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  • Day 26 Ohio, US — NFD
    Day 25 —- NFD (only 11 months til Christmas!)

    The NFD’s have gone well. This last week saw increasing malaise that’s usually indicative of something hitting my immune system, but it was too generalized to figure out what was causing it. Until this morning. I have been taking a new herb recommended by my acupuncturist at breakfast and today afterwards I had a “hair-raising” allergic reaction. Literally the hairs all over my body “raised” up and stood at right angles to my skin. That was accompanied by a general over-all itchiness. Since the rest of the breakfast items have been used for a long time with no reaction,that points to the herb as the culprit. I’ll stop the herb for a few days and see what happens.

    @suki2 Vegetarian eating has been with me for more than twenty years, although I’ve stayed an ovo-lacto vegetarian and not gone completely over to veganism. For one thing the science on the bioavailability of some vitamins from pure plant sources seems to indicate (at least to me) that some animal products are a necessary part of a healthy diet. (I know that there’s a fair amount of controversy on this point.) For another thing, I like honey too much to give it up completely and also it seems tricky to me to give up leather shoes, what with the snow in the winter and the rain and slushy, muddy weather in the spring in this part of the world.

    Here’s a start to the Day 27 pocket list:

    @dykask
    @caroline esty-akporokah
    @matpi

    @suki2 & @mapti I tend to have some vegan meals, like my typical breakfast which I really like. However, I know some pure vegans and it is really a very extreme diet. There are also some “vegans” that mostly eat junk food. That isn’t good either. I think it takes a very large amount of effort to be a pure vegan and only eat healthy plant based food. We simple don’t exist in a vegan world.

    Day 27: Gloucestershire, UK, NFD:

    Well….having a day off work yesterday and I ate TWO days worth of food! So I’m 1 kg up. However now I have five days in a row at work (then a whole week off…..) so I hope to undo the damage. I really struggle to control myself at home.
    @dykask: I rarely eat meat, simply because I’m more of a vegetable-lover, I suppose. I could never be vegan….I love my dairy for a start. I eat fish too, from time to time.

    Day 27 pocket list:

    @dykask
    @caroline-esty-akporokah
    @matpi

    Day 27 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – FD

    Day 27 – Pocket list 🍏

    @dykask
    @caroline-esty-akporokah
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie

    Day 27 – NFD – UK 🇬🇧
    🚫 ✅🤸‍♂️
    Last week of January here we go! 👍👍
    Thanks @suki2! Yes I stayed on the dry… lovely wine was served but waking up clearheaded yesterday morning was well worth the sacrifice… it’s funny though that you are nearly apologetic to others when you are not drinking as if you are somehow going to be less fun…
    @flourbaby i hope you have that whoosh! I have never experienced it but hopefully will this year… completely understand the frustration with this time in our lives (Hot flushes, feeling weird, etc) … it’s such a pain not knowing what’s around the next corner.. 😳
    I’m logging absolutely everything In MFP at the moment and hoping it will make a real difference 🤞
    Come on everyone… one more week of good choices will help get us where we want to be 💪

    Day 27 – Pocket list
    @dykask
    @caroline-esty-akporokah
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @jaifaim

    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

    @ciren2 you might be extending your life by eating some diary and fish.

    https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2018/08/20/Low-and-high-carbohydrate-diets-cut-life-expectancy-study-finds#

    Note it is possible to find conflicting claims.

    Day 27 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – FD

    After the TOM shocker and feeling unwell, and rapidly abandoning my fast last week, at least I start this week at the same as last week…..at least I did not gain.

    So it’s my usual monday fast and might do b2b2b this week. I have that retirement party on Friday (where I am giving the speech 😱) then Thursday week I fly to Lanzarote for a week in the sun, so have to be mindful over the next few days.

    @jaifaim, I used to get regular whooshes when I started this WOL……oh how I would love one (mind you drinking wine at weekends will NOT a whoosh bring 😄).

    Have a great Monday.

    Day 27 – Cumbria UK – FD

    Good morning everyone

    January almost gone already, seems to have gone quite quickly!

    @funshipfreddie – Funny how if I don’t record calories my willpower isn’t as strong! Good news for me, 6 Nations Rugby starts in UK this weekend, really look forward to this tournament every year, best bit of winter!

    @ciren2 – DIL (very keen on her health and fitness) always says ‘quick on quick off’ which when she discussed it over Christmas made sense, its slow steady gain that lingers.

    Take care all

    Day 27 – Pocket list
    @dykask
    @caroline-esty-akporokah
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @jaifaim
    @i-hate-lettuce

    Day 27 UK FD

    Aiming for a good end to January , usual Monday FD today Yes @ i-hate-lettuce I’m setting aside a couple of hours to do my fantasy 6 nations team Love this competition

    Day 27 – Pocket list
    @dykask
    @caroline-esty-akporokah
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @jaifaim
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle

    Day 27 Melb Aust NFD

    Too much socialising has been done over January. Looks like February will be the reset month. Never mind. The important thing is to never lose sight of the goal, and be prepared to manage smaller or larger “glitches”. Mine has been a large one, but oh well. Good to see so many persevering. Well done!

    Day 27, London, UK, NFD,

    Long post warning!!!

    So yesterday turned into a controlled day, somewhere between 8-1000cals, a pack of chestnuts put me over my 800cal target, at least it wasn’t ½ a wheel of brie and a bottle of Malbec!!!!

    @jaifaim & @daffodil2010 …………….The whoosh is still real!! Although I’ll probably replace some ‘whooshed’ water, I plan to drown some more dragons with >3L water and add another whoosh by the end of the week ………………… it’s some kind of a plan!!

    I had a chat with some friends regarding food combinations that do us NO favours, the whole addictive quality irresistible to rats & humans alike of the 50:50 of fat:sugar(carbs) found in those foods we can’t say NO to after a couple of bites – the cheesecake, the ring donut, the crackers & cheese combo!!! I hate the idea that food manufacturers deliberately produce foods in this combination most likely to be addictive – irresponsible profiteering!!!
    The Horizon programme ‘Sugar vs Fat’ raised some questions for me, however I left with 2 things, firstly – eliminating whole food groups is crazy & unnecessary, but overall fat is good, and carbs are too, providing they’re from veg and not processed ………………… simple!!
    Secondly – Dr Susan Jebb told the presenters, “It’s astonishing that any of us stay slim in a world like this … you have to exert quite a level of dietary restraint if you’re not going to effectively just sleep-walk into obesity.” …………………………………. Amen, to that!!! Dietary restraint is something I NEVER practised before 5:2, I dieted, but that was dietary torture, followed by sleepwalking! 5:2 means working my willpower muscle, living life inclusive of friends, family, holidays etc. and being mindful that tomorrow I CAN have that blueberry muffin (450cals!!) but perhaps I would get the same pleasure from an enormous prawn & avocado salad, with pickled beetroot & mayo (450cals) and not have to suffer the roaring dragon awakened by that muffin!!!!

    Anyway, enough rambling, I’m ending January (surely it was Xmas last week??) on a roll and February will be controlled and my NFDs will be less processed and therefore, less binge-tastic!!

    Happy fasting folks!!!

    Day 27 UK FD

    TL:DR fell off waggon, got down & puffy, here I go again.

    Went off to challenging conference weekend and fell off the waggon big time. Got back last Monday evening, wiped out and feeling unexpectedly down then spent the week eating my feelings, not drinking enough water, resisting anything ‘healthy’ etc

    My mojo has well and truly disappeared and it feels like a self-sabotaging spiral. Immune systme has taken a hit with something and that drags me down, all my usual neuro symptoms spiking and struggle to function – but resisting where I am.

    I’ve been sorely tempted to leave it until February but aware I’ll then be tempted to wait until Lent… So I’m coming back in with a FD, owning where I am now. And Back to my old mantra: start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

    Starting back at 158lb – up 14lb on November – even stretchiest clothes are uncomfortable and I feel really slugglish. Today aiming for some gentle yoga stretches, a short meditation and very early night – all those things which help me, and support better food & life choices! I’m drinking plenty of water/marmite tea/ ginger tea today, with a carrot & ginger soup for supper if I need to. But otherwise it feels as tho my body needs a good reset of LFD.

    Overdue deadline for one piece of work today which I will get done this afternoon, but aiming to be in bed by 8pm for a good 10 hrs. My body will thank me tomorrow.

    Day 27 – Pocket list
    @dykask
    @caroline-esty-akporokah
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @jaifaim
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @michelinme

    Day 27- Atlanta, Ga- USA- FD

    USA Day 27 FD

    Lost a pound, so I thought I would continue the trend! Adding myself to the pocket list!

    Day 27 – Pocket list
    @dykask
    @caroline-esty-akporokah
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @jaifaim
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @michelinme
    @cccp

    Good luck, everybody, and thanks Ciren and dykask for the links. Interesting!

    Day 27 second post

    @flourbaby – ‘Sleepwalking into obesity’ …. think I’ve been guilty of that and or being blinkered !

    Tomorrow, for the first time ever, looking forward to my annual ‘Fasting blood test’ and visit to see the nurse, considerably lighter than last year, BP much improved (this last weeks home readings) and big change in lifestyle.
    This might be fun…. for once!

    Take care all

    Day 27 Canton OH FD

    I am celebrating small wins; planned to eat 3 rolls at my daughter’s celebration. Ended up eating 5 instead of my usual 8-10 but only went over my TDEE by 300 calories. I also took the time to savor every bite. Finally I left a roll on the table – first time that has ever happened and no regrets!!

    @flourbaby celebrating your well-deserved whoosh

    @dykask “I like the effects of fasting more than I dislike fasting itself” Truer words have never been spoken!

    @jaifam one more week of good choices, we did not come this far, to only come this far right?!

    @daffodil2010 I also whooshed like a bandit when I first started this WOL only 3 years ago. As disciplined as I am (generally) I am still struggling to lose. It feels like I take ½ a step forward, hang on that step forever only to take another ½ step forward. It is so frustrating but I can only imagine what my size and health would be if I was not following this WOL – @flourbaby a nod to your post and a toast (of diet cranberry & pineapple juice) to less binge-tastic days!!!

    @michelinme holding your hand and chanting with you. Good for you for not procrastinating your health

    @i hate lettuce, yay for fun well visits

    @songbirdme hope hubby is doing better

    Hold your loved ones close guys, tomorrow is not promised to any of us. RIP Kobe Bryant

    Day 27 – Pocket list
    @dykask
    @caroline-esty-akporokah
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @jaifaim
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @michelinme
    @cccp
    @basyjames

    Day 28, FD, Aus

    Hang in there @michelinme.

    USA Day 27 FD

    FD over, thank goodness! But I might try another tomorrow! 🙂

    Hang in there everyone! I’ve been doing this posting for two years this month! Where does the time go??

    Day 28 – Japan – NFD

    Water fast went very well. There were a few hours I noticed I was fasting. It wasn’t any worse that just being very busy and realizing hours later you missed a meal. A little hollow feeling and many a tiny dash of heartburn.

    I wish the others on the Monday pocket list success!

    @caroline-esty-akporokah
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @jaifaim
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @michelinme
    @cccp
    @basyjames

    Day 27 Ohio, US — MFD

    Just a quick check in: Fasting went well. The day was busy and long. Feeling better today — no herbs for breakfast!

    Day 28: Gloucestershire, UK, NFD:

    @michelinme: Good to see you back…((hugs)) Hope you managed to get the work done!
    @matpi: Yes, maybe not a good idea to eat those particular herbs! Glad you’re feeling better.

    Well, I’d better not hang around, or I’ll be late for work.
    Bye for now xx

    Day 28 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – NFD

    @i-hate-lettuce – enjoy the rugby! I see Wales are the current champions. I’ll be cheering for England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

    Best of luck Tuesday fasters! 🍏

    Day 28 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – FD

    I am finding it hard these days to get into the groove. @basyjames for me it’s like 1step forward, 2 steps back, stay there for ages, then another step forward, two steps back.

    Last year when I was whinging about being on the plateau I was 10lbs lighter than I am now and still in my size 10’s (UK size). Now I am on an even higher plateau and size 12’s. ☹️☹️☹️☹️

    Most of you know I am generally a positive person, but finding motivation difficult although I dread to think where I would be now if I wasn’t at least trying! I am flailing about trying to settle back to 5:2 but I need a good shot of motivation, something to kickstart, something to make me feel in control again. I will not go down the diet plan route of counting points or counting syncs or whatever else those diet groups like WeightWatchers etc do.

    I don’t think I could pull a WFD or even an LFD or even OMAD these days. I need inspiration.

    But I promise to keep on coming in here. Once I don’t post, then the dragons have got me.

    Pocket list day 28 – let’s try this
    @daffodil2010
    @penz

    Day 28 – CD – Ireland 🇮🇪
    🚫 ✅🤸‍♂️
    Good morning!
    I had a good day yesterday… slightly over 500 but not by much at all… found it hard though…
    @flourbaby – great post 👏
    Dead right @basyjames!! There is no question of throwing in the towel 👍
    Good luck with your blood tests @i-hate-lettuce! I have some tomorrow morning too…
    Good to see you @michelinme! Mind yourself and stick with it don’t give up 💪 and @ciren2 I’m the same when at home…. keep strong on your days off 👌
    Well done to all of us for still being here as we roll into the last few days 🥇 ! @songbirdme I hope your DH continues to improve 🤞
    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

    Second post..
    @daffodil2010 i know you won’t give up as you know how important this WOL is for your mind and body but our minds and bodies are the very things that challenge us at the same time…and don’t estimate how much your body may be changing at the moment and with it, the mind… so go easy on yourself .. you will get there… this is exactly what I’m telling myself at the moment. 💕👍

    Day 28, London, UK, FD

    Back to work, so a FD it is, the whoosh disappeared because I lost my tiny mind and drank orange juice ALL DAY yesterday rather than water…………. Doh!!!

    Uh-Oh, @daffodil2010, the mojo appears to have deserted you ……………………….. temporarily!!! It will return, as you know THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION!!! Life in general gets harder every year, expectations get greater, as do responsibilities, the idea of having no control over our own bodies can make everything soooo much harder……………………………. BUT, you and everyone here are doing something about it, at times it’s hard, unrewarding, annoying and baffling; after-all 2 FDs used to guarantee at least a -1lb the next day …………………………. I know I didn’t dream that throughout year 1!!!!! I’ve been mixing things up, trying WFDs, HFLC OMAD, FD800, 18:6 etc, etc, etc. But I’m back in UK 14’s rather than 12’s so, for Feb, I’ve decided it’s back to basics, 5:2, maybe 4:3 but max 500cals & 3L water ……………………. & walking rather than the knee busting 30DS(!) …………………………… Join me?? You, me, @penz, @michelinme, @lilymartin & @basyjames appear to be either hanging around on that plateau or doing some kind of 5:2 jig, whether the 2 or 3 step dance, but we MUST remember, as @at says ……………………….. “If 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 now” also as @jaifaim says ………… “the body and particularly the female body is a strange thing so I’m not losing hope..”, particularly true for our time of life!!!

    Anyway as long as we all stick with this forum, pocket lists and accountability,………………… We HAVE got this!!!! …………… NOBODY is throwing in any towels!!!

    Keep the faith folks!!

    Day 28, UK, NFD

    Sorry I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, it was my FD and it was successful! yay! 💃 I find it that the longer I’m back the easier it gets, and I am more successful in my FDs 🙂 , and more determined.

    @michelinme good to see you back 🙂. Sorry you feel down, and not good health wise, but be kind to yourself, don’t beat yourself up because you fell off the wagon. Just gently come back and carry on. Keep going and things will happen!

    @ccco has it been 2 years?? Wow! Time sure flies 😮. Congrats on your little anniversary and persisting with this wol 😀 💐

    @daffodil2010 I sympathise, I was exactly like you just until recently, 1 step forward 2 back, not able to stick to anything and feeling more and more down about it, vicious circle. Try and keep going though, because remember, if you stop (like I did for a while) you will do yourself no favours and you will be worse off than you are now, and will have to come back to start from the way back. Don’t be hard on yourself, just keep going …. 🤗

    Off to work now, have a great day everyone! 🌞

    Edit:
    @flourbaby you forgot to include me in that plateau list, I’m one of the biggest plateauist around surely 🐢 , but you are right ….
    no one is throwing in any towels around here!! 💪

    Day 28 – Cumbria UK – FD

    Good morning everyone, in fact excellent morning (Sorry for the long post!)

    I saw the nurse this morning for my annual bloods, review etc so FD yesterday and Fasting Blood test today…. might as well just carry on, so FD today!

    MOAM walk to the Surgery to see nurse, the one this morning I know quite well. Started with height, OK, weight….pause, “Oh that’s about 10 kg down, BRILLIANT” what have you changed! Explained the last 6 months on here, very impressed.Won’t know results of bloods etc until my return visit a week on Friday.
    Then the next good bit, BP, I do home readings the week before, recording morning and night, these were improved. “Will just check it while you’re here, especially as you’ve walked”… best it’s ever been !
    So one very happy nurse, full of praise and passing everything on so when reviewed with blood test will have a full picture.

    GREAT RESULT …. the last six months have really improved for me! So since the end of July
    Despite having been on all inclusive cruises for 37 nights, christmas with the kids!
    One day a week, enjoy whatever I want to eat and drink, I’ve still lost a good amount of weight. The remainder of my time at home I never exceed my BMR (currently 1903) Have two or three FD’s each week, either 600 or 800 depends how I feel. Apart from that I walk quite a bit, even on poor days I do a minimum of 30 minutes up the local hill and back, fast!

    Hope my success will help anyone who might be stuck on a plateau (I have been stuck a couple of times) or have fallen off the wagon and gained weight (really done that big style on holidays)

    Just get back with it, play the long game and don’t worry about the odd glitch!

    Take care all

    Pocket list day 28
    @daffodil2010
    @penz
    @i-hate-lettuce

    Day 28 (0 for me) – Sydney AU – NFD

    Hi team,

    I was part of this group about 3 years ago when living in Durham UK. I lost 22kg in 8 months, kept it off for another 6 then moved back to AU at end of 2017 and have slowly watched it all pile back on, convinced I could pull it back at anytime. But I didn’t. Too busy, travelling too much, too tired, too stressed, blah, blah, blah.

    So here I am, almost back where I started, and I need your help.

    I just logged in to torture myself with my tracker results from 2017, then saw some of my old posts on these monthly challenge threads. I want that woman back!! Not just because she was physically healthier (and skinnier!), but because she was so motivated and so keen. Then I realised a big part of that was this thread, this community and the accountability to all of you.

    So I’d like to be in for February please – and hopefully for a long long time thereafter!

    Wishing you all a strong finish for January. 💪

    *NMRN

    Day 28- Atlanta, Ga- USA- CD

    Day 28 Canton OH FD

    Its great to be with likeminded people who can relate to what is going on in your life

    @daffodil2010 give yourself credit for not throwing in the towel. Like Dory in the movie “Finding Nemo” all we can do is “just keep swimming” because if we do not we will drown. Without knowing and trying this WOL it would probably be a size 16 not a size 12. You are doing right by yourself, even though everything appears to be working against you – TOM, pre-menopause, danged motivation, you’re still hanging in there and that is what matters. Some days are for flying and others are for crawling, this may be your day to crawl, but it’s ok because your flying days are just around the corner and like @i hatelettuce said, we are playing the long game, and we all will be here to celebrate with you when you start flying again.

    @notmyrealname welcome back. I can totally relate, I left this forum and lost my mojo, so I came back and I am back in it

    We are in it for the long haul folks, keep the faith. We’ve got this.
    Pocket list day 28
    @daffodil2010
    @penz
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @basyjames

    Day 12 Ireland FD

    Thanks everyone for advice on BMR TDEE. Much clearer now. I know technically you don’t have to count calories on NFD but i find it keeps me in check. Just had a coffee and will have dinner around 5 and that will be that. I keep that mantra “its only for today” going in my head if I start struggling.

    A few people said they were getting lightheaded/dizzy spells, is it a lack of food and/or water ? but if you haven’t had your blood pressure checked in a while it might be no harm. Better to err on the side of caution, just a suggestion.

    As its early days for me I’m feeling motivated so not much help to those who are struggling really. But no doubt I will struggle as I have a long way to go. I will have to focus on the positive days I’ve had and not the few bad ones. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, break the week down. If I can’t manage a 500cal fast x2 then what can I do ? Maybe a 6,700cal. It might not be on plan but its better than nothing and it might get me back on track. Try not to be too hard on myself.

    Happy Tuesday everyone !

    Day 28 UK NFD

    @flourbaby yes that dance is all too familiar 1 step forward 2 steps back 🕺but even if the scales aren’t obliging I’m sure you are making a positive change as @i-hate-lettuce said it’s the long game that counts Stick in there the results will show soon I’m sure

    Day 28 UK FD

    Yesterday’s FD worked! I stuck to water/marmite tea etc then a small bowl of carrot & ginger soup in the evening – total calories 100: Amazeballs!

    Rolled onto a B2B today bc I can. OMAD supper with heaps of veg and some quorn veggie fillets. And I’m already feeling marginally better for it…. Not the skinny sort of better, but the getting-head-into-better-place sort. I’m actually coming down with something – awful sore throat, neuro symptoms dialled way up, brain capacity down – but feeling as tho I’m making some sort of breakthrough in my head…

    Realising all over again that self care, stretching, meditation & sleeping are SO important in helping every bit of health, motivation and will-power. They’re the first building blocks, the foundations that need to be in the right place before we can add anything else on top – like food, weight loss, energy etc.

    Yesterday evening’s project work went really easily once I’d got my head into a better place. And today has been easier bc I’ve recognised my limitations, mental and physical, and realised I need to cut back some more and pay more attention. Esp mental health, bc that needs particular attention on these really gloomy days – and the sun is a stanger atm

    it’s so easy to think we can still do the same stuff we’ve done before even tho the stressors we’re working with might increase – in number or strength. Whereas we are actually hugely vulnerable to all sorts of things – daylight, tempterature, viruses, hormones, health, mood etc etc. No-one ever got really miserable from paying good attention to their needs!

    Feeling as tho I’m learning an important lesson here…and it started with coming here and saying how I am. Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

    @basyjames @penz @ciren2 @jaifaim @flourbaby @shinything Thank you so much for your lovely supportive, encouraging, thoughtful messages. I’m really touched, and really encouraged xxx
    @daffodil2010 deep empathy (hug) Hold fast to that which is good. You are amazing for daily posting and sharing – it’s the wandering off that leads us into unhelpful places. We can do this – and we’re stronger together xx
    @ccco Happy 2nd anniversary! 🙂
    @ihatelettuce huge congratulations on your mammoth acheivement! Those are wonderful results 🙂
    @notmyrealname welcome back. As you’ll see from this thread, you are not alone! We can hold each other up on the waggon.

    Thank you all for sharing encouraging, difficult, or steady experience. It’s so good to be back and sharing the journey with you 🙂

    Pocket list day 28
    @daffodil2010
    @penz
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @basyjames
    @emerald32
    @michelinme

    @daffodil2010: I share your misery and know myself just what it feels like to slip off the wagon and never quite be able to gain another foothold. The main thing is, at least, to STAY WITH US ON THE FORUM! Try to read motivational books, try, try try. Dr Fung’s books are very good.
    @notmyrealname: Good to see you, I can only say to you the same as above. Try NOT to EVER give up.
    I too seem to be going back overeating these last few days, gaining weight, losing heart, comfort-eating too much, gaining more weight….etc, etc…sigh!

    On a lighter note; @michelinme: WELL DONE…YOU DID IT! It proves it’s possible.
    @emerald32: Lightheadedness is often due to lack of water and/or lack of salt.

    Day 28 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Was locked out yesterday! UGH! But back now, and DH is home with me. He’s still recovering, but getting stronger every day.

    Let’s finish this month STRONG ourselves!

    Onward and downward.

    2nd post

    Tears in my eyes reading all the inspirational posts and the empathy from you guys. I need this. Talk in the morning ☺️

    Day 29, NFD, Aus

    How did you go yesterday, @daffodil2010? Seems like quite a few of us are struggling with motivation. But give yourselves credit for the fact you are checking in and posting. Lots of inspiration lurks in the forum. And what @flourbaby said!

    How encouraging to have independent medical confirmation of all the good you are doing your body, @Ihatelettuce. Well done!

    Welcome (back) @notmyrealname. (Love your handle, btw.) That woman you used to be is there just waiting to be unleashed on the world. As you can see from the suite of recent posts, we are a fabulously supportive bunch – we all struggle or fall off the wagon from time to time or can’t budge off a plateau, but as long as we keep coming back, things are good.

    Yay for you @michelinme!! I had an awful night’s sleep Monday night so was really tired all day yesterday. I decided to have some leftover curry and rice for dinner (and I usually don’t eat at all on my FDs) but I looked at what was left and it was mainly rice. I thought to myself, I don’t need that much carbs. Instead I had a bowl of broccoli and kale salad. Yum! And well below 500 cals for the day. We can both revel in that PFDS today. The “the getting-head-into-better-place sort” of better is the first and I think most important step in this WOL.

    And before @funshipfreddie says it, have a great hump day everyone! (But I can’t do the camel like he can.)

    Day 29 NFD country West Australia
    Day 28 NFD
    Day 27 NFD
    Day 26 NFD
    Not been my finest week due to some unexpected meals with friends and options not great and WON”T power muscle in hibernation.🍷🎂🌮🍫😲
    BUT I am not going back to my heaviest so that’s a plus.👍
    Sounds like Michelinme , Daffodil2010 and I are in similar situations.
    However I KNOW we can do this. One meal at a time people. And don’t beat ourselves up when we fall off the wagon. 😥😫
    At present I am held to the wagon by this supportive community and my own body weight!! I was going to say strapped on but realised my current weight is sufficient to keep me there without anything else required. Sad but true!!☹️
    So off to make today a better day, less food, more water, and wake up that WON’T power muscle.
    Oh and I plan to dance on the plateau rather than simply mooch around on it.
    One step forward and 2 steps back is almost a barn dance or a waltz or something!!😀

    Day 29: Gloucestershire, UK, NFD:

    A quick “Hello” to all of you before work. See you later xx

    Hi every body !! Happy New year .
    This is my second time trying the IF , I tried 5:2 couple years ago and had ok results, but then for no reason I stopped.
    I have decided to start again with 2 meals a day plan and I am determined to to stick with it.
    Happy fasting !!!

    Day 29 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – NFD

    @i-hate-lettuce – awesome results! You must be on top of the world! 🥇

    @daffodil2010 – sending you a hug 🤗. I can’t even begin to imagine what you ‘ladies of a certain age’ go through, but you do seem to have it tougher than men. Just be kind to yourself & take it one day at a time. That sounds like such a cliché, but it’s really all we can do. You know you can do this, and that you’ll nuke that 10lbs in no time. Wise words from @i-hate-lettuce, ‘just get back with it, play the long game & don’t worry about the odd glitch’.

    What @penz said, and here’s a hump or three…🐪🐫

    Day 29 – 2nd Post

    Welcome back to the forum @notmyrealname & @alliswell

    Day 29 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – FD

    Got through yesterday ok, it wasn’t an FD, but it wasn’t a stick my face in the nearest chocolate bar day either. Result. Weight stays the same. Even bigger result.

    Thank you each and every one for your support, kind words, motivation. I still need to work on kick-starting the mojo but I am still here and I plan to remain here despite it all. I have been logging almost daily since July 2017, I have seen many come and many go and still there are lots of stalwarts on here….I will also be one of the stalwarts!!

    And when mojo is back I will share it!!!!!

    Have a great day. Love you guys ☺️

    Day 29 – FD – Ireland
    🚫 ✅🤸‍♂️
    Hello! I had a good CD yesterday… at one point when I hit in late last night I could have made it a FD….but decided I’d have some food 😂 so just a CD 👍
    It’s funny how physiologically if you don’t think you’re doing a FD it’s actually much easier… must remember this today… Although I have blood tests, accupuncture and fitness class tonight so I may switch my FD to tomorrow… I’ll see how I’m going…
    @lilymartin – good to see you- was wondering where you were..
    Hi @notmyrealname and @alliswell. 👍

    Pocket List Day 29:
    @jaifaim
    @daffodil2010

    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

    Day 29 – Cumbria UK – MFD

    Good morning everyone

    Still on a bit of a high from yesterday, nothing succeeds like success (well maybe a toothless budgie) thanks @penz @funshipfreddie I am feeling pretty good!

    @emerald32 – I had a couple of days lightheadedness when out exercising, discussed it yesterday with nurse, she confirmed it was pretty certain that I was a bit dehydrated on those occasions!

    @songbirdme – Glad to hear OH is back in the nest and improving nicely.

    I’d like to say a huge thanks to all on this forum, I’ve always been a bit of a ‘lone wolf’ I certainly couldn’t do a slimming club type thing, (don’t think many blokes do) but this forum really works for me. I was really pleased to share yesterday with you all, not to show off or rub anyone’s nose in it, but to show we can do it, together makes it easier!

    I’ve fallen off the wagon, spectacularly on holidays, face down in the trough with a large glass of something to hand, but as soon as I got home jumped back on the wagon. I still need the occasional reminder/kick up the pants, but here there’s encouragement and reminders every day of why and what we’re doing.

    Must just remember that this weekend, 6 Nations Rugby on, that used to see a few beers and a packet of muchy things disappearing! Plan a) small bottle per game, 2 games, 2 bottles on Saturday 400 calories ….Hmmm think NFD Saturday instead of Friday.

    Take care all, brilliant group of people !

    Day 29 Melb Aust NFD

    Have great feelings of empathy with @daffodil2010, @michelinme and others. Feel like I have to climb that mountain yet again. I lost 13 kg last year, and have regained 10 kg over the past several months. Starting to put the brakes on now, as Christmas and January socialising are just about done.

    Like @michelinme, have been struggling the past 2-3 weeks with some sort of virus related to stomach pain and overall exhaustion. Have had to take a couple of naps through the day some days just to keep going, and that hasn’t helped my eating – trying to eat to get some energy. I can tell you that it hasn’t worked! Do I, don’t I, go back and see the doc? Not sure what he can do or tell me. It’s not blood pressure – normal at doctor’s and at home, but I’m so tired of feeling so exhausted.

    Okay, enough moaning. It’s not as bad as it was, so February will be better. No longer gaining weight, which is good, so now I have to start losing it again. Sympathise with all the “plateau-ers”

    Hello everyone!

    Just wanted to say how great this forum is. I have been reading all through January about your journey and it was quite encouraging. As I restarted 5:2 on January 1 reading here kept me motivated. Thus I was able to do 11 fast days (500 kcal) in January so far and I will continue reading and fasting (as I am not so much the posting type…).

    Big thank you to all of you sharing your failures and successes. It helps a lot.

    Day 29, London, UK, FD

    Another FD as I’m at work, I’ve soup for lunch and I’m going to try an omelette for dinner, fingers crossed it stays down!!

    Welcome back @notmyrealname, I think you and I started these challenges at about the same time!!! These monthly challenges are the only thing keeping me on the straight & narrow, I step off of the path/ fall off of the wagon from time to time, but I’m always hanging on here, even if it’s by my last fingernail Knowing that it’s a slippery slope gets me back on board!!

    Way to go @michelinme & @penz, you’re back on track, now to just keep chugging along!!

    Oh, @daffodil2010, it’s inappropriate for me to cry in the office, we’ve got you girl!!!

    I’m looking to achieve some NSV’s since the actual ‘S’ (scale) is doing that bouncy-bouncy thing that makes me want to lob it out of the window!!! Last night I did the MO (magnesium oil) on the soles of my feet, I usually don’t need to but over Xmas I gave myself a break and started using deodorant so I think my magnesium levels dropped and the hot flashes don’t help. I only woke up once last night & that was to change PJ’s, recently it’s been at least twice & lots of tossing & turning & duvet on/ duvet off moments!!! Y’all may already know I love, love, love my sleep, so this is a big victory, tonight I’ll add a handful (just the one!) of cashews and maybe I’ll make it through the night??!!

    @songbirdme, best place for him, home with you!!! Prayers & healing vibes still heading for Mr. @songbirdme!!

    Welcome @alliswell, you’re in the right place, funny how sometimes we stop doing things we should do, for NO apparent reason!!!

    @i-hate-lettuce, the brain was slow this morning, lots of scratching my head over the toothless budgie!! Colleagues think I’m teetering on the edge as I switch from being teary eyed to chuckling to myself!!!! I think the anonymity really helps and we’re a good bunch, I’ve seen some back & forth arguing on other forums/topics but since these challenges are on a personal level it’s all about encouraging & gentle advising because at some point we’re gonna need someone to pay it forwards and spread the mojo!!!

    To the rugby fans, I suppose in a previous life it would have been as @i-hate-lettuce said he ‘used to see a few beers and a packet of munchy things disappearing!’ , the key to success is to now have a ‘PLAN’ in place and swerve the mindless hand to mouth action …………………………………….. maybe put the drinks and snacks way, way across the other side of the room??!!

    Stay strong folks, we’ll end January lighter, if not in body, then in heart, mind and spirit, I’m putting ‘IT’ all behind me too and rolling into February ready to eliminate some dragons as well as some fat!!!

    Day 29 UK NFD

    Swapping today’s fast for tomorrow Final January weigh in looming

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