Advanced search

Slenderisters! Watch the weight Fall off us this October

(79 Posts)
RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 30-Sep-19 15:06:47

Shiny new thread!

Come one and all to fight the flab and get ourselves fully prepared for the festive season!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 30-Sep-19 15:08:08

Link to old thread

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

QuimReaper Mon 30-Sep-19 18:41:44

Thanks for the new thread Red! Everyone come and clock your losses for the inaugural Slenderista of the Month award!

As I weigh weekly, I've realised that doing the difference between the first weigh-in and the last weigh-in of the month means that every month, I'll lose a week's work (i.e. on this occasion I lost 1.1kg between August 30th and Sept 6th, which wouldn't be factored; and at the end of October I wouldn't be able to count anything I may lose this week), so with everyone's permission I'll always go from the last weigh-in of the previous month to the last weigh-in of the current month.

So I'll start us off at a total loss of 2.5kg, which I think is 5.5lbs smile Best month I've had in years, and certainly won't be repeated!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 30-Sep-19 20:13:41

That is a brilliant result quim!

I've lost 3.5lb in September. Hopefully I can repeat that again this month!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 30-Sep-19 20:14:05

I weigh daily so I went from the first weigh in to the last weigh in

suchsweetsorrow82 Mon 30-Sep-19 20:58:51

Hello lovelies! I also weigh weekly so did the same @QuimReaper

3lb loss for me for September which I’m pleased with considering I had two heavy weekends away.

I’m on holiday (again blush) 25th October so my target until then is 4lbs which will take me to 9 stone 5lbs and so close to my 2 stone target!

Good luck everyone grin

Peridot1 Tue 01-Oct-19 10:26:18

Morning all. Still coughing away here. Felt dreadful yesterday - no energy. Although thanks to my Dad’s genes still had an appetite! Managed to avoid breakfast and had soup for lunch and then had one slice of sourdough toast with honey as was still craving it. Dinner was spaghetti bolognaise. Then I hit a wall of tiredness and went straight to bed.

No loss for me in September. I gained! So for October I will go from yesterday’s weight and weight on 30 October.

Great loss for you Quim! Well done.

DH emptied the veg drawer yesterday and made a huge pot of soup. So that will keep me going for a few days. Although have friends over for dinner tonight. Might just do a soup diet from tomorrow till Saturday!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Tue 01-Oct-19 17:16:56

New threadgrin

I've been a bit rubbish at posting this month but I'm still here and doing ok. I weighed in this morning at 11 1.8. That's a healthy BMI halo

My aim for the month is to get into the 10s.

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 01-Oct-19 20:35:21

Well done on the bmi kick!

Hope you feel better soon peridot, veg soup is always a winner.

I've been excellent food wise over the last two days. Slightly less good over the weekend as I went to a wedding but I smashed my steps on Saturday, Sunday and today (Monday was a rest day).

Think I'm going to see if I can do another 10k tomorrow but that depends on me finishing work early enough to fit it in before I pick DS2 up from nursery.

Quim you get my vote for slimmer of the month! A well deserved fantastic result for you and you are always so helpful and encouraging!

QuimReaper Wed 02-Oct-19 11:42:40

I like this Slenderista of the Month thing, kicking off with recounting our successes is a nice way to start the month. Fantastic on the loss sweet and the BMI milestone Kick! Peri I'm sure you'll see results once you're back to your fighting strength, and a huge vat of veg-packed soup sounds like just the ticket on both medicinal and diet fronts. That man's a keeper wink

Red let's wait until the others clock in, although I am blushing at getting your honorary badge blush halo

QuimReaper Wed 02-Oct-19 11:43:16

Last night I got in and MrQuim was eating, and then wasn't hungry enough for dinner hmm So an unscheduled fast day for me! Hope it pays off...!

BitOutOfPractice Wed 02-Oct-19 16:29:17

Hello! No time to stop and chat now but wanted to get my arse onto the new thread. For which I say thank you to Red

Armaan Wed 02-Oct-19 20:19:16

Hi all, I am new to this group discussions. M from India with very small circle of friends and a recent mom of 2 wonderful kids. M here to seek some motivation, more importantly people of my age group, to discuss on weight loss and feel that I am not alone in this slimming process. Am about to start weight loss journey soon through vrk diet program(don't bother, it's familiar only in South India) . Will keep you posted

Peridot1 Thu 03-Oct-19 12:41:38

Welcome Armaan. Good luck with it!

I’m still coughing. Fed up now.

QuimReaper Thu 03-Oct-19 18:11:05

Hello Armaan, welcome! We're doing all sorts of different diets here so don't worry about following a plan we won't be familiar with. I'm intrigued though, I'd love to hear about it!

Peri I am not at all surprised, having a cough is exhausting, not least because it always has me waking up all through the night!

I managed 25K steps yesterday to counter the rubbish day I had on Tuesday on account of the rain, so my weekly average should be acceptable, if nothing remarkable. It's so bloody cold today though, I'm hoping sitting here with goosebumps shivering my arse off is burning extra calories!

Cautiously optimistic for tomorrow's weigh-in smile

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Thu 03-Oct-19 19:32:42

Hi aarman good luck with shedding the extra lbs.

Food has been ok today. Have run 7k a day the last three days so feeling very smug!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Thu 03-Oct-19 23:39:14

Welcome armaan. I'd love to hear about your plan. It's always good to hear new ideas.

I'm back up to 11 2.6 That might be under a lb gained but now I'm overweight again !!sad.

I'm not doing much about it this week because I'm preparing for a trail run on Saturday. It's ok to start carb loading a week before isn't it?!

Quim well done on your steps. I'm having major problems with the fitbit app. It keeps crashing and I'm not getting notifications. It had better record my steps on Saturday or I will be most upset.

Peri I hope you feel better soon flowers

BitOutOfPractice Fri 04-Oct-19 09:45:00

Kick if you are on iphone and upgraded to iOs 13 then FitBit hav said they are having an issue but it's easily fixable (Just a few settings). There's full instructions here.

BitOutOfPractice Fri 04-Oct-19 09:48:35

And morning! I have been golden this week (<1200 cals a day), been to the gym, no booze (sober October) and yet I am 3lbs heavier than last weekend. I am so so cross and disappointed sad

Red shhhh about your runs. I'm missing running so much but obviously a non no with a broken ankle. I did spin last night though to burn some calories but I couldn't stand up on the bike

Brilliant results Quim. You are on fire!

Peri get well soon. Coughs suck

And welcome Armaan - I too would love to hear about your diet!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Fri 04-Oct-19 14:12:52

Thanks boop. I'm on android but the app has updated and that's when the problems started. I probably need to uninstall it and start again. Not sure when I'll have time.

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Fri 04-Oct-19 20:34:13

Today has been a picky food day which is not great really. I've been at home with the kids and I find it so hard to not graze all day.

Nothing exciting planned for the weekend though so I won't let one food filled day ruin it all.

suchsweetsorrow82 Fri 04-Oct-19 21:40:40

Welcome @Armaan smile

Hope you’re feeling better @Peridot1

Hello @RedLipsAndRosyCheeks @KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse@QuimReaper

I’ve somehow managed to lose 2lbs this week confused. Step count has been dreadful last couple of weeks and haven’t managed any running.

Feeling a bit rubbish today. I’ve lost 17lbs now (since June) which I know is great but I still feel so fat 😫. Despite buying a new tracksuit in Nike size XS (think it must come up big!) I’m still 6lbs away from being in the very top of my ‘healthy’ weight range. I know I’ll get there but I’m finding it hard now.

Have a lovely weekend everyone xx

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sat 05-Oct-19 13:39:02

Suchsweet my bmi is 25.9 now so still outside the healthy range. I'm finding every lb hard at the moment. I've really stepped up the exercise over the last two months which has helped though. My waist is finally coming back and my horrific belly pouch (two fat pregnancies, two big babies and two sections are to blame) is now starting to shrink.

I never thought I'd be saying this but exercise really does help. It's taken me a very long time to enjoy it though!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Sat 05-Oct-19 19:29:41

Suchsweet that is amazing and you should really be proud of yourself. You'll get there but it does get harder. I like to think of losses as a % of how much I am overweight. For example the top of my normal BMI is 11 2 so when I'm 11 4 and I lose 1lb I've lost 50% of it 🤣.

It does get so much harder. 1lb when you are a stone overweight is so much easier to lose than when you are 1lb overweight but keep going and you'll get there.

I am feeling very smug today. I did a 15k trail race in the lakes. I wanted to go under 2hrs and I did it in 1.59.10 halo.

I've eaten my calorie allowance for a week but I don't carehalo

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sat 05-Oct-19 19:36:03

Good work kick!

Getting a takeaway shock not a regular occurrence these days sod it. A girls got to live sometimes!

poorpaws Sun 06-Oct-19 19:53:11

Hi everyone

Red I realise it’s a little time ago now but I just wanted you to know I am so sorry about your dog. I’m going to have to go through that at sometime soon and it’s so difficult.

I have had a life of hell for 3 weeks. As you know I’ve got shingles but apparently I had a very nasty attack of them. After going to the doctors surgery on the Monday by Thursday I was projectile vomiting so much that I had to have a paramedic to the house. It transpires that I had a very bad case of gastroenteritis as well. Fast forward six days and I’m vomiting again with my second bout of gastroenteritis.

Hopefully I am at last feeling brighter although I am permanently exhausted despite doing nothing at all. My friend has been walking my dogs daily and tomorrow I’m trying to do my first dog walk which I am actually dreading (I used to do three hours every single day and I wonder if I can even walk for 15 minutes now).

Hopefully I will be back on the diet as soon as I feel well enough to. You’d think I would’ve lost a massive amount of weight in the last three weeks but I’ve been living on Lucozade to keep me hydrated because it was the only thing I could keep down and really it’s just sugared water and full of calories. I’m not going to worry too much about my weight at the moment, I just want to feel better and have a bit of energy.

I hope everyone is doing okay with Diet/ healthy eating. Very well done Quim on becoming our first slimmer of the month, you very much deserve it.

Have a good week everyone.

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sun 06-Oct-19 20:16:29

Thank you poor, I miss her being around the house but old dogs are high maintenance (it was almost like having 3 kids) so it is easier without her. It was incredibly hard but you know you are making the right decision, it wouldn't have been fair to her to keep her going any longer when she just wasn't herself. It's an awful time but you will make the right decision.

I'm so sorry you are having such a hard time health wise. Don't give dieting a second thought, it's far to exhausting a subject at the best of times. I hope you are feeling less tired soon and can enjoy some lovely autumnal walks with your dogs. They are the ones I miss the most.

The less said about my food this weekend the better! Exercise has been good though so it's not all bad!

Peridot1 Mon 07-Oct-19 10:30:06

Good morning all. Happy Monday!

Sorry you have been so ill poorpaws. It sounds horrendous. Don’t worry about dieting. I would think you need to get yourself healthy first.

Well done on your race Kick!

I’m still coughing. Sooooo fed up with it. It’s not as bad as it was but I’m still fed up! Didn’t even get dressed on Thursday. Haven’t been out of the house for a week.

Food and drink not great over the weekend. But. I lost 3.5 pounds over the week. Must be the Benylin!

Starting the FAST 800 diet today. Have five weeks before I go to Australia and I’d like to lose the weight I have put back on since this time last year. I got down to 14st 8 lbs last year on 11 Oct. Today I’m 16st 2.5. Sooo annoyed with myself.

So eggs for breakfast. Home made soup for lunch. Chicken and spinach salad for dinner.

BitOutOfPractice Mon 07-Oct-19 10:39:44


Oh paws that sounds horrendous you poor thing. I wish you better very soon.

Kick that's amazing - great time! star

Peridot there is nothing more depressing and annoying than re-losing weight you've lost once. I am a stone and a half heavier than I was two years ago and feel horrendous and nothing fits angry

Well, at least I've lost the mysterious 3lbs I put on last week despite being golden every day and starting sober for October. It's going to fall off now, right?

QuimReaper Mon 07-Oct-19 11:13:39

Hello hello! I started a reply on the app but I guess I got distracted, apologies!

BOOP that is so bitterly disappointing, I absolutely hate it when that happens. I see it's now evaporated so it was just a blip, but there's absolutely nothing worse than a kick in the face for all your hard work! Sober October will absolutely have the weight dropping off you. I've still only ever managed 11 days at a stretch off the sauce, I'm in awe of you grin

paws that is absolutely staggering shock I am so so sorry, you poor thing! Was the gastroenteritis related to the shingles, or just absolutely hideous bad luck? You're quite right to bench the diet until you're back on your feet, you'd be bonkers to think about calories when you just need to be focusing on getting better. I know what you mean about Lucozade but gosh, thank goodness you could keep it down - you need those calories for your body to fight off the shingles, imagine how screwed you'd be if it weren't for those fizzy wee calories. Bet you won't want to look at a Lucozade ever again when you're back on the solids though grin

Red and Kick you BOTH get to feel extremely, wonderfully smug with those incredible running achievements star I simply couldn't begin to run 15K in under 2hrs, and takeaways and feasts are hard-earned and very much deserved by both of you.

sweetsorrow I love a surprise loss, congrats! I always feel they make up for the extremely mean experience of being golden and not being rewarded. It's sooooooo hard to just keep plugging away at it though, isn't it, especially when you look at yourself and just feel you've still got a long way to go. 17lbs is a tremendous achievement and you should be enormously proud. and if you're in a XS tracksuit you must be getting very trim indeed! One of the reasons I used to keep switching up how I weighed myself was because it meant I could keep going for different milestones, switching between "I've lost half a stone!" and "I've got a new kg bracket!" and "I've lost 10lbs!" etc., to keep the sense of achiement alive. You could try the same, celebrate a nice round 20lbs soon, then shoot for a nice round 10 kilos, then or 2 stone, etc.

Peri 3.5lbs in a week where you've been housebound and poorly is really quite amazing, you must be very chuffed. I really feel your pain on the coughing - I always used to finish up colds with a dragging cough which seemed to go on and on and on, it drove me barmy.

Well, my own news is that I was a modest 300g down on Friday. Not much to shout about but I'm pleased the scale's still moving. My aim for October is to lose 1kg, so 300g is a fair start...!

Peridot1 Wed 09-Oct-19 09:34:17

How’s everyone doing?

I’m doing ok. Still bloody coughing though! Ugh.

Monday was a good day and I had 854 calories. I had breakfast but have decided I’m probably better not having breakfast on this plan.

So yesterday I didn’t have breakfast and wasn’t as hungry.

Pretty good all day but then got into a heated Brexit discussion with DH and ended up having wine. And a small packet of popcorn. Still ended up on 1,121 calories for the day. So not too bad.

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Wed 09-Oct-19 09:59:39

Peridot that is a very good calorie day if it includes wine and popcorn!

I'm still soldiering on, some less good days with week but my period is imminent so I'm fully blaming that! Still on it with the exercise so hopefully that'll help make up for food slippage.

QuimReaper Wed 09-Oct-19 12:17:58

Hello all! Peri that's a fab calorie count, and as Red says especially with wine and popcorn!

On Monday I was out getting my steps in the pouring sodding rain (AGAIN), and I slipped on a smooth bit of pavement in my apparently gripless Converse, and landed smack on my lower back sad I went down like a ton of bricks, like when you slip on ice, landed with my whole weight. (Good job my weight's less than it has been recently wink ) It was SO painful, I actually lay there completely unable to move for about a full minute! It doesn't look like there'll be any lasting damage but having been a bit better yesterday it's worse again today. Humph. I don't even have an impressive bruise to show for it somehow, which I was sure I would. The very least I want is a war wound.

STILL I managed to get decent steps yesterday and have already got 18K for today, so I'm powering through!

Have had a bit of a dodgy week in general really. Headaches, bad tummy yesterday, and an absolutely dreadful night's sleep last night which meant getting my steps this morning was a real struggle. I was hobbling along feeling very ropey. I'm hoping things'll look up tomorrow smile

Peridot1 Wed 09-Oct-19 13:42:11

Ouch ouch and ouch again Quim!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Wed 09-Oct-19 15:27:32

Oooh, Quim that's sounds nasty. Very annoying to not have a bruise!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Wed 09-Oct-19 20:13:43

Oh no quim! Sounds like you need to take it easy. I'm struggling with a cold here. You're supposed to feed a cold aren't you? grin

QuimReaper Thu 10-Oct-19 10:26:00

Thank you guys for the sympathy! It's still really nagging and I can't stand on my right leg but it seems to be on the mend. Also right after I posted last night I suddenly spotted a nice big consolatory shiner on my elbow where I guess I took a secondary bump! Doesn't really hurt so it can't have taken much weight but it's come up like a plum, whereas there's nothing to see on my back except for two very small bruises confused Weird.

Kick that cold is doing the rounds, and it seems to be quite a quick strain, I definitely successfully fed mine to death grin I'm serious, I came down with it the Thursday before last, felt awful by Saturday, then spent all of Sunday on the sofa with doughnuts, pizza and (medicinal) Prosecco, and it was loads better by Monday and gone by Tuesday. Miracle!

I've had a pretty good week food-wise, no slip-ups to speak of, and last night I think I had a NSV. I was looking in the bathroom mirror, and it may have been the light, but I think I saw... cheebones shock I spent ages turning this way and that, I don't remember ever having any bone structure whatsoever! I mean, I probably did when I was a skinny teen, but it was just my face and I never thought about it. I couldn't tell if they were still there in the harsh morning light but I think my face might be looking a tiny bit different. I find things like that so fascinating, like when I lost about 5kg and suddenly my rings all started falling off; you'd really have thought 5kg wouldn't be enough to make a difference to how fat your fingers are.

Now I'm wondering if I even have a jawline lurking under there...

QuimReaper Fri 11-Oct-19 08:31:02

500g down! shock

My 1kg target is but 200g away!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Fri 11-Oct-19 09:48:36

Bloody hell Quim! That's great news.

I've not dared to weigh myself for the last 3 days but I'm back on it now!

QuimReaper Fri 11-Oct-19 10:48:06

Red in my experience there is no point weighing on AF week, personally my whole body goes completely haywire and my jeans won't do up!

Peridot1 Fri 11-Oct-19 12:23:01

Nice one Quim!

I’m not weighing until Monday. Had a sneaky weigh yesterday which was encouraging. But then I had wine last night.......

fiffaffu Fri 11-Oct-19 20:15:08

I'm joining you. Need to lose 2 stone in total.

fiffaffu Fri 11-Oct-19 20:23:03

I have just caught up with the lovely thread. I think I will calorie count /low fat ie more fruit and veg less added fat. Would like to lose a stone by end of Novemberish.

QuimReaper Sat 12-Oct-19 13:24:23

Welcome fifaffu! That sounds like a good strategy, especially upping the veg, most of our evening meals are now either just protein and veg (dodging carbs wherever possible has been very helpful for me!) or something from the slow-cooker and it's made a big difference for me. Less fat's always a good idea too, I try and limit my cheese intake during the week and have tried to get my mayonnaise habit under control blush Beware of low-fat alternatives if you're switching out yoghurt and things though, they're often full of sugar and can give you a bit of a sugar crash.

fiffaffu Sat 12-Oct-19 19:27:47

QuimReaper I never eat low fat processed food, never ever. My idea of lower fat is not adding more than is necessary rather than being liberal with it. I've always eaten loads of veg and fruit, at least 10 varieties most days. I don't eat dairy but do occasionally enjoy some sheeps or goat cheese. I have tried low carb but it always ends in a binge and sometimes terrible tummy pains.

fiffaffu Sat 12-Oct-19 19:47:49


Peridot1 Mon 14-Oct-19 13:13:31

Hello all. Still coughing and feeling crap.

Wasn’t too bad last week. I’m fasting in the mornings until about midday. As the week went in more wine crept in. And over the weekend potatoes, crisps and cheese and crackers.

Net result am down 2.3 pounds. Fairly happy with that considering.

Had roast chicken yesterday and I I have just put the carcass in a big pot with veg to make a pot of chicken soup. Won’t be ready for a while but should be good tomorrow. DH is making beef goulash for dinner form a Hairy Dieters book.

Hope you are all doing ok.

QuimReaper Mon 14-Oct-19 13:43:35

fiff I'm always surprised anyone rocks up on this thread and says they don't eat dairy, I swear if didn't eat cheese all of my weight problems would be nought grin If it's just oil and things that should be a fairly easy thing to reduce as you say, and I bet you'll see great results.

I am not that strict with low-carbing in the sense that I only do it Mon-Fri (and occasionally do make something with chickpeas or beans), but I have found it a very useful way to slash calories. I dabbled in low-carb years ago after reading about it on here and it really forced me to get more creative with evening meals as a meal without carbs was really anathema to me! I've just kept it up as a way to keep mid-week meals light, and I think it's been great for increasing my veg intake too.

Peri that's a fab loss, well done! Gosh, this cough really isn't letting up is it, you poor thing - hopefully a big pot of nice medicinal chicken soup will be the silver bullet smile I'm feeling very lethargic today, it doesn't feel like the sun's come up at all and it's pissing with rain again here - will this wet spell ever clear up?! It must be the wettest October we've had in years!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 15-Oct-19 07:53:43

Well I'm currently half a pound heavier that I was at the start of the month but at least it's not more! Would like to shift another 2lb this month so will get back on it today.

QuimReaper Tue 15-Oct-19 10:34:10

Red half a pound is so little, I'd call that essentially a STS - sounds like you're bobbing along quite nicely really! How's the head today? flowers

(P.S. I'm aware I celebrate my own 200g losses and don't call them "essentially a STS", but I do call them that when they're gains grin )

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 15-Oct-19 12:21:51

Quim much better today thank you, an early night made all the difference. Hopefully I'll fit in a run and a ride after work today to get my steps back on track.

I know what you mean about the half pound, I'll class it as a maintain!

QuimReaper Wed 16-Oct-19 16:37:31

Glad to hear it Red!

Finally stopped raining here, 13.5K steps under my belt for the day and chicken leek soup in the slow cooker smile How's everyone else's week going?

QuimReaper Fri 18-Oct-19 09:08:37

So apparently I'm 300g up on last week angry My goal for the month was 200g away, now is 500g away! I was so damn hungry yesterday too.

Oh well, I guess I was due another blip week. Onwards and (hopefully) downwards...

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Fri 18-Oct-19 17:15:10

That is annoying quim but you know it's never linear and if the overall trend is down that's the main thing!

Food has been good the last couple of days and so have my steps. Nothing fancy planned this weekend so I'm going to keep my nose to the grindstone and push on. The higher bounce up number I get on the scales is gradually coming down so I'm pleased with that. Next weekend will be v calorific so I'm on damage control until then!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Sat 19-Oct-19 21:54:32

Well I finally braved the scales after over a week of feeding my cold. blush

I'd gained 3lb so not great but could have been worse. I'm much better now but still a bit of lingering asthma so I am hoping to get back out running this week.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

QuimReaper Mon 21-Oct-19 13:39:30

Hey hey guys! Glad to see you around, I was talking to myself for a bit there blush Very true Red and it does seem to happen every few weeks or so irrespective of how good I've been so I'll just brush it off. Glad to hear you're powering on - I had a very calorific day yesterday (pub lunch - SO worth it!), so am also hoping to undo the damage.

Red that's a pretty good result after a week off, and I bet a lot of it'll be fluid retention and will evaporate pretty quickly - feeling better I trust? Definitely take it easy on the running if you're still a bit chesty!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 21-Oct-19 19:58:12

Good day food wise for me and managed a short run which is good as I don't normally get chance on a Monday. Smashed the exercise over the weekend so that is good news!

QuimReaper Mon 21-Oct-19 21:05:38

Red your steps were certainly impressive!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 22-Oct-19 20:08:35

Only did a short run yesterday and today. Yesterday was because of time pressures and today's was because I felt a bit odd. Had two packets of crisps and two fun size chocolate bars abs then felt well enough to go riding (would basically have to be dead to be poorly enough to not ride though). Going to rude again tomorrow after work but my Fitbit classes it as running so as long as I work hard enough it's not an easy skive off.

Apart from the aforementioned crisps and chocolate my food has been good!

QuimReaper Tue 22-Oct-19 20:18:02

Red when I used to ride I had abs of steel, it's definitely not a doss!

I've got a bean stew thing on the hob as MrQuim suddenly harvested millions of beans, it's got a bit of leftover chorizo and some of that Linda McCartney pulled "chicken" in and some kale (also thrust at me covered in mud from the garden...!) and it smells fab - hope it tastes good smile

I think I have to say something. I've been suspecting it for a while but I didn't feel sure. I believe... <dramatic pause> MY JEANS ARE TOO BIG shock

Well, they're jeggings so have probably stretched in time, but I really think I may have lost weight off my arse, they're getting ludicrously loose. Hurrah!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Tue 22-Oct-19 20:56:46

Ooooh quim I feel a shopping spree coming on! Very exciting news on the newly needed smaller jeans!

I'm not seeing a huge shift in the scales at the moment but all the exercise is definitely shrinking bits of me. I need a belt with some of my jeans now. Think it'll be a bit before I need to downsize them though but that's ok

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Wed 23-Oct-19 06:49:30

12st 5.5 on the scales this morning which is a new low!

QuimReaper Wed 23-Oct-19 10:12:06

WOOHOO! New low, that's wonderful Red, well done! And hooray for smaller jeans on both of us (even if we seem to be the only two surviving slenderistas)! I only decided I was slim enough for jeans last year and bought three pairs cheap on Asos, so I'm quite chuffed with this progress. They're slightly high-rise and now too loose, so when I sit down now I have this big baggy crotch accumulation which is sooooo sezzy grin

In other news, my bean thing was delicious! That pulled "chicken" is great for giving a bit of bite to a vege stew without using meat, very cheap and convenient.

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Fri 25-Oct-19 09:16:38

Quim pulled fake chicken sounds good I'll keep my eyes peeled for it. I'm avoiding the scales for a few days as it's DH's birthday weekend which we are starting celebrating today! The kids are going to the grandparents and there is much booze and junk on the horizon- YAY!

QuimReaper Sat 26-Oct-19 10:47:31

WELL. Last week was definitely a blip - I was 1.2 KILOS down yesterday morning! shock Kicked last week's random gain and 900g besides!

Red That sounds GLORIOUS, you lucky thing, enjoy every second and happy birthday to Mr Red! Booze and cake was very much in evidence Chez Quim last night, I am a little delicate this morning and have no regrets at all grin

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Mon 28-Oct-19 18:52:36

Brilliant weigh in result quim are you at target yet? That includes either an average over the week or for those precious few seconds after a morning weigh in!!

I am semi back on the wagon today. I ate and drank everything over the weekend but still went to Zumba on Saturday and went for a run today. Food was okish today so will be superb tomorrow. It always takes me a bit to get back in the wagon.

I've decided to give the SlimmingWorld meetings a rest for a while. I'm loving my Saturday morning Zumba class and there is a Friday evening class near by that I'm going to start going to as well. Time and money is in slightly short supply so SlimmingWorld is getting sacked off. I might go back after Xmas but feeling confident that I can get the final half stone (more like 11lb after the weekend I'd guess!) on my own.

dayslikethese1 Tue 29-Oct-19 11:39:51

Hi Everyone,

I fell off the wagon and off the last thread but back now and focused once more. Have cut back on wine, am food planning better and am trying to get a good amount of sleep as those tend to be my triggers for overeating.

QuimReaper Tue 29-Oct-19 14:02:39

Red Thank you! Yes, I think I'm happy with my current weight smile I really just decided to keep going and see how it played out but now that pretty much everything I own comfortably fits me, I'm taking my foot off the pedal a bit. I hated having so many things in my wardrobe that I never felt really comfortable wearing, but I had a huge trying on / clearing-out session a couple of weekends ago and I've really turned a corner. I'm surprised I had to go 4kg under what I thought was my "comfy weight" to get here, but I think it might be because I'm an apple, I only ever pay attention to the weight around my middle, whereas of course I do carry it on my bum and hips too, I just never pay much attention to those areas, so I had a bit of time when I was getting lighter but not visibly shrinking. I know I'm in the "vanity pounds" area, as nobody has noticed or mentioned anything about my weight even though I'm 7-10lbs lighter than I have been in recent years, so I guess it isn't coming off anywhere that noteworthy. (Most people would probably just be minding their own business, but my husband would have remarked if he'd noticed.) It's definitely been coming off the bum and thighs though, my usual jeans are confirmed Too Big now, they look a bit ridiculous!

I'm the same with taking a day to ease back onto the wagon, then on fire once I'm in the zone. I think you're right, Zumba is a much better investment than Slimming World, especially when you think you're no longer benefiting so much from the accountability and advice - I've never been but I can't imagine every meeting is a revelation, whereas Zumba will always do you good. I still haven't tried it, I really should.

dayslikethese Nice to see you back! It's gone awful quiet here this month but Red and I are still chugging away grin I think when the clocks change and it gets cold lots of people lost their mojo for exercise and just want to eat warming food (and remember how awesome it is to be able to hide in winter clothing...) but I'm expecting a bit of a surge of interest in the next couple of weeks when everyone suddenly wants to lose a bit in time for Christmas. Perhaps you're the advance guard!

Elloello Tue 29-Oct-19 16:59:59

Hello! I have been awol and need to get sorted as winter has definitely started to make its way here. I just want warming stews and hotpots.
I need to devise a basic menu which I can work with the family. I have no idea what calories or plan I am following. I have no idea what the right thing to do is anymore! Any advice welcome.
I've got so many things on my 'don't eat this/you must eat that' list that I have a totally dysfunctional relationship with food choices. Everything conflicts and confuses me now. Is 800 too low? 1600 to high? Do I have to do the gym or can I just do something I like? The perfectionist and procrastinator in me is ruining my efforts 😕
Can any cereal actually be healthy? I'm yearning for fruit and fibre in the morning at the mo, eggs don't always appeal.

Elloello Tue 29-Oct-19 17:14:48

Speaking of exercise, I am > < this close to buying one of those online exercise packages that's been coming up on Facebook loads. Ive been trying to find more info on it but there's not much, maybe not a good sign I don't know. It's the figure 8 fitness one with a dancer called jaana. I put a message up on mn but no response. Sometimes you wonder if people think you're just trying to push a dodgy commercial but it looks fun, looks like it would do my waist some good, almost like it will be like taebo (used to love this) but more dance-y. Does anyone know anything before I chuck my hard earned at it?

blahblahblahblahhh Tue 29-Oct-19 17:18:35

In was 85kg on the last day of April after I gave birth to my second child.
I'm now 67kg and I'm absolutely going to be 64kg by 1st December! Another month! Feels a long time but it will be worth it!

KickBishopBrennanUpTheArse Wed 30-Oct-19 06:49:51

Hello all. I'm still here in spirit but lurking because I'm so far outside the zone I'd have to shout!

Quim and red well done to both of you for holding the fort. And well done on your successes flowers

I've got back into bad habits and its showing. I'm not sure why really. Just struggling to engage will power. It might be the weather or it might be because I'm running loads which makes me eat more (but not lose weight).

I've got a big week next week with dd's birthday followed by a weekend away so I think I'm waiting for that before I start but I know that's silly because I could easily have gained another 3-4lb by then.

Please come and shout at me!

QuimReaper Wed 30-Oct-19 11:01:02

Ello welcome back into the fold! I'll take your questions:

I need to devise a basic menu which I can work with the family.

Do you / your family mind things being a bit repetitive? We eat the same things over and over in this house (during the week especially - I get more creative at weekends or when we have company, but not much more) purely because I like to keep things simple. I keep a spreadsheet of all of our meals so I can just flick my eye over it if I'm feeling uninspired, but also so I can pre-enter our dinners, which I do as I'm doing the weekly shop online, to make sure we have everything. Takes the thought out of it and, more importantly, the spontaneity. Husband has the same breakfast every day and packed lunches which are essentially the same 3/4 things on repeat. I'm very happy to help you come up with a meal plan for a few weeks whilst you get into the swing of it (and I'm sure the more creative others will too!) then it's just a question of keeping it ticking over.

Is 800 too low? 1600 to high?

Not necessarily and not necessarily grin #Helpful I would say that 1600 is almost certainly too high for you. It's unlikely to leave you in a calorie deficit unless you are in an exercise regime. There is no "too low" on any given day; plenty of people have 500 cal days, and I do a 48hr-ish liquid fast each week. But the right calorie amount is what you can stick to the majority of the time without being hungry, grumpy, miserable, etc, and 800 is tough psychologically (even if it's adequate physically). Most people find 1200 to be a happy medium: doesn't allow for many indulgences but doesn't leave you hungry or deprived. There's a great reddit feed called something like "1200 is plenty" where people post their 1200-cal daily meal plans, great for inspiration!

Do I have to do the gym or can I just do something I like?

Of course you can do what you like, you great noodle grin I haven't been to the gym in donkey's years. I like plugging into a podcast / audiobook and going for a walk, so I do that and nothing more. It keeps the weight off, and I'm not toned, but I don't seem to care enough about that to do anything about it...

Can any cereal actually be healthy? I'm yearning for fruit and fibre in the morning at the mo, eggs don't always appeal.

Boxed cereal can't really ever be healthy. The problem is that they're stuffed with sugar; and also that the calorie amount cited on the box is usually for 30g, and I think most people naturally have about triple that! 30g is absolutely measley. Do you like porridge? 30g of sugary cereal simply doesn't leave most people satisfied all morning, so you get a lot more bang for your buck with porridge or protein. That said, it won't kill you to just have it when you don't fancy eggs a couple of times a week.

Regarding the exercise thing: is your rationale that if you've paid for it you'll be motivated to do it? I know that works for some people, but I wouldn't trust myself not to just waste money and then hate myself. I don't know anything about that programme, but my suggestion would be to committing to doing a free youtube tutorial x times a week for a fortnight first, see if you can do that, and then reassess. Even if it's not your ideal workout programme, find one or several you don't mind too much and do it just for the habit-forming of it.

Blahblah 3kg in 1 month is a tall order, we'll handhold you through it! What an amazing achievement so far, well done. What's your strategy been?

Kick it's the weather, definitely! As Ello says everyone wants to hibernate and gain a winter coat grin It would also make me disinclined to go for a run, but then, I am always disinclined to do that, you might feel different.

Here's my shout: if you have an absolutely superbly golden day today and tomorrow you'll feel AMAZING, in control and determined, and it'll carry you through the indulgent bit and you'll come out the other side clear-headed and ready to tackle any gains. If you admit defeat now and just eat your way through it, you'll feel sluggish and grumpy and will struggle even more to find the wagon.

So start now, and then enjoy your plans, and then get back on it. You know it makes sense!

<cracks whip>

Elloello Wed 30-Oct-19 17:44:12

Quim you're an angel you are 👼
Thank you 💐
I don't tend to talk much about it irl so it's all swirling in my head.
I decided to go for the dance app workout thingy and I've only done a couple of tutorials but it looks like something I will enjoy.
With the meal plan, repetitive is easier definitely. I've always been trying to do lower carb but then I end up wanting jacket potato and spaghetti like the kids 😕

QuimReaper Thu 31-Oct-19 10:43:16

Thanks Ello grin <polishes halo>

I hear you on the carb envy. My husband now doesn't bother with added carbs (because his mancrush at work told him to reduce them hmm ) which has made it easier, but I developed coping strategies over the years (if I haven't said all this before, which I'm almost certain I have - sorry):

- Firstly, wherever possible, plan dishes which are complete in themselves, but which the kids can have carbs on the side of, rather than separate meals, so protein and veg and they can have potatoes, or a stew and likewise, or soup and they can have bread. You don't have to deprive your kids of spaghetti etc. forever, but breaking the carb habit is one of the hardest things I've ever done (more in terms of coming up with enough non-carb-centred recipes than anything!) so give yourself at least a couple of weeks of reduced temptation whilst you get used to it. (Which you will, honest smile )

- Eat most things out of a bowl - a smallish one. This helps with not feeling deprived: it took me ages not to see protein and veg as an "incomplete" meal, so I started paying attention to how meals are presented in restaurants (and on Instagram...). I eat practically everything out of a small, shallow pasta bowl (if it's soup or similar I just use a cereal bowl), so for protein + veg meals I cover the base of the bowl in salad leaves, then sprinkle any veg over those, then add protein, then sprinkle a garnish (chopped spring onions, feta, whatever) so it looks "complete", and husband has the same but on a plate so there's room for extra carb component. Mine looks better grin

- Make carbs you're not jealous of! I really struggle to make lovely buttery mash and not eat it, but I'm less jealous of rice so he gets that a lot...!

- Similarly, make carbs you can't "nibble" - you mentioned a baked potato, that's a brilliant thing to have on the side of a lovely vege stew etc., and they're contained amounts so you can't change your mind and just chuck some on your own plate at the last minute or graze on. Less easy with bread, but having the exact number of bread rolls for everyone except you, for instance, could work.

- On that note ^, plan ahead: I always have the most willpower in the morning and the least whilst handling food, so I keep bread rolls in the freezer and get out one in the morning for him. That way the decision's been made and they're not taunting me whilst I'm at my weakest. Similarly, with baked potatoes, you can make them ahead and heat them up, or even just put them in the oven earlier in the day so you can just turn it on at the right time, and not have to contemplate them.

I'll try and take a pic of my dinner sometime so you see what I mean about presentation, it sounds like a small thing but I honestly think it's made a massive difference to me. On the small bowl thing, I also eat from a side plate if a plate is required - when I make frittata (every week practically) we both have a big pile of salad leaves with cherry toms, but his is a dinner plate and mine's a side plate so my smaller slice doesn't look dwarfed.

Having said all that, carbs are not necessarily the enemy. Have them at weekends, have them every other day, you don't need to go into all these acrobatics to avoid them if it's making your life miserable. I'm a bit evangelical because as I said, it was pure habit with me, and I managed to cut a lot of calories out of my life by changing things up, and I think lots of people could really reduce their carb intake (and up their veg intake) quite painlessly, even if it's only a couple of meals a week.

QuimReaper Thu 31-Oct-19 10:52:59

(Just to add to that - as you know, I eat carbs continuously from Friday morning to Sunday evening, so you definitely don't need to avoid them altogether for it to make a difference!)

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sat 02-Nov-19 06:54:18

Sorry I've been a bit awol this week!

Excellent advice, as always, quim!

Had this week off really which I probably shouldn't have done but no changing it now. Back on it from today. I've been batch cooking again so the freezer is filling up with on plan teas and soups for lunch because it's definitely not salad season any more.

Tried a new Zumba class last night but it was cancelled as only two people showed up! Found another one on a Wednesday that suits me and my Saturday morning Zumba buddy better so I'll try that one instead.

I hope everyone has a healthy, exercise filled weekend!!

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sat 02-Nov-19 19:58:28

Back in control food wise today so I'm feeling good about that

RedLipsAndRosyCheeks Sun 03-Nov-19 18:21:37

Slightly talking to myself but new thread here

Slenderisters unite! Watch us avoid bonfire toffee and feel virtuous by eating soup!

Join the discussion

Registering is free, quick, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Get started »