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Reverse Lent: starting a diet on Easter Monday

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whimsicalname Sun 31-Mar-13 18:27:09

Right, I had a baby 3 months ago. I need to lose 2 stone. I've eaten quite enough chocolate today. Tomorrow I'm starting a diet. Who's with me?

Normally I would do this as 'Sober October', but this year it's Reverse Lent. I'll eschew alcohol, eat lots of fruit and veg and try to get back into exercising. I don't anticipate losing both stone in 40 days, but I'd like to get a good head wind behind me for the rest of it.

I'll start by weighing myself tomorrow (Monday) morning, and weigh in each Monday after.

I'd really appreciate a bit of company with this. 40 days should be manageable, it's got a good (biblical) ring to it and by the time we're finished, it'll be well into spring and we can wear some nice clothes.

What more could we want?

SoldierKatnissEverdeen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:05:14

Ooh great idea... I'm in.
I had my last baby 5 yrs ago. blush
I need to lose between 5.5/6 stone.blush
Every morning I say I am going to start today. Every night I stuff myself with any kind of chocolate substance.

Will do a weight and measurements in the morning amd report for duty.

Goal in 40 days: 1 stone.
Plan: Gluten free, low carbing.
Exercise: Cant do anything too strenuous at the moment due to physical injury, so I will aim to do pilates 5 times a week, to improve that side of things.

Lets go!

Trazzletoes Sun 31-Mar-13 20:10:14

Hi there! I'm in - just logged on to start a thread on "eat less, move more"!!!

I've just weighed myself and am 14 stone 9 shock I'm hoping that writing it down and making it public will shame me in to doing something about it. I eat far too much and do basically no exercise. I used to run. I used to be a size 10/12...

As from now, I am a runner again! I've just been for my first run in, well, ages and managed to keep going for 20 minutes [proud] now it's just a case of keeping it up.

With my weight, my BMI is 31.2 shock I've had to borrow DH's exercise gear because I'm too fat even for my fat trousers.

I am also in for a stone in 40 days and see where I can go from there.

FrantasticO Sun 31-Mar-13 20:12:17

I'm in!
Will def weigh tomorrow.
Have piled on lots of wt since stopping smoking.
A stone would be fab!
Already exercise frequently...will keep it going and stop feeding my pie face blush

Fairygen Sun 31-Mar-13 21:05:08

Count me in!

Followed Paul McKennas Hypnotic Gastric Band for a month (-13.5lbs) but fallen off the wagon and stuffed my face for the past 5 weeks

I just want to eat healthier, smaller portions and hopefully shift a couple of stone.

Champagnecharleyismyname Sun 31-Mar-13 21:31:48

Count me in, I will weigh tomorrow but think I have a stone to lose. I have eaten so much chocolate today I feel sick! Please share some healthy meals and some inspiration! I usually give up after a week.

whimsicalname Mon 01-Apr-13 00:19:22

Ooh, I'm delighted to have recruited people! I forgot to say, I'm in the US, so 5 hours behind, so it'll look like I'm weighing in v late. Not because I'm lounging in bed - chance would be a fine thing!

Champagnecharleyismyname Mon 01-Apr-13 08:33:04

Ok just got up and weighed myself and as op is in the us I will do it in lbs! I am 140lbs, that's 10 stone. That's a stone over my normal weight. I'm short with a small frame.

So I downloaded a free hypnosis ad and have started using my fitness pal again, my weight has gone up 3 lbs since I started recording it in there! I'm starting positive though, good luck all..

FrantasticO Mon 01-Apr-13 12:03:20

Well I'm up and about and stood on the scales of doomsad

156lbs and a bmi of 23.7

147lbs sounds like a good starting goal for me!
Was 138 before Xmas (dieted like mad to get there), then had a lovely time with festivities, gave up cigs at new year...and here I am!


whimsicalname Mon 01-Apr-13 12:22:49

Morning all. I weighed in at 165 lb, which is 11 stone 11. I'd like to be less than 10, but will settle for 10 until I've stopped breast feeding, probably this time next year.

I haven't planned this very well though, as I.have no idea what I'm going to eat today.

Trazzletoes Mon 01-Apr-13 15:35:57

I'm hungry. It's still 4.5 hours til dinner time sad

Must not snack. MUST NOT SNACK!!!

one of my many main problem is that I never let myself feel hungry. I graze constantly on rubbish purely to avoid this. I am not used to this feeling and this is going to be a difficult thing to overcome. But I need to do it. I can't carry on like this. It's not good for me, and it's not good for my children to grow up thinking its acceptable to eat constantly and to eat so much rubbish.

It is not going to kill me to be a bit hungry for a few hours <repeat repeat repeat>

FrantasticO Mon 01-Apr-13 18:15:09

So...I'm starting tomorrow, Easter Monday was not the day to begin it seems!
Haven't been too back suppose, but def not what I planned.

Good luck to everyone. smile

Fairygen Mon 01-Apr-13 18:19:15

Weighed this morning, 198lbs (14st 2lbs). I'm pretty sure there must be some strange gravitational phenomenon happening, either that or, as I'm having accept...I'm a fatty!!

Going back to slimming world on thurs. I really need the structure of a set diet plan, and the fear of getting found out if I cheat!!

notasheep Mon 01-Apr-13 18:28:10

Count me in too!!! I am 11stone 13 pound and want to get down to 10stone 4 pound as quick as possible.Planning to get weighed every two weeks and I shall post my weight loss on here
Feeling very positive and keep on repeating I must not be greedy!

whimsicalname Mon 01-Apr-13 18:31:20

trazzle, I allow myself to snack on raw veg. I can't not eat something, but curiously I find if I can olny snack on raw broccoli I snack less!

Trazzletoes Mon 01-Apr-13 18:47:24

How funny!

Unfortunately I'm sat in hospital with DS today (he's been an in-patient for several weeks) and the only shop in spitting distance sells only chocolate, cakes, pastries... No fruit or veg at all.

I'm really mardy now! (Poor DS) but only another hour until dinner. I've been drinking plenty of water to help but have a cracking headache too. I guess my body has gone in to shock at the lack of refined sugar grin very much hoping this wears off in the next couple of days!

FrantasticO Mon 01-Apr-13 19:18:06

Aww trazzlletoeshope you and your son are both ok.

Good for you starting this when at the hospital.

Think you'll be a skinny minny in no time showing that determination.

Enjoy your dinner.

I'm now feeling like a big fat failure for not even doing day 1 properly...someone come give me a boot up the bum!

Trazzletoes Mon 01-Apr-13 20:46:32

Fran don't beat yourself up - tomorrow's another day.

DS is doing ok, thanks. He has cancer so is pretty poorly, but he's getting there.

His illness is a significant factor in my weight gain though. I was overweight anyway and was just stopping breast feeding DD when DS was diagnosed so immediately my diet and exercise plans went out the window. Then for the last 6 months we've spent a LOT of time in hospital and its usually me that's here. It's boring and I am unhappy so I eat. Tons.

I can't carry on like this forever though. It doesn't help any of us for me to make myself ill too.

FrantasticO Tue 02-Apr-13 09:20:21

Trazzles you are right about today being a new day.

You've had a really hard time, so understandable that you comfort ate.
So hope your son is having a good day today and that you get to relax a bit.

Think you are doing the right thing in addressing weight loss now, I know how carrying extra weight affects me both mentally and physically. More mentally really as my mood is lower and so is my confidence.

Hope you have lots of support with hospital runs, family and all the extra things that crop up.

Take care.

whimsicalname Tue 02-Apr-13 13:27:48

Blimey trazzle you're an inspiration! My husband spent 6 weeks in hospital when I was pg with #3. Didn't help with the weight gain! Do you knit? I find it a really good thing to do while sitting about, and that it can take the place of eating in dull but stressful situations. I actually started so I wouldn't smoke so much.

eagleray Tue 02-Apr-13 22:36:37

Hi - could I join in please?

Baby is 9 weeks old, I'm BF and finally accepted I need to go on a proper diet if I'm to lose this bloody weight!

Here is my waffly weight history - ideally would be 60kg (and used to be a few years ago). Then I got pituitary disease and my weight crept up to 70kg. Then on the day I found out I was pregnant, I was 80kg, rising to 100kg when DD was born. Lost 10kg in a week, and then virtually nothing since! I'm devastated that I've got so big - this amount of weight is not going to disappear before summer is here.

I have an awful lot to lose (and weigh in kg as I can stay in denial that way - have no idea what it means in stones and lbs) but 40 days would be a good start. So here we go:

Current weight - 90.4kg
Goal in 40 days - 1 stone
Plan - weightwatchers
Exercise - just trying to get out and about with the buggy every day - did 7km today, then carried the weekly shop home! Will try and start running short distances soon

Trazzletoes very sorry re DS being ill - no wonder you've been eating lots.

Whimsical knitting sounds like a good idea - I haven't done any for years. Can imagine it's very therapeutic.

Fairygen Wed 03-Apr-13 13:21:58

I don't officially start dieting until I go to SW tomorrow night, but have been trying to cut down on the rubbish.

Having a huge de- clutter of the house which has kept me busy and I haven't had time to think about food.

@whimsical, I knitted when I gave up smoking and i still love it

Trazzletoes Wed 03-Apr-13 14:23:25

whimsical thank you, but I'm really not! Just moseying on the same as anyone else would in the same situation.

I am loving the My Fitness Pal app. It's making me think about what I'm eating, and whether it is actually worth eating it. I've managed not to snack the past few days and managed some exercise last night too (thanks Davina McCall!) so feeling better for that too.

Hi eagle welcome along!

Trazzletoes Wed 03-Apr-13 14:24:07

Ah yes, I can't knit for the life of me. I'm a hooker, me grin but yes, good suggestion. Ill get my wool out!

rusmum Wed 03-Apr-13 15:00:06

I'm in - 1200 cals on myfitnesspal, and 30 day shred my plan. How quickly van I realistically lose a stone?

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