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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.

BlackAffronted Tue 12-Feb-13 13:14:20

Ginot, last thing you want at your own hen party is carb-flu! Be honest & just tell them that certain foods make you feel ill and you want to fully enjoy your weekend smile

BlackAffronted Tue 12-Feb-13 13:16:46

food porn link wouldlove to see some more photos in here, some you make amazing sounding dishes!

and a wee link to my own blog blush

catinboots Tue 12-Feb-13 13:20:25

Hi everyone! Congrats to all the losers

I STS this week but no surprise as I ate Chinese on Friday.

Have been super strict since Saturday.

Looking forward to yummy LC pancakes tonight

Doshusallie Tue 12-Feb-13 13:29:39

DH just made us a frittata for lunch - eggs (obv), peas hmm, pesto hmm, courgettes, spinach, bacon and cheese on top. Utterly delish, if not bootcamp strict.

Did manage to get to the gym this morning, which I am really pleased about.

BlackAffronted Tue 12-Feb-13 13:42:25

As for work options .. I love food & cooking, but really could not handle teh stress of working in a restaurant and the work hours would be hell for childcare. I keep my eyes open for openings in wee cafes & the like though. Will probably have have to do a college course or two. Would love to be some sort of writer, but I am not talented enough for that. I also enjoy working with little kids, but I am not cut out to be a child minder. Would love to work in a nursery or pre-school though. Worked as an insurance clerk pre-DC, but I don't fancy that anymore sad

What do you all do?

Doshusallie Tue 12-Feb-13 13:45:51

I sell IT Services for a large IT firm.

BIWI Tue 12-Feb-13 14:00:35

Bleurgh to all this talk about losing toenails envy <-- vom face

Thankfully I've just been and got myself fitted properly for some running shoes, so hopefully will not suffer!

WillieWaggledagger Tue 12-Feb-13 14:11:14

i work in publishing

having looked at the food porn thread and your blog, blackaffronted, if i earned more money and lived nearer you i would employ you as my personal low carb chef!

PrettyPirate Tue 12-Feb-13 14:17:41

Great op BIWI, needed some telling off as was thinking of baking this week but have postponed that nowgrin

Loving the awards thekichenfairy!!

Well done everybody!!!

Have lost 1.5lb this week which I'm very happy about. Total loss about 8lb so far, would love to lose 10 more. But honestly don't mind how fast that happens although end of March for my birthday would be great.

Week ago went jeans shopping as my old ones are too big, I'm wearing size smaller ones now and this feels so good!!! I was that size probably about 10 years ago... Nobody has noticed yet though

Last night made 30 pancakes for school's pancake cafe! They looked good but obviously didn't eat any. Today will be making bit smaller batch for dinner - family is having their's with ham and cheese for main and with jam or chocolate sauce for pudding. I'm really looking forward for my cream cheese ones with ham and cheese and with whipped double cream and some rasberries for pudding!

PrettyPirate Tue 12-Feb-13 14:24:23

BlackAffronted your link to your blog didn't work, would you mind posting it again? I love food blogs!!

BlackAffronted Tue 12-Feb-13 14:29:46

Willie, Id love to be a personal chef! I love to cook when someone else is paying grin

Opps sorry about the bad link PP, hope this one works .... blog

WillieWaggledagger Tue 12-Feb-13 14:43:30

lol black MN links are messing you around something rotten!

<sigh> a personal chef would be heaven... i find cooking a bit tedious. dp is a better cook than me but always has tons of work in the evenings

i need to get rich quickly i think

BlackAffronted Tue 12-Feb-13 16:22:06


Try again grin blog I am so sorry for sending folk on a wild goose chase blush

Lindzee Tue 12-Feb-13 17:19:21

Hi, I want to start this diet on Monday as it has been highly recommended. Can anyone help with how to start off and the easiest way to do it!.

Thank you

Lavenderhoney Tue 12-Feb-13 17:32:27

Black affronted, I am waiting for ds to drop off to sleep and I was thinking what you could do. What about building a business working from home where you provide weekly meals ( low carb or not) for people? They could choose from a menu you provide and you can make them up - they can collect too. If you have a chat with the council and Heath and safety they will come and look at your kitchen. It's surprising what little you may have to change- perhaps only an extra fridge for food and some other things. I know someone who set up a sandwich biz from home and it cost very little. After 2 years she only worked 10 months of the year - the rest she spent abroadsmile You could control your output and time quite well.

Ooh- he's asleep, Off to do some Pilates in the lounge!

Dreadful headache all day. Drinking loads of water and will be making myself eat later.

LavenderBriggs Tue 12-Feb-13 17:41:53

<isn't gloomy> <brave face, etc> I'm between jobs and I'm really bored and I can't find the energy to do anything because I have nothing to do - it's just how it is right now.

I can manage 2 laps of Finsbury Park, so I'm a bit in awe of you doing 6.

Big well dones to losers STS-ers and everyone who is still sticking with this WOE.

Great big thank yous to everyone who's posted recipes thanks

BIWI Tue 12-Feb-13 17:43:40

Lindzee Welcome! If you go to the link I posted in the OP, you will find on the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet, the rules of Bootcamp. Follow these for two weeks, and then (if you like) you move on to Bootcamp Light - rules for this also on the spreadsheet.

And that's it! Ten straightforward rules with a list of allowed veg. Make sure you get your carbs from veg and salad and avoid as much processed/artificial food as possible.

Prepare yourself to feel a bit grim in the first week but stick with it, and then you will feel much better.

Add yourself to the spreadsheet as well, and then come back on Monday with your next weigh-in. Any questions, post them on the questions thread

captainmummy Tue 12-Feb-13 18:39:27

Black - can't rememebr where i read it (poss the Waitrose mag) about a sort-of parcel that gets sent to you, with all the ingredients for the meal (or 2-3days worth i think) and the recipes. The idea is that you cook something more adventurous than you would normally.

You could try that, but low-carb!

Bessie123 Tue 12-Feb-13 18:45:44

biwi and ruprekt thankyou for the red cabbage recipes. I will be trying them both tonight.

FurFoxAke Tue 12-Feb-13 18:58:22

Cool I'm glad there are a couple of other late arrivals wink
I shall refresh my memory and start bootcamp tomorrow - might as well strike while the iron is hot.
Not sure if I can weigh myself though I have no scales and the wii might not work (I'll have to ask the boys). Meh I'm more interested in doing my jeans up than actual weight lol
After Easter ready for summer hols is a good time what with all the bad brown stuff that gets eaten <innocent>

ToomuchWaternotWine Tue 12-Feb-13 19:16:28

Well I'm afraid I have to report a complete pancake disaster! Tried to make them with almond flour, full fat milk, egg, cinnamon and vanilla essence. They were absolutely horrible. Looked terrible, tasted worse. Ds said they were "gross" after one tentative bite, after being really excited at having pancakes for afternoon snack sad Even my eat-everything Labrador gave me a "wtf?" Look when he sniffed the leftovers grin

Maybe we should have an anti-blog, with our never-again disasters? Ok, maybe not .....

I may need to try the cream cheese ones just to check my culinary skills haven't completely left me .....

BlackAffronted Tue 12-Feb-13 19:19:16

captain and lavenderhoney - fab ideas! I have about 6/7 months til he starts school, so I think I am going to look into these ideas. I would love to spend all day in my kitchen cooking for people! I could box meals up & have people collect them on their way home from work etc. Such a fab idea! Or prepare the ingredients for them to make it themselves, though there is a greengrocers who does that locally already.

Just added a few more photos to the food porn thread. Was so pleased with how my low carb pancakes turned out. Waiting on dinner, will eat when the kids go to bed at 8pm. Its a chicken, shallot & mushroom thing, in red wine & stock. Looks delicious, hope it tastes it!

ShebaQueen Tue 12-Feb-13 19:53:51

Hello all, here I am tagging along at the end as usual. Some great chat on here today!

Welcome to newbies. Black and Biwi, I love your blogs!

Have had a stressful day both work-wise and personally, but managed not to binge on carbs which is what I would have done just a few weeks ago. Dare I hope that I have broken my chocolate habit <whispers>?

Just cooking some home-made burgers for dinner with a blue cheese sauce and a massive green salad.

See you all tomorrow, have a good evening.

timidviper Tue 12-Feb-13 20:11:34

FurFoxAke Amazing coincidence! I must be psychic as I shouted your name out when I stood on our Wii earlier this week grin Bastard thing insulted me then made my Mii into a little fat barrel on legs.

Black Your blog is amazing. I love food too (well you have only to look at me to see that! grin) and have enjoyed the cooking and experimenting by modifying recipes on this WOE. It would be lovely if you could use those talents and make some money too. We live in a holiday area and I have friends who own hotels, B&Bs, etc but that is very hard work although not all year round. One mum from school has set up a little tearooms called Bertie's but she only went into it when the children left home!

In the interests of research I tried the "Slim Rice" tonight and my advice is don't bother! They are like a noodley texture so a bit too gelatinous for rice, I'd stick with cauliflower rice if I were you. Made a rather nice Thai Green Curry with the leftover Coconut Ginger Pork to go with it though.

Bessie123 Tue 12-Feb-13 20:33:08

Well, I can report great success with the cream cheese pancakes. They were completely delicious. I had them with mushrooms, leeks and salmon in a creamy Boursin and Parmesan sauce (leftovers from yesterday) and red cabbage. I might post a pic on food porn but as with most of my cooking, it looks a bit of a mess...

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