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Paul Mckenna

S: 22st3lb C: 17st1lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 36.3 Loss: 5st2lb(23.15%)
I'm doing Paul McKenna's system at the moment and it's been very successful for me so far, with a couple of stone lost. I started with just the CDs, and got the book a couple of weeks ago. I feel like it's a lot more sustainable than when I've tried to lose weight in the past :)


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S: 14st5.5lb C: 13st11.6lb G: 11st10lb BMI: 29.4 Loss: 0st7.9lb(3.92%)
Hi im just re-starting it again today although i have to say i tried to stick to it over xmas and managed to not put a single pound on and usually i put around a stone on over xmas (!!!) so i was pleased with that.

Its definatly a life style change rather than a diet..infact its not actually called a diet its an 'eating plan' and the fact that theres no forbidden foods has completly changed my attitude towards food.

Would you like to keep each other updated on how were doing? Let me know as if so i will make sure i keep a check on here!

Suse xxx :flirt2:


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S: 19st9.6lb C: 19st9.6lb G: 11st0.3lb Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
hey i started a week ago and love it.It is very easy and i can feel the success already.weigh day is in a week so can't wait to see how much has gone!Will keep u posted
S: 13st12lb G: 9st1lb
Thanks for your replies everyone!! 1 day down and 89 to go! The "eating plan" is very easy, but also makes me nervous as I hope im not eating too much. I suppose if i continue to do what the book says then we will have to wait and see. The whole idea of eating when you are hungry and not depriving oneself of any foods apeals to me as I think this area is where my issues with food start. Look forward to hearing from you all and all the best with your new lifestyle plan :)


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S: 17st2lb C: 13st2lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 29.7 Loss: 4st0lb(23.33%)
I tried Paul McKenna last year but only lost 4lbs before I got stuck on no change at all for 4 weeks. I found it a bit difficult to tune into myself and despite my efforts, it was upsetting to keep failing.

It doesn't mean it doesn't work, it just didn't suit me and my circumstances in the fact that I was still putting junk in my body even though it was less and to be honest, while I think he is good and affective, I did find a couple of things he said very off which annoyed me slightly.

But he apparently has a 71% success rate so it is worth a shot to see if it's right for you. If not, there are always other things to try. :D


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S: 14st5.5lb C: 13st11.6lb G: 11st10lb BMI: 29.4 Loss: 0st7.9lb(3.92%)
Hi well done on getting your first day complete! It does honestly get easier but dont expect to just start it and never make any mistakes, its probably something that takes a little while to get going, as initially youll probably wat to eat all the things that have been banned for so long, I know I did! But after a while you learn that these don’t actually taste that good and your taste will start to change and that’s when you will probably start to lose most weight. I think im just on the brink of that happening now. It is possible yo u may even pu a little bit on when you first start so don’t woory if you do, that’s one of the reasons why you should not weigh for a while when you start as its demotivating.
Keep me updated! I have to admit I have a bit of a binge last night when eating when im not hungry failed and I consumed half a pack of biscuits but Paul Mckenna says to expect this and just carry on following the rules straight away which I have done and now im not having the guilty day where I try to starve myself to make up like I used to! :D
S: 22st3lb C: 17st1lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 36.3 Loss: 5st2lb(23.15%)
I totally get what suse is saying about your tastes changing. I actually feel I'm appreciating food a lot more now. If something doesn't taste really really good, then I'm not seeing the point in eating it. I've recently eaten cucumber and kidney beans, two things I've always hated eating. I got so freaked out yet delighted about five days after I started the system, wandering around the bakery bit in Tesco and feeling not the slightest interest in anything in front of me.

Incidentally, I'm just back from a fortnight's holiday in America and the system really helped out for me there I think. Last time I went, I put on a stone and a half in ten days, but this time I managed to control my eating without feeling like I was missing out in the slightest. Also had a private pool that I was in everyday while family stuffed with doughnuts despite not having been seen in a swimsuit since compulsory lessons in school! Hooray for motivation to exercise. Weigh in tomorrow morning, fingers crossed.

Today's been a bit tough as I am PMSing something awful and wanting chocolate, but I've managed to completely hold off so far even though my mum offered to bake me a cake (bless! I'm trying to get her started on McKenna too!). I feel though, on the occasional times where I have stopped eating consciously, that it's not the end of the world, that this is just something I have to practice and once I get the hang of it I'll be able to eat better forever. I'm doing alright at eating when I'm hungry, though I've found that's not always the easiest thing to do to fit in with the rest of the family. Stopping when I'm full is ok, and once you "resign from the clean plate club" it gets so much easier. Eating what I want is definitely going well. Eating consciously is probably the weakest, but as I say, I feel it takes practice. I've slowed down a lot. We each had a slice of cheesecake last week that my dad had finished before I'd even downed a spoonful! (and I then left a third of it). Need to think about what I'm eating more though, but it's getting better.

I love not having any forbidden foods. In the past, I've always known that diets are a finite thing because I know I couldn't go without my curries or baking or ben and jerry's sundaes forever. This, however, I feel like there's never going to be anything stopping me from going on with it, and with as much weight to lose as I have, that's a real confidence booster.
S: 13st12lb G: 9st1lb
Hey Suse, thanks for your replies! Well yesterday went well. I have to really slow my eating down, chew plenty so i dont just shovel it in as per usual! I am definetly not obsessing with food like i would be if on a diet, so thats a bonus. Also i am alot more motivated and less depressed you could say! not dwelling about not acheveing my goals and the guilt of eating wrong foods. I did read in the book that i am on my journey of changing lifelong habits and association with food,so im guessing that cant happen overnight and to take each day slowly. Reprogramming is what we are doing and all we have to do is follow the basic instructions of eating when we are hungry, listen to the cd etc! Then the required results follow! Lets keep going!! 87days to go in the 90day journal!
S: 13st12lb G: 9st1lb
HI Calamity! cant wait to see how your weigh-in went! You sound excited ! Less stress isn't it! I almost feel like it is the best answer as my relationship with food is not such a major focus, due to the fact i can eat what i want too!


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S: 14st5.5lb C: 13st11.6lb G: 11st10lb BMI: 29.4 Loss: 0st7.9lb(3.92%)
Hey hows everyone getting on? I had a bit of a bad do last night went out for a meal and wasnt actually that hungry, but ordered something all the same and then ate nearly the lot, totally unconsciously and with 2 glasses of red wine! OOPS! and im out tomorrow night on a boozy do with a meal, im going to have to really try hard to be conscious about it. i got on the scales this morning and ive put 3 pounds on this week! gutted. Still im positive about the changes im seeing mentally with my relationship to food and exercise so im sticking to it! im aware it will take time and im willing to guive it plenty :)
S: 22st3lb C: 17st1lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 36.3 Loss: 5st2lb(23.15%)
By the sounds of it, it seems we're all feeling it takes a little bit of practice :). Just like riding a bike I guess, once we're all reprogrammed it will be no bother, and we'll all be slim and gorgeous forever, huzzah! :D

Weigh in was yesterday and I've lost another four pounds, meaning I'm exactly four stone lighter than when I started. Delighted with that, particularly as time of the month usually makes me retain a few pounds in water.

Friend came over last night and we got a Chinese takeaway with our normal order. We barely made a dent in it, had it for brunch today and I've still got an entire carton of chow mein left over for tomorrow's lunch! Also got the verdict that my frame appears to have shrunk - it's nice to get support like that!

That's one thing I really love about the system, that I don't feel awkward eating in social situations at all. It's easy to say "No thanks, I don't feel hungry" and I can do all my usual social things without angsting over how many points or calories I'm eating, completely mucking up my diet, or feeling guilty. So don't get worked up suse!
I had a bad day over the holidays as well where I had was stuck in an unfamiliar place waiting for a very late lift and nobody was answering a phone. When I got home, I went straight for the slice of 7-layer chocolate cake I knew was around and stuffed it down much like I used to, even though I knew full well it was emotional hunger. Still, I dusted myself off and told myself one lapse wasn't the end of the world and got right back on the system with my dinner that night.

I've also noted I'm drinking a lot more water this week which I'm quite pleased with. Hopefully that will help a bit, it does seem to be making me fuller actually. Eating slowly and consciously seems to be going better now I'm back in a home situation. I took absolutely forever over dinner tonight and left a good part of it. It was a stuffed chicken recipe that we have reasonably often, but I swear it tasted much better tonight, so perhaps paying more attention really does change things!
S: 13st12lb G: 9st1lb
Hi! Just letting you know that im still here,feeling really good!! had a not so conscious night with eating lastnight but i am fine with that. Still have plenty of energy and am achieving a tonne of things around the house! I feel absolutely motivated!Less stressed as it seems a reoccurring them for oneself. hope you both (suse and Calamity, are achieving what you are wanting. ;)
S: 22st3lb C: 17st1lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 36.3 Loss: 5st2lb(23.15%)
I probably did a little unconscious binging tonight due to house guests - I was still trying to eat consciously, but for the last couple of months I've not been eating bread and cheese like I used to, so I'm highly suspicious of the beeline I made for that tonight! Still, I left half of my stirfry earlier, and my lunches are a good bit smaller than my old traditional Saturday fry up so hoping today wasn't a complete right off. I think I'll listen to one of the CDs before bed tonight for some reinforcement.
Wearing jeans I bought 2 or 3 weeks ago and they already seem a bit looser, pleased at that!
I've also been doing some of Jane Fonda's workout stuff the last couple of days - I do feel like it's killing me but I'm managing at least some of it. Trying to keep up some sort of daily exercise, even if it's just something to do while watching the telly.
Skyplussed the rerun of the tv programme today (and have the rest series linked) so that will hopefully be an added help.
I know what you mean at about having more energy, I'm having a day a bit like that. Feeling a good bit more confident as well, which I'm absolutely loving. Hope you're all happy and doing well!


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S: 13st7.0lb C: 11st1.5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 27.5 Loss: 2st5.5lb(17.72%)
Hi guys

I've just started doing Paul McKenna and was looking for a support forum - I've used Minimins in the past, and always found it such a helpful & supportive place so was really pleased to find this thread.

I bought the app for the iPhone yesterday which explains how the diet works, there are some motivational videos and a trance to listen to each day, I listened to the trance last night, but fell asleep - oops. But this morning I am feeling so motivated, it's quite weird and not like me at all! I've just been for a walk (first time in weeks) and I just feel like I'm raring to go, is Paul getting to me already? LOL

I had a good first day yesterday, we went out for lunch, had toasted sandwiches in Costa but I only ate one half and took the other one home for later as I really felt I'd had enough. Saying that though I did have a hot cross bun in the afternoon and I knew I was only eating it because it was there and I wasn't really hungry. But it's early days and I'm feeling confident about this, I've done every diet in the world and had a lot of success with Cambridge a few years ago, haven't put it all back on but need to lose about 2 stone and I just can't find the motivation to diet at all any more, so I'm hoping this will do the trick. :)
S: 22st3lb C: 17st1lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 36.3 Loss: 5st2lb(23.15%)
Hey Jan, good to hear from somebody else going through it all!
I'm finding the sudden motivation very strange as well, not to mention the way my tastes in food seem to have magically changed. In the supermarket yesterday I suddenly had a trolley full of fruit and veg. Heck, I was buying salads and such that you'd never normally get me near, and ingredients for a stuffed peppers recipe I'd normally turn my nose up at. And not feeling like chocolate or cookies or cakes or anything like that. Bread seems to have almost vanished from my diet - I'm planning on making sandwiches a couple of times this week just because I got some cheap smoked salmon, but those are the first sandwichces I've had in weeks, normally I've been having cereal for lunch instead.
Speaking of being in Tesco, noticed that they were selling really cheap exercise bikes (£35) and got so excited and motivated and making all these plans about how I could stick it in front of the telly. Went back with mum who was quite keen on the idea as well, only to find the maximum weight limit was 220lb. Not impressed :( Exercise is going to be a big deal for me I think, but it's problematic so far due to having effectively no income.
S: 13st12lb G: 9st1lb
Hey glad to hear you are all doing well!! Calamity do you think you could get a pedometer? for walking and start really slowly?? I suppose as the book says that if you are moving your body you are exercising. Parking a few parking spaces away from the shopping mall or doing a 5min walk and increasing it weekly and extra 5mins and before you know it you have established a good habit.
Anyway i amdoing fine not too vigilant in the last week as we have had tummybug in the house. Although i have started training for a duathlon and have downloaded a running program! Almost wanted to slit my throat yesterday because it was realllllly hard. Good luck everyone and keep on keeping on. At least we are making an effort and moving towards who we really are! Fun,energetic,sexy,slim and confident!! Living life to the fullest!! Dont give up those dreams
S: 22st3lb C: 17st1lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 36.3 Loss: 5st2lb(23.15%)
I've been keeping an eye out for a cheap pedometer, but no luck thus far. It's definitely something I'd get though. I got some fancy shoes when on holiday too that are meant to "promote weight loss" by simulating walking on soft ground, so I'm making a point of trying to use them as much as poss. Also recording some fitness programmes on sky plus and then doing them in my living room, but finding a time when it's not occupied is hard!
Glad to hear you're doing well at! What's a duathlon? Running and either biking or swimming I'm assuming? Good luck to you for it!

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