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  • Anyone fasting (no caloric intake) on alternate days wants a buddy?

    @165gw – it’s ok. You can go for it. I just usually end up in the loo if I try and have a regular meal or ravenous meal. You did just fast for 94 hours. You may want to have another eating day. Broth and veggies can work for breakfast too. Don’t feel like you have to fast because it usually is your fasting day. Allow yourself breaks or you could end up feeling deprived.

    You did awesome tho no doubt. Cheers!

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

    I’m with Happy, RT – I can’t pick a favourite! However, having had physio on my knee this morning I thought 6, with a helping of 10. Certainly the pain is disappearing… 🙂 Keep up the good work.

    Second glorious autumn day in a row – must get out into the garden. I pulled all my strawberry plants from their pots yesterday (except for one pot – the optimistic plant is still flowering!), in preparation to get rid of the pots. I’m gradually getting ready for the Big Move North!

    Me choosing OH, or his lifestyle options, P? Okay, don’t answer that one… At least 5:2 is enabling him to maintain his weight (at about what it was when he started) otherwise he would have continued to balloon.

    With cutting down to three days a week work I have had a one-day working week this week, between Easter and Anzac Day. Almost makes me miss it.

    Have a great weekend, all. 🙂

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    CalifD, I have a light-hearted Netflix movie recommendation for you three. It’s called, “St Vincent” starring Bill Murray and Naomi Watts.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning,
    My darling granddaughter slept very well, but I tend to the hypervigilant side of things so gave myself another broken night and took yesterday to recover.
    Felling pretty well back on track now.

    Merry, dear heart, so glad to see your post and crossing my fingers that the universe allows you to post more often again!
    Please give my very best wishes to Mr M and here’s hoping he sails through chemo with the best possible results.
    The intricacies of an overseas wedding to organise make such a counter balance.
    And damn! Now we are not going to find out what your project is until next year! Ah well, that will go by in a blink of an eye. And cheers for you, getting a lot of it done and making the right decision for your health.

    Anzac, hooray for getting your deserved points! Persistence wins again.
    Well done having a successful weight loss week inspite of new job, WFH and Easter.
    And that would be pretty well the most beautiful bathroom I have ever seen.

    Klondi, hopefully your weight plateau is water being held to help build that new muscle. Once it has gone its job it will go and you will get a nice drop.
    Best wishes op shopping, I hope you score some perfect items!
    And ooh, won’t you love heading North from Melbourne’s winter.

    Neil, I love how, when people comment about losing weight or looking healthier, it puts it out in the world and makes it even more real.

    Lindsay, I do hope the 2 kiddies overnight went well! Happy birthday to little 3, I hope she managed without her mum and dad there.
    A Vietnamese salad sounds like a delicious compromise.

    Minka, so glad the buns are all gone (I am another traditionalist who rolls my eyes at chocolate chips in everything).
    We never had real eggs as part of our Easter traditions, but I think that is a pity when I hear European friends talk about the colouring and games.
    My daughter lessened the chocolate by hiding plastic eggs with other things inside, as well as some chocolate eggs. Miss 4 saved a chocolate egg for me, so I pretended to eat it.

    I am the same with the high fat. I just can’t tolerate it. ‘Liverish’ my mum called it. Such a horrible feeling.

    Kiwi72, so glad to see your post, but my sympathies about the stomach bug and the shoulder pain. Hoping the surgery does the trick. Best wishes for Monday!
    It doesn’t matter if setbacks make it a long and interrupted road to do intermittent fasting. You are in it for the long haul, so you can just roll with it, keep analysing what will make it work better, and feel triumphant about the weeks you make it work well. Eventually they will get just a normal part of the weeks cycle.

    Betsy, have you managed a transcription yet? Isn’t it amazing how even our own parts of the conversation are so full of non sentences and grammar errors, unless we are reading out our prepared questions of course! More good luck wishes.

    LJoyce, farewell to your excellent eggplant bushes! I laughed at the trampoline story. My granddaughters are still freaked out by insects so it was a sympathetic laugh. I made progress this week by bringing them a fly swat and teaching them how to use it, so that a fly coming into the house is an opportunity, not a crisis.

    And exciting news from my garden, I saw a blue banded bee!

    I’ve been doing pretty well (touch wood and whistle) with my veggie intake, and I do feel so much better with veggies making up the bulk of what I eat. I would have loved your dinner!

    Thin, it was nice of you to sit on the bottom of the bridge ladder for a week, and let someone else get up a rung. I foresee that you will climb it steadily and soon get to a point that you will never be on the bottom, so you needed a turn!

    Rosy, so annoying! I want your post! I’m crossing my fingers too, that it will turn up.

    Well, the day is rushing past, and I have more catching up to do, and miso to buy! Best wishes all, eat wisely!

  • Anyone fasting (no caloric intake) on alternate days wants a buddy?

    @ Rabbette

    Broke the fast at 94 hours.

    This light meal concept is not working out for me. I know this is absoluely the right thinking and the right approach. I want to be doing it. I think I need to start doing a very light meal with shorter fasts first to get used to this idea. I also read that this is more important if the fast is over 7 days? I hope so.

    So this is what happened. I felt I could go overnight. I even extended the fast on the app and stared at it for a minute. Then brought the numbers back down. I have a busy day tomorrow, with possibly no time for breakfast, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel tomorrow driving around all day with no breakfast.

    This is the first time I broke the fast in the evening. The moment I started eating the quinoa salad with sweet potatoes and beets I became batshit ravenous. Like almost to the point of shakey. I ate the salad with some chicken on top; added a small tin of sardines; an apple that I cut up for the kids in the morning; some cheese and salami; a cup of yogurt with a slice of quinoa and seeds bread. Then I made myself a cup of tea and drank it with 2 no-bake date squares (dates, seeds, nuts, hemp hearts, gogi berries etc) with the melted dark chocolate on top. I made them yesterday and they tasted great out of the freezer! I’m guessing the squares pushed it into over 2000 calories! lol

    I think I would have been just FINE if I had a bowl of broth. But my mental prep waasn’t there yet. Small steps.

    However, I do not feel stuffed. I feel very content and happy. My stomach doesn’t seem to be offended.

    So I fasted Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and most of today, but technically today is my NFD / Eating day. So technically tomorrow is my Fasting Day. Hm… this will be an interesting experiment. On the one hand it feels (emotionally, mentally) like tomorrow should be an eating day, but in reality it is back to Fasting, and I think physically I’d feel like fasting.

    So I should turn on the fasting app now, basically and start a new fast? Maybe!

    Thank you for trying to keep me in check with the light meal idea! I’ll be working on it.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi guys the gremlins are at it again. Just wrote a really long post and it has disappeared. I am all written out at the moment and hope it will reappear later.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    LJ, please send that bee and spider over, I know of a great new home for them.

    Minka and Merry, good to hear from you.

    Klond, unfortunately, we don’t really ever have a glut of oranges. We are really stingey about giving them away as there are so few and they’re so good!

    I didn’t post yesterday as we were up early for the dawn service and then I went straight to bridge from there. Came first, but that’s in the supervised group. We seem to come 1st or 2nd quite regularly now so hopefully there will eventually be a balance between coming top of that session and bottom of the other!

    kiwi, I note that you also attended an ANZAC service. Well worth the minor sacrifice to show respect to all who paid a heavy price trying to defend our way of life. I hope the politicians reflect on what they fought and died for when they formulate their policies to give it all away.

    Intesha, thinking of your dad and hope he’s receiving all the services and support that he deserves from the country he helped defend. Did he enjoy the day? Please say thank you to him.

    Anzac, kiwi, Neil, I’d never heard the NZ national anthem before. It’s really cool!

  • Anyone fasting (no caloric intake) on alternate days wants a buddy?

    @165gw – You might break your fast with a light meal first. Like broth with a few cut up veggies. B/c otherwise it could be upsetting to the tummy since all you had was water. It’s important for an extended fast to break it gently.

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

    Oh, I thought Brexit would be a dark, bottomless pit!

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


    ‘Goal isn’t a sunny upland’. Unless, we’re talking about Brexit…. 🤣

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

    Excellent that you find this wol a great way of managing weight gain, Amazon. As Happy said, years ago, goal isn’t a sunny upland, it is just part of a life long journey. RT’s quote applies too…(to paraphrase) if you have haven’t reached the goal, change the goal. Or something like that. To be able to maintain at a slightly higher level has to be much better than gaining to above your starting weight. And look at the stunning food you get to eat! Well done 😊 P

  • The Maintenance Chatbox… come and share your success with us!

    What a terrible problem FM! 🙄 Travel well. 😊P

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    You can’t be a fly on the wall,it’s in a park😁. Munching an egg now🥚.Knee is aching so rubbed some arnica gel on it.I will be busy if I do exercising on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday plus bowls if I get into it.That will make my back ache.

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

    Thanks RT! I can’t pick a favourite, they’re just too good 😂

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All..
    Very hot here today.. lovely this morning took the dog to a dog play park, so jealous.. lovely and clean, water bowls and paddling pools for the dogs to go in, a lovely covered area to sit and chat, a lovely welcoming group of people.

    Then paint charts and wall paint pots to try out this afternoon.. looks like she knows what she wants..looking ok.. found some shopping malls, outside cafes and water fountains for the children to play in, we will be heading back another day, only 10 mins away..a really lovely area, everything like a Tesco shop and fuel garages, are hidden discretely in the trees you can’t see them.

    I have a few things left over from Christmas and now Easter eggs ( they won’t last)..I like to eat proper things what I know what they are….keep fit class sounded interesting like to be a fly on the wall 😂

    Only 6 hours behind you.

    Hope you soon feel yourself .. you do a lot and maybe too busy..relax and rest up your body is telling you something..

    Your mum may forget about the shed divert her in another direction..glad you got to see the HS family and all was well.. nearly …glad you are still with us …

    Jean x

  • April 2019 Challenge

    Day 25 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 NFD

    Thanks for good wishes for DH’s hospital tests, thankfully results were good. He has to return in mid May for a CT scan and will have to water fast the day before the scan so I will do that with him. @ciren2 hope your husband is recovering well.

    @at yes I’m still with you on your mini challenge of control and moderation. So far this week I’ve had 2 FDs and kept NFDs within TDEE, no wine since Sunday. Weight still stuck at top of maintenance range……as I’m approaching my first anniversary in maintenance I accept that I will have to stay vigilant and keep with 5:2 to remain on my maintenance plateau 🙂

    Keep on keeping on everyone 😉

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

    Hi Fast Trackers and Hello World (You All know Who You ARE) 😉
    (Actual writings from hospital charts)

    1 . The patient refused autopsy.

    2. The patient has no previous history of suicides.

    3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.

    4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.
    5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

    6 On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared

    7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

    8 The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

    9. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.

    10. Healthy appearing decrepit 66-year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.

    11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

    12. She is numb from her toes down.

    13. While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

    14. The skin was moist and dry.

    15. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.

    16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

    17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

    18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.

    19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.

    20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

    Have A Happy Weekend All You beautiful Losers 😆
    Peace RT

  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa


    I have just been diagnosed with this condition. Has anyone else? Still in a daze.

  • Anyone fasting (no caloric intake) on alternate days wants a buddy?

    WFD #3

    I do think that 165 is a very good goal and I’m totally fine not getting lower. But somehow with the fasting I think I can. We’ll see. Maybe being older and saggier it will be impossible.
    Think more like Easter Europe-ish.

    Gosh, your English is excellent! Dyslexia is just one way of being and processing the information and it does mean that you are a talented, creative thinker. Schools, unfortunately, still make many dyslectic children feel like failures, while in reality, if you approach it right, it is an asset. Academics are overrated as it is, especially with universities going down the drain with their level of education nowadays. I’ve been thinking outside the box about education for years now.

    As for Spanish and other languages—look up the Michel Thomas method. It is all done orally (CDs) with no writing and it is an amazing program (if not the best) for achieving fluency. You’ll be speaking basic Spanish within weeks, I’m not kidding you.

    Ha ha, I didn’t even look up the price. I just knew it would be way more than I was willing to spend on a scale! I’ll remain loyal to Moody until it dies, or loses its mind entirely.

    I do feel full when I eat. I can eat past feeling full when the food is yummy. Yuck! Working on it. An issue is that I always hope the kids and husband will eat more of what I cook, and if it is a “miss” and they don’t eat as much, I end up with a bowl of “good, healthy food” that will otherwise go to waste. I’m learning to cook smaller portions.

    Stats on reddit:

    F43,6’, WF, SW215 CW 195 GW 155. Something like this, I think. I might have forgotten something. I like when people here add their montly goals and how they are going, how many lbs lost. AND the number of your fast. Which means I need to go through all of my posts and count how many times I said I was fasting! Because I haven’t kept track anywhere else. But when I read other people’s posts, I love being able to easily see their progress.

    I ended up extending my fast to 92h! At 91 hours now. I’m not hungry, and honestly I can go until tomorrow. Hm…I might go until tomorrow (the thinking out loud has started lol) This is kind of very interesting. I was about to break it in one hour, but if I fast for another 3 hours, and it will be evening and I normally do well in the evenings. Wow, I’m kinda impressed with myself. I’ll really see how I feel.

    I normally end my fasts the following morning–has been easy so far to just go to bed,even if I’m a bit hungry, because I typically feel GREAT the next morning. However I read one’s person experiences, and she was saying that if you break your fast in the evening you will end up eating less—which is potentially true. Her point was that you don’t have the whole day for eating. I feel it is a bit odd to end in the evening, I haven’t tried it yet. So I will either try it today, or will break tomorrow morning.

    How is your fasting going?

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    Hi Eliza
    I’m taking less coffee but with a dash of skim milk. I’d rather eat less and still have my coffee.


  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    I have the holiday feeling so weight will be piling on😞😖😟,I like Quorn chicken but that’s the only thing I like. Got some ice cream 360 calories per tub😮🤤🤤🤤

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    Drink more water and maybe a little rest, eye closed massage your head around the temples. Caffeine headaches are rough. You could try black coffee. I have grown to love black coffee and don’t even know why I used to drink it with milk.

  • Anyone fasting (no caloric intake) on alternate days wants a buddy?


    Hi 155gw – well having a 1st goal of 165 is still good. I have a 1st goal of 140lbs because a lot of my clothes are for that size or smaller. Surprisingly my yoga pants will still fit me at 140… they may fall off at 130 and especially at 125. But I will surely celebrate when (yes when) that happens.

    English is not your first language? If you say you speak Mi’kmaq I’ll have to ask you if you know someone I took a yoga teacher training with. None the less I’m intrigued.

    As for me not properly knowing English. I am dyslexic which gives me great talent in problem solving and troubleshooting skills. Spelling, grammar and oh my gosh Pho-ne-tics ahhhhhh forget it. I finally had an epiphany when I was learning Spanish with an app. It starts out you get to pick the word from a group of words, then it gets harder and wants you to spell the word. I burst into tears when I asked my SO can you spell “Hola” for me. I just can’t spell it right now. I was so upset with myself, its 4 letters, I was devastated after studying for over 6 months my brain could NOT get the letters to type. I knew it started with an H but I finally felt the disconnect of my brain not wanting to spell the word. – now with English since I’ve grown up with it and have had years of seeing it I can get MOST of the words decently correct. However new words OR scientific words (like chemical names) I do not understand how to bread down the phonetics. Luckily I do not have a job where I need to worry bout such things.

    Looked up the scale! Jeeeez 50 bucks! Whaaaat. I looked on the Amazon Ca – and found 1byone Bluetooth Body Fat (1byone) is actually the app that zoetouch uses and it has quite a few reviews (4 stars) its 34.99 so maybe eventually a new scale. The dance in the morning sounds like fun tho. You may miss your old scale. Haha

    Portions, Oh I’m not trying to restrict myself as soon as I do that I know it will be over. I just felt full and was excited to just hand over what I had left to my SO. NOW its not all the time, I felt myself OVER eat when we went out to dinner last weekend, but I’m at least feeling the sensation of being full which I don’t usually feel!

    You know when I was younger I did not like toothpaste, I felt like it was “hot” Like it burned my mouth, so I brushed with water for years. I didn’t even go to the dentist, when I was younger b/c my parents couldn’t afford it. Well when I was 16 I broke my tooth and had to go. They checked the rest of my mouth and said good job no cavities. So yes water brushing can do a great job.

    What do the stats look like on reddit… We can start doing that.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dave- I eat quorn bacon, rest of the family have real bacon, although eldest sometimes has the quorn one. It was lovely, & had a low carb/ low calorie ice cream to finish off…that’s me done now!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Thunder and lightning – wasn’t expecting that. Woof for the shock of his life, poor thing.

    I was very taken with the contented dementia theories Hh – there’s so much to be said for not trying to fight it but taking each day as it comes. Thank you for your thoughts too Minols, I think Dad tries to do it a lot so she’s not excluded from the conversation. He feeds her sentences like … ‘we had a lovely piece of salmon for tea didn’t we’ or….’we had a lovely run to the coast and walk along the front yesterday didn’t we’. Mum then picks up the thread. Whereas if I asked wha they had done yesterday she wouldn’t have been able to answer. It’s such a kind and gentle way of supporting her.

    Well done on the outside exercise Dave. Bowls sounds fun too.

    My motivation for couch to 5k has deserted me this week. I am feeling so tired. I’ve been in bed before 9 every night, sometimes nearer 8. It’s not a natural tiredness that I’d get from a busy day. Don’t know what’s the matter with me, don’t feel like I’m sickening for something as I’m not I’ll – maybe more time of life symptoms. I seem to be able to attribute everything to that just now.

    My Christmas (or Easter) chocolate doesn’t last long. I’d i know it’s there I can’t ignore it. My daughter has been telling me about Hunger Directed Eating. I’ve looked it up and it makes sense – it’s about giving your hunger a score out of 10 and using that to determine what to eat. My trouble was I’d convince myself I was ravenous if I wanted a Fredo.

    Feeling guilty for not doing more on a night after work, nothing life changing just stuff like housework/ironing but tiredness getting the better of me this week. I need to be kinder to myself – I don’t need to feel guilty for putting my feet up on an evening. I think my H is always busy and that fuels my guilt.

    Charlotte cute as can be, she’s only been without her toys for a few days. How lovely that you get to see them often even though they are so far away. Poor Charlie missing his mum.


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    Hi Miniminky – I’m on day one too! (And as I did coffee at same time turns out it’s harder than I thought! such a headache!) My problem is I don’t like black coffee so cutting out seemed to be only option. But it seems to have created a separate problem of its own… Any ideas?


  • April 2019 Challenge

    Many thanks for offering to host May. I’m also not the most experienced at this sort of thing but I’ve actually found it quite an enjoyable experience. I too needed to ask if someone could set up a spreadsheet for me and @snowflake56 kindly did that, and someone else (forgotten the name) once helped when it went blank….so no worries there. Plenty of “techies” around!
    DH’s operation went well this morning. Last time I spoke to him a couple of hours ago he was still waiting to be “got out” of bed, but that will certainly be happening today. He’s supposed to be released tomorrow morning. No driving for 48 hours….otherwise, hopefully, all well.
    You lead a busy life, so take the chance to rest while you can!
    @Rabette: Well done to you with the successful WFD and good luck with the B2B.
    @at: Good post. It’s great that you come in to motivate us from time to time. You’re a great “old-timer” too.
    @snowflake56: Thanks for the good wishes for DH…..let’s hope the operations puts him out of pain. Time will tell.
    @gretta: Your birthday? Have a great one xx

  • Loosing the baby weight

    Hello all, I was hoping to see some fellow mummies on here! I did 5:2 a couple of years ago and managed to lose 2stone. I then fell off the wagon and put it all (and a bit more) back on ☹️ Then had baby No2 and put on 1.5stone ☹️☹️. I did manage to lose that last year slowly (baby is now 15mnths) but Xmas came and since then the weight is creeping back on again. I really want to do 5:2 again as it suited me, I felt in control of food again and I saw results. However I seem to be struggling to “get in the zone” this time. Chocolate is my No1 weakness and so now Easter has gone I’m hoping to find less temptation! I wanted to do C25K but the reality is I haven’t got regular time to do it so going to have to rely on mostly diet to shift the wobbles. I’m going to try and fast tomorrow to remind myself how much better I feel afterwards and then do 2 days next week. Is anyone else fasting tomorrow (Friday) xXx

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    What is veggie bacon and eggs?I never have chocolate left over for more than a couple of days.Will see the last chocolate egg off tonight.

  • April 2019 Challenge

    Day 25 UK FD

    Recovery day today but catching up with home chores and preparing for a mostly quieter 10 days ahead. No meetings, but plenty of project work & if I get it done I’d like to get a way for a few days.

    Fell asleep sitting up in bed & quite spaced out today but with a grateful heart & mind, looking on the world & myself gently. Food shopping and laundry done, house tidy and fridge full. Done gentle yoga after a few days off, now for OMAD supper then bath and a super early night… I’m waking between 6-7am so good to get my sleep in first!

    Tomorrow my 80yo mother is coming for tea so that seems like a good time to break my fast. Hoping for an early start with yoga & meditation, a good planning session with project work and some clearing of decks – and desk!

    Glad to catch up with the last few days’ posts at last!

    @matpi thank you 🙂
    @gretta Happy Birthday to you!
    @missybear hope DH’s hospital test results are helpful
    @shelliz buone vacanze 🙂
    @ciren2 hope everythign has gone well with DH’s operation today x
    @at great motivational post, thank you. Yes, I’m still with you on this mini-challenge. Have banked solid Cds & FDs so far, and aiming for a strong finish 🙂
    @jaifaim wonderful, well done! And thank you x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi all…
    Jean- the house sounds hard work! So sweet of Charlotte being excited over her toys!
    Minols- very deep thinking indeed, but I love the idea of the shared memory! I mentioned it before to Cakey, the book Contented Dementia is very good.
    Dave- we have an outdoor gym in one of the parks near us, don’t get round to going very often…hope you’re not too stiff tomorrow. The bowling should be good too. Hope Denise likes her hair!
    It is not lucky to have leftover chocolate when you’re trying to avoid it!!
    Homestart family were fine, the twins enjoyed the music group. Shopping hard work- youngest was bored before he went to work so he came along; thought it was highly amusing to put a plastic bag over my head while I was picking out veggies!
    Talking of dementia, Mum has decided that she wants to empty one of the sheds as she doesn’t need 2…but is going to replace it with another one?!! Hubby has said he’s not getting involved in taking it down…she’ll probably take an axe to it herself she’s so stubborn!
    Looking forward to veggie bacon & eggs soon!

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

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve been doing 5:2 for 6 years too. I originally lost 32kgs and am at present 5kgs above that so there is still work to do as I hadn’t reached my goal weight.
    It remains the most successful method of weight loss for me as I’ve never maintained any loss before and have always managed to end up weighing more than before I started!

    My second FD has also been easy and that’s because once again I’ve kept busy and out of the kitchen.

    I did some shopping this morning as I needed to stock up on asparagus and strawberries 😉
    When I was driving home the heavens opened for about 10 minutes. The rain stopped as abruptly as it started so once home I was able to get out into the garden to finish repotting all the plants in tubs and containers and add the summer bedding I bought yesterday.
    My little patio now looks great. The next job is tidying up the flower beds and then all I need to do is dust off the garden recliner and the mini BBQ in readiness for summer…….

    Have a good one everybody 😜

  • April 2019 Challenge

    Day 25 – Ireland – FD ish – second post

    @ciren2 I meant to say earlier that I am happy to host May…. as this is the year I’m setting myself challenges this could be a good challenge to start off with… I do worry that I might not be great at checking in with everyone on a daily basis as sometimes my hectic life gets in the way but am up for it….
    The only thing is would someone be able to set the spreadsheet up for me? I work off a phone as with security settings in work I can’t access or copy the sheet….
    it may mean also that I stick to my May plan a bit more fir one month 🤞. Historically summer months are when I derail…..
    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

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    Thank you for you kind encouragement. I’m on my first day today and so far so good.
    Fingers crossed.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    It’s what she called it,it’s a bit like a cross trainer,you hold on to a bar,put your feet into two plates and walk fast while holding on to the bar.My big hoof’s were overhanging the plates.😁.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Love the idea of outside exercise class, Dave, but air walking? You’ve got my imagination going with that one!

  • Anyone fasting (no caloric intake) on alternate days wants a buddy?

    Hello! I am looking for a water fasting buddy too!:) inbox me to get in contact!

  • Anyone fasting (no caloric intake) on alternate days wants a buddy?

    87 hours and extended the fast to 89! This is the longest I’ve fasted. I’m feeling really well this morning. Only wanted tea, so I’m drinking tea. How is your fast going? I have a feeling fasting is piece of cake now, it is the eating days that we need to apply ourselves a bit more.

    I was JUST thinking I need to adjust to 155gw! I’m not sure I can change the username on the forum, but just keep this in mind. You can call me 155gw from now on. You are welcome.

    My pre-pregnancy weight 18 years ago was 155lb, however it was a lower weight for me—my average weight was 165 for years. I just got lean and fit before getting pregnant lol. My ideal weight, based on several formulas is from 153 to 161lb. So 155gw is pretty decent.

    I have no clue if I have a family history of gall stones, but some years ago I had a day where I felt really rotten and after googling I thought that I possibly had a gall blooder episode. This never happened since. So who knows. Does lemon water supposed to help? I’ll research more.

    I have brain farts over words like effect / affect too! What helps me is to memorize just one optiono, and just to know that whatever’s left is the other! >>>It can havE an Effect<<< Focus on the phrase and on the E in havE and Effect. The verb and the emotion are the other ones. English is not my first language so I play with mental tricks like this all the time.

    Since I’m in Canada and our dollar right now is kinda not performing, I shudder at how much that scale would be ha ha! If my Moody dies, I’ll get something fancy, though.

    Smaller portions! That’s my goal!! I just read somewhere that having simpler meals can be the key. I used to eat and LOVE very simple things—two ingredients, very plain. Steamed cauliflower with a baked fish filet. A tomato. Salt and pepper, if at all. Done. Lately I’ve been experimenting with recipes more. Roasted sweet potatoes and quinoa and black beans and broccoli and all the SPICES. Trying out all the different spices makes me want to eat more, actually! Turmeric and curry and smoked paprika etc.

    AWESOME that you are transitioning to smaller portions! I hope to transition to. I don’t want to restrict myself on the eating days, but…and that’s a HUGE difference—I don’t need to stuff myself and then feel sluggish afterwards.

    I was reading about toothpaste!! Some people won’t use it for clean fasting! I still do, and then rinse my mouth and make an effort not to “taste” it! I also do water brushing. Since we are not eating, all we need is gum massage and a bit of brushing with a wet brush. I use electric brush, so this feels very invigorating and leaves me with a good, clean feeling. Some years ago I read that brushing without the toothpaste is practically as effective. Not sure if this is true, but I do this on occasion. My teeth can be sensitive and I worry baking soda might be too abrasive. But that’s something to think about for sure.

    I like the forum because I think someone may benefit from this thread in the future. I do want to start each post with my stats etc as on reddit to make it easier for some future fasters. Yep, I’m also looking forward to maintaining and counting my eggs! I’m absolutely positive we can do this. This is the most enjoyable and, in my mind, the most sustainable WOL.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    It’s bouncing down again,gone very dark.I did my exercising in the park,not as long as the indoor session but more challenging,started with Nordic walking to warm up then various apparatus,air walking,then sat down pressing feet on what looks like a see saw to lift up,then step ups and various things using one stick to stretch and support.Saturday all being well I am going to try crown green bowling,that will make me feel stiff the next day 🤪😵

  • April 2019 Challenge

    Day 25 USA (IL travel day) NFD

    Had a terrific day yesterday — water aerobics kicks my butt in the morning, but then a fabulous massage in the afternoon. Flying home today. I have done FD’s on travel days, but won’t try that today. Just want a good CD.

    @at — thanks for the kind shout out. We “long-timers” are testimonials to the ability to sustain life on our WOL, aren’t we?!

    Onward and downward.

  • April 2019 Challenge

    Day 25, VA, USA, WFD B2B

    Had a successful WFD yesterday and don’t feel hungry yet, so I’m going for B2B. Feeling good and its really nice out here. Soon I will be traveling at the beginning of May, I plan on fasting on the travel days (although I realized that we are traveling on my Birthday (next Thursday!), can I fast on my B-day? Do I have enough willpower? Do I want to have willpower on my B-Day?) Maybe I’ll fast the day b/4 incase when we land my friend might have something planned.

    Traveling by airplane – are days I would be searching to eat something good, but find it to be more challenging to find greens that look good when you are at an airport. Wonder if I can carry a baggie of arugula *amusing myself at how suspicious that will look in the carry-on (it has become my go-to replacement for potato chips – and oddly I don’t miss the chips! Yay)

    Thats next week tho, so today enjoying the weather and seeing about doing some grocery shopping, which is always better on a WFD than a regular FD where I may have had almond milk in my coffee. I’m way less hungry with just water and/or black coffee in the morning.

    @gretta – Birthday Cheers! Oh yeah, getting a new dress, and I know you look sharp as your sweetheart wanted you to get the dress (yeah buddies!) AND you are going to a BALL, that sounds like such fun. Great idea on the carrot with chili salt – that sounds yummy! Dance pants here I come!

    @shelliz – Weight loss and no gain is a GOAL! My goal was to attend a class. Which I did and need to get to another one 😉

    @matpi – good going on the yard clean-up, I always find that challenging. I rather do nearly ANYTHING else.

    @snowflake56 – Keep on, keeping on, sounds like you got it good right now with the fasting.

    @daffodil2010 – 3rd B2B nice job! Getting those scales to tip in our favor – BAM!

    @stephsie – ugh about work situation. I send you some strength to persevere!

    @ciren2 – Wasn’t sure what kind of target to hit, so I put to attend a class (and I did yay) but target as far as weight-loss (I make it easy, I just go for a loss, not a gain)

    @therealwil78 – good job on your food choices. I’m finding my choices to be much better too!

    @at – Loved what you said here “But this WOL is about being patient… You just have to remember that every healthy choice you make is the right one.” Words to live by thank you.

    Day 25 Pocket list: if you’re fasting, copy, paste and add your name:

    @rabbette B2B

  • April 2019 Challenge

    Day 25 – UK – CD
    Day 24 – FD600
    Day 23 – CD

    Day 22 ended up a FD800 not the low calorie day I had planned 😒 but I am pleased to report that the week so far has been a controlled one and has involved no alcohol as yet 😇 Planning on another FD800 tomorrow and then will weigh in on Saturday for the first time since the start of this challenge to see what more I need to do to ensure that I end the month within my target weight.

    Still not in the mindset to check in daily and get involved in this challenge (not really sure why) but I am hanging in there and will keep lurking in the background for the time being!

    Hello to the all the old timers here @snowflake56 @gretta @shinything @daffodil2010 @basyjames @songbirdme @ciren2 @michelinme @jaifaim @missybear @ccco and any others I have missed – lovely to see @therealwil78 and @brightonbelle back with us 🤗

    Great to have some newer names staying with this WOL – sorry I have not been involved much in discussions this month but it’s nice to hear that some of you are doing so well with this WOL @rabbette @hieiren @betsylee

    For anyone struggling try to stay positive and stick with us – we know that this WOL works “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle = Positive Minds = Positive Vibes = Positive Lives”

    It can be disappointing when you do everything ‘right’ and you don’t get the results you want. But this WOL is about being patient…………
    You just have to remember that every healthy choice you make is the right one. Just because the scale may not reflect it immediately, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth it. SUCCESS IS THE SUM OF SMALL EFFORTS, REPEATED DAY IN AND DAY OUT

    As for me I will be aiming to stick to my mini challenge of “control and moderation” for the 5 days left to the end of this April 2019 Challenge @michelinme and @missybear are you still with me? TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!

    Sending positive vibes to all those in need today 🙏

  • Advice just moved to 5:2

    the TDEE is a maximum, not a mandate. If you are eating 1200 calories on Slow Days, then look to the quality of those calories: lean protein? vegetables? low on the Simple Carbs? i suspect there is a food you like which for you puts on disproportionate amounts of weight, despite being low in calories. As I mentioned above, white rice does that to me.

    Good luck.

  • Recipes for Mediterranean folks

    Nicla, what difficulty are you having? If it boils down to pasta and bread, you can eat those on Slow Days.
    Here’s a recipe for you to try:

    Chicken Parmesan: 238 calories 2.6 g fat 4.7 g fiber 31 g protein 11.4 g carbs 242.5 mg Calcium PG GF – if using GF bread At last! The restaurant classic made suitable for Fasters. And it is delicious.
    3-½ oz raw chicken breast meat, boneless, skinless 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated 1 tsp dried oregano and/or thyme ¼ oz whole-grain breadcrumbs, fresh not dried 1 Tbsp milk ¼ cup marinara sauce, homemade or jarred ¾ oz mozzerella, grated 2 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese 1 cup baby greens + ½ oz grated carrots + ½ tsp olive oil + ½ tsp red wine vinegar
    Heat the toaster oven to 350F. Spritz an oven-proof pan with non-stick spray or olive oil. Pour the milk onto a small plate. On another plate combine the Parmesan, herbs, and bread crumbs with salt and pepper. Cream the other two cheeses together until well-combined. Dip the chicken in the milk on both sides. Dredge the chicken in the crumb/cheese mixture to coat it completely. Place on the oven-proof pan and spray with olive oil. Bake the chicken about 10 minutes, until golden. Top the chicken with the marinara sauce, then mound the cheese over it. Broil for 5 minutes until the cheese is melty and starting to brown. Prepare the salad ingredients and toss with dressing.

    Ratatouille with Chicken & Polenta: 228 calories 4.4 g fat 9.1 g fiber 29 g protein 32 g carbs 115.6 mg Calcium PB Oddly enough, the inspiration for this meal was a dinner on an AlItalia airplane. I was determined to duplicate and improve the meal, and I think I succeeded. The polenta needs to be made ahead, and the Med Veg could come out of the freezer. All ready in about 20 minutes with those preparations beforehand.
    1 slice of polenta [ see SIDEKICKS II Oct 4, 2017] 1 cup Mediterranean Vegetables [SIDEKICKS II Oct 4, 2017] 3 oz chicken breast, skinless and boneless large pinch herbes de Province or thyme
    Pour the Mediterranean Vegetables into a small saucepan and add a little water if there isn’t much liquid. Lay the chicken meat on top of the vegetables and sprinkle with pepper and herbes de Province. Put the lid on the pan and simmer until bottom of chicken is cooked. Check to see if you need to add more liquid to prevent the vegetables from scorching. Turn the chicken, cover and continue to cook until it is done. Meanwhile, spritz a heavy skillet lightly with non-stick spray and heat it. Cut the slice of polenta in half so it is about 1/3” thick. Cook it in the hot pan on both sides until it is warm and beginning to brown. Plate the polenta, spoon the vegetables around the polenta, then arrange the chicken on top.

  • Any good exercise tips for loosing fat belly

    Exercise won’t do as much as losing the pounds. The more weight you lose, the less belly fat you will have. However, some belly fat is caused by changing hormones [estrogen/testosterone balance] as we age and nothing will change that, not even Bessie’s ‘corset diet’ which sounds like a slim-flam to me.
    Exercise is good to maintain/build muscle mass, so do as much as you can. But eat fewer calories, too.

  • New to 5:2

    Good luck, Kirsty! I had only a few pounds to lose and with 5:2 I lost them and then lost some more! You can do it.

  • The Maintenance Chatbox… come and share your success with us!

    Fridge is cleared out, food that attracts vermin is safely stored. Today’s Fast breakfast was an omelette we call Green Eggs & Ham: fresh chives and minced ham, along with the last of the Easter pineapple.
    We’ll have a Fast Day Lunch in the car and bus down to the airport: fig [keeps the trains running], cheese [for the calcium], and a clementine [just to get rid of them]. Dinner on the plane won’t be until about 7 pm, which is late for us, so the lunch will tide us over. Since it is Air France, we will indeed eat the meals on the plane!

    Celts in Brittany, Norsemen in Normandy — everybody but the French!!
    Your Autumn in Canberra sounds lovely, PVE, as does your grazing at the music fest. You sure know how to have a great time, in a simple way.

    There is something wrong with me or with my bathroom scales: weight is VERY low and doesn’t change much, no matter how much chocolate I eat. ODH, goes up and down, my weight hardly varies. Strange.

    Have a great weekend, everyone.

  • Newbie – and question about IF

    Thanks – really helpful! And perhaps I don’t need the green drink any more with all the green stuff I’m eating anyway!

  • Newbie – and question about IF

    The amount of calories in your barely-milky tea is burned off in the time it takes to brew it, drink it, and wash up. Don’t worry about it. If you want to stay ‘pure’ in your no-food-until-11-am, then put off the green drink until later.
    Good luck. We’ve been Fasting for 6 years and really love it.

  • WW Bathrooom Scale–is it broken?

    Good advice, twinkle.
    I find as well that the amount of moisture on the soles of my feet makes a difference. It could also be that the battery needs to be changed….

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