55lbs to lose.

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Sports and Fitness MoneySaving
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danihdanih Forumite
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I've been Money Tipped!
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Sports and Fitness MoneySaving
I'm getting fatter, and fatter! Now have hit 12 stone 7lbs, each lb for the last 2 stone has been the heaviest I've ever been. I had to start buying size 16's over the past 6 weeks, and now they are starting to get too tight. That last 7 lbs has gone on in 3 weeks, :mad:

I've never successfully dieted before.

I have been taking citalopram for the last year, and have put on over a stone during that time. I have now been able to start reducing my dose from 20mg, aiming towards 10mg, which I hope will help. But don't want to be using this as an excuse either.

Big fan of chocolate, sweeties, and avoiding exercise. Not such a big fan of being a short, increasingly chubby person.

My even chubbier husband and myself are trying for a baby. Tests all proving normal, we have been referred to an IVF clinic, and should be getting our first appointment in about 6 months. Our excess weight and less then fantastic exercise and diet plans certainly aren't helping. We are both 34, so sooner we tackle this the better.

Anybody else wish to jump on the bandwagon, and we can all look after ourselves better together???
:j got married 3rd May 2013 :beer:
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  • ChrisJJChrisJJ Forumite
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    A fellow chubster here. I weighed a few pounds more than you in January when I began to attempt to lose weight. Like you, I was a size 16. It's not easy, as like you, I'm a big fan of sweet things. Just demolished five small chocolate bars, as it goes, but that's by the by.

    Are you and your husband considering beginning some kind of exercise plan? What have you considered so far? Walking is always a good place to start.

    I've managed to lose 19 pounds so far. It's not a huge amount, but I feel better for it, and it gives me the motivation to carry on. It CAN be done. For me it was easier to start with exercise as the thought of having to restrict my calories made me cry :rotfl: However, once weight begin to shift, I found that made me more inclined to reduce calories a bit. No diet though.

    You could achieve a lot between now and your appointment at the IVF clinic - the fitter you both are the better. You could motivate each other, maybe?
  • danihdanih Forumite
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    Well done for the 19 pounds!

    Husband is still rather head in the sand. He has weighted around 17 stone for the last 10 years - since before we got together. Also could do with stopping smoking!!! Reckon the best way to tackle is to lead by example.

    I do all the food shop and cooking at home, so improving that side of things will benefit him. We do opt for takeaways far too often, and i have to quit buying food treats for us both.

    Re exercise, I'm no fan of sports or gyms. I do have 2 small dogs who would appreciate more walks. We also live within easy walking distance from all our town centre shops, so I plan to walk a lot more, rather then taking the car. I'm looking at the Couch to 5k running program, planning to walk every day for the next week, and then look at starting to run.

    I am looking at how I fill my plate at meal times. Starting to fill fruit / veg first, then everything else. This will increase my fruit and veg intake, reduce my portions of carbs especially, and still look like a good big plateful. Been doing this for the last few days, and I'm happy with how my meals look.

    Wish I had a magic wand!
    :j got married 3rd May 2013 :beer:
  • ChrisJJChrisJJ Forumite
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    Well done for considering the Couch to 5k :o) Running is one of the things that helped me to lose weight, and it is rather addictive once you start. I'm a shockingly slow runner, more of a plodder really, but it is great for getting fit. If you have dogs, then that's a great excuse to get out there and move a bit more. Honestly, when you start to feel fitter, you'll want to do even more.

    It sounds like you're already doing well on the food front, I'm quite impressed with that. Leading by example is probably the way forward with your other half. If, as you say, he's stayed pretty stable at around 17 stone for so long, at least he hasn't been gaining weight! Who walks the dogs? Maybe you could do that together? Also, the more active you become, the less time you'll have for snacking....And in my experience, exercise can curb your appetite to some extent.

    Yes, a magic wand would be fab! In the meantime, get a pedometer. Counting your steps becomes addictive too :)
  • Plus drinking water before meals often helps. I'm a yoyo dieter, but slowly getting there. I've got an under active thyroid, but once it is off it generally doesn't go back on too quick. Do you like dancing or anything like that?
    :T:T :beer: :beer::beer::beer: to the lil one :) :beer::beer::beer:
  • danihdanih Forumite
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    I've been Money Tipped!
    Only dance when highly intoxicated (2 pints of cider does it for me :)

    I do all the dog walking. Can occasionally get Hubby to come along at the weekend. He does like golf, so I encourage that - lots of walking! I do find him impossible to motivate to change his bad habits, so encourage the stuff he is doing well. He's a stubborn old git - we're very similar that way :D

    Pleased with myself for yesterday - a long and a short doggie walk, as well as a walk into the town. Did have a chocolate bar (found under a sofa cushion when doing a good clean of the living room :) And avoided all temptation to buy sweeties, chocolate, etc. I'm quite content when its not in the house - so is he, but when I buy it it vanishes very quickly.

    I'm not stressing too much about the content of our meals - good big portion of fruit / veg on the plate first, will be a big improvement on habits so far.

    We'll see how today goes.
    :j got married 3rd May 2013 :beer:
  • DomRavioliDomRavioli
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    Another chubby short one here. I'm 5'3" and weigh 13 stone, 3 stone of which I have put on because of anti-anxiety medication.

    I have a gym membership and used to go religiously until the anxiety kicked in, and am hoping to get back on it as it has a lovely pool and I do love to swim (hides the sweat!)

    I need some portion control - I eat fairly healthily (although had a Dominos pizza on Monday for my best friend's birthday) most of the year, I just need to get myself moving.
  • danih wrote: »
    Only dance when highly intoxicated (2 pints of cider does it for me :)

    I do all the dog walking. Can occasionally get Hubby to come along at the weekend. He does like golf, so I encourage that - lots of walking! I do find him impossible to motivate to change his bad habits, so encourage the stuff he is doing well. He's a stubborn old git - we're very similar that way :D

    Pleased with myself for yesterday - a long and a short doggie walk, as well as a walk into the town. Did have a chocolate bar (found under a sofa cushion when doing a good clean of the living room :) And avoided all temptation to buy sweeties, chocolate, etc. I'm quite content when its not in the house - so is he, but when I buy it it vanishes very quickly.

    I'm not stressing too much about the content of our meals - good big portion of fruit / veg on the plate first, will be a big improvement on habits so far.

    We'll see how today goes.

    im like that. If it's in the house I'll eat it, if not then I'm not too fussed.
    :T:T :beer: :beer::beer::beer: to the lil one :) :beer::beer::beer:
  • I want to lose 65lbs. I'm 5'4" and weigh 15 st 9lbs but I'd like to get to 11st. Not sure what size that would be or how I would look but it's better than how I look and feel now. No medical problems for me. I'm just greedy.
  • steevisteevi Forumite
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    I was 15st 1lb on the 20th July. Despite eating 1400 calories a day and working hard in the gym 4/5 days a week, I was still gaining weight due to my medication (citalopram, like you!).

    I have managed to convince my GP to switch me onto sertraline. Since then, I have lost 9lbs in 3 weeks with no lifestyle change.

    Just another 41lbs to go...!
  • lantannalantanna Forumite
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    As I'm in and around the heights on here I'll join in. I'm 5.4.6 and was 16 stone 13. Managed to get down to 10.5 at my lowest. Lost six stone in a year during Slimming World.


    Now looking back 10.5 was a bit skinny for me. 11 stone is where I am trying to get back too (sees me at a size 12) I am 12 stone 4 at the minute and a 12/14 at the minute.


    I was sick for most of this year and had to have an operation and so regained. It was more a case of eat what I could not healthily whilst I ill and had to abandon the gym.


    In my swing of losing I was at the gym 4 times a week. I'm back into it now 2 weeks.
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