Losing the stones one guinea pig at a time...

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HenriettaPye Tue 24-Sep-13 18:02:44

Hello quiche avoiders wink

Lovely shiny new thread- we are a talkative bunch!

First Thread

Second Thread

To be a quiche avoider you must
-have a considerable amount of weight to lose
-be serious about wanting to lose it
-give other members a virtual kick up the arse when needed
-weigh in with us on a Wednesday (or if you weigh in on another day, post your results on a wednesday)

So roll up, jump in and lets lose lbs! and if you are having a moment of weakness just remember... what would clarinet do wink

IsThatTrue Tue 24-Sep-13 19:04:21

Thanks for the new thread henrietta and great motivational quotes!

herdy some weeks will be very hard, but it's the fact you keep on going that makes you a winner! You'll get there, slow and steady is best for weightloss. Much more sustainable. And if you sts or put on? Well tomorrow is another day!

Well I managed to fit in a 4.6mile run. My easy run pace is now around 10min/mile, compared to 12min/mile when I started. And when I'm pushing it for a 5k I'm down to 9min/mile smile I do love to run now!

I've been pretty good food wise today, I did have a rice crispie cereal bar at lunch, but I only had a few tablespoons of soup cos ds2 stole the rest and 1 small piece of granary toast with butter. So it wasn't a horrendous blip. Breakfast was porridge and a clementine and dinner will be 1/3 of a homemade ham and chorizo pizza, and some sort of salad although the fridge is pretty bare atm. I was supposed to go shopping today but I've lost my credit card, so I'll have to pinch DHs tomo and do the shopping then.

I hope everyone is having a good day. WI tomorrow. smile

LegoAcupuncture Tue 24-Sep-13 19:41:02

Marking place. Love the thread title.

Sirzy Tue 24-Sep-13 19:47:53

wow thread 3 already, just in time for tomorrows weigh in!

My weight loss journey started back in May when I realised I was about to go over the 16 stone mark. 4 months down the line and I have dropped over 2.5 stone, down from a size 20 to a size 14 and fitter than I have ever been in my adult life.

loving the "what would clarinet do" motto!

TiredNursey Tue 24-Sep-13 21:14:32

Glad to be joining 3rd thread. So far so good, and so glad to be with people in the same boat.
My having a third of my plate of veggies was slightly scuppered this evening by the toddler scoffing all my carrots.
But the week so far hasnt been too bad.
Might have a blip this week though as off to Disneyland Paris, and having been there before, I know that the choices aren't that great.
Still, back on Saturday, and 3 days wont kill me I suppose in the longer battle that is trying to fit into my size 14s.

No one replied to my offer of a pair of size 18r Jeans from John Rocha. Debenhams. Some stretch, so v flattering, boot cut, but now I can take them down without opening. (discovered this with help of 2yr old hanging on to them grin )
In v good condition, dark navy denim, and a large 18.

LayMizzRarb Tue 24-Sep-13 21:27:56

So pleased you started the third thread Hen, You really are the captain of this ship! I had a sneaky weigh in this morning and have a feeling I may have a loss tomorrow!
Keeping fingers crossed for everyone!

LegoAcupuncture Tue 24-Sep-13 21:33:59

Oh tired, how much? I'm very envy at you going to Disney. I love it there.

BirdingWidow Tue 24-Sep-13 21:41:31

Herdy, I think I might be in your camp tomorrow... But I am glad it's weigh day tomorrow as I think it will help me put the last few days behind me.

Let's have a better week next week. I am determined that I will, I don't want to undo the good work of the last few weeks.

Like the new thread Hen, Thanks! Good luck tomorrow, all

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 24-Sep-13 21:41:37

Marking place smile

Today has been somewhat shit. I got my period (finally) and have just craved carbs and god knows what. I know I have retained a ton of water that won't leave until Thursday/Friday.
We are waiting to hear about a contract for DH - he freelances - and that is very stressful, and DS1 is having problems settling into the new and much stricter regime that is Year 1. Bless his heart he isn't happy and his behaviour at school and home has gone down the pan and he is getting into trouble at school which he isn't used to. I am going to need to go and 'have a word' <sigh>. He is very young in his year, and very emotionally young on top of that, and I feel that they aren't taking this into account very well - especially because he is very bright (school's words, not mine) and managing the work easily so I wonder how bothered they are. sadsad

Sorry for the essay blush Anyway if I have lost any tomorrow it will be a bloody miracle.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 24-Sep-13 21:42:45

Meant to say Tired no thanks on the jeans, but YAY for trousers that descend without undoing grin Fab nsv.

clarinetV2 Tue 24-Sep-13 21:43:38

Hehehe, I feel famous! I just read the motivational quotes - they are fab. A great end to our last thread, and hooray for this shiny new one, thanks Hen. Sounds like you've done really well both with eating and running, IsThatTrue - hopefully some good news on the scales for you tomorrow. Herdy, I'll keep my fingers for you that tomorrow's result isn't as bad as you're worrying it might be, but even if it is, I completely agree with IsThatTrue that you're a winner (or should that be a loser?) for keeping going, whatever might happen week-to-week.

I haven't had any slips this week - planned treats only. So I'm cautiously optimistic about tomorrow's weigh-in. But bodies (especially the one I inhabit) do sometimes do unexpected things, so we shall see what tomorrow brings.

clarinetV2 Tue 24-Sep-13 21:45:14

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, Herdy - but otherwise I'm keeping them myself!!

LayMizzRarb Tue 24-Sep-13 22:02:19

Herdy, you are not alone! Please stay with us. Write on this thread if you have a good or bad day. This us the time we are all going to succeed, however long it takes us, and you're with us all the way.
This thread and all you lovely people really keep me going on my off days. Thank you.

Debs75 Tue 24-Sep-13 22:07:06

Tired unfortunately I need long length trousers or I would of jumped at the chance to have some Rocha jeans.

Another day at college and a 5 mile cycle and Zumba as well. Not surprisingly I am shattered now so having a break from atoms and photosynthesis for a quick MN fix before bed.

So today I have had porridge with honey and blueberries, an apple, 2 satsumas, a ww peanut bar, slim a soup and tiny piece of olive bread, 2 light hot chocolates, crispy fajitas with veg and some watered down carrot soup with nimble toast.
I am within my points for today plus I earnt 10 for my exercise. I know I can't earn 10 each day but I am aiming to get the exercise right and hoping that will have a knock on effect. I have found that if I give myself a weight target I just can't do it. In the long run it is better as I want to say goodbye to this weight and never see it again, a quick fix diet won't keep it from coming back on.

Anyway feeling better today and hoping it will continue.

Yellow rather jealous of your opportunity. I love farming and wish we could live in the country away from the busy city. I don't envy the moving though, good luck

TiredNursey Tue 24-Sep-13 22:07:14

How much what?
For the jeans? nothing. Free to a good home.

Weight loss? 17lbs last week. Fingers crossed to be 2 more down tomorrow.
And It was both hysterical and Yaay when the jeans came down!

I love love Disneyland. And the 4yr old loves Princesses, and won't be starting school til Jan so this is the last non school holidays opportunity....

LayMizzRarb Tue 24-Sep-13 22:07:36

Ps, I was on my vibrator machine tonight and was doing my exercises in my underwear and my knickers kept falling down; so something is working!

LittleRobots Tue 24-Sep-13 22:10:26

I've got six stone to lose and am horrified! Can I join in? I weighed in today at 16 stone 9. Would love to be encouraged to hear your success stories! Life is a bit manic at the moment and stress levels high. I emotionally fat so need to try super hard.

OliviaPope Tue 24-Sep-13 22:13:31

I love 'sweat is fat crying' grin

Good luck everyone for tomorrow, as this is my first couple of days i'll be posting gains or losses next week.

Herdy some weeks will be difficult but you'll do it smile.

It seems that everyone is working to succeed, despite lots of other commitments and some difficult circumstances, and it's making me feel more positive than i've been in a long time.

Lorelai Tue 24-Sep-13 22:19:22

Welcome Littlerobots!

I've had a good day today, went on a training day, where lunch was provided, I knew it was sandwiches, so I took my own lunch rather than end up bingeing on lovely gorgeous bread, cheese and egg mayo. Felt very virtuous smile

Good luck all for weigh ins tomorrow.

LayMizzRarb Tue 24-Sep-13 22:24:55

Welcome littlerobots jump aboard! We met her judge nor bite. If you ever have a bad day, or doubt yourself please come and write on this thread, and if you have a good day or do something you feel proud of with your diet/excercise come and share it and inspire us!
Are you doing a particular plan?

HenriettaPye Tue 24-Sep-13 22:25:03

TiredNursery, if they are still available I would love them, my size 20s are starting to get too big! smile

LayMizzRarb Tue 24-Sep-13 22:26:24

We 'neither' judge nor bite. Effing iPad.

HenriettaPye Tue 24-Sep-13 22:28:23

Hi littlerobots, ive 7 stone to lose too! This is a great thread, you will receive so much support from the best bunch of ladies out there! Our weigh in is a Wednesday, we all weigh in and post our losses/gains here smile

TiredNursey Tue 24-Sep-13 22:29:08

They are yours Hen. Pm me your address.

MissElodie Tue 24-Sep-13 22:29:48

Hello all ....I feel like sneaking in as I have been a bit AWOL this week - I haven't been feeling as motivated and on track and although I've been reading the thread everyday I'm sorry I've not been joining in blush. Although I must say this is partly due to me not being able to type on my phone and never ever getting chance to come on the laptop as DP hogs it every evening!

I see others have been struggling too and so its good to know we're not alone and I'm glad those who have strayed a bit are getting back on track smile

It was my twins 3rd birthday today and I had planned to enjoy the party, buffet, cake etc but because I knew I was going to be 'bad' the whole day became a bit of a write off.....still back on track tomorrow (I hope). Although I've not managed to be as good as you were birding as I still have leftovers!!

Thanks for the new thread Hen and that is so crap about your scan absolutely ridiculous. I hope you can get seen before that - I agree it seems necessary to have that severe abdominal pain wink

I know it was back last week but wanted to say a quick thanks again to those who replied re my mums comments (think that what has set me back a bit this week tbh) and also clarinet you were right what you said about her having some kind of issues/guilt which she projects onto me. I know I need to not let her comments (of which there have been many more already) upset me and so I am just trying to rise above it - I know there will always be something she will criticize me for hopefully this time next year my weight will be one thing less!

LittleRobots Tue 24-Sep-13 22:31:01

Thanks for the welcome. I'm trying to do 3 meals and 3 healthy snacks as a way to control binge eating. I'm completing afood journal. Still struggling to exercise control.

HenriettaPye Tue 24-Sep-13 22:37:12

Happy birthday to your twins misselodie, I have twin brothers, who are almost 13! smile

BirdingWidow Tue 24-Sep-13 22:50:14

Happy birthday Elodie Twins - my twin sisters are 33!

I wasn't that good MissElodie, I did give away most of the leftovers but left things like a bowl of kettle chips half-heartedly covered in cling film, in case DP wanted them. And then because I was fed up I ate them even though they were a bit soggy. Hey ho. Hope you enjoyed the party, I am sure the twins would have done ( I assume by the age of 3 they start to understand and anticipate birthdays?). I look forward to that re birthdays and Christmas, DS still too young to notice but it won't be long

SummerHoliDidi Tue 24-Sep-13 22:52:16

Wow, you lot are talkative aren't you? How can we have filled 2 threads already?

MissElodie Tue 24-Sep-13 22:53:50

argh - just typed a reply and it disappeared!

Hello LittleRobots I started at 16st 9 too and am also an emotional/binge eater so I know how you feel. I've lost 12lb so far, with the help of this thread and I use MFP as a food journal (except I've not logged in at all today) and I find it good to track it all. Welcome to the thread - you're in the right place!

Sirzy you have done fab to go from a 20 to a 14 in 4 months! I am aiming to be a 14 (from a size 22) once I've lost 6 stone so hearing your success is very motivating smile

MissElodie Tue 24-Sep-13 23:16:28

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Yes Birding they are at that stage now where they understand and look forward to birthdays so its lovely to make it exciting for them - my DD asked almost hourly from the moment she woke up 'is it still my birthday?' bless her!

I forgot (I actually did) to put some really nice cookies that I'd got out for the buffet and I am worried they are going to be calling out to me tomorrow - I must be strong and resist!

TiredNursey Wed 25-Sep-13 06:11:26

Miss Elodie, Resist the biscuits!!!!
Well, if they call out, donate them to someone else.
They will thank you!

Hen, got PM, I will send them once I get back from France. (Back Sat) Hopefully you wont have got too skinny for them!

Just weighed in: down 3 lbs, thats 20 in total. (now 17 st 2)
V pleased.
Fully expect to stay the same next week though because of the trip.

Birding and Everyone else resisting, if you fail to resist, well, one or a few bad day wont hurt over the long journey. And as we keep saying, even skinny people eat badly sometimes, they just dont eat badly all the time.

MiaWallace Wed 25-Sep-13 06:20:18

Lost 1lb this week, which I will gratefully accept considering how much I have eaten this week.

It does mean that I have not lost my first stone though grin. Starting weight 15st 5 current weight 14st 5. That is 201lb so I aim to lose 2lb next week to break the 200lb barrier.

Good luck everyone weighing today and welcome to LittleRobots.

Reastie Wed 25-Sep-13 06:21:38

marking place, sorry, finding it hard to keep up ATM.

Henrietta thanks once again. LOVE the motivational quotes at the end of the last thread.

Just off to weigh in......back in a min <crosses finges>

MiaWallace Wed 25-Sep-13 06:22:48

I have also just noticed that I have logged my food on MFP for 50 days in a row (even when I have gone off track). It really does help logging everything.

Reastie Wed 25-Sep-13 06:32:27

1 lb down for me smile Pleased with that.

Happy Belated Birthday MissElodie

IsaacCox Wed 25-Sep-13 06:55:41

Morning all and welcome Littlerobots

Thanks for the lovely new thread Hen thanks Fab title too! grin

Loved all the quotes on the last thread- they were much needed!

I've not weighed yet as I'm still in bed grin Doubt I'll have lost anything in the 2 days I've been good. Also, I've been taking dianette the past few weeks and am due on my 'period' any day soon hopefully (first one since I can remember!) I've been attached to a hot water bottle the past few days! I forgot how much they hurt! So I've not been exercising at all either. 1lb off would be nice for a push but I'll be happy to have stayed the same tbh.

Well done Tired, Mia and Reastie, and good luck to everyone weighing in today.

IsThatTrue Wed 25-Sep-13 07:01:01

Weight last week: 11 stone 7
Weight this week: 11 stone 5

Weight loss this week 2lb

Total weight loss 38 lbs!

Still to go: 12lb to first target, 19lb to ideal (and the lowest weight I've been in my whole adult life)

Well done to all this weeks losers!

phantomhairpuller Wed 25-Sep-13 07:17:50

Morning ladies.

Apologies for my absence the past fortnight blush no explanation really, other than giving in to temptation and going way off track.

But I'm back (in case any of you missed mewink)

I've weighed again this morning (first time in 2 weeks blush) and by some complete miracle I'm down another 2lbs!

I've changed how I'm going to do things too, low fat wasn't getting me the results I wanted so I'm going for a bit of 5:2. My in-laws have been doing it for a month or so and have had great success.

I've (re)downloaded MFP- the last time I was on there was before I fell pregnant with DS2 and I was 16st 4lbs. So since then, I've lost bang on 2 stone grin

Anyway, enough about me.

Good luck to all weighing on today smile

BirdingWidow Wed 25-Sep-13 07:19:40

I have stayed the same, 13/13. I fully expected to see 14 something so think that is a good result. Motivation may be returning.

Aiming for 2lb this week, still want to lose 15 lb by Christmas which would take me just into the overweight category. 13 weeks to Christmas, should be doable.

Mia, you and I started at much the same weight (I was 15/4 back at Easter time). I already feel the stone I have lost since starting this thread has made a big difference.

IsaacCox Wed 25-Sep-13 07:22:34

Well done IsThatTrue

Welcome back Phantom, well done on the loss too!

I've just weighed and by some miracle managed to lose 1lb smile

Start weight- 17st 11
Last week- 16st 1
This week- 16st 0

I've been saying this for weeks now but c'mon! I want to see the 15's next week grin

IsaacCox Wed 25-Sep-13 07:23:21

Well done for not putting on Birding smile

Lorelai Wed 25-Sep-13 07:39:21

Welcome back phantom, that is a pretty good kids for two weeks of track, do you think your 'normal' and 'off track' have changed since pre diet? So that you haven't gone as badly off track as you could have done in the past?

Well done on the other losses so far smile

Sirzy Wed 25-Sep-13 08:12:45

1 lb off today. Slow and steady will do me!

Start weigh 15 stone 13
Today 13 stone 4

LayMizzRarb Wed 25-Sep-13 08:15:05

1.2 lb off
Hope everyone else does good.

jagjac Wed 25-Sep-13 08:15:24

Hello, i just found this thread & with 5 stone to loose finding you all is a god send, im really struggling with not binging at the moment mainly at night as Dp works nights & my toddler goes to bed at 7:30pm but this week i started to do my aerobics dvd on a evening as i haven't got time during the day with a lively toddler, you all seem so supportive & doing really well so I'm asking if you mind me joining pplleeaassee?

Hi all - another new thread! Yay!
Todays weigh in;
Start (June) - 16st
Last week - 12st 11lbs
Today - 12st 8 lbs

So thats a 3lb loss this week and 3st 6lbs so far. I really am noticing the difference now and feel a thousand times more confident! At 5ft9/10 ish, I'm actually looking relatively slim ish! 8lbs to go till healthy bmi!

clarinetV2 Wed 25-Sep-13 08:22:13

Good to see you back, Phantom - Isaac, congratulations on your loss and hope you're in the 15s next week. Glad it's better news than it might have been, Birding, well done everyone who's lost or stayed the same, and welcome, LittleRobots.

Well, maybe my binges of the week before last kick started my metabolism or something, or perhaps miracles just happen, because for the first time in ages I've lost 3lb in a single week. And that, my friends, means...

[drum roll...]

GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! grin grin grin

In fact, a pound under goal. Here are the numbers:

August 2012: 15 st 2; dress size 22-24; BMI 37.6
September 2013: 9 st 1; dress size 10-12; BMI 22.5

I am grinning from ear to ear. This is the lightest I've been since I was about 13 years old, and all my previous weight loss attempts have foundered at a minimum of around 11st 4 after which I've piled it back on again. I never seriously thought I would get here. Can't quite believe it.

Henrietta, I really want to thank you again for starting this thread. I'm too embarrassed to talk about eating and weight loss with any friends or family, so if it weren't for the quiche I'd have had no-one to share the moment with. As it is, I have this wonderful, generous, supportive band of women who know just what it takes to face up to being seriously overweight, and who bear the bruises of falling off the wagon again and again before getting back on and going forward, however long it takes.

I'll post about my maintenance plan some time soon. But for now, I'm enjoying the moment. Hope others have some good news too - cq, I haven't forgotten our deal!

phantomhairpuller Wed 25-Sep-13 08:25:26

Well done clarinet gringringringringrin

Sirzy Wed 25-Sep-13 08:25:28

Welcome jag!

Well done everyone.

Clarinet that is fantastic! My goal is to do similar in the same time span and you have shown its possible!

HenriettaPye Wed 25-Sep-13 08:37:26

Fantastic clarinet!! Well done on getting to your goal- I am absolutely delighted for you! I hope you will still join us in our chat as you are a big part of out group!

So glad to see you back phantom, been wondering where you've got to!
Well I've just stepped on my scales and they are telling me I now weigh 3 stone 2!!! So this week I've lost over 13 stone- amazing!! gringrin

I got my 3 yo DS to stand in and he weighs 3 stone 2, then my 1 yo DD also weighs 3 stone 2. What a coincidence wink

I suspect I may need to get new scales hmm

HerdyHerdwick Wed 25-Sep-13 09:04:42

2lb gain, as expected.

My scales are wireless and send the weight to an app on my phone so I can't conveniently 'forget' what I weighed previously. wink

The best part is that the scales calculate how long it will take me to get to my goal weight based on my weight loss so far. This morning it said it will be -----

OCTOBER 2094 !

before I hit goal. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

On good days I do well but on the bad days I'm still bingeing. Can't seem to eat certain foods in moderation, but if I cut them out completely I seem to crave them more.

Ok sorry for the moan/rant. On a positive note I've been doing a bit more walking for the past couple of weeks.

HerdyHerdwick Wed 25-Sep-13 09:11:46

Well done to everyone who has lost. grin

Clarinet, that's amazing. you must be so pleased, it's a tremendous achievement especially in the time frame. My weight this morning was 15st 4lb and I'm a size 20-22, so I do identify with where you were at the start. Well done!

HenriettaPye Wed 25-Sep-13 09:16:11

Oh dear Herdy, at least you expected it and know where it came from! So you will know what to change for next week! Please stick at it with us smile

HerdyHerdwick Wed 25-Sep-13 09:26:00

Thanks Hen. I've just been laughing at your scales telling you about a 13st loss, it cheered me up reading your post. smile

MissElodie Wed 25-Sep-13 09:31:05

WELL DONE clarinet what a fantastic achievement - you must feel amazing! I'm so please for you and you enjoy every miment of this and bask in your glory as you deserve it flowers grin flowers grin
Please keep checking in with us as you are a fantastic motivation.

welcome back phantom I'm glad to hear that there are a few surprise losses for people. I think you're right Lorelai maybe our going off track isn't as bad as it used to be!

Well done on everyones losses...especially your spectacular loss Hen wink didn't you only just buy some new scales or was that someone else??

I lost 1lb this week so I'm pleased with that. Only 1lb to go to the 1 stone mark - we will get there next week Mia smile

MissElodie Wed 25-Sep-13 09:32:06

*whats a miment?? meant to say enjoy every minute!

HenriettaPye Wed 25-Sep-13 09:35:06

Misselodie I was going to buy them then my mum told me she had a spare set, so I took them!

Sirzy Wed 25-Sep-13 09:37:44

I have realised a "bad day" now would have been a good day back when I started! It is scary just how bad my diet was!

Lorelai Wed 25-Sep-13 09:40:04

Well done clarinet and everyone else who has lost this week.

Herdy, can you identify what it is that is making you binge? Maybe try to pay attention to what is going on in your day/life/mind when you have those bins, then you might be able to work out some strategies to change the behaviour. Or if it is particular foods, is there a 'good' alternative which will satisfy the craving without causing you to go off the rails?

MissElodie Wed 25-Sep-13 09:47:24

oh sorry mia I was adding a pound onto you!! You HAVE hit the stone mark this week - Well done smile

HerdyHerdwick Wed 25-Sep-13 09:47:55

Lorelai those are good suggestions. I'd say certain foods definitely set me off, plus I think it's a bit of a habit too. I think I'll keep a food journal to see if I can find patterns to it.

TiredNursey Wed 25-Sep-13 09:56:25

Hi jagjac . Welcome. You are in good company. We are all people who struggle with weight loss. Post when you feel good, when you feel bad...
It really helps.

Well done Hen. heh grin .
Clarinet, that's brilliant. Must be an amazing feeling. Your goal is mine. Almost anyway. Can't remember ever being lighter than 11.5 so aiming for that, and see where I am fromvthere.

LittleRobots Wed 25-Sep-13 10:25:07

Wow clarinet! I'd love to do the same over the next year. Any particular advice?

I weighed this morning at 16st 7. I'll take that as my start weight as its a true morning - before - food weight!

Hopefully next year I can post like clarinet! But in the meantime hoping to make a difference by Christmas.

moonshine Wed 25-Sep-13 11:07:34

Wow Clarinet - just wow! Are you on a particular plan (sorry, can't remember)?

Welcome to all newcomers - it's nice to be amongst people with similar weight issues/goals.

I think I have sts, sigh. My endless totm has finally ended and am hoping body with go into weight-loss mode for a least 1 week as I may have accidently on purpose bought a dress which is a smidgeon too tight.

IsThatTrue Wed 25-Sep-13 11:25:49

Well done clarinet that's amazing smile I'm so pleased for you.

And well done for all the other loses this week!

I'm on a fast day today and had to do the food shopping! It was hell, now my tummies rumbling which it never does on fast days! Oh and we were out of bread so I had to make some too, probably hasn't helped!

jagjac Wed 25-Sep-13 11:36:20

Thankyou for the welcomes, you are so inspirational with your stories & weight loss i hope i post next wednesday with a good weight loss. Thankyou all for letting me join in grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 25-Sep-13 12:08:54

clarinet well done! That is awesome, you are right to be so proud of yourself grin

Well done on the losses everyone else grin and welcome to jagjac and LittleRobots.

Not such a great result for me, I've put on a pound. I am fairly sure it is mostly TOTM related and something to do with falling into the biscuit tin with my mouth open yesterday.
However I'm fasting today having failed yesterday and feeling in a more positive frame of mind.

So start weight 13st 5lbs (down from 15st 9)
Weight this week 13st 2.5lbs

Onwards and downwards, and the weird thing is that my clothes are much looser than only such a little bit would suggest.

BirdingWidow Wed 25-Sep-13 12:56:12

Welcome to the new people JagJac and Robot. It's great to have more people, all of us like to know we are not alone and more traffic on the thread means more support all round.

Clarinet, I can't really imagine how you must be feeling. I admire you for making the decision to lose the weight and then sticking to it through the ups and downs. In particular, I am impressed that you actually got to goal! With so much to lose I know I would feel amazing if I got to11-something or even (holds breath) 10-something. My fear us that if when I get into that sort of territory i will feel better and slacken off. To set a tough goal and stay focused right to the end is very impressive indeed.

My habit had always been to celebrate with food but I guess therein lies a clue as to why i am here! will you do anything nice to mark the occasion, even if only privately and got your own satisfaction?

cq Wed 25-Sep-13 13:25:04

I'm having a really hard time with everything at the moment. Feeling overwhelmed and quite tearful. I am sitting here facing a monumental pile of things that have to be done and I just want to put my head on the desk and either cry or sleep.

I think the final straw has been having my elderly PILs to stay for the weekend. My wishes and views were completely disregarded by my husband, and despite the fact that we have builders in and the kids were away for the weekend, he would not put them off to another time. Consequently they hung around until Tuesday so they saw the kids. DH buggered off to work on Monday leaving me to cope with builders and doddery parents trying to potter around a house covered in dustsheets.

I then had to drive for an hour each way on Tuesday to meet SIL halfway and hand them over so she could take them home. All arranged by DH, who thinks I do sod all, all day, so what was the problem. I was so outraged, put upon and angry. So now I have to catch up on 4 days of jobs that didn't get done while I was pandering to everyone else.

Needless to say, the careful eating went out the window with all of that and I was reaching for the wine like an old drunk to get me through the evenings without killing someone.

I've put on 2lbs. Hate myself.

Rant over. Maybe I should have posted that on Relationships or Mental Health! But I know that you lot won't give me a flaming smile

OliviaPope Wed 25-Sep-13 13:28:35

Well done everyone, clarinet that's amazing! What plan did you follow?

Herdy I understand completely how you feel as i'm really struggling giving up chocolate, and feel bad because of it. In other areas of my life i'm very decisive so can't understand why I find it so difficult. It's great that you're getting more exercise though, so don't give up. What foods do you binge on? Are there healthier alternatives? I'm thinking of fat free chocolate frozen yogurt for me.

cq Wed 25-Sep-13 13:31:29

Ooh, sorry Clarinet, was so absorbed in my self pity, I forgot to say BLOODY WELL DONE!!! YOU ROCK!!!!

You have done so so so so well on your long and difficult journey.

Respect to you.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 25-Sep-13 13:34:54

cq sad what on earth was DH thinking?

OliviaPope Wed 25-Sep-13 13:41:44

cq I just saw your post, i'm sorry you've had such a bad time. Don't hate yourself, you're exhausted with lots to deal with.

Can you take today to rest, then prioritise and start tackling the jobs tomorrow?

LegoAcupuncture Wed 25-Sep-13 14:07:06

Well done Clarinet! That's amazing and very inspirational!

CQ, don't beat yourself up over the 2lb gain. Take a breather, mentally kick your DH in the bollocks and start again tomorrow. But today,mhave a massive slice of cake and don't worry about it.

MissElodie Wed 25-Sep-13 14:19:00

cq sorry that you are feeling so rubbish - please don't hate yourself sad Sounds like you have had a lot on and you've been put upon so no wonder your eating went out the window.

I was feeling like this last week too, just totally overwhelmed and all I wanted to do was to climb into bed and stay there until I could face everything again. Unfortunately that's not an option though! I hope things start to get better for you soon.

HenriettaPye Wed 25-Sep-13 15:08:00

Aw CQ, men are just total knobs at times. DH seems to think I just sit at home all day doing nothing too. He forgets I do all the housework, all his washing, ironing, make sure his children and fed, clean and happy, walk the dog every day, do the school run, do grocery shopping etc. don't hate yourself- you are wonderful. smile

IsThatTrue Wed 25-Sep-13 16:55:48

My fast seems to have finished today hmm I shouldn't have baked banana muffins with ds1. Although I have yet to succumb to the muffins themselves, I have however stuffed a load of salad while making the dcs pitta pockets. I now just have to resist the muffins until tomorrow!

For dinner, apple roasted pork with steamed brocolli carrot and cauliflower. smile

LegoAcupuncture Wed 25-Sep-13 16:57:41

Grrr men! I need some serious will power tonight ladies please. I have made spaghetti bolognese for tea tonight, low fat mince from scratch etc. DH has decided he doesn't want to eat that and is going to order himself a pizza. I will want some of that pizza. Very angry with him as he is meant to be doing this with me, but he is now bored of if and is happy as he has lost 21lbs and looks better. So that's him done with the diet.

So help me not want pizza!

IsThatTrue Wed 25-Sep-13 17:14:30

I didn't avoid the muffins blush but I did only eat the half of 1 ds2 left! shamelessly making excuses

IsThatTrue Wed 25-Sep-13 17:19:55

lego sorry to hear of your DH being unsupportive. I haven't even told mine I'm doing 5:2 because he just won't understand!

Lorelai Wed 25-Sep-13 18:23:11

Lego, how about eating a bit more of the spag bol than you would do normally, so you are stuffed by the time the pizza arrives? The extra bit of healthy stuff has to be less calories than the pizza.

HenriettaPye Wed 25-Sep-13 18:28:18

Lego- tell him he must eat it in the car blushblushblushblush

SummerHoliDidi Wed 25-Sep-13 18:45:23

I lost half a pound this week.
Started at 15st2.5lbs
Now weigh 14st exactly.
Only another 3st to go then. At this rate it'll take me 42 weeks to get to goal, so that's next summer. That sounds ok actually and that's with just a pound a week, if I manage more than that some weeks (hopefully most weeks) then I'll get there sooner. I've lost 16.5 lbs in 12 weeks, so that's an average of 1 - 1.5 lbs per week. Of course, if I carry on having weeks like this one then it'll take me much longer to get to goal.

WELL DONE CLARINET!! I can't even visualise myself at my goal weight, so you are fab for getting there. Now you "just" have to maintain that weight forever wink.

cq that sounds horrific, no wonder you've not eaten as well as usual. My dp organises similar things when I'm on holiday (I'm a teacher so I get quite a few), not realising that I am actually very busy during the holidays.

I'm lacking motivation a bit atm. Whenever I feel even slightly stressed I reach for the chocolate, so I've had a few chocolate incidents over the past couple of weeks just because dd2 has tantrummed over going to bed, or I've had a meeting at lunchtime so grabbed biscuits to keep me going instead of waiting til I can eat my healthy lunch (4pm yesterday!). I know I need to resist the chocolate and biscuits but it's so difficult, especially when people bring them in to work to celebrate birthdays etc.

LegoAcupuncture Wed 25-Sep-13 19:01:58

I'm going to have me a fruit platter I think, and take myself off to the bath when he sirs and stuffs his face with pizza. He'll get pepperoni, I don't like pepperoni, but the urge to gorge is there because I know I shouldn't have it.

phantomhairpuller Wed 25-Sep-13 19:05:32

My DH knows that if he wants to pig out, he'll do it alone. I use it as an excuse for some 'me' time wink nice hot bath then snuggle in bed watching what I want!

Lorelai Wed 25-Sep-13 19:21:54

3lbs off. Slightly disappointed as I wanted 3.5 to take me to a stone in total but never mind!

IKnewHouseworkWasDangerous Wed 25-Sep-13 19:26:08

I thought I lost you all.

Serious wagon fall off at the moment. Somehow managed to lose 2 lb. Will climb back on wagon and try again ....

HenriettaPye Wed 25-Sep-13 19:27:19

So glad to see you back iknew smile

MissElodie Wed 25-Sep-13 19:32:30

oh lego that's bad of your DH - my DP does exactly the same and orders takeaway while I eat my healthy tea. I try and get a bit of an attitude and think 'sod you I will be strong and resist' - my DP doesn't feel guilty in the slightest about eating it - he just thinks I shouldn't deprive myself if I want it! Oh if only it was that easy! Luckily he gets himself a Chinese which I am not as bothered about but if it was Pizza then I'm afraid I would most definitely cave in - good for you with your fruit platter - I hope you can resist the urge!

LegoAcupuncture Wed 25-Sep-13 20:39:19

He got a kebab pizza <boak>. No way I am touching that.

Had 5 pp left so having some salt and pepper flatbread crackers with laughing cow blue cheese triangles. Yum!

HenriettaPye Wed 25-Sep-13 20:55:43

Probably tasted like shit anyway wink

clarinetV2 Wed 25-Sep-13 21:13:33

Sorry to hear about your crap week, cq. Try not to hate yourself - with everything going on, it's no wonder you had to eat what you had to eat. Tomorrow is another day, and that wagon is there waiting for you!

Thanks, everyone, for your congratulations. People were asking what 'plan' I'm following. Well, I worked one out for myself, because I have the issue that a couple of people posted about today - I am addicted to high-carb, high-fat treats, I can't eat them in moderation, and if I try to cut them completely the cravings drive me mad and eventually derail me. It's happened countless times in the past. So I'm calorie-counting, on an 'average' basis. For the last few months I've been averaging 1200 a day. That's with a combination of 'light' days (1000-1100 calories made up of healthy, balanced and fairly low-carb meals), 'light plus treat' days (meals as on light days, but with a planned treat, working out around 1500-1700 calories), and occasional 'indulgence' days when I don't worry about healthy eating. The general principle is that treats and indulgence days should be earned in advance by the requisite number of light days, and slips from the wagon should be paid back later! When I started out, my average calorie count was higher and I've gradually reduced it. Planned treats at the start would be 3 or 4 kit-kats or crunchie bars or 3 or 4 bagels or croissants. Now I'm satisfied with a treat of 2 bars or 2 bagels, or a 150g bar of chocolate (Milky Bar is my current favourite). Indulgence days are now much fewer and further between, and much less indulgent, than they used to be. But my fall off the wagon the week before last showed me that I do still need them occasionally, or I start to feel deprived.

Walking has been really important - the outdoor exercise makes me feel positive and optimistic, and cuts down on time available for binging!

I'm definitely planning to stick around, Henrietta, you haven't seen the last of me! Now starts the maintenance plan, which is definitely not back to my old ways. On the basis that I keep my activity levels where they are (which I will, because walking is my new addiction) then I think I can afford to increase by 3500 calories a week. I'm planning to spend half of that, so about 250 a day, on slightly bigger portion sizes and more fruit for snacking. The other half will be for treats - a bit more often and perhaps a bit more indulgent. I will keep a very firm eye on things for the next couple of months, and intend to keep on with weekly weigh-ins until I'm confident that things have stabilised, or to make any adjustments that are necessary to maintain my current weight. Eventually I hope to move to monthly weigh-ins. But I am resigned to the fact that this is lifelong - eating and weight are always going to be a big deal for me, and I'll need to keep working at it.

To those who think you can't get to your goal weight, or it will take too long - when I started out I was convinced I would be happy to reach the low 11s if only I could stay there. I told myself I would be thrilled to get to the 10s, and ecstatic to get to the 9s. I never really thought about getting to the low 9s, and it only started to look possible around the end of May. A couple of weeks ago I was toying with the idea of keeping going a bit longer for the thrill of getting into the 8s. But I've decided against - I'm more than happy with where I've got to, and I'm ready now to eat a bit more and start on the next chapter.

Debs75 Wed 25-Sep-13 22:04:52

STS 14st 6.5 which for me is fantastic! I have had some bad weeks since the coil was put in so hoping I am over the worst of it. Only 6 weeks ago I was almost 14st and looking forward to getting to my 10% mark. It will happen it will just take a little longer than I wanted.
Have also done a ton of exercise these last couple of weeks. I am feeling a lot better than I have in ages

Well done Clarinet on reaching goal. We need to know your maintenance tips so we can look forward to keeping all these awful lb's off for good

Reastie Thu 26-Sep-13 07:58:20

Just catching up Clarinet that is FAB. I'm similar to you in that I was size 22. Now a 14 and can't think I'll ever get to size 10 (tbh I'd be more than happy with 12). Keep us updated with maintain plan - I worry every day I'll pile all the weight I've lost back on confused

cq angry how frustrating. Don't beat yourself up over 2lbs. Given the week end you had wine was non optional! You're back on it and you got through the week end.

Oh, whoever mentioned freezing chocolate as it takes longer to eat - thank you! It's fab. It also puts a bigger barrier between me and the chocolate (I open the snack cupboard alot as it has my 'healthy' snacks in too. I don't open the freezer so much so it doesn't come so automatically for food yet )

HenriettaPye Thu 26-Sep-13 10:01:58

Hi all- i didn't get to weigh yesterday. still have no scales so will get a new set today or tomorrw and weigh in next wednesday again.


TiredNursery -3lb
MiaWallace -1lb
Reastie -1lb
IsThatTrue -2lb
phantomhairpuller -2lb
Birdingwidow STS
IssacCox -1lb
Sirzy -1lb
Laymiz -1.2lb
YellowCanary -3lb
Clarinet -3lb
HerdyHerdwick +2lb
MissElodie -1lb
moonshine STS
Alibaba +1lb
CQ +2lb
SummerHolididi -0.5lb
Lorelai -3lb
Iknewhousework -2lb
Debs75 STS

Slimmers of the week go to...TIREDNURSERY , YELLOWCANARY , CLARINET and LORELAI all with 3lb off!! thanks thanks thanks thanks

Special mention goes to clarinet for getting not only to her goal weight, but also 1lb under!!! You have done fantastically well and i'm so happy to have you in our group. For those that missed her post- clarinet has gone from 15st 2 (dress size 22-24) to 9st 1 (dress size 10-12) in 1 year and 1 month. You are an inspiration to the rest of us thanks

So total weight loss this week is 56.7lbs which is just under the weight of an elephant penis (60lb) wink

Sirzy Thu 26-Sep-13 11:21:55

Is anyone else struggling with what to wear?

I am trying to avoid buying too many clothes anyway as i am dropping sizes but having spent so many years wearing clothes to hide in rather than anything else now I am getting a better figure I am struggling to find clothes and be a bit braver in what I wear.

MissElodie Thu 26-Sep-13 12:13:46

Thanks Hen for our weigh in results smile Well done all!

clarinet thanks for sharing your success with us - its good to know that you have been able to indulge and haven't had to cut out the carbs and choc (an unthinkable concept for me!!) in order to get to where you are grin good luck with the maintenance plan - I'm glad you will still be checking in with us smile

sirzy I don't have that problem yet as I'm just finding my normal clothes aren't as tight (god I must have been squeeeezing myself into them!) so I probably won't have to buy anything new for a while. At least its a nice issue for you to have rather than not being able to find anything to fit as its too small for you smile

IsThatTrue Thu 26-Sep-13 13:05:14

Porridge for breakfast, a seeded pitta stuffed with lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, a little cheese and mayo. Stuffed now! I may have had a banana muffin too blush but as today is a non fast day and I did a 5k run before toddlers this morning.

Great NSV today, new size 12 high waisted skinny jeans! smile a bit tight trying to get them on as I'd just got out of the shower but after an hour they feel really comfy.

Debs75 Thu 26-Sep-13 14:18:51

Porridge for breakfast, soup and crumpets for lunch then 2 ww cake bars and a mango. Not doing so bad but I am ravenous. I have a stinky cold and I just want to eat and eat

IsThatTrue Thu 26-Sep-13 14:43:40

debs when I'm feeling ick is when I try and cheer myself up with food. You're doing well keep it up!

Isthiscorrect Thu 26-Sep-13 16:17:43

Blast. I did weigh myself on Wednesday morning and ment to post but ds not very well and got distracted between phoning school and the doctor. However good news it was another 1lbs off smile so that puts me in the next bracket down by half a pound.
Well done to everyone for sticking with and super well done to clarinet, a true inspiration. I love 'knowing' someone who has actually achieved. Awesome!

LegoAcupuncture Thu 26-Sep-13 16:55:36

Well done on the losses everyone.

I feel a new lease of diet life after resisting pizza last night. Have had a great day.

HenriettaPye Thu 26-Sep-13 17:24:11

I want to cry sad
And shout.
And eat a full chocolate cake washed down with full fat coke sadsadsad
Today was the first time I seen my cousin (who I grew up with) since she had her first baby 8 months ago. We all met up for lunch (her, a few more cousins, my mum, her mum, our grandmother and 2 more aunts)

She's always been as big as me, however she's now skinny. Id guess a size 10. Which is great for her however the whole lunch was about how fab she looked and I wanted to cry when she said 'oh now I'm a mum I don't get time to eat! I'm always off doing fun things and going walks with my DC. I don't know how people are fat when they have children!' I wanted to scream 'why? Do u think I sit on my arse and eat chocolate and ignore my children?! Do u think you are a better mum than me just because you are thin??' Then my delighful grandmother chimes up with- 'Henrietta, you should take note. You have 2 children to run about after so you shouldn't be the size you are'


Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 26-Sep-13 17:36:51

Henrietta sad sad

What a horrible thing for her to say - you would think that having been overweight herself she would be more sensitive.

Stay away from the cake, because it won't actually make you feel any better.


IsThatTrue Thu 26-Sep-13 17:38:42

Oh henrietta family suck sometimes! How twatish insensitive of them! Just think how far you've come and who you are doing this for, yourself not them!

My mil went on and on to SIL about how she was losing weight well after she had DN, whereas DS was 12 weeks older and I put on more weight after he was born. So I sat there like hmm while she praised how well SIL was doing. Now I'm 3 stone lighter, SIL has since put back on her weight and mil doesn't even mention it. Some people are just arses.

HenriettaPye Thu 26-Sep-13 17:56:51

The whole lunch was about how awesome she looks, what a fantastic mother she is, what a perfect job she has done of raising her child. And then they all joked saying how her 8 month old will probably walk before my 13 month old. (Her child don't even crawling yet- mine is walking around furniture and can walk holding one hand)

Then my 3yo DS was talking about a friend at nursery school when my grandmother piped up- 'oh I thought he would be the type to sit on his own all day and not mix with anyone'

I realise I sound like a whiny pathetic child now. sadsadsad

Hope they all wake up tomorrow and are 20 stone heavier sadsad

IsThatTrue Thu 26-Sep-13 18:12:05

An awesome mother? To one 8 month old? And bring compared to you with 2 children under 4? hmm

It sounds like they were being really quite spiteful actually, you don't sound like you're whining at all. Merely hurt by some very horrible comments.

phantomhairpuller Thu 26-Sep-13 18:12:30

Rise above it Hen, I'm sure they didn't mean to be so insensitive. You'll floor them all in a few months when you've lost a stack of weight wink

Seriously, don't let them wear you down. Your doing this for you. Not anyone else. Bollocks to what they think.

MissElodie Thu 26-Sep-13 18:35:46

oh Hen sorry you are feeling so sad sad sad you're not sounding whiney - I would have been the same too after their hurtful comments sad. I've had similar said to me - 'oh its a wonder you're not a rake with all the running about you must do with three under 3'!! some people just don't think. Try to rise above it and in a few months time they will all be full of praise for you when they see you're losing weight (not that it matters because you're doing it for you not them but you know what I mean! smile)

I too would want to be reaching for a full chocolate cake but try to resist....here have this which is only slightly less satisfying honest cake!!

moonshine Thu 26-Sep-13 19:08:48

Hen - sorry, but they sound spiteful, not an attractive quality in anyone. You, on the other hand, sound lovely. Leave them to their bitchiness - and step away from the cake grin.

Debs75 Thu 26-Sep-13 20:23:16

Hen they sound dreadful. I bet your cousin has been anxious about her weight gain and your aunt probably said to your mum and gran that she was worried. They have then gone completely overboard to make her feel better whilst not realising how shit they have made you feel.

Step away from the cake, weight does not make you a good or bad person it is the inner bitch which makes you nasty, thank god you have let the rest of your family have that quality

BirdingWidow Thu 26-Sep-13 22:43:47

Hen, I agree with all of the above! They have been horrible and you are not unreasonable to feel hurt and annoyed, and you are not whinging. i would be the same and would also vent, its what we are here for.

But you can lose weight. Not for them, and not in spite of them, but because you want to. And they will notice, whatever they say.

Motivation is coming and going a bit here, but I keep plodding on. Have just resisted some G&Bs sea salt milk chocolate which I promised myself I could have when watching the last in the series of Dexter (we are v behind the trend and just on series 2 of boxed set!). But I had 2 finger of fudges yesterday while hanging around at the O2( saw fleetwood mac and they were brilliant!) so have already gone over this week. So no further treats earned. So no salty chocolate for me. It's what clarinet would do smile.

cq, I hope you are feeling better today too.

BirdingWidow Thu 26-Sep-13 22:54:17

Meant to add to new people: some of us are on MFP. If you want to add me I am also BirdingWidow on there. And all my friends are from this thread (I don't have any other weight loss friends!) so you can find some of the others through my profile too. I am sure I am missing some people, do pls add me.

I took delivery today of my two Hairy Dieters cookbooks. Anyone tried them yet? I realise that if I am in this for the long haul I need a variety of options and to make family meals work as much as possible. DP is supportive but only in a passive way. He still requires MEAT for a meal to count. And carbs. Salad is strictly a garnish hmm. I gave him a Si and Dave diet chicken pie the other week and he didn't notice it wasn't fully loaded so I am hopeful.

LayMizzRarb Thu 26-Sep-13 23:13:08

hen that is bloody rotten. I'm sorry. It is why I never 'congratulate' people on weight loss. Losing weight does not make someone a 'better' person.
Everyone in this race is a winner. Those who finish first or fastest are no more worthy than those who complete it surely and steadily.

LayMizzRarb Thu 26-Sep-13 23:21:26

I'm v pissed off at my minuscule weight again this week, so I'm taking it right down to the wire. I have been prescribed 41 WW points, but I am taking it down to 26 ( the lowest they prescribe for anyone). My diet will consist of lean protein, fruit and veg.
I have 43 days before I go on holiday and would really like to lose 10 lbs before then, to make my total loss 2 stones.
I am going for quite a while, so have just bought some travel bathroom scales on Amazon to take with me shock

clarinetV2 Thu 26-Sep-13 23:37:04

Henrietta, I probably don't have much too add that hasn't been said. I think you're a winner in every way - you made a courageous decision to do something about your weight, you shared your decision on this forum, and you started this wonderful thread which has already helped a lot of women with their own journeys. Boy, have you achieved something worthwhile in the last few weeks. I agree with LayMizz about not congratulating people for losing weight - to give your gran and cousin the benefit of the doubt, they could have 'just' been extraordinarily clumsy and thought that in some way by dwelling on your cousin's weight loss they were giving you an incentive to lose weight. Obviously they went about it in a way that was utterly insensitive and they should have had the sense to realise that they were being cruel to you. But they didn't. So hit some cushions, shout out loud all the things you'd like to shout at them, and then let it go. You're a terrific person, you sound like a wonderful mother, and you are strong enough to lose weight irrespective of what your gran and cousin think. You rock! You have every right to feel upset, and if it's derailed you today (not sure whether that's happened), that's understandable. Back on the wagon tomorrow, though. And if it didn't derail you, and you managed to step away from the cakes, you deserve to feel hugely proud.

In a year's time your cousin will have a whiny toddler. In two years she may well have an obstreperous two-and-a-half-year-old and a newborn. Let's visualise the calm, confident, healthy Henrietta with her beautifully brought-up DCs generously dispensing help and advice to her at-her-wits'-end cousin. Could happen, you know!

phantomhairpuller Fri 27-Sep-13 03:16:38

Birding, I've added you on MFP- I'm mrsmorg. Anyone else feel free to add me, I'm a bit new at the MFP lark! grin

HenriettaPye Fri 27-Sep-13 08:33:00

Thank u all for your support last night! It really helped, and I didn't make any unhealthy food choices! Been up since 6 with dd who has cried non stop since she got up! Going to be a long day confusedconfused

BirdingWidow Fri 27-Sep-13 12:52:42

Henrietta, Well done for resisting temptation! You inspired me today... No one has even been horrible to me but tescos were selling giant toblerone at half price. The old me would have bought one two and eaten one in a day. And that is why I am fat. But if you can resist chocolate cake when feeling down, I can resist toblerone.

I'd better not go near tescos for a few days though grin

Debs75 Fri 27-Sep-13 14:36:13

Still full of coldsad craving food which feels daft seen as I can't taste anything. I think I might make some soup and sip on that for the rest of the weekend

Reastie Fri 27-Sep-13 14:53:37

You know what I've been thinking - do slim people just have naturally more willpower or do their brains work differently? I was with someone the other day who turned down a biscuit and said 'no thanks, I'm not that hungry' and I thought, I would likely consider to have one/try to stop myself even if I was full up. Do you think they have stronger full up 'buttons' on their brain or something confused . Even when I've eaten a meal I just don't get that full feeling so I couldn't eat more like other people talk about confused .

debs hope you feel better soon

Phantom I'm going to try and find you on MFP (although I haven't had time for it much lately)

Lay easy for me to say I know, but, in the grand scheme of your WL one weeks result is nothing. It will make the losses be sweeter too.

angry good grief HEnrietta sad . How are you feeling today? Do they have any idea how what they said makes you feel do you think?

Debs75 Fri 27-Sep-13 15:39:01

Reastie I read to day that slim people may have more will power because they are slim and can visualise the damage a doughnut would do whereas overweight people are already overweight so think 'sod it'
I agree to a certain extent. At WW there are a few women who were once slim and are now overweight, they can draw on old pics of themselves in bikinis etc. I have always been overweight so I have no idea of how I will look when I ditch these 4 stones.
Am starting to feel better, have had some more herbal tea and cold and flu tablets. Looking forward to a long sleep tonight

IsThatTrue Fri 27-Sep-13 21:42:54

Bad bad bad day. sad

Fresh start tomorrow.

Night all sleep deprivation has a lot to answer for in my life

LittleRobots Fri 27-Sep-13 22:20:51

Bad day here too. And started with such good intentions!

BirdingWidow Sat 28-Sep-13 08:24:29

Oops. I had a three course meal and half a bottle of wine last night - rare night out with a girlfriend. Well, I enjoyed it a lot, will just put it behind me and try to have a good weekend.

Hope you all manage a good weekend!

MissElodie Sat 28-Sep-13 09:00:08

Morning all smile

Hope you are feeling better today Debs I always use having a cold as an excuse to eat - after all aren't you meant to feed a cold?!

Hope everyone has a good day - especially those having a 'fresh start' day smile

I have the opportunity of a babysitter for a rare night out with DP in the next couple of weeks - we've been out together 3 times in the 3 years since DC were born shock sad. Is it really bad that I'm trying to change it from a Tuesday night so that it isn't weigh in day next morning so I can really pig out enjoy my food without worrying about the scales? grin

HerdyHerdwick Sat 28-Sep-13 10:29:21

Hen - families huh? Tactless and thoughtless but probably not intended to be cruel to you, although I do understand how awful you must have felt.
How are you feeling now?

I've got not much to report, struggling a bit with food. I live alone and find it hard to motivate myself to eat properly when I'm at home. Of course not preparing a decent meal leads to poor choices later. I'll leave it at that for now grin

Have a good weekend everyone.

MiaWallace Sat 28-Sep-13 18:12:52

arrgh! Wish I had the willpower to get through a weekend.

Messed up again this weekend.

Fresh start tomorrow.

Lorelai Sat 28-Sep-13 20:05:24

Spent the day at legoland today, fab day, and not too bad foodwise (although I did eat some chips), but am shattered now. DH is cooking dinner and I am to tired to care how healthy or not it will be.

Madamemyway Sun 29-Sep-13 09:14:00

Hello. Think I have found the diet thread for me! I currently weigh 15stone and my body is complaining and telling me to get my act together and lose weight, been putting it off but can't any longer really.
I have decided to get myself sorted so I can eat kess crap and do more healthy snacking! I have an under active thyroid which makes it harder to lose weight, I take thyroxine so don't want to be doing anything very low calorie or the fasting one as don't think this would help me but if anyone has experience of this then please tell me as a bit confused about it.
I have children and so do have unhealthy type snacks around, think they might find themselves eating more healthy too!

HenriettaPye Sun 29-Sep-13 09:22:46

Welcome Madame! You are in good company here, I'm currently 16st 9, want to lose at least 6 stone!!

Sorry I've been quiet folks, busy busy! Mum and dad are away for the weekend so I'm looking after my much younger brothers and sister (14, twins are 12 and a 10yo.) add my two kids into the mix and my house is chaos!!!gringrin

IsThatTrue Sun 29-Sep-13 10:44:49

Sorry I've been AWOL. Ds2 is being the amazing non sleeping baby and I don't cope we'll with sleep deprivation. I will be happy to sts this week tbh.

Although had a NSV of mil telling me I'd lost loads of weight and well done (?!) like it makes me a better person or something. I mean I am proud of myself but I don't really feel its something worth praise exactly.

Oh and I took a minute off my personal best 5k time this week so I can now run 5k in 27mins 15 seconds! smile

IsThatTrue Sun 29-Sep-13 10:46:53

Oh and welcome Madame!

I started on 24th June at 14stone1 just stopping snacking, drinking more water and reducing my carb portions. I recently started the 5:2 but I'm doing that mainly for the health benefits rather than the weight loss. I'm now 11stone5. Good luck!

LittleRobots Sun 29-Sep-13 11:00:19

I'm really struggling with snacking at the moment. And there was a bag of hula hoops in the cupboard and I ate two packets one day and three the next. In a sort of addicted frenzy. Grr grr.

Debs75 Sun 29-Sep-13 11:01:17

Still feeling rough with no energy but better then Friday. Lots of herbal tea and I made enough butternut squash soup yesterday to last me a fortnight. I have had to freeze some there is that much.

Doing a filling and healthy week this week so lots of porridge for breakfast, soup for dinner and some meat with loads of veg for tea. The only snacks I will have are fruit. It should do the weight loss some good and boost up my immune system after this crappy cold

HerdyHerdwick Sun 29-Sep-13 11:51:33

Welcome madame.

My little update is about me and wheat. I've mentioned that I think I have issues with it. I don't think I have coeliac disease. Bought a 'healthy' multi grain wholemeal loaf on Friday. I had two slices of it and yesterday I was in agony with IBS symptoms and just feeling general knackered and awful.
I'm going to try to cut it out for a while and see if I feel any better. If I eat bread or pasta I notice my stomach bloats so much that my waistbands start to really dig in, and this happens quite soon after eating it.

Anyway, hope everyone is having a good weekend, and to my fellow strugglers, let's not give up!

MissElodie Sun 29-Sep-13 12:18:02

Hi madame welcome to the thread - I'm glad you've found us! I too have an under active thyroid - I only found out 7 weeks ago which was the same time I started this diet. I've been taking thyroxin since then and have just had my dose increased to 100mg. How long have you been on it for - are you finding it has helped?

I weighed 16st 9 at the start and have lost 13lb so far. I'm calorie counting using MFP but I haven't gone for a really restricted allowance as I know that won't work for me. ATM my allowance is 1700 and I will reduce it as I lose more weight. Are there implication of doing a low calorie diet or 5:2 while taking thyroxin? I don't really know too much about it tbh and am still waiting for the new lease of life and energy boost the GP promised me when I started taking them! smile

Gosh Henrietta you've got your hands full - I bet you're exhausted!

Isthat my baby has decided she doesn't want to sleep anymore either sad. Her daytime naps have gone from 2 hours on a good day to 20 mins if I'm lucky shock and she's waking in the night too - argh!! Its not good, tiredness makes me just want to eat sugary carbs!

IsThatTrue Sun 29-Sep-13 12:49:13

That's it exactly misselodie when I'm tired I crave carbs and cba to make healthy stuff either. It's not good. DS still wakes 4x a night and is barely napping atm. He's 10mo next week. How old is your dd?

MiaWallace Sun 29-Sep-13 12:55:16

Feeling awful today. I have got my first period in three years. Didn't have any during the time I had my implant. Feel like mother nature is paying me back for cheating her for so long.

Having terrible stomach cramps and craving anything sweet. I don't really have a sweet tooth and normally can easily resist chocolate and cakes (do like to indulge in the odd jam doughnut though) but all I want to eat at the moment is chocolate and ice cream.

Going to allow myself what I want today, purely for medicinal reasons of course wink.

Big welcome to madame

MissElodie Sun 29-Sep-13 13:20:47

DD is almost 9 months. She is sooo cranky too because she's so tired so WHY won't she just sleep?!! Hopefully it will be a phase which they'll go through soon and we will just have to be strong in resisting the bad stuff - or at least as strong as we can be!! wink

Oh dear Mia poor you....I think under the circumstances having chocolate may be essential for the benefit of your health and well being grin. I hope it improves soon.

MatJas Sun 29-Sep-13 14:50:48

Can I join please I have almost 3 stones to lose, have started scottish slimmers, am 40 in December so would like to lose at least 1 stone by then, I also have an underactive thyroid so have struggled with weight loss and get so demotivated when I don't lose much and just end up eating more because its depressing to work so hard and then on weigh in day only lose 1/2lb or none. Hoping this thread will help keep me away from the sweet tin x

Madamemyway Sun 29-Sep-13 16:16:08

Thank you for the welcomes smile
Misselodie I have been on thyroxine for 2 years now and recently had my dosage doubled from 50 to 100 mg which has helped don't feel cold all the time and am less tired but do find my energy levels aren't great so hoping losing some weight will help with this.
Wow Isthatrrue that is a great result, hope I can do something similar, have tried lots of diets but this time I am doing it my way and hoping not to get too hung up on it all and end up self sabotaging which has happened a lot in the past!

MissElodie Sun 29-Sep-13 16:31:59

Welcome MatJas I've done Scottish Slimmers in the past - many many moons ago and I lost weight with it just ended up putting it all and more back on. I can't quite remember now is it a points based system like WW?

madame I'm hoping I won't feel as tired as well now my dosage has increased although I know a lot of it is due to my weight - I'm not surprised I've got no energy carting around this extra 6 stone all the time shock

IsThatTrue Sun 29-Sep-13 16:35:54

madame I have also started running which I think has aided the weight loss. But I think I would have got the same results without the running just it may have taken longer.

Reastie Sun 29-Sep-13 18:21:19

Just popping in so you know I'm still alive smile It's that bargain thread keeping me so busy!

Was due to do workout today but periody cramps and chickened out <weakling>. Any excuse blush . Where's my willpower gone?! <looks under seat>

phantomhairpuller Sun 29-Sep-13 18:29:35

I discovered your bargain thread yesterday reastie- fair play you're a genius winkgrin

Debs75 Sun 29-Sep-13 22:11:39

Had a good day food wisesmile
Crap day exercising. Only done about 2000 steps.sad

Start the week as I mean to go on and am looking for a loss next week. I need to be good as I am taking DP to Pizza Hut for his birthday in 4 weeks. I could be good and have a legarro pizza and tons of salad but I want a pudding and to eat whatever I like so it is soup for the next few weeks for me

TiredNursey Mon 30-Sep-13 13:58:54

Eeek, Deb, you will go insane and probably fall off the wagon if you only eat soup for a month.

It's one day. Try and eat healthly up til then, and have what you want on that day. Then get back on track.
I have not done too badly over the last week. We had 3 days in Disneyland Paris, and all the croissants you could eat . I had a couple of unhelathy treats but didnt go mad like I normally do, and took as many of the healthy options as I could.
There were of course the croissants at breakfast, but I had fruit too and one day there was popcorn!
We'll see what happens when I weigh in on Wednesday, but clothes arent any tighter.

BirdingWidow Mon 30-Sep-13 18:56:54

This thread has been quite quiet - hope everyone is doing okay! Maybe you are all on Reastie's bargain thread like me. I have had a fair weekend after letting my hair down on Friday. Hoping to see a loss on Wednesday - fingers crossed.

I had a meeting with a recruitment consultant today so had to get dressed up in work clothes. It was actually really nice to put a smart jacket on. I am eyeing up various suits etc in my wardrobe that I haven't worn for a while and hoping I can get back into them this winter (need to lose another 7-14 lbs though, I reckon). Still, better than buying new and a good motivation for the next couple of months. also hoping I get a job and need said suits

I haven't seen any motivations posted on here for a while - has anyone got any to gee us all along?

GirlsonFilm Mon 30-Sep-13 19:38:42

Can I join, 15 '12" as of last Thursday. I want to lose 5 stone by May 2015 (but the sooner the better) my body is telling me it's time to lose weight. I've done WW loads of times and my best loss was 5st which I kept off for a few years. Don't think I'll have lost anything on Wednesday (as a reaction to weighing more than I thought last week I, of course, have eaten loads). But finding this thread has spurred me on to do something.

IsThatTrue Mon 30-Sep-13 19:57:43

Welcome girlsom

My number 1 motivation is to lose weight so I can run faster. I really want to know my potential.

And also to be happy with my shape when naked. I can see a vast improvement from where I started, but I've still got a way to go before in happy.

HenriettaPye Mon 30-Sep-13 20:39:16

Hello all, agree it's too quiet here!! I blame reastie- everyone's off looking for bargains wink

Hope everyone's doing well, check in and let us know how you are doing!!

11 more weigh ins before Xmas- what's your goals? My goal is 2lb a week, if I have 22lb off before Christmas I will be delighted!! smile

LegoAcupuncture Mon 30-Sep-13 20:45:11

Sorry for my absence everyone. Have had yet another weekend of binging. Getting very cross with myself as I feel myself slipping back into bad habits. Is there a naughty corner I can go sit in?

I am being so good until Friday evening then DH comes in with a takeaway angry and it's downhill from there. So annoyed with both him and my lack of will.

So I have finally, hopefully, drawn a line under it all and back on form today.

My motivation for today, bit of a back story. Was on a first aid course today and we had to be out in the recovery position. I hated every minute of it as I had to lie down and could feel my flab with every movement. So I would like to be able to not have to worry about being out in the recovery position grin

Will have a good read through the thread.

Sirzy Mon 30-Sep-13 20:46:02

Sorry for being quite for a few days.

All going well here - diet and life are (touch wood) on track nicely at the moment smile

phantomhairpuller Mon 30-Sep-13 20:48:58

I'm still here too wink

Not such a great weekend but back on track with a fasting day today. Bloody starving now tho, so will be off to bed soon!

Debs75 Mon 30-Sep-13 20:55:03

Don't worry Tirednursery it won't be soup every meal just a soup heavy diet. I love soup and can make some very good low fat ones so I can have my other guilty pleasure of bread. Along with fruit I am full up for the day.

Got all my munchkins off tomorrow due to the strike. Poor Dp I am at college all day so he may be going stir crazy by time I come home for another low fat tea. I better treat him on Wednesday

LegoAcupuncture Mon 30-Sep-13 20:55:54

Reading through the past weekend, seems I'm not the only one who struggled. Don't feel too bad now.

Come on everyone, we can have a good week if we all stick together smile

Speaking of Christmas bargains I've just got two bargains from amazon! an angry birds speaker reduced from £70 to £17 and a Sully mask from £25 to £17. That's two presents sorted.

BirdingWidow Tue 01-Oct-13 06:32:17

Glad you are all still here - no need to hide if you have a bad day / week, we've all been there.

Henrietta, my goal is to lose another 15 lb by Christmas - that would make me overweight and not obese ( a long-cherished hope). I'd actually like to lose a few lb more so that, with a bit of bounce back over Christmas, I am still not obese again AFTER Christmas. Then onwards and downwards hopefully. I think that should be doable.

I am finding it quite hard to stick to my MFP calorie limit of 1200, but am usually coming in under 1300. That does still take willpower but I find I am getting better at making healthier choices and I am not feeling like too much of a martyr. For instance, usually if I see coffee and walnut cake in a cafe I have it ( hungry or not) because I love it and DP doesn't so we never have it at home. But we were in a lovely farm shop cafe on Sunday and there was the cake... And I just didn't have any and it was fine. Small victories really help.

Keep posting everyone, even if you are slipping. We are not giving up on ourselves or each other!

MiaWallace Tue 01-Oct-13 06:35:57

I'm still here. Not doing to well at the moment.

Dealing with a lot of work related stress which is really impacting on what I eat.

Need to get my head back in the game.

KatyPutTheCuttleOn Tue 01-Oct-13 06:58:25

Hello...just popping my head in the door as I have several stone to lose but am struggling with the motivation to do it.

Lorelai Tue 01-Oct-13 07:43:30

Hi all, and welcome girlson and Katy.

I've been doing well this week, a couple of 'naughty' things at legoland on Sat (by the way, Lego chips are not worth it!) but I think the amount of walking I did made up for it. Nearly had a massive slip up that night though as I was exhausted and couldn't even think about cooking healthy food, but luckily DH came to the rescue and made a lovely pasta dish with loads of veggies smile

IsThatTrue Tue 01-Oct-13 11:24:46

Welcome katy

Well I'm doing okish apart from the slip up with a while pack of cookies yesterday but I are that many it made me sick, so I think it may have taught me a lesson

I haven't had breakfast yet today as been mega busy but it's a bit late now so I'll just have porridge for lunch instead.

I hope everybody has a good day and a good weigh in tomorrow.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 01-Oct-13 14:47:06

Welcome girlson and katy smile

This weekend went ok, yesterday I was rubbish though. Too many carbs and I got on a sugar rollercoaster.
Today is a fast day so I'm feeling much better.

Hoping for a small loss tomorrow.

MissElodie Tue 01-Oct-13 17:43:39

Hi all and welcome to girlson and katy smile

I've been doing well this week apart from today when I just can't stop going to the cupboard and eating anything and everything blush I've been on track for a loss this week so I hope I haven't undone all my hard work for tomorrows weigh in!

TiredNursey Tue 01-Oct-13 19:33:56

Have a rotten cough and have been told by the consultant that I have to start anti hypertensives. For life.
News like this would normally make me head for the biscuits but my chest has made me not want to eat. Bonus I suppose....

HenriettaPye Tue 01-Oct-13 20:56:20

Weigh in tomorrow!!! Gosh that week has went fast.

Having a nightmare tonight- Visiting the inlaws today- just over an hours drive there and an hour back. Just when we arrived home DS has realised he has left his toy iguana theresadsadsad

We have had tears ever since. sad

Isthiscorrect Wed 02-Oct-13 03:34:52

Oh tired nursery hmm, are you going to be ok about taking this medication? It must have been a downer for you but great news you didn't give in. It shows you really mean business, you should be very proud.

It's been a roller coaster week here, ds is still ill and they don't know what, it's been nearly 2 weeks now. I haven't been good, pizza last night blush but I have tried to still be mindful, so although I have eaten badly sometimes I still haven't eaten as much as I would do. So another 1lb off for me. Good luck to everyone else, I'm still aiming for a new dress for Christmas. I haven't bought it yet or looked but I'm thinking about it all the time.

MiaWallace Wed 02-Oct-13 06:30:12

Somehow managed to lose a 1lb this week. I really deserved to have put on considering what I have eaten.

Really can't get my head around my eating at the moment. Totally lost my way sad

TiredNursey Wed 02-Oct-13 06:35:48

Well, somehow I am down another 3 lbs.
Although to be fair, I have eaten fairly well apart from disney. And even that was better than my normal.

I am a bit down about Blood Pressure meds but to he honest it was inevitable. My granny died age 58 of a heart attack. My auntie had a massive heart attack yrs ago and a quadruple bypass. My mother and 2 aunties gave been on blood pressure meds for years. And the aunties are pretty skinny. When I had the monitoring done, it showed that my blood pressure doesn't dip enough at night, and that's high risk for cardiovascular problems.
ut losing weight is also important so I suppose 23 lbs since I started this on the 7th August is not so bad.

TiredNursey Wed 02-Oct-13 06:40:54

See Isthat and Mia, it's going the right way. Could have been 1lb on...which makes it the equivalent of 2lbs.
Isthat, sorry to hear about your little boy. What symptoms is DS having?

TiredNursey Wed 02-Oct-13 06:45:51

Mia, the way you are writing makes it sound like you are punishing yourself. You deserve to gain weight? No you don't. You deserve to be happy and healthy. A few poor choices does not change the fact that you Have made a decision to look after yourself. Make a plan for the weeks meals, include a few treats and keep your chin up. [Flowers]

TiredNursey Wed 02-Oct-13 06:48:31

Bah. Am on phone thanks
So long since I did flowers I'd forgotten how and cant see the list if icons without a big scroll down.

IsaacCox Wed 02-Oct-13 06:53:37

Hello all smile Sorry again I've not been around. I hope you don't mind me just popping in for the weigh in today? I should have time to catch up with all the posts later on smile

I've got an awful cold this week and I think all the water I'm drinking has led me to lose 2lb this week, which I'm very pleased with considering I've either been sts or -1lb for however many weeks. And now I'm finally in the 15's and only 1lb away from losing 2 stone grin I've never lost this much before and I think it's all down to you lot thanks Even if I've not been around much blush

Starting weight- 17st 11
Current weight- 15st 12

phantomhairpuller Wed 02-Oct-13 06:58:03

Another 2lbs off for me grin

I've done absolutely no exercise this week- I seem to have lost my mojo for exercise at the mo. Must up my game again.

Mia- please don't beat yourself up, we've all had crappy weeks but we've come out the other side. Draw a line under it and move on.

Good luck to all weighing today smile

And welcome to the newbies I've not yet said hi to grin

IsThatTrue Wed 02-Oct-13 07:12:42

Well I'm 3lb down this week!

Starting weight 14stone 1
Current weight 11stone 2.

Nearly 3 whole stone gone! My first target was 10 stone 7 but that is the very high end of normal so I could really do with gett

BirdingWidow Wed 02-Oct-13 07:13:10

Hello all.

I have lost 3.5lb! I have had a reasonable week, not 100% brilliant, but sometimes it is hard to know what to expect. It all evens out in the end though and I did STS last week. I am really pleased with that. Just 11.5lbs to go to my mini-goal of 'overweight by Christmas'.

Mia, I think you are being hard on yourself. You may not be perfect but you are obviously doing much better than you think. I see on MFP that you are actually doing fine (sticking to MFP, for a start!) and come under your calorie goal pretty often. I think now, when we are not having a good day we are all much more aware of it. It is good to be mindful but we have to be careful not to get depressed or derailed by it.

Tired, you've done really well this week and overall - not far off the 2 stone mark now. The meds don't sound much fun but better to be on them if you are high risk. And losing weight can only help the situation.

Isaac, I know where you have been propping up my favourite Christmas thread. Sorry about your cold, I have one too now courtesy of DS. But got my Letterbox delivery yesterday which cheered me right up!

Well done Phantom too, 2 lbs is really good, that is the average I have been aiming for.

Henrietta, shock at the iguana situation! That is tricky, DS wouldn't sleep without Doggy. I hope the tears stopped eventually...

Have a good day everyone. I like Wednesdays now as the thread is usually quite active and even if I haven't had a good week, others have and I find that quite motivating.

IsThatTrue Wed 02-Oct-13 07:13:50

Well I'm 3lb down this week!

Starting weight 14stone 1
Current weight 11stone 2.

Nearly 3 whole stone gone! My first target was 10 stone 7 but that is the very high end of normal so I could really do with getting to 10 stone, but I've never been that weight as an adult so we'll see.

Well done to today's losers! I hope everyone gets what they hope for.

MiaWallace Wed 02-Oct-13 07:24:39

Thanks for the support ladies.

It has given me the boost to try for a good day which will hopefully lead into a good week

Sirzy Wed 02-Oct-13 07:28:00

3lb off today. smile

Starting weight 15 stone 13
Today 13 stone 1

Got to get into the 12s next week!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 02-Oct-13 07:57:55

1.5lb off today! I'm really pleased with that because it is the pound I put on last week gone plus a bit more smile

Start weight 13st 5lbs (down from 15st 9)
Weight this week 13st 1lbs

Sirzy I hope to join you in the 12s!! grin

Well done on all the great losses everyone!

IsaacCox Wed 02-Oct-13 08:10:43

grin Birding I think I'm a little bit addicted to bargain hunting I should start charging commision grin

Thanks, I hope you feel better soon, I know it sucks! sad Glad you got your Letterbox delivery too, must be a relief!

Good luck all weighers today and well done to all that lost smile

HerdyHerdwick Wed 02-Oct-13 09:05:19

I have STS which means that in the last two weeks all I've achieved is gaining 1lb !
Going to see GP tomorrow about a weight related problem, will have a chat with her about my weight/eating issues.

Well done to everyone who has lost!

LittleRobots Wed 02-Oct-13 09:13:13

First week and I've lost 1 pound. However I've also just finished the time of the month . . . So may just have lost the bloating :-( I've not managed to stick to my plan very well, but I'm binging overall less and making slightly better choices. I struggle thinking 'I'll just have x y z' which in itself isn't much but I need to break the habit of eating.

Still onwards and upwards for the second week. Thanks for having me john you!

LittleRobots Wed 02-Oct-13 09:18:02

16 6 from 16 7 last week. Its a shocking number. I find I have to really talk myself into believing small steps will make a difference.

Sirzy Wed 02-Oct-13 09:20:31

they will little. It has taken me since may to lose just under 3 stone but the difference is really starting to show now. Slow and steady changes to lifestyle rather than crash dieting certainly working for me.

IsThatTrue Wed 02-Oct-13 09:46:20

little slow and steady is the best way to lose weight and keep it off. Mines come off quicker than I expected but I think that's because I'm exercising and breastfeeding. Keep going you're doing fab!

MissElodie Wed 02-Oct-13 09:56:52

Morning all,

Well done on all the losses and STS too smile

mia I'm glad you've been given that boost now to think today is a new day so forget about last week and don't be hard on yourself smile

littlerobots well done on your 1lb loss - I know it may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things but the small steps really will get you there. I started similar to you at 16st 9 and I've found it helpful to think in terms of half stone targets. Whatever you lose (and I'm sure it will be more some weeks) is a loss and not a gain, that's how I think about it as I know if I hadn't started on this 'diet' I would just continue to go up and up the scales!

I have lost 3lb this week grin I'm really pleased as I totally went off track yesterday and stuffed my face with chocolate so I'm glad its not done any damage. Now I'm back focussed again after that little blip!

Oh and I've hit the one stone mark yippee grin
Start weight:16st 9 Current weight: 15st 7

good luck to everyone still to weigh in today.

ImThinkingBoutMyDoorbell Wed 02-Oct-13 10:37:36

Morning all. Mind if I join in? I just saw this thread in active convos today and I'm trying to get back on top of my weight loss.

Today's weigh in was 70.4kgs, or 11st 1. I started in January at 84.4kgs, or 13 stone 4... I'm now close to my original goal which was 10st 7 but need a final push!

Mostly consistent, apart from a few holidays and illnesses and up-all-night-with-baby weeks. But I had a wedding as my target event 10 days ago, and a particular dress to fit into - and when I achieved that target I've been lacking in motivation to keep going ever since! So after a lot of eating crap this week I am getting back on the wagon!

clarinetV2 Wed 02-Oct-13 14:14:32

Hi and welcome Doorbell and anyone else I haven't said hello to yet. LittleRobots I completely agree with what others are saying about slow and steady - I know it's difficult when others are posting 'exciting' losses of 3+ pounds in a week, but very few weeks have been like that for me. It took me over a year to reach goal weight, loads of weeks just losing a pound or staying the same. Got there in the end though!

I've stayed the same this week, which was the result I was aiming at, but I didn't stick to my new maintaining plan. I ate much more than I'd intended on Friday/Saturday, and then made up for it by going back to my original weight loss plan from Sunday. So overall it's balanced out but it's probably not a good idea to have a carb-fest for two days a week so I'll try to even things up a bit in the future.

I have a long weekend away coming up, and I'm sure I'll be reporting a gain next Wednesday. This is part of the plan too. I need to be able to enjoy myself around food in a 'normal' sweet-toothed way instead of in a binge-y way iyswim. So I'll be eating cake at afternoon tea-time, and sweet deserts - in the old days I wouldn't have eaten treats in full view of everyone as I would have felt watched and judged, but I would have sneaked off on my own from time to time and eaten huge amounts of chocolate. Not any more!! Instead I'm aiming to have a lovely relaxed time enjoying good meals and good company, secure in the knowledge that I'm not on the slippery slope to losing control, and whatever I gain can be lost again with a few weeks of careful eating. Fingers crossed...

Lorelai Wed 02-Oct-13 16:17:43

Well done all on the losses so far, and welcome Doorbell. It's nice to have people around who are towards the other end of their weight loss journey, to inspire us who are still right at the beginning.

I'll be back later to report my result, hoping for a decent loss, fingers crossed!

Reastie Wed 02-Oct-13 16:19:03

STS here, which is OK. I'm in full AF flow and feeling bloated so not surprised. Well done on losses and hello newbies. Sorry I'm so rubbish at keeping up blush

LayMizzRarb Wed 02-Oct-13 16:35:38

2.5 lb off today. Hope everyone gets the results they are hoping for!

moonshine Wed 02-Oct-13 17:50:30

I'm also down 2.5lb <air punch>.

I've had to work really hard for that, including missing meals combined with low-cal. I know, not ideal but it's the only way I seem to be able to lose any weight with my messed-up body.

Can't wait to be able to actually button up my mac which is straining at my huge stomach.

Well done to all - it's a long long journey for some of us but if a year ago I'd made a deal with the devil and taken even a 1lb loss for every month I'd been dieting, I'd be a twiglet now.

HenriettaPye Wed 02-Oct-13 18:02:02

2lb for me too smile

moonshine Wed 02-Oct-13 18:08:39

Sorry, meant just a lb for every month I've dieted as obviously it would have taken more than a year at that rate!

SummerHoliDidi Wed 02-Oct-13 19:04:57

0.5lbs off for me this week. I know I cheated a bit so that's ok. I've gone back to basis now and am writing everything down. So next week should hopefully be a bigger loss.

I haven't read everyone's posts yet so well done to all the losers and comiserations to anyone who's put on.

Lorelai Wed 02-Oct-13 19:42:14

4 lbs off smile

ImThinkingBoutMyDoorbell Wed 02-Oct-13 20:05:29

Well done everyone who lost and stayed the same (that is an achievement in itself some weeks).

Thanks to the PP who suggested I was inspiring being further along the track - sadly I find it harder to stay motivated at this point than at the beginning! I can see the changes in my body, I have a waist again and can fit into most of my pre-baby clothes, so while not as slim as I'd like I'm happy, and therefore a bit complacent!

MyFitnessPal is my trusted friend, I like watching the graph go down even if it is just 100g a week, and it has been on many occasions... The NHS bmi calculator tells me I've gone from 30 - obese!! - to 25, healthy in the last 9 months. Must not lose sight of that! grin

Debs75 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:14:07

I am going to say STS as I missed weight watchers on Sunday and I don't weigh myself at home if I can resist as my scales are out.

I did succumb to a kfc today but I used my ww app and worked out the cheapest points wise meal which would leave me feeling satisfied. I had some chicken strips with dip which were gorgeous and didn't break the bank. For tea it was more soup with a plate of vegetables instead of bread. I don't feel hungry and have managed to stay under my 31 points for today.

Madamemyway Wed 02-Oct-13 22:05:39

Hi I have had a bit if a blow as had a hip injury get lots worse and a steroid injection today so not been able to keep focused on the weight loss and have sts so still at 15 stone.
Have been eating better though since Monday and got lots more healthy food in so will not give up!
Well done on all those who lost, it is good to hear it is possible. :-)

Hey all,
Sorry not been around, been manic! I've only lost 1lb this week, so that total of 3st7lbs now. This last half stone is going slowly!

LittleRobots Thu 03-Oct-13 06:42:21

Thanks for the encouragement up thread. Congratulations to all those who have lost and its great to feel inspired by you all :-)

HenriettaPye Thu 03-Oct-13 09:30:48


MiaWallace -1lb
TiredNursery -3lb
Isthis -1lb
IsaacCox -2lb
PhantomHairPuller - -2lb
isthattrue -3lb
BirdingWidow -3.5lb
Sirzy -3lb
Alibaba -1.5lb
HerdyHerdwick STS
LittleRobots -1lb
MissElodie -3lb
reastie STS
LayMiz -2.5lb
Moonshine -2.5lb
Henrietta -2lb
summerholi -0.5lb
LOrelai -4lb
Debs STS
Madame STS
yellowcanary -1lb
clarinet STS

What a fantastic week! no gains! I am so so proud of you all thanks grin

Slimmer of the week this week is lovely Lorelai, with 4lb off. thanks

an amazing 36.5 lb lost this week- you are all incredible. Just over the weight of a mid sized microwave lost!

HenriettaPye Thu 03-Oct-13 09:36:24

Oops- tirednursey, I've just realised I've been calling you the wrong name for weeks! blushblushblush

Sorry grin

TiredNursey Thu 03-Oct-13 09:58:38

Heh. grin
I've noticed a few people have called me nursery instead of nursey but I keep getting Isthat and Isthis
I've been on here for yrs but namechanged for this thread. I was v tired and I'm a nurse. Although should have been tirednursie but coukdnt be bothered correcting after I changed!

TiredNursey Thu 03-Oct-13 10:00:06

Bloody phone. Keep getting Isthat and Isthis confused!

clarinetV2 Thu 03-Oct-13 13:04:33

Well done, everyone, and thanks for your usual sterling job with collating the stats, Henrietta. I'm a little bit concerned about absent friends. It's great that people have posted such good news, but it's got me wondering whether it's difficult to post gains if everyone else is losing or staying the same. I'm especially concerned about cq as things weren't going too well for a while - hope you're OK, and anyone else we haven't seen for a while.

HenriettaPye Thu 03-Oct-13 13:28:36

I agree clarinet, we have lost CQ, IKnewHousework and Legoacupuncture. sad

All we can do is carry on and be here for them if they decide they want to rejoin us smile

phantomhairpuller Thu 03-Oct-13 16:11:04

I was wondering about cq the other day, I spotted her on another thread and thought I hadn't seen her on this one for a while.

I know what it feels like to lose your way and hide from the thread. I think we all do to some extent.

Hope they'll be back soon smile

LegoAcupuncture Thu 03-Oct-13 16:27:23

My apologies again, I am not having a great time ATM and have turned to my usual vice of food. Really struggling with ds2 and school, he has autism and school are pissing about with his one to one cover, resulting in Jim refusing to work. It's all a mess. I have been crying all week. Hoping to get a grip soon.

Well done on the losses everyone.

Reastie Thu 03-Oct-13 16:41:46

Have just fully caught up and realised I'm being blamed for quiet week end how dare you wink

I've just made a huge apple pie. just as well I can't eat it as I'm gluten free and thankfully said pie isn't, but goodness me it's making me hungry!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 03-Oct-13 16:46:13

Lego please don't apologise! I'm really sorry you're having a tough time, it is just awful when school isn't going well for a DC and I can only imagine it must be 100x worse when they have SNs. ((hugs)) to you and I hope they get their act together soon. Be kind to yourself.

HenriettaPye Thu 03-Oct-13 16:52:57

Lego don't apologise! I'm just happy to see you here checking in with us all. Sorry you are having a tough time thanks

HenriettaPye Thu 03-Oct-13 17:00:50

I'm just getting ready to head out with DS to an event at his nursery school. I'm wearing my lovely new size 18 jeans from TiredNursey and I'm feeling pretty confident! smilesmile

phantomhairpuller Thu 03-Oct-13 17:01:22

Good to see you're still with us Lego smile

I hope things pick up soon for you and your DS.

IsThatTrue Thu 03-Oct-13 18:47:36

Oh lego it's good to see you. Try and stick around even if you're not on the wagon right now. Remember, none of us are giving up.

henrietta look at you in your size 18s, well done lady! And so lovely of tirednursey to send them to you!

I fasted yest but my evening meal was over 500kcal as I was out at a friends and also had 1/2 a bottle of wine and 1/2 a bottle of cava but all in all it was a good day. Today's not been bad, a couple of biscuits at toddlers, but I hadn't eaten breakfast due to an early run, quick shower, toddler group combo, so I'm not bothered by the biscuits. For lunch I had scrambled egg with dry fried cherry tomatoes on granary toast. And have had a pack of mini smarties. God knows what's for dinner as I'm knackered by DS last night. But for 3 hrs sleep I'm pretty happy with my food choices today.

Sorry to bore on, it helps to get it all out.

clarinetV2 Thu 03-Oct-13 21:13:26

Lego, glad to see you back. Sorry to hear about your DS having a hard time, and it's not surprising you're stressed and upset. Is there anyone at the school who can help? A previous teacher, or the SENCO? Henrietta, great news about the size 18 jeans. Congratulations! And congratulations to IsThatTrue for good food choices despite hardly any sleep. I really don't know how you guys with small children are managing this - I'm finding it hard enough with a full night's sleep every night! The idea of getting up after a badly broken night and going running... I'm tired just thinking about it.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 03-Oct-13 21:25:19

Another successful fast day smile

For my dinner I had a whole new covent garden chicken and vegetable soup, and stirred through extra green vegetables (courgette, a few peas and leek) because I was cooking for the DCs also. I had it with a mini bread roll and it was delicious and so filling. 370 calories for the whole lot - the soup itself was just 250. Would be a good dinner or lunch if you are aiming for 1200-1300 a day on MFP.

Henrietta yay for new smaller jeans! grin

BirdingWidow Thu 03-Oct-13 21:42:49

Ooh new jeans Henrietta, (even if 'old' jeans) are v exciting. I ordered a suit online, not really expecting it to fit but it does and I feel really good in it - it gives the illusion of a WAIST! Mostly an illusion but that is still progress. And I think my bras might be a bit big now boobs may soon resemble large stretchy socks with a grapefruit dangling in the bottom grin

Glad you are back Lego and sorry your DS is having a tough time sad. Isthat, I totally sympathise. I put on almost a stone between giving birth and DS reaching 6 months because he wouldn't sleep unless I was holding him! Sleep deprivation is true torture, you've gotta do what you've gotta do.

cq, hope you are doing okay. We'd love to hear from you. A bad day / week / month isn't the end of the world.

TiredNursey Fri 04-Oct-13 06:54:56

Ooh Henrietta, isn't it great when you fit into something smaller. I binned a few pairs of shorts last night that I bought for my holiday in March. I could pull them down without opening them. They weren't expensive so I took great pleasure in putting them on the bin pile.

Well done everyone on sticking around. Any little loss or stay the sane is a good thing. Those of you who are hiding, please come back. Even if its not going so well, we can be your lifeline so that when you are ready to get back on board we can give you a boost up.
I really struggled yesterday. All I wanted was carbs, esp bread. I only had pitta bread and teamed it with low fat houmous and carrots. I didn't do badly in the end but there is no denying it really is hard.
Every day is a new day. And I feel a bit like an alcoholic. Only ever one binge away from falling off the wagon. I can only do it one day at a tine.

cq Fri 04-Oct-13 10:58:11

Hello all, I'm still alive! Just checked back in and am very touched to see that I was missed.

I fell so far off the wagon that the wheels came off and the horses galloped off home grin

Just a perfect storm of stress, builders and life. Last Wednesday my dogs for no apparent reason attacked another dog while we were out walking. Luckily I was very close to them and pulled them straight off, and no harm was done, but I was really angry and upset with them. I got more upset as the day went on. I think they are really stressed out by having the builders around all day - they are spending so much time shut in the kitchen, despite me trying to give them plenty of exercise, that when they do get out they go bananas. Plus we have just acquired chickens and I think they are spending the whole day plotting on how they can eat them.

I have a dog behaviourist booked to come and assess them on Monday although I have a feeling that I will get a good kicking too - they say there's no such thing as bad dogs, only bad owners, so I must be doing it all wrong hmm

I also feel permanently knackered and failing to cope with even little things at the moment. As my kids get older I seem to stay up later and later as I still value the quiet 'me' time after they're in bed - and my alarm goes off at 6.15. So I'm getting more and more tired. Last night I was in bed at 9.30 and left DS to come to bed when he liked. (He even remembered to turn all the lights out!) I had such a good sleep, and look, here I am, back again and trying to catch up those galloping horses.

Anyway, enough ramblings, just wanted to thank you all for still being here for me and am hoping to get another few good nights' sleep to get me back on track. Don't know how all you mums of babes can do it and still lose weight - respect to you all smile

moonshine Fri 04-Oct-13 11:09:27

Welcome back CQ - I'm guessing that this particular merry band of women (men??) on this thread have fallen off the wagon more times than most - I know I have as I have all the bruises, but the important thing is to go rein in that bloody horse and hitch him up again! grin.

Hope you can get some sleep over the next few days as it does do wonders - how old are your dcs?

I'm here for a pre-weekend sign-in, always an even tougher time for me as being at home more = more chance to go in the kitchen. I feel like I've stalled in the last 3 days and am feeling impatient, especially after hearing about some of you fitting into smaller clothes - I so want to get back into some of my lovely size 16/14 dresses envy.

Anyway, please join me in not using the weekend as an excuse to relax the regime too much.

HenriettaPye Fri 04-Oct-13 12:21:50

CQ so glad to see you back! Sorry to hear about your tough time, although I think you are right about the dogs being stressed out by builders. That would stress my dog out, they are sensitive souls really.

I know all about not getting enough sleep, poor DS had a sore ear last night and woke at 1am and I couldn't get him settled until after 5. He will not take medicine- I've seen other threads on here where parents are flamed for saying that, and are told they are the parent so they decide, but I physically can not do it- I can get it in his mouth by pinning him down but I can't make him swallow! He spits it straight out. I've tried hiding it in drinks, bribery, threats but nothing works. confused

HenriettaPye Fri 04-Oct-13 12:22:45

Good point moonshine- I've always assumed we are all women, have we any men amongst us?

MissElodie Fri 04-Oct-13 16:13:02

Thanks as always for doing the weigh in stats Henrietta flowers smile and well done Lorelai on slimmer of the week - 4lb is brilliant!

Lego and cq sorry to hear you are having tough times at the moment sad I hope things start to improve for you soon.

I've came across a bridesmaid dress that I wore 8.5 years ago and I made the mistake of trying it on! Its a size 20 and I can't anywhere near zip it up at the back sad I remember thinking I felt really big in it when I wore it. I heard an awful ripping when I sat down to the wedding meal blush blush I had to do a backwards manoeuvre against the wall over to the brides mum to check me as I thought I had burst out of it blush blush luckily I hadn't!!

I think I will probably have to lose another 2 stone to get into it! I have a wardrobe full of clothes that don't fit me so I'm looking forward to getting into those again......eventually!!

MissElodie Fri 04-Oct-13 16:20:47

Henrietta I sympathise re the medicine thing with your DS sad. My DS has daily meds so actually enjoys taking it now shock as we let him do the syringe himself (with a little help) but its another story when my DD has to have medicine. I have awful memories of really having to force her to take it and its not nice and then just gets spat out as you say! You have probably tried this and its not worked but if its calpol will your DS suck it from the sachet (although I think you are actually meant to decant it onto a spoon) but my DD sees this as a novelty rather than her having a spoon or syringe?

HenriettaPye Fri 04-Oct-13 17:09:34

We have tried that too, there is no way he will take it unfortunately. No mention of the sore ear today thankfully, I was worried incase he needed an antibiotic, because he wouldn't take it! He had a bad cough a while back and the doc gave him an inhaler to open his airways but he wouldn't take it either. Doc told me to pin him down, and it's better if he struggles as he will inhale it better when he screams. Problem with that is I felt like a shit mum for doing it and he got himself so worked up be vomited. He really is against all medication! Pre school jabs are soon- that will be funconfusedconfusedconfused

Sirzy Fri 04-Oct-13 17:33:33

I always use the syringe into the side of the mouth approach now which works mainly.

Like MissElodies DS my DS takes daily medicine so it generally pretty good with it but I have been covered medicine numerous times!

With the inhaler pinning down is horrible but it is better than the alterantive!

Lorelai Fri 04-Oct-13 18:04:46

Thanks for all the thanks - I am feeling really inspired at the moment, really not deprived at all. It's a good thing really, as other stuff that's going on could easily lead me to devour the contents of the fridge, but I'm not even tempted yet I'll see if that changed once I am back at work next week, doing nights, with a seemingly endless supply of chocolates in the staffroom...

Sirzy Fri 04-Oct-13 18:30:54

I have just ordered myself some size 14 clothes smile My size 16s are falling off now!

phantomhairpuller Fri 04-Oct-13 18:34:49

Go sirzy! grin

I've got a box full of size 14s in my wardrobe- can't wait till I'm in them again. They're my pre-DS1 clothes blush

MissElodie Fri 04-Oct-13 19:30:15

fantastic sirzy that's great!!

SummerHoliDidi Fri 04-Oct-13 19:41:44

I'm sorry you're having a tough time lego and cq Sometimes. life throws everything at at once doesn't it? We're here with the wagon whenever you're ready to climb back on.

I'm thinking of buying some work trousers in a 16 cos my 18s are too big now. That feels really good. People at work noticed this week and we're really pleased at how much I've lost in 3 months (which I'd been thinking of as ONLY 1st 3lbs) they've made me realise that slow and steady is fine and it doesn't matter how long it takes to get to target as long as I get there in the end (or close to it anyway)

BirdingWidow Fri 04-Oct-13 22:23:26

Blimey, I hope DS doesn't take against medicine, that sounds ghastly! I don't envy you ladies...

I am glad you are still here cq. Regroup when you can, we will still be here (I hope...)

Great news about the smaller togs Sirzy and Summer. That must feel great!

I am eating chocolate right now. I seem to have fallen into the pattern of having a slackish day every week and this is it. Usually it is based around a social engagement but tonight DP is out so I get to watch all the telly he hates (Midwives! Love a birth...). On such occasions previously I would have sat down with wine + pizza + a LOT of chocolate (really a lot) so I guess my 800 calorie excess is not so bad. I am really enjoying it anyway.

TiredNursey Fri 04-Oct-13 22:32:21

I really want toast and butter now. I had some strawberries and fat free fromage frais with splenda. Sweet, nice but I still want bread. Don't need it mind you but I do want it.
Aaagh. I have to resist though because it wouldn't be a couple of slices. It would be a loaf.

IsThatTrue Sat 05-Oct-13 04:39:44

Sleep deprivation is hitting hard here. I've been trying to make good choices though. Although thurs ended up with takeaway as I was so tired, but I got a chicken shush kebab with no chips so a lot better than I would have had previously. And yesterday I had a 100g bar of chocolate throughout the day, but it's nowhere near the epic proportions of my previous binges, so I'm still trying to see the positives. AND one day DS will sleep for more than 3 hrs at a time and I'll feel human again!

Good to see you back cq it sounds like you've had an awful time. But we're here when you're ready to dust yourself off and start again. It takes a lot of effort to change the habits of a lifetime!

Fx for a good weekend for all. I have parkrun in just over 4 hrs. Now if only DS will sleep hmm

MissElodie Sat 05-Oct-13 15:18:47

Hi - hope everyone is having a good weekend?

TiredNursey Hope you managed to resist the bread or at least if not I hope you the whole loaf didn't call out to you wink

IsThat I'm still with you with the baby sleep deprivation - definitely seem to be taking backwards steps at the moment sad

I am feeling that I could eat my whole body weight and more in chocolate at the moment blush blush. I think its because I've just started my period again after finishing last week as I've just starting taking cerazette. Hope it doesn't last long - I'm finding it hard to resist sad

Might go and make a hot choc to see if that satisfies the craving......

Reastie Sat 05-Oct-13 16:45:22

Hello everyone, I'm still here <pokes head on door>

Went to open morning for DDs potential nursery/prep school. They have lunches on offer to tempt people. I cannot believe how amazing the children eat there! envy . I had baked potato and cheese and salad (not much cheese.....hopefully limited damage) and then lovely fresh berries, watermelon, mango, and passion fruit (I know shock - how amazing for a school lunch). But then I succumbed.......they had a gluten free chocolate tart. And I'm gluten free. I haven't had a chocolate tart that I can eat in years and I couldn't resist. It was rich and delicious <salivates at thought> but I only had one big mouthful. How many calories could one spoon on rich chocolate tart be? hmm Could it be more than 200kcals? Hope not!

MissElodie I was on cerazette, I think hopefully the food thing should settle down if it's hormonal. And on the plus side I didn't have a single period when I was on it.

sad to lego and cq

summer excellent work on the trousers.

I found my old work ID card from last summer and compared it to new ID picture and I look like a different person shock . Might upload onto my profile or MFP if I get time/if anyone is interested probably just me wink

IsThatTrue Sat 05-Oct-13 17:20:34

Such a busy day, I shared 2 smallish pieces of cake with ds2 at a charity nearly new sale but I had brunch today instead of breakfast and lunch and I did parkrun this morning. 5k in 27 min 33 seconds. So I deserved cake!

BirdingWidow Sat 05-Oct-13 17:48:24

Reastie, I would be interested to see the pics! I find your before/after really motivating. Btw, I am glad you tried the chocolate tart... If if really is such a rare opportunity it would be rude not to.

Tired, I have been reading your name wrong all this time too! Duh!

MissElodie, hope you manage to resist the chocolate. Gynaecology has a lot to answer for. Pesky non-sleeping babies, for starters.

Well, I have had a mixed day. Popped into my local wedding dress shop just for inspiration - it's a small shop so I wasn't necessarily expecting to find THE DRESS. But I did find it! Totally had a 'this is the one' moment, pledged to go back on Tuesday with my mum and order it. Came home and tried to find a picture of it on the Internet and couldn't find it anywhere, so I rang the shop just now to ask if they could direct me to it (thought maybe i had got the details wrong). Unfortunately the lady is now unsure as to whether it is still available. I am gutted... sad sad sad. Won't find out for sure until Monday.

Feel like eating a lot of chocolate myself.

BirdingWidow Sat 05-Oct-13 17:50:12

Ps isThat, I soooo never run that I have no idea whether that is a good time, but I am pressed with any degree of running at all! Small bite of cake defo fair enough in the circumstances smile

Reastie Sat 05-Oct-13 18:06:05

Think I've put it on profile (but will hide it tomorrow!). It's actually not as clear as I thought as the photo is so dodgy.

Birding I hope you do get THE dress <crosses fingers>

LittleRobots Sat 05-Oct-13 18:42:51

Reastie that's an amazing school lunch! My daughter has a cooked lunch in a state school and its nothing like that!

MiaWallace Sat 05-Oct-13 18:44:12

Reastie that is crazy! It looks like two different people.

Had a good day regarding exercise. Went for a long walk this morning and then went and played laser tag this afternoon. I don't normally participate in activities like this. 6 months ago I would have taken a book and just read while everyone else had fun. Today I got totally involved, built up a sweat and really enjoyed myself. DD was over the moon that I played too.

Bit naughty with food though. Went for a carvery. Loaded my plate with healthy veg but did have a few roasties too. Stayed away from the alcohol and dessert though while the rest of the family got stuck in.

IsThatTrue Sat 05-Oct-13 18:59:08

mia that sounds like you did great with food. If you can't have a few roasties at a carvery it'll be a very sad day!

reastie great photos. You do look like 2 different people. I have a photo of me near the beginning of my journey in a dress I love (I took the pic to show myself I fitted back in it, just) I might get it out later and take another pic. I can't upload it to my profile though as I use the mobile site.

Reastie Sat 05-Oct-13 19:14:53

Fab idea isit. Sometimes I try on stuff I know will be too big just to feel a sense of success blush

Thanks for the police comments. I used to look in the mirror and it was like "who ate 'restie" now I feel like I look how I thought I looked before IYKWIM

Mis go you on the lazer quest

Sorry for typos I'm on kindle and silly auto correct

Debs75 Sat 05-Oct-13 19:55:34

Have had a reasonably good week this week, we will see how god at WW tomorrow. I went out last night to the theatre to watch Rocky Horror and had an amazing time. I have had the chance a few times to go but never wanted to dress up in a corset. I decided to go as Janet which meant I could hide all my wobbly bits. I ordered a dress in an 18 and it was too big!grin I couldn't believe it. I should of got the 16 but I was worried it would be tight.
Anyway it looked good and I had a great time. Had a few drinks after and only had diet coke and vodka so limited any damage. Did have a cheesy chip wrap which was delicious but it probably only had 10 chips in it and a lot better then a kebab.

So coupled with my new dress I also tried on some jeans in Evans and only needed a 16 and I could get the long boots ongrin The scales may not be showing much but the figure is shrinking

BirdingWidow Sun 06-Oct-13 19:41:35

Hello everyone! I'm hanging on in today but it is hard. Went to our local farmers' market today which is full of yummy stuff (cake, sausage butties, lovely pies, a cheese stall.... ) but I did resist. Bought a cauliflower and a swede, high times indeed!

I am struggling a bit with lack of motivation though. I think we have been doing this for a while and it is working, but slowly... While I haven't given up and buried myself in chocolate or bacon butties yet I feel a little down at the thought of plodding away indefinitely. And a little... Bored? I love cooking and am really interested in food generally. At first I channelled that into finding new healthy recipes but I am dreaming of making puddings again!

Hope you are all doing okay on this day of roastie temptation.

Sirzy Sun 06-Oct-13 19:43:34

I went to a party last night and resisted all the cakes and just had basically a ham salad from the buffet. But I did have probably one too many bottles glasses of wine. But back on it today so not too bad I guess

TiredNursey Sun 06-Oct-13 20:43:59

Well The bread didn't get me but there were other temptations. There was a bag of popcorn for starters. Good day today kind of but we had sandwiches for lunch and went out for dinner. Twas a burger joint and I had a chargrilled chicken one. Only had half the bun but did have the fries. Didn't have dessert, watched the others dig into ice cream and eton mess then came home and had a bowl of fruit and fat free fromage frais.

Weekends are hard though. Too much temptation.
well done Debs and Reastie. And all the exercisers!!!! My friend ran a half marathon today. I watched. Although I had the kids for her so thats my excuse!

HenriettaPye Sun 06-Oct-13 21:00:00

Hello lovelies smile

This weekend has been a disaster! Today was DHs birthday. Yesterday his parents came to take us for lunch. I had a steak sandwich, tobacco onions, chips then a big pavlova. Then last night we went out for girls night and had a pizza. Tonight we had a Chinese and some birthday cake confusedconfused

It will be a miracle if I lose weight this week!!

Lorelai Sun 06-Oct-13 21:21:28

Very jealous of all these people fitting in to smaller clothes. I am still in the same jeans, just a bit looser, it all seems to have gone from my boobs sad I've dropped a band size AND a cup size.

BirdingWidow Mon 07-Oct-13 05:59:12

Lorelai, I have lost over 1.5 stone from my weight in may and I am still in the same jeans, albeit they are looser confused. I can do up a coat that was too tight though due to smaller boobs and I think i too have gone down a back size. Maybe we'll turn a corner soon?

BirdingWidow Mon 07-Oct-13 06:00:52

Ps baby got up for the day at 4.30am, ug. I don't think it will be a diety day... I'd be surprised if I lose anything this week as I have been nibbling a bit blush

Reastie Mon 07-Oct-13 07:58:51

Henrietta I have to ask - what's a tobacco onion?! If there's no loss this week it's OK, just work for next week and it'll balance out.

Birding and Lorelai FWIW I had to lose over 2 stone until I actually lost a dress size. I remember being at the same point as you and feeling like I'd lost over a stone and why wasn't I a dress size less confused . All I can say is it WILL happen! Birding yes to motivation. I think it's something that goes up and down over time. Maybe since you're feeling you've lost a fair bit and haven't gone down much in clothes it feels like you're not getting far (or anywhere quick). Keep at it. That's an ORDER!!!

Not too bad week end (apart from the choc tart). Did an hour of insanity workout yesterday and ache today! Only problem with insanity is it makes me absolutely ravenously hungry every time I do it!

HenriettaPye Mon 07-Oct-13 08:02:36

Reastie they are like crispy shredded onions! Delicious wink

phantomhairpuller Mon 07-Oct-13 08:04:55

Not such a great weekend for me blush food choices weren't so bad but LOTS of wine happened. No real reason for it either!

Fast day today to get me back on track

I wish I could get my exercise mojo back- anyone got any tips?! I literally haven't done anything, other than the school run, for a fortnight.

HELP! hmm

Reastie Mon 07-Oct-13 08:20:02

Dependings how much running you're doing on the school run phantom? wink

LegoAcupuncture Mon 07-Oct-13 08:34:05

Morning campers!

Back with it today after my disastrous week. Strangely I've not put any weight on grin so pleased with that!

Thanks all for the support and well wishes earlier last week, much appreciated.

phantomhairpuller Mon 07-Oct-13 08:35:16

grin Reastie!

I've got up quite a good march but not up to running pace just yet wink

Anotherguineapigdown Mon 07-Oct-13 12:05:15

testing name change

phantomhairpuller Mon 07-Oct-13 12:13:46

It worked smile

Who are you?! wink

Anotherguineapigdown Mon 07-Oct-13 12:14:25

Hello, can I sneak in?

I have been lurking on your threads for the last 8 weeks, wanting to join in, but not wanting to put my regular posting name on here, as I think someone in real life knows who I am.

I have finally plucked up the courage to say hello, in a new name.

You have all been so inspirational! I especially like the motivational tips in the first couple of threads. They have helped me a lot.

I started out on Saturday 10th August at 17 stone 10lbs, my fattest ever. I'd ideally like to get to ten stone. I weigh-in on Saturdays, and last Saturday I was 15 stone 6lbs, so I have lost a total of 32lbs - or 32 guinea pigs as I like to call them now!

My leggings are now loose, and I can fit in some old size 18 jeans, when a few weeks ago I was busting out of a size 22.

I am doing the Paul McKenna hypnotic gastric band, and I am finding it the easiest diet I've ever been on because I can eat whatever I like, but my portion sizes have drastically reduced, and I don't feel I am missing out on anything.

So, do you mind if I join you?

phantomhairpuller Mon 07-Oct-13 12:16:35

Aha! In that case, welcome
Well done on the loss so far smile

Anotherguineapigdown Mon 07-Oct-13 12:19:53

Thank you!

BirdingWidow Mon 07-Oct-13 12:38:54

Reastie, thanks for the pep talk / bollocking! I do genuinely appreciate it. Just seems bizarre not to have dropped a size! I am still feeling a bit bored but will plug on. I think a pair of smaller jeans would spur me on a lot - I can't be too far off, surely?!

Welcome Another! You have done brilliantly in just two months, that is astonishingly good progress. You must feel amazing and have certainly made me feel a bit more positive again. That's why this thread is do brilliant - I am glad you have delurked.

Phantom, booze is the diet enemy. I love a nice g&t or spot of wine but it destroys my 1200 calories sad. I am having the odd bit but nowhere near as much as I would like!

Anotherguineapigdown Mon 07-Oct-13 12:47:54

Thanks, Birding! I think the body changes in odd ways. I went from busting out of a 22 jeans to fitting them nicely, then no change, then all of a sudden my 18s were fitting, and now need a belt. I seemed to skip size 20. Hang on there, you will drop a size shortly, maybe two!

I was thinking yesterday that even when I have lost the same amount again, I will still be classed as obese. It is so hard when you have so much to lose. I'm 5'4", so the obese to overweight marker is 12 and a half stone. That seems so so far away.

The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that if I hadn't started this I would be over 18 stone by now, and heading upwards.

ImThinkingBoutMyDoorbell Mon 07-Oct-13 13:15:16

Afternoon all!

I totally agree about the dress size, I didn't go down a size until I lost the second stone. The first one didn't make a blind bit of difference. I couldn't even see it in the mirror. I was so disappointed but kept on going. I bought new jeans to celebrate when i finally made it. It only took another 7lbs to drop another size though and now they're too baggy!

This has not been a good weekend for me. It was DS's first birthday and I made 40 frosted cupcakes and 40 scones, served with clotted cream and jam... despite loading up on sugar and carbs I have been too busy to eat regular meals so I'm hoping it's all balanced out in an unhealthy sort of way! blush Am about to give them all away now, it will be a relief to have them out of the house!

Lorelai Mon 07-Oct-13 14:06:20

I'm not bothered about the clothes sizes, just doing the maths i can see it will take a while, I just don't want to lose my boobs sad

cq Mon 07-Oct-13 15:43:54

Hi everyone, just checking in again. Not having a brilliant week but not too bad. I too need to find my exercise mojo, phantom - it's a beautiful day today and I was just looking out the window thinking it is the perfect day for a run -- and instead I sat down and turned the PC on angry. I've got the dog shrink coming any minute now so the run will have to wait.

Interesting that some of you are mentioning the feeling of 'plodding' and getting a bit bored with the slow progress - me too. But having caught up with the thread in large chunks rather than a couple of times a day, what has really jumped out at me is that we are all, slowly and imperceptibly, changing our habits. Having 'a few roasties' or 'sharing a cake' and allowing ourselves these are so important to staying on track, I think. We are making better choices - not so long ago it might have been the whole roast dinner with piles of roasties, and a pud, and a few glasses of wine. Or a huge piece of cake and maybe even seconds. So I think that we are slowly turning the ship around and curbing the bad habits that got us here.

We should all give ourselves a big pat on the back.

LegoAcupuncture Mon 07-Oct-13 18:03:33

So far so good. Had a lovely mushroom and pepper omlette with wedges for tea. Still have 5pp so undecided to have crisps or chocolate as a treat.

IsThatTrue Mon 07-Oct-13 18:08:20

Well I've had about 150kcal of my 500 (fast day) so far. Prob going to make soup for dinner which is pretty low cal.

Ds2 still not sleeping so any good decisions I make are bonuses atm.

moonshine Mon 07-Oct-13 19:17:47

Welcome Another guineapig... and wow on that weight loss already in less than 2 months envy.

I hope the weekend wasn't too difficult for you all. I was ok apart from a Nandos involving chips but have realised that my body has had the same weird rhythm over the past few weeks ie I only ever lose weight on a Monday and/or Tuesday, am always heavier on a Saturday (sometimes Sunday), and nearly always stay the same on a Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday (again sometimes), no matter how hard I try confused. Well at least I should be on a weight-loss day (I hope!).

clarinetV2 Mon 07-Oct-13 23:01:11

Welcome Another, good to have you on board. Hooray, you're back, cq - I hope the dog shrink was helpful.

Oh dear oh dear I have a big confession to make. I can hardly bring myself to write this. I've just come back from a long weekend away. I always knew there was going to be a lot of food. If this is to be sustainable long-term then I need to know that I can enjoy eating in the way a 'normal' sweet-toothed person would, IYKWIM. So I was fully intending to enjoy treats in full view of everyone - deserts and wine with evening meals, cake at teatime and so on. In the bad old days I wouldn't have done that publicly because I'd have felt judged, but I would have snuck off on my own whenever I could and wolfed chocolate and cakes where no-one could see. So the plan was to do what I did on holiday in July - enjoy the treats knowing that I can get back on course when I get back home and it's not the start of the slippery slope. No secret binges.

Well, maybe I ate a bit more than intended, and there were a couple of late-night private chocolate occasions. But the big confession starts on the way home. Having had hotel breakfast (bacon and mushrooms with toast) I called in at the chippy for lunch. OK, well maybe that still counted as holiday. Then I went into Sainsburys to pick up some healthy food ready to get back on the wagon. Came out with a loaf of crusty white, a 'luxury' victoria sponge (made with real buttercream it said on the packet) and a giant bar of that new maltesers chocolate bar which I've never had before. I came home and ate the lot. And then I cooked some pasta with a stock cube and ate that as well. I feel ill and disgusted with myself. Why on earth did I do that? It's by far the worst binge I've had for months. Goodness only knows what the scales are going to say on Wednesday. sad

phantomhairpuller Tue 08-Oct-13 05:14:23

Clarinet, don't beat yourself up.

It may be the worst binge you've had in a long time, but it was a one off, right?
You have come such a long way and it's not going to undo all the good you've done.

You're still stones lighter because of your own grit and determination. One silly little slip up isn't going to knock you off your maintenance plan is it?

As has been said to nearly all of us in the past, draw a line under it and move on smile

BirdingWidow Tue 08-Oct-13 08:17:22

I second what Phantom said - it's a pattern you have fought hard to get out of and it is bound to be hard never to slip up - you will put it behind you though and pick up your good habits again.

It made me think though - a few people have said they don't eat sweet stuff / puddings in front of others as they feel judged. Well I have never worried about eating a normal amount of stuff (eg a pudding) in front of people even though i could clearly do without it. However, I eat that and then I binge in secret as well! No wonder I am fat blush

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 08-Oct-13 09:39:58

clarinet don't be too hard on yourself. Habits are very hard to break. You will get there smile

I am fasting today. The weekend was ok but yesterday I didn't make great choices - that is becoming a bit of a pattern that Monday is a 'bad' day so I need to think about how I change that.

phantomhairpuller Tue 08-Oct-13 09:41:17

Ali, could you make Monday a fast day instead? I find it really helps me get back on track after the weekend smile

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 08-Oct-13 09:44:45

I don't think so phantom. DS1 has swimming after school which I find immensely stressful (have to keep DS2 from jumping in!).

Maybe I need to think about it a bit more. DS2 starts preschool next month and will be there on a Monday morning which will give me a chance to get myself on a bit more of an even keel!

I know DH would like us to fast on a Monday, it is me who has said no! smile

Anotherguineapigdown Tue 08-Oct-13 10:04:44

Thanks for the welcome, everyone. smile

I saw some lovely fudge the other day and bought it even though I knew I shouldn't - but I have just wrapped it up in a present for my great aunt so that I don't succomb and eat it! Must post it before I unwrap it again!

The thing that's helping me most I think is that when i find myself starting to think too much about food I just listen to the hypnotism again on my iPod. I find I need to listen about once every two weeks.

I am quite surprised at how much I used to eat before. My meals are now half the size they were before (or less) and I don't snack any more. I'm still full, though. Before I was shovelling away vast quantities without even thinking about it. It is also helping that I always eat at a table now, and never whist doing something else.

Does everyone on here exercise? I really need to start doing some. It isn't really something I have ever enjoyed, and I do feel so self-conscious of doing anything like that in front of other people.

LittleRobots Tue 08-Oct-13 14:53:01

I've just done the gym induction with fitness referal from the doctor. So frustrating to see how unfit I've become but they were really positive and I need to get out of the cycle of negative thinking. It felt good.

No idea yet how I'll work actually going three times a week as husbands hours are erratic. I think I'll need to push myself to book it when he gets his hours and make sure I do it. Feel panicky I won't be able to get away from children but it would be good mentally to escape too.

Sirzy Tue 08-Oct-13 14:55:14

Clarinet you have come so far, don't beat yourself up over one weekend.

BirdingWidow Tue 08-Oct-13 15:41:16

I don't exercise blush. I used to go to a gym about 9 years ago and I actually enjoyed it, but I wasn't commuting so that made a big difference to the amount of time in my day. Now I need to find something I enjoy and which fits my lifestyle. The first element is the biggest problem - I just need to get on with it!

Two good things have happened to me in the last 2 days:

1. I had an interview for some freelance work yesterday and got it. Only a short piece but may lead to more. After being made redundant on mat leave this summer that has given me a confidence boost (as well as a financial one! Now I can lurk on Reastie's Christmas thread guilt-free. Apart from the fact that I will have work to do)

2. Bought my wedding dress this morning smile. The lovely dress i found at the weekend was available and I bought it and I love it. Feel a big nervous about the sizing as she went for my current size (on the basis that dressmaker can take it in) but I hope that it will still look right if has yo be adjusted a lot ( even at my current size it will need a fair bit of adjusting because of my narrow shoulders and back, huge everything else). It is beautiful though.

And the baby has started walking, bless him. So a good week, no need for nibbles <strict>

Reastie Tue 08-Oct-13 16:20:08

Hello another ! I eat alot less now too. It's funny as in a way I think I was more hungry when I ate more. I think I became controlled by hunger (or what felt like hunger). You get used to how much you eat I guess.

Little well done on gym induction. I used to go to the gym (pre DD) then had to give it up due to a prolongued back injury. I never thought I'd get my fitness back again but this past year I've been working on it and think I'm fitter now than I ever have been, so you will get there but it will be frustrating wanting to get there IYKWIM.

Birding yay to wedding dress and work grin

Just finished my insanity cardio <looks at sweat patch on the floor> so that will compensate for the chocolate I had earlier

cq Tue 08-Oct-13 16:27:29

Oho, Birding - the baby has started walking - the pounds are going to drop off you now - following him around, jumping up and down from the chair to fend him off from the next disaster looming - you won't have a minute's rest grin Who needs a gym?

Congrats on buying the perfect wedding dress - you must be so excited now! My wedding dress was SO 'of its time' - I got married in 1994 - but I still get a warm glow when I look at my wedding photos. I was young, beautiful and in love. Sigh.

BirdingWidow Tue 08-Oct-13 16:57:45

That made me chuckle cq. The baby has been able to climb on the sofa and dive head-first over the arm for some time so I have got used to quick catches! Maybe I should see what calories MFP will give me back for that? grin.

I am intrigued to know what a 90s dress that was 'of its time' could possibly be like because the 90s weren't so outrageous, fashion-wise. Now an 80s dress (and perm), that would be fun. Am off to google 1994 era wedding dresses... I will 'choose' the best one for you

BirdingWidow Tue 08-Oct-13 17:40:20

cq, is this you?

Reastie Tue 08-Oct-13 17:48:50

I'm going with this dress

Reastie Tue 08-Oct-13 17:50:14

Actually, no CQ is this you?

Reastie Tue 08-Oct-13 17:52:11

<has far too much fun googling wedding dresses>

Birding can we have a link to your wedding dress? FWIW this is just like my one

BirdingWidow Tue 08-Oct-13 17:53:11

Reastie, that is bringing up all your image results. Which of those beauties is your best bet for the REAL cq?

BirdingWidow Tue 08-Oct-13 18:04:08

Ooh Reastie, that is lovely. I would have loved something like that if I was more waif-like. But I am definitely curvy, whatever my size. And my arms are truly awful and must be covered at all costs. Bingo alert!

There is no picture of the dress on the Internet, hence my weekend panic about whether it is actually still available (even the woman in the shop was flummoxed when she couldnt find it anywhere online, wasn't sure till yesterday that they could still order it). It is a lot more of a big proper wedding dress than I had in mind. Will post a pic of myself in it on MFP profile later if I can figure it out. Bear in mind the sample was two one size too small, also it comes with a beaded tulle shrug with bracelet length sleeves (for bingo wing coverage) but the shop had lost the sample one do I am wearing a random short-sleeved one.

It is actually quite boring in many ways - A-line sleeveless (with shrug!), some beading on the bodice, gathering to cover post-baby tummy, chapel-length train. The really beautiful thing is the fabric, which is a lovely ivory raw silk. I hope I haven't gone OTT, DP thinks I will choose something 'simple' so i think he may be surprised grin.

Reastie Tue 08-Oct-13 18:04:37
Reastie Tue 08-Oct-13 18:07:00

<dashes over to MFP at the ready>

Birding mine was relatively plain and simple and cheap as I felt guilty about spending alot on a dress I would wear on one day only. FWIW I do regret not having a more elaborate and beautiful dress. I get really envy when I see other beautiful wedding piccies and my dress looks really quite dull. If I were to go again please I hope not I would really go for it with a stunning dress. Yours sounds lovely.

BirdingWidow Tue 08-Oct-13 18:45:33

Ooh Reastie, I like the second one. If cq isn't really Celine then I hope that is her instead. Gotta love a mutton sleeve.

I think simple dresses are lovely actually, and sometimes fancier ones can look more dated when you look back. I am sorry you feel like you missed out but i hope you felt wonderful on the day. Sounds like you still rate Mr Reastie as the right choice, which is the most important decision!

I had an alternative 'simple' choice of dress but it was a shorter 50s style and it wouldn't have suited the venue (DP also intends to wear a morning suit in spite of usually being rather scruffy) so a bit more traditional would work better in this case. The dress itself wasn't cheap but nor was it stupid, the alterations will really add up though. Eek.

Weigh day tomorrow, not sure what to expect as it has been a mixed week. Good luck all.

IsThatTrue Tue 08-Oct-13 18:48:51

Oh I love all the wedding dress talk! So pleased you found the one!

My wedding dress cost £30 from f+f (ie tesco shock) it was beautiful. Strapless, fitted bodice, A line, knee length in ivory, with 3 inch panels, some satin and some voile (so shiny and matt) the bodice was all satin but with pin tuck detail.

I couldn't have a huge dress as we got married in Vegas and I had to get the thing out there! I still love it, I felt great in it. And I can almost fit back into it. (Although did only get married 2 years ago)

MissElodie Tue 08-Oct-13 19:06:11

Birding I'm so pleased you were able to get THE dress smile looking forward to seeing the pic on MFP!

Oooh all this wedding dress talk. I've been engaged for a good few years - oh dear can't remember exactly how long - maybe 5 or 6?? I have always thought that if I was slim and happy with myself then I would have got married by now not sure if that is truly the case. I guess we'll see next year - hopefully I'll be thinking about setting a date.....if I've won the lottery that is wink

AnotherGuineaPig welcome smile and well done on your weight loss so far. That's really interesting that you are doing Paul McKenna hypnosis - I bought a similar thing on a Groupon Deal a few months ago but didn't get round to listening to it and then I started calorie counting...maybe I should give it a go!

I don't do any exercise blush again lack of time is my reason excuse there isn't time in the day with my 3 little ones and by the time they are all settled in bed, I make tea and sit down to eat it about 9pm (very very bad eating so late I know) then I am usually so knackered I flop down on the sofa and stay there. I did buy a Davina DVD from Ebay a couple of months ago but it hasn't see the DVD player yet blush blush

I had a takeaway pizza last night - the first time I have 'cheated' when its not been planned sad TBH I did have the willpower to avoid it initially but my DSD and DSS were staying and I just gave in as didn't want to start cooking something separate while they all were tucking in to takeaway. Hopefully won't be tooo much damage tomorrow - fingers crossed!

clarinet just to echo what everyone else has said -I hope you aren't being too hard on yourself, you have done fantastic and I think it must be so hard to truly break the binge cycle but a one off even a big one isn't going to do that much harm - getting back on track is the main thing smile

Lorelai Tue 08-Oct-13 19:45:13

Had a slight willpower fail today; DD1 had a friend round for tea and I did homemade pizza. Usually I can resist the kids' leftovers but tonight the pizza and garlic bread were too hard to resist. Still, only one piece of garlic bread and one sliver of pizza so not as bad as it would have been in the past. Still, combined with my lunch yesterday (buffet at a conference; spring rolls, samosas, onion bhajis), it isn't going to be a great week sad And I will be tested even more in the next couple of days as I will be on nights.

Sirzy Tue 08-Oct-13 19:51:48

I get up early to do half an hour on the wii fit each day as I know then I have at least got something done. Now DS is at pre-school I have also been running a couple of times a week when I am not in uni too

IsThatTrue Tue 08-Oct-13 19:57:35

I run 3x a week. Would love to do more but I d

IsThatTrue Tue 08-Oct-13 19:58:09

^don't have time.

Sorry fat fingers!

clarinetV2 Tue 08-Oct-13 20:29:57

Loving the wedding dresses! I was a 1980s bride, at which point I was going through a kind of hippy/grunge phase. So my wedding get-up featured black calf-length tasselled skirt, leg-warmers (red, over bright pink socks), DMs and a knitted pullover!! My mother nearly had a fit when she saw what I was wearing - she was doggedly in a sober mother-of-the-bride outfit complete with posh hat.

I'm back on the wagon today. It's taken some hoisting to get myself up there, but I reckon I'm going to need a couple of weeks at least back on the weight-loss (i.e. pre-maintenance) plan to make good the damage. So I've had around 1100 calories today, mostly protein and veggies. Thanks for the support, everyone. Still annoyed with myself, but not derailed.

HenriettaPye Tue 08-Oct-13 21:33:53

Weigh in tomorrow...so why am I eating pizza now?? confusedconfused

BirdingWidow Tue 08-Oct-13 21:38:27

Clarinet, that is amazing. Did you have big hair at all? rather wishes big hair was fashionable now as own hair is naturally huge

IsThat, I am amazed and impressed that you found something you love for such a great price! You have made me feel slightly embarrassed about having spent so much... blush

Right, i have put a couple of pics on MFP. The front view looks surprisingly okay, the side one shows where much of my excess weight is and makes me feel a bit... gulp.

(I apologise to anyone who isn't interested in wedding dresses, I am excited today but promise not to go on and on...I am not, in general, a Bridezilla. Honest.)

MissElodie, I decided early on that i wouldn't let my weight slow down my wedding plans and i am glad but I do sometimes wish I had waited until I had lost the weight so I would look how I want to look, in my head. However, that is a lot of pressure and the day may never come; meanwhile we have a life together and i'd like to celebrate that. So we are cracking on. Go on, start thinking about it!

Debs75 Tue 08-Oct-13 21:52:46

Clarinet don't let one day drag you off the wagon. Our battles with weight were not won or lost with one bad day of food.

Them wedding dresses were shockers. If I ever get married I want a rainbow theme I love this one or this one Not that it will ever happen though, we have been 'engaged' for 18 years and not even got around to discussing marriage properly.
DP has just said that we have discussed it, well I discuss it and he just doesn't listen.

Exercise, I hate exercise but I do walk everywhere if I can and I cycle twice a week and I did Zumba earlier. If I have the time I go with DP swimming. Apart from that I don't do much

cq Tue 08-Oct-13 22:16:00

shockshock I can't believe you were all talking about me and I wasn't here.

Some of those dresses are shockers - mine is positively tasteful by comparison!! I would scan a photo for you, but with the ongoing bloody builders saga, all my photo albums and pictures are in boxes.

I will try and find something similar on't'interweb. grin

cq Tue 08-Oct-13 22:19:12

Ooh, ooh, ooh, I've just found one of our wedding photos that I think one of the kids scanned in for some school homework. Will post on my profile, if I can work out how!! OMG I look so young!!

cq Tue 08-Oct-13 22:34:28

OK, it's on my profile - I've gone public! It's v small though - you'll need to squint attractively.

BirdingWidow Tue 08-Oct-13 22:56:02

cq, that's utterly fabulous! I love the hat and the shape of the coat (I presume it was a separate piece?). It is really dramatic. Is that really of its time though? If there was a particular fashion for the equestrian look in the 90s it passed me by like all fashions, to be fair .

Now I feel boring

BirdingWidow Wed 09-Oct-13 05:25:46

Up way with baby and back to earth with a bump... He was reeeeally sick in the night but didn't cry so I was oblivious till this morning. Vomit literally everywhere. He needs a bath. Poor little man sad. Mins you, cleaning up vomit... Now I really feel like a mum grin

Lost 1 lb. s'alright.

MiaWallace Wed 09-Oct-13 06:25:20

STS this week

Sirzy Wed 09-Oct-13 06:55:34

-2 which takes me to 12 stone 13 smile

LittleRobots Wed 09-Oct-13 07:06:59

16st 7. Poo. I thought I'd eaten a bit better but I've been quite ill and not really exercised at all. I had in my head I wanted to lose 1.5 pounds a week on average and then I'd be an acceptable weight in a year! Grr. I'm doing something wrong.

LittleRobots Wed 09-Oct-13 07:07:25

That's a gain of a pound.

clarinetV2 Wed 09-Oct-13 07:14:22

cq, that's a fabulous photo. Lovely start to the day!

I'm afraid, LittleRobots, I'm going to beat you by miles on the weight gain stakes. In fact I think I'm setting a new record for the quiche - most weight gained in a single week. Five pounds on for me. sad Hopefully a fair bit of that is water. Thanks to everyone for encouraging me back onto the wagon. I'm trying not to be too disappointed - after all, I'm still more than five and a half stone less than I was last August. And my size 14 clothes are still too big!

clarinetV2 Wed 09-Oct-13 07:16:08

Sorry, posted too soon. Congratulations, Sirzy, for making it into the 12s. Fantastic news. Birding, well done on the weight loss, and I hope your day gets better!

Sirzy Wed 09-Oct-13 07:20:13

Little and clarinet - today is the start of a new week (in quiche terms) so perfect chance to get back on top of things!

Clarinet - you have come so far it's fantastic, slip ups are fine coz you know you can get back on it!

Little - have you tried doing a good diary/mfp? Really helped me when I was starting out as it made me think before I ate!

Thanks clarinet, it also marks to 3 stone lost mark. I will celebrate with a salad later and maybe some new clothes!

phantomhairpuller Wed 09-Oct-13 07:30:35

STS this week. A bit disheartened but hardly surprised!! Must try harder wink

Reastie Wed 09-Oct-13 07:34:47

STS again here

IsaacCox Wed 09-Oct-13 07:44:11

+1 here blush not surprised though as I've eaten terribly this week and it's the time of the month year here!

So now I'm 15st 13 and need -2lb to get 2 stone.

Good luck to all weighing in today smile

IsThatTrue Wed 09-Oct-13 07:48:34

1lb down for me today:

Starting weight 14stone 1
Current weight 11stone 1

So total weight loss is exactly 3 stone!

My original goal was in 8lbs but to be perfectly honest I think I need to get to around the 10 stone mark. But that means only 1 stone left to go! smile

Well done sirzy !!

clarinet you're back on it now which is what's important, draw a line in the sand and move on.

robots try not to be too disappointed as long as you keep on going you'll get there.

BirdingWidow Wed 09-Oct-13 07:55:32

Sirzy, that's two milestones in one week, the 12s and 2 stone off. Defo worth celebrating with a new clothe or two.

Clarinet, you are bound to bounce around your target. I am glad you are sticking with us though - we need the inspiration and its good that you have people who understand the pull of food. We can talk here in a way we wouldn't in RL. and I am sure I will smash your quiche record over Christmas week anyway

HerdyHerdwick Wed 09-Oct-13 08:32:14

I'm working away from home, so I haven't weighed this morning. Will check in again next week when I'm back home.
Good luck to everyone!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 09-Oct-13 09:42:42

STS here.

Definitely getting thinner though, I can feel it in my clothes.

clarinet don't be too harsh on yourself, as you say a lot of that will be water. You can do it smile

cq Wed 09-Oct-13 11:47:31

I think I'm down another 1lb, which puts me back to where I was before I fell off the wagon. But when I went to log it on MFP, I had gained a bit, but I think I didn't log the 2lb gain the other week, so MFP is confused. As am I

Thanks for the comments about the photo, Clarinet and Birding - it was a lovely dress - strapless, fitted dress with a long 'riding habit' skirt, a long fitted jacket over the top and a top hat with lace veiling around the brim. All made by my very very clever SIL. All it cost me was the fabric - we had a lovely day trawling round fabric shops somewhere in London for just the right shade of raw silk, and lace to go over the top on the jacket.

I weighed 9.5 stone and was a small size 12 then. Happy days. I was heavily into horses in those days - had 2 of my own, which I was secretly hoping someone would spruce up and bring to the church, as it was right next door to the livery yard where they lived. Sadly no-one was brave enough, probably just as well. I did get my horse-drawn carriage though, which I had dreamed about since I was a little girl - you can just see it in the background.

Anyway, this is not a weddings thread - so - Clarinet you are FORBIDDEN to beat yourself up about last week - if you must look back, then look at the whole picture - look how far you've come. I yearn to be a size 14 again.

Well done to all the other losers this week - another milestone Sirzy, great stuff.

BirdingWidow Wed 09-Oct-13 14:49:36

I could see the carriage outside cq. Can't believe your luck having such a lovely dress made by SIL.

I am not having a good day. Baby has D&(projectile)V. Both of us are on our third set of clothes for the day. I am tegretting buying a deep pile rug for his room. I have just binged for the first time in ages - on taramasalata, of all things. And in a moment of weakness I bought a big bar of Dairy Milk Daim (because it is new- poor excuse). And I have opened it. Only had a little bit but I fear the inevitable. I don't know how to stop! I have the feeling that I can't stay within my calories today so what the heck? So frustrating as I had managed not to think like that for a while. (It's never far away though).

LayMizzRarb Wed 09-Oct-13 15:28:24

down 1 lb this week! Good luck to everyone!

Debs75 Wed 09-Oct-13 15:31:17

1 and a half lbs off!!!!!!grin
My first loss on these threads. Feeling absolutely great about it.
Now just need to keep up the good work as having a takeaway on Sunday then out for a breakfast on Monday. May have to have just some toast instead.

Well done to the other losers

Lorelai Wed 09-Oct-13 17:59:44

Well done on all the losses today, commiserations to those who haven't done as they would like. I will check in later, after my SW weigh in, on my way to my night shift. I've packed a lunch bag full of free food (potato omlette, salad, a couple of my special scotch eggs, banana, orange, mug shot pasta thing, a couple of cereal bars) - hopefully that will be enough to keep me away from the inevitable chocolates and cakes - just hope no-one decides to do a 3am Magnum run (it has been known!)

MissElodie Wed 09-Oct-13 18:29:54

Argh where has my post gone???

Granted it wasn't particularly interesting but still I have been tried to post on the thread since this morning! First attempt there was a power cut, second attempt was interrupted by visitors and now the third attempt that I thought I'd posted has vanished hmm confused

Reastie Wed 09-Oct-13 18:30:55

cq love that piccie, you look amazing. Love the fact you have a jacket so you won't turn blue from the cold in a thin strappy dress like I did <nods to birding with offering of advice>

MissElodie Wed 09-Oct-13 19:21:17

Why won't my post post?!

<worries post will appear about 20 times now>

Hmmm is it to do with this penis beaker business?? shock

MissElodie Wed 09-Oct-13 19:22:28

Right try again.....

sirzy well done on your milestones this week smile

Debs Yay!! that's great - well done smile

Birding oh dear poor little man sad Hope he gets better soon. I know that feeling all too well where I think sod it if I know I'm going to go over my calories its like I have to do it in spectacular style blush Anyway I hope you managed to resist the Dairy Milk Dime bar mmm sounds lovely, or if not then I hope you've not gone tooo overboard!

MissElodie Wed 09-Oct-13 19:27:02

ooh seems to work if my posts aren't long...

cq how fab that your SIL made your wedding dress for you exactly how you wanted it and you saw it right through from picking material stage - how lovely. Birding I love your dress - it looks like the type of thing I have imagined that I would wear too. You are so right that the weight shouldn't hold you back from getting married.....perhaps in the new year I will start the planning again

LegoAcupuncture Wed 09-Oct-13 19:31:40

Not been online much. I've STS amazingly. Thought I'd at least have out on three stone grin

Well done everyone who has lost this week.

MissElodie Wed 09-Oct-13 19:33:59

and last one....

I have lost 1lb this week - although its probably more like 0.5 pound damn you digital scales but I like to round down grin

MissElodie Wed 09-Oct-13 19:38:05

right - sorry about multiple posts. That has taken a ridiculously looooong time to post - as my DP has just pointed out too as he is holding baby while I do it wanting me to hurry up - grrr!

Anyway last thing - Well done to those who've lost and STS this week - good luck to those still to weigh in!

moonshine Wed 09-Oct-13 21:03:15

Don't know what's wrong with my scales as they're all over the place, but I shall declare -0.5lb. So slow but better off than on. Hang on in there gainers - I've been there a thousand times and it will go in the long run.

But I want to cry [warning trivial problem]. I've bought a lovely dress for an event next Monday, a size 18, but it's about 1 inch too tight around my back and, as it's cotton, there's no give, sob. Not even my hold-in full slip helps. There's no hope is there and now I have to find something else in my wardrobe to wear.(But I'm going to keep the dress and am determined to wear it to my works Xmas party which is in the first week of December)

I know my problem is still excepting my larger size is not just a 1 month blip and that I am actually now a large 18 so not 18s will fit. Which means I am crap at buying clothes at the moment.

Ok, self-pity over. Well done to all losers, especially if you've hit one of those pleasing milestones.

HenriettaPye Wed 09-Oct-13 21:15:14

Hello!! I've not been able to get on all afternoon, not sure what's going on! I've put on 1lb this week- amazed it's not more!! I've been bad and time of the month.

Well done for all losses, STS and achievements everyone- going to have a good read through the thread now.

Will leave it til tomorrow morning again to do the official results incase some others are having the same problem as me and can't log on!

Lorelai Thu 10-Oct-13 01:12:33

Half a pound off here, to be expected really as I have had a couple of 'moments'.

BirdingWidow Thu 10-Oct-13 05:56:39

Reastie, I consider myself warned. Might buy another layer at the last minute if may doesn't look to be shaping up warm.

MissElodie, glad you like the dress. There are a lot of similar ones out there as it is a flattering shape. Funny how there can be dozens of dresses almost the same but somehow I really dislike most of them and then loved one.

I have missed this penis beaker business, must look it up! I has a hard enough time yesterday keeping up with Isaac on bargains, and DS on 'emissions'. Poor boy is still v sick, doctor today as I am feeling a bit worried about him. He's had 4 baths in last 24 hrs due to catastrophes and was sick / diarrhoea again in the night. Currently asleep on my chest. It's the first time I've been through D&V with a baby and.... Wow! I am giving thanks hourly for the invention if the washing machine.

Managed to rescue my day a bit yesterday by having veg soup amd jelly for dinner and then going to bed before I could eat that chocolate. DP helpfully had some so that if I can't resist the rest, at least there is less of it. Wot a gent grin

TiredNursey Thu 10-Oct-13 06:40:00

Mad day yesterday so didn't get to check in but I put 2lbs on. Eek. Well to be fair I kind of haven't been as careful and there was 2 leaving dos at work so lots of "Lunch" that mainly involved sausage rolls and cake so I got stuck in. Plus I didnt do any walking for a week because of my chest infection.
So I know exactly what the issues are and I plan to do better this week.

ImThinkingBoutMyDoorbell Thu 10-Oct-13 09:02:11

Not online much yesterday as wasn't feeling very well. Amazingly am down half a pound, considering how much cake I have been making (and consuming!) this week. I'm happy with that!

Hi all,
Not having good time at mo weightloss wise, not sure i've fallen off wagon but definitely dangling feet over the side! I've put on 1lb this week, thats the first gain since I started in june. :-(
But I haven't been monitoring calories or running due to being so ridiculously busy and stressed. Move end of month and having so many setbacks with house and farm. PhD manicand ddesperately guarding any free time to keep aside for my children!
Must remember though that this is an absolute priority for me to keep going. I've lost 50lbs in 4 months, now is not the time to quit otherwise everytime I get stressed I'll revert to my old ways! I feel like it isn't the weightloss I need to beat but my ways of handling stress (ie food!) That I need to conquer and thats the challenge I now face! Does that make sense?

Sirzy Thu 10-Oct-13 09:13:49

Yellow - that makes perfect sense. I think often half of the battle is changing relationships with food and habits which rely on food, if you have spent your adult life comfort eating then changing that when times are already tough is difficult

HenriettaPye Thu 10-Oct-13 09:43:10

Yellow- you have done so fantastically well to have only had one gain since June! And that gain is only a small one - 1lb! You can do this, jump back on the wagon and lose that lb next week! smile

HenriettaPye Thu 10-Oct-13 09:52:45

Phew back to normal now- penis beaker really messed things up last night!

ok here goes...

miawallace STS
sirzy -2lb (fantastic 3 stone loss overall!!)
littlerobots +1lb
clarinet +5lb
phantomhairpuller STS
reastie STS
isaaccox +1lb
isthattrue -1lb
alibaba STS
CQ -1lb
Laymiz -1lb
debs -1.5lb grin
legoacupuncture STS
missElodie -1lb
moonshine -0.5lb
henrietta +1lb
Lorelai -0.5lb
tirednursey +2lb
imthinkingbout -0.5lb
yellowcanary +1lb
birdingwidow -1lb

so slimmer of the week is sassy Sirzy!! wink Sirzy has lost 3 stone in total now, and is into the 12 stones! thanks big big well done to you!

Looks like im not the only one who struggled this week. But thats ok, we are all going to have bad weeks. the main thing is that we dont give up, that we keep coming on, posting our results and offering support to those who need it.

I dont know about you all but im finding it hard to fit exercise in at the minute. My kids are loaded with the cold so i dont want to be taking them out walking in the pram, then when DH comes home at 7, its pitch black and cold, and getting into my pyjamas and watching crap on tv seems so much more appealing. I feel i already rely on my mum too much, without asking her to keep them regularly while i go walking/to the gym etc.

So total loss this week was 10lb! the weight of two Chihuahuas. Lets work hard this week and try and lose double that!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 10-Oct-13 16:25:11

Finding time to exercise with small children is a real challenge. I manage it rarely.
DS2 starts preschool after half-term. Just two mornings a week but it will mean that I can definitely commit to going to the gym once a week minimum which will be a big improvement from the current situation!

Fasting today, doing ok. I'm really determined to lose a couple of pounds this week.
Non-scale victories earlier though. I bought a new swimsuit for when we go away in a couple of weeks. It actually looks good. Not 'that will cover up as much of me as possible', but good smile Also needed new bras, so I'm down another back-size and now wearing a 32J smile smile

Sirzy Thu 10-Oct-13 16:42:39

My first slimmer of the week smile Yay smile

I have found exercising so much easier since DS has been at pre-school, I am only in uni 2 days a week so the other 3 mornings I have been running. And actually enjoying it!

clarinetV2 Thu 10-Oct-13 17:25:46

Congratulations, Sirzy, and thanks Henrietta for doing the sums again. Not such a good week for the quiche overall, but let's try hard to make this coming week a good one. Yellow, that makes complete sense to me. The psychological factors (combined with the physiological effects of addiction) are definitely the ones to address and beat. I get moments of depression thinking that I'm going to be struggling with food addiction for the rest of my life, but I know it's already easier than it was this time last year (falls of the wagon are less frequent and I'm much more confident about being able to get back aboard) so hopefully it will go on getting easier - though realistically, always an issue. Incidentally, what is the subject of your PhD? Just curious. I've no idea how you're managing small children, a move and a demanding course of study - I feel stressed just thinking about it!

Thanks clarinet, my PhD is in social policy focusing on early intervention services for vulnerable children and the role of communities. I have say I daily think I'm mad taking this all on, though happened by chance rather than planned! Will settle once we've renovated new house and moved!

phantomhairpuller Thu 10-Oct-13 18:25:21

Couldn't agree more about struggling to fit in time to exercise. We don't live particularly close to any family (as in babysitters wink) so the only chance I get is when DH is home- evenings or weekends.

Fast day for me today, have been on tenterhooks all day waiting to hear about job interview I went on yesterday, so I haven't actually felt like eating all day wink

Finally at 5.40pm when i'd given up hope I got the call. I GOT THE JOB!!! It's nothing spectacular, very similar to the job i was doing before maternity leave- but it's 10mins away from home as opposed to 45mins! I'm over the moon, it's been a long time coming smile

DH, bless his heart, forgot I was in a fast day and has come in with a huge box of chocolates and a bottle of champagne to day well done!

I may have to sit on my hands all evening. Or sew my mouth shut! grin

Sirzy Thu 10-Oct-13 18:30:42

Congratulations phantom

Well done phantom! !

IsThatTrue Thu 10-Oct-13 19:20:23

Well done phantom and you can have chocs and champagne tomorrow smile

I find it ok to exercise but I only really run. And I have a buggy for ds2 that I can run with. Dd and ds1 are at school all day and I work flexi hours at home. So I have much more time to fit stuff in. What I can't manage atm is anything that has a set time in the evening as ds2 still feeds to sleep and has a habit of waking up half an hour after he's been out down, for more boob. So I miss my beloved Zumba. But tbh the running is doing me well so I shouldn't complain.

Tomorrow will be a bad day diet wise as am at a friends in the afternoon for dcs to have tea and us to gossip and then at another friends for a takeaway later on. I do not want to make good food choices I just want to eat what I fancy. So my plan is to do a mini fast and eat nothing until I go out and then I can have what I like. On sat am doing a 5k jog run with ds1 as I promised he could come to parkrun with me this week. And then me dd ds1 and ds2 (in the buggy) are doing a 5k sponsored walk for charity in the evening (I out pyjamas shock). So if I splurge tomo at least I'll burn some of it off the next day!

HenriettaPye Thu 10-Oct-13 20:28:49

Well done phantom! And your DH sounds so lovely!!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 10-Oct-13 20:38:33

Well done phantom! Fab news on the short commute, that is worth it's weight in gold because life will be massively easier.

Enjoy your chocolates tomorrow! grin

cq Fri 11-Oct-13 10:16:38

Congratulations Phantom - hope you're looking forward to getting stuck into the champagne and chocolates tonight. Just think of all that extra exercise you can do in the extra 70 mins you've saved on your round trip wink

When do you start? Will you have to buy a whole new wardrobe of work clothes?

IsThatTrue sounds like you'll shift a few pounds on Saturday - hope the weather's not too awful for you all, especially in your PJ's.

BirdingWidow Fri 11-Oct-13 10:56:30

Congrats Phantom. A shorter commute makes a huge world of difference to quality of life, in my experience. Definitely worth celebrating.

Baby is still sick, though a bit better. Wish I could say the same... I am now on the norovirus diet. I wouldn't recommend it but I'll say this for it: I am not tempted by food at all. Not a thing. Ug.

Back on the wagon going well, being good yesterday resulted in the gained 1lb disappearing by this morn, so I'm back to 12st8lbs.
Just fijished my bowl of stir fry veg for lunch. Out for dinner this eve, menu is online so trying to pre choose based on healthy choices! !

phantomhairpuller Fri 11-Oct-13 18:10:50

The champagne is open and it's goood!!

Happy weekend ladies grin

Debs75 Fri 11-Oct-13 19:10:31

Argh after a good week I have had 3 large chocolate cookies which DP sneaked into the trolley yesterday.angry I should of resisted them, but they were gorgeous. I have made up by having soup with no bread and lots of veg with no carbs for tea.

Great news on the job Phantom

Anotherguineapigdown Fri 11-Oct-13 19:22:38

Well done on the job, Phantom!

I am dreading my weigh-in tomorrow. I have been ok food-wise, as the hypnotism seems to take care of that, but I have had a few glasses of wine, and I had half a bottle of Champagne one evening as it was my wedding anniversary. I think the best I can hope for is STS, but I expect it will be a gain. sad

Sirzy Fri 11-Oct-13 19:24:44

I really need chocolate and wine tonight. Trying hard to resist raiding the freezer for chocolate, thankfully no wine in the house!

clarinetV2 Fri 11-Oct-13 21:10:38

Excellent news, Phantom, well done. Enjoy the champagne - you deserve it.

I've mostly been back on the wagon this week, but there were cakes this afternoon at a work event, and I had one before I'd even thought about it. And I went for a drink after work. I meant to stick to mineral water, but ended up having two gin and tonics. I'm going to try really hard to have a healthy weekend - I've a long walk planned for Sunday weather permitting, and a full day of non-food-related things tomorrow, so hopefully all will go well. One of the things I'm doing tomorrow is scouring the local charity shops to see if I can get a couple of jackets and maybe a few other bits and pieces for work because I don't have anything to wear in cold weather that fits me! Around this time last year I bought a load of size 18 clothes for autumn/winter - I was so pleased at the time to be fitting into size 18 (it sounds much less to me than 20) but now they hang off me. I can't afford a big shop at the moment, so I'm hoping that the charity shops will kit me out for the time being.

Anotherguineapig, half a bottle of champagne on your anniversary doesn't sound overly indulgent to me. You might find it hasn't made too much of an impact if you've been careful with your eating.

clarinetV2 Fri 11-Oct-13 21:11:34

Oh, and Sirzy, step away from the freezer!! You can do it.

Anotherguineapigdown Sat 12-Oct-13 10:52:35

Just weighed in and by some miracle, despite the wine and Champagne, I am now 15 stone 2 and three quarters (don't you just love digital scales?)! Which is 3 and a quarter pounds down!

I will only count the 3 pounds, as it will give me a quarter pound start on next week. grin So that is a total of 35 pounds lost - so that is an average two-year-old and 2 chihuahuas! grin

I am so pleased. I am going on holiday next Friday so I need to make sure I keep on track while I am away.

MissElodie Sat 12-Oct-13 10:56:30

phantom congrats on the job - that's great news smile

I well and truly fell off the wagon the last couple of days sad On Thursday night I had chips, rice, curry sauce and cheese and even though my stomach hurt as I had eaten so much I still stuffed in a big bar (200 grams??) of Dairy Milk bubbly just because I thought I may as well cheat big style blush blush . I tried to get back on yesterday but fell off again when I ate choc digestives, crisps and tea cakes without really thinking about it.

Urgh - daily weigh in shows 3lb on for my sins shock. I need to get back in the mindset now before I do even more damage sad. Hopefully today will be a good day........hope everyone else has a good weekend smile

MissElodie Sat 12-Oct-13 10:58:36

well done anothergp 3lb loss is great especially when you weren't expecting it!!

MiaWallace Sat 12-Oct-13 18:44:39

I have really been struggling the last few weeks hence my lack of posts.

Feeling motivated again now though as three people have commented on my weight loss this week. I don't know why people are now noticing because I've only managed to lose 2lb in the last three weeks.

It been nice that 2 of the people who commented on my loss didn't even know I was dieting so it's not as if they were looking for it (does that make sense?)

Also bought a size 16 jumper today. Although it has a bit of give, plus it's also a bit snug, I can actually wear it without looking ridiculous. I definitely can't claim to be a 16 yet but maybe now an 18 on top instead of the 22 that I was.

Congratulations on the job Phantom.

HenriettaPye Sat 12-Oct-13 21:12:05

Mia sorry to hear you have been struggling, but glad to see you back on track. Sorry I have been neglecting you all, I've been so busy getting ready for my best friends wedding on Monday! Had my spray tan tonight so fingers crossed it turns out ok! Nails have been done, Wax has been done and getting hair done on Monday morning. I've never been this pampered! smile

Sirzy Sat 12-Oct-13 21:15:44

Seems lots of us are struggling at the moment, we need a group kick up the backside I think!

I had pizza for tea (only 1/4 of a pizza though) and have dragged myself to bed to stop me eating more. I am blaming time of the month but know I need to keep myself in control.

BirdingWidow Sat 12-Oct-13 22:41:58

Mia, I am glad you are feeling motivated again. Sometimes the scales are not as encouraging as other feedback, such as looser clothes or others noticing we look different. (though in my case it is the other way round -scales show decent loss of almost 2 stone since spring but I am still in the same jeans, grr). But any encouraging sign is good, other progress will surely follow.

Don't give up everyone - I am plodding on but don't think I can do it without you lot! feeling much better today and had my first meal in 2 days tonight. However, DP is now sick... Hope this plague passes soon sad

Glad you're feeling better birding. Hope your dh recovers quickly!
I'm doing much better now being strict on myself again.
Mia, I think we all drop off thread when having a bad time as its hard to admit its going wrong. I find posting lots and checking in helps me throw myself back in the zone! I'm aiming for 2lbs this week!

Reastie Sun 13-Oct-13 11:33:32

Birding you will get in new jeans, promise! Glad you're feeling better, how miserable.

Mia 2lbs in 3 weeks is still really good even if it's not as much as you'd like. I try to tell myself it took xx years to go on so will take a long time to come off. Go and weigh 3lbs of sugar or flour from your cupboard and you'll see 3lbs is actually quite alot in weight. You're doing really well and just need to keep it up and eventually you will get there. Being a snug 16 is amazing from a 22, you've done so well (that sounds patronising but it isn't meant to be). This is a marathon not a sprint.

MissElodie what's done is done, it's the getting back on it and not giving up that's the main thing.

Another great work grin

I've just done my insanity workout. DH watched me for some of it blush and I think thought it looked quite hard or maybe it was me making it look hard which made me grin . Really worked hard though so feel good and hoping for a 1 lb loss this week.

IsThatTrue Sun 13-Oct-13 13:09:03

Hi everyone. In my professional opinion <fnar> I think the weather has a lot to answer for with this dieting lark. Who wants salad when it's freezing?! I need to get my arse in gear and make some soup which should help.

What would also help would be DH letting me put the heating on. But as we haven't frozen yet (and are poor, and they just upped our utilities prices) I doubt it will happen any time soon.

I got my last box of 'too small' clothes out of the loft today and am amazed a lot of it fitted I now have my golddigga jeans and my hot pants back in my wardrobe! And a pair of pedal pusher jeans that Ive never worn before as they say size 12 but when I last tried them I was size 12 and they were snug. They fit well now. I still can't quite believe I'm heading towards size 10. shock although I'm still not into a normal bmi range, at least another 8lbs until then <sigh>

We can all do it though. I can't believe I was 3 stone heavier in June!

Sirzy Sun 13-Oct-13 13:18:04

I agree the weather doesn't help, it really makes me crave carbs and stodgy food. I will have to find a way around this if I want to keep up the weight loss.

Sirzy Sun 13-Oct-13 13:18:48

and well done on fitting the smaller clothes smile

I am fitting into size 14s perfectly, which given I was verging on size 20 (in denial and squashing into 18s!) in May I am happy with that. One day i will be size 12!

Reastie Sun 13-Oct-13 13:24:32

isthattrue how can you be a size 12 and not yet a healthy BMI?! shock . I'm teetering around the 11 stone mark (5"6) and a size 14 and I'm nearly healthy BMI!

sirzy - amazeballs!

Sirzy Sun 13-Oct-13 13:27:52

BMI is stupid, I am still obese with BMI and have a long way to go before I am classed as healthy weight. I think its because I am so short but its very frustrating!

IsThatTrue Sun 13-Oct-13 16:44:54

I'm only 5'4 so maybe that's why. I'm 11stone1 and fitting small size 12s easily and large size 10s (maybe with a bit of muffin top but not hideously so). To have a healthy bmi I need to be 10stone7 at the heaviest. But that's the lightest I've been in 10 years (when i was 17 and fell pregnant with dd) so who knows if I'll ever get past that.

I agree with you sirzy bmi is stupid!

clarinetV2 Sun 13-Oct-13 18:17:33

Sizes are weird too, though. There was a thread on AIBU some time ago where someone asked what weight/size people of 5' 4" were. I joined in, as I'm about half an inch less than that. Can't remember what I weighed at the time as it was a few months ago, but there were a lot of women weighing more than me taking smaller sizes. At 9 stone 2ish and comfortably inside the healthy BMI range I'm taking pretty much the same sizes as you, IsThatTrue - except that size 12 tends to be better up top, with 10 fitting better for trousers. Does that mean I'm a lot less toned than you, or what? Not that I'm complaining, as size 10/12 is something I could never have dreamed of a year ago. But it does seem odd that at the same height there is such a difference.

I'm with people on the weather making it harder to eat healthily. My lovely country walk today didn't come off. Just didn't feel like braving the wind and the rain, so I did a couple of miles along the coast and that was it. But my eating has been reasonable (not perfect, but no major slips) this weekend, so I hope for OK news on Wednesday. And I made a big batch of soup this afternoon which is now in the freezer so that there's something quick and easy when I get in at night this coming week - I'm with IsThatTrue on not wanting salad in this weather.

MissElodie I completely get the carrying on eating after you're so full your tummy hurts. That's what I did last Monday - it was as if having gone so wrong already I may as well make the most of it, even though I knew that was stupid. There's only one thing for it, though. Heave yourself back onto the wagon!

IsThatTrue Sun 13-Oct-13 22:26:00

clarinet no idea wether it makes me more toned tbh. I can't fit size 10 tops due to massive bfing boobs. Nut trousers are def heading that way. I always seem to weigh more than I look though. Even at 14stone1 (where I started) I was a size 16.

It's all so variable, do its hard to know what's 'right'.

Within my current wardrobe I have jeans between sizes 12 to 16. They all fit perfectly!

Sneaky weigh in this morn and 2lb off this week, I feel well and truly back on the wagon!! smile

Debs75 Mon 14-Oct-13 14:21:15

A bit of a boast here. Tried on a pair of size 16 bootcut jeans on Saturday and they fittedgrin I haven't been a 16 now for about 9 years so this is a huge momentous event for me.

Had a sneaky takeaway last night then a cooked breakfast today to recover from a very late night with way too much driving. got to be good this week but it is Fair week so I will be tempted by all the fudge, chestnuts, doughnuts, hot dogs, brandy snap and coconuts. On the plus side it is a huge fair and we will do a lot of walking. I think a week of soups is on the cards again.

phantomhairpuller Mon 14-Oct-13 14:26:56

Well done debs gringrin

Sirzy Mon 14-Oct-13 14:28:55

Well done Debs smile

Yellow, glad you are getting back on track.

I did a 2 mile run this morning (well run/jog/walk combination) and really enjoyed it even in the rain!

BirdingWidow Mon 14-Oct-13 16:04:30

Am I the only one seeing an odd picture in several posts (looks like a picture of a washing machine in a cupboard, appearing for the first time in Sirzy's sunday post of 13.18)? I feel I may be going mad...l am viewing on an iPad.

and hello everyone!

phantomhairpuller Mon 14-Oct-13 16:17:44

Birding, is it the emoticons? Like this grinwink

Maybe they're not showing up correctly on your iPad?!

BirdingWidow Mon 14-Oct-13 17:50:04

No, the emoticons look fine. It is a picture about 8x5 times the size of the normal emoticons, you can't miss it! Its quite a detailed picture of a wasgine machine i think?! And it is showing up on the Christmas bargain thread too. I will check the site stuff. (DS had me up at 2.30am and I couldn't get back to sleep so I may be delusional but this seems very odd?)

phantomhairpuller Mon 14-Oct-13 17:56:15

grin at being delusional!

But I have no idea what you're on about otherwise!

IsThatTrue Mon 14-Oct-13 18:37:19

birding could it be an ad that's coming up in an odd place? It does that on my phone sometimes. (Never seen a washing machine though).

debs well done you! I love all the shrinking wardrobes. Real incentive to carry on.

BirdingWidow Tue 15-Oct-13 06:01:11

Morning all. I am still seeing washing machines and today I have had a lavish 5 1/2 hours sleep. Others reported seeing random pictures in threads yesterday (also iPad) so maybe there is a bug.

Speaking of which, I have been making up for my bug by stuffing myself. I had to sit at a computer all day yesterday for the first time in ages and I was itching to nibble. I know where my worst habits lie, now to avoid them...

Size 16 jeans must feel great Deb, congratulations!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 15-Oct-13 10:53:31

Morning everyone, sorry I've been a bit AWOL, we had a busy weekend and then yesterday was hectic catching up with chores etc.

I'm fasting today, going ok so far.

I had a bit of a depressing moment over the weekend. I really want a new dress to wear when DH and I go out for our anniversary in a couple of weeks, and I couldn't find anything I liked in John Lewis that fitted. The two things I picked up to try on looked hideous and clung to every lump and I felt awful and frumpy.
Made me realise that I still need to lose a good 20 pounds before I can buy really lovely stylish clothes and look good in them. Ho hum.

Hey All
Birding - Must be very annoying for you, but the image of floating washing machines which no-one else can see has made me giggle!
Debs - well done on the jeans, its such a lovely moment when these things happen!
Alibaba - Sorry it was a depressing moment, we've definitely all been there! Try to use it as motivation instead. Find something you really want to wear and plan a special occasion with your DH in the future and think that is what I will be wearing then!

I have a beautiful dress in my wardrobe that I plan on wearing for DH on our 'getting together' anniversary, as I know he loves it. I wanted to be under 12 stone by then, it has been one of my goals since I had DS2 in June, so I really want to achieve it - it would mark 4 stone gone! We met on Halloween, and I am currently 12st7lbs so my work is cut out over the next few weeks! Great target to have though!

I'm being ok at the moment. All the stress we have going on at the moment is making picking at inappropriate foods a huge temptation but so far I am resisting!!

Sirzy Wed 16-Oct-13 06:31:59

Just one pound off this week.

Good luck everyone!

Reastie Wed 16-Oct-13 06:42:01

Grrrr, just weighed myself and after 4 days of having dropped 1lb I'm back up 1lb this morning to STS angry . Hopefully it'll be back off by tomorrow though.

Ali I know that feeling well and it's really depressing. Just think of this time next year when you WILL love how you look in everything if you keep on it.

Yay for debs grin

I got 2 comments at work yesterday about how I look slim. Now, I'm a size 14 so I don't think I'm slim at all, but it's nice of them to say. Also got an actual jaw drop from one lady who asked how much I'd lost when I told her grin

BirdingWidow Wed 16-Oct-13 06:44:46

4.5 lb off this week, thanks to the Norovirus diet. I suspect I may bounce up a lb or two over the next week as i may still be a bit dehydrated. It's nice to have had a bit of an upside because otherwise it has been a rubbish week. DS still has terrible diarrhoea a week on so he can't go to nursery and we can't really see people or go out (have already made my mum ill <feel v guilty>). I find being a SAHM quite loney anyway as I dont know anyone localish who isn't working almost FT so I have noone to hang out with. So i have been at a bit of a low ebb really...

Anyway, I am now 13st 4, which is exactly 2 st lighter than when I first logged onto MFP in March. I haven't been dieting all that time because I seriously gave up for a couple of months when I was made redundant and put some back on. I only got back on the wagon when this thread came along, but it is still a huge change. Mind you, no one has commented on my weight loss except my sister, and I am still in those same size 18 jeans! They are loose now though, am going to order the 16s and see.

Hope you all have a good weigh in

clarinetV2 Wed 16-Oct-13 07:03:14

Congratulations on your 2 stone milestone, Birding, though I'm sorry to hear you've been unwell. Hope you feel better soon, and good luck with fitting into the 16s. Don't worry about people not commenting. There are many reasons people lose weight, not all of them intentional, and people may feel awkward about mentioning your weight loss even if they've noticed it, in case they open a difficult conversation.

I've lost 5lb this week. It's not quite as impressive at that sounds, it just means that most of last week's mega-gain was water as I'd hoped, and a week back on the wagon has seen it off again. Now back to the maintenance plan.

MiaWallace Wed 16-Oct-13 07:17:28

oh dear 2lb on for me.

Stresses at work are preventing me from staying focused. Going to just try and limit the damage as much as I can until things settle down and then try and get back into it again.

phantomhairpuller Wed 16-Oct-13 07:17:31

Morning all grin

1lb off for me this morning, making 9lbs gone since we started (seems slow compared to some of you) but I'm not complaining. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say.

Well done on the losses so far and good luck to everyone else weighing today grin

BirdingWidow Wed 16-Oct-13 08:05:27

Blimey Clarinet, even with the 'advantage' of a vomiting bug I've not managed to snatch the Quiche Avoider of the Week crown! It's the dream... [wistful emoticon] grin

3lb off for me today, start 16stone, now 12st6. Pleased with that.

Does anyone else, lose weight, feel great, then that new reflection in the mirror becomes normal and you start to feel rubbish again! Hoping it stabilises when I get to goal. I'm tall so 12st is my first goal and that means healthy bmi.

HenriettaPye Wed 16-Oct-13 08:07:50

Morning all, weigh in already? Sorry I've been AWOL, was at a wedding on Monday and was only home yesterday evening, feeling rather worse for wear!! Ate and drank way too much, not looking forward to facing the scales!! wink

IsThatTrue Wed 16-Oct-13 08:26:56

Morning all, well done on losses.

2lb off for me this morning so now I am 10stone13! 6lbs until my first goal. smile

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 16-Oct-13 09:08:32

STS again! So still 13stone1. Grrr. We are away for a long weekend next weekend and I would so love to be in the 12s!

Well done on all the losses smile

MissElodie Wed 16-Oct-13 10:04:31

Morning all,

well done on all the losses smile

I've managed to lose 2lb this week after heeeaving myself back onto the wagon wink so I'm really pleased with that.

well done to everyone who are getting into those smaller sized clothes smile I'm still in the same jeans (size 20) after losing 1st 5lb confused. Also tried on some size 20 tops in the George sale and they were really tight on my huge belly! Oh well I'll keep going and hope to drop a dress size soon!

I'm off out for a meal tonight with a friend so I hope I can make good choices!

Good luck to those still to weigh in.

moonshine Wed 16-Oct-13 17:34:09

Sorry for my absence but have been snowed under by work and visitors in the last few days. I expected and accepted that some weight would go on, but did try to limit it but I have put on 3.5lbs and just want to cry sad.

It's basically taken me 3 days to put on what it took me nearly 2 months to lose and I know from past experience that it just won't drop off.

I shall try and get back in the zone but at the moment it ain't happening....

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 16-Oct-13 17:37:35

In a total reversal of the depressing clothes moment, I tried on a Mint Velvet dress in an 18 and it just did nothing for me. Looked awful and made my hips look vast. On the recommendation of DH (!) I re-ordered it in a 16 and it looks great grin

I have eaten loads today though, real carb cravings. Grr.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 16-Oct-13 17:38:51

Oh moonshine ((hugs)) it is hard to do this. Be gentle with yourself.

Debs75 Wed 16-Oct-13 20:58:49

1.5lbs lighter this week. 2 weeks in a row losing which hasn't happened for a while. I even looked through my WW card and I am back at the point I was almost 3 months ago. If I hadn't of had that struggle I could of been a stone lighter by now. Or on the brightside if I had of given up I could of been a stone heavier.

I managed to resist the naughty Fair food. I had a hot dog and two donuts and a mini bag of chestnuts. No candy floss or fudge (was disgusting last year and I remembered) brandy snap or coconuts. A huge difference to last year when I spent more on food then the rides.

Congratulations on the other losers

BirdingWidow Thu 17-Oct-13 06:21:12

Aw Moonshine, I am sorry you are so disheartened. As Alibaba says, it really is hard to break habits of a lifetime and lose weight. I wouldn't beat yourself up about the last few days, especially as some of it may be more water etc and will come off quicker. But do you have any idea why it was such slow going over the last couple of months? When I am going slowly it is usually only a couple of tiny changes that make the difference - for me, most likely culprits are sneaking nibbles of the baby's leftovers or being a bit heavy handed with carbs (esp pasta and rice). I hope I don't sound patronising, I really don't mean to be, it's just that I have been truly shocked on some days by how easily I have gone over my calorie allowance and that it could just be a couple of mouthfuls that do the damage.

BirdingWidow Thu 17-Oct-13 06:32:46

I had a NSV yesterday in that I wore one of the two coats that were part of my initial inspiration to lose weight (both lovely but both about one size too small). And I felt fab. I was going out to meet some former colleagues for dinner who haven't seen me since pregnant and it was lovely that they all said I was looking really well. All was good until we ordered a huge Chinese set meal and I got stuck in. And lots of wine too... Oops. Oh well, it was lovely. Back on the wagon today and feeling keen.

We seem to have run out of daily inspirations so I am going to revisit another of mine. As well as getting into the coats, I wanted my knees to hurt less (they have been complaining about their load and fair enough!). I actually think I can feel a bit of an improvement there too.

Now for new inspiration: I would love to feel 'smaller' in the seats on the tube. No feeling self- conscious about my thighs squishing my neighbour.

Lorelai Thu 17-Oct-13 08:35:55

Sorry I haven't been around for a while, its been a bad week. Anyway, back on track now and somehow managed to lose 2 lbs

HenriettaPye Thu 17-Oct-13 16:26:45

Hi all.

Yesterday I put on 5lb. And it's all my own fault. I just have no will power. At the wedding I had a 3 course meal and ate it all, was full up then there was an evening buffet and I was still not hungry having just had a big meal a few hours before but yet I still went up and ate sandwiches, goujons, sausage rolls, cupcakes etc.
Why did I do that??! confusedconfused
Maybe I'm just destined to be fat. Should I just accept this is the way I am and learn to live with it?

Feeling so disheartened.

HenriettaPye Thu 17-Oct-13 16:30:51

This weeks stats (apologies- I'm on phone)

Lorelai -2lb
Debs -1.5lb
Moonshine +3.5lb
MissElodie -2lb
Alibaba STS
Isthattrue -2lb
YellowCanary -3lb
Phantom -1lb
MiaWallace +2lb
Clarinet -5lb
Birding -4.5lb
Reastie STS
Sirzy -1lb
Henrietta +5lb

So slimmer of the week is clarinet! thanks well done!

So this week a fantastic 22lb was lost! Good work quiche avoiders smile

moonshine Thu 17-Oct-13 16:57:04

Henrietta it's no-one's destiny to be 'fat', I don't think (although we're not all destined to be skinny minnies, but personally that's not my aim), so let us both take control again and look forward to being healthier at the very least.

I think I've dusted myself down and am walking behind the waggon, if not quite got on board yet.

BirdingWidow, unless I am in complete denial (and I don't think I amthat much), I think I've seriously messed with my metabolism due to a lifetime of 'bad' dieting, or it's my age/hormones, or a combination, but I know that for about 2 years or so I don't lose weight 'normally'. I'd even be happy with 0.5lbs a week atm.

But I have lots of lovely dresses to get into, so onwards and upwards and that's my daily inspiration.....

Sirzy Thu 17-Oct-13 17:17:52

Henrietta - I used to think the same as you but give it time and you will get there. You just need to train your mind to accept different food choices than you are used to. It is hard but you will get there.

I think functions are often quite hard to eat well at though, I was at a funeral today and other than the salad there was nothing which really was healthy available.

IsThatTrue Thu 17-Oct-13 18:45:13

henrietta also remember your body will be retaining water to deal with high fat food you consumed at the wedding. I seriously doubt you overate by 17,500 calories (equal to 5lbs of fat). Chin up. Marathon not a sprint, next week will be better! And I'm saying this after falling mouth open onto a bottle of wine tonight after cross words with DH --and him disappearing off with 10mo DS and me assuming he was kidnapping him hmm. But tomorrow is a new day and I shall start all over again. And so shall you, when you're ready!

clarinetV2 Thu 17-Oct-13 19:33:24

Thanks for the flowers. Though I feel a bit of a fraud - I don't think putting 5lb on in one week (mostly water to deal with massive carb overload) and then being very careful and taking it off through low carbing the next week is exactly healthy eating behaviour.

Speaking of which, Henrietta, I completely understand you feeling disheartened, but a lot of your 5lb is likely to be water, same as mine was. If you're very careful this coming week, odds are you'll lose most if not all of it. I always find that low carbing which I don't do properly but can keep up for a few days helps me get rid of water gain and then it's back on the wagon again.

The question you asked, about eating when not hungry, is the big one for me. I can spend weeks carefully watching every calorie, making sure I don't go even 50 calories over plan and/or making sure if I do that I exercise the 50 away, putting up with feeling hungry sometimes and managing it perfectly well. And then I go and have a huge binge where I keep eating long after I've stopped being hungry and go hundreds if not thousands of calories over. It's like a switch flips, and I undo in an hour or two what it's taken me a week or more to accomplish. The good news is that I now do it much less than I did in the 'old days'. The bad news is that I can't seem to find a way to stop doing it altogether. Are some of us just hardwired that way, or eventually will I do it less and less and then stop? I really don't know. I've done all the psychologising I can do about it, so maybe it's a physiological thing and I just have to believe that this poor, addicted body of mine will learn new habits if I keep at it long enough. But it's so hard - and I don't think anyone who's not been there quite gets it.

I've just read through what I've written. And thinking about your other question, about whether you're destined to be fat, I would give you an emphatic no. You're younger than me, and your weight loss in other weeks suggests your metabolism is nowhere near as screwed up as mine was. And though it feels weird to say it, I'm no longer fat. There, it's said. For the first time since I was about 10 years old, objectively, I'm not fat. Not skinny, but easily within a healthy weight range for my height. I still see a fat woman when I look in a mirror (force of habit) but interestingly I no longer see one when I catch sight of myself unexpectedly in a reflection in a shop window as I walk past!! And if it's not my destiny to be fat, I'm very sure it's not yours either.

Lorelai Thu 17-Oct-13 19:58:49

I've been thinking about the bingeing issue for a while, and I am wondering if it is an addiction, in the same way as drugs or alcohol. Some of the things I hear people say about their addictions rings true for how I am with food, especially in terms of being able to resist most of the time, but if I do indulge, not being able to stop.

Anotherguineapigdown Thu 17-Oct-13 21:23:43

Well done on the losses and the STS, guys. The gains happen to us all, and will mostly be water-retention.

Henrietta - you are certainly not destined to be fat. You have done so well, don't become despondent over a blip.

Agree totally that binge eating is an addiction. One that I have suffered from for years. I lost quite a bit of weight low-carbing in the past, but it didn't help me at all long-term because it didn't re-train my portion control or address my fucked-up relationship with food. As soon as I ate carbs I binged. DH is doing well on the 5-2 plan, but I can't let myself do that as it will just reinforce the binge-starve mentality I need to escape.

So far the hypnotic gastric band seems to be working for me, but I suppose only time will tell if it works long-term. The only thing I can say so far is that for the first time on a diet I am not thinking about what I can and can't have. I haven't had a desire to binge because I can eat whatever I like. I just don't need to eat massive amounts of it.

I think I will have food issues all my life, but this diet is really the first time I have had a vaguely normal relationship with food. I hope I can keep it up.

I normally weigh in on a Saturday, but I am going on holiday tomorrow morning so I am going to weigh myself tomorrow. I just hope I can stay on the diet while on holiday. I intend to listen to the hypnosis on my iPod regularly to keep me on track.

BirdingWidow Fri 18-Oct-13 18:49:50

All quiet today! Moonshibe, I am glad you seem less disheartened now. I expect your gains will come off more quickly this time anyway, here's hoping!

Henrietta, for the longest time I thought it was my destiny to be fat. I just couldn't imagine losing the weight at all - it is literally part of me (of course!) and part of my psychology too. I now realise that is definitely not the case. That doesn't mean I will ever be slim, nor that I will necessarily maintain it if I do get there. But I really know now that it is of course possible. All (!) I have to do is not take refuge in food. I don't know how hard that is yet in the long term, only time will tell.

Had a bit of a blip today... Went to a Japanese restaurant for lunch and had sushi. However, the pieces were pretty big compared to what I was expecting so I think we over ordered and I also didn't appreciate till I fessed up to MFP how many calories there were. So I have about 200 calories left for dinner - can't see that happening! Will try not to add too much extra though. Hmmm.

Debs75 Fri 18-Oct-13 19:45:25

Henrietta please don't fall into that trap. I remember years ago finding Evans and proudly declaring 'I don't need to diet now I can buy normal clothes' I was huge back then around 17 stone. The trouble was I felt the same then as I did at 12 stone. I have always been fat and never knew how to control my eating. I also felt comfortable being fat. I could hide behind it. We didn't have much as a child and I have way overcompensated since I moved out.

Since reaching 17 stone and making a conscious effort to change my diet I have learnt how to eat to live not live to eat. It is hard and some days I could just eat the entire fridge. I know now though that if I do that I have to work to drop that weight. You can do it and you can stick to it. A blip is just a blip and in a couple of months you won't remember it.

Today I have had a bingey day. I think I am due on which could explain the slip up in the shop today buying chocolate. It is now in the freezer.

HenriettaPye Fri 18-Oct-13 20:47:23

Hello everyone. Thank u so much for the encouragement. I've reached a turning point today- my little DD has taken her first steps, and it has made me realise I NEED to do this. I need to lose this weight. Not only for myself but for my children. I don't want to risk my health, I want to be around to see them grow up! I want to run around with them and set a good example to them.

So I'm 100% back on track, I've been pretty bad up until today but I'm hoping to turn it around! smile

phantomhairpuller Fri 18-Oct-13 20:53:28

Well done hen, that's the attitude grin

DXBMermaid Fri 18-Oct-13 21:13:33

Hello, would it be okay to join this group? I've been reading bits of this thread and I think you may just be what I need!

I have been overweight since I was a teenager but the last few years it has really gotten out of hand. I am used to kg, but converted my weight and came to 19.3 stone. I want to lose just over 6 stone (40 kg) and hope to have lost most of it by my DD's first birthday which is at the end of May. Did not gain a lot of weight during my pregnancy due to 8 months of morning sickness. Lost all the baby weight and a bit more almost instantly, BUT breastfeeding and tiredness have led to me putting weight on and I now weigh roughly the same as before my pregnancy (although this does inculde my supersized filled to the brim with milk norks)

Anyway, time to start losing all this FAT and get FIT before my lovely DD starts walking as I do NOT want to be a Mum that can not keep up/join in!

phantomhairpuller Fri 18-Oct-13 22:03:14

Welcome DXB, come join us grin

Though we seem to have been a bit quiet over the last few days [ahem]


IsThatTrue Sat 19-Oct-13 07:53:57

Welcome DXB 6 stone by may sounds like a lot to me. Please don't be disheartened if it doesn't come off that quickly. If you start making the right food choices it will come off. And as we like to say, this is a marathon not a sprint. Good luck, we'll all be here to encourage you on your journey.

I'm up and out of bed and off to parkrun this morning. I really want a PB but not sure I'll manage it. I've got one every week since I started (gone from 33.45 min for the 5k to 27.15 in 3 months) and at some point I know I'm going to have to start working harder for my pbs!

I hope everybody has a good weekend.

MissElodie Sat 19-Oct-13 09:21:40

Hi all,

Sorry I've been a bit quiet over last few days - think I've been busy on Reasties fab Christmas thread grin

I was very chuffed with myself on Weds night as I went to Pizza Express with a friend and I ummed and ahhed over what to have and decided to be good and have a Leggera Pizza for 500 calories and was very jealous as my friend tucked into her huge Romana pizza which looked so yummy

Hen I'm glad you're back on track and feeling positive again. I've felt like this too and I'm sure if you ask people who have successfully lost their weight now then they would have felt moments that they were destined to always be big along their journeys when there may have had a blip and look at them now!! Does that make sense?!!

We will all get there even if we have a few wagon falls along the way <be strong emoticon>

Welcome DXB you are similar to me, I want to lose 6 stone - I have given myself a timescale of over a year to do it but I am really taking it slow and steady this time and I want it to be the last time I do it!! Like you I suffered with terrible hyperemesis and was about 2 stone lighter by the time DD was born in Jan but then bad eating habits piled it all back on and more sad. I started in August and I've lost 1st 5lb so far smile. Are you following any particular plan? I'm calorie counting and using My Fitness Plan to keep track.

IsThis I hope you get a PB. I am in absolute awe of anyone who runs - I don't think I could even consider it at the moment - I am so unfit blush

Hope everybody has a good weekend smile

MissElodie Sat 19-Oct-13 09:25:27

Sorry I mean IsThat....I keep getting mixed up blush

Oh and daily motivation is that I would like to wear fashionable clothes that I actually like instead of being limited to what fits and looks 'okish' whilst attempting to hide all the lumps and bumps.

IsThatTrue Sat 19-Oct-13 12:13:56

mosselodie I'm not sure I deserve any awe but thanks. I think I was 5 seconds over my pb but I slipped and fell at about 4k so I can forgive myself. I'm off out in a bit to find some off road trainers now its getting muddy and slippery.

When I got back I wasn't really hungry so I haven't eaten yet today. No idea what to do for lunch.

I'm having a problem with how I see myself. I'm finding it really hard to see an improvement, despite the fact I have gone from a size 16 to a size 10/12, lost 6-8 inches from chest, stomach and hips each, and lost just over 3 stone in weight. I'm still looking in the mirror and seeing this fat lump. hmm in my head I know it's ridiculous. But I just can't seem to switch my thinking at all. I still look at clothes and think 'that'll never fit me' and yet it does!

I remember somebody else (clarinet maybe?) saying something similar. Anybody know if it gets better? I still have 6-20 lbs to go (depending where I naturally plateaue). But I just can't get my head around it all.

Sorry for the essay.

My motivation is I want to be able to run 5k in 25 minutes (2 minutes off my pb atm) and being lighter will really help that.

clarinetV2 Sat 19-Oct-13 14:02:48

Yes, it was me, IsThat! Strange, isn't it? And I'm also in awe of your running. 5k in 25 minutes sounds pretty damn good to me smile

Welcome, DXB and glad to hear you sounding positive again, Henrietta. Any news of old friends? I worry about people when they go quiet. LayMizz, cq and others, are you out there?

DXBMermaid Sat 19-Oct-13 18:28:48

Thanks for the welcome smile

My 'plan' is to cut out wheat/carbs and to increase my exercise. Have started using MFP.

Perhaps 6st in 7.5 months is a little optimistic. My first main goal is to get back to dubble digits in kg's. This means getting under 15.7 stone which would mean losing 3.6 stone.

Any tips for getting started while being an overtired first time Mum would be great! I know I need to make sure that I don't starve myself as I am not ready to give up BF'ing, so no crazy crash diets. They don't work anyway!

IsThatTrue Sat 19-Oct-13 18:44:02

DXB I'm still bf ds2 (10mo ) I started my weight loss journey when he was 5 months. I reduced carbs (but didn't cut them out altogether), reduced my portion sizes (I realised I was eating the same portions as 6ft 1 DH, I'm 5 ft 4 hmm) and stopped smavk

IsThatTrue Sat 19-Oct-13 18:48:55

Sorry I obviously still have fat fingers!!

^stopped snacking. Also making sure I drink plenty of water. Trying to only eat when hungry, not just because its mealtime (some days I won't eat until 11 as I'm not hungry for breakfast so I just have brunch).

I have recently started 5:2 where I fast 2 days a week, but I wouldn't recommended that while trying to establish your supply, I only started when DS was 9mo.

Today's not been bad. I did get a new pb by 1 second grin I didn't fancy breakfast so me and DH went out for lunch at 2, I had a burger and chips at the local pub but hardly touched the chips. We shared a couple if puddings and now I feel really bloated, I should have stopped, but I don't fancy dinner so I'll just have some fruit and yoghurt and ultimately it won't be a bad day.

HenriettaPye Sat 19-Oct-13 20:31:38

Welcome DXB! I also am aiming to lose 6 stone. It sounds like such a massive amount however I a WILL do it!!

It's very quiet on here- I'm blaming reastie and her wonderful Christmas bargain thread! gringrin I know definitely spending way too much time (and money!!) on it. smilesmile

Diet wise today has been fantastic- a bowl of porridge and a banana. Emotional wise I'm a mess. Today would have been my first child's 4th birthday, if I hadn't miscarried at 12 weeks. sadsad So today I have no appetite and and feeling very low.

Tomorrow I will be back to my normal self smile

MissElodie Sat 19-Oct-13 22:29:15

oh Henrietta I'm sorry to hear about your first baby sad sad it must be especially hard for you today. I hope you're doing ok flowers flowers

HenriettaPye Sun 20-Oct-13 11:51:30

Thank you missElodie

Up and at it early today!! Went a nice walk with the dog this morning while the rain was off. Unfortunately it's on now and looks like that's it on for the day! Off to do the weekly shopping now

Reastie Sun 20-Oct-13 13:26:27

Hello all,

I'm so sorry I've been quiet again . Tis the bargain thread keeping me so busy I tell you! At least a few of you are on there so know I'm still around.

hen I'm so sorry sad . I had a mc earlier than you (7 weeks) and know a little how you feel. x

Hope everyone is doing well.

Hello DXB

Well, things here going OK. Might lose 1 lb this week, it's coming off very slowly now. Have managed an hour of insanity past 2 days <polishes halo and hides empty chocolate wrapper>. DMum said to me today 'you're not going to lose anymore now are you?' in a concerned way blush but I'm still teetering on a healthy BMI and would so love to lose another 7 lbs to make it up to a nice round 100 lbs. I'm scared stiff I'm going to put it all back on though as every day seems such a fight - I seem to have an inbuilt button which doesn't turn hunger/want of food off.

In good news I ordered a pair of size 12 jeggings. I say ordered. I have no idea if they will fit me all I know is my size 14s are too big although it could be that I've stretched them blush . I will keep you updated when I collect them tomorrow as I will be dancing my heart out if I actually fit in a size 12, I can't imagine it's possible!

HenriettaPye Sun 20-Oct-13 18:01:44

Oooh reastie fingers crossed they fit! I would be over the moon to even be in size 14s!! But I will get there someday.

All very quiet here today- where are you all? smile

Hi all,
Right to get me back track I've booked a photo shoot for me, dh and our boys. Can't believe I convinced dh - the glasd of wine prior to suggestion may of helped!
I'm currently 12.6 ish. I aim to be 11.7 by then, as at 5ft9/10 ish this is a lovely weight for me!

Welcome dxb my son is 4 mths and in that time I shifted 3st8lbs by using mfp religiously and eating lots and lots of veg, cutting down carbs and protein. In the last few weeks I've not been so good but just stayed same rather than gained, however not been calorie counting properly so shows it works. Also took up running! I've ebf and had to resist sugar cravings.

Henietta, I sympathise completely with you. With ds1 I fell pregnant straight away, when we started trying for dc2 we had 3 consecutive losses. Its partly what contributed to such a huge gain in pregnancy, ad with each miscarriage I'd put on 4-5 lbs, then when pregnant with ds2 I stopped all exercise as was terrified any bump, knock etc would cause me to lose him.I even stopped swimming after someone accidentally kicked me in the pool. Looking back now I also think I comfort ate to deal with worry, I was so scared something would go wrong. Thoughts are with you today. Xx

MissElodie Sun 20-Oct-13 19:03:26

I'm still here <waves> smile

reastie oooh size 12 - looking forward to the 'will they won't they' verdict tomorrow although I'm sure they will fit!!

yellow You really have done so well in just 4 months grin I hope you get to your goal for photo shoot day. I have thought a family photo with my siblings and their kids would be a really nice gift for my parents but I have always put it off because of my size blush sad. Maybe it could be my goal to get one done for next Christmas - hopefully I will be a few stone lighter by then!

My day started off well food wise but then I just had toast for lunch and made the mistake of thinking I hadn't eaten much so indulged in lots of crisps and chocolate. I'm going to be way over my calories today but I'm not too worried because I won't let it carry over to tomorrow - hopefully!

phantomhairpuller Sun 20-Oct-13 19:20:09

I'm here grin

It's been a busy family weekend for me, but I've been lurking in the thread all the same wink

Yet again, quite a lot of food and drink has been consumed this weekend confused

However, yesterday I wore a top which I haven't worn since before I was pregnant with ds1 grin Really pleased with that!

BirdingWidow Sun 20-Oct-13 19:31:42

Hi all, glad to see a few more people have been around. I too am wondering about some old friends, hopefully they will come back when they feel up to it.

Henrietta, sorry to hear about your MC and that you were having a difficult day. Glad you are feeling a bit better today.

And welcome DXB, always good to have new joiners! You can definitely lose it, there are people here who have and they keep us going.

I am plodding on, had some of my sisters' birthday cake for lunch though blush. But the good news is that I am in size 16 jeans! Same style as my old ones so I know it is a true comparison. It feels great... And DP took a picture of me with the baby yesterday and I liked it. I don't think I looked slim by any means but nor did I feel horrified by it. These things make me feel it is worth it and are spurring me on.

Sirzy Sun 20-Oct-13 20:18:19

Oh dear, first night out in 4 years. Wayyy to much wine and lovely pasta dishes and cake. Not the best weekend dietwise but great fun!

IsThatTrue Sun 20-Oct-13 20:40:26

Hi everyone. I'm here! < waves >

Well diet wise I haven't been great this weekend, but there has definitely been a shift in my thinking. I've been out for 2 lunches. Yesterday I had too much pudding but counteracted by not having dinner as was still stuffed. And today I was too full to even finish my main and decided against pudding. Still full this evening so just had some fruit and yoghurt.

Now before, once home I would still have eaten dinner as it was dinner time hmm regardless of the fact I wasn't hungry.

NSV today. I saw my brother for the first time in about 3 months and his first words were 'bloody hell how much weight have you lost?' smile

BirdingWidow Sun 20-Oct-13 20:41:49

Cross-posted with lots of people as I started my post before dinner and finished it afterwards. Yellow, I think the photo is a lovely idea. MissElodie, I definitely think you should aim for a family photo next year. If would be a truly lovely thing to have and even if you don't lose as much as you want in that time you could feel a lot better by losing 'some'. And I can't imagine that your parents wouldn't be completely delighted with it.

Sirzy, first night out in FOUR years - what has been going on?! Sounds long overdue, I'd have eaten the whole restaurant if that was me! I hope you had a ball smile

clarinetV2 Mon 21-Oct-13 00:23:33

Checking in as well. Nice to see you all. Reastie, I'm so with you on the terrified I'll put it all back on thing. It's such a struggle to stay in control. I try not to think long-term, just keep taking it a day at a time. Good luck with your jeggings, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. Birding, congratulations on the size 16 jeans and actually liking yourself in a photo - that's a great milestone.

I've had a reasonable weekend. I gave in to the bagel cravings at Sainsburys yesterday and bought two which I ate straight away (well, as soon as I got home) but I made up for it today, so still on course.

IsThatTrue Mon 21-Oct-13 07:53:43

sirzy you definitely deserved a blowout if its the first time you've been out in 4 years!

reastie fx the new jeggings fit.

birding yay on fitting into size 16!

phantom well done on fitting into your pre-dc top, I've felt great getting all my old clothes back out.

henrietta I hope you're feeling a bit more yourself now. I have certain times if year that are usually no go for dieting. But this year I've managed to keep on track and actually not dwell too much (not that you are dwelling, I used to iykwim). Maybe all this stuff about time being a good healer is right. (Gosh I'm not sure I out that that well, I hope you can take it as the kind words I intended).

Fasting today. Some days it's easy others hard. I have a headache so I see it being tricky today.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 21-Oct-13 09:22:33

Morning everyone smile

Sorry I've been a bit AWOL, my head hasn't really been in the game and DS2 is poorly so we are a bit all over the place.

Back on track today, and fasting tomorrow. We are away for a long weekend next weekend when I shall be planning to eat lots of yummy food, so the aim is to be v.v.good this week.

Hen I'm so sorry about your baby sad

Sirzy Mon 21-Oct-13 09:57:17

Hadn't been on a proper night out since before DS was born, it was very enjoyable and a cheeky weigh in this morning suggests not too much damage!

Reastie Mon 21-Oct-13 14:29:45

I haven't been out in over 3 years for fun on my own/with friends at all I don't think, including in the daytime blush . If ever someone looks after DD I use the time to work or do chores <impossibly dull>

Well, a jeggings up date. They do up, but they are very tight. I don't think I could wear them yet confused . They fit in the leg but not the tummy. But then I guess I knew there was no way i'm a 12 blush . Just annoying having size 14 too big and size 12 too small.

MissElodie Mon 21-Oct-13 15:52:38

oh Reastie you need a size 13!! wink At least you can do them up - albeit if they are a bit tight - so you're well on your way to being able to wear them, that's great grin I couldn't even fit my arm into a size 12! smile

sirzy I'm glad you enjoyed your night out and not too much damage was done! I hope its not another 4 years until the next one wink

birding well done on your size 16 jeans and how great that you liked the photo of yourself. Hhmm that reminds me I still haven't had any photos with the DC recently even though I said I would no matter what I look like!

phantom that must feel great getting back into your pre-DC clothes - well done smile

LegaaaahhhhAutopsy Mon 21-Oct-13 20:19:34

Returning with my tail between my legs (tis me LegoAcupuncture)

Have had a few stressful weeks and couldn't focus on dieting so allowed myself the time off to de stress and ,ahem, eat.

Back on it today though, wanting to lose whatever I've gained plus a stone before Christmas. Haven't weighed in this week, will weigh next Monday as I think I need to lose some weight I gained and dread looking at the scales. So will see next Monday.

Sirzy Mon 21-Oct-13 20:27:57

Welcome back legahhh the good thing is your getting back onto things now, good luck and I hope the damage isn't too bad!

I have signed up to do the Manchester 10km run in May.. not sure if i am mad but it gives me a target!

LegaaaahhhhAutopsy Mon 21-Oct-13 22:20:38

Thanks Sirzy.

10k run?! Good luck with that, great thing to aim for.

BirdingWidow Tue 22-Oct-13 05:53:11

MidsElodie, I still have very few pics of myself with DS so I need to work harder on that. As a rule DP takes bad pictures but my duster takes good chin-minimising ones so I should press her into service more often!

Good to see you back Legaaaaah. There are still 9 weeks till Christmas so plenty of time to make a dent in the weight.

I am feeling a bit 'funny' today. I am starting my new project tomorrow do will be going from mat leave/redundant to full time work (with commute). As it is only a short project and has been at quite short notice it doesn't feel like I am really going back but I am and there is a fair chance that it will be extended to a longer phase, making it for several months at least. The reality of only really seeing DS at weekends is just starting to hit (I am welling up as I type this!). I feel really apprehensive about how I will cope with that, and how we will cope as a family. I have to work though as pre-redundancy I was the main earner and we definitely can't manage on one salary (London).

Aside from my worries about running the house, meals, DS etc I am worried about managing to stick to the diet. It is hard not to nibble when at home all day but I know that good is one of the ways I manage stress, as well as the fact that it is harder to manage healthy eating when v pressed for time to shop and cook. Feel it could all go horribly wrong.

But yesterday was a good day. I met a friend for lunch who I hadn't seen since february. Her immediate response was to scream ' how much bloody weight have you lost!' Which made me grin. She is the first person to have noticed but she says I look a lot different around the face, shoulders etc -less 'round'. That felt good. I also did a bit if clothes shopping. Didn't buy a lot but felt so much less lumpy in the things I tried on, even if they were only one size smaller than before. I bought a blouse which is a tiny bit tight at the mo (does up but the buttons gods a bit) as I am confident if will fit and the next size up would be too big in due course. So here's hoping the diet isn't ruined by work!

Well, back to my churned-up feelings about tomorrow. Will make the most of cuddling my gorgeous DS but must not squeeze too hard!

(Apols got the long post, hope I am not being a bore...)

BirdingWidow Tue 22-Oct-13 06:31:30

Oops, my sister (not my duster!)

phantomhairpuller Tue 22-Oct-13 06:34:55

Good luck birding grin

LegaaaahhhhAutopsy Tue 22-Oct-13 10:18:03

Oh Birding, the new job sounds tough, but rewarding. Good luck with it. My advice would be to take your food to work with you, plan ahead.

MissElodie Tue 22-Oct-13 12:10:19

Nice to see you back Legaaahhh smile

Oh Birding I'm not surprised you are all churned up and emotional sad I know I will feel the same when I have to go back to work (not an option for me at the moment as I would be paying more in childcare than I earn shock). I'm sure things will work out fine though even though I expect it will be a hard adjustment at first - good luck with it smile.

sirzy good for you signing up to do the 10k run totally alien concept to me grin

I had a good day food wise yesterday as I was just too busy to eat! In between potty training DS, DD1 saying she was going to be sick every few minutes and me chasing her around with a bowl and baby DD full of a cold so being extra clingy and wouldn't be put down - it felt so frazzled and like I barely had a minute free! It was gone 9pm when I got round to even thinking about tea so I just ended up having toast and chocolate so was quite a bit under my calories for once! smile

Reastie Tue 22-Oct-13 18:20:32

misselodie sounds like a shattering day.

Birding I second planning your food when working. I make a big batch of tofu/vegetable stirfry which lasts me 3 days of lunches. I have it with quinoa or rice. Making a big batch and knowing I've got something healthy for lunch is really useful and relaxes me stressing about what I can eat. I find almonds good for snacking (not too many though) or rice cakes (maybe I have boring taste.....) or fruit or yoghurt. Just make sure you always have lots of healthy stuff in your bag to call on if needed.

LegaaaahhhhAutopsy Tue 22-Oct-13 22:02:13

Day two done without a hitch.

Good idea about batch making lunches. Think I might try that as have an hour between work and school pick up during the week and struggle some days.

BirdingWidow Wed 23-Oct-13 07:38:38

Hi all, 2.5lb down for me. My appetite has been slow to return after the virus, which has helped. Out at acquiz tonight with free food and drink, will be diet carnage...

Thanks for all your encouragement re. the job. And lunches (i will take lunch or raid M&S en route). I am on my way now. The baby cried when i left, which made me cry sad but we will be okay. I had forgotten how much i hate commuting though. And tights.

Good luck today everyone

phantomhairpuller Wed 23-Oct-13 07:41:11

Morning all.

STS this week.

I really need to get my head back in the game. I'm still doing 5:2 and fast days are fine, but days when I'm not fasting all my old eating habits have come creeping back by the end of the day hmm

I'm pissed off with myself to say the least. And I can't seem to get my focus back. Still not exercising- mind you, finding the time is difficult now that it's dark by 6.30 in the evening confused


phantomhairpuller Wed 23-Oct-13 07:41:27

Oh, and good luck to all weighing today wink

Sirzy Wed 23-Oct-13 07:51:23

Sts here. But had a bad week diet wise so not surprised really,

IsThatTrue Wed 23-Oct-13 07:53:12

2lb down for me

Starting weight: 14 stone 1
Weight last week: 10 stone 13
Weight today: 10 stone 11.


Good luck to all weighers.

Fast day today and a buggy run. I wish it wasn't raining!

Really disappointed, sts, thats 4 weeks now and I've only lost 1 lb, after 3 months of regularly losing about 3lbs per week. I know its cause so much going on but wish I could also get my head back in the game. I've 2 essays due next week, we move on friday, house renovation been a nightmare, baby not sleeping and toddler all over the place with the changes going on. Haven't had any chance to get out running. Anyone have any suggestions to get me back on track? At least I'm not gaining I suppose!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 23-Oct-13 10:24:33

1 pound down here, finally!

Start weight 13st 5 (down from 15.9)
Weight last week 13st 1lb
Weight this week 13st 0lbs


Yellow I think plateauing is pretty normal when you are losing a lot of weight. You have lost a lot very quickly, and you are still feeding so it wouldn't be unusual for your body to put the brakes on.
Are you measuring? This week is the first loss I have had in three weeks, despite continuing to fast, but I have really noticed a change in shape over that time, my collarbones are more prominent, fingers slimmer etc.
Keep on as you are and you will get there smile

Birding good luck with the job (and the tights! Horrid things...) And well done on the loss smile

Debs75 Wed 23-Oct-13 10:59:32

1lb on this week sad Am hoping it is due to AF.

I have joined MFP for a college assignment so feel free to add me. I am curvydebs on there

Thanks alibaba , thats what dh said this morn as well,that my nody needed to get used to running this upgraded version before I changed more.
I am still feeding so can't go crazy on any diets.
I'm going to try really hard for the next werk and see how things look next weigh in instead.

Well done for the losses ladies! !

MissElodie Wed 23-Oct-13 13:49:39

Hi all,

1lb off for me - slow and steady! 1st 6 lost so far smile

birding I hope your day went well today smile

debs I've added you on MFP - what is your college assignment <nosy>

Reastie Wed 23-Oct-13 14:58:59

hello, just to say I'm ill so not weighing in this week sad . On the plus side (if there is one) have eaten less than 400cals today so far as too poorly for food.

MissElodie Wed 23-Oct-13 15:01:20

aww Reastie hope you feel better soon flowers

IsThatTrue Wed 23-Oct-13 17:26:00

Oh reastie I hope you get better soon.

clarinetV2 Wed 23-Oct-13 18:52:06

I've stayed the same, which is what I wanted/expected on the maintenance plan. But luckily weigh-in was this morning because I got frantically hungry at lunchtime (after eating my lovely healthy tuna salad) so went to the work canteen and had some chicken concoction with rice - then spotted home-baked muffins on my way out and succumbed. And I was still hungry for tea when I got in, so I'm now several hundred calories over where I'm supposed to be. Will need to get back on the case tomorrow.

Hope you feel better soon, Reastie.

moonshine Wed 23-Oct-13 20:36:13

Get well soon Reastie.

0.5lbs off this week - no surprise as haven't been in the zone at all but disappointed that my big gain didn't come off easily (but as I suspected I knew it wouldn't).

Hard week ahead with (boozy) visitors staying and lots of cakes etc to cook for a Halloween party. Also feeling down about my job and life in general but hey ho, onwards and hopefully upwards (eventually).

LegaaaahhhhAutopsy Wed 23-Oct-13 21:47:19

We'll done everyone on the losses.

BirdingWidow Thu 24-Oct-13 06:24:12

Thanks for the good wishes everyone - first day went fine. I have lots of spreadsheets to play with now- I had forgotten how much I like them!

Well done to the losers and all those who STS - some weeks that is an achievement, when life gets in the way. And better than the inevitable creep upwards if we don't try. Yellow, you sound particularly fed up but as others have said, you lost a lot of weight very quickly so a catch-up is inevitable. Can you see/measure your shape changing at all? Anyway, with all you have going on it is hard to focus on it but you'll get there in the end, you seem very determined.

Sorry to hear you are ill Reastie. I meant to say yesterday that it is a shame you haven't been out or done anything nice just for yourself for ages. Come to London - I have a spare room reserved especially for Christmas Fairies and will show you a good time in my middle-aged way, none of that clubbing nonsense

Went out to the quiz last night. Free booze and food (though all fatty and deep-fried and no option to buy anything). I didn't eat loads but suspect I went a looooong way over my calories anyway. Not to mention the wine I hoovered. Was also bad because on the way to the quiz I popped into John Lewis on Oxford st and bought a laptop rucksack AND a new (compact) handbag to complement the rucksack (I decided that my usual big handbags are not really appropriate with a laptop bag - rather a thin justification). Oops blush. But still, you're never too fat for a handbag, eh?

Hi all. Haven't been on this thread since my name change (hopefully you will figure out who I was but please don't say, feel free to pm to ask though). Anyway, sorry for not being around much, I will try to get back into it again now. I lost 1lb this week if I am not to late for the round up.

Reastie Thu 24-Oct-13 08:39:02

Well done on the losses and thanks for the get well wishes, you are all so lovely. I feel alot better than yesterday (thank goodness as I'm home alone with DD today) but still rubbish and it's going to be a loonnnnnnngggggg day confused .

birding thanks for the offer. I actually don't live that far away from London bet you're regretting the offer now . A new hand bag never needs justification IMO wink

debbie I can't work out who you are blush - can you pm me it?

Thanks birding, I'm really trying to change my mindset at the moment, for example I don't feel I'm sucessful because I've lost over 3 and half stone, I feel a failure as I set myself a 4 stone target by end of October and I don't think I'll reach it. I'm like it with most things though, set really tough targets and even if I do well, if I don't reach what I set I feel I totally failed - very silly approach!
Agree new hand bag is a must!

Debbie - sorry no idea who you!

Glad you're feeling better reastie.

I just restocked fridge with last veg of the summer season from the garden and made lots of soup so feeling much more positive about a good week with healthy food conveniently avsilable!

Also is it me or has thread gone very quiet? Where is everyone??

Reastie Thu 24-Oct-13 09:49:30

yellow you sound just like me re: feeling a failure. I usually set myself really easy/achievable goals on purpose as I know I'll beat myself up if I don't meet it. It sort of works as then I might do better than my goal and feel really proud of myself blush . FWIW 3 1/5 stone is incredible, there is NO WAY that is a fail

HenriettaBrain Thu 24-Oct-13 09:50:04

Just popping in- haven't read the thread yet, but will update stats later

phantomhairpuller Thu 24-Oct-13 10:27:11

Reastie, you're right. The thread has gone very quiet. Hopefully it's not a reflection on how we're all doing hmm

Debbie- not a clue who you are, sorry!

Well done to those of us who weighed yesterday. Be it a loss, a gain or a STS, we're still trudging on! Hopefully we'll have more of our group back sometime soon smile

LottieDidIt Thu 24-Oct-13 16:48:26


moonshine sorry to hear you are feeling down about things - hope it starts to get a bit more on the up side for you soon.

birding I'm glad your first day went well. So funny that you say never too fat for a handbag as I actually think I am blush I was given bought myself but meant to be a present from DP a lovely Radley (v reduced in the sale) handbag for my birthday and I haven't worn it because it is an across the body bag and it seems a little small against my big frame iyswim. Having said that I have always had a obsession with shoes and handbags and have accumulated waaaaaay too many over the years and I know this is because I've never been able to find nice clothes to fit whereas handbags and shoes always would!!

Oh yes and I'm a regular who has name changed too. If you say the letters L O D that might give you a clue but pm me if not!!

phantomhairpuller Thu 24-Oct-13 16:52:07

Ah Lottie- I know who you are wink I hope!

IsThatTrue Thu 24-Oct-13 17:34:00

lottie I got it smile

Well I've eaten a small piece of dd's birthday cake today on top of what I normally eat. But I'm not too worried as it's not a fast day and I ran this morning.

People keep saying I'm getting skinny. I'm 4lb off my first goal (10 stone 7) but at 5ft 3 I'm not sure that will be enough. It doesn't help I still see fat me in the mirror. I am not being as strict with food as I was, but I don't have much appetite anymore so my portions are much smaller than they were before I started. Just feeling a bit confused by it all.

BirdingWidow Thu 24-Oct-13 18:31:31

Lottie, I am relieved that I also know who you are (so not the class dunce!). I do know what you mean about small bags -I tried a small leather backpack-style bag on in a shop once and looked like I had a clingy insect on my back! Still, I think cross-body is better than a rucksack. I have been using a smallish one ever since I had DS (easier for hands-free) and haven't worried about it.

I do miss the busier days of the thread so appreciate that people have popped on more today. I will keep withering on anyway, tell my to wind my neck in if it is dull. I wonder what has become of Isaac, cq and others. It's understandable if people feel like giving up for now, it's hard and the time has to be right, but I hope they come back.

Debbie, I don't know who you are either! Maybe I'll have a revelation in my sleep.

Ha ha Reastie, I don't regret it! Maybe one day we can have a quiche meet-up for those who feel like it. We can go and eat sashimi pizza and drink sparkling mineral water gin/beer/wine

Today isn't going too badly though I did snaffle a couple of cubes of cheddar left over from the baby's snack blush. Still can't resist cheese...

Hmmm how to do this subtly. I have changed.from one tv show character to another, but the old name was first name only. And I hadn't really posted for a couple of weeks except to log my weight loss.

phantomhairpuller Thu 24-Oct-13 21:32:03

Aha, I know now Debbie wink good to see you!

I saw one of our 'originals' on another thread today. Not seen her since the beginning of this thread. Am hoping she hasn't got bored of us wink

Come back people!! If you've not been around because things haven't been going so well, that's fine. We've all been there.

HenriettaBrain Thu 24-Oct-13 22:18:44

Soooo sorry for the late stats! I've had no internet yesterday or most of today.

Ok here goes (not many of us this week!blush)

Birdingwidow -2.5lb
Phantom STS
Sirzy STS
Isthattrue -2lb
YellowCanary STS
Alibaba -1lb
Debs75 +1lb
Clarinet- STS
Moonshine -0.5lb
DebbieFiderer -1lb
LottieDidIt -1lb

I haven't weighed this week as I feel fat blush and know if I see that I have put on I will just go on a binge confusedconfused

So I will be good for a few days and weigh then. Pathetic I know sad

Out slimmer of the week is..... Birdingwidow!!! thanksthanksthanks Well done! wine

8lb lost in total this week- the weight of my little son at birth smile

HenriettaBrain Thu 24-Oct-13 22:19:37

Now I have to sit and work my way through 2 days of reasties bargain thread...

BirdingWidow Thu 24-Oct-13 22:31:31

Thanks Henrietta. At last I am slimmer of the week! only because lots of people have gone AWOL

Now I am working again I have had to admit defeat on the Christmas bargain thread. No way I can keep up.

HenriettaBrain Thu 24-Oct-13 22:35:24

2.5lb is a great loss, you deserve slimmer of the week! Someday I will get it!! wink

IsThatTrue Thu 24-Oct-13 22:43:28

birding you deserve slimmer of the week. Feel proud!

I do wonder where some of the regulars have gone to . I hope they're doing ok, whatever their reason for dropping off.

LottieDidIt Thu 24-Oct-13 22:46:06

Yay my not very cryptic name change clue worked!!

Thanks for the stats Henrietta ok so we've not lost an elephants penis shock for a while but we're still doing well wink

If anyone has lost their way a bit and is just lurking then hopefully they will come back on the thread soon smile

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 24-Oct-13 23:15:44

Well done Birding grin

It seems lots of people are struggling at the moment for various reasons. It is hard work maintaining enthusiasm and motivation for weight loss over a long period, really hard. I wax and wane, and try and hope that the overall trend is a downward one!

I'm away this weekend so if I don't post for a few days then that is why, not sure about WiFi access where we are going.

Hey all, we move today so I'll have very limited internet access till new contract set up etc. Just thought I'd mention so no one thought I'd jumped ship! kitchen and bathroom still not completed so should be fun with a baby and a toddler!
Its going to be an exciting adventure, becoming completely self sufficient, river cottage here we come! grin

Reastie Fri 25-Oct-13 08:18:14

Lottie I got it it took me at least 5 minutes to work it out blush ! debbie I think I've worked you out.

Birding you can't keep up with the bargain thread???!!! What about me???!!!!!!!

Guys, I'm really worried about Isaac she hasn't answered any of my pm messages since the incident on the bargain thread. I think she might have given up on mn completely because of it. Have any of you heard from her or seen her anywhere since? confused

isthattrue what you say is interesting. Is it just your mind adapting to the new 'you' or is being slim not all it's cracked up to be?

Reastie Fri 25-Oct-13 08:20:13

xposted yellow. GOod luck with the move, sounds amazing grin although don't mention river cottage as I can't help but picture the hair wank story from the celeb sex thread <cringes>

BirdingWidow Fri 25-Oct-13 09:11:34

Sleb sex thread? I must get round mn more... Though that sounds like mental furniture I don't need!

I too have been worried about Isaac. If you are reading Isaac, come back here even if you don't feel like dieting at the mo...

Good luck Yellow. Sounds brilliant!

phantomhairpuller Fri 25-Oct-13 09:13:38

Reastie, what happened on the bargain thread? I haven't been able to keep up with them! blush Sorry!

Yellow, good luck with the move grin

Good couple of days for me since weigh-in, went to see Blue in concert Wednesday night. I literally ached all over yesterday from all the jumping around yes, I know I'm not a teenager anymore!
Then fast day yesterday, it was 4.45pm before I needed to eat smile

Hope everyone is ok

IsThatTrue Fri 25-Oct-13 10:30:41

reastie I'm not sure tbh. I'm wondering if it's slight body dismorphia. As I can't see a difference between before and now. Even in photos, and I've lost 3 1/2 stone so it's got to be noticeable. I've had to but smaller clothes, but I just can't see it!

Being slim is better though, I'm much fitter, I can run faster and further than before. I think it may just be that whole 'well why do I deserve to be slim?' Thing. Who knows?!

LottieDidIt Fri 25-Oct-13 13:55:37

Yellow good luck with the move - I hope it all goes well it sounds fab! -ewww I saw that celeb sex thread too

sounds like you had a great time phantom reliving your youth watching Blue I'm sure you burnt lots of calories!

reastie I have been thinking about Isaac too but I just assumed that she would be lurking on the threads still but now you say she hasn't replied to your PM's then that has me worried too. I hope she is ok confused I still can't understand why all that kerfuffle happened in the first place - totally unnecessary sad

Isthat It does sound perhaps like a little body dysmorphic disorder especially if you can't see the difference when looking at photos but I imagine it might be quite common with people who have lost weight? I think if when I do lose weight then I can't see that I would be able to see myself as slim as I have always been overweight so it would be difficult to actually think otherwise? do you have any old clothes that you can compare to your new clothes so you can see a difference in the sizes?

clarinetV2 Fri 25-Oct-13 14:00:18

IsThatTrue, I get what you mean. I still look in the mirror and see a fat me. I have a history of steering clear of photos so there aren't many opportunities to check that one out, though someone took a video at a do over the summer and I 'accidentally' saw myself on it (from the back) and was very surprised that my back view looked much like the other women around me and not twice the size. And the other time I don't see a fat woman is when I catch myself reflected in a shop window as I walk past. So I gather it has something to do with what I expect to see, and if I'm mentally unprepared to translate what I see into what I expect, then I get a more accurate picture. Sorry, that's dreadfully garbled!! But as you say, the main thing for me is that I'm fitter and healthier which was the entire point, and a very nice outcome is that I can shop for clothes anywhere I like. All I need now is some spare cash to shop with...

Reastie Fri 25-Oct-13 16:29:24

That's interesting clarinet you see I put on 5 stone in less than 2 years with bfing/pg so I feel like when I lost 5 stone I was just back to my 'normal' so maybe for me it's easier to compute how I look. I've lost a stone and a half since and am now nearly at my slimmest adult weight and I do feel like it's noticable that I've lost. isthattrue I tried on one of my size 22 dresses a while ago and it was amazing the difference - can you try that? Have you always been larger? Maybe that makes it take longer to get used to?Interesting thought actually. Bit like if I went and had a nose job or something and looked completely different.....I would still feel like I looked before IYWKIM for a long time <clueless>. Imagine how long it took Michael Jackson to get used to looking at a white man in the mirror <completely misses the point and goes off on a tangent>

Lottie I know re: Isaac. I can understand why she got upset and what was said against her was completely unnecessary sad

clarinetV2 Fri 25-Oct-13 17:36:14

I've never seen this famous bargain thread. Am beginning to feel like I'm missing out - where is it? Though I'm somewhat less interested in the sleb sex thread. I must really be getting old!

Phantom, sounds like all is going well for you. And though it's a bit late, I hope your move is going/has gone well Yellow, and I'm looking forward to seeing you again when the internet has come to river cottage. Really hope we see something of our absent friends soon, even if it's just a 'no progress' update. I must be very dense because I can't work out who the name changers are, so I've lost track of who has disappeared and who has regenerated...

HenriettaBrain Fri 25-Oct-13 18:03:35

Hi all

Something happened today which really made me realise how much I need to stop putting myself down about my weight. Today DS (3) was having a Halloween dress up party in school, and he had picked a pumpkin costume. It was orange trousers and an orange top with a padded tummy, to give the look of a round pumpkin. He put it on this morning, and immediately said he didn't want to wear it because people will laugh at him. I told him no-one will laugh, and that all his friends will be dressed up and he said 'no it makes me look fat' and he refused to dress up. This really upset me, as the only place he will have heard this from is me. When getting ready to go out, I'm always moaning to DH that I have nothing to wear or 'can't wear this, it makes me look fat.' So I have obviously put it in his head that being fat is obviously such a bad thing.

I never thought he was paying attention when I have said it to DH but he's obviously been listening and taking it all in. I feel pretty crap, I hope I haven't damaged him in some way. I don't want him worrying about being fat, he is only 3! (And he's tall and thin- definitely doesn't take after me!)

IsThatTrue Fri 25-Oct-13 18:54:05

reastie see I haven't always been fat, I was anorexic/bulemic as a teen. Got myself sorted and to a healthy size 10 when I fell pg with dd at 17. Then I put on about 4 stone and ended up a size 16. I dieted when ttc DS and got to a 12. After DS I was a size 20. It then took my XH leaving me and me not eating for 6 weeks to lose most of it, got to a large 12 then took up exercise ( and eating again thankfully) to get back to a 10. I was hovering around a 12last year when me and DH got married I had to give up my beloved pole dancing <sob> and then fell pg with ds2 the next month. And the inevitable weight gain ensued.

So maybe it's all the up young that's confused my poor addled brain? Or maybe it's a hangover from my eating disorder addled teens. Who knows. But I'm going to keep drumming it into myself that if I fit in clothes which say size 10 it can't be all that bad!

IsThatTrue Fri 25-Oct-13 18:56:45

henrietta don't feel bad. We all say stuff in front of our kids that we probably shouldn't and we all have to cross our fingers and hope for the best. The good thing is that you've realised now that that message isn't good for him, so you can do something about it while he's still young. Try not to beat yourself up. None of us are perfect. <hug>

harryhausen Sat 26-Oct-13 11:48:38

Can I join this thread? I was going to start my own but I think this is more suitablesmile

I feel like I'm on some kind of 'Catherine Wheel that's come off it pole' in my head at the moment when it comes to dieting.

I'm 5 ft 6. Size 16. I weigh 14.7 stones and dangerously obsese. I (think) I'm moderately attractive. I have all I want in life really - a lovely husband, 2 great kids, a highly creative career, heathy extended family (although they live hundreds of miles away).....the only thing I can't get past is my weight problem. Every day I wake up and it's on my mind. It brings me down. One thing peevishly that bothers me is my 34HH boobs. You'd think that alone would spur me on.

I can't stick to one thing. Over the years I've tried

SW (lost a stone and then went binging)
WW (I was just too tired of counting everything)
My Fitness Pal (calorie counting again. I manage for a day or two and then loose track)
5:2 diet - I tried this for one week and was sooooo hungry I couldn't face it. I was really excited about it too.
Paul McKenna (I really LOVE this ethos but I can't focus my mind).

I started C25K a few weeks ago and managed to get to week 3. I'm still stuck on week 3 as I've been repeating because I can't seem to jog for quite 3 minutes.

All through these recent diets I (obviously) haven't lost an ounce of weight so have given up easily.

Why can't I focus on it? Why can't I stick to something? As this problem fills most of my waking moments I'm so confused that I keep giving up so easily on something I want so much.

I don't stuff my face with burgers and crisps all day. I eat home cooked food. I try and exercise when I can. I think the problem is I'm sat all day working and work from home so don't even walk to work.

Even though I know they love me, I'm sure my husband wants me to loose weight, as does my mum and dad and I suspect even my children.

What's so wrong with my head?

Out if all the things I've dabbled with, is there any that I should retry? Or is a gastric band my only answer?

harryhausen Sat 26-Oct-13 11:49:48

'Peevishly' bothers me? I don't even know what I was trying to say there.

Debs75 Sat 26-Oct-13 15:35:50

Hi Harryhausen you are more than welcome to join us and say goodbye to those lbs forever.
Well that's the plan. Like you I struggle with diets, currently doing a mix of WW and MFP. I could quite happily eat all day long so I need the target WW and MFP offers. On slimming world I just ate as much as I could.

Could you try and put exercise into your daily work routine? You are at home but could you go out for lunch everyday, maybe a walk to the local shops to get some milk, bread, etc. It would give you a break from being sat and give you some guaranteed exercise each day.

You need to stick with one diet for a few months at least to see some real benefit so find one that is easy to stick to and start again. Post your daily diet on here if it helps you keep track.

A gastric band isn't the only answer. I am roughly your height and weight and I would have to be another 4 stone at least to be considered. Stick with us and we will help you as much as we can

harryhausen Sat 26-Oct-13 17:09:45

Thanks for your reply Debs. In a way, it's nice to know I'm not alone. I'm only half serious about the gastric band. In my darkest hours I just feel so confused and desperate about it all, I feel it's the way to go. Although I don't think I ever would.

You're right, I need to fix on a way and stick to it. I mainly feel like I've had with 'diets' but I'll need to look at eating. At the moment I'm thinking of just having a smaller plate.

I could easily go for a walk at lunchtime. Do you think that would do it? I think if I ever saw a slight shift on the scales it would urge me on. I've been carrying on with C25k as I quite like it - but like the diets, I stuck at week 3 because I didn't feel fit enough to run for as long as u should be, and got demoralised.

I'm annoying myself! grin

However, thanks for the warm welcome to the thread and I'll stick around and weigh in etc and see if I can change my brain a bit.


clarinetV2 Sat 26-Oct-13 18:07:11

Hi and welcome Harryhausen. I think going for a walk at lunchtime sounds like a good idea, but on its own it probably won't be enough. I do a lot of walking - I have a non-negotiatble 10-minute walk to the bus stop every morning and evening, and when I started my latest weight-loss plan I added to that by at least half an hour each way, but it's often more. So I'm walking a minimum of an hour and 20 mins every day. Running scares the life out of me and I don't even go there! I love my walks and they are very important in the general scheme of things - the outdoor exercise makes me feel healthy mentally and physically, and I think that's what's made it possible to stick to my rather idiosyncratic 'eat less' plan for well over a year now. That's after more than three decades of yo-yo dieting and not being able to stick at anything. However, on its own the walking wouldn't have worked. I really needed to eat less, and having recently lost my target 6 stone, I need to keep eating less or the weight will come straight back on again. So a smaller plate plus walking sounds like a good starting point - but I'd say also watch what's on your smaller plate as quite a lot of calories can be packed onto a small surface!! It sounds like strict calorie-counting isn't for you, but you probably need to eat less one way or another. Could you maybe aim to increase the proportion of vegetables on your smaller plate as well as reducing portion size? And do your lunchtime walk as well? Do you think you'd be able to stick to that?

LottieDidIt Sat 26-Oct-13 18:17:42

Hi all,

Welcome to the thread harryhausen, yes you definitely won't be alone here! We're all know the struggle with tying to lose weight and the emotions that come along with it sad but we're here to support each other along the way smile

I think Debs has given some good advice with sticking to one thing and trying to persevere with it. Although I know it can be hard - I gave up SW after 3 weeks because I hadn't lost any weight - its about finding what works best for you. The thing I find works for me is calorie counting but I inevitably end up putting back on the weight I've lost and more!

I'm sure with having a smaller plate as long as its not piled double high and doing the lunchtime walk you will start to see a difference if you stick with it smile

Henrietta I hope you're feeling better today. Try not too feel bad - little ones pick up on lots of things that we don't realise but at least now you can change that message and it won't have done him any damage I'm sure so please don't worry flowers

Last night I was good and managed to resist ordering anything from the takeaway, but then felt a bit hard done to as DP and DSD merrily chomped away with their Chinese so I ended up having an extra bar of chocolate to make me feel like I wasn't missing out oh dear! blush

Hope everyone is ok and having a good weekend smile

harryhausen Sat 26-Oct-13 18:19:34

Thanks Clarinet. Wow, congrats on your weightloss! That's amazing. I'd be so proud of myself if I'd lost a tenth of that.

So, I'd daft not to listen to your advice. I'm happy to stick to the running for now plus add in more walking. I think the small plate sounds doable but you're right, it's no good having a small plate full if cheese and crisps!

I'm going to give it a whirl for a few weeks and see what happens. All I want is small shift on the scales just to see some progress I think. I'll post here when I feel myself loosing faith and hopefully you'll all talk me downgrin

harryhausen Sat 26-Oct-13 19:18:54

Thanks for the welcome Lottiesmile

BirdingWidow Sat 26-Oct-13 23:47:33

Welcome Harry!

I am a big too knackered to write much (or lucidly) tonight. In summary though I am 5'5" and started in the spring at 15st4, approx size 18 (though varied quite a bit depending on cut - small frame, big hips and boobs). I have been overweight since puberty and obese probably since I started university. I can't claim to have dieted extensively in my life as I have often made promises to myself that I would but then didn't get past day 2! I have no idea why this time seems to be different for me but I think it is because for the first time ever, I believe it is possible and it is not my inevitable fate to be fat - I can do something about it. I have the likes of clarinet and Reastie to thank for that, as they have shown me it is possible.

It is a bit of a slog but as you say, just a bit of a result in the right direction is hugely motivating! I would suggest measuring yourself as well as weighing, as you may find your weight seems to stick at times but your shape still changes.

Will be back tomorrow, have spent my Saturday night wresting with HMRC forms online and am brain dead now (I know how to live! ).

Henrietta, hope you are not worrying about your DS any more. He is so young, he will take on board your new attitude with no problem.

Have a good extra hours sleep everyone or at least everyone without a DC that will now be waking at 3.30am instead of 4.30am

Reastie Sun 27-Oct-13 06:35:39

Hello everybody

Hello harry . Alot of what you say resonates with me. One of my low points was this time 2 years ago I was on an NHS weight loss program (bit like weight watchers but NHS) and I was shock to discover I was the heaviest out of everyone in the group (at nearly 18 stone), even the men. That NHS group itself was useless for me - a patronising lady running it who was the first person in RL I confided in I had pnd and she then made me feel like I was disgusting for being my weight and I actually refused to then lose weight to prove her right for a while blush . Anyway, I digress and bad experiences aside, what worked initially for me was giving myself a month where I would try really hard to get good habits and choices in. If it made no difference at the end of the month then at least I felt like I gave it my best go and if it did work then it would stand me in good stead in future months. Once I saw some weight coming off in that month it spurred me on to continue. I was on a group a bit like this one too and could have never done it without their support. Also gradually cutting down on things rather than being too extreme (like I started off having a big bowl of soup for dinner every day with 2 pieces of bread. I gradually cut this to one and a half pieces of bread and now I have a smaller bowl with a small piece of bread for dinner). Small plates and bowls IMO are a great idea as I always fill my plate/bowl, so giving me an actual restriction to how much I can eat definitely stops me eating too much. And have snacks if you need to. I couldn't just have 3 meals a day, I need snacks! Oh, and being organised to take food with you so you don't get caught out needing something to eat and choosing something in desperation.

Gosh, that was an essay wasn't it blush . Didn't mean it to be.

harryhausen Sun 27-Oct-13 08:28:58

Gosh thank you Reastie and Birding. Everyone here is so nice and quite it's motivational to hear all your (similarish) stories.

It's nice to hear you can make little changes and see a difference. Everyone I know on RL seems to be following a rigid diet plan (mainly SW).
I think I have deep rooted problems with food and body image. My mum was always on a diet when I was growing up and she would say as she put anything other than an apple to her mouth "I shouldn't be eating this". I never heard her say she was really fat (I don't think she was ever really huge). It was just this prevailing idea that food was somehow gluttonous no matter what it was.
My dad (who I love dearly) is a bit of a body fascist I think. Even now he's well into his 60's he gets up every other day at 6am to go for a run. He makes comments about women all the time on TV who are too fat or even a bit wobbly - saying they look embarrassing etc. I know he's disappointed in me because of how I look. Even on my wedding day, when I was a curvy size 12/14 he couldn't bring himself to say I looked nicehmm. Mum managed to say that she supposed my dress made me look "quite slim I suppose". It upsets me deeply that I feel I'm pretty successful at a really hard and high profile career and I get no praise for what I've achieved , I just get this prevailing sense that I'm just a bit fat and isn't it a shame.

Maybe there's some defiance deep down inside me of "Stuff you - I'm not going to be slim because you think it's all important" ??? Maybe I've only just realised that now? shock

I'm definitely a self sabotager. My feelings on it feel like a massive 'soup' of emotions that I can't make much sense of. I do want it. I want a healthy body. I deserve one.

Wow. Sorry for the therapy session!grin

HenriettaBrain Sun 27-Oct-13 08:45:31

Good morning all, and welcome Harry smile

clarinetV2 Sun 27-Oct-13 17:41:42

Well, not the best of weekends food-wise, but rather good apart from that. My 23-year-old nephew has come to stay for a few days. We've always had a very close relationship (he's an only child, close in age to my two daughters and they grew up almost as one family) and I just love that he still wants to come and spend time with his auntie. However, he loves and is very good at cooking, and within a few hours of his arrival my fridge has been filled with all sorts of stuff I normally daren't have in the house as it disappears so quickly! Not only that, he has the appetite you would expect of a guy of that age and cooks portions to match. He's with me until Wednesday, and I intend to enjoy him being here. I'll try not to go absolutely mad but I'm not going to spoil my time with him counting calories obsessively thlwink.

Hope people have had good weekends.

IsThatTrue Sun 27-Oct-13 18:07:34

Well I has a very bad weekend food wise. Well Friday was ruined with rather a lot of wine (on an empty stomach because I'm an idiot). Saturday was ruined by the massive hangover. I had 4 slices of white buttered toast for brekkie but tbh it didn't stay down long. But I did have 2 cheese and ham sandwiches for lunch. Then had dinner at a local pub but that wasn't too bad as I had a banging headache and barely ate. This morning I had a double sausage and egg mcmuffin, but was stuffed so didn't eat my hash brown.

Fx it doesn't have too much Of an effect if I'm good until weds.

Welcome harry smile

LottieDidIt Sun 27-Oct-13 22:34:46

Not a great day for me foodwise today either. I resisted a McDonalds earlier which I got as a treat for the kids but then mindlessly had 'a couple' of chips out the bag which was probably more like half a bag!

I discovered today that DP has opened the bag of funsize chocs that I had bought for trick or treaters so found myself delving in the bag more than a few times today. I am blaming DP for opening them when he asked him not too.... although I know I should have more willpower!

clarinet I hope you enjoy your nephews stay - I think you're right to leave any worrying about the calories until after he's left wink

Hope everyone has a good week smile

HenriettaBrain Sun 27-Oct-13 22:42:59

Clarinet, sounds like you have a great relationship with your nephew! Enjoy your time with him and don't worry about the calories, plenty of time to worry about it when he leaves.
Not a great weekend food wise here either, and I'm blaming the trick or treaters. I've bought mini bars if chocolates for them calling, however have ate half the bag. Great exercise today though, parked the car and went for a walk in the country, in a place we have never been before and we found the most stunning place ever, hidden away. There was a huge waterfall, with a little bridge over it, where we played pooh sticks with DS (3) and then there was a picnic area beside it, which was just totally covered in beautiful autumn leaves which the kids had great fun kicking and running through, and having sword fights with the fallen branches. Then it started to rain so we had to run back to the car.

Loads of photos taken and happy memories made today smile

LottieDidIt Sun 27-Oct-13 23:02:45

sounds like you had a wonderful day henrietta how lovely!

hmmm perhaps we need to be buying the trick or treaters a nice healthy alternative so that we can avoid the temptation of the mini choc bars - oh yes I can just imagine the looks on their faces when I hand over a fruit bowl for them to take their pick from thlwink

phantomhairpuller Mon 28-Oct-13 07:57:48

Morning all smile

Not too bad a weekend for me, I worked most of it so was on the go all the time. Though we did have a Chinese takeaway Saturday night, washed down with a few glasses of wine.

Fast day today to get me back on track. Though I've promised ds1 he can help me make our Christmas cake- that could be an interesting one!

Welcome Harry smile

Reastie Mon 28-Oct-13 08:20:18


Lottie bet fruit bowl would be really popular not for trick or treaters smile

Urgh, not going well here. Since being ill and losing my appetite for a couple of days my appetite has been crazy (spent all yesterday eating) and I've been suffering with what I think is some kind of post viral IBS involving lots of stomach cramps and bloating and gas. Feeling rather annoyed as DD and I are off to theatre tomorrow and really don't want to miss it because of a dratted sensitive tummy.

Debs75 Mon 28-Oct-13 14:52:22

So managed Pizza Hut for DP's birthday. I had about 6 slices of pizza at roughly 110 cals each some salad and then a cookie dough ice cream at 500 cals. I reckon with the 7 up I have had 1500 cals just for lunchthlshock the scary hing is m and a friend used to do this maybe once or twice a monththlblush.
Well at least I know what I have done and I thoroughly enjoyed it so back to soup for tea, with a tiny slice of Jaffa cakecake if there is room.

BirdingWidow Mon 28-Oct-13 16:46:06

Afternoon all. Henrietta, your family day sounds lovely!

I too am suffering from the Reasties, ie a post-sickness regain of appetite. I could not stop nibbling yesterday (or today) and I have been pretty good about not doing that in recent months. Feels like a huge struggle at the mo. I had a big roast dinner yesterday and then crumble with double cream blush. It was the most I have eaten for ages but I just couldn't stop. Haven't done anything really bad today but I have been nibbling on a couple of chocolate biscuits.

I don't know if it just getting my appetite back if whether it is starting working again. Somehow sitting at a computer seems to be a trigger for me... Which is rather unfortunate.

Well, off to collect my lovely boy from nursery. Seems as though a lot of us have struggled through the weekend. I'll be happy to STS this week!

Hope the storms haven't been too bad where you are. We had an impressive hailstorm at lunchtime.

IsThatTrue Tue 29-Oct-13 18:40:25

Very quiet here, is everybody having a busy half term?

Well in getting back on the diet but find it impossible to fast with the dcs home so I'm not bothering this week. I am still running though and keeping an eye on my food.

I hope everyone else is doing ok. smile

Sirzy Tue 29-Oct-13 18:43:50

I am struggling at the moment. Had a really crap weekend food wise and now can't get back into it at all. Need a kick up the backside

phantomhairpuller Tue 29-Oct-13 18:47:54

{virtual kick} coming your way sirzy wink

Hope we're all doing ok and that the lack of posts on this thread means we're all having a busy half term!

See you all for weigh-in in the morning confused

Sirzy Tue 29-Oct-13 19:00:09

Thank you phantom.

I am fully expecting my first gain tomorrow. Going to resist the temptation to skip it!

Reastie Tue 29-Oct-13 19:10:48

Sirzy I'll give you a kick too! Just get back on it, that's the important thing.

Birding massive grin to having the reasties.

Bit more restrained here today but still not great. Had awful ibs yesterday involving lots of urgent loo trips so maybe that may help any loss!

Oh, nsv today. . Didn't feel up to insanity workout after being I'll so did a 20 min fat burning workout from you tube. I actually found it easy! Made me think maybe I'm fitter than I thought - hurrah !

HenriettaBrain Tue 29-Oct-13 19:30:41

Sirzy here's a kick from me too...KICK!!
Busy here, DS has a chest and ear infection and DD has a throat infection! My house is just one big ball of infection at the minute! grin

BirdingWidow Tue 29-Oct-13 19:45:15

It has been quiet but I am still here. Baby had his first 'good' day today in about 3 weeks (he was really floored by norovirus, then jabs, and conjunctivitis). He's been so grumpy and sleeping badly too, so it was lovely to see him toddling about cheerfully today. And I managed to get out of work early so I could spend a couple of hours with him before bed. My sympathies Henrietta, ill DCs are no joke!

I have been pretty good today but am still thinking I won't have lost anything tomorrow. Apart from the Reastie nibbles, I think I have been a bit dehydrated for the last two weeks so probably stand to get some of my recent losses back!

Sirzy, consider yourself kicked!

Fx for tomorrow everyone.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 29-Oct-13 19:55:48

Hi everyone!

I've been quiet because we've been away. It was our wedding anniversary over the weekend and we went down to Cornwall for a few days to a lovely hotel we've been to before.

Lovely food, great wine list, childcare, spa. We had a lovely time, god knows how many calories I've eaten though - I shall not be weighing in tomorrow! Going to give myself a few days to lose the water weight - it has been TOTM as well, eek.

Sympathies to those with ill children, it really is the pits.

BirdingWidow Wed 30-Oct-13 06:41:58

Oh dear, 0.5lb gain. My first gain blush.

phantomhairpuller Wed 30-Oct-13 07:02:11

2lb off grin

Quite surprised at that to be honest.

Good luck all.

harryhausen Wed 30-Oct-13 07:21:46

Wooo 1lb off!

Stunningly pleased with that as I haven't seen any shift in so long. I just ate a bit less I think. Went for a few walks. Blimeygrin

Sirzy Wed 30-Oct-13 07:22:07

1lb on blush first gain since I started in may so not to worried just need to get back on the wagon!

Sirzy Wed 30-Oct-13 07:22:34

What do you all have for breakfast? It is the meal I always struggle with most.

Reastie Wed 30-Oct-13 07:59:43

Wow, 2 lbs off shock . All I can think is it's from not eating from being ill and then pooing for britain the other day blush . Hope it's not all back next week <crosses fingers>

alibaba break sounds lovely envy

sirzy I have a bowl of cereal - I mix oat muesli on the bottom, then a thin sprinkling of coco pops (to get my choc fix!) then a sprinkle of buckwheat flakes on the top. Mil looks at me like this hmm when he sees me putting 3 cereals in my bowl (but in fairness it is a very small bowl) but it works for me and I like it.

IsThatTrue Wed 30-Oct-13 08:19:09

2 lbs off shock

Starting weight 14stone 1 on 25th June
Weight today 10stone 9.

2lbs until my first target, 1lb to a healthy bmi.

I am honestly shock as I was pretty awful this week, but in much smaller portions than before.

Well done losers. And to all those who have gained/sts and are still here ready to start again.

sirzy I have oat so simple maple syrup porridge for breakfast most days. It's sweet and filling.

LottieDidIt Wed 30-Oct-13 09:14:00

Morning all,

2lb off smile that means I've reached the 1.5 stone mark so I'm a quarter of a way to target.......ooohh still quite a way to go then shockwink

For breakfast I have 2 slices of wholemeal toast with flora light and a cup of tea - not very exciting!

Well done on everyone's losses and sirzy and birding that's not bad at all for it to be the first gain since you've started - it'll be a loss next week! smile

Debs75 Wed 30-Oct-13 09:19:29

2.5lbs off
Starting weight 15stone 5.5lbs - Feb 2013
Weight now 14 stone 2lbs
Total weight lost 17.5lbs
This is the lightest I have been since starting weight watchers, after spending nearly 3 months losing and gaining the same 2lbs I have now lost 5.5lbs in a month

Sirzy I have porridge almost every day for breakfast. It can be monotonous but it stops me snacking in the morning. It also is low in points for WW and low in calories on MFP

HenriettaBrain Wed 30-Oct-13 09:20:09

Well done everyone!

3lb ON today confusedconfusedconfused

That's 8lb I've gained in 3 weeks, despite trying hard most days! sad

HenriettaBrain Wed 30-Oct-13 09:21:50

Sirzy for breakfast I have oatsosimple, they have done delicious flavours. The raspberry and pomegranate is beautiful, as is the 'heaps of fruit' banana and strawberry.

phantomhairpuller Wed 30-Oct-13 09:38:35

Henrietta, completely off subject- what was the outcome with your missing coil? Or did I miss it somewhere down thread?

HenriettaBrain Wed 30-Oct-13 10:42:10

Still waiting on an appointment phantom, last I rang I was told it will be January before I'm seen hmm

phantomhairpuller Wed 30-Oct-13 10:55:51

That's awful hmm

Can't you start saying its painful in an attempt to get seen quicker wink

HenriettaBrain Wed 30-Oct-13 11:10:46

I have an appointment at neurology clinic next month, I'm hoping they will rush it through for me. I have a condition called inter cranial hypertension, which causes really bad headaches and if left untreated I could go blind. It's basically the fluid surrounding my brain isn't draining away, so it's all squashing against the back of my eyes causing headaches. Pregnancy made it worse due to all the extra hormones, and at the minute the headaches are even worse than when I was pregnant so I'm assuming it's the coil causing it. So hopefully when I have my neurology check up they will agree and rush it through!

clarinetV2 Wed 30-Oct-13 12:47:38

I was also wondering about your coil, Henrietta, thanks for the update, and I do hope they 'rush' it through - though given the effects it's having it doesn't sound like they're in anything like the rush they should be.

1lb on for me this week, which isn't too bad with my nephew staying and cooking lovely meals. Most of what he cooks has been healthy not counting Monday's lemon drizzle cake which was to die for but it's been in much bigger portions than I should have been eating, so a one-pound gain is OK and I'm glad it's not more. Congratulations to those of you who have lost - now shove up and make room for the rest of us to get back on that wagon!

Sirzy Wed 30-Oct-13 14:46:27

I have porridge but getting bored of it.

I may have put weight on but nsv - I have just got a size 12 jumper, last winter I was in size 20/22 jumpers!

BirdingWidow Wed 30-Oct-13 15:38:49

Re breakfast, I often have a crumpet (supermarket own, not great thick warburtons one) with a smear of flora light and jam, or with some light Philadelphia - garlic and herb is good, even for breakfast. Comes in much less than the equivalent toast (with my local seedy bread, the only stuff worth eating!) at under 150 cals and I find it does keep me going okay. At the weekend I dry fry a load of sliced mushrooms, practically no calories, and heap on a crumpet with light Philadelphia. That is very yummy...

Now it is getting cold I will try porridge but I do get easily bored of it.

At computer, trying up resist the munchies. Have decided work is VERY bad for me grin

HenriettaBrain Wed 30-Oct-13 16:40:53

Sirzy you've just given me hope smile

This winter I'm in size 20 jumpers. I would love to be in size 12 next year

BirdingWidow Wed 30-Oct-13 18:32:02

Me too Sirzy! Thanks for the reminder that it is actually possible to change one's size...flowers

IsThatTrue Wed 30-Oct-13 18:46:27

birding and henrietta it is definitely possible. And just by still being here you are making massive leaps. Keep plugging at it. Remember its a marathon not a sprint.

In June I was bursting out of size 16 jeans. Today I wore size 12s that were on the verge of falling down and felt loose round the thighs. It can be done. Now I need to decide where to stop (I was convinced I wouldn't get below 10st

IsThatTrue Wed 30-Oct-13 18:48:53


I was convinced I wouldn't get below 10st7 but at 10st9 I can still see I am pretty far from slim. A mid range bmi is around 10stone so I'll see how I feel there. But then I need to work out how to maintain. Rather than yo yoing back to where I started.

Sorry I'm rambling now.

HenriettaBrain Wed 30-Oct-13 21:49:22

Anyone else for weigh in?? Where are you all?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 30-Oct-13 22:09:55

Henrietta it is half-term so I'm guessing people are away or perhaps having a bad week with the DCs off school and more food around than normal?

BirdingWidow Thu 31-Oct-13 07:49:11

Thanks IsThat, I am further inspired! My first goal was to be overweight and not obese by Christmas (4lb to go, am sure I will do it). My next goal was to be in a real size 14 (ie not just a few vanity fixing shops) by the time I get married in may. I know that is possible, I just have to hold my motivation, especially over Christmas.

Today is probably going to be naughty as I am going up the Country Living Christmas Fair - I am sure there will be food stalls and nibbles aplenty. All I can say is I will eat less than if I were not on a diet but it isn't going to be a 1200 calorie day, oh no grin

HenriettaBrain Thu 31-Oct-13 10:16:18

I got my appointment through!! 4th December, only just over a month to wait smilesmile

LottieDidIt Thu 31-Oct-13 12:01:16

Henrietta I'm so glad you've got your appointment through - they're still taking their bloomin time about it though!!

Well done on your size 12 jumper sirzy that's brilliant!

I've just looked at the NHS height/weight chart and I am no longer 'very obese' yay thlgrin, however I still need to lose another 3 stone just to go from being obese to overweight thlshock and even if I lose my 6 stone target I will still be in the overweight range thlsad. Arrrggghh just seems like such a long way to go.....but I guess I knew that already - there are no quick fixes (unfortunately)!

Hope you enjoy your day at the Christmas Fair birding

We are a bit thin on the ground aren't we? I hope absent friends are doing ok and return to the thread soon thlsmile

HenriettaBrain Thu 31-Oct-13 16:18:17

Hi all, ive left the round up as late as possible as i wanted to see if anyone else was going to join us, but i think this is all we are getting!


birdingwidow +0.5lb
phantomhairpuller -2lb
harryhausen -1lb
sirzy +1lb
reastie -2lb
isthattrue -2lb
lottiedidit -2lb
debs75 -2.5lb
henrietta +3lb blush
clarinet +1lb

Alibaba happy anniversary to you and your DH, I hope you had a lovely time away!

This week we have lost 11.5lb! And our slimmer of the week is debs75 !!
Well done thanks

We are getting very quiet, this has been the quietest weigh in! I think we either need to recruit new members or go ans PM the old ones and get them right back on that wagon!! Yes i mean you TiredNursey, Legaah, LayMizz, Lorelai, Summerholididi, miawallace etc!! I miss you all sad

Sirzy Thu 31-Oct-13 16:51:19</