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01-20-2009, 07:15 AM

My name is Fi and I'm new here. I loved the idea of this section when I found it - I'm definately not a mainstream kind of person. I love to embrace the weird and wonderful and so even though I fall into the 300+ category too I'm hoping I will find more like minds here.

I live in the UK and I'm following the Rosemary Conley programme which is essentially a GI based diet with a weekly fitness class thrown in. I've only just started and have a long way to go but I know I can do it and 2009 is going to be my year to get healthy!


01-20-2009, 08:08 AM
Welcome fifitrix! I'm glad you found us here!! There are many wonderful support groups and exercise threads you can join to acheive your goal! I hope you stay on your path toward good health!

-I love your avatar!!:D

01-20-2009, 10:58 AM
:welcome2: Fi!

01-21-2009, 09:05 AM
I've got my first weigh in tonight. Wish me luck!

I've just been looking at other people's G weights. I went with 12 stone (168lbs) because I've not been that since I was about 11 and I figured with the extra height that would look ok. I don't want to be super skinny but I'd like to have a nice shape / size.
I'm 5'6 with a medium build. Alot of my height is in my back though - I'm only average legged.

What do you think?

01-21-2009, 09:56 PM
Welcome - love your avatar! :)

01-22-2009, 01:37 AM
Hi Fi! Welcome!

I hope your weigh in went well!

And about how to set your goal weight - I think for most of us, that is just a blind guess! :lol: We really have no idea how we will look or how our bodies will respond as we get close to it. I think you have to set one, but you also have to allow for the fact that you may wish to change it up or down as you slim down. You should also have mini-goals, something that you can feel great about reaching and draw motivation from so that you can keep going through the inevitable rough spots. Maybe it's losing ten pounds at a time, maybe it's being able to do a certain number of minutes of exercise, maybe it's eating more veggies or less of what you are trying to cut out.


01-22-2009, 09:54 AM
Thanks for the advice bopeep - I guess I'll leave my goal weight as is until I'm closer and have more info.

I lost 10lbs this week. :eek: It was really unexpected because I had plenty to eat and didn't actually manage hardly any exercise at all (except for a bit of walking but that wasn't much more than my previously sedentary lifestyle).

And I was pretty good the week before I started and did lost some weight then, so I don't think this week can have been all "water" loss. I had already cut out almost all of the processed and sugary foods and started drinking more water. So hopefully most of it was actual loss. Especially as it represents the last of what I put on over Xmas and New Year. I had flu and then a cold the whole time. So I didn't eat at all for a couple of days but then ate in misery for the rest of the holidays, like food was going out of fashion. :(

I haven't felt hungry at all since I've started the RC plan though, and I've noticed that I am much more alert - I've not been getting any of those "OMG I need to sleep" moments in the afternoons and I think I've been sleeping better at night too.

I've set myself some mini goals for the next 60 pounds or so to lose to keep me motivated :

<350 lbs - have a mini pampering session - facial/manicure/pedicure
<330 lbs - Buy myself a Wii fit board (as I wouldn't be able to use it until then)
<300 lbs - have a luxury pampering session at a spa - full day package.

I've been very virtuous today. I just had a lunchtime meeting at work that was catered and all I had was some fruit (which was allowed on my plan). I've got some soup to have after my next meeting (which starts in 5 minutes or I'd have it now.)

Overall - so far so good. I'm pretty happy today!

moon safari
01-26-2009, 11:39 AM
Hi, I'm new as well. Good to see another newb :)

01-26-2009, 12:31 PM
Hi Moon Safari!

How are you getting on? I'm so determined to get healthy this year, but sometimes it's sooo hard. I had a wobble over the weekend when I ate out with friends. I didn't make the best choices but the menu was so confusing (too many different choices and too little nutrition info about each choice).

I eventually went with something I could predict/count but that was probably not the best choice. It was a chain pub not a proper restaurant and the kind of place where ordering off menu would have thrown the order taker into a meltdown so I didn't attempt it. :(

Nevermind. Back on track since then and hopefully it wont show too much at my weekly weigh in.

moon safari
01-26-2009, 11:16 PM
luckily im pretty well versed in low carb living as i was on atkins years ago. i am hitting up the twix bars pretty hard lol. being able to make snap decisions on nutrition is always hard, especially at certain places but you did the best you could and thats what you should expect from yourself. not perfection :)

01-28-2009, 09:28 AM
Hey ladies,
I'm somewhat new too. Just wanted to say hi =)

01-28-2009, 05:11 PM
Hi sarahnotsega!

I love your tag line - very appropriate for cats.. :cool:

I lost another 3lbs this week which isn't bad since I've got the monthly **** which arrived today.

So that's 13lbs in two weeks. YAY! I'm pretty happy with that. I wanted to lose at least a stone in the first month and I only need one more pound to achieve that.


01-29-2009, 07:51 AM
congratulations on 13lbs!

01-29-2009, 01:16 PM
Thats awesome!

merc girl x
01-29-2009, 02:21 PM
I thought I heard someone was throwing stones in this thread, I see now that you are just dropping stones!!

Welcome and a hearty "well done!!" on your weigh-in! That rocks!

01-29-2009, 07:39 PM
thanks guys for the support. it means alot. :)

02-05-2009, 04:10 PM
I lost another pound this week. Which I'm going to consider pretty good since I didn't manage hardly any exercise and I've got my monthly "OMG I'm going to die unless I lie down with painkillers" time.

Hopefully next week will be better. But this does bring me up to 14 pounds, which in the UK at least is 1 stone!

I lost a stone in 3 weeks. YAY!

Gypsy Severina
02-05-2009, 09:46 PM
:hug: Congrats on your 1 stone loss!

I only learned what a stone was because I watched "You Are What You Eat" with the Scottish nutritionist that I now feel bad that I can't remember her name. Really informative.

I've always found that the weight loss is big in the beginning and then tapers down to the 1-2 lbs a week. You're doing awesome!

02-06-2009, 06:26 PM
Thanks. You mean Gillian McKeith. I like her show but I couldn't eat like that all the time, all that mung bean salad and quinoa. Ew. Don't get me wrong, I love veggies and healthy stuff but I need some additives in my life! All the really interesting food has additives.;)

02-06-2009, 06:48 PM
fifitrix - Welcome and Congratulations on your weightloss! That is wonderful!
I haven't heard of the program you are on, what does it consist of?

Again - WELCOME!! :congrat:


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02-06-2009, 07:07 PM
Hi Sandy! Thanks for the support.

The Rosemary Conley program is group based. A bit like Weight Watchers or Slimming World. But half of the class is a 45 min exercise. Aerobics mostly but some of the classes have a Salsa-aerobics flavour or other things.

The diet is GI based. You can get both the books of the program and the exercise DVDs from Amazon.

I've done both SW and WW. Both have their good points, but I like RC because of the exercise class and the emphasis on portion control.

02-06-2009, 09:25 PM
Hey FiFiTrix - Its sound geat. I too would like a class with emphasis on exercise too! Thanks for sharing.


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02-10-2009, 04:25 PM
Well my next weigh in is tomorrow and I think I've done alright this week. Better than last week anyway. I am starting to hit that thing where you get a bit bored with what you are eating though. I need to change it up a bit I think. I just got the Rosemary Conley book that accompanys the programme through from Amazon so there are a load more recipes and more of the menu plans. (Not that they don't give you plenty of info at the group sessions, but there is even more in the book).

I'm still not managing to do enough exercise though. I really need to step it up to at least 4 sessions a week rather than the 1 and sometimes 2 I'm managing now.

I hope you are all doing well this week. ;)


02-12-2009, 06:04 PM
I stayed the same. Which kind of sucks... but I think my shape is changing because my trousers feel alot looser (and my work trousers are not elasticated so any difference is obvious). My RC consultant said not to worry about it because I've probably lost inches.

I actually think I lost 0.8 of a pound though. Because they only measure in whole pounds so if you are e.g. 364.8 lbs they count that as 364lbs and this week I was dead on 364 whereas last week I was 364.8lbs. They consider that as staying the same but there is a difference really.

I think that I went wrong this week with not drinking enough water and only doing 1 exercise session. So I've made plans to do two sessions over the weekend and another on Monday night. Hopefully that will get things moving. None of the sessions are high impact - just basic cardio until I get used to it.

02-19-2009, 01:45 AM
Hiya Fi!

You sound like you're on the right track. Knowing where you think you might have gone wrong helps because you know what to fix. I'm in the same boat right now. I have been so busy that I haven't been drinking enough water and haven't been exercising beyond the walk to and around the Uni.

The thing is to also balance the above with what you are doing right. I haven't gained anything in 2 weeks even though I haven't lost either. I am aware of myself, cut back on caffeine and wine and am trying to manage my stress better.

:D Go get 'em!