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Title: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 19, 2012, 09:34:37 pm
Ok who would like to join me on a weight loss challenge. We can all support each other to loose those unwanted Kgs.
I'm going to use the My Net Diary app to keep a track of my calories and update each week how much weight I have lost. Maybe we could have a weigh in day once a week?
Do we want to say how much we weigh and our goal weight?
Any suggestions?
CP suggested maybe a photo From the neck down to start with then an updated photo every 5kg lost?
What does everyone think?
Who would like to join?

Dede - Goal to loose15 kg
Wed - 20/6/12 weight       -78kg
Wed - 27/6/12 lost 1.5kg  -76.5 kg
Wed - 4/7/12   Lost 0.5kg -76 kg
Wed - 11/7/12 lost 0.2kg. -75.8kg
Wed - 18/7/12 lost 1.7kg - 74.1kg
Wed - 25/7/12 lost 100g  - 74.0kg (lost 4 kg total)

Stacelee - Goal to loose 3 bags of dog food
Mon - 9/7/12 lost 3.1kg :o

CreamPuff - Goal to loose 20 kg

Cooking-good-looking
Fri - 22/6/12 lost 100g
Fri - 29/6/12 lost 700g
Fri - 13/7/12 gained 100g (700g total) :D

Tan - Goal to loose 4 kg

Jeninwa
Wed - 27/6/12 lost 600g
Wed - 4/7/12   lost 1.1kg
Wed - 11/7/12 lost 1.6 kg
Wed - 18/7/12 lost 600g (lost 12.8 total since Feb)

Cookie1 - Goal to loose 6kg

Mcmich

Dashingden
Mon - 2/7/12 lost 0.0kg
Mon - 9/7/12 gained 2.6kg :( (currently 76.6kg)

Keriamax - Goal to get healthier

Tasty - Goal to loose 5kg by October
Tue - 3/7/12 lost 1.3kg :D
Tue - 10/7/12 lost 0kg

Queen Be - Goal to get to 75kg (currently 82.2kg)

Renni - goal to loose 10kg (currently 88kg)

Amy - Goal to loose a couple of KG
Sun - 8/7/12 Lost 2kg (currently 66.5kg)


Bambi - goal to loose kg

Wonder - goal to loose kg
Wed - 11/7/12  lost 900g
Sat - 21/7/12 lost 600g
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 19, 2012, 09:43:45 pm
 :-)) start without me  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 19, 2012, 09:44:45 pm
Lol :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 19, 2012, 10:05:50 pm
Dede what a great idea and I support it totally, however, I know when I am onto a loser and this is definitely one!  I'm having enough trouble with Halley's $100 a week food challenge - there isn't a snowball's chance in a very hot place of me being any more successful with this one (in fact, I would fail spectacularly), but I sincerely wish you and everyone who joins you the very best of luck and admire you all for your success.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on June 19, 2012, 10:17:15 pm
Maybe I should!

(http://img.tapatalk.com/74fa479a-ec44-ea5d.jpg)

What do you think?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 19, 2012, 10:35:01 pm
Lol DG, maybe a couple of kg less wouldn't hurt :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 19, 2012, 10:39:50 pm
Ok I just weighed my self, my weigh day will be every Wednesday.
I have put my weight down. Anyone else who wants to join can let me know and I will add what ever info you want to the first posts.
I'm using My Net Diary app to track my calories and excessive :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 19, 2012, 10:43:03 pm
b4 or after going too the loo  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 19, 2012, 11:26:36 pm
Um I don't think I went to the loo first lol.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 19, 2012, 11:29:42 pm
thats good, so next week go to the loo 1st be  wieghing  your self
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on June 19, 2012, 11:33:23 pm
Dede, easy way to loose weight, dont cook ;D and you will be n track with budget ;D

H, LOL
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 19, 2012, 11:33:31 pm
Good idea. Could make a couple 100 grams difference :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 19, 2012, 11:36:41 pm
It's definitely not what I cook that makes me put on weight or not loose it.
It's more the snacks I eat between meals. If I change the way I eat I know I would loose weight.
I can't blame the TM, it's unTM items that I need to cut out :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on June 19, 2012, 11:40:04 pm
Since being on the $100 budget I havent had the money to buy junk, but havent lost any weight as I have been making more puddings & cakes.

H >:(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 19, 2012, 11:53:32 pm
I'm happy to support and be supported but I don't follow diet plan of any sort.  I find when I am trying to count calories etc, I get so paranoid about every bite I put in my mouth, I end up destroying myself when I do the wrong thing.  I've been successful by stopping dieting and starting to eat.  I try and minimize the carbohydrates I eat and make sure that the ones I do are good quality.  I don't eat things that are not good quality.  I also avoid the scales most of the time because again they are an enemy....I obsess about every 100 grams lost or gained,

Since I've been struggling with insomnia, I've been really bad with eating lots of sugary food and high carb food.  I am trying to get both under control again.  I'm counting the days until my son finishes school so that I can start exercising in the morning....leaving home at 6.30 makes it hard to fit it in.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 12:03:18 am
Yes the word Diet is horrible, I think change in life style is what I need. Just to break a few habits and start some good ones.
I don't think I need to pay anyone, or pay for anything to help me loose weight cause I know what I should and shouldn't eat. If I can avoid more of the bad stuff and exercise more I know I will loose weight.

Let the challenge begin :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 20, 2012, 12:35:26 am
I've been good today.....two eggs for breakfast (I have developed a bad habit of skipping it...its hard to find the time before leaving at 6.30....I bought some protein shakes to keep in my office....they are better than nothing).  I brought sweet potato soup so that I don't give in when my husband offers to go to McDonalds and I've brought beef jerky to snack on (and some Matzoh's to keep in the cupboard if I really need!!!!! something to crunch on.)  Dinner tonight will be Lamb & Haloumi Pizzas for my husband and daughter and Lamb & Haloumi salad for me.  I've also planned out my menu for the rest of the week.  I want to get into some good habits before the insanity starts again in two and a half weeks.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 12:40:42 am
Stacelee looks like you joining the challenge? Do you want me to add your name on the list.? You don't have to add any info if you don't want. I will just add you to the list.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 20, 2012, 01:00:40 am
Sounds great to me....I don't mind sharing the information....I'm over being embarrassed about my weight :P....unfortunately the good jewish russian/polish genes have a strong home in me and I am NEVER going to be a skinny little thing...I'll settle for being a healthy plump little thing.  I'm just grateful that my daughter seems to have inherited my husband's metabolism to go along with my height.  I'm only just 5 foot and about 25kg overweight so I'm doing this to get HEALTHY...although the fact that I've gone from a size 22 to a size 16/18 is a side benefit.  My feral fairy is 5 foot 1 and constantly rubs in that she has made it an inch taller than me....she does have the sense to not rub in the fact that she is 30 odd kilos lighter than me!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 01:18:44 am
Excellent Stacelee, I have added you to the list. Have you got a goal of how much weight you would like to loose?
I'm actually looking forward to the challenge, and I know we will get plenty of support from our forum buddies :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 20, 2012, 01:36:07 am
I've dieted on and off over the years and always found by sticking to a strict diet plan then going off it once the goal was achieved, I eventually put the weight back on + some.  It's the +some that I have never been happy about.  I know people who have paid big money to every diet company out there, even had their stomach banded and have ended up bigger than ever.  I prefer a lifestyle change which means portion control, less fatty, sugary foods, cut out soft drinks and take-away food, cut down on alcohol and you end up the weight you are meant to be.  It can depend on the gene pool you were lucky or unlucky enough to have come from I feel. We have to have treats from time to time but treating all day is out   ;)  Finally, if you are happy in your skin, then what's to worry about and that's where I am now and have been since I stopped wanting to be a size 10.  I'm happy with a size 12/14 for me at my age - there is nothing worse than seeing an elderly woman looking like a stick figure needing a good feed.

Good luck with your goal Mandi, I will be with you in spirit and watch with interest  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on June 20, 2012, 01:51:25 am
Good luck everyone :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on June 20, 2012, 02:13:34 am
Good luck stacelee & dede,

When I worked I used to take porridge packets to work.

Exercise is a must >:(

H :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 20, 2012, 02:16:39 am
I'm fully supporting you girls in this challenge. I know you can do it! ;)

I completely agree with Judy, because that's how I lost all my excess weight. Its about making changes to your lifestyle that you can maintain for the rest of your life, and also focusing on "health" rather than "diet". There's no point cutting down calories to the extent that you can't meet all your nutritional requirements, otherwise your health with deteriorate in other ways! :o
And let's face it, diets make you miserable, tired and grumpy (or was that just me?) :-))

Hally is absolutely right in saying that exercise is a must as well. Just remember that any activity burns calories, so you can do anything that you enjoy as long as you're moving :D

If there are any ways you girls think I might be able to help you in this challenge, just say the word :) :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 02:44:52 am
Cleaning the house counts? Right? Lol
I think I'm a pretty active person. I'm fussy around the house (inside and out) although don't like being outside too much in this weather :)
I have a big family to keep up with so I'm always on the go. I think it's the quick (not so healthy snacks) in between doing everything where I come un stuck the most. If I can just change the way I eat I will be laughing.
And my doctor said that the more weight I loose the better my Achilles Tendonitis will become. I have decided I am not having plaster again on the other foot, I just couldn't stand it again. So weight loss is what I am going to try.
I was looking at photos of myself when the older kids were young and I was much smaller then :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 20, 2012, 03:06:18 am
Weren't we all Mandi  ;D  Each child seemed to add a few kilos to my weight so I was glad I stopped at 2  :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 20, 2012, 03:12:03 am
I'm only a couple of kilos heavier now than I was when I had my daughter....:)...happy dance....another twelve kilos until I'm the same weight as when I had my son (17 years ago :( ).  I actually lost weight when I was pregnant with him (I was a couple of kilos lighter when I came out of hospital than when I fell pregnant)....unfortunately the same wasn't true for my second pregnancy and it has been all downhill since then.

I'm hoping that life will be a little saner after November 16 (end date for Grade 12 in QLD) and I'm committed to getting on the treadmill every morning then....I'm being realistic now that I'm not going to be able to stick to an exercise schedule while I am putting in 11 hour days and I'm not going to stress myself by trying.  I've really enjoyed the last three days where I've been able to leave home at a much more sensible 8am....and my garden and washing are appreciating it too.  Unfortunately in two and a half weeks, we are back to a "normal" routine.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 20, 2012, 04:11:10 am
oh dear, I'd had brekky (Green Smoothie so thats good) before I read this, so I will weigh myself tomorrow. I'm going for 20kgs. For lunch I will have some of JD's Chicken & Vege Soup, mid way arvo snack will be "choc" smoothie (listed on the topic "go the green smoothie") and an orange, and tea is going to be crumbed cutlets, mashed potato, and veges on the side (which I've been meaning to make since Monday). No dessert, or glass of wine.

Summary:
Brekky: Green Smoothie
Lunch: Chicken & Vegie soup
A. Tea: "Choc" smoothie, orange
Dinner: Crumbed lamb snitzels, mash potatoe, veges
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 04:18:28 am
Yay CP, that's 3 of us now.
Imagine how good we will feel in a few months time.
I turn 40 next year and would love to be at my goal weight by then and keep it off :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 20, 2012, 04:19:45 am
I'd love to join in here- hopefully with some motivation/inspiration/thermie healthy meal ideas. This coincides for me with the first week of fat club with a group of friends where we text in our weight each week on a Friday, so I am happy to post my weight loss- hopefully not gain each fri and discuss other things I am doing. I have recently had back surgery which followed on from 2 years of chronic back pain and perpetuated a cyle of the inability to exercise. Now my back is feeling better I am determined to walk an hour each day or head to the local pool to have a swim. Balancing it all with family and work is a challenge but I am sick of being in my heavy body regardless of how tall I am! I want the recentish arrival of Thermie to coincide with a newer wholefood healthy approach. I find I am being quite strong so far- baking for my hubby and child but not partaking in the eating! Really Really want to shift this weight! :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 20, 2012, 04:21:18 am
When I went to bed last night, I thought "I actually have to lose a full suitcase"  (IYKWIM)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 04:23:14 am
Imagine what it will feel like when we get rid of that extra baggage :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 20, 2012, 04:23:58 am
Yes thats exactly what it is!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 04:25:33 am
Cooking good looking I will add you too the challenge too.  Excellent now we have 4 participants.
Wonder how many KGs we can loose in total between us all? :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 20, 2012, 04:29:02 am
Its scarey when you pick up something heavy and then think about the equivalent that you are carrying on your body.  I picked up an 8 kilo bag of dog food the other day and then realised that seven months ago I was carrying around on my joints the equivalent of nearly three large bags of dog food.  Going back to my "bad" way of eating the last couple of weeks has probably not helped with my insomnia and fatigue...the last thing I want to do is put those bags of dog food back on.  I'm determined to lose those last "three bags of dogfood".
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 20, 2012, 04:29:58 am
Imagine what it will feel like when we get rid of that extra baggage :)

Girls, it will feel amazing :D :D

It takes a long time to get used to it though ;)


Wonder how many KGs we can loose in total between us all? :D

Lol I have an idea for you! Add up all the number of kg each of you want to lose, and then find something that weighs approximately the total. So, if you collectively want to lose 60kg, find something that usually weighs that amount and then you can say "me and my forum buddies lost a penguin!" ;D ;D

Disclaimer: I don't actually know if penguins weigh 60kg :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 04:34:38 am
I have added that to the first post Stacelee that you want to loose 3 bags of dog food :D
Yes when you compare what you want to loose to other items it can be quiet scary.
I need to loose??? 60 (250g) blocks of butter :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tan on June 20, 2012, 04:36:26 am
the key to any weight loss is to look at is as a lifestyle change for the better, focusing on becoming healthier.
The moment we theink of the word "DIET", we begin to feel deprived , or that we must restrict everything we love to lose weight.

So often we think of losing weight or following an eating plan as having a time frame, - if we look at it as changes to our lifestyle forever - rather than just for a specific time or until a certain function, or until we fir back into that special dress etc etc, that can make a real difference to not putting those extra kilos on again.

I lost 16.5 kilos 8 years ago, ( by doing weight watchers)  and have kept it off for all of those years, as ii neverfelt that i had to miss out on anything.
I have just recently manged to put back on about 4 kilos, only really due to the fact that i have become a bit lazy, stopped menu planning and gone back to a few old habits, such as mindless eating, and having portions that are way too big.

So  - i would love to join your challenge and get a bit of control back.

 -
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 04:36:52 am
Imagine what it will feel like when we get rid of that extra baggage :)

Girls, it will feel amazing :D :D

It takes a long time to get used to it though ;)


Wonder how many KGs we can loose in total between us all? :D

Lol I have an idea for you! Add up all the number of kg each of you want to lose, and then find something that weighs approximately the total. So, if you collectively want to lose 60kg, find something that usually weighs that amount and then you can say "me and my forum buddies lost a penguin!" ;D ;D

Disclaimer: I don't actually know if penguins weigh 60kg :-))

Lol Amy, not sure what penguins weigh either. :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 04:38:57 am
Excellent Tan, I will add you in as well.
Wow you done an amazing job to loose that much and keep it off.
Any tips are great for all of us :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 20, 2012, 04:40:32 am
Because I am in major work avoidance mode......I'm so over websites and pricelists today....An emperor penguin weighs between 22kg to 45kg according to wikipedia.....so I want to lose a small emperor penguin (or three large bags of dogfood) :P
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 20, 2012, 04:53:01 am
Fabulous! :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: deedub on June 20, 2012, 05:23:22 am
I don't really need to lose weight but I do feel flabby. Any ideas on how to get trim, taut & terrific when you can't get to a gym?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 20, 2012, 05:24:03 am
Good luck to you all. I'm slowly loosing weight I didn't realise I had even put on and it's amazing how much better you feel. I've always been on the slimmer side and have never needed to diet but a few kgs had slipped on that I hadn't even noticed (we don't own scales). As a few others have said it really needs to be a lifestyle change and include exercise to ensure you don't feel deprived. I changed to the green smoothie for breakfast, watch my portion sizes (sometimes) and added one session a week with a personal trainer in addition to my regular exericise. I'm happy with these small changes and don't really need to loose anymore weight but I'm pretty sure with the changes I've made I will continue to loose a few more kgs but very slowly. I could never give up my weekly wines, potato chips or deep fried foods!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 20, 2012, 05:33:47 am
Is there a link to the green smoothie? Or which recipe book it is in?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 05:38:43 am
Because I am in major work avoidance mode......I'm so over websites and pricelists today....An emperor penguin weighs between 22kg to 45kg according to wikipedia.....so I want to lose a small emperor penguin (or three large bags of dogfood) :P

Well at least we know now lol. Hopefully none of us need to loose a walrus :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 20, 2012, 06:19:05 am
Or a blue whale lol ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 20, 2012, 07:05:13 am
Cooking-ggod-looking, I just make mine up with whatever I have available but there are a few different threads on her and lots of information on the web. To any recipe I add a mixture of linseeds, chia seeds, almonds and sunflower seed for added goodness.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 07:45:36 am
Oops

(http://img.tapatalk.com/7cbbfc52-718d-823d.jpg)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 20, 2012, 07:53:03 am
That cartoon reminds me of when a relative of mine decided she could eat as many marshmallows as she wanted to because they were fat free.  She wasn't happy when we tried to explain that it doesn't actually work that way.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 07:57:31 am
Lol, never thought of that one :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 20, 2012, 08:24:34 am
Love the 'toon Mandi!! :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 20, 2012, 08:26:48 am
This reminds of when I was at the gym last week, there was a gentleman on the scales and he kept turning them on and off and mumbling to himself, he then went and got one of the very young trainers and told her to check the scales because he was sure they were incorrect. The trainer weighed herself and said they seemed to be fine, the gentleman then insisted they were wrong because he was heavier than when he last got on them - the trainer then said to him "food and drink will tend to make you weight more so maybe you have just had more to eat and drink than you thought" - I found it hard to not laugh while I was doing my stretches on the floor beside them, they both then looked at each other for a minute and then walked away!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tan on June 20, 2012, 09:06:32 am
 :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tan on June 20, 2012, 09:07:28 am
 ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 09:10:49 am
Some good advise there Tan :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 20, 2012, 10:32:14 am
love it!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: gertbysea on June 20, 2012, 02:05:16 pm
:-)) start without me  ;D

Me too. Been there done that . Over it.  I am at the " life is too short " stage.

Gert

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 09:29:01 pm
Day 1 and I have been a good girl eating all the right stuff. Instead of grabbing something unhealthy on the run as a snack yesterday I had a bowl of yogurt with a banana. I had a big plate of veggies and a lean pork chop for dinner. I even ate breakfast (which I often don't )
They say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit, so it should become easier after that :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Coops on June 20, 2012, 09:32:35 pm
  I am interested in joining , but like others have tried and failed many times, only to end up bigger than ever and I  scared because I know I really cannot get any bigger. I am interested in hearing from those who have made successful long lasting changes to their diet snd kept the weight off and would like to know what a typical days food is like for them, portions, how much they exercise etc. I work around food all day long and it's really hard not to eat to much. I have been trying to create structure, so I have been having the dairy free protein shake, a yoghurt for morning tea, wraP for lunch, an up and go or rice cakes or something for afternoon tea then dinner. I think I eat to much dinner but I am so hungry after my long busy day!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 10:25:44 pm
Coops do you want to join us? We will all support each other :)
If extra weight makes you missable then it's worth a try to be happier with who you are. I haven't been happy with my weight for some time and decided that now is the time to try and become a bit healthier.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 21, 2012, 01:05:56 am
Has everyone here seen the "Swap it, Don't Stop it" campaign?

http://swapit.gov.au/ (http://swapit.gov.au/)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 21, 2012, 01:16:45 am
Yummy home made raspberry muffin for breakfast (the recipe was for 12 - about 284 calories each, I got 17 out of the recipe so probably less calories than that).  I've been snacking on beef jerky as I cleaned out my pantry and I'm now enjoying an enormous cup of Earl Grey tea while I do some actual work......Day two of being good is going well.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 21, 2012, 04:49:40 am
They sound pretty good Stacelee, I have some raspberries in the freezer too :D
I just brought a chocolate mud cake for DHs birthday (I'm not having any) I think just smelling it would be 100 calories :o
I will take a photo later and you will know what I mean.
I'm going to be good, I'm going to be good, I'm going to be good :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 21, 2012, 06:27:41 am
I just fell off the wagon abit and had a teeny pkt of jellybeans. I couldn't help it  :'(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Vivaroo on June 21, 2012, 11:11:10 am
Read 'Eat to Live' by Joel Fuhrman focus is on optimal health and nutrition with sustained weight loss a welcome side-effect for most.
That's why I bought a TMX (many recipes suggest Vitamix or high speed blender)  Then I discovered the Cakes/Desserts/Biscuit sections here on the forum  :-))
Good luck.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 21, 2012, 12:47:33 pm
Oops I had some cake :(
Will have to be extra good tomorrow now, but it was DHs birthday. :)
CP I thing your bit of jellybean should be ok lol :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 21, 2012, 12:49:10 pm
(http://img.tapatalk.com/7cbbfc52-09eb-eb58.jpg)

This is DHs cake that I had a little bit off. Naughty naughty dede.
I will be good from now I promise :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on June 21, 2012, 12:54:39 pm
Dede I think you should be able to have a little bit of cake to celebrate your DH's birthday  :)
It's a special day (and that cake looks too good to resist!)

I hope it was a lovely day
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 21, 2012, 12:55:11 pm
Birthdays are special...so you are forgiven :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 21, 2012, 01:17:44 pm
You need to be able to enjoy the good things, just in moderation. I tend to increase my exercise these days if I know I'm going to be eating more of the treat things than normal.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 21, 2012, 01:46:49 pm
Lol, thanks guys, you make me feel better now. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 21, 2012, 02:51:47 pm
That cake Mandi.... :o

I think it would be more detrimental for your mental health to deprive yourself of such a decadent treat than it would be to your waistline if you had a little bit ;)

Birthdays don't count anyway :-))
And you're lucky you have 5 kiddies + DH + your own ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 21, 2012, 02:58:16 pm
I need to join this group and I usually start my attempt to lose weight at the beginning of each month or so. Right now I'm not quite motivated and it's soooo hard in winter....boohoo
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 21, 2012, 09:22:10 pm
Did you want me to add you to the list Tasty? At least you will have all our support :)
 
Well today is a new day, no more cake for me :)
Next birthday is on the 16 of July, so I will be good till then.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 21, 2012, 09:25:42 pm
mandi you remember  when you wrote this

I think I will be known as the member who posts the most unhealthy recipes though

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 21, 2012, 09:39:33 pm
Everything in moderation :). You can't be too good!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 22, 2012, 12:12:23 am
mandi you remember  when you wrote this

I think I will be known as the member who posts the most unhealthy recipes though

Yes I do fundj :D
Unhealthy recipes are easy to convert lol. An everyone (well most) love unhealthy recipes :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on June 22, 2012, 01:46:07 am
Dede, do you  have stairs in your house?

If so go up & down them for 15 mins working up to find 30.

H
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 22, 2012, 02:06:33 am
No :(
I have an attic ladder but I don't think that's a good idea.
I do have an exercise bike, a stepper and a add roller thing. Just got to blow off the dust :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 22, 2012, 02:12:41 am
Has anyone else ever wondered why cake and chocolate had to be the unhealthy foods? :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 22, 2012, 02:50:44 am
I only lost 100 grams this week :( And I did so much exercise! Time to count the WW points I think! GRRRR
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 22, 2012, 03:43:18 am
I only lost 100 grams this week :( And I did so much exercise! Time to count the WW points I think! GRRRR

It's disappointing when you work so hard without the rewards at the end. But 100g loss is better that a gain.
Hopefully next week will be better for you :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tan on June 22, 2012, 05:43:30 am
all losses add up  - it takes more than one week to make positive changes keep going - dont give up !!  :)

i have been tracking EVERYTHING that i have put in mouth the last few days with the WW app.
it certainly makes you think first and lea towrads better food choices.

 :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 22, 2012, 06:10:24 am
That's for sure Tan, I find that I will check first before I put it in my mouth just incase lol. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on June 22, 2012, 06:12:53 am
i would love to join in, I have quite a bit of weight to loose, since Feb this year I have lost 9kg fallen of the wagon a few time, but dusted my self off and got back on, I joined curves a few months ago and that is helping, getting me moving more.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 22, 2012, 06:20:55 am
Jeninwa  thats great, I will add you to the list then. Just keep us updated on your progress and I can add it to the first post :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on June 22, 2012, 09:49:21 am
Well done jeninwa. The most important thing is to get going again after falling off the wagon.

I think I had better join in this too. With Dd on holidays we keep going out for coffee and cake. I could resist but I don't. Since I lost 30kg several years ago I have put about 6kg back on. I just need that boost to do it. I will join in dede and try not to be naughty. It would be good to lose some of it before I put it back on over the retreat weekend.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 22, 2012, 09:52:48 am
Cookie that's great. Will add you to the list.
Wow 30kg lost. That's an amazing amount. Well done.
How did you loose your weight before?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 22, 2012, 12:50:24 pm
If you're happy to share your story cookie, I would also love to hear it :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 23, 2012, 02:42:48 am
So far so good with 800g loss, will officially weigh in on Wednesday  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on June 23, 2012, 03:32:06 am
Well done Dede,

Hiws the exercise gear, nicee & shiny ready to goooooo
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 23, 2012, 06:17:03 am
So far so good with 800g loss, will officially weigh in on Wednesday  ;D

You're not weighing yourself everyday are you Mandi?

Remember there are a lot of things in the body that can affect the number on the scales, so don't get too disheartened if it fluctuates a bit. Water is a prime culprit for making your weight go up and down :P
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 23, 2012, 08:11:26 am
No I'm not weighing my self every day Amy, I know my weight can change from one day to another. I just jumped on the scales today to see if the cake had made any difference :)
I won't weigh myself again now till Wednesday.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 23, 2012, 08:12:49 am
Oh and Halex the exercise bike got a work out yesterday for 20 minutes :)
Never thought to use my iPad while on the excersise bike :) will do that next time :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 23, 2012, 08:15:59 am
Thats good :) I know how deflating it can be when you're trying really hard to lose weight and it doesn't change on the scales. I actually cried a few times when that happened to me on my weight loss journey :(

My weigh-day is Sunday. I just check to make sure I'm not creeping back up ;)

Glad to hear your getting into the exercise too Mandi :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 24, 2012, 12:40:44 am
Is it too late to join in the challenge dede?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 01:25:09 am
Never too late Michelle. That would be great to have you join in too :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 01:31:19 am
So far we have

Dede
Stacelee
CreamPuff
Cooking-good-looking
Tan
Jeninwa
Cookie1
Mcmich

Anyone else like to join in?
Keep us updated on your progress weather good or bad. We all here to support each other.

I'm going well so far. Eating much better (except for a bit of cake but that's ok)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on June 24, 2012, 04:04:41 am
I'm more than happy to share my story, while admitting that I have put back 6 kg. I am short and weighed a heck of a lot. It wasn't affecting my health and I had tried WW and lots of other things and I never kept the weight off. I am still not my ideal weight but I am happy as I am, which is still chubby, but a  lot better than before.
When the first CSIRO book came out a friend had just paid over $700 to eat seeds. I decided then that I would do it for less than that. I bought the book and we followed the plan religiously for the set 12 weeks. It made shopping easy and cooking easy as it was all planned. The 3 of us did it. I didn't tell anyone else other than DH and DD. At the end of this time I had lost about 7 or 8 kg. I was inspired. I then went on to follow the plan roughly in my day to day eating. I have high fibre cereal and juice for breakfast. Fruit for a morning snack, small amount of protein and heaps of salad for lunch with 2 slices of bread. Dinner is protein and lots of vegies. Mid afternoon snack is fruit. I have yoghurt for sweets.
Of course I now have the odd slice of cake and as I have put on 6kg it is more than the 'odd slice.' I have kept most of this weight off for about 4 or 5 years. I'm always scared of relapsing into my old habits of eating everything that is not nailed down.
It is ever so hard to lose weight and ever so easy to put it on.


Hope I didn't bore you to death. DON'T go and have a muffin. ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 24, 2012, 04:31:50 am
You have done really well Cookie and thank you for sharing your story with us - not at all boring to hear success stories.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 04:49:53 am
Yo have done extremely well Cookie to loose it and keep most of it off. That's the biggest challenge is to keep it off. We have all been there and done that. Loose weight without to much effort, then put it all on plus more without even realizing.
My plan is to loose it and keep it off :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 04:54:04 am
Thank you for sharing, cookie :-* I'll never get bored of the stories from anyone on this forum, not even Robyn and her lemon tree! :D

That CSIRO eating plan sounds like it is actually quite balanced. Is it something you think you could maintain for life if you could get rid of that "eat everything thats not nailed down" habit?

$700 for seeds... :o :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on June 24, 2012, 07:44:57 am
I follow the CSIRO plan all the time now Amy. It has become part of my life. I still wonder around Christmas or birthdays if I'll get back onto it but I have for the last 4-5 years so hopefully it will stick. I could so very easily move back to eating everything again. But then I remember that I can now buy clothes in Myer and Suzanne Grae (my favourite shop).
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 24, 2012, 08:34:42 am
I'm just on the border of normal clothing again, I'm a size 16 in big w and a 16/18 in target.  I haven't tried Myers etc yet because I'm hoping to get more weight off so don't want to spend a lot on clothes....I also still have heaps stashed in the cupboard that were way too small that fitted (17 years ago :()
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 08:55:32 am
I could so very easily move back to eating everything again. But then I remember that I can now buy clothes in Myer and Suzanne Grae (my favourite shop).

That is big motivation ;)

My motivation is that I want to have a healthy body to be able to carry children and give them the best start in life I can. I have quite a while to work on that though lol :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 24, 2012, 10:22:49 am
OK, someone has to ask  :-))  - how old are you Amy?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 24, 2012, 10:25:52 am
Cookie, that's a great story and well done on keeping the majority of the weight off for ago long.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 11:21:30 am
OK, someone has to ask  :-))  - how old are you Amy?

I don't think you'd believe me if I told you Judy... :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 11:23:43 am
Now I'm curious too. Can we guess. I reckon early 20s
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on June 24, 2012, 11:24:45 am
My guess is 19  :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 11:30:45 am
Nope and nope :-)) Do you want to guess again or should I just tell you?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 11:32:52 am
Late 20s .
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 24, 2012, 11:35:26 am
16
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 24, 2012, 11:37:06 am
30?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 11:43:57 am
What would the reaction be if I told you that I'm 17 years old?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 11:46:25 am
Really? Really really?
Your the same age as me oldest (ok he's 16, 17 in December ) wow.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 11:47:26 am
Yeah....

 :-[

Am I still allowed on the forum?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 24, 2012, 11:48:58 am
Yes but why would you want to talk to us old farts  :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 11:49:51 am
Of course you are Amy. Doesn't matter your age, sex, race, religion or where you were born or live. We all one big happy family :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 11:50:25 am
Yes but why would you want to talk to us old farts  :D :D

Who you calling an old Fart Judy? Lol :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 11:52:02 am
Yes but why would you want to talk to us old farts  :D :D

 :D :D :D

Because kids my age are generally immature, self-absorbed, have no respect for anything and have no personality?

Phew... I've actually been worried that my age would come up eventually and I was worried that you guys wouldn't like me anymore if you knew how old (young) I am :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 11:58:04 am
Well Amy I think officially you are the youngest member. Someone has to be the youngest and that just happens to be you.

So who is the oldest? Or is that rude to ask :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 24, 2012, 12:05:35 pm
Amy keep posting away, you seem to be an extremely articulate and caring 17 year old we obviously had no idea how old you were. I hope you aren't put off posting.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 24, 2012, 12:08:14 pm
Keep on talking and cooking Amy, age is no barrier here.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on June 24, 2012, 12:10:58 pm
Amy the thing I love about the forum is that is made up off people of all ages, who live in different places throughout the world, have different lives and occupations etc, but we all share a love of food and a love of our Thermomix!   You fit in perfectly  ;D
Please keep posting
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 12:15:00 pm
Thanks sooooo much ladies ;D *massive sigh of relief*

Well Amy I think officially you are the youngest member. Someone has to be the youngest and that just happens to be you.

So who is the oldest? Or is that rude to ask :D

Thats an achievement I can hang on my wall with pride Mandi ;)

It would be interesting to know... :-))

By the way Mandi, I seemed to have hijacked your thread :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 12:16:11 pm
Hey we all have done that from time to time Amy, we kind of go off subject on a regular basis :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 24, 2012, 12:20:30 pm
Really? Really really?
Your the same age as me oldest (ok he's 16, 17 in December ) wow.
I thought you were going to setup a blind date Dede :D :D :D :D

Agree with the others Amy,age is no barrier on here,keep chatting ;) ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 12:23:31 pm
Great idea CC, at least I know Amy can cook :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 12:25:57 pm
LOL ;D

Oh you guys crack me up :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on June 24, 2012, 12:36:25 pm
Amy for a 17 year old you sound very mature and we love having you here. May I ask how you came across the TMX and that you do lots of cooking.
I think there must be some people that are very proud of you. Please keep up the posting, you sound like you have a great sense of humour.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 12:45:24 pm
Amy for a 17 year old you sound very mature and we love having you here. May I ask how you came across the TMX and that you do lots of cooking.
I think there must be some people that are very proud of you. Please keep up the posting, you sound like you have a great sense of humour.

Thanks cookie :-* My mum bought our thermomix when I was about 11. I've always been interested in cooking and baking so I watched her all the time and picked up a lot of techniques and recipes. I've cooked all the meals in this house since I was 13. Mum cooks one occasionally, but I'm usually hanging around helping out.
As for the reasons why, its a long story. I would love to share it with you because I feel very comfortable on the forum and I know you are all my friends. I'd just be worried that it would bore you :-))

Aw shucks... I'm getting warm fuzzies now :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 24, 2012, 01:20:56 pm
Count me in, if you are willing to have me.  I know that my weight is just on the cusp of healthy for my age and height. my desire to lose weight is purely vanity. That and as an endurance athlete the lighter I am the faster I go.

I used to weigh about 95kgs and lost a little over 25kgs. Over the last 12 months my eating has degenerated back toward my old habits and I have gained about 7-8 kg. I have manged to lose 5 kg then fell of the wagon again and put 3 kgs back on.

I struggle with sugar. I have a serious addiction to it. Also I love good food generally and I am not good at having only a little.

Dennis

Oh and by the way. Amy you are a very well adjusted teenager and give hope for the future.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 24, 2012, 01:29:44 pm
Amy you are a very well adjusted teenager and give hope for the future.

Thanks Dashingden :) And thanks for also pulling the thread back to the weight loss challenge! ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 24, 2012, 02:39:11 pm
Funnily enough Amy I thought you were young perhaps 3-4 weeks ago when you mentioned something along the lines you were starving. I felt it in my waters then. If you live in Perth or whatever, I would love to have you over for morning/arvo tea on the weekend and perhaps dinner on a week night if you wanted. It would be a pleasure  :D Even if you lived in the country, I would be happy for you to come and stay the weekend (now that a couple of little birdies have flown the nest) and we can have a cook up.

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on June 24, 2012, 06:27:27 pm
Amy i hope my kids are as well adjusted as you when they grow up.. Still babies for the moment...your family must be proud :)

Re diets i dislike them... Lol

The french way of eating works which is pretty much what jd mentioned... Breakfast thy say healthy bread with either butter, jam etc.. Yes your allowed and pref whole fruit as it takes more to digest plus the fibre and a yoghurt

Lunch is generlly free range within reason ie a meat starch and vegies

Dinner is the key ie mainly veg, never starch of any kind and maybe twice a week chicken or fish but limit it

However not to deprive yourself.. If you want something have it but limit the portion...

Oh and never mix starches ie if you have potato in a dish then no pasa o rice or bread with it

Oh and every meal portion size and drink lots of water.. I followed this after my son was born and lost 18 kgs very easily doing no extra exercise oth than general running around doing errands etc...

Am now on a similar healthy eating plan so will see how i go... However have cut alot of sugar out, practically all in support of dh...doing it in my own time though with everything going on..

Ps i dont succeed all the time with the french way of eting actually not at all unless i put my mind to it as thry make dishes look so pretty and taste divine that i have no hope... 😁
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 09:18:15 pm
Count me in, if you are willing to have me.  I know that my weight is just on the cusp of healthy for my age and height. my desire to lose weight is purely vanity. That and as an endurance athlete the lighter I am the faster I go.

I used to weigh about 95kgs and lost a little over 25kgs. Over the last 12 months my eating has degenerated back toward my old habits and I have gained about 7-8 kg. I have manged to lose 5 kg then fell of the wagon again and put 3 kgs back on.

I struggle with sugar. I have a serious addiction to it. Also I love good food generally and I am not good at having only a little.

Dennis

Oh and by the way. Amy you are a very well adjusted teenager and give hope for the future.

Yes Dash we definitely will add you on the list.
You certainly have lost a lot of weight too :o well done.
We have a good list of people now on the challenge :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 24, 2012, 11:54:34 pm
Watch who you are calling an old farts ;p....I'm a middle aged fart!

Amy you are welcome here.  It's great to see someone of your age cooking.  My teenagers think the magic brownies in the kitchen buy and make the food (most of the time...they do occasionally cook)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on June 25, 2012, 12:00:43 am
Dash,

I don't know if this would help with the sugar but I find it helps me to have beef jerky sitting around that if I'm really craving something I go and grab some to gnaw on.  I also portion up home made dried apple into approximately one apple packs.  It takes me longer to eat than a normal apple and tastes sweeter, I also do it with kiwi fruit. My other standby are the flavored teas from t2, the choc chip chai and oolong choc chai are my saviours when I need chocolate.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 12:13:13 am
I have a thing for peanuts at the moment. I measure out 50g and munch on them of a night time yummy :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 25, 2012, 12:35:22 am
Funnily enough Amy I thought you were young perhaps 3-4 weeks ago when you mentioned something along the lines you were starving. I felt it in my waters then. If you live in Perth or whatever, I would love to have you over for morning/arvo tea on the weekend and perhaps dinner on a week night if you wanted. It would be a pleasure  :D Even if you lived in the country, I would be happy for you to come and stay the weekend (now that a couple of little birdies have flown the nest) and we can have a cook up.

Is that what they call mother's intuition CP? ;)
You'd really be happy for me to stay a weekend with you? :o

Thanks Kim :)
I was surprised to read how healthy the French diet is. For some reason I thought it was generally quite a fatty diet :P

It's great to see someone of your age cooking.  My teenagers think the magic brownies in the kitchen buy and make the food (most of the time...they do occasionally cook)

LOL a lot of teenagers seem to think there's some food fairy or something that makes food appear in the pantry :-)) Food is unlikely to appear in our pantry unless I make it or write it on the shopping list. But thats good because it means I choose and make healthy things. I've done a lot of research on nutrition and I have a couple of friends who are dietitians, so I like to think I've got a good handle on how to create a balanced diet for my family ;)

Dash, have you tried chewing sugarfree gum? Its gives you the sweet taste without the calories ;D

I have a thing for peanuts at the moment. I measure out 50g and munch on them of a night time yummy :)

Peanuts are a good source of several B group vitamins and vitamin E ;) And they're yummy! :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 01:02:52 am
Glad to hear that Amy, thought you was going to say DON'T EAT PEANUTS cause you will explode :D or something similar.
Now Amy you said you have lost quiet a bit of weight, how old was you when you decided to change your life style of eating?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 25, 2012, 01:08:25 am
Glad to hear that Amy, thought you was going to say DON'T EAT PEANUTS cause you will explode :D or something similar.
Now Amy you said you have lost quiet a bit of weight, how old was you when you decided to change your life style of eating?

I would never say that Mandi :D If you said you were eating chocolate, I would say "go ahead, have a little bit because it releases endorphins in the brain which make you feel good". There are positives about every food, its just about balancing them right ;) ;)

I was 15. I had a spinal injury for 9 months and put on a lot of weight because I couldn't exercise. After my surgery, I was so depressed and miserable with myself and my body that I had to do something. Especially being 15, surrounded by skinny girls wearing make-up and pretty clothes and having fun. I was just a fat, miserable blob :'(
So I started exercising, I started saying "no" to the second slices of cake, and I made myself eat vegetables. Lots of vegetables ;)

So I've lost over 20kg now, and I still can't believe it :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 01:47:54 am
That is an amazing effort for someone so young. Well done Amy is all I can say. You might be only young but you have a lot of life experiences already under your belt :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 25, 2012, 01:49:11 am
Thats amazing Amy, well done for recognizing what needed to be one and getting out and doing it. You sound like you have quite a number of inspiring stories, we could al probably learn a thing or two from you.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on June 25, 2012, 03:15:11 am
Amy, you can come & visit us,we take children up to 18, LOL

 :)

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 25, 2012, 03:30:45 am
Glad to hear that Amy, thought you was going to say DON'T EAT PEANUTS cause you will explode :D or something similar.
Now Amy you said you have lost quiet a bit of weight, how old was you when you decided to change your life style of eating?

I would never say that Mandi :D If you said you were eating chocolate, I would say "go ahead, have a little bit because it releases endorphins in the brain which make you feel good". There are positives about every food, its just about balancing them right ;) ;)

I was 15. I had a spinal injury for 9 months and put on a lot of weight because I couldn't exercise. After my surgery, I was so depressed and miserable with myself and my body that I had to do something. Especially being 15, surrounded by skinny girls wearing make-up and pretty clothes and having fun. I was just a fat, miserable blob :'(
So I started exercising, I started saying "no" to the second slices of cake, and I made myself eat vegetables. Lots of vegetables ;)

So I've lost over 20kg now, and I still can't believe it :o

Hi Amy,
I just have to comment on this as I am in exactly the same position- I had a spinal injury too- follwed by spinal fusion of l5 S1. I am now 4 months or so post-op and LOVING being able to walk for longer distances again and swim swim swim! Swimming my new addiction. I am about 10kgs heavier than what I want to be as a result of having a baby, a horrible back and then surgery! My Thermie was actually my post surgery present to myself! :) Loving life now- hope that your experience is a positive one too with your surgery.
CGL
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 25, 2012, 04:32:36 am
I have a thing for peanuts at the moment. I measure out 50g and munch on them of a night time yummy :)

Dede be careful  with nuts they are very energy dense. I love cashews, peanuts and nut butter. Nuts are a very good source of good fat but fat is also very calorie dense. Many people mistakenly believe nuts are a good source of protein, they are not. I think this misconception comes from the old food pyramid which should nuts with meats etc.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 25, 2012, 04:44:43 am
Thanks Mandi and Wonder :D Would you believe me if I said that I feel a lot older than I actually am? :P

LOL Hally I would love to come and visit you in your beautiful house ;D

CGL, I really think we should get together! Its so hard to talk about spinal injuries to someone who hasn't had one, and you sound like you're on the exact same page as me. That feeling of finally being able to walk again after being crippled for so long is just.... well, words can't describe it. Its like magic :)
I'm really glad to hear that you treated youself to such a worthwhile present after your surgery, and I hope you keep getting better and better :-*

I have a thing for peanuts at the moment. I measure out 50g and munch on them of a night time yummy :)

Dede be careful  with nuts they are very energy dense. I love cashews, peanuts and nut butter. Nuts are a very good source of good fat but fat is also very calorie dense. Many people mistakenly believe nuts are a good source of protein, they are not. I think this misconception comes from the old food pyramid which should nuts with meats etc.


Its true that nuts are energy dense Dennis, but 30-60g of raw, unsalted nuts has been proven to have positive effects for weight loss. They are also nutrient dense as well as being energy dense. And almonds in particular are actually a very good source of protein.

 :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 05:09:05 am
Thanks Dash and Amy, I have been weighing out 50g and munching on those. It's only a hand full but they last awhile.
I guess like everything in moderation is ok. :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 25, 2012, 05:13:06 am


Its true that nuts are energy dense Dennis, but 30-60g of raw, unsalted nuts has been proven to have positive effects for weight loss. They are also nutrient dense as well as being energy dense. And almonds in particular are actually a very good source of protein.

 :)
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Nuts are a great nutrient source Amy. I was just highlighting that due to the energy density it is easy to accidentally eat more calories than you might intend too. I know my wife and I have both been caught out eating nuts and dried fruit thinking of it as healthy snack only to later realise that we were eating as many calories as a glazed doughnut because of the quantity we ate and the amount of energy they contained.

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 25, 2012, 05:14:44 am

I guess like everything in moderation is ok. :D

Even moderation should be taken in moderation.  Every once in a while it is ok to have a little spurge.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 25, 2012, 05:17:41 am

I was 15. I had a spinal injury for 9 months and put on a lot of weight because I couldn't exercise. After my surgery, I was so depressed and miserable with myself and my body that I had to do something. Especially being 15, surrounded by skinny girls wearing make-up and pretty clothes and having fun. I was just a fat, miserable blob :'(
So I started exercising, I started saying "no" to the second slices of cake, and I made myself eat vegetables. Lots of vegetables ;)

So I've lost over 20kg now, and I still can't believe it :o

It is great to hear stories of people, especially young people, taking the initiative that you have and not wallowing in self pity.

What type of exercising do you do?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 05:23:49 am
With the nuts I am using a calorie counter app and only having some as a snack of a night when I know I still have enough calories left in my allowance to have some. Do you think that is ok? I really do love peanuts :)
Maybe I should only have some once or twice a week?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 25, 2012, 05:33:36 am
Thanks Dash and Amy, I have been weighing out 50g and munching on those. It's only a hand full but they last awhile.
I guess like everything in moderation is ok. :D

Even chocolate :D :D :D


I was 15. I had a spinal injury for 9 months and put on a lot of weight because I couldn't exercise. After my surgery, I was so depressed and miserable with myself and my body that I had to do something. Especially being 15, surrounded by skinny girls wearing make-up and pretty clothes and having fun. I was just a fat, miserable blob :'(
So I started exercising, I started saying "no" to the second slices of cake, and I made myself eat vegetables. Lots of vegetables ;)

So I've lost over 20kg now, and I still can't believe it :o

It is great to hear stories of people, especially young people, taking the initiative that you have and not wallowing in self pity.

What type of exercising do you do?

Thanks Dennis :) I can honestly and proudly say that I have never been a wallower in self-pity. Life throws you crap sometimes and you just have to deal with it :-))

I love all types of exercise. I think it comes from being unable to do anything for so long, not even walk on some days, that I found a new appreciation for what the human body can do. Now I walk, run, do weights training, use the cardio machines at the gym, do gym classes or make up my own circuits. I love interval and agility training. When the weather gets warmer I'd like to get back into swimming as well ;D

With the nuts I am using a calorie counter app and only having some as a snack of a night when I know I still have enough calories left in my allowance to have some. Do you think that is ok? I really do love peanuts :)
Maybe I should only have some once or twice a week?

Mandi, even though nuts are energy dense they are really good for you. Keep eating them, but maybe reduce it a little bit to 30g instead of 50g. Every day is fine as long as you watch the portion size ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 25, 2012, 05:57:31 am
Mandi, would you feel better if I told you that I eat nuts every day, and have done all through my weight loss? I even had a few binges on pistachios and I still lost weight :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 06:15:38 am
Oh I'm glad to hear that Amy. I don't want 1 thing that I eat to be the thing that stops me loosing the weight :)
Will reduce to 30g snack thanks :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 25, 2012, 06:25:57 am
Amy, no wonder you feel older than your years! You certainly seem to have had an interesting life so far and the more you share the more interested I am to hear, you also have a fantastic attitude for someone so young. I'm sure you will be a success at whatever you put your mind to.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 25, 2012, 07:33:27 am
Oh I'm glad to hear that Amy. I don't want 1 thing that I eat to be the thing that stops me loosing the weight :)

Its easy to become scared of foods when you read some of the stuff in magazines or hear about all these supposed "miracle" diets. I know a lady who is so sucked into one of these diets that she won't eat carrots because she says there is too much sugar in them :-))

I think one of the most important things to remember is that you are in control. You decide what you eat, when you eat it and how much of it you eat. You have the power over the food, not the other way around. I'll confess that once I actually bought a chocolate bar, smashed it up, ran water all over it and then threw it in the bin just to prove to myself that I had control ;)

Amy, no wonder you feel older than your years! You certainly seem to have had an interesting life so far and the more you share the more interested I am to hear, you also have a fantastic attitude for someone so young. I'm sure you will be a success at whatever you put your mind to.

Thanks Wonder :D People often say to me, "you have your whole life ahead of you." And I often feel like saying, "so what do you call everything I've done so far?" :-))
You're probably right when you say that I've had an interesting life Wonder. I don't talk about it much because I know that people my age get criticised a lot for being so focused on themselves. I've mentioned things to people in the past and they either say something to make it seem like a competition or they tell me what I should have done :(
I just remind myself that I've only ever done my best with the knowledge and resources I had at the time :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 25, 2012, 07:56:17 am
With the nuts I am using a calorie counter app and only having some as a snack of a night when I know I still have enough calories left in my allowance to have some. Do you think that is ok? I really do love peanuts :)
Maybe I should only have some once or twice a week?

What you are doing sounds fine Dede.  I only meant to highlight the trap that I fell into thinking I was having a healthy snack but under estimating the amount of calories I was eating.  If you are weighing the nuts and subtracting the calories from your daily allowance then you shouldn't go wrong.

When DW and I started counting our calories using myfitnesspal we were both gobsmacked at the caloric value of some foods.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 08:15:36 am
Yes I know what you mean. Last night I had 2 lamb chops and was supposed at the calories and fat content :o even though they were little and I cut off the fat. To count calories is a good exersize just to educate myself how many calories in different things.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 25, 2012, 08:19:42 am
Hi Dede, would love to join in.  My motivation is to get fitter, so want to focus on exercise rather than diet, but I'm sure the weight will come off when I start moving more.  I'm back at my pre-pregnancy weight but now want to lose the extra 10kgs that have crepted on over the years.  

I'm still breastfeeding so don't want to restrict my calorie intake, however I'm sure chocolate cake at 2am is not good for weight loss.

Ideas for exercise at home would be welcomed.  I have 2 kids nearly 2 year old and 8 months, so I'm restricted to what I can do.  Very hard to go walking at home as there are no footpaths in my area and don't want to walk on the road with 2 little ones.  I really want to focus on getting rid of the post baby jelly belly.

Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 08:53:10 am
Keriamax we would love for you to join in. If this thread helps us get healthier and loose some extra weight then we couldn't ask for anything better :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 09:04:12 am
Wow there are 11 of us now joined in on the challenge :D

Dede
Stacelee
Cream Puff
Cooking-good-looking
Tan
Jeninwa
Cookie1
Mcmich
Dashingden
Keriamax
Tasty

No rules, follow what ever plan you want to follow that works for you.
Keep us updated on your progress even if not positive so we can help each other out :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 25, 2012, 09:38:15 am
Ok I've decided I might join in too. I would like to lose 15kg's ideally but I'll be realistic and try for 5kg by the end of October when I will be holidaying in Bali.

I'm trying to incorporate more veges in my diet and trying new recipes from Quirky Jo's site.

Now if only someone could suggest some appealing healthy snacks....

Keiramax - You might like to try the busy mum's fitness club https://www.busymumsfitnessclub.com/ which I have restarted again today. It's free to sign up and you choose your level and it tells you what exercise to do each day. There are little videos about 10 minutes each and I find them great to do at home.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 09:52:36 am
Yay Tasty welcome to the challenge. Ideally I would love to get down to 63kg. That's what I weighed after I had DD 12. But to be any where in the 60 -70kg would make me really happy. :)
I will add you to the list :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 25, 2012, 12:10:21 pm
Thanks Mandi and Wonder :D Would you believe me if I said that I feel a lot older than I actually am? :P

LOL Hally I would love to come and visit you in your beautiful house ;D

CGL, I really think we should get together! Its so hard to talk about spinal injuries to someone who hasn't had one, and you sound like you're on the exact same page as me. That feeling of finally being able to walk again after being crippled for so long is just.... well, words can't describe it. Its like magic :)
I'm really glad to hear that you treated youself to such a worthwhile present after your surgery, and I hope you keep getting better and better :-*

I have a thing for peanuts at the moment. I measure out 50g and munch on them of a night time yummy :)

Dede be careful  with nuts they are very energy dense. I love cashews, peanuts and nut butter. Nuts are a very good source of good fat but fat is also very calorie dense. Many people mistakenly believe nuts are a good source of protein, they are not. I think this misconception comes from the old food pyramid which should nuts with meats etc.


Its true that nuts are energy dense Dennis, but 30-60g of raw, unsalted nuts has been proven to have positive effects for weight loss. They are also nutrient dense as well as being energy dense. And almonds in particular are actually a very good source of protein.

 :)

Sorry I dont know how to take out only the quote bit that relates to me... Amy the first day that I was able to walk 20 minutes after my operation I took myself to a picturesque place that I used to LOVE walking at. I turned my music up so loud and walked, and cried, and walked and cried. You really do appreciate the function of your body once it has been taken from you. How long ago was your surgery? Do you think that you are back to full function as you were pre-injury? I still get twinges up my spine. Mostly I feel tight above the level I had fused. I am hoping this too passes! :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 25, 2012, 12:25:17 pm
CGL and Amy it sounds like you have both been through a lot. And your right it's hard to imagine not being able to walk, and how wonderful it would be to walk again.
I know when I was in plaster for 7 week it was horrible and I just couldn't wait to get that darn plaster off and walk on two feet again. When the plaster came off it was wonderful :) and that is nothing compared to what you girls have been through.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 25, 2012, 01:03:44 pm
Sorry I dont know how to take out only the quote bit that relates to me... Amy the first day that I was able to walk 20 minutes after my operation I took myself to a picturesque place that I used to LOVE walking at. I turned my music up so loud and walked, and cried, and walked and cried. You really do appreciate the function of your body once it has been taken from you. How long ago was your surgery? Do you think that you are back to full function as you were pre-injury? I still get twinges up my spine. Mostly I feel tight above the level I had fused. I am hoping this too passes! :)

CGL I remember the first night I got home after my operation, and I slept in my own bed. Before my operation, I had spent most nights sitting awake in a chair, just dozing if I could, because the pain was so bad I couldn't lie down, and if I tried, I needed help getting back up and the pain was excruciating. But I got home from Perth after my operation and I lay in my own bed with my favourite teddy and I cried. It was one of the best moments of my life, just to not be in pain.
I injured my spine on the 13th of August 2009 and my surgery was on the 11th of May 2010. I remember the day of my surgery very well. I was at the stage of not caring whether I lived or died because the pain was that bad. And then I woke up after the surgery OFF MY FACE on pethidine ;D ;D
I have nerve damage to the nerve that runs down my left leg, so I sometimes get that twinge down there. I have worked hard to strengthen my back, but it aches in cold weather and I get very stiff sometimes. It also aches if I sit for long periods or in hard chairs. 
These are things that I will have to live with, but they are nothing compared to the pain I was in before. The whole experience inspired me to make the most of my body, so in terms of my fitness, I am a lot better than I was pre-injury. So it has positives as well as negatives ;)
I hope your twinges pass, but mine haven't after two years so I'd be very jealous if yours do lol!
Take care CGL :-*

CGL and Amy it sounds like you have both been through a lot. And your right it's hard to imagine not being able to walk, and how wonderful it would be to walk again.
I know when I was in plaster for 7 week it was horrible and I just couldn't wait to get that darn plaster off and walk on two feet again. When the plaster came off it was wonderful :) and that is nothing compared to what you girls have been through.

Mandi, I saw that photo of your hairy legs after the 7 weeks and that looked like a highly traumatic event to me! ;D
In all seriousness though, don't say your injury was nothing because it was something, and it was yours and you had to deal with it. You felt the pain, you were uncomfortable, you had to put up with lugging the horrid plaster around. You did it and you got through it. Be proud of yourself woman! :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 25, 2012, 01:37:20 pm
Amy i believe you when you say you  didnt care   if you  lived or died, i have been there and its not a nice place to be.

i never what to put frank and the kids through  that ever agian.

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 25, 2012, 01:51:43 pm
Uni, I've missed you for a couple of days! Hello my dear friend :-*
I'm so sorry to hear that you've been to that place too, its so horrible and dark and lonely that I would not wish it on anyone :( I hope you have recovered from whatever sent you there.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on June 25, 2012, 05:04:37 pm
Amy just to nswer your comment re my comment lol.. Alot of french food is fatty ad thy like full fat a la natural but their success with weight is not eating those types of food all the time and when they do in very moderte portions..They dont blieve in depriving themselves however..  Little bit of something bad in the end is good 😁

I wish you all well in your weight loss endeavours... Dh and i are on a strict eating plan and he is losing twice as fast as me grrrrrrr ...but im still losing so i guess its ok

As far as hardships or health problems i believe although difficult it makes you a better person... Ive been in continuous pain for months on end some ten years ago now and not knowing what was wrong at the time then spent 18 mths on meds.. No urgery though nd i think the fear of not knowing and being unable to walk or take care of yourself longterm would e horrible...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 26, 2012, 12:32:02 am
Amy just to nswer your comment re my comment lol.. Alot of french food is fatty ad thy like full fat a la natural but their success with weight is not eating those types of food all the time and when they do in very moderte portions..They dont blieve in depriving themselves however..  Little bit of something bad in the end is good

Thanks Kim :) I was wondering whether you would see my comment among all the other stuff :-))
It sounds like a very sensible diet that the French follow. Do they really eat snails and frogs legs though? :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 26, 2012, 02:00:49 am
Well I'm back on track after the weekend. Talking about french food, we went to a french restaurant and I could have stopped at entree only it was a 3 course deal thingy. Walked out of the place like I was 9 months pregnant even though DD and I hardly touched our mains, and so unconfortable that I found it hard to lie down even. Everyone else felt the same, and we all vowed to lose weight from hereon. Have been having soup and smoothies mainly, taking my vitamins, and had osso bucco last night. Will try and avoid having bad snacks and cut down wine, and having some healthier alternatives on hand. DH has flown out this morning and has had a weight loss bet with the neighbour, and DD has started back into her exercise routine. I hate exercise and want to go down the portion control track, but I spose I will have to do something  :'(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 26, 2012, 02:03:35 am
Sorry I dont know how to take out only the quote bit that relates to me... Amy the first day that I was able to walk 20 minutes after my operation I took myself to a picturesque place that I used to LOVE walking at. I turned my music up so loud and walked, and cried, and walked and cried. You really do appreciate the function of your body once it has been taken from you. How long ago was your surgery? Do you think that you are back to full function as you were pre-injury? I still get twinges up my spine. Mostly I feel tight above the level I had fused. I am hoping this too passes! :)

CGL I remember the first night I got home after my operation, and I slept in my own bed. Before my operation, I had spent most nights sitting awake in a chair, just dozing if I could, because the pain was so bad I couldn't lie down, and if I tried, I needed help getting back up and the pain was excruciating. But I got home from Perth after my operation and I lay in my own bed with my favourite teddy and I cried. It was one of the best moments of my life, just to not be in pain.
I injured my spine on the 13th of August 2009 and my surgery was on the 11th of May 2010. I remember the day of my surgery very well. I was at the stage of not caring whether I lived or died because the pain was that bad. And then I woke up after the surgery OFF MY FACE on pethidine ;D ;D
I have nerve damage to the nerve that runs down my left leg, so I sometimes get that twinge down there. I have worked hard to strengthen my back, but it aches in cold weather and I get very stiff sometimes. It also aches if I sit for long periods or in hard chairs. 
These are things that I will have to live with, but they are nothing compared to the pain I was in before. The whole experience inspired me to make the most of my body, so in terms of my fitness, I am a lot better than I was pre-injury. So it has positives as well as negatives ;)
I hope your twinges pass, but mine haven't after two years so I'd be very jealous if yours do lol!
Take care CGL :-*

CGL and Amy it sounds like you have both been through a lot. And your right it's hard to imagine not being able to walk, and how wonderful it would be to walk again.
I know when I was in plaster for 7 week it was horrible and I just couldn't wait to get that darn plaster off and walk on two feet again. When the plaster came off it was wonderful :) and that is nothing compared to what you girls have been through.

Mandi, I saw that photo of your hairy legs after the 7 weeks and that looked like a highly traumatic event to me! ;D
In all seriousness though, don't say your injury was nothing because it was something, and it was yours and you had to deal with it. You felt the pain, you were uncomfortable, you had to put up with lugging the horrid plaster around. You did it and you got through it. Be proud of yourself woman! :D :D :D

My pain commenced in Sept of 2009... I had the surgery this year due to misdiagnosis and pregnancy. I only got the diagnosis exactly in Nov 2011. Was a long long time of not knowing what was causing the pain, and a longer time being very debilitated with a new baby. I am so excited to say I am on the other side of that now. I agree the after surgery is so much more manageable than during the injury pain. I feel I lost two of the best years of my life and had the joy of the first baby overshadowed by pain but I agree you really do look at the positives! I am letting go of the anger and bitterness of being stuck inside a body that you don't recognize for over 2 long years! If it wasnt for my little girl, I def would have given up a long time ago. Thanks for sharing :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 26, 2012, 02:53:59 am
I'm seriously considering participating in the Dry July campaign so that might aid in dropping a few kgs. I'm a little undecided as I'm really not sure I have the willpower to survive a full month with no alchol :-\
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 26, 2012, 04:50:00 am
I am being really good the last 2 days and resisiting eating chocolate.

I also did a 12 minute cardio boxing workout at home yesterday and today I can really feel it in my thighs. I hope I stay motivated to keep this up as I also need to get fitter.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 26, 2012, 05:00:07 am
That's great Tasty, do you do the boxing on a Wii?
I have been super good too. No chocolate for almost a week now :o
Tomorrow is my weigh day :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 26, 2012, 05:02:31 am
Dede - no the boxing is part of a workout video on the busy mum's fitness club website. It's free if you want to check it out.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 26, 2012, 05:03:28 am
Oh cool. Will have to have a look at the link. Thanks
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 26, 2012, 05:16:35 am
Tomorrow is my weigh day :)

Good luck Mandi ;)

Does anyone here buy the Health Food Guide magazine? I have quite a few of them and they contain lots of really good advice for people trying to lose weight in a healthy way. They're written by qualified dietitians and nutritionists and focus on achieving a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as weight loss. They also contain some tips on exercise as well.

If its not against forum rules, I could post little bits and pieces on this thread if anyone is interested?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on June 26, 2012, 06:38:35 am
Amy just to nswer your comment re my comment lol.. Alot of french food is fatty ad thy like full fat a la natural but their success with weight is not eating those types of food all the time and when they do in very moderte portions..They dont blieve in depriving themselves however..  Little bit of something bad in the end is good

Thanks Kim :) I was wondering whether you would see my comment among all the other stuff :-))
It sounds like a very sensible diet that the French follow. Do they really eat snails and frogs legs though? :o

Yes they do but not all the time except perhaps in regions where they are popular or where a particular dish comes from... Cant handle the idea of escargot but frogs legs i have tried... Same as anything covered in the garlic parsley butter its nothing great and most people wouldnt eat these 'delicasies'? Without it..

Cp the three course menu is very very common here and normally for a set price which can be quite reasonable... The kids have three to four courses at lunch at school... A set menu is posted on line every month.. And its always healthy... Its usually either entree main and dessert or no dessert and cheese as far as menus go...oh and the expresso at the end of most meals.. They are never however huge portions so in france anyway you will rarely go away feeling stuffed but just content and not hungry..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 26, 2012, 07:26:31 am
I have seen the magazines Amy but never brought one.
I think any snippets of information that may help us in our weight loss quest would be wonderful.
I like to be educated as much as possible when it comes to health as I hope to live for a long time to come :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 26, 2012, 07:40:01 am
Thanks for the link Tasty.  Looks to be an interesting website.  I like the idea of the workouts they post - short and too the point.

Took the kids to the lake today to feed the ducks, beautiful weather in Melbourne.  I wouldn't call it a workout but a 2 hour leisurely stroll. Can't believe my DD walked as far as she did.  I think she was motivated by jumping in the puddles along the way.  Anyway it was nice just to get out of the house into the sunshine.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 26, 2012, 08:41:32 am
I have seen the magazines Amy but never brought one.
I think any snippets of information that may help us in our weight loss quest would be wonderful.
I like to be educated as much as possible when it comes to health as I hope to live for a long time to come :)

Cool bananas :D

I will flick through them and start posting info for everyone :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 26, 2012, 08:56:34 am
Keiramax 2 hours is a great walk even if leisurely.:)
Can't wait for the warmer weather when we feel like being out in the sun. I enjoy gardening in warm weather.
Winter is the hardest time to get out and burn some extra calories :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 26, 2012, 09:21:13 am
and cut down wine, 

Lets be sensible ;)

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 26, 2012, 09:30:43 am
. I hate exercise and want to go down the portion control track, but I spose I will have to do something  :'(

CP exercise does not have to be going to the gym or running etc. A good brisk 30 minute walk 5 days a week is usually adequate for most people. 

I run because I enjoy it and I need to run for triathlons. I go to the gym because it makes me feel good. What ever you do it has to be enjoyable or you will find it too easy to give up.  What about Zumba? Or boxing for fitness? when you are hitting the heavy bag you can pretend it is someone who annoys you.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 26, 2012, 09:56:01 am
. I hate exercise and want to go down the portion control track, but I spose I will have to do something  :'(

 Or boxing for fitness? when you are hitting the heavy bag you can pretend it is someone who annoys you.

I like that idea Dash :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on June 26, 2012, 10:03:43 am
Zumba is fun.

Boxing is pretty full on, especially if its contact.

Body Combat is non contact & great, mix of different artial arts.

As the ads say, find 30 mns
 :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 26, 2012, 10:06:23 am
I enjoy the Wii fit for exercise, it's amazing how sore your muscles can get if you haven't been on it for awhile :)
The boxing and step is my favorite.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 26, 2012, 10:51:21 am
Finding something you enjoy and doing it regularly is the key.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 26, 2012, 11:20:26 am
Amy, I only have one more of those magazines and this subscription finishes.  My DD1 gets me one every couple of years and I have to confess to skipping the first part of the book and heading straight for the recipes  :-))  I always think when I have more time I can go back and read the healthy tips but do I ever get the time - no, of course not.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 26, 2012, 11:56:34 am
Amy, I only have one more of those magazines and this subscription finishes.  My DD1 gets me one every couple of years and I have to confess to skipping the first part of the book and heading straight for the recipes  :-))  I always think when I have more time I can go back and read the healthy tips but do I ever get the time - no, of course not.

Oh Judy, I read the whole magazine cover to cover! I love all the little healthy tips and articles. I have bought nutrition and healthy eating books by some of the qualified and accredited contributers and read them cover to cover too :-)) I would love to study dietetics after my personal training course :D
Its always that blasted time isn't it? There's just never enough in a day :-))

Finding something you enjoy and doing it regularly is the key.

Wonder hit the nail on the head ;D But you need to remember to change up your exercise routine otherwise you will plateau :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 26, 2012, 12:01:08 pm
I don't think I have heard of the Health Food Guide magazine but would love to read some snippets of information from it Amy.

I'm hanging out for a snippet tonight even
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 26, 2012, 12:04:03 pm
Okay Tasty, give me 10 minutes to put something together :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 26, 2012, 12:12:39 pm
I'll check back later in the night. Off to do some dishes and make some soup for hubby's lunch tomorrow.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 26, 2012, 12:28:19 pm
Okay guys, I will try to post at least 1 of these every day to give you some ideas/motivation. Some things you may know already, or some things may not really apply to you specifically. If there is something in particular you want to know, just shout it out and I'll see if there is something about it in these magazines.

HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE SNIPPET #1

These weight loss tips were taken from the Get Healthy Action Plan in the January 2010 issue

1. Change your large plates and bowls for smaller sized ones. This will help you serve yourself smaller portions.
2. Drink water before every meal.
3. Add extra vegetables to your lunch and dinner.
4. Use stairs whenever they are an option.
5. Halve the amount of meat on your plate and replace it with legumes.
6. Write down everything you eat. If you don't want to write it down, don't eat it!
7. Stay on your feet while you're on the phone.
8. Share regular meals with your family.
9. Eat fish at least twice a week.
10. Always have a piece of fruit in your bag for a healthy snack.
11. Remove just a few spoonfuls from each meal.
12. Switch to low-fat dairy and wholegrain/wholemeal products. Making simple switches to healthier versions of products can reduce cholesterol levels and improve heart health.
13. Try a new food each month.
14. Don't leave the cereal box on the table in front of you while eating breakfast.
15. Eat 400 kilojoules less each day. If you shave little bits off each day, you don't need to go on a diet.
16. Downsize your portions. Don't give up your favourite foods, but don't binge on them either.
17. Walk to and from work as often as you can.
18. Downsize your latte - milky coffee has the equivalent kilojoules of a snack.
19. Don't skip meals - its easier to control your weight this way.
20. Eat breakfast!!!
21. Use cooking oil spray instead of bottled oil.
22. Choose the unprocessed versions of foods. Foods without labels are the healthiest you can have.
23. Stop adding salt to your food.
24. Swap kilojoule laden drinks such as soda, sports drinks, juice, cordial, full fat milk and alcohol for water, skim milk, soda water, diet cordial, diet soft drink and herbal, green or black tea.

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 26, 2012, 01:49:38 pm
HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE SNIPPET #2

This is a summary of the article "How to Feel Full Without Gaining Weight" from the May 2009 issue

Appetite is about more than just physiological hunger. Research shows that people will eat their meals based on time rather than hunger signals (people with short-term memory loss will eat two meals consecutively if told its lunch time). We eat more when there is a greater choice of foods and if we are served large portions. Boredom, stress and grief also affect our appetite in different ways.
We don't have an internal gauge to tell us exactly when we are full or when we have eaten enough calories. What we experience is something called satiety: that feeling between not being hungry any more but not being uncomfortably full. To achieve satiety without overeating takes practice. We need to train ourselves to choose foods that are more satisfying and keep us feeling full for longer, and we also need to recognise when we become satisfied.

Eat Sweet Things and Cleanse the Palate
Many people crave sweet things after a meal. Usually a small amount can satisfy a craving, and the sweet taste signals to your body that the meal is finished. Fruit is a healthy option with no refined sugars, and can be chopped up into a fruit salad to make it more appealing. Drinking green tea is another effective way to cleanse the palate, and it is not associated with cakes or biscuits in the same way as black tea or coffee.

Get a Good Night's Sleep
Research is showing strong links between how long we sleep and our "hunger hormones", leptin (which supresses appetite) and ghrelin (which stimulates appetite). One study showed that sleeping for fewer than 7 hours and 45 minutes was associated with reduced leptin levels, elevated ghrelin levels and a higher BMI (Body Mass Index), which can all lead to overeating. Other studies on the effects of one or two days sleep deprivation have found similar changes in these hormones. The clear message emerging from these studies is to get a good night's sleep and your body will self-regulate its levels of hunger.

Eat Nuts
Studies have shown that there is a link between increasing nut consumption and decreasing BMI. It's believed that some of the fat contained in nuts is trapped within the nut's fibrous structure, so the body can't actually absorb it. Try replacing unhealthy, high-fat snacks for a small handful of mixed nuts.

Avoid Over-Stimulation
Too many different flavours in one meal stimulate the senses so much that we often end up eating more food. It's good to eat a variety of foods, but keep each meal relatively simple. One study found that when people were offered 3 different flavours of yoghurt, they ate 23% more than if they were only offered one.

Eat Soup as an Entree
Several studies have found that eating soup as an entree decreases hunger, increases fullness and reduces kilojoule intake at the subsequent meal. One studied showed that eating soup 30 minutes before eating lunch lead to a 20% decrease in the amount of kilojoules eaten at lunch.

No Skimpy Meals
It's a good idea to reduce portion size - most of us need to. But there is no point underfeeding yourself because it will only backfire later on. Start the day with high fibre cereal or toast, some protein such as eggs or yoghurt, and a piece of fruit. This will get your metabolism going and your brain functioning. And don't skip the carbohydrates at lunch and dinner - your body needs them for energy. Instead, have a balanced meal of carbs, protein and non-starchy vegetables.

Rate Your Hunger
To help get in touch with your body's hunger signals, ask yourself how hungry you are, both before and after a meal. Rating your hunger helps you recognise whether you're eating because you're truly hungry or whether you're bored or stressed. Lack of hunger at dinner time may mean you ate too much at lunch or your afternoon snack. Rating your hunger after eating helps you learn that you don't have to stuff yourself full to survive until your next meal. And remember that it the brain takes around 20 minutes to register that the stomach is full, so eat slowly!

Example Hunger Rating:
1. I could eat a horse.
2. I'm starving.
3. I'm hungry.
4. I'm a bit peckish.
5. I don't feel any hunger.
6. I'm satisfied.
7. I'm full and a bit uncomfortable.
8. I'm so full I can't move.

Ideally, hunger levels should always be between 3 (pre-meal) and 6 (post-meal).
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 26, 2012, 02:14:54 pm
Thanks so much for typing all this out Amy. I love it and feel inspired. How much does that magazine cost and how often does it come out? And where do you get it as I haven't seen it around?

We have recently been discussing a lot of those topics in your healthy food guide summary #2 with friends and have to agree with them.

I'm also going to write out some of your points from your first snippet that I think would benefit me.

Thanks again :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 26, 2012, 02:30:38 pm
No worries at all Tasty! Glad I can be of some help, and there's plenty more to come if you want it ;) :D

The Healthy Food Guide Magazine comes out monthly and it costs $4.95. I'm just looking in the latest issue and it says a 12 month subscription is $49.90 (save 16%) and a 24 month subscription is $89.90 (save 33%). I used to buy mine from my local newsagency, but now I have a subscription so it gets delivered to my door ;D

Their website is http://www.healthyfoodguide.com.au (http://www.healthyfoodguide.com.au) and there's heaps more info on there too.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 26, 2012, 02:57:43 pm
I had a bad day today. Started off good with an early morning start in the gym and a single slice of toast with baked beans. banana for morning tea, veges, 2 hard boiled eggs and an apple for lunch. Then I "accidentally" ate 3 biscuits while working late and that is when the wheels fell off.

After I got home from work my eating just escalated.  Pretty bad falling off the wagon after one day. Oh well I better jump back on for tomorrow.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 26, 2012, 09:36:47 pm
Oops Dash, oh well at least you recognized your bad day and tomorrow is a new day. I had a bad day on my second day for DHs birthday. But I have been good for the rest of the week.
Weigh day today for me. Will report back later once I have jumped on those dreaded scales :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 26, 2012, 10:38:23 pm
Ok drum roll please.................…................I have lost 1.5kg :D :D :D
Down from 78 -76.5kg
Very happy with my first week. Bring on week 2.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 27, 2012, 12:20:53 am
Ok drum roll please.................…................I have lost 1.5kg :D :D :D
Down from 78 -76.5kg
Very happy with my first week. Bring on week 2.

WELL DONE MANDI!!! :D :D :D

That's a good amount to be losing each week for healthy weight loss. Don't try and lose more than that each week though otherwise you will shock your body too much :-))

Thats a great effort for your first week! Well done again! :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 12:21:45 am
Fantastic 1.5kgs is huge

Keep the exercise up
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 27, 2012, 12:22:59 am
Thanks Amy, I'm pretty happy with that. I don't expect to loose that amount or more each week. Any loss I will be happy with.
I'm heading towards that penguin :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 27, 2012, 12:23:42 am
Thanks Amy, I'm pretty happy with that. I don't expect to loose that amount or more each week. Any loss I will be happy with.
I'm heading towards that penguin :D

LOL that penguin better watch out! ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 27, 2012, 01:37:17 am
Well done Mandi.  Keep up the good work.  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 27, 2012, 02:02:47 am
Good girl dede!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on June 27, 2012, 02:09:58 am
Well done Mandi
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 27, 2012, 02:54:49 am
Thanks. Now to be good for another week. :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 27, 2012, 03:05:48 am
well done elle. Sorry i mean Dede :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on June 27, 2012, 03:46:04 am
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Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on June 27, 2012, 04:11:25 am
600g loss for me this week, 500g to go to get to my first goal of 10kg, I started in Feb and have fallen off the wagon a few times but got back on and dusted myself off, back on the road again now. Have been going to curves 3 or 4 times a week they have a Zumba class that I have been to twice this week already, and really watching what I eat and portion sizes helps me. Have upped the proteinand following a meal plan.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 27, 2012, 05:00:10 am
Well done jeninwa. You are really close to your 10kg loss now. :D
You have done an extremely great job to loose so much.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 27, 2012, 05:16:02 am
Well Done Jenwa. Half kilo a week is a good rate of lose. It is very sustainable. Keep it up

We all have to remember we are only human and we will all stumble sometime. The important thing is to just brush it off and start again.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 27, 2012, 05:19:35 am
We all have to remember we are only human and we will all stumble sometime. The important thing is to just brush it off and start again.

Very wise words Dashingden ;) ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on June 27, 2012, 08:25:15 am
Well done Mandi and jeninwa. DD the most important thing is to get back on the weight loss plan.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 11:08:51 am
Well done jen, keep at it girl, you'll get there.

Helps being on the food challenge I am sure, apart  from last week when dh went shopping, LOL

 :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 27, 2012, 01:02:55 pm
HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE SNIPPET #3

These weight loss facts were taken from numerous issues throughout the years 2010 and 2011

If a diet program advises you to remove entire food groups from your diet, such as breads and cereals or dairy, this is a good indication that it is a fad diet and will not help you keep weight off long term.

Serveral studies have found that when you're watching your weight, you should also be watching how fast you eat. Taking your time when eating allows time for hormones to tell your brain that you're full - making you much less likely to reach for second helpings.

Research has found that resisitant starch could help with appetite contol. Study participants who consumed resistant startch - such as cold, cooked potatoes, pasta, rice, baked beans or lentils - had significantly lower energy intakes at their next meal, and over the following 24 hours, compared to those who didn't eat any resistant starch.

We've all heard that drinking more water helps you lose weight - and now there's research to back this up. The study compared weight loss in participants on a low kilojoule diet with those on a low kilojoule diet who also consumed 500ml water prior to each main meal. Those in the water group lost approximately 2kg more and showed a 44% greater decline in weight over the 12-week study.

A study has shown that you're more likely to be satisfied after eating a meal of solid foods rather than a liquid meal. So if you're trying to lose weight, eat a proper solid meal instead of drinking a kilojoule dense smoothie or juice.

Only 20% of Australians eat an apple each day.

Chips made from the inner core of the potato, rather than the outer flesh, absorb 28% more oil, making them higher in fat and kilojoules.

Research has suggested that the first meal you eat programs your metabolism for the rest of the day. Eating fat at breakfast is thought to "turn on" your ability to metabolise fat, helping your body efficiently burn food later in the day. Try foods containing healthy fats, such as chopped nuts and seeds on cereal, or nut butter or avocado on toast.

How healthy is your drink?
600ml Gatorade = 630 kilojoules
250ml orange juice = 375 kilojoules
250ml cordial = 315 kilojoules
250ml skinny chai latte = 453 kilojoules
Soda water = 0 kilojoules

Studies have indicated that being cold makes us hungrier. People who were asked to sit in cold water for 20 minutes after a workout ate an impressive 2045 kilojoules afterwards when presented with an all-you-can-eat buffet. Another group, who sat on dry land for 20 minutes after working out, ate an average of 1710 kilojoules - a massive 335 kilojoules less than the cold group.

How much do you sleep each night? For dieters who got a full 8.5 hours sleep, more than half of the weight they lost was fat. For those who slept just 5.5 hours, only 25% of the weight they lost was fat - the other 75% was muscle or protein.

Children are 31% less likely to be overweight if given refillable water bottles, information about the benefits of drinking water, and access to water fountains.

When losing weight, 1- 4 kilograms is the most realistic amount to lose per month for sustainable weight loss.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 27, 2012, 01:32:14 pm
Quote
How much do you sleep each night? For dieters who got a full 8.5 hours sleep, more than half of the weight they lost was fat. For those who slept just 5.5 hours, only 25% of the weight they lost was fat - the other 75% was muscle or protein.

Yikes, it looks like some of us might need to get more sleep - Uni are you reading this  :o :o :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 27, 2012, 02:30:41 pm
Great work Mandi and Jeninwa - I hope I can achieve results like yours however I think it is unlikely. I'm trying to be strong and there are so many tempatations and it's only day 2!

Thanks Amy for the snippets. I love them! 1 lot of these each day or so is great so I can digest them.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 27, 2012, 09:54:51 pm
Well done to those who lost weight and keep persevering to those who may have fallen back a little. Great snippet Amy, thanks for going to the trouble.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 28, 2012, 12:56:09 am
LOL Judy, I also thought of Uni when I typed that one out. I was tempted to put a big bold heading saying "uni read this" next to it ;D

Thanks Amy for the snippets. I love them! 1 lot of these each day or so is great so I can digest them.

Great snippet Amy, thanks for going to the trouble.

No worries at all ladies! I looked at the last one after I posted it and I hoped I hadn't gone overboard. I wanted to write more but thought it might be too much in one go, so I will stick to just one or two, and try to keep them brief but informative ;) ;) ;)
The last thing I want to do is scare you off with information overload! :-[
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 28, 2012, 01:12:06 am
 :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 28, 2012, 01:16:33 am
 :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 28, 2012, 03:04:15 am
tomorrow is weigh day!  :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 28, 2012, 03:07:48 am
Good luck CGL. :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 28, 2012, 03:43:51 am
thanks Amy for typing out all the information. Great reading BTW
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 28, 2012, 03:52:29 am
tomorrow is weigh day!  :o

Good luck CGL!! I know what a strong person you must be, I know you can do this ;) ;)

thanks Amy for typing out all the information. Great reading BTW

No worries CP, there's plenty more to come :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 28, 2012, 04:27:56 am
HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE SNIPPET #4

This list is from the 2011 Diet and Exercise Plan. The foods listed have less than 87 kilojoules per 100g, making them ideal for healthy snacks or to add to meals without adding much extra energy.

Vegetables
Artichoke, Asparagus, Asian greens, Bean sprouts, Bok choy, Broccoli, Broccolini, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Choko, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Green beans, Leek, Lettuce and other leafy greens, Mushrooms, Onions - brown, red and green, Parsnip, Radish, Silverbeet, Snow peas, Sugar snap peas, Tomato, Turnip
Watercress and Zucchini.

Fruits
Blackberries, Blueberries, Lemon, Lime, Passionfruit and Strawberries.

Beverages
Water, Mineral water, Tea with 20ml skim milk and no sugar, Coffee with 20ml skim milk and no sugar, Diet cordial, Diet soft drink, Fresh vegetable juice, Lemon juice and Lime juice.

Miscellaneous
Curry powder, Fat-free salad dressing, Herbs, Low-joule jelly, Low-jule sweetners such as Natvia, Stevia, Equal or Splenda, Mustard, Pepper, Spices, Tomato salsa, Vegemite and Vinegar.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 28, 2012, 04:54:10 am
Not a lot of fun in that list!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 28, 2012, 08:24:05 am
LOL I know CP, but I was excited to see strawberries on there ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 28, 2012, 09:41:03 am
I think it's working....but there are so many tempations :'(

I find that I am low on energy in the early afternoons....any help with that one?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 28, 2012, 09:45:44 am
What do you have for lunch Tasty?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 28, 2012, 09:55:00 am

Leftover fish curry with rice (ran out of veges that go with it too)

Apple for morning tea

and muesli for breakfast
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 28, 2012, 09:59:36 am
What sort of rice and how much? Sorry, this probably feels like a game of 20 questions :-))

I'd include a little bit of protein with your morning snack too ;)

And since I'm on a ball with the questions, what sort of muesli do you have? ;D

I hope you don't feel like I'm interrogating you Tasty. If I sound too demanding just tell me to shush :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 28, 2012, 10:11:16 am
No I don't mind at all. If it means you can help me, great! :)

It was Jasmine rice - I can't remember exactly how much...maybe 1/3 of the plate or so.

By protein with my snack, do you mean something like nuts?

I have the Morning Sun Apricot & Almond Muesli - it's the only one I like.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 28, 2012, 10:26:27 am
Awesome ;D And I think I can help.

I can see straight away why you're getting that energy low in the afternoons. Have you heard of the Glycemic Index (GI)? Its basically a rating system of how carbohydrates affect our blood sugar. Low GI foods release sugar slowly into the bloodstream while high GI foods release it quickly. High GI foods are the ones that give us that energy boost but then leave us feeling crappy.
Low GI = 55 and below.
High GI = 70 +

Jasmine rice has a GI of 109. So you can see it has an extremely high rating. If you try Basmati rice (GI = 58) or Doongara rice (GI = 56) you'll probably find your energy will last a bit longer ;)

In regards to your snack, almonds are a great choice of protein to have with your apple, just remember that 30g is a serve. Otherwise you could have a low-fat, low-sugar yoghurt. Its also good to have a small snack in the afternoons, just to keep you going until dinner time. Do you do that?

If its the only one you like, then thats fair enough to me ;)

My next Healthy Food Guide snippet was going to be on the Glycemic Index, so you've already got a headstart on it ;D

Hope this healp Tasty :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on June 28, 2012, 11:48:37 am
I've started using brown rice and only have 1/4 cup, I have a morning and afternoon snack, 12 almonds or a rice cake with 2 tspns peanut butter, sometimes a protein bar. Keeps me going to the next meal. It makes a difference upping the protein, don't get as hungry any more.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 28, 2012, 12:42:55 pm
Yep I find I'm hungry in the afternoon too, I either go for yogurt or a home made muesli bar, or banana etc. just to keep me going till dinner :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 28, 2012, 03:06:14 pm
Amy - Thanks so much for your help. I didn't realise there was a huge difference in GI between jasmine rice and basmati. Will change to basmati from now on as they're pretty much the same to me. Haven't heard of the other one. I think I might even try and include more brown rice in my meals now that I am learning to like it.

Jeninwa and dede - thanks for your snack suggestions. Yoghurt doesn't quite fill me up but I have been meaning to make muesli bars for weeks. I'll have todefinitely give this protein thing a go. What do you do for after dinner snacks?

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 28, 2012, 03:33:33 pm
You're welcome Tasty :D I'll just let you ladies know though that brown rice has a GI rating of 68, so it's not high, buts it's not low either :-))

It has been proven that a high-protein, low-GI diet is the most effective way to lose weight long term. So upping the protein is a good idea, as long as it is lean/low-fat and you don't go too overboard. The body isn't built to store protein, so consuming too much can be detrimental to your health. I'm going to post about the high-protein, low-GI "diet" soon, when I get all the information together for you :)

I'll also post some more healthy snack ideas if anyone is interested, and I'll include how many kilojoules they contain so you know exactly how much you're eating. Then you can see the difference in kilojoules between some foods. Its quite amazing :o

I have heaps of these magazines and they have mountains of information in them, so if anyone else has something specific they'd like to know, just give me a shout ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on June 28, 2012, 09:57:57 pm
I always choose low gi foods. It is better for my thyroid and PCOS. I choose sweet potato over normal potato.

I have a diabetes cookbook with lots of low gi recipes in it. Will post them when I get time. Also taste.com.au  has some low gi recipes.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 29, 2012, 12:39:29 am
I have a diabetes cookbook with lots of low gi recipes in it.

Which cookbook do you have DG? We have a few because my step-father has type 1 diabetes.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on June 29, 2012, 12:55:07 am
Amy, I will have a look when I get home tonight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 29, 2012, 01:49:04 am
Cool bananas, thanks DG :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 29, 2012, 02:19:46 am
Yah! 700g loss this week. 100g last week that is total of 800g. Happy with anything as long as it is a loss!

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 29, 2012, 02:25:00 am
Great work CGL!!! Well done :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 29, 2012, 03:44:09 am
Well done CGL, bet your over the moon with that.
:D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on June 29, 2012, 05:44:29 am
Well done CGL :) :) :)

I think it's helping me having you guys for support, ideas and to be accountable to. Thanks for starting the thread Mandi :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on June 29, 2012, 05:50:44 am
Great work CGL  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on June 29, 2012, 06:36:31 am
I'm glad I started this thread and that you guys joined me. Does keep me motivated too.
So thank you guys for joining me :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on June 29, 2012, 06:42:13 am
Well done CGL
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on June 29, 2012, 06:53:32 am
Thanks Everyone! :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 29, 2012, 10:04:27 pm
My weigh in day is tomorrow not expecting a loss as I have changed nothing this week.
Haven't been walking the dog even due to the rain. I've got to get in a better mind set.
I can exercise even if it is raining.
Well done to all of you that have been loosing weight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on June 29, 2012, 10:34:21 pm
I have Woman's Weekly Diabetes Cookbook and New Glucose Revolution by Brand-Miller.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 30, 2012, 12:43:25 am
I think I have the same Women's Weekly one DG. Have you cooked much out of it?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 30, 2012, 12:39:24 pm
HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE SNIPPET #5

These health/weight loss facts were taken from various issues throughout 2011.

0.5:1 is the best ratio for your waist to heigh measurements to reduce your chances of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Study has shown that children and adolescents from families who regularly share three or more meals per week together are more likely to be within a healthy weight range and have an overall healthy diet.

People tend to eat more, have worse eating habits overall and have a higher BMI when they stay up late and wake up late. Researchers found that those who went to sleep later and woke up later actually got less sleep, ate more after dinner, and ate more fast food, drank more high-calorie soft drinks and ate less fruit and vegetables after 8pm. Late sleepers also tend to eat less in the morning, which increased the amount they ate and lunch and dinner.

A recent study has shown that people who undertook liposuction as a means of fat loss regained the fat within 1 year, and mostly in the stomach area. For sensible, long-term weight loss, a healthy diet and exercise is the best method.

Study has proved that it is actually possible to trick your mind into making you feel full. Participants in a study drank a milkshake containing 380 calories - but some were told the milkshake contained 120 calories, while others were told it contained 620 calories. Those who were told it contained 620 calories had a steeper decline in ghrelin levels - indicating that they felt fuller and satisfied - than those who were told the milkshake contained 120 calories.

Only 5% of adult Australian males consume adequate fruit and vegetables.

There are 4.2 kilojoules in a calorie.

A study of kindergarten children has found that providing them with positive food models and exposure to vegetables can increase their vegetable intake from 2 serves per day to 4. The children watched Popeye cartoons, had "vegetable tasting parties," planted vegetable seeds, cooked vegetables and had teachers sit with them at lunchtime.

Study has shown that women who gained the least amount of weight during adulthood were the ones who had consumed the most dairy as teenagers. Dairy foods contain calcium, magnesium and protein, which are thought to promote weight loss and reduce blood pressure.

1 in 3 Australian adults mistakenly believe that their health is in very good or excellent condition.

You will burn an extra 138 kilojoules for every half an hour you spend standing rather than sitting.

Participants in a study by the University of Sydney ate an extra 12% through snacking when their protein intake was reduced to only 10% of their total energy intake. Participants who had 15% or 25% of their total energy intake in the form of protein felt less hungry and avoided the additional snacking.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Queen Be on July 01, 2012, 03:39:14 am
Can I join this challenge please  :)

I am another weight watcher worker, I work at one meeting a week and my GL/boss was the person who invited me to the TMX demo leading me here, make sense?

When I joined 2.5 years ago I originally lost around 11kg getting down to 77ish kg, since then I have gained and lost 4-5kg a number of times and was 80.2 at my last weigh in. At almost 6 feet tall I just scrape into my healthy weight range (HWR), my goal weight was 72 but honestly I would be happy with 75. Being in my HWR resulted in me losing motivation to keep going, getting my TMX (Alice) and going on a bit of a cooking spree (bread is not my friend) is not helping  :-[

Looking forward to going through this thread and finding some good recipes so I can play with Alice and still lose weight  ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 01, 2012, 06:03:46 am
Queen Be we would love you to join us.
With all this support from each other I am hoping we can loose the weight we want to and keep it off :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 01, 2012, 06:08:44 am
How's everyone going on their weight loss challenge?
I have been pretty good in this last week, have had a few challenges (like chocolate) but instead of eating a heap I allowed myself 4 squares (that's the only chocolate I have had in nearly 2 weeks :D )
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 01, 2012, 06:33:14 am
Sounds like you're going great Mandi. Well done!!! ;D What sort of chocolate do you like best?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 01, 2012, 08:03:24 am
Any chocolate is good Amy :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 01, 2012, 08:20:06 am
So true Mandi :D :D

Oh wait, except Red Tulip easter eggs. That chocolate is gross :P Do you get them in Tassie?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 01, 2012, 09:03:27 am
Yep we do. Can't beat Cadbury chocolate :)
I think we better change the subject :D especially as this is a weight loss topic lol.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 01, 2012, 09:05:24 am
Lol I did think that after I started asking about chocolate :-))

I would actually be interested to hear what everyone's favourite vegetables are though? If anyone wants to share?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 01, 2012, 09:07:23 am
Lol :D

My favorite veggie would have to be.........new potatoes :)
Oh and fresh from the garden carrots, and fresh peas eaten straight from the pod. Yum
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 01, 2012, 12:00:26 pm
Weigh in tomorrow morning.  I think I've managed a deficit overall for the week. I've had a few up days and down days. Exercise has been steady all week. Didn't miss a single training session. Saturday I did an 18km run and today a 60km social bike ride with a coffee stop in the middle.

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Sounds like you're going great Mandi. Well done!!! Grin What sort of chocolate do you like best?

I like Lindt 85% cocoa dark chocolate, I usually have just 2 squares. If I eat any chocolate with less cocoa and higher sugar I find it difficult to stop at just a couple of squares.

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 01, 2012, 12:03:26 pm
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I would actually be interested to hear what everyone's favourite vegetables are though? If anyone wants to share?
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I like lots of vegetables. It is hard to pick just one. I am pretty partial to egg plant and asparagus.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 01, 2012, 12:06:08 pm
Mandi, I know what you mean about fresh carrots. Oh the crunch! :D :D

Dash, how long does it take you to run 18km? Good chocolate strategy too by the way ;)
Funny how you like the two vegetables that are probably at the bottom of my list!

I love carrots, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms (even though they're not technically a vegetable)... all fresh of course ;D
I once ate so many carrots my hands went orange :-[
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 01, 2012, 12:14:57 pm
I wonder what your insides looked like Amy ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Reeni on July 01, 2012, 12:20:53 pm
Hi ladies,

I am going to join in! I am currently about 88kgs and would like to lose as much as possible before I start trying for pregnancy in a couple of months.

I think 10kgs would be great, but I will be happy with anything really.

Weightloss kicked off tonight with seafood soup.

Good luck to you all!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on July 01, 2012, 12:44:47 pm
Well in some ways I have been good....eating fruit when I felt like biscuits and other unhealthy snacks.

But in other ways I haven't been so good....eg yum cha today (but it was a good time out with friends) and also butter chicken for dinner tonight.

I will start fresh again tomorrow though.

I think my weigh day is Tuesday.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 01, 2012, 12:47:21 pm
I wonder what your insides looked like Amy ;)

 :o :o :o
I hadn't even though of that Judy... I'm just glad I couldn't see what they looked like!!! Vitamin A overdose.... uh-oh...

Welcome to the challenge Reeni! Do you mind me asking how tall you are? I was hovering at about the same weight as you, between 88-90kg, before I lost weight :)

Thats the way to look at it Tasty. Tomorrow is a new day, you can try again, and you will just keep getting better because each time makes you that little bit stronger and more determined ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 01, 2012, 01:08:25 pm
Welcome to the challenge Renni. We are more than happy to have you join. I will add you to the list.

For anyone interested I am keeping track of people's progress on the very first post of this topic.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 01, 2012, 01:26:21 pm
Dash, how long does it take you to run 18km?

It takes me about 1hr 40 min to run 18 km Amy.  On a long run I average between 5:30 - 5:40/km. On shorter runs up to 12km I usually run between 5 - 5:15/km.

Are you a runner Amy?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 01, 2012, 01:30:13 pm
But in other ways I haven't been so good....eg yum cha today (but it was a good time out with friends) and also butter chicken for dinner tonight.

Tasty having a meal out with friends once in a while is good for the souls and helps you to keep on track.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 01, 2012, 10:18:30 pm
I know I shouldn't of but I did :(
I hopped on the scales this morning to see if I'm going ok, and........I'm down 600g :)
I won't put it in though as my weigh day is Wednesday.
Now to be good for the next 2 days so it stays like that or more. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Queen Be on July 01, 2012, 11:13:11 pm
My favourite vegetables are corn and sugar snap peas because they are yummy, eggplant and pumpkin because they're so versatile, broccoli and mushrooms because they are so good for you.

Not sure how I will go with the challenge this week as I have already done the menu plan and shopping for the week. I will need to watch my portion size, make good choices for breakfast and lunch and limit my bread intake. I realised early this year that if I eat bread more than once a day it has a negative affect on my weight loss. If I have a high protein breakfast, a carb lunch and pack my evening meal with lots of vegetables or just have soup then I lose much more weight even if I have used less or the same WW points. Anyone else noticed this?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 01, 2012, 11:32:21 pm
Yes for sure. High fibre breakfast works really well with me. And I do have lots of veggies at night with a smaller portion of meat. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 02, 2012, 12:27:52 am
Dash, how long does it take you to run 18km?

It takes me about 1hr 40 min to run 18 km Amy.  On a long run I average between 5:30 - 5:40/km. On shorter runs up to 12km I usually run between 5 - 5:15/km.

Are you a runner Amy?

I do run Dash, but not like you :-)) I went for a run along a different track yesterday and managed to get myself lost, but I just kept running anyway. It took me 80 minutes with a few stops to look for signs, and I'd like to figure out how far I ended up going but I'm not sure how.

LOL Mandi, we know you're excited. That's okay :D

Does everyone know that one serving of meat or chicken is the size of your palm? If you are having a big piece or lots of little pieces you could be eating equal to 2 servings. A serving of fish can be as big as your whole hand, as long as its not battered and deep fried ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 02, 2012, 12:35:06 am
Fav chocolate.... Whittakers Dark Chocolate with Almonds. Unfortunately DH also likes this one, so doesn't last long.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 02, 2012, 12:37:58 am
Saves you the calories DG ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 03, 2012, 08:00:03 am
I'm not too bad with chocolate, but mention the word cheese. :P
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on July 03, 2012, 08:03:19 am
Weigh day for me today and I have lost 1.3kgs according to the scales. This doesn't mean much to me unless it's a consistent loss over the next few weeks 'cos my weight fluctuates that much each day anyway. Still at least it's going down.

More importantl, I want to see the results on me rather than the numbers of the scales.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 03, 2012, 08:14:58 am
I'm not too bad with chocolate, but mention the word cheese. :P

Oh dear, not a little mouse are we Chookie? :-)) I'm glad I don't like cheese ;)

More importantl, I want to see the results on me rather than the numbers of the scales.

Absolutely Tasty! :D No point the numbers going down if the fat doesn't go away :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 03, 2012, 08:27:48 am
Well done Tasty, that's a great loss :D
My weigh day is tomorrow.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 03, 2012, 09:14:53 am
Good luck Mandy.

I weighed in on Monday. I thought I posted my results but I can't see them here.  I was surprised and disappointed that I did not lose any weight for the week. I though I had achieved a deficit overall for the week. I had amid week weigh in that I didn't record and I jumped on the Wii fit on Saturday and they both indicated that I was on track for about a kilo of loss but something went wrong somewhere.

Yesterday I had a full on binge.  It started at work because I was tired and stressed. I didn't get home until 7:30 last night. Once I was at home I was too tired to exercise and had things to do so the binge just continued.

I really hate myself when I binge. I know I am doing it and that I should stop but I find it really difficult and give into it. It is real binging too. I hide in the kitchen and eat or sneak food because I am embarrassed about it.

I am trying to get back on track today but I am still really tired and stressed.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 03, 2012, 09:42:58 am
Dash, I used to do that too. I used to hide in the pantry and eat the cooking chocolate, and then I'd feel so bad that I would eat more to try and make myself feel better >:(
It's not a good feeling. I used to hate myself for it too. You just have to find new coping strategies, and I know it is harder than it sounds :(

Mandi, you can add my name to the weight loss list. I just want to lose another couple of kilos, but I'd like my name to be on the list with the rest of you so I can feel part of the team :D

My weight now is 68.5kg and my weigh day is Sunday :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 03, 2012, 10:20:22 am
Excellent Amy, that would be great to add you to the list.
And Dash don't give up, a set back is not the end of the world. We are all here to support each other through the good and the bad. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 03, 2012, 11:27:08 am
I haven't weighed myself yet, but I know what I weighed when I went to the doctors last so I'm going to go on that. I'm not dieting strictly, just trying to be more thoughtful about what I eat and decrease portion sizes. Am also noting down the nights I have alcohol free nights so I can track my consumption. One drink even means that I cannot say its alcohol free. Made some chocolate alternative from the Vegetarian cookbook and am pondering whether this could be a good substitute for a sweet craving. Don't think I've lost any weight however cos my clothes still feel the same, and the fat lady in the mirror still recognises me when I wave at her each day.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 03, 2012, 11:48:41 am
Excellent Amy, that would be great to add you to the list.

Yay! Thanks Mandi :D

I haven't weighed myself yet, but I know what I weighed when I went to the doctors last so I'm going to go on that. I'm not dieting strictly, just trying to be more thoughtful about what I eat and decrease portion sizes. Am also noting down the nights I have alcohol free nights so I can track my consumption. One drink even means that I cannot say its alcohol free. Made some chocolate alternative from the Vegetarian cookbook and am pondering whether this could be a good substitute for a sweet craving. Don't think I've lost any weight however cos my clothes still feel the same, and the fat lady in the mirror still recognises me when I wave at her each day.

I think I'm lucky that because I'm still under 18 I don't have to worry about alcohol. It isn't something I want to get into even when I am allowed to drink it though ;) But I know it is the downfall for some people :(
CP, just imagine how great it will be when you start seeing a slim lady in the mirror ;) ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 03, 2012, 12:41:40 pm
I'm definitely not on a diet either. And I'm feeling quiet confident that I'm on a life style change with my eating habits. Instead of grabbing something quick and unhealthy, I'm going for better choices and actually enjoying it more. I'm really enjoying the challenge :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on July 03, 2012, 06:59:24 pm
My weight now is 68.5kg and my weigh day is Sunday :)
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amy i read that your height is 5.7 i used be 5.7 years ago, and my weight was about the same 68kg, omg i looked soooooooo good ;D

the lightest i have ever been was 58kg ,i wish i was that fat agian  :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 03, 2012, 10:12:51 pm
Weigh day for me. Down another 500g :D (2kg total) I'm happy with that.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 03, 2012, 10:20:42 pm
Way to go Mandi :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 03, 2012, 10:25:10 pm
That's a pack of sugar, or 4x 500g blocks of butter :o
I'm getting closer to my goal :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on July 03, 2012, 10:25:16 pm
well done Mandi  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 03, 2012, 10:25:58 pm
Well done Mandi.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 03, 2012, 10:29:53 pm
Thanks :)
I haven't actually told anyone except my family and you guys that I'm I this challenge. I want to wait for them to actually comment before I say anything. Might take a few kg yet before they notice :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 04, 2012, 12:27:24 am
I haven't actually told anyone except my family and you guys that I'm I this challenge. I want to wait for them to actually comment before I say anything. Might take a few kg yet before they notice :)

Sneaky Mandi.... :-))
Awesome work by the way! 2kg down already, thats fantastic :D :D :D

My weight now is 68.5kg and my weigh day is Sunday :)

amy i read that your height is 5.7 i used be 5.7 years ago, and my weight was about the same 68kg, omg i looked soooooooo good ;D

the lightest i have ever been was 58kg ,i wish i was that fat agian  :-))
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Awww Uni, I'm sure you could do it if you set your mind too it. I think 58kg is a little too little though :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 04, 2012, 01:01:55 am
I wanted to join this challenge right from the start, but given that I'd just gotten my thermomix I didn't think it was a good idea. And I didn't think I ate that bad, I couldn't understand why I was so overweight. Then I looked at the nutrition label of the juice I have for breakfast most mornings - 2760 kJ. That's my daily intake right there! Then I have a home made muffin for morning tea - 1200kJ. So before lunch I've almost doubled my daily intake of energy. It all makes sense now!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 04, 2012, 01:06:38 am
I wanted to join this challenge right from the start, but given that I'd just gotten my thermomix I didn't think it was a good idea. And I didn't think I ate that bad, I couldn't understand why I was so overweight. Then I looked at the nutrition label of the juice I have for breakfast most mornings - 2760 kJ. That's my daily intake right there! Then I have a home made muffin for morning tea - 1200kJ. So before lunch I've almost doubled my daily intake of energy. It all makes sense now!

Yeah, its all those hidden calories in products you think are healthy, or won't do any harm! If you still want to do it Amanda, we're all here to support each other :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 04, 2012, 01:39:46 am
Jakodai please join us, we are here for each other like Amy said. And you won't get such a big support group anywhere else (especially this friendly ;) )
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 04, 2012, 04:55:41 am
Well done Mandi.  Keep it up.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 04, 2012, 05:26:20 am
Thanks Dash, I will try :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 04, 2012, 09:11:11 am
Well done Mandi,
I lost 1.1 kgs this week pretty happy with that. Made my first goal of 10 kg took me 5 months, hoping then next 10 come off a bit quicker.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 04, 2012, 09:17:38 am
Well done Mandi,
I lost 1.1 kgs this week pretty happy with that. Made my first goal of 10 kg took me 5 months, hoping then next 10 come off a bit quicker.

Oh wow well done jeninwa. That is excellent. And 10 kg goal meet is wonderful. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 04, 2012, 09:19:59 am
Congratulations to everyone. I didn't weigh myself last Saturday. Probably the first Saturday in 8 years I haven't. I have been out 'doing coffee' with DD over the last 2 weeks so I'm now back on track.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 04, 2012, 10:52:51 am
Well done Mandi,
I lost 1.1 kgs this week pretty happy with that. Made my first goal of 10 kg took me 5 months, hoping then next 10 come off a bit quicker.

Great work jeninwa!! Keep it up :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 04, 2012, 01:26:49 pm
Well done Jeninwa. You have the right idea with a biger longer term goal and smaller shorter term goals.  It helps keep you focused and on track.

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on July 04, 2012, 11:50:46 pm
Weigh day tomorrow. With a sick child this week and a Victorian winter I am not confident...  :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 05, 2012, 12:23:43 am
Hopefully you surprise yourself CGL ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on July 05, 2012, 07:19:57 am
well done if your still on this challenge.

to keep it off, go slow, and smaller weight loss each week.
Its about a new lifestyle, not a diet..

Good luck to all. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 05, 2012, 08:16:32 am
CGL even if there is no loss don't worry. Pick up and carry on. :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 05, 2012, 09:43:17 am
Can I ask how many of us doing the challenge are keeping a food diary? Its been proven that keeping a food diary helps with weight loss. It certainly helps me :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 05, 2012, 09:59:11 am
Yep I am. Mainly to keep a track of calories. I use an app on my iPhone, it even growls at me if I don't have breakfast or don't have enough fibre or too much fat etc etc.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on July 05, 2012, 03:00:20 pm
No I don't keep a food diary but I like the sound of the app you use Dede.

I'm finding I'm losing motivation the last couple of days and just feel like indulging (no guilt here). I have had a few of the 'favourites' chocolates and snacks out of boredom .

When things don't go as planned during the day or take forever, I just need comfort food.

Each day is a new day though and I start fresh.

Amy - any more snippets - I don't want to seem pushy but I like them  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 05, 2012, 03:14:32 pm
I also use an app on the Iphone to track what I eat. However I have to admit I have really fallen off the wagon for the last few days and have stopped tracking.  Now that I have finished work for a couple of weeks I hope to get back on task as my stress levels drop. 

TH only problem will be my sister and brother-in-law arrive tomorrow for 2 weeks.  I went shopping today and shopped like an American. Lots of prepared food and nothing much fresh. 
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 05, 2012, 09:26:21 pm
The other day I went over my daily allowance for weight loss but I still put everything in the calorie app because if I stop writing every little thing down I'm scared I will start slipping backwards into bad habits.
I think even when we have a bad day and over eat its important not to give up because of one set back. Yesterday I was naughty and didn't have breakfast, and lunch wasn't till after 2 as I was out and about and rushing around. But I grabbed a banana and a yogurt, then made myself a sandwich to keep me going till dinner without eating lots of unhealthy things (which is what I would of done before) I'm really trying to stay on track as much as possible and enjoying the results. I just have to retrain my mind and body to choose healthy first over unhealthy options.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 06, 2012, 12:40:28 am
Amy - any more snippets - I don't want to seem pushy but I like them  :D

Oh yeah, sure thing Tasty! I wasn't sure if anyone was reading them :-)) I'll put one or two together right now! ;D

I think even when we have a bad day and over eat its important not to give up because of one set back.

Absolutely Mandi. I've had lots of setbacks, but you can only remember that you're only human and not perfect. It's just like when kids fall over in the playground - the only thing they can do is pick themselves up again. They could lie there are have a tantrum but its not going to get them anywhere ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 06, 2012, 12:42:56 pm
HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE SNIPPET #6

The following weight loss tips were taken from the October 2010 issue. They were submitted to the magazine by people who had successfully lost weight and wanted to share strategies which had worked for them.

"I made a rule that when I entered the house I had to do 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups straight away before doing anything else."

"I made a chart with lots of picture of what I wanted to look like and do in my life. I put it where I could see it every morning, to remind me why I was trying to lose weight."

"Don't fall apart if you have a bad day - you're only human. Pick yourself up and make your next choice a better one."

"I have a little 'treat' occasionally so I don't feel as though I'm on a diet. I like Peters no-added sugar ice cream, and Tamar Valley's Greek style no-added-sugar yoghurt; both are yummy!"

"I signed up for events like 10km runs and mini triathlons. Now, I'm training for my first Ironman in December! By signing up for events, I have to keep exercising, which means a healthy diet naturally follows. Plus, it means the occasional 'blow-out' has no effect on my weight."

"Sugarless chewing gum helped keep my sweet tooth in check after meals."

"Go for a dance rather than a drink on a Friday night."

"The key to my success was not to rush it. It took 12 months to lose 32kg, but I've kept it off. A slow, steady weight loss, with minor changes to your lifestyle, works. I also did not call it a diet, it was a lifestyle change. That little difference in wording changes the way you think about it."

"I carried a calorie counter around with me for a month and recorded every single thing that passed my lips. This gave me a better understanding of food, especially snacks I thought were healthy (but turned out not to be healthy after all)."

"I altered my eating times. By having a later lunch, I didn't feel the need for a snack at 3:30pm."

"I cut out refined suagr, so you can imagine the cravings I was having after just 2 or 3 days. It seemed every TV ad was for some sort of chocolate, muffin or kids 'fruit' snack! My husband knew how I was feeling, so he would quickly switch channels so I could avoid the temptation and stay focused."

"If you eat 80% right and 20% not-so-right, it'll still work towards what I call a new 'normal'."

"I made a rule that I had to cook all my own 'treats' so I was in control of what I consumed."

"I told people about my goals."

"Snack on healthier snack foods like dried fruits and nuts instead of chocolate and chips. This way, you're eating healthier fats."

"I chopped and changed my exercise routine."

"My friend lost 40kg and I figured, if she could do that, then I could lose 10! I shared my success with her along the way. She was so supportive."

"I made sure I had a satisfying breakfast. My favourite filling breakfast is porridge, but I also like baked beans on toast and omelettes. Eating well at breakfast eliminated my mid-morning hunger."

"I didn't focus on the scales or weight loss itself - just on how I felt and looked, and how my dress size changed. Making health the most important thing was what worked for me."

"The key to losing weight for me was being prepared. I wrote up a weekly menu board for the whole family - that way I always knew what was for dinner, and I didn't have to spend every waking minute thinking about what I was eating next. The menu board simplifies food shopping, saves money and you don't waste kilojoules and money on takeaway as a last resort. You can also avoid boredom by having a 'try a new recipe' day each week, instead of making the same old recipes. I also encouraged the kids to cook a meal when they were interested in a particular dish. Eventually, they began to look forward to 'their' night!"

"I got help. I enlisted a personal trainer and a food coach. It cost a lot, but no more than replacing my wardrobe with larger sizes."

"Buy a special piece of clothing in your ideal size. Then try it on every week or so. Measure yourself every fortnight ; muscle weighs more than fat and if you are exercising (which I think is fundamental to a healthy weight loss) the scales won't be a true indication of your changing shape."

"Know your downfalls and have strategies in place for when they happen. Find ways to relax without food - have a massage, read a book or go for a walk. Have something sweet after dinner that is low in kilojoules but still satisfies the sweet tooth."

"Take each day one day at a time - don't worry about tomorrow. Get your friends and family to support you; its so much easier when you don't have to do it alone."

"I joined an online weight loss community. Sharing recipes, ideas and failures helped so much. I've made real friends in this group."

"I learnt that I had to be selfish. This was for me only; not my family or a reward, but because I wanted it, and because I had to do what I needed to succeed. After losing 25kg, I understand that I am not, and never was, on a diet; I had a lifestyle change."

"For me, it was eating breakfast every day. Sounds a bit obvious, but this was something I really struggled with. I'd never done it before because I didn't want to know about food before 10am. I started small, with fruit, and then had fruit and yoghurt; eventually trying other breakfast foods. Now I make a point of having something different every morning."

"Kilojoule counting is not a fad as far as I'm concerned. Energy in needs to be less than energy out, and how else can we know how much energy goes in without counting?"

"Base all your meals heavily around vegetables and then add meat, legumes and carbohydrate. At least half your meal should be vegetables."

"Have inspirational and motivational quotes around the house where you will constantly see them."

"A psychologist can help with long-term eating problems, as there is usually an underlying reason for these. I sought professional help to deal with the reasons and behaviours surrounding my emotional eating."

"I used positive self-talk while exercising."

"Getting someone else as a weight loss buddy really helped. I got my husband involved so we could plan together."

"I worked out what my healthiest take-away options were in my area, so I would always have something healthy to order when I was too tired or busy to cook."

"For me, the first step was recognising that you don't have to be perfect all the time. You can go out for dinner; you can have a few drinks now and then. The next thing I did was find an exercise that I loved and could do all the time, which was cycling. Last, but not least, I let go of the idea of a diet. I don't plan to go back to my old patterns once I have finished losing weight."

"If you are a person who enjoys eating, try making meals smaller and don't skip any. Feeling hungry is not going to help your resolve to lose weight and exercise - ultimately a binge will occur and your body will be confused. Treat yourself kindly with good food in smaller, regular amounts. And remember to drink water!"

"I learnt how to read product labels correctly."

"I had a goal to climb a mountain in Japan. I lost 18kg, and then did just that! You need to do it for yourself and nobody else."
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 06, 2012, 12:43:34 pm
Oh boy, that was a long one :o
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 06, 2012, 10:49:40 pm
I'm in too.
I stocked the pantry last night so I'm ready.
Mandi what is the app you use?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 06, 2012, 11:22:34 pm
Oh boy, that was a long one :o

Don't you wish you could cut and paste from the magazine to the forum :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 06, 2012, 11:27:41 pm
I'm in too.
I stocked the pantry last night so I'm ready.
Mandi what is the app you use?

Excellent Bambi, I will add you to the list.
I use an app called 'My Net Diary', I find it really good and it's easy to add your usual foods as it is kept in favorites. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: gertbysea on July 06, 2012, 11:53:26 pm
Oh boy, that was a long one :o

Don't you wish you could cut and paste from the magazine to the forum :D

Dede could you take a Photo with your iPad then add the photo here by tapatatalk.

Gert
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 07, 2012, 12:05:57 am
I'm in too.
I stocked the pantry last night so I'm ready.

Welcome to the challenge Bambi!! :D :D

Oh boy, that was a long one :o

Don't you wish you could cut and paste from the magazine to the forum :D

Lol yeah! But its worth it for you guys :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 07, 2012, 09:22:22 am
Myfitnesspal as an excellant app. Chookie put me onto it.
I weighed today and am exactly the same. I wasn't disappointed as I guess I had 2 weeks of naughty foods.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on July 07, 2012, 09:35:11 am
Cookie - I think I will be the same for my weigh in this week, even maybe put on a bit. I've been really tempted with food and have a lot of snacks.

I have managed to do two fitness workouts though so I feel good about that.

I'm also still struggling with energy levels in the afternoon.

Even though I have reasons to get fit, it's still not working and I give in too easily.

I never used to have to worry about my weight before pregnancy. Now I know what a struggle it is for a lot of people to get rid of.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 07, 2012, 09:47:52 am
Oh dear I ate too much naan bread :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 07, 2012, 09:51:54 am
Tasty, are you eating low-GI snacks? If you want more information on this I can post some later. It should help with your low energy levels ;)
Also, don't give in. It takes time but it is soooo worth it. Trust me. And we're all here to support and motivate each other :-*

Bambi, we all slip up sometimes. Don't worry about it now, just keep it in mind for the future. Only human remember ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 07, 2012, 10:09:36 am
Spent several hours in the garden today weeding and trimming. Not much of a day for it with drizzly rain on and off. But I enjoyed my self tidying up the garden. That's my exercise  for the day :D
Oh and I stacked a tonne of wood too.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 07, 2012, 10:10:28 am
Cookie that's good news then that you weighed the same and not put on. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 07, 2012, 10:16:15 am
Spent several hours in the garden today weeding and trimming. Not much of a day for it with drizzly rain on and off. But I enjoyed my self tidying up the garden. That's my exercise  for the day :D
Oh and I stacked a tonne of wood too.

That sounds like good exercise Mandi ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 07, 2012, 10:21:36 am
I thought so too Amy. DD and her friend took over the kitchen cooking today so I went outside. I think they are cooking again tomorrow so I might just do some more out side jobs while I have the opportunity. If the grass would dry I could mow the lawns.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 07, 2012, 10:27:14 am
I thought so too Amy. DD and her friend took over the kitchen cooking today so I went outside. I think they are cooking again tomorrow so I might just do some more out side jobs while I have the opportunity. If the grass would dry I could mow the lawns.

Is your kitchen still in one piece? ;D
Awesome idea, I hope the grass is dry because lawn mowing is great exercise too. Just don't run over your toe like my uncle did once :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 07, 2012, 10:30:47 am
Yep kitchen nice and clean. They are pretty good at cleaning up after them self :D
And I will really try not to run over my toe (although I have 10 :D )
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 07, 2012, 10:33:14 am
Yep kitchen nice and clean. They are pretty good at cleaning up after them self :D
And I will really try not to run over my toe (although I have 10 :D )

LOL so chopping one off wouldn't matter, hey? You'd still have 9 ;) And a funny walk :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on July 07, 2012, 03:45:20 pm
Tasty, are you eating low-GI snacks? If you want more information on this I can post some later. It should help with your low energy levels ;)



I would love to find out low GI snacks but I also need to choose them over unhealthier options hehe
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 08, 2012, 01:11:53 am
Tasty, are you eating low-GI snacks? If you want more information on this I can post some later. It should help with your low energy levels ;)



I would love to find out low GI snacks but I also need to choose them over unhealthier options hehe

LOL thats true ;D I'll put something together for you today so you can have a squizz. You never know, there might be a snack that you enjoy ;)

WEIGH DAY TODAY!!! The results are in... my scales kindly informed me that my weight is 66.5kg, a loss of 2kg 8)

Thats not surprising considering the amount of exercise I've done this week. But its probably a bit too much to be losing in one week :-))
HOWEVER its better than a gain ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 08, 2012, 01:20:19 am
How tall are you Amy - you may have said previously but I've forgotten.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 08, 2012, 01:23:23 am
Yep kitchen nice and clean. They are pretty good at cleaning up after them self :D
And I will really try not to run over my toe (although I have 10 :D )

But you're from Tassie aren't you supposed to have 12 toes?  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 08, 2012, 01:24:21 am
How tall are you Amy - you may have said previously but I've forgotten.

I'm 172cm tall Judy. I've been this height since I was 12 :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 08, 2012, 01:26:18 am
What's that in feet and inches Amy - I'm not good with metric heights
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 08, 2012, 01:27:06 am
Oh sorry, about 5 ft 7 ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 08, 2012, 02:39:33 am
Yep kitchen nice and clean. They are pretty good at cleaning up after them self :D
And I will really try not to run over my toe (although I have 10 :D )

But you're from Tassie aren't you supposed to have 12 toes?  ;D
No Dash, I have 2 heads not 12 toes :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 08, 2012, 02:40:01 am
Wow well done Amy, that's a big loss :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 08, 2012, 02:44:02 am
That's a total of 7.2 kg lost on this challenge so far by all participants
(how much does a penguin weigh? :D )
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 08, 2012, 02:47:20 am
Amy, surely you are not overweight for your height  :o  I'm about 5' nothing and weigh about 65kg.  Not bothered about losing weight though, this seems to be the weight I was meant to be so I have accepted it.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 08, 2012, 03:09:10 am
That's a total of 7.2 kg lost on this challenge so far by all participants
(how much does a penguin weigh? :D )

An emperor penguin weighs about 30kg :) We're about a quarter of the way to one penguin, I think :-))

Thanks Mandi :D

Amy, surely you are not overweight for your height  :o  I'm about 5' nothing and weigh about 65kg.  Not bothered about losing weight though, this seems to be the weight I was meant to be so I have accepted it.

I don't think I am anymore Judy, but I used to be obese according to the BMI so I'm very paranoid about my weight :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on July 08, 2012, 10:40:57 pm
I put on 300gm last friday. Then proceeded to go on a girls weekend, need i say more! However, I have started reading Cyndi O'Meara's "Changing Habits, changing lives" book and have commenced day 1 of fruit breakfast. Wish me luck!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 09, 2012, 12:21:58 am
Good luck CGL ;D Is that the plan that you keep repeating every 21 days?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on July 09, 2012, 12:43:44 am
Amy you can buy Cyndi's books via TMX website- she is a nutritionist that endorses its use. About eating wholefoods mostly, I have just started! :) Its by no means a diet plan, more a way of life.  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 09, 2012, 12:53:18 am
It sounds good CGL, I hope it works for you :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 12:59:45 am
I put on 300gm last friday. Then proceeded to go on a girls weekend, need i say more! However, I have started reading Cyndi O'Meara's "Changing Habits, changing lives" book and have commenced day 1 of fruit breakfast. Wish me luck!

CGL I'm glad your not giving up even with a weight gain. I don't think my scales will be nice to me this week :(
I have had a few day of snacking a little to much. Will wait till Wednesday and see what the scales say.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 09, 2012, 02:10:28 am
I am 5'5", weigh anything from 62-66kgs, depending on exercise and what I have been eating.

Happy at that, too much work to loose weight.

I will get on the scales once I am bug free, if anything I will be the same or gained as I have not done any exercise since 1 hour of climbing hills on the bike last mon, & been in bed a lot, doing nothing.

H
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 09, 2012, 02:19:55 am
Weigh in this morning. I knew it would be bad but did it anyway. I had a bad week last week, binged fro 3 days straight then had the my sister and BiL arrive.

Official weight up 2.6kg from 74 to 76.6. Sorry to let the side down. I am just going to try and not gain any more weight until my family leaves then I will get back into serious weight loss.

I did manage a run this morning, 6 km.

Since everyone else seems to have added their height I am 174cm or about 5'8 inches.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 03:46:11 am
Oops Dash, glad your not giving up quiet yet.
I'm worried about my weigh in too on Wednesday. :o

By the way I'm 5 foot 5 inches (same as Hally)
I will try to be extra good for the next 2 days :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 09, 2012, 04:39:27 am
Good luck everyone :D Don't worry about the things you can't control, and plan the things that you can control so you don't have to worry ;)
I know we can do this, we are strong, determind people 8)

Hally, I don't think you would need to lose much weight at all ???
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 04:46:11 am
Yes I agree Amy, If I weighed between 62-66kg I would be over the moon. My goal in 63kg. Can't wait to be in the 60s again as its been 12 years since I weighed 63kg. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 09, 2012, 05:25:28 am
Imagine how great you'll feel when you get there Mandi :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 05:34:23 am
I can't wait Amy, and that's why I'm not going to give up. Even if I have a bad day or two I'm going to pull my self together and keep trying :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on July 09, 2012, 06:07:46 am
Going great everyone..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 09, 2012, 09:12:09 am
I thought I better check in :)...I am still around but life is hectic at the moment with stocktake at work and kids on holidays :(.  Roll on the end of July...at least the kids are both back at school tomorrow.

I have lost 3.1 kg and acquired a new toy.  I am now using a fitbit tracker because I am trying to improve my exercise.  I was concerned that my weight loss would slow again because I am not a very physical person.  The fitbit is basically a glorified pedometer (sp?) that has just been released in Australia.  It calculates your number of steps etc and automatically syncs with your computer and the internet and it has a ipod/android app.  It has really made me conscious of keeping moving.  I also was extravagant and bought their wifi scales.  They synchronise wirelessly and upload your weight to a website to track it.  I'm now using myfitnesspal to track my food because they interact with fitbit and my exercise loads into myfitnesspal and my food back into fitbit.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 09:58:04 am
Wow stacelee you are going great guns, well done. The pedometer thing sounds really interesting. I would live to hear more about it. Might have to look it up and read up on it. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 10:21:36 am
I just had a look at the fitbit web site. Looks really good. I wouldn't mind getting a pedometer myself as well, great way to help keep you motivated to keep moving.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 09, 2012, 10:42:31 am
According to my husband, the fitbit is the equivalent of a thermomix....and a standard pedometer is the equivalent of a rotary beater.  I'm just finding it good because I don't have to think about entering anything in except for my food...my weight, exercise and sleep is all done automatically.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 11:04:18 am
I do like the sound of it. How accurate do you find it? And do you find the pedometer comfortable to wear all the time?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 09, 2012, 11:16:06 am
It seems to be very accurate.....my husband tried to convince me that it was picking up bumps in the car, but I checked when I got in and when I got out and it was exactly the same.  Its very tiny and I normally wear in in the centre of my bra.....or like now on my waistband of my pyjamas.  At night, there is a wristband that you slot it into....I really haven't noticed it.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 11:27:14 am
Sounds pretty good then. I have had a good read of the web site and would love to get one. I think I am pretty active and am on the go a lot, but I'm not sure if I am doing enough to loose weight. I used to walk a lot until I tore my Achilles tendon, but I think I could cope with some more walking now. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 11:33:38 am
Well I just ordered one stacelee, I might get the scales later on down the track :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 09, 2012, 11:37:35 am
AHHHH!!! I WANT ONE TOO!!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 09, 2012, 01:58:10 pm
Oh, Stacelee, you're evil! Enticing us with gadgets! I think I'll be getting this with my tax return... It seems perfect. I like to use a pedometer, but I gave up because I never actually tracked it - this makes it so simple! I've had a bit of a look at their website, and I like the look of the flower. That kind of logic works on me, I'd be devastated when IF the flower shrunk! lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 09, 2012, 03:40:21 pm
Well Ok my Fat bBtch weight is 86. Thats all I am can register cos I don't know another weight other than what the doc has weighed me in under. I like the sound of that fit bit thing or is it fat bat? I'm happy to swing and purchase in about 3-4 weeks if its worth it.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 09:10:47 pm
We will have to keep you informed CP. I might get the scales as well in a couple of weeks. I wonder if I will get my fitbit this week?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 09, 2012, 10:29:09 pm
I'm not looking at the fit bit, I'm hopeless with gadgets and just paid out for a new iPod nano which has the inbuilt pedometer and links to the Nike site so no more spending money on keeping fit gadgets for a while.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 09, 2012, 11:27:56 pm
I got my fitbit from Harvey Norman and the scales as well.  We then had to go back and get my husband one.  The guy I dealt with at Harvey Norman had no idea what he was selling and was telling the cashier that the tracker was the wifi dongle for the scales.....I wish people would learn their products.  For some bizarre reason the second Harvey Norman had the scales and trackers in the computer department.

The tracker seems to be working for me...I'm down another 1/2 kilo this morning.  It is definately making me more aware of moving.  I'm in my office today and I've made a point of walking up and down our warehouse twenty times (looked really stupid but it is exercise)  I'll be sitting at my desk for most of the day so I'm going to try and do that at least a couple more times.  It is 38 step from the roller door to the back wall so it will help a little....but I think the treadmill will be in my future tonight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 09, 2012, 11:46:56 pm
Thanks for letting me know you got it from Harvey Norman - I'd prefer to buy like that from a 'real' shop than online. It's nice to know if something goes wrong it's easy to get fixed. And I'd want it as soon as I get my tax return. I'm nt good at waiting! Lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 09, 2012, 11:50:10 pm
The fitbit web site said postage 5-7 days (I think)
I'm hoping I will get it this week but most likely next week. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 10, 2012, 12:14:25 am
Thanks for letting me know you got it from Harvey Norman - I'd prefer to buy like that from a 'real' shop than online. It's nice to know if something goes wrong it's easy to get fixed. And I'd want it as soon as I get my tax return. I'm nt good at waiting! Lol

Ditto to everything you said there Amanda! ;)

I'm going to go to Harvey Norman tomorrow :D

Does everyone know that even fidgeting burns calories? I tap my feet all the time. I bet thats how I lost 23kg.... :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 10, 2012, 12:47:53 am
Lol Amy, well I better start Tapping my fingers and feet a lot more :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 10, 2012, 12:51:08 am
It certainly wouldn't hurt Mandi (unless someone got sick of your tapping and threw something at you) ;D

I have a proper statistic somewhere of how many more calories are burned by fidgeters. I'll see if I can find it, and I'll be writing up that snippet on the GI today as well ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 10, 2012, 02:15:26 am
I bet thats how I lost 23kg.... :-))

 :o wow! I'm impressed!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 10, 2012, 06:18:26 am
Thanks CP :D

It took a lot of sweat, tears and determination 8)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on July 10, 2012, 01:12:26 pm
Well did my weekly weigh in and still the same weight as last week - which is actually a good thing as I ate quite a few naughty snacks. Don't seem to be as tempted this week.

Well done Stacelee - you are doing really well!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 10, 2012, 01:28:58 pm
Wel I've finally got back to the gym after two weeks of being sick and a few other not so great things upset my routine, we don't have scales at home so could only weigh myself tonight and I was plesently surprised I've dropped about 900gr. I pretty much eat what I want but stick with my green smoothies for breakfast and with no alcohol this month I'm hoping to lose a few kegs. I'm currently 66.1 kegs and while I would like to get back to 60kg I'm not prepared to give up very much. I'll see if the no alcohol makes a difference to my weight and also try and get back to exercising 4 to 5 times a week which I was doing until the last few weeks.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 10, 2012, 09:31:19 pm
Well that a great weight loss Wonder, you would be happy with that. :)
My weigh day today too but I'm not expecting a loss :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 10, 2012, 10:21:37 pm
Ok just weighed in and as I thought no loss this week. I'm actually up 200g :(
Better worker harder this week to loose that extra 200g + more :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 11, 2012, 12:10:43 am
Don't worry Mandi, you can expect things like that to happen. I know how disheartening it is, but remember that if you got it off once, you can do it again ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 11, 2012, 01:17:40 am
Just weighed myself and down 1.6 kgs pretty happy with that have really upped the exercise this week curves 4 times walking every day and got the wii fit out and did steps on day going to use it again today. I wear my pedometer every day, those new ones that you have been talking about sound good, but mine isn't that old trying to up my steps by 500 each week, 
I'm 5' 4" not sure what that is in cm, not ready to tell the world my weight yet,
I would still like to lose another 20 kgs,
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 11, 2012, 01:36:56 am
I would still like to lose another 20 kgs,

 :o :o :o have you lost 20kgs?

I've decided that I have been kidding myself. I haven't started the challenge yet.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 02:52:28 am
Just weighed myself and down 1.6 kgs pretty happy with that have really upped the exercise this week curves 4 times walking every day and got the wii fit out and did steps on day going to use it again today. I wear my pedometer every day, those new ones that you have been talking about sound good, but mine isn't that old trying to up my steps by 500 each week,  
I'm 5' 4" not sure what that is in cm, not ready to tell the world my weight yet,
I would still like to lose another 20 kgs,

Wow what a great weight loss. You are steaming ahead. I just got the fitbit scales and pedometer and according to the fitbit scales I am actually down 200g :)
 I decided I love the new scales as they told me I weighed 75.8kg instead of 76.2 :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 02:53:46 am
I would still like to lose another 20 kgs,

 :o :o :o have you lost 20kgs?

I've decided that I have been kidding myself. I haven't started the challenge yet.

Well CP now you have admitted it are you back on track now?
We are all behind you if you need the extra encouragement :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 11, 2012, 04:58:22 am
I decided I love the new scales as they told me I weighed 75.8kg instead of 76.2 :D

LOL Mandi :D

We are all behind you if you need the extra encouragement :D

Absolutely ;) ;)

I wish I could take all of you to my personal trainer. He's the most encouraging, motivating, caring guy. His personal training focuses on weight loss, and him and his wife also provide nutritional guidance. Its a fantastic little business :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 11, 2012, 05:51:00 am
No, I just went to the shops and bought myself a danish pastry for morning tea which I have eaten before opening this thread up  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 05:53:45 am
Yum Danish pastry is so nice :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 05:59:32 am
Yum Danish pastry is so nice :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 11, 2012, 06:03:50 am
So is a fresh apple or pear.... ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 11, 2012, 06:15:54 am
Amy, how long do you spend with the PT each week? i noticed you had a three hour session the other day, I can barely get through 1 hr but then again I only do exercise because i know i have to not because I really enjoy it.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 11, 2012, 06:21:25 am
I'll give you an example of my weekly exercise routine Wonder. All my PT sessions are 2-3 hours and I do cardio and weights training ;)

Monday - PT
Tuesday - PT
Wednesday - PT
Thursday - Swim or run (at least 1 hour)
Friday - PT
Saturday - Walk or jog (at least an hour)
Sunday - Swim or run (at least an hour)

I love exercise. Its my drug ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 11, 2012, 07:11:59 am
Wow Amy that is some routine, I would be a stick figure if I kept to that. I can't imagine 3 hours with a PT and I can't imagine loving exercise  ;D I have a sister who is a marathon runner and trains similar hours to you, she always tell me I don't get the endorphin rush because I need to be more positive about exercise but I can't get over doing it just because I know I should.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 11, 2012, 07:17:00 am
Sorry, also tried to edit to add that I admire your dedication, fantastic job.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 11, 2012, 07:33:11 am
Thanks Wonder :D

Just remember that I used to be 23kg heavier than I am now though. I was overweight, I didn't exercise, I ate junk food and I didn't really care about my body. I could never have done this sort of exercise back then. It has taken a good couple of years for me to build up my fitness to this level, and I still can't really believe how much I have changed and improved.
So trust me, there are days when I walk into my PT session and think "I can't do this, there is no way I can do this." But I just remind myself how many times I have said that before in my life and how many times I have proved myself wrong, and I know that I can do it ;)

It's all about the psychology. If you have a strong mind and determination, you can do anything :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 11, 2012, 07:41:39 am
I would still like to lose another 20 kgs,

 :o :o :o have you lost 20kgs?

I've decided that I have been kidding myself. I haven't started the challenge yet.

I wish but no CP lave lost just over 12kgs, I still need to lose about 20 kgs.

Come on CP you can do it, , there is always tomorrow to start, it took me awhile to really get on track, I am eating more now that I ever have. Have a morning and afternoon snack of nuts or yoghurt. Haven't felt hungry, or craved chocolate.  And I was a chocoholic.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 07:47:31 am
Another chocoholic here too. I ate way way too much :(
But I really don't crave it anymore. I have had 1 chocolate since starting the challenge as I figure I shouldn't cut it out completely. I now crave other foods that are much healthier options like yoghurt, nuts and fruit :)
And I really enjoy my earning meal with lots of veggies. I'm slowly re training my body and mind to eat the right things :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 11, 2012, 07:48:19 am


It's all about the psychology. If you have a strong mind and determination, you can do anything :D

That is so true Amy,

I dont think I could do 2 - 3 hrs each day, good on you Amy.
I can manage about 1 hr a day most days.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 11, 2012, 07:54:06 am
Dede it does take awhile to train your body and mind, we eat more veggies now that we did before less potato's and starchy veggies,  don't get nice potato's here in the west, miss my tassie spuds.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 11, 2012, 08:00:47 am
I barely have time at the moment to do 1/2 an hour a day :( but that will change when my son finishes school.  Its one of the reasons why I bought the tracker so I can increase my number of steps during day by being aware of how much I'm moving.  I lost 22.6kg since the end of October last year, but my weight loss has pretty much stalled for the last couple of months and I actually put about 3 kg back on....I had started to do the whole yoyo dieting thing again.  I'm a stress eater and with work and a child in grade 12, life has been very stressful and I've eaten accordingly.  I'm trying now to get into a better routine and manage my stress (without killing either of the teenagers who are currently b**ching and complaining at each other....anyone want two kids?)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 11, 2012, 08:03:42 am
I wish I could join you girls. I am overweight but with PCOS and a thyroid disorder it is impossible to lose weight. You girls and guys are so inspiring.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 08:12:56 am
Yeh I agree, I need to be stronger though and pick a healthier option on a weekend when we have takeaway. DH loves KFC and I pay for it on my waist eating stuff like that :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 08:15:01 am
Stacelee you can keep your 2 teenages :D sorry I have 2 (almost 3) of my own :(
They can certainly be testy at times.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 08:15:36 am
I wish I could join you girls. I am overweight but with PCOS and a thyroid disorder it is impossible to lose weight. You girls and guys are so inspiring.

What's PCOS DG?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 11, 2012, 08:31:34 am
Poly cystic Ovary Syndrome. When my eggs die they attach themselves to my ovaries and then I have a bad bleed to get rid of them. Unfortunately my body gets rid of all eggs, fertilized and unfertilized. It also effects your insulin levels. This has caused me to also have insulin resistance.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 11, 2012, 08:53:46 am
Dede,

We have changed our takeaway to Nandos.  The kids and my husband have burgers & chips and I have the chicken tenderloins and corn.....everyone is happy and I don't blow my diet to hell.  I can agree with your husband about KFC...it is my comfort food.  My son nearly worked there, he was given the job but was offered one at McDonalds on the day he was going to start work.  I was very glad when he decided to go to Maccas, although I overdosed on Chai Lattes the first few months he was there.  I don't really like their food but do like McCafe.  Getting everything at half price when the kids are working was a little too tempting.  I now don't walk in the door, I just dump and run.  Getting a Nespresso machine at home helped....removed the need to bring a latte home for my husband when I dropped the kids off.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 08:57:26 am
DG that sounds horrible, you poor thing. :(
I have heard of it but really didn't know what the symptoms were. Obviously that would make it really difficult to get pregnant then.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: ElleG on July 11, 2012, 08:58:12 am
I'll give you an example of my weekly exercise routine Wonder. All my PT sessions are 2-3 hours and I do cardio and weights training ;)

Monday - PT
Tuesday - PT
Wednesday - PT
Thursday - Swim or run (at least 1 hour)
Friday - PT
Saturday - Walk or jog (at least an hour)
Sunday - Swim or run (at least an hour)

I love exercise. Its my drug ;D

Wow Amy, that's an impressive amount of exercise! Do you work shift work? How do you fit it all in?

DG, I also have Pocs, and chronic pain. Last surgery was six months ago and i am still looking for exercises that will not stir up neuralgia. I am loving Qi gong, have just discovered it. The meds I am on can really pack on the weight! I know where you are coming from, especially with a thyroid problem, it is so difficult to loose weight.

I have managed to go from 91.5 kgs to 69kgs over the last  six years. All the purist can look away LOL last 9 kgs was with the HCG diet with Cyndi O'Meara.  The easiest weight loss I have ever had - even though prob due to my meds I lost half of the lowest expected weight.  I will go back in a few months and loose another 4 - 5 kgs. I am 170 cm tall, so jut a few more kgs will look better.

Good luck everyone on your weight loss journey.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 08:58:34 am
Stacelee I need to be stronger. We had KFC on the weekend and it took me the rest of the week to work really hard to get rid of the extra weight I put on. Not worth it at all.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 11, 2012, 09:13:47 am
ElleG, I'm studying personal training so while I exercise I'm also learning :D
And I was doing shift work, but I just quit because of bullying. When I find another job, depending on what hours it is, I will probably have to start training earlier, probably 5:30am :-))

Come on girls, we can do this. We are strong and determined and awesome ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 11, 2012, 09:19:40 am
Yes Dede one successful pregnancy in over 12 years of trying. I have fallen several times, but generally lose the baby when my second period is due. The baby is lost along with all the dead eggs. Lucky to have DS.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: ElleG on July 11, 2012, 09:29:20 am
Amy, you will be an awesome personal trainer!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 11, 2012, 09:34:39 am
Thanks Elle :D My dream is to work with people like you girls, who are determined and strong but might just need that extra bit of guidance and motivation. I want to help people get the best out of their lives :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 11, 2012, 10:21:20 am
Amy you will be a great personal trainer, having lost weight you have the understanding of what your client need, not like some of these skinny girls that can't understand why people are over weight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 11, 2012, 10:34:23 am
Thanks jeninwa :)
I really just want to help people. All I want from my life is to know that I've helped as many people as I can, and I think this is one way I can do it :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 11:05:08 am
Good on you Amy, that's a great way to look at life. You will go along way :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 11:09:59 am
Yes Dede one successful pregnancy in over 12 years of trying. I have fallen several times, but generally lose the baby when my second period is due. The baby is lost along with all the dead eggs. Lucky to have DS.

That's horrible DG, sounds like you are extremely lucky to have your DS. My friend is much like that, she has one DS and has tried many times to have another over the last 10 years but got no where.
Where my DH says that he only had to walk past me and I would be pregnant :D
My sister has no problem getting pregnant but has trouble carrying them to full term.
My sister in law has a lot of trouble getting pregnant and had to have IVF to get her 2 girls.

We are all so different.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 11, 2012, 11:14:34 am
Where my DH says that he only had to walk past me and I would be pregnant :D

  :-X (thinking about 5 kids and trying hard not to comment  :D)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 11:17:03 am
Lol CP, I'm sure I could of had a dozen kids without even trying. Definitely don't share the bath water :o
DH has had the snip thank god for that :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 11, 2012, 11:17:42 am
Maybe DH isn't walking past me the right way :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 11, 2012, 11:19:07 am
Maybe DH isn't walking past me the right way :)

Lol, you might have to practice that one :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 12, 2012, 04:55:20 am
I also was extravagant and bought their wifi scales.  They synchronise wirelessly and upload your weight to a website to track it.  I'm now using myfitnesspal to track my food because they interact with fitbit and my exercise loads into myfitnesspal and my food back into fitbit.

Stacelee, does the weight from the scales also synchronise to myfitnesspal, or just the activity from the pedometer-type-thing?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 12, 2012, 05:10:26 am
As far as I can tell, only the activity from the fitbit tracker synchronises.  I will have to check what it is doing with my weight.  Didn't think to check.  I've only been using myfitnesspal to track my food.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 12, 2012, 05:15:30 am
Fair enough - I'd like to have an all-round solution, though. I'm shocking at not tracking my weight, and if I could have it all in one place, it would be great. I haven't been able to find anything online about it, so it doesn't look like it. I had a look at the Fitbit iPhone app and at first wasn't all that impressed. It's clean, but it didn't seem to calculate how many calories you should have per day. I've just had another look though, and it does, so I might stick with that app, I think. I want it all to be as simple as possible so there's less chance for excuses!! I think I'm going to buy it on the week-end, if I can get to a Harvey Norman that have them. DS' dad would normally drive me because he stays on Friday night's, but he's being a bit of a jerk at the moment, so I don't want to ask.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 05:33:35 am
I don't think your weight does transfer to my fitness pal from what I can see either. I have been only using it for a day so still learning.
I'm really happy with it though :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 12, 2012, 05:52:21 am
Well, I'm all set - I rang a Harvey Norman and they're putting the scales and the tracker aside for me, and I'm picking it up on Saturday morning! I'm going to start trying to lose weight on Monday, but because I don't have time to plan & calculate calories the way I normally would I'm going to do a normal meal plan, trying to pick healthy options, and calculate calories as I go. I don't think my meal choices are that bad, it's my portion sizes. And the crap that I eat in between meals. I always have the best intentions, I have lot's of fruit - but the vending machine wins.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 12, 2012, 05:58:01 am
You will just have to concentrate on doing something else everytime you think of the vending machine. I'm not much of a snacker but I always have a glass of water handy and drink when i think I want something I shouldn't be eating.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 12, 2012, 06:02:45 am
Where I work, you need to use paypass Credit/Debit cards to use the vending machines, which are our building access / ID cards. I only put $10 on it a few weeks ago, so hopefully there won't be much left on it. It's good if I want a can of coke zero or something, because the cans are only about $1, but if you go to the cafe's down stairs, you pay about $3-4 for a bottle. I always find that once I start eating well, I don't want junk food - it's just the battle of getting to that point that's challenging.

I think the fitbit 'system' is going to do wonders for me. I'm very analytical, and a bit of a data junky, so being able to see all the information readily available, with all the graphs, etc is exciting! lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 06:14:33 am
Yes I think the fit bit is great. And while wearing the pedometer I find I'm trying to move about more to get my steps up as high as I can which can only be a good thing. :D
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 12, 2012, 07:41:19 am
My fitbit told me that while I was in bed for 8 hours last night I was woken 18 times  :O that is from bed sharing with a toddler who wants to feed all night!
I have the flu so I'll be back up and exercising in a few days right now I'm laying up in bed resting .
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 12, 2012, 08:34:01 am
Wow, I can't believe the number of people who are now into the fit bits :).  I've had mine for a week today and I am loving it....I am so much more conscious of making myself move, even to taking the long way around to the bathroom at work and purposely going downstairs to talk to people rather than picking up the phone and buzzing them.  I've lost more than a kilo this week so they are obviously helping.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 09:06:58 am
Wow, I can't believe the number of people who are now into the fit bits :).  I've had mine for a week today and I am loving it....I am so much more conscious of making myself move, even to taking the long way around to the bathroom at work and purposely going downstairs to talk to people rather than picking up the phone and buzzing them.  I've lost more than a kilo this week so they are obviously helping.

And before a few days ago I and a few others had never heard of a fitbit :o
And it only took one person to mention it and bang lots of us have got them now lol. Even a friend who lerks on the forum (hi Bell :D ) went out and got both the pedometer and scales yesterday.
Thanks stacelee :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 09:08:40 am
My fitbit told me that while I was in bed for 8 hours last night I was woken 18 times  :O that is from bed sharing with a toddler who wants to feed all night!
I have the flu so I'll be back up and exercising in a few days right now I'm laying up in bed resting .

Apparently I was awake 7 times last night. I did have a restless night. I think I was conscious that the fitbit was tracking my sleep and it actually made me restless lol.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 12, 2012, 09:09:22 am
Hi everyone,

Just letting you know that I have just started my Nutrition and Dietetics Assistant course! Hooray! I'm on my way to becoming a qualified health professional :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 12, 2012, 09:18:26 am
Congratulations Amy, thats great, I'm sure that you have a great future ahead of you.

My family always tell me that I find them the best toys.  I am a massive technogeek and we have two wireless networks running around the house, two isp's (cos I don't share my work related internet nicely with twits who get me speed limited because they are playing world of warcraft too much....DH and Bratboy), we have media players/boxees/apple tv's on every tv and a media server that currently has about three terabytes of media loaded on it.  I also have a kindle fire, iPad, macbook air, laptop and a psvita, nintendo ds and nintendo 3ds.....my son's friends think that I'm strange.  I prefer to spend money on my toys rather than clothes.....probably because my toys don't get too tight and not fit when I get fat :).
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 10:31:03 am
Lol stacelee. I must admit I do love technology too. We don't have as many tech things as you but there are lots of iPods, 2 iPhones, an iPad and a apple Mac computer in this house. And play station 3, Xbox and wii. TVs I all bedrooms and 5 computers between te 7 of us. DH hates technology though. He has a basic mobile, and needs help to turn the computer on lol. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 12, 2012, 11:42:25 am
I hope the course leads you to a very interesting job down the track Amy - to a job that would certainly suit you right down to the ground. Well done.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 12:47:31 pm
Amy you could do a case study on us,
'The ups and downs of weight loss' ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 12, 2012, 01:22:54 pm
Well done Amy.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 12, 2012, 01:23:27 pm
Yeah, Amy - we could be your guinea pigs!

Stacelee, you sound a lot like me...! It's much easier when they don't get tight!

I'm planning on taking the stairs as much as I can. At work it'll be easier, but at home I have to take the lift when I have DS - I'm NOT pushing a pram down three flights of stairs! Or up for that matter. I think it'll make a big difference to actually SEE what I'm doing.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 01:26:24 pm
I have nowhere I can use stairs really. I do have a stepper machine and I tried that but it didn't count as walking up stairs. I managed one flight of stairs yesterday when I went to the accountants.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 12, 2012, 01:43:31 pm
It uses altitude mandi so hills count as stairs ;)
(And btw it's me bell lol)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 09:05:06 pm
It uses altitude mandi so hills count as stairs ;)
(And btw it's me bell lol)

Lol. I actually wondered that. Hi Bell.
So Bambi are you joining our challenge?
Not sure if I could do much hill walking with my Achilles tendonitis problem or not.?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 09:22:40 pm
I just realized that I already added you Bambi (before I caught on that it was you Bell :D)
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 12, 2012, 11:02:14 pm
Hehe I'm sneaky
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 12, 2012, 11:58:43 pm
Thanks everyone!

Amy you could do a case study on us,
'The ups and downs of weight loss' ;D

LOL :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 12, 2012, 11:59:15 pm
Hehe I'm sneaky

Very :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 13, 2012, 01:50:25 am
I'm getting a fit bit. Hardly Normal are waiting on stock to arrive.

2 hours later: got it! now charging up and just working out how to link up the scales etc
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on July 13, 2012, 04:16:39 am
put on 0.1  :-[
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 13, 2012, 05:14:11 am
Good on you CP, another fitbit user amongst us:)

And CGL I had the same problem last weigh in :(
Oh well we will do better next weigh in :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 13, 2012, 05:28:26 am
put on 0.1  :-[

Don't be too worried about a small amount like that CGL, remember there are many factors that can influece weight. Your little gain might not be fat at all ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on July 13, 2012, 06:28:52 am
CP its just water...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 13, 2012, 07:14:13 am
I just jumped on my new scales and actually weigh 90.1kgs - worse than my Fat B***h weight  :'( :'( :'( I have got a lot of weight to lose, but I'm really intrigued with this little device and have already earnt my first badge climbing up and down the stairs 11 times. I see you can link somehow with friends, so we can probably do that once we work out how to. I'll go for a ride on my bike soon to see if I can use up some steps or something. (yikes! I should be working...)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on July 13, 2012, 08:46:21 am
Well I found one good way of losing weight although not a healthy one. Last night I had a really bad case of gastro and I couldn't keep up with things wanting to come out of both ends (sorry tmi) and still don't feel well however I lost 2.5kgs overnight.

Fortunately I had parents who were able to come over and look after little one and limit contact with me as she's already underweight so I'd hate for her to lose more weight 'cos of me. Hubby was great too, doing what he could to assist me during this horrible thing I had to go through.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 13, 2012, 10:20:28 am
Oh no Tasty, hope everyone else doesn't get it :o
I hate gastro :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 13, 2012, 10:21:47 am
I just jumped on my new scales and actually weigh 90.1kgs - worse than my Fat B***h weight  :'( :'( :'( I have got a lot of weight to lose, but I'm really intrigued with this little device and have already earnt my first badge climbing up and down the stairs 11 times. I see you can link somehow with friends, so we can probably do that once we work out how to. I'll go for a ride on my bike soon to see if I can use up some steps or something. (yikes! I should be working...)

Wish we had stairs, I would climb up and down them several times just to earn a badge lol.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 13, 2012, 10:36:33 am
Well I found one good way of losing weight although not a healthy one. Last night I had a really bad case of gastro and I couldn't keep up with things wanting to come out of both ends (sorry tmi) and still don't feel well however I lost 2.5kgs overnight.

Fortunately I had parents who were able to come over and look after little one and limit contact with me as she's already underweight so I'd hate for her to lose more weight 'cos of me. Hubby was great too, doing what he could to assist me during this horrible thing I had to go through.

Oh Tasty you poor thing! That sounds horrible :(
You're right, its definitely not a healthy way to lose weight. Good thinking getting your daughter out of the infection zone!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 13, 2012, 12:24:42 pm
There's certainly something nasty going around at the moment.

There's a frozen yoghurt place that has opened p near me, and it's beautiful! I had some tonight and it was so good.  I think I'm going to make it my weekly treat for being a good girl... From what I can tell, 100g is 140 calories, and then there's toppings. I'm not a big fan of most of the toppings as I didn't think the flavored yoghurt needed it, but they had these little balls filled with mango juice which were really nice, and complimented the ferero roche flavored yogurt nicely, 

Everything in moderation...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 13, 2012, 12:27:33 pm
Oh Amanda, that sounds soooo good.... I think I'll move to Melbourne :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 13, 2012, 12:48:14 pm
We'll go there when you come & stay for the baking competition. ;-)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 13, 2012, 12:49:40 pm
LOL we probably shouldn't talk about baking on a weight loss thread ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 13, 2012, 12:53:31 pm
Or chocolate, icecream, cake, biscuits and more chocolate. Oops sorry :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 13, 2012, 01:07:08 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Testing our will power Mandi? ;)

Right now I'm actually craving an apple but I already had one :-\ :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 13, 2012, 01:38:33 pm
surely you can have an apple?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 13, 2012, 01:43:00 pm
I dunno CP, but I did anyway ;D

I'll have to ask my PT what my apple ration is :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 13, 2012, 03:56:41 pm
there are apparently 90 cals in an apple. I would have an apple if you wanted it. I think Weight Watchers let you have as much fruit as you want. There are worser sins.

I really excelled myself today. I got the Fit Bit about midday lets say, and I couldn't stop logging on and tracking. I took the dog for a walk late arvo and when I got close to home I was 3,000 steps short of my 10,000 goal so I detoured and added. Normally I would just walk the route. I also walked up and down a few more stairs, and around 9pm tonight DD and I walked around the lounge chairs to get a couple of "badges".  (We laughed as we were doing it cos it was so daggy, every one else is out there dancing and mingling and we are walking around our lounge chairs). T

his is way more exercise than I would do in an average day, and I enjoy knowing where I am at statistically. This is getting a 5/5 for me so far. I reckon these gadgets are going to go off with a blast.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 13, 2012, 10:30:35 pm
Those fit bits sound great, I've always used a heart rate monitor when I do any exercise and that keeps motivation up and makes me push a little harder. I've just started using the Nike + on my iPod plus the heart rate monitor and still learning but I'm loving the website and the extra info you get.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 13, 2012, 10:57:34 pm
CP I just imagined you guys walking around the lounge in circles and couldn't help but laugh. But like you I deliberately walked extra to get my 10,000 steps in for the day. The fitbit does make you more motivated to keep moving. I find myself not wanting to sit but stand more as it burns more calories standing than sitting etc. I'm loving it so far too :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 14, 2012, 12:15:16 am
there are apparently 90 cals in an apple. I would have an apple if you wanted it. I think Weight Watchers let you have as much fruit as you want. There are worser sins.

I really excelled myself today. I got the Fit Bit about midday lets say, and I couldn't stop logging on and tracking. I took the dog for a walk late arvo and when I got close to home I was 3,000 steps short of my 10,000 goal so I detoured and added. Normally I would just walk the route. I also walked up and down a few more stairs, and around 9pm tonight DD and I walked around the lounge chairs to get a couple of "badges".  (We laughed as we were doing it cos it was so daggy, every one else is out there dancing and mingling and we are walking around our lounge chairs). T

his is way more exercise than I would do in an average day, and I enjoy knowing where I am at statistically. This is getting a 5/5 for me so far. I reckon these gadgets are going to go off with a blast.

Good to know about the fruit, thanks CP. I eat tonnes of it ;D

Sounds like you and DD could set a new trend with friday night chair-walking ;) You're doing really well CP, good job :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 14, 2012, 03:22:28 am
I was kicking myself this morning as I really wanted to track my sleep. It will tell you how long it takes for you to fall asleep. Guess there should be reminder somewhere to not fall asleep and put the bit on as its no good lying on the bed next to me!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 14, 2012, 03:30:00 am
It's quiet good CP, and seems quiet accurate too. I woke 15 times last night, and half of that was telling my DH to leave me alone cause he was wanting something but I wasn't interested :o lol.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 14, 2012, 05:37:14 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 14, 2012, 05:41:11 am
 :-X
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 14, 2012, 06:14:48 am
It's a darn nuisance when DH's want a cup of coffee in the middle of the night isn't it Mandi  ;) ;) ;) ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 14, 2012, 06:23:38 am
Mandi I would have given it to him.... A good kick in you no where :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 14, 2012, 07:14:00 am
It's a darn nuisance when DH's want a cup of coffee in the middle of the night isn't it Mandi  ;) ;) ;) ;D

I thought he only wanted a drink of water, not coffee. :D :D :D :D

CP this fitbit sounds exciting.

My weigh day today. I remained the same which I was happy with. I'm only sort of trying. :-\ Bad week coming up, lunch out Monday and Thursday and DH's birthday Tuesday. If I'm truthful I don't want to be good when I have lunch out. :-\
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 14, 2012, 07:16:31 am
As long as you're not gaining cookie, thats the main thing ;)

I don't blame you for not wanting to be good when you go out for lunch ;D Since its not something you do every day you should be able to enjoy it without worrying about your weight :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 14, 2012, 07:24:39 am
I have had to cut out cooking so much. DS is getting a little flabby around his tummy and bottom. Actually more than a little flabby. I am worried as he eats so much but I try to limit it to fruit but he has already had 2 apples, 2 bananas, an apple and yoghurt for snacks. 2 pieces of toast for breakfast and a medium tin of spaghetti for lunch.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 14, 2012, 07:27:19 am
Yes he wanted a cuppa, that's what it was :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 14, 2012, 07:29:03 am
I hadn't considered anything else Mandi :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 14, 2012, 07:30:03 am
I wouldn't care what he wanted. Whatever it was he wouldn't be getting it. Coffee or water LOL
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 14, 2012, 07:34:53 am
I got my fitbit and scales today! I had a bit of trouble connecting the scales, but once I fired up my work laptop and connected using Windows it was fine. It seemed to be a Mac problem - it wasn't prompting for my wifi password so it couldn't connect. Either way, it's working now so it's all good. I'm going to start on Monday. I desperately need to start a meal plan for next week.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 14, 2012, 07:54:55 am
I got my fitbit and scales today! I had a bit of trouble connecting the scales, but once I fired up my work laptop and connected using Windows it was fine. It seemed to be a Mac problem - it wasn't prompting for my wifi password so it couldn't connect. Either way, it's working now so it's all good. I'm going to start on Monday. I desperately need to start a meal plan for next week.

Yay jakodai I'm glad you got it all up and running. I haven't done to many steps today, but I have been on my feet all day cooking. I need a bigger kitchen so walking back and forward from one end to the other is more steps lol.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 14, 2012, 08:44:07 am
Lol, you can't talk about small kitchens until you see mine!

I just took Jake for a toilet walk quite literally around the corner and I've already raked up nearly 1000 steps. 10,000 shouldn't be too hard.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 14, 2012, 11:13:59 am
DD and I went to the Good Food & Wine show. Before I went I had done 626 steps. We parked the car in Subiaco, caught a free bus in and walked around the expo. We walked back up the hill (Kings Park) and back to Subi. Unfortunately I get exercise induced asthma and I could hardly breathe cos I forgot my puffer. It was torture and I couldn't wait to get home to have a puff. Got home and was in the early 9,000's so we took the dog for a walk around the park. Now 11,500 steps later and 25 stairs climbed I am exhausted. I'm going to be a happy chappy lying on the lounge tonight  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 14, 2012, 11:16:31 am
A well deserved lay on the couch!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 14, 2012, 11:49:04 am
I'm only on 4600 + steps but I have been on my feet all day and burnt over 2000 calories but only ate 1300 calories so all good here :D
I know it's probably not spot on but gives a good indication :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 14, 2012, 02:53:03 pm
I have just done my food plan for the week, and I'm going to put it here to hopefully make myself more 'committed' to following it - I have to stick to it now, I've told the world!!


Monday
Breakfast: Baked Beans on Toast – 299 calories
Lunch: Sweet & Sour Chicken (http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/823/sweet%2Band%2Bsour%2Bchicken&sa=U&ei=SPw-T_TfBMLMmAWQiLTiBw&ved=0CBAQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNFCFippERPSdqazAG6nigxjlc_U1A) – 315 calories
Dinner: Spaghetti Bolognese – 525 calories

Tuesday
Breakfast: Cinnamon, Apple and Oat Porridge – 357 calories
Lunch: Baked Potato – 294 calories
Dinner:  Chicken with Lemon & Basil Sauce (http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=3421.0) (modified to be lower calories) – 440 calories

Wednesday
Breakfast: Baked Beans on Toast – 299 calories
Lunch: Chicken Wrap – will work it out when I make it
Dinner: Cacciatore Chicken Risotto (http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=1858.0) – 456 calories

Thursday
Breakfast: Cinnamon, Apple and Oat Porridge – 357 calories
Lunch: Cacciatore Chicken Risotto (http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=1858.0) – 456 calories
Dinner: Bangers and Mash in a Tasty Onion Gravy (http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=3821.0) (without butter) – 464 calories

Friday
Breakfast: Baked Beans on Toast – 299 calories
Lunch: Sushi – 384 calories
Dinner: Casserole
 – 344 calories

Saturday
Breakfast: Cinnamon, Apple and Oat Porridge – 357 calories
Lunch: Baked Potato
 – 294 calories
Dinner: Home Made Chicken Nuggets (http://naturalnewagemum.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/crunchy-chicken-strips-a-healthy-alternative-to-chicken-nuggets-part-one/) & Chips – 425 calories

I struggle with breakfasts and lunches, as you can probably tell - there's not a whole lot of variety there. I'm going to experiment with week-end cooks, and taking 'meals' to work for lunch. I used to do weight watchers, and was quite successful, and I think my biggest contributing factor was having dinner-type meals for lunch, meat & vegetables, which kept me really full until dinner. I wish I had some of my old recipes, as they were quite low in fat.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 15, 2012, 12:16:52 am
That looks great Amanda :D Do you have some healthy snacks planned for emergency hunger pangs?

We'll be checking next week to see if you followed it ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 12:24:23 am
I couldn't stick to a meal plan. I usually only decide either the day before or that morning what we having for dinner. Depends what I feel like having or making :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 15, 2012, 12:44:58 am
Is using grape seed oil healthier/lower in fat than using butter?

I am trying to reduce the fat content in the snacks I make for DS.
Was going to try Amy's Healthier Choc Muffin but don't have any yoghurt.

Thanks DG x
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 15, 2012, 12:48:01 am
DG, grapeseed oil is much healthier because it is not solid at room temperture. Means there are more healthy fats as opposed to unhealthy fats ;)
Hope this is helpful. I can get you more info if you want :)

I hope you do get to try my muffins, they are very yummy :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 15, 2012, 12:56:24 am
Thank you Amy. I will cook my usual Choc cupcakes using grape seed oil today.
Will definately try your muffins next week :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 01:09:10 am
DG, grapeseed oil is much healthier because it is not solid at room temperture. Means there are more healthy fats as opposed to unhealthy fats ;)
Hope this is helpful. I can get you more info if you want :)

I hope you do get to try my muffins, they are very yummy :D

Ya they are yummy, although I have only eaten one but the kids absolutely love them :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 15, 2012, 04:43:39 am
That looks great Amanda :D Do you have some healthy snacks planned for emergency hunger pangs?

We'll be checking next week to see if you followed it ;)
I normally stick to a meal plan once I've created it, and last night I spent a couple of hours researching recipes and calculating calories, and all that stuff, so I think I'm a little more vested in it. I'm planning on buying lot's of fruit, and I'm also going to make Tenina's power balls, as apparently the Crio Bru is a natural appetite suppressant, and I think it also has chromium in it which is meant to stop sugar cravings. I'm also going to make your healthy cupcakes today and that will be my morning tea. I'm hoping that lunch will be enough to carry me through to dinner with just some fruit or something. But if the power balls work, I might have the cupcake for afternoon tea. I'll see how I go.

I couldn't stick to a meal plan. I usually only decide either the day before or that morning what we having for dinner. Depends what I feel like having or making :)
I have to meal plan, otherwise we'd eat junk every night. I work 30 hours a week, my study is meant to be 15 hours, and I'm a single mum, if I don't organise meals things are just way too chaotic. I need to not have to think about that during the week. Especially on work nights.

DG, grapeseed oil is much healthier because it is not solid at room temperture. Means there are more healthy fats as opposed to unhealthy fats ;)
Hope this is helpful. I can get you more info if you want :)
I didn't know this - it makes sense, though. If anything I probably thought it was the other way around, only because I've found that cakes that use oil instead of butter and more moist so I figured they had more fat.


Woo Hoo! I just earned my first FitBit badge - I walked 5000 steps! Markets help that. Especially bad ones where you walk laps around the football oval to pass the time before your lift gets back... ;-)  I am having one problem with the FitBit though, it's tracking that I've gone up 4 flights of stairs, but I haven't. I think what's happening is that I'm moving in the lift when I'm going up and down, and because I'm moving, and technically I'm travelling up or down, it thinks I'm going down a flight of stairs. I'm going to have to try to make sure I stay still in the lift and see if that makes a difference.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 15, 2012, 04:54:43 am
Good luck Amanda, I hope the power balls work for you ;)
Hopefully you will find a way of eating that suits you and helps you lose weight :D
You're definitely very busy, so I think you're doing a fantastic job just trying to organise your healthy meals!! Well done :D
In regards to the oil and butter thing Amanda, moist cakes don't necessarily have more fat, but remember that even good fats still have the same 38kj per gram. Just because they're healthier doesn't mean they're lower in kilojoules :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 07:17:46 am
Oh my I have blown my calories for the day now. Just had a surprise baby shower for my sister and I ate too much :o. Oh well I have been so good. And was nice to have a bit of a pig out lol. Back to normal tomorrow and will try to up the exercise for the next few days.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 15, 2012, 07:32:16 am
Getting back on track is the important  thing.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 15, 2012, 07:42:58 am
jakodai, you may have climbed those stairs without realising it. its calculated on an altitude thing. I read somewhere that you can go up and down escalators and it won't add them as stairs unless you are walking it (don't know if that only means taking a couple of steps as you are riding it???) I just went to the Uni and there were lots of little stairs here and there, and they have been added in. Need to go for a walk soon.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 10:01:15 am
Both DH and DD want a fit bit pedometer as well now. I think I will buy them both one as I think it's important to understand what we are eating and what we are burning. DD is 12 and has got quiet big and she's very conscious of it now and had already lost 2kg tracking her calorie intake.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 15, 2012, 12:10:36 pm
I just caught the lift downstairs with Jake to take him for his nightly walk, and I made a point of standing completely still in the lift. I checked it when I got downstairs and it was fine. Walk around the corner to where he 'goes' and it had added a floor... No altitude change, so I'm not sure what's going on there. I'm not too fussed about it.

Seriously though, I love this thing. No buyers remorse whatsoever. It is so motivational. And I love it when you get the emails saying that you've earned a badge. I've walked over 10,000 steps already today, and 14 floors. When me & Jake got back, we walked up the 3 flights of stairs back to the apartment. I've lived in this building for nearly 9 months, and this is the first time I've take the stairs. I'm impressed!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 12:14:20 pm
Lol I love how it motivates you. I was about 700 steps off reaching 10000 steps so I went on the exercise bike for a while to reach over 10000. Will help burn off some of those extra calories I ate today :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 15, 2012, 02:14:06 pm
Weigh in tomorrow. Hopefully I have not gained any weight this week. One more week with the family here then back into it seriously.

At least I am managing to run a bit. Haven't been full on training just trying to not loss fitness. I am getting up early tomorrow to go for a swim before anyone else wakes up.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on July 15, 2012, 05:42:09 pm
Where have those of you who have fitbits and the scales bought them from?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 15, 2012, 07:37:46 pm
Where have those of you who have fitbits and the scales bought them from?

Harvey Norman - if you go to their website you'll be able to find which stores have stock. You can also buy them from fitbit's website.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 16, 2012, 02:00:28 am
Successful weigh in this morning. No weight gained and maybe lost a half kilo.

I did find that in my scale if I shift my weight slightly left or right I can make my self weigh more or less. Maybe u should buy new scales:)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 16, 2012, 03:54:49 am
Well done Dashingden.

I've done lots of exercise this week and with no alcohol I will be interested to see if there is a difference in my weight. I'm not watching what I eat so I'm not expecting much of a weight loss.

My sister sent me through all the details for the New York marathon in November next year, encourgaing me to sign up with her and jog half and walk the other. I've never really liked jogging and the longest distance i've ever done is a half marathon but if ever there was one that would tempt me to have a go it would be New York. Hmmmm a bit of thinking to do.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 16, 2012, 04:16:51 am
Hi Wonder, I hope that you have lost some weight from abstaining from alcohol, and I will be very interested to see how you go. Are you looking forward to having a glass at the end of July, or are you not fussed?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 16, 2012, 04:39:30 am
CP, i'll be interested to see if there is a difference, I haven't swapped the alocohol with anything else so they are calories I'm just not having. At the moment I'm looking forward to having a drink but I think by the end I might not be overly fussed. It's made me realise what a habit my drinking was so those triggers will probably be gone by the end of the month, I've had some fairly trying times in the last few weeks were I've felt I would really like a drink and got through it ok so I think i'll probably continue or cut down considerably.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 16, 2012, 04:40:07 am
Well done Dash, that would make you feel better than a weight gain like last time.

And Wonder you are doing a great job :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 16, 2012, 05:12:16 am
Great work Dash and Wonder :D Keep it up!

I forgot my weigh in on Sunday because I was a bit preoccupied worrying about grandpa. I don't know whether I should weigh myself tomorrow morning or just wait until next Sunday when it will be my weigh day again :-\
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 16, 2012, 05:28:37 am
My weight went up by a kilo over the weekend, but I'm not concerned because I was perfect with food, but have been doing an hour a day on the treadmill.  I've gone from trying to work out how to fit in 1/2 hour of exercise to doing an hour to make sure I've done my steps for the day.  I dropped 400g today so hopefully I will drop the rest again in a couple of days.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 16, 2012, 05:33:44 am
I was feeling so great last night, then woke up in the middle of the night with a fever, and just got back from the doctor and I have tonsillitis. Nice! I'm still eating properly, though. And because I don't have a car I have to still walk everywhere so should get my steps up. And the doctor is also doing a asthma assessment and is putting me on a preventer to control my asthma because it's exercise induced which should help get active.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 16, 2012, 06:15:15 am
Oh no Amanda!!! :( :( :(
Is tonsillitis easy to fix?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 16, 2012, 06:44:36 am
Does anyone know of a good website so we can work out our calories? Everything we eat is home made basically and am not interested in scanning bar codes to find out nutritional information if I can possibly help it.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on July 16, 2012, 07:53:26 am
DH uses my fitness pal but he said there is a new one called lose it. They are iPhone apps or fitday.com for an online option
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 16, 2012, 08:26:44 am
If you want an app my fitness pal is great but on the pc I love calorie king.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 16, 2012, 10:24:17 am
Does anyone know of a good website so we can work out our calories? Everything we eat is home made basically and am not interested in scanning bar codes to find out nutritional information if I can possibly help it.
calorieking.com.au has a huge database of foods with nutritional values - that's what I use.

Oh no Amanda!!! :( :( :(
Is tonsillitis easy to fix?
Yep, I've been given antibiotics, so I just need to wait for it to start working. 24 hours apparently.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 16, 2012, 10:33:13 am
Tonsillitis is nasty nasty. I had my tonsils removed when I was little and never had a problem until a couple of years ago I got tonsillitis and was so sick. I went to the doctor who said that the surgeon left a little bit of a tonsil behind. Was nasty. I dont want that again.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 16, 2012, 10:44:29 am
I've never had tonsillitis and I sure as heck don't want it :-X
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 16, 2012, 11:36:42 am
It's not nice either Amy, my DD had her tonsils removed last year because she suffered from tonsillitis so often. Poor thing.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 16, 2012, 11:44:44 am
Oh ouch! Poor DD Mandi :(

I've had my wisdom teeth out and half of one of my verterbral discs removed. Thats enough for me :-X
The bl**dy scales didn't even go down after either operation >:(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 16, 2012, 11:47:42 am
Lol, well that's not fair, if you loose something from your body surely the scales would change too :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 16, 2012, 12:30:30 pm
I always used to think that I'd lose weight when I donated blood, too... lol.

Why did you have half of one of your verterbral discs removed Amy? That doesn't sound very pleasant at all!

I don't have it REALLY bad, just enough to be incredibly uncomfortable. The pain isn't too bad, it's the fevers and lethargy I'm getting in waves that's driving me insane. I'm at 9962 steps for the day, so I'm going to get my 10,000 which I'm happy about. And even though I visited the frozen yoghurt shop twice today (it was so nice on my sore throat, I couldn't resist) I'm still within my calories for the day to still lose weight. I'm very impressed with myself right now, because normally I'd have woken up this morning feeling unwell and used it as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted and forget about the diet. Now I'm going to finish off the dishes while I still have some energy (before the next bout of lethargy and fever hits...) then maybe have a weight watchers pudding if I feel like it, then go to bed and do some reading for uni.

Tomorrow's going to be the challenge. DS doesn't have daycare, and I don't have work so other than taking Jake out I have no reason to walk, so I'm going to have to make the conscious effort to go for a decent walk. I promised DS that we'd take his trike to the park, so that's some walking, although the park is quite close. Hopefully I have a better night's sleep than I did last night...

By the way, here is my Fitbit profile page (http://www.fitbit.com/user/23HW4R) if anyone's using it and wants to add me - it looks like a pretty good motivational thing.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 16, 2012, 12:36:49 pm
Lol, well that's not fair, if you loose something from your body surely the scales would change too :D

Thats what I thought too!! You'd think if you have go through something as painful as that the scales would at least have the decency to weigh you a bit less :-))

I always used to think that I'd lose weight when I donated blood, too... lol.

Why did you have half of one of your verterbral discs removed Amy? That doesn't sound very pleasant at all!

Don't forget haircuts too ;D

I had a disc herniation which trapped a nerve in my spine. Very painful. Ouchies :(
So the surgeoun went in and cut off the bit of disc that was trapping the nerve so the nerve could swim around happily in his little fluid bubble again :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 16, 2012, 12:48:51 pm
Jakodai how do you add friends? The only way I can see is to email an invite.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 16, 2012, 10:39:02 pm
I did over 9000 steps yesterday!  Woo hoo

And the scales were very kind to me today. I also did some wii fit training. Forgot how great that was!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 16, 2012, 10:49:43 pm
I was a bit off my 10000 steps so I got on the exercise bike to complete the goal. These fitbits definitely keep you motivated to move :D
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 16, 2012, 11:41:04 pm
I struggle to hit 10000 but I just did my normal movements the first few days as I was sick and didn't do any extra movements and my 'normal ' steps is only around 3000 so doing 9000 is a vast improvement I think :D
I'm going into town so will finally get some stairs into my stats lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 16, 2012, 11:59:35 pm
I have done no exercise for nearly 3 weeks. >:( illness & school holidays.

My food intake has stayed the same, but I can feel an extra layer of fat on my body. Its horrible.

So my point is, that exercise really does make a difference.

H
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 17, 2012, 12:04:12 am
I had a disc herniation which trapped a nerve in my spine. Very painful. Ouchies :(
So the surgeoun went in and cut off the bit of disc that was trapping the nerve so the nerve could swim around happily in his little fluid bubble again :D
Ouch! I cringed just reading that! I hope everything's OK now.

Jakodai how do you add friends? The only way I can see is to email an invite.
I'm not sure either. I was hoping that if a non-friend viewed my profile that there'd be a button or something to add them.

The tonsillitis is worse today. Very sore. I had a look at my throat and it looks better than yesterday, but much more painful. I finished my nurofen off last night, so I'll have to head over to the supermarket to get some more. No fevers last night, so that's a plus! I'll have to get on the fitbit website to see how I slept. DS woke up really upset at about 5am so he came in to my bed with me and we slept in until 8.30am which was really nice.

The frozen yoghurt shop opens at 11:30am, and at the moment that's all I feel like I can eat.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 17, 2012, 12:15:56 am
I had a disc herniation which trapped a nerve in my spine. Very painful. Ouchies :(
So the surgeoun went in and cut off the bit of disc that was trapping the nerve so the nerve could swim around happily in his little fluid bubble again :D
Ouch! I cringed just reading that! I hope everything's OK now.

The frozen yoghurt shop opens at 11:30am, and at the moment that's all I feel like I can eat.

Yes it is, fine and dandy thanks Amanda ;D
Mmmm, frozen yoghurt.... do they do low fat?

I have done no exercise for nearly 3 weeks. >:( illness & school holidays.

My food intake has stayed the same, but I can feel an extra layer of fat on my body. Its horrible.

So my point is, that exercise really does make a difference.

H

You're absolutely right Hally. I'm scared of getting sick or injured because I know I wouldn't be able to exercise and my weight would probably go up :-[

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 12:17:07 am
I struggle to hit 10000 but I just did my normal movements the first few days as I was sick and didn't do any extra movements and my 'normal ' steps is only around 3000 so doing 9000 is a vast improvement I think :D
I'm going into town so will finally get some stairs into my stats lol

From 3000 to 9000 is a huge difference Bell.
Good luck with going to town today the weather is horrible at the moment.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 02:09:56 am
For those of us that have fitbits do you want to join each others profile to help keep us all motivated to move? If so we can sen each other PM with our email address and send each other a request to join in. :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 17, 2012, 02:12:45 am
I do! Dede, I'll PM you my email address now.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 02:20:12 am
done Amanda  ;D thanks
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 17, 2012, 02:25:56 am
Yay! I have a friend. I feel very special now... hehe
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 02:29:21 am
lol, I have no idea how it works, but I guess we will find out. Might take a full day before we see anything.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 17, 2012, 02:54:18 am
I'm happy to play as well......
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 03:00:22 am
Added you in too Stacelee, you can add jakodai in from my friends list too if you want :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 17, 2012, 05:57:16 am
I've emailed you an invite Stacelee, and CP63. I'm seriously so excited about this little device. Nothing has ever motivated me like this has. It's fantastic! I'm even thinking of coming home during my lunch break tomorrow and taking Jake for a walk to keep my steps up - I just have to make sure I don't stop off at the frozen yoghurt shop on my way back to work... lol. I work in an office at a desk all day, so I won't get many steps during the day.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 17, 2012, 06:48:15 am
I'm feeling leftout :(
I need a fit bit :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 07:18:46 am
Oh poor Amy. We will still talk to you and keep you updated on our progress:D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: keiramax on July 17, 2012, 08:50:18 am
Ok - confession time, I said I would join in on this challenge but have done nothing but eat since signing on.  So the scales have not moved in any direction (at least they haven't gone up). 

July is birthday month in our family so all I've done is eat party food and cake.  Only my DD second birthday this weekend and then I can start to eat better.  Have 20 people coming for dinner on Saturday so no doubt there will be left overs for a couple of days.

Have been looking into a fitbit, where is the best place to get one from?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 08:52:20 am
Just ordered 2 more Fitbits for DH and DD. Harvey Norman have none left so ordered them on line. Should have them in about a week :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 17, 2012, 10:44:02 am
Keiramax, it seems Harvey Norman is the best place. Their website has the ability to find out which of your local stores has them. You can also buy them from fitbit's website.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 11:02:13 am
Yep I ordered mine through Harvey Norman online. :)
Glad your scales haven't gone up :)
We will be here waiting for you when your read
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on July 17, 2012, 11:22:30 am
I'd never heard of a Fitbit until I read about it here...now I want one too!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 11:25:25 am
Yep me either until Stacelee mentioned it, I then done some research and decided I just had to have one as well. Now our house will have 3 of them, but I figure it's all for good :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 17, 2012, 12:27:23 pm
I figure it's all for good :)
So true - anything that encourages more movement is always a good thing!
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 10:08:20 pm
Weigh day down 1.7kg thanks to fitbit that's keeping me moving and burning more calories. Lost 3.9kg since I started :D. Very happy with the results so far.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 17, 2012, 10:33:57 pm
Well done Mandi that's great news. You must be so pleased the work is paying off.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 10:46:07 pm
Yep I'm over the moon. And I'm feeling confident that I can keep going and make it a life style change. I'm not missing out on anything (except chocolate) but I'm not really missing that either. I'm getting more satisfaction from eating healthier :)
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 17, 2012, 10:52:37 pm
Way to go mandi! ! That's great progress!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 11:06:46 pm
Thanks Bell :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 18, 2012, 12:33:00 am
Go Mandi!!! What a great effort :D
Keep it up and you'll be slim and fit in no time ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 18, 2012, 12:47:55 am
Thanks Amy. I plan to keep going till I reach my goal weight (or as close as possible) then continue eating to maintain my weight. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 18, 2012, 02:14:54 am
Just come back from a nice long walk to the shop and back. 4500 steps later :D
That felt so good, it's been a long time since I had a long walk. Why don't I do it more often? It really does make you feel good.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 18, 2012, 04:09:27 am
It really does - I'm not eating chocolate, and I'm not missing it either. I have one of Tenina's power balls at morning tea time, and I'm not sure if that's what's doing it (it's VERY sweet, and I have a strong sweet tooth, so that's saying something) or I'm just too happy to want it. I feel absolutely fantastic at the moment. I came home from work during my lunch break, had a nice healthy lunch (even though a friend at work offered lunch, which would have been unhealthy take away) and then took Jake for a bit of a walk. Only about 15 minutes, but 15 minutes more than I would have had otherwise! The real test is going to be tonight. My brother's coming to stay, and DS's dad is coming over tonight, too. It'll be a perfect environment for me to eat junk and sit on my backside all night. And DS's dad will probably pick DS up from daycare, too, so I won't have that nice long walk tonight. I'm already at 7000 steps, so if he does I'll take Jake for a walk after dinner, and might even do a few flights of stairs (after some ventolin to prevent a repeat of last time... :-S)

Thank you so much everyone! I feel the best I have in AGES, and by this time next year I'm going to be skinny and hot! ;-)  I owe it all to you guys. Girls. You know what I mean!!

Oh, and even though I know I should weight myself everyday, because I know it can fluctuate day-to-day, I have been anyway, and I've already lost 1.1kg since Monday. I know it'll slow down after a little while, and I know it might go back up before next Monday, but I still like the change!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 18, 2012, 04:33:59 am
Well it's all a positive change. Why would we want to go back to feeling unhealthy and miserable when we can healthier and happier :D
I went for another walk to my friends place to do her tax for her so am now over 10000 steps already :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 18, 2012, 05:25:01 am
For those that don't realize (I only just found out) you can change the miles -klm on your fitbit and website by changing your height from inches to cm under the profile settings. When you sync your fitbit it will change from miles to klm. Much easier now :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on July 18, 2012, 05:37:17 am
I've decided I'm going to get a Fitbit for my birthday (my DH is going to get one too).

Dede do you have to charge them very often?  How do you charge it if you're wearing it day & night?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 18, 2012, 05:40:52 am
I think they last around 5 days without charging day and night. And don't take long to fully charge. I guess if you have a rest time (like watching a favorite show on tv) would be a good time to charge it ;)
You will love it.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 18, 2012, 05:52:31 am
Congratulations on the weight loss for those who have done so well.

I normally sit my fitbit on to charge when I'm about to get under the shower in the morning.  It seems to charge fairly fast and by the time I'm showered, teeth brushed and dressed again, it is fully charged and ready to go.  I'm still loving it...its nearly two weeks since I bought it and I'm really finding that it is motivating me to keep moving.  I'm also finding it is challenging me to push myself further, even on days like today when my mood is very flat and I've bad stomach cramps, I still WANT!!!! to get my 10000 steps....

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on July 18, 2012, 05:56:37 am
Thanks Mandi & Stacelee.
I can't wait to get it and to try for 10,000 steps  :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 18, 2012, 06:23:54 am
You girls are all doing so well, I'm so proud of us!! :D :D :D

I may not have a fitbit, but my personal trainer has started recording my times and distances on the cardio machines. The reason being (and I'm VERY excited).... is that he's going to train me to be a triathlete! We're going for number 1 in the state ;D
Today I did 30 minutes on the grinder, 30 minutes on the spin bike, 30 minute run on the treadmill, chest, biceps and triceps, and another 30 minutes of interval cardio ;) I'm feeling pretty brilliant right now :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 18, 2012, 06:25:57 am
I dock mine when I have a shower of a night - its battery has stayed full so far.

Amy, that is amazing! I'm Sooo excited for you!! If anyone can do it, you can!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 18, 2012, 06:31:47 am
Wow Amy that is really exciting. From someone who was overweight to now someone training for a major athletic event. Wow wow wow. :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 18, 2012, 06:34:58 am
I know, I'm absolutely stoked ;D
I can't actually believe that he thinks I can do it! He's even going to lend me his professional racing bike :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 18, 2012, 06:35:30 am
Well done Amy, you do amazingly with all your training. I'm sure you will make a great triathlete. You must burn a lot of calories in those training sessions, I only exercise for an hour and most days will get just over 500.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 18, 2012, 06:36:15 am
That's great Amy, I'm sure you will be extremely motivated knowing he has that faith in you.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 18, 2012, 06:42:38 am
Thanks Wonder :D Yes, I burn a lot of calories :-)) I will pay more attention at my next session and see how many I burn ;)

And yes, I will be extremely motivated with him backing me up :D He's brilliant.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 18, 2012, 08:41:23 am
You are doing so well Dede what a great loss this week,
Amy great news. Lots of work ahead but you can do it.
I want a fitbit, but my pedometer isn't that old. I am doing between 5000 and 6000 steps a day, aiming to increase by 500 steps each week. I've had two knee replacement.
I lost 600g this week pretty happy with that.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 18, 2012, 08:44:39 am
You are doing so well Dede what a great loss this week,
Amy great news. Lots of work ahead but you can do it.
I want a fitbit, but my pedometer isn't that old. I am doing between 5000 and 6000 steps a day, aiming to increase by 500 steps each week. I've had two knee replacement.
I lost 600g this week pretty happy with that.

Thanks jeninwa :)
You are doing really well, 600g is a good loss. Every little bit adds up ;) ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 18, 2012, 09:07:04 am
Jeninwa 600g is also a great loss. I'm hoping to loose 500 g a week, but any loss is great. I have upped my exercise this week which is helping drop the weight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 18, 2012, 09:11:33 am
That's great jeninwa, it must be difficult after having knee replacements to get the exercise in. Could you maybe do some swimming?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 18, 2012, 11:52:28 am
I have created a forum thermomix Fitbit group if anyone who has their fitbits wants to join in our own little group for the weight loss challenge. I have sent an invite to those who have given me their email addresses. I think their is 5 of us so far?
CP, Stacelee, jakodai, Bambi and myself. anyone else?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Debbiebillg on July 18, 2012, 02:19:28 pm
I thought of this topic when I saw this :

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 18, 2012, 02:23:48 pm
Nice one Debbiebillg ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Debbiebillg on July 18, 2012, 02:25:53 pm
And 'here's another that gave me a chuckle:
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 18, 2012, 03:56:32 pm
OMG I'm going to send that last one to my friend ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 19, 2012, 12:05:46 am
If I ever LSHABOWCO'd I don't think I'd be admitting to it!! :-)) ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 19, 2012, 02:26:43 am
My friend does (only to us girls tho). We don't mind, it makes us laugh. She always us to pull her finger - but I never do!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on July 19, 2012, 07:43:48 am
so funny... ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 19, 2012, 07:53:38 am
I have been walking, walking, walking to get my 10,000 steps for the day and I've climbed 25 sets of stairs. I already know what I've lost so far, but it will be 1 week on Saturday since I got my scales linked up and I've got my fingers crossed...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 19, 2012, 09:31:21 am
Wow CP. what a great effort. The only way I can get stairs in is walking up hills. No stairs around here. Saturday is weigh day for you then :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 19, 2012, 10:08:09 am
Here is a nice little acronym for everyone to think about:

D-I-E-T
D is for deprivation - just thinking about a diet, let alone going on one, can make us feel deprived.
I is for impressive - because diets can create impressive weight loss in the short term.
E is for enery sapping - because they drain us of our emotional and physical energy.
T is for temporary - because this is all most people achieve on a diet: a temporary change.

This came from a book I'm reading called "If not dieting, then what?" by Dr Rick Krausman. Its a fantastic book.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 19, 2012, 10:13:59 am
Sounds interesting Amy, and I can't agree more, I don't like the word diet at all, and I don't believe I'm on a diet but a lifestyle change. And this is the first time that I actually feel confident with getting healthier and keeping it that way. Really the only thing that has changed for me is eating less crap so often and swapping it for a healthier alternative, that and moving more. I have always been pretty active, but I'm pushing that a little further now to burn more calories to achieve my goals :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 19, 2012, 10:31:39 am
Thats exactly the way we have to look at it Mandi, and you and everyone else are doing so well on this challenge :D :D

Keep up the great work everyone! If anyone ever needs a boost, just post on here and we'll all get behind you ;) ;)
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 19, 2012, 10:36:32 pm
Funny story....
I looked at my fitbit and saw id only done 1500 steps so went for a walk. I started going around the oval and it kept saying it was only 100 steps! Then the same thing at the shops! The whole store was only 20 steps. I was worried it wasnt working right till I noticed I was reading calories burned lmao
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 20, 2012, 01:13:26 am
Lol Bell, do how many steps had you actually done then?

This morning I walked the kids to school then kept walking. Think I walked around 5klm. Feels good and the sun is shining today too :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 20, 2012, 01:46:50 am
I'm enjoying earning badges. Last night I looked at it and thought I could have gone around the park to earn my 15,000 step badge for the day (wouldn't go out walking in the dark tho)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 20, 2012, 02:06:49 am
I know what you mean CP, I was up to 13000 steps last night and could of went on the exercise bike for awhile together 15000 but I was too tired and went to bed instead. I love my fitbit nearly as much as my TM :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 20, 2012, 04:44:49 am
Inspector Gadget eat your heart out!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on July 20, 2012, 05:54:21 am
I must google it...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 20, 2012, 07:10:05 am
I am very depressed right now. I had a weigh-in with my personal trainer this morning and despite all my intense training, I have gained weight :o :'(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 20, 2012, 07:21:40 am
I am very depressed right now. I had a weigh-in with my personal trainer this morning and despite all my intense training, I have gained weight :o :'(

Oh Amy, that's disappointing.
But on the other hand Muscle weighs more than fat so maybe you have just gained muscle?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 20, 2012, 07:26:30 am
I hope thats what it is Mandi :(
Or maybe my fluid levels or something :-\
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 20, 2012, 01:17:30 pm
Amy, you will be fine. You have come a long way, and you have the right attitude. You love exercise so you are honky dory. I've just done 20,000 steps today and I know dede is on her exercise bike at some ungodly hour getting her 20,000 badge. So close after a hard day its a shame not to work that bit more and achieve a goal.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 20, 2012, 01:22:34 pm
Yes I got my 20,000 steps as well. Don't think I would of bothered though if CP didn't force me (I mean encourage)
Shows how important having other people encouraging us really makes a big difference :D even if it nearly kills us lol. Anyway I'm now in bed. I'm not, I repeat NOT trying for 25,000 :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 20, 2012, 01:24:44 pm
Amy, you will be fine. You have come a long way, and you have the right attitude. You love exercise so you are honky dory. I've just done 20,000 steps today and I know dede is on her exercise bike at some ungodly hour getting her 20,000 badge. So close after a hard day its a shame not to work that bit more and achieve a goal.


Thanks CP, I'm feeling a bit better now :) I was very paranoid eating my dinner though. Thats bad I know :(

You girls are doing so well with your fitbits, I wish I could afford one so I could join in :-))
If you sit on the couch and stomp your feet up and down, does it count that as steps?

Yes I got my 20,000 steps as well. Don't think I would of bothered though if CP didn't force me (I mean encourage)

Sounds like CP would make a good PT ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 20, 2012, 01:40:50 pm
I'm not, I repeat NOT trying for 25,000 :o

*evil laugh* Dede this time last week what would you have said about reaching 20,000 steps in one day?  ;)

Don't know about foot stomping Amy, I'll let you know when I get some energy back  ;D

The fitbits cost $120, and the scales cost $150. There are 3 people in our family using the scales with fitbits. If this motivates me to lose weight tramping around the streets the cost is nothing. So far I'm loving it. My sister just paid out $800 for a gym membership which she says she was only motivated to use for 2 weeks. She is now waiting to see how I go with this before she buys one (her and I are cast from the same mould). Its fun trading stats with DH and DD, and earning the goal badges. Our neighbour remarked that the dog has lost weight and seems so much happier. Win win I say, so far  ;D

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 20, 2012, 01:48:51 pm
The dog has lost weight?!?! Fantastic, I'm going to get a fitbit because both my dogs are fatties ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 20, 2012, 01:59:43 pm
He's a maltese cross poodle so 10,000 steps is a huge effort for him (and he is blind too). We have to stop at the same old trees to smell the pees, but basically he just gets excited about going for a walk. 10,000 steps he starts to say "whoa!" but poor dogs just have to do as they are told.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 20, 2012, 02:06:27 pm
poor dogs just have to do as they are told.


I tell my dogs not to fart but they do anyway :-X
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 20, 2012, 02:15:41 pm
Pal farts are the worst
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on July 20, 2012, 04:47:28 pm
I only paid 110 each for two and 135 for the scales. Make sure you ask the question......what's the best price you can do? There is always room to move with places like Harvey Norman!!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 20, 2012, 10:34:37 pm
You are all doing such a fantastic job with the fit bits, keep up the good work.

Amy I'm sure that gain is just muscle, have you been taking lots of measurements as well? I would imagine with the intensity of training and now starting out with the triathlete training that you measurements would be a much better indication of how you are going. I know it's hard not to focus on the scales though. You eat really well and exercise a lot so you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 21, 2012, 12:18:06 am
Pal farts are the worst

Chum farts are pretty bad too :-X

Amy I'm sure that gain is just muscle, have you been taking lots of measurements as well? I would imagine with the intensity of training and now starting out with the triathlete training that you measurements would be a much better indication of how you are going. I know it's hard not to focus on the scales though. You eat really well and exercise a lot so you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

Thanks Wonder :) I haven't been taking any other measurements apart from weight, so maybe I should ask my PT if we can take a few other ones on Monday ;) But you're right about it being hard not to focus on the scales. After I weighed so much before I just get scared when the number starts to go back up :-[
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 21, 2012, 05:11:11 am
Meagan after you saying that I may  go and have a look at them. I'm having trouble trying to get motivated again and DON'T want to put on any more of the weight I lost. Look out Hardly Normals here I come.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 21, 2012, 05:43:03 am
You go cookie! Tell the people at Hardly Normals that if they don't give you a good price, they'll have the entire forum thermomix after them ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 21, 2012, 08:43:52 am
Great idea Cookie, I'm so loving mine, I feel so much more motivated now. Today I spent the day in the garden and have managed to clock up 13,000 steps without even trying. :) after my super effort yesterday of 20,000 steps I really didn't think I would have much energy today, but I was wrong. Felt good too.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 21, 2012, 09:28:35 am
Down 600gm this week, very happy considering i haven't exercised as much as I would like (3 good gym sessions) and have been eating the same as normal so maybe it's the no alcohol.

Amy, that's really strange, my PT is all about the measurements and not much concentrating on the weight side of things. I'm sure it must be a lot different when you have been overweight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 21, 2012, 10:07:07 am
Down 600gm this week, very happy considering i haven't exercised as much as I would like (3 good gym sessions) and have been eating the same as normal so maybe it's the no alcohol.

Amy, that's really strange, my PT is all about the measurements and not much concentrating on the weight side of things. I'm sure it must be a lot different when you have been overweight.

Well done Wonder :D
I think my PT uses the scales more because his business is focused mainly on weight loss, so most of his clients are overweight or obese and do benefit from seeing the numbers go down :) When he has educated his clients and helped them lose however much weight, he will often refer them to a bigger gym where the membership is cheaper and they can go there and just maintain their weight ;)
I'm a bit different because he is training me for events. And if I want to be a triathlete, I need to be as light as possible, so the scales do seem the most obvious way to measure that :-\

Its silly, but I'm always paranoid that if my weight starts to go up, I'll somehow regain all that 23kg overnight or something :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 21, 2012, 11:47:59 am
Down 600gm this week, very happy considering i haven't exercised as much as I would like (3 good gym sessions) and have been eating the same as normal so maybe it's the no alcohol.

Amy, that's really strange, my PT is all about the measurements and not much concentrating on the weight side of things. I'm sure it must be a lot different when you have been overweight.

Well done Wonder, that's a great loss. Bet your happy with that and without too much effort :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 21, 2012, 11:49:20 am
Hey Mandi, is the fitbit waterproof? ???
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 21, 2012, 11:52:59 am
No Amy its not. I believe a lot of sweat can kill them too.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 21, 2012, 11:57:11 am
Bummer. I was wondering if you could wear it for water running :-))
Sounds like it doesn't want you to get too sweaty either... but you'd have to be working pretty hard to sweat that much, wouldn't you?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 21, 2012, 11:59:27 am
Yep, I'm not a big sweater thank goodness, although I can work up a sweat in summer when working hard in the garden. :)
I wear my fit bit on my bra at the moment so should be pretty same there :D
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 21, 2012, 12:21:35 pm
They are water resistant but not proof. The old model wasnt at all and sweat could kill them I believe
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 21, 2012, 12:28:41 pm
Lol I drip sweat at my PT sessions ;D I have to wipe down nearly every machine I use because I leave dribbles on them :-))

I find that the boob area is one of the worse ones for sweating. Is that just me? ???

They are water resistant but not proof.

I thought resistant and proof were the same thing :-[
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 21, 2012, 12:33:12 pm
No one means splash of water the other is being submerged.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 21, 2012, 12:36:16 pm
Thanks for clarifying that for me Bambi :D

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 21, 2012, 12:53:43 pm
Def wouldnt e concerned my as im sure its just muscle..as im sure your well aware it weighs more than fat.. Im surprised your pt didnt talk to you and tll you its normal???

Def going to have to look into getting one but will probbly wait until we are in oz..or not lol ???

Dede how does cp encorage you.. How do yu link thrm etc and is it just chllenges r can you send messages ith ths thing??
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on July 21, 2012, 12:56:23 pm
Maybe this should be in the shopping thread but I need one now lol. I am tracking calories on fit pal (I think it is called). I might buy a fitbit too.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 21, 2012, 12:57:46 pm
Im trying really hard to resist until we move lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 21, 2012, 12:59:10 pm
Def wouldnt e concerned my as im sure its just muscle..as im sure your well aware it weighs more than fat.. Im surprised your pt didnt talk to you and tll you its normal???

Yeah, I know muscle weighs more than fat... :-))
Oh, and my PT did talk to me. He even went as far as to say "You are a lady, so here may be other reasons..." :o
But I had already sunk into my little puddle of despair, so I wasn't really listening :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 21, 2012, 02:22:43 pm
Self loathing the worst kind... Or kicking yourself while your down.. We have all been there my many times over... Its ard to lways be positive just as long as you know how to snap yourslf out of it and pick yourslf up 😄
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 21, 2012, 08:48:12 pm
Def wouldnt e concerned my as im sure its just muscle..as im sure your well aware it weighs more than fat.. Im surprised your pt didnt talk to you and tll you its normal???

Def going to have to look into getting one but will probbly wait until we are in oz..or not lol ???

Dede how does cp encorage you.. How do yu link thrm etc and is it just chllenges r can you send messages ith ths thing??

You can send messages through the fitbit web site, but actually we have been emailing each other. CP noticed that we were both on around te 18,000 step mark and asked if there was a 20,000 step reward (which there was) so we both decided to keep going till we got out 20,000 step badge as we were so close :D
You can send a email to invite friends to join you and you are ranked according to your weekly steps, kms, activity level and time spent very active. All this helps motivate you to try and increase your movement to increase your ranking. :D
I also created a group which is private and only for forum members on here so if anyone wants to join us feel free to send me your email and I will send you an invite to join.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 21, 2012, 10:45:49 pm
Amy, it must be so difficult after loosing all that weight. It sounds like your PT understands what you are going through and will keep you on track.

Those fitbits sounds great and good that you can motivate each other. Is there anyone using Nike+, I've just started using it and I think it has friends challenges on their.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 21, 2012, 11:04:28 pm
As I have said before I'm loving the fitbit. I also love looking at the stats and monitoring my progress. That on its own in great motivation.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 22, 2012, 12:56:01 am
Thanks Frozzie and Wonder :) My PT is fantastic. Him and his wife have over 30 years experience in the fitness industry, so they know what they're doing and have helped a lot of people. I wouldn't want to be training with anyone else :D

As I have said before I'm loving the fitbit. I also love looking at the stats and monitoring my progress. That on its own in great motivation.

Its great when you discover something like the fitbit :D This might be the one little thing that pushes you further than you've managed to get before ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on July 22, 2012, 08:40:27 am
My DH are I got our Fitbits today. They are charging up now. They seem fairly easy to set up & use.

We will start tomorrow tracking our steps and I'll be interested to see how many we can get.  I'm not sure how I'll go as I have a full-time desk job. I'm hoping I can get more steps in than him though!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 22, 2012, 08:44:29 am
Thats great Katie!! :D
You will beat him, you're a woman ;) ;D

We women can do anything! :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 22, 2012, 08:45:32 am
Def wouldnt e concerned my as im sure its just muscle..as im sure your well aware it weighs more than fat.. Im surprised your pt didnt talk to you and tll you its normal???

Def going to have to look into getting one but will probbly wait until we are in oz..or not lol ???

Dede how does cp encorage you.. How do yu link thrm etc and is it just chllenges r can you send messages ith ths thing??

You can send messages through the fitbit web site, but actually we have been emailing each other. CP noticed that we were both on around te 18,000 step mark and asked if there was a 20,000 step reward (which there was) so we both decided to keep going till we got out 20,000 step badge as we were so close :D
You can send a email to invite friends to join you and you are ranked according to your weekly steps, kms, activity level and time spent very active. All this helps motivate you to try and increase your movement to increase your ranking. :D
I also created a group which is private and only for forum members on here so if anyone wants to join us feel free to send me your email and I will send you an invite to join.

Thanks dede
Think im going to have to crack lol.. Woud be great for dh and i..will check out if we can get them here..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 22, 2012, 08:49:26 am
Amy, it must be so difficult after loosing all that weight. It sounds like your PT understands what you are going through and will keep you on track.

Those fitbits sounds great and good that you can motivate each other. Is there anyone using Nike+, I've just started using it and I think it has friends challenges on their.

Wonder I have been using Nike+ for a few years. Mine p---ed me off  this morning though because my phone and sensor decided not to talk to each other.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 22, 2012, 08:52:06 am
I'm still getting used to the Nike+ and because I do a mixture of weights, jogging, rowing etc it doesn't pick up everything that I do but I do like having some of the extra information and being able to load it onto the computer.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 22, 2012, 08:55:21 am
My DH are I got our Fitbits today. They are charging up now. They seem fairly easy to set up & use.

We will start tomorrow tracking our steps and I'll be interested to see how many we can get.  I'm not sure how I'll go as I have a full-time desk job. I'm hoping I can get more steps in than him though!!

Katie I have a desk job too. Here are a couple of ideas to help with your steps.  Park further away from work or the shop or whatever that way you walk a bit more and always take the stairs not the elevator/escalator. I don't have a printer in my office so I have to walk to the central printer/photocopier. If you have a blue tooth head set stand up and walk around your office when you are on the phone. I am sure other people will have more tips but these should get you started.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 22, 2012, 08:56:58 am
The Nike+ really only works for walking or running. It doesn't keep track of the rowing and weights.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 22, 2012, 08:59:51 am
What is the model no of the later fit bit.. I remember someone mentioning the first one wasnt water resistant or sweat resistant and just want to be sure not to get the old one...??
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 22, 2012, 09:19:26 am
I think the later model has a button on the front as the old one didnt???? Just going on photos on sites..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on July 22, 2012, 09:32:27 am
Kim I can't see a model number on the Fitbit or the box - but it's a Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker.
It does have a little button on the front.

Thanks Dan, great tips.  I catch the train to work and the train station is about a 25 minute walk from my office.  Sometimes I walk and sometimes I catch the tram.  Lately as it's cold and sometimes wet, I seem to get the tram!  Not catching the tram and walking this 25 minutes is the best place for me to start, along with getting off my chair more often during the day.

It will be interesting though with this tracker to see the actual steps and other info.
I'm not looking forward to the sleep data though as I'm a terrible sleeper, taking ages to get to sleep and waking up often.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 22, 2012, 09:36:19 am
Th katie.. 😊

Also are he scales necessary or can you just use the fitbit thingy and sync with the computer?? Asking as it will be yet another thing to bring on the plane..

Would rather purchase in oz..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 22, 2012, 09:57:47 am
Dash, I also wear a polar watch so the two together are good but the Nike+ is great if I'm just planning on a jogging session or walking with a friend on the weekends.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 22, 2012, 10:04:39 am
Frozzie I wouldn't worry about the scales at this stage. You can manually put in your weight onto the web site.
I'm loving that so many forum members are getting these fitbits. It's great when we can share our days activities :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 22, 2012, 10:31:08 am
Wonder I have a Garmin 310xt that I wear. It is a GPS heart rate monitor watch. I often find a great deal of difference between the distance on my Garmin and the distance on my Nike+. I have recalibrate the Nike+ a few times but if my pace is different to what I ran when I calibrated it I get a different reading.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 23, 2012, 12:02:26 am
Yay dh and i getting one next week (fitbit) or ordering it as we are away so want it dkivered whn we get back... :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 23, 2012, 12:09:08 am
I walk about 10km's with a girlfriend on the weekends and because we walk a fairly steady pace the calibration on my Nike + is pretty good. When I'm jogging on the treadmill I find it's out by about 10% but that could be due to the increase in speed or the treadmill calibration. I've got it more for a bit of fun so not too worried about the overall accuracy although it would be great if there was a solution that did every thing for those who do a mix of training.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 23, 2012, 12:10:53 am
I've got it more for a bit of fun so not too worried about the overall accuracy although it would be great if there was a solution that did every thing for those who do a mix of training.

We should invent something and become millionaires Wonder :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 23, 2012, 11:18:03 am
Weigh day Wednesday again for me, I have been really good with my eating and have been really active doing 10,000 , 15,000 and 20,000 steps a day including exercise bike, walking, gardening, cleaning etc. but when I have hopped on the scales my weight does not seen to be dropping :(
Maybe I'm just building up muscle.
I'm not to worried about it at the moment though. Will wait and see what Wednesday says.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 23, 2012, 11:20:42 am
Remember the other variables in weight Mandi, hormones, fluid leveles, etc. :-))

How do your clothes feel? Any looser?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 23, 2012, 11:22:58 am
I did notice yesterday while I was washing the car I had to keep pulling my trousers up as they are a bit loose around the waist :)
Probably didn't help that the bottoms of the legs were wet and heavy from the hose :D
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 23, 2012, 12:25:14 pm
I've been very slack. Pregnancy/breastfeeding is making me a tired zombie that can't handle more than 4000 steps at best and I can't stop eating crap!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 23, 2012, 12:32:06 pm
I did notice yesterday while I was washing the car I had to keep pulling my trousers up as they are a bit loose around the waist :)
Probably didn't help that the bottoms of the legs were wet and heavy from the hose :D

LOL ;D
Just keep telling yourself it wasn't the hose Mandi ;)

I've been very slack. Pregnancy/breastfeeding is making me a tired zombie that can't handle more than 4000 steps at best and I can't stop eating crap!

I thought pregnancy and breastfeeding meant you could do whatever you want? ???
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 23, 2012, 01:26:19 pm
Ahh no.. Pregnancy drains you as does breastfeeding as your the only one who gets up all night to feed the baby.. They say you can lose weight while breastfeeding although I never did.. Myth if you ask me  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 23, 2012, 02:33:34 pm
They say you can lose weight while breastfeeding although I never did.. Myth if you ask me  :D

As far as I know its not recommended to try and lose weight while breastfeeding. Women need the extra energy during this time.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 23, 2012, 03:14:09 pm
Meant to say without trying... My doc told me for both kids you naturally lose weight and your uterus shrinks quicker and better apparently...thι latter is true but found thι weight loss ΰ myth
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 23, 2012, 08:56:37 pm
I've been very slack. Pregnancy/breastfeeding is making me a tired zombie that can't handle more than 4000 steps at best and I can't stop eating crap!

Congratulations Bell on your pregnancy :)
I know pregnancy can make you very tired especially when you chasing after other little ones.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 23, 2012, 10:40:54 pm
I don't try and lose weight whilst breast feeding for the first year, but he is 2.5yr now so I'm not worried about losing weight.
But just found out we are expecting again so now all just be eating clean and moving more and try not to gain toooo much.
I'm at least 45kgs over weight so plenty of room to move.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 23, 2012, 10:41:51 pm
I've been very slack. Pregnancy/breastfeeding is making me a tired zombie that can't handle more than 4000 steps at best and I can't stop eating crap!

Congratulations Bell on your pregnancy :)
I know pregnancy can make you very tired especially when you chasing after other little ones.
Thanks xx
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 23, 2012, 11:32:47 pm
I don't try and lose weight whilst breast feeding for the first year, but he is 2.5yr now so I'm not worried about losing weight.
But just found out we are expecting again so now all just be eating clean and moving more and try not to gain toooo much.
I'm at least 45kgs over weight so plenty of room to move.

Just a question are you breastfeeding at 2.5yo??
Title: Re: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 24, 2012, 12:00:35 am
I don't try and lose weight whilst breast feeding for the first year, but he is 2.5yr now so I'm not worried about losing weight.
But just found out we are expecting again so now all just be eating clean and moving more and try not to gain toooo much.
I'm at least 45kgs over weight so plenty of room to move.

Just a question are you breastfeeding at 2.5yo??
Sure am. I will keep feeding till he weans himself
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 24, 2012, 12:02:06 am
I've heard its good for children to breast feed for as long as possible because of how nutritious breast milk is :D
Title: Re: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 24, 2012, 12:06:10 am
I've heard its good for children to breast feed for as long as possible because of how nutritious breast milk is :D
Yep its full of immune boosting properties and it means you don't need to stress about a picky eating toddler cos they are getting so much goodness from a breast feed or two a day.
The WHO reccommends to feed to at least 2 years then continue as long as both are happy to.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 24, 2012, 12:08:39 am
Congratulations on the pregnancy bambi.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 24, 2012, 12:38:59 am
I've heard its good for children to breast feed for as long as possible because of how nutritious breast milk is :D
Yep its full of immune boosting properties and it means you don't need to stress about a picky eating toddler cos they are getting so much goodness from a breast feed or two a day.
The WHO reccommends to feed to at least 2 years then continue as long as both are happy to.

And yet you see so many women feeding their babies that powder stuff? ???
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 24, 2012, 12:52:36 am
Some people don't have a lot of choice either Amy, I tried 5 times to breast feed my babies and ran out of milk like an old cow after between 6 and 9 weeks. I was devastated and there was nothing I could do (or was available for me to do) :(
My mum and my grandmother had exactly the same problem as well. Not sure if it's genetic or just coincidence.
If I could of I would of kept breast feeding that's for sure.
My first son was to the point of starving and dehydrating because he couldnt get enough milk from me and he started loosing weight, the health nurse tried lots of different things but it just was not getting any better so we had to start feeding him formula. I still remember him after his first bottle, he was so content and was no longer crying and slept like a baby :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 24, 2012, 01:08:31 am
I think it is like anything....you have to do what works for you.  With my son, I had a non-elective ceasar at 37 weeks.  I had a very bad case of the flu and after four days of breastfeeding, the nurse found me throwing up on the floor of my room because I was so sick (throwing up with a stomach incision is NOT fun).  They made me stop feeding so that I could go on the strongest drugs they could give me....I'd ripped stitches as well and ended up with an infection in the wound.  My daughter was also a non-elective ceasar although she was the full 40 weeks (to the day....I went into labour at 2am on her due date...on the day after we had moved).  She and I didn't take to breastfeeding....she was one of those charming babies that screamed 23 hours out of 24.....she still has a tendency to yell at 15....we tried for a couple of weeks but with a 20 month old toddler as well, the screaming was going to drive one of us insane.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 24, 2012, 02:22:49 am
With the sudden shift in movement I came down with sore limbs, blisters, and plain old aches. The rain helped me decide to spend some time recuperating, and now I hope that I can make up for the lost steps. Been keeping on eye on you all  and you have been going well. Think the dog is ready to go too  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 24, 2012, 02:24:53 am
My breasts were huge when pregnant, but I had no milk.

We hired the electric breast pumps & the most I got was 10mls.

So cp was raised on formula. He is fine, strong & healthy child.

I think too much is pressure women to breastfeed, I was devastated but we did what we could to get milk, but none came :(

H :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 24, 2012, 03:06:28 am
I wouldn't worry about the lost steps....you will make up for it over time.  I'm also suffering for the increased movement :(....I'm feeling very tired and flat at the moment so I'm doing it little bit by little bit....I'm getting my 10000 steps but I'm trying to spread them more over the day.  I had started trying to do an hour on the treadmill but I think it was too much too soon.  The only good thing is that the scales are liking me at the moment, they are actually going the right direction for a change.  I'm still hoping that I might break 80kg before the end of the month which will be the lightest I've been in 15 years.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 24, 2012, 03:40:56 am
Yes I know what you mean by being stiff and sore, I noticed soreness especially night time and first thing in the morning, but usually that disappears once I get moving again. My scales are not being nice to me even though I have been working hard. But I'm hoping it's fluid and extra muscle. I have been eating well and exercising Lots so surely it can't be anything else? :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 24, 2012, 06:42:09 am
Oh dear :-[
I'm really sorry if I offended anyone with my comment about the powder instead of breast milk. I had no idea breastfeeding could be so difficult. Sorry ladies :(

I'm still hoping that I might break 80kg before the end of the month which will be the lightest I've been in 15 years.

Good luck stacelee, we all believe in you :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 24, 2012, 07:09:44 am
Weighed in yesterday, no loss no gain. Now that the rellies have left I am back onto healthy eating and I marrying to get some routine back into my training.

However his morning in the gym when I tried to do Bulgarian spilt squats there was a pull and pain in my right hammy. Stopped straight away so hopefully it will settle down in a few days.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 24, 2012, 07:10:58 am
I've never heard of those squats Dash ???
Bummer about your hamstring :( Better let it rest up :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: deedub on July 24, 2012, 07:18:26 am
Oh dear :-[
I'm really sorry if I offended anyone with my comment about the powder instead of breast milk. I had no idea breastfeeding could be so difficult. Sorry ladies :(

I'm still hoping that I might break 80kg before the end of the month which will be the lightest I've been in 15 years.

Good luck stacelee, we all believe in you :)

Amy, at your tender age you would have (i hope!) no way of knowing all the ins & outs of the breast vs. bottle debate ! I'm sure no one would take offense.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 24, 2012, 07:24:18 am
Great tgat you can breast feed that long and want to... I did 8 months with both kids which worked for me as ds started biting nipples alot so stopped lol and with dd i ran out of milk so nature decided i had to stop... I agree its the best thing for them but also that not for everyone.. I know woman who just couldnt..

Ouch stacelee.. Sounds painful you poor thing..

I consider myself lucky i was able to choose to breastfeed and it worked for me but like someone mentioned its not for everyone and some find it much easier than others, some dont want to and others do but nature decides otherwise... The key is everyone is different... My goal was 1yo as i thought it was a good age but both my kids were less so fir alot of women you dont choose anyway..

And amy i dont think you offended anyone.. Its just a time old debate of breastfed vs formula with two schools of thought that are starting to realise each to their own and whatever is best for mum and baby at the time 😊
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 24, 2012, 07:27:35 am
Thanks deedub and Froz :) I think I will wait until I have experienced it myself before making anymore comments though ;)
But that won't be for a while yet! ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 24, 2012, 07:43:04 am
I hope not amy 😳
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 24, 2012, 08:24:39 am
Lol, I hope not Amy. Plenty of time for babies down the track :D
And don't panic about your comment as no one would take offense to it. It's really one of those things that sometimes we have no control over. Obviously breast is best but luckily there is other alternatives if need be.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 24, 2012, 08:39:20 am
II hope I didn't offend also. I've fed all 3 differently and had many struggles with feeding. But I've worked my butt off to get this far and still struggle with poor attachment etc. Its no easy ride. But issues with dairy and weight gain make me keep going for his sake. And he loves it lol I agree that each mum needs to make the choice for herself though without guilt or pressure.
I agree it's near impossible to drop weight while feeding for many ppl which I seem to be included in.

I'm finding it hard to eat clean... kfc keeps calling
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 24, 2012, 08:41:22 am
Thanks Mandi :)

I'm finding it hard to eat clean... kfc keeps calling

I have heard about pregnancy cravings... :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 24, 2012, 09:18:37 am
Bambi,  I don't know if it will help but one of the things I decided when I first started "dieting" (really just eating MUCH better) was that I could have treats within reason so long as they were homemade.  I was originally eating biscuits, ice cream, pizza etc but only if I had made them from scratch.  I still eat them on occasion but I find that nine months down the track I'm not craving them anywhere near as much as I did.  I still have my trigger foods that I don't bring into the house but knowing that I can have a custard biscuit or something else if I really want it does help.

The biggest problem I've had was getting back to healthy eating after two weeks in Germany and Venice.  We ate beautiful food over there that was provided for by our hosts so I ended up eating WAY too much.  I ended up roller coaster eating again once I got back and it has been a battle to get it back under control.  The fitbit has helped here because I am now exercising (for the first time in five years) and I'm tracking my food consumption.  I'm actually finding that I'm HAVING to have a treat every now and then because some days I'm not getting to my calorie goal because I'm eating better quality foods but less fat and carbohydrates (I'm not a big bread eater and potatoes are just a waste of time :) )

Fingers crossed the scales will be nice to me in the next couple of days....I'm 80.4kg as of this morning.....not bad considering when I started on October 30 last year I weighed in at 105.5 and a size 22/24.  I had a happy day yesterday when I dropped a television off at Lifeline....I found three pairs of size 16 trousers, all of which fit beautifully....they cost me a whole $17 for the three and I don't feel guilty about buying clothes that I hopefully won't wear for more then a few months.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on July 24, 2012, 09:36:10 am
Today is my second day of wearing my Fitbit. I've joined up to Dede's Fitbit group, so I can see what your all achieving. (Great work girls!)

I've been walking 25 minutes in the morning and 25 minutes in the evening from the train station to our office. Yesterday I got my goal of 10,000 steps and my first badge, yay! Today was aiming for 12,000 but I don't think I will make it. Will get over 10,000 so happy with that.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 24, 2012, 10:06:41 am
Stacelee you have done an amazing job loosing so much weight. Well done :)

Katie your doing excellent with getting your 10,000 steps in considering you work at a desk. That's excellent work :D

And Bambi definitely not offended by anyone's comments on Breast feeding. I admire those that can do it for a long time. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 24, 2012, 12:29:27 pm
Amy I agree with everyone else re your comments on breast feeding. Feel free to give your opinion.

I couldn't breast feed DD either as she was prem and didn't have the strength to suck. We persevered for  a couple of weeks but she was losing weight rapidly. I've neve felt guilty about it as we all did our best.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 24, 2012, 10:26:05 pm
Weigh day today and after weighing myself several times to get a consistent weight I'm saying I'm down only 100g from last week :(
I have worked hard but not seen much of a benifit. Hopefully it's muscle build up from all the extra exercise I've done :)

Has anyone found there fitbit scales can be several 100g different each time they hop on them within a few minutes of each other? First time I hop on they can be 1.5kg heavier, then I try again and they seem to be more accurate. I find I have to get in them several times to find a consistent weight to go by. Are my scales faulty?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 24, 2012, 10:47:19 pm
I've never heard of those squats Dash ???
Bummer about your hamstring :( Better let it rest up :)

Amy Bulgarian split squats are also called rear foot elevated squats. It is like a lunge with your back foot on a bench and weights held in you hands.

Hammy ok while running last night. Did 8kms at 4:58 pace. It only hurst when I do squating movements.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 24, 2012, 10:53:52 pm
Mandi I only find that when they are on carpet. On hard floors they are fine
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 24, 2012, 11:30:36 pm
I've never heard of those squats Dash ???
Bummer about your hamstring :( Better let it rest up :)

Amy Bulgarian split squats are also called rear foot elevated squats. It is like a lunge with your back foot on a bench and weights held in you hands.

Hammy ok while running last night. Did 8kms at 4:58 pace. It only hurst when I do squating movements.

Ah... I think I have seen other people do them at the gym. I usually just do normal squats with dumbbells or a bar :)
Glad your hamstring is feeling better. Do you stretch well after you exercise?
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 25, 2012, 12:11:45 am
Went to weigh in today and remembered I can't use my scales as I'm pregnant! Grrr
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 25, 2012, 12:17:55 am
Oh yeh, bugger Bambi. I think I should be ok though lol :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 25, 2012, 12:27:52 am
Went to weigh in today and remembered I can't use my scales as I'm pregnant! Grrr

LOL :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 25, 2012, 12:33:48 am
Amy I always try to stretch after a run but not so good after other forms of exercise. I have began doing pec stretches after swimming and gym workouts.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 25, 2012, 12:50:47 am
I try to stretch, but I know I don't do it enough :-)) I get very tight in my triceps.
Pec stretches are great, I think pecs are probably one of the worst muscles to have tight :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: courton on July 25, 2012, 02:03:16 am
Dede, i found that with electronics scales you cant weigh yourself again within a short time. It seems to need time to re calibrate. Do not know about fit bit scales.

Also, can anyone with far more knowledge about exercise than me tell me how many steps are in a km of average walking. I walk 4.5 Kim's 3 days a week and want to know if I reach my 10,000 steps quota with my walk.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on July 25, 2012, 02:27:15 am
I'm not knowledgeable about exercise, but I just "Googled" it and it seems 10,000 steps is approximately 8 km's.
It depends on the size of your steps though  :)

My Fitbit is telling me I've done 5,201 steps today, which is 3.46 km's.
The Fitbit takes into account your height (I'm short), gender, age, weight etc to calculate your numbers.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 25, 2012, 03:38:57 am
Went to weigh in today and remembered I can't use my scales as I'm pregnant! Grrr

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere on the "Community" forum on the top of your webpage when you log on, there was a question there, and they said that it was because of the small harmless electric current that measures your BMI. If you stand in socks, it will give your measurement but you won't get your BMI -- check first to verify tho.

I am walking but not much weight loss - not much at all  :'( think I need to walk some more and then some.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 03:46:25 am
What is this fitbit your all talking about & why are you using it?

H :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 25, 2012, 04:00:42 am
Katie,

You and I must be similar heights....I've done 10573 steps so far today and supposedly I've walked 6.34 km.  My stride is ony about 60cm which makes it interesting to walk with my husband who has a stride of about 85cm.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on July 25, 2012, 04:12:42 am
I'm really short, only 161 cm tall.  My DH is a lot taller than me also.  Unfortunately I have to sit at my desk all day and work,  so I'm only up to 6009 steps.

What is this fitbit your all talking about & why are you using it?

H :)
Hally it's this:
http://www.fitbit.com/au/product

My DH and I bought them after Dede and the others were discussing them here.
I’m just using it track my steps and encourage me to get up and walk more.
They are pretty cool  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 25, 2012, 04:20:46 am
I think your right Katie, but the 4.5 km walk would certainly add up so you should reach 10,000 for the day with other activities. I find if I go for a good walk that it's easy to reach 10,000 steps a day. Without a walk it pretty difficult.
I just went to town and brought myself some new shoes with plenty of support for my Achilles tendons, I deliberately parked at the top of a multi story car park so I could walk back up the 8 flights of stairs back to my car :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 25, 2012, 04:24:52 am
Hally they really are good, they encourage you to keep moving more. And it's fun too. Your more likely to push your self that little bit further to get a good number of steps in for the day. I walked to school this morning then walked around town looking for shoes so I have already reached my 10,000 steps for today, I will now try and get in 15,000 :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 25, 2012, 04:47:06 am
What is this fitbit your all talking about & why are you using it?

H :)

Lol you're a bit behind the times Hally ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on July 25, 2012, 04:52:55 am
Well I have had a slowish start with the fit bit in terms of steps but zooming along with weight. I have been quite aware of my food intake and have upped the water consumption. Loving the sleep tracker and the counting of steps. I seem to do 6000 reasonably easily on a regular day, I left the fitbit on the charger the other day. Now that school is back we walked yesterday and I got 10000 by the end of the day. I am 1.4kg lighter according to my Wednesday morning weigh in. Hopefully the scales aren't lying to me lol  ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 25, 2012, 04:59:37 am
That's great Meagan, with school being back I'm sure you will be able to get those extra steps much more easily.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 05:11:56 am
Thanks Katiej,

Gosh there not cheap. DH would kill me if I bought one, he would just say do an extra hour at the gym if your worried we pay for it anyway.

Would  be interesting to see how many I do a day, regular day, aways 1 hour of exercise, if not at the gym walking to school & back & other places. I try & walk when I can :)

H :)

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 25, 2012, 05:21:24 am
That's great Meagan, Walking to school each day will bring your walking count up, I'm still using my old pedometer, would love a fitbit but cant justify one yet.
Dede I didn't loose any weight this week either, but had my measurements done at curves today and have lost 24.5cm in the last 4 weeks so pretty happy with that.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 25, 2012, 05:27:21 am
Well done Jen! Those measurements are just important as the numbers on the scales, if not more so ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: courton on July 25, 2012, 07:37:09 am
Thanks for the info Katiej...4.5 km walk is approx 4500 steps..good to know
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 25, 2012, 08:28:57 am
That's great Meagan, Walking to school each day will bring your walking count up, I'm still using my old pedometer, would love a fitbit but cant justify one yet.
Dede I didn't loose any weight this week either, but had my measurements done at curves today and have lost 24.5cm in the last 4 weeks so pretty happy with that.

Wow that is great Jen, so obviously you are building up muscle not to show up on the scales. I should do measurements too as I feel like I have lost weight but the scales are just not telling me that :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 25, 2012, 10:05:17 am
yeah I might do some measurements also. all my clothes still feel the same but. my DS rang today and wants to go for a walk around Reabold Hill tomorrow arvo so that should get some stairs climbing sorted out
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 10:07:45 am
So if I do a 6km walk uphill how many steps would that be?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 25, 2012, 10:10:25 am
Quite a few Hally, every 10 foot up is a flight of stairs I believe
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 25, 2012, 10:19:39 am
So if I do a 6km walk uphill how many steps would that be?

Depends how long your legs are :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 25, 2012, 11:29:07 am
just back from the gym and down to 65.3kg, cant remember exactly what i was last week but i think its a little less.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 12:59:16 pm
Not on challenge, but happy to say that I still weigh 66kgs after no exercise for over 3 weeks.

 :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 25, 2012, 03:35:36 pm
Well done Jeninwa.  Amy is right, the measurements are as important as the numbers on the scale.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on July 26, 2012, 03:43:09 am
Well done to you all.  Jen that is so good..

measurements are important too.
Also muscle weighs heavier than fat..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 26, 2012, 05:12:31 am
Feel like I'm going to cry :'(

I gained over a kilo this week and there is no way it could all be muscle, but I have no idea how it could be fat since I have exercised for at least two hours, if not three, every day, and haven't eaten any junk. I don't usually sweat but I said a few colourful words when I got on the scales >:(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on July 26, 2012, 05:47:34 am
Amy, go kick a big box, then scream.. :-* :-*

Weight loss is a tricky science. :-\
You can fluctuate 2 kilos a day. Do you drink lots of water, you properly do, as you exercise heaps.
Ladies also carry extra fluid  due to your cycle.

Just remember we love you, and its only a number, and tomorrow it will be another different number.

I put the scales away, and only weigh myself maybe every six weeks. always about the same.

Now scream again.. louder..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 26, 2012, 05:53:57 am
Thanks Robyn...

The disappointment is the worst feeling.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 26, 2012, 06:25:38 am
Amy, as Robyn says it is only a number and will fluctuate for so many different reasons. You need to congratulate yourself on all the amazing things you have done extremely well this week, including all the amazing work you do at home and to help others, the exercising, studying and eating well and try not to dwell on your weight. Try not to loose heart and keep up the great work.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 26, 2012, 06:28:32 am
Oh no Amy, throw them scales away. They don't know what they are talking about. Have you done measurements? I haven't yet but must do them cause I was disappointed Wednesday that I hadn't really changed any even though I have been really good with exercise and eating well. But it was that time of the month so I'm hoping it was just extra fluid and some muscle. I'm not weighing my self at all for a whole week (if I can stop myself) :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 26, 2012, 07:04:13 am
Amy, as Robyn says it is only a number and will fluctuate for so many different reasons. You need to congratulate yourself on all the amazing things you have done extremely well this week, including all the amazing work you do at home and to help others, the exercising, studying and eating well and try not to dwell on your weight. Try not to loose heart and keep up the great work.

Thanks Wonder. Your comment made me feel a lot better :)

Oh no Amy, throw them scales away. They don't know what they are talking about. Have you done measurements?

I'd love to throw them away but they belong to my personal trainer and they're very expensive :(
No measurements...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 26, 2012, 07:12:41 am
Amy, you know you exercise and eat well so phooey to the scales as the girls have said.  From what I have read, your height and weight ratio sounds quite OK to me. Don't live, eat and breathe weight issues when you are doing everything right. Get out there and just enjoy life whilst you are young and fit. 
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on July 26, 2012, 07:16:46 am
Very wise  Judy...

why get hung up on a number. :-* :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 26, 2012, 07:43:18 am
I agree Obbie and Judy, my scales were not nice to me either but I feel better for eating well and exercising more. The weight has to go down sooner or later :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 26, 2012, 08:09:50 am
Amy, you really need to get on to the measurements as I imagine you are now at or below your target weight for your height so the measurements will start being a better indication of how you are going. You have mentioned your trainers specialise in people who need to loose substantial amounts of weights maybe they need to change the program a little for you now that you don't fit into their normal category.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 26, 2012, 08:15:46 am
Thanks girls :)
I just get paranoid. I know its bad, but its hard to change my thinking :(

You have mentioned your trainers specialise in people who need to loose substantial amounts of weights maybe they need to change the program a little for you now that you don't fit into their normal category.


I meant to ask my trainer today, but I was so diappointed with the weigh-in that I just wanted to get out of the studio before I started crying...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 26, 2012, 12:15:48 pm
The weight has to go down sooner or later :)

Thats what I'm hoping too! I went for a couple of walks today and ended up climbing the equivalent of 55 stairs...I've decided that I'm actually enjoying the stats and goals, something has to happen soon ??? I'm starting to feel a bit fitter I think, and I've just enjoyed getting outside of my office to soak up some fresh air and sunshine for a change. DD reckons I will be ready to go for my 100 stair challenge within the month -- oh dear that means 2 x walks around the hilly bush circuit, and would need to be done one in the morning and one later in the day...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 26, 2012, 09:16:43 pm
Wow CP 55 stairs :o, I'm lucky to get 10 in as it's pretty flat around here. There is a few places that I can go to walk up hill but it's pretty limited. 100 would be a super effort :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 26, 2012, 09:34:54 pm
You girls are starting to scare me a bit.. Im getting mine nextvweek.. Think ill seem a bit insignificant next to you gals.. No prob for stairs though as we have a two story and i go up and down several times acday..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on July 27, 2012, 01:01:56 am
ladies throw away the scales . trust me they will send you crazy
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 27, 2012, 01:04:59 am
I think its too late for me Uni...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: fundj&e on July 27, 2012, 01:13:23 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 27, 2012, 01:41:35 am
You girls are starting to scare me a bit.. Im getting mine nextvweek.. Think ill seem a bit insignificant next to you gals.. No prob for stairs though as we have a two story and i go up and down several times acday..

Only had mine 2 weeks, and you'll see what its like soon enough  ;D When you get odd numbers and so close to a fitness badge, you find that no matter how tired you are it would be hard to not push yourself that little bit more.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 27, 2012, 02:17:55 am
Amy, I think I know a little how you feel this morning. I've never focussed on my weight and we don't even have scales at home so I've only ever weighed meself at the gym. I've been loosing weight, getting fitter and lower body fat % over the last eight months which is great, but this morning when I was having measurements and weight updated with my PT according to some calculation he used for weight range I'm actually 11 kgs above the maximum range!! everything he told me after that was a blur as I was caught up on the weight. I actually think he got his calculations incorrect because he came up with a range of 48gk - 53kg for a 166cm female, which is extremely thin and nothing like any healthy range I've heard of before, 55 - 69kgs seems to be what is generally accepted for my height. He was very quick to point out that I shouldn't be worried about the actual weight and just to focus on my measurements, fitness level and body fat % which are all going down so all good.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 27, 2012, 04:41:31 am
Wonder I'm 165 cm and I'm sure my weight range should be somewhere between 58-65kg. Maybe he was looking at the wrong scale for height. There is no way on this earth I'm ever getting down to 48kg unless I'm dead and just a skeleton :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 27, 2012, 04:43:09 am
Actually it's 54kg - 68kg to be in the healthy weight range. I'm aiming for around 63kg
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 27, 2012, 05:05:04 am
There are so many different ranges quoted on the internet but they are consistently between those that you have mentioned Dede. I'm aiming for 60 in the long term as I'm just trying to get additional exercise in and being a little more concious of what I eat rather than trying to loose weight, I'm pretty happy with where I am now and really not wanting to change my diet to much.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 27, 2012, 06:14:30 am
Amy as long as the general trend is down that is all that matters.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 07:02:10 am
Dece, dont even go there.

Ears ago I weighed 49kgs, was obsessed. Was ill all the time, no energy, would go to work, go to bed, that was it. Not healthy at all.

H :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 27, 2012, 07:05:38 am
No I don't think it sounds a very healthy weight at all. Don't think I will ever have to worry about being to thin :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 27, 2012, 09:12:39 am
Amy, I think I know a little how you feel this morning. I've never focussed on my weight and we don't even have scales at home so I've only ever weighed meself at the gym. I've been loosing weight, getting fitter and lower body fat % over the last eight months which is great, but this morning when I was having measurements and weight updated with my PT according to some calculation he used for weight range I'm actually 11 kgs above the maximum range!! everything he told me after that was a blur as I was caught up on the weight. I actually think he got his calculations incorrect because he came up with a range of 48gk - 53kg for a 166cm female, which is extremely thin and nothing like any healthy range I've heard of before, 55 - 69kgs seems to be what is generally accepted for my height. He was very quick to point out that I shouldn't be worried about the actual weight and just to focus on my measurements, fitness level and body fat % which are all going down so all good.

It messes with your head doesn't it Wonder? Such a horrible feeling :(

Amy as long as the general trend is down that is all that matters.

Thanks Dash :) You always have wise advice.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 27, 2012, 01:59:47 pm
My first week back trying to keep on track has been a challenge. I have been staying in Perth at a hotel with work collegues since Tuesday evening.

I have managed to do all of my exercise sessions except one and I have tracked my eating and resisted temptations. I have found it difficult tracking calories eating at my workshops and at restaurants but I think I have kept under my daily goal.

I did have a few wines and a cider but did not give in when all around me where imbibing.

Monday will reveal how successful I was.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 28, 2012, 02:22:40 am
I'm up 2kg! :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 02:36:50 am
I'm up 2kg! :(

Pregnancy will do that to you Bambi :)
Don't think you can count that in as a gain. Lol :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 02:39:29 am
Well so far since having my fitbit I have walked over 160km, I have been eating well and moving heaps. So when is this weight going to start dropping off?
I have even been weighing my food to make sure I have the right portions. Sooner or later surely something has to give. Come on body start burning this fat away :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 28, 2012, 02:52:39 am
It may take a while dede. Are you eating 3 meals a day? If you don't sometimes your body thinks it needs to conserve fat.

I am happy that the scales went down this week. About time. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 03:00:14 am
I am Cookie, I was never a great breakfast eater but I have been making sure I have 3 meals a day, and any snacks in between are usually fruit or nuts or yogurt etc. I'm pretty sure my food intake is lower than calories burnt. I think I have shocked my body with all this extra exercise and it's confused. Some how I got to get it to burn this fat. Hopefully I will see a move next weigh day. I'm not putting on weight and the scales are dropping ever so slowly so I guess that better than nothing. I did measurement a few days ago so that might help. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 28, 2012, 03:03:50 am
Dede Are you drinking lots of water.? I've been told 2 Ltrs a day is what we should drink.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 28, 2012, 04:10:25 am
I've decided to do a weigh in once a week instead of daily. I think my BMI is slowly decreasing gram by gram so the fat has to move somewhere. My DD has just chimed in the background that I "can't talk about walking, I have to go and do it" cos she is waiting for me....bye!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 04:19:25 am
Lol CP, at least your DD is great motivation :D

And as for the water I do drink a bit but probably not enough :(
Think I'm going to have to concentrate on increasing my water intake :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 05:23:13 am
Just went for another walk and tackled a steep hill, I can't believe I made it to the top without killing over lol.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/7cb3f669-692a-fd3e.jpg)

I have climbed 42 flights of stairs today, I'm pretty stoked with myself :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 28, 2012, 06:05:00 am
Well so far since having my fitbit I have walked over 160km, I have been eating well and moving heaps. So when is this weight going to start dropping off?
I have even been weighing my food to make sure I have the right portions. Sooner or later surely something has to give. Come on body start burning this fat away :D

Unfortunately its not going to drop off Mandi, and if you want a sustainable weight loss, you don't want it to. You didn't gain it all overnight, so you're not going to lose it all overnight either. Just don't give up :)

I've decided to do a weigh in once a week instead of daily.

You were weighing yourself daily CP?!? :o No no no no no.... daily doesn't work. Weekly, fornightly, or even monthly are the better ways to go ;)

And as for the water I do drink a bit but probably not enough :(
Think I'm going to have to concentrate on increasing my water intake :D

Drinking lots of water will help you lose weight for many reasons. The first one being that if you don't drink water, your body goes in dehydration mode and tries to store all the water in your body, which makes you weigh more.
Like Jen said, 2 litres is a good water goal :)

And congrats on the hill Mandi ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on July 28, 2012, 10:03:27 am
I am weighing myself on Wednesday's so have only done it twice so far ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 10:09:34 am
Meagan you have great self control :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on July 28, 2012, 10:48:56 am
Dede I know it can fluctuate. My DH is weighing every day but he did that before we had the fitbit scales.

 I am doing it on Wednesday as I have signed up to do the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation program :o and the weigh in day is a Wednesday for that. If anyone is interested in signing up, I benefit from having three others sign up to this round (round 3) so please pm me and I will send you an invite. Preseason starts on the 30th of July and it kicks off on the 27th of August. I am scared but excited at the same time.

So watch out fibiters  ;) you are going to have a crazy exerciser on your hands soon  :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 11:29:07 am
Meagan what's involved in the program. Sounds scary lol :)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 28, 2012, 11:36:29 am
Meagan what's involved in the program. Sounds scary lol :)
I've dine it twice now. Recipes are awesome.
First time I lost 10kgs second round I lost nothing.
Its calorie counting and 6day a week exercise with a forum and challenges etc. Good program but you need to stay focused and involved
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on July 28, 2012, 11:39:11 am
Meagan what's involved in the program. Sounds scary lol :)
As Bambi said above

Here is the site www.12wbt.com I am doing the beginners and I hope to convert recipes to TM :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 11:39:34 am
Thanks Bambi. I thought I had heard of it before. Sounds like a good program.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 28, 2012, 03:24:33 pm
DD has made a foodplan from a book which I'm scrambling to find...about being energised....blah blah..you can be guaranteed I will let EVERYONE know if I think its worthwhile  :-)) and will give references. Meagan, we are happy to follow you once you have posted conversions  :-*

oooh, and had to modify dedi that I will also post the road ahead - love it! thx xox  (can't find my stupid phone tonight....where is the stupid thing?)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 28, 2012, 04:57:48 pm
I've decided to do a weigh in once a week instead of daily.

I have a regular weekly weigh day. Each Monday morning first thing after going to the toilet. Sometimes I sneak in an extra one but I am usually sorry when I do. It often find that either I am disappointed because I don't see any progress or I think I am doing well then on my 'official' weigh day my progress is not as good as expected.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 09:21:16 pm
I have just realized that my fitbit has almost paid for itself already with the money I have saved on fuel. My car has hardly been anywhere for the last 2 weeks cause I walk instead. It's amazing how much fuel I use just going back and forward to the shop and school :)
So I'm saving money and getting fitter :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 28, 2012, 11:01:22 pm
Dede, i always try & walk where I can.

Congrats on the hills.

Cant wait to get back into exercise.

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 28, 2012, 11:07:55 pm
I'm going to tackle that hill agin today, really gets the heart pumping. Yesterday I had to stop twice before I got to the top, today I'm aiming for stopping only once :)
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 28, 2012, 11:28:11 pm
I've been doing my 10000 steps the last few days or close to it, but food wise I'm not going so well lol I can't get enough food....
Mandi you are an inspiration!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 29, 2012, 12:10:51 am
Thanks Bambi, but I understand your hunger. When I was pregnant (especially the first 3 months) I could eat a horse. I was always hungry. Then the last 3 months I didn't want to eat a thing as I suffered heart burn so bad that I would throw up. I was to scared to eat much at all :(
Hang in there Bell, keep up your 10,000 steps as best you can. And try to lean towards healthier food as much as possible. Once the baby is born you will be able to get back to a routine.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 29, 2012, 12:11:55 am
DD and I just tackled the steep hill again. She done really well to keep up with me. Back home now to do some cooking then another walk this afternoon.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 29, 2012, 12:19:20 am
Great work Mandi ;D
And I was very impressed to hear how much you've saved on petrol!! You're doing so well on this challenge in so many ways, keep it up :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Halex on July 29, 2012, 01:34:59 am
Dede, well done.

Next goal try running a bit, make you majr goal to run up the hill.


Whenver I am onthe bike or the treadmill at the gym, i always climb hills, no point doing flat work.

H
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 29, 2012, 01:51:27 am
Good advice from Hally ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 29, 2012, 02:51:39 am
Will be no running for this fat duck, I'm not taking the risk of snapping my Achilles tendon. Don't think they would cope with any running. Will stick with fast walking and up hill walking I think :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 29, 2012, 04:07:59 am
You will not be fat for long with your commitment and determination Mandi :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 29, 2012, 06:23:16 am
I hope not Amy :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 29, 2012, 09:07:15 am
Will be no running for this fat duck, I'm not taking the risk of snapping my Achilles tendon. Don't think they would cope with any running. Will stick with fast walking and up hill walking I think :)

IF you have a heated pool nearby you should try water running. It is very low impact and a lot of runners use it when they are injured. It is supposed to give you as good a work out as running on land.

I thought daffy duck always called himself a little black duck not a fat duck.  You are doing really well Mandi. Keep it up.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 30, 2012, 01:16:23 am
well I'm down by a few hundred grams since starting the challenge. DD has bought a diet book which we are starting on today. So last night I had pizza, and yesterday osso bucco for lunch with a bit of wine. So today before we had brekky it was a glass of apple cider vinegar & honey (yuk), followed by a glass of fresh orange juice & chlorophyll, followed by a Greek yoghurt with grilled pineapple and banana. There is fruit and veges everywhere in the kitchen cos I can't fit everything in our fridge, and she tells me its food for the next couple of days  :o Its a clear soup for lunch, and I have to make some hummos for snacks, and then a vegetable curry for tea.  :-)) :-)) :-)) Seems like a lot of work, but I suppose I'll just do as I'm told and go with the flow and see what happens.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 30, 2012, 01:19:15 am
Which diet is this CP?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 30, 2012, 05:38:59 am
I weighed in this morning. I am down 1kg this week so I am very happy. I also took my waist measurement. It is up 2.5cm since the last time I measured it (over a month ago) not happy but it I expected this result.

CP that diet sounds interesting.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 30, 2012, 06:08:33 am
Great work with the weight loss Dash :D The measurement must be a bit disappointing though :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 30, 2012, 06:35:26 am
Well done Dash, that's great results even with the measurements being higher.
I'm trying hard not to focus on my weight as it doesn't seem to be budging, but my BMI seems to be decreasing so that's good. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 30, 2012, 06:38:43 am
Mandi, how can your BMI be decreasing if your weight isn't?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 30, 2012, 06:44:47 am
The fitbit scales I use are telling me my BMI is decreasing, I guess more muscle and less fat
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 30, 2012, 06:45:38 am
..... BMI doesn't differentiate between fat and muscle. I'm a bit confused ???
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on July 30, 2012, 06:49:51 am
The scales tell you your body fat percentage, maybe that's what you mean?

I'm going to buy a pair of bathers, the ones that hide the thigh fat, and start taking DS to swimming lessons again. I keep putting it off because I don't want to wear bathers and because I don't know what the deal will be with his ears after he gets the grommets in, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. You can buy head bands to stop the water going in their ears, so maybe I just have to buy one of them.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 30, 2012, 06:51:24 am
http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/09/fitbits-aria-wifi-scale-tracks-weight-bmi-and-body-fat-percent/ (http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/09/fitbits-aria-wifi-scale-tracks-weight-bmi-and-body-fat-percent/)

These are the scales I have Amy
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 30, 2012, 06:52:49 am
You can buy head bands to stop the water going in their ears, so maybe I just have to buy one of them.

The headband sounds like a good idea Amanda. I used to get terrible ear infections from swimming, and I didn't even have the pre-existing problem that your DS has.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 30, 2012, 07:37:32 am
Mandi, i think you will find body fat % and BMI are two different things. My understanding is that BMI is just a measure of using your weight and heights whereas body fat % is calculated based on the make up in your body. Your BMI will only change if either your height or weight change whereas your body fat % can change with an increase in muscle, water etc in your body.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 30, 2012, 07:40:29 am
Spot on Wonder :)
Thats why the BMI is not an accurate scale. It doesn't allow for muscle, fluids, body structure, etc. Just think, bodybuilders are often classed as obese on the BMI, but they are actually very fit people and just have a lot of muscle.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 30, 2012, 07:43:39 am
Ok thanks for that info Wonder, well my body fat % has changed. But can scales actually work that out? Or am I just reading into something that's not right? Maybe I need some of those fat pinches lol to see if things are changing. I feel like they are, and 2 pair of my trousers are becoming so loose that I have to double over the waist band when I wear them.
I feel healthier and have more energy and my love handles are shrinking :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 30, 2012, 07:56:35 am
Mandi, body fat % can be a very good indicator or how you are progressing and in some cases much better than focusing on just weight. I don't know about the fitbit scales in particular but many scales these days are able to give you a body fat % reading, I have found in the past that the scales can have quite a high degree of variability though because there are so many variables in the body that can affect the %. I would say to keep a record of the body fat % but don't get to disheartened if it goes up every now again.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 30, 2012, 01:01:50 pm
Ok thanks for that info Wonder, well my body fat % has changed. But can scales actually work that out? Or am I just reading into something that's not right? Maybe I need some of those fat pinches lol to see if things are changing.

Mandi the sensors that you stand on on the scale send a small electrical current through you body. The current passes through muscle and fat differently, that is how the scale measures body fat. The reading can be influenced by hydration levels in the body. If you are always weigh your self under the same conditions you should get a consistent reading.

The only truly accurate way to determine body fat is a dexa scanning x-ray. This is expensive and difficult to get done. The next best option is basically where you get into a tank filled with water and the amount of water you displaced is measured. Muscle and fat displace the water differently and this is calculated to figure out the muscle to fat ratio.

Pinch tests are only as good as the operator and the equipment. They are very difficult to do to yourself.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 30, 2012, 09:10:38 pm
I just pictured myself getting in a 44 gallon drum full of water :o
Think I will stick to the scales and measurements :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on July 31, 2012, 12:36:08 am
My scales are going out the window.....I was 80kg on Saturday and yesterday and today the blasted things read 81.5.....not at all happy with them.  I know that it is water weight because I've overdone it with exercise plus did heavy work in a community garden for 4 hours on Sunday...BUT...the blasted things are still weighing heavier!!!!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 31, 2012, 12:40:56 am
Stacelee I find I have to weigh myself 3 or more times to get a consistent weight. Usually the first time I get on te scales it tells me I'm around 1.5 kg heavier than what I am (I check on my other scales) then the second and third time seems to be more accurate. Not sure if I like the Aria scales. :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 31, 2012, 02:04:11 am
I just bought a prune fitbit for me and a blue one for dh.. Will be here in a couple of days.. Hope it gets us more motivated..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on July 31, 2012, 02:20:24 am
I just bought a prune fitbit for me and a blue one for dh.. Will be here in a couple of days.. Hope it gets us more motivated..
Yay Frozzie
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 31, 2012, 05:11:58 am
Meagan are you doing the Michelle Bridges challenge? how's it going?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 31, 2012, 07:25:56 am
Just picked up 2 more fitbits for DH and DD, I ordered them 10 days ago from Harvey Norman but they stuffed up and never sent my fitbit. Went in today to pick them up. They gave me 100 free photo printing voucher for there mistake. (wow) a whole $7 worth of printing to replace the $5.95 postage cost and fuel to run in to town :(
Anyway I have them both charging now :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 31, 2012, 07:38:20 am
Ours should be here in 2 days...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on July 31, 2012, 07:49:33 am
Both me & my DH are loving our Fitbits. They are certainly encouraging me to walk more.

Before it was so easy to get off the train in the morning and hop on the tram to get to work. Now morning & night without fail I'm walking instead (25 minute walk each way). The sleep pattern info it shows is interesting too.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 31, 2012, 07:50:50 am
Im looking forward to getting ours and glad dh got one too.. Makes it more fun 😁
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 31, 2012, 07:54:22 am
I would love the sleep information just to see if I really sleep as badly as I think I do.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 31, 2012, 08:03:20 am
I don't think I would be able to sleep if I knew something was recording stuff about me :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 31, 2012, 08:51:25 am
I have set DHs fitbit up ready to go, will leave DD to set up her own when she gets home. I wonder how long DH will have his for? He has a bad habit of loosing things and breaking things :(, I won't be buying him another one so hopefully he looks after it :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on July 31, 2012, 08:59:54 am
Meagan are you doing the Michelle Bridges challenge? how's it going?
Great Wonder. Preseason started Monday and it kicks off on 27th of august Monday after the retreat  :o eep. I am being really strict with my calorie intake and am just starting to get into the exercise now. I am pumped :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 31, 2012, 09:02:39 am
Well done Meagan, we are all here to support each other. I'm really enjoying the weight loss challenge and changing the way I eat and exercise. I'm feeling heaps better :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on July 31, 2012, 09:43:48 am
I've slacked off the last couple of days as I have been so tired. Not really liking DD's new diet as there is so much preparation and remembering to drink this and have this before this  :-)) There is so much fruit and veges around the kitchen benches cos I just don't have the room in the fridge.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on July 31, 2012, 11:38:17 am
I went to the zoo today and forgot my fitbit! So 3 hours of non stop walking not recorded!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 31, 2012, 11:50:38 am
Oh no bambi what a pain..oh well..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 31, 2012, 10:04:43 pm
Yay I'm down 200g from last weigh day. I know it's not alot but it's the first time in a couple of weeks the scales have moved :D
I think my fat loss is now ahead of my muscle gain ;D
That and I have been pushing my self a little harder with lots of Jill climbs to get the heart pumping. I have exercised every single day for the last 2 weeks and pushed a little harder each time.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on July 31, 2012, 10:18:19 pm
Congrats dede keep it up..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 31, 2012, 10:19:54 pm
I will try Frozzie :D
My plan is to keep going until I reach my goal weight, then I can cut down to maintain my weight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on July 31, 2012, 10:53:24 pm
That and I have been pushing my self a little harder with lots of Jill climbs to get the heart pumping.

Jill must be very grateful that your getting lighter Mandi LOL ;D
But in all seriousness, you're doing really well. Keep up the great work! :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on July 31, 2012, 11:06:26 pm
Lol. Well Jack and Jill did climb the hill :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 01, 2012, 12:02:27 am
Well done Mandi that's a great effort.

I've finished my Dry July month today and will be weighing myself at the gym tonight so it will be interesting to see if I've lost any weight in the final week. Yesterday I was wearing a pair of work pants that are quite old and I wear all the time and they were extremely loose so I'm thinking I might have dropped a bit in the last week.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 01, 2012, 12:10:28 am
Lol. Well Jack and Jill did climb the hill :D

But they fell down!! :o

I've finished my Dry July month today and will be weighing myself at the gym tonight so it will be interesting to see if I've lost any weight in the final week. Yesterday I was wearing a pair of work pants that are quite old and I wear all the time and they were extremely loose so I'm thinking I might have dropped a bit in the last week.

Good luck Wonder, it sounds like you've done really well :D And well done on Dry July ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 01, 2012, 12:45:26 am
Yes they did Amy, but they were carrying a pail of water, I left my pail at home cause I didn't want to loose balance :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 01, 2012, 04:25:43 am
I've finished my Dry July month today and will be weighing myself at the gym tonight so it will be interesting to see if I've lost any weight in the final week.

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Well done Wonder - you must be feeling a million dollars!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on August 01, 2012, 06:00:48 am
Well I finally got my fitbit (yeah) and am setting it up now.  Any tips?  Will just do what I normally do for the next few days just to see what my normal activiity is then start ramping it up.  I think I am going to be shocked at how sedentary I have become.  Does anyone use it in conjunction with My Fitness Pal (calorie logging app/website), I just synched the two together so i will see how that works too.  I aim to loose 10kgs before 1st December.  We have just moved to a new house with a beautiful pool and I intend to make use of it this summer and not hide out because I am so uncomfortable with my appearance.  Today I become accountable.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 01, 2012, 06:22:28 am
Well I finally got my fitbit (yeah) and am setting it up now.  Any tips?  Will just do what I normally do for the next few days just to see what my normal activiity is then start ramping it up.  I think I am going to be shocked at how sedentary I have become.  Does anyone use it in conjunction with My Fitness Pal (calorie logging app/website), I just synched the two together so i will see how that works too.  I aim to loose 10kgs before 1st December.  We have just moved to a new house with a beautiful pool and I intend to make use of it this summer and not hide out because I am so uncomfortable with my appearance.  Today I become accountable.

That's great Medusa, you will love it and become more motivated as you get closer to goals. I also use my fitness pal to log all my food for the day so I can keep a good track at what's happening.
I will send you a pm shortly to invite you to join the other forum members with fitbits on the fitbit web site as that also helps keep you motivated seeing what others are doing too :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on August 01, 2012, 06:59:05 am
Not happy with myself another week and no weight loss. I haven't been walking as much but go to curves 4 times a week, and use the wii fit 3 times a week. Hopefully next will be better.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on August 01, 2012, 07:15:25 am

That's great Medusa, you will love it and become more motivated as you get closer to goals. I also use my fitness pal to log all my food for the day so I can keep a good track at what's happening.
I will send you a pm shortly to invite you to join the other forum members with fitbits on the fitbit web site as that also helps keep you motivated seeing what others are doing too :D
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Thank you I have replied (I hope).  How does it work with myfitness pal, does it just log your steps?

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 01, 2012, 08:07:16 am
Well done Mandi and Wonder. 

CP that diet sounds like a lot of work.  I find it hard just trying to track calories.

Jeninwa do not despair. If you have been in a deficit for a while it is natural for your body to adapt to the lower calories and slow your metastable down. Do you ever take a break or have a re-feed day?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on August 01, 2012, 12:10:51 pm
Thank you for adding me to the fitbit group.  I am going to do my normal routine for a few days and see how sloth like I really am, probably going to be ashamed at how many steps I don't take but will ramp it up once I work it all out. 
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 01, 2012, 12:15:50 pm
That's ok medusa, don't expect to much of your self to start with.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on August 01, 2012, 11:39:47 pm
how accurate is the sleep records because if it is accurate I sleep like sh#t lol.  I was asleep for 7 hours and awoke 12 times.  Is that because I am a restless sleeper?  I know I wake up lots of times in the night but I didn't know it was so many times, no wonder I always feel tired lol.  I never have any trouble falling asleep but I knew I was a restless sleeper.  It will be interesting to see if I awoke so many times last night because I was aware of the band around my wrist. 

Also with the calorie count, is mine wrong because it is saying that I burnt 460 odd calories overnight, is that possible?  What is everyone elses goals set at?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 01, 2012, 11:44:55 pm
The body still burns calories when you're not exercising, Medusa. It burns energy just by keeping your organs functioning. Its called your Basal Metabolic Rate.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 01, 2012, 11:55:05 pm
Well I weighed myself last night at the gym and think I'm still the same weight as last week (65.1kg) which i was surprised about because my clothes are very loose and I don't seem to have a bum anymore! I'm a little surprised that I didn't loose any weight not drinking alcohol, but it could be that I've increased muscle because I can definitely tell a difference in the way all my clothes are fitting and my measurements and body fat % were quite different to a few months ago. I'm happy to continue loosing weight and tone up slowly which I think I will continue to do with the exercise I'm doing and the way I'm eating. I'm actually happy the drinking doesn't seem to have an affect as I won't feel so quilty when I'm having a drink now.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on August 02, 2012, 12:00:38 am
The body still burns calories when you're not exercising, Medusa. It burns energy just by keeping your organs functioning. Its called your Basal Metabolic Rate.

thanks for that, that makes sense.

Wonder, I think it is probably a good indicator that your clothes are fitting better and I am jealous about your no bum lol!!  Good job!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 02, 2012, 12:16:56 am
You're doing a great job Wonder, just don't give up :D

The body still burns calories when you're not exercising, Medusa. It burns energy just by keeping your organs functioning. Its called your Basal Metabolic Rate.

thanks for that, that makes sense.

No worries Medusa, its a handy thing to know :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 02, 2012, 12:43:32 am
No intention of giving up. I'm really happy with the way I'm going and can see where I can improve over the next few months. I've never been a scales person so not really worried about what they say although I would like to get down to 60 by the end of the year. Luckily I'm much more interested in how my clothes fit and how I feel than a number.

Medusa - the no bum isn't as great as it sounds, much prefer a smaller tighter one than nothing!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 02, 2012, 03:36:31 am
Don't panic Wonder, I had the same problem, but I could definitely tell my clothes were looser when the scales were not showing any change, the scales are now starting to decline. I can feel the muscles in my legs are stronger and I'm loosing my love handles :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on August 02, 2012, 05:13:28 am
Have been AWOL... :( Weight wise things are not going well. Have been trying to follow many of Cyndi O'Meara's principles from Changing habits changing lives but I seem to be gaining weight- green smoothies for breakfast and all!

Feeling frustrated!!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 02, 2012, 05:37:18 am
CGL it is so frustrating when the scales continue to climb up or don't move at all from week to week. Have you been exercising ?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 02, 2012, 12:25:14 pm
After a long walk today of about 1.5 hours including 50 flights of stairs my Achilles tendon (right) is quiet sore. Left one is really good (the one I had plastered for 7 weeks)
I'm not sure if to keep walking or slow it down a bit? I don't want the tendon to snap on me, but I also don't want to stop walking otherwise I will never loose this weight. It's frustrating.
I really don't want to have plaster again even though it worked with the other one :(
I have suffered tendinitis for about a year in the right tendon. Was over 2 years for the left.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 02, 2012, 12:33:05 pm
Mandi, could you get a rowing machine and do some upper body work for a while instead?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 02, 2012, 12:35:40 pm
I'm thinking the exercise bike might be a good idea too, less stress on my Achilles then. Maybe it's the hill climbs that are causing the most problem. I really don't want to slow down, but might have to change my routine. I might get the other tendon fixed after I loose some more weight if it does not improve.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 02, 2012, 12:38:11 pm
Changing your routine is a good idea anyway Mandi. It will shock your body ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 02, 2012, 12:40:35 pm
Will see how I go Amy, might have a couple days off from long walks and jump on the bike instead to rest the tendon.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 02, 2012, 03:28:04 pm
definitely do that dede. even have a day of rest if needed. Usually when you exercise you have to mix things up a bit. I was happy knowing today when I had to take a nana nap that I was still burning up calories  ;)

My body is aching. I bought the kettlenetics pack (google it - I didn't even do a session, I was just learning the moves and my body is hurting). I think it will be good for me, and I'm going to try and get some more DVD's to do when the weather is not good or I am wanting something different.

(PS. I don't normally do nana naps, but I just had to today)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 02, 2012, 10:07:59 pm
Lol CP, a nanna nap won't hurt you :)
It's raining today so won't get a walk in, I don't feel to bad today but will still take it easy. No hill climb for me for a few days, as I think that's what's making my leg sore.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bambi on August 02, 2012, 10:28:41 pm
I'm sick again! I feel really really awful. Gah my immune system is struggling with being pregnant I think :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 02, 2012, 10:30:22 pm
Oh no Bambi, that's not good. Especially with a toddler to chase after and being pregnant :(
Take it easy.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 02, 2012, 11:42:59 pm
Rest up Bambi. Eat plenty of garlic, fruit and vegies, and drink plenty of water ;)
I hope you feel better soon :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on August 03, 2012, 02:12:01 am
CGL it is so frustrating when the scales continue to climb up or don't move at all from week to week. Have you been exercising ?

Yes! As much as I can with work and a toddler at home! I am befriending the exercise bike when my little girl naps.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: goldfish on August 03, 2012, 02:14:30 am
I'm sick again! I feel really really awful. Gah my immune system is struggling with being pregnant I think :(
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Hope you're feeling better really soon, Bambi!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 03, 2012, 11:46:20 pm
got my fitbit and dh too today... actually this afternoon...kept checking how many steps i was doing lol...was supposed to arrive tommorrow but got them a day early..along with my mauviel pans and some hello kitty outfits i bought for DD and some cookbooks so happy opening parcels day lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 03, 2012, 11:51:11 pm
You did have a great day Frozzie opening goodies. :)
Will send you a PM to join out TM fitbit group if your interested.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 03, 2012, 11:52:15 pm
for sure  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 03, 2012, 11:54:05 pm
Excellent. Have PM you now :)
The more the better I think. Helps keep you motivated to move.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 03, 2012, 11:56:06 pm
I had a quiet day yesterday to rest my Achilles tendon, although I still got my 10,000 steps in but without the hill climbs. Foot is feeling really good today.
I spent some time on the exercise bike instead.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 04, 2012, 12:00:29 am
good to hear your foot is feeling better...i got my this afternoon..beginning of hte afternoon and i did 8 thousand and some steps  so figure in a day when i try i bit should easily approach the 20 000?? see how we go  :P
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 04, 2012, 12:04:14 am
Mandi, you've probably already mentioned this at some stage, but does the fitbit tell you how many calories you burn?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 04, 2012, 12:09:53 am
Excellent. Have PM you now :)
The more the better I think. Helps keep you motivated to move.

Totally agree...sent you back a pm with questions lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 04, 2012, 12:20:15 am
How does the sleep tracker work?? I put the fitbit inside the wristband?? Then pressed the button for a second o so to start the timer?? Is that right??
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 04, 2012, 12:52:38 am
Yep spot on Frozzie :)
Shouldn't you be sleeping by now ?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on August 04, 2012, 01:00:24 am
Does anyone find the fitbit sleep part accurate?  It said I woke up 22 times last night. I am a really restless sleeper but surely I don't wake 22 times.  I might get my hubby to wear it tonight as he serioulsy doesn't move all night.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 04, 2012, 03:47:22 am
When you are ready to go to sleep (ie. not reading etc) hold down the button for 2+ seconds and you will see the stopwatch start. When you wake up and are not going back to sleep, hold it down again so it stops timing that period. I think it works on the basis that when you wake you move. Sometimes you just roll over and you wake up briefly and then fall asleep immediately. Its probably not going to be 100% accurate, but it will give you an idea anyway. Certainly makes me feel better when I see that I have slept at 98% efficiency. One night I actually had 100%  :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 04, 2012, 04:47:28 am
Wow 100%, you must of felt good when you woke up :D
I get around 94-98% most nights :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on August 04, 2012, 07:42:46 am
Weigh in day today. The scales went down again. I'm very pleased. BUT DD and I went out and had bubble tea and half a delicious bun each. At least it is a week until weigh in .
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 04, 2012, 07:58:12 am
mine said i woke 8 times but two of those was the kids and two toilet lol..said i am at 92 percent accuracy...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 04, 2012, 09:55:37 am
Well done Cookie, always good when the scales go down.

And Frozzie that's pretty good sleeping results. I think the first time I had the fitbit on I slept terribly and woke something like 18 times.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 04, 2012, 10:12:49 am
Off to go for a walk.. A bit over 4kms around the block 😄😄 curious how many steps it is...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 04, 2012, 11:47:26 am
Well done Cookie.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 04, 2012, 12:03:27 pm
6000 steps on walk..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 04, 2012, 12:10:30 pm
You had a good walk then Frozzie :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 04, 2012, 12:24:00 pm
I go around the block but dont cut through...... Will see what my tally is for my first day.. Well later on.... Funny thing is that dh did less steps on same walk lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 04, 2012, 12:25:13 pm
Is he taller than you Frozzie ? Maybe he has a bigger stride worked out for his hight
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 04, 2012, 01:34:39 pm
thats what I think also. when you are logged in have a look at the "Community" questions, as it helps to clarify a lot of queries. I really do think that its pretty accurate all things considered.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 04, 2012, 02:43:59 pm
Thats what he said.. I must do smaller steps.. He wanted to put it on dd to get more steps lol.. She is tiny so probably does double the steps we do.. Im enjoying the fitbit and find where previously i might have asked someone to get something for me while they are up i just get it myself.. Also like the quirky little comments like you have climbed the tallest dinasour  :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 04, 2012, 03:09:08 pm
I havent done this but why dont you try doing 10 or 15 steps amongst you all? I think that you have programmed the FB and it will calculate accordingly.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 04, 2012, 08:38:38 pm
My DH was driving a truck while wearing his fit bit, it must of bounced him about a fair bit cause he said he had a quiet day but the for not said he climbed 200 flights of stairs and did 25,000 steps :o, so he has already got those badges lol :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 04, 2012, 09:35:31 pm
Lol... I just reached the 15000 badge with two walks the one this morning and a walk around the park ith the kids plus a bit of running around so a quiet day doing not much but drivi g a truck tell him doesnt count  :D  :D

You must have felt great after your also slow day step wise in the kitchen then seeing dh results lol :((
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 05, 2012, 12:00:35 am
im sure if anyone could see dh and i would think we were nuts lol..we just spent the last 10 mins running after each other all over the house to have more steps than the other..while peeing ourselves laughing..got to love competitive nature to get you motivated  ;D ;D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 05, 2012, 12:07:10 am
Lol Frozzie, good thing your not out in public :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 05, 2012, 12:21:47 am
Very true and that its dark out so no passers by lol

Good luck with te wood today.. Doesnt sound like fun..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on August 05, 2012, 01:56:16 am
I am going to be obsessed abpout sleeping now lol, my hubby wore the fitbit last night and when he awoke he said he had the worst night sleep he has had in ages and when I downloaded the data it said he had woken up 2 x and had a sleep effiency of 100%.  I woke up 22 times the night before lol.

Now I am going to ramp up my steps.  It is good hearing about how everyone else gets their steps in.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 07, 2012, 10:10:51 pm
Weigh day for me, down another 200g :).
I know it's not much but slow and steady wins the race :D
Started at 78kg, now 73.6kg, I'm getting there
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 07, 2012, 11:42:27 pm
FANTASTIC work Mandi, keep it up!!! :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on August 08, 2012, 02:51:49 am
Yeah Mandi, good job. Slow and steady wins the race!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 08, 2012, 06:32:02 am
Well done Mandi. Steadily down now matter how slow or small of a loss is still down and that is what matters.  Remember slower weight loss usually means it stays off. Quick losses usually come back with friends.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 08, 2012, 06:40:38 am
Congrats mandi..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 08, 2012, 06:46:26 am
Well done Mandi. Steadily down now matter how slow or small of a loss is still down and that is what matters.  Remember slower weight loss usually means it stays off. Quick losses usually come back with friends.

And I like the sound of that, although I would love to see a difference quicker, I would rather loose it slowly and keep it off :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 08, 2012, 06:53:33 am
And I like the sound of that, although I would love to see a difference quicker, I would rather loose it slowly and keep it off :D

The idea of rapid weight loss is perpetuated by those transformation shows which are designed solely to get ratings to sell advertising space. You find that most of those people put some if not all of their weight back on eventually.

Sustainable weight loss is all about lifestyle change, establishing new healthy habits and resetting your body's base point. This all takes time.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 08, 2012, 07:00:05 am
I agree Dash, and I think that's we're people need to change their thinking on how to loose weight successfully. I'm really confident that what I'm doing is going to keep the weight off once I get down to where I would like to be, although I'm not putting any pressure on myself to get to a certain weight, I think my body will tell me when I'm there. At the moment I'm just focusing on eating better and exercising more to become an ongoing part of my life :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on August 08, 2012, 08:41:24 am
Weigh in day for me too, down 700g this week after 2 weeks not loosing.
Decided to have a little treat after lunch, opened the biscuit barrel to find it empty. So no treat for me. They can wait to the weekend before I make them anymore.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 08, 2012, 08:57:30 am
Lost 1.2kg since started but nothing last couple of days.. Same.. Not bothered though as i know ou lose you plateau you lose etc
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 08, 2012, 09:25:33 am
Yes I stayed the same for 2 weeks, then only lost 200g 2 weeks in a row. But the first couple of weeks I lost over 2kg. Been flat out today framing so didn't get a lot of steps in + it's been raining most of the day so no walk either. Will get on exercise bike later to get my 10,000 steps in today.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 08, 2012, 04:25:10 pm
Last two days i havent got to 10000... Been stuck doing one thing or another that is physial but not as many steps...will get there today with all the back nd forth with boxes and furniture etc.. Now just waiting around for house visit ppl to arrive..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 08, 2012, 10:04:05 pm
The days I haven't got my 10,000 steps in has been the days I have been on my feet all day doing heaps but not moving far, like cooking all day. My kitchen just isn't big enough to get the steps up.
Yesterday was a horrible day out side so couldn't do my usual walk, had to spend 30 minutes on the exercise bike to get my 10,000 steps in for the day (and only just) 10,022 lol.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on August 08, 2012, 11:09:00 pm
Lol.. Got them today with back and forth all over the house and up and down the stairs... The other day i got 9965 or something like that...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 09, 2012, 12:22:09 am
Sun shining today so we were able to walk to school, DS  (5) had a bike license so he was able to ride his scooter. We also had to walk a bit further to the shop to get some fruit for school. Hopefully the weather will hold off to walk back this afternoon.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 09, 2012, 02:10:41 am
Had a little sneak peak at weight today, and was surprised that my weight is stable but my BMI has dropped 10% since I started walking and monitoring. What does this mean exactly? Does that mean that I am losing fat around organs or I am building muscle? I don't quite get it. How can I not be losing weight but my BMI is dropping?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on August 09, 2012, 02:19:18 am
If you're using the fit it scales, it displays your body fat percentage, not your BMI. You're BMI is calculated on the web site. I think I read that the body fat percentage is calculated by sending little electrical pulses through your body as the electrical pulses react differently to fat than muscle. If this percentage is dropping it means your body fat is dropping! 10% is a pretty impressive loss - congratulations!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 09, 2012, 02:22:22 am
CP I had the same thing, your fat percentage is dropping and muscle has increased. My weight stayed the same for a few weeks but the fat percentage decreased. Because of all the extra walking you have been doing your increasing your muscle (muscle is heavier than fat) and muscle is more compact than fat as well, so if you have done measurements that should of decreased as well.
Don't be disheartened as its all good.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 14, 2012, 09:23:48 pm
Weigh day today, have I been good?
Life has been pretty hectic lately so I haven't been able to get my usual long walks in, still been walking to school and back when the weather is fine. And I have still be eating well. So fingers crossed for a good result.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 14, 2012, 09:57:08 pm
Ok results are in, down another 200g, that's 600g in 3 weeks. But I figure I would rather lose 200g a week than gain 200g a week. :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 14, 2012, 11:57:29 pm
Great work Mandi :D

As my PT says, "A loss is a loss" ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on August 15, 2012, 12:05:00 am
That's great Mandi a loss is a loss,
Weigh in for me today, think I have had a loss, no exercising at all for me this last week. Have had the flu, still have a terrible cough and not 100% yet.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 15, 2012, 12:14:51 am
Well done Dede and good luck Jeniwa. I'm still trying to get over the flu so it's really hard to fit some exericse on top of the normal day to day activities, work and kids as well as struggling with the after effects of the flu.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 15, 2012, 12:20:59 am
I hope you two ladies get better soon, its so horrible being sick :(

I'm scared of getting sick because I know I wouldn't be able to exercise much :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on August 15, 2012, 02:54:31 am
Another weigh day woo hoo for me  ;D ;D  :o :o I guess moving house constitutes a fair bit of calorie burning huh! Yipee  :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 15, 2012, 04:06:20 am
Yay, sounds like a successful week all round. Well done Meagan. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 15, 2012, 04:20:16 am
Well done everyone.  I hope you are feeling better soon Wonder and Jeninwa.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 15, 2012, 05:34:17 am
I need to feel 100% by Saturday as I'm going to be trying Bikram yoga for the first time and won't be able to give it a go unless I'm 100%. I've been wanting to try it for a long time but a studio has just opened not far from home so I'm quite excited to finally get the opportunity. Will be interesting to see if I can get through the class and want to go back.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on August 15, 2012, 09:22:14 am
Yah another loss for me this week 600g.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 15, 2012, 09:40:49 am
FANTASTIC work Jen!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 15, 2012, 10:14:24 am
Excellent Jen, that would make you feel great :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 15, 2012, 10:18:12 am
Managed to walk to the school with the kids and an empty pram, then kept walking to pick up my nephew, while I was there I vacuumed and cleaned the kitchen. Then walked back home with my nephew, then spent the rest of the day chasing him around. So well and truly got in my 10,000 steps + more :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 15, 2012, 01:00:27 pm
Well done Jen.

Great way to get your steps in Mandi.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 16, 2012, 09:26:13 pm
I'm finding now I have been on the challenge for several weeks now that I'm craving totally different foods than I used too, I don't crave chocolate very often at all (which is a big plus)
I now crave nuts, fruit, salads and veggies.
I have started to stop counting calories as I think I have that under control enough not to worry about counting what I eat. I have got into a pretty good routine now and am enjoying my life style change.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 16, 2012, 10:36:15 pm
Well done Mandi, that must be a great feeling knowing you have changed your eating habits.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 16, 2012, 11:03:12 pm
It is Wonder, I'm just going to wait and see what my body decides to do (when I stop loosing weight)
I know I'm eating less calories than I'm burning at the moment, so I'm going to stick to that and go with the flow :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: courton on August 16, 2012, 11:35:26 pm
Wonder, make sure you are absolutely well before trying bikram. I did it for quite a few years. Go for at least 3 sessions before you decide whether you want to continue. It really was very good.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 17, 2012, 12:06:39 am
Courton that's why i'm hoping to be 100% better but I don't think I will get there by tomorrow. I'm no where near 100% yet so I might have to put it off again. I've done so much research on it and it seems you hate the first few times but then get addicted. They have a cheap pass for the first 10 days to encourage people to keep going. did you keep going? i don't actually know anyone who has practices but have done lots and lots of reading.

this bug is really affecting my weight on the scales, when I weighed myself on the weekend I was down 4kgs, Wednesday was down about 2kg and now I think I'm only down 1kg - just hope it doesn't keep going up. :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 17, 2012, 12:20:31 am
I'm finding now I have been on the challenge for several weeks now that I'm craving totally different foods than I used too, I don't crave chocolate very often at all (which is a big plus)
I now crave nuts, fruit, salads and veggies.
I have started to stop counting calories as I think I have that under control enough not to worry about counting what I eat. I have got into a pretty good routine now and am enjoying my life style change.

Its a great feeling when you reach this point Mandi. I remember when I started to feel like this and I felt really strange. My mum and I went out for coffee one day, and instead of ordering the big slice of cherry ripe mud cake, I honestly just wanted the fruit salad. I felt so much healthier and lighter. And I've been this way for probably about 8 months or more. I don't eat any junk at all and I never miss it. My cravings are for fresh cherry tomatoes or crisp snow peas or crunchy carrot sticks ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: courton on August 17, 2012, 03:31:00 am
I loved it. Did it for 4-5 years but have moved away from the nearest yoga place. The key thing is to have LITTLE sips of water throughout the class and dress as skimpily as you can! You can always pick the new ones with these two behaviors!! I had a mat and took a small towel rather than a huge one which gets in the way when you do various poses. Whenever you are exhausted just lie down in relaxation pose. you will feel so good for the rest of the day and sleep so well!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 17, 2012, 03:54:50 am
Thanks courton, I'm really hoping I'm feeling 100% so i can have a try tomorrow, i've wanted to have a try for so long and even bought a special towel when i was in the US earlier this year but just haven't been able to block in the time and find a close venue but two new ones have opened up less than ten minutes either side of my place.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 17, 2012, 03:40:33 pm
I am sure that your weight will settle down as you get well Wonder.

Dede it is good that your eating habits have changed. It certainly makes it much easier to stay lean.

I have completely fallen off track. I have gained so much weight that one of my suits no longer fits me. I can't seem to control my eating at the moment. It is all emotional eating and I know I am doing it but can;t seem to get a handle on it.

I am craving fat and sugar. I think I would actually enjoy creaming some butter sugar and vanilla together and eating it right about now.

I wonder if I could sew my lips together like people do on hunger strikes.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 17, 2012, 03:47:43 pm
DD I find that if you chop your hands off at the wrist it makes it hard to put food in your mouth  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 17, 2012, 10:47:45 pm
Are you keeping up with your training Dash? I guess you just needs to try and stay strong, at least you are aware of where you are falling down and will be able to get back on track.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 17, 2012, 11:22:41 pm
Dash Dash Dash, what are you doing? This is the weight loss challenge, not the weight gain challenge :D
I think you need to be honest with your self and start writing down everything your eating (and I mean absolutely everything) and keep a track of how your feeling for the day. Maybe this will help you identify exactly what triggers you to eat more or eat the wrong things. And try and get control of it.
We all know your a pretty active person, but obviously your adding extra calories in than your burning for the day.
We all here to back you up and help you as much as we can. I have found starting this challenge has really helped me heaps even when the scales were not nice to me I kept going and haven't given up.
Don't give up Dash, today is a new day :) :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 18, 2012, 12:19:10 am
How disappointing for you Dash, but at least you are aware that you are doing it. That awareness is very important. Have you identified what is causing to to eat emotionally? If you have, maybe you can find some different strategies to deal with it other than eating ;)

And Mandi is 100% right, we are all here to support each other :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 18, 2012, 08:15:28 am
DD I find that if you chop your hands off at the wrist it makes it hard to put food in your mouth  :D

I think I would prefer to sew my lips together. I wouldn't be able to keep up with the forum if I cut off my hands.  :o

Are you keeping up with your training Dash? I guess you just needs to try and stay strong, at least you are aware of where you are falling down and will be able to get back on track.

I have been keeping up with training until I started getting a cold on Tuesday. being aware of my transgressions is good, theoretically I should be able to stop it easier if I am aware I am doing it. 
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 18, 2012, 08:24:43 am
I have stopped tracking my calories because it was too time consuming. I found that since I tend to cook most of my own food I had to calculate each recipe and then work out portions. It would be easier to eat prepared off the shelf crap so I could just scan the bar code.

As for what triggers my eating, other than being tired and sick, it is being home. I am good all day at work and when I am out but as soon as I get home I start eating. It usually starts with my afternoon snack when I get in but I don't just stop with my planned snack. I have a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Then I cook dinner and pick while I am cooking.

After dinner I will look for something sweet and then when I stat I don't stop.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 18, 2012, 11:43:52 am
at least you are better at counting food you have consumed than my DH -- he doesn't count it if he is standing up while he's eating. Honestly, you would think he never ate a single thing all day!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 18, 2012, 04:13:47 pm
Well I made it through today with out binging. I didn't count calories or track what I ate in any way but I also did not eat chocolate or ice cream.


I didn't really snack between meals except for some fruit and nuts. I did finish off a bit of DWs lunch but did not eat her uneaten piece of toast at breakfast.

Bring on tomorrow.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 18, 2012, 09:04:06 pm
Well done Dash, one day at a time. Hopefully your head cold clears up soon and you will be back to normal in no time :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 18, 2012, 10:09:38 pm
Well done Dash, it's so hard when you aren't feeling well. My DD and I were craving sweets while we were sick and neither of s normally have a sweet tooth. Just take one day at a time and I'm sure you will get it back under control.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 19, 2012, 02:27:11 am
Thanks everyone. I wasn't that sick. I just figured my body would heal itself quicker if I didn't push it too hard.

Unfortunately Wonder I have a sweet tooth and it is worse when I am tired/unwell/feeling sorry for my self.

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on August 19, 2012, 02:41:25 am
I think I have that same sweet tooth Dash  :D

My DH are I are loving our Fitbits, but I've decided we don't deserve to have them!
Last week at the Crows game my DH lost his.  We had to head back to Harvey Norman to buy him a replacement (not a cheap exercise at $119 each). 

Lucky I didn't get angry in the least with him, as this morning I've placed mine into the washing machine.
My DH slept in this morning and when he did get up I was in a hurry to get the sheets of the bed and into the wash.  I decided at the last minute to strip and place the pj's I was wearing into the wash as well.  Of course I forgot my Fitbit was clipped to my pj's  :o
Amazing little device is still working.  I couldn't believe it as I was sure it would have died.  Best bit is while it was in the washing machine it recorded me as having a very active half hour, including climbing 3 flights of stairs!

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 19, 2012, 02:55:03 am
Lol Katie, sounds like being we all need a giant washing machine to get into to burn those calories :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 19, 2012, 03:32:03 am
That is a certainly a good testimony for the Fitbit's durability.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on August 19, 2012, 07:52:39 am
That is funny Katie.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: medusa on August 19, 2012, 07:56:42 am
Oh no Katie. Glad it survived. Also to dry it out just incase fill a sandwich bag with rice and put the fitbit in or overnight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 19, 2012, 01:22:27 pm
 :D :D You've had a couple of funny experiences this weekend Katie and a very busy week in your storage shed.  Enjoy going back to work now for a rest and I'm very surprised your fitbit is still working.  Bet DH had a good laugh.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on August 19, 2012, 01:29:54 pm
Your right Judy it has been a funny weekend (I should stay away from washing machines and clothes dryers!) I need to go back to work tomorrow for a rest and some normality.

I was so upset with myself when I realised it was in the washing machine. There was nothing I could do though except wait for the washing machine cycle to finish. I was so amazed and happy it was still working.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 19, 2012, 03:05:03 pm
Another reasonably successful day. I managed to mostly stick to good eating and when I did snack it was nuts, fruit and cheese.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 19, 2012, 09:27:33 pm
One day a a time Dash, your getting back on track. :)
Yesterday my steps were low as I was in the kitchen cooking most of the day, so I jumped in the exercise bike for 40 minutes :)
The exercise bike is great as I can exercise inside when I don't get a chance to walk, and it's also great as it doesn't put any strain on my Achilles tendinitis :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on August 21, 2012, 12:40:33 am
Hi Ladies

I want to let you in on a little secret I discovered yesterday- for those that are interested in Weight Watchers propoints. I have done w.w. many times, had many successes but like anything, if you don't stay signed up you don't get access to the tools etc and this results in falling off the wagon! Yesterday I discovered an iphone app called "ultimate value diary" which is basically the propoints system- you set up your profile, calculate points etc, it finds them for you on the online database etc. Only a day so far but its going well! You may like to check it out!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 21, 2012, 10:25:43 pm
Yay yippee yay yippee yay :D down 1kg, happy happy happy :D :D :D
Total of 5.6kg down :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 21, 2012, 11:14:02 pm
Fantastic effort Dede - well done.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 21, 2012, 11:48:02 pm
Congrats Mandi, you are awesome!!! ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on August 21, 2012, 11:59:45 pm
That's fantastic news Mandi congratulations.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 22, 2012, 01:22:34 am
Thanks guys, after only losing 200g a week for the last 3 weeks it was nice to have a bigger loss :) I even weighed myself a few times to make sure the scales we right lol. I have had dessert twice in the week too, and stopped counting calories as I pretty much know what I should be eating in a day. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 22, 2012, 07:00:17 am
The less time you spend counting calories the better, I reckon ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 22, 2012, 08:57:52 am
Same here Amy, I'm confident enough with my eating habits that I don't think I need to worry. I know if I have over eaten for the day. And as long as I'm eating my 3 meals and healthy snacks I know I'm on the right track ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on August 22, 2012, 09:09:58 am
300g loss for me this week, didn't expect to loss any as I have been so inactive the last few week with this darn flu.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 22, 2012, 09:20:13 am
Well that's a bonus Jen, well done. I hate when you feeling unwell and no energy. I just hope I don't get sick for the next few weeks while looking after my Nephew.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on August 22, 2012, 10:08:38 am
Congrats Mandi on the weight loss of 5.6kg :-*
Well done Jen :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on August 22, 2012, 01:10:47 pm
Go you Mandi! I forgot it was weigh day and ate breakfast and got fully dressed before remembering! Oh well tomorrow or next week!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 22, 2012, 01:39:28 pm
not good reading this and eating the rest of the pkt of Maltesers  :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 22, 2012, 01:55:01 pm
Oops CP, your allowed to enjoy yourself this weekend after all the organizing you have done. Just enjoy everything, worry about it later when you return home :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 22, 2012, 09:57:29 pm
I've had too many treats and not enough exercise this week - just can't get motivated.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cooking-good-looking on August 22, 2012, 11:21:59 pm
Finally the counting of the points is paying off! I am not supposed to weigh til tomorrow but had to jump on scales to see a 0.5 loss already! :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 22, 2012, 11:58:00 pm
not good reading this and eating the rest of the pkt of Maltesers  :-))


CP, from memory, 10 maltesers have 168 calories. How many are in a whole packet? :-)) ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 25, 2012, 12:06:04 pm
Weight loss isn't happening this weekend. Too much wine and good food.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 25, 2012, 01:14:12 pm
Are you and Amy going for a morning run Dash or aren't you having time for that?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 26, 2012, 08:55:39 am
I ran both mornings Judy. Unfortunately Amy is injured and can't run. We were both disappointed, we were looking forward to having a run together.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 26, 2012, 11:57:34 am
I ran both mornings Judy. Unfortunately Amy is injured and can't run. We were both disappointed, we were looking forward to having a run together.

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 26, 2012, 02:51:42 pm
not good reading this and eating the rest of the pkt of Maltesers  :-))


CP, from memory, 10 maltesers have 168 calories. How many are in a whole packet? :-)) ;D

oops! oh well at least it wasn't the big supersize packet that I looked longingly at
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 26, 2012, 11:59:23 pm
Amy you must be so disappointed, is it an injury that should clear up quickly with a little rest?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 27, 2012, 12:06:16 am
Amy you must be so disappointed, is it an injury that should clear up quickly with a little rest?

I'm devastated Wonder :'( My PT has said no running or cycling for at least one week, but probably two. We think its possibly a little tear in my hip flexor, which can be quite serious, particularly for cyclists. I have an appointment with the best physio in town, but of course the waiting list is quite long. I can't get in until September. I can't tell the extent of the injury myself, so I'll have to wait and see what the physio says :(

My workout today will probably consist of upper body weights, the grinder, and possibly some deep water running if I can do it. Pooey.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 27, 2012, 02:11:06 am
Hopefully you will be on the mend soon Amy, just listen to your body and do what ever it is that is comfortable without causing any pain. 2 weeks or so is not long if it means you will recover from the injury.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 27, 2012, 04:12:08 am
Amy that's so dissapointing for you. I've been at the physio this morning getting some work done on my hip flexor, not fun and it can take a long time to heal if not treated properly. There is still a lot of training you can do that won't agrivate it so maybe just a bit of internet researching on alternatives until you can get seen by the physio. Good luck with it.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 27, 2012, 05:41:58 am
Amy remember our discussion about rest and recovery!!

I weighed in this morning, lost 0.4kg. Pretty happy with that.

Swam for abut an hour. Hopefuly will get in about 40 minutes of bike riding this afternoon.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 27, 2012, 05:47:26 am
Amy remember our discussion about rest and recovery!!

LOL which one?? ;D
Yes, I remember... :-))

Thanks Mandi and Wonder :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on August 27, 2012, 08:05:35 am
DD after this weekend too. Those cherry whatever's we're lethal.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 27, 2012, 09:41:37 pm
Good news dash, after your weekend you probably thought you would gain weight.

I haven't been able to walk as much as I would like to as the weather has been pretty bad here. And having my nephew with me makes it even harder as he has a cold at the moment and I'm trying not to take him out in the cold too much. I usually walk to school with my kids before I go and pick him up if it's not raining.
Weigh day tomorrow for me. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 28, 2012, 02:11:08 am
Mandi I heard that a lot of Tassie got snow last week? Did you get any or are you too low?

The cold and miserable weather certainly makes it hard to get motivated to go out and exercise.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 28, 2012, 02:28:19 am
Dash there was a lot of snow on the mountains surrounding us but not down this low. But we certainly got the cold wind from the snow brrrr.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on August 29, 2012, 02:57:02 pm
Well weigh in today and my weight is the same which is good considering I have not been eating the best lately. I have exercised every day so far this week. My body is aching and I feel totally unco doing the michelle bridges DVDs but I am doing them so that is the main thing. I am really tired and grumpy though. I am hoping the adrenaline kicks in soon  :-[ I know it will take some time. I am also struggling with feeling hungry and fighting the urge to snack!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 29, 2012, 03:01:56 pm
Megan those first few days of a new workout the body aches from the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) can be tough but it is worth it in the end.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on August 30, 2012, 12:20:46 am
Meagan it won't take you long before you get the result you're after. Are you finding the Fitbit helps? I thought I would be back to square one after the weekend but I'm still the same. I've been tied to my computer so I'll have to break out and go for a walk
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on August 30, 2012, 12:38:34 am
Forgot to post yesterday weighed in the same as last week, thought I would have gained after the weekend. Only exercised on day this week, this stupid cough has come back in full force. Just can't shift it, think its going then it comes back. Had it for about 4 weeks now.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 30, 2012, 02:07:10 pm
That's not good Jen. Look after yourself and take it easy if you need to until you can get rid of it.

I haven't exercised much this week. I have been tired and busy with work. By the time I get home I don't feel like doing anything. I am hoping to get back on track after some rest this weekend.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on August 30, 2012, 09:22:14 pm
Actually I forgot to post my weigh in on Wednesday as well. No loss this week, but no gain either :D
The main reason is because I have only managed to get out walking a couple of time for the week as the weather has been horrible, and having my nephew with me restricts what I can do. Hopefully the weather will improve so I can get some more walks in for a better result next week :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 31, 2012, 12:03:05 am
At least you didn't gain Mandi, that the most important thing :) Hopefully the weather will improve soon so you can get out and walk more this week :D

I have my weigh in today. I'm not looking forward to it since I haven't been able to do nearly as much exercise as usual :( In saying that though, I got a pretty good score on the grinder yesterday. I got 10.7km in 30 minutes ;) I was dripping a bit after that... but still can't do much leg work, and my physio appointment isn't for another week. I think I will go crazy.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 31, 2012, 03:02:41 am
How did the deep water running go Amy?  Is the hip flexor still giving you trouble?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on August 31, 2012, 06:43:21 am
I don't think I should have done the water running Den, my hip flexor hurt a lot afterwards and I had to walk home :(
It still hurts and I've resorted to walking backwards up hills again (and typically our house is on a hill). I probably look like an idiot but I'm past caring about that :-))
I see the physio on Thursday. Until then it will be swimming, grinder and weights :P I suppose this is a good opportunity to build my upper body strength.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 04, 2012, 08:27:15 am
I have now been walking most days for the last 2 months and I think it's now become my daily routine (except bad weather), I really don't like when it's raining and I can't walk the kids to school, feels really strange now. School holidays are coming up, but I'm still looking after my nephew so I think I will walk to pick him up most mornings if I can :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 04, 2012, 10:11:35 pm
Another loss this week, not a big one but down 200g, the weather has been kind to me and I have been able to walk a bit more :) total of 5.8kg lost so far :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 04, 2012, 11:45:01 pm
You're doing so well Mandi :D

My weight has been fluctuating a lot. Its really starting to bug me :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on September 05, 2012, 01:02:15 am
The wind, rain and work has been full on this week and I have only been doing about 5000 steps. Am a bit disappointed because I wanted to get back on track. My weight has flat lined.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 05, 2012, 01:05:03 am
CP flatline is better than climbing :D
I have found it hard with having my Nephew most days, but if I can at least walk to the school once a day is better than nothing. This morning I walked to my sisters place to pick up my Nephew (about 40min walk return) I can definitely feel my legs burning pushing the pram up hill :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on September 05, 2012, 01:19:03 am
I've been really hopeless on the exercise front. Did a big walk with a friend on the weekend but nothing at the gym - must go tonight!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on September 05, 2012, 08:50:04 am
 ;D a loss this week again. Yay! Go me   :o I am feeling great and have gotten through the initial starting stages.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 05, 2012, 09:09:41 am
Yay Meagan, that's great :D. Keep up the great work.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on September 05, 2012, 09:13:39 am
That's great news Megan, no loss again this week, I'm still not 100% so over this cough and not feeling well, just don't have any energy.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 05, 2012, 10:15:16 am
Don't panic to much Jen, the energy will return once your feeling better. I hate getting sick, the worst symptoms are usually gone within a couple of days, but the loss of energy usually lasts for a long time.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 05, 2012, 02:10:42 pm
My weight went up 0.2kg this week. My eating has not been the greatest and my exercising has been off a little. I missed 3 sessions last week and have missed 2 sessions so far this week.

I have been binging a bit too. Don't know why but I have been quite tired lately.

Amy don't let the fluctuations worry you. You are quite slim and a being a young woman fluctuations will happen.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 05, 2012, 11:39:53 pm
I know... thanks Den :)
Sorry to hear you haven't been having such a great run either :(

I'm really stressing out... its weigh in day at PT. We've set a goal weight for me of 63kg and last week I was 68kg, so I need to be down a bit this week. Its extra hard getting the last few kilos off :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on September 06, 2012, 12:19:55 am
Amy you need to learn to not be so hard on yourself, remember you have an injury and as Dash has said your weight will fluctuate - the scales don't always tell the full story. If you are eating sensibly and exercising that's far better than concentrating on a goal weight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 06, 2012, 12:38:48 am
Thanks Wonder. I think I get too focused on the numbers on the scales sometimes. I'm scared I'll get on them one day and they'll read 90kg like they used to :-[
I'm glad I have you guys to help me put it into perspective when I get too carried away :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on September 06, 2012, 01:07:44 am
It must be very hard to not focus on what you used to be like Amy. Keep up all the amzing work you do how and focus on how you have managed to change your life in so many ways, it's sounds like you are very much in control these days.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 06, 2012, 06:30:42 am
Amy, don't focus on the numbers, that is all it is a number..

Its alot healthier to be stable with weight, than to yoyo up and down.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on September 06, 2012, 06:48:30 am
OK, so I know I've been missing from this thread for a while, and from the fitbit group, too. I'm slowly getting back on track, though, and I joined a gym yesterday - so I'm coming back!

Has anyone had any problems with their fitbit reading floors inaccurately? I wore mine yesterday, and just a normal day but with no stairs, I probably would have gotten 1 or 2 floors from my normal working (some of it is a little steep) but when I got home and checked my fitbit, I'd climbed 72 floors! I certainly did not climb that many floors!! It was VERY windy here yesterday, is it possible that it affected the reading?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 06, 2012, 07:18:04 am
I just checked my fitbit and it says I have done 12 flights, but should be only about 3 from walking to the school and back, very windy here too so maybe the wind does effect it.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on September 06, 2012, 07:36:15 am
Thanks Dede, that makes me feel a bit better. I did feel pretty awesome for a few seconds! lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 06, 2012, 07:57:33 am
Amy I think Robyn's advice is spot on. It is just a number. Try to not obsess too much on the numbers. If you keep your diet clean and healthy and exercise regularly all will be fine.

From what I saw and what you said on the MR weekend you have a very focused approach to your diet. SO unless you are a secret binge eater like me you should be fine. Just remember that if you are not able to workout so much due to your injury you may have to adjust your daily caloric intake.

It is just like tapering and recovering around a race. As you taper and for the week or two after a big race when you are giving your body time to recover you reduce your food intake to match the calorie burn.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on September 06, 2012, 08:18:57 am
Amy, the fact that you focus on the numbers means that you're on track. It's when you don't read the numbers because you know they're not good and you ignore them, that's when things go pear shaped (literally!). I'm speaking from experience. I lost weight a few years ago and got down to 60kg, then got ignorant and didn't check the scales, now I'm 96kg. I had a lot of other stuff happening as well, but basically I got ignorant and lazy and used things I shouldn't have as an excuse. Just keep and eye on the scales, and they'll make sure you do the right thing.

And you have an injury, so it's not like you're slacking off and eating badly. As soon as your well again, the numbers will disappear again.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 06, 2012, 08:31:34 am
Thanks for the support everyone :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on September 06, 2012, 09:29:33 am
I don't need support I need liposuction  :'(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 06, 2012, 10:06:25 am
I don't need support I need liposuction  :'(

Me too ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on September 06, 2012, 10:58:37 am
So true CP - maybe we could get some kind of group discount... Or have our next forum get together in Thailand on one of those medical holidays... lol
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 06, 2012, 03:11:40 pm
I don't need support I need liposuction  :'(

Research has found that people who have liposuction put fat back on but in other places like the arms and legs. Sorry ladies hard work and clean living is the only way.

I got out for a run tonight. I changed into my running gear straight after work that way I had no excuse to not go. Ran 10k.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 06, 2012, 03:38:57 pm
I got out for a run tonight. I changed into my running gear straight after work that way I had no excuse to not go. Ran 10k.

J.E.A.L.O.U.S :-)) :-))
I saw the physio today. No running for me until my hip stops hurting. Which could be a while. Turns out it is my adductor rather than my flexor. He picked up on a few other things too. He's a really good physio :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: SueJen on September 06, 2012, 03:58:18 pm
Amy, you must start looking after yourself. How is the spider bite? 
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: SueJen on September 06, 2012, 03:59:26 pm
Sorry  :D ;Dforgot again :) ;) ;D ;) :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 06, 2012, 11:44:36 pm
The spider bite looks to have cleared up, thanks Sue ;) ;D :D :) 8)
Never found the damn spider though! >:(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on September 07, 2012, 02:17:45 am
Not good news that you are still not able to run, but great that they physio seems good and picked up a few other things for you. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 07, 2012, 02:29:08 am
It is good that you got to see the physio. Hopefully it won't take too long before you can run again. What course of treatment did the physio recommend? 
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 07, 2012, 03:51:49 am
The physio gave me some stretches for my hip and calves that need to be done at least four times every day. He said my hip might take up to five weeks to be completely functional again :o :( He noticed when I was walking that my left leg roatates inwards when I walk, which is most likely due to the injury. I have to try and stop doing that.
He also said that I've probably had chronic tightness in my calves since primary school because I had a disease called Sever's disease. He said I need acupuncture :o :( :-X
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 07, 2012, 04:02:55 am
Acupuncture or dry needling as it is sometime calle3d when physios do it really works well. It doesn't really hurt and when it is done in conjunction with massage it is amazing at relaxing the muscles.

My physio would find trigger points (sore knots in the muscle) and stick the needle in them. The muscle would jump and twitch but when she took the needle out it was relaxed.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 07, 2012, 04:10:45 am
Its not a good thought for someone with a phobia of needles though Den :( :( :(
I struggled even when he was massaging them yesterday. Ouch :( He was very good though, and he's a really nice guy :)
I'm seeing him once a week for the next three weeks I think.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on September 07, 2012, 04:19:47 am
I had dry needling for the first time last week on my knee because it's been rolling in as a result of never getting my hip sorted. I was really surprised at how good the knee felt after the needling - exactly as you said Dash, he was able to get right on the trigger point each time and felt good afterwards. Amy there was no pain and I just made sure I was staring up at the ceiling as soon as he mentioned dry needling so there was no chance of seeing a needle.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 07, 2012, 07:03:22 am
I have had acupuncture with my Achilles tendonitis problem (didn't fix the problem) but certainly doesn't hurt, you are lucky if you can feel it at all :)
Don't panic Amy, just don't watch when they are doing it and the chances are you will be surprised
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 07, 2012, 07:42:43 am
Thanks girls... I know I'm just going to have to do it :-\
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: SueJen on September 07, 2012, 09:10:02 am
Amy, I've had needles on my knee. Wasn't game to watch but am used to it now and find it interesting to watch.
I go every second week. Old cricket injury, knee cap out of position. Didn't help at Grace Town with the stairs.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: SueJen on September 07, 2012, 09:11:00 am
forgot again  :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 08, 2012, 12:09:12 am
Every two weeks Sue!?!? :o Ouuuuch :(
I can't even talk about needles without my blood pressure going up. I don't cope well at all. I think I'm going to end up embarrassing myself :'(

Thank you smiley Sue :-)) ;D :D ;) :) 8) :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jakodai on September 08, 2012, 07:59:41 am
The injury doesn't sound pleasant Amy, but with the acupuncture, just think of how much greater you'll feel afterwards. Maybe take in an iPod or something to listen to music on, and close your eyes while the physio is doing it - out of sight out of mind.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 08, 2012, 10:45:51 am
Good suggestion Jakodai.

I went for an 1.5 hour bike ride this morning and spent the day gardening. My eating has settled down a bit so hopefully this week I won't gain any weight.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 09, 2012, 12:19:46 am
The injury doesn't sound pleasant Amy, but with the acupuncture, just think of how much greater you'll feel afterwards. Maybe take in an iPod or something to listen to music on, and close your eyes while the physio is doing it - out of sight out of mind.

Times like these I wish I had an ipod :-\

I went for an 1.5 hour bike ride this morning and spent the day gardening. My eating has settled down a bit so hopefully this week I won't gain any weight.

Sounds good Den :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 09, 2012, 08:10:07 am

Times like these I wish I had an ipod :-\


May be you could stare at the ceiling and sing to yourself in your head.  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 10, 2012, 12:01:22 am

Times like these I wish I had an ipod :-\


May be you could stare at the ceiling and sing to yourself in your head.  :D

At least in my head I can sing in tune ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 10, 2012, 02:23:04 pm
Weigh in today. No loss, no gain. Not complaining.

I have a slight ham string strain at the moment. I hope it settles down soon. I also am having my carpal tunnel eased and the palte removed from my wrist on Wed so no swimming for a couple of weeks until the stitches are out.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 10, 2012, 11:41:21 pm
Good news about your weight Den, but not so good about the hamstring and carpal tunnel! Ouch :(
Are you going to be able to do much exercise?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 11, 2012, 02:09:31 am
I hope to get back to cycling and the gym fairly soon after surgery.  The only thing the surgeon has said is that I have to keep the stitches dry.  I will play it by ear and see how my arm feels.

The hamstring doesn't feel too bad this morning. I went to the gym to get a final session in before surgery and I think I pulled up ok. It was really giving me curry yesterday but I think that was because of Sunday's long run and spending 4 hours siting in a car. It is almost more of a periformis or glute strain so the sitting really variegated it.

I have a massage booked for this afternoon and that should help. I am really looking forward to having another bloke playing with my bum. :-[
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 11, 2012, 02:35:18 am
Thats so funny Dash.

Now they really should not be doing that while massaging..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on September 11, 2012, 04:11:23 am
The reason I haven't been posting in this thread is......I'm pregnant with no.2!! Just finishing the first trimester so I will start gaining weight rather than losing it. That and the fact I've been busy organising daugters 1st birthday and selling our house and moving soon!

Having said that though I managed to lose the 5kg I wanted and a lot earlier than expected. So down to 69kg. Hopefully I don't put on as much as I did with the first pregnancy!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on September 11, 2012, 04:13:01 am
A very big congratulations Tasty, wonderful news  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on September 11, 2012, 04:15:50 am
Fantastic news Tasty, congratulations.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: ElleG on September 11, 2012, 04:19:23 am
Congratulations Tasty. Lovely news.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 11, 2012, 04:44:57 am
I have a massage booked for this afternoon and that should help. I am really looking forward to having another bloke playing with my bum. :-[

Sorry Den, but I had to LOL at that :-)) Just don't say anything to annoy him ;)

The reason I haven't been posting in this thread is......I'm pregnant with no.2!! Just finishing the first trimester so I will start gaining weight rather than losing it. That and the fact I've been busy organising daugters 1st birthday and selling our house and moving soon!

Having said that though I managed to lose the 5kg I wanted and a lot earlier than expected. So down to 69kg. Hopefully I don't put on as much as I did with the first pregnancy!

HUGE congratulations from me Tasty, thats awesome!!! :D :D :D :D :D
I was wondering where you've been! :-)) :-)) :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on September 11, 2012, 05:06:05 am
I've always wondered where the hammie was, now I know  :D
Wonderful news Tasty. The diff between my DD24 and DD22 is 18 months and they are best friends.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 11, 2012, 05:07:24 am
I've always wondered where the hammie was, now I know  :D

I always think of it as the place I carry most of my "ham" :-)) ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 11, 2012, 08:48:29 am
Congratulations Tasty. My 2 DDs are only 18 months apart and for the most part they kept each other company and played well together.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on September 11, 2012, 09:19:15 am
Congratulations Tasty!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on September 11, 2012, 09:23:29 am
Congratulations Tasty on your wonderful news about your second pregnancy :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 11, 2012, 09:34:10 am
Thats so funny Dash.

Now they really should not be doing that while massaging..

My masseur is ex Australian Navy and I make sure and tell him I know all about sailors so he better watch where his hands go.  ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Aussie Brenda on September 11, 2012, 10:55:50 am
Wonderful news Tasty, no good saying take it easy, you sound like you have a lot on your plate.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 11, 2012, 11:23:55 am
Congratulations to you Tasty, what great news. Not much chance of loosing weight now :D

We also have another member of the challenge who is pregnant too, with Twins :o
Definitely no chance of her loosing weight either :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on September 11, 2012, 11:52:38 am
Who is pregnant with twins Dede? I haven't noticed a posting on this thread.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 11, 2012, 11:57:29 am
Was it Bambi? ???
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 11, 2012, 12:59:36 pm
Oh sorry, yes it is Bambi.
Very exciting :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on September 11, 2012, 01:46:57 pm
Thanks ladies. All going well so far and I haven't put on any weight as yet and I'm about to enter the second trimester this week.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 12, 2012, 01:51:04 am
Weigh in, only down 100g, but being school holidays I haven't been going on my usual walks as much as I would like. Eating has been ok but could be a little better. Back to normal soon (I hope) :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 12, 2012, 02:05:08 am
A loss is a loss Dede. Well done especially since it was school holidays.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 12, 2012, 06:55:15 am
Good work Mandi ;D I'm hoping for a loss this week, even just 100g would be nice ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on September 12, 2012, 08:01:20 am
Weight in today and I have lost 800g making it a total of 15kgs this year. It's been slow coming off. Better than going on.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 12, 2012, 08:02:41 am
Thats fantastic Jen!!! What a great year for you :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on September 12, 2012, 09:19:44 am
Fabulous Jen, you are doing wonderfully well
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 12, 2012, 09:26:52 am
Wow Jen, that is excellent. You must feel so proud of your self. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on September 12, 2012, 09:27:46 am
and a jelly bean ( :o not)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on September 12, 2012, 09:31:23 am
Only one jelly bean :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on September 12, 2012, 09:33:50 am
yes cos I'm jealous - I wish it was me  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Aussie Brenda on September 12, 2012, 10:51:14 am
Great work Jen, you have lost 15 k's do you wonder where they went, well I can tell you I have 4 of them, bugger, they just snuck on when i wasn't looking. 
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Katiej on September 12, 2012, 10:58:01 am
Congratulations Jen and well done  :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 12, 2012, 02:41:49 pm
Congrats Jen. Keep up the good work.  8)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on September 12, 2012, 03:07:47 pm
Thanks everyone, I do wonder where they went, but I am happy to give them to anyone that wants them ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 12, 2012, 10:52:26 pm
No thanks Jen, I definitely don't want any :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 12, 2012, 11:21:49 pm
No thanks Jen, I definitely don't want any :D

Ditto, I've already had my share to lose! ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 14, 2012, 06:26:49 am
Thank God, a loss for me today at weigh in! I'm down another 1.4kg :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 14, 2012, 06:52:04 am
Woohoo!!!! ;D ;D ;D

I knew you had nothing to worry about.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on September 14, 2012, 09:23:57 am
Wow that fantastic Amy :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 14, 2012, 09:27:02 am
Thanks Den and Jen :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 14, 2012, 10:14:23 am
Well done Amy, that must make you feel good, especially considering you have an injury. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 14, 2012, 02:52:53 pm
Thanks Mandi, it sure did :) I was so relieved! :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 16, 2012, 10:56:14 pm
15 kilos is great Jen.

Good work too amy.

Has anyone done the 4 hour body diet..

I am going to start it. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on September 16, 2012, 11:19:26 pm
Well done Jen and Amy - great effort by both of you.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 16, 2012, 11:40:27 pm
Thanks Robyn and Wonder :)

Has anyone done the 4 hour body diet..

I am going to start it. :)

I don't like the sound of it Robyn.... what does it involve? ???
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 17, 2012, 07:53:14 am
Eat every 4 hours, more low carb, which works well for me.. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 17, 2012, 08:04:43 am
More low carb... what? Food? ???
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 18, 2012, 12:49:25 am
heaps of healthy food, veges ect, not much carbs Amy..

It should work for me to loose this weight. will let you know results.. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on September 18, 2012, 01:51:55 am
Air food...I need a biccy and something sweet every day. My DD is trying to switch me over to air food and my stomach is rumbling at the end of the day. I know that we can always eat that bit better, but Im not strong enough to give up some goodies. DH flies back out tomoz so it's a swing back to air food for a week   :-[ (with a biccy thrown in  ;D)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 18, 2012, 05:40:00 am
I'm slightly lost on the concept of air food CP :-))
Giving up all goodies takes a lot of willpower and determination. I don't think many people can do it. But you don't have to give up all goodies to have a balanced and healthy lifestyle :D

heaps of healthy food, veges ect, not much carbs Amy..

It should work for me to loose this weight. will let you know results.. :)

Just be careful of fad diets Robyn... :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on September 18, 2012, 05:45:40 am
I take air food as being salads etc that are light and not particularly filling, is that right CP?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 18, 2012, 05:46:46 am
I think you're probably right Wonder. Its clicked now ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 18, 2012, 06:28:13 am
Not a fad diet Amy.

I find carbs not so good for me.
Last time I dieted about 3 years ago, I lost 12 kilos easy in 3 months, but lowering my carb intake. :)

This sounds easy...
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on September 18, 2012, 07:00:41 am
I've lost just over 30kg now since last since the end of October last year by moderating my carbs.  I still eat them but I pick and choose what I eat.  I am also now walking between 10000 to 18000 steps a day and eating between 1200 and 1500 calories so it all combines.  The main reason I moderate my carbs is that I seem to be sensitive to them and they trigger binges and cravings.

Hi by the way...I am still around....just really busy so I've been lurking rather than posting.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 18, 2012, 07:09:54 am
Weigh in for me today. A day late because I was away yesterday morning.  I gained .0.6kg. I have to say I was a bit surprised. I thought I had been pretty good this last week and at least expected to stay the same. Oh well I guess I ned to tighten up the diet a bit more.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 18, 2012, 07:21:23 am
Just remember that carbs are the ONLY nutrient your brain can use for energy, so you still need a good amount. Just pick the low-GI carbs and go easy on the fats that are often added (butter with bread, creamy sauce with pasta, etc.) ;)

I reduced my carbs when I became serious about losing weight, but the carbs I cut out were all the junk carbs like biscuits, cakes, chocolate, lollies, etc. I still eat healthy complex carbs such as oats, barley, rye and quinoa.

Exercise is another huge factor in health and weight loss of course, but diet is the main thing.

Hi by the way...I am still around....just really busy so I've been lurking rather than posting.

Nice of you to pop in Stacelee, I wondered why we hadn't heard from you for a while :)

Weigh in for me today. A day late because I was away yesterday morning.  I gained .0.6kg. I have to say I was a bit surprised. I thought I had been pretty good this last week and at least expected to stay the same. Oh well I guess I ned to tighten up the diet a bit more.

Bummer :( Its even worse when you're not expecting it because you think you've done well for the week.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on September 19, 2012, 04:55:14 am
WIW very happy lost another kg :)
Had my  measurements done at curves today in 12 weeks I have lost 36cm, very happy, now the weather is warming up tried on last summers pants and they are all too big:) DH said buy a belt I think it's time to go shopping:)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on September 19, 2012, 05:04:28 am
Well done Jeninwa!!
Happy dance for me today too. 1.2 down  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 19, 2012, 05:24:33 am
Well done Jeninwa and Meagan.

Jeninwa you deserve some new clothes. Go shopping.

Meagan my DD is doing the 12wbt as she calls it and is very happy with her results too.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 19, 2012, 06:41:48 am
Great work ladies :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on September 19, 2012, 06:42:05 am
Well done Jeninwa and Meagan.

Jeninwa you deserve some new clothes. Go shopping.

Meagan my DD is doing the 12wbt as she calls it and is very happy with her results too.

Dd I am really pleased with it. It has been fantastic all round and I am feeling like I have a lot more energy, having lost weight and toned up a bit and it is only 1/3 of the way through!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 19, 2012, 07:10:32 am
My DD is saying the same things.  She is fairly confident in meeting her goal and is talking about signing up for the next round just to make sure that she doesn't slide back into old habits.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 19, 2012, 07:35:37 am
I have been good since Monday,  see what I loose by next Monday. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 19, 2012, 11:00:10 am
No weight loss for me today :(
But I have been pretty slack with the walking. Back to normal next week when the kids are back at school :D
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bonsai on September 26, 2012, 12:45:20 pm
For those of you wanting a fit bit -the price has come down. There is a new smaller version marketing for $70, and the fit bit ultra is down to $99 as a new model is due out in November. http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/09/fitbits-new-cheap-anti-lazy-gadgets-are-adorable/
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on September 27, 2012, 12:29:57 pm
 Great weigh in again. So pleased  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on September 27, 2012, 12:31:15 pm
That's great Meagan,
No weight loss for me again this week, I need to get back on track and push myself a little harder I think.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on September 27, 2012, 12:46:16 pm
That's great Meagan, no loss for me this week either, and no gain so that's even better.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 27, 2012, 01:25:25 pm
Keep up the great work everyone :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 27, 2012, 02:25:11 pm
Keep up the good work everyone.   :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 27, 2012, 11:54:19 pm
Great work everyone..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Debbiebillg on October 17, 2012, 03:05:27 am
My mum sent me this, Here's the answer to all our weight loss woes:

Why haven't we heard about this before?  Don't wash your hair in the shower!!

It's so good to finally get a health warning that is useful!!!  Apparently it INVOLVES THE SHAMPOO WHEN IT RUNS DOWN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU SHOWER WITH IT.  It should be a warning to us all!!  Shampoo Warning!  I don't know why I didn't figure this out sooner!  I use shampoo in the shower!  When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning,

"FOR EXTRA BODY AND VOLUME."

No wonder I have been gaining weight!

Well! I got rid of that shampoo and I am going to start showering with Dawn dishwashing soap instead. Its label reads,

"DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE."

Problem solved!

If I don't answer the phone I'll be in the shower!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: kt2 on October 17, 2012, 03:07:33 am
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on October 17, 2012, 04:10:56 am
LOL :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on October 18, 2012, 10:37:33 am
Scales went down this week again  ;D I am on fire!!
Feeling great and got my 9kg badge from the fit bit scales yesterday Woohooo!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on October 18, 2012, 12:11:38 pm
Well done Megan!! That's great.  :D :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on October 18, 2012, 12:15:46 pm
Congratulations Meagan. I'm hoping that not doing too much fancy cooking on this trip may help me.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on October 18, 2012, 01:46:57 pm
Great news Meagan, well done!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on October 18, 2012, 01:56:45 pm
Megan you've lost 9kg  :o well done! You must be looking and feeling a million dollars
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on October 18, 2012, 05:02:55 pm
Megan you've lost 9kg  :o well done! You must be looking and feeling a million dollars

Yes I am  ;D thanks   ;) :D I can't recommend the Michele Bridges 12wbt programme enough. Best $200 I have ever spent.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on October 21, 2012, 10:28:50 pm
Well done Megan.  :) :)

I am going to join in too.

How much weight do you think you could loose in 12 months.  What is reasonable, so I don't set myself up for failure.

 Ideally i would like to loose 15 kilos. Any ideas for me.
  Thanks
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on October 22, 2012, 12:36:19 am
Robyn, dietitians recommend 0.5 - 1 kilogram per week for healthy weight loss ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on October 22, 2012, 12:50:25 am
Thanks for that Amy. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on October 22, 2012, 06:18:01 am
Well done Megan.  :) :)

I am going to join in too.

How much weight do you think you could loose in 12 months.  What is reasonable, so I don't set myself up for failure.

 Ideally i would like to loose 15 kilos. Any ideas for me.
  Thanks

Robyn do you want to do 12wbt? Let me know and I can send you a referral email ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on October 22, 2012, 09:45:00 am
Oh. Must get back on track again with my weight loss, to many things been happening lately for me to concentrate. Hopefully once this baby arrives and I no longer have to look after Jackson I can concentrate on looking after myself again :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on October 22, 2012, 09:53:30 am
Don't worry Mandi, life just gets in the way of our plans sometimes :-))

Come on baby!! ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on October 23, 2012, 02:15:12 am
Thanks Megan , just sent you a message
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on October 23, 2012, 12:39:32 pm
Thanks Megan , just sent you a message

I forwarded you the details, I hope you got them :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on October 31, 2012, 02:25:14 am
Yes Thanks Megan
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on November 02, 2012, 01:02:36 am
how is everyone going.... :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on November 02, 2012, 03:03:00 am
I have no willpower to abstain from a glass or two of wine at night, which is my biggest problem I think. That, and the fact that I can't/hate running...(http://yoursmiles.org/ssmile/pozitive/s0807.gif) (http://yoursmiles.org/s-pozitive.php)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 02, 2012, 03:04:45 am
You don't have to run CP :D You could walk, hop, skip, dance... :-))
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on November 02, 2012, 03:19:00 am
.... swim, ride a bike, paddle, take a pole dancing class  ;).
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on November 02, 2012, 04:28:01 am
CP, but the time I get home, I am tired. Then to cook dinner,  not much time to go walking..

I know I should..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 02, 2012, 04:31:45 am
.... swim, ride a bike, paddle, take a pole dancing class  ;).

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on November 02, 2012, 04:54:43 am
CP, but the time I get home, I am tired. Then to cook dinner,  not much time to go walking..

I know I should..

I have the same problem....I normally don't get home until after 6 and then it is cooking, cleaning up, washing, ironing and straightening and trying to finish off paperwork.  I have found that the best way for me to get my steps is to spend 5 or 10 minutes every hour walking back and forth across my office.  I normally get between 3 to 4 thousand steps up before I get to work but if I sit at my desk all day, I might only do another thousand steps unless I do that walking back and forth.  I find it really hard to muster the enthusiasm at the moment to get on the treadmill...I had started running on it but overdid it and spent a week hobbling around because my knees and hips were incredibly painful.

Fingers crossed, I should be under 70kg within a couple of weeks :).
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on November 02, 2012, 05:17:32 am
Tried that ....this is my attempt at pole dancing. (http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=5qd1tFeUFZc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5qd1tFeUFZc)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 02, 2012, 05:23:04 am
How convenient that you have a pole in your living room CP, but I must say your dancing skills could use a bit of work ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on November 02, 2012, 07:27:14 am
The best time for busy people to exercise is in the morning!

And to break a habit (ie wine drinking at night) you need to replace it with something else like doing 10 sit ups or singing out loud or craft or something that you enjoy that doesn't involve eating/drinking
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on November 07, 2012, 03:25:55 pm
This thread has gone a little quiet..................
I had a FAB result today  :o happy dance!!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on November 07, 2012, 07:28:58 pm
Yes I have been slack with the weight loss challenge. I need to get back on track. Don't think I have put on any weigh (or maybe just a little)
With so much happening in my life I have kind of left the weight loss challenge behind. Time to pull my socks up and get back into it :)
Well done Meagan on your result.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on November 07, 2012, 09:14:28 pm
Well done Megan.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on November 08, 2012, 03:45:33 am
well done Megan :) :) :)  I need to loose 10 kilos, any one want them..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jeninwa on November 08, 2012, 03:56:39 am
I haven't been able to get back on track since I came back from Tassie a month ago. Have  lost 1 of the 2 kgs I put on while there and after I got back.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on November 08, 2012, 04:00:37 am
I haven't put any weight on but very unmotived. Have been keeping up with my PT once a week and walking the dogs a bit. After chatting to the PT my lack of motivation last weekend we are trying a few different things which will hopefully get me back on track.  DH has been loosing weight without even trying and has now lost too much and has started at the gym to add bulk!!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on November 08, 2012, 04:47:29 am
well done Megan :) :) :)  I need to loose 10 kilos, any one want them..

You can do it Obbie!!

Note sure where mine went but it is gone forever!!

Round 4 of Michelle Bridges 12WBT starts November 19th so if any of you are planning on signing up you need to do it before this date otherwise you need to wait until the start of the first round next year in early Feb :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: VieveMS on November 08, 2012, 06:56:36 am
Meagan, what exactly is the Michelle Bridges 12WBT challenge?  Sorry, I know its probably already covered somewhere in this thread but I don't really want to read all 70 odd pages  ;D

I am trying to make more of a conscious effort to make healthier choices as I really want to lose weight before christmas.  I already do a fair bit of exercise (PT sessions at the gym, bushwalking, etc) so for me it is all about my diet.  Since getting Thermie almost 4 weeks ago I am eating more fresh food but I'm also now making things I would never have cooked before (ice-cream, chocolate brownies, etc.).
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 08, 2012, 07:48:05 am
Moderation is the key Vieve ;)

I need to loose 10 kilos, any one want them..

I don't want them, but I would be so happy for you if you lost them Robyn :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on November 08, 2012, 08:35:43 am
I agree with Amy about moderation being the key.  Every time I have tried to follow a set diet plan I have failed dismally.  Since 30 October last year I have been eating between 1200 and 1500 calories a day of every and any sort of food....including a few home made treats along the way.  I have to stick to those sorts of calories cos I am only 5 foot tall!  I try to be conscious of the quality of the food that I eat so lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and good quality cuts of meat.  I limit some types of carbohydrates like bread, because they tend to trigger food cravings for me.  The thing I really wanted to accomplish was finding a way of losing weight that fitted into my family's lifestyle....I've tried shakes etc but it was all too hard.

I've now lost 35 kg in 12 months and gone from a size 22 to between a size 12 to 14.  I try to do about 10000 to 15000 steps a day but usually don't have time to "exercise". Most of my steps come from normal activity or by walking when I'm on the phone at work or just back and forth across my office for ten minutes at a time (looks dumb but at least I'm moving) I want to start regularly using the treadmill when the brat finishes school next week and I'm no longer doing the nightmare 6.30 start on the freeway.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on November 08, 2012, 01:32:13 pm
Meagan, what exactly is the Michelle Bridges 12WBT challenge?  Sorry, I know its probably already covered somewhere in this thread but I don't really want to read all 70 odd pages  ;D

I am trying to make more of a conscious effort to make healthier choices as I really want to lose weight before christmas.  I already do a fair bit of exercise (PT sessions at the gym, bushwalking, etc) so for me it is all about my diet.  Since getting Thermie almost 4 weeks ago I am eating more fresh food but I'm also now making things I would never have cooked before (ice-cream, chocolate brownies, etc.).

Vieve you can check it out at www.12wbt.com if you want to message me or email me your email address I can send you an invite. It is hands down the best $200 I have spent on fitness, weightloss and mindset training. It is an amazing program.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on November 08, 2012, 01:33:00 pm
I agree with Amy about moderation being the key.  Every time I have tried to follow a set diet plan I have failed dismally.  Since 30 October last year I have been eating between 1200 and 1500 calories a day of every and any sort of food....including a few home made treats along the way.  I have to stick to those sorts of calories cos I am only 5 foot tall!  I try to be conscious of the quality of the food that I eat so lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and good quality cuts of meat.  I limit some types of carbohydrates like bread, because they tend to trigger food cravings for me.  The thing I really wanted to accomplish was finding a way of losing weight that fitted into my family's lifestyle....I've tried shakes etc but it was all too hard.

I've now lost 35 kg in 12 months and gone from a size 22 to between a size 12 to 14.  I try to do about 10000 to 15000 steps a day but usually don't have time to "exercise". Most of my steps come from normal activity or by walking when I'm on the phone at work or just back and forth across my office for ten minutes at a time (looks dumb but at least I'm moving) I want to start regularly using the treadmill when the brat finishes school next week and I'm no longer doing the nightmare 6.30 start on the freeway.

Well done Stacelee!! That is just fantastic :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on November 08, 2012, 09:58:50 pm
Well done stacked fantastic effort and a great way to loose the weight.

I was back to the gym this morning to get a new program to try and get my motivation back up again. The pt gave me a key which you put into all the machines and it tracks what you are doing and asses it against your baseline fitness test. Will see if I find that more motivating.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 08, 2012, 10:27:25 pm
That key sounds interesing Wonder, I have never seen them before. You'll have to let us know whether it works for you :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on November 08, 2012, 11:02:32 pm
Amy our gym swapped over to this system about 12 months ago but I was never interested in giving it a go because it only works on the machines and I quite like to use the rower and free weights, also my pt wasn't really convinced and you had to pay an additional $25 to have it all set up and be provided with the key. My PT has now had success with a couple of clients and because I'm struggling to get motivated he thought it might work. I really am hopeless though, my fitness test this morning showed my cardio fitness was in the excellent range and actually the same as the PT so my response was that "obviously I'm so good I don't need to come anymore"!!!! Unfortunately we then did the strenght side of things and I didn't go so well. I'll be very interested to see if I find it motivating. I really don't like exercise so will give anything a go once.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 08, 2012, 11:08:03 pm
I much prefer free weights too ;)
I hope the key motivates you. At least your PT has had some success using it with other clients, so maybe it will really help you too :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on November 29, 2012, 05:39:27 am
Has everyone given up
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on November 29, 2012, 05:41:03 am
No, I'm going to sew my lips together for one last effort  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on November 29, 2012, 06:52:09 am
Haven't given up, but holidays are no help. Big effort coming up after Christmas  and wedding anniversary.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 29, 2012, 07:36:33 am
Has everyone given up

Never Robyn ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on November 29, 2012, 07:11:07 pm
I'm concentrating on giving up smoking before I worry to much about continuing with my weight loss challenge :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: VieveMS on November 29, 2012, 10:46:30 pm
I think I am winning the weight gain challenge at the moment.  Pre-Thermie a bag of sugar lasted me at least a year, now I seem to go through a bag every month (if not sooner).  I need to stop being tempted by all the yummy recipes posted on this forum.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on November 29, 2012, 11:58:12 pm
I think I am winning the weight gain challenge at the moment.  Pre-Thermie a bag of sugar lasted me at least a year, now I seem to go through a bag every month (if not sooner).  I need to stop being tempted by all the yummy recipes posted on this forum.

Lol. Yep Thermie seems to do that to us all at some stage :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on November 30, 2012, 12:12:47 am
I need to keep on this.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on November 30, 2012, 01:36:32 am
I'm still keeping up with the exercise but haven't weighed myself in ages because I'm focussing on toning and strength at the gym at the moment. I was clothes shopping on the weekend and everything I bought was a size smaller so my shape has either changed a bit or I may have lost a little more.

Keep going Obbie - any additional exercise if good for you.

Dede - maybe exercise can be somthing to take your mind off the smoking cravings?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: stacelee on November 30, 2012, 02:31:55 am
I'm still going, although it is happening slowly.  I'm now down 37.5 overall.  I'm aiming to make it 40kg by Christmas.  I went out and bought my first size 12 jeans and shirts in 19 years last night.  I held up a size 22 pair next to the size 12 and was shocked at just what a difference it is.  I look in the mirror and I still don't see the change.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 30, 2012, 03:54:51 am
That a huge effort Stace, well done :) I'm sure you'll get to the 40kg mark by Christmas. And I know what you mean about not seeing the change :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on November 30, 2012, 08:25:48 am
Yes Wonder I agree, I intend on doing lots of walking as well to cope with cravings. Threw away all the ash trays today (all but 1). I'm mentally getting prepared for the challenge :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 30, 2012, 08:42:27 am
Chop your fingers off too Mandi. Then you can't hold a ciggarette ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on November 30, 2012, 08:46:16 am
Chop your fingers off too Mandi. Then you can't hold a ciggarette ;)

Or use the forum :(
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 30, 2012, 08:49:53 am
Use your nose to press the keys. That would be funny ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on November 30, 2012, 08:52:43 am
Use your nose to press the keys. That would be funny ;D ;D ;D

I can almost imagine that. Might go cross eyed trying to look at the key pad and type with my nose at the same time :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 30, 2012, 08:54:48 am
Lol ;D If you were really skilled you could use your tongue as well :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on November 30, 2012, 09:21:16 am
Lol ;D If you were really skilled you could use your tongue as well :D

Well the tongue would give me a bit more distance between the key board and my eyes :) could work. Hang on I will try

It's not Woburn fhj

No too hard ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 30, 2012, 09:31:57 am
ROFL :D :D :D :D :D

Let me try, just for fun.....

h llo mandim1a

No problemo, this could work! ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on November 30, 2012, 09:35:17 am
Fantastic job stacee, I'm sure you will reach your goal by Christmas.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on November 30, 2012, 12:09:09 pm
ROFL :D :D :D :D :D

Let me try, just for fun.....

h llo mandim1a

No problemo, this could work! ;D

So you actually tried it too lol :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on November 30, 2012, 10:14:41 pm
Of course I did Mandi ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on December 02, 2012, 06:11:55 am
I don't get on here much any more  :( busy busy but still going 11.6 gone and a little bit more to go!

Keep up the good work everyone.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on December 02, 2012, 06:17:08 am
That great Meagan, well done :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on December 02, 2012, 06:21:03 am
That's fantastic Megan, well done. Are you still doing Michelle Bridges
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on December 02, 2012, 06:51:02 am
Great meagan.. Ive lost a few kilos but its stress related so wouldnt recommend that.. My fitbit is in a drawer though as we have no computer here..dont know how much ive lost as no scales but my jeans etc are quite lose so know ive lost at leadt a few kilos!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on December 02, 2012, 12:19:26 pm
That's fantastic Megan, well done. Are you still doing Michelle Bridges

Yes :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on December 03, 2012, 03:51:26 am
Meagan you are indeed to be congratulated. I 'm sure you feel wonderful as well as looking good. :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on December 03, 2012, 02:18:49 pm
Meagan you are indeed to be congratulated. I 'm sure you feel wonderful as well as looking good. :-*

Thanks Cookie  ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on December 05, 2012, 03:03:04 am
great weight losses here.
Over chrissie, I hope to loose more, as more time to walk, stay home too.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: droverjess on December 30, 2012, 10:13:09 pm
Has anyone heard of the Trim Down Club?

They state that certain foods don't help and that a balance of the right foods and more importantly right balance of protein/carbs are important. There is a fee to join.£29.00 with a 60 day money back guarantee.

I was just intrigued to read about their five no nos in a sort of spoken flashcard presentation which said these foods  add to fat stores by affecting the metabolism. It was a long presentation.
Fruit juices especially from concentrate, I did know juice is not good, too much sugar in one hit.
Margarine again I knew marg is bad, and use butter. However have used marg in the past.
Wholemeal bread ( surprised at this one)
Soya all or any processed soy especially GM. Don't use this much but is in a lot of bought things, presume in lecithin too?
Corn all or any GM corn including processed flakes, and other corn derivatives. Interesting don't use a lot, some tins or frozen corn, DH eats a lot of cornflakes.

Going to research more, but wondered what anyone knew on here.
Thanks DJ.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on December 30, 2012, 10:32:12 pm
DJ, I haven't heard of any of that stuff, but I wouldn't buy into it unless I had proof of the presenter's qualifications and solid evidence about what they're saying. I also have three friends who are dieticians, so I would be asking them as well.
In regards to juice, its okay in small amounts. 1 serve is 125ml. Its also very useful for people with diabetes when they have very low blood sugar.
I don't know what they are talking about with wholemeal bread, its low-GI and therefore regulates blood sugar, and is also high in fibre which is essential for bowel health.
I don't know much about soy, but I've heard both good and bad things about it.

I think they're just another fad group and their only aim is making money. But thats just my opinion from what I know about nutrition and dietetics :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: droverjess on December 30, 2012, 10:55:17 pm
Thanks Amy
I wasn't going to buy it, and they do have some interesting articles and recipes on their web site. Just been looking.
Whole grain appears ok, and they are very keen on SWG sprouted wheat grains..... And talk about SWG  wraps etc but no recipes for that.

Unfortunately DH prefers a lot of white in his bread!
I'd ideally like to lose 1/2 stone but DH could do with losing a bit more than that.

Actually I stopped buying juice a while back as the family tended to drink it by the pint, and it was a cut when we lost our income. Not reinstated yet. Tomato juice might be an occasional exception.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on December 30, 2012, 11:01:15 pm
I might have a squizz too DJ, just for curiosity's sake ;)
Maybe they work for a SWG company and this is their way of subtely promoting their products ;D

Can you get high-fibre white bread over there? That would be better than just normal white :)
My mum used to make half-white, half-wholemeal loaves back when we took sandwiches to school ;)

1/2 stone isn't much DJ, I think you could do that easily :D Its just about the right balance of food and exercise, and moderation of everything in your diet.

I have never heard of tomato juice :o ;D


Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: droverjess on December 30, 2012, 11:20:01 pm
Excuse swearing please. Have you heard of a bloody Mary? It's Tomato juice and vodka.
I don't drink but this is a well known drink.

Trouble is  *: makes such yummy things. Have reached a time in my life when hormones changing and have never dieted, ever and now just slowly gaining weight. Lost 3lbs before Xmas just from my rushing about with my job but put back on with yummy Xmas things like spiced nuts and fudge and my Xmas brioche.  I do eat sensibly on the whole, with occasional lapses. Have only had few nuts at a time, or one of my mini brioches instead of cake.
I think the the extreme stress has had an effect too, making me hungrier than before. I do notice that too.

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on December 30, 2012, 11:40:39 pm
Swearing excused DJ ;D
I have heard of Bloody Marys but didn't know what they were. Now I do! ;D

I know what you mean, Thermie is so quick and easy for whipping up delicious desserts :-)) I'm sure when you get back to work and start rushing around again, you'll lose any weight you have gained. And it sounds like you have a generally healthy diet :D Besides, Christmas only happens once a year so its okay to enjoy the spiced nuts and fudge and brioche ;)
And a lot of people eat to soothe stress. Its one of our body's annoying instincts :P
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on December 31, 2012, 11:18:07 pm
any one else to loose the weight for sure this year. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: dede on January 01, 2013, 12:48:33 am
I'm going t try and loose some weight while quitting ciggies, but I'm not putting to much pressure on my self for the first few weeks :), but a few walks will help keep my mind busy too :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on January 01, 2013, 12:53:48 am
Good luck Mandi, but just focus on the ciggies for now :D I'm sure healthy eating will follow when you start feeling better from quitting. You'll just want to make yourself even healthier! :D

I'm back in the challenge because I've put on weight since being sick. At the moment I'm just swimming but hopefully we'll get a cross trainer and my bike will get fixed ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: achookwoman on January 01, 2013, 01:53:23 am
I'm joining if that is OK??? Have left it until after Xmas and New Year.  I am inspired by the will power shown and the K.s lost. As I am a list writer, it suits me to count the calories.  The TMX has not helped as I see a recipe and the Challenge is to try and convert it.  Then what do you do with even 1/2 a dish?  Eat it.!!! 
I am working on low fat and low sugar dishes that look good and taste good.  So far,  Strawberry Milk shake,  Quinoa Sushi,  and today Dried Vegetable and Fruit crisps.  Also going to make Cookie's Vienna Loaf into 12 flat buns. ( 65g )
Dede,  all the best,  you are a strong person and can do it.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on January 01, 2013, 02:05:07 am
Of course its okay Chookie ;D
I love the look of the healthy recipes you have posted. I think I will start converting some of my Healthy Food Guide recipes, and I must get out the Cyndi O'Meara Healthy Eating Cookbook again ;)
I am also hoping to convert mum and SD to a healthier way of eating :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on January 01, 2013, 02:15:58 am
I will loose 13 kilos this year, and maybe more.
DH thinks i wont do it, so i will ;D ;D ;D

I have a goal, a reason to loose it, and a time frame to loose it by.

Just have to get on the elliptical trainer thing.

Have my goals written down, ready to go ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: rainbow on January 01, 2013, 02:18:58 am
I have downloaded the I Quit Sugar book by Sarah Wilson, going to look into that as a healthy and possible weight loss idea
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on January 01, 2013, 02:21:57 am
I will loose 13 kilos this year, and maybe more.
DH thinks i wont do it, so i will ;D ;D ;D

I have a goal, a reason to loose it, and a time frame to loose it by.

Just have to get on the elliptical trainer thing.

Have my goals written down, ready to go ;)

Good on you Robyn, we know you can do it ;) :D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: kyton on January 01, 2013, 02:31:40 am
Good luck to everyone with their goals for 2013.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on January 01, 2013, 01:22:34 pm
Good luck everyone  ;D if I can do it anyone can!
I plan to maintain my loss. Get back to regular exercise once my foot is sorted out and possibly lose a couple more kgs. I really want to tone up as well  :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: droverjess on January 06, 2013, 09:22:05 am
Well I'd like to lose 1/2 stone and DH needs to lose 2.5 to 3  stone.
He did WW a few years ago but now says he hated the meals, lost over 2 stone!

Look forward to chookie posting lower fat and sugar recipes and adaptations IDC.

Good luck everyone.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on January 06, 2013, 11:03:41 am
Good luck to all with your weight loss goals, stick at them.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: droverjess on January 06, 2013, 10:40:16 pm
Am making all desserts in ramekins so portion control is a vital tool in changing eating habits.

See if it works .... Some people may eat two !  :P
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on January 06, 2013, 11:00:08 pm
Thats always a trap DJ ;D
You could try having your dessert and then brushing your teeth or having a cup of tea. That helped me kick the "two desserts" habit ;) ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on January 18, 2013, 11:25:13 pm
back to work Monday, so here is to the diet.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: courton on January 18, 2013, 11:32:22 pm
I kind of started weight loss challenge for myself by drinking green smoothie at 6 pm and then having a lot of vegetables and maybe a tiny amount of protein. No carb at night. After 4 days my skirts were feeling loose. And surprisingly not feeling hungry. But then we went out for our wedding anniversary last night ...will start my regime again today.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on January 18, 2013, 11:50:12 pm
Happy anniversary Courton.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: courton on January 19, 2013, 01:03:15 am
Thanks DG. For the first 15 years of our married life I (not DH) always forgot it! Now I have it my ipad to remind me!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on January 19, 2013, 01:10:34 am
Congratulations Courton, hope you enjoyed your special celebration last night.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: courton on January 19, 2013, 01:14:57 am
It was actually a very cheap night since DH won a lucky door prize at one of the Christmas parties (dinner for two at a top notch restaurant)... So our only expenditure was tip and Wilson car parking!!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on January 19, 2013, 01:22:02 am
Good for you - it's lovely to win dinner vouchers, especially when you have a special occasion coming up.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on January 19, 2013, 01:40:10 am
I have gained about 8kgs so far this pregnancy but have 9 weeks to go and this is the time I ususally stack it on.

Looking forward to trying the losebabyweight shakes and useful info from books to lose the baby weight from no 1 & 2 once I have this baby. Bought the stuff this week to take advantage of the discount this month and can't wait to start. I'm more motivated to start this time since I've learnt from the first one that breastfeeding does not help you lose weight, tummy, etc so I'm going to put more effort in. It all depends on how I cope with 2 under 2 though.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on January 19, 2013, 03:57:52 am
tasty, 2 under 2 was easy, try 2 under 12 months...

I coped fine. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on January 19, 2013, 01:44:46 pm
Well I'm not sure how things will go depending on what the new baby is like however my mum had 2 of us under 12 months and a friend has recently done the same and she has beautiful kids.

I wouldn't go so far as saying it's easy....as they'll be 18 months apart...but it might not be as bad as some people say.

Did you find it easy to make time to eat healthily and exercise?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on January 24, 2013, 06:02:41 am
it was easy for me, I was working from home. :)
exercise is going up and downstairs stairs all day, as we have a 2 story house.

I found it great, my kids are still best friends, do so much together, love being together.

 Hope all goes well.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on January 29, 2013, 09:22:42 am
A belated happy anniversary Courton
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Kimmyh on January 29, 2013, 09:43:05 am
My two boys are 18 months apart. It's hard work and my second one was a nightmare re sleeping until he was two, but if you have a good routine and stick to. It, you can find time. I found my valco pram with toddler seat invaluable.  I could walk or jog while the baby slept (even if it was only for 30mins) and the toddler sat up front enjoying the view. The best tip I got was when preparing food, cut up a heap of carrot, capsicum and celery sticks. Keep in fridge as a quick healthy  snack. Great for when breast feeding ;)
All the best you will do great. And remember not to stress too much about the weight. It will come off eventually and its more important to enjoy your children now as the grow up too quick :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Jude59 on January 29, 2013, 11:03:49 pm
tasty, 2 under 2 was easy, try 2 under 12 months...

I coped fine. :)
Try 4 in 12 months and 5 days :) my daughter Anna did this.  Two sets of twins in 12 months!  I'm sure I've mentioned this on the forums before but it's always good for shock value!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Kimmyh on January 30, 2013, 10:31:40 am
All I can say Jude is OMG.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on January 30, 2013, 10:46:17 am
How long ago was that Jude - did your DD survive  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on January 30, 2013, 11:17:34 am
How long ago was that Jude - did your DD survive  ;D


...and unscathed? Gosh what a shock to the system. Our neighbours have 2 sets of twins but there is several years between them.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on January 30, 2013, 11:38:51 am
Ouch :o
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Jude59 on January 30, 2013, 07:48:18 pm
Haha.  She is a wonderful mother.  She has 6 children aged 6, 4, 3(2), 2(2)! So they are all still fairly young.  She already had the two girls and talked her husband into a third baby. He reluctantly gave in and that was the first set of twins ( boy and girl), then the accidental pregnancy three months later, again a boy and girl :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: courton on January 30, 2013, 08:06:05 pm
Thanks for the wishes Cookie! Appreciate it :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Meagan on January 31, 2013, 01:53:42 am
Haha.  She is a wonderful mother.  She has 6 children aged 6, 4, 3(2), 2(2)! So they are all still fairly young.  She already had the two girls and talked her husband into a third baby. He reluctantly gave in and that was the first set of twins ( boy and girl), then the accidental pregnancy three months later, again a boy and girl :)

Holy Moly! She deserves a medal!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on February 06, 2013, 01:59:49 am
I suppose 6 is it then..
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on February 06, 2013, 05:12:01 am
Jude, I always marvel at how Anna copes. I find it hard enough with 1. Glad the twins don't run thru all the family :D
I still remember their wedding like it was yesterday, must be my old age ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Jude59 on February 06, 2013, 11:00:47 am
I remember their wedding and the following years when there were no babies!   They really didn't want babies and then after 6 years decided to try.  Haha.  The rest is history.  Are you FB friends with Anna?   It's so funny reading her status and seeing the pics!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on February 06, 2013, 07:55:42 pm
Yes Jude I am fb friends with Anna and Ross. Aunty Noreen also posts up some photos of all the kids. The kids are all growing up way too fast.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on March 09, 2013, 03:13:21 pm
I haven't been following this thread for ages but am ready to lose weight. I had my second daughter 9 days ago and she is such an angel - so easygoing, sleeps all day and just gets up for feeds so I have lots of energy this time round and ready to start losing the weight since it didn't come off with breastfeeding last time as I thought it would.

Anyway, two days ago I started the losebabyweight smoothies and 28 day plan. I started off at 74kg (having already lost some weight after the birth) and have dropped weight already but it's still early days so that is to be expected. I am hoping to get down to 60kg and see what I think from there. This program is easy to follow so I think it will be achievable and I am quite motivated.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Jadey on March 09, 2013, 04:07:19 pm
Tasty - congratulations on the birth of your little girl! Best of luck with your weight loss.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on March 09, 2013, 08:51:53 pm
Congratulations tasty. What did you name your little girl?
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Frozzie on March 09, 2013, 09:17:13 pm
Congrats tasty.. How wonderful she is such a good baby 😊
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on March 10, 2013, 12:16:10 am
Congratulations on your baby girl Tasty :D :D :D Great to hear that she is a good sleeper :)

Good luck to you, and all the other members who are still in on this challenge!!!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on March 10, 2013, 01:50:02 am
Thanks for the kind wishes! Her name is Adele and I'm proud to be her mummy :)

I'm finding I'm hungry all the time as breastfeeding so have to try eating lots of healthy snacks.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on March 10, 2013, 01:53:38 am
I'm not surprised your hungry Tasty, breastfeeding can burn an extra 2675kJ per day! :o :D

Its a funny coincidence that last night I just happened to read an article on healthy eating for pregnancy, breastfeeding and losing baby weight ;D

Adele is a beautiful name too :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on March 10, 2013, 04:39:06 am
I didn't realise it can burn that much more but that explains why I'm that hungry.

What does it say in the article re losing the baby weight?
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on March 10, 2013, 04:50:12 am
I remember being so hungry when breastfeeding too the lactation cookies were great as was porridge it was my staple food and seemed to keep me going unluckily for me I lost a lot of weight and didn't need to so had to up my calorie intake it's very hard trying to put on weight too,  good luck and congratulations Adele is a beautiful name
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on March 10, 2013, 05:43:49 am
I'll PM you Tasty :)

Suzanne, I'm going to sound so silly, but I thought lactation cookies were for the baby :-))
You must not eat much if you lost a lot of weight! Or maybe you were power breast feeding ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on March 10, 2013, 06:00:26 am
lactation cookies are for the mum and are supposed to help with increasing milk supply. didn't help me last time but they're definitely moorish.

thanks for reminding me about them. will try and make some this week. this time round i seem to have more milk as exclusively breastfeeding. last time i had to supplement with formula
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on March 10, 2013, 06:29:02 am
I just thought they were yummy too, I  didn't have any issues with supply could of fed a small village I reckon ;D
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on March 10, 2013, 06:30:39 am
no I eat just have trouble keeping weight on I have had the same problem all throughout my life just the way I am ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on March 10, 2013, 09:55:36 am
I think I know a few people who would actually like to have that problem Suzanne... ;D
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on March 10, 2013, 12:17:32 pm
my sisters say the same thing;D but it's not that much fun::)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on March 10, 2013, 09:59:35 pm
I know Suzanne, my brother is the same as you. He's over 6 foot tall and skinny as a bean pole... no matter how much cake I fed him when he was living here :-)) ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: mcmich on March 10, 2013, 10:33:09 pm
Congratulations Tasty, Adele is a lovely name.
I remember being very thirsty when breast feeding, couldn't keep the water up.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on March 19, 2013, 06:06:30 am
Adele is a lovely name. :-*
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: droverjess on March 20, 2013, 09:15:30 am
Wonderful news Tasty, welcome to Adele.
If you are feeding more this time yourself, the weight should come off better.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: amamelreb on April 16, 2013, 02:35:40 pm
Is anyone still doing the challenge?  Im about to bark on ww tomz night thermomix style.  Might take me a bit to learn but its a lifestyle change and im goingbto include thermie
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on April 17, 2013, 12:26:06 am
Hi there amamelreb, I'm pretty sure there are a few members still doing this challenge (like me ;D), we just don't seem to post often any more!
You TMX will help a lot with this challenge since you can cut a lot of fat and sugar from your diet by making everything from scratch. I think there was a bit of discussion about WW awhile ago on different threads, I'll see if I can find anything for you :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: astarra on April 17, 2013, 01:52:00 am
Oh congratulations Tasty, and I echo what others have said, Adele is a beautiful name.  :-*
Glad she is good for you!

I have the same problem as Suzanne, lose my baby weight way to quick and then some (tho I don't usually gain much during pregnancy either, don't know why cuz I eat ... a.lot!!!)  And I have oooooodddlllleeess of milk too, hopefully the same this time around, as I would rather that than not enough!  Take care losing the weight tho Tasty, as when I had miss6 I lost so much so quick (the day before she was born I was not up to my pre-preg weight due to vomiting Every Single Day of the pregnancy  :P )I had to wean her at 2.5mths as I started fainting everytime I fed her or expressed - all my energy went to producing milk and the rest of my body suffered.  :( Was so hard to accept but thankfully didn't happen for the other 2 - I fed both of them for 12mths!  :D
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on April 17, 2013, 07:02:56 am
some people think it's great astarra but it isn't really especially when you can't do what you so desperately want to.  good luck this time not an easy task trying to keep the weight on xx
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on April 17, 2013, 08:54:55 am
Suzanne I had a similar problem and drank a lot of sustagen for mums after having DS. It was quite expensive in the quantities I was having but with that and eating rage meals often I was able to keep enough weight on and produce more than enough for a very hungry DS.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: astarra on April 17, 2013, 08:56:59 am
Is sustagen for mums a special sustagen or what? Never seen it, but my girls love the normal sustagen milkshakes when they are unwell
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on April 17, 2013, 09:07:17 am
It was a specific one for Mums Astarra, I don't know what the difference was roof it's still available. We used to purchase it at the chemist and I remember you had to add a lot to each glass of milk. It was 12 years ago that I had it so I'm not sure if it is still available. It was a life saver for me at the time.  I remember my sister also tried it but only used a fraction of the recommended quantity and didn't notice much of a difference.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on April 17, 2013, 10:00:22 am
I was put on  sustagen when I was 16 by my doctor due to weight issues and again when pregnant I never had an issue with milk supply could have fed a small village I certainly ate and drank  a lot especially porridge and water just one of those things I guess
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: astarra on April 18, 2013, 03:49:39 am
Thanx wonder!  :)

Yeah I eat and drink alot (probably almost drink too much water - or so I have been told  :-)) ) Guess we are all made differently! Even notice it in the girls - the one that eats the least has the chubbiest body!  ???  :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on April 18, 2013, 04:00:35 pm
Well the weight is still coming off although I'm not trying to hard and give in to some tempations. I plan to start focussing more on weight loss in about 2-3 weeks time after inlaws return and hopefully not have as many visitors and therefore temptations to eat things I shouldn't. I am very thirsty but don't drink as much as I should.

Looking after two is certainly keeping me busy....when I'm on my own but can't complain. I'm not sure how I'd keep up if I weren't feeling well though so motivation to eat healthier.
Title: Re: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on April 19, 2013, 07:24:58 am
great to hear tasty;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on May 07, 2013, 02:42:30 pm
I ave been trying to get back on the weight loss challenge since my weight has crept up to a place it hasn't been in several years. Tonight after a light dinner I was feeling like something. So after some thought and prowling through the cupboards I chucked a frozen banana some raw cacao powder, stevia and 250ml skim milk into Thermie, speed 10 for 20 seconds.

It was devine.  I will have to keep this one in mind for an occasional dessert.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on May 08, 2013, 12:17:39 am
That sounds good Den :D And well done, it was pretty healthy too ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on May 08, 2013, 03:18:38 am
Den I've heard frozen banana is a great alternative for icecream.

As for me, I've returned to my prepregnancy weight for baby no.2 - yay! and I haven't been trying all that hard and have given in to temptations. Now I want to work harder to return to my weight before baby no.1! I need to get fitter too as I am feeling less motivated and seem to have less energy for exercise. This rainy weather isn't helping so I have to find exercises to do at home.

Oh and I've also discovered a great show on tv on ch74 called Peggy K's Kitchen cures. She's a holistic nutritionist and shows healthy alternatives to meals and usually has a theme such as: stressbusting food, how to get rid of muffin tops and thunder thighs, how to eat to get better sleep, etc. I really like it and have started trying her recipes which are yummy as well as healthy. Have converted some to TMX so will post here when I get time.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: judydawn on May 08, 2013, 09:35:37 am
Well done Tasty.  That show sounds interesting and I look forward to seeing some of your conversions.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: meganjane on May 21, 2013, 12:16:03 pm
Den I've heard frozen banana is a great alternative for icecream.

As for me, I've returned to my prepregnancy weight for baby no.2 - yay! and I haven't been trying all that hard and have given in to temptations. Now I want to work harder to return to my weight before baby no.1! I need to get fitter too as I am feeling less motivated and seem to have less energy for exercise. This rainy weather isn't helping so I have to find exercises to do at home.

Oh and I've also discovered a great show on tv on ch74 called Peggy K's Kitchen cures. She's a holistic nutritionist and shows healthy alternatives to meals and usually has a theme such as: stressbusting food, how to get rid of muffin tops and thunder thighs, how to eat to get better sleep, etc. I really like it and have started trying her recipes which are yummy as well as healthy. Have converted some to TMX so will post here when I get time.

I look forward to some conversions! I'm watching my weight right now, too. I need to lose about 6 more kgs. I've lost 3, so doing well. I'm cheating, though, using Herbalife as a kickstart. I'm not enamoured with the idea of shakes, but it's working, so I'm going with it.
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Post by: achookwoman on May 21, 2013, 01:16:54 pm
MJ,  go with whatever works.
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Post by: meganjane on May 21, 2013, 02:16:32 pm
MJ,  go with whatever works.
Thanks chookie!
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Post by: rainbow on May 22, 2013, 01:00:05 pm
Well after a wonderful trip, I find myself a few kilos overweight and its hard to break the wine and choc in the evening, what can I nibble and drink ???
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Post by: judydawn on May 22, 2013, 01:02:34 pm
Celery & carrot sticks rainbow  ;D
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Post by: Amy :-) on May 22, 2013, 01:09:53 pm
Capsicum is good too ;D
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Post by: meganjane on May 22, 2013, 01:27:30 pm
I still have my wine, but the choc is now a small handful of dark choc coated goji berries. They're delicious.
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Post by: judydawn on May 22, 2013, 03:37:22 pm
I saw them in our local chemist MJ and wondered how they would taste.
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Post by: Amy :-) on May 22, 2013, 11:37:18 pm
Dark chocolate coated dried blueberries are apparently very nice too, but down here they're very expensive :P
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Post by: judydawn on May 23, 2013, 12:07:13 am
They sound very healthy too Amy, not seen them around.
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Post by: Halex on May 23, 2013, 12:12:27 am
I have lost 1.3kg since monday :D good work in 3 days ;D

My secret, have your wisdom teeth out >:(

The up side, I would like to drop another 2 to get back to normal :)

Hoping to get stuck back in to lots of cardio next week.
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Post by: dede on May 23, 2013, 01:15:18 am
Oh god I have put on so much weight since giving up smoking, I'm glad I have quit smoking but now I need to re focus and loose this weight. I feel horrible and need a good kick up the bum to get me back on track.
HELP :)
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Post by: meganjane on May 23, 2013, 03:20:35 am
Dark chocolate coated dried blueberries are apparently very nice too, but down here they're very expensive :P

You can get the dried blueberries from 2brothersfoods.com. Then, just coat them with your own dark chocolate! I wanted to try the goji berries before I went to the trouble of doing this myself.
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Post by: Wonder on May 23, 2013, 03:31:15 am
Dede great that you gave up smoking now you just need to start planning your meals and snacks, being mindful of what you are eating and incorporate some exercise in everything you do - walking instead of getting in the car, running up stairs instead of just walking, taking a few minutes a couple of times a day to skip with a rope. All the little bits add up.
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Post by: dede on May 23, 2013, 03:32:53 am
I did it before Wonder so I know I can do it again. I just am finding it hard to get the motivation. I need a push in the right direction again.
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Post by: Amy :-) on May 23, 2013, 08:49:46 am
Mandi, now that you're not smoking, is it easier for you to breathe? You might find you can exercise more now, which really help with your weight loss :)

Is your weight gain because you're eating more, or is it some hormonal/metabolism thing? ???
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Post by: dede on May 23, 2013, 10:28:56 am
I think I have just increased eating Amy to counteract not smoking. I tried not to but it happens without me really noticing. I need to watch what I eat and start exercising more. Simple really, just have to do it. :)
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Post by: Amy :-) on May 23, 2013, 10:51:30 am
We're right behind you Mandi :D
So watch out or we'll give you that good kick up the bum you said you need!!! ;D

It must be nice being able to taste things again ;)
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Post by: dede on May 23, 2013, 11:03:56 am
:o
Well I guess I did say I need a kick up the bum ;D
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Post by: obbie on May 24, 2013, 05:32:45 am
 ;D ;D ;D It take time and patience Mandi.
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Post by: meganjane on May 25, 2013, 05:32:51 am
Mandi, I remember when I gave up smoking in 1995. I gained about 5kg in what seemed like a week! I found it especially hard when going out for a drink. I think I probably drank more - sip, "I want a cigarette", sip again, "I want a cigarette" again and again.

The weight eventually came off, though because I played both netball and hockey.

Good luck and don't beat yourself up if it takes a bit longer than you want.

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: rainbow on May 26, 2013, 01:08:30 am
I've changed my habit of wine and nibbles to soda water/wine, water crackers and weight watchers cottage cheese and enjoying it, long walk yesterday on the beach, so slowly improving my bad habits picked up while travelling
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Post by: meganjane on May 26, 2013, 04:33:14 am
I've changed my habit of wine and nibbles to soda water/wine, water crackers and weight watchers cottage cheese and enjoying it, long walk yesterday on the beach, so slowly improving my bad habits picked up while travelling
I've been walking, too Rainbow, but in the bush. I need to change the habit of wine to wine and soda. I don't eat when drinking, so that part's okay!
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Post by: rainbow on May 27, 2013, 01:14:55 am
Do you walk around your property or some good bush tracks in the area, I used to bush walk in Albany years ago, we found some interesting places 😄😄😄😄
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Post by: meganjane on May 27, 2013, 05:14:00 am
We live in town and I go up to the bush tracks past the footy and hockey ovals here. (I don't live in Albany, but have a holiday house there)

I've lost 1.1kg in a week and about 6 cm all up. Very pleased with myself!!
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Post by: Wonder on May 27, 2013, 05:39:12 am
That's great MJ well done.

i aggravated a long standing neck/shoulder problem at my PT session this morning, so feeling very sorry for myself at the moment.
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Post by: meganjane on May 27, 2013, 07:33:22 am
Heading to Albany for the long weekend, so am looking forward to walks on the beach!!

Hope that neck/shoulder problem gets resolved soon. Nothing worse than trying to lose weight and not being able to exercise due to injury!!  :-\
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on May 28, 2013, 07:32:21 am
Well done everyone on losing weight!!!

I've been losing weight as well. We were in Fiji last month and I wasn't happy with the way I looked in photos (I was always putting the kids in front of me).  I had about 8 kilos to lose and was struggling to do it myself so I joined Weight Watchers. I did WW over 10 years ago and found it a tough slog, but I'm really happy with the new Pro-points program.  So much healthier and I'm never hungry. It doesn't feel like a 'diet' so I'm hoping I can keep it up and maintain my lower weight. I've lost 3.4kgs in 3 weeks which is slow and steady progress. I'm exercising every day and feeling great.  Wishing I had of done this 12 months ago!!!
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Post by: rainbow on May 28, 2013, 08:02:02 am
Well done on that weight loss, are you doing meetings or online with weight watchers, I am considering online at the moment
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on May 28, 2013, 10:19:25 am
I am an online member but I do pop into my local meeting each week to be weighed and to listen to the weekly focus (meetings are free and optional with online). Online is cheaper over the month so I went that way. I track online and use the online resources which are really helpful. Go for it Rainbow!!!  ;D
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Post by: meganjane on May 29, 2013, 12:19:41 pm
That's great Chelsea! You've done very well losing so much in only 3 weeks! Keep it up.

I'm finding it a bit tough right now. I'm quite hungry during the day and often in the middle of the night wake up with a gurgling tummy. I ignore it, but it's getting harder!!
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Post by: meganjane on June 04, 2013, 01:18:07 pm
I now seem to be over that bump in the road and don't feel any hunger anymore. In fact, on Sunday, I hardly ate anything at all as I was really busy. It wasn't until tea time that I realised I'd only had my shake and six fresh oysters (from Albany Boatshed Markets) all day.
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Post by: rainbow on June 05, 2013, 11:08:54 am
I need to get to the bump in the road and then over it 😄😄😄😄
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Post by: Delightful Den on June 05, 2013, 12:52:51 pm
I wish I could see the bump in the road.  ;D
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Post by: cookie1 on June 07, 2013, 12:18:34 pm
Mine has yummy bread, biscuits and cakes hiding it.  ;)
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Post by: dede on June 13, 2013, 09:59:29 pm
I'm back on the wagon with weight loss now (finally yay). I'm calorie counting and using my fitbit again to track my steps, I'm also using my fitness pal app which is great.
Oh and I have an exercise bike that my iPad attaches to that has a few different apps to motivate me, I use run on earth app which is great, I can pick anywhere in the world to bike ride :) I could even be riding past your place lol.
Anyway this is week one for me and my weigh day will be on Monday (fingers crossed) :D
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Post by: judydawn on June 14, 2013, 02:52:08 am
Pop in for coffee if you ride past my place Mandi  ;D

Good luck with your new regime.
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Post by: obbie on June 14, 2013, 03:25:06 am
good luck Mandi
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Post by: stacelee on June 14, 2013, 04:46:17 am
Good luck Mandi,  I'll be joining you....I've gotten serious again.  I really want to drop this last 10 kilos and get to my goal...I'm 40 kilos down but this last 10 have been defeating me, I've been dropping on and off the wagon.  I've just bought a new fitbit flex (I started forgetting to put the old one on...the flex you wear permanently unless you are charging it) and we had to get a new treadmill because my husband was falling off the end of our old one when he was running (a minor problem when you have long legs that I just don't have being horizontally and vertically challenged).  I'm not so keen on the new treadmill because I swear it is faster than the old one even though I have it set to the same speed...mind you, at least it is providing a new challenge!
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Post by: Delightful Den on June 14, 2013, 05:14:27 am
Good luck Mandi. I like the sound of that iPad app and exercise bike.
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Post by: dede on June 14, 2013, 10:44:00 am
Pop in for coffee if you ride past my place Mandi  ;D

Good luck with your new regime.

I will do Judy :)
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Post by: dede on June 14, 2013, 10:48:02 am
Good luck Mandi,  I'll be joining you....I've gotten serious again.  I really want to drop this last 10 kilos and get to my goal...I'm 40 kilos down but this last 10 have been defeating me, I've been dropping on and off the wagon.  I've just bought a new fitbit flex (I started forgetting to put the old one on...the flex you wear permanently unless you are charging it) and we had to get a new treadmill because my husband was falling off the end of our old one when he was running (a minor problem when you have long legs that I just don't have being horizontally and vertically challenged).  I'm not so keen on the new treadmill because I swear it is faster than the old one even though I have it set to the same speed...mind you, at least it is providing a new challenge!

Stacelee you have done a brilliant job loosing all that weight, you must be so proud of yourself.

And I'm also getting the flex, my poor fitbit has been through the washing machine (but still works) and has been chewed up by my Billy bird (sun conure) because she climbs in my top and loves to chew everything :/
I should get the flex Monday or Tuesday in the mail :)
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Post by: jeninwa on June 15, 2013, 01:15:26 am
I'm joining you Mandi and stacelee, I fell of the weight loss wagon, gained a few kgs late last year, then stayed the same for months, but the last few weeks with everything that's happened I've started comfort eating again.
I started swimming a few months ago and now swim 3 times a week at our local pool. Love it.
 I also try to go to curves a few times a week but  that hasn't happened the last couple of weeks, but come Monday its all going to change.
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Post by: dede on June 15, 2013, 01:47:48 am
Yay jeninwa that's great to hear.
I have joined my sister with her weight loss challenge, so that motivated me to finally do something.
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Post by: cookie1 on June 15, 2013, 01:07:22 pm
Well done to all of you. It is a hard thing to do and stick with.
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Post by: obbie on June 17, 2013, 05:21:18 am
How do you all fit exercise in with Work.., kids, family stuff too

Need to find more time in the day..
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Post by: stacelee on June 17, 2013, 11:54:45 am
I'm the idiot on the the treadmill at 5am most mornings...although two days a week when I work from home I actually work on the treadmill.  I have a laptop desk that straps onto the treadmill and I can walk at about 4.5km an hour and type at the same time.  I normally walk for a couple of hours while I work on paperwork or our website.  I've also gotten into the habit of parking as far away from where I am going as I can figuring that every step counts.

My biggest downfall is still mood/stress eating :(
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Post by: obbie on June 18, 2013, 02:32:48 am
good idea Stacelee.

 I Must get up earlier than 6 am then.
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Post by: Wonder on June 18, 2013, 04:42:35 am
Great job everyone.

Obbie, it's much easier once kids are a bit bigger and if you aren't all ready getting up early. I go to they gym at 6am twice a week, 8pm one day a week, and then squeeze another session in around kids sport on a Saturday, I also then walk the dogs early on a Sunday morning and one late night during the week. I'm always rushed and there are always other things (like cooking) that I would prefer to do, but I've just accepted that my health and fitness really need to be priortised more so have cut out a little everywhere to fit it all in. I've also stopped worrying about being in exercise gear all the time and if I can only fit a shower/hair/makeup or an exercise session before kids sport on the weekend or shopping, then I do the exercise and people have to put up with me not looking that great for a few extra hours.

It's hard to find a pattern that works and it's different for everyone.  I still get annoyed some of the time that I have to get up earlier than everyone else, or don't get to do something I really want but overall i'm about 80% happy and really want to make sure I don't put on weight and i'm not interested in dieting or giving up alcohol.
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Post by: dede on June 18, 2013, 09:24:42 am
I weighed in on Monday and was down 700g. I'm happy with that. Lots of walking and exercise bike for me. I got my fitbit flex yesterday. Seems to be pretty good so far. :). I love the fact that I don't need my computer now to sync.
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Post by: meganjane on June 18, 2013, 11:25:23 am
Well done guys!!

I'm down 4kg in 4 weeks and have also lost 17cm!! I'm feeling on top of the world and loving getting into tight tops which I normally avoid like the plague....

Gotta look at this fitbit thingy. I use an app on the iPad to track exercise and food intake called My Fitness Pal.
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Post by: dede on June 18, 2013, 11:35:49 am
That's brilliant MJ.
I also use my fitness pal as it links to the fitbit as well. They are very motivating. :)
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Post by: Wonder on June 18, 2013, 10:56:27 pm
Well be MJ and Dede, you should be very proud of yourselves. I hit the snooze on the alarm this morning and fell back to sleep so will ave to fit something in tonight somehow. I've got some late work calls so not sure how but as long as I get a good walk that will be it for today.
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Post by: jeninwa on June 19, 2013, 12:07:18 am
My weigh in today down 1kg, happy with that. My shoulder is really sore, hurt it months ago, it got better, then just started aching again at the weekend. I swan Sunday and gym Monday, was going swimming yesterday but I was in so much pain, thought it best to rest it.
Well done MJ and Dede  on your losses.
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Post by: jo_nz on June 19, 2013, 03:15:25 am
I'm intrigued by this fitbit gizmo!  They are just out today here, so how's that for timing? 

I really struggle to find any more time in the day for exercise too.  DH gets up early and goes to the gym, so those mornings are out, unless we get some equipment for at home, but then there's a space issue.

My "fitness" at the moment consists of walking a lot, playing with the kids, occasional runs/walks/swims, and helping out with DS's sports.  I really need to do more. 

I lost a few kgs at the start of this year, but they seem to be slowly creeping back on.  I think I'm just worse at evening snacking on cold winter evening!  :-[
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Post by: Wonder on June 19, 2013, 03:45:17 am
Jo, DH and I alternate our gym mornings so there is someone home with the kids and that seems to be working ok although DH would prefer to go more often but we need to make it fair for both of us.

Jeninwa, well done and take care of your shoulder.
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Post by: Cornish Cream on June 19, 2013, 08:53:21 am
Well done Jen on your weight loss.Take care of your shoulder :-*

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Post by: cookie1 on June 19, 2013, 09:49:09 am
Great weight losses everyone. If you are concerned at losing the weight, please don't be, I have found it.  :'( :'(
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 19, 2013, 10:33:09 am
I'm pretty excited as I've lost 7.1kgs now and have dropped almost two dress sizes. Clothes shopping is so much fun now!!!  I am really loving weight watchers and am finding it all really easy (never hungry or feeling deprived). I have cut back a lot on baking and we are all eating more fruit, crackers etc for snacks rather than biscuits and cakes.  Hubby has even lost a few kilo's without even trying. I have adopted a no excuses approach to exercise that is working well for me. I normally walk/run each day (at dawn with a torch and raincoat) and I've hired a cross trainer machine to use when my shin splints play up and I need low impact.  I bought a secondhand bike and have been getting out with the kids at weekends. I've also joined a yoga class and swim fit class (aqua bootcamp) with my friends. Am having a ball!  ;D
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Post by: judydawn on June 19, 2013, 10:57:12 am
Nice to hear what you've been up to Chelsea, miss your postings.  Life must be very busy for you these days and congratulations on your weight loss, that's a fantastic outcome.
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Post by: obbie on June 20, 2013, 02:49:57 am
 Chelsea that is a great weight loss. :)
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Post by: Wonder on June 20, 2013, 05:06:35 am
Chelsea well done on the weight loss sounds like you are going really well.
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Post by: Delightful Den on June 20, 2013, 08:56:40 am

I really struggle to find any more time in the day for exercise too.  DH gets up early and goes to the gym, so those mornings are out, unless we get some equipment for at home, but then there's a space issue.

My "fitness" at the moment consists of walking a lot, playing with the kids, occasional runs/walks/swims, and helping out with DS's sports.  I really need to do more. 


Jo there is nothing wrong with what you are currently doing for fitness.  However if you want more and going to the gym is an issue there are a lot of body weight exercises you can do. Do you have an iPad? There is a good app called Your Body is Your Gym. It demonstrates the exercises as well as having built in programs. 
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Post by: jo_nz on June 21, 2013, 11:19:26 am
Thanks Den. No, no iPad, but I will check if android app store has something...

In summer I think I am fairly active, but now with the miserable weather we just don't seem to move around as much!  So I think I would like to find something more.
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Post by: rainbow on June 23, 2013, 03:57:30 am
Hi Den, I have looked for that app but can't find it, sounds good
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Post by: Wonder on June 23, 2013, 05:20:49 am
Hi Rainbow, I think you might find its called "you are your own gym"
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Post by: Delightful Den on June 23, 2013, 05:28:17 am
Hi Rainbow, The full name is Bodyweight Training: You are your own Gym. There is a book available as well.

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Post by: rainbow on June 23, 2013, 01:04:29 pm
Thanks, found it now 😃😃
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Post by: Wei on June 26, 2013, 10:42:06 am
Hi Chelsea, congrats on your weight loss progress! I'm a fan of your blog. My husband and I really love the recipes I found on your blog, however when I tried to retrieve the lentil and sausage hotpot with mash recipe, I realized all the recipes are gone. Can you please let me know how to retrieve them? They are treasures to me and my family! Love your work! Many thanks.
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Post by: judydawn on June 26, 2013, 11:30:13 am
Hi Wei, welcome to the forum and thanks for alerting us to the fact Chelsea's recipes have gone missing.   I just checked and they aren't there for me either.
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 27, 2013, 03:08:18 am
Hi Wei, welcome to the forum and thanks for alerting us to the fact Chelsea's recipes have gone missing.   I just checked and they aren't there for me either.

Very sorry. I took most of my blog down during the week. It was getting a bit tricky now that I am back teaching and am wanting privacy within the school community. I plan to put all my recipes on the forum here over the coming weeks (anything that isn't already here). My apologies for the inconvenience Wei.
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Post by: cookie1 on June 27, 2013, 08:51:42 am
Have fun teaching Chelsea. What year level will you be working with?
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 28, 2013, 07:05:36 am
I've been back for a while now Cookie (just didn't have blog issues until recently). Kinder/Prep is my area. :)
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Post by: cookie1 on June 28, 2013, 12:29:16 pm
Lovely age. Enjoy.
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Post by: Wei on June 28, 2013, 12:32:57 pm
I see. No need to apologies Chelsea, they are your recipes so you can do whatever you want with them. I just wish I had them written down. I made the lentil hotpot dish as per the EDC recipe tonight, it was completely different to your version. It was very watery and I remember your was very creamy. Have you posted this recipe anywhere else? Anyway, all the best with your work now you are back.
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Post by: rainbow on June 30, 2013, 12:47:41 pm
Finally bit the bullet and joined Weight Watchers today
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Post by: judydawn on June 30, 2013, 12:51:45 pm
Good luck Rainbow.
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Post by: Wonder on June 30, 2013, 01:05:45 pm
Good luck rainbow. Try and compliment the change in food intake with some extra movement as well.
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Post by: Delightful Den on June 30, 2013, 02:56:54 pm
Good luck rainbow.
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Post by: rainbow on July 01, 2013, 12:59:54 am
Thanks, woke up hungry! So got up had a drink of water and went a walk and now having home made granola, yogurt and banana breakfast
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Post by: cookie1 on July 01, 2013, 04:40:58 am
Best of luck rainbow. Did you get a new van yet?  Travelling puts on weight, that is my excuse.  :D :D
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Post by: rainbow on July 01, 2013, 09:54:07 am
No van yet, yes I agree travelling increases your weight, lack of routine, sitting more ???
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on July 01, 2013, 10:06:43 am
Finally bit the bullet and joined Weight Watchers today

Great work Rainbow!!! I hope you find it as great as I have.

I've lost another 0.7kg this week. Have now lost 8kg in total and am at my goal weight.  ;D
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Post by: Kimmyh on July 01, 2013, 10:25:55 am
Good luck rainbow.
Keep up the good work Chelsea.
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Post by: cookie1 on July 01, 2013, 11:43:16 am
Well done Chelsea.
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Post by: rainbow on July 02, 2013, 01:46:16 am
I bet that's a good feeling Chelsea, now to maintain? Or will you go a little lower
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on July 02, 2013, 04:41:21 am
I bet that's a good feeling Chelsea, now to maintain? Or will you go a little lower

It is an amazing feeling Rainbow. I'm still doing my lower points for a couple more weeks. I'm a bit nervous about increasing my points for maintenance and possibly putting on weight. My local WW leader is leaving and I've been debating putting my hand up. It would be a great incentive to maintain my weight (having to get lead the meeting each week) but I probably have enough on my plate at the moment.  :)
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Post by: Meagan on July 06, 2013, 03:11:36 pm
Great to hear you are all doing so well!
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Post by: rainbow on July 07, 2013, 03:22:29 am
My first week on WW and I have lost a kilo, happy with that, I don't have a lot to lose, 5kilo maximum so slow and steady 👍👍
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on July 07, 2013, 11:06:12 am
Wonderful news Rainbow.  I was wondering how you were going. :)
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Post by: Kimmyh on July 07, 2013, 11:09:11 am
Well done rainbow.
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Post by: meganjane on July 07, 2013, 01:52:54 pm
Well done Chelsea and Rainbow! I've been going great guns on Herbalife.
I'm down to my first goal weight and have two more kg to get to my final goal then maintenance.

It's been really easy, but I haven't been on here, because I don't want to talk about cakes, bread, biscuits etc!! I've been using Jamie Oliver's 15 and 30 Minute Meal books as inspiration for our evening meals.

Thermie gets a workout each morning making my shakes. My favourite at the moment is a green apple, a kiwi fruit, 70g low fat yoghurt, water and almond milk to 300g and the Vanilla shake powder.
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on July 13, 2013, 08:57:48 am
Great going MJ!!!!

I weighed in at my meeting this morning  and have lost another 1.1kg. Next week will be a big week for me as I become a life member of weight watchers (no more paying) and hopefully I will hit the 10kg mark.  I only need to lose .4 this coming week to get to 10kg lost.  :)
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Post by: rainbow on July 15, 2013, 11:59:56 am
No weight loss this week, but maybe next week
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Post by: tarasis on July 18, 2013, 10:23:17 am
Argh, my first attempt at writing this got lost after i switched apps.

I'm going to try and join doing this, though im not sure how yet. My weight has balloned since i had my spleen removed in Feb 2012, gaining roughly 11kg from my pre-op weight or 14kg from the weight i left hospital with. Whats a little annoying is that what i eat is basically the same as it was pre-op, so it seems my dodgy spleen was giving some positive benefits.

One thing i plan to do is cut out drinking coca cola again, i managed it for a month back in January though it was difficult as i'm addicted to it. Rhather literally i might add, as i tend to get withdrawal symptoms for the first few days/weeks when i go cold turkey. About 10 years back, hell even about 6-7 years back, i was drinking about 2 litres a day as with bottles its to da,n easy when using a pint glass for drinks. I switched to 330ml cans a while back when they started being available here, as i prefer the taste and i drink less (though still 2-4 cans a day).

I do drink water, roughly 2 litres a day thanks to having a pint glass around. I do drink fruit juice, though given the calories in the ones i like (grape juice, pineapple juice) its not exactly that much healthier.

Not liking veg/salad will make this all a bit trickier.

Anyway, my weight currently stands at

2013/07/18 -- 87.6kg  --  +0.6Kg from 2013/07/10

(I tend to weigh myself daily and record it in an app)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on July 18, 2013, 11:19:41 am
Good luck Tarasis.  It isn't easy but is worth it. We look forward to hearing how you go.  :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on July 18, 2013, 02:05:18 pm
Crikey what a thread, I'm about 1/3 of the way through it right now. Your all pretty amazing. Cheers Amy for all the useful info posts, never realised you were that young.

-edit

Hey made it too the end of the thread.  Don't think I'm going to try and catch up on some of the other threads, would take to long; even skim reading :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: rainbow on July 21, 2013, 05:36:29 am
Managed to lose another half kilo, very slow, blaming the weather. Now weigh 59.5k good to see a 5 instead of 6. Good luck with your cola addiction Tasaris
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on July 21, 2013, 05:45:31 am
Good luck Rob. The addiction to Coke is not going to be easy but you can do it.   :) I think you will find if you can kick this habit and reduce your fruit juice intake you will see your weight steadily decrease. The trick is not to replace these to things with something else.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 21, 2013, 12:12:49 pm
The best of luck Rob.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Tasty on July 22, 2013, 08:18:26 am
So it's been 4.5 months since giving birth to my youngest daughter and I have lost 12kgs!! It has mainly been though losebabyweight shakes, Dinner Twist meals (even though it's not a weight loss thing) and trying to eat healthier and stop eating after 7pm. I have so much more energy this time and hope to lose another 5 and then plan on getting fit and toned as we enter the warmer months. Yay!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: meganjane on July 22, 2013, 09:08:46 am
That's fantastic Tasty! Well done.

I've lost 7kg altogether and about 23 cm. I'm feeling amazing, so many health conditions gone. I thought I would have to live with them forever. I can finally chuck out all that stuff from my medicine cabinet.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on July 22, 2013, 11:40:13 am
Well done Tasty.  Doesn't it feel great. I became a life member of weight watchers on the weekend and have lost 10kg in twelve weeks. Am finished losing now - just need to maintain.

MJ I have had the same thing happening with medication.  I used to have a quick-eze every night at bedtime because of heart burn but haven't had one since starting weight watchers. Perhaps due to smaller portions??
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on July 22, 2013, 12:56:10 pm
Wow congrats Tasty, MJ and Chelsea you all done really well.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: meganjane on July 23, 2013, 07:32:44 am
Thanks tasaris. Hope that you will see some positive results soon, too.

I've had gastric reflux all my life, even when I was really thin. I think it's due to the various supps that I'm taking. I love the Herbal tea and have about 5 cups a day. The Aloe has made a difference too, alkalising my system.
I can even have a rich Spaghetti Sauce with loads of wine and tomato and not have a single twinge anymore. Just loving Herbalife.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 23, 2013, 12:35:57 pm
Great that you have had such a positive experience MJ.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on July 24, 2013, 08:39:44 pm
So, all I have done so far is drop the coke intake to 1 can per day (1 day I had two) and cut out a 4 finger Kit Kat or Twix or Maltesers per day.

2013/07/24 -- 86.6kg -- -1kg from 2013/07/18
2013/07/18 -- 87.6kg  --  +0.6Kg from 2013/07/10


Signed up to Myfitnesspal for tracking purposes, in part to swap from using WeightBot to track my weight (I signed up as duemoko not tarasis as some other pesky soul has it. WHY damnit?! Anyway if anyone want to follow me/friend me there feel free) and I'm seriously looking at getting a Fitbit One.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 25, 2013, 12:43:22 am
going well tarasis, I'm sure you will notice a huge difference just cutting back on the coke and chocolate. Next step will be to drop the coke to 1 can a  week  ;D
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on July 25, 2013, 08:02:44 am
Agreed, next step is once a week, possibly via once every couple of days. Still very much craving taste / feeling from drinking it.

 Need to calculate the calories in my homemade Wheaten bread.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on July 31, 2013, 01:42:09 pm
*grumble grumble* back to where I was, I was actually going up again (to 87.1kg) for the last few days but today it was back to where I was last week. Amusingly, though I don't believe it, if I ate what I ate the last couple of days (about 300-400 calories down) I'll apparently drop to 82.9kg in 5 weeks.


2013/07/31 -- 86.6kg -- 0kg from 2013/07/24
2013/07/24 -- 86.6kg -- -1kg from 2013/07/18
2013/07/18 -- 87.6kg  --  +0.6Kg from 2013/07/10


On the plus side I've cut out all coke in the last 3 days, no chocolate or sweets in nearly 2 weeks. I'm eating the odd McVities Ginger Nut or two every other day though that will end shortly when the packet runs out :/ (can't buy them here) I will say I'm feeling less tired though a bit headachy.

Curious to see what will happen in the next month as basically have wall to wall guests. For 3 days, my wife's parents, then 12 days of wife's parents + my mum & uncle, then 2 days break, then wife's sister & her husband and two kids. This will either be really good for my weightloss or really really bad.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bonsai on July 31, 2013, 03:08:39 pm
Tarasis hang in there. I haven't really made an effort to lose weight but found using the My Fitness Pal app helped keep track of intake quite easily. I did try the 5:2 eating pattern which worked for me and dropped my weight to the lowest it had been for some years, but fell off the wagon over Xmas. I find alcohol and drinks are a really big calories booster in an eating plan.

It is never easy to lose weight (if it was, weight watchers and Jenny Craig would go out of business). A fit bit might help as its surprising to find out how many calories are burnt by activity (less than you think 😳) compared with intake. I think that being closer to target weight is helpful, but fitness is important and remember muscle weighs more than fat!
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on July 31, 2013, 03:17:30 pm
As great as the MyFitnessPal database is, it's a pain when you cook food from scratch and need to try and calculate the points.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bonsai on July 31, 2013, 03:46:11 pm
I just make educated guesses and relate whatever I've cooked from scratch to something that looks about the same in the app. Life's too short to measure everything precisely. I knew my measurements weren't completely accurate but it still gave me a useful gauge to go by.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 01, 2013, 01:17:54 am
Fantastic effort on the coke and sweets Rob. Friends I've known have had to suffer through the soda withdrawal headaches and have said it's one of the worst feelings they have ever experienced. hang in there you are going great.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: jo_nz on August 01, 2013, 01:32:18 am
As great as the MyFitnessPal database is, it's a pain when you cook food from scratch and need to try and calculate the points.
This is my biggest problem with it too - I had a great time scanning barcodes when we went on holiday, but most of the time it's a pain having to enter recipes and work out portions. 
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: rainbow on August 04, 2013, 10:57:56 am
I decided to buy new scales, not a good idea me thinks, but my others were old old and I wanted some that weigh in smaller increments than the old scales. I weighed heaver at first but I can see the weight coming off easier so happy about that, my old scales say 59 my new ones say 60,
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on August 06, 2013, 12:10:11 pm
Finally got the Wife talked into letting me buy a Fitbit, and indeed she wants one too. Apparently its going to be our (early) anniversary present to each other (our Anniversary is in October) and we are, apparently, challenging ourselves to lose 5KG by then.

If anyone wants to friend me on Runkeeper/Fitbit/MyFitnessPal, I'm:

duemoko on MyFitnessPal
tarasis on Runkeeper
tarasis on Fitbit, but you need to go here (http://www.fitbit.com/user/274ND9)

I've made myself go out 3 times so far for long walks at 9:30ish at night (6.5km, 7.14km (both at roughly 9.2minutes per km average pace) and then 4.something with the missus (something like 10.09 minutes per km))

As great as the MyFitnessPal database is, it's a pain when you cook food from scratch and need to try and calculate the points.
This is my biggest problem with it too - I had a great time scanning barcodes when we went on holiday, but most of the time it's a pain having to enter recipes and work out portions.  

I've gotten used to it a bit now, but we'll see. I've actually avoided eating a couple of things because I didn't want to sit and work out the calories of it (for instance the Chewy Chocolate Overload Cookies I made at the weekend). Could be a useful deterrent :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on August 07, 2013, 08:08:51 am
I'm happy with that, 1KG down from last Wednesday. Probably aided, in part, by three very brisk walks I think.


2013/08/07 -- 85.6kg -- -1kg
2013/07/31 -- 86.6kg -- 0kg
2013/07/24 -- 86.6kg -- -1kg
2013/07/18 -- 87.6kg --  +0.6Kg


Today is the first day using a Fitbit. Let's see how well that works :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bedlam on August 07, 2013, 08:18:10 am
Well done Rob, 1kg a week is perfect weight loss.  How re you going without so much coke?
Keep it up.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on August 09, 2013, 07:42:41 am
Well done Rob, 1kg a week is perfect weight loss.  How re you going without so much coke?
Keep it up.

Thanks :) The Coke is going okay though I bought a can yesterday for some reason but I haven't drank it yet. I did have headaches and stuff the first week I cut it out but since then it seems to have settled and I've been sticking to just water, no juices at all. I'm kind of quitting sugar but not, basically severely dropping my intake to the odd but that's in certain foods or dishes.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Bedlam on August 09, 2013, 09:40:45 am
I too would benefit from cutting out sugar.  I am afraid it is my stress go to and I have been  overindulging big time.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on August 11, 2013, 08:08:34 am
Had a 20ml bottle of coke yesterday which didn't leave me wanting more. It wasn't quite yucky but wasn't great either which is good.

Sugar can be my "go to" to in form of cola, sweets like Kitkats/Twix, and some other bits and pieces but so far I've largely not touched them. I've had a toffee crisp so far (family brought some for me last Tuesday) which is great as I've been know two eat two in a day as I love them that much and I haven't had any Ginger Nuts thus far despite having 4 new packets available. (Can easily munch 4-6 a day)

A bit miffed that I wasn't able to burn enough calories yesterday to compensate for a large meal at a restaurant yesterday. Had a bunch of beer battered onion rings, a chicken & rice burrito (with a little cheese and a small portion sour cream) and a margarita. Ended up walking about 13.5-14.5km (had done roughly 8km throughout the day and them specifically went out for an hour walk at 3.9mph/6.3kph - iPhone (6.3km) & Fitbit (5.34km) disagree about the distance)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 11, 2013, 11:42:37 am
Sounds like you are doing well with your new lifestyle Rob.  Keep up the good work.  :)

Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: rainbow on August 13, 2013, 06:34:45 am
I too would benefit from cutting out sugar.  I am afraid it is my stress go to and I have been  overindulging big time.
I find reading and re reading David Gillespie book Sweet Poison stops me from eating sugar
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 13, 2013, 06:44:53 am
Sounds like you are doing fantastically Rob, keep up the good work and don't get disheartened. It sounds like you body is already indicating it doesn't need the sugar anymore.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on August 13, 2013, 10:30:35 am
I too would benefit from cutting out sugar.  I am afraid it is my stress go to and I have been  overindulging big time.
I find reading and re reading David Gillespie book Sweet Poison stops me from eating sugar

I have it to read, hopefully will manage it soon when my guests have left. I did read Sarah Wilson's "I Quit Sugar" ebook which I found interesting and helpful even if I haven't followed it to the letter. I'm not aiming to quit sugar completely, too many nice desserts out there, but I wanted to minimise my general intake except for the odd treats (cocktail, desert) rather than wasting it on cola, chocolate bars and such.

For instance the Butterscotch Self Saucing Pudding on this forum is 370kcal and 31g of sugar. Thankfully I'd walked about 14km yesterday so I was happy about eating that :)

I had thought my sugar intake was lower than it was till I discovered today that the Juice Plus Chewable supplements my wife talked me into taking each have 1g sugar in them. So each day I've had 6g more sugar than I thought. *pout* I need to move myself onto the capsules which doesn't have the added sugar except I hate swallowing the things. All tablet capsules get stuck in my mouth.

Sounds like you are doing fantastically Rob, keep up the good work and don't get disheartened. It sounds like you body is already indicating it doesn't need the sugar anymore.

I think it has, reasonably, reset t not needing the sugar and I can certainly taste it more in some things. Though I have a ways to go yet. In January I managed a month without Cola though as it was in part replaced by fruit juice, which didn't help being equally loaded with sugar. So for now I will wait and see.

The disheartened comes, sometimes, from knowing I've done well (eaten less & more exercise) but not really seeing the weight drop. Tomorrow's weigh-in will be around the same as last weeks, after I spiked up and now dropping again. It doesn't help that the food diary over at MyFitnessPal says "if I ate like today I'd be xx.xkg in 5 weeks" (for instance current estimate is 78.5-81 depending on day and exercise) and I'm not seeing the drop to even roughly hit that.

It's just the remembering that real life doesn't match cold hard figures and everybody's body works differently. Plus I'll be putting on some muscle weight in my legs from the walking. Need to get some scales and measure my fat/muscle content :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on August 14, 2013, 09:42:00 am
So visibly not much off since last week but the weight rose up to 86.3 before dropping down again. Due, in part, to a ginormous meal on Saturday (some beer battered onion rings, chicken & rice burrito with some cheese & sour cream and a margarita)


2013/08/14 -- 85.3kg -- -0.3kg
2013/08/07 -- 85.6kg -- -1kg
2013/07/31 -- 86.6kg -- 0kg
2013/07/24 -- 86.6kg -- -1kg
2013/07/18 -- 87.6kg --  +0.6Kg
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on August 21, 2013, 11:53:48 am
Week spent flitting from 85.3, to 85.6 and then down to 85.2 for the last two days. I've actually started eating more again I was quite far down calorie wise, possibly too far, and not eating more to compensate for the additional exercise. Using Fitbit's calorie food plan thing (which in part seems to be based off of http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/680246-tdee-bmr-what-they-are-and-what-to-do-with-them ), but MyFitnessPal for the tracking and such (its food database is great).

Total Lost so far: 2.4kg (started 87.6)

2013/08/21 -- 85.2kg -- -0.1kg
2013/08/14 -- 85.3kg -- -0.3kg


Quite impressed / disturbed by the weekly Fitbit stats: 111,613 steps   131 floors   83.40 km   19,617 calories

Since I've had a Fitbit One (reminds me, must post in that thread) I've only had 1 day under 10000 steps, and theoretically travelled 157.4km. I know thats under as I haven't adjusted my stride, some walks are about 1km under compared to run keeper (pretty consistently 1km too), the number of steps is pretty spot on the few times I've actively counted a bit :)

Need to be careful with Coke, had a can two days ago (mostly to get it out of the Fridge) and then this morning when the missus and I decided to have breakfast out I got a 500ml bottle of coke and now I find myself wanting more. Not good. (plus it well and truly broke my sugar budget for the day *grumbles at self*)
Title: Re:
Post by: tarasis on August 28, 2013, 08:51:11 am
Down 0.2kg

Total Lost so far: 2.6kg (started 87.6)


2013/08/28 -- 85.0kg -- -0.2kg
2013/08/21 -- 85.2kg -- -0.1kg


*grumble grumble* lots of flitting from 85.2 to 84.9 and back again. With the theoretical calorie deficit I'm following I should have lost 0.9kg, not 0.2kg
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on August 28, 2013, 09:33:57 am
It is disheartening Rob. Remember that calorie counts on food are pretty ball park so if you are jsut hitting the deficit to drop .5kg a week a little bit of mis-measuring can mean that you are not hitting the deficit you think you are. 

Hang in there you will get to where you want.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on August 28, 2013, 10:23:31 pm
Was aiming for 0.9KG per week, and mostly hitting the deficit goal (sometimes under and sometimes a little over, basically a 1000 under by Fitbit tracking. less by MyFitnessPal).
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Wonder on August 29, 2013, 06:01:59 am
Keep up the good work Rob, remember that every little bit counts and will all add to your long term goal it may just take a little longer than you would like.
Title: Re:
Post by: tarasis on September 02, 2013, 03:28:24 pm
Keep up the good work Rob, remember that every little bit counts and will all add to your long term goal it may just take a little longer than you would like.

I seem to have stumbled recently as I'm drinking a can of cola a day (for the last 3-4 days, skipped one day) and today I have quite incredible sugar cravings. Already over budget on Sugar today and staring at a cola can and kitkat on the table right in front of me.

If it wasn't teeming with rain and I didn't have my bike trailer with me (I'm in pool cafe while son is at Football training) I'd go out for a walk to see if that distracted me.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: cookie1 on September 03, 2013, 06:25:11 am
Rob it is far from easy. I know how you feel. Hang in there and everyday is a new day. If you stumble, get up and carry on. Best wishes.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 03, 2013, 06:30:00 am
Hang in there Rob. It is tough but you can do it.  :)

Title: Re:
Post by: tarasis on September 04, 2013, 09:42:29 am
Down 1.1kg (or 1.5kg)

Total Lost so far: 3.7kg (started 87.6)


2013/09/04 -- 83.9kg -- -1.1kg
2013/08/28 -- 85.0kg -- -0.2kg


Thanks Den and also Cookie. Since posting the weight has dropped off the last couple of days.

As to the down 1.1 or 1.5, well when I weighed myself this am (6:30am) I was 83.9, however when I got back from taking Mareike to school & going for a walk I was down to 83.5. Wasn't sure which to go with as other days my weight has been the same pre-post walk in the morning.

Really really want this to keep going at that rate so that come October 10th (my wedding anniversary) I'm down to 80kg. Unlikely but I'm hopeful :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 09, 2013, 05:56:13 am
Rob, Muscle weighs more than fat., so you could be losing fat, and getting fitter, and putting on muscle. ;D

Me I am the same, but my walking is helping. :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on September 12, 2013, 09:47:47 am
Quite possible Obbie, I haven't really been tracking body fat. I have to use a different scales to do so, which my wife doesn't want out for the kids to use, so it tends to live in its box. When I did it the other week I had 27.7% body fat

Total Lost so far: 4.2kg (started 87.6)


2013/09/11 -- 83.2kg -- -0.7kg
2013/09/04 -- 83.9kg -- -1.1kg


Surprised I went down at all this week, I actually spent most days (i.e 5-10) flitting around 83.9-84.1 and then suddenly yesterday and today I was 83.2. Go figure. According to Trendweight / Hackers Diet websites, my trend weight is actually 84.2 at the moment.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on September 18, 2013, 09:13:19 am
Total Lost so far: 4.6kg (started 87.6)


2013/09/18 -- 83.0kg -- -0.2kg
2013/09/11 -- 83.2kg -- -0.7kg


A week of flitting between 82.9 and 83.1, I'd probably have been a little lower today had I not gone to bed at 1:30am and only got 5 hours sleep. Still, annoying considering the 1k calorie deficit. Though TrendWeight.com & HackersDiet calculate my deficit, based on weight, as only -600 to -700

TrendWeight.com says 83.7kg & HackersDiet says 83.6. Both plot your weight with a form of weighted running average.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 18, 2013, 02:39:18 pm
Keep up the good work Rob.  :)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: obbie on September 20, 2013, 05:27:56 am
Great work Rob. :)
Title: Re:
Post by: Bonsai on September 20, 2013, 02:42:29 pm
Great effort Rob, keep going!
Title: Re:
Post by: tarasis on September 23, 2013, 09:42:00 am
Cheers everyone. I've slip a little the last few days where I was eating more calories than my 1k deficit.

Also been drinking coke over the last half of the week and multiple on a couple of days :/ So far just water today.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: Delightful Den on September 24, 2013, 06:56:39 am
Everyone falls off the wagon sometime. As long as you get back on that is all that matters.  ;)
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: meganjane on September 24, 2013, 01:15:28 pm
Going well Rob!

I don't have a hankering for Coke, fortunately. To me, it's poison. My DH loves it, so it's in the fridge. I've substituted much of the white sugar in my diet with rapidura, coconut sugar, maple syrup or dates. Much slower release carbs and so much better for you. You can find some great recipes and info for Thermie lovers on Quirky Jo's blog (http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com.au/).

I'm on maintenance with Herbalife now as I've lost my 10kg over the last 4 months. I have a Herbalife smoothie once a day about 4 times a week. Still keep up with the supplements, especially the Tang Kuei, that's fantastic for stress! (I'm studying at the moment)

The weather has been foul lately, so I haven't been able to go outside to exercise. Dan would appreciate that. We've had high winds and drizzle for days on end, so unusual for this time of year.
Title: Re: Weight loss Challenge
Post by: tarasis on September 25, 2013, 08:39:00 pm
Total Lost so far: 4.7kg (started 87.6)


2013/09/25 -- 82.9kg -- -0.1kg
2013/09/18 -- 83.0kg -- -0.2kg
2013/09/11 -- 83.2kg -- -0.7kg


Again a week of flitting between 82.8 and 83.1, and to quote myself "I'd probably have been a little lower today had I not gone to bed at 1:30am and only got 5 hours sleep. Still, annoying considering the 1k calorie deficit." (I again only went to bed at 1am last night and to sleep after 1:30am). I'm willing to bet my body has a lower metabolism than Fitbit is projecting as I'm hitting my 1k deficit virtually every day (2 days at -300 to -500)

TrendWeight.com says I'm at 83.3kg (down .4kg from last week) and only eating at a 500 calorie deficit.

I don't have a hankering for Coke, fortunately. To me, it's poison. My DH loves it, so it's in the fridge. I've substituted much of the white sugar in my diet with rapidura, coconut sugar, maple syrup or dates. Much slower release carbs and so much better for you. You can find some great recipes and info for Thermie lovers on Quirky Jo's blog (http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com.au/).

I'm on maintenance with Herbalife now as I've lost my 10kg over the last 4 months. I have a Herbalife smoothie once a day about 4 times a week. Still keep up with the supplements, especially the Tang Kuei, that's fantastic for stress! (I'm studying at the moment)

The weather has been foul lately, so I haven't been able to go outside to exercise. Dan would appreciate that. We've had high winds and drizzle for days on end, so unusual for this time of year.

Hi Megan, I think of it now as poison too given how it makes me feel after drinking it the first time in a day, doesn't affect me the second time. I hate where I am left feeling like I must go out and get a coke, something I am currently struggling with this as I type this. I'll have a look at Quirky Jo's site in a mo.

Congrats on losing the 10kg in 4 months! Not heard of Herbalife or Tang Kuei, my wife was/is using Juice Plus for supplements and their shakes for weightloss though thats kind of on hold now. [Apparently the missus has heard of Herbalife and says its similar to Juice Plus]

Our weather is also turning foul, lots of drizzle which gets you really quite wet when out walking and its cooling down quickly :/