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Joined: Jan 13
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Posted: 29 Apr 2013, 11:24
Hello people. Not a big talker. Just thought this looked like a gang of mutually corpulent yet motivated people. I'm 48. I currently weigh in at 119.7kg (263.9lbs or 18.85 stone). Doctor says I am on borrowed time right now, (have been for five years now). The old liver might pack up any day but in NHS terms I'm not transplant list material until I lose the fat. So if anybody is motivated to lose 37kg (82lbs) then you are looking at him. I have one and a half years to fix myself or so the doc says before I get to the danger zone where it might pack up altogether. Plus my kids are 9 and 7 so seeing their development to adulthood is definitely on my bucket list! The future is healthy choices forever. No alcohol, no fizzy drink and low fat choices daily (max 60g fat per day). I use fat secret to complete my food diary so I can stay on top of things. It's a wickedly good tool for me.

So - what do we do for fun around here then? Very Happy

Joined: May 13
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Posted: 10 May 2013, 06:00
Apparently, we have new people post and see how long it takes before someone will reply. Smile I've only joined FS in the last couple weeks myself. The food tracking alone is worth it and I have the app on all my devices. My husband's endocrinologist gave him a list of apps to check out to help him with his blood sugar issues.

82lbs is 18 months...are you doing this on your own, or has your doctor hooked you up with a nutritionist to help guide you? I agree, you certainly have the motivation factors in place to reach your goal.
“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgment. You are beautiful!”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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Posted: 15 May 2013, 17:44
Welcome, Mazchap. Sorry to hear about your health issues but congrats on making positive steps to get healthy and make health a lifestyle not a quick diet!

Joined: Jan 12
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Posted: 17 May 2013, 08:15
Hi Mazchap

Just about my first post, but you have inspired me to share. Have you looked at 5:2 or intermittent fasting? and (for the video)

- meant to do great things for all those medical results, and particularly all those things of concern to you. I have been avoiding tackling my issues for the last 7 years, since my second child was born, but just one hour of video gave me the courage to start, and I am so glad I did. The 52fastdiet forum is also making an effort to gather statistical evidence too.

If you are having regular blood test for things I reckon it would be really interesting to see the changes. I think I am probably in the top of the normal range for a whole packet of problems just around the corner. I have lost just 6kg - so coming up for a stone in 2.5 weeks, and it doesnt seem to hurt coming down the stairs any more, so positive progress. I am also using the Montignac Method for my 5 normal days - which basically means no refined carbs - but that would not be to everyones taste. It works for me, because as a family we eat loads of pulses, so I'm not missing my carbs. I'm enjoying my fasting on the 5:2, and while I am only in week 3 and, 6 fasts in, people have already started commenting, which is so motivating.

Do you do any physical activity? I know I notice a real difference if I can swim (or bob) regularly, and I think it is pretty good at toning up the skin when you do loose some weight. I'm keen to avoid the bingo wings and an apron (if you don't know what that is, don't try and find out as it sounds, and probably is, grim).

Anyways, thanks for inspiring me to share, and go for it, enjoy loosing and the difference it can make to your life in a pretty short period of time. Honestly 6 stone in 18 months is doable, but only if you actually start!!

Good luck and fill us in on your progress.


Joined: Jan 13
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Posted: 01 Jun 2013, 17:50
Thanks for your replies. Much appreciated. Yeah I think Fat Secret is really cool and share it with other people I come across struggling to lose weight. Funny post mylol and yes, I agree with you and reckon the diary is the key to its success. Entering your intake is all about being honest with yourself. I recently weighed in at 117.5kg. So I have knocked a bit more off. For me it's not a trick. It really is as simple as eating more sensibly and exercising more.

Appreciate the pma kkd. I had a 3-piece KFC meal yesterday (day before a weigh in? is he mad?) I gave away the chips and the drink and I removed the skin. picked the chicken off using my fingers instead of my mouth to prevent accidental fat ingestion. and instead of lickin' my fingers I wiped with napkins. Total fat content? Who cares it was my weekly treat! And last week I was 118.2kg this week 117.5kg.

Pleased my post inspired you pollywatt. Yes I do loads of physical activity. I subscribe to Country Walking Magazine and use the pdf's from to take with me. My kids have gotten it into their heads that the hills we visit are the fossilised remains of dragons from the mediaeval days and they love climbing dragons. It's way more fun than walking up hills! We recently went to Mam Tor in the Peak District. Normally after 5 miles my hips give up. I made the whole 7.25 miles without pain for a change and was well chuffed. My other great love apart from food, my wife, and I celebrated our 22 years of marriage with a 10.5 miles walk around Cambridge. We came across a remote river path and walked it's length. It was amazing to be so near civilisation and yet in such remote beauty. The water was crystal clear and the walk was finished off with a steak and salad dinner treat for us both. She supports my weight loss by giving up the same things like the alcohol and the fizzy drinks etc. She's losing slower because she's not really trying but it's having an effect so it won't really matter what you do Pollywatt but you have to do something you think is fun. Cycling? Swimming? Walking? Caravanning is good exercise too you know! I am occasionally doing lane swimming. It's a 25m pool and I did 20 lengths in 30 mins last visit. So my stamina is getting better too. Hey if I can do it then ANYBODY can do it.

I blog too by the way. I do a blog called Diary Of A Recovering Fatalcoholic. Where I try to repeat the mantra that there's no fad that's capable of shifting this stomach. I just have to shift the stomach in order to shift the stomach. Get it?

I recently took on a young lad (27) who was 37 stone and is now 22 stone. He recently told the guys in the office how he did it. He was consuming rubbish food while staying with his parents. They let him get away with no exercise by doing everything for him including laundry etc. He moved in with his other 2 brothers in a house in my local town. Where they cook food from scratch and the fridge has no rubbish in it. The brothers are sporty types. They cook food from scratch and hardly ever eat prepared or processed food. Combined with him needing to cycle to get anywhere, including the shops for food, he has had to radically adjust his lifestyle. The result is a 15 stone weight loss in just over 1.5 years.

My point being, if he can, I can. And so can you. Simple adjustments and moderation. If you want a pizza have a slice only. If you want Chinese food, cook it yourself, etc etc. You know all this. You don't need me and you don't need fads.

You just need motivation. Innit? Smile
So what did you do for yourself lately?