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Post by Openwood » 30 Dec 2008, 22:52

Hey, fellow piano slimmers! I just read this thread for the first time and I share the love! Earlier this year I was horrified when I needed a 40-inch waist. I’ve found Weight-Watchers to be a total pain in the arsular region, so I went for broke and joined the local gym. I still don’t do nearly enough but I’ve built-up to three 45-minute sessions each week on a combination of cross-trainer, treadmill, rowing machine and weights. It’s definitely helping and I’d encourage anyone trying to lose weight to give it a go.
I was the last person on God’s wide earth who ever thought they’d darken the doors of a gym but it was well worth the initial embarrassment. I thought the place would be full of rippling muscle-men (and there are some, of course) but mostly it’s just people like me trying to shift some wobble.
And now for the real toughie – I stopped drinking earlier this month :shock: Yes, really. I was drinking on average a bottle per night, which is obviously bad all-round :oops: but also a bottle is around 500 calories (or roughly a quarter of the recommended calorie intake for a geezer). I was struggling to resist the urge to open a bottle right now, but reading this thread has given me more motivation so I’ve poured the bloody stuff down the sink. WE CAN DO IT!!!!! 8) 8) 8)
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Post by markymark » 30 Dec 2008, 23:00

:lol: I loved that reply Openwood!

I really love the cross-trainer! It almost feels like you're having way too much fun to be exercising at all... that is until you walk past any reflective doors or glass and realise that Hellboy isn't releasing another film - it's just you walking around with a face like the moon! :oops:

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Post by Openwood » 31 Dec 2008, 01:18

My face is just like that - indistinguishable from my buttocks!
The image of John Prescott has leaped, unbidden, into my mind :o Mate, it can't be THAT bad....
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Post by joseph » 31 Dec 2008, 02:34

Openwood wrote: I thought the place would be full of rippling muscle-men (and there are some, of course) 8) 8) 8)
I must go down there quickly, and investigate those rippling muscle men....... its fun to stay at the . . .

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Post by Celestite » 31 Dec 2008, 10:04

joseph wrote:
Openwood wrote: I thought the place would be full of rippling muscle-men (and there are some, of course) 8) 8) 8)
I must go down there quickly, and investigate those rippling muscle men....... its fun to stay at the . . .
Ooh, it almost makes it worth all the pain and suffering (well, almost!) :wink:

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Post by ebonyivory » 01 Jan 2009, 10:26

Well, today is the day! The big weigh in! :shock:

Come on, no-one else has posted yet, are you all still recovering from last night?

This morning I weigh a horrible 13st 5lb, miserable. :cry:

I feel it will get worse before it gets better!

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Post by joseph » 01 Jan 2009, 13:16

you'll slim down soon enough.

I didn't get out because my flu has now left me with a full on chest infection complete with green gunge every time i cough.

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Post by Celestite » 01 Jan 2009, 15:18

Ok Guys, here goes. I weighed in this morning at 12st 7lb and I'm telling you that as encouragement for your new endeavours and as part of my on going battle with the bulge. On 1st May I weighed 18st 0.5lb so take heart - all things are possible. Here's to all us gorgeous lovelies out there :D

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Post by ebonyivory » 01 Jan 2009, 16:20

Blimey Celestite! That's amazing! Well done!

I can't even shift a stone! Must put my slimming head on!

Well you keep it up and we will all try to get going.

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Post by Celestite » 01 Jan 2009, 17:31

Thanks, Kimble. There's still a bit more to do yet so I'm in there with you all!

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Post by Gill the Piano » 01 Jan 2009, 21:46

Gill the Piano wrote:I'm NOT posting my weight...but I shall be letting you know the little signs which will (hopefully) tell me I'm now a size 8. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Read my lips....BUT....the Quality Street has had a stiff ignoring this Christmas, as has the port. So I'm being good...

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Post by ebonyivory » 12 Jan 2009, 20:07

Hu-hummm! What happened everybody? :shock:

Just checking in, feeling I might be the only one not playing by the rules, to find nobody has posted any diet developments!!! :lol:

Well, I am 13st 2lb, which isn't that great but it's a start.

Now it's your turn!

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Post by Celestite » 12 Jan 2009, 20:30

Well done, Kimble! Better slow and steady, so they tell me (but then they're not the ones desperate to be shot of it, are they?!) I was 12st 5lb at my last weigh in.

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Post by ebonyivory » 14 Jan 2009, 23:09

Hello Dave

Hope you and Mrs Brum are well. I am not very good with change so will take me a few goes to get used to the new look site. Did you receive the p.m. about facebook as I can't see a reply, will miss the chats, but I will have to get used to posting again.

Shame you don't feel like dieting at the moment. I am sure you will get back into the swing of it. January is a funny time of year, can be a bit depressing.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kimble.

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Post by Gill the Piano » 24 Feb 2009, 16:24

Just concentrate on the decorating, eschew the ladder, then you'll get taller, your height/weight ratio will improve and therefore you will have - technically - lost weight. Viola!
I'm so glad you say that about Facebook, Dave; I can't work it out either. Thanks - you've made me feel much better1 :D
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Post by markymark » 24 Feb 2009, 19:27

dave brum wrote:
Well, the sheer thought of the immense scale of manual work in front of me has not only made me think 'how can a big twenty stone lump of whale blubber like moi climb ladders and paint in all the nooks and crannies??'
Decorating the house provides you with a great workout and you're bound to lose weight - provided you don't replenish with all the wrong stuff! I have a mate who used to be 22 stone but despite being 6'2'', he looked it and had a huge spare tyre you could bounce pennies off! He carried a lot of weight all over his body - chest, waist, arms, legs. You must be very tall because you don't look anything like a 20 stone man!

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Post by Celestite » 14 Jun 2009, 17:32

Go for it Dave - new house, new start, new you! :D

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Post by Celestite » 14 Jun 2009, 17:52

Yes, I've been even more manically busy than usual and so far this year has been every bit as dire as I thought it would be, hence the absence, sorry! My weight is pretty much as it should be now so the maintenance side of it kicks in from here, whooppee! I've lost just over 7 stone and am a size 10/12 so now I'm surrounded by people telling me not to lose any more -can't win, can we?! I shall be behind you every step of the way, dear boy - good luck!

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Post by Celestite » 14 Jun 2009, 18:04

Indeed I did! Loose skin is a problem but hey, it comes with age anyway and is a lot easier to disguise than excess inches!

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Post by Celestite » 14 Jun 2009, 19:23

Absolutely, and thank you! How is the lovely Mrs B?

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Post by Celestite » 14 Jun 2009, 20:37

How are the lessons going?

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Post by Celestite » 14 Jun 2009, 20:57

Yep. I'm off air for a while now - I'm still trying to get this wretched cross stitch finished in time for my parent's golden anniversary so it's off to the stitching frame for me for the rest of the evening. I'll check out the blog a bit later. Ttfn

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Post by kebabselector » 15 Jun 2009, 00:55

dave brum wrote: Right then, losing weight. How to stop weighing the same as a piano then...
When you find out let me know!

Though I should start running again. That'll help. Mind you any new exercise regime means a new injury or illness to pick up.
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Post by Celestite » 15 Jun 2009, 07:33

Running? Far too energetic imho! I go for a brisk walk three times a week (kiddies and weather permitting!) and built it up slowly. I also stuff myself with all the things I am "allowed" and try to avoid the naughties. Getting the mind set is the major battle won - once you've got it the rest is much easier. (And I know it's a LOT easier said than done!)

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Post by Celestite » 15 Jun 2009, 20:19

I believe nearly any expert you ask will tell you the whole issue with yo-yo dieting is the psychology bit of it. Personally, I think naughty food is every bit as addictive as tobacco or alcohol. Getting it off is one thing, keeping it off is quite another :roll:

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Post by Celestite » 15 Jun 2009, 22:27

If there was anything at all behind the saying "It's the thought that counts" I'd be laughing - eating chocolate would melt away the pounds and maintain a size 8 figure :lol:

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Post by Gill the Piano » 16 Jun 2009, 17:25

Inside every fat woman is a skinny woman crying to be let out.
I ate her... :twisted:
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Post by Celestite » 16 Jun 2009, 18:26

With a nice Chianti, one would hope :mrgreen:

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Post by kebabselector » 16 Jun 2009, 22:19

I think i've had my first chocolate free day for a while today :)

Relatively healthy meals all day, must be while I feel crap.
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Post by Celestite » 16 Jun 2009, 22:41

dave brum wrote:Hope you've managed to provide a Before and After photo just for the benefit of Weight Watchers, Cel!
My wedding photos provide more than ample coverage of the "before" but I haven't got around to the "after" photos yet - that will probably happen at my parent's Golden Anniversary lunch next month.(I always did do things backwards!) I do, however have the pair of trousers I wore to my first Weight Watchers meeting last year so one of these days I'll put them on just for a giggle and see how many paces I can take before they end up around my ankles!I can strongly recommend WW's Belgian chocolate mousse - only 2 points and seriously scrummy!

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Post by Celestite » 28 Jun 2009, 08:07

Wahoo! :P Well done, old bean! That's over half a stone in a fortnight, well done. I've found having a three year old who wakes you up at 3 in the morning is another good (though thoroughly unrecommended) way of shifting the pounds - it means you're on the go 24/7! Keep it up.

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Post by Celestite » 28 Jun 2009, 09:21

Hopefully that's where the similarity between us ends, Know wot I mean, Harry?!

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Post by kebabselector » 05 Jul 2009, 10:31

Thinking I now need to start slimming/exercise asap. I'm running out of trousers that fit.
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Post by Celestite » 05 Jul 2009, 10:48

Well done again! Mine dropped another 2lbs this week but I think that was down to yanking out the weeds with gusto and demolishing a bike shed with a hammer in a sweltering 28 degrees! Keep it up! Everything else all ok with you guys?

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Post by kebabselector » 05 Jul 2009, 13:15

Celestite wrote:Everything else all ok with you guys?
Got a headache at the moment, but that's possibly pollen/heat related. Although I don't have hay fever, just the symptoms :?
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Post by kebabselector » 07 Jul 2009, 00:04

Sounds like I'm the reverse. Still today has been o.k. Though still got a headache again. Also seems swine flu has broken out in the office, fortunately I've avoided it for 2 weeks (working off site), so looks like I'll be working from home/sites for the next few weeks. <back on topic!> Handy I *might* try to get a bit of bike riding done.
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Post by Feg » 06 Mar 2010, 22:51

What a difference, Dave. Well done that man :D

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Post by Celestite » 06 Mar 2010, 23:21

Yo, slim! Well done dear boy! :D

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Post by Celestite » 13 Aug 2010, 12:20

Excellent news! Well done on both counts. Keep it up, old chap!

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Post by Gill the Piano » 11 Sep 2010, 16:19

How do you make dhal? Lentils always seem such hard work to me...soak them at midnight on the cusp of Aries and Pisces on a full moon... :roll: Is there a short cut? I'm an emergency cook; everything has to be v. simple and accomplished in 30 seconds or less - but, paradoxically, without the aid of a microwave because I don't trust 'em...
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Post by Gill the Piano » 07 Mar 2011, 19:22

PianoLove wrote:It's possible to eat lots and not put weight on- I do. :D
You hold 'er, I'll hit 'er, Dave...:D
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Post by Gill the Piano » 08 Mar 2011, 17:26

...but miserable... :lol:
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Post by Blodwen » 13 Mar 2011, 17:05

oooh I hate dieting! I love my food, unfortunately Im a fussy eater and dont like anything healthy lol! Trying to lose a stone before I got to Sharm el Shark in May! 2lbs down and 12 to go! Only been dieting a week and fed up already, I just want to scoff my face with chocolate, sweets and takeaways!! ah well! only 7 weeks left, then I can take full advantage of the all inclusive and stuff my chops when I get there!

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Post by Feg » 18 Jan 2012, 22:16

Dave

My daughter lost a total of 3st in weight between 18th July and the beginning of November by good old-fashioned calorie counting :D

There are a couple of free to join websites which not only allow you to record your daily food intake, but do all the calorie counting for you. She downloaded an 'app' to her iPod but you can do it via your PC if you prefer.

One of them also has a support forum - google My Fitness Pal for the link. The one that Caroline used was www.shapeupclub.com

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Post by Pixie*Piano » 18 Jan 2012, 22:48

In all honesty I'm rather failing to watch what I eat this week ... lets see if the scales agree when I go to my mums house (I don't not have scales at my house as I'd be obsessively checking them). I'm rubbish at doing exercise and have ate out twice this week so far and had a KFC ... 1130 calories apparantely!! So you have been warned!!
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Post by Feg » 18 Jan 2012, 23:12

Dave

Caroline was 18 in December but three years ago she took ill and now has CFS. She was formally diagnosed in June and was weighed at the hospital. We knew that a combination of extreme fatigue and comfort eating had put on some weight but she wasn't aware of quite how much. She decided that the only person to help her was herself and signed up to Shape up Club as being the only site that would accept membership from someone under the age of 18.

She lost on average 3lbs per week and once she had lost the first stone, started to gradually introduce exercise - just walking to begin with and the results have been amazing to say the least. She started off at 13st 2lbs and at the beginning of November had reached 10st 7lbs. She stopped counting calories at that point but has continued to lose weight as the enforced portion control has stayed with her. She now weighs 10st exactly.

I would be tempted to sign up now Dave and attack the problem on two fronts. Even if you only use Shape up to give you a better idea of the relationship between quantity and calories. It also monitors your fat, protein and carb intake - Caroline found the best results from high protein and lower carbs.

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Post by Gill the Piano » 29 Jan 2012, 17:34

dave brum wrote: my underpants are loosening!
Too Much Information... :shock:
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Post by him again » 14 Feb 2012, 10:29

I'm another big fat lump of whale blubber (apologies to the Save the Whale lobby) that's trying to get slim. I have my fitness class this morning. I'm the youngest there by far but never mind...
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Post by him again » 14 Feb 2012, 10:31

dave brum wrote: And my underpants are loosening!
So are mine...they're halfway around that thing that blocks out the sunlight!
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Post by Gill the Piano » 14 Feb 2012, 19:31

Well you'll be right on trend, judging by what I observe of the knuckledraggers here in Marlow, with their jeans and undercrackers hanging round their arses...
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