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Cambridge Diet, Lighter Life, Slim&Save - VLCD'ers gather over here!

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SconeInSixtySeconds Tue 02-Jul-13 11:46:05

<pats comfy sofa>

<offers peppermint tea>

Welcome one and all to *^The New Thread !*^

Results for me on Slim and Save 10 weeks = 42 pounds!


Week 11 is looking rubbish for me, but I have been (and continue to be actually) poorly.

Come and make yourselves comfy...

laura4jasmine Wed 03-Jul-13 16:34:15

Thanks Scone smile I'm doing Lighter Life, I know it's expensive but the packs taste great and the counsellor is lovely. Getting through today much better than I expected so I'm feeling hopeful.
I think you're right, it's easier not to have to explain this to anyone.

SconeInSixtySeconds Wed 03-Jul-13 17:58:31

Laura, you won't find us judging your choice, we're all in the same boat after all! If you like the counsellor and the packs then that is bloody terrific, all power to you.

bbpants Wed 03-Jul-13 18:19:36

Yay new thread - hello everybody.

<<mmmm spam>>


SconeInSixtySeconds Wed 03-Jul-13 18:34:38

Just realised that I completely failed to wave the Pom poms for Maggie and her 10 pound loss so far!

Nornironmum Wed 03-Jul-13 18:59:03

Hi all, everyone is doing so well. I started on the 17th of June doing soule source on Cambridge. Got weighed the flowing Tuesday so 8 days later and lost 14lb, I had 20 to lose. Started soule source plus last Tuesday so a week yesterday, got weighed Monday and had lost 3lb, then weighed today lost another one. Seeing consultant on Saturday so I'm hoping for another 1b. I know that only leaves me 2lb to target but I'm going on hols 25th of July so I decided to change my target and aim for another 9lb, I'm sticking to soule source plus to try to do it, and will move up the plans after holiday, after a week on soule source to lose the holiday weight. I am drinking tons of water, maybe 5lts per day and I really think this is what's done it. I really hope to go on my holiday with that 9lb off, but would be happy with 7lb and I seem to be losing 3 a week so I hope I can do it. Good luck everyone

freckles21 Wed 03-Jul-13 19:32:30

Hello all and welcome,
My bloody packs haven't arrived, I literally have four packs of porridge left. Great, like the porridge but also like having variety in my day. Boossh are being a nightmare to get through too. Anyway rant over
Good luck to those just starting, I've found it easier to stick to by sticking a chart on the wall in my kitchen with my plan and each day crossing it off when I have done it. This has kept me motivated even when off the plan as I just write what I have eaten.
What does irl mean? Xx

SconeInSixtySeconds Wed 03-Jul-13 19:38:44

Irl = in real life

Cos we is secret squirrels innit?

Slim and save is next day, so order tonight/tomorrow and they would arrive Friday if that helps at all.

Norniron what an amazing loss! Memo to self <must drink more water>

Lauren1204 Wed 03-Jul-13 20:35:02

Hi everyone, i'd like to join you all.

I am hoping to start my Cambridge diet journey very soon - just waiting for an appointment with my consultant.

I'm currently 5ft 8 and weigh around 17.5 stones sad

I'm not really sure what weight i'd like to be - I just want to be a size 14 (currently 18/20). I've also found recently that my knees have started hurting when I get up from being seated and my asthma is worse.

Just need to finally shift these pounds and stop being greedy/lazy too!

My only concern is that I will give in to my craving too easily. I've been considering counselling/hypnotherapy - has anyone tried this?

Lauren x

SconeInSixtySeconds Wed 03-Jul-13 20:42:12

Hi Lauren, don't feel too sad, you will see really quick results on this diet. I am 5ft 7.5 and started at 16.13 on April 17th.

I am now 13.13!

Counselling and hypnotherapy are both helpful if you have stuff you need to talk about. I just blather on here... wink

Lauren1204 Wed 03-Jul-13 21:00:24

Hi Scone, thanks for the nice welcome. Just had a phone chat with my consultant and she sounds fab! She is coming to see me tomorrow at 7pm with the products etc. She went through all the details on the phone and is wanting me to try the soul source plus to start with. Am I right in thinking that I don't have to eat the meal if I don't want and just have the shakes etc?

Congrats on your fab weight loss its amazing!

I shall be a regular on here I think - its nice having others to chat to who are in the same position and know what i'm going though.

Hubby has had strict instructions to keep me away from food! lol.

L x

PurplePotato Wed 03-Jul-13 21:18:22

Hi Lauren, I've started today and am exactly the same weight as you. Want to be diet buddies?
Scone, I have been following your progress for a few weeks and you are quite inspirational smile Hope I can achieve the same.

laura4jasmine Wed 03-Jul-13 21:26:24

Hi Lauren & Purple I can't believe I mad it through the first day! This is hard but will be so worth it. Good luck on your journey smile

freckles21 Wed 03-Jul-13 21:26:52

Hello all
Thank you for clearing up irl meaning.
Thought I would post this page from a blog, it's quite funny and I think may help with our thinking

laura4jasmine Wed 03-Jul-13 21:27:15

*yes I am mad but meant made!

PurplePotato Wed 03-Jul-13 21:34:17

Hi Laura! Well done. I've found it fine today too (doing Slim and Save). Long may it continue.

Lauren1204 Wed 03-Jul-13 21:52:57

Hi everyone.

Purple I would love to be diet buddies smile i think it would be much easier with all the support on here especially for those tricky days!

I am starting my CD on friday!

One day down Laura-well done! We will get there!!

MyJellybean Wed 03-Jul-13 22:20:10

Sammac, my apologies. I have just noticed my I-pad changed your name to spam mac, I hate this thing!!!!!
Good luck Laura, they're a great bunch on here so you'll get all the encouragement you need.
Jolibee, I got my first 2week Exante plan on Groupon in May. I bought other packs since then and also the 6week one a couple of weeks ago again on Groupon. I was fine until week 4 when I had to include a meal and it became 3weeks of including a meal. Then through those on this thread I discovered Slim and Save who have evening meals that taste great (so do their choccy bars).
I have survived my 3day training course where, as expected, they provided lunches each day of mixed sandwiches, chris ps and fruit. I took my shakes and a salad.

smokinaces Thu 04-Jul-13 07:23:58

A sneaky two pounds down this morning. 10'5 down from 11'2 three weeks ago. Only threepounds off my lowest from last summer. Wasn't expecting anything, but something obviously worked. With being in my bmi now and having pcos this two pounds is an achievement!

Now, what can I eat Saturday and Sunday to knock me out of ketosis enough to make alcohol safe, but not completely wreck it???

Welcome to the newbies :-) I was very anti vlcd until I did Cambridge in October 2011 and now I am a convert

SconeInSixtySeconds Thu 04-Jul-13 07:34:13

Ooh, good question smokin'! I have no idea...

Cracking loss too - well done! if when I reach that size I think the whole uk will be able to hear my screams of delight! You must be thrilled.

grin grin

laura4jasmine Thu 04-Jul-13 08:19:49

Well done Smokin, just shows if we stick to it, it will work!

Feeling happy this morning, which is very unusual for me, I'm usually telling myself off for not trying harder yesterday. It's nice to wake up feeling calm and looking forward to the day for a change.

Does the Slim & Save packs taste good? I have looked online and I see they are much cheaper than LL. I really like the taste of LL and lets face it, if this is all you're going to eat it's got to taste good! LL do porridge, soups, shakes, meals and bars. I don't like shakes but I love being able to have porridge, soup, bar and dinner, it's like having a proper meal routine......well, I can kid myself lol.

Hope you're all off to a good start this morning smile

smokinaces Thu 04-Jul-13 08:59:47

I love the slim and save. Highly recommend them. I too have porridge or shake for breakfast, a bar with a salad and a meal for dinner - makes choices simpler and they do taste nice. Other than crispy shakes. Eugh.

Thinking one slice of wholemeal bread and some new potatoes. Lowish carb, easier to burn

SconeInSixtySeconds Thu 04-Jul-13 09:16:12

Thinking back to when I did Pig2twig, that was about 40g of carb per day and alcohol was allowed. So maybe it is the combination of ketosis and calories (lack of!) in here that makes the difference?

Although of course alcohol gets burned before fat.

Laura - I'm with s&s as well, and although I don't like the crispy shakes either most of it is really tasty. There is no counsellor though if you like that aspect of LL, but there is a forum and help.

It is amazing the difference a couple of days makes. I am 2 pounds down since Weds... And now wondering how not to shaft myself while dh is home. I don't want to undo my hard work! He is back for 3 weeks and in that time it is his birthday, ds birthday and a trip to see his family in NornIron.

Do you guys think it would work to basically low carb (with alcohol) and maybe do 2 days a week on programme or would you must stick with low carb and deal with it as I go along? confused

thehorsedentist Thu 04-Jul-13 14:36:59

waves hello

I have just ordered my first month of Slim and Save.
I did slimfast years ago and it was the only thing that kickstarted my weight loss. I was 115KG at 17 years old and was 70KG a year later, I only did 3 months but it was the process that got me started.

So now, after a very rough pregnancy I am back up to 105KG and normal eating habits just can't be maintained. I am very nervous but excited as I know I can do it again.

The only thing that worries me is how to discuss it with my OH. I was single when I was losing before so had no one to answer to... but i know he will question why I am doing it this way. How have your OH's coped with you doing VLCD? how did you work mealtimes (I always cook)?

Lauren1204 Thu 04-Jul-13 15:50:38

My OH is very supportive. I have told him that I need his help to ensure that I do not have anything tempting me to cheat! He even offered to do the food shop for me! Shock!

I start tomorrow so not sure yet how i'll feel when I am making dinner for him/kids - we shall see how it goes!

Good luck thehorsedentist!

SconeInSixtySeconds Thu 04-Jul-13 15:52:04

Well my dh is 10,000 miles away so I am not the best person to ask about partner ishoos...

But that does mean I have been looking after the dc single handed for the whole time,including cooking. For me, I make sure I eat something at the same time as my dc - a bar in the early days, now it's a shake (sometimes turned into mousse) and a huge glass of water. I often have some salad at that point too.

The first few days were tricky, but you do learn to cope!

If you really think your oh will kick off do you think having the small protein meal (instead of one of the shakes) with him would placate him?

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