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Week 6 - New Year Low Carb Bootcamp _ Where I start to wave my big stick again

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BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 08:39:38

Morning all

Here it is - come and confess all

Now. Three things have come to my attention.

1. There is a lot of baking going on. Sweet things and bread substitutes.

Please remember that we are trying to avoid sweet things and that we are trying to avoid using artificial sweeteners.

2. A lot most of you are falling off the wagon - either 'accidentally' (hmm) or because situations arise where you have not planned ahead or deliberately.

This is not a very forgiving WOE. Lapses/cheats like this will have a big impact - at the very least you will not see any weight loss for a while - most likely, though, you will see a gain of around 3-7lbs. You really have to plan ahead and make sure you do everything you can to stay focused and avoid the carbs. Going out for a meal or to dinner at a friends does mean that you have to think about what's going to be on offer. You cannot assume that low carb options are going to be available (although most restaurants should be fairly easy to navigate).

3. There is a lot of moaning about seeing a weight gain or not losing.

May I refer you to 1 and 2 above?

Please, please, please go back to Bootcamp/Bootcamp Light rules. They are there for a reason!

I can tell you that almost every time someone posts "I don't know what to do, the scales aren't moving for me/I've gained half a stone and I don't know why, because I'm being really good/have been following the rules" this is a massive signal that, actually, they haven't.

Fat is key.
Water is key.
Too much alcohol will stop weight loss.
Dairy - especially cream and cheese - can be an issue for many (yoghurt is better tolerated)
Artificial sweeteners are to be avoided.
Fruit should be severely restricted.

We have only five weeks of Bootcamp left, including this week. Let's get serious and back on track.

HavingAnOffDAy Mon 11-Feb-13 10:31:23

Morning everyone & thanks for the new thread

I still can't weigh properly but am checking most days for fluctuations.

I've had a very 'off the wagon' weekend. Managed OK food wise but had a night out with friends on Saturday & had quite a few wines.

Back on it today & looking forward to slow cooked ginger pork for tea tonight smile

SwitchedtoEatingCheese Mon 11-Feb-13 10:33:57

1lb down for me. I'm only on week 2, but 6lb in two weeks so quite pleased.

Can I add some words of wisdom?

If you dinner is a bit crap them you will be tempted to snack all evening.

BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 10:42:44

grin @ SwitchedtoEatingCheese!

BlackAffronted Mon 11-Feb-13 10:52:45

pjlover, Im not amazingly fit sadly but I am definitely fit for a fat person! Im a size 24 blush but can keep up & out last some of the slinkies. Goes to show that you dont have to be skinny to exercise (Im sure it helps though!!) Luckily, that will be the only Zumbathon I shall be doing this year. Back to my twice weekly sessions, which I love. Ive probably read every low carb book going, apart from Briffa! I think I should buy it.

BlackAffronted Mon 11-Feb-13 10:53:36

Well said Switched smile I adore cooking, and I always try & make our evening meal exciting, and I cant rememberthe last time I had an evening snack.

FurryDogMother Mon 11-Feb-13 10:55:16

1 lb off this week,m which is the last time I'll be able to weigh until after April 23rd (going home tomorrow, where there are no scales). I'll just put myself down as STS each week until I can weigh again. No cheats, maybe a bit too generous of a hand with the vodka, but that all stops now for a few weeks.

My next focus, as spring is on its way, is to get a bit fitter by doing more exercise - in the form of walking and cycling. Nothing too strenuous, just want to build up my endurance a little.

So, no booze, no weighing, more moving, and continuing to eat all the stuff I know is good for me smile That's the plan!

BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 10:56:06

Sounds like a good plan, FDM!

prettybird Mon 11-Feb-13 11:11:28

Another 3lb off for me despite the flourless chocolate lime/orange cake I made on Friday using fructose sugar and ate a very small slice of (carbs consumed calculated at 10g which means I have now officially broken the 12stone barrier and am now 11stone 13lb! smilesmile

I'm only having a few blueberries and raspberries (and by that, I mean about 5 or 6) and two brazil nuts nuts a day (and occasionally 5 almonds) and having one glass of wine a week - so am still being fairly strict, even if it's not full Boot Camp.

Woolfey Mon 11-Feb-13 11:34:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mumat39 Mon 11-Feb-13 11:57:48

Thanks for the new thread BIWI smile

Another pound off for me so down 9 lbs in the 5weeks. Feels slow but I know that's a good thing.

Hope everyone has a good week this week.

Kiriwawa Mon 11-Feb-13 12:45:25

My weighing day is tomorrow so I will see how I'm doing then. I have been v good except for wine blush so I am expecting to STS. I am going to stay with friends next weekend so I am fully expecting more wine to be drunk. I might have to take a celeriac with me to avoid a bag of chips on the way home.

BIWI - I haven't been baking as such but I have been eating the flaxseed 'bread' which is okay isn't it? [worries]

LaVidaLoCarb Mon 11-Feb-13 13:00:16

blackaffronted I would put money on you having gained muscle and lost fat, despite no scales loss. This is a good thing!

I've been low carbing since July. Two things I noticed bring the whoosh fairy are 1. eating earlier in the evening and no evening snacking (sadly I find this a hard habit to break).
2. Keeping portion size small enough to feel full but not so big that I feel stuffed.

Does anyone know about coconut flour? I have some in the cupboard ready for tomorrow but just noticed it has 21g carbs per 100g shock. So now I'm not sure if I dare.

ToomuchWaternotWine Mon 11-Feb-13 13:49:11

Hi y'all thanks biwi for the thread <and the kicking>

From thread 5, which I have just read, want to say
black tried to sponsor you again, hope it's gone through this time! Well done! And yes your hormones and exercise will still be having an effect so try to be patient (check batteries in your scales if you are really worried!)

herecomesthesun berries three times a day sounds too much to me. I have them maybe a small handful (5/6) about once every two or three days.

Loving the Pinterest boards everyone but am refusing to get sucked in, I spend far too much time on FB and MN as it is! But have ordered the good food low carb cookbook (on DH amazon account, which he foolishly left open on my ipad mwah ha ha, he's lucky I've only ordered that <looks longingly at John Lewis website>)

STS this week AGAIN. Me and my Body will have to have words. It seems to think my maintenance weight should be 151. I want 145!! I will be pretty hard core this week and see if I can get under, and stay under, that magic 150 mark.

littlermissstan Mon 11-Feb-13 13:52:53

1lb off for me, though I reckon it might be more as seem to have come down with a sickness bug, currently languishing in bed feeling sorry for myself... Any tips for LC food for a dodgy stomach?? All I want is Heinz tomato soup...

MrsHoolie Mon 11-Feb-13 13:58:20

We are having a takeaway curry tonight. Can someone please suggest what I should go for?

I prefer chicken to lamb/fish.

Obviously no naan or rice!

PostBellumBugsy Mon 11-Feb-13 14:04:14

LaVida, I think coconut flour has less carbs than that, as it is very high fibre and there is something about the fibre cancelling out the carbs. I never understand this properly, but basically fibrous stuff just passes straight through us, so you take account of the "net carbs", which is what is left when you subtract the fibre from the total carb count.

Hope that makes sense!!!!!!

Congratulations to so many with losses this week. grin Big thank you to BIWI for encouraging us all to stay on track too!

PostBellumBugsy Mon 11-Feb-13 14:06:23

Mrs H, I'd go for a dry chicken dish and sag paneer.

BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 14:08:29

You only take off the fibre if you're looking at American foods. UK stuff you just go for the carb count.

I have coconut flour in my cupboard, which is 21.7g carbs per 100g - brand Tiana. Don't know if that is the one that you have, LaVida?

Iamaslummymummy Mon 11-Feb-13 14:19:35

For no reason I have just eaten most of a bar of green and blacks 55% chocolate. Bad week for me this week. I'm going to my medical to decide my ill health early retirement (at 35) so mega stressed. sad

Will try my hardest not to eat emotionally

Iamaslummymummy Mon 11-Feb-13 14:20:42

I didn't even enjoy it as much as a couple of squares of 85%

Happy lunchtimes all - well done to the losers and chin up to the STS's thanks - heed BIWIs wise words and I'm sure you will be onwards and downwards in no time.

Anyone see the Daily Fail article today on the two day diet? (mitigation: free copy lying around at softplay hell) Basically advocated two days of low carbing a week - but actually, when one looked into it, they had things like grapefruit as a low carb breakfast and pineapple as a low carb snack hmm and also kept everything low fat and advised skins off chicken etc. I guess though if you are only doing it for two days, you wouldn't be burning fat enough to also be eating fat?

Anyway, interesting for maintenance. Am thinking of doing a modified version of 5-2-2 for maintenance this time around - not counting the calories but low-carbing instead, and keeping an eye on carbs the rest of the time too Briffa 80-20 style.

(NB the two days had to be consecutive, in order to get maximum from fat-burning mode. But I really couldn't see that you would definitely go into ketosis on what they were advising you to eat - seemed way to carby for me).

(too, even)

Jacaqueen Mon 11-Feb-13 14:34:20

Well done on the Zumba Blackaffronted. You are putting us all to shame. I really must try and do more exercise. Well to be honest that shouldn't be too hard as
it would be difficult for me to do any less than I do at present.

Having said that we are on mini half term from Wednesday to next Tuesday and we are going away to the shack for a few days. Lots of bracing coastal walks planned. Just need to try and curb the alcohol while I am away.

BIWI Mon 11-Feb-13 14:34:42

sad Iamaslummymummy - no wonder you're stressed. That's awful for you.

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