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  • Texas Girl Needs Help!

    I am new to the diet and I was looking for a group to interact with and I really like how supportive you all are of each other and I hope you dont mind if I join. I live in Brandon Fl and I just had my first FD on the 23rd. Yay, I survived and did not die of hunger. My next fast day is tomorrow.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good Morning ladies and gents

    Weigh in day for me today with a loss of 500 grams which I am pretty happy about. I did three FD’s last week because last Saturday was gigantic as far as calorie intake was concerned due to eating out at lunch and dinner.

    My FD’s are normally Mondays and Wednesdays, but I added in Sunday for good measure. I’m glad I did as I’m sure there would not have been a loss on the scales otherwise!

    I also upped my exercise this week by attending yoga 4 times and also added in a pool walking day and – another first since the hip op – an hour at the gym!! Im delighted to have cracked that little gym milestone at the 12 weeks post hip replacement. Yes I’m feeling it today, but who wouldn’t after a good 3 years of not going!!

    I am having to really focus on all the good that is going on physically right now as my body is definitely on a bit of a plateau – even though I lost this week – I’ve been losing 500, gaining 200, losing 300, staying the same for a good 5 – 6 weeks now. I am just staying my course and have no doubt once my body readjusts to the 32 kgs already lost in the past year or so that it will continue its downward trend. I still have 25 kgs to go to get to my goal so won’t be stopping this way of eating any time soon – in fact I won’t ever as it’s the most sustainable way of eating I’ve ever come across!!

    Happy FD/NFD to you all and let’s keep on keeping on one step at a time till we reach our health goals!!

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  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 25 Brunei NFD

    I’m really pleased that yesterday was a successful fast day because like @allsmiles said above, I have also struggled a little with the second fast day. By 5pm, all I had had was a coconut water (and water and tea) so I prepared cauliflower rice again, this time with a couple of spoons of some homemade lentil curry. I had about 400 cals worth on my plate but I couldn’t finish it! I was really satiated after about half the plate so just put the left overs away. This has really cheered me because it makes me think that my stomach must be shrinking because of the fasting and that my appetite will decrease, making it easier not to be tempted my desserts and snacks.
    I’m also pleased that I broke my fast with coconut water and veggie sticks and will have lunch with colleagues today at a sushi restaurant and have some sashimi and miso soup. Tonight it’s a thai restaurant with friends, but it’s the healthy kind of thai and I can already imagine that I will fill up really quickly.
    So I feel that my 58 kilo goal is in sight and next month I will aim for 2 kilos to see if I can get to 56 kg in time for our holiday starting on 8th July.

    Onwards and downwards and well done everyone!
    And Happy Birthday @coda!
    And yes, I’m grieving about the awful attack in Manchester, a city I have lived in and where I have many friends and is very close to my hometown of Sheffield. It’s so difficult to express my sadness and shock.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Morning all,
    Enjoy your fast day Cinque ( if you do one) and all other Thursday faster’s (usually me as well)I did well on my fast yesterday only having 2 coffees until 8:00pm then an omelette so was under my 500cals however just before bed I had a protein bar hoping that would quiet the tummy so that put me just over 600 cals I’m happy with that. I slept for 2 hours then back to wake up for a couple then back to sleep for a couple. Feeling very lethargic today due to a couple nights with lost sleep, on the plus side I’m not hungry so hoping to keep cals down and enjoying my first coffee. I hope I can get to where Gday is and not look for food on NFD’s. I wish Intesha could post a picture of her granddaughters cake it sound delicious, so do the enchanted cup cakes, I would probably gorge myself if I tried to make them!Well off to get car serviced and hopefully find my noodles, I’m also going to get food for other recipes on here thanks again Thin for the link. Have a great fast/ non fast day everyone!

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Akron OH day 24 nfd. I started out really well tracking all my intake and then completely lost control after I got home from work. Blah!!! 16:8 out the window.
    I’m looking forward to FD tomorrow and Friday.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Sarah, Im so pleased you are back with us and Im even more pleased that things are not quite as you initially thought, although of course it is a worry and I really hope you get some answers soon.
    Forget the weight, you know you can do it when you are ready. Just do some some healthy/aware days to get back in the groove x

    Ive lost the plot a bit too…..last night I had a bad nights sleep as Ellie was really breathing heavy and gasped a couple of times….it panicked me….although vet checked her heart and lungs and lymph nodes as said all was fine….so probably just warm.

    I feel guilty as in the scheme of things and whats happening to others, this seems less significant but Ellie is my baby and I feel bad that I cant make things better for her and give her more time with us.

    Rowena, the kitchen sounds a bit of a nightmare at the mo, hope that soon gets resolved. You dont need that at the moment. And I know what you mean about feeling bloated and large in spite of things…

    Right now to try and get some sleep….up for work again in the morning and yes I will try and fast! Its just one day right?

    X

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

    Good morning from cold grey Melbourne,
    Good luck with your 500 day Esthi, but remember that slow and steady wins the race, try not to focus on short term results (unless they are really good πŸ˜‰ ) what you are doing must make for better health and weight, it just takes time.

    Cali I know a few people on these forums who can’t help themselves weighing every day, but they only write their weight down once a week, and make that their official tracking. I wonder if that might work for you.

    You may have seen this, but I was amazed at just how up and down our weight is naturally when I saw a graph (not this one, but it shows it well): http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P-jy–JrV_8/UuDUW7YhOHI/AAAAAAAAGkU/g1MDTh_UH2g/s1600/weight_loss_progress_Current.png
    It shows why you need to see your weight tracking over a few months before it makes sense.

    I have miso soup every fast day, but I suffer from low blood pressure and a bit more salt suits me, I add more to my miso!
    I think miso varies with how much salt it contains, but it is always salty. I am lucky and get mine from big tubs at the Friends Of The Earth Store in Melbourne.

    Cheers for today!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning everyone,
    It’s my fast day but I have a friend coming to stay overnight and it is her birthday on the weekend, so I will have a meal with her this evening if she likes. She has a stomach sleeve, so only eats small amounts, so today could be a fast day even so!

    Hi Intesha, won’t you have fun making your granddaughter’s birthday cake! It will be gorgeous! And wow! The enchanted cup cakes!

    Ljoyce, it sounds like the fast day change was a good idea. I hope yesterday kept going well. I’ve also rediscovered cocoa! My sister encouraged me to try with very expensive dutched cocoa from M. Truffe and I have it in milk with no sweetening at all, and I do just love it. (I generally add half a tsp of rice flour and heat it until it thickens slightly, so it feels like a very luxurious and delicious dessert drink). I don’t miss the sugar at all!
    When I have used up the very expensive M. Truffe cocoa I’ll buy some Bourneville cocoa and see if that is just as good.

    I hope you had a lovely fast day yesterday too, Thin. And a lovely day after fast day today!

    Gday I am so interested that you are feeling satisfied and active on that small amount of food. That is probably how it is meant to work with losing weight. When I first cut out sugar I often went for 24 hours without eating because I wasn’t hungry.
    Have fun working out how you do your fasts!

    I do yoga from a gorgeous dvd by Wai Lana, that I have had for about 15 years! I manage to do her stretches slowly, and mostly lying down, and I keep trying to build up, but the nature of my illness makes that hard. I love it.
    I did Tai Chi a bit years ago, but it is too upright and uses more muscles than I can do with CFS. Oh I loved it though!

    Good luck finding your konjac noodles Redmoonstar!

    Best wishes everyone!

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24 – FD – Toronto

    FD was going fine and at 500 calories till about 4 p.m. I woke up quite early today (5 am) and therefore had a nap. I woke up about 30 mins later with a real hankering for some crackers that put me at 600 calories. Bah. I liked all the info re bone broth and will try that out as I’m finding I sort of dread the second FD of the week these days. It had gotten easier for a few months but now is back to feeling like a struggle.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 25/NFD/Melbourne Australia

  • I am a binger – any info on fasting and bingeing

    Annette you’ve done it before, you can get back on it again. Sugar/carbs are tempting for everyone. It’s so tough when (sugar) it’s at work, at events, as a present to say thank you, in meetings, at parties…. need I go on? And I think even non bingers struggle.

    Are you still running?

    Me: have ge difference in cutting down on breakfast, it has hugely cut my appetite – how weird! I’m hungry for lunch earlier but look forward to my coffee for breakfast with a small
    Amount of milk.

    Suzy hi. I was listening to an interview by Mr Mosley and he stated the only way to lose weight (in answer to a listener’s question as to why he can’t lose weight after continually trying) was to try the low kcal diet giving g faster results.

    Happy fasting!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Thanks Jean. We would have been going to Spain tomorrow but had to cancel it. Even though the news was good today I am so pleased not to be going away. Just need to chill down and get my head around things without constantly imagining a catastrphic future. I think the idea of a couple of weeks fasting and then weighing is a really good idea.

    Audrey so very sorry to hear about your daughter’s friend’s sister. What a dreadful tragedy and puts own trouble in perspective when you life like that is lost.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Sarah…
    Really lovely to have you back.. your worry is so very understanding.. glad things are not as bad as you first thought. I read up about it and it seems to have many different paths.

    If you are ready to start fasting again, I would start again and give yourself a couple of weeks before weighing. Get yourself feeling better about things and get yourself in a better place.

    Take care of yourself and you know we are all here for you… start looking forward to your retirement. Eat well and try and be as healthy as you can and listen to what the doctors suggest.

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Sarah

    Welcome back… don’t worry about the gain I too have been off piste… 1 stone up since Xmas… we can do this together.

    Sorry got to dash off

    Aud x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dear cyber friends

    I though I would nevr post here again. I thought in a sense that my life as I had known it would be over. I was in such a dark place. My worst fears were that my newly diagnosed autoimmune condition was covering somthing much much worse. I spent today at Moorfields and my worst fears were not realised. I have felt at some stages since last posting (a couple of weeks ago) that I was losing my mind. Ok I do have a condition and need more tests to see how active it it and what medication is best but it is not life threatening. I have been so terribly sad about my grandchildren being so young. That is probably far too much information. Today I feel I have a second chance, that I actually will have a life.

    I have absolutely zero idea of what I weigh. I have been eating and no idea how much. I have eaten heathily and fearfully with ever mouthful seeming like sawdust. I might weight tomorrow to see what is happening and in an attempt to get back to reality. I will start fasting again soon for health benefits and for the benefits to autoimmune. Weight seems a bit immaterial at the moment. Maybe next week. I have been far too out of it to even think about it.

    Tributes to those of you managing chronic and/or serious health conditions on a regular basis. You have more atrength than you know. I went badly downhill when my husband was very seriously and was misdiagnosed in 2004 and have been on the verge of catastrophe over the last couple of weeks over my health.

    I hope everyone is doing well and special thanks to facebook friends, seeing you and feeling your support has made such a difference xxxxx

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24- Scotland- nfd
    This morning I was nearly back to my weight on Friday so it took only two fast days rather than 6 or 9 to cancel my 2-3 days of crazy binging over the weekend. Anyway, I was feeling so sad that I don’t want this to happen again.
    Good day today. I had a cookie in the afternoon and a yummy but heavy an unhealthy meat pie tonight, but I try to compensate and I think I didn’t go over my tdee. I will try a fast tomorrow, but then my in laws will be here for around a week.

  • Jan 2017 Starters/Re-Starters from a binge eater

    Alisa253 great job on the not bingeing!! That is something important that we can all learn from this way of eating. I hope to get a grip on it soon and be saying the same thing. I have definitely noticed I get fuller faster.
    This is the weirdest fast day today ever. It’s almost 5pm and I haven’t been hungry yey. I’m not sure what’s going on. Is it simply that I ate too late last night? I fasted for 8 months last year and never had a day like this and I’m confused. Maybe it’s hormone related. I usually struggle with hunger from the moment I get up on fast days…I mean really struggle. I even did a pilates workout today.
    Anyway, my first weigh-in is tomorrow, so I’m hoping I like it and this non hunger isn’t a sign of too many cals yesteday.
    Good luck all.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    I’ve lost count of days
    London
    Day 20 NFD
    Day 21 NFD
    Day 22 FD
    Day 23 FD B2B
    Day 24 NFD

    Doing well so far

    Hope you are happy with loses. I feel so much better no bloating it’s amazing

  • Jan 2017 Starters/Re-Starters from a binge eater

    Good evening, all!
    Two good days for me – FD yesterday went well and going strong for 3 meals only today, no overeating!
    Today is 7 days without binging! I struggled some. Yesterday I got an interesting project at work, hope I will be focused on the project and forget snacks.
    The posts are inspiring, I want to report good news too!
    Tomorrow is my second FD and yoga class in the morning.
    Talk to you tomorrow. Keep the ‘big girl pans’ up and Exit the kitchen! πŸ˜‰
    Ratatouille, you coined two great phrases.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    2nd post

    @annemarilyn Jelly is the uk is the same as Jello in the states. I remember the confusion of being asked did I want Jelly with my toast when we were in New Orleans a few years ago!

    The brand I buy does a powder packet you mix with water, it makes about 3 servings for 8 calories each. I don’t like the taste of artificial sweeteners (does anyone), but these taste ok to me.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Ooops I meant to say… The link that @happymargo posted.✨
    Bone Broth✨
    β€” Here’s a link outlining all the amazing benefits … keep reading/ scrolling, at the very bottom of the article is a recipe to try out.
    https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/bone-broth-broth-can-cure-cold-idm-6-2/

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Oooppss. Suddenly realised I was getting my dates all mixed up.

    Correct entries should have been

    Day 22, NFD
    Day 23, FD
    Day 24, NFD

    Day 25 will be an FD, and depending on how I feel on Friday, I may try my first ever B2B on Day 26.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    @ciren2 aww thank you. Lovely to hear from you. How’s it going?
    @sirisan, @annemarilyn, @anna6 and @snowflake56 thank you for my birthday wishes

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Thanks @snowflake56 @coda @chumi I just got out of the dental appointment, no pain. All went well, although I had to make more appointments for July after I get back from San Diego.

    FD is going well. I’ve only had a small avocado this morning.😊 Going to pick up veggies from the grocery store to try in our new pressure cooker. We have some bones in the freezer.
    @annemarilyn I’m going to make the bone broth using the link you posted. When we get back in June. Thanks✨ I like what your butcher shared with you about the bones cut in smaller pieces to access the bone marrow.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24, Germany, NFD

    @coda Happy Birthday

    @okeydokey hope you’re well

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24, Gozo Malta, nfd

    Coda happy birthday, many happy remains.

    Nfd for me. I can’t seem to plan for a fast day right now.

    Good night everyone.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24 – SW WA USA – FD

    @coda – May you enjoy the rest of your birthday! Happy 60th!

    @keetseel – glad you got some great input on bone broth. I’ve used my crockpot/slowcooker with good success. Folks on this forum gave me great recipe ideas & I went to a local market to ask about bones for bone broth. He directed me to a freezer where they had bones cut up in about 2 1/2 inch piece in a 2 lb pkg especially for bone broth. He said it was easier to access the bone marrow with the small pieces. Perhaps you have a market that can supply you similarly.

    @strawberriesandcream – I like it that you’re enjoying lots of fresh fruit and still losing. I love fruit too & it’s becoming more available in this season

    @goldensun & Saffy420 – I’m so glad that non of your loved ones were hurt in the terrible tragedy in Manchester.
    Saffy420 – question – what is the SF Jelly you have for dessert? Is this a type of gelatin or jello? Here “jelly” is like jam but without the seeds.

    @at – good for continuing so well on your maintenance. You’re a real encouragement.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Rowena..
    Sorry to hear you are having problems with the kitchen.. don’t worry it will sort its self out..

    Your bloating could be water retention due the weather or the time of month… it will settle down… will it be the whoosh effect? 🀞🏻

    We have been quite naughty today given up counting calories but it was nice… we are now fasting into tomorrow and have to be good.

    Anyone else fasting tomorrow.. Kay?

    Jean x

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    @coda Happy Birthday πŸŽ‰

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24 Florida USA NFD Good FD yesterday. I’m a bit indulgent so far today, have to put the brakes on. I have to seriously address my compulsion to seek out ice cream. I grew up across from a dairy and my whole family is thus afflicted. Ice Cream is associated with emotional comfort. Just by sharing this I hope to stay mindful about it. I’ll still be under TDEE today but it won’t be a day high in nutrition. Tomorrow’s another chance for reset. Good luck to all.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 21- Montreal- NFD
    Day 22- ” NFD
    Day 23- ” NFD
    Day 24- ” FD

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Coda: Just popping by to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 60 years an’all…a youngster!
    With love xx

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Living only a few miles from Manchester, and going today for work, I feel so sorry for the victims of this horrible atrocity. Wish all well and passing a tear for the 14 year old friend who was lost to us.

    On a brighter note, my fasting and 5:2 diet is going well. skin is so tight and no spots, etc and feel really fit and lean – ideal now as I feel much better to show more when I go out and getting a tan and even though I’m super hungry at least its nice and warm and enjoying the feelings of living on a 5:2 fasting diet.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Thinking of you Audrey – such as sad and awful thing.

    I have had a good day. The sun is out for one which always makes me feel good. OH in London overnight so I’ll try not to worry about that! There’s more trouble with the kitchen as the company who was delivering the materials tomorrow for the builders to start now cant deliver which means the builders wont be able to build. Oh dear.
    Its a NFD today. Normally on a FD my stomach goes down and doesn’t feel big or bloated at all. Well yesterday I felt bloated and today I fee huge. Just don’t feel I’m losing any weight. Really want to lose 10lb by summer and it was achievable a few week ago but time is passing and things are going in the wrong direction.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24 – MT USA – FD

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    @keetseel — have fun on your Colorado get-away. I feel so lucky to live here since I’m inclined to be outdoorsy. Hope you get good weather!

    Since you asked about Bone Broth
    β€” Here’s a link outlining all the amazing benefits … keep reading/ scrolling, at the very bottom of the article is a recipe to try out.
    https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/bone-broth-broth-can-cure-cold-idm-6-2/

    There are many different methods of making broth (mine never gets as thick as the picture in this article, I prefer it thin & runny, so I can drink or spoon it like a bouillon from a big mug.)

    I toss the bones, onion, carrots, celery, herbs, spices etc into my Instant Pot crock pot. Let it boil for 24 hours to really extract all the goodness from the bone marrow.
    My doggy loves the meat & carrots that are left once I strain my broth off. I make huge batches so there’s always mason jars of this healthy stuff in my freezer ready for a FD pick-me-up!

    Enjoy!!

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    @coda Thank-you for your kind thoughts βœ¨πŸ’›
    Does anybody in the group live in the Manchester area?My DD saw on the news and told me that the police are tightening up security in that area. They have troops on the streets to police. They evidently think there is still someone involved or a wider group of individuals involved that are still at large. Sending safe, healthy vibes and prayers and blessings for safety for the people in Manchester.

    On another note…
    It’s 5 hours earlier here in eastern standard time in the US than what it says on the date: time stamp of our posts.😊
    A bit interesting and weird tidbit of info. I’ve been interested in keeping my heart rate up above 80bpm because it is recorded at weightloss: fat burning zone when the heart is at 80bpm or above. When I was heavier and my left leg was broke, my heart rate wood go up above 80bpm more often, when I did my PT. I was losing weight faster then also. I usually work pretty hard to get my heart rate to 80bpm. It’s not easy for me now. I had taught aerobics classes in my 20’s. So my heart rate stays pretty steady and pretty low even when walking. I check it by my fit bit. Today as I’m getting ready to go to the dentist very apprehensive, my heart rate is at 94 bpm. Maybe there is a bright side to this. Maybe I will stay in the fatburning zone longer.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Thank you @lindasue and @at – going home now to enjoy a Chinese meal with the family and glass of wine 🍷 or a gin and tonic.πŸŽ‰

  • Jan 2017 Starters/Re-Starters from a binge eater

    Hi Floridag1rl, yes it turned into a bit of a binge, but I’m hoping to change my nfd by limiting carbs. I mean, who binges on chicken breasts and salmon….My goal is to count them from now on on eat days, so I’ll let you know if it slows down my bingeing.
    Today is fast day #3 and it’s noon and I’ve only had a green tea. Don’t teach fitness today, so shouldn’t be a big deal. I’m doing adf into next week so I should see a move in weight.
    Ratataouille, it’s important to keep our lives normal and to hook up with friends when the call comes, and just to move our days around. Sounds like your day was still fairly normal, good for you.
    Good luck all today and keep posting!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Thanks friends

    Katie is about 30 mins away traffic allowing…

    She has known Nell since she was a toddler, she was 14 years old on a night out with schoolfriends… such a waste.

    Off now thanks again for your kind words

    Audrey x

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    2nd post

    Dear @coda – not sure how I missed that it was your birthday – Happy Birthday πŸΎπŸ’πŸŽπŸŽˆπŸŽ‚ sounds like you had a lovely day and been spoilt by the family Have a fab day celebrating πŸ€—

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Audrey,how lovely of your daughter coming home to be with her friend. It hits home even more when its touches people you know πŸ™

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

    Ack! I did poorly on my diet after fasting Monday. Tuesday morning I found I had gained .4 of a pound. Even though I know it can be attributed to salt (soy sauce on the broccoli and a big cup of miso soup shortly before bed time) it made me feel discouraged and by evening I had eaten a bunch of junk food. Yesterday my weight was 151 and I gave into temptation again with a big berry sundae from Costco. Amazingly, my weight was only 151.4 this morning. I can’t believe a reading on a scale can have such a big impact on my motivation! What a big baby, huh?

    I’m making a pledge to you here today, that if this ever happens again, letting a scale reading trigger a small binge, I will go to once a week weigh-ins. Hold me to this, please!

    So my total loss for 2 weeks is still 4.4 pounds or 1.99 kg. which is still pretty good. I decided to do my 2nd fast day today instead of tomorrow, to help me get back on track.

    Cinque, by fabulous 40’s I meant the 140 pound range, down from the 150’s. In the California real estate market, they call the 1940’s decade “The Fabulous 40’s” because of all the cool homes that were built in that decade.

    Esthi, the 500 calorie day sounds like a good plan. Miso soup is pretty salty. I wonder if having it earlier in the day would help to get some of the salt flushed out by the end of the day? Maybe the weight was retained water. When I woke up the morning after the miso, my fingers felt fat, you know, that feeling you get when you’re retaining water. I seem to be more sensitive to salt these days. Are all miso’s really salty? I use a tablespoon of the red or white miso paste in a big cup of hot water. Very good, but lots of salt.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Second post – Happy Birthday Coda. Sounds like you were showered with beautiful gifts, well deserved for sure.

    I am sure if the bracelet you speak of would be the same as Pandora bracelets over hereor not but I love charm bracelets and the sentiment they express. I have a sterling silver one with some very meaningful charms – they are also excellent conversation starters!

    Again, Happy Birthday – have a wonderful year.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24, USA, Missouri Ozarks, NFD

    Today’s weight 142.2, below goal weight of 145.

    Today would normally be a fasting day but decided to switch it up a bit and do the fasting tomorrow – probably 16-8 or something like that. We have a physical therapy appointment at 11, neither of us will eat before we leave so it will be at least 2 or 3 before we settle into the booth at the Mexican restaurant. That will be the only meal of the day.

    It is about 10 a.m. and I have already got in almost half a gallon of water and a lot of exercise. Feel very energized which is odd as I woke up at about 1 a.m., came into the den and turned on the tv. Got to see the President meet with the Pope so that was nice. Then watched Dr. Phil warning us once again not to send hundreds of thousands of dollars to somebody who says they need the money to get two lockboxes filled with gold coins and jewelry out of Nigeria which they will, of course, then share with ME !!!! I mean, really, can I ever be warned too many times? I think not.

    Hope everybody is having a great day/night.

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24 – FD

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    @keetseel I make my own broth in different ways. Sometimes I will put a chicken including bones in the slow cooker and let it cook for the day. If I have thighs or other pieces, I’ll take the skin off. If I want to add vegetables I do about 2-3 hours in.
    I try to get less fat meat with the bone in to slow cook. I have also gotten bones from the butcher to add more bone for the broth. You have soup as it cooks down. Then you can drain and keep the broth for later with what is left.
    We have just gotten a new programmable pressure cooker for Vegetable stews and bone broth. I will have to read more, but I’m looking forward to learning. If it works I’ll be able to get slow cooking results in about 1/2 hour to 45 mins.

    @chumi it’s 11:00 am here right now, today. My dentist app is at 1:00 pm. I’m a little apprehensive, but it is only a cleaning. I will have to stay pretty determined to get myself there though… But I will do it. Thanks✨

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Hi 2nd post

    Thank you @lilymartin, @songbirdme, @strawberriesandcream and @scs. I had a lovely morning opening cards and presents from friends and family. Has everyone heard of a nomination bracelet? The boys bought me one and some charms for Christmas and I got some more lovely charms for it, a little flower because I love my garden, my birthstone, a diamond as that is for 60 years (more discreet than the numbers lol) and a little gold heart. I love it! The boys also got me a watch, which will be a nice keepsake. Dad gave me some US Dollars to spend – so feeling loved!

    Hope the dentist visit went well @okeydokey.

    @keetseel – if you have a chicken roast dinner use the carcass from that for the bone broth. here is a link https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/bone-broth-broth-can-cure-cold-idm-6-2/ but think there may be another link as well – if someone can put it up for you.
    Apart from letting it simmer for a long time (I use a pressure cooker so cuts down the length of time) its not very time consuming and not much more work than making a soup.

    Thanks again @strawberriesandcream for leading the charge for June

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    2nd post

    Happy birthday @coda! You didn’t let on the actual date, so I’m pleased others have let us know it’s today. I hope it’s a beautiful day for you in all respects.

    I know @pissupoosa‘s brilliant update to our spreadsheet will indeed make things much easier going forward. I’m thinking that the monthly leader’s job will be to monitor posts and ensure that everyone who wishes to join the challenge is on the spreadsheet to start with (some may be more or less spreadsheet savvy than others). Also, as you say, to have the June challenge up and posted on May 29th so that folks can sign up. I’m up for the job and awaiting instructions from @pissupoosa on how to manage the spreadsheet. However, I am open to any help and advice – which I’m sure I will need at times – lol!

  • May 2017 31-Day Challenge (1st Anniversary!)

    Day 24 – FIN – NFD

    Hb level of 122 (g/l) in my left hand (124 (g/l) in my right) meant that I wasn’t able to donate blood yesterday, so I donated a little money instead to make my visit worthwhile.

    I haven’t been feeling too hungry the last few days. Might be due to the warm weather (the temperature has risen to 27Β°C indoors and we can’t seem to get it down). Monday’s fast was a breeze. I didn’t have anything besides that one slice (1/8, about 300 kcal) of cake. Despite not eating much, I didn’t wake up with that usual light/empty feeling after the fast. These last few NFDs I’ve been keeping it pretty light on the eating front. Yesterday I ate more out of habit than actually feeling hungry (and less than usual, which is not a bad thing after everything I ended up eating on Sunday).

    Today I’ve eaten thin rye bread with avocado, cottage cheese, a little honey and a boiled egg for breakfast, half a stuffed red pepper for lunch and a sliced red apple with plain edam (my new favorite combo) and a few pecan nuts as snack. Apparently there’s chicken planned for dinner.

    @okeydokey I’m glad your visit to the dentist went (presumably) well today.

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