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« on: February 14, 2011, 04:10:18 PM »

Hello,

There was a bit of a discussion on the 'What Made You Smile' thread about weightloss so I thought I'd start a spinoff thread and see if anyone wants to talk about trying to get/stay fit, lose weight, or eat more healthily...

I've been on a bit of a mission since last July when I moved to London, something just sort of clicked and I felt like I wanted to lose some of the excess weight I'd piled on being lazy in Dover. I set myself a goal of losing 2 and a bit stone and I'm about 9 lbs off that now... it's not been a very quick journey but I always feel that the longer you take over it, the more likely it is to stay off.

Having said that, I always love it when something happens like Sarah said this morning, when you suddenly realise you've lost lots of weight almost by accident, it's seriously motivating!

So what's anyone doing with regards to being fit and/or losing weight?

Here's what I'm up to:

- Using a free calorie tracking website and iPhone App to log everything I eat, I find it massively helps as it suggests a number of calories, fat, salt, etc to eat every day for you to reach your weightloss goal but it's in no way a diet - you can eat whatever you want to to make up those numbers.

- Signed up for a 10k run - this is the plan for getting off those last 9 lbs. I've lost 19 by just eating more sensibly, but I think only exercise will shift the last few! Knowing I'm signed up to something so public means I've actually done something about starting to train. I'm finding I actually quite like running although the programme I'm following isn't actually letting me run for very long at a time yet while I build up my stamina!

- Dug out my squash racket. Seriously, if anyone wants to give their heart a good old testing, this is probably the way to go.

Anyone else? Or is this a boring topic?
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 04:15:54 PM »

I've stopped taking sugar in tea and coffee, I'm walking to far more places than I used to, and I'm trying to eat less generally. I have lost some weight, but I have no idea how much.

Not very scientific, is it? Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2011, 04:17:42 PM »

I've stopped taking sugar in tea and coffee, I'm walking to far more places than I used to, and I'm trying to eat less generally. I have lost some weight, but I have no idea how much.

Not very scientific, is it? Wink

Hey, every little helps - sometimes a lot more than you realise!
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2011, 04:20:31 PM »

I don't suppose you want to hear that I've put on a stone since I left University.
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2011, 04:23:38 PM »

I don't suppose you want to hear that I've put on a stone since I left University.

That's a *kind* of diet!

And how were you alive at university, weighing less than you do now?
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2011, 04:26:36 PM »

I'm not going to win any popularity contests saying this but losing weight is not a thing I've ever had any problem with. I eat like a horse, stuff just about whatever I like into my face and I stay constantly between 10 and 3/4 and 11 and 1/4 stone (Between 68 and 71.5 kilos or 150 and 157.5 lbs if you're American) no matter what. Given that "what I like" largely consists of healthy Mediterranean cooking, loads of vegetables, salad by the truckload you might think that's not so surprising but when you see the amount of mayo, sugar, butter and cream I also get through you'd be shocked.

But then alongside all that I do lead a pretty physically active life. I walk the dogs at least 4 km every day, often more than that. And when I'm not walking the dogs I'm often helping Monika with the horses which frequently involves lugging vast quantities of hay and straw around.

Just to really punish myself I have been planning to start running again, just as soon as the snow and ice have melted enough to make this a safe and viable option.

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2011, 04:27:49 PM »

Gaining weight?

You need the Leon Camfield W*nk Yourself Fit In A Week programme


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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2011, 05:09:09 PM »

 Shocked  Shocked

Having thought about it, it is more than not having pub lunches.  Being at home, I cook earlier and therefore eat earlier.  More of the meals involve veg and cos I am not knackered there are few takeaways.

In addition, housework involves movement.

Therefore, I need to be a housewife.
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2011, 05:13:22 PM »

I am not on a diet, but I have changed my lifestyle.

And it is working. It might not show as I am still a big lad, but I used to be 6 stone bigger.

I am not a fan of crash diets etc. I have tried a few and you always put it back on again.

There is only one way to loose weight, ensure you burn off the calories you eat.

The real answer is to eat low calorie food, and exercise more.
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2011, 05:25:25 PM »

Actually, to quote Eddie Izzard, the only way to lose weight is "eat less bloody food".
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2011, 05:41:25 PM »

I can't run (2 bad knees - rest of body pretty wrecked as well) and gym exercises just get me annoyed (even if i could afford or get to facilities).
I use the simple method of manual labour - digging things, building things, and as much walking as possible.
Funnily enough, if I work hard, I actually feel less hungry, so I eat less, and win both ways.
But, needless to say, it doesn't work too well in winter, so I am presently feeling overweight.
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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2011, 06:11:55 PM »

I am not on a diet, but I have changed my lifestyle.

And it is working. It might not show as I am still a big lad, but I used to be 6 stone bigger.

I am not a fan of crash diets etc. I have tried a few and you always put it back on again.

There is only one way to loose weight, ensure you burn off the calories you eat.

The real answer is to eat low calorie food, and exercise more.

Wow, 6 stone? That's very impressive indeed- and you've obviously managed to do it precisely because you're not on some stupid fad diet.

I really wish I could shake some sense into people who spend 2 weeks of hell trying to do the Atkins diet or some such b*llocks, then give up and get disheartened before gorging on cakes and chips for a month.

Just eating "normally" and sensibly is more than enough of a diet for anyone. And like Bo, and others, have said - it isn't actually rocket science. If you burn off more than you eat, you will lose weight, or at the very least, you won't put any more on!

I'd love to be like Jim or Trace and have that occur as a simple matter of course in my day to day life, but I've eventually come to the realisation that my lifestyle just doesn't make the sums add up!

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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2011, 07:00:49 PM »

Indeed - 6 stone? Way to go, Bo!

My dad was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 2 years ago and he lost a couple of stone and that has helped to get his blood sugar under control a lot better. The diabetic nurse at his local GP's (that's the nurse who treats people with diabetes, rather than being a diabetic herself) is very pleased with him.

As there's a genetic link with diabetes, and also cos I put on weight around my tummy rather than around my bum and thighs, making me the less healthy female apple shape rather than the classic female pear shape, I need to keep my weight down otherwise I will likely succumb to the dread diabetes when I'm a bit older.
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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2011, 07:16:28 PM »

Day one of the Camfield plan...

...this handbook you get looks a bit suspect.
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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2011, 08:37:14 PM »

I need to keep my weight down otherwise I will likely succumb to the dread diabetes when I'm a bit older.

I have type 2 Diabetes, and as long as you keep it in control it should not affect your quality of life.
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