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trishpiglet3 - Sunday Mar 04, 2018
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 174.6

Back again

My apologies for the previous disappearance!

In the absence of me paying attention, I have put on weight.  A few pounds.  Serious seriousness time - I have prediabetes now (high blood sugar but not yet diabetes).  I've taken some annual leave to get a proper start on getting back into healthy eating and exercising.  Having discussed with my doctor, we've agreed a sensible weight for me to aim for, that my body will be able to maintain... it's higher/heavier than I was originally aiming for on here but let's see how it goes. 

One of my family members had diabetes but got their blood sugar right down to the point where they no longer need medication, and that gives me hope.  It comes down to regular healthy eating and exercising.  One of my friends on social networking asked me recently, after seeing a photo of a cake I'd made for someone's engagement*, "Is there anything you cannot do?" and I replied "Yes, eating healthily and exercising regularly for any sustained length of time and it drives me mad!".  I am here to try to prove myself wrong about that.

Because it's already 2pm and I haven't eaten anything yet (terrible habit), I'm going to call tomorrow Day 1.  Today can be prep day.

*I will not be posting any photos of the cake I made but if anyone wants to see it, happy to email you

Big love to all and hoping you are all safe and warm


Today's food in pictures

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 20.6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/04/2018:
Hi Trish......glad you found your way back!

trishpiglet3 on 03/04/2018:
Thank you. It's good to be back and I feel hopeful x

Donkey on 03/04/2018:
Hi Trish - so good to hear from you, although, I'm so sorry for the diagnosis. I want to encourage you on your journey - you can do this!

trishpiglet3 on 03/04/2018:
Thank you for the encouragement :) Hope I can get there and stay there

Maria7 on 03/04/2018:
Welcome back to DD. :-)

trishpiglet3 on 03/04/2018:
Thank you :)

Donkey on 03/04/2018:
The food pictures are a great idea! What is the recipe for the chocolate loveliness at the end?

trishpiglet3 on 03/04/2018:
I used what I had so the measures may sound a bit strange. Melt 73g cocoa butter (I put it in a small bowl in a sieve over boiling water in a pan) Add 31g raw cocoa powder Add 1g coconut sugar (just enough so it isn't bitter... people who don't have pre-diabetes may wish to add more) Add a tiny drop of vanilla essence Add nuts... I had cashews (22g), almonds (21g - mostly sprinkled on top because they look nice) and pecans (20g) Transfer to a container to put in the fridge Takes about an hour to harden I cut into 8 pieces because it's way calorific... I'm not sure how long it will stay nice but I don't intend more than one piece per day

trishpiglet3 on 03/04/2018:
Also to add, taking photos of my food helps me keep on track, especially at the beginning of healthy eating. It also makes me put a bit of effort into putting meals together rather than (my downfall) grabbing bread and something to put on the bread in a hurry. I'm not against bread per se, just it's a lazy thing for me to grab rather than putting a meal together. If I only ever used bread for nice sandwiches with some salad in then I wouldn't have a problem with it at all. Putting meals together is, for me, good self care. :)

happy-1 on 03/04/2018:
Welcome back!!!

trishpiglet3 on 03/05/2018:
Thank you!

horn_of_plenty on 03/05/2018:
WELCOME BACK! nice to have u back in our ranks of DDers.

What do you do for work that you can take leave ? I think this is a great way to get back on track - less work stress and more time to implement some healthy strategies.

How long will you be on leave?

trishpiglet3 on 03/05/2018:
I've got a week off! YAY My job is training people to be stop smoking advisors. I also see stop smoking clients myself ...and that's a bit of my job I can't really take 100% leave from because if a client contacts me needing some help or some meds then I still have to respond. I've warned them all that I'm on leave this week so emergencies only.

Getting back on track is absolutely the plan! Thank you for the welcome back :)

trishpiglet3 - Sunday Nov 06, 2016
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 168.7

No weighing just yet - I'm just trying to get back to healthy :(
Apols if any of this is Too Much Information

Following 2 lots of antibiotics for a dental infection, I have had an unwelcome visit from the yeast fairy.  It would have been wise to not eat any sugar at the weekend but it was my birthday on Friday and there was a trip out to a lovely restaurant then to a vegan ice cream parlour and when I came home hubby had a vegan chocolate cake for me in the fridge.  PLUS I drank small amounts of alcohol at our Guy Fawke's outdoor party to keep me warm and I may as well have said "Come on in yeast, you're welcome, let me help you to multiply!!

I did some researching for what to eat and not (because I was awake till 5am... itching) and so now I have a bowl full of some of the very limited number of things it's ok to eat if you have the yeast fairy visiting (it's even in my mouth! no smoochies!) Is it me or is it not a very long list?

I have used all the stuff from the pharmacy (I had asked pharmacist could I eat specific food to help clear it up and he said "It's a bit late for that") which has burned a hole in my pocket. Would have been cheaper to get most of it on prescription but my doctor's surgery isn't open till tomorrow.  I have probiotic capsules too.

No sugar! Till this is gone. No sugar?!!!! Training people all day on Tuesday with no sugar?!
Maybe there are some good things about no sugar other than just starving the yeast fairy

I will be more cheerful next time I promise


Progress as of today: 1.9 lbs lost so far, only 21.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/06/2016:
A day with no sugar sounds almost as dangerous as a day without coffee in my world. Still, it's probably better to be without sugar as often as possible. *sigh*

hollybelle on 11/07/2016:
Combat yeast with probiotics - you said it! Feel better soon!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/07/2016:
Nothing you write is TMI! you should read some of my nutty entries lol! I don't weigh either since weight fluctuates naturally, i do more by how my clothes fit.

lol never had a yeast infection, but have had two rounds of UTI's outch! what pain! happened bc of diet i think in addition to walking at lunch in the heat of summer over a year ago and sweating and not being as clean as i guess i needed to be afterwards. not that i'm unclean - lol...just the parameters of walking in the hot summer heat at lunch and going back a little sweaty to work isn't a good idea so i have learned! This year i used a very light natural deoderant and found i got a pimple under my armpit due to the same scenario, walking at lunch, sweating, reusing a cardigan having it touch my armpits bc i was wearing tank tops in summer more than one day at work = NO GOOD. Lesson learned :)...

at least we learn the lesson and try not to make the same mistakes again!

you have yeast in your mouth? can you explain just a little more?

i would say not no sugar, but less. no candy...no juices no maybe fruit. I think cranberry capsules are ok? feel better. you can also google it....

trishpiglet3 - Saturday Oct 29, 2016
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 168.7

Lots of running around and working today even though it's Saturday.  I'm training at least one day per week all through November and on the 3rd there's a large team gathering at my place of work for which I was asked to produce a quiz so I've been in an otherwise-empty office today getting printing done.  Half of the quiz questions will be about smoking and stopping smoking, and half with be about cardio-vascular disease prevention i.e.exercise and healthy eating (those being the 2 things my workplace offers people help with, for free because of the NHS).  If any of you would like to try the quiz then please let me know and I'll put it here as a post - however it does have pictures (multiple choice answers) and by your lack of comments to my posts with pictures, I'm guessing you're not that keen on pictures.

Here's what I've eaten today

Breakfast: Banana, porridge and pumpkin seeds, ginger tea

Lunch: Roquefort and salad sandwich (I know - I'm an addict) + HALF of an apple, kale and cucumber smoothie - it was horrible

On the way home after working for ages and walking for more ages: Sainsburys Dairy-Free Chocolate Buttons  (behold the flimsy attempt at justification which precedes this chocolate announcement)

Dinner: Tofu and vegetable soup with coconut and lime (home-made) with 23g of BBQ Popchips as a highly incongruous accompaniment - I've just been looking on their site and they show different packaging depending on which country you click to say you're in.  Wooooow! I'm going to be here the rest of the day now, comparing popchip packaging!

Big love to you all

Especially big Halloweeny love to people who are doing things for Halloween.  It's not so much my thing but I like that people are having fun xxx


Progress as of today: 1.9 lbs lost so far, only 21.7 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 10/30/2016:
HappyHolloweeny, Trish.

trishpiglet3 on 10/30/2016:
Thank you! :) You also

innerpeace on 10/31/2016:
I would like to try your quiz! Thanks

trishpiglet3 on 11/06/2016:
hello! I saved the quiz to Google Drive and could share it with you there if you like xx

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/31/2016:
Cool! so you work in the health field and help people...nice :)

I love those smoothies but prefer to chew my veggies! When i drink liquid things, i find myself too hungry too early on. and also even if the smoothie has veggies, it is still all sugar.

yum to chocolate :) lol....you are funny!

soup sounds really tasty. and who doesn't like chips! i actually rely on one brand of veggie chips (because it's the lowest calorie brand i could find!) where it's 38 or so chips for only 130 calories. decent. and the chips are huge.

Happy Halloween!

trishpiglet3 - Sunday Oct 23, 2016
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 168.7

Food for the day - This post is in progress and will be added to later

  1. Lemon and ginger tea
  2. Scrambled egg with grated carrot, tomato and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds + black decaf coffee and a mini corn muffin (homemade no dairy or eggs, recipe on line I'll put a link in a bit)
  3. Sugar-free Sula Fruit Mix boiled sweetie/ hard candy (lemon) - I don't think a bit of sugar is necessarily evil but my teeth do. 8 calories - but since I'm not counting any other calories this isn't really relevant.
  4.  Roquefort on 2 oatcakes - readers may wish to note that, being allergic to dairy, I am not meant to eat this but I had some left in the packet and decided it was too nice to throw away. I must desist from buying. (I attribute this snacking to too long a time left between food no.2 and food no. 5)
  5. Aubergine and veg stew with wholewheat couscous
  6. Mini bar of dark chocolate - what was I saying about sugar just now - oops



Progress as of today: 1.9 lbs lost so far, only 21.7 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/25/2016:
it's ok to have a small chocolate! everything sounds good. i used to be hooked so much on ginger tea myself! i would sweeten it with stevia (no cals).

trishpiglet3 on 10/29/2016:
Thank you! I've been away from here for a while as I've been unwell (and not worrying about eating so much because I was too ill to want to eat!) but back onto it today :)

Horn_of_plenty on 10/29/2016:
Well I am glad to hear you are beginning to feel better :) Welcome back!!

hollybelle on 11/01/2016:
Looks like you are doing well. I would like to see the quiz and if I'd not been out of town I would have commented on your posts with pictures!! I recently organized and purged my pantry. Rewarding! Also your red pepper and butternut squash soup sounds marvelous!

trishpiglet3 - Saturday Oct 22, 2016
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 168.7

This evening I went through my cupboards and looked to see what had the lowest -> highest salt, sugar and fat. Also when things go out of date because I want to not waste things.  Am still ILL but going to restart writing my food down tomorrow.

Love and peace to all of you xx

Progress as of today: 1.9 lbs lost so far, only 21.7 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 - Friday Oct 21, 2016
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 168.7

This week I've been unwell - gum infection (improving thanks to the miracle of Flagyl and Amoxycillin cocktail) then a bad cold.  My healthy eating has been on the backburner along with my low energy but today I'm trying to get back on track with it.  I thought I could do with some food inspiration so, instead of going to a major supermarket, I went to Damas Gate market which is across the road from the Doctor's Surgery where I have my Friday evening clinic.  

Consider me inspired! Look at all that fruit and veg out in front!
(yeah I know, traffic rolling past it, but that's London - I love that we have greengrocer shops and other alternatives to big name supermarkets but none of them are next to lovely rolling fields and the places in the UK that have lovely rolling fields are not doing so well financially and just have a newsagent that's also a post office and sells tins of things but shuts at 4pm)

Tonight for dinner I had red pepper and butternut squash soup, lentil koftas and fava bean salad - all of it home-made. Feel like I'm on the Vegiterranean diet!     Bag of groceries for £3.16 too (almost exactly the same amount as dollars, thank you Brexit) and lovely lady who served me in the shop gently explained the difference between parsley and coriander so I knew how to pick the right one next time (and sent her colleague to swap the parsley I'd picked up for the coriander I wanted).

I offered Mr Trish a taste of everything I made and he went 'mmmm' at each thing but then, to my 'would you like some?' it was 'no thanks'.  More for me.

Big love and Happy Friday everyone! xxx

Edit: Sorry, just checked the receipt - £3:17

Edit2: I've just found out the Vegiterranean Diet is an actual thing - it's not what I'm doing though, I was just playing with words

Progress as of today: 1.9 lbs lost so far, only 21.7 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 - Tuesday Oct 18, 2016
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 168.7

People. I weighed myself and my arrow moved. A bit.

It so very nearly moved the wrong way because I didn't read which box was for current weight and which box was for start weight.

I should go because I am meant to be working.  I am masses privileged to have a job where, aside from turning up at my clinics and turning up when I'm training people, I get to choose when I do my work and where I am when I do it.  However... work still needs to be done. <- Mainly I am saying this so you don't picture me being a naughty person working in an office and sneakily writing on this site while ignoring work I need to be doing now...  Great. Now I sound judgemental of people who take breaks to look at the internet at work! (Special smiley hello to anyone who is doing that today)

At my old job we were allowed to look at the internet whenever we wished - if the internet went down, productivity went up.  Rumour has it that this rule was brought in after someone walked into the office of the head of the service and found him engrossed in Anna Kournikova's fan page.  This didn't apply to me because, towards the end of working there, I always had more work than it was humanly possible to do so I ran away to join the stop smoking service on account of I'm not athletic enough for the circus.

Big love to all of you and hope it's going well.  xxx

Progress as of today: 1.9 lbs lost so far, only 21.7 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 10/18/2016:
Congratulations on the loss! I laughed out loud at your post! Thanks for the humor! I always worked where it was OK to look briefly on breaks and my last job was too massively stressful so I retired (for now) - but I am going to keep the circus in mind!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/18/2016:
Congrats on the arrow's movement...all your doing, so be proud!

I have an office job also & most of the time I write comments during the work week, I'm also writing here while mostly at work! Nice break from work...

i think it's fine to relax a bit at work, use the mind to write here & make comments too!

Lots of love to you too & continued progress.

trishpiglet3 - Saturday Oct 15, 2016
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 168.7

Hello lovely people!  

I''m calling my diet 'DIY (do-it-yourself) regular and healthy and that's what I''m going to aim for to start out with. I'm going to aim to cook from scratch as much as possible also waste as little as possible in order to save some cash on food bills (I think we'll all get along loads better on here if I don't talk about politics but I'm in the UK and yeah, that).  I'm going to start writing down what I eat here so I can keep a check on it.

My friend on Facebook informs me that meals eaten between after 10am on a weekend but which are the first meal of the day are called 'Brunch'.

Celery and tomato soup - home made (last night) - it tasted nicer than I expected, especially for not having very many ingredients.  I left the seeds in the tomatoes.
Olive tofu (this is tofu with olives in and is way nice), popped Amaranth and carrot sticks - I threw all of these into the soup for extra goodness

I did jump on the scales before eating this and NO difference. How my jeans fit when they didn't used to is beyond me - it could be that they didn't fit previously due to the expanding wonders of menstruation

Early evening thing
I had forgotten that tonight was the night for going out with a group of friends who we see only once a year and all go out to dinner together.  We came back from a long, healthy walk and our friends were waiting outside our door.  We went to Wimpy burger and all the veggie options had dairy in so I had scampi and chips which is terrible it's like mass murder, at least with fish and chips you've only killed one thing.
I couldn't eat more than a bit of it, it was just not nice. Couldn't get it down so pushed it around my plate and just ate the salad around it

Came home and hubby made me a vegan cheese and pickle sandwich which I'm eating now.

Hoping tomorrow goes better. Fully intending to have my banana and soya milk thing before I go to bed though, and I like that


Progress as of today: 1.9 lbs lost so far, only 21.7 lbs to go!

puddles on 10/15/2016:
Sound good that soup. Have a great day.

trishpiglet3 on 10/15/2016:
Thank you!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/15/2016:
wow all kinds of goodness in the food department. wishing you a great day.

trishpiglet3 on 10/15/2016:
Thank you! Things went awry a bit later on ... about to write up why x

hollybelle on 10/17/2016:
I have a great recipe for tomato celery soup! From an historic restaurant. Hope you had a good day!

trishpiglet3 on 10/18/2016:
Alas the day ended with me having a panic attack, which happens sometimes - think I was overwhelmed. Shaky on Sunday but improved over Monday :)

I bet that historic restaurant recipe is awesome and lots better than mine (not just because I made mine up as I went along) xx

trishpiglet3 - Wednesday Oct 12, 2016
(Not sure yet - working it out)
Weight: 170.6

Hello people!

I haven't weighed myself yet - I read somewhere weigh every 2 weeks (or was it a month?) and we're a day or so short of that so I'll report back in a bit.  I don't think I'll have lost much weight yet because I've been eating a bit more carefully but not started exercising.  My jeans are less tight - that's a plus.

Yesterday, among my group of training attendees, there was an Exercise Therapist who works at the local hospital.  We were talking through ways to help clients cope with cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms and pretty much his answer to every thing was EXERCISE.  It helps you sleep, it calms you down, it speeds up your metabolism,it speeds up the rate at which nicotine leaves the body, it's protective against depression, it reduces anxiety.  As my lovely American husband would probably say... "I'd better get me some of that there exercise!".  I have no excuses.  Lazy isn't an excuse really is it.

I've been trying to eat more healthily, making gradual changes.  My sister has given up eating crisps (potato chips) in the run up to Christmas.  She says Christmas can be 'Crispsmass' this year... it's less funny if I say chips.  And I'm English/British so I say things like crisps, jam, through, thorough, though and tough and also my mum's voicemail message begins "Good Day to you!"

It's getting a bit late here so I will leave you with the thing I am doing to wean myself off sugar.  Instead of cakes and sweets and chocolate and things...

  • Take a banana - one where the skin is brown and spotty because that means it's ripe
  • Put it in a blender
  • Add cocoa powder - the regular stuff is fine or you can be posh and use expensive raw cacao which is the same thing spelled differently and costing 5 times as much yay!
  • Add milk (I use soya milk because of dairy allergy and also because I like it)
  • Add a drop of vanilla essence OR some real vanilla - either of which give a special yum smell
  • Blend
  • Drink up! (ice cube optional)

Not eating crisps is something I actually find harder.  I think they are made to be as addictive as possible.  The other night I was so desperate for crisps that I tried to make my own in the oven.  This did not go well.

Another source of joy over the past few days though has been my root vegetable soup I made and which is now all gone.  Soups are things of awesome!   I've got a can of creamed corn in the cupboard and keep meaning to make corn soup.  I'm learning that filling up is no problem - what you fill up on is quite important though.

Big love to all of you and hope it's going well xxx

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 23.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 10/12/2016:
Sounds like you are doing OK. Your sweet substiture drink sounds good. A little choc banana treat.

grannyannie on 10/13/2016:
Your drink sounds a lot like one I've made before: called a skinny shake. Banana, vanilla, almond milk, cocoa, Stevia, crushed ice - blend. Makes a nice shake!

Agree that crisps are very, very addictive.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/13/2016:
i also agree that chips are addictive. Although, I include them in my diet quite regularly (usually instead of bread...i think to myself - "what's so bad about chips - it's just oil & potato). so i eat them pretty often with meals. i try for a brand that is pretty low cal so i can eat a lot of them. usually 1-2 servings and that is it.

trishpiglet3 on 10/15/2016:
Hadn't thought of switching brands! Good idea x

grannyannie on 10/13/2016:
When I buy them I always buy single serve instead of a big bag.

trishpiglet3 on 10/15/2016:
Mr Trish knows my favourite ones and they usually only come in a multipack. Single serve much better idea! I'm going to try to keep to the Crisp/Chip- abstinence for the moment and if I can be like the person who occasionally has a handful at a party but who otherwise isn't bothered by them then I'll be a happy Trish indeed.

trishpiglet3 - Saturday Oct 01, 2016
(Not sure yet - working it out)
Weight: 170.6

And hello again.

So, happily married me, now with an American husband telling me every day that I look beautful (I want to clone him so more people can have a copy now that I'm no longer polyamorous and can't lend him out), who is succeeding at my work, who is learning to deal with anxiety, who is happy with life .... has put on 40lbs since last we spoke.  The also now 7 years older me doesn't care so much about what that *looks* like but cares more about carrying on being alive so I can enjoy my life and future.  I tried a calorie counting site but I'm too busy to be weighing everything and found it hard to keep it up.  Whereas I remembered all the fantastically supportive and helpful people on here and how writing stuff down got it processed and helped me to get healthier.  So I'm back and going to glance just once at whatever graph or graphic they put in to show that 40lb weight gain, then look forwards.

I'm not so used to the lbs thing.  I think it's because we tend to do kilos now in the UK.  Maybe it caught on because 'pounds' is also our currency.
"I've gained forty pounds(£)"
"Fantastic! It"s your round!*"

- *translation "The drinks are on you"

I've put, for 'current diet' that I'm not yet sure and still working it out. I'm here to learn, people. I'll be reading your diaries to see what's working for you and I'll be open to your comments and thoughts.  There are some diets that aren't feasible for me to do or things I can't eat for health reasons so we have to rule them out and also some things I would prefer not to do - as follows:

  • I am allergic to dairy - that said I have a Roquefort addiction even though it makes me ill and even though I've had food poisoning from it ...twice. I think I have to say byebyes to the Roquefort *wailing now*.  I do like vegan cheeses, which according to the internet is now called 'Gary' for some reason, and am exploring making my own (e.g. cashew cheese). I may be the only human alive who likes them but so be it, more for me
  • I have a circulatory disease called Raynauds. If I eat low-carb then the symptoms worsen ... a lot. I don't want to hear how low carb is actually the cure for Raynauds and how I should be eating low carb but taking supplement X, taking calcium channel blockers or cleaning my aura.  Really, really not so please, if you were going to, don't. Anyone who does will be pointed back here to where I said this... end of. (Currently eating homemade wholewheat sugar-free bread roll just out of the oven with home made cashew cheese and a sliver of onion which was made by nature/the planet/your chosen deity - please don't take this sheer joy from me!)
  • I'm having a go at being vegetarian (about a month now) and have not yet died as a result. If I get ill or find I'm missing anything major then I will, of course, take appropriate eating action.  I think my body prefers being veggie - I was veggie for *counts* over 20 years before I started eating meat again in response to the low iron levels I got from eating hardly anything ever because I was really stressed one time.  Am I allowed to be blunt about something? I'll whisper it ... I find it easier to poop as a vegetarian.  It might be to do with vegetables having fibre, which you may spell fiber if you want.   What's that? You're supposed to eat vegetables as well if you eat meat? Yeah, I know. I probably didn't eat enough of them. Thanks. Shall we stop whispering now?
  • I have to start off exercising slowly because of the asthma fairy.  That's just start off slow, I can build up to doing quite a lot.  I forgot this recently and went from zero to half an hour of aerobics... not a good result.
  • Preference for real food over sachets of gunk.  If I wouldn't feed it to a toddler, a hungry person I cared about or to a beloved pet, I don't think it should be going into me.  Not wishing to be down on powdered and reconstituted solutions of pink gunk for other people who want to use them but not for me.

I'm actually very lucky in that my workplace (I don't know if I'm allowed to plug it) now runs a cardiovascular disease prevention programme as well as the stop smoking service.  I'm eligible for the programme but .... it would be my (new) colleagues supervising my exercising and healthy eating in an official way and that's too weird and too much pressure.  However a few of them have very kindly said they'll be happy to check in with me and answer questions about healthy eating and exercising.  So very kind!  I can pay them in home made cookies... they jog and eat celery and stuff so they're allowed.

Ok so let's plug and we'll see if diet diaries tells me off.  Below is a poster with ME on it (the person facing the camera with a skewiffy collar).  I want to look better on the next poster.  (I can't remember how to make images smaller on this thing, bear with me)

Catch you all later! And good luck with your own healthy eatings and exercisings xxx
p.s. please don't ring me at work just to say hi ... I'm hardly ever in the office and it will annoy the support team


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 23.63 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/01/2016:
Hey Trish, I'm an American married to a Scot and live in the UK. I had to get used to using stone for weight, but don't like it at all. Definitely won't use kilos. I've changed my scale to pounds as that is what I'm used to.

Good luck!

trishpiglet3 on 10/01/2016:
Thank you! :) Amd hello to you fellow UK-dwelling person x

I will have a look to see if my scale can be changed to pounds as it will be easier than working it out every time I want to input onto this site :)

Your exercising looks impressive More power to you :D

puddles on 10/01/2016:
Welcome good to have you on the site. Good luck on your journey and all your life changing habits.

trishpiglet3 on 10/01/2016:
Thank you! I hope I'll be as successful as you :) Your DD speedometer shows awesomeness and winning and mine shows I haven't left the starting line yet

Donkey on 10/01/2016:
Your picture is adorable :-) I look forward to reading more of your posts!

trishpiglet3 on 10/01/2016:
Thank you! Looking forward to reading (more of) yours too.

One of the occupational hazards of my job is that you never really get any warning of being used on promotional materials. My team manager told me one time he was standing waiting for the train at the tube station, happened to turn around and was suddenly face-to-face with his own head on a poster. :)

My hair is a lot longer than that now.

hollybelle on 10/01/2016:
Welcome back to DDs. I am recently back, myself. Sounds like a good plan. I am just doing what I can for now and not posting food, but I may later on.

trishpiglet3 on 10/02/2016:
Good luck with it :) and welcome bacm to you too xx

Today's challenge is that I'm baking a load of cookies for other people (my trainees - it's cheaper than buying them snacks) and I want to avoid eating them myself

But yeah, I may not post food just yet either - maybe later on when I've got the food regularity and healthy a bit more sorted xx

Horn_of_plenty on 10/04/2016:
Hello & welcome. you sound like a really smart lady & i have NO idea what your name was before on here...but it wasn't the one you have now because it's definitely sounding NEW to me! OMG welcome back though. So nice to read some new words & inspirational posts such as this one...

Never heard of cashew cheese. Sounds tasty and healthy. I will stay away though as cheese is high calorie and so are cashews so it sounds a bit too rich for me to start delving into a new calorie trap that tastes too good for me to stop! LOL...

You speak of not being able to or want to eat very low carb - me too. These days, I have noticed plenty how the carbs generally tend to make me feel better. Except when i'm eating bananas at breakfast...they do make me feel good, but if i eat one, i am definitely hungry from a blood sugar drop just a couple hours later. Even if i eat the banana with protein and fat, no good....so i tend to have tea or an energy drink at the point when i'm at work...yeah.

I agree that being a vegetarian can definitely help you poop more if you are including the beans / whole grains / veggies in a healthy way, YES. I would like to be a veg, but i tend to get too hungry & do miss meat a lot here and there (chicken I am counting as meat when i say meat)...when i'm going about on a higher carb week, I crave real meat...so yeah for me i cannot do veg, but i know plenty of people that are veg and vegan. I know it can be a very healthy way. but, meat is not the worst. A tip from me - i do eat much more veggies...than most other food groups at meals and i have learned to be very satisfied with very small portions of meat. Only rarely do i eat a large portion...

You have a very healthy approach eating real foods. Welcome to the site again!

trishpiglet3 on 10/08/2016:
Hello lovely. I started off as trishpiglet. Then trishpiglet2 and now trishpiglet3. I was posting in 2010 as trishpiglet3 :)

Seen your name on here but this is the first time I think I've had a comment from you and I feel happily honoured :D Thank you for saying lovely things xx

No judgement whatsoever from me on anyone's food choices. Small amounts of protein and lots of veggies yay!

Big thanks for your welcome :)

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