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  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Hi @basyjames – thank you for hosting. I’m one of the perpetual newbies – lurking often, but not posting much. Please know how much I appreciate this forum though – it really helps to keep going and to come back to this WOE again and again. Good luck to everyone in November and beyond!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Hello all!

    Many thanks for being the host this month @basyjames. May November be more successful than October! Looking forward to a mindful 30 days.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello all

    Calif, I really loved the ‘cupcake’ autocorrect! I knew that ‘cuppa’ was meant, but I enjoyed the idea of sitting with my friend while she ate a healthy frittata and salad and I, on my FD, tucked into an elaborately iced cupcake!

    Anyway all is going well and I find it surprisingly easy to stand back from the chocolates and sweet things that my friend likes to indulge in, and also from an excess of the tasty meals I am cooking.

    Betsylee, I had a big plumbing job done a few years ago, and I well remember the disruption and the mess and the expense. But sometimes there is just no avoiding it. I hope yours is completed soon.

    It is interesting how all of us of a certain age remember the crazy extreme sun-bathing of our innocent youth. And now it is hats and umbrellas – and frequent skin-checks!

    Lindsay, Stradbroke Island looks very beautiful in the pictures I’ve seen. And nice that you can get there pretty quickly.

    Mystery Road – like you, Lindsay, I loved this. I have only seen the first series – one day I’ll get to the second. But I loved the first so much I was a bit nervous about a sequel. Hope you enjoy it, Calif.

    Anzac, glad your dad is fine and hope he doesn’t need further messing around with. Enough already! I am shocked to read of you doing 16 hours at the computer! Hope that eases up. You don’t want to be working at that pace for too long.

    Oh dear my timer has just gone, and I must get going. I am visiting my old dad in the home this afternoon. I will read and respond to other posts in a later message, I hope.

    Anyway, good wishes to all – and I hope you Victorians are enjoying yourselves!


  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Sipping coffee, chatting to friends and fellow travellers, the good life.

    Part 2.

    Helen Kate, thankyou for tapping out a post on your phone. Hooray that you found the way to keep your good practices going. I have had that same experience where some situation just seems impossible, and then someone says something and suddenly it isn’t a problem. So glad this forum did its job.

    I do hope you and your friend are having a great time.

    Yikes that stormy weather up North.

    Gday, well done popping in for a skimmy dip 😉
    My tip re fat in our diet is that if your poo is sticky, you are eating too much of it. (My other tip is re drinking water, if your wee is yellow you are not drinking enough of it) (The two pillars of my wisdom.)

    So glad that storm did no damage, and that the worms have settled happily.
    Hooray for the pleasure of garden chores, such a nice counterbalance to that study.

    Ooh interesting news re the Mosley’s, I wonder what they are working on. Haha I hope they survive being cooped up for 2 weeks. Will you send Claire a recipe?
    Omg, I bet that soup was fantastic.

    Working through the posts, and Betsy it was you who enjoyed Mr and Mrs Murder (what good taste you have!). I have never heard of Strange Calls, I will look out for it.

    Sending good wishes that today is an excellent day to help you lose that .5. It will have you starting the next month all the more cheerily.

    Anzac, such good news that your dad’s op went well. I hope he is having an easy recovery.
    What can you do about those 16 hour days? You need to keep healthy. Can work be interrupted every 20 mins for a stretch, at least? You need a Contract Workers Union!
    At least that cleaning will be giving you a good workout.

    Poor Maxx, I do hope he is healing well. xxx

    LJoyce those witches fingers are brilliant. Happy Halloween.

    Okay, I’m off to do my version of housecleaning (3 things at a time 😉 ) Best wishes all.

    PS winning autocotrrect Cali. I chuckle again each time I have a cupcake…. cuppa.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Woah, just got it going to the right page, and we are on to the next one!

    Hello everyone, it is the weekend and Neil your birthday is in the past already, consider my tributes bookends!

    Lindsay good work, what a celebration your birthday will be, good health and feeling fabulous.

    Cali, so good to hear from you, and sending good wishes. I do so hope some rain comes soon. Gentle pats to your cat.

    Woohoo for you getting back into fast days, despite the stress all around you. All power to you.
    And fancy you not being a Cali, born and bred. One of the songs we kids sang on car trips was about Wisconsin (‘My name is John Johnson’).
    Good wishes for that skin check too.

    Wow, Mystery Road has a very different feel to McLeod’s daughters, I think! And yes it has the wonderful landscape of remote Australia, so much beauty. Although I am glad to say my experience in the outback wasn’t as bleak as that story. I liked season 1 best. I am, like Lindsay, a great fan of Aaron Pederson. I wonder if you will get on to the Jack Irish series, he plays a wonderful role in them.

    And I am another one who love love loves Mr and Mrs Murder. I wish they would put it on again. Such a treat.

    The current state of reopening here is starting to feel familiar. I did go to the op shop but a) had to wait (only 15 allowed in at a time), b) didn’t find anything, c) woman at the counter wearing her mask under her nose.

    Betsy, sympathy for living in the middle of a plumbing job. Good luck with the car, and yay for shopping. The op shop is open 11 – 4. I will enjoy gradually visiting the ones in my radius. Thanks for the Savers info.

    Ha Thin, that old saying about not discussing sex, politics or religion can be a wise move on public forums! There is enough difference of opinion in scales, carbs and snacks, haha.

    Melbourne Cup Day this year mostly seems to be lots of encouragement to place bets on line. Very quiet.

    Just going to make a coffee and come back for part 2!

  • eating my new way of life

    That is an awesome achievement. Congrats!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Hi Basyjames,
    Can I join you wonderful people for the November Challenge? I’ve got a bit podgy with a few extra Covid pounds plus those that seem to stick around as the years go by! I’ve got a big birthday next year and my son is hoping to get married in May (Covid dependent!) so I need to get a grip! I’m hoping that group support and reporting in daily will help to get me into good habits.
    Many thanks in advance

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 USA (Illinois) NFD

    The sun is shining, cold, but pleasant. I’m going out shortly to help DH with leaf gathering and (luckily our little town permits) burning.

    @northerndawn – I’m like you with salty food and water retention. But I do love my salt. 🙂

    @stitchincarol – thank you ever so much for leading us this long month. Glad you ‘lingered’ long enough with us to relish the love and support!

    Onward and downward.

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    3rd post

    @at Live-Stream of tonight’s Première. It will be available for 24 hours.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening All…
    Enjoyed my visit to my sisters, her memory is getting very bad, her son came home and was chatting with us, when my sister left the room I said she was getting worse he agreed with me. I suppose you ride with it see how she goes..
    She was reading into 3/4 of a book, she said how good it was was, then she said it’s my favourite author closed the book and sent it home with me, she wouldn’t hear of me collecting it from her next time…

    I think I have found the turn off alarm in the computer, we will see of Charlie sets it off??
    You have had a busy day, I have got a small pork joint out for tomorrow, I can eat it hot and cold…it’s not been the best of day’s for me, I am ok now. It’s hard to explain how I feel…

    I always have one pillow, I find it suits me. Good the computer is nearly sorted out…

    Going to see my daughter tomorrow afternoon, she will be back off her break. She is In my bubble…Charlie will come too…

    Jean x

  • Weight Loss

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  • Is Jump Rope Good For Weight Loss?

    The missing link for long term weight loss
    We now make our way to another test to help you choose a nutrition program for long term weight loss, and it does not actually involve nutrition. The missing link for long term weight loss is exercise. Exercise is the essential component of long term weight loss. Many diet programs do not contain an exercise component, which means they are losers for long term weight loss from the very start. Any program that has its focus on weight loss but does not include a comprehensive exercise plan is like buying a car without tires, or a plane without wings. People who have successfully kept the weight off overwhelmingly have incorporated exercise into their lives, and the studies that look at people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off invariably find these people were consistent with their diet and exercise plans.

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  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    HH I used to get a bad neck, I changed pillow and now only use one and it as helped me a lot.Took some getting used to having only one. I had a cookie then found out it was 240 calories 😱.So not even a low day today 😲.Mother in law was ok, fed up of being stuck in bed but otherwise ok.Sorted my computer out, going very fast now, just need to get my paid antivirus back on. I downloaded a free one and a free firewall while I am waiting.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    I am in for this crazy November. Thank you @basyjames for hosting this months challenge.

  • Weight Gain – Am I eating enough?

    There are many common weight loss myths that people live by when it comes to their health. It is difficult at times to separate the weight loss myths and fact from what is true. Many sound true while others are just laughable. I once read somewhere that if you drink water at night that you are going to gain weight or that if you scratch your head too often you are going to lose your hair….

    Weight Loss Myth # 1
    The more weight that I have to lose the more intense my exercise routine should be

    Weight Loss Truth: Although having an intense workout routine is great, there are a few things you should consider: the first being that everyone is at a different level when it comes to their fitness and how much intensity they can actually handle. If you have been physically inactive for a number of years, an intense work out for you might be, walking half a mile a day. After you walk that half mile you notice that you are sweating bullets and that you are tired. However, for someone who has been physically active for many years, walking half a mile can be done without a sweat. Everyone has a different definition of what “intense” is.

    If intense for you is working out for an hour a day, but due to life’s busy schedule you only have time for 20 minutes a day, then those 20 minutes will go an extremely long way. It might not necessarily be classified as “intense”, according to your definition, but those little cardio moments will have positive health altering effects.

    Fat Loss Myth # 2
    Stress and weight gain do not go hand in hand

    Weight Loss Fact: This is one of those “laughable” myths. To learn more how stress is adding lbs. to your life please download my free E-Book, “Psychology of Releasing Weight”

    Weight Loss Myth # 3
    I can lose weight while eating whatever I want

    Weight Loss Truth: Sir Isaac Newton once said ” What goes up must come down.” There are natural principles that govern our lives. If you throw a ball up in the air, it is going to come back down. You can sit on your couch and imagine and visualize that the ball will staying afloat in the air, but natural principles teach us that it will come down. Same goes when it comes to our weight

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 Murrells Inlet SC CD

    Thank you everyone for your kind words, I am feeling the love.

    Went to the beach and did some meditating during sunrise. It really is my best medicine

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s are my control days. Might sneak in an outdoor dinning this weekend because I feel soon we will have to go back into lock down like we did in the spring. Groceries delivery and no outings except for brief walks on the beach.

    Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

    Be kind to yourself and stay safe everyone.

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 Minnesota, US CD
    Day 29 NFD

    Too many salty foods yesterday (well, only salty because I added too much salt), and I’m up two pounds. Today’s goals: drink at least 2 liters of water, and herbal tea this afternoon, control calories to 1000, exercise. I’m planning on a very seriously focused November!

    @diana123 I’m very sorry to hear your news. I’m hoping and praying that your husband responds to the new protocols. I’m so sorry for all the incredible hassles you’ve been put through trying to finance health care….I could go on and on about this country’s health system, but I’ll stop with that. The majority of people just don’t understand the system or the issues, really, as most people have not had to deal with major problems, and that’s why they don’t demand a better and more transparent system. I really will keep you and your DH in my prayers. Everyone here is sending you love and hugs!

    @stitchincarol I’m trying to get out walking as much as possible before it’s not really possible due to ice and frigid temps that will come. Then I will get more friendly with Leslie, and a few others on YouTube. And you are right that 12 pounds in two months was quite a bit, but that mad me a little too complacent this month and I was not that careful on NFDs. But my hope is that over the months it all balances out to about a pound a week.

    @markie99 I have an apple watch now, and it does keep track of steps, exercise minutes, and all, but I had a fitbit HR for a couple of years and I actually preferred that. It registered more steps, it gave me credit for 12 stairs whenever I walked 2.5 miles in my neighborhood (hills), instead of just high and low elevation, and I really preferred it’s calorie counter program to My Fitness Pal. Also, the sleep tracking. I’ve though about getting another one, and wearing it on my right wrist…….I’d really look like a serious fitness buff with a device on each wrist, wouldn’t I? Maybe a bit much? 😂

    @northgeorgia Sorry about yet more hurricane damage. Let’s hope that’s done for the year, and next year will be milder. I hope your shed contents aren’t damaged.

    @i-hate-lettuce I hope you can have a restful and relaxing weekend to recharge for the week ahead, and that all goes well.

    @daffodil2010 You are so kind to be there for friends and family. What a thoughtful and compassionate person you are! It makes me realize there are phone calls I should be making to people that I imagine are struggling with isolation, as well. It’s inspiring to hear how good you are feeling as a result of taking care of yourself!

    @snowflake56 James Bond in German would be ridiculous!😂🤣 I’m glad you enjoyed your dance class!

    @at Happy Anniversary Sunday! Enjoy your special day! I’m considering joining you for a dry November…..If I want to lose about 6 lbs this next month it would be necessary to forego the wine and spirits. Still wondering if that’s realistic with Thanksgiving celebrations. Hmmm.🤔

    Have a good weekend!

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 – Rural Nebraska, USA – Fast5

    At the beginning of October, I posed the question of what upcoming holiday foods would you be okay with not eating, and what holiday foods were too important to skip. One of them that I listed for myself was enchiladas and pumpkin cookies (pumpkin-shaped cut out cookies with bright orange frosting) on Halloween. I’ve been making this combination every single year since DH and I married in 1989, so skipping either is simply not an option. But. I did NOT need to nibble on the cookie dough as I rolled them out and cut them out and baked them, something I typically do. And I am so proud to report that although I nibbled on the dough a smidge when I first made it and got it in the fridge, when I actually made the cookies last night, I didn’t put any of it in my mouth! Yay for tiny steps–or big ones! Today I’ll frost them with royal icing and then get some in the mail to my DD in Colorado; DS24 will be here Sunday for church and DS29 doesn’t care. 🤣😂

    @songbirdme “Each newbie who arrives here and lingers at all…” That’s the trick isn’t it, that they have to linger and actually chatter to realize the love and compassion. Makes me sad when people pop up and then as quickly disappear.

    @at I’d be delighted if you’d post that recipe, and I’m also wondering what was in that basket! 🥰

    @diana123 I’m so very sorry your DH is facing new growth; I pray the chemo does its work! And yay you, indeed, for managing in the middle of all this to have lost 4 pounds; very impressive!

    @bellalondon Thanks for all the details you shared. Halloween is huge here in the states as well.

    @dykask Wow, fascinating details on your LFDs. I don’t know that I’ll ever choose to do one, but everything you detailed sure applies to me as I’m going through Fast5. Once you try it, it’s amazing how much easier it is to fast in any style than when we first considered it, huh?

    @snowflake56 Thanks for the tip: The Pet Shop Boys. I’ll look them up when I’m done posting!

    @daffodil2010 I can hear the confidence, joy and well-being in your words, and that means you’re well set up to succeed at whatever you choose. And one pound down? There were many months over the last couple of years when I was frustrated that I didn’t seem to be able to stop gaining, so there you go: true success!

    @i-hate-lettuce Delightful account of what’s going on, and so thrilled you can see a reduction in that neck lump! Here’s my suggestion for making one beer last: wait to open it, just hold it cold from the fridge, and when it’s too warm to be delightful, go get a different one that’s still cold. Then open and drink when you’re ready!! Is that dopey or does it have soothing possibilities??

    @toady Well done on listening to your body and skipping the food because you weren’t hungry! So what made you shave your head? Have you done this in the past?

    @missybear I know your frustration, because I’ve experienced it myself plenty often. I’m so glad you’re still here and plan to stay; something will “switch on” inside you and you’ll get back to making progress down; in the meantime, not moving UP is a huge, huge thing, and worth celebrating!

    @brightonbelle You remind me of the time I weighed myself before bed, and the next morning weighed a pound more, despite all the water/waste that was gone!!! “Mean trick,” indeed!

    @northgeorgia So glad your clothes escaped damage. Hopefully hurricane season ends quietly and you can have less outdoor repair/clean up to do in November!

    @markie99 Have fun at your two volunteer events today, and then smiling at Trick or Treaters tomorrow!

    I got the hat knitted for DD; need to get the ends woven it and get it mailed today. All sorts of fussy details like that are on schedule for my day, so I’m off to it. Have a grand day/evening, everyone!

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 Wisconsin USA OMAD

    Good morning! Here we are on the penultimate day of our October reset. I’m happy I was able to join in, and want to thank you all for your wise words, kind words, good advice, interesting ideas and other fun things I’ve read (midnight zoom comes to mind).

    Safe distance volunteer shift at the library this morning, one more volunteer outdoor voting event this afternoon and then will be home for the duration of the weekend which will include some form of trick or treating (we will be the givers of treats, not the eaters of treats).

    See you tomorrow!

    Plan for Day 30:
    Steps, yoga and my own SS classic class

    @diana123, everyone’s experience is different, but I understand at least a bit. My DH survived months of cancer treatment a few years ago and I will always remember the challenges, the ups and downs and the kindness of friends. Remember to keep taking care of yourself. You and your OH are in my thoughts.

    Take care everyone.

  • Weight Gain – Am I eating enough?

    TDEE is the maximum amount of calories you should consume per day and it can be calculated by clicking on resources and selecting BMI calculator.

    At least your hormonal issues are temporary.

  • Weight Gain – Am I eating enough?

    Thanks so much for your reply.
    I had wondered about the nuts and seeds. I do have several everyday as the yare good source of protein and nutrients but perhaps I’m overdoing it!

    I have no idea what a TDEE is but I’ll go on a search!

    Damn hormones – they do get in the way and enforce yet more changes when things were working perfectly okay before!!!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Hi @basyjames Thanks for hosting our next challenge! I’m also in!

    @at Thanks for making the spreadsheet again, it works for me.

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    2nd post

    We had a great dance class this morning and my DH and the dance teacher decided we look at the numbers and then decide if we’re going to class or not. All group classes are postponed from Monday on but private lessons are possible. I had real balance problems today so I’ll have to work on that.

    @markie99 Last year I stayed a week with my friend and tried out her Fitbit. It was fun to wear but I found out that a simple step counter works fine for me. I don’t want to wear the thing all the time, I don’t like the look of it.

    @at How lovely your DH ordered an Ottolenghi basket, what a great gift. I try to stay under 500 cal but will go higher as I feel I need it.

    @i-hate-lettuce Already one third of the treatment is over, enjoy your weekend!

    @stitchincarol I also got tired of the Leslie videos and looked for something else. Somehow I came upon old videos of The Pet Shop Boys, they are fun to watch and do have a faster beat. Tomorrow I’m trying out, if it works for me until I get bored of it as well after a while.

    Have a nice day everyone!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Hi @basyjames – I’m definitely in for November – let me know if you can access the link for the spreadsheet 🤗

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all!
    Minols- hope you’re getting ahead with all the planning! & how’s the kitchen holding up, still tidy?!
    Jean- hope that you can get the car sorted, me & computers don’t go well either!! Good that the solicitors are dealing with everything. Enjoy a lazier day, hope you’re still eating something, look after yourself…A worry with covid rates going up- the media seem to be hyping at all though, seen our region on the news quite a bit, saying it’s rising rapidly, lumping us in with London! The rates are still low here though!
    Dave- keep away from the biscuits at MILs…
    Not a good start to the day, neck painful, lots of silly things going wrong, so gave up on the FD! Have mafe a cheesecake, & meatballs & pasta for the boys, chilli for the freezer, so have been busy, & have caught up now! Still more ironing to do though!
    Hope everyone’s okay!

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 – UK – FD 800

    Lovely sunshine now so going to get out for a wander soon

    Early start to get the food shop done before it gets busy then walk into the village to get supplies from the Deli and now enjoying a cup of tea whilst catching up here

    @diana123 – sorry to hear the news about your OH – positive thoughts coming your way and hopefully the treatment plan will help reduce the tumour – made me realise once more how lucky we are with our NHS system here
    @snowflake56 – thank you for the company – mine will all be FD800 🤞
    @i hate lettuce – great to read positive news in your post – Will be Rugby watching too and texting my Irish friend down south during the game no doubt – we used to get together to watch as my OH is not a great fan and I miss her company……
    @missybear – stay with us and maybe go back to the basics of 5:2 and remember to drink plenty of water to help you step off that plateau

    Pocket list day 30
    @dykask WFD

    ZBC day 30

    Exercise day 30
    @snowflake56 💃

    “The only successful way to reach and maintain a healthy weight is to find what works for you.” – Author Unknown

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All..
    A lovely dry mild walk at the park…

    I have decided to make lunch and go and see my sister, a afternoon tea ish…lock down starts tomorrow so I won’t be able to go and see her, just a few hours leaving Charlie behind, he doesn’t get on with Coco and she’s on heat…

    I have decided to fast Monday and Thursday, missing doing it but need to keep at same weight so will try and eat more on NFDs..

    Speak later..

    Jean x

  • Weight Gain – Am I eating enough?


    The straightforward answer is if you are gaining weight you are eating more than your body requires however it’s possible hormones are contributing to your gain and there’s not much you can do about that.

    The most important thing to do is work out your TDEE if you don’t know it by using the link in the resources tab.
    I suggest selecting sedentary for this as how much exercise we do is very subjective and it also contributes far less to weight loss than we like to think.

    The next thing to do is count your calories for a couple of weeks, every day and everything you eat or drink. I see you tend to graze on nuts and seeds and I think you might be surprised to see how many calories you consume once you weigh and measure them.
    I know this sounds tedious but it might be all you need to solve your problem.

    Good luck.

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 – USA/GA – NFD

    @brightonbelle I had the same problem. No movement at all after yesterday’s FD. The answer: I’m convinced our bodies are stubborn mules sometimes, deciding to soak up every drop of water and not let it go out of fear of a self-imagined march through the Sahara. LOL

    Still 238 lbs., so that looks like my lowest possible weight for October, a disappointing 2 lbs. away from my goal of 236. But celebrating the little things. Lost a quarter inch of waistline this month and look to be in the upper 230s at last. Time to readjust my goals. Going to lax up a pound a month on my targets starting from this 238 weight, going into November. It’ll all be good.

    No internet this morning; using the data plan from my phone. Clothes look like they were protected from the roof blowing off the shed yesterday. We got it temporarily fixed back yesterday evening. No Wes/Lola story today. Will restart soon when things are a little more normal.

    Good luck to everyone today!

  • Weight Gain – Am I eating enough?

    Crazy question really?
    I have been on 5:2 for 8 years, initially losing a stone – very happy!

    I had to continue the 5:2 to maintain the loss although the 500 cals was fairly loose.

    I researched more into fasting and nutrition, went to seminars etc and decided to fast more often – usually 12 – 16 hours each day.
    I tend to avoid potatoes, bread and pasta most of the time and generally eat fresh fruit, veg, soy yoghurt, nuts and seeds.
    I am a grazer from about 11am but do graze on the good stuff.

    Recently, I have put on a few pounds and don’t want this 4 lbs to turn into 8 but I’m struggling to see how I can eat less which bodes the question:
    Am I eating enough?

    Every part of me thinks that the less calories you eat – the more weight you lose. How can anything else be true? But I have started to wonder if I have messed up my metabolism by being quite restrictive.

    I exercise daily with yoga or dance, and walking. I have re-introduced some HIT and dance again to shake things up.

    I’m 48, peri-menopausal and on HRT to protect my health and bones.
    I drink around 2 litres of water a day and 1 black coffee.
    I am much less restrictive with my eating at the weekend as I find if I am too strict, I can be inclined to eat until too full.

    I am also conscious that my digestion is slower too – even with all the fruit, veg and high vitamin C intake. Is this linked to my metabolism?

    I am not overly stressed – although I have had to re-apply for my job recently and am waiting for the outcome.
    I sleep pretty well for over 7 hours a night.

    Something has changed and I dont know how to get back on track to lose these 4lbs before they double.

    Would really appreciate your thoughts.
    Thanks so much and apologies for the long post!

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 UK NFD

    Scales not playing nice this morning – +1lb after a FD How is that even possible ? Actually after all these years I know the answer but it’s a mean trick , onwards ……..

    I too am going to set my November goals Have a good Friday all x

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 NFD

    No progress this month, the weight gained since March is stubbornly refusing to budge, the best I can say is that I have maintained the gain and I am ending the month where I started. Not giving up but still struggling.

    @stitchincarol thank you so much for keeping the wagon rolling, your musings have given me pause for thought 💐

    Thank you everyone for sharing here. I haven’t posted much this month but I have read posts and it has helped me not to give up.

    Now for a plan for November 🤷‍♀️

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    Day 30 – NSW, AU – MFD

    Was supposed to finish my fast around 9:15 but when it came around I wasn’t hungry so I just kept going and decided to have some lunch at 1:15pm, meaning I did a 20 hour fast which I’m really proud of. Basic lunch of a small tin of spaghetti and a bread roll and that left me enough calories for a Butter Chicken microwave dinner. Ended up having a 3 and a half hour eating window today. And despite my binge yesterday I’m still weighing in at 97.7kg.

    @markie99 – It is so carefree and easy having hair only a millimetre or two long, don’t even need to bother towel drying it now. Although because I have a grey patch right at the front of my hairline it does look like I went in too deep, but honestly I’d happily have hair like this all summer long (does get a bit too cold to have it the same in winter)

    @stitchincarol – Not quite bald, that’ll probably come at Christmas when I’m heading home for the holiday and my brother’s said that he’ll bring the shaving foam and razor and give me the full Yul Brynner (or Bruce Willis or Patrick Stewart, depending on your maturity) Though I have found one little issue with having it so short and spiky, it catches bits of fluff easily.

    Wondering if I can do another 20:4 tomorrow, maybe even work myself up to a OMAD just for something different.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    GDSA, I’m with you on the fats.

    Neil, I knew I’d miss it! Happy Belated Birthday.

    LJ, are you baking for your family or trick or treaters?

    Anzac, so good to hear your Dad is OK and you had a healthy week. Good wishes to Maxx for a complete limp-free recovery.

    CalifD, I’ll have to check out McLeod’s Daughters when I’ve finished my current offerings. From what I understand, Antifa is planning mass demonstrations across the US no matter who wins the election.

    Have a great weekend all.

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    Day 30 – Lake district UK – NFD

    Good morning everyone

    @diana123 – I’m with you both at the moment, (I’m end of 2nd of 6 weeks intensive chemo/radiotherapy for throat cancer) not easy and a lot to get the brain around and that’s without the ‘medicare’ costs for us! Hope things go as smoothly as they can, life’s a bit of a Bungee Jump at the moment, more than usual, take care of each other, thinking of you. This morning a result for me, very pleased to see the lump on the neck is visibly reducing!

    Talking of ups and downs, eating has been a bit of a problem at the moment, but I’m maintaining my weight! However the ‘Inner Warthog’ woke me up this morning …. I thought he’d gone into hibernation, but no, so I made the most of it!

    The kitchen worktop was like a students flat or a Warthogs den, coffee, plus a large bowl of (3 weetabix) cereal, lots of warm milk, a couple of very large scoops of home made compote, topped with more cereal (rice crispies) toaster on and trying a crumpet with butter and home made marmalade …. MFP app = 850 calories …. The thing is though I have to top 1800 cals per day ATM so I’ll be grazing little bits for the rest of the day.

    Weekend, the Six Nations Rugby matches postponed from March are being played tomorrow, all 3 are televised (not at same time) all matches have a bearing on the outcome, could be an entertaining day. How am I’m going to make one beer last all day?

    Take care all.

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    Day 30 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – NFD

    Finishing the month a whole one pound lighter 😄😄😄😄

    But I feel great, really happy and content in myself, all that exercise, fresh air and grounding has really helped me this month despite if all so I am pleased.

    I take delivery of a full size 100% cotton grounding sheet today from and really excited about that. It was quite expensive but I hope it will be another game-changer.

    Despite weight not being ideal, all the Leslie walks, the times I do successful fasting, DTF most times, and the daily grounding…….I haven’t felt as well in a long time.

    I plan to research the Blood Sugar Diet, or Meditterranean diet, try to find something different to mix things up. I will still be IF’ing and will still be here.

    Have a great Friday ☺️

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

    Morning Everyone.

    I have had a difficult week too Iona. After a FD, I have just been hungry, so have eaten more carbs. No idea what happened there either.

    My friend sent me a quote ‘food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underused antidepressant’. I think that sums it up. The weather here has been very wet so getting out walking has been avoided and I have been worried about the winter ahead.

    Afternoon tea was lovely. I haven’t been out for a meal for since my Birthday in January. We have all known each other for 30 years and it was one of our groups 60th Birthday. We each had a tower of sandwiches, cakes and desserts. The fizz was responsible for me eating more than I would have, I suspect.

    There was a group photo of us sitting at the table. I feel so much better than I did and thought that I looked smart, however, it was clear to me that I still have pounds to shift, 14 actually. I was hoping to do that by the end of the year but there may not be enough weeks.

    Weight is gone up by a pound along with fat percentage. Not a surprise.

    Looking forward, there are 6 weeks until the end of term starting on Monday. I am back to taking my own packed lunches and feeding myself in the evening. I am going to plan to fit in some fasting over the weekends.

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    Day 30, Emden Germany, FD

    Just a quick post as our last dance class for a while starts at 8:00 am today. Will be back later.

    @at I’m joining you on your 3 FDs.

    Pocket list day 30
    @dykask WFD

    ZBC day 30

    Exercise day 30
    @snowflake56 💃

    See you all later!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    I’m just taking a short break in my afternoon of halloween baking.

    I attempted to make severed witches fingers (shortbread). All was looking good until I baked them. They spread out so much in the oven it looks like the witch had a serious case of fluid retention. Thankfully I had enough dough left to makes some changes before baking the rest of it. I’ll take the second batch tomorrow and give the fat fingered shortbread to my neighbours.
    I did have a couple of the failures with a cup of tea and I had better stop there of I’ll end up with similarly fat fingers!

    Next I’m making mummies – sausage rolls with the pastry cut into thin bandages.

    Have a good day everyone.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Happy belated birthday Neil!

    5:2 is off limits on Birthdays. That is the wonderful thing about it

    Enjoy your tennis and cycle and have a great weekend

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    Day 30 – Japan – WFD #86?

    My water fasts are just liquids with no or very low calories. My main drink tends to be about 1/3 club soda with 2/3 water. I like the favor better that way. Also some black coffee, but often just 1 or 2 cups of that. For a treat maybe a glass of diet cola which isn’t really healthy. Another treat is maybe a fruity tea which still is very low in calories.

    Most coffee/tea actually has 1 or 2 calories a cup. Many people consider it fine as long as you keep your calories below 35 or so. That is actually a lot and a few times in the past I’ve had a bowl of miso soup when I felt bad. It is salty and around 30 calories a bowl. I don’t think I’ve done that for over two years now. At some point, too many calories drives my hunger. I would have a great deal of trouble eating a small meal and continuing to fast, unless I was sick.

    What helps the most is actually exercise, something like running is what I prefer. It tends to curb my hunger and it often does raise my blood glucose.

    36 hours of this fast is actually pretty easy. Going another 24 hours is much harder but some point after that it gets easier again. When I’ve done longer fasts, it is pretty routine and easy after day 3, but I’ve only done those a few times. (Probably less than 10) The longest I went was only 7 days. However from there one probably could go weeks if that was desired, it is just probably better to have some medical supervision at that point. I’ve just never felt the need to push past that.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Afternoon all, I had a bit of a cheat day yesterday on my birthday. I didn’t feel like exercising so I skipped the gym, on top of that I had some McDonalds for lunch and some lollies for a snack, then when I got home my wife had made my favourite dessert, Pavalova, so I had a couple of servings of that. Back on the horse today. I’ll get plenty of exercise this weekend, I’m filling in for a tennis team and I’m hoping to get out for a good long ride.

    well have a good weekend everyone

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Hello My Friends,

    November is right around the corner and I have volunteered to host the month’s challenge. I am looking forward to a great month with all of you. The monthly challenges were started by @coda in May 2016; and many of us have found them to be crucial in staying engaged and motivated on our individual journeys. Some of us are in maintenance while others are on the path to finding our happy weight. Regardless of where we are, this is a safe space to share, vent, seek and find support and advice. We have members from all over the world and some of us have even used this forum to learn about the differences in each other’s cultures and languages.

    For those who are unfamiliar with how this works, the initial post begins with the Day of the Month, your physical location, and whether this is a FD (fast day) or NFD (non-fast day) some people may use the term CD (controlled day) which means they plan to stay under TDEE.

    If you care to, please share a little bit about your personal journey; however there is no pressure or obligation to do so.

    The link to the spreadsheet will be posted shortly by @at (thank you); feel free to enter as much or as little information as you want in it.

    Recently, there have just been FD pocket lists along with some other mini challenges/groups such as DTF (Dry ‘til Friday), ZBC (Zero Breakfast Club), and 30-minute exercise daily lists. In the past there were also pocket lists such as Egg fasters, Hula-hoopers, Plank challengers, and Club Tor-twah for those finding themselves in a super slow weight loss period! Anyone can start or join one of these groups or even start a Pocket List – it’s entirely up to you.

    You may have some questions that have already been answered, so try this wonderful thread from @simcoeluv below:

    Here’s the list of common abbreviations used throughout this challenge and added to on an ongoing basis:
    16:8 – 16 hours fast 8 hours non fast
    5:2 – 5 days NFD:2 days IF
    ADF – Alternate Day Fasting (FD – NFD – FD – etc. etc. etc.…….)
    B2B – Back to Back (consecutive FDs)
    BMR – Basal metabolic Rate
    CFD – Controlled Fast Day (a FD below your goal weight TDEE, whatever that is!!!)
    DH,DD, DS – Darling Husband Daughter, Son
    DTF – Dry ‘Til Fri (for those limiting the booze to weekend only ………….. & aiming for sainthood!!!!)
    EE – Emotional Eating (reflex grazing out of a need for instant comfort instead of satisfying hunger)
    EFS – Epic Face Stuffing (we’ve all had one of those days……………. Definitely due to a faulty OFF button!)
    FD – Fast Day (500 cals)
    HUNGER DRAGON – that dreadful psychological beast that sometimes cannot be satisfied. Some people even name theirs (e.g. @i-hate-lettuce has an inner warthog!)
    IF – Intermittent Fasting
    Keto – way of eating that generates Ketones
    K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid!!!………………or Sexy!!!
    LC – Low Carb way of eating
    LCHF – Low Carb High Fat way of eating
    LFD – Liquid Fast Day (incl. tea, coffee, miso, bone broth & water)
    LOL – Laughing Out Loud
    M/WOAM – Man/Woman on a Mission (courtesy of @i-hate-lettuce)
    MFD – Modified Fast Day (800 cals) on the new Fast800, it’s a FD
    NFD – Non Fast Day
    OH – Other Half (eg spouse/partner)
    OMAD – One Meal A Day
    PFDS – Post FD Smugness (courtesy of @penz)
    TDEE – Total Daily Energy Expenditure (see the ‘how it works’ link on the home page to work out yours)
    TRE – Time Restricted Eating
    WFD – Water Fast Day (Water only)
    WFH – Working From Home ……………….. Covid-19 enforced!!!
    WOL – Way of Life
    WOCA – Women Of a Certain Age
    ZBC – Zero Breakfast Club

    Remember, anybody can consume an elephant – as long as they are willing to take one small bite at a time. Speed is desirable but consistency will win the war every time.

    Let’s make November our best yet in 2020

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    second post

    @at thank you 😀

    @Diane123 my heart aches for you. Kudos on your attitude and strength. I will continue to keep you and your OH in my heart and thoughts

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello friends from a FINALLY sunny day in Sydney. I’m quite sure every household has done at least one load of washing as we have had so many cloudy/rainy days in a row. It was a novelty at first after years of drought but that has well and truly worn off now.

    Like G’day I skimmed the missed posts and don’t have time to reply but please know I am always thinking about you all

    Healthy week going well food-wise and we have been very good with our wine consumption. However I am stuck behind the laptop for up to 16 hours per day (sigh – so much for a better week) so have done zero exercise. Not helped by poor Maxx’s strain; he is only allowed a 5 minute on-lead walk each day for a couple of weeks. The vet thinks it is only minor as he is still bouncy and wants playtime so it can’t be bothering him too much. He sat like a lamb and let the vet check through his paws and pull his legs. Good boy Maxx. It breaks your heart, though, looking at his little face as he limps towards you 🙁

    My Dad’s surgery went well and he is fine thankfully. We will take him on Monday for a dressing change and the biopsy results. Fingers crossed as if he needs another go at it he will need a skin graft and up to a week in hospital.

    I’ll try to post more on the weekend but as we have visitors staying over on Tuesday night we need to do a visitor clean. Ugh. Very time consuming and I truly hate housework. But it must be done

    Take care all

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    Day 29 – uk – post 2


    Halloween has become really big here especially over the past 30 years and there’s lots of the same traditions like pumpkin carving, trick or treat, fancy dress, apple bobbing

    Samhain is as you say pronounced sow-win
    And it’s the original Halloween!

    It’s one of the 8 Celtic festivals (equinoxes, solstices and cross quarters) that mark the passing of the year and the different seasons,
    if you live with the land there are different tasks and foods to prepare or harvest at each time of year

    Lots of Christian traditions and modern holidays are mapped onto the old Celtic way of doing things

    Eg samhain is about moving into the darker months and resting and remembering those who have passed into darkness
    Imbolc in spring is about planting seeds and new beginnings and planning new things
    Beltane is about fertility and abundance celebrating the fruits in May
    Lammas is the harvest festival in August gathering in your hard work

    Lots of imagery and ideas for thinking about life as well as practical advice for working with the seasons

    I think a lot of ppl in the uk are aware of this although maybe Only small numbers celebrate it at home
    but numbers are increasing. I think the way these festivals connect us to the cycle of the earth and growing food appeals to a lot of people

    some events especially in May at Beltane there are parades and green man festivals in towns and villages
    And the big ones like the Solstices often have community events to celebrate them as well

    It’s a nice way to honour the traditions of our homeland and connect and be aware of the natural cycles

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening All…
    Up early and a dry walk…looks like we have just gone in tire 2 😬

    Went to solicitors all seems so simple, too much for me to do. The will seems quite tight on what we wanted, Steve seemed to want to alter it, I don’t know why. What we have done the solicitor said it’s the best way, daughters and step daughters keeping everything fair, we have put things in trust so the government can’t take it all if I go in a home.

    Finished my cleaning this afternoon so a lazy day tomorrow…

    Hope all your aches are better today…

    I am not eating a lot, so no need to fast at the moment, doubt if I will stay this weight…your niece has done really well to maintain…

    He seems to think 6 weeks for probate it was running at 9 weeks not long ago. My cars a T Roc, I think I may have found it on line I will look tomorrow I will have more time to mess. Computers and me don’t go well together 😂
    Shame your friends on the move…you will miss her.

    The car is a VW T Roc this years model…I might have found it I will shout if I can’t do it.
    Must get the porridge going here again, I enjoy it and it’s filling.

    Jean x

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    2nd post

    @diana123 I’m so sorry to hear your news, I hope all goes well and your DH responses to the treatment.

    @at Thanks you so much for reminding me of “World Ballet Day”! I already watched the Dutch Ballet and the Stuttgart Ballet. Now I’m at the Royal Ballet.

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    USA. DAY 29. OMAD

    Diana123, my heart goes out to you. You and your husband will be in my prayers!

  • October 2020 Monthly Challenge — RESET OCTOBER

    @diana123 – hugs to you as you deal with your hubs health. Prayers that his regimen of treatment is strong and effective. <3

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