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Anyone else starting (again) today, calorie counting our way down to a healthier weight?

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DrMadelineMaxwell Mon 30-Apr-18 18:35:27

I've done ww and just can't be bothered with points and don't have the time to fit in a meeting for ww or sw. So I've got my app up and running again (nutracheck), have paid for 3 months of membership and now am committing myself to logging what I eat as dilligently as I can.

In 4 weeks time I'm away with the family in Devon and I don't want to feel I have to hide from the camera - so I want to do as much good in 4 weeks as I can.

Then in 11 weeks time I'm in London and then in Spain. Spain is the biggest motivation as I don't want to feel self conscious in shorts etc by the pool, but have always hated my legs and my bum!

1400 cals target a day.
Earn 200 cals exercise a day target too.

MeltingSnowflake Sat 05-May-18 20:11:09

That's so funny, I just decided last night to do a 1400 a day diet!

Logging works for me, but I also find that writing down meal plans/ideas with the exact calories in advance really helps, so I know what I can have in a day to hit 1400 cals or fewer without even thinking about it.

Good luck!

MeltingSnowflake Sat 05-May-18 20:16:18

PS I have about 6 or 7 lbs to lose, and am hoping to lose 1lb a week - I feel like that's quite a reasonable pace.

longrd Wed 09-May-18 21:09:02

Hi DrMadelineMaxwell I'm using mfp weighing out my food logging everything I eat...I've become slightly obsessed! Though like yourself I've tried weight loss clubs like ww and sw but I found I just piled the pounds back on if I ate slightly of plan.

I've been at it for a 1 month so far and lost a stone though the last few weeks I seem to be stuck on the same weight number so I thought I'd try a home workout from tomorrow.

Starlight87 Wed 09-May-18 23:15:44

It took me three tries to successfully lose weight by calorie counting. I finally succeeded by eliminating simple sugars from my diet as much as possible. Simple sugars (the "of which sugars" under the carbohydrate line on the nutritional info on all food packaging) cause your blood sugar to rise then drop sharply - this leads to you feeling hungry. By planning all meals in advance to avoid sugar as much as possible I went from BMI 28 to 22 in five months. First two attempts had been scuppered by too many days where hunger led to "to hell with it" followed by snacking.

Monomynous Wed 09-May-18 23:27:47

Oo yes, I'd like to join you guys please. I have 2 stone to lose. I use my fitness Pal but I'm currently doing quite a restrictive food plan that's fine but as soon as I deviate (like this weekend, yikes!) The weight goes back on quickly. I've lost with mfp before but I do think moderately low carbs help me with keeping my hunger levels at bay so your 'of which sugars' suggestion is great. Do you have a max 'of which sugars' you allow yourself, or is it zero?

MissTulipan Mon 14-May-18 18:11:40

Yes please, can I join. I’ve put on a stone slowly over last 3 years, not overweight now but nearly all wardrobe too tight or totally too small. Have lost a few pounds since last summer by calorie counting but need to shift about 10lbs I’d say to feel like my old self again.

Think I’m hitting the forties spread too that my older friends warned me of. Goal is 10 stone, I am 10.10 now (was 11.3 last summer)

Chubbasaurus Wed 16-May-18 07:50:39

Hi can I join too? I started Monday and I'm desperate to stay on track, I've tried so many times over the years but this time I feel like I'm in a totally different headspace and will actually get somewhere!

Considering I didn't even manage to lose weight for my own wedding that's saying somethinggrin

Monomynous Wed 16-May-18 10:18:25

How are we all getting on? Are you all aiming for 1400? I've got mfp set to 1600 at the moment, it's going okay.

longrd Wed 16-May-18 11:06:22

I've managed to get to the next stone down bracket ... it's so nice to see the scales saying a lower number buts it's going slowly.

I'm on 1200 calories on mfp and I've started to do this 30 day shred workout at home.
How's everyone else doing?

bzzbeebzz Wed 16-May-18 16:13:27

Please can I join?
Aiming for 1350 a day, ok so far this week and don’t feel very hungry but I’m choosing food very mindfully!

I have 4kg to lose.

DesignedForLife Fri 18-May-18 14:43:47

Can I join? Got 25kg still to loose and started doing MyFitnessPal a couple weeks ago, lost 2kg so far doing 1600 a day, but hoping to really increase the exercise now. I'm kind of doing high protein + lots of fruit/veg, and when I stick to it I feel so much better and full of energy.

DesignedForLife Fri 18-May-18 14:45:09

Should say my aim is 10kg by 1st August!

bzzbeebzz Sun 20-May-18 21:38:34

How’s everyone getting on?
I’ve had a few treats over the weekend but nothing I would have before starting this. And I’m tracking everything on MFP which is eye opening.
Weighed on Friday and I was 1 kg down which was the first drop if seen since starting two weeks ago so a big relief to see some progress. I’m aiming for around 1400 a day and not offsetting exercise. I’m eating tonnes more veg (mostly salads as the weather is nice), making sure I have some protein to fill me up and avoiding too much sugar and white carbs and I feel much much better. Alcohol is my downfall as even a glass of wine makes me get the munchies :0

bzzbeebzz Sun 20-May-18 21:39:41

Apologies for the typos

*nothing like I would have had

iloveredwine Mon 21-May-18 10:13:21

starting again here today too. I'm aiming for 1400 as well.

longrd Sun 27-May-18 20:51:56

Hi how's everyone getting on? I'm feeling pretty frustrated...I'm measuring everything i eat on mfp and I try and keep 150 calories over in case I've misjudged something.
I'm doing a hiit workout every morning and I'm stuck on this weight for weeks. I'm 5ft 10 and have about 3 stone to lose. I don't know if I should drop down to a 1000 calories for a couple of days a week to see if it makes a difference.

DuckingMel Sun 27-May-18 20:57:01

I started 4 days ago. 1200-1500 kcal a day. Reached my limit, as nearly none of my clothes fit any more. Need to lose a stone and a half(ish). Hope to do it in time for September.

bzzbeebzz Mon 28-May-18 13:35:54

I’ve been away for a few days and it all went to pot, no easy access to healthy food, staying with friends, I know I sound like I’m not taking responsibility but it’s so hard when I’m not at home in my normal routine buying and cooking my own food. No exercise either. Also lots of drinking which i had been avoiding as it just throws me off and gives me the munchies. Back on the wagon now and glad to be l!

longrd Mon 28-May-18 14:19:25

bzzbeebzz don't give yourself a hard time it's easily done... its great that you're not giving up and get back on it now your home

bzzbeebzz Mon 28-May-18 15:46:22

Thanks smile
I had a really lovely lentil salad and FEEL much better already. I think that’s the interesting thing I’ve learnt, I feel crap and bloated and generally grumpy when I’m not eating well, it’s not even just about the weight gain/loss anymore.

longrd Mon 28-May-18 19:47:18

That's great! I'm trying loads of different salads for lunch at the moment and I got this low cal cookbook so me and oh are trying new dishes each night to keep it interesting.

Lou0390 Mon 28-May-18 19:50:18

I will join you 😊
I have a stone to lose and am going to follow fitness pal- 1500 calories and do the couch potato to 5k challenge. I can't fit in SW and WW meetings and also on a tight budget.

CocoaZut Wed 30-May-18 13:27:39

Hi I would like to join I have 8 kilos to lose and I am hoping to lose 2 kilos per month. I am 51 and now the weight is steadily creeping on, and I have to turn this around! I know what to do, I just need to it!

bzzbeebzz Thu 31-May-18 16:03:10

How’s everyone doing? I’m finding MFP a great help to try to make better choices.
I’m dreading PMT creeping up on me though as I just lose all willpower. Any tips?

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