Jump-Start January! The January 2023 Monthly Challenge

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  • Day 19 – USA/GA – (?)

    Weigh-in: 218 lbs. Today was originally supposed to be a FD, but I did my 2nd FD on Tuesday. However, it wouldn’t hurt for this to be one of my occasional 4:3 weeks. I’ll start off with ZBC today and play it by ear. Should be pretty busy today, so a FD may work. A former colleague texted a group of us asking for lunch next Wednesday when she’s in town — my planned FD because of other events that include dinners, etc., that week. I’ll have to check my calendar at work, as next week could be a set up for disaster…but in any case it should motivate me towards another FD for today.

    @linda.b There’s a race? Oh yes, with @stitchincarol … I better put down this lemonade and get up from my parasol and beach chair and figure out which direction to run in!

    Day 19 UK FD

    Having a <500 cal FD in an attempt to shake things up as progress on the scales is not happening

    Iโ€™m not great at dodging the snack attack @michelinme so I try to be busy and away from the kitchen at 4 in the afternoon my absolute danger zone

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 19 ๐Ÿฅ•
    @daffodil2010 โ€“ FD800
    @missybear
    @brightonbelle

    USA. Day 19. FD

    Good morning!

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 19 ๐Ÿฅ•
    @daffodil2010 โ€“ FD800
    @missybear
    @brightonbelle
    @ccco

    Have a great. day!

    Day 19 – Rural Nebraska, USA – WF 154.2

    For the first time in a very long time, I can report a perfect NFD, and am feeling quite smug about it…do we need PNFDS added to our list?? ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚ Who was it who said they use MFP and often don’t eat something because it’s too much both to add it on? @litprof, maybe? I found that being true yesterday!

    My saving grace for the day’s success was that we have some Progresso soups in the pantry that are a total of 150-160 calories for the entire can, so that was my lunch. And, as I was grabbing things from the fridge for the sandwich DH was making for himself, I grabbed a slice of cheese and had it half eaten before thinking, “WAIT! I’m not supposed to be eating this!!!” Those habits will die hard, and mindfulness will be a challenge, I’m sure. I got hungry mid-afternoon, and ignoring it was tough. I spent a long time wondering why hunger on NFDs is so much harder to manage than hunger on WFDs. I found no answers, but wondering got me past the toughest part. Supper was lovely–braised pork steaks, half a sweet potato, some apple salad (a Waldorf-type, to use up some sad apples) and a bottle of wine split with DH–and it all took me to about 1400 calories, less than the 1500 I was allowing myself…and I drank significantly less than my half of that bottle of wine because I simply didn’t want it, taking my total calories to even less than planned.

    All in all, a day of victory. Today’s WF will be challenging since it’s questionable if I’ll drive to Omaha for lessons. It snowed all day yesterday and was snowing again this morning until 8am, so road conditions may be too ugly to bother. The beautiful snow was a big part of yesterday’s success, however, as I kept looking out the window and smiling. And I plan to use yesterday’s success to drive today’s WF, regardless of whether I am away from the house or not.

    Part of what made yesterday so successful was that I used MFP for the first time in a long time, and that made me more aware of the calories of everything long before I ate anything. But an equally large part of the day’s success was that all my thinking had helped me rephrase my approach to the day from “Gah, look at all the things I’m supposed to deny myself!” to “Okay, what will be today’s eating plan according to the choices I’ve decided to make for my body?” Hence, pork steak, sweet potato, and wine, because that’s what I want “normal” to look like, but not too much, and then less than planned. (And for you committed veg eaters, I felt quite guilty I wasn’t cooking something green, but I was tired and made excuses to skip that for supper; I won’t usually skip a veg! ๐Ÿ˜‰)

    And so I was up a mere 2/10 of a pound this morning. Now let’s see how fast my plan drops me back to 140, as I was last spring, and then down lower still. Am I “back”? Well, for today I am; I’ll worry about tomorrow when it arrives.

    Long chatter, with lots of explanation, but I thought perhaps my thoughts would be helpful to others.

    @maui I’ve neglected to add my voice to the well-wishes for you and your DH, but you’re both in my prayers that he finds strength and emotional vigor, and that you find ways to nurture yourself even as you nurture and care for him.

    @brightonbelle Yup, 4pm is also my danger time in the kitchen! It’s a joy that you and @michelinme and @missybear are all sticking to plan, and that I’m finally sticking to plan along with you…truly a “we’re stronger together” validation!

    And, @dramaqueen6, a Fair Isle was YOUR VERY FIRST KNITTING PROJECT????? Holy smokes. Since I used to have a knitting shop, I’ve taught a lot of people to knit over the years, and can’t even imagine suggesting that for a newbie!!!!! I’m utterly impressed you did that!

    And if I haven’t said it clearly enough yet, let me say again how much the encouragement of all of you meant to me, and how helpful it was as I navigated that tough emotional patch there. Late April 2022, I weighed 140.2 and then I started eating, and I’ve gained ever since until now, so it’s been a full 9 months of discouragement and failed plans, and I was mad on Tuesday morning when I saw my weight, and was so ready to throw it in. But today is the second day of a change of thinking that will take me back down to 140 and beyond. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘

    Hopefully, I’ll be back to chatting with each of you tomorrow!

    Have a grand one, everyone!

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 19 ๐Ÿฅ•
    @daffodil2010 โ€“ FD800
    @missybear
    @brightonbelle
    @ccco
    @stitchincarol WFD

    Dorset – NFD

    Out early taking my daughter to school so only checking in now.

    Hope everyone had a good day

    Day 19 UK FD800

    Yesterday evening had a strong danger of swerving via some emotional eating after a family row via WA. BUT the only thing I had was some apple compote with a bit of extra vegan custard, not keto but bringing me in at 850 calories which will do me. I thought of you all and the useful tips in response to @dramaqueen6‘s question – so thank you!

    Today has been non-stop but good. Lots of email and project stuff but a friend round to help with odds & ends which made it all feel better. I enjoyed a brief trip out to the supermarket and up to the garden centre in the crispy sunshine, tho sadly no houseplant compost so my mammoth repotting session will have to wait for another week.

    I’ve just booked a haircut for next week which I’m really looking forward to. I had to find a new hairdresser as mine has retired to India and somehow it’s taken me 7 months. I’m celebrating reaching the halfway point from where I started on 27 May 2022 – 21lb down, 21lb to go! I’m hoping it will keep me motivated for the next leg of the journey, and will meantime think about my next goal and non-food celebration ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m mid-supper – yesterday’s broccoli, pak choi, mushroom, endamame bean and quorn chicken stir fry, apple compote and vegan yogurt – but just remembered I have a zoom meeting in 15 mins! I’ll pop back and catch up with posts a bit later

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 19 ๐Ÿฅ•
    @daffodil2010 โ€“ FD800
    @missybear
    @brightonbelle
    @ccco
    @stitchincarol WFD
    @michelinme FD800

    Day 20 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    What happened to our Aussies? ๐Ÿ‘€ It feels odd to be the first person posting.

    @stitchincarol – way to go on the PNFDS ! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜… And I hope your WF wasn’t too challenging

    @michelinme – congrats on reaching your halfway point! ๐Ÿฅณ๏ธ 21 lbs – that’s roughly 10 kgs! It’s staggering when you think about it. I often do some lifting exercises when I’m catching up on my steps in front of the TV. I’d been using 2 x 3 kg weights for ages, but they were feeling too light, so I recently bought 2 x 5 kg weights. Doesn’t sound too challenging, but what a difference! The sales assistant put the two weights in a reusable canvas bag, & I struggled to carry it to the car in one hand. So to be carrying that extra weight around day after day – it’s no wonder it’s so detrimental to our health.

    I’m a tad excited because I may be putting in an offer on a house today ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿก

    Happy Fri-yay y’all ๐Ÿน

    DORSET – NFD

    @michelineme – Well done for losing 21 lbs, you are amazing. And congrats on avoiding the emotional eating!

    @funshipfreddie – hope your offer is accepted – very exciting start to the year.

    Tonight we are off for a night away, I was hoping to go early afternoon but husband forgot we are going away and offered to work ๐Ÿ™„

    Ihave been ultra good all week so tonight I am not counting calories , but I have decided I am not having a dessert, as tbh, as yet I haven’t missed the sweet things. Even refused the chocolates that made their way round the office the other day, so did a few others when I told them they were 49 calories each ๐Ÿ˜‚.

    Have a lovely day everyone

    Day 20 – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช – NFD

    Wow, it’s unusual to see you @funshipfreddie being first on parade, yes, where are all the early posters?

    So it’s day 5 of new keto 800….. DH lost 5lb, he takes breakfast then fasts till evening and is delighted with how good he feels…..he never joined me with fasting before ๐Ÿ˜† I am down 2.5lb despite all blips, so very happy too.

    Much less bloated and motivation strong again.

    Well done @michelinme on reaching the half way point, thrilled for you, I know the struggles and we have been here since 2017 together.

    @brightonbelle and @missybear…I also hear you that the quick results almost guaranteed by MM for Keto 800 are not materialising, but I swear our hormones have something to do with it!! I have turned into a tortoise, when I was a racehorse in 2017.

    Happy Fri-yay!!! Best of luck @funshipfreddie !!!

    Day 20 Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ NFD

    A week of excellent restraint so I confidently stepped on the scales and just half a pound down. What?? So I stepped on and offโ€ฆno change. So I stepped off and checked the batteries were properly in place, put the scales back on the correct bathroom floor tile, stepped on again andโ€ฆโ€ฆitโ€™s official, I have lost only half a pound this week. ๐Ÿข!
    Better half a pound off than nothing but still disappointing. I have lost 6.5 pounds in 19 very low calorie days, 30 years ago I could have lost that much in the first week of a diet. Age and hormones must be a factor.

    @funshipfreddie hearing about your new hand weights is a timely reminder of the effects on the body of carrying excess so thanks for that. Good luck with the house offer ๐Ÿ€

    @michelinme congratulations on your 21 lbs milestone!

    Oh well, onwards and slowly downwards ๐Ÿ™‚

    Day 20 U.K. NFD

    Yes @missybear – me too!! I must admit this is usually when I have a hissy fit and decide itโ€™s not for me and splurge but Iโ€™m hanging in there – surely there will be a drop – eventually ?? or maybe this is just how it is now โ˜น๏ธwhilst Iโ€™ve been good calorie wise I have to admit Iโ€™ve been unable to eradicate carbs so maybe thatโ€™s my goal for next week , anyway Iโ€™m relaxing ( a bit – not going mad ) over the weekend and back on that waggon Monday

    Have a good one all and well done @michelinme

    Day 20 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 218 lbs. Maintained! Yesterday did not turn into a FD, as coworkers insisted we do lunch… so anyway, I was just happy that I didn’t register an ounce of gain over yesterday morning’s weigh-in.

    Next week looks glum. I’m just hoping I get in one FD on Sunday. Mom’s birthday is Wednesday, and their anniversary a week from this Saturday. Then, there’s all the meetings: Monday’s luncheon, Tuesday’s luncheon, Wednesday — there’s hope, but a former colleague is coming for a visit after being gone for several months and…yes, she wants to do lunch, Thursday’s dinner banquet, and Friday’s brunch. All work-related. Egads! I just may have to do a few days of OMAD next week instead.

    Crazy month. Strange how it is crazier than December.

    Day 20 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD 151.4

    I did it! I skipped piano lessons, and still pulled off a WF! I was barely even tempted, somehow, which is proof how important “thinking” is for me: I have to set my mind on a plan, and clearly have not been doing that successfully for a very long time. Today’s plan: another can of soup for lunch (150) calories, and then out to dinner. That will pose its own challenge, as knowing the calories can be impossible, so today’s grace is that I order what I want, but not the kind of thing that would have shocked me when I was 32 (eg, no onion rings, LOL) and I call it good.

    @funshipfreddie I hope your house offer is accepted!

    @dramaqueen6 Have a fun night away with your husband!

    @daffodil2010 How lovely that you and DH are so enjoying doing this together, and that you’re enjoying visible results! I’m cheering you on!

    @missybear I had to have the same discussion with my own scale this morning, so I’m with you on how dumb they can be. Nonetheless: 6.5 pounds in less than 3 weeks????? That is nothing short of phenomenal, honey. Well, well done!!!

    @brightonbelle I had my hissy fit on Tuesday…will a boat load of thinking do you any good??? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช

    @michelinme Congratulations on your half-way point! And 21 pounds down is huge; well done!!!

    @northgeorgia Yup, you’d best be doing OMAD if you want a chance to win, because I’m on my way down….!!

    Busy day of commitments today: dentist at 9 to discuss my new night guard (hate it…), hour-long Zoom call with my sisters at 11:15, meeting with a woman at 3:30 to go through a bucket of paperwork at church, then dinner out with DH. Still don’t know where we’ll go, but that’s half the fun, is choosing a restaurant.

    So have a grand day, everyone!

    Day20 USA/HI NFD
    Maybe I should add CD & TRE as I do keep calories below 1200 and keep eating in 16:8. Experiencing the usual bounce up/down since hitting new low of 163. Doesnโ€™t bother me as I know it will settle and my new low will become steady โ€ฆ then give way to yet another 1 lb loss. Slow and steady is fine for me.

    DH seems very disconnected at Rehabโ€ฆhard to wake him up for PT. Finding I must speak up when things donโ€™t seem right. The nurse stopped letting them use the mechanical lift which caused him to cry out in pain or fearโ€ฆ not sure which. The attendants are now instructed to assist with transfer.. no lift! Trying to be there 4-5 hours a day but feel I should maybe be there 24/7 which is allowed โ€ฆ..but sitting up in a chair all night would probably do me in quickly. DS had hoped to come over but he and his OH have been ill. I have a friend coming for the weekend so it will be nice to have someone here with me. She is a hospice nurse so is a treasure for friendship and good advice.
    All the best and thanks to everyone for your thoughtful words and prayers.

    Day 20 UK ?FD800/?CD

    I’m so tired. It’s been another really full day and the load seems never-ending. I also found out that someone has put in a formal grievance about me so a big process to go through in the next few months too. I could so do without this.

    GP appointment yesterday and he’s referred me for lots of blood tests plus a couple of specialists. Hoping to get to the bottom of what’s long covid, what’s other and what’s treatable. Feels good to have some progress after nearly three years.

    Yesterday swerved into another CD rather than FD. Multiple FD800 don’t seem to work for me with combination of a cold plus heavy workload/long days/short sleeps. I’m SO looking forward to an evening off tho weekend will include reading papers for meetings next week.

    Today’s weekly weigh in was 169lb which is the same as last Friday and no difference in my measurements which is challenging. But I’m feeling thinner, my carbtastic stomach is definitely smaller and – as I spotted on last night’s zoom call – my face is noticeably less puffy! I’m going to relax with TDEE NFD at the weekend and start again on Monday. Next week’s tweaks: drink more, eat and sleep earlier, make time for gentle stretching

    @funshipfreddie @stitchincarol @brightonbelle @missybear @daffodil2010 @dramaqueen6 thank you! it’s really easy to look at how far there is to go – and feels as tho I’ve I’ve been stuck above 12 stone For Ever – but good to look back and realise where I came from, and reward myself ๐Ÿ™‚

    @funshipfreddie tell me more about steps in front of the TV – this sounds like my sort of exercise! Are you marching on the spot with weights? And tell us more about the house… have you put in an offer? What’s it like?

    @stitchincarol I love the PNFDS – successful NFD is an achievement too! Go You!!

    @dramaqueen6 have a lovely weekend away. Thank you for mentioning chocolate – I’d forgotten how much I enjoy raw cacao powder added to vegan yogurt for chocolate taste without the sugar or calories

    @daffodil2010 well done to you & DH on your 5-day loss – that’s brilliant! So glad your mojo is back ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve enjoyed journeying with you since 2017 in all our ups and downs x

    @missybear 6.5lbs is nearly half a stone in less that 3 weeks – that is an epic achievement! I’m with you on the disappointment of slower weight loss after a week of keto FD800 and CDs has left me the same as last week. I’ve also read that it does get harder to lose weight as we get older and with hormone changes. But slow in the right direction is still progress – and well done for 19 days

    @brightonbelle – me too on the hissy fit. My usual reaction would be feeding my body to ‘make up for’ the weight i’ve not lost after putting in the effort. Now I’m going to relax to TDEE over the weekend and refocus next week.

    @northgeorgia – great that you’ve maintained. It must be so challenging with all that social/work eating making it harder to choose. Are there generally healthier choices available or is it quite limited? Is there a way to enlist the support of your familly and co-workers in your health goals to make it easier?

    @stitchincarol woohoo! Congrats on your non-teaching WFD and the 2.8lb loss! I’m so pleased that your review and thinking reset has worked for you! Hope you have a lovely meal out with DH

    Missing our first posters today and hope everything is okay down under. And some of our regulars have gone quiet, hope everything is okay. If you are hanging out do drop in and tell us how you are. And if you’ve not got going do jump in – it’s never to late to start!

    Day 20 Thought – We’re almost 2/3 through this month’s challenge. What will you tweak for this last stretch?

    Day 20 Ohio, US — FD800??/CD??
    Day 19 — NFD

    Yesterday I decided to move the FD to today, since I had been invited to a friend’s birthday party in the evening. It was a great evening and the first time I’ve been to a social gathering in a tavern since the pandemic started. Today started off fine, but mid-morning a wave of fatigue swept over me and I’ve been pretty much in bed since. I’ve stayed on track for a FD until now, 8:15 in the evening. But I’m feeling so poorly that I’m not sure I’ll stay the course. I’ll just play it by ear for the rest of the evening. I’m also very hungry, with a hunger that’s more usual for a FD. I think the infection and the antibiotic are major contributors to all this.

    Will get caught up with the posts tomorrow!

    Hope everyone has great weekend adventures!

    Day 21 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    Well, I haven’t put in the offer yet. The estate agent is a bit ditzy. I’m starting to think this isn’t her real job; a side-hustle maybe? I first saw the house before Christmas. Then it took her two weeks to get back to me with more info, as it wasn’t officially on the market. She emailed me the other night – after 10 pm – to ask if I was still interested. So I emailed her just after 7 am yesterday, saying I’d like to take another look, & also check out the garage, which I haven’t seen yet. She only called me at 5:45 pm, said she’d had a really busy day, & could we meet over the weekend? So I expect to see the house again sometime today. Anyway, apart from being a bit too big, it’s exactly what I’m looking for, & in a complex I’ve had my eye on for ages. And I already have permission from the body corporate to take Boo Boo. It’s a cottage/townhouse in a ‘Lifestyle complex’ for over 50’s, just a 10 minute walk from where I’m currently staying. Two bedrooms/bathrooms & an enclosed patio. Bathrooms & kitchen need revamping, so I’m planning to offer considerably less than the asking price. Anyway…

    @michelinme – yes, that’s basically all I do, just walk on the spot + do the exercises with weights. I usually do 3 x 8 reps & then repeat. Just exercises I’ve made up, sort of curls, then out to the side, & then above my head. And a few lunges. I keep meaning to check out YouTube to pick up some ideas, but for now this is enough. The heavier weights certainly get my heart rate going & I have to go more slowly. ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

    @matpi – Not a good start to the weekend; I hope you’re feeling brighter today. Antibiotics always make me feel lousy.

    @michelinme – the last stretch of Jump-Start January – so far so good. I’m planning on another FD tomorrow. Then, depending on Monday morning’s weigh-in, I may just do 4:3 next week if my weight’s crept up. But probably not ๐Ÿ˜…

    Have a good weekend everyone ๐ŸŒค ๐ŸŒˆ ๐ŸŒ…

    Day 21 UK NFD

    Well delighted to see a 2lb drop this morning , but I feel it may be a fleeting appearance as I went a little off piste yesterday , but it does back up the delay theory , plan to be more mindful for the rest of the weekend and then super good next week

    Day 21 – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช – NFD

    No weigh in as out with friends for dinner last night, avoided carbs and stuck to proteins, hard to do in an Italian surrounded by pastas and pizzas, but the fun and conversation flowed with the wine and a great night had.

    Busy housework day. I have a keto almond bread baking in the oven and hoping it will be ok, I do love the appearance and texture of a bread, even if it’s not bread officially….still baby steps on this keto journey, but as myself and DH were doing the Dukan Diet for years the cutting out of white carbs is not a problem really.

    @funshipfreddie, I hope all goes well with the house viewing.

    Well done @brightonbelle on the loss.

    Have a great Saturday all.

    Day 21 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 219 lbs. Oops, I’m 10 pounds over the target for my win in the race with @stitchincarol! Yep, I’m going have to OMAD it up next week! Tomorrow will be a FD, hopefully, so that should get me going in the right way.

    So mad at a TV segment on the news last night saying that a new study by the American Heart Association shows that “intermittent fasting, a popular dieting fad last year, doesn’t really work.” I knew it would make me mad, but I listened to the 15 second clip anyway. “It’s not when you eat, it’s what you eat — caloric restriction is best. Some doctors criticized the study, saying it didn’t take exercise into account.” What?? Anyway, it is true that if you’re eating for six on a NFD, it isn’t going to work out well. Apparently it’s the AHA advice to eat impossibly restrictive items after heart surgery, too. No joke, my dad got a “recipe” book that said that if you want a sandwich, choose 1 slice of low sodium turkey breast meat, 2 slices of whole wheat bread, one slice of tomato, and one leaf of lettuce. He said, “just one slice of lettuce, huh? I can’t go crazy and have three? Just one?” I don’t think some of these self-styled nutritionists and health organizations even take the advice they’re supposed to give their patients seriously any more. Someone in his post-op therapy group last year said to one of them, “do you eat that way?” Their response? “Well, I didn’t have the heart attack, did I?”

    LOL! Anyway, yes, I need to get back on track and off this plateau. Other than last night, I think I have been changing my approach lately and thinking twice before eating something that won’t fill me.

    Day 21 UK NFD

    Yesterday was definitely a NFD! I simmply couldn’t sleep and ended up getting up and watching a film and eating leftover Christmas digestive biscuits. Strange as i don’t normally eat biscuits but there it is. I didn’t feel great afterwards which is well worth remembering – not a treat after all, as @dramaqueen6 says.

    Today I’ve had slow morning reading the paper and catching up with online friends then made a huge pot of spicy sweet potato and parsnip dal with extra coconut oil. It will hopefully be lunch or supper each day next week so that I’m not just eating once a day but have easy instant food. Plus a relaxed hour reading papers and preparing for upcoming meetings. Next I’m off to colour my hair ahead of next week’s haircut, then supper and an early night. Heading into town tomorrow for church and community gathering and it’s due to be colder again.

    @matpi that sounds tough – i hope you are feeling better today

    @funshipfreddie thanks for the exercise explanation – I will give that a go. Fingers crossed re the house

    @brightbelle Yay for your 2lb drop! I always forget that weight loss isn’t linear and if we are doing the right things the change will come. Well done!

    @daffodil2010 well done avoiding carbs in an italian restaurant! I’m interested in hearing how your keto bread comes out. Please do share the recipe if it’s good ๐Ÿ™‚

    @northgeorgia sounds like you are ramping up some motivation to reverse direction and plan for stronger results next week

    Wishing you all a lovely weekend. Hello @gardenlily @jaifaim @at @maui and our colleagues Down Under – thinking of you

    USA. FD. Day 21

    Sorry I didn’t make it on yesterday!! Anyway, yesterday didn’t go well but I am back on track today. I always love reading about everyone’s successes. It really does help to keep me on track and gives me ideas.

    FUNSHIPFREDDIE, I know how you feel about a real estate being a side gig. I’ve been there, too. Years ago my husband and I were looking for our first house. Someone recommended an agent, so I got in touch with her. When we met, she told me that she couldn’t help us for another two weeks because she was babysitting her grandchildren. Immediately that sent up a red flag for me. We needed a house asap and her first allegiance was to her family. That’s okay for her but didn’t work for me. I fired her and told her why! That did sound mean but this is business and a lot of money.

    Have a great day, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Day 21 Ohio, US — NFD

    Yesterday did in fact turn out to be a CD. I just felt so bad that I gave in and had some toast with almond butter. That reduced the pain a good deal and, according to my Amazfit, I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had since Christmas. I wonder if that was the equivalent of having a handful of cashews?

    Today was a regular NFD until lunch, when an experiment I was trying out went aglay. I thought that perhaps starting to chew sugarless gum after meals might be a good practice for the dental hygiene. It’s been years since I’ve chewed any gum, so I wound up really chomping my tongue and it bled a lot. I know —- it’s a sad tale, but true. As a result for the rest of the day I’ve been making do with protein shakes and ice cream. I hope by tomorrow the tongue will have healed enough that I can hazard porridge. I’m not sure what effect this will have on the weight, but with two FD’s next week, I’m hopeful that this little glitch in the eating plan will only have a minimal effect.

    @ccco and @funshipfreddie With real estate agents one never knows. Fortunately I’ve had good luck with them — my first house sold in two weeks and my second in four. But the two agents were full-time and very much the go-getter types. It does make a difference!

    @michelinme How are you able to keep Christmas biscuits in the house so long? If biscuits are in the house, I act very much like the Cookie Monster on Sesame Street. The only way I can keep that Cookie Monster under control is by not having any biscuits in the house at all.

    @northgeorgia I read a similar article and it seems to me that perhaps their definitions are a little off. After all, 5:2 fasting is all about calorie restriction. And you’re right —- keeping to the TDEE on non-fast days is the only way to achieve reasonable calorie restriction over-all.

    @daffodil2010 I did Dukan for a while, also — but my eating when one could have anything one wanted, started to turn out to lead to uncontrolled eating. One thing I like about this WOL, is that the FD’s aren’t so extreme that I go out of control on NFD’s.

    Day 22 Melbourne, Australia NFD

    I have just had a few days away and have just caught up on posts. I was worried about how the eating would go, but it was not too bad. When I am staying in someone else’s house I can’t just keep going to the fridge. I went to see an Abba cover band last night. And danced like I did when I was 20 – lots of energy but not much style. I think that helped burn off some of the calories from a big lunch at a winery. I had a very enjoyable weekend away. Back to work tonight.

    Day 22 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – FD

    @northgeorgia – you really can’t take these so-called studies too seriously. And when you start digging it’s not too surprising when you discover who is actually funding them. Quite often it’s big food & pharmaceutical companies.

    @ccco – I don’t blame you for canning that agent. Unfortunately I’m stuck with this one. She’s a family friend of the sellers, & they don’t seem to be in a hurry to sell. And I’m trying to pretend to be in no hurry to buy ๐Ÿ˜… She’s actually really nice though when you get chatting to her, & she’s lived in the area for decades. Anyway, I saw the house again yesterday. But there was a power cut, & the garage remote doesn’t have a back-up battery to open the door. I guess one garage looks pretty much the same as the next; but I just want to make sure there isn’t a ton of junk in there. I’m going to put in an offer today.

    @matpi – I’ve also been really lucky with selling. I’ve sold three times since 2019, & each time the first person to view the property has made an offer. Maybe my asking prices were too low? ๐Ÿค”

    Fast day today, yuck. But it’s mercifully cooler & less humid, so I’m going to distract myself with a long walk by the beach.

    Happy S๐ŸŒžnday!

    Pocket List – Day 22 ๐Ÿ‰
    @funshipfreddie

    day 21 NFD
    Quick sign in for accountabilityโ€ฆ.Without planning it, yesterday ended up being a FD 800. Today wasNFD with total calories 1250.
    Enjoying having a friend visiting for the weekend. Could not visit DH today as the road was closed due to accident. So I was forced to stay home all day and have a nice visit with my friend. She will go with me to see DH tomorrow before I take her to airport.
    Wising everyone a successful day.

    Day 22 USA/HI NFD
    Early morning weigh in 163lb. Nice to see the most recent new low has bounced back . With 10 days of eating remaining this month, I will do a few more FD800 to make 162 lb on Feb 1st. And then another 3 lb loss in Feb will get me out of the 160โ€™s. Itโ€™s pretty exciting to think of hitting the 150โ€™s!! Itโ€™s been decades since I was in the 150โ€™s. Seeing my plan posted here is such a big part of making it happen.
    As a team we are moving onward and downward.

    Day 22 – USA/GA – FD

    Weigh-in: 219 lbs. Today should be a FD, and looks good so far. Not sure if I’ll be able to put in any other FD this week, so I’ll have to do a few days of OMAD lunches.

    Pocket list – day 22
    @funshipfreddie
    @northgeorgia

    USA Day 22. FD

    Pocket list โ€“ day 22
    @funshipfreddie
    @northgeorgia
    @ccco

    Day 22 UK NFD

    Yesterday was very nearly an unplanned FD but ate more digestive biscuits. I will give the remainder away this week and focus on FD800s from here. Successful trip into town today, really lovely to be in community. I avoided most temptation xc a kitkat and chocolate but I made conscious decisions and counted the calories which has to be progress.

    I have just had a tasty late lunch – steamed white cabbage (my current addiction), vegan ‘fish’ (jackfruit/mushroom in batter) and stir fried brocoli and pak choi. Amazingly I ate HALF of what I’d prepared tho this was previously a normal meal for me. Come to think of it, my fridge is festooned with leftovers as I’m eating less and generally cooking alternate days because something to eat up. I also have a gourmet supper lined up to follow but I may have to bump it to tomorrow lunch – baby roast beetroot and avocado with the last of the vegan Christmas cheese (cashew).

    I still have some papers to read ahead of tomorrow evening’s meeting, and a very full Monday (90 min zoom meeting/blood tests/ 4 hrs of meetings in town!) followed by Tuesday morning in town, so going to be short and sweet here today ๐Ÿ™‚ But YAY – i have just about caught up with the never-ending backlog that’s been hanging over me since I first got sick in November.

    @ccco well done jumping back the next day after going off track. Hope it was a good one

    @maui ouch! I hope your tongue is feeling much better today. I don’t much like biscuits so they are easy to keep in the house for guests. I’ve been mostly eating low carb for some years now and don’t generally think about eating wheat/sugar things because I know I don’t feel good after I’ve eaten them. Almond flour cookies on the other hand… so I never have them in!

    @malee57 sounds like a lovely time away ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly the various friends i stay with generally have a fridge full of lovely things to graze in AND invite me to graze!

    @funshipfreddie fingers crossed your offer is accepted!

    @maui glad you had a friend staying for the weekend: I hope you had a good visit with DH together. Well done on hitting that low again – you are making seriously steady progress! I’m a little way behind and will try to follow you down

    Day 22 Thought – just 9 days left of Jump Start January but there’s still time to progress towards your goal. How’s your jump start going?

    Day 22 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD 155.8

    Yeah, despite eating within my 1500 calories/day plan, the scale has shot up. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ But I’m sticking to plan, and thinking a bunch of it may be how salty my food has happened to be over the last couple of days. We’ll see what tomorrow’s weight is.

    I had to be out the door way early yesterday (Saturday) morning, and never did have a quiet time to sit and read messages, so here I am Sunday late afternoon instead.

    @maui I’m so sorry at what an ordeal this is for you and your DH; I’m still hopeful things can improve for you, and I hope they do! And I imagine having your friend with you on Saturday, and being forced to stay home–so you couldn’t feel any guilt at all–was a world of good and healing for your emotional strength!

    @michelinme A formal complaint against you? Dolt with no judgement or wisdom at all!!! That’s what I say. ๐Ÿ˜˜

    @matpi I hope you felt better quickly.

    @funshipfreddie Oh, that has to be frustrating that your agent isn’t responding quickly. You seem to be maintaining patience; I hope it pays off for you and that the offer you made today is accepted!

    @brightonbelle How’d your Saturday and Sunday go???

    @daffodil2010 How lovely to hear of your strength and discipline!

    @northgeorgia Have you read the Emotional Eating book by Carr? I’ve only just barely started it, but found some of his points so helpful that I can point to it for the success I’ve found again, so perhaps you’d find it helpful at all. And the segment that said IF doesn’t work. Good grief. And your dad’s diet plan? Double good grief.

    @michelinme Had a treat, but felt awful afterward? Yup, I’ve been working hard on making that a strong realization so that I’m more willing to swerve so called treats. That was a big part of the point being made in Carr’s no-sugar book; I quit the book, but that point was certainly worth reading and thinking about and remembering. Oh, and YAY for almost being done with your backlog!

    @malee57 What a fun description of your night out dancing; sounds great!

    One playoff game done, and a second to come next…not my passion, certainly, but they make DH happy. And I was hungry so made a huge, gorgeous sandwich (thick pumpernickel bread, ham, corned beef, pepper jack cheese, avocado, mayo, mustard)–then cut it in thirds, and shared with DH and DS26. I got the treat, but am not stuffed, and am still below my 1500 calorie goal! ๐Ÿ’ช Thankfully, I’ve broken the habit/assumption that watching a football game requires beer! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช

    So that’s my catch-up chatter; I’ll be back in the morning, and will hopefully do a better job this week of managing to include exercise each day; that’s been my shortcoming this past week.

    Have a grand one, everyone!

    Day 23 Melbourne, Australia NFD

    I ate too much at work last night and now feel a bit icky. I’m always tired on my first day off so I am just taking things slowly. I have a friend coming over so that will be a nice afternoon.

    I am trying to keep up the exercise so that I lose fat not muscle. Not always easy to do but something I try to keep in mind as a motivation. Whenever I walk with Leslie, I have small weights in my hands to include some strength work.

    I need to try to keep in mind that if I overeat because of the BBL (bingeing brain lizard) I will feel unwell afterwards. And it makes my night sweats worse. Maybe I need to put up a big sign on my pantry. And fridge. And freezer.

    @funshipfreddie how is the house going?

    @maui thinking of you and your DH. Friends are priceless when we need them.

    Day 23 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    It was good to have company on a Sunday pocket list. Major PFDS this morning, & down a whole kilo for the month! ๐ŸŽฏ Managed my 10,000 steps. I was just about to do my lifting exercises around 5 pm, when Boo Boo landed on my lap. And she wouldn’t budge. True story. ๐Ÿ˜… You can’t even push her off. Once she’s comfy you have to pry her off like Velcro. So that’s my excuse. And I told myself I deserved a break because it was a FD & I’d suffered enough ๐Ÿ˜œ But anyway – @michelinme, my Jump-Start January is going splendidly ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    I finally made my Offer To Purchase yesterday. A bit of haggling with the agent. So now it’s a waiting game. The sellers have until the 26th to accept/decline my offer. Or they could come up with a counter offer. Needless to say, my brain is on overdrive, working through the ‘what if’ scenarios. Can’t help feeling a little excited, but at the same time I’m trying not to get my hopes up. The sellers are actually reluctant to let the house go. They haven’t even advertised the sale yet. Their father lived there for 20 years before he died, & although neither of them want to live there, they have lots of memories & emotions tied up in the place. I hate the uncertainty ๐Ÿฅด๏ธ ๐Ÿคž

    We’re in for another scorcher today; it’s already 26 C & it’s not even 10 am ๐Ÿฅต๏ธ And we desperately need rain, lots of rain ๐Ÿ™ ๐ŸŒง

    Wishing everyone a successful last week of Jump-Start January! โœ…

    Day 23, Germany, FD

    Hi everyone!

    @michelinme Thank you for leading the challenge, I’d like to join in for the remaining days this month.

    Well, I’m back again in an attempt to lose the kilos I gained after leaving the challenges. I was quite shocked this morning, the scales told me I weigh 67.4 kg/149lbs. The last time I had this weight was 6 years ago, it’s time to do something about it. Although I don’t know how I’m going to do it yet, a FD seems like a good start to me.

    @funshipfreddie This sounds exciting, I hope your offer gets accepted.

    Pocket list day 23
    @snowflake56

    Have a nice day everyone!

    Day 23 โ€“ Mondayโ€“ Gold Coast Queensland Australia ๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜ โ€“ (NFD) ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”

    Missing in action again I’m afraid! This selling your house caper is a bit of a business. I’ve been in my house for 27 years so there was lot to do bring it to market. OPEN HOUSE for the last three Saturdays means lots of prep, cleaning and ‘staging’….. but after all my efforts no offers as yet. Yes, there have been 4-7 groups through at each one but not the buyer I’m hoping for. Still 4 more OPEN HOUSE Saturdays to go, so we’ll see. As I have a contract for the other house as a SUBJECT TO SALE, I will lose that other house if I don’t sell mine. ho hum๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜จ c’est la vie!๐Ÿฅฐ Trying to prepare myself for the prospect of not selling mine in time.

    Today was meant to be a FD but didn’t suit my schedule so will do FD tomorrow… that’s the good thing about Intermittent Fasting is that you can be flexible if necessary.

    @malee57… loved what you said about the salad and veg… it is really the key to my weight loss last year and now my maintenance… you go girl… we’ve got this!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜€

    cheerie dearies

    Thought: โ€œI donโ€™t need a personal trainer.
    I need someone to follow me around & slap food out of my hand.โ€ ~ Unknown (courtesy @funshipfreddie)

    Day 23 UK FD

    Hey @snowflake56 good to hear from you

    @funshipfreddie @linda .b I love watching those house buying &selling tv shows , so I watching both your endeavours with interest

    @stitchincarol – the weekend ? Hmm did have a few ๐Ÿบ but overall pretty good and Iโ€™m hoping extra vigilant Mon – Thurs will see me back on track ๐Ÿคž

    @missybear @michelinme Iโ€™m experimenting this week <500 Mon & Thurs <800 Tues &Wed

    Letโ€™s have a good one all ๐Ÿ’ช

    Day 23 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 215 lbs. Now begins the week of possibly no 2nd FDs (whine)… but I will adjust accordingly.

    @stitchincarol No I haven’t. Is that the name of the book, “Emotional Eating?” I will search for it.

    OK, off to work, then a drive to a town near the NC border for a meeting with a few colleagues that are over similar programs at other local colleges. I had heard snow showers might be possible, but looks like the temperature might have stayed a bit higher up that way. We’ll see!

    Day 23 Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ FD

    Lovely pre brunch walk today, heard my first cuckoo of the year and saw the first snowdrops, both earlier than usual. I would like to think it is the beginnings of spring but I know February is often the coldest month.

    Enjoyed a few ๐Ÿทover the weekend so ready for a good 500 cal FD today.
    I havenโ€™t planned meals for this week beyond today, so I may just join you in your experimental week @brightonbelle ๐Ÿค” it might give the scales a nudge downwards and compensate for the weekend wine.

    @snowflake56 welcome back, you will see a few of us recently returned after gaining pounds in our absence from the forum.

    @michinlinme my jump start is going well, motivation still good and gradually getting back into the routine of 5:2 which is my goal for this month.

    Have a good day everyone.

    Day 23 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD 153.6

    Okay, I’m down 2.2lbs from yesterday which means my guess that the gain was simply because my food was salty two days in a row was spot-on. That was an obvious conclusion since we went to a Japanese restaurant on Friday and had the leftovers as fried rice on Saturday. Last Monday, I was 156.4 and I think I remember I was 157.0 on Tuesday morning, so I’m definitely going in the right direction. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

    @malee57 Oh, how well I know that feeling of eating too much and then feeling icky; hopefully a day of restraint has restored a happy gut!

    @funshipfreddie Boo Boo is a true friend, isn’t she? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Wow, David. You had to haggle with the agent while making your offer? That’s truly wrong to my mind, LOL. In the States, there’s usually an agent for the sellers and another agent for the buyers, because the rule–a real rule, not a guideline–is that the agent has to have the best interest of their client in mind. So to haggle with the agent simply doesn’t compute! I can see why the sellers are reluctant to actually let go of the house given their memories, but that sure makes it tough for you. Good luck!

    @snowflake56 How lovely to have you back with us, and you are always welcome–you know that. I don’t remember your target weight; how much are you wanting to lose?

    @linda.b Oh, I know well the challenge of getting ready to move, and am dreading my own challenge sometime in 2024 or 2025. Good luck with the perfect buyer coming along for you in time to keep the house you want to buy!

    @brightonbelle Sadly, I’ve given up beer for the duration. Not absolutely, but I never consider it to be an option “until I get down to goal weight.” I’m sure DH and I will occasionally go to a brew pub over the next few months, and then I’ll indulge, but evidence says it stalls my progress too dramatically. ๐Ÿ˜ข

    —-Wow. It just got light enough outside to see that we have a VERY dramatic hoar frost outside this morning. Just stunning.—-

    @northgeorgia Here you go: https://smile.amazon.com/Allen-Carrs-Easy-Emotional-Eating-ebook/dp/B07ZWCLFD6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=12PGVLI20SIQS&keywords=emotional+eating+carr&qid=1674480817&sprefix=emotional+eating+carr%2Caps%2C119&sr=8-1

    @missybear LOL! We’re so deep in winter here in Nebraska that when you mentioned snowdrops, I didn’t think of flowers, I wondered why you were referring to falling snow as drops, and why this was your first in late January and why you considered that early. I was SO confused. Then I realized you meant the flowers. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒผ Too funny!

    Did I mention that my 93yo MIL has covid? The good news is that she’s bored, so that says right there how reasonably mild her case is; you’re never “bored” when you’re truly sick, you know? She’s supposed to be isolating in her room at the assisted living facility, but keeps leaving her room; I’m guessing she honestly forgets rather than is being stubborn. It’s tough to be alone all day every day. @maui I’m sure you’re still sound asleep as I type this, but your DH is so blessed to have you to come and visit him!

    Wow, it’s gorgeous outside. I’ll sign off now so I can simply stare out the window! ๐Ÿ˜

    Have a grand one, everyone!

    USA. Day 23. FD

    Pocket list day 23
    @snowflake56
    @ccco

    Northgeorgia, thank you for that book idea. I used the amazon site you gave us and promptly bought myself a copy. I was lucky! They had only one copy left, although they said they were going to restock quickly. The is a new bad habit for me and I need to nip it at the bud quickly.

    FUNSHIPFREDDIE, i have my fingers crossed that you will get that house at a reasonable price and enjoy it soon!

    May you all have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Day 24 Melbourne, Australia NFD

    I am doing lots of visiting this week so need to change my FDs. A nuisance, but easily doable.

    @lindab I have thankfully never sold a house. I bought my current house 27 yrs ago and then a house when I got married. The first house then became a rental. 18 months ago I left my house and moved back to my first house. Moving out from my STBX helped me declutter to a large extent and now I am trying my best to not but much stuff.

    @funshipfreddie fingers crossed that the offer gets accepted and it all works out.

    I am close to my goal for Jump Start January. In fact, I have been hovering around it for the last week. So with a last big effort this week I will get there.

    Day 24 (!) AUS FD800

    Quick check in from me today as I am working interstate for a few days (And Iโ€™m writing this between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.)

    Last week had a few party-shaped interruptions to my FD800 spurt, but today is my 3rd FD800 in a row, and Iโ€™m starting to feel better. It usually takes a while for me before there are noticeable results, but Iโ€™m inspired by everyone working so hard this month so thatโ€™s keeping me on track!

    I bought Carrโ€™s Emotional Eating book too. Was that you @funshipfreddie who recommended it?

    Day 23 Ohio, US — NFD
    Day 22 — NFD

    Yesterday was a fairly rough day: Even though I went to bed at my regular time on Saturday, I only woke up at 11:45 am the next morning. Usually I’m up between 7:30 and 8:00. I was fairly weak most of the day, so wound up in bed for a good portion of it. The good news was that I graduated from puddings to a very thin Cream of Wheat porridge without opening up the wound on the tongue again.

    Today I was finally able to get in to see my dentist and she injected some liquid antibiotic into the gum around the infected tooth and doubled the daily amount of the antibiotic. With the aid of the increased medicine and a couple of naps I’m definitely feeling better this evening. But, all in all, it seemed wise not to fast today, since I do better with this antibiotic if I take it with a regular-sized meal.

    @stitchincarol Amazingly enough over this last weekend we’ve gotten our first snowfall of the season that looks like it will stay. Usually by this time of January there’s at least a foot of snow on the ground. I think the weather dice have rolled you all a really severe winter and us a fairly mild one.

    @linda.b I love that quote! I guess it could be called, “The Slap Diet.” Good luck on selling your house in the very near future!

    @snowflake56 It’s great seeing you back again!!

    @funshipfreddie It’s interesting how sometimes people are held to houses more by memories than by the physical houses themselves. It took my brother a decade after my folks’ passing to contemplate us selling their house, and my parents had only lived there for about ten years themselves!

    @malee57 Hope your visit with your friend made your first day the start of a perfect energizing time!

    Day 24 USA/HI NFD
    1232 calories for the day which hopefully is ok for a NFD + 30 minutes on stationary bike burning 207 calories. Nice to see a couple hundred calories burnt but I donโ€™t deduct the calories from exercise from actual calories eaten.
    End of day sign in to stay accountable. Posting my 30 minutes on the recumbent stationary bike. Hoping it will help me remember to get on the bike daily. I tend to space out and totally forget to exercise.
    DS51 from Florida will be arriving Feb. 9th for about 2 weeks. Hoping he can help me set up a plan to get house ready for functioning with wheelchair if needed by DH. It will involve putting in a lift or maybe a ramp. Need to research and get a few quotes on cost etc.
    I skipped going to see DH again today as I woke up being very dizzy and DS called right when I was trying to figure out what was going on. He made me promise I would not drive to Rehab today. Dizziness was probably from dehydration as it cleared up within a few hours after drinking lots of water. Felt pretty good rest of the day. Will get over to Rehab early tomorrow morning. DH doesnโ€™t seem to keep track of days or comment about me missing a day.
    Thanks to everyone for all the support โ€ฆ I will read all your posts when I get ready for bed shortly and keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Dorset – FD : -1

    Had a wonderful night away and my dd/sil/and my beautiful granddaughter can down at the weekend as well. They went home yesterday.

    Complete fail on not having dessert, but it was delicious. FD yesterday and FD again today.

    @michelinme – I look at youtube for the walking it is called walk at home. I did the 3 mile one on Sunday really good.

    Have a lovely day you all

    Day 24 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    @snowflake56 – welcome back!

    @linda.b – good luck with the house sale. You only need ONE buyer! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž That’s what I told myself each time I was selling ๐Ÿ˜…

    Thanks for all the crossed fingers! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ€ @stitchincarol – maybe ‘haggling’ was the wrong word. Negotiating, I guess. But it’s different here; the agent is working for the seller. I can offer whatever I like. She just told me what the sellers are likely to accept. But people usually set the price higher. The agents usually work on commission too, or a predetermined fee. The real obstacle is not knowing how many other people are interested in the property, or what they’re likely to offer. I already lost one place last year because someone else made a higher offer. These retirement places are in big demand. There’s a complex across the road, but it’s ‘Life-rights’ & it’s got a years-long waiting list. Instead of purchasing the property, you buy the right to live there, but once you’re gone or decide to sell, you/your estate only gets around 80% of what you paid for the Life-rights. So it makes it more affordable, but you don’t have the freedom to do what you like with the place. The place I’m going for is sectional title, so I will own the unit, & co-own the common land/communal outdoor spaces with the other owners.

    @litprof – yes, I suggested the Emotional Eating book to someone else – but I haven’t read it! ๐Ÿ˜… But I did read the author’s ‘How to Control Alcohol’ book & it worked – so far! 116 days & counting ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿท

    @matpi – urgh! That infection sounds nasty. And the tongue bite too?! I somehow managed to bite my inner cheek last week while I was eating, & it was sore for about 3 days!

    @maui – look after yourself! I’m so glad your DS talked you out of driving when you weren’t feeling 100%. Hoping you manage to get your place made wheelchair-friendly & that your DH is back home very soon ๐Ÿค—

    Pocket List – Day 24 ๐ŸŽ
    @litprof
    @dramaqueen6

    Day 24 – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช – FD

    Fasting untIl lunch, then my small mackerel salad and dinner will be leftover chicken and veg stir fry, no carbs.

    We broke the rule last night and got a quarter pounder beef burger plus chips from our local chip shop ….absolutely delicious
    and the carbs sent me into a dreamless sleep for the whole night. Rested and rearing to go for the challenge ๐Ÿ‘

    @michelinme that almond bread is really nice and so simple…6 eggs, 30 grams butter, 150g ground almonds, 3 tsp baking powder. Whisk eggs and butter with electric beater until butter broken down, throw in almonds and baking powder, whisk for another two minutes to get air into the batter, pour into loaf tin, bake circa 30 mins at 200c….voila, a lovely silky almond bread. Lovely toasted with cheese on top. 100% cArb free.

    Have a bad toothache but putting off the dentist as I have a terrible anxiety and suffer claustrophic panic attacks is a dentist goes nears my mout h. I pay extra to get the Valium twilight treatment but that’s not in my budget this month. So I am rinsing with salt and water to stop any infection and hopefully this will go away.

    Have a good Tuesday.

    2nd Post – Day 24

    Pocket List โ€“ Day 24 ๐ŸŽ
    @litprof
    @dramaqueen6
    @daffodil2010

    Day 24, Germany, NFD

    @brightonbelle, @missybear, @stitchincarol, @matpi and @funshipfreddie, thank you for the welcome back. I just don’t have the willpower to do it on my own.

    @brightonbelle I also love watching those house buying & selling tv shows, but I only watch the British ones. The houses are so different from Dutch and German ones.

    @stitchincarol I have to lose 7,4 kg/17 lbs to fit in my clothes comfortably again, less would be nice but I think that’s unrealistic. I’m glad your MIL is not too ill, Covid in assisted living facilities is difficult for everyone.

    @missybear It’s better to come back and give it another try. I should have stayed here, it helps to keep control.

    @matpi So much antibiotics, I hope they do help!

    @maui I hope you’re able to see your DH today.

    Have a nice day!

    Day 24 Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ CD

    Meals planned for the rest of the week and I have decided to make today and tomorrow CDs at 1000 calories and Thursday will be another 500 calories FD. Hoping this will jumpstart the scales in a downward direction ๐Ÿคž

    @daffodil2010 your almond bread sounds delicious, but I donโ€™t think I can risk making it as I think, no I know I would eat it all and quicklyโ€ฆ..and with cheese ๐Ÿ˜‹

    @maui take care of yourself, youโ€™re going through a tough time with the emotional worry and all the practical issues to resolve ๐Ÿค—

    @funshipfreddie I am following your home hunting with the added interest of knowing its a journey we will begin this year. Iโ€™m excited but anxious, looking forward to moving but dreading the selling ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Hope your offer is accepted soon.

    Have a great day everyone

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