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


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.

TisILeclerc Sun 24-Mar-13 15:34:05

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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:

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

Chilli con carne
Spicy spaghetti
All of the bars

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!


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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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....

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.


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


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.

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.