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    Day 22, Emden Germany, FD

    yesterday’s FD went well, had a banana, an orange and cottage cheese. Not hungry so going for another one.

    @judyjudes and @dingping congratulations on the win!

    @lorky35 after losing ~ 15 kg my body shape seems to be a bit different. I had the same experience as you had, clothes are too large although I’m havier than when I bought them. I have a “measurement” dress I want to fit in, I bought it in 1991 in Toronto, it’s a Canadian size 7. It’s a bit too loose on the hips and tight on the ribcage now, but the waist fits fine. I agree that a lot of clothes have spandex nowadays, it’s tricky as most of the clothes get wider by time so you think the clothes fit but actually you get larger. Had that with my trousers at work, could wear the same ones although gaining a lot of weight.

    @matpi hope you feel better, take care before you do another FD, you can always do it on another day.

    Is anyone willing to host the challenge next month. I’m could do it, but don’t know how to do the spreadsheet. Could anyone help me out?

    Pocket list day 22


    Have a nice day everyone!


    Day 22 – Perth AUS – Moderate ketosis
    Day 21 – Moderate ketosis
    Day 20 – FD (not counting calories)
    Day 19 – FD (not counting calories)

    Going to try staying in moderate ketosis until the end of the challenge in the hope it resets the sugar cravings and gives me some weight loss… really don’t like the lack of weight loss this month 😐

    Bring on March. NO. MORE. BLIPS!!!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello lovely people!

    Kanga, glad to have you back. I second all the advice offered so far. You can do this, just tackle it one day and one small goal at a time. If you fall off the rails one day start afresh the next day and don’t give yourself grief about the day that’s gone and can’t be changed.
    Plan ahead for your FDs and have food ready for those times you know you’ll need to eat. (I always have some FD friendly meals and soups in the freezer for emergencies.)
    You don’t have to give up your favourite foods, it’s just for one day, twice a week, and a modicum of restraint in between.
    If you are struggling then get online and talk to us – that helped me many times.
    Good luck, you can do it.

    The nurse isn’t coming until 4:30 as she had a hospital shift this morning (she also works in intensive care at the Royal Adelaide). I’m trying to keep my fluids up as it makes it much easier to get the jelco into the vein if I’m well hydrated.

    Thanks for the concern my hips are still an irritation but nowhere near as bad as they felt a a few days ago.

    I’ve decided to do a few fast800 days. I actually started yesterday, it was a snap decision really. We are just starting a heatwave here with high temps forecast for the next 10 days. I thought I might use this to my advantage with lighter food days as I find them easy when I’m hot. Although I did once do many months on 800cals I used shakes, so doing this with normal food is a new challenge for me. We’ll see how it goes. I thought it might give me a bit more leeway with my weight range before the challenge of colder weather starts. I’m already finding that every time the weather changes to a colder day my appetite goes into overdrive.
    I won’t actually be counting calories as I don’t want to get back into that type of diet mode. I’ll just roughly estimate what I eat and record everything in my food diary, as I always do. I used to find when I counted calories I was always trying to sneak treats into any spare calories, when I don’t count I don’t do that as I always think I don’t have the spare calories to do it – basically I tend to slightly over estimate the calories I’ve eaten and it seems to lead me to choose healthy low cal foods.

    Lindsay, I’m very glad that the cyclone danger has eased. I would imagine that, unlike north Queensland, Brisbane would be much less prepared and therefore more vulnerable to cyclones.

    Hope you are all having a good day.

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  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi everyone

    Congratulations Neil (and I thought there was someone else but can’t find it now) on your blood test results and also setting yourself the challenge for the big run.

    I’m happy to say that I was very controlled with the homemade bread (oh I forgot to mention that it was still HOT when she brought it in wrapped in a tea towel!) It was only a light eating day yesterday as I have already done my two proper FDs for the week, so I did eat some. I tried a little bit straight away and shared some with one of my work colleagues. I had a beef and veggie casserole already made for dinner so I thought I would have a little more with dinner. I was surprised that it didn’t make me super hungry like eating white bread would, I really thought that it would ignite the hunger dragon. I had a small portion of casserole for dinner and some more bread and then sliced the rest up and put it into the freezer. I’m resisting temptation. There is a couple of small pieces left from last nights dinner sitting on the kitchen bench and I haven’t even eaten them today! I’m not sure what has happened to Quacka but I’m quite liking this new one that can have yummy bread staring at her all day and not HAVE to eat it!

    I made a cauliflower crust pizza for lunch today. It was really yummy but didn’t quite crisp up as much as a flour base. Maybe next time I will cook it on a rack or perforated tray. I’ll post a pic later (sorry fasters, but don’t look until tomorrow)

    Ok so after eating bread yesterday I thought I would have blown my current weight loss trend. I got on the scales this morning and it said 66kg exactly. I swore at it and shrugged and then I realised that it was actually 66kg!!!! I thought it said 67kg lol and I just chalked it down to the carbs in the bread. So I almost broke into the 65s, almost but not quite, but I’m still very happy with that.

    Kanga I have messaged you with my motivation tips so I won’t repeat them here but I will say, just keep checking in here. I find it really helps and on FDs I find myself back here probably ten times during the day. It is a good distraction.

    Ok got to go add some more dye to my hair. When MM brings out a diet that can revert grey hair he will definitely be a multi millionaire!


    Day 20 Ohio, US — NFD
    Day 21 — NFD

    Yesterday was an okay NFD. I’m working on eating more intuitively, so it was a little experimental but fine.
    Today was another matter. It started off as a FD and then I had another deep tissue treatment on my neck and shoulders. The after effect was like getting hit with a large sandbag. Apparently these treatments are major stressors on the body. When I got home I slept for two hours and have been carb loading ever since. (Fortunately complex carbs!) This is the first time that I haven’t successfully completed a FD.
    I’m not sure if I should make tomorrow a FD or not. Perhaps playing it by ear and seeing how things feel in the morning would be a good plan. I still feel a little shaky. With any luck a good night’s sleep will reset things.

    @ciren2 In the south of the US people like to have a porridge made from ground corn, called grits. On the pacific coast of the US many people eat a porridge made out of rice. Apparently you can make a porridge from almost any grain. My preference is the one using oats.

    @dykask Hope you make it through the WFD!

    @judyjudes Bread makers are great! I have one and use it from time to time. The only problem is that homemade bread is so good, it’s easy to overdo it. A couple of days ago I saw reference to an online article about making a 5-minute bread recipe without a machine. It might be worth looking into, so you could have a little more for your holiday.

    Have a great end of the work week, everyone!


    Day 22 – Japan – WFD

    Starting a water fast. Not sure if I’ll finish it or not.

  • TDEE so low I want to cry & it’s not getting easier

    I just read your follow up post — hooray for you!

  • TDEE so low I want to cry & it’s not getting easier

    It doesn’t sound like you’re vibing with 5:2. If eating 1400-1800 calories a day would work better for you then why don’t you simply go back to it? There’s nothing magical about 5:2, do what suits you.

  • Rice and bread eater.

    You can eat 5 days of whatever food you want, as long as you stay under your TDEE. On 2 days, fast or eat up to 25% of your TDEE (roughly 400-500 calories).

    5:2 is more of an protocol than a diet. If you want to eat a high carb diet you can still lose tons of weight if you create that calorie deficit.


  • Weight loss too slow

    Hey all, I’m after some advice and motivation.
    We (my wife and I) did the first 14 days at 800, we managed OK and saw it through without exceptions. I was disappointed to discover I’d only lost 4.5kg. Next I went on to 2 (Med diet) and 5 (800s) for a week and then tightened that to a Time Restricted Eating window of 8 hours (11:00am to 7:00pm) for the next week. At the end of those two weeks, just 1.5 more kg.

    Very disappointing, disheartening, frustrating and infuriating.

    Any advice?

    PS. We’re pretty active for age; walking and dancing

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

    F-M, I always mentally process quantity and food type over each 24 hour period, but no longer count calories as the whole point of IF, in my mind, is to relax and enjoy a healthy life without making it seem a medical task.
    My reaction was more related to Lent. My mate FSF knows where I’m coming from. 😉😉
    The cyclone has moved away, the sun is shining, the ocean is sparkling. I think you would love my view, F-M!! P

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Stairs got to be painted walls and woodwork, then new stair carpet fitted.Then bedroom,sons bedroom then bathroom 😫Roll on Lanzarote 😄😄

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi all, just a quick post as Im shattered and need an early night.
    I start work in the morning too 😊
    Shadowing one of the others so I can do it on my own on Monday!

    Today we had a good walk. It was about 6 miles but a lot of steep ascents and descents! Particularly on the coastal path! At the end of it my poor legs were shot, goodness knows what I’ll be like tomorrow!

    Jean, sounds like Charlie is doing well. Its still early days for him to settle in but hes already responding.
    In the early days I had Ellie on a harness so I could better control her. The type you have the lead clipped onto 2 rings and you use the lead then to both direct and apply the brakes!

    HH, dinner sounded lovely. Do you buy the vegetarian Italian hard cheese as opposed to Parmesan?

    Neil made us a quorn Mediterranean one pot dinner, with loads of veg. As we had been out all day, we hadnt eatķķen so I think Ive done ok with calories in spite of having some cheese and crackers and a small glass of Baileys on ice!

    Dave, whats the next stage with your home improvements??

    Ok catch you all tomorrow. I think we habe wonderful weather due again, although there are flood alerts in place from fear of exceptionally high spring tides!

    Kay x

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

    Oh RT!!! 😂😂🤣🤣
    I’m no browser either. Mr P is the shopper in our place. I’m more likely to get up to pranks in Bunnings or Auto One 😉😉

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Kangarootha, the best encouragement that I can give you is that I’ve tried just about every diet there is and some that I made up myself over the years. Some of them worked and then they were over and I gained backed everything I lost and then some. 5:2 has worked for weight loss, and for the last 14 months for maintenance. I think it works for me because it’s easy to count calories for 2 days a week and just eat mindfully most of the other days. I don’t feel like I’m dieting. The FD’s have just become a habit. There were a couple times that I added a 3rd FD when I was losing and reached a long plateau. That seemed to get things going again.

    I think the main thing is making a decision that losing weight is important enough for your health and your vanity that you’re willing to go with it and not look back. If you screw up on a FD, just make the next day your FD instead. It’s flexible but does require some commitment. And only you can decide whether it’s worth it. For many, it just isn’t, especially as they get older. Extra weight makes most people look even older than they really are. Watching people in a crowd at any event will confirm that a person can fit in just fine with all the other overweight and obese people out there. But why fit in when you’re born to stand out? (Another Dr. Seuss quote.)

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

    I like the sound of Mr Harris 😆

    Thanks RT.

    I’m just home from visiting a friend. We had a nice evening but both ate too much bread and paté.
    I got to the bus stop for my journey home, checked the timetable on my phone app and it said 15 minutes for the next bus so I walked home. I’ve probably worked off half a slice of bread 😉

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Kangarootha, welcome back. Merry often signs off with ‘onwards and downwards’ and by urging us to get back on the horse. Just keep at it – life sometimes just gets in the way but this is the place to be. And Rosy is so right – losing a few kilos in itself is such a motivator. When I was going through a low spot, I followed Cinque’s advice (and Cinque is almost certainly the wisest woman on the planet) to try on clothes that were languishing in the wardrobe, too tight to wear. Nothing like seeing something pretty that just needs a few kilos off to look perfect.

    Neil, what great results. Your doctor must be very happy with you. My GP once said that nothing makes him happier than people getting their health back, and taking responsibility for their own health. He was so excited when he saw me after my first 10 kilos off.

    Rosy, Don Chipp? I hope someone keeps the ***** honest. Have we ever seen a more turbulent time in world politics. And yes, irrespective of one’s political persuasion, Julie Bishop was the epitome of stye and grace, and represented us so well as foreign minister.

    Cinque, the cyclone has been downgraded, and although it is a bit windy still we have sun again after a brief shower last night. Big sigh of relief. Enjoy Miss 2 this morning. Do they see much of Grandma Oma? We have the baby (10 months) this morning while her mother gives an art class to Mr 4’s kindy group, and Miss 2.5 is also coming while DD does a reading lesson with the Grade One’s class. And then OH is taking me to a light lunch, after two very good, and one quite good, FDs!

    And before I go, and just on the subject of maintenance, I find that ‘trigger point’ approach really helpful, even though I’m nowhere near my goal. When I had the first sustained loss, I made that lower figure my trigger weight. Because we travel often, it’s easy for me to put weight on – a cocktail here, a richer than normal meal there. And honestly? Why travel if you aren’t going to try local food etc. But ….once I’m home, I assess any damage (usually only a couple of kilos) then focus on shifting it. I am determined to lose more weight, but equally determined never never never putting on even 100 grams of that hard won loss.

    Happy day all.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Neil, Woot!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    I am so sorry you are having such a hard time. Mountains of support coming to you from me. We have missed you.

    I hope you can figure out what you can do to manage 5:2 among the hecticness, or to calm the hecticness down.

    When I get in a mess my best things are: drink water, cut out all snacks, plan good meals.
    Then I can think as much as I can about how to make a fast day work: Make it a water only fast? Make it an 800 calorie fast? Drink soup all day? Try Rosy’s metamucil trick? Make it on a weekend?

    Fingers crossed you can come up with a plan and that it works. Keep posting!

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

    I love it RT! I’m not a browser, I’m an in-and-outer. Unfortunately you’ve now given me ideas of how to entertain myself while I’m waiting for my MIL…😀.


    Day 21 FD USA

    Hello me hearties! I don’t know why I’m addressing you as pirates but it seems I am. I’m going to do several 800fd in a row. I’m sooooo close to 160. I want to be in the 150s again. It seems like not that long ago I said I wanted to be in the 160s!

    Which brings me to another point. In the fall of 2014 (before I had my 3rd child) I bought a dress. It’s a US size 6. I tried it on this morning…and it fits!!! Happy dance!! But I think it’s actually a little bigger than it was and I was 5-8 lbs LIGHTER when I bought it. So even though scale says I weigh more I must have less fat. I’ve retained a lot of my muscle. (They’re there somewhere) and lost mostly fat since fat takes up more space than muscle. Of course the scale always wins out for some reason but I think my clothes tell a more accurate story. And I seem to have gone down 2 sizes and my weight is kind of staying put. I’m closer to a size 8petite in jeans and I haven’t seen that number in years. I mean I know there’s “vanity” sizing and everything has spandex but still.
    Am I really smaller or is there really THAT MUCH SPANDEX in everything? Thoughts me lovelies?

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    haha Rosy, it is okay, you were not missing that much, and I never presume everyone will be able (or want) to read everything. Also I started off by calling you Rose instead of Rosy! No wonder you missed it. This is what I said:

    “I am like Thin and still do 5:2 for maintenance.
    In my case it is because I would start putting weight back on if I didn’t. I can give myself more leeway, but if I have a 6:1 week and then a lax fast day or two, I need a fasty fast day to get me back on track.
    I think it is because my brain and stomach don’t communicate very well, I often feel hungry even when I have had a sensible meal. I do a lot of emotional eating if I am not careful and I easily feel hungry when I am thirsty and am still learning how to tell the difference. And I tend to snack too much at the end of the day.
    I am getting into better and better habits but I don’t mind if I am 5:2ing for the rest of my life because I think it is a healthy way of eating.
    When I was first doing 5:2 I didn’t feel so hungry, but now I am at the lower end of my healthy weight range I am much hungrier. ”

    PS all, no babysitting this morning, catching up with Daughter and Miss2 for a coffee (and babyccino) instead. Lovely.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    @kanga, I have been on a weight roller coaster my whole life. I got to the stage when I asked myself”If not now, when?’ I had just turned 60 and was sick of feeling tired, chronic knee pain, high blood pressure and hiding in layers of clothes. I started September 9 2019, motivated by pain rather than ego, but the results have flattered my ego. Still have 5 kg to go. I don’t have time right now but I will google Diet growth mindset quotes and they have so much inspiration and motivation. I have 5 kg to go.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Got my bloods back today, apart from my iron being a bit low, everything is perfect. Cholesterol is 3.4 (supposed to be under 4). Good cholesterol 1.9 (supposed to be over 1.0) and bad cholesterol 1.03 (supposed to be under 2). Triglycerides are 33 (supposed to be under 40. Liver and kidney functions all normal, none of the cancer markers. I’m a happy chappie.

    I’ll just have to up my intake of leafy veg and red meat.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi Cinque, I’ve just gone back and searched in all the comments posted after I asked my question re maintenance for your personal response then I thought did you post it in this thread or the maintenance one. I’m feeling awful that I haven’t thanked you for taking the time to reply nor read it. I will have a look in the maintenance thread you suggested. Thank you for this morning’s advice it was really helpful. I’ve noticed that you maintainance folk keep ‘shifting the goal posts’ and a year later have a new all time low weight. I’ve set my goal as my lowest ever adult weight which is a low bmi for my height. Yes I am one of the impatient ones and want it all done yesterday !

    I had my permanent crown fitted yesterday which made me think of how Thin is going in Thailand getting her crown. It’s quiet around here without her.

    Also eastern staters, our front page West Australian newspaper has been dominated by all the grisly facts surrounding the retrial hearing of Perth’s alleged Claremont serial killer. Has it made it to your news too ?

    Also Julie Bishop announced her retirement from federal politics (she’s West Australian). Her grace, dignity and decorum will be missed. I’m hoping she will take on our state liberal party as it is wallowing in the doldrums. I don’t think it is good for any government to have a weak opposition. You need someone good to be opposition leader to keep the ******** honest. I think that quite was from the leader of the democrats many years ago (his name escapes me ) referring to a 3rd federal party would keep our other 2 political parties behaving.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning, lovely people. 8:06 am here in the overcast Blue Mountains. Life has been so hectic lately and I admit I have completely fallen off the 5:2 bandwagon since my early beginnings. I really, REALLY would like to get back on it and have tried many times but failed spectacularly. If it’s not too much to ask, I would really like a massive boost of encouragement to get started again. I felt so good while I was fasting regularly. I have quickly fallen into feeling sluggish and lethargic, which is not helping at all.

    I hope you are all going magnificently. My apologies for my absence recently. xx

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi Cinque, a big apology from me to you because I missed your personal response to my maintenance question. On working days I check in a rush either first thing in the morning or after work. I will go back and search for your answer. Your replies to our questions are always well thought out and full of valuable advice. Thanks for putting me onto the maintenance thread, as I rarely have time now that my holidays are over to look at other threads and also, like you, I feel at home here.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Part 2 🙂

    Quacka, congratulations on that lowest weight. It is a wonderful thing to have a mum who makes sourdough and then shares it. I don’t suppose you said “Ooh that will be so lovely to break my fast with tomorrow”?

    LJoyce, I do hope yesterday was a better day for you, and I am glad today is infusion day. I hope it is an easy one with minimum after effects.

    My busy time is over for now, I hope, and I can take time to recover.

    Anzac, I did take a pic of Miso to share…. note to self. Find it!
    (Mid twenties is perfect for a holiday! Crazy woman!)

    Neil, that Surf to Stadium is a wonderful event to be part of. We’ll cheer you on!

    Lindsay, my granddaughter’s other grandma is visiting and the kids call her oma, so there are lots of jokes about cyclone Oma being in Melbourne! So glad that at the moment it looks like it might not hit the coast. Hope that includes the Island.
    Sending lots of good wishes for everything you are dealing with.

    Betsy, CAREFULNESS is an excellent idea! haha. A third fast day is a bonus, if it fits in okay, but 5:2 gets us there, even us impatient ones!

    Penguin, hooray for grandparents. Interesting info about the exercises.

    And Rosy, lovely to think of you fasting today, thinking of your fun weekend.

    Must go and check whether my ‘recovery’ might need to include having little Miss 2 with me this morning. (I won’t mind). Best wishes all. Sensible eating for me today.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning,

    RosyPosy, I gave my personal response to your question about maintenance the other day, but I know there is a variety of ways people do it. I was excited to join the Maintenance thread when I got to my low weight but ended up deciding that this thread was my home. You could ask your question there and get some good replies.

    From what I can see, the most common maintenance technique is to have a ‘trigger weight’. With that technique you weigh yourself daily (or weekly, whatever) and as soon as you hit your trigger weight, go back to 5:2 until you reach your goal weight again.

    Another way (that may be just as common, but not so visible), is the people who come back to the forum saying “I lost X kg on 5:2, X time ago, but now I have put it all back on, so I am back.

    People maintain with a variety of 5:2, 6:1, 16:8, regular water fasts, changed diet (Mediterranean, paleo, sugar free, etc) and often incorporate new exercise. There is no clear recommendation that I have seen, everyone works out what suits them. 6:1 is common though.

    I wonder how many people lost weight with 5:2, and then are successfully maintaining and we don’t hear about them?

    The biggest insight I got from Xand (my darling twin doctor who presented “How to Lose Weight Well”) is that while there are some diets that are better than others, the choice of diet is generally less significant than what people do to change their eating habits and lifestyle once the diet is done.

    I love how 5:2 gives us the think time, and resets, to allow us to make those changes. But it seems everyone has to work it out to suit their own life.

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

    Oh, dear, what a sad man. I think Mrs Harris can leave him at home in future. 🙁 In fact, he’s likely to be banned from Target. And why did the letter go to her??

    Weight is up after yesterday’s FD. That will be from the sugar in Wednesday’s desserts! I need more control, but when in a social environment…


    2nd Post

    @flourbaby no, not quite got enough for a house. I have decided to invest in a bread maker (oh loves home baked bread) and a new wheel barrow :). The rest is going towards our holiday at Easter.


    Day 11- Atlanta, GA- USA:

    Hi All! Had to go to a training today away from work. Also decided to make it a B2B FD. Had eggs for breakfast and a Chopped club salad from subway for lunch. Gonna have a sensible 200 cal. dinner tonight. Haven’t yet decided what thats going to be just yet. But I have a couple options in mind. Down 2 more pounds today. Haven’t been to the gym in a few says though. I plan on getting back on the horse tomorrow. Positive thoughts to you all.


    Day 21 – California – FD

    Add me to the pocket list also!!! Although I feel like I’m so hungry right now but only 7 hours to go before my next meal!

    @ccco FD800

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dave- turning was how we were taught on the lead workshop we did – worked very well at the time but now she digs her claws in & won’t turn, so you have to yank her which defeats the object! She does the turn beautifully at home or at the classes but not out! So I do the standing still!
    Had a lovely meal tonight- it was Tuscan chicken (quorn for me), in a creamy sauce with sun dried tomatoes, spinach & parmesan. Sorry fasters; it’ll be my turn tomorrow!

  • Macros on Non-Fast Days

    I am interested in this as well. I am using the lifesum app and it suggests 40c/25p/35f.


    USA DAY 21 FD800 (16:8)

    Better later than never but here I am joining the pocket list!

    @ccco FD800

    Amazingly, despite all the snow and cold yesterday, today is very warm! Before that changes,I decided to take a walk. Usually, in the Winter it’s too cold for that. Here’s to hoping Spring weather is right around the corner!

    Have a great day, everyone!

  • HELP! All ladies of a 'certain age'-please respond

    Hi there!

    I’m 50 and have been doing the 5:2 program for 4 weeks now so I guess I’m a newbie! So far I have lost 12 lbs and I am back into my formerly WAY too tight clothes. It’s certainly a big motivator when the clothing is getting looser instead of tighter. 🙂

    If you aren’t losing weight then you need to create more of a deficit either through reducing calories or increasing your physical activity.

    I am doing 500-800 calories on “fasting” days, depending on my activity, and because I am always eating two servings of dairy due to my age and risk of bone loss.

    I started working out almost every day, whether it is cross-country skiing, shoveling my driveway, or a weight work out at the gym. I typically do strength training twice a week. Formerly I spent too much time chilling on the couch.

    I have been strict about adhering to proper portion sizes and even go with smaller than normal portion sizes at times. The fasting has really helped my appetite shrink — I used to eat like a shark on a feeding frenzy. I’ve felt much more in control since starting the 5:2 protocol – I’m more satisfied with much less. Not sure why but I’m going with it! I do measure my food because I am too generous with my portioning otherwise.

    I am using the Lifesum app to track my nutrition and exercise. this has been a key for me. I do really well with support and structure. It’s like having a personal coach nagging me in the best possible way. If you are not tracking your calories, I suggest you do this for at least a month. I eat at or under under my goal weight TDEE on eating days. The Lifesum app is great for this because it has a 5:2 program already built in, but there are many free apps that can help. I’m very motivated by reaching my daily calorie and nutrient goals because it is something I can control. I LOVE hitting my daily numbers and it motivates me so much! I don’t follow a special diet but I am trying to eat healthy by giving my body the protein, calcium, fruits and vegetables it needs to thrive. I do typically make a weekly pot of veggie soup to eat on fast days.

    Creating more of a deficit is going to help a lot more than moping around having a pity party. (I was in the middle of a huge pity party for several months due to life stresses weight gain blah blah blah) Menopause is just another excuse we can use to stay stuck in our ways. Excuses kept me heavy and feeling down. Now is the time to bust through our excuses!

    Since I have taken charge of my body and life I feel amazing — lighter and healthier. I do not accept any excuses from myself. I intend to be fit and fabulous at 50 and I am going to keep nourishing and caring for my body better until I am there. 11 more pounds to go and hoping to be there sometime in May. It’s possible that I will be slimmer this year than I was in high school.

    My advice is that you use an app to track all of your food and activity and that you eat to your goal weight tdee on your eating days. A deficit of @ 3700 calories has to be created in order to lose a pound and an app will tell you where you may need to make some tweaks.

    All the best!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening All..

    These days are passing quickly….Grandson thought he was lovely…then went for walk and cooked omelettes…so all finished here…

    I shall go and buy a town lead tomorrow and get some training on pulling, a harness is coming too, a stop pulling harness…he is so strong for both of us..I find he’s OK on his extendable lead…I got a return ‘come’ and ‘sit’ with a treat..three times on his last walk…all going good.

    No classes at all..must look further and see if I have missed anything…just a one to one maybe pricey….lovely you can help your twin family…the wood walk she must love it, I need to start a different route..

    You meet a lot of dogs…the video, she looks very gentle…I take the tips from both of you on the pulling..

    Jean x


    Day 21: Gloucestershire, UK: NFD

    Beautiful spring-like day today, makes delivering the mail (almost) a pleasure.
    Marred by endless, on-going, incredible frustrations with useless solicitors over the sale of our buy-to-let flat…too complicated and boring to relate, but impacting on my stress levels and so, my eating behaviour. WHY are people so inefficient!!!?

    @at: you are SO right, I know, I know. If only I could cut out, say, the daily marzipan Ritter bar or the bowl of luxury chocolate ice cream, I’d be fine, but….


    Day 21, Rocky Mountains, US, FD 800 cals

    Planning for a 800 cals day. It might morph into a CD. It is so ice cold here. Especially with the wind.😫😖😟
    But going out anyway with the doggie.🐕

    @flourbaby: Happy Birthday!💐

    @judyjudes, @dingping: Congratulations on your wins!😊 Unfortunately, here, in Utah, there is no lottery. I always play when in Austria but never win more than a few Euros.😊😀😂

    Have a good Thursday everyone! ⚘⚘⚘

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

    Hi Fast Trackers and Hello World (You All know Who You ARE) 😉
    After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men; I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women – she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter, from the local Target:

    Dear Mrs. Harris:

    Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion, in our store.
    We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to, ban both of you from the store.

    Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Harris, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras:

    1. June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

    2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

    3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women’s restroom.

    4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, ‘Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away’. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money. We don’t have a Code 3.

    5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.

    6. August 14: Moved a, ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.

    7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.

    8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’ EMTs were called.

    9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

    10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

    11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while, loudly humming the, ‘Mission Impossible’ theme.

    12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his, ‘Madonna Look’ using different sizes of funnels.

    13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled ‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’

    14. October 22: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed;

    15. Took a box of condoms to the checkout clerk and asked where is the fitting room?

    And last, but not least:

    16. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile; then yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here.’ One of the clerks passed out.

    Have A Happy Weekend All You beautiful Losers 😆
    Peace RT


    Day 21 – Ireland – NFD

    Well today has been a bad day…
    started great with a decent drop in weight…and only liquids until 2pm but went downhill after lunch when cakes were produced for a birthday in my department..
    I can stay right off sugar … until I’m tempted one day in about 10 and then it’s so hard to resist/stop… knew as I went for a biscuit that I was likely ruining my recent food efforts… but.. I’m very tired today and have lots on my mind so am putting it down to that with a reset now… from this minute… although i do have a night out tonight but will aim to stay on track..

    I hope you are all having a better day than I am..
    Onward and downward ⬇️

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Took Heidi out again and she met another white dog, black and white this one,Jean I took a quick video of them together,I will send it to you.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    A good tip to stop dogs pulling is when they pull turn round and walk from where you just came,takes a while but does work.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hope all you fasters are doing okay?
    Jean- such a shame there’s no classes about, there’s lots to choose from here. So nice you’re getting to see your grandson as well!
    Xena was pulling really badly on our walk, so just stood still every time, it took a while to get to the woods! Didn’t meet anyone on our walk…so lovely that dogs can get to sniff Heidi! She’s still being silly & keeps trying to pull her bedding off the line!
    Had a lovely visit with my HS family- the twins were having a nap so by the time they’d woken up & we’d got out we’d missed the group we were going to at a children’s centre, but we could pop in for a play anyway & the twins enjoyed it. Beautiful sunny afternoon here!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    When Heidi was young as soon as we went out she used to go to bed upstairs,now she just lies on her bed in the living room, getting to old for the stairs in the daytime.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Interesting walk…we are catching the same people at the moment….about 4 dogs as yet..only one snappy…

    Jean x

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