Calling all Motivational Mondayers!!

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And anyone else who wants to join in. The idea of this thread is a way to record weightloss, motivate each other, discuss which methods if any we are using to lose weight and give the occasional kick up the bum.

Right you lot. I was going to wait until new year to start this thread but I think that if I'm going to have my head in the right place to start, I need your help now. I haven't weighed yet I'll do that on the 1st but I think I probably have 2 1/2 stone to lose. Last time I had 3st to lose so I'm seeing that as a postitive.

So, are any of you still out there? Who'd like to join me? fgrin

Come on you lot! I can't be the only one left!

For the interest of anyone reading. This was started almost 2 years ago by a poster who said she'd try anything to get to her target weight and it went on from there.

Haveacrumpet Thu 26-Dec-13 22:29:40

I'll join you! Wasn't on the original thread, but would love to weigh-in here to help keep me motivated. I lost some weight in Oct/Nov but then put a bit on in the run up to Christmas. Think I've got about 3 stone to lose, but will weigh, calculate and report back later.

Hi crumpet. I'm glad to have some company. I have no plan or method at the moment, just to consume less than I use calories wise.

Do you follow any kind of diet?

Haveacrumpet Fri 27-Dec-13 11:59:21

Hi TheOne. No, I don't follow anything in particular. I find counting calories works fine for me. I try not to go beyond 1200 in a day. Will follow this for about 3-4 weeks and then add in more rigorous exercise if nothing much is happening. But usually I can control weight through diet and doing everyday exercise, e.g. Walking

In Oct/Nov when I lost weight, I was making lots of chicken and veg casseroles for dinner, and that really helped me stay on track as they were so filling and warming, but low in calories, so I'm going to get back into the habit of making those again.

Urgh. I'd forgotten about 1200 calories. See, that's why I need support! grin

I did use My Fitness Pal at the beginning last time to help me keep track. I may have to set that up again.

I'm off to make leftover veg soup now. I love it at this time of year. A real bowl of comfort with low calories.

I don't tend to indulge before Christmas but between Christmas and new year is my one week to indulge. That's why I'm not weighing until 1st.

I want a true reading without demotivating myself.

Right. Given that it's Monday I'm shouting out to you lot again.

I've eaten a lot of chocolate since Christmas and I need your help.

So this is my last shout before I join another thread instead. sad

<blows raspberries>

MilkshakeMaker Wed 01-Jan-14 16:34:27

Omg! 'Twas meeeeeee! <waves and points at self> I started that thread!

I haven't been on here for such a long time but was hoping to find another thread similar to last time as I need another butt kicking!


I lost 1st5lb last year via slimming world but then I lost my mojo and have put back on 11lb....woops!

Was meant to have started again today but forgot to weigh myself so used it as excuse to start tomorrow and eat chocolate all day...this is why I came in search of a good thread!

Will weigh in in the morning and brownie honour I will give 100% from then onwards grin

Ooh. Milkshake good to see you! Were you LollipopViolet? I was going to name check you in my op but I forgot. blush

I didn't weigh either. I will do it tomorrow morning too.

MilkshakeMaker Wed 01-Jan-14 16:52:12

Ps I also will have about 2st to loose

I'm heeeeeeereeeee!!!

I'm enjoying NYD dinner and snack then I promise to start tomorrow! Will weigh on Friday... I'm scared.

Got down to 9 13 just before Christmas. I was 12 something when the last thread started and 14 9 in June 2011

MilkshakeMaker Wed 01-Jan-14 17:03:33

I've just looked at that spreadsheet from before, it was last updated 9/12/13 so maybe it's still going?

No I started the 1st one then I think it was mainly stealth who did the new ones when they got full up, I'm not sure how long it was going after I disappeared. Lollypopviolet is on there so u def have the right name- just not me!

And to confuse it further I'm just about to name change to something non food related! X

MilkshakeMaker Wed 01-Jan-14 17:04:26

Crap, x-posted!


Yay, Kato too! I remember you did really well on the last thread so I'm sure you'll be fine if you get your head in the right place unlike me.

How are you getting on crumpet?

Sorry Milkshake it was a while ago. I get easily confused these days. grin

Make sure you let us know it's you when you nc.

I was the spreadsheet keeper, I'll make a new one for us very soon... But that involves weighing myself!!

ashamedoverthinker Wed 01-Jan-14 17:16:49

Right I'm in -- this is linked to not spending money on non essentials (wine and choc) and buying no clothes for a whole year thread - one month at a time - be good to get into my smaller sized summer clothes.

We dont have scales Im guessing ive gone back over 15st. I will have to post weight when I get a chance. I have everything I need (all the gear) inc membership to a nice gym, which when i get into it I like it.

My main motivation is health - I have two younf kids I need to keep fit for and I dont want to be 'the fat one' anymore - as in the pics lastnight. sad

I do not want to return to W/W or 'diet' I want to cut out the crap and get active - I will see what happens.

ToeFluff Wed 01-Jan-14 17:17:19

Yeah I know that feeling Kato not looking forward to the morning, but I am looking forward to starting again, and I'm glad to have found this thread!

...pssst its me, Milkshake!

Glad to see you overthinker. Sounds like you're well set up and pretty determined. smile

Nice nc ToeFluff. grin

ToeFluff Wed 01-Jan-14 17:40:15

grin Inspired by my 4yr old!

Welcome overthinker buying no clothes for a whole year?! But who would buy all the crap left over in the sales that I'm never going to wear and just clog up my wardrobe?!

So dh just forced me to eat a load of nougat. I have warned him that I've resurrected this thread. I think he's looking forward to some more Hairy Dieters meals. We all enjoyed them before.

I can feel my body craving vitamins after the Christmas excess so I've made some veg soup for lunches. It's actually really tasty unlike my last effort.

I'm dreading weighing in the morning but I promise to be honest. If I'm back up to the weight I started the last thread I'm going to cry.

Do share the veg soup recipe please? I'm shockingly bad at cooking!

I've got some lovely new trainers with Xmas money and my heart rate monitor arrives on Saturday!

ToeFluff Wed 01-Jan-14 19:41:20

Yeah, I second the request for a veg soup recipe, I got a slow cooker in November but every time I made soup it turned into a baby food veg purée so I'd end up ordering pizza instead!

Well I didn't really follow a recipe. I just used what I had in. I made loads and froze it in portions.

I used a bag of chanterelle(?) carrots, the mini ones, some Maris Piper potatoes, sprouts, spinach,parsnips, two heads of broccoli, and 1/2 a cabbage. I put in about 1/2pint of left over gravy and a pint of stock. I let it cook for about 2hrs on really low.

Then I blended it and it did look a bit like baby food so I added more stock and cooked it for another hour.

I know there's quite a lot of bitter veg in there but the carrots and few parsnips really sweetened it up.

Sorry I can't be more specific.

Wow Kato, are you running or gyming or some other kind of torture?

Haha still keeping up the usual routine (five days per week at the fucking Leisuredrome for spin, kettlercise, body pump etc, but I've foolishly agreed to do a woman's 10k in April for work... Gah!

ReastieYuleANBU Wed 01-Jan-14 20:55:47

<runs in with jazz hands> Found you! Yay to a new MM.

Hair I continued weighing myself and adding it on the ss months after the thread stopped as I really liked the ss, so kato I'm very excited at the prospect of a new one <saddo>. IMST also weighed in quite a while after the thread stopped.

I'm currently 10 stone 10.5 (yes, the half matters!) and about a size 12. It's the slimmest I've ever been since a young teenager but keep having panics I'll suddenly start putting weight on again. I'd like to lose a couple more pounds as then it will take my loss to an even 100lbs, and anything beyond that will be fab but I'm not stressing just want to keep it off, see what I can do and keep fit. I'm just excited to fit into a regular size having never been less than a size 16 my adult life and a size 22 when I started this. Have been doing insanity 2 - 3 times a week since July and it's amazing, really hard but I'm finding muscle where I've never had it before.

Have been eating far too much chocolate this past week or so though so I really need to kerb that down as my willpower when it comes to chocolate is zilch at the minute.

hair on the plus side no matter how bad the weigh in goes, it will only make your loss greater when compared to the current weight IYKWIM.

ReastieYuleANBU Wed 01-Jan-14 20:59:13

x posted (I'm very slow at getting messages typed) Hair that's interesting you cook your soup so long, I always do mine alot quicker, maybe I'd simmer for up to half an hour. Do you find the slower cooking adds flavour? Kato worlds easiest soup - gently fry a sliced onion for a few minutes (I do mine in frylight), add frozen peas and stock so it covers the peas (I also often add the woody asparagus ends once I've cut off the nice bits for dinner) and simmer for maybe 10 minutes. Blitz up and add salt and pepper. If you have any mint add some of that before blitzing up. You can add a splash of milk or creme fraiche etc too. Really cheap and easy and pretty low calorie.

ToeFluff Thu 02-Jan-14 08:33:28

Morning! So I've done it, I've drawn a line and will be forgetting all about previous weights and how much I've put on. Today is what matters.

I've decided to do slimming world at home along with as much exercise as I can, dug out that god awful 30 day shred DVD and dusted off my bike for when the weather is better.

I've got a little notepad to keep with me and will be writing down everything I eat so I can work out where my weakness is!

Woo lets do it! smile

Go you toefluff!

Straight into jumping jacks!!!

Haveacrumpet Thu 02-Jan-14 14:10:54

Hi everyone,
Glad the thread is gaining momentum. I, too, am exciting at the prospect of a spreadsheet. blush
I weighed yesterday, and I am 12 stone exactly, and aiming to get to 9 and 1/2. Getting back into the hang of doing veg casseroles for lunch or dinner, but need to get rid of my snacking. This will be infinitely easier when all the Christmas food has gone.
Anyway, sort of looking forward to weighing in on Monday!

Reastie, it's not that it adds flavour, more that the "stringy" veg breaks down better iyswim. I cook it on a very low heat.

Well done everyone who weighed in. I didn't because dh gave me an unexpected lie in so it was up and out to Legoland Discovery at the Traffic Trafford Centre with the dcs all day.

Lunch was shocking as I had a prepackaged chicken salad sandwich which are usually a million calories and a bag of McCoys crisps so I can add another million for that. It will be veg soup for dinner.

How have you all got on?

Absolutely starting tomorrow. I've put on 6 pounds!!! in three weeks!!!

ToeFluff Thu 02-Jan-14 18:02:19

My day has been a good effort, no exercise but stuck to my meal plan and no crisps or choc!

Back to work tomo so should be easier not to snack, looking forward to get back to normal (and some child free time whilst I'm at workgrin)

Kato, that should fall off easily as it was temporary.

Well done ToeFluff, I'm not child free until Tuesday. I'm not looking forward to them going back tbh. Dd changed schools ahead of schedule this year and the new one is 15 miles away. Two in two schools is a logistical nightmare, especially as dd has a 12hr day on Mondays.

Also my Mum bought me The Shred for Christmas. I'll start on Tuesday, but I don't know if I'm scared or eager. A little bit of both I suppose.

ToeFluff Thu 02-Jan-14 18:22:47

That sounds like a right nightmare! 12hours! Goodness me!

Yeah I feel the same with the shred DVD, think I might attempt it tomorrow but I'm not holding much hope that it won't kill me! lol x

ashamedoverthinker Thu 02-Jan-14 18:24:23

Hello again and thank you for the welcome.

Had no chocolate or wine yesterday or today. Avoided coffee shop earlier when we went for a walk at the park so NSD too.

I am cooking a big roast beef dinner with plenty veg and trimmings but i need to use up what is in the house. Havnt really eaten much today so far.

Aim is to have cupboards run down for Monday when I have a food shop sheduled for delivery and I ave meal planned. I must get a pot of soup or something going in slow cooker.

Good idea to run the cupboards down. That's what I'm doing too. Dh and the dcs had freezer surprise for dinner and they all ended up with a different meal.

Well these cheese balls and onion rings aren't going to eat themselves are they?

shock Have you been in my freezer kato!? grin

ReastieYuleANBU Fri 03-Jan-14 09:32:39


That's to problem post christmas isn't it, too much junk left in the house that needs to be eaten. Yesterday I only had 3 chocolates, that's doing well for me at the minute!

Just off to do an insanity workout in the hopes I'll feel more angelic afterwards.

ashamedoverthinker Fri 03-Jan-14 09:40:51

i luffs cheeseballs kato grin

Well I had two rum and cokes - nearly at the bottom of bottle. It makes sense to wind down - gradual withdrawl and not wasteing anything.

Good luck with insanity reastie it sounds brutal.

Does anyone else get to a point where they are so inactive you just struggle to get off the sofa? Im talking about to do housework and get out and about? I did get us out to park yesterday and we are out today at Sealife but I need a 'rocket boost' to get my house in some sort of order.

Eating left over beef for tea with homemade savoury rice stuffed pepper. Doing sandwiches for lunch.
I have lots of cheese to use up - I might make macaroni, cheese and potato pie OR cheese scones. Not the healthiest but better than scoffing it all with crackers and will make up a meal without having to spend moremoney.

ashamedoverthinker Fri 03-Jan-14 09:41:26

I had the rum and cokes last night not this am grin

I do have days when I can't be bothered. It doesn't help that I've had to replace most of my morning walks with a car journey. I find it much harder to get going.

Today I might do some cleaning but I'm really not in the mood. What I really want to do is stomp about, swearing but seeing as I never, ever manage to get time in the house on my own, that's not going to happen.

Can I ask you all to tell me your quick, low calorie lunches please? I'm going shopping and I need inspiration. I need it to fill me up too.

ReastieYuleANBU Fri 03-Jan-14 10:44:25

ashamed a rum and coke for the rocket booster!? wink

hair soup? oh yes, we've had that convo , salady things (although not the time of year necessarily), erm........I have alot of quinoa/rice salads with tons of stir fry veg and some tofu (I'm veggie, but maybe chicken?), stir fry is ace especially with frylight. Sometimes I flavour mine a bit with a small dollop of sun dried tomato paste if I'm doing an Italian themed one. It is oily but I don't use much per portion.

Just finished insanity. Think I'm getting worse not better as alot of standing around shaking my head and sweating. I blame the cold I have for making my body a bit under the weather.

DH bought me a massage voucher (as in a proper one, not just him doing it) which I'm having this afternoon, a whole hour of relaxation, can't wait smile

ashamedoverthinker Fri 03-Jan-14 13:12:23

Ive jsut been looking at cream tea/spa days and brogues - bloody emails with their links. So a bit envy but enjoy.

My toddler is asleep - I could have done lots of things but ive sat on here instead sad oo.

Enjoy reastie and thanks for the salad tips. I'm going to try some. I don't mind veggie actually but I'd never do it permanently.

Housework day today and hairy dieters sweet and sour for dinner. sad I hate cooking and cleaning. sad

ToeFluff Fri 03-Jan-14 20:24:08

Well I failed last night and binged hmm Have been on best behaviour today though trying to not give up and start again on Monday, that's how I ended up back here in the first place so hoping it's in me to plough on, forgot how hard it is to stick to a diet plan!

ashamedoverthinker Fri 03-Jan-14 21:37:19

I thought because of the thread title we werent supposed to start in earnest until MONDAY! grin

hence my running cupboards down.

ashamedoverthinker Fri 03-Jan-14 21:37:41

code for eating what's left between now and Sunday night

Oops sorry ashamed. I can see the confusion. On the last threads to keep moral and motivation going we started naming the days. MotivationalMonday seemed to stick as some of us fell off the wagon at the weekends and needed a kick on a Monday.

I'm starting in earnest on Monday too so don't feel bad.

ToeFluff you know the rules, one night off does not a failure make and if you've been really good today you'll have made up for it.

ToeFluff Fri 03-Jan-14 21:52:00

Well I wish I thought of it like that, I just figured as it was new year it was better to start then... Guess it doesn't matter when we start- as long as we actually do!! smile

ToeFluff Fri 03-Jan-14 21:52:28 some point!

ashamedoverthinker Fri 03-Jan-14 21:57:24

roll on monday grin but cheers - im using up vodka tonic martinis tonight blush

ToeFluff Fri 03-Jan-14 22:09:51

Lol beats my blackcurrent squash!

My thing to finish is chocolate. Usually nobody buys me chocolate for Christmas but this year I ended up with three lots. hmm

I need to finish them as I can't throw them away and I can never have just one. No will power

ashamedoverthinker Fri 03-Jan-14 22:21:52

Oo toe I had squash as a treat over Christmas. We went water only after a visit to the dentist earlier in the year. But the squash has gone now.

ToeFluff Fri 03-Jan-14 22:24:39

Yes I'm all or nothing when it comes to chocolate too, if I don't have any at all I'm alright but I'd never be able to have 1 smartie or 1 row of galaxy and I can't decide if I'm ashamed or proud of my Terry's chocolate orange record! grin

ToeFluff Fri 03-Jan-14 22:29:25

I think we'd be alright at water only in our house but the water tastes vile here and even with a brita (sp?) filter it's tangy, my mother refuses to even have a cup of tea at mine the snob!

I'm a water snob too. blush Ours is the best and tastiest in the country. It comes from the Lake District so we're very lucky.

What's you chocolate orange record then ToeFluff? Spill! grin

ReastieYuleANBU Sat 04-Jan-14 08:00:52

I'm with you all on the chocolate front. I've got loads this christmas and just want them gone so as not to tempt me. toe you're going to have to tell more on this chocolate orange record grin

Another water snob here, when I go on holiday in the UK I actually often buy bottled water as the tap water always tastes weird, even in tea. DH thinks I'm mad but it does taste funny. But then, my tastes are probably gone forever as we have thames water which you'd think would be awful and chemically hmm . Maybe I'm just used to it.

Massage was amazing, I've got another voucher for christmas so I've booked another for next week smile

HEre miss!
Happy New Year all grin
Will catch up on the thread in a minute.
Today is my start day and I am actually pleased. I have been bingeing and hating it but lacking the motivation to do anything about it.
I also feel grotty and have since the start of December - can't bring myself to shred sad

ToeFluff Sat 04-Jan-14 09:09:36

I'm not sure what's changed but I am totally feeling motivated and raring to go! Yesterday I was good but I still craved junk and felt poo. But I'm hoping it sticks as I feel like I've turned a corner!

Lol nope I'm not going to tell you all about my chocolate orange record, it wasn't pretty let's just leave it at that! grin

eightytwenty Sat 04-Jan-14 09:16:25

Oh lovely to see you all! Catch up properly but I've been lost without you. Am so in! Starting Monday! Yay!!!!

Welcome back Stealth and eighty.

I don't know if anyone is interested but I still see InMySpareTime in real life. She's managed to maintain her loss and is still tiny.

For anyone who doesn't know, InMySpareTime was on the old threads and a friend of mine in rl. She lost a massive 4.5 stone using the threads and MyFitnessPal. She's kept it off and people now put her in the tiny catagory.

Glad you enjoyed the massage reastie, good treat.

Today has been shit already. Ds2 overslept for the first time ever in his 5 years. I hope he's not getting ill. He is my alarm at the weekends so I was late getting dd to piano, ds1 will be late for work and dh just rang me because he spied a party invitation on the wall for ds2 that I'd forgotten to tell him about in the rush so he's running around getting ready so ds2 isn't late either!

On the plus side I haven't snacked yet today! grin

ToeFluff Sat 04-Jan-14 11:09:51

4.5st, that's amazing! Tell her we all say well done- I'm envious!

Oh dear that does sound hectic, mine has been the complete opposite, the weather is awful, everyone is busy and there is nothing to do! hmm Normally I love days like these but I've just had a week of them over Xmas! I'm sick of staying in! Plus side my 4 year old was sat on my feet helping me to attempt sit ups (I managed 2)

I'm following slimming word for a few weeks to see how it goes, got homemade burger and chips for dinner! Yum yum! I'm slightly excited! X

ReastieYuleANBU Sat 04-Jan-14 12:41:05

IMST has had her book published now from what I gather on her fb page hasn't she Hair ? Please say hello to her from me. Did you 2 know each other before MM or meet each other through it?

Hello hello steath and 80

Am hiding and missing my exercise for today as ache after the massage yesterday. No chocolate has been consumed yet though. Weather is so awful here have been inside cleaning all morning <exciting life>. We are off out this afternoon on a family trip to <drum roll please> buy a new house plant for the dining room after our last one died so the pot looks all feeble with nothing in it. Gosh I live the high life grin

reastie make sure it's a bargainous house plant!

Yes her book is published. She has two now. She lives opposite me and her dd and mine are close friends. They were in the same class until this year so we walked to school together.

She was on mnet way before me and when I found the site I was so amazed by it I told her all about it. I was most put out that I couldn't share this brilliant new thing I'd found. grin

Well, no snacking here either but no exercise either. I can join you in the interesting life stakes as I have a two foot pile of ironing to do.

2kidsintow Sat 04-Jan-14 13:09:36

I'm starting on Monday, can I join?
I have a formal dinner in about 8 weeks as my first goal. I got to a healthy BMI about 4 years ago with ww, but have let it all slip away. After putting on a few pounds over Christmas I'm scared to step on the scales because I think I'll be the heaviest I've been for a while.

I was about 12 st 9 just before Christmas. I want to eventually get down to 11 st 1 as that leaves me a size 12 to 14 and I like how I look at that size.

My plan is to go back to what I was doing before.... no breakfast (not a meal I can ever be bothered to eat), soup, fruit and perhaps a cereal bar for lunch and a 'sensible' dinner (under 500 cals) with perhaps a bowl of porridge or a small snack in the evening when the kids are in bed and I've got the munchies. smile I'm registered on mfp so may use that to keep track. If I feel I'm not getting back to it properly by Thursday then there is a WW class I can join locally, but I'd rather save the money.

Welcome 2kids. You don't have to use scales if you don't want. Dress size or inches works just as well.

Formal dinner is either going to be fabulous or crashingly boring in my experience. Do you like the other guests?

2kidsintow Sat 04-Jan-14 13:40:57

Other guests include my parents, sisters and some friends, so it's always a fab evening. And the excuse to wear a great dress also helps.
I shall employ scales, but also would like to not be a size 16 when I go dress shopping. I was last year and HATED myself in the photos. smile

Sounds like a good night.

I know what you mean about photos. I hate looking at myself. I don't mind if it's armpits upwards as that's not too bad but any body shots are awful. We may be going away May/June time and I'd love to be less self conscious by then.

Morning! I've been super good today (finally) weetabix and berocca (yellow wee time) for breakfast, down to the gym for a 50 kettlercise class (non stop with a 6kg weight) then a fruit protein smoothie for lunch.

Stir fry planned for dinner, and spin booked for tomorrow. There's no biscuits or treats for the danger zone of Saturday night watching netflix!!

Apart from the fact it's mid afternoon!, well done Kato. smile

Haha! Maybe I'm weak from the hunger! ;)

ReastieYuleANBU Sat 04-Jan-14 16:26:17

Wow kato and Hair that's really impressive, you're putting me to shame blush . I've been relatively good today, only 2.5 after eights on the sneaky side. Did a cheeky weigh in this morning and put on 1 lb so really must get back into the swing of things.

Hello hello new members, sorry for being impolite and not waving before blush . Great to see you here. This thread has magic powers I swear! I never would have managed to lose as much as I have without the help of the wonderful ladies on here.

How did you eat .5 of an After Eight? Come to think of it, how did you stop at 2.5?! shockwinkgrin

I won't be so good later. Dh has made up a curry from his Christmas hamper from one of the Spicery kits I got through reastie's bargain threads. It's full of coconut milk, reduced fat but still. That wasn't very well thought out of me was it?

Now see, that's why I had to admit that 'if I can't eat it responsibly then I can't have it in the house'

I would inhale 8. Minimum.

For my birthday at work my friend got me a braid dairy milk with Oreo in it. I told her I'd already opened it by lunchtime. At 4pm she knocked the door to my office to pinch a square... Guess who had a red face?

Lovely to see you all again, and nice to hear about IMST smile You are all doing so wekk. I weighed the other day, clothed and at the end of the day, think I was 12 and a half stone. Not good but not horrendous either. Keep trying to convince myself that I on;y have a few pounds to shift (about 26!) but I am REALLY struggling to get motivated. Today is a write off. Can't do shred as I spend the first hour of each morning hacking my guts up (sorry). I'm hoping the return to 'normality' on Monday will spur me into action. sad Wise words gratefully received. I know what I need to do. My trousers are tight sad

You'll get there Stealth. You've done it before so you know you can. I want to see you raring to go on Monday!!

ReastieYuleANBU Sat 04-Jan-14 18:08:47

Hair enjoy the curry. Just have not much of the sauce and no huge helpings <easier said than done>

Kato yes, I'm the same, tis why I don't usually allow nice things in the house that I can eat (remember I'm gluten free? This is a great way to have junk that I can't eat for DH!) . I had 1/2 after eight as yesterday I only had half after eating a few OK quite a lot of a 'christmas pudding' flavour chocolate bar and needed mmooorrreeee chocolate blush . Feeling pleased as no more chocolate since after eights earlier. Will power is being strong! Had some nuts and raisins and yoghurt for pudding tonight. I know not that low fat, but has various minerals and other good stuff in and hopefully keep me full up.

stealth weigh ins NEVER count at the end of the day with clothes on. Just use that as a guide and weigh post poo naked first thing grin . Can you do shred later in the day?

ToeFluff Sat 04-Jan-14 20:01:50

Woops I've just inhaled a KFC! grin

theporkofpie Sun 05-Jan-14 00:10:54

I would like to join the club please. I am the biggest i have ever been and am scared to get on the scales. I will weigh myself on Monday and enter my details.

At the moment i don't know what diet to follow but am in need of inspiration and support and thought that maybe with other people i will be able to do it

Oh do please talk me through your KFC! Was there gravy?!?!

I also found sour cream and chive pretzels in the cupboard... I stink and feel like Humpty Dumpty!!

steppemum Sun 05-Jan-14 01:32:59

I can't believe this thread has re-started!


I did really well last year in the thread and then fell off it when my mum was ill over the summer, and put it all back on. blush

Remember the jeans?? I am still wearing the size 18 that were my first goal, but they are a bit tight. I bought a size 16 that are sitting in the cupboard, and have never got near them. So..

Size 16 jeans. Goal number 1. 2014 is the year!

I will start on Monday as school goes back, and real life returns. We are dog sitting for a week too, so as long as we can find a dry patch, I will do a long healthy walk on Monday!

ToeFluff Sun 05-Jan-14 09:12:55

There was no gravy Kato but there was hash browns and cheese, not sure it was worth wasting 2 days of being good for but my god that first bite was damn good! I've decided I will have another day of eating what I want before doing a reweigh and starting again 2mo when most others will be too.

Welcome to everyone new and hello to all the oldies( I was MilkshakeMaker on the old threads) good luck to everyone, let's hope we all kick butt!

Morning everyone. Well I managed to eat the last of my chocolate last night. It was a chore I tell ya!

I'm all set for tomorrow. I think my head is in a good place and it will be good to get back to routine. I feel I have more control and I know when my danger times are so I can be prepared.

I have a last day of lazy planned where I hope to do not very much. Ds2 slept until 8:45 again. It's so strange and it makes me slightly nervous as it's very out of character. I am enjoying the lie ins though.

I got the time wrong for spin class, so just went to the gym instead. Think I need to amend my programme again because my weights are too heavy again!! Scary how quick you get out of something without realising! Hopefully will appreciate it more when I reach these levels again!

Toast and pb for brekkers, another berry protein shake for lunch and a beef stew in the slow cooker for dinner. We are going to walk to the chippy to get chips to have with it but it's a fair walk and I'll only have a token amount (honest guv!)

Sounds good Kato. Shame about spin though.

I'm having veg lasagne that ds1 cooked at work. It's the first thing he's let us try even though he's been full time in a kitchen for 7months. hmm

Reastie Sun 05-Jan-14 18:00:04

2 after eights and 2 chocolate coins for my choccie fix today. Argh, they have been calling me all day I tell you.

Did insanity asylum dvd today but tbh I think it might be a bit too hard for me. It feels like insanity regular is harder as I join in more IYKWIM. There was a lot of standing being too puffed to do much today so not sure how much of a workout I got.

Made a big batch of veggie salad for the next couple of days for lunch fo feeling fairly well planned. Feeling quite sad I'll be back to work this week though sad .

Kato enjoy your token chips.

Hair glad you're all planned for tomorrow. Are we doing an official weigh in tomorrow btw?

Hello toe , I'm very easily confused btw when people nn change! and hello steppe , good to see you both again.

Reastie Sun 05-Jan-14 18:00:47

xposted. Ohh Hair what's the lasagne like?

1Madhouse Sun 05-Jan-14 18:02:57

Can I join please. Am going to hop on the old scales tomorrow and am expecting at least 13 st !!!!omg
Going to do ww at home as have all books etc. rejoined gym today so going there 5 x a week. Well in theory anyway.

Am embarrassed to have gotten in this state and can't blame baby weight as said babe is now 1 !!!

Will check in with weight tomorrow !!

Welcome! Yes let's all weigh in tomorrow...

1mad I celebrated the day the scales said 13st, so don't worry!!

HI 1Mad smile Welcome.
Steppen nice to see you again, I hope your mum is well.
I have had one last big day of munching before I fail try again tomorrow. Back to work and school, hoping normality and meal planning makes it easy. I just need to get through the first few days and then my own weight loss motivates me. Think I am 12st6 - I just tried again on the scales and was 12st8 with all clothes
We go to a café every time we go to town, and they do legendary scones - literally because they never actually have any, they must sell like hot, erm, scones within the first half hour of them opening. Today (post Christmas lull) they had some grin It was well worth the 700 calories, or whatever it was.

That's true. 13st or slightly below was when I felt back into 'normal person' weight. grin

Yes. I'm weighing tomorrow. Can't put it off forever.

Not had the lasagne yet as dh is watching football so by the time the younger dcs are in bed it'll be a late dinner.

I will report back though and if it's any good I'll let you have the recipe. I know it's meat free but no idea about gluten.

Hello to everyone new I haven't said hello to yet and welcome back Steppe. Sorry if I've missed anyone.

Reastie Sun 05-Jan-14 18:18:50

Hair I can do veg lasagne with gf pasta smile

1mad I'm with Kato, I celebrated too when I got to 13 stone.

stealth glad the scone was worth it <drools>

ToeFluff Sun 05-Jan-14 18:23:24

Sorry Reastie! I just thought it's better if I didn't have a food related nn!

Can't wait to weigh in and behave tomo, I've had choccy, and pancakes and chips today, and jelly beans! Lots of jelly beans! grin it's like I'm either really strict or totally stuff my face, this weekend I'm stuffing my face!

1Madhouse Sun 05-Jan-14 19:13:31

Doh fat fingers !! Sorry. Well just had last bit of choc pudding and Stilton and then it's bed and no more bad eating.
All my friends are slim and gorgeous and I am not !!

All my clothes are 10/12 so need to get back in them by summer. Feel better after reading this thread and motivated

2kidsintow Sun 05-Jan-14 20:01:25

Well, I weighed myself this morning as a baseline. I'm about 3 or 4 lb heavier than I was just before Christmas and the size 16s that were getting loose are now fitting properly. sad

Tomorrow will be tricky....first day back to it and I'm on a course where lunch is provided. I shall make sensible choices, then have a low cal tea. The rest of the week should be easier.

Oh no! Free lunch when dieting is a nightmare! (I may sound sarcastic but promise I'm not smile)

eightytwenty Sun 05-Jan-14 21:34:17

Am feeling ready to start tomorrow and am so thrilled to be doing it in your lovely supportive company. It feels like hooking up with old friends and great to have new ones joining. We can and will do this.

So pleased kato and reastie and imst have stuck with it. Wish I was on your side of the fence rather than the lapsed into bad old habits side. I've put on over a stone since may which is just rubbish. On the plus side have maintained my new love of exercise, swim training 3 hours per week, running and cycling. I managed 2 novice triathlons, a sprint triathlon and I cycled from Glasgow to Edinburgh. So just need to regain my self control and all will be good.

Am looking forward to getting back into control tomorrow even though I know the starting is always hard. Will be cutting back on portion size and sugar especially midweek. And will track on mpf.

Hair - get imst to join us on the thread. Would be great to hear from her.


Reastie Mon 06-Jan-14 07:23:13

Morning all,

my morning weigh in is 151 lbs, which is 1 lb more than my pre christmas weight confused .

eighty triathlon? Wow, that sounds seriously impressive. I can barely manage one third of that!

2kids hope the free lunch has good choices for you to make.

1Madhouse Mon 06-Jan-14 08:30:43

Well it was that bad !!! 13 st. And I even moved the scales round the bathroom. Ok onwards and upwards.

Need a good eating day and spinning tonight

Good luck everyone else.

ToeFluff Mon 06-Jan-14 08:40:56

grin To moving the scales round the bathroom!

11st8lb here, which means I've put on 12lb since octoberish... Whoops!

Feeling very motivated though an glad to draw a line under it all and start again.

Hi all, here I amgrin
I actually lost 5 1/2 stone, starting at 14st (with a BMI of 38shock) and I'm now 8st 7lb (BMI 23) which I've maintained for the last 9 months.
I went from a snug size 18 to now a size 6 on top, 8 for trousers, and my 38H bras have given way to 26Fs.
I am (to put it politely) quite determined when I set my mind to something, and the shock of finding out I was close to morbidly obese was enough to spur me into action.
I love being slim, I can choose lovely clothes without needing to hide any lumpy bits, and (I'm sure you all want to know) the excess skin has all shrunk back.
Glad to hear from you all again, I'm happy to share habit-breaking tips if it'll help, but there was no magic secret, just eating better, and eating less, every single day for months.

Just checki ng in and feeling motivated! Even morw so after seeing youbimst smile hope you all had a lovely Christmas.
Imon no chocolate or sweets until the end of Wednesday. Until im back in the zone moderation is impossible so I just cant have them.

Morning everyone. I was about to say that IMST said she would look up the thread today but I see I'm not quick enough. grin

Well I bit the bullet and weighed in. According to the Wii it's been 210 days since I weighed myself and I've had a 10 day celebration and Christmas since then. I was dreading it.

Amazingly I'm 2lbs down from my last weigh in. I'm not sure how. confused That puts me at 10st 13 so 1.5st for my ideal weight. It gives me hope that I'll maintain when I reach it.

I don't think I've been to hard on myself during that time, just more aware of what I'm eating iyswim? That is definitely something that's come from these threads.

I really struggled to hit the 10st something mark last time so I'm a bit nervous that I'll stay there but I feel motivated for now.

Next short term goal is to be a safe 10st something.

Well done everyone for weighing in.

Well, what a turn up for the books! I was 147.4 on Thursday... I'm 143.1 this morning!

Currently working on a brand new spreadsheet!


Hope this works. I've updated and deleted obsolete members, and left spaces for new members too! Please add your starting weight as you'd like it - I like to still put my very first weight when I started but just put a baseline or today's weight - whatever suits!

Feel free to change colours or fonts!

Reastie Mon 06-Jan-14 13:25:21

Yay KAto [thank] thanks thanks <bows down to the god of ss> . Now, my starting weight, can I put that still as my initial fat weight? it helps me feel like I've achieved something or do I put my current weight? I'm catching you up very slowly btw grin

IMST so glad the excess skin has shrunk back. I have that problem! Has it shrunk back even in your arms btw? My arm fat practically wacks me in the face if I get carried away waving blush . Great to hear from you and that you are maintaining. I know you wanted to work on toning, how is that working?

I just ordered myself a lovely Cath Kidston mushroom dress (nicer than it sounds!) in a size 12. Hope it fits!

reastie I always put my fat weight!!

Reastie Mon 06-Jan-14 14:56:52

Thanks kato , have added. Btw I may <whistles looking up at the sky> have accidently somehow added 'sheet 10' to the ss on the bottom menu. I pressed something and it just happened <clueless and useless>. Hope I haven't broken it already blush

Just done insanity asylum agility and speed workout so feeling more virtuous than I was post after eight binge earlier.

1Madhouse Mon 06-Jan-14 15:03:10

Thanks kato I have filled in my weight and your fab chart.
I am a complete techno idiot so am grateful for you doing that.

Have eaten we so far but after having a row this morning with OH I feel like stuffing down the Xmas cake !!!
But I won't give him the pleasure of peeing me off and spoiling the diet before it starts.

Reastie, even the arm skin has shrunk back.
My boobs will never regain their former glory thoughhmm.

Thanks for doing the spread sheet Kato. I've filled in my stats.

If you and reastie look at your losses and compare them to mine you'll see how amazingly well you've already done!

I'm still encouraged by my previous weightloss though.

1Mad good for you for not giving in to the junk food craving because of your row. It's so easy to give in and you haven't. You should feel proud of yourself.

Shred for me tomorrow. With dd back at school then I have no excuses. Give me a kick if I don't do it!

eightytwenty Mon 06-Jan-14 19:43:03

Bad bad bad weigh in at 12 stone 4lb so I've put on nearly a stone and a half in less than 12 months. Christmas gluttony in part to blame, but since may I just took my eye of the ball and slipped back to bad habits.

Today I haven't had any sugar. It is my downfall and I'm going to try and limit it as much as humanely possible. Haven't had a chance to track on mpf but will start tomorrow. Glands are up and feel

eightytwenty Mon 06-Jan-14 19:46:39

Feeling grotty. But going for a swim anyway and no celebratory Jaffa cakes when I get home.

Well done hair / reastie / kato and imst. Loving your strength.

Weirdly, I felt when the thread was at its busiest that we'd always be here supporting each other. Then it slowed to nothing and I fell off the wagon. Suspect that is not coincidental.

sherbetpips Mon 06-Jan-14 19:51:05

I will join youeightytwenty at 12st 4. Argh never been this heavy. The zips on my work trousers keep coming down because of my rather rounded tummy!

No booze in the week, no sweets, only treats at weekend is the current plan... We will see what the scales say at the end of the week.

Made Spanish chicken with cous cous for tea, it was lovely so not a bad start to eating healthier. Sausage and fennel something or other tomorrow, under 500 cals.

Can I join the 12st4 club smile Just weighed an hour or so ago. Actually I was rather pleased grin

My plans are to be comfortably 11st something by end of jan and then in the 10s by end of March. Should be easily do-able but I always seem to self sabotage. For that reason I am going to write down all my reasons and plans on a piece of paper and carry it in my bag.

Today has gone OK so far. I feel back into the swing of it but it has only been 20 hours...

eightytwenty Mon 06-Jan-14 20:12:07

How funny sherbet and spb.

I think starting is still positive. Let's hold hands and if there are blips, let's treat them as such.

Sherbet last time my focus was all around midweek healthy eating and increasing exercise.

Kato thanks for the spreadsheet too!

After the Christmas gluttony I was fully expecting 13 stone shock

Me too Stealth.

I finally had the veg lasagne for dinner. I was all ready to feel vituous but the amount of cheese + white sauce put that idea to bed. It was delicious though. Ds dished up and kept asking me if I didn't like it when I put my fork down. I ate more than I'd like but not as much as he gave me. Must remember that leaving stuff on my plate is not a crime.

Anyone remember the old phrase, "My body is not the dustbin"? It rang true for a lot of people on here.

steppemum Mon 06-Jan-14 21:37:20

weighed in at the weekend and it was shock

So I thought I would leave it til today and make it an official Monday weight! grin

Then I forgot to weigh myself this morning hmm

Did a great long walk with visiting dog today and even ran parts of it (unintentionally!) So feeling good about that.

Will put scales out tonight so I remember to weigh in tomorrow.

That sounds lovely smile
YES to thay. Waste in the bin is sad but waste in my body (esp its not even something ill particularly enjoy) is almost a form of self harm. I eat even though I know I dont like the results - bloating, weight gain and shame.
There was a box of chocolate shortbread in work kitchen today and I saw it without feeling tempted. It waz just there iykwim. Longay this motivation last!

Morning everyone. How is the motivation this morning? I hope you are all still feeling strong.

I had a chocolate craving last night so had an options hot chocolate. This is why I'm glad I ate all my chocolate at the weekend. I would not have resisted last night.

eightytwenty Tue 07-Jan-14 09:53:47

Well done hair!

1/2 bowl of porridge this morning.

Had my first swim last night and must have swum between 3-4k. Resisted my normal bowl of cereal or Jaffa cakes plus hot chocolate (sugar fiend) and had an apple, 2 tsp of peanut butter and a thin slice of cheese.

Wonder how easy I'm going to find the reduced sugar situation. It's my nemesis.

How's everyone else?

ToeFluff Tue 07-Jan-14 10:42:34

Morning! Glad to see everyone is still going for it.

I'm feeling very angelic with my carrot and potato soup for lunch and savoury rice for tea, can't argue with that can you!

Just need to fit exercise in, my next goal x

1Madhouse Tue 07-Jan-14 10:44:43

Feeling motivated today still. Off to do weekly shop when the babe wakes up and get my free coffee in their cafe. Need to avoid the nice treats in there !!

Stir fry and teriyaki salmon for supper and then off to the gym !

eightytwenty Tue 07-Jan-14 11:07:17

What's the teriyaki salmon recipe? Sounds nice.

Have just signed up to a 10k in may. Terrified as running is not my forte and I've only managed 6k a few times and normally feel like I'm about to die after 5.

1Madhouse Tue 07-Jan-14 11:25:28

eightytwenty I just put teriyaki sauce over the salmon then some lowest cream cheese then a bit more sauce and cook in the oven for 10 mins ish till salmon is cooked.
Can't say exact temps and time as I cook in am aga. Also works well with chicken fillets too.

eightytwenty Tue 07-Jan-14 11:26:45

Fellow Aga cook here. Love it! Sounds delicious. Must seek out at next supermarket shop.

eightytwenty Tue 07-Jan-14 14:24:12

31 minute run / walk which nearly killed me as day 1 of c210k (though started at week 5 as a compromise).

Mid morning snack of 3 apricots and a few walnuts. Lunch of beetroot soup and 2 slices of toast with smoked mackerel pate. And have made beef casserole for dinner. Haven't tracked in mpf but know that calories aside, that they are good choices. Part of my plan is to fill up on protein rather than carbs and sugar!

Swimming again tonight.

Feeling virtuous.

That's fab eighty. Well done. I'm pissed off with my car today and it's put me in a right grump. I haven't eaten any crap though because I haven't got any.

Today I'm realising how much of what I do is emotional eating.

MonsterMunchMe Tue 07-Jan-14 15:47:44

Hello can I jo

MonsterMunchMe Tue 07-Jan-14 15:49:22

Pressed post too soon! Grrrr!

Can I join please? After 6 weeks on crutches I have gained 1 stone.

I have downloaded MFP and am on day 2 of calorie counting and walking for 1 hour everyday

Currently 10 stone, hope to get down to 9!

Reastie Tue 07-Jan-14 16:33:50

eighty sugar is my nemesis. Sometimes I consider giving it up completely cold turkey but not sure if I'm strong enough. Booking into the 10k means you HAVE to train for it now, good move, there's no escape!

Feeling good today. Had no actual chocolate yet, just an options hot choc <nods to hair>. It's my saviour diet choc fix.

Todays NSV - my joules sale order came through the post and I ordered various things in size 10 and 12. The size 10 actually fits shock it's very tight but we'll not dwell on that

Hello monster , I'm reastie1 on MFP if you want to find me smile

Hi monster smile
Yay to size ten reastie - I can only dream.
Well all my plans fell apart, made my lunch and snacks for today and was halfway to fhe station when I realised they were still in the fridge. However I was very proud of myself - easy solution would be work cafe but theres very little that is low calorie. So I went tk coop for chilli noodles which are better and it involved a 1.4mile walk too. Managed to avoid the snacks and treats and got a box of melon and grapes. I too am feeling virtuous. Need to remember what changes so I can be prepared!

eightytwenty Tue 07-Jan-14 17:15:25

Welcome Monster.

Wow reastie. And if I remember rightly you have some health issues which were stalling the WL for a while? Forgive me if I remember that incorrectly!

Size 10 is great. I got to snug 12's but am now def into 14's and some of my new clothes feeling right. Thank god this thread was started. Had wondered about joining a new one at the tail end of last year but this one just feels so right. You're like a comfy pair of tracky bottoms. Even if I can't currently pull them above my thighs.

We are aren't we smile I know just what you mean

Ahhh you cosy joggies!!

Exciting day today, DS had primary school tour he's starting p1 in August!!

Then to hospital for my Mirena out.

Then to morrisons and marvelled at the reduced Christmas crap for 49p (628 calories gone on shite guys...)

Reastie Tue 07-Jan-14 18:38:55

stealth excellent virtuous choices indeed smile

eighty well remembered re: health probs, yes I had various things making things difficult. Know exactly what you mean re: comfy joggers.

Wow kato can't believe your DS will be starting school only seems like the other week he was starting nursery. DD will be starting nursery soon. Off tomorrow to meet someone to buy some second hand nursery uniform for her as it's shock £ for a blinking 2 YO!

eightytwenty Tue 07-Jan-14 19:56:38

Wow kato. School tour already. I remember him starting nursery too. Funnily my dd1 had her first settle yesterday. She was v happy but I stayed with her, albeit not always in the same room. She's excited about going back tomorrow and then starts properly next week - afternoons only until her childminder retires in June.

1Madhouse Tue 07-Jan-14 20:10:07

Come to bed early with 2 ww yoghurts and some fruit !! If I stay downstairs then I may nibble on some Xmas cake.

Happy to hand hold through nursery settling! I was a WRECK!! X

help MFP-ers - I can't find where to record my weight, I know I used to be able to do it! Feel like I've clicked on every tab

Found it, sorry.
The (upward) slope on that is depressing!My last recorded weight was 159 so unless my maths is wrong I have put on a stone since then.
ANyway, onward and downward. Peace and love to all losers!

are there 13 or 14lb in a stone? I'm very tired tonight...

Stealth, are you ok? You seem very out of sorts tonight. Not like you at all. There are 14lbs in a stone btw.

Am I the only one who doesn't want to be a comfy tracksuit? Can't we be the shoes of fabulousness or something? grin

I actually know what you mean though and I agree.

Who was the triathlon competitor on the last thread? I was totally in awe but can't remember who it was.

Well done on the good choices today everyone. Tomorrow will be my toughest day I think. I have to stop myself from thinking that two days is fab so a little treat won't hurt!

I'm fine thank you for caring smile just tired thanks to Dcs both waking last night and then me getting up at 5.15.
Lol at shoes of fabulousness - can we be both? Shoes of fabulousness under the comfy track suit bottoms? Start a new trend.
Triathlon runner was me of course <lies through teeth>
Wasn't it kato?

It may have been. I thought Kato did mad stuff in the gym. confused

Hope you get some rest tonight. smile

Haha! I'm a spinning, body pumping, kettlercising Pilates, and gyming five nights a weeker... But I'm no tri-athlete! It was eighty she's my fitspo-ration!

I've signed up for a 10k in March but who remembers last time I tried running? asda

See..........mad stuff!!!! grin

eightytwenty Tue 07-Jan-14 23:15:35

Yes it was me. And despite being at my lightest for years in May when I did my first novice (151.5lb), followed by a year of loads of activity, I am depressed to have entered 171lb on the new spreadsheet. But I decided to use that weight rather than my original start weight (192lb) as I think seeing that will motivate me.

So first goal is to be back to 151.5lb by the time I do the 10k in may. Running should help & it started to go badly when I had to stop running.

Kato - didn't you end up buying a bra in asda? But you are doing loads of exercise now. What made you want to do a 10k?

Eighty... Is it the bupa great run you're doing? I'm the corporate contact for our charity partner who asked if anyone wanted to take part... It's me and one other colleague going to do it together!!

Yes I was browsing bras as the c25k lady told me I was doing great!'

eightytwenty Tue 07-Jan-14 23:47:46

Funny. It's the Edinburgh marathon festival. Though 10k will be more than enough for me.

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all well and full of determination today. I'm feeling good and very positive. My will power is high. smile

1Madhouse Wed 08-Jan-14 10:18:08

Just porridge for breakfast so all good so far. Though just sitting down with a cuppa so need to stay away from Xmas goodies.

Am in awe of all you super fitties and am hoping by June to be on way back to being fit again !

eightytwenty Wed 08-Jan-14 10:18:47

Yes good for day 3!

Tidied up leftover homemade Xmas chocolates and didn't scoff any.

What do you mean tidied up????? How???? Did you throw them away???? God - you're good.

My dcs love porridge for breakfast. Wish I could have it but the milk plays havoc so I have to stay away. What do you put with it?

eightytwenty Wed 08-Jan-14 11:08:14

In a tin. Suspect / hope out of sight out of mind.

I used to have 50:50 skimmed milk and water - not nice. Haven't got any skimmed in at the moment and as am having 1/2 portion am just having semi skimmed and no water. And it's delicious and creamy and the milk is quite sweet.

Do any of you have thoughts about sugar/ carbs = bad. Protein & fat = good. When I've lost weight before it's been by reducing portions and treats but I did find that protein kept me full for much longer. I also let myself have weekends off last time - am still in the process of deciding whether that is a good idea or not.

When you've been successful in the past / now (reastie/ kato & imst) did/ do you stick to the plan 7/7 or did/ do you allow occasional or regular lapses?

I don't believe in cutting out any food group. Moderation is key. Although protein does keep you full.

I also think you have to allow for lapses/treats/nights out or you are setting yourself up to fail. A good way is to compensate before if it's planned or after if it's a lapse. That way your weekly total isn't way out iyswim.

1Madhouse Wed 08-Jan-14 11:42:47

I just use full fat milk and chopped banana and count it all as my points. Can't start the day without it and a cup of earl grey ! God I am old.

Going for a long walk with the buggy after lunch then the gym tonight.

ifandwhen Wed 08-Jan-14 12:03:24

Hi all - can I join you please? Have been looking for a friendly weight loss thread that isn't tied to one particular approach - I could really do with some company on this. And a spreadsheet would keep me in line ;)

Had an unpleasant encounter with the scales this morning and somehow seem to be weighing in at 160lb. I want to get back to around 144lb. Didn't realise I had wandered so far from this, must've been looking the other way

Have had success before with calorie counting and exercise, so as of today am back on track with that. Have set myself an initial goal of losing a lb a week until I reach 148lb - so over 12 weeks.

Welcome ifandwhen! please pull up a virtual stool! Was it the comfy joggies that swung it for you?

eighty I've toyed with low carb, and it's great for a quick fix flat tummy, but as soon as I deprive myself of anything - particularly an entire food group - I feel cheated and like I'm not in control.

imst has admitted herself that she's super determined, I'm really quite rubbish, and if you look at my mfp diaries you'll see 700+ cal snack days but I exercise to justify it...

Hi ifandwhen <waves>

Hair, you say "

I also think you have to allow for lapses/treats/nights out or you are setting yourself up to fail. A good way is to compensate before if it's planned or after if it's a lapse. That way your weekly total isn't way out iyswim."

Which seems like a really good idea. Im definitely going to try the pre compensation. Problem for me with lapses is that I wake up the next day with a food hangover feeling very down on myself. Post-compensating then would just feel like i was punishing myself. And in need of comfort... anyone got any suggestions to handle that?

I think youve actually helped me figure out sometjing thats really helpful and fundamental as to why I slip.

Not why I slip. Why o cant get back to it after a day off. Id be happy to allow myself a day off every now and then but struggle to stoo at a day.
I think the answer may be to treat myself in eating healthily for the first few days. Buy sushi etc. Allow myself to have more cals than usual. Then when ive got ober the food hangover, back to it!

EightyTwenty, when I was losing weight I didn't have any days off or splurges, but if I knew a meal out was planned I'd look at the menu online to find a way to manage those calories either by extra exercise or less food for other meals. It isn't an approach that would work for most people everyone, but I needed to break some long ingrained habits, and the only way for me was to make new food and exercise habits.
It's a lot easier now I'm maintaining, I have the odd slice of cake or glass of wine most weeks. But I can take it or leave it, eg there's been a bottle of wine in the fridge unopened since Friday, I had a small glass last night and put it back in the fridge as I'd had enough.
Habits can change, given time and persistence.

I think that would work Stealth as long as it was only a couple of days. The danger is that you could easily slip back to old habits.

Do you think that the food hangover is partly brought on by mental guilt? If you stopped thinking of it as a failure and more of something that happens in everyone's life, you could stop feeling so bad and be able to concentrate more on compensating?

<waves to IMST> Wise words as always.

Yes its definitely a mental thing too. Combination of bloat and guilt aself loathing grin not sure how much ill be able to just put those feelings aside. Will have a think.

I didn't mean straight away but if you coach yourself it could be do-able. It's habit changing and that always takes time.

eightytwenty Wed 08-Jan-14 14:40:43

But also a bit like a drug addict, you remind your body what the "god/bad" stuff tastes like, it leaves you wanting more? Or maybe it is just the same as bad habits having a habit of creeping back if you're not careful.

Nearly killed myself with spin followed by circuits. Lunch was homemade beetroot soup, 2 slices of rye bread and some Leerdammer.

Have also logged yesterday and today on mpf. Despite no treats I was only just under daily cals thanks to swim & run. Assuming some of my portion sizes are correct. A tsp is aprox 15g isn't it?

Well done on spin. It terrifies me.

There are 5grams in a teaspoon. Sorry. It's like a medicine spoon.

eightytwenty Wed 08-Jan-14 15:37:01

Whew. Peanut butter 2 tsps not as bad as I'd recorded then! (10g not 30g!).

Always good when that happens. grin

Has anyone heard of Humzingers? They are a dried fruit bar that I give to the dcs as a snack. I just had one hoping to combat a sugar craving and it really did the trick. They are 35 cals each. I get them in the packed lunch section in Sainsbury's.

eightytwenty Wed 08-Jan-14 17:03:50

Have bought and never tried. I had a major energy low this aft and felt the desire for sugar. Had a small handful of fruit and nut. Though almost certainly more cals than a humzinger!

Reastie Wed 08-Jan-14 18:26:13

eighty the carb/protein thing I find interesting. I do think sugar is bad, as I find it addictive and the more I eat the sweeter I like things. I am increasingly trying to eat protein foods rather than carby things for snacks (yoghurt and nuts are a fave). I feel like I overload on carbs too much and need to cut it back. I think carbs can make you eat more.

Hair yes I quite like childs/toddler foods blush . but one after eight is about the same calories don'tcha know confused

Interesting fact - I always find if I exercise it actually helps keep my appetite under control and wondered why this was. Was reading on one of Dhs science/news magazines they've now proved apparently exercise does help appetite control as something to do with bouncing up and down stops the stomach working or something or other so it helps appetite.

Did insanity cardio today which just about makes up for my after eight and chocolate button splurge earlier blush .

Off to spin... That'll help negate the hobnob incident of 2pm...

eightytwenty Wed 08-Jan-14 19:59:17

One after eight?!

Whole packet and then tempted to cross the road to buy another more like.

Actually think if I buy chocolate it should only ever be small sizes as I will finish the lot - irrespective of portion size. Never do that with anything else.

sherbetpips Wed 08-Jan-14 20:11:10

Absolutely flipping starving today and was hoping that at five days in I would be more settled. I don't think I am getting enough calories in the day time so need to work something else in other than The shakes and fruit. Healthy evening meals are going well but to be honest it's not filling me up. Willpower is holding out and haven't had a drop of wine so far. I MISS BREAD! You know what I actually miss it more than wine!

eightytwenty Wed 08-Jan-14 20:21:32

Forgot to say welcome earlier IF!

Sherbet are you steering clear of all
Bread? I had 2 slices of rye bread at lunch. Not so moreish as a baguette but surprisingly filling.

My first night in tonight. Always a danger zone.

sherbetpips Wed 08-Jan-14 20:40:41

Yep hence why the shakes instead of solid food. I normally have bread for breakfast, bread for lunch and a carb filled tea (either potato, pasta or rice). Then wine and lovely snacks! Hence the 2 stone that has crept on resulting in a very round belly, huge boobs and weirdly fat neck! I feel avoiding it altogether is the best option although I will try rye at the weekend with poached eggs for a proper brekky.

2kidsintow Wed 08-Jan-14 20:52:56

Oops. Mixed days this week.

2kidsintow Wed 08-Jan-14 20:55:59

On a course on Monday, but healthy salad was offered for lunch and I only had the tiniest piece of cake with coffee (and none of the cream cakes with dinner). Used mfp and I was under my daily allowance.

Yesterday, there was lots of leftover buffet stuff from the training day still in the staff room and I'd forgotten to take in my soup, so it was mini bread rolls with thin, thin, thin slices of cheshire cheese and coleslaw. THen out for dinner with friends. Oops.

Today, better. I've dragged my bottom back to Zumba and it felt good to get my heartrate up properly. smile

Sherbert, what shakes are you having?

ifandwhen Thu 09-Jan-14 09:27:57

Just catching up - thanks for the welcomes - yes it was partly the 'comfy joggers' image that did it - although I too aspire to the status of 'shoes of fabulousness' or whatever at some point soon ;)

And I too have had to remove all chocolate from house.

When I lost weight previously I cut out dairy and sugar (as well as calorie counting and exercise). Still ate some carbs, but small portions. Like Reastie, at the moment I'm trying to swap in more protein instead - I find it gives me longer-lasting energy.

First spin class with my new heart rate monitor, actually burned 476cals, not 350 as mfp suggested. Don't worry, I didn't eat them back in hobnobs for once! Incidentally DH has finished the pack I bought in a frenzy so please stop me from buying any more please!!!

Summer fruit and banana smoothie for breakfast, nice and full now!!

ifandwhen I honestly think that I'd find it harder to cut out dairy than anything else.

Well done Kato, do not buy any hobnobs!!

I'm finding it hard today. I'm tired and grumpy which is when I would usually reach for caffeine and chocolate. I'm still having coffee but really want chocolate. That's why I had to get rid of my Christmas chocolate.

I suffer with SAD but I've managed really well so far this winter. Today is a bad day though.

Hi hair have you had an official SAD diagnosis? I work with a published SAD consultant psychiatrist who does some great work in this field!

No not official. I didn't even realise until dh pointed it out a few years ago. Even IMST has had to point out the weather to me on occasion when I've been feeling low.

I take vitamin D and usually cope ok but I tend to have one or two really bad days each winter where I will sit in a chair all day and the only thing I'll do is the school run.

The problem is that I only think about getting help when I'm in the grip of it and then I can't be bothered iyswim.

1Madhouse Thu 09-Jan-14 12:11:58

Well chickened out of the gym last night but am definitely going tonight !!
Made some spinach rocket and pea soup for lunch and salmon again for supper so all healthy there !

Need a virtual kick up the ass to do everything else in the house !!

sherbetpips Thu 09-Jan-14 12:47:20

katopotatohoho slimfast. Have 6 weeks until a big do and I find it a good way to avoid bread (which I tend only to eat at breakfast/lunch). after the do I will revert back to healthy eating and no wine in the week.

eightytwenty Thu 09-Jan-14 13:20:39

Hair - sad must be rubbish. It's hard enough to get motivated through the winter!

Sherbet - 6 weeks can make a big difference if you stay determined and should be enough to keep you motivated after.

1mad - you'll have us to face tomorrow if you don't make it!

Waves virtuously after completing day 2 of c210k - though running for 2 x 8 mins nearly killed me. Bit depressing as I was up to an "easy" (ie for me) 5k in the autumn.

Struggled with being in and watching tv last night. Dh scoffed biscuits and a mince pie. I opted for a mint tea but ended up having some rivita thins, hummus and a slice of cheese. Slightly over cals probably but at least not chocolate. And I felt sated after. Dinner protein portion was lower than I'd anticipated (leftovers).

sherbet, slim fast shakes are stuffed with chemicals and sugary carbs! You'd probably be better (health wise and financial wish) making your own shakes with ice cubes, fruit, veg and generic protein powder. Higher protein would stop you feeling so hungry as the slim fast ones do?

I have a shake like that for breakfast, and I'm so full I have to force a lunch down!

ToeFluff Thu 09-Jan-14 17:19:47

Ahhh so just nearly ordered pizza!

Been poorly all week and still not feeling right, basically slept for 3 days and just thought stuff it I'm poorly...but I didn't! I'm keeping the 4lb sickness loss wooooo!

Have a lot to catch up on so will have a look after ds goes to bed, see u all in a bit!

Reastie Thu 09-Jan-14 18:30:59

Hello everyone,

I love having you all back!

Did an hours circuit work out earlier and was literally dripping in sweat by the end grin . Definitely makes me feel better about finally finishing the after eight packet earlier.

Sherbet Kato is super ace with her knowledge in shakes

Toefluff the motivation is stong, well done smile

eighty you'll get back to speed with the running. It's so easily lost [the fitness] but you'll get there.

1mad I'm hoping you're at the gym as I type this

Hair my sister and neighbour suffer from sad sad It can be miserable. Have you got one of those fancy pants lights to sit in front of? (I'm sure we had this conversation a couple of years ago but can't remember what you said to that!).

Kato I'm interested in your heart rate monitor. Other than checking your heart rate, can it measure calories then? How accurate is it? I'd love to have an accurate machine tell me that when I'm doing my exercise DVDs. I used to love the calorie monitors at the gym and try to get a better burn every time blush .

Reastie Thu 09-Jan-14 18:31:31

oh, and toefluff hope you feel better soon. It's miserable being ill.

reastie you plug in your weight height age etc, and wear the strap around your chest and it send the signal to the watch.

The computers on the gym machines only use your finger pulse so are not so accurate! This hrm also tells when you're in 'the zone' for spin last night my heart rate was too high, but I was pedalling for dear life and was wrecked!

Reastie Thu 09-Jan-14 19:01:56

Is the strap a pita to wear Kato? I'm liking the sound of it smile

1Madhouse Thu 09-Jan-14 20:01:25

Done the gym yay ! And bkd for spinning tomorrow night also. Been good food day to so feeling good.
Will read through everyone else's day when I am on the iPad later as can see bugger all on this I phone.

Reastie Thu 09-Jan-14 21:00:51

Fab 1ad enjoy spinning tomorrow,

kato I have been nosing on amazon at heart rate monitors and they look fab. Assuming they are accurate at kcals burned? Can you wear it all day like a pedometer so it tells you how many cals you've burned all day? Which one have you got? I've got an amazon voucher from chrimbo so might treat myself.

eightytwenty Thu 09-Jan-14 21:53:59

Well done 1mad! And enjoy spinning tomorrow.

eightytwenty Thu 09-Jan-14 23:00:58

Spb, IF and KIDS - are you all ok today?

2kidsintow Thu 09-Jan-14 23:13:16

Yes thanks. No bad after effects from returning to Zumba (I have a dodgy hip that DH thinks is aggravated by going to my class, but I refuse to give it up and am just waiting for a referral to the hospital now after seeing GP after GP and 2 different physios.)

Day was good, low cal and healthy lunch, but then spoiled it rather by having tea out with the kids, then an ice cream at panto. Was a one-off though as tickets for Panto was my Christmas gift to all my family so it was an outing for the 8 of us. Great fun. And it was a rock and roll panto so there was a bit of standing and dancing at the end, so I didn't sit on my bum all evening. smile

Hope everyone's getting on well.

Reastie I got the polar ft4 on amazon reduced from £75 to £54 or so. I've looked into it and they are only accurate for training sessions and not all day. It's not uncomfy or awkward at all, I just wear it below the band of my bra!

For whole day tracking they say the fitbit is best, I do have one but I kept forgetting to wear it! It's in a drawer somewhere if you want it?? Have a google and see what you think? X

ifandwhen Fri 10-Jan-14 09:11:23

thanks eighty - I'm ok. Logging calories on mfp and trying to keep moving a bit more during the day as a start. Haven't really used mfp before, I'm finding its quite good for keeping me conscious of what I'm eating i.e. its such a faff to log something it makes me think twice about snacking! I have no idea how accurate its 'if everyday was like today you'd weigh x in 5 weeks' is, but it looks very encouraging anyway, so am enjoying that, fantasy or otherwise!

Is the idea to weigh in here on a Monday? <fantasising about making it onto the lovely spreadsheet...>

Dream no longer if you're now on the sheet!

ifandwhen Fri 10-Jan-14 10:40:19

yeah!! thanks Kato!
and looking back through the thread to find the spreadsheet link, I re-read Hair's comment 'my body is not a dustbin' - good point, and definitely one for me to remember when clearing up remains of kids' tea... thanks all.

Reastie Fri 10-Jan-14 14:21:24

if I just like looking at the 'if everyday was like today' and wishing/hoping that will be true!

I've had a new dress arrive today, I've coveted it for months. Ordered in a size 12 and it's a teeny bit tight sad . Really not sure if it's suits me though can anyone offer any thoughts?

1Madhouse Fri 10-Jan-14 15:08:33

You look like you have a great figure reastie but without upsetting you I would say it doesn't show it off to its best. Sorry. It's awful when you love something and then doesn't work on you.

Something a bit more fitted ?

Hi love, how brave of you to face the S&B jury! - Did you expect to hear 'Not thrilled about the tights' ?

Check you out! you're vanishing! FWIW I love the print, and while it might be a smidge tight If you like it I'd keep it, I think its cute - but I'm 33 and still wear what I damn please too!

eightytwenty Fri 10-Jan-14 16:29:05

Wow reastie. Your legs are so thin! Can't assess dress for legs envy! Think it's fair to say your progress has been so consistent that I wouldn't fret if it is a little tight.

I like the dustbin thought esp as you say around kids tea time.

Another run and swim today and v protein rich lunch so feeling good!

ifandwhen Fri 10-Jan-14 16:31:44

Reastie - I'd say wear what you like, enjoy your own style, but then I don't think I'll be winning any S&B plaudits any time soon! Although I like to think I have a strong sense of style, and have clear ideas of how I like to dress, I am (temporarily) back to aiming for not disgracing myself. You look great in the photos, and if you love it I'd say keep it.

Speaking of disgrace, I had that awful, awful moment where someone did a double-take at my stomach area today - I presume they were thinking I might be pregnant again! Didn't have that problem before Christmas, so am quite shocked at what a few weeks of lazing about scoffing can do to a person! And more infuriatingly, I should know this! I've been round this block before!!

Strangely though, am still feeling upbeat, and like its all do-able, just going to take some time. Thanks for the inspiration all.

Reastie Fri 10-Jan-14 16:33:31

1mad yes, I think I thought that when I tried it on. I just love it so much I want it to work! <sigh> it's being packed up to return. See, you lose weight and you can't ever manage to wear anything you fancy confused . kato I was grin about the tights comment as I love my wooly tights and only had them on in the piccie as they were left over from my work gear I changed from to try the dress on when they arrived. I find the S&B gang really good at working out what flatters/doesn't, and I don't care that they are blunt. eighty it's the 2 pin plug figure - slimish legs and disproportionately big tummy (well hidden). V impressed by run AND swim - get you! No exercise for me today but been pretty good on eating front so far.

Reastie Fri 10-Jan-14 16:35:12

x posted if gah, I hate the double tummy take. I'm SURE they weren't thinking that though, I bet it's all in our head. Glad you are feeling inspired though.

ifandwhen Fri 10-Jan-14 17:43:26

thanks Reastie!

2kidsintow Fri 10-Jan-14 18:39:43

Have had very little to eat today as I've had a tooth out. Ouch!

Finally sucked up the courage and have eaten a tuna mayo sandwich on soft bread, tearing off tiny bits at a time.

Good for the diet though, I suppose.

1Madhouse Fri 10-Jan-14 21:17:03

Just a quick check in as off to bed. Spin class was fab and walked there and back. Good eating today though did have a piece of Xmas cake with coffee when a friend came round !!

Justified it by thinking it is full of fruit !
Keep up all the good work as summer is just round the corner and we all want to look fab in our white trousers.

eightytwenty Sat 11-Jan-14 07:24:10

Good morning.

I managed to resist. 1/4 scone after swimming (cafe gave it to us to share) and didn't have any chocolate last night. I honestly can't remember a Friday night when I've been at home and haven't had chocolate. Wasn't easy though. Dh gave up smoking 12 weeks ago and had a strong craving in the pub but resisted. So we felt pleased with ourselves.

Annoyingly he's semi joining me with healthy eating but is still having treats at night. And has lost 4lb since Monday. Mine won't be that much!

Morning everyone
Hope your mouth is better today 2kids
eighty well done on no chocolate!
Hi everyone else, hope everyone is still OK and gearing up for next MM grin

And brilliant of your DH eighty re the smoking. I hope he can keep going.

where are you all? smile

I'm about, lurking mostly, waiting for Monday and a bit of P&Q at home...

eightytwenty Sun 12-Jan-14 09:18:34

Me too. No chance to exercise yesterday. No snacking apart from a small (they say!) salty popcorn at the cinema. Prob ought to log on mpf to see what the damage is.

Reastie Sun 12-Jan-14 09:34:34

I'm here. Not a terrible day yesterday but everything just adds up so quickly! Just dressed for a 'speed and agility' workout I'll be doing in a min. Off to the cinema tonight so debating making a nice home made snack of some kind to try to keep me on the straight and narrow but struggling for ideas with what's in my cupboard. Hopeful for a teeny loss this week but not complacent.

Eighty I watched a programme about cinema popcorn and apparently it's dirt cheap to make that the box you hold it in can cost more than the actual cost to make the popcorn inside it shock . Someone's making a killing on selling popcorn somewhere. Well done your DH btw.

IMST it took me 3 reads to work out what P&Q meant blush clearly I don't have enough myself

2kids how's the tooth?

KatoPotato Sun 12-Jan-14 10:03:54

Morning! I'm lurking too. kettlercise yesterday was great, back to form and considering going up to 8kgs...

DH birthday today, so it's Chinese for dinner and after being good all week, and in anticipation of Sunday I weighed on Friday... drum roll back to 141 already!! That's nearly 7lbs in two weeks! That was my Xmas gain so you were right hair it came off easy enough. So now the real work starts!!

Popcorn is super cheap to make. You can buy popping corn by the 500g bag (from Holland and Barrett, or "ethnic" shops usually), a handful will fill 3 or 4 children for pence. My DD likes salt and sugar, DS likes brown sugar and cinnamon. I like a bit of chilli, paprika and garlic flakes on my popcorn.
You can also use popcorn as a topping for chilli, instead of nachos.

Reastie Sun 12-Jan-14 16:32:21

OK, I'm getting ready for the cinema. No idea how hungry I'll be so packed a whole mini mart more than enough. I hope I don't feel the need to eat it all but would rather have too much than be stuck in the cinema feeling starving (it's one of my mental issues with food, being worried about not having any when I'm out. Sounds mad I know!). I'm taking 3 chocolate coins (my treaty thing), some nuts and raisins, a fruit bar, some rice cakes and some soy nuts. Fingers crossed I resist as much as possible in quantity (as individually in small amounts they aren't so bad). I wish I could eat popcorn but it makes my tummy all bloated and gives me major gas (dratted IBS). The thing I'm struggling with at present isn't eating the right things, it's portion controlling amounts.

We have a popcorn maker somewhere at the back of the cupboard I remembered though. Must get it out to try it as a snack for DD. IMST how do you get the flavours on the popcorn? Whenever I've tried with my maker I sprinkle a bit of, say, sugar on the top of popped corn but it doesn't taste the same and all the sugar just goes to the bottom of the bowl. I want to know how to get it to stick on more!

Reastie Sun 12-Jan-14 16:34:00

completely forgot, kato well done on being back to 141, what an amazing loss, great start to the year. Also, forgot to say in my pm blush please can I at least pay postage again for the thingymajig? I can paypal it to you, I think I did that last time? Anyway, let me know your deets and how much whenever and I'll send it over.

ifandwhen Sun 12-Jan-14 17:46:34

hi all, just checking in. Well done everyone, sounds like a lot of motivation going on!

I've been fairly restrained on the food front, finding mfp really useful. Went for a long walk with the family yesterday, and a short run this morning - approx 1.5k. I figure as it's so short I have no excuse no to fit it in 3 or 4 times a week, and then extend it... Hope you're all having a good Sunday and see you tomorrow.

Evening all. Sorry I've been quiet, rl got in the way a bit. Everyone sounds like they're doing really well.

I have been ok on the food front and no alcohol but I was out for a meal and drinks on Friday so we'll see in the morning.

No exercise though as I've had a painful chest. It's muscular so not serious. It doesn't half restrict what you can do though. It's very irritating!

I'm off to watch Sherlock in a bit. Mmmm Benedict Cumberbatch is my current crush. Can't explain why though. blush

eightytwenty Sun 12-Jan-14 19:24:24

Can't wait for Sherlock. Also watched him in 12 years a slave last night in which he was wearing tight trousers.

Pizza for lunch but preceded by a run with dc1&2 and resisted pudding (only one).

Ooh Eighty, was it any good or did you not notice?

2kidsintow Sun 12-Jan-14 20:54:53

Mmmmm......popcorn. We have an air popper machine. Fab low calorie snack, until I smother it with syrup. smile

My mouth is getting better. Managed solid food yesterday and today (yay!) I haven't been monitoring what I've eaten and some of it's been not very good, but as it's been in small quantities I think it evens itself out.
I'm still really scared of chewing in that area but it's improving. smile

northender Sun 12-Jan-14 21:15:56

I need to rejoin. Have vowed to lose 4 stone by August but need to take it in small steps. Will read through properly later, marking my spot for now.

makemineapinot Sun 12-Jan-14 21:54:03

Can I join in please? Need to lose 2 1/2 stone - pref by July! Going to start 5:2 duet thus week!

iWantChampagneOnColaBudget Sun 12-Jan-14 21:55:26


i need to lose 2 stone fast and need motivating!!!!

Evening. I have been shown this thread by Stealth. I I am too fat for all my clothes.
The time has come to stop eating like a slob and 'treating' myself every night.
I am weighing tomorrow morning and after my panic subsides I am going to try and be sensible
It's very nice to meet you all.

eightytwenty Sun 12-Jan-14 22:37:54

Welcome bell, budget and Pinot.

First weigh is just a line in the sand from which to work away from.

First week anniversary for me tomorrow. Pleased with no sugar, 3 swims, 4 runs, 1 circuit class & 1 spin class. Pizza And popcorn less good! Will also need to make sure I'm tracking on mpf as won't be able to do that much exercise most weeks.

eightytwenty Sun 12-Jan-14 22:38:55

And welcome northender. You can eat an elephant if you eat it in small pieces. Same is true for WL.

Hi new people!
I have had a bad day today. But overall a good week so am hoping for a loss tomorrow

Hello everyone. I go off to watch Sherlock and all these new people arrive.

Bloody hell Eighty, that's great going!! Well done you. I feel slightly ashamed now.


My name is Youcan and this morning I am motivated wink

I have just weighed and it wasn't as bad as I thought as I have been good over the last week ish. So, I have about 20 pounds to get back to a normal size for me (size14) which I am happy with. I am quite tall and I carry it well at a 14.

So - 20 pounds here I come.

Does everyone weigh on a Monday and then post weight loss??
I LOVE a weight loss thread grin

Glad to hear it youcan!
I am 12st3 which means I have lost a pound since last week. However I am quite bloated since yesterday's excesses sad and I know it was more than that before. No guilt straight back on it today. Another 3 days of no chocolate or sweets, if I can.

Morning all, I'm a newbie too. I had DS December 2012 and was a nice weight due to gestational diabetes grin. Since them I've eaten and eaten until none of my clothes fit. I'm now back to work, DS is teething and ill baby plus no sleep seems to equal overwhelming desire to stuff myself!

In weighing in at 11st, I want to be 10st or less so at least 1st to go.

Hi fandango smile

Morning Spb

Morning everyone. You all get up sooo early!

This week I am feeling full of motivation and I am going to do better. I haven't weighed yet but remembering the night out and the massive portion of veg lasagne I had aswell this week my hopes aren't high.

I'll weigh after the school run like always.

Stealth well done on your pound. It's always good to go in the right direction.

Hello all the new converts. smile There is a spread sheet somewhere linked on the thread where we have recorded our weightloss. I have no idea how it works but Kato can add you if you want. Just let me know on the thread and I'll make a list of anyone who wants to be added.

FattyMcSaggyChops Mon 13-Jan-14 07:11:09

Can I join please?

I was 15st 9 last Monday but due to d&v got down to 15st 2 by Thursday! grin

But going to weigh myself today but fully expect to be 15 9 again!
Went to the park with DDS yesterday and DD2 wanted me to play tig...I couldn't even run, she's nearly 4 and I couldn't run after her sad

Welcome McSaggy. Glad you found us. I bet you haven't put it all back on yet. See it as a kickstart.

You will soon notice the difference if you give it a go.

FattyMcSaggyChops Mon 13-Jan-14 07:29:01

I like the idea of a Monday weigh in but might have to push mine to Tuesday as I weigh in at Boots so it's getting there. I work on a Tuesday so easier to pop in on my lunch than try get there on a Monday with dds in tow smile

But working today as a one off so will check in later.

I got to 14st 2 for our wedding in Oct 12 but have put it all back on. But I'm motivated now, I need to be fitter for my girls. They were both on bikes yesterday but won't be long before dd1s stabilizers are off and I'd like to dust off my bike and ride along side her.

Am reading all your stories for inspiration. If I can lose 1lb per week I'll be so pleased. smile

Reastie Mon 13-Jan-14 08:23:06

Hello everyone <waves to newcomers>

Just weighed in. 2 lbs down grin better than expected so hopefully it's not a fluke. That takes me down to one of my goals, 100 lbs down, yay. Fab start to the first MM weigh in.

Well done Reastie, two pounds is fab and 100lbs is truly a great achievement! Be very proud of yourself!! smile

Well I lost a pound so going in the right direction. Last week was almost like a practice week for me it didn't seem to go very well so I want to be really on it this week. I'm going to try to menu plan a bit more. I think that will help a lot.

ifandwhen Mon 13-Jan-14 10:04:35

Hello everyone.

Well done Stealth, Reastie and Hair!

Weighing in: 2 lbs down. Very pleased to be off to a good start - I have this impression that whenever I consciously try to lose weight I immediately stick at the same weight for months and infuriate myself.

But the shock of getting back on the scales after not weighing myself for a long while has certainly focused my attention! And am finding mfp very helpful. And you all, thanks for inspiration.

KatoPotato Mon 13-Jan-14 10:16:46

Well done team! Some awesome first losses!

A special hand, please for reastie's 100poundaversary!

Happy to add anyone who wants on the spreadsheet of awesomeness! just post below!

Well done ifandwhen. A successful week fir you too. grin

Just thought I'd link to the spreadsheet again for anyone who hasn't seen it.

eightytwenty Mon 13-Jan-14 10:59:39

Wow reastie! Is that about 6 stone?!
Welcome fandango and chops.
Well done kato and hair and spb and if.

1lb down. But not dispirited as my WL is never as linear as I'd like and I've never had a major loss on week one.

eightytwenty Mon 13-Jan-14 11:04:53

And well done hair, spb, kato and if.

1Madhouse Mon 13-Jan-14 11:46:10

Well just 1.5 off for me. Was expecting a lot more but oh well. Going to do exercise DVD at home tonight as can't get to gym today. Welcome mcsaggy and there are always upsides to d&v. I remember one memorable Xmas where I lost 10 lbs.

reastie 100 lbs off ?! Amazing. Will do a proper catch up tonight.

Well done all.

Well done Eighty and 1Mad!

We've all had a good week by the sound of things. Let's keep it up and not get complacent. Keep moving and watching what you eat.

Tobermory Mon 13-Jan-14 12:39:21

Motivational Monday thread .... Am I pleased to see you?!

I was on the thread for some months last year, used to love logging those numbers ever week on that spread sheet..... Is there a new one?
I lost almost 3 stone, have put on a couple of kg since I fell of the wagon, though only a couple. I used MFP religiously which certainly helped me and need to get back into seriously counting cals because right now I'm not!

I probably want to lose another stone though not sure exactly what my goal number is. I know I want to go down at least a dress size.

Welcome back Tober. There is a new spreadsheet that I've linked to a couple of posts above. I don't know if you can add yourself but I'm sure Kato can do it anyway.

eightytwenty Mon 13-Jan-14 12:53:04

Welcome back tober.

So nice to see old friends, especially as so many of you have been successful at more or less keeping the weight off. Makes me more determined.

New friends - hope you find the thread as helpful as I do.

FattyMcSaggyChops Mon 13-Jan-14 13:32:18

Just back from boots and I'm 15st 6lbs. Pleased that I didn't put the full amount back on from my bug.

This will be my start weight.

I have a weekend away with my family, all my siblings and partners so thats 2 skinny sister (and one is pregnant, still skinnier) and 2 skinny sister in laws plus 5 tall and slim men (well 4 tall but 5 slim). This is valentine's weekend.

First goal, be under 15stone for my weekend away.

I'll take it from there. Ideally i won't to be 11st 6lbs as Boots scales say this is what I should be for my height, or at least this is the high end of what I should be. When I set big goals I always fail as they seem so unachievable so I'll aim for smaller goals and hopefully that way I'll stick to it.

I can't add myself to the list as work is blocking it so I shall do it tonight. I am looking forward to this now and hope that all your great stories will keep me going.

Lastly, hello everyone and thanks for having me, feel free to call me Fatty and i'll change it when I'm down to 14 stone grin

Tobermory Mon 13-Jan-14 14:22:10

Thanks for the welcome both and hair for politely pointing out the link to the spreadsheet, that was bad looking on my part!

I looked at the archives from last year and so impressed with those who carried on plugging away all year, wow some amazingly losses!

I know exactly the problem and have had this a few times when starting diets. Its the getting past the 'sod it' stage. You know when youre in the Post office buying a stamp and your head is turned by chocolate so despite the fact you know you want to lose weight and go down a dress size, you think 'sod it', buy said chocolate and wolf it down. Hypothetical of course ! blush I know once I get past the SIS then ill be ok and will be able to waft past chocolate with ease....its just getting there. Need top tips!

Alright Fatty I'll await the nc and celebrate with you. grin

Go shopping full Tober. I find things much easier to resist if I'm not hungry. I can never quite breeze past with ease but I find my internal battle is shorter and the good side wins more often.

KatoPotato Mon 13-Jan-14 15:21:21

Ahh tober how are you? I did swither before I hit the 'delete' button on the spreadsheet!

Can someone <cough cough hair> summarise the new names please? I'm really rubbish at skimming!!

I finally tracked down a bag of kale! Going to roast in the oven with salt and a little oil...

Um, let me know about the kale. I'm sceptical to say the least.

I will do a summery by the end of the day if that's ok?

KatoPotato Mon 13-Jan-14 16:09:58

Oh but apparently roasted Kale at a party is better than crisps and a real conversation starter!

I can imagine!


Reastie Mon 13-Jan-14 16:25:54

Roasted kale party snacks? Kato you will have to update with how this goes! hmm

Did an insanity workout earlier and touch wood been good today. Went to the GP for a routine apt for my rpt prescriptions and she took one look at me and weighed me to log it in my notes (I had 'OBESE' written in my notes, like that, big and bold blush ). Hopefully I have now removed that flag up in my medical notes smile

Thanks for the 100 poundiversary comments. I'm really pleased tbh. Didn't think I'd get here, ever. Size 16 was my initial goal that I never thought I'd manage and I'm a size 12 shock . It's not 100lbs yet on MFP though as I never logged my heaviest weight on there, so I'll have another of these WLversaries hopefully soon grin

Hello tober good to hear from you, and hello fatty nn change impending I feel when you lose all the weight.

Well done on fellow losses <high fives everyone>

Some fantastic weight losses on here!
Can someone add me to the spreadsheet please?

Youcanringmybell starting weight 13/01/14 183.5lbs sad

I have a list of everyone on the thread who isn't on the spreadsheet yet.


Out of interest, eight people who've posted on this thread have names relating to food/drink/weight. I have no idea if that means anything. I just thought it was interesting! grin

eightytwenty Mon 13-Jan-14 17:46:52

That's perhaps indicative. Mine also is in a way - try to achieve an 80:20 balance about lots of things in my life but food in particular.

Reastie Mon 13-Jan-14 18:02:05

I am so slow blush . I never even thought that's why you were called 8020 eighty , I wondered why you had numbers for your name <face palm>

Me either. blush Infact I was going to ask you about your name but I wondered if it was too personal.

Tobermory Mon 13-Jan-14 19:20:32

Reastie oh my goodness, 100lbs? 100lbs that's an amazing achievement. Wow, well done you, you must look like a completely new woman!

eightytwenty Mon 13-Jan-14 19:37:04

So now I've shared...



Would also love to see a before and after picture reastie (minus head shots if you'd rather!) (nosy but inspired).

Well my nn is easy. It's how people refer to me when trying to describe who I am.

"You know her. The one with the hair!"

Which usually gets the response, "Oohhh. Yes, I know who you mean."

Funny thing is, it's not that remarkable. Long, thick and very curly.

InMySpareTime came up with it and I've sort of grown into it. I nc for a thread once and totally outed myself on here by mistake so I'm better off sticking how I am. blush

KatoPotato Mon 13-Jan-14 22:20:23

mines is from my DH has always called me Kato (kate) and when I was pregnant he said I was baking at 'kato potato' I joined mn when I was pg so it seemed to fit!

eighty we have some pics on one of the spreadsheet pages, our Reastie is there!

eightytwenty Mon 13-Jan-14 23:01:00

Love knowing that about you. Sort of like a rl fact iykwim.

Can't nose at the photos on my phone. However I am marvelling at the new spreadsheet. You are a wonder kato.

KatoPotato Mon 13-Jan-14 23:37:06

KALE update! Bloody lovely! Drizzled with garlic infused olive oil and coarse salt, oven at 180 for ten mins.

Crunchy and tasty

Oh eighty sure I eat a lot of biscuits but I'm good at spreadsheets!

Reastie Tue 14-Jan-14 06:54:27

I deleted some of my pictures on the ss to add updated ones only to discover I don't really have any decent recent ones blush . Will be added at some point. I did have a parent not recognise me at parents evening last month I think because of WL although she said it was something different with my hair but my hair is the same

Kato do you think a toddler would eat/like the kale? I'm wondering if I can dress it up as being special crisps to get DD to eat vegetables (she refuses any veg confused ).

My nn is just something to do with my RL name, and I won't say any more than that as I don't want to be outed <taps finger on nose>

Gah, work today, you know when you wish it were holidays again and you really can't be bothered...

Reastie that's a fantastic NSV! I had one yesterday too. I had to put two new holes in my belt.

For anyone new, an NSV is a non scales victory. Something that shows your weightloss that has nothing to do with weighing in.

Does the kale taste a bit like seaweed or am I way off the mark?

I'm going to a yarn and material shop today. Can't wait. I shall no doubt spend far more than I should but it's always so tempting.

KatoPotato Tue 14-Jan-14 10:01:06

It is quite seaweedy, and little like pak choi?

reastie veg avoidance does kick in about 3! It's a nightmare, but peas are a non-negotiable here! With the kale, you could try it, I might make more for DS but with a lot less salt (I used to much last night!) I could pop a pic up, could I maybe start a photo thread? Just for food etc? I like sharing with you guys and I'm making a birthday cake later for DS (4! Today!) just a thought?

ToeFluff Tue 14-Jan-14 10:10:15

Crap I think I've deleted someone off the ss, I'm not sure if a gap was there already below me? I've stepped away and someone please fix it, I'm so sorry if I did it was a accident hmm

Weighed in yesterday and -3lb! I think that was mainly where I was poorly last week, but I'm not complaining!

Well done everyone for yday, great week for everyone!

KatoPotato Tue 14-Jan-14 11:20:29

toe! don't you know I have an Elliot and ET type relationship with that spreadsheet, and when you did that I collapsed to the floor?!?! grin ��

I'll fix it when I'm back at the laptop!

Toe you noodle!!! grin

So glad it wasn't me!

Well done on the loss though. smile

ToeFluff Tue 14-Jan-14 11:55:56

Ha ha, I won't ever touch it again I promise! blush

Lol so how's everyone's day going? I have a bag of mini creme eggs calling me, it's awful how I feel I need to go out to stop me eating them! I want to scoff the bag then buy another to replace them and pretend to dp my will power is amazing!

eightytwenty Tue 14-Jan-14 12:09:25

Resist. Resist.

You need to fill up on something else!! Even if you want sweet stuff, once you fill up it'll be easier to resist. Boiled egg?

Tobermory Tue 14-Jan-14 13:07:45

Kale huh? Might have to try that.

The gap on the spreadsheet ...... erm, might have been me. Maybe?! Think there were two white rows and I like order so had to choose the green row. Is that a bit odd?!

So, I've found my motivation! I stood on the scales this morning!!!sad

I'm two weeks post an op so lots of sitting about, snacking on things and when I stood on the scales this morning I got quite a shock
Hmmm, so I put my numbers in the spreadsheet and I'm ready. I've tested it already this morning and strolled past the chocolate.

Well done Tobermory, the worst is over. I hope you recover quickly from your op.

Kato's not going to let us near the thing at this rate! She'll lock it down or something. grin

Tobermory Tue 14-Jan-14 13:38:46

Thanks hair.

Yes, she'll be taking her spreadsheet home!!!

ToeFluff Tue 14-Jan-14 14:33:54

<<gasps and points>> it's was you!! grin

Tobermory Tue 14-Jan-14 15:06:50

errrrmmmmmm. blush

It might be. Maybe. Sorry!

But there were two white rows. Yours was white and the one under was too, that's just not right. I HAD to go to the green row, dontcha see?!

grin I did wonder about that Tobermory. I think I'd have done the same.

Food has been good today. I missed breakfast so I had it for lunch. I'm not hungry yet either. If I can get to dinner it'll be great. I'm out for a drink with dh later so it's probably a good thing that the food calories aren't too high.

Tobermory Tue 14-Jan-14 15:49:36

Hair...yeah, you back me up!!!

"out for a drink wth DH", how very exciting. how old are your children or do you have a babystitter lined up? We rarely get to go out just the two of us, super-busy with work, no family very close. Maybe I need to find a babysitter?

ToeFluff Tue 14-Jan-14 15:57:11

Lol no no there is OCD in all of us!

I'm sure super Kato will come along later and fix it.. Then me and Tober can smile sweetly and pretend nothing ever happened! grin

Drinks on a Tuesday Hair?! Vodka is only 55 cals apparently!

On this occasion IMST is babysitting. We do have family around. The dcs that need it are 5 and 10. Ds1 is 17 but dd knows how to press his buttons so that's no good. Plus he's at work 5 nights a week.

I don't wanna go tonight. Dh is doing my head in and I'm losing patience. Oh well. sad

Reastie Tue 14-Jan-14 15:58:07

grin at all this ss confusion. I accidentally put in 'sheet 10' on the bottom menu somehow <looks to the floor>. I have no idea what or how I did it!

Kato yes I'd love a sharing food etc pictures and ideas, sounds fab. FWIW DDs vegetable avoidance has been since she was about 6 months! She's always been fussy with everything, especially veg <sigh>.

So far today not a sniff of chocolate to my face. I'm doing well.

Hair enjoy your drink with DH envy . We never gt time alone and if ever we go it's the odd half hour or so and we just collapse on the sofa and fall asleep [dull].

That made no sense at all. Yes we have family nearby but they are not sitting tonight.

Tobermory Tue 14-Jan-14 16:08:14

Im always envy at the idea of a drink, mainly the drink. We're doing dry January in the Tobermory it almost February?!!

hair hmm, drinks when youre not in the mood is not so good.

toe ha, yes to OCD though I thought maybe no one would notice! grin

Right I think we should have a spreadsheet amnesty. Anyone got any other confessions? If we get it out of the way in one go then perhaps Kato won't skin us alive.

Then we can ask her very nicely, to fix it if we promise not to do it again. grin

DH has gone out to get beer and nibbles to eat while I'm out babysitting. Now I don't snack in the evenings I think he misses it a bit, but he knows better than to complain about itgrin.
I shall enjoy an evening at Hair's, reading my book quietly and not feeling like I need to chat. I've had a bit of a mad day: buying fabric, taking bookings, rewriting contracts, tech support, and uploading a book (not one I wrote, one I formatted) to the printers.
I need down time.

Tobermory Tue 14-Jan-14 19:46:40

IMST, do you not snack at all in the evenings or snack differently?

FattyMcSaggyChops Tue 14-Jan-14 20:05:03

My downfall is night time, yesterday I managed to get to 1550 calories after dinner but by 9pm I was rifling through the cupboards, luckily there were special k crisps but I had 2 portions!

Tobermory Tue 14-Jan-14 20:24:48

Me too Fatty. How have you done today?
I'm at 1250 and have gone to bed so I won't eat back my excercise calories!

FattyMcSaggyChops Tue 14-Jan-14 22:21:58

1610 but I've tracked everything, including the Oreo I had whilst cooking dinner and the mini smarties while I was doing the ironing.

I'm quite hungry, just out the bath and going to head to bed too to stop me picking!

My DN is being christened on Sunday so that will be a nightmare but I'll try rein it in and just take a small bowl from the buffet.

I've just signed up for race for life 5k in May but I'm going to keep it secret just now (except DH) and just spend a few weeks walking then start the couch25k.

1250 calories?? I'll get there won't i?

Well done Fatty for signing up for Race for Life. It's a really good goal to have.

I think a lot of people start off feeling hungry when calories are reduced. Then it kind of goes away without you noticing. I remember a few on here felt like they were starving all the time.

The other thing we found was that it isn't always beneficial to start with just 1200 calories. You can start higher and reduce as you lose. There's no point setting unrealistic rules or you won't stick to it.

Stick with about 1500 if you are losing weight. If you stop losing, reduce it then.

Had a good night last night in the end. Three vodkas and 1/2 a pack of crinkle cheddars. I didn't even know they were a thing.

eightytwenty Wed 15-Jan-14 07:21:54

Well done everyone. Restraint in the pub. Running 5k.

Ok day for me. Posh buffet lunch but resisted the most divine looking brownies. Did have some cheese though. Think within cals due to swimming.

Often have spreadsheet anxiety esp when on my phone. If you don't press submit though is it ok? Sorry kato!

I don't feel hungry in the evenings any more. DH put an apple turnover in my bag to take to babysitting and I didn't eat it because I didn't feel like it.
Time was, I could easily put away half a family cheesecake and a big bag of crisps most evenings, but these days a cup of tea is plenty.
Habits change. They take time, but they do change.
I remember feeling hungry at the start of my weight loss, I drank water to keep my stomach full until meal times, gradually my body got used to smaller portions and better choices.

eightytwenty Wed 15-Jan-14 09:32:52

That's good to know hair. Have always found evenings the hardest to resist. Though I did find mid afternoon snacking stopped last time. Swapped unhealthy for healthy to start with and in the end didn't need anything. Knew I needed to get back on track when before Xmas i was reaching for the biscuit tin again.

A cup of tea is fine if you can reach the tea caddy IMST! She politely pointed out to me that she can't reach the tea caddy in my cupboard and last time she babysat she had to lift ds2 up to reach it for her. She is tiny! grin

One thing I've learned is that I don't have to be concerned about being hungry. Don't feel that you have to eat the minute you feel hungry. It's actually healthy to be hungry before a meal, your body is telling you it's ready. I also think that if I'm hungry, my body is burning the fat stores I have and not the food I'm putting in my stomach iyswim.

Tobermory Wed 15-Jan-14 11:24:46

eightytwenty I'm just the same. Evening snacking is very ingrained in me so much so that i took myself to bed at 8 last night so i didn't succumb!

Hair you know that feeling hungry thing is a biggy for me. I think about how i ate before, when I'm not on the wagon, and definitely dont wait to be hungry before eating, more that i ate because it was 'time' to eat.

Also this "I also think that if I'm hungry, my body is burning the fat stores I have and not the food I'm putting in my stomach iyswim." That for me is quite a motivator, a positive thought.

ifandwhen Wed 15-Jan-14 11:34:53

hi all. On day 4 of nursing DS through horrible vomiting bug, DH gone back to work today after 2 days off ill, and feeling a bit iffy myself (DD strangely fine - keep expecting her to succumb too).

On the bright side, have kept on with the mfp and restrained eating apart from a minor snacking incident last night.

FattyMcSaggyChops Wed 15-Jan-14 12:30:53

Just looking through the race for life info. A child 5 and under is free. would a child of 5 be able to run 5k? I'm assuming this is for those walking it?

I ask as DD1 is 5 and I wonder if she would like to do it with me but I'd like to run it (although not at a fast pace)?

Would she be allowed to do it on a bike scooter? Just thinking out loud now.

ifandwhen I hope you all feel better soon.

Don't know about scooters in Race for Life. Ds2 is 5 and he would walk/run 5k better than me I think. Ds1 was the same at that age. Dd however would probably need bribery on a huge scale to do it now and she's 10! You have to judge your own dc I suppose. You could always enter her and decide nearer the time. You've lost nothing if it's free.

Reastie Wed 15-Jan-14 19:53:11

If also hope you feel better soon as does everyone else at ifandwhen towers.

Interesting chat re: 5k/entering runs. Last week I discovered there is a 10k local to me at the end of March and am debating entering, but I don't and haven't really run before (the occasional jog but not for a long time) so don't know if 10k might be a bit steep, and tbh I don't really want to train specifically for it as want to keep with my interval training confused .

Re: evening snacking, it's interesting as I've always preferred to eat often but less than eat 3 meals and no snacks. For me it works better. I still feel hungry when I come to eat [greedy]. I have dinner stupidly early (just after 5pm) which is always soup of some kind with a tiny bit of bread and low fat cheese. Sometimes I have a yoghurt/nuts/bit of chocolate for pud, sometimes nothing depending on how hungry I am. Most of the time I then have a couple of rice cakes and peanut butter a bit later, and later still I have a small bowl of cereal. I know it's a bit random eating cereal last thing in the evening but I've done it for about 15 years blush . Maybe it's one of those habits I should break.....but then my logic is I eat dinner so early it's not too unreasonable to have something later, bit like having a meal in 2 parts <tries to make myself feel less greedy>

Also on the chat of hunger. I suffered greatly with this and it really stressed me out. I remember posting on the original MM threads about this. I found the key was to cut down slowly on stuff. Don't go straight to 1200 kcals, get down bit by bit. My MFP aim daily to lose 1 lb a week is around 1400 kcals a day, and, tbh it's rare I manage that, it's usually more like 1800 - 2000 kcals, but I've still managed to lose weight doing that so somehow it's working!

Hair you know I imagine you being very glam with gorgeous hair btw wink

Reastie Wed 15-Jan-14 19:56:09

The thing, whilst I've got a minute to mn, I really struggle with, and would be really interested to see if others have this thinking too, is eating when I'm not that hungry because I know I might not be able to eat when I am hungry because of an appointment or work or such like. SO I'll have something to eat that I may not need at that moment because I know I will be hungry later but I won't be able to eat anything for whatever reason, when I am hungry. I panic I'll get over hungry (which triggers my IBS and I can get nasty stomach pains and stuff) so compensate to make sure it doesn't happen. Is this just me or does this thought or behaviour go through other peoples mind?

eightytwenty Wed 15-Jan-14 20:04:23

Oh reastie yes absolutely can relate to that. When I'm being sensible I'll pack a sensible snack to have if I need it. But bad habit is to have pre-emptive snack - which is not always healthy (kids hot dogs tonight - totally daft as I ended up eating home made delicious chicken and spinach curry about 20 mins later). Need to plan and think ahead better.

10k is quite ambitious for a non runner. But then again you look like you have the legs for it.

Hair - laughed at your comment about imst. She and I are the same height. Which is why running is so hard - short legs (oh and excess weight!). Have hair envy. Mine is just thick and wiry.

Tobermory Wed 15-Jan-14 20:06:48

I remember last year when I successfully lost one of my habits was to keep back 100 cals or so for an evening snack. I don't know if it's wise to eat a kit kat at 9oclock at night but it kept me going, even now I'm mentally looking forward to a low cal hot chocolate and a snack. I don't know if ill be hungry but still want it....

Today I helped my DD choose between white mice or snowies and I wasn't tempted. Not even a tiny bit. She offered me some but I declined, it wasn't even hard. Mentally I feel in quite a different place to earlier in the week when I was snaffle my chocolate left, right and centre and saying 'sod it'.feeling good grin

eightytwenty Wed 15-Jan-14 20:07:53

If hope you don't succumb.

Meant to add I had a mid afternoon slump today after spinning, circuit and healthy lunch. Had a dried fruit and bit snack and then started craving sugar. Opted for some sweet popcorn. Not too much but cross with myself as I'd been doing well till then. Probably should have had more protein at lunch or something.

Oh and hair - love a bowl of cereal at night - shreddies especially. But id have it after dinner (with an hour of swimming in between). Peanut butter and apple not the same.

Haha. Thanks reastie but I'm not glamorous at all!! Ask IMST or Stealth who both know what I look like. grin

Where is Stealth by the way? Anyone seen her around?

I found the only way to stop snacking in the evening is to keep my hands busy while I watch telly. I learnt to crochet about a year ago and it's brilliant. I have been offered chocolate and not eaten it because I haven't wanted to stop. shock

I do like a mouth sweetener after I've eaten though so if I'm going to eat chocolate, it's allowed then. Any other time is bad.

I do understand the eating before because you might not get the chance later. Dh does this. I was going to suggest getting used to it but if it sets off your ibs then that's not a good idea. I'm afraid I don't have any useful suggestions atm.

X-post with loads. Going to go back and read.

Tobermory Wed 15-Jan-14 20:30:47

hair*, I too imagine you with v glam 'big' hair.

Just been googling to find some hair that is suitably volumous but MN won't let me upload!

Hair is more glam than me, but that's not saying much (I'm now in sweat pants and a hoodie). She has a handbag and a nice coat and ladies gloves.
I wear whatever fits reasonably well from the charity shop, so am usually overdressed or overly slobby (sometimes both at the same time!)
One good thing about being short is now I'm slim I can get cheap clothes from the children's section.

Haha. What are "ladies gloves"?

In my head my hair looks like this.

The reality is closer to this unfortunately.

I actually love the idea of holding back some calories for evening as I can go all day without food. It has been known to happen on more than one occasion. I wouldn't do it deliberately though.

sherbetpips Wed 15-Jan-14 21:56:08

Gah to bananas being bad for diets. Skipped the banana today and was ready to eat my laptop by 3pm!!!!
Still 12st4 after 2 weeks of dieting.... Must not lose faith....

eightytwenty Wed 15-Jan-14 22:14:15

Why are bananas bad sherbet? Ok quite high cal but better than a biscuit or 5! Sorry no WL yet. Keep with it and if you're keeping in your limits it will start soon.

Ladies gloves are leather driving gloves. Far more glam than my biker gloves!

Ah, ladies gloves. I see, nit for keeping okra in then? grin

Morning everyone, I'm having a good week so far which is just as well as I have a school mum's night out tonight. It will be a heavy one probably as all the mums in ds2's year are pissheads like a drink or two.

How is everyone else getting on this week?

sherbet no food should be banned. It will make you crave it more. Try to work it into your calorie allowance. You will start to lose soon. Keep trying and make sure you don't give in because you haven't seen a result yet. It will happen if you stick with it!!

eightytwenty Thu 16-Jan-14 10:07:22

Imst - just noticed your comment about children's clothes. What weight did you get down to? Seem to remember you were heading for 9.3 last time round.

How's everyone else doing - spb, bell, reastie, kato and anyone else who hasn't posted for a few days.

KatoPotato Thu 16-Jan-14 10:34:41

I'm still here, went into a comatose state at the spreadsheet tomfoolery!

It's been DS's birthday so had to make a cake and probably ate a LOT of icing and smarties, then we had Dominos for dinner (only three slices for me... but still!)

Spin last night, Kale smoothie this morning - Made with kale, frozen mango, berroca, a banana and a scoop of whey protein. Surprisingly delicious.

I'm also registered for a 10k with no running experience! - Did the first C25K on the treadmill and it was far too easy, but don't want to jump ahead of myself, will do again tonight at the gym.

I also had to resgister DS for Primary 1 on tuesday, emotional day all round!

I remember the first time you did that Kato! With the bra shopping in Asda. grin

Hope ds had a good birthday. smile

ifandwhen Thu 16-Jan-14 11:02:49

Happy birthday, Kato's DS.

We're on the mend here.

Enjoying catching up on the discussions of running, preemptive snacking and ladies gloves... I also find I need something to keep my hands and mind busy to avoid snacking when not hungry in the evenings. Am knitting a shawl at the moment - was going to be a poncho, but I keep altering the design, now on about #4, and hopeful that this is the one!

I skimmed through the Fast Exercise thread yesterday - did anyone else read that? Advocating short bursts of high intensity exercise to boost fitness levels, also apparently good for regulating glucose levels and sugar cravings. Am going to look into this a bit more, and interested to hear your thoughts...

eightytwenty Thu 16-Jan-14 11:05:45

Oh kato - registering for school is a whole different level of emotion! So much worse than nursery. Silly I know but I cried buckets with both ds1&2.

What's up with you kale fans? I love virtually all veg apart from that and fennel.

Dh decided he needs to lose weight and has downloaded mpf. We sat and discussed portion sizes and cal content for ages last night. Strangely bonding.

ToeFluff Thu 16-Jan-14 11:51:45

My ds starts school in September too Kato, one min I sob and then next I can't wait!

Too much work, not enough time, but at least it stops me eating!

Busyness is clearly the key.

eightytwenty Thu 16-Jan-14 14:00:41

Just been for c210k week 6 run 2. Was lovely sunny day so quite enjoyed it. But though I think I can manage next week and the week after, week 9 jumps to 4 x 10 mins running with 1 min walk in between. Seems a big jump.

KatoPotato Thu 16-Jan-14 14:25:40

What is the week 6 pattern?

1Madhouse Thu 16-Jan-14 14:34:20

Crikey you lot can chat ! Need to read through and have a god catch up. Had minor snack age of Xmas biccies last night (oops) but good day today.
Have friend for supper tonight so healthy salmon en croute using filo pastry vege and salad.

Went to spin this morning but was cancelled !!!!

Have 6 wks till a girls weekend in Glasgow with all my thin friends so need a st off by then.

Keep up all the hard work.

eightytwenty Thu 16-Jan-14 14:44:54

Keeps our fingers out of the biscuit tin.

Wk 6 is:
5 walk/ 5 jog/ 3 walk/ 8 jog/ 3 walk/ 5 jog

5 walk/ 10 jog/ 3 walk/ 10 jog

5 walk/ 22 jog

Quite liking not tracking my distance and speed - sometimes the latter would be demoralising. Also following a programme makes it much more likely ill do what I'm told - rather than taking a shortcut home/ failing to do an extra loop. Also keeps me focused on doing it 3 times per week.

Had a clear out of the food cupboard last night. Was pleased seeing all the left over Christmas treats that I have so far avoided. Have put some of them into a tin (which I thought was empty till last week when I discovered some of the kids Xmas chocolate from 2012. Had clearly had a "it's all too much" moment a year ago too. Of course I should probably now bin some stuff too - but mentally I struggle with that!

Eightytwenty I'm now 8st 7, hence the children's clothes! I was briefly 8st 5, but have kept steady at 8 7 for months now.

eightytwenty Thu 16-Jan-14 16:27:31


Will power of I don't know what!

When were you last that size? And have you been left with any downsides (being nosey again!) from having lost so much?

I really haven't been that weight since middle teens. That is over 20 years of yo-yo ing between being a nearly sensible weight and being so far from sensible it's dreadful. But don't think I've ever been a healthy bmi in my entire adult life. Sobering thought.

It's the first time in my adult life I've weighed this little. I was mostly 10st before, but at my heaviest I hit 14st.
It's hard to find bras to fit, now I'm a 26" chest, that's the only down side I can think of...

2kidsintow Thu 16-Jan-14 17:42:18

Hurrah. I've stuck to my 'no breakfast cos I can't be bothered, soup, fruit and a cereal bar for lunch and whatever's not too bad for tea' diet and have lost another pound. smile

I used to be stable around 12 st 0 and that's my very first goal - to get back to that as I've crept up over the last couple of years.

I've won a fab purple next formal dress from ebay that looks gorgeous. I can zip it up.....almost all the way. I have 5 and a half weeks to manage the last inch of the zip! smile

Reastie Thu 16-Jan-14 18:16:15

Hello all,

Glad I'm not the only one doing a pre-empative snack. I did realise last night, I've managed to knock one of these habits on the head though. I always used to eat a bit of toast or snack bar after I arrived at work but before I started teaching so I wasn't too hungry for break, I no longer do this.

IMST wow, you really are absoutely teeny tiny now aren't you. Can I ask, was that your goal from the beginning? And, when did you know when to stop with the WL?

2kids glad the breakfast thing is working for you, and yay to the lovely dress.

I thought today was a god awful diet day as I've been so hormonal and wanting junk all day. Didn't do a workout as feeling to hormonal terrible excuse and felt like I'd eaten too much, but just did MFP and even though I have been over my 1400 kcal aim, I'm still under 2000 kcals so hopefully damage isn't too bad. Still, I feel like it's been a bad day as I feel like I've chickened out of exercise when I should have made myself done it.

Who was speaking of the short bursts of high impact exercise? I see the logic of that. Quite a bit of my workout dvds are really high impact manic and I definitely feel it helps control my appetite and has made me healthier.

Hair I always pictured you as a very trendy/kooky glam woman with bright lippy and wonderful hair and pulling off a fab tea dress or two in a very trendy type way (the picture is very sophisticated glam in my head but I may not be explaining it well) now I have leather gloves added to the image smile . How different are you to that then?!

Can anyone link to the exercise thread please? It sounds like interesting reading.

2kids, you will get in that dress! And you'll look fab! Remember to leave it where you can easily see it. It will help your motivation.

reastie yes to red lipstick. My favourite is pillar box matt red.
Never worn a tea dress my life. I usually wear black when I go out. Very simple but I have fabulous jewellery!!

My style is individual but not kooky.

Reastie Thu 16-Jan-14 19:51:43

Individual, far better way to describe what I imagine Hair

Tobermory Thu 16-Jan-14 20:00:25

if glad you're all on the road to recovery now!

imst wow 8st7. As Reastie says that is indeed teeny tiny. How tall are you?

hair you crochet? Me too! I love sitting spending an evening surrounded by wool!

Good food day today but I've been hungry. Looking forward to being well enough to exercise

i have a question for you all..... How did you know what your goal was? How did you decide what number you were aiming for?

When I started I wanted to have a healthy bmi and be a size 16. I now have a healthy bmi (just) and am a 16 and much happier than I was. But now I want to lose more and be smaller....but where to aim?!

ifandwhen Thu 16-Jan-14 20:45:01

thanks Tobermory. And good question: my goal is currently 142lb, because that's where I was a year ago, and it felt right, although at the time I'm sure I thought I could still do with losing a couple more pounds smile

Hair - the webchat about high intensity training is here, its the 5:2 people:

On the subject of which, I'd be interested to hear people's experiences/ opinions of 5:2 - it seems very popular but I haven't pursued it myself, as I find that I need regular grub energy to ward off mood swings. I read somewhere that fasting exacerbates PMS, and whilst my hormones are still all over the place from making babies it seems like regular eating, with reduced portions and more exercise suits me better...

2kids - liking your style, the dress is a great goal!

Tobermory Thu 16-Jan-14 21:59:25

That's good if you know from recent experience where/what you want to be. This is the lightest I've been in probably ten years, maybe more so hard to imagine what my frame would look like and how I would carry 10 or 20 pounds less.

eightytwenty Thu 16-Jan-14 22:20:32

I'd like to be 10 stone by the end of the year.

But first I'd like to get back to where I was this @ time last year - 10 stone 12lb at my lightest. While I wasn't thin, I felt healthy and looked ok in clothes & photos.

Last time I averaged aprox a stone every 3 - 4 months. So aim to reach my first goal by Easter.

northender Thu 16-Jan-14 22:31:31

Sorry, haven't been back since the start of the week as I haven't been well. Will read through properly when I feel better. Some amazing stories of Fab weight loss here, well done allsmile

KatoPotato Fri 17-Jan-14 00:49:01

Interested to see how you imagine me!! Disco pants and a munchy box??

KatoPotato Fri 17-Jan-14 00:51:54

HIIT is high intensity interval training, and is supposed to be the best for fat burning and general fitness? Most spin classes work on this principle with short bursts if all out effort, then bringing the heart rate back down again before cranking it up again.

I tried metafit tonight... God sweet lord...

Reastie Fri 17-Jan-14 07:01:41

Tober fab question as I've been wondering exactly the same thing! My initial goal was 5 stone loss and wear a size 16. Then it was a healthy BMI. Now it's a BMI in the middle of the healthy range (22.5) so I'm comfortably in there and could put on a bit in the future and still be a healthy weight. But it feels like I keep changing the goals! When do I stop.... I'm finding it really hard to lose now (my BMI is 24) and wondering if and how much more I should lose.

ifnadhwen my opinion of 5:2 is, if it works for you then fab, but for me (I have ishoos with blood sugar levels) I could never do it. And, I'd eat too much to compensate on the off days. I remember watching the original documentary it became famous on and there was another diet shown on there called something like high nutrient low calorie diet (which I found really interesting, more so than 5:2 one), which showed also lots of positive health effects but no one has picked up on this diet, but I think that's as it's a way of life to eat like that, whereas 5:2 everyone can relate to and try and still eat normal foods.

Kato yes, that's it, got it in one, disco pants and munch box wink . Metafit, what is this?!

Tobermory Fri 17-Jan-14 08:48:41

Reastie, i remember us having a conversation about BMI last year and just how much BMI varies. My BMI is 24.7 so 'just' in the healthy band I'm a size 16 but very tall, whereas you get a BMI of 24 and you're a size 12 and i assume ……how to put this…… less tall?! grin