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Slenderisters! The nights are getting darker but we are getting lighter! Join us to lose 7lb in September

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RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sun 01-Sep-19 08:18:21

New thread!

Well it looks like I'm 3lb up on pre holiday weight so that's pretty good. I've been on damage control the last few days so will do my best to keep focused (pesky Oreo thins getting in the way!)

Here's to a lighter September for us all!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Sun 01-Sep-19 09:37:44

Thanks for the new thread Red.

I lost 3lb in August which could have been better but could have been worse. At least I'm heading in the right direction. I'm 11.4 again this morning. Hoping to get it down by another lb or two this week.

I've got another full day of decorating in store. It doesn't record many steps but it feels like a full day workout!

Elloello Sun 01-Sep-19 10:37:40

Thanks for the new thread red.
Oh dear another August gone, another shed load of work to be corrected! Honestly, the summer is as bad as Christmas! I don't know what approach to go with, I've been trying to decide on a calorie level. I also read 'have your cake and your skinny jeans too' about hunger directed eating and it made sense but I don't think I can be trusted with this approach!
What is everyone planning?

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sun 01-Sep-19 11:41:38

Kick good work on the 3lb! I have put on 3lb in August! But firmly blaming my 1 week holiday for that.

Ello I'm still plugging away at SlimmingWorld world and if I can just knock the post tea snacking on the head I'll be 100% on plan. I see quite a few early nights for me next week until I can break the habit.

Elloello Sun 01-Sep-19 12:51:42

Red how are you finding sw? I've always been curious but I don't get it and it seems complicated with syns etc

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sun 01-Sep-19 14:35:34

Ello I like it. I've been doing it for two years now and lost four stone (most of that on the first year). I don't like some of the terminology (syns, body magic etc) but it's given me a sensible framework of lean meats, lots of fruit and veg and measured amounts of dairy, fat and sweet stuff. Although they are known for unlimited carbs, if you follow the plan properly it's not like that. A third of your plate should be veg which you put on first and then carbs and protein.

I've met a lovely group of friends there who have kids of a similar age and who I socialise with which is lovely.

I'd say give it a go, you don't have to keep going to the meetings if you do t like it but they explain it all well on your first meeting and there is stuff online to refer too if you don't go to meetings any more. I think it can depend on the leader, mine is good and has lost a lot of weight but not much over the last 18 months which is not great I guess but we are all human and the struggle is real!

poorpaws Sun 01-Sep-19 18:35:49

Liking the thread title Red, thank you for the new thread.

Ello my plan is to never eat again. Once I start eating i can’t stop. I just need to moderate and behave myself.

At the end of September I WILL be declaring a good loss, I WILL.

I’ve been more golden than I thought I could be today, I’ve just got to get through this evening, another early night I should think.

Im beginning to dislike skinny people 🐷

leesmum Mon 02-Sep-19 08:58:35

Good morning Ladies smile
Well August was a complete waste of time I didn't lose anything in fact I put more on!!
Absolutely don't like the feeling of tight clothes so got to make September my good month grin

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 02-Sep-19 14:48:29

It is very hard over the summer. 4 months shock until Xmas is a long enough time to make a real difference though.

Once again, I am determined to get to target!

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RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 02-Sep-19 20:38:48

I had Quim's chicken soup for dinner (it was delicious) and now I've come to bed so I don't eat anything else!

How has everyone else got on?

leesmum Mon 02-Sep-19 20:47:22

I had a small bowl of allbran for breakfast
Large fruit salad for lunch
Smoked mackerel and large salad for tea

Im starving so have also got in bed with a cup of tea
Today has been good smile

poorpaws Mon 02-Sep-19 21:34:19

I’m another one going to bed soon so I don't eat.

Last evening I cleaned my kitchen floor so I wouldn’t eat and tonight I’ve cleaned my wardrobe for the same reason. The amount of clothes I have that are too small is shameful. I was supposed to have a giant cull of everything and ended up throwing away one pair of sandals, that’s it, just one bloody pair 🙄

leesmum sadly I cant join your fitbit challenges because I lost yet another fitbit a couple of weeks ago. I’ve only had it since Christmas so I don’t feel I can justify buying another one yet. I’ve got a strong feeling this time I’ve lost it at home, in the house or garden and I look for it most days without even realise I’m doing it.

Hope everyone is having a good first week this month.

leesmum Tue 03-Sep-19 07:21:54

Aww Paws that's a shame, it'll probably turn up when you least expect it xx
Cleaning is definitely a good way to stop yourself eating and you can see the results straight away grin

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Tue 03-Sep-19 10:27:47

I should have gone to bed to stop me eating. I had a very virtuous day but then had two bowls of crunchy nut cornflakes before bed blush

Will try harder tonight.

Peridot1 Tue 03-Sep-19 10:36:56

Hello you lot!

I have been so so so so bad. Have put back on all the weight I lost last year. Plus a bit. Have been for one walk this year I think. Possibly two. I keep charging my Fitbit but not putting it on.

And I am going to New York on Thursday until Wednesday so realistically won’t start diet until after although I will walk a lot in NY.

But when I get back that is it! I am back on it. Will have two months till I go to Australia so need to get my head down and shift what I’ve put back on.

Nice to spot this thread pop up in Active. It is a sign!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 03-Sep-19 13:00:12

I think I might have to go back to writing down everything I eat. It feels like the only way I can get the mindless snacking under control.

Meals are all good and SlimmingWorld friendly and over the last month I've seriously upped my exercise and I'm doing a 4-6k run or exercise class equivalent 5 days a week and I can't fit in any more than that!

It's just so fucking hard sometimes! Argh!

QuimReaper Tue 03-Sep-19 13:45:09

Thanks for the new thread Red! Oreos are my downfall too, they're one of the only sweet things I can really go to town on. I absolutely think 3lb up in a month with a week's holiday is a win. In fact, I think ending either December or August less than 5lbs heavier is a win grin I quite often take the early-night strategy to distract myself from hunger too. I've also trained myself to see rooibos or chamomile tea as me "closing my belly" like we talk about "closing the kitchen", so that can work too. I'm inexpressibly pleased you're enjoying my chicken soup too! Did I give you the tip about adding a dash of white wine vinegar at the end?

On which note Kick as above, I think that's just dandy. Just realised I get to celebrate a loss too - 1.5kg down from the first Friday to the last, and 1.8kg at the lowest! That doesn't happen often.

paws sucky about your FitBit, that's rubbish! As you say, you can usually gauge if you've lost it out and about based on how frequently you check it. Is yours one of the models which could slip off easily? You're DEFINITELY going to be celebrating a loss at the end of Sept. I can feel it in me waters.

lees nice to see you around here again smile Well done on the excellent eating, I'm sure a bit of summer holiday indulgence will be gone in no time!

QuimReaper Tue 03-Sep-19 13:52:35

Red your food and exercise is all superb, I'm sure it'll all shake down once you're back in a routine. The snacking thing is such a hard habit to break, but it really is just that - a bad habit - and once it's broken you'll be surprised how little you think about it. Well, the voice in your head reminding you about the biscuits in the cupboard will still be there, but much less frequent and insistent the more you ignore it!

It might not be for you, and forgive me if I'm repeating myself, but intermittent fasting has been the single best habit-breaking hack for me. When there are absolutely hard and fast rules you just don't really bother negotiating with yourself, and it helps give your self-denial muscle a bit of workout.

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 03-Sep-19 21:31:22

quim the soup was delicious and the white wine vinegar and double cream made all the difference! I had some rice noodles from Aldi's aisle of wonder so we had though with it.

I might try intermittent fasting, thank you for the tip. I don't normally eat breakfast anyway and pre DC I did pretty well on 5:2 so I recon I could do an 8pm to 12pm fast, would that sound long enough?

poorpaws Tue 03-Sep-19 21:43:53

Peridot hi, it is absolutely a sign that you have found us again, enjoy New York and come back to us.

Red I definitely do better when I write everything down, especially if I have a new book (I just love a new book, Im like a child).

Quim it was a Fitbit One which is the small clip on one but I found them very accurate. I’ve now lost two of the bloody things but I was working in the garden when I think I lost it so it could be anywhere. I’m really upset about it as it’s the second one I’ve lost and I might have to invest in a watch type but I much prefer the clip ones if only they would stay bloody clipped.

I’m off to bed early again tonight. I’ve done a ton of ironing and I’ve sorted out my bedside table including my knicker drawer (just so I don’t snack). I have always wondered exactly how many pairs I own and it turns out it’s 76 pairs not including the ones I have on and any that are in the wash. I’m just as bad with socks as well, I don’t know anyone who owns as many pairs of socks as me, I think I’m a hoarder! I haven’t had time to eat much tonight though, no snacking so I’m going to be slim very very soon 😀😉

[i am sure everyone is delighted with my knicker news, I really should get a life and shut up].

lastqueenofscotland Tue 03-Sep-19 22:56:15

Checking in and probably disappearing again as I have for two yearsgrin
Have we seen hairspray recently? Must be the wedding soon?

QuimReaper Wed 04-Sep-19 11:32:04

Peridot and queenie welcome back! So nice to see some old faces round here - this reminds me of how everyone popped up on the January thread - August really is the new December isn't it grin

Peridot You'll have a wonderful time in NY, I'm envious! Glad you're not planning on attempting any dieting out there, it's completely impossible and the food is too good to miss! I think loads of people have had a shitty August and is determined to go for an Autumn push, so you'll be in good company.

queenie I haven't seen Hairspray round here in ages, I keep expecting her to pop up in a panic wanting to lose half a stone before the big day! I think I remember the wedding is in December so maybe she still will grin

I absolutely smashed the steps yesterday quite unexpectedly, and already have 11K today so hoping for another good day. Also at the last minute switched my dinner plans from a rather indulgent slow cooker chicken chilli (made even more indulgent because I cannot be trusted around grated cheese) to salmon and veg instead, so I'm feeling very Golden halo

QuimReaper Wed 04-Sep-19 11:39:36

Red 8-12 is a perfect window, I think it's the most manageable way to do it and if you're strict with yourself, it should be a good way to knock any evening snacking on the head! I was thinking more about 5:2ing when I suggested it; you really can't graze if you have a very limited calorie allowance, and I've found it helpful in the sense that every time you want something and don't have it, it seems to flex your "self-denial" muscle, and it becomes easier and easier over time to not give in to random Twix cravings. I'd say my random "God I really fancy a..." feelings are really just faint background noise at this point, I still think about them but the thought just kind of drifts through my brain and evaporates again, whereas at one stage once I got something into my head it was an obsession, and then a ferocious battle with myself not to indulge that whim (which I usually lost).

5:2ing might interfere with your exercise regime though, which of course you don't want; I think limiting your calories to an eating window will work very well, especially if you're mindful of not squeezing in one last snack before it's over wink I find Jason Fung's ideas about us spiking our insulin the whole time very convincing in accounting for why we're so much fatter than we used to be, and a long fasting window is a good way to combat that.

suchsweetsorrow82 Wed 04-Sep-19 19:59:33

Hello you lovely lot!

Not a good start to September as cheeky little break away to France! Although recorded 27k steps on Monday grin

Back to reality with a bang today as sat down at a conference all day. Forgot my lunch and the options were less than healthy! Light salad for dinner and heading to bed soon so I don’t eat anything!

Starting September 9st 12lb so really pushing for 7lb this month as will take me so close to my goal weight of 9st.

Good luck everyone star

poorpaws Wed 04-Sep-19 21:58:52

Just a quickie as I’m off to bed before I p eat anything else.

I’ve spent the whole evening doing food shopping at two different supermarkets and I’ve spent a fortune on what seems very little food. I came home really craving something lovely and ended up eating a family size pack of strawberries. At one time it would’ve been a family size block of chocolate and strawberries are very low-calorie so I guess I’m doing okay.

Hope everyone is doing well but I really really want to be the slimmer of the month in September. I know there isn’t such a thing on this thread but I think there should be 😀

QuimReaper Thu 05-Sep-19 11:00:39

suchsweet conferences are murder! Waving biscuits and sandwiches at you left right and centre, it's no good. The last one I was at, I was absolutely superb at dodging all the carbs, stuck to my hard boiled eggs and tea... until the wine reception blush

paws what have you been stocking up on? Is it loads of "health food" stuff like posh oats and quinoa and flax seed? The good thing about those is that they do last ages (or indefinitely if you're like me, and your enthusiasm wanes before they're a quarter empty and they languish in the cupboard until your next burst of enthusiasm grin )

I like the idea of Slimmer of the Month! It might give some of us the odd boost if two of us are neck and neck, like the FitBit Challenge does.

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Thu 05-Sep-19 18:40:01

Yes to a slimmer of the month!

Have decided to not go for a run tonight and will have a bath instead.

Sometimes you just need a rest! Steps have been on today, at home with the DC so a bit limited by the 2yr old. Food has been good, tea is in the oven and smells delicious!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Thu 05-Sep-19 19:46:51

Well I don't think I'm going to be slimmer of the month. So far I've regained 1lb.

Can I be runner of the month instead? I've just done a five mile trail run followed by a hill reps session. I'll definitely gain another lb tomorrow. I always do after a hard run.confused

Not doing too well on the food this week. Work meetings have also been my downfall. Hoping for a fairly sensible weekend though.

poorpaws Thu 05-Sep-19 21:45:04

I’ve tried to do damage limitation today because we’ve been out with the dogs all day and I did a massive picnic. I didn’t eat the cream cakes or porkpies or loads of the other stuff ‘im indoors ate. I still ate a lot more than I’ve been doing in the day recently but didn’t do too badly. It was great that the ice cream van wasn’t there so no temptation.

Quim It wasn’t even a stock up shop but I keep running out of salad I eat so much of the stuff so I bought two of everything And masses absolute masses of fruit.

kick We could have a runner of the month Which I would never ever win. I was thinking dunce of the month for the one who’s actually gained weight but I fear that would be me far too often.

So what are we going to do? Shall we wait till the first of the new month and all give our losses or gains and decide who wins? As Quim says I think it might motivate us a little bit. I still want to win this month.

QuimReaper Thu 05-Sep-19 22:10:41

Kick you can definitely be runner of the month! Surely, unless you reward for yourself for a good hard run with a deep dish pizza and a tub of ice cream, that's surely just muscle water retention and you'll end up lighter? I too will never win that grin

Red Good for you! You definitely deserve a night off, especially if you've been on the stepping all day. What was your delicious tea?

paws Double dosing the salad sounds very promising for your upcoming trophy! I always go completely bananas on picnics and eat three meals in one sitting, so I admire your restraint. I'm jealous you had picnic weather, where are you? It was warm in the sun in London but definitely not picnic weather.

I think that is a good idea - we should all just clock our total losses and start the new thread with them, and we'll all cheer the winner. It'll be difficult to do it at the end of the month as everyone has a different weigh in day so people might miss logging it, but the first of the month is a good hard line, and it should put a fire under everyone to really kickstart the new month. Whoever starts the next thread can remind everyone in the first post, and in the last post of the current thread when they link to the next one. This'll be fun! I lost 1.5kg net last month (1.8 gross) and that's about the biggest loss in a single month I've ever seen so I'll play cheerleader grin

<cartwheels off>

QuimReaper Fri 06-Sep-19 08:40:00




LOWEST WEIGH IN EVER!!!! I've lost 1.1kg AGAIN and am not only in a new kg bracket, which I've fleetingly dipped into about twice in the past, but I'm practically at the bottom of it!!


At this rate I really might achieve my elusive "Monday morning weight" aim which I've been chasing for about two years!


RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Fri 06-Sep-19 10:20:58

Quim that is bloody brilliant! gringringrin
You are living the dream!

I had this for my tea last night and it was lush. Highly recommend.

Poor good work on avoiding the picnic dangers, sadly, handheld convenience food is usually calorific and very hard to resist!

Kick you'd definitely win the runner of the month! I'm pushing myself at the moment (largely thanks to the Fitbit challenge groups) but I'm not in your league!

Such it's so difficult when best laid plans go out the window! An early night to avoid further temptation is a very good technique.

16:8 is going ok so far so will carry on with that as well as SlimmingWorld for now.

Yeah I think 1st of the month to the 1st is the best way of doing slimmer of the month.

QuimReaper Fri 06-Sep-19 11:38:04

Thank you lovely Red grin I am so chuffed! I actually got off the scale, went downstairs to put the kettle on, then went back upstairs to double check I hadn't scrambled the numbers in my haste grin

(In that time I'd had a big glass of water and gained 200g apparently grin Goes to show how committed I am to 'weighing on empty'!)

Did I already tell you all about my NSV a couple of weeks ago? If not it's coming again; I had a pink dress which I used to LOVE but got too chubby for it a good few years ago, it has a very rigid waistband. I kept trying it on and I felt it was flaring at the hips, so kept hanging it back up again. A few weeks ago I saw it on eBay in a size up so bought that thinking I'd give up on the original, and it hung EXACTLY the same, flaring at the hips, only it was hanging off me! I realised it was just the style of the dress and I'd just never noticed before because I wasn't paranoid about it. So now I'M WEARING IT TODAY! First time in about 7 years!

Oh my God that tartiflette looks amazing shock Do you know I've never ever had tartiflette. Sounds like something I should be looking into, although I think I'll go in for a weekend calorie fest version first time round!

QuimReaper Fri 06-Sep-19 11:38:43

Sorry that post was so grinny and exclamation-y, can you tell what kind of mood I'm in...?

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Fri 06-Sep-19 16:46:40

Quim that is AMAZING!!! gringrinhalostar

I am also feeling chuffed because I actually was down by 2lb this morning. Not sure I believe it. I was probably dehydrated but I'll celebrate anyway. grin

Now to keep it off over the weekend. Have a good one everybody

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Fri 06-Sep-19 18:33:45

I'd never had a tartiflette either but I will again (tonight in fact and got another two portions for the freezer)

Quim I think that result deserves all the exclamation marks!

Kick well done on the 2lb! The weekend is mildly problematic isn't it. We are doing a huge Sunday lunch at ours for DM's birthday so I'll be reasonably restrained for that and very good all the other days (so Saturday basically!) and hope for the best.

poorpaws Fri 06-Sep-19 20:22:57

Quim omg you are amazing, truly amazing, I am so envious of your weigh-in results. IfI had reached the lowest weight ever I’d be shouting it from the rooftops, sadly that will not happen for a long, long time.

I’m in South Devon and the picnic was at New Bridge at Dartmoor. The weather was gorgeous and I only had a light, thin jacket on. We got to the moors a lot but it’s the first time we’ve taken the dogs and they had a marvellous time.

Red love the look of the tartiflette, I’ve never tried one but mit looks delicious.

Kick you’re doing brilliantly, well done you (so glad you use lbs I don’t do kgs)..

I ate a Curly Wurly tonight, haven’t had one for years but I needed a sweet kick and they are only 118 calls (or thereabouts). I tried to make it last for ages.

Have a great weekend everyone, not long to the first September weigh-in, think I’ve done ok and hope you all have too.

poorpaws Fri 06-Sep-19 20:27:14

Lots of errors in that sorry, my iPad is sticking (especially the space bar) so I have so much to correct and I missed a few.

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Fri 06-Sep-19 21:17:15

Poor my mate swears by a frozen curly whirly to make it last longer!

leesmum Fri 06-Sep-19 22:10:39

QUIM nice one honey 😍

lastqueenofscotland Sat 07-Sep-19 00:41:58

Quim you Machine.
I ate a lot of food today blush

Elloello Sat 07-Sep-19 00:43:29

@QuimReaper so happy for you WELL DONE! You're so wonderfully supportive too, thank you and you deserve it.
Are you still doing the team rh thing? I think now would be a great time for a motivational speech!
Ive been reading some psychology based stuff and some about retraining your brain. I keep messing with the calorie thing but I think it needs to run a bit deeper.

poorpaws Sat 07-Sep-19 08:41:08

Red they are in the freezer now. I used to freeze them years ago but I’d forgotten so thank you.

poorpaws Sat 07-Sep-19 08:42:43

Quim photos are Newbridge, Dartmoor. I didn’t take them, I googled and nicked them.

poorpaws Sun 08-Sep-19 17:08:26

Ok, so I’m well aware that during the first week most people lose a lot of weight and it most definitely won’t continue like that for the rest of the weight to be lost
I lost 4 3/4 pounds this week, which is nearly 5 pounds and since I “only” need to lose a stone that’s nearly halfway, right? Delighted 😀 (but celebrated today with a baguette and double ice cream which was so, so delicious).

Hope everyone has had a good weekend.

QuimReaper Mon 09-Sep-19 11:23:08

WOW paws that's amazing! Well done! Absolutely well on your way there, you'll be at half a stone in no time! As you say it'll probably slow down, but what a terrific start - even a pound a week will see you there before you know it!

Thanks for your kind words paws and everyone else smile Having been stuck between 1.5 and 2kg heavier than I wanted to be ALL YEAR, it feels frankly miraculous to finally be seeing movement on the scales. I've had to ramp things up and it's been a bit of a slog, but I was getting really despairing before, thinking I was doing well but then just not seeing any results; being despondent is not remotely motivating, whereas even if it's much harder, there's nothing like a tangible reward to give you a kick up the jacksie. On Saturday I wore another dress I haven't worn in absolutely ages, and felt fab! It's been far too tight for me for ages, and it has a waistband with no give and a sort of satiny sheen so you can really tell if it's straining. It's funny, I do think it's still tighter at the waist than it was when I last saw it a few years ago, and when I know for a fact I was heavier. I think I have some really stubborn fat around my midsection. I might just be more paranoid about things looking too small for me though, and have some kind of wardrobe dysphoria.

Kick well bloody DONE to you too, amazing! Goes to show the running losses take a bit of time to settle in, I think a rest day gave your body a chance to find its feet.

Ello I think my brain hasn't woken up yet - what is Team RH?

QuimReaper Mon 09-Sep-19 12:45:32

OH also! I had dinner at a friend's house on Friday and her husband popped in for a few minutes - the first thing he said was "bloody hell you're looking slim" shock Nobody else has said anything, even my own husband who has sometimes noticed a loss in the past, so I was so surprised, coming from him of all people (i.e. not someone I'd have thought would notice). I wasn't even standing up. I forget when I last saw him, but it must be showing a little bit!

dayslikethese1 Mon 09-Sep-19 16:47:50

Hi Everyone, hope you don't mind if I drop back in (been here ages but have NC)...

I've really dropped the ball and feel lumpen and terrible atm but I am not giving up; have started logging on MFP and cooking from scratch more again and am determined to get back to my previous good habits.

Does anyone else have a really good stretch and then it all just suddenly falls apart for no real reason? I was honestly doing so well until a couple months back, I'm not sure what happened blush

dayslikethese1 Mon 09-Sep-19 16:48:49

I am feeling inspired reading about all your progress here smile

Elloello Mon 09-Sep-19 17:00:29

Sorry quim I thought someone on here did it. Anyway I'm not going to bother with it. Am reading thin woman's brain or something on kindle. All about cbt and rewiring your thoughts and reaction around food. I hope it helps because by every weekend I've given up!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 09-Sep-19 18:52:05

Excellent news on the newly non straining dresses quim. You are living the dream!

Poor that loss is bloody brilliant! There is nothing like a big loss to kickstart some motivation.

Slap up Sunday lunch at ours yesterday for DM's birthday which was delicious but v calorific. Back on it today though!

Days hello and yes sometimes I feel like I don't do anything different but it all falls apart, I suppose that balances out when it almost seems effortless (that is very much not often!)

Sorry if I've missed anyone, phones been playing up.

lastqueenofscotland Tue 10-Sep-19 12:49:12

Big wake up call when I was 10 10 this morning blush
One slice of toast for breakfast
Veggie curry with no rice for lunch
Wholemeal pasta salad
5 k run before work and gym after

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 10-Sep-19 21:38:47

You can do it last!

Ran today, it was awful and walked a large portion of it but at least I did the distance. Went riding after work, hack was good, jumping field was not a success!

Going to run again tomorrow and make myself do 6k. Food was good today though

QuimReaper Tue 10-Sep-19 22:40:03

Welcome back days! I absolutely have good stretches and rubbish ones; my last "slump" lasted from last December until about a month ago blush I am back on a roll now though, there's no real accounting for it - sometimes you have to just let the motivation come when it will! My arse-kick was due to being at the absolute top of my comfy weight before I went on holiday, so things became urgent. I think your reposting here is your turning point smile

lasty you can join us on the arse-kick wagon! Your food day sounds totally platinum, and with a run AND a gym sesh that'll definitely get things moving!

Red sometimes the energy just isn't there - the run plus the ride is a very impressive exercise day though, backslap from me. And I bet you're on fire tomorrow!

I made a slow cooker chicken chilli for dinner this evening. I've been jonesing for it for a couple of weeks but it's not the lightest meal so I kept polishing my halo and having veg and protein. Went a bit mad with it, it was so good! Thankfully the husband snaffled most of the grated cheese and saved me from myself a bit...!

Haven't lit the world alight with my stepping but still hoping for a loss on Friday.

lastqueenofscotland Wed 11-Sep-19 07:32:20

10 9 this morning so weird mini boot camp slightly worked

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Wed 11-Sep-19 12:16:36

Good work last

I was 2.5lb lighter this morning than I was yesterday so very pleased with that.

I was supposed to be running tonight but I've had to make the decision to have my dog put down tomorrow so I'm going to stay in and give her cuddles.

QuimReaper Wed 11-Sep-19 12:43:36

Oh my God Red that is so so awful, I'm so sorry sad We had our old man put down last year, he was 17 which meant he'd had good innings, but also meant he was absolutely part of the family, and it really felt that way, so I truly sympathise. Sending you tea and flowers

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Wed 11-Sep-19 19:55:38

Thanks quim, she's 15 so has had a very long full life. Crumbled and have scoffed biscuits today but think it's justified. I've been up in the night with the dog the last two nights so was too tired to run today but walked to nursery and back to pick up DS2 so got good steps at least

lastqueenofscotland Wed 11-Sep-19 22:29:58

Quim my slump has been since about last years World Cup! Need a slap

QuimReaper Thu 12-Sep-19 07:45:20

Thinking of you today Red. Be kind to yourself brewthanks

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Thu 12-Sep-19 14:40:55

Thank you quim. It's done now.
Health eating has gone out of the window today. Going to see Fleabag live at the cinema tonight so there will be popcorn.

Elloello Thu 12-Sep-19 17:09:03

flowers red I know how much of a family member a lovely dog becomes.

quim chicken chilli sounds yum! I need to get back into family friendly slow cooker recipes.

I tripped a few weeks ago and sprained my ankle a bit. It's never been 100% since but getting better. Today I wore block heel boots only about 2 inches and my ankles and achilles were so sore. Like I felt like limping. What have I done? This was both ankles by the way not just the injured one. I live in flats so even a slight heel knocks everything off. I can't wear them again tomorrow I'm so sore.
It reminds me I need to get back into some sort of strengthening (and bone strengthening) exercise and flexibility. I got the mutu system but not got into it yet.
I'm always flailing around looking for a plan rather than doing something! Time to start cos I'm getting a bit creaky going by today!

Elloello Thu 12-Sep-19 17:38:44

Oh and I think I know why I turn to eating. I think it's because when you have little children, moments that are truly your own are almost non existent. I think it may have become an escape, so I need to find a replacement and reprogramme myself with it.

QuimReaper Thu 12-Sep-19 20:01:26

Sounds like a good plan to take your mind off things Red - a good laugh and a good dose of sugar is just the medicine smile

I meant to congratulate you and lasty on your losses too! 2.5lbs is a really dramatic overnight drop, and losing 1lb within minutes of getting back on the wagon must be a boost last!

Ello Yikes that sounds painful! If it's both feet it must be the boots, are they new? Very strange, and definitely back to the comfy flats tomorrow. Sometimes these things just happen - I wore a pair of sandals a few weeks ago that I lived in last summer, and got a colossal blister between my big and second toe on the sole of both feet confused I had to lance them as I couldn't walk, and there's still a big patch of missing skin where they were! Bizarre!

DH just finished a huge plate of lasagne and I was so jealous but held fast and about to have a miso soup. I'm cautiously optimistic for tomorrow smile

suchsweetsorrow82 Thu 12-Sep-19 20:15:31

So so sorry @RedLipsAndRosyCheeks sad

Slow going here. 9st 11lb today, think I started the month on 9 st 12lb! But going in the right direction so staying positive.

Elloello Thu 12-Sep-19 20:21:33

quim no not new iwore them last autumn. I like them too. But it's like I have become totally intolerant of anything that raises my heel up at all. My ankles just ache and feel, well, old. My achilles just hurt. Weird. And a little worrying. I can't stand any foot pain.
I did 30 mins of yoga on amazon prime and really enjoyed it. It just gives me some space and makes me feel more alive when I get motivated to do it. These achy joints are motivating me!
Oh how I wish I enjoyed running!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Fri 13-Sep-19 07:19:17

Ello it's taken me 3 years to enjoy running!

Ate loads of crap yesterday but it needed to be done. I am firmly back on the wagon today. Got some spectacular new leggings yesterday so I'll be going for a run today

QuimReaper Fri 13-Sep-19 09:52:25

Ello that really is odd - I wonder if it could be something to do with your achilles tendon tightening or something? It might be worth looking into sooner rather than later? Great news on the yoga though, do you mind if I ask which video you used? I'd love to do that! And I've never managed to enjoy running either grin In my head I love it and am brilliant at it, and I get "runner's high" and it destresses me and all that. In reality my nose runs constantly, my ears and head throb like mad, I sweat like a fiend and I hate every second of it. I quite enjoyed it when I used to do it on the treadmill though, I think the numbers boosted me, and obviously it's well known that it's quite a lot easier. One day I'll rejoin a gym...

Red woah, lovely snazzy leggings! They're absolutely brill, they might even get me out the door! Comfort eating is 100% essential right now. In my opinion dieting is for mundane times, and should be thought about when you really might as well, not during exceptional times, good or bad.

I've only lost 100g angry How the jeff is that even possible? Hoping it's just a blip and it'll catch up with me next week. I'm still happy with the number on the scale though, and it's still the smallest number I've ever seen on the scale (if only by .1!) so I mustn't complain.

Elloello Sat 14-Sep-19 12:07:47

Quim it is called 30 day yoga for weight loss. Its really enjoyable so a good way for me to keep up exercise and flexibility.

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Sat 14-Sep-19 20:43:27

Just caught up with the thread. Red so sorry to hear your news. Look after yourself flowers. It's such an awful thing to have to go through.

Not much to report here. I'm away for the weekend and have been eating out a lot but I'll get back on it on Monday. I'm hovering around 11 3 so a good week will have me back in the healthy BMI bracket.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Sat 14-Sep-19 20:45:08

Oh and I forgot to say I do Yoga with Adrienne. It's on YouTube and it's free. I really enjoy it but don't do it often enough for all my creaky joints sad

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sun 15-Sep-19 17:48:08

Well, this weekend (from the awful Thursday really) has been a write off. I've done plenty of running but have eaten anything not nailed down. Bit of a one off week though so I'm ready to get back on it tomorrow. New week, fresh start.

Thank you for all the sympathy guys. My lovely MIL bought me a couple of plants in remembrance of Ddog so I've planted those and feel ready to get on with life now.

stellarsky Sun 15-Sep-19 17:54:40

I'm coming back again.
Been eating my feelings and things have to change. About to set alarm to remind me to come and post on here. So much weight has gone on and I'm so annoyed with myself. It's all too easy.
I'm off to set alarm. confused

stellarsky Sun 15-Sep-19 17:55:12

Good Lick for tomorrow Quim!

Peridot1 Mon 16-Sep-19 09:39:26

Hello. Back from NY. On Wednesday but of course had to wait to Monday to start. And weigh. Very depressing. Have gained 1st 8 lbs in the last year. Soooo angry at myself.

Well done in great losses for you lot though.

I am starting back today. Decided to go with low carbing as DH suggested it and he will do it too. Except that what that actually means is that some evening meals he will low carb with me and others not. And he won’t low carb breakfast or lunch. hmm. I have done low carb before. Lots of times. Usually end up feeling a bit off. I think it’s because I have too much dairy and eggs. So I’m planning loads of veg. Limit the dairy and eggs. So we will see how it goes.

Today’s menu plan is

Breakfast - scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes
Lunch - chicken and avocado salad
Dinner - pork stroganoff with green beans

I’m going to do low carb this week and see how I go. If I feel off I’ll switch back to calorie counting.

Red - sorry to hear about your dog. Bet he has left a huge hole.

QuimReaper Mon 16-Sep-19 12:29:54

Welcome back stellar and Peridot!

Red definitely completely justified in this instance. Are you feeling a bit less wobbly? What a lovely thought about the plants, you'll be able to remember your lovely fluffball every time you see them / they come into bloom smile

Peridot Are you Head Chef in your house? I am in mine, so MrQuim low carbs when he's told to grin I used to sometimes do a portion of carbs as a side for him, but he started saying he wanted to eat less carbs too, so I haven't done in ages. Pork stroganoff sounds yummy, I must look into that. MrQuim hates mushrooms though, would it survive losing those do you think?

Peridot1 Mon 16-Sep-19 13:04:20

Hi Quim. No I’m not head chef. He is. And to be fair he is pretty good at cooking according to whatever plan I am following! To add complications we have a fairly fussy 18 year old to feed as well. So we often end up DH and I eating one thing and DS another or DH and DS eat and I will have something different. And we try to have a few nights a week were we all eat the same.

Anyway. Having watched DH make him and DS bacon sandwiches this morning I’m knocking the low carb on the head! At least strict Atkins type which is what DH means by low carb. So back to eating healthy, counting calories and limiting carbs. Much more family friendly really as we were in a routine of having a menu rotation that worked for us all.

I sort of ended up doing 16/8 today as didn’t get around to breakfast other than a cup of tea. Have just had a big chicken and avocado salad.

Re the stroganoff - I’m sure you could do without mushrooms. Worth a try anyway!

BitOutOfPractice Mon 16-Sep-19 14:33:39

<slinks back into thread, one year older and two stone heavier>

Hello! Remember me anyone?

I have had a super stressful year at work and totally taken my eye off the ball and I now need to lose 2 stone. I am thoroughly ashamed of myself.

I also totally left Mumsnet as I found it such a drain on my time so I lost track of you lovely lot! (And I'm a bit nervous of getting sucked back in to be honest!)

Anyway, I am back on it today (and bored already!) diet wise and need to get back to the gym (though I have a sprained ankle at the mo).

Be gentle grin

BitOutOfPractice Mon 16-Sep-19 14:38:14

My plan today is:

B: greek yogurt with raspberries and a dessert spoon of granola
L: Chorizo and butterbean soup, two breadsticks
D: turkey and pea keema, low carb "rice"

BitOutOfPractice Mon 16-Sep-19 15:25:19

Just read the thread and getting inspired by all your successes! Especially you Quim, what a streak you are on! Brilliant!

Peridot1 Mon 16-Sep-19 15:47:39

Welcome back Bit! Glad it wasn’t just me that disappeared for so long.

Elloello Mon 16-Sep-19 18:01:18

boop so good to 'see' you! I wondered how you were. I was keepon before if you remember me. I'm still here koko-ING (well, some of the time) and today am starting the fast 800 if anyone is interested. Just had dinner and finishing on 741 which isn't bad hopefully the scales will show it tomorrow.
B- some leftover tuna mayo and cucumber slices
L- tinned mackerel in tomato with rocket and a dollop of cream cheese
D- heck sausages with a ragu sauce and leftover veg from yesterday's roast! I'm stuffed!

BitOutOfPractice Mon 16-Sep-19 18:09:09

Hello koko and Peridot! Lovely to see some familiar faces.

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 16-Sep-19 18:22:53

Hello to the returnees!

I've got a stone to go so I'm girding my loins to crack on and get it shifted by Xmas.

Back on 16:8 today, went for a short run as didn't have time for any longer. I've borrowed a hula hoop from work so going to hula hoop while I watch AHS tonight on Netflix so get back steps up to a respectable level. Realised I can skip with the hoop to going to throw that into the mix.

Peridot1 Mon 16-Sep-19 21:22:37

Day 1 done and dusted! Am in bed as I’m tired and also getting a bit peckish.

Elloello - I keep thinking about doing the Fast 800. I have the book so might actually read it!

Elloello Mon 16-Sep-19 21:50:02

Peridot - join me! Today went pretty well so I am pleased. I'm shattered though, so I'm hitting the hay too. Too much fun was had last weekend!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Mon 16-Sep-19 22:26:59

Welcome back boop. Good to see you here again. You were a really good support when I first joined this thread. And well done for kicking the MN habit. I've been low MNing for a while now but it's a hard habit to break grin

Well done red shoes. You are doing so well. I need to try hula hooping. Borrowing one is a great idea. I don't want to add to the exercise fad graveyard by buying anything else.

I was quite amazed that I was still 11 3 this morning. I didn't expect it after a weekend of curry and cider. I was away with dd at a uni open day and we made a weekend of it. I managed plenty of steps plus burned lots of nervous energy because she drove me on the motorway for the first time shock

I'm back on the wagon today and determined to have a good week. Red your mention of Christmas has made me realise I have got myself to my lowest weight in the last two Novembers. I need to do the same again so any Christmas gain isn't too drastic.

QuimReaper Mon 16-Sep-19 22:56:14

BOOOOOOOOOOP! Welcome back me old mucker, good to see your name round here again! I wondered what'd happened to you. Hope life's been treating you well, albeit busy? I've sometimes dabbled with the idea of kicking MN but I'm too hooked. Who else would have the patience to celebrate my piddly 200g losses with me?! You're right though, I have been on a bit of a winning streak, I'm so delighted - last Fri I was 900g under my goal weight, so I might have actually been at said goal weight for a whole day! Pretty amazing to start seeing movement again after SO long in stucksville. I'm going to brave a Monday morning weigh in soon. Gulp.

Ello that sounds like a lot of bang for 800, great job on that menu! I bet you'll see really fast results if you can keep that up.

Red how did you find the hooping? Trying to work out skipping with it - I think I'd trip myself up! Do you have a huge hoop, or are you very dainty?! I wanted to hoop this evening but I've got awful indigestion blush

I've got a weird made-up stew going on for tomorrow's dinner which I started on tonight. Chickpeas, tomatoes, coconut milk, to have that Linda McCartney pulled "chicken" HairsprayBabe used to like and kale added tomorrow. It tasted delicious before I added the coconut milk, now it tastes kind of bland, sort of wishing I had left it as a tomato stew. Will see how it turns out...

QuimReaper Mon 16-Sep-19 22:57:27

Meant to say kick holding fast over a heavy weekend is amazing! Bloody good job, well done you!

stellarsky Tue 17-Sep-19 05:26:09

BOOP feels like we've been on the same putting on boat.
Did really well yesterday till I got tired and had some chocolate.

Today's plan

Overnight oats
Lentil soup and sushi
Some kind of egg/veg concoction for dinner...

Peridot1 Tue 17-Sep-19 09:59:01

Morning all.

Day 2.

Just had some Ella’s Kitchen Bircher Muesli for breakfast.
Lunch will be chicken and avocado salad again.
Dinner I’m not sure about. I’m going to the cinema with a friend for 6 pm and she has already said she has vouchers to use up so we can have a scoop of ice cream each. That might have to be dinner!

Ellloello - I will read the book. Afraid of going too low calorie wise!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 17-Sep-19 12:29:30

Chicken and avocado salad sounds delicious

Quim I'd love to be dainty! Statuesque is probably more realistic (more polite than hefty!) I'm 5ft 9 and 12.5 stone (give or take a few lb's between friends!!) the hoop is ginormous! I had to move furniture back to fit it in my narrow living room last night.

Feel like I'm coming down with a cold but pushing on through, planning a run and riding tonight after work. Food is good. Scrambled eggs with mushrooms for tea last night and will do the same tonight to save a few calls.

Peridot1 Tue 17-Sep-19 13:24:32

My chicken and avocado salad didn’t have much avocado as it was a bit gone off so I had to cut a lot off. Added some chopped grapes to pad it out which was really nice! Dressing wasn’t too healthy though. Using up a Caesar salad dressing and used a bit too much. Was good though!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Tue 17-Sep-19 17:30:12

The salad sounds lovely.

Today I've had:

Porridge with blueberries
Carrot soup with two slices of bread
Some walnuts and 2 apples

I think dinner might be tuna and cous cous

I'm definitely in the zone! Oh and I was 11 stone 2.2 this morning. That's about one mars bar outside a healthy BMI grin

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 17-Sep-19 18:29:54

Woohoo kick!!

Peridot1 Tue 17-Sep-19 22:18:42

Well done Kick!

Went to the cinema. Had ice cream. And nachos. Oops.

Nothing else though. That was dinner. I figure it’s better than having dinner and then eating crap at the cinema!

Although watching JLo strutting her stuff was enough to remind me I didn’t need to eat all the nachos!

QuimReaper Wed 18-Sep-19 10:50:07

Ooooh Peridot grapes is such a good sub, I'd never have thought of that, I'll have to try it out! Be lovely with any kind of strong cheese too, if you were to use that as a garnish.

(Speaking of which, I made my husband a salad to take to work, with chicken drumsticks on a bed of salad with chopped tomatoes, olives, avocado and a bit of blue cheese. I left the drumsticks cooling on top of the tupperware in foil to add in the morning and he just moved them out of the way and took the veg / blue cheese salad to work confused Not a very filling meal I'd imagine!)

I reckon ice cream and nachos is borderline compulsory at the cinema grin I went to see Downton Abbey last week and had a huge sweet popcorn and Prosecco, AND I had dinner, so you still get a thumbs up from me! QuimReaper, making other people feel better about their life choices since <mumble>...

Kick that's terrific, what an exciting milestone! You'll be there in no time, if you're not already! I should start cooking with tuna more, it's so yummy, but I always default to salmon or sea bass / bream.

My chickpea / pulled "chicken" thing turned out pretty well in the end last night. It was pretty heavy though, and I think I kiboshed my weight loss last week with a big black bean chilli, and they're lower in carbs than chickpeas, so I'm not hopeful for this week's weigh-in. The good news is it was vegan though, and I'm making a veg frittata tonight, so I feel pretty virtuous about that.

QuimReaper Wed 18-Sep-19 13:39:33

I can't stop thinking about food.


RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Wed 18-Sep-19 21:48:19

You are in good company quim!

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