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    General hysterical diet related rambling: From Flab to Fab.

    Sadly, i can't see this diet becoming a way of life for me, i am going OUT OF MY MIND, for sugar. I can't ever see the day where eating like this will be normal.

    I am eating so much healthy stuff, i think my poo could be bottled and sold as a health drink. My farts have so much power, that i think that i am going to singlehandedly blast all the pollution out of the sky. And maybe a plane or two.

    I wasn't eating that badly before i was "officially" on this diet, but i wasn't hungry. But now, all of a sudden, all i can ever think about is food. I know I'm not really hungry, I just have a desperation to eat.

    I have told everybody who will listen (a bit cockily) that i will get skinny by christmas I am not going to make an idiot of myself by being too weak to resist sweet stuff. Yeah, it tastes nice, but really, when you think about all that congealed stickyness turning into fat and nestling away in the inside of your heart, you realise, that actually its no good at all. All it does is rob me of energy, add more and more fat to me, and make me depressed. And it is the sweet stuff thats doing it to me, i don't eat much savoury crap.

    I have been on and off silly little diets for about a year and a half now, and have managed to lose 6lbs in total lol, thats the weight of 2 spoons of sugar (heaped teaspoons, mind you), a week. I have been spending all my money on redecorating and refurnishing my house, now the end is in sight for that, It means that i will have a lot extra money to spend on a tummy tuck when i lose weight, which is what is giving me a burst of motivation, to hopefully, finally eat healthily for ever more. I was a size 16 (american 20) from about 15 years old, then when i was 20 i became a health freak going to the gym every day, eating lots of healthy low GI meals all day, 7 portions of fruit and veg, more excersice in the evening, plus walking everywhere. It wasn't really an effort, it was just a way of life. I had so much energy then. Anyway, I lost 3 stone 10 (56lbs), and was a size 10, some size 8's fitted me. I am 5 foot 8 and a half. I loved wearing nice clothes, It was brill to be able to go in the shop and feel good in whatever it is i'm trying on instead of feeling like crying and thinking "is that really me????" and feeling all surreal and icky. Anyways, I stayed at that weight for almost two years. I was happy with my life and where i was living, but then i had to move. I was in the middle of nowhere and was bored and depressed. I started cooking creamy cheesy foods every night from scratch, then i became pregnant with my daughter, then after she was born i didn't stop eating, and now here i am, a stone heavier than i was before i started the "sucessful" diet. When i was skinny, i may have looked good in my clothes, but underneath was lurking a deep dark secret, my saggy wrinkled old ladies tummy. I was pregnant with my son when i was big, so the fat combined with the baby bump and my annoyingly un-stretchy skin has given me a tummy that is truly awful. It looks bad now, but i know when i lose weight it will be a hundereds time worse, so i really want to work hard at this knowing there is a tummy tuck at the end of it. I have never been on a hot holiday abroad as i would be too depressed watching the bf ogle nice tummies. So I have missed out on quite a lot. I just want to enjoy life, be skinny with a nice tummy sunning myself in Fiji! Thats the goal. So watch this space!!!

    Its such a simple concept, just eat more healthily, and get more active. I wish the reality wasn't so hard. My name is Ruth, and i am an addict going cold turkey.

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    Cold turkey is healthy tho, thats a bonus. At least I'm not an addict going chocolate muffin. Now that would be bad.

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    Love the way you write
    Welcome to the forum!
    8lbs lost!
    "I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful and too determined to be defeated."

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    Hi Ruth, and welcome I agree, I like your style.

    What kind of things do you eat (I've got quite a few low calorie recipes and am always looking out for more), and what plan do you have for losing the weight?

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    I hope this diary will become a way of life for you.
    Your story is very interesting.
    And wow, you were a size 10 not too long ago.
    You'll get back there.
    And yup, going cold turkey, definitely better than going chocolate muffin.
    Lolol how you make me lol.

    I look forward to following your progress. We got yo' back. You can do thissss.

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    Awww thanks everyone, you've given me a nice warm feeling inside!

    Amy1985- I love cooking, so I've got quite a few tried and tested low gi/cal recipes up my sleeve. Actually, not up my sleeve, in my computer. Which most definitely doesn't fit up my sleeve. Although if i carry on putting on weight, it could very possibly do just that. A sleeve without me in it. Hmmmm. Anyway, I cook from scratch every night. I will message you some of my favourites later on after I've put the kids to bed. I love trying out new recipes, so would like to hear yours

    Low gi worked for me before, so i think I'll give that a go again! I didn't eat any unrefined carbs at at. I'm not eating lots of little meals like i did before though, I'm waking up, going on the trampoline and doing housework to bump up my metabolism, then having a shower, waiting for half an hour or so then having a late breakfast. Then when i get hungry in the afternoon im filling up on fruit, then dinner, then a late night snack (its so hard for me not to have a bowl of cereal in the evening whilst im watching tv).

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    Do you have any nice chicken breast recipes? Also, me and fortyfour have a little vegetable cooking club in the "club" section of the forum if you want to contribute some
    8lbs lost!
    "I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful and too determined to be defeated."

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    I search for my recipes online (on Taste Australia and BBC Good Food for the most part), but here are some of my favourites:

    Chicken Cacciatore Recipe - Taste.com.au (I cut the olives and reduced the amount of chicken to a pack of skinless boneless thighs- 5-6 of them). Probably my absolute favourite- the sauce is lovely and sweet, and the chicken is quite tender when made fresh (and not too tough as leftovers)
    Low-GI Lentil Patties With Roast Tomato Sauce Recipe - Taste.com.au (I replaced the coriander with more cumin because I hate it, and I had to buy the brown lentils dried)
    Spiced Orange Roast Chicken Recipe - Taste.com.au I really love this one, it's lovely and sweet
    Fruity Beef Casserole Recipe - Taste.com.au This one is gorgeous but a little too high calorie for me now. I'm going to be experimenting with it soon trying to find a substitute for the plum jam (I think maybe blended prunes and/ or sultanas). I also cut the meat right down and replace it with other vegetables.
    Lemon chicken recipe - Recipes - goodtoknow I was craving lemon chicken for ages and adapted this into a stir-fry (cut the breast up into smaller pieces, added chopped up veg)
    Italian-style beef stew recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food This one's really good- I did it in my slow cooker, added more tomato, and also added the vegetables suggested in the vegetarian option
    Chicken & mango stir fry recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food I made a bit of a mess with this when I made it (too many adaptations) but will definitely be making again (probably with tinned pineapple instead of fresh mango)
    Beef stir-fry with ginger recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food This one was really good too (even though I messed that one up too- bumped the five spice a little too hard and ended up with about a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon in there)

    I think I'm going to be trying this one soon: Pork Steaks With Spicy Apples Recipe - Taste.com.au

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    All of those sound gorgeous, thanks Amy x
    8lbs lost!
    "I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful and too determined to be defeated."

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    I think maybe it's time to start an omnivore "club" I'd love to share recipes/ experience of recipes but I'm a bit reluctant to based on the locked down recipe sub-forum.

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    you are quite comical in your writing style, i like! I will be reading! It sounds like you might just be going over a rough time, wanting your old habits and having a hard time dealing with your new lifestyle changes!

    Stay strong and optimistic, think how great you felt when you were a size 10 and how you want to feel good again!

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    Make a meat one I'd contribute for sure--I don't eat much apart from chicken but would love to compare recipes.

    Ruth, are you going to be logging your food on here?
    8lbs lost!
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    I actually moved back to london almost a year ago misspoodle, so I haven't got any excuse any more lol *Blush*.

    Oooh, them recipes sound gorgeous! I will definitely try a few of them out next week (just got my shopping for this week). I like the sound of the orange chicken, just wondering what you would serve it with? I like the bbc food recipe site, but have overlooked the ones that you have picked.

    Sunflower, one gorgeous chicken breast recipe that i had last night actually is this... Ginger & lime chicken with sweet potato mash recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food I pureed the peas, and also cut thin slices of sweet potato with a vegatable peeler and fried them to make crisps, its absolutely delicious! I don't really like ginger biscuits (about the only type i don't like lol), but fresh ginger is out of this world imo.

    Anyway, some more of my favourites....

    BBQ pork steaks with smoky corn recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food The bbq sauce is lovely.

    Cod with tomato & chorizo sauce recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food This is the first time i have ever had cod without batter- WOW. It is so unbelievably tasty, that i think my tastebuds may explode at the mere thought of it. I have it with new potatoes.

    Hearty pasta soup recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food Unbelievably scrumptious, shame its getting warmer and i wont be eating it as often!

    Crispy chilli beef with broccoli recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food This is lovely, I normally use normal stir fry beef instead of the steak, and i use less oil than you should. I usually serve it with a sort of special fried rice, which is a teeny bit naughty, but not in a small portion! Heres the rice recipe (which is so tasty).........
    Fast-fix fried rice recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food

    Mustard-stuffed chicken recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food This is gorge and goes with just about anything

    Italian chicken with ham, basil & beans recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food Another favourite, I can't get enough of it. I really wasn't sure when I first tried this out, its been one of them suprising recipes. Try it at least once if you don't believe me! I take the seeds and watery stuff out the middle of the tomatoes first as I'm not to keen on it, and serve it with a wholemeal baguette. Beautiful!

    Pork, ginger & black bean stir-fry recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food This one is nice and simple and tastes good. I usually do it with egg fried basmati rice

    Spanish rice with prawns & chorizo recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food This ones not low gi, but stunning nevertheless. Its easy to overdo the lemon though, so i serve it with lemon wedges.

    And finally, my favourite recipe of all time EVER, which isn't good for you, but I love having a teeny slice of it with a huge salad with balasamic dressing. Ultimate quiche Lorraine recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food
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    I serve the orange chicken recipe with couscous (50g wholewheat couscous, made up with water) and steamed veg. (I serve most things with steamed veg)

    I've started up a "club" for recipe sharing (and hopefully sharing of results. I and some other people- Carrie aka caffeinehigh started it- take pictures of our food and post them in our diaries, maybe posting them in that forum would be a good idea as well). Looks like we've had some overlap as to the foods we find interesting. The post is here: http://weight-loss.fitness.com/club/...cipe-club.html

    Definitely going to look into some of those recipes. I only started becoming a semi-confident cook recently (I moved out of home nearly two years ago being able to boil pasta and use the microwave- that was a steep learning curve), so most of my stuff should be easy to make (and/ or easy to recover if you stuff up).

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    Ooops, I almost forgot to put what I've eaten today! Porridge with sulatanas and cinnamon, a multi grain ham and cucumber sandwich, an orange, pear and few grapes, a nutrigrain elevenses bar, 2 glasses of wine, which i fear may become the whole bottle (bf EMPTY packet of viagra in his pocket stress). Ooopsy daishhhy.

    I think I should probably start counting calories as well, as i've got no idea how many are in a glass of wine. I weigh 14 stone 3 atm, and i am really hoping to lose 3lbs in the next week to take me to 13 stone something (which i haven't been for ages). Maybe I shouldn't have any more wine lol.

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