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  • USA. Day 13. FD800

    I just had to come back on, as this is my witching hour for a glass of wine. It maybe January, but I actually played golf today, which took me away from my late afternoon tea time (a long held tradition left over from my English ancestors LOL). Well, this means I am chomping at the bit for a glass of wine!!! :(. Nevertheless, I made ice tea, which I hope will accommodate me throughout the evening. I have also reconvened my daily exercise program which I stopped In March when I could no longer go to the gym with my personal trainer. I have a treadmill and a rowing machine which is very helpful. It’s been too cold to walk outside, despite the fact that I managed to play golf this Winter! LOL

    In any case, my food count went well and my kitchen is closed.

    I hope everyone bad a good day and a good fasting day, if that was what you were doing.

    Day 14 country West Australia FD
    Day 13 NFD
    Day 12 NFD
    Day 11 NFD

    Visitors, work and general busyness. Not fasting for a week but still trying to be mindful and consuming less than a year ago so that’s something.
    @ccco, I hope the iced tea kept the hunger dragons satisfied.
    It’s another very windy day here in WA. Getting my exercise just walking in to the wind!

    Day 14 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – FD

    Did well yesterday, but then a suggestion of take out food for dinner, the first of 2021, and although I personally partook of a delicious warm lamb salad, there was, erm, wine with that 🍷

    Yes @flourbaby, what a lot of wine connoisseurs we truly are 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

    Feel good today, and rearing to do my FD today, and it will be done, as the itch for takeout food and wine has now been scratched.

    I have started doing sone different balance and stretching exercises from my menopause course, also in conjunction with Leslie Sansone, and my muscles are sore. But you know that pleasant sore you get, the nice relief when you stretch, so I know it means something was worked harder.

    Take care all our American friends, kindness and safety is wished for you all. And to everyone here, this darned pandemic seems never ending, but it will end. Keep strong and keep on keeping on in health.

    Day 14, Emden Germany, FD

    I’m going for another FD today.

    @songbirdme I don’t want to be that cold again so I’ll have more calories if I’m getting cold.

    @nellan It must be so scary, living there at the moment. I’ll be thinking of you and hope everything will turn out well.

    @songbirdme and @stitchincarol We play shellac records on the old grammophones (we have 3 of them, my DH isn’t the one for single items), there are still interesting old records to find. We also play the vinyl ones, I don’t see the point replacing them with CDs, which are also old fashioned, the neighbours think. This is who we are, we like old.

    @flourbaby I find renovating a house to sell it frustrating. You have to find the balance between not investing too much and it has to be appealing for potential buyers.

    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56

    Have a nice day everyone!

    Day 14, London, UK, FD

    It WILL be a FD today!! My NFDs haven’t been very good, I’ve still got some bit’s left over from Xmas and although donation is an option; I…… just ….. don’t ……. want ……. to!!!! So there😳!!

    @snowflake56, I know, I keep having to remind myself that the things I would go the extra mile for aren’t necessary when I’m selling. At least I’ll get some practice in for when I have to decorate MY house!!🙏

    @daffodil2010, I do wonder whether the wine industry would go under if we ‘monthly challengers’ decided to swerve the vino all at the same time!! I 💜🍷……… but 👿🍷!!!

    I’m off to get a green tea and stay mindful, and maybe do some work😱!!!

    “The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney

    Day 14 – Lake district UK – FD

    Good morning everyone

    Hmm, don’t know what happened to yesterdays post, damn gremlins!

    However, going for another FD today keep things ticking over, finding more and more things are creeping back onto the menu now. Had a vegetable curry the other day, no chilli, but plenty of spice otherwise, went down well. Fresh fruit and also our home made fruit compote is back as well, so starting to manage acidic things now.

    Very wet here today and looks like it might be set for the day, will look for a gap in the cloud and head out if possible!

    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce

    Take care all

    Day 14 – UK – NFD

    Dear oh dear oh dear, my fasting muscle has become WEAK!!!

    Yesterday I managed a 500 cals FD and it was SO tough. I was really hungry all day! Thank god I can remember fasting days from previous years where I sailed through it all. Otherwise I would be having serious doubts as to whether this was sustainable!

    This week, I have also been endeavouring to do Keto/LCHF so I think a lot of what I’m experiencing is keto flu. I was exhausted by 4pm and was good for nothing!

    I really struggled this morning too, I felt weak, shaky, hot and faint. I actually had to start eating the apple which had been destined for my breakfast smoothie, just in order to feel better. I couldn’t wait!! (NB only half an apple so not breaking Keto too much!)

    I do suffer from hypoglycemia and since Covid I am now also suffering with Post-Prandial Hypoglycemia (ie blood sugar doesn’t immediately normalise once you’ve eaten).

    I am concluding that:

    1) I need to do more fasting as it helps with blood sugar control so much – and it looks like my lack of fasting these last 11 months has really been detrimental to my blood sugar control

    2) I need to remember to drink even more water as that’s such an easy win and I forgot to do it yesterday

    3) I need to prepare better for a fast. I only had a really small dinner the night before and was actually really hungry going to bed. For the sake of not having a bit more dinner, I nearly aborted my FD, so I need to look at the big picture!

    Anyway, lessons learned….

    @flourbaby – I am so with you on the leftover Christmas food dilemma! I love making Christmas food and I love the ensuing eating….
    Once Twelfth Night has passed, I find that I feel guilty if I eat it and guilty if I don’t eat it!
    So tricky…!!

    Day 14 France FD800

    Bonjour, as we say here.

    Actually, it isn’t a very good day weather wise. It was OK first thing so we’ve been out cutting the hedge again but after 90 minutes it started raining quite hard so we’ve come in. Cutting this hedge is a major job as it’s over 10m long and is mostly made of pollarded ash trees, bay trees, elder and brambles. Unfortunately the ash trees are showing signs of ash die back disease so I’ve been cutting all the branches off (3 to 4m lengths) and removing the brambles so my husband can get in with a chain saw. Good moderate exercise though!

    Yesterdays FD800 came in at 737 calories and I wasn’t as hungry as Monday so maybe my stomach is getting used to less food. I remember from doing this before, my stomach ‘shrank’ and I wasn’t able to eat big meals. Does anyone else find this?

    @nellan I really feel for you living in Washington at the moment. It must be very scary. Take care all of you from the US and let’s hope it all calms down again very soon.

    @ I hate lettuce Your veg curry sounds very good and has set my taste buds off. Guess what we’re going to eat tonight!
    @at Great to find someone else ‘mixing it up’ a bit with the calories. I’m glad it’s not just me.

    Bon continuation!

    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @clemmi

    Day 14 – USA/GA – FD

    OK, time for the last FD of my 4:3 week. I’m ready for it! Today’s weigh-in wobbled but came in at a disappointing 232 lbs. That’s the same I weighed at the end of November. I’ve only wobbled for a month and a half between 233 and 230 (well ok, 229 once). I know plateaus are natural, so not too worried.

    But, I looked at a few things. I wrote down everything I ate on my NFDs this week (Monday and yesterday) and was shocked. Monday, I ate so much, there is no telling what my calorie intake was (and I didn’t really think I was feasting, but when you count five or six bowls of “something,” you know that can’t be good haha). Yesterday, I behaved better, but adjusted for my new TDEE (much less my desired weight TDEE), I still estimated the calories (knowing we tend to underestimate), and likely went over it by several hundred calories. I’m seeing a pattern here! I also have to remember the holiday weight is probably just now settling in; no problem. But the holiday feast habits need to go!

    My spreadsheets agree with me on this prolonged plateau. I did pull up my spreadsheet that compares week to week, and saw something interesting. I am starting to hit or cross the 230 threshold more frequently, and if I do it again tomorrow (likely), it will me the first time I’ve done it three times in a week. If I can return to a normal eating pattern more reflective of my TDEE on (at least most) NFDs and take some exercise (oops, telling on myself), the trend should start becoming more obvious. No, not saying I’m going to lose 10 lbs in a month (those early days are over, haha), but the tick downward should start becoming more obvious.

    Good luck to us all!

    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @clemmi
    @northgeorgia

    ZBC
    @northgeorgia

    Day 14 Oxfordshire, UK -FD
    Final FD of the week.

    Will try to get out for a walk between showers. Then an afternoon U3A Zoom meeting followed by a catch up over Zoom with DD and partner. Need to fit in my 60 mins of yoga too.
    Laptop decided it needed an update this morning, meaning I wasted a lot of time there waiting for it to restart. It’s now telling me I need another, agh.

    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @clemmi
    @northgeorgia
    @suki2

    ZBC
    @northgeorgia

    Exercise 30×5
    @suki2

    DTF
    @suki2

    Day 14 – Rural Nebraska, USA – FD500

    Yesterday was an abject example of how badly a FD can go. I decided that, since I’ve said I’m no longer going to do OMAD constantly, I could have some leftovers as lunch. That was at 1:15. Once I started eating, I never quit. Those two beers went down a treat, also. Good grief. I didn’t even get on the scales this morning, because I simply didn’t want to see that number. All my mojo from the autumn right up to Christmas is gone, gone, gone. Can someone please pull me firmly back onto the wagon and pin me down there???

    @johnnyr Congratulations on the first kg of many!

    @penz My BIL gave me a smoke tube that you fill with wood pellets and then light on fire with a blow torch; once the fire goes out (after a few minutes), you have lots of smoke. My plan was to smoke those ribs on Monday, but we didn’t have a blow torch and couldn’t get the pellets to catch fire. So when I ran errands on Tuesday, I bought a blow torch. My BIL said that our cold weather is perfect for smoking cheese, so I tried it, smoking some cheddar, gouda, and Swiss for a little over two hours. I think in the future, I’d settle for a milder one-hour smoke. I’m letting it “age” right now, but it’s pretty yummy and totally simple!

    @ccco I hope you did better avoiding wine than I did avoiding food!

    @snowflake56 “Shellac” records?? That’s new to me; I’ll go read up on them!

    @clemmi That hedge project sounds like a doozey! Good luck with it all!

    @i-hate-lettuce How lovely that you’re adding more and more usual foods into your diet!

    @northgeorgia Sounds like you and I are having the same struggles. Christmas truly flipped my good eating habits in multiple head flips and left me floundering, and you also haven’t returned to your excellent habits. We’ll get there!

    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @clemmi
    @northgeorgia
    @suki2
    @stitchincarol

    ZBC
    @northgeorgia
    @stitchincarol

    Exercise 30×5
    @suki2
    @stitchincarol

    DTF
    @suki2

    It’s a cold and gusty day, with snow forecast and possibly even blizzard conditions by tomorrow…which is when DH and I were going to go out to eat. We’re too far from any restaurant to do it on impulse and too far to do it in ugly weather and too far to get it and drive it home, so I may have to simply cook. I’m longing for restaurant food! We’re all longing for lots of normalcy, huh? I just heard on the news that Johnson & Johnson is perhaps close to releasing their vaccine, which is a one-shot affair. Many prayers that this pandemic is soon tamed and life can start to expand again!

    Day 14 UK FD

    Gradually getting back to my usual routine , very surprised how much I am noticing not doing my usual exercise for a couple of weeks Ouch ! Really enjoying my new yoga challenge, feeling positive 💪
    Biggest challenge – to rein in my wine consumption at the weekend 🥂🥂I hear what your saying @flourbaby & @daffodil2010
    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @clemmi
    @northgeorgia
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    ZBC
    @northgeorgia

    Exercise 30×5
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    DTF
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle

    Day 14 USA (Illinois) NFD

    I am chuffed (a word I learned here from my Brit friends)that my annual physical went well yesterday. With clothes on mid-day I was right at 165#, and that’s fine with me. Often dripping wet mornings I am 3 pounds lighter, so yeah for 6:1 maintenance and you ALL here keeping me within maintenance range.

    Doctor said my slightly elevated cholesterol wasn’t bad, likely due to less activity more than diet. He also said my age range is the next to get the vaccine, and I will be on the lookout for news of its distribution.

    @stitchincarol -come on, girlfriend! You can do this! Your mojo will return if you let it. I was interested to read your notice of Johnson & Johnson having a vaccine. Our investments man just bought some more of it for us. Yeah for a strong economy to have assets to share with the kiddos and grands.

    @i-hate-lettuce – you sound like your old self again. Yeah.

    @snowflake56 – ah yes, record collections. We have them too and ought to listen to them more. When my in-laws passed, we took far too many from their collection, but we have some great music.

    @ccco – golf? In January? Wow. Good for you. Our courses around here are happy to get a last day in November (possibly early December) but then they revert to cross-country skiing. That’s good too.

    @daffodil2010 – I love lamb, and your hot lamb salad sounds divine. That reminds me I have a rack of lamb in the freezer from a trip to Costco. Making me hungry for it.

    @fivetwofan5252 – fasting muscle? I don’t remember that analogy, but I like it. Reminds me of a trumpet player with “good chops” – i.e. lip strength. I am sure you’re wise with your sugars and health, but we also want you to be careful and don’t faint on us!

    @clemmi – bonjour to you too! Your trees sure do sound like quite a workout. We have just discovered a French 5 part drama we get on Netflix called “Lupin” quite intriguing. We can put on either French or English dialog with subtitles. If DH wants to work on his French, he listens carefully. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_(TV_series) Now that post tells me it will have 5 more parts. We’re enjoying it.

    Onward and downward.

    Day 14 UK

    Thanks for the continued ‘welcome-back’ messages. @flourbaby I’m not sure I have ever bees described as a poster-boy for anything! However your point about looking back at old posts to encourage me is a good one. I also have the original excel spreadsheet with the data from 2017. I realised looking at that I stopped the diet when my mum died in Aug 17 and never quite got back on it seriously enough to lose any weight. I haven’t slapped it all back on yet, but I certainly need a bigger poster at the moment 😉

    Heavy snow today but going for a gentle run with the dog around the local prison yard – sorry I mean golf course. I have some tasty gore tex running shoes with deep lugs for such occasions 🙂

    I’ve re-listened to the audio book of the Fast 800. I think I’m going to use that more relaxed low carb approach than the LCHF as I already have the recipe book (which is quite good BTW). Has anyone tried the Fast 800 or combined with anything else. I’m doing TRE with either OMAD or two meals/day and no snacks at all (so far).

    I refused to weigh myself at the start but got on the scales on 7/1. Today was my first official weigh in and my loss in week 1 is 1.2kg. I’ve also lost 3cm off my belly.

    @stitchincarol – If you fall off the wagon just be kind to yourself and hop right back on. I find if I have carbs like beer, chips (uk-type), crisps (US chips) or milk chocolate I cant stop until I reach a point of self loathing 🙂 So be nice to yourself and remember this addictiveness of carby foods is the Food Industry conspiracy behind all this. The 2:1 ratio of fat to carbs in most processed foods is not a mistake they know it’s addictive. Here endeth the daily sermon!

    Good luck. Eat, fast and die old.

    Day 14 UK, FD800

    Thanks for the continued ‘welcome-back’ messages. @flourbaby I’m not sure I have ever bees described as a poster-boy for anything! However your point about looking back at old posts to encourage me is a good one. I also have the original excel spreadsheet with the data from 2017. I realised looking at that I stopped the diet when my mum died in Aug 17 and never quite got back on it seriously enough to lose any weight. I haven’t slapped it all back on yet, but I certainly need a bigger poster at the moment 😉

    Heavy snow today but going for a gentle run with the dog around the local prison yard – sorry I mean golf course. I have some tasty gore tex running shoes with deep lugs for such occasions 🙂

    I’ve re-listened to the audio book of the Fast 800. I think I’m going to use that more relaxed low carb approach than the LCHF as I already have the recipe book (which is quite good BTW). Has anyone tried the Fast 800 or combined with anything else. I’m doing TRE with either OMAD or two meals/day and no snacks at all (so far).

    I refused to weigh myself at the start but got on the scales on 7/1. Today was my first official weigh in and my loss in week 1 is 1.2kg. I’ve also lost 3cm off my belly.

    @stitchincarol – If you fall off the wagon just be kind to yourself and hop right back on. I find if I have carbs like beer, chips (uk-type), crisps (US chips) or milk chocolate I cant stop until I reach a point of self loathing 🙂 So be nice to yourself and remember this addictiveness of carby foods is the Food Industry conspiracy behind all this. The 2:1 ratio of fat to carbs in most processed foods is not a mistake they know it’s addictive. Here endeth the daily sermon!

    Good luck. Eat, fast and die old.

    Day 14 Minnesota, USA FD
    Day 13 NFD (EFS)

    Yesterday, I just kept eating after lunchtime. I had some very nice lower calorie soups and roasted vegetables available to eat for a more sensible intake, but I kept choosing foods that were higher in carbs and calories. A sabotage day, so to speak. No wine or spirits, but too much milk, actually, and chocolates, and cheese. Hmmm.

    This morning we are under Winter Storm Warnings for today and Blizzard for tomorrow, and I’m watching it snow, with rain mixed in, for now. We’re expecting 6-8 inches of snow over the next 24 hours. The roads are already slick, so I’ll do my indoor exercises today.

    I wonder if I’m like the creatures that come to my back yard (garden?) for seeds and suet…..they are here in droves the day before a storm, scurrying around and eating as much as they can, or filling their little cheeks to take it back to their nests. Maybe I “feel” the change in the weather coming and instinctively eat more? I’ll use that as an excuse, anyway.

    I plan to have only liquids until about 4 pm or so, and then be done with any food by 6:30 pm. Eggs and sautéed spinach, I think. Raw veg to compliment, if I must.

    @at Thank you for sorting out and tidying the spreadsheet. Much appreciated.
    @songbirdme Great news about your physical results! You know that is a direct result of the effort you put in to stay healthy! Good for you!!
    @stitchincarol Hang in there! You will find your mojo once again. I have to hold off eating until 4 or so, if it’s even a green salad it seems to stimulate my appetite, lately. Something high protein only, if I eat earlier.
    @northgeorgia I’ve been on a plateau for a couple months now, as well. I know what I’m doing “wrong”, though……my NFDs are above my TDEE, and I don’t really know how much, because I have resisted counting calories. I know that means disaster for me. I know I have to count calories to be successful, because if I don’t actually count them, I lie to myself about my intake. It sounds like you are figuring out the best ways to motivate yourself to go forward.
    @clemmi Your hedge project sound like a bit more than “moderate” exercise, I should think! It sounds great to me, being out on your land attending to trees and bushes. That won’t be possible here for months. But we will get out with our snowshoes this weekend, I am sure.
    @fivetwofan5252 I’m sure post covid is making things more complicated for fasting and losing weight……please, go easily! There’s no hurry! You really must drink at least 2 liters of water when you fast, and maybe 3, especially if you are doing LCHF……you are missing all the water that comes with usual food intake. And don’t forget a little extra salt. But make yourself drink the water.

    Make this day your BEST day of the week, whatever your goal….do it, today, so you can feel proud of yourself tomorrow! Good luck!

    USA. Day 14. FD800

    For me, staying within the 800 calorie diet is easy. The evening glass of wine is not easy, although I think it has lately been a way to steady my nerves during these days. Nellen lives in D.C. but I live right outside and these are nerve racking times in this country. I will continue to work on finding other ways to calm my nerves in the evening. The daytime is fine for me. I weighed myself this morning and I am down another pound! Yay!

    Tonight my state’s governor is having a live press conference. I am pretty sure he is announcing that I will be getting the vaccine, finally. I believe that the National Guard was going to help us but right now they are protecting Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, I am already making plans for what I will do post vaccine! :). Can’t wait!

    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @clemmi
    @northgeorgia
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    @ccco FD800

    ZBC
    @northgeorgia

    Exercise 30×5
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    DTF
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    @ccco (Dry January)

    Play golf today and will again today. Normally, SongBirdMe, we wouldn’t be able to play golf In January, either. Usually, we are done in October but the weather has been strange and has offered us an extended period to play. Thank goodness because it offers us one more thing we can do during these challenging times.

    If you fall off the wagon (like me with the wine), get back on. I don’t know why but I seem to have a sudden surge of ambition. I even began my exercise program again and I am walking the golf course, which is something I have never done in my life! I feel good and positive right now and I send on those vibes to all of you! 🙂

    2nd post

    @ccco Good news if you can get the vaccine soon…..And stay safe in the DC area!
    @nellen Stay safe in DC as well. Maybe with all of the safety precautions they are taking, and preparations, the rabble rousers will realize they should stay home and there is no point to causing a riot.

    Our governor has called out the MN National Guard to protect our Capitol building, and other government buildings, as there are 12 + protest events already scheduled over the next week.

    It was sad that last Wednesday, the 6th, the Minnesota state Patrol felt they had to remove the Governor’s 14 year old son from the governor’s mansion to a safe location because of the threats against the whole family, and the threatening rhetoric from the “protesters” standing outside the Governor’s mansion. I guess the boy was tearful because he couldn’t find his dog to bring with him when the Patrolmen took him out. Breaks my heart to think of what kids have had to go through this past year. Doing a lot of praying, these days.

    Day 14 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 FD

    Getting comfortable on the wagon has been hard work after my extended Christmas food ‘holiday’. I may have my rampaging sugar dragon calmly back in her cage, at least today’s FD is going well. During my Christmas 5:2 mini break of 3 weeks I drank alcohol every day 😳 and reverting back to DTF is a struggle but I’m doing it. I so admire those of you doing a dry January…..red wine is my weakness and I need the promise of a few glasses over the weekend to keep me on track through the week.

    I think we’re all doing great to be keeping on right now with all the madness in our world, so let’s be kind to ourselves and keep on striving to be our best healthiest selves 🤗

    Day 14 Canada FD

    DH’s birthday yesterday and it was a carb fest washed down with an excellent bottle of red wine. I am so looking forward to a FD today! A wild storm went through the west coast the night before last so broken sleep and the wine rattled last nights rest so a quiet day ahead. I feel like I have moved on from the holiday break and understand where you are at @missybear

    Take care US friends you are going through too much at the moment and I am praying for peace for your country

    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @clemmi
    @northgeorgia
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    @ccco FD800
    @bellyblast

    ZBC
    @northgeorgia

    Exercise 30×5
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    DTF
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    @ccco (Dry January)

    Day 14 North Canton OH FD
    I just found out that a Nothing Bundt Cake Bundtini (cupcake) is 220 calories!!! 220 calories for a 3 bites of cake. This is why logging what we eat is so important.
    @flourbaby LOL. Way to be honest  
    @fivetwofan5252 some fasting days are a breeze and others can be so difficult. Every experienced faster that I know struggles to fast sometimes. I do agree that fasting helps with blood sugar control so getting in a routine can only help
    @clemmi I concur as well, regular fasting suppresses appetite and shrinks the amount of food we are able to consume over time
    Love the analysis of your dietary and exercise patterns@Northgeorgia. I predict that you will see the desired number on your scale soon
    Looks like yesterday was a sabotaging kind of day for many on this forum. Someone once said that the difference for us is that a day (or a season) of sabotage does not translate to lifelong residency in the land of sabotage. We hop on and hop off, especially when we are engaged in this forum. We are all trying to give it our best shot and if we review our long-term trends, we are succeeding. So kudos to us all
    I was all set to donate blood today and they turned me away because my veins are “too tiny”. They only had 16 ga needles. It made me sad because I was really looking forward to it.
    @northerndawn praying right with you, and praying for us all. Just so heart breaking what is going on
    Thanks for the prayers everyone, stay safe and find reasons to smile today

    Pocket list day 14
    @lilymartin
    @daffodil2010
    @at FD800
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @clemmi
    @northgeorgia
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    @ccco FD800
    @bellyblast
    @basyjames

    ZBC
    @northgeorgia

    Exercise 30×5
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    DTF
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle
    @ccco (Dry January)

    Day 14 US/DC FD
    Reading everyone’s posts it sounds like so many of us were beyond hungry yesterday. I know I ate more yesterday than I have any other day this month. for me, it is definitely stress related. it just really seems as though the world is upside down right now (to quote Hamilton). So hoping things settle down and move forward.
    I am back to a FD today, but no exercise. I have been doing 2 to 3 days of fasting a week and exercising each day and I think that’s worn me down a bit.
    So, trying to slow down, take a breath, and see how that all shakes out.
    Stay well, stay safe.

    Day 15, NFD, Aus. TGIF!!

    Good FD yesterday but like you, @fivetwofan5252, I struggled and felt hungry. My Monday FDs are usually easy, Thursdays’ a challenge. Still, ½ a kilo down from the beginning of the week so I know my body is responding positively.

    @missybear – you are my 5:2 soul-sister “I need the promise of a few glasses over the weekend to keep me on track through the week.”!!! So me!

    My OH does not do 5:2 but the good news is when I have a FD he is much more mindful of what he eats. Last night he made himself a lettuce salad with artichokes and roasted capsicum. It looked so good I said we should have that together one day. He agreed! This really is progress as he’s v much the sort of person who could survive happily on steak and chips (fries) with nary a green thing on his plate at all.

    Have a great weekend everyone. Stay strong, and if you waiver, be kind to yourself and come back stronger on Monday.

    Day 15, QLD (Aus), FD800

    Urgh, I appear to have hit not so much a plateau but a reverse walk up the weight-loss mountain.

    I started 14 days of FD800 last Monday, Jan 4, so am now 10 days in.

    The first week went great, I was a bit hungry but switched my cardio workouts for longer low-intensity exercise (long walks and swims instead of runs/HIIT work), and lost 1.5k.

    This week, I have been super-mindful of the calorie limits, counting everything in MFP, and often swimming a couple of kilometres a day in open water, plus long walks (10-12k) everyday. I also switched from three small meals to two, after reading here.

    But I have been feeling heavy somehow all week, and my weight first stopped going down, then it jumped up a half a kilo yesterday, and today – after extreme vigilance yesterday – its up another kilo, taking me close to my starting weight.

    I really am not deluding myself of my calorie consumption, I am weighing or using the barcodes in MFP, and I am not adding my exercise calories burning to my daily allowance.

    Yesterday I burned more calories than I ate, ate only whole foods, and yet . . . a whole kilo up today?

    What is happening? This is so demoralising! Going hungry for two weeks to end up where I started is so frustrating!

    USA. Day 14. FD800

    LitProf, I just read your post. I am also doing FD800, eating two meals a day. I am good to lose weight as long as I don’t drink wine. You could be eating too much salt and be retaining water. From what you said, I can’t imagine any other reason for it. Down Under, you are in your Summer, I believe. I know when it is hot and humid out, that makes me retain water, too. Don’t give up! 🙂

    @litprof. Oh wow that has to be so upsetting. I’m wondering if you are holding water weight – that happens to me pretty often especially if I eat crackers/breads/processed carbs and of course salt. So days I have soup I can go up due to the salt in soup. Just wondering. Stay with us. It’s got to break. Sorry.

    Day 15 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – NFD

    Quick check in, wishing everyone one well

    . @litprof it may well be water retention due to the heat, you saying you felt heavy is a symptom of that for me when I am dehydrated. Maybe drink some more green tea, Spring water, flush it out. Don’t give up.

    Myself, I have stopped gaining weight but am staying around the same kilo point for quite a while now. I have increased my exercise, my muscles are sore so I am hopefully making them stronger, but the weight maintains. I won’t give up though, it has to be a lot better for my health doing this, than NOT!!

    Just realised we haven’t heard from @dykask for a while. And @michelinme, hope you are still there?

    It’s the weekend, and like my kindred sisters @missybear and @penz, heck, loads of us….I am so looking forward to my red wine 🍷

    R

    Day 15, Emdem Germany, NFD

    I only had chicken broth (with the meat, not cat to eat it anymore) and had no problems with coldness. Strange.

    @flourbaby In the house with the tower we had before this one, we planned the bathroom renovation for ourselves and wanted only things we really liked. In the middle of the renovation, we decided to move away. The new owner didn’t even say anything about it, it was a total waste of money. In the house we live in now, I choose the shower, my DH choose the bath and we put in an old sink we used before so nothing special but it works well. The costs were the same as the nice one, the costs are not in the appliances but in the labor. We don’t want to grow old here and we know buyers seldom give you credit for renovations.

    @stitchincarol The shellac records were before the vinly ones. They are heavier, unflexable and break easily. They also turn at another speed, much faster, they have 78rpm, the vinyl ones have 33rpm.

    @songbirdme I’m glad my parents nor the in-lawn had a nice record collection, we didn’t even look at them.

    @basyjames Did you have this problem with donating blood before, why are they short on needles? “Nothing Bundt Cake Bundtini” who thought this to be a good name for a cupcake!

    Have a nice day everyone!

    Day15 – Lake district UK – NFD

    Good morning everyone

    Friday, weigh in day for me, another good FD yesterday and my weight has stayed the same. Good, as I’m still being careful, building myself up slowly and quietly, want to maintain where I am for the moment. Found a place/weight where I feel comfortable, things might change a bit when the weather improves and I can come out of ‘hibernation’ and get back in the garden and longer walks, too wet and dreary yesterday, more ice and freezing this morning.

    I’m wondering what’s happened to the ‘Inner Warthog’ maybe I’ve changed over the last few months and with the treatments. Have I tamed him or at least got him under control? Either way I’ve settled back into the 5:2 WOL and finding it easy to maintain where I am now.

    @litprof – Don’t worry about the ‘ups and downs’ certainly over the short term, many strange things happen with 5:2, then suddenly you realise the numbers are falling, it just takes a while. Sometimes you can have what you think is a really good week, doing everything right, numbers go up! The following week, without trying too hard, numbers drop, we’ve all been there. Don’t forget water, I had a habit of forgetting water when exercising, made sure I recorded water intake, sure enough week or so later ‘whoosh’ body sorted itself out and the scales started dropping.

    @daffodil2010 – “Just realised we haven’t heard from @dykask for a while. And @michelinme, hope you are still there?” I was also wondering about @funshipfreddie the other day, hope they’re all OK

    Take care all

    Day 15 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 NFD

    4 pounds down, just another 6 of the Christmas gain to go and I will be back in maintenance 🙂
    I usually only weigh in at the end of the month but decided to step on the scales this morning just to see if the saying quickly on, quickly off is true….so far so good, if I can drop the remaining 6 pounds by the end of January I will have lost the gain in the same amount of time as I gained it.

    @litprof I agree with others, it is probably fluid retention….or possibly you are building muscle with your exercise routine. Keep going, 5:2 does work.

    Have a lovely weekend everyone.

    Day 15 – USA/GA – NFD

    Good FD yesterday and weigh-in this morning at a dull 230 lbs. Still plateauing, but I think with realizing I was sabotaging my NFDs with Christmas-style eating and seeing how for the first time I hit the 230 boundary three times in a week, I suspect the plateau will be coming to an end soon. Returning to work on Tuesday will also curb the excess calories. I’m thinking of doing 4:3 for a second week, starting Sunday, to keep my body trained on the new trend (and also, with the MLK holiday on Monday, I can do a FD on Sunday and on Tuesday, my first day back at work), then ease back to 5:2 on the last week of the month. At this point, I’m hoping just to reach my December goal by the end of the month lol

    Seems like many of us are feeling a little discouraged, but I’m sure it’s just holiday habits, stress from world events and the pandemic, and the extreme weather (height of winter/summer) that’s affecting us. I think if we stay steadfast, we’ll be fine and start dropping the weight again soon. In my case, I needed to take a peek at what I was or wasn’t doing, and for the most part it was simply feasting too much on NFDs without getting any the nice spring/fall weather exercise as I did last year. I can find some housework and indoor projects that will be really good exercise, and I can also stop feasting, especially during the work week. I have to remember that this is a WOL and adopting more healthy and moderate eating habits (along with a bit of exercise) is something I need to do for life. Not going to give up pizza, soda, ice cream or cake ever, but I don’t want to catch myself having six bowls of “things” on a regular basis LOL

    Have a great day, everyone!

    Day 15 France NFD

    Bonjour

    Well, I’ve done 3 FD800s this week and have survived! I have been hungry at times but have ridden the storm, drunk water or tea and otherwise distracted myself. Reading this thread and finding out about everyone’s trials and tribulations has been a real help. It’s great to know that none of us is doing this alone.

    One of the things that has helped me is a variety of homemade soups which I bulk cook and store in the freezer. They are nearly all made from veg I grow, usually with some added vegetable protein in the form of lentils, peas, chickpeas, white haricots etc. They are very satisfying, cheap, healthy and they keep me full for a few hours.

    It’s a beautiful day here, even though it is quite cold so guess what we’ve been doing? Correct, the hedge project! I think we may finish it tomorrow.

    Today is a NFD but I’m determined that I’m not going to waste all this week’s efforts by mindless eating (and drinking). I will try to aim for TDEE of my goal weight (1840 calories) and see how that goes. I will, however be having a lovely gin and tonic made with rhubarb gin as it’s my Friday night treat.

    @stitchincarol. I had to look up the word doozey and you’re right! The hedge project (part one) is no mean feat. Some of the brambles are over 6m in length.

    @northgeorgia. You’re so right about tracking food. It’s shocking how those calories mount up and so easy to forget if we don’t record them. I’m also really careful about weighing food, especially cheese. When I estimated 30g cheese, it was 42g!

    @songbirdme.Thank you for your hint about watching the series ‘Lupin’ on Netflix. We watched episode 1 last night and really enjoyed it very much.

    Have a great Friday afternoon.

    Day 15 France NFD second post

    I forgot to say. I’ve lost 2kg so I’m determined it’s not going back on. The only way is down.

    Day 15 US/DC NFD
    Good morning all. Thankfully I finally slept last night – 9 hrs!!!! I was really exhausted and at 9 pm I just said – enough – and headed to bed. Phew. Yesterday was my second FD for the week (I did skip exercise though.). Am down 7 lbs since Jan 1, that’s a miracle. I couldn’t have gotten through these two weeks without you all, so thank you.
    I think I am going to give myself until Monday for the next FD. Just need to make sure I keep on with the water. My biggest trick so ease the hunger is seltzer water with a little bit of pomegranate juice. I think maybe the bubbles make me feel full. I was given one of the Soda Stream makers as a gift just before Christmas and I doubted I would use it. I am now drinking over a quart a day. That was a lucky and prescient gift. :)))
    Enjoy the day all. Thanks for being there.

    Day 15 Oxfordshire, UK – NFD
    FD was ok yesterday until I went to bed. Woke about 2 am couldn’t get back to sleep. So got up, made a drink and had a biscuit or 3. I’d had a headache most of the day so wondering if that might have been the problem.
    Nice chilly dog walk this morning which got the blood circulating. Will try to be sensible over the weekend, and like many of you I’m looking forward to that glass of red later.

    @suki2 – sometimes on FD I have gotten a headache and not been able to sleep and have been really cold all day. The only cure for the headache for me is more water, water, water. I have yet to figure out either the sleep component or the cold. It’s all pretty curious how our bodies react. I tell my family that when I can’t sleep I think my body is waking up and entering the hunter and gather phase. Ha ha ha

    Day 15 North Canton OH WFD 3

    @litprof it has to be water, there’s no way you gained a kilo in a day or even two with all the activity you are engaged in. Our bodies are weird – but not that weird. Inches lost is actually a better indication of your progress, especially since you are working out as well. You may appreciate these 2014 posts from @simcoeluv

    https://thefastdiet.co.uk/forums/topic/really-no-weight-loss/

    https://thefastdiet.co.uk/forums/topic/exercise-is-dangerous-for-your-diet/

    @snowflake56 Nothing Bundt Cakes is a Cake Franchise. They make the moistest and most delicious bundt cakes in different flavors: white chocolate raspberry is my favorite- they also have bundlets ( smaller size) and bundtinis (cupcakes). The Bundtinis are so tiny, I thought maybe 150 calories tops but the sugar content is probably through the roof, so 220 calories apparently for a bundtini.

    @i hate lettuce not sure about @dykask but @funshipfreddie told us he was taking a break a couple months ago.

    Stay safe everyone and find reasons to smile today

    Day 15 – Rural Nebraska, USA – TDEE

    Okay, according to the long-abandoned plan for January, I’m supposed to count calories today. Hmmm…maybe. The wind is howling with gale-force winds just like the coastal winds I grew up with; and the snow is still light, but we’re forecast for anywhere from one to four inches. Not much, but with the wind blowing so hard, that means areas with zero snow and other areas with big drifts, always an added complication. It’s too soon to tell if we’ve any hope of being able to safely drive to Omaha tonight. In the meantime, it’s perfect quilting weather!

    @songbirdme, thanks for the encouragement. My mojo “will return if [I] let it”? That’s a philosophy I’ve never considered before, and since you’re in maintenance and have been for a long time, it’s clearly worth mulling over and trying to assimilate, so thank you! And congratulations on a good weigh-in at the doctor and acceptable cholesterol!

    Thanks, @johnnyr, for the encouragement and sermon; both are much appreciated!

    @litprof Have you measured yourself? Was the food you ate salty? There are so many reasons for scales going up even when diligence is being practiced, but it’s NOT a result of your behavior, and your behavior WILL result in smaller weight/size. Hold on tight to the wagon because your approach has been stellar and today’s scale was just a blip on your successful journey…truly!

    @suki2 and @nellen I find it fascinating that you and others have said how poorly you often sleep after a FD; I always sleep best of all after a FD! I too get horribly cold, but hot tea fixes that nicely, and my OMAD around 6pm of plain fish and steamed veggies warms me back up. But sleeping? I love, love, love sleeping with an empty belly. So odd how what is glorious for one is problematic for others!

    Fingers crossed that we can go out to dinner in Omaha tonight (especially since I need to buy some more fabric for my quilt, and have to get it at a particular store in Omaha), but if not, I have a decent meal planned and ready to go if needed.

    @flourbaby Thanks so much for this quote: “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – unknown I’ve thought so often of that this week when I’ve struggled to behave myself at all. My thoughts have been all over the place, even with a (very, very, very) brief consideration of chucking the whole thing. And each time, I think about that rock that is cut through not because the river is so strong, but because it didn’t give up. So I’m not giving up, and I’m holding on to that quote.

    Have a grand day/evening everyone!

    Day 15 Minnesota, USA NFD

    Hello, everyone! It’s almost 10:00 am as I write, and watching a very pretty snowfall through my window. The wind is suppose to come up later today, but for now it is really lovely.

    I’ve read all of the posts, and I am always so impressed with the wisdom and the generous support that everyone on this forum contributes to each other. I really don’t think I have anything to add in addition to what has already been said!

    @dykask did say in December, that he was going to take a break from the forum, and, I think, from fasting for a bit. I hope he’ll join us again soon

    Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

    Day 15 UK CD

    Just popping in to say hello.

    Thank you for your good wishes after last week’s health scare with post-covid hypertension.

    BP was extremely high and between that & medication side-effects i’ve been wiped out. Sorry not to post – I simply melted into sleep. Lots of audiobooks and resting on the sofa, eating very easy healthy food and sleeping. GP phone review today and he was pleased with progress but a way to go yet. Another gentle week on same medication and review next Friday.

    I’ve taken a week out from FDs but kept TDEE and veganuary so not put on the SIX POUNDS I lost last week – and have somehow lost an inch / 2.5cm from my fat suit. A long way to go yet but definitely moving in the right direction & counting the blessings 🙂

    Welcome back @clemmi @johnnyr and @metauta – delighted to hear about your rekindled romance!
    @daffodil2010 thank you 🙂

    I’ll try and keep up with posts this week and fast when i feel better. But remembering, sometimes staying still is progress xx

    Day 15 USA (Illinois) NFD

    From what @northerndawn and @stitchincarol have said about their Midwestern weather, we didn’t get it as badly as we could have. But of course, winter in Illinois is always unpredictable. We just got a couple inches of slushy wet snow yesterday, and so far it hasn’t been “polar vortex” cold.

    @clemmi – glad to hear you’ve enjoyed “Lupin.” I get confused some with the time shifts, but think I have it figured out now. He is quite a character!

    @litprof – I would be right with you, frustrated at the climb. Hopefully other advice will help you to be back on the losing path.

    @johnnyr – good to see you back again!

    Onward and downward.

    Day 16, Emden Germany, NFD

    @basyjames How glad I am, we don’t have Nothing Bundt Cakes overhere, it would be too tempting to try out the different flavours and I’m not the one who stops after taking only one when there is more.

    Have a nice weekend everyone!

    Day 16 – Lake district UK – NFD

    Good morning everyone

    Sounds like a few of us in Northern climes are getting the wintery weather, keep warm and if you have to, hibernate!
    Very wet and gloomy out this morning so can get house jobs done and settle down to a rugby match on the TV this afternoon, not long before the 6 Nations tournament starts up, the only bit of winter I look forward to!

    @michelinme – Sounds like a good plan, resting, eating very easy healthy food and sleeping. I did quite a lot of that late on last year and it got me through, hope you recover well.

    Take care all

    Day 16 Oxfordshire, UK NFD

    Much better night’s sleep.
    Have a good weekend everyone.
    @nellen – I often have a disturbed night on FDs but that is due to frequent trips to the loo.
    @michelin me – glad you are looking after yourself
    @songbirdme – DH & I have added Lupin to our list of things to watch, sounds interesting

    Day 16 – USA/GA – NFD

    Just a quick check-in this morning. Weigh-in was 231 lbs. Looking forward to another 4:3 next week; being very mindful this weekend about overindulgence in snacking and eating to feel satisfied, then upping water intake between meals. Hopefully, this will reset my habits to align with my TDEE.

    I hit 230 three times this week, so although officially a plateau week, my weekly “median” and “mode” averages showed a small tick downward to lay on the 230 line for the first time. I don’t believe I’ll hit my January ambitious goal of 225, and I may or not hit my December goal of 227, but I’m ready to see the permanent crossover into the 220s this month. Fingers crossed!

    Off to the grocery store. Have a great weekend!

    Day 16 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD

    I read online the first part of “The Every Other Day Diet” yesterday and am impatient to get the hard copy I’ve ordered. Perhaps if I follow that plan for a few weeks, I’ll adjust my NFD habits so I can return to 5:2 with better success?

    It was simply too windy yesterday to care to make the 40-mile drive to Omaha for dinner out, so I made a casserole–perfect snow food, right?–from some leftover rotisserie chicken I had in the freezer and a Tex-Mex recipe I’d found. It was yummy and almost as good as going out, especially since I made a tossed salad with an excellent blue cheese dressing, something I have to save for NFDs since that dressing is so high in calories. But it’s too yummy not to have occasionally! And today, the wind has dropped from 40-55mph to 6mph, so the car won’t get whipped around when I drive alone into Omaha for those errands I was also going to run yesterday while we were there for dinner. It’s more fun for me with DH along, but he’s not sorry to miss running errands, LOL!

    @michelinme So glad you’re feeling better, and pray that you’re returned to good health soon. Amazing about the six pounds last week!!! Congratulations!

    Have a great and successful weekend, everyone!

    “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – unknown

    Day 16 USA (Illinois) NFD

    My teenage girl piano student sent me home with about 2 dozen of the most wonderful chocolate chip cookies we’ve had in ages. I hardly ever bake – occasionally muffins for breakfast – so they have been quite the treat. I’ll have to offset an occasional cookie and try not to eat them all!

    Yes, snowy patterns are coming through many of our climes. Guess it goes with January.

    @suki2 – hope you enjoy Lupin. We finished E5 last night, and it gave us a cliff-hanger! I haven’t read when the next 5 episodes are due out.

    Onward and downward.

    Day 16 UK FD800
    Day 15 TRE (20/4)

    Hola amigos. Trying really hard to fast and not snackaroo today. Cake baking going on in the house which isn’t helpful!

    Friday evening off the low carb for one meal. I’ll see how that goes with the weight loss efforts over the next few weeks. Allowing one evening off a week seems a good way of staying sane without blowing the dieting.

    Counterbalancing this feeding with a run today and tomorrow. Today’s ‘jog-a-dog’ was fun. We have the smallest liveliest dog you could imagine – absolutely nuts! A bit of a tripping hazard at times 🙂

    Finally got to watch ‘Stan & Ollie’ film last night. I loved it. A film made with love.

    Take care folks. Watch out for those sneaky carbs. I looked at the bottle of vinegar and oil dressing I’ve been using on my salads – only flipping 16g carbs per 100g! How absurd is that! Making my own from now on.

    I make my own vinaigrette. I small jam jar with lid, I table spoon of virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar and 1teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Give it a shake. Delicious.

    Day 16 France NFD

    Lunch out today with friends for another friend’s birthday. No breakfast; avoided pre lunch nibbles; very nice roast chicken with various veg followed by small tiramisu. However, I did have 3 small glasses of wine and 4 chocolates. Haven’t worked out the calories but imagine it’s over TDEE. Safely home just before 6pm curfew. But we had a great time and you’ve got to live your life!

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