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  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1, second post FD800 (morphed from a FD, but still okay)

    @lily martin, had to jump in – don’t believe the online heart age quiz from the Heart Foundation. I did it and was given a really high heart age, so redid it, putting in all the ideal parameters for me, ideal weight, low cholesterol, non-smoker, etc., but with a family history of heart disease, still came out several years over my current age. Sorry, that’s just rubbish! Doesn’t account for the fact that both my parents were smokers, which doubles the risk of heart disease, and I’m not. Please don’t take your results to heart; they can’t be trusted.

    About me – 70-year-old female, single, retired ESL teacher and former medical laboratory scientist, whose household is ruled by a ginger tabby named Wilbur. Currently working on a doctorate degree, which keeps me busy. Love church and my involvement there, have some great friends, but really need to lose a lot more weight. I lost 13 kgs last year, regained 10 (how?!!) and have lost 8 of those in the past 2 months. Determined to continue till I reach my goal weight. 5:2 really seems to suit me, and if the overall trend is downwards, will get there eventually. I remind myself frequently that this is a WOL, not a diet, so I’m in it for the long haul.

    Onward and downwards everyone!

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

    We can’t buy potting compost unless the supermarket or a local hardware store has any.

    We’ve had an issue with one regional police force in particular being over zealous by informing a shopper Easter eggs are not necessary supplies. They’ve been admonished by the police authorities and reminded they have no power to tell people what to buy when they go to the supermarket.

    Bah Scrooge Humbug…….

    The same force are in trouble for over zealous policing of people out walking their dogs in remote areas and putting black dye in a lak at a local beauty spot to discourage walkers.
    Surely they have something more worthwhile to do.

    I intend to buy Easter chocolate next week for the small boys in my life. I shall drive to their house and leave it on the doorstep. Their Mother can tell them the Easter Bunny has been 😃


    I wish I was sticking to one meal per day. It’s proving difficult but I’ll keep trying.

    I’ve been outside for an hour and now have a nice bunch of pea sticks and space to plant other vegetables.
    Almost as soon as I came back inside it clouded over so I picked the best time to do it.

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1 country west Australia NFD
    Whew!! Well Covid 19 happened – and I have been MIA for so long.
    @suki2, many thanks for hosting. This will be a great forum to keep in touch with all the restrictions. We have closed our state borders and now our regional borders.
    Only allowed to go out to work ( if able) , to get basic groceries or for a medical appointment.
    Crazy times indeed.
    And what a good time to get the 5:2 under control.
    I did an online heart quiz and found that my heart age is 76 – and I am only early 60😔
    So upping the exercise, watching the way I do 5:2 which has admittedly been out the window for a few weeks.
    Hoping you are all well across the world. 🙏🤞
    Looking forward to catching up when I catch my breath. 👅
    I’m still working so very stressful but not the worst thing.👩‍⚕️
    There have been worse times in history and there are folk much worse off than me. 😷
    Stay well.🙃

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1, London, UK, FD

    I’m starting April as I mean to continue, with positivity & focus!!! Today WILL be a bog-standard 500cal FD!!!

    My aim for this month where I’ll be working from home is to do some form of daily exercise, complete a minimum of 2 FDs per week, be mindful of the NFD madness and yes @jaifaim …………….. I’m in for ‘Arid April’. The booze can wait since being at home full time with a full wine rack just screams DISASTER!!!!

    I’ll add a little bit about myself later since I’m at work, ………. at home, you know what I mean!! @daffodil2010, I’m desperate to develop a ‘water & salad’ habit ASAP!!! I too have 20lbs to dispatch as quickly as possible, I took measurements this morning and in comparison to April 2019, some parts of me have ballooned by 3-4 inches!!! I was clearly doing that ostrich thing I do, so it’s time to pull my finger out and get firmly back on the wagon!!!

    I’ve only been fooling myself ……….. what a day to realise who the fool is!!!

    Pocket list – April Fools Day! 😂

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1 Oxfordshire, UK – NFD
    Hello everyone. I’m a 58 female, retired. 1 DH, 1 DD with partner, 1 DS & 1 cocker spaniel.
    Lost 3 stone with 5:2 2014-15. Gradually put some of that back on. Started these challenges in August 2019. I have 2kg to go till goal. That will be my main intention for this month. Plus continuing with the running plan.
    My first time hosting which I am looking forward too.
    @mogaman the spreadsheet is the 2nd post on Page 1 of April forum.
    @ihatelettuce your tale is an inspiration to us all. It can be done.
    Although we are all limited on the exercise front we are so lucky to have great things available to us on the internet and much of it for free.
    Slowly slowly catchee monkey.
    Have a good day everyone

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All..
    Lovely morning…at the park for 7.30..lots of dogs to play…really surreal everyone at 20 foot apart..some walkers too…so very odd….

    Charlie shattered and asleep ..that’s the way we like it.. 😂..shower and breakfast, cuppa now…

    Steve seems brighter today he had had a good sleep best in 4 years!!…(sleeping tablets)

    Happy Birthday….have a lovely day and meal this evening…enjoy the cheesecake…some goals for the month….

    We always have crumpets on the go..lovely with cheese on…I suppose I am a bit loose with food on non fast days, it could be better..

    A bit risky to do the nice…the recipe doesn’t make a lot so that’s good…I would do 6oz of flour…1 1/2 times the recipe…..bake little and often…thinking what to do today, feeling a need of a plan for a few hours at least..

    I have never made choux pastry, is it easy…I am getting a bored, a bit up and down..thinking of jobs to do then can’t be bothered doing them..🙁

    That’s really good 3 lbs off over the month, it’s hard when you are nearing goal ..1 lb to go..well done…I still would like another 2lb off wriggle room but it’s not moving, I am still 2 lbs under…well before the biscuits 😂

    Have a good day whatever is planned…

    Jean x

  • Springing Up – March 2020 Challenge

    Final post
    Finished the month 1kg down. Not quite goal but still a loss. See you all in April.
    Thank you again @michelineme for hosting March.

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1 UK FD

    Morning all – I’m late 50s and live on the English South Coast with my husband . I did my first challenge way back in May 2016 ? with Coda and a few others that are on here now Lost the bit of extra weight I needed to and tootled along quite happily maintaining until last year My husband retired fairly recently and we’ve but doing quite a lot of travelling and woosh I somehow managed to put on around 20lbs ! I’m currently just under 11st and if I can get to just under 10st I’ll be happy . Will be fasting Monday’s and Wednesdays but will need to revisit my NFD routine as like a few others some naughty habits have crept in in the last week or so
    Pocket list – April Fools Day! 😂

    Good Luck for April 💪

  • Springing Up – March 2020 Challenge

    Final Post,

    Well I’m ending this Parched March Challenge ……………… exactly where I started!!! I expected the booze eradication to help, but in truth, the eating hasn’t been perfect, there have been crisps, chocolate, winegums & bread!!! Add that to the ‘time of life’ nightmare and it’s to be expected.

    Thank you @michelinme for hosting us during this exceptional month, I hope to see everyone in the April challenge!!!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi everyone

    Glad Steve’s feeling a bit better, Jean. From memory of my friend – a few bad days buys a good number of good days.

    Well done to all the losers! Really impressive given the up and down nature of the last month! I’ve stayed the same…so I’ll take that.

    Might try a fd tomorrow – also have a wee funeral tomorrow. Only immediate family – so hard on folks.

    Spent the start of the week being creative – a card to go out for Holy Week to everyone…but now I really need to knuckle down!

    Catch up later.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Well done on the loss HH, very difficult during the present times.My next fast day is Thursday.I am eating to much on non fast days and also the wrong stuff ☹️.I must buck up.

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1 North Wales FD

    I am 63 and fairly active. I started this way of life three years ago and successfully lost a lot of weight. When I gave up the challenges I was good for about 6 months. Although I continued to fast I started eating much more on my non fast days. I then started to skip the odd fast day. As a result a lot of weight has gone back on. With being on lockdown I am hoping to start to control my eating again. Difficult when I cannot see my daughters and grandchildren for the foreseeable future as I am asthmatic. This challenge worked for me before and I know with your help it will work for me again. I CAN DO THIS 💪💪💪💪.

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

    😅😅😅It certainly felt like that, Wi!
    My gardening was curtailed by pouring rain and a lack of potting mix. I hope getting it is counted as necessary supplies!

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

    I was amazed to see urban foxes in the UK a few years ago. I suppose in Lyon where I lived there were not enough parks and gardens so they didn’t bother.
    You don’t see them in the countryside very often, but they take the neighbours’ chickens, and our cat disappeared one winter’s day.

    I am back on one meal a day, and I feel quite energetic.
    All my scales have batteries which are dead so I can’t map my progress The only smell here is smoke from the burnback fires.

    Busy with teaching kids on skype. We are doing an international skype concert on Saturday with aunts,uncles and grandparents. Lots of work for that, and the mother is not ultra cooperative. She is busy with her own skype teaching.

    My daughter sent this £0 days has September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except for March which had 510000 days,

    Happy days

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

    Morning/evening all,


    I’ve been in the garden taking a look at what I’ve got in the flower bed and there are a couple of big shrubs taking up a lot of room so they are going to get a severe haircut which will free up space for planting and give me some pea sticks.

    There has been a lot of talk on social media about the closing of garden centres and how nurseries up and down the UK have millions of plants they are not going to be able to sell which is not only bad for business but a terrible waste.
    The government would do well to allow them to open for limited hours in order to sell bedding plants and more importantly veg plants.
    I would love a couple of tomato plants.

    My seeds should be arriving in the next few days so I need to get outside and do some prep. The weather is good so there’s no excuse and it’ll keep me out of the kitchen 😆

    As for fasting, M and Tu were fails but I’m working on third time lucky…..

    The McDonalds round the corner is closed so we no longer get the smell of meat and chips being cooked but it has been replaced by all the neighbours being at home and testing out their baking skills.

    Maybe I’ll wear a clothes peg when I go outside 🤣

    I spent another 5 minutes this morning watching the parakeets squabbling in the cherry tree. They’ll only be there for another few days and I’ll need to find something else to watch.
    I’ve spied a blackbird which I’m sure is nesting in the ivy growingup a nearby wall, and it’s the first I’ve seen for quite some time as there aren’t too many nest sites in these small gardens and a lot of local cats.

    I’ve not seen any fox cubs yet but it shouldn’t be long. There’s a den under the shed in one of the opposing back gardens and cubs are a common sight playing on the lawn early mornings and evenings.

    Time to get moving,

    Stay safe everyone 😜

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1 – Lake District UK – FD

    Good morning everyone,

    First of all thanks @suki2 for ‘driving the wagon’ this month, let’s hope for a less frantic month for everybody.

    My weight loss story.

    I’m a 64 year retired old bloke, who needed to sort myself out regarding my weight. I certainly couldn’t join a club or go to meetings etc. Bit of a lone wolf in many respects, but having my breakfast coffee and calling in here every morning really works for me.

    In the last couple of days I found a calorie counting APP I last used in September 2014, what an eye opener! On 15/9/14 weight was a somewhat embarrassing 20 stone 5 lbs or 285 lbs. I’d obviously decided to try and do something about it, I tried calorie counting and had some success, but found it hard. A year later 17/10/15 weight was 17 st 9 lb, obviously did well, but, this will no doubt be a familiar tale, I didn’t carry on.

    At beginning of last year 19/1/19 my weight was 19 st 1 lb or 267 lb thought about it, and on 26/7/19 joined this group on the 5:2 forum, weight 18 st 13 lb or 265 lb
    Since July I’m down to a new low last Friday of 16 st 12 lb or 236 lb and feel a whole lot better, blood pressure and a whole load of things were much improved at my last medical review!

    So at the moment I’m 49 lb lighter than six years ago and lost 29 lb since July just gone. It’s a slow process, but I have found the help and support from my friends on each ‘Monthly Challenge’ invaluable.

    Each month feels like a fresh start, the positive comments, successes (and failures) ups and downs, without judgement makes it a fantastic help.

    A brilliant group of people with a common goal, anyone thinking of starting, just dive right in, don’t expect miracles. It’s a long game to play, with ups and downs, but it really works.

    Take care all.

    Pocket list – April Fools Day! 😂

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – NFD

    I love a first day, a turning of the page, new promise of a new month. Just need to get myself in gear and start losing weight again as March has been…….bad for my weight.

    I am 52, 5’2, Female, live with DH and our cat in a small village in a county just outside Dublin. I work in Financial Services and in these terrible times I am deemed an essential worker who can’t work from home so am allowed to commute to work! So apart from not seeing my family, friends and the kids….life not really much changed 😱

    I found 5:2 in July 2017, lost 30lbs, maintained for a year, but slowly and surely I have got complacent and I have watched as 20lb has crept back….despite me weighing every day and attempting to FD. I am only fooling myself.

    My motivation is not great this month, I need to have a big talk with DH and both of us try to get out of this comfort eating and drinking cycle we have recently gotten into. I mean, I had pizza and wine last night! On a Tuesday work night 😨

    So hello to all on this great forum. April will be tough in the big bad world, so let’s stay strong here together.

    Thanks @suki2 for hosting 👍

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all!
    Hope everyone is okay today…anyone fasting? Jean, are you doing your usual days?!
    Weighed this morning for end of March, another half pound off so 3lbs off fot the month, I’ve met my target, measly though it was!!
    Are we doing weight targets for April? I know it’s tough for us this right now…I want to lose one more pound to target, at some point another 2lbs for wiggle room, but as I’m having to fit a big battle for every pound we’ll have to see 😂. So a nonFD for me today, but hopefully not an overeating one!!

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1 – FD – Ireland – 168lbs
    Thank you @suki2 for hosting us in April and during these extraordinary times!
    So..a little about me… I’m in my very late forties and the first challenge I joined was October 2017…and I’ve been intermittently fasting in all senses of that phrase since then 😂 … my name J’aifaim is french for I’m Hungry but also stands for “Just Another Intermittent Fast And I’ll Maintain” a little play on words but the joke is on me as I’ve never actually maintained at my ideal weight since I joined but I will … one day 🤞 it makes me smile anyway…
    I am committed to check in regularly for 2020 and to log all calories in MFP/ i do find it hard sometimes to keep on top of this.
    I have two diagnosed auto immune conditions and high BP and a few other bits n bobs but I try not to let these define me… like some others on the forum, this now means I have to be very careful at the moment..
    I bob around 12 stone and ideally this year would like to get to 11 – 11 1/2 stone if I can.. I’m very active, very muscular but carry weight in my hips and tummy.. unfortunately weight comes off my face first…
    I love being outdoors even in our lovely Irish weather and cycle lots, walk, hike and play tennis although my wings are clipped now so incorporating more indoor exercise (joe wicks, yoga etc).
    I’m pretty much staying away from alcohol (Arid April Anyone?) and sugar as much as I can…
    I try to do standard 5:2 with fast days generally Monday & Wednesday but may incorporate a third from time to time .. my aim is to use this isolated time to really make a difference as there are now no external factors to scupper me… 👍👍👍👍
    I wish you all the best for this month, particularly the newcomers and anyone who has made their way back to us…
    Hello to all those who have stepped away or are lurking.. @coda are you out there I wonder? I hope all is well with you and your family and all those who have been and gone @rainbowsmile, @debster251, @redrockgirl, @anna6, so many now… wishing you all well in this crisis ♥️

    Pocket list – April Fools Day! 😂

    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

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


    Long live the pumpkin!

    I’m nature watching of course on my daily walks. Enjoying hearing the songs of curlew, oystercatcher and lapwing returned for the breeding season after wintering at the coast. And other summer visitors such as the wagtails on the beck. It won’t be long until the swallows and house martins return. I wonder if any of them is even aware of (or would care about!) the threat we currently face.

    Yesterday’s fast went well and I’m aiming not to overeat today! It doesn’t help though to have the smell of food cooking in the house before 8am now that xOH is home too. He does like his grilled pork products…

    Apart from that…umm umm, no, nothing 🤣

    Hope you’re all well and staying sane!

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1 UK NFD

    Hi been on and off the challenges for 3-4 years and weight has gone up and down depending on whether I’m following the challenges or not! Managed so far this year with Feb and March to lose 4.5 kg (10 lb). So my starting weight this challenge is 62.3 kg (137 lb) and goal for April is to get as near to my target of 60 kg (132) as I can.

    Good luck to all fasters today and stay safe.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi all, decided to check in before going outside to mow the lawn (not that I’m procrastinating at all 🙂 ). The sun is shining and the weather is lovely, but Melbourne is expecting rain tonight and showers for the next 5 days, so it’s today, or leave it for at least another week.

    Neilithicman, glad you worked out what was happening with your scales. Your new results make more sense. Surprised, though, that the scales measure your height as you are standing on them. For mine, you manually enter your height and age, so then it doesn’t matter how you stand on them, the readings don’t alter with position, a good thing for me as I (like you did) lean over to read the measurements. When I realised I’d shrunk and inputted my new height, it did make a noticeable difference to my percentages (sniff, sniff, boo-hoo), which also change slightly as I increase the age each year. Well, a useful guideline, at least.

    Thin, great that you’re in a position where the practical boating needs are being met. Your description of the life passing you by sounds idyllic. Re your investments, I echo Neil’s comments – they’ll go up again. I sincerely hope so, as many of us are in the same boat with super pensions relying heavily on the stock market. It’s certainly not a time to make changes, though.

    LJoyce, appreciated your comments re banking. I did ask at the bank yesterday re what was possible, and they told me much the same thing, and I do have an online account, just never use it. Maybe I might make some changes there, too. I have to be honest about one thing – I have never understood how BPay works, but I do have bank details for any accounts I might want to transfer money into, so I could so that much.

    LindsayL, I, too, am discovering new “treasures” in my freezer. As I’ve been finding places to put new items I’ve cooked up, it’s surprised me what I’ve found already in there that I’d forgotten about.

    Anzac65, how lovely to enjoy a family video chat time! And good you can continue to work from home.

    Quacka, glad to read that you;re feeling better and have been able to return to work.

    Keep well, everyone!

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1, Emden Germany (being Dutch), FD

    Hi everyone!

    I’m a Dutchwoman (from Limburg in the South) living in the North of Germany, married, owner of a lovely cat, 63 y.o, 163 cm/5ft 4in tall. My weight was 56 kg/126.5lbs all my adult life until starting a new job in 2011 where my weight crept up to 72.9 kg. I read the book and joined the challenges from March 2017 on. I lost 20 kg very quickly doing the basic 5:2. I retired in April 2018 and maintenance became a struggle. I lost motivation and gained again. Starting weight this month 63.2kg139.3lbs.

    Pocket list day 1, just copy and paste the list and add your name to it, if you want to join us.


    Have a nice day everyone!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Quacka, sooo glad to see you back here and know that you’re feeling better. Good to hear that you’ll be at home until this thing is over or at least calmed down. I’ve worked from home for over 30 years so that’s where I started fasting. You can do it too. It’s just a matter of getting your mind in that direction.

    Anzac, good to hear that you’ll be WFH too. It’s safer for everyone. The more people that can stay home, the better. Australia still has time to flatten the curve. The online birthday party sounds like fun. Isn’t the technology today amazing? I try not to take it for granted.

    LJ, you’ll get that 1.3kg of weight off that you gained over the month with all of your FD’s and reduced calorie days. You have so much determination.

    Lindsay, a bowl of fruit is always a good thing!

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1 Melb Aust FD

    Jumped into April with a FD; let’s all reach our goals this month 🙂

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Quacka, so glad you are finally feeling better. The only thing I can suggest with your throat is to keep it lubricated. It won’t stop coughing but can ease it.

    Anzac, how lovely that you managed an online birthday party.
    Well done for keeping your weight stable, as I know you prefer to do FDs on days in the office.

    I am doing another FD800 today. I feel like I’m in the groove at the moment so I don’t want to break a pattern that’s working.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good Afternoon everyone

    It has been a bit of a wild ride. Sorry for not posting earlier and thank you everyone for your concern and keeping me in your thoughts.

    It’s been well over 2 weeks now since I first started feeling sick. I went back to work last Tuesday but the boss sent me home for the rest of the week. I went to the doctor that afternoon and despite all the symptoms that I described to her, she was not worried I might have “the” virus. Didn’t even consider doing a test. I’m feeling much better but still have a cough and a weird feeling at the top of my throat.

    I came back to work yesterday and was quite busy and then this morning have been very busy again, but I’m expecting it all to drop off now. My bosses have cancelled most of the orders so there won’t be much stock coming in. I think once this wage subsidy comes in that my bosses will stand me down. I won’t have lost my job but I won’t be required to come into work until this thing is over. Not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing. I have a hard time fasting at home but on the positive side I can do a lot more exercise (once I’m fully better).

    Hope you are all keeping well. Thinking of you all especially in these time. Take care, friends xx

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello everyone

    Overcast but still muggy here in Sydney. I even went for a swim yesterday as the solar heating had it up to 27 degrees. It was a bit cool getting out though so winter is slowly approaching

    Hi Thin, yes thank goodness I am still WFH. Anyone who doesn’t feel safe can WFH even though it is putting a strain on our remote access software. Your lifestyle and stories are so incredibly interesting and I could just picture your surroundings with the lambs and the other boatees.

    Wow LJ, three B2B FD’s! You must feel amazing. I am happy to maintain at the moment and I’m glad to say I’m managing that. A nice long walk every morning helps

    So glad you are stocked up Lindsay. My Sister and BIL are also still self isolating and can’t leave the house and had a Woolies delivery this morning. They actually got a phone call apologising for having to substitute: champagne ham with leg ham, cheap quince paste with Maggie Beer and Abbotts bread instead of Woolies brand. And the good news is they were charged the lower prices! So they are very happy about that but really miss the grandkids of course. We had a family video chat yesterday morning as it was my nephew’s 35th birthday (I simply can’t believe he is 35) so he and his lovely girlfriend were at home in their teeny little flat in London with party hats and lots of decorations.

    Glad your scales are behaving now Neil and awesome congrats Betsy on your loss last month.

    Work is busy so I need to get back. Have a safe and happy day everyone

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning everyone.

    Some good and bad results greeted me this morning.
    The bad first – I gained 1.3kg over March. I was hoping that 3 FDs B2B might have at least bought me to a nil result, but unfortunately the excesses on too many NFDs caught up with me. Surprisingly the weight gain has spurred me to keep going with a few more 800cal days – a result like that usually has me heading for the fridge. The good news is that my daily walks have been keeping my exercise levels up. I did 253864 steps during March. That brings my annual total to 799k steps and roughly 609km. Still well on track to meet the 2020km target for this year.

    Lindsay, funny how a full fruit bowl can bring such joy. When I filled mine on Saturday it made me so happy I took a photo of it!
    I love the way you describe finding unexpected meats in the freezer – I find the occasional surprise, although I can be sure there are no ducks hidden in mine, but small chunks of lamb leg waiting to be turned into a single meal roast – absolutely!

    Neil, very glad you figured out how to make those scales behave. I’d be bending over too so I could actually read the numbers!
    I don’t mind 17C in fact I prefer gardening in those temperatures to warmer weather, but for much of March we’ve had 23-30C most days. It’s just my hunger which always seems to accelerate when the temperatures drop.

    Thin, if your internet signal allows, you might find this article interesting: It basically says that as WA has been so successful at flattening the curve it will need to keep it borders closed for a very long time to maintain that.
    The thing that prompted my B2B FDs was noticing that I felt bigger and my clothing was tighter. My NFDs were mostly bad and the only days I had no trouble with were FDs, so I thought I’d stick with them for a little while.
    The passing traffic on that canal sounds rather interesting.
    Also, I wouldn’t panic about investments, you only make a loss when you sell and the one guarantee is that eventually the equity and property markets will rise again.

    Betsy, You deserve that wonderful weight loss. Your commitment has spurred me to do better this month.
    I also have 2 credit cards that aren’t with my main bank, but I can pay them with ANZ internet baking using the BPAY codes on the credit card statement – saves walking around with a lot of cash on you. You can also transfer funds to any other bank account as long as you have the BSB and account number – doesn’t matter if it’s a different bank, that’s how I pay sole traders like the lawn mowing man, the plumber etc as they don’t have BPAY codes. I’ve been pleased with how much of my finances can be managed with internet banking – it’s really only the few things I need physical cash for that require a trip to the bank these days (mostly birthday gifts).

    Cinque, Hopefully the washing machine behaves itself – not the time to be needing tradies in the house.
    I hope that last fertilised zucchini is growing nicely. Mine is already a fraction bigger than I would normally have picked, but I decided I’ll leave it another day as it will give more fresh veg then.

    As you know I’ve been walking everyday (just 30-45mins) and although I don’t cross paths with a lot of people, I regularly see the occasional person, often with dogs or kids in tow. Yesterday I saw two men walking down the street with a large upright freezer on a sack track! I said to them “I’ve seen people taking kids and dogs for a walk, but you’re the first I’ve seen walking a freezer.” It was two friends who lived around the corner from each other and one didn’t need their old freezer so it was going to a grateful new home.

    When my lawn mowing man arrived yesterday I went to the front door to chat with him – delaying him from mowing as he can’t hear over the noise. When I apologised for delaying him he said that all of his lawns are taking longer at the moment as people are going stir crazy in their homes and jump at the chance to chat to someone.

    Hello to everyone I haven’t mentioned so far. Take care.

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 1, Tasmania, Aus NFD
    @suki2. Thank you for hosting.
    Let’s be as safe & healthy as we possibly can be. I will be ringing a friend or family member every day this month as well as doing 5:2 every week, 2 daily walks & 20 squats.

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    I’m in!!!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning from a beautiful sunny Brisbane.

    My Woolies shopping was a success! I now have a bowl of fruit and a fridge of fresh veges. I also ordered OH a little dark Lindt bunny – oh, actually, one for me too. But a very healthy shop, nonetheless.
    I’m not ordering meat on line. We had a full freezer before this started, and eat much less meat than we used to.

    I am also finding little treasures in there each time I delve…..including a duck (out of ‘use by’ date, but I’ll cook it anyway at some point) and a Christmas pudding (it can stay there). It was our anniversary earlier in the week and I cooked an amazingly delicious little lamb roast ….not sure what the cut was, but it was only 250 grams, and absolutely no fat on or in it…and baked veges. My OH found a bottle of 2005 Old Vines Shiraz in the cupboard, and we reflected on what a blessed life we’ve had.

    Thin, you paint such a lovely picture. I can close my eyes and see the scene. Perfect. I can also understand your concern about your investments. But as Neil says, the market will come back. It always has, so no reason to think it won’t this time. And the wild daily fluctuations show that the market isn’t behaving in a logical way. Hold tight, it will recover, as it did in 2008. Yes, we will end up with a huge bill after all the stimulus spending, but unusual times, unusual measures.

    Cinque, I too see people working together, despite some random acts of bad behaviour. This is an interesting read, if you have time. (I say that with a smile – it’s one of the good things, how much time we now all have)

    Betsy I think many of us are looking at new ways of exercising. And Cinque, you are right about routines. OH has dusted off my treadmill for me (although Rosy tries to come on board) and I very kindly had 3 cubic metres of mulch delivered on Day 2 of our isolation, so OH wouldn’t be stuck for something to do. He thanked me – sort of. 🙂 But….our garden is looking happy, and because he has time he’s not rushing things, and therefore being really thorough. Without an activity to drive him, he’d be prowling like a cat.
    Win win.

    Neil that all makes sense with your new machine. Delicate little things, scales, aren’t they?

    Quacka, LJ, Cali, Crazy, Merry, Intesha, Anzac, all others I’ve not mentioned…..hope you are doing well.

  • Springing Up – March 2020 Challenge

    Day 31 – UK

    Managed a good under 500cal FD yesterday and did a CD today with plenty of exercise
    Monday – 3/4hr Broga – 1hr Pilates and 1hr Yoga
    Tuesday – 8+mile Hike and 50mins High Impact Pilates
    Be interesting to see what my weight is tomorrow?? 🤞it is not above my top maintenance range but March has been a funny month so we will see……

    Made a Gluten Free Clementine Cake this afternoon for an elderly neighbour who is strictly gluten free as she has coeliac disease – hope it’s OK and she likes it…….I hate not knowing what the inside is like before I give it to her……

    Thank you to @michelinme for hosting and guiding us through March 💐

    Goodnight or Good morning depending on where you are – See you in the April Challenge!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Morning all.

    Thin, life on the canals sounds great (apart from the patchy internet). I wouldn’t be too concerned about your investments, once the quarantines round the world end and people get back to normal the markets will bounce back with a vengeance.

    LJoyce, funny how our perceptions differ. To us down here in the south at this time of year 17 degrees is a lovely warm day. We’re supposed to get 18 here today and I’m planning on getting out into the garden. Let us know how your next weigh-in goes after all those fast days.

    Weigh in today and I’m about the same as last week. I think I know what went wrong last week. I was bent over looking at the screen of the scales so it was reading me as shorter than I was and reading more fat. This morning I stood up straight and got different readings. My bone weight, hydration level and biological age was unchanged, but it registered my BMI correctly at 27.8 because I waas standing in a different position I got different readings on my muscle and fat percentage too. My fat percentage went from 32% to 29% and muscle went up from 57 kilos to 62 kilos. I’ll try standing in the same position next time I weigh in to see if I get the same result.

  • Springing Up – March 2020 Challenge

    Day 31 UK FD
    Hi all, finishing the March challenge with a FD. From being a newbie at the beginning of March, I am delighted that I’ve stuck to the 2 FDs per week and have achieved my goal for the month. Thanks for your helpful support. See you all in April.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Jean- glad Steve’s feeling a bit better, must’ve been the biscuits 😂
    Sarah- well done for 2lbs off, that’s steady…thanks for the brownie recipe, sounds lovely! I’m sure you’ll be burn them off in the allotment!
    Dave- very bad! Crumpets, yum, just butter on them? I used to love them with honey…
    Kay- enjoy the fish pie, & the cheesecake! Goals sound good for April!
    Nana- days are very similar right now 😂 Every night we say to each other well, what shall we do tomortow? And turns out it’ll be the same as today…
    Made profiteroles for the menfolk, not touched them, how’s that for willpower?! Just had soup tonight, so it’s been a good FD.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Cheesecake made and chilling in fridge!
    Halved the recipe though. Yummy! I licked the spoon 😁

    Might wait a few days before making the biscuits!!

    Volunteered at our shop this afternoon and it was quiet. Managed to potter around, filling up shelves etc but struggle to stand about with nothing to do.

    Neil making fish pie for this evening, nice smells coming from the kitchen..

    Jean, glad that Steve is a bit better. Yes I agree that curry might not be the best option.

    Well done Nana and Sarah, for weight loss and good luck HH for tomorrow.

    Ive avoided the scales as I know Im up from the start of March 😩

    Never mind, birthday tomorrow, but after that its back to it.

    April will be to get back to where I was, plus an extra 2lbs, so that will take me down to 146lbs.

    I also have some non diet goals for April:

    4 units of my online photography
    Finish the current picture Ive started colouring
    Crochet as many forget me nots as possible for Dementia Awareness

    Best add an exercise to the list!

    April has 30 days, so thats 30 days of exercise! Mixture of fast walking, cycling, resistance and maybe some jogging.

    Thats it, Im committed! In more ways than one!

    Kay x

  • Springing Up – March 2020 Challenge

    3rd post

    @basyjames thanks, it’s so true!

    @jaifaim, @betsylee, @michelinme, @metatauta thanks! Losing or gaining weight is very unpredictable, sometimes nothing you do seem to work and suddenly it does.

    See you all in April, I hope it will be a good month for everyone!

  • April 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Thank you for hosting@suki2. I’m in for April. Will add goals etc to the spreadsheet.

  • Springing Up – March 2020 Challenge

    Day 31 UK FD

    Fasting again today for hopefully a good end to the month. So busy at work I did not have time to eat anyway!
    Thanks to @michelinme for hosting and guiding us through March.
    Onwards and downwards in April!
    Take care and stay safe.

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  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening everyone, nothing much to report as every day seems to be the same at the moment. Have copied the biscuit recipes to try out tomorrow.
    Pleased to say son in law is much improved and all being well will return to work on Saturday.
    Jean glad Steves feeling better.
    Enjoy the rest of your evening everyone.
    Nana x

  • Springing Up – March 2020 Challenge

    Day 31 – Ireland – FD – second post

    I’ve decided I’ll go with one more FD while I can….
    So…. haven’t lost much this month but given a ski holiday way back before C19 hit and many many EFSs during that 10 day break I’m really very happy with my closing weight of 168lbs… my aim is to come out of this nightmare transformed 😂😂😂 let’s see if I can do that… so planning a very good effort for April! Being busy helps ✅
    I’m walking early in the morning on the beach, do some work, then joe wicks workout at 9 am (my nephews do it intheir house so it’s something to chat about) and then back to work with some exercise at the end of the day… will bring in yoga with Adrienne and some meditation – really it’s not too bad a crisis situation 😂🙄😂
    @michelinme thank you so so much for looking after us in this toughest of months ever!!! You have done a great job of checking in with us all and motivating us along the way.
    Thanks @suki2 for offering to host in April… hosting is great as it helps to keep you focused on the WOL and means so much to everyone here.. so thank you! we can all help you along the way if you need it…
    See you in April
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  • Springing Up – March 2020 Challenge

    Day 3 North Canton OH NFD

    An ode to March 2020:
    Oh! The horrors you brought;
    An increased awareness of a novel infectious virus, global pandemic, social distancing, and a reminder of our frailty
    But you also provided joys we took for granted
    gentle walks in the park, time spent with family, the kindness of strangers,
    and the love of the people we cherish
    You will not soon be forgotten, Mad March 2020
    you made your mark on history
    and reminded us of our attachment to toilet paper

    See you all on the other side

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Bought some crumpets 😱and biscuits 😱.Bad boy.Having a blow out before April.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Jean pleased Steve feeling a bit better. Long may it continue xx

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening All…
    Steve much better…no curry tonight nurse thought a bad idea…maybe tomorrow night…

    A few jobs done, ironing all my caravan bedding..Why?’s going in the’s a duvelay mattress attached to the duvet, all rolled up for when a Katie visits much better than sleeping bags…baking of course..very nice…jigsaw coming along nicely…two walks…

    You’re made round and they spread and became square!..mine did a bit..I cooked at 160 my oven is hot..
    Yes Steve is enjoying anything you call food especially naughty things!!..glad the hair cut went well..

    Well done on your pound off…well done when it’s hard times…

    Well done on 2 lbs’s good…brownies sound good..laughing at all these recipes when we are supposed to be fasting 😂😂…(sugar and fat shouldn’t be the same in baking as it’s addictive )

    I like everything you shouldn’t eat!!

    Jean x

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