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Open all hours... Week 3


Ola... Week 3... how the time flies by! How are we all doing?  First thing is to ask you all to pop over to last weeks blog and show a little love to Anon3.. she's struggling and needs all your tips and advice! We've all been there..


Second on the agenda.. Look at the petals on the chart.. filling in nicely thank you very much! Here's to another good week!

This weeks mini challenge is... drum roll... No eating after 7pm! Now THIS is a challenge! Anyone remember the 'no junk food' challenge.. this is worse.. but try it.. if only for the week days... and those working difference hours etc this won't apply to you... but its one of the main reasons for weight gain.. snacking late at night.. at least become aware of it and prepare for it.. get some yummy berries.. low fat yoghurts... mini meringues.. but not the crisps and other junk we indulge in.. and sorry ... choccie is a no no!  Here's the top five guilty parties to avoid like the plague!



Greasy or fat-filled foods: Greasy, heavy, fatty foods not only make you feel sluggish the next morning, but they also make your stomach work overdrive to digest all that food. Stay away from things like fast food, nuts, ice cream, or super cheesy foods right before bed.

High-carb or sugary foods: A little bit of something sweet before bed may be just what you need to rest happy, but if you gobble a huge slice of chocolate cake, the spike in your blood-sugar levels could cause your energy levels to spike and plummet, disrupting your sleep in the process. Avoid cake, cookies, or other desserts as well as carby snacks like crackers or white bread and munch on an apple instead.

Red meat and other proteins: Like fatty foods, eating red meats late at night will sit in your stomach and make it hard for you to fall asleep while you're digesting (red meat may affect you the worst, but eating a large portion of chicken or pork would have the same effect as well). You don't have to avoid protein altogether, just make sure you go for lean and small portions, like deli-sliced turkey breast or a cup of yogurt.

Spicy foods: Spices may be a natural cure-all for a range of ailments, but when you're craving something to eat late at night, step away from the hot sauce. Spicy, peppery foods may upset your stomach, and not only that, chemicals in spicy food can stimulate your senses, making it hard to fall asleep.

Big portions: Late-night snacking shouldn't turn into a late-night meal. Keep the total amount of calories under 200 so you won't have any problems going and staying asleep. You'll also feel good knowing that you didn't undo all your healthy eating habits of the day right before bedtime.
So what should you eat instead? Small, light portions that will also calm cravings and help you sleep. AND remember to limit how much alcohol you drink as well, since too many drinks can keep you up at night.

Here's some snacks that will hit the spot and not do too much damage.. 

1 cup of plain oatmeal with 1 sliced banana (171 calories)
1 cup of Corn Flakes with 1 cup of fat-free skim milk (192 calories)
1 banana with 1 tablespoon of creamy no salt peanut butter (184 calories)
1 slice of whole wheat toast topped with 1 small slice of low-fat cheddar cheese (117 calories)
1 rice cake topped with 1 tomato slice and 1 slice turkey breast (60 calories)





Exercise this week ... lunges... Check them out HERE again these can be done waiting for the kettle to boils.. or down the corridor at work.. just don't let anyone catch you! Great for toning up the legs and bum... how did we do on the press ups?



Finally - The three Dolls who lose the most this week.. (for next weeks weigh in chart) will be getting a surprise! The blog is nearing 250000 hits (I KNOW!) so its time to give something back! I can assure you they're nice treats and sadly non-edible but will help with your weight loss! So.. once you've weighed in this week its a fresh start to be a winner! Keep up the amazing losses! Doll x

38 comments

  1. Loving the mini challenge this week!! Its gonna be so hard! Lost 3.5 lbs this week too yay!! :)

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    1. OMG amazing! well done girl! xxx (give it a try for a couple of days when you can safely dodge the fridge... I've tried it before its practically impossible!)

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  2. So no chance on winning the surprise this week - had a STS, but I'm still on track for the 8lbs in 8 weeks and this week I had my boyfriends birthday and my mothers birthday. 2 celebratory dinners in a row, one in a restaurant, and one BIG night out with lots of vodka and burger king. So I'm happy with my STS and will be pulling out all the stops for next week.

    Good challenge, wish I could take part but I only get in from work at 7 so not doable for me. What I will do instead is not eat anything after my main meal. So no snacking watching tv or any of that. Thanks Doll, you keep us all going :-)

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    1. aw but a brill week at the same time! Lifes for living! and STS is awesome! I'd have ben up for sure.. I lose the run of myself on those nights! Winning is for next weeks weigh in! So you're in there for sure! As for the eating late.. that's exactly it.. it about not snacking in front of the telly! xxx

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  3. Anon3 here.. Thanks for the tips:) bought myself a skipping rope and am going to get back in the zone :):) weigh in Tomor.. Eeek... Gona face those scales and start again! Thanks a mil, love the new challenge.. Xx

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    1. good stuff! take each day at a time.. don't let one bad meal throw you off for the week! xxx

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  4. hi Doll

    I had a mad week last week and missed my weight in . as a result of the mad week ( confernce ) I weighted in last night and I have stayed the same

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    1. good stuff.. staying the same means you're making good choices without even realizing it! And remember don't just focus on the number.. remember the inches! xxx

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  5. Down 1.75lb this week. Tried all three variations of the press-ups this week. Did ok with the two 'easier' versions even with screaming arm muscles but wow I just can't do the traditional press-up. I attempted but my arms shook like mad and I couldn't even go down never mind back up :)

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    1. THANK GOD!!! I thought I had early onset arthritis in my elbows... mini earthquake I tell ya! The wall ones work just as well as long as you stand a good distance back it! Great loss! xxx

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  6. Ah you're all doing brilliantly! As usual I didn't join in time, but I am following at home and so far 6lbs down altogether, woohoo! Definitely going to do the no-eating after 7pm thing, that's my downfall (well, that and alcohol, oops!)

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    1. I'll add you in Miss! great loss -6lbs!!! The late night snacking is my thing and since I work from home sometimes I tend to nibble away all evening! BAD BAD BAD! I know I won't keep it up all week but I'll have a good go at it! well done you!

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  7. Hi All, I STS, was away for the weekend without the kids so probably drank a little too much.

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    1. That's practically medicinal! As long as you enjoyed it .. no harm! xxx

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  8. Following the past 2 weeks..and so far weigh in 5lbs down..Will try to keep out of the fridge , May find myself in bed very early and sleep away temptation..

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    1. Good stuff! Have you as ANON1 on the chart.. remind me next week so I update the correct flower! Excellent loss! xxx

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  9. I know i didn't check in last week, i STS...was surprised i wasn't up considering how bad i was! Was down one yesterday :D delighted because i've been finding it really hard lately..... Hopefully i'll have done better next week!
    Congrats to everyone! Those flowers are getting really full!

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    1. Slow and steady is the way to lose it! pound a week is 2 stone in a year! and well done on sts after a bad week! tough to do! x

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  10. Hi Doll down 1 lb so a very happy camper here yay. Getting there feeling great x

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    1. AWESOME.. only 1.5 lbs to go! Well done xxx

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  11. I'm down 1lb this week. I forgot all about the press ups after day 1... oops! And I've already broken the no eating after 7pm challenge - this week isn't starting well! Just going to lunge my way over to the kettle now to make up for it! :)

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    1. LOL.. love it! 1lb is brilliant! each one a step closer to goal! Don't lunge back with biscuits! x

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  12. Down 2lbs this week doll and surprisingly am enjoying the press ups do them with some sit ups and bit of the plank before going to bed suppose ill add in the lunges now thanks again for the support

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    1. You're the first to fill in a flower!!! GO YOU! Brilliant loss! xxx

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  13. Hi
    Lost one pound last wk was happy enough going in right direction...can u update my petal pls thx

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  14. Wow everyone is doing great! Thanks doll, these challenges are such a motivational boost! I was down .5 lb which I was delighted with as I'm 4 lbs from goal. I reached goal years ago and put it all back on PLUS an extra few lbs! The next few few weeks will be tricky with weekend away, graduation, and holiday! So any holiday tips wod be greatly appreciated!

    I got my Davina DVD out and did some upper body mini work outs which includes the dreaded press ups. What I try to do in avoiding snacking is fruit frtii fruit. I defrost frozen berries in the micro and they go a bit squishy warm abs sprinkle a bit of splenda on top and have that! Also I think the best is wash your teeth after your dinner! That bar of choccy doesn't seem too appealing then!

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    1. oooh good call on the fruit in the microwave! Def gonna try that! My dentist is gonna love me the next time I call in .. I'm forever brushing to stop munching! well done on the weight loss! x

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  15. Anon3 here! Down 3 pounds this week! Yay! The skipping is working and tracking every morsel of food :) celebratory mojito later :) x

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    1. That's brilliant! good stuff! Well worth a mojito!!! x

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  16. Was up 1 this week, but was kinda expected & I'm still down 2 overall from last week! Am focussed again this week!!

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    1. great... as long as you don't fall and never get back up on the wagon we're good! As long as you enjoyed your 'bad' week! Lifes too short! weight watchers is always gonna be here! xxx

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  17. Anon3 here.. Just joined a gym thanks to the motivation from your blog, wooo!! :)

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  18. Halo kitty here Well week 4 and so far down 7lbs...found myself brushing the roads as part of tidy towns, have to say i enjoy it, but the high vis jacket needs some accessories..fingers crossed i will have a good week aiming to be down another 3 pounds by end of month..

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    1. Seven! excellent! And great exercise! Doing good for the community at the same time! Brilliant! Will dream up some 'bing' suggestions for the jacket! LOL x

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    2. Oh Doll was meant to remind you i am following as Anon1..Thanks

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    3. Hey K, I've change ANON1 to Kitty for you! x

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