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Oct '19 - Week 1 Low Carb Bootcamp - Here we go!

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BIWI Mon 14-Oct-19 09:35:15

<scuttles in>

Morning all! Very sorry for the late start. I set my alarm. Woke up. Wondered why I'd set my alarm and went straight back to sleep blush


Here is the Spreadsheet of Fabulousness

For those of us who are new, the spreadsheet is not only where you record your weight (if you want to - it's not obligatory), it's also where you'll find lots of other useful information. Look at the tabs at the bottom for the rules, a veg counter (that will work out your carb count for you if you're using it for a recipe), and lots of other resources to help you learn more about low carbing.

I'll be back to post more stuff later this morning, but for now just wanted to get the link out there.

If you're using your phone to access the thread, you will need to download the Google docs app.

skunka101 Mon 14-Oct-19 09:46:32

Wonderful, thanks BIWI. Waves to everyone

I've been lurking since last Christmas and have managed to lose a good chunk of baby weight following the Bootcamp rules but have fallen spectacularly off the wagon over the summer. Here's to losing the last couple of chunks so I can fit back into my work gear.

Good luck everyone! It really does work!

VeryLittleOwl Mon 14-Oct-19 09:47:42

Thanks, BIWI - I need this, as I've backslid! I finished the last bootcamp at, IIRC, 10st 9lbs, a loss of 15lbs. By early September I was down to 10st 5lbs. Then it started getting colder, I stopped eating salads for lunch and a month later I've fallen down a very slippery slope and am currently 10st 13lbs.

The shorts have been dug back out, so here's this morning's picture and, for comparison, my progress through the last boot camp.

(For anyone new to boot camp - posting photos is not compulsory, I'm just a masochist grin but I really do urge you to take some - the difference between some of mine from the last boot camp is only 3lbs over 4 weeks, but there's a clear difference and it definitely kept me on track when just the scales wouldn't have).

B: Full-fat yoghurt
L: Leftovers - roast chicken, sprouts and broccoli
S: DH's homemade chilli over broccoli and cauliflower.

BIWI Mon 14-Oct-19 09:49:18

Great photos @VeryLittleOwl - and really helpful to make progress tangible.

Nonononon Mon 14-Oct-19 09:49:22

Well.. weighed myself and I'm more than I thought but in the same ball park.. 12st 9lbs! 😱 I want to get down to 11st as that's my happy weight and it's easy to maintain (when I get there 😳) and I don't lose all my boobs..

For breakfast I've had some mushrooms and asparagus cooked in butter with a two egg omelette (also cooked in butter with a little bit of cheese on top) ive had a coffee with almond milk too.

L: will be more of (and the last of) my chicken and veg soup with another coffee.

D: plan on doing a bolagnaise (sp?) And having loads of kale (cooked in butter..) on the side.

For snacks I've got celery. And let's not forget WATER!

I'll take pictures and measurements later!

Eeek excited! grin

(Pasted from the other thread grin)

NiceLegsShameAboutTheFace Mon 14-Oct-19 09:52:32

Thank you BIWI flowers

8Track Mon 14-Oct-19 09:56:07

Morning Campers!!
<scuttles in slightly hungover>

Avocado (defrosted, bashed about with a bit of coconut oil, lime, curry powder), lettuce and babybel for breakfast.
L - Spiced squash soup with cream
D - crispy chicken thighs, celeriac mash with butter, kale mountain!

Nice big bottle of water on the go, ahem, clear my head. Will update the spreadsheet when I get to work, but I started LCHFing in August at 88kg and am clocking in today at 81kg.

venusandmars Mon 14-Oct-19 09:57:58

I'm back. Mostly maintained over the summer. I have a goal in mind which is not far away, but I mainly do this because it makes me feel good (now that I've lost the extra 3 stone I was carrying) and it has massively reduced my blood pressure.

B - Avocado, butter coffee
L - omelette with salad and coleslaw
D - thai green chicken curry, cauliflower rice

KondoKonvert Mon 14-Oct-19 09:59:13

Thanks so much BIWI!

I've been reading over the last bootcamp since the end of August and have lost 1st 8lb since then. It's nice to join a full boot camp!

Already facing a bit of a pitfall for this weekend. A milestone birthday for my Mum. I know I can eat well according to Bootcamp but I do want to drink!

The weight loss is a long term goal so even if the weekend sabotages me this week, I'll get both food AND booze sorted next week!

Fuzzyend Mon 14-Oct-19 10:00:00

Thanks BIWI.

Inspired to to take a photo and off to dig out some jeans I can't get in to. No way in hell I'm posting the pics though!!

Rshard Mon 14-Oct-19 10:05:10

Thanks BIWI for the new thread.

Started well
B scrambled eggs, salmon, avo
L Greek salad, chicken, mayo
D haddock in sauce, green veg
W almost a litre so far

I am ignoring the 3 different cakes that a colleague has bought into the office

Mandelinka Mon 14-Oct-19 10:12:56

Morning ladies!

Thanks BIWI for the pre-bc preparations, hope you had a lovely sleep in.

This is my 6/7 BC and I get on really well with 8:16 so please don’t mind me when I skip my breakfast.

Current weight is 150.1lbs, I would like to be at 140.

Mandelinka Mon 14-Oct-19 10:14:06

2 big bags of groceries to sort, it’s my day off so will do lot of prepping.
Will post my meal plan later.
Kiss kiss

Rayna37 Mon 14-Oct-19 10:18:32

Morning all. Weighing in a smidge above 9st and have half a stone to lose.

I'm basically about 1lb over the weight I started (and ended) last bootcamp on, but in the middle of that I lost half a stone then went on holiday and I'm OK with that. I have been maintaining around 8 and 3/4st but crept up over the last couple of weeks.

Very motivated this time as I'm 40 just after Christmas and don't want to be carrying a load of seasonal spread for that. Keen to reach goal, possibly allow the odd mince pie then carefully consolidate and actually stick at goal properly by keeping the off plan moments to a minimum. I'm a moderator not an abstainer and I actually tolerate carbs fairly well, but I can get a bit carried away. I don't want to keep losing and regaining the same half stone forever!

Glenthebattleostrich Mon 14-Oct-19 10:24:12

Good morning,

I'm in softplay hell having a sparkling water instead of tea and cake.

Weighed in at 13st 12 this morning. Did my measurements and took a horrible selfie. Going to dog out my 'goal' shorts. We go to Disney in May and I want the be in them by then, so have a couple of bootcamps to do it. My aim is to lose 3.5 stone

Today I've had 2 litres of water so far. The exercise is running to the loo to wee lots.

B - scrambled eggs with cream and butter, tea with cream.
L - lamb shoulder, tomato and cucumber
D - Beef truffles.

Logging everything on my fitness Pal.

Glenthebattleostrich Mon 14-Oct-19 10:24:29

And thanks BIWI

Sassy306 Mon 14-Oct-19 10:35:59

Excited smile been doing a bit on my own the last 3 weeks and clothes are a little looser but didnt weigh till this morning...231lbs eek but looking forward to it going down. Good luck everyone!

B: unsweetened coconut milk latte and an omelete
L: warm roast beef and mozzarella salad and some pork crunch
D: pork chops with creamy garlic mushrooms & courgettes cooked in coconut oil.

eliope Mon 14-Oct-19 10:40:17

Thank you one and all, digging out a pair of shorts in a mo, littleowl that's a fab idea but I'm never posting the picture!

Biwi - I just can't see you scuttling, In my minds eye you'd regally glide even if lategrin
I've piled on the lbs since I started working nights, but I had y realised quite how much, the shock of the scales has reinforced my enthusiasm and reading posts are so helpful.

Just come off shift, 3 rashers bacon, spinach, mushrooms and egg all in lovely buttery yummyness. I've dug our my niacest jug for water and am drinking it hot with a slice of lemon, hope the lemon is ok, warm water just seems to not hit my bladder so rapidly and the lemon smells lovely.
Going to sleep and later pork belly slices with cauliflower cheese. It's lovely to be back

rosesandsunflowers Mon 14-Oct-19 10:40:40

My first boot camp! Children woke far to early this morning at 5:30am and it was hard not to have toast. Weighed in at 74.6kg and my stomach measurement is, for me, a woeful 97cm!! I'd love to get to 68kg but more important is the reduction of my tum!
B: omelette with chopped chorizo
L: salad with feta and homemade coleslaw
D: lamb chops with salad

Drunk a litre of water so far.

Hagbeth Mon 14-Oct-19 10:45:27

Hi - new to this! I starting of att 13 stone. I discovered yesterday when I read the prep thread that my oh so low carb cabbage and green beans are on the amber list and brussels sprouts on the red! I'm of to Tesco to get green list shopping!
Started off this morning with ny Aussie scrambled eggs, tomato and Saucisson Sec (French Salami) [gring

Hagbeth Mon 14-Oct-19 10:46:45

Sorry - a few letters seem to have dropped off my post smile

TheHoundsofLove Mon 14-Oct-19 10:51:23

Those photos are amazing VeryLittleOwl ! Especially if they 'only' show a 15lb loss! My weight is mostly round my middle and I have old trousers that 'fit' me in a similar way - you've given me hope that I might actually be able to wear them again! grin

BIWI Mon 14-Oct-19 10:53:09

OK - some stuff about measuring your progress

We'll start with weighing:


How often you weigh is entirely up to you - a lot of us find that daily weighing keeps us on the straight and narrow, but you do need to be able to cope (psychologically) with the fact that your weight fluctuates naturally day-by-day.


First thing in the morning, naked and after you've been the the loo! If you weight later in the day, all you're doing is including the weight of anything you've eaten and/or drunk.


Various options here:

a) weigh on Monday and record that morning's weight
b) weigh every day and take an average to record on Monday
c) weigh every day and record the lowest weight of the week


d) start at 100, and deduct a point for every pound lost, if you don't want to enter your actual weight on the spreadsheet


It's not always helpful to use the scales - although it's the most obvious way that people use to monitor their weight loss. But it's a fact that sometimes you know you're changing shape (clothes are fitting better, for example) but the scales don't reflect that.

So there are two other things that you can do - first, take your key measurements (hips, waist, bust, upper thigh, upper arm) and measure yourself each week.

Or, find an item of clothing that doesn't quite fit yet (like the photos @VeryLittleOwl has posted) and try them on each Monday. You don't have to take photos of yourself, but as clothes start to fit/fit better, it's a really rewarding way to see that it's all working for you.

ShagMeRiggins Mon 14-Oct-19 10:54:51

Wheeeeeeee! Here we go, Bootcampers!

BIWI your initial post made me laugh—sleep in all you like, you deserve it.

I’m still measuring and “curating” photos (#pillock) for my first big post, but start weight is 189lbs, which is exactly what I ended May Bootcamp on. Given the emotional rollercoaster of my life over the summer, I will take it as a success.

Nice to see known names, a big welcome to newbies, and wtf is up with those of you already planning to break the rules? Surely you’re not going to put the “mostly retired” BIWI in the awkward position of bringing out The Big Stick so soon?

Okay, that was just a shot across the bows, not an actual attack. As someone doing her 8th Bootcamp, I know as well as anyone that the whole fitness/weight loss road is a long, tortuous one, and that we can all get to the destination, no matter how many deviations or wrong paths we take, if we just keep walking. So keep walking.

More later.

BIWI Mon 14-Oct-19 10:55:12

I wish I did 'regally glide' @eliope grin

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