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PostSubject: Alternatives for Mums   Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:44 am

As a full time mum with limited income to spend on myself, was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on cheaper options than say the traditional gym junkie approach. Tried the whole walking bit, but find it hard to get motivated without someone to walk along with me.

Been thinking about trying something like Optifast but almost had a heart attack at the price. Over $50 for one box.

Thoughts/suggestions anyone?
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:10 am

Simple. Eat less, exercise more. Have pride in your appearance and be disciplined in your approach. Watch what you eat whilst pregnant and you won't have to suffer the consequences after.
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:43 am

You obviously don't have kids Kyles. It's not just a matter of finding the time to exercise when you have rugrats to look after, house work to do and a job to hold down, but also finding the energy to expend on yourself. Like Mish I also feel guilty about spending money on anything selfish like gym memberships or diet products.

Despite the cost I have heard good reports about Optifast, and it's the only diet supplement that my GP has any time for. Tastes damn vile though if the look on a friends face as she held her nose and tried not to gag is anything to go by.
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:51 am

I get Optifast and Optislim confused. Much of a muchness or is one better than the other?
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:41 am

Optifast is the one people have more success with Mish. They have a website and a forum board as well. If I can find the link I'll send it to you if you are interested.
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:12 pm

I lost a hell of a lot of weight once using a diet called the sacred heart diet. You can find the recipe online if your interested. It's pretty full on though, you have to drink the same soup for 7 days & as the days pass you can eat different varieties of foods along with it. Be careful, do not starve yourself, you end up with headache's, light headedness & all sorts of things if you don't eat that soup whenever your hungry, as they say in the recipe, the more soup you eat, the more weight you lose. But if you stick to it, the weight falls off fast! They give this diet to overweight heart patients before there surgery. Keep us up to date on how your going... Excercise like walking or just climbing your stairs at home will tone you while the weight drops off.

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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:18 pm

Thanks ladies. Just finding it a bit hard to motivate myself at the moment. Wouldn't mind getting a cheap exercise bike, position it directly in front of the tv and merrily pedal away as I watch House. Yum
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:20 am

hehe How's that for delicous inspiration!

Your welcome sweety. I'm not too pleased with my progress at losing the winter weight either, so I might just give the soup a go myself soon...
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:27 pm

Is it sinful to sit up in front of the Biggest Loser and munch chocolate?
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:29 am

I wouldn't know. I'm too busy drooling over that Shannon guy to shove anything in my mouth.

Bib please!
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:29 am

Whatever we do I vote we don't do it until after Easter. Just in case Easter Bunny leaves unequal amounts of eggs and I have to do the right thing and eat them before the kidlets fight over the left overs.

Yum to Shannon. Bob ain't that bad either. And would I be stretching the point to say that Jillian is rather hot :oops:
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:20 am

Forget the mums for a mo. Women are supposed to have curves after all. What about us poor guys who can't seem to put any weight on no matter how hard we try? Frank almost used me as a toothpick the other night at cricket when I was standing side on.
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:52 am

You're just naturally skinny my love. Seen what you can pack away, and it's not not for the want of trying thats for sure. Just embrace who you are and enjoy it.
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:58 am

So Easter's over.

Who was good and who will be running on a treadmill every night for the next couple of months just to burn off the calories?
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:17 am

I over indulged I confess. I tried to be good but those bloody chocolates just kept right on calling me.
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:27 am

Optifast is one of the few that your GP will recommend, but at $50 for a weeks supply it can be a tad pricey to justify if you have kids to feed and clothe. Be prepared for the headaches and bad breath though. Yes it works, and works fast, but you can't expect to drop that much weight in a short period of time and not suffer some side effects. I'd suggest eating the green vegetables once a day that they allow you to consume. The weight loss might be slightly slower granted, but as a mum you need all the energy you can muster, and just the meal replacement shakes etc don't cut it.

Mish, you can pick up cheap good quality exercise bikes at the likes of Kmart now, and for a small fee they not only put them together for you, but deliver as well. And you don't need all the expensive weights etc. Two cans of soup, is a cheap fix to hand weights, and jogging is free if you can find the time.

This is all said by the person who has spent the last few months sitting on her arse stuffing her face with chocolates. Yep, my hips and thighs are loving me right about now.
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:36 am

But you look good curvy. Some of us just look like whales searching for a place to beach themselves.
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:15 am

So when do we start? If I don't do something quick I'll have kankles instead of ankles.
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PostSubject: Re: Alternatives for Mums   Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:58 pm

Right ladies, (and Ant) I have exactly the opposite problem. I eat like a horse, (all the usual bad for you fattening stuff and whatever else strays within reaching ditance), I drink like a school of fish and the only exercise I do is gettin up periodically to go for a wee wee (usually during aforementioned fish type activities). But I'm 11.5 stone, cant ever get over that weight, also bein 6'1" tall, i look like a stick in a bag in most clothes. Any ideas of a diet for weight gain? Dont wanna be mr universe or anything, but a little bulk would be nice. Any suggestions will be very gratefully received (some might even be given a shot!!)
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