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Caticorn
CaticornRestart Dec 2019
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I am feeling pretty miserable and my clothes are tight! Need to get my arse in gear to get past this block. Ideally I need to lose 4 stone.

What do you find has helped you lose weight and remain motivated and positive?

I also have depression so that doesn’t help but is another reason I need to shift the weight.

Thanks in advance x

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator

Hello Caticorn and welcome back :)

Motivation means the reason for doing something, so that comes from within you. Maybe give some thought to why you want to lose weight and how things will be different when you do so. Some people write it down and put it somewhere they'll see it often, or they use a picture or an item of clothing as a prompt. Would something like that work for you?

You joined us in February but we haven't seen you since so I hope you'll take advantage of the huge amount of information and support on offer here.

The Welcome Newbies post will help you find your way around healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... and I recommend joining a weekly weigh-in on the day of your choice, and using the Daily Diary for help with meal planning

Please also read this information about security/privacy, especially as you have left your post unlocked healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

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Caticorn
CaticornRestart Dec 2019
in reply to BridgeGirl

Thank you, I’m going to have a look on those posts and familiarise myself with them. I have a few photos I could use but it feels so far from where I am now I don’t like seeing them 😣 I will have a think x

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Caticorn

Find what works for you :)

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PandQs
PandQs3st 7lbs
in reply to Caticorn

For motivation, watch this short video online “The Skinny on Obesity episode 3” and if it makes sense to you, watch the rest of the series and then seriously consider eating fewer carbs and using healthy fats to stop you feeling hungry.

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kath50
kath502lbs

Know just how you feel

Ive flitted on and off this site for the last few years and it is not through lack of support it has loads but

For me its life and my mental health

Let's hope finding this site again helps us both

Once I get to a certain weight my limbs start aching and as I spend a lot of time on them its no good

I also had a well woman appt and was told my cholestrol was a little up so ....

I've had some councelling and just started on anti D medication for the first time

Been on it a month having clearer thoughts again and now have started choosing healthier options

Good luck how ever you face it

We can xx

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Caticorn
CaticornRestart Dec 2019
in reply to kath50

Thank you X

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to kath50

Hi, kath50, I see you used to be a member of the Saturday weigh-in team. They're such a supportive bunch and they will welcome back, and appreciate your support, too.

Can I make a suggestion? Whatever you do this time, do something different, not whatever you've done previously to lose weight as it hasn't worked.

This is a useful read healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... and this relates to it and may offer a different approach phcuk.org/wp-content/upload...

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kath50
kath502lbs
in reply to BridgeGirl

Thank you

It has been my life has been broken and no amount of support could have moved me on last few months but today 1st Dec I woke up positive

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to kath50

It sounds as though you are getting some support and I hope it is helpful to you :)

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kath50
kath502lbs
in reply to BridgeGirl

I know we can be helped

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
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:)

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alfriston

Hi Caticorn

my advice is aim to lose just 1 lb to start. do this by asking yourself what am I eating daily that I could do without, just one small thing like the type of milk or spread you use or substitute a certain dessert. Alongside this if you have time increase the distance you walk every day, just a bit but keep it up every day.

This is how I got started just 3 weeks ago.

When you lose the first 1lb the guys on the forum give you so much praise you just want to keep trying for more weight loss and fitness.

Forget the 4 stone.....think small and you'll acheive more

Good luck x

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to alfriston

Great suggestion: small goals, one at a time, all build up :)

For me, ditching low fat spreads and yoghurts and going for the full fat version, and more fats generally, has made a huge difference to my enjoyment of my meals, and feeling fuller longer

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Caticorn
CaticornRestart Dec 2019
in reply to alfriston

Thank you, that’s a great suggestion 🙂

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S11m
S11mMaintainer

Hi, Caticorn, welcome back.

If you "slim smart" weight loss is not so hard! It is not all about motivation and masochism.

Some of us here find that what works is a combination of The Low Carbohydrate, High-Fat (LCHF) diet (see the forum here on Health Unlocked) and Not Snacking All Day AKA Intermittent Fasting (IF). See:

healthunlocked.com/fasting-...

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ClareMcr

Break your overall aim up like so- find the big why or many reasons why you want to lose weight. Could be what you’ve already said. Then think about small achievable goal for the next 4-6 weeks and steps you could take. E.g. make one change a week (one of mine was less/ no alcohol), snacks, fasting etc btw has taken me 6 months to a year to try some of these so you don’t have to rush with the aim of losing maybe half a stone in 6 weeks only a suggestion you decide.

Then habit form and use this forum as much as possible.

I’ve had depression and my tips are outdoor exercise even walking. Seeing daylight at this time of year is so important.

Cabbage contains serotonin and other foods can be used to support mental health and they are also all healthy lucky that!

Consider joining the happiness challenge as it can help to rewrite your thinking making yourself look for the positive.

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Caticorn
CaticornRestart Dec 2019

Thanks so much for your advice x

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ClareMcr
ClareMcr10 kg
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Also keep using the forum I’ve lost the most steadiest when using it and everyone is so great!

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Stacy1983
Stacy19832019 December

I find what works best for me is planning.. i plan my week for food/excercise and i stick to it no matter how tired i am or what kind of day ive had. I may not do as much as id plan but i do something... really makes a difference to my mindset.. also i find doing some form of excercise firt thing in morning really sets my day up x

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moreless
morelessAdministrator
in reply to Stacy1983

Hi and welcome, Stacy1983 :)

Good advice! :)

There's plenty of information here to help you on your journey, just follow this link to our chat thread and a list of all the activities we run. We've found active participation to be key to success, especially with our weigh-ins and Daily Diary.

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

To make navigating the forum easier, we've put all the information you'll need in a newbie pack and here's the link

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

Please take the time to read it carefully, so that you're able to enjoy everything that we have on offer.

We ask that you also read this important information about internet privacy and security.

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

Wishing you all the best :)

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Sammiseal
SammisealSuper Supportive Sat

Hey Caticorn welcome aboard! I too suffer from depression and anxiety so I know how difficult it can be just getting thru the day, never mind getting it together enough to lose weight! But this site makes such a difference. Everyone is so supportive and there's so much going on with different challenges etc.

I joined on 22/10/19 and am already 12lbs down, but not just that: my whole attitude towards food and how to lose weight has changed. I'm kind to myself now. I listen to my body and have totally fallen in love with intermittent fasting. My mental health is better. I know that if I can't get out and face people, I can always come on here and find stuff to read and get involved with. But tbh since i joined here, I've wanted to get out more! To be more active getting my fitbit steps in and just generally being back in the game.

Good luck with your journey and finding what works for you. Pick a small but meaningful goal (for me it was getting below 200lbs) and trust me, you'll get there! 🐱🦄

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Traingirl
Traingirl2019 January

Hi, i bought a second hand bike and a bike stand (£49.99 from Aldi) so i can use it indoors. I started using it yesterday while watching Mama Mia. I intend to use it every day instead of sitting on the sofa. It doesn't take up much space.... delighted with myself that I got off my bum and did someting. No one else can do it for me. Some things we can control, some things we can't. ..... a day at a time. Good luck. Xx

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Plofty
Plofty2019 January

Walking did it for me from virtually not walking at all to 10000 steps per day daughter got me a cheap Fitbit type thing feel great I'm off insulin (on it for 25 years) also got a cheap exercise bike. Stopped eating takeaways treat myself to no more than 2 a month. Lost over 6st can buy clothes at primark. If I can do this you can don't be too hard on yourself. If you want to ask me anything I'm on here most days and will help if I can. Paul

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Craftyperson

Well you've made a start so well done. My tip would be don't think of the 4 stone you need to loose but break it down into small chunks with small acheivable goals your more likely to stick with it. Good luck

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