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    Smile Caroline's Diary

    Hi everybody!

    Thought I'd start a diary thread on here, for a couple of reasons:
    a) to try and keep myself accountable
    b) because, although I write a blog, I don't want to bang on ad infinitum about weight loss on there, so here seemed a good place!

    So, first a bit about me.

    I'm 45, and I've been overweight all my adult life, pretty much. The real weight gain piled on after I had my son, who's now 14. In 2007, I managed to lose three stone, taking me to around 12 and a half stone, using Weight Watchers plan but not attending meetings. I'm guessing you know the rest of the story - since then, I've piled it all back on. I regularly start diets, but never have the willpower to stick to them these days, and my relationship with food is just awful - I use food as a comfort, a celebration, when I"m happy , when I'm sad, when I'm bored .... again, I'm sure you all know what I'm on about.

    Until now, I've always been very against meal replacement diets / VLCDs, but a friend started the Cambridge diet a month ago and has had amazing results, so I decided that as nothing else had worked, maybe it's time to give it a go myself. I decided to go with Exante for two reasons - I like the idea of 'real meals' (even though I know they're not), and it was a good deal on *******!

    Today is Day 2.

    Day 1 went OK. I was pretty hungry yesterday evening, but had an early night with a DVD boxset, which took my mind off it.

    Unfortunately, the start date I had committed to - yesterday - has coincided with me having an absolutely awful cold (that'll teach me to brag about not having had a cold all winter!), so the fact I've woken up with a headache this morning could be down to the carb withdrawal or the cold, I guess.

    Anyway, I've had two paracetamol and am having my morning vanilla shake mixed with coffee while I'm writing this.

    Food so far - shakes are OK; veg soup I found a bit gloopy and hard to get down - think I'll try it with more water next time; spag bol was OK, better with a bit of tabasco, salt and pepper. I really like the raspberry crush drink flavouring, too, though I've only tried a tiny bit, as I don't want to rely on that.

    I'm a big water drinker anyway, so that shouldn't be a problem for me.

    I do have a couple of questions for any experts out there:

    1. I'm desperately missing my morning cup of tea - any thoughts on one cup of tea a day with a tiny dash of skimmed milk?
    2. Is it OK to have one can of Coke Zero a day, or should I be aiming to drink less of this? I know that low cal fizzy drinks are bad anyway, health-wise, I'm asking more from the point of view of this particular diet.

    Any thoughts on these gratefully received.

    Have a good day, everybody x

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    hi

    nice to see you on here. i too am a similar age to you and eat for all the same reasons - any!

    This does work, i just struggle to stay on it 100% so am going to just take it 1 day at a time this time. Im on day 2 today so it will be good to have someone to talk to on the same path

    i do have skimmed milk in my tea, i take the view that i am more likely to stick to the diet having my tea than not and i dont think it does any harm. prob dont drink quite as many teas as i would normally. as for coke zero the same really. try not too drink too many but knowing i can helps. i also drink ribena occassionally as im not a great water drinker but am going to try and up my intake this time

    good luck


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    Hi Susysu

    Thank you for replying. Great to have somebody else to talk to at the same stage. We are a similar starting weight, too, I notice!

    Yesterday, Day 2, was OK. I am still suffering from a rotten cold, so I put most of the 'feeling rubbish' down to that, rather than the diet. I was less hungry yesterday than on Day 1, but had a bit of mental wobble in the evening, after eating a shepherd's pie which was just horrid.

    I've had a cup of tea with a tiny dash of skimmed milk this morning, and it was so nice. Am thinking surely a tiny dash of milk can't hurt.

    I guess I've got to look on this first week as an experiment of sorts. It doesn't matter if I don't like all the 'food', I can just have the ones I like (I assume it's OK not to mix it up too much and just eat the ones I enjoy? The shakes are my favourites).

    Anyway, onwards and upwards. The sun's shining, and it's Day 3. Bring it on!

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    Morning all! (If anybody's reading this other than me!)

    Beginning of Day 4 as I'm writing this, and Day 3 was a brilliant one for me.

    I think the fact that my cold had finally cleared up and I felt so much better from that helped, but other than a few hunger pangs at bedtime, I didn't feel hungry much at all yesterday, and got loads of stuff done around the house. Very positive day, mentally, too.

    Other than the shakes, I'm not overkeen on the food, I must say. Though it's not supposed to be delicious, I guess, it's just there to serve a purpose. A lot of the soups and meals seem to have this cloying creamy texture and after eating them, I can feel my teeth coated in gunk - YUCK!

    I've ordered some diff flavours of shake and a couple of bars to try from Exante, and also bars from the Slim and Save diet (checked they had similar calorie/carb/protein content beforehand), as they have a more interesting range. A couple of people have mentioned that your tastes change after sometime on Exante, so maybe the things I don't like will become more acceptable to my palate as time goes on.

    The water's going down very easily, I must say, and I'm loving the Raspberry Crush drink mix for a little treat mid-afternoon.

    Really wanted to weigh myself this morning but didn't as I want to wait until I've done a full week (Sunday morning will be my weigh-in).

    Right, Day 4, let's be having you!

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    Hi Caroline. Your tastes do change a little after a while. I love the S&S bars, much prefer them to exante. Meal wise my favourite is the Exante shepherds pie.

    I have started to add 1/2 teaspoon to my cups of tea as was getting fed up with coffee all the time so that may be worth giving a go.

    Hope day 4 is going well for you & you are right to resist the scales. You will see a nice big loss after a week TSing x
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    GOAL: 2) Lose 2nd stone
    GOAL: 3) Lose 4 dress sizes by end of July 2014 in time for daughters graduation!!

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    Thank you, Susy - tough day today, but I've got through so far. Fingers crossed!





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