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Week 5 - summer low carb bootcamp

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WillieWaggledagger Sun 26-May-13 18:39:20

Right chaps, while BIWI is drinking prosecco in sunny Italy away being busy and important, I'm your supply teacher for the next couple of days. BIWI has given me temporary responsibility for the Big Stick, so no messing about at the back there!

Well done on getting to week five, it's not easy and despite the fab support on here you've done this yourself, so remember how far you've come.

Please record your weight on the spreadsheet and marvel at your progress!

Temptations will come along, especially over bank holidays and half term treats, but remember that you're doing this for yourself, so be kind to yourself by not giving in to the temptation from things that do you harm and risk derailing you, as every time you look after yourself in this way it get easier. If you have a wobble, post on here - we'll remind you of all the tasty things you can have instead and why.

Have a lovely week!

kiwigirl42 Mon 27-May-13 18:15:56

well done all those who have lost weight. Will weigh myself tomorrow morning. Have eaten a lot yesterday and today - balances out my 2 days of not eating very much during the week!

Have had a couple of lovely rump steaks this week. What is your favorite steak cut (and don't say fillet, it ain't happening)?

nappyaddict Mon 27-May-13 18:16:48

NSNS Why don't you have a look on Ebay or in charity shops? Then when you shrink out of it you can hopefully sell it on for the same as what you paid? I got a gorgeous dress for a wedding from a charity shop for about £4 and it was out of one of the designer ranges at Debenhams.

QueenofDreams Mon 27-May-13 18:41:38

My favourite steak is rib eye. It's delicious and tender. Yum!

Tigglette Mon 27-May-13 19:37:53

I've stayed the same again this week - no surprise really, it's was my birthday last week and I've also had some work stresses which landed me in a bottle of wine (or two). Back on it those week though and hoping not to make it three weeks STS in a row!

Well done to everyone managing to lose - brilliant work!

CrabbyBigBottom Mon 27-May-13 19:45:03

Oh dear oh dear oh dear. blush I'm not finding it very easy to climb back on the low carb wagon. I've scrapped today as it's a total lost cause - there are opened bottles of white wine, red wine, dessert wine, madiera all over the house, and leftovers of various delicious things littering every surface. I am absolutely not sufficiently strong to resist, but I don't want to get into the 'well I can't start afresh until I've finished x y z'. hmm

Our meal last night (my b'day) was actually pretty good in a low carb sense - pot roast guineafowl with white beans and chorizo, served with cabbage and bacon. Only the beans are verboten and they're still nutritious and low GI. Did pea and mint soup to start which was bloody lovely, and molten chocolate baby cakes, which are downright sinful, to finish.

Saturday evening was a load of tapas, some of which were fine and others less so (Spanish tortilla was lovely but the spuds and onions are very naughty). These were bloody lovely though, and actually fine for low carbing:

- Scallops in their shell, removed, seared on a griddle and replaced into shell, with slices of chorizo piled around.

- Chunks of chicken cooked in olive oil with lots of garlic and a very generous amount of sherry.

- Wild mushrooms (dried porcini from sainsburys, bulked up with some chestnut mushies) sauted gently in butter and garlic and then served with a raw egg yolk in the middle, which you mix quickly in to form a 'sauce' that just tastes really subtle and creamy.

Food as good as you'd get in a fancy restaurant, for a fraction of that price. Recipes taken or adapted from Rick Stein's 'Spain' book, as is the guinea fowl recipe. If only I hadn't disgraced myself with lots of bread dipped in olive oil hmm then I wouldn't be dreading the weigh-in tomorrow so much. This morning fully intended just to have the bacon, eggs and tomatoes of the fry-up, but when I saw all the bacon fat/juices swimming in the grill pan, I just had to drench a slice of bread in them and fry it. blush blush blush

I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow morning and hopefully that will shock me into compliance. Willy can you get the big stick into a state of readiness please.

Treelula that sounds really traumatic, hope you're feeling better now and that your brain has processed those upsetting images. Good on you for keeping a cool head and doing what was required at the time.

Sammisatt Happy Birthday!! smile

sammisatt Mon 27-May-13 19:55:34

Thank you crabby! Your food sounds amazing.

CrabbyBigBottom Mon 27-May-13 20:06:38

You're welcome Sammisatt - we're newly 40 together! smile

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Mon 27-May-13 20:24:57

Oh crabby I guess if you are going to fall of the wagon you might as well do it properly grin Those desserts sound lovely!!

When you wake up tomorrow you will see my hand stretching down to haul you back up onto the wagon!!

Doshusallie Mon 27-May-13 20:35:39

Waves violently at cathyandclaire.

Crabby food sounds delish, happy birthday, and to samisatt.

Food yesterday:

Pork scratchings and a hb egg
Lots of roast chicken, cauliflower cheese, a few green beans
Rather alot of red wine

Food today:

Greek yoghurt
Avocado, red onion, cheese, cucumber, lettuce, mayo, tuna
Lumps of chicken out of dh's curry, meatballs out of dses tea, Brazil nuts, peanuts, slice of cheese, slice of ham!! blush

anchovies Mon 27-May-13 20:43:25

Lost a pound this week so 11lbs so far. Finding this irritatingly easy, I am really benefiting from not having the crazy "I'm on a diet" mentality which has me thinking about food all day every day. I need to up the water intake though so that's the target for this week. Good luck everyone smile

MrsHerculePoirot Mon 27-May-13 21:20:41

kiwi rib steak here all the way!

sammisatt Mon 27-May-13 21:55:04

Crabby: when did you roll over to the dark side?? Was this weekend your birthday? It's such a good incentive as fat and forty is not what I wAnt to be!

MaryBeardfanclub Mon 27-May-13 22:21:08

evening ladies, well done all the losers/sts's
I have gained 2lb - but have snacked non stop for last 3 days due to TOM which started today so hopefully can get back on an even keel now. 3.5 weeks to bikini gate, need to focus now...

It is 1 year and 1 months since I started this woe and it has truly changed my life. So many benefits:
1 loads of energy - was so tired before, dragging myself from task to task, sustained by hourly tea with sugar and biscuits
2 all my meals taste amazing
3 teeth not furry
4 even mood, feeling upbeat 24/7
5 never get the shakes, sweating etc due to low blood sugar
6 can eat really gorgeous indulgent food without feeling I have to make up for it with exercise/starvation later
7 brain clarity and focus have improved - making work easier
8 feeling smug cos not only is the food great and I feel great but also, this woe is the best woe for the human body so I am doing my future health nothing but good.
9 and it's one in the eye for all these disgusting Big Food companies because I will never give them any of my hard earned cash in exchange for their nutritionally deficient low fat high carb bullshit


LilyAmaryllis Mon 27-May-13 22:30:37

Happy Birthday Crabby! I started this a couple of days after my 40th. Go on, give yourself a good birthday present of getting back on the wagon!

I've survived a family party weekend away including refusing all the doritos, pitta bread with dips, birthday cake etc and really tough, refusing alcohol. (this last cos it doesn't mix with some medicine I'm taking.)

But I WAS able to eat lovely salads and a delicious vegetable concoction from the variety of food on offer. I did sneak a few falafels too, I'm sure they are not low-carb but also sure its not as bad as all the other things I didn't eat.

thekitchenfairy Mon 27-May-13 22:33:45

Well done to all the losers, and happy birthdays to sammisat and crabbie.

I am doing uber camp for 3 days... Like you Mary I am 3 weeks away from bikini gate. Today it hit me that I will actually have to purchase swimwear. There is no getting away from it.

I've lost 10lb since Jan and I've got another 10 to go. I need some serious motivation to try to get at least part of the way there and not give up now.

BigStickBIWI Mon 27-May-13 23:52:12

<sneaks back in and sits at the back>

NewStartNewStory Tue 28-May-13 05:05:58

nappyaddict : that is a definite idea. Thanks. although clothes shopping is still my idea of hell have also considered taking the top I wore to the last wedding to bits and remaking it smaller. As I made it in the first place surely that wouldn't be too difficult right? hmm knows it will actually be a complete pita to do exactly that

NewStartNewStory Tue 28-May-13 05:06:41

Enjoying Italy Biwi? grin

rubyrubyruby Tue 28-May-13 06:06:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BlackAffronted Tue 28-May-13 08:11:46

I am still finding it hard to get back to this woe, even though I know I love it! Carbs have got a vice-like grip on me just now sad I will beat it though smile I have loads of gorgeous food planned for this week, including a slow cooked roast brisket tonight with mashed buttery swede & green beans.

MrsHerculePoirot Tue 28-May-13 08:27:48

It is hard isn't it Black - I know exactly what you mean. Remember to ask yourself

"Do I want this more than I want to be slim"

Someone else said that before and it really helps for me, if I can get through the first three days I am fine again...

BlackAffronted Tue 28-May-13 08:44:18

I will keep that as my mantra today! Im good too once Im back in it, its just the rstart is so so hard sad

Let that be a warning to anyone wanting to dabble with carbs again!! grin

RaspberrySchnapps Tue 28-May-13 08:48:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BigStickBIWI Tue 28-May-13 08:49:39

Italy was lovely, although the weather left a lot to be desired hmm

I am drawing a large veil over our food/drink, however.

And from today, back on the wagon.

Sorry to hear that some of you are struggling, but MrsHP has some wise words there. The only way to get back on the wagon is to get back on the wagon! It is, sadly, up to you to rein in your inner gobbler. grin

captainmummy Tue 28-May-13 09:02:55

Was away in a hotel this weekend, so breakfast was the MAIN meal of the day! Talk about BAB. ALso gorged on Indian food the night before, (all you can eat £8.95!) - the Korma was suspiciously sweet but the rest was fine. No Naan, rice, poppadoms, - but did have an onion Bhaji.

Too much vodka and soda.

The hotel was next to Reading Stadium, which was hosting a Celeb 6-a-side charity thing, and that bloke from 'Stenders, Ray, was staying at the hotel. Don't really watch it, and to be honest the rest of the guests could have been celebs for all i know. grin

But anyway, felt stuffed now for a couple of days, all LC but nice to get back to normal.

Breakfast today - 2 scrambled eggs, tea with coconut oil.

off to work now.

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