Starting Today Momday 13th February

  • posted by SweetpeaHun
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    Hi,

    anybody else starting the 8 Week Plan Fast 800 today?

  • posted by Gayn55
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    I’m starting today . Did try last year but gave up , but really need to do something and like the concept of this diet so giving it another go with four and a half stone to lose and pre diabetic according to doctor x
    I need support so good to have others starting the same time x

  • posted by mollymave
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    I’m starting today too. I did it successfully almost exactly a year ago but then I binged on bad stuff as soon as the 8 weeks was up and quickly regained the 24lbs I lost. I’m trying again and planning not to make the same mistake this time. Good luck lovelies!

  • posted by Chelle1981
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    Hi all – I have started today too but I am not sure if I am doing this right and eating too much fruit?

    For breakfast I had 2 heaped spoons of full fat Greek yoghurt with 10 blueberries and 5 rasps and a 15g flaked almonds

    Lunch I had home made red pepper and squash soup followed by 16 grapes

    When I got home from work I was hungry so ate an apple

    Dinner making the easy bolagnaise and having with a small amount of butternut squash spaghetti ( dividing Bol into 6 portions) followed from book minus the purée and Worcester sauce

    Am I eating too much?

  • posted by mollymave
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    Hi Chelle1981, that sounds ok to me except maybe for the grapes which can be little sugar bombs. I think, if you stick to berries, apples and pears and only have small amounts then you should be ok. It would be a different story if you were having lots of banana and pineapple for example. I seem to remember from when I did this last year, the advice was to stay away from tropical fruits. Everything else you’re having looks great in my opinion. Varied and not too high in carbs. Good luck with it.

  • posted by Chelle1981
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    Thanks Molly- I do love fruit and grapes- I used to eat a banana for breakfast thinking I was being healthy but now realise this was probably my down fall as about an hour later I was always starving- after breakfast I wasn’t hungry-

    Is it ok to drink coffee with milk- think this may be my downfall- I’ve had 3 cups today but 2l water

    I’m sure I’ll get into the swing of things

  • posted by mollymave
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    Hey Chelle1981, Coffee with milk is fine as long as you count the calories in the milk. Some people measure out their milk allowance in the morning and just stick with that.Quite a few people on here still drink coffee and lose weight so it doesn’t seem to cause issues and it didn’t for me when I did this plan the first time around. The last thing you need to be dealing with is caffeine withdrawal headaches so you’ll be better off drinking some coffee if that’s your usual thing but keep it to as few cups as you can get away with and keep going with the water. If you can swap one cup of coffee for a herbal tea then that would be great but, honestly, what you’re doing sounds great so don’t worry too much.

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    I started today too! Feeling ok so far. Think I went over on the carbs too – I had chilli and it seems to have put me over the 50g of carbs daily allowance. Oh well. Will try again tomorrow.

    Glad to hear coffee/tea is ok, as don’t think I’d be able to deal without it! I went back to the gym tonight too, so my body is probably hating me right now from the shock!!! Really want to have a good run of weeks though as I know seeing losses will motivate me.

    Excited to follow everyone’s progress and celebrate your successes!

  • posted by Chelle1981
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    8wbsdieter Best of luck- I know it’s only day 1 but I feel this is achievable

    The only thing I’m not sure about is how to track how many carbs I’m having- do yiu use an app? I’ve followed 3 recipes from the book and think I am under 50g and also on target for 800 cal I think…

  • posted by 8wbsdieter
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    Chelle1981, I use myfitnesspal on my phone. It adds up the nutritional content of all your food and you can set your targets (e.g 800cals a day). I find it keeps me on track! It’s free to download through the app store.

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    Hey 8wbsdieter. Hello and good luck to you and all of us! You’re pretty awesome to be going to the gym while doing this. I’ve recently started yoga and that and a bit of walking is as energetic as I’m planning to be on so few calories. The gym would wipe me out! Anyway, 13th of Feb 2017 is the start of better health and smaller jeans sizes for all of us, I can feel it. Yay! We can do this!

  • posted by LindaA
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    Hi all,
    Good luck everyone from an old timer.
    A couple of tips:
    – Count everything you eat on one of the apps and stick to less than 50g of carbs per day.
    – Apples, grapes and pears are quite high in both carbs and fructose, so limit them as they add up quickly and won’t satiate as much as fat. Stick with berries, but limit your fruit. It will make you feel hungry quicker.
    – Milk is higher in carbs than cream, and cream will make you feel fuller for longer.
    – Fat is your friend, don’t avoid it and don’t buy any lite or low fat products.
    – Drinks 2-3 litres of water per day, minimum
    – Read some of the other threads, there are lots of good tips and you’ll learn a lot.
    – I’ve lost 32 kg and am now on maintenance and the only exercise I did was walking and yoga. It doesn’t really matter what you do, just do something!
    Cheers
    Linda

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    Thanks for taking the time to give these tips LindaA. Much appreciated. When I did the plan before, I did eat apples and pears and I didn’t count my carbs and I lost 24lbs which I was happy with but I’m going to change things up as per your advice to see if I get even better results this time. Congratulations on your awesome results and thanks so much for your help.

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Hi everyone, you are all doing well and starting this you can never go wrong even if you make some mistakes. LindaA is right about the apples, pears as being high in carbs and the grapes are high in sugar as mollymave says, sugar bombs. Just a point for Chelle, try counting your carbs on a nutrition site or app, you seem to have had a high carb day with 2 lots of butternut squash and an apple. Not a bit mistake but I try to plan to that I have these things just not all together. For example, once a week I have an apple in the No Carb Ploughmans (not really no carb when you count the apple). You are doing great with the berries but again, measure them and tot up the carbs and calories. Not much to add to what LindaA has said, just keep on keeping on…

    Good luck all.

  • posted by Wally
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    Started today. As far as I know I’m not diabetic but I do have a lot of fat around my stomach area. I’m going to follow the menu plan and then that way I will know I’m doing this right. Haven’t felt at all hungry which worries me!! Fingers crossed that I can shift some weight and start to feel healthy and fit. Great forum, thank you to all contributors and advice. Good luck everyone

  • posted by Jax61
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    Hi, I started yesterday. Well done Linda for losing 32kg. How long did it take? I have about 12 kg to lose and thought I would do this diet for a while to kick me off and then do the 5:2 fasting diet. I am doing this by fasting for 16 hours and then eating my calories in an 8 hour window. I think this will work for me as breakfast always makes me hungry so skipping it isn’t a problem. Hoping the fasting and low carb/calorie will improve my health. I get a lot of headaches and worry about diabetes as I have such a sweet tooth. My joints have started aching over the last few months and I’m not sleeping well so maybe this will sort me out. Have to say, I’m feeling extremely full. I’m using my fitness pal to log everything. Been spinning tonight so all is good.

  • posted by LindaA
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    Hi jax61
    It took around 25 weeks to lose that amount and I’ve kept it off since September by simply increasing my fats, not my carbs or protein.
    Good luck
    Linda

  • posted by Issi Carter
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    This is the end of my first week too and I have lost 9lbs! Really pleased long may it continue, good luck!

  • posted by Chelle1981
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    So day 2, yoghurt and berries and flaked almonds for breakfast – soup again for lunch with a kiwi- I love fruit so much and can’t not eat it I don’t think- dinner having chicken with full fat cream cheese wrapped in Parma ham with green beans- oh and ate a small satsuma when I got home

    Drink nearly 2l water and had 3 cups of coffee with a little milk

  • posted by Jax61
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    Wow Issi 9lbs in a week, I would be delighted with that. I’ve lost 1.5lbs in 2 days but my body fat has only changed by 0.2% so guess it’s mainly water. My stomach though is definitely shrinking. Been hungry today so I will probably be in bed very early, in fact I may be in bed early every night! Can’t wait to get my 1st week over.

  • posted by Lorrainej56
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    Hi, My Name is Lorraine and I am a sugar addict, and am bordering on being type 2 again!! I have been reading your blogs and everyone sounds really positive. So here goes, I hope you don’t mind me joining your group.

  • posted by mollymave
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    Thanks for the advice blood sugar diet veterans and best of luck blood sugar diet newbies! We might make a few mistakes along the way but we’ll get there in the end and hopefully into smaller jeans! I’m so sick of wearing clothes which are uncomfortable and tight in all of the wrong places (everywhere!) and I refuse to buy the next size up. We can do this!

  • posted by SweetpeaHun
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    Hi

    Monday fine, yesterday not Valentine’s and all that. No excuse I know. 🙁 Back on it today.

  • posted by SweetpeaHun
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    Anybody got any tips regarding alcohol, I know if anything this will be my downfall?

  • posted by MaryR
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    There’s another thread going at the moment about alcohol, lots of wisdom, tips, and stories, it’s well worth a read, and really shows up how different we all are around alcohol!
    Mary

  • posted by susieb
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    MaryR, can you post a link to the thread, please?

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    It is called ‘my Relationship with Alcohol’ either scroll through the threads or type it into the search box at the top of the page

  • posted by susieb
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    Thank you, Sunshine-girl. Very interesting thread!

  • posted by Chelle1981
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    Hey all – day 3 and I feel good- my down fall is fruit!

    Breakfast I am sticking with yoghurt and berries- it’s handy to eat at work and fills me up so no snacking

    Lunch today I had my own salad of rocket , cherry tomatoes, pickled onions and fresh mozzarella – was yummy- I realise toms are high in carbs but I love these too

    Dinner having cod with pak choi and green beans with lemon juice and basil

    Snacks- I’ve had 2 clementines and a chunk of cheese

    With 3 cups of coffee total calories for today is 937 carbs are a 70g this is purely because I ate those 2 clementines which is 20g carbs

    I am struggling with not earring fruit the most of knowing what to smack on- I’m allergic to most nuts so can’t snack on them- any help with snacks when I need a pick my up- usually I want something else extra at lunch

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    Olives maybe? Or berries or some apple instead of sweeter fruit? What about skinny popcorn?

    Today was day three for me too and I found it much easier than yesterday. Thought I wasn’t eating enough protein so upped it today and seems to have worked! (2 eggs for breakfast, ham, cottage cheese and salad for lunch, pork veggie stirfry from the book for dinner). Even managed more snacks today – a passionfruit and some raspberries! Hoping tomorrow goes ok…!

    Excited to not feel uncomfortable in some of my clothes too!! Xx

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    Hello. So glad you started this thread SweetpeaHun.

    Day 4 today. I’ve got to say it’s been tough going, but I’m determined to keep at it.

    After starting day 1, my doctor told me i have high potassium levels and gave me a diet sheet as well as being borderline prediabetic; so I’ve been trying to adapt my meals. Foods to avoid include, but not limited to, legumes, avocado, tinned tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms arrrrgh! These are foods I usually eat plenty of. Been scouring the recipe board…

    One of my coping strategies is to make each meal top notch delicious, so I look forward to the next meal and am less likely to dip the into the biscuit tin. It’s a challenge, but here goes!

    Good luck this week everyone.

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    Hi All,
    I’m hooked on avocados but need to reduce how much I’m having. I didn’t realise cherry toms were high in carbs either!! Are olives a viable alternative?
    Yesterday was good, looking forward to making today even better.

  • posted by MaryR
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    Hi all,

    Petip, is your diet sheet aimed at your high potassium rather than blood sugar? Otherwise it’s difficult to see why avocado, spinach, tinned tomatoes and mushrooms should be on a nono list!
    Your plan of making every meal delicious is spot on- someone mentioned a “treat meal” recently, and I realised I don’t need special treat meals because everyone of mine on this plan IS a treat meal

    Sweetpeahun, according to Cronometer, 6 cherry tomatoes are 18 cals and 2.7g net carbs- I wouldn’t call this high. 6 Olives are 27.6 cals and 0.7 carbs, so lower carbs, higher cals.

    Those of you starting out- don’t worry about getting everything perfect straight away or all the time, there will be mistakes along the way, and you have to find what works for you. So Chelle, day 3 of 937 cals and 70 carbs is a great start, congratulations- it only needs a bit of tweaking! Lots of brilliant advice from others on this site, just browse and search.
    Good luck to everyone!

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    Day four and I’m LOVING the eating plan. I probably only need to lose 18pounds and just under 5 off already since Monday! I know a lot of this will be fluid and obviously the rate will slow down but what better way to kick start a healthy eating plan? I’ve stuck religiously to the menu plan as I’m not great “off piste” but I did find I was doing a lot of cooking and washing up yesterday. Being on my own it’s quite hard to adapt some of the recipes for one. I’ve frozen some, I also think there is going to be quite a lot of food waste unless I repeat some of the days, and as we all know it’s not cheap to buy everything fresh. Had the portobello mushrooms with goats cheese for breakfast and was delicious. I actually look forward to the meals and it doesn’t feel like a hardship at all and the bonus is I’ve not been hungry or had any adverse reactions.
    Thank you all so much for giving me the push to get this started!
    Happy Thursday everyone!

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    Today is my first day, and although I was busy shopping for my new menu I didn’t delay and started with dinner. I went through the shopping list at the front of the recipe book and bought everything on the list, adding extra veggies. I have made another list of food to buy already, as I’m still missing a few more ingredients. I chose to start with a recipe of my choice and with the shopping list I’d already purchased, which was Spanish chicken with chorizo and beans, and a small side of roast Mediterranean veggies sprinkled with chilli flakes. I hate olives.
    But I added them anyway, and must say I thoroughly enjoyed the meal, flavour and all. I feel very full but I’m not bloated, just sufficiently satisfied. I’m used to big meals but really watched my portions and am pleasantly surprised at how full I feel. I am very scared starting this diet as I’m not a fish or seafood eater at all, but am going to start, cook everything on the weeks menu plan and at least try the food before I decide I don’t like it again. I would usually be looking for alternatives other than fish, salmon, anchovies etc but have decided to take a fresh approach and try it at least once before seeking seafood alternatives. Oh, and I also don’t eat yogurt! At all! But bought that too! I’m going to be brave! Tips anyone?

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    Day 4 down – tonight when I got home I was really cracving chocolate- I resisted- I had a coffee and also ate a coupl of pickled onions with a tiny corner off he cheese- seemed to stop my craving

    I have the rest of bolognaise tonight but not sure what to serve with it

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    i thought I was under my calories today and 30g carb- then I remembered I hadn’t accounted for my coffee and milk- now on 44g carb and over calories – but at least I am counting everything – still feel pleased that I didn’t cave in to chocolate cravings- learning to balance food to that I have things for lunch and dinner that aren’t high in carbs and making sure I eat berries-

    I was thinking of buying macadamia nuts as snack but not sure how many grams yiu Woukd have as a snack- I tends to be between leaving work in the evening and getting home that I crave a snack!

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    Hi Chelle, just in answer to what to serve with bolognaise – zucchini noodles (zoodles/courgetti) are great. I make mine with a spiralizer and it’s only about 16 calories for a small bowl full. I also love bolognaise served on a bed of steamed broccoli.
    As to the macadamia nuts I looked them up on My Fitness Pal and 28g (which is about 1oz from memory) is 200 calories and 4g carbs, not sure how many nuts that would be? 1oz of almonds is 160 calories and 6g carbs – and that is 24 almonds according to MFP.
    I carry around a small snack bag of almonds, and sometimes have those on the way home from work – even eating just 3 or 4 almonds satisfies me – well it bridges the gap till I can get home and have dinner!

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    Might be giving all nuts a miss then!

    So managed 5 days as do feel better- not sure if I have lost any weight as I don’t own scales- never have and never will- I will know I am on target when I can fit into a certain size of clothes- weight doesn’t bother me, a bit like age but I have weight to lose and a wedding dress to fit into !

    Am going away for the weekend am think diet may go out the window with alcohol but I know this and I’m just gonna roll with eat- try and eat healthy when we eat out- fish and veg and still avoid bread and pasta etc-

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    Re me Bol from last night, I had broccoli With it- can’t stand courgette, cucumber or melon, all wRey yuk tasting to me.

    Think I’ve had too much dairy with the full fat Greek yoghurt as eczema has come back- just 1 patch on my arm 🙁 I’m going to perhaps cut out cheese and see if that helps as I do love Greek yoghurt and berries

    I caved on the chocolate tonight- I was too scared to scan ans see- but I did- I only had 1 70% hotel chocolate baton, 43 caps ans 3.6g carb

    Think I can incorporate as a Friday treat 🙂

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    Hi All

    It seems this 1st week is all about working things out. I have to say using MFP makes it so much easier. I work out my daily meals the day before on MFP and it’s been working well. Having said that today I haven’t,but it’s Sunday. I do know I will have my favourite omelette (I used to eat this before the diet) it has cherry tomatoes, Spring onion, spinach and feta inside, yum! 284 cals 7 carbs, 19 fat, 21 protein. I have been doing my normall exercise of spinning classes, 3 this week which has been fine and I’ve added a little weight training at home. I find doing weights so dull but I need to do something for my upper body strength.

    Week 1 has gone well, day 7 today and have lost 6lbs and 1% body fat. Have also lost an inch off my waist which is great as my waist was already under the danger zone of half my height. Feeling pleased but having read other threads I know I have prepare for plateaus in weight loss which will be harder.

    Hope you are all doing well and seeing results😃

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    Hey all- just thought I would see how you are all getting on- day 1-5 seemed to go well- until the weekend and then that was just a complete right off- I was in Edinburgh with family so there was a wee bit too much alcohol- I tried to eat no bread or potatoes which went well for the first night as we went to a fish restaurant so had fish and veg.

    I’ve drawn a line under the weekend and back on it yesterday and today- probably undid all my good work but hey ho

    Had a mushroom omelette for brunch yesterday and then bream, asparagus and salad for tea- today I’ve aphad yoghurt and berries and soup for lunch- got roast chicken for t

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    Hi Chelle, this thread seems to have gone very quiet. I have been following the January starters for motivation but many have finished their 8 weeks now so another thread is getting quieter.
    I am on day 10 and I have stuck to it rigidly plus I have continued doing spinning etc with no problems. However, today I am craving food, what I wouldn’t give for a bar of chocolate 😟 So another glass of water it is!
    Over the last few months my knees and ankles have been quite painful but since starting this it has improved hugely. Maybe the lack of sugar has helped with inflammation? I feel very positive about this but am preparing for the dreaded ‘plateau’. best of luck with getting back into low carb mode, you can do it!

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    Yes was thinking that it had gone quiet 🙁

    Do you feel you have lost weight jax?

    I literally do not own scales and I’m sure it isn’t healthy to constantly weight yourself- I know I am overweight and need to lose weight- I have clothes that I want to fit back into and once I do I will then be happy 🙂

    I have to say that even eating out at the weekend, the food I ate I could only eat half the portion so feel like this diet is doing good.

    I’m not going to worry too much about carb counting as such- just chose a breakfast lunch and dinner from the book and watch that I don’t have things that are high in v
    Carbs together.

    I may not stick to 800 cal exact but part of this is I can’t give up my coffee and milk and think about 110 calls of my day is taken up by this but I’m happy with this

    So far today I have had yoghurt with blueberries and raspberries and I made the red pepper soup which I love- for dinner I am cooking roast chicken so think I will be on about 610 for food and 110 for drinks so actually on target for cals carbs I think will be 48 so good day

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    hi Chelle, yes I lost 6lbs in week 1 which I was delighted with and I am using my fitness pal to log everything. I think everyone has to decide how they want to use this diet and what works for them. I am fasting from about 8pm to 12 midday as I wanted to reap the benefits of fasting as well. Breakfast has always made me more hungry and I am not really bothered about eating in the morning so it’s easy for me to do. I have got a wedding to go to at the beginning of April and I want to fit into one of my dresses for it. I want to lose about 2 stone although my dress will fit if I lose about 16lbs. I then have some holidays to look forward to and get myself to 10 stone. If I do get there, I then need to plan how I will maintain and not go mad!! Any change you make must mean you will benefit… but the challenge is sticking to it , not easy at times especially when socialising etc. I was on a course yesterday and took my flask of soup whilst everyone around me tucked into a carb starch rich buffet. Other people are not always very understanding, but I was determined. Long may it continue!

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    Good on you!

    Yes I think we need to work out what is best for us as individuals- we are all different shapes and sizes- I could no way fast for as long as you- I find the yoghurt and berries keeps me going until lunch- I tend to have soup or salad at lunch and then meat and veg for dinner-

    As you say any change is better- I have my wedding in May 2018 so want to lose weight for that- also have a holiday in July too so,lots to look forwards too.

    My down fall is def going to be weekends and alcohol!

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    Maybe you plan for higher calories at the weekend, but still have a limit so you don’t put weight on. I have read that some people do that. It will allow you to have some treats and alcohol. It would be a slower weight loss but maybe you would feel less deprived? Trial and error I think. I prefer the quicker way!

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    I lost 6 pounds in the first week but finding it harder this week being back at work. I work at a school and there is food everywhere. I’ve drunk loads of water and eaten salad at lunch time but surprised myself when I used MFP how many calories were in simple things. I had put on a pound this morning. I find I want to snack more when I’m at work. Although I’m eating the right things I’m eating too many of them. Need to start eating cut up veg to snack on. Still feeling positive though

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    Hi Wally, I can sympathise as we always have loads of cake and chocolate in the office too. I have to plan exactly what I will eat otherwise I may be tempted. Luckily the water dispenser is closer to me than the chocolate! Weight does go up and down even when strict.

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    I share your pain. I am sat in a client’s office next to the test kitchen where they are test-baking “celebration” cakes and will be all day!

    Funnily enough the smell isn’t doing anything for me at all and my yogurt and berries taste just fine.

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