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Erebus Fri 07-Jun-13 10:14:02

Surely there must be loads of calorie-counters out there, though I suspect many are CC via 5:2.

I'm CC'ing for 49 days, to the start of the DC's school hols. (Am only on day 45 but started at 12/1, was 11/11 this morning!) I am 'on' 1300 a day but must say I've been under-eating quite a lot so must increase a bit.

gaggiagirl Wed 12-Jun-13 21:43:36

I wish for a low calorie cake hmmmm that's something I don't allow myself cos its always mega numbers in calorie terms. I'm cake hungry.

CuppaTea83 Wed 12-Jun-13 22:34:28

I'm also big-boobed! Wish I wasn't though- I'm sure they must make up the bulk of my excess weight..... or thereabouts. grin

I'm currently on 1000 calories a day. Was intending moving up to 1200 after this first week but tempted to stay on 1000 if I can. I think because I'm short and my frame 1200 doesn't quite cut it for me with trying to lose weight.

HaPPy8 Thu 13-Jun-13 07:57:15

Oh you are strong cuppatea. Im on 1200 and that is hard I think! I have to be very restrained, the numbers quickly add up!

Gaggia - you can get some of those kipling slices or weight watchers slices that aren't too bad this

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 13-Jun-13 07:59:20

I think it's cos calorie counting is hard work and we're all looking for that magical quick fix that will do all the work for us and allow us to live on cream cakes and crisps and lose a stone a week.


Just me then grin

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 13-Jun-13 08:01:04

I tell you what I have though. I have designed an excel spreadsheet that does all the calculations for me. I've got a front sheet with calories for all main stuff and a page per week, and put in all the formulas to automatically add up calories used and calories left per day and add them up to a weekly total.

I do love my spreadsheets blush

amigababy Thu 13-Jun-13 08:11:17

2 days ago dh brought home blueberry muffins and egg custard tarts! Last night he brought home a giant Walnut whip from M&S. Thanks dh! Not very helpful.
Do you increase your daily calories if you exercise? I add 150 cals per half hour of exercise, so yesterday I managed the custard tart and still stayed in my limit smile

Erebus Thu 13-Jun-13 09:35:37

Not a happy bunny, here- but also realise I am being ridiculous... maybe hormonal??!

Sit comfortable- I'm about to moan!

I weighed this morning. This is Day 12 ( of a diet I want to keep up til the last day of term). By Day 7 I'd lost 5lbs- but am aware AF kicked in on day 2 or 3 so I get that probably half of that was water retention; however, despite being really quite disciplined (I had 2 planned 'mini-blow outs' being 2 evening meals + vino, on days 6 and 8; a MBO (!) is where I eat 600 cals instead of 350 so maybe 1450-1500 for that day) today I weighed and I have not lost an ounce since day 7! So no chance of losing 2lbs a week on 1200, is there?!

Also, I am going to Brum today to meet a friend to go to Gardener's World Live- and the weather, predictably, looks shite. I can 'do' drizzle but rain driven by 50 mph gusts? In mid June? No. Last night, for the first time ever, I actually discussed with DH the possibility of returning to Australia (been here 10 years) as we are finding we're doing less and less and the weather scuppers just about anything you want to do outdoors, these days. 6 shite summers in a row! I am a massive believer that there's more to life and location that 'the weather' and recognise how many Down-Unda relocations fail because the Poms realise that wall to wall sunshine, day in, day out is all well and good but becomes mundane after a while (and often, rather too hot!) BUT, but, year after year of drizzle and blustery wind can also sap the spirit, can't it?

Anyway, we're 'stuck' for at least 4 years whilst DS2 finishes school but I am just wondering....

And the final 'thing'- DS1, Y9, has just got the results of his end of year Maths exam (which turned out to be KS3 SATS papers!)- and he got... 6H, which is exactly where he was at the end of Y8. This is a good comp in terms of academic output, but DS alleged to not know when this exam actually was (no, he chose not to tell me as he knew I'd 'make' him revise over half term), so, panic stations, night before, 4 hours revision (but not doing old SATS papers as we didn't know that was what they'd use- we're new to Y9!). Thing is, he's not stupid, just seemingly unshiftable from the 'barest minimum is good enough' mind-set. It's getting a bit late in the day, sunshine. I, panicking mum, see yet another door slowly closing on him. He thinks he wants to go to uni and 'do engineering' but he won't if he's getting 6 high for maths at the end of Y9, will he? But painfully, he's well capable of a good 2 subsets higher than he's achieving in Maths. I'd be fine if I knew he was trying at least something akin to 'his best' but he isn't.

So, today I am feeling rather down.

But, I did a 2 mile fast walk on the treadmill watching Embarrassing Fat Bodies(!) on the TV grin.... as I know our planned 4 mile walk this afternoon near Brum will be kyboshed by rain and wind.

Now I must pack as I'm leaving in an hour!!

Moan over.

amigababy Thu 13-Jun-13 09:50:14

Erebus don't lose heart. It sounds like you need some goals
mini goal- to enjoy the weekend regardless of the useless British weather.

medium goal- weight loss. 5 weeks to the end of term. Still got the potential to lose up to 10 pounds by then. ( I work in school terms too)

long term goal - work out a constructive plan to return to Australia. We've been planning to move to Spain for years. our date is 2016 due to DD school, finance etc. its still 3 years away but its getting nearer and nearer every month and everything we do heads towards it.

re your DS, would structured goal setting help him too? breaking down his idea of engineering into mini goals which start with his next 2 years at gcse.

have a great weekend x

amigababy Thu 13-Jun-13 09:52:00

Spain for exactly same reason, sun and outdoor lifestyle

gaggiagirl Thu 13-Jun-13 10:52:34

Ooh thanks Happy cake slices here I come! Its my birthday today so I am entitled to a bit cake
I got some new asda smart price mechanical scales last week got on them this morning and I kid you not my heel went through the standy on bit so I've broken my scales,shameful!

Erebus Thu 13-Jun-13 11:01:49

amiga -thanks for your kind words, it really helps! You speak a lot of sense.

I will see this lack of weight loss as a blip. I shall weigh myself again after the weekend, and I won't go mad on this weekend away! The potential is there, 2 nights in a hotel with a good friend whom I rarely see without both our families in tow, but who is slim and controlled in her eating, and doesn't drink vast amounts so nor shall I. Saturday night, back home at a mate's birthday might engender a few glasses of vino, mind grin but again, I will try and compensate with a sensible menu choice and some exercise.

Also- and I really didn't realise how this was weighing on my mind- just got the 'all clear' from a breast biopsy, half an hour ago. I knew it was a fibroadenoma, but- it's good to know. Saturday's b/d is for a friend who is in the short lull between chemo and radiation for 'just a little breast lump'... confused. We're all about 50.

OK, I'm off! So radio silence til Saturday (thankfully, you all sigh...!)

HaPPy8 Sat 15-Jun-13 07:58:19

No loss for me this week despite very careful calorie counting all week sad
Average of 1222 calories a day. Very disheartening but trying to see it as maintaining what I already lost and body adjusting. Must keep going and hope for a loss by this time next week.

gaggiagirl Sat 15-Jun-13 12:46:45

Well done for maintaining happy and well done for keeping a positive attitude its so easy to lose heart and pig out, keep with it.
I still can't weigh in due to the scale incident and I refuse to go on the boots ones they are pure cringe.

Erebus Sat 15-Jun-13 14:32:36

Well, am back, and predictably wasn't very well disciplined whilst away for 2 days- quite hard with limited food choices, mind! Plan on doing a 2 mile fast walk this afternoon- though I'm out again for a birthday do tonight!

I will weigh on Monday morning- the shock, right now, could derail all my remaining will-power!!

gaggiagirl Sun 16-Jun-13 10:30:49

Erebus I feel your pain I went to a BBQ yesterday and ate everything all day I feel ashamed. I'm going to do the shred again today to try and make up for it.

Erebus Tue 18-Jun-13 08:28:58

OK. Day 17. Still 11/10.

I have been back on the CC wagon since Day 15, having not been very discipline from the evening of Day 12 til the morning of Day 15. I suppose I ought to be pleased I'm not heavier, but if I was hoping for a 1-2lb weight loss a week, on 1200 cals, it ain't happening any more! In the first week I dropped 5lbs but knew most of that was pre-AF water retention. Maybe all of that 5lb was water and I didn't lose any fat?? Maybe 1200/1300 is too much for me?

I dunno! But it's now 5 weeks to the day to the DC's summer hols & I'd've liked to have dropped nearer to 11 stone by then sad.

gaggiagirl Tue 18-Jun-13 14:23:24

Its not recommended that any adult female eat less than 1200 calories a day but sometimes I do consider going to 1000 I bet I wouldn't manage it though x

Erebus Fri 21-Jun-13 09:14:10

Hooray! Day 20 and 11/8! After what felt like forever on 11/10.

I am really relived because I, too, don't think I could have managed much less than 1200.

So I've lost 7lbs in about 3 weeks which is OK. But the big plus is the encouragement of the loss. You can put up with 'the pain' if you're seeing some gain loss grin.

This weekend might be 'interesting' in that it's takeaway curry tonight (brother's house warming) but nothing that requires social eating tomorrow, and I'm working all day Sunday so it's easier not to graze.

Hope you're going OK, gaggia and others.

gaggiagirl Fri 21-Jun-13 13:45:42

Well done Erebus! Loss is a great motivator I've lost a pound in a fortnight but I'm pleased with that.
The shred workout is turning my thighs to granite I just wish it would do the same to my middle.

Erebus Fri 21-Jun-13 14:01:42

I admit that quiet a few pairs of summer trousers are a bit big on me so obviously I am losing weight but I haven't done a lot of exercise- I'm trying to do 2 miles, 3 times a week on the treadmill at 4mph which is a fast walk/lolloping run.

Now, abs of granite- there's an image! grin

Well done for the weight-loss, esp as we know it was more, just lots of fat turned to heavier muscle!

I am thinking of re-posing a photo of me from Easter 2 and a bit years ago, when I was 13 stone shock. It was taken in the Cairns Botanical Gardens so my own non-Cairns back garden will have to do as a stunt-double; but it was my fat picture. I'll wear the same kit and pose in the same way- and compare.

Hope it's a positive experience! grin

Erebus Fri 21-Jun-13 14:08:03

I am also heartened to see that if I can lose that extra 8 lbs, to 11 stone, my BMI will be 24.88! Top of 'normal' range!

gaggiagirl Sat 22-Jun-13 12:56:17

Oooh I best check my bmi I would bloody love to be normal.
Yes take the picture it sounds like a great idea.

gaggiagirl Sat 22-Jun-13 13:05:34

Bmi is 25.35 so if I lose another 2lb I'll be a normal human I'm still gonna stick with it til I get to 8st 10lb cos I really really want to be 8st something!!!!!!!!

amigababy Sun 23-Jun-13 05:33:51

I managed to get my only pair of posh jeans on last night to go out for a curry. Two weeks ago I don't think I'd have got them on. Mind you after the curry I don't think I can get them on again either grin

well done Erebus and Gaggia. Every pound counts. And clothing successes are great.

7 pounds to go here, 8 weeks to do it

Erebus Sun 23-Jun-13 07:30:53

Well done, amiga- it feels good, doesn't it?! I know each time I move onto a smaller belt hole that it's working!

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