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The diet begins Boxing Day! Lose weight, stay happy

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HattietheManatee Fri 22-Dec-17 12:52:51

So after a really crap year where I had a severe depressive episode, I’ve ended up mentally much healthier but heavier due to my medication (mirtzapine). Oh, and my obscene addiction to sugar!! I’m finally in a place where I feel I can tackle my weight gain. Having braved the scales yesterday I weighed in at 10st 7lb - I was 9st in April, so quite a gain. I’m 5ft 3 and this gives me a BMI of 26 (so in the overweight category!)

Target weight is 8st 7lb so want to lose 2st. First mini goal is 10st by end of January.

I plan to follow a HFLC diet as this should help me tackle my sugar additiction once and for all. I have terrible problems with blood sugar and lots of people say this clears up on the diet. Am going to use India Knights idiot proof diet book after a recommendation here.

I can’t wait til next year so I have 4 more days to wallow in Christmas biscuits then Boxing Day will start my diet! We have a family meal out that day which could be interesting...I’m not planning to mention it in RL so will use this as a diary. Please feel free to post, join in, give support (flowers emojis rather than biscuits please or I may end up nibbling on my iPad) etc.

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Aducknotallama Sat 23-Dec-17 10:30:59

I am in. After an awful year in which my mum suffered a horrible illness then died I have put on about a stone (can't bring myself to go on the scales yet) but am about the same weight as you and was 9.5 stone in May. I also intend to start Boxing Day. I struggle with HFLC as don't like meat but plan to calorie count on MFP and do low fat. I work out a lot already which has kept me in not bad shape (weights really do change your body) but I can feel myself piling on the weight.

ScreamingValentaMySantaExpress Sat 23-Dec-17 10:37:56

I'm going to do the Low Carb Bootcamp in January - I'm still trying to lose weight I gained following surgery last year. I'm currently 11 stone and target is 9 stone 7. Now I'm in my 40s I find weight comes off incredibly slowly and I can be stuck at a plateau for weeks - I miss the days when sticking strictly to a diet would reliably shed 2lb a week.

jinglebells123 Sat 23-Dec-17 23:59:04

Oh can I join? I had some success with SW earlier this year but just really struggled to stick to plan and the last month or so have been awful so I think I've managed to put back on all the weight I lost.

Haven't been on the scales recently but think I'm around 11'6 ish and 5'7, aim is 10'6.

Had been going to the gym regularly but my local gym had gone through a revamp and all the good trainers left, most of the classes changed and I struggled to find classes I liked at times that suited.

After Christmas I'm aiming for 2 weight based sessions per week and one run ( I have a young dd, a horse that I share a couple of days a week so trying to be realistic), also going to start power walking for 25 minutes on my lunch break 2 days a week and start walking to and from the train station - not much but hopefully it will help.

whereiscaroline Sun 24-Dec-17 00:03:56

Can I join please? Similar to you, 5'4", currently weigh 10st 7lbs. Would like to get to 8st12 ish.

What's the HFLC diet you're following OP?

HattietheManatee Sun 24-Dec-17 11:08:29

Yay! I have some dieting buddies smile. That’ll make it much easier to say no to booze come Boxing Day.

Duck - sorry to hear about your mum, not surprising you’ve had some weight gain. Have been looking at photos of women who do weights on insta and they look amazing! I wouldn’t even know where to start.

Screaming - welcome, I’m nearing 40 so have no idea how easily or otherwise this weight will come off, especially with the meds. See you back in January

Jingle - yes, please do join in! It sounds like you have a good plan. I’ll be walking to and from station on my working days which is 1 hr 20 mins a day. This is mainly because my travelcard runs out and I can save £3 a day on the buses. I may have forgot to mention I’m a total cheapskate grin so will use that to motivate my exercise. We weren’t using our gym membership at all as booking classes I liked was a total hassle so that had to go.

Caroline - welcome, please do join in. This is the book I’m using got a second hand copy for £2.37 inc delivery. I love India Knight and the plan is clearly laid out including reintroducing foods.

Vitamins ordered, will arrive Wednesday. Saw myself on telly yesterday my face is so bloated I am really determined to do this!

Meanwhile two more days of eating carp call fgrin. To be honest I’m not really enjoying how it makes me feel so will try to recall this when temptation calls.

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3011152gt Sun 24-Dec-17 21:30:56

Please can I join I need to loose 3 stone! blush

Pavonia Sun 24-Dec-17 23:23:33

I'm a similar size and also plan to lose weight after Christmas but I'll probably start on the 27th. I'll try to remember to get on the scales on Boxing Day morning first thing.

I plan to do sensible meals with no puddings or snacking apart from fruit. This has worked for me before and so long as I can get my head in the right place it should work again.

HappyMum543 Mon 25-Dec-17 00:48:17

Hi can I join I'm exactly te same 5ft 2 and weigh 10.7

MiMi78 Mon 25-Dec-17 18:48:44

5ft 2in club checking in. 10stone 10lb, up from 8st 7lb, I've had divine year of unbelievable scoffing.
My face looks like its going to blow up, as its so fat.
Going to stick to 2 meals a day and cancel out breakfast. Exercise and all that boring stuff.

yousignup Mon 25-Dec-17 19:01:21

I'm in! Back to swimming and away with snacks. 4k by end of Jan is just about doable for me I think. Too embarassed to post starting weight. Basically my body can't take the weight or the crap I've been shovelling in for the past month.

Bonkersblond Mon 25-Dec-17 19:10:50

I’d love to join if I may, thinking of SW after NY but feeling so bloated will start tomorrow by cutting out all rubbish which is going to be so hard as have houseful of Christmas treats!

SuffolkBumkin Mon 25-Dec-17 19:22:09

Can i join too? I am 5ft and 14.7st,so I'm a right old butterball! I have lost a stone since September but it's a long lonely road.

ScreamingValentaMySantaExpress Mon 25-Dec-17 19:33:36

I can't believe how much I've eaten today fblush.

Aducknotallama Mon 25-Dec-17 22:49:02

Me too Screaming! Gearing up to be good from tomorrow

Pavonia Tue 26-Dec-17 07:03:08

I've just weighed myself. I'm 10 stone 6, so that's my starting weight. At 5 foot 1 it is too much. I've gained well over a stone in the last year.

I'm not sure what my plan is for today. I've got loads of Christmas food in the house and I was expecting a friend for the day but I'm not sure if she will make it at all as she is ill. My kids are at their dad's for a few days.

I'm actually quite looking forward to this as I want to be slim again and this feels like the right time.

TwuntingCrow Tue 26-Dec-17 07:37:58

Can I join you ?
I have put on weight progressively since a knee op and some stupid medication I have to take
Am approximately three stone over where I'd like to be
Am 5'5 and 13 stone 6 😢😢

My biggest issue is wine and not exercising

biscuitbasket Tue 26-Dec-17 07:48:19

Morning all. Can I join in? I really really need to get on top of my sugar issues. I gave myself a pass on sugar when I gave up drinking, but I've been sober for years and still have cake every night to celebrate! As a result my teeth are a mess.

Just going to cut sugar, keeping carbs etc in my diet (and will still eat fruit)

A nice side benefit would be to lose some weight! Currently 8 stone 9, goal weight 8 st.

Butternutissquashed Tue 26-Dec-17 08:00:13

Morning. Can I join too? 5 foot 2 and a lovely 11 stone 1 this morning. I knew I'd gained weight as my knees are hurting. I have no idea how I am going to do this yet so will be reading your posts for inspiration. I can't do anything too extreme as I am planning to do a few long distance runs this year and want to be lighter, faster but not faint!

ItsAHardKn0ckLife1 Tue 26-Dec-17 08:07:41


Can I join in too? My target weight is also 8st 7 and today I weigh 9st 5. Any extra weight really shows on my small frame, I’m currently resembling a teletubby and my arse starts half way down my legs sad

I’m planning to use MyFitnessPal to track 1200 calories a day, with the odd meal replacement shake thrown in.

Now to hide the 9 boxes of chocs and biscuits I received shock

SuffolkBumkin Tue 26-Dec-17 08:28:13

Good start today, i have thrown all the unhealthy stuff out. The only thing that has stayed are the Jacobs crackers!

AnaChocolatte Tue 26-Dec-17 08:29:34

I'd like to join.

The diet for me starts again with earnest today. I lost 7lbs in November/December but have let go the last few weeks.

My BMI is 26. Im only 5'1 so at 9st 8 I look quite plump. Im hoping to get to 8 stone by Spring.

Littleredpoppy Tue 26-Dec-17 08:41:48

I'm in... 5'6" and 10st 12lb today confused

Was 10st ( and wanted to lose 1/2 a stone) in July, but have done nothing but eat crap for 6 months. Have been on major house renovation, and have been stress eating.

Goal is 9st 7lb, holiday at end of March so would like to be close by then.

Eating rubbish today- out with family, then a new start tomorrow. Will be attempting dry January, aiming to run 3 times a week and get to gym at least twice.

If rain ever stops, going to go on bike for a quick spin today.

Applesandpears23 Tue 26-Dec-17 08:42:42

Can I join in? I am 94Kg and want to get down to 80Kg but I can only loose 0.5Kg a week so slow change not massive revolution.

GreyandGrumpy48 Tue 26-Dec-17 08:51:16

Can I join? 12 8 today so 4 stone to go. Still lots of Christmas food in the house so think I will concentrate on only eating at meal times for the next few days and then get stricter in the New Year. That will still be a huge improvement on the last few weeks!

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