I am going to lose this 2 stone, for good!!

(527 Posts)
FlossyMcgrew Mon 03-Mar-14 12:19:32

I will be taking "after" pictures on July 1st.

I took before pictures yesterday and they are awful. I have at least 2 stone to lose. I have joined other threads here before, with some success. Then quit after getting halfway to my goal and gaining everything back in half the time it took me to lose it.

I am 5 foot 6, have been wavering around the 12 stone mark since having my 2 dc within 13 months. Youngest is now 2.

In my "before" pictures (which I won't post until I get to post them with my afters!). It is painfully obvious that nearly all of my weight is around my middle. This is particularly worrying as my family history is full of diabetes, heart problems, cancer, strokes- you name it.

My plan is this:

MFP to track my calories

30 day shred or alternate 30 min workout 5 times a week

More conscious eating. Re-reading Paul McKenna, "I Can Make You Thin."

Easy on the carbs. My current 2 slices of toast breakfast, 2 slice of bread sandwich and crisps lunch, and insert random carb heavy dinner here, is doing me and my middle no favours.

Drink more water. At least 4 pint glasses per day.

Chew gum instead of mindless snacking.

No baking. I can think up any excuse to bake, and then of course I have to test my product--no more!

And that is basically it.....

I am hoping that I can make all of these things my new way of life, rather than a diet.

I am tired of hating myself in every picture.

I am tired of refusing to buy new clothes in this size, and looking like a slob as all of my clothes are old and don't fit properly.

I want to be healthy and I want to be here for my kids for as long as possible.

I want to be a good example for my kids.

I would like to feel attractive again.

I am going to check in here at least once a week. Monday morning weigh in to keep me honest over the weekends. Please feel free to join me, or cheer me on.

I don't want to be a diet bore in real life so I am going to use this thread for my rambling instead.

So here goes......

Week 1
12 Stone 7 blush

Toowittoowoo Mon 03-Mar-14 12:51:47

I had a 2 stone to lose and now I have 1 and a half (or a little bit over) so I would love to do this with you. It is so hard to get motivated on my own (and stay motivated).

I really want me old clothes to fit but it is so hard.

I am 5ft 2 and now just over 10 and a half stone. I would like to get back to 9 stone and fit and healthy.

FlossyMcgrew Mon 03-Mar-14 12:57:32

Let's do it Toowit! I am just going to dust off my weights and yoga mat so I can do the 30 day shred, wish me luck smile

CarolBornAMan Mon 03-Mar-14 13:09:01

well done - same weight same issues - are you me - not sure how many times have tried to lose the same 2 stones, currently googling therapists to see if I can get support along the way this time as clearly can not do it alone !

But I will join in here as well .. I will do it .. again!

curlingandtwirling Mon 03-Mar-14 15:58:36

I have 2 stone to lose! I'm 5'3" and 10st 12 today after losing 2lbs last week. I desperately want to get back to 9st and into my favourite jeans. This is the third year I have said this and have lost some, gained some, lost some, gained some, lost some, gained more.

I don't eat unhealthily most of the time but I do love my bread and cheese. oh and wine

crochetedblanket Mon 03-Mar-14 16:02:08

Are you me!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
What you described is exactly me! Same height, weight, youngest 2 etc. I've lost a stone already through Paul.McKenna, but have 2 more to lose!

legofansmum Mon 03-Mar-14 16:07:33

I'm also on the five stone thread and have been dieting and exercising more since December.
I've weighed today and lost another 3lb this last week. Worked out this afternoon that if I lose exactly two stone my bmi will change from overweight to normal. I would ideally like to lose three stone but two will be a good start. I've almost lost two since December. My bmi is now 29 it was 32.5 in December.
I've totally changed my diet. I used to drink 1-2 litres of cola a day. I now drink water, green tea, peppermint tea and Redbush. I eat loads more veg, salad and fruit. I've stopped binging on cakes, biscuits etc.. When DS is in bed. I'm a single mum so boredom and depression were a factor.
I feel so much healthier and energetic. I'm loving the salads and begs and have realised that it was binge eating and not hunger.
Good luck to everyone. I'm setting my next target to weigh 14 stone. I currently weigh 14.9 stone. I'm 5ft 10.5 so very tall.

Doitnow Mon 03-Mar-14 16:10:36

I think you're me too! Except my youngest is only 16m.

I've been blaming sleep deprivation for the last year but now DC2 is starting to sleep better, I'm going to either have to find another excuse or get off my backside and do something about it.
I'm 5.6 and currently 12.12.5 having lost 1lb last week on my first MFP week.
Does anyone want to be friends on MFP? Not sure if that's "the done thing" or not!!

Doitnow Mon 03-Mar-14 16:12:34

Random question - did you do before photos in the mirror?

magentastardust Mon 03-Mar-14 17:55:18

Hello-Well I have lost 12lbs since Jan-but am determined to lose another 2 stone for July for a holiday so happy to join in. I am the same height as you but a bit heavier! Another 2 stone though is a good focus for summer for now though for me!

I am magentastardust on MFP if anyone wants to add me.

Just got a Fitbit at the weekend -think I will make my 10000 steps today-it looks like it will be a good motivational tool and push me to get more physical activity in.

Doitnow Mon 03-Mar-14 19:00:01

Hello magna I'm AnnaDoreta on MFP so I'll NC here so that's easier to follow.

I've been on a couple of threads before nod the have made a difference to my motivation. I seem to lose and find the same stone and a half every year. I'm not quite sure why I lose motivation.

My reasons for wanting to be a healthy weight are much the same as yours FlossyM. And we're coming out of a period of quite tight finances this summer. I haven't had many new clothes in about 5 years and so would love to be able to buy some new ones in a size 12 rather than a 16/18.

My plan to keep it sustainable is only to aim for 1lb a week so I don't feel like I'm restricting myself too much.

Feeling pretty motivated now!

Thank you!

50KnockingonabiT Mon 03-Mar-14 19:33:55

I too have two stone to lose, and a tad more if I'm really honest. 5'2" and 11st 11lb last time I weighed in. I have before pictures, but as I look exactly the same in them as I do now, they are definitely not for public viewing till I can see a difference.

Currently doing weightwatchers and hoping it'll work!

Good luck

AnnaDoreta Mon 03-Mar-14 21:22:45

Oophs, sorry Magneta I'd completely misremembered your user name!
I'm psyching myself up for some before photos. Will need to email them to myself then delete as I don't want them to end up on my photo stream for all to see!!

FlossyMcgrew Mon 03-Mar-14 21:54:19

Wow!! I didn't expect so many replies. This is great, we can keep each other motivated. Congratulations to everyone on your losses so far.

I did low carb for around 5 weeks at the beginning of the year and lost 10 pounds. Then had some friends in from out of town, a few nights out, and basically just lost the plot and started eating like it was my job and gained it all back in 3 weeks.
Which has lead me to here! I also want to do something more sustainable, I want to be able to have nights out, bread and wine and carbs. But I need to make a big change in mindset first.
Today, every time I thought of mindless snacking, I chewed gum or drank water instead. Seemed like that is all that I did today-- that and pee from all the water smile
Makes me realize just how out of control I have let myself be.

I am on MFP with the same name and welcome any friends. Although, I have only ever used that for calorie counting, but any extra motivator is a good thing.

And now AnnaDoreta I think you are me!! That is EXACTLY how I took my before pictures!! In the mirror at a weird angle, so DH wouldn't come upstairs and see what I was doing. Emailed them to myself and then deleted them from my photo stream, ha!

Really pleased to have so many new buddies, we can do this, if we stay with it we will be the success stories.

I read a quote that said something like "if you are tired of starting over, you have to stop quitting!" I think it was a bit more eloquent than that, but that's the gist. This needs to be me this time, I seem to have a little success and then reward myself back to my original size. Not this time.

Good luck everyone, let's do it!

AnnaDoreta Tue 04-Mar-14 08:36:06

I like you gum and water tip. I will try that today.

I do so much mindless eating. As soon as I feel a vague rumble, I eat. Without giving any thought to whether it's actually hunger or what else I might need.

I'm going to try and have a low cal day as we're doing pancakes tonight and so I would like a couple of those. Will look up calories beforehand so I'm prepared.

Good luck today everyone.

AnnaDoreta Tue 04-Mar-14 08:41:30

I still can't get Magenta's username right - third time lucky!
Somewhat worryingly I consider myself to be a good attention to detail person! Oophs!

magentastardust Tue 04-Mar-14 09:32:06

grin You found me though! Horrible weather here today, trying to work out how to get 10k steps in today!

DottySpick Tue 04-Mar-14 12:18:41

Just saying hello. I also need to lose weight - not quite sure what approach to use yet.

LMW01 Tue 04-Mar-14 12:44:54

Another one for the "that could be me" club.
Have at least 1.5 stone, preferably 2, to get back to preferred weight. Have wedding to go to in May where I'd like to at least be able to wear one of my more generous old dresses!
No excuses any more, my boy's 18months old!

FlossyMcgrew Tue 04-Mar-14 21:37:34

Hello everyone, hope today went well.

I did have 2 small pancakes, but planned ahead and had light salads for lunch and dinner to balance it out. Hoping that will become my new second nature, balance!

LMW01 I like that, "could be me club" except I think we should go with, WILL be me club, power of positive thinking and all that smile

I did the shred yesterday and today, I am definitely more wobbley than the last time I did it, sometime before Christmas I think? Honestly, for me with the shred, the hardest part is hitting play. Once I get going it goes quickly, and I feel proud afterwards.

I forgot, another part of my plan has got to be seriously reevaluating my portion sizes, turns out I shouldn't eat the same amount as my 6'2" dh!

Hopefully we can all figure out whatever the best plan or combination of plans works best for each of us!

magentastardust Tue 04-Mar-14 22:20:52

I made it to 11000 steps today , did an old exercise dvd-claire from steps -haha. Least it got me moving!
Chained to my work desk all day tomorrow though so a less active day but I have Zumba on Thurs night so that should balance things out.

I had 2 pancakes too but in my calorie allowance so fingers crossed not too much damage!

JillyCoopersJoyousOtter Tue 04-Mar-14 22:30:27

Hi all!
There seems to be lots of 5ft 2'rs here. I'm also 5ft 2in and currently 9st 11lb, I'd like to get down to 8st 7lb, which is where I felt best at. Going to weigh every Monday.
I've done Pilates today, and will do Pilates and a run tomorrow.
I usually do the Harcombe diet when I need to lose weight, as it seems to come off fast, ive lost 2 1/2 stone in 2.5 months before after having DD1 , and I enjoy cooking from scratch, loads of curries, soups, and one pot recipes.
I don't really touch any bread, pasta or potatoes when I'm on a diet, as I end up scoffing half a packet of bread, and potatoes smothered in butter <sigh>

AnnaDoreta Wed 05-Mar-14 10:10:58

Morning!
I had a total fail last night. Got hit by the evening munchies. But I'm putting I behind me and starting again today.

I do find the evening the hardest. My DP rarely gets home til 9 or 10 so after the kids go to bed at 7 I'm on my own. But have the tidying up, packed lunches etc to do and often have a bit of work to do too so it's boring stuff that tends to send me raiding the kitchen.

I need to really steel myself to not eat in the evenings.

I've been trying to looks at lots of lovely clothes to keep the motivation up.

Good luck today everyone. I'm at work today. I've just had breakfast. Got a lentil based soup for lunch but haven't though about supper. Perhaps I'll get something from Marks it maybe eggs on toast.

storynanny Wed 05-Mar-14 10:49:41

Me too, I am 5'2" and would like to get back to my pre pregnancy weight of 9 st 4lb. Unfortunately that was 32 years ago and I have been trying to get rid of 1 stone 10lb since son 3 was born 22 years ago. I have 2 weddings in July and do not want to look fat and frumpy at 57.
It has definitely got harder to lose weight as I passed 45, it settles around the middle more. I have tried every diet going but the only way for me is strictly counting calories. I am aiming for no more 1000 a day. Drinking lots of water and giving up bread. I think it is yeast that bloats me more than carbs. I am not making any cakes for at least 3 months!
My problem is after 6pm especially when my OH is on night shift. I dont have children living at home anymore and could easily consume 1000 calories when home alone!
Im going to do more walking, cycling and knitting in the evening to keep my mind off chocolate and crisps, my downfall.
Good luck everybody.

storynanny Wed 05-Mar-14 10:52:08

Ps I did read somewhere that if you have a mad craving for sugar, it is better to suck one teaspoon of sugar than eat a bar of chocolate or a load of biscuits. Someone also told me once to imagine a mars bar as a solid lump of greasy lard! It works sometimes.....

FlossyMcgrew Wed 05-Mar-14 21:51:32

Hello everyone,
storynanny I am going to use that Mars bar visual, ewww!

And I think you are right JillyC it's probably best for me to avoid or at least drastically reduce my bread, potato and pasta intake.

Magenta I am intrigued by the fitbit, doesn't it also track your sleep patterns? Mine are a mess, and I am confident that I am well short of the 10,000 steps per day. Went out for a nice walk with kids today and little play around the park, but on average I am sure I am nowhere near what I should be. Maybe I'll start with a cheap-ey little pedometer.

Anna well done on starting again today, I saw a quote today, "one bad meal won't make you fat, just like one good meal won't make you healthy". I am a sucker for a motivational quite lately smile

I am also aiming for a wedding in July as one of my motivators, I am not even sure if we can afford to go yet, but would love to look and feel great for it. I have spent too many years now, wearing clothes because they are the least unflattering. I can't wait to go shopping for clothes because I actually like them!

Good luck everyone smile

Twooter Wed 05-Mar-14 22:01:34

Me too. Not 5'2, but 2 stones to lose for summer wedding( not mine). Will just try to limit snacks, as very bad grazer too.exercise isn't a problem, except for making me hungrier.

Millyblods Wed 05-Mar-14 22:37:39

There is a brilliant Paul McKenna Thread OP. Being going for over 2 years now.

FunkyBarnYard Wed 05-Mar-14 22:48:26

5'5"
11st 9lbs on 25/02
11st 7.6 today

I want to be 9st 9lbs

I'm in!

AnnaDoreta Wed 05-Mar-14 23:12:11

Funny that's we've all got weddings to go to. I've got a big family one at the end of July and have 4 lovely outfits I could wear if I were 1.5 stones lighter!

Great day today. Well under my calorie limit to make up for yesterday. Bit hungry now so I must go to bed.

Working from home tomorrow so normally a graze all day day. Will need super motivation to keep me from the fridge. Will be following the water and gum tip!

If we're into motivational tip bits, one I really liked was:
Losing weight is hard, being fat is hard. Choose your hard.

So every time I reach for a snack, I'll try a remember a time I've been thoroughly fed up looking at a terrible picture or bulging over my jeans or looking awful in everything!

Sleep tight.

magentastardust Thu 06-Mar-14 17:16:17

Hi, I got the Fitbit Zip (the cheapest one! £45-£49.99)-it doesn't track your sleep pattern but I think the Fitbit one or Fitbit flex (the bangle type one) does.

Really liking it so far -already did my 10k today by lunch time as ended up on a really long walk and have an exercise class tonight. Keeps me motivated and DH laughs at me when I have to do 'houselaps' of an evening to make up to my 10k!!

Hoping it will have an effect on my weight loss and after being stuck for 3 weeks a couple of pounds will shift this week!

AnnaDoreta Thu 06-Mar-14 22:16:06

Magenta - you are good. I really need to incorporate some exercise into my day. I just done seem to have any time. I always have an excuse for not doing it!

I've been having a look at various threads on the exercise board so trying to get some motivation from there.

Pretty good today. Only 1200ish calories plus however many calories in a tea spoon of peanut butter! I do feel quite hungry now so must go to bed!

How has everyone else got on?

FlossyMcgrew Thu 06-Mar-14 22:23:07

Evening all!

Welcome Funky and Twooter smile

Milly thanks for the heads up in the Paul Mck thread, I will have a look, but I am also really enjoying having this thread, I feel very accountable!

I love that,"Choose your hard" Anna it's so true! I am with you on the terrible picture and bulging over my jeans thing sad I have had to face the fact that maybe everyone I know isn't a horribly mean and unflattering photographer, maybe I just don't look great at certain angles because I have 2 excess stone on me ( at least) But hey, I am here to change it now--for good!! I love your kitchen closed idea on MFP by the way.

Magenta "house laps " did make me laugh smile I think it's great, I am inspired now. My bday is in April-- one of my mini goals-- and I think I may ask for a fitbit.

Hope today went well for everyone! Reasonably well for me and I did the shred.

A challenge for me tomorrow night as I have a rare meal out, at a pub with very delicious, but very heavy food.... I will choose wisely this time!

Good luck everyone smile

stc70 Thu 06-Mar-14 22:38:22

Hi I'm new to mums net but saw your post and had to join in... I'm also 5'6" and 12 stone and would dearly love to lose 2st by summer

I've started c25k and am on week 2, have also just ordered the 30day shred...now just have to stick to it!

FlossyMcgrew Thu 06-Mar-14 22:56:27

Hi stc70 I did couch to 5k in October and I loved it, only problem was when it started to get dark and cold and rainy, I stopped. Have been thinking about starting again though as I really felt great and actually had people comment on an improvement in appearance.
I do like the shred as it's short and sweet and also seems to get results.

My challenge this time is to not give up after getting results, to keep going and stay with it. I don't want to yo-yo again, just yo! Get down and stay down smile

"See" you all tomorrow.

magentastardust Thu 06-Mar-14 22:59:17

I am not a natural exerciser at all -enjoy Zumba class at have a good laugh with my friend but other than that I could never run or don't go to the gym as would be really self conscious. Fitbit has definitely helped with making me want to get to the 10 steps every day. lets hope I can keep it up!
Loved the Kitchens closed thing too !

magentastardust Thu 06-Mar-14 23:00:34

oh I also have the 30 day shred in the cupboard! May have to dust it off-think I lasted to day 3 last time oops!

Millyblods Fri 07-Mar-14 02:26:14

What's a * Fitbit* please grin ....

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magentastardust Fri 07-Mar-14 10:43:34

Milyblods -google it -its an activity tracker- a pedometer basically but it syncs with your phone or laptop so you can see how you have done over the week and how active you have been.
it is more expensive than a normal pedometer but I think it is worth it.

50KnockingonabiT Fri 07-Mar-14 17:11:36

afternoon ladies, well wi this morning and lost 3lb, that's 6lb in three weekssmile I AM NOT GIVING UP THIS TIME! There, I've said it out loudsmile

Good luck everyone

FlossyMcgrew Fri 07-Mar-14 17:37:11

Yay 50KnockingonabiT that is FANTASTIC !!! I am not giving up either , this is it!

Getting ready to go out for my pub dinner, wish me luck in ordering wisely, eating consciously, avoiding pudding, and not drinking too much!

smile

RunningKatie Fri 07-Mar-14 21:36:00

Can i join in too please? I am 5ft4.5 but 12st11. How the heck did that happen?

I've started using mfp and have just done L1D2 of the 30 day shred. DH works away a lot so whilst i'd like to go out and run, i need to have an indoors option!

I have some lovely summer clothes and go on holiday in 16 weeks so that's my initial goal.

Youngest DC is 15 months and now i've stopped bf'ing i cannot use that as an excuse to eat a crazy excess of rubbish.

BoomerangSam Sat 08-Mar-14 08:44:58

I belong on this thread!
I'm 5'2", need to lose 2 stone, want to do it before a wedding in June.
(Ideally I'd like to lose more but at least I won't look fat anymore and will be at the top of the normal bmi range)

I'm going to do this by eating 3 'clean' meals a day, fruit for snacks, 2 pieces of dark choc (I'm doing the ww simple start which is basically that)
lots of water
lots of walking and a couple of gym sessions a week.

Ladycurd Sat 08-Mar-14 08:54:03

Hi, think I might join in and also 12st 7 I have about a stone and half to lose, I'm 5ft 9. Apparently my ideal weight is 10stone 9 but think 11stone more feasible and last time I was 11 stone I looked a bit gaunt so trying to find the balance!

I have a big bash next week which I started dieting for 10weeks ago, meant to lose a stone in that time. Managed half a stone. Oooops so if can't even stick to it for major event then I'm not optimistic but MFP and running are my pals! Wine is not.
Ahem.

Good luck everyone.

FlossyMcgrew Sat 08-Mar-14 10:15:11

Welcome ladies!!

RunningKate I also like to run, but dh's schedule doesn't always allow it with our 2 dc. I have been looking at treadmills on eBay, but they are expensive. Hopefully the weather is improving, more daylight etc, always helps. In the meantime, shred is definitely a good alternative.

BoomerangSam could you please describe "clean meal" I'm pretty sure I know what you mean, but curious to hear.

Ladycurd losing half a stone is awesome! You should find something around your house that weighs 7 pounds and just hold it for a minute, it's a lot ! You should be proud and confident at the party next week, and keep going!!

I am with you on the wine not being my friend smile

I was very good at my pub dinner last night, but went over with my wine. But not terribly, and I did enjoy myself, and back to business today.

Meant to be a beautiful weekend, so hoping for lots of outdoor time and activity, maybe even with a tidier garden as a result!

Good luck everyone, we can do it!

BoomerangSam Sat 08-Mar-14 10:42:30

Eating clean is basically avoiding processed and refined food.
Grains should be wholegrain.
You can include things like wholewheat pasta and dairy products even though they are processed. Just stay away from food if they have weird ingredients.

Meals are cooked from scratch and should be balanced to include protein, carbs and veg.

You can have cakes and biscuits but they should be homemade and use wholegrains and natural sugars.

Its meant to do you a world of good! (that's what I'm hoping for, along with the weight loss)

Ladycurd Sat 08-Mar-14 16:08:19

Awww thanks yes I should go pick up a 7lb weight but tbh I don't feel that much thinner, it's isn't visible and annoyingly since I started MFP last autumn I was this weight then but put on half a stone so MFP keeps cheeringly telling me I have lost 0lb so far!

Just shelled out nearly £100 on new running trainers having had a gait check as ankle was ouchy. So will have to run at least 100 time so make it worthwhile! I will go tomorrow and already walked 13k steps today so feeling relatively virtuous. Dya reckon I could tone my bingo wings by Friday? smile

Flossy can you run on a morning of the weekend? I try to go once in the weekend and 3times in the week once drop kids off at nursery but before start work. I also am part of a running group with sweaty Betty (the excercise brand shop) where DH has to put kids to bed. Can you work with your DH to free up 30min windows?

FlossyMcgrew Sat 08-Mar-14 21:04:18

Aha, that makes sense Boomerang I could handle that I think, except I have a bit of a condiment obsession. Chutneys, sweet chilli, mustards... I should cut back as I know most of them are full of sugar and probably loads of unpronounceable things!
But unprocessed definitely makes sense.

Ladycurd I can't believe the price of running shoes, it's extortionate!!! I got a new pair in November and they still have the tags on them blush
You are right, I need to make a plan and a schedule with DH and just stick to it. I was really into it last October and just basically gave up when the mornings were getting dark and wet. I live in a semi rural area and every time I was running in the dark, I felt like I was in the opening scene of a horror movie. I got myself very paranoid. I used to go to the local football field and just run back and forth in the middle of it, my theory was that no one could jump out at me that way! But in reality, it's all just excuses. Another motivational quote time: "if you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done". I need to make this a priority, and make time,even if it's getting out of bed before dh goes to work at stupid o'clock.

I was trying on a few short sleeved tops today and felt very down at the state of my bingo wings! But they aren't going to improve without some action in my part, so I am sticking with it. I will be down 2 stone by July!! And I can't wait!

Good luck all smile

FunkyBarnYard Sat 08-Mar-14 21:23:18

Been going now since 25/2.

Have lost 1.5kg since then. I have cut out snacks. Reduced portions and eating loads more veggies.

I can't decide if that's good or not

anothernumberone Sat 08-Mar-14 21:29:26

My god OP I am the same except 5 4 and tge 12 stone mark can I join with you please.

FlossyMcgrew Sat 08-Mar-14 22:20:36

Please do anothernumberone!

And Funky I'd say that's a great result--almost 4 pounds in less than 2 weeks, well done!! They say that's a good target, 1-2 lbs a week. I hope that's right, as I have 16 weeks until my after pictures, eek!

I am visualizing the new me: wearing cute clothes that fit properly, not self conscious, no double chin, smaller healthy waistline, happy, healthy and active.

anothernumberone Sat 08-Mar-14 22:51:27

Right then I am going to do it thanks Flossy. I was going great guns before Christmas but life completely got in the way. I want to attack once and for all. This is as bad as it has been for me.

FlossyMcgrew Sun 09-Mar-14 08:40:50

I am the same anothernumberone, but think of it this way, before Christmas wasn't that long ago, 4 months, and if we are diligent this time and don't give up, we can be at our goal in the same amount of time! 4 months will fly by. I am sure at times it will crawl, but before we know it we can be the success stories, I can't wait!

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine today!

Good luck smile

FunkyBarnYard Sun 09-Mar-14 10:00:53

7.5kg to go. I want to be there by the time I am 30 in June

colafrosties Sun 09-Mar-14 10:06:59

Can I join too please Flossy? In similar boat. I lost a stone and a half of post DC weight in 2012, felt fab, and then gradually put it all back on again in 2013. angry

Have lost a bit recently but need motivation again. I'm 5'3" and weigh about 11 and a half stone.

nirishma Sun 09-Mar-14 10:13:09

OP I am in the same situation as you except im an inch taller and just the one baby. I dread to think what weight I would be after two babies grin

According to the S trainer app on my new phone I will successfully shed two stone by the 18th August if I consume 2100 calories per day and burn 580 calories per day, equating to a weight loss of 1.1 pound per week.

Seems easy doesn't it? I'm just finding it impossible to lose weight whilst breastfeeding. The water retention is insane.

I am looking at trying the paleo (sp?) diet. Well, at least some of the concepts such as cutting out grains and upping the vegetables. My diet currently involves alot of grains and dairy and it just seems to make the bloating worse.

A pound a week... doesn't seem so bad does it?

RunningKatie Sun 09-Mar-14 18:46:41

I'm aiming for a pound a week, it's been hard this weekend - been out to places that serve bacon cobs, i really fancied one but restrained myself. This had better work!

I've not shredded this weekend but today i did 5.5 miles on the bike at the gym, then we did a walk and i carried ds in a sling so classing that as weight training wink

How often do you all weigh yourself? I've got into the bad.habit of weighing daily which i don't think is helping.

FunkyBarnYard Sun 09-Mar-14 19:02:40

I weigh on Saturday morning before breakfast but after a wee gringrin

AnnaDoreta Sun 09-Mar-14 19:45:44

Hello! Welcome to all the new people.

I weigh in on a Monday so will be interesting to see how I get on tomorrow.

I've definitely been eating much less bit some unhealthy fatty things do still creep into my diet. I guess that as long as I'm making improvements to my diet that's got to be a good thing.

I've done so many diets in the past and have always put the weight back on. Now I'm trying the theory of changing things slowly (and logging them on MFP so I'm more aware) and not really being on any specific diet, then I might be able to sustain it in the long term. I know the weight will come off more slowly. I'm not in any hurry.

Hope all Monday weighers have a good result.

FlossyMcgrew Sun 09-Mar-14 21:34:09

Evening everyone!

Hi colafrosties I have also lost some post dc, was about 1.5 stone lighter last may, as I was a bridesmaid. Then basically completely relaxed, ate and drank whatever I wanted that wedding week and then didn't get back on track and it all came back. Nightmare that it comes back so easily.

I didn't lose ANY weight from breastfeeding nirishma, I felt as though I'd been duped! smile I have heard great things about paleo, I think it's the basic "clean" eating, avoid processed foods idea isn't it? A pound a week definitely seems do-able. Hopefully by changing our habits rather than doing anything drastic, we can all keep it off.

RunningKate I have chosen Monday as my weigh in day. I will weigh in the am, also before breakfast and after wee--every little helps! But must admit I do sneak peeks throughout the week,but only ever in the morning,I have heard your weight can fluctuate so much throughout the day, but morning is lowest, and that's the one I want to see smile
I like your "weight training."

My 3 year old actually weighs about the amount I would like to lose. Which sometimes feels a bit overwhelming, as I can't carry him for very long these days--except I AM carrying that amount all the time, but not for much longer.

Hi Anna I am really working on being extremely honest and accurate with MFP, and in doing so, it begins to make sense how I got to where I am! Good luck to you tomorrow morning. The thought of my weigh in is keeping me away from biscuits right now!

Good luck everyone.

Bimblepops Sun 09-Mar-14 21:36:46

Hello, I'd like to join you all as well, please!
I'm 5'4" and hovering around 11st 12lbs. I 'should' be about 10st, but the closest I've been to that since kids was 4 years ago, between the two boys, when I got down to 10st 7lbs.

I eat healthily, but need to cut down on my portion sizes and I dramatically need to up my exercise, which has been totally destroyed by colds and asthma up until now this year (soggy, yucky, cold winter).

Food wise, I'm planning to do 16:8 fasting and cut down on carbs in my evening meal.
Exercise wise, I'm starting with some gentle bike rides, a swim and (once this latest sodding cold has shifted) back onto The Shred with my old pal Jillian.

I'll be weighing in on Monday mornings, post-wee of course. Fingers crossed for tomorrow...

AnnaDoreta Mon 10-Mar-14 07:06:13

Fluffy it is frightening how many calories are in same things. I always thought I was pretty aware of this kind of thing but I'm clearly not as well informed as I thought I was

I also agree with the clean eating and am so good about this with my kids (although they do have the odd treat too) but just don't seem to be able to do the same for me. Must try harder!

Anyway - had my weigh in this morning and I've lost 1.5lbs so I'm really pleased. I've got my oats and greek yoghurt for breakfast and soup for lunch, so with some fruit for snacks, I'm all set for a good day at work - if I can avoid the cakes which always seem to be lurking!!

Look forward to hearing everyone else's results this morning.

AnnaDoreta Mon 10-Mar-14 07:07:44

Oh my goodness, I have a total inability to properly remember nicknames on here - Flossy
I drive myself round the bend!

FunkyBarnYard Mon 10-Mar-14 07:13:01

Well done Anna!

FlossyMcgrew Mon 10-Mar-14 09:17:13

Welcome Bimblebops that's the first I've heard of 16:8, heard of 5:2, 3:4 etc. I try to avoid eating late, but may try and be more strict about it and adopt Anna's "kitchen closed" rule.

Congratulations AnnaDoreta!! Well done, and it sounds like you are well prepared for continued success today. I know exactly what you mean, I always try and make sure that my kids have healthy snacks and balanced meals, time to make myself a priority too!

I feel as though I have to give background with my weigh in today:

Week 2
12 Stone 2
5 lb loss.......

I am of course happy with this, but also a bit skeptical. I think I must have taken my "before weight" at a really heavy moment? Probably pre-wee ? I had list 10lbs through Jan and Feb by low carbing, and then botched it big time and gained it all back in 3 weeks, but maybe it wasn't all the way back, if that makes sense?
So in a way, this is really my start weight. I still have at least 2 stone to go, and I am not stopping this time!!!

Good luck everyone smile

FlossyMcgrew Mon 10-Mar-14 09:19:37

Oh,and you can call me Fluffy if you want, but hopefully I will be getting less fluffy everyday! grin

AnnaDoreta Mon 10-Mar-14 13:45:01

Don't take this as your start weight. You would have lost some weight this week and often the first week is a big loss. If you're not comfortable taking the credit for 5lbs, then take it as a 2lb loss and adapt your start weight accordingly.
If it were me, I'd take the 5lb as a motivator! But just make sure your expectations are realistic for the loss next week, perhaps a 1lb loss to offset the big loss this week.

Well done anyway!

I can't take the credit for the kitchen closed trick - it was someone on another thread but it really stuck with me as a great way of thinking.

Looking forward to seeing the other losses on the thread.

RunningKatie Mon 10-Mar-14 14:19:32

I weighed this morning - still 12st11. And still 5ft4.5 sad .

Bit despondent as i can see how much i've got a grip on my food and how i've increased my exercise. However i suspect i might be about to start one of my random bleeds, i cannot wait to have the contraceptive implant removed as it's not suiting me now.

A 5lb loss is amazing fluffy

I am off to sling group, i have shredded, walked to and from playgroup twice slinging ds so I am having a biscuit and two proper coffees whilst i'm there! wink

AnnaDoreta Mon 10-Mar-14 16:44:55

Hi Katie.
Please don't be despondent. Weight loss is such a funny thing and doesn't always reflect how the week has gone. Hormones are also funny things. My recent weight gain coincided with having the coil fitted.

This time next week will be a different story I'm sure.

FlossyMcgrew Mon 10-Mar-14 20:00:08

Ok Anna, you've convinced me to take credit for a 5lb loss and run with it! And my kitchen is closed, except I do still need to clean it... You are right, will brace myself for next week to balance this out.

And yes RunningKatie (sorry was calling you RunningKate) don't be discouraged! Well done for all the walking and shredding today.

Motivational quote that I saw time:
"It's a slow process, don't make it slower by quitting"

Random question for you ladies, how did you find the coil? I have been advised to try the mirena coil to help aleve some period issues, but I am hesitant for lots of reasons. I suppose it works differently for everyone and I won't know how it affects me until I try it.

Good luck everyone!

FlossyMcgrew Mon 10-Mar-14 20:04:44

is it aleve or alleviate? Alleviate is what I mean

AnnaDoreta Mon 10-Mar-14 20:11:45

Generally I've found the coil fine except for a few issues:
1 - I have put on weight but that also coincided with me going back to work and sitting on my bum eating cake so perhaps a coincidence.
2 - random bleeding. Never quite know when it's going to come or how long it will last. I've had it for almost a year now and it doesn't seem to have settled down.
3 - in the beginning I could, on occasion, really feel it and it was quite uncomfortable for an hour or so and then would be back to normal. This hasn't happened for ages now.

On balance, I'm keeping it because I don't want another baby and can never seem to remember the pill properly.

I have the mirena by the way.

Bimblepops Mon 10-Mar-14 21:31:51

Hello all,
Well done on your loss, Flossy, absolutely take credit for it.
I weighed in this morning at 11st 10lbs 8oz, I've got a long way to go, but up for the fight!
Aiming for a swim tomorrow, but my 16:8 is likely to be scuppered as I'm supposed to have breakfast ahead of a blood test. So it'll be very light eating tomorrow.
Onwards and upwards!

Toowittoowoo Tue 11-Mar-14 12:00:34

I weighed yesterday but didn't get a chance to post:-

Week 2
10lb 6oz
5ft 2
(20lbs to go)

well done everyone and good luck sustaining some will power for the next week!

Stockhausen Tue 11-Mar-14 19:01:18

Hello! Mind if I join?

Im 5ft 5 & was 12st 7 last time I weighed myself, so I have very similar goals!

I too have weight around my middle, I look pregnant sad

I started back on weightwatchers yesterday, lost 1.5st on it before so know it works for me..

Good luck op & everyone else! grin

magentastardust Tue 11-Mar-14 20:10:29

Brilliant quote Flossy -I am going to remember that one!

FlossyMcgrew Tue 11-Mar-14 22:56:07

Evening all,

Anna the issues you mention are exactly why I am hesitant about the coil. Still debating.

Well done on the losses Bimble and Toowit!

Welcome Stockhausen. I worry that I look pregnant too, and I know that health wise it's the worst place to carry extra weight. (Not like there is a choice where to carry it...).
That is the worst part of my before pictures, I just look bloated and unhealthy. I took them in a bra and shorts, it's mortifying. I don't like to spend too much time looking in the mirror, but to have it in an actual picture, well there is no denying I need to make some changes.
But I am working on it!

I know a big part of my problem is patience. I like instant gratification. But I know to really have success this time and really change my mindset, my health and my body, I am going to have to be disciplined and patient. That's why I like that quite too Magenta!

There is a free app if you have an iPhone, called the Berry. It is basically random photo galleries. Some are funny, some are weird, but every day there is a gallery called daily Motivation, it's full of random healthy pictures, like workouts, smoothies, yoga moves, but also inspiring quotes. I like it, have also wasted lots of time on it, but the daily motivation is good!

One I liked today,
"You have to get up every morning and tell yourself 'I can do this'"

We can do this!! But I think we are going to have to be patient and positive, neither of which are my strong suit, but I'm working on it.

Good luck everyone!

FlossyMcgrew Wed 12-Mar-14 21:14:03

Hello everyone,

Currently lounging instead of doing the shred, bit I am also not eating one of the brownies that are in my kitchen, so I figure that's a win.
Feeling a bit meh today, but managed to stick to my calorie goal. Have been a bit irritable too, so think I may be getting my period soon.

Going to draw a line under today and start fresh tomorrow.

Did read one good tip today, if you find yourself about to binge or eat mindlessly, count down from your current weight to your goal weight. I'm going to have to remember that one for next time I run out of gum!

Hope everyone else is doing well.

Toowittoowoo Thu 13-Mar-14 19:58:10

Just posting to say that I did NOT eat cake today! Might not sound like a massive achievement but as both DDs have a cold I have been getting very little sleep and DD1has been especially troublesome during that day as well. Anyway I knew I had to do shopping in town today and as I had to feed DD2 (and bribe DD1 to behave) I knew we would be going to a cafe. When DH left for work this morning I told him I was going to cake this afternoon to cheer myself up and that it didn't matter too much.

As I was standing in the queue however I looked at all the cakes and realised that being slimmer would make make me happier than having a cake so I just ordered a coffee and a cake for DD1.

I'm very proud of myself and thought I would share!!

Stockhausen Thu 13-Mar-14 20:03:19

I've been good this week, have eaten zero point soup today, to allow me a couple of light beers & have had some spicy broadbeans/beetroot crisps (2pp each on ww!) So feeling positively pissed due to lack of food saintly grin

FlossyMcgrew Thu 13-Mar-14 21:16:54

Well done TooWit ! I think that is a big deal and you should definitely be proud. It's all the seemingly little changes like that, that will lead us all to the big changes we are working for. I went to a coffee morning this morning, and instead of having a millionaire shortbread, or one of the amazing looking pastries, I had one measly bourbon cream! I also felt proud, baby steps. smile

Stockhausen I like your style! I am planing on saving some calories this weekend to enjoy some light beers myself. But this us a big change for me, whereas in the past I would have light beers, whatever for dinner, snacks, pudding and probably bacon sandwiches the morning after--now I am really working on balance and moderation, hopefully making all of this more sustainable.

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying some sunshine.

AnnaDoreta Fri 14-Mar-14 08:40:59

toowit not eating cake in those circumstances is amazing, well done.

stock it really is all in the planning isn't it?
That's where I failed yesterday - I hadn't thought about what I was having for dinner (DP was working late last night) and I also hadn't really planned the kids dinner so we all ended up having fish fingers chips and beans! Not my finest moment but we all really enjoyed it! But it did take me over my calories for the day - luckily I'd had to rush into town so had a few exercise calories to use up.

Not sure what to do for dinner tonight - the kids will eat at cm so it just the two of us - after a hell of a week for DP, I know he'll want a Chinese or something. So I'll either feel guilty for tucking in with him or feel bad not eating with him. It's a no win!

Really liked the tip about thinking how great you'd feel slim when you're facing a food choice - will have to do that too.

Happy Friday everyone - hope you all have a good one.

RunningKatie Fri 14-Mar-14 08:51:38

I had cake yesterday but i did a walk and went to the gym too. Not the best way to diet but by luck i didn't go over the mfp after counting exercise calories.

Going to shred today, might try it whilst kids are up. They may join in, or just get it the way wink

We normally have a friday night takeaway, not sure whether to avoid altogether or try and be healthy. It's chips usually so not ideal.

Toowittoowoo Fri 14-Mar-14 09:34:15

Gosh we are doing well aren't we, I hope this is reflected in the weigh in on Monday (fingers crossed!).

I am cooking a curry today for dinner tonight. I had a some left over lamb curry from a few weeks ago that I put in the freezer and I'm making a veggie curry today. I've also got prepackaged poppadoms and if I have time I'll get DD1 to help me make naan (very quick and should be an activity this afternoon). It is not going to be the healthiest meal but I am hoping that it will be a compromise for DH who wants an Indian takeaway. We normally have a pudding on the weekend as well so this week I've bought those individual desserts that come in a pack of two so DH can have one and DD1 can have the other. That way there won't be any left for me so i won't be tempted.

Small achieveable changes that I can sustain - that is what I'm aiming for. I don't feel like I have the energy for anything more extreme.

Stay strong - the summer is coming and it is always easier to eat healthier and be active when the weather is nice.

FlossyMcgrew Fri 14-Mar-14 20:23:27

I think it is all in the planning. The other day I ran out of my usual breakfast choices and ended up having my old standby of 2 pieces of buttered toast and coffee. Not terrible calorie wise, but I have been trying to have protein at breakfast and I think starting with carbs made me feel hungry all day.

My DH had to leave town unexpectedly for work and I am secretly really pleased, diet wise. I do all of the cooking and when he isn't here I don't feel obliged to provide as many carbs, or as much food in general really! Also, my SIL and her partner were supposed to come and stay over and I have cancelled that now too. Felt a bit rude, but also didn't fancy entertaining. I felt like I was going to have to provide a bunch if food that I didn't want to eat. And probably would have drank more than I should've too. I really dislike talking about being on a "diet" or watching what I eat in real life. I guess I feel like it sets me up for failure or something?

My SIL, while very nice, is also one of those people that constantly announces she's on a diet, or starting some new workout regime, and complaining that she's gained too much weight. I would be shocked if she's ever been more than 9 stone in her life!

Ok, trying to convince myself to get up and do the shred instead of having a glass of wine. Hope the rest of your Friday nights are going well, and if you did end up with takeaways you don't feel too bad and just balance it out tomorrow!
Good luck everyone.

FunkyBarnYard Sat 15-Mar-14 10:34:58

Start date 25/2
Weight 73kg

Today 15/3
Weight 70.7kg

All I have done is cut down portion sizes. Actually ate breakfast every day. Cut out daft snacks from boredom. I eat around 1000-1200 calories a day now. But I eat 3 meals.

Poached egg and mushrooms or bran flakes every morning

Lunch is ryvita a bit of cheese. A slice of ham and pickled veggies and some salsa or homemade soup.

Tea is usually small portion of carbs. A load of veggies and a piece of meat or fish. Although last night I had Chinese as a treat to celebrate DP coming home from a business trip in Holland.

stc70 Sat 15-Mar-14 10:40:13

Everyone is doing so well! I have not even so good but in my defence i was away last weekend and work has been manic so all planning for food has gone out the window this week��
However today I'm feeling positive and back on track having been for a run and had healthy fruit for breakfast!
11-13 ... 23lbs to goal !

FunkyBarnYard Sat 15-Mar-14 10:45:49

I feel perhaps I should try to move around a little more to see more loss! But I don't seem to actually have time. I do walk faster at work and take weird routes to use as many of the staircases as possible!!

If I'm on the empty corridor I do sprint down it. But that's cause I am childish!! gringrin

MorrisZapp Sat 15-Mar-14 10:52:25

There are some BRILLIANT usernames on this thread.

<nickname envy>

I got DP to take before pics of me, but I ended up deleting them as they were just too depressing to look at.

TheMaw Sat 15-Mar-14 12:11:58

Can I join too, please?
I'm just over 5ft and I weigh...and I can't believe I'm telling you this...12st 1 (and a half). And I really feel it, and I look awful. I hate it, I'm always the fat one in the group and it's really getting me down. I'm sick of not being able to wear the clothes I want and using anything I can to distract people from noticing how big I am. I'm a total binge eater, and while I eat mainly healthy stuff, I eat huge amounts of it.

My DC was born six months ago and I've basically just eaten non stop since he was born. I was really into running before I fell pregnant so I've just started C25K in the hope that I'll get into it again.

Phew, thanks for reading this epic post! I think I really need to hear some tough love, I need to be told I'm too fat and there's a lot of diabetics and strokes in my family, so I need to stop letting it roll on and on.

FlossyMcgrew Sat 15-Mar-14 14:26:33

Way to go FunkyBarnYard and stc70 ! I saw an article the other day about Cameron Diaz's new book, she was saying something about how she sprints from trailer to set, and basically looks for opportunities to move more throughout the day. Will try and find a link.

* MorrisZapp* I haven't looked at my before pictures again since the day that I took them, trying to focus on where I'm headed not where I was! I would be really depressed if I kept looking at them.

Absolutely welcome TheMaw smile Congrats on your baby, 6 months is still very little. I don't know about the tough love approach. I see what you mean, but for me at least, one of my main reasons for wanting to make these changes is because since having DC I have a complete lack of confidence, and basically an identity crisis. I want to address lots of areas in my life , but I am hoping by getting a grip on my health first, that I will build some confidence and that will make dealing with all of my other areas more manageable, does that make sense? Anyhow, for me this time, I am going with extreme positivity! My inner dialogue can be horribly mean to myself,and I am trying to change that.

Good luck everyone

FlossyMcgrew Sat 15-Mar-14 14:34:05
oolaroola Sat 15-Mar-14 17:26:34

Hey all
Could I join you?
I'm also 5ft 2, well a bit less.
I've just weighed in at 10 st 9 with clothes on. That's a bit depressing as I cut out chocolate and cakes a few weeks ago, so was hoping for a bit lighter.
Am not sure which plan to follow. Am currently exercising quite a bit, roller skating, Pilates, gardening and occasional Zumba. Have cut out cakes, sugar and chocolate. I am a bit more toned, but feel and look too heavy. It's rather be around the 9 st mark.
I think I need to have some kind of meal plan so I don't get bored, and reduce portions, but I get so confused with the low carb or calorie counting. I also don't want to get too obsessed with it.
Any advice welcome....

TheMaw Sat 15-Mar-14 19:03:08

Hi Flossy, thanks for your reply! Sorry to hear about your inner dialogue, it's really awful when you're your own biggest critic. I think by tough love I meant, I'm surrounded by really lovely people who are quick to tell me (lie) that I look great, not to worry (I hope that doesn't sound vain, I know they aren't telling me the truth) and I know that I need someone to say 'Look, you are too big, it's not healthy, don't eat six Reece's Peanut Butter Cups in one go'. Otherwise I give up too easily.

Thanks for the Cameron Diaz link, looks brilliant!

FlossyMcgrew Sun 16-Mar-14 09:42:02

Please do, oolaroola certainly sounds as though you are very active! For me, using mfp honestly has been a real eye opener. I have used it in the past with a very approximate approach and a lot of guessing. Now I know that I was just lying to myself and cheating myself. This time I am being a lot more precise. Weighing, scanning measuring etc. I am hoping that by being a bit obsessed for the next few months and really trying to reset my whole approach to eating and health, that I won't have to spend the rest if my life being obsessed, that it will just come naturally--good choices, balance etc.

TheMaw I know what you mean. I sometimes thought my gp might mention something, of course I would've been mortified, but an acknowledgement from an outside source that weight is an issue makes it more real maybe?
I read a tip on another thread here I think, that was something like, if you find yourself about to have something you shouldn't or more than you should say NO! To yourself out loud. ( May get you some looks at a restaurant ) but I have been trying this at home, if I find myself mindlessly wandering over to the biscuits or accidentally with my hand in a packet of crisps, I say no or, stop out loud. Something about it is a little empowering, like I'm telling that weak part of my mind, hey ! I am in control now, so stop it!

I haven't had reeses peanut butter cups in ages though..... StOp it flossy, no!!!
See? smile

Good luck everyone!

FlossyMcgrew Sun 16-Mar-14 09:45:05

My first attempt at posting a picture...

oolaroola Sun 16-Mar-14 11:15:43

You're right Flossy, getting a bit obsessed to start with might stand me in good stead to reset portion control, which I reckon has got too large.
I'm definitely aiming for long term balance so that I don't have to think about it later on.
Think am gonna do portion control, calorie counting, keep up with exercise and continue cutting out the sugar.
So without clothes (tmi!) this morn my starting point is 10st 6. Aiming for 9st 7 to start with.

Am gonna line up some non food related rewards for something to look forward to.

Good luck eith the rest of the weekend everyone.

feelingdizzy Sun 16-Mar-14 11:21:21

I am yet again trying to lose this 2 stone, I can lose it, will stay off for about a year then I gain it all back. Lying in bed last night I counted since I started at 9, yes 9 years off age dieting: I have gained at lost 2 stone 9 times (I am 39). I would love to enter my 40's and not do this anymore.
I am reluctant to even try again because I feel that by xmas next year I will have to do it again. How do people maintain a healthy normal weight?? Will follow with interest

TheMaw Sun 16-Mar-14 16:58:11

I'm doing ok today, didn't do C25K because I did it yesterday, so did a DVD instead. I'm using MyFitnessPal to monitor what I'm eating but I'm worried it's making me a bit paranoid. It also adds extra calories to your food allowance if you excercise, and I can't work out of that means I'll lose weight or just maintain it. Trying to keep my hands busy in the evenings because that's when I most want to eat. But I'm feeling quite positive just now, long may it last!

FeelingDizzy how long until your 40th birthday? Is that maybe a good target to lose it and adapt a new mindset? It's so hard though, I feel like I just go backwards and forwards with the same gain/loss and it's soul destroying. I also started dieting when I was nine and I often think I should go and speak to someone about my relationship with food, for me it's always been a treat, I've never seen it as fuel. And nine is very young to be aware of your weight.

RunningKatie Sun 16-Mar-14 20:27:28

I love that picture Flossy

I am mildly obsessed with mfp, I'm scanning away like I'm doing a wedding list at Debenhams again but I still have to guesstimate, particularly if we eat out. I figured that if I don't eat some but not all the extra calories earnt by exercise then it will hopefully balance out some of the guesses.

I am going to be forty next January and I am determined I will be two stone lighter. Hopefully we're off for a long weekend at Centre Parcs with the dc's so I will be spending the entire weekend looking fitter in my swimsuit.

FlossyMcgrew Mon 17-Mar-14 09:37:30

Morning everyone!

Weigh in time

Week 3
12 stone even
2 lb loss
7 lbs down so far

Feeling very happy with that! I think that having this thread as sort of a journal and a place to chat with others who have the same goals has really helped, thank you!

Oola non food rewards is always a good idea. I may take my dd to a cafe this afternoon and get myself a magazine instead of a cake.

feelingdizzy can I ask what methods you have used in the past to lose the weight? I am also interested to find out how normal healthy people maintain their weight, I can't wait for me to be one of them!

Thinking back, I am also the same as you and TheMaw, I can remember going on a "diet" when I couldn't have been more than 9 or 10. I used to write down what I ate and hide my little list in my bedroom, how sad is that?? Just giving me more resolve to make sure that my dd has a healthy relationship with food and a good self esteem, she has to learn it from me, so I had better figure it out!

RunningKatie your scanning description made me laugh smile. I am a lot more honest with MFP, but certainly not precise. However I used to enter something like a brownie bite and then look for whichever entry had the fewest calories and use that one, meanwhile knowing that what I was eating was more than that! Have stopped that now. I also have to be careful with using up my exercise calories.

Good luck everyone.

FlossyMcgrew Mon 17-Mar-14 09:57:33

Thought for today!

RunningKatie Mon 17-Mar-14 10:38:40

Start date: 1st march
Start weight: 12.12

Today: 12.9 grin grin grin grin grin

Very pleased, that 3lbs seems a huge boost to my self esteem. The exercise is really helping too.

Have a good week everyone

FlossyMcgrew Mon 17-Mar-14 13:33:57

Woohoo!!! Way to go RunningKatie!

FunkyBarnYard Mon 17-Mar-14 15:52:59

Well done 3lbs is awesome!!

FlossyMcgrew Tue 18-Mar-14 07:23:21

Morning,
Bit of a fail yesterday, went over my calories at the end of the day and didn't do any exercise.
Today's a new day, going to make it a good one.

colafrosties Tue 18-Mar-14 15:30:10

Skulking back on to the thread to say I haven't had that great a week (oops) but am starting as of now:

Week 0
11 stone 9lb

Tactics for this week:
No snacking, no second helpings, only 2 'alcohol' days a week.

Well done to everyone who's started getting those pounds off and good luck to us all this week! Hope your new day is going well Flossy

FunkyBarnYard Tue 18-Mar-14 15:48:14

I ate cake earlier. I don't even feel bad. Just a Small piece I will just eat a bigger portion of vegetables to bulk out tea!

FlossyMcgrew Tue 18-Mar-14 22:10:12

Don't skulk colafrosties! Just get on in here! smile think your goals sound great and you should be proud of yourself for nipping your bad week in the bud and sticking with it. In the past, I have let bad days turn into bad weeks, months, 6 months... No more!

Can I please have extra credit for doing well today? I had to take my 2 year old to A and E. She is absolutely fine now, turns out she had a popped elbow? I thought she had broken her little arm, it was a bit of a day!
All afternoon, after we knew she was ok, I thought "screw it, definitely having some wine once kids are in bed," but in the end I did the shred instead. Surely that must be worth an extra pound loss?

Hope everyone is doing well.

TheMaw Tue 18-Mar-14 23:23:07

Hey Flossy that must've been so scary, glad she's ok now. And well done for not having the wine!

I've struggled a bit today. I've still stayed in my calorie limit but it's been a real battle. I realised today that I am used to eating all the time - get in from shops, have a snack; put DC down for a sleep, have a snack; watching tv, have a snack. I feel like I'm constantly thinking about food and it's doing my head in. I'm trying to stick to between 1200 and 1400 cals a day, which doesn't give much room for anything outside of the three main meals. I guess that's the point!

I just have to keep telling myself I can do it, and I WILL be healthy for my son.

Yuck, sorry this is so self-involved.

RunningKatie Wed 19-Mar-14 08:20:44

oh we've had the popped elbow too flossy. dd loves swinging on both our hands but also just drops to the floor with no warning. That was a fun bank holiday in a&e. Thankfully it hasn't happened again.

My motivation is leaving me, i'm not sure why but i think i need a kick up the proverbial.

I will gym tonight and i will not have a beer because i am grumpy.

FlossyMcgrew Wed 19-Mar-14 13:13:31

Thanks ladies, it was a pretty stressful few hours. DD has always been a bit of a flailer and flight risk. She does that unexpected drop thing too, the little stinker. Hopefully it won't be a recurring thing, she was in a lot of pain, poor baby.

TheMaw yesterday may have been a battle, but remember--you won! Well done. I am also aiming for around 1200 calories a day and am often surprised by how little that is. But actually it's not really that little, I think I would be appalled at myself if I had calorie counts from days when I wasn't paying attention. I am trying to make little changes. Today for lunch a I had only one slice of bread for my sandwich-- this wouldn't have even occurred to me as an option in the past. I didn't feel deprived at all and it was a difference of almost 100 calories. Baby steps!
You can do it and so can I!! Let's be self involved here instead of real life.

C'mon RunningKatie don't let that motivation go anywhere, you are in charge. Don't make me break out a motivational quote!

Good luck everyone.

colafrosties Thu 20-Mar-14 11:45:21

Very glad your DD is ok now Flossy - poor little thing. I hadn't heard of popped elbows before, ouch!!

TheMaw I find that it's hard to stop thinking about food and the next 'fix' too. Especially when you're really tired with young DC. I find I have to try to be focussed, which feels a bit selfish sometimes (like not eating the same meals as DP and DS some evenings) but if I don't focus on myself a bit I go into auto-pilot and end up eating at every opportunity.

Hope your motivation is returning "RunningKatie" - it can be hard to be consistent. It's human nature I suppose to have up and down days.

I tried on some "too small" trousers from my wardrobe today, and Even though they looked terrible I could actually do them up, so my next goal is to be able to wear them and look vaguely respectable.

Good luck to us all this week, may the mojo be with us!

RunningKatie Thu 20-Mar-14 12:47:05

Thanks flossy and cola, mojo has been retrieved from under the rock.

Gym'd last night, eating shed loads of fruit, i'd got out of the habit and forgotten how much i like it. I'm figuring it's also a good example for the dc's, especially when dd ate all the strawberries shock

Going out tomorrow eve for dinner with dh, a rare treat, last time was july 26th 2012! I am hoping that a few pounds off will mean i can squeeze into something.

I stopped bf'ing ds about 6 weeks ago and have deflated a bit in the chest area, now i need to work on the back fat.

FlossyMcgrew Thu 20-Mar-14 21:39:52

Well done colafrosties, I haven't been brave enough to try on my too small trousers yet, but I have a few pairs in my sights.

Enjoy your night out tomorrow RunningKatie, that is a long time, I thought my DH and I were bad for never getting out, enjoy!

I have a countdown app on my phone, and my first mini goal is 3 weeks away now, and my "after" photo shoot is 103 days away. I've got a long way to go, but determined to go all the way this time.

FunkyBarnYard Fri 21-Mar-14 07:13:32

Have a feeling I haven't lost any this week. Tomorrow is weigh in day. confused

FlossyMcgrew Fri 21-Mar-14 09:36:45

Some weekend motivation.

Good luck for tomorrow FunkyBarnyard, hope the scales will surprise you, drink lots of water today?

magentastardust Fri 21-Mar-14 10:35:57

Well I am up to 18lb off now. I think the main difference in the last 2 weeks which have lead to decent weight losses are that I have been more active (fitbit keeping me on check with steps), have been doing 2 excercise classes a week instead of 1 and have given up the diet drinks of an evening and stuck to water.
I still have a fair bit to go before July as I am aiming for as close to 3 stone as I can get for holiday.

RunningKatie Fri 21-Mar-14 17:31:14

18lbs is brilliant magentastardust

I am 4lbs down now, but have started the random bleeding that I get with the contraceptive implant, I am hoping that the weight loss will mean it stops. I am also hoping DH's vasectomy has worked so I can get the thing taken out.

Good luck with the weigh in Funkybarnyard

We are off to Zizzi's tonight, a well-meaning friend bought me a voucher for my birthday. I don't think she quite has a clue that having moved an hour away from friends and family means we have no babysitters on tap. I am planning no starter but definitely pudding! grin

TheMaw Sat 22-Mar-14 11:27:33

I'm four pounds down in my first week of c25k! Hooray!

FunkyBarnYard Sat 22-Mar-14 12:30:43

25/02 weight 73kg
22/03weight 70.1kg

Total loss of 2.9kg

Was so sure I wouldn't have lost this week, but 0.9kg was lost!

FlossyMcgrew Sat 22-Mar-14 13:10:00

Wow, everyone is doing really well!

Magenta 18 lbs is amazing, you must feel great! I bet ditching the diet soda has made a huge difference. I am starting to really want a fitbit now. I have been good about doing the shred, but my activity throughout the day could use a boost I'm sure.

Hope you had a fun date night RunningKatie, I am in the same boat babysitter wise. I need to find some friends with similar aged dc's so that we can set up some sort of babysitting rota!

TheMaw 4lbs this week is incredible!! Well done. How have you felt after your runs? I got as far as bringing my new running shoes downstairs, still haven't taken the tags off yet. Must dig out some headphones and get a move on!

And way to go FunkyBarnyard!! That is awesome. What a great feeling, especially when you weren't expecting a loss, well done.

Pressure is on for my Monday weigh in smile all of your success has convinced me to not make the cookies I was going to make this afternoon.

Ladycurd Sun 23-Mar-14 07:15:17

I've lost 10lb in total so far without too much effort (a lot more exercise and not buying chocolate or snacks and over 12weeks time period) but had some bad news last week so have been indulging in wine and choc to cheer self up. So scales will prob start creeping in wrong direction again.
Am going for a run today, thinking about signing self up for a 10k in may. Going to go back to wine only at weekends rule too and treats at weekends, I don't mind if I fall off wagon at weekends a bit, I'm not in a hurry to lose the next 18lbs and has to be a sustainable lifestyle change not constant feeling of deprivation. So far I'm enjoying it.

Dudess Sun 23-Mar-14 07:31:01

Hello all! Can I join in, too? I have 3 stones to lose, ideally by tomorrow (how amazing?!) but realistically by December, with the majority off by August.

Bought a vibration plate and a dress in a smaller size, plus have a lot of favourite clothes from 5 years ago I'm desperate to wear again!

13.10

FlossyMcgrew Sun 23-Mar-14 15:39:00

10 lbs is great Ladycurd! I completely agree about not feeling too deprived in order for the change to be sustainable. There are going to be moments when we all want bread, cake, chocolate or wine--I just needed to seriously spread out those moments and quit having all of those things at once! I was also looking into signing up for race for life in June. I need something to motivate me to get running again. Sorry you had bad news.

Welcome Dudess 3 stone by tomorrow would be amazing! If you figure out how to do that, please share. I keep hearing about vibration plates, but know nothing--off to google.

DH is making roast chicken. Here's hoping that my weigh in tomorrow morning will keep me from going crazy on the roast potatoes...

Good luck everyone.

FunkyBarnYard Sun 23-Mar-14 15:55:55

Careful with the gravy flossy. I was gutted to find I wasted 100 cals on the most measly portion of gravy!

My do has just flown off to Holland confused I've already snacked on Pringles confused

I hate him being away hmm

FlossyMcgrew Sun 23-Mar-14 20:14:21

Thanks Funky , I was fairly restrained, but then outta nowhere when clearing up found myself dunking a potato in the gravy pot and scoffing it down?! This is the mindless eating that I wasn't counting, but my muffin top was!

I randomly saw this Pringles picture today, so had to share. How long is your DP away for?

RunningKatie Sun 23-Mar-14 20:28:44

Haha, I haven't dared go near a tube of pringles in ages. I love them.

I hate my DH being away FunkyBarnYard - last time DD was asking me what we had to do to make him come home again sad it was heartbreaking, next time he's away for 9 days and it's going to be a nightmare.

I am planning on starting to do parkruns, they are free and I am stingy because I am so slow!

I used to go to vibration plate classes at my old gym Dudess, it was great for stretching on after a run.

I have put a pound on, I'm putting it down to the random bleeding rather than me eating up to my calorie limit on mfp and not exactly exercising every day.

FunkyBarnYard Sun 23-Mar-14 21:32:59

He's away til the early hours of Friday morning.

He's been back a week after being gone the whole week before confused

Accountants arent supposed to go away this much. Damn them and their new banking systems based in the Netherlands!

Dudess Sun 23-Mar-14 21:48:58

Well, I'm on the wine, so will weigh myself on Fridays I think. Snacked on Sweet and Salty popcorn this afternoon, and not the Galaxy I really wanted. Do have some baked Llamas by my side, too...come on, Busy Week!

FlossyMcgrew Mon 24-Mar-14 09:58:04

Morning!

RunningKatie the more that I hear, the less that I want to get the coil, at least until I get a better handle on my weight. Really just need DH to hurry up and commit to getting a vasectomy, he keeps going back and forth and time keeps moving on.

Parkruns, I am going to look into that instead. I support the race for life cause of course, but at the same time don't really fancy hounding friends and family for sponsorship.

Funky that is a lot of travel for an accountant! Nightmare trying to get into a routine when the schedules are so unpredictable like that. Well done for sticking with it, steer clear of the Pringles smile

Dudess that is twice you've had me googling now, had to look up baked llamas--I've seen them, but never tried, are they any good? Salty sweet popcorn is the best! I love it. It's dangerous for me to keep around as I can't stop myself. Last week I had some as a snack and ended up having to count it as lunch!

Ok, weigh in time......

Week 4

11 Stone 13 lbs
1 lb loss
8 lbs so far

I am actually really pleased with that, feels good to be under the 12 mark, barely! I feel lucky, I wasn't very disciplined this weekend, several glasses of wine, my roast potato incident, and a few other slip ups. Now I know that I really need to check myself this week, and take it up a notch. Better planning, no popcorn lunches, and no wine. Going to move to level 2 of 30 day shred today instead of half heartedly plodding along on level one. 99 days until "after " pictures, I can't afford to lose focus!

Good luck everyone.

colafrosties Mon 24-Mar-14 14:24:55

Update this morning:

Week 1
(5' 3")
11 Stone 7 lbs
2 lbs loss

Quite happy with that as I have been quite good, but not that good, so if I can keep it up I should lose a bit next week too. Just want to get firmly under 11-7 to feel like I am making progress instead of going up and down and up and down between 11-7 and 12st like I have been for the last few months.

Well done Flossy - excellent and good inspiration for us all! I am also off popcorn, having spent �5.35(!!!!) on a "regular" tub of popcorn (mostly for DS of course) at the cinema last week, and to add insult to injury I lost a filling when crunching on a hard bit - serves me right!!! Dentist trip beckons.

Good luck to everyone this week.

FlossyMcgrew Mon 24-Mar-14 20:24:58

Way to go Colafrosties! Ouch, on the popcorn injury.

I know what you mean, I am anxious to gets bit more solidly below the 12 mark to feel like I am really making progress. 12 is where I've been wavering at for far too long. I am really anxious to get under 11, to be honest, but trying very hard to be patient, positive and realistic to keep it sustainable.

RunningKatie Mon 24-Mar-14 21:00:39

I have done shred level 2, just step over me whilst i lie here a while.

Weigh in today
Start weight 12st12
Today 12st8

Well chuffed with that.

colafrosties Tue 25-Mar-14 08:56:22

Hurrah RunningKatie!
That's brilliant. Hope you have managed to get up now!

AnnaDoreta Tue 25-Mar-14 09:53:28

Wow - it seems that there have been some great losses since I've been on the thread - well done.

I accidently deserted you - got a terrible cold (as did the kids) and it was all I could do to get through the days as they were both up in the nights - not fun, so my eating went to pot. Anyway - we're all feeling a bit better now and (thanks to a well timed message from Flossy on MFP, I'm back.

Having caught up on the thread - it seems like Flossy had a traumatic week too - popped elbow must've been pretty scary esp on such a little one.

I jumped on the scales this morning expecting to be back where I started but I was actually showing a 1lb loss - I genuinely have no idea how but its motivated me to keep going now. So that's 3.5lb in total - I think I've been doing it for about 4 weeks now - so I'm happy with that.

I was chatting to a friend this weekend and just talking about food etc and I realised that I really don't eat much protein - I'm wondering if that its why I never really feel satisfied after meals - I think I am going to try and eat more protein over the next week - hopefully that'll stop me running to the toaster before bedtime.

Good luck this week everyone

FlossyMcgrew Tue 25-Mar-14 20:47:40

Well done RunningKatie I still haven't managed to move to level 2, was just sitting here thinking about skipping it all together tonight, but think I will drag out the weights and just do it instead.

Welcome back AnnaDoreta, Hope everything has settled down at your house now, and bonus on the pound loss! I think there is a lot to be said for increasing protein. I know that personally, if I start out the day carb heavy, I find it more difficult to not snack or go for more carbs the rest of the day. But, when I start with just 2 scrambled eggs for example, then I don't have the same issue. Of course that could be in my head!

RunningKatie Wed 26-Mar-14 19:59:18

How did you get on Flossy? I ended up skipping yesteday and today, I did Level 2 fine, and then rolled over in bed and cricked my neck! Thankfully it's getting better now so tomorrow I am off to the gym.

I have been having carb heavy days, I need to sort that out. DS is waking us up super early so I have an early breakfast and then end up wanting a tea cake when we're at playgroup or something.

Glad you're feeling better Anna

colafrosties Wed 26-Mar-14 22:24:43

I am very impressed by all your shred activities ladies!

I'll stick with walking for now but think I will need to up the pace as I get going.

Anyway, need to confess that I've eaten too much today - a nice celebratory work lunch, which would have been fine if I hadn't eaten chocs afterwards, and then far more than I planned to this evening.

So, back to it tomorrow. Maybe eggs for breakfast, I agree that higher protein helps you feel fuller.

FlossyMcgrew Wed 26-Mar-14 23:40:01

Confession time for me too. I didn't do the shred at all last night and I was over on calories as well. Then today I was feeling a bit meh all day, hadn't planned out meals at all and ended up nearly over my daily calories by lunchtime?!

Luckily I caught myself and had a very light dinner and then did shred. I really could feel myself slipping into the whole, not caring, eat what I like, total disregard for my goals and health, mode.

I know it's natural to slip up here and there, I guess the secret for me will be to notice it, acknowledge it, not dwell on it, but move on and back to healthy choices? I am not sure.

I think planning and having healthy options on hand are crucial for me right now as well. Off to the shops in the morning to stock up on healthy options, oh and more gum!

Good luck everyone.

FlossyMcgrew Wed 26-Mar-14 23:43:49

And ouch RunningKatie sorry about your neck, glad it's getting better, that is so uncomfortable. All this running and shredding and then it's a bed injury, nightmare! Good luck at the gym tomorrow smile

trufflesnuffler Thu 27-Mar-14 00:12:04

I'm with you...I piled on 3 stone after DP died suddenly 18mths ago. It's completely knocked my confidence. I'm only 30 and it's aged me terribly. good luck x

FunkyBarnYard Thu 27-Mar-14 07:43:31

I've had a crap week.DP has been away and DS has mostly been with his dad. I've barely eaten and what I have eaten has been absolute cack.

Since DP and I moved in together I've completely lost the ability to cook. He's a great cook and really enjoys it. I probably need to regain that skills and give myself a slap!

FunkyBarnYard Thu 27-Mar-14 07:44:28

Truffle, sorry to read about your husband that must have been a terrible shock. I hope you are doing ok and welcome to the thread x

FlossyMcgrew Thu 27-Mar-14 08:36:09

trufflesnuffler how absolutely horrible. I am so sorry. I gained some of my weight when my dad died suddenly 5 years ago, I can't believe it's been 5 years already. I had to take everything a moment at a time in the beginning, let alone a day at a time. 18 months is still so recent, don't be too hard on yourself about the weight. When something that devastating happens, you get through each day however you can I think. That's the last thing you expect to deal with at 30. My sympathy. Please feel free to join us if you like?

Your post has really given me perspective, thank you. Life is too short for me to keep making excuses of having a meh day. I need to recommit to my goals and remember my reasons.

Good luck everyone.

RunningKatie Thu 27-Mar-14 12:56:07

Welcome trufflesnuffler, so sorry to hear about your dp. You're very welcome here smile

I have just inhaled some cookie as i was in a huff with dd. Sometimes she is a real threenager.

I think you're right about not letting one day off plan upset your overall target flossy. Keep your goal in mind.

I have a new goal, a spa night, so i need to be in reasonable shape for a swimsuit. shock Not sure when it is yet but i'm gymming tonight.

RunningKatie Thu 27-Mar-14 12:59:04

Forgot, is your dp back funkybarnyard? Mine is going soon, i am setting up my support network now. I usually get through with the aid of chocolate and diet coke. And ready meals, except the dc won't eat them.

FunkyBarnYard Thu 27-Mar-14 19:46:38

He is back at 1am. Today is dragging so bad

RunningKatie Thu 27-Mar-14 20:02:22

I hope you've hung up the welcome home banner! I used to do all manner of zany things pre-dc when dh went away. Now I can barely remember to ask where he's going. blush

I should go to the gym, my normal council gym is closed for a refit so I can use the slightly swankier one nearer to my house which would be nice for a nosey round. Except we've had one of those days where all I want to do is hide under a blanket on the sofa.

FunkyBarnYard Thu 27-Mar-14 20:03:45

I do have a little sign to hang on the door when he gets in blush

And a couple up the staircase....

And one on his pillow gringrin

FunkyBarnYard Thu 27-Mar-14 20:04:32

I'm hoping for another kilo loss whilst he's been away! No idea if I've achieved that though! Saturday morning is next weigh in!

RunningKatie Thu 27-Mar-14 20:21:48

From here I reckon you've definitely lost a kilo. grin

FunkyBarnYard Thu 27-Mar-14 20:40:46

You are the best kind of friend!! grinwink

FlossyMcgrew Fri 28-Mar-14 10:16:45

Morning!

Did you make it to the fancy gym RunningKatie?

Glad your DP is home again Funky, now he can back to the cooking smile good luck for your weigh in tomorrow.

Do you all have any plans for Mother's Day? We are off to my inlaws, just for the day. I'm a little annoyed as I wanted DH to step up and let me sleep in, breakfast in bed, he does the washing up type of day, but no, instead I need to find some cards and gifts for his mother and grandmother and get kids dressed up and happy for a seat down meal that they will most definitely not eat, spend almost 4 hours in the car round trip. Do bath time there and let them fall asleep in the car on the way home, which will mean a messed up start to next week.

Wow, guess I needed a mini rant?

My birthday is coming up, I think I need to just give home some very specific instructions. As much as I'd like him to out of nowhere be super thoughtful and maybe even romantic, it just isn't his way. In his defence he is consistent!

My main challenge Sunday, will be restraint on the wine and puddings. Really, my inlaws are lovely and very generous, it will probably be a great day with food I don't have to buy or cook, so shouldn't complain really.

AnnaDoreta Fri 28-Mar-14 21:49:03

I've fallen off the wagon again! But I'm sticking to the thread and hoping to get back on it tomorrow. I'm just so easily thrown by stuff at the moment. It's like life works great as long as everything is going to plan, but as soon as one little this doesn't go to plan, it all tumbles down! That's all very over dramatic so apologies for the self indulgence and excuse making!

truffle - welcome to the thread. I can't image what you're going through, but please do get stuck into thread and hopefully we can help you in some little way.

Right, off to sleep for me now. My 3yr old is waking up at night at the mo so want to get some sleep before she creeps into the bed and wriggles til morning!!

Dudess Fri 28-Mar-14 22:16:35

Hello all

Weighed myself this morning and had lost 1lb. Woohoo! Must have been the Jazzercise class I went to last week.....love dancing, and think all those nights out as a student, where I danced for hours on pepsi or cranberry juice, must have been what kept the weight off!

Have walked more, and danced with toddler-daughter, too.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
x

Dudess Fri 28-Mar-14 22:19:30

Ah, just seen your post about the baked llamas, Flossy - they are fab, and pretty low in calories (well, compared to my dry roasted peanut fettish!)

Also, I just have 2 finger kitkats and Milky Ways around (as well as the odd Bounty) as I'm a chocaholic and will never give it up entirely!

x

FunkyBarnYard Sat 29-Mar-14 13:14:44

Another loss this week. This is crazy! I still haven't moved a muscle more than usual!

Start date 25/02 73kg BMI 26.8
Last weigh in 70.1kg BMI 25.7
Today's weigh in 69.4kg BMI 25.5

Total loss so far 3.6kgs or approx 8lbs

How is everyone else doing?

RunningKatie Sat 29-Mar-14 16:11:49

Brilliant funkybarnyard i told you so! wink

I am off for an all you can eat curry tonight. Got to make sensible choices, i am at least driving so no beer calories.

I didn't go to the swanky gym flossy, i'm mentally kicking myself but it had been a tough.toddler day and i was cheesed off.

Today i have run/walked and also slung ds round a tram museum. I also had to help him eat an ice cream as dh ordered a massive one.

FunkyBarnYard Sat 29-Mar-14 17:25:39

Wasn't quite a kilo. But thanks!

Enjoy the curry, we have supermarket Chinese for tea! X

FlossyMcgrew Sat 29-Mar-14 22:50:27

Evening all!

Hope things settle down for you Anna, hope your DD's sleep settles too , although spring forward always seems to leave us out of whack for a few days !

Congrats on the loss Dudess!! I have been trying to work in more dance parties with my dc too, they love it! I worry about being self conscious at a jazzercise or Zumba class, but everyone I know who does it absolutely loves it, plus they are huge calorie burners, maybe I should get over it smile.

Sometimes I like to get those mini bags of chocolate buttons, I can still get a taste of chocolate , but the portion is so small, I can't go too crazy ( in theory.)

Way to go Funky!! That's great news. How do you find your bmi? I've seen the nhs calculator, I feel like I should start paying attention to mine.

RunningKatie it was a great day for ice cream here too! DH and dc got 99's in town, while I was doing another errand so I dodged that temptation, barely! Hope you enjoyed the curry, all you can eat poppadoms too?! I would struggle with that, I love those. Could prob eat a meals worth of calories on those alone and then the rest of the days worth on naan!

Is anyone else struggling with patience? I am starting to feel like, ok I've been on a "diet" or eating healthily and exercising for almost a month now, why haven't I lost my 2 stone yet!!
Good luck everyone

FunkyBarnYard Sat 29-Mar-14 22:53:50

My app tells me my BMI x

FunkyBarnYard Sun 30-Mar-14 14:06:03

I have been made homemade burgers with lime and chilli smilesmilesmilesmile

RunningKatie Sun 30-Mar-14 21:22:26

I think we're here for the long haul flossy, I want it to happen overnight and it just isn't is it? Then I think that I ate really badly before so I'm sorting out my whole diet and lifestyle which won't happen overnight.

I've checked my BMI, I was obese before, now I am merely overweight. cake

Weighing in tomorrow, I am not expecting a loss as there has been an excess of cakeage this weekend.

FlossyMcgrew Mon 31-Mar-14 10:50:39

Morning All, weigh in time for me....

Week 5

11 Stone 11 lbs
2 lb loss
Down 10 pounds so far, yay!!

I also had an excess of cakeage this weekend! I feel like it hasn't had a chance to reflect on the scale yet, had to weigh in early before last nights cake sets in!

I am really pleased with my results so far, but still have a long way to go.

I know you are right RunningKatie. Yesterday was a real eye opener for me. We went to my in laws and had lovely food and drink all day long basically. I was really mindful and careful, without being obvious if that makes sense? Had one small glass of wine rather than 3, had one sliver of cake rather than 2 slabs, had one roast potato and half a Yorkshire rather than loads and had no second helpings in anything. I was still over my daily calorie goal by almost 800 calories??!!!! Shocking. Makes me realise that in the past there have surely been days when I have been well over 3 times the recommended amount without batting an eyelid. So, you are right, it's not going to happen overnight.

I have a new goal to work towards. We are going on a mini break to the Isle of Wight in the first week of May! Got a really cheap groupon deal, and can't wait as I know the kids will love it. I am dreading beachwear though, maybe now is a good time to break out those running shoes finally......
Good luck everyone smile

RunningKatie Mon 31-Mar-14 12:27:42

Well done flossy, you're doing brilliantly.

I weighed in too.
Start weight: 01/03 12.12
Today: 12.8

I did get to 12.6 on friday & saturday but curry & cake meant i'm back at 12.8.

Bit disappointed but i wanted to do a lb a week and i am, so that's ok. I rode my bike yesterday and my legs are protesting!

Dudess Mon 31-Mar-14 21:54:51

Woohoo, all of us!

Went to another Jazzercise class tonight, Flossy, I definitely go slow, but figure moving constantly for an hour must do some good (to counteract cakeage; love that word!!)

Dudess Mon 31-Mar-14 21:56:45

PS T'other half is scoffing toast, crisps and cheesy biscuits next to me, and I just had some toast: WillPower!

AnnaDoreta Mon 31-Mar-14 22:22:15

Well done flossy and the other losses - fantastic.

Can I creep back on to the thread? I'm really struggling with motivation at the moment. When I want to be slimmer so much, why can't I prioritise it?

I was pretty good for most of the day but then got home and ate 5 mini bags of chocolate fingers. What was I thinking? I'm just so disappointed in myself.

I suppose I just need to keep starting again.... even if it is every day. The thread title says it all - lose this two stone for good.

Tomorrow is a new day...

Dudess Mon 31-Mar-14 22:52:25

Hi Anna, welcome back!
Motivation is so hard....little treats and often. I need my visuals so have just pinned a board of motivational thoughts towards health. I also need choc, so I have a supply of small bars around the house.
Good luck, be sure to post all good and bad thoughts.

Ps - if I lose 1-2 lbs a week, by Christmas my bmi will be in the Overweight category googly eyes

Pass me the virtual biscuit tin, hmm?

FlossyMcgrew Mon 31-Mar-14 23:17:38

RunningKatie don't they say 1-2 lbs a week is best for sustaining? Sounds like you are right on track. Well done on the bike ride too, I still need to step up my activity.

Excellent willpower Dudess! And an hour of moving is great. No jazzercise near me, but there is a soft play place that does Zumba, so I could bring dc to play at the same time....may have to just suck it up and go, I've heard some ladies talking about it at the school gate.

AnnaDoreta get back in here!! On here? Welcome back. smile Let go of the chocolate finger incident. Don't be too hard in yourself, you're back, you're here and tomorrow IS a new day. I had a maltesers moment myself today, was only going to have 3 or 4, but ended up having more like 13 or 14, luckily that was all that was in the house so that stopped me . I read a tip somewhere about not eating standing up. So, if you were going to have a snack, even a chocolate finger, you have to get out a little plate and go sit down at the table and have it there. Makes you more conscious and aware and in control. (Says me who scoffed all my dc's maltesers....)
Need to sort out my willpower before the Easter chocolates start rolling in!

Good luck everyone

FlossyMcgrew Mon 31-Mar-14 23:19:48

Motivational picture time!! Hopefully you can see it...

FlossyMcgrew Mon 31-Mar-14 23:27:01

I'm the same with visuals Dudess, and chocolate! I am really hooked on my app called "the berry". I mentioned it before, but I love it. It's random photo galleries, some funny, some not so funny, some weird, some cute etc, but every day there is "daily motivation" gallery and I am hooked on it. I think it's more just reminding myself, every single day, that this is what I want, this is who I want to become, and that I can do it!!
This thread is really helping me too, so thanks everyone.

Good night smile

Dudess Tue 01-Apr-14 07:30:16

Love the picture, Glossy, and The Berry! Can't download on my Kindle, so will pop by the website instead of snacking fingers crossed

magentastardust Tue 01-Apr-14 13:49:29

Another good motivational Flossy !

I am hoping to reach 21lbs loss in the next week or two-then I will be half way -wanted to lose 3 stone by July.
I managed 14k steps yesterday , more movement is definitely helping. I don't drink anything now other than water , and the odd coffee.
Things that I am not missing at all are crisps-haven't had a pack since very early Jan, biscuits and cakes -had one or two since Jan but I think that is okay, and fizzy diet drinks-haven't missed them whatsoever.

Things that I do still want to snack on and have to make sure I only have tiny bits or distract myself are -cheese, ciabatta or tiger bread and dairymilk chocolate! These are testing my will power especially the week before my period, but I am winning the battle!

RunningKatie Tue 01-Apr-14 20:55:06

Great pic Flossy

I have a chocolate love too, I try not to have it in the house but I dread Easter as the dc's are bombarded with the stuff and I need to save their teeth.

Cycled tonight, am a bit scared of shredding still as my neck is not right from when I hurt it last week.

Motivated today though, met a friend and she said I look like I've lost loads of weight so the food/increased exercise must be working even if it's going to take a while.

FlossyMcgrew Tue 01-Apr-14 23:09:13

Evening All,

magentastardust you have made so many positive changes to your diet, it's very inspiring! I am sure you will get to the half way point soon, and 21 pounds off is fantastic, you must be feeling great. Can you notice a difference in yourself, your clothes, your confidence?

RunningKatie that feels good when people start to notice. Too bad your neck is still bugging you, hope you are ok. Do you have one of those microwave wheat bag things? I always find mine helps with a stiff neck--was it from sleeping on it wrong? I can't remember.

Had some chocolate eggs come home today and was restrained, but I am also apprehensive about all of the chocolate headed our way.

I don't think that I have mentioned the fact that I am American (living in UK) but the amount of candy around there at Halloween is equally crazy, if not more! My sister has 3 kids and after trick or treating they have such an obscene amount of candy that she usually makes my BIL take it in to all of the guys he works with. Or, she can bring it all in and donate it or more like surrender it, to her dentist! God knows what they do with it.

Not sure my DH would let me donate chocolate , must work on my willpower!

Good luck all!

Lamby80 Wed 02-Apr-14 08:19:36

Hello
Can i join this thread? I have joined others before this but no luck losing....
I am 5'6 and weight 14.13. Ideally i need to lose 3 stone ( i weighed just under 12 stone about 6 years ago and it was the perfect size for me ) but short term looking at 2 stone. We go away early July and i would like to lose it by then. We also have a wedding mid May, a stone by then would be great too. Im firmly in size 18 clothes and would like to be a 14.
I have always been slightly overweight so its not all baby weight. And he is 2 so no excuses.
Also, we would like to start trying for another baby later in the year so lots of reasons to get fit!
I find calorie counting quite difficult - MFP limited me to 1400 a day but i cant seem to make 3 meals a day within that. I love a skinny cappucino in the morning, i really dont want to give it up! X

FlossyMcgrew Wed 02-Apr-14 09:37:29

Absolutely welcome Lamby80!

I think several of us have summer weddings and holidays we are working towards.

Calorie counting is a pain, but for me I think it is really starting to work. I know that if I am over my goal of 1200, which I often am, then I need to step it up with the exercise.

Not to mention, I think the biggest thing I am learning from it is just how many calories I can waste on eating junk. One single bourbon cream is 70 calories, or I can have a huge, fairly filling salad for a bit over 100.

Also, I still need to re-read my Paul McKenna book, but his strategies are really helpful. Eat the same things, but stop when you are satisfied not full, always leave something on your plate, mostly just being really aware of every bite etc, etc.

Hope you find what works for you. Good luck and welcome smile

FlossyMcgrew Wed 02-Apr-14 10:09:11

Here's another saying I liked

RunningKatie Wed 02-Apr-14 20:59:38

Welcome lamby - we are going away in late June so I am aiming to fit in my summer clothes by then. I'm using mfp which tells me to have 1570 calories a day which I find ok, and I am also exercising but not using all of those calories if that makes sense? It's really starting to work for me although like Flossy I do need to keep moving, I've had a lazy day today so got to make up for it tomorrow.

Dodgy neck is indeed from sleeping wrong Flossy, stupid injury. It's making my arm a bit numb and goes up into my head so I've really done a number on myself. I keep thinking it's wearing off and then I throw chunky ds in a sling and it's off again.

I have the Paul McKenna book & cd, might wheel that out next week whilst dh is away. I may need you all to keep me on the straight and narrow as I tend to waver in his absence. sad

Yummymummyagain Wed 02-Apr-14 22:50:56

Can I join too? Am also 5'3" and weighing in at 12,3. I was at 10st just 12 months ago! Have been emotionally eating and am now so fed up! I have got a lot going on but enough is enough! No more 'self-destruct'!
I know what my trigger foods are - crisps, bread,biscuits and chocolate. I call it the 'cbbc' diet. I need to eliminate them or at least eat them in a conscious manner!
Thank you for the inspiration!

Dudess Wed 02-Apr-14 23:26:39

Why is chocolate so good for a sore throat?

And why so I keep getting so many sore throats?!

Aargh!

Must try saltwater tomorrow, and no, that's not code for a Caramel!

magentastardust Wed 02-Apr-14 23:41:06

I do notice a difference Flossy but not sure anyone else would yet. A close friend who I see regularly says she notices my waist when we are in excercise clothes and that my face has thinned down.
no one at work has noticed-i think mainly because I am still in same clothes...the whole 10lbs per dress size thing has never been acurate for me I seem to be 1.5 stone per dress size!
I wear a lot of dresses and I definitely feel and see a difference around my hips and tummy-clothes aren't as snug and fit as they should now.

Still not quite in a new pair of Jeans that I bought before xmas. I had been wearing dresses and leggings and an old pair of stretched jeans for ages bought a new pair in the size i thought i was and was shocked to realise I could hardly get them over my thighs!
I can get them on now and almost done up but its not a great lookgrin I think another half stone and they will be on!!

struggled a bit today - busy in the office so really wanted to snack when I came in -I did but it was relatively low cal and I managed to stop without doing too much damage. I also only made it too about 6k steps today as stuck to my desk.
school holidays on Monday and having a slight panic- excercise classes normally only run in term times, I won't be walking up and down on school run and Dh and I have 1 week off work with kids -which normally mean cafes, lunches out, ice creams, popcorn at Cinema so I am going to need some serious will power!
if I want to reach my target for July time going to have to stick too it as can't afford to waste two weeks.

oooh I could smell the chocolate eggs in tesco today grin grin grin

magentastardust Wed 02-Apr-14 23:43:00

Lamby80 what is your username on MFP? ( if you want to share smile )

magentastardust Wed 02-Apr-14 23:45:02

and yes to the wasted calories Flossy-I couldn't imagine wasting 100 kcals or up per glass on soft drinks and juices now.
Wine is okay though!

jerin Thu 03-Apr-14 09:36:08

Hi ladies, may I join too? You seem to be doing really well and might be what I need to stay focused....

In 5'5 and was 10st 9 the other day. I'd like to get down to 9st and back to a size 10. Middle age spread is creeping in though and being menopausal doesn't help. I'm 41.

The 'I've just had twins' excuse is no longer usable (they're in school!'

I will download mfp and I'm also planning to start the c25k (once I've shifted this cold). Any other recommendations?
I'm vegetarian and find some diets difficult to follow.

I started c25k about 2 years ago and noticed a change in my shape after only a few weeks. An injury meant I had to give up but I'm really wanting to restart. I still have the injury, I think it's unfixable.

My biggest downfall is chocolate, biscuits and sweets. I don't really drink just an occasional shandy.

I'm about to have a go with my biggest loser DVD. I only got half way through the warm up the other day when my brother in law arrived. Boy, did I ache yesterday though! Tomorrow will be painful!!

Lamby80 Thu 03-Apr-14 17:51:38

Magentastardust, i am gingeriscute on MFP but be warned, i am rarely on it! Done well with food the last few days. No snacking at all, even when i am craving chocolate! I did have a couple of glasses of wine last night but they were the first in a week!
Feeling confident that i will lose a lb come Monday! X

Dudess Thu 03-Apr-14 20:03:47

Hi all
Was very restrained at the all-you-can-eat Chinese at lunch time - few veg, ltd fatty stuff, AND none of the yummy choc cake.

Made homemade chips for tea, too, which will kick in enough guilt that my only snack later will be a teeny kitkat, or an Options hot choc!

I definitely prefer to eat calories and have occasionally found myself scouring the house muttering, 'what can I eat that's under 50 calls'?! thanks to MFP discipline! Quality, not quantity, eh?

Dudess Thu 03-Apr-14 20:07:15

Magentastardust take skinny sweet n salty popcorn into the cinema with you - 4 packets for £1 in your local Poundland! I'm apparently heading to a pool next week, too, so will have some baked llamas to hand for after, and eat good breakfast before I go.

FlossyMcgrew Thu 03-Apr-14 23:51:34

RunningKatie how long is your DH away for? Feel free to add me on MFP (same name) and I will happily harass you there. Hope your neck is getting better.

Hi Yummymummyagain, the cbbc diet is also what got me into this mess! Sorry to hear you've got a lot going on, but way to take charge of this, you can do it!

magentastardust I am the same with soda now, what a waste of calories, and I used to go through spurts of drinking it almost daily. I do like to save up some calories for wine though! But even that, sometimes on a weeknight when I used to think, oh a glass of wine with dinner would be nice, now it's more like once a week or every 2 weeks, because I can't really "afford" the calories.

I am starting to notice a bit of a difference in some clothes, but it's not feeling like, "hey, that looks nice" more like, "hey, that is slightly less uncomfortable and embarrassing!"

I also need to come up with some coping strategies to keep me on the straight and narrow for the school holidays, gum anyone? smile

Welcome Jerin sorry to hear about your injury, I keep threatening to start couch to 5k. I felt great when I did it in the autumn, what am I waiting for?
I am not vegetarian, but know that sometimes it can be difficult to work in enough protein, do you find that's the case for you?

Well done Dudess for skipping the chocolate cake at lunch, I shall try and channel some of your strength for my DS's Easter bonnet parade tomorrow, where there will surely be an abundance of cake, cookies and chocolate.

I need to come up with a buzz word to say to myself, when I am about to make a bad snack choice....maybe muffin top? There was the idea of counting down from current weight to goal weight, that could work too, if I remember in time.

Good Luck everyone!

Dudess Fri 04-Apr-14 07:41:36

'aven't made the best food choices this week - found 3lbs this morning.

one rubbish week does not a ruination of healthy living make

FlossyMcgrew Fri 04-Apr-14 14:41:00

Bummer Dudess, but way to stick with the positivity, you can do it!

RunningKatie Fri 04-Apr-14 15:58:00

Oh dudess, thats a shame, hopefully next week will banish those pesky pounds.

I am being stalked by 2lbs, some days they are here and some days they aren't. I think it's indicative of my lack of exercise this week.

He's away from tomorrow flossy to next saturday. Dd is getting an awareness now and started asking me to make him come home sad if only it were that easy.

I will stalk you on mfp when i get near a laptop, it does motivate me knowing someone else will see "runningkatie has sat on her bottom all day and eaten cake" grin

Dudess Fri 04-Apr-14 21:48:11

Thank you, had cereal for lunch, as we have fish & chips for Friday tea.

Tomorrow is a spring clean sort of day, and I'm going to take photos of all the clothes I want to fit back into and see if they motivate me.

Happy weekending everyone!

FunkyBarnYard Sun 06-Apr-14 12:40:28

Sorry for not updating yesterday. I put on .6 of a kilo. About a pound

Boooo

Lamby80 Sun 06-Apr-14 12:55:47

Hi everyone.
Not a great day today so far. Been snacking with my son all day. I was thinking i would haveaglass of wine tonight but think i will give it a miss!
Weigh in tomorrow. Still hoping for 2lb!

Lamby80 Sun 06-Apr-14 12:56:56

Hi everyone.
Not a great day today so far. Been snacking with my son all day. I was thinking i would haveaglass of wine tonight but think i will give it a miss!
Weigh in tomorrow. Still hoping for 2lb!

RunningKatie Sun 06-Apr-14 21:03:02

I am supping fruit tea. I would dearly like a slab of cake.

My neck is finally better so I am hoping whilst DM is staying to keep us company I'll be able to go for a run or a bike ride.

FIngers crossed for all those weighing in tomorrow too. I'm not anticipating anything major happening.

FlossyMcgrew Sun 06-Apr-14 21:22:41

"runningkatie has sat on her bottom all day and eaten cake" did make me laugh, thanks for the add smile
Hope you are doing ok with your DH away. The whole concept of being away and travelling is so confusing for little ones isn't it? Whenever my DS sees coins, he thinks, great now we have money to get tickets for the airplane !--To go visit my family in the states. Sometimes, he even gets his little suitcase out sad

Hope your spring clean went well Dudess!

Funky that's annoying, try not to get discouraged.

Good luck tomorrow Lamby

I must admit, I haven't had a great weekend as far as health and "diet" focus this weekend. I have had lots of fun, but I am dreading my weigh in tomorrow morning.

Time to refocus, good luck everyone!

FlossyMcgrew Sun 06-Apr-14 21:36:52

Ah, glad your neck is feeling better RunningKatie

howiwonder Sun 06-Apr-14 21:47:04

Am I too late to the party or can I join you all? 5'5 and 10st11, would love to lose a stone and a half. Started so many half arsed attempts at weight loss lately but have known in the back of my mind that I wasn't truly 'ready' or committed to do something about it. However, I think that time has come and I'm finally sick of eating crap, feeling horrible about the way I look.
So I will do a weigh in tomorrow, get on MFP, and if I'm feeling brave enough I might even take the dreaded 'before' pictures!

FlossyMcgrew Sun 06-Apr-14 22:01:39

Welcome howiwonder, good luck with your morning weigh in ! Please feel free to add me on MFP.

howiwonder Sun 06-Apr-14 22:09:08

Thanks, I have never added anyone on there - haven't really used that app to its full potential but will have a good look through tomorrow. Looking forward to joining you all for some motivation smile

AnnaDoreta Sun 06-Apr-14 22:45:44

Hello. Just checking in to remind myself I'm supposed to be doing this with you guys.
As Flossy says - time to refocus!
Good luck this week everyone - I've got lunch and dinner out tomorrow. My nod to eating well is finding out where we're going and deciding what to have beforehand when I'm not hungry. I stand half a chance of picking wisely that way!

Can I join??! Started diet last Monday.. Lost 3lb so current weight is 173lb.

My motivation to lose 2 stone by July 1st is I want another baby and want to be in good shape for it!

Lamby80 Mon 07-Apr-14 08:00:54

Hiya.
Weighed in this morning and i have lost 2lb so now 14.10. Im so pleased! Thanks guys, its been so helpful being on this thread. I check in daily and it reminds me to eat better - i even dusted off my running shoes and been going for the odd walk in the evening. Got a busy week this wek but going to try to have a little jog!
Im off out for dinner this week, to a thai, does anyone know some good choices? Cinema too at some point, i can feel the sweet popcorn calling.......
How are you all getting on? X

RunningKatie Mon 07-Apr-14 08:24:45

Just dashing in now, got a meeting tonight.

Start weight: 1st march, 12.12
Today: 12.6 grin

Pesky 2lbs have been on and off for a fortnight so i'm not convinced it's true. However i need the motivation.

Made myself a very healthy salad for lunch... Sticking to 1200 calories a day MFP.

And trying to walk everywhere - have done 2.6 miles this morning! smile

FlossyMcgrew Mon 07-Apr-14 09:38:48

Morning everyone!

I am the same with MFP howiwonder, I've only got friends because of this thread, I can't figure out how to add anyone as I only ever use it on my phone. Think it might do me some good to start paying more attention to my nutritional breakdown.

Very proactive with your dining out plan AnnaDoreta, good call. I did the same with a pub meal out a few weeks ago, and it did me a lot of good to feel in control of my choices, if that makes sense?

Welcome Sleepingbunnies, July 1st, is 84 days away!!! I know because, I have a countdown app going smile we can do this.

Congratulations Lamby80, that is fantastic! I love Thai food and sweet popcorn. My Thai faves are always really creamy coconut sauces, so that's probably no good! Maybe have what you like, but go for serious portion control? Sweet popcorn is impossible to stop eating once you start, according to my research smile.

2.6 miles already this morning?! Wow, I feel like a real slug as I type this in my jammies.

RunningKatie that is awesome !!!
All of your activity is paying off, well done!

Ok, weigh in time for me....

Week 6
11 stone 11 lbs
0 lbs lost (but 0 lbs gained...)
10 lbs total loss so far

Of course, I'm not thrilled with no change this week, but in reality I should be, as I really was a bit out of control this weekend. Think I was starting to get overconfident after a few weeks of success.

Our mini break is exactly 4 weeks from today and I would really like to shift 8-10 lbs in that time. Do-able if I get serious again, probably not going to work if I have cake instead of lunch again like I did on Saturday blush

Good luck everyone !

FlossyMcgrew Mon 07-Apr-14 09:41:27

Time to get serious, again!

Dudess Mon 07-Apr-14 11:32:23

Good stuff, Flossy - 2lbs a week will see you having a great mini-break smile

Lots of water and peppermint tea.

Well done to everyone else who lost weight this week.

howiwonder Mon 07-Apr-14 13:26:06

Wow, some great weight loss since you all started - well done!

I officially haven't a clue how to add people on MFP, seems to only link to my contacts or my Facebook, can't seem to search beyond that.
The good news is I've got DH on board today and he is going to give it a go, he really does need to lose some weight ( as do I of course) and I worry a bit about his general health, lots of heart disease, diabetes on his side. Plus, it's so much easier to eat healthily when he's not scoffing crisps next to me!
I can't even seem to add him as a friend on MFP though, so not sure what I'm doing wrong.

Anyway, day 1 - I'm 10st12 and officially missing sugar - just realised how much sugary chocolatey treats I must have without even thinking. Bring it on though - feeling motivatedsmile

Getting there!!

colafrosties Mon 07-Apr-14 20:25:19

Evening ladies!

Not been on for a while but have lost, gained and lost again in the meantime (sigh, why do I do this to myself?!)

Week 3
(5' 3")
1lb loss this week
11 Stone 6lbs
(3lbs loss so far)

Determined to keep going, so will be back to say hello and check in more often. Well done on all your efforts everyone.

FlossyMcgrew Mon 07-Apr-14 22:52:41

Dudess now that you mention it, I have been really slacking on drinking water. I have recently been trying green tea, it's not terrible, but I haven't really gotten into it, peppermint is a good idea , thanks!

howiwonder good for your DH for getting on board, should make it easier for both of you! Are you giving up sugar/ chocolate completely or just cutting back?

Sleepingbunnies is that like a pedometer app? What is it?

Well done on your loss colafrosties! I know the lose, gain, lose game all too well. But you are going in the right direction now smile

Felt a bit more disciplined today, made more sensible choices and took control of my portion sizes. The thought of me in my swimming suit in public in 4 weeks is a good motivation!

Dudess Mon 07-Apr-14 23:04:17

Haha, lived on peppermint tea when pregnant, and then I rediscovered coffee and the biscuit tin accessory it comes with. I need to take my own advice and take it up again. So easy to get distracted!

During Jazzercise tonight I kept visualising being lighter than my partner, wearing my fabulous dresses again and finding my ankles all over again.

Also, read an article yesterday that said our bmi is lowered with exposure to sun....so anyone fancy clearing off to Hawaii?

Hawaii sounds good count me in! smile

Yes flossy it's called footsteps think it's like £1.29 I now get disappointed if I forget to switch it on! How sad!

FunkyBarnYard Tue 08-Apr-14 15:25:41

My DP is away again. I am sabotaging myself. Why?!

Meh. Really wish I didn't gain on the weigh in before he went again sad

FlossyMcgrew Tue 08-Apr-14 16:06:32

Come on Funky, you can do it! What are you doing that's sabotaging? Can you clear your house of snacks? Is it things you are buying out and about? Could you leave your wallet at home or only take cash for exactly what you need? What about getting yourself a new cool water bottle to keep with you all of the time? Or if it's the evenings after kids are asleep what about painting fingernails, reading a book or just going to bed ridiculously early ?

Good luck, hang in there.

I will check out that app Sleepingbunnies thank you smile

Dudess Hawaii sounds great , but will sound even better after I get a bit more beach ready! smile

I think that visualising and positive thinking can be very powerful, must practise some myself.

Good luck everyone

FunkyBarnYard Tue 08-Apr-14 16:38:11

Thanks flossy.

I missed breakfast. Had fruit and fibre weetabix for lunch. Came home.

Ate a creme egg, two dairylea Dunkers with ritz and a pepperami

I am just feeling meh

howiwonder Tue 08-Apr-14 19:15:42

All is not lost Funky, tomorrow is another day- I'm jealous of your creme egg though!
Not giving up sugar properly Flossy, hats off to people who do that, I'm just cutting out the crap- chocolates, biscuits etc and it's making me realise just how much of it I was eating without really thinking.
I'm only on my second day but had a really naughty lunch- panini with brie and caramelised onion! That was fun to count up on mfp. I took ds1 out for lunch, which we never do, so I went a bit silly and didn't even look at the healthy options on the menu. A skinny dinner will be needed tonight i think....

Lamby80 Tue 08-Apr-14 19:44:36

Hey everyone! Not had a great day today - had biscuits, about 8 of them! Not too bad but made me feel rubbish. BUT on the plus side reading these threads has made me feel so much better! Funky, tomorrow is another day, lets try and stay on track!

RunningKatie Tue 08-Apr-14 21:27:41

C'mon funky, we can do it together. I have a cake the size of a small child in my kitchen. I am going to stick it in the freezer to stop it tempting me further.

I've not tracked on mfp today and I've not stood on the scales. I think I've given up a bit as DH is away. Please feel free to administer a boot up the backside, I do not want to go backwards......

FunkyBarnYard Tue 08-Apr-14 22:17:28

Ivejisthad a terrible spider experience. No DP to save me
Luckily DS was able to be braver than me and dispose of it confused

I had lost 3.6kg now it's 3kg. I really want to do it. But lack any drive. Work is crappy. hate DP being away. Tomorrow I'm home alone as DS with his dad.

Boots this way too!

FlossyMcgrew Tue 08-Apr-14 22:30:27

Don't be too hard on yourself, Funky just sounds like a domino effect from skipping breakfast. Maybe the best thing to do, especially as you know the next few days could be challenging, is to really plan ahead. Make a very strict meal plan and stick to it. Even down to snacks.

Although howiwonder that panini sounds delicious.....

Freezing the cake is very good thinking RunningKatie!

My DH is away on Thursday this week, maybe we should have a virtual boot up the backside meeting?

I feel a motivational picture coming on, gimme a minute!

FlossyMcgrew Tue 08-Apr-14 22:33:26

Or tomorrow, but you know what I mean!!

Oooooops.... I possibly drunk my entire daily allowance in alcohol last night. sad

FlossyMcgrew Wed 09-Apr-14 09:19:08

Awww, Sleepingbunnies we've all been there. Did you at least have fun? smile
How are you feeling today? Drink tons of water.

Dudess Wed 09-Apr-14 19:41:02

Ok, this week, and it is only Wednesday, I have done:
M - Jazzercise 1he
T - swimming with toddler (so expended more energy getting Tod. Undressed and dressed
W - 4-5 mile walk around Plymouth (been to the Hoe, Barbican and it's very hilly) AND as I noticed tod. had a bit too much energy after tea we've just been for a half hour stroll.

That ought to make up for putting on weight last week. Oh, and more buggy walking tomorrow as we head to Looe.

How much have you walked this week?!

5.5 miles yesterday and today

6 miles on Monday smile

RunningKatie Wed 09-Apr-14 21:09:44

Ooooh, I now have that song running through my head "what have you done today to make you feel proud?"

I suspect the answer "eating a lot of lemon cake wouldn't be correct" hmm

Tomorrow I am going to mow the lawns, PIL are taking the DC's so I intend to sort out and tidy up before DH comes back on Saturday.

Hope today has been ok Funky, good luck for your flying solo day tomorrow Flossy.

I have been contemplating ordering a takeaway delivery for tomorrow evening, I've never done that whilst DH is away, what am I thinking? It was going to be curry if that helps?!

Dudess Wed 09-Apr-14 22:26:16

Haha, doesn't sound very sleepy, sleeping bunnies - way to go!

RunningKatie can you get to a supermarket for a ding meal for tomorrow? Lots of healthy ranges, and if you eat in the container just as much washing up as a takeaway! I rely on posher 'Finest' ready meals when Mr Dudess is away. Oh, and I'm now hearing Heather Small - ta!

FunkyBarnYard Thu 10-Apr-14 07:08:58

I went out to buy mackerel and samphire last night. Had it with a small amount of boiled potato.

Feeling a bit run down and off colour this week.

Week off work next week, hopefully I can take it easy x

We are going away for the weekend... This 4lb weight loss is going straight back on isn't it? sad

Feeling proud! smile

RunningKatie Thu 10-Apr-14 20:06:11

Yay sleepingbunnies - brilliant work.

I love samphire funky, where did you get it from?

I got a ding meal for tonight, great suggestion thank you Dudess smile - chicken tikka masaala healthy option, I did top it off with two freddo frogs though.

36 odd hours till DH comes home, I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.....

FlossyMcgrew Thu 10-Apr-14 22:04:39

Evening all!

I had actually never heard that song before, DH thought I was crazy and played it for me on YouTube, not sure if you are thanking me for getting it stuck in your heads! It's very....dramatic smile

Also, first time I've ever heard "ding meal" took me a minute to work that out (it's microwave, right?)
And I had to google samphire--I'm learning so much here!

Seems like everyone has been so active, that's fantastic. I am still half heartedly plodding along with the shred. Really need to change it up probably.

DH is away tonight and I haven't had a drink, or a biscuit, or any chocolate, or popcorn. I actually had kale and eggs for breakfast, and I liked it?! Who am I?? smile

Tomorrow is my first "mini goal" it's my birthday! May do a sneaky weigh in to check my progress, and then try not to blow if over the weekend.

Good luck everyone.

RunningKatie Fri 11-Apr-14 08:55:57

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Flossy
Happy birthday to you!

I tend to call them ping meals because the microwave goes ping grin

Samphire is yum, I'm originally from norfolk and it grows wild there so you can harvest it.

I've stood on the scales today, no change since monday which is such a relief. Doing a 3k fun run tomorrow, which means pushing two toddlers in a buggy, so not necessarily fun. Hopefully dh will be back at lunchtime so i can then collapse in a heap.

FlossyMcgrew Fri 11-Apr-14 10:36:05

Thanks RunningKatie! You have the voice of an angel smile

Good luck with your "fun" run tomorrow, and yay for your dh's return!

So far for my birthday I gave got: my period, and the news that my dc will probably be getting chicken pox any minute now, oh and a next gift card!

But, I am down a pound! 11 stone 10 as of this morning, let's see if I can keep that off for my Monday weigh in, guaranteed cakeage this weekend!

FunkyBarnYard Fri 11-Apr-14 13:27:41

I get samphire from morrisons or tesco. Tesco tends to be a little cheaper!

5hours til my DP is home. And we are both off work for 11 lovely days!!

Tiredemma Fri 11-Apr-14 13:29:15

sleepingbunnies

what is that app on your phone?

FunkyBarnYard Fri 11-Apr-14 16:22:54

Singing and dancing along to his as I clean http://youtu.be/kJ_B4CBh_Eg

My fella will be landing any minute!!!!!

RunningKatie Fri 11-Apr-14 16:38:53

Lucky you Funky, my dh is getting on a ferry soon - also known as a booze cruise! wink

I have just had a genius idea if i do say so myself. It's a beautiful evening, the dc's have had their tea and i don't fancy anything in the house for my dinner.

So powerwalking to the supermarket it is. Once Andy's wild adventures finishes, daren't drag dd away from that! grin

FunkyBarnYard Fri 11-Apr-14 16:52:44

He is on English turf again!!!!!

FunkyBarnYard Fri 11-Apr-14 18:57:36

And he is home!!!!!

It's called footsteps tiredemma smile

Dudess Fri 11-Apr-14 21:14:03

Yay, well done on the weight loss, Flossy, and Happy Birthday!

I was 2 of the 3lbs down that I put on last week. Really really want to shift a stone before the end of May!

Not much exercise today, but not much cakeage either

RunningKatie Fri 11-Apr-14 21:24:38

Not the best birthday gifts Flossy! Apart from the gift card obviously.

Are you doing anything nice with your time off Funky?

DH is on his ferry. Docks at 8am, should be home for midday. smile

FunkyBarnYard Sat 12-Apr-14 08:09:10

I have put on again. Not a lot. But .2 of a kilo.

Annoying I need to start again

Total weight loss now only 2.9kgs

howiwonder Sun 13-Apr-14 09:32:15

just back from holidaying in sunny wales for the past few days, not easy to diet when away from home. Now my parents have arrived for a few days so it will be eating out and wine aplenty - not sure how i will do at my first weigh in tomorrow!

hope everyones well and managing to stack on track smile

Dudess Sun 13-Apr-14 12:44:22

Oh help - what kind of snacks do you eat with tea/coffee, in the absence of the biscuit tin??
I need coffee to feel awakey-wake but trying to nibble on something healthy...well, I'm in need of some inspiration!

howiwonder Sun 13-Apr-14 19:40:41

Dudess, I'm loving milk chocolate covered rice cakes at the moment, 83 cals for one, perfect for a cuppa.

Dudess Sun 13-Apr-14 20:45:42

Cheers, Howiwonder will have a look at those.

RunningKatie Sun 13-Apr-14 21:56:17

I have finally reset my password! Might have been been nice if they'd warned us in advance....

Weigh in tomorrow, I have drunk all the wine, eaten all the takeaways and sulked most of the weekend as dd has declared dh her favourite parent.

magentastardust Sun 13-Apr-14 23:34:30

Not healthy but I have discovered Marks and Spencers chocolate covered crispie bites at only 50 kcals -you have to hide the tub though and only have one!
Otherwise I have a Pear with a cup of tea-seems to hit the sweet fix.
Also again not healthy but something strong tasting like a ginger snap takes a few nibbles and is only 37ckals.

RunningKatie Mon 14-Apr-14 08:53:29

Weigh in day, have gained a lb in the last few days so currently 12.7.

It's a new week, the sun is shining, no excuses now!

howiwonder Mon 14-Apr-14 09:36:10

First weigh in for me today - 4lbs loss! Chuffed with that.

So, start weight 7.4.14 - 10st 12
14.4.14- 10st 8

howiwonder Mon 14-Apr-14 09:37:55

Yes runningkatie, let's use this nice weather as a reason to get motivated! I'm going to try and go for a couple of runs this week - tried one yesterday and nearly died after 5 mins, I am so unfit now

I have been away for the weekend... Will weigh in when I am home this afternoon sad

FlossyMcgrew Mon 14-Apr-14 23:08:40

Evening everyone, late check in from me, but here for my Monday weigh in:

Week 7
1 lb loss
11stone 10
11 lbs total loss

I am happy that I kept off the pound I had lost for my birthday, but I have really got to take control of my weekend behaviour. I am really careful all week, diligent even, then the weekend rolls around and I seem to be slipping into a bit of a reward system? Over rewarding myself and cancelling out all of the hard work throughout the week.

This weekend will be another challenge, with lots of social events, big Easter meal, chocolate etc. but there will always be something. May need to lay off alcohol for a bit I think. Haven't been crazy, but the calories don't help and then loosened inhibitions and poor planning led to a takeaway Saturday night, we never do that?!

You are right though RunningKatie it is a new week, and the sun is shining, no excuses smile

Way to go howiwonder! That is fantastic.

Will weigh this morning and see how much damage the holiday has done ...

AnnaDoreta Tue 15-Apr-14 15:34:02

You guys are going to be so bored with me keeping popping back!

Some great losses on here - well done. Flossy 11lb in 7 weeks is amazing.

I just have been really struggling recently - nothing more than the generally busy-ness of juggling family life and work but I've just been feeling really overwhelmed with it all so my eating has gone out of the window.

I weighed in yesterday morning at a pretty much all time high of 13st. Yikes. I really need to get this under control. I went out at lunchtime today and looked around the clothes shops. There are so many lovely things that I would never dream of buying at the moment but if I were 11.7 - I would feel pretty good in. I feel quite motivated now so perhaps that was a prety good use of my lunchbreak!

So I am going to count this as my week 1. I am going to post everyday on here - even if just to say hello. I think I also need to start exercising - I'm just so tired all the time - how do you get the motivation to exercise? Realistically I can't leave the house in the evening as DP is rarely home early enough. So I'm home bound unless I go out for a run in the morning - I'd need to be back by 6.30am - is that realistic or am I setting myself up to fail by saying I'll do that?

Sorry to moan on - will try and be more positive in future.

Moan away anna it's hard sometimes sad

I'm going to get back on it seriously after this weekend as I'm away from Thursday - Saturday.

Just need to keep motivated! smile

howiwonder Tue 15-Apr-14 18:12:22

Not impossible Anna but pretty hardcore to be out running before 6.30 - lots of people do it but I know I would struggle. What about exercise DVDs so you could still fit in things at home rather the trying to find to get out of the house? I definitely need to turn my mind to exercise, feeling very unfit. Wondering if I could find the time to go swimming.

I somehow found myself eating a whole bag of cadburys caramel mini eggs today, had bough for an Easter egg hunt for the DCs! very annoyed at myself as had been having a very good day food wise, I'm just awful if I know there is stuff like that in the house - it calls to me, you see. Will now have to replace in time for egg huntingblush

Flossy, you're almost at a stone loss - well done, that's amazing!

FlossyMcgrew Tue 15-Apr-14 23:29:24

Evening all,

Welcome to week 1 Anna! Sorry that you have been struggling, but good for you for coming back. Life and parenting and all of it is just so relentless sometimes, it is overwhelming! We will be in those lovely new clothes for our July targets smile

I am the same with getting out to run, would have to be back in the house by 6:30 am, so for couch to 5 k, 30 min or so, I would have to be up by 5:45 ish. I actually did it for a couple of months last fall, and felt really great, but when it started getting dark earlier, and cold--I gave up. I keep toying with the idea of a treadmill, but they aren't cheap, even on eBay. Also, I found that when I ran in the morning, I felt entitled to eat more throughout the day? Silly.

But, if we ran for 3 days a week, that could be 2 early mornings and one weekday afternoon? Should we just take the plunge and sign up for 5k runs in June or so, to force ourselves into action? smile

Lately I do the 30 day shred off YouTube, after the kids are in bed. But even at 30 minutes, sometimes it feels like that eats up most of my evening, and by the time I tidy up, make lunches etc, my evening is gone. I am definitely noticing a difference in tone and less jiggle--still plenty of jiggle to work off though!

Thank you for saying it that way, howiwonder, that I am almost at a stone lost. I haven't been seeing it that way lately, and been getting down on my slowed progress over the last 3 weeks. I started out this thread with a really positive attitude and I need to get it back.

Good luck everyone.

FlossyMcgrew Tue 15-Apr-14 23:43:48

Sorry that should say, run 2 early weekday mornings and 1 anytime weekend, need to get to sleep now!

Weighed myself last night.. Lost nothing but haven't put on either and I had a nice weekend away so back to the salads now! I love pret tuna Niçoise salad.

Lamby80 Wed 16-Apr-14 08:18:18

Hi all
I weighed in monday and no weight loss. Boo! But, naughtily i got on the scales today and it showed a gain of 2lb! Does anyone else fluctuate like this?! I am aiming for 2lb loss this week so a gain isnt helping. I am feeling quite frustrated as i have been good, and slightly on the panicy side as i was aiming for a stone late by late may for a wedding and i dont think it is going to happen. On the plus side, it has made
me more determined to do it rather than give up. I went out for a small run / walk last night and have invested in some dumbells.
You all seem to be doing really well. Anna, it is hard ro get out exercising. My husband all but pushed me out the door last night when i was complaining i was too tired. I have done the 30 day shred before and its great, if you can squeeze that in it might help? Mornings are a no goer for me too.
I agree with Flossy, we WILL get in our nice new clothes in July!
Right, im off to log my food in MFP. RunningKate, are you still on there? X

RunningKatie Wed 16-Apr-14 08:50:18

I am still here and there lamby!

Been struggling to keep up, my weight is fluctuating too, i try to ignore it a bit and see how i feel but it doesn't work.

The sunshine does make me feel so much cheerier about it all though. I went out on my bike at 6 yesterday morning, discovered brake wasn't working so rapidly returned home. DH sorted it so went out for a quick ride in the evening.

I always used to be a morning exerciser, i loved the smug feeling of having done it already, otherwise i can find a zillion excuses not to go out in an evening. I certainly can't run on a full stomach. I found the easiest way was to get all my gear ready the night before and just roll out of bed into it. No time for thinking!

Flossy, you are doing brilliantly, 11lbs is great going.

I tried on a summer top today, i could do with losing a few more lbs but it's fitting better. Hurrah! grin

Lamby80 Wed 16-Apr-14 13:39:27

I just had another motivation boost - i just tried on a dress, it was lovely and floraly but it made me feel huge! 2 sizes down and it would look great. Roll on tonight when i can go for a run!

AnnaDoreta Wed 16-Apr-14 14:04:02

Thank you for all being so lovely!

I always used to be a morning exerciser - but that was when I lived by myself and could go to bed when I wanted and sleep all night! I think I will try it. Floss 2 times a week is a good aim - I think tuesday and Thursdays would probably suit as those are the days I don't have to leave the house until a bit later. I'd still have to be out early as I'd like to be back before the girls wake up - DP would be at home but he is totally rubbish in the morning and works very long days so I wouldn't want to add that extra pressure to him.

howi - I'm like you - feeling very unfit and needing to think about exercise - it is so difficult to find the time though isn't it?

Will also look at the shred - I keep meaning to do that but seem to have a mental block about it! my current excuse is that I can't possibly do it unless I have an ipad! I'll just need to look it up on my phone and do it from that.

Sleeping - I had that pret salad yesterday - was yummy. I made my own last night for lunch today - it was fine but not so good as the pret one.

I'm going to make a salad for every lunchtime - I make lunches for the girls each night and cut up salad bits so its not much of a stretch further to shove some in a tupperware box for me. I need to mix it up a bit and so will buy some pickles, capers, olives etc as that does make it more interesting. Anyone else have any good salad ideas? I easily get stuck in a rut!

Lamby and running can I add you on mfp too? I really want to do it this time and the more support the better.

Oophs - sorry for the essay!

Dudess Wed 16-Apr-14 14:36:03

Fab posts everyone, even with a little naughtiness now and then still great to come on here as it shows desire to do better smile

I had a (frankly gorgeous) wedge of cappuccino cake yday and think I need to make a lighter version! So today I've danced around to my Latin Summer CD and had 10mins on my wobble board. I have swapped mid-morning coffee for glass of Orange juice and a square or two of dark Lindt coconut choc and some raisins..the vit C helps the iron in dark choc and raisins whoosh through my body...great tip from my biology teacher sister.

Love the idea of updating my wardrobe in July, or at least wearing most of my wardrobe again...Had a declutter today and I have some flattering pieces, once my backside has reduced in size!!

Weigh-in on Fri, but am at that time of the month and I gain about 6lb in water retention, grrh! Next Fri will be more like my actual weight!

anna I'm on MFP too smile

RunningKatie Wed 16-Apr-14 21:03:57

Feel free to add me on mfp, I like seeing other people's updates and also means I login regularly so I can keep up with my stuff!

I am going to cycle tomorrow morning. Probably about 6 miles I think, hoping to get up at 6am and go. My kit is by the bed and apparently my bike is ready and waiting for me.

RunningKatie Thu 17-Apr-14 07:44:01

I went! I have eaten my porridge, I may have a nap now smile

Kbear Thu 17-Apr-14 08:10:56

My tip - take all your measurements before you start..... then when you don't lose any weight one week but loose a couple of cms in your measurements it keeps you motivated.

I started my fitness plan on 20 Feb. I have lost 10lbs and 35 cms all over (waist, bust, hips, lower belly fat bit lol!, thighs, calves, upper arm). I have a little chart and when I get cheesed off, I look at the measurements and it inspires me to carry on.

I am fortunate that I get gym membership paid for by the boss so I paid a year up front and I go to 6-8 classes per week. I love it and hate the gym itself, too lonely and no fun for me, I love zumba, bums and tums, pilates and every class possible!

I'm on a mission. Hoping to lose 2 stone by Christmas.... do able I think, slowly and surely.

Another tip is don't eat after dinner, no picking biscuits or anything. If I need something I go upstairs and tidy something up!!

AnnaDoreta Thu 17-Apr-14 08:40:03

We'll done Runningk - very impressive. I'm still thinking about it! But I have stuck to my calorie target 2 days in a row so that's real progress after the last few weeks!

Good tip Kbear - I could do that tomorrow morning. I think there's space to store them in MFP too.

Got greek yog and fruit for breakfast again today - it's suiting me well. As I can't face eggs or anything properly protein in the morning but greek yog has twice as much protien as normal yog. And as a bonus it's fewer calories than my old oats and yog combo and keeps me just as full!

Out for lunch today - for a colleagues birthday lunch. Will try and choose before I go again and pick something pro turn rich like some sort of meaty or fishy salad!

Focused again today!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 17-Apr-14 09:24:41

Hello can I join please smile

My stats

Started 25/2/14
Weight 11st 10 1/4lbs

Weigh in is Tuesdays
Weight now 10st 13 1/2lbs

Total weight lost so far 10 3/4lbs

My motivation is a night out with friends penciled in for June and a 2 week holiday to Cyprus in August.

I have gone from size 14 to size 12 and somebody asked me yesterday if I have lost weight.

I have to shred DVD that I am putting off doing but really need to start! I have been walking a lot more and really noticing a difference in how much petrol I am using!

That's enough about me, off to start the day!

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RunningKatie Thu 17-Apr-14 20:55:13

That sounds like a good breakfast Anna, i need to move on from porridge a bit!

Welcome Amelia, I love the shred dvd, although I've not done it for a bit. I need to start planning my exercise in again a bit better. You're going great guns on the weight loss already.

I'm taking the dc's for breakfast with the Easter Bunny tomorrow, I do hope it's ok - ds didn't care for Santa and dd is going through a testing phase of getting to places and then sobbing that she wants to go home.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 17-Apr-14 22:57:05

I have done the 30 day shred a couple of years ago and lost weight but it it all and more back on last year.

After posting this morning I went downstairs and did the DVD, I'm feeling ok now and not aching as much as expected smile

Breakfast sounds fun, hope they both enjoy it.

FlossyMcgrew Thu 17-Apr-14 23:42:14

Thanks for the encouragement everyone.

Lamby I think it's normal to fluctuate, even within one day. I usually check the scales more than once a week, but always only first thing in the morning.

Anna I do the shred from my phone too. It works for me I think because it is broken down into lots of little sections. You only ever do each exercise for a minute at a time, one minute crunches, one minute jumping jacks, one minute lunges etc. So even if that exercise is really tough, you know it ends soon enough.

For salads, I have been poaching chicken breast and keeping it in fridge to dice up for protein. Mix it with leaves and leftover broccoli or green beans and dress it with a bit of sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce. I like the little kick. If you have a lidl near you, they have little bags of mixed seeds and one called berry and cherry mix I like to sprinkle for a bit of crunch and sweetness, about £1 each I think and last a long time. Have to make sure it's just a sprinkle though as calories can creep up. Hope your lunch out today went well.

Thanks for the vitamin c tip Dudess! I am the same, trying to declutter my clothes, anxious to fit into some of them, and even more excited to shop smile

Well done on your cycle ride RunningKatie!

Good tip, Kbear, I may have to dig out my tape measure. Well done on your loss so far.

Welcome Amelia, Way to go on your loss so far, that is fantastic! Well done on the shred today too. I did the same thing a couple years back now, had success with shred, then quit and gained it all back plus. I am liking the shred for now, as it's doable with my kids and schedule at the moment. But I think I know that, long term, I need to branch out into other activities. I think I will need more variety and activity in general.

Good luck this weekend everyone smile

howiwonder Fri 18-Apr-14 08:34:34

Urgh, on the subject of weighing self- can someone please shout at me to stop weighing myself every day!!! I get ups and downs through the week and it really annoys me. After an amazing day yesterday I had actually put on half a lb this morning for example, and now im feeling a bit peeed off. Must just do it weekly, but can't resist hopping in those scales first thing each day!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 18-Apr-14 09:31:16

I followed Paul McKenna for a while and he recommends only weighing every fortnight as your weight can fluctuate so much on a daily basis.

I weigh once a week at the moment and it is much more helpful to see a pound loss in that time rather than a tiny amount off or even a gain every day.

Can you pass your scales to somebody to look after for a couple of weeks and then see how you feel after weighing with a longer gap?

FlossyMcgrew Fri 18-Apr-14 10:01:06

What about just putting a post it note blocking the reading/weight that says "Is it Monday?" Or whatever day you choose.
Or putting them away and only get them out once a week on your chosen day?

howiwonder Fri 18-Apr-14 14:32:41

Yes I'm going to pack them away and just get them out on Mondays, good idea. I just know I couldn't do a fortnight Amelia!!! I'm too impatient!!

howiwonder Fri 18-Apr-14 14:33:16

Yes I'm going to pack them away and just get them out on Mondays, good idea. I just know I couldn't do a fortnight Amelia!!! I'm too impatient!!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 18-Apr-14 16:14:22

I don't go a fortnight either. I am some times tempted to weigh in more often than once a week but have managed to resist so far smile

RunningKatie Fri 18-Apr-14 16:30:05

The note idea is brilliant, i'm going to put the scales in the cupboard with a note on them. I really do not want my dd growing up with weight issues. My DM said to her the other week how slim she looks in pants rather than a nappy. She's 3 ffs. angry

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny went well, except they had a sausage sandwich each and didn't eat them. So i did. Ooops. In my defence, it was £8 a ticket so i wanted to get my moneys worth, and i didn't eat all the bread! wink

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 18-Apr-14 19:36:31

I have just had a hairy dieters burger without the bread roll. Also had hairy dieters wedges and salad. It was lovely.

Lots of reviews online are saying they lost lots of weight eating the recipes from the hairy dieters book so think I might work my way through it.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 18-Apr-14 19:40:10

RunningKatie my ExMIL said that DD3 had a really big belly right in front of her recently, she is also 3 angry

She isn't fat she still has a bit of a toddler shape and some times seems to stick her belly out. I remember DD2 was the same and she is perfectly in proportion now.

howiwonder Fri 18-Apr-14 20:23:53

Oh I love toddler tummies! Those comments would make me confused as well.
I also have hairy dieters book and made the chicken pie with filo topping the other week and it was so yummy (chicken tangle pie I think?). I also remembered that I have the book 'cook yourself thin' and dug that out today- forgot how nice it was. So no excuses, I have lots of tasty menu inspiration!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 18-Apr-14 22:25:10

Is the topping of the pie easy to do? I have read the recipe a few times but didn't really understand it. blush

I think the hairy dieters have got a second book out now. Think I might get that one as well.

howiwonder Fri 18-Apr-14 22:54:10

Yes, very easy, I didn't do it as precisely as they suggest- got a bit confused with all the rectangle cutting, so I basically just scrunched it up and slapped it on and was lovely!!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sat 19-Apr-14 07:35:45

Thank you I will have to add it to my recipes I need to try.

AnnaDoreta Sat 19-Apr-14 09:41:18

Morning! Busy day yesterday and had visitors so didn't do great with my food but back on track today.

There seems to be a few of us who are mums to daughters - I do really worry about them having weight issues too am trying desperately hard to be really relaxed about food in front of my girls - whilst also trying to feed them health stuff, teach them to listen to their bodies about how full they are and enjoy exercise as a way of life!! My mum was constantly saying she was fat, had big thighs, wobbly tummy etc. I think she may have occasionally strayed up to a 14 but was generally a very lovely size 12. And she was often saying "don't eat that, you'll get fat" type comments. Whilst I'm certainly not blaming my weight on her, it was always an issue in our house and I always remember thinking about it. I don't want to be like that at all.

I love my mum to bits and we have a great relationship. I spoke to her about it after she'd made a comment to my 3.5yr old about her tummy. She was really upset and hadn't realised the impact of her own issues on us.

So I'm trying to be relaxed on the outside about something I'm so not relaxed about on the inside! Sounds like a recipe for disaster!

I also have hairy bikers, will dig it out.

Sorry for the rantarama!!! Here's to a healthy active day!!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sat 19-Apr-14 18:03:05

I had an ice cream at the park that included clotted cream. Was lovely at the time but felt a bit grim after.

Tea will be very small. Possibly a very small amount of pasta and frozen berries with low fat Greek yoghurt.

I have loved having the DC off but it has really not helped the eating!

RunningKatie Sat 19-Apr-14 21:23:04

I had a bacon sandwich this morning, I had already been for a bike ride and it was half way through a walk but still, I didn't actually need it.

I tried some of my summer skirts on, I've got 3 of them that are the same, I reckon I need to lose another 2 inches round my waist to get them to fit. So, Shredding it is!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend smile

Lamby80 Sun 20-Apr-14 18:45:28

Hi ladies!
How are you all getting on? I have been ok. Not gone over my calories until today, i have been picking all day, chocolate, cake, crackers, whatever has been in sight really! Weigh day tomorrow and really need to up my game. Decided to buy a new dress for the wedding bit an 18 was too tight! I have never been bursting out of an 18, for my height thats quite big. It did up but was pulling. I bought is anyway so now have a 5 week countdown to make it more comfortable. I think a plate of veg for dinner tonight!
I will update my weight in the morning. I was 14.10 last week. X

RunningKatie Sun 20-Apr-14 20:16:02

I took my measurements today, I've not done it before and I figured that I need to see where I'm at - 10 weeks to our holidays!

Well, let's just say it was a bit of a shock to the system. I knew that I'd not been trying as hard this past couple of weeks and now I really need to get a grip on it and increase my exercise levels again.

Plan for this week, as well as cutting out the treats that have snuck in:
Mon - 5k walk/run
Tues - Bike ride
Weds - shred
THurs - walk/run
Fri - Bike ride
Sat - first ever Parkrun
Sun - eat cake, drink wine......

magentastardust Sun 20-Apr-14 23:05:04

11 weeks until mine RunningKate -beginning to feel the pressure!!

I have measured myself last week and for the first time the month before was good to see that I have been losing inches.

I am waiting until June until buying holiday clothes! I think I am doing okay with my food (apart from slight lapse on Thurs/Fri this week but back on track today) so need to concentrate on upping the exercise and toning to work on my shape and all the wobbly bits!

Lamby80 Mon 21-Apr-14 08:18:16

Yesssssss! I lost 1lb! I didnt think i would this week, been bad but i feel good so more motivated again!
Runningkatie and Magentastardust, 8 weeks til my holiday and still hoping to lose a stone. Trying to wait til last minute to buy clothes, aiming to buy all of them in a 16.
X

howiwonder Mon 21-Apr-14 08:59:47

Well done Lamby! My second weigh in today and lost 2lb - that's 6 lbs in total, so feeling happy with that.
Went through the calendar and wrote lots of goals for myself last night, have lots of family birthdays coming up, so I decided what weight I wanted to be by each date. Good way to keep focused hopefully. You have inspired me to do measurements too RunningKatie!

magentastardust Mon 21-Apr-14 10:34:09

Well done Lamby! I am hoping to be a size 16 for holiday clothes too. I know a lot of you on this thread were only starting out at around a 14 and don't have as much weight to lose as I have but you have been a great support and I am enjoying keeping up with the thread!

I think toning and more excercise is what I need to work on my shape now. A friend has asked me to try an insanity work out with her tonight-I fear it may kill me!! shock

magentastardust Mon 21-Apr-14 10:48:42

Oh also I have discovered fitnessblender.com loads of great free videos to try-all different lengths and difficulties. They talk you through the excercises and loads of choice.
Seems silly but fact I can just quickly access it on my phone or laptop and do it is appealing to me. I'm not very high tech and working out how to get the dvd player on with all the remotes means I will rarely faff with it and end up putting off. At least with this I have no excuse. (although I did spend the other day watching some videos instead of doing them wink )

AnnaDoreta Mon 21-Apr-14 11:35:26

Hello!
Some more good losses today. Well done. And one from me - 1.5lbs on my "first" week. So I'm really pleased with that especially as I pretty much are what I wanted to yesterday.

Back on it today. Will have a look at fitness blender, sounds just the sort of thing I need.

Just need some willpower now to avoid the girls' chocolates!!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 21-Apr-14 19:52:09

Well done all who have lost weight.

I took the DDs out for an unplanned dinner at a local pub. Eat quite a lot but mostly veg (1 Yorkshire pud, 2 small potatoes and 3 slices of pork) was lovely and I didn't have a pudding which is amazing for me!

Weigh in tomorrow. I have done the shred twice this weeks so fingers crossed.

FlossyMcgrew Mon 21-Apr-14 23:46:15

Weigh in time for me

Week 8
11 stone 8
2 lb loss
13 lb loss so far!

I am thrilled with that and feeling really motivated now!
Hoping to be better about checking in here now Easter hols are over. Also hoping to avoid my dc's ridiculous amount of chocolate. Sending loads to work with DH.

Congrats on all the losses and good luck everyone!

FlossyMcgrew Tue 22-Apr-14 00:53:48

And now,in a moment of insanity, I appear to have entered the ballot for next year's London marathon?
Now I really need to try on those running shoes, yikes!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 22-Apr-14 07:07:10

Well done on the weight loss Flossy and actually quite jealous of the London marathon, I couldn't even manage the race for life!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 22-Apr-14 08:18:56

30 shred done and 2lbs weight loss this week. Total weight loss 12 3/4lbs.

I'm trying to do the shred before school as my motivation seems to disappear the further into the day I get.

RunningKatie Tue 22-Apr-14 08:52:47

Fab work flossy, i got a place to do the marathon, deferred because i'd not trained after having dd. Then got pregnant again so didn't manage it. sad

I ran/walked 5k yesterday, was going to cycle today but it was pouring at 6am. Will shred later instead unless dh really has broken the dvd player

Weigh in yesterday, 12.6 again so no loss in 2 weeks, no gain either but i need to get back into it again.

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Tue 22-Apr-14 14:21:38

Hi all, may I join? Been lurking on the weightloss boards for awhile and starting to feel like I need a bit of camaraderie to boost my weightloss efforts.

In week 4 of a low cal/quasi 5:2 diet, combined with doing C25k (on week 7 of that though). Started with over 2 stone to lose.

Been doing ok, not too hungry. Find the C25K challenging but just about manageable. Until yesterday/today.

Only managed 10 mins of a 25 min run last night, and today all I can think about is food. I'm ratty with the kids and generally feeling low and susceptible to crashing and burning. Can I have a kick up the arse please? I can't go back to chocolate, I just can't. sad

RunningKatie Wed 23-Apr-14 21:29:22

Hello ThatsNotAKnife & welcome.

Were you trying to run on a fasting day or something? How does that work for you? I'm a rubbish runner in the evening, can't run on a full stomach so I aim to go out before breakfast. Saying that, at 6am I would really rather be in bed!

I am hitting the easter chocolate, it needs to go but I think I'm attacking it with a bit too much gusto. blush

FlossyMcgrew Wed 23-Apr-14 23:37:47

Congrats on the loss Amelia, that's fantastic! I keep trying to make myself shred in the morning, but my snooze button keeps winning!

Hi RunningKatie not sure what I'm thinking with the marathon ballot, I'm terrified that I may actually get a spot. We didn't buy any Easter chocolate, but have ended up with a ridiculous amount for the dc's. Very generous of people, but seriously, my kids are 2 and 3--there is no way they should have this amount of chocolate. I need to just pack it away to dh's work or something.

Please join us ThatsNotAKnife! Hope you had a better day today. 7 weeks of c25k is awesome. I have been talking about starting it for 7 weeks now and have only gotten as far as bringing my running shoes downstairs (and apparently signing up for a marathon...) you are doing really well, don't let one bad day get you down. Can you go back one workout and repeat the last one?
I keep hearing so much about the 5:2, but have avoided it because I worry about blood sugar crashes on fasting days. I have lots of diabetes in my family history and apparently it's best for me to maintain an even keel, and also get more active. My sister is a nurse and was trying to explain to me about the glycemic index. I should probably look into it!

Good luck everyone

storynanny2 Wed 23-Apr-14 23:51:29

Not posted since page one and had to de register and reregister as I couldnt get the reset to work! I was storynanny.
Im on week 7/8 now as well and have lost 10lb by calorie counting. I am writing down everything I eat and trying to stick to around 1000. I am amazed at how little 1000 calories of food is but I am determined not to reach my next birthday, 58, still carrying baby weight from 1991!
Hit a big problem 6 weeks ago, bought new scales, showed I was half a stone more than the ancient ones!10lb more to lose so half way there.

FlossyMcgrew Thu 24-Apr-14 00:35:15

Welcome back storynanny, well done on your loss, that's great!
When is your birthday?
Scales are almost like a necessary evil aren't they? They are good for reference and progress checks, but they can also be almost addictive and disheartening too.
I had a similar thing happen to me last year, was doing well and getting serious, so bought new scales, which then showed me having instantly gained back everything I thought I had lost! I ended up taking them back in the end, but it really knocked my confidence and slowed my momentum. So, well done to you for not letting that happen and sticking to it smile

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 24-Apr-14 08:28:06

I have done the 30 shred every morning this week. I find it easier to get up if I do it as soon as the alarm goes off. If I leave it and snooze I become welded to the mattress!

I am wearing a jumper that I haven't been able to wear for a while yay!

ThatsNotAKnife I started c25k last year and found I couldn't do nearly as much if I hadn't eaten something before. If you like bananas can you have 1 before you run? They are supposed to be good for energy.

RunningKatie Thu 24-Apr-14 08:38:03

Whatever you do, don't have 2 banana's as i once did. They travelled through my system extremely fast so it ended up being a sprint to the loo before i disgraced myself sad

Shredded this morning. I have put the scales in the wardrobe for a few days as i was weighing every morning.

We didn't buy eggs either flossy but have ended up with about 8. And 2 solar powered meerkats, because those are the ideal easter gift apparently!

My mum once bought some scales that weighed everyone as 1.5 stone! smile

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 24-Apr-14 09:31:33

I haven't bought my DDs any chocolate yet they have ended up with 5 eggs, 6 giant chocolate bunnies, 3 chocolate lollies, 3 white milky bar animals and a handful of mini eggs between them.

I got given a box of Irish cream chocolates for easter which I have put into the cupboard with the identical box she got me for my birthday. I will start on them when I have lost a stone.

Have you all got a target weight? I'm aiming for 10st 3lbs initially and will see how I feel then. At 5' 3.5" that is still at the higher end of the healthy BMI.

storynanny2 Thu 24-Apr-14 09:52:31

I was surprised to see that even when I get under the magic 10st mark I will still have an overweight bmi at 5'2". So even if I weigh 9st 13 and wear a pair of size 12 or 14 jeans I will still be officially overweight!
Flossie, my aim is to be target weight by 2 summer weddings and keep it off till my 58th birthday in October. I have lost weight in the past several times but it has always crept back on. Very determined this time as it definitely gets harder to lose weight past menopause.
Keep going everyone, remember chocolate is just a lump of greasy fat!!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 24-Apr-14 10:38:30

I am size 12 now and my BMI is 26.7 I think I will have to be a size 10 before I'm a healthy weight according to that.

I haven't had any chocolate since I started losing weight. My problem is I can't seem so stick to a small amount. I have one peanut M&M and next thing you know I have hoovered up the whole bag!

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Thu 24-Apr-14 10:49:21

Thanks all for the welcome. In the end I did succumb on the day I posted, had some biscuits and a bit of dairy milk. Not too bad, managed to rein it in before I lost the plot.

I tried the 25 minute run again yesterday and thankfully did it (albeit verrrry slowly). I think I just got distracted and lost my nerve on Monday. I think a lot of my success or otherwise for both running and dieting depends on confidence and being in a good place mentally.

Thanks again for the support, running tonight so planning to eat a bit more during the day. A bit nervous of eating right before I head out in case of cramps or worse!

Am also studiously ignoring the mountains of Easter chocolate in the house angry angry

storynanny2 Thu 24-Apr-14 11:11:07

Amelia, I am the same with chocolate, so I have gone cold turkey. However, I know that I will "reward" myself with a bar when I reach my target! Sort of warped thinking really isnt it? Maybe we need to train ourself to look forward to rewards other than food.
I have had a painful jaw (tmj) for nearly a year now and it is definitely helping my diet, as I cant bite on big hunks of crusty bread etc!
My evening tip is a big mug of hot marmite before I go to bed as I can not sleep on a hungry tum.
I am eating lots of fat free yoghurt, rice cakes and soup. It is getting boring! Did try the weightwatchers ready meals but they are about 350 cals for a titchy portion. When I add on my milk allowance that leaves hardly any calories left out of 1000 so I am making big pots of soup.

AnnaDoreta Thu 24-Apr-14 12:04:19

Hello

I'm struggling with the easter chocs hanging around too!

Doing ok this week - I had a really big salad for lunch yesterday with prawns and then was hungry when I got in after work so finished off my little one's chicken sandwich left over in her lunch box (yuck!). Then, after I put them to bed, I thought about what to have for dinner but wasn't hungry so thought I'd grab something later - but then never got hungry enough! That is unheard of for me. I get so used to just eating because its meal time, I forget to think about whether I'm actually hungry. So for the rest of the week I am going to try and listen to my body a bit more and not just eat because its supper time.

Still haven't managed to do any exercise - I'm the queen of excuses!

Have a good day everyone

Lamby80 Thu 24-Apr-14 15:16:57

Hiya
Having a wobble too with all the chocolate and out to dinner tomorrw but will drive so i cant drink. Sticking to my calories for the next few days but not hopeful of losing anything, i just dont want to gain!

RunningKatie Thu 24-Apr-14 21:05:35

The sun is out, or it was earlier - hurrah. Except this means I can no longer hide my bulging love handles under a jumper.

I have also realised through careful checking in every window we went past that my posture is terrible and makes me look even lardier than I am. So, I think maybe I need to do yoga or something to help?

My target weight is about 10.5 stone I think, I would love to be less but I started at 12.12 so want to be realistic about what is achievable and maintainable.

magentastardust Fri 25-Apr-14 11:10:51

I am struggling this week, not managed my 10k steps everyday as it hasn't been great weather but have done an Insanity workout class and a cardio fitness dvd will try and do a dvd again today.
Weight is sticking though and I know it will shift eventually but I find it so hard to be motivated when that happens!
(plus I keep nibbling Easter chocolate!)

howiwonder Fri 25-Apr-14 20:32:22

Ooh, I feel like having a bit of a blowout tonight. But I can't as I've been too bloody efficient at removing all the crap naughty food from the cupboards. Probably for the best.....

RunningKatie Fri 25-Apr-14 21:04:30

Good effort howiwonder, I have inhaled 3 creme eggs today. I'm just messing this up for myself, i really am.

FlossyMcgrew Fri 25-Apr-14 21:32:54

I'm messing it up for myself too, how can we snap out of it and break the cycle?? I kept thinking today as I was dutifully logging my chocolate egg onto MFP, "this is not the food diary of someone who wants to lose weight"

It's ridiculous!
I'm going to come back in a minute, going to make myself shred now, although I don't want to, I'm in damage control mode now.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 25-Apr-14 23:16:21

I woke up feeling rough and didn't shred this morning. Had a baguette at lunch with brie and homemade coleslaw so not great but have eaten less than I would have before the diet.

My problem is eating after dinner so I allowed myself an apple and 2 kiwi fruit before getting into bed.

I find with losing weight that I have to be in the right mind set or it just doesn't happen. Have either of you tried Paul McKenna? I lost quite a lot a couple of years ago by listening to the CD.

FlossyMcgrew Sat 26-Apr-14 00:09:07

Good suggestion Amelia, thank you! You are so right, a positive attitude makes all the difference. I have that cd on my old iPod, I am going to dig it out. I found the visualizing the healthy me part especially helpful in the past.

Time to snap out of it and get back on track. I need to stop making excuses. Right now it's easter chocolate, but later it will be bbq's and summer wine, next it will be comfort food in the autumn, then Christmas food and on and on it goes.

Must get back to work on changing my mindset!

Good luck everyone

jan2014 Sat 26-Apr-14 07:11:56

hello can i join too? i have at least a stone to lose, ideally 1.5 stone. my main motivation at the minute is getting into 3 gorgeous pairs of summer trousers i have waiting for me. im also quite down about it because i knew i'd gained weight but until i stepped on the scale i didn't realise it was this much. i have tried low carb and it didn't work for me (unsustainable for me) and i tried 5.2 but i just binge on my off days. i feel i need to do something drastic, but i know if i do it will probably backfire on me. i wish i could just learn to eat sensibly and cut down a bit. a lot of my problem at the minute is fatigue, which means i dont do much activity. i am determined to lose this weight.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sat 26-Apr-14 10:44:48

Jan2014 I had that shock in February. I knew I was bigger but hadn't realised how much.

I have never tried low carb as that would involve changing my whole diet and didn't get on with 5:2 as first day ended with a migraine.

This time I started doing slim fast and have now replaced those with low calorie foods. I find in the evenings I am too tired to do any exercise so qm trying to do it first thing. Would that work? Even just walking more can really help.

Good luck smile

Lamby80 Sat 26-Apr-14 11:06:58

I had a blow out too at dinner last night, had a family meal out, and they had one of those old fashioned sweet trolleys, i indulged and had trifle. Was gooood and dont feel too bad actually. It is so rare we go out together, or i go out at all, it was nice to treat myself.
Back on it today, hung the dress that needs to be a little looser in 4 weeks on the outside of my cupboard to remind me every day.
X

howiwonder Sat 26-Apr-14 12:49:07

That's the thing- keeping the motivation. I think you just have to refresh yourself on why you're doing it, dig out that dress or jeans, look at the before pics, whatever gets you back on track. The problem is dieting is bloody boring, I'm starting to find inputting on mfp monotonous and the novelty of the whole things wears off after the first week or two. So I think treats here and there, without guilt, are an essential part of keeping it sustainable.
I love Pinterest and have created a whole secret board on there of fitness and weight loss inspiration, I do find it genuinely motivating to look at from time to time.
Off to dig out my old Paul mckenna as well, I have never really read properly.
Chin up all smile

RunningKatie Sat 26-Apr-14 21:32:03

I need to get my Paul McKenna out again too,

Motivation needs a right kick up the backside again, it's now 9 weeks till my holiday and I still want to lose another 7lbs.

I am going out on my bike tomorrow morning before breakfast. Then I am going to plan my exercise in this week with dh.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sat 26-Apr-14 22:06:54

Dieting is so hard as Paul says your imagination is stronger than you will.

I had Oatcakes with low fat cream cheese, cherry tomatoes and cucumber for lunch. Do people actually like those? They weren't too bad but I think the box they came wouldn't have been much worse smile

I am going out for lunch to the local Table Table with my parents tomorrow. My dad always orders a dessert and I find it really hard not to when I am with him even if I am full already!

If you go onto the NHS BMI calculator it gives you an idea of how many calories approximately you need to lose weight. Mine is 1410.

BMI Calculator

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Sun 27-Apr-14 09:05:35

Hi all. Well I tried another 25 min run on c25k yesterday and flagged at 17 mins. I'll have to try again today before I can move on to week 8 (28 min runs). I am finding the c25k really challenging but I will be so so proud of myself if I eventually get there. I am not a natural runner!

7 weeks to our holiday and want to lose another half a stone by then. Had a look around the shops at bikinis but went for a tankini in the end, alas I don't think my stomach will ever be fit for public exposure after two big babies and horrific stretch marks sad ah well at least I am (just) back in the healthy bmi zone now.

Hope everyone's having a good weekend!

jan2014 Sun 27-Apr-14 19:53:20

Amelia i think doing the exercise in the morning is always the best idea for me, because like you im too tired at night and also my motivation isn't the same later in the day. but i find it hard as i have a toddler a lot of the time! i do have gym membership but its not working for me at the minute so im debating wether or not just to cancel it.

spoon you have done brilliant with your running.... i am impressed! i used to run but can't run the length of myself now. the fact you can do 17 minutes and are motivated is just brilliant.

today i ate well, until after my dd went to bed then i scoffed carbs. i was kind of expecting to do that, its been a stressful day, but i just wish i could have stopped myself buying the freddo and crisps earlier today knowing full well i was going to eat them tonight, instead of sticking to a healthy snack before bed.

howiwonder Sun 27-Apr-14 20:08:38

Haha jan2014, I don't often hear many people (other then me)say that expression - can't run the length of myself! You might be from same part of the world as me!

RunningKatie Sun 27-Apr-14 21:14:43

I went for a bike ride this morning, am planning a run tomorrow morning, I have to do mornings too. I find it ridiculously easy to talk myself out of exercise if I leave it till the evening.

Thatsnotaknife - you are doing great with your running, it's really hard to get going on it. I'm doing walk/run when I go out, not sure if that's how C25k works too?

I sneakily stood on the scales this morning, tomorrow is weigh in day, I've put on 2lbs. So, I have scuppered myself again for this week. Muppet.

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Sun 27-Apr-14 21:15:35

Ah thanks jan2014. I am just back in from my repeat attempt at 25 mins and managed it this time, so am chuffed. I slowed my pace and think that's the key, I keep getting ahead of myself ans trying to go too fast.

I know exactly what you mean about buying crap half unconsciously but sort of secretly knowing you're going to eat them while telling yourself you won't. I have a cupboard full that catches my eye every day when I go to get something else and it's a test every time for me.

I lurk on the 5:2 threads a bit and the hardcore posters there are very big on not snacking, which I'm trying to adhere to. It's kind of freeing in a way to know once dinner is over the kitchen is closed and there's no excuse to eat. It's a slippery slope for me even if I try to eat healthy stuff like rice cakes, eventually I'll give in to something much worse. So doing my best to stick to that!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 28-Apr-14 00:35:40

I'm a single parent and youngest is 3 so finding time to do exercise outside of the house is difficult. Apart from when DD3 is at preschool 3 days and I am at college at least one of them is with me at all times.

I would love to start running again but the 3 days I could possibly do are altogether which probably isn't great.

We went to table table for lunch and had seafood linguine followed by plain strawberry ice cream. Was so full after I didn't eat again until DDs were in bed.

Here's to a positive week for us all.

Lamby80 Mon 28-Apr-14 06:34:09

No change this week. So, aiming for 14.7 next week. I updated mfp to show my current weight and will stick to calories. Lets see! X

RunningKatie Mon 28-Apr-14 09:05:36

12.8 this week so 2lb gain from last week. This was not the plan.

I had all my gear out for a run this morning, the dc's had other ideas & were both awake at 6. sad Will go tonight instead.

Going out for a buggy walk now.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 28-Apr-14 09:19:49

If DD2 and DD3 wake up while I'm doing the shred they try and join in. It is very amusing though a little distracting. DD1s solution is to get up earlier! I think 7 is early enough!

RunningKatie do you have special running shoes? I started the 30 day shred last year but had to stop when my shins started really hurting. I want to start restart but I'm a bit worried it will happen again.

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Mon 28-Apr-14 11:54:15

Sorry runningkatie just saw your question, yes the first half or so of the c25k program is run/walk intervals, initially maybe only 60 secs run then 90 secs walk for 20 mins total. I was wrecked at the start so am really happy now I can run longer times with no walking. It gets easier with time but as you can see from my previous posts I still find every run a challenge abd if I do manage a 5k eventually I won't be breaking any records. I reckon it'll taje me 40 mins if I get that far.

I just wear cheapish asics trainers, so far have avoided any injuries.

magentastardust Mon 28-Apr-14 12:21:07

Well I have stayed the same weight for just under 2 weeks so would really like to shift a couple of pounds this week.
Going to try really hard to get my 10k steps in every day and no nibbling on mini eggs!
I have an insanity work out tonight -I look horrendous jumping about with my wobbly bits compared to a lot of the fit slim people there but we are all in a sweaty heap by the end and I guess it's better than sitting on my sofa.
10 weeks until holidays-really want to shift another stone but think its going to be tough goingconfused

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 28-Apr-14 12:43:21

There is a shop in the city centre that checks which type of trainers you need for running. I think I will go in there though won't be able to afford any until July.

I did race for life last year in 44 minutes. Where I live has an awful lot of hills so walked some of it.

Have you got a park run near you? They are 5k and I think you can be any ability. The local one to me is at 9am on Saturday mornings.

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Mon 28-Apr-14 12:51:00

Amelia, yes I am aiming for my local 5k park run but so far my best run has been 3.5k in 25 mins so need more prep first.

What distance is the run for life? You must be pretty fit to keep running for that long!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 28-Apr-14 14:10:03

Its 5k and I definitely did not run the whole way. The hill at the end had most of the non super fit people walking I think. There aren't many places here you can run for 5k without having to go up a steep hill.

There used to be a local marathon but they stopped it because the route was so harse.

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Mon 28-Apr-14 14:28:08

The route I do at the mo has a few 'gentle' hills and I slow to a practical walk on those. My DH did the c25k after Christmas and managed the local park run 5k in 25 mins so I feel like a geriatric next to him. He's doing a 10k program now. My brother does marathons, which is superhuman in my eyes!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 28-Apr-14 14:48:02

Super fit men in your family then.

There is a national trust property fairly close that has a path around the edge used by people to run. It is just under 2 miles and has a couple of fairly gentle, or at least short, hills. I think I might give it a go on Thursday after dropping DD3 off at preschool.

howiwonder Mon 28-Apr-14 16:42:04

Only half a pound off here, but disaapointed as I've been pretty good and was hoping for more but in the right direction I suppose. 6and a half in total for me now

RunningKatie Mon 28-Apr-14 21:25:52

I've got proper shoes Amelia, I've got flat feet and am a bit of a nightmare for injuries so DH bought me some for mother's day last year.

I've done a 8.5 mile bike ride tonight, probably the furthest I've ever cycled!

Before the dc's came along I ran half marathons and stuff, but it's like starting all over again. I did the route of my local parkrun on bank holiday Monday and it took me 37mins. It's a small group of runners on a Saturday though so I'd be quite possibly last which is what has stopped me doing it. I need to toughen up.

Howiwonder - half a pound is good, it might just mean that you'll have a bigger loss next week. Keep positive and do the complete opposite of me

FlossyMcgrew Tue 29-Apr-14 00:05:43

Late check in from me

Week 9
11 Stone 7
1 lb loss
14 lbs loss so far, hooray!!!

Welcome jan2014 low carb isn't sustainable for me either. Do you take any supplements or vitamins? I have been taking some vitamin d3, per my sister the nurse's orders, I have heard vitamin d deficiency can be a big problem here in the uk. Maybe supplements could help fatigue?

Lamby I agree, we shouldn't feel guilty for going out for nice meals or treating ourselves. For me at least , my big issue is balance and moderation, but I'm working on it.

Thank you for your chin up post howiwonder, You are absolutely right.

Thank you for the bmi calculator link Amelia, although I have to admit to being annoyed when it recommended I lose 1 stone 13 to be in the middle of healthy bmi range. I am still working in my original 2 stone goal for now, then we shall see! My dc also like to "help" me do my exercises. Mostly by standing under jumping jacks, and sitting on me during crunches! I figure, it's good for them to see my attempts at good health smile

Well done Magenta on the insanity work outs, I've heard they are just that!

ThatsNotAKnife well done on the running the 25 minutes, that's fantastic.
I did the same as you were saying and randomly bought a tootsie roll today, knowing full well I was the only one who was going to eat it, why??

Great job on your bike ride RunningKatie, you are doing so well at working in lots of activity!

My mini goal this week is to drink more water, have been really slipping on that lately.

Good luck everyone!!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 29-Apr-14 09:50:01

I know what you mean. I think I would have to lose a lot to be in the middle of the healthy bmi range.

I think I am going to pop into town on Thursday for running shoes. I have some money put aside for car tax so I might borrow from that.

I have weighed in this morning and lost half a pound. That's 13 1/4 lbs lost so far.

I shredded 4 times last week and twice this week so far. The weather means I haven't walked so far though. I will definitely make more effort this week.

Howi I also feel the same but need to stay focussed. At least it isn't half a pound on I suppose.

RunningKatie I would love to run half marathons, maybe one day!

jan2014 Tue 29-Apr-14 14:08:03

howiwonder yes i wonder i am am where you are from lol i know what i mean like??!!

Amelia i am a single parent too its so hard finding the motivation to exercise when you don't have the kids when all you want to do is sit down and.... breathe!

flossy well done on your weight loss you have done brilliant! yes i take vitamin d and lots of other supplements too and nothing is helping, im actually changing GP practises as they aren't listening to me, so hopefully will get somewhere with a new one as nothing is changing with the fatigue, exercise actually makes it worse so i am worried i have some sort of m.e.

didn't have time for breakfast this morning so got a wrap in mcds... i thought it wouldn't be that bad to have an egg and cheese wrap. well, they went and put sausage in it as well and i didn't have time to complain and wait for another one, so that wasn't the greatest start to the day but it was nice i have to say. its a lovely day here and i said to myself i was going to exercise but im knackered and the house is a mess... hopefully later i will do something!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 29-Apr-14 14:29:11

Jan2014 have you had your thyroid checked? I have an underactive thyroid and even though I'm supposedly on the correct dose of medication I still get really tired some times.

Hopefully the new doctors will get to the bottom of it for you. Its not nice feeling like something isn't right but not noting what.

jan2014 Tue 29-Apr-14 14:48:27

yes had everything checked...iron too. my thyroid was borderline underactive for awhile but must be ok now. im sorry you have thyroid trouble it is difficult when you have that fatigue.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 29-Apr-14 15:02:18

I'm mostly ok now. Just get a bit tired occasionally.

Do you have any other symptoms? Joint pain or anything? Might be a good idea to get the new doctor to refer you to a spealist. My friend has an autoimmune condition that wasn't diagnosed until she was referred.

jan2014 Tue 29-Apr-14 17:21:22

thats interesting about your friend, i do have other symptoms and brought them to my doctor and suggested the possibility of an autoimmune disease and he actually nearly laughed at me and said no way something like that would come up in my blood results. i need to fill the forms in for the new surgery and see the new doc, i haven't been happy with my current one for a few years they always fob me off no matter what it is (and im not one of those hypochondiacs)

jan2014 Tue 29-Apr-14 19:23:22

so my friend gave me a pair of jeans she didn't want any more and thought would fit me. gorgeous designer jeans that i wouldn't be able to afford. of course they are too tight! totally raging, and now upset about weight again. need more motivation. i think now my body is used to eating a certain amount of food and its very difficult to go below that, i will somehow have to retrain my mind and body to expect a little less.

howiwonder Tue 29-Apr-14 20:02:12

Ah dead on, we definitely speak the same language Jan2014!

Do you know, I'm defintely wondering about the idea of retraining my body to this new calorie level. I am allowing myself plenty of calories on this diet- 1800, a figure I kind of plucked out of the air as I'm still bfeeding DS2. Should be more than enough cals I thought. But I'm often getting dizzy, weak etc, when I get hungry, I get really hungry! I'm hoping this will pass when my body adjusts a bit. I feel I would really struggle to do all the exercise the rest of you seem to be doing, I just feel a bit too washed out

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 29-Apr-14 21:48:40

I don't think my friends autoimmune condition showed up in blood test done at the GPS. In fact unless the condition is active I'm not sure it shows at all.

GPS are only general doctors and know a small amount about lots of things. To get a diagnosis you need to see a rheumatologist.

RunningKatie Thu 01-May-14 08:20:27

I didn't feel great getting up for a run yesterday Amelia but bettter afterwards although hungry!

I've had 3 days now off undoing all the bad choices in April. Feeling positive again and I'm back to eating under my exercise calories rather than up to or over.

Fingers crossed this motivation will show on the scales on monday.

Hope you're all having a good week smile

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 01-May-14 19:32:17

Was going to buy running shoes today but its a good 30 minute walk into town and raining quite hard so have put it off until next week.

RunningKatie I always have to push myself to do the shred in the morning but do feel better for it after.

There is talk of a lot of meals and nights out in the next few weeks so not sure that is going to have a positive impact on the diet!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 02-May-14 15:56:51

Feels a bit quiet here at the moment.

I have done day 9 of the 30 day shred and walked 9084 steps, which is about 8500 more than normal grin

Hope everyone is doing well.

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Fri 02-May-14 21:22:53

Hi Amelia. I've been concentrating on my running this week. I've actually managed to do 5k! My time is rubbish (40 mins initially, 38.30 tonight) but hopefully I can improve that a little bit. I've decided to do a 5k race at my local park run next weekend so that is my next goal! Might get myself some new trainers if I do a decent (for me) time.

All very slow on the weightloss front, it's totm for me too so I'm afraid to even look as I know there is water retention which is disheartening. Feel crap and want to eat rubbish too but hoping if I manage to resist this will pass soon... it's tough though!

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Fri 02-May-14 21:24:22

ps well done on the shred Amelia. I don't know much about how it works but 9 thousand steps sounds impressive!

RunningKatie Fri 02-May-14 21:59:14

38.30 is brill Thatsnotaknife - you're doing great. Have you looked to see how many do your parkrun and what the time spread is?

My parkrun isn't on this weekend, bit sad as having chatted about it earlier this week I was all set to do it, and I can't do next weekend as I'm volunteering at a nearly new sale. So, May 17th, I will be there. DH has said that he and the dc's are going to make me a medal. smile

I have been trying much harder again this week, have sneaked a peek at the scales and am pleased that I am undoing the mess I made of April.

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Fri 02-May-14 22:51:58

Thanks runningkatie! To be honest I doubt I'll get much faster than tonight's time, I was pooped after. I don't know the spread of my parkrun but I know the average time is 29 mins so I'm well over that. I'm looking forward to it though - good luck to you for the 17th!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sat 03-May-14 13:40:37

Well done Thatsnotaknife and good luck with your run next weekend.

Day 10 of level 1 of the 30 day shred. It still isn't easy but I can definitely do more press ups than I could on day 1.

I worked it out that if I walk the DDs to school and walk back I will do over 6000 steps. I normally drive them there and then leave the car until I pick them up. I might try and be organised and walk both ways.

Lamby80 Sun 04-May-14 06:09:11

Morning all,
Feeling a bit crappy today. I thought it was Monday so weighed myself and gained 2lb. I literally dont understand why this week. I have been extra good on diet.
I tried my dress on for the wedding and its still a bit tight. Only 3 weeks today too.
X

RunningKatie Sun 04-May-14 22:02:49

I have a spa evening in five weeks, I do not look good in a swimsuit, I don't even own a nice swimsuit. Arghhhhh.

I also weighed this morning and had mysteriously gained 2lbs again. So, I will try again tomorrow and fingers crossed despite inhaling some green & blacks, all will be a bit brighter in the morning lamby.

DH is working tomorrow so I don't quite have the long weekend, I have had a large glass of wine though!

FlossyMcgrew Sun 04-May-14 23:05:50

Hey ladies!
Sorry I've been crap about posting this week. I keep telling DH that I'm neglecting "my girls."
Off on our mini break in the morning, sneaked a peek at scales Friday and was down a pound, which felt great, until I had to go swimsuit shopping today. Let's just say I've still got a way to go! Ended up with a black "magic" tummy control number from tesco.
Hoping not to go too crazy on this little trip. Also hoping the sunshine lasts....
Good luck everyone!

howiwonder Mon 05-May-14 09:11:12

Hope the scales look a bit kinder for you this morning lamby and Katie.

Have a fab break flossy! Wish I was heading off somewhere, spent all last night researching camping trips which is as exciting as it gets here...

2and a half lbs off this morning, so 9 lb in total. Was pretty naughty this week so am very with that loss I think!

howiwonder Mon 05-May-14 09:34:28

*very lucky that should say

RunningKatie Mon 05-May-14 21:26:52

I am taking a sledgehammer to my scales, it's the simplest thing for all of us.

Have a great trip Flossy.

We have paid for our hols to Northumberland today, looking forward to it. DH and I have never been abroad together although he's forever flying off to foreign places.

2lbs is great howi - I am envious!

Tomorrow I may be going out with a running club. Haha!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 05-May-14 23:00:02

Have fun running tomorrow RunningKatie.

When you weigh, how much clothes do you wear?

When I started I weighed fully dressed so just carried that on. Last week I decided to weigh in just my underwear and was 1.5lbs less. I have still lost the same amount of weight as I have before but am closer to my target without the clothes grin

howiwonder Mon 05-May-14 23:21:38

Knickers and nothing else Amelia!!!

One way to claw back a few pounds, and a plus side of not going to ww or slimming world gringrin

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 06-May-14 08:22:08

Howi that made me laugh. I think stripping naked at Slimming work would be frowned upon slightly grin

Weighed this morning and I've lost 2 1/4lbs this week. That's 1st 1 1/2lbs lost in total.

I have 6lbs to go before being lighter than I have been in a long time grin

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Rebeca35 Tue 06-May-14 12:39:58

determined to lose 2 stones smile

RunningKatie Tue 06-May-14 12:53:16

2 stone in 4 to 6 weeks, are you sure?

I weigh naked, it's the best way if not the most attractive.

I am back at 12.6, so 6lbs off so far. Now i need to stop messing and get the weight shifting again.

ditsygal Tue 06-May-14 13:53:16

Hi ladies, can I join you?
Starting weight 13st 2lbs at 5ft7. Starting tomorrow. Following basic principals of SW plus a bit of portion control and making sure I eat loads of fruit and veg, and starting the 30 day shred as well.
Its my 30th in just over 3 months so I am aiming to have lost 2 stone 4lbs by then. It's also my BIL wedding in Sept so that is an extra incentive. I will do it this time, I will I will I will....

Lamby80 Tue 06-May-14 20:07:33

Hiya
I forgot to post yesterday. Come Monday i had stayed the same. Strange scales that showed a gain on Sunday. Pleased but sad i seem to have come to a standstill.
Trying for 1lb this week.
Everyone seems to be doing so well! Some of you are over a stone - thats amazing!! I dont think in ever going to get there!
We recently moved and i unpacked a lot of clothes over the weekend, all 2 whole sizes too small but has given me extra motivation. X
X

RunningKatie Wed 07-May-14 17:31:21

Good news that the scales had an off day lamby. Hopefully they'll behave better next week.

I'm feeling like i am getting back on track with things. More exercise, better food, and eating under the mfp exercise cals.

I've started reading the paul mckenna book, need to watch the hypnosis dvd.

howiwonder Wed 07-May-14 18:33:24

Yay for getting back on track! I'm getting a bit slack, this week will not be a good one - my birthday tomorrow, home all day with the kids (poor me, can you hear the violins?!) so a few treats will be had I am sure.

On a positive note, I had my first 'have you lost weight?'comment today, hurray!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 08-May-14 08:19:59

Happy birthday howi, hope you have a lovely day.

Have just done L2 D4 of the shred, it certainly makes you very hot and sweaty smile

magentastardust Thu 08-May-14 11:09:48

Well I have just posted on MFP as that is me reached the 28lb /2 stone mark today! smile I am on holiday in 9 weeks and ideally would love to lose another 10lbs-14lbs for then but will see how it goes.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 08-May-14 11:58:43

Well done magentastardust 2 stone is amazing!

MrsWinnibago Thu 08-May-14 12:02:19

I've lost a stone by riding 8 miles a day on my bike. I do this instead of using public transport...it's been fast too!

RunningKatie Thu 08-May-14 13:13:21

magenta - amazing, how do you feel? I hope you are rewarding yourself. I am planning treats in for each half stone loss. Along the lines of a new haircut, a new properly fitting bra, a childfree coffee shop trip. The old me would have rewarded with cake wink

Happy birthday howi, have a lovely day.

I didn't get up for my bike ride today. DS is waking through the night and i have a sore throat etc. so when the alarm went off at 5.45 i switched it off. Hopefully it'll be dry later and I can either cycle or run.

magentastardust Thu 08-May-14 13:26:25

I do feel good, so much less stress and pain on my knees and legs! Have a lot more energy too.
Feels great fitting into old clothes again and buying some new stuff for holidays.
I have quite a lot to lose though so need to remember that I need to keep going. I tend to go off track once I am back from holidays and once Autumn sets in I go into hibernation mode!!
I need to get into the mind set that it is a permanent change and not a quick fix for holidays. Want to break the yoyo dieting cycle.

I think I would like to lose 4 stone altogether (including the 2 stone I have already lost)

magentastardust Thu 08-May-14 13:28:04

Well done Mrs Winnibago. Excercise has definitely made a difference to me this this time.

RunningKatie Thu 08-May-14 13:47:41

I have just seen the weather forecast, i think i'll be shredding tonight. Rain, rain and more rain. sad

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 08-May-14 15:47:32

Yes RunningKatie, so much for a heatwave for a fortnight!

Lamby80 Thu 08-May-14 17:39:23

Magenta, thats amazing, well done you! I should have lost about 8lb so far but only done 3lb, i can feel myself slipping! Going for a run tonight, i like running in the rain!
My dress for the wedding is still tight below my boobs and wondering whether to cave and buy a bigger size or try to lose an inch in 3 weeks. I feel if i buy a bigger size, i am giving in. X

RunningKatie Thu 08-May-14 20:44:27

I did yoga tonight instead of shredding, I am aching already!

Running the rain sounds almost appealing Lamby, if it was a light shower I'd go for it smile

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 08-May-14 23:16:41

RunningKatie does yoga help with flexibility? I make a bit of wood look bendy smile

RunningKatie Fri 09-May-14 20:19:53

I think it does Amelia, I've done it again today and I know it's stretching me which is good as I get quite stiff and injury prone if I run too much.

I'll be on my feet for hours tomorrow, helping at a nearly new sale for hours.

Happy weekend everyone smile

howiwonder Fri 09-May-14 20:46:44

Thanks for the birthday wishes. I am definitely going to have put on some weight this week, have been eating everything in sight!

I'm definitely starting some form of exercise tomorrow - have the option of starting the couch to 5 k as have downloaded the app, of go swimming, which I've been threatening to do for weeks.

Also starting a new yoga class on Monday as I love yoga but have practised very little recently , so looking forward to getting back into it.

Enjoy your weekend all smile

howiwonder Sat 10-May-14 11:10:49

Day 1, couch to 5k done! Harder than I thought it would be...

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Sat 10-May-14 11:53:34

Howiwonder, stick with the c25k, it's tough but so worth it. I started around 2 months ago and by week 4 or so thought I'd never finish it. Fast forward to this morning, I just did my first 5k park run in 31 minutes -I am so chuffed smile

And frankly amazed at what our bodies can do with some training and perseverance. Stick with it, you'll be so glad you did once you do your 5k. I'm going to keep this up now as I think it's a lot easier to maintain a level of fitness like this with regular exercise rather than starting from scratch. Next job: strength training/core work to tone the wobbly belly...

Happy weekend everyone!

howiwonder Sat 10-May-14 23:10:21

Thanks thatsnotaknife, that's really reassuring to hear- well done you!
I have ran in and off over the years, and even got okayish at it pre children, so I suppose when I looked at c25k I thought it would be pretty easy. How wrong was I?! Underestimated how bad my fitness was. I think you're right to keep going with the running because it's amazing how you can go all the way back to square one if you don't keep it up.
I should be having a rest day tomorrow but if I'm not too sore, I might try and do my second run then as it really doesn't suit Monday.

FlossyMcgrew Sun 11-May-14 23:34:09

I'm back from our caravan adventure! I wasn't too terrible away, although I did drink quite a bit, but don't mind as had lots of fun with DH, we needed that! I've actually been worse with food since we got back home. Going to get back to it with a weigh in tomorrow, little bit worried, but it has to be done. It's ridiculously easy to slip back into bad habits and mindless eating. Need to nip it in the bud.

Amelia well done on your loss so far, making wood look bendy made me chuckle. I am the same!

Welcome ditsygal are you on MFP?

Happy belated birthday howiwonder and well done on couch to 5k!

magenta that is fantastic!! Really inspiring, well done.

Glad to hear it's going well RunningKatie. I've always thought about doing yoga, but that's as far as I've gotten! Over the years I've seen quite a few friends get really into it, and they all look fantastic.

Lamby good luck with the running and your dress!

ThatsNotAKnife you are so right about maintaining fitness rather than starting from scratch again. Can be a slow process to build it up, but it's amazing how quickly it can be lost. Just like weight loss and healthy diet, it seems. Makes me a bit nervous about my week that I just took "off".....

The scales will tell in the am, gulp! I will be weighing after peeing, maybe even naked if it helps!

Good night and good luck all!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 12-May-14 08:23:22

Flossy How has the weigh in gone?

I have done D7 L2 of the shred, it is not getting any easier!

I was going to walk into town on Thursday but just remembered I am getting my hair cut first thing and I won't get there in time unless I drive. Will walk in next week.

We have a new Gary Rhodes restaurant here and I am taking my parents and brother as a thank you for all the help they give me. I think it might include a few too many calories smile we aren't going until the beginning of June so hopefully a few more pounds will be off by then. Our usual places to eat are Table Table or Morrison's so I'm so excited! grin

Hope everyone else is doing well.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 12-May-14 08:24:20

Flossy How has the weigh in gone?

I have done D7 L2 of the shred, it is not getting any easier!

I was going to walk into town on Thursday but just remembered I am getting my hair cut first thing and I won't get there in time unless I drive. Will walk in next week.

We have a new Gary Rhodes restaurant here and I am taking my parents and brother as a thank you for all the help they give me. I think it might include a few too many calories smile we aren't going until the beginning of June so hopefully a few more pounds will be off by then. Our usual places to eat are Table Table or Morrison's so I'm so excited! grin

Hope everyone else is doing well.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 12-May-14 08:24:44

Oops sorry about the double post!

RunningKatie Mon 12-May-14 13:49:16

Weigh in day for me, the scales tantalisingly said 12.5 but decided to switch to 12.6 so another week with no loss.

I know what to do, i start with great intentions and then my focus wavers. Grrrr.

howiwonder Mon 12-May-14 17:46:24

1lb on heresad oh well, I had fun, time to get back on it now...

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 12-May-14 19:59:10

Howi supposedly the quicker goes on the quicker it comes off. I put on a pound and a half one week last month but it came off the following week so hopefully it will be the same for you.

Weigh in tomorrow but don't feel like I have done very well. I'm resisting urge to do it now, but only just.

FlossyMcgrew Mon 12-May-14 23:00:40

Well, crap, that's me up a pound too.
So now....

Week 10?
1 lb gain
11 stone 7 lbs
14 lbs total loss

Back to it! Could've been much worse.

Hoping the difference to me this time will be, ok, I had a little break, and relaxed a bit, but instead of just losing the plot now, I get back to business.

Hopefully that can be my new way of life eventually, just need to get closer to my goals first!

Good luck everyone smile

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 13-May-14 08:38:04

Put half a pound on this week but I am due on and last time I put on a pound and a half so not too worried.

Flossy we have lost the same amount now smile

magentastardust Tue 13-May-14 12:07:28

Keep going everyone we will get there!
Survived another insanity class it doesn't get any easier but you do feel good afterwards!
Its just keeping going and keeping up the excercise I sometimes find tricky. 8 weeks to go and really need to get my Arms and Legs more toned.
Also determined that my holiday isn't my ultimate goal this time. I need to enjoy it then come back and get back to it instead of spending the next couple of months piling everything back on !!

howiwonder Tue 13-May-14 20:10:01

Magenta, what is insanity?! I keep hearing it mentioned....

RunningKatie Wed 14-May-14 12:34:58

Cartwheeling in, at last i have lost a pound. grin I know i weigh on a monday but it's now time of the month so i need to keep focussed.

Really chuffed as it means i've lost 1/2 stone in total now. Next goal is to be under 12 stone for my hols, so 6.5 weeks to lose 6lbs. Focus needed!

I've been faffing about on mfp but now back logging again. Also been on a long walk with ds, he's snoring away now.

magentastardust Wed 14-May-14 22:24:50

www.beachbody.co.uk/product/fitness-training/insanity-workout.do

It is classes though not the dvd (I would just sit and watch the DVD with a cuppa and a biscuit)
It is hard but it makes you feel fab afterwards. There are modifications for some of the excercises for those of us who need them!

magentastardust Wed 14-May-14 22:25:55

Well done RunningKatie ! You will do it!

howiwonder Wed 14-May-14 22:57:10

Oooh, sounds scary!

Just looked and no classes near me (just someone selling the DVD set on gumtree) lots of other classes I want to try though, find it so difficult to haul my ass out of the house of an evening though. Once I get home, I never want to go out again

RunningKatie Thu 15-May-14 13:40:48

I am contemplating Balletfit, but i have loads of options, i just need to book myself into something!

I used to love spin but i'm scared i couldn't last an hour.

magentastardust Thu 15-May-14 22:17:28

Ooh never heard of Balletfit-think I am too big to be graceful!

Just signed up to a half Marathon charity walk in September with work to make sure that I keep up my walking and excercising after I get bck from my holidays! Gives me another target!

RunningKatie Fri 16-May-14 08:56:47

i have cycled this morning, may try for a walk this afternoon.

I am going to book onto spin next week, stop wibbling and get on with it.

Hope everyone is enjoying the sun smile

RunningKatie Mon 19-May-14 12:37:15

Weigh in today: 12.5, so 7lbs down from 1st march.

Need to stay focussed, my initial goal is sub-12 for the end of June. Not currently being helped by a summer cold and dh working all hours.

Hope everyone's ok smile

FlossyMcgrew Mon 19-May-14 13:25:40

Quick check in from me to say I need to refocus, but I am still here!!
Another week with no loss, luckily no gain this week, but I'm in serious danger zone of going back to yo yo ing, I am not going to let that happen!
We got the invitation for the wedding that was one of my original motivators.
I fell down and seriously screwed up my leg last week and have been using it as a excuse to fall off the wagon.
DH is out of town this week so I am going to seriously buckle down!
Good luck everyone!
Hi RunningKatie you are doing awesome, hang in there!

howiwonder Mon 19-May-14 18:39:12

1lb off here, but I gained all last week so that's just me back to where I was a couple of weeks ago. Need to knuckle down and make some progress now.

Sorry to hear about your leg flossy

RunningKatie Mon 19-May-14 19:21:42

Oh flossy, hope your leg is improving. How long till the wedding?

Howi - I did a lot of that back and forth with the same lb which was frustrating. Now I need to knuckle down again too.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 20-May-14 09:26:40

Flossy hope your leg is better soon.

I have lost 1lb this week.
Total loss is now 1st 2lbs

had too much cake this week so need to get back on it properly!

FlossyMcgrew Tue 20-May-14 10:42:22

Well done on the losses howi and Amelia!!

The wedding we are going to is July 17th, so there is time to get that second stone off yet, just can't afford any more slip ups.

Thanks everyone about my leg, silly mistake, wasn't paying attention and fell down the stairs. Worst of all I was holding my daughter, it was really scary. We are both ok, but she had quite a few bruises and I bent back my foot and leg so hard that my entire foot is bruised and I strained my calf muscle--never knew how painful that could be!
seems to be improving so I may try a seriously modified version of the shred tonight. When I'm exercising I seem much more motivated to eat healthily as well.

Good luck everyone

magentastardust Tue 20-May-14 10:55:08

Hope you are ok Flossy! Ok ladies we need to dig deep and stay in the zone and keep at it.
I too feel that if I'm not careful I could start to slip up -had a takeaway on Fri night (although it was the first for a long time) and nibbled a lot. Had put on 1.5lbs by Sunday but that is back off again after an extremely tough Insanity class last night and lots of healthy eating and water since Sat.
I did enjoy my takeaway and a couple of coke's too.But I eat way too much -felt so bloated and awful on Sat morning so it really wasn't worth it. I could have eaten half the size of portion!
Anyway back on form this week-we have put a lot of hard work in we deserve to see it through and reap the rewards! We will look fab for summer smile
I don't want to go back to yoyoing and feeling rubbish all the time.

RunningKatie Tue 20-May-14 14:42:58

Our nearest sports place does an Insane workout I've noticed magenta, how fit do you need to be to do it?

I've lost another lb, so 12.4 now, baffled how but a lb is a lb! smile

I am going to do a parkrun on Saturday. It's going to blinking rain isn't it? sad

magentastardust Tue 20-May-14 18:38:56

I think other classes are starting emerge but obviously can't call themselves Insanity so are Insane work outs or 1000kcal work out or HIIT workouts I would imagine they are all much and such.

It is hard but you will definitely manage-in my class there are a range of people from semi pro footballers to overweight woman (me!) and young teenage girls. Everyone finds it hard and everyone is full on sweating!

There is a lot of jumping, abs work , planks, burpees that sort of thing and you will ache in the following days but you will also feel brilliant.

I am a couple of stone heavier than you and I can manage it you will def be able to do it. Go on try it!

Have a google on youtube and watch a couple to get the idea. Its a bit scary the first time but I dragged along a friend. There are also slight modifications for some of the excercises if you tire or can't manage the full on one's they do. It is in sections too so keeps changing so feels a quick class.

magentastardust Tue 20-May-14 18:39:39

PS well done on the pound.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 20-May-14 20:42:49

Flossy that does sound scary. Hope you are both feeling better soon.

FlossyMcgrew Tue 20-May-14 23:33:06

Thanks for the post magenta you are absolutely right, time to dig deep and remember how far we've already come.
And it is so true, in the last few weeks, where I've been slipping back into bad habits, snacking, having wine, bigger portions, etc, I have actually felt really crap! Disappointed in myself and generally irritable and down.

I did a very modified version of shred tonight, and feel more motivated already.

Thanks Amelia we are both much better now, it was just one of those careless moments, where you can't help but think it could've been much worse. My little dd was much more brave than me, I was a mess!

Good luck everyone

RunningKatie Wed 21-May-14 21:20:31

How is your dd today Flossy and your leg?

I have an absolute horror of doing things with ds & dd, I would wrap them up in cotton wool all the time if I could.

Today I have walked loads, and I also bought what I thought was a healthy M&S meal, then I calculated the calories and I've gone over hmm - it probably was healthy until I added the wine.

FlossyMcgrew Wed 21-May-14 23:29:22

Much better today thanks, not quite up for running or jumping just yet, but getting there!
We are all a bit more careful on the stairs now, so that's good.
I was also over on calories today, but only about 50 so not terrible. I skipped the shred tonight so I could get to bed early, and here I am unable to sleep.
I saw on MFP that you walked a ton today, well done! Must increase my activity levels, going to try and take dd for a swim in the morning. She likes to kick around with her armbands and I can do some makeshift water aerobics/leg exercises without the impact.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 22-May-14 08:06:09

Glad to hear your DD is on the mend Flossy.

For some reason I am finding it very difficult to resist cake! I was doing really well until I went to the school last night for DD3s new parents evening for when they start school. I could have had savoury or a biscuit or even been really sensible and had nothing! What I actually did was have a square of Victoria sponge cake!

On Sunday I had 2 slices of cake and an ice cream! This is not good!

As of today I need to refocus! I have shredded again this morning so now need to focus on what I am eating!

Hope everyone else has a good day smile

FlossyMcgrew Fri 23-May-14 07:39:34

Morning everyone, feeling motivated and better prepared now. Have got lots of healthy food choices in the house now. Need to get my activity levels up.

Hope you managed to stay away from cake Amelia! My DS 's preschool had a charity event last week and there were so many cakes! I was the same and instead of saying no or choosing something small and light, I had 3 different cupcakes?! Not exactly the way to eat when trying to lose at least another stone.
That was last week though, back to making better choices again now!

Good luck everyone smile

RunningKatie Fri 23-May-14 16:17:59

I am still here, can't get on via the app which is frustrating.

Trying to stay focussed, supposed to be parkrunning tomorrow but we are forecast torrential rain. I'm a fair weather exerciser!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 23-May-14 18:12:32

I have managed not to eat any cake yesterday but I did have TWO slices yesterday blush they were my lunch but I really didn't need both! One was lemon drizzle cake and the other was Victoria sponge.

I have done much better today but think an early night might be on the cards so I don't raid the kitchen.

RunningKatie exercise in the rain does not sound like fun!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 23-May-14 19:11:53

I have managed to not eat any cake today that should say!

FlossyMcgrew Sun 25-May-14 08:52:05

A motivational quote/pic for this bank holiday weekend. Today will be filled with BBQ, nibbles, drinks and puddings. I will choose wisely!
Hope everyone is doing well smile

RunningKatie Sun 25-May-14 16:15:35

Chicken tikka naan sandwich - so unhealthy but yummy. I have carried ds in the sling all round Meadowhell today, he only woke up when i had to go for a wee! I count it as strength training smile

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sun 25-May-14 17:51:19

Chicken Tikka naan sandwich sound delicious!

Flossy I do like a good old BBQ, enjoy yourself.

I have been a lot better the last 2 days. I managed to stay away from the cake at church this morning and just had a plain digestive biscuit. I have lots of meals and nights out booked in the next few weeks as well as a weekend away so will need to be super careful! Getting into clothes I couldn't fit into a month ago is definitely helping with the motivation.

howiwonder Mon 26-May-14 14:35:05

Quickie check in from me, weigh day today. 2lbs off, so 12lb in total. Wedding anniversary today and we are out for meal tonight, such a rare occurrance for us that I have no intention of holding back so there will be many many calories happening tonight!!

magentastardust Mon 26-May-14 16:16:22

Well I am in Scotland so same old routine here -not a sniff of a BBQ or a glass of Pimm's ;) Which is just as well really as with 6 weeks to go it is time to focus like a fit person!
I stayed the same last week so hope to drop a pound-two this week. Would love to lose another half stone before my holiday so need to get stuck in and no more slip ups.

Had 2 or 3 people notice my weight loss in the last week (only took over 2 stone before anyone noticed but nevermind!) so that feels great.

Enjoy your anniversary meal Howi...

RunningKatie Mon 26-May-14 20:28:54

Happy anniversary howi - hope you have a lovely meal!

I am back at 12.5 so gained back the lb I lost midweek, frustrating but I'm not properly exercising at the moment so I am scuppering my chances.

5 weeks to ours hols so I need to keep focussed, I saw lots of nice summer dresses whilst we were out today at a food festival. I'm sure I have loads hanging in the wardrobe, I just need to see if I can fit into any of them.

FlossyMcgrew Tue 27-May-14 10:33:17

Morning ladies! Another week stuck at 11 stone 7. Pleased I haven't gained, but really need to do something to get the weight loss ball rolling again.
I saw this 30 day ab challenge on Facebook. So going to give that a go. Hopefully you can read it in the picture if anyone wants to join me, starting June 1st.
My leg is still a mess so haven't been able to shred very effectively. Thinking I need to head in to the gp to have it checked out again.

Excellent self control avoiding the cake Amelia!

Well done on the loss howi, And hope you had a great night out smile

magenta I like that, "focus like a fit person" Going to repeat it to myself like a mantra smile

I love a food festival RunningKatie and a good market, food in general I suppose--Must focus like a fit person....

Hoping for some sunny, salad eating weather soon.

Hope everyone is well, good luck this week!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 27-May-14 12:44:17

Happy anniversary howi.

Weighed in this morning
Weight lost this week: 2 1/2lbs
Total weight lost: 1st 4 1/2lbs

I having a very rare night out next weekend so have a week and a half to lost a little bit more.

Flossy I have signed up for that, though I have no idea how to do 5 planks?!

howiwonder Tue 27-May-14 18:19:11

Thanks both, I actually planned to eat loads but struggled to finish my main - perhaps my stomach has shrunk a bit <hopeful emoticon> ...
Remind me who the cyclist is on here, is it you runningkatie? I've just got a bike and went out for my first ride with DH this morning. Was harder than I expected!! Really enjoyed it though, thinking cycling might be my new 'thing'. I'm also using a weighted hula hoop for ten mins a day to try and tone up the dreaded muffin top.
Hope everyone's well smile

RunningKatie Tue 27-May-14 19:11:05

I love my hulahoop howi and I am a wannabe cyclist, my dh is far better at it than I am. I really enjoy it too, but I'm not good at downhill, which is unfortunate given we live in a very hilly area and I don't like traffic.

Do you know how to plank at all Amelia? it's very good for abdominals, you can start off cheat and do a half plank as you build your strength up.

howiwonder Tue 27-May-14 19:47:21

V hilly here too runningkatie, am also very nervous if the traffic but was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was.
Off to google ab challenge- planks are great, make you feel so strong when you get good at them.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 27-May-14 22:13:40

I have done the plank exercises on the 30DS but not sure what they mean by 5 planks. Isn't a plank just the position of pushups without actually doing one? How can you do 5 in a row?

I like the idea of cycling on theory but not sure I would want to go out on the road. Its also very hilly where I am which would make it very hard.

FlossyMcgrew Tue 27-May-14 22:51:40

I think planking is this position, more resting on your elbows and holding your core tight, rather than the plank in shred where you are on your hands and doing other moves, but I may be wrong, and no, this is not me demonstrating!

What do you all do with your hula hoops ? Is there a workout with it or is it just plain hooping? That us so weird as just last week I started searching for a good deal on one from eBay.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 27-May-14 23:20:32

Yes I googled and you hold that for 5 seconds rather than do it 5 times. It looks good, by the end you will be doing 100 sit ups!

RunningKatie Wed 28-May-14 08:39:31

I have a hulaerobics dvd flossy, i used to do a class.

Naturally most people hoop one way, so say, spin to the right. So try spinning the other way, or slowing right down so the hoop starts to drop a bit and then speed up to whizz it back up to your waist. You can also walk round spinning it - that's where you need a bit of room. We also span them round our arms sat on a gym ball, swapping from one arm to another.

howiwonder Wed 28-May-14 14:22:45

I'm just doing plain old hula hooping for ten mins every day with it at the moment, I heard that even that can help. Can't go the other direction, tried last night! Might look into DVDs when I get a bit better. Don't know if it will make any difference but I have got some rather impressive bruises on my waist which I am weirdly proud of!!

RunningKatie Wed 28-May-14 15:11:25

I thought of more i've been sat on the M1 for a while.

Try moving your arms whilst you hoop, so if you normally have them raised at chest height in front then try moving them over your head. Anything that makes you work harder to keep the hoop up is good.

Or, go up on the balls of your feet, lean your torso back and put your pelvis up so you're hooping on your hip bones. That hurts! smile

FlossyMcgrew Fri 30-May-14 08:46:28

Well I am convinced, think I'll order a hula hoop! If nothing else the kids will have fun with it smile

My DH is away again this weekend, so going to take the opportunity to really focus. For some reason I find it easier to eat healthily when he's not around.

Hope everyone is well

howiwonder Sat 31-May-14 11:03:04

Yes I'm the same flossy, much easier to be 'good' when DH is away.
Have just ordered a hulaerobics DVD as runningkatie has made me realise I'm not actually doing a great deal with my token ten mins of hooping in the living room, time to up my game! Although my living room is pretty tiny so this could be tricky...

Mozzereena Sun 01-Jun-14 11:36:38

Hi Flossy it's day one for me. I've just weighed in today at 10st.2lb!
That stone has crept on in the past couple of years but I am hoping to get rid of it in about 8 weeks if possible as many of my clothes (size10) don't fit me as well as they should. I could not fasten any of my shorts at all yesterday. sad
We are going on holiday in 8 weeks time and I cannot afford to buy new clothes so I am just going to have to fit my lovely old ones. I expect I will save money as I intend to cut out beer and wine and reduce consumption of rich foods.
Does a before picture help you with your motivation? I wonder if I should do a before picture but I would be too scared to see it!

RunningKatie Sun 01-Jun-14 21:07:00

I haven't intentionally taken a before photo of me but I've just found some close ups of my backside that dd has taken. shock

It is so much easier to be good when DH is away, he's a terrible snacker and yet weighs 2.5 stone less than me as he's cycling all the time.

Weigh in tomorrow, I think I've gained again, because I've got an on again, off again period. I cannot wait for this implant to be removed i hope dh is firing blanks

Mozzereena Mon 02-Jun-14 14:41:12

Day 2. I did my 'before' pics on my iPhone last night.
I've stopped drinking alcohol but I ate more or less what I normally would on Sunday but with more fruit than usual.

Today I have eaten what I normally eat but just halved the amount:
1 weetabix and milk no sugar and a white coffee this morning
1 crumpet with butter and marmalade mid morning with water to drink

At 12 I did 45 mins spinning then half an hour sauna at the gym

Then for lunch I had Half a baguette with Wiltshire ham and Gouda blasted in the oven for a few minutes with rocket, cherry tomato, red onion, cucumber and a bit of salad cream washed down with a cup of water

I have shopped at Lidl this morning and got loads of fruit and veg, I'll make a casserole tonight

RunningKatie Mon 02-Jun-14 17:09:16

I forgot to weigh in this morning, was late up going for my bike ride so fell into my clothes and out of the door.

The good (or bad) news is that i am going on a spa evening on saturday. I don't have a nice costume that fits and my wobbly bits are way more wobbly than i want them to be. Miracles are unlikely to occur between now & then sad

Lovely evening though so might get out for a walk later

magentastardust Mon 02-Jun-14 18:32:38

I am trying a 'bodyattack' class on Wednesday? Anyone been? I am not really a fit person at all but in the last 6 months have been doing Zumba classes and Insanity classes once a week on top of lots of walking -surely it can't be as hard as Insanity?

FlossyMcgrew Tue 03-Jun-14 09:24:13

Another week with no change for me. Time for me to get my butt in gear!

I also have my period RunningKatie, so trying not to get too disheartened about my no change. I have been encouraged to get the coil but really don't want to because hormones mess with me, and I am worried about weight gain. Also hoping DH is firing blanks! On the rare occasion, we use condoms, very retro and not ideal!

Magenta I have never done a fitness class in public! I toyed with the idea of a spinning class. But have never made it. Dh's schedule is too erratic for me to sign up for anything regularly. Plus finances are a bit tight--I'm great with excuses.
You should go for it and report back! You've done so well with all of the other classes.

Welcome Mozzereena, sounds like you are off to a very disciplined start smile. I think taking before pictures really helped me at the time give me a much needed kick start. But I am starting to realise that striving to get to "After" pictures could be part of my mindset problem. The whole idea of "after" implies being finished. What I am really starting to see is that when I lose focus it doesn't take long at all to undo hard work and spiral out of control.

When I first started this thread, July 1st was my goal for after pictures. It was plenty if time to attain my goals IF I hadn't lost focus, and if I'm honest with myself, really haven't been putting the effort in for the last month. I could have done it. Instead, here I am again. A little over a month away from one of my original motivators, a wedding we are attending. 40 days or so in which I would like to lose at least a stone sad tempted to do some sort of binge diet to no doubt end up going too far the other direction after the wedding and undoing all the work.

I am not going to do that. I am going to keep plodding away. Slowly but surely, trying to change too many years worth of bad habits and unhealthiness.

I have started the 30 day ab challenge. Will continue with the shred. I am going to get serous about the diet side and seriously cut back on carbs, I know they are my downfall, yet I continue to have at least 2 slices of bread nearly every day. Time to snap out of it!

I am not sure I will be exactly happy with after pictures taken on July 1st. I need to realize that they will be during pictures. Because in order to lose weight and keep it off, I don't think I'll ever be able to consider myself finished.

Sorry for the ramble, hope everyone's doing well.

magentastardust Tue 03-Jun-14 14:05:36

Flossy -you stayed the same -I know it is disheartening but you also didn't give up and put on a few pounds. No damage has been done-keep going. You will lose something next week as you will be retaining fluid this week.

I also go a bit of track as it gets closer to my goals ( bizarre isn't it!!!). My goal on 4th Jan was to lose 3 stone or just over 40lbs by first week in July -I don't think I will quite get there now -but hopefully will make it to 2 1/2 stones-2 3/4 stones loss.
What I have to remind myself is that if I hadn't done anything about it or had given up and thrown in the towel -I would still be going on my holiday but would have been grumpy and sitting there in clothes that felt tight and horrible and been really down about myself.
I also have now decided that I need to keep going-holiday isn't my ultimate goal -I need to enjoy it then get back on track when I come back and continue with losing weight and doing exercise until I reach a healthy weight.

magentastardust Tue 03-Jun-14 14:11:39

Here a couple of motivationals that you are normally so great at posting Flossy! I find your posts on this thread really ispiring!

magentastardust Tue 03-Jun-14 14:22:08

Anyone got any favourite/successful arm workouts? My weight is coming off I can see a change in clothes size -I started taking measurements a couple of months in and now take them every month-I can see results in my waist, hips, thighs but my arms aren't really getting any smaller! (They aren't very attractive arms -I like to have them covered up where possible!)

They have to shrink sometime right? I can't just have really humungous arms can I ?

RunningKatie Tue 03-Jun-14 19:07:24

I am at bookclub so will try and post later but without you lot i wouldn't have got this far.

You're all amazing and i am in awe of how you are all doing.

I am back at stupid 12.5 and sat in a room full of women who has just been weighed at slimming world. I know we can do this.

/unmumsnetty hugs/

howiwonder Tue 03-Jun-14 20:21:06

I gained half a lb this week but I totally deserved to. I've slowed right down on motivation and tracking, so close to losing a stone but going back and forth now with small gains and losses. Need to push on to that 1 stone milestone...then focus on the next stone!
Have had lots of things going on lately, meals out, little trips etc but all that will calm down now and I can knuckle down for a few weeks. Think I will read a bit of Paul mckenna to sort my attitude out.
Some great overall losses here so far though, keep the motivation going ladies! I've lost 12lbs in total, but think I am close to moving down a size smile

FlossyMcgrew Tue 03-Jun-14 23:37:14

Awww wow, thanks for your lovely posts magenta you had me welling up a bit there! And you know I am a sucker for a good motivational picture, those are both great smile
You have done amazingly well, and I agree, I don't just want to stop after this wedding. ( firstly because I won't be at my goal ) but also because, I would like to feel happy, healthy and confident all the time! I would love to be able to find my style, wear cute outfits, just feel more feminine and pretty in general, not just for this one event. So I will keep at it and refocus, again! Thank you flowers

Oh and no real advice on arms from me, mine get fairly toned but take on an almost manly bicep, not the look I'm going for! smile I just had a quick google and found this article
It's a Jennifer Anniston arm workout thing from People magazine USA. May have to try some of these myself!

Thank you for the unmumsnetty hug RunningKatie our little group has been a real help to me too. Without the support from you all here and on MFP, I probably would've quit by now too! You are right, we CAN do this smile

howi I was just thinking the same thing, about dusting off my Paul McKenna book/cd. I definitely haven't been eating mindfully. I am the same, I feel like I need to push myself past this little hurdle/plateau that I have encountered and get going again.

Thanks so much for the kind words and support ladies. Feeling the motivation and positive thinking coming back to me!

Good night smile

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Wed 04-Jun-14 09:07:02

Hi I haven't posted in so long it has fallen off my threads I'm on page!

I weighed in a day late this week because I had an exam yesterday morning and had to leave early. I weighed this morning and have put on 3/4 of a pound. Not expecting the next couple of weeks to be any better. I have dinner out of Friday at a Rhodes restaurant and will probably go for the 3 course option. Saturday night I'm out with friends so lots of alcohol no doubt, Sunday I'm going to the local carvery with my parents and brother then the following weekend we are going away!

I am still doing the shred most days and have started the 30 day abs challenge and the 30 day squats challenge so hopefully the damage won't be too bad!

I too find this thread very helpful. Being able to talk about knowing the people I'm talking to aren't bored senseless smile

Tansie Thu 05-Jun-14 08:07:26

It occurs to me that I needed to lose 2 stone, as well! I was 12/6 and 5'6" 2 months ago; I've lost one stone but really could lose another! My initial 'target' is 11/2 as that puts my BMI at the very top of normal; 10/7 would put me 'safely' in the middle!

No idea if I can do it as I'm 50 and haven't been 10/7 since I was 25!

RunningKatie Thu 05-Jun-14 08:40:23

Welcome Tansie smile

I am not doing well at the moment, weight has gone up, measured myself and my waist has gone up an inch too. So that's now 2 inches i need to lose before our hols in 3.5 weeks. sad

So, back on mfp and really being sensible. No exercise today because i'm going to be in the car for hours.

FlossyMcgrew Thu 05-Jun-14 23:02:02

Evening ladies!

Amelia sounds like you have a fun couple of weeks coming up! I find it tricky to stay focused when social obligations are concerned. I never want to be one of those people that make big announcements of my diet plans, commenting how I can't eat this or that. Instead, I have just been trying to really reduce portion sizes, no second helpings, glass of water between wine glasses, etc . Trying to make little changes, not always succeeding, but trying! smile
How are you finding the ab challenge? I did day 3 today, and 25 sit ups was tough! Can't imagine doing 125 in 30 days?! But going to keep going and see what happens.

Welcome Tansie and congratulations on your loss so far!

RunningKatie when are you getting your implant removed? If y