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Week 8 - Autumn Low Carb Bootcamp - How Many Of Us Are Left?

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BIWI Mon 28-Oct-13 06:58:23

Last week's thread was very quiet. Hopefully that's just because you were on half term and were on holiday/doing other things!

Here is the Spreadsheet of --Doom-- Fabulousness

Hope you are all safe from the storm this morning, and here's to a good week for all of us.

sybilfaulty Tue 29-Oct-13 17:26:04

Sorry you've had a bad day, Maggie. Lots of water for you. I am loving a warm hash at the moment , with fried egg and whatever meat and veg are lying around. Very comforting as well as being non carny twat. I also love sprouts but have been using kale as the green bit as that's all I had. Toast chicken, salad and avocado always cheer me up. Oh, and cheese.

BIWI your plank is awesome. Well done.

thenightsky Tue 29-Oct-13 18:05:27

FuckyNellItsHalloween I found my appetite increased on HRT to so I had to be mega careful. This low carbing seems to have kept the sugar cravings at bay.

On the plus side, since starting HRT I found I have kept my hour-glass waist shape - it seems to stop that middle age spread thickening look round your middle. Also, despite losing 26lbs on last New Year's bootcamp, my boobs haven't gone all empty and saggy... they have stayed full and quite pert!

FuckyNellItsHalloween Tue 29-Oct-13 18:54:59

That's good thenightsky. I'm an hourglass size 14 so wouldn't want to lose my shape, just shave the edges. Massive breasticles already so am a bit worried about them getting bigger!! Am only 41 too so starting hrt makes me feel ancient (no offence to older ladies meant of course thlwink

It's only my first day but you know I think I feel thinner!

Yama Tue 29-Oct-13 19:04:09

Hello again everyone. I'm still low carbing (maintaining) but I haven't dropped in in a while.

I started in January. I manage to maintain 9 stone 8 or 9lbs (at 5ft6) and am never hungry. It's great just to eat real food all the time.

Skin is still clear, bloating gone for good and period pain greatly reduced.

So, thanks for these threads and the wealth of information which has been linked to. thanks

whodunnit Tue 29-Oct-13 22:28:56

aw Maggie you have stillost alot, though even if your starting weight was , erm, slightly inaccurate smile

Joy of joys... whenI started this bootcamp I carved myself a little corner of a shelf to put my low carb food in so I wouldn't have to wade through the temptations of pasta etc to find what I could eat. My little square foot of acceptable food has now become a whole shelf, gradually over the last couple of months, but more especially after a big shop today. And I quietly was a bit precious about "my corner", and didn't want the rest of em to eat what I had carefully extracted and put there. I am not manic, though I may sound it. But now I have a WHOLE SHELF, anyone can dig in and eat any of it. I am so happy. I can choose whatever I want from a wide range of food. This is definately getting easier. And I do have small secret supply of teensy little treats that has kept me from being a major carbon twat. And, funnily enough, my 85 per cent chocolate can sit out for days and noone touches it. Whereas I have my two squares dunked in tea to melt it and it is a real treat.
Aah... simple pleasures...

MrsHerculePoirot Wed 30-Oct-13 07:58:31

mags 12 lbs is bloody brilliant well done!

AuntieMaggie Wed 30-Oct-13 09:15:24

Thank you. Am really close to falling head first into carb-land just because its easier and I'm feeling emotionally fragile.

I'm interested to know what treats you have in the cuoboard whodunnit

FuckyNellItsHalloween Wed 30-Oct-13 09:36:50

I feel awful. Cramp. Terrible headache. Yuck.

BIWI Wed 30-Oct-13 10:03:37

FuckyNell <sniggers at name> don't worry - it will pass. Drink plenty of water, keep your fat intake high and make sure you're eating salt on your food/cooking with salt.

Also make sure you're eating potassium and magnesium-rich foods - spinach, salmon, avocado and natural yoghurt are all great.

Take some paracetamol for the headache - don't suffer! - but try and avoid ibuprofen as there is some suggestion that this kind of painkiller (NSAID - non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug) can impede weight loss.

Sorry you've had some bad news, AuntieMaggie - hope you're feeling better soon, and you manage to tame your inner gobbler!

bigkidsdidit Wed 30-Oct-13 10:09:00

Sorry for your bad news Maggie. I find cauliflower rice very comforting - grate / magi mix a whole head then microwave one minute and melt butter on top. Lots of salt and pepper. It is lovely smile

Also green and blacks do a 70% cocoa choc bar if you really can't resist.

toomuchicecream Wed 30-Oct-13 13:17:30

Maggie - I want to know more about the ice cream in Reading! I grew up there and was in Reading yesterday visiting my parents but I've never picked up on anywhere for ice cream eating. Please tell me more...

Finally the whoosh fairy arrived! 2 1/2 lb off this morning. After waiting nearly a month it's a really good feeling. Especially because last night I soooo nearly fell into a box of chocolate truffles a guest brought round a couple of weeks ago. I'd put them on top of the kitchen cupboards and forgotten about them, but DH helpfully got them down last night. Thanks DH! Fortunately the lure of the sofa was greater than the need for chocolate so I stayed put and went to bed early.

I've been to the butchers in the village today and bought all sorts of yummy looking meat I wouldn't normally get in the supermarket. So - calling all your best belly pork recipes please? What shall I do with it?

FuckyNellItsHalloween Wed 30-Oct-13 15:50:13

Omg I ate a banana

whodunnit Wed 30-Oct-13 18:35:58

auntie Maggie
my guilty little secrets in the cupboard are one or two SULA no sugar sweets (99p a box from a health food shop), atkins strawberry daybreak bar (3.5g carb per bar) from Boots , 2 squares of 85 percent choc dipped in tea, 1 slice protein bread toasted with lots of butter (5g per slice), licking crisps (bit disgusting but highly satisfying), peanut butter, odd bit of diabetic jam (go easy cos of the chemicals and laxative effect), and Lizi's granola 40g packs (third of a pack sprinkled on spray cream. and max three cups of normal tea in a day usually two. It has to stay as a treat to work, ie no more than one or 2 per day but it has stopped me from being completely daft and resorting to cream cakes and bisuits. I can honestly say I have not cheated at all apart from the above in the last two months. My carb count per day is about 45g and I write down all I eat and drink to keep an eye on things. And I write down any walking I have done. Not saying this will work for everyone, but it has worked for me.

Just do me a favour and don't tell BIWI........ I will feel the sharp end of her stick....;)

BIWI Wed 30-Oct-13 18:56:43

What did you say, whodunnit?! I'm always here you know, watching, listening ...


Fucky noooooooooooooooo! That is the worst thing that you could have done, honestly. You'll have to start all over now. Please don't do that to yourself. sad

TheAwfulDaughter Wed 30-Oct-13 19:59:06

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BIWI Wed 30-Oct-13 20:12:04

Hop in now! We'll carry on chatting when this one finishes, so always someone here to give you support/help. The next one won't be until the New Year now.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 30-Oct-13 20:24:49

I ate
eggs for breakfast
Bubble and Squeak mentioned above for lunch
pigs cheek with celeriac for dinner
nuts and cheese for snacks. I had a fair few nuts but am really not too worried about ketosis yet, just want to make it through the week.

I am really proud to make it to day 3 with no sugar, given the fact that I am 3 weeks postnatal and breastfeeding smile

TheAwfulDaughter Wed 30-Oct-13 20:56:17

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LilyAmaryllis Wed 30-Oct-13 22:28:14

FuckyNell I don't know if this is going to earn me BIWI's big stick, but I never gave up milk in tea. Frankly some things are a step too far! This WOE has worked for me nonetheless. Good luck with carrying on.

whodunnit Wed 30-Oct-13 23:05:00

Lily - you are so right about tea n milk. That is a deal breaker for me, too!

timidviper Wed 30-Oct-13 23:42:04

whodunnit What on earth is protein bread?
I tried the Waitrose low carb bread last week, it was passable

FuckyNellItsHalloween Wed 30-Oct-13 23:45:58

Praise the lord for tea and milk. I've been ready to slit my metaphorical wrists today. I now regret the banana too.

toomuchicecream Thu 31-Oct-13 09:15:08

I changed my morning latte to a straight coffee with milk, but if I'd tried to give up caffeinated coffee first thing in the morning it would definitely have been a step too far. I've never been able to drink black coffee either, so I went with the least-worst option I could actually sustain. Interestingly I had a latte with a visitor yesterday and was shocked by how sweet and milky it tasted - how did I drink that for so many years?!?

In other news, a very confused ex-ice-cream-eater has seen the scales go down again - that's 3 1/2 lb in 2 days, having STS for a month! And it's the wrong time of the month as well. So on my scales I've dropped below the next stone barrier. It's amazing what a difference it makes, changing the starting number!!

And I bought sprouts at the market yesterday because the bubble and squeak described above sounded so yummy smile

FuckyNellItsHalloween Thu 31-Oct-13 09:19:23

Starting again today, eggs and a nice normal cuppa. Feeling optimistic and spooooooky thlgrin

sybilfaulty Thu 31-Oct-13 09:26:44

Glad to hear that people are feeling a bit better. Well done on the losses too.

Am about to take the kids to breakfast at Starbucks so I can have the car cleaned. DS was sick all over it earlier in the week so it needs shampooing etc. Yuck. Might get some spouts myself at Sainsburys and have a sprouty B and S tonight. DH out so I can fart to my heart's content if needs be. I made lovely cauliflower cheese last night which really hit the spot. The wine consumption is slightly over the odds as it's been a lot of going out this week but will rein myself back in shortly.

Have a lovely day everyone.

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