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  • Amazing, isn’t it, Wi? Good luck with leaving Italy again! ๐Ÿ˜’

    Hi everyone from a wild, wet and windy (with occasional bursts of sunshine) London ๐Ÿ˜†

    I am really hungry today and wanting to eat something but determined not to as it’s a FD and the scales this morning said another 3lbs have gone, so that’s 7lbs since 3rd February.
    Small but significant steps ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Have a good one everybody ๐Ÿ˜œ

    7lbs since start Feb?! That’s not small steps, its giant joyful leaps!

    Really, I can see I have to pull my finger out and get disciplined again!

    I’m currently heading home after a few days in middle England. It’s a beautiful sunny day.. from the train window โ˜น

    You are a role model for the rest of us, A! Well done. I’ll have to fast today. ๐Ÿ™„

    I’ve spent most of the last 4 years messing around, losing, regaining, losing, regaining and when I got on the scales at the end of January I realised I had gained 40% of what I originally lost.

    It gave me a huge shock and it would appear to be what was needed to kick me into action.
    I’m still a long way from the goal weight I never reached so 7lbs is a small percentage of what needs to be lost.

    My FD went well once I’d had a couple of pinches of salt and some fizzy water.
    I made Shakshouka for dinner and it was delicious and filling so I’m pleased to have leftovers for tomorrow.

    My trouble is the little bits have crept on, so the shock of sudden weight gain hasn’t happened. It’s very easy to convince myself that a little doesn’t matter, or I can manage this, and not actually get really proactive. We all need this forum to keep us on the straight and narrow. P

    Ah, I understand why you say 7lbs is small steps Amazon. It is a good result though, and you (and my scales!) are hopefully giving me the kick I need to get my **** in gear again.

    So, I am fasting today. And I’m going to try my damnedest not to undermine my efforts on the non-fast days too.

    Time to stop drifting along in my complacency bubble!

    Like anything else in life it’s either easy or nigh on impossible with no fathomable reason why.

    We all need to keep telling ourselves we can and will do it.

    My fast ended at 3:30 when Mr P suggested one of our favourite eateries while we were in the city. I chose light, but still more than a no food fast. ๐Ÿ™„ It did become my only meal, though. P

    How dare enjoying life get in the way of fasting……… ๐Ÿ˜†


    Morning/evening all from a wet and miserable looking London.

    Apparently the weather is set to improve. I’m not holding my breath but would like it to be dry this evening as I’m going to a birthday dinner.

    Another 1lb has gone so that’s 8 in just under 4 weeks. I am very happy to be not only back on the wagon but apparently steering it ๐Ÿ˜† I am hoping I can keep this up over the next few months.

    I’m also hoping coronavirus doesn’t wreck everyone’s travel plans (including mine) over the next few months as it appears to be spreading across the world, provoking fear in everyone, claiming lives and may lead to the Olympic Games being cancelled.

    We in the UK have no idea if the authorities are prepared for such an emergency as according to social media and some news outlets our PM seems to have gone part time while working on a book he needs to finish or repay the huge advance already trousered, and it’s hard to believe they are prepared for anything judging by the fact warnings by experts regarding flood defences being required being ignored over the past decade have resulted in widespread flooding across parts of the UK with damage and loss to homes and businesses and even loss of life.
    Stopping buiding on flood plains might help……..
    It is going to cost local councils millions to repair everything and unless the government pay they won’t be able to cop as they’ve cut over ยฃ16 billion in funding to councils over the last decade.

    Maybe we should rename our PM the Ostrich.

    Rant over ๐Ÿคฌ

    Have a good weekend ๐Ÿ˜œ

    We are in the same boat here. After the fires and floods, the cleanup bills are enormous, and Coronavirus is having a massive effect on education and tourism. Universities, underfunded by the Fed Govt, have relied on mainly Chinese students for income. As our Year is just beginning, and we have banned Chinese from entering the country, the Unies are going to be hit hard financially. At least your Govt recognises the need to act on climate.
    Very impressed with your losses A. Keep it up. (Or down!!) P


    Nice rant! I couldnโ€™t have put it better myself!

    8lbs in less than a month is a great result. Youโ€™ll be approaching that goal in no time at all at this rate.

    I was shocked to see the scales this morning, after a fast yesterday too, so I am fasting again today. I have just been out for a hilly 8km walk, taking advantage of a dry although very windy day, and with the windchill itโ€™s a balmy -4.

    I am pretty hungry now, only another 3-4 hours until I can eat… ๐Ÿ™€

    I’m just home from my best friend’s birthday dinner.
    We went to a quirky little Lebanese restaurant in a back street of SW London and had a very good meal including all the things I’ve given up for Lent, meat, bread (pitta),cheese, sugar, flour Baklava) ๐Ÿ˜†

    My giving up for Lent thing is a mix of wanting to try new plant based recipes and keeping control of my eating so I’ll allow myself this one special meal.

    A mixed mezze to start with hummus, aubergine dip, little lamb koftas crispy pastry encasing mince lamb and more pastry with cheese, followed by the most delicious and tender lamb with roasted veggies and cous cous followed by a complimentry plate of pastries.
    And there may have been some ๐Ÿท

    It was a lovely evening and I’m now back at home contemplating the almost empty fridge. It’s time I went shopping.


    I am at a loss to explain how after messing around for nearly 5 years losing and gaining again and again I’ve finally got to losing 8lbs in less than 4 weeks especially as I was thinking I was over indulging at weekends although I think my idea of over indulging has changed in recent times.
    One thing I do know is it has lifted my spirits and increased my determination to continue to lose.

    I wore a pair of trousers this evening that I couldn’t do up a month ago and that made me smile.

    I intend to go to the local farm shop tomorrow morning and take a walk round the park while I’m there. The weather was too wet today for walking and tonight there is a bitterly cold wind but coming home was OK with a full belly to keep me warm.


    I had a Lebanese mezze last week. It was far too much food, but all the things I like. And yes, the meal came with coffee and baklava ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Thatโ€™s a real boost, getting back into too tight clothes.

    Iโ€™m very annoyed with myself. I gain weight all over, so itโ€™s always been the case that by the time my waistband is tight I have gained half a stone. True to form, I now have 3kg I want to shift โ˜น๏ธ

    On the subject of what makes the difference to actually start losing, I donโ€™t know. Except that I have to be in the right place mentally. And I need some sort of wake up call. Hopefully the planets have realigned for me too!!

    I toyed with doing a third fast day, or at least OMAD, but I just succumbed to yoghurt, nuts and seeds. Itโ€™s very windy here, but I will risk a walk, and try and get through the rest of the day without raiding the kitchen. I HAVE to re-find my willpower and stop snacking/ grazing (yes, there are calories in nuts!!!)


    Being able to wear the trousers and not have the waistband straining after a large meal was great as it was a reminder I can lose weight quickly if I put my mind to it and all the other clothes in the wardrobe that are temporarily redundant will soon fit if I keep going.
    You’ve not exactly been having a great time over the past year (and I guess longer) and it is tough to achieve anythingwhen not in the right frame of mind, but maybe you can use it to your advantage to remind yourself of the mental positives losing weight brings which in turn will make the trials of life easier to deal with.

    I attempted a walk but the wind is bitterly cold and in the exposed areas of Osterley Park it was unpleasant so I gave it up which is probably a good idea as it means I didn’t get as far as the kitchen garden where the waft of possibly the best scones in the world being baked is ever present.

    I’m feeling a tad jaded today which is a sign of over indulgence especially in the ๐Ÿท department so my willpower is weak and I’m pretty sure I would have found myself seated in the converted stable cafรฉ drinking coffee and eating an enormous scone with jam and clotted cream and a stupid grin on my face……..

    I’m preparing a Sunday dinner of roasted roots and PSB which I’m going to serve with Hugh F-W’s carrot hummus. I know it tastes good warm as it smells so divine when first made I can never resist trying some. I’m sure it’ll work well as a main rather than a dip.
    All the veg was bought this morning from the farm shop and the Shakshouka that is sitting in the frdge has been informed it has been bumped off today’s menu but will definitely be the star turn tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜†
    The PSB was picked this morning and it looks fab.

    There was an aubergine dip served as part of the mezze last night and it was at least 50% garlic ๐Ÿคฃ I’ve become a huge fan of aubergine especially in light of the fact it only contains 15 calories per 100g and with trial and error I’ve discovered it really doesn’t need to be drowned in oil to taste good.

    Time to stop talking food and do something constructive.

    PSB? When I Google it, all I can find is Perth Street Bikes!! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚
    We eat a lot of eggplant (aubergine), along with sweet potato, these days. It is SUCH a versatile food … marinated and cubed on skewers with fish, in layers in frittatas, instead of pasta in lasagne, bbqed. It is a fabulous filler, not just confined to salted and fried. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    I’m not even mentioning our overindulgent week. Very hard with houseguests and visitors. There is always next month. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

    Well it took me a few moments, but Iโ€™m guessing purple sprouting broccoli!

    Iโ€™m a big fan of aubergine too, as you say P itโ€™s very versatile.

    Tonight I tried jackfruit for the first time. Spicy โ€˜pulledโ€™, with salsa, avocado and tacos. Funny stuff, but I think it will be an interesting and useful addition to my vegetarian/ vegan repertoire, and coming in tins itโ€™s an ideal store cupboard fallback.

    Amazon, one (dis) benefit of living remotely is long walks with no cafes for miles…. I went out this afternoon for a bit over an hour…incredibly windy and subzero again with the windchill. And only the thought of a nice cup of tea at home to keep me going!


    I keep seeing tins of jackfruit and have been tempted but never got round to buying any. I’m going to put it on my list.

    I’m able to walk past cafรฉs when out walking or go in and just have coffee but the scones in the Stable Yard cannot be ignored…….


    Happy is correct I was referring to purple sprouting broccoli which is in season in the UK and is one of my favourite winter veg.

    Well I’m fasting today. I nearly crumbled and had breakfast (‘why shouldn’t I? I like yoghurt…’), and then I realised it’s that kind of lazy thinking that has resulted in my extra padding. And I’ve been delayed in transit by nearly 2 hours, so by the time I arrive at my destination it will be bedtime with no tea for me. I demand to lose some weight!!

    Ooo..demand? I like it.
    Unfortunately, I have yet another social commitment today. The heat, smoke and storms this summer severely limited the Christmas/New Year get togethers. They seem to all be happening now. Even skipping breakfast and choosing wisely, the fat sticks. ๐Ÿ˜œ

    Well done Happy.

    Purple you know what I said about enjoying life getting in the way of fasting…..

    I’ve sailed through my FD ๐Ÿ˜

    I went shopping for non perishables this morning, was very upset there was no Vegemite but very pleased I managed to avoid buying any bread products after inadvertently inhaling as I walked past the counter ๐Ÿคฃ

    I’ve discovered Shakshouka tastes even better after 4 days marinading in the fridge and that reading a good book transcends hunger ๐Ÿ˜†

    The aim for this week is to lose another 2lbs and OMAD until Saturday at the earliest or longer if I can keep going.

    Mr P ducked into 2 supermarkets yesterday to pick up supplies that had run low after visitors. The toilet paper and tissue shelves were empty. Apparently people are panic buying due to Covid19. Good grief! They can’t survive without toilet paper? What ARE we coming to? I may stock up on wine, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

    There is no panic buying in this part of the country. I know further south the shelves are being cleared. It makes no sense to be stocking up on toilet paper as we, also, make our own!

    The month turns over, and autumn strikes. So out come the jeans this morning, and back they go – there is no way I could do them up. ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ Either shopping is required (and I very much resist having to go up a size) or drastic action when my metabolism seems to be in old-lady mode ๐Ÿ™ And I haven’t touched wine since Sunday, and never do breakfasts.

    Hi everyone,

    It’s a lovely sunny day today, barely any breeze and feeling much warmer than it has done for the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately more rain is forecast for the weekend, but spring is definitely on the way.
    I revisited the Kew Orchid Festival on Tuesday, this time with a friend and had a really good walk round the gardens beforehand. Lost of spring bulbs in flower along with polyanthus, wallflowers and various other early flowering plants including camelias. Trees covered in buds or blossom, and wildlife everywhere doing what they always do at this time of year. I always find it amusing to watch ducks, geese, coots fighting with rivals over a patch of water along the lake and when the resident pair of swans glide into view they all give way ๐Ÿ˜†

    I went shopping this morning for a few fresh items and noticed huge gaps where toilet paper and generic paracetemol and ibuprofen sit. There is no Vegemite anywhere and I’m wondering if it is a supply chain problem due to either the bushfires or Chinese supply chains being interrupted as that is the cause for the shortage of paracetemol the majority of which is produced in India.

    I can live without all of the above. I don’t understand the panic over toilet paper. Have people never heard of washing themselves?

    Fasting wise this week hasn’t been quite as straighforward as the previous 4 but I’m on my 3rd FD after a lapse of self control on Wednesday which turned a FD into a cheese and nut eating mini festival ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
    Not serious enough to do any damage merely a timely reminder not to become complacent.

    I made a lasagne style veggie dish with sliced griddled aubergines, cooked spinach, mushrooms cooked with garlic and herbs and a sauce enriched with Kalamata olive paste. The olive sauce was an experiment and one I’m definitely going to be trying again and I’m really looking forward to eating the other half tonight.

    Have a good weekend everybody ๐Ÿ˜œ

    It’s been a beautiful day here too.
    I have spent the day driving from near Portofino in Italy to past Cannes in France. The Mediterranean was so blue.
    Unfortunately yesterday a guy in the hotel I was staying coughed too close to me.

    I feel paranoid over this Covid19 and being in North Italy.
    In the end all the others going to the birthday party in Lucca didn’t come because of the virus. I will need to self isolate at home for 2 weeks.
    One slight relief was I managed to get through Genoa without too many snarls up. It’s a city stuck between high steep mountains and the sea.Being alone in the car complicated the traverse a bit.And this drive has been niggling at me. A week a go I was driving an automatic on the left and speaking English, and now a manual on the right speaking French and a bit of Italian. Sometimes I wonder if I really want this dual existence.
    So with OH on the other side of the world I am quite alone. Isn’t the proverb feed a cold and starve a fever? This might just work for me for a while.
    I will stretch out and watch the sunset.
    Xx Wiwi.

    Hi Wiwi,

    I was thinking of you today and wondering if you were still in Italy.
    I hope the birthday went well and your grandson enjoyed his special day.

    There is far too much panic going on regarding Covid 19. I’ve shared a link on FB to the Fastrackers, it’s written by an Australian woman and is worth reading to help get everything into perspective.

    In the UK there is too little information being published which is creating tension as people have no idea what is happening and IMHO it suits our government to have people needlessly worrying about it so taking their eye off the ball while the government continue to starve public services of funding, limit our rights and freedoms and go back on their election promises (who though they’d do that…..)

    I’ve received an email from the company I’ve booked my holiday with explaining their policy regarding overseas travel and I’m relieved to know unless the governmemt recommend not travelling to my destination, the trip will be going ahead and if they need to cancel I can transfer to another trip or receive a full refund.
    I’m hoping all will be well by June but at least I know I won’t be losing any money.

    My FD has gone well today, I’ve had my nose in a book all afternoon which is guaranteed to keep me out of mischief although I’m not sure the Testaments is the right thing to be reading in the current political climate ๐Ÿ˜†

    We travelled to a remote town on the other side of the country, and their shelves have been stripped too! Australia produces its own toilet paper. Absolutely panic buying driven by media.
    Re cooler weather…I packed my most “comfortable” slacks, B. I also refuse to buy any more. Mind you, long travel with kids is very hard to eat, or not eat, well. Survival is everything!

    Ah,I think I get it now! When Barata said she makes her own toilet paper, I was frankly puzzled as to how you would do that at home… I’m guessing she means it isn’t imported ๐Ÿคฃ

    I’ve been away all week, eating and drinking too much, but I had a great time and wouldn’t do anything differently. However… I won’t be going away again for a while so I have to get a grip โ˜น I want to lose 3kg, which I know won’t sound a lot to some people, but for me its uncomfortable extra padding around my belly, hips and thighs.

    I popped into a large supermarket last night and was surprised to see a very long aisle empty of toilet rolls. I’m not quite sure what people are expecting to happen, but as you say Amazon, the lack of information doesn’t help. I was appalled when it was announced earlier in the week that the government intended to provide a Friday roundup of the previous week’s events rather than a daily update. They seem to have backtracked on that, but really, what bright spark would think that keeping us in the dark would be a good plan!?

    Anyway, having been a lady of leisure all week, I now have to prepare my own meals, clear the table, do my own washing up, make my own bed and do my own cleaning…! I’d best get to it ๐Ÿคฃ

    Talking of loo paper, my South Australia friends lived in a small place down South for a while and he was the engineer who kept the toilet paper factory machines functioning.

    I don’t understand the mentality of those who think they need to stockpile loo paper.
    Surely the sensible option is to ensure there is plenty in the store cupboard in case self isolation becomes necessary and get on with life.

    My freezer already has a shelf full of homemade calorie counted ready meals some chick peas and this morning I added to it with cooked pinto and turtle (black) beans. It is the way I always live as it prevents eating too much of the wrong things or being tempted into a takeaway when I don’t feel like cooking.

    I actually bought loo paper on Monday but as one pack lasts a couple of months I didn’t feel the need to stockpile and if I were going to stock up on anything just in case it would definitely be something edible.

    As for lack of information the government have realsised it best for the Chief Medical Officer to brief the media and the public and we are now being given accurate information and practical advice.
    I’m rather concerned regarding handwashing considering I recently read in the newspaper 95% of touchscreens in McDonalds have traces of faeces on their screens.
    I shouldn’t worry though as a handwasher who never goes into fast food outlets and no longer has to touch members of the public on a daily basis…..

    My weight hasn’t moved this week but my trousers are looser than they were last weekend so I’m content with that.


    If I can get my act together you can and I know you will and it won’t be too long before you’re celebrating having lost that 3kgs.

    Says she who’s just broken the Lent rule by having a flatbread sarnie for brunch.

    Oh, yes, Happy, it was the national ‘we’ I was referring to – I personally don’t have a toilet-paper factory in the spare bedroom ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s very odd about the non-fitting of my jeans, as I have been wearing all my summer shorts over the last few months with no problems. It must be time for me to go shopping, once we have moved. And it is an expedition – no department stores within an hour’s drive, and I don’t trust mail-order purchases for clothing. Keep up the good work, Amazon. You also will need to go shopping.

    Why would you self-isolate, Wi, if you do not know if the cougher was not just a smoker, or like my OH, who had a coughing fit at 2.30 this morning which woke me. I then stayed awake til 6.00 so have just got up! Not that we don’t encourage you to take wing and return home. ๐Ÿ™‚


    I have so many clothes bought when I was at my previous 5:2 low that are too small at the moment so I won’t need to shop for more. One of my goals is to fit into my insect proof clothing when I go to Africa in June as me and DEET don’t get along very well.

    I know here, and I guess in NZ too, they want anyone returning from a country with significant numbers of virus sufferers, e.g. Italy, to should self isolate for 2 weeks. A number of people are contracting it from fellow passengers on the flight home. Wi is taking the sensible precaution.
    I did wonder about the hygiene, as I used the touch screen on the plane on our 6 hours of flying this week. Even washing hands in the plane involved touching barely clean taps. ๐Ÿค”
    We are totally exhausted from the travel and time zone change, but have to be on the go to cover all our family visit commitments. A long sleep would be good.
    I don’t even know when I’m eating! P

    Oh for my previous 5:2 low! 6 kgs to lose ๐Ÿ™ .

    Happy, the ‘too’ in our toilet paper-making references Australia’s industry. The authorities are restricting prescription paracetamol, and lo, the shelves of otc painkillers are being depleted. No cure for stupidity!!

    Fingers crossed for enough rain tomorrow night to at least put a dent in the drought. It will be weeks until the water usage restrictions are lifted, and months if not years before the aquifers around the region are replenished. ๐Ÿ™

    Ah, I see the point, P, in Wi’s isolation before returning to NZ. What were your travel plans before this, Wi?

    No. After returning, due to the possibility of getting it on the plane, or before. Just makes sense to limit spread.

    Well our government are apparently discussing today whether we should be doing anything to limit the spread apart from washing our hands and not coughing on people.

    Meanwhile, life carries on! I have a few days off this week, so will be aiming for lots of exercise (just walked 5 miles), fasting, low carb, no snacking! Its time to get serious!

    Considering what’s going on in Italy who were slow to react the UK government should be proactive rather than reactive.

    One of the biggest tennis tournaments on the calendar in Indian Wells California was due to start on Thursday and the local chief medical officer has said it must be cancelled as someone in the area has just tested positive for Covid 19. Meanwhile we are allowing airline passengers including those travelling from badly affected countries such as Italy to enter the UK at Heathrow without any checks whatsoever.


    Good luck with the fasting.

    It’s a lovely day here but I’ve got too much to do at home to find time for a walk.
    The forecast for the week is promising so I’ll be out in the fresh air tomorrow.

    Well that is 2 fast days down this week. Tomorrow will be at least a 16:8 day as I have appointments in town in the morning. I have made a vat of spicy squash and lentil soup for lunches later in the week, and got cottage cheese and carrots if I absolutely have to snack.

    The weather continues mostly appalling. Heavy rain and high winds again today, turning into light snow showers tonight. Iโ€™m dreaming of light warm breezes and sunshine…!


    That’s great. The soup sounds good.

    I have to say I would rather starve than eat cottage cheese and it more to do with the texture than the flavour ๐Ÿคข

    I’ve fasted today and will do so again tomorrow, plus at least one day over the weekend. It’s an unusually busy week socially so today was my first opportunity to fast. Im out with my ex colleagues on Friday evening which will involve food and alcohol. I’m determined to order the healthiest dish on the menu and not drink too much as a hangover and carb cravings won’t be condusive to a Saturday fast.The person whi has organised it is vegetarian so I live in hope of something more interesting than goats cheese tart or risotto.

    The weather here is gradually improving, I had a good walk in Kew yesterday.
    It was 13C today with a couple of hours of sunshine this afternoon and the forecast tomorrow is for a day of sunshine and temperatures in double figure which is good as I’ll be chasing great nephews round a playground ๐Ÿ˜† It is very breezy though which is not unexpected for this time of year.
    Let’s hope it calms down soon. I know many parts of the country have suffered badly with flooding etc and I’m feeling fortunate to live in an area where such things do not occur but I’ll be very pleased when we have a dry spell so the towpath and one or two of my other walking routes have a chance to dry out a bit.

    13C!! That would be a respectable summers day up north ๐Ÿคฃ

    We have avoided the worst of the floods, but everywhere is soaking and the roads are permanently flooded in several places, meaning I have to clamber on the verge hanging on the wall to get past… I briefly considered joining a gym this week, but then optimistically thought perhaps it would warm up and dry up soon…!

    A gym is one of the places not to be right now. At my gym there were more than a couple of people who carried little towels to wipe their sweaty brow. They also used it to wipe down the machines they had been using and blow their nose…….

    I used to wipe the machines down before and after using them.

    I went walking along the towpath a couple of weeks ago and there were lots of huge puddles surrounding by mud that we needed to tiptoe round and at one point it became necessary to climb onto the wall between the path and a carpark and walk along it ๐Ÿ˜†

    Blue sky and sunshine here this morning.

    Hello from my French bunker
    Day 5 of isolation.
    I am quite happy.
    I go walking and talk to people at a distance. I got a funny reaction yesterday when I told a neighbour about 10 metres away, I had been in Northern Italy. He stepped back immediately, which sent me into peals of laughter.
    Reactions like that make you realise what it would have been like to be a leper.
    I suppose all less amusing if one gets the virus.
    I have decided not to move from here all of March, though I may run out of food.
    I am enjoying my soup regime. I am finding that not consuming sugar or flour is proving easy. I got a few withdrawl symptoms like headaches for a few days, but now it’s a feeling of energy.

    The Alps are covered today, and it is cloudy. Since I got back here, we’ve had spring like weather and snow.
    The family in Italy are in lock down. They have a big garden where the children can ride their bikes. The boys really like playing together and they don’t look miserable.
    And the house, Barata? Are you in it yet?
    I like your determination, Happy.
    Amazon, it would be great to see you again, but I am putting any trip to the UK on hold for a while.
    Purple, I hope you are in a good space at present.
    More later

    Hi Wi,

    I donโ€™t think I would find self-isolating too difficult either seeing as I live in a quiet rural area and Iโ€™m a hermit for most of the week anyway!


    I thought about going for a swim this week too, then thought of all the surfaces in the changing rooms and lockers…! And I will be taking my own mat to Pilates for the foreseeable future.

    We had a light dusting of snow overnight, and today itโ€™s gusty with sleet shows. The daffodils are out, and the birds are starting to nest build, but it doesnโ€™t feel like spring yet!

    Iโ€™m on a fact-finding mission this morning, to understand a bit more about the separation process and finances, etc. After a pretty depressing and unsettling couple of years, Iโ€™m actually beginning to feel like Iโ€™m ready to move on. Perfect timing of course, with Brexit and now coronavirus!

    Hopefully my positive mental state can keep me on the straight and narrow and wrestle back control over my weight!

    Hi everyone, I am trying to get back into fasting and am looking for some inspo (i.e a kick up the ass to get my s**t together) and considering the whole world seems to be going crazy, this will be the closest contact I will probably get with anyone for a while – I am aiming to fast tomorrow, have already fasted one day this week already. Thought I’d say hi ๐Ÿ™‚

    Summer has ended ๐Ÿ™ I even cancelled this morning’s swim as the wind had made the sea surface too choppy. And the days are noticeably shorter.

    Wi, we settle on Monday week, get the carpet cleaned on Tuesday, and move on Wednesday. So within two weeks!! Will be so glad to be in a home of our own again – our seventh during our (nearly) 49 years of marriage. But we have been very pleased to have had this comfortable rental during our wait, and as I no doubt have mentioned, I have loved my summer by the beach.

    Greetings and welcome, Londonyogi. You can do it. Did you see any positive results from the fast day?

    As far as Covid19 goes, part of me thinks – just let it rip! The herd will gain immunity for future outbreaks, a few of the old and ill will be culled, saving vast amounts of taxpayers’ dollars on medical care, housing and pensions, and the planet will have a few less people going on cruises and creating global warming. This way, trade and economies will be least affected, and the pandemic will be shorter-lived. I don’t see it being stopped anyway, in spite of Trump’s impulsive knee-jerk reaction.

    Although I acknowledge the pressure on the health services is going to be extreme. Save the fittest, is what I hear…

    Best of luck with your move forward, Happy. You will get through this, and your warmer weather is coming. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Londonyogi,

    Welcome! I’m also trying to kick start myself again after a shocking period of complacency. Have you got much to lose?


    I’m afraid I can’t agree with your over-simplistic ‘let it rip’ analysis. Letting the entire global population concurrently catch a disease that results in even just 1% mortality would be catastrophic. Thank god you’re not in charge ๐Ÿคฃ

    Great news that you’ll be in your new home soon, and in time for winter too. Sorry to hear your open air swim didn’t happen – presumably that won’t be the last swim for you until next spring though?

    Thanks for the kind thoughts! I just want us to be split, amicably, with me keeping all of the possessions I want, and settled in a charming little cottage somewhere…in reality there’s still a long road ahead…but good to have a destination in mind I guess!

    Anyway, I’d best get up! The lighter mornings of course mean the hens get up earlier….

    It was just part of me thinking that, Happy. I am a Gemini, after all ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m sure there will be more swims before autumn descends more heavily.

    Well I’m with you that we need a huge reduction in the human population for the sake of the planet and the natural world! But not at the expense of any of my friends or family or my quality of life obvs…! Perhaps we could start with the super-rich who are apparently self-isolating on their islands with their own personal health professionals…so much for all being in it together!!

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