Anyone want to join me in a May/June/July weight loss challenge?

(153 Posts)
Murtette Tue 30-Apr-13 20:27:40

I've realised that its 1st May tomorrow, that there are 13 weeks during May, June & July and that I want to lose a stone before going on holiday in the first week of August. So, if I can lose a lb a week for each of those 13 weeks, I'll have cracked it. Anyone else want to join me?
My plan is to have 1300 calories a day except for Sundays when I'll have between 1500 - 1600, do Zumba twice a week and finally get the Shred out of its packaging and do that a couple of times a week. I think my downfall is that, on the two days I work in an office, I'll have little control over what I have for lunch as always eat in the canteen with colleagues and there's little choice so I need to control what & how much I eat there.
I'm 11st10 today and want to be 10st10 by 1st August. If I can lose 1.5lbs a week, then I'd be 10st3 which would be brilliant as then I'd be a few pounds into my "ideal" BMI as opposed to still being "overweight" which I will be at 10st10.

Rockchick1984 Tue 30-Apr-13 20:54:18

I'll join you with it! Currently 10st 12, would love ideally to be 9.5st, but if I could lose a stone I'd be overjoyed! Started doing 5:2 last week so will stick to that but also try to cut down a bit on my non-fast days. I'm not an exercise fan, but will try to walk more and go faster when I do walk!

CarolBornAMan Wed 01-May-13 09:25:29

Can I join as well as this my exact plan - 13 weeks until I go on holiday and I need to lose stone and a half at least by then to be at ideal BMI as currently am overweight - I am 12 stone 4 and would just like to be weighing 10stone something when I land.. I am doing the BIWI bootcamp and there are so many people on it, it would be good to have someone with same targets and timescales as me .. to keep me on the narrow!

I am doing C25K and will have another go at shred ...

Shall we use Monday to do a weight check in?

Bakingnovice Wed 01-May-13 09:43:13

Can I join too? I've got two stone to lose and have lost 10lbs so far. Hoping to increase my walking and shred and want to use 5:2 to maintain as I tend not to lose on it.

Murtette Wed 01-May-13 20:54:52

I've stuck to my calorie allowance today. I have drunk gallons - at least 1.5l of water and will try and have another pint this evening. I don't think I'm going to manage any exercise...Zumba was cancelled this evening so I've been catching up with paperwork and am now about to attack a stack of ironing. I'll try & iron energetically!
I'm interested that some of you are doing 5:2 and others are doing BIWI as I've considered both. I've ruled out 5:2 for the time being as DC2 (11mo) still doesn't sleep that well and I don't think I could cope with a fast day after a broken night.

CarolBornAMan Thu 02-May-13 10:11:09

Hi - well am going great - so far lost about 4lb this week and am just loving the food - last night had the cabbage cooked in cream that is popular with the group and it was divine .. felt a million miles away from diet food. planning large cheese filled omlette for lunch after a healthy swim and then dinner tonight is roast chicken with loads of veg..

I am enjoying the BIWI plan as it requires less thought than the other plans and fits in with family - I just have whatever they are without the carbs.. plus it is making me eat a lot more veg which is a good thing as I can be quite lazy on that.. I did do the 5:2 years ago when I was on the original trial for it and it does work but I prefer the "every day is good day" approach rather than semi dreading a low food day - but at the end of the day, they all work if you stick to them!

To keep me on track, I am now starting to check out clothes for the new slim me and logging them in pinterest - it is great to look in there at moments of weakness!

CharlieUniformNovemberTango Thu 02-May-13 13:10:56

I'd love to join in.

I've been doing a 16:8 intermittent fasting thing which has mad a huge difference to my appetite and my approach to food.

Yesterday I started a summer core challenge that a local fitness company had posted about on facebook. It's started easy enough but the looks brutal for the end! but it's a five minute thing so no excuse for not fitting it in right now.

I'm 193 lbs and would love to drop a lb a week as a good steady base.

I use myfitnesspal on my phone to track my calories and am sticking to 1400. I also have a drink water app to remind me to drink more too.

I have a pedometer and am aiming for 10,000 steps a day.

I have no childcare for the gym and am starting a new job in a week or so so these little changes should fit in with what I am doing.

Murtette Thu 02-May-13 21:08:51

I'm very proud of myself as I just did day one of the Shred! I ordered the DVD about 8 months ago but its just sat (still in its cellophane) on the shelf until tonight. Whilst I knew it only lasted 20 minutes, it wasn't until I did it that I realised how easy that is to fit in. I got into my exercise gear as soon as I put the children down, tidied up & then shredded. I'm quite proud of myself. It has occurred to me that I could spend May doing level 1, June doing level 2 & July doing level 3...
I also had just-about-to-turn-1 DS in the sling for 3 hours today so must have burned some extra calories lugging him around.
And I've stuck to my calories. I haven't drunk much water tho.

Charlie - what's 16:8 fasting?

Carol - can you keep letting me know the sort of things you're eating as it may be enough to convert me. I did Atkins about 12 yrs ago and lost weight really quickly but struggled with what to eat for breakfast & lunch as had always had porridge for breakfast & the only thing out office offered for lunch was sandwiches. It may be easier to do now I'm only in an office a couple of days a week.

showerhead Thu 02-May-13 21:39:28

can I join too? i like the slow and steady approach so 1 pound per week sounds good to me and i have around 1 stone to lose. I hate calorie counting so shall try by cutting out most crap, stopping eating between meals and I might try the 5:2 diet . Thursday is my worst day of the week due to work patterns and its now done and dusted so I start tomorrow! Oh exercise- i walk lots but shall add some strength in, important for me as i"m mid 40s and need to build the muscle up a bit.

CharlieUniformNovemberTango Thu 02-May-13 21:43:54

It's like IF fasting. You fast for 16 hours - usually over night and only eat in an 8 hour window. So I only eat between 10 and 6.

The main benefit for me has been the fact that I rarely feel starving like I used to - I was shakey after 2-3 hours and ate pretty much all day from getting up to going to bed. And I feel fuller after smaller portions.

I find it easy to follow and only really break it on the odd sunday if we are busy earlier then usual and I fancy my tea and toast in bed before we get up and about smile

I've done my core challenge today = 25 crunches and a 25 second plank. Nice and easy to start with and I also started a squat challange = 55 squats. The last day has 240 squats so I'm hoping I'll survive that long!

I don't have a DVD player so my shred will have to wait smile

CarolBornAMan Thu 02-May-13 21:56:27

Murtette - good idea with Shred, a level a month - will do that as I only ever did level 1 once and ached for months.. been back on shelf for 2 years!

Charlie - shred is on YouTube!! No DVD needed smile

OK so far this week, I have eaten the following for breakfast:

-Full fat Greek yoghurt - usually with blueberries and almonds (just not this week as on the "induction phase" which is a little stricter than usual but this will be usual breakfast as low carb and totally lush.
- Bacon and eggs and mushrooms
- Feta cheese omlette
- scrambled eggs with chilli and coriander with side of spinach cooked in loads of butter and black pepper.
- mushrooms cooked in garlic butter with eggs

Lunch - also work in an office so I take stuff in but has to be easy as low level of effort needed in morning!

- bag of rocket, bottle of dressing, boiled eggs, chicken and bacon mixed in mayo
- avocado with bag of salad as above - mushrooms cooked in garlic and bacon chopped over it
- chicken and celeriac soup
- left over spag-less bol sauce heated in micro wave and covered in grated cheese.

today for lunch out had a fab salad of roasted med veg with halloumi and yoghurt dressing..

I am loving it so far as I feel I am eating some quite indulgent food - but when it gets too rich with cheese, I just have some chicken salad with a chillui dressing for some clean freshness.. I am also finding it kills my needs to snack which is my main weight problem..

Kimm2013 Fri 03-May-13 01:09:40

Hi everyone!
Can I join tooo! Please
May/ June/ July sounds fab!
Am 13stone ... Would like to get to 11 stone 5lbs
I had a baby girl 8 months ago, my belly is awful !!
Don't know where to start???
Any advice would be greatful' !! X

CarolBornAMan Fri 03-May-13 09:48:24

Morning Kimm

I would have a think about what diet style would suit you and your life - I am doing the BIWI bootcamp as it is low on the thinking and tracking and measuring that I just can't do but some people are good at this and so the calorie counting on MFP works well for them. I like knowing I can eat all the veg, meat fish, some dairy and avoid sugar and carbs - makes for eating with family and I also really like the food.

You may have the will power for the 5:2 diet were you only need to really think about what you eat 2 days a week and rest of time you just need to be good but not VERY VERY good.. then there are the the external plan such as WW or SW - group support is critical to weight loss.

I would spend a bit of time thinking which approach would suit you best and the one you know you can take on long term - this has to carry on past when you get to goal .. to keep you at goal.

I would focus on tackling it now - you dont have a lot to lose - I had same amount when my PFB was 8 months but failed to do it and now he is 13 and I have double the amount to lose!

Make a choice, get the support, set your goals and join us! I am totally focused on this and feel positive I am going to be in a bikini this summer for first time since I was 8 month old!!

Murtette Fri 03-May-13 22:56:26

Welcome Kimm. Of course you can join - the more the merrier. If you're trying to decide which diet to go for, take a read of a few of the other threads on here and see what people are doing and what appeals to you.

Carol - I have never heard of 16:8. That's really interesting. I'm not sure I could do it as I always need to eat within about 30 mins of getting up, especially since I've had children.

An OK day... there were after work drinks which I went along to & had a Pimms and a small slice of pizza. It could have been much worse but I knew I'd have to report in here. I'm proud to say that I have just done the Shred. It really hurt tonight and I'm not sure I'll be able to move tomorrow. It felt good though.

CarolBornAMan Sat 04-May-13 08:28:17

hey well done on willpower with drinks and the Shred - I am yet to face up to it being a coward so went for a swim instead - diet has been good this week - feeling good about facing the scales on Monday!

Murtette Sat 04-May-13 19:57:24

Not such a good day today. DS is teething and was up on and off during the night. DP dealt with him then but, at 5.30, I took over. DD then woke at 6 and I thought we may as well do something so took them into the local town where we went & brought breakfast in Sainsburys (pastries & fruit for them; just a banana for me), had a picnic by the river and then went to the park which was fab as we had the playground to ourselves for over an hour. DS was on OK form while we were there but went downhill as soon as we got home & DD has been really T&E since about 2pm - something which was exacerabated by a birthday party this afternoon so I'm now shattered. It also meant I had no willpower at the BBQ at the party and am waaaaayyy over 1250 calories. So, today, I have had:

banana
a bit of DS' roll
v small portion of fish pie
2 x vegetable kebabs
4 tablespoons couscous, roast veg & feta salad
10 Skips
Doritos... several
1 x M&S mini chocolate roll (I'm sure I was once horrified to discover that they have about 90 calories in them)
2 x M&S mini flapjack (ditto)
Small piece of very rich chocolate birthday cake
Glass of prosecco
Slice of toast with marmite
... and I'm still feeling a bit peckish.

I always knew today was going to be my potential downfall. I really didn't need the M&S treats. Or the Doritos. Especially as the veggie kebabs were next to them so I could have had another of those.

I did manage the shred though.

berrygood25 Sun 05-May-13 13:01:28

I would love to join too, please? 3 months seems like a realistic time scale as I want to lose 1.5 stone (I'm 11.5 at the moment) I managed to lose nearly 2 stone last year and felt really motivated, but then I lost it and I need that motivation back!! My main reason for wanting to lose weight is that I don't want another summer feeling self conscious, I want to enjoy my holiday and the fact that I will be a bridesmaid at my sisters wedding.

I plan on cutting out wine during the week, taking healthy lunches to work and using a pedometer to ensure I walk at least 10'000 steps a day. I'm not a huge exercise fan, but I know I need to do something.

Can someone tell me what BIWI is?

riverboat Sun 05-May-13 20:01:14

Hi, I'd like to join although I'm not looking for weight loss exactly, more toning and healthiness. I find that it's very difficult for me to lose weight, but since my BMI is in the 'OK' range I can deal with that. However, recently my tummy has been getting bigger and bigger to the point where someone asked me if I was pregnant the other day! (She was very embarassed when I said I wasn't). My bum and thighs are also getting wobblier and wobblier and I'd love to be able to shift some cellulite.

So my plan is to exercise 3-5 times per week and to cut out unhealthy snacks (very bad habit of mine), unecessarily large portions and too much wine. Exercise will be a mix of Jillian Michael DVDs, treadmill, weights, situps and DDR. The problem will be fitting it all in, as I work full-time and often go away places at weekends, or have visitors. But I need to make some sacrifices to make sure it gets done! RE: food I'd try dieting but I know I'll never stick to a diet in the long term, so I'm not going to start something I won't finish. I'll just try to make good choices rather than bad ones PARTICULARLY re: portion size and snacking.

Not sure how I'm going to measure results: I might weigh myself once per week but I don't hold out much hope of losing more than a few pounds. Thinking about measuring but it seems a bit of a faff. I think I'll mostly go on how my clothes fit and how much my belly protrudes. I have a pair of lovely black trousers that are a small size 10, and they are insanely tight and won't do up. I think at the moment I'm a large size 12. So I'll make my goal to fit into them properly by July.

Am hoping that checking into this thread will keep me motivated to stay on track. Good luck everyone, whatever your plan may be!

Murtette Sun 05-May-13 22:32:11

Welcome, Berry & River. Berry, one of my reasons for doing this is so that I can actually enjoy going to the beach this summer and not feel that everyone is staring at me. I know they weren't but I just felt so self conscious.
A much better day here. Around 1200 calories and I've just done the Shred. I was so tempted not to so it as I've been up since 6 with the children and have been gardening all afternoon but kept reminding myself it was only 20 mins and am really glad I did it.
I am now off for a bath & then bed and know I will sleep well subject to DC waking me up!

tri10 Sun 05-May-13 22:49:42

Can I join too? I think I have a lot more to loose than most of you but my first goal is to loose 2.5 stone to get me out of the obese bmi category.

I started the shred on wed am proud of myself as I have had it for about 2.5 years and have done a max of 3 day numerous times before so to do 5 days is a huge accomplishment for megrin

I am basing my diet around the slim fast diet of 3x 100 Calorie snacks 2x <250 calorie meals and 1x 600 calorie meal, I'm not always using slim fast although find them handy for work days. My main problem is snacking and I can't go without snackshmm.

I have tried weightwatchers a few times before and once I have gone off track tend to give up for the whole week and need to get into the mentality of 1 slip up doesn't matter if I eat ok the rest of the time. So I'm hoping dividing each meal into calories insteade of looking at the day as a total will help me a bitsmile

riverboat Sun 05-May-13 23:08:09

Good luck tri. I think my main problem is snacking too. And I'm also going to try the Shred!

Gonna try to stock up on healthy low-cal snacks like crab sticks, mini gherkins, cucumber chunks with soy sauce...um not sure what else! If anyone has ideas for healthy snacks please share. I'm more into savoury snacks than sweet so fruit doesn't really do it for me.

showerhead Mon 06-May-13 09:52:17

snacks for me are the devils work, i really think snacking contributes to weight gain- though if you're only snacking on carrot sticks and celery you should be ok. Its something to do with insulin and fat. If you want to carry on snacking then stick to very low calorie and low GI foods that won't raise your blood sugar. You could also try plain nuts but watch the calories and portion size.

My main aim over these 3 months is to retrain myself to stick to 3 meals a day, i know when hunger badly strikes that will be hard but i do find chomping on raw veg can help get over that .

I've been ok these past few days. Eating is less disordered, though yesterday wasn't great. What i've eaten is another matter, due to new farmers market in town with lovely cake stall where the woman was cutting massive slabs for a very reasonable price i ended up having cake for lunch on friday- having the other half the next day. Exercise again has been lots of walking, i really need to start getting into the habit of doing some strength work at home.

Good luck everyone!

berrygood25 Mon 06-May-13 19:01:16

Hello! Today hasn't been tooo bad food wise, considering its a bank holiday anyway. Had some salmon and salad for dinner and now a small glass of wine, must only have one though!!

For a snack, I quite like the special K chocolate, chewy cereal bars. For under 100 calories, it doesn't feel like I'm depriving myself of tasty treats (not sure how healthy they are though). Microwave popcorn and grapes also work for me.

I have a weekend away booked with friends for 3 weeks time and so I'm going to be using that as my first target. I want to have lost 4 pounds (5 would be great!) and so I'm going to start doing the shred, just discovered you can get the whole workout on one clip on youtube.

Hope everyone had a good day.

Murtette Mon 06-May-13 19:38:04

Evening! I weighed in today and have lost 4lbs in the first week which I'm thrilled about. Of course, I'm now thinking how much I'd lose if I continued at this rate which is silly as I know it won't. It does make me think that losing 1.5lbs a week should be achievable though.
Tri - I'm also basing my diet around the slimfast principles in terms of calorie consumption. I've adapted it slightly as I had 1 x 250 meal, 1 x 350 meal and 1 x 500 meal as I find that that gives me more options. For the snacks, I tend to have a banana every morning and then a "treat" in the afternoon, the treat being something like a bag of Quavers (88 calories), Twiglets (99 calories), a Frusli bar (111 cals) etc. I realise I do much better if I know I have something like that to look forward to and, as the size is pre-packaged, I know when to finish IYSWIM... its not like having a couple of biscuits as then its really tempting to have a third, and then a fourth. If I'm really hungry, then I'll have toast & marmite as that feels much more substantial & can keep me going. In the evening, I just about always have a yogurt.
Have any of you read the thread in Chat about what moment made you decide you have to lose weight? I found it really interesting.

riverboat Mon 06-May-13 21:14:01

Hi all,

So day one of healthier me went OK. Have downloaded MyFitnessPal and scrupulously entered all I've eaten today, which tells me I've consumed 1577 calories. To be honest I'm shocked at that, given that today I held off on snacks, generally ate less than I usually would and had a really healthy salad-based dinner! I was assuming my total would be well below 1500. So I'm starting to realise why my belly and flab has been creeping up on me, I must have been clocking well over 2,000 calories p/d for a good while!

On the exercise side, I did Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown when I got in from work, which felt good.

showerhead treats like homemade farmers-market cake are the type of thing that I don't want to live without in the long term, do that what it will to my weight! Sounds like you did a good job indulging yourself without bingeing, making it last two days.

berry congrats on decent day. I am also enjoying a small glass of wine right now. Not too much actual wine and a decent top-up of fizzy water to stretch it out. Sacrilege for some but it's a habit I already had, and am happy with it to keep my wine intake down (else it can get out of control quite quickly over the course of one evening at home)

Congrats on the weight loss Murtett - good tip re: Quavers, that's an excellent low-cal treat. I know what you mean about one biscuit turning into five...got to find a way to avoid that! Haven't seen that thread in Chat but will go and have a look.

Dingle Mon 06-May-13 22:15:44

Can I join please? After years of being a size 8/10 and being able to eat whatever/whenever I am now experiencing the middle aged spread! blush
After having the DC, now 13 & 11, I have never got back down to pre-pregnancy weight of 8.5 stone...and over the years I have just got heavier & heavier. I have not found myself at 11st 7lb!

Not really got a plan as such, not yet!

RubySlippers77 Tue 07-May-13 08:55:03

I would love to join too please! Used to be a slim 9 1/2 stone but weighed myself over the weekend & was dismayed to find that I'm 10st 13lb sad

I'm trying to sign up for lots of exercise-based challenges & as a starting point would like to have lost half a stone by my first Race for Life on June 1st, which is difficult but doable, I reckon (perhaps optimistically!)

Hopefully a combination of more exercise - I've joined a local running club & started going out myself too - & a low carb diet will do the trick, as salad & vegetables look more appealing now we finally have some sun...

I may also join my local Rosemary Conley class, not so much for the diet as for the support & the extra exercise!

Dingle Tue 07-May-13 09:42:42

I dusted off the running machine over the weekend and did my first bit of exercise in a long time!blush Legs and hips were very achy yesterday so I only did a few Wii Yoga exercises and some small weights in an attempt to tone.
Got the day off today so I have downloaded the Couch to 5K podcast and just done that. I am limited with both time and cash so I am trying to monitor my progress on the Wii and by logging into My Fitness pal. I do like to keep track of things!

berrygood25 Tue 07-May-13 20:22:56

Well done on the weight loss Murtette 4lbs is great!! I'm fighting the urge to weigh myself daily, it's hard not to have a sneaky look though.

I wish I had your attitude towards exercise Ruby by the time I get home from work, I just don't have the energy or desire I am however, contemplating setting my alarm earlier (6am!!) for a 30 min workout, but I will see how realistic that is in the morning...

I've had another ok day food wise - jacket potato with beans for lunch and stew and broccoli for dinner. Not feeling very satisfied though and craving lots of junk food!

wizzler Tue 07-May-13 20:28:39

Can I join in ? I lost 2.5 stone on WW two years ago and got tremendous help by being on the MN ww thread, so would appreciate your support.

Feel like I know what to eat, ( not that I have been eating it you understand.blush. but I know what it is I should be eating! So I am going to try to stick to that, and also do the Couch to 5k
Will weigh myself tomorrow morning and post on here ( if I can bear to look) . Definitely need to lose a stone at least
Dingle, how are you after your first run?

CarolBornAMan Tue 07-May-13 20:32:07

Hi
Looks like a few of us now on this which is great - am doing OK - weight loss is a bit odd - very up and down which is the downside of daily weighing I guess

Foodwise am loving it - not missed carbs at all so far and enjoying the "bad stuff" in life - exercise is going well - aiming to do 30 mins of something every day .. tomorrow it is cycling to work - not been on a bike for 30 years so survival is main objective and then the weight loss!

My target is to lose 6lb by end of the month to be well in the 11 somethings for the first time in year!

overitalready Tue 07-May-13 20:39:35

Can i join as well please? smile

Im doing x2 bootcamp shakes during the day and then 900 calorie meal in the evening..started 2 weeks ago and 10lb down so far..

This is just for a month to help me get the 1st stone off then i shall be doing 5:2

I have put on a stone a year every year for the past 3 years so would love to get rid of it all!

Good luck all grin

riverboat Tue 07-May-13 20:53:45

Day 2 has been challenging, because the day didn't go as I expected. Colleagues suggested going for an imrpomptu drink in the park after work, as the weather was lovely and sunny. And I don't want this healthy regime to restrict me from doing things like that, else what's the point of life, so I decided to go. Unfortunately as well as wine though, there were loads of snacks! But I managed to stick to two small glasses of wine and the healthy crudite style snacks, and resist the crisps / cheese (except one cube) / bread! Not too bad.

Am home now having eaten roast chicken with green beans and just a couple of potatoes for dinner. Dying for a chocolate-y desert but it will put me over 1600 cals which is my daily target. Don't plan on calorie counting in the long run, but I think it's a good idea to do it for a while just to get me aware of what a reasonable amount of food per day consists of. ie not what I was eating before!

The impromptu drinks also meant that my exercise plan for today went out the window, so will have to make the effort to do something extra tomorrow. And, tomorrow evening I have a dinner party to go to, so am going to have to think carefully about how I will manage that, what is and isn't reasonable etc.

Is anyone else on myfitnesspal? My username there is riverboat83 if anyone wants to add me.

Congrats on the exercise Dingle! I know what you mean about the weight creeping up, I had always been 10 stone pretty much since I was a teenager no matter whether I exercised and ate healthy, or ate what I wanted and did nothing. But over the last year or so that 10 stone has crept up to 10,6 - which scares me a little as it doesn't show signs of stopping, and all the women in my family have a tendancy to balloon in their 30's and 40's!

Welcome and good luck wizzler and overit.

tri10 Tue 07-May-13 21:13:54

Well done on all the losses, I'm trying to stay away from the scales as I like to weigh everymorning to see the little losses but haven't lost anything since I started the shred a week agohmm so I'm going to try and stay off the scales till Saturday.

Dingle Tue 07-May-13 21:17:21

I have actually enjoyed the exercise, although I did over do it on my first day. I did 15 min on the x-trainer then 25 mins on the running machine. The day after I really felt it in my hips hence the gentle yoga yesterday.
This mornings couch to 5K was a huge success, I raved about it so much even hubby did a his first podcast tonight. I feel very motivated and I am looking forward to working my way through the podcasts.

My time and money are obstacles I need to work around but I think one of my biggest issues the lack of planning healthier meals.

Off to update My Fitness Pal! x

Murtette Tue 07-May-13 21:29:32

Dingle - how does C25K work? How long does it last for? And how much of a run/walk split does it start off with?

I didn't manage any exercise yesterday as I just ran out of time & am feeling really PMTy. Still feeling a bit rubbish today but will try the Shred in a few minutes. I've already had to cancel tomorrow's Zumba class as DP is out. Foodwise was OK today... until DP made courgette risotto and, only after I'd eatenhalf of it, told me it was supposed to serve 4!

Now there are so many of us (yay!) do we want to do some sort of list of start weight, goal weight & current weight?

Murtette SW 11st10; GW 10st3; CW 11st 7; loss - 4lbs

Dingle Tue 07-May-13 21:52:37

I can only tell you about week C25K week 1. It lasts for 30 minutes, you start with a 5 min warm up, then you do a 60 second run, followed by 90 seconds of brisk walking, this 60 sec run-90 sec walk continues until the last 5 mins of cool down!

You do this 3 alternate days.

Happy to share my stats; SW 11st7: GW ???? 9st7-10st: Loss 0 (so far!)

RubySlippers77 Wed 08-May-13 12:37:52

Hi everyone,

Well done to all & a big thank you for being so positive & inspiring, nice to know I'm not on my own with this being hard work, but we will get there!!

Went running again last night & am out with my ladies running club tonight. I'd like to join the local mixed club but am not good enough yet sad hey ho, will keep plodding along.

Foodwise, bit dull but I can cope with dull as long as it's filling and not time consuming to prepare/ make...

Currently out on a walk round the park at lunch time as part of Operation Stress Less and Obtain a Better Work Life Balance (need a more catchy title I reckon!) - I used to optimistically think that walking the 5 minutes to Tesco cancelled out the pastry I then bought there, but the scales tell me otherwise!!

river - sounds like a fun picnic & I think you did well with resisting further temptation smile

SW: 10st 13lb GW: 9st 12lb CW: 10st 13lb (I only started yesterday!)

wizzler Wed 08-May-13 19:00:26

SW 11ST 11 lb . There, I've said it

Well done to everyone who has lost. Dingle, I plan to start C25K tomorrow night

Murtette Wed 08-May-13 21:20:36

I feel as thought I'm falling off the wagon, mainly due to getting my period. All I want is comfort food & I certainly don't have the energy to exercise (or the time as we're interviewing nannies every evening at the moment). I have managed to avoid chocolate today and stick to my calorie limit but, after such a good week last week, I feel as though I've lost my way a bit this week.
Ruby - I know what you mean about calories in/calories out maths. It was only when I was on holiday with thinner friends last year, that I realised that they didn't have cake/chocolate every day in the same way as I did. Since then, I've observed people a bit more and have noticed that other friends don't come up with excuses in the same way as I do i.e. the sun is shining, I'll have an ice cream; ooh, you've made a cake, it would be rude not to have a bit. I am trying to be more strict!
To inspire you all - I saw a friend today who'd lost 5kg (so 10 or 11lbs) and she looked transformed.

RubySlippers77 Wed 08-May-13 23:32:31

Hi Murtette - ah who can blame you for diving into the chocolate at that time of the month?! I haven't faced that challenge yet but am hoping that dark chocolate will satisfy me when it does, as I do actually prefer plain to milk, but not when I am craving a big bag of Maltesers.....

I have to say that calorie counting doesn't work for me - I am doing the low carb bootcamp - now I'm running as well I'm trying to eat lots of protein and brown rice, and cut out potatoes, bread etc. On the positive side it's very difficult to overdose on brown rice, you get bored long before you finish eating sad

Whatever works for everyone though, WW worked for me a few years back but I do prefer the low carbing way!

Very true what you said about thin people - the people I find most infuriating though are those who can eat what they want and still stay twiglet thin - grrrrr!!

riverboat Thu 09-May-13 01:34:31

I didn't do so well today food-wise, mainly because of going to a dinner party. On the one hand I ate a lot less there than I would have done a week ago before I decided to start this regime. On the other hand typing all I DID eat into MFP was still depressing seeing the calories tot up and up...and up!

I did 20m on the treadmill today which I was pleased with, plus sit ups.

Murtette, interesting point re other people not using excuses. I wonder though, is it because they are tempted but strong-willed, or just not that tempted in the first place?

Dingle Thu 09-May-13 08:28:43

wizzler I hope you enjoyc25k as much as I did!

I am only in my first week but yesterday I really struggled and ended up going over my calories and still having a brioche and warm milk before bed! blush I haven't been sleeping well, feel like I am fighting off a cold and had a full day of working at pre-school! I was aching and shattered.

I am due to do my second "run" on c25k this evening so hopefully that will give me a boost.

I am hoping to try some of the standing abs routines as I do have problems with my lower back, can anyone recommend any in particular please?

Good luck everyone.x

peacefuloptimist Thu 09-May-13 15:38:20

Hi. Can I join too. Sw is 12.6 stones. I want to lose about 2.5 stones imh but focusing on getting rid of the 1st stone is just what I need to back away from the pit of despair. I'm currently doing ww and I have the shred which did help me when did it. I lost about 7 1/2 lbs and I'm looking to go back to it as well as going for more walks taking advantage of the good weather. About four years ago I managed to lose 20kg and it totally transformed me. My confidence just shot through the roof. I've always felt like was big and it was the first time I saw myself as a slim person when I looked in the mirror. I want that feeling again and I know now that I can do it. I just need to build up my willpower. Last time I mainly did it through exercise which helps me to regulate my eating. But this time I will have leads opportunity to exercise because of my 8month old ds so I need to finally conquer my bad eating habits. Good luck everyone!

kelbop Thu 09-May-13 18:44:48

Late to the party as ever but can I join in? I'm 10 st 10 and want to be 9 by the summer. I have a calorie counting app which has shocked me into how much I eat regularly but am too ashamed to put my odd steady fueled binges in(anyone got any tips on how to avoid this???). I try and run once a week and dvd twice but dh is rarely home before 7 and with two dcs its hard (2y and 6mo). Used to do triathlons and run marathons so I know I can just need some mates to help me along the path :-) good luck everyone and bring on those summer swim suits.

kelbop Thu 09-May-13 18:51:47

My fitness pal username is Kel2bugs but have been abit sporadic so far...

Dingle Thu 09-May-13 20:08:23

Calorie counters- I need advice please! Sorry, it may be a silly question and I know it must depend on how much I have to lose and how quickly I plan to use it but MFP is only giving me 1200 cals per day and I am struggling.

I am up to 1527 so even with my C25K run, I will still be over.

wizzler Thu 09-May-13 21:57:28

Hurrah I have done my first run.
It was ok actually, although the uphill bits burnt my calf muscles. Feel quite revived, and much better than I thought I would.
Even better, it took me so long to work out how to download the podcast to my MP3 player, that it was dusk so no one else was about to see me!

Dingle.. did you run? was it easier?

Dingle Thu 09-May-13 22:48:21

Yes, wizzler I did. Not sure it was easier 2nd time round, I'll let you know tomorrow! I think I pushed myself a bit more too, did 2.3 miles and burnt 23 more calories. I need all the help I can get at the moment as I am still over my calorie target set in MFP. Well done on your first run.

riverboat Thu 09-May-13 23:25:09

Dingle - MFP told me to eat 1300 cals a day, but I knew that was less than I'd be able to stick to, so I changed the target to 1600. I know I was eating well over 2000 p/d before, so 1600 is still a loss. And MFP still tells me I'm on track to lose weight if I keep to this plan, just at a slower rate than if I did 1300 p/d...

riverboat Thu 09-May-13 23:34:54

...sorry posted too soon. Meant to add that I thought I'd be OK upping the target since I'm not looking to lose much weight (less than a stone and I'm not in a great hurry) just to tone up and shift my belly. Obviously if you want to lose more weight / lose weight faster I don't know if upping your target is a good idea.

Anyway, I came in just below my target today, and did an exercise DVD as well as generally having a pretty active day. So am feeling better after my dinner party indulgence yesterday.

Murtette Thu 09-May-13 23:42:26

A quick post before going to bed - no exercise (again); much better foodwise.
Going away this weekend. At home, I'm coping on 1250ish as I'm really planning what I eat & when, something I won't be able to do whilst away.

Murtette Thu 09-May-13 23:42:47

Oh, and welcome to the new joiners.

Dingle Fri 10-May-13 07:35:02

Thank you for the replies. I know my downfall really is in meal planning! blush When I started looking at weight loss at the weekend I looked at the NHS site which I think said 1400cals per day...so I suppose anything between 1200-1400 I shouldn't get stressed over but it is nice to see the figures all in green!

I have a day off today and seeing as I did my C25K last night I might hit the yoga on the Wii and perhaps try some of those standing abs exercises.

wizzler Fri 10-May-13 08:54:24

Just feel so much better knowing I am doing something instead of gettng fatter and more miserable!

Bakingnovice Fri 10-May-13 09:40:10

Hi everyone. I think I should lose 2lb by weigh in tomorrow which will take me to 12lb loss. I'm low carbing and have cut out all the shit. But I eat anything I want on Saturdays. I'm hoping I can lose another 8-10 lbs like this then move to 5:2 again. I've been very bad and not exercised! The weather is not helping though. It's bouts of sun followed by heavy winds and rain here and I keep missing the short window of good weather so ican walk.

Dingle Fri 10-May-13 15:02:49

My day off didn't really go to plan. My 9.15 meeting didn't finish til about midday but I have managed lunch and over half an hour on Wii Fit. I feel I'd like something more structured but easy to fit in at home on my non C25K days. Any ideas please. I do fancy something more general toning and flexibility, perhaps some arm and abs and hope that the "running" will improve tone of my legs and bum! grin (She said with fingers tightly crossed!)
I don't want high level aerobics, especially after a full day working at the pre-school then home to look after my own DC. I'd like something more relaxing if possible.
Are you looking forward to your next run wizzler?
Fingers crossed for you Bakingnovice and well done!
Thank you for the advice riverboat. It's only week 1, I think I will try to stick between 1200 and 1400 taking exercise in consideration and just see how it goes. IF I lose anything may also depend on my IBS! blush but so far upping my water intake, exercising, etc hasn't had any effect. I might have to take a dose of senna tonight! LOL

wizzler Fri 10-May-13 16:07:53

Next run is due tomorrow Dingle.. do me a favour and give me a kick up the bum if I dip out.
I do Karate with the DC on friday nights.... never want to go but always enjoy it when I get there... and hitting boards very hard is very theraputic ! Not as strenuous as it sounds, but not as bad as sitting on the sofa scoffing maltesers!!!

tumbletumble Fri 10-May-13 19:40:57

Hi all, please can I join you?

I started 3 weeks ago and have already lost half a stone, bringing me to 12st 8lb. I was a bit higher this morning (sneaky mid week weigh in), but I think (hope!) that is due to TOTM.

I would love to lost another 2 stone, which would give me a BMI of 22.5 (currently 26.8).

I've been trying to stick to 1200 calories, not always succeeding but at least the weight has been coming off so I haven't been too bad!

Exercise isn't too much of a problem for me as I do quite a bit anyway (running, gym, pilates). Snacking and mindless eating are my downfall - I love cake, crisps etc! I am allowing myself a bag of quavers a day as my treat (only 88 cals as someone already noted up thread).

riverboat Sat 11-May-13 00:24:38

Dongle, I like JM's Yoga Meltdown for arms and general toning /flexibility. Free on YouTube!

Don't know if today was good or bad. On one hand spent most of day (6 hours) walking around my city doing sightseeing with guests. Minimal sitting intervals. My feet were absolutelty killing by the end of the day. On the other hand I had a lot of wine and as big restaurant meal with said guests at end of day, and am really having difficulty quantifying the calories in my huge very varied meal, not all of which I ate. I think I roughly broke even all told, maybe a bit over.

riverboat Sat 11-May-13 00:38:12

Argh, Dingle, not Dongle!

Welcome tumbletumble. Sounds like you are doing great, and good luck with the continuance! Do you like gherkins? The kind that come in jars of vinegar? I have latched onto these as a great practically 0 cal snack, and very satisfying too due to crunchiness and sourness.

tri10 Sat 11-May-13 08:38:46

2lbs down this morninggrin but the shred is absolutely killing my knees! So need to find something else to alternate with the shred, is the yoga meltdown 30mins as well?

Dingle Sat 11-May-13 08:52:02

LOL, I like Dongle! grin

Thank you riverboat I will take a look at Yoga meltdown.

Hmm, not sure about the gherkins, I think I'd be too tempted to add a big chunk of mature cheddar to my plate! blush

I weighed in at 11st 3.25lb this morning so I have had a loss of just over 3lb in my first week. I am enjoying the c25k but I still need to bring in more exercise. My biggest issue is still planning our meals!

Run wizzler, run! LOL I am going to get dressed and do my run early today!

RubySlippers77 Sat 11-May-13 12:25:40

I've just done my first British Military Fitness class. It was a freebie and I'm not sure I'll go back, as I can just about face doing it when the weather is ok, but there's no way I'd be out there in the rain..... but good fun and I worked hard, think I'll feel it later!!

I'd never heard of the Shred or Yoga Meltdown but will be giving them a go so thank you for the tips ladies grin

Wishing you all a successful weight-loss weekend - I did crack last night and have a small glass of cava - it was only the thought of suffering at the BMF class today that kept me on the straight and narrow and away from further glasses!

Bakingnovice Sat 11-May-13 13:38:42

I lost 2lb this week. So total for 4 weeks is 12lbs. I'm v happy. But having a day off today. So impressed with all the exercise going on. I did a 70 min walk today and I hope I keep it up. I love the shred but it buggers my knees up too. I'm going to dig it out as it tones you like nothing else.

My goal for next week is 2lb which will take me to a full stone. Good luck everyone!

riverboat Sat 11-May-13 22:53:21

Another not great day, mostly because of the ongoing presence of house guests, so more general drinking / eating going on around me which I feel uncomfortable completely abstaining from, but even with reduced drinking / scoffing I still end up going over my calories!

Tomorrow until next weekend should be much easier to control. Then next weekend itself will be a challenge for various reasons, but I'll deal with that when we get there.

DottyboutDots Sun 12-May-13 05:46:02

Had to post somewhere as I'm so ecstatic! After a post all children weightloss start of 16 kg / about 2.5 stone last year, I had plateaued started to put it back on. With a wedding coming up I panicked decided to focus and week one has got rid of 2.4kgs! I've never, ever lost that much in a week before. I did MFP at 1200 and did not negotiate with myself at all, meaning I never ate over the allowance nor did I eat all my exercise calories.
Going to celebrate with a swim.

riverboat Sun 12-May-13 10:16:58

Congratulations Dotty, that's fantastic! You sound so strong, I'm really glad it has paid off. Enjoy your swim and the rest of your Sunday :-)

Murtette Sun 12-May-13 20:42:25

Some great losses on here! Well done, ladies. I will be approaching the scales with some trepidation tomorrow as we spent the weekend staying with friends who are the sort of annoying people who eat whatever they want & stay stick thin and also really enjoy cooking so we had a delicious home made curry for supper last night followed by home made panna cotta. Breakfast this morning was very different to my normal weetabix!
And I still haven't done any exercise. And won't be able to do any tomorrow - other than running around after the DC. I must start Shredding again on Tues.

riverboat Sun 12-May-13 23:00:11

Today went much better now my house guests have finally gone.

Breakfast: 2 small slices of bacon and a small orange juice
Lunch: Big salad and a small ham sandwich
Dinner: Roast pork with lots of mushrooms and a small spoonful of mash. Plus a yogurt and the teeniest piece of cake.
Excercise: 20 minutes running on treadmill plus lots of crunches.

...puts me well within my calorie goal, unlike the last two days! I think the biggest reason for this is no wine today. I simply can't resist drinking wine when everyone else around me is, all I can do is try to keep the glasses small! And so I have to make an effort on days like today when I'm just with DP at home to NOT have a glass (or two) in the evening out of habit.

I'm definitely still learning a lot about my ingrained eating/drinking habits and which ones are the worst for me. Really glad I started doing this!

tumbletumble Mon 13-May-13 18:44:03

Well done Dotty, that's fab!

Like riverboat, we had friends staying this weekend. I did my best but am feeling nervous about my weigh in tomorrow!

riverboat Mon 13-May-13 23:30:51

Good luck for the weigh in tumble.

How is everyone else doing?

Today was good insofar as I stayed under my calorie goal and did exercise, but it was also the first day where I have felt hungry, and had to really stop myself grabbing crisps / piece of cheese / biscuits. Not sure if it was actual hunger or just one of the effects of being more conscious of what I should and shouldn't be eating...

Dingle Tue 14-May-13 08:25:14

Weighed myself this morning and have lost another 1.5lb, that's a total of 5lb since I started about 10 days ago.

Still struggling meeting MFP cal target of 1200 but really enjoying C25k.

riverboat I often feel hungry, my worst time is in the evening when I usually have warm milk and a cookie!blush

keep going everyone.x

wizzler Tue 14-May-13 08:37:43

First weigh in for me and I have lost 2lbs... hurray!. Trousers already fitting better so much more positive as a result

Paid for my holiday this week, which means I have 12 weeks to get into shape. Am doing c25k, and eating sensibly... finding that increasing my exercise seems to reduce my appetite.

Well done Dingle.. keep going <waves>

Dingle Tue 14-May-13 09:14:33

Well done, wizzler I have 12.5 weeks till our hols. How much do you want to lose before you go?

I MAY attempt that Yoga Meltdown(???) today as I have a day off. Enjoyed my run last night but have woken up heady and stuffy and feeling rotten.

DottyboutDots Tue 14-May-13 10:11:31

Lots of weight loss this week. What an encouragement. 12 weeks before holidays for some of you, that's a solid amount of time. I wish i had started this earlier.

On Monday, we usually play squash and then go out for dinner with a couple afterwards. I had a cosmopolitan, a glass of wine and a grilled veggie stack starter instead of the usual steak with vegetables and a handful of dh's chips. I was full.

Is anyone weighing themselves daily? I don't have the will power not to. Not least in that the first figure is the lowest in four years, so I keep wanting to check.

Dingle Tue 14-May-13 11:37:31

I weigh several times a week Dotty and I have done for some time. I do fluctuate quite a bit, especially as I have IBS and shall we say, I am not exactly "regular!" LOL blushblush

Murtette Tue 14-May-13 20:36:50

I weighed in yesterday after my disasterous weekend away and weighed 11st 7lb so had put on a 1lb but weighed again this morning and was back down to 11st 6lb. DS turns one in a week's time and I desperately want to be 11st 4lb by then as that was the highest I ever weighed pre-DC and the weight I got down to for a few days between DC (morning all day sickness with DC did have some benefits!).
I'll be shredding shortly for the first time in a week and will be going to zumba tomorrow so should be back on the exercise wagon.

RubySlippers77 Tue 14-May-13 21:38:48

After many runs and being careful with what I ate, I lost a measly 1lb last week sad still, better than gaining 1lb I guess, and I did have a couple of glasses of wine so maybe can't expect more!

I only weigh once a week, probably a habit ingrained after years of going to Weight Watchers.....

riverboat - I can empathise about the food - I was so desperate for something sweet to eat about 4pm, and had nothing with me at work!! Could have been a good thing though, had I had a big bag of Maltesers I would have scoffed the lot!!

wizzler Tue 14-May-13 22:33:05

Ruby if you lost 1 lb a week you would be over 3.5 stone lighter in a year, and you don't need to lose that much.... slow but sure is the best way

RubySlippers77 Wed 15-May-13 12:23:51

That's very true wizzler, thank you for reminding me. I do feel slimmer but I want the scales to reflect that!!

I may have to try the Yoga Meltdown for toning up - is it relaxing too, that's what I associate with yoga?! I was rubbish at Pilates but it's worth a try...

Murtette Wed 15-May-13 21:34:02

Ruby sometimes I feel as though the scales are playing catch up with me and that I'm feeling/looking thinner but weigh the same. And if you only lose 1lb a week over the three months, that will still be a stone gone.
A good day today... stuck to calories & did zumba.

tumbletumble Thu 16-May-13 08:39:36

Don't worry Ruby, I think slow steady weight loss is better - more likely to stay off IME.

I also weigh several times a week, but I have one "proper" weigh in day which is the one I write down. This week I gained 1lb on my weigh in day compared to last week, but I just weighed myself this morning and I'm down 2lb since then so I think I must have been bloated or something. I'm really proud of myself for having a bad weigh in but remaining motivated and following it up with a good couple of days, rather than consoling myself with the help of the biscuit tin!

I have a few different motivation points - a 40th this weekend, a wedding in mid July, and we're going on holiday at the end of August. I also have an interim goal of getting to a healthy BMI of 25 - need to lose another 11lb from today's weight to get there.

riverboat Thu 16-May-13 08:50:05

Ruby - Yoga Meltdown is relaxing compared to some other exercise DVDs, but its not the first word that springs to mind when describing it! Its a challenge, it really pushes you on core strength stuff.

I sympathise too re: weight loss. I dropped 0.6kg really quickly a few days into making diet and exercise changes, but since then (approx week ago) I've lostnothing! I knew it would be like this though, my weight is generally resistant to change in either direction unless its really gradual over time. Also, I prefer to go on how clothes feel and how I feel in myself, rather than the scales. I'd do measurements but its such a faff!

I've had a good few days since I last checked in. Less hungry, lots of exercise and nice healthy food, and have stayed under my calorie target. I have discovered red fruit flavoured sugar free Hollywood gum for when I just want to shove something into my mouth. Its really nice and takes away the danger of ramming in biscuits / crisps / crap.

Dingle Thu 16-May-13 19:21:14

This rotten head cold has really set me back with my exercise and yesterday I didn't even bother counting calories either! I was feeling rather low and sorry for myself.

I have just had a lovely beef casserole, which I bulked out with carrots, onions and peas. I even trialed putting in a scoopful of some red split lentils but I think I will have to increase the amount next time. We still had a good sized portion, scooped into a large yorkshire pudding! blush I have got some left, enough to freeze or perhaps have for lunch tomorrow. I am aiming to reduce the meat and increase the veg proportions.

I haven't a clue how to calorie count for that though!

riverboat Thu 16-May-13 19:43:32

Dingle - sorry to hear you're still feeling bad. I think that is exactly the kind of thing that could make me just feel sorry for myself and give up with the whole endeavour - I guess the secret to making sustained change is not giving in to that. I think you definitely shouldn't try to exercise or restrict your eating too much if you're feeling crap, you just need to be ready to hop back on the bandwagon when you're feeling better. Hope that is soon!

FWIW, I made a pork casserole at the weekend and tried to calorie count it but it took ages. I weighed everything as I put it in the pot and looked up the calories and totted up the list. But then I realised I didn't know if all the calorie counts I had used were for raw or cooked weight, which considering everything loses weight in cooking meant I was left having no real idea what my finished casserole contained in terms of calories. I did however learn that pork shoulder contains more calories than I would have thought, and stock cubes contain very little.

Dingle Thu 16-May-13 20:05:47

I have just counted things like 1 raw carrot, because I put 4 in, 1/4 of a raw onion...etc...I thought I'd done OK today but the giant yorkshire pudding was obviously a step too far! I am at 1674 calories.

Just watching "Secret Eaters!" LOL

Murtette Thu 16-May-13 20:58:06

Dingle - sorry to hear you're ill.
I had a cheeky mid-week weigh in today and was delighted to be at 11st 4, which was my goal for next Tues. As usual, this means I've been more relaxed today and so have had about 200cal more than I should have done. I now want to try & lose another 2lbs by Tues. Off to do the Shred now.
Tumble - I've got 12lbs to go until I'm a healthy BMI. That's my main goal. It would be so nice to know that I wasn't officially overweight.

Dingle Thu 16-May-13 21:26:47

Murtette you are about the same as me, I weighed in at 11st 3lb last weigh in but I will be very lucky to lose anything this week.

Murtette Thu 16-May-13 22:25:10

Aaaahhhh - haven't Shredded & its now 10.30 & I'm going to bed.
Dingle & Tumble - what height are you? I'm 5'4" so need to be 10st6 to be a healthy BMI.

Dingle Thu 16-May-13 23:25:22

I am 5'5"...........not sure what I want to lose yet. Long term somewhere between 9st7lb and 10st7lb.

tumbletumble Fri 17-May-13 07:05:07

Riverboat, I think most calories are based on uncooked weight?

Murette I'm 5'8" so a healthy BMI is 11st 10lb. I'm aiming for a stone lower in the longer term.

No exercise yesterday (I had to miss my pilates class) but my food intake was good. Will try to go to the gym today.

RubySlippers77 Fri 17-May-13 15:14:23

dingle, I'm with you - at 5' 5" I need to lose at least half a stone (last weigh in I was 10st 12lb). Good news and bad news from me today - I put on a top I hadn't worn for a while and it was much looser, yay! - then tried on a bikini and thought oh dear oh dear..... Must keep going with the running and low carbing!!

Dingle Fri 17-May-13 15:18:36

I have just thought...I don't need to lose weight....I just need to grow a foot taller! wink

Murtette Fri 17-May-13 22:52:25

Dingle - I have had the same realisation! Just 4 measly inches and I'd be a healthy weight as I am now.
OK on the food again today; no exercise; probably not enough water drunk. Thinking I need to get one of those apps to remind me to drink water.

wizzler Sat 18-May-13 16:57:13

Murtette, Ruby and Dingle.. I am also 5ft 5" but am currently 11 at 9lbs sad... also aiming for 10st 6lbs. ... seems a long way away. Have not had a malteser for a whole week now......

Murtette Sat 18-May-13 21:55:08

Shred just done. Within calories today too. I've realised I have to do the exercise to lose weight. Feel as though I deserve a big loss having done the Shred at 9.30 on a Sat night!

riverboat Sun 19-May-13 10:25:06

Yesterday morning I unexpectedly had a 0.2kg loss on the scales. Unfortunately I then went to a really posh wedding-style christening, where I think I must have eaten at least 2000 cals what with insanely delicious and abundant canapes, starter, main, cheese, dessert and endless wine/champagne. Decided notbto hold myself back too much as the food on offer was so wonderful it would have felt like a sin to snub it!

Had an informal wedding reception on Fri night too where the food was a buffet and though the champagne there put me over my cals, I was quite restrained with the food.

So, no weigh in this morning as am in hotel, but got to try and get back on the bandwagon for today and next week. Just got to get through the official christening 'brunch' today then back on home ground...

Murtette Sun 19-May-13 22:11:46

River - some food is definitely too good to be missed.
I've just shredded again. I feel as though I'm getting back into the exercise habit again which is good. Zumba tomorrow night.

DottyboutDots Mon 20-May-13 10:12:46

Had a 1.5kg weight gain shocker, over the weekend!! Not right as I swam and ate healthily, though i did go to a party and have around 6 vodkas. Still, that's not 10,500 kcals.

No idea what's going on so am going to try and cut back on scales and pull out....... the measuring tape.

Murtette Mon 20-May-13 22:58:32

Weighed in at 11st 4 this morning so a 2lb loss from last week - which should be good except that I was 11st 4 on Friday and was ridiculously good over the weekend. I shredded both days and ate less than 1000 calories. A bit disappointed really. BUT I do seem to have a more defined jawline, have more rolls of fat between my armpits and hips (it sounds bad but I've realised I that it is a good thing as it used to just be one large sprawl of fat) and less of my inner thighs are against each other.

riverboat Tue 21-May-13 07:09:48

Seems the scales aren't playing fair for either of you Dotty and Murtette. I have honestly found through my life that scales don't seem to reflect the reality a lot of the time, and I try to focus more on how I feel and how my clothes fit rather than what the scales say. Its hard sometimes though. Google 'same weight different body' - there are some inspiring before and after pictures out there of people who haven't lost weight but have completely changed their body nonetheless.

tumbletumble Tue 21-May-13 11:08:28

Dotty and Murette, personally I find that the scales do reflect reality in the medium term but not in the short term. You have to ignore day to day fluctuations and have faith that, if you keep sticking to the diet, the weight will come off eventually.

You may remember I had gained 1lb on my weigh in day last week. But today it's my weigh in day again and I've lost 4lb - yay!! So that's 3lb in the last 2 weeks, and a total of 10lb in 4 weeks smile

DottyboutDots Tue 21-May-13 11:44:52

OMG, that's amazing tumble, well done! Excellent work.

DottyboutDots Tue 21-May-13 11:45:45

Murtette, how tall are you? I'm still in the one splat of fat at the moment!

riverboat Tue 21-May-13 12:05:12

Good example tumble, congrats! I definitely agree that scales are more effective over medium/long term.

I've been weighing myself in kg (am in France), and all pleased that Ive gradually lost 0.8kg over the past couple weeks. Then realised that is about 1.5 lbs! If I was weighing in lbs I'd be getting fed up with scales not moving, but in kg you get numbers going down quite regularly. Maybe this is why I feel I've been having more luck with the scales this time round compared to previous efforts in stones and lbs...

tumbletumble Tue 21-May-13 13:26:48

Thanks guys! Although I've just realised it's actually 10lb in 5 weeks, but still v happy with that.

Keep at it riverboat, slow and steady is good!

wizzler Wed 22-May-13 20:56:19

Hope you are right Tumble. I lost 2 lbs in week1, but out them back again this week. I have felt pretty grotty all week so hoping that the virus or whatever it is , is 2lbs in weight, iyswim!

Anyway, am continuing on with C25K and trying not to be too stringent in my diet as I think that may be causing me to feel rough.

Well done on losing 4lbs Tumble

Murtette Wed 22-May-13 22:04:36

Turtle - well done! That's fantastic

Dotty - I'm 5'4". Whilst the rolls of fat in some ways look worse, it is nice to remember that I do have ribs and hips and that they may one day be visible again!

Thank you for the reminder that its not just the scales that count. I've previously changed shape and the scales stayed the same - to the extent that I got a tiny friend to stand on them as I'd convinced myself that the scales were stuck!

RubySlippers77 Wed 22-May-13 22:04:37

Riverboat, tumble & Murtette - well done on your weight loss!! A measly 1lb for me this week, making an equally measly 2lb in 2 weeks - pah. Not much to show for all that running! Still, I do feel better for doing it and my clothes are definitely looser, hurrah.

Dotty - I completely sympathise - I've been there, thinking I haven't been strict but I haven't been bad, so why the weight gain?! Hopefully it will have evened out by next week.

Wizzler - hope you feel better soon!

tumbletumble Thu 23-May-13 06:46:51

We're away with friends for half term so next week is going to be v challenging for me. Am aiming to maintain rather than lose. I just don't want to undo the hard work so far!

Dingle Thu 23-May-13 20:10:03

Hi everyone, just being nosy at what everyone else has been up to! I have done absolutely nothing since last Monday. This flu bug has really taken it's toll.
I took a few days off last week but tried to suffer it this week. I have really struggled and have noticed that I am feeling really hungry these last few days. blush
Hope to pick up where left off in the next few days.

riverboat Thu 23-May-13 22:16:40

Hi Dingle, had noticed you weren't around and assumed you were still feeling crap. It sounds like you're having a horrible time, I hope it's starting to get a bit better though?

I think if you're ill and hungry, you have to eat...it would seem really wrong not to. I guess the best thing is to try to eat tons of good nutritious foods and less crappy junky ones...but sometimes only a doughnut will do ;-)

As far as things are going with me, I'm pretty happy with how it's all progressing. Have been amazed that for the first time I can remember, I am steadily losing weight...very slowly, but it's still definitely happening! I'm not sure if it's the MFP diet, or because it's the first time I've weighed myself regularly / weighed in kg / weighed on proper digital scales...but whatever it is, I am feeling pretty encouraged by it. Trying not to get too hung up on it though, as I'm sure the numbers won't keep playing nice forever.

In non-scales terms, the last few days have been good, I haven't been feeling that hungry and haven't felt like I'm denying myself that much either. Have been consistently under my calorie goal, so have earned some credit for the weekend when I'll inevitably go over.

AnnoyedAtWork Mon 27-May-13 12:42:11

Currently 9 st 2 (58kg) aim 8 st 9 (55 kg my normal weight for yeaaaars)but in the last 2 yrs I've not been able to get below 9 st (57.5).

Yes they are the last 7 vanity pounds and I want them to be gone by summer!

Using my fitness pal, running once a week and cycling to work 3 times a week

RubySlippers77 Wed 29-May-13 09:34:08

No weight loss at all for me this week. Pah! Although to be fair I have been back on the carbs, not as much as previously but still more than I'd like, mainly due to lack of choice - that's what happens when the person buying the picnic considers cheese & onion pasties a diet food...

Have added on a bit to my runs & am up to 35 minutes now. Hoping that's 5K but my app doesn't measure anything off road properly so who knows?!

Murtette Wed 29-May-13 11:11:30

Its taken me ages to find this thread again!
Ruby - I would have thought 35mins should be 5k, especially if its a route which hasn't got many uphills.
I haven't weighed in since Friday (when I was 11st4) as I've been at the in laws since then. The most I could have hoped for whilst there was to stay the same as we ate out a lot & I didn't do any exercise. That was a minor blip compared to the one I'm currently going through - DP and the DCs are still away so I'm home alone and eating all my favourite foods, none of which (other than butternut squash soup) are low cal. Surely 36 hours can't do too much harm?

auntpetunia Thu 30-May-13 11:01:57

Am I to late to join? After 4/5 months sitting round unable to do much after hysterectomy in late December I got weighed at hospital yesterday and was devastated to be told I'm 12st 7¡!!!!. The nurse was really nice and said coz I'm tall 5ft 10, it was OK. Its not. Am aiming based on my fitness pal to eat 1200 a day,it reckons I'll loose 2pound a week that way. Does that sound right?

riverboat Thu 30-May-13 11:17:11

Welcome petunia! 1200 cals is what MFP suggests to everyone, but personally I think its too low to be sustainable as a long term way of life. I am 5"7, have been aiming for 1600 cals a day, and I started 25 days ago. So far I have lost 4lbs which I am delighted with - I am hoping to lose about a stone in total but want to do it slowly so that it is more likely to stay off!

auntpetunia Thu 30-May-13 11:29:34

Thanks river, I have to admit I've done 2 days of ordinary eating so far but putting everything onto the app as wanted to see how much over I was eating, but both days I've had calories left to use! So maybe my eating isn't the problem …maybe its been lack of exercise. Am going to keep with it though and hopefully get back under 12st. I'd like to loose a stone so 11.7 is my aim.

Murtette Sat 01-Jun-13 22:46:56

So, June 1st which means I've been doing this for a month and have lost 4lbs. It would have been at least 6lb, if not 7, if I hadn't had my break earlier this week. Other than the past week & when I had my period, I pretty much managed to stick to 1250/1300 cals. I did two lots of 5 days of the Shred but that was it. This month, I need to keep sticking to the calories and up the exercise - which may be tricky as we're off on holiday in 10 days!

racingheart Thu 06-Jun-13 16:07:23

Hi
Please can I join?
Started on a fitness regime about a month ago - doing zumba, martial fitness bootcamp, running (C25K), powerwalking and bikram yoga all of which is making me feel stronger but no weight loss or inch loss yet, despite working out 3 times a week on average.

So, started a diet this week, using MFP and calories. I'm aiming for about 1300 per day with exercise calorie burn of 2000 per week. I'm 5'4", 11st and normal weight is 9 st 4lbs, though I'd settle for 9 1/2, so weight loss aim is 20-25 lbs.

Would love some tips. I'm cutting out all processed foods and most sugars except fruit, and keeping carbs fairly low, also drinking lots of water.

Bit surprised that on 1200 cals people are only losing 2lb per week - what does it take to lose 3-4lb pw?

OP - are you going on holiday anywhere you can exercise?

OHforDUCKScake Fri 07-Jun-13 08:09:06

Hello, can I join too? Ive got a holiday at the start of august too.

My usual weight is 9st8lb-12lb but breastfeeding is making my usual weight as 10st5lb-10lb.

Id really liked to get to 9st 12lb and im currently at 10.5

Its not much at all but incredibly hard when breast feeding. My body just wants to cling on to every ounce of fat.

I lost a stone in 2 weeks when I stopped breast feeding my eldest.

So Im using myfitness pal because I dont feel hungry, like Im losing out or taking anything vital away.

I did get down to 10.2 with it, but then my son had his second birthday so I ate cake etc then I had an operation a week after so I wasnt sticking to anything then.

But here I am, back on it. Its just over 8 weeks until the holiday so I expect I will lose, gain, lose and gain by then!

I just want to see single figure stones again and I will be happy.

HaPPy8 Fri 07-Jun-13 09:52:39

I'd like to join too. I started MFP almost two weeks ago and have lost about 5lbs. I know that some of that will have been water weight and now the loss will slow down a lot so i need motivation to keep going! i only want to lose another 7lbs so I know its not too much but I am only short so every lb shows. If I could lose that 7lbs by the end of July I would be very happy, i think that slow and steady is more realistic for me but its oh so hard to keep going when you want to weigh each day and there is no movement on the scales. Which i know is silly - it didn't go on in a week!

Mimishimi Sun 09-Jun-13 05:33:45

I would like to join up as well. Am 5'4" and 10 st. 1. I have a big dance performance at the end of August and I'd like to get down to 9 st. 2. Have been doing level one of JM's 30 day shred for the past 7 days and have seen improvements with measurements (yes, even in just one week) but not much on the scale as yet. Goal is also 1300 calories.

RubySlippers77 Mon 10-Jun-13 20:29:24

It was a measly 1lb loss for me this week ladies so wishing you all better luck in your weight loss quests!! I've been coughing and sniffling for days now so haven't managed to run for a week and am beating myself up about not sticking to the healthy eating and running routine that I've got into over the last few weeks. I know it's not productive to do that but you know when you have one of those days when everything makes you feel demoralised?! Hoping to take Wednesday off work to get myself back on to the straight and narrow.....

RubySlippers77 Mon 17-Jun-13 19:38:01

Hi everyone smile

New week, new enthusiasm from me..... OH is away for a week from tomorrow so I have no excuse not to get out and do some running, hopefully I will lose a couple of lb's whilst he's away!!

How is everyone doing with their weight loss challenges?

Mimishimi Sat 22-Jun-13 11:21:58

Down to 9st 11 (since June 10) but have had a shoulder injury then bad cold so haven't done Jillian Michael's shred for almost 2 weeks. Have been jogging and cycling instead but cold really took it out of me today. DS recovered from it in three days so hopefully should be good to go on Monday.

RubySlippers77 Sat 22-Jun-13 15:42:33

I can empathise about the cold, I never remember how long it takes me to recover from them! I had 2 1/2 weeks off my running programme, started again Wed, went for a run last night & how achey was I today?! Hopefully my 5K tomorrow will get me back into the swing of things, even if I have to walk some of it!

tumbletumble Sat 22-Jun-13 20:03:51

Hello all

Can't believe I haven't posted on this thread for nearly a month, where does the time go?! I haven't lost any weight in that time either blush I went up over half term and have been taking it off again since then.

Determined to do better this week.

RubySlippers77 Wed 26-Jun-13 21:21:16

How are you doing tumble?

Another paltry 1lb loss for me after almost killing myself doing a 5K run. It's almost enough to make me give up and trot off to McDonald's to eat everything I can lay my hands on!!

Dingle Fri 28-Jun-13 09:36:31

Oh, I have found you all again! grin

After 5 weeks of feeling really poorly I am desperately trying to get back on track. I have picked up where I left off with C25K and I am really enjoying (if enjoying is the right word!) that.
MFP has been very hit and miss, when I do find the time can be bothered to complete my food diary, I am always over the 1200 cals set and find it quite demoralising. I did work out a more accurate way of setting a calorie target, the link was on MN somewhere, but now I cannot find it!sad

Murtette Sat 29-Jun-13 21:36:17

So, two months in and I have lost 3lbs. Its particularly poor as, at the end of May, I had lost 6lbs so could be close to my target if I'd stuck to that. Instead, I went on holiday for a week and then had guests for the past 6 days so we had dinner with pudding most nights & I had cake as well on the days I was at home. And had no time to exercise.
Back on the wagon tomorrow.

RubySlippers77 Sun 30-Jun-13 19:22:09

Oh Murtette, what a shame, but it's so easily done isn't it?! Pudding is my weakness (she says whilst demolishing bread with olive oil.....). I think the only thing keeping me on the weight loss trail is running, I'm so rubbish at it that my body clearly finds it difficult to adapt and hence loses a few lb's if I stick to the low carbing at the same time!

I've lost 5lbs in the last 6 weeks or so but to be fair I had 2 weeks off sick and didn't lose anything. So roughly 1lb per week. Not spectacular is it?! However my Harcombe July blitz starts tomorrow so maybe that will help.....

Murtette Sun 30-Jun-13 21:37:37

So much for getting back on the wagon today. Instead, I watched it disappear off in the sunset! DS is teething so I resorted to my usual tactic of dealing with an inconsolable child which is to pace around the house having another chocolate biscuit each time I get to the kitchen. And then when I'd eaten all of them, I had a bar of Dairy Milk. I am now feeling so blobby and repulsive, that I will stick to it tomorrow.
Ruby - its still a loss. And if you manage 1lb a week during July then you've lost 3/4 stone which is a noticeable difference.

Dingle Mon 01-Jul-13 10:10:52

I think it's been about 8 weeks since I started too! But because I was poorly for about 5 of those, I have only really been exercising for a few of those.

I struggle to stay on track with my calorie intake, I still snack, eat portions that are too big and eat the wrong foods. I weighed in this morning at 10st 13lb, that's an 8lb loss but I think it's the couch to 5K that's working for me.

I have just under 6 weeks until our holds, so it would be GREAT if I could continue to lose 1lb a week until then....short term target of 10st 7lbhmm

Dingle Mon 01-Jul-13 10:11:35

"....to our hols" not holds!

RubySlippers77 Mon 01-Jul-13 12:43:01

dingle, you are a woman after my own heart!! No matter how much I read that I SHOULD be full up after eating my low carb meals, I'm not, so I end up snacking... And running is the only thing shifting those pounds for me too!

However OH has booked us a city break to Barcelona on August 2nd & it's going to be hot hot hot, maybe the thought of more revealing clothes will shock me into action?!

Dingle Mon 01-Jul-13 13:55:01

LOL Ruby at least in Devon I will not be likely to reveal myself! More likely wellies and waterproofs! BUT I'd still like to reach my goal regardless! wink

I don't often snack during the day, it's the evenings that I struggle with. DH will come in from the kitchen with a bar of choccie and I simply cannot resist!

Murtette Mon 01-Jul-13 22:14:19

I'm off on hols that weekend too Ruby and want to have lost 8lbs by then. I'm hoping at least a couple will just fall of this week being a result of last week's cake rather than "proper" weight gain. That will get me down to 11st and possibly back into bikini territory.
I have done OK on the food today - actually have 100 cal to spare - but haven't exercised as went to Zumba and it had been cancelled. I came home meaning to do my exercise DVD but ended up catching up on chores.

MegBusset Mon 01-Jul-13 22:24:03

Hello, I'd like to join if I'm not too late smile

I have been trying to shift half a stone since Christmas but keep failing because I'm not actually overweight - just half a stone off my happy weight - and have not been bothered about it to steer clear of my vices, which are wine and chocolate.

However, I'm going on holiday in five weeks and would really like to at least have shifted three or four pounds by then.

I am currently 9st 6lb and would like to be 9lb. I'm 5ft 3 1/2in so that half stone really shows round my middle. I am pretty active (run three times a week, walk to school and back several times a day) so it really is just down to eating and drinking too much.

MegBusset Tue 02-Jul-13 09:04:35

9st 5lb this morning, a step in the right direction!

Murtette Wed 03-Jul-13 20:58:29

Two lbs off already this week :-) That often happens if I've been indulging in cake & puddings. I think I'd be a lot slimmer if I could ditch the carbs and refined sugar completely but I just love them so.

Welcome Meg. It seems a few of us are off on hols at a similar time so can hopefully inspire each other/kick each other's butts

Murtette Sun 07-Jul-13 21:44:22

Still at 11st 6. This weekend has been a bit of a disaster with two BBQs, Pimms, ice cream etc but its so rare to have such gorgeous weather than it seemed a bit miserly to go "oh no, I'll just have salad/water/an apple". Although I realise that that is yet another excuse. And I've done no exercise all week as I've been gardening each evening. Unfortunately, just dead heading, weeding, pruning (belatedly) and a few other bits which mean the garden looks a lot better but doesn't burn calories. I should go to zumba tomorrow night but may pass if the weather is like this. The hall has hardly any windows, let alone air con!

RubySlippers77 Mon 08-Jul-13 18:23:50

Hi Murtette - I too had lots of BBQ enjoyment over the weekend - am going running tonight before facing the scales tomorrow morning!! I don't think they'll be kind, unless running in this heat also has a sauna-type effect. I can but hope.....

Murtette Mon 08-Jul-13 21:02:44

Not as bad as I feared as I've lost another 1lb so back down to where I was two weeks ago... Maybe I am on target for being 11st on hols. At least its enough of a loss to keep me focussed. If I can lose another 1lb then I'll be back where I was 6 weeks ago hmm

tumbletumble Wed 10-Jul-13 07:58:46

Hi everyone, sorry I'm a bit rubbish at posting regularly, but I am still with you in trying to lose weight! Last posted two and a half weeks ago and have lost 2lb since then, so it's still coming off... slowly...

Going to a wedding this weekend and I feel much better about myself than I did 3 months ago (have lost 12lb in total). I'd love to lose another stone though!

Murtette Wed 10-Jul-13 21:16:24

Just been to zumba for the first time in four or five weeks and it was fantastic. I can't believe I've made excuses for so many weeks. I enjoy it so much. And I could feel my bulgy bits being squeezed!

RubySlippers77 Thu 11-Jul-13 01:08:49

Well done Murtette and tumble for your progress!!

I am feeling all blobby at the moment, was so ill on Monday night, think the running was too much for me in this heat; I was very dehydrated and in lots of pain. Have been eating bland food ever since as advised by the doctor but sadly it's all carb-heavy - bread, potatoes, bananas etc..... I can really feel the difference between the stodge (helpful though it is at the moment!) and what I'd usually be eating.

I need to take it easy on the running too, will probably start again at the weekend when hopefully AF will have left too.....

Tomorrow I think I need to work out the best way to tackle this, a bit more organisation would work wonders I reckon. How come I can figure that out at work but can't apply it to my home life?!

Murtette Thu 11-Jul-13 19:30:32

I saw someone running yesterday and wondered if it was actually healthy to do that in this heat. Take care, Ruby!

I was delighted this morning to have lost another 1lb. I will definitely be going to zumba again! It inspired me to do the Shred this morning too. That meant I've been starving all day but, so far, I've stuck to my calories and still have 300cal left for dinner which is my usual allowance.

If I can lose another 4lbs this month - which should be possible - then I will be 11stone when we go on hols. That's going to be my new goal.

Murtette Sun 14-Jul-13 20:13:16

My weight seems to have so little to do with what I eat and so much to do with what time of the month it is. This morning, I weighed in at 11st 9. So, according to the scales, I have gained 5lbs in 72 hours which means that I have eaten 17,500 calories on top of the amount that I would eat to maintain my weight! Yes, I had a 100 or so extra calories on Friday and probably about 500 more yesterday (BBQ) than my 1350 allowance but not 17,500 more!
Now that I've got that whinge of my chest, I'll confess to having had a really bad day today - again tied into PMT. A bar of Dairy Milk, some Haagan Daas and a couple of jaffa cakes. And a huge chunk of French bread. But I've haven't had any snacks which saved me about 300 calories so I'm probably no more than 300 calories over. I am about to get on my exercise bike though so can hopefully undo some of the damage.

tumbletumble Mon 15-Jul-13 19:59:48

I've had a rubbish few days. Wedding on Fri and two BBQs at the weekend, plus cake for friend's DS's birthday. Didn't dare weigh myself this morning! Determined to be good this week.

I always gain weight when my period is due Murtette - a mixture of water retention and craving sweet food. Whenever I'm on a diet I just have to aim for three good weeks to counteract the inevitable one bad week!

Murtette Thu 01-Aug-13 15:53:20

So the three months is up and I lost half a stone. It's only half of what I wanted to lose but the important thing is that it's got me back in the habit of exercise and has made me realise that there's a real connection between my weight loss/gain and how much exercise I do. And I feel that this half stone is a solid half stone gone by which I mean its really gone and I'm maintaining this weight without too much effort. So I feel as though its a good plateau off which to do the next half stone...and then the final three pounds which will get me back to "normal" BMI.
Of on holiday next week, will try not to gain too much whilst I'm away and will then be doing a push to get back into the "ten stone something" bracket (even if its the top end) a weight I haven't been for five years and haven't been on a regular basis for 8 years or so.

RubySlippers77 Sun 18-Aug-13 18:11:57

Hi Murtette,

A belated well done to you - I stayed the same!! If you're on for a post-bank holiday weight loss challenge let me know! smile

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