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General hysterical diet related rambling: From Flab to Fab.

Discussion in 'Weight Loss Diary' started by overtherainbow, May 15, 2011.

  1. overtherainbow

    overtherainbow Senior

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    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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  3. overtherainbow

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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.
     
  4. Sunflower

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    Love the way you write :)
    Welcome to the forum!
     
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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?
     
  6. caffeinehigh

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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.
     
  7. overtherainbow

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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).
     
  8. Sunflower

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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 :)
     
  9. amy1985

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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:

    (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)
    (I replaced the coriander with more cumin because I hate it, and I had to buy the brown lentils dried)
    I really love this one, it's lovely and sweet
    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.
    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)
    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
    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)
    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:
     
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    All of those sound gorgeous, thanks Amy x
     
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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!
     
  13. Sunflower

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    Make a meat one :D 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?
     
  14. overtherainbow

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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... 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....

    The bbq sauce is lovely.

    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.

    Unbelievably scrumptious, shame its getting warmer and i wont be eating it as often!

    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).........


    This is gorge and goes with just about anything

    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!

    This one is nice and simple and tastes good. I usually do it with egg fried basmati rice

    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.
     
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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/48894-omnivore-cooking-recipe-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.
     
  17. fortyfour

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    Wow! your's is one diary that's going to have us all on the edge of our seats day in and day out - for the sheer pleasure of reading it. (What a bummer that i am heading off for two months. You better be still around when i get back :D)

    Anyway while i can't write as magically as you do, maybe our diets are similar. I am enjoying cold-turkey-no-sugar too. It's the second time i've tried this and now i am into the third month of this one. I am loving it. Don't miss sugar at all. And i have decided to quit for life - just like i quit cigarettes for life. (Though accepting that i might have an occasional slip up with sugar - which is totally not allowed for cigarettes). I do it for the same reason you do i think. Inabilty to control sugar intake. I'm envious of anyone who can do it.

    I eat three good size meals a day with everything but sugar, cheese, butter, any high fat stuff. But i can eat pasta, rice, bread - i have to because i don't eat much meat. But the carbs make it easier for me. They fill me up and give me essential energy. My food would be low GI. But i don't work it out. I just know it is from my general knowledge picked up over the years.

    I hope you will post a detailed food diary so i can see what you are eating and maybe get ideas. Its often fascinating to see what other people eat, though some sad or disappointing too.

    And please share any yummy recipes you make, especially if you figure them out yourself. I do that too in the vain (possibly) hope that other people might want to try them out and see how easy eating and cooking good food can be. I'm a bit of an evangelist - but probably not the only one around here. :D

    Good luck on your journey.
     
  18. overtherainbow

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    Bacon sandwich
    onion sweetcorn and parmesan omelette with salad.
    2 pears, a banana, grapes.

    I woke up (on the floor, aching all over-sleeping on the thick bobbly rug had seemed a great idea in my drunken brain) to a bacon sarnie from the bf. This is the first time he has ever woken me up with brekkie, and as much as it was nice of him to do that, I AM ON A BLOODY DIET GODDAMIT!!!!! I ate it anyway. White bread and all. I did end up drinking that entire bottle of rose wine last night, and when i drink stuff with sugar in, my teeth go painfully sensitive the next day, so it took me about and hour to eat it. Tasted good, but the pain, the pain, the paaaaaaaiiiin (teeth and the diet related prt of my brain). I really didn't think i could eat anything for the rest of the day, but i braved an omelette and salad, thinking even if i couldn't eat the salad the omelette would be soft (and quick- I feel like shite). But i did eat the salad :)

    Weigh day is just 3 days away, and i am crossing my fingers, and my mouth (so no chocolate accidentally falls in- could happen far far too easily for my liking. Just 5 minutes ago in the newsagents i felt like falling face first into the chocolate display and trying to eat them through their wrappers). I have been eating only about 1200 calories a day, when i am used to about 3000! This hell had better be worth it, and if i haven't lost at least 3 pounds in the 7 days i have been depriving myself for i will cry so much, that the water will mix with the electric of the boots weighing machine and i will be instantly electrocuted. So, in case that happens, my final wishes are thus.... 1. That my kidlets can run about in the garden all summer covering themselves in paint, and in winter they can tread as much play-dough as they like into the carpet. 2. That my bedroom is never tidied, and left as a shrine to me, every single wall can be covered in my photos, and a tape recorder has to play my laughter, on loop, around the clock for at least a decade after my death. Candles and incense are allowed. I would like rose/vanilla incense please. I will record my laughter now. Numero 3... That my diary in the purple folder isn't read for at least two generations. Number 4... That my body will be wrapped up in bandages and preserved Egyptian mummy style, and i go to rest in the british museum. Hopefully i will not actually be dead and i can jump out of the bandages and scare people.

    The recipie club is a great idea Amy, I'll definitely be posting in it. Have more confidence in yourself! Not much can go wrong if you follow the recipe. I used to think that making pies, and curries and chinese stuff was way out of my depth, I was so proud when they turned out well, and couldn't believe that i'd actually REALLY made them. There are things that I've only just started to get perfect, like rice. I must of fuck*d that up about 20 times before i got it right lol.

    Well done forty four! You've gone through the hard part, so glad your not craving it any more. I don't care what anyone says, sugar (and salt) is an addiction. You build up your tolerence to it, and have more and more and more, you go insane wanting it, you feel you need it. When you don't have it you go crazy and grumpy desperate for it. Then after not having it for a week or so, you realise that fruit and stuff tastes a lot nicer and sweeter than it did before, your cravings get less and less, then you've done it. I really want to feel like you do again! Before when i didn't have sugar , the thought of something really sweet like a french fancy set my teeth on edge. I gave up salt as well, and it works in kinda the same way cos a packet of crisps was too salty for me as well. Well done with the smoking as well! I smoke like a trooper unfortunately, have tried to stop a few times but it turns me into a beast. Think that the next time I'm ill I'll try to give up again.

    I never really make anything without a recipe, not that talented haha. Although I did do an omelette earlier on without one! I read your post earlier on and did take a pic of it tho. I like the idea of photographing everything i eat, I might do it, and then every week or so I'll upload the photos and put them in a little collage so there isn't a million and one pictures. I will try to do myself proud.
     
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    Ruth, have you calculated the calories you need for your stats? Undereating is almost as much of a risk as overeating. It could be that you're not only suffering for nothing, but you could also be jeapordising your weight loss by eating too little. I used this website to work out mine: 1200 is a minimum figure, most people can eat more than that and still lose weight.

    If you're suffering, I'd recommend changing something in your diet. I personally make it a priority to have food I enjoy (within my calorie allowance)- for example, today I had low calorie (homemade) pizza for lunch and roast potato with my dinner (I don't usually have two "junk substitutes" in a day, but I have bad PMS and could've gone for a couple of kilos of chocolate, a few family size bags of crisps, a few tubs of ice cream and who knows what else today... so I think I've survived fairly well). Enjoying my food is part of the reason I've gotten into cooking so much. (I also have low calorie ice cream- 50 calories/ serve- and other low calorie desserts)
     
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    I don't think that i can trust myself with treats yet. I'm not planning on never having another treat again, but i want wait a couple of months first till I am un-addicted from sugar. I don't want to fail again, and justify having sweets just yet! I haven't eaten enough today, but my teeth are so painful, hopefully they'll be settled down by tomorrow. I'm very concious of my metabolism going down, so I don't want to go into starvation mode!

    Well done on surviving your period cravings. I have the contraceptive injection and dont get them any more, I know that feeling well though :)
     
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    Just take each day as it comes :) If you're anything like me, there'll be cravings you can't make go away that you'll have to do something about (that's why I started making low calorie pizza- after about a week of a small part of my brain going "pizza pizza pizza pizza pizza pizza PIZZA!" I decided I had to deal with the craving but see if I could do it without blowing the diet). Treats work for me because 9 times out of 10 I hit the cravings before they get really bad and I'm even tempted to go binge-crazy. I can keep my desire for "bad" food under control this way.

    Thanks :) I'll get through. I've had my boyfriend here to look after me for most of today, which has helped a lot. (I'm actually on the pill and haven't had really bad PMS like this since I started it, so this is strange and I'm not sure what's going on, but several years of light/ barely uncomfortable periods to one horrible one is a ratio I can handle)
     

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