100lb challenge

(210 Posts)
Whale2Waif Wed 17-Apr-13 09:28:02

Oh yes, that's right. I need to lose 100lbs.

I'm doing this mainly to give myself a big kick and if it's on here I will update and hopefully keep my motivation.

So does anyone else need to lose a scary amount of weight and would like to join me? I've sorted my gym membership and downloaded mfp (but not sure if I'll be sticking with it).

I can't believe it has come to this blush angry.

D0oinMeCleanin Wed 17-Apr-13 09:32:10

I'm doing a 90 day challenge thingy where I have to complete some kind of fitness test thingy after 90 days and loose 3 stone.

I'll join (I have more than three stone to loose, but that's the goal for the 90 days)

I have MFP but don't always remember to track everything, plus is it only 'allows' 1300 calories for me, which I am not convinced is healthy and it seems to think that 30 minutes on the cross trainer burns over 600 calories, which seems too many to me.

MadCap Wed 17-Apr-13 09:36:21

Hi I'll join! I've got 8 stone to lose so count me in. I've re-committed myself to ww and to doing zumba at least once a week. Also got myself a pedometer.

MadCap Wed 17-Apr-13 09:38:06

I lost 1.5 last week. I weigh in on Tuesday nights and my first stone off treat is a new dress from Boden.

caykon Wed 17-Apr-13 09:56:22

I will join too, think I will follow slimming world at home. going to try and sort my eating first, then tackle my lack of exercise. It seems such an enormous task, and makes my head spin thinking about it :-(

lardybum Wed 17-Apr-13 12:40:30

Me too. I started off needing to lose 92lbs at the start of the year, and I am now down to 70lbs to lose. Really could do with somewhere to post and spur me on. I have my wedding to slim down for, so that is my aim by next year.

I am doing it by WW and C25K which is 3 times a week. I also go on the exercise bike doing 15 miles twice a week. I weigh in on Fridays, so when I see good results, I won't want a take away over the weekend to ruin it! A way to keep me going.

Good luck all, here is to a fitter, healthier us!

HeySoulSister Wed 17-Apr-13 18:51:07

ive lost 3 stone 1 pound through low carbing!!

also completed c25k,which is the second time....this time i joined a running club to keep me motivated. its great!! also a 3x weekly bootcamp

going to do some juicing for some meals too......more in line with paleo eating plan

swimming....friend wants to go....so a new cossie and we are away

got 3 stone left to shift. loving feeling fitter and healthier....and dd who is 18 is starting c25k with me,i will buddy her!!

Owllady Wed 17-Apr-13 18:52:23

hello can I join? I lost 51lb but need to lose another 2 stone really (how many lbs is that)

Owllady Wed 17-Apr-13 18:53:42

I have, rather surprisingly, been given a carers grant so as of next week i have a swimming and aqua class pass (unlimited shock) it will obviously ean getting my disgusting cellulite out and walking in front of people with hardly anything on sad

Owllady Wed 17-Apr-13 18:54:18

I will need a shave as well

sorry to lower tone and post so many posts that could have been included in one blush

D0oinMeCleanin Wed 17-Apr-13 19:31:56

I had to shave especially for swimming on Monday. I used to love swimming, I swam for my school in comps at one point but on Monday I was over taken by an 80 something year old woman wearing a flotation belt blush

Owllady Wed 17-Apr-13 21:04:46

oh god i know
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Whale2Waif Wed 17-Apr-13 21:28:50

Welcome welcome one and all, glad I have some company.

Something about MFP doesn't sit right with me, I've tried and given up on it a few times I'd rather just track calories on my phone. I should have just left it alone after the first time.

Well done to everyone who has lost weight so far. Seems like everyone has a plan as to how they are going to go about losing weight and getting healthy. Great to see!

Would anyone like to share their stories of how they have to got to where they are and what has motivated you to change?

HobKnob Wed 17-Apr-13 22:29:46

Hey OP

Good luck on your journey. I've been doing SW for 18 months and have lost 131lb so far (almost 9.5st). I still have about 3.5 st to go but wanted to encourage you that it is do-able.

IMO it has to be a complete change of attitude towards food and a change of lifestyle. I have changed my habits for life, not just for a quick fix. Going to SW group every week has really helped me stay on track and give a focus to my journey.

Most important things are to believe in your ability to do it, and to be kind to yourself.

Whale2Waif Wed 17-Apr-13 23:10:19

That's some serious weight loss, I have no words for how incredible that is. Well done.

My friend is doing SW and loves it.

D0oinMeCleanin Wed 17-Apr-13 23:29:03

Well done HobKnob.

I've just tried to do 30 minutes on my cross trainer but gave up after 15 sad, still it all adds up. Did fat camp homework too, which involves star jumps, which I and my pelvic floor both hate grin

I was always slim, fit and active growing up. I did figure skating, then moved on to speed skating and always did lots of walking and swimming, running about with family dogs etc. Right up until I met DH.

He had a massive takeaway habit, but also a weight problem and felt self concious eating alone, so would sulk if I didn't eat with him. In the end it became easier to just eat with him. I had honestly never even thought of having my dinner and then a huge supper, nor had I tried Indian or most Chinese dishes and didn't even like Pizza, until I met DH, but it slowly became habit and as the pounds piled on the exercise slowly stopped.

I've tried every diet going, but without DH on board it's been hard and I've eventually caved and had takeout with him and that was the end of another diet. DH is a sucker for freebies and when he spotted an ad from my old trainer, offering three months free personal training sessions and nutritional support for families needing to loose 70lbs or more, he jumped at the chance. I am hoping that with the added support of the trainer we both might stick to it and if he veers off track I can tattle on him to the trainer grin

I have no idea what I weigh now, nor do I want to know, fat camp teacher will tell me what I have lost and that is all I need to know. I know when I met DH just after I had dd1, I was a size 8 and weighed 9st11. I am now a size 22 and last time I weighed myself (at size 20) I weighed 16st7, so it's a lot, 17 stone or more I'd guess.

The trainer has given us a target of 3 stone each to lose in the 90 days and will eventually tell of us of the fitness challenge he has in mind for the end of it, which I have no doubt will be hellish, but it's helping.

I put my maternity cosy on to go swimming on Monday, one that I bought when I was 6 months pregnant with dd1. I just wore a larger, normal cosy in the end, because the maternity one hung off me all through pregnancy, I could barely get it on Monday sad That was a shock to say the least.

chirpchirp Wed 17-Apr-13 23:51:23

Hi, same boat. Need to lose at least 85lb to get me just into a healthy bmi.

A week and a half in and things are going well. Started at 235 now 230, next weigh in Friday morning (have been weighing tues and fri on the good scales at Boots on my way to work)

Started yoga on tues, trying a gravity machine class on Friday and kettle bell class on Monday. Depending on energy, time and weather might attempt starting C25K.

I can do this! I've done it before and incredibly angry that over five years have undone all my hardwork. I could tell you all my excuses as to why I've let my weight get out of control again but none of them are good enough. Just have to stay positive and get off my ass, stop eating rubbish and keep motivated.

What is your plan whale are you going in for a strict diet or just cutting out what you know is rubbish?

BallerinaZeena Thu 18-Apr-13 00:19:37

Hello. I'll jump on board! I have stones and stones to lose. Have joined WW.

I've just started - plan to lose a few stone before exercising again (aerobics classes etc). Am just too fat to do anything useful at the moment.

AngelinaJoliesBeard Thu 18-Apr-13 00:53:42

Hiya! Ill jump on too! I haven't got as far as thinking how ill be losing the weigh (like which diet and what not) but I have about 85lb to lose to get back the size I want to be. I made a start on exercise today by going for a walk. It knackered me haha. My motivation to actually finally lose this weight is a combination of noticing health problems as a result of being overweight and also finding pictures of myself at my goal weight. I can't believe I used to think I was fat back then! Definitely fat now though haha.

Whale2Waif Thu 18-Apr-13 07:30:01

My problem is I eat my emotions, it's that I need to sort out. I also just what is to hand rather than making effort to get healthy stuff. Meal planning and calorie counting wee second nature to me and now I have to double check calories in everything making it time consuming and ultimately I can't be bothered.

Been looking at C25K and think I might give that a go but I'm so scared I'll see someone I know and be totally embarrassed!

chirpchirp Thu 18-Apr-13 07:40:11

Don't be embarrassed to start running whaletowaif. Your doing something positive and taking control. Be proud that your trying to do something about your weight.

Whale2Waif Thu 18-Apr-13 09:31:10

I could do it on the treadmill at the gym at first, don't know anyone there so don't care.

I know I should feel proud but folk love to judge sad.

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 18-Apr-13 16:26:37

Running on a treadmill is a good idea. When I used to run, long, long ago, I found treadmills boring, but that was before they invented ipods grin

I've been to fat camp today. I am become increasingly convinced that the trainer wants to kill me. He made me do 6 minutes of alternating squats/press up with no breaks and as if that was not bad enough he then made me do 20 star jumps (which I hate) and five squats - ten times in a row shock

I'm now ready for bed wink

I may try and have go at the cross trainer again tonight, if I regain the feeling in my legs grin

Diet has been good. Been sticking to mainly lower carb, no white carby things, lean proteins etc. I've managed to stick at about 1500 calories a day, which is more than MFP says I should have, but I'm sure 1500 will be fine. It's mainly veg.

chirpchirp Thu 18-Apr-13 17:36:18

Lots of walking about with DS today and if DH gets home before 7 will head to an exercise class tonight.

Fish cake salad for dinner and then weighing in in the morning. Really hoping another few pounds have melted away!

Whale2Waif Thu 18-Apr-13 20:12:13

Can you get an app (android) that tracks the route you are waddling and tells you the distance and records your time and stuff?

Clearly technologically minded hmm.

BallerinaZeena Thu 18-Apr-13 20:14:36

The Nike running app is supposed to be good smile

Whale2Waif Thu 18-Apr-13 20:20:35

Oh dear that was meant to be walking, maybe waddling was right!

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 18-Apr-13 20:26:20

Endomondo.

It's free and tracks, time, route, average speed, calories and other stuff.

HeySoulSister Thu 18-Apr-13 20:57:09

dooin what is fat camp? sounds similiar to a bootcamp i go to

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 18-Apr-13 22:35:54

It's personal training sessions. We're getting free one on one support for three months from a local trainer as part of a family weightloss/fitness challenge.

It's run by my old bootcamp teacher, though, and the exercises are very similar but because there is only me there he can tell when I am taking too many sips of water when I should be doing burpees grin

BallerinaZeena Fri 19-Apr-13 00:02:53

Sorry Whale should have said what DoIn did - doesn't matter if you use the app for walking or running. That's just the name of the app!

chirpchirp Fri 19-Apr-13 10:50:55

Friday morning weighing - another 2lbs off - now 228. Just realised that half a stone in two weeks!

DH was working late last night so didn't manage to get to a class but did do some sort of attempt of exercise around the house. Had a joiner in finishing off the bathroom so didn't feel confident enough to put on my shred DVD and give it yaldy but I was still moving!

Going to check out a "gravity" class tonight. Looks tough but fun.

Next weigh in is Tuesday (to stop me going daft over the weekend!).

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Whale2Waif Fri 19-Apr-13 11:19:24

Well done chirp. Never thought of weighing before and after weekend, might give that a go.

Let us know how your gravity class goes, never heard of them and I'm intrigued.

HeySoulSister Fri 19-Apr-13 11:35:03

Ha ha dooin

My bootcamp instructer can be like that! They don't miss a trick, sounds fab

I don't mind the burpees too much, it's the squats and lunges that kill me!

chirpchirp Fri 19-Apr-13 12:18:33

Will do Whaletowaif. I never used to but found myself sitting down on a Friday night thinking "it's fine! I'll have another glass of rum - I've got a whole week to burn it off". Weighing Tues and Fri has made me much more disciplined and focused.

lardybum Sun 21-Apr-13 13:34:10

Been mega busy so not had time to come on.

I weighed Friday and I am another 2lb down, so 68 to go. I am surprised I even lost last week as I ended up having a naughty take away one night as I was out all day and didn't get in till stupid o'clock. I also have injured my foot, so only managed one run so I am glad I still had a loss. Back on it hard this week to make up for slacking!

Keep up the good work everyone! Fat camp sounds really good!

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Apr-13 07:56:32

How was everyone's weekend?

Mines not been too bad, I've been working split shifts so exercise has not been great, tbh, but I've tried to do something each day. On Sat I did 15 mins on the cross trainer and Sunday I did 30 Day Shred level 1. Diet has been fair, I think.

I'm going swimming today and cleaning the yard, which is always hard work. I need to be really careful this week because I am going out for my birthday on Friday and quite fancy having a 'night off' and ordering what I like.

It's weigh in time at fat camp tomorrow.

sparkle12mar08 Mon 22-Apr-13 08:08:10

For those unhappy with MFP - have a good poke around within the settings bits. At it's basic ones it's unsuitable for most people, but it's advantage is that it's emminently customisable. You can set calories goals and also macro goals - MFP's protein settings are too low even for an anorexic mouse frankly! It's well worth spending half an hour or so setting it up properly for your own individual needs rather than accepting it's defaults. On food, I have mine custom set to 1400 (net) calories, 105g protein, and 105g carbs, the rest coming from fat. On exercise integration I have mine set to lightly active but with no other built in exercises, that way I can choose to eat back all, a proportion, or none of the extra cals depending on how I feel, what my aims are, and how I've done across the week.

chirpchirp Mon 22-Apr-13 08:59:08

Thanks for the MFP tips Sparkle. I do use it but not religiously. If find it really handy if we're going out to dinner at a chain restaurant to help me figure out if the salad on the menu that I think is healty really is or if I'd be better off with something else.

Gravity class was brilliant. It's kind of like a pilates machine so you use your own weight (I'm my case that quite substantial!) for a full body work out. Really liked it on Friday and went back again Saturday morning for another shot.

My friend and I are going to check out a kettle bell class tonight, which I'm geniunely a little scared of -If i don't check back in you'll find me in a heap on the gym floor! Already finding that doing a little exercise everyday is spuring me on to do more and I have so much more energy. Feeling good to be back in the right head space to lose this weight.

Hope you all had a good weekend.

PaisleyPashmina Mon 22-Apr-13 17:29:55

Please can I join? I've lived with my rugby playing OH for 4 years and now weigh more than he does blush

100lbs is what I need to lose to get back to a healthy BMI. I've started using MFP to keep on track of my calories and I've just started level one of 30DS. Planning to combine this with an hours swim 3 times a week and 30 min walking the dog up a ridiculously steep hill every night! Does that seem enough exercise?

I like the idea of weighing before/after the weekend as that's when takeaways get far too appealing!

BallerinaZeena Mon 22-Apr-13 19:52:44

Monday evening check in - five pounds lost. First week of proper trying so expect to lose less per week from now on but still pleased with it!

chirpchirp Mon 22-Apr-13 22:40:26

Well done ballerina. That's a great start.

Welcome paisley. That sounds like a good effort on the exercise front.

Well the kettle bells very nearly killed me. 45 minutes of intense craziness but boy does it feel like its doing good. Definitely going back but I'm only going to achieve my goals if I push myself. Nice relaxing bath and an episode of the biggest loser on YouTube to keep spurring me on. Got to start thinking of some (none food related rewards). Thinking massage after I've shifted the first stone.

Weigh in tomorrow, will check back in then.

chirpchirp Tue 23-Apr-13 10:47:43

Morning.

Weigh in this morning and I've managed to loose another 2lbs since Friday grin. Next one on Friday and I've a yoga class, 30DS and a 5k walk/run planned in between now and then. Still being fairly restrictive in my diet but no longer craving sweets like I used.

Hope your all good.

Starting weight 235, current weight 226

D0oinMeCleanin Tue 23-Apr-13 18:06:20

Weigh in at fat camp reckons I have lost 22lb in two weeks confused

Methinks some scales have gone wrong somewhere. I mean, I've been training hard, getting active each day and stickingt to his nutrition plan but 22lbs? That is not possible, surely?

MadCap Tue 23-Apr-13 20:01:31

Evening all. 2.5 off this week at my Tuesday night weigh in. Have been bad as haven't been tracking, but I've been walking loads. Ds has recently started preschool and doesn't do all the same sessions as his sister. It adds 3-4 miles a week smile

lardybum Tue 23-Apr-13 20:34:02

Doing, it is possible especially at the start and depending on your weight. I have watched The Biggest Loser and am shocked at the amount they lose on that a week.

If you have done loads of exercise and really eating healthy, then the scales may be right. Well done grin

BallerinaZeena Tue 23-Apr-13 21:01:58

Well done madcap!

And what's fat camp?! I want to go if you lose 22lbs in two weeks!

PaisleyPashmina Tue 23-Apr-13 21:12:17

Wow well done everyone on their losses! Can I ask how many calories you all aim for?

I would love to see an example of what you eat per day, D0oing

chirpchirp Tue 23-Apr-13 21:31:09

Woah! Well done D0oing! That's spectacular!

What does your boot camp and diet involve? Are you low carbing?

Just off to yoga, really need a good stretch after last night's kettle bell hell!

chirpchirp Tue 23-Apr-13 21:33:49

paisley I'm aiming for 1200 net, using MFP is really helping.

Jayne266 Tue 23-Apr-13 21:51:59

Can I join? I need to lose over 100lb and am lost and need guidance. An so unhappy with my weight its affecting every part of my life. Congrats on the successful weight loss so far.

lardybum Tue 23-Apr-13 22:50:11

I also am aiming for 1200 calories a day.

Welcome Jayne. What is your plan to lose weight? I'm sure you will be with us glaring on our weight loss in no time smile

And yes, I agree. Fat camp sounds amazing!

I measured myself before, and within a month, I have lost 2 inches from around my bust, an inch off my waist, an inch off my thighs and half an inch from my hips/bum. Not lost any on my arms though, but I haven't really been doing any exercises for my arms, so that'll be changing from now on. Just done a load of reps with the weights in different ways too, so hopefully worked every muscle in my upper armsgrin

Rather chuffed with the loss though within a month! Yay!

chirpchirp Tue 23-Apr-13 23:44:47

Welcome jayne the more the merrier.

Well done lardy that's brilliant. Are you weighing yourself too or just measurements? After two gravity classes, one kettle bell class and two weeks of healthy eating I can really see a difference in my arms so if that's a problem area maybe see if there are any classes in your area.

Jayne266 Wed 24-Apr-13 06:56:48

Am not sure I have tried so many diets am trying to see which ones are working best for a larger weight loss goal.

D0oinMeCleanin Wed 24-Apr-13 07:39:38

Fat camp exercise is based on something called HIIT (High intensity interval training) basically he gives me an exercise and I have to put 110% into until I think I am going to die, for 30 seconds, then I get 30 seconds rest before doing something else. He normally does horrible high intensity cardio (star jumps, sprinting or boxing etc) following by a recovery followed by a strength exercise then rest then cardio. Normally each 'round' has 6 sets of different exercises and you repeat each round two - three times before getting a couple of minutes to establish whether you are actually dying before starting again. I do this twice a week, but he also gives us 'homework' based on the same structure, normally 10 minutes x 2 a day. Plus I am adding longer dog walks and 30 day shred on the days I don't train with him.

His diet is lower in carb but not the point of atkins or paleo. I'll normally have one carby meal a day, so for example on Saturday I had a protein shake for breakfast, homemade made burger in a bun with roasted parsnips and sweet potato and homemade coleslaw for lunch (the bun being my 'carb' for the day) and a three egg mushroom omlette for supper with a nutty snack bar for my snack (I love 9 bars and nak'd pecan pie bars). Or I might have porridge, peanut butter and banana for breakfast, crab salad for lunch and chicken breast with veg (no potato) for dinner.

22lbs is amazing but I am still struggling to believe it. I had been thinking my clothes were getting looser but it just seems like too much to me, either way what he's doing is working so I am ecstatically pleased.

Well done to everyone on their weightloss. I think I have it a bit easier atm with having the trainer/nutritionist giving me so much support.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 24-Apr-13 07:45:16

Hello! Can I join please? I have 60lb to lose.

lardybum Wed 24-Apr-13 09:31:56

Thank you chirp. Yes, I am weighing myself every Friday morning (lost 10lbs in last month) and doing the measurements on the 22nd of each month but I forgot this month so was a day late lol. I will definitely look into it, but I have 2 kids with chicken pox at the moment so will be a couple of weeks before I can start sad

Jayne, I have heard loads of great stories about the low carbing and 5:2 diet, but I am finding it easy on weight watchers. I have found some meals which I really love, and I bulk them up with veg. Good luck with choosing, once you have done that, you are well on your way!

D0oing, it does sound awesome. My muscles hurt just thinking about it haha! I think I would actually die!

Welcome Zola. What is your plan of action?

ZolaBuddleia Wed 24-Apr-13 15:24:10

The plan is to reduce carbs, have improved a lot over the past few weeks in terms of chocolate bingeing. I've done WW in the past with great results, but it doesn't suit me long term.

Exercise-wise, I'm going to buy some decent trainers and get out walking. Too heavy for running, each step makes me feel my shins are splitting. I'm a pretty good swimmer, so planning to get in the pool (and hope Greenpeace don't put a cordon round me).

ZolaBuddleia Wed 24-Apr-13 15:24:39

I should say 60lb is an estimate, too afeared to get on the scales.

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 25-Apr-13 08:19:55

DH has weighed himself on some special NHS scales at his work and has confirmed that they say the same as the scales we use for fat camp, so they must be right shock

He and both of my sister's who are also dieting are now demanding to know exactly what I have been eating and how much exercise I have been doing grin

My youngest sister who lives away is joking that when she comes home for two weeks next month she is staying with me, instead of our parents and will eat what I do when I do and exercise with me and copy my day exactly.

lardybum Thu 25-Apr-13 11:47:49

Sounds like a good plan for you then Zola.

Well done D0oin, bet you're well chuffed grin. I might just have to join your sister on that one wink

I did 27km on the bike yesterday, and also did the c25k week2run3 last night along with the weights exercises for my arms, and I threw in 30 sit ups too, so feeling a bit achy today but I ain't going to let it stop me!

Keep up the good work everyone! I have 2 months to go till Race for Life so I have no room for slacking. Eeek!

chirpchirp Thu 25-Apr-13 14:49:35

Hope you'll be charging her D0oing wink

Well done lardy. Is race for life 5 or 10 K ?

I don't work wed/thurs and these are usually the days I wreck my diet as I eat when I'm on my own in the house. Yesterday took DS swimming then soft play and then onto the zoo. Today I'm going to be around the house a bit more but have resisted temptation so far! 5k walk/run tonight and weighing in tomorrow morning. Really keeping fingers crossed for another 2lbs as that will take me to under 16 stone.

Keep up the good work everyone

lardybum Thu 25-Apr-13 19:58:07

It is 5k, going to hopefully go for the 10k next year.

It is official now, just signed up. Eeek. I have till the 29th June to train as much as possible and raise as much as I can. Nervous doesn't even cover it grin

Good luck chirp on tonights run!

BallerinaZeena Thu 25-Apr-13 20:26:26

Are you cycling on the road lardy? I find bikes in the gym really easy but proper cycling mega tough!

Speaking of mega tough, how are your alcohol intakes? I'm doing weight watchers so steering clear of wine during the week but really missing it!! Especially on gorgeous evenings like this!

chirpchirp Thu 25-Apr-13 20:48:52

Good luck lardy I did the Moonwalk two years ago and it was definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done.

zeena I've completely cut it out for now amd not missing it at all although haven't really been tested so far. I've had two nights out and have had to drive on both of them anyway so haven't been open to temptation! When my best friends gets home from Spain for the summer will be the real test on that front!!

lardybum Fri 26-Apr-13 08:20:51

Ballerina, I am doing it on an exercise bike. I don't own a bike currently but I do recall finding it much harder.

Thank you chirp, going to need all the luck I can get grin

So, today is my weigh in day. I have lost another 2lbs again so 66 more to go. Can't believe I am weighing in the 100's now, very happy about that!

chirpchirp Fri 26-Apr-13 09:02:02

Morning! Weigh in this morning - another 2lbs off smile Now 224 and a total loss of 11lbs in a little under three weeks. The fact that I'm wearing a pair of work trousers today that I haven't been able to get into since before Christmas is also cause for celebration!

Congratulations lardy! 100s is brilliant. Can't wait to get to there myself and that is definitely my next target.

Going out for our anniversary tonight. No booze, main course only, probably fish (I love fish) and no dessert. then home for a childfree night with DH smile

Have a great weekend. Next weight in for me is Tuesday.

D0oinMeCleanin Fri 26-Apr-13 09:25:03

Well done Chirp and Lardy and good luck on Race For Life, do you have a sponsorship page? DH wants to do The Great North Run next year for his nephew, so you'll have to give us some training tips grin

I'm out tonight for my birthday and plan on drinking dangerous amounts of Vodka, so must find some way to burn it all off on Saturday and Sunday. Apparently the PT has some ideas and will be messaging me [wibble]

I own a mountain bike, he knows this, he also knows I live near a mountain that pretends to be a hill [scared]

lardybum Fri 26-Apr-13 16:32:58

I do on Just Giving, set it up last night. Yikes! Lol.

I am useless when it comes to running, but I know the best tip of all is to make sure you buy good running shoes. Also I am following the couch to 5k podcast which trains you within 9 weeks, and there is also a 10k app which I will be following once I have completed this one.

Thank you chirp, I am officially 199lbs so only just into the 100's lol.

Sounds like you are both set for a lovely evening, enjoy :D

I have done my half an hour on the bike, and the sit ups and weights and so on. Just my jog after dinner to do and then it is home, hot bath, and wine in that order wink

Have a good weekend everyone!

ZolaBuddleia Mon 29-Apr-13 12:45:57

Eek. Braved the scales this morning and I need to lose 60lb. Have started a thread about trainers, do any of you ladies have any suggestions for good trainers for walking? Tried on some Brooks and didn't find them comfortable.

chirpchirp Mon 29-Apr-13 13:46:10

Well done Zola - now you know what you're aiming for. Sorry can't help you on the trainers front. I just go for whatever I like the look of, is comfortable and on sale in Sports Direct (at the moment a pair of Puma IDcell if that means anything to anyone).

I started the weekend with such good intentions - behaved at my anniversary meal - no booze lots of fish. Then Saturday spent the afternoon with our neighbours whilst all of our kids played in the sunshine and that kind of carried on into the evening - finally getting home at 2am!. I was still good on the food front but definitely had one too many rums. Then because of that felt horrible and hung over yesterday and just wanted to eat all day. Managed to be somewhat restrained but certainly not looking forward to tomorrows weigh in with as much glee as previously. Going to beast it at Kettle hell bell tonight to see if I can undo any of the damage. Will be happy if I've maintained at this one. Hope you've all been better behaved this weekend than me!

lardybum Wed 01-May-13 22:03:02

No idea on the trainers I am afraid.

Well done on restraining yourself chirp!

Well, I turned ill out the blue and nearly needed rushing to hospital. Got chronic gastritis and also a stomach ulcer which was suspected to of burst but thankfully, the strong meds I was given got my stomach back under control. Still in quite a bit of discomfort, but nothing anywhere near as horrible as I was in Monday morning. Lost appetite of course, but my stomach is so swollen, I feel like I have ate a whole horse! No exercise either, and been told I am not allowed for a short while until my stomach heals and settles, so I shall be relying on healthy eating and healthy eating only for the next week or so.

Good luck everyone! Keep up the good work!

MatureUniStudent Fri 03-May-13 21:03:24

Hello, I have lost 28 lbs so far (since Sept 2012) and have (gulp) 59 lbs to go. And then I can reassess if I want to lose the last stone.

Its so hard, when you decide to lose weight, that it takes so long. But I am speeding up the process by cutting out all alcohol and I don't eat breakfast. I have a ready meal of around 450 calories and cook a healthy Slimming World inspired dinner.

I have used my web cam to take photos each few weeks, and kept a diary about how I feel. I am also measuring my under bust, waist and hips and recording those.

I have lost 4.5" on my waist and a few from my hips. Looking back at what I was to what I am really helps as it is easy to say "sod it" and reach for the chocolate or crisps! What's really surprised me is that I seem to have more energy (the DC have commented on it) and am down on my thyroxine medication.

So I am keeping myself going, tea when I feel hungry between meals with a lot of determination - According to Boden (my reward too) I have 13" to go on my waist before I am the size I want to be.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 04-May-13 09:05:06

Good on yer! 28lb is great! My weigh in is Monday, feel like the week has gone ok, but yes, it's SO SLOW!

MatureUniStudent Sat 04-May-13 10:27:17

Am using Slim Be in the mornings when I am starving. They seem to really help take hunger pangs away. I keep visualising September when I should be 3 Stone lighter confused

ZolaBuddleia Sun 05-May-13 10:53:54

Weighed in this morning, a day early because I felt I needed motivation. Have lost 3lb in my first week/6 days. 57 to go!

chirpchirp Mon 06-May-13 10:42:59

Well done Zola - hope that keeps your motivation up!

I'm really back on it and focused today. Last week DS was ill all week and I probably wasn't as strict with myself as I should have been. Also had a three big events over the weekend and although I wasn't drinking I probably indulged a little more than I have been doing in previous weeks.

Will weigh in on Friday and see what the damage is!

Tonight is kettle bell and I've managed to rope in a couple of poor unsuspecting friends to join me.

I've also started to declutter my house a little bit which always seems to have an influence over the other choices I make re food and drink. It's very strange!

Hope everyone is doing well and despite any wobbles is still going for it.

Whale2Waif Mon 06-May-13 12:39:59

Hello everyone, sorry I vanished. RL getting in the way.

Weigh in this morning says 14lbs gone since november 82lbs to go!

chirpchirp Mon 06-May-13 13:54:20

Hi W2W Good to have you back. Well done on your loss so far.

SoleSource Mon 06-May-13 20:33:46

I'l joining soon

Have 250lb to lose

100lb first!

chirpchirp Mon 06-May-13 20:58:10

Hi solesource glad of the extra members!

Have you got a plan in mind? I think most of us are heading down the old fashioned eating less and moving more route. Be proud of yourself for making the decision to make a change.

I'm just back from kettle bell. It's horrible challenging, but you can totally feel every inch of fat getting a little less wobbly with every squat!

SoleSource Mon 06-May-13 21:00:27

I want to low carb. I will start in next twi weeks. Not joining a club yet, may do SW. I learn't the most from that plan.

lardybum Tue 07-May-13 14:01:21

Hello to all the newbies to the thread, and loads of luck with your journey with us!

Well, I am back to being ok now. Keep getting random odd pains in my stomach, but seems ok today so I am going to go on a jog tonight. Ain't got long to go till the Race for Life so I REALLY need to get back on it.

Also got the 30 day shred, which I may do every other day (alternating with the jogging) and see if I see any improvements on that.

So, no exercise for 11 days now, and I had a naughty BBQ at the weekend but didn't over indulge. Dreading weigh in this week still!!

Not sure whether to be frightened or pleasantly surprised with the kettle bell you have mentioned chirp wink

SoleSource Tue 07-May-13 14:29:07

Hi all

Hopefully hiring a Lifestyle Fitness treadmill for home use. Guy coming for a site check at my home.

Really excited

Can burn pounds at home

Yipeeee

cq Tue 07-May-13 15:02:17

Hey, can I join you all? I have been kick started by the brilliant thread about lightbulb moments and that motivated me to get on the scales. I am 205 lbs and disgusted with myself.

Like the idea on here of just eating less & moving around more, I think that will fit in with my family and life better.

So, today's the day. Porridge for breakfast, egg salad for lunch, 5 mile dog walk.

Am going to find out about a local boot camp but can't start till next week as doing the Moonwalk (half) on Saturday and I don't want any aching muscles for that!

lardybum Tue 07-May-13 20:42:17

That sounds fab Sole!

Welcome cq, and good luck for Saturday!

I just got back from my jog, and I surprised myself with how well I did! I WILL finish this Race for Life god damn it!

ZolaBuddleia Wed 08-May-13 09:05:49

How's everyone doing? OP, that's brill! Well done!

[brief diversion - Sole, did you move to the house by the cemetery in the end?]

SoleSource Wed 08-May-13 10:45:35

Hi Zola.smile

No, the tennants decided to stay put. Fuckin time wasters!!!

ZolaBuddleia Wed 08-May-13 10:53:01

Pah. Well, they'll be first in line during the zombie apocalypse.

You ladies who've lost loads, any tips for keeping motivation up? I've lost weight before and at 6 weeks have always drifted off course.

SoleSource Wed 08-May-13 10:59:22

grin Zola

I think they are too picky, bastards.

chirpchirp Fri 10-May-13 14:23:21

Glad you're feeling better lardy - Frightened is the appropriate response to kettle bell - I really can't stress just how awful it is but I used an online calorie calculator to work out how much a burnt at the class and it estimated 900 calories in a 45 minute class! Worth the fear and pain I reckon!

Hi cq Good luck with the Moonwalk. I did it the year before last, it's really tough but for such a good cause. I'm sure you'll manage the half no bother - I remember feeling deeply jealous of thoes people when the road forked and I knew I had another 13 miles ahead of me!

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Oh and I did weigh in today and I'm still not under 16 stone and am therefore sulking whilst I cry into unsweetned porridge! I seriously think all I need to do is look at a packet of crisps and I gain a pound! I'm putting it down to being on my period and retaining water hmm

Gravity class tonight, tomorrow morning and then a nice long walk Sunday before Star Trek smile

chirpchirp Fri 10-May-13 16:35:09

In other news I'm utterly delighted that the glutons at my work have finally finished the malteaser slice/white chocolate fudge that someone brought into. Me and my will of steal managed to abstain but it was tough! Heathy dinner purchased and a booze free weekend awaits!

ZolaBuddleia Fri 10-May-13 17:00:58

Oh god, I've just eaten a pack of liquorice allsorts. Shite. In a blind, gob stuffing blur, even the weird blue medicinal ones.

chirpchirp Sun 12-May-13 09:53:38

Ahhh these things happen zola. Write it off and don't look back (but seriously, liquorice allsorts? Bleurgh!) smile.

WarmAndFuzzy Sun 12-May-13 14:52:54

Can I join too?

I think 100 lbs should just about do it, day one is today at 148 lbs and I'm going to be doing 1200 cals/day and lots of walking and Wii Fit. Exercise classes and slimming clubs are mostly out of the question as I have a very demanding full time job, two primary age children, and a DH that stays in the office until 10 most nights (I like to think dedicated more than workaholic) - and I'm not giving up the nights I go out with my friends for anything grin

My first goal is two stone in three months. Happy to obsess with anyone on here doing something similar!

jchocchip Sun 12-May-13 16:49:19

Can I join? I'm doing mfp and c25k with a bit of swimming and cycling. Weight loss a bit stalled, really want get below 18 stone 250 lbs and would like to lose another stone this year...

jchocchip Sun 12-May-13 16:53:18

What is your goal weight warm and fuzzy ? You will be dead at 48lb!

chirpchirp Sun 12-May-13 22:14:49

Hi warmandfuzzy and jchocchip hope you've had a good weekend.

Have been fairly well behaved this weekend - two exercises classes, no booze and healthy dinners. Weigh in Tuesday so hopefully it will be reflected on the scales. Jeans are definitely feeling a bit looser so fingers crossed.

qazxc Sun 12-May-13 22:41:23

Can I join? I don't know how much i weigh, and am to scared to get on scales. I'd estimate about seven stone to lose. Me and DP are TTC, so am hoping getting healthy (or at least healthier) will help.
Have been using mapmyrun website to map out some 5k walk and plan to do one a day. Maybe some aquarobics. to ease me into exercise.
Don't feel i'm ready to weigh myself yet. I'm afraid that if i know how bad it is, I'll just dive back on the sofa with a tub of ben and jerry's.

chirpchirp Mon 13-May-13 10:47:03

Welcome qazxc, Walking 5k a day will definiltely make a difference. Good luck with your loss. We're all in the same boat so don't feel too indimited by the scales just take your time. I find that weighing myself twice a week at Boots is helping as you get a little slip printed off I have a little pile of them each time showing my weight and BMI going down. It's really quite motivating.

ZolaBuddleia Mon 13-May-13 12:00:00

OOh chirpchirp, that's a good idea about Boots, although I'd feel very humiliated weighing myself in public.

No weight loss at all for me this week, had a few slip ups and done zero exercise though. Hard to stay motivated, isn't it?

chirpchirp Mon 13-May-13 12:34:53

I'd say maintaining after an allsorts binge is pretty good going zola :D

I didn't think I would have the confidence to weigh myself in public at first but I go first thing in the morning and there really aren't that many people about. Also no-one else can see the screen as it is at eye level. Also I think the kind of idiots that would judge you for trying to lose weight are the same idiots who judge you for being fat. They're not worth my time so fuck them!

ZolaBuddleia Mon 13-May-13 13:14:10

Fighting talk! I suppose you also can't doubt the accuracy of the scales. I do have a mental image of taking all my clothes off like for my weigh ins at home though.

Can't remember now, how much do you need to lose and how far have you got?

chirpchirp Mon 13-May-13 13:35:36

:D I do take my shoes and belt off, don't put on any jewellery and try to make sure I wear the same trousers and a light shirt at every weigh in grin

I started at 235lbs (just under 17 stone) and at last weigh in was 224 so lost about almost a stone. I'm 5ft 6 so around ideally I would like to be around the 150lb mark but at the moment that just sounds so far away (and also a weight that I probably haven't been since primary school!) First real target is to get under 200lb and then have some sort of (non food related) treat. What are your goals Zola?

ZolaBuddleia Mon 13-May-13 15:11:17

I'm currently 14 stone 11, down from 15 stone. Target is 10 stone, so in two weeks I've lost 3lb out of 60. DP has lost 10lb in the same time. angryenvy

Bless you, taking your belt off. grin

<makes mental note to remove foundation and shave legs before getting on scales>

chirpchirp Mon 13-May-13 16:09:17

grin

Don't even get me started over the jealous I have of DH's metabolism. It's like he's still six! He can (and often does) sit down on a Friday night and demolish and entire multipack of crisps and has never in the decade we've been together so much as put on a pound! He doesn't even exercise either. I on the other hand look at a bag of Walkers Senations and boom! My ass expands.

Kettle hell tonight - wish me luck!

qazxc Mon 13-May-13 17:45:04

snap with the amazing eating DP, scoffs takeaways and not an ounce goes on.
I don't think i'd be brave enough to go and weigh myself in public, and would be worried i'd disolve in tears if i actually saw the number. I know it's probably not good to stick my head in the sand but at the moment i'm just not strong enough mentally. I've had issues with food in the past and am also afraid of getting obsessed with the weight and starving myself.
So this time i am concentrating on exercise and eating healthy. I'm only starting but have been on a 5k walk every day and really feel it in my legs which spurs me on. It's also great to have me time and i feel more relaxed afterwards.

lardybum Mon 13-May-13 17:57:00

Welcome to the new arrivals!

And good luck chirp, you have my sympathy grin

Didn't have a weigh in last week. Scales broke, and not replaced yet. Went to another BBQ yesterday though but I wasn't too naughty so hopefully not done any damage hopes

chirpchirp Mon 13-May-13 21:39:59

That's great with the walking qazxc. Don't feel pressured to get on the scales just do what's right for you.

Wish we had the weather to break out the bbq's sadly in Scotland we had a nice little sleet/hail storm today!

Weigh in tomorrow, will report in due course!

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Mon 13-May-13 23:14:06

Hope I'm not too late to join.
Need to lose six stone; am still trying to figure out what programme to follow but obviously will not be eating chocolate.
Really impressed by all your efforts.

chirpchirp Tue 14-May-13 11:15:30

Hi Twirl - great name btw! Never too late to join us, welcome aboard.

Weigh in and I'm heading in the right direction. My bad week really took it's toll on my and I'm still trying to undo the damage I did. It's definitely motiviated me to be more disciplined and fall off the wagon at any given opportunity.

A couple of people at work commented that I look like I've lost a bit of weight so that motivating too. Spot of yoga tonight and a salad for dinner. I will be under 16st by next week - I will, I will, I will!

lardybum Tue 14-May-13 19:22:36

Welcome twirl!

How did it go chirp? Keeping everything crossed for next week!

My aim is to be under 14stone by Friday dreams but not too sure :/

Just got back from wk4r1 and I have only one word to say... killer!

qazxc Tue 14-May-13 19:28:28

Welcome Twirl.

Have faced my fear and hoped on the dreaded scales. THEY BLOODY TALK AT MY CHEMIST! Thankfully not many people in shop, to see my mortification which rapidly turn to abject horror when the scales revealed i am 16.12. My heaviest ever. No wonder i'm not getting pg. Have been on extra long walk tonight (7k).

am off to google cure for blisters. Hope you've all had a good day!

chirpchirp Tue 14-May-13 22:17:39

I'm at 16st 1lb lardy, I had a week were I stupidly let things slide and gained 2lb! I'm putting 1lb down to water retention!! (The other lb was full fat coke and sausages!) If I can lose 2lb by next Tuesday I will be happy. Wed/thurs are always my temptation filled days as I'm off work hanging out with DS and there is no one around to keep an eye on me! Swimming and soft play in the morning will at least get me out of the house and away from the biscuits! Also had a graze box delivered today so have delicious healthy snack to occupy me!

Well done qazxc! Don't think I'd be a fan of chatty scales either! That's pretty much what I started at and now despite my wobble almost lost a stone in a matter of weeks. Getting into the right head space is half the battle.

lardybum Wed 15-May-13 09:59:00

qaz, well done for jumping on the scales. That will be your biggest motivator now! I was 16st around the end of Jan, and I was at 14st 2 lbs when I last weighed myself a couple of weeks ago and that is with me having a holiday off (and takeaways most nights) in Feb and 2 weeks off exercising when I injured myself, so probably could of lost even more! So you will get there, just give yourself little goals, like getting under 16st by the end of June (you will do it before, but you will get a sense of accomplishment which will spur you on!) and so on!

chirp, sounds very doable to me! Especially with those killer kettle classes grin

I am going to get myself some some scales tomorrow, but I am NOT going to jump on them until Friday morning. Fridays are my weigh in days, and leaving it until then may mean I lose an extra lb or something grin

Really nervous after 2 naughty BBQs. Tut tut...Going to go for yet another jog tonight to get burning it off. Wish me luck, I nearly died after last nights!

qazxc Wed 15-May-13 13:10:35

Talk to me about kettle classes. how fit do you need to be? they do them in my local gym but am to much of a chicken to try.
It's great reading about your successes, makes me believe that the mess i have gotten myself into is sortable.
Will be treating myself to a sport bra tonight, and will treat myself to a new pair of trainers and/or tracksuit when i lose my first stone.

chirpchirp Wed 15-May-13 13:27:30

I'm hopeful Lardy! I'm not strict enough to actually own a pair of scales - I know I would jump on them every day and be annoyed if I had gained/not lost in a matter of hours! Good luck for Friday and with the jog - are you following C25K?

Qazxc - I won't lie. Kettlebell is horrible. It's can be painful and exhausting but ultimately the fact is, it works. After each class I can see a little more tone in my arm and my bingo wings are slowly decreasing! I got a cheap heart rate monitor off ebay and according to that in a 45 minute class I burned over 900 calories (?!?) so although it's a bit like living hell I keep going back because it gets the results I want. Been four weeks in a row now and I'm starting to find it slightly easier. Most instructors are nice people. They will tell you to go at your own speed and to stop and catch your breath if you need to. Give it a try you might be a sadist enjoy it.

WarmAndFuzzy Wed 15-May-13 20:50:52

Just came back and saw your reply jchocchip - yes I would be wouldn't I! grin My weight was 248, not 148 (already lost a bit but assuming it's mostly water and glycogen the first few days). I meant aiming for 148!

So far so good!

Thanks chirpchirp smile

I've just bought Zumba for the Wii, I'll have a go tonight. DS1 (8) goes to Zumba at his school so I was going to persuade him to do it with me!

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Wed 15-May-13 20:52:00

Thanks for the welcome!

Good luck with the next weigh in Chirp and Lardy; looking forward to breaking through a stone milestone.

Went to the gym today. Disappointed to see that my heart rate was at recommended max level even when I was only walking fast. Guess things can only get better. After an hour and a half I'd burnt off 750 calories so really pleased with myself.

chirpchirp Wed 15-May-13 22:13:32

Well done twirl. Do you have a heart rate monitor or just going on the read from the treadmill?

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Wed 15-May-13 22:28:01

Chirp: Just reading from treadmill, is that unwise?

chirpchirp Thu 16-May-13 11:39:42

I don't think it's unwise, I just don't think it's all that accurate (or maybe it's just the equipment at my gym!)

qazxc Thu 16-May-13 19:34:28

twirl you're moving,getting active, building muscle which in turn will burn more calories, so even if the reading on the treadmill is a bit hit and miss (because the machine does not know how much of you is muscle or not) it doesn't matter. The more you exercise, the easier it will get.

qazxc Thu 16-May-13 19:43:36

so far so good fx. i have been eating healthy and exercising. I tried a half hour spinning class yesterday and whilst i wasn't going at the speed and difficulty level of the others, i managed to get through it.
I even stayed on course when colleagues tried to ply me with cream bun "you deserve a treat! you went to the gym, you can have it. You're soooo strict on your diet!". I pointed out that we're all going out for a meal next week so taht i would be having a "break" from my diet then.

peanutMD Thu 16-May-13 19:54:41

can i join?

i have a 10 week old DD and finding it hard to shift anymore weight, I'm 29lbs lighter than i was when i fell pregnant so I'm chuffed about that but now my weight seems to have levelled.

Need to keep motivated with 75lbs left to go, i don't have time for exercise classes but I'm trying to walk everywhere and plan on maybe doing a dvd twice a week if my DD will allow lol.

I'm also trying to train myself with portions and healthy earring rather than following a diet so i have invested in a smaller plate and need to get some scales to start weighing outfoods too.

RubyOnRails Thu 16-May-13 19:59:58

OP. now listen, you can totally do it. I lost a stone a month for seven months. I basically lost my appetite aka heartbreak diet. Now, I dont advocate such dramatic shift, but it's all the proof I needed that its all about MINDSET. The weight just flew off me, and once I'd lost a few stone I began to exercise vigorously, then I got really excited and started taking stuff like hoodia. (Which has its place I suppose but you don't need that stuff)

RubyOnRails Thu 16-May-13 20:02:35

If you pm me, I'll happily send you some thinsp, it really transformed my life. I have to lose three stone post baby....I was told I was infertile at 17 stone...I've had two babies since,both unexpected smile)) good luck

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Thu 16-May-13 21:31:53

Hi Peanut
So impressed you can lose weight with a 10 week old. Food was the only thing which kept me going through the sleepless nights. But then food has always been my answer to when things get tough. Unlike Ruby heartache sends my weight rising not falling.
Guess we're all different but great to hear how well things have gone for you Ruby.

lardybum Fri 17-May-13 07:18:10

Weigh in this morning, and I am now 13st and 11lbs grin making me 193lbs now, yay!

Welcome aboard peanut, and loads of luck!

Well done qaz on resisting temptation. It will be worth it next week I am sure grin

chirpchirp Fri 17-May-13 08:59:45

15st 13lb! 15st 13lb! Under 16 stone target and 4 days ahead of schedule!

Well done lardy! You're well on your way!

Welcome peanut and congratulations on your DD.

Weekend plans? I have a night out tonigh but have offered to drive giving me an excuse to avoid the evil calorific booze!
Gravity class Saturday morning followed by lunch with the inlaws and finishing off the weekend with The Great Gatsby. What will you be up to? To those who do have a drink at the weekend what do you have and how many. I'm totally off it at the moment because I'm shit at moderation!

qazxc Fri 17-May-13 09:05:50

Well done lardy and chirp!

ZolaBuddleia Fri 17-May-13 09:58:51

Well done ladies! I've totally stalled after 2 weeks, lost nothing last week. Saw a video of myself and I'm really appalled ar what I've become. TTC against the clock (am 42) and I hate that I can my find the discipline to stop fucking eating.

lardybum Fri 17-May-13 10:00:51

Thanks grin and well done to you too chirp!

Well, I am very naughty when it comes to the wine. I usually have about 2 3 bottles over the weekends but it doesn't seem to be hindering the weight loss. I am off out with my closest friend tonight for a meal and a few as we haven't done it in over a year, but I am going to behave on the food front and make up for it on the booze side of it wink

qazxc Fri 17-May-13 14:24:47

zola it is very disappointing when the results refuse to come, but keep on the right track and those scales will start moving again. Don't worry about the video in a few months you'll have a new body to show (hopefully with a bump attached)

ZolaBuddleia Fri 17-May-13 15:27:34

My DP has incredible willpower, he's lost 10lb in 2 weeks! I'm thinking about food all the time and really struggling. It's ridiculous, isn't it? Thanks for the encouragement, I need to eat nothing but fruit for a week so I feel like I'm getting somewhere!

chirpchirp Fri 17-May-13 16:43:58

Ah, Zola, I know just how you feel. Are you drinking enough water? I have been drinking 2-3 ltrs a day over the last couple of weeks and definitely don't feel as hungry anymore. My other trick is chewing gum. Want some chocolate?? Get a bit of chewing gum in your mouth.
At the moment an average day for me looks like this

Breakfast - Oats so Simple porridge with skimmed milk
Snack - fruit (don't always have this only on the days I'm hungry)
Lunch - Salad, tomatoes, black olives, and either turkey, chicken or tuna
snack - fruit (again only if I'm feeling it!)
Dinner - Fish or chicken with loads of veg and maybe a few of DH's potato wedges.

No booze, no carbonated drinks. I try and make sure I have loads of healthy snacky stuff around the house incase I do get the urge - my Graze box comes in super handy for this.

lardybum Fri 17-May-13 17:59:08

Sorry zola, I missed your post. So sorry to hear you have had no loss sad

Easier said than done, but try not to take it to heart. Quite a lot of people stall, and it can be down to a number of things. Water retention? Muscle build? Time of the month? And those are only a few possible reasons that I know of.

<hugs>

qazxc Fri 17-May-13 18:23:17

zola don't compare yourself to DP, he is a different person with a different body. What might work for him might not work for you. Please don't starve yourself, it's really not healthy and when you succumb to hunger you will only feel worse about yourself. It's normal for food to be on your mind, you are making big changes. Try to plan your meals and snacks, ban any junk from the house, drink lots of water or herbal tea, hopefully this might help.
(((((((hugs)))))))

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Fri 17-May-13 21:37:23

Well done chirp and lardy

Good luck zola. I tried for nine years for DD and was told to lose weight. Was advised to lose three stone but got pregnant after one.

ZolaBuddleia Fri 17-May-13 22:17:09

Bless you ladies for being kind. Felt angry with myself and a bit ashamed at how I've let things slide. Had a good day though, not eaten a single Bad Thing, so at least I won't wake up tomorrow feeling guilty.

Does the drinking lots of water actually aid weight loss, or is it just that you don't feel so hungry?

qazxc Sat 18-May-13 08:06:14

well drinking will keep your system "flushed" and keeping hydrated can only be a good thing. But the main advantage is that it does ease the hunger.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 18-May-13 08:51:23

Thanks. I was 14st 4lb when I got pregnant, and am currently 14st 11lb. I know it's not as simple as lose half a stone, particularly as I'm an old gimmer, but it's got to help with my health all round, hasn't it?

Going for day 2 of positivity and guilt free healthy food options!

Thanks again ladies.

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sun 19-May-13 09:54:18

Weighing in after first week, couldn't use same scales but, assuming scales are consistent have lost 9 pounds.

Even if scales are wrong have also lost 4 cm off waist!

Never lost anything like this before and I've basically been on and off a diet my whole adult life.

I have been spending hours at gyms (because heart rate monitor says I can't do more than fast walking.) So last night watched Silver Surfer and most of the follow up to Wall Street and burnt off 1450 cals.

qazxc Sun 19-May-13 10:10:45

Well done * twirl*! That's a great result. My weigh in (at the dreaded talking scales in local chemist) is Tuesday, so fx. I also have a works dinner that night, but at least it gives me a week to work it off.

ZolaBuddleia Sun 19-May-13 12:08:21

Blimey Twirl, that's fab!

Couldn't face talking scales, my local Boots is v small and the assistants know me, so if the scales bellowed out "one at a time please" when I got on there I'd be mortified.

Starting tomorrow I'm going to change my breakfast regime, DP reckons he's losing so much because he's stopped eating wheat/rice based cereals with milk and is doing porridge with soya.

chirpchirp Sun 19-May-13 13:06:36

Well done twirl! That's fantastic.

Have to agree with your DH Zola. Cereal is shit and full of sugar. I used to have a bowl of Special K every morning stupidly thinking it was relatively healthy. It's not and I would always be hungry again by 10/11am. Now I either have porridge or scrambled eggs for breakfast and I rarely get hungry before lunch time.

ZolaBuddleia Sun 19-May-13 13:11:59

Yes. Remaining positive and trying to focus on the changes I've made to my diet so far. After a lifetime of over eating and mindless bingeing making radical changes has failed every time, this time I'm making gradual adjustments in the hope they stick.

Have already reduced chocolate, biscuits and cake to almost zero so am going to build on that by tackling the breakfast issue.

I like this thread, lots of nice ladies. smile

lardybum Sun 19-May-13 13:40:07

That is absolutely fantastic twirl, well done!

Yes, I agree. This thread is full of really lovely and supportive ladies and we will all get each other through it and achieving our goals smile.

It is the best way to do it I find zola, small changes at a time. If I do it all at once I tend to cave in.

qazxc Sun 19-May-13 13:40:51

In my quest of more discreet scales. I tried the ones at my other chemist (and temptation was getting the best of me) in the hope they might be more discreet. No such luck, as it started bellowing for me to stand upright and refusing to just weigh me but also loudlky take my blood pressure for what seemed like an eternity.
I have put on a pound sad
I have grown 6cm (approx 2inches), was wearing flat shoes so not a heel issue. confused
so on the plus side my BMI has gone down. wink

I am quite disappointed my weight has either gone up or not changed. but picking myself up and moving onwards and upwards.

MatureUniStudent Sun 19-May-13 18:37:30

5 more pounds lost but it has been a heavy two weeks and I am hovering at the next stone bracket. So any ideas for 400 calorie meals??

chirpchirp Sun 19-May-13 22:48:48

Don't sweat it qazxc. A one pound difference could be down to lots of things - by the sound of it the most likely being un-calibrated scales! You could have built muscle or be retaining water. Stay positive!

Mature - pretty much any grilled or steam fish with a pile of veg will be around 400-500. My dinners this week are, salmon with stuffed red peppers, chicken and chorizo salad, scicilian cod loin, omelettes, baked potatoes, and fishcakes with stir fried veg. Meal planning is the way forward! The amount of time I've just grabbed an m&s pizza on my way home or ordered a take away are shocking!

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Mon 20-May-13 12:52:50

Qazxc sorry about the new scales, sounds like you should stick with the old ones. Good luck with tomorrow's weigh in.

Mature, sorry can't recommend any food. I'm not counting calories yet but just eating half my usual portion size.

chirpchirp Mon 20-May-13 20:43:53

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this but I freaking hate kettle bell! Hopefully it will all be worthwhile when I jump on the scale tomorrow.

chirpchirp Tue 21-May-13 08:55:37

Arrgh! Horrible lying scales say I've gained a pound and am back at 16st. Trying to tell myself all the things I said to qazxc about gaining muscle and water retention but I'm really annoyed as I thought I had broken through this milestone. My clothes are definitely looser - even the new work trousers that are a size smaller than a month ago are needing a belt but seriously....argggghhh!

ZolaBuddleia Tue 21-May-13 09:59:53

AAARGGHGHH! Lying swines.

Although, as Peter Kaye says, "A POUND?!! A POUND?!! I shit a pound!".

Keep going, you've already lost more than me!

chirpchirp Tue 21-May-13 11:23:49

Ha! Thanks Zola. I'm over it now but after beasting it at kettle bell last night I wanted results! lol. Head down, refocused. Tonight I shall be a yoga goddess.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 21-May-13 11:48:11

I too will be yoga-ing this evening. If I can be arsed to hoover the carpet first.

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Tue 21-May-13 12:22:23

Chirp, sorry about today's result; hope the yoga goes well.

I stupidly went on the scales this morning (despite it not being my weigh-in day) and found I'd put on a pound too.

qazxc Tue 21-May-13 12:42:11

Methinks that the scales are all plotting against us.
Weighing in this evening, so fx. Then have a works meal so will have a week to claw it back.
Went to aqua last night and after was planning to do a few lengths, only managed half one when one of my legs started cramping, bloody hell that was painful! Still feels a bit sore today, hopefully will be back on form tomorrow.

chirpchirp Tue 21-May-13 13:09:02

There is clearly some conspiracy going on here. Three of us gain a pound.

Enjoying a rather scrummy salad for my lunch and was wondering what do you put in a salad? For me it's nothing without tomatoes and black olives but have been looking for some new ideas as I always seem to make the same one.

qazxc Tue 21-May-13 18:31:02

so third set of chemist scales and my weight and height have changed again.
I think I'll have to try and stick to just one, to monitor progress.
On this scales i am minus three pounds first set and four pounds from set 2. so hopefully that means my weight has gone down, but i'm really not sure.
Anyway will be putting diet aside for a night and back on straight and narrow tomorrow.

wrinklyraisin Thu 23-May-13 15:34:26

Can I join too? I have 3 weddings to go to later this year (and maybe my own too ;D) so I need to lose 50lbs to start with...

Have started (re-started) the 5:2 plan, I work out 3-4 times a week at a gym plus I want to dust off the elliptical trainer in the basement.

It's hard losing weight as I have mild insulin resistance plus I don't sleep well, so my metabolism is shot.

Would love any advice and tips smile

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Thu 23-May-13 20:43:40

Welcome wrinkly!

chirpchirp Thu 23-May-13 20:51:05

Hi wrinkly, welcome aboard.

qazxc Thu 23-May-13 21:52:20

Welcome Wrinkly!
Have just taken the plunge and done a kettlebell class. It nearly killed me (melodramatic me?), and I was going a lot slower than the others but i got through it!

chirpchirp Thu 23-May-13 22:06:47

Well done qazxc! It's horrible isn't it! I would love to say that it gets easier but it doesn't! On Monday I accidentally picked up a 6kg weight instead of the usual 4kg. Did 20mins of the class before we got to the single arm exercises and I realised! God I hate kettle bell!

qazxc Fri 24-May-13 10:10:46

it was the running, skipping , jumping jacks between sets that did me in. I felt like telling him "I'm nearly seventeen stone mate, shall we duct tape a couple of coal bags to you and see how good you can jump/skip/run/do burpees?"

chirpchirp Fri 24-May-13 10:37:55

You get to put your kettle bell down while doing jumping jacks??? My instructor is a proper bastard! ha ha.

The scales were kind to me today! Another 2lb off and back under the 16st goal - now 15st 12lb. Really hoping I can keep that number going down. Aiming for another 2lb by next Friday. Slow and steady and all that. I was 15st 8lb when I fell pregnant with DS so getting under that will be another milestone.

What's everyone up to this weekend?

lardybum Fri 24-May-13 11:00:44

Welcome wrinkly!

Well done on the loss chirp, fingers crossed you have saw the back of 16st for good now!

My weigh in today, and a 3lb loss for me making me 13st 8lbs / 190lbs which I was pleasantly surprised at as I have come on and am bloated like god knows what! Been doubled up and all woe is me for the past few days wimp with cramps

Got my little sister coming staying with us over the hols, so we have quite a few things planned ie bowling, cinemas, zoo. Hopefully get some nice weather for a nice picnic at the park too! What's everyone elses plans?

chirpchirp Fri 24-May-13 11:25:26

Brilliant Lardy. You're tearing through it! Hope you feel better soon.

I'm off out tonight to the zoo smile There is an event on with lots of street performers, bars, silent disco, comedy, and food stalls. Should be fun! Tomorrow I have my gravity class and then a wedding reception in the evening but have offered to drive so again can avoid the booze and just hit the dancefloor to burn some calories!

ZolaBuddleia Fri 24-May-13 11:33:42

Hello wrinkly!

chirp and lardy, you're doing fabulously well. There's no way I could do anything remotely resembling a jumping jack, my pelvic floor would be in mutiny!

I'm not weighing til Monday, am cutting down wheat and dairy, and doing well. Porridge for breakfast with soya milk and no sarnies. Have fallen off the sweety wagon a couple of times, but hoping the overall weight trend in downwards!

chirpchirp Fri 24-May-13 13:16:03

Good luck Zola. I've been trying to cut out bread. Thought I would really miss it but didn't have any for a few weeks and didn't at all. I did however notice how horrible I felt after indulging in a couple of thick cut slices of a bagatte at picnic the other day so bloated and lathargic afterwards. I think at some point if I really want to achieve a healthy BMI I am going to have to join the low carb thread but I'm still on baby steps at the moment! Once my weight plateaus I will accept defeat and sign up!

wrinklyraisin Fri 24-May-13 15:40:48

I'm 231lbs... Heaviest I've ever been and it's kind of shocking putting that down in black and white! Hoping to get below 200 by the end of the summer, figured 10lbs a month for the next 3 months is a reasonable goal?

My "sin" is coffee. With cream and sugar. I am addicted. I've tried giving up or even cutting down, I was a miserable cow lol. What can I replace it with? I know the caffeine is bad.

I'm trying to limit fruits and sugars and processed food as I also have candida issues... Gosh I'm a mess lol. I need to go live on a vegan yoga commune for a year lol. It's hard doing all the "right" things in the Real World. Plus it's expensive!!!!

qazxc Fri 24-May-13 19:29:19

wrinkly look at that weight and tell yourself "i will never be this heavy again!". Sooner than you think it will be a distant memory, although i won't lie loosing weight isn't easy.
10lb a month sounds doable to me.
Try and cut things out gradually and try to get active/more active. Since I've started exercising i feel much better, the scales haven't been moving much but i have more energy and don't get out of breath as easily.
I'm off to aqua aerobics tonight, i love the water as i feel "weightless" and it's the easiest class to follow.

qazxc Fri 24-May-13 19:32:32

chirp yes he is a bastard!
Well done for seeing the back of 16st, hopefully that will be me by the end of the summer.

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sat 25-May-13 19:50:06

Well done chip and lardy.

Wrinkly, I have a similar problem with coke. I've been cutting down by drinking a glass of water before each coke and drinking coke from a very small cup. I've cut my consumption in half and avoided getting the headaches I usually get when I try to quit.

Tomorrow's weigh in day. Had a really bad day on Thurs and ate loads of biscuits in a meeting so am expecting to be punished on the scales.

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sun 26-May-13 10:11:12

Weighed in, gained 1 pound but given last week's loss (9 pounds) and choc biccies on Thursday that's not all that bad. If two weeks ago someone had said I could lose 8 pounds in two weeks I'd have been thrilled.

Good luck to everyone else with their weigh ins this week.

Megsdaughter Sun 26-May-13 10:18:40

Can I join in ? Started on Boxing day (sent all the goodies home with DDIL)

Downloaded MFP and have stuck to the 1200 Calories, (occasional day off, my birthday, DS party, a wedding sort of thing)

I started at 222lb.

Weighed in on Friday at 172lb, so have made it to half way grin

And gone from a 24 to a 14/16.

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sun 26-May-13 12:59:26

Welcome Megsdaughter; 50lbs is fantastic!

Have you thrown your too big clothes out as you were going along? I'm thinking of getting rid of all my winter clothes now as I think keeping them is me secretly saying I can't lose the weight.

Megsdaughter Mon 27-May-13 05:27:29

I have a friend also using MFP, she us two sizes bigger so have been passing everything to her as she comes down the sizes too.

Have also ebayed some if the better quality ( not that I wouldn't give them too my friend, but as she is on maternity wouldn't wear some if the more 'office' stuff)

With the proceeds I have then bought smaller stuff.

qazxc Mon 27-May-13 09:17:25

Well done megsdaughter.
I have had a few lapses in the diet at weekend so will probably be punished on scales tomorrow. I have been exercising and trying more classes at my local gym. it's aqua aerobics tonight which i like. Did Spinning on sunday and managed to follow most of the beginners class. I think of all classes those are my favourites as i don't have to "carry" my weight IYKWIM (also doesn't show up how dreadfully uncoordinated i am).

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Mon 27-May-13 11:06:19

Good luck with weigh in tomorrow qazxc

Might try spinning when am a little fitter.

chirpchirp Mon 27-May-13 13:09:26

Hi Megs. Well done so far!

qazxc, half my gravity class is spinning and I do quite like it but not sure if a full hour of it would bore me.

I am taking an executive decision and not weighing in tomorrow. A weekend of weddings, sunshine and indulgence will not be good news and I don't want to take the chance of depressing myself. Will buckle down until Friday and report back then! It'll either be kettle bell or shred for me tonight depending on what time DH gets home at.

qazxc Tue 28-May-13 20:57:19

Have so far lost five pounds in 3 weeks. I know it's not an amazing result weightwise, but i feel healthier (I wasn't the worst one in spin class today).

chirpchirp Tue 28-May-13 21:32:08

That's great qazxc. Don't put your achievements down. The steadier it comes off the more likely it is to stay off I reckon. Well done!

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chirpchirp Fri 31-May-13 16:15:32

Hi everyone. It's been a bit quiet on here!

Sadly my train was delayed this morning so I didn't have a chance to nip to boots and weigh myself. I will check in on Tuesday, don't feel like I've done very much this week but hey ho. Heading out for a walk/run tonight and then trying my best to behave at a BBQ tomorrow followed by a tea party on Sunday! I will have to have the will power of a saint! Hope you are all doing well.

qazxc Fri 31-May-13 21:37:28

Good luck on your weigh in chirp.
Have had a few slips but nothing major. Have also had my hair cut and eyebrows, tache and beard waxed. Do you think it will make a difference?wink
A slimming world leaflet has landed through the door. Has anyone gone? Is it any good? Or a waste of money? maybe the public weighing would keep me on the straight and narrow foodwise.

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sun 02-Jun-13 08:33:15

Well done qazxc and good luck on Tues chirp.

Had a bad week, got my period so didn't feel like the gym and had a really horrible disciplinary to deal with so reached for my old friend Cadburys.

End result have put on three pounds. Hopefully next week will be better. I'm off on holiday in two months and would really like to have lost a stone.

ZolaBuddleia Sun 02-Jun-13 11:20:03

Morning all. Lost 4lbs this week, which takes my weight loss to 7lb in 4 weeks. Have eaten no breakfast cereal this week, just porridge with soya milk, or fruit.

qazxc Sun 02-Jun-13 15:54:08

Twirl put it behind you and start anew, it's a long road for all of us and there are bound to be stumbling blocks and uphill battles , the important thing is to keep on course and not get discouraged (wich i realise is easier said than done). Two months is loads of time to make a difference.

Zola Well done!

I have joined tribesports website and am attempting a couple of the easier challenges.

ZolaBuddleia Sun 02-Jun-13 16:08:07

Also Twirl, you've lost loads so far, so don't be discouraged. Provided the overall trajectory is a sustainable downwards one, that's what matters.

Megsdaughter Sun 02-Jun-13 16:42:21

Im slowing down a bit, only a pound this week.

(but have been off work and although I have stuck to my MFP allowance probably haven't been as active.

qazxc Tue 04-Jun-13 08:34:26

Today is weigh in day and i am dreading it a bit. There have been a couple of nights out and as it was a bank holiday weekend here (ireland), I wasn't able to do as many classes as i usually do. So today i am hoping i haven't put anything on rather than lost. Off to spin tonight, it's an intermediate class so should really make me sweat off those calories.

chirpchirp Tue 04-Jun-13 10:59:34

Good luck qazxc. Don't sweat it. Slip ups happen. Due to the lovely weather I ended up attending two BBQ's over the weekend so I'm in the same boat. Hope you enjoy Spin.

I went to weigh in this morning but the scales were broken (nothing to do with me, honest!). So hoping they're fixed by Friday so I can find out where I'm at.

I signed up with the local authority gym for a class pass. £40 a month and I can do as many classes as I want. I find I work harder in a class than just being left to my own devices in the gym. Went to body pump last night which I actually quite enjoyed. It does mean that I won't be going to kettlebell any more (shame) as none of the council gyms have a class (real pity). I've also started getting off the train a station early and walking an extra couple of miles to work in the morning and have been enjoying little lunch time walk too just to get out in the sunshine.

Yoga tonight, I do enjoy a good stretch! Hope you all had a nice weekend.

qazxc Tue 04-Jun-13 19:03:56

I have lost a pound. The weight is coming off slowly but at least the scales are moving in the right direction. I started at 16.12.13 and now am 16.7.7, so hope next week to under 16 and a half stone. After that my goal is to have lost half a stone.
The weather was so nice I ended up going for a walk with DP instead of spinning. Best enjoy this weather while it lasts.

Megsdaughter Thu 06-Jun-13 18:17:27

Have been dancing everyday for half an hour, just at home, loaded my ipod with fast music and dance around the kitchen grin must be working as I dropped 3.5lbs this week!

So have now lost 53.5lbs. smile

qazxc Thu 06-Jun-13 21:16:58

well done meg.
I went for a long walk today (10km+) and managed to get massive sunburn.
Also went for a spin class. I'm going to suffer tomorrow. grin

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sun 09-Jun-13 10:32:01

Well done qazxc, zola and meg on your less this week.
Hope you are feeling okay qazxc.

Weighed in today and have lost a pound!

chirpchirp Fri 14-Jun-13 09:49:15

Good going Qazxc, Meg and Twirl. Hope things are still moving in the right direction.

Good news for me today; 4lbs off! Which not only brings me up to 20lb all together (so a quarter of the way to my goal) but also means I now weight less than I did when I fell pregnant. Yep it only took me two and half years to shift the baby/sitting on my arse eating during maternity leave weight! I've also gone down a dress size.

The best bit is, I'm enjoying it. I like all the exercise classes that I'm doing (body pump is a new fave) . I'm like all the meals, I don't even care that I'm not taking alcohol very often now. Finally feeling focussed and it's great. The sunshine is definitely helping!

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sun 16-Jun-13 15:35:29

Well done chirp, wish I was enjoying it too.

Still lost a pound at my weigh in so things aren't all bad

Good luck everyone over the next 7 days

chirpchirp Sun 16-Jun-13 22:36:04

Thanks Twirl, glad it's still coming off.

Walk in the morning and body pump in the evening tomorrow. Tried something at my local gym called the hangover class this morning and sweated buckets! Most aerobics with a bit of toning thrown in at the end. Definitely going back to that!

Good luck this week everyone. Aiming for 2lbs but secretly hoping for 3!

MatureUniStudent Thu 20-Jun-13 07:53:48

In that next stone bracket at last! Been terrible, crisps, wine and dips so I was very stern with myself and bought the 5:2 cook book. It's basically as you said Zola veg, veg and a smattering of meat grin

So I am grim faced with determination!

How is everyone else doing?

Megsdaughter Thu 20-Jun-13 08:03:14

After a snotty cold thus week all I wanted was comfort food and no exercise, so was dreading getting on the scales this morning

I had lost half a pound!

Back eating properly now

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sun 23-Jun-13 10:27:05

Well done Megsdaughter

I've had a very bad week; put on 3 pounds

Ho hum

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sun 30-Jun-13 09:15:25

Lost a pound this week.

Hope everyone else doing ok

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Sun 07-Jul-13 20:14:38

No loss this week
Thread seems to have gone quiet ... Is anyone still following?

chirpchirp Mon 08-Jul-13 14:03:34

Hey Twirl,
I'm still here. Have had a horrendous couple of weeks including toddlers with chicken pox, husband working all hours so not been hitting many classes and a lovely (but calorific) camping trip. Had convinced myself I had undone all my good work comfort eating whilst trapped inside with plague ridden child however just jumped on the scales and have mainted and am still at 15.8. Was pretty shocked but pleasantly surprised. Had prepared myself for being back over 16 so result!

Have taken up another new hobby that I am totally addicted to; geocaching, it does mean that any spare time I have is spent out walking up hills searching for treasure so that's got to be a good thing!
Check out geocaching.com .

chirpchirp Thu 18-Jul-13 23:45:59

It's gone quiet on here again. How is everyone getting on?

chirpchirp Wed 24-Jul-13 23:41:28

Keeping checking to see if anyone's come back yet. Hope you are still doing good. I'm over on the 5:2 thread now having started the programme a couple of weeks ago. Feel free to give me a shout

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