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    Somanypinecones daily log

    I'm brand new to Darebee and the community here. I decided to create an activity log as a motivational tool and for something to look back on.

    I am 31, female and live in the UK. I am married and have two young children, one of whom is disabled so I'm also a carer. I am also morbidly obese and have a problem with compulsive eating.
    I have been trying to take control of my life for a while with some real ups and downs. It's been several months since I did any real exercise and I decided enough was enough.

    Today I am on Day 4 of Foundation Light, Level III. I decided to start super low and build up. I know I am capable of more but I need the habit building as much as I need the movement!

    Goals

    To lose some weight without becoming obsessed with the scales and calorie tracking
    To eat a more healthy and balanced diet
    To drink more water - 8 glass a day goal
    To have a better sleep pattern
    To exercise daily and complete Foundation Light
    To move on to Foundation or another program next
    To regain more positive structure in my self care
    To either join a gym or regular swimming pool once that's possible again after coronavirus

    I might update these goals to be more specific soon, this is just my initial thoughts.

    Wish me luck, and patience!

    Weigh ins:
    Healthy weight rate ~ 7st 10lb / 108lbs / 48.9kg ~to~ 10st 6lb / 146lbs / 66.2kg

    Start weight 24th June 2020 - 22st 2lb / 310lbs / 140kgs (BMI 52.9)
    2nd July 2020 - 21st 9lbs / 303lbs / 137.4kg (BMI 51.7) ~~ Loss = -1/2st / -7lbs / -3.17kg

    #2
    Welcome! Good luck on your fitness journey.

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      #3
      Welcome somanypinecones . Many of us are/were in similar circumstances so don't ever feel alone in your quest. Foundation Light is a great place to start. Warning though - the program and challenges can become addictive! You've made the start and I look forward to seeing you progress.

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        #4
        Thank you both, LizardFriend95 and Julian4077

        I didn't work out yesterday - I didn't have time in the day time and in the late evening I was just too tired. I felt bad about it, but I'm back at it today, and I'm going to try and plan my day better so that doesn't happen again.

        Food has not been so good. Today would have been as I made good/ok breakfast and lunch choices, but I let myself get too hungry in the afternoon and I ended up having a snack-binge before a later than normal dinner. Trying not to let that hold me back because it's all too easy to say F it from both of these mistakes. Tomorrow is another day.

        Food today:

        Good breakfast - yogurt drink, 2 thin slices homemade rye bread with butter, banana
        Ok lunch - ham, soft cheese and tomato sandwich on 50/50 bread, crisps, yogurt
        Binge
        Good dinner - dahl, rice, green beans and mango chutney

        Water:
        8 glasses +

        Exercise today:

        Foundation Light Day 5 (Fast Pace Cardio), Level 3

        Weigh in:

        22st 2lb / 310lbs / 140kgs

        BMI:

        52.9

        Shockingly high, my highest ever weight. I don't want to see that again. I will not weigh again for another month as it's a trigger for me to binge, regardless of which way the scale has gone, but hopefully next time it will look a little bit better.

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          #5
          Good day today.

          Food:

          Good breakfast - 2 slices homemade sourdough toast with butter, yogurt drink and a peach
          - Snack - an ice cream cone
          Good lunch - Ham, cucumber and lettuce sandwich on homemade sourdough and a banana
          Good dinner - 2 baked chicken thighs with spinach and pea couscous and tomato salad

          Water:

          10 glasses +

          Exercise:

          Foundation Light Day 6 (Abs and Core), Level 3
          40 min slow paced walking outside

          Ice cream snack not the most ideal I spose but I had less lunch as a result so I'm going to call that a win. Plus it's baking hot today with a heatwave. The walking may have been slow paced but it was sweaty!
          I'm really wanting a snack this evening though. I'm having a big drink and going to try and distract myself. If that fails, a frothy coffee will hopefully help.

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            #6
            Another good day!

            Food:

            - Breakfast - none (was up late)
            Snack - yogurt drink
            Lunch - homemade lentil fritters, leftover pea and spinach couscous, tomato and some mango chutney
            Dinner - Butternut squash macaroni cheese, salad
            Dessert - Some pomegranate and a peach

            Water:

            Haven't kept track too well today, but I think it's 8 glasses.

            Exercise:

            2 min warm-up
            Foundation Light Day 7 (Strength), Level III


            An emotionally difficult day as I had a therapy session in the afternoon, but I didn't eat on my feelings. It's also still ridiculously hot due to the heatwave and the promised storm has not arrived to break it yet; so I'm really pleased with myself that i still worked out even though I'm melting. Go me!
            And I didn't snack or have a coffee last night like I was worried about, so that's another win right there. And I've gotten to day 7, so I guess that's my first week of exercise - not daily as I did miss one day and do it the next instead. Hopefully this next week I will manage each day.

            Oh, i've also decided I should log my warm up as well the exercise as I do sometimes change them, though I generally pick one from Darebee because I like direction. I was already warming up before working out I just didn't log it.

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              #7
              Welcome to the community! You're making awesome progress and your meals sound so delicious I hope you enjoy your time here in the Hive and find that you feel better as you work towards your goals!

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                #8
                calendula Thanks so much!

                Food:

                - Breakfast - none again
                Snack - yogurt drink
                - Lunch - homemade pizza topped with mushrooms, prosciutto, mascarpone and mozzarella, salad
                - Dinner - Chinese pork loin steaks, jacket potato stuffed with sweetcorn and a little cheese, homemade coleslaw

                Water:

                8 glasses

                Exercise:

                Classic warm-up
                Day 8 Foundation Light (Tendon Strength), Level III

                Overall an ok day. Lunch not ideal as it was using up fancy ingredients so quite high calorie. Think dinner was a bit big too if im honest. I know I need to start working on portion size.
                The workout today was harder than it looked! I got through and even managed to keep the 30 second rest between sets without extending it, but it was tough.

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                  #9
                  Lazy Sunday.

                  Food:

                  Snack - yogurt drink
                  Lunch - wrap with 2 sausages and leftover homemade coleslaw and sweetcorn, a peach and a low fat yogurt.
                  Dinner - Roast gammon, no-oil baked new potatoes, steamed savoy cabbage and carrots and peas.
                  Dessert - layered crushed ginger biscuits with 0% fat Greek yogurt and lemon curd.

                  Water:

                  nowhere near enough today, 3 glasses.

                  Exercise:

                  Classic warm up
                  Day 9 Foundation Light (Fast-paced Cardio), Level III

                  Dinner was my attempt at a healthier Sunday roast and dessert. I got my husband to deal with the leftovers as I knew it would be hard for me to leave them alone. I had a peppermint tea after dinner as well which was nice. Even though dinner and dessert was plenty, I still wanted to snack, so I’m glad I’ve kept away. I look forward to when that habit is broken properly. I’ve done it before so I know I can do it, I just have to remember. Drinking more might help...
                  I am also struggling not to go and weigh myself. I known if I do it’ll screw up my eating though, so I need to stick to my decision to weigh monthly.
                  I’m also toying with the idea of those weight loss tablets that prevent you digesting fat that you can buy at the pharmacy (Alli/Orlistat). I’ve never tried them before. I don’t know much about them tbh; so it might be a stupid idea. I just know I’ve got a lot to lose and really I need all the help I can get. I don’t know.

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                    #10
                    Hello
                    Drinking tea is a very good alternative if you find drinking water a challenge, very smart move from your part.
                    I don't recommend the pills however tempting they might sound; if you think they might be good for you I recommend asking a nutriologist though.
                    What you're doing is very inspiring! Something that helps me is to remember how far you've gotten instead on focusing of the results you're looking for; but also try and remember not to beat yourself over a relapse.
                    Good luck on your journey :-D

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                      #11
                      Jacket I always struggle to drink enough. I often drink sugar free squash/cordial (though made up quite weak) as otherwise I don’t drink enough ever. I’ve gone a day or two without having anything to drink before; my poor body! I’m probably going to try and get new info about the pills but I’m probably not going to get them. They’re not cheap for one thing! Thanks for the luck and good wishes

                      Today went ok.

                      Food:

                      Lunch - tortilla wrap filled with sautéed mushrooms and mascarpone. Low-fat yogurt and a banana.
                      Dinner - gammon and leek crumble, boiled new potatoes and broccoli.

                      Water:

                      6 glasses but going to try for 2 more before bed!

                      Exercise:

                      2 min warm up
                      Day 10 Foundation Light (Strength), Level III

                      Didn't find today's exercise too bad, but my arms are still aching after yesterdays! It's a 7-day streak today for exercise, and for that I'm grateful!
                      Last edited by somanypinecones; June 29th, 2020, 10:57 PM. Reason: a word

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                        #12
                        I'm tired today. I ended up going to bed late last night which wasn't smart. I always want to do that and have to try and force myself to go to bed at a reasonable time. I've been trying for 'in bed by 11.30pm', last night it was probably 2am. It doesn't help my mood, my eating or my energy levels!

                        Food:

                        Breakfast - yogurt drink
                        Lunch - wrap filled with salad (round lettuce, cucumber, baby plum tomatoes), falafel and fresh pesto, a pack of ready salted crisps and grapes.
                        Dinner - roast butternut squash, feta, lentil and spinach salad with 2 pork chipolatas.

                        Water:

                        6 glasses - really need to try harder to get to 8! It's so hard I really have to force myself to even drink this much.

                        Exercise:

                        2-min warm-up
                        Day 11 Foundation Light (Fast paced Cardio), Level III (30 second breaks between sets)

                        A pretty good day today, and I'm pleased because I feel like my food was particularly healthy - and today is the first day when I've not felt like I was fighting not to snack in the evening, hurrah! I had planned to have chicken chipolatas not pork, to bring the fat and calories down on dinner some more, but Tesco subbed them for pork. Nevermind! I was particularly pleased with myself as I was careful not to add more feta than the recipe called for like I normally do. A silly small thing but I guess it's those changes added up that are going to count.
                        My arms/shoulders are still sore from Day 9 though, ha! And today my wrist is giving me some pain, though I think this was from my son flopping onto my arms awkwardly earlier today, so I think it's just a very mild sprain/strain. I was watching a youtube video last night of a plus sized woman doing a workout challenge (Beatrice Caluso - Chloe Ting 4 week summer shred challenge ) and she wore some wrist supports. I think that might be an idea for me especially once I finish Foundation Light - obviously Foundation Light is very low impact but I do hope to gradually increase that as I go on. It was good for me to see someone kind of like myself doing this type of bodyweight exercise, sometimes I feel so ridiculously unfit and uncoordinated and so many videos are of super fit and toned people.
                        I've also been looking today at fitness trackers such as fitbits and trying to work out if it would be worth it for me to get one and if it would motivate me or not. I'm on the fence especially as they can be quite expensive and there is a part of me that is thinking "if I end up quitting like I always do that will be such a waste of money...". And really I'll need to add in some more exercise through the day to actually track; I'm very inactive. I'm gonna think on it a while and see!

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                          #13
                          Hello again.
                          6 glasses is still progress! Have you considered eating soup or watery vegetable/fruits as snacks? That way you won't need to drink as much.
                          I see you ate some today; the cucumbers, tomatoes, and grapes help getting some water into your body.
                          I hope your wrist feel better soon, it's good to take precautions. Good luck :-)

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                            #14
                            Jacket Thanks for the encouragement. I think I’m going to buy myself a nice new big water bottle and some wrists supports today. And you’re right 6 glasses is an improvement so I need to focus on that!

                            Food:

                            Breakfast - 2 slices homemade wholemeal sourdough toast with butter and marmite. Yogurt drink.
                            Lunch - tuna pasta salad (penne pasta, cucumber, red onion, cornichons, olives, grated carrot and yellow pepper with tuna, mayo and fat free greek yogurt), low fat yogurt
                            Dinner - 2 homemade lamb koftas, 2 wholemeal pitta breads, roasted peppers, homemade tzatziki (made with fat free greek yogurt) and salad (round lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, red onion, olives, tiny bit feta cheese dressed with EVOO and apple cider vinegar)
                            Dessert - ice cream cone

                            Water:

                            7 glasses

                            Exercise:

                            1 hour slow-paced walking
                            Day 1 Dance Challenge from Beatrice Caruso’s YouTube channel feat dance workouts from The Fitness Marshall
                            Day 12 Foundation Light (Tendon Strength), Level III

                            Absolutely chuffed with myself for doing 2 workouts back-to-back this evening. I worked hard! I thought the dance workout was one song long and then realised it was a whole playlist, ha! But it was so hilarious to do that I did the lot and worked up a sweat! I haven’t decided if I’ll be doing the challenge but I may do.
                            Food today overall felt great - the ice cream cone I could’ve done without, but once I’d seen one I really felt like it. I think that caused me to want to snack later actually, but I didn’t.

                            Feeling really accomplished after today!

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                              #15
                              Feeling good today! in the best mood I've been in for a while too.

                              Food:

                              Lunch - 2 slice homemade wholemeal sourdough toast, mashed avocado, sliced salad tomato, 2 large poached eggs, and some sriracha. Strawberries and a yogurt drink.
                              Dinner - Feta and lean pork meatloaf with spaghetti and homemade tomato sauce

                              Water:

                              8 glasses

                              Exercise:

                              Day 2 Dance Challenge from Beatrice Caruso's YouTube with The Fitness Marshall dance workouts
                              Day 13 Foundation Light (Abs and Core), Level III

                              Weigh in:

                              21st 9lbs / 303lbs / 137.4kg.
                              That's a loss of 1/2 st / 7lbs / 3.17 kg

                              So I broke my promise to myself to only weigh monthly. It doesn't seem to have bothered me too much this time but I am going to try and not weigh too often - monthly ideally, but 2 weekly if I really want to. The dance workout today was fun and I was dripping by the end. I find it hard to be light and nimble on my feet (funny that) so the last dance I found very hard. I tried my best though and I didn't stop.
                              In case anyone's noticed I've stopped giving good or bad rating to my food as I don't want to get caught up in that. I think it puts me in dangerous ground and I don't want to risk by compulsive eating behaviours being kind of triggered by that black and white thinking.

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