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Starting over (again)

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
โ€ข48 Replies

Hi all another newbie here. I'm starting over again, been on this journey MANY times before with results that obviously haven't lasted. I am starting out again with the mindset of slow and steady wins the race. I'm sick of crash dieting and expecting long term results.

Good luck to me and all who are on this journey too

X

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator

Hello and welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

Diane2 will be along shortly with a proper introduction. I just wanted to say, whatever you've done previously, don't do it again as it hasn't worked. You'll find plenty of information here, so take advantage of it ๐Ÿ˜Š

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to BridgeGirl

Hi and Thankyou. Mentally I know what I need to do but putting it into practice is hard for me. I start EVERY day positive and by lunchtime it's out the window lol.

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Motivated12

I thought I knew what to do when I joined the forum but I discovered much of it was wrong. I thought that fat made you fat and that filling half my plate with pasta or potatoes was healthy, when the opposite is true, in both cases. That's why I'm suggesting you don't try to put into practice what hasn't worked before. It's not you that's failed, it's diets that have failed you ๐Ÿ™‚

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to BridgeGirl

I was under that impression too ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. I need to totally revamp my meals from now on. Thanks for the heads up

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Motivated12

I'm out at the moment but will give you some links when I get home

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to BridgeGirl

Thankyou so much

X

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Motivated12

Here you are :) Look at what you eat, rather than just thinking about how much

Why "eat less, move more" doesn't work psychologytoday.com/us/blog...

A blog from a GP - scroll down and see her meal plan - very tasty fatismyfriend.co.uk/

A useful way forward dietdoctor.com/low-carb

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to BridgeGirl

Thankyou so much for this. I have been doing it all wrong hence why Iโ€™m here ๐Ÿ˜‚. Iโ€™ve learnt so much already

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Motivated12

So were we all. We were only doing what we were told!

I really recommend the Daily Diary in Pinned Posts healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... Have a browse to see what others are eating and join in when you're ready.

Have a good week :)

Leeleepuss
Leeleepuss7lbs
in reply to BridgeGirl

Useful links and video, thanks for posting ๐Ÿ˜Š

EPT1004
EPT1004
in reply to BridgeGirl

Thank you so much for all those links! I'm eagerly following this post @ Motivated12 as I am in similar stage in life. xx

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to EPT1004

They're very interesting, aren't they? And they throw up new possibilities

Noosat
Noosat2019 July
in reply to Motivated12

NO CRASH DIETS !!!!!! You need to develop eating habits that you can stay on forever. Try the Mayo Clinic diet It is healthy and promotes energy. After a month, have a treat, but get right back on to it. You need to remind yourself of the reasons you want to lose weight, in order to stay motivated. Consistency is an important word. If you are tempted to eat, do something else to keep you busy and occupy your mind. Good Luck ! :)

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Noosat

Once you find a healthy way of eating that you enjoy, the whole idea of "treats" loses its meaning

Great approach! Slow and steady is the kindest approach to yourself - not just in dieting but in life.

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to Slimmer_swimmer

Thankyou. I totally agree. Onwards and downwards with the Weight. Good luck

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Diane2
Diane2Administrator

Hello Motivated12 and welcome to this Forum! Absolutely slow and steady counts but what counts most is what we eat, this might interest you...

blog.myfitnesspal.com/ask-t...

You will have been sent a Welcome post on registration which gave you advice and guidance on how to navigate this site. Please note, dont use the HU App, it is much easier to use the website!

Here's a reminder link to the Site Guide.

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

This following link gives you a picture guide to navigate the Forum on a phone...

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

This is a picture site guide if you use iPad,tablet ,laptop..

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

There's a lot there but it's worth taking your time to read, honest!

We recommend that members join a Weekly Weigh-In, on the day of your choice, and also use the Daily Diary, where members share their meal plans and get useful feedback.

A special feature of our Forum is the degree of support between members which you will experience (and add to yourself !) as you join in and chat with others.

All the best on your weight-loss journey ! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to Diane2

Thanks Diane and Thankyou. I had a quick look at the links you sent and the first thing that caught my eye was the portion sizes. Something I have no willpower over ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Have dug myself out a smaller plate to use from now on and have home made vegetable soup on the go as we speak. Will freeze portions for the week ahead

Thanks again

X

Diane2
Diane2Administrator
in reply to Motivated12

We have more will power than we sometimes think. If someone was trying to get you to do something you didn't want to do, you're likely to have the power to say No unless they were armed. And if there was something you really wanted to say Yes to, also likely youd find a way to do it. The issue we have is valuing our health enough to say yes to more healthy decisions and no to the unhealthy. Deep down you do want health, look at the effort you've already put in. Have a look around the site and you'll see people who can make meals that they enjoy eating that help them achieve weight loss, so can you. Have an explore and give it a try ๐Ÿค—

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Motivated12

Once you eat the right foods, appetite and portion size sorts itself out ๐Ÿ™‚

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to BridgeGirl

Oh I hope so Iโ€™ve had oat so simple for breakfast and I have brought home made vegetable soup to work for lunch.

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Motivated12

I love veg soup but I always have some healthy fat in it, either cheese or coconut milk/creamed coconut. If yours is just veg, you may need some fat and/or protein to keep you feeling full - don't want you going home at the end of the day and demolishing a packet of biscuits!

How about some cheese or nuts or to have with it, or avocado, if you like that? or maybe some cooked chicken to add into it or eat alongside? Or a full fat Greek yoghurt, with some nuts or seeds or berries :)

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February

Thankyou so much. I am usually very strong minded but in this area Iโ€™m like a tight wimp lol. Big kick up the back side given to myself

Thankyou x

Diane2
Diane2Administrator
in reply to Motivated12

Ouch, go gentle ๐Ÿ™‚ here's todays Daily Diary you might find some ideas on here and you might even join in ๐Ÿ˜„!

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to Diane2

๐Ÿ˜‚. I drink about 4 cans of Diet Coke a day is this bad? Also Iโ€™m confused about kiwi fruit my friend said itโ€™s fattening. Iโ€™m not so sure

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Diane2
Diane2Administrator
in reply to Motivated12

Yep that's not too clever and wont do your teeth any good. Reduce slowly cos you'll have got used to the caffeine you've been taking in

Have a look at this

metro.co.uk/2016/01/25/7-th...

On juices

Here's an article looking at pros and cons of fruit and veg' juicing.

healthyfood.co.uk/article/i...

From NHS website

" A 150ml glass of unsweetened fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie can count as a maximum of 1 portion of your recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables.

In other words, limit the amount of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie you have to no more than a combined total of 150ml a day (1 small glass).

Have other types of fruit and vegetables for the other 4 (or more) portions.

This is because the sugars in fruit and vegetables are released when they're juiced or blended, making them "free sugars".

Once released, these sugars can damage your teeth, especially if you drink juice or smoothies often.

The sugars found naturally in whole fruit and vegetables are less likely to cause tooth decay because the sugar is contained within the structure of the fruit.

It's best to drink juice or smoothies with a meal because this helps reduce harm to your teeth."

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to Diane2

๐Ÿ˜ฑ. Thankyou I never realised that even sugar free drinks can make you gain weight. Deffo stopping this on. To be honest I find it makes me thirstier therefore I drink more.

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S11m
S11mMaintainer

Hi, Motivated12, welcome.

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 long-term 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:

Newbies IF FAQ:

healthunlocked.com/fasting-...

The Fasting and Furious Forum, here on Health Unlocked:

healthunlocked.com/fasting-...

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February

Hi and thanks. The snacking during the day is me all over. I start off with fruit and before long I've got crisps or biscuits

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Subtle_badger
Subtle_badger10 kg
in reply to Motivated12

Yup. That's how it goes. It's all carbs. Spikes your blood sugar, that raises your insulin to get the sugar out of your blood and into your fat cells. Your blood sugar drops and suddenly you are hungry again.

High fat snacks don't have that effect.

Go slowly and keep trying. Iโ€™m on week 9 now and never believe I could do it. Itโ€™s a mental battle as your body changes over time and makes things easier but the mental challenge is harder. I constantly tell myself I canโ€™t - but I can!! So can you. Believe it!!!!

Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to Starburst1208

Thankyou. I will keep telling myself I CAN

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to Starburst1208

Thanks I will be totally aware of what Iโ€™m putting in my mouth from now on

KT2345
KT23452020 January

Good luck!

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to KT2345

Thank you and you too

Iโ€™m the same as you , I have yo-yo dieted fir 30 years I always expect to lose at least 3 lb a week and am disappointed when itโ€™s only half a pound but , half a pound is better than nothing so itโ€™s time to embrace the little weight loss.good luck

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to Teatowel123

I need to remember that too. As long as itโ€™s coming down

Thank you

Morning Motivated12! I am in exactly the same boat as you, diets all my adult life and the weight has always gone back on. I am trying the low carb high fat way of eating and having a stab at intermittent fasting and although itโ€™s very early days I do feel much healthier already and the scales are beginning to move a little! Have a look at the lchf forum on here which is really helpful and google it, there are loads of websites out there with tips and delicious recipes. Good luck with your journey ๐Ÿ˜Š

Motivated12
Motivated122020 February
in reply to Leeleepuss

Good luck on your journey

Noosat
Noosat2019 July
in reply to Leeleepuss

But is this a plan you can stay on for the rest of your life?

Leeleepuss
Leeleepuss7lbs
in reply to Noosat

I believe so ๐Ÿ˜Š

LeylaLayton
LeylaLayton2020 January

Hello. I know what you mean. I am starting today again! I've weighed myself this morning and I weigh just about the heaviest I have ever been. It's got to stop. So I am armed with my shopping list and I will concentrate on good healthy food. There is no quick fix but I am determined to do this once and forever.

Vintagechick163
Vintagechick1632020 February

Good luck ๐Ÿ˜€

You sound like you've got a plan. Good luck

Hidden
Hidden2020 February

Me too, started last week and already cheated. I think I need a meal plan so I know when and what I am eating otherwise I just grab bread and butter and make toast as I live on my own . I need the structure of a meal plan.

Noosat
Noosat2019 July
in reply to Hidden

I live alone. I make sure I have plenty of the "right food" in the house. Also, often make enough food so that I can freeze a meal, when I don't want to be bothered cooking

IndigoBlue61
IndigoBlue61Administrator
in reply to Hidden

Hello and Welcome to the Weight Loss Forum NanaPig

Having a plan is so helpful, and you neednโ€™t be hungry or feel deprived either. And youโ€™ll save time and ยฃยฃยฃ. Win win situation ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you havenโ€™t already then please read the Pinned Posts here healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... Please read it carefully so you can find all the information you need to find your way around.

As a peer to peer support group we rely on mutual encouragement, and beats joining in, reading posts and replying to others. Our group Weigh-in and the Daily Diary are probably the best places to start.

The last thing I would suggest is to choose a more positive username, we become what we are labelled and Iโ€™m sure youโ€™re not a pig. ๐Ÿ˜•

Best wishes in your weight loss journey

Indigo ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hidden
Hidden2020 February

Hi Indigo,

I see what you mean about the name but its what my Grandchildren call me as there is a character in the UK called Peppa Pig and there is Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig. My Grand daughter is called Lilly so she calls herself Lilly Pig, so I got called Nanna Pig all so innocent but I forgot we live in this sad old PC world so I will change the name if it offends the PC gang.

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