New start, new me - for the final time!

FlicG

Silver Member
S: 18st7lb C: 17st11lb G: 12st7lb BMI: 41.4 Loss: 0st10lb(3.86%)
Yesterday was another good day on plan, but it did require some serious willpower. Tried with splitting two products to give me more smaller meals through the day, which sort of worked. Felt very hungry during the afternoon, despite drinking loads. Hoping for ketosis soon to make things a bit easier!

B: 1/2 Berry yoghurt muesli - I really liked this, especially since it had little bits of raisin! My normal go to breakfast is muesli, yoghurt and fruit, so this felt a bit more “normal.” Breakfast was around 10.30am
L: Cinammon Swirl Shake - another good one! Might try this one with coffee next time. I split this up and had 1/2 at 12.30 and 1/2 at 3.00ish, thinking I’d save the other half of my morning one for “pudding” but I was so hungry that I needed a snack before doing bedtime.
S: 1/2 Jam and yoghurt bar. Chewy and not particularly great. Might try the other 1/2 warm today.
D: Creamy Thai soup. It was creamy, but didn’t think it was overly Thai spiced. It was ok, but I probably wouldn’t order loads of these - they were ones that I could easily go off.

I have a morning of work (only at my in-laws next door) and then the afternoon at home.

Can’t believe it’s already Thursday! Weeks are usually easy, but weekends can be a different story. We’ve been asked to lunch at a friend’s house on Sunday. I’ve already told them that I’m doing Keto, which is a bit easier to navigate I think, but I might weigh in Sunday morning instead of Monday so that I then have a week to “work off” the food. 🤔
 

FlicG

Silver Member
S: 18st7lb C: 17st11lb G: 12st7lb BMI: 41.4 Loss: 0st10lb(3.86%)
Thursday! My ketosticks confirmed that I'm in ketosis, which helped to explain why I could wait until 1pm for my first product (that and being very busy with some work meant I didn't have time to think much about it!) It also meant that I crammed them all into the afternoon. I am still getting hunger pangs in the afternoon (though I don't know if it's as much hunger as boredom.)

Thursday is a day off normally, but I worked in the morning. The afternoon I baked with my girls (cue water and flour everywhere) - they made biscuits and at one point I had to spit some mixture out, such is my automatic response to put stuff in my mouth...interesting to break those habits of unnecessary calories!

My day looked like this, food wise:
B: none
L: 1/2 berry yoghurt and muesli, 1/2 yoghurt and jam bar
S: 1/2 caramel and toffee shake, mixed with coffee
D: Apple Crumble - this was delicious, but I added too much water, so it was a bit sloppy!
Evening snack: since i had some product to make up, I had 1/2 choc mint shake warmed, as a hot chocolate late on.

Late afternoon/evening I had an Oxo in hot water because I was feeling hungry. I think my oxo cubes are a bit old, as it didn't crumble well, so i'll be picking some more up at the weekend. Since I didn't have a savoury option for dinner, this fitted in quite well.

Weekend is stretching ahead of us, and I have a few plans, one where I think i'll be eating, but the rest I can avoid. Going to weigh in Sunday morning. Judging on my trousers this morning, I think there's already some water weight gone.

Happy weekend all! xx
 

amee1981

Member
Sounds like you’re handling doing it around your daughter perfectly. It’s so hard with children isn’t it? I remember my mum being on a diet nearly my whole childhood, and sitting me down at 12 to say I was getting a bit chubby, which destroyed me at the time!

Yesterday was a good day on plan, though I felt really hungry most of the day (probably because it was a work day, so I had to try and focus on that.)

B: 1/2 vanilla shake mixed with coffee (this was good!)
L: salted caramel bar - it was ok, but a bit bland.
S: Other 1/2 vanilla shake made with very cold water (tasted like melted ice cream!)
D: Red Bean Chilli (this was really nice!) I added a couple of drops of green Tabasco (checked the ingredients and I think it will be ok.)

I drank lots of tea, coffee, fruit tea, water, fizzy water with water enhancer. I did a lot of weeing, but negotiated children’s lunch and dinner without touching it. So often their leftovers make it into my mouth - that’s what I love about a shake diet - because there’s a clear black and white, it’s easy to not eat any food.

Wednesday is a day off for me, usually I would go food shopping/cafe/park, but without a car, we’re stuck at home, which isn’t a bad thing as I don’t have the temptation of nipping into somewhere for a quick snack. I have attempted a walk as it’s a gorgeous frosty sunny morning here, but my girls were having none of it! Will attempt later, but take the pram so we might get a bit further.

Hope you’re all having good weeks. Nearly halfway through! xx
Yes, it sure is!
My mum was the same and has always been been on at me about my weight. She is blunt about it too which is just her way. Can sting at the time all the same.

I think I will be ordering a water enhancer in the next batch. Poss the chilli too after reading your post.

I've just finished work and it's freezing cold and blustery here so in the sofa under a blanket trying to ignore the dross my daughter is watching on the tv! Must get up and do some housework after this shake.

Hope you managed to get out. Could always walk for miles when I had the buggy
Thursday! My ketosticks confirmed that I'm in ketosis, which helped to explain why I could wait until 1pm for my first product (that and being very busy with some work meant I didn't have time to think much about it!) It also meant that I crammed them all into the afternoon. I am still getting hunger pangs in the afternoon (though I don't know if it's as much hunger as boredom.)

Thursday is a day off normally, but I worked in the morning. The afternoon I baked with my girls (cue water and flour everywhere) - they made biscuits and at one point I had to spit some mixture out, such is my automatic response to put stuff in my mouth...interesting to break those habits of unnecessary calories!

My day looked like this, food wise:
B: none
L: 1/2 berry yoghurt and muesli, 1/2 yoghurt and jam bar
S: 1/2 caramel and toffee shake, mixed with coffee
D: Apple Crumble - this was delicious, but I added too much water, so it was a bit sloppy!
Evening snack: since i had some product to make up, I had 1/2 choc mint shake warmed, as a hot chocolate late on.

Late afternoon/evening I had an Oxo in hot water because I was feeling hungry. I think my oxo cubes are a bit old, as it didn't crumble well, so i'll be picking some more up at the weekend. Since I didn't have a savoury option for dinner, this fitted in quite well.

Weekend is stretching ahead of us, and I have a few plans, one where I think i'll be eating, but the rest I can avoid. Going to weigh in Sunday morning. Judging on my trousers this morning, I think there's already some water weight gone.

Happy weekend all! xx
Isn't it such a nice feeling to be able to notice our efforts on our clothes!

You've done brilliantly.
 

Gamy

Full Member
S: 34st10lb C: 33st4.0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 82.5 Loss: 1st6lb(4.12%)
Thursday! My ketosticks confirmed that I'm in ketosis, which helped to explain why I could wait until 1pm for my first product (that and being very busy with some work meant I didn't have time to think much about it!) It also meant that I crammed them all into the afternoon. I am still getting hunger pangs in the afternoon (though I don't know if it's as much hunger as boredom.)

Thursday is a day off normally, but I worked in the morning. The afternoon I baked with my girls (cue water and flour everywhere) - they made biscuits and at one point I had to spit some mixture out, such is my automatic response to put stuff in my mouth...interesting to break those habits of unnecessary calories!

My day looked like this, food wise:
B: none
L: 1/2 berry yoghurt and muesli, 1/2 yoghurt and jam bar
S: 1/2 caramel and toffee shake, mixed with coffee
D: Apple Crumble - this was delicious, but I added too much water, so it was a bit sloppy!
Evening snack: since i had some product to make up, I had 1/2 choc mint shake warmed, as a hot chocolate late on.

Late afternoon/evening I had an Oxo in hot water because I was feeling hungry. I think my oxo cubes are a bit old, as it didn't crumble well, so i'll be picking some more up at the weekend. Since I didn't have a savoury option for dinner, this fitted in quite well.

Weekend is stretching ahead of us, and I have a few plans, one where I think i'll be eating, but the rest I can avoid. Going to weigh in Sunday morning. Judging on my trousers this morning, I think there's already some water weight gone.

Happy weekend all! xx
Go you. You're really in the swing of things atm.
 

FlicG

Silver Member
S: 18st7lb C: 17st11lb G: 12st7lb BMI: 41.4 Loss: 0st10lb(3.86%)
Friday.
It’s a work day for me in the office, so being organised in the morning was key! I absolutely love the portable electric blender I bought - it’s so efficient and no lumps!

B: (approx. 10.30ish) caramel & toffee 1/2 shake, mixed with coffee
L: 1/2 Strawberry shake. Had at 1pm because my boss was out of the office (it’s only us two) so figured it was less hassle to do it then, but wasn’t majorly hungry, hence the 1/2.
S: 3.40pm got home from picking up the girls and had the other 1/2 strawberry shake
S: (6.45) 1/2 choc fudge bar whilst prepping my husband’s dinner. This worked well as I always seem to be more hungry in the evening.
D: butternut squash soup. 🤢 Not looking forward to the others in the box. I think next time, I’ll add even more spices in an attempt to make it palatable!

We’ve postponed weekend lunch with our friends Sunday because my husband has exams the beginning of next week and needs to revise. I could have gone solo, but it actually works for me to postpone, as it means a good full week on plan! 🙌
 

FlicG

Silver Member
S: 18st7lb C: 17st11lb G: 12st7lb BMI: 41.4 Loss: 0st10lb(3.86%)
Saturday and Sunday

Weekend was more successful than I had hoped. Saturday, my daughter has ballet and then we met a friend in the park and went back to theirs for kids lunch - grownups weren't eating, so this was easy to avoid food. I took my morning 1/2 shake in the car and a 1/2 bar which turned out to be lunch by the time we left. This meant I had quite a lot to make up in the afternoon/evening. I still don't think i've totally cracked the timings, but I do appreciate the extras in the afternoon when i'm feeling peckish. Dinner was lemon pancakes which i was a bit impatient for so they ended up as lumps of cooked mix. I did enjoy something with a bit of texture. Unfortunately, there's was a bit of an artificial sweetener after taste, but still better than the butternut squash soup!

Sunday I needed to go food shopping - this is normally a trigger situation for me - cream cakes to eat in the car, a cheeky meal deal, extra snacks that can be hidden and eaten in secret. I stuck to the list, bought what we needed and got home, made everyone else lunch and attempted a second go at the butternut squash soup and added spices, chilli etc into it...still not great. I've got one left of these and once they're gone, I wont be ordering more! Dinner was chilli last night - still my favourite savoury option, and feels like a proper meal. It would be great with cheese added to it, haha!

At the end of week 1, i'm doing fine. I've bought a few savoury sachets to try from Facebook groups - spag bol and sweet and sour noodles. A cambridge selling group popped up too, so i've bought a couple of pesto pasta, mac and cheese and chicken curry sachets from someone to try.
Last time I did the VLCD, it was cambridge and I went off the savoury options very quickly, but so far, i'm wanting something savoury in the evening and there seems to be more options than last time too which is nice. I'm also conscious about my sugar addiction which isn't avoided on Exante. My next order might have more of the low sugar options.

Hope everyone had successful weekends! xx
 

amee1981

Member
Saturday and Sunday

Weekend was more successful than I had hoped. Saturday, my daughter has ballet and then we met a friend in the park and went back to theirs for kids lunch - grownups weren't eating, so this was easy to avoid food. I took my morning 1/2 shake in the car and a 1/2 bar which turned out to be lunch by the time we left. This meant I had quite a lot to make up in the afternoon/evening. I still don't think i've totally cracked the timings, but I do appreciate the extras in the afternoon when i'm feeling peckish. Dinner was lemon pancakes which i was a bit impatient for so they ended up as lumps of cooked mix. I did enjoy something with a bit of texture. Unfortunately, there's was a bit of an artificial sweetener after taste, but still better than the butternut squash soup!

Sunday I needed to go food shopping - this is normally a trigger situation for me - cream cakes to eat in the car, a cheeky meal deal, extra snacks that can be hidden and eaten in secret. I stuck to the list, bought what we needed and got home, made everyone else lunch and attempted a second go at the butternut squash soup and added spices, chilli etc into it...still not great. I've got one left of these and once they're gone, I wont be ordering more! Dinner was chilli last night - still my favourite savoury option, and feels like a proper meal. It would be great with cheese added to it, haha!

At the end of week 1, i'm doing fine. I've bought a few savoury sachets to try from Facebook groups - spag bol and sweet and sour noodles. A cambridge selling group popped up too, so i've bought a couple of pesto pasta, mac and cheese and chicken curry sachets from someone to try.
Last time I did the VLCD, it was cambridge and I went off the savoury options very quickly, but so far, i'm wanting something savoury in the evening and there seems to be more options than last time too which is nice. I'm also conscious about my sugar addiction which isn't avoided on Exante. My next order might have more of the low sugar options.

Hope everyone had successful weekends! xx
That's a fab outcome for the weekend. Well done on surviving the shop. That's my challenge for tonight.

A friend is doing Cambridge and sent me a photo of Pop squares, BBQ flavoured veggie chips which she says are delightful. She is also raving about a kiwi and Apple smoothie.
 

Gamy

Full Member
S: 34st10lb C: 33st4.0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 82.5 Loss: 1st6lb(4.12%)
Well done you. I prefer the pots over the actual packets of savoury food so far.
 

FlicG

Silver Member
S: 18st7lb C: 17st11lb G: 12st7lb BMI: 41.4 Loss: 0st10lb(3.86%)
Well done you. I prefer the pots over the actual packets of savoury food so far.
I’ve yet to have any pots - I just bought the 4 week box to start with but I’ll put some on my next order I think!
 

FlicG

Silver Member
S: 18st7lb C: 17st11lb G: 12st7lb BMI: 41.4 Loss: 0st10lb(3.86%)
Monday
Weekly Weigh in: -10lb! 🙌🙌

Pretty happy with that for the first week. I know it’s mostly water, but already the big pouch of a tummy feels smaller. Definitely a good motivator, but I’m already steeling myself for a smaller loss next week, and making sure it doesn’t demotivate me.

B: 1/2 Choc Shake.
L: 1/2 Cinnamon Swirl Shake and 1/2 Choc Orange Bar
S: 1/2 Cinnamon Swirl Shake
D: Lemon pancakes

Posting this evening because I feel really HUNGRY. Not hungry for shakes and bars, hungry for carbs, sugar, bread, pasta - for a full stomach. I know that most of it is not the food itself, it’s emotional eating, and comfort. Trying to break the habits of a lifetime is part of this journey…
 




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