Good on you Pauline. It's hard work but definitely worth it.
pauline im in the same boat and lost 2.5 kg in a week, i found that walking/jogging helps alot, im doing 5.8 mile every night at 7 pm and food wise, eat alot of protien foods ( cvhicken fillets ,pork loin, tuna,) with salad and vegetables and they say eat a half a greapfruit before every meal( ive just started this ill keep you posted on that one)keep going your doing great and probs looking and feeling better already
hi again pauline, heres another tip , drink a glass of water before each meal , it tricks your stomache into thinking its more full so your food portions are not as large( not that im saying they are )
There is an app called My Fitness Pal which lets you log everything you eat and shows you charts or graphs of your intake against the recommended amount for you to lose weight steadily. I used it and found it really helpful to show me where the hidden calories were in my everyday foods. It lists 1000s of bought foods and also has a facility for you to put in your own recipes by listing the ingredients and then it works out the calories per portion of those too. I lost just over a stone, which was what I wanted, and it has helped me to permanently change my eating habits and be much more aware of what I am eating everyday. I have not put any weight back on, I eat well, I don't go hungry and I have a healthy fresh diet.
I was going to wish you luck but then I decided that it's not about luck, it's about attitude, perseverance and determination. Think positive. You can do it
I agree with the drinking water tip - not just before meals but throughout the day. Several years ago I lost a great deal of weight - lots, the sort of loss that gets your picture in magazines - (ok, so I've put some of it back, but nothing like as much as I lost - drink water throughout the day - it keeps you full and stops you feeling hungry, and also improves the flushing through of toxins that accumulate when you're losing weight and your skin and eyes will look amazing.
Also, did you know that the 'trigger' that says you're hungry is the same one that says you're thirsty, so if you feel hungry drink a pint of water and then see if you still feel hungry
Also one of the downsides of losing weight is the slowing down of 'digestive transit' as they say on the telly. Drink lots of water and it'll keep you 'going easily'.
Some people say they can't drink lots of water - drink it from a bttle rather than a glass - it goes down much more easily - ask any baby
How much water? I drink between three and four litres a day, every day And no, I don't spend my life in the loo - your body adjusts and absorbs the water rather than sending it straight to your bladder
I lost 2 stones in 3 months four years ago, I am now 8.5 which is a bit more than I would like to be, but it's ok.
the secret is not to buy the rubbish stuff in the first, this is easier if you have a shopping delivery service.
Walking really helps a lot.
Also gardening without power tools (push mower instead of motor mower, hedge clippers and sickle instead of strimmer etc)
Also I back in the days when I needed to lose weight, I found it was no good for me to cut out all the things I loved (not so much sweets but salty, meaty stuff like bacon and such). Then I'd start having terrible cravings and ended up binge eating, which is no good at all. I found that for me it worked better if I allowed myself a decent meal once a day (in reasonable portions), but cut out all the junk food, snacks, chips and peanuts and stuff, and most of the sugar from tea and coffee. Also, have more veggies and prteins and less pasta (hard for an Italian!) bread etc. Every day I was so chuffed with my good, decently cooked dinner that I never felt I was missing out on food.
Eventually you got to find the strategy that is best for you, but if you find a compromise that allows you to eat less without making you too unhappy and craving, then it is much easier to stick with it in the long run, and even if it takes longer to lose the weight, it is more likely to "stay lost" in the end. I only needed to lose about 8-10 kg some 15 years ago but I never put them up again and I don't feel I am depriving myself of anything! My mom made many "extreme" diets in her time, and invariably ended up gaining all the weight back. You don't have to "punish" yourself.
Good for you jinxygg. The big decision has been made and now it's a matter of keeping the mind focused to achieve your goal. I also lost a large chunk of weight some years ago and, like Dove, some has crept back on. More since I gave up smoking 18 months ago. I'll join you and Pauline in mid August when our hols are over.
Verdun I have always though that fats were the main enemy but sugar came a close second.
I found that preparation was a really useful tool and made up a menu for the week. It means you don't just grab the easy fix when you're hungry you know what you're having and a piece of fruit can tide you over.
You can do it!
Good advice Katherine - you shouldn't deny yourself everything you enjoy. just less of it. Alcohol is a pain - it tells you to b....r the diet.