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  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All..
    A boules morning, we had some practice with a different technique then had one game with three of us, I did win..we all seem to be getting quite good.

    A painting afternoon when back, looking much better think I may have to touch up a few areas with a second coat but it’s not too bad….I have a 1/4 of a tin left it’s getting a bit bitty with skin so not easy..

    I won’t buy food every week it depends on what’s on offer, cakes would be nice if I freeze them in portions, not Charlie things really…
    I shall make an effort to eat and clear my freezer out then batch bake for one, get organised better.
    You sounds as if you have bought loads of plants, it will keep you busy…between mum and you…it’s sad when it hits you and you realise how bad your mum is getting, it’s out of her home environment doing different things.
    I don’t think my daughter in Texas realises I am getting older and don’t feel confident like I used too, we had words yesterday about me going to see her, I find it hard to pull it all together and with Boris too..I think she’s upset she won’t get over here…I have to consider Charlie I can’t just book and go, you need to book him very much ahead. I feel both daughters are being bossy telling me what to do and I don’t like it.

    Glad the bowling is going well…mixed teams and different days…..a good social outing…not really much rain about here I suppose I better get ready for our next walk..

    Half a crab to eat tonight nice and easy…

    Jean x

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Second post

    Oh, and thanks for all the kind comments on my hymn fest. DS24 on trumpet was certainly not his most polished best–which is always so obvious, unfortunately–and there were a few other glitches here and there, but overall, it came out as I wanted it to. 🎶💖

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 15 – Rural Nebraska, USA – FD500

    I hesitated a long time before putting down that today would be a FD…oh. And just realized I can’t pull that off. Today is high school graduation, and I have two parties to go to, and I simply don’t have that kind of will power, nor should I try to find it; 5:2 is a way of LIFE, after all. Okay, so CD it will be.

    Like my stream of consciousness as I make decisions?? 😂🤣😂🤣

    Yesterday was acceptable, and the scale is still cooperating (which is to say it’s not going up), so at some point I’ll recapture the great mojo and momentum I had during Lent.

    @basyjames Can you explain anything of what this big project has been? I’ve always thought you were a nurse, and a big project that requires an audit doesn’t seem to go with “nurse.”

    @northerndawn You had some weight goals for next weekend’s DGD’s graduation; are you close?

    @snowflake56 I’m glad that, so far, your friend is doing well. Thanks for the explanation of Father’s Day, originally Men’s Day; it was fascinating!

    @i-hate-lettuce I’m getting excited right along with you for your big trip, LOL! What about watering plants while you’re gone?

    @jaifaim If you don’t WANT to stitch, then there’s zero point in trying. But if you like the idea of something in your lap to work on, the best approach, I think, is to find a friend who does it, or a shopkeeper who sells it, and ask them to teach you. They’ll know what kinds of questions to ask as to whether it should be embroidery, or counted cross stitch, or needlepoint, or crochet, or knitting. One VERY easy thing to try is where you buy the needlepoint where the design is already stitched and you simply add the background. But, as I said, if you don’t WANT to stitch, then there’s no reason to pursue any of it.

    Aww, @northgeorgia, what a complete and utter MESS you’re dealing with. You have my sympathy on all the issues you’re dealing with, and on having to give up your day off–but what a lovely report on your scale results this morning!

    And now to completely readjust my mental thoughts on how this day will go. I’d completely forgotten about high school graduation, but since I’m playing piano for it (the band teacher’s daughter is graduating, so there’s no band this year), I really can’t skip it, LOL! Then, the two parties are also basically mandatory. It’ll be lovely, truly; I’m simply sad at the sudden realization that I don’t have the whole day to myself. Oh well, having some normality is also a very lovely thing.

    Have a grand day, everyone, and good luck with sticking to your eating plans today!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dave- sounds like a good evening was had last night! Good that yiu found the bowls club ☺
    Jean- what a mess one egg has made! Will you buy any more food from the lady in the village- none left over for Charlie?! Enjoy your bowling too…The blondies were lovely thanks- very rich though!
    Hemmy- good that you kept the same weight- better than gaining! Unfortunately it’s 4 or 5 days of 800cals for me to lose, not 3- but it’s doable if I see some loss! Glad everyone’s dogs have their moments, not just Xena! Was complimented on her good behaviour today- coming home from a 2 hr walk when she was tired, they should have seen her at the start 😂 Hooe it dries up for you today…
    Everyone else okay?
    Sucessful trip to the garden centre, with 2 trolley loads of plants bought- we went for bedfing plants for mum’s tubs, then she announced when we got there it was too early to be buying them so she wouldn’t get any 😬 Managed to persuade her it was fine though! It is uosetting with the garden though- I could cry when she can’t remember plant names, she was always an expert 😢
    Fast day for me today, kept busy with jobs this morning & then seeing mum this afternoon. Weather not nice enough for mum to plant everything today!

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 15 – USA/GA – NFD

    Well, what chaos has ensued, and it all started yesterday around 10:30.

    1. I discovered our allocations for our program is the same as last year, which normally would be OK, but there is a mandated raise that must be implemented, that could amount to trying to find $350,000 or more to be able to keep everyone on.
    2. I’m going to have to redo a spreadsheet because I forgot to cross a T and dot an I.
    3. Road construction destroyed our internet. The unnamed monopoly doesn’t talk to people directly and probably won’t be concerned that two people have lost service. I can see this dragging on for weeks. I’m connected via my mobile data right now.
    4. Someone at work needs a password reset; another person needs me to type up a document with my signature.

    *sigh* I guess I’ll just go into work Monday and look for another day off. I still plan to fast tomorrow.

    On the bright side, I weigh 223 lbs this morning, which is my lightest Saturday weigh-in ever!

    Have a good weekend!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good morning,a very enjoyable night bowling last night, it’s good to have a mixed team. Two of the ladies who bowled against us are actually Debdale ladies(my team) but they live in Hyde where we played last night. Some of our team were calling then traitors but in a good mannered way just having a laugh with them. They both won too.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 15 – Canada – NFD

    Good morning. I’m off to a pickleball tournament this morning. I’m a rank beginner so may be drummed out early, yikes. It’s a beautiful sunny day so it should be nice. Didn’t have a very good FD yesterday but will see Monday as a new start. 🙂

    So wonderful to hear about everybody getting back to normal and travelling. We’re running a bit behind other countries with our vaccination programme so still being careful.

    @stitchincarol – lovely hymn fest. 2 hours to mow the lawn but hope to get that down to 90 minutes. Very satisfying when it’s done.
    @jaifaim – I’m awful at stitch work but I tried rug hooking and it was easier than knitting or crocheting.

    Take care all.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 15 – Ireland – NFD 🚫 ✅ 🏋️‍♀️ 🤸🏻‍♀️

    Hi all, looking after my mum this weekend so will be trying to avoid the sweet treats here… it’s always a challenge although it was dad who really had the sweet tooth 💕. Mum is great as she really only eats when hungry and I never remember her binging or eating treats/crisps … Dad lived for dessert 😂 but again didn’t gorge the way I can… interesting…

    Busy roads around Ireland as it’s the first weekend in months where everyone can travel outside their county so it was very noticeable last night driving home. Have a lovely trip @daffodil2010.
    @emma-taylor it’s funny I used to fly at least once a month and I love travel but I have enjoyed the break from it more than I thought I would… I’ll be back to it whenever life returns to normal but for the moment im savouring the slower pace of life. Also like you, I am off the booze but I will have drinks for big occasions whenever we get back to being able to celebrate properly.. 🎉 when we can go out and sit outside in a resto I will have a glass of wine – that will be one BIG night to celebrate.
    @at good to see you and knowing you your mojo is just around the corner 💪 😁
    @snowflake56 I’m glad your friend is in good form… I’m reading your post and I wish i was more crafty! I’d love to knit or sew but don’t think I have the aptitude. I bough a crochet set in Lidl recently thinking surely I could crochet a Cloud ☁️ … but opened the pack and saw it was not for beginners and looked really tricky so packed it all up again and gave it to my friend 😂😂. Useless! I think if I couldn’t learn to do these things in Covid lockdown I never will (along with my plan to clear out my attic 😂😂)

    For those of you reconnecting with family I’m so happy for you! Enjoy!💕

    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 15 – Lake District UK – NFD

    Good morning everyone

    Suddenly the world appears a little more ‘normal’! As several have commented, we are really looking forwards to next week to meet up with the kids then the following weeks walking holiday. Starting to plan the walks already, but it’s quite handy, we know the area well so have a list of favourites.
    Something different, I have occasionally dabbled in sketching/drawing and apparently have the eye for photography, so this morning heading off out to get some supplies to top up my bag of ‘arty things’ to have a go at capturing some of the magnificent scenery on paper! Why not, always good to try something new or have a renewed interest in an old hobby.

    Planted out the final bits in the garden (yeah right, I’ll end up squeezing more in!) the beds are looking very well and growing on nicely, the early spring flowers are going back and the summer plants are starting their show already, just need a few days of proper warmth and we’ll be off.

    Take care all, have a nice weekend.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 15, Emden Germany, NFD

    Good morning everyone!

    It’s good to hear that so many of you can go back to living a more normal life.

    @i-hate-lettuce You really have something to look forward to, meeting up with the family and going on a holiday. I’m sure you and Mrs. IHL will have the most wonderful time.

    @daffodil2010 Enjoy your weekend away!

    @at Thanks! I’m sure your mojo will be back next Monday as most of us will be on the pocket list.

    @stitchincarol Thanks, my friend isn’t doing too bad at the moment. She had her treatment last Monday, the next one is planned for June 2nd depending on lab results. She is very tired and only wants to sleep but no vomiting or other side effects so that’s good. I have a lot of stitching projects waiting to be finished. At the moment I’m stitching a table cloth I started ~ 20 years ago for my friend but as she didn’t like it I put it away. I love doing it but it’s time consuming and with a cat sleeping on your lap not doable. German father’s day is on Ascension since 1936 and it was called men’s day then. For a lot of men it’s still a “men gather and get drunk day” than a day where fathers spend the day with their family.

    @emma-taylor I already thought you would enjoy being at home for a while without having to go anywhere.

    @northerndawn We miss seeing friends and family and raiding second hand bookshops most of all. We have regular video chats with everyone and lots of unread books so life it’s still very pleasant.

    Have a nice day everyone!

  • Newbie – Fast 800 vs 5:2

    Hi I am new to the fast diet, well I am in day 20 so new to this forum really. Week one went well, I lost 3 lbs, but disappointing as I am 3stone too heavy at 5foot 2 inches. In lockdown I have gone from size 14 is bordering an 18. I’m nearly 60 so realise this may have assisted weight gain as well. Anyway, my concern is I have lost nothing since so 13days no weight loss. I am now at point of giving up as I am finding 800 calories and no sugar hard. In my 2 days off as I call them, I am aiming for no more than 1,200 calories, to be honest trying not to go over the 1000 so the 200 is leeway. I would have thought that more weight would have been lost by now. Any suggesrions? I am eating mainly chicken, salmon, broccoli or sprouts, eggs , Apple’s . This week changed breakfast from eggs to porridge with about 6 blueberries but still no weight loss. I have weight watchers scales so calories counting all ok. I do have 2 glasses wine in my 2 days but factor in the calories as that is my treat not chocolate or cake.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good afternoon friends

    Brrrr, it is really starting to cool down – no surprise considering winter is a mere 2 weeks away. The days are lovely and sunny but now only creeping up to the high teens / early twenties and the mornings and nights are very cold. Maxx is right now curled up on the couch next to Mr Anzac as they watch footy together and I think the heater will be going on soon

    I saw on the news that an arctic chill has hit South Australia and Victoria so I’m not surprised to read that it’s so cold where you are Cinque. Stay warm! You too LJ. So very glad to read you kicked that lung infection into orbit and yay for the continued access to the RA drugs

    How lovely to be spending the night with your daughter Thin and I’m glad the UK is still limping back to a bit of normality. Enjoy 🙂

    I had a shocking week at work. The other side of our project is for domestic products which my project implemented the system for in late 2019. So they are gradually migrating transactions and….wait for it….they have 14 analysts – 14! We are now doing international branches and we have 4 analysts. Yes the volumes are lower but significantly more complex. Anyway there was a big domestic migration looming that the regulators were watching with interest and it turns out they did not put any new processes in place for the side of things that I am employed to do on my project. So my colleague and I had to go charging in on our white horses and save the day. In one week we had to put in place something they failed to do in 18 months. We did it but the hours and stress were horrendous. I did take a half day (fully paid) yesterday and managed a nice walk and sat out in the sun on the back porch reading. I’m proud to say, however, that I did not take it out on food and still managed to lose 400g. Yay me! I’m still a way off my first goal but trickling down towards it slowly

    Neil, I’m not letting you give up – none of us are. Keep trying new things and try to be patient. You will get there

    Lindsay, I’m not surprised you are exhausted. Little ones and their energy levels are exhausting for sure. My sister and BIL have both of the grandkids (nearly 3 and 1.5) every Monday and while they love it I’m sure they hand them back to their daughters gratefully.

    Unfortunately the cleaner has not eventuated yet. We were planning to pop over the road when they turned up last week but they didn’t turn up! Hopefully next week and fingers crossed they can squeeze us in or give us a recommendation for someone else. I’m not sure how it will pan out with Maxx as he barks anytime someone comes to the door, let alone into the house. I plan to sit on the back porch with my laptop while they clean (they are a husband and wife team) and hopefully get some work done while we take it in turns to distract the pooch.

    It must be starting to warm up over there Cali. I’m envious! I really dislike the cold and hot weather doesn’t bother me in the least. Our pool has been hibernated (boo) and I’ll hunker down like a cold, cranky bear until the spring. Ha ha

    Mr Anzac and I have been making our own pasta for a long time (I say ‘we’ but all I do is help with the winding through the machine). Tonight we are attempting filled pasta (ravioli) for the first time. I made a mix of chicken mince, fresh sage, garlic (lots), long red chilli, pancetta and some spices. We will make a tomato based sauce of some description to go with it. Wish us luck!

    Take care all

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello Brrrr! Freezing here, rainy, woke up to thunder and lightning.
    Thankyou heater, I love you!

    Super glad to see your post Gday, I hope you had a great evening with magnificent Indian food. I hope you manage a post this weekend. Fingers crossed.

    Lindsay, grandchild overload! I hope you managed a gorgeous day but that you have an easy childfree weekend.

    Good luck with those rat traps.
    I didn’t mention the other day, but I check Miso very carefully at night before she comes in because a few weeks ago I missed the fact she was carrying a still partly alive baby rat in her mouth. Eep, I managed to get it outside and she went after it. I took the cowards approach and shut the door and hoped it died quickly.
    I recognised it because she had brought me a dead baby one as a present a couple of years before.
    (That’s the sum of my rat stories).

    Glad to hear the bees are so happy, busy and snug.

    I got the message that my disability sticker application is at the Council being processed. And yes, hoping to find a good kind young female doctor eventually.

    Thin, I am getting my thermals on, so the world is in balance 😀 😀
    Yes, happily still wearing my mask when shopping etc.

    A big hello to DD, what a lovely time you will have together.

    For anyone who loves a good article, this an excellent one about science and research and how a tiny fact can be used wellmeaningly but inappropriately for public health lawmaking, and the hard work and dedication it takes to unpick it.

    Day before fast day for me. A nice consequence of no skipping is that fast days and general sensible eating is a LOT easier. Yay.
    Hope your weekend is a good one.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 15 OMAD London

    Yes, we are missing our holidays! DH more than me, in fact. I’ve loved lockdown and I don’t really want it to end.
    I wish I could drink just occasionally, but I don’t seem to be able to. It’s all or nothing, and I’m so much happier when I don’t drink at all, although I feel a bit as if I’m missing out. Nice to hear from everybody, btw. 😀😀

  • Metalic taste in my mouth

    It sucks to have a metallic taste and most dentists don’t care fixing the issue.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 MN/USA. NFD

    @stitchincarol – What a perfect day it sounds like you had, yesterday. Congrats on Anniversary and Hymn Fest. I will listen to it this weekend.
    @timetochange – Happy Anniversary to you and your DH as well!
    @daffodil2010 – Enjoy your weekend away!
    @i-hate-lettuce – I will be away next weekend as well, visiting my DS and his family for the first time since January 2020. It is granddaughters graduation and we will be seeing several family members and friends. I can hardly wait, and I’m sure you feel the same to see your family. I’m so happy for you!
    @northgeorgia – That’s wonderful progress! It won’t be long now before you are in the 2teens!
    @litprof – Congrats to you for almost being there! And fitting into those pants again!
    @snowflake56 – I really did enjoy my haircut. It’s amazing how the little things we all use to do routinely are now so appreciated.

    Mask requirements have been lifted in Minnesota, though businesses can choose to still ask people to wear them inside.
    It feels like we are coming out of a long, dark tunnel towards the light!

    Enjoy the weekend everyone!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All…
    Shopping and then started my block painting in the kitchen after my exploding egg…just done a second coat….hopefully tomorrow I can put the colour back on..

    I have put a pound on…I am still one pound under goal ..need more off…

    Looks like boules will be off again looks like very heavy rain…

    Enjoyed my treat crab and crusty bread finishing off with a red wine….

    The cottage pie was nice but only small, Steve would have eaten 4..!!…..I only ate that with a bit of gravy. The scones more like a splodge, tasty but not turned out right.
    The splash went about 6 “ short of the ceiling, about two metres square wide. I have a splash back but not that big. Waiting for second coat to dry…..

    Oh dear Xena seems a pickle at the moment, they take their turns, Charlie has been quite good for a couple of days but it won’t last.
    Looks like the garden centre is calling hope you get there. Well done moving a pound..was the blondies nice?

    It’s ok staying the same ..always hard around goal…any more plants bought at the garden centre?

    Your new bowls look good, hope they work well for you..

    Jean x

  • Calories Based on BMR

    So….I see now that it is TDEE, which for me is 1701. Still, 425 is low. I’m sticking w/500.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 USA 🇺🇸 – OMAD

    Silver Sneakers shortly and errands following that, so I will do just OMAD today.

    @stitchincarol – I did get to hear the last 1/2 of your Hymn Fest that was terrific! Wow, you sure did have quite a wonderful group of hymns. The ones I knew, I wished I were singing with you! 🎶🎶 Hope your anniversary time with DH and DSs was just fabulous. Sounds like it was.

    @timetochange! – happy anniversary to you!

    @basyjames – hope your hubs is able to get just the job he wants and it fulfills all your needs.

    Onward and downward.

  • Changing fast dates

    What do you do when planning a date? I just have a lot of experience in online communication. You can never guess when you will be invited – Usually I can tell almost immediately what day my restrictions are and correct the date. However, if you make substitutions, then you can easily get confused and bring down the regime.

  • If your clothes are looser but the scales are the same, read on

    Congratulations, Iona! It feels so good to see that scale move in the right direction!

    Mine moved up two pounds. I wasn’t exactly surprised, given that I had not fasted for two weeks. I did get in one 22 hour fast this week, and a few days at 17. So we’ll see what the scale has to say next week. I’m finding it harder to stay motivated now that I’m down to the last 5-8 lbs.

    I did take a walk with two colleagues I hadn’t seen in months and one of them did say “You look fantastic!” when we first met. Doesn’t it feel good? I think that sort of feedback is more motivating than anything.

    I got my first professional haircut in a year last week!

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Sunny day 14 North Canton OH FD

    I had to fix and resubmit some of the data for our audit, which was a bit of a bummer but nothing that I could not handle.

    My housecleaning is coming along, I could not finish it all yesterday but I am well on my way

    @stitchincarol you got married the day that you graduated?! Happy Wedding Anniversary!!! Your hymn-fest was so beautiful, thank you for the link. And thanks for the reminder and encouragement re-gaunt faces and low BMIs LOL

    @timetochange another wedding anniversary! Congratulations!!

    @litprof congratulations on your progress

    @at I am sure that you will get your mojo back-you always do and you have been such an inspiration to so many of us on this forum, and I have been diagnosed with tennis elbow. I am being mindful of what I do with it, but I do not want to baby it too much.

    I am so glad that things are slowly beginning to return to normal-ish re: masks. I am hopeful that as more of us get out there, we will all be Covid-free as we begin to interact and physically engage with each other again. It feels like we are emerging from a long winter

    Pocket list day 14
    @ccco. FD800

    “Do not let the quest for perfection get in the way of the perfectly good”

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon bowling tonight, I could play a lady, is mixed bowling.Not using my new bowls tonight will try them out on Sunday afternoon. They are nice and shiny I will send you a picture Jean. Hiding from the scales today, will see if I can do some fd’s next week. Time to take Heidi out.

  • Over eat on a fast day!

    Yesterday I broke my fast and ate a large meal at night. I feel very bloated and thinking about ways to get those things I ate out of my system. I did went for a long walk last night. Today is day 1 of my extended water fasting. I am determined to be strong and go through it.

  • 5:2 Fasting and Protein Supplements

    There is no reason to stop taking your supplements. It’s just important to check the nutritious facts and be careful about the amount of calories intake you have daily. If you are careful and consistent, you shouldn’t experience any problems. Recently I read a great article on about the benefits of resveratrol, a component found in red wine which is very healthy and useful for our body. Apparently, the Italians knew what they’re doing. Maybe that’s why they live such a long life haha.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    USA. Day 14. FD800

    Glad to see that some of you have been able to return to some of your normal activities. It is so good to feel like we may be beginning to see the end of this pandemic.

    LitProf, so glad to see that your FD800 is going well. Daffodil2010, so glad to hear that you, your husband, and camper are back in business.

    Pocket list day 14
    @ccco. FD800

    Have a great day, everyone!

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 – Rural Nebraska, USA – CD

    It’s six in the morning, and I’m awake and up. Everything went well yesterday, and now I get to glow in the joy of the memories of the hymn fest…and push that reset button for my eating, LOL! I still have a couple of busy days, but it’s just typical busy, and nothing stressful.

    @jaifaim Thanks for mentioning Joe Wicks; I looked him up and think I’ll try one of his workouts and see if he can motivate me to exercise more. 😉

    @litprof Loved this: “it’s interesting to me how quickly my relationship with my own body improves once I start treating it with more care.” Ain’t that the truth! Why, then, is it sometimes so difficult to treat our bodies well??? Congratulations on the work pants fitting so nicely now!

    @snowflake56 How is your friend faring after a week of treatment? I imagine it will get far worse before there’s a chance she gets better. I will keep her in prayer that the treatment can work a miracle of cure for her. And, “I’m under my goal weight so it’s fine.” You are an inspiration! What “stitching work” is keeping you too busy to eat??? (you’d think that, with a name like “stitchincarol” I would fully understand the concept, but I don’t! 😂🤣😂🤣)

    @i-hate-lettuce As I read this from a week ago, “the weather turned very quickly, there was a tremendous hail storm,” I was so startled to HEAR your rain–and realized it had just started raining here. 😂🤣 And I’m so glad you corrected the math: I was wondering how 2K steps accomplished 1,000 calories, LOL! I’ll just bet next week can’t come soon enough as you get ready to see your kids and then head to Scotland!

    @betsylee I think I remember Mother’s Day in England was in March…ah, yes, just read what @at said: “Mothering Sunday has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, in the UK and Ireland, since the 16th century” Another fascinating detail! Father’s Day in the States is the 3rd Sunday in June, not specifically the 20th. @snowflake56 How fascinating that in Germany, Father’s Day is not only a Thursday, but on Ascension! I wonder how that decision came about? Thanks for asking the question; it’s been fun to read the various dates!

    @timetochange Welcome back, and happy anniversary!

    @daffodil2010 “hopefully I can stay off the BP meds and the spike was just (ha ha, “just”) the appendix bursting…..” Just, indeed! I laughed out loud when I read that. So glad your BP is staying steady so far…and delighted your heel isn’t hurting as badly now; hoping it continues to rapidly improve!

    @wacm What a lovely bike trip that was! DH would adore doing that, but after two really bad bike accidents for me, I’ve lost my love of biking and mostly just feel fear. Plus, DS24 borrowed my mostly-still-new bike a year ago and it got stolen, so I don’t even own one anymore…

    @brewster How lovely to be down 4 pounds this month; well done!

    @basyjames I’m so sorry that your DH was laid off, and pray that a new, more perfect job shows up at exactly the right time…AFTER he’s finished that list of his, LOL! And, about BMIs and gaunt faces: over my years of fluctuating weight, one thing I’ve learned for certain is that even when we’ve hit a certain weight and stay there, our bodies aren’t done losing size and shifting that size. I imagine your face looked so gaunt not because your BMI was too low, but because the weight dropped so quickly. I had foot surgery several days ago and for the first couple of days the pain meds kept me asleep almost non-stop (DH wasn’t on top of how many to take and when) and that meant I pretty much didn’t eat for three days. I was overweight enough at the time that I went from chubby face to thin face and I still remember standing in front of the mirror thrilled with how good I looked, LOL! So, for what that’s worth, a BMI of 23 will not always mean you have a gaunt face.

    @penz This made me laugh out loud: “Mojo has stayed home and I’m travelling again. I must remember to pack my mojo when I’m away again next week.”

    @dvw Wow, that’s a HUGE lawn! How long did it take you to mow it? I’ll bet you burned lots of calories and walked lots of steps in the process!!

    @northgeorgia Congratulations on the one-year anniversary, and the self-restraint it represents. You’ve done so well, and will continue your path of success! How long has it been so you were in the 154 to 202 range?

    @fivetwofan5252 Aww, so sorry for your migraine problems. The thing I love the most of being menopausal is that I rarely have migraines now, but I suffered boatloads for years, so know well what you’re talking about. Hopefully it’s all gone as I type. Do you have meds for them? I’m so thankful that migraines these days have meds that work; my poor mom had migraines all the time but there were no meds in her day.

    @at “My fasting mojo has gone AWOL for a bit but I’m sure it’s just lurking around trying to find it’s way back to me 🤞” Hopefully that’s true for my own, LOL!

    Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments on the hymn fest and on our anniversary. It really was a lovely, lovely day, and DH and I were happy to celebrate with a hymn fest. But, in addition, I’d made four lovely do-ahead appetizers that DS29 and DS24 shared with us after the hymn fest, along with a lovely bottle of wine DS29 gave me for Mother’s Day, and we chatted and laughed for another couple hours, so it felt just perfect.

    And now it’s almost exactly two hours later from when I started reading and commenting on posts. I will try not to get so far behind in posts again! 🥰 Have a grand day, everyone, and successful at whatever you’re aiming to eat/not eat.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi FBBs Hope all is well with you. Xxxx

    Still very iffy weather here very dark and quite chilly today.

    The fields and walkways are under water again.. Water tubs in the garden overflowing too.

    H H Very well done on another pound off again. Thats brilliant news. Those 800 3 days are really working for you.

    These four legged friends are really just like children with their moods. lol Sometimes Piper will stand and wait for me off the lead .. another time he will absolutely ignore me and keep going. It soo funny because if I say STAY low voiced and in a loving way he will stay .. If I shout in a high voice Pip will you STAY I have no chance. lolol

    Well scales stayed the same this week .. ok as yesterday I didn’t fast I went straight to the Garden centre after walking without food and ended with a big McDonalds on the way back. .. Only Tues Fast this week. Plus I have been hungry being chilly.

    Good luck anyone else weighing today. Take care all and stay safe

    We have three choices in life, Give up, give in or give it our all. Xxxx

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Neil, I’m thinking of you. It sounds like you are working out the culprits. I do remember that you didn’t ramp up your exercise regime until your weight loss was well under way. I know you’ve said that you don’t want to discuss your wife’s health here and of course everyone completely respects that – but if it is the cause of your stress, or even if it isn’t, I hope there’s someone in whom you feel able to confide.

    Cinque, oh no, a mothers and babies GP doesn’t sound quite the ticket. But yeah for getting a ‘flu shot. I had one for the first time ever last autumn but also wondered why I was bothering considering I didn’t come close enough to a living soul to catch it. I think I did it by way of registering with the NHS. I think you are sensible to wear a mask even if no one else does.

    CalifD, I’m with you on outdoor dining feeling safest. But the weather has been really rubbish. I’m still in my thermals! When we had our hair cut the other day, we had an outdoor pub lunch and the heavens opened. The huge sun umbrellas kept all the rain off us and our food but it was funny that all the diners were eating outside in torrential rain. Although the evenings are still light well after 8pm, it’s just too cold to eat dinner outside.

    DD is coming to spend the night on her way to a surgery course in London next week. She’s dropping off some paint and other boating supplies we ordered online and her visit coincides with the date that pubs open indoors as well as overnight stays in another household being allowed. It will seem like all our Christmases have come at once. The main issue of concern now is the Indian variant.

    Hello everyone not mentioned, I ran out of time.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 – USA/GA – NFD

    Thanks, everyone for your words of support and congratulations!

    Let’s all do this!

    Today’s weigh-in: STILL at 222, even after yesterday’s regular lunchbox meal, the very late night supper with the chamber, and a night of very little sleep. I’m surprised! I had a larger than normal bowl of oatmeal yesterday morning. I attribute a lot of my maintenance on NFDs to satisfying oats in the morning; not 100% sure why unless it is curbing the snacking, not too high in calories, and adding lots of fiber?

    Anyway, running late again! Thankfully, it’s a half day Friday.

    Good luck to everyone!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all!
    Jean- hope the cottage pie is nice, good to support local things but the waist might suffer! Hope the new paint covers the egg okay, sounds like you could do with a splash back or did it go over the top?
    Dave- hope the new bowls are lucky 😉
    Glad Heidi’s still enjoying her walks…
    Steve- enjoy your breakfast today- what are you having?
    Nana- poor Poppy- & poor daughter with the vets bills! We had a black cat who had alot of skin problems, I’m sure tge vet said black ones were more prone to that, wonder if it’s the same with dogs? Good the melon plant is okay- I potted on some courgette plants, one looked really wilty but seems to have rallied round today! Hope the weigh in is good!
    Hemmy- enjoying your words of wisdom every day thanks!
    Gem- what days are you fasting? Hope it gets easier & you can get in the zone again!
    Minols- you’ve been very quiet, hope everything’s okay x
    Kev- are you weighing today?
    I’ve lost a pound this week, so pleased, but it’ll probably go straight back on as I’m having a cheat day from keto! We have bought scones & clotted cream, plus I’ve made a kinder blondies recipe a friend gave me 😱
    Took Xena to the park- she gets so excited she just can’t heel, she was trying to, it was funny! She’s been playing up when hubby takes her in the afternoon, running off to pester other people, he says he won’t take her again!! Seeing mum this afternoon, hopefully going to a garden centre, I offer to take her & she doesn’t want to go, then acouple of days later asks if I’ll take her- this dementia is hard work! My sister’s away this weekend, so will have to see her tomorrow too…
    Have a good Friday everyone!

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 – Canada – FD

    Just a quick check-in to stay accountable. Life has just become busy but I’m trying to stay on track.

    Thanks @snowflake56 for adding me to the pocket list 🙂

    Good luck to all.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 – UK – BMR day

    Have not managed a FD yet this week despite all my good intentions when I last posted on Monday 🤭My fasting mojo has gone AWOL for a bit but I’m sure it’s just lurking around trying to find it’s way back to me 🤞

    Had a lovely walk on Tuesday and managed a wander through the formal gardens at Rydal Hall where there is currently an exhibition of outdoor sculptors by the Cumbrian Sculptors Group and the flowers are also starting to look fabulous there. Baked a pavlova base using the left over egg whites from that egg custard tart I made over the weekend – left it to cool down in the oven overnight to finish off the next day

    On Wednesday met up with DD and did 3 x 1hr dog walks before we had a well deserved picnic sitting out by the sea, just the two of us ❤️ love our mother/daughter time! Driving back home it started to rain and did not stop until late afternoon then more sunshine – Pavlova was covered with a mixture of cream and yogurt and topped with mixed berries, kiwi fruit and passion fruit (very Australian of me?)

    Yesterday did my usual 7am Broga followed by a 9am Happy Hour session then met up with an old friend who is up here on holiday – was lovely to catch up sitting in a lovely cafe garden whilst enjoying coffee and cake!

    Today is overcast with a light breeze but should stay dry so planning on getting out for good walk and hoping for a BMR day as I know I don’t have a FD in me today……

    @wacm – your cycling trip covered a lot of ground – scenery must have have been fab – wish we could see the photos
    @basyjames – sorry to hear that your DH has been laid off – 🤞something good comes up for him and Re your elbow pain – might it be tennis elbow? which tends to cause pain and tenderness on the outside of your elbow
    @snowflake56 – I’m also with you – no shop bought sweet treats in the house, if it’s there I’ll eat it all as OH does not indulge but he likes a homemade dessert/cake – thinking of you and your friend 🤗
    @brewster – don’t feel bad – I too had planned to post daily this month but have not managed to do so
    @litprof – kudos to you for sticking to your plan and it seems to be working for you too
    @timetochange – I use MFP (the free version) to help me keep an eye on my calories – Re:- TDEE/BMR -The calculator on here says that my TDEE is 1547 and my BMR is 1125 if I choose the lightly active activity level – in real life I think I am moderately active but choose the lower option to help keep me in maintenance so not many calories to play around with….Current BMI is just below 21 and I feel good at this weight so aiming to stay here – Happy 27th Anniversary to you and your DH today 💑
    @lizchangus – great advice from @basyjames
    @daffodil2010 – heel pain does not sound like plantar fasciitis which usually presents with sharp pain between your arch and heel, feels worse when you start walking and better when resting, difficulty raising toes off floor??? Have a fab weekend away in your camper van 🤞on the weather for you
    @i-hate-lettuce – shame about the tap but great that you have the skills to deal with it yourself – OH and I would have to call in someone 🤭 I hate to admit it but we are both useless with any form of DIY and I would hate to check the cupboard under my sink – might need to include that in my next round of cleaning!! and what a lovely treat to look forward to next week, seeing the family and enjoying a holiday in the Cairngorm National Park
    @northgeorgia – Happy 1st anniversary on 5:2 and great job on shedding those 47lbs/57lbs – a great start to your weight loss journey – you can do it!
    @emma Taylor – good to hear from you – the vision of you jumping off the scales really quickly, before they changed their mind made me smile – whoever on one of our challenges named the scales Cruella was right 🤣🤣 Well done on avoiding alcohol! I wish I could, I know when I drink I eat more but I do enjoy my wine so trying to only drink on 2/3 days of the week and that seems to generally work for me, well most of the time 😉
    @stitchincarol – thanks for sharing the link – I checked out your hymn fest video this morning – fab choir in good form and Happy Anniversary to you and your DH for yesterday 💑

    Aiming for a better last 2 weeks of this May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge as I want to start my birthday month in a good place weight wise i.e below 57kg ideally giving me some wiggle room – so Monday 17th WILL be a FD and no wine until my birthday in June (except for Friday 21st when we have a special meal delivery) and getting back to twice weekly FDs

    “If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now”

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi all. I’m at the end of a very long day, and I’m pooped. We had a day off one set of grandchildren(SIL doing a home admin day for his business and took them) but I then got an SOS call from my DIL who’d been called into work, asking us to have the 3 year old. I adore her …but my heart sank.

    Neil, I really feel for you. But….follow the program. You know it will work. Five days up to your TDEE, and two days of 800. If you weight is being stubborn, perhaps drop your calories on your non-fast days, or inject a third fast day. You can do this.

    Success overnight – we caught a second rat. But triumph was followed quickly by disappointment ….I just switched on the lights on the back verandah, and saw a a long grey tail disappearing over the edge. More rat traps tomorrow.

    LJ we haven’t had a death in the ceiling …yet. But I have a downlight just above my bed, and the light dropped out the other day, and OH can’t get the frame back in. The space is, I think, rat sized. Cinque, Neil, I hadn’t realised rats weren’t uncommon. Cinque your experience sounds horrid, and Neil how did you even nod off knowing there were rats and mice afoot. I hesitated even to mention it on here …so was heartened to know it’s not just a problem unique to me (although it feels it). We’ve had recent evidence of a few (gnawed water pipes, desiccated rat in the garden) and I think it’s because of all the renovation/clearing of the block next door. The neighbours must have put down poison, I guess, because that’s what drives rats to water.

    Cinque, it looks like your search for a good GP continues. Yes, look for a young one. They tend to keep up with latest research (not to diss older doctors), and hopefully will see us out (eventually).

    And no, Cinque, no hail on the bees. Actually here it was just driving rain, but the hive is well covered with corrugated iron which provides shade and shelter, so they were tucked up. I am amazed how busy they are – I can see them buzzing away from the verandah, which is quite a distance. But only putting down winter supplies, not honey for us.

    My oven is buzzing. After a pretty rigorous regime of fast800 soups for dinner, I’m making a roast chicken and vegetables for my ever patient OH.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  • If your clothes are looser but the scales are the same, read on

    Friday weigh day!
    Had to share my excitement —2 pounds down this week, and a male colleague, who has no idea about my efforts, said my face looks thinner!! I’m over the moon 😃

    How is your week going ladies?

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi all, very quick post as Mr Gday and I are heading out to the Indian restaurant for dinner in a moment and I wanted to respond to Neils post.

    Neil, I would also suggest that your elevated cortisol levels due to poor sleep and stress are definitely a factor in your current weight struggles. As part of my Cert III in Fitness studies I learnt that excess exercise also raises cortisol levels because exercise yields the body’s stress response and when cortisol levels aren’t in homeostasis (maintaining a stable internal environment within the body), regular, high levels of exercise can cause cortisol levels to remain constantly high. Worth some consideration given you appear to be doing all the right things in terms of eating etc. Maybe trialling a reduction in the intensity, duration and frequency of exercise for a few weeks may help…..Just a thought.

    Will try and post again over the weekend when I have more time. Happy Friday everyone.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 – Lake District UK – NFD

    Good morning everyone

    Steady FD yesterday, weekly weigh in OK just 1 lb over my lowest so good week maintaining, happy to be ‘stable’!

    Despite being a cool morning, the plants that were evicted from the greenhouse have been sheltered and will be hardened off enough to be planted out for summer now. The frogs and birds will have to do their bit protecting them from any slugs.

    Take care all

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – NFD

    Sunny Friday yay! Straight after work, I get home,have a shower, then into the camper van and heading Northwest for a couple of nights. First time all year that we can do this, restrictions banning movement lifted, so we are outta here.

    Have a great weekend.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14, Emden Germany, FD

    Good morning everyone!

    @stitchincarol Happy Anniversary, that must have been a lovely busy day!

    @timetochange Happy Anniversary!

    Pocket list day 14

    Have a nice day everyone!

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 – Ireland – CD 🚫 ✅ 🏋️‍♀️ 🤸🏻‍♀️

    Wow!!! Happy anniversary @stitchincarol!!! That rally was a busy day 32 years ago!!

    Happy anniversary too to @timetochange!
    May is clearly a popular month for marriage 💕

    @basyjames it sounds like you and your DH have lots of plans – that is so great to be able to get to things that have been put on the long finger… like many here my house needs a good bit of work but I seem to
    always find something else to do… 🙄

    Well done @litprof 👏

    Have a happy day all. I’m up early for a pre-work sunny cycle🚴 . First week in a long time that I’ve checked in regularly – it feels good!

    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Day 14 AUS FD800

    Quick morning check in here for accountability.

    Today I put on a pair of work pants that didn’t zip up a couple of months ago, and they fit comfortably!

    Weighed myself at the gym this morning and I’m another 0.8k down from Monday. I’m doing FD800s Monday to Friday, and allowing myself to eat to BMR on the weekends – mostly that means I can have a few drinks with friends or a meal out.

    I’m now just over 2k from goal weight – closet I’ve been since before the pandemic.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello friends,

    I had an excellent Wednesday fast day, and a no hassle flu injection.

    I saw the doctor yesterday and she explained that she mostly sees mums and children and is going on maternity leave in September. She didn’t have much understanding of chronic illnesses, had a good go at doing my application for renewal of my accessibility parking ticket, but it is all online now and the computer said No. She said she would try again when she had time between patients so I hope I hear from her today.

    Lately I have been pretty much the only one wearing a mask in shops. It is interesting reading how you assess risk, Thin. Nice work.

    Neil, does keeping close to your 2000 limit mean you don’t have quite enough leeway for those oops days?
    Good song!

    Lindsay, ooh preschool child minding, delivery and aftercare is massive. Well done, and hooray that it means your daughter has been able to do her teaching experience. Congrats to you all.
    Did it hail on your bees?

    I had rats once when I lived in the Dandenong Ranges. Horrible! That’s why I roll my eyes when people complain about a mouse in the house. They got into my underwear drawer and shredded everything in it and ate through plastic lids in the pantry. Luckily a huge rat trap killed one and the rest of the family gave up and moved out.

    On the other hand, when I was living in a student house on the outskirts of Bendigo we had native rats who lived in the roof, caused us no trouble, but lived on snails from the garden, which I loved! If we poked our heads up into the roof, the area was strewn with thousands of empty snail shells.

    LJoyce, I saw that piece on Australia’s handling of the pandemic too!
    Hooray for your assessment, and that you have recovered from the dusty mouldy day.

    Cali, thanks. After thinking a bit more I have decided to give skipping a miss for as long as I can. I am breathing okay at the moment, so the trick will be to do enough walking and other aerobic activity to maintain that. I went for a (comparatively) brisk walk around the block on Wednesday. I need to do it a few times to get a sense how it works. So many variables when trying to do a scientific experiment on one!
    Cheers to you, Mr Cali and Crickets getting out and about some more.

    I’m off to have a good veggie rich day, and I might get outside for a bit before the cold front comes through. Best wishes all.

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  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Morning all,

    Cali, I do track my food, that’s how I know I’m averaging 2,000 a day. The only thing I can think of is high cortisol levels. I don’t sleep well, drink a fair bit of caffeine and have a bit of stress which all raise cortisol levels, and high cortisol levels are linked to weight gain. I’m trying to cut back on the caffeine, switching to green tea and rooibus rather than coffee and energy drinks, I’ve started taking some tart cherry and magnesium suppliments to try and improve my sleep. Hopefully I can turn things around soon because I worked so hard to get down to where I was, I don’t want to balloon back up again.

    It must feel pretty good to be getting out and about now that you’re vaccinated.

    Ljoyce, great news about the infection clearing up. Have fun babysitting.

    Lindsay, it’s the worst hearing a rat scurrying around. I’ve spent many a night in tramper’s huts out in the wilderness that were infested with mice and rats. You hear them all night and you have to keep getting up in the night to shoo them out of your packs or they’ll eat and spoil all your food.

    Well I had another decent gym session today and I had a good fast day yesterday. Hopefully I can keep away from temptation in the weekend and have a win on the scales next week.

    Have a great day everyone.

    p.s. I’m listening to Shawn James at work at the moment, if you haven’t heard anything from him you should check him out. He’s a soul singer with an amazing voice. He does both originals and spine tingling covers of other people’s songs. This is an acoustic version of one of his songs

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Bowls of sweets more my thing too…easy fast meal always the best 😀

    Getting some lucky bowls…my dad had some lovely shiny ones in a lovely case…hope they are nice 😀

    Kitchen closed..weigh in tomorrow

    Jean x

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    Start drinking coffee without any additives. If the coffee is good, then you will not need any additives.

  • May 2021 5th Anniversary Challenge

    Hi everyone. NFD today. Not too bad but possibly too many carbs. Planning a third fast this week, maybe tomorrow or Saturday. The two fasts this week have been okay. Scales showing a loss this morning. Had a lovely run in the woods before a day at my desk and soooo much work. 27 years married tomorrow – not quite sure where all those years have gone. Have a good day tomorrow one and all.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Heidi is out for the count, the last walk must have been to much for her. I’m going to buy some proper old bowls(woods) made of lignum vitae. Got to drive to Blackburn tonight to get them. Denise is coming with me.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening all

    Fast day for me today so have just eaten my beans on two slices of wholemeal toast and I must admit it was very good.

    The only bowls I’m usually interested in are filled with sweets or crisps not the most sporty and doesn’t burn alot of calories either.

    Have a great evening everyone and remember if you’re fasting it’s only for one day and tomorrow we can eat normally.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All…
    Village walk this morning..the weather is beautiful hot and blue a tee shirt when walking no coat….
    I met up with Ivy for my second walk of the day, we tried to get a coffee out but closed so I went back to her house, she was saying how she is enjoying walking and meeting up, we have just a couple of hours, it is nice.
    Third walk of the day done, waiting in for some baking being delivered which is hard on a fast day. Fay my boules partner has just started baking in the village for one day a week, I feel I have to support her, a cottage pie and 4 scones’s only a small amount…chicken and ham pie in a white wine sauce last week was delicious but bought too many almond tarts.

    My weight has moved down a bit after the shock of getting on after the weekend….three fasts completed this week.

    The kick boxing sounds different hobby for your daughter, at least it will help to look after herself at a later date….keep strong and positive..

    Like the sound of baggy trousers bites the dust..well done it’s a nice feeling unless they are your favourites 😂’s so easy to fall into dog walking clothes, I never seem to be really tidy…I have to try sometimes if I am visiting…
    I won’t be buying biscuits for a while….

    As long as you are enjoying bowls that’s the takes a long time to catch up with the others who have been playing ages..

    Just bought some paint blocker a job in the next few days….I am surprised at the melon, photos please before you eat it…
    Chicken salad sounds good for tonight..hope you soon warm up..

    I am in East Yorkshire not far from Goole in a small village…it’s hard if you are on medication but keep with it, it works..hard working on a sunny day…

    The cows are out now until November then it will be lovely and muddy!!..still the hard frosts were good for walking…..
    Strange on Xena eating strange stuff, ours are eating soil at the park and sugar beet which the deer are bringing off the fields…so odd.
    Shame on the HS family will you catch then another time…

    Feeling hungry I was having eggs again but I am wondering what size the cottage pie will be, I could have it on its own…I don’t think it will be very big….

    Jean x

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