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size10wannabe - Sunday Mar 07, 2010
(Healthy low calories with exercise)
Weight: 151.5

 I really enjoyed the walk yesterday. I live in Guildford in Surrey, England and we walked all the way to Shere and back along the Downs. It was a beautiful cold and sunny day and it felt great to be out in the countryside with friends. I must admit my legs do ache today - I'm not used to walking 18miles - and I seem to have bruised both my big toes! I had an Indian takeaway yesterday evening as I felt that I'd earned it - I think I chose fairly healthily and had a piece of tandoori chicken and portion of boiled rice. Although I also had a plain naan and a couple of onion bahjis! 

Today is another beautiful spring day and I've been to the shops for work clothes and shoes and also bought some fresh fruit and veg from Tescos. I also bought an art set with oil paints etc as I feel inspired by the spring weather to try my hand at some painting, which I've not done for years. Foodwise, today I've had/will have:

  • Oats with skimmed milk (apple and blueberry) - 205 cals
  • One apple - 60 cals
  • Go ahead cereal bar - 140cals
  • Piece of bread with margarine - 100 cals
  • Stew (lean beef, leek, carrot, parsnip) and dumplings - around 700 cals
  • Portion of blueberries - 80 cals
  • Kiwi fruit - 60 cals

TOTAL: Around 1345 cals

I'm trying to eat slightly more today as I'm feeling quite tired after yesterday!

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 25.5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 03/08/2010:
Good going on the walk--sounds like quite the challenge!

Thanks for the comment and sentiments--you've inspired me to do just that--start over for the new week! I read the comment earlier yesterday and wondered if I could actually do it. It's been a month of Sundays since I really tried anything different. Sometimes taking one day--seriously taking one day at a time can show us a new perspective.

Have a good week!

size10wannabe - Saturday Mar 06, 2010
(Healthy low calories with exercise)
Weight: 151.5

Ok so I've apparently lost no weight this week despite keeping my calories at around 1,100 calories a day and exercising for at least 45 minutes a day. I don't feel any slimmer either :( I'm fed up. But I shall persevere. The problem is that I suffered from anorexia when I was 15 and 16 and dropped to around 84lbs (I'm 5ft7) and although I've been at a healthy weight since I was 17 (around 8 years) I still have to fight the instinct to cope with stress etc by restricting my diet and losing weight. Therefore I have to be really careful not to let my calories drop below 1,000 calories as I tend to get 'hooked' on that kind of unhealthy behaviour quite fast - but it's so tempting when I see no movement in the scales despite some quite impressive willpower and effort on my part.

However, today is a new day. I have had oats with skimmed milk for breakfast and will shortly be setting off on an 18 mile walk. I will try to introduce more fruit and veg into my diet - the problem is that even fruit and veg have calories (particularly fruit) and it's hard enough to feel full on what I eat now without reducing the size of proper meals to make way for 5 portions of fruit - 5 apples would be 300cals!

I've got to get ready for my walk, but I will post later and comment on diaries. thanks for the comments! 

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 25.5 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 03/06/2010:
yeah but not everything's about diet is calories counting... you have to get your vitamins, your daily dose of sugar, fibre, etc. And fruits and veggies serve for all counts! Fruits have sugar but healthy,rapidly disappearing sugar from your system.. they help you to keep your intestines healthy. I'm sorry about your teenage anorexia. That must have been very difficult, and yes, you have to be careful with your tendencies. It's your mark, but now your older and wiser and you can do this! Weigh stops time to time, but then when it starts to go off again like a losen rock from the top of the mountain. You just have to eat fruits and veggies so everything can go out from your body in a healthy, natural way. :)

biscottibody59 on 03/06/2010:
You may or may not find this helpful.

Possibly you aren't coming close to eating enough and therefore your body is holding on to every calorie.

Check this out: http://www.shapeup.org/atmstd/sud10v3/sud10s7.php (I just think this is a good illustration for people who may be restricting calories just a bit much:-)

If you put your numbers into the metabolism calculator there, it looks like about 1450 cals is what your body needs just to maintain itself--that's at rest--no exercise, activity or movement included. We all want to succeed, but as GeeVee mentioned awhile ago DDs is strewn with diarists (not here right now) who restricted cals and certain foods and messed up their ability to have a menstrual period and in some cases, to get pregnant.

Put your health first, you won't regret it--good luck in your journey!

geevee on 03/06/2010:
One day when I ate a bowl of broccoli as a snack I discovered how filling it was in addition to all that needed nutrition. The same goes for fruit. I don't bother counting calories for either fruits or vegetables and tend to have large portions of them. What I do watch is the amount of meat which I always weigh now and bread/bagels, etc. which I count. My salads are huge.

Psychologically this helps. With big portions of certain foods you don't feel like you're on a diet or being deprived plus it's so good for your health.

size10wannabe on 03/07/2010:
Thanks for the tips and comments - I will certainly take them on board!

size10wannabe - Friday Mar 05, 2010
(Healthy low calories with exercise)
Weight: 151.5

 Argh - why aren't I losing weight?! I'm getting really disgruntled now...

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 25.5 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 03/05/2010:
dont be.. its a game of patience and care - horn_of_plenty 's right, you should introduce veggies and fruits into your diet, and get 1200 kcal a day. Eat 5-6 times a day, avoid white stuff (white flour, white bread, white rice..), alcohol, candies, cakes, etc. Get HEALTHY :)

size10wannabe - Wednesday Mar 03, 2010
(Healthy low calories with exercise)
Weight: 151.5

 I was very tired all day at work today and consequently inefficient. I managed to leave by 5.45pm and so have had a nice evening which should help tomorrow.


  • 2 pieces of toast with marmite - around 200 cals
  • Boots Falafel wrap - 270 cals
  • Peach yoghurt - 93 cals
  • Small lamb chop - around 200 cals
  • White rice with peas - around 250 cals
  • Sugar free jelly - 10 cals

TOTAL: Around 1013 cals

Exercise - I walked to and from work today, which is about 5 miles and 1.5hours of walking. 

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 25.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/04/2010:
don't forget your fruits and veggies! they will make you feel better! you could easily have added them in for less than or about 200 calories. and that would take you to a more healthy 1200 caloies. PLEASE don't starve yourself.

size10wannabe - Tuesday Mar 02, 2010
(Healthy low calories with exercise)
Weight: 151.5

So very tired tonight. I worked last night until 10.30pm and today worked from 9pm to 7.45pm without a break AND I've had to give my mobile number out to the corporate partner who is at a client meeting at the moment (9.15pm) in case he needs my advice on the employment documents. I hate corporate support work!

My intake today:

  • breakfast cereal bar - 145 cals
  • lunch - green thai chicken flat bread from Costa - 325 cals
  • dinner - soup - 170 cals with 2 slices of bread with marg - 210 cals
  • cereal bar - 145 cals
  • Orange juice - 150 cals

TOTAL: 1145 cals - it's shocking how quickly the calories add up. I feel like I've not really eaten anything all day as I'm so tired! Definitely worth tracking the calories!

Exercise - walked 2.5 miles into work - around 250 cals burnt. Plus a lot of stressing and hard work at work! 

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 25.5 lbs to go!

geevee on 03/02/2010:
So you're aiming for 125 too? I've been there before and really want to return. For me, 140 is a critical point.Once I pass it it seems easier. This plateau I've been on is driving me nuts!

PsychKat on 03/02/2010:
I was just posting in my entry about how quickly the calories add up!! Isn't it the truth!!! LOL...great choices today!!

Hope you get some rest..you deserve it!

size10wannabe - Sunday Feb 28, 2010
(Healthy low calories with exercise)
Weight: 151.5

Weight was 151.5 lbs this morning! Yay :D 

I ate according to plan yesterday, but also had a sugar free jelly (under 10 cals) and a muller light yoghurt (105 cals). I'm struggling on these low calories - I feel hungry a lot of the time and kind of empty/lethargic. But I suppose my body is adjusting to the lower calorie intake. 

I've had a small glass of orange juice this morning for energy and am about to do a workout DVD. Breakfast will be weetabix and kiwi fruit. Unfortunately, I have a rather unhealthy meal on the menu today as my husband got an indian meal out of the freezer for today (he doesn't really understand healthy eating) so I'll have to eat lightly apart from that meal - the calories from that meal will be 847 calories :( Even with just my breakfast my calories will be 1050 calories. But maybe it'll rev up my metabolism. I'm doing a workout to try to burn a few more calories. I really don't want to undo all my hard work!

Regarding calorie counting, I know the calorie contents of a lot of foods as I have a long and checkered history with dieting. However, I tend to check the amount on the packet and calculate the amount in the food by reference to its weight. Where it is a food such as fruit, the internet is a helpful source of calorie information. 

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 25.5 lbs to go!

nosetwitch on 02/28/2010:
My boyfriend is Indian, and I know just how lethal those Indian meals are. Have you tried Chicken Biryani? To die for! Anyway, just wanted to say I understand your feelings of hunger. It seems that no matter how well I combine the whole carb, fiber, fat, and protein thing into one meal, I feel hungry during certain points of the day. I'm hoping that will go away.

geevee on 02/28/2010:
I bought an electronic food scale which I use especially to weigh meat, before and after cooking. There is a difference! You can weigh using oz.s or grams. It is so convenient.

size10wannabe - Saturday Feb 27, 2010
(Healthy low calories with exercise)
Weight: 152.0

 Morning all!

I had an amazing acupuncture session last night that got the weekend off to a good start. I'm starting to feel a little better thanks to my iron tablets too, so that's good - though still lacking on energy.

Yesterday I had:

  • Apple and blueberry oats made with semi skimmed milk - 203 cals
  • Wagamamas yasai yaki soba - 278 cals (according to web)
  • Lentil soup - 160 cals
  • 4 ryvitas - 120 cals
  • Handful of pumpkin seeds - 60 cals
  • 2 mini flapjack squares- 100 cals

TOTAL: 921 cals

Exercise - not really much unfortunately!

Today I have had:

  • 2 weetabix with semi skimmed milk and a kiwi fruit - around 200 cals.
  • 3 egg whites - 45 cals
  • Peas, spinach & mushroom - around 60 cals
  • 2 ryvita with marmite - around 70 cals

375 cals so far...

Later we are having a lean sirloin steak cooked in a griddle pan without any added fat served with spinach and mushrooms and maybe some salad. I reckon that should be around 400 cals based on a 200g sirloin steak. I'm trying to increase my iron levels hence the red meat - not a common part of my diet!

Only lost a pound this week, but feel like I've gotten slimmer as I can now get back into my work trousers that were tight after christmas. 

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 26 lbs to go!

geevee on 02/27/2010:
A pound a week is a good loss.

ElizabethBennet on 02/27/2010:
I wonder how do you count you calories? I mean, how do you now exactly how many calories has "X" product, piece of fruit, etc?

size10wannabe - Tuesday Feb 23, 2010
(Healthy low calories with exercise)
Weight: 153.0

I had a bad day at work today - very long, tiring and boring - I'm really not loving the job at the moment :(

Food intake:

  • Two slices of bread (184) with peanut butter (100) - 284 cals
  •  Skinny decaff cinnamon late - 51 cals
  • Green Thai Chicken Flatbread - 325 cals
  • Two slices of bread with margarine - 200 cals
  • Soup - 120 cals
  • Prawns - 60 cals
  • Jelly with raspberries - 98 cals

TOTAL: 1138 cals

Not too bad considering that I have a tendency to comfort eat after days like today! My little splurge was the pre-dinner bread and butter - it was wholemeal, but still not the healthiest choice!

Exercise-wise - my normal 40 minute walk to work (around 2.5 miles).

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 27 lbs to go!

chidogs on 02/23/2010:
Oh man, work frustration and stress is the worst kind. Keep good stuff handy and just do your best. I've been there many, many times! Hang on.

legcramps on 02/23/2010:
I hear 'ya, it's the worst when all your energy is drained by the job. Hang in!

size10wannabe - Sunday Feb 21, 2010
(Ultimate New York Body Plan exercise with low cals)
Weight: 153.0

I've had a good few days diet and exercise-wise. It's Sunday and I'm struggling a bit today as feel really hungry :( I've had an early and filling tea in the hope that it will stop me snacking later and give me the energy to do a tae bo workout later. unfortunately I've just been diagnosed as severely anaemic and am feeling pretty tired most of the time at the moment so am struggling to exercise as much/as intensely as I'd like, but hopefully the medication will help soon.

Food intake today:

  • Quaker oats - 213 cals
  • 1 kiwi fruit - 46 cals
  • Soup - 190 cals
  • King prawns - 120 cals
  • Low calorie jelly - 100 cals
  • Strawberries - 50 cals
  • 2 slices wholemeal bread - 184 cals
  • Baked beans - 340 cals

TOTAL: 1243 cals

Hmm.. not great. I have to work out today. I don't want to ruin all my hard work to date. Hopefully next weekend will be easier if I can stick to the diet for the whole week consistently. I've given up alcohol, chocolate, crisps, cake and biscuits for lent so that should help dietwise! 

Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 27 lbs to go!

gettingthere22 on 02/21/2010:
Those calories are great! i dont know why you dont think they are all that great!(: good job.

geevee on 02/21/2010:
GOOD food choices! After Lent, allow yourself "one" chocolate a day. It'll give you something to look forward to and you won't feel deprived.

jananasplit on 02/22/2010:
i personally wouldnt develop the habit of one chocolate a day. chocolate sends your sugar levels sky rocketing which then comes crashing down and results in the next craving. hence why it is soooooo addicitive. if like me, your a huge chocoholic what id advise is to convert yourself to dark chocolate- fair trade 85% cocoa one is best! i was watching market kitchen a few weeks back and theyd a doctor on who said that its the quality of food one eats thats important in weight loss. most chocolate bars are filed with refined sugar, chemicals and loads of stuff to get us addicted. try to go for the best foods possible. :)

size10wannabe - Sunday Jan 24, 2010
(Ultimate New York Body Plan exercise with low cals)
Weight: 156.0

 Good morning!

I ache so much this morning, but am about to grit my teeth and do a tae bo workout on DVD and will then do the 15 mins leg workout from Ultimate New York Body Plan. I ate a bit more last night probably bringing my total calories up to around 1,500 calories, which I'm not pleased with, but at least it's less than 2000 calories and I did exercise. Today will be better. I've decided to do the exercises from the Ultimate New York Body Plan, but to simply eat low calorie/low fat alongside it. I do not get on well with low carbs and cannot afford to be out of it at work - it's not fair on my clients and colleagues. 

Today's plan:

Exercise - 45 mins of tae bo, 15 mins of UNYBP leg workout, 1 hr of salsa (still at early stages of class)

Breakfast - toast with marmite - 300 cals, decaff coffee/redbush tea with semi skimmed milk - 10 cals (total 310 cals)

Lunch - low fat shepherds pie made from scratch and veg - around 500 cals

Dinner - protein shake (220 cals)

TOTAL INTAKE: 1030 calories

By the way, I am 5ft 7.5 tall and live in the UK - so when I say that I am aiming for a size 10, I am referring to the UK size 10, which I believe is a US size 6? I'm currently wearing UK size 12, but since christmas they are snug :(

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 30 lbs to go!

MoodyMe on 01/24/2010:
Wow~fantastic workouts going on!! I know the sore you're talking about, but it's a good feeling isn't it? It's different from pain (at least i hope it is)..just make sure to listen to your body!

Hope Sunday was a great day!

glycrina on 01/24/2010:
where do live in the UK? I lived in London for a little while (the dodgy side).

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