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  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 – NSW, AU – CFD

    Only another 12 hour fast and the last few slices of pizza for breakfast. Was good for the rest of the day, a snack around 11am then lunch (chilli con carne with brown rice) at 1 and started fasting at 1:30pm. All up a tick above 1300 calories which is below my goal weight TDEE. Planning a FD800 tomorrow but we’ll see how that goes.

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    @stitchincarol – whew… what a tale! I sure hope all that pain goes completely soon. My “diagnosis” of constipation after a CT scan turned out to be shingles. Years ago, and my pain was really bizarre, never excruciating but internal and almost constant. Hope you’re fully on the mend!

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day Day 8 North Canton OH FD

    Wow @stitchincarol constipation really? I think it may have been the 9 days on the sofa, plus this crazy Covid is affecting everyone differently. That is a wowzer!!! I am so glad that we have access to diagnostics and that you were able to get treated appropriately, because your symptoms were classic. Thank God you are fine now.

    Sorry I have been MIA, it has been busy on the home front and at work. We had new carpet laid on Saturday, and it was very disruptive; OH is also changing the flooring in the laundry room and reconfiguring the cabinets. So there was stuff everywhere over the weekend, and I just could not settle down long enough to post anything.

    Inspired by all the reading and research I have been doing on IF, I ordered a new scale that measures my weight, and calculates my BMI, fat free body weight, visceral fat, subcutaneous fat, BMR, muscle mass. I received it and started using it immediately; the data is a major mojo-inducer for me. Most of my numbers were green, 4 of them were yellow and my goal is to bring those numbers into the green.

    Here is the link to the research I promised and some of the information I reviewed last week
    https://lifeapps.io/fasting/this-bodys-on-fire-intermittent-fasting-for-weight-loss-and-more/

    I hope someone else finds it useful.

    With regards to exercise, there have been times in my life when exercise was a huge focus for me and other times when it wasn’t. Prior to practicing the IF lifestyle, I believed exercise was the reason why I was able to maintain my weight. A couple years before I turned 40, exercise was no longer enough; even though my intake stayed the same, I was gaining weight. I was able to lose weight with IF in addition to exercise, but I realized a few years ago that I could lose weight with IF and no exercise; and I did so the year that I was working on my Master’s degree. Lately, I have been exercising more and focusing on strength training because I want to build more muscle; as a menopausal woman, I think this is important for me at this time in my life.

    @michelinme, I doubt that you gained 7 pounds of fat in a few days. Like @stitchincarol I suspect that you are waterlogged and overloaded on glucose and glycogen. It will come off just as easily as it came on, one blip does not create a trend my friend. Hang in there, you have got this 🥰

    ocket List Day 8
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @dvw
    @michelinme (day 1 of b2b2b)
    @songbirdme
    @ccco. (FD800)
    @stitchincarol
    @basyjames

    DTF
    @ccco
    @stitchincarol (until Easter)

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Morning all

    I’ve pretty busy recently so I haven’t really had time to post or read through the thread 🙁

    I’m having trouble reducing my eating after a month of eating so much to counter the amount of exercise I was doing. I don’t hold high hopes for my weigh-in tomorrow. I think I need to do a couple of days of liquid only fasting just to break the cycle of eating and get my stomach to shrink. I’ve been doing ok during the day and then having a bit of a carb binge in the evenings.

    I took a week off riding and I was going to do some light rides in the weekend and then start taking the bike in to work in the mornings again, but I was busy in the weekend with frisbee golf and starting to construct my wife’s new glasshouse (I spent several hours just digging post holes and cementing in a couple of corner posts) Now the mornings are getting dark and cold and it’s getting harder to get up in time to be able to ride my bike in.

    One positive from the week was that I put up my old road bike for sale for parts. Although the front end was damaged, all the mechanisms were working fine and the back end was fine. I listed it for $250 which is what the excess on my insurance was. It didn’t sell three weeks in a row, so I reduced it to $100 just to get something out of it. A few of the bidders got into a bidding war and it ended up selling for $375, much more than I was expecting. So I got a new bike, $375 for my old bike, and I’ll probably get my $250 excess back when the insurance company recover their costs from the other guy’s insurance company.

    Have a great one everyone.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening,
    Successful FD today after a day off yesterday. Tomorrow is cal counted day, TDEE.

    I found it chilly today. Struggled to get warm this evening.

    I’m back to volunteering in our local shop tomorrow afternoon.

    Jean and HH I hope you both feeling better tomorrow.

    Hemmy, I did some stuff in the garden yesterday but it felt too cold today even though the sun was out!

    Dave, Denise has done really well. It must be hard seeing your daughter going through the split but I’m sure things will settle and they will work things out so that they can move on and be happy.

    Typh00, are you back to playing your guitar?

    Minols, is the boy back to school? How’s the fasting?

    Off to do a bit of jigsaw before Masterchef….

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Denise lost another pound, that’s 12.6lbs she’s lost since January.I bought a knife sharpener and tried it out on an old knife I use for Heidi’s food,it just about cut butter.Now I could almost have a shave with it, brilliant knife sharpener.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    https://imgur.com/8QBJJCi

    Oops! I meant to include this pic with last night’s post about our bike ride which included a ferry ride across Otago Harbour. The pic shows our boat, the Sootychaser, departing Portobello jetty for Port Chalmers carrying our second group of riders. The 15min voyage costs $22 for a rider and e-bike ($5 less for an ordinary bike). Fare for person only is $12.

    I’m enjoying my muesli and fresh fruit for breakfast this morning after yesterday’s FD. My weight has plateaued in recent weeks because it’s been frantic around here on several fronts but I’m still 9kg below my starting weight. Now that things are quietening down I can settle down and drop some more.

    Ka kite, John

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon everyone a FD for me today and I’m feeling really hungry and cold. An enjoyable but quiet weekend as usual but no BBQ as not really warm enough.Had an extra long walk with OH this morning to collect our repeat prescriptions from the next village.
    Jean and Hedgehogs hope you both feel better soon and are taking it easy.
    Dave as Jean said you never stop worrying about your children no matter how old they are. Hope you can get sorted out with what you’re feeling at the moment.
    Nana x

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 – Rural Nebraska, USA – FD

    Well, I sure had a massive adventure yesterday. I’ve been mulling over just open I’d be about the whole thing, and have decided to throw caution to the wind, so be forewarned, LOL. Here we go: I got home from church around 11:30, and started cutting up the honeydew melon for brunch while DS24 got bacon on a baking sheet and into the oven. It wasn’t but a few minutes that a cramp started in my lower belly. It wasn’t but a few more minutes that the little cramp became massive. And it was noon when that massive cramp had become so painful that I had to do Lamaze breathing. I did my best to just wait it out, figuring it was gas or something. DS24 finished brunch and they all ate; I only managed a few bites. I moved to the sofa and tried lying down. At 1:30 I asked them to please google my symptoms and figure out what was up, because I was in tears from the severe pain. With input from a phone call to a retired doctor friend, we concluded it was likely kidney stones, and I needed to go to the emergency room at the hospital. Got there around 1:30. Everyone there also assumed it was kidney stones, and the treatment reflected that: IV with saline, preparation for a CT scan, pain meds in my IV. That pain med did nothing, and I was sobbing by two o’clock–except that it hurt too much to sob. So then I got fentanyl (yup, that “scary” drug because the pain truly was every bit equal to the pain of natural childbirth), and finally had relief. Had the CT scan, eventually got the results.

    I’m constipated.

    To say I was stupefied is an understatement. The nurses were all equally startled, because I had all the classic symptoms of kidney stones. Plus, to put this as delicately as possible, I’ve had enough “action” going on that I had no idea I was constipated. So I’ve been told what to do to take care of it, and the pain hasn’t come back, and life is moving on.

    The reason I’m telling so many details is to add this piece of information: apparently intermittent fasting often leads to constipation. When I did some research this morning, I found out it’s a common result. And the solution? Drink lots of water. Yup, I do. Eat lots of veggies and other foods high in fiber. Yup, I do. Drink coffee. Don’t understand that one, but I do that also. Get active. Well, perhaps it was the nine days on the sofa with covid?? Because other than that time, I AM active.

    Crazy, huh? At this point we’re actually all laughing (our two sons were here for the day, and it sure didn’t go the way we’d all anticipated!), and very relieved it wasn’t anything more serious. So, are you all feeling forewarned?? 😂🤣😂🤣

    Needless to say, the scale has been creeping up, despite an almost-acceptable FD on Saturday, and the probable-FD yesterday/Sunday. I’ll clearly have, um, a “whoosh” very soon!

    @northgeorgia So sorry! I hope your ankle and knee are far better today! How’d the pizza turn out?

    @toady Poor you! I hope you’re feeling better now.

    @snowflake56 Your confidence is shining through, and I’m sure those 8# will be gone very quickly.

    @fivetwofan5252 My opinion is that, when I don’t exercise, I don’t pay as close attention to the food I eat, and end up eating too many calories. When I trouble myself to exercise, I make better decisions all day. So, while the calories burned are minimal in the overall picture, the motivation that results is huge. My favorite quote on this topic is from @markie99 : You get fit in the gym; you lose weight in the kitchen.

    @dvw That’s a great quote: “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet” Exactly right! And, here’s a piece of trivia for you: Like you, when the scales drop, my inclination is to feel as if I’m free to eat “a little extra” since “my weight is down, yippee!!” But, when I’ve successfully lost weight in the past, when the scales dropped, that was always motivation to eat even less that day! Clearly, weight loss is just as dependent on finding your “why” and remembering it.

    @nuno Bummer on the cholesterol number! I too have high cholesterol (283 at last test) but am trying hard to control my cholesterol-intake through good food choices, to exercise at least 150 minutes each week, and to lose weight, all in hopes that’ll get my count down.

    @nellen Good to see you back; hope things settle down soon for you!

    @lilymartin I think it’s common for people who love to cook to fall in love with 5:2, because that’s the only way we’ve found to combine weight loss with our love of cooking. It’s a delicate balance for those of us who love to cook!

    @brightonbelle We’ve missed your chatter, but so glad you’ve stayed on track; well done!

    @betsylee Congratulations; that’s a great loss!! And, no, I don’t think the hypnosis helped much with Saturday, but I have ideas to share with my hypnotist as to phrases that will help, so we’ll see if I’m right.

    @michelinme Well, keep in mind that to be up 7 actual pounds since Friday, you’d need to have eaten in excess of 23,000 calories, and I’m CERTAIN you didn’t. Good luck with terrific and encouraging and mojo-regaining FDs this week!

    Pocket List Day 8
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @dvw
    @michelinme (day 1 of b2b2b)
    @songbirdme
    @ccco. (FD800)
    @stitchincarol

    DTF
    @ccco
    @stitchincarol (until Easter)

    So many of us seem to have had physical complaints in the last few days; hopefully we’re all of us past all of that and will just have beautiful days filled with success in whatever our plans are. Good luck!

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

    Fasting today, with you two. Hope it is going well for you.

    My day is over-full so should pass quickly. I need the fast. Over the weekend I made real English scones and blueberry jam for a friend. They were lovely, tall and light. And the two of us ate the whole batch! They added a pound back, but were worth it.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All..

    A lovely walk on a different river bank this morning with Oreo and Natalie..although it’s still our river!

    Grandson called to collect a wheelchair for his great grandma, he only stayed 20 mins. She went in a home 3 weeks ago but they felt guilty so she’s coming back home tomorrow, I think she’s 96.

    I have got an upset tum, gripes I don’t know why…I am fasting today…

    Hedgehog..
    Hope you feel better soon it’s not nice. Have a lazy day I am!

    Dave..
    You can’t change things it’s not worth worrying what you can’t change…I know it’s hard it will work out in the end it has too…you worry about the kids whatever their age..

    Hemmy…
    I am not warm today quite chilly…you must be warmer than us if you are doing outside work..it will look nice when you can have a cuppa outside…I am looking forward to that.

    I am having a man come to quote for my gate tomorrow, the other handyman fell through as he moved house and was too busy..what would you expect to pay..2’ 6” wide 5’ high wooden gate and one wooden post to fix to house to hang it on?..£200 ??

    Off walking…so cold!
    Jean x

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 MN/USA FD
    Day 7 CD

    On Saturday we had a lovely time at DGD’s Birthday party and I did have a slice of chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. A small slice, and then another. I think it added up to about 500-600 calories, about as much as a bottle of wine, and more than my 5 OZ of steak, and roasted vegetable. No regrets, though, as I had planned ahead with a FD on Friday and a controlled day yesterday. The only drawback for me was that it did wake the dreaded Hunger Dragon…..at 5 am I woke with hunger pains, and struggled to stray under TDEE yesterday. I guess some of us are more sensitive to sugar than others. It was an interesting lesson.

    Off to start painting our bedroom, and will do a 45 + minute walk this afternoon to take advantage of the beautiful and unusual Spring weather and temp of 60+ F (15.6 C).

    Have a great day everyone! I have read all the posts and enjoyed the discussions and inspiration. Thank you all for sharing!

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    USA. Day 8. FD800

    Pocket List Day 8

    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @dvw
    @michelinme (day 1 of b2b2b)
    @songbirdme
    @ccco. (FD800)

    DTF
    @ccco

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 USA (Illinois) FD

    Think I will do a FD today as I am off to have a “check engine light” looked at in Madison, Wisconsin where we have our cars serviced. Some times it is easier to just not eat on days like today. I will bring my apple for my FD snack.

    @snowflake56 – yes, my only saving with the music judging is that I do have multi-focal “blended” lenses. That made it tolerable!

    Pocket list day 8
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @dvw
    @michelinme (day 1 of b2b2b)
    @songbirdme

    Onward and downward.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi FBBs hope all is well with you. Xxxx

    Another lovely warm sunny day .. it makes such a difference so uplifting.

    Had a nice walk with a friend lots of chat. lol

    After lunch its going to be a cleaning day .. wrought iron table and chairs to wash off outside .. getting ready for spring.

    Hedgehogs… hopefully you will feel better soon… its sounds like you need a good rest and someone to look after you . You are always so very busy looking after everyone else dont forget about you.

    Brads.. I hope you can stop worrying soon.. it is very tiring and draining on our system.. Heidi sounds a lovely girl with a wonderful nature.

    Good luck Fasters you can do it. My turn tomorrow.

    Take care and stay safe all. Happiness comes in waves…..It will find you again.Xxxx

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 UK FD
    Day 7 EFS
    Day 6 EFS

    So I made all the rookie mistakes over the weekend. chocolates came thru the post, a lovely treat from a dear friend and just I ate them. All that sugar woke my dragon and I spent the rest of the weekend eating most unhelpfully – despite all the lovely vegetables twinkling away at me from the fridge. Result – this morning i am up 7 WHOLE POUNDS on Friday!

    i know it is – hopefully, most likely – Easy On Easy Off weight, but still it’s a real shock to the system! I didn’t sleep very well at all and woke up feeling as tho I have a hangover, with huge amounts of joint pain that my usual meds aren’t even touching. Plus I’ve lost the mental focus and concentration that I finally rediscovered last week after months of post-covid health issues.

    To rebalance the scales – literally and metaphorically – i’m going to fast for the next 3 days. I know I feel better when fasted so this is for future me. I’ve written notes and stuck them over the house to remind me what I’m doing and why, and hopefully this will keep me strong. I’m also going to bed Very Early tonight.

    Yesterday I batch-cooked enough butternut squash, courgette and spinach dal for 5 main meals so that should keep me going for a couple of weeks FD food. I also have tomatoes, spinach and courgette for salads along with cabbage, carrot & apple for slaw. There are heaps of berries in the freezer, citrus fruit & apples in the fridge and no shopping coming in this week except for my big fruit & veg box. I have heaps of peppermint tea, root ginger and vegemite for hot & salty drinks plus litres of fizzy water. I can do this!

    Pocket list day 8
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @dvw
    @michelinme (day 1 of b2b2b)

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 – USA/GA – FD

    NFD Sundays seem to treat me awful. I’m up 2 lbs since Sunday morning’s weigh-in. Just shy of 229 this morning at 228.8 lbs. Yeah, something’s happening to make me soak up and hold on to more water on those days. I need to take a look. Of course, there’s lots of psychological stress this past weekend as our neighborhood will be without water for the whole day, due to construction. Some nagging things at work and at home, too. Falling and hurting my knee Saturday evening probably didn’t help things, either.

    Anyway, I didn’t hit 230, so that’s good! I just plan to stay the course this week and hope for good things.

    Pocket list day 8
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @dvw
    @northgeorgia (ZBC)

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 USA/DC FD800
    Good morning all. It is beautiful here – I think spring may be making her entrance.

    @fivetwofan5252 – I have found that exercise is really critical for my mind – I take yoga, spin, and strength classes and walk. While that may sound like a lot, it’s really not. It averages out to about 45 minutes a day (not including walks). And when I miss a day I really know it. But you are right, exercise alone will not result in weight loss. The IF, 5:2 plan, is really the only thing that has ever worked for me. It keeps me aware of how much I eat and has taught my body (nothing will ever teach my mouth and taste buds) what it means to be full and when I have eaten enough. that may sound silly – but for me – it has been a long lesson to learn and I am still at it.
    Enjoy the outside all. Just think – between the vaccines and spring – we may all really be able to go outside again, unencumbered.

    P.s. on the weight front – alcohol!!! I did Dry January, and then have continued on. I used to have a glass or two of wine almost each evening. No longer. Once I get to go out to eat with people I will of course return to wine, but no longer will I indulge each evening – all that really did was lower my resistance to food, make me sleepy, disrupt my sleep in the middle of the night and add lbs that were hard to get off.
    Much as I love a glass of wine (am Italian by heritage) when I return, I need to really do so in moderation!!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Fast day for me but don’t feel like it at all. I lay awake half the night worrying about my daughter. I feel really miserable at the moment. Just took Heidi out and she met a husky, as we approached it, it lay down in front of her. It was only a puppy, and as usual she got on very well with it.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good evening all

    It’s good to read all the posts. I’ve now completed 12 transcripts, so nearly half. It’s very tiring work, because the concentration needed is intense. Plus, I’m probably still being too meticulous in the process, so they’re still taking several hours each. Oh well, Once done, they’re done. Not sure how it happened this last week, as I certainly didn’t have any FDs, though a bit of restricted eating, and I lost 1.1 kg. Well, I’ll just accept it with gratitude.

    Had to head off today for yet another Covid-19 test – no, I didn’t expect it to be positive. I had a cold about 3-4 weeks ago (my last C-19 test) and have now developed some asthma. I think it’s time I saw the doctor, so I pre-empted the surgery asking me to get a test. And yes, yet another negative result. Not feeling great though, as my breathing is down a bit and I have this dry cough. Oh well, it’s not serious, and other people are far worse off.

    LindsayL, great that you could enjoy some yummy (restrained!) cheese. Are you off to the island soon, or is OH coming home now the door is fixed?

    Anzac65, do you think your job might be extended as you’ve been commended for doing such a good job? Wouldn’t that be great, if it happened!

    Thin, finally away from the marina and on your travels again – even if only several hundred metres to start with.

    jonykiwi, great that the bicycling club is doing well, even despite the lockdowns. Hope you can get the vaccine soon. I’m in the second tier group here, and will probably have the AstraZeneca one, but I’ll be happy with that. They’re all more efficient than the normal yearly flu vaccine, and definitely prevent severe disease and hospitalisation.
    Great that the carpeting is finished, and sure hope you find the fittings soon.

    Cinque, how did the 4-sisters together event go? Hope it was a lot of laughs, and not too tiring for you.

    LJoyce, yes, isn’t the taste of fresh bread just wonderful? I try to put any I buy into the freezer as quickly as possible.

    I’m also planning a big cookup, probably on Wednesday, chicken breasts, tofu and lots of vegies including garlic and onion, plus a couple of eggs swirled in – I’ll eat one lot, put 1 or 2 meals into the fridge, and freeze the rest. Yum.

    Okay, time to close. Klondie, hope you’re okay. Also G’DayfromSA, Turnabout, Intesha, Penguin, Crazyartist, Merryme, etc. Neilithicman, you haven’t posted for a few days, either – are you okay?

    Goodnight all

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all!
    Back to fasting for me after some lovely food yesterday! A bit hard going- neck painful again & bad headache, feeling like I need a lazy day, which makes fasting harder… Was nice to get out for fresh air with Xena though- we were complimented on her behaviour again when she sat nicely with me to let someone past- if only they knew what she can be like at home😂 Before son went to work she did her usual putting her paw up for fuss to him then growling when he does fuss her, so weird!! Sister’s hours changed now the children are back, she’s seeing mum this afternoon.
    Hope everyone is okay & keep strong if you’re fasting!

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 Melb Aust NFD

    Thought I’d drop in briefly. Not sure what happened last week. I didn’t manage any FDs, though I did restrict the eating a bit on some days, and somehow I managed to LOSE 1.1 kg. How did that happen? I don’t think I care how, I’ll just take it and be grateful 🙂

    @snowflake56, good to see you back!

    @songbirdme, what a busy time you seem to have with your music

    @northgeorgia, your weight loss is an inspiration

    @i hate lettuce, your loss and maintenance also inspires, and I agree with you that exercise is vital. It’s not so much that you’ll lose more weight by exercising, but that a person’s shape trims down and so you look much better.

    @stitchincarol, it’s now post-weekend, did the hypnosis help the eating control over the weekend?

    Great to see everyone so keen this month!

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 – Canada – FD

    Good morning. I’m going for a good FD today and determined to stay under 800 calories. I was down 1.4 pounds this morning and I’ll take it! I have found in the past when I see a loss on the scale I then go a bit crazy with food – not this week. Today I’ll walk (a chilly but sunny day -12) and do a quick HIIT session.

    I’ll also watch a bit of curling 🥌 on the tube, the best Cdn men’s teams are playing this week in the Brier. Great fun.

    Stay strong 💪 all.

    Pocket list day 8
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle
    @dvw

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    LJ, I haven’t seen Slendier over here. And I do miss my Carmen’s very berry muesli. Perfect weather for you. We had a nice sunny day yesterday but it’s drizzling again today. I believe the over 50s are now being vaccinated here. Why do you think Anzac’s trip to Fiji might not go ahead? Do you believe travel bans will be extended?

    Jony, your bike rides sound fun. I used to hide valuables in the home when we travelled overseas and would then spend days searching for things like car keys, hard drives, on return. I even did it recently while on the marina. There was no need to lock to boat so, to eliminate the chance of dropping the boat keys in the drink, I put them somewhere ‘safe’ on board. It took me some time to remember where.

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 UK FD

    Morning all , sorry I’ve been very poor at posting recently Intend to try and get back on track this week I have been sticking to my plan eating and exercise wise though

    Good to see you again @snowflake56

    Pocket list day 8
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @brightonbelle

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 – Lake District UK – FD

    Good morning everyone

    Glum drizzly morning this morning, walk with purpose though, into the next village for a few bits of shopping. Then once again sort through the wardrobe, unfortunately some of the clothes I bought last summer are now too big.
    So a serious check and bundle stuff up for local school who raise money through a clothes bank.

    @snowflake56 – I can’t really be doing with salad either, unless height of summer and is really crisp and fresh. The Hairy Dieters books are good, substitute cream with creme fresh and use a lot of herbs and spices to add flavour, we have quite a few of their recipes we use regularly. Excellent.

    @fivetwofan5252 – You’re not wrong, ‘exercise alone is not enough’ a combination of diet/exercise and a dose of will power I believe is the best way. I really made a determined effort to ‘change my ways’ making my mind up in July 2019 and never looked back, fallen off the wagon on holidays and occasions, but determined to get straight back on, no conning myself and no excuses.

    Pocket list day 8
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day eight, UK, NFD or omad or ZBC?!

    So yesterday was meant to be an NFD, But it ended up being an OMAD! Hilarious how these things happen completely unplanned… I just was too busy to go back home and eat and I certainly didn’t want to be eating sandwiches from a garage!

    However this has mucked up my plans for the week because I wanted to do Monday Wednesday and Friday and now I will have to do 2 x OMADs back to back which I don’t really enjoy! (I am meeting my friend for a birthday picnic to celebrate her 50th on Thursday! Yum!)

    So interesting to read a few opinions on exercise! Thanks for posting!

    Even though we’ve only had a few samples so far it seems to be a favourite adjunct for weight loss. (@snowflake56 excepted!)

    My own personal finding is that the more exercise I do the less I have to worry about what I eat, But with age a few pounds have certainly crept on, And I personally find that fasting is the only way to get back to my weight of younger years. Exercise alone is not enough…..

    Last year when I had long Covid for nearly 6 months I put on a stone despite eating really healthily. I must say that now I have started being able to get back to my old way of life where daily exercise is simply a given, the weight is slowly disappearing again and therefore I believe that the enforced sedentary lifestyle played a big factor in my weight gain. Of course this is in combination with fasting!!

    Please do post your thoughts on exercise… I’m fascinated to read different viewpoints!

    @snowflake56 – glad you’re on the mend, long may it continue 😊

    @i-hate-lettuce – walking is wonderfully therapeutic for us too!

    @dvw – that’s really interesting! Thanks! PS – yes I’m a numbers gal! 😊

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello everyone.

    Anzac, despite the long hours you have to deal with I hope they extend your contract. Having to look for work with the economy only slowly recovering would not be ideal. I also suspect the WFH every day that you have agreed with your current bank would not continue in a new contract – and I know just how valuable that is to you.
    Given that the os travel ban has been extended to at least July I would also be doubting unfortunately, that Fiji will be open by October. I think it might depend on how our and their vaccination programs are going.

    Jony, it sounds like you al enjoyed the walk and the cafe break, despite having to split into smaller groups. To be honest even trying to have a conversation in a group of 10 is challenge so I think it’s always a good idea.

    Thin, the UKs progress with vaccinations is being lauded here for the vast numbers of jabs given. They are also starting to talk about the declining infection rates achieved by those vaccinations.

    Cinque, I hope you are having a marvelous day with your sisters. I also hope that you are not left too exhausted by it. Take care.

    I did a FD yesterday but have diced to approach the rest of the week as tightly controlled days 800-1200cals. I know I overdid the treats last week and I also have 2 restaurant meals to deal with next weekend so I think this is a wise precaution. I don’t want to end up back in the 80s again and facing several weeks at 800cals to deal with it. Better to nip it in the bud now. Thankfully we have weather in the high 20s for the next week so my appetite won’t be stimulated because I’m cold.

    Tonight I made chilli tuna pasta for dinner. Very quick to put together and packs a real flavour punch. It’s quick because the main ingredient is a tin of Sirena chilli tuna. I also add lots of garlic, a bag of baby spinach and lots of halved cherry tomatoes to make it more balanced meal.
    I use the slendier legume spaghetti – tonight I used the soybean version. It’s a lot more like spaghetti than their konjac noodles are, but it’s still high in fibre and much lower in calories than normal spaghetti. (100g of the Slendier dry legume spaghetti is 480kj compared to 1500kj for durum wheat pasta) This difference in the kilojoules means I can have a very hearty sized serve (about 70g dry) and the whole meal is less than 350cals. To save effort I cooked the whole 200g box of legume spaghetti and have a second bowl of the tuna chilli pasta ready to reheat and also a another serve of the spaghetti mixed with sundried tomato pesto, broad beans and cherry tomatoes. That’s two nights I won’t have to cook this week – very happy about that.

    Hope everyone is having a a lovely weekend.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    https://imgur.com/68jOl8m

    Kia ora, fellow fasters!

    Covid has been front of mind for many Kiwis over the last week after some careless Aucklanders got the bug and sparked a tightening of our lockdown levels. The only effect I noticed was when I took my group on a ride last week – as we were settling down for a morning coffee and fresh cheese scone at Macandrew Bay, the waitress popped out and asked us to separate into two groups, as under lockdown level 2 the cafe could have only 10 peeps seated together. We were happy to comply. The attached pix were taken on the previous ride, when 16 riders pedalled 42km and also enjoyed a ferry trip across Otago Harbour between Port Chalmers and Portobello to link harbour rides on both sides of the harbour. It was an excellent day.

    Numbers for our Wednesday rides are still pleasing. They’re attracting mainly retired people but also some shift workers and the odd person who’s on holiday. Everyone gets on well.

    Dearest wifey and I can relax a bit now as our new carpet is down and all the furniture is back in place. Looks great! How I just have to find three fittings which I took off walls around the house before the carpet-layers arrived and bloody well can’t find now! I seem to specialise in this – before we took off on a long holiday once I hid my laptop charger to confound burglars (who didn’t come) and I just couldn’t find it when we got home – had to buy a new one!

    Neil – I’m not sure if you’ve finished your marathon A2O bike trek yet, but I hope it all went well. You’ll be a lean, mean biking machine at the finish but probably feeling a bit deflated, as is often the case when a big adventure ends.

    To all other forum members, hi from Kiwiland and hope life is treating you well. Our vaccines are arriving so I guess I’ll get the call at some stage over the next few months to bare my arm. NZ has plumped for the Pfizer variety, which is apparently the bee’s knees.

    Ka kite ano, John

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Anzac, how nice to get that recognition. You deserve it. I hadn’t read anything in your posts about looking for other work but I must have misunderstood someone else’s post. Shame about the Canadian Bank. My DD has been working mad hours since taking up this first post. It’s a 50 hour week plus one 14 hour on call night as standard. She has left the practice on time at 6pm twice ever, usually still working at 9 or 10pm. There’s a brutal on call weekend every six weeks from 6pm Friday to 8am Monday plus one Saturday morning every 12 weeks. For these, the vets are compensated with three days off when they collapse in a heap. She’s still loving it, is well supported with excellent colleagues and learning heaps but I can see that she’s just exhausted. Anyway, she’s just received a good raise (from a very low base) and accolades from the top so feels more valued.

    Yippee! 58kg exactly this morning. We’ve eaten vegetarian dinners for a few days and I think that’s had a good effect in addition to my FD yesterday.

    Have a great week all.

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

    Thermals on and breakfast skipped this morning. Work trousers are very comfortable which is lovely and wasa big goal back in July.

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8, Emden Germany, FD

    @songbirdme Thanks, it’s good to be back. You must have been exhausted yesterday, after seeing and listening to so many entrants. Having to use extra glasses is annoying, you always have to make sure to take them with you. Have you tried multifocus glasses? My DH has them, I tried them as well but they gave me headaches and dizziness.

    @nellen I hope things have calmed down. Well done on maintaining your weight in stressful times, not any easy thing to do.

    @lilymartin I find it difficult to cook delicious low calorie food, nothing beats the taste of butter and cream. I wished a plain salad would make me happy but it doesn’t.

    Pocket list day 8
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56

    Have a nice day everyone!

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 8 country West Australia FD
    Like @nellen, life happened for the past several weeks.
    Still at the same weight but hoping for 2 FDs this week .
    The problem is I LOVE to cook and have just acquired some fabulous recipes.😲
    I do try to work out how to make recipes healthier and to have smaller portions but seriously -Lobster Thermidor for lunch AND dinner yesterday because a friend had caught some fresh crays and DH was hoping for LT. 😘
    Delicious, used yoghurt in place of cream, less cheese/wine etc but still thinking it went WAY over my TDEE. 😳
    Glad to be back and being accountable.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good afternoon everyone

    Another stunning day in Sydney; we are having a run of sunny warm days without it being too hot. A lot of rain is coming this week but we do need it.

    I had a whole weekend off and I feel like a new person. Saturday I did a lot of cooking – both for the freezer and for dinner. Mr Anzac said he had a hankering for some of my pork and prawn steamed dim sims so I obliged along with peking duck pancakes and duck san choy bau. Sunday was housework and several long swims and relaxing with a book. Nice!

    Thin, no I’m not looking for another job despite it being horrendously stressful. It is the same in every place I work (apart from the lovely Canadian Bank who have sadly closed down. Boo – there goes my backup plan) as it is the nature of the work, not so much the place. I choose this work so I have no-one but myself to blame. I love the freedom of working pretty much solo and of course being able to WFH permanently is everything to me. My boss gave me a formal recognition last week and it gets sent to everyone in both the project and the business teams we are working for. A whole heap of other people chimed in with such lovely comments I actually cried. It makes everything much more bearable when you realise you actually are making a difference and being appreciated. This all said, my contract is up in 6 weeks (end of April) and two other really good contractors are finishing up at the end of March when their contracts are up as there are budget issues. So I might be looking for another job after all

    I’m glad you have been able to continue cruising Thin. It sounds amazing

    LJ, bread is my nemesis too and a freshly baked loaf cannot be ignored. I think you did well to get as much as you did in the freezer.

    So glad you are feeling better dear Cinque and your catch-up with your sisters’ will be lovely. Isn’t it great that we have come so far that we can now travel interstate again. We still have our trip to Fiji booked for October but I’m starting to lose hope that it will come about that soon.

    Yes Klondie, where did you go? Come back please, we miss you

    How beautiful those two fruitless pear trees sound Cali. Glad you have had your second vaccine, you must feel very relieved.

    My heart melted at your story of your Grandma surrogacy Lindsay. What a lovely gesture from your grandson.

    Hi to everyone else, I have run out of time.

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 7 – NSW, AU – NFD

    Only managed a 12 hour overnight fast, ate some more pizza but did do 20-30 minutes at the gym… have no motivation for exercising, but that’s just the depression looming again, and sadly medication is not going to help as I tried it but the dizziness isn’t worth it. Hopefully back to under my TDEE tomorrow.

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 7 – USA/GA – NFD

    Apparently, I forgot to hit Submit with my post this morning. I weighed-in at 226 lbs. Hoping I don’t hit 230 for tomorrow’s FD!

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 7 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Yesterday’s contest judging was tedious but fun. All the entrants were submitted as recordings that we watched on little ChromeBooks with a separate window for their musical score. I watched 45 singers, small groups, and pianists. My biggest loss was not remembering to bring my computer glasses. Luckily, the lunch I ordered was a delicious Greek salad, very healthy. Only had 1/2 a cinnamon roll for breakfast. Yeah for that day.

    @snowflake56 – oh so great to see you back again. Hope your health issues are all behind you with sunny skies ahead.

    @nellen – glad to see you’ve made it back too. Life does get in the way, doesn’t it? Someday I sure would love to see the cherry blossoms around the reflecting pond in D. C. The only times I have been around there were hot, humid, sunny days!

    @stitchincarol – fascinating reading about your hypnosis experiences! Interesting, too, to read that your new added motivation to want to lose weight is especially enhanced by hypnosis.

    @northerndawn – more thaw and melt today here too. Yeah! Spring is soon upon us!

    Onward and downward.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Gammon, egg and chips in the end, a couple of glasses of wine……fasting now..

    X

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi…
    I didn’t get as far as the phone shop…I put a few more snowdrops in at the cemetery…

    I got to b&q but the colour is wrong not a lot of choice, different to the one I have. I will take it back and try somewhere different.
    It’s not going to be as easy as I thought, unless I find the same one. The underneath brackets are so different and I am going onto a concrete floor which Steve found difficult too…

    We sometimes went to Wicks so maybe it’s worth a try there…another day…

    Hedgehog..
    A chicken dinner it would be nice for me…I have no idea what I am cooking yet. I shall have a sit before our walk.

    Save..
    Enjoy the football…and your chicken dinner.

    Jean x

  • Riz-My progress

    The weight on the 06.03 was 64.9kg, so basically I lost 100gr only this week! Boring!
    Well, it’s better than nothing. Hi Pam, glad u lost the 500gr, some weight loss to keep u motivated.
    Good u found the group of friends for your exercise routine, I believe that helps to keep on track.
    My mum is a diabetic person, so she needs to be eating something every 2 hours, if I do that on fasting days even if is low calorie meals that will pass the 500 mark for the day. Lets see how it goes.
    Take care Pam, chat soon.

    Riz

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon everyone.Cloudy here but not cold. Roast chicken for us too so Heidi is happy.Big football game today, Denise days it’s just a game but I say it’s life of death. She is a red and I am a blue,my son is also a blue.So she’s outnumbered 😁

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon!
    Jean- hope you get the jobs done okay…I hate changing phones, don’t envy you that! thinking of you, hugs xx
    Typhoo- enjoy your Sunday too, any guitar playing today? Sunday veggie roast?
    Hope everyone else is okay ☺
    A long early walk, frosty here, lots of runners about, Xena was really good except for one she barked at! Not rushing about, online Church can be any time! Doing a roast chicken this afternoon, eldest son’s last one! He’ll take a plate round to Mum too.
    NonFD for me after a week of 800cals, will go back to that tomorrow.
    Have a good day all!

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

    Brilliant Iona.

    The scales haven’t moved but my waist is half an inch smaller. Beyond thrilled.

    Back to work tomorrow and looking forward to catching up with colleagues. I have opted for a hot lunch, so will skip breakfast twice a week and see what the damage is at the weekend.

    Just 3 weeks until the Easter holidays when I can get back to longer fasts.

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 7 USA/DC FD800
    Hello to all. I am sorry I have been absent. Life just got in the way the last several weeks. I am hoping things have calmed down. Miraculously I am still at maintenance, though I have not been journaling on MFP which I just really need. I need to get back to that and being accountable, because I know the second life calms down and my body is no longer burning calories like mad due to stress, that party will be over.
    It is starting to warm up here, the greens of the daffodils are up, no buds yet, but it’s definitely coming. Spring in DC is absolutely gorgeous,
    I hope all are well. Looks like we have a very large group this month – exciting.
    Glad to be back

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 7 – Lisbon, Portugal 16:8

    The plan is going well and in the meantime I have already received the results of the blood tests.

    I have high cholesterol (333) 🙁 it seems that I need take medication…

    I will enjoy the sun and take a walk.

    Good Sunday everyone
    Nuno

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All…
    A pleasant walk this morning milder than expected..still heating has gone up now it seems chilly..

    Decided to mend the strip on the floor between two doors don’t know what it’s called, it’s getting a bit dangerous of tripping…so off to bbq and see if they have one..then I have to cut it into shape 😂 it will be interesting!

    I would like a new phone it’s getting quite tatty, very well hammered…is it justified?? That’s me all over..I have to think it through….Steve’s voice is telling me not to prat about and get one!…he is a love….

    I will be fasting tomorrow..

    Typhoo..
    I am about…looking for jobs to keep busy, have a nice day yourself….

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all

    Quite a nice morning here it’s a little chilly but dry just as you might expect this time of year as we head towards spring.

    It’s very quiet on here again it must be the weekend and everyone is out enjoying themselves 😝.

    Stay safe and enjoy your weekend

  • 2021 Monthly Challenge – Motivational March!

    Day 7 – Canada – NFD

    Good morning. Had a good FD yesterday and I’m hoping to see results on the scale. Like you @fivetwofan5252 I like to see the numbers! It’s how I know when I’ll reach my goal, it’s concrete even though it sometimes changes like the wind, ha ha ha.

    For me exercise is key to weight loss and maintenance. My preference is walking but I also do resistance training. However as they say ‘you can’t out-exercise a bad diet’ I would think whatever works best for the individual.

    I have Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s excellent book The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move, Sleep. He writes about people overdosing on exercise but he’s a proponent of moving more – walking, strength training, HIIT, and doing one glute exercise daily. However, exercising has to be in conjunction with diet, relaxing and sleeping.

    Take care all.

  • Keep Fasting with JoJo(continued from Lose 2 lb per week)

    I’m very trying, too, Amazon 😉😉

  • Keep Fasting with JoJo(continued from Lose 2 lb per week)

    I bought more grains about 3 months ago and it has already become a chore but I shall persevere for now……..

    Hope everyone is well, I’m still on the path of climb back up onto the wagon only to fall off almost straight away but at least I’m trying……

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