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  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 5 NFD. Yay! It’s Friday. Beers are in the fridge, ready for tonight. And yes, @penz, I know it’s a stupid made up name. I should’ve been able to come up with something better!!! My real name is Hazel, which seems to really date me, because there are very few Hazels under the age of about 55. Except Julia Roberts daughter, I think, who is called Hazel. Maybe it’s having a moment….I have a niece called Holly, and I always think we have lovely pagan names.
    Have a great Friday everybody. H

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 Ohio, US — FD
    Day 3 — NFD

    Today the fasting went well. This was another day that I had to schedule my walking to miss intense thunder storms. At noon I took a 15 minute walk and there was thunder rolling across the sky the entire time. I made it home just before a cloudburst hit. While I’ve experienced rolling thunder before, I don’t believe that I’ve ever experienced it continuously for such a long period of time.

    @penz On FD’s I almost never hear that hunger dragon, but on NFD’s when I hear the sugar dragon, I’ve almost never succeeded in defeating it. My only strategy is to keep anything sugary out of the house, because the dragon only call if it senses something sugary in the vicinity. (To mix the monster metaphor, it’s something of the Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum phenomenon.) It would be great to learn how other people actually defeat it in hand-to-hand combat.

    As for my handle —- Until I retired last summer I taught maths so matpi is a combination of mat(hs)pi, the pi being the same that’s celebrated on March 14 each year, and also “mat” sounds more like someone’s first name.

    Just to round out the pocket list:

    Day 4 pocket list
    @penz
    @mia139 (there’s no escape!)
    @snowflake56
    @judyjudes
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @funshipfreddie
    @at
    @brightonbelle
    @saffy420
    @beck100
    @breakfromcookies
    @@emma-taylor
    @stitchincarol
    @bellyblast
    @michelinme
    @matpi

    DD List ☕️
    @penz
    @suki2
    @funshipfreddie
    @brightonbelle

  • Rabbette and 165GW kicking ass with great focus in 2020. Everyone welcome.

    June 4th, evening. I’m at 48h fasted. I wasn’t hungry at all today, which is really new for day two. Usually I feel peckish even on day 1.

    However, I just made cinnamon buns, though. Good that eating late in the evening is not one of my weak points. After I brush my teeth, I’m not tempted, even if I feel peckish.

    I only had nettle tea, black coffee and water. I went for a long walk. It was such a great day.

    Technically I should fast all day tomorrow–if I had two absolutely easy days without even feeling peckish…shouldn’t I have another fasting day…

    I guess I will see how I feel tomorrow morning. The cinnamon buns will certainly tempt me tomorrow. Yet the plan is to either have a water fast or to have a liquid fast.

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

    I fasted yesterday (second time in the week) – so my weight went up 🙁

    Good luck with your implant, Wi. And travel safely to Italy.

    And I hope your eyes turn out to be a short-term problem, P. How are they now, and are you having them checked?

    I definitely noticed your bee in the rose, Amazon 🙂 . Just as well you could social distance from it in time!

    Hawkes Bay has had a little rain, Wi, but like us they need weeks of steady precipitation to make much difference. Rivers and storage are empty, and winter food has already be fed out. I just hope that any rain comes with warmer weather so there can be a bit of grass growth, but there is a southerly change in the offing, snow to low levels in the southern mountains, and single digits over-night for the next few days.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning, a lovely sunny day and it will be 20 degrees later

    How can it possibly be Friday already? I’ve read all of your posts but have a deadline so I can’t reply just now.

    Not a good week to say the least food-wise. Scales are up, I am down but enough said. Today is a new day

    Take care all

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 5, NFD, Aus

    I struggled with yesterday’s FD but thought of the pocket list and the host’s responsibility to set a good example and got through it (self imposed responsibility in this sense but whatever works, hey?) Disappointingly, tho, the scales showed no change. Two weeks in a row! I’m either overdoing it on NFDs (well, I probably am) or I’m increasing muscle weight thanks to Leslie Sansone. That explanation makes me feel better.

    Way to go @suki2 with your cooperative scales (and diligent FDs). And @northgeorgia, @beck100 – great results.

    @at Can I put in an order for your GF Clementine, Almond and Olive Oil Cake too? You could personally deliver it AND visit your family down under. Oh. Once borders are lifted of course. I’m prepared to wait.

    @emma Taylor!! I’m strangely disappointed your name is fake! It seems so real I had thought that was really you. Now I am imagining you had a career as a spy or some other secretive reason for disguising your true identity. A non de plume perhaps? You’re a famous writer or some other celebrity??

    A fellow breakfast hater, @stichincarol. Were you one of those people who forced themselves to eat breakfast needlessly because of the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” mantra?

    Must be a relief to have DH home in time for the weekend @songbirdme.

    Take care of yourself @michelinme – you’ve had a rough time of late. I’m going to try your zucchini and pea soup today (with freshly made rocket pesto from our garden).

    Lovely to have you back, @jaifaim

    Trying to work out if that was really a compliment, @songbirdme! 🙂

    Loved all the responses re your 5:2 names. Today’s question: what is the most effective way you’ve been able to defeat the hunger dragon / little voice inside your head that urges you to eat/drink?

    [Speaking of which, it’s Friday and I am most definitely not on the DD today!]

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning, cold and clear here, with a pretty winter sun.

    Well, isn’t this thread full of info and helpful ideas. I had soup for lunch yesterday and was considering how I organise my meals and wondering about having soup in the evening. It is a light meal but makes me feel satisfyingly full. My brain was imploding at the thought, having grown up with a light lunch and a big evening meal. I wondered if I could possibly re-educate it.
    But reading your thoughts and plans, LJoyce, after considering Betsy’s advice, I think the same may be true for me: ie a good protein rich midday meal might keep me happy for the afternoon, and then soup in the evening.

    I am going to try it for a week and see how I go. Starting today!

    Neil, haha, I think you are exactly right about what our bodies are saying. So lovely to hear of you needing those new winter clothes though!
    Good thinking about your job. I am very glad your new co-workers are training up nicely.

    Betsy, good to hear the plumber project is progressing and hooray that it looks simpler, and hopefully less expensive, than first feared.
    How wonderful that you have been managing fine without your CPAP machine. Hopefully the next round of tests back up your decision. And losing that excess weight the way you are has to help!

    Haha yes I did clear up the kitchen, mostly by stacking the dishwasher, which was good because I had surprise visitors (since I’d left my phone at my daughter’s and didn’t get their messages) and was able to welcome them to a reasonably clean and organised home. It was my dear friends who I used to drive up to and visit, such a treat that they drove down and visited me. First people outside family to visit for months. We accidentally hugged.

    Lindsay, great work for May! https://cdn.pixilart.com/photos/orginal/a090e651e55bdbd.gif
    .75kg a week isn’t only feasible, it’s brilliant! (Why not take your time getting to maintenance, since maintenance is so tricky 😉 ) I got to the lower end of my healthy weight range by losing an average of .5kg a fortnight, so you are well ahead of me…. and I did fine anyway!
    Hoping your brain remembers how you felt after that chocolate. (My brain has difficulty).

    My feet are SO HAPPY thanks! I put in the thin little arch support inserts, and no pain since! I’m happily wearing my new uggboots all day now.
    Hoping the myotherapist and steroids do their tricks in time for Mr L to be able to enjoy every minute of your island stay.

    Have a wonderful picnic today!

    LJoyce, the kiddies would have been so glad to have you with them again. So sweet. Haha, it might be a good strategy for mum to be a boring teacher and making back to school so inviting.
    I’ll be so keen to hear how you go with the new eating strategy. Good luck today.

    Sending best wishes to everyone!

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    @michelinme – sure do hope your health issues are nothing serious! Prayers from me. <3

    My moniker: SongBird because I am a singer. Early days of AOL, they told us not to use our real names for email, so I picked that. Had to add the “me” since SongBird was taken. I still use that email – 26 years. My DH who used to write reviews of musical and theatrical performances captioned me as “the best soprano in the county, a small county” 🙂

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 – Ireland – NFD

    Hi all, I’m sorry that I have been MIA since the start of this month…

    I hope you are all well!

    I’m looking after mum and dad this week along with working from home (in their home – not ideal…) so it has been challenging but… as I always say.. I wouldn’t change it for the world but I am pretty wrecked.. I head back to my home tomorrow so will rest then. There is so much to do here between medication, food, dressing, and little sleep etc. that I just have not had time to catch up or read posts… but I’m back now and hope to continue reading and posting daily from tomorrow 👍

    So starting this month at 166.5 which was only .5lb down on start of May weight.. but I have shrunk a little and have had some nice compliments in the past two weeks so will not worry about the weight.. also, I watched an Instagram post by Joe Wicks where he reiterated how we must not get hung up on the whole weight loss generally and focus on improved mood, etc, as looking at the scales can really affect us in a very detrimental way. It struck a chord so I’m going to focus only on the June 30 reading and not weigh too frequently along the way…

    @penz, thanks for hosting June and for your great daily questions which keep the interaction going on the forum…👏
    So in answer to some of your questions.. and I can’t remember the order… here goes:

    I had two pairs of really cool trousers/jeans that I fit into in 2001 before I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease which meant years of steroids and other meds and I’m back in both of those now..
    I also had a fabulous funky Karen Millen trouser suit which is just gorgeous but I’m not back into that yet.. I don’t know if I ever will!!

    The most surprising thing about this WOL is that I always thought I couldn’t last more than four or five hours without food…I was known to always have some sweets or chocolate on me if I was out on a trip or a hike or whatever.. this has been a huge lesson for me to learn.

    My goal for June is to lose 2lbs and to stay on the dry in the main.. in terms of the auto immune disease Sugar is really not good for me and alcohol is worse so I only drink where there is a celebration like a birthday etc. so for some Zoom calls I will have a drink but it’s rare now..

    My moniker Jaifaim (J’ai Faim) is a play on words as I am a French speaker so “J’ai faim” means “I’m hungry” but also stands for Just Another Intermittent Fast And I’ll Maintain… I’ve never actually got to maintenance but one day I will 💪 … and I’m always hungry… it’s my default setting…

    Happy belated birthday wishes @at!!!🎉

    @snowflake56 thanks for thinking of me.. just when you came back I went missing 😂… I’m glad we are both back now.. on the right track.

    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hedgehog..
    Daughter likes the school hours which would suit…she taught English in a German Secondary school for a year, as part of her German degree and has done a lot of Flight training sessions for new crew for a good many years..she does home work with the children, when I say home work I mean it 3 or 4 hours a day, it’s been a bit lighter in Texas. She is very people oriented…it’s an idea.

    Poor Mum she sounds sore…she will be stiff tomorrow..

    Thanks for your wishes for Steve..I must admit we both are getting a bit anxious now…

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening everyone had a good FD again but as usual felt really cold.
    Jean hope all goes well at hospital tomorrow then hopefully a good outcome on Weds.
    Hedgehogs poor mum hope her knee isn’t to painful for her.
    Dave glad the phone is sorted.
    Lovely photos of all the dogs on WhatsApp today and Kay hope Tara is continuing to settle in with you.
    Hope everyone else is keeping okay and stay safe.
    Nana x

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 -USA/GA – NFD

    This morning, which is my post FD, I weighed in at 261. With four NFDs coming up in a row, I will have to be cautious, especially with all this delicious fruit that demands to be eaten mmmm

    @at Thanks for the spreadsheet add. I will look at it soon, but right now at work, we’re figuring budgets and cuts with several deadlines coming up, so my spreadsheet eyes are a little tired haha

    @bellyblast Yes, I just left a week long plateau, so we’ll see what happens this month. As long as I trend downward each monrh, I am satisfied.

    Thanks, @songbirdme @flourbaby and Im afraid to go back a page on my tablet since I’ve written a book so far, but to everyone else for the welcome. I love that we have a community of online support.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening!
    Jean- hope your dinner fills you up a bit! And hope all goes smoothly for Steve’s scan tomorrow, & of course Weds! Has your daughter done teaching before? Will be lots of juggling for her to go back to work, does SIL still travel alot for work?
    Endellion- the cheesecake sounds lovely, have you made it vegan? Sorry, I missed your post earlier…I quite often don’t sleep well after a fast, although after Monday’s one I was fine- it’s a bit psychological with me, if I go to bed thinking about what I’ll have for breakfast I’m sure it wakes me early!
    Rang Mum to see if she was okay- she has a big bruise on her knee, so feel very bad now 😬. Got started on the chocolate layer dessert I made recently as son has requested that again…
    Not too hungry just yet!

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4, UK, FD

    So far so good, just about to have my meal of chickpeas, which will be around 300cal. Fruit later and that should be it 🙂

    @penz to answer your question: on the day when I sign up for this forum I could not focus and was easily distracted all day, jumping from one thing to the other. Like when you start something but than you get distracted by a shiny thing 😂

    Day 4 pocket list
    @penz
    @mia139 (there’s no escape!)
    @snowflake56
    @judyjudes
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @funshipfreddie
    @at
    @brightonbelle
    @saffy420
    @beck100
    @breakfromcookies
    @@emma-taylor
    @stitchincarol
    @bellyblast
    @michelinme

    DD List ☕️
    @penz
    @suki2
    @funshipfreddie
    @brightonbelle

    We have a nice strong pocket list today 💪

  • Cinco de Mayo Challenge

    Staring to make some progress now. I’ve been a little better about what I eat on my non-fasting days, and I’ve been regularly exercising, especially on fasting days. This has helped my weight, and my golf game.

    Kevin

  • Rabbette and 165GW kicking ass with great focus in 2020. Everyone welcome.

    June 4th: Well this has been an odd week. There was a birthday, there was lots of cake baking and baking in general. I did maintaint 18-6 or 20-4 on all the days, and there was a 36h fast in there too, but I haven’t stepped on the scale. I haven’t been overeating, which is good, but I did decide to enjoy.

    It was pleasant to just have breakfast with the family and enjoy it!

    The capris, however, do not fit! Ha ha.

    I’m at 40h of a 60h fast. This means I am fasting for the second overnight.

    I have ZERO hunger, which is great. I am really trying not to eat just because I’m cooking / baking.

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 UK FD

    Yesterday was lovely but the Strangest day today!

    Woke up with a headache and had a really strange faint / breathless episode lasting around 90 mins. Lying down flat didn’t make me better and i was apparently very white. Health centre suggested I call 111 who put me through to 999 who sent an ambulance who took me to hospital for tests. My BP stayed high – usually low end of normal – but everything else normal apart from slight fever. Sent home for GP to organise 24hour ECG & BP and take it from there.

    Today was going to be a FD anyway but not drunk anything like enough water. Planning to reheat my delicous greens & beans soup, spinach omelette with tomatoes & avocado. My hair got really tangled by the day so I think it’s either a long brush and a slow bath, or a scrub from head to toe before a super early night.

    That’s another bump of motivation to keep me on the 5:2 path, if ever i needed one. But goodness I’m exhausted – what an unexpected day

    @songbirdme v glad DH is coming home, hope he continues to recovery gently

    @penz when i signed up for 5:2 i felt as tho there was an ever inflating fat suit between me and the world and me & me. I pictured this fat suit like the michelin man – from the old tyre advertisements. So, michelinme 🙂

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    2nd post

    I’m getting a bit hungry and cold, will defrost chicken broth to get warm. I love the daily questions and loved reading about everyone’s handles.

    @betsylee thanks, I’m doing well at the moment but I always do at the start of the month. This month I’m trying to do well the whole month.

    @flourbaby I seem to have missed that but I don’t read every post on this site.

    @songbirdme that’s really good news!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening All..
    I have had a good day a bit hungry, decided on reading my book ..time passed

    Just got back from my walk as it’s started to rain, dark and miserable here…

    Texas daughter is thinking of doing supply teaching, if it goes well maybe train to teach, she has to do 300 hours course work and class room..she is chasing her transcript from her degree at Leicester University, she needs it to prove how many hours she completed and grades through her course. Then it goes to the Education Authority in Texas to go over it and check it all, sometimes they don’t pass it, without a reason..at least she can try..

    CT scan tomorrow morning may be late posting unless I have spare time, hair washing and Charlie walking to fit in too…Results Wednesday 😬..

    Dave..
    It’s funny they can run when needed, she’s an old girl now…We saw three cats the other day fortunately we were in the car he was very interested…

    Endellion..
    Cheesecake sounds delicious…I still have HH chocolate cheesecake recipe to try, it’s getting to the shops to buy the ingredients…I am shopping a bit now so must remember when I am out shopping properly..

    Hedgehog..
    Poor mum tripping up, it’s easy to do in the forest…good your trays have arrived, it’s nice the growing but it takes time twice a day watering and mine is just a tiny amount!

    Eating shortly I am ready for it…

    Jean x

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 USA (Illinois) NFD

    I’m heading to town shortly to bring DH home from the hospital, still with antibiotics, but glad to be able to give him a good night’s sleep with no nurses taking vitals through the night! 🙂

    @at sorry I didn’t get to sing to you “Happy birthday” ♫♪♫ but here it is, belated at least!

    Onward and downward.

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 Canada FD

    @northgeorgia congrats on the drop, I think the body reacts in all sorts of ways including plateaus
    @michelinme your gentle day sounds ideal, small steps are important sometimes
    @breakfromcookies this WOL is definitely a journey, I know because I sometimes wander sideways 🙂 Your graduation ceremony sounds very inventive, good luck
    @beck100 Yay!!!!
    @at it sounds like you had a perfect iso birthday
    @saffy420 I have probably embraced the covid casual too much, stepping up and improving my grooming and having a haircut in a few weeks. Not interested in new clothes though

    @penz my name comes from the annoying way my weight always lands on my tum, if I had super powers I would blast it away.

    Pocket List – Day 4 🍏
    @emma-taylor
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes
    @funshipfreddie
    @at
    @brightonbelle
    @saffy420
    @beck100
    @breakfromcookies
    @stitchincarol
    @bellyblast

  • Proper Weight Loss through Science and Innovation

    Body composition improvements are more encompassing than weight loss alone. Rather than focusing on the number on the scale, you have to focus on body composition: the proportion of body fat to lean muscle. Of course supplement usage, eating plan compliance and physical activity are all necessary to achieve optimal results.

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    Fact #1: The bathroom scale is unable to distinguish between fat loss (a desired outcome) and loss of muscle (an undesirable outcome).

    One of the negative consequences of conventional diets is that, although they typically lead to weight loss, including fat loss, they also lead to loss of lean muscle. Lean muscle is the most modifiable metabolically active body tissue in the body and therefore it influences the rate at which you burn calories. The greater the amount of lean muscle you have, the greater your “metabolic burn” also known as your “resting energy expenditure” or “non-exercise energy expenditure”. Therefore, loss of lean muscle leads to reductions in your metabolic burn rate which in turn may contribute to the yo-yo effect many experience when they diet. So rather than placing the primary focus on the number on the scale, you have to focus on promoting fat loss, supporting lean muscle, positively influencing body composition and body shaping.

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  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon!
    Jean- a quiet afternoon with a jigsaw sounds good…shame about the trainers, frustrating when the same size doesn’t fit! Well done with the coriander; my seed tray has finally come, so can grow my peas etc. Keep strong fasting!
    Dave- glad Heidi’s legs are okay! Are you planning to go fishing any more?
    A bit hungry, but tbh it’s no worse than just having a little to eat!
    A long walk with Mum, except she tripped on a branch & fell over again, luckily not hurt but makes me wary of taking her out now. At least her bones are stronger, she’s been on calcium tablets for years as she’s broken both wrists before at different times!
    Fiddled about with emails & ordering more presents, hopefully all done for a bit…very black here, no rain yet!

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4, Rural Nebraska, USA, FD

    Yesterday’s NFD went well; I truly did keep the calories to around 1400. I’ve tried doing lower calorie days in addition to a FD twice a week, but I rebel, so it works best for me not to go lower than 1400 or so on NFDs.

    I never do eat breakfast (the thought is repulsive to me until at least ten in the morning) and find it easy enough (at least on a FD) to skip lunch, so OMAD is how DH and I do FDs. Tonight we’ll have fish and two steamed veggies; lots of bulk, but few calories.

    I did some more gardening this morning, but only an hour’s worth, and not weed pulling, but some planting. Another week of this, and then all the spring to-do chores will be done and it’ll just be maintenance. “Just.” HAH! That’s plenty of work, too. 🙂

    @penz, My name is because I do loads of stitching (knitting, crocheting, tatting, bobbin lace, embroidery, crewel, needlepoint, smocking, quilting, applique, garment sewing, etc. are the things I’ve done at one point or another, and many I still do) and I chose to drop the g for no particular reason.

    Have a grand day, everyone, with laser focus and success on your goals!

    Pocket List – Day 4 🍏
    @emma-taylor
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes
    @funshipfreddie
    @at
    @brightonbelle
    @saffy420
    @beck100
    @breakfromcookies
    @stitchincarol

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon everyone!

    Jean – I feel the same today, very achey and tired! But still, did another elaborate ‘getting ready for nothing’ ritual today and I have to say it helps. Even if it’s just the time it takes to yourself, or being able to catch yourself in the mirror throughout the day and noticing you look your best. Sometimes that’s worth it!

    HH – sorry about your night’s sleep. Good luck with the fast today. How do you find them? Do you find it hard to sleep after because of being hungry?

    Dave – hooray on your phone, it sounds great!

    Made an absolute killer cheesecake today. It’s huge, with a biscoff lotus layer, then a chocolate layer, and melted lotus and chocolate drizzle on top. Soooo excited for a (small) piece later… Otherwise not sure where the day so far has gone. Will do some English, then head out for a walk and take it easy, think.

    x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Denise didn’t get to until 10am😱 usually 7-30.took Heidi out legs ok, definitely nothing wrong with them when she saw a cat 😄.The sun is trying to come out but still cool. Not had any good yet today, and managed 1800 calories yesterday. I do feel hungry now so maybe a cuppa and a biscuit.

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 FD London

    Joining the pocket list – which is trickier than it should be on my iPad, Easier to join at the top for some reason. My handle is just a fake name I made up. Obviously not very creative….
    Very glad to be dry till Fri – it makes all the difference. And I really like following my FD by waiting as long as possible the following day to eat. It’s easier than doing it on a FD, I find.

    Pocket List – Day 4 🍏
    @emma-taylor
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes
    @funshipfreddie
    @at
    @brightonbelle
    @saffy420
    @beck100
    @breakfromcookies

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All…
    Hunger seems to have passed by…kept busy and finished my ironing …my adidas socks have arrived and quite nice as socks go…my second pair of black trainers have arrived too, just too small and tight…same as first so both ready to go back. I am disappointed as my first pair is so comfy….next time I will send for two different sizes but shall leave it for now.

    I have harvested my coriander and frozen it for the freezer. Looking quite dark and miserable outside.

    Just having a cuppa..think I might re organise my inside freezer it’s a bit untidy, won’t take long…that’s it for the day…

    Hedgehog..
    How is your day going..I would find it hard to do an all liquid day, you do well. Chicken for us tonight…we are both awake at 6 am every day, it’s quite shattering…I feel tired today….maybe back to the jigsaw, I haven’t done it in a few days.

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon everyone.Phone sorted out now, almost got it how I want it. Trying a new message app for my new watch. It’s been a little tricky setting it up but I think it’s working now.If it is I can speak into WhatsApp to reply to a message. Cold and grey here today, at least it’s cooler at night. Kay what a lovely looking dog.Minols on your next service on Facebook bring your dog with you so we can see it 😄. Heidi’s legs are going I think, not too bad yet but monitoring her. Better take her out now.

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 – USA – FD800

    Yesterday’s fast turned out to be more of a calorie control day. However, I’m glad I’m still on the wagon! I do need to find a better system for non-fast days. I go between counting calories, low carb, or TRE (OMAD). I’m tempted to try OMAD, because I feel so much better mentally with periods without food in my system. I know I need to find clarity in this over the next few days. Any advice would be appreciated!

    Today, we have our kindergarten and 8th grade graduations at the school where I teach. We are having parents drive up to our outdoor stage and the students get out one at a time for their moment on the stage to accept their certificate and gifts. I am hoping it will run smoothly and that people will respect social distancing / staying in their cars. Our inner city (Milwaukee) has been hit hard with COVID, and we have many of our families that have had the virus in their homes.

    Today will also mark the end of the school year for me, I’m ready to put down the computer and be outside more.

    @penz, I love the question of the day! breakfromcookies is pretty self explanatory :). It helps me to remember that no foods are off limits, just only on fast days.

    Pocket List – Day 4 🍏
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes
    @funshipfreddie
    @at
    @brightonbelle
    @saffy420
    @beck100
    @breakfromcookies

    Have a good one

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 – Switzerland – FD800

    It’s raining and it’s cloudy and colder… life (and fasting) is so much easier when sunny 🙁

    Anyway, on my FD (800 cal) today, up to now had 2 coffees with milk and broccoli soup for lunch. That means I have a little over 500 cal left for dinner. Happy to be done fasting for the week after today – I prefer my usual monday/thursday fast routine with 2 days in between FDs. But next week I will have to do monday/wednesday because of the upcoming long weekend…seigh.

    I weighed myself yesterday post-FD and was very happy to see another half kg gone, yay! I will probably be a similar weight after today, normally there is just one drop per week.

    @penz: my handle is really nothing, I had to come up with one and didn’t have a good idea. Beck has to do with my first name and 100 doesn’t mean anything, I never weighed 100kg or planned to be 100 pounds ore lose 100 pounds or anything. So quite boring actually – but it was really interesting reading about your handles 🙂

    Next week I’m going back to the office – just one day per week, but it feels like a big change! Will be nice to have some change of scenery (sorry for my english, that sounds weird)

    Take care!

    Pocket List – Day 4 🍏
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes
    @funshipfreddie
    @at
    @brightonbelle
    @saffy420
    @beck100

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4, UK, FD

    @at happy birthday for yesterday. It sounds like you had a good day and no calories either😀.

    Attempting an at home FD, keeping busy doing shopping for MIL and delivering later. Yesterday we drove past a large branch of NEXT (a UK High St clothing store) which was open, signs up outside and staff ushering people in. It was so strange to see it after so long. DH asked if I wanted to go in and I said no. I really couldn’t think of anything I wanted. Maybe this is a sign of the new normal – I’m cured of my shopping habit 😀.

    @penz – saffy was the name of one of our old cats, I started to use it not long after we lost her – several years ago. 420 was random.

    Have a great day everyone.

    Pocket List – Day 4 🍏
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes
    @funshipfreddie
    @at
    @brightonbelle
    @saffy420

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 UK FD

    Glad you had a good birthday @at – think I forgot to post yesterday

    My user name is one I regularly use online after being caught out once using a rather rude one not realising it would be visible !

    Pocket List – Day 4 🍏
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes
    @funshipfreddie
    @at
    @brightonbelle

    DD List ☕️
    @penz
    @suki2
    @funshipfreddie
    @brightonbelle

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello everyone.

    I resumed weekly babysitting tonight. The kids were great and my great niece didn’t stop talking to me and showing me things I’d missed the whole time I was there. I asked her if she was happy to be back at school – she said “Yes, Mum’s a boring teacher.” Oh dear – I doubt Mum wants the job either.

    Betsy, Neil & Cinque, thank you for the advice about my NFDs. I went back and had a look at my food diary to see when the problem time was and what I had eaten before that. It was almost always the afternoon and occasionally evening. My lunch rarely has much protein. I looked at how to add protein to my lunch and decided the easiest way was to switch my main meal to lunch time as that’s an easy meal to add lean protein to. I’m hoping that will keep me fuller for the afternoon. Then I can have a big bowl of veggie soup for dinner with sourdough toast and either boiled eggs or cheese for protein. I actually feel positive about that idea so I get to try it on tomorrow’s NFD. It sounds like a healthy NFD and filling meals. I will consider the 1000 calorie limit if this doesn’t work, although I would need to do it most days to have much impact on weight loss as my sedentary TDEE is only 1400, so not much of a deficit. I really do need to drink more water too. I notice in the cold weather I always reach for a cup of tea when I’m thirsty. I need to remember to drink a glass of water before each cup of tea – might slow down the caffeine consumption too.

    Lindsay, hope you have a lovely tie over on the island, I know you haven’t been able to stay there overnight for some time. I hope the feet recover by then.
    The picnic sound like fun too – have a nice time.

    Betsy, sounds promising with the storm water drains. My plumber had to remove concrete to install new pipes at my previous house. Providing they get the location right it should be a really neat job. They just need a large enough angle grinder to cut a strip out of the concrete to install the section of pipe that was missed originally. This should avoid the surrounding concrete being damaged. Then the gap is filled with new concrete.
    Hope you are getting your sleeping pattern under control. I managed to sleep from 10:30pm-8am last night – an unusually long night’s sleep and I was in bed by 8:30 to read a book.

    Thin, I think when bridge does return to the club I will need to do the beginners course again. I am using a bridge app to play, but I’ve forgotten lots of things.

    I had my FD dinner ready to go in the oven when I got home from babysitting. Portabello mushrooms stuffed with tomato, basil capsicum and cheese. I had it with one slice of rye sourdough to sop up all of the lovely mushroom juices. Lovely veggie dinner.
    My determination to have my main meal at lunch time means I’ve already rummaged through the freezer for suitable options. I’ve taken out a tub of lamb & pumpkin curry. I will also put a bag of cauli & broccoli into the airfryer to roast. I’ve also taken out some cooked chickpeas. Most will be added to the curry to add protein and to help me stretch it to 2 meals. I will also turn some of the chickpeas into hummus so that I can base a healthy high protein snack around it.
    Thankyou for all the advice I feel so much more positive about this now.

    Take care all.

  • No calorie fast days vs. 500 (or so) calories?

    I can see here some of you do 5:2 with 0 cal on fasting days some eat little calories. I have been doing IF 16:8 for over 2 years and since few months I added 2 days with 0 calories and 5 Mediterranean healthy diet in 16:8 system. For me it is much more easier and managable and I believe more I fast more I stop the cancer to return.
    But my question is: is it ok 0 calories version or suggested 500 cal is better and somehow more beneficial? Or it doesn’t matter at all.
    I know what I prefer but I would rather adopt what is best for my health.
    Thanks for any advise.
    Gabeshelena

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 – UK – FD
    Day 3 definitely a NFD 🎂

    Firstly a big thank you to all the lovely birthday wishes for yesterday 🤗

    Had a beautiful day starting with a brilliant yoga class – telephone calls from DD and my sister/nieces in Australia – opening all my lovely cards and presents………..My favourite brunch of sourdough toast, avocado and poached duck eggs. Later in the afternoon a brisk 5 mile walk followed by more phone calls from several friends and a few individuals arrived for a socially distanced chat outside the front door 🤗 Ending the day with a yummy meal and a bottle of one my favourite English sparkling wine Chapel Down Rose with OH in the evening – definitely feeling loved 😊

    Pressing my RESET button today with a FD – aiming for 500cals but may end up 800cals…….A 7am Broga class with OH started me in the right mood.

    I have just put a GF Clementine, Almond and Olive Oil Cake in the oven for someone’s husband 80th birthday tomorrow (I baked her one for her birthday a few weeks ago and she contacted me to see if I could make another one for husband, so I assume they liked it!!!)

    @penz – re clothing question on Day 3 – when I lost weight I gave away all my larger clothes and gradually bought new clothes and the aim is to fit in all my new favourites 👗 and my handle is boringly my initials……
    @northgeorgia – welcome to our monthly challenge – I have added you to the spreadsheet in case you wish to use it for motivation
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t_vKkPeTUBCU7LMGhRyXENwYu9lpcXEBOn1Le1vH2n8/edit?usp=sharing
    @flourbaby – everything I ate/drank yesterday was definitely calorie free as they were not entered on MFP 🤣🤣
    @songbirdme – 🤞the new antibiotics work for your OH
    @daffodil2010 – good luck with the job interviews – they would be mad to lose such a good employee as yourself
    @i-hate-lettuce – your veg garden sounds fab and very productive – enjoy the fruit of your labours

    Lovely to read everyone’s posts and getting to know those new to the challenge – we now have 34 joining in so far and a few oldies may pop in soon…..

    Cake out of the oven and lemon syrup drizzled over – waiting for it to cool completely and finishing it off with a clementine glaze and then deliver it

    Pocket List – Day 4 🍏
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes
    @funshipfreddie
    @at

    DD List ☕️
    @penz
    @suki2
    @funshipfreddie

    “If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started I was desperately wishing to be where I am now.”

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all!
    Had a really bad night’s sleep so managed to sleep until 8.30, which is not like me! Going out for a walk with Mum soon, & then Tesco order coming later…fasting with you Jean, aiming for another liquid day, aim to repair the damage done by overeating yesterday 😰

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – FD

    @at – Happy Birthday! 🎂 💐🎊🎈🎁 Not sure which day it is though..?

    @penz – my handle was actually Carnival Cruise Lines’ mascot when I was working on the ships. ‘Fun Ship Freddy’ was a sort of cartoon character, red, white & blue, with a funnel-shaped head. He would walk around the ship occasionally, waving to people, & you could have a photo taken with him. In reality it was one of the dancers in a suit. He even had his own Facebook page; but I believe he’s also ‘retired’ now.

    Pocket List – Day 4 🍏
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes
    @funshipfreddie

    DD List ☕️
    @penz
    @suki2
    @funshipfreddie

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 Oxfordshire, UK CD
    Scales have shown a downward trend after both my FDs this week. This is the most movement I’ve seen for a while. 😁
    Last night was my book club zoom. Since lockdown its been an opportunity to change habits, so I no longer snack or drink alcohol during our chats.
    Visiting my mum today for the first time since lockdown began.

    My ‘handle’ comes from an old nursery rhyme. Polly put the kettle on’ I was always Suki when we played as children.
    Joining the DD list again today.

    DD list day 4
    @penz
    @suki2

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 Ire NFD

    Good morning, am focused today on keeping busy. This lockdown makes days run into each other and disappear. Then I’m wondering what did I do this week ? Strange times indeed. I think people are becoming too complacent now about social distancing and we are in danger of another surge in numbers. It is hard to stay home and we are missing our lives before Covid but I’m hanging in there , the alternative is too risky . When it’s over I’ll emerge with weight gone wearing that jacket that used to be too small 😉.
    Thanks for the support. I’m off to chase the cats !!

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4, London, UK, NFD

    @songbirdme, fingers crossed Mr. Songbirdme gets home soon …………………………. Best place for him to be after-all!!

    @penz, my handle is fairly self-explanatory, It’s something my dad & aunts used to call me when I was a toddler as I would always go for any flour based treat over a sweet or lollypop etc. I always say, “I’ve never met a white refined carb I didn’t fall instantly in love with” & throw in some sugar & butter and I’m a goner!!! By the way, congrats on the vino swerve ……………… think water!!! 😂

    @snowflake56, I agree some posts from @simcoeluv helped me immensely at the beginning of my journey, although I did notice some rather ‘strongly worded’ posts at times!!! 😳 😳

    I’m feeling like my mojo is firmly fixed in place at the moment, I need to remember this feeling of positivity, there’s no point lobbing myself off of the wagon, as much as I love the chit-chat & getting global news first hand, I need to remember that these monthly challenges are just that ………………… challenges!!! So without daily weigh-ins, I’ll be focussed on my July 1st weight being less than June 1st (will I be able to avoid the scales???) and getting into my June target dress!!

    Onward & downwards folks, we’ve got this!!!

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

    All the best with the implant, Wi. I know exactly what you mean about the dance! Amazing how slow some people are to take the hint. 😏

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

    Morning/evening all,

    Purple,

    Sorry to hear about your eyes, fingers crossed it’ll be nothing to worry about.

    The knee is a bit stiff but otherwise the body is holding up this morning. Did you all notice the bee in the bright pink rose? I was about to stick my noise into it when I noticed it. If I hadn’t the knee might have been the least of my worries:lol:

    I’m so lucky to live near Kew Gardens and very much looking forward to my visit next week.

    Wi,

    Great news you can travel again. I’m not sure I’ll be doing so any time soon (I should have been off to Tanzania tomorrow) as other countries don’treally want our plague ridden population invading their borders and I don’t blame them.

    As for our “government” At PMs question time yesterday the first question from the opposition leader was along the lines of I read this morning you are going to take direct control of the fight against Covid 19 which begs the question who has been in control up till now….

    Happy,

    Well done on the B2B. It’s a huge boost to the willpower when one sees a result for the effort.
    I completed my unorthodox FD yesterday and will try to fast again today. I have a huge variety of veggies and today I’m thinking roasted feta with tomato salad and green salad with broad beans and roasted radishes, which will mke a very colouful and appetising looking plate of food 🙂

    It is cool and cloudy today so I guess it’s a day to knuckle down and do some housework 😬

    I can hardly wait 😜

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 – Lake District UK- FD

    Good morning everyone,

    Going to make it another FD today, think I need it after the weekend!

    One of the benefits of this early hot spell is not only are the flowery things in the garden doing well, the herbs, potatoes, strawberries and tomatoes are early! The herbs always thrive, but they are rampant this year, cutting huge bunches for neighbours, great when you throw some on the bbq at the last minute as well (the herbs not the neighbours)
    We started picking the tomatoes, both red and yellow varieties at weekend as well as the strawberries, lovely when they come off the plants and eaten within minutes. I also started off potatoes in the greenhouse which are grown in sacks so they can be moved outside, the first earlies are ready for this weekend, another treat, straight out of the bag, quick rinse off and straight into a pan of boiling water, they just melt.

    I’m really committed to this WOL now! Have to be, Mrs IHL and I cleared the wardrobes recently, yesterday took 5 bags from ‘the den’ to a drop off for the charity shop!

    @betsylee – miss the jacket, really don’t miss the weight 🙂

    @penz – my handle, dead easy, my mothers idea of a salad was a big pile of lettuce, with a tomato on top, not many little boys idea of food, even in the 1960’s. Actually I don’t hate lettuce, just don’t like the soggy soft stuff. Before we moved to our present home I used to grow several varieties of lettuce, Cos lettuce, variety Balloon was my favourite, cut fresh, several leaves on homemade bread made a brilliant sandwich!

    Take care all

    Day 4 pocket list
    @penz
    @mia139
    @snowflake56
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @betsylee
    @judyjudes

    DD list:
    @penz

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All…
    A grey day, very dull..
    I have a lot of aches this morning, hungry and tired?? Not a good start to a fast day…

    I have a pile of ironing growing, three lots on top of each other I think….I hate ironing …that’s the job of the day.

    I have a very lively bouncy Charlie this morning wanting to play..I feel I haven’t opened my eyes yet 😂…he’s looking out of the window which means walk time!!…a 9am playdate so he has to wait.

    Endellion
    I like the idea of a full treatment and getting ready to go out…that’s good… my hairs in a ponytail now its easy and looks cxxp …not like getting it blown, straightened and ready to go…always makeup on to start the day.
    Glad the soup went well even without the peas….and your meet up on zoom…

    Kay..
    Hoping Tara comes around more today and settles into your routine..looks like a lot of TLC and treats are needed…have a good day at work and you haven’t thrown a sicky 😂..I know you won’t want to go today…

    Anyone else fasting with me…

    Must dash running late now…speak later…

    Jean x

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    A quick post, because I find if I leave it too long, I think I can’t possibly catch up, and leave it even longer.
    I too did 3.5 for the month of May Betsy, which is good enough. Now I’ll try for another 3 in June. I realise that my dream of a kilo a week is just not going to happen, but .75 is feasible.
    Cinque, is your foot pain better with different shoes and elevation? I have had OH to the myotherapist, and a televisit to his GP, who has given him three days of gout medication (ending tonight) and then 5 days of steroids. We are heading off to our island on Tuesday for 10 days, so hopefully he will be able to stride out by then. The myotherapist said the muscles in one leg had wasted from limping and his foot was all constricted, but she can fix it. Hurrah for skilled medical professionals. Now we are just waiting for the chemist to deliver his steroids …aren’t we privileged to have such wonderful service?
    Betsy, the news sounds better about your plumbing. Fingers crossed for a nice reasonable quote.
    Interesting, Neil, how one form of exercise can affect another. Great work on the treadmill.
    Ah, sweet things. OH and I ate our Lindt easter eggs last night. Just small, but once I’d started, I finished it all. And I felt yuk afterwards. Why don’t I learn (but good I held off til June, with them winking at me from the pantry each time I opened it).
    Can I come to the Dyson conversation late? We got one for home, and loved it so much we replaced it with a newer model, to take the original over to the island house, where it is a whizz with sand. I also have a barrel machine but love love the stick better. I don’t know about service either Thin, because it’s never broken down.
    Gday good job on the weight loss, and for keeping your motivation for the job search. As Neil says, a tricky time to be looking for work, but good wishes a perfect job will come your way.
    Thin it’s a funny thing about international students ….they come overseas for the experience but then often stay in their language groups and don’t mingle much. And who can blame them? They are often very young, first time away from home, and so much pressure on them to do well. A lot of unis have campuses in their home countries, but it’s the pull of permanent residence that brings them here ….a lot of research has found that.
    Cinque I like your approach a lot – if in doubt, help them out. When I first started working with international students I was a bit cynical about their capacity, but then I saw how hard many of them work, and the challenges they faced, and changed my mind. I do think they need better English to get to university here – but that’s the fault of the institutions, not the students (IMO).
    Anzac, how lovely to have the winter to work from home. And I bet it will be much more productive too. It will be hard on our little friends when we have to go back into the workplace. Rosy will happily sit at my feet all day, and doesn’t even like being shut out when I vacuum (if she’d stop jumping on the stick and barking, she’d be able to stay indoors).
    Turn, have you settled in a new place yet? Where are you now?
    Penguin, thinking of you.
    Calif, you too. Hope things start to settle down in the US very soon. The images have been very disturbing – and will be even more troubling if the lack of social distancing leads to a spike.
    OK sorry to anyone I’ve missed. I’ll try to keep up.
    Off tomorrow for a picnic in the park with my three brothers and sisters in law. Covid has kept two brothers in Australia …even though we haven’t seen much of them all since March, it’s been good to have them all in one spot for a long while.
    Have a good evening all.

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – NFD

    Good FD yesterday, but over the 500 cals as I was actually hangry when I came home from work (I never get hangry) so I threw some extra tuna protein into my quionoa salad dinner.

    Big changes in work. My contract is nearly up, but the company are doing a big re-organisation, job cuts and amalgamation, I have expressed my interest in being part of the pool of employees in the new regime, possible interview next week……so it’s a tad stressful to deal with that!

    I just hope to still keep working, whether as permanent or contract employee. Fingers crossed

    It’s date night tonight as DH is working nights this weekend so I will enjoy tonight’s meal and wine. Then I might,must might, try an FD tomorrow Friday. Never been done by me before. Saturday is my lockdown birthday on my own 😄

    @songbirdme…fantastic news re your DH. Speedy recovery.
    @at Happy belated birthday. Hope you had a great one.

    @penz I am big into horticulture, but despite it all, my favourite flower is the humble daffodil. I love how it heralds in Springtime with its promise of fresh new beginning for the year ahead. In Ireland we often have daffodils in January through till late April…nothing can beat them for me. Hence my moniker. The 2010 relates to the year DH and I married…yes, in Springtime, surrounded by daffodils in the country hotel we had our ceremony in ☺️

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 – UK – FD

    I was surprised to find my weight up a lb. I’ve eaten really well & healthy. I’ve had some pain meds in recent days and they do tend to bloat me so I’m putting it down to that. Hopefully by the weekend I’ll be back down again.

    Planning on having a miso soup and omelette today. Comes in at around 400 cals, then 100 cals in drinks (milk in tea & coffee).

    Take care, stay safe x.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good afternoon from sunny (but still cool!) Melbourne.

    Had the plumber here today with his camera to try to check out what damage there is with my drainage. He confirmed that one grate had never had a connection to the storm water system, and that’s why so much water leak under the house.

    The other grating, halfway up my driveway, IS connected, and water is running through it as it should, so that is really good news.

    Unfortunately, his technology failed him so he has to come back, probably late next week. He needs to find where the storm drain is running under the concrete, to know where to break the concrete and dig up the ground, in order to connect up the unconnected grate to the storm water system.

    Does all that make sense? It will still be a big job, but maybe not as much concrete will have to be removed and replaced as was first thought. Once he knows where the storm system runs, he’ll be able to give me a quote for the job (already bracing myself for that!).

    Neilithicman, you are starring with your exercise, and great that you can now run so far in 45 minutes. Well done. Brr, -7 overnight is COLD. I’m surprised you don’t already have your log burner running!

    Cinque, good that you could be organised before your home help came. Whatever else, it gives you a feeling of control. Have you now cleaned up the kitchen and loaded your dishwasher?
    Yes, sleeping well is great. Most of the time I get a good night’s sleep which I appreciate, and I’m not tired during the day, even though I’m not using the CPAP machine any more.
    I stopped using my CPAP machine in January after trying 3 different nostril masks, as the mask which covered my nose had become so uncomfortable to wear. When none of them worked well, I just stopped altogether. It’s so nice to not be waking up with my head covered in perspiration and big lines across both cheeks where the mask straps went (even with padding under the straps). My GP wasn’t too happy, but I told him I just can’t bear it anymore, and he let me be. Not sure now if I need to go back and see the specialist; it will be discussed with my GP early July.

    Irrespective, it’s lovely to be off the machine. I’d wondered if my BP would go up a bit with me not using it, but it’s been okay whenever I’ve checked it, which is wonderful.

    Well, enough waffling on. Where is everyone? I only had neil and cinque to respond to!

    Keep well, keep safe!

  • June 2020 monthly challenge

    Day 4 Melb Aust CD

    Great to read of all the diverse items of clothing we’re all longing to get back into (except @i hate lettuce, who’d be appalled if he gained enough for his tweed jacket to fit comfortably again).

    @michelinme, glad you’re finally feeling well enough to approach work that you’ve been unable to face. Hope the panel goes well, too.

    @snowflake56, so lovely to have you back with us, and determinedly working on this WOL again. Sounds like good progress is being made, well done!

    @at, happy birthday! Not sure when it is, but enjoy.

    @penz, enjoying your questions. Good for you in avoiding the vino lure 🙂

    My “moniker” is a “pet name” my mother used to call me sometimes when I was young. She’s been gone now nearly 40 years, but it brings her back to mind.

    Onward and downwards everyone!

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