Anyone want to loose just a few pounds, lets support eachother?

(201 Posts)
Madmog Mon 07-Jan-13 14:23:57

I followed the loose half a stone for Xmas thread which I found really helpful. I lost 5.5lbs and put 2.5lbs back on over Xmas. I'm quite small boned and few pounds really makes the difference, but I need encouragement to get just a little more off (4/5lbs so I hit the overall over half stone mark would be good for me) and keep it off.

Is there anyone out there who wants to loose just a few pounds up to a stone, who'd like to join me on this thread? We could record our losses or failures once a week and give general support and advice if we have any.

Allonsy Mon 07-Jan-13 14:29:23

I have about 8 or so pounds to lose i gained 7 over xmas blush so im in!

Zwitterion Mon 07-Jan-13 14:30:54

Yes I'm in. Lost 2 and a half stone last year in donuts pregnancy weight, put on 5.5 pounds over Christmas, desperately want to get back on track.

I'm still with Slimming World so weekly weigh ins help.

agadoo Mon 07-Jan-13 14:32:57

I'm in !!! I need to lose 2 stones and a half by the 28/05 !!! I'm planning on using mfp and exercises ! Can you be my friends on my fitness pal ???

Karbea Mon 07-Jan-13 14:46:19

hello,

can i join i have about 8.5/9lbs to lose.

healthy diet, less alcohol and exercise for me!

Diddydollydo Mon 07-Jan-13 14:48:04

I just started using My Fitness Pal last week and it is BRILLIANT. So easy to keep track of what you eat (which has always been my issue) I want to lose 2.5 stone but can I join you?

ceeveebee Mon 07-Jan-13 15:14:51

I lost 7 lbs using mfp in December and have lost a further 2 over Christmas by having diarrhoea and vomiting bug - nice eh? Have now adjusted my target to 8st 10 by easter, so have 6 lbs to lose

Absy Mon 07-Jan-13 15:22:46

Yes, I have a target of losing 3 kgs by 14th Feb (for a wedding) and then a further 2 kgs by the end of March (and hoping that this does not mean I've gained a buttload at the wedding) (sorry, I don't understand pounds).

My method:
- no bread/pasta/cakes etc.
- no alcohol (also TTCing, so this helps)
- no treats apart from a square of naice chocolate at night with DH
- if at all possible, not eating after 9pm
- as many fruits and vegetables as I want
- as much water as I want

So far, I've lost .5 kgs

thefarmerhasawife Mon 07-Jan-13 15:47:38

Can I join too please? Need to lose the last dregs of baby weight. 6 pounds would do me! I'm using my fitness pal too. It's fab compared to paying for weightwatchers online which is what I used to do :-)

agadoo Mon 07-Jan-13 15:57:50

Now you may think I'm desperate but could we be friends on mfp ??? My nickname is fabiennelaurence

QuinnFabray Mon 07-Jan-13 16:07:17

I'm in. I was on the lose half a stone by Christmas thread. Did lose 3 pounds. Put it back on again.

I'm 9.7 stone, would like to lose 8lbs and get down to 8.13 - only because 8 stone something sounds better than 9 stone something!

Am sticking to 1200 calories a day, or 1400 if I exercise that day ( get really hungry when I exercise ).

thefarmerhasawife Mon 07-Jan-13 16:11:44

I'm happy to be friends on mfp but have no idea how to do it! My name on there is blondemummy :-)

choceyes Mon 07-Jan-13 16:12:42

I'm up for this.
I want to lose half a stone too, to get to my ideal weight. I'm 5'2 and small boned and half a stone is the difference between looking a little bit chubby and looking good, and I want to look good! My aim is half a stone in 6 weeks. Should be totally doable, theoretically, but as I'm not overweight anyway, it is difficult to shift these "extra" pounds.

My plan is:
Zumba twice or thrice a week.
Walking a lot.
Ab exercises everyday - it's really my abs I need to work on, after 2 DCs, 2 c-sections, I still look a bit pregnant and it makes me look bigger than I really am.
Eating more fruit and veg and cutting out almost all of the refined carbs, and having smaller portions of wholegrain carbs.

BensonBunny Mon 07-Jan-13 16:18:39

Can I join? I lost a stone with weightwatchers 18 months ago and I know most of it has gone back on but the sessions at work have stopped now. Tried using the online version but it doesn't motive me in the same way.

I haven't dared to weigh myself for months now. I will download mfp and try to get started.

sweetheart Mon 07-Jan-13 16:45:01

I'd like to come back too if that's ok. I was on the pre-xmas thread and lost about 5Ibs but put them back on over Xmas. I've got 8.5Ibs to go to my ultimate target weight which I have been working towards since September. I've lost 16.5Ibs since then and just need to shift this last bit.

I'm being matron of honour at a wedding in June - my bridesmaid dress arrives in Feb and I need to slim down before that as we ordered it a size smaller than I am now - ekkkk!!!!

I've been using mfp too so will try and add the names above if I can.

I'm planning to limit calories and do plenty of exercise, I want to be nice and tonned as well as light on the scales grin

choceyes I worked with a personal trainer last year and i can honestly say we did hardly any actual ab exercises but my tummy shrunk from doing circuit / cv type training using my own body weight. It's the best results I've ever had - don't get me wrong it was bloomin hard work but totally worth it!

BensonBunny Mon 07-Jan-13 16:48:48

OK, just downloaded the mfp app and discovered I tried this before but didn't do very well, I'm hoping support from everyone here can help me get there this time. My user name for mfp is BensonBunny (not good at thinking up names) agadoo and thefarmerhasawife I have sent you friend invites!

fedupofnamechanging Mon 07-Jan-13 18:30:05

Was on the other thread. just checking in. Have been eating like there is no tomorrow so want to shift about 10lbs.

GraduallyGoingInsane Mon 07-Jan-13 19:39:05

I've put on about a stone over Christmas (how?!!) and I'm pretty small in stature so it shows. I'd like to lose that stone, then I'll be back where I'm comfortable at.

SeeYouWhenISeeYou Mon 07-Jan-13 19:41:46

I need to lose 5 Kg but I'm eating ice cream as I type. Can I still join you?
<hopeless>

plaingirly Mon 07-Jan-13 21:12:09

I have lost 11 pounds on MFP since November - long way to go yet! Never thought I would do calorie counting or exercise but am getting into it now! x

Joycey29 Mon 07-Jan-13 21:16:47

Yay - found you!

Am trying the 5/2 eating habit and weigh in tomorrow!
Lost 6.5 for Xmas but put all back on!
blush
So am back to 10.12 and have 12 to lose!
So far going well - i hope- will let you all know outcome tomorrow!

sweetheart Mon 07-Jan-13 21:47:11

SYWISY - step away from the ice cream ;-)

Joy, will be interested in your results tomorrow. I'm tempted to try to 5/2 method. How many cals do you have on a 5 day?

Our gals are very similar so it will be interesting to see hw you get on too

Me please! Have 2 stone to lose after baby. Went to Slimming World for first time tonight, no scales at home so was shocked to see how heavy I really am. Will download MFP too

Joycey29 Mon 07-Jan-13 22:19:27

Hi Sweetheart -aiming at 1800 on a 'normal' day and below 550 on the two fast days.
Will see if it works tomorrow ............

ceeveebee Mon 07-Jan-13 22:23:47

I'm doing old-fashioned calorie counting, 1200 using mfp, plus exercising 2-3 times a week. Have lost a stone since 1 October, half of that in December alone when I started mfp. Am now below my pre pregnancy weight (had twins 14 months ago) but want to lose another 6lbs then I'll be happy

Have tried all sorts of diets in the past (Atkins, GI, meal replacements) but this seems to be the only way I can lose weight!

headforthemoon Tue 08-Jan-13 00:16:57

During the last 3 months of last year I lost about 10lbs and I'm almost the size and shape I want to be for the first time ever.

This is how I did it, and continue to do it:

I buy the Cambridge diet drinks, but don't use them in the conventional way. I use them as snacks ie rather than pop into Costa for coffee and cakes when out shopping I'll have a shake often in the changing rooms

The same if I'm out and about in the car - rather than stop at a garage and buy three bars of chocolate, I'll have a shake.

Mealwise I have porridge, at all times of the day, not just for breakfast, and a stirfry of loads of veg and a bit off chicken or fish.

If theres a cake etc around that I fancy, I have a little bite and give the dog the rest he's not complaining.

This way of eating works for me.

Beaverfeaver Tue 08-Jan-13 00:38:24

I have had MFP for a while now but not logged in for months.

Just entered my daily eats onto it and it says I've only consumed 886 calories!

Its really strange as when I was last using it I was struggling to eat less than 1500 and I feel totally full and satisfied today.

Breakfast:
crumpet with lurpak light
Cup of peppermint tea

Lunch:
Plain bagel with low fat philly
2x clementines
Diet coke can

Dinner:
Homemade chicken jalfrezi and basmati

Other snacks:
Walkers squares
Water
Cups of peppermint tea

sarahlundssweater Tue 08-Jan-13 06:37:40

Can I join? I weigh 63kg, and want to get down to 60kg (what I was before DCs).
I'm still a size 10-12, but my tummy is not as flat as it used to be, and I eat too much chocolate. I just joined MFP, I like the food log bit, it makes me not want to eat junk. I've also started couch to 10k this week too.

QueenCadbury Tue 08-Jan-13 08:21:50

Inspired by yu lot I've also just joined mfp. I've managed to gain half a stone over Xmas and am disgusted with myself as everything is now too tight. I want to lose it by half term as we're going away. One of the key things for me is portion control. It's amazing how the calories add up by having a large rather than small portion. Back to walking the school run today which is good. I'm queencadbury on mfp. I'll try and befriend some of you later.

agadoo Tue 08-Jan-13 08:29:34

I have managed to gain half a stone over xmas because I didn't exercise due to an ankle sprain. I'm 79 kg and I want to be 63....Man 16 kg (2.5 stones) to lose, do you think I can lose that in 6 months ?

I'm running 3 times a week (very slowly) and I have started the gym..will post a bit more about what I eat later. Good luck for today !

Joycey29 Tue 08-Jan-13 08:34:04

Yay - lost 4lb - am so happy!!

fedupofnamechanging Tue 08-Jan-13 09:53:54

Good morning everyone. I am starting 5/2 today. This is my first fast day. Am aiming for 600 calories today and 1500 on 'normal' days. I am a bit worried about this because I tend to binge when I am hungry (yesterday I ate nearly a whole box of chocolate mini rolls).

Am trying out my new espresso maker in the hope that tons of coffee will keep me away from the biscuits!

Mrsap Tue 08-Jan-13 10:05:58

Can I get in board. Have been doing 5:2 since sept and have lost 7kg so far with no real effort. However i'd lost those 7 by mid nov. the last 3kgs that I need to lose are sticking fast.

Christmas didn't help but at least I didn't gain anything....which I put down to the 5:2.

Might do a bit more exercise now to see if that shift the last 3.

Need a support thread to keep me motivated too.

Good luck everyone.

Pufflemum Tue 08-Jan-13 10:16:04

Hi, I'll join. I need to loose half a stone to get me back to a weight I am comfortable with. Cutting processed carbs, wine and chocolates should help as will getting back to the gym once the children return to school. Good luck everyone.

sweetheart Tue 08-Jan-13 10:18:29

Wow joyce well done - is that 4ibs in 1 week?

I've been trying to loose weight slowly and steadily over the last 4 months so that I get back into good eating habits but i have to say I am tempted by another fad that will see me shift my last 8Ibs quickly. I've done Cambridge before and can loose 5-7Ibs in a week - although the reality is it probably wouldn't stay off.

Hmmmmmm I just want to be rid of this last bit, I'm really struggling to stay motivated!

redlac Tue 08-Jan-13 10:34:51

Can I join too please? I need to shift a good couple of kg so ust started doing the 5:2 with my first fast day yesterday. I'm on MFP as juliejukes if anyone wants to add me (off to add those who have put their name on here already)

YouCanCallMeBetty Tue 08-Jan-13 10:41:59

I'd like to join please.

I'm still harbouring the remnants of baby weight, so want to lose 10kg/22lbs. I'm going back to work in March so would like to have lost a fair chunk by then.

I started using MFP yesterday and am really impressed so far - in the past I could never be bothered with the faff of calorie counting, so this is making it much easier. I'm aiming for 1,200 calories per day, with 30-60 minutes of brisk walking per day (hate gyms).

My problems are that I lack will power and love food, especially sweet stuff... but I'm really going to try this time, and hope the support of this thread will help. I'm sick of looking in the mirror and feeling depressed.

Please feel free to add me on MFP - same username as here. I'll add you lot now! smile

YouCanCallMeBetty Tue 08-Jan-13 10:54:03

Hello those of you who have added me on MFP!

Made a blunder though - when I joined yesterday I entered my weight as 169kg, instead of 69kg blush... I blame sleep deprivation. Anyway changed it but now it's saying I've lost 99kg! Anyone know how I change it?!

YouCanCallMeBetty Tue 08-Jan-13 11:00:55

Don't worry, sorted it!

Madmog Tue 08-Jan-13 11:22:13

Wow - there's loads of us - welcome everyone!

Congratulations Joycey. Was it hard? My husband is also doing 5:2.

Just done my weigh in and only put on 1.5lbs over Christmas. I'm going to try and do it by eating smaller portions, lower calorie meals and trying to eat fruit/veggie sticks more often instead of rubbish. Am going to make sure I do loads more walking, some toning exercises and swimming at weekends with family.

We still have have loads of choccies, biscuits and drinks we had as Xmas presents so need that right balance of a treat and willpower. Am determined to reach my target and stay there though!

Joycey29 Tue 08-Jan-13 11:33:54

Yup - lost 4lb in a week but expecting to go back to 1-2 lb after first week.

Loving 5-2. Finding it really easy to do fast days.
Toast and marmite for breakfast
French Onion Soup - lunch
Ready meal 250 cals - dinner

Easy to stick for one day x

QueenCadbury Tue 08-Jan-13 11:53:50

Thanks to all those that have added me as a friend.

sweetheart Tue 08-Jan-13 12:50:23

Hmmmm well the 5/2 thing seemed worth it for 4Ibs but I'm not sure for just 1 or 2Ibs - I could loose that doing 122cal days all week. Plus I know what I'm like and on the days where I could eat more I'd probably goa bit wild wink

I'll see how my weigh in goes on Saturday morning and go from there I think. if I've had a loss I'll probably stick with what I'm doing for the time being.

Off to the gym in a min for a 40 min lunchtime session of punishing circuits then I'll be trying to fit in a 40 min walk later today as I'm doing the moonwalk in May and have no idea what my walking pace is like! I'm pretty sure it will be bloomin slow towards the end of 26 miles though!!!

YouCanCallMeBetty Tue 08-Jan-13 15:04:53

Wow, some of you are doing really well. 7kg since September Mrsap - well done, that's brilliant.

Has anybody got any suggestions of low-calorie sweet snacks? I'm doing OK so far (on all of day 2!) but I know that sweet craving may well be my downfall.

sweetheart Tue 08-Jan-13 15:16:46

low calorie sweet snacks I use to control cravings are:-

3 party rings = 84cals
options hot chocolate = 39 cals
treat size finger of fudge = 60 cals
Meringue nest - 53 cals (with some fruit and squirty cream?!?!?)
The little bags of cadburys fingers / animal shape things are usually under 100 cals
Nature Valley granola bar - it's a bit like eating a flapjack!!! The packs come with 2 bars but ONLY EAT 1!!!! They are 95 cals each
Little pot of jelly / custard / rice puddings? Jelly is low cal - I think the custard is about 140 cals
Fruit or fruit salad with maybe a bit of squirty cream
yoghurt

I often resort to a glass of diet coke for something sweet!!!!

YouCanCallMeBetty Tue 08-Jan-13 15:47:39

Some great ideas there sweetheart, thanks. Will stock up on Options, and hadn't thought of jelly or custard.

I used to try to do the one square of dark chocolate thing, but it's sooo hard to resist the rest.

I read a good idea in a cookbook once (think it might have been Fay Ripley's, randomly!) about freezing

custard in lolly moulds - guess you could use low-fat custard too.

QueenCadbury Tue 08-Jan-13 16:06:22

I love to have some chocolate every day. It's just a habit now which I know I should break. I don't have enough willpower to just eat half a bar or 1 square so I've just bought some smaller child size bars I. The hope of gradually weaning myself off!

Mrsap Tue 08-Jan-13 18:13:51

Thx youcancallmebetty, it really wasn't difficult with the 5:2. I think the fasting reduces your overall appetite and u really think about whether you want that extra helping etc on normal days.

Although my failing over Christmas was the booze I think!

Will try to friend people on MFP later.

sarahlundssweater Wed 09-Jan-13 07:06:27

I also have to have some chocolate everyday, but logging everything on MFP makes you pay attention to the amounts. I ate less choc yesterday than I usually do, and came in slightly under the total calories I was supposed to eat for the day! smile

My MFP user name is Chupchick, I'll try and add you guys too.

QueenCadbury Wed 09-Jan-13 09:46:39

I'm feeling so much better about myself already! Since the weekend there's been a 2lb weight loss which I know is just water but I feel so much less bloated as I'm not eating all the stodge and drinking baileys that I was over Xmas. I'm also taking advantage of the dry weather and walking the long way home from school which involves a large hill-not an easy feat pushing the buggy.
How's everyone else getting on?

YouCanCallMeBetty Wed 09-Jan-13 10:15:35

That's great QueenCadbury. I'm feeling good too. I'm trying not to get too hopeful as I know it's easier for the first two weeks, but so far it's going well.

I feel less bloated and more energetic. Also - and I'm not sure if this is possible, or if I'm imagining it - but I feel less achy. I suffered from bad SPD during pregnancy, and still get frequent hip and back pain. Since the weekend (when I started this) it seems much better. Could it be linked with less sugar? Or maybe that I'm getting out and about and walking more.

I definitely feel more hopeful about this attempt than previous ones, and think the support on here and MFP should definitely help.

Madmog Wed 09-Jan-13 10:40:24

Sweetheart and QueenCadbury, I think it's only natural to have a sweet tooth (that's what I keep telling myself), but have come to the conclusion it's a case of limiting it. Like Sweetheart says, there are lower calorie options - my downfall is biscuits in the morning - they are now limited to two (of whatever sort) but for now I'm having nice biscuits which are 35 cals each. I had loads of alcohol and choccies presents for Xmas, so am allowing myself a small glass port/liqueur and a couple of choccies twice a week now - rather than every night and four choccies!

sweetheart Wed 09-Jan-13 11:24:45

Morning all,
My word this week is DRAGGING!!!! I'm so fed up of dieting, I think though this is a symptom of being utterly bored at work and the week just seems like it drags on and on forever!

Queen Cad, well done on the walking! I did my first walk training last night for the moonwalk and although i consider myself to be a pretty fit person my calves are actually a bit stiff today - I guess it's just using different muscles to what I normally do!

I have definatly also noticed that my xmas bloating has mostly gone which is good.

madmog - I've found that often eating sweet things is more of a habit for me (like wanting a pudding after an evening meal) if you can break the habit that's the best thing. I do tend to keep a few things in the house that i know I can turn to if I'm really struggling though - I usually turn to an options hot choc with a bit of low fat squirty cream on the top which is really low in cals but feels quite decadent!

Weekends are my downfall, they are my rest days from exercise but also the days when I find it hardest to stick to 1200 cals, so this weekend I've told dh that we're going to take the kids swimming on Sat and while he does the football run on Sunday I'm going to take ds ice skating. hopefully that will
a) give me some more calories and
b) keep me busy so I'm not tempted to snack!

sarahlundssweater Wed 09-Jan-13 12:12:23

I think I need to add some exercise to get some more calories, It's hard to stick to 1400. I have that JM Shred dvd, (haven't done it for ages) but maybe it's time to dig it out.

I'm enjoying the runnning, but I have to wait for DH to come home to be with the DCs before I can go out, so it means dragging myself out into the cold dark evenings, which is hard.

tired2013 Wed 09-Jan-13 12:17:39

I'm in too if that's ok - thanks for the introduction to mfp - it's amazing! My name is tired2013 on there too. Want to lose about 7lbs over the next few months, and cut down on the biscuit intake smile

shine0ncrazydiamond Wed 09-Jan-13 12:30:18

Can I join you? This would be perfect for me.

I'm 5 ft 4 and usually about 9 stone 2. After falling awkwardly on loads of christmas chocolate for weeks on end, I now appear to be 9 stone 7. Would love to lose about 5 or 6lbs

QueenCadbury Wed 09-Jan-13 13:20:36

Betty, I also had bad SPD in my 3 pregnancies and have suffered lower back trouble since. I love running but I fear my running days are over because of it. I'm enjoying using my bike more now although hate going out in the dark so can only do it at weekends. Winter is so much harder to exercise.

I had a child's dairy milk today instead of my usual adult one. 105 calories instead of 205 and actually it did give me that sugar kick I crave.

YouCanCallMeBetty Wed 09-Jan-13 14:37:42

Hi tired and Shine - tired have added you on MFP.

QueenCad, SPD is a bugger isn't it, really debilitating. Worst thing is getting up after sitting cross-legged on the floor playing with the DCs - ouch.

TBH though I've never been good at exercise, and look like someone's chasing me when I run, so I think I just need to stick to brisk walking, which I have some chance of sticking to!

Just downed a Belgian Chocolate Options - OK, so it's not a Costa hot choc with cream and marshmallows, but it wasn't too bad...

MoomieAndFreddie Wed 09-Jan-13 16:13:34

i am in

am doing old fashioned calorie counting (no more than 1500 a day. would do 1200 but i honestly couldnt handle it tbh)

and am also using slim sticks, which are vile but have blunted my appetite no end

have lost about 3lbs since the day after new years day (which was when i started) and i want to lose at least another 4lbs - preferably about 8 though.

which will take me to between 7 stone 10 (if i lose another 8lbs) and 8 stone (if i lose just 4lbs) - i know this sounds really skinny but i am only 5 foot 2 so every pound shows

thefarmerhasawife Thu 10-Jan-13 11:19:42

Hi moomie what are slim sticks if you don't mind me asking? Is it some kind of herbal appetite suppressant? Do you think they work?

I'm loving MFP! So much better than the weightwatchers app and free! I'm feeling fitter and healthier already hopefully the scales will be kind to me on Friday!

shine0ncrazydiamond Thu 10-Jan-13 12:12:59

What are slim sticks? Do I need these?!

MoodyDidIt Thu 10-Jan-13 12:18:11

slimsticks

you take them before meals, mixed with a bit of water. they claim to work as they have some sort of very low cal fibre in them that swells up in your stomach and stops you feeling as hungry. you are meant to have 3 a day but i have been having one, and its more than enough. tbh some days i have to force myself to eat or i would forget. can't recommend them enough.

(i am moomie btw, have changed my name again )

QueenCadbury Thu 10-Jan-13 13:43:06

Bollocks. I'm having a shit day and have just eaten 2 dairy milk bars!

shine0ncrazydiamond Thu 10-Jan-13 13:53:58

Your name is not helping me QC

Moody - thanks for that. You recommend them then?

MoodyDidIt Thu 10-Jan-13 14:37:49

i deffo do shiney.

they are quite dear £25 for 30. but like i say, you probably won't need any more than one a day.

in fact, last weekend, i decided to have one day off counting calories, so didn't have one, and i swear i was still feeling the effects of it from the day before as i just wasn't very hungry.

YouCanCallMeBetty Thu 10-Jan-13 18:50:27

Sod it QC. They were the kids' ones right? Could have been a lot worse (says she who once ate an entire bag of fun size Twirls in one sitting).

I was so tired today I could've mainlined Nutella. But no, I ate sodding grapes.

Hmmm, Slimsticks...

sweetheart Thu 10-Jan-13 19:32:43

Hi all, having a good week so far so I hope it pays off. I'm tempted by the slim sticks idea, maybe we could share them wink

Qc, don't let those choc bars make you spiral out if control, so you've had a hiccup but you can either fix it or move on from it. Any chance you can fit in some exercise to recoup some of the cals? If not just try and focus on having a better day tomorrow.

Hope everyone else is doing ok x

Just checking in - have lost 2.5 lbs since last Thursday. Still got 3lb of Christmas to lose, and then a bit more, but am feeling so much happier now I'm back on it.

The hardest thing for me has been getting back into the healthy eating groove and getting reacquainted with the sensation of hunger. Christmas is just one long meal really, I barely stopped eating.

MoodyDidIt Fri 11-Jan-13 07:43:25

well done billstickers!

and agree with sweet heart re the choc bars! one slip up will NOT undo everything so dont stress

also re choc, i find, the less i have, the less i want, does anyone else find that? i always used to have some kind of chocolate treat every night after dinner blush and i haven't for days now. and last night dh had some and i didnt even want any.

strumpetpumpkin Fri 11-Jan-13 07:49:23

im trying to lose a stone. Im 10, and i want to get down to 9.

im on mfp. Im on 1300 cals a day. I changed it as i just cant do 1200 and never have been able to

strumpetpumpkin Fri 11-Jan-13 07:51:01

ive given up wine in the evenings and hopefully this will be a big help. Although i dreamed of it last night.................

sweetheart Fri 11-Jan-13 09:58:47

Well done Bill that's brilliant! I agree that it's odd getting used to the feeling of hunger again, it was quite welcome immediatly after Chrismtas but now I wish it would bog off wink

Feeling a tad frustrated today! I know that even on 1200 cals I will struggle to loose weight (plus I do lots of exercise!). I watch Superskinny Vs Supersize of whatever it's called on C4 on Tuesday and the "supperskinny" woman was having 1500 cals a day and they told her that was too low.

I guess I just have a rubbish metabolism or something - being large runs in my family so I guess I'm just constantly fighting against my genes! i just soooo wish that it wasn't so bloomin hard for me to shift weight sad

QueenCadbury Fri 11-Jan-13 12:44:26

The dairy milk bars were full adult size. And I finished the day off with wine and pizza and so was 500 calories over my target blush.

Trying to be good today despite a hangover which is just wanting carbs!

muddlingalongquitenicely Fri 11-Jan-13 13:16:42

Hi I would like to join in, I am currently doing slimming world and have 32lbs to lose but taking it in smaller goals. I am on mfp trying to remember to log food! I also use fitocracy and runkeeper for exercise motivation. User name on mfp is andreaclaire74

YouCanCallMeBetty Fri 11-Jan-13 14:15:45

Does chasing escaping DC at the seventh circle of Hell soft play count as exercise?

Please say yes because I need a two-finger KitKat (the debauchery! hmm) but have plannned my meals for the day and am already at 1200 calories.

Never mind QC. We all have days like that but you're making up for it today.

Sweetheart, it's frustrating isn't it. I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted and wouldn't put on a pound, but these days I just need to glimpse a doughnut and I can't do my zip up.

Welcome newbies!

QueenCadbury Fri 11-Jan-13 14:25:24

Betty, most definitely! Especially if you're climbing all the equipment. I come away from those places sweaty and knackered!

YouCanCallMeBetty Fri 11-Jan-13 14:35:05

Thanks! grin I wasn't actually climbing equipment as had baby on hip - but then he's ginormous seven-month-old, so that probably counts as weight-lifting...

sweetheart Fri 11-Jan-13 14:36:27

Hey Betty,

A 2 finger Kitkat is about 107cals (which I didn't know until now and I think s pretty low so I'll be off to stock up on some wink) I usually burn approx 10 cals a min at the gym doing fairly vigarous workouts, I put my sports tracker on whilst shopping the other day and was surprised how many calories just walking round the shops burnt off (that was approx 3 cals a minute) sooooooo......

I'd say imagine that so long as you were busy at the soft play place for about 30 mins you should be ok with the kit kat.

sweetheart Fri 11-Jan-13 14:37:18

ohhh if you're on mfp there is actually an exercise on there called something like walking whilst carrying a child! Check the exercise database wink

YouCanCallMeBetty Fri 11-Jan-13 14:50:05

Oh my goodness, that's me, like, 12 hours a day! A whole world of chocolate awaits! (Or at least a 107 calorie two-finger KitKat! wink)

Joycey29 Fri 11-Jan-13 21:43:01

Hello everyone and a big Welcome to the newbies!

Ok - can I have a halo! School disco and no alcohol or snacks passed my lips.
I also shook my booty with the kids for 2 hours.
I reckon that s made my 500 cal day a success!!

So close to giving up this am - now feeling fab grin

Got to be good for the weekend and hope for another loss! Fingers crossed!

We can do this together!!!!!

sweetheart Fri 11-Jan-13 21:55:54

Wow, we'll done Joyce what a triumph!!!

Weigh day for me tomorrow, fingers crossed!

QueenCadbury Sat 12-Jan-13 07:51:14

Whoop! Despite the wine and chocolate binge the other day, I have somehow lost 6lb in total!! Just 1lb off my target! Just have to maintain it now!

MoodyDidIt Sat 12-Jan-13 08:32:32

thats brilliant joyce and queen cadbury! well done

i wanted to ask a question - does anyone know, once you have reached your target weight, what do you do to maintain it? can you go back to eating up to 2000 cals a day please god i hope so

FedupofTurkey Sat 12-Jan-13 08:38:12

Can I join, want to lose half a stone I put on at Christmas sad

sweetheart Sat 12-Jan-13 08:49:20

2ibs off for me this week which I was pleased with until I saw QC lost 6!!!!!!shockwink

Now have 6.8ibs to target which still seems a long way off. Hope to stay on track this weekend, I've planned some activities with the kids which will secretly burn some cals for me too. grin

Moo, are you on mfp? There is an option on there to maintain weight based on you height, weight and lifestyle. I think it brings me out at about 1700 or 1800 cals because I mostly sit down all day at work.0

Witchesbrewandbiscuits Sat 12-Jan-13 08:54:21

can i join? just joined weight watchers just for a month on a special discount offer so hoping i will lose a few pounds in the month. not read the thread yet to comment but will do. just marking my place smile

YouCanCallMeBetty Sat 12-Jan-13 13:54:35

Well done QC, Joyce and sweetheart, they're amazing results!

Weigh day for me tomorrow so fingers crossed.

Anyway, somehow after eating my virtuous breakfast of porridge, and the supposed healthy option of jacket potato and beans for lunch in our local greasy spoon, I have about 200 cals left for the rest of the day shock .

So I'd better go for a brisk walk to bank enough cals for my bleak low-cal dinner angry

Oh for those carefree pre-Christmas days of feasting and eating chocolate for breakfast ... actually that may have been the problem.

sweetheart Sat 12-Jan-13 17:32:54

Oh Betty that did make me laugh! Yes I keep thinking U could be at my goal if I'd just behaved over Xmas BUT ya know what........ Life's too bloody short!!!! grin

YouCanCallMeBetty Sat 12-Jan-13 18:43:52

You're right sweetheart, it is too short - and it's all about balance isn't it - pig out in December, diet in January! There's nothing else going on at this time of year anyway, my diary is hardly brimming with dinner party invitations, so it could be worse!

I'm over my calories for today - went to visit lovely PIL and MIL had made her amazing scones, and arranged them all prettily on a plate (she didn't know I am on a diet). They were warm with butter melting into them and dollops of strawberry jam and cream... and I would have felt awful refusing one, when she'd made them specially. BUT I only had half, which I was pretty damn proud of!

QuinnFabray Sat 12-Jan-13 19:54:36

Went to Wagamama. Did I choose the sensible 600 calorie Ramen noodle soup? No I went for the 1350 calorie coconut curry and sticy rice. Gah!

sweetheart Sat 12-Jan-13 20:47:45

Whoops, some Chinese takeaway just accidentally fell in my mouth!

To be fair everyone else had Chinese, I had a much more sensible chicken kebab with lots of salad BUT ds left some Chinese on his plate and I couldn't let it go to waste! It's not AS bad as it could have been wink

notnowbernard Sat 12-Jan-13 20:50:40

Hope I'm not too late to barge in

Want to lose 6-8 lbs

I'm 10.3 st now (weighed this morn)

Going to cut out sugar and bread

MoodyDidIt Sat 12-Jan-13 21:41:46

aaargh have dramatically fallen off the wagon

kfc for lunch blush

pasta with loads of cheese on for dinner

followed by 10 a few lindt balls

i am so pissed off with myself sad

notnowbernard Sat 12-Jan-13 22:05:08

How often do you weigh yourselves?

marceline Sat 12-Jan-13 22:28:31

Ooh, just found this thread. I'm joining in. Just downloaded the app du jour...looks interesting. I needto lose about 6 lb. probably could do it if I just stopped eating chocolate! Maybe some inspiration and encouragement will do the trick!

sweetheart Sat 12-Jan-13 22:32:00

Moody, it's done, get over it and move on. Do not waste time and energy beating yourself up over it! Just do better tomorrow xxx

Not now, I usually try to resist temptation to weigh but I usually give in about twice a week.

Joycey29 Sat 12-Jan-13 22:36:14

Moody - you just made me laugh out loud! That s so ooo me on a bad day!

Well done Queen - weigh in day Tues but a sneaky peak shows I m going in the right direction!

As far as maintaining goes, mfp has a maintenance target or if you are on 5/2 method you can try 6/1, though many stick with 5/2 but indulge a bit!

Madly missing my alcohol here- Saturday nights require a gin in my book! Roll on Feb! hmm

ceeveebee Sat 12-Jan-13 22:55:26

I usually weigh on Saturday morning but forgot today - will do it tomorrow

Silly me, I though 5/2 was 5 days fasting, 2 days indulging but that's the wrong way round isn't it? (I have not be doing 5/2 btw just seen it mentioned).
I stick to 1200 all week although may go slightly over on exercise days. Weekends are my downfall - today we had scrambled eggs with mozzerella cheese and spinach for breakfast, hot smoked salmon fillet with salad (inc potato salad) for lunch and duck leg casserole with lentils and walnut bread and a glass of red for dinner. All very nice but means I was way way over today. I blame DH.

sarahlundssweater Sun 13-Jan-13 06:38:25

I joined MFP on Monday, so I supose that's my weigh-in day. Although my scales are broken - DD2 dropped them on on the floor, and they've gone all funny. An excuse to pop to Ikea and get some new ones? I'll have to avoid those massive dime bars then!!

QueenCadbury Sun 13-Jan-13 08:36:08

Weekends are hard aren't they? I was good all day yesterday but then fajitas and wine put me over my calories. And I didn't even have pudding. But life would be pretty miserable to stick to 1200 calories every day. Although I lst 6 lb this week I probably put on 2 yesterday. My weight fluctuates very easily!

Moody, don't beat yourself up. At least you went over your calorie intake with something as yummy as Lindt ballsgrin

I try to be good and weigh just once a week on a Saturday but I can't ever resist doing a midweek check!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and we'll all be good again come Monday!

Joycey29 Sun 13-Jan-13 08:39:40

Queenie - we had fajitas too! Soooo good but not every day!

Whole point is to enjoy life!

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 08:40:19

This is in the wrong topic

sweetheart Sun 13-Jan-13 08:45:27

Maureen, it's in S&B because of the original pre-Christmas thread. We aren't hardcore weigh losers, just shifting last few ibs.

All exercise plans for today are scrapped. Dh's nan died last night :-(

ceeveebee Sun 13-Jan-13 09:13:45

Sorry to hear that sweetheart

Weighed today - lost another 2lb and now down to 9 st exactly, 4 to go!

MoodyDidIt Sun 13-Jan-13 10:02:48

oh sweetheart i am sorry to hear that sad x

YouCanCallMeBetty Sun 13-Jan-13 10:19:29

Sorry sweetheart sad

sweetheart Sun 13-Jan-13 11:10:16

It's ok, it's been expected for quite some time, she was in her 90's. Lots of tea and sympathy today but will try my best to stay in track

plaingirly Sun 13-Jan-13 12:30:05

Weighed in yesterday - 14.8 pounds off since I started! Really love MFP!

YouCanCallMeBetty Sun 13-Jan-13 19:03:29

7lb off since Monday!!!

I know you lose more in the first week and it's mostly water and and and, but... woohoo!!! grin

marceline Sun 13-Jan-13 20:56:13

Don't you hate it when you realise you've underestimated the damage - I weighed myself this morning and I was 4lb heavier than I thought. Damn! I've been very good today and have stayed within my puny 1250 calorie limit so fingers crossed!

twentythirteen Sun 13-Jan-13 22:49:01

Can I join? I'd really just like some support around not eating crap. My basic diet is good but I live with someone who eats on the sofa of an evening and I always cave in!

YouCanCallMeBetty Mon 14-Jan-13 02:16:29

Hi newbies!

Can relate to that twentythirteen - it's that sofa time between dinner and bed that's hardest for me. The past week I've cleaned my teeth after dinner which has helped a bit, plus logging everything on MFP has helped me resist.

Though saying that, I'm up with DS2 who's refusing to sleep, and have just feverishly stuffed my face with two kitkats.

MoodyDidIt Mon 14-Jan-13 08:05:36

oh god i am the same twenty13 - even though i am not hungry i desperately crave stuff to nibble on while i am watching tv

have been chewing sugar free gum instead which helps a bit

sarahlundssweater Mon 14-Jan-13 08:29:15

I mostly have to exercise in the evening when my DH gets home, so I find that when I'm finished I have more will power to eat something light, and stay away from the junk.

Madmog Mon 14-Jan-13 10:10:35

Sorry to hear your news Sweetheart. Hope DH is coping ok with the news. A few days out from your diet/exercise won't do much harm longterm, just need to make sure you get back on track when the time is right.

Had a few worries this week over daughter (kids!), so haven't really been concentrating on my diet. Have had days when I haven't eaten much, but then had a £10 Tesco meal deal on Friday, Pizzahut gave me a large instead of regular pizza so half came home which I consumed yesterday.

Anyway, back on tract today. Cereal, one biscuit, sandwich and salad, fruit and whatever I can rummage up for tea. Just need to resist all the alcohol, choccies and biscuits we were given for Xmas - had loads.

Allonsy Mon 14-Jan-13 12:28:43

Ok ive just had a reality check! started using my fitness pal app this morning and only have 487 cals left to see me through the day! i didnt think ive had alot at all, ive ate - 2 weetabix and a coffee for breakfast, a cereal bar mid morning, lunch was a ham sandwich, and a small pot of grapes with water, that comes to 713 cals! i dont even have enough left for dinner tonight!

YouCanCallMeBetty Mon 14-Jan-13 13:12:21

It's tough isn't it Allonsy. Only way I can do it is by getting extra cals through exercise (30-60 mins brisk walking).

I also fill up for dinner on loads of steamed/boiled carrots, kale and broccoli, which are hardly any calories, plus veg soup for lunch is really low.

Allonsy Mon 14-Jan-13 13:32:34

I will admit thats the one thing im not doing at the moment not feeling very well and my body is craving food i keep feeling dizzy dispite just eating, will start exercising this week though if i can, dinner tonight is meant to be homemade sweet n sour chicken i think todays a write off sad

Madmog Mon 14-Jan-13 14:10:10

Allonsy, you must be disheartened. I think the thing is not to beat yourself up over it and accept it's a few more calories just for today. Have your s&s chicken as planned enjoy it, but perhaps try and eat some health snacks like fruit, carrot sticks or a big salad can fill you up. Not sure if you're having rice or something else with the chicken, but perhaps you could have slightly less.

sweetheart Mon 14-Jan-13 15:13:18

Hi to all inc newbies!

Well done Betty on your mega loss!!!! envy

Thanks for the condolances, this weekends obv been a bit rough but I think we're coming out the other side now.

I agree that the evening is my danger time (and weekends!!!). Most evenings I am out doing something which I find combats this! If I am at home I find it really really hard to resis snacking too!

Well done to everyone who has managed to get back on track after a blip. I genuinely think that's half the battle. It's really important to just move on after a blip and not let it drag you down. My weekend didn't go exactly as planned because sometimes life just gets in the way of stuff but today I have been for a decent long gym session to restore some of the damage and I'll try and reign in my calories a bit too.

Allonsy, once you get used to MFP you'll be wiser about what foods contain high cals. It's just a learning process. For example, cereal bars in particular can be a real danger area, some of them are higher in calories than a meal! I also try and stay clear of sandwiches - infact I don't really eat bread at all because it is high in both calories and carbs. Also if you have sugar in your coffee switching to sweetner can make a big difference to your daily intake.

Allonsy Mon 14-Jan-13 15:39:42

thanks for the replies, yeah i definately think the cereal bars are going to have to go theres 130 calories in it, i think coffee is my weak spot too i usually have about 5 a day and didnt realise it was so high in calories, i cant have sweetner im really sensitive to it so i think i will need to try and curb it all together.

sweetheart Mon 14-Jan-13 15:53:22

Allonsy if you are having 5 coffee's with 1 sugar thats 250 cals in a day! What about trying a teespoon of Agarve nectar instead? It's a natural sugar extract, would that be any better? Or could you have black coffee instead of white?

Allonsy Mon 14-Jan-13 16:01:32

Oh god i know thats terrible, i suppose i forget to count drinks im going to limit myself to 1 morning coffee, and gradually reduce the milk. Ive never heard of that pp but the last thing i tried was truvia and it gave me awful side effects

twentythirteen Mon 14-Jan-13 18:11:07

Wow, I'm impressed with what you all do to lose weight. I don't own scales. I use the fit of my clothes and how I look nude in the mirror plus how I feel in order to "measure" my weight. But I am now jealous that you can all see any shifts that your work is paying off!

My plan so far is 1) to stick to my eating time preferences - normally I cave and eat late with OH but I prefer to eat right after work and then be done with food, and 2) to not take my purse to work so I can't buy things. I eat breakfast at home - a decently healthy meusli with some fruit - and take a reasonably healthy snack in to work for when I get hungry. I work from home in the afternoons so I can come home and make a nice big lun/din and be done for the day while having satisfied my craving to eat until I'm full!

I next need to work on cutting back the sofa eating, but as OH and I won't see much of each other this week it should be easier.

Unfortunately, I don't have many other things I can cut out of my diet, I just eat too much of what I enjoy!

Ooh, and I have added in a strenuous 20 minute walk each morning by cutting out the bus and walking up the effing steep hill to work!

Allonsy dropping down from 5 cups of coffee a day will be a shock to your system. Maybe wait for the weekend or a time when the withdrawal won't be so hard to manage???

Youcancallmebetty I like the notion of all the steamed veg. I bought loads of lettuce so I could have something crunchy to munch on!

Rigt, hope this thread keeps working, as I had you all in mind I managed to ward off extra food. So, um, that's day 1 done and dusted!blush

ceeveebee Mon 14-Jan-13 19:49:31

I'm trying to do a low carb/high protein diet but also limit to 1200 calories. I find by eating more eggs, fish, meat with vegetables and no potatoes/bread/rice I am not hungry and managing to stay within the limit.
I do love pasta though but limiting to once a week and only half a portion
Works for me!

muddlingalongquitenicely Tue 15-Jan-13 06:50:11

Lost 2.5lb last night only 1.5lb till I'm in a different stone range

Madmog Tue 15-Jan-13 11:13:12

Just done my weigh in and I've lost 5lbs since Joycey started the Xmas thread. I only want to loose 7lbs and keep them off so am pleased as we've had Xmas. Think the last couple of pounds may be harder, so need to remain focussed on my smaller meals, less snacks or healthier snacks regime and not scoff all that Xmas choccie and biscuits we still have in one go. With it being cold, my extra walking bit has gone out the window though.

ceeveebee - will be interested to know how you get on with your low carb/high protein diet. As said above I'm partly cutting down on meals sizes and it's potatoes/pasta/rice that has been reduced (but not obviously cut out in my case) and it has certainly helped.

muddlingalong, you've done so well. Fingers crossed you can reach the stone mark in the next week or two.

Joycey29 Tue 15-Jan-13 12:55:36

Weigh in today .... and I be lost 2 more lb!
Total since Xmas binge is 6lb so very happy.
Finding the 2/5 really works for me and DH has lost half a stone doing it too.
5lb more would be great but 1lb inside my buffer zone so v happy!

Madmog Tue 15-Jan-13 14:08:01

Congratulations Joycey. After my announcement this morning I'd lost 5lbs in total, have just scoffed a chocolate eclair. Wouldn't mind but for some reason it tasted too chocolately (doesn't sound like me on this one) and I didn't actually enjoy it. Can I stick to an apple and small pasta meal tonight to make up for it I wonder?!

twentythirteen Tue 15-Jan-13 14:17:37

Madmog, it's hard isn't it when you've main a real gain and then eat an eclair! Luckily it wasn't too enjoyable, maybe you can remind yourself of that next time? When I was quitting smoking I started paying attention to the taste both at the time and afterward and that helped me to remember I wanted to stop.

I ate two biscuits last night but otherwise did not have anything else so it's a step forward for me. Today I've had the no sugar added meusli, a banana for a snack and just ate a big homemade stirfry for lunch. I'm at the cinema tonight so am hoping just to have some popcorn and be done with eating for the day otherwise.

I'm jealous of you all weighing yourselves. I was weighed a couple of months ago at a medical appt so I do at least have a record of my weight at that point. I might try and find some reliable scales amongst my friends houses when I next visit!

For me though I think I wil be doing well to cut out the daily cakes/biscuits and extra evening time eating!

twentythirteen Tue 15-Jan-13 14:18:27

Ps, but I have got back into my size 12 things so I know it's working, just still more podgy/wobbly then I'd like and would like the clothes to be a little less snug!

sweetheart Tue 15-Jan-13 16:55:46

I'm intreagued by how you can not weight 2013! I am obsessed! If I didn't know it was all going in the right direction I'd never keep the motivation to stick at it. It takes about 4 weeks for me to notice any change in my body shape and size but I'd probably quit after about 5 days!

Doing ok so far this week, find I am constantly thinking about food though which is a bit of a grind!

Allonsy Tue 15-Jan-13 17:02:21

I really struggling today, ds2 hasnt sleeped im tired, its snowed im cold, been stuck in all day on the sofa and CRAVING chinese to the point i can taste it sad

Joycey29 Tue 15-Jan-13 20:56:50

Stick with it Allonsy! Home days are the worst!!

Allonsy Tue 15-Jan-13 21:28:36

I had sausage and mash with veg instead, not great but bound to be better than lots of chinese food! i still went over my calorie allowance but nearly 200 today sad must try harder.

marceline Tue 15-Jan-13 21:36:59

Not a great day here either. After two days of being really good I found myself starving somewhere on the A12 with nothing around but blush McDonalds (the shame!!). So what with that and the dairy milk I had finished my calorie allowance by 4 pm. I've tried to be good tonight but was hungry so I had some linguine... Definitely must try harder tomorrow!

YouCanCallMeBetty Tue 15-Jan-13 21:46:32

Hi everyone. Sympathies to those struggling - it can be really blooming hard, especially when you're knackered and it's freezing and you're craving fat, sugar and salt.

My day has been OK - my lifesaver is soups for lunch, which are filling but usually pretty low-cal. Most of the supermarkets seem to have offers on diet food at the mo - Waitrose have a 3 for 2 deal across their whole healthy Love Life range, so I've stocked up on soups.

Managed to save enough calories for two 2-finger KitKats tonight - yum.

marceline Tue 15-Jan-13 21:52:59

Great idea Betty. I'm in the office all day tomorrow so soup is definitely the way to go!

By the way if anyone wants to find me on MFP I am andreeacarver.

sweetheart Tue 15-Jan-13 22:06:14

I WAS doing well today! Had about 350 cals all day which I burnt off with exercise. But tonight has been a disaster, ate about 1000 cals since I got home, just can't seem to stop myself bloody picking when I'm home in the evening!

twentythirteen Tue 15-Jan-13 22:41:45

Am in phone so will be brief, sweetheart, 1350 calories is still below what you need to maintain weight isn't it, you still did well, even if not as well as you'd hoped? I don't want to punish my self into submission and it's hard to hear you all disappointed with yourselves. We're all trying. It's hard, we need food to live, that makes it tougher. And as for not being able to weigh myself, I do wish I could but when I had scales I was obsessed in a depressing way. So I have clothes I look better in and just keep trying them on from time to time and keep then visible so I am constantly reminded that when I get the weight off I can wear this it that item. Soup is a great idea Betty, I'll put it on my list!

YouCanCallMeBetty Wed 16-Jan-13 06:42:55

You were still below your calorie goal sweetheart do you did fine. And your exercise regime puts me to shame - I haven't moved faster than a walk in about 20 years! wink

Just a thought, but do you think eating so little all day made you more prone to snack in the evening? I find I need three pretty solid meals of 350ish calories, plus a couple of snacks. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious!

YouCanCallMeBetty Wed 16-Jan-13 06:46:16

Twentythirteen, your attitude towards scales is spot on. Weight can be so deceptive - how clothes feel is a much better indicator. Sadly I can't bring myself to step away from them...

ceeveebee Wed 16-Jan-13 07:00:55

Sweetheart I was about to post the same as Betty - I usually try to 'spend' about 500 cals on dinner. So that leaves 700 for breakfast and lunch and snacks - I usually have porridge (about 200) and sonething high-protein for lunch (about 350) plus a piece of fruit morning and afternoon. Or am a miso soup addict which is about 30 cals a cup and fills me up a bit in between meals. If I only had 350 all day I'd be hitting the crisps and bread bin as soon as I got home from work!

ceeveebee Wed 16-Jan-13 07:01:58

Oh and I also log my planned dinner on MFP first thing in the morning so I know what I have left to spend!

sarahlundssweater Wed 16-Jan-13 07:31:33

I managed to come in just under my calorie goal yesterday, due to dragging myself out for a run in the dark and cold last night. I've managed to cut back on chocolate and cake but I can't cut them out completely. Still haven't managed to buy some new scales but I think my tummy does look a bit flatter, which, for me, is the point of all this.

YouCanCallMeBetty Wed 16-Jan-13 09:37:17

Well done Sarah (love the name btw!)

Me too ceeveebee (logging the day's planned meals first thing).

It's easy enough now as I'm on mat leave with time to spare; will be a different story when I'm back at work. Plus I'm surrounded by food at work, and often have to do tastings. Some folk 'taste and spit shock ' but spitting out tasty food is a step too far for me I think...

QueenCadbury Wed 16-Jan-13 09:42:17

I'm so reassured that it's not just me that gets obsessed with weighing themselves. I know I should to it weekly but I just can't help but sneak a peek on them and then spend the day p'd off if I'm heavier than the day before. Although I lost 6lb last week I'm stuck now and need to do some hardcore exercise if I want to get lower as those saddle bags are not going to go by dieting alone.

It's mid month for me which is almost as bad as pmt as my mood drops and my sugar cravings hit with a vengeance. I just have to think if I pig out for the next couple of days then I know I can go back to being good.

MoodyDidIt Wed 16-Jan-13 09:51:03

oh i am terrible for that QC. i weigh myself every day, first thing in morning as thats when i am lightest blush

sarahlundssweater Wed 16-Jan-13 09:57:35

Thanks Betty! It feels like such an effort when I first set off, but then I get into it and start to enjoy it!

When you go back to work try and schedule three exercise sessions into your week and treat them as if they are set in stone. I'm doing Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and my DH knows he has to be home on time on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can go out for a run. Luckily, he's been supportive so far, but I do have to remind him to be home before 7.30 (workaholic!).

I've thought about doing it in the morning before everyone gets up, but I think it would be harder for me to drag myself out of bed early, rather than go out in the evening.

sweetheart Wed 16-Jan-13 11:01:14

Well done on your run Sarah, I agree that scheduling exercise like it's an appointment makes you more likely to stick to it, I also find exercising with others is a good plan as it's harder to back out.

Ok, I am getting seriously obsessed which is not a good thing!
My problem with the food yesterday is basically I know I was bad over the weekend so I have skipped lunch for a couple of days to try and make up for it. Thats all very well and good when I'm not at home in the evening to pick but last night was my evening in and I just ended up scoffing everything in sight!

I find that I HAVE to go out and keep myself busy in the evenings to keep my diet under control (although not sure how much good it's doing my marriage!) I'm out nearly every night of the week doing some form of exercise. Tuesday night is dh's only night out and I find I pick - last year I booked a personal trainer to come to my house on a Tuesday evening whilst dh was out so that I had a distraction. I'm thinking of doing this again but think I should really be dedicating this time to the kids more!

I've developed a spreadsheet (I am a spreadsheet nut job) that tells me throughout the week how much I can expect to loose by the end of the week (so I'm currently 4 days in and it says I should have lost 0.75Ib so far this week) I think I may have to deleate the sheet as this is part of why I skipped lunch, I was forecasting calorie intake and exercise to manufacture a 2Ibs loss this week - oh dear lord, sad isn't it!!!!!

I also get stressed if I feel events spiriling out of my control - like for example I am now worried about next week as we now have the funeral to go to and I know I will get no exercise that day and I will not be able to stay within my calorie allowance (wake food, evening family meal and probably booze too!)

I seriously wish it wasn't so hard to loose these last few bloomin Ib's - they are taking over my life!

On a plus side someone on the school run did call me skinny minnie this morning which was nice smile

Ok, rant over!

YouCanCallMeBetty Wed 16-Jan-13 14:43:54

Sweetheart: delete the spreadsheet. It's really easy to lose perspective when you're so fixated on that goal weight and let the quest for perceived perfection (or even just 'happy with myself-ness') take over everything else.

If you enjoy exercising every night, fair enough. But if you're doing it purely to lose weight, and feel like you're missing out on family time because of it, maybe it's time to pull back a bit.

TBH you're probably the perfect weight as it is - 'skinny minnie' comments back that up! I know that's not the point, the important thing is how you feel about yourself, but it's maybe not healthy to think about food, exercise and calorie control to that extent.

Try not to worry about the funeral next week - yes, you might miss out on exercise and eat more than you'd planned to, but in the long wrong it'll make not one jot of difference. Try and choose the healthier bits from the wake buffet, and maybe have smaller portions at the evening family meal. But if you do gorge yourself, sod it, you can always make up for it the next day (though not by skipping lunch!) wink

Re the snacking at night - can you just keep healthy food in the house so you're not tempted? I know if I had chocolate or biscuits they'd be gone in an instant! Or have you got older DC who have other ideas?!

Anyway, I'll be over my calorie goal for today. I had a supposedly healthy snack of four dates, not realising the sneaky fuckers pack 25 calories each! shock

Haven't been able to get out for my daily walk, so dusted off The Shred, stuck it in the DVD player and managed half of it before giving up blush. Think I'll do some vigorous housework instead.

YouCanCallMeBetty Wed 16-Jan-13 14:46:36

'Long run' not 'long wrong'. Obv.

muddlingalongquitenicely Wed 16-Jan-13 15:22:33

I'm going to start the shred tonight, going to try and stick with a routine of walking for an 1-1.5 hours every tues, thurs and sun and doing the shred mon, wed and sat so it gives me Friday to let my hair down and enjoy myself.
I also agreed to the 100 burpee challenge with my son I'm on day 3 so 3 burpees tonight!

sweetheart Wed 16-Jan-13 15:26:16

Betty, I know you speak much sense! Before Xmas I promised dh that I would stop dieting this year. I had a goal weight in mind to get to and said once I was there I'd stop obsessing.

Well I didn't quite get there before xmas and then I put on over xmas so now I'm 6Ibs away from that goal. He is annoyed that I'm still being so strict but it's because I'm trying to get it off as quickly as possible so that I can go onto maintenance and relax a bit.

I find it incredibly difficult to loose weight and even the slightest slip up will mean i loose nothing - which is why I work out so much! Without those extra "bonus" calories I just wouldn't shift a thing.

Most days I exercise twice, once is at lunchtime so has no impact on him but I am out doing something nearly every evening which can becomme a bit of a chore and is especially hitting home this week with the bereavement when I really feel I should be home with him. I do enjoy the things I do but I probably wouldn't do all of them if it wasn't for the weight loss, if I was in maintenace I'd cut it down a bit.

Re the snacking, I try to keep healthy snacks in. I do have older dc so I have bits in for them but I try to limit all snack foods to 100 cals so I can eat them too. Trouble is last night I ate (amongst other things) some cherry's which I didn't realise were going to be 80 cals, it's things like that which trip you up!

I am trying to decide if I should do something drastic like Cambridge for 7-10 days to quickly shift the last 6Ibs - which I KNOW is not the sensible option in the slightest!

I always get a bit tense and stressed if I can see a week going badly as I know it will be another week wasted and another week away from bloody maintenance.

Grrrr ok, I'm loosing the plot a bit aren't I!!!!

sweetheart Wed 16-Jan-13 15:28:29

Oh and our diary is starting to fill up with meals out with various couple friends which will mean no weight loss for me!

Allonsy Wed 16-Jan-13 20:08:58

Im so very ashamed of myself today, ive had cereal, 3 mini cheese and onion rolls, 2 chocolate brownies, a huge chinese and a malteser bunny blush

today i tried on a pair of jeans in size 10 and couldnt get the button up, ive been shamed i WILL try harder...... tomorrow

Joycey29 Wed 16-Jan-13 20:16:49

Working late and lost the plot- eaten on top of my big three meals:

Carrot cake x2
Egg sandwich x3
Ham sandwich
Piece of rocky road
Some crisps
Chocolate
A yoghurt

Ooops blush

YouCanCallMeBetty Wed 16-Jan-13 21:26:58

Sweetheart, although it's easy to say, try to focus on how well you've done and how much you've lost already. Those last six pounds will drop off soon enough. You don't want to make yourself stressed and anxious in the process - we're all supposed to be feeling positive and healthy, or that's what I keep telling myself anyway! wink

Don't know much about the Cambridge diet, but I know people rave about the 5:2 fasting thing - meant to be a very healthy way of eating, and gets weight loss results fast - have you tried it?

Allonsy and Joycey - sorry but you've made me feel so much better! I'm 500 calories over my limit today - not quite sure how. Better day for all of us tomorrow.

muddlingalongquitenicely Wed 16-Jan-13 22:39:32

My son has just made fudge coconut brownies, they smell so gorgeous. Going to share a piece with my other half

sweetheart Wed 16-Jan-13 23:05:15

Lol, ok well although I was having a total freak out earlier you lot have restored the smile to my face with your failures I'm affraid! I actually did ok today, stuck to my meals and went ice skating tonight so I kept myself busy and didn't snack :-). Can I use a smug face?

Better day for us all tomorrow perhaps, fingers crossed!

MoodyDidIt Thu 17-Jan-13 08:13:29

weighed myself this morning and lost another pound. got about 7 more to go....

its not coming off as quick as i would like, but i find it so hard to not snack in the evenings, almost impossible ...any tips

muddlingalongquitenicely Thu 17-Jan-13 08:48:05

I used to really bad at snacking late at night I was never hungry just bored and needed something to do with my hands I took up knitting and doing craft stuff. I knit for prem babies as its small quick items and I don't get bored of it plus I daren't eat as I am knitting as its going to charity and its all pale colours.

sarahlundssweater Thu 17-Jan-13 13:02:30

Sweetheart, I know if I were to skip a meal during the day, I would snaffle the contents of the sweety cupboard that evening! What if you don't skip but go for some really low cal lunch option on the days you're trying to make up for weekends? I make veg soup with a tiny bit of olive oil and loads of celery, carrots, onions etc, and eat it without bread. Bonus is that the kids will eat it for tea (I blend it with a stick blender - hidden veggies!!) with a cheese sandwich or two, or macaroni in it.

Day off today, so I went running this morning which has made me feel all virtuous and I know how many extra calories I have to spend for the day. And I finally managed to buy some new scales and have lost 0.5 kg in a week and bit, which is great. Really motivated to continue.

Madmog Thu 17-Jan-13 14:15:28

Joycey, it sounds like you had a real party yesterday, but you didn't invite me! Look at it as a bit of a calorie store for the cold weather thats here and snow to come. I went to Tescos to get some fruit and others bits in case couldn't get out tomorrow and found myself buying some Galaxy cake bars so we had cake in - just in case of course!

Sarah, I bet you were cold running today. I walked made myself walk to Tescos and also work (neither far away) but that was enough for me. We have a real wind chill factor here at mo.

QueenCadbury Thu 17-Jan-13 14:19:12

Phew, hormones are back to normal which is a relief after scoffing 4 chocolate bars yesterday blush.

sweetheart Thu 17-Jan-13 14:35:02

Sarah, I usually have ratatoulli for lunch which is incredibly low cal but my bloomin supermarket had no aubergines this week so I didn't make any!

I can sometimes skip meals without a problem if I'm busy in the evening. Tuesday was not a good day to do it as I was at home all evening! Any other day probably would have been ok......

Madmog - I hadn't even thought about stocking up on food! shock We are due heavy snow from tonight I think. Still our local supermarket is within walking distance if the worst happened and a stoll in the snow would be lovely. Now ladies - just think how man calories playing in the snow burns!!! get out there for some sledging and snow ball fights grin

YouCanCallMeBetty Thu 17-Jan-13 14:35:59

Doing OK today so far - porridge for breakfast, leftover chicken and veg stir-fry for lunch. Should keep within my 1200 calorie limit if I stick to my planned grilled haddock and veg for dinner.

Plus I discovered the best ever exercise - walking/jogging on the spot whilst watching Mad Men! The sight of luscious Joan Holloway was enough inspiration to make me stick at it!

Moody, I'm a terrible snacker myself, but this is what I do:

- Plan my calories so I can save some for a small treat in the evening. I think it was Sweetheart who posted some great 100-calorie treat ideas upthread.
- Cut up fruit (apples, oranges etc) to snack on. I find if they're cut up nicely they feel like more of a treat, weirdly.
- If I've eaten loads but know I'll crave chocolate in the evening, I drink a big glass of water and clean my teeth straight after dinner.

sweetheart Fri 18-Jan-13 09:53:06

Well it started snowing here about 8am. the schools are still open and I've got to work but it's coming down quite a lot so I doubt very much I'll be making my usual lunchtime gym visit, my car is rear wheel drive and it's just not worth risking getting stuck!

So thoughts on how I can make up the 350 cals I would have earnt at the gym? Looking like I still wont get home from work until gone 5pm tonight as usual. My boss hates emplyees getting free time off for snow!

sweetheart Fri 18-Jan-13 10:19:59

well blow me down with a feather! Boss has just walked in and said go home at lunchtime grin Right, 300 calories worth of fun playing in the snow it is then grin

Allonsy Fri 18-Jan-13 11:34:13

I have given up for this week, its been a bad week lots of stress and ive failed every day in spectacular fashion. Im out all weekend and will be eating on the move so Monday is the day of change for me. Ive bought the new davina workout so will be starting that along with clean eating.

Madmog Fri 18-Jan-13 16:38:04

Due to the bad weather (yes, it's the weather's fault, not mine, hehe) I'm off my diet until tomorrow am. We're having a filling warming curry - always have rice and naan bread with it. Also, have a bottle of wine lined up to help me forget it's freezing inside and outside - we have an old draughty house with an exposed north elevation.

YouCanCallMeBetty Sat 19-Jan-13 15:46:15

Just HOW is a veggie breakfast, orange juice and skinny cappuccino 917 calories? <wails>

sweetheart Sat 19-Jan-13 19:42:52

Well after being pretty good all week and my calorie deficit calculations adding up to a lss of 1.5ibs the scales told me ths morning I haven't even quite list 0.5ib so I am peed off! I even walked a lot yesterday pulling the kids in their sledges, so now I am having a total "fuck it" blow out. Screw the diet, I'm sick f it!

I'll probably curse myself later but right now I couldn't give a toss!

MoodyDidIt Sat 19-Jan-13 19:47:28

aww sweetheart sad

its so hard isn't it, have your blow out, but get back on track tomorrow!!!

YouCanCallMeBetty Sat 19-Jan-13 20:04:25

Poor you sweetheart. Enjoy your blow-out, don't feel guilty (or it isn't worth doing) and like Moody says get back on track tomorrow.

YouCanCallMeBetty Sun 20-Jan-13 09:05:43

Lost 1.8 lbs this week. Not quite the mega loss of last week, but fine. Though I do need a poo - maybe that weighs 5 lbs? <hopeful>

Am I too late to join this? My weight has always been around 8.5 stone and that's where I feel most comfortable. Over the last few months I've been eating rubbish and have put on about a stone. I feel crap about it because I've always had a really healthy diet and I don't know what's wrong with me. I seriously need to get rid of this stone and feel back to normal.

I'm not going to diet, just try and eat normally like I've done for most of my adult life. I've never been overweight since I was a teenager and I feel crap! I also need to do more exercise. I used to do loads and for the last few months I've done hardly any. I feel so good when I do exercise and when I don't feel bloated all the time.

Only going to weigh once a week though or I will become obsessive. Good luck every one on here.

Joycey29 Mon 21-Jan-13 20:03:25

Lost you !
Now I m back - how s it going everyone??

YouCanCallMeBetty Tue 22-Jan-13 09:33:57

Welcome Hippychickster. Sounds like you've got a sensible approach to dieting. Hi Joycey!

Was up most of the night with poorly DS2, and stuffed my face with chocolate. But calories eaten by the white light of the fridge at 4am don't count. 'Tis true scientific fact.

On the plus side, I'm loving the Hairy Bikers' diet cookbook. Had beef and ale casserole last night, crumpets with yogurt, berries and honey for breakfast, and masala chicken marinating in the fridge for tonight. All low-calorie (as long as you stick to the right portion size).

QueenCadbury Tue 22-Jan-13 13:39:53

Hi ladies, haven't checked in with you guys for a while. S&b is beginning to p me off a bit so I haven't been on as much as I had been.

My news is I'm down to my target of 9st4. Hurrah. Just need to carry on with mfp though so I don't pile it all back on!

Hope you're all good...

Joycey29 Tue 22-Jan-13 14:19:34

Yay - weighed in today and another 1 lb gone!
Actually it was nearly 1.5lb but not quite so will save the half towards next week!

As to late night snacks having no calories - couldn't agree more!

Also can I add that Broken biscuits have no calories either wink

ceeveebee Tue 22-Jan-13 14:23:29

I weighed in again yesterday - a day later than normal but I keep forgetting and never want to do it after I've eaten (that 200g or so of porridge really counts grin)
Anyway - I'm down to 8st 12 - yippee! That's 12lb since the start of December and 16lb in total since I started weighing myself in October. Only 2 to go to hit my target - but I might just keep going for a bit to give me a buffer zone as I have a habit of yoyoing - maybe until Easter then I can eat some chocolate as a reward

sweetheart Tue 22-Jan-13 19:15:08

Hi all, also haven't been on for a while as I needed to step away and get some perspective! This week has been really stressful so far, there are some major work issues going on which means I've missed all my exercise so far this week. I've been ok food wise so I'm probably going to try and maintain for a week r so to get past this family death / work problems hump and then I can focus myself again with more of a positive approach! Good luck everyone x

Madmog Wed 23-Jan-13 09:42:23

Congratulations ladies, you are all doing well. Sweetheart hope things will settle down soon - don't forget we're here!

Confession time, I haven't really been watching my wdiet this week. I blame the cold weather and being due on!! I've only been out walking when I had to in the snow, had period pains yesterday so didn't fancy my exercise class and I know I've been eating more (although I've tried to limit some things!). Anyway, the result is that I've stayed the same.

Joycey29 Sat 26-Jan-13 21:26:15

Am being bad! Just eaten gorgeous steak and ale casserole with creamy mash and a large glass of red -heaven!!

Madmog Mon 28-Jan-13 10:21:03

Hope you enjoyed your casserole, Joycey. We had family around on Saturday evening (who have massive appetites so had to do something filling), so had the options of lasagne and pizza on the table, with crusty bread - oh, and there was a low calorie salad. We washed it down with some white wine!

How's everyone getting on?

sweetheart Mon 28-Jan-13 10:21:05

Morning all,

How is everyone? It's been quiet!

Well I had a week off totally, it's been good and I feel ready to get back on track. I've put on 1 Ib which is great considering all that I've eaten and drunk. I'm going to have quite a strict week this week I think if I can manage it to give myself a bit of a kick start.

How is everyone else doing? There seem to be alot of you still tracking well on MFP.

xXx

YouCanCallMeBetty Mon 28-Jan-13 12:27:28

Hi all

Your dinner sounds lush, Madmog... and welcome back Sweetheart, hope the funeral went as well as it could. 1lb gain is nothing!

Lost 3.5lbs last week which was great - lost over a stone since I started after Christmas. I think it's come off so quickly partly because I'm still breastfeeding a bit - only a couple of times a day, and my milk supply seems unaffected, so I guess my body's using my fat to make the milk!

Decided that Sundays are going to be my day off the diet - had an amazing roast chicken last night, followed by Nigella's sticky toffee pudding and custard. Low-fat custard though, and I only had one helping, where before I'd have scoffed loads, so habits are changing for the better.

YouCanCallMeBetty Mon 28-Jan-13 12:29:41

Sorry, haven't lost over a stone, just under - got confused converting kg to stone!

ceeveebee Mon 28-Jan-13 12:43:18

Bad bad bad weekend. Dinner at friends on Saturday - I reckon that meal alone was 1200 calories - delicious though! And Sunday no better. So am refusing to weigh in this week and will wait until next weekend!

Joycey29 Mon 28-Jan-13 22:35:25

Glad to see everyone still wanting to stick with it despite everything life grows at us.

Weigh in tomorrow - not expecting much but want to be in my buffer zone. Not going back to 10st12!!

Being good this week but three late work nights and that makes it hard!

sarahlundssweater Tue 29-Jan-13 09:28:02

I'm still here. Still eating cake and choc, less than before but I can't cut them out, so I'm sticking to the exercise (3X week, sometimes more). I think I've become quite addicted to it. This is my fourth week of running, and I really like it. I'm building up my stamina and running longer distances. Maybe I'll be able to do a marathon eventually....

Joycey29 Wed 30-Jan-13 07:07:07

Despite several calorie laden days - lost 0.5lb!
Think mfp has just made me more aware of what I eat.
How's everyone else doing?

Sweetheart - hope this week is going ok for you and your family.

Madmog Wed 30-Jan-13 14:21:21

Have to admit I haven't lost any again this week as I lost my way. On the positive side I've had smaller portions of some things and haven't put any on. The canteen at work are starting to give away leftovers they can't keep, so getting the offer of food to eat there and bring home - today bought home a 30x15cm jam tart - not good caloriewise. Also, still have loads of Xmas chocolate and biscuits we were given. I still want to loose a little more but am determined to keep the weight off I've lost.

sweetheart Thu 31-Jan-13 16:00:01

Hi guys,

Having a better week than last week so far food AND stress wise! thanks for everyones comments grin

I'm hoping this week will show a good 2Ib loss but I weigh Saturday morning and we are out for a family birthday Friday evening so we'll see. I'm kindof at the point where I'm fairly happy and it's just the number on the scales bugging me so I'm thinking I should stop getting so het up about it all. Saying that I am thinking of starting a exercise programme called "Insanity" which is a 60 day programme which is supposed to be very very tough but give amazing results. The set is over £100 though so I'm trying to get it 2nd hand at the moment.

It's great to see that although everyone is not having big losses we all seem happy and content with the things we are learning about the food we eat and exercise. It's also great to see so many people consistantly logging into mfp. I have to say I quite often miss the weekends but I noticed today some of you have logged about 20 days in a row - wow, well done I personally think that's brilliant!

xXx

Joycey29 Fri 01-Feb-13 10:01:15

Good girl - Sweetheart! One blow out wont ruin it!

sweetheart Fri 01-Feb-13 10:18:48

Thanks Joyce, I'm planning on being good at the meal tonight, I'll drive so no booze and I'll stick to something fairly health (she says!!!!) grin

I'll be interested to see how my weigh in turns out tomorrow considering I haven't exactly had the best, most focused of months. I'd be really pleased if I've managed to loose 4Ibs this month - it will take me back to my pre-Christmas weight and my 1st goal marker (although I think I will have only lost 3). if I've managed 4 it will leave me only 4 left to my main goal. fingers crossed!!!!!

QueenCadbury Fri 01-Feb-13 11:41:33

Hi all, sounds like you're all doing well. I'm still doing mfp except at weekends as I know that I'll be way over my calorie limit and it's just too depressing to see it written down! Overall though I'm maintaining my weight by being good and following it for the other 5 days so I'm happy!

thefarmerhasawife Sat 02-Feb-13 20:49:56

Sweetheart if you do start Insanity will you let me know how tough it is please? I quite like the sound of it but boy it sounds hardcore! Not sure I'm that desperate to get ripped!

Well done everyone on your losses! I keep bloody cheating and forgetting to add stuff on mfp!

Joycey29 Tue 05-Feb-13 11:04:51

Weigh in today and 0.25lb gone - still counts as a loss in my book

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