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Dec 30th '16, 20:21 PM  
Robbassist
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Hello there!

Just joined. Just wanted to say hello. 25 stone (I think as the bathroom scales gives up after 23 and half stone) and feel pretty fed up about it. I have a very sedentary job. I do enjoy playing Tennis although I admit that all other forms of exercise I don't really care for at the moment. I currently play two hours a week. I find it difficult not to think about much else other than work so playing Tennis helps as I cant concentrate on both! If I go out for a walk, I only think about trying to figure something out with my work. I'm self-employed and some weeks I earn very little and other weeks I do well so it is a constant worry so If I'm on a treadmill, I think "I've had enough of this. I must crack on and get the next bill paid!" I am a very reluctant talker about personal issues and just stick a smile on my face and crack a joke instead and it has taken me a lot to sign up to a site such as this. All that has to change though and I have to conquer my weight issues as I fear I will be in a lot of trouble health-wise if I don't. I'm currently 45 and have been increasingly overweight since spine issues started 15 years ago. My spine is certainly a lot better now but I have to be careful. Basically I just feel very low emotionally and physically. I have only just managed to get a consistent and sensible sleep pattern together after coming off Tramadol for multiple intercostal and trapezoid muscle tears after picking up a piece of kit of some 75Kg and awkwardly twisting (What an idiot I know!) I now get to bed in good time and sleep for 7 hours. Previously I would what I call "Snack sleep" with just 4 hours sleep a night and sometimes not sleep for two to three days, I think this could have been Tramadol related because I only had sleep problems after coming off the stuff. My muscle and back issues and my sleep patterns are now resolved and I consistently go to bed between midnight and 2am and get 7 hours. Now I must attack my mind-set and weight! Help! Cheers, Rob.
 
Dec 30th '16, 20:26 PM  
sarahc4536
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Welcome to social Slimmers Rob!

Have you got a particular plan in mind that you are looking to follow?
Obviously there are lots out there, it's just a car of finding which one is best for you




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Dec 30th '16, 20:47 PM  
Robbassist
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HI Sarah! Thanks for your kind reply. In a nutshell, no. Given the scientific nature of my work and interests I feel a "measured" approach with food stuffs and exercise would suit me best. So weighing foods and calculating content and calculating calorie burn with exercise as I intend to get back to the gym from the 23rd of Jan. At the moment, I just eat whatever I cook which I would be the first to admit is too much anyway! A couple of good things though is I don't dislike any food-stuffs and I also don't miss foods If I don't have them available in the fridge or cupboard. I also don't get certain food cravings. For example, I don't have to have a pudding and very rarely do unless eating out which is once to twice a month. Danger is though, If I buy a trifle say for four people, I will scoff the lot in one sitting! Or, If I eat a sensible amount, next time I feel hungry (perhaps 3 hours later), I will just lazily pick that same trifle up before anything else and eat that again! I'm all over the place really. Sometimes I have what I call a "Veg fest" and just eat a large bowl of salad with as many ingredients as I have to hand albeit with a nice bottled dressing.
 
Dec 30th '16, 20:56 PM  
Robbassist
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I know I can succeed, I have just reluctantly conceded that I do need help. I visited my ex-wife a couple of days back, she is very supportive and we get on extremely well. She is 9 stone and very fit. She cooked a small ravioli dish and we had rocket and some really tasty Pimm of Picc something or other mini-tomatoes. It was great, very flavoursome and I didn't need to eat again for I think 3 hours. Although I looked at what was on my plate and I thought it would never be enough. That was a wake-up call!
 
Dec 31st '16, 15:05 PM  
sarahc4536
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I think we're all guilty of the same things on here! I know I sat and ate tons of food I didn't need to eat over the past 2 weeks, so I'm getting back into the mindset of being more sensible!

Personally I can't get my head around calorie counting. I've tried it and it just didn't stick. I know it's a simple enough process, but I wasn't a fan of counting calories for veg etc.
I follow Slimming World, and although I'm no where near my target anymore, I have been there before, and SW got me there so I know it works
But we all prefer different methods as not everything works for everyone!

I do wish you the best of luck with it though, and I hope you'll still post on here as I'd like to keep up with your journey
There are a few others who were following calorie counting prior to Christmas, and though it's been quiet recently, I'm sure we'll see more once new year passes!

It can be surprising how filling 'small' looking meals can be... in another that feels my plate needs to be piled high when it really doesn't if you pick the right foods. Very surprising sometimes!


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Dec 31st '16, 17:38 PM  
Robbassist
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Yeah I know what you mean. I've chatted to a few mates of late and they are following restrictive diets of one type or another. None of them following calorie counting either. One chap has banned all carbs except certain veg. Parsnips and potatoes are off the list for him. Another following "diet" product everything. Another, no carbs at all. They are all having success in their own way. Ultimately I'm taking the view to begin with, a smaller plate, nothing banned but not to stock any bad foods in the house! A couple of weeks back I saw a bargain galaxy bar I think it was 10" by 4 or 5" for a quid and that lasted just two days!

Yep I will keep the posts up. Once I have made my mind up about something, that's it.

Oh yes! The piled plate!

Well tonight, it's going to be a large chicken fillet with a slice of buffalo mozzarella stuffed inside it "450cals" (and I will have to watch I don't cut off two more slices and just eat them as is. One slice and get the remainder to the fridge asap and not leave it on the side to put away later). Wrap that in two slices of Parma ham "550 cals" and again get the Parma ham to the fridge quick immediately after slicing otherwise I will clear the pack! Salt and pestle and motared pepper a quick swish of olive oil and in the oven for 22 mins at high heat. Having that with two carrots, 4 little new potatoes and florets of broccoli.... I reckon on 740 calories for that lot. The only other stuffs today has been 100g of porridge which I think is 300 cals, 2 pears, 2 apples and 4 orange easy peeler things. 7 cups of tea (skimmed milk) and four black coffees... Can't bothered to work that bit out. 250-300 cals perhaps??
 
Dec 31st '16, 18:23 PM  
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Hi and welcome to Social Slimmers!
 
 
Dec 31st '16, 19:10 PM  
Robbassist
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Hi Bevziibubble and thanks for your welcome!

It's all rather friendly on here thus far!

Rob.
 
Jan 1st '17, 22:33 PM  
sarahc4536
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Your chicken and mozzarella sounds delish! I do appreciate those kind of meals, they always feel like they should be 'naughty' meals, but they're actually quite healthy when done correctly hehe



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Jan 2nd '17, 09:21 AM  
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Hi Rob. Welcome to the forum. I'd like to think we're all very friendly, so feel free to ask for any advice or tips. I don't follow a plan anymore but like to try to eat clean, with limited processed foods or added sugar. It seems to work for me. So good luck!
 
 
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