Hello - I've been really enjoying reading the posts over the last month, but this is the first time I've posted. So many great tips on this forum! I've been sort-of aiming at the NHS calorie calculator thing in a guessy way, and sort-of doing the 16:8 intermittent fasting, and I've lost 5Kg in the month, which I'm really pleased with. I was 76 Kg, at 5'6", and now I'm just under 71Kg - Yay! I'd like to get to 65Kg but I'm in no rush - it took 6 kids and 20 years to put this on, after all! It's been harder this week, though, so now I need to start being careful or I can see it will all creep back.
I have been doing 16:8 because I have lots of self control early in the day, but little in the evening. I rarely feel hungry until noon anyway, so I'm having something filling like spicy lentil soup (all the supermarkets seem to do lovely fresh ones which are about 170Kcals for half a pot) and some salad for lunch, loads of herbs tea, and then have a "sensible" dinner. Mostly this seems to be working. It would be hard to count calories in the evening as I'm cooking for the family. When not in a diet, I tend to binge on carbs in the evening, so now I'm trying to fill up with lots of veggie curry, salads etc, but sometimes I do binge on something sweet after dinner. I'm not buying any new sweet things, but it's amazing how good you get at finding something tasty when it's 10pm and you're in zombie sugar-hunter mode! Any tips apart from cleaning my teeth after dinner?
A couple of years ago I tried the 5:2 diet and weight came off quickly, but it wasn't for me - I kept getting migraines and felt so grumpy :-(.
The Kg vs Stones thing - I bought new electronic scales and all weighing in Kg rather than stones. I think it's helping! Because - 1) I'm not constantly thinking of what I weighed in my 20s, as I don't really know what the "old money" equivalent of my weight is, and 2) The scales weigh in 100g increments, so they come off faster than lbs! It's like a fresh start, and my baseline is my weight in my 40s, not my weight in my 20s. I'm weighing at the same time every morning - after a wee, before a cup of tea - and it really is interesting to see how a meal out or a careless evening makes the difference. A bit sobering as I realise I'm going to have to get used to eating less long-term, not just for a few months, otherwise it's all going to go straight back on.
I'm getting 10,000 steps a day just through normal life, but have been adding some "power walks" where I just walk as fast as I can, and that's invigorating. Also the kids have a chin'up bar that just hooks onto the doorframe (Argos - no screws involved!) and that's good as I can just *try* to do one when I pass. Generally I can't! Also found that two parts of my kitchen worktop are the right distance to be used as parallel bars, so I put a hand on each side and bring my knees up a few times. I'm keen to hear other examples of fitting strength exercises into daily life - looks like there is lots of resourcefulness on this forum.
Thank you to those who do post - sorry I've lurked for a month, but it really has been motivating and helpful to read so many contributions.