My daughter lost a total of 3st in weight between 18th July and the beginning of November by good old-fashioned calorie counting
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
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.
I could alternatively obtain the telephone number of my local corsetier...
I would get one if I could afford it, I've seen how much they are in Boots and even in Argos.Feg wrote:You need a SAD lamp! They are brill
I was going to put my piano lesson money into CD storage, but I think a corset, ie belly storage would be a more sound investment!!!
Even when we had snow last January and March I never felt as bad as I do now. I really wish I'd have been born on the summer solstice (like Prince William) instead of the winter one!
I've been diagnosed as having SAD years ago and I've been on SSRI's for 16 years but I'm becoming tolerant to them and they're losing their effectivity. I'm now looking at natural and holistic methods of producing the hormone and the SAD lamp is the most natural method there is. St John's Wort is considered to be the best natural antidepressant but it is not advised to take it whilst on chemical SRI's and I'm on anticonvulsants also.
I don't know how effective they are, I've seen these on JL's
http://www.johnlewis.com/lumie-energy-s ... ox/p151500
I suppose they're like everything, you get what you pay for. I really do need one soon, I really do feel like there's this yoke on my back and I'm too tired to go about shifting it.
I have to admit that it is not used regularly but when we do put it on, it is a comforting yet bright light. I use our one more when I have sewing or other close work to do and my Mum reads by hers.
The JL one is very neat but at nearly £140? I think not!
I'll pop into Maplin next time I'm in Solihull and take a butchers at that one. I know I need one very soon. My wife has told me I'm a grumpy old (expletive) and have been like that for a few months. And I know why. Because I feel so groggy all the time. Plus I'm Uncle Dick of taking SRI's that my body has become tolerant to. One visit to my GP and she'll put my bleeding dosage up which will mash up me brain and end any possible dreams I may have of learning to play the piano.
I tend to trust John Lewis though.
The SAD light might also help me, albeit indirectly, with my relationship with food as increased energy levels and higher dopamine levels may lead to less of a craving for cakes etc. just to feel good.
I use elastic...
I suppose corsets are made to be inconspicuous nowadays (in terms of looks anyway, whether you'll still hear them creak). My grandmother, whom you can read about in a book entitled 'Driving Miss Smith' always swore by her pink corset which she referred to as her 'plate of armour'. I suppose gallant knights never had skidmarks in their armour though
Frit?Gill the Piano wrote:Depends how frit they got, I expect...
I'm a bag of sugar lighter. My wife is a bag of sugar heavier. Also she's had to have daily baths for over a week due to back pain. She's also been medicated consequently and every time she's on meds for summat it messes up her Enoch Powell's. And she's had less to eat than me this week!
I do hope she's okay for Buckinghamshire on the 29th!
Not that that has anything to do with slimming, or indeed the price of bread, fish, piano lessons...
It's too much trouble to teach music because it's, as you say, a fringe activity. Plus it's something kids might actually take an interest in and learn. Further cuts may signal bad news for state school sports departments, with extra-curricular football training not paid for by education departments but by television companies.
That's my rant over. I could go on LBC. But they don't have Lefties and hippies on there, no siree.
I love bhangra! No idea who's who or what's what but if it's on the tranny i turn it up.
Art & Music are always the poor relations of education; nice hobby dear, but not a career.
Which brings me quite neatly back to the title of this 'ere thread what I started!!! Been a naughty little Leftie today, one fried egg for lunch and 2 fried pieces of plaice for dinner. I think I'm a little bit scared of too much weight going off too soon!
The Sahotas, B21, Alaap, Bombay Talkie, Apna Group/Apna Sangeet
and check out this lovely romantic Bollywood clip that always stays in my mind with Kumar Sanu
I've found high-powered Brum bhangra to be a natural serotonin producer in the past. I don't know why I don't listen to more of it. The Asian stuff I go for nowadays is either classical/raagas/'morning music' or Islamic 'qawwals' from Pakistan remixed or otherwise from people such as Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
We have a Ravi Shankhar 'Rough Guide' CD in the car that I bought after I went to the Beatles attractions in Liverpool in 2012 and learning of his involvement and influence on the groups' latter albums and solo George Harrison stuff.