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  • 16:8 Eating Window Question

    Hi all. Quick question. I’ve been doing the 16:8 for about two weeks. I actually feel great! Have more energy and I feel like I’m shrinking, although the scale hasn’t budged. 🙂 My question is does it matter when you eat just a long as you fast for 16 hours? Reason I ask is because after my Monday fast ends around 2:30pm I’ll start eating. Sometimes my wife and I will go out and not get back home until 11pm and I’ll have a late dinner. My “eating window” should’ve closed at 10:30, however after I eat I start my fast timer so on Tuesday I may not get to eat until 3:30pm? Make sense?

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    2nd post

    Daffodil2010 how lovely to dance up till 3.00 am, wow that’s what I call good exercise! I do hope all goes well for your DH next Thursday in his operation. I’m sure you’ll take good care of him.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Almost on my birthday 😇two days short.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16, Gozo, Malta, nfd

    Ciren2 I hope it won’t rain so much for your sake in your area. I also hope your journey to your DD will be a pleasant one. You’ll be having your DD for Christmas!

    I’m having all my children and grandchildren for Christmas lunch plus one brother and I also invited my widowed sister but she hasn’t said she’ll come yet. My Christmas lunch menu is made up. I have ordered the stuffed turkey breasts but need to shop for the vegetables and the soup. I only serve three courses for Christmas lunch as I have found out to my expense that when I included a pasta course the main course is not eaten or only partially eaten. For dessert my sister in law always makes me a tiramisu and though I have one son in law who doesn’t like tiramisu, I always have a ready made Christmas pudding to serve to him.

    Today it was Asian fusion food in a favourite restaurant plus one glass of white wine and this evening I’ll just have a yogurt or just hot water with lemon juice and honey. I did have some bitter lemon when we arrived from Malta this afternoon.

    Tomorrow I’ll do a cfd and hope to do a couple more before Christmas. Tomorrow I’m visiting my new granddaughter Eve again.

    Good evening/night everyone. Keep on keeping on.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    USA Day 16 NFD

    Checking in for accountability! Yesterday was a success water FD, so I’ve now had two water FDs. Tomorrow I will have a water FD, too. Today I am having difficulty reaching my TDEE because I find that after a water FD, I don’t really have an appetite but I believe that to continue to water fast, I have to reach my TDEE on NFDs. Maybe this will be the month I reach maintenance! That would be a wonderful Christmas gift to myself! 🙂

    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Ohh..our lamb meal was lovely very much a Xmas dinner for us, a bottle of red…all went down a pud..
    Possibly the last large cooked meal until Christmas Day…I cant believe I used to cook a full large meal every day……it’s very rare these days…

    Have a good evening ..

    Jean x

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16: Gloucestershire, UK: NFD
    Managed to get the dog walked twice before the rain started….again.
    DH got the tree down from the loft and we decorated it yesterday afternoon, also various bits of tinsel draped around the house.
    This afternoon took four boxes of unwanted stuff to the PDSA charity shop. As DD will be staying over on Christmas Day with all her suitcases etc ready for departing Heathrow early Boxing Day for Australia, we need the space clear.
    One more week slaving at Royal Mail…I wish it wouldn’t rain so much, then rest (well, a little). I will need to drive over three counties on Christmas Eve to pick up DD as she closes her flat and has sold her car, stuffing her remaining belongings and Christmas tree into my little Nissan Micra (hopefully). She is renting out her flat and, no doubt, our loft will come in handy for storage space!

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16 Wales NFD

    Tree up🎄Christmas music playing, tinsel and glitter everywhere…..‘‘tis the season to be jolly and dig the Baileys out of hiding!! Or maybe not…..I’ve promised myself 2 more FDs before indulging too much. I plan to do my usual Monday and Thursday FDs next week so perhaps I will resist temptation until Friday 🤔

    @rainbowsmile good to hear from you. Well done on holding your weight steady with all the kitchen drama. Hope it is finished soon.

    @emma-taylor so sorry for your sad loss xx

    Onwards and sideways!

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16, London, UK, NFD

    Late check-in on this NFD, I’m napping on the sofa, having done nothing today!! I think it must be the small glass of red I had with my salad (OMAD) earlier!!

    @rainbowsmile, I hope that smile is holding steady in the face of an avalanche of issues, congrats on NOT resorting to the biscuits or the vino!!!

    @daffodil2010, the dress sounds fantastic, I have ‘arm issues’ so sleeveless isn’t for me, I’m glad you had a fab time and avoided the plumbing disaster a la @rainbowsmile.

    @emma-taylor, I’m so sorry your friend has moved on, I can only imagine the speed & secrecy was what she prefered.

    I have some lovely fiery beetroot, cheese and cucumber at the ready just in case the snack dragon attacks, but at least it isn’t chocolate!!!

    Keeping sideways thankfully, so stay strong and onward & sideways Folks!!!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    End of January for us…first weigh in of the New Year will be 25th January…

    Lamb joint tonight for us, a bit like a Xmas meal it’s rather large…Yorkshire puddings of course

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16, Rocky Mountains, US, NFD

    A long post just dissapeared. I don’t have the energy to rewrite.
    Hope everyone is doing ok.

    Have a good Sunday everyone!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Yes it will be difficult these coming days but as you say the line will be drawn probably on January second 😁

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Could be an artist a way back….just feel the line is separating the bad from the good or nice from the naughty..😂

    We got up at 3am and had a cuppa, up a hour then went back to bed..I did sleep then…busy head for me…coughing for Steve…

    Starting to feel Christmas now..if will be a hard week…


  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Pretty good day yesterday, just under TDEE.

    @daffodil2010 – sorry about your plumbing emergency, but indeed marvelous you were at home for it. Your Ralph Lauren dress sounds oh so lovely! I bet you dazzled!

    Onward and downward.

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

    Here in New Hampshire we are limping along with no new snow in weeks. Consequently, many bare patches on the ground. But 1-4″ due tomorrow. We do so like a White Christmas and so do our sons who come from urban settings. We are reminded that 10 years ago at this time we were in the aftermath of the Great Ice Storm which struck on the night of Dec 11. We woke up that morning at 4:30 to the sound of a tree limb coming through the skylight in the kitchen. That was the only damage to our property, but the power went our half an hour later and stayed out for TWELVE DAYS. Since we have wood stoves for supplementary heat and a large wood pile, we were fine for heat. Water was another matter. I would go down hill behind the barn to bring back buckets from the stream to flush toilets. This became my job as ODH’s university was unaffected and he had to go to work. My school was closed until after Christmas. Friends in the next town got their systems back sooner and since they had town water [our well works by an electric pump, you see], they invited us over for showers and gave us jars of water for teeth and cooking. So in one night, we were yanked back to the 1800s in terms of home life: no running water, no electricity, early dinner by candlelight, reading by candlelight in the evening. It was an adventure but we were so glad when the power came back.

    We dined with friends last night and often that means packing on the weight. But the hostess follows my blog and she and her husband are trying to lose weight. So she asked how large a slice of meat pie I wanted and served 2 vegetables without any starches. Ice cream with a light fruit sauce for dessert. And today I am 0.3 pounds lighter! Would that it were always so easy.

    So many of you traveling. When our parents were alive, we would go to New York State or to Pennsylvania for Christmas. But now we stay home and our dear sons come to us. Only one DIL and she stays in California — not to be rude but so her husband can enjoy his family. Also, Christmas isn’t her thing. So we are cocooned in our snug house with the fires going and all the familiar foods. nice.

    ‘The Ditch.’ I like it. Pol, what’s the local name for the Irish Sea?

    Barata, what a lot of traveling you will do! But you’ll get to see the grandchildren. Our tree is still growing in the tree farm. We tagged it but lack the energy to cut it down and haul it here. When #1 arrives on Friday, he’ll be pressed into duty.

    Herma, hope the weather doesn’t impede your trip to the Forest of Dean.

    Pol, hope your sister gets her visit in, despite the weather.

    Must do Christmas Cards today and get the boys’ rooms ready while ODH watches [American] football. Fasting tomorrow.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    It’s the end of the weekend, 2 NFDs over, but not excess eating. Unlike some of you, I’m in the “have to lose weight” phase, not maintenance, so I am trying to be careful. Still have occasional snacks but not huge amounts. Getting enough sleep is crucial!!!

    Thinatlast, Yes, there are all sorts of strange food customs around the world. Once in South China I was offered sandworms as a delicacy – they were very expensive, and I did try a mouthful – very like rubbery squid – and left the rest for my hosts.

    Quacka, did the windows get done? I can’t remember when I last washed mine, so …. you are way ahead of me!!

    Cinque, Yes, I have to do research for my study. Some done already, but a lot more to do in the early part of next year.

    Anzac65, I enjoy your descriptions of Maxx’s exploits – did you manage to keep a straight face when OH ended up facedown in the mud? Or were you actually too concerned about Maxx to find it at all funny?

    LJoyce, I sympathise with your “I’ve blown it, so let’s eat anything for the rest of the day”. I’ve done it all too often in the past. I’m trying not to do that any more, so let’s hope it sticks. I also remind myself of my mother losing lots of weight many years ago. Due to heart problems she was told she HAD to lose weight, so she stuck strictly to 3 meals a day, and any time outside that, if she wanted to eat, she would immediately drink a glass of water. She gradually went down from around 160 lbs to just over 100 lbs. Had the best figure she’d ever had in her life during her 60s!!
    Oh – weather – it’s been crazy, coming from the east instead of from the west, down from tropical storm Owen. Today should be the end of the worst of it here in Melbourne, and better weather for a few days. Not typical of December at all for Melbourne!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Are you an artist Jean you mention a drawn line a few times,I will need one like they have on motorways 😁. Warmer today 6°C,three o’clock when I went to bed this morning, Heidi stayed up with me,we was looking after our grandson yesterday and they have two dogs and a cat,the cat fell asleep on my legs,the dogs were out back so didn’t see them but Heidi wouldn’t leave me alone when I got back.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16, Melb Aust, NFD

    Just completed my second NFD for the weekend – thankfully fairly well controlled eating each day, though. As anticipated, my weigh-in on Saturday a.m. was disappointing; despite two FDs in the week, I was the exact same weight as the previous Saturday. However, I know I plateau regularly when losing weight, about every 3 kgs, so – keeping on keeping on!!!! Though I did expect to plateau at around 82 kgs, not 83.4 . Still, have scheduled extra FDs for this week to try to shift off the plateau.

    @sunn_beam, thanks for your good wishes re the storms. Really heavy rain, but no major damage in my suburban area or at home, for which I’m very thankful.

    @missybear, good to read of your experiences losing weight. I’ll have to take up your “mantra” – “slow and steady”!!! 🙂 I’ve been trying hard to lose some weight quickly as my cholesterol had kicked up in recent months. My dr wants me on statins, which I’m resisting as I’ve heard they can cause a lot of joint pain, which I already have enough of. So, trying to lose weight in hopes my cholesterol will drop also. Repeat blood test at end of February.

    @songbirdme – interesting article, thanks for sharing it

    @emma_taylor – condolences on the loss of your friend

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    hello everyone, this is so much amazing info you guys have given to me, i read through a lot of the posts, everyone seems hard working and genuine!

    i’d like to share with you something that has completely CHANGED my life, i lost so much weight and actually i only go to the gym 1 time a week.

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  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Glad your work is nearly complete before Christmas seem very organised…it sounds an interesting course…the Nile will be very interesting even to me….

    We are trying to fit two fasts in but if we don’t we don’t…’s once a year and a big line will be drawn..

    Have a good day…

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all, I think I’ve definitely got to the point where I’m just eating/drinking whatever and not stressing. I’ll probably do a fast or two in the coming week, since it’s just part of my routine now, but if I don’t get any in I’m fine with that. Line drawn in January, when I’ll start counting calories on my NFD days and I’ll have to force myself to start exercising again. I want to start going to karate, which I haven’t done for about 15 years, and I really miss running but that’ll have to wait until it’s lighter. I miss the Body Combat classes too, but they are so tricky to get to these days, the M4 is so often a nightmare. I have my fingers crossed there’ll be a new scuba class starting in February, but the dive master doesn’t know for certain yet, they usually only do them in late autumn.
    Did a fair bit of researching and sketching for my volunteering job yesterday, need to finish that today, though I also need to go and buy more watercolour paper and don’t want to go out today, so won’t get the painting done just the drawing. I’ve finished my current textbook so have my evenings free at least. Last one was on the Arctic, next one is on the Nile.
    Busted out my Christmas jumper on Friday, pretty chuffed actually because it’s a kids one and fits me fine. It’s not saying much really, I’m only 5ft1, so even carrying extra weight I’m not big in the grand scheme of things.

    Hope you’re all well! Glad the cold is clearing up Jean. Carols sound nice and festive HH. Mim, being able to do the occasional blow out is part of what makes 5:2 work, impossible to be good all the time, once in a blue moon is fine so don’t worry about it. 🙂

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All..
    At last I am feeling better, I have loads to do…slept terrible only had about 4 hours sleep..I think not doing anything and lazing about my body isn’t tired…Steve still fighting on still not good, he is still chesty but that’s pretty normal for him, it takes time..

    Lots of jobs in hand today, all bitty…Yorkshire puddings being made for the freezer at the

    I love lists but loose them too…much better now I make them on my phone and delete as I buy…

    I have a lovely chocolate trifle/dessert, for Xmas and special occasions as the family never liked the Christmas pudds, must have made it for the last 45 years..😂..goodness I am getting has to be made the day before, to mingle the tastes.. so always takes off the pressure…Steve will be having Xmas pudd then dives into mine..I shall be taking one away with me..I have been known to have some for breakfast 😂

    You sound about sorted…lots of people missing, maybe not a lot of fasting now…we are going to Manchester tomorrow which is a pain as I wanted to fast, see how we go..

    Somebody definitely want the riot act reading to him..that’s quite naughty you could of been beside yourself!…enjoy your Carols later..

    Jean x

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Yes Cali it’s just one night. Based on past experience with the appetite of the teenagers I think I’ll need every scrap of this food.
    I have stopped cleaning now – I had to, I broke my mop! The floor have been vacuumed and half mopped – luckily I started washing the dirtiest patch first.
    I think it’s a sign that I’ve done enough.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Thin it was pure coincidence that the cake is the same colour I didn’t even think of it until you mentioned it. That’s how it was pictured in the book.

    I’ve had the lights for a few years. The last lot I bought in the Uk because I couldn’t find them here again. They are round like a tennis ball and can be stuck on but I just have them placed in corners where Dad goes and a couple near my room. They sense movement, even fluttering curtains, come on and stay on for about 60 seconds, battery operated.

    Funny story, I had bought some for Mum and Dad when they were living in Queensland. When Mum was starting to decline with the dementia she would walk into Dads room with it in her hand and say it wouldn’t go out. I would take her back to bed and then a few minutes later she would be doing the same because every time she got out of bed it would go on. I laugh about it now but at the time it drove me crazy.

    Had another big storm this evening but luckily not as intense as yesterday .

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Whew, LJ, it makes me tired just reading of your flurry of activity. You respond well under pressure. All of the food choices sound lovely, and probably more than you need unless you have some big eaters there. How long are they staying? Just the one night?

    Intesha, I love your Christmas cake. The color of that frosting almost matches LJ’s new mixer. The snow men are cute. You can always stick their arms back on if they come loose again. Good thing you had those emergency lights for your Dad when the power failed. And glad it’s warm there this time of year. Our power always seems to go out in the winter when it’s cold. We seem to have had fewer in recent years. Makes you thankful for electricity and realize how much we depend on it.

    Anzac, I like that poem. Maxx is just resting up for more chaos as soon as it cools down a bit. 😁

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – NFD

    Sorry guys, I have been MIA for a few days and only catching up now as its a lazy Sunday morning.

    We had a plumbing emergency at 6am on Thursday morning, thank goodness I get up at 6am for my early morning walk, and thank GOD we were both at home as otherwise the emergency would have turned into catastrophe….maybe rivalling yours @rainbowsmile… very sorry to hear things are still not well with you. Healing vibes for a better time ahead.

    Anyway, DH sorted out the plumbing on Thursday, problem sorted. So Friday was the work Christmas party, off to a hotel an hour from our work place, overnight stay, courtesy bus to and from, wine on the bus , champagne reception 🍾, cocktails and wine over dinner courtesy of management, plus a free tab at the bar……whew…..but I danced ALL NIGHT LONG to 3am, my Ralph Lauren dress fitted beautifully and is the most comfortable fancy dress I have ever worn. @flourbaby I felt amazing in it. It’s a lovely shade of navy blue with sparkly bits around the waist, sleeveless and cut so beautifully that arms and waist looked so well. Delighted! I need more opportunities to wear it again ha ha

    Got home yesterday afternoon and caught up on chores. Today we plan to do get all the heavy Christmas shopping in (dry goods, wine, beer etc) as DH will be immobile from Thursday. It’s only a day operation and I will bring him home that evening but it’s going to be a busy Christmas for me.

    Re the work situation….well I sent reiki towards the problem with hope that the conclusion would be well for me and the client…and it has!!! So yes, it was an error, but one I will be super careful of not making again, and then they extend my contract until mid June 2019 so vibes have worked.

    @emmataylor so very sorry to hear of your friend. Condolences and hugs
    @ciren2 thinking of how hard you are working these days.

    Thanks everyone who recently commented. You guys are great.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16, Emden Germany, NFD

    It’s snowing, everything is dressed in white, the garden looks beautiful!

    Have a nice Sunday everyone!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Thin, it’s a good thing you found your dress a few weeks ago – one less ting to worry about this week. I have no doubt you’ll manage the food challenges.

    Intesha, they are very cute snowmen and I’m sure the grandkids will appreciate them (even if an arm goes missing)! I agree with Thin, I love the blue.

    Anzac, thakyou for the reminder that the changeable and dramatic weather is normal for our patch of the world.

    It’s been a flurry of activity here since I realised my mixup about the days. I’ve raided the deli counter of the local Foodland supermarket and now have fridge full of cured meats, cheeses, veg, bread, fruit etc to make up cold savoury platters and a fruit platter for tomorrow night. I’ve bought one premade dip and will make tsadziki and hummus tomorrow to serve with raw veg. I cut a chicken in half and did the poaching-roasting method again – once cool I’ll add it to the cold meats for the platters. I have also made a tray of very quick sausage rolls (with sheets of frozen puff pastry and thick beef sausages that I removed the skins from) – I’ll bake these tomorrow. The only other hot things will be shoestring fries and crumbed prawns – which I bought frozen and they just need 20 minutes in the airfyer tomorrow night (much easier than my original plans). I wasn’t going to do fries, but I was worried about whether the youngest kids would like the cold platters.
    I’ve also just put a pavlova in the oven (my brother in law’s favourite dessert).
    I’m very glad that I always get the guest bedroom ready to go again as soon as people leave, so there’s nothing I have to do in there. Bathrooms have been quickly cleaned and now I just have to tackle the floors. If anyone dares to comment on the state of my windows or the lack recent dusting I’ll be trowing a cleaning cloth at them.

    Time to heat up some soup for dinner. It’s been a busy FD!!

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Thin, they are actually quite pretty and more scared of you than you are of them. Being largely aquatic you might see a grass snake near a canal, but that isn’t Adder territory. In an increasingly urban country, most people will never see either variety.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all! Missed yesterday, had a busy day yesterday as we ended up doing a bit more Christmas shopping, took Xena with us, & lost my list somewhere so had to go out again when we got home as I realised I’d forgotten something!
    Going to make a Christmas pudding, a bit late I know, only Mum & I like it, but my friend sent a recipe for a triple chocolate one which looks good- might try it! Mum came over for dinner & to watch the Strictly final last night, didn’t get to see it all as Xena was playing up, she had been lots better recently…currently curled up on my lap! Had a fright this morning as youngest wasn’t home- didn’t even know he’d gone out! He doesn’t normally stay out, even if it’s 4am when he gets in, so I rang him- he’s fine, stayed somewhere, we shall be having words later! Carol service later with Mum, then some Christmas cards need putting through neighbours doors, if I can brave the cold!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Lovely cake Intesha! Gosh, you are a hard self-critic though. I love that blue colour that seems to be one of your decorating trademarks. It makes everything look very classy. Your cooking sounds tasty too. So there are four of us fasting today! Fantastic!

    To screen shot (on a mac anyway), you just click the ‘Command’, ‘Shift’ and ‘4’T keys simultaneously and then extend the box it produces around the item and let go. The screen shot appears in Finder on your desktop.

    Those light sensors for your Dad sound a good idea – are they like on an aeroplane? Thanks for your nice comments, yes we are so proud of DD and I know I have gone on about her here just a little too much lately. It’s nearly over though so thank you all for bearing with me and I promise to get a life of my own in 2019 …. not that any of you have so far been very helpful with my request for empty nest tips.

    LJ, like you, I got the day wrong of a major event this week. I thought DD’s graduation (here I go again) was on Saturday but I just realised that it’s Friday. At least I have my outfit as you all know (but she doesn’t!). It makes no difference to my FDs, etc or my hair appt. on Thursday. But I’m reminded that it’s a certificate ceremony in the morning followed by a catered lunch and then the dinner/dance in the evening – a lot of excess food and drink all on the same day. I really need some serious restraint this week. I had also forgotten about another food thing on Tuesday night – again, nothing to do with Christmas, just catching up with friends for sundowners. Fortunately, they are both 5:2 converts so they ‘get it’.

    Annoying scales LJ but, really, you can’t expect much more than to stay the same weight at this time of year – unless you’re a Penguin.

    Anzac, I will look forward to your post from work tomorrow! When is your last day before the holiday break? So, finally, we know how to calm Maxx down. Move to Darwin.

    Cinque, I missed the word ‘tamale’ in your post. I know tamales, of course, from living on the Mexican border, but how do you make a tamale pie? Have you heard of that CalifD, Betsy or Minka?

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Ha ha, thanks for the clarification, CalifD.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi all, hope you are having a nice weekend.

    FD for me today. I find that by doing 2 or 3 FDS it keeps my weight stable so I am not stressing about the uncontrolled eating I seem to be doing lately which I know is caused by what is happening around me. Time enough to get my mind back into a good place once the silly season is over.

    Thin I don’t know how to screenshot. You must be one proud parent. Your DD has done so well and been so focused on what she wants to achieve. Not my style of cakes I have to agree.

    We had the mother of all storms yesterday afternoon and our power was out from 6.30pm until 7.30am. Luckily I have sensor lights on the floors where Dad travels otherwise it would have been another stressful time.

    This morning I had to clear up the damage, the garage was flooded and it looked like someone had gone through with shears and cut the bushes to pieces.

    Finished my Xmas cake today but the humidity plays havoc with the fondant and my snowmen kept losing their arms so very much a patch job. The snowmen where a last minute decision as I thought it would be nice for the grandchildren and I had to do two so there were no arguments.

    Will check back tomorrow after my weigh in. Shame I like my own cooking, made mince pies, chocolate nut and seed slice and some seed crackers so I tell myself it is all healthy🙄🙄

    My Xmas cake

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Yikes, I thought my sister and brother in law were here Tuesday night, turns out it’s tomorrow. That means 14 people here for dinner tomorrow night, and I’m in the city for lunch and short on time tomorrow!!!!
    I should be cooking cleaning right now, I don’t have time for posting. You can call this avoidance tactics to take my mind off the panic!

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    @annemarilyn – were you singing The Messiah or in the audience? I love singing it myself whenever I get the chance. We’ve done choir presentations of the various portions of it as well as “impomptu” or the “Do It Yourself” Messiah. Terrific music especially this time of year.

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Thin, if you’re over 60kg it’s water weight. If you’re 59kg, it’s water weight and you probably actually weigh much less. You’re only dehydrated if you’re under 56 and sitting in the loo. 😉

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good afternoon all, it’s 32 degrees and still very humid in Sydney. Poor Maxx is flat out on the tiles in the laundry

    Cali – Lately we seem to have either floods or droughts in Sydney. It’s been mostly drought over the last 18-24 months but then we get periods where it just rains and rains. Do you know the poem by ‘My Country’ by Dorothea Mackeller? Part of it goes

    I love a sunburnt country
    A land of sweeping plains
    Of ragged mountain ranges
    Of droughts and flooding rains
    I love her far horizon
    I love her jewel-sea
    Her beauty and her terror
    This wide brown land for me

    Sums it up nicely!

    Hope your scales start behaving LJ and good luck with your cleaning. It’s a chore but so nice when it is done

    Hope your FD’s are going well Thin and Cinque, not that I have any doubt they are.

    Weekends are so busy and I don’t get time to have a good read and lots of replies to you all but tomorrow will be back in the office so will have lots more time. I know that sounds weird but I get in really early so I can start the work day leisurely

    Take care everyone

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    1:30pm Sunday, Adelaide

    Hi SHs, hope you are having a lovely weekend and are not getting too stressed about christmas.

    I weighed myself this morning for the SS challenge and then shifted the position of the scale slightly and double checked – 2 different results. So I tried a few other spots on the bathroom floor – every single time a different result across a 3 kg range! I put a new battery in – same thing. I suspect the scales need to be on a level surface and bathroom floors are deliberately sloped (very slightly) so that water flows toward the floor drains. I think I’m going to have to use the wooden floor in the hallway as that is level and I get a consistent result.
    The result of all that weighing was a week with no change to my weight. Given all the food events I’m ok with that.

    Thin, isn’t that such an easy solution – providing poles. It is amazing though that such a tiny creature can glide across a multi-lane highway.

    Cinque, enjoy your busy FD. I had to look up tamale as I couldn’t remember what they were.

    As most of our weather seems to head from west to east, those of you in Victoria and possibly NSW should get some nice weather soon. The rainy days are just about finished here, then a week of fine weather is forecast. Next weekend here is low 20s – that should reach the eastern states by Christmas day I think. I’m a bit worried about the weather heading east from Perth though – I don’t want their weekend of highs 30s here on Christmas day! Thin can you hang onto that a bit longer please?

    I have house guests arriving tomorrow so I had better get back to the cleaning.

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Penguin, because I’m perverse, I looked up that natrix natrix snake and he looks a scary character to find in the grass. When I finally get my canal boat, I shall have to take care on the tow paths.

    CalifD, no snacking after snacking! To funny. I’m bouncing about just below the 60kg line too. How does ‘water weight’ work then? I’d like to be able to blame something other than my poor eating choices but that seems a bit of a cop out. If I’m dehydrated on a hot day under a canvas tent and drink lots of water, can I blame water weight for the gain? If I’m concurrently making trips to the loo, can I still be classed as dehydrated? If not, how can I blame water retention? And why, when people start noticing weight loss, do they often add that it was probably only water weight?

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Thin, those desserts and appetizers are a beautiful presentation. They look like something Intesha and LJ would make.
    A snake is a snake, but at least it didn’t chase you. 😮😁

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Thin, the aviation Christmas party sounds like it was a good time – except for the snake. Most of what you gained was probably water, maybe from increased salt intake. I went from 59.2 yesterday morning to 59.9 this morning, likely from snacking. This is a difficult time of year with all the Christmasy treats available. My challenge was to not snack after dinner. But I may change that to no snacking after snacking. 😁
    Cinque, I’ve always counted legumes as a protein rather than veggie. Eating from a rainbow of colors reminds me of Thin’s veggie platter that she took to the party last week. I liked the article on leafy greens helping to prevent dementia. My salads probably have 3 or 4 servings at least, for each of us. I don’t make one every night though. I need to change that.

    LJ, your eating yesterday doesn’t sound all that bad to me. After all, it was a NFD. You didn’t binge, you just took part in the festivities and it sounds like you made up for it with a reasonable dinner.

    Penguin, it’s even colder there than it is here this week. It sounds like you live in a very pretty area.

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    Thin, No, a grass snake (Natrix natrix). Non venomous, swims well, eats frogs etc. Defence mechanism squirting a foul smelling liquid, hence my comment about anti-social activity. The Adder is a lot shorter and chunkier. It is venomous but very rarely fatal.

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    Minka, I asked OH how he would describe those desserts and was then able to enter enough keywords to find them. Here they are:
    Scroll down to the 97mm rectangle. They were offered at another event at the Convention Centre.

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    Enjoyed the above posts with my first A&C coffee of the FD. I really feel I need this FD along with Wednesday’s before the final event of the season (excluding Christmas Day which I consider a meal, not an event) on Saturday night. I realised that 3 of the 4 main events this month had nothing to do with Christmas.

    LJ, I thought it was funny how you graded your food performance with a ‘C’. Yes, the event was Amazon themed and it was a real snake. No idea what kind. A snake is a snake. It looked long and fat to me. A lot of the guests were handling it so you’re probably right, Minka, that it was a carpet python. You have just registered on my ‘slightly weird’ scale with your comment about that being a highlight for you.

    Penguin, were you describing an adder? Perhaps less dangerous than some of those foods you described in the church hall. It sounded fun nevertheless with the quiz and festive community engagement.

    Cinque, blasting across the Nullarbor on a motorbike sounds fun. I remember driving across the top end in a VW Kombi in 50C temperatures and OH and I each drinking a litre of water every hour.

    Minka, I love those ‘Escape To The Country’ episodes and have concluded that’s where I need to be. Our next property needs to have a view, a larger block and a smaller home. A long boat in England might fit that bill. By ‘NH’, I meant New Hampshire, not Northern Hemisphere. I concluded that FM is one of your fellow countrywomen. I made up the description of the ‘window box’ dessert and, from your link, I see that I gave you a completely false impression. I’ll try to do better and report back. So, just two more truffles to get through. What a great deal of restraint you show in getting them down. Be careful not to show too much enjoyment in eating them or you might find yourself with another box for Christmas.

    So, we’re halfway through the SSC!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Cinque, LJ, just recently I heard an interview on the radio with mammal ecologist, Ross Goldingay, who’d convinced the NSW govt. to install poles on the sides of major roads enabling sugar gliders to cross with success. I just looked up his work:

    Enjoy your busy FD Cinque. I’m having a cruisey one but I do need a good, brisk walk with some HIIT this morning.

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    Challenge report

    Weigh in this morning and my weight is unchanged from last week. So I remain half a kilo down from the beginning of December. I failed my exercise challenge this week. I did just 90 minutes of exercise.

    Room for improvement.

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    Polly, we are off on our annual jaunt to Australia to visit the children and grandchildren. The hint of ‘the Ditch’ didn’t give you a clue? Colloquial for the Tasman Sea 🙂 For the last couple of years we have been able to catch up with them all in Sydney, but our daughter has just moved to the Gold Coast (Queensland) with her new man, so we will have to split our visit between them, incorporating a gentle 850km drive north and probably staying a couple of nights en route. With luck we will catch up with P and Mr P while in Sydney.

    Another glorious summer’s day here. I was astonished to hear that yesterday the North Island was struck by nearly 30,000 lightening strikes – it certainly didn’t happen here! Wellington is often the coldest place in the NI, but yesterday its microclimate worked in reverse. 🙂

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    The fourth and final final festive meal of the week. Not really a meal: a couple of hours in the village church this afternoon for carols, quizzes, sausage rolls, samosas, mince pies, stollen and other equally dangerous things. We had planned a sensible steak and green veg evening meal, but that has been postponed until tomorrow. Surprisingly we are both stable, but the idea was to lose weight during this challenge. A careful day tomorrow and a heavy duty fast on Monday/Tuesday!

    Quacka, you make the wild life on your cross country trip sound so attractive I think I’ll stick with our wild boar.

    Thin, I assume it was a reasonably large, tame non-venomous snake. None of ours would qualify. The longest is only about a metre long and very slender. Whilst non-venomous it has some anti-social habits. It is actually getting easier to shop for the grandchildren. They are old enough not to have changed their minds between now and Christmas and even the youngest no longer believes that they are delivered by reindeer.

    Minka, the Wye Valley and the Forest have been on “Escape to the Country” a few times. This is still a largely unspoiled rural area and the lack of industry, or much other employment, means that it is one of the cheapest areas in the country for buyers.

    Cinque, I am not really a fan of breakfast so I am no expert, but I am having trouble getting my mind around a “veggie free breakfast”. What veg would qualify for breakfast?

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning,

    I did some research on the amazing plant and found it is a kind of bromeliad called a puya, that grows in the Andes (and in Darraweit Guim).
    Cali your scented cactus sounds so beautiful.

    Anzac, yummy cooking. It is my turn today, I am making tamale pie.
    Oh Maxx.

    LJoyce, sympathy and congratulations too, another blip behind you.

    I lived in Gippsland near Mt Baw Baw in the bush (years ago ofcourse) and was walking through a bush track just after dark when I heard an animal high in the trees, and was just able to make out a sugar glider take off and glide down over the path, then I could hear it run up the tree it had landed on, and then it would glide down again. Very special.

    Thin, although sad, what a special threshold for DD. Glad she didn’t get one of those cakes 😀 😀

    Well, I’ve got a busy day. It is still rain and thunderstorms here, but not as mad as Friday and the temperature is kind (much kinder than your way Thin!).

    I’m expecting I will be so busy today my fast day will go at speed. Hope your day is a good one.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    USA Day 15 Water FD
    Second Post

    Coming up on the last few minutes of my water fast! Looking forward to eating! Needless to say, I am starving but happy that I was able to accomplish two water FDs this week! I’ve never done that before. I found that fasting not eating in the evening and through the night really helps me. I congratulate every with their successes today and this week!

    Emma Taylor: so sorry for your loss of your friend!

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