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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    A very warm and hearty welcome to the first MFC/Healthy Eating Club of the new year. This is a thread/club/meeting for anyone and everyone who is interested in losing weight/staying at the weight they've reached/generally eating more healthily. This time of year sees a lot of people thinking that they might prefer to be a bit less than they currently are, and research apparently shows it's easier to lose weight if you're part of a supportive group, so if you're a New Year's Resolutioner you are very, very welcome to join us.

    We are a very informal club, and we have but two rules. The first is no mention of real life weights or dress sizes. Do feel free to tell us you want to lose X pounds or Y inches (I know, I'm showing my age - kilogrammes and centimetres are equally welcome) but please don't tell us what you actually are/want to be, in case where you are now is where someone else is struggling to get to. And the second is that this is a safe place for everyone - any spats or tension from other threads needs to be left at the door, please. Apart from that, feel free to post what you will. We are a dead nice bunch and you will almost certainly get nothing but encouragement from us. New posters are always welcome so anyone who's been lurking should jump on in - the more of us there are here, the more experiences we can learn from - all of us go through doldrums at time, but unless it's an exceptionally bad week, there's usually someone around to post something up-perking.

    Some people post here frequently, others sporadically. Some people weigh regularly, some never. For most weighers, Tuesday is weigh-day, but you can weigh or not weigh whenever you want. Or you can measure if you prefer. Or you can do neither. Quite a few of us post our food diaries on a Wednesday just as a means of keeping a bit of an eye on what we're eating. Some people post diaries more often than that, some never post them. Again, it's entirely up to you.

    You'll find people here who are following, or have followed, different diet regimes - Weightwatchers, Slimming World, Rosemary Conley, low GL etc - while others are just working out what works best for them. But for all of us the focus is on eating healthily. So while you'll find heaps of encouragement and support, if you confess that you're making one tomato last you for three days (and that's when you share it with a friend) you may well find someone having a word with you about things like protein, and variety, and making sure you don't let your body think it's being starved.

    We have three sister threads - links below, but there will hopefully be 2013 versions opened up too, so keep an eye out for more up to date issues! Given the focus on healthy eating, it's not surprising that a lot of us are fans of the cookbook thread, usually referred to as Katy's Cookbook, as Katy runs it. You'll find it full of interesting recipes, cooking tips etc as well as lots of info about calories/points/syns to. You'll find it here:

    And then there's exercise - not a dirty word at all, but a dead good way to shift the pounds just that bit quicker. You don't have to start running marathons, you just need to move about a bit more. And there is, of course, a fab exercise thread to use for more encouragement, called the Cybergym. Most of us refer to it as GEm's gym, though, as GEm runs it. You'll find it here:

    And finally, there is a rota thread - just like we have no rules (that'll be apart from rules that we do have) we have no leader either. We each take it in turns to sign up for a week - all you really have to do is post the opening thread, with the three links included if you can do links (and if you can't, someone else will post them for you). Not hard work at all. You'll find the rota thread here:

    And now here's to a very good week for us all, and a 2013 that sees us reaching goals, or even smashing them. Happy New Year!

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    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    I'm heading over to a friend's this evening - there will be alcohol and good food, and then that's the end of any festive-type over-indulgence for me. Had a good walk at lunchtime, plus a healthy breakfast (porridge) and lunch (egg salad), so I'm not too worried. But I'm looking forward to this being the end of it - hope that's not a bit sad! There's a limit to how much stuffing one can take.

    I hope all MFCers have a lovely time tonight, whatever they're doing. Good idea to drive, Sausages - hope you have a good time even if you're not that keen on going!

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    Posted by countrypug (U9227943) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    Thanks for opening Geepers, and have a lovely time tonight. We too are off out, so lots of food and drink. I've made some nice dips for starters, aubergine, artichoke, feta, and tzatziki to name a few, but the champagne and wine are also chilling. The group of us who get together for NYE also walk on the 1st, with a soup lunch to follow. Then back to reality, work, and sensible eating.

    As someone said on last week's thread, it will be a relief! (Anne-Merry possibly?). I haven't weighed yet, but it won't be pretty. Still it will be less than I was in September so that is good.

    Pug x

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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    Thanks Geepers. This group of people leave me a bit cold tbh. Happy, well off couples, all discussing their foreign holidays etc. DD is very friendly with the hosts daughter so she is really looking forward to it.

    My DS and I are not lol

    I hope you have a great evening Geepers, and a happy new year to you too!

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    Posted by countrypug (U9227943) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    Phew Sausages, I thought you meant us for a minute there! I was thinking that I hadn't mentioned any foreign holidays as we haven't been on any for ages! Hope the night goes better than expected, often I find if I'm not looking forward to something it is actually quite enjoyable.

    Nice to spend it with the children too, mine are now of an age where they have their own plans, although for many years our celebrations involved them too, starting with the millennium when we had lots of sleeping children by midnight!

    Hope all celebrations are successful and happy tonight.

    And a good New Year to all.

    Pug x

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    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    I thought that too! And I agree that it's the nights you don't want to do that often turn out better than expected, so here's hoping. We are having lasagne and ribs, so not at all good food for a dieter, but I refuse to worry about it. Tomorrow is another day/year.

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    Posted by Jules Bee (U3036149) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    Hello all over here! We are off to a party in half an hour or so - a fairly low key gathering of local friends, which should be very pleasant. I've eaten fairly lightly so far today, as we had a brunch before going out to the cinema, and I took some air-popped corn to eat during the film. I know it's not going to be easy to keep track this evening, as it's going to be a buffet with all the snacky sort of foods that I love - I will do my best to be sensible, but am not going to worry too much. Tomorrow I will be back on the straight and narrow, and I've got the whole year ahead to aim for slow and steady weight loss, so taking the long term view.

    Whatever you are doing tonight, I hope that you enjoy it, and that the year ahead is a good one, with weight control simply part of a healthy life.

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    Posted by Auntie Prue (U14585893) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    I plan to do the dry January thing - but without asking for sponsorship from people, as I only sponsor grandchildren these days so not fair to ask for it for myself.

    However, I will donate half the booze money to Save the Children, and squander the other half on me : )

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    Posted by superjan3 (U6523409) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    I've got another weigh-in at the surgery on Friday, and a fasting blood test and bp check.
    I've not done too badly over the festive season and am not going out tonight so I hope that Friday will bring good news.
    Best wishes to all - and enjoy tonight those of you who are having celebrations.

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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    Ooops badly worded post of course I didn't mean you lovely people x

    Have a lovely evening whatever you are doing. X

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    Posted by Anne-Marie (U1474870) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    Thanks for opening up Geepers and yes Pug, it was me who said it will be a blessed relief to return to a semblance of a normal life re eating and drinking.

    Losing weight isn't specifically mentioned in my NY resolutions, but extending my running to 10km, getting to know my new local area better by walking and completing my Wainwright round are - so some weight loss should be achieved. However another part of my resolutions is to settle better locally by being more social ie inviting people for dinner. So that might slow things somewhat!

    Tonight we have been to the pub for aperitifs, 1 GnT slimline, and now I am sipping on a white wine. OH is poaching a chicken to be had with various dips/sauces. I aim to be as sensible as possible.

    I have ended 2012 in a better position health and weight wise, but am a tad out of sorts in my mood/emotions. Here's hoping 2013 brings happiness and calm to all.


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    Posted by LoopyLobes (U14384399) on Monday, 31st December 2012

    Well, I've stuffed myself stupid over Christmas so I'm another one looking forward to getting back on track.

    Staying in tonight, but with very good company. Young 'uns are out partying.

    2012 started with the tragic loss of one young cousin and ended with the loss of one of OH's. Half way through the year another of my cousins died from cancer and we also lost 2 good neighbours and several good friends. A crap year as far as that side of things goes. On a brighter note, lots of good things happened too so I really hope that we can look to a happier, healthier and more prosperous time in 2013 and part of that, for me, will be nailing this stubborn last stone (it may be 2 stone by now, the way I've been eating).

    See you all there!

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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Happy new year to you all

    I am back from the party (DD is sleeping over) stone cold sober, but must admit to eating party food, and grape juice. I'm having a small glass of something before bed.

    Tomorrow (today) we are having our other Christmas, so I shall be stuffing and glugging again. Ho hum. Much easier to put weight on than get it off!

    Sleep tight people

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  • Message 14

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    Posted by mistle_thrush (U3279940) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Isn't it just Sausages (easier to put it on). Can sympathise the party people as I have faced a few situations like that recently - makes it even harder to be strictly sensible with your food and drink intake IME.

    Agree with A-M re looking forward to getting back into a routine, and with Jules re long term / slow and steady loss.

    Here's to all that, and a good year in 2013.


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    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Confessing to a sore head today - hope others are feeling perkier. I don't think there's going to be a lot going on beyond slumping on the sofa, with the occasional groan...

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    Posted by LoopyLobes (U14384399) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Oh dear! Hope it was worth it!

    Bright and breezy here. Stayed up watching Joos's Hootenanny and other stuff until 2am. OH was out walking at 7am, too early for me, eldest was back from celebrating by 8am - he seldom drinks and *never* when he's driving. All in all, no sore heads thankfully.

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  • Message 17

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    Posted by Jules Bee (U3036149) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Happy New Year, to all MFCers! It was a blessed relief to see some sun this morning, though we also had showers blowing over. We've been out for a walk on the moor with the dog for an hour and a half, which was chilly but very enjoyable.

    Last night I'd decided not to worry too much about what I was eating and drinking, beyond a desire generally not to overdo things - mostly so as not to wake up feeling dreadful! There was a delicious party spread, which is amongst the most tempting of foods for me, and I did visit the table a couple of times... But it included some green salad and tomatoes, so that's all right then. Though the cappucino pavlova may not count as fruit and veg... Alcohol amounted to three medium glasses of wine over 6 hours, alternated with large glasses of water - but also a real indulgence of a drink called a B-52, previously unencountered, consisting of Baileys, Kahlua and Cointreau. I have a weakness for Baileys and really enjoyed it - and don't feel too bad about it, as I deliberately didn't buy a seasonal bottle to have in, as I've done in previous years, so this was the first time in ages that any had passed my lips. So got to bed before 2am, feeling mildly wibbly, but OK, slept well and got up at 9.15am to attend to the dog. Eating has been shunted very much sideways today, with breakfast at 11.15am and lunch at 2.30pm, but am back on track in my consumption and feeling positive about the year ahead.

    SnowyGlobes, sorry to hear about the many losses of last year, but I'm glad there were some compensations too. Anne-Marie, I hope that you are able to find a calmer and happier emotional place, and well done on what you've achieved re weight loss. Geepers, hope you're soon feeling brighter again - drink that water! And to everyone, here's to a slimmer, healthier and fitter 2013.

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    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Despite the sore head, I walked in to town, to see if I could pick up wedding shoes in the sales - so 20 minutes in and 20 minutes out. The minutes spent walking round the shops don't count as everyone is sooooo flippin' slow... Got the shoes - £30! Marvellous. Need to spray them - assuming the spray you put on suede shoes is also okay for pretend silk shoes? Hope so...

    Food hasn't been too bad - boiled egg and slice of v small loaf for breakfast, second egg with some dhal and another slice of the v small loaf for lunch. Now have butternut squash and sweet potato in the oven - this may become squash, sweet potato and chicken soup, or it may stay as it is and I'll do something with the chicken to serve with it. Need some greenery in there too. Keep thinking it's Sunday, when it's not - am quite disorientated...

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    Posted by LoopyLobes (U14384399) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Thank you Jules Bee.

    I'm all confused over what day it is too, Geepers. OH, who works far away, left this afternoon ready to resume work tomorrow. I've already been back, but am now off again. It all feels quite strange.

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    Posted by countrypug (U9227943) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Happy new year all. We had a lovely night, mild sore head at 8am quickly fixed with ibuprofen, then another hour's sleep. Those of us who partied last night met up for a dog walk this morning, an hour and a half of sloppy mud later we finished up at one house for home made soup and bread.

    Dirty dogs and happy owners as the sun made an appearance and it didn't rain!

    Back to work and good eating tomorrow.


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    Posted by LoopyLobes (U14384399) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    That dog walk sounds perfect, Countrypug, today was certainly the day for it! I left the house for a brisk walk at 6.40 and just as I got to the end of our lane it started that horrible drizzle. It's also colder than I thought so I've come back with very rosy cheeks that feel as if I've been smacked round the face with a very cold flappy thing. Bracing, though. My sister will be coming round tomorrow for a longer and even brisker walk, which I am looking forward to, whatever the weather. The great thing about dogs is they get you out!

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    Posted by countrypug (U9227943) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    They do Snowy! It was colder than I thought today too, I was glad I had some gloves with me. There is still lots of flooding around us, I haven't seen the river so high for many years, so the selection of places to walk is limited. But I do hope we get some drier sunnier days to encourage some open air exercise.

    I so hope that I will get time to go to the pool a bit more too, and start to get some reasonable swims in to help shift this weight.

    Pug x

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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    bad bad day again here but i expected it as we had a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. No walks just big Zzzzz on the sofa for me.

    I'm going to join Auntie Prue with the no alcohol January starting tomorrow so i shall be no doubt moaning and groaning in here over the next few weeks. That gives you something to look forward too

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    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Excellent, Sausages - you can be our gift that keeps on giving!

    I think I may be starting a cold. I really want to have a bath and go to bed, but there's no bath in this house, which makes that a bit difficult. I didn't make soup for dinner, just ate half the roasted veg with the chicken breast. So now I'm trying to stretch the other half of the veg to make enough soup to be worth the effort. Not the most straightforward of cooking experiences...

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  • Message 25

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    Posted by Sister Primrose of the Red Tinsel Flag (U5405579) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Happy New Year and thanks to Geepster for opening up :0)

    Just back in from the in laws, where I have spent the day dodging offers of food from lovely MiL. Starting with (after my breakfast of a piece of fruit and couple of bits of cheese left over from cocktail sticks the night before) would I like blinis? No? How about toast? Cake? Shortbread? Madeira cake? You get the picture. In the end the only thing I ate that wasn't as I meant was a slice of Black Forrest Gateaux, and I think that that was because it was presented to me all plated up after I came round from an impromptu afternoon nap. I did however secure her agreement that the box of Terry's All Gold she insisted on me bringing home could be gifted to my colleagues at work.

    New Year's Resolution one of several is to walk 10,000 steps a day. Got off to a reasonable start by remembering to pack my pedometer and this morning we walked around the lake in Strathclyde Country Park. That's a distance of 6 km (3.75 miles in old money) and took us less than the 1½ hours suggested as a minimum time so we must have been going at a good pace. Still not quite at the 10k so after I've posted this I'm off to the bottom of the road and back to see how far it is :0)

    The Scotsman today reported that the average weight gain over the 8 days between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day was 6lb. I have put on more than some of youse, but less than average and so am not despondant.

    Onwards and downwards


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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    wow PP very impressive walking! Thats quite an impressive target to achieve each day, i'd be lucky to get to a quarter of that.

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    Posted by Sister Primrose of the Red Tinsel Flag (U5405579) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Hi sausages, and Happy Christmas to you and yours ;0) Are you going to have a second Boxing Day tomorrow?

    For the record, to the end of my road and back is 976 steps so I've now done my 10k. And to put that in context, it's about the distance between two bus stops fom my door to the end of the road, really not a huge long walk.

    Although when I first started deliberately incorporating walking into my daily routine (on the advice of my Diabetes Nurse) 10k seemed an awful lot it turned out that most days I was managing over 5k without even thinking about it. For instance, we have a rather large Sainsburys near us, I was quite surprise to find that my weekly shop, up and down all the aisles, was about 2K steps. Obviously not very fast walking but more movement than I would have guessed.

    The pedometer has been a very useful tool for me as it focuses my mind on how active or sedentary a day I had had and made it easier for me to make slight changes to increase the amount I do. For instance, one route to the canteen is about 300 steps more than the other but takes very little extra time so I now choose to go the longer route because it gets me to my 10k quicker. Knowledge is power and all that. Walking doesn't have to be in boots and a windcheater up a hill, taking ten minutes to walk to the newsagent and back instead of jumping in the car or choosing to climb the stairs instead of taking the lift at work can soon mount up.

    This is the pedometer I have

    I've had to attach a safety pin on a bit of thread to the clasp so I can pin it to my trousies as it tend to fall off when I bend down or visit the loo but apart from that it seem ideal.


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  • Message 28

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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    oooohh i am tempted PP..

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    Posted by Sister Primrose of the Red Tinsel Flag (U5405579) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Don't some phonebiles have pedometer apps available. Mine doesn't, obv, being a £29.99 Nokia including the £10 top up, but I think you're a techno-girly...

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    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Mine does but it's stopped loading so I need to reinstall it. I also count the number of times I climb the stairs at work - it's 39 steps up to my office and I make sure I go up and down them at least five times a day. To help me, I only use the Faraway Loo - it's on the ground floor, so that's a round trip every time I need to go.

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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    ah yes a pedometer App, there must be one.. I shall check, if i could find my phone

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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    oh blimey there are loads of pedometer Apps can anyone recommend one?

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  • Message 33

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    Posted by LoopyLobes (U14384399) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    I had a great little pedometer that came free with a packet of Special K some years back. I worked out that my usual walking from my car to work (about a mile each way) plus my usual walking around doing work-y things and then a 50 minute walk each evening added up to 10,000 steps. When that pedometer broke, I bought a succession of more expensive ones that varied hugely. I'd do the same amount of walking as I did before, but some would clock up around 3,000 steps, other's would almost hit 20,000. I think that the Special K gadget was probably the most accurate one as when I was doing that amount of walking I lost weight without changing my eating habits too much. I still do that amount of walking most days, but I now have to watch my eating too. That's age, I suppose...

    Oh - walking HAS to be brisk and enough to make you at least a bit breathless or it doesn't do much at all in my experience. Of course everyone's different and my kind of brisk walking would be too fast for many people (including my very fit bro in law, who finds it easier to just run). I don't run, by the way, because possibly because of my flexible joints (from gymnastics) I find my knees and ankles are easily put out of place when I run on uneven ground, which puts me out of action so that I can't even walk, which means getting to work and working are impossible. Walking is great anyway, you can fit it into your daily routine quite easily and it's fun.

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    Posted by countrypug (U9227943) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    I haven't tried a pedometer app, but when I did the moonwalk (26 miles overnight in Edinburgh) my friend who accompanied me bought a very similar one to yours PP for our training walks. It proved very accurate on distance (as we were building up our distance each week). Unfortunately on one very muddy country training walk she dropped it in a field of cows and it was lost for ever!

    The other online tool that is brilliant is mapometer dot com. It is an online mapping tool that you can use to check how far you have gone (and also work out calories burned) using an online map or satellite view. I used it to plan our routes along with maps.

    That is my resolution, to up the walking miles. We were lucky that the year we did the moonwalk (2011) we had a really dry spring so managed loads of miles without getting too muddy and wet.
    Pug x

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    Posted by Sister Primrose of the Red Tinsel Flag (U5405579) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Not sure whether this prog will be getting it's annual airing but if it does pop up in the schedules it's worth a watch

    In case it doesn't, the 10 things are

    1) Don't skip meals as an empty stomach will trigger the release of a hormone called ghrelin that impels you to seek food and you will prolly make less wise choices.

    2) Change your plate size down from 12" to 10", you are likely to eat 22% less food.

    3) Be aware of relative calorific values to enable you to make sensible choices, you can easily save a significant number of calories a day by making simple substitutions without going hungry or feeling deprived.

    4) Accept that a surfeit of calories ingested over calories used is a much more likely reason for excess weight than a slow metabolism. Research shows that even folk who keep food diaries under record what they've eaten,if you ain't losing weight it probably isn't because you're pre programmed to be fat.

    5) Protein in your diet stimulates the release of more PYY, a hormone that reduces appetite. Extra protein at breakfast will lead to you wanting less food at lunch time.

    6) Thick soup takes longer to pass from your stomach than the same amount of food in lumpy form, eat a thick blended soup for lunch and you'll be fuller for longer.

    7) Avoid too great a choice at mealtimes, we are programmed to take food from a wide variety of food groups. The more choice there is the more we will take, hence over eating at buffets.

    8) Dairy calcium reduces the amount of fat digested/ increases the amount of fat excreted. Low fat dairy products should help you lose weight by eliminating more fat from the other food you eat.

    9) Exercise increases the amount of fat burned in the following few hours so don't be dispirited by the relatively low amount of fat/calories shown as used by the exercise machine, you will burn more afterwards.

    10) Relatively small changes in your daily routine (eg getting off a stop early and walking the last bit of your journey) can make a significant difference to the amount of calories used over a day, the cumulative effect can make significant difference to weight loss over a longer period.

    All based on proper scientific research. The example for point 9 was getting Amy Lamy to vary her routine very slightly (eg doing a bit of crochet whilst mooching round her flat instead of sitting still on her sofa); even from very low impact changes there were measurable differences.

    I agree that walking faster will have more impact than walking slowly, but walking slowly will have more impact than not walking at all.

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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    That's very interesting PP, especially the bit about protein at breakfast. If I have time I shall go back to having poached eggs for breakfast as I get hungry by 11 am just on cereal and fruit.

    Also i have cooked a load of soups over the holidays and have frozen them for work so I'm well prepared, i hope.

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    Posted by Sister Primrose of the Red Tinsel Flag (U5405579) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    I certainly find protein helps prevent mid morning hunger much better than the low GL cereals I used to have.

    What sort of soups have you made?

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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    umm. from memory I've done

    carrot, coriander and red lentil
    butternut squash (with low fat bacon)

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    Posted by countrypug (U9227943) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Me too PP, my grilled bacon and poached egg keeps me full happily till lunch which is often not till near 2pm.

    I have also got tons of soup in the freezer, mushroom, cauliflower ( both from cheap veg in the supermarket) and mixed veg from the leftovers of Christmas Day.

    In fact I must defrost some for tomorrow...

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    Posted by Jules Bee (U3036149) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    I'm definitely a fan of an egg for breakfast. My favourite breakfast at the moment is half a grapefruit (which is always the first part of my breakfast), followed by a slice of wholemeal bread toasted and topped with two grilled tomatoes (four halves), with a scrambled egg on the side (scrambled in a non-stick pan, with a very small amount of butter (about half a teaspoon). If I don't have that, then often it's a boiled egg instead, with a slice of bread and a very thin scraping of butter. It really does keep me going to lunchtime.

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    Posted by Jules Bee (U3036149) on Tuesday, 1st January 2013

    Countrypug, yes I like eggs poached as well - that's my third variant! I have a grilled rasher of bacon with it occasionally too. It's really satisfying. Like you, I often don't get to eat lunch until almost 2pm, and so a good breakfast helps to stop me feeling hungry by mid-morning.

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    Posted by Anne-Marie (U1474870) on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

    Popping in briefly before work and I have missed loads of posts from last night! No time to properly read now but based on a brief scan - I looked into pedometer apps at one point and I think one criticism was the amount of battery they used. Breakfast - preprinted wins for me every time. So,if we are having a day out on the fells, I need a cooked breakfast to,sustain me during the first exertions. Otherwise I just don't have enough energy. On work days I'm a fruit, yog, oat person, but always have my banana for a mid morning snack.

    Right, I really popped in to report my official post festive weigh in. I'm back home, on my normal scales and overall I have lost 1/2 lb! Quite surprised really as I expected a small,gain. Feeling rather pleased so that will buoy me up, it makes me realises that you,can celebrate without going mad and without lastingndamagemto,the scales.

    See you later x

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    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

    Well done, Anne-Marie!

    Sausages, the pedometer I have is just called Pedometer FREE + GPS, and it's made by Viaden. I've been using it since September and it's been great, but stopped loading a couple of weeks ago. I'm reinstalling it now, so hopefully it'll work again, if not I'll have to have another look. If I were you, I'd just try a free one, then if it's no good, it doesn't really matter. I think it's the GPS function that uses up the battery, but it's also the bit that reassures you about its accuracy...

    My goals for this year are:

    very short term - get back on track with the healthy eating, no more 'ah but it's Christmas/Boxing Day/New Year's Eve/Ages since I saw you'. And back to drinking alcohol a maximum of once a week.

    medium term - lose the second stone by Easter.

    longer term - Maintain, maintain, maintain. And look fab on wedding day (prob October). This means not losing much more than that second stone - I've been lighter than that in the past, with a broken heart, but looking back at photos, maybe it wasn't such a good look. Also, the dress needs to be a very neat fit on top, and almost fits at the moment, so more than a stone will start meaning alterations, which will be a fuss...

    (Pedometer not loading...)

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    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

    correction: pedometer loaded. Will keep an eye on it during the day.

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    Posted by countrypug (U9227943) on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

    Well done Anne Marie -that is brilliant! I haven't got near the scales yet, but will do so soon...

    We have a weekend of not very good eating approaching. Elder puglet's birthday Sunday, so out to her choice (Chinese). Friday a girls night birthday do, veggie meal, Saturday night at a neighbours for dinner, almost certainly curry. I will have to try my hardest to be sensible. No drink next couple of nights will be a start.

    Currently a dry but very overcast morning so maybe a decent walk later will be possible. I'm planning on getting to the pool on Saturday if at all possible too which might help a little.


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    Posted by Penstemon (U4429639) on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

    Well done Anne-Marie, great stuff!!!!

    Just popping in briefly to say, am back on track and had a SW breakfast. All alcohol has been got rid of and crisps and stuff are away out of sight.

    We do have a family 'do' today but I am doing the catering so not a problem there.

    Ill look at the pedometer app later, must crack on with the tidying up.

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    Posted by Swedey (U4339411) on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

    [creeps in sheepishly and lurks in the corner....scrape, scrape, shuffle]

    Ahem. Do you get a lot of people like me turning up this time of year I wonder? Anyhoo, I will try to lose weight this year, I will I will I will.

    I'm going to try the 5:2 regime, that is "fasting" for two days a week, except you don't, as you are allowed 600 calories on those days. I have read up quite a lot about it, and I think it's a method that would suit me.

    Has anyone here tried it? I've been googling to find a good list of calorie contents, but not really found one I like - does anyone else use one that is helpful? I don't need anything for ready cooked or take away stuff, as I cook.

    Oh, and I won't be stuffing myself silly on the five "free eating" days either. I know I need to change my habits completely, but I'm hoping this will give me a good kick start.

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    Posted by Swedey (U4339411) on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

    I could do with losing 4 stone by the way.

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    Posted by geepers (U6804393) on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

    Hi Swedey - you're very welcome to join us. I did 5:2 for three months last year and may well start again in a week or so. It was a lot easier than I'd expected. I use for calorie counting and love it.

    At work at the mo so being brief. More later, if you want.

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