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  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good evening FB Brits.
    Xx

    Mino… Hope your day got better after your late start. Always unsettling. Xx

    Pseu… hope you managed to stay strong and mindful. Xx

    Brads … have a few beers you are on holiday. Xx

    Hedgehogs hope your day went well. xx

    Sym… glad you had an enjoyable fun day with your daughter… bet she is so pleased she has such a helpful Mum.

    Yes… you deserved your wines. Xx

    Had a lovely day… a liquid wine lunch good chat … then on to Posh little finger out afternoon tea… A wonderful array I would really recommend .

    Feeling tired now… and still very full. Lol

    https://www.hartwell-house.com/wine-dine/afternoon-tea/ Xx

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 Stevensville Maryland USA CNFD

    My CNFD turned into a 19 hour fast. I spent half the day in the emergency room with my 93 year old MIL. She fell yesterday and hit her head. Poor thing all test came back with good results, feeling grateful.

    Thank you everyone for all the congrats and nice words. I feel so much better already. Trying to be a good example in hopes that my DH will follow suit.

    Only I can change my life, no one can do it for me. Have a great Wednesday everyone.

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 UK NFD

    Congrats @diana123 for quitting smoking. It’s the best thing you can do for your body. I’m super proud of you.

    I quit smoking 3 years ago when I was pregnant. Luckily I just went straight off cigs and the thought of them still repulses me now. *It should be noted that I am not advocating getting ‘knocked up’ as a way for people to quit smoking lol *

    @daffodil2010 it’s funny you mentioned Allen Carr as I’m currently reading Good sugar bad sugar in another attempt to quit the sugar and carbs. So far so good but I shall remain open minded and cross all crossable body parts that it works. 🤞

    In other news I have had a very productive day and got lots of exercise done so I am a happy little bunny today. 😁

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All…
    Sorry sunny and too humid all day for us….

    What a lovely day I have had…6 hours working with daughter putting backing paper and borders up on 9 very big corridor displays boards, sorted the staff room out, made up 4 coffee tables from ikea, easy but time consuming ..lovely and faffy…Didn’t even stop for lunch….a couple of teas…Steve enjoyed his ride out on his motorbike doing his treasure hunt…easier on his own with his bad bits and pieces…lol

    Pseu..
    Lovely your office is sorted and you have your prints up…we sorted a couple of prints yesterday for our bedroom..looking good…pleased…

    Hope your fast day has gone well…

    Dave…
    Enjoy speedway and hope you get a hotel sorted…

    Minols..
    What a late start…hope you have caught yourself up…Christmas already, earlier than me 😂

    Hemmy..
    I have worked hard a couple of wines for us at dinner tonight…naughty Mr Pips hope he smells sweeter…

    Jean x

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    2nd post

    Beedoo thanks for your welcome. Tomorrow back to cooking and fasting.

    Have a great day!

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    DAY 15 USA (Utah visiting) NFD

    Yesterday’s DAFD wasn’t too bad. Hopefully today will go well too. Son-in-law brought home leftover iced cinnamon rolls from his morning Bible study… just had one. 🙂 Maintenance is still my game.

    @diana123 – I’m with all the others extending congrats to you and hope for continued success. Gave them up almost 40 years ago, but I still remember the cravings, and the dreams that followed. They were nightmares that I had started smoking again! UGH! Maybe you’re already beyond this, but holding my breath deeply for a long time helped with cravings. I had read it was the oxygen deprivation your body craved as much as nicotine.

    Onward and downward.

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15, Idaho USA Warrior day

    Yesterday ended up a NFD. No real reason. I just didn’t feel up to it. I don’t count calories anymore, but It wasn’t excessive. I feel fine about it. Even took the new dog for a run in the evening.

    @at, thank you for the encouragement and history. I have to constantly remind myself that people who are discouraging of this WOL frequently have never tried it themselves, and therefore cannot really offer an honest opinion. And what so many of you say is true, we are individuals and different things will suit each of us. I am encouraged to press on to find my best plan. Thank you!

    @emma Taylor so glad the thunder came through!

    @catch87, breakfast for dinner once a week? 🙂

    @beedoo – no judgement. Just get right back at it, sounds like you plan to. It’s denial and turning one excessive day into weeks that are a problem. Way to go, facing it head on and moving on!

    @michelinme – yes to long chatty posts! love em!

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15, UK, NFD

    Its been a good day food wise, in fact a good week, so I’m pleased with that and feeling better. Just goes to show how much eating sensibly and healthy can affect you 🙂

    No time for much posting though as I’m expecting guests any second now, will post more when I get a chance. Just wanted to be accountable 😀

    For all that are doing well, well done, and for all that are struggling, hang in there 🤗

    Have a great day/evening everyone 🌹

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 – USA – FD?

    Pinch me! Cruella announced another low: 148.8! I’m a little puzzled as to the reason for this sudden loss in August, except that my meals are practically meatless due to my strong preferences this month for salads and veggies, and perhaps every other day doing upper body (mostly arms) weights? Not complaining and not going anywhere, @flourbaby, lol! Thank you for your warm comments! @anna6, glad you enjoyed your vakay. @basyjames great to hear about your new low; maybe I’ll try skinny margharitas and vodka lemonade instead of beer; do you have a recipe?

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    USA Day 15 FD

    Today I am doing another water FD to try to re-lose the regained weight from the last water FD. It will only be for 24 hours this time! I should feel better after only 24 hours! Have a great day everyone!

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15: Gloucestershire, UK: NFD
    Quite busy on the post today, not enhanced by the fast drizzle we had earlier! Hoping for a FD tomorrow as I didn’t do very well (at ALL) on Monday. Weight back up (tut), must try harder….

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 UK CD

    Yesterday went a little awry with a late evening bread & cheese fest. I ate almost 200g of my fresh oat & seed bread. Unsurprisingly this morning I’m back at 157lbs with my carbtastic stomach extension out and proud. Clearly I can’t eat carbs without consequences.

    I’ve finally realised what my current late evening eating issue is. This illness and esp this time off have thrown my body clock back into its old pattern of late nights and late mornings. I’m starting the day late bc tired, get a blast of energy late afternoon/ early evening and then try to do too much. By the time I’ve finished the project I then try to stay awake to have “time off” eg knit and watch a film and end up eating AND going to sleep really late, waking late and unrefreshed…

    This evening I’m going to cut to the chase and get ready for be suppered, showered, in PJs and set up for the morning by 8pm. Then I can enjoy some downtime and asleep by 10-10.30pm, up 6.30-7.00am. Putting it there for external accountability.

    Spoke with regular GP yesterday and going in for a quick check up appt tomorrow re level of breathlessness. I’ll see another GP as mine will be away, but sometimes a fresh pair of eyes….

    @foodfreedomgirl I also get emotionally labile if restricting food too much. I’ve definitely found the basic 5:2 provides a scaffolding – it’s a rhythm that works for most, is long-term sustainable and has significant health benefits beyond weight loss. Might be worth considering going back to basics.
    @shinything thank you for mentioning shampoo – I did a quick google and am now v keen to give this a go too 🙂 Wellnessmama is usually a good place to start for simple, well explained ideas to start me off eg https://wellnessmama.com/3701/homemade-shampoo/ and https://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/organic-castile-soap

    @merryapple how amazing to think you’ll finally be back in your own home soon. I love the sound of your garden. Mine is definitely a small London garden, tho I’m really lucky to be in a green area and on a corner, so happen to have a pretty large space. I know my neighbours think I’m mad bc I mostly left it alone for the first 10 years with the odd tidy to see what happened – now apparently a trendy thing called “rewilding” 🙂
    @daffodil2010 sad what people do to the natural world without thinking about it, or with other motivations that don’t really consider environmental impact. It takes particular capacity to notice things…
    @catch87 great go with the exercise routine!
    @beedoo me too with the avoidance thing. I’ve found a food diary is great as a reminder we’re only lying to ourselves, and eating more doesn’t serve our goals
    @flourbaby thanks for the reminder to drink more water – crucial in this WOL
    @rainbowsmile I love that feeling of feeling thinner before the shape change. You’ve certainly earned it! I hope your body upheaval settles down soon.
    My current craving is tomatoes – see them and my eyes light up like a cartoon 🙂 Partly bc I didn’t eat any for a few years due to a link with joint pain. But having discovered the link between joint pain and gluten/wheat products i seem to be able to eat them without the same effect – yay 🙂
    @basyjames 3lbs – wow, way to go! and thank you for writing so many helpful and memorable thoughts this morning – esp loved your “don’t live in treat city, just visit” – and the recipes for keto puddings 🙂

    Right – off to finish the chutney I started yesterday, before listening to the still small voice that reminded me not to do too much. I left the spices and onions marinading together overnight, washed the jars ready to sterilise. Now just need to chop and add the apples and blackberries…. Then yoga, meditation, and planning ahead for an earlier night. Good luck to all those fasting today!

    PS I was just going to apologise for another long, chatty post, and then i remembered how much i enjoy reading the long, chatty posts.

    TL:DR pace, plan and sleep make it easier to avoid temptation 🙂

  • Goal Weight

    My goal was to go back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 50kg. I had been that weight all my adult life then had a baby at 36 years old and could feel myself settling into being “mumsy”.

    I spent a couple of years thinking that maybe this was my new body shape. Except I knew the weight was creeping up and I was feeling more and more unhealthy. Then I saw the Eat, Fast and Live Longer documentary and the rest is history!

    Last week I achieved my goal weight of 50kg and I am now finding my feet in maintenance mode.

    @dykask my new goal is also to see my abs again one day! Before I had my little one, my stomach would have been flat at this weight but it’s taking a lot more work now!

  • Re-starting the 5:2

    Hi,

    I’m doing my second 500 day this week so I am hanging in there, It’s taken me weeks to be able to do this though, I’ve found it so difficult!

    Matpi- when you mention timing of the meals what are you doing? I’m intrigued! You’re right mixing it up is what I need to do, I’ve tried to go all in and just get to dinner without food as I used to do- if I remember though I didn’t start 5:2 that way, I used to have something small for lunch when I started first time, maybe this is why I’m struggling.

    Coffeebrain_gal- You’re so right- 5:2 isn’t a diet and it is the only thing that has worked for me, that’s interesting re: 800 calories, I may have to have a look at this, the 300 calories is almost another meal entirely! Weird how we look at calories when we only eat 500-800 in a day!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Was fairly well behaved at breakfast,just had sausage poached eggs and bacon,left four or five items off my plate.Been in western for a few hours,back in hotel for a cuppa,got stopped on the way in to see if we wanted any more tea or coffee.Speedway at 7-30so no beer tonight, maybe a couple if we get back in time,off to Swindon tomorrow for speedway,got to book an hotel when we get there.There is a travel Inn near the track so will try there first.Weather permitting.

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15, NFD, US

    Had a good CD yesterday, below TDEE. Was helpful to remind myself I can do this.

  • Goal Weight

    My goal, initially, was not what I weighed in HS or College, since that was too high for me. My weight blossomed in 9th grade, so I wanted the weight I had in 8th grade [I was fully grown then, btw]. After I got to that weight, I kept losing more pounds — something I did not think possible. So I lowered the goal by 2.5 pounds, and am now happy 1 pound less than that. So you see, we can and do change our minds.

  • Just started!

    Ccg, here I am encouraging you. Fast Day tomorrow? go for it. What will you eat? Think ahead.

    Emotional Eating is something that the Fast Diet will not/cannot cure. Since it comes from the individual’s own past and patterns, it must be solved/resolved by the individual. If/When you work out the ‘why’ of the eating, you will be stuck with it. Good luck.

    Yeah, thighs are one of the things I measure, since that’s where I store the fat.

  • The Maintenance Chatbox… come and share your success with us!

    Hi again.
    Second and last set of guests departed yesterday and we were a bit tired. Maybe foggy from poor eating. Our friends insisted on whipping up a batch of Pimms for us, which we drank. Not really a favorite and when I saw how much soda pop was in it I almost croaked. This on a Fast Day! Wife chided her husband that it wasn’t appropriate for a Fast Day but he pointed out all the vegetables and fruit he adds…. Sigh.

    Then neighbor ladies came over to invite me to walk with them, ‘down to the Park.’ OK, sounds good. 7 miles later we got back home again. It was wonderful to go for a full-clip walk, though, and to rack up the miles.

    Happy, you know you can do it and you know how happy you will be when you do.

    Carolann, it is true that there is a lot of starch in the Canadian diet. Blame it on the wheat fields of Saskatchewan, perhaps? Locals here eat tons of starch, but of course this is the land of the PEI Potato! Once you get back home and eat normally, you will feel so much better!
    One of our local friends has invited us to her annual buffet [read: ‘eat-a-thon’] this Saturday. She is a great cook and it will be hard not to sample. And then comes the massive strawberry shortcake, with cream and ice cream for dessert!

    PVE, hope your area avoids the peril of brush fires. That must be scary.

    Pol, I hope the new residents of the neighbor’s house will be very congenial. Is your widowed friend moving to a place near you so you can continue your friendship?
    “Summer has ended” ??? in mid-August? When does the snow start? Your day in Liverpool sounds delightful. Is ‘crossing the toad’ a Liverpudlian tradition? [sorry. couldn’t resist. :)]

    Cinque, what’s new?

  • Just started!

    Good morning, we where on vacation and had company again. So my fasting slid a little. But I’m back on track. End of summer is busy and very hard to stay in fasting mode. That being said I feel great when I’m doing it. I just need some words of encouragement to keep it up! Not giving into emotional eating when I can eat😬

  • How to burn fas easier without training? #Tips

    Hello everyone! Here is the link to my blog where I shows 14 tips about burn fat without any training.

    http://becomefitandhealthy.ovh/2018/07/how-to-lose-weight-two-or-even-three-times-faster-burn-fat-easier-%e2%80%8e

    Check it out!. I wish you a dream figure and a nice day! Patrick.

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 North Canton OH FD

    Another 3 pounds bites the dust! I am also down 1% fat. Current stats 159.4 pounds, 28% body fat, BMI 23.8

    I am not sleeping as deeply as I would prefer, I have way too much energy. I bounded into the gym this morning, ready to tackle my work out. If the past is any indication, this should even out and I will be able to start sleeping again.

    I am happy with my current trend and I believe this is sustainable. I am satisfying my sweet tooth with keto desserts (thank you awesome yum and low carb maven) and staying away from alcohol – for now. I ordered some monk fruit sweetener in the mail, once that arrives I will be able to enjoy skinny margaritas and vodka lemonade on the weekend.

    @metatauta congratulations! What a testament to this WOL. So many of us have struggled and overcome and it’s such a blessing to see. The big thing with maintenance, which I failed miserably at, is not to go back to doing what got you into this pickle in the first place. You have learned great habits – stick with them. Enjoy your treats but don’t live in treat city; just pay occasional visits. I believe weight training has a huge part to play in staying within goal, but even weight training will not keep you from gaining weight if you over indulge.

    @strawberriesandcream feel better soon, you are on my mind today!

    @beedoo I noticed that when I would stay away from carbs and sugar for a while, then overindulge, I would have the mother of all headaches so it’s very possible. I bet you can find a study that will prove that hypothesis

    @diana127 congratulations on quitting smoking! That’s the number 1 thing you can do for your health even better than losing weight. As a community health educator, I am very passionate about this. Way to go!!

    @michelinme I am inspired – I wish I could make my own creams

    @merryapple thanks for the info on almonds, I will feel even more righteous when I reach for my almonds

    @freedomfoodgirl I have to echo @shinything what works for all of us is slightly different. I was doing 2:5 for a while there because I was in such a hurry to lose the weight and I felt great doing it. But my body did not like it and I stopped having periods – well that wasn’t going to work long term so I adjusted. Listen to your body and what it’s telling you, you will not go wrong.

    Starting a pocket list.
    @jaifaim
    @strawberriesandcream
    @beedoo
    @flourbaby
    @moukinator
    @basyjames

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Feeling peckish… but as I have no food in the office I’m not in the danger zone yet.

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 London UK FD

    Second post

    Welcome back @anna6. Have missed reading your delicious descriptions of your meals! Hope you had a wonderful time x

    @rainbowsmile thank you for the daily dose of sunshine! Also full fat greek yoghurt…YUM! Hope sleep improves for you (as well as the amount of washing!)

    @moukinator thank you for adding me to the pocket list.

    @missybear (I always picture a Care Bear when I read your name!) good idea to reflect on the month so far at this half way point. Well done on maintaining. For my own reflection…am also maintaining but feel like I have had more indulgent days than I’m comfortable with. I was so in control until I reached goal weight so need to train myself to limit indulgences. Don’t want to restrict myself completely as I’d only end up going off the rails so I think I might pick a day or a meal or two a week where I do let go a bit without guilt.

    Been a busy morning in the office so thankfully the time has flown. Off for a walk now before having a cup of 20 cal miso this afternoon.

    Hope you are all having a good day

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15, Gozo, Malta, nfd

    Back home from our holiday and cruise.

    I didn’t read all posts but I gathered congratulations are in order for you Diana123 for giving up smoking. Your lungs will thank you and your health will improve. Also you won’t smell like someone who smokes but fresh and lovely.

    I’m weighing myself and going to do a fd tomorrow.

    Here in Malta it’s a public holiday and a feast day. I’m going to mass this evening with my OH.

    Onwards and downwards, have a great Wednesday everyone.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    HI all
    Can’t believe you all managed to be up early…and we overslept! First day back at school, first day back into the ‘fit everything in before 8.45’ routine and we blew it!
    Got up at 5 to the hour as usual, went down and started on breakfast…looked at the clock to check it was time to call the stragglers and it was 8:08 not 7:08…nightmare!
    So the boy ran up to the school gate just a minute after the bell rang – and I then had to back peddle through all the things which normally fit just exactly in to my morning before school – except of course I only did the bare essentials of the dog walk and packing my bag. Walked out and shut the door behind me on a house that will no doubt still look like a hurricane has passed through when I return tonight. Didn’t there used to be wee folk – brownies – that would secretly do all the tidying up?!

    So at my desk starting late, wondering how to get myself in to advanced prep for the Armistice services so that when I see the youth organisation leaders tomorrow to talk through the year I have some idea of what I might be asking them to do! Maybe next week I’ll start planning Christmas!

    Pseu – you’re not the only one regularly wet at the moment. I’d been waiting for a dry day to go into town with the boy for some outdoor shows. Monday was supposed to be cloudy but dry, and was the last chance, so we hopped on the train – it did not stop raining all day. Wet regularly yesterday, too. Tipping it down outside my window just now as well! I do remember, though, living on the west side of the country and feeling that grey and wet were the only two weather options for months at a time. You have my sympathies!

    Mx

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good morning FB Brits. Xx

    Sending some of my sunshine to those that need it. Infuriating when you read its with most of the country and not with you.

    As always when I want to have a nice day gently getting myself together … Mr Pips rolled in the most disgusting dead thing this morning. Lolol So it was full scale shampoo for him… Yuk

    Leaving just after lunch as stopping for a few wines .. before going on to tea.

    Hedgehogs and Sym enjoy your family day… Xx

    Brads .. enjoy Somerset… lovely county Xx

    Pseu… Looks like most are out eating today… Good luck if you do a fast day. Xx

    Brit lovelies.

    Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be. Xx

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15, Guildford UK, NFD

    Sleep quite poor last night and still hot and sweaty, washing the sheets every day. I am not hungry. Body is eliminating 64 years of toxicity.

    I feel thinner but don’t really see much difference in the fit of my clothes. Ketones are trace so must be fat burning. However I have a craving for full fat Greek yogurt at the moment and Kefir. Different from cauliflower i had a craving for a couple of months ago. At least it’s not cake!

    I am going to cancel an appointment today and work from home.

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    @jaifaim it will be good to have definitive results from a sleep lab. When is your appointment and how long will you have to stay away.

    @daffodil2010 i am enjoying reading your posts which are as sunny as your name.

    @dykask I have the same issue HP moustache is unbalanced and love handles too. It annoys me in some clothes.

    @merryapple a 6 pack would be great, amazing, rather than a one pack of fat.

    @ccco the closer we get to goal the harder it seems, it is likely your body has hung on to fluid whilst losing 1.5 lb of fat.

    @at do tell us about YOUR outfit, have you found it down to the shoes?

    @annemarilyn and @shinything I am looking forward to maintaining and being fat adapted. To have just day to day adjustments rather than the challenges of goal. I am so admiring of those who an maintain, not only did they achieve goal but they score every day.

    @foodfreedomgirl I believe in making changes, trying different options to see what is easy.

    @catch87 welcome on board the August sunshine train I will add you to the spreadsheet.

    @babs_b please adapt this WOL to suit your lifestyle, make it easy to do.

    @sarahbob I hope you slept well.

    @diana123 giving up smoking is a big thing, huge. Well done on your achievement.

    @michelinme that’s really amazing to make your own products and to be clear what goes into them.

    @molij have a great staycation, I love Chester with its very very old buildings and coffee shops.

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    Today we learn about how sunshine is made with one of the most iconic songs of all time

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/19/how-we-made-roy-ayers-everybody-loves-the-sunshine

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    Day 15 Pocket list

    @jaifaim

    Regards

    Mari

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 – FD; Dublin, Ireland

    Hi everyone,

    It’s a day early for our 2nd FD this week, but the fiance is signing his contract for a new job tomorrow and is taking me out to dinner to our favourite steakhouse, so we are compensating today!

    Another nice, sunny day in Dublin today – will never trust the weather forecasters again, they were threatening rain literally every day this week.

    Good luck to everyone fasting today, hope I got you all in the pocket list so far.

    Day 15 Pocket List:
    @jaifaim
    @strawberriesandcream
    @beedoo
    @flourbaby (2nd of B2B2B)
    @moukinator

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 NFD

    @beedoo good move to get straight on with another FD today to undo yesterday’s indulgence, wishing you a successful day 🙂

    Loving all the bird talk. We put out a bird feeding station in the winter for the first time and have found them so enjoyable to watch, mostly bluetits, bullfinches and robins. We also have a family of magpies, entertaining to see the parents teaching the chicks to fly at the feeders to knock seed to the ground to eat.

    Almost half way through the challenge, time to reflect on progress, I’m still maintaining well by continuing 2 FDs a week at between 500 and 800 calories and alcohol consumption has been better controlled so far this month…… I’m still hanging on to the August Abstainers!!

    Keep on keeping on everyone 😎

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15, London, UK, FD (2nd of B2B2B)

    The scales are heading in the wrong direction!!! I only have myself to blame, – not enough water & ‘stuff’ in transit!!

    @rainbowsmile, I make my own MO, just magnesium flakes, MSM (for skin tightening properties) and water. I use it as a deodorant and haven’t needed any additional dosing, some people continue with their usual deodorant and just use MO as a topical supplement ……………………… I kill 2 birds with 1 stone, so to speak!!! So when I take a break for my ‘pits’ to recover, I forget I need to get my MO elsewhere………………. i.e. soles of my feet!!!! So for the next 2-3 days I’ll swipe with ACV then finish with Coconut oil as an alternative deodorant whilst spritzing my feet at bedtime, then back to MO deodorant.

    @strawberriesandcream, I always tell people I’m just getting a head start on the embalming process by attempting to replace as much of my blood with red wine as possible!!!!

    Congratulations @diana123, giving up the fags is probably the best thing you can do for your health, I gave up a few years ago with the help of Zyban having tried anything & everything (over and over again at great expense!!) for the previous 10 years, but like I always say ……………………………………. If I’d had the willpower to stop smoking on my own, I would never have had a weight ‘issue’!!!!

    @metatauta, we’re happy you’re in maintenance, but you’re not allowed to leave this group!!!! Them’s the rules I’m afraid!!!!!!! It’s written somewhere, I’m sure!!!!

    @merryapple, Yes, I think almonds are similar to legumes, whereby they need soaking overnight to ‘activate’ them and get rid of some nasty enzyme or other so that we can digest them easily.

    @daffodil2010 ……………………… who in their right mind decided to make a lemon drizzle kit-kat?????? I hope Tesco’s don’t decide to stock it as I’ll just HAVE to try it!!!!!!!

    “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 London UK FD

    I was tempted not to log in this morning as I ate like a maniac yesterday and felt guilty! Isn’t it strange how part of our mind thinks if we don’t acknowledge it we can pretend it didn’t happen?! I had a couple of G&Ts on Monday night and as it was the end of the FD they went straight to my head and resulted in a hangover yesterday. I mean, it felt like I had been out drinking until 3am! So I ate a lot yesterday, nothing “bad” or processed but just A LOT!

    Started off really well making a fruit salad for breakfast.

    For lunch I had a Leon meatfree meatball dish – Aubergine, black olive & rosemary meatballs with brown rice, chopped mint & parsley, linseeds, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Yes, it was every bit as delicious as it sounds. There is a recipe here and I think I will have a go at making it at some point https://leon.co/magazine/recipes/meatless-meatballs-recipe/ )However it was a rather large portion and I ate all the brown rice which made me want to crawl under my desk for a nap!

    Then in the evening I made a shepherds pie, lots of comforting lamb and potatoey goodness. Again what I ate wasnt the issue, just how much!

    I guess it could have been a lot worse but I will have a strong FD today to balance things out. Would love to do B2B but have a friend visiting tomorrow (who will accuse me of starving myself if she catches wind of this WOL) so I’ll plan to do another FD on Friday to set myself up for the weekend.

    Scales this morning showed 50.7kg…that’s 0.7kg up on yesterday. Fully expected but thankfully still within my maintenance range which I have decided is 50 – 51kg.

    Will look forward to catching up on your posts throughout the day to keep me on the straight and narrow. Hope everyone is well. Will check in again later! Thank you for keeping me accountable!

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15, UK, NFD

    Morning all! I managed a FD yesterday and I am so pleased.

    @at thank you for your words of encouragement. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up on this WOL – just a little third week wobble back there. I remember that happening last time too, so it shouldn’t have really come as much surprise, I suppose! 🙂

    @daffodil2010 I know all too well about the perils of a sedentary job. We have a Nespresso machine here and instead of just doing myself an espresso and topping it up with hot water, I’ll always have frothed milk! Still, I only have skimmed milk so at least the cals are a bit lower.

    @diana123 HUGE well done on giving up smoking. I’m also an ex-smoker, I gave up over 5 years ago now and I am so pleased I did. It’s funny though, I didn’t have all the big revelations of suddenly being able to smell or taste things better – like all the leaflets etc say. However, I did start noticing how my stamina improved for things like walking or exercise within a week or two even. But the best bit for me was my clothes no longer smelling…. I remember the first time I went to a friend’s (non-smoking) house and realised I could smell my perfume & fabric conditioner, rather than a whiff of smoke on my clothes. I suddenly felt sparkly & fresh lol. 🙂

    Have a good day all! x

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15, Amsterdam – CFD

    Day 15, Amsterdam – CFD

    Thank you for the welcome back! Super happy to be back online, feeling v inspired. I have been gradually upping the exercise back to normal and this week have done hot yoga on Monday, went for a light jog (2.8km in 16 minutes – not the best!) last night with the man, and tonight going back to hot yoga. Tomorrow I will take a day off and then Friday to the gym for a class! Really need to cleanse my system after a very fun summer.

    My best friend lost about 8kg 7 years ago (she’s now a lovely 56kg), and after having her stay this weekend, I’ve discovered she doesn’t eat breakfast and eats healthily (but a lot). The no breakfast thing I really find does work for me – I keep off the weight if I do that. It’s a struggle sometimes, as I love breakfast food! But it’s worth it in the end.

    Good luck today everyone 🙂 xx

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15, Newcastle UK, FD

  • The Maintenance Chatbox… come and share your success with us!

    Get back on that horse Happy 😉😉

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 – Ireland – FD

    Hi all, relatively CD yesterday and a nice spin last night of 50km. It was a very balmy night so great to be out and about..
    Thanks @at for your suggestion, funnily enough I have just been referred to a sleep clinic…very excited to see how that goes!although not sure about wearing a CPAP mask. 🤔

    @merryapple that’s interesting re: almonds… I love all nuts and they would be my snack of choice…

    Wishing you all a good day!
    Onward and downard…

    Pocket list:
    @jaifaim

  • Goal Weight

    I picked my goal weight from by college weight. I was told I probably couldn’t achieve it, but now I’m a little below it. Now I don’t have a goal weight, my goal is health and seeing my abs someday.

  • The Maintenance Chatbox… come and share your success with us!

    Oh Polly, that is so sad about your neighbour. Hopefully it will turn out to be positive for her though, a new phase in her life rather than the same phase but with something missing.

    Carol, I sympathize with your holiday eating! I’ve never found the states or Canada to be the easiest places for healthy eating/ weight control.

    I’m fasting today, the first time in at least three months! Having hit a low of 56.x I have now managed to eat myself up into the 58s, so feel fat enough (😀) to fast. I think I’m going to be blummin’ hungry though…

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    🙁 We’re always in for more.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Looking at the radar your in for some more rain in Wales, think it will just miss me in Somerset,fingers crossed.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all.

    I’ve had a guts full of this weather – not exaggerating, in my little corner of Wales it’s been a couple of weeks now without a fully sunny day. Whilst the rest of the country was baking over the last few weeks we had cloud and rain, and today it’s more of the same. Very annoying. Bring back summer!

    I think I’ll do an FD today. Even though I can change my days around without too much difficulty it throws me off not doing the beginning of the week. I might only recently be getting back into the swing of things but even in ‘the old days’ I used to always do a Monday.

    Aside from getting my prints mounted and framed my home office is sorted, it looks really good, loads of desk space.

    Who’s fasting with me today?

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All…
    I am moving early too this morning…going to be a hot one 25 degrees…

    A change of plan for me, meeting up with daughter and going to school jobs to do in the holidays…like the old days for me too, backing walls with paper for displays, tiding and sorting…long time since I have been to help when she just started as a teacher for quite a few years..25 years ago…I just love faffing better than shopping any day …lunch or a cuppa later…

    She said come in shorts to work in and bring holiday clothes for later to go out…I wear shorts for holidays 😂

    Dave
    Have a lovely day …..eating and drinking…full English start…make the most of holiday time line drawn when back…..enjoy the farm market, I love a stroll round…

    Hedgehog…
    Family time for you too…enjoy the car boot….

    Jean x

  • The Maintenance Chatbox… come and share your success with us!

    I’m sure you’ll be glad to get home, Carol. It’s awkward when you can’t be in control of food, isn’t it. Did you have a lovely day at the wedding?

    Looks like our glorious summer has ended, back to three seasons in one day, but dull and rainy today. I had a lovely day in Liverpool yesterday. On the train, then a walk up to the spectacular Catholic cathedral, tour of it – something I’ve been wanting to do for years. Then we crossed the toad for our prebooked tour of the Everyman theatre, followed by afternoon tea with prosecco. Of course, carbs were taken, but nothing like the amount I’d have eaten before 5:2. And it was the first time I ate that day.

    My lovely neighbour is moving today. Should have been both of them, but her husband – friend, colleague and neighbour died at the end of May. So now their new home is just for her. Feel so sad about it.

  • 5:2 and the Longevity Diet

    simcoeluv you stated you were doing 5 day fasts for longevity and now you are stating you that you are in the “overweight or obese patients with at least two risk factors for diabetes, cancer, or cardiovascular or neurodegenerative disease” group. Additionally that recommendation is for the high calorie FMD, not 5 day water fasts. My mistake was assuming you were in control of your health and weight. While not in his book when he talks about water fast it is multiple times a year, not monthly. I suppose you can find some quote somewhere that is different as you seem to be fond on taking things out of context to support your points.

    I’ve yet to read or hear anything from Dr. Longo that is actually against shorter fasts, in fact he recommends restricted eating windows as part of the longevity diet. Still, he is focused on a very specific effect that doesn’t even require true fasting to achieve as noted by his relatively high calorie FMD. That just shows there are likely multiple ways to achieve the apoptosis / stem cell activation. If it proves to be really useful for longevity you can be sure there will be multiple solutions devised. There is a great deal of money be made from treatments that promote longevity.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello everyone. I keep my eating window between 11.30 and 6pm most days. I find it easy during the week while im at work as im fortunate to have a job where i can take my lunch break at anytime that suits me or just eat at my desk while im working at anytime during the day. There is also a huge well equipped kitchen for cooking which is bigger than the average size kitchen at home. The eating window doesnt always work on weekends as OH likes to have a cooked brekky but when we have that we usually skip lunch and just have our evening meal. Lucky for me OH is not an overeater and has taken to FDs and our new way of eating easily.

    I havent had much opportunity to try my new ingredients except for the nutritional yeast and mct oil. On saturday im making pasties and pies for the freezer so will be experimenting using cassava flour instead of white flour for the pastry…..fingers crossed. I was going to also try the rye flour but ive done some research and think its better used for bread making. That’s another weekend job, i have sourdough starter ready to go so looking forward to starting that process.

    Actually i have to say im quite proud of my journey over the last 18 months. Besides the weight loss, there’s switching to whole foods and eliminating processed foods, becoming mindful of nutrient intake and what the body really needs,making kefir, sauerkraut and now sourdough, taking on yoga, fitness and switching to natural beauty products. Its been an incredible journey and learning curve and i wouldn’t change one bit. Oh and of course hooking up with OH has been pretty cool too. ..lol.

    So im enjoying the last few days of my 40’s…..on Monday I turn 50. Im feeling ok about it and in fact looking forward to the milestone. It will be a quiet one though as im not one for hoohaa for birthdays. OH is buying me the food dehydrator and Miss D is buying me some books on paleo and low carb eating.

    Must dash….take care everyone

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    That will be nice,up early by my standards,a big breakfast awaiting 😁. Going to Weston Super Mare later, there is a carboot outside the speedway track tomorrow and a large outdoor market today on a farm somewhere close by today.

  • August 2018- Monthly Challenge – Summer Sun

    Day 15 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – NFD

    Great 2nd day in the new job, getting to grips with the tasks, getting through the workload faster and more efficiently…very happy. However there is a great coffee machine there and yesterday, instead of my usual black, I had a cappuccino at 10am, and I had a mocha at lunch. Was going to have a flat white (just because I could) in the afternoon but didn’t…..however somebody put a lemon drizzle Kit Kat on my desk and I did eat that!! Must be careful! I don’t want to pile on weight…..Sedentary job etc

    @michelinme and @shinything I love hearing about your birds, it makes me feel so happy to know that little generations of birds are growing up around our feeders. I was shocked when they cut down the trees where the starlings were nesting a few years ago. It had nothing to do with the starlings, in fact, I doubt the owner of the field/trees nor the local Tidy Town committee (who asked him to cut down the trees) either knew or worse, cared, about the starlings. The trees were cut down as there had been fancy new street lights put up at the entrance to the village and the branches of the trees were blocking the view of the fancy light. 😨

    Oh well. I am constantly amazed how local farmers and others don’t seem to give a toss about local wildlife 😡

    @diana123 Go you for stopping smoking, nearly 5 weeks now. I was a major hard core, at least 30 a day, smoker….even lighting up in bed first thing in the morning 😱 I did the Alan Carr Easyway to stop smoking and have been free since 16th February 2002. Best decision health wise anyone can do.

    Right, talk soon my friends

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all, & hope everyone’s well today!
    Off early to a car boot again- eldest is off today, he’s been saying he wants to go for a while, youngest is off til lunchtime, so he wants to come as well, like the ‘good old days’, a nice family outing!!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Glad it wasn’t me rescuing that parrot. I would have laughed so much I’d probably have fallen off the roof!

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