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trishpiglet3 - Saturday Nov 01, 2008

Weight: 157.0

Saturday 1st November
Exercise: 10 minutes aerobic warm up, 20 minutes Pilates

Breakfast: 1 orange.... then 3 oatcakes, 1 with tomato tofu spread, 1 with peanut butter and 1 with soya cheese and soya spread (problem being I'm now not hungry enough for lunch!)

Lunch (late): Spelt pizza base with tomato sauce, garlic, basil and pine nuts. Spelt wholemeal filled pasta (filled with veg). Salad leaves, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil.

Pizza bread before I put it in the oven - there would have been a picture taken after it came out but I burnt it a bit

What I ate in the evening: Popcorn (lots), Doritos (some), 2 fairy cakes (small but sugar-packed) - again, this is not dinner (we were at a party)

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 17 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 11/01/2008:
I haven't made a tortilla pizza in a while... Usually use the flourless... Tasty!

Have a great Saturday!

trishpiglet3 - Friday Oct 31, 2008

Weight: 157.0

I was supposed to weigh on Monday but I got impatient. It looks like this healthy eating and exercise works :) Am 3 lbs lighter than I was at the start of the week

Of course my weight will fluctuate throughout the week and throughout the month so this might just be a variation of that kind but let's see whether those 3 lbs appear to stay off or whether they come back.

My eating today has been random and unhealthy, so not all good news. On Fridays it's my turn to come into the office early in case someone rings the helpline - I rushed and didn't pack a lunch (also mis-timed and got in at 8:15am when 9am would have done fine)

From work I joined friends to see a film (new James Bond film) and we didn't go to dinner first hence I was really hungry and hence more mad eating (hard to find healthy food in Leicester Square). I have my own bad planning to blame for the low quality of food eaten today. Am less worried that it will put weight on me than that I've missed out on the opportunity to eat good food. And I'm not hungry now. But there will be a chance to eat healthier tomorrow :)

Breakfast - hastily grabbed apple (I really should vary the fruit)
Lunch: Vegetarian sushi, beetroot and carrot chips, nut and seed bar
What I ate in the evening*: 1 sesame red bean pastry from Oriental Delight, 1 medium popcorn (sweet and salt mixed up in layers)
Drinks: Water, herb tea, pretend coffee, a cocktail from the cocktail bar (1 measure of gin, fruit juice and ice - so cold that one of my friends offered to hold it for me while I drank it so it wouldn't hurt my hands; I have Raynaud's which means my hands and feet don't like cold)
* I am under no illusion that this constitutes a meal

ETA: Just before I went to bed I ate 3 cherry tomatoes and they were lovely

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 17 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 10/31/2008:
Hey Hey 3#'s is great!..... Just keep doing the right things and it will stay off, thus another lower number soon to follow......

Any Halloween celebrations or parties for you tonight?

trishpiglet3 on 11/01/2008:
We are going to a party where there will be the option of wearing fancy dress.

We held our own a few years ago and I seriously misjudged with what I chose to wear. I came as the corpse bride with my eye sockets blacked out, my skin and hair purplish, a grim veil and entered the living room with my eyes closed and holding out eyeball-shaped gobstopper sweets in my extended hands while giving a low moan. There was silence.

I opened my eyes and all our friends were there dressed up to look a little bit spooky, a little bit sexy.

Even Mr Trish recoiled from me in horror although he has since claimed that he hadn't wanted to risk getting face paint on his own costume.

trishpiglet3 - Thursday Oct 30, 2008

Weight: 160.0

Thursday 30th October 2008 Breakfast: 1 apple

Lunch: 1 sandwich - soya cream cheese and salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, fruit and nut mix

Evening meal: Remains of pea soup + a dish composed of courgettes, green beans, peas, corn, lemon juice, spring onion... topped with potato and the remains of the soya cheese (I may have to leave it a while before I make another batch of home-made as I have bought soya cheese going uneaten)

Drinks: Water, herb tea, pretend coffee etc.

Exercise: Just lots of walking

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/30/2008:
healthy eating!!! :) have a very good day!

Maria7 on 10/30/2008:
Hey there! Hope you've had a good day and good morning to you (when you read this)!

trishpiglet3 - Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

Weight: 160.0

Wednesday 29th October 2008 Walking: Very long walk to find where I had to go for job interview. Got there early, though :) Also did stairs instead of lift/walking up escalator etc.

Exercise: 10 minutes aerobic warm up, 20 minutes Pilates

Breakfast: 1 apple

Lunch: Carrot and salad leaves sandwich, cherry tomatoes + a fortune cookie!

Dinner: We ate out this evening :) I had Dhal, tomato rice and a vegetarian curry called Avial.

I adore Dhal and need to work out how to make it as nicely as they do in the restaurant

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

skinnyjeans on 10/30/2008:
I love Dhal too! Yummy!! Sounds like you had a great day. Good luck with the interviewing!

trishpiglet3 - Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

Weight: 160.0

Tuesday 28th October 2008

Walking: To station this morning, long walk at lunchtime, up and down stairs and escalators etc. And we had a fire drill :)

Breakfast: 1 pear, hastily grabbed

Lunch: The remains of last night's shepherd's pie and some salad leaves - this wasn't enough (I had intended to pack more food but was in a hurry this morning and forgot) and I was hungry again quite soon

Dinner: Home-made soya cheese on toast, home made pea soup =>peas, water, avocado, spring onion [= scallion], garlic, celery, fresh mint leaves, cucumber, 1 avocado

Dessert: Healthy(-ish) apple crumble

Drinks: Water, organic pretend coffee with soya milk, lemon and lime herb tea

How I made the pea soup Boil the peas till cooked but with some bite, drain off most of the water (I put it in a separate container and drank it, in case it had vitamins in it), put peas and remaining water in blender, add all other ingredients (yes, raw!) and blend

Pea Soup and Apple Crumble - the latter is depicted under construction and before cooking

Love, peace and good luck to all xx T

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

kzirkle on 10/28/2008:
That pea soup sounds interesting!

Maria7 on 10/28/2008:
Please pass some of that apple crumble over this way across the big pond. It looks and sounds real real good!

Maria7 on 10/29/2008:
Hoping you're having a nice day today! Smile!

trishpiglet3 - Monday Oct 27, 2008

Weight: 160.0

Weighed myself today and my weight is exactly the same - 160lbs. This isn't a big surprise as I've only been doing this properly for a few days. Glad no more weight has gone on.

Monday 27th October 2008 Walking: Walking to train station this morning, using stairs instead of lifts and walking up escalators, went for a long walk during my lunch break (and discovered there's a health food store in the shopping mall that's a bit further away from where I work)

Exercise: Aerobic warm up and 20 minutes Pilates

Breakfast: 1 apple

Lunch: 1 sandwich made with vegan cream cheese and herb salad, 1 large carrot cut into sticks, 1 tomato

Drinks: Water, organic pretend coffee with soya milk

Evening meal: Starter: Home made soya cheese on toast. Main course: Veggie Cottage pie => Vegemince, tomatoes, thyme, basil, carrots, swede (= rutabaga), onion, garlic, mushrooms, celery, stock, cinnamon, agave nectar. All topped with mashed potato and garlic. Served with salad leaves.

I think I made the pie too tasty. Mr Trish is currently having a lie down from over-eating.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

skinnyjeans on 10/27/2008:
YUM...that pie sounds delicious! Keep up the great diet and the pounds will melt away!

trishpiglet3 - Sunday Oct 26, 2008

Weight: 160.0

I will be adding to this diary entry throughout the day

Weigh day tomorrow! I am prepared for the fact my weight may have gone up (I have my 'friend' as I've seen it described here) rather than down. I found it difficult getting motivated to exercise yesterday when I felt crampy but I'm glad I made a start.

We're going to the Science Museum today so I'd better get ready :)

Sunday 26th October 2008

Walking: Lots of walking around the Science Museum incl. up and down many flights of stairs. Phew!

Breakfast: 1 pear and 1 sharon fruit - half an hour later... toast, marmite* and peanut butter *Far healthier spread thinly on toast than as a flavouring for crisps

Drinks: Water, pretend coffee with soya milk, lemon and ginger tea

Lunch: Jacket potato, baked beans, salad garnish

Dinner: Home made sushi (started by me, finished off by Mr Trish because I cut my finger on the knife) = nori seaweed, brown basmati rice, sushi vinegar and all the following things in various combinations and small amounts - carrots, mushrooms, garlic, cucumber, courgette, the inside bits of vegan fish fingers (!), french onion tofu thing, vegan mayonnaise, red peppers.

Dessert: 1 banana in banana jelly

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 - Saturday Oct 25, 2008

Weight: 160.0

I will be adding to this diary entry throughout the day. I am including links for info re specific foods for benefit of any curious non-UK readers

Saturday 25th October 2008 Exercise: 10 minute aerobic warm up, 20 minutes Pilates, 5 minutes stretching

Walking: Walked to the Health Food store (next underground station along from us) and then walked back, shopping on the way. Have bought a wide range of vegan stuff from various places (including banana and cherry flavours of vegan jelly [= jello] from the market) also groceries, fruit and veg from the supermarket. Dinner can now be made :)

Breakfast: An apple, an orange and a banana (am not going to try to count calories because I make most of what I eat from scratch and it would get difficult)

Late lunch: 1 corn cake with hummous and seeds, 1 corn cake with tomato tofu spread and seeds, 2 tomatoes (Yes, Mr Trish and I very much need to go shopping today)

Dinner: Pizza (made from spelt pizza base, courgettes [=zucchini], tomatoes, garlic, onion, olives, corn, home-made soya cheese. 2 salads: First salad was tomatoes, onion, basil and pine nuts - Second was carrots, celery, cashew nuts, sesame seeds and lemon juice

Dessert: Chocolate soya milk

Drinks: Water, organic pretend coffee with soya milk, more water!

I eat lots of nuts and seeds. I'm aware they're high in calories. I eat them because they help provide protein that I'm not getting from meat or dairy (neither of which I eat). The soya substitutes I use for dairy products tend to be lower in calories and fat (I've compared them with the dairy versions that Mr Trish uses). And anyway, I'm nuts about nuts :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/25/2008:
nice breakfast, but it does have a lot of sugar. you may want to have a plain yogurt with an apple/banana...or make a smoothie in th blender with yogurt, ice, fruit...or yogurt, fruit, ice...there are some many ways to get a little protein in.

trishpiglet3 on 10/25/2008:
Oops! I had intended to make this a private entry until the end of the day. Thanks for advice, though :)

I had read (various places) that one should eat fruit on its own as the first meal of the day and that eating anything else with it or immediately after it would slow down the rate at which the vitamins were absorbed and cause the fruit to ferment and thus cause gas. Maybe that's not true though? Alternatively, I could eat one item of fruit and then, half an hour later (the recommended time delay before eating another type of food) eat something else.

Usually I grab one piece of fruit and eat it sleepily on the way to work then wait for lunch. Only I overslept as it's the weekend and was hungry when I woke.

We're going out shopping later and I intend to buy a tub of soya yogurt (cow dairy makes my asthma worse in a rather dramatic way) and stock up on favourite nuts, seeds, beans and grains so I'll have options for protein

You're absolutely right, 3 pieces of fruit is a lot of sugar to start the day with

skinnyjeans on 10/25/2008:
Wow...menu today looks super healthy! You are doing GREAT!! :)

trishpiglet3 on 10/25/2008:
No marmite crisps in sight :)

trishpiglet3 on 10/25/2008:
Also FAO biscottibody59 - yes, the fruit totally filled me up till lunch

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/25/2008:
thanks for those links...that's so cool. i think i'm gonna definitely take a look at your foods! :)

glad to see you getting important fats from the nuts too. i agree that nuts are one of the best things you can do for yourself. although what i eat is not vegan, i've been on a skippy peanut butter kick for a couple weeks and i think it's helped my skin. another good fat food is avocado which i love but tend to get sick of every once in awhile. i have some in my fridge now. :) and of course olive oil w. veggies is very healthy.

thanks for NOT making this private. i think it's a great way to learn about people and give and get advice! :) welcome!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/25/2008:
btw, i actually have heard the same thing as you about eating fruit alone. i've been getting used to it at work actually. but at home i still have a difficult time bc it makes me want to eat other sugary things after.

trishpiglet3 - Friday Oct 24, 2008

Weight: 160.0

Ok, so here's a picture of me*. This was taken at my leaving party when I quit my local government job (which was making me ill) at the end of August.

I didn't make a diary entry yesterday because I got home from work late. I've been phoning people who gave the Stop Smoking Service their names and contact details when some medical students did outreach work on the streets. I realised that if I stayed late then I'd catch more people on the phone as they got in from work and I could ask them if they still wanted to give up smoking and find them a group to attend or 1:1 support. Really pleased with how it went. Including today I've got about 14 people signed up to attend the groups. It's a free service - they won't have to pay, wonder if that's why I'm paid so little ; ) But I'm proud of the work I'm doing.

I've done some more thinking and researching about how to lose weight and, now that the weekend is upon us, I'm ready to start putting it into action.

This will, therefore, be a long post. I want to have my eating and exercise guidelines somewhere other than in my notebook - in case I lose my notebook! And to share with all of you.

Exercise guidelines

  • Walk up stairs and escalators at work and on the way to work. Only use the lift if you're carrying something too heavy or awkward to be transported otherwise
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime on working days
  • Do Pilates and an aerobic warm up on at least 4 days out of every 7 - build up level of exercise gradually

Healthy Eating guidelines

  • Eat meals rather than between meals, and eat smaller portions
  • Always eat fruit for breakfast (Have been doing this for 2 weeks now, anyway)
  • Do Pilates and an aerobic warm up on at least 4 days out of every 7 - build up level of exercise gradually
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat healthy food instad of junk!
  • Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day

I might add to these guidelines if I think of any more. Also I'll amend them if, in a few weeks, it doesn't look like there's any improvement.

I plan to reward myself with a small, non-food, reward every day. Then I can have a bigger reward when I reach my goal weight.

Love, peace and good luck to all of you x

*BTW: My picture is already on the internet in lots of places and publicly viewable. I am fine with friends/colleagues/anyone finding me on here.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 - Wednesday Oct 22, 2008

Weight: 160.0

So I'm doing some reading and some thinking about weight loss and working out how to go about it. I read somewhere that if you don't get enough sleep then you feel hungrier. I caught up on sleep last night, went to bed early and then slept through the alarm. I'll aim to make the former part of that (going to bed in good time) a habit.

I also read today (and here's where I find out whether HTML works in these diaries) that eating slowly can make you eat less because there is time for your stomach to register that it's full. Mr Trish eats ever so quickly and sometimes I think I'm subconsciously trying to keep up. I'll work on slowing it down and enjoying it.

My thing I'm proud of today is that I wanted to go and buy crisps (potato chips) from the local shop on my way home. The kind I like are Marmite-flavoured and have no redeeming features whatsoever despite the packaging insisting they're 'better for you'. I am proud that I walked past the shop. In another universe, I could be sat here with salty hands and saying 'oh dear'.

Best wishes and good luck to all x

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

skinnyjeans on 10/22/2008:
Those are some great "tips" that you read. Getting enough sleep is key! Also, eating slowly is also great, if you can do it! :) Good job not buying any crisps!!

legcramps on 10/22/2008:
I totally believe that eating slowly can make you eat less - because of a pulled tooth, it took me four hours just to eat breakfast this morning. I've not felt hungry yet today! Usually i'm starving by lunchtime!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/22/2008:
i find that fish/poultry/meat is much more satisfying in the evening than pasta dishes or lower protein meals. i had fish tonight and was so much more satisfied than i've been in a long time!

trishpiglet3 on 10/23/2008:
BTW I'm vegetarian

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