a stall week - I am sure you'll do really well, but don't start dividing by 3 when you do Wei will you?!

Pain, here is the link to slim n save . I went with them because a. People on here seemed to be having great results and b. because I was too ashamed of myself to go and see another human being about it. I can do this all online and no-one the wiser until they notice the weight loss!

I think you were really brave to see your gp.

Wowserz129 Fri 31-May-13 12:12:55

No I won't! I am tempted to weigh on Tuesday as I will see my DP for his birthday but thought maybe I should wait till a Sunday as its the end of week! I am weird like that, like things to be done in a logical manner.

Really struggling to get water down today!

TenbyChristmas Fri 31-May-13 12:34:42

Just had to pop back on and say wow, am I impressed with slim and save!! Stuff I ordered yesterday has arrived and I only chose the bog standard first class postage option so wasn't expecting it til next week! I got a welcome pack with a brochure explaining everything and a v snazzy pink measuring tape! I ordered the bars and the wine water flavouring AND they have sent me a free shaker as well! Had a nibble at the bar ( went for truffle) quite yummy! Impressed impressed impressed. I think that one of the reasons they are cheaper is the plain packing, CD packets are all branded and this is bound to be expensive. Plus the CDCs must have to get a profit too. I think when my Shake the Weight shakes run out ill get shakes from Slim and Save.

Wowserz129 Fri 31-May-13 12:42:53

The shakes are really nice, especially the chocolate and strawberry!! I love the truffa bars. I nibble my bars so they last ages when I am eating them . Aww I really wish I still had my bar to eat today lol!!

Think they are much cheaper because of cutting out the middle man and also I think maybe part of the expense with Cambridge is paying for the 'label'. Some people like the additional support though. I like to hibernate and come out thin haha!!

TenbyChristmas Fri 31-May-13 12:44:36

I'm going for the Big Reveal tactic as well Wowserz!!! How are you feeling, any improvement? X

I like the hazelnut shakes and the cafe latte. Mmmmm!

Which reminds me, it's lunch time!

Wowserz129 Fri 31-May-13 12:53:31

I am feeling much better thanks. Had a shake and a bar today but struggling to get water down. More so because it makes me go to the toilet every half an hour which is really impractical. How are you getting on? What day are you on now?

I am away on holiday the last week of August/Start of Sept so i am hoping to go down two dress sizes by then and be a 10. So I will get off the plane and everyone will start applauding and taking photographs of me whilst simultaneously handing me chocolate cake while I bask in my size 10 glory grin

MyJellybean Fri 31-May-13 12:56:12

I don't know how much the others cost but Exante is less than £4 per day for a choice of porridge, soup, milkshake, carbonara and bars. You have 3 items a day. The soups and shakes are really thick and taste great. The soups are also thick so I tend to add more water to these.

milkybarsrus Fri 31-May-13 13:58:53

hey Wowzer - the answer to your question is - I ATE WHATEVER I WANTED - pancakes, chips, dressings, doughnuts, you name it, I ate it, limited wine though, but it was planned so that I had everything in place (ordered and delivered) for when I got back. No excuses allowed, like I will start the diet after the kids go back to school. Just got straight back on the wagon. Feel physically better than when I eat normal food hmm not bloated etc and sleep deeper. Also, TOM,which is a usual excuse for me to wait until after that to start a diet due to wanting chocolate. I hope that helps. Can't say its the best way, but I am happy with it, and that means I will carry on, which is a first for me.

Sassee Fri 31-May-13 14:47:01

Ladies I am due to join you.

I placed my slim and save order today.

I've done lighter life before, lost many pounds of both varieties but its gone back on. I've recently had my first baby and enoughs enough. I want this weight (at least 6-7 stone) shifted, by Xmas would be nice.

I want to be a thin mummy and a healthy mummy. I also love the idea of going back to work next April a new woman!

It's going to be a bumpy road and I'm expecting tears in the early days but I need to focus because staying as I am is not an option right now.

elah11 Fri 31-May-13 17:12:33

On day 5 here and ketosis kicked in on day3 which was great, I feel much better now! I am resisting weighing myself til day 7 (mon) smile

Wowserz129 Fri 31-May-13 22:05:54

Since ketosis (yay!) has kicked in I am really struggling to get all 3 shakes and a bar down or protein meal. Really don't fancy it, how weird is that because on Wednesday I could have chopped off my right arm to have some food!!

elah11 Fri 31-May-13 22:09:38

I wish I felt like that wowserz! I am definitely ready to eat once its time for a shake, although I do find I am full quickly which is great.

Wowserz129 Fri 31-May-13 22:26:39

It will probably swing in roundabouts so in a few days you aren't fussed to eat but I will be ready!

My MIL just emailed me a really nice pizza place menu and said to pick out all the things me and DP want as she is going to order it to ours on Tuesday when it's his birthday. They don't live in the same country as us so they normally do this when they aren't hear for a family meal. It all looks soooo good lol!

I just have to focus on getting through the next 5 weeks and then I will have a week off plan and then back on it for 6/7 weeks.

freckles21 Sat 01-Jun-13 08:59:10

Wow, I read this thread last night and this morning. I had already decided to start with boossh, and this thread has inspired me. I am ordering my packs on Monday but already have some, so will start vlcd on Tuesday. Got an exam for uni on Monday so will need a clear head.
You are all an inspiration, I never normally join these forums but you have all given me the confidence to do so.
Here's to smaller us.