I want to lose 2stone by Christmas! Ripping and others I need you!

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SPBisResisting Sun 15-Sep-13 22:31:48

OK I have had for too many days 'off' the diet recently and am in danger of undoing all my previous good work. I am currently creeping up to 12st, which is a weight I promised myself I'd never be again, and so I would love to lose about 2st by Christmas - anything in the very low tens would be AMAZING.
So I am going to:

- Restart the Shred - I've not been as bad at this as I could have been but for one reason or another have had lots of days off. I was enjoying (in a masochistic way) level 2 and so need to carry on
- Calorie count again, but not try to eat ridiculously low calories (was often at 600-700)
- Eat meals and <gulp> no chocolate until I sit down for the evening
- Remember why I'm doing this. Diabetes, joint pain, heart attack - all less risky than when I was over 16st but still an issue.
- Go shopping when I am nearing my target - I did this in the summer and really enjoyed buying clothes I thought I looked good in as opposed to how shopping has always been for me - what do I need, and what do I look least worst in? That'll do.

And I'm going to use this thread for motivation. I will report in. Feel free to mock me if I'm not here - it means I am slipping up and face down in a box of haribo
(for the kids, obviously)

SPBisResisting Sun 15-Sep-13 22:56:39

OK so far it's going well grin

smirnie Sun 15-Sep-13 23:02:49

I'll join you. Currently 14st 5, have already lost 19lbs slowly but surely. Would love to get down to 12 stone but am finding weekends difficult. I calorie count too, using My Fitness Pal. Hopefully this thread will motivate me

ElvisJesusAndCocaCola Mon 16-Sep-13 06:54:30

Ok, I'd love to join. I always lurk on these threads, but now perhaps is the time for some extra motivation by having people ask me how it's going and having to be honest with them!

Have always gone up and down, from a teenager. Nine years ago was 11 st 11 (not my biggest weight but bad enough). Ww took me down to 9 st10ish, and over the past years since then, I've had two children and gone up and down a bit, had periods of feeling like I couldn't control it, and plenty of time 'in the zone' and feeling great.

But. I need to stop the cycle. I'll be 37 soon and I don't want to be doing this in my forties. I have given myself until the start of the next school year to try to properly sort this out. A new way of eating, not a diet. Accept that I can eat cake if I want but I have to be sensible about it or I will get bigger. I can happily reject cake when in the zone, but after a while (a few weeks, a few months) I am mainlining it again!

I run - recently recovered from an injury after a year of running. Planning to do my first half marathon in March. Currently running 4 miles three times a week. This really helps.

The only thing on the horizon is that in five weeks I have an event to go to and a stunning dress that is a tiny bit too small. So no crash diet (I just can't!) but slightly stricter with myself than i intended to be. I just hope it doesn't trigger massive needs for cake!

Oh, and I'm 5 foot 3.5. Currently 10 stone. Would like to be able to maintain at 9 st 4-6.

ElvisJesusAndCocaCola Mon 16-Sep-13 06:55:02

Wow! That is the longest post I have ever written and posted blush

SPBisResisting Mon 16-Sep-13 08:37:22

Hi smirnie and elvis.
Elvis I know exactly what youean about the zone. My willpower kn the zone is brilliant, out of the zone it is non existant. I need to find a compromise.
Smirnie, I am 44katy on mfp if you would like to add me?
Elvis, we need a picture of the dress!

RippingYarns Mon 16-Sep-13 08:45:13

<rolls up sleeves>

Right, what have we got here? ;)

I'd dearly love to lose 2st by christmas - I'll do it with you! I've been lying to myself about how fat I have got, last week I went to see the nurse and she weighed me.

I weigh 87kg. That is 191 lbs. Or 13.5st

I am very fat, but as you know, SP, I can exercise too. A lot. We can do this together, count me in!

RippingYarns Mon 16-Sep-13 09:00:14

Phew, that was traumatic, like a confession sad

So onwards.

Does dieting really work? Ok, most of us here have said about weight affecting health as we get older (I'm 46) and causing diabetes and other issues, so I'm definitely in this for the long haul.

For life.

I've had to stop running for a couple of weeks, SP, in danger of shin splints, need better shoes for running, so am resting up until Wednesday this week and then back on the shred mill, are you happy to carry on where you left off or want to join me in the hell realms of L1 again

SunshineandShandy Mon 16-Sep-13 10:17:25

I'm in. I started WW 3 weeks ago with the aim of 2 stone by Xmas and am now down 8lb. I am doing it online and taking a photo of the scales on weight-in day and sending it to a friend who is also dieting - we are motivating each other!

I really need to do more exercise. I am lazy about it. I want to start C25K but I hate running machines and it's still about 40 degrees here, so once it cools I will start running outside. But I still could go for long walks in the evening... I will also Shred.

I am utterly determined to reach this goal. I am sick of being fat.

SPBisResisting Mon 16-Sep-13 17:20:11

Hi sunshine and Ripping! Brilliant idea about the photo
I have cone on for a moan. I cannot do MFP. Recently I have found it so slow, I have a list of things to do before I get up at silly o clock in the morning, I do not have time to waaaaiiiiiiiiiiit while the pages load. but I really want to log everything. But I cannot justify takinf so long to do it.

RippingYarns Mon 16-Sep-13 17:37:18

Hhmnn if I didn't know better that might sound like an excuse to me <can't do smiley things on twat phone but this is a 'really' one>

I also think I've picked up a stomach bug and not been able to eat today, so fasting 5:2 day one it is!

I don't have any scales at home, but have got another nurse appt next Tuesday - so I think I'll weigh in fortnightly at the Boots in town. Am baby sitting DGS every other week, so a walk into town pushing him will be an added work out.

We can do this!

ThermoLobster Mon 16-Sep-13 17:45:39

I am in. Was doing really well with Hypno Gastric Band and have also done well with mfp before but keep slipping back to old ways, and keep drinking too much wine! I weigh about same as you Ripping. Am 5 ft 9ish. Really want to do it this time!

RippingYarns Mon 16-Sep-13 17:52:03

Hello there Thermo! No more DT shenanigans for us then smile

DorisShutt Mon 16-Sep-13 17:55:00

Can I sneak in and join you?

I'm 5ft 2" and <gulp> 12 stone.

I started the Shred on Friday and have done it every day so far (all three days of it!) and have it pencilled in tonight.

I have a photoshoot next month (30 days from when i started hence the serendipitous nature of the DVD!) and I'd like to have toned up - I'm not too fussy about weight, but I'd like my face to look slimmer.

I'm also going to dig out my Paul McKenna slim CD and see if it helps as I have a real issue with binge eating.

RippingYarns Mon 16-Sep-13 18:03:19

Hello Doris, I too binge. And eat over the sink and whilst I'm cooking. And I love cooking

Looking back to when I was younger I used to fast most weekends, being a single parent back then, once the DSs went off out I'd get stuck into the garden and decorating for something to do, and not bother eating. Was also poorer then, couldn't afford to have fatty snacks etc round the house.

I've got lazy. And eat too much

ThermoLobster Mon 16-Sep-13 18:06:29

No Ripping! Although I have bought some of that light wine just in case! grin

RippingYarns Mon 16-Sep-13 18:20:45

I've said on DT that a couple of glasses is my limit anyhow but even that is a meal's worth on fasting days.

Water and ice cubes to snack on from now on.

DorisShutt Mon 16-Sep-13 19:41:31

I have a very bad habit of not eating lunch and then scarfing a couple of packets of crisps and a chocolate bar to get my energy up, or if I'm at work, I eat a meal deal but choose fizzy juice and crisps.

I also eat portions that are the same size as DH's.

I also finish off any leftover dinner from DS.

And I may consume a reasonable amount of wine

So. Proper lunches with fruit not crisps. Normal portions. No polishing off stuff. Wine only on the weekend; but only one bottle between DH and I over that period - which is still a nice glass and a bit.

Plus exercise. I've just done day 4 of the Shred and am now not hungry. Very sweaty, but not hungry grin

ThermoLobster Mon 16-Sep-13 19:42:27

So what is everyone's approach? Ripping I assume therefore you are doing 5:2? What about everyone else?

ThermoLobster Mon 16-Sep-13 19:44:03

Cross post Doris! Sounds v sensible.

ThermoLobster Mon 16-Sep-13 19:53:44

Ok have read thread properly now so know what you are all doing to lose weight. blush
I think I will do the Hypno trance again because it really worked before but I just didn't repeat the trance when I should have. I have cut out toast/bagel for breakfast and am having yoghurt instead. Fruit for snack and some nuts, and then a salad for lunch. In the evening, I don't want to be faddy as I have two girls and don't want them to grow up in a diet household, so just sensible meals with lots of veg but will have a small amount of starchy carbs. Then cut right down on wine, and in doing so, will cut down on the snacks I seem to eat after a couple of glasses of wine. But I will never stick to it if I can't have the odd treat so just going to tr and be sensible.
We can DEFINITELY do this!

SPBisResisting Mon 16-Sep-13 21:01:58

How is everyone?
Hi Doris!
I am grumpy. but today has gone OK. Shred this morning and 1000 cals so far

ElvisJesusAndCocaCola Tue 17-Sep-13 06:26:55

Hi everyone <waves>

Sounds like we are all quite determined and all have different tactics, which will make it interesting, I have done ww in the past, plus used mfp for a good part of last year. At the moment, since I know almost everything about calorie content in the food I choose, I am doing it in my head - trying to stick to about 1500-600 calls, plus running three times a week. Running is really motivating for me: makes me feel good, helps me eat properly so I don't waste the effort. Plus I like to think of myself as a real runner, so try to see food as fuel.

I have tried to see things as treats and luxuries that are relatively healthy e.g. Sashimi, Greek yoghurt, peanut butter (only on a running day though!). It goes well when I am in that zone, but I just need to stay here!

Yesterday took dd out for lunch after her first day at school: went to nandos and then patisseries Valerie, managed to make choices that came to about 900 calls in total. Not bad for me.

Another thing I tend to do is have two boiled eggs for breakfast: low calorie and filling.

We all have the potential to do really well - the planning and determination is definitely there. Will try to check in daily.

ChipAndSpud Tue 17-Sep-13 06:41:29

Hi everyone, can I join?

I have a 20 month old and I'm still 2 stone heavier than I was when he was conceived! I'm 5'7 and weigh 11.3 stone, which is healthy according to the BMI calculations, but I feel like I'm carrying an extra layer of fat all over!

I've joined the gym two weeks ago and managed two classes a week, plus one swim. I have pilates this evening which I really enjoyed last time.

I mainly want to lose weight through exercise, I don't think my diet is too bad if I can cut out snacking on chocolate and biscuits!

I think with food if I can just be a bit more aware of portion sizes and cut out the chocolate and biscuits I can lose at least half a stone.

I don't own a pair of scales, so I will probably weigh myself in a few more weeks.

I'm more about how I feel than an actual amount of wight that I want to lose.

SPBisResisting Tue 17-Sep-13 07:45:56

Hi chip, that sounds like a really good attitude. Portion size has been a big one for me too, I cringe when I thjnk about the amount of pasta I used to eat!

RippingYarns Tue 17-Sep-13 08:50:24

I know I came in at under 600cals yesterday, so day 1fast complete.

I feel lighter, but wonder if that's because I'm fitter, might take a trip into town to Boots if the weather holds up.

Chip, I also eat far too big portions.

And getting this all down in words is showing me exactly why I'm fat.

If there's a way to over eat, I'm doing it.

colafrosties Tue 17-Sep-13 08:58:39

Can I join too please?!

My weight's crept up to over 11 and a half stone again, and have had to buy new big trousers (aarrgh!) after having given loads of clothes away to charity shops after previous weight loss.

DorisShutt Tue 17-Sep-13 12:18:13

Well, had a big bowl of cereal for breakfast and therefore managed to avoid snacking.

Early lunch with DS which was a huge bowl of salad with some low fat cottage cheese and a couple of bits of ham. Then I caved to the carb demands and scarfed a poppadom blush I'm actually still hungry.

Grilled sausages for dinner; DH & DS having beans and waffles while I think I'll have salad.

I hate being virtuous! confused sad

specialsubject Tue 17-Sep-13 12:42:10

pound a week is the sustainable and healthy weight loss weight unless you are really guzzling (doesn't sound like it)

so unrealistic target. But you could be over half way there.

RippingYarns Tue 17-Sep-13 12:47:17

thanks for the words of encouragement and tips special hmm

have you any pointers to help us here, please?

Pinkpinot Tue 17-Sep-13 12:55:27

Can I join?
I actually need to lose about 5, but 2 is a start!
I started yesterday, just doing low cal and low fat
Might need some other tips
Will go the gym too, but one thing at a time

Charleymouse Tue 17-Sep-13 13:12:50

My name is Charleymouse and I am fat!
Can I join please.

My vitals are:

very cuddly.

I currently weigh in at 14 st 7lb
I am on MFP as charleymoose. I used this earlier on this year and lost almost a stone.
I got down in the low 12s earlier this year but have just let myself go and need to get back on the wagon.

I am calorie counting, cutting out the crap and starting to exercise.
I would like to see some quick impact to help get me motivated so will try really hard this next few weeks to get the ball rolling.

ThermoLobster Tue 17-Sep-13 15:17:00

I am uglyoldbag on mfp if anyone wants to be friends?
Having a truly horrible day. Dog is v poorly. Trying to not comfort eat.

RippingYarns Tue 17-Sep-13 16:40:45

oh Thermo, sorry to read that about your dog

is he/she having treatment?

ThermoLobster Tue 17-Sep-13 17:08:15

She is having a scan to establish what is wrong. It really doesn't look good though. Thanks Ripping.

RippingYarns Tue 17-Sep-13 17:54:18

is she old, Thermo, any idea what it is? there are some brilliant things that vets can do for pets nowadays. a friend of mine made her vet treat distemper with tamiflu, and it worked!

and <waves> to new faces on the thread

ThermoLobster Tue 17-Sep-13 18:19:48

She is nearly 12 and they think a stroke.
Anyway, don't mean to bring down the thread. How has everyone done today?

SPBisResisting Tue 17-Sep-13 18:23:00

Oh thermo sad
Hi Charley and pinkpinot

RippingYarns Tue 17-Sep-13 18:28:23

you're not bringing the thread down for me, Thermo, if you need support to stop you comfort eating, this is the right place IMO

ElBombero Tue 17-Sep-13 21:41:53

Can I join, 30 tomorrow, 3 stone to loose (just had dc2), wondering whether to go low carb or 5:2??? Bought the shred, not arrived yet.

ElBombero Tue 17-Sep-13 21:51:58

Is the Paul McKenna cd any good? Also a bad binger

ThermoLobster Wed 18-Sep-13 06:41:10

I found Paul McKenna great. I did the trance the night before last. If nothing else it is very relaxing.

ThermoLobster Wed 18-Sep-13 06:41:57

Happy Birthday by the way!

SPBisResisting Wed 18-Sep-13 06:48:58


SPBisResisting Wed 18-Sep-13 06:51:33

Agh sorry posting with one hand while washing up!
Happy birthday! You share the day with my 4 yo baby!
Make weight loss to a level where you feel healthy and happy in yourself the best present you'll ever give yourself smile
How's your dog this morning thermo

BinarySolo Wed 18-Sep-13 07:24:47

Can I join please? I want to loose at least 5 stone. Have lost that in the past but never got to what I felt was an ideal weight and some of the weight has crept back on.

Gave birth to ds2 3 weeks ago tomorrow and I'm currently using food as a substitute for sleep! Got the baby weight from my 2 boys to get rid of as I so don't want them to be ashamed of their fat mom.

I'm using a weight watchers points app (unofficial one) as it allows me extra points for breast feeding. I'm also walking every where including an hour dog walk each day with the baby in a sling and toddler in the buggy. Fairly hilly here too.

I'm 5'4 and weigh just under 15 stone which makes me the fattest person on this thread. I'm a heffa aren't I?

Also, my friends wedding is in November and I'd like to look half way decent for that.

DorisShutt Wed 18-Sep-13 11:10:29

Unoffical weight watchers points app Binary - care to share the name?

Thermo hope your dog is okay today.

Well, I've had my big cereal breakfast again today, and I'm hungry now (11am), but am steadfastly resisting the lure of the work biscuit drawer. Going through brew like it's about to be rationed though! confused

I've also made the executive decision that I'm not low carbing, I'm just going for healthy eating. My body doesn't seem to be cut out for it - I nearly fell over yesterday after lunch. BUT, I'm not going to fill myself with carbs either. That said, I've got a packet of crisps for my lunch as DS ate the last apple blush

Breadandwine Wed 18-Sep-13 11:25:13

Have you folks seen the video of the Horizon programme, 'Eat, Fast and Live Longer' by Dr Mike Mosley that started off the whole 5:2 kick?


Underneath there's a summary of the main points.

If you like the idea of eating normally for 5 days, and eating low-cal for just 2, then have a look at this thread on the Fasting/5:2 Diet forum, where there are many posters successfully losing weight - many for the first time.*

The OP is packed with useful info and everyone on the thread is completely supportive and non-judgemental.

(*Disclaimer: I'm one of them - lost 22lbs and I've been maintaining my current weight for almost a year. For the very first time in my life, I'm in complete control of my weight!smile)

Best wishes, B&W

BinarySolo Wed 18-Sep-13 12:43:39

Yes , it's the ultimate food value diary plus. It's got a huge database plus there's a points calculator. You can also favourite foods so that they're easy to find in future. I think it was a couple of quid, but certainly cheaper than joining ww.

DorisShutt Wed 18-Sep-13 12:50:28

Hmm, looks interesting. I'll see how I'm going with a "normal" diet and then if things aren't improving, I'll maybe splash out.

Thanks thanks

ChipAndSpud Wed 18-Sep-13 13:01:36

Well I went to pilates last night which was great, but I did spoil it by having some ice cream for pudding blush Still I haven't succumbed to the vending machine as yet today grin

BinarySolo Wed 18-Sep-13 13:06:16

I prefer it to my fitness pal as certain foods are free so you can fill up on fruit veg and salad. It basically encourages healthy eating habits. I used ww to loose 5 stone previously. I bought one of their database calculators and have never actually been to a meeting!

ElBombero Wed 18-Sep-13 14:10:55

Aww thanks, don't feel as old as I thought i would, with a 2wk old n bf lots of meals out planned this week then gonna start the diet on Monday, think ill order Paul McKenna lots going cheap on eBay x

Pinkpinot Wed 18-Sep-13 14:16:04

Binarysolo, youre not the heaviest blush i think thats probably me!

I'm so confused about what method is best
I don't want to count points or sins
I'd like a good calories counter if anyone can recommend one
Maybe I'll check out mfp?

Going out tonight, do that will be a challenge!
Can't decide on movies or dinner, which one will I be able to control better?!

SPBisResisting Wed 18-Sep-13 15:00:49

Congratulations on the baby boy binary!

SPBisResisting Wed 18-Sep-13 15:01:47

Oh and I was 16s6 when I started losing weight when dd was about 2. I have no idea what I was 3weeks after giving birth to her!

DorisShutt Wed 18-Sep-13 15:42:03

As I say I'm 12 stone and only 5ft 2" so not that much lighter compared height to weight ratio; it's not about what we are now - it's what we are going to be...

<throws up a little bit at the twee nature of previous comment>

BinarySolo Wed 18-Sep-13 16:05:18

Aw thanks everyone. I was over 17 stone at my heaviest and I know I don't want to be there again. I looked like the lead singer of the commitments blush or meatloaf on a bad day blush blush

BinarySolo Wed 18-Sep-13 16:07:39

Oh and Doris, there's nowt wrong with a good dieting mantra even if they can be a little twee.

A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips and all that!

ThermoLobster Wed 18-Sep-13 16:14:52

Hi all. Thanks for asking about the dog. No real change. She is at the animal hospital and we are waiting for a call from the specialist vet.

I have done well today, yoghurt and raspberries for breakfast, chicken breast and salad / veg for lunch. Drinks have probably been the naughtiest. Skinny latte, an Oasis and a cherry coke zero. But cannot function without my morning latte so not going to give that up.

RippingYarns Wed 18-Sep-13 16:44:17

i'm only 5ft2...i win on the shortarse/fatarse stakes grin

i really think i can do this, you know? i fasted on monday, and today i really haven't wanted to overeat at all, tomorrow will be my next fast day.

ElBombero Wed 18-Sep-13 22:02:33

So how are the majority going to battle this 5:2 / calorie counting / WW. I think for me 5:2 is going to work just need some inspiration. Think it's ok doing whilst BF?

ChipAndSpud Wed 18-Sep-13 23:02:10

Oh dear...I was doing so well today with my eating...had cereal for breakfast, a tuna and cheese panini for lunch, a turkey salad for dinner and then DH went and bought those M&S extra chocolatey milk chocolate biscuits (I scoffed 5)!

Still tomorrow is another day, and I have an aerobics class too!

I may have burnt some extra calories today by having a near meltdown at work (bad day!)??

Speaking of work, I need to start taking the stairs instead of the lift don't I? grin

ThermoLobster Thu 19-Sep-13 06:11:16

ElBombero - I don't think I would have been able to fast whilst bf but I am no expert on 5:2 - the thought of it scares me!

BinarySolo Thu 19-Sep-13 06:40:03

From the 5:2 diet website:

Who shouldn’t fast?

There are groups of people who should not make such major changes in eating patterns including pregnant women or nursing mothers, children and teenagers, Type 1 diabetics, those with other medical conditions, and those who are either very lean or have a great deal of weight to lose. Those with Type 2 diabetes, immune issues and other chronic conditions should talk to their specialist before embarking on this plan. The same applies to people with a history of eating disorders or psychological issues around food or appearance. If you have any concerns about your health, talk to your GP before starting a new way of eating.

Thought breast feeding would rule this diet out as it all seems pretty sensible.

RippingYarns Thu 19-Sep-13 09:19:08

Day 2 fasting and all I've had so far is a black coffee

Am about to shred after run/walking back from school, if I don't get back on thread by 10.30 please send chocolate:-D

<wobbles in to join thread>
<sits down and breaks the thread's sofa>

Hello there, can I join you too? I am hyoooooooge at the moment sad 5ft 3 and was 14st 9 but have just got down to 14st 5. And I said I would never, ever go above 13st again sad I'm really feeling it - my knees ache, I get tired after doing the school run (we only live 10 mins walk away!) and I've got no energy. This MUST be sorted - feel like it's now or never.

I do old-style WW but don't go to meetings - I have tried lots of diets but this one really suits me as nothing is banned and t's eay to drink wine on WW It would drive me crazy to have to count everything I eat but I know it really well and only have to weigh one or two things a day, usually. I manage to cook quite nice and filling evening meals on WW - last night was roast chicken and fat-free chips and tonight is a big heart stew made with the leftover chicken. Smoked salmon omelette for lunch.

Twiggy (the most ironic nickname ever)

t's eay = it's easy

DorisShutt Thu 19-Sep-13 09:56:39

Hmmm... weight watchers... sounds more and more my sort of thing if I can drink wine grin

I'm just really loathe to pay for an app or something and only use it once or twice. confused

RippingYarns Thu 19-Sep-13 10:07:06

Come on in, Twiggy.

I know I was close to the 14st mark when I started the shred this time, is this something you would try too?

It's ok us eating less for a period of time, but what about when we stop dieting?

What happens then?

And I made it btw, off to find some air to eat :-D

Pinkpinot Thu 19-Sep-13 10:10:07

Went out for dinner lady night, Japanese restaurant , so just had the chicken and prawn sticks and edamame beans. Did have 2 beers though
Resisted the ice cream at the movies!
Still came in about 1400 cals, so v pleased
My downfall is a few drinks and then my willpower goes out the window

SPBisResisting Thu 19-Sep-13 10:12:21

Hi twiggy smile
Not a good day yesterday, was dd's birthday. Am sort of determined to get back ti it today but also really stressed and thinking sod it.
This wont last long, childcare issue. Once it's sorted I shouldd get back on an even keel

Breadandwine Thu 19-Sep-13 11:35:04

Couple of points, folks…

About fasting whilst bfing: There are at least a dozen mothers on the main 5:2 threads that I've seen bfing successfully whilst fasting. Dr Mosley says not to, but, IMO, that's just to cover his back.

ElBombero, if you go onto the main thread there will be loads of help and advice, I'm sure.

About WW: I'm a gold card holder of many years standing, and I was given a goal of 10.10. When I started 5:2ing I began to lose weight without even trying, and, over the next 8 months I lost 22lbs - so I now hover between 9.1 and 9.4, depending on where I am in the week (I maintain on 6:1).

I'm as fit as I've ever been, have loads of surplus energy and don't ever intend to let a week go by without fasting.

My point is that WW had me permanently 20odd pounds overweight for over 20 years! They tell me my allowance is 2500 calories a day (I'm a bloke), but I know if I eat that much, I'll gain weight. It's the same for women, you're allowed 2000 calories, but I don't know anyone over on the main threads whose TDEE is as much as that. Most of them are on between 1600-1800 cal.

Oh, one last thing - I've never eaten so many cakes, biscuits, treats, etc, as I have over the last 18 months - whilst still losing/maintaining weight. 5:2 works because you are never deprived - you can always have 'it' tomorrow! grin

If you'd like to read further about fasting plus some low-cal recipes (and bread smile), have a look at blog where I ramble about these things!

Thanks for the welcome, everyone!

I know I was close to the 14st mark when I started the shred this time, is this something you would try too?

I have got the Shred DVD and I did it for 3 days once last year smile I have since joined the gym though, so I do that instead now.

It's ok us eating less for a period of time, but what about when we stop dieting?

When you stop dieting you don't put on weight unless you overeat again - which I do, always (I'm an idiot). My intention is to WW and gym until I get to a healthy weight then to just eat normally after that. Althought not being able to eat normally is how I got in this mess in the first place so will think about that if and when the time comes.

I did try the 5:2 and my parents have had great success with it but I found it far too difficult on the fast days and I ate too much on the 'normal' days (see above about not being able to eat normally!)

RippingYarns Thu 19-Sep-13 12:55:57

Thanks for answering those questions, Twiggy, i think my, well actually KNOW my problem is overeating. I eat very well, pescetarian, 90% home cooked, but i eat far too much

hoping the fasting will show my eyes that i don't need as much food

ChipAndSpud Thu 19-Sep-13 21:51:15

Pleased to say I've only had one biscuit today and half a packet of crisps, apart from that I've had a tuna and cheese panini for lunch and a chicken and mushroom risotto for dinner.

I also had an aerobics class this evening that nearly killed me!

Hope everyone else is doing well today smile

DorisShutt Thu 19-Sep-13 21:57:38

Had a chinese takeaway for dinner tonight blush

But I did have beef and tomato rather than my usual deep fried chicken strips and not a full load of rice and noodles, so marginally better... until I offset that with wine.

Still did my Shredding though, and ended up going for a walk twice to the bank due to work incompetency (hence the wine!)

So, mixed day.

Pinkpinot Thu 19-Sep-13 22:06:02

Bloody drunken husband just ordered Chinese, I'm going to have to go to bed!

Queenmarigold Thu 19-Sep-13 22:09:36

The most useful thing I ever heard was 'pay attention to what you eat'. So, no guilt, no good/ bad days- just make good decisions. Helped me

ElBombero Fri 20-Sep-13 07:09:44

Thanks a lot breadandwine I'm
Gonna give it a go!

Charleymouse Fri 20-Sep-13 14:04:35

Weetabix for breakfast
Jacket potatoe with beans/coleslaw for lunch
Planning a prawn curry and rice for tea.

Just being aware of what I eat at the minute but a little bit is creeping off just down to the fact I pick something up and think do I really need that?

Well done eveyone. Keep trying, tomorrow is another day is something I have to remember and not throw in the towel every time I have a minor blip.

Charleymouse Fri 20-Sep-13 14:05:17

Oops, thanks for the welcome SPB

ThermoLobster Fri 20-Sep-13 14:34:09

Hi all. 2 lb lost this week for me. Bit disappointed as usually lose a bit more when I first start dieting. Did have a takeaway though one night because of dog drama. Been really healthy though otherwise and not had wine all week so feeling pretty pleased. I tend to weigh in on Fridays - what days do you all weigh?

No change on the dog btw. sad

Pinkpinot Fri 20-Sep-13 17:57:34

2lb is great!
Don't be disappointed
Think ill weigh in on Monday, just so it's a whole week but thinking about it Fridays might be better
I'm so desperate for a glass of wine, but I think I'd drink the whole bottle.

DorisShutt Fri 20-Sep-13 18:24:52

I hate had a completely ghastly and horrible day with DS.

Tonight there will be wine and tiramisu (homemade!) while watching rugby. I figure I can lose weight salivating over muscular thighs?! blush

2lbs is good! I know what you mean about being disappointesd when you normally lose more but I bet you'll do just as well next week - whereas I often lose 4lbs the 1st week and then none the next.

I weigh almost every day. I do tend to fluctuate a lot so I figure that if I weigh every day then I'm getting a more accurate picture of the overall trend, rather than only weighing on one day and getting an artificially very good or very bad result!

My first test tonight - we are going out for dinner. I've worked out the WW points and that means only the teeniest bit of food during the day. I've had a few slices of ham and am going to try and power through on just Diet Coke (healthy! smile ) as dinner will be early tonight.

SPBisResisting Sat 21-Sep-13 15:52:34

Hi everyone smile Enjoy the meal twiggy.
I am off to shred - I usually have to do it first thing or it doesn't get done. Thpis is out of routine smile

Have you tried low carbing? I just started, and lost 8lb in 10 days shock!

SPBisResisting Sat 21-Sep-13 16:32:38

I have just been lying on the floor wimering "no jillian I caaaaaan't"

TheArticFunky Sun 22-Sep-13 19:04:06

Hi can I join too?

I 'm 5ft 2 ins. I started 2 weeks weighing 11:4 I'm now 10:13. I'm sort of doing a mixture of 5:2 and calorie counting. Friday and Saturday I allow myself 1600 calories which is slightly above my TDEE. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday I have 1200 calories and I have 500 calories on Monday and Thursday. My weigh- in day is Friday and I don't count the calories of fruit or vegetables.

My aim is to get to 8 stone, I was 7:7 stone before I had children.

I'm going to restart the shred tomorrow.

SPBisResisting Sun 22-Sep-13 20:44:13

Hi arctic smile

TheArticFunky Sun 22-Sep-13 23:20:26

Hi SPB smile

Pinkpinot Mon 23-Sep-13 10:07:36

Weigh in day- 4lbs for first week, not ecstatic, but I know I'm back into it now, and I can do it
Unfortunately I am now sitting on the couch with a heat pack having done something to my back, so the gym ain't gonna happen today

singarainbow Mon 23-Sep-13 11:07:48

Hi, I'd like to join you too.
I am 10 stone 10 and have lost 10 lbs really slowly in the past 2 months trying to do slimming world on the cheap (i.e not joining!)
I bike to work (approx 6 miles each way) about twice a week....thats it for exercise, and I cant imagine doing anymore.
I have my birthday this week, so will allow myself a day off, so to speak, but will be back on the wagon on Thursday. Glad to hear you are all doing well.....good luck. I weigh myself on Sunday mornings, so will update as a I go.

singarainbow Mon 23-Sep-13 11:16:31

forgot to add....my weakness is alcohol!

RippingYarns Mon 23-Sep-13 11:17:21

morning all!

more new faces not to stuff themselves with cake and crisps grin

i'm on a fast day today, all i've had so far is a black coffee (1tspn sugar) and a pint of water, and just back from my c25k run

started back on week 1, after having shin pain, and only shredded once last week, because of the same reason.

i find fasting really easy, and it's the big weigh in tomorrow, appt is mid morning, so i'll hold off eating too much before then and hopefully there will be some weight loss

singarainbow Mon 23-Sep-13 11:33:48

Ripping, what is shredding?

RippingYarns Mon 23-Sep-13 11:48:42

sorry, yes, it's the 30 day shred

an exercise programme devised by an evil genius Jillian Michaels

it's a 20 minute workout divided into 3 circuits with varying exercises for strength, cardio and abs, you do it for 30 days and you can really see a difference to your body shape.

there is a diet plan to along with it, but you have to pay for that by subscription

i won't do that because i'm scared JM will find out where i live and come and shout at me in person i can't afford it

have a look here

Breadandwine Mon 23-Sep-13 12:43:23

Hi folks

If anyone's looking for some inspiration - and we could all do with a bit of that from time to time - have a look at this post on the 52fastdiet forum.

Beechview Mon 23-Sep-13 13:43:53

Hi everyone. Can I join in?
I'm 5'2" and 11st8lbs. I want to get to 9st initially.

I've started today as I had a big sugar binge over the weekend and thought 'enough is enough'.
I have a big belly and look awful in anything I wear. I'm going back to work from mat leave at the end of October so I'd like to look somewhat presentable.
I want to do Shred again but am a bit scared as I got really creaky knees last time (although an amazing figure change!). I think I'll just give it a go and see what happens.

Dietwise, I'm going to kick start myself with 5 days of Zoe Harcombe style which is one carb meal a day and 2 low carb (she has other rules but I didn't stick to them before and it still worked really well). Snacks can only be natural live yoghurt. I tend to do porridge for breakfast then no carbs for the rest of the day.

singarainbow Mon 23-Sep-13 14:53:06

gonna try shredding, is all I need on youtube?

DorisShutt Mon 23-Sep-13 14:56:07

The classes are on YouTube in full.

You do need good support shoes, and weights - a bottle of water is what I used to start with, but make sure you can hold it comfortably.

I also recommend clothes to cover any flab so it's not off putting when i see it bouncing about

TheArticFunky Mon 23-Sep-13 17:52:52

Beechview you are a similar size to me. In what way did your figure change when you did the shred before and how much weight did you lose?

Beechview Mon 23-Sep-13 19:52:36

ArcticFunky I was just under 11st when I did Shred last and didn't really diet so only lost 4lbs (looked like I'd lost much more) but after 14 days of doing it, my figure really start to get shapely. My waist was redefined and smoothed out, tummy was flatter, bum was less saggy and just basically better toned all over.
Dh's eyes boggled when he saw me in less clothes and was shocked at such a difference in just a couple of weeks.
I'd love to get that reaction from him again smile

I had a good day today - porridge, lamb burgers + veg, Chicken curry
1hr walk no time for Shred today unfortunately.

RippingYarns Tue 24-Sep-13 08:19:27

Weigh-in day today <gulp>

I am terrified of being judged, why did I agree to this?

SunshineandShandy Tue 24-Sep-13 10:34:00

Hope it's a good result Ripping. I lost 3lbs this week so am very pleased. 12lbs gone so if I can lose 2 more by next week that's my first stone. Will give me 12 weeks to lose my next one in time for Christmas which should be possible if I really work at it.

Am cycling tonight. Not been on a bike for ages but am hiring one to cycle round a race track. Think I might just nearly die!

RippingYarns Tue 24-Sep-13 11:33:59


for the first time ever in my life i've been to a weigh in and lost!

2kg or 5lbs in 2 weeks shock and tbh i didn't really take the 1st fasting day seriously blush

i didn't wobble as much floated all the way back from the surgery grin

Pinkpinot Tue 24-Sep-13 12:18:56

Well done Ripping!

TheArticFunky Tue 24-Sep-13 13:53:02

Well done!

Breadandwine Tue 24-Sep-13 14:25:11

Well done, Ripping - 5:2 works!

RippingYarns Tue 24-Sep-13 14:40:15

thanks thanks everyone. i'm so chuffed

DorisShutt Tue 24-Sep-13 15:59:04

Just seen this! Well done you! flowers

ThermoLobster Wed 25-Sep-13 06:18:50

This disappeared off my threads so only just seen! Well done Ripping and well done Sunshine! I lost another pound over the last few days so 3 lbs in total, although official weigh in day on Friday. Was a bit naughty last night because I was working all evening on my laptop - crazy time at work - so couldn't be bothered to cook properly - had pizza and salad! It was only half a thin one but still disappointed. Its all about being organised for me. I hadn't got anything out of the freezer and hadn't sorted out the slow cooker so ended up having nothing healthy that I could have quickly. Also had a meeting with lunch provided and it was all sandwiches which wasn't ideal. But hey ho, back on the regime today! Good luck all who are weighing in over next few days.

Pinkpinot Wed 25-Sep-13 20:29:50

Good progress Thermo, good luck for Friday

I just wanted to ask if anyone is tired?
I feel utterly exhausted. Slept for 3 hours on Monday
Not sure I'm getting this right!

Dogwalker2 Thu 26-Sep-13 13:03:45

Look,all the motivation you need is knowing how good you look when you're slimmer and how much better you feel.
Eat a small breakfast , me when dieting just two slices of toast and jam/marmalade. Very small lunch tuna with a bit of salad and lean chicken baked in foil and veg but no potatoes till you reach your desired weight.

Take exercise!! Can't stress how important this is. Walk a lot - briskly and or join classes. Hold yourself upright and go for it. Many years ago I was size 14 and growing but just took the decision, joined an exercise class and I've never been more thansize 12 since. I still have to exercise regularly and walk every day, it's a way of life now.
Nobody has to be fat one just needs old fashioned willpower- it works!
Good luck, don't give in.

RippingYarns Thu 26-Sep-13 13:23:11

i sort of understand what you're saying Dogwalker but if it was really all about just 'knowing how good you look' we wouldn't be battling with weight

in fact, by making it all about looking good, that reinforces how badly some people feel, which would certainly send me shuffling to the biscuit tin

Pinkpinot Thu 26-Sep-13 13:28:26

At the moment I'm just finding it hard because I know what a long slog I've got
But I can actually feel the difference within a week and a half.
I wish I'd taken my measurements at the beginning, they'd be showing a difference I'm sure

RippingYarns Thu 26-Sep-13 13:34:23

come on Pink we can do this!

how much do you want to lose?

to be healthy (BMI and all that jazz) i need to lose 3st.

i have lost 5lbs, and while that's not much in the grand scheme of things, it's 5lbs nearer losing that 3st.

just had a scroll back, are you eating enough? 1400 is very low, especially if you've been to the gym

Pinkpinot Thu 26-Sep-13 13:44:50

Haven't been to the gym yet, I hurt my knee last year( getting fit, playing tennis) so I have to be careful. Should be doing physio and exercises first
I just want to get a good couple of weeks under my belt
I need to lose about 5 stone. blush
From experience I don't lose anything unless I take the calorie intake low
Aim for 1200, and I think it ends up about 1400 just with fruit etc
I also get very shaky and headachy so I find it v difficult
There's nothing wrong with blood pressure etc.

RippingYarns Thu 26-Sep-13 13:47:40

shaky is a sign your blood sugar is dipping too low

have you looked at the 5:2 plan?

Beechview Thu 26-Sep-13 14:19:47

Hi everyone.
I finally managed to do the shred dvd today! Its hard but short. I'm going to try to do it everyday.
Food wise, I've managed to stick to my plan so far.

Pinkpinot I get that shaky thing when I first start a diet. I usually get it around 5ish so I just end up eating something. What do you eat on a typical diet day? You should be able to lose on a fairly good calorie count apparently. Have you looked at working out your TDEE?
I've not had that shaky feeling at all this time as I've cut back on carbs not calories. I have one carb meal a day and 2 non carbs. I can't do no carbs.

Pinkpinot Thu 26-Sep-13 18:31:45

What's TDEE?
Not done 5.2, don't know that much about it, and I think I'd just feel dreadful on 500cals
So usual diet day would be cereal- weetabix, porridge. Mid morning snack maybe banana & yoghurt, lunch has been 2 boiled eggs, one piece wholemeat toast, no butter, or maybe soup and a roll.
Afternoon maybe a couple of tangerines/ melon
Then for dinner, have had homemade chicken stew, lots of veggies in there or V small jacket potato beans and tiny grated cheese, just had big ham salad sandwich tonight(really boring!)

No biscuits, crisps, butter( big downfall)

Pinkpinot Thu 26-Sep-13 19:07:57

Figured out TDEE, it's 2121
So if I eat 1100 per day, I save 7000 cals a week so that's 2lb? Is that right?

singarainbow Thu 26-Sep-13 20:26:48

I fell off the wagon for 2 days, it was my birthday....how can I put on 4lbs in 48 hrs, yet took me a month to lose that amount???? Not supposed to be weigh day til sunday anyway, but couldnt resist beating myself!
back on board now, onwards and upwards eh?

Beechview Thu 26-Sep-13 20:37:06

Pinkpinot Your food sounds good. You're meant to eat under your TDEE but above your BMR. 1200 cals is often too low for most people.
Here's a link to someone who's explained it.

singarainbow don't worry about 4lbs in 48hrs. Its not going to be 4lbs of fat!. It'll be the weight of the food and some water probably! If you gain it quickly, you can lose it quickly.

singarainbow Thu 26-Sep-13 20:47:42

Well done Ripping!! Good on you!

TheArticFunky Fri 27-Sep-13 11:25:03

Weigh- in day for me today.

I only lost 1lb. Very disappointed I have eaten very well this week and started the shred.

RippingYarns Fri 27-Sep-13 11:27:22

Losing a is still better than not losing though. Keep going, it means you are getting it right.

Beechview Fri 27-Sep-13 12:04:12

Well done! If you only lost a pound a week for a year it would add up to 52lbs so don't knock it smile
Besides, starting the shred may have increased some muscle mass.

I had half a bagel today outside of my planned food. I need to be careful as I always seem to get a bit slack as the weekend approaches and during the weekend. I always end up undoing the good work for the week. Must stay strong!

Beechview Fri 27-Sep-13 14:28:26

gah! I did the Shred dvd just before lunch. I had a nice healthy lunch of spicy chick pea and tomato soup and yoghurt then ended up eating a packet of crisps and a couple of biscuits.
I know this is because I'm tired (have been up since around 3 thanks to non sleeping baby). I always find it hard to control my eating when I'm tired. Plus with it being the weekend, I'm going to have to muster up as much willpower as I can to not undo all my good work.
Any tips?

TheArticFunky Fri 27-Sep-13 16:25:45

Don't beat yourself up about the crisps/biscuits, just carry on as you were. The worst thing for me is thinking I have had a bad day so I'll carry on eating and start tomorrow, tomorrow never comes!

I do actually eat more at the weekend that way I don't feel like I'm on a diet. My TDEE is around 1500 and I generally consume that on a Friday and Saturday. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday I allow myself 1200 and my 500 calorie days are Monday and Thursday. On a Thursday I don't mind eating a little because I know that the next day I can have wine and chocolate!

ThermoLobster Fri 27-Sep-13 19:58:02

Another 2lb off this week, so 4lb in total. Pretty pleased with that. Finding it easy as well, not sure if that is the hypnosis, but not missing any food or drink at the moment.

Pinkpinot Fri 27-Sep-13 20:47:57

Well done artic and Thermo

Took ds to the circus. He had popcorn and I couldn't resist sad
But just had a cou

Pinkpinot Fri 27-Sep-13 20:49:16

A couple of ryvitas and cottage cheese for tea so hopefully not too much over
Having a glass of wine too, had a tough day

acsec Fri 27-Sep-13 20:53:40

Sjue? and Rjips?

I'm in - I've been going up and down within the same half stone and it's driving me mad. Was 13.3 on Monday at SW. Had a bad eating day today - MacMillan cake Coffee morning at work. BUT I walked 6.5 miles yday and 3 every other day this week.

I'm starting back to yoga next week and swimming.

letsgotostonehenge Fri 27-Sep-13 20:54:20

hang on, ripping i thought you were on drunk thread with us??

RippingYarns Fri 27-Sep-13 20:56:56

yuss. i am stoney

that's the beauty of the 5:2

2 days a week i eat fuck all and drink enough water to sink the titanic

5 days a week i eat normally and have a glass of wine on a friday

t'is marveleeouss

TheArticFunky Fri 27-Sep-13 22:42:57

Well done Thermo smile.

I'm having wine as well Thermo. If you deprive yourself of something you just want it more. If I want something I have it and because I know I can have what I want I find that I don't actually want that much iyswim.

Pinkpinot Sat 28-Sep-13 08:53:11

Right, I had 2 very small glasses of wine and I feel very hungover, what's all that about? Banging headache, sick and shaky

RippingYarns Sat 28-Sep-13 09:02:28

Pink, I rarely drink more than one glass because of that, even before I started on this health kick, sometimes half a bottle of wine would render me useless the next day, no idea why, but since alcohol is not essential (but nice) I just keep my intake to a minimum unless I've got the next day off never

On your other issue, did you get to grips with the calorie thing?

EnglishRose1320 Sat 28-Sep-13 09:38:24

Can I join you, total yo-yo with my weight, need to get it down and it keep it down this time. Haven't decided how to go about doing it yet though, any advice would be very welcome.

This why I love WW - wine is easy to fit in! as are a few G&Ts beforehand

I have lost 8lbs in 3 weeks shock

ThermoLobster Sat 28-Sep-13 13:25:24

Welcome EnglishRose. We have got all sorts going on in terms of weight loss methods on this thread. I am just being sensible in terms of treats, cut out weeknight wine drinking, avoiding excessive simple / strarchy carbs and have also done the Hypnotic Gastric Band. Not got around to exercising yet. Lost 4 lbs in two weeks, well actually 5 lbs as at today.

Twiglets - I used to do WW and save all my points for wine! And was vey succesful for quite a while. Am attempting to be a tad more healthy this time!

EnglishRose1320 Sat 28-Sep-13 13:31:52

I've tried ww and found it worked really well if I went to meetings each week but I had to sort out childcare so it became too pricey/tricky. Need to find something I can do at home that works around the children. Atm I am cutting out unhealthy snacks and eating smaller portion sizes, plus we have just moved house and can now walk the school run rather than drive which helps.

SunshineandShandy Sun 29-Sep-13 05:53:14

I am doing WW online EnglishRose1320. I think going to a class is better, but I can't where I live, so online it is. I use the tracking app on my phone and it's brilliant. Might be worth looking at if you found WW works for you.

I am having a good week. Thursday was hard and I used all my extra points in 1 day, but back on it and hoping for at least 1lb loss on Tuesday. If I can lose 2lb that will be my first stone off, leaving me 12 weeks (until Xmas Eve) to lose another one.

Pinkpinot Sun 29-Sep-13 17:19:08

I was over 1200 yesterday, and probably today too, but if I'm still way under 1700/1800 should I still consider that a good day?
Cos I feel like a failure cos I was doing so well

RippingYarns Sun 29-Sep-13 17:29:57


I'm confused as to what system you're doing.

If you are fasting 5:2 you only need to calorie count on your fast days, the other ones just eat normally, obviously not 3 cream cakes and a multi pack of crisps, your fasting days take care of the calorie counting and kick your metabolism into using fat reserves you have.

If you are using a calorie controlled diet, where you have a daily allowance, these should be carefully worked out with different food groups etc to make sure you are still getting a balanced intake

Some of your daily totals seem very low to me

Pinkpinot Sun 29-Sep-13 18:23:31

Not doing 5.2
Just trying to stick to 1200 cals
Usually works out to about 1300

EnglishRose1320 Sun 29-Sep-13 19:06:40

How much is WW online- is it the same as the meetings?

ThermoLobster Sun 29-Sep-13 19:58:18

EnglishRose I used to do ww online. It is quite expensive. I would look at myfitnesspal as v similar functionality, but free.

ThermoLobster Sun 29-Sep-13 20:35:35

Well I have been very good for two weeks but today am 'kick starting my metabolism' hungover Back in the saddle tomorrow.

Caffe1neAddict Sun 29-Sep-13 21:34:12

Right, feels like a confession. I'm 4ft 11 and weigh 11 stone- two stone heavier than I'd like to be and my pre-baby weight. Only he's now 2 so can't blame baby weight! I'm guilty of all above, especially skipping breakfast and lunch then mainlining chocolate/crisps in evening. I haven't got time to join the gym (and would probably spend time in jacuzzi convincing myself it was exercise to be honest) so I'm going hard core with the shredd starting tomorrow, then digging out the weight watcher cookbooks gathering dust in my cupboard. I'm thinking of using child plates too to help my portions as I eat same as dh which is ridiculous as I am height of 11 year old!

Feels better just saying all that!

Ladies I'm in!

Caffe1neAddict Sun 29-Sep-13 21:43:20

Thermolobster- that's a v good about myfitnesspal. I have ww cookbooks but not system to use them but think meetings would be too hard for me to always get to. Although scared to find out what my calorie intake actually is! Need to get it sorted though- nothing hurts more than your child poking your stomach and singing "wibble wobble jelly on a plate" blush

EnglishRose1320 Mon 30-Sep-13 07:15:14

Thanks thermolobster I shall have a look.

Is the shred likely to be okay for s

EnglishRose1320 Mon 30-Sep-13 07:15:34

Somebody with back problems?

Hi can I join you? I would like to lose at least 1.5 stones by Christmas. I'm 5"10 and 15stone9pounds.

I joined MFP at the start of the year but never really used it, I have did a bit of 5:2 and a bit of low carb since January and I lost 1.5stone but I've put half a stone back on through stress eating and laziness.

I really need to get healthy and fit, I have a 4year old with a physical disability which means lots of lifting and I managed to do my back in on Monday.

I need to strengthen my core and also set a good example to my daughter. I bought the 30 day shred a few months ago but loaned it to a friend, as soon as my back is better I'm getting back on it. if the dr says I can

Pinkpinot Tue 01-Oct-13 09:23:01

I seem to have lost 3lb!
So that's 9 in total
Very happy with that!!

Welcome Whatsthatnoise-and Caffeine- have no knowledge of the shred, looked at it briefly online, looks good. i will be off to the gym next week, because my mil is coming to stay!!

Pinkpinot Tue 01-Oct-13 09:31:32

I seem to have lost 3lb!
So that's 9 in total
Very happy with that!!

Welcome Whatsthatnoise-and Caffeine- have no knowledge of the shred, looked at it briefly online, looks good. i will be off to the gym next week, because my mil is coming to stay!!

EnglishRose1320 Tue 01-Oct-13 09:45:55

Well done Pinkpinot, I think I have lost a couple of lbs this week but have very old dodgy scales so not sure- must get some new ones! Welcome Whatstgatnoise, my aim is about 11/2 by Christmas, I wanted to loose 2 but I think if I try and loose that much too quickly I will just put it straight back on again.

Beechview Tue 01-Oct-13 10:16:50

Well done Pinkpinot

I haven't lost anything this week but I've only got myself to blame.
I've been doing the Shred and am on day 6 today so hopefully I'm getting toned. I'm upping my efforts regarding the diet too.

I'm getting v fed up of looking blobby. I've got some really nice dresses in the closet which would look so nice with boots this winter but I can't get into them sad I need to lose a stone to be able to do that.

Englishrose I don't think Shred would be good for someone with back problems. Theres a lot of squatting, bending and jumping.

TheArticFunky Tue 01-Oct-13 10:18:31

Well done PinkPinot that's excellent!

SunshineandShandy Tue 01-Oct-13 11:27:34

I lost 1lb this week, so 13lb in total. But I am now in the 12's so that's something! Tonight I am doing boot camp. I know I need to do more exercise so this will be a start at least.

SunshineandShandy Tue 01-Oct-13 11:28:06

Well done PinkPinot!

EnglishRose1320 Tue 01-Oct-13 11:34:06

Well done Sunshine- I am slowly creeping back into the 12's.
what would people recommend exercise wise for someone with a bad back, atm I am just walking a lot more rather than driving to places. Would love to go swimming but can only ever go with the children so don't really get to swim much. Needs to be something I can do at home in the evenings.

Well done PinkPinot and Sunshine.

I doubt I'm going to lose anything until I go back to work <boredom eats>

Beechview Tue 01-Oct-13 11:43:30

Well done Sunshine
I've also been creeping back into 12's and am now 12 trousers but 14 top - mostly down to bfing! My belly is big though and really, I should be a size 8 for my height (5'2")

Englishrose Walking is great exercise so carry on with that. Have you tried any yoga or pilates dvds? Although not fat burning, they will tone really well and they can be good for backs. I'm no expert but I had a work colleague with a very bad back and he would cycle and do pilates. He said the pilates really helped his back. I'm sure a class full of women didn't hurt either!

Beechview Tue 01-Oct-13 11:44:32

whatsthatnoise are you on mat leave?

RippingYarns Tue 01-Oct-13 12:00:32

some great results here, well done everyone!

Pink, glad you're on the downward, helping you upwards grin

i'm going for a weigh-in today.. fingers crossed

travellingwilbury Tue 01-Oct-13 12:46:45

Can I join too ?

I have been going to the gym ( sometimes ) and trying to think more about my diet but it isnt bloody working .

Because I am not doing it properly , I have just weighed myself and I am 13.4 1/2 , bugger and bollocks .

I have lost count of how often I have been here , I do well for the girst half stone and then manage to bugger it all up again .

help ?

Beechview Tue 01-Oct-13 13:52:45

Travellingwilbury I'm exactly the same. I find it really difficult to diet. Its like I have zero willpower.

In the past, the things that have helped (which I'm trying to adopt again) is;

enough sleep. I always mess up my diet if I've had a rubbish night.

Trying to be really strict with meal times and eating only then. If I want some choc or crisps, I can have them with my lunch and dinner. If I 'allow' myself these foods then often after lunch/dinner, I don't want them.

lots of water. like at least a big glass every hr. As soon as I've had a glass, I refill it and leave it ready.

Plan all meals and make sure they're ready before the meal time so I'm not tempted to pick at things.

Keep busy. Do some exercise. Go for a walk. Do an activity with the kids. Read a book. Watch a film with a cup of tea. Anything just not sitting and eating!

Try a pair of jeans/dress/whatever you want to fit into next every morning before you put your clothes on. It seems to put me in the right mindframe. The feeling you get when you can finally do it up is amazing.

Hopefully some of that will be helpful. Fingers crossed!!

travellingwilbury Tue 01-Oct-13 14:01:26

Thanknyou beechview , the water one is something I am trying to do and I really need to get organised earlier for dinner . I often dont eat dinner until 8pm which is too late and means I tend to snack when the kids have tea .

The other thing that is a stumbling block is the booze . Not just the calories in it but the willpower failing after the first glass so I am going to try and keep off the wine mon to thurs .

Beechview Tue 01-Oct-13 14:14:45

I used to snack with the kids and then eat late. Now I just eat with them. We chat about their day and its really nice. When dh comes home, I'll sit and chat with him but I don't eat with him. He hasn't really noticed!

Definitely a good idea to cut the drinking. You'll do much better without it every day.

RippingYarns Tue 01-Oct-13 16:45:35

wooohooo!! another lb off!

and i went out for pub lunch on saturday and had a huge plate of profiteroles with DD on saturday night

5:2 works for me grin

No beechview off sick because I've hurt my back. I'm signed off till the 9th but might go back earlier if I'm up to it.

Well done ripping might give 5:2 another go myself

ThermoLobster Tue 01-Oct-13 20:38:06

Well done Ripping! Nearly broke tonight and ordered Dominos, but had omelette and salad instead.

Beechview Tue 01-Oct-13 21:05:18

Sorry about your back whatsthatnoise Hope you get better soon.
Well done Ripping

Thanks beechview It was getting better till this afternoon dd fell off her horse at therapeutic riding and I sprinted from the viewing gallery to get her. She's fine and I guess I could count that as my exercise for today smile

TheArticFunky Wed 02-Oct-13 11:37:22

Well done Ripping!

I've only lost a few pounds but within the last 2 days I've had two different people tell me that I'm looking younger so maybe I'm on an anti- ageing diet! I can't notice any difference when I look in the mirror.

RippingYarns Wed 02-Oct-13 17:49:31

I've noticed my skin is brighter, probably down to all the water I'm drinking. It also feels thinner, not so thick like a rind!

RippingYarns Wed 02-Oct-13 17:50:59

Anyone seen SPB about?

Might have to send out a search and rescue ;)

Pinkpinot Wed 02-Oct-13 18:15:10

Well done Ripping!

I'm feeling dreadful
This is why I never stick to it
Feel like I'm in some kind of detox
Headache for days

RippingYarns Wed 02-Oct-13 19:43:51

Pink, I think you perhaps need to look again at how you're doing this. Not all diet plans suit everyone, and you feeling so bad can't be right.

I'm worried about you sad

Pink have you cut down on caffeine that always makes me feel horrific.

I have inadvertently lost 4lbs, went to Pil's ate huge slice of chocolate cake for fil's birthday. Stood on the scales while I was at the loo and weighed in at 15st 5. Have now made Pil's scales my official weighing device as they obviously knew I needed a confidence boost grin

Pinkpinot Wed 02-Oct-13 21:10:57

Well it could be a diet coke detox blush
I'm going to look up the symptoms

I'd put money if I had any on it being the diet coke withdrawal. I gave up diet coke a few years back, I had horrible headaches and I felt woozy for about a week.

I feel the same if I don't have any coffee but I'm not planning on giving that up any time soon grin

Pinkpinot Wed 02-Oct-13 21:42:51

I think that's what it is, my food intake has been quite balanced.
I didn't purposely do it, we just ran out and I thought as I was trying to drink more water, I wouldn't order any more
Funnily enough the grocery shopping has just arrived with the diet coke!
I feel like my head is in a vice

EnglishRose1320 Thu 03-Oct-13 11:06:35

Bad night last night- screaming children resulted in chocolate and biscuits- oops, on the plus side although I caved last night I couldn't actually remember the last time I had snacked before that- so am snacking less in general. Was going to go for a long walk today but the thunder and lightening has put me off- total wuss.

RippingYarns Thu 03-Oct-13 13:11:55

Fasting day today and thought I'd have a sneaky check on the scales in Boots, same ones I've been using.

They reckon I've put on 2lbs since Tuesday <down in the dumps emoticon>

But they also say I've lost 4 inches off my height, so I perhaps they're fucked :-D

ThermoLobster Thu 03-Oct-13 16:33:29

I could do with losing a few inches off my height as DH is a short arse! Maybe I had better try the 5:2! grin

TheArticFunky Fri 04-Oct-13 07:34:34

Only 0.75 lb off this week. I am going to review my TDEE. I know slow weight loss is good long term but at this rate I will stall pretty soon.

I bought a new pair of jeans 4 weeks ago when I started my diet plan, they fastened but were too tight. No problem I thought give it a couple of weeks and they will be fine. 4 weeks later I have lost 7.25 lbs and the jeans are just the same!

This is very frustrating. sad

Pinkpinot Fri 04-Oct-13 17:10:56

Ripping, I think you should ignore those scales! Doesn't sound right!
Artic, just carry on, you're going in the right direction. Ime, I'll feel slimmer all of a sudden, not week by week.
I've gone a bit off track, not majorly, but feel like I'm slipping.
Honestly I just can't be bothered. Feeling v miserable with dh and home crap stuff

ThermoLobster Fri 04-Oct-13 19:04:57

Hey all! Lost another 1lb or 2 - can't quite remember, and it was only this morning when I weighed in! blush so that makes 6 or 7lb overall! I am pretty pleased. To my mind slow and steady loss due to change in way of eating means sustainable!

We are doing well! Don't give up!

ThermoLobster Sat 05-Oct-13 08:41:57

Hooray. This morning I have hit an 8 lb loss overall. So happy.

TheArticFunky Sat 05-Oct-13 08:46:04

Well done Thermo!

RippingYarns Sat 05-Oct-13 08:50:54

Well done Thermo!

Well done thermo

Pinkpinot Sat 05-Oct-13 13:23:41

Good work Thermo

This morning I got up at 9, had porridge, just had 2 scrambled eggs, so why I am shaking with hunger

The last 3 days have not been that low calorie at all, about 1800/1900

I just can't do this, I'm going to have to go to the doctors.

ThermoLobster Sat 05-Oct-13 14:03:09

Oh Pinot. That does sound worrying. Sounds like you are eating sensibly so doesn't stack up. My DH suffers from similar and has been diagnosed with low blood sugar. Hope you get it sorted.

SunshineandShandy Sun 06-Oct-13 18:53:41

Hope you are feeling better today Pinot.

I did my first C25K run this evening. Enjoyed being outdoors on my own. I also used the Map My Run app which is free and brilliant. I was out for 30 minutes, ran for 8 of them and burned 175 calories - makes you realise how easy it is to eat them and how hard it is to run them off!

Will do Shred tomorrow. Weigh in day is Tuesday.

RippingYarns Sun 06-Oct-13 19:22:10

Sunshine, how did you find the running? I found day 2 of week 1 hard but about to start week 3 tomorrow and can't wait!

Good luck for your weigh in

SunshineandShandy Mon 07-Oct-13 09:32:27

It was fine Ripping. I was up to week 4 before the summer, then it all went to pot as we were travelling, so started again. I probably don't need to do week 1, but wanted to actually complete something so will do the whole thing. It's still hot here, about 30 degrees last night, so I was VERY hot when I finished!

Did Shred this morning. That was harder than running. I can't imagine getting to level 3 on it, but giving it a go.

Enjoy your run today!

RippingYarns Mon 07-Oct-13 10:10:21

I completed the shred throughout the summer, really got me motivated, but had to do it behind closed curtains and in front of a fan!

It's tough but awesome.

Run today was great, I feel as though I'm getting somewhere now.

SunshineandShandy Tue 08-Oct-13 11:02:36

I weighed in today and lost 1.5lb. So that's my 1st stone gone - never to return! So 13.5lb's to lose before Xmas. On a mission smile

Pinkpinot Tue 08-Oct-13 11:24:33

Well done Sunshine!

Don't think I'll weigh in this week
Period coming and I feel awful

However I have just been inspired by an old diary of mine
I was 40lbs lighter and 8 inches smaller round the waist. 8 inches, that's shocking!!

RippingYarns Tue 08-Oct-13 14:24:57

i've just been back to the scales in Boots, good news is i've regained those 4 inches i lost off my height last week, but also lost another lb!

that's 7lbs in 4 weeks - i know i won't make the 2 stone mark by christmas, but 1 1/2st is looking doable shock

Pink thanks for you, sweetie.

i have racks of clothes i will never fit into again (i've had another baby since buying some of them ffs), but i've been keeping them to torture myself with.
i'm going to chuck them all out, i'm doing this for a new me, it depresses me to see them hanging there, but wtaf am i keeping them for confused they are faded and out of date grin

TheArticFunky Tue 08-Oct-13 15:42:58

Well done Sunshine and Ripping.

I fell off the wagon yesterday and today and I'm really annoyed with myself.

I'm really busy and I had someone hassling me for something even though I'm the client hmm plus I've taken on too much work for a relative and need to work out a way of backing off slightly and I ended up eating crisps and chocolate.

Also having a really bad hair day at the moment and that makes me feel bad about myself.

TheArticFunky Fri 11-Oct-13 09:20:07

1lb off this week. Not too bad considering my major blip earlier in the week.

RippingYarns Fri 11-Oct-13 09:24:19

It's all about the long game, Artic

Well done

ThermoLobster Fri 11-Oct-13 16:45:30

Hmmm. I have been pretty good this week but a pound back on! Never mind, not giving up.

RippingYarns Fri 11-Oct-13 17:01:45

Don't give up, Thermo

It will start to come off again

Forgot to congratulate Sunshine upthread, not intentional - well done

SunshineandShandy Sat 12-Oct-13 05:15:37

Hope everyone has some nice weekend plans.

I'm doing OK so far. DH wanted to order a curry last night. Tempted as I was I declined the offer. He tried to persuade me to order a fish kebab as a low point option - still declined. Much as I love curry, a takeout one is sky high in WW points.

Will go for a run later. Am alternating C25K with Shred.

RippingYarns Sat 12-Oct-13 10:07:14

That's why I'm doing the 5:2, you're only restricted for 2 days a week.

We had take away last night but I was only able to eat half what I would have done before I started this - I threw half the chips away :-O

RippingYarns Sat 12-Oct-13 10:09:23

Pressed post too soon

How are you getting on with the c25k, sunshine?

I don't run at weekends, but am ready to start w4 on monday - there's a 3k fun run in 4 weeks, that's my goal now

TheArticFunky Sat 19-Oct-13 10:31:07

No change for me this week but it wasn't a great week and I didn't have my fast days so I'm just relieved that there was no weight gain.

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

GrippingArms Sat 19-Oct-13 10:51:18

I've lost 11lbs in total now, Artic

And this is my halloween name, Ripping here smile

ThermoLobster Sat 19-Oct-13 15:49:13

Hey all. Was coming on to say where is everyone. But see we have some updates. This thread is keeping me from being bad so please don't stop posting! I have lost 9lbs overall with some fairly naughty weekends. Someone commented on my weight yesterday so feeling good! Need to start exercising as I want things to speed up a bit!

ThermoLobster Sat 19-Oct-13 15:50:27

Meant to say well done Ripping and keep going Arctic! We are all doing great.


TheArticFunky Sat 19-Oct-13 17:31:23

Oh well done all smile

Yes I need to start the exercising too as I have let that slip.

GrippingArms Sat 19-Oct-13 17:35:11

Nice work, Thermo!

Exercise is good, Artic, what will you do?

GrippingArms Sat 19-Oct-13 17:38:01

Sunshine and Pink have disappeared sad

Hope they're ok, I think I saw Pink posting some unhappier threads so a wee nod to you if you're lurking smile

TheArticFunky Sat 19-Oct-13 19:19:27

I did start doing The Shred, Gripping. I was getting up 30 minutes earlier to do it as I find it difficult to find the time if I don't do it first thing. At 6am I just don't want to get out of bed and exercise.

Need to kick myself up the backside as I do actually enjoy The Shred and it does make a real difference to my fitness levels.

GrippingArms Sat 19-Oct-13 19:23:17

Why not just do it at weekends until you get in the swing of it, then maybe a Wednesday, then build it up slowly?

TheArticFunky Fri 25-Oct-13 17:54:43

1.25 lb off this week.

Slowly but surely. I haven't fasted at all this week so it's quite good that it is coming off without trying very hard.

TheLeastAccomplishedBennetGirl Fri 25-Oct-13 18:03:13

Hi Artic

Ripping/gripping here :-D

Well done, I'm found after a slow week where i only dropped 1lb I dropped 4 the next, so it's definitely worth sticking with.

I'm hoping to have hit the stone next week, it's really possible to lose 2 by christmas smile

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