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What was the 'killer moment' that made you lose weight

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sallycinnamum Sun 05-May-13 20:55:31

Donkeys years ago I lost a significant amount of weight via SW because I saw a photo at a work Xmas party and made a vow to lose a stone. I ended up losing two over 4 months.

When I got married two years ago I ate nothing but porridge and Ryvita for two weeks and lost half a stone so the dress wouldn't be too tight. Then a month later I got pregnant with my second DC.

Now, after 2 DC I know I need to lose a stone but I haven't had the killer moment yet that will spur me into going on a proper, long-term diet and sticking to it.

I just wondered what it was that finally spurred you into going on a diet and doing it properly rather than giving up a couple of weeks in.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Tue 21-May-13 23:43:35

Yes please join us on the bootcamp threads and, no, you don't have to be on the spreadsheet, or you can log your weight as "100" and then index your loss like a percentage. Still get the motivation of seeing your losses but no one will know your "real" numbers!

LCing literally changed my life. I was overweight, (not hugely but enough that I disliked what I saw), depressed, lethargic, had hideous PMT and was really struggling to find any joy in life. I lost 20lbs in the first ten weeks, but much more than that discovered a way of eating that meant I had more energy, stable moods, much reduced PMT, better digestion (no more smelly poos or farting!) all of this has meant much better mental health for me and I've done stuff in the last few months that I couldn't have contemplated last year. (Including a 10k walk just a couple of weeks ago)

Join us, join us, join us ..... <hypnotic swirly eyes>

Mantella Wed 22-May-13 09:06:22

@@@@ woooo ... I'm getting sleepy, sleeepy ... Right you've hypnotised me into it. I'm heading over.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Wed 22-May-13 11:48:47

Yay!! Read as much info as you can, so you understand WHY this works, there is lots on different tabs on the spreadsheet and Dr Briffas book "escape the diet trap" is very helpful in explaining the science behind it.

We have a weekly chat thread, a questions thread, and a recipe thread. Also a low carb section in the food recipes section on MN where the lovely gless spent ages transferring recipes to make it easy. Ask as many questions as you need, we have all had concerns, wobbles and fuck-it moments but if you stick with it and break the carb addiction, I promise you will feel SO much better (and look better too I'm sure)


Mantella Wed 22-May-13 11:55:57

Thanks BIWI. I'll probably lurk for a few days and read as much as I can before I jump in smile

Mantella Wed 22-May-13 12:33:06

Sorry! I meant TooMuch blush. That's all I ever seem to do on here, put my big foot in it. It's not only my body that needs fixing, it's my brain too.

chrome100 Wed 22-May-13 12:37:13

Just a question: if you're low-carbing what do you have for breakfast? I have a bowl of fruit and fibre at the mo because it's quick. I only have ten mins to eat in the morning as I swim before work, get home and dry my hair whilst eating and then cycle to work. I literally do not have any more time than this and getting up earlier wouldn't help because I go to the pool as soon as it opens at 630. Any tips for quick, non-carb breakfasts would be great.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Wed 22-May-13 13:47:15

Hi chrome, it takes less than sixty seconds to microwave some scrambled eggs, or just a couple of minutes to make in a pan. Eggs are my favourite brekkie as it easily sees me through to lunch without feeling hungry. I sometimes add spinach, or mushrooms, or bacon bits or grated cheese to omelette or scrambled eggs. You could also boil eggs the night before and have them cold in the morning, mashed with butter or something yummy like Boursin or any soft cheese you prefer.

I also sometimes have cheese wrapped in ham, or full fat Greek yoghurt, or leftovers from dinner the night before, or anything really. When you are LCing you get out of the way of thinking that breakfast has to be certain foods, I've seen me happily munch a cold chicken leg and some Parma ham for brekkie before now! Another popular thing is to make LC savoury muffins and grab a couple of them for on the go early starts.

If you pop over to the bootcamp thread you can see lists of what people are eating and you might get some more ideas there too!

chrome100 Wed 22-May-13 14:35:05

Thanks Toomuch!

OliviaYouCannotBSeriousMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 29-Jun-13 22:48:10

Have had a request to move this thread to weight loss so its wisdom doesn't get lost

2lilgirls Fri 13-Sep-13 15:07:12

I know this is an old thread but I've only just discovered it on a google thread and I need to contribute. I need to write this down.

I've been losing weight with about 2 months now. I haven't weighed myself in years but I was in size 16 clothes. Actually no, I refused to wear 16 so squeeze into 14 which was much worse. I am only 5ft 3.
I was thin once but my weight gradually crept up in the last few years.

My lightbulb moments were

- Living in black. It was only when I wore a coloured outfit and my mother said that it was great to see me not wearing black for a change.

- My periods stopped. STOPPED. I think I hadn't had a period in 4 months. Scary. Obviously I had stopped ovulating.

- I knew I was avoiding my friends and social occasions. I was too ashamed of my weight and made excuses not to attend. This frightened the hell out of me and I knew it had to stop. In fact a lot of them I have pushed away entirely.

- My toddler telling me I had a big belly.

- Meeting my sister who I had not seen in 2 years (she was in the states) and I knew she hardly recognised me, I will never forget her reaction.

- My fitness, I was out of breath walking short distance.

- I started avoiding the mirror because I couldn't bear to look at myself.

- Avoiding photos, even ones with my children. I always made sure I took the photos.

- But most importantly, we want another baby and THIS gave me the kick I needed.

I started exercising daily, walking 5k, went on low GI lifestyle. I am now down to size 12. I have had 2 28 day cycles. I actually ovulated on day 10 of the diet.
I still have a stone or so to go but I will do it, I have changed my entire life. I am sitting here after a work out wearing a red top and smiling.
What really amazed me was how quickly the weight comes off, if I had known that I probably would have done this sooner.

Thank you to all who have contributed and I wish those of you who aren't 'there' yet all the luck in the world.

mrsfiddymont Sat 14-Sep-13 10:46:28

Great thread and lots of inspiring stories.

I logged back into MFP after a two year absence only to find that my starting weight then was 10 4....I have put on nearly two stone since then sad. Started at 12 2 a few weeks back and am now 11 9.

TheLightPassenger Sat 14-Sep-13 11:01:00

being told I had a 30% chance of cardiovascular disease in the next ten years. still only managed to lose half of the 5 stone to get down to the magic bmi 25, but I'm getting there smile

RockinD Tue 17-Sep-13 18:02:28

When my fleece for work was a special order in a 2XL and I had to tell the supplier what my bust measurement was.

The first stone has now gone, currently on a plateau, but two more to go.

Bluemonkeyspots Sat 05-Oct-13 21:59:08

Adding myself to this list as I want to read right through later.

I don't have a killer moment as such, quite the opposite infact. I finally realised that the 4 stone overweight person is me now, I have been like this for 6 years now (yo-yoing) up and down a stone that I can't remember what it's like to be thin and very few people I know now have ever seen me thin. They only know me as a fat overweight person and that's what I am now.

I'm determined to change though! 2st by Xmas then 2st by Easter. I'm tall so even my thin weight would be heavy to most people so I feel there is so much I have missed out on incase of weight restrictions. I want to go on all the fair ground rides with dc, I want to go paragliding on holiday, I want to go on the mini railway at the country park, I want to do water slides abroad and not worry all the spectators are comparing me to shamu!

Started WW again ten days ago and lost 5lb first week and feel I'm doing good again this week so this is the start of it grin

ltathere Mon 02-Jun-14 12:20:12

When you see your friends are getting better shape, that will really motivate you.

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