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Reaching target in 2018

Thank you very much. I hope it helps you.
Yes it is all Extra Easy. I use basic rules but do my own version of the plan as it seems to work for me. Also taking pictures reminds me of what I had and gives me ideas what to do when I get stuck.
I had a read of your diary and you seem to be doing well.
My weight loss has been very slow and I put on last week, I am throwing all I have at it this week and will review again on my next weigh in, I think I have a really slow metabolism because I just can not work out why I am not getting decent losses here and there. I gave myself over 2 months to lose 1 stone and still have not reached and have 2 weeks left to do it. I have totally changed my eating habits, the amount of salad and vegetables I eat on a day is more than I used to eat in a week!! I have cut out all the rubbish I used to eat, limit my bread intake now and lots of other changes.

Thought perhaps I am not doing enough exercise (I work from home) and need to be online for many hours, but try now and take a lot more breaks and move myself, have incorporated a little bit more exercise this week, nothing amazing but a bit more than I have been doing. If I lose a bit more than I usually do this week it will so give me the boost I need right now, if it is the same as usual I am seriously considering changing to a different plan. I quite like the changes I have made and have generally been enjoying the food I have made but I am here to lose weight and I know it is a marathon not a sprint but feel like a little tortoise at the moment!!!!

Going to have a further look at some of your meals because lacking in inspiration at the moment, seem to be eating the same meals week in, week out, I am on a tight budget and can not go overboard with the ingredients.
 
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S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
I totally understand about losing slowly. My losses are very slow too. I was getting frustrated with myself as it took me ages to lose a stone and then steadily 1/2 here 1 lb there strated to come off. It has taken me 6 months to lose a stone.

Don't give up and stick with it and it will come off eventually. It is disheartening and discouraging to lose it slowly but it will come off. Bear in mind each body works differently and there is not a set pattern of losing.

one thing I started doing is not to eat after 7-8 o'clock in the evening. If I feel hungry then I have black or fruit tea. Also I exercise for 20-30 minutes in the morning. Try walking with Leslie Sansone on Youtube - I do 2 of her videos 20 mins & 30 mins on an alternative day. It is good and gets all the muscles working and not hard. If you cannot do the whole session start with 5 minutes and then increase it every couple of days or week. If you can go for a walk for 10-15 minutes or just walk around the house that is good too. I downloaded an App for a pedometer on my phone and use it all the time. Some days if weather is not good then I walk around the house to get the steps in - that has encouraged me to walk more.

Yes it is hard to be sitting down in front of a screen all day. Try getting up or just stand up for a couple of minutes and move/stretch/walk around. After eating make sure to stand up and walk a few yards. It stops tummy buldging.

None of my food is expensive. I don't eat ready meals, packet food and avoid artificial sweetners as much as I can. I make most things from scratch and do a lot of one pot/batch cooking and freeze. If I want anything sweet then I either have sugar/ honey, a biscuit or small piece of chocolate or cake. I don't deny myself anything as if I do then I want it more. I try some recipes suggested on the site and if I like them then I include them. I ensure there is always fruits & veg in the house - good for nibbling on and use as part of the meal. Please let me know if you would like any of the recipes.

This is the best plan for me as there is no calorie counting and you can eat everything & free/speed with no limits. Initially I had a big appetite but gradually my portions are getting smaller - still have massive salads. There are days that my body needs more meat or carbohydrates, then I do Red or Green day to satisfy the need.

Everyone is very nice on here and support each other so don't hesitate to ask questions.

I am online most of the time and will be happy to help.

Stay in touch and we can encourage each other
 
S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 192 Saturday 3rd November 2018

B - Green smoothie, Mango, blackberries, banana & cheese (1/2 HexA) on WM toast (HexB)
L/D - Donner kebab with salad & chips (ate 5-6 chips only), tsp mayo - 12 syns
S - Mango & Blackberries, satsumes, banana, sharon fruit
Fluids - Green smoothie, Perrier with juice (2.5 syns), 2 herb tea
Exercise - 1 hr bodytone, 12000 steps

Summary :
HexB - 1
HexA - 1/2
Syns - 15
 

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I totally understand about losing slowly. My losses are very slow too. I was getting frustrated with myself as it took me ages to lose a stone and then steadily 1/2 here 1 lb there strated to come off. It has taken me 6 months to lose a stone.

Don't give up and stick with it and it will come off eventually. It is disheartening and discouraging to lose it slowly but it will come off. Bear in mind each body works differently and there is not a set pattern of losing.

one thing I started doing is not to eat after 7-8 o'clock in the evening. If I feel hungry then I have black or fruit tea. Also I exercise for 20-30 minutes in the morning. Try walking with Leslie Sansone on Youtube - I do 2 of her videos 20 mins & 30 mins on an alternative day. It is good and gets all the muscles working and not hard. If you cannot do the whole session start with 5 minutes and then increase it every couple of days or week. If you can go for a walk for 10-15 minutes or just walk around the house that is good too. I downloaded an App for a pedometer on my phone and use it all the time. Some days if weather is not good then I walk around the house to get the steps in - that has encouraged me to walk more.

Yes it is hard to be sitting down in front of a screen all day. Try getting up or just stand up for a couple of minutes and move/stretch/walk around. After eating make sure to stand up and walk a few yards. It stops tummy buldging.

None of my food is expensive. I don't eat ready meals, packet food and avoid artificial sweetners as much as I can. I make most things from scratch and do a lot of one pot/batch cooking and freeze. If I want anything sweet then I either have sugar/ honey, a biscuit or small piece of chocolate or cake. I don't deny myself anything as if I do then I want it more. I try some recipes suggested on the site and if I like them then I include them. I ensure there is always fruits & veg in the house - good for nibbling on and use as part of the meal. Please let me know if you would like any of the recipes.

This is the best plan for me as there is no calorie counting and you can eat everything & free/speed with no limits. Initially I had a big appetite but gradually my portions are getting smaller - still have massive salads. There are days that my body needs more meat or carbohydrates, then I do Red or Green day to satisfy the need.

Everyone is very nice on here and support each other so don't hesitate to ask questions.

I am online most of the time and will be happy to help.

Stay in touch and we can encourage each other
Thank you so much for your advice and encouragement. I downloaded a walking app a few days ago and that has certainly encouraged me to reach my goal each day, just walked 4 miles earlier as fast as my little legs could carry me, but I did struggle but that is to be expected as not as fit as I should be. I walk everywhere generally, but not as fast and furious and it has been this week. I have had a lot of social things on since I started the plan, just coincidence that's all so have gone off track but in the past that would have lasted a few days but I get straight back on it the next day now, I am not going to deny myself at a social event. Last week had so much on and had a pretty low emotional week, the last 4 days of last week I was back on plan so was very disappointed putting on 1.5 lbs considering I can not even lose that a week!!! That is why I am giving it all I can do this week because I so need a boost at next WI to make it feel worthwhile.

I do eat later in the evening, because of the hours I keep, I sometimes have to be up quite late in the evening to meet deadlines etc. I do not have my breakfast until closer to lunch time and do not feel hungry again for a few hours, not much I can do about this at the moment so have reduced my portions of dinner. I like a wee treat and will always have a piece of chocolate and/or corn snack crisps, I do not eat fruit (for medical reasons) so I have substituted this for salad and vegetables. I do think I go too long without eating and have identified this as a trigger and am looking at this. I have spent this week reviewing everything to see what I can change and will continue to do this.

I would love some new recipes, I would not be as adventurous as you, good old fashioned cooking is what I am about. I have bought enough food to do my over the weekend, plenty of salad, vegetables, fish a few snacks, I am organised so I don't go off track. Well here is to us and our new bodies, 2 more weeks until my Black Tie event just want to feel healthy and confident even if have not reach my goal. I will follow you and keep up to date with your scrumptious food!!!! :):):):):):)
 
S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 193 Sunday 4th November 2018
It is a Red Day
B - Green Smoothie, fruit platter (Mango, sharon fruit, plum), black coffee.
L/D - Went to a Brizilian steak house. It is all about meat - we had beef in various marinades (salt, pepper, garlic & mustard), chicken, sausage and salad. After they give you a sugar cane/honey/cinamon liqure for better digestion - it really helped
S - Sour cherries, satsumes
Fluid - Green Smoothie, 2 Rose tea, black coffee
Exercise -14,000 steps

Summary :
HexB - 1
HexA - 1
Syns - 15
 

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S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 194 Monday 5th November 2018
It is a Green Day
B - Green Smoothie, fruit platter (Mango, apple and satsumes), black coffee
L/-D - Flat bread pizza (2 HexB, 2HexB), salad (leaves, cue, tom, beet, sweetcorn, salad sauce)
S - Sour cherries
Fluid - Green Smoothie, water, Diet coke
Exercise - 16,000 steps

Summary :
HexB - 2
HexA - 2
Syns - 15


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S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 195 Tuesday 6th November 2018
B - Green Smoothie, Almond butter (5 syns), cheese (HexA) on WM toast (HexB), Satsumes, sharon fruit, black coffee
L - Bacon on WM toast (HexB) with veggies (Broccoli, cauli, carrot), salad craem (1 syns), olives (1 syns)
d - Chili & rice, apple, grapefruit
S - Sharon fruit, apples, pkt french fries (4 syns), Pkt crisps (5 syns), cheese (HexA) & bread (6 syns)
Fluid - Green Smoothie, fruit tea
Exercise - 2 sessions of massage,

Summary :
HexB - 2
HexA -2
Syns - 21
 

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S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 196 Wednesday 7th November 2018
B - Grapefruit, 4 walnuts (HexB), grapes
L - Chili & rice, sald (leaves, beet, cue, tom, radish, sald sauce (2 syns), black coffee
S - Cereal bar (6 syns), Pkt crisps (5 syns), apple, sour cherries, grapes, plums
Fluid - 3 Rose tea
Exercise - An hour of massage, no exercise as I had to stay in for a workman

Summary :
HexB - 1
HexA -
Syns - 15
 

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S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 197 Thursday 8th November 2018
Unable to WI today as I am away
B - Grapes, cereals (HexB), milk (HexA)
L -Turkish stew with a salad(leaves, carrot, Red cabbage, oilves (1 syn), tom, cue, chili, yog dressing (had a tsp)) & bread (6 syns). Allocating rest of my syns for oil in salad (don't really know how much they put).. Ate a few spoons of the stew and asked them to pack the rest for me to bring home because it was too much
D - Off plan
S - Mixed fruit salad, FF bluebeery yog, mango
Fluid - 3 cups of Rose tea
Exercise - 16,500 steps. 2 session of 30 minutes massage. I bought a massage belt a few days ago and use it 2-3 times a day on my midriff which budges to shrink.

Summary :
HexB - 1
HexA - 1
Syns - 15
 

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S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 198 Friday 9th November 2018
Last night went a bit off rail. Ate cheese & pickle sandwiches and a bowl of cornflakes. why I don't know. Back on track today and not really hungry.
B/L/D - Leftover stew from yesterday, apple
S -pkt lentil curls (4.5 syns), cereal bar (HexB)
Fluid - Black coffee, 2 black tea, 3 herb tea
Exercise - 3 x 30 min session massage, 500 steps

Summary :
HexB - 1
HexA -
Syns - 4.5
 

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S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 199 Saturday 10th November 2018
It is a Green Day
B - Cottage cheese & jam on WM toast (HexA, HexB, 2 syns)
L - Broccoli m & cauliflower soup with 30gr blue cheese (HexA), 3 crispbread (HexB)
D - Potato salad (leaves, tom, cue, radish, olives (1syn), yog dressing), 2tsp sesame & black seeds (2.5 syns))
S - choc heart cookie (3 syns), banana sprinkled with sesame seed (4 syns), pears
Fluid - 3 herb tea, Pierrette & juice (2.5 syns)
Exercise - 1hr bodytone, 3000 steps

Summary :
HexB - 2
HexA - 2
Syns - 10.5
 

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S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 200 Sunday 11th November 2018
B - Big breakfast (WM toast (HexB), fried egg, bacon, tom, cottage cheese (HexA), plum & ginger jam (2 syns)
L - Chicken & veg soup (bns, broccoli, cauli, carrot), 30gr blue cheese(HexA)
D - Curry, rice and salad
S - 4 walnurs (8 syns), 3 sweets (3 syns)
Fluid - 4 black tea, 3 Rose tea
Exercise - 1hr bodytone,3000 steps

Summary :
HexB - 1
HexA - 2
Syns - 15
 

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S: 15st13lb C: 13st10lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 31 Loss: 2st3lb(13.9%)
Day 201 Monday 12th November 2018
B - Breakfast cake (40gr oats, egg, 2tsp jam, muller greek coconut, chia seeds), 4 tsps homemade jam, clementines, cottage cheese (HexB, HexA, 6 syns). This is lovely on a day that you feel very hungry and cold
L - Chicken salad (leaves, tom, cue, radish, red pepper, carrot, sweetcorn, coriander, salad sauce (1 syns), olives (1 syn))
D - 2 walnuts (4 syns), apple
S -
Fluid -
Exercise - 1hr bodytone,

Summary :
HexB - 1
HexA - 1
Syns - 12
 

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