Slowly slowly catchee monkey

Slowly slowly catchee monkey

Very slow, but at least it's in the right direction.

I've been lurking about on here for a good few months. Got to admit joining in on forums is definitely not my thing. I've never been a social person at the best of times, definitely no social media.

I just thought it's about time I stepped out of the comfort zone and start to contribute, although I'm under no illusion that I'll be a top poster.

I'm trying to shift the weight as moving from a physical job to retirement plus a bit of a shock to my health means I can easily lose some. At the moment I feel I'd like to lose another 8kg, but I'll see what I'm comfortable with when I get anywhere near. Going by the chart it will definitely be next year.

My main hurdle is getting enough veg. Meals aren't the easiest to get motivated with when I'm only feeding me, but I tend to do a lot of veg soup.

That's me for now, but I might need a kick now and again to remind me I've committed to contributing.

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  • Hi and welcome

    Take a look at the Pinned posts section to the right of your screen (bottom if you're using a mobile), or in the drop down on the 'Posts' page (it says 'arrange by'). Read the Welcome Newbie thread, then move through to the challenges, where we hope you'll find at least one that will appeal to you.

    Move down to the Topics, to find a variety of threads, collated into specific topics for ease of access and we ask that you also 'file' your own threads, so that others won't miss your important news.

    Have a look at the NHS 12 week plan, as many people have had success with it. Also use the BMI (can be found in the pinned Newbie post) to find your target calories, it's important to eat enough. This was a major turning point for me, realising I could eat anything I wanted as long as the calories are accounted for 😊

    Don't forget to take your starting measurements and a 'before' picture, as they can be very motivating on days that the scales refuse to co-operate 😊

    To the right of the HOME page (bottom on a mobile), you'll find Events. In there, you'll find links to our daily Weigh-in's (you will choose just one day per week), our Daily Diary, where we post our menu and exercise plans, for accountability, advice and support - which is great to get ideas of what other people are eating and I have to confess to nicking some of their menu's :) and our “What's happening today” thread, where we pop in for a chat.

    Be aware, that the HU app doesn't give you access to all of our important features, so we advise that you use the full website page

    We've found that to get the best out of this community, we need to be active on the forum, as it's where we exchange information, get motivation and inspiration and make friends. We hope that you'll join us here, regularly, too 😊

    Wishing you all the best on your weight loss journey :)

  • You've done a great job!! Welcome.

  • Wow Tonyst that's a brilliant weight loss. Well done. It might seem slow to you but it seems great to me. I know what you mean about lurking in the background I've been doing that with a local running club and I keep watching their posts on a social media site thinking. Come on, join in. Umm think I might do that.

  • Regarding getting more veg in. Try some reciepes on line or a good cook book. I'm not sure if you like curries or Thai food but that's a good way of getting more veg. It's hard cooking for one but if you over cook just freeze it. Makes it easier next time. What about a vegetarian cook book?

  • That monkey's days are numbered. Well done.

  • Thanks for the replies. I've just googled the lifespan of monkeys to see who's getting there first

    SukiV I know what you mean about freezing meals, but I don't really like them. I always have best intentions then a freezer full of food I don't want. Leftovers are no problem though. I've just got a soup on the go now, and I'm expecting at least four days out of it.

  • Hi Tonyst

    That is a fantastic graph, and shows your progress off really well - many Congratulations!!! :-) Great that you've posted - and I hope you'll perhaps post more in the future - although I know you said you shy away from doing so.

    I made a tasty vegetable risotto last night, which was a delicious way of having lots of veggies.

    Hope you have a really great weekend, and I found your post very inspiring.

    Zest :-)

  • Thank you for the kind reply Zest. I'll have to study my cook books a bit more for veggie ideas. Strangely I find that I am not having anywhere near as much meat,or the desire for it as I used to have.

  • I've been too much of a lurker like you and need to join in more. I really enjoyed reading your post and your graph, where did you get it from? Keep up the good work, your are on the right track.

  • Hi Eam2010

    The graph is from Fitbit. I've had the Fitbit for a while and when I needed some new scales, I decided on the Fitbit ones as well. Boys toys although it's pretty grim when I extend gadgetry to scales. They automatically send the weight to the app, so there's no cheating. Enjoy your day.

  • I know what you mean about frozen veg meals. I sometimes do omelettes filled to bursting with things like pepper, onion, mushroom. How about ratatouille? If you're happy with leftovers it's great with pasta, rice, crusty bread, jack potato which makes me feel like I'm eating different things.

  • Hi Hedgehog17

    I'm glad it's not just me and frozen meals. Thanks for the suggestions. I was planning on omelette sometime this week. Been ages since I've had one. That's when I finish the red pepper soup. Day two of four today. Might throw some smoked haddock in it tomorrow. Like the suggestions with ratatouille, I have it quite regularly but hadn't thought of the variations.

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