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cinnamongreyhound Sun 26-Aug-12 19:54:33

I have recently lost 5st5 over 10 months using reduced calories and mfp as well as starting the c25k and now running regularly.

I am on the mfp support thread and the ladies there are lovely but I feel a bit guilty posting about maintaining when so many of them have large amounts to lose. I was hoping to find some others who are in the same position as well as keeping up with how my mfpers are doing. Still logging on mfp and have maintained between 60.5 and 61.5kg for the last month.

PinkCustard Mon 01-Oct-12 20:27:13

Ooh something else which I find really helpful in maintaining is that I use a Fitbit - which is essentially a fancy pedometer but it links to a website and also to MFP and monitors activity levels and therefore calorie expenditure more accurately than MFP alone (which I find overestimates exercise cals quite badly). So basically it tells me exactly how many cals I've used each day, which gives me a good guide as to how many I can eat! It also makes exercise more rewarding smile

cinnamongreyhound Mon 01-Oct-12 21:16:52

I've seen others talking about a Fitbit on the mfp thread, it is very tempting but too expensive for me. May have to look for a secondhand one smile. I have a hrm for calories burned when I run but don't wear it other than that, might be interesting to wear it for a whole day and see total calories burned.

cinnamongreyhound Tue 16-Oct-12 14:31:23

Hello everyone, how are we all doing?

I think my body must be changing shape as I've had so many people the last few weeks telling me I'm still loosing weight and to stop! I haven't lost anymore but must look like it for so many people independantly to tell me.

My foot is doing well, I'm out of the boot now but only have one pair of shoes that fit and was told I can't drive for three weeks and not to attempt to run for four weeks. I'm still limping a bit as it's painful to walk properly on my foot and certainly won't attempy a run until I'm walking properly, pain free!

ssmile Tue 16-Oct-12 15:13:25

Gd news your foot is the mend cinnamon. Can you cycle? That's great non weight baring exercise
Ive had a not wanted weight loss boost of a housefull of tummy bug, Hohum soon be back to normal I hope. I too been told ooh don't lose too much, and I've been the same weight for 3mths now only yoyo ing 2lbs up/down. I have bought a v.bright light for the front of my bike so once well again I am going to try cycle to work once a week, bit scary as its pitch black at 6am but colleague has offered to "buddy" me in first time! I used to cycle two years ago pre-baby but I've not since. Hoping it will help keep the winter creep off and I can enjoy fruit crumbles guilt free smile

cinnamongreyhound Wed 17-Oct-12 06:50:32

I suppose I could cycle dr said no high impact until 8 weeks post break but I don't have a bike!! Have two very busy weeks but may go for a swim one evening when they're over. Bit worried about slipping or just hurting my foot with the kicking action! Plus running is free swimming is not sad

ssmile Thu 25-Oct-12 21:43:37

How are you getting on cinnamon? I find it really hard to maintain weight if I can't exercise, it must be hard with your foot injury.

this is the time of year I find really hard as I'd like nothing more than to just eat big stodgy dinners and puddings with custard to keep the dark winter nights away, but I must resist! I've been trying hard to keep some exercise going and bought new super bright light for my bike which I tried out the other night after the kids in bed and DH home.

cinnamongreyhound Fri 26-Oct-12 07:53:15

I'm good thanks, still painful when I walk so a while off running I think sad. I'm fluctuating by about less than a kg up and down so I'm happy. You're right though as it gets darker and colder all you want is a nice cuppa and cake!! I don't eat salad anyway so it's not that I can't eat those mine is more reaching for junk in the evening. I was running at about 8-8.30pm which helped with evening munchies but I started running January last year so the weather won't stop me once my foot is better!! Glad to hear you're able to get out on your bike smile

cinnamongreyhound Sun 28-Oct-12 21:54:52

Had to rein in my eating today, had a few days off eating lots of crap! It is totm but I decided today enough is enough. It just shows how easy it is to go back! Still not running but felt swimming with the kids yesterday helped my foot feel better so might give swimming a go one evening, just don't have loads of cash to spend on it!

ssmile Mon 29-Oct-12 06:56:13

I know what you mean cinnamon I've been slowly increasing my level of sugar and fatty foods my gallbladder has been aching which is a sign I need to cut back again. Hope the swimming helps your foot heal.

FavadiCacao Mon 29-Oct-12 10:41:33

Can I join you? I feel too embarrassed to post on other threads since losing just over 4.5 stone and reaching my goal in July.

Cinnamon- I'm sorry to hear about your foot and I hope it gets better soon. I haven't been able to do proper exercise (other than walking!) for almost 3 months due to medical reasons and it feels so frustrating but I hope it would be of comfort to you to know that maintaining is possible.

Like some of you, I haven't been able to stop thinking about 'dieting'. I still follow threads on here and weigh myself every day but I have finally stopped counting Carbs! smile

TellMeLater Mon 29-Oct-12 10:58:59

I still find it a struggle to stay within my acceptable weight range. I seem to fluctuate by nearly 4kg almost overnight, it's so hard to know if I have gained, lost or stayed the same.

FavadiCacao Mon 29-Oct-12 11:14:47

Tellmelater- That's a big jump (although I gain 2 to 2.5kg just before and during TOM)! 4kg can't be just weight...Have you noticed anything different in your eating (food type, quantity, timing) prior to weight regain? Cheese and overindulgence in homemade oven crisps make me always gain the day after.blush

TellMeLater Mon 29-Oct-12 11:41:43

I think hope it's mostly water retention, last week I was 3kg lighter than I was this morning.. Haven't had a period in two months - I think I may be peri menopausal. sad

ssmile Mon 29-Oct-12 11:48:38

Hope your not pregnant tellmelater mind you my SIS is mid 40s now and gets very bloated with wrong foods (mostly wheat -which she avoids) , and very irregular periods now. Oh what joys to look forward to I think, I'm 5yrs younger smile

It's the winter I find hard lots of lovely stodgy foods to avoid, I need to get back into habit of making soups again. I do nice tomato lentil and sweet potato which fills me up but lowish calories and fat. But its dark nights evening nibbling that's hard to resist!

FavadiCacao Mon 29-Oct-12 12:24:49

I'm peri-menopausal too. I've went the other way though with super frequent, super long and super heavy periods (due for an endometrial ablation in 11 days); I have noticed, on the occasions I have a longer respite, that my water retention is greater and for longer (up to 2 weeks) for which I then brace myself for the mother's all periods!
Have you spoken to your GP about it?

TellMeLater Mon 29-Oct-12 14:35:11

I'm only 41, was expecting to have a few more years left, it,s the second time my period has been this late in the past 4 months - before that i was clockwork, now i seem to be all over the place. Could be weight loss, could be exercising? First time we did consider pregnancy and I tested but thankfully it was a neg. Spoke to my Mum about it and she was quite relaxed about the timing, so haven't thought anymore about it. I assumed the GP would enquire or suggest a test for pregnancy and then when it was neg, assume I was peri menopausal, so the visit would be a waste of time.

Mostly I follow a low carb diet, sugar and starch will cause me to retain water too but it usually sorts itself out pretty quickly when I return to low carbing.

FavadiCacao Mon 29-Oct-12 15:03:01

How low LC? Very low carb can affect your hormone system, including affecting your periods. My short spell of very low carb cost me a lot of hair and mimicked hypothyroidism. When I first returned to eat higher carbs, I inevitably put on some weight (around 3 to 4 kg) but soon lost it as the body readjusted to eating more carbs.

TellMeLater Mon 29-Oct-12 18:51:16

Not hugely low - around 70g I think, i don't count....I just aviod starch and sugar where I can. Worth thinking about though.

FavadiCacao Tue 30-Oct-12 19:15:40

70g is not that low, although some camps advocate between 100 to 150g for maintenance. No idea how many carbs I eat either, like you I avoid excessive starches and excessive sugars, but I'm partial to roasted carrots, berries and melons.grin Maybe, after the diet the vitamins and minerals levels have yet to return to their normal levels.

TellMeLater Tue 30-Oct-12 20:23:14

Have been googling it - seems my running could have caused it too. Suggestions for getting it back are limited to piling on the weight again. I've come across lots of warnings about how dangerous it is to not have a period but no detail on why, some woman on the pill avoid having a period foe years. The more sensible comments suggest it can indicate a stress on the body whose origins should be uncovered in case of infertility, but if I become infertile, does it matter? I don't have PCOS, so if running 25km plus resistance training through a week causes my period's departure, is it really so bad?

cinnamongreyhound Wed 31-Oct-12 21:38:45

4Kg is loads overnight!! No idea about reasons why and certainly have no idea about anything menopausal, haven't really thought that far ahead! I also haven't ever counted carbs so have no idea what is high or low but its interesting reading all of your experiences.

ssmile Thu 01-Nov-12 21:03:18

I think you can be at risk of osteoporosis is it? If your periods stop too early but its a simple blood test at Drs to find out if you pre-menopausal or hormone levels are changing, I had it as we were struggling to.conceive our second DD and my SIS has had it to rule out trying for a second baby as she was premenopausal at 43 and body was doing odd stuff but equally she also had very very low iron levels so went on an intensive iron boosting diet &tablets as she struggles to absorb iron.

We've been away didn't get off to a gd start with a 36hr tummy bug but did mean I didn't feel slightest bit guilty eating biscuits which I have banned from the house smile once I felt better.

cinnamongreyhound Sun 04-Nov-12 20:24:46

How are you feeling now ssmile?

ssmile Mon 05-Nov-12 17:31:11

I'm ok thanks cinnamon but eating too much sweet junk, I always find half terms hard a sort of "to hell with it " attitude takes over my eating blush I'm better once all back into a routine again. Made myself shred this morning but went back to level 2 even then struggled with a couple of sets arm exercises. Ever since I've been back at work post maternity at end of Aug my fitness has been evaporatingsad I used to walk everywhere on mat leave now I sit on my bum 4days a week. My weight has stayed stable which gd but I've lost muscle tone which I'm not happy about. I'm planning to cycle to work tom, I've just laid out my cycle kit its the leaving in the cold dark morning at 6.15am which isn't appealing! It's 9miles each way but we do have showers at work which is gd.

Hope your doing ok cinnamon? How's the foot?

cinnamongreyhound Mon 05-Nov-12 17:55:49

I don't think the weather helps with eating! Good on you for unclog to work not sure I would be up for cycling 9 miles at that time of the morning!

I'm good thanks, went for a little run yesterday. Did 11 mins and my foot hurt more than usual afterwards but was ok while I ran and is no more painful today! Was sad how much fitness I've lost though!

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