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#101 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:00 PM

It was lovely to meet Dogged, she's soooo nice! biggrin.gif

For those of you in the ACT region who'd also like to catch up, we're going to meet at the Black Mountain Peninsula Playground for a picnic Brunch, its the one at the far end of Garryowen Drive. We're aiming to meet at 10:00am so that Dogged can hit the road around lunchtime.

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#102 cardamom

Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:58 PM

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 08/04/2012, 12:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It was lovely to meet Dogged, she's soooo nice! biggrin.gif


I second this  wub.gif  And her DS is just gorgeous.

I won't be able to make tomorrow, am working a morning shift unfortunately.

AL, I think you're right about buying exactly what you want instead of trying to resist. In the spirit of good value, I always feel like I need to buy a block of chocolate, or a bag of fun-size, because they work out cheaper. Really though, I just haven't got the self control for it. I think I'm better off buying a piece of Turkish Delight (I don't care what you say Spikey, it's the king of the sweets!) or whatever as my deliberate treat for the week, rather than a bag and torturing myself by trying to resist  original.gif

Have had a very un-chocolate-y (and lonely!) Easter here; have spent the day at the library studying, so no temptation there! I palmed a box of chocolates that a client gave me off on DP, and I ate all the Easter goodies I bought for myself last week (oops), so there's nothing left to tempt me. Mum always buys us a bunny or two for Easter (heading home to see the family next weekend) but I asked if she really felt the need to spoil us, could she please get some PJs or something instead. Hopefully she's obliged  original.gif

Hope everyone is having a lovely Easter! Drive safe to all of those on the roads.

#103 claptrap

Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:44 PM

aaawww shucks ladies!  blush.gif

I think you are both pretty awesome yourselves and feel very privileged to have strangers open their homes and hearts to me.

DS was up at 5am this morning to check that the Easter bunny had visited.  Amazingly he had managed to track DS down despite being away from home!

But Mummy's ability to withstand chocolate declines in direct proportion to the amount of exhaustion engendered by lack of sleep combined with incessant chatter about "Trashies".

I am consequently feeling like a heffalump and am already contemplating sleep in advance of a good chat and play at Black Mountain tomorrow morning.

Night all.

#104 la di dah

Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:49 PM

Hi everyone! Happy Easter to all celebrating.

I had fallen off the diet wagon, rather badly, with my sister being out and blah blah blah take her out to eat all the time etc.

I was ashamed to come back for awhile, I've been back on the diet wagon since, uh, Friday. I ALWAYS lose weight on Passover because, well, I can't eat rice/noodles/pasta/bread/beer/anything with corn syrup or soy. Normally even when I'm good I end up having at least a little of one of those things every couple days.

#105 cardamom

Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:56 PM

QUOTE (dogged @ 08/04/2012, 07:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
incessant chatter about "Trashies".


I feel my life is better now for having Trashies in it  wink.gif

I love the word 'heffalump', I actually used it last night to describe myself to my DP (after going to a party and seeing his already slim and gorgeous best friend has apparently shed 13kg, and looks AMAZING. Hmph!). Great minds!

Good on you for coming back in LDD!

#106 Ninja Lemur

Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:55 PM

I feel quite left out of the lovely catch ups but I am alas too far away.

I ate half a Lindt Easter egg and logged it on CalorieKing.  Ouch wow that IS  a lot of calories.  I will need to do lots of walking tomorrow.

After that I will tighten up my food so I can record some serious losses.  I feel I am now a lot stronger, fitter and more flexible but as nice as that is I am not shifting the weight. (well there is some shrinkage around my middle but no regular drops on the scale.   So changes must happen.  I am going to really focus on the evening meal being lean meet and lots of vegies.  And get more walking in between personal training sessions.

PS  Hi La Di Dah

#107 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:45 PM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 08/04/2012, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi everyone! Happy Easter to all celebrating.

I had fallen off the diet wagon, rather badly, with my sister being out and blah blah blah take her out to eat all the time etc.

I was ashamed to come back for awhile, I've been back on the diet wagon since, uh, Friday. I ALWAYS lose weight on Passover because, well, I can't eat rice/noodles/pasta/bread/beer/anything with corn syrup or soy. Normally even when I'm good I end up having at least a little of one of those things every couple days.


Chag Sameach to you and your sis! Funnily enough Dogged and I had salmon and cream cheese on our rolls - but no bagels. sad.gif  I now have a hankering to eat lots of Latkes and Kugel. Must pester DH. Hmm. And some decent goulash.

Never be worried about coming back here.  original.gif Life happens, and sometimes you just got to have fun. Just get back onto the wagon when you can.

#108 la di dah

Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:43 PM

Hi cardamom and hi lemur!

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 08/04/2012, 09:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Chag Sameach to you and your sis! Funnily enough Dogged and I had salmon and cream cheese on our rolls - but no bagels. sad.gif  I now have a hankering to eat lots of Latkes and Kugel. Must pester DH. Hmm. And some decent goulash.

Never be worried about coming back here.  original.gif Life happens, and sometimes you just got to have fun. Just get back onto the wagon when you can.


Aw, thanks.

Well, Passover means no hot cross buns and no candy (I made DH eat it all!) and that is helpful but really I may have to face the fact that I CAN'T eat rice and pasta all the time no matter how much I love them... it's only been Passover as of Friday night, and I'm showing up on the scales as having lost 1.5 kg.  ohmy.gif  

I always feel good/energized on low carb, I just can't usually stick to it all that well outside of mandatory holidays. I mean I'm still eating fruits and veggies and some matzah (which are like water-crackers for those who don't know) but I don't really like matzah all that much so mostly fruit/veg/meat and some cheese.

I have been reading some diet sites and I'm so turned around I dunno what to think.

#109 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:47 PM

Was lovely to meet dogged and to see Spikey again! original.gif We need to do it more often!

I've put on a stupid amount of weigh in one day (1.3kg) but I am consoling myself that it has to fluid or hormone related (second day back on the pill) because I didn't even eat that weight in the last 2 days LOL

I didn't have 1 bit of chocolate and I am pleased with myself original.gif

More water, less sugar free drink is my short term goal!

Hi LDD!!

Edited by PussyDids, 09 April 2012 - 09:47 PM.


#110 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

We should also mention that PD's engagement ring is a gorgeous item of bling. Very, very pretty!

DD had fun, and it was great to catch up. Must. Do. More. Often. With or without dogs and kids. biggrin.gif

#111 claptrap

Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:23 PM

Hi LDD, good to see you back here - and sorry you are feeling all muddled.  FWIW I reckon the reading is good but only in so far as you'll eventually read something that makes sense for you.  After all, if any ONE approach was "the answer" then all the people who needed to lose weight would have done so by now, and there'd be no weight loss industry left.

AL, and MnM and other sydneysiders... I'm sure you were all with us in spirit wink.gif

Anyhow DS and I have made it back in one piece but I am SO JOLLY TIRED!!! thanks to DS and the obscenely early starts... he then proceeded to slumber peacefully in the back and catch up on zzzs whilst I drove - and now I am totally worn out and dreading work tomorrow.  There may have been chocolate and a jam sandwich involved too  ph34r.gif  Spikey I am blaming your comment regarding exhaustion requiring a rise in blood sugar just to function.

We collected the darling doggy this afternoon but the family who were looking after her have fallen in love and didn't want to surrender her... she has been thoroughly spoiled.  Although it only took her 24 hours to work out how to open the latch of their gate and get into their house at any time to be with the people ( their own dog has never thought to bother).  I felt ridiculously proud, as if someone were praising my child.

And yes, PD's engagement ring is indeed very pretty.

Thanks again for the Canberra branch of this group for their hospitality.  Happy to reciprocate when anyone is next in Melbourne!

And now back to reality. And a WW weigh-in on Saturday.  Ye gods.



#112 Ninja Lemur

Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:29 PM

I am still doing three personal trianing sessiosn per week plus walking inbetween and although I feel healthier in lots of ways and I swear I am smaller around the middle the scales are flat lining after a pathetic 0.6 of a kilo loss in the first week. ahhhh so frustrating.

I am hoping this week it is due to the phase of the moon and I can see results soon.



#113 20tolose

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:48 AM

Hello ladies

Do you mind if I stick my head in for a while?  

I would love to lose some weight (20kg) and I'm really trying to psych myself up for it.  I had planned to start on Monday just gone but I have sabotaged each day since.  Truthfully, I do not eat well, I do not exercise and I'm constantly making excuses for those two parts of my life, a favourite being - I'll start tomorrow....and we all know about tomorrow!

I love to come in and read your successes and hardships and share some support too.

I currently weigh 81.4kg and my goal for the rest of April is to get out of the 80s.

Best wishes....

#114 Ninja Lemur

Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:56 AM

Welcome 20tolose.

Its easy to fall into the "all or nothing" trap.  So you are either on a doet or you aren't.

Given it's not working for you could you perhaps focus on one or two new habits?  Like starting the day with healthy breakfast ( that can often change your food choices for the rest of the day without even noticing). or walking 4 times a week, or not eating after dinner or whatever.

If it makes you feel any better I would be very excited to see 81.4 kilos on the scale!



#115 cardamom

Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:19 PM

Welcome 20tolose! I second AL's suggestion of just changing one or two habits at a time, rather than trying to dive in headfirst and think "I must exercise every day and eat only lean protein and vegetables". Healthy breakfast is a good suggestion; perhaps you could also try making an exercise-related goal, like I will go for 2 x 30 minute walks this week, and then bump it up to 3 next week, or something like that. I find starting small, with goals that you can easily measure, to be helpful  original.gif

QUOTE (amoral lemur @ 11/04/2012, 10:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If it makes you feel any better I would be very excited to see 81.4 kilos on the scale!


Me too! AL, bugger that your hard work isn't showing up on the scales yet  sad.gif  It can be disheartening when you've really tried and it doesn't seem to show. But, as you say, you're noticing other differences, so clearly it's working! Have you tried tracking a full day with Calorie King to see roughly what you're coming in at? When I plateaued recently I think I was averaging nearly 1600 a day. I feel like I'm eating more on Weight Watchers, I plugged in an average day out of curiosity and it was around 1200-1300. I've been eating more fruit and vegies and less packaged snacks, I think that makes the difference.

dogged, glad to hear you're home safe and sound, and reunited with the beloved woofy!

LDD - I misread your statement as "I have been reading some diet sites and I'm so turned ON I dunno what to think"  laughing2.gif  I know that doesn't help you, but I was amused.

Spikey, I have some exercise for you - I did 30 Day Shred on Friday and Sunday, and Zumba last night. Am going to try and fit in Shred and a boxing DVD today, since I have FINISHED MY ESSAY, and now have some free time! Yay!

Okay, TMI ahead, so please avert your gaze if you wish.

............................

Has anyone else had issues with constipation while on their healthy eating journey (for lack of a better word)? Pretty much ever since I joined WW (nearly a month!), I haven't been able to poop once without the aid of laxatives  sad.gif  Saw the doctor and had an enema (ugh) and thyroid tests done, heading back to see him again on Friday. I just don't get it - I'm eating BETTER, getting plenty of exercise, and surely getting a heck of a lot more fibre than I was before. I know I don't drink enough water, but that's nothing new. Any advice? Again, sorry for the overshare, but I'm at my wits end.



#116 Ninja Lemur

Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:05 PM

QUOTE
Me too! AL, bugger that your hard work isn't showing up on the scales yet  sad.gif  It can be disheartening when you've really tried and it doesn't seem to show. But, as you say, you're noticing other differences, so clearly it's working! Have you tried tracking a full day with Calorie King to see roughly what you're coming in at? When I plateaued recently I think I was averaging nearly 1600 a day. I feel like I'm eating more on Weight Watchers, I plugged in an average day out of curiosity and it was around 1200-1300. I've been eating more fruit and vegies and less packaged snacks, I think that makes the difference.


I have been tracking most days.  I am hoping that the composition of my body is changing which may not be reflected on the scales.  I am reducing food and increasing exercise to see if that makes a difference.  

QUOTE
Has anyone else had issues with constipation while on their healthy eating journey (for lack of a better word)? Pretty much ever since I joined WW (nearly a month!), I haven't been able to poop once without the aid of laxatives  sad.gif  Saw the doctor and had an enema (ugh) and thyroid tests done, heading back to see him again on Friday. I just don't get it - I'm eating BETTER, getting plenty of exercise, and surely getting a heck of a lot more fibre than I was before. I know I don't drink enough water, but that's nothing new. Any advice? Again, sorry for the overshare, but I'm at my wits end.


After three weeks yes that issue has kicked in.  I was wondeirng if it was a combo of more exercise and not increasing water enough?

#117 Feral_Is_Me

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:22 PM

Hi

Am lurking!

Cardamom - yes to the constipation. I think it's not enough fluid for the extra fibre. I also find that when Ian constipated I lose less weight.

Ldd I am coming to the same conclusion as you that bread and pasta are bad for me and causes some bad bloating. Is your sister still here? Is she enjoying Australia?

20tolose I agree with the others. If you are finding it hard to start just try to change one thing ea h week. This journey for me at least is a lifestyle change rather than a diet, doesn't make it easier though.

Sad I missed the Canberra meet up. I was so close - I was in yass. Happy to try and do a melbourne meet up if anyone is interested. I have signed dh and I to do the mothers day walk in Melbourne. I signed us for the 8 km, am now also regularly into work most mornings. Weightless going nowhere but slightly up due to crap diet but reining that in this week.

#118 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

I'm up and down this week... if I end up anywhere under a 0.5kg gain for the week, I'll be happy considering I went back on the pill on Saturday... 2 days to wait to and see!


#119 Ninja Lemur

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:39 PM

Another personal training session down and an hour walk yesterday.  Feeling good.

#120 la di dah

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:52 PM

Hi Jols, we seeeee you! Heh. Anyway, yeah my sister is still here but we're settling in a bit and doing less restaurants-for-restaurants sake.

She is LOVING Oz and even saying if I don't move home in a couple years she's moving out here. biggrin.gif

Cardamom, lol not turned on no! Okay, sometimes, if his abs are great... wink.gif

I meant more that I've been on vegetarian sites, paleo sites, raw foodist sites, etc. and they all argue against each other. It all makes sense no matter which site I'm reading, as I'm reading it. I don't know.

At the moment I'm feeling my way. I am trying to eat more raw vegetables and more salads, as I can't imagine what that would hurt.

As far as fruit and meat I'm so confused and conflicted about how much I should eat if at all. About pasta/rice I know in myself I'm going to have to cut back but I love it so. sad.gif

I don't get constipated from eating better/working out, no, if anything the opposite, eating a lot of green roughage and drinking a lot of water tends to make everything function better?

Today I've had a big thing of raw tomato, raw avocado, and olives, and I'm having mince and potato in olive oil for dinner.

I'm not taking weighing myself too seriously because "Miss Scarlett is back at Tara" (Easily my favourite tasteless euphamism!) and I have to say I'm probably doing quite well to be at that part of my cycle and not allowed any chocolate, ice cream, or pasta, but I'm not a huge fan of it from a cravings standpoint. The creamy avocado helped though. And the scale still seems to be bobbling downwards even at this time of the month but I don't know what is water and so on.

Edited by la di dah, 12 April 2012 - 05:55 PM.


#121 Ninja Lemur

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:44 PM

LDD you sound like you are off to a flying start.



#122 claptrap

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:35 PM

Hi 20tolose, and welcome!
I would love to be at 81 - so it's all relative isn't it!

LDD I second AL - you are off to a great (re)start, well done.  And how great that your sister loves your adopted country.  It must make it easier that she can see why you are here.

JoIsMe - AL - any other Melbournites - yes to a meet up?  Timing is tricky for me but I can usually do Sunday afternoons whilst DS is with his Dad.

Cardamom - try psyllium husks. Supermarkets sell jars in the health food section. You can sprinkle on cereal, or drink stirred in water.  The texture is a bit sawdust-like but they don't have much taste if any and you only need a teaspoon or so.  And drink lots more water in general.  Good luck with that - not fun.

I am starting to feel human again but didn't have the energy to go to zumba this evening, but I did accidentally get on the wrong bus home and so had an extra long walk.

It will be interesting to see what the scale says on Saturday because my work clothes seem looser if anything, but I dare not get my hopes up because there were some poor choices made over Easter.  I was ok until the last night really, then the more tired I got the more I just felt it was all too hard, so Monday night and Tuesday weren't great food-wise.  I'm sort of hoping against hope that I haven't put on too much, but I'm too scared to get my hopes up.  



#123 Ninja Lemur

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:24 PM

Can any Melbournites PM me if they want to catch up - we are communicating via e-mail.

#124 cardamom

Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:47 PM

I wish I was a Melbournite and could join you guys sad.gif Hoping to move there next year, such an awesome city.

AL - How have you been going with your food changes? Well done on all the exercise, very impressive. Sorry to hear you're suffering plumbing issues too, it's rubbish. You don't know what you've got until it's gone, eh?  tongue.gif

dogged - hope you get a pleasing result tomorrow! Very encouraging that your clothes are looser. You did really well to maintain control, it was both Easter AND a weekend away visiting - even if it did get harder as the weekend wore on, it's great that you lasted as long as you did!

LDD - upping the vegies is always a good move! Simultaneously filling and calorie-less, a dieter's dream. How wonderful that your sister is loving it here!

PussyDids - good luck for weigh in tomorrow!

20tolose - how are you going? Hope you've had a good week original.gif

JoIsMe - sorry to hear you struggle with constipation too. I think you're definitely right about the water intake, I am absolutely hopeless with drinking water. Mother's Day walk sounds fun, great that you and your DH are doing it together! My DP tried to do my aerobics DVD with me the other day, he was a tad uncoordinated and kept bumping into me, he ended up just jumping up and down all over the room  biggrin.gif  He did put my push up attempts to shame though, for a skinny little thing he's not too bad!

WW weigh in today, -1.2kg, very happy with that. I think I actually would have lost more, as I am certain I would have gained last week (deliberately didn't weigh myself because I didn't want to get despondent, but I ate so terribly that I have no doubt). Half a kilo to go til I break the 20kg! Can't wait. Am away visiting my family until Tuesday, and am really going to try to make sure I plan my meals/snacks; when I get out of routine, sensible eating tends to go out the window, and I just grab whatever's in the cupboard (which, at my parents' place, is often chips/lollies/chocolate). Despite my pleading for no Easter chocolate, Mum had a bunch of it for me today  sad.gif  I didn't want to hurt her feelings, so I took it and palmed some off on my brothers. Unfortunately not before I ate a good handful of little eggs.. Oops.

Also, chatted to my WW leader and Dr. today about the constipation problem, from the sounds of it it's definitely the result of not drinking enough water to compensate for the increased fibre. Metamucil/psyllium, many glasses of water, and all should be well. Here's hoping!

Have a great weekend everyone! Sorry for the mammoth post.



#125 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:04 PM

Will see what tomorrow brings... *crosses fingers*

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