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  • DAY 6, UK, FD

    Well yesterday was an epic fail on the fasting front! I was just TOOOOOOO hungry! So I aborted the mission and had a late lunch.
    Weirdly, my DH gave up on his OMAD yesterday because he was too hungry and even our dog was hungry all day… so yesterday the fasting gods were not with us!!!!

    So I am fasting today instead. Not in the slightest bit hungry today and it is nearly 2pm here in the UK. So weird how that happens sometimes…..

    I have been really pushed for time in August, so not had much chance to check in and read everyonoe’s posts – hope you are all doing well!

    Looks like I am starting my own one-person pocket list for Friday!!

    FRIDAY/DAY 6 POCKET LIST
    @high5 / fivetwofan5252 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Day 6 – Rural Nebraska, USA – CD

    Yesterday was the toughest day yet this week, but my chant of “Resolve!” pulled me through and MFP says I landed at 487 calories for the day. Whew! Weight this morning is 150.8, the first time I’ve been below 151 since the first few days of June. Is it the word of the month? Is it the added responsibility I feel as host for August? I truly don’t know exactly why I have this sudden resolve, but I’m sure loving the results of it, and I’m holding TIGHT to it.

    Today has to be a CD or less because tomorrow is the Nebraska reception for the Colorado wedding we attended two weeks ago. I have no idea what food is on the menu, but I want to go into the event with a deficit, as @basyjames described her approach to her beach vacation, so skimpy calories it will be. ๐Ÿ‘

    @basyjames Well done on 2 pounds down!

    @bigh Nice job on finding a FD meal that works well for you; that’s exactly what it takes to succeed at this WOL. And, say, would you start adding the header to your posts? It’s helpful for us all to remember pertinent details about each poster. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    @songbirdme Well done on swerving most of the dessert last night. How are you doing with DH’s reduced carbs and sugars; is last night evidence that he’s resisting, or was it simply a blip in his usual pattern of cooperation? Too bad we don’t live closer–or that my own town were more interested in music–because I’d love to have a dozen students, but never get past eight before I lose one to moving or sports conflicts or general loss of interest. And, awww, thanks. ๐Ÿฅฐ

    @penz Those muffin things taste so yummy, but, like you, they also disagree with me if I eat one too early in the day–ironic since they’re meant for breakfast! ๐Ÿคฃ How wonderful that you’ll have extra people working on this huge project of yours; I hope it all goes to schedule now that you have sufficient people!

    @daffodil2010 Oh, how blessed you are to have your dad with you for the weekend; enjoy your time!

    @funshipfreddie What a wonderful approach to NFDs you so casually mentioned: โ€˜if Iโ€™m not logging it, Iโ€™m not scoffing itโ€™. ๐Ÿ‘€ I’m not ready to confuse my brain with a second mantra, but I’m going to hold onto that for when “Resolve!” has been automatic; it’s perfect.

    @lindyhw Welcome back! I feel your frustration on the scale not budging, and can entirely see how impossible a basic 5:2 is with your added complication of diabetes. But the fact that you lost weight initially says that there are ways to adapt this WOL to your needs, so be determined and you WILL find what works for your health but also accomplishes weight loss. In the meantime, we’ll all cheer you on!

    @babs_b Your explanation of your thoughts was excellent and is proof that our weight loss journeys are more about our thoughts than we sometimes realize. Good for you for figuring it out and taking a firm hand of your thoughts and redirecting them where they belong. And how lovely that you have a new desk and it’s in a lovely, tidy, green area! Change can be so lovely!

    @northgeorgia Bummer on the 224, but. A big “BUT” here. Consider how much less you weigh today than you did a year ago. You’re changing many years of food habits and that’s never easy to do, so give yourself plenty of grace and forge forward; we’ve got your back!

    @dvw Good for you! If those kitchen cupboards are ready to be cleaned, that means you’ve gotten their contents packed, so YAY! The kitchen is one of the slowest rooms to pack, so your discipline to pull it off is commendable!

    I continue to think of @i-hate-lettuce and @ccco and @michelinme and @snowflake56, and hope they’re all back soon. In the meantime, we’ve missed hearing from you, @shimmera, @sugq123, @wetherby_whaler and hope you’re still with us!

    Pocket List Day 6
    @lindyhw

    Okay, weekends seem to be toughest for all of us, so time to pull back what may be my favorite quote: “It’s going to be hard, but hard is not impossible.” So perhaps our mantra for the weekend could be, “Resolve! This is not impossible!” ๐Ÿ’ช Hold tight, everyone, you’ve each got this!

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    @high5 our posts crossed, so I didn’t get to read your comments before posting. So odd indeed that everyone in your household was hungry yesterday! Glad it’s working to do it today instead.

    @wetherby_whaler Can you or anyone else figure out what I’m doing that your name never turns into a link??

    and @lyndyhw So sorry for misspelling your name!

    Pocket list Day 6
    @high5 / fivetwofan5252 ๐Ÿ™‚
    @lyndyhw

    Day 6 USA – NFD

    Yesterday turned into a OMAD at about 600 calories, so happy for that. Maintenance is working out this way. Often I do eat some good breakfast after that FD or OMAD. Had some fried eggs and a couple link sausages.

    @penz – I will tell you that pickleball is becoming a new and interesting activity. Played like table tennis with the floor instead of a table, paddle and whiffle ball. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickleball Back when I taught middle school, our P.E. teacher always had a tournament with the 6th graders. They loved it! Now our town has a couple leagues in the adult exercise venues. They play next door in the tennis center (2 courts fit on one tennis court) while we have Silver Sneakers. They WHACK that ball!

    @high5 – yes, epic fails happen to all of us. You’re doing great rolling with any and all punches. It always helps me to sit down and verbalize struggles here.

    @babs_b – I try my best not to worry about food, but do your best. Small steps are fine in this WOL. Not everyone jumps in with both feet and has success.

    @lyndyhw – You are one of the first (admitted) diabetics that I can remember trying our WOL. I wonder if others here can give you additional ideas and advice?

    @stitchincarol – DH is having some good success cutting sugars and carbs. I always try to chat up his better choices, and also avoidance of his faves (Starbucks high caloric items, even milk shakes) in favor of water. He still does like his desserts, but trying to make them small. I’m with you in wishing we could share music. That would be fun!

    Onward and downward.

    Day 6 – UK – FD500

    Woke up to rain but it eased off by late morning and the remainder of the day has been mainly dry, nowhere as dire as the forecast stated!

    My regular 6 monthly dental check up this afternoon went well, much to my relief – I’m not a great fan of having any form dental work!

    Managed to make today a OMAD FD500 and my kitchen door is now firmly closed apart from a cup of tea a bit later – be interesting to see what the scales tell me tomorrow ๐Ÿคž

    @happymargo – hope you managed both to have a good time and stay in control at your little party on Day 4 as planned
    @stitchincarol – thank you ๐Ÿค— I have to admit that prior to retirement my only exercise happened on hiking/skiing holidays and perhaps a family hike on weekends – once I retired and relocated I tried yoga and pilates as I had always wanted to try them and discovered how much I enjoyed it – it was also a great way to meet people and make friends in my new village and as I got fitter I tried more intense classes! I have really appreciated your “pep talk” about resolve and am working hard to keep to mine this month!
    @edzeko – OH and I eat a mainly pescatarian mediterranean diet – OH does not eat meat and I rarely bother to cook some for me, perhaps once a month (I love lamb and a good steak every now and then). I also tend to use mixed grains/brown and wild rice and spelt pasta instead of the white carbs ones
    @daffodil2010 – enjoy having your Dad visit this weekend – hopefully the weather is kind for you to enjoy your days out
    @funshipfreddie – I’m not sure why the spreadsheet is misbehaving for you – I have looked into it and if it happens again perhaps someone with better skills than mine could have a look??
    @lyndyhw – lovely to see you appearing on the August Aspirations challenge – is your GP supportive of you doing 5:2 – there is strong evidence that doing the FD800 for a period of time can resolve your diabetes but I would not advice doing that unless you have the support of your GP/Diabetic Nurse specialist….have a look at the following link:-
    What is diabetes? | The Fast 800https://thefast800.com โ€บ what-is-diabetes
    @babs_b – you are not alone – there are a few of us that have gone back to basics this month – I too am a ZBC person everyday whether I’m fasting or not
    @high5 – that F word does not exist on here as tomorrow is another day to succeed as you have proved and I have been on a FD with you today so you are not alone
    @stitchincarol – this is what you need to do to turn @wetherby-whaler into a link i.e. use (-) not (_) same as in for @i-hate-lettuce who is on a cruise with Mrs IHL – I’m sure he will be posting once he is back home

    Pocket list Day 6 – TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!
    @high5 / fivetwofan5252 ๐Ÿ™‚
    @lyndyhw
    @at

    I have been reminding myself of my motto this past week โ€œIf I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am nowโ€

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    @lyndyhw – I don’t think the link I attached worked – try googling FD800 and diabetes

    Day 6 North Canton OH CD

    Weigh in this morning after a NFD was steady at 168, so I am glad that I did not blow it on my NFD. I had planned a FD today but was invited by my neighbor to a street fair. I accepted the invitation and decided to practice TRE today instead. I will do the same tomorrow as well, as that seems to work better for me on weekends

    I read all the posts but was unusually pressed for time on a Friday so could not respond to all. However I wanted to second @sonbirdme in saying that we appreciate your attention to detail @stitchincarol and I am so excited that the word of the month is powering your mojo. Resolve, resolve, resolve. I love it!!!!
    as they say- Hope is not a strategy ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    have a wonderful weekend everyone

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    @songbirdme That’s lovely that your DH is slowly substituting out good choices, or simply avoiding the bad ones altogether.

    @at I’m delighted the “resolve” talk is helpful to you and others–it’s sure helpful to me!! And I can’t believe I missed using a dash instead of an underscore; I know that, so how’d I fall asleep every time I typed that out?? Thanks, LOL!

    @basyjames Aww, thanks–and I laughed out loud at “Hope is not a strategy”! I think I’ve heard that in the past, but it’s never hit my funny bone as it did today. Yup: “Resolve!” I actually had a chance to truly use my resolve today: I drove to a neighboring town to help decorate for the reception tomorrow, and as I drove, I divided my time between looking forward to losing ten-fifteen or more pounds, being happy at how much better I already feel for the control I’ve been showing, and reminding myself that when the mother of the bride and the bride ordered pizza for lunch, I did NOT have to eat any. Amazingly, when the time came, and the bride asked, “Carol, do you want some?” my “No thanks” came out easily. Love that word. Resolve, resolve, resolve, LOL!!

    Day 7 – Australia – NFD

    Firstly, thanks to you all for your encouragement and best wishes. Yes, I am doing this with frequent visits to my diabetes educator, Jules, who is also a nurse practitioner, a fully-trained and experienced nurse who has extra training that puts her somewhere between a nurse and a doctor, and then extra training in diabetes care. She is excellent, and VERY supportive. Thanks, Jules.

    Yesterday I had a FD, and at the end of the day I had only had 800 calories, so I had to have a bit more food (I chose a protein drink) to bring it up to my 1000 calories, which Jules doesn’t want me to go under. Still no movement on the scales, though. Oh well, it will happen, I’m sure.

    Have a good day, everyone, and stay safe.

    Day 7 – U.K. – NFD

    Good fast day yesterday (Friday) so all good for my first (short) week back from hols as I achieved two days of fasting in a four day week, despite my aborted attempt on Thursday, phew! ๐Ÿ˜€

    @basyjames – I do agree about crutches for fast days! Iโ€™m on a long-haul 4:3 programme and if my fast days were too hair-shirted, I simply wouldnโ€™t get them done! ๐Ÿ˜€

    My biggest crutch has been moving from 450 calories on a FD up to 700-750 on a FD.
    Other crutches include tea with almond milk (๐Ÿ˜‹) and carbs in my dinner, such as sweet potato or black rice.

    @at – this morning was meant to be my weekly weigh-in date but I forgot and have since drunk a vat of tea! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™„

    Our weather forecast this morning is for torrential rain – always a joy in August! โ˜”๏ธ

    Catch yโ€™all on Monday ๐Ÿ˜˜

    Day 7 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    @at – thanks! The spreadsheet appears to be behaving itself now ๐Ÿ‘

    @basyjames – ‘Hope is not a strategy’, love that ๐Ÿ˜…

    Have a good weekend everyone โ›…๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

    Day 7 – UK – TDEE

    Another successful FD500 yesterday, coming in just under and rewarded with a good number on the scales of 58.2kg โฌ‡๏ธ0.8kg (1.76lbs) so following @stitchincarol advice – TODAY I RESOLVE to come in just under TDEE!

    With my resolve firmly in place I have put in my evening meal including a couple of glasses of wine (my reward for a good and dry week ๐Ÿ˜‰) and this tells me how many calories I have left for the day and so far have only had water and a cup of tea so ๐Ÿคž I will stay on track!

    @lyndyhw – good to hear that you have great support from your Diabetes Nurse Practitioner – keep the faith and you will see changes soon
    @high5 – so easily done as I know but today I managed to weigh myself before having my first cup of tea โ˜บ๏ธ we have the same weather forecast but so far it has just been continuously drizzly – no heavy downpours yet!
    @funshipfreddie – ๐Ÿคžthe spreadsheet continues to behave…..

    I’m off to see what is happening in the cricket ๐Ÿ England were 25 with no loss overnight still 70 runs behind India’s first total lead…..

    Have a fab Saturday – sending positive vibes to all whether fasting or trying to stay within TDEE today!

    Day 7 – Rural Nebraska, USA – TRE

    Funny story. Yesterday was Friday you know, so I was free to have beer or wine…and simply didn’t feel like it. I also ate to plan once I managed to swerve the offer of pizza and a beer at lunch. The scales weren’t very friendly this morning, however, but I suppose there must have been lots of sodium in my salad dressing last night. Oh well, I ate to plan and was below TDEE, so I’m not worrying. I’m resolved to use every bit of my strength not to overeat tonight, and not eating anything until then except for a 100-calorie yogurt will leave me plenty of calories to eat nicely but not in abundance.

    @high5 So glad your substituted FD went so well; love this WOL that changes can be made without damage.

    @at Enjoy that reward dinner tonight!

    Not many posts yesterday or today; hopefully that means you’re all having a grand and busy few days. It’s dreary and drizzly here today, but that’s no problem as I plan to be working further on my quilt for much of the day, after I’ve done a bit of grocery shopping, and practiced the organ for church tomorrow.

    As @basyjames reminded us, “Hope is not a strategy.” So I wish you an abundance of resolve in order to reach your goals for today!

    Day 7 USA- NFD

    This morning I have a memorial service for a long time teacher friend (also taught with her husband) that is scheduled to be outdoors. It’s cloudy though with rain possible. Hope it can still happen. Then errands in town. Doing pretty well.

    @at – I am like you in getting a glass or two of wine as a sort of treat for a few good days. I love my milk with a meal, except I am seeing on MFP that wine is about the same number of calories! Yeah, yeah, I know… not quite as healthy however.

    Onward and downward.

    Day 7 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 223 lbs. Holding out hope for August!

    Day 8 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – FD

    Plenty of logging… and scoffing, gulp?! So a slight change of strategy. I’m going to do 2 x NFDs followed by a FD, whenever possible; at least until I reach my goal. Salted peanuts are banished until further notice.

    Boo Boo is doing the opposite & has hardly eaten a thing this weekend; so we may be off to see the vet tomorrow.

    Have a good Sunday ๐ŸŒž

    Pocket List – Day 8 ๐Ÿ’
    @funshipfreddie

    Day 8 – Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    Oh dear, too much chocolate and jelly beans were hoovered. No doubt a reaction to being surrounded by moving boxes – or perhaps an excuse ๐Ÿ˜Š either way the results are the same. Tomorrow will be a FD.

    Take care all.

    Day 8 – UK – TDEE

    Managed to come in at TDEE yesterday and that included some ๐Ÿฅ‚with dinner!!

    @stitchincarol – your RESOLVE motto seems to be working for me too at the moment. So today I RESOLVE for another TDEE day including some ๐Ÿฅ‚ with my evening meal – by entering my evening meal + wine into MFP it has helped me to control my intake for the rest of the day. This will be first weekend in a long time when I have not had at least one EFS day – small steps……

    One of my other RESOLVE was to post daily to keep me accountable so here I am.

    Very quiet on here @funshipfreddie – A FD on a Sunday ๐Ÿ’ช and๐Ÿคž there is nothing wrong with Boo Boo and @dvw – I knew there was a reason why I don’t keep treats in my kitchen cupboards – it it’s there it seems to call my name too……nothing a good FD tomorrow won’t undo!

    Wet and grey weekend here so not encouraged to go out for any hikes however OH has been out for his daily 3hr runs although he admitted that he did not venture too high….

    Hopefully everyone else is having a good weekend and enjoying a bit of downtime and will be back posting on the forum tomorrow

    Day 8 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD

    My food/drink at the reception was reasonable, and I weighed the same this morning as I did yesterday morning, so I can confidently say I’ve lost a bit over a pound in the last week. Now to continue with my strong resolve so I continue the pattern and the downward trend!

    @songbirdme So sorry about your teacher friend’s passing. Some of our dear friends are getting old enough that’s I’m beginning to see how much closer it is with each passing year, and I can’t imagine the sorrow.

    @funshipfreddie Oh dear, and you were doing so well! I think your new strategy makes golden sense; I hope you find implementing it goes seamlessly. And poor Boo Boo; do keep us posted.

    @dvw I wouldn’t be the least surprised to hear that stress and emotions are causing you to nibble more than you usually would. Hang in there, the move is getting closer day by day!

    @at So glad the RESOLVE motto is working for you.

    I’ve been reflecting on “Resolve!” and why I’m suddenly successful with it. A huge part of it has to be the fear I felt in late June when my waist was suddenly four or five inches larger–I felt FAT. Partly it was because I was seriously overeating, but hindsight says it was likely also extra sodium combined with heat and humidity.

    Another part of my new success has to be that I was fed up with behavior that was out of control that I kept excusing with a weak, “I couldn’t help myself.” There is nothing else in my life that I fail to do if I decide to take it on, so what was this passive acceptance of ongoing and frequent failure on my part?

    That’s when I decided to be about weight loss–and eating mindfully and appropriately–the same responsible, disciplined woman as I am with all my other projects. Not a martyr (“Oh, no thank you, I’m DIETING”), not a wuss (“Oh, that looks so GOOD…it won’t hurt if I have one tiny piece. Well, maybe not so tiny. Well, maybe a second. Well, phooey, at this point, I might as well have a large piece and pop a beer to go with it!), and not a weakling (Oh, you know, this is just too hard. It’s been this long that I’ve weighed too much; another day won’t hurt, so I’ll eat what I want today, and worry about eating well tomorrow), but instead I’ll be the strong and capable woman I am.

    I’m strong and capable not because I only do easy things, but because I simply decide to follow through on my commitments; so if I say I’m going to do 5:2 the way it’s meant to be done, that means I’m going to do just that. Period. That’s the decision I made, and it’s not open to vacillation.

    But because I haven’t behaved this way recently, I’ve needed the motto to keep me on track. And so far, I AM on track, and the motto is succeeding in keeping me there. If this thought process helps any more of you, I’ll be thrilled!

    Day 9, FD, Aus

    Finally, I had a good 8 hours sleep last night and I feel so much better and in control as a result.

    Your thought process is spot on, @stitchincarol. Your second last paragraph is perfectly expressed. I’m adopting it!

    Day 8 – USA/GA – NFD

    Yeah, I shouldn’t have made a chocolate pie. Thankfully, I gave half of it away LOL. Weigh-in: 223, but tomorrow morning scares me. Good thing Monday is a FD and I’ll be back to TDEE NFD attempts for the weekdays.

    @stitchincarol Yes, this helps me. I have to find that resolve, too. It’s like there’s a little devil on my shoulder whispering, you did good. Let’s stop now, get frustrated at trying too hard with no results, and who cares. Nope, got to think in a new way, imagining what a “healthy weight” me would think, do, and eat on a day by day basis. I want to be that person.

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    @penz I’m glad that resonated with you. As to sleep…remember when I was getting nine and ten hours of sleep every night, uninterrupted?? Yeah, well, not only am I not getting nine or ten, I’m not even getting seven most nights, so tonight I’m envying YOU on your great sleep! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @northgeorgia I sure get the difficulty of finding the resolve, and I’m terrified I’ll lose this resolve abruptly and go back to my former behavior, which was partly stellar each week, but also partly weak. So the best I can do is go deep in my brain, and find the part of me that is holding on to the possibility that come evening I’ll give in to temptation and give that little corner of my brain a firm talking-to. Then I keep chanting, “Resolve!” As in, I truly DO. Out loud and frequently. Sometimes when I’m tempted, and sometimes when I know temptation is about to show up. Losing weight is actually quite easy. It’s controlling our brains and thus our actions that’s grueling and challenging, and makes losing weight so difficult. So I wish you a new way of thinking (your words) so that the “healthy weight you” begins to take control of your choices. You’ve got this, my friend.

    Day 9 AUS FD800

    I am rejoining the monthly challenges for the start of this week and the rest of the month. I need the accountability!

    Mid-winter and lockdowns (and the spiralling situation in Sydney) sent me into the winter doldrums, and now I have 3k rather than 0.5k to lose.

    Dusting myself off, appropriating @stitchincarol‘s “resolve!” mantra, and getting back to basics with so many others this month.

    Despite the fact everything has been cancelled, again, and I don’t have anywhere to wear my nice clothes, I would like to fit in to them again when spring rolls around!

    Hoping to see a good downward direction by the end of this week.

    DAY 9, U.K. FD.

    Hi @litprof! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    @dvw – moving & fasting – I could never do that!!!
    Moving in my mind seems to equate with biscuits, crisps and other junk food !!!!!!! And being british – multiple cups of tea!!!!
    So Iโ€™m in great admiration of your even trying!!!!
    Anyway good luck with the move.

    @stitchincarol – WONDERFUL post, you have such a way with words.

    @funshipfreddie – good luck with booboo, such a worry when our beloved animals arenโ€™t right.

    POCKET LIST, DAY 9

    @litprof
    @high5

    Sending โ€œresolveโ€ (ร  la @stirchincarol) to all fellow fasters across the world today!!

    Day 9 – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช – NFD

    Great weekend with Dad, at nearly 85 he is slowing down a bit but his mind is still as sharp as a tack.

    Not fasting today but being extremely mindful and taking @stitchincarol‘s mantra of “Resolve” to heart this week.

    My plantar fasciitis is also hurting me all weekend, I hope those orthotics I ordered arrive soon…..pain in the foot seems to be the most excruciating pain for me, so much so I was seriously thinking of popping some of the strong pain meds I got after my operation…..but I didn’t. They are opioids and kind of scare me as they do take the edge off the pain but also everything else ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

    So RESOLVE today. Have a great Monday.

    Day 9 UK FD

    Usual Monday fast , then Iโ€™m off to Bath for a few days to celebrate DH 60th

    Iโ€™ll knuckle down on my return Have a good week all

    POCKET LIST, DAY 9

    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle

    Day 9 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    @northgeorgia – “Yeah, I shouldn’t have made a chocolate pie”. That cracked me up! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    8 days of August gone, & I’ve lost a measly 0.1 kgs. So just as well I’m tweaking the FDs. And the 2200 calories on a NFD is probably a bit optimistic too; at least until I crank up the exercise.

    I’d forgotten today is a public holiday – ‘National Women’s Day’. So Boo Boo’s vet visit will have to wait until tomorrow. All I can get is recorded messages. She ate a little this morning, but nowhere near what she normally wolfs down in the mornings.

    Have an easy one, Monday fasters! ๐Ÿ’ช Popping @penz on the list..

    Pocket List – Day 9 ๐Ÿ
    @penz
    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle

    Day 9 – UK – FD

    Hi all, I hope the weekend was a good one for everyone. Food-wise, Saturday was my highest cal day – me & DH went out for breakfast for the first time since early 2020. It was lovely! I didn’t go for anything too huge but still. It filled me up from 10am all the way through to 5pm… I didn’t eat a thing. However, I did have a little indulgence in the evening with a chocolate muffin after dinner. Not great but could’ve been worse.

    Yesterday I came in under TDEE and I did a walk and some cycling.

    It’s a FD today, so as I’m a creature of habit I’m having chicken soup for lunch and a Quorn chilli this evening. Also going to treat myself to a lovely black coffee from the coffee shop – their coffee is amazing and it’s something to look forward to on a FD!

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 9 ๐Ÿ
    @penz
    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle
    @babs_b

    Have a brilliant Monday, all!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Day 9 – Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – FD

    Good morning. Okay enough is enough. A proper FD is in order. Thanks for the encouraging post @stitchincarol.

    @at – all treats gone! Most consumed unfortunately – today is another fresh day ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Ha, ha ha @high5 – lots of yummy food definitely goes with moving but Iโ€™m trying to maintain my resolve ๐Ÿ˜”, multiple cups of tea ok, chocolate and chips not so much. My house looks like a disaster zone and my cat doesnโ€™t have a clue whatโ€™s happening, poor little guy.

    Take care all.

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 9 ๐Ÿ
    @penz
    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle
    @babs_b
    @dvw

    Day 9 – USA/GA – FD

    Weigh-in: a very disappointing 226 lbs. I have got to start behaving better on NFDs. I may need to journal (or photograph for later journaling) my food entries, especially on weekday NFDs to see what I’m eating and drinking that is pushing me way over TDEE. The only way I’m going to get this under control is to get under TDEE, and it’s obvious I’ve lost the magic number.

    I did go for a quick walk yesterday, although even at 5:30 pm, the heat was in the upper 80s/lower 90s Fahrenheit, so it was brisk. The road construction has created a guessing game of the way in and out of the house and which way is safest; generally creating a 15 minute out of the way drive to get to town. So stress doesn’t help ๐Ÿ™

    I really want to get on the path this month.

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 9 ๐Ÿ
    @penz
    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle
    @babs_b
    @dvw
    @northgeorgia

    @northgeorgia there’s nothing like a Monday to prompt a fresh start and we should never underestimate the power of a fresh start in our minds! Plus, we’re not even into double digits in the month yet, plenty of time to get on your desired path this month ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve got this!

    Day 9 / Florida ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ/ ZBC + FD

    Oh my goodness, my apologies for failing to check in for a few days!
    Iโ€™ve continued on with my 5:2 & Intermittent Fasting (aim for minimum of 16 hours each day) plus, a little daily exercise โ€ฆ. But forgot to log in to this thread. ๐Ÿ˜” Oops!

    So I now RESOLVE to check in earlier, before my day, activities & errands get away from me!

    Mondays always feel good as a โ€œfresh slateโ€ FD. Time to let my body rest & recover from the weekend. Managed to only have my 2 glasses of red wine ๐Ÿท during the Samba party I hosted. Then stayed dry all weekendโ€ฆWin!

    This week I plan to aim for 4:3. Two days of FD500 + one FD800.
    Is that a thing?

    Now to scroll back & catch up on the posts. See how all my Fasting Friends are doing, before heading off for a round of golf โ›ณ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธwith my DH.
    Have a lovely day!

    @penz Pickelball is a sport played on a slightly-smaller tennis court. Usually played with a doubles partner. Instead of stringed rackets, you use a wooden paddle.
    The game is fast-paced & can be a great workout.

    Pickleball is also very social!
    Because of its popularity, the courts fill up & youโ€™re constantly switching to new partners between games. Iโ€™ve met loads of wonderful, fun, sporty women on the courts!

    Day 9 – Rural Nebraska, USA – FD

    I let myself have yesterday “off” and ate a lot, but didn’t go nuts. Today’s FD will feel good!

    @litprof Welcome back! And I would argue you do indeed have places to wear your nice clothes: wherever you are is a place worthy of wearing something that makes you feel good. So what if you’re dressing for no one but yourself? ๐Ÿฅฐ

    @high5 Thanks so much.

    @daffodil2010 So glad you were able to have the weekend with your dad, and I’m with you in hoping the orthotics arrive soon to help with your plantar fasciitis pain.

    @brightonbelle Have a grand time in Bath celebrating your DH’s 60th!

    @funshipfreddie Do you have equipment yourself for exercise, or do you go to a gym, or simply walk/run outside?

    @babs_b You have some wonderful determination, and I love reading your reports of how well you’re eating/exercising!

    @dvw When is the actual move?

    @northgeorgia That road construction sure is destroying the peace of your home, huh? Are they at least close enough that you can watch what they’re doing from the A/C of your home?? ๐Ÿคฉ

    @happymargo Win, indeed! And 2FD500 and one FD800 is absolutely a thing: you’ve just made it so!

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 9 ๐Ÿ
    @penz
    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle
    @babs_b
    @dvw
    @northgeorgia
    @happymargo
    @stitchincarol

    DTF
    @happymargo
    @stitchincarol
    @penz
    @babs_b
    @basyjames

    Today I’m going to the gym with DH and will walk on the treadmill. I’ve been far too many things (sewing, mostly, but some computer work as well) that have kept me sedentary and it’s time to make an effort again. But then I’m staying in the A/C of my house and sewing–with the fan going!–because it’s getting up to 93/34 today, with high humidity. In my mind, that’s staying-inside weather, LOL! Whatever keeps you busy today, I wish you “RESOLVE!”

    Day 9 โ€“ DC, USA โ€“ FD

    Hi all, I’ve fallen off this WOL over the past 3 years and after gaining weight and not being the me I know I am, I’m back. Thank you all for still being here and keeping this going. This monthly thread helped me so much when I just started fasting and I am glad it can help me again. My overall aspiration is to make this WOL permanent, especially learning how to adapt this to my current life situation. Life is hectic now as I return to school, start new professional endeavors, and trying to buy a house–so I figured this is a great time to start fasting while I can distract myself and let my body heal.

    Looking forward to continuing this journey together!

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 9 ๐Ÿ
    @penz
    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle
    @babs_b
    @dvw
    @northgeorgia
    @happymargo
    @stitchincarol
    @summerbug

    DTF
    @happymargo
    @stitchincarol
    @penz
    @babs_b
    @basyjames

    Day 9 – UK – TDEE

    Really pleased with my self control over the weekend – for the first time in ages I managed to come in at TDEE for both days and that included some๐Ÿท – thanking @stitchincarol for her “RESOLVE” mantra for the month ๐Ÿค—

    Broga class as usual to start my Monday – went to the village for some food shop and ended up having light lunch with a friend – lovely unexpected treat and spent a couple of hours catching up ๐Ÿค— Evening Dynamic Yoga class at 5pm and left overs from yesterday’s meal for dinner so no cooking required tonight – that will keep me to below TDEE โœ…

    @northgeorgia – love “I shouldnโ€™t have made a chocolate pie” but shared so all good ๐Ÿ˜‰
    @litprof – lovely to have you joining us for August – amazing how quickly the lbs/kg creep back on once we stop being vigilant!
    @daffodil2010 – sorry to hear that your plantar fasciitis is playing up once more ๐Ÿ˜ข
    @brightonbelle – have a fab time in Bath celebrating your DHโ€™s 60th birthday – Bath is such a lovely city with stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture!
    @summerbug – a big welcome back to the monthly challenges – never too late to join as you know – I’m still here and this WOL and the challenges are the motivation I need to stay on track!

    2nd week of the challenge already!! so after a successful first week I “RESOLVE” to complete another controlled week FD500 x 2 and the rest as TDEEs

    I have been reminding myself of my motto this past week โ€œIf I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am nowโ€

    Day 9 USA- FD

    Lost a newsy post that I don’t seem to have energy to duplicate. That hasn’t happened to me in ages… oh well. Joining the pocket list today.

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 9 ๐Ÿ
    @penz
    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle
    @babs_b
    @dvw
    @northgeorgia
    @happymargo
    @stitchincarol
    @summerbug
    @songbirdme

    Onward and downward.

    Day 9 North Canton OH FD
    It feels so good to fast today
    The weekend could have been better. I followed the plan for TRE on Friday when I went to the street fair with my neighbor, I only had one drink but had street fries, a hot dog and funnel cake fries โ€“talking about jumping in with both feet. On Saturday and Sunday I ate mostly nuts-pistachios, almonds and cashews but I think I ate too many handfuls. I should know better- everything in moderation. But my scale isnโ€™t happy with me this morning. Hopefully itโ€™s mostly water weight.
    @funshipfreddie I hope booboo gets better soon, we are all pulling for you both
    @stitchincarol I love your explanation. It just makes so much sense; resolve is following through on my commitment to myself. Yes, it has certainly helped me. Thank you!!!!
    @litprof and @summerbug welcome back
    @at kudos on self-control over the weekend
    @songbirdme how annoying is it when that happens
    Yes I resolve to keep my commitments to myself this week, taking one day at a time, because I am not controlled by my impulses.
    Happy fasting yโ€™all

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 9 ๐Ÿ
    @penz
    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle
    @babs_b
    @dvw
    @northgeorgia
    @happymargo
    @stitchincarol
    @summerbug
    @songbirdme
    @basyjames

    Day 9 Minnesota/USA FD

    Back home and ready to resume 5:2 after about 11 days of NFDs. I’ve been reflecting on the last year: as August 2 of 2020 was the 1 year anniversary for me of re-starting 5:2. I have lost 20-23 pounds in the last year, which is quite a bit slower than when I started 5:2 in March of 2016. Then, I lost about 28-30 lbs in 6-7 months. AND I started out 10lbs lower weight in 2016 than I started at this time around But I was 5 years younger then, as well.

    I actually feel pretty good about where I am at now. I have had a couple of blips upwards in this last year, especially from November to January 1 and then again from May 22 – July 5. But both times I managed to lose the extra 4-5 pounds and get back to a normal BMI (though at the top range). During those times that I gained, I had many social events and activities, and often went over TDEE or didn’t actually manage a good FD or two in a week. But, with resumption of FDs and controlling NFDs, I got back to my current weight. And I count that as a success.

    I have finally decided what my goal weight will be: 145 lbs, (65.8 kg), which will give me a BMI around 23. And I have RESOLVED (thank you @stitchincarol ) to continue this WOL with patience and persistence, looking to lose the next 10lbs over the next year. I will do 5:2 as it was originally created, and I will be happy with a 1-2 lb loss per month. I know this is how it will work best for me, and I won’t feel deprived of enjoying life or disappointed with slow monthly results. I’m going to look at this long term, and be a happy member of “Club Tor-twah” (tortoise) as we use to say.

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 9 ๐Ÿ
    @penz
    @litprof
    @high5
    @brightonbelle
    @babs_b
    @dvw
    @northgeorgia
    @happymargo
    @stitchincarol
    @summerbug
    @songbirdme
    @basyjames
    @northerndawn

    DTF
    @happymargo
    @stitchincarol
    @penz
    @babs_b
    @basyjames

    Second Post

    Wow! I came to post for some accountability, and found all SORTS of chatter!

    Welcome (back) @summerbug! You are indeed busy: “Life is hectic now as I return to school, start new professional endeavors, and trying to buy a house.” I can entirely see your logic in thinking you’ll just add one more thing to the list, because you’re going to be so full of resolve with all you have to do that resolving to follow your eating plan will be just one more thing instead of the overwhelming choice it can sometimes feel. We’re here to support you!

    @at Being below TDEE on the weekend is above and beyond stellar behavior, as far as I’m concerned; well done!

    @songbirdme So frustrating! Hopefully tomorrow will have sufficient time for chatter as well as motivation for you. ๐Ÿฅฐ

    @basyjames Perhaps you didn’t do as stellar a job of controlling the nuts on the weekend as you’d have liked, but you’ll do well this week, I’m sure.

    @northerndawn Welcome home! And deciding on a goal weight is a big step, and one that can only be decided when you’re close enough to have an idea what it’ll mean, so congratulations on being so close!

    I’m having a tougher day than I’ve had over the past week, and I’ve realized that it’s because I’m thinking about food. I have two plum tortes to make, but don’t think I dare make them today (I’ll nibble on the batter too much and the smell of them baking will undo me), it’ll be pushing it to bake two of them first thing in the morning, and then I’ll be gone all day until eight or nine tomorrow night. At that point, I was feeling sorry for myself that this WOL can sometimes be complicated, and thinking I ought to simply throw in the towel–and I stopped in horror, and rushed to my laptop so I could post and reclaim some resolve.

    Lesson learned? Don’t feel sorry for myself. This 5:2 business is not something that’s been pushed on me, it’s something I’ve chosen, so there is zero justification for feeling sorry for myself. If I’m going to change my mind about doing it, then I need to man up (“woman up”??) and admit I’m changing my mind, but dropping the ball because I’m feeling sorry for myself is NOT an acceptable choice when the only problem is finding time to bake. Goodness!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช

    Whew. Resolve!

    Back to my sewing machine! I wish you all sufficient resolve to follow through on today’s choices and decisions; tomorrow can wait until tomorrow.

    Day 10 AUS FD800

    Morning check in for accountability here. Finished yesterday at 850 calories and today the scale was down 0.2k; thatโ€™s a pretty typical FD800 loss for me, so onwards we go!

    Itโ€™s a grey day here, and a bunch of my former colleagues are waking up to a new lockdown because a COVID+ case has been roaming around their town for over a week, having somehow been able to leave a hotspot. Half of my current colleagues are in a second week of quarantine as we also had cases and close contacts on our campus.

    But I have to stop nibbling my way through the day as a way of โ€œcopingโ€ with constant stress because the results of that leave me more stressed!

    Today I resolve to look after my poor body, which means fasting this morning, eating nutritiously later on, and getting some exercise.

    Onwards and downwards friends!

    Day 10. OMAD London

    I am away. In Barcelona for three weeks. The last time we came here, about three years ago, the food was really disappointing and I wasnโ€™t keen to come back. But DH had a big birthday and booked three weeks because he was fed up and wanted to get away. And the food here now is just fantastic. But one of the problems with Barcelona was that everybody seemed to get robbed when they were here, and DH has just been robbed on the metro. What a complete pain. All the money he was carrying and his cards. Itโ€™s not the money especially, itโ€™s the hassle. Aaaaargh.

    Day 10, NFD, Aus

    Yesterday’s FD just didn’t. I’m struggling with @northgeorgia; not soaring with @stitchincarol. Your words resonate with me, @stitchincarol, but when I get home resolve doesn’t cross the threshold. You also said losing weight is easy – you’re so right!! My body does it all by itself without me doing anything. All I need to do is control what I do or do not put in my mouth.

    Oh no, @EmmaTaylor! What an awful, awfully inconvenient, thing to happen on your holiday. No amount of good food will take away that awful taste. Hope the rest of your time is better!

    @emma-taylor — on no! So sorry you’re dealing with it. Yes, a pain indeed! My mother-in-law was robbed in the Paris metro. Also a pain. My DH nearly got pick-pocketed in front of Notre Dame, a child! Also he was nearly picked at the Kentucky Derby! Guess it can happen anywhere.

    Day 10 – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช – FD

    I have to stop sabotaging my efforts of being mindful…I mean yesterday was an NFD and a sensible food approach was taken, until DH came home from work and we decided to get take out pizza and wine just because it was Monday ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Argh, thoroughly enjoyable but I have to stop these fun treats as I ain’t gonna see a shift in those scales carrying on like this.

    I rang about my orthotic insoles and they have been in since 27th July ๐Ÿ˜จ They did try to ring me, but right on that day I was getting a ton of scam calls (most people in Ireland have been subjected to scammers calling them over the past few months since our health service was breached by hackers)….ANYWAY, I thought their number was yet another scam number.

    So I have been two weeks hobbling about. I can’t get time for the fitting until Saturday but I look forward to trying them on and hopefully over the next few weeks my plantar fasciitis will disappear.

    Being overweight doesn’t help either….so today is definitely RESOLVE.

    @emma-taylor, sorry to hear about DH getting robbed, Barcelona is beautiful but pickpockets everywhere. I remember walking hand in hand up Las Ramblas in a big crowd and feeling something not right over my right shoulder so I just stopped, causing the guy trying to pick my bag to stumble over me……he didn’t get anything and made off rather quickly….thank goodness for that 6th sense, but it’s so very easily done.

    Have a great Tuesday. Who is fasting today ?

    Day 10 -Together We Are Stronger
    @daffodil2010

    Day 10 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    I had a good, controlled NFD yesterday. It included two smallish glasses of wine; but all logged & accounted for. Resolving to stay on track today too.

    @stitchincarol – exercise equipment; does a little-used yoga mat count? ๐Ÿค” I was a regular at the gym before the Covid crisis turned our lives upside-down. I rejoined another gym last month after I moved back to Durban. But I’ve yet to actually do any exercise in it. I thought paying upfront for 12 months would motivate me, duh? I’ve only had one Covid jab so far though, & I’m still a bit wary about being that close to a bunch of sweaty strangers & gym equipment. And apparently that anxiety or ‘gymtimidation’ is being experienced by many former members. But I’m sure once I actually get my head in the right place & accomplish a workout or two I’ll feel a lot better.

    @summerbug – welcome back!

    @emma-taylor – urgh?! So sorry to hear of your DH getting robbed in Barcelona!

    Well, Boo Boo appears to have made a full recovery overnight. She’d demolished every morsel of food I’d left out, & was back to her usual, whiny, ‘feed me NOW!’ routine this morning.

    Day 10 -Together We Are Stronger
    @litprof
    @daffodil2010

    Day 10 – UK – NFD

    Well yesterday was a successful FD and I am down 1lb this morning which makes it a total of 2.5lb since last Tuesday after my first FD. I know some of this will be water weight and probably not proper fat loss but it’s still nice to see the scales going down. I’ve also noticed my resting heart rate has dropped by 2bpm in the past week which is always nice to see.

    I’m WFH today because we have a delivery coming so the plan is to break the fast at lunch time with some leftover Quorn chilli from last night and then decide what to have for dinner this eve (I really need to do a food shop!).

    @daffodil2010 don’t beat yourself up whatsoever, this is the whole point of the 5:2. You can fast today and carry on this week. I really struggle with exactly the same and think I’ve undone all my good work if I have an indulgent day and then that can creep into a ‘what’s the point / I’ve failed’ mindset. But, it’s not ‘all or nothing’ and remember – one of the joys of 5:2 is that you only need to be very disciplined two days a week. All you need is two good days.

    @stitchincarol – thanks! I’m trying very hard to keep myself going. So far, so good but I did start dreaming of food yesterday evening so hopped on here to see what everyone else was up to and my goodness, it helped! Well done for sticking with your resolve!! It’s amazing how one word can have such a powerful effect. I also couldn’t have baked on a FD!!

    @emma-taylor – So sorry to hear about your DH being robbed! It really does seem to be an issue in Barcelona!! I’ve heard of so many people who have experienced the same. I’ve never been but we had an attempted distraction pickpocket situ in Paris years ago and my late MIL was mugged on the Paris metro on a separate occasion. Such a shame that this happens so much – they’re beautiful cities. I hope you manage to stop the cards swiftly etc.

    Have a great Tuesday everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

    Day 10, London, UK, NFD,

    Sorry for being AWOL recently …………………… I lost out on ‘MY’ house!!!๐Ÿ˜ญ They removed it from the market having accepted my offer after they had a cursory look for a house then decided the move would take them away from their grandkids!!! Note to self – Don’t get too invested until the ink dries!!!๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ขAnyway since the news last Thursday, I’ve been consoling myself with wine๐Ÿท & cheese๐Ÿง€, it doesn’t take much to toss me off of the wagon, but this was a doozy of a disappointment!!!

    It’s another NFD for me, I haven’t caught up with posts and I really need to find the time to go “Mojo Hunting”

    @daffodil2010 – – “take out pizza and wine just because it was Monday ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Argh” ………………. I know, it doesn’t even have to be a sensible reason, because I got out of bed, because the sun came up, because I couldn’t help myself, because I can!!!!๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

    Anyway, I need to stop moping, what’s meant for me, WILL be for me!!! So there!!!

    Onward & downwards folks, it’s time to actually challenge myself during this ……………. challenge!!!!

    Day 10 – Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    Quick checkin to stay accountable. Move day in one week so rather busy with that. Still resolved to drop a couple/few pounds this month. Stay strong and take care.

    Day 10 – USA/GA – NFD

    OK, mindfulness, here we come! Weigh-in: just barely at the 223 level today. (Oh, how I miss those 220 and 221 weigh-ins!) Having my bowl of oatmeal porridge with banana and cinnamon. Not sure if I can get out of my house today. My father actually had to call the DOT because the construction crew had completely taken away access. The DOT came out, reminded them of the law and the need for access, so the construction crew created a driveway, then proceeded to destroy it within 30 minutes after the DOT left. They started moving dirt late yesterday afternoon (I was hopeful that they were planning to restore something) and then suddenly, it started raining. There’s no telling what mess awaits this morning. I know moving dirt and access routes is part of construction, but even the DOT shook his head at this contractor (not the first time they’ve had reports).

    Ah stress. Well, at least they have no plans to run the road packing machine at night, causing constant earthquakes from 3 a.m. to dawn. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’d gladly put up with that for a few days if they’d just finish up this stretch. Hoping my mindfulness and sanity hold out this week!

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