Anyone else with alot of weight to lose?

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HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 09:24:55

Today is a big day for me, a turning point! I've always been 'big' however have just been getting bigger and bigger. I want to lose 6 stone- starting from today.

Anyone else in the same boat who would like to swap inspiration and tips? Today I've planned to eat healthily and go for a nice long walk grin

HeySoulSister Wed 07-Aug-13 09:27:46

I've just lost almost 5 of my 6....started November time. so done it slowly.

low carbing worked for me,along with lots of exercise. I had to put myself first. the dc have all benefitted tho

SummerHoliDidi Wed 07-Aug-13 09:31:40

I've lost almost a stone of the 4 st I want to lose. I'm doing slimming world and finding it really easy to stick to. There are quite a few women at my group who have a lot to lose, my mum is also doing it and has lost 2 and a half stone so far out of the 6st she's aiming for.

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 09:43:45

Brilliant- well done both of you!

I've done all the slimming groups in the past, slimming world, weight watchers, rosemary Connelly etc. I always start off really well, but then it always seems to go a bit pear shaped.

Guitargirl Wed 07-Aug-13 09:48:08

I have 4.5 stone to lose. I have lost weight before so I know I can do it. I also know that it gets easier after the first stone when clothes start to fit a bit better. I have to do something or my health is going to suffer - well, it already is if am honest.

I have been told that I have a fatty liver. My mum is a type 2 diabetic, I tested my own blood sugar over the weekend and it's just outside the normal range. So, that is like a warning. If I don't act soon, I will end up with the same health problems. sad

Me, also just starting off today. I have about 8 stone to lose blush. Family history of heart disease and diabetes. I want to see my kids grow up and be able to walk out of my front door with my head high. I can't do that now.

I've done the lot too. For me the hardest part is starting. After the first couple of weeks I'm ok.

Well done to those who have lost smile and good luck to everyone on the road smile

IsaacCox Wed 07-Aug-13 09:55:10

I've lost 1 stone still got about 6 to go. I've been doing slimming world and going to the gym. Ideally I'd like as much off by 1st jan as that's when we're going on holiday and I don't want to feel embarrassed in swim wear! But the main reason I'm doing it is I have PCOS and would like to go some way to cure it and go on to have a baby.

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 10:32:19

Ok well we have each other for support now so lets see it through! Im determined this time. My youngest is 1 next week- when i was 9 months pregnant with her i weighed 15st 8 - i weighed yesterday and im now 16st 12. Im constantly out of breath and just dont feel attractive anymore and i know its not good for my health.

I weigh in the machine in Boots - its telling me my ideal weight is between 8st1 and 10st 13. If i wanted to get to 8st 1 I would need to lose over half my bodyweight- scary thought. Im ashamed I let myself get like this.

Isaac- well done on your first stone! Thats an achievement in itself.
Ive been thinking about going to the gym but i really am embarrassed- what if i go in and its all fit people and i look like the big sweaty fatty? blush

stopthenoise Wed 07-Aug-13 11:10:01

Hello everyone [waves enthusiastically] room for another one?
Ideally I'd like to lose 5 stone. I get married August next year and would love to look and feel beautiful on my big day. I just lack the motivation to get started so I'm hoping I might find a virtual kick up the bum on here!
I've got the Paul McKenna gastric band cd and have started listening to that when I can. I don't eat on a night anymore so hopefully that small change might start to make a little difference. I lost my job 3 months ago and have started to feel a bit lazy and can't be arsed blush We've got a Wii so might have to start on the Wii Fit and work up to some real life proper exercise grin

Hello smile Wii fit is a good idea. I'll have to dig ours out. A friend of my dad lost shedloads by using the Wii Fit. He didn't change his eating at all, just did lots of work outs on it, then progressed to running when his fitness improved. He lost about 4 stone. Just think what we could do with more movement and less better eating!

Incidentally, shall we have a name? I've never been in a quiche before grin

IsaacCox Wed 07-Aug-13 11:19:47

Thanks Henrietta smile

I thought like that at first but I'm by no means the biggest there (I'm now 16st 11, was 17st 11, so we're more or less the same weight) There are people there of all shapes, sizes and ages. Everyone is sweaty too so it feels ok. No one pays any attention, they're far too busy exercising.

Before I joined the gym I used to go power walking for 40 minutes every morning before anyone else was about and do the 30 day shred then built up to the gym.

Instead of looking at the whole picture, take it in 1/2 stones or full stones. It doesn't seem that big of a thing then.

I'm off to the gym in a bit as its weigh in day tomorrow. As they say on The Biggest Loser- last chance workout! grin

TiredNursey Wed 07-Aug-13 11:20:24

Yes.
Just been to gp. Had bp checked and its elevated.
And I weigh 18.8
I have family history of hypertension. I've known weight has been creeping up but I've ignored it.
I need to do something now. I've had 2 big ops in the last year which hasn't helped.
So i'm checking BP every day for 2 weeks and then go back.
I started Slimming World on Sunday, so hopefully in 2 weeks I'll have lost half a stone.
(If i do it properly, that should be managable then hopefully continue at about 2lbs a week.)

filee777 Wed 07-Aug-13 11:23:05

I want to lose some weight and so does my husband so we are going to get a wii fit and do it every other night

I am also going to the gym a lot, though I am struggling with a really bad bout of depression right now so haven't been for a wee while.

I was 20 stone after the birth of my son, I'm now 16 stone. Losing 5 would be amazing, well losing 6 would be amazing but anything that makes me feel more comfortable

Guitargirl Wed 07-Aug-13 11:23:30

I weighed this morning at 14 stone exactly. I would like to be 9 stone 7 but anything under 10 would be brilliant. Am giving myself a year. I would love to be able to wear nice summer clothes next year instead of trying to hide away and dreading the nice weather.

Hello can I join you? I have about 5st to lose. I've been using My Fitness Pal for about a month to get a handle on what I'm eating and I've lost about 4lb just by cutting out snacks. .My problem is with portion size, particularly with carby meals. I just love bread and pasta.

I'm back working full time from September which should help as I eatmuch better when I'm at work than I do at home. I'm struggling with time to exercise though - when do you all find time? smile

BoysWillGrow Wed 07-Aug-13 11:27:43

ooh i'd like to join too, i'd like to lose 2.7 stone to get back to my pre Dc's weight,
I'm going to start with getting my Wii Fit out too and try to do 30mins a day doing the exercises that really get me out of breath. I used to do it everyday up until getting pregnant with dc2 and morning sickness kicking in.
Anyone heard of the tablets you can take that helps you lose 1/2lb for every lb you lose yourself. I'm sure I've heard of something that does that, though i could be imagining it confused any experience of them, do they actually help? are they safe? any side effects?

carameldecaflatte Wed 07-Aug-13 11:28:02

Can I squeeze in too?
1 year on from ds's birth and I'm bigger than I was just before he was born and feeling quite miserable sad
I don't weigh myself, just go on my clothes and they are nearly ALL too tight!
Any of you comfort eaters? How do you stop?
Any one thinking of trying 5:2?

I've tried 5:2 but I couldn't get on with it. I didn't lose anything in a month and found the fasting days really hard. I think I'm going to have to low carb <sob>

IsaacCox Wed 07-Aug-13 11:31:37

I have a wii fit too but haven't used it in ages. Think I'll get it back out.

Also, as well as losing a stone, I have gone from size 20 on bottom to 18 (plus a belt as they're getting a bit baggy) and from a 18/20 on top to 16. I've not been a size 16 for years smile

stopthenoise Wed 07-Aug-13 11:32:44

I like Wii Fit cos it doesn't really feel like exercise grin I did half an hour on boxing the other day, was knackered. Might help with the bingo wings tho if I can keep it up!

clarinetV2 Wed 07-Aug-13 11:35:06

Good luck, Henrietta and others. I started this time last year with about 6 stone to lose ideally - though I actually decided I'd be satisfied with losing 5. I've now lost very close to the whole 6 and going strong, but as you can see I've taken it slow and steady. I'm not finding it a struggle any more, though it certainly was at first. Here is what has been working for me, though of course everyone is different.

1) Walking. I've always liked walking, and knew I had to do something about my weight (lifelong problem) when I realised that the most gentle of hills was too much for me, and even level walks were becoming a struggle. So I added some walking to my daily commute (initially 20 mins each way, now nearer to an hour each way including a steep hill), and I'm lucky enough to work in a location where if I can take a full hour for lunch there are some hilly and beautiful walks I can do. I don't know how much weight if any I've lost through walking, possibly very little, but it's been the psychological life-saver for me. The time out in the fresh air makes me feel good about myself - and of course every hour spent walking is an hour less to sit on the sofa and eat (or wish I was eating) cakes! I also promised myself a really nice and expensive walking holiday for earlier this summer, which I duly took and enjoyed. Shelling out the cash for it in the spring was good for motivation, as it was a lot of money and I knew I wouldn't enjoy the holiday if I couldn't get up those hills.

2) Sorry, low-carb and 2:5 enthusiasts, but those just didn't do it for me. I can't give up carbs, and can't manage on 500 calories on fast days. Ever since my teens I've had a difficult relationship with food, and I needed to find a way to feel OK about my weird eating patterns. I am addictive around food and probably always will be. So here's what I do. About 4 days a week I aim for 1000-1200 calories, making sure it's balanced and healthy with no snacks. One or perhaps two days a week I eat basically similarly to those other 4 but with a couple of small bars of chocolate or one family one thrown in (I can't eat just one small bar of chocolate). So around 1500-1800 calories on those days. And around one day a week I have an addict day when I eat exactly what I want. Yes, if I want to buy a family-sized cake and eat it all, that's what I do. Although as time has gone on, I've done it less and less! But the addict in me can somehow cope much better with the lighter days if I know I'm going to do some serious indulgence not far down the line. The days aren't set in stone, it depends what else is going on in my life. So if I have an indulgence weekend, I try to earn it in advance with more lighter days, or pay it back afterwards. I think the calorie level on lighter days was higher when I first started, though I'm having trouble remembering. On that calorie count, and now at 9 and a half stone, I'm only losing weight very slowly but I don't mind that, and if I plateau where I am I'll be more than happy.

3) Being nice to myself, and not worrying too much if what should be a lighter day turns into a snack one or even an indulgence one. What's always sabotaged me in the past is once I've blown the diet one day, I've thought 'what the heck' and haven't been able to get back on the wagon. Now I've trained myself to think, 'OK, that was yesterday, doesn't matter, no damage done, today's a different day'.

4) Interim targets. 6 stone is a scary amount, and next year is a long way away. I went for '3 stone by Xmas' and then broke that down by months. And I gave myself (non-food!) treats each time I reached a target.

I tried the gym early on in the process and hated it. OK, so the people there probably weren't staring at me and judging me, but I couldn't convince myself of that! If you're worried about the gym, perhaps giving walking a go might work in the short term until you feel confident enough to give the gym a go? That's what I thought I was doing, then realised that the walking worked for me just fine and I didn't need the gym in any case.

Anyway, very good luck to you. You sound younger than me (my DDs have flown the nest) and I wish I'd done this quite a lot earlier, but the time for whatever reason wasn't right for me. It's do-able! From where I am now I think I can keep this up long term... hope it turns out that way.

stopthenoise Wed 07-Aug-13 11:35:30

Well done IssacCox I think if when I drop a dress size it will give me the motivation to keep going.

IKnewHouseworkWasDangerous Wed 07-Aug-13 11:35:41

Me too. I broke my ankle last week and have been panicing about blood clots ever since. I also have PCOS. I need to lose some weight for my sanity and to maybe have another baby at some point (maybe starting to try next year)

I need to do it but not obsess as when I obsess I do really well for a week or so but just cant keep it up.

CircassianLeyla Wed 07-Aug-13 11:36:04

Marking my place!

It is my birthday in Tuesday so I plan to start on Wednesday.

WRT gym in this nice weather why not just do lots of power walking/build up to jogging and make the most if being outdoors and bulls up to it for when the weather isn't so great.

I snack loads and have heavy carb meals, so I am aware if where the issues are. I am probably going to do WW. I list three stone with it before. I am about 12.9 right now.

I have a new job, uni is going well and I would like to lose as close to a stone as possible before we start back in Ictober

Good luck everyone..

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 11:40:22

Ooh yes all pile in and we can start our own club! It's great that we will have each other for support and that we are all in the same boat, having stones to lose rather than pounds! I'm currently a size 20, I long for the day I can buy a size 16!!

Wii fit is an excellent idea- I'm a sahm so that's definitely something I can do during the day when I have the kids running around! I have it upstairs in the attic somewhere- that will be hunted out tonight!!

I know people who have lost alot of weight using the 5:2 but I really don't think I could do it- I like food too much! I'm just going to try cutting out crap and really upping the exercise, and see how it goes from there.

When's everyone's weigh in days? Mine will be a Wednesday!

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 11:43:46

Wow clarinet well done! And thank you for your post, I do plan on doing alot of walking. I'm 25 and my kids are 3 and 1- I want to be the active playful mummy they deserve.

Wednesday for me too.

I'm doing Slim Fast for two weeks to kick start. As I said, it's starting that's my downfall, too easy to say sod it, I'll start again tomorrow. So taking food out of the equation for a couple of weeks then moving onto calorie counting and MFP.

I've lost weight before and piled it back on and definitely agree that having a day off per week works for me. In fact, during one of my times at Rosemary Clooney I mentioned that I only dieted on week days and she said that there was a school of though that agreed that fasting days and non fasting days did give results. This was years ago!

So what shall we call ourselves? smile

SunshineBossaNova Wed 07-Aug-13 11:49:53

Hello all

I've got 6.5 stone to lose. I'm having hypnotherapy to help me with my issues around eating, and for the most part it's working. But I need to start looking at portion control and doing exercise.

postiecam Wed 07-Aug-13 11:50:50

Hello,Room for another?
currently childless but will be trying very soon. I need to lose 4-5 st and as i know it makes it harder to conceive, also bad results from doc's high cholestrerol and blood sugarssad Not always been this way used to be fit and lighter. so been for a long walk with the dogs and plan to do Jillian Michaels banish fat, boost metabolism workout dvd later. Alcohol is out and I am overhauling diet with fresh veg, fruit etc and cutting out the bad (but tasty stuff) but allowing myself a treat on the weekend with OH. This worked before for me, but fell off the exercise wagon early last year. good luck to all

HeySoulSister Wed 07-Aug-13 11:55:35

ladies!! can I suggest you all get your tape measures out??

if you measure waist,hips,arms and bust then write it down you can compare......it really helps if the scales are sticking and you can see you are losing inches still.

so weigh....measure....and maybe look up your BMI ?

I remember the feeling when I went from obese to overweight....amazing!!

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 12:00:28

Yes always room for more!!

Rosemary Connelly was the one I lost the most weight with, I lost over 3 stone and got down to 10 stone. However that was about 7 years ago!

I'm going to have a 'cheat day' too, I will allow myself a few treats however I will still do my exercise that day! Even if its just a brisk walk!

Oh I'm not very good with coming up with names! Anyone any ideas?

What's everyone having for lunch? smile

HeySoulSister Wed 07-Aug-13 12:01:56

lunch for me is a cheese and ham omelette with salad and mayonnaise. coffee with cream

It's posts like that that make low carbing look very appealing grin

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 12:38:54

Sounds delicious HeySoulSister! I'm having weight watchers soup. It's pretty disgusting hmm

LegoAcupuncture Wed 07-Aug-13 12:42:54

Ill join if I may.

I'm a bit of a yoyo dieter but it has gotten to the point I really want to lose it or face long term health implications. I eat when stressed, bit of a binge eater at stressy times which there have been a lot of lately.

Have at least 6 to lose, anything over that will be a bonus.

Lost 4 stone a few year ago and I know I can do it again.

We could be the "Avoid the quiche" quiche grin

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 12:43:54

Lego I LOVE IT! The 'avoid the quiche' quiche is born smilesmile

LegoAcupuncture Wed 07-Aug-13 12:44:05

Should add, I am better on WW than any other diet as then I can still have treats. Tried the CWP and that worked but as soon as I ate the weight came back very fast. Carbs are not my friend, but I luffs them.

Chocolate or strawberry milkshake? The agony of choice... hmm grin

Chubbymomie2012 Wed 07-Aug-13 12:44:18

Hello Ladies.
I'm sloping nervously into your thread. I have 5 stone to lose. It feels like a mammoth task but I'm determined and I am spurred on by all ur stories. I plan to start a slimming class tomo and I'm trying to decide between unislim and slimming world. Any tips?

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 12:46:43

I have no experience of unislim however have heard loads of success stories from slimming world.

Someone in my town has just lost 17 stone on slimming world, and he done it in 17 months. shockshock

whitewineintherain Wed 07-Aug-13 12:51:01

Hi, can i join?
I have about 6 stone to lose, it sounds like such a daunting task and I have no idea how to go about it but really want to be healthy and happy with myself.

carameldecaflatte Wed 07-Aug-13 12:53:35

Some interesting food for thought here (sorry blush)
I think motivation is key, whatever diet/method you use and wanting to be around for my son as he grows up is mine... I'm just having trouble starting.

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 12:56:26

Of course white wine, have u joined slimming world/weight watchers etc or are you going to give it a go yourself?

Definitely Caramel- what age is your son?

LegoAcupuncture Wed 07-Aug-13 12:56:49

I'm starting WW on Monday. Just do it at home, have the app for my ipad and can use it on my iPhone when out and about, so quite easy no?

I've looked at SW and WW and just need to decide which one is the least time consuming! With a 16mo and working full time I just don't have the time to weigh and measure and I need to be able to cook meals quickly. I also need to be able to take a packed lunch to work and it can't cost the earth.

I thinks that's why I'm finding it hard to start. I look at the meal suggestions and wonder how on earth I can do it. I really don't want to go down the road of buying WW branded ready meals and stuff either as I try really hard to cook from scratch, I just can't imagine its a healthy way to eat even if it does help you to lose weight.

Actually, thats the crux of the matter for me. I read most diets and think that while they help with weight loss, they just don't sound healthy as they replace natural food with processed alternatives - low fat spread and yoghurt, diet drinks, WW meals, slim fast etc.

I need to find a balance between good food and dieting.

Finance is a part of it for me. If I could afford it I would definitely do Lighter Life. But that's because I have a huge amount to lose and my first priority is to lose it. Being this big can't be any better healthwise than processed alternatives. But if I had less to lose I wouldn't consider them.

whitewineintherain Wed 07-Aug-13 13:26:35

I'm giving it a go myself, I'm thinking about doing Slimfast for two weeks and then doing the 5:2 but I don't know much about the 5:2 diet.

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 13:29:33

Ok Ladies welcome to the avoid the quiche quiche wink

on board we have-

henrietta wants to lose 6 stone
HeySoulSister already lost an amazing 5 stone- 1 more to go
Summerholididi already lost 1 stone - 3 more to go (well done)
GuitarGirl wants to lose 4.5 stone
GwendolineMaryLacey wants to lose 8 stone
IsaacCox already lost 1 stone- 6 more to go (well done)
stopthenoise wants to lose 5 stone
Tired Nursery wants to lose 1/2 a stone in 2 weeks
filee777 already lost a brilliant 4 stone! - wants another 5 off
EnglishGirl wants to lose 5 stone
boyswillgrow wants to lose 2.7 stone
carameldecaf how much do you want to lose? smile
iknewhousework aww get well soon flowers
CircassianLeyla want to lose 1 stone by October
sunshinebossanova wants to lose 6.5 stone
postiecam wants to lose 4-5 stone
LegoAccupuncture wants to lose 6 stone
chubbymommie2012 wants to lose 5 stone
whitewineintherain wants to lose 6 stone

phew...think i've got everyone! Weigh in on a wednesday- so a week today either Pm me or post here how much you have lost/gained.

biggest loser is slimmer of the week and gets a virtual bunch of flowers flowers
if you gain you have to run laps round the field wink

I have lots to lose, at least 7 stone, I am so unmotivated, but am looking for a job and I know my appearance is not helping me at all, I just cant seem to get motivated at all, I have great plans but they all fall through, am not a big sweet fan but love my cheese and wine and fatty foods,,really need to start..

I have a birthday dinner today with friends so will start tomorrow bit scared to get on scales..

Agree about being big not being better health wise than processed food, but in my head I feel that its swapping one unhealthy relationship with food with another iyswim? I know what I need to do, its just doing it! Still eat proper food but less carbs, more protein and veg, cut out the home baking blush and watch my portion sizes. Agree too that money plays a part. At the moment we're having to stick to a really tight budget so we bulk meals out with cheap carbs. When I'm back at work full time we'll be loads better off so I'm hoping it'll be easier then.

If anyone wants to add me on MFP my name there is LaCienega 1974. I've neglected it since last week as I've been off work but this thread is motivating me to get back on it. I always lose a few pounds when I see in black and white just how much I'm eating!

Yes I know what you mean smile and you are right. My diet definitely needs improving, quite apart from the weight issues. I love my home baking too sad

My MFP is Rockbird86 for anyone who wants to add me. I found it a great resource when I've used it before.

stopthenoise Wed 07-Aug-13 13:37:53

Wow this thread is really building up! With us all aiming to lose similar amounts I think we will all do really well and keep each other going. Reading everyones tips and ideas is giving me more motivation already. And good to see lots of you digging out your Wii Fits smile

LegoAcupuncture Wed 07-Aug-13 13:38:45

You don't need to buy WW stuff to do WW. I never really bother, except for their chilli and rice, easy and yummy.

A good tip, if you're having something with rice, make cauliflower rice instead. Grate half a had of cauliflower, put in a microwave proof bowl, cover with a lid/cling film and microwave for 5 minutes. Serve as you would rice. It's very nice and just as filling but with 95% less calories.

Love the Avoid the Quiche Quiche grin

stopthenoise Wed 07-Aug-13 13:40:50

Oooh like the sound of cauliflower rice. Might a way to trick DS into veg too, he loves rice, hates cauliflower grin

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 13:42:30

Welcome teenagetantrums smile

Can I ask what is MFP?

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 13:43:19

My biggest vice is chocolate. I can take or leave anything else but i really crave chocolate

Love the caulflower rice tip - I don't really like rice but have it because its what goes with curry iyswim so will definitely be trying that.

My Fitness Pal You input your weight and food eaten, it has all the brands and various things. There's also a touch of social media.

Mine is toast. I love love hot buttered toast.

whitewineintherain Wed 07-Aug-13 13:48:31

Love the cauliflower rice tip, will try that next time.
Chocolate is mine too, i could quite easily eat a bar everyday. And pasta, I have pasta a lot as it's a cheap and easy thing to cook.

whitewineintherain Wed 07-Aug-13 13:53:27

I've just joined MFP, my username is whitewine21 if anyone wants to add me. smile

My vice is bread - it just isn't a meal in my house unless its served with some kind of bread. Focaccia, Baguette, Pitta, Flatbreads, Bloomer, white buttered bread with chips. ANY bread at all!

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 13:53:56

Oh will try MFP!

I could easily eat a bar every day too (and have been!!)

LegoAcupuncture Wed 07-Aug-13 13:59:12

You can fry the rice once its cooked as well in some low calorie spay oil and add some herbs/spices.

StainlessSteelCat Wed 07-Aug-13 14:01:42

Hello. I need to lose 5 stone. Ouch, Just writing it out makes me realise how much I need to lose it - denial is a lovely comfy place, full of cake isn't it?

this thread is great timing for me. I dusted off the wii fit board last night, might actually keep it up if I post on here once in a while.

I'll be using MyFitnessPal as well. It's the only thing that's ever helped me, I think the act of writing down how much I've eaten makes me pause before putting it in my mouth. and the satisfaction I get when I do stick to my calorie goal is instant feedback which is great. I just need to go and resurrect my zombie account.

I need to do 2 things: eat normal size portions, and not eat a bar of chocolate in the evenings. My biggest problems are baking (I love it. Almost as much as I love eating the results) and comfort eating. Working on some other stress issues at the moment, being this over weight is also causing me distress, so I need to confront it.

filee777 Wed 07-Aug-13 14:06:36

I just ate a bloody slice of pizza and a donut for lunch. Need to sort myself out. What the fuck is wrong with me!

cq Wed 07-Aug-13 14:06:44

Room for another? I've been a serial yo-yo dieter all my adult life, have tried WW, Cambridge, SW etc etc all to varying degrees of success.

Basically I am now trying to have smaller portions, less sugar and less processed foods. I eat fairly healthily but just too damned much of it. And being a SAHM means I graze constantly.

I have been fairly fit in the past but then got injured, relocated to the UK and moved house 3 times all in the last year so my self-control, routine and motivation has been rock bottom.

I think I was quite depressed over the long cold winter too, so that didn't help.

But now trying to turn over a new leaf, walking more and more, running a bit, and have a shiny new Shred DVD to start.

Some company on the long hard journey would be great.

I need to lose 4 stone, but am more interested in the inches, so will go and measure myself right now.

imustbepatient Wed 07-Aug-13 14:07:09

If it's not too late to join, I would love to, as your posts are all sounding so familiar to me!

I have about 5 stone to lose and have lost one so far, but that has taken since January. Whilst I keep telling myself that this isn't a race, it's more important to get there and keep the weight off etc, I have to confess I really would like to lose it a little more quickly! I am also struggling a bit to find the best way for me to diet now.

Previously I lost a lot of weight with WW and kept it off. Until having children! Now I want to find a way of eating which keeps me full, fits into the family meals, and doesn't cost the earth. I love cooking but can't always spend as much time on it as I used to.

Exercise is the biggy for me. I just struggle to find the time to do it, with a 2.5 year old, a 9 month old, working part time and a husband who travels 3-4 days a week most weeks.

Having tried 5:2 and then full-on low carbing, I am restarting this week with no sugar and no 'starchy' carbs, no snacks and lots of water. Will start on reducing wine next week!

I just hate being this size and long to be my old size 12 again. Quite frankly I would settle for being a size 14 at this point! grin

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 14:19:04

Filee!!! Tut tut!! ;) could be worse- you could have ate a whole pizza. Put a line under it and move on, think of the slimmer healthier body you want!

Welcome newbies! Glad we are all looking to lose around the same- I find it quite disheartening when people are talking about the '1/2 a stone' they need to lose, makes me feel like a great big heffer needing to lose 6 stone!

You're alright, I'm the piggiest in the group so far grin blush

Hey ho, onwards Quiche-Avoiders! grin

are we going to post starting weights and weight lose? or just weight lose? just checking im happy to do both but bit scared to get on my scales

DeepPurple Wed 07-Aug-13 14:28:21

I have around 5 stone to lose sad I weigh more now than when I was full term with DD! I did the Cambridge plan for 9 weeks and lost 28lb but it piled back on when I stopped and I lost quite a lot of hair!

I think portion control and exercise needs to be my way forward. I think if I stick to 1200 calories a day then if there is a slightly bad day I could still come in under 2000 so not actually doing any damage. Does that sound reasonable?

Before I had DD I was a size 10 but to maintain that I ate 1600 calories a day and ran between 5-10km 6 days a week! I think I must have a very slow metabolism.

I've got my fitness pal and I'm starting today! No time like the present!

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 14:28:21

Up to individual members- I've said my weight but I understand if some people don't want to disclose!

SummerHoliDidi Wed 07-Aug-13 14:29:56

My aim is a size 14. I haven't been that size for about 10 years.

IsaacCox I think I've told you this before, but I have PCOS too and losing weight definitely helped me fall pg with dd2. We'd been trying for over a year without any success because I wasn't even having periods, let alone ovulating and concieving. Then I started SW, lost 2 stone in 2 months (it's taking me rather longer than that this time round), started having periods and then fell pg really easily. I only started trying to lose weight because the GP said I couldn't go on the waiting list for the fertility clinic until I was a healthy weight, so I had to lose 3 st just to get on the waiting list, then keep it off for the 6 months before I would get an appt. I'm very glad that losing the weight was all I needed to do, I'm not sure how we would have coped with fertility clinics and treatments. I just wish I'd kept on eating healthily so I could have avoided putting on all this weight again (even after losing almost a stone I'm now the same weight as I was when I was told to lose weight last time) and I just might have avoided the mc I had last year.

PigOnStilts Wed 07-Aug-13 15:18:31

Ive got three stine baby fat to lose. Getting v depressed about it and gave Big Event in nine weeks so i need to get shifting fast. My baby is five months and im at the stage where im overeating out of habit. Was once size 24 so know whats its like to lose control. Im scared of going up and up if i dobt do something.

On thr plus side, Ii lost seven stone in eight months so its torally doable for everyone here! I bought ready meals fir two weeks to train my stomsch down a bit, it really helped. After that i just avoided processed food

PigOnStilts Wed 07-Aug-13 15:19:28

Sorry about typos

BoysWillGrow Wed 07-Aug-13 15:22:43

ok, i've joind MFP (looks good) how do i add you lot on? Its saying i need email address' not usernames confused
A bit annoyed though I've found my Wii Fit disc but its really scratched and not working so will need to buy a new one.

SummerHoliDidi Wed 07-Aug-13 15:23:12

Oh dear, did I kill the thread?

I'm happy to post my weight now. I started at 15st 2.5, have now lost 10.5lbs so now weigh 14st 6, I'm 5'9 so that makes my bmi now 29.8. I've just crossed that line between obese and overweight so I'm thrilled and it's keeping me motivated.

I tried the 30 day shred but only managed 2.5 days before hurting my back, so I'm giving that a rest for now and might try again when I feel better. I have managed to take the dds swimming 3 days this week though, and seeing as dd1 is perfectly capable of looking after dd2 while I go for a bit of a swim I managed to swim 12 lengths (300m) today. I feel like that's pretty good considering I was out of breath after just 2 at the start of the holidays.

whitewine I can't find you on MFP? I need to add people as the shame of being a piggy in front of others will make me stick to a diet!

IKnewHouseworkWasDangerous Wed 07-Aug-13 15:38:48

Awww thanks for the flowers henrietta. I have just signed up to slimming world online. It is expensive but i hope that keeps me motivated despite the fact I cant weigh in due to my leg cast. I know how much I weighed in kilos before the cast went on. Hoping to be no more when the cast comes of despite me not being able to get around.

Safyre Wed 07-Aug-13 15:43:22

Jumping in too, if that's ok!

I have suspected PCOS (never confirmed because I lost weight/got pregnant before the fertility clinic did any more tests). I lost over 3 stone low carbing to get pregnant with DS (17st10 to 14st 7), then put on 5st while pregnant blush. DS is 11 months now and I've put more weight on since he was born.

I started on Sunday on a diet I remember my mum doing when I was younger - 2 bowls of cereal and 1 normal meal per day, with a starting weight of 17st2. I have 2 weeks until a big family event and I am crossing everything that this will get me into my (size 20 sad) dress for it.

Ultimate goal is to get to 10st-ish. So about 7st to lose.

IsaacCox Wed 07-Aug-13 16:10:05

Summer, thank you, you have given me hope. I had one period when I was 13 then nothing for 2 years when I went for a scan and was diagnosed with PCOS. Only had the odd one since when I have been bothered to take the pill blush. Im really hoping losing weight will start them off. I'm so sorry about your mc flowers

Just did an hour and a half in the gym, shattered now! Not sure what's for dinner yet as I'm trying to empty the cupboards/fridge and freezer as they're jam packed with no room for anything else! So it'll be some concoction but a healthy one hopefully!

MiaWallace Wed 07-Aug-13 16:38:03

I a regular lurker on the weight loss threads. Decided to take the plunge and join in this time.

Bought new scales today and I'm 5lb heavier than I thought.

Need to lose at least 5 stone, ideally six.

Just off to join MFP

BoysWillGrow Wed 07-Aug-13 16:58:22

i also cant find youwhitewine21 I'm BoysWillGrow on MFP add me if you like, I really need motivation at the mo. Usually i give up by the second week.

BirdingWidow Wed 07-Aug-13 17:10:37

May I please join you? Like others have said it is very daunting to need to lose a lot (at least 5 st in my case) and it would be brilliant to share the journey with people in the same position. I have been overweight since puberty and obese all my adult life. My weight was fairly stable but after having my DC 10 months ago I have put on at least a stone, mostly due to 'consolation cake' (he is not a sleeper!)

I want to be fitter for him and hopefully to make it easier to conceive than it was last time. Also I'm getting married next year and I will be furious with myself if I waste the next 9 months and sail down the aisle at my current weight or worse (I will look like a sequin-covered barrage balloon).

Had high hopes for 5:2 but it seems to give me a catastrophic tummy so am looking for an alternative. Definitely need something with a bit of flexibility to eat nice stuff on social occasions.

MittenKitty Wed 07-Aug-13 17:28:21

Here's another one! Hello everyone!
Please count me in - around 14 and a half stone currently and really need to get a grip. First target is 2 stone off by Christmas - being realistic.
I reckon the moral support will be a great help to us all.
Good luck all- we know what to do really dont we- eat less and move more - it's the motivation that's lacking and hopefully its here smile

CircassianLeyla Wed 07-Aug-13 17:32:37

I love the name and thanks for the list.

Onward!

ThwartedbyMum Wed 07-Aug-13 18:04:51

This thread is perfectly timed for me! I have started the gym this week in an effort to lose around 7 stone. I was pretty much in denial about how much weight I had put on until i joined a new GP practice last week and had to have a routine check up. I weigh more than I did at 9 months pregnant. DD is 16months old now and I want to be around to see her grow up but more importantly I want to be able to catch her when she legs it which is all too often these days!
My gym has a creche so I have made a commitment to put DD in for 2 hours 4 times a week, and as she loves it that will be my motivation to actually go. Whilst I am there I might as well do a workout or go for a swim, at least thats the plan. I also walk to and from the gym which is 3 miles in total and on non-gym days I will take DD out for a walk in the buggy. Foodwise, I have tried every diet going and I am struggling a bit to get it under control so I am just cutting down portion size and since i discovered that eating bread makes me feel really tired I have found it quite easy to more or less cut it out completely.
It will be great to have some help and motivation along the way!

LegoAcupuncture Wed 07-Aug-13 18:07:13

Shall we do a weekly weigh in? Monday could be a good day?

HeySoulSister Wed 07-Aug-13 18:17:08

I'm off on Friday to do the 3 peaks challenge.... So need to take all food with me! Trying to keep it healthy.

If I weigh on weds I'm hoping for a loss as period will be over and I will have climbed Ben Nevis,scafell pike and snowdon by then.

But I'm not sure what food to take for energy!?? Everyone else is taking fruit and cereal bars and pre packed
Sandwiches!! Not low carb

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 18:25:43

Evening Quiche-Avoiders!

Welcome newbies, feel free to join us, we can all keep each other motivated!

I'm just back from my brisk walk- OMG I knew I was unfit but I didn't realise just how unfit!! But hey, onwards and upwards, it's only going to get easier!

I think we had said on up the thread that weigh in would be a Wednesday- would you rather change it to a Monday? What suits everyone best? smile

LegoAcupuncture Wed 07-Aug-13 18:28:33

No Wednesdays is fine, I will weigh Monday but keep results for Wednesday smile

ChippingInHopHopHop Wed 07-Aug-13 18:28:52

HSS - for the first day can you take chicken, boiled eggs, peanut butter and celery? Then maybe tins of tuna, boiled eggs, hard 'salad/veg' like radishes, carrots etc It's all heavy to carry I know, but just think of the added weight loss smile

You could also take some powder to add to water to make shakes?

I have been low carbing since the end of January, I've lost almost 3 stone. Many of their friends remain so I'll be low carbing for quite some time to come smile

I had a diabetes scare, my HbA1c reading was 9.3 (they wanted me on meds straight away) but it's now down to a normal 5.3 - diet changes only grin

The Bootcamp threads are brilliant for support if anyone fancies it smile

HeySoulSister Wed 07-Aug-13 18:33:09

Thanks chipping I'm a bootcamp lurker, occasionally post. Yes, those are good ideas, actually thinking that could work well! Peanut butter for energy especially.

Can you buy tins of tuna with a ring pull anyone know? Don't fancy carting a tin opener up Ben Nevis!

cq Wed 07-Aug-13 18:36:10

I've just calculated my BMI blush

35.7

Yikes.

I need to lose 38 lbs just to drop into the overweight category.

And 65 lbs to get to the so called 'normal' category.

Might be easier just to chop a leg off sad

Ah well, baby steps.

I've entered all my data onto MFP, and everything I've eaten & exercise so far today.

I think I have about 3 calories left for supper!

But at least I'm focussing on it.

Thanks Henrietta for starting this thread thanks

cq Wed 07-Aug-13 18:38:14

HSS - I think I've seen sachets of no-drain tuna in Tesco. They would be perfect. And some oatcakes if you need a carb hit? And some nuts. Beef jerky if you can stand it (bleugh)

HeySoulSister Wed 07-Aug-13 18:51:27

Never tried it! Sachets! Didn't know you could get sachets. I will tell the rest of the group that they exist! Thankyou

whitewineintherain Wed 07-Aug-13 19:43:39

Sorry My mfp username is whitewine211 not 21, sorry blush

PigOnStilts Wed 07-Aug-13 20:54:26

Darlings, I did just eat a McDonald's.... and a huge pile of pasta

I need a kick up the arse. 12.5 stone I am sad

HenriettaPye Wed 07-Aug-13 20:55:26

HeySoulSisiter- Fantastic-good luck for friday! Im sure the pounds will drop off doing that!

well ive just worked out my BMI- 40.3!! which i think puts me in the morbidly obese category (i think its anything over 40)

shock
Well thats certainly the kick in the arse i needed...

SummerHoliDidi Wed 07-Aug-13 21:08:25

Isaac - I also took a load of vitamins to help as well. A decent multivitamin, B vitamins and Magnesium iirc. I have a book you can have if you want it, just pm me and I'll send it to you, I followed most of the advice in there, even the stuff I thought was crazy like reflexology, and some combination of everything I did worked brilliantly.

HeySoulSister - good luck on Friday. Are you going to manage to do them all in one day? We did Ben Nevis a few years ago and it took us 12 hours most of the day just to do that, I blame dd1 though as she was only 8 at the time it wasn't me at all, oh no

ChippingInHopHopHop Wed 07-Aug-13 21:35:02

HP if it makes you feel any better, I've lost 3 stone and my BMI is still higher than yours is now! <sigh> Still, I'll get there smile

HSS - almonds would be good too. If you like basil there's a good Basil Tofu by Taifun (in the vegetarian section, it's ready to eat, quite solid and tasty) and it keeps well not in the fridge for a couple of days (it's meant to be in the fridge, but hey ho grin) and I take cheese too - haven't keeled over yet!! Avocados & Food Doctor seeds too... I'm not sure I could low carb without those tbh!! (I'm vegetarian).

CecyHall Wed 07-Aug-13 21:46:19

I'd like to join the quiche please!

I have 10 stone to lose. Scary seeing it written. Even scarier is I'm watching the Australian Biggest Loser just now and people started on it a good chunk lighter than me.

I started Slimming World on Sunday. Feeling quite positive so far!

I'll weigh in on Saturday.

I bet my bmi is about 199 sad <sigh>

onetiredmummy Wed 07-Aug-13 22:03:37

Me too please smile

I'd like to lose 6 stone, I gave up smoking a year ago and have gained 3 stone since. Also lost my mum to cancer, lost my grandma too and left my husband and moved back to childhood city in the last couple of years so its been hard to lose both the smoking and comfort food smile tried most things, I start off really well but then just drift off the plan.

Downloaded my fitness pal yesterday, did 45 mins aerobics and stuck to 1200 cals and lost 2 lb. Did 80 mins aerobics today and am within calorie goal so all good. Can't do high impact stuff as I have plantar fasciitis in my feet so excercising can be hard .

I've never been this fat but weirdly I haven't been this happy in years either. It's odd smile

onetiredmummy Wed 07-Aug-13 22:09:36

I have the same username on mfp, please add me as I have no friends on there .

< saddo with clear lack of imagination>

I've just sent a friend request but I forgot to write anything on it!

HeySoulSister Wed 07-Aug-13 22:40:46

We hope 24 hours... Will be climbing in the dark/early hours. But 27 hours due to travelling would be ok.

It's 26 miles ... So 13 up and 13 down. It's a marathon and I wish I hadn't signed up for it now! Can't back out now tho

You lit can all do it next year when you've list the weight!grin

onetiredmummy Wed 07-Aug-13 22:44:24

Thanks gwen, have accepted and will change my pic to a photo tomorrow as I'm on my phone at the min smile

SummerHoliDidi Wed 07-Aug-13 22:49:35

HSS - I have a goal for next year already. We took all our year 8s on a 'walk' (we climbed Barrow) in the Lake District a month ago and I was so unfit that I was with the first group to set off and we were amongst the last to arrive at the top. Some of the girls in my group needed plenty of rest stops and I was sooooooo glad they did because I couldn't have done it any quicker. We do the same walk every year, although this is the first year I've done it, and my aim is to be able to do it easily next year rather than puffing my way up with the slowest and least fit kids.

whitewineintherain Wed 07-Aug-13 23:04:34

Have sent you a friend request onetiredmummy

HeySoulSister Wed 07-Aug-13 23:06:57

summer great goal to have, at least you have some idea of what to expect

signet Wed 07-Aug-13 23:12:44

I still have 6st to lose. I started off with 9st to lose in April with a goal of losing 3st before the end of August. Ideally I'd like to lose another 2 stone before Christmas. I've been careful about what I eat and have been walking 3 miles or more each day. Still a long way to go but I've never kept it up this long before!

TiredNursey Thu 08-Aug-13 07:58:27

My BMI is 38.4
Which even if BMI is not exactly accurate, its still a good guide to how unhealthy I am. I am 5.9 so I suppose it could be worse.
Long way to go...

Just snooping grin and stopped by to cheer you all on! I didn't have the same journey you are all on, but I'm a regular on MFP, a gym user and a 5:2 success story (now maintaining), and happy to be MFP pals with anyone who fancies being cheered on and a virtual kick up the backside when needed! Good luck flowers

PS I'm snailrunner on MFP blush

IsaacCox Thu 08-Aug-13 08:09:44

That is so lovely of you Summer, but I'm afraid I can't use PayPal (reached my upper spending limit or something confused) so wouldn't be able to pay for it. Thanks though, I really appreciate it flowers

Good luck tomorrow HSS You can do it!
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(^ that's me waving my Pom poms grin)

I know today is not the official thread weigh in day but it's the day I've been weighing on and I've lost 2lb today smile

When I started my bmi was 42.1, now it's 39.4. A goal was to get under 40, yay! smile I'm going to measure myself in a bit too, to see how much I've changed.

Safyre Thu 08-Aug-13 08:27:47

Downloaded MFP last night - am Safyre84, and weighed myself this morning, and I'm 3lbs down since Sunday. I have a horrible habit of weighing myself every morning - but I find that if I don't, I cheat.

My BMI is currently sitting at 37.1.

IsaacCox Thu 08-Aug-13 08:46:46

Well done Safyre, 3lb is amazing!

I've just measured myself and since I started, I've lost 26 inches all over. Hope no one minds me putting my embarrassing blush measurements up

Bust 46-44.5
Stomach 52-48
Hips 49-45
Waist 42-40
Left bicep 15-13.5
Right bicep 15-13
Left thigh 29-27.5
Right thigh 29-27.5
Left calf 18-17.5
Right calf 18-17.5
Bum 51-48
Neck 15.5-15
Left ankle 11-10
Right ankle 11-10
Left wrist 8-7
Right wrist 7.5-7

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 09:26:06

Morning everyone- well done on weight losses so far! You have made me more determined- I'm not going to be the one who puts on weight come Wednesday when you are all doing so well!

So what's everyone's plans today? I don't think I will get out for my walk today as I have a poorly DD, but hopefully DH will be home early enough for me to go then.

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 09:27:07

Isaac that's fantastic. Big well done to you- I'm going to get a tape measure and do this too

SummerHoliDidi Thu 08-Aug-13 09:38:17

I'm taking the dds to the beach today. I've got a lovely healthy lunch packed, and we'll spend a lot of time playing in the sea, so that'll be my exercise. If I can just keep away from the nice ice cream shop I'll be fine.

IsaacCox Thu 08-Aug-13 09:53:46

Thanks Henrietta smile

I'm sorting clothes out today and the mess that is my bedroom! Not looking forward to it but it needs to be done. I have waaaay to many clothes and shoes strewn everywhere blush That'll be my exercise for today grin

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 10:00:24

Summer that sounds lovely! I'm going to get stuck into a lot of housework too Isaac then if I get all done I will do a bit of wii fit with my 3 yo- he loves it!

phantomhairpuller Thu 08-Aug-13 10:01:52

Morning all grin

Can I join too? I have about 4stone to lose, I've done it in the past so know I can! I think once I've cracked the first couple of weeks i'll be fine. DH could do with losing a couple of stone too although he refuses to stick to an actual diet plan confused

I'm doing juice plus+

Guitargirl Thu 08-Aug-13 10:54:45

Morning everyone. I weighed in this morning at 14 stone 1 pound and my BMI is 34.92. Sigh. Am trying to be positive!

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 11:16:10

Welcome phantom, glad to have you onboard!

Aw don't be disheartened GuitarGirl, we are all here for the same reason! This is just your starting point- think of the end and when you reach your goal! smile

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 11:19:44

And just think guitar girl- you only have 2lb to lose and that's you out of the 14's and into the 13's. I always think that's a good way to look at it!

Hi all, can I sneak in. I started with 4 1/2 stone to lose after recently having dc2. I was 16 stone post-birth but at 5ft 10 and aiming to get to 11stone 7lbs as that is a really good weight for me and I am a healthy size 12 at that weight.
My initial goal has been to get to 12 stone, thus a healthy bmi (under 25!!) for me, then focus on the toning and shifting the rest.
In 9 weeks I have lost 2stone and 2lbs so far, so am currently 13 stone 12lbs. This has been mainly through healthy eating, walking and bf. I have just started running 3 times a week as well. I haven't followed any particular diet, just kept it balanced and low fat and calories, so lots and lots of vegetables and fruit! As I am bf I didn't want to cut out any food groups etc.
Been averaging a loss of 3lbs per week over the past 5 weeks but starting to find that harder to achieve each week as more goes!
Short term goal is to get into the 12 stone region by mid-September!

Hard days are when I am at home on my own with toddler and baby and get peckish! Luckily I have banned all unhealthy snacks from the house and DH is very supportive!

Just need to keep up the motivation now!

onetiredmummy Thu 08-Aug-13 12:06:56

Just went into cafe Nero as the kids wanted a drink, passed by all the coffee/milk/caramel/muffins/chocolate etc & thought I would try to choose a healthy option. Chose the Raspberry, Orange & Green Tea fruit booster. Paid, sat down & tracked it - 320 calories wtf. My entire macaroni cheese dinner was that the other night!

Shared it with the kids so only had half but still!!

onetiredmummy Thu 08-Aug-13 12:11:17

I think I found everyone on mfp, if I missed anyone out please send me a request smile

BoysWillGrow Thu 08-Aug-13 12:31:11

wow! 2stone 2lbs in 9 weeks! flippin eck well done!

cq Thu 08-Aug-13 12:37:22

Long walk this morning with the dogs, then Day 8 of Gorilla workout.

If you struggle to find time for strength & toning stuff and hate the gym, have a look at the Gorilla app. There's 3or 4 fitness levels (I'm on 1hmm) and each workout takes no longer than about 10 minutes, each exercise is demonstrated if you need it, and there's a real sense of achievement as you tick off each workout. They can be done at home with no equipment and at the moment it's lovely doing them out in the garden. Sorry neighbours!

Today's workout for me was 10 squats and 10 modified press-ups. Easy enough. But 10 sets!! Now have an aching arse and can't lift my arms....

StainlessSteelCat Thu 08-Aug-13 13:23:42

Managed to eat a normal supper last night, though I kind of blew it at lunch time by eating the world's tastiest largest tuna mayo sandwich (I was using up left overs ... next time the bin can get fat).

And so far today it's going well. Having salad for lunch, but find it difficult to come up with ideas for healthy/low cal lunch, and that's not helped by having three DC to feed who need calories! Any suggestions?

MittenKitty Thu 08-Aug-13 13:23:50

sounds good cq - at the moment i seem to be living my life according to the excessive wine consumption app - maybe this would be a good substitute!

whitewineintherain Thu 08-Aug-13 14:18:20

Yesterday wasn't too bad for me, today was meant to be my first day of slim fast but after pending the morning in town with my DM we went to mcdonalds blush however focusing on the positive, i'll still come under my daily allowance for everything but sodium on MFP.
How is everyone else doing?

MiaWallace Thu 08-Aug-13 14:36:34

Doing okay so far today.

Breakfast - scrambled egg, ham and tomatoes
Lunch - Beetroot salad

Plan to have chicken, bag of rice fusion and salad for dinner.

Will have a Hartley's 10 calorie jelly this evening if I need something sweet

MiaWallace Thu 08-Aug-13 14:38:42

I'm miawallace32 on MFP if anyone wants to add me

phantomhairpuller Thu 08-Aug-13 16:09:55

I have an absolutely splitting headache hmm I'm assuming its from the lack of crap going through my system today!

Urghh, it's bloody horrible!

bomor Thu 08-Aug-13 18:46:49

Another newbie here looking to join, I have about 6 to lose, just seem to keep piling it on lately.

cq Thu 08-Aug-13 19:41:44

OK, I have boldly gone and sent friend invites to those of you brave enough to share MFP usernames.

If anyone else wants to add me, my MFP username is expatspoiltbrat

Now going off to MFP to add some drivel facts to my profile.

Had a good day today and still seem to have enough calories in hand for a wee snifter later tonight. Result grin

Sending strength and resolve to one and all.

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 20:28:17

Ive been pretty crap today sad

hellooooo new people- its really taking off here!Welcome to our 'Avoid the Quiche' Quiche

how are you feeling now phantom?

Everyones doing really well, making me feel even more crap about my crap day! No exercise done- my wii fit is broken and DD is poorly so couldnt get out walking. I really should have ran up and down the stairs a few times but kept saying I will go out for a power walk when DH comes home. Hes just came home now and I cant be arsed. blush
Ive updated all our names on the list- will post updated version on wednesday when we have our weigh in smile

phantomhairpuller Thu 08-Aug-13 20:41:13

Feeling much better now thank you wink

Did level 1 workouts 1-4 of the gorilla app as suggested by cq- OMG!!! My arms don't work at the shoulder any more and my legs feel a tad delicate! Feeling great for doing it tho!

Day one- done grin

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 20:48:02

off to download it now!

cq Thu 08-Aug-13 20:52:26

phantom - sorry! Very satisfying though isn't it?!

I've sat at my pc too long this evening and now have actually seized up after doing Gorilla 1.8 this morning. grin

And I have decided not to open a bottle of wine, even though I have calories in hand tonight - I shall bank them for another moment of need.

I'd be feeling great if I didn't hurt so much.

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 20:53:06

just calculated how much weight we want to lose between us us all- a whopping 167 stone!!

We can do it!

onetiredmummy Thu 08-Aug-13 20:53:41

Cq are the gorilla ones high impact? Is there any leaping about. ? smile

whattodoo Thu 08-Aug-13 20:56:39

Hi all. Can I join? I've got to lose 6.5st, my BMI is 41. I'm getting married next April, I joined Slimming World on Tues.

It seems like such a huge task, doesn't it? How to get through the months ahead, how to retrain my eating habits?

SW gave me a target to lose 10% of my body weight, which sound sensible and achievable.

But I've got a freezer full of ice cream and sausages (I'm a staunch meal-planner). How can I ignore the food I've got in stock and go out to buy a load more (healthier).

mameulah Thu 08-Aug-13 20:57:50

Just to say this is a great thread.

Can I join too please?

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 21:19:08

All welcome, it does seem like such a mammoth task however I think you just come to a point where you think 'Right enough is enough, my health is suffering and I need to do this!'
That's exactly the point I'm at at the minute.

Crap day today too, hence I've been keeping quiet on here. I started out well and then it went tits up (was out, ice cream issues blush) So am pissed off with myself now as well as everything else.

Hey ho, tomorrow is another day...

Just checking in, added and accepted mfp requests today. Having an ok day food wise and was just under my target but Dp just poured me a cider so will be slightly over blush. No time for exercise today so planning extra long walk tomorrow to make up for it.

My calorie goal is 1400 a day and before I started tracking I was eating about 2200 so its a big cut. Not feeling hungry on 1400 but still having too many carbs in the mix so need to make that my next big change. Good luck for tomorrow everyone.

cq Thu 08-Aug-13 21:50:19

Onetiredmummy I'm only at level1,day 8 but so far I've only come across one clock jumping exercise and you could just do lunges instead.

I suffer with plantar fasciitis so can't be doing too much leaping myself.

Gwen don't feel bad about the ice cream issues. As I was locking up I somehow found myself on the outside of a packet of crisps confused

Willpower is rubbish at this time of night so I've put myself to bed with a book.

Night all smile

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 21:55:55

Just downloaded the gorilla workout- workout 1 on level 1 done- and I'm exhausted!!

mameulah Thu 08-Aug-13 22:11:43

What is the gorilla workout?

Just downloaded it and its not too daunting, looks like a gradual build up so I'll start it from tomorrow. Mame its an app with quick workouts.

Sirzy Thu 08-Aug-13 22:33:41

This is my type of thread!

I had 6 stone to lose, nearly lost 2 in the last 3 months. Would love to reach my target by next may but think that may be a bit ambitious.

I have even joined a gym which for me is a massive step!

clarinetV2 Thu 08-Aug-13 22:37:49

OK, I've been following this thread and mulling over asking to join. I wish I'd had the confidence to start one like it a year ago! I'm nearly at the end of my 6-stone marathon (my weight loss rate is now very slow so I reckon I've got around two more months to go) but even though I'm nearly there, I feel I've got much more in common with you guys than with people on some of the other threads who only had a small amount to lose in the first place. I started at 15 stone 2, I'm aiming at 9 stone 2 and I've got about half a stone to go. Does that qualify me for the quiche?

HenriettaPye Thu 08-Aug-13 22:51:26

Fantastic Sirzy- you are doing great!

Aw clarinet we would love to have you! I know what you mean- its very disheartening reading other threads and people complaining that they 'desperately' need to lose literally a few pounds. I need to lose at least 6 STONE! All the ladies here are fabulous, and we are all on the same kind of journey- everyone has their own personal reasons for doing it but our goals are the same- to be fitter, happier within ourselves and healthier.

Congrats on such a fantastic weightloss- very inspirational! smile

KOTK Thu 08-Aug-13 23:07:33

Did someone mention quiche?

I'm somewhat overqualified for this as I'm 5ft 3" and currently weigh 22st 8lbs. BMI 54.2 hangs head in shame

According to the charts a healthy weight for my height is somewhere between 7.7 and 10st, so I guess to even register at the upper end of the range I need to lose 12st 8lbs. Shit. Some people who weight that think they're fat!

I have absolutely no idea what it's like to be a normal weight as from the age of 6 up until I was 23 I weighed the same as my age. Bloody glad it stopped then as had the pattern continued I'd be 37st by now!

So anyway, I'm going to give low carbing a try, starting Monday.

I'm bloody delighted to have discovered this thread as, not wishing to sound uncharitable, if I have to listen to another 9st person who wants to lose 7lbs telling me they understand exactly what it's like trying to lose weight, I may just sit on them. Not saying its not hard for them, but I'm sadly in a whole different league...

Anyway, hope to give & receive lots of support on this thread smile

phantomhairpuller Fri 09-Aug-13 06:02:05

Morning ladies, and welcome KOTK grin

I'm up already with the baby so will get on the kettlebell when he's fed confused it kills me but a friend suggested it- so far I can do about 2mins before crumpling!!

Hey ho! Have a great day all grin

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 06:14:31

Morning phantom. I am about to get into the wii for for half an hour then off to the gym later this morning.

onetiredmummy Fri 09-Aug-13 07:03:06

Morning all,

Welcome kotk

Have a good day everyone smile

I'm going to do some cardio then some Pilates later and stay within 1200 cals, which is hard when the dc's are after crisps and ice cream smile

Morning all!

Weigh in this morning and another 2lbs off this week, not the 3lbs I was hoping for but still a loss, now on 2st 4lbs gone smile. 1st 10lbs to go to get within normal BMI and 2st 3lbs to go to my target weight.

Welcome KOTK.

Planning on a really good week with 4 runs. I am also going to concentrate on drinking more water as think this could be somewhere I am going wrong.

Has anyone else been watching Fat - the fight for my life (think that is what it is called!), I find it really inspiring as it is real people tackling real weight loss issues, and all the issues that underpin those - though with a lot of support!!!!

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 07:48:47

Yellow - is that the one where they followed them over 12 months? I watched this weeks and it was great to see someone so focused and making the most of the fantastic opportunity she had. She looked amazing at the end!

cq Fri 09-Aug-13 08:17:02

Morning all.

Yellowcanary - yes, I watched that episode the other night. Very emotional. And wasn't she beautiful at the end?

I also have to confess I did then google the very hot trainer who mentored her through the year. If I could have him for a year I'm quite sure I could look like Kate Moss by the end grin

My plan do day is to walk the dogs and then do a run. I'm following a training plan and today I need to do 25mins continuous. shock Thank god it's cooler now.

HeySoulSister Fri 09-Aug-13 08:29:36

I'm off to do my 3 peaks mountain challenge today, start with Ben Nevis tomorrow at 2pm.... Our trainer says the 26 mile, 3 mountain trek will cost us an estimated 8000 calories!!! I'm do nervous I can't even eat!

Just weighed myself....13.8 at 5 foot 11. I'm 4 pounds off having lost 5 stone which was my target for this massive challenge. Bit annoyed I'm not 'there' but I was 18 stone 4 when I started, so have done ok I think

onetiredmummy Fri 09-Aug-13 08:37:49

Eeek soulsister, have fun & I hope it goes well.

Well done on your weight loss, its incredible smile

HenriettaPye Fri 09-Aug-13 08:38:24

Morning everyone!

Yellow Canary well done on another 2lb off! Its 20 weeks until christmas- if we lose 2lb a week from now til then that will be over 2 and a half stone lost!

Welcome KOTK- thanks for joining and sharing your story with us. Someone else in our group, HeySoulSister has already lost 5 stone through low carbing! Im sure she will have some tips and support for you. She wont be around today though as she is off doing the 3 peaks challenge! Good luck HeySoulSister, we are all cheering you on!

Today I will be extra good to make up for yesterday! breakfast is fruit, lunch is homemade stew, and dinner will be a healthy stir fry. we were supposed to go out for a meal tonight as it is me and DHs anniversary but babysitter is now unavailable. for exercise im gonna take a big walk round the coast and enjoy all the lovely sea air then do day two of the gorilla workout tonight.

Hope you all have a good day smile

HenriettaPye Fri 09-Aug-13 08:40:20

ah x posted with you HeySoulSister- taking me so long to write these out with a wriggly baby in my arms smile
Well done on your weightloss- you have done more than ok-you have done great!! flowers

cq Fri 09-Aug-13 08:43:06

Good luck SoulSister - it will be amazing. Will be mentally cheering you on all day today & tomorrow. You KNOW you can do it smile

Henrietta - are you a statistician?! I love all your motivational numbers. 2lbs a week from now till Christmas sounds doable.

onetiredmummy Fri 09-Aug-13 08:46:36

Do we have a weigh in day on this thread?

whitewineintherain Fri 09-Aug-13 08:47:27

Morning all,

Good luck SoulSister, I hope all goes well.

I don't have much free time today to do any exercise but will make up for it tomorrow, also to make matters worse tonight is when I usually go to DP's for the night, while DD is with her dad, we usually get a takeaway and have some cider, after a bad day yesterday i can't afford to eat a takeaway. I have to learn to say 'no' more.

onetiredmummy Fri 09-Aug-13 08:51:25

I have people coming over for takeaway curry on Sunday whitewine. I'm either going to go for a starter or for something dry with salad, chicken tikka or somesuch.

No drinking or I will have a full on curry & rice grin

HenriettaPye Fri 09-Aug-13 08:51:36

Haha no I'm not- just a stay at home mummy with some free time while waiting on the kids waking up! wink

2lb a week is definitely doable! So that's what aiming for- 2lb a week- anything else will be a bonus.

Yes our weigh in day is a Wednesday! smile

phantomhairpuller Fri 09-Aug-13 08:56:43

Good luck soulsister! grin

HenriettaPye Fri 09-Aug-13 09:03:14

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-23515613

this is the man i was talking about

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 09:04:11

Morning all and hello newbies smile

Good luck HeySoulSister

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 09:06:09

Wow, Henrietta thanks for sharing that story. He's inspirational.

BirdingWidow Fri 09-Aug-13 09:06:16

Good luck soul sister! You've done brilliantly to lose the weight, now you can climb mountains!

I am ashamed to say I haven't actually started being good yet. House is full of naughty stuff that I should chuck, not eat sad. Weighing in on Monday...

stopthenoise Fri 09-Aug-13 09:21:41

Henrietta loving the 2lb off a week til Christmas, doesn't sound such a huge task that way. Great goal to go for and quite exciting to think by Christmas I might will be at least 2 stone lighter smile
I haven't done too well the last few days sad BUT am taking DS to my mums today and that's a 40 minute walk there. A few running and jumping games along the way with DS might burn a couple of extra calories! And really need to listen to my Paul McKenna cd some point today.

BoysWillGrow Fri 09-Aug-13 09:58:05

good luck heysoulsister
2lb each week makes it sound a heck of a lot more doable too!
bad day yesterday a double helping of apple pie and ice cream blush luckily though i still came under my cal intake on mfp.
and its offical i did my bmi check and i am offically overweight, kick up the bum i needed, i'm off to buy a new Wii Fit disc.

IKnewHouseworkWasDangerous Fri 09-Aug-13 11:13:20

Someone up thread said lunch is their sticking point. Mine too. I just cant live of salad and I will eat sandwiches but they are boring and seem like such a waste of syns (slimming world)

IKnewHouseworkWasDangerous Fri 09-Aug-13 11:14:04

Someone up thread said lunch is their sticking point. Mine too. I just cant live of salad and I will eat sandwiches but they are boring and seem like such a waste of syns (slimming world).

Anyone have any suggestions.

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 11:30:41

sad I feel awful today. I've just eaten a bowl full of sweet and salty popcorn. I feel like shit, have no motivation and just want to cry. I know in my head that I need to be good as our holiday will soon be here then I'll be upset that I've not lost more weight but I'm just not being that good sad

The first couple of months of dieting I felt awesome, healthier, loads more energy etc but now I just feel like crap and like I haven't lost any weight at all. I want to get that feeling back to spur me on but don't know how?

Sorry for the rant sad

cq Fri 09-Aug-13 11:53:42

Aw Isaac, I feel for you. Can you just get outside for 5 minutes and have some fresh air? It's lovely out today, breezy and cool. It might just blow away some gloom.

Remove yourself from the temptations for a bit, it will strengthen your resolve.

Are you at home or working?

CecyHall Fri 09-Aug-13 11:58:21

Iknew I'm not sure which kind of days you do (I stick with red and green as I get muddled on extra easy) but if I'm at home I have omelette at lunch quite often, or maybe a wedge of frittata if out and about.

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 12:02:13

Thanks cq. I'm at home. Think I will go outside in a bit, go for a walk. Think I need to properly plan my meals as that's what I was doing when I was focused.

HenriettaPye Fri 09-Aug-13 12:10:22

Aw Isaac, you have done so well already! Already a stone off so you CAN do this! The popcorn was a minor setback- draw a line under it and move on!

It's so hard when you have tempting food in the house. My DS was eating a bag of the Natural Confectionary Company jelly snakes earlier and I really wanted one sad

As I said up thread, If we all aim to lose 2lb a week we will have off over 2 and a half stone by Christmas. That's almost half your goal! You can do it smile

cq Fri 09-Aug-13 12:20:56

Isaac, have a look back at the start of this thread - you were so upbeat and proud of yourself. Can you visualize yourself as you were that day, and remember how you felt? The brain is such a powerful tool, I'm fascinated by the things it can make us do - or stop us doing (sorry, a bit woo there!). Just remembering good times can help lift me out of a low.

And also, read ClarinetV's long post about how she's done - some great motivational tips.

And most of all, just treat this as a blip. You've come so far, just think how great the next dress size down will feel. Get outside and get some wind in your hair!

IKnewHouseworkWasDangerous Fri 09-Aug-13 12:21:31

Cecy thanks. It is fine now i am off work but when i go back it will be a case of grabbing something from the cafe or tescos. I guess jacket potato and beans is going to be my life for the forseeable. This is why diets depress me

MiaWallace Fri 09-Aug-13 12:24:51

Very excited. My wii fit plus has just arrived.

Off to have a play

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 12:29:01

Thanks so much Henrietta and cq. You're both right. I will draw a line under it and carry on flowers

I will finish a few jobs round the house then go for a walk to blow the cobwebs away smile

clarinetV2 Fri 09-Aug-13 12:34:59

Sorry to hear you're feeling so bad, Isaac. I know that feeling so well - I've had 4 decades of yo-yo dieting, and it's when I've felt like you are now that I've thrown in the towel. Do try to be kind to yourself. All you've done is eat a bowl of popcorn - in the scheme of things, that's not a major crime to beat yourself up about. People do far worse things every minute of every day. I agree about finding yourself distractions as much as you're able to: and also think about how wonderful you will feel about yourself if you get through the rest of the day without bolting down a whole load of comfort food to cheer yourself up. Think small - just try to imagine as far as bedtime tonight without any more food disasters, then get up and start again tomorrow. I'm trying not to make this sound easy because I know just how hard it is. But you've already lost a lot, so you can do it. Sending lots of strong-willed vibes your way!

NUFC69 Fri 09-Aug-13 12:37:47

Hi Ladies, I just wanted to wish you all well for the future. I was in a similar position to you all; needed to lose about five and a half stone (and that's not being overly low), and now only have about 11 lb to go. However, I am a lot older (60s) and in a different position in that I am retired and have GC. My walking was so bad that I have a blue badge (have knee problems). Picking up GC was a problem and I couldn't run around and do things with them that I wanted to do. We made the decision that I would try Alizonne therapy which is hugely expensive (had to use savings, but decided there was no point in having them if I was dead!). Anyway, I have been doing it since mid March and, as I said, I am almost there. I can't tell you how it has changed my life - I am so much better in every way, I can (just about) run with the GC, walk (don't need my badge any more, most of the time), buy lovely clothes and DH this morning commented on the wonderful shape of my bottom!!

What I have learnt is that my portion sizes were all out of kilter: although I am not completely back to eating "proper" meals all the time, my favourite dinner is a vegetable casserole with 120 gr of chicken on the top. I feel that I have retrained my mind to what I need, as opposed to my stomach - eating for me was always a pleasure and, at times of stress, a comfort; I think I have got over that now.

I do so wish that I had done this when I was younger (though we probably couldn't have afforded it then), so keep up the good work and know that if you lose the weight you will feel better, look better and go on to have a happier, healthy life. Sorry if I have gone on, but I could so empathise with a lot of what you were saying. Good luck!

onetiredmummy Fri 09-Aug-13 12:58:04

Isaac a bowl of popcorn isn't that bad really. It could have been ice cream or chocolate cake or anything else that's heavy in the cals. Popcorn is one of the best things you could have chosen if you were going to have a blip. Just accept, ignore & carry on. When you get to bedtime congratulate yourself that you didn't let the rest of the day slide smile

KOTK Fri 09-Aug-13 13:01:28

Good luck heysoulsister - you've already climbed 1 mountain, I'm sure you'll take the next three in your stride! smile

isaac Sorry to hear you're having a crap day. Just remember if you've lost 1lb, you can lose another. The 1lb between you and your target is actually no different (its still just 1lb) to the very first pound you lose. If you can do it once, you can do it again and again. And tomorrow is another fresh day.

onetiredmummy Fri 09-Aug-13 13:04:11

You are so happy NUF, what a change you made. I haven't heard of Alizonne but I'll keep it in mind in case some cash comes my way smile

I've just bought myself a cycle helmet! Those who post in Chat may remember my last go at cycling. I went out with dp who's a cycling geek, races & trains every week but against my better judgement he took me along for a ride. I promptly fell off into a bush & the bike fell on top of me, trapping me under it. I had to wait in the bush until he stopped laughing & could breathe again & came to rescue me blush

The DC's are with their dad next week, I have a free week & have taken up his offer to go out for a ride again. Not sure if I regret it or not yet grin

NUFC69 Fri 09-Aug-13 13:20:45

Onetiredmummy - cycling is one of the things that I have started again. Know how you feel about landing in a bush - I came down a path from a bridge too fast and ended up in a patch of stinging nettles. Don't know what hurt most, my pride or the stings.

If you can, get yourself some cheap cycling shorts - I have the undershorts and they do help with the pain of the saddle. I go out with DH, who is also a cycling nut; he's very patient with me, though. Just start small is what I would say (and often, if you can find the time).

HenriettaPye Fri 09-Aug-13 13:48:35

Momentary blips happen, it's life, but the real damage happens when you think 'oh well I've already been bad so I will just be bad the rest of the day'

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 15:36:36

I wish I could cycle, I am pretty sure that would end in a plaster cast though! Even as a child I struggled!

I ended up at McDonalds for lunch today sad but only had a plain chicken burger and half a portion of chips so hoping it doesn't do too much damage!

phantomhairpuller Fri 09-Aug-13 16:07:36

I'm only on day two and I'm having a real hmm day! I haven't eaten anything I shouldn't I just feel like I'm never gonna be able to eat the food I like ever again (which of course I know isn't true!)

Why is the doubt creeping in so frikkin' early?!

This is the reason I've failed so many times in the past confused

HenriettaPye Fri 09-Aug-13 16:30:05

Aw phantom- give yourself a treat night.something that off you are really good all week you can reward yourself on say a Saturday night with a bar of chocolate or whatever you miss most! It will be something to look forward too.

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 16:50:23

Thanks all, I really appreciate your support flowers. I've had a long soak in the bath and feel much better. I've decided to sit down tonight and plan my weeks meals. This is what I was doing but stopped and that's why I've gone downhill. Also, I was writing everything that I was eating, but stopped that too. So I'm going to start doing them again, I can't get complacent.

Well done on your amazing weight loss NUFC69 smile

Sorry onetiredmummy but that made me laugh. I can just picture the scene grin Hope you weren't too hurt and the next time goes well smile

I think Henrietta is right about the treat thing, I'm going to have a small one a week to keep me going.

What's everyone having for dinner? I'm making chicken and whatever veg we have left curry with a small portion of rice.

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 16:54:40

I made myself avoid any 'baddies' (chocolate, crisps and alcohol mainly) for the first month mainly just to prove to myself I didn't need them as I had myself thinking I did. Since then I have found I don't want them as often other than this week, thanks PMT!

Meal planning for me has been essential, I like to know what I am having and it has saved me money too. Stops me just nipping for a takeaway!

Tonight I am having griddled chicken breast, sweet potato wedges and roasted veg then some fruit salad afterwards. As its friday perhaps a glass of Weight Watcher Rose!

MiaWallace Fri 09-Aug-13 17:01:00

Sirzy I like the idea of having a month off from all the 'baddies'. Think I need to detox from all the rubbish I have been putting into my body. Then I maybe able to use them as small treats instead of daily necessities.

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 17:02:13

That is what has worked for me. I also replaced them with a lot more salad, veg, water so they have become a normal part of my diet now rather than something I eat because I felt I should.

LegoAcupuncture Fri 09-Aug-13 17:05:55

Sorry for my radio silence, it was ds2s birthday yesterday and have been busy today as well.

2lbs a week until Christmas sounds like an excellent idea! Much more doable and sounds easy no?

I'm going to start the 30 day squat challenge on Monday. Who wants to join me?

JaquelineHyde Fri 09-Aug-13 17:13:50

Hi can I join?

I have lost 9 stone 6lb so far but still have at least another 7 stone to lose.

I have lost my weight so far over a 2 year period, which sounds like a long time but I have also been pregnant and given birth during that time as well. DS2 is 14 weeks old.

I have fallen off the wagon spectacularly this week and gained 4lb! I'm so pissed off with myself, especially as I was so close to the 10st mark angry

I use my fitness pal to keep track of what I am doing and this week has all been about what I have been eating, not how much. I have only been slightly over my calories but it has all been high salt processed crap, so I am pretty certain it is all water weight and hope to lose most of it this week.

My weigh day is a Friday so this is the beginning of a fresh week for me.

Is the wii fit really worth getting?

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 17:16:01

That looks fab Lego, just been looking at some of the different challenges they have. I am up for the squat challenge.

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 17:22:04

Thats a fanatastic amount you have lost Jacqueline you must feel amazing!

I have the wii fit and it has been great for me as it is easier to fit around DS than the gym is. I do half an hour on that every morning and sometimes a bit more in the evening.

IKnewHouseworkWasDangerous Fri 09-Aug-13 17:23:32

Wow jaqueline that is an awe inspiring loss already. I think you can be forgiven 1 bad week.

phantomhairpuller Fri 09-Aug-13 17:29:25

Well done Jacqueline, that's amazing grin

Jacqueline, that's amazing! God, you must be so pleased with yourself. How are you doing it?

Vijac Fri 09-Aug-13 17:42:02

I've got two stone to go and lost one since January (fast weight loss not my forte!). Hoping to lose another 5pounds before a wedding early sep. So why do I keep eating chocolate?!

onetiredmummy Fri 09-Aug-13 17:47:09

Well done on everyone's weight losses smile

I can't do squats, they bugger my legs & knees up.

Just a reminder, if you want to add me on mfp its the same name as here. Prepare to be shamed next week as I continue doing daily 80 mins aerobics/pilates & its the week of extra bike rides (not ending in A&E) we hope grin

MiaWallace Fri 09-Aug-13 18:10:34

LegoAcupuncture I'll give the 30 day squat challenge a go. Don't know if I could do 5 at the moment let alone 50 but willing to give it a bash and it says you can space them out throughout the day.

I'll start with you on Monday (May try and do a few over the weekend and see how I manage!)

prayerbook Fri 09-Aug-13 18:14:08

Hello inspirational women. Please can I join too?
No idea what I weigh, but am guessing about 17st, which means a target of 7st off. I too have dieted for 30 years and lost the same 2st over and over again. I will be 40 next June and will be wearing a size 16 dress to party in rather than hiding away in a size 22.
Most importantly I want to be fit and be able to run three miles everyday. Plus I want to learn to surf and I don't think I would currently fit in a wet suit. It all starts tomorrow with operation "eat less, move more"

cq Fri 09-Aug-13 18:20:10

Life begins at 40, Prayerbook!! Welcome to the sweatshop.

I too have a morbid fear of wetsuits and can't contemplate getting into one until at least a size 14!

All my family arrive home tonight - dH took the kids to the seaside for a few days and I've had a blissful quiet week. It's enabled me to really get a good start on my healthy eating and exercise.

I've got cottage pie in the oven for tea, I'll be having a small portion with loads of veg. No idea how to calculate it for MFP - it will have to be a guesstimate. Just need to talk DH out of opening a bottle of wine.

JaquelineHyde Fri 09-Aug-13 18:29:07

No special diet being used just the usual boring stuff.

It sounds amazing but I was a few lbs off 30 stone so the weight should have bloody dropped off me! The really hard work start now for the second half of my diet.

I am really impressed that I managed to lose weight whilst pregnant but DH and I have agreed that we won't be having another one for at least 2-3 years so I want to get to the normal weight range by then.

I think I'm going to buy the wii fit and then keep walking as much as possible.

Feel free to add me on mfp, my name is the same as on here but all lower case.

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 18:44:13

Good luck prayer.

I am going on a cruise next may and want to be able to wear any dress I like in a size 14 (or even better size 12!) without feeling like a blob.

I have dropped from an 18/20 to a comfy 16 so far but I have a feeling the last 4 stone may be much harder than the first 3!

MiaWallace Fri 09-Aug-13 19:02:41

Jaqueline just found you on MFP. Your baby is scrummy

prayerbook Fri 09-Aug-13 19:11:40

So exciting to think of all of us in new dresses next year. I am truly inspired by those who have already lost so much. I'm also going to try to address some of the mind issues I have with food by working through the pink CBT book, title escapes me at the moment. It does all feel like an enormous and almost unachievable aim though. How do you get over all the previous failed attempts and convince yourself you will do it this time?

onetiredmummy Fri 09-Aug-13 19:22:43

Evening everyone, evening * prayer*

If you do use scales here's an idea that I'm using. Get a jar, put a marble in for every lb you want to lose. Get an empty jar and at your weekly weigh in, take one marble per lb lost from the full jar and put it in the empty jar. It's a good visualisation of progress smile

I want a new dress too!!

clarinetV2 Fri 09-Aug-13 19:26:28

prayerbook, when you find it, do you think you could post the name of the pink CBT book? I'm intrigued.

prayerbook Fri 09-Aug-13 19:28:12

Ooh, I like the marble idea one tired mummy. Might do it with dried beans instead of marbles. It would cost a fortune in marbles!

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 19:44:04

onetiredmummy I do the jar thing but with pennies instead of marbles.

envy Jealous of you going on a cruise Sirzy, I really want to go on one. If I lose enough weight, I might sneak into your suitcase grin

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 19:54:38

it is something I have always wanted to do, my parents have done a few and they look lovely so as I am 30 in January and graduate in June I thought it was the perfect time!

prayerbook Fri 09-Aug-13 19:56:54

Right, pink book CBT is called "the Beck diet solution Weight Loss Workbook". Another MN recommendation a few years back. I know so much of my weight issue is to do with emotional eating that it seems sensible to do a little self help alongside my practical strategy. It sounds like you may have cracked the mental strategies clarinet.

I have too many emotional issues associated with food also! I feel I am going the opposite direction this time, obsessing about my weight and calorie intake. For example I'm really disappointed with my 2lbs off this week, even though I know that's a healthy loss! And calorie counting, I have to watch myself as also ebf my young baby and can go too low. I know this sounds odd but just wish I could develop a straight forward relationship with food, not skipping from one extreme to the other!!

Sirzy Fri 09-Aug-13 20:13:35

I know what you mean yellow, I had to stop calorie counting for the same reason it was just getting that bit too obsessive. I have the exercise obsession at just a decent level now making sure I do 30-60 minutes a day but again I go through phases where that gets obsessive.

I guess its down to personality and trying to control that as much as trying to control what you eat and do.

sirzy I feel my exercise obsession creeping in now. Started running and feel bad if I give myself a night off. I think having a baby and toddler helping keeping me grounded as have to keep healthy to bf baby and can only go running when get a chance, otherwise think I'd be out every night. On plus side giving me the focus to lose the weight I suppose!

phantomhairpuller Fri 09-Aug-13 20:23:46

I'd like some of this exercise obsession you speak of wink

Debs75 Fri 09-Aug-13 20:30:04

I have lost 2 of the 6 stone I want to lose over 2 years, with a 10lb gain in there when I fell off the wagonblush
It looks like I am falling off the wagon again. I'm not sure if it is holidays or watching other members disappear in front of me but I have put 3lb back on in two weeks.
I can't wait till the kds are back at school so I can cycle most days and be more active.
Plus I need to stop being at home where I eat all the fecking time

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 20:35:28

I think I'll look for that book on Kindle Prayerbook, thanks.

I'm on myfitnesspal but don't know how to add people on it confused. I'm ZoeC1990 on it but don't really use it much as I'm on slimming world, though I might do properly soon.

clarinetV2 Fri 09-Aug-13 20:38:25

One of the reasons I'm interested in the pink book, prayerbook, is that from what I know about CBT, I've been doing CBT-type things this time around. Food and weight have been a big emotional scene for me since childhood, and I've yo-yo dieted since I was 9. I've had two reasonably successful diet 'episodes' - got down to about 10 stone once in my early 20s, and to 11 stone 4 in my late 30s. Mostly, though, I've just lost a few pounds at a time, then given up. The big change this time is how much kinder I am being to myself, especially when I have a food disaster (usually involving cake and/or ice cream) - in the past I beat myself up so much about falling off the wagon and felt so bad that I just had to eat more cake to get over it, and then bang went the weight loss. This time I've managed to convince myself that I can re-start after a bad day or days. And that eating cake doesn't make me a worthless person, which I prove to myself by having planned 'indulgence days' fairly frequently. So I'm intrigued to read the CBT book and see whether some of the strategies I've used are similar to the ones they recommend. Plus as my goal gets nearer, and I get more confident that I'll make it, I'm starting to worry about the rest of my life and whether I'll be able to keep the weight off for good! So anything else they have to suggest would be welcome.

JaquelineHyde Fri 09-Aug-13 20:51:22

Mia if you have added me on mfp it hasn't come through to me, send it again and I shall add you.

Oh and he is quite scrummy isn't he, I think I shall keep him grin

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 21:01:18

People will have to add me on MFP as I've no idea how to do it grin

prayerbook Fri 09-Aug-13 21:05:10

I can really identify with what others have said about a terrible relationship with food. I use it as an emotional crutch, a reward, a consolation prize, an act of rebellion, you name it. I genuinely feel aggrieved that I have to work so hard to be slim and so most of the time I think b***er that, I'll be fat instead. Except that thinking is massively flawed as I hate being fat and loads of people have to work hard to be slim.
I think I have a bit of a victim mentality about it all tbh and self sabotage constantly. Plus it feels like an addiction I can't conquer. But if I take this one day at a time and perhaps even one meal at a time, maybe I can finally beat it?

IsaacCox Fri 09-Aug-13 21:08:22

You've just described me prayerbook. We can conquer this smile

Just added you isaac. Good day here today, super long walk pushing ds in his pram and fairly good day for food with the exception of a sneaky latte! Hoping for another good day tomorrow but as I'll have no time to go walking I'll have to start the Gorilla workout so I might be a crumpled heap by this time tomorrow!

clarinetV2 Fri 09-Aug-13 22:27:45

That pretty much sums me up as well, prayerbook. This time I'm trying my best to accept that I'm addicted and work with my weird habits around food instead of trying to eradicate them completely and beating myself up for my addiction. I've ordered the pink book from Amazon - thanks for the tip.

cq Fri 09-Aug-13 22:38:46

Lego, just had a chance to look at the 30-day squat challenge.

Looks insane.

I'm in grin

BsshBossh Fri 09-Aug-13 23:39:38

Just dropping into say Good luck and You can do it everybody! You all sound like such a supportive bunch. I've lost 5 stones since February 2012 doing first normal calorie counting in MFP (which really educated me on what normal portion sizes should be - what an eye opener!) then 5:2. I still want to lose another stone but with a BMI that's dropped from 36 to 23, I'm in no rush.

The key advice I can share is be patient, be consistent even through the bad times. Not all of you will keep losing 2lbs a week. Weightloss might slow down, you may even gain some weeks. 7 months into my weightloss journey I stalled at 168lbs for 4 bloody months - gaining and losing the same few lbs. But I didn't give up; I just carried on being aware and careful and somehow, come January of this year I started losing again.

Another thing, if you're logging calories, is to give yourself some leeway. My calorie limit was 1800 calories (I never crashed dieted as that isn't sustainable; could never survive on 1200 cals; besides I love my food too much) but I'd undereat that during the working week and overeat that on the more sociable weekends. The important thing that worked for me was balancing my eating out over the whole week.

One more thing (honest!), after a year I no longer have to calorie count because I've finally learned to intuitively eat normal healthy portions. So calorie counting doesn't have to be a life sentence.

Once again, good luck everyone!

Sirzy Sat 10-Aug-13 07:48:08

Well done bssh!

I have done my half hour on the wii already, now about to have a bowl of porridge. Going to start the squats later!

Safyre Sat 10-Aug-13 08:38:27

havent been here for a few days - sounds like everyone is doing great! I weighed myself again this morning and am optimistic for a nice weight loss tomorrow on my 'official' weigh in day. My aim for next week is to get back to the gym/pool and get some exercise added in.

Just nowvI am offto do the weekly shop - fun!

onetiredmummy Sat 10-Aug-13 08:46:04

Well done safyre smile

I have a rest day today, the only one of the week so will be be careful with the cals today.

Have a good day everyone x

SummerHoliDidi Sat 10-Aug-13 09:43:56

Well I weighed in this morning and have stayed the same this week. That's ok for me, I know I've eaten too much of the wrong things this week, and I assume it's only the exercise (swimming 4 times as well as 2.5 days of the 30day shred) that stopped me putting weight on this week.

I'm decorating dd2's bedroom this coming week and both dds are away with my parents so hopefully I can avoid ice cream shops and pizza, etc because the dds won't be around to ask for it.

cq Sat 10-Aug-13 10:29:12

Morning all. I weighed myself today as we're off on holiday tomorrow - I've lost 3.4 lbs this week which is a great start.

I really needed a good week as next could be dire. We will be mostly sitting in the car touring around Scotland visiting people, so lots of opportunity to eat too much and exercise too little hmm

My strategy is to have nuts & fruit to nibble on in the car ( instead of the usual family bag of Minstrels), trying to get a walk/run in every day, trying to make healthy choices from menus, and carrying on with Gorilla workouts and 30-day squat challenge as I can do these anywhere.

I'll try and check in with you all when I have a signal!

HenriettaPye Sat 10-Aug-13 11:07:51

Morning all!

Welcome to the newbies!

Jacqueline WOW! Thats fantastic. 9st 6 weight loss already- you are an inspiration! flowers

Hows everyone on the 30 day squat challenge going? I done 32squats in the gorilla workout challenge on thursday and im still feeling it! Ouch!! Good luck with it!

Sounds like everyones doing really well- im looking forward to weigh in on wednesday! Ive been really good yesterday and am determined to be good from now on (apart from my treat night)

MrsRachelLynde Sat 10-Aug-13 11:34:39

Hello, can I join please?

I've lost two stones since May, low carbing and being helped by breastfeeding! I have got another 3 stones to lose though, being 12st 8lb and 5 foot 5 isn't good, my bmi is 29.3 so not obese any more, just overweight!

does anyone think it would be a good idea if we had a clothes swap thread? I've just emptied my wardrobe of stuff that's too big, and I don't want to spend loads on new things if I'm only going to wear them for a few months whilst doing further shrinking...And I bet lots of you here are in the same boat. So - I've got several pairs of size 18 trousers going if anyone wants them!

MiaWallace Sat 10-Aug-13 12:32:00

Excellent start cq. Enjoy the holiday.

Is there a way to share our food diaries on MFP?

Would be good to be able to see what everyone is eating to inspire some meal choices.

Sirzy Sat 10-Aug-13 14:11:08

Clothes swap sounds good. My wardrobe is getting smaller and smaller!

I have done 30 squats so far today so another 25 to go.

Out for a meal later and really fancy a drink. I am thinking gin and tonic may be the best option?

hotair Sat 10-Aug-13 14:20:14

Hi
Can I join- I've got maybe 7 stone to lose. This is the worse it's ever been. I'm off to the gym in a minute which is at least a start!
I'm not very good at dieting I have migraines if I go to long without eating, but I'm starting low-carbing tomorrow.
Jacquelinehyde- I lost weight when I was pregnant both times, loads! I clearly just need to follw my gestational diabetes diet at all times...

JaquelineHyde Sat 10-Aug-13 14:41:04

Congratulations to those who weighed in today. cq 3.4 is a brilliant start, well done and enjoy the holiday.

Mia if you go to settings and privacy I think you can change it to show your diary. I have mine set to display but I wouldn't bother looking at it for the last week as my diet has been shameful! I have a rule that as long as I am using mfp I have to be honest otherwise what is the point using it. So there are some shocking food choices on there grin

I have a whole week of world championship athletics lined up to watch...that must burn some calories right?

Sirzy Sat 10-Aug-13 14:44:05

Hot air - good luck, try drinking lots of water that may help keep migraines away and plan snacks so you don't try to grab chocolate!

JaquelineHyde Sat 10-Aug-13 14:44:13

So this squat challenge...can you do them whenever you want during the day or do you have to do them in sets?

So could I do 5 sets of 10 on day one, 5 sets of 11 on day two and so on and so forth.

Sirzy Sat 10-Aug-13 14:45:02

My understanding is you can split it however you want as long as you do the amount during the day

JaquelineHyde Sat 10-Aug-13 14:50:56

Oooh that sounds like something I could attempt then.

Just found this thread, is it too late to join?

I'm currently a size 18 sad , looking to be at most a size 10...not sure how possible this is, but if you don't try, you'll never know...!

MadameGazelleIsMyMum Sat 10-Aug-13 14:57:29

Found this too. I have an awful lot to lose to get within touching distance of healthy. I have been in massive denial but have two young DC and want to sort it before it affects them.

Sirzy Sat 10-Aug-13 15:03:11

Never too late to join Horses! The thread was only started a few days back anyway, just seems that there are a lot of us wanting to try to make a difference!

Madame that is the same reason as I wanted to started, didn't want to be unable to run around with DS. I have bad knees anyway and the difference loosing weight has made to them is fantastic - I actually managed to walk around all day in a pair of (very low) heels which was impossible before!

MissElodie Sat 10-Aug-13 15:48:49

Hello all.....I'd like to join in too!

I started calorie counting last Wednesday after weighing myself and discovering that I had put on 16 pounds in less than 3 months blush The bad thing is that I had actually joined MFP in June and lasted oh err 2 days and whilst I knew that I had put on a lot of weight, it was there in black and white and it was a bit of a joke to see the graph go up so steep in that short amount of time instead of going down as it should. A blood test on Thurs has shown I've got an underactive thyroid and I've started meds already so I'm hoping this will help? Is there anyone else with an underactive thyroid? Does it make losing weight harder?

Oh and before you try and shoo me back out the door - its not just 16 pounds...I need to lose actually 6 stone. I am the biggest I have ever been. I am really angry at myself as I suffered with hyperemesis very badly with my last two pregnancies and so after my DC were born I actually lost a lot of weight but I have been my usual big fat piggy greedy self and instead of thinking 'oh I'll keep this up now' I thought 'oh I've not eaten properly for 9 months so I'll stuff my face with chocolate now' sad

I have given up on the amount of times that I have said "this time I'll do it" so I'm hoping this really is that time! smile

cq Sat 10-Aug-13 15:59:15

Welcome all - the more the merrier. More butts to kick and be kicked by smile

MrsRachel - I've just been into town and bought two pairs of size 18 trousers!

I was really trying not to buy any more in that size as hopefully I won't need them long, but with my chubby thighs chafing together, I realised this morning that one pair of jeans had a hole in them and the other was about to go. Do not want my arse hanging out in the Highlands so had to do an emergency shop blush

I'm hoping these pairs will not fit me long enough to wear out so I'll be able to pass them on to another shrinking violet.

I think a clothes swap could work well, and I'm def keen to be able to share food diaries - that would really keep me honest!

Back to the packing. <rushes off to iron more clothes>

hotair Sat 10-Aug-13 16:06:36

sirzy- I get hypoglycaemic migraines, which means that low-blood sugar is the main cause, although drinking lots does help. Because I have impaired glucose response and often have post-prandial hypoglycaemia I have to be really careful about carbs more than worrying about drinking enough!
Low-carb is win win for me because it takes me straight out of my blood sugar cycle. I've found in the past with calorie restriction diets I end up having too much change in my blood sugar levels which results in horrible migraines. And then I grab chocolate or a biscuit to bring up my blood sugar and it all begins again!

The gym was tough, but 30 minutes on the treadmill (some of them running even) feel good afterwards and I've done my first day of the squat challenge- my knees may not forgive me!

LegoAcupuncture Sat 10-Aug-13 16:57:32

I'm a size 20, verging on a 22 so definitely need to start heading in the opposite direction.

Would like to be a 16 by Christmas, that's a doable goal I think so far.

Squat challenge, I might do blocks of 10 to start with, can't imagine I will do the full lot in one go.

JaquelineHyde Sat 10-Aug-13 17:13:53

August 2011 I was wearing a size 36, I got married in April 2011 and had to order my dress from America blush

I am now in anything from a 22 to a 26 depending on shop and style. I bought a dress the other week that was a 22/24. I was over the moon and have had so many compliments about how good I look!

I would love to have dropped another dress size or so by Christmas.

MiaWallace Sat 10-Aug-13 17:16:48

Thanks Jaqueline. I've changed my settings on MFP so my food diary is now open to friends. Hopefully it will encourage me to be good if people can check what I've eaten.

If anyone else would like to add me my username for MFP is miawallace32

MissElodie Sat 10-Aug-13 18:23:30

Jaqueline that's brilliant! I bet its great when people start to notice and pay you compliments - a real spur on!

Loving the banner that's just appeared on MFP.....Unlimited Pizza Hut Buffet!

This is a stupid question but what happens when you add people as friends on MFP? I'm new to it and have only been using the phone app as a food diary I've not been looking at anything else?

LegoAcupuncture Sat 10-Aug-13 18:39:54

Jacqueline that is an amazing accomplishment, a massive well done to you!

MiaWallace Sat 10-Aug-13 19:43:36

MissElodie when you add friends of MFP you get a newsfeed on the home page. Shows if your friends have stayed within their calorie allowance, any exercise they have completed and if they make the diary open you can see what they have eaten.

Of course your friends can see the same for you. Good motivation to stay on track knowing that others are 'watching'

You can also comment on the newsfeed status. Means you can offer each other support and congratulations.

Only been on there a few days myself so that's as much as I know.

Sirzy Sat 10-Aug-13 20:00:42

Wow Jacquline that is fantastic!

phantomhairpuller Sat 10-Aug-13 20:32:41

Evening all wink

Well, it's 8.30 on Saturday night and I've been forced to take myself off to bed out of the way of temptation hmm

We've got the DCs to bed and settled down to watch a film - as we often do on a Saturday night. My wonderful selfish DH has preceded to get the crisps and chocolate out, and sit next to me stuffing his chubby face angry

Tbh I'm a bit bloody annoyed that he couldn't be a bit more considerate! Especially since he could do with losing a couple of stone himself!

Ah well, looks like its me and my book for the evening hmm

phantomhairpuller Sat 10-Aug-13 20:33:45

Hope you're all having a better evening than me wink

Sirzy Sat 10-Aug-13 20:39:38

That would annoy me too Phantom!

I have just been good and sat with a bowl of strawberries, blueberries and grapes. Resisting eating the biscuits from the cupboard!

LegoAcupuncture Sat 10-Aug-13 20:44:34

My DH is the same Phantom! He sabotages every attempt I have at dieting, guaranteed he will be ordering a take away some point next week.

LegoAcupuncture Sat 10-Aug-13 20:44:53

Posted too soon, well done for getting out of the way of temptation.

SunshineBossaNova Sat 10-Aug-13 21:03:18

I was reading my DNiece (2.5) a bedtime story tonight. When I read the words 'new baby' she poked my stomach. Sigh.

HenriettaPye Sat 10-Aug-13 21:29:23

Oh phantom your DH sounds just like mine. We went to Milkshake Live today with DS and on the way up we stopped at a shop and I asked him to get me a diet coke and he came out with a diet coke and a dairy milk for me to eat while watching the show hmm

I shared it with DS though so only ate half!

Sirzy Sat 10-Aug-13 22:08:54

Day two squats done!

phantomhairpuller Sun 11-Aug-13 07:19:31

Morning all grin

I'm a bit behind on the squat challenge, just started today. Am also going to do 30 day plank challenge here

Have done them already this morning and about 90secs on the kettlebell before my pyjama bottoms split it got too much blush

Have a good day all grin

IsaacCox Sun 11-Aug-13 07:23:45

Morning all. Just scrolled back through the thread and I think I've added everyone on MFP.

Well done for resisting phantom. My dh is the same angry it's ok for him though as he stays slim as he has a very active job envy

We went to the cinema last night where I had a small pack of toffee popcorn damn popcorn and a few maltesers. I'd only had an alpen light and a sandwich in the day, so hopefully I won't have done too much damage. Plus I walked round the shops for hours so must have burnt some calories grin my favourite kind of exercise

I'm going to the gym this morning. My head is now back in the game and I'm going to get rid of this fat!

Have a great day all smile

IsaacCox Sun 11-Aug-13 07:25:31

I started the squat challenge a few weeks ago but only made it to about a week I think. I'll start again and try and stick with it this time! grin I'll do the plank challenge as well.

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 07:40:31

Planks scare me! I might give it a try though.

Just done 45 minutes on the wii. Off to the cinema today so really going to have to resist the sweets!

BlackStiltonBoots Sun 11-Aug-13 08:47:40

Hi everyone, is it okay if I join you all? There are some really inspirational stories here.

My scales seem to be broken but last time I weighed myself I was around 16 stone, which is blush. I'm only 5 foot 4 too. I need to lose 7 stone, though just 1 or 2 would be a good start!

I have always felt 'fat' even at size 8, but piled weight on since meeting my husband, having babies and going through several bouts of depression. I'm very much an emotional eater and have issues with binge eating. I've never had healthy relationship with food and exercise, it's an all or nothing thing.

I have a referral letter in my bag for an exercise scheme- I just need to take it to the Dr to be signed and then get started but I feel unable to do it, it's been in my bag for months! Need to brave up for that one, as I'd really love to start swimming but am terrified of putting on my cossie and going being overtaken by pensioners too.

Anyway, I'm trying to be more positive now so that's enough moaning. For motivation I will try the marble jar idea (can't remember who suggested it sorry) and I have also found on eBay a topshop skirt I had when I was thin younger, I loved mine so much but it got ruined, so I have bought this one as a replacement in a size 12 shock. I'm going to hang it up where I can see it to spur me on. I have downloaded the gorilla app too, so will get started with that.

Sorry for the essay!

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 08:59:17

Good luck Black!

if its any help I was 15 stone 11 when I started and only 5 foot 1/4 inch so at least your weight had an extra 3 inches to spread over!

Get yourself to the doctors on monday, don't worry what others think you know you are doing it for the best!! I always feel paranoid walking into the pool but I know really everyone else is too caught up in their own self conciousness to notice.

MissElodie Sun 11-Aug-13 09:36:34

Morning all,

Oh I see - thanks for explaining Mia well if anyone would like to add me on MFP (please so I have some friends!) my username is jessicamancs.

My DP sounds the same too - when I have tried to lose weight before and he has been getting a very frequent takeaway he just shrugs and says well you don't have to have any do you angry not the most supportive!

Hi BlackStilton the skirt is a great idea for motivation! I know what you mean about the pool thing though....the thought of getting into a cossie and unleashing my cellulite onto the world - oh dear not nice! Once you do it though like Sirzy says I'm sure you'll see that no-one is even batting an eyelid and I bet you will feel really good for it afterwards.

MiaWallace Sun 11-Aug-13 10:35:23

Dig that letter out Black and get to the doctor.

Think how much sooner you will get into the skirt with regular swimming.

Go for it

MiaWallace Sun 11-Aug-13 10:38:05

I'm going to add my current fat photo on MFP!

I hate having my photo taken and this one was done without me knowing. It makes me want to cry just looking at it.

Going to put it on MFP as motivation.

ourlittlestreet Sun 11-Aug-13 10:47:42

Can I join please, I have 5 stone to loose. I use to be slim but now very overweight and need help!

JaquelineHyde Sun 11-Aug-13 12:46:07

Today is NOT going well...all I can tell you at the moment is that I had a Crunchie for breakfast!

Hello all. Still going well here, managed a good 80 minute walk today and will do workout 2 on gorilla workout later. Been good so far with food but pudding temptation is always an issue on a Sunday so I'll need to try to resist.

Has anyone done couch to 5k? Seriously thinking about it. I hate the gym so need to find an exercise regime which I'll enjoy.

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 13:05:24

What is gorilla work out?

I saw couch to 5k and considered that - although I have gone a bit more drastic and i am doing a 10k memory walk for Alzhimers Society early in September --I just hope I survive!

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 13:06:11

Welcome aboard ourlittlestreet

Crunchie for breakfast sounds good! (probably not very helpful!)

Gorilla workout is an app where you do brunches, lunges etc. and work your way up through the levels. Only been doing it for a few days but a nice quick workout when your short of time.

BlackStiltonBoots Sun 11-Aug-13 13:18:20

Thanks everyone! Glad the skirt idea seems good. Also have my wedding dress I could fit back into at a 12 (it's a coast strapless dress, not too weddingy iykwim) I'd love to get some wear out of it.

I have a mega busy week coming up, but will ring GP and book an appointment for the week after as I have some other things to discuss too. Eek! I love swimming, but it's getting there and in the pool that makes me very anxious. I'd feel wonderful afterwards though!

Oh and thanks to whoever recommended the gorilla app- I have painful legs and bum but very glad I did it. Are you meant to do the amount of sets all in one go, or can you spread them out through the day? I did them all at once and my legs were like jelly grin. I'm so unfit that it was really tough!

I'm not eating that well today, white toast for breakfast 4 slices and crackers with cottage cheese for lunch. A lot of crackers though, think I had about 6 round ones. Tea won't be much better as we're out visiting family but this isn't too bad a day for me really, it's usually worse!

I have used MFP in the past, will try logging back into it tonight.

It is so nice to chat to people who understand smile.

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 13:21:33

When I get my phone back from DS I will have a look at that then, going to get back onto MFP too so will find my ID and post it on here.

MissElodie Sun 11-Aug-13 13:55:40

Aren't Crunchies one of the 'better' bars of chocolate at least calorie wise so I guess it could have been worse!!

I hide from the camera so much I don't think I have any photos that I could put on my profile. Although there was a recent gathering with a very snap happy family member with their camera getting many unposed shots - oh I nearly cried when I saw the photos - horrific. Its awful because I know I'm fat its very obvious I am but when I saw how much bigger I was compared to 'normal' size people I just looked HUGE!!

It makes me sad though as I really don't hate any pics with my DC - I have having my photo taken so much that I always make sure I'm the one taking it sad

HenriettaPye Sun 11-Aug-13 14:10:34

Ok I've downloaded my fitness pal and realised I did used to have it....when I was 20lbs lighter sad

So I've updated it all- and added a photo which was taken of me last night which I'm sooooo embarrassed of! sadsad

I'm not sure how to add people? It says I need Facebook contacts or email addresses? If you want to add me though feel free, I'm fatmummy88

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 14:12:06

I have just done - and somehow survived woo hoo- level 1 of the 30 day shred. Found it on youtube and think it may be one worth trying to do a couple of times a week.

StainlessSteelCat Sun 11-Aug-13 14:26:54

Hi, checking in! Am making slow progress, but since starting I haven't had an evening pig out or eaten much pudding - although a trip to the park with the kids just before lunch blew 95% of my will power out the door! So I think I'm doing OK, and will keep this up until I get back from holiday, so will start in earnest the end of august. I'm guessing the sight of fat me in photos will help with the will power <sob>.

Have just down loaded the gorilla app, and had a look at those 30 day challenges. I was doing pilates in term time, so will start with the plank one I think. Thanks for the links to hose, they look very useful

IsaacCox Sun 11-Aug-13 14:39:21

Henrietta, I've just added you. I learnt how to do it yesterday- click on community, then find members then then in the member search type in the username.

Welcome blackstilton. I'm 5 foot 4 too and 16 stone 9 now. Great idea with the skirt smile

Welcome ourlittlestreet too smile

Jaqueline, draw a line under the crunchie and be good the rest of the day smile

English, I've tried the couch to 5K but it killed my shins! I'd get in from it and be in so much pain. I'm hoping when I'm lighter, it'll be kinder on my legs and I can try again. I'd love to be able to run.

missElodie sad I know how you feel. I'm the only fat one in the family and I hate it. It'll get better smile

Well done on all the workouts today smile

I've been to the gym and burnt about 450 calories. My mum has given me a copy of the insanity workout... eep! I've been wanting it but it's so expensive. I'm going to try it the days I can't get to the gym I think.

I've decided to do a combination of slimming world and calorie counting. I need to cut down my portions.

IsaacCox Sun 11-Aug-13 14:43:17

Make that 580ish calories, I went for a bit of a walk too! I've got some housework to do so I'm going to put some upbeat music on and blast through it, so that should burn some too.

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 14:44:32

i am gateaux16 on MFP. Just updated the weights etc so they are accurate as to where I am up to and where I started (rather than the cheating figures I used to use!) Might start using it properly to calorie count as I can feel myself slipping a bit foodwise.

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 14:44:57

That insanity workout looks evil!

IsaacCox Sun 11-Aug-13 14:49:32

Haha I know it does. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger eh? grin

IsaacCox Sun 11-Aug-13 14:51:18

Just added you Sirzy. Your pic is amazing! Well done smile

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 15:02:25

Thank you, still a long way to go but it is good to be able to see progress!

HenriettaPye Sun 11-Aug-13 18:33:34

Back from a bit walk around the trim trail! smile

hotair Sun 11-Aug-13 18:40:19

Hello all-
Went for a 2 hour walk this morning (but with toddlers so only 2.5 miles), and also went to the gym again tonight for a aqua class. And I've done day two of the squat thing.
I don't even feel that guilty about my roast dinner now...

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 18:41:18

I have just had a roast dinner to. Although I think it was the healthiest part of my diet today. Oops better get back on track tomorrow!

phantomhairpuller Sun 11-Aug-13 18:43:46

Mini blip here hmm went to a family BBQ, was doing really well with lots of salad etc.

But then the honey roasted cashew nuts got the better of me hmm

Bigger bugger bugger!

katydid02 Sun 11-Aug-13 18:47:17

TiredNursey we are in the same situation weight wise. I just can't get motivated to lose weight at all though I know I should - hence reading this thread.

Sirzy Sun 11-Aug-13 18:47:58

It's ok tomorrow is another day we can all be good again then!

I might try to do an extra half hour on the wii when DS is asleep to make up for some of the baddies!

supafish Sun 11-Aug-13 18:48:57

Please let me join smile I'm getting fatter and fatter, no motivation , no willpower at mo. Clothesnot fitting argh!!! Thought I may do the power walk thing everyday to start ! Little chunks of flab at a time x

HenriettaPye Sun 11-Aug-13 19:42:58

The more the merrier supafish! smile How much do you want to lose?

I love reading about how well everyone else is doing, makes me feel even more determined. I've tried so hard- I just hope the scales show it on Wednesday or I will be so disappointed

Debs75 Sun 11-Aug-13 19:57:42

1lb off todaygrin I don't think I could of taken another gain this week. Am getting my implant out next week and having the mirena Coil in. Has anyone got any experience with weight loss whilst having the coil?

LegoAcupuncture Sun 11-Aug-13 20:04:30

Have had some rather yummy Stilton and crackers before I start tomorrow.

Have printed off my exercise sheets ready, going to do the squat and the plank challenges.

HenriettaPye Sun 11-Aug-13 20:09:58

Debs I'm currently on the mirena coil. I've had it approx 3 months and have put on about 10lb inside the three months. However I don't know if that's a result of overeating and being lazy, or anything to to with the coil!

phantomhairpuller Sun 11-Aug-13 20:14:48

Debs, I had the mirena coil before I had DS2. No weight gain- cant say I actively tried to lose weight either, jut stayed around the same. Though it did turn me into a miserable cow hmm

I have just had implant fitted- an hoping that doesn't have any negative effects on the weight loss. Fingers crossed

MiaWallace Sun 11-Aug-13 20:32:20

I'm having my implant out on Tuesday (hopefully). I certainly gained since having it. How much down to the implant and how much down to a love of wine is debatable.

IsaacCox Sun 11-Aug-13 20:44:07

Jeez, I've just done the fitness test for insanity. The hardest workout ever. Felt like I'd just got out of a swimming pool I was sweating that much! Shattered now.

JaquelineHyde Sun 11-Aug-13 20:50:38

Evening all and hello new people.

Today did not get any better, I had crisps and half a toastie for lunch and dinner was an M&S count on us meal which was absolutely delicious and only 300 odd calories.

Any way I did have some good news today, my period has come. Now this may not appear like good news to the average person but it explains my 4lb weigh gain on Friday, my seriously bad mood and the need to be constantly filling my face with shite all day and all night!

I had no idea one was coming as I had my implant put in a few weeks ago and my body is still adjusting to it, but now it is here I am so, so happy.

I was really worried that old habits were returning where I just couldn't control my eating and the weight would pile back on. But now I know it is temporary for a day or so and then I can hop back on the wagon.

My implant has never had any effect on my weight and this is my 3rd one. So I hope that continues.

I am going to eat a doughnut in a minute and may have some chocolate but I am passed caring today so I will bloody well enjoy it. smile

Isaac I know someone who has lost about 5 stone doing insanity! He's been watching what he eats but not really dieting, just eating sensibly. He's combined that with Insanity every day and in 2 years has gone from wearing xxl to medium clothes.

Its really tough but does work if you can stick with it. I'm scared of it!

Not a bad day today. Did succumb to a hob nob but still came under my calorie limit, had a good walk and did the gorilla workout. Might try looking at the Shred tomorrow.

JaquelineHyde Sun 11-Aug-13 22:01:11

No doughnut for me they had gone a bit hard and there was no way I was wasting precious calories on a stale doughnut!

Debs75 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:27:37

Have had two implants but they always seem to go wrong the last 6-12 months. Lots of ovarian cysts and almost constant periods this year. I have managed to lose some weight on the implant but it is so slow. 21lb in 8 months slow. Doc thinks the hormone level is too high for me so hoping the mirena will be better. If it isn't then DP will be either getting the snip or he won't be getting any ever again.

HeySoulSister Mon 12-Aug-13 04:27:34

Woohoo I'm back'!

That was a challenge and a half.... Going to weigh tomorrow but 3 mountains climbed and I'm very pleased. I got altitude sickness on 2 mountains. Couldn't eat very well during the challenge, apart from halfway back down Ben Nevis I found my appetite!

We had KFC on way home, but our trainer thinks we will have burned over 8000 calories

phantomhairpuller Mon 12-Aug-13 05:37:23

Well done SoulSister- what an amazing achievement! You must be feeling so proud of yourself!

MiaWallace Mon 12-Aug-13 06:01:07

What an accomplishment! Think you thoroughly deserve a KFC after climbing 3 mountains. Well done.

BirdingWidow Mon 12-Aug-13 06:29:14

Well done SoulSister... I gather a lot of people don't finish all the peaks as it is pretty tough.

I am starting the diet today - off to weigh myself as soon as DP is up to distract the baby for a bit. I will post an update later. I've never told anyone my weight, even anonymously before. Eek.

BirdingWidow Mon 12-Aug-13 07:19:17

14 st 11.5 blush

Got to lose 2 stone to be overweight and not obese. That's my first goal, I'd be very happy indeed with that.

Will get on MFP later and see if I can add everyone from this thread.

Sirzy Mon 12-Aug-13 07:28:03

Well done soul sister.

This morning I am under 14 stone for the first time in probably 10 year! Only 13 stone 13 but that's a start! 2lb to the 2 stone!

Getting strict on the diet from today. In have been doing great exercise wise but really slipped with the diet. Going to have another "no baddies" week to get back on track.

SummerHoliDidi Mon 12-Aug-13 08:10:46

Well done HSS! One of my friends failed the challenge a couple of months ago because they climbed the wrong peak in the lake district!shock Silly man! You must feel great having completed it. I don't think even s KFC could possibly hurt after all that.

I'm about to get up and get started on decorating dd2's bedroom, first step is clearing all the crap out of it, so I might even need a couple of trips to a charity shop as well.

Well done SoulSister - fantastic achievement!!
BirdingWidow, I am like you, I never disclosed my weight until this time and found it really liberating and helpful. DH has been helping me keep a chart of weight loss, and photos and because I'm not being all secretive he knows exactly what I am doing and losing he is really able to get involved and be really supportive.
I am currently 13st10lbs, down from 16st, its taken 10 weeks. I am aiming for 11st7 as I feel good at that weight and aiming for a bmi of 23.

I've started running a few weeks back and did 7k on Friday. I need goals to aim for so alongside losing 3lbs per week my personal challenges are now;
September - 5k race
October - 10k race
December - half marathon!!!!!

Inspired by soulsister's success, anyone else with 'challenges' they are aiming for?

Sirzy Mon 12-Aug-13 08:27:51

I am doing a 10k sponsored walk next month. Slightly scary thought!

IsaacCox Mon 12-Aug-13 08:34:01

Morning all.

EnglishGirl- wow well done to your friend, that's great. Insanity makes the 30 day shred feel like I'm lazing around on the sofa in comparison grin I ache so much today. Going to do it again later I must be mad

Yay! Well done HeySoulSister

well done Sirzy. Bet it feels amazing. I can't wait to get to 13 stone again as that was when I felt most confident with myself.

I'm waiting for a Tesco delivery (which has no 'bad' food in it) and a few clothes items. Then the inlaws are coming over to help to trim my front bush shock Not that one grin! Then will do insanity eek!

I ordered this dress last night in a size 14, hoping to be in by Christmas if not before. The last dress I ordered from there was a size 22!

Have a great day all smile

Sirzy Mon 12-Aug-13 08:36:04

That dress is lovely! I have my target dress bookmarked ready to order, no idea what size I will get to so don't want to order it ready!

IsaacCox Mon 12-Aug-13 08:36:52

Wow Yellow what an amazing weight loss in 10 weeks. Well done smile

Love your challenges Yellow and Sirzy. One of my dreams weirdo is to be able to run for ages without stopping and to actually enjoy it.

IsaacCox Mon 12-Aug-13 08:38:18

Thanks Sirzy. I felt I had to order it as there has only been 75 made. 14 isn't my target but it's getting there grin Which dress do you want? smile

HenriettaPye Mon 12-Aug-13 08:44:43

Morning all!

Big well done HSS!!!You definitely earned that KFC!

Birdingwidow losing 2 stone is achievable. 2 lb a week between now and christmas will leave you 2 and a half stone lighter!

Yay Sirzy!! thats you out of the 14's for good and now into the 13's! Now to work on getting into the 12's! smile

Isaac- that dress is gorgeous.

I dont really have a challenge, maybe I should get one?

Sirzy Mon 12-Aug-13 08:50:39

item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?sbk=1&nav=SEARCH&itemId=111016673065 (hope that works!)

I think having a target helps keep you on track. I would love to do a half marathon next year but need to get through this walk before planning that!

MiaWallace Mon 12-Aug-13 08:54:43

I need to find an inspiration dress.

I haven't worn a dress since I got married 3 years ago.

IsaacCox Mon 12-Aug-13 08:58:23

I love that dress Sirzy.

phantomhairpuller Mon 12-Aug-13 09:07:12

I have a wedding on 20th sept, it will be first time I've seen a lot of the family for quite a while. I'd like to have a bit of a 'wow' dress for then but have no idea how much weight i will have lost or what size i'll be!

I think it is important to have a goal or challenges, doesn't matter what - could be a fitness thing (i.e. running, 3 peaks) or a personal thing (getting into that 'wow' dress, etc), otherwise weight loss for weight loss sake can be very hard and difficult to maintain. Doing weight loss to achieve another goal which is personal to you I think gives motivation, helps it go and helps it stay off. Before having my 2 children I ran a lot and loved it. I want that feeling back, I want to enjoy my runs and to do that I need to shift this weight - so that's my reward - hope that makes sense!!! And I am only 30, I don't want my children/ family to keep looking at me as frumpy mummy! (I'm sure they don't but that's how I feel!)
P.S. Will definitely do a clothes shop though when back down to ideal weight!! I think I will have earnt it!! smile

LegoAcupuncture Mon 12-Aug-13 09:49:36

Morning everyone.

Well done on your challenge HSS! You deserved that KFC.

Weighed myself this morning, not good! My BMI takes me to severely obese, will be jus obese by next week though as was just just just over 40. This is not healthy, this is not what I want to be.

Today is the start of what is hopefully the change I need.

Have had raisin bran and a banana for breakfast.

BirdingWidow Mon 12-Aug-13 10:46:33

Thanks Yellow, that's great loss in such a short time and v inspiring. I am trying to lose a decent amount for my wedding next year (I am never going to be a slender bride but I want my waist back!) and I also can see 40 on the horizon: that's age AND BMI, really mustn't let that happen. And I have to get a job (recently made redundant) AND I would like another child... So many reasons to do this but so hard to remember them when I see a packet of crisps.

Day 1 of the New Me is off to a good start - I lost a filling this morning eating a (soggy) wheatabix. Can't get to the dentist till late afternoon and too scared to brush or eat on that side. Might go and suck on a yoghurt for lunch then!

HeySoulSister Mon 12-Aug-13 10:55:28

Thanks everyone! I've just weighed myself and still the same. I had altitude sickness so could eat very little. I'm sick of the sight of nuts, dried fruit and protein bars.... Might weigh again tomorrow, give my poor shocked body a chance to catch up!

I need a new challenge now.... Half marathon in dec is a possibility

Anyway, need to lose these 4pounds. Back to low carbing for me, my body didn't cope well with reintroduction of sugar

LegoRelatedInjury Mon 12-Aug-13 11:07:07

Please can I join? This looks like just what I need.

Firstly, well done to you all for your weight loss and the amazing support you're giving each other.

I am currently 17 st 11lb and that's with a 5lb weightloss this week already. blush My BMI is 42 and I am painfully aware I am killing myself with food. I'm ready to do this for my children, husband and myself! My joints hurt, I am tired all the time and the thought of getting older like this is scary.

I am sick of living half a life. Not wanting to go anywhere, see anyone, buy any clothes or do the things I want to. Enough.

So...I'm doing the 5:2 diet and really enjoying it. I think if I can get down to below 15stone as a start it will give me a huge boost as it will be the lowest I've been since I had my 2 children. Ideally, I want to be 9st 7lb again. I was perfectly healthy at this weight. I'm not big boned, just fat.

I am next going to weigh myself on Wednesday.

LegoAcupuncture Mon 12-Aug-13 11:12:17

Oooo another Lego folk grin. Welcome.

50 squats done. Did it with a tin of bans in each hand and raised arms as I went down. n slightly feel the burn but feel so proud that I achieved hem all in one go, nearly gave up after 35 but pushed through. Not used to doing excercises apart from walking the dog.

MissElodie Mon 12-Aug-13 11:14:03

Morning everyone,

soulsister WELL DONE - that is amazing and you were definitely deserving of that KFC! You must feel very proud.

yellow that's such a great weight loss in 10 weeks - you are doing so well!

well done sizry on getting into the 13's that's great - just think you will never be 14 stone again!

Loving the inspiration dresses! At the moment I just want to get into a couple of tops in my wardrobe that I wore last year but I can barely get over my head now!

Interesting to hear the comments about the implant - I'm due to have one on Tues but wasn't entirely sure about it anyway, now I wondering whether to have it especially if it might put even more weight on?

I've been doing well on the food front so far but I really need to do some exercise! I'm really not saying this as an excuse but it is definitely harder for me at the moment - I have 3 DC under 3 so spare free time isn't an easy thing to find!

HenriettaPye Mon 12-Aug-13 11:40:30

I have just recieved news which has gave me a whole load of motivation! I am going on a cruise next year!! My mum and dad have invited me, DH and our two children to go with them, all expenses paid smilesmilesmile

Last time I was abroad was 4 years ago, and I was just recovering from a miscarriage so this holiday is well needed.

So I am even more determined now! I will not be fat and frumpy, hiding in the shade in long shorts and a baggy t shirt!

Sirzy Mon 12-Aug-13 11:41:54

Fantastic henrietra what do you go?

LegoRelatedInjury Mon 12-Aug-13 11:44:08

That will be a great boost to your motivation Henrietta. smile

HenriettaPye Mon 12-Aug-13 11:50:36

July next year. So I have almost a year to get the body I want!

LegoAcupuncture Mon 12-Aug-13 11:54:41

My first goal is to get into my size 18 stuff before winter. I have loads of 18 clothes that will save me a fortune in clothes as have no 20 winter stuff.

Henrietta, lovely motivation for you there!

Sirzy Mon 12-Aug-13 11:57:52

I go on one next may - that was my inspiration to start

HenriettaPye Mon 12-Aug-13 12:10:03

Ours is the Thompson Island escape. I've never been on one before, so don't even know what to expect but my parents have just came back from one last week and loved it.