Sad and Confused about it all!

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04/07/2014 at 11:13

MFP is a great educational tool - if nothing else it teaches you to read labels, and of course there is the odd nasty surprise (like the lucozade).

I love carbs and cheese, but with the help of MFP managed to lose a little over five stone, and more importantly (other than some pregnancy weight gain) I've managed to keep it off. I wasn't eating badly as such, always cooking from scratch, but there was definitely too much pasta, wine and more than the odd bit of cake. After a while you work out what works for you. For me, I still weigh out pasta before cooking it, but everything else I can more or less eye ball a sensible amount after a couple of years of logging most things. As others have said, you can still have your treats, but only have one every so often, not several every day. If you REALLY fancy a lucozade, have one, but make it the only one for the week or whatever. The only other thing that I would say, is that you have to expect days where you just won't stick to it a friend's wedding, a birthday etc. It's ok to have these days. One day every once in a while will not derail your progress, and you'll have a lot more fun! It just has to be an occasional thing, rather than an every weekend thing.

Take care of yourself.

04/07/2014 at 12:18

Quantity was the first thing i had to accept was my mistake in eating. Might be healthy meals, but if you're eating far to much of it, it doesn't help any. 

Take cereal for example, the recommended serving can be between 30g and 45g (see the box), have you ever weighed that to see just how little that is? and just how little milk goes with it? Granted, being 6ft3, i decided to go a bit above that each morning :P, but it's still a big drop from what i used to eat. 

and while we're on breakfast, what i do is split my morning meal up between a bowl of cereal early on, and a toasted bagel at 11. Obviously eat what you prefer, but by splitting it over the morning like this, you don't have to each so much early on, and by 11 when you're peckish, you get to finish off your breakfast . All set then for lunch later on.

Finally don't eat to late. if it's a few hours before you go to sleep, then unless you've skipped dinner, go without, or go small.

Sleep is also useful,.. partly as while you're asleep you're not eating :P, but also if you're not sleeping enough, you put more strain on your body, it consumes more fuel, you eat more. So get a good nights rest! 

04/07/2014 at 12:33

Hi again,

I think late eating was definitely one of my worse habits, for some reason I love nothing more than delaying my dinner until later so I can eat it then head to bed to watch a movie, enjoying that full feeling while I lie down....sounds really weird when I type it out like that...who does that?! I've stopped that over the past week though as I knew it wasnt good at all before even thinking about my diet!

Looking back over the past few months I can see I have definitely been drinking too much wine, I'm only working part time at the moment so its like on a Tuesday "yey finished work for the week, celebrate with some wine", "oh Andy's playing today, lets have some cider" "oh its Friday, more wine". I knew I needed to cut that back so i'm happy only having wine on the weekends, sometimes these things just seem to sneak away from you! As i mentioned before, I don't really eat fast food or ready meals, I can't remember the last time I had any of them. I do cook from scratch but its probably too much portion wise, for example on Wednesday I cooked pulled pork from scratch, but that pork probably should of lasted 3/4 days or fed 3/4 people and I had with over 2 days.  I'm quite good with sweet things, i'm more of an all or nothing girl, if I have some, I need to eat it all and more but if I don't, I dont miss it and can do without so I will just stop buying the cakes and I won't miss them. 

I like the idea of what Gymaddict said before about slowly cutting down on my intake and increasing my movement, that way its not such a shock to the system and I am less likely to crash and eat everything in sight.  I'm looking at this more as a change in lifestyle rather than a diet.

Thanks again for all the helpful advice and kind words, its really appreciated! I took my "before" picture last night (which was disgusting) and hopefully in 12 weeks or so with the help of C to 5k and changing my eating I will be able to show a difference! x

05/07/2014 at 19:15

Just a quick update, today was food shopping day and my trolley was filled with lean meats and lots of fruit and veg, currently have broccoli, cauliflower, onions, cherry tomatoes and peppers cooking in the oven with a fresh haddock filet awaiting to join them!

I went for my second run today, it felt really good, I only did the run 30 seconds/walk 1.30secs but I completed the circuit so that's given me a bit more confidence that I can keep at it again.  I've always had an issue with my pace and tend to run to fast and tire myself so I took my little dog with me this time and I think it helped me to slow down as he is a miniature dachshund and only has tiny legs so I controlled my speed so he could keep up! Feeling great

06/07/2014 at 08:36

thats a good idea to help slow the pace off . It's all to easy when you're feeling fresh to go off to quick. But after a while it does become natural to have several paces you slip into.

17/07/2014 at 16:48

Hello all

Just wanted to pop in and say a massive thank you to you all.  I joined MPF and have been recording food and working on my C25K for 2 weeks now and I thought I would give a quick update.

I have been doing my own little pre-programme for these 2 weeks being run 30 seconds, walk 2mins, second week run 45 seconds and walk 1.45 and now I can do 4 rounds of running 1 minute and 4 rounds of running 45 seconds so it's building up nicely!

I've been logging in MFP every day and over these 2 weeks I have lost 5lbs already although its not huge, I have lost inches on my waist which is great! Along with that, I've felt a massive change, i'm getting up early feeling fresh and ready to go, not like the living dead, I feel more confident and like I have a spring in my step!

So a huge thank you to everyone who reached out to me here, you all helped me to kick start my new life and i'm still keeping at it!! 

17/07/2014 at 16:53

Well done

seren nos    pirate
17/07/2014 at 18:45

great to hear .......keep going have made a brilliant start.


17/07/2014 at 20:50

Top work! 

18/07/2014 at 12:53

Brilliant - just found this thread.  Sounds like something's "clicked".

I was just mentally talking myself out of a lunchtime run, but I'm going to go now.

18/07/2014 at 13:09

Hey Confused, I've just found your thread. I just wanted to say a big WELL DONE!!! 

18/07/2014 at 16:57
Thanks all glad my thread encouraged you to keep your lunch time run as well just back from my walk/run and it was great. My knee is feeling a bit achey so I'm guessing my running shoes aren't up to scratch anymore but after icing it just now it feels okay. Will need to pop into the running shop this weekend and see what the diagnosis is.

Thanks again for all the motivation and support guys, looking forward to updating you on more successes!
18/07/2014 at 18:22

Well done. You've gotten over the hardest part now.

30/07/2014 at 20:43

Well done on making all those changes.  I joined Slimming World nearly 2 years ago and lost 32lbs in 8 months.  It's not really any different to what you're doing - lean meat, fruit and veggies, etc.  Slow and steady will get you there.

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