Fat Club - Wednesday

Oooooh, I feel like I'm sort of cheating as it's only just Wednesday but thought I'd start a new thread anyway.

Thankyou Michelle for your congrats. I am dead chuffed with my time seeing as earlier this year, I couldn't run for 10 minutes.

Welcome to all the new recruits - it's a very nice friendly bunch here always full of encouragement and advice.

I'm going to have to go for a run by myself today as all my running pals are otherwise engaged. I haven't actually run by myself for months now - I used to only run by myself. It's weird but I'm actually quite looking forward to it although the miles go so quickly when I'm having a natter with friends and generally it's much easier to stay motivated and get out that door when running with others.

Anyway I'm off to bed - was working late and am soo tired - mini RM will be up at 6am :(


  • Weighed today

    gained 1 lb. Actually thats a good result given that I only ran 2 by 3 miles last week, I drank far too much, and I had several days eating garage sandwiches and cafe fryups.

    My motivation is on a bit of a low - but I've already had a good nagging in begginners so I sitting here in my kit about to take the dog out for a 4 mile walk - where I might just run a bit!
  • I'd like to join the Fat Club too. I've been reading the postings, and thinking no, I don't need to join, I don't need the daily reminders etc. BUT I DO !!!

    I've been kidding myself that having started running at the beginning of the year, I am now "a runner" and I can therefore eat anything I like. I have lost a stone, but a combination of work, travel and a loss of motivation mean that I have not run nearly as much as I should, I've been drinking too much and not watching my food intake. I still have at least 1.5 stone to lose, and I really need to get running more regularly, back on the water and being careful about what I eat.

    So, this is the new me (again!). I've given myself a strict talking to - no more excuses - and I will do it. Today I am on the last day of a 3 day trip to Germany, I have no means of providing my own food, but I promise that I will find the healthiest looking option at lunch and I will not have a pudding. I will drink my 2 litres of water throughout the day. I will eat on the plane home tonight, and will go for a run when I get home. I will also change my meal preferences on BA to low calorie ones for future flights. I am not sure that I can promise to cut out wine, but I will cut out beer so that will help!

    I can feel the motivation slowly coming back to me now ....

    Have a good day everyone!
  • Morning everyone!
    I would like to become a memeber of the Fat Club too. I have been reading each day avidly and it has really got me motivated to lose weight. I have a lot to lose but I can't wait to see how my times improve when I am 4 stone lighter.
    By the way I worked out my "ideal running weight" from the calculater a couple of days ago and it means I have got to lose 6 stone! can that be right? how do i fit through doors?
    I have 2 days to go before I weigh myself after the first week of taking diet seriously.
    AmandaP- I have been runnning since April and have been kidding myself I can eat what I like but haven't lost any weight at all!

    As a stay at home mum surrounded by chicken nuggets and ice cream, this Forum has really helped me with my motivation.

  • Last 2 days have been really good for me both running and eating wise, however after last nights run I came home and had a MASSIVE place of cous-cous and pork with a glass of wine and a choclate dessert (Low fat of course!!)
    Back to the Alpen for breakfast and a rest day today, haven't weighed myself in a while but don't think I have put any weight on.
    Good luck anyone who is weighing in today.
  • Morning all,
    Welcome to Soozie & AmandaP. I'm just trying to work out how I can fit in some more runs this week... Did over 8 miles yesterday, and want to get my weekly total to around 20 miles.. but I'm meeting a friend today for lunch(!), got a meeting tomorrow morning, then straight round the parents for Dad's birthday, then I'm going away early on Friday morning for a long weekend with my best friend (more eating & drinking!!). I know, I'll go out now, before any more excuses start creeping in!! Keep up the good work everyone..
    Michelle x
  • Morning everyone, esp. Amanda and Soozie.

    Soozie - I have the same problem with the ideal weight thing. Maybe if I lost the necessary four stone I could qualify for the next Commonwealth Games?;-)

    Gemini - surely cous-cous and pork is pretty good post-run food? And a glass of wine is an essential part of any rehydration programme...
  • Morning all and welcome to AmandaP and Soozie. Keep up the good work, we're here to motivate and chastise when necessary!

    Mij, hi! Glad you got yourself back over here. Don't worry about the 1lb gain, that gorgeous doggie will soon walk it off with you.

    Well done for the 8 mile run Michelle. My mileage is hovering around the 20 miles a week mark now. This running thing takes over your life doesn't it?

    Good luck to everyone weighing-in today.
  • Gosh! Up bright and early this morning, aren't we!

    Soozie, Amanda, welcome! Soozie, don't worry about the ideal running weight figures at the moment. Just aim to get down to a weight you know you felt and looked healthy at in the past, and once you're there you can decide whether running is so important to you that you'd be prepared to turn yourself into a skellie to improve your speed. For most of us, it isn't.

    Well, if virtue is dependent on getting your diet right (which, of course, it isn't), I'm a Bad Dinosaur. Yesterday I was stressed out of my head and too sore to go and run it out of my system, so ended up demolishing half a dozen wrinkled apples from the corner shop before giving in and accepting that I needed chocolate. Half a 200g bar of Smart Price milk chocolate later, I felt a bit better, but had dinner late as a result, then more chocolate. Not quite sure whether heaviness in pit of stomach today is fibre overload from all these apples or PMT starting a few days early.

    And locum just come in and asked me a question so silly that I suspect he's seriously out of touch and I'll have to review the notes of everyone he sees this morning. Aaargh!

    Started not too badly today. Breakfast on the run, but it was about right in content and quantity.

  • I think this ideal weight thing for runners is a bit dangerous, at 5'9 my ideal weight would be something around 8.5 stone, there is no way I could be healthy at the weight. I say get to a weight YOU feel comfortable with.
  • Hello all.

    I'd also like to join your club. I'm currently running just under 3 miles 4 times a week, and am hoping to increase that to get a weekly mileage of around 20.

    Ran a personal best this morning - 2.8 miles in 26 1/2 mins, so am feeling very smug, but am going out for dinner with work tonight (boss is paying) so will have to be very restrained and behave myself!

    I too am a bit worried by that ideal running weight calculation posted earlier. At 5'3 I am supposed to weigh only slightly more than the cat!

    RM: Good luck running on your own! I find it hardest to run without the pace-setting, encouragement-giving mr tink.
  • Welcome on board Tink! Well, I'm proud of myself! Just got back from a three and a half mile run - and there's me saying I haven't got any time this week! I just thought to myself, 'Michelle, stop whinging love, and just get out there and do it!' That's the beauty of running isn't it... I mean when I go to the gym, I have to set aside about 3-4 hours, packing my bag, driving there, doing the work-out, showering/hairwash, drive home.. it takes too much time! But running... well, just put on the trainers & open the front door & go!! So this week I'm already up to 12 miles total. Now I've just got to be restrained as I'm meeting my friend for lunch...
    Michelle x
  • Michelle - 12 miles already and it's only Wednesday?? wow! well done!
  • Hi Tink. Welcome aboard! I have a daughter called Tinkerbell. She's 4 years old and has gorgeous little chubby legs.

    Enjoy your dinner - you'll know you've passed the point of no return as a runner when, instead of worrying that you might overindulge when you go out for dinner, you worry that you might not be given enough to eat or that you'll make yourself into a social outcast by downing the entire bread basket before anyone else's bum has hit their seat, bullying the waiter into putting all the vegetables on to your plate, asking for a side order of chips, and helping yourself to spoonfuls of everyone else's pudding because you get so irritated watching them pushing little pieces of it around their plates and twittering about "Ooh...fattening...aren't I so NAUGHTY, tee-hee-hee". Don't believe me? Just wait!

    12 miles already, Michelle, and it's only Wednesday. Brilliant! I've done...er...none so far this week. Will set that to rights tonight.
  • V-Rap - hmm, the chubby little legs thing might also be appropriate in this case too! I must admit that I'm already getting irritated with all the calorie counting going on in the office, so have instead restricted myself to just one jacket potato with butter and cheese a week! Everything in moderation and all that!!!
  • Morning all ... my mileage this week ... a great big zero. little twinge on my foot after Sunday's 10K which I was going to ignore, then remembered I was laid up 4 weeks last time .. so I'm off down the gym .. to give it some good old sweat like pig, hair dripping workout, while all the glowing lovlies (who DONT sweat)jump out my way ...
    I shall weigh myself while there, cant remember if I have been terrribly bad or just bad .. no doubt the scales will soon tell me ...
  • Daisy - How do they do it? The non-sweating type? I can't figure it out! When I'm running I go a rather alarming red and am dripping by the end of it - I would like to say it's a healthy glow, but don't think that anyone would believe it! I've come to the conclusion that they are either abnormal or not trying hard enough!
  • I can only run at the gym if I can get a treadmill that is NOT opposite a mirror. I scare myself.
    I have decided to learn how to use the weights so have booked an induction on Friday. Extra strength to my knees and ankles.
    I did my longest run ever on Saturday - 9 miles! it wasn't meant to be that long but we got lost.
    Its really sad now the light evenings have gone. I love running on my own in golden sunset knowing the sprogs have been put to bed and i can eat when I get home. I am going to have to change my whole pattern of running to early mornings solo and treadmill. Also I am going to join my local Running Sisters - abit scared but i do need the company (Mr is mountain biker and couldn't run 100mtrs).
    ps Tink I snorted so loud with laughter at Cat reference that I made the baby cry.
  • Hi Team!
    How to loose a couple of pounds in 2 secs!!
    Did anyone read the article in RW : Carpet Burn p24 ? It says that if you weigh yourself on a carpet, the scales may fluctuate as opposed to putting the scales on a hard surface. I know this may be splitting hairs but think of the boost if you are actually a couple of ponds lighter!!
    I'll be on the scales tonight to see if the theory works....
    I thought I would share this with any of you guys are not recording any weight loss and could do with some motivation to keep at it.
    Kev H
    I wont give in to the Belly..I wont give in to the Belly....
  • Soozie, I know what you mean about the mirror. I try to convince myself that this is why I'm doing it - to loose all the wobbly bits, but frankly the red glow of my face is frightening enough without even looking at the wobbly bits below! I think this is why I prefer running on the road... not a mirror in sight!
  • Kev, I thought all us fatties knew about the hard surface v carpet thing ;-)

    I always get on and off the scale 3 times before I'll settle for a weight!

    Just got back from a really hard ride - loads of leg work without stirrups. If that didn't wobble off some fat I don't know what will.

    Welcome to all you newbies and happy weight loss.
  • Well done not bad ... lost yet another lb so quite content ...
    my T-shirt was so soaked through you could see my belly through it !!! huh, there goes the baggy T-shirt hide belly thing... next time ... I'll wear a dark T-shirt :-)

    Lost this week 1lb
    Lost in total 4lbs
    (keep this up, I'll get under the magic 10st next week)
  • just been catching up on some back reading - being fairly new to the place i thought i oughtn to check through, make sure i'm not repeating what others have said.

    Bore da, V-Rap! Sut da chi heddew, os gwellech yn dda? glad you enjoyed wales, but we don't have anagrams on the road signs, sweetie, just more vowels than the english.

    I'm so impressed by the weight losses recorded here - a virtual living testimony to the benefits of running! not that we needed one, all being so dedicated ;-)
    keep smiling,
    Pamela x
  • Pamela, do I get this right? You're saying in some sort of patois that you consider my postings tedious (which I will take on the chin), my coiffure is perfect for my facial bone structure (didn't HAVE any hair last time I looked at my photo) and am I absolutely certain that my father is the person named on my birth certificate?

    Love you too!

    Cheers, V-rap.
  • Hi All
    This sounds like the kind of forum I need to join.
    Congrats to all of you who are shedding those pounds so regularly.
    Hi to Mij and V-Rap (we previously corresponded when I first started training).
    My problem:
    I run x4 days per week - total average mileage 25-30 kms/wk
    Weight training x 2 days per week.
    1 rest day.
    I eat healthy (only grilled foods with salad & veggies) & seldom drink.
    Only eat very, very small amounts of carbs.
    Drink 2-2.5 litres of water per day + take supplements.
    Weight loss = 0.00 kg in 4 months. Can anyone explain this? Is it the age?? (middle age)
    Am presently 9 stone (57kgs), but aspire to be 7.5 stone (48kgs).
    Any ideas and suggestions extremely welcome.

    "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!"
  • Hi Fil
    What's the reason for the very small amount of carbs? - that's not the usual runner's diet. Somewhere on Peak Performance site there's a long and persausive article on why runners shouldn't do that, suggesting that it can inhibit weight loss severely.

    I haven't got the URL but you can find it using the search facility. In any case I'm sure V-Rap can explain the science.
  • Hi everyone!

    Thanks for all the encouragement following my posting yesterday, so pleased to see lots of other new people too and will keep reading/posting.

    As I mentioned in my last message, I have taken up running partly for health reasons - my blood pressure is a bit on the high side (around 140/91 level for last 9 months or so). I understand that losing weight and doing cardiovascular exercise such as running could assist in bringing it down. Has anyone out there had a similar problem and found that running and losing weight helped?

    Any thoughts welcome, in particular V-rap as a health professional, what would you say?
  • Tubs, the statistics say that your blood pressure will come down, on average, by 7 from the top number and 4 from the bottom number for each kilogram of weight you lose. So by the time you've lost 3.5 stone, it will be zero. Seriously, although the numbers have to be taken with a big pinch of whatever herbs you are using in place of salt, losing weight will lower your blood pressure, aerobic exercise has an independent protective effect on your heart and blood vessels, and resistance training MAY help. So go for it!
  • Oh it's all gone horribly wrong..!! I went to lunch with my friend and was very good and restrained - just had a tuna mayo sandwich & then we went shopping. Then I went food shopping and bought a bar of plain chocolate (reasoning that I could have a couple of squares a day, which would satisfy my very sweet tooth...).. do I need to go on...? You know what's happened don't you..! Somehow, after my very healthy dinner of mackerel & salad, then fresh fruit salad.. I went to take just two squares of the chocolate and before you could say, 'Fat Greedy Pig', the whole bar had disappeared!!! Ho Hum.... back to the drawing board...
    Michelle x
    PS.. Fil - How tall are you? Cos 7.5 stones is very, very light unless you're a little 'un like me (5'0")
  • having stumbled across this site (baaad shoes!)and thought "hmm what have you got to lose?" ("4 stone!" came the stern reply)I took a tour round and have landed here bewildered by what I need - I have micropored, gaffad, vaselined, underpronated , overdrawn, but have still to find a pair of shoes (though I have found a great sportsbra thread- I thank you all!). I live in N york Moors nowhere near even a sweet shop or a bus and had decided to invest in some mail order running shoes - all I have is 2 pages of nike max air thingies - I have a bit of an idea what this means - but will they do til me boat comes in and I can take a trip to traffic lights? please say yes or I'll have to postpone my return to supreme sylphdom for another month !
  • I have no idea about your shoe's Sorted but if they feel comfy and you are not suffering any injuries, then I reckon you could get away with them. But ... shoes being the most important part of what you need.. maybe a wee run into the nearest large town with a specialist shop (I have to go 30 odd miles) would benefit you .. I am trapsing yet again into Glasgow on Sat .. socks this time !!
    To change the subject totally, after my 1lb weightloss, went to the local Indian, well it is Wed and I'm a creature of habit !! then the pub .. now probably 4lb's gained.
    Start again tomorrow ...
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