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  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 18 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    @penz – well done on the successful FD yesterday; me too! Lego pieces on the kitchen floor?! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    @mariaelena – mosquitoes?! An absolute pain, especially at night. In Durban I used a plug-in mozzie repellent, called ‘Peaceful Sleep’. All year round! Where I am now I’ve yet to spot a mozzie, but I’m sure they’ll arrive as soon as it gets warmer. There’s also a roll-on repellent I sometimes use during the day, but they only seem to attack me in the evening, & almost always my ankles ๐Ÿ˜’

    @stitchincarol – I’ll be moving into the garden cottage this time next week, yay! I got a 6 months’ lease. It’s in the same suburb I’m hoping to buy & Boo Boo will be delighted ๐Ÿฑ

    @linda.b – re the floods earlier this year, that was mainly in Kwazulu-Natal, north of where I am now. But the water situation in the Eastern Cape, one of the poorest provinces, is also due to mismanagement & deteriorating infrastructure. But, more rain on the way! ๐ŸคžI haven’t ventured too far yet; just been checking out places with a view to eventually buying. Port Elizabeth is known as the windy city, & also the friendly city. I haven’t met that many people yet, but the few I have met certainly live up the the name. Friendly I mean, not windy ๐Ÿ˜œ

    @linda.b – I haven’t been so clever with the recent trivia answers. Yesterday’s, I was clueless. And today’s?! Parasite pills?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I’m not sure I want to know!

    Thought for the day:-

    “I don’t need a personal trainer.

    I need someone to follow me around & slap food out of my hand.” ~ Unknown

    Pocketlist โ€“ Thursday โ€“ Day 18 ๐Ÿ’

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 18 – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช – CD

    Both DH and myself are at lowest since starting this together nearly 4 weeks ago so although slow (for me) it’s so good to see a figure that us not constantly hovering around 166 which it has been for a year!!!

    I was so hungry though yesterday, all sorts of dragons, and even after dinner when DH was full I was still hungry. I knew it was just mental, or a dragon, so I had a hot low calorie drink at bedtime, and woke up lighter. Yay.

    Yeah the work situation is a bit dire, I don’t think my boss is WFH due to Covid, it’s more having an extra couple of weeks in Portugal…but us poor desk bound staff have zero leadership or direction from her, and I know it’s going to implode soon. I even woke up last night thinking of a particular work thing I must see to, that’s NOT like me. โ˜น๏ธ

    @linda.b loving your hosting, you really are inspirational and great for giving us all a boost.

    Have a great Thursday everyone.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 18 โ€“ Thursday โ€“ Gold Coast Queensland Australia โ€“ my FUN DAY (FD)๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅฌ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅฆ yay๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹!

    @gardenlily … ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ ha ha! Yep, we all need that gaffer tape sometimes!๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค (definitely around @stitchincarol‘s Lemon Meringue Pie!๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹) Hope the FD800 went well… and DHs doctor appointment๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž. So good you’ve jumped right back onboard๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚ with fresh RESOLVE!๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช (hey, you’ve made me salivate for an egg salad for lunch, ta!)

    @daffodil2010 … hear you about the new ‘Covid’ work environment….. kind of works for some people and some businesses but definitely not for others… and then puts extra load on the ones who actually go into the workplace. Just hang in there dreaming of your annual leave! ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿž๐Ÿ–โ›ฑโ›ฑโ›ฑ Are you taking the whole 4 weeks at once? Heaven on a stick!๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿ‘ผ Bliss! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ Music to my ears! ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ

    @funshipfreddie … you are clever with the trivia! โญ๐ŸŒŸ Tell me, even with all the flooding that RSA had a few months ago, you still have such low water levels in the damns? That is scary๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿคช.. The whole world’s weather seems to have gone topsy turvy…. Are you getting around exploring your new surroundings, meeting new people?

    @babs_b .. that is so frustrating with the up and down on the scales when you know it absolutely is not added fat!๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿฅด Fluid is the malevolent culprit no doubt, lurking in the background and pouncing onto the scales like a puffed-up ninja cat!๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿฑโ€๐Ÿ‘ค๐Ÿฑโ€๐Ÿ‘ค๐Ÿ˜พ.. arrgghhh!

    @goal10kg …. too much ๐Ÿท๐Ÿน๐Ÿธ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿท… sounded like it was FUN anyway…. life is meant to be fun after all…. now hop back on the train๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚… we’re waiting for you! You are on track to ACE this month!โญ๐ŸŒŸโญ

    @northgeorgia… hope the ZBC went well and putting you on the pocketlist for today… you’re back on the train and sticking to a plan, yay! ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚

    @stitchincarol – you’ll laugh when you read today’s Thought for the Day! Truly had put this on the list for Day 18 a couple of weeks ago! Anyway, it doesn’t really apply to you as you are having dinner for six…not one! You’ll have to tell us your menu and have us drooling… cooking is definitely your forte! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š

    @brightonbelle.. glad you have some rain at last, must be relief from the awful heatwave! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…โ˜”โ˜”โ˜”โ˜” Glad you’ve re-tracked to pre-Paris and glad that you’re rockin’ Leslie too… woohoo, you are on the way to remove that recurring 20lbs once and for all!๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช…. Just think it’ll be gone probably by, say, end of September??? end of October at the very, very latest because we know you’ll stay on track with this now ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚ … WON’T YOU FEEL JUST FABULOUS!!!! Can’t wait for you to cross the line! We’re cheering you on @brightonbelle!๐ŸŒžโญ๐ŸŒžโญ

    @mariaelena… mosquitoes๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸare another malevolent monster๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น … you can’t outrun them๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ…when you have one resident in your home you simply must conduct a search and destroy mission before bedtime otherwise you know it will seek you out in the middle of night. How could just one tiny, tiny little critter be so, so very annoying?๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿ˜ต
    Thanks for asking @mariaelena. I’m actually doing very well with WOL maintenance, even accidentally dropped below my goal which is a little too far for me. I’m still doing my 2 x FUN DAYS but relaxing now to F800 to maintain. It’s actually much easier for me than I thought it would be. I work from home, so limited temptations! I’ve taken tips from all the maintainers WOLers, including you, and feel very happy with the result. Sadly, still haven’t made inroads on the overflowing wardrobe…. am having big psychological issues with ‘letting go’ of stuff… should treat it just like our FDs ie instigate and FOLLOW A PLAN! .. (it’ll come and I’m not beating myself up about it!.. yet!)

    @missybear … who won? you or the dragon? ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‰…. You are doing amazingly well, you have had such evident resolve @missybear!! If there was a little bump in the road yesterday… well so be it….. pffff, wave the magic wand ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธand it’s gone! …. just jump back on the train ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚ because your destination awaits you. We can’t wait to hear about your big jump โฌ‡ on the scales at the end of the month! Happy days are a’coming ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž

    @penz…. ha ha ha ha ha! Lego on the floor!!! ouch ouch ouch! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ That’s up there with the gaffer tape @penz! Glad to see you back on track๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚ … WFD is a big commitment…woo! all that water๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿšฝ.

    @lilymartin .. Wonderful that you are able to visit twice a day… time is often the last gift we can give. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™
    On another note…. Cruella de scales is a witch๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿฅด! Ha..begone! pfff… she’s gone๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ! Love your determination…. despite all, you’re onboard and doing it! ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚

    โญYesterdayโ€™s Trivia? Day 17 – Wednesday
    Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings made up which band? The Highwaymen (‘fess up if you had one of their a CDs in a box somewhere?๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜)

    โญToday’s Trivia? Day 18 – Thursday …. errrr, yuck!๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜ณ
    In the early 20th century, what tiny parasite was sold in pill form promising weight loss for anyone brave enough to digest it?
    a) Hookworms
    b) Tapeworms
    c) Nematodes
    d) Cryptosporidum

    cheerie dearies

    Thought for the Day 18 – Thursday ๐ŸŒžโญ๐ŸŒžโญ (promise this isn’t meant for you @stichincarol!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜)
    Stop having intimate dinners for four โ€“ unless there are three other people.๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    Pocketlist – Thursday – Day 18

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 18 FD country west Australia 85.5 kgs
    thanks for kind thoughts everyone.๐Ÿ™
    Planning certainly helps with this WOL – well for any way of life really!
    Have poached chicken again for dinner and will be working until then followed by hospital visiting.
    @babs_b there must be something in the water this week!!
    Cruella de scales is being nasty again.
    Very constrained day with food yesterday, under TDEE .
    Hopped on the scales this morning keen to see the number and …. had gained 0.6 kg!!๐Ÿ˜ณ
    I know 1-2 kgs daily fluctuation is normal but was still annoyed. However it has only made me more determined.๐Ÿ˜
    As for birds. I had a very early 4.45 am start this morning as DH and DD and DS had to go to Perth for appointments early Thi morning. The maggies ( magpies) have been vocal since about 2 am! Who need an alarm clock when they are warbling and carolling close by…
    @linda_b love your quotes. Will remember that re not being a dog…๐Ÿถ!!
    @funshipfreddie, the drought sounds terrible. I know the stats are awful regarding lack of water in so many parts of the world.
    And yet here we have flood warnings for several of the local roads. And the temp is hovering just above 0ยบCat present with Forecast for a top of 15ยบC. Brrr….
    @daffodil2010, your work situation sound a bit dire. People’s work habits hve certainly change since Covid. A lot of people seem to ‘work’ from homethese days. Not sure of the productivity…….
    Off to earn a $.
    Have a good day all. ๐Ÿ˜

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi everyone

    Very glad your bike incident ended well Neil, that could have been a nasty crash. Congrats on the loss, things are heading down for you and that’s great

    I’ve lost 0.5 since Monday by recording food and drink and upping my exercise. Starting slowly by jogging around the park while Maxx and Mr A play fetch, walking to the shops instead of driving and getting up and doing stretches regularly

    We lost my dear Uncle on Tuesday, he celebrated his 100th birthday a few months back. Thankfully my sister and family went down to Canberra for his birthday back in May and took my Dad so he was able to have a wonderful brotherly catch-up then. Dad is the last sibling now, and we had to take him to have 3 skin cancers removed yesterday and I could tell he was sad.

    Thinking of you G’day

    Your tips are really important Cinque. I too often just glide through days and days without really focusing on important things. The little things can wait

    So reckless Mr and Mrs A have booked 10 days in Vanuatu over Christmas. It is reckless because we really don’t know how Mr A and his recovery will be going but we have a plan. He can…err….dress appropriately and with precautions for the plane trip and any tours or outings we book we will make sure they have free cancellations. If it turns out he still has to stay close to a loo then we can just hang out at the lovely resort at their pool and the stunning beach. We have been here once before and it is adults only, has snorkelling straight off the beach and the price includes three meals per day in their very nice restaurant. Last time we went snorkelling with turtles and it was fantastic so I do hope we can do that again, we shall see how he is going by then.

    Love those pics Intesha, so glad you are having a great time.

    Hi to everyone else; LJ we miss you but I’m sure you are just crazy busy right now. Looking forward to a post soon I hope

  • 2MAD

    I can’t explain it.

    I just weighed in at the DR office, and Down to 227.

    I’m guessing the 2 hour walks after I eat my last meal. And the commitment to to stay below 200g carbs for any two consecutive days. And using alternate day semi fasting.

    Not jumping rope yet, I’m still waiting till I get to 220. I have a bone spur in my heel, and back pain if I jump rope when I’m heavy.

    But extremely motivated and excited to keep losing 2-3 lbs a week.
    Seems unreal and I know it can’t be all fat. So I know a platue is coming , but wow . Very exciting weigh in.
    Was 230.4 just 5 days ago on the same scale, and I matched it at home.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 18, NFD, Aus

    *Phew*, yesterdayโ€™s FD done. And done successfully as a WFD (tho lots of coffee and late night cuppa tea)! How did you go @daffodil2010, @goal10kg, @mariaelena and all the others on the pocket list?

    Your comment โ€œDonโ€™t reward yourself with food. You are not a dog.โ€ @linda.b made me laugh, especially after last nightโ€™s dog training where I felt like a conveyor belt of hotdog and cheese pieces to my dog. (She was very good. And absolutely crashed when we got home which is a sure sign of mental exhaustion through all that concentration.)

    @gardenlilyโ€™s midnight kitchen raid put me in mind of another tip (tho Iโ€™ve never tried it). Sprinkle Lego pieces over the kitchen floor โ€“ surely thatโ€™s enough to give some one second thoughts of padding towards the fridge for a graze!

    Thinking of you and your family @lilymartin โ€“ daily visits, while so important and special, can also be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Leave time each day to look after you too.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 Wales TDEE

    Busy today doing household chores, just had a refreshing shower and now my mind has wandered into dangerous territoryโ€ฆ about a rewarding glass of wine before dinner ๐Ÿค” so here I am, reading posts and reflecting on my resolve!

    I have been as focused and disciplined as I am capable of being for the past 16 days but this evening my wine dragon is very noisily clanging her chains. Iโ€™m now trying to reassure her that if she waits until Friday it will taste magnificentโ€ฆโ€ฆand the glass of water I am sipping tastes wonderful. Neither of us is fooled but I might just be the most stubborn ๐Ÿ‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Back tomorrow to join the Thursday fasters.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 – FD 800

    @stitchincarol It is so true that our weight fluctuations seem to be associated with the well distant behaviors not what we ate yesterday. I think that might be a large part of why weight loss can be such a challenge and mojo is lost. I so wish there were a more proximate correlation.

    @ Linda.b your past few trivia questions have had me stumped, but got todays! You are so supportive and responsive to everyone here, so I ask, how are you doing? I hope well, and if your cheerful tone is an indication- I might be correct.

    Somehow a mosquito colony (or, possibly one voracious mosquito) has taken up residence in my home. A very unwelcome visitor for sure. Argh.

    Pocket List for Day 17 Wednesday (๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜jump right on the list!)
    @babs_b FD800

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 UK NFD

    Gently getting back into a routine , yes Iโ€™m back to pre Paris weight @linda.b but itโ€™s not where I want to be , Iโ€™ve been slowly creeping in the wrong direction most of the year but Iโ€™ve decided NOW is the time to turn things round

    No clue on todays question Iโ€™m afraid

    As itโ€™s raining โ˜”๏ธHurrah! Iโ€™m off to get a quick 3 miles in with Leslie – I was originally put on to Leslie Sansome by @flourbaby – hope you are doing alright out there

    See you on the list tomorrow

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD

    Yesterday’s WF went fine, although I was quite hungry by evening–that doesn’t always happen–so it was uncomfortable. I endured just fine, however, and am not the least hungry this morning. I always find that fascinating, that I can go to bed so hungry and wake up not at all hungry.

    Because I am too smart to be the only thing standing in my way (๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‚), I will have leftover broccoli salad today, a peach, some ooked chicken from the freezer, and one slice of leftover birthday lemon meringue pie. No alcohol. That’s my promise to me and to all of you, and especially you, @penz. I hope your FD has gone well with little struggle today!

    On Friday, DH and I are having a small dinner party for two couples who have taken us out many times (they’re friends from a church DH used to serve). I have been troubled at the thought of how I’ll overeat that day (we scheduled this back when I thought I’d be completely in control of what I was eating, and would be down several pounds besides…so much for that hope), but as I’ve been thinking about it, I’m realizing I’ve made such good choices on the menu, that I don’t need to fear the scales on Saturday morning. So now I simply get to look forward to the evening.

    Trivia: DUH. Kiwi. DUH, LOL! As to the band? Oops, zero idea there, either!

    @michelinme Ahh, those disagreements with moms are so icky, aren’t they? I’m sure you’ll mend all the fences quickly, however, and hope you’re able to get your ten days holiday and feel wonderfully rested after that!

    @litprof Yay for you on your loss!! So many of us have discovered that our weight fluctuations are the result of what we ate last week, or even the week before that, and you seem to be further proof of that.

    @penz You go right ahead and focus on you; that focus is what gets us all to our goals.

    @lilymartin Sympathies to you on your relative being in palliative care (is that what we call hospice?) and on all that food around you. That’s simply tough, no two ways about it. One question I ask myself: will I be glad next week that I ate this today? So for my husband’s leftover lemon meringue pie? You BET I will. For all the smoked almonds I’ve had recently? Nope. They were so very yummy, but I’m not in the least glad I ate them. See what I mean? Perhaps that will help you a bit to face all that food and retain some control/success in what you do and don’t eat.

    @linda.b My replacement crown is going to cost me about $400 after insurance has kicked in; we have great insurance, and an HSA (debit card) to pay the balance, that has a very healthy amount in it, and gets added to each month, so we never have to worry about medical expenses, thankfully. How does that compare to Australian prices?

    @gardenlily Awww, you have my sympathies that you had a midnight experience. And now it’s over, you’ve dusted yourself off, and you’re back on track today. We all have those trip-ups, and there’s no shame. Regret? Yup. No shame, however. Your food for today sounds lovely!

    @daffodil2010 I’d say the fact that your motorcycle trousers are so baggy is solid proof that you’re doing exactly the right thing; congratulations!!!

    @funshipfreddie MM’s new book is on the UK Amazon, but it’s truly not on; I looked again just now. I’ve seen that before with new cookbooks that @at has mentioned; I imagine books that come out in the US are slower to the UK market. Say, what’s up with finding your place to live?

    @babs.b Well done on two successful eating days this week, and you’re right that it’s all water/bulk weight. Keep it up and you’ll be down a few pounds in no time at all.

    @northgeorgia Down a pound over last week is always a nice thing.

    Okay, much to do and it’s time to quit stalling. Have a grand one, everyone.

    And, what I’ve been steadily repeating to myself: “You are much too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.”

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 – USA/GA – NFD (ZBC)

    Weigh-in: 214 lbs. Going to try something different today. It’s a ZBC, but going to have a snack of fruit and nuts instead of a full lunch today. I have a meeting and may be tempted with a snack around 3 pm, but usually not… then an early dinner tonight, being sure I have my veggies with whatever I choose. Tomorrow will be a FD.

    Down a pound over last Wednesday, so there’s some progress…

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17, FD, Scotland

    Note to self – do not mix my alcoholic drinks on a school night! Im a tad tender today ahhhh. Roll on bedtime. Same food today as Monday, egg on toast for lunch, budda bowl for dinner. Grit strength after work then bath and early night.

    Lets do this Wednesday fasters ๐Ÿ™‚

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 – UK – FD800

    Hi all,

    Yesterday came & went in the blink of an eye and I didn’t get chance to post. Monday’s FD went pretty well (it wasn’t a perfect 500, but still a million miles better than recent eating patterns) and yesterday was a well-controlled day too, so that’s two positives under my belt.

    My weight is already very up and down this week – 3lb off after Monday’s FD, then apparently 4lb on after yesterday’s really good controlled day. I know this is likely to be water going up & down but I still prefer to see the lower number on those scales. For context, yesterday I was ZBC, then had a smoked salmon and egg salad (all home made, with minimal dressing). I snacked on an apple then had baked salmon with rice for dinner followed by a few squares of chocolate. (A bit overkill on the salmon, I didn’t plan it to be that way). So, I can’t have gained 4lb of fat overnight from that.

    Today I am shooting for a FD800. I have an appointment planned over my normal lunch time so that should serve as a distraction and will mean I eat a little later. (I’ve prepped a salad).

    @daffodil2010 – that’s a lovely feeling to have clothing starting to get loose! I’m looking forward to that.

    @gardenlily – don’t beat yourself up about Monday! I always remember on the original 5:2 documentary with MM that in the animal studies, even if they binged after a FD they still lost weight overall. I doubt you’d have had much impact at all on your progress with Monday night.

    @funshipfreddie – Good reminder of the awful droughts you’ve been experiencing in SA. I remember how terrible it looked on the news reports last year, though the main outlets in the UK don’t seem to have picked it up since. We have had a little bit of rain here now and storms are forecast today. I can’t wait to have green grass back instead of hay!

    The birds already seem a lot happier outside since our sprinkling of rain the other night. They’re a lot more active outside the window this year since our beloved fur-baby is no longer with us. It’s the first summer we’ve had without him chattering away at the window and having ballsy blackbirds screeching their alarm calls back in response for hours on end. (It was a constant stand off!). I don’t recall seeing / hearing many others all the time he was alive, but this year I’m seeing about 6 or 7 different bird species a day. Yesterday, there were goldfinches, song thrushes, blackbirds, flycatchers, wrens, doves and a little wagtail outside. I’d still much rather have my boy by my side but it’s nice to see the birds.

    Going to have to shoot off, but wishing everyone a good day and hope to catch up properly on posts tomorrow!

    Pocket List for Day 17 Wednesday (๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜jump right on the list!)
    @babs_b FD800

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Here are a few photos of the caves at Cheddar with the cheese

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – FD

    I don’t know what happened to yesterday, but I didn’t post, & I definitely didn’t fast. I need to give myself a good talking to. The absence of bathroom scales is NOT good

    @linda.b – that WAS an impressive pocket list on Monday?! The lists seldom seem to reach double figures these days.

    @babs-b – the sniffles are almost gone, thanks. We’re desperate for water here too. Port Elizabeth is in the grip of a 7 year drought, & although no water restrictions have been imposed yet, the authorities are constantly pleading with the public to use water sparingly. Despite our recent rain they always seem to say, ‘very little rain in the catchment areas’, & our dam levels are currently at only 15%.

    I know that fruit, @linda.b! I also know a very popular UK chocolate biscuit (cookie) that’s named after a flightless bird ๐Ÿ˜… They used to be, anyway. Are Penguins still around?

    @stitchincarol – the ‘Just One Thing’ book is on – under Kindle books. There are a few books with the same title though.

    Happy Hump Day! ๐Ÿซ

    Pocket List for Day 17 Tuesday (๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜jump right on the list!)

    Oops, just saw more posts on page 5, but will have to catch up later…

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช – FD

    I am with you today @penz on the Wednesday FD!

    Slow going still, then I remembered that this weekend was so very hot, I was quite dehydrated on the motorcycle, and we unfortunately compensated by having a sharing size bag of crisps (chips for our US friends) to get salt in…..and perhaps the extra salt still staying. I have been trying to drink 3 litres of water a day but it’s so busy in work I often forget.

    However, good note that my motorcycle trousers size 14 were quite hanging off me, but I am not in the smaller size yet (I have motorcycle trousers in every size from 10 to 16 ๐Ÿ˜จ), so that was a good thing to see.

    @goalto10kg, thanks for the link for the North 500… That is so inspiring and looks great. Definitely a trip for sometime. Unfortunately we may not do Scotland in September, still musing over Northern Ireland, but your link certainly gave great ideas.

    Work is so busy with people on annual leave, or plain just left…and to have a private moan here, my new boss of only 6 weeks went on annual leave 2 weeks after becoming the boss, and now she has silent the past 2 weeks working from home in her home country of Portugal and it’s hard to get in touch with her……and nobody has explained to the team why she is WFH,(I suspect it has to be a family thing) so we are leaderless, and I find so many people coming to me for direction……it’s exhausting. I am not the boss nor do I want to be….so just having a private vent here.

    Gah, I cannot wait for my own annual leave in 4 weeks.

    Pocket list day 17

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 – UK Cam – NFD
    Day 17 – UK Cam – FD
    Well, Monday’s FD went OK but I fell off the wagon big time about midnight with a kitchen raid – no details, too embarrassed but the left-over cheese might have fitted into a matchbox!
    Yesterday was a down day – felt bad about the FD, felt bad about myself, AND it rained – hoorah! Reading all your posts this morning, early, helped me get my resolve back. I totally agree, no room for hope, it is all about control and choice. Mind you, I could do with some of that gaffer tape someone mentioned to keep my mouth taped up!

    Today is an impromptu FD but will go for an 800 for a change, taking the dog out for a ‘paddle’ (courtesy of the overnight rain) and then got a load of chores in the garden, mostly picking up windfall apples and cutting back dead stuff that the rain has knocked over. DH hoping to see Dr today (emphasis on hoping) as he hasn’t actually seen one for 2years now, despite repeated infections – he’s def. not OK so fingers crossed. Egg salad for lunch and baked salmon and spinach for dinner – it’s the salmon that bumps up the calorie count. Half a cup of pasta???? Well, I suppose it depends on the size of the cup ….. ha ha!

    Definitely got yesterday’s trivia – I prefer the green one and just love it when you cut them open – that colour and seed pattern! I have an idea about today’s trivia, but may cheat by looking through the CD collection…

    @linda.b – love the quote, woof woof!

    Keep at it everyone – it’s all downhill now to the end of August

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 โ€“ Wednesdayโ€“ Gold Coast Queensland Australia โ€“ (NFD)๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช

    @penz… you are right, it’s hump day, so had to find the camel Emoji to highlight it!๐Ÿช๐Ÿช

    So, this is it…. we are officially in the middle of week, on the hump of the camel, at the top of the hill, we can see the view backwards and forwards, see what we’ve achieved already this week, with a solid plan to build on that, and, then it’s the downward slide to the weekend and another week closer to success! Yay! ๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช

    Ask yourself, how’s the week going for you??? hmmmmm ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ฏ So looking forward, ask yourself, in fact, PROMISE to yourself (courtesy stitchincarol), your next step for the week… easy, peasy!๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

    12 of us did FDs on Monday so we are looking forward to another FD by week’s end. For me that will be tomorrow ie Thursday. I have it planned, have you?

    From your posts I can see everyone is on track, congratulations!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    @stitchincarol .. good news about your tooth… crowns can be very expensive in Australia, is that the case there? Love your HACKS, HINTS & TIPS…. unfortunately I also drooled over the Lemon Meringue Pie… my all time fave (only if it’s GF though) … your DH is a lucky man!

    @penz.. putting you on the pocketlist for today! No ifs, no buts…..๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿคฉ

    @litprof … so, so, very, very close, we are collectively holding our breath waiting for your hallelujah post announcing its DONE!๐Ÿ“ฃ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต

    @michelinme…. you’ve had a rough time lately so be kind to yourself. We hear you and understand you’ve been going through such a lot.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ Plan for that break to make sure it actually happens. On another note, the IT OGRE๐Ÿ‘น takes out posts and eats them… I know it! ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น My work around is to finish my post then COPY before I hit SUBMIT, then if it didn’t fly across the webiverse, I re-paste it back in and try again. More than one way to skin a cat (not BooBoo of course!๐Ÿ˜‚) and more than one way to beat the IT OGRE! ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น

    @missybear .. you are so on track ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚… Remembering that you said you won’t jump on the scales until the month’s end….. just can’t wait to the end of the month when you hop on the scales.. it will be MOMENTOUS!๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

    @brightonbelle … good to see you here as well… using I-H-L ‘back from holiday’ strategy, have you come back to your pre-Paris spot on the track or even further perhaps?

    @mariaelena … hi!.. glad to see you, we know you are on track.. You usually do FD on Wednesday… hope its an easy one๐Ÿ™

    @at … Your walks sound fabulous…. not just your walks but the lovely places you walk too! ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ You knew the answers too ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

    @northgeorgia.. hope the OMAD went well… which of course will nicely set you up for today…. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

    @goal10kg .. glad you avoided take-away… and you are quite right that cooking can be fabulous fun and also gives you control of the meal… yep, win-win. ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ You are amazing with your regular workouts…. we are all so inspired! You have our permission to feel SMUG!๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

    @daffodil2010 – your campervan trip around Scotland sounds just so wonderful…. you lucky gal! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Your chicken salad is making my mouth water.. oh it’s lunchtime… better eat!๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

    @lilymartin — ha ha cheese chunks the size of matchboxes? Hilarious! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ Not in this house I’m afraid!๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ… may have given up wine๐Ÿท๐Ÿท but not the cheese! Love your NFD HACKS too๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    @matpi… so good you are on the way down…. that plateau is a bugbear ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป stay with it, THE WHOOSH IS COMING, only two weeks to go and I’m sure it’ll be worth it despite medications conspiring against you! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

    Need to get back to work, apologies if I missed anyone!

    โญYesterdayโ€™s Trivia – Day 16 – Tuesday

    Which fruit is named after a flightless bird and do you know another name for it? Kiwi fruit. Kiwifruit or Chinese gooseberry is the edible berry of several species of woody vines in the genus Actinidia.๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ (I learnt something today as didn’t know it was actually a berry, did you?)

    โญToday’s Trivia – Day 17 – Wednesday ๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช
    Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings made up which bandโ“โ“โ“

    cheerie dearies๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช

    Thought of the Day – Day 17 – Wednesday

    Donโ€™t reward yourself with food. You are not a dog. ๐Ÿ•โ€๐Ÿฆบ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

    PocketList _ Day 17 – Wednesday ๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช
    @penz (‘coz you promised yourself๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š)

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

    Hello everyone,

    A quick question, when we say we are fasting are we doing 3 full days without food???
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 NFD country west Australia
    Trying to be more focussed and planning on the NFDs.
    But have a relative in Palliative Care who we are visiting several times a day.
    With only one place to eat in town after 6pm , choices are limited.
    Pretty sure the lasagne , salad and chips last night are not within bull’s roar of TDEE but today I have made poached chicken so miming for better.
    With all the family here the fridge is filled with all manner of food and cooked dishes so I find it difficult to eat less.
    Back to asking ‘ Do I want it ?’ Yes I do !! “Will I have it? ” No I won’t …. mostly….๐Ÿคช
    @penz, I KNOW !!! 1/2 cup of pasta !!!!! Who are they kidding???? Is it even possible to only have 1/2 cup of pasta???? Ditto matchbox sized serve of cheese!!! I could et a block in one sitting!!
    Yes and yes and yes to the trivia question. But I prefer the green one.
    Have a good day all.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!


    Grr re that lost post Anzac,
    And oh no, such sympathy at the weather forecast. What a dread for everyone who is already exhausted from facing floods and constant rain.

    Yes (re that twitter quote), it reminds me of how I used to symbolically brace myself at the front door, when my daughter was little) to try to stop the avalanche of soft toys etc pouring in, while remembering my elderly aunt talk about how rare it was to be given a toy when she was little.
    With food it is the junk food pouring in. So seemingly cheap and enticing, and just everywhere.

    I am like you, I am pretty good at avoiding the ultra processed junk now (touch wood) but still working on eating between meals, and portion sizes of carbs.

    I have a British fb friend who is doing the absolute classic: after struggling so hard with heat and dryness and then cheering the arrival of rain… now she is complaining of the sound of hard rain on the window! (It is coming from an unusual direction and I am sympathetic).

    Neil, what a fright! I am so glad you could stop your bike safely and then get it fixed quickly.
    Woot more than 1kg down!

    Best wishes everyone

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning from cloudy Melbourne, but a bit of sun is finding its way through.

    Gday sending good wishes.
    Antidepressants can be lifesaving and certainly you need them to make life bearable, but they do come with some hard side effects.
    And oh no, not covid on top of everything else. Poor Miss Gday, I do hope she is getting back to health now. I am so glad you missed a dreadful dose of it. Best wishes for getting completely over it.

    Yes, what you write doesn’t sound like ‘you’ at all. Won’t it be a lovely relief when your ‘you’ starts coming back.

    My tips for managing when you don’t have the energy or headspace to function normally:
    Be as kind to yourself as you can.
    Take any offers of help you get.
    Keep triaging everything so you don’t make things worse by forgetting some important bill or other thing. Sometimes I blutak a sheet of paper to the fridge so I can write the most important things.
    Just three things: Just doing three little things every time you get up, can make a big difference by the end of the day. or in really bad times, just one thing.
    (And, ofcourse, don’t forget to drink water!)

    I’m going to get one more cup of coffee and then write more.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17, FD, Aus

    Fast Day. There, Iโ€™ve said. I promise to myself this will be a FD. I promise all of you Iโ€™ll stick to my word!!

    A tip from me: do something else at โ€˜normalโ€™ meal times. One reason Iโ€™m doing a FD today is Iโ€™ve started the puppy on agility training (a dog sport where you run the dog over a course of obstacles). Class is at 6.30 pm โ€“ right when I would normally be in the kitchen. Weโ€™ll get home too late to bother about food. Win win!

    I should start measuring food as well, but I know I wonโ€™t. Half a cup of pasta!??! Are you kidding!!

    Day 16 trivia question: yep, got it. Has anyone tried the yellow variety? Itโ€™s good!

    Have been reading all the posts but โ€“ feeling v selfish and self-centred here โ€“ am trying to concentrate (focus) more on me at the mo. Have a good hump day everyone.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 17 AUS FD800

    Quick check in from me this morning as it will be a super-long and busy day here.

    Weirdly, I have been avoiding the scales this past week as there have been lots of events/dinners on, and I didn’t want to see the scale moving the wrong way!

    But instead, my weight has gone down, and my measurements have shrunk too. I am wondering if moving between higher cal days and fasting has sped up my metabolism? No idea, but not taking anything for granted!

    Currently 1k from goal, and hoping to get there by the end of the month. Let’s make the second half of this month’s challenge a focused one!

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 UK CD

    Another day when i’m sure I’d posted and come to find it’s not here! I must get better at checking I’ve actually hit Enter before I close the window.

    Fell into more of a FD800 yesterday at 500 calories plus a handful of dates (!) but that’ll do me. This morning i felt a teeny bit less puffy and a teeny bit under 80kg/176lb… baby steps.

    Today has been unexpectedly difficult and emotional after I ended up having a bit of an argument with my mother when she came for her weekly tea – mostly i suspect because i’m very tired and she can be very tiring in her determined opinions, particularly on politics! But it was good to listen to her reminisce about her brother who died more than 60 years ago. I’m definitely in need of a break but still need to do some project work and planning before my head will be able to switch off. No commitments now for almost 3 weeks so I should be able to get 10 days off within that time.

    I broke my fast at 3pm with a marmite tea, then a OMAD supper of baked sweet potato, steamed green beans with balsamic vinegar, stir fried quorn chicken/leeks/pak choi/spinach with garlic & chilli followed by a compote of all the ‘tired’ fruit- apples, gooseberries, mango & dates with vegan custard – yum! I’m feeling very well indulged but in a good way. Hoping for a good night’s sleep and more energy tomorrow!

    Wishing strength to all today’s fasters

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Morning all, Anzac, looks like our comments last night crossed, Our forecast is for a drier and warmer spring than normal, So I’m looking forward to that after our wet miserable winter.

    Weigh in this morning I was down 1.1 kilos. Sitting on 102.7, so moving in the right direction. Hopefully with the weather improving and me being able to get outside more It’ll start ticking down. I want to get my riding fitness back up because I’m looking to do the “Around the Mountains” trail at labour weekend. It’s around 230kms but the first two days I’d be riding around 90kms a day.

    Well, have a great day everyone and I’ll catch you all later.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 – Rural Nebraska, USA – WFD

    Yesterday was a lovely day. The temps never got over 70 degrees (21), and it was damp and sprinkly through much of the day, so that made all the baking much less miserable than if it had been a really hot day. We played lots of cards, enjoyed the food–especially the Piedmont Tomahawk steak ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ–, DH liked his gifts, and we all really enjoyed lemon meringue pie for the birthday “cake.” ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿฅฐ Sadly, I woke up at 3:30 and have been awake since, and am suffering from gut woes, to boot. Oh well, this too shall pass, and it certainly makes the thought of a water fast even more appealing, since food is not my friend at the moment.

    @funshipfreddie I love that the second “just one thing” listed is the importance of singing for the natural high you get, but the book is nowhere to be found on the US Amazon site; we’ll clearly have to wait longer than you Brits will.

    @gardenlily Yeah, my sister was without her front tooth while she and her husband were traveling across the country to their new home–she was NOT happy, LOL. Thankfully, not only is mine far enough back, but it’s entirely painless, and the dentist was able to sand it down (to be no longer sharp) without having to use any anesthetic at all, because it was the crown. I have an appointment to get the crown replaced in two weeks, although I’m wondering if it’s worth the fuss and bother…

    @linda.b I’ve even grown some of the plant that provides saffron, and have the hand-harvested treasure stored in my kitchen!

    @penz Really? She would say that??? It surely was a joke??? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

    @daffodil2010 I have to agree with @funshipfreddie that your 6 pounds a month is STELLAR and doesn’t seem in the least “slow going” to me! After all your months (years?) of wanting to have success, I can certainly understand you want it to happen far faster, but don’t let yourself forget that you’re losing at a faster rate than most successful dieters!

    As to success on NFDs: I’m struggling with that myself, but thinking over what has worked/helped, and reading other people’s comments, I have some insights. Several of you have used the word “focus.” That’s huge. Much of our too-many-calorie NFDs is caused by entirely forgetting what we’re attempting to do–we’re not focusing, wholly and completely on our goal. Another is “hoping” to have a successful day of any variety. I wrote a long post a year ago this month (I think?) about how if we make promises to anyone else, we keep them, so let’s make an honest-to-goodness promise to ourselves about what we’ll eat/drink on any given day and then KEEP that promise, and completely eliminate the word “hope” from our menu plans, as if we have no real control over what we eat/drink. (Sounds good, huh? It worked for me for four months…dunno why it’s not working now. No focus, perhaps?) Three hacks that help are 1. To go take a bath; can’t eat there. 2. Go to bed early; I’ve always brushed my teeth by then, and don’t eat there either. 3. Go somewhere else, away from your kitchen, away from food. Garden, go for a walk, go start a project at work that will keep you busy, just stay away from your kitchen, and then get home just barely with enough time to prepare your dinner so you’re not snacking while you wait for it to be time to start cooking. (Can you see me in my kitchen, nibbling on nuts and sipping wine, watching the news, waiting to start dinner? Yup, that’s how I know that last.)

    @matpi You make me laugh out loud about DH’s birthday cake and flossing it too!

    And I have no idea about the bird/fruit/other name trivia!

    Okay, must scoot and get ready for piano lessons.

    “You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.”

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 Wales TDEE

    Continuing the measuring and logging, cut myself a small chunk of cheese for lunch that I thought would be 30g, popped it on the scales to checkโ€ฆโ€ฆ51g! So easy to slip up. Cheese is one of my very favourite foods and it must clearly be an always weigh item from now on. Weigh and grate, it looks so much more when grated ๐Ÿ™‚

    @linda.b todayโ€™s trivia is an easy one for me, one of my favourite fruits, but my lips are sealed.

    Enjoy Tuesday everyone ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 UK FD

    Ha ha the question was literally written for you @at ๐Ÿ˜€

    Keeping busy looking forward to dinner though

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 – 16:8

    Not much to chat about today, coping with the return of hot temps and running errands.

    Hope everyone is well.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 – UK – CD

    Managed to come in under 800cals yesterday so not bad so trying for a CD today

    Out with my walking group this morning for a wander in Great Langdale around 8km/11,225steps! Coffee and raspberry scone sitting out in the sunshine afterwards ๐Ÿ˜‹

    Food entered into MFP so should be able to do a good CD today to build on yesterday’s FD

    Todayโ€™s TRIVIA – Which fruit is named after a flightless bird and do you know another name for it = YES and YES but I’ll keep the answer to myself for now ๐Ÿค”

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 – USA/GA – OMAD

    Weigh-in: 217 lbs. So far, no change over last week’s weight day by day. I was ALMOST a little lighter today, but no win. Going to attempt a lunch OMAD today and be a little more mindful on Wednesday afternoon’s dinner.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Chloe jumped up on the bed and lay down next to me, next she heard something and kept off the bed and ran down the stairs after first using my bad elbow as a launch pad๐Ÿ˜ฅ of Did a good fast day yesterday and will try and do b2b later in the week. Dry here at the moment but a dark sky with the sun trying to break through.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16, NFD (CD), Scotland

    Hi everyone, FD went well yesterday. I passed by a friends house after gym so I didnt get home until 9pm which made it all the easier. That could be a good tip, fast day or not! Another tip what I do on my NFD’s, is plan to make something really scrummy delicious on my NFD’s at the weekend – as to avoid a takeaway, and thats worked the past few weeks. Ive made twice this yummy sausage tomato and marscapone pasta, its so yummy I made it two weekends in a row! Avoiding a takeaway it a triumph for me and I enjoy the cooking and making new things, so win win all round.

    Hey, everyone seems to be holidaying in Scotland ! Yay! Depends what sort of holiday you like @daffodil, oh you have a campervan, lucky you! This is on my to do list –

    ‘There’s nothing quite like the freedom of the long open road. Never-ending back roads, wide meandering country tracks and beautiful bends through some of Scotland’s finest coastal scenery are just a few things you can expect along the North Coast 500. Strap yourself in for the road trip of a lifetime’.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 โ€“ Tuesday โ€“ Gold Coast Queensland Australia โ€“ (NFD)๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    A little late signing on today… busy, busy, busy.. but I’m here now!

    I don’t know if this is a record but๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ ……… we had 12 Pocket-Listers for FD Monday Day 15! Woohoooo!
    In Aussiepeak… HOWZAT! โญ๐ŸŒŸโญ๐ŸŒŸโญ๐ŸŒŸโญ๐ŸŒŸโญ๐ŸŒŸโญ๐ŸŒŸ
    We are COLLECTIVELY rocking it!
    So hope all your efforts went SPECTACULARLY well!

    Love the NFD HACKS, HINTS & TIPS! What a treasure trove of great ideas everyone is sharing…. keep them coming… we learn from each other here. ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง

    It’d be great to have the time to collate all the ideas into a single document… but as we are all so time poor we will just commit them to memory! ๐Ÿ˜Š BUT KEEP THEM COMING…. we all benefit from each other’s wisdom๐Ÿ˜

    So today, Day 16, is a NFD for all of yesterday’s pockelisters….. let’s NOT blow it!๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค (Loved the tip about taping your mouth shut, ha ha ha๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚) For the others doing their FD today, we’re all with you! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š

    Now, we need to talk…. because we are all in different timezones, it might be a good idea if you DON’T post your trivia answer as some haven’t even read the question when you do it.๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜œ
    However on the next day, after the answer is posted, we’d definitely like to hear how smart you are and if you had the answer right or not ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ. It’s just for fun after all.๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ Agreed?

    That said… here is TRIVIA!!!!

    โญYesterdayโ€™s Trivia – Monday – Day 15 (YOU CLEVER BUNCH!๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ Some of you were onto this very early!)
    Which flower yields the spice saffron?
    Crocus sativus The spice saffron is from the filaments that grow inside the flower.

    โญTodayโ€™s TRIVIA – Tuesday – Day 16 (this one is easy!)
    Which fruit is named after a flightless bird and do you know another name for itโ“โ“โ“
    Shhhh!๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค don’t tell everyone yet!

    No time for individual responses today….. but I’ve read everyone’s posts and love your work! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

    cheerie dearies from downunder ๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜

    Thought of the Day:
    To take a lesson from the little engine that could ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚
    Just think you can, just think you can, just have that understood
    And very soon you’ll start to say, I always knew I could
    I knew I could, I knew I could, I knew I could
    I knew I could, I knew I could, I knew I could, I knew I could

    Pocket List for Day 16 Tuesday (๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜jump right on the list!)

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning Allโ€ฆ
    A touch of rain and thunder rumbling last night, more fresh todayโ€ฆ
    We have a play date with Oreo at 9am, Natalie has been away a week so they will be lively this morning..

    Charlieโ€™s paw is fine now, bathed with salt water, a scrub with a nail brush in case a sting was still there and a Piriton, very unsettled for three hours, he had a sleep he got up and all was fine.

    I had a very good fast day yesterday, 509 counted calories, I am going to count the next few weeks to make sure I am still up to date with my virtual countingโ€ฆ.!

    Boules later pm, it should be fine rain wise but odd showers about.

    Hope you are managing with your arm and the pain is under controlโ€ฆ.. and Chloe is settling down she will be so anxious..shame on your bowling seasonโ€ฆ

    A busy week and a lovely wedding โ€ฆ good we can shuffle the FDS aboutโ€ฆ

    Lots of walking for youโ€ฆ.hope Enoch gets some extra walks if she answers the phone โ€ฆ
    Upsetting on your HS family.. the courts donโ€™t always do the bestโ€ฆ

    Jean x

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Evening all, great to see the forum start to pick up again.

    Merry, always great to see you checking in. Hopefully you can shake those Covid kilos quickly.

    G’day, really sorry to hear you’re still not doing well. I feel so helpless when someone I know online is suffering, it’s not like in person where you can go around and give them a hug, or just be there to listen. All I can say is we will continue to keep you in our thoughts.

    Happy thiniversary Thin. 8 years is a brilliant effort.

    Intesha, the caves sound amazing, I’d love to go and see. There is a couple of local cheese producers that make brilliant cheese, but nothing like the natural aging in caves. I’m guessing they’re cloth wrapped cheddars?

    Cinque, pretty hard to argue with that quote

    Well I’ve been riding my bike to work the last couple of days, but this morning I got a bit of a fright. I was about a kilometre from work and my pedal felt funny, then 30 seconds later the whole crank arm came off! I had to walk my bike the rest of the way to work. Luckily there are 4 cycle repair shops within 200m of my work, so I dropped my bike off at morning tea time, and it was ready by the time I finished work.

    I have been fasting the last 2 days, doing fewer than 800 calories a day and doing it as one meal a day. Hopefully that will give me some movement on the scales.

    Well have a great day everyone, I’ll check in tomorrow for my weekly weigh-in

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช – NFD

    Feeling virtuous. Kept to the FD foods but DH popped a bottle of prosecco to celebrate getting a distinction in his course….but that did not derail and am down a pound this morning.

    Chicken salad planned for dinner with a side of corn on the cob.

    Oh, @i-hate-lettuce reminded me……there may be a chance that we will have to take our campervan holiday at end of September in Scotland ๐Ÿ˜„ We have to get panels for the van (boring rust story) but seems we cannot source in Ireland so actively looking in UK. If that is the case we get them delivered to DH’s sister in the Lake District and we pop over on the ferry and travel around Scotland for two weeks before picking up the panels and heading home.

    Kind of hoping that’s the way it will go. Apart from city breaks in Edinburgh and Glasgow, I don’t know Bonnie Scotland at all. Where to go, what to see, what to do ???? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

    Have a great Tuesday – Elvis Presley’s 45th anniversary โ˜น๏ธ

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hellooooooo…….there is a bit of an echo today, everyone must be busy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Intesha, I am so very glad that you are having a wonderful time in the UK with your daughter. I love the descriptions of the places you are visiting, it’s like I can see it all through your eyes

    I agree with that Twitter quote Cinque. I have friends who just can’t be bothered cooking much and eat out or eat cr@p and then bemoan why they are overweight. Yes I am overweight but that is from eating too much good food and too many carbs.

    Happy anniversary Thin! I hope you are coping with the heat wave. Many of my friends on the labrador forum are not coping well at all. Of course most people do not have (cooling) air-con so it would be so horrible to have an oven for a house and not be able to escape it

    I just read that the Australian BOM have raised the La Nina ‘watch’ to ‘alert’ which now means a 70% chance of another cool and VERY wet spring/summer. This year it is paired with a negative IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) which makes the amount or rainfall even higher. Those in flood affected areas in QLD have already been put on long-term alert status

    Lovely to hear from you Merry and I hope you can get back on the horse soon. I have jumped back on for the 1 millionth time this week as Mr Anzac and I have booked a trip at Christmas…more on that later.

    Sorry to hear about your Son’s injury Neil and I hope your colleagues are back at work as soon as possible

    Hi to everyone else, take care

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Cinque, thank you for the fireworks! That’s great that you correctly identified the topic needing discussion. I hope the group continues to flourish and that you continue to be able to cope with a little more activity than in the past couple of years.

    Sending positive thoughts to everyone else.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16 NFD country west Australia 84.9 kgs
    Looks like I’ m in good company with @at et al in trying to slay dragons for the second half of August.
    Interesting how the dragons have proliferated recently!!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™„
    Hopefully in the active act of dragon slaying I will also shed some kgs.๐Ÿคž
    Had reasonable FD yesterday. Whilst not under 500 calories it was under 800 so will take that at the moment. ๐Ÿ˜‡
    When FDs are going well and I am in the groove of doing Monday/Thursday FDs it usually isn’t too difficult.
    For the NFDs I find that I have to plug plug plug the numbers , which I loathe but it really does keep me on track.๐Ÿ™
    Also shows me where I am wildly over or underestimating quantities of food and the calorie count.
    Pesky little calories show up in the most unexpected places.๐Ÿ˜ฑ
    Having a battle with the Fat Fairy. The tyre she has deposited around my waist this time is really really REALLY super-glued into place and I am having a tough time removing it.
    But little by little I seem to be levering it off!! Hope to have it gone by end of September.
    @matpi good to hear you are getting off the plateau. Each little bit helps.
    @penz, here to help you stay on the wagon if necessary. The road is bumpy and I find it so easy to just fall off again….and again……..and again…….
    @ michelinme, I’m glad to hear you are somewhat better. May you continue to improve.๐Ÿ’
    @gardenlily ( nice name!!), I love the trivia quiz questions. I agree that nibbling cn add up and up and UP…
    @stitchincarol , very impressed by the dentist and DH’s birthday cooking scenario.
    I had to go to the dentist 2 weeks ago and found I had an infection under a root canal .
    Very painful but thanks to modern medicine antibiotics did the trick!
    NFD hacks – plan, as some have already said; eat slowly as @funshipfreddie said; drink 2 glasses of water before eating a meal; put knife and fork down between bites when eating and chew everything 20 times; remember portion sizes – cheese serve the size of a match box ๐Ÿคฃ( as if….)!; cereal 1/4 to 1/2 cup; pasta 1/2 cup ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ; meat 1 serve the size of the palm of your hand ; eat off a smaller plate.
    I have done all these in the past n m back doing them now.
    Oh, and remember that a chocolate bar has a LOT of calories as does a glass or 3 of vino…..
    Feeling very optimistic for the second half of August.
    Onward and downward.๐Ÿ˜„

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 15 Ohio, US —MFD
    Days 12, 13, and 14 — NFD

    Sorry for the gap — some new anti-inflammatory medicine the doctor prescribed has been making things fairly erratic. The good news from over the weekend was the weigh-in: it showed a half-pound loss, so there is some movement on the scales. With any luck the trend will continue and get me off this plateau!

    @michelinme Hope the feeling better continues completely! And you’re very right: In any situation one’s best is always good enough!

    @stitchincarol Wow! The dentist and a birthday dinner for your DH! So you’ve had your cake and flossed it too!

    @gardenlily Thanks for the great fact about saffron! I always thought it came from the Middle East or India — hot climes. Maybe your slogan “better to bin than binge?” is similar to “better the waste than the waist?”

    Pocket list for Monday

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 16, NFD, Aus

    I don’t want to use the F word but it applied to yesterday’s FD. Sigh.

    Time for head down, head in right space, and heading for a successful end to the month.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dave- poor you, good Chloe was safe in the end…sounds like maybe the same fracture as son had in his elbow when he came off his bike- he was naughty & didn’t use his sling for too long, he did do the exercises they gave him though & he has full mobility of it now. Such a shame you’ll miss the rest of the bowling season ๐Ÿ˜ข
    Jean- it’s hard to get motivated to do much when it’s so hot…good Charlie was okay with his paw in the end!
    Nana- lovely to have a wedding to go to, so hot for it though!
    Had a busy Saturday & a lazier Sunday…so hot, baking even walking Xena early in the morning! Did a FD on Saturday & have done an 800cal one today. Walked Enoch today, had only got to walk him one day last week so hope I can do more this week, not sure whether to talk to his owner or not, if I push too much I think she’d stop answering the phone at all, I guess one or 2 walks a week for him is better than none…rang my HS family today, a difficult call as after a court case last week as her ex has harassed her, legal things put in place for contact with their girl & he’s broken it already! Hard to be encouraging, hope just listening helps…youngest son is coming for breakfast & a haircut tomorrow, eldest is off & home too & needs a trim as well, that’s my morning sorted!

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 15 UK FD
    Day 14 UK NFD
    Day 13 UK NFD

    i was sure i’d posted yesterday, o well. I’ve speedread posts & checking in briefly for accountablity.

    Feeling a bit better today as the temperature has dropped to 28C and less humid at last. It was a relief to wake up able to breathe and think a little, to zoom and get a few hours project work done after the complete roadblock of last week. But wiped out, v behind and feeling chaotic so will take a few days to catch up a bit and see what’s possible. Only now do i realise how awful I’ve been feeling for the last week so going gently.

    I hadn’t planned food today which is always challenging, esp when I get to thinking about food late and tired. i’m having eggs & beans and fruit for supper and will have a better balance tomorrow. Doing my best and that’s good enough.

    Pocket list for Monday

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 15 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD

    Hi, everyone. I got a text from the dentist’s office that they had an opening at 8am this morning, so instead of sitting down to post here, I was out the door for that and have been cooking for DH’s 68th birthday dinner ever since, so no time to chatter or read comments. Hopefully tomorrow morning will be quiet and I’ll have time.

    Have a grand one, whether it’s daytime or night’s sleep!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Fast day going ok, I went to watch the bowling, can’t play again this season.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022โ€ฆ31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 15 – FD 800

    @linda.b if I have any NFD advice I guess it is make your FD meals so tasty that you want them on NFDโ€™s as well. Other than that, I keep my NFD eating to an 8 hour window – and while that is vital to keeping me on track, I know that type of IF doesnโ€™t work for everyone.

    Well, maybe one other thing. If the food I want to eat is indulgent I make myself have a large serving of veg. before I allow myself the indulgence. Oftentimes that is the key to keeping it an indulgence NOT an overindulge.

    Pocket list for Monday

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon everyone, it’s still very warm here with no sign of any rain at the moment.
    A very busy end to last week with a wedding on Thursday and lunch with an old friend at our local pub on Friday. Usual Friday night visit with our friends and my turn to have a drink.
    Was careful to stick to my tdee Saturday and Sunday and am having a fd today and my next one Thursday.
    Dave ouch glad Chloe found her way home though.
    Jean poor Charlie hopefully he’s recovered from the sting now.
    Hope everyone is keeping well.
    Enjoy the rest of your day everyone.
    Nana x

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