Five stone or more to lose? Sign in here

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TheOnlySevenSleighbells Thu 02-Jan-14 16:14:47

I have just worked out that to reach a healthy BMI of 22.5 I need to lose 5st 7lb. I've been fat for 20 years (I'm 27) and I've had enough of it, this is my year to stop moaning that my clothes never look nice and do something about it.

Is anyone with me?

SouthStaffsMadam Thu 02-Jan-14 23:27:49

Can I join you all too? I would like to lose 7 stone to take me into the 10 stone bracket. I'm starting weight watchers next week. I've had a lot of success on ww before, lost 6 and a half stone but during 3 pregnancies over 6 years have put it all back on virtually!! angry So angry with myself for being back in this position. What an idiot for not taking control sooner.

I was on my fitness pal during the summer so I'll get back on.

Nice to know there are a few of us in the same boat. smile

500internalerror Thu 02-Jan-14 23:57:09

I've just totted up my food on mfp & I thought id done well today.... But I'm 1000 calories over confusedconfusedhmm. That's a wake up call; I must've been eating at least double for months. When I stop exercising I start eating, & so it goes on.

I haven't weighed myself, but I'm guessing I need to lose just under 5 stone. hmm

ARealPickle Fri 03-Jan-14 00:13:12

I need to lose 6 stone. I put 4 stone in in a year after a horrific birth and then the following year stayed the same.

I have very disordered eating so need to address that. Did well today for first time in ages.

Really frightened by prospect.

Got to week 4 of couch to 5k last summer then knackered achilles and it's still stiff. Need to somehow build fitness gently. ...

Would definitely like the support.

Want to eat healthily but not completely restrictive as it will be at least a year I need to keep it up.

TheOnlySevenSleighbells Fri 03-Jan-14 09:38:25

500 always put things into MFP as you go along. If possible plan your dinner in advance and enter it in the morning, that way you can see what's left.

Feeling very pleased with yesterday, I came in 300 calories under my allowance, and even had enough for a small piece of Christmas cake and 1 biscuit (instead of the usual 4 blush ). Looking forward to dinner tonight, salmon fishcake with potatoes and salad, yum!

SofaKing Fri 03-Jan-14 09:46:22

I will sign in, I'm restarting weight watchers on Monday.

I am 5' 4" and nearly 15 stone so have to lose about five stone.

I've had health problems which mean I may need to periodically take steroids, so I just can't afford to be this weight, I put on two stone on my last course so must lose weight in case I need another.

My doctor prescribed me Orlistat to help kick start my loss, has anyone had this? I think it will help me stick to ww as if I eat fatty food my bottom will suffer :-)

TheOnlySevenSleighbells Fri 03-Jan-14 09:59:00

I've used it. It does work but having oily farts that leave orange greasy stains really is beyond awful. Do not eat anything with a high fat content. Tbh I'd rather take longer to lose weight than use it again.

One day down.... That's an achievement in itself, I can't remember the last time I completed The First Day. Usually I've bailed by lunchtime.

TheOnlySevenSleighbells Fri 03-Jan-14 10:24:37

Well done Gwendoline smile

TalkinPeace Fri 03-Jan-14 14:44:53

THeOnlySevenSleighbells
As you can see from my profile pictures I do not need to lose more weight
BUT
having been posting on the 5:2 threads for 18 months I've seen what works, what does not work, and know how incredibly important motivation (both of the "cuddly" and "kick in the butt" variety is)

the realisation a few months ago that
Eating Mindfully
is the real key has helped a lot of people.

A silly thing.
When you are eating, look at every single bite / crisp / item - before you put it in your mouth - so that you eat with awareness

and if I was less partial to cheese and wine my jeans would fit at the moment!

SofaKing Fri 03-Jan-14 14:55:21

Seven not the easy option then!

I feel desperate as I was down to 13 stone and felt 'normally' fat, whereas now I am 15 stone again it feels as though that is the weight I will gravitate to forever. I don't want that, so even if I have to put up with bum issues for a few months I hope it will be worth it.

I shall probably be back on Monday to swear I'm never touching them again :-)

ikeaismylocal Fri 03-Jan-14 14:56:27

Mmm cheese and wine, my ultimate temptation!

How is everyone doing? We were invite out for dinner last night, we went to celebrate a late Christmas this lunch time and we have another dinner invitation tonight! I'm trying to be as good as possible with food choices although I have struggled to count points.

When I dieted with weight watchers previously I used tohave 1 night a week where I would drink alcohol, I think this time I might limit that to parties and special occasions as I get silly with my food choices after a couple of glasses of wine.

How is everyone else planning on limiting the calories in alcohol and the calories in the food yiu eat whilst enjoying alcohol?

PowderMum Fri 03-Jan-14 15:37:05

Hi everyone, I fell off the wagon last night when everyone else went out and had a large drink, then a bread roll, so 3 days in and I still haven't lost anything.

Started today well with a good breakfast, but bought and ate a whole chocolate bar in Tesco today, this is going to push me over my calorie limit for the day.

I try to log all my food as I consume it on MFP as at least I know where I'm at.

With the kids going back to school and me off at business meetings from Monday I feel that I will be able to get on track.

I fell off the wagon at lunchtime as I bought a panini press and the girls wanted toasted sandwiches for lunch. Anything containing bread and melted cheese is my nemesis and the smell got to me. However, whereas in the past I would have thought sod it, start again tomorrow, this time I've got back on the wagon and will adjust calories appropriately tonight and have a single lettuce leaf for dinner

2whippetsnobed Fri 03-Jan-14 16:33:06

Hi everyone. Can I join your thread. I have five stone to lose now (5'8" and 16 stone this morning)!

But I am not starting until Monday although most of the junk and alcohol have gone from the house now. The dcs are back to school and I can start exercise properly and I will log everything on mfp too.

ilovemyteddy Fri 03-Jan-14 16:42:53

Hi. I lost 5 stones in 2012 and have maintained that weightloss in 2013. I did it by low-carbing. It can be expensive (you eat a lot of meat) and goes against what we have been taught for years about the way to lose weight (you eat full-fat everything and have to restrict your veg/fruit intake.) it's worked for me, after years of trying every 'diet' under the sun. It IS strict and if you cheat this way of eating is VERY unforgiving.

There is a wonderfully supportive low-carb bootcamp on MN if you are interested.

Good luck to everyone on this thread.

TalkinPeace Fri 03-Jan-14 17:42:02

I just popped this on another thread but it stands repeating

Just start
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448

ARealPickle Fri 03-Jan-14 21:18:51

I've done ok the last 2 days. I'm not yet trying to "limit calories" drastically or anything, just want to move away from grazing/binging to eating 3 x meals and 2 snacks. And sensible snacks. Had yoghurt and dried fruit for one snack and just one chocolate for the other.

Didn't eat all the childrens left overs.

Thia needs to be long term and I've a long way to go - so for now my goals are ...

*Stop eating children's leftovers
* Stick to eating at meal times and 2 small snacks.
* Sensible snacks.

After this starts to be normal I want to tackle the meals themselves, but I suspect a lot is in the attitude and control issues and once I no longer feel out of control hopefully I can get back to sensible eating.

BIWI Fri 03-Jan-14 21:24:19

To echo ilovemyteddy - if you're interested in low carbing, the next Bootcamp starts on 13 January (although there is an 'easing into it/soft start' thread going from Monday!)

You will all be very welcome.

Can I just say that one of the very best things about low carbing is that you really won't feel hungry when you're doing it, and you can eat decent portions or lovely food while you're doing it? No need to buy nasty low fat, artificial foods at all. Just lovely, natural, tasty food.

Here's the sign-up thread, which also has the rules of Bootcamp somewhere in it

500internalerror Fri 03-Jan-14 21:25:06

I'd have done really well today if it wasnt for the food bit at the end of ikea confused

TalkinPeace Fri 03-Jan-14 21:28:32

Arealpickle
you are doing brilliantly - because you are starting to recognise the patterns of what and when you eat
if you can, I'd really consider cutting out the snacks completely and leaving more leeway for bigger and better family meals
snacks are a modern invention that is not good for us

500internal
ah yes, the ikea canteen
I have a pathological inability to get past the tills without buying something in the food area ....
in the cafe I always have the smallest maincourse and then LOTS of coffee :-)

marsybum Fri 03-Jan-14 21:45:30

hi ladies, I have a lot to lose, about 10 stone sad I did join slimming world in october, went 4 times and was then completely humiliated by the person running the class, so can't go back, I did make a complaint and sw refunded all the money I had paid but it knocked my already shaky confidence and I know I could never walk into a slimming club again sad
I'm starting using mfp to track my calories so will see how I get on with that. I go tap Dancing once a week but that's really about my only exercise so I want to up that, but have a medical condition that limits what I can do before I'm in pain. anyone else doing it without joining a slimming club?

TalkinPeace Fri 03-Jan-14 21:53:03

marsybum
welcome to the most supportive weight loss forum there is . Full stop.
Pick a thread - welcome
see how you fit in.
Lurk on lots of others , see what fits with your mindset.
Well out of order the SW leader humiliating you.
Admitting that you need to make changes is the first and most important step.
MFP - just for tracking, rather than controlling - is a really good way to start as you begin to understand where you are and thus which direction to travel.
There are many others with long journeys ahead - the "one guinea pig at a time thread" is an example
You'll do it
MN has a good success rate (and its free!)

loveulotslikejellytots Fri 03-Jan-14 22:06:02

I've got about 8 stone to lose. I don't weigh myself anymore, but I've been going to the gym for 6 months now. I feel a lot better for it ! I've just got to sort out my food now.

Something that helped me actually came from an old sw consultant. I am an emotional eater, she suggested that before actually eating something I knew I 'shouldn't' eat, cut it into quarters. Get a note pad and for every piece write down what I'm feeling, should that be boredom, sadness, loneliness, happiness, tiredness etc. and then for every piece of my treat write down a substitute treat. E.g. Carrot sticks and hummus, yoghurt etc. then have one of each. One chunk of the doughnut etc. and one 'good' item. Bloody long winded and to be honest, the laziness in me would sometimes make me think, bugger it, I'll just have a banana.

It did however make me understand why I choose to binge on sugary or sweet foods when I'm feeling down or bored etc.

TheOnlySevenSleighbells Fri 03-Jan-14 23:26:05

Hi to our latest newcomers, so glad I started this thread. This journey is a hell of a lot less daunting now I'm not alone smile

Talkin very kind of you to stick around to advise us. How much did you lose?

ikea in terms of alcohol I was having at least one glass of wine most nights. I'm saving the wine for special occasions and just having the odd gin and slimline tonic which had much fewer calories.

pickle small starts are a great way to go. Stopping at one biscuit or not eating their leftovers is a big achievement if it's not what you'd usually do.

marsy that's awful of the SW leader angry

I really don't think I'd be capable of low-carbing. I'm happy to reduce portions and don't eat many potatoes but I don't think I could go without bread and pasta.

Had a very good day today. Ate healthy meals which meant I was able to have a G&T tonight and a kitkat, and I've still somehow come in 460kcal under my allowance.

Do we need a set day for a weekly weigh-in? How about Thursdays as that's when the thread was started? Unless anyone has any objections?

BIWI Fri 03-Jan-14 23:29:15

Can I just make a recommendation? I realise that you might not think that low carbing is for you. But please, please, please have a read of "Escape The Diet Trap" by Dr John Briffa. It's a really easy book to read, and it explains why calorie counting simply doesn't work in the long term.

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