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#26 Caribou

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:42 PM

 76 others, on 06 May 2019 - 06:32 PM, said:



2 slices of bread with the soup? Love bread with soup

Bread is super high in carb and calories. A wholemeal bread is about 139 calories for two slices. I second the rivitias or similar to sustain you. Is maybe do one slice of bread?

#27 ~J_F~

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:47 PM

 76 others, on 06 May 2019 - 06:32 PM, said:



2 slices of bread with the soup? Love bread with soup

Hell yer. If you can make the bread work within your calorie allowance, I say go for it.

At the end of the day what you are doing has to be sustainable long term.

#28 ERipley

Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:12 AM

Day 3 and apparently I’ve lost 1.1kg! I wish this initial period of body shock weight loss could last but I know it won’t. I will enjoy it while it lasts.

Has anyone got any suggestions of low carb swaps we can do? Yesterday I swapped potato for corn in my soup. The potato was so filling and I saved 27 calories by making the swap. I’m also finding soup is more filling if I don’t purée it and leave the chunks of veggies to be chewed. Am I imagining that?

#29 ~J_F~

Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:20 AM

ERipley why are your weighing yourself so often?

#30 ERipley

Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:27 AM

 ~J_WTF~, on 07 May 2019 - 10:20 AM, said:

ERipley why are your weighing yourself so often?

I feel motivated by the progress this early on. Also I have the happy scales app on Caribou’s recommendation and that wants me to input daily. It then shows you the average trend even if the scales go up and down.

#31 Beancat

Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:28 AM

 ERipley, on 07 May 2019 - 10:12 AM, said:

Day 3 and apparently I’ve lost 1.1kg! I wish this initial period of body shock weight loss could last but I know it won’t. I will enjoy it while it lasts.

Has anyone got any suggestions of low carb swaps we can do? Yesterday I swapped potato for corn in my soup. The potato was so filling and I saved 27 calories by making the swap. I’m also finding soup is more filling if I don’t purée it and leave the chunks of veggies to be chewed. Am I imagining that?

With carbs I think it is about the GI than low v high.  You want carbs that are going to give you a slow energy release and high satisfaction.  good swaps are sweet potato for potato, pasta is a good swap for all rice as all pasta, even white is low GI.  Basmatti rice is a good swap for other types of rice as it is low GI.  Bergan bread is a big favorite of mine - as low GI and really good quality.

Well done on the loss in three days!!!


Oriental Lilly - welcome.  A large part of my weight gain I was from AD meds after having my three kids and then I think I stayed in funk while having to go back to work and deal with the 50km commute into Melbourne, which somehow went from an hour each way to up to 2 hours

#32 mayahlb

Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:47 AM

I want to dip my toes in.

Though I suck at trying to lose weight, my body hates letting go of weight. And it's been creeping up despite my best effort (I've had bloods done multiple times and nothing is wrong). I'm also prone to putting on "water weight" with the slightest change in the weather, or my monthly cycle.

Realistically I need to lose 10kg to be back into the healthy range. I would be happy with 5.

I'm calorie counting again. Never seems to work, but I'm trying to be realistic about what I'm eating and cut out the crap (I love my sweets). I did find after starting a new asthma preventer that I'm not as constantly tired all the time and I dropped 0.6kg within a week of starting it, so hopefully that and feeling like I can actually exercise with out feeling like I used up my entire energy allowance for the day in a 4km walk...

#33 Caribou

Posted 07 May 2019 - 11:14 AM

 ERipley, on 07 May 2019 - 10:27 AM, said:



I feel motivated by the progress this early on. Also I have the happy scales app on Caribou’s recommendation and that wants me to input daily. It then shows you the average trend even if the scales go up and down.

You’ll also find during either Ovulation and or period your weight may go up. But will come off after a few days. You’ll notice trends like that. Sometimes new workouts or intense days will have a weight gain but you’ll get a sudden drop after.

To the PP, I also weigh myself daily too, I do it because to me it’s easier to be motivated and accountable. For others it may be more of a deterrent. It really depends on the individual. :)

#34 Caribou

Posted 07 May 2019 - 11:17 AM

Mayhib, have you got a food scale? Sometimes when it says 100grams of chicken we actually put in 200 grams rather than let it go to waste, and that’s fine, just means leftovers for lunch, but if you have measurements of food and add it all up and divide it by serves, the calorie counting can be effective.

Swap sweets for things like berries. Berries are very sweet and tangy. I love raspberries!

It can take 4-6 weeks for any changes to occur. Especially if you’re close to your weight range already.

#35 mayahlb

Posted 07 May 2019 - 11:17 AM

 Caribou, on 07 May 2019 - 11:14 AM, said:

You’ll also find during either Ovulation and or period your weight may go up. But will come off after a few days. You’ll notice trends like that. Sometimes new workouts or intense days will have a weight gain but you’ll get a sudden drop after.

My weight goes up by a least a kg from ovulation until AF. I don't weigh myself once ovulation happens because that's when my body does all sorts of annoying things weight wise. I stick to twice a week for 2 weeks of the month :lol:

Caribou - I don't eat a lot. I'd be lucky to eat half a chicken breast when it says 100g. And I use small bowls and kids plates so my potion sizes are not too big. And usually focus on half the plate being vegetables (no potato because I don't really like potato, I don't really like sweet potato either) or baby spinach or a salad. But I am short and not as active as I could wise due to sitting at a desk in a small office most days. I do like my dairy though ;) I have swapped most sweets out for a yoghurt (I like the yopro ones which are low calorie but high in protien and low sugar), or just don't buy them so I can't eat them if they are not there.

Edited by mayahlb, 07 May 2019 - 11:22 AM.


#36 Caribou

Posted 07 May 2019 - 12:11 PM

My weight went up by 0.5 kilo today. Been pushing more workouts this week. So muscles are definitely sore. I’m finding my existing workouts too easy now, and it’s taking longer to get a calorie burn or move minute on my Apple Watch. I know this is good, means my body is much fitter. But I want to see numbers drop! At the moment I’m only managing to lose 1.5-2kilos a month.

My goal weight is 65kilos. I’m currently at 79.5 I did get down to 78.7 but that bounced up quick! I’m finding as I use the trend app I’ll hit a low number then it kicks up for few weeks before I won’t see those higher numbers again.

Like last march was a lot of 82-80 kilos but by the time April came around it was 80-78kilos and I didn’t see any 82. Hopefully by end of May I’ll see 79-77 more often.

Toddler is getting better at letting me work out. We’ve seemed to come to a truce. Let me run for 30 mins in peace, he gets an iPad and yoghurt.

I should add I have PCOS which doesn’t help with weight loss. And blood pressure medication which is a fantastic water retention tablet. :glare: get told to lose weight but can’t do as easily as others! I joked to my specialist he needed to source me a tablet that allowed me to lose weight as well keep my blood pressure down!

I can’t use metaform (?) because of depression in the past. They said it has a habit of aggravating depression symptoms if you take it. Though I haven’t had depression in a good 5 years now, it’s still, too risky apparently. Boo. Oh well! It’s just hard slogging for now :D

Edited by Caribou, 07 May 2019 - 12:15 PM.


#37 76 others

Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:08 PM

How do you calculate calories in something you made. DH made a lasagne using jar sauce, jar white sauce (don't judge haha), lasagne sheets mince and cheese. I guessed the calories looking at what other lasagne entries were on the app but I doubt it's right.

#38 mayahlb

Posted 07 May 2019 - 10:34 PM

76 others you can “create a recipe” and then you can either bulk import the ingredients and state how many serves it is, or add one from the web. I have a good range of my normal recipes in myfitnesspal. https://www.workinga...-single-serving
This link walks you through it.

#39 76 others

Posted 07 May 2019 - 11:09 PM

Thanks. I have to say i baulked that it goes up to step 17! I guess there's no easier way to break it all down lol.

#40 ERipley

Posted 08 May 2019 - 07:01 AM

 76 others, on 07 May 2019 - 10:08 PM, said:

How do you calculate calories in something you made. DH made a lasagne using jar sauce, jar white sauce (don't judge haha), lasagne sheets mince and cheese. I guessed the calories looking at what other lasagne entries were on the app but I doubt it's right.

I usually just add up how many calories all together and divide it by portion size. The lasagne should be pretty easy because there aren’t many ingredients.

#41 Caribou

Posted 08 May 2019 - 07:11 AM

I love the recipe creator. in MFP If I still have original packaging, and my phone on me, I can 'scan' the product's barcode and it will come up and I input the amount I used from the product.

it adds all up for me, using information from the brand's nutritional info and qty I've told it I used. If I don't have the barcode, like for example some spices, I put in product's brand name i.e Masterfoods paprika and it will let me know how many calories I used based on the info I gave it.

you can either import from website and search alternative to get the brand nutritional so it all becomes more accurate. or write the ingredients yourself. It's a little daunting at the start but once you've got the hang of it, it's really easy. I used a lot of ready made meals from woolies when i started like chicken caesar salads, frittatas, or those MB meals, scanning the barcode with my phone just to make things initially easier at the start.

#42 Hands Up

Posted 08 May 2019 - 07:43 AM

I’m keen to join. I have 3 more kilos to lose (12 kilos down) but the last few are the toughest. I do intermittent fasting (don’t eat breakfast) and low carb which may be the fads alluded to above but I find it very sustainable as I like this type of food.

A typical day for me:

Morning: coffee
Lunch: bento box filled with all sorts of things. Today is a boiled egg, piece of cheese, leftover spinach and mushroom salad, cucumber sticks, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, small amount of ham.
Afternoon tea: handful of nuts, coffee
Dinner: chicken skewers with peanut satay, stir fry vegetables

I don’t drink wine anymore (used to have a glass every night) but occasionally have a vodka soda.

I let myself blow out on holidays and special occasions.

I’m now back into 1 x pilates and 1 x barre class per week. Love them and love doing something for me!

#43 ~J_F~

Posted 08 May 2019 - 08:42 AM

 76 others, on 06 May 2019 - 06:32 PM, said:



2 slices of bread with the soup? Love bread with soup

I got some tip top sandwich thins to go with my soup for lunch today. Still get the bread fix but with less calories.

Just a suggestion, as I was thinking about your bread dilemma as I was deciding :lol:

#44 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:58 AM

I'll join.

I'm 158cm, 10kg would be a good amount for me to lose, but honestly I'll be happy with 5.  We are going on holidays in 3 weeks so this is my last and final attempt at shifting some fat and if I can't do that I'll resign myself to status quo.

I work out 3 days/week and I'm doing 50 burpees/day (see my thread and join me!)  I only got to 30 last night then went to my group training session to find she had 54 box-over-burpees planned in to the session.  My legs are good, my arms are toned, I carry my fat on my belly, hips and back.

Today is day 1 of the cabbage-soup diet.  Yesterday was day 1 but I was struggling with working something out and got stuck into DS's jelly beans.  Then when I got home DH had found discounted D'Affinois cheese which I ate melted onto a crumpet.  I'm leaving the house soon so I'll take soup and fruit with me.

#45 Beancat

Posted 08 May 2019 - 10:08 AM

WTF Jerk -  50 burpees a day!!! omg
Im too heavy for that - reckon I would break my wrists :huh:

Im on holiday in 3.5 weeks - I am magically wishing to drop 5kg before then.  Currently 98kg and want to be 93!

Last night a did a bit of a home workout which was fine -10 mins spin bike, x2 rounds of te 7 min workout and then 10 minutes of pilates.  Not a bad option if I cant get to the gym

#46 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 08 May 2019 - 10:29 AM

Beancat there are lots of ways to adjust them.  I often walk them out.  You can do them against the kitchen bench - step out, step in, jump.  Add a push up if you like, or not.
Get down on the floor, stand up again, jump (or vaguely wave you hands in the air).

You can break them up into 10s, 5s, 1s if you have to.  I never do more than 10 at a time.

Jump into youtubew and searchburpee modifications, that will give you some ideas.

#47 76 others

Posted 08 May 2019 - 10:50 AM

 ~J_WTF~, on 08 May 2019 - 08:42 AM, said:



I got some tip top sandwich thins to go with my soup for lunch today. Still get the bread fix but with less calories.

Just a suggestion, as I was thinking about your bread dilemma as I was deciding :lol:

Do they taste like bread? I  keep getting the sandiwhc thin ad pop up on my fb feed and was going to try them

#48 Caribou

Posted 08 May 2019 - 11:03 AM

I think they do. I’ve had them a few times. It’s just thinner drier bread.

#49 ~J_F~

Posted 08 May 2019 - 11:08 AM

 76 others, on 08 May 2019 - 10:50 AM, said:



Do they taste like bread? I  keep getting the sandiwhc thin ad pop up on my fb feed and was going to try them

I think they do. They are just thinner than a normal slice of bread.

#50 mayahlb

Posted 08 May 2019 - 11:20 AM

WTFJerk wow that's amazing with the burpees. I can't even do a push up :lol: Maybe I will try some modified one. I used to do modified push-ups using the coffee table. (I can't get any lower then that, as one of my knees hates it.)

My current exercise regime is pretty much Mon/Wed/Sat run 5kms, Tue/Thu/Fri, walk 3-4kms, Sun walk 6kms. ("Walk" is usually pretty fast as I'm chasing kids on bikes... The flies however at the moment are terrible.)

I did however discover there are preset workouts on my Garmin watch so I might try some of them. The strength ones look interesting.




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