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  • First day of fasting complete…..Woohoo!!!

    Hey everyone!!
    Sorry I didn’t get chance to reply last week (was really manic with work!) first fast day went well and I also fasted on Wednesday too, but then I’m sure I undid all my hard work over the weekend as had some last minute social plans which involved cake and pizza amongst other things!! hoping for a better (more planned) week this week.
    1st fast of the week done today and have finished on 440cals – will be fasting weds & fri too this week! I have found today’s fast really easy thankfully.

    Lottie it’s really inspiring to hear your progress, i’d love to be the weight you are now. I also have a major sweet tooth which i find really hard to control!! I’m a Midwife so there are always biscuits and sweet treats on offer. I can be quite active with my job but also am sometimes desk based, I can usually get my 10,000 steps in most days though! I’m getting far too used to the elasticated waist bands on my scrubs though so when it comes to wearing normal clothes reality hits in at just how tight they’ve gotten haha.

    Hope you are have a great week& good luck with all your fast days! 🙂

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    Hi:

    5:2 certainly works if you do it correctly and give it a chance. It is not an overnight miracle – it takes some time to lose weight you have gained over many months and years.

    Here are some tips: https://thefastdiet.co.uk/forums/topic/the-basics-for-newbies-your-questions-answered/

    Good Luck!

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25 UK FD

    TL:DR rambling stuff 🙂

    Goodness what a wonderful pocket list for today – together we are indeed stronger! And thank you @at for picking me up from the spreadsheet and popping me into the middle. After a long and challenging day it’s wonderful to come here and see I’ve been held up all along 🙂

    More positives from yesterday, if the absence of a positive/re-emergence of a negative can also be a positive?! Getting changed for bed I caught myself in the mirror – my carb-tastic tum was back with a vengence, easily at 6mth gestation size. Clearly what I’d not noticed when marooned on my previous plateau – of both weight and inches – was the gradual decline of the carb-tastic tum. I’m looking forward to noticing this time round 🙂

    Today was a weary beginning but better structured than it might have been. Unexpectedly landed with a couple of extra hours’ prep to do ahead of important skype meeting, and then the writing up afterwards. It’s such a high profile project, and skyping with 3 people I’ve never met. Somehow I’ve answered all their concerns & everyone has gone from resistant to excited – phew!! I am going to be serious squashed to fit prep in along with several other competing deadlines this week, so need to focus and stay focused and cope with some long days. But It’ll all be very worth it in the near future, and hopefully helpful too.

    Now need to type up my week’s worklist, prioritise and schedule the variuos bits so nothing gets forgotten. Then salad for FD supper and on with drafting the flyer for annual conference – due with designer by end of today. That’ll be a weight off my mind. Tomorrow brings fresh deadlines, but full doesn’t have to mean overwhelmed.

    Another positive to share – forgive my rambling! I needed a photo taken for a security pass for upcoming event – it doesn’t have to be formal, just recent clear head & shoulders facing camera. SO I got my young relative to take mobile phone snap yesterday. And suddenly realised that I wasn’t embarrassed about having my picture taken, or avoiding it, or taking ages until I had one I was happy with. I looked directly at him and smiled, we kept laughing and then did one with hair down in case it looked more like me. When I looked at them I said – o dear, I look so tired, which one do you think? I don’t know, he replied, they both just look like you. OK i said, and we got on with catching up.

    Later that evening I sent them to my daughter and said which do you think, messy hair or stoned face? She came straight back, either – you just look really natural and happy. And I realised I did. I’m more present these days, more attentive, more in the moment and simply there. I spent some years apologising, worrying, making excuses. Now I’m just here, this is me. And it feels good.

    Then today when there was a chance a project might fall through i just said, OK that’s their decision. It doesn’t say anything about me as a person, it’s just a choice which may not be the wisest one. And I let it go, completely, and got on with my day. Shedding the load in so many ways – Who knew?!

    Onwards and inwards! xx

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    Diana123 – thanks so much for advice I might do that and change my TDEE.. I think I’m ready to get started just need to plan out my fast days what to eat and when …

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    Littlemumbigbum that’s a great username by the way.. yes we are alike for me it was my PhD which I got this time last year.. other diets like WW and SW did work but took so much effort.. I know that sounds bad but honestly I was so tired with the studying and family and everything else. I’m still suffering a bit really just that get up and go… I know it’s down to me but I feel a bit broke. And thought this might give me a boost… I almost fast anyway the odd day at work I’d just need refine it really…

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25 Stevensville Maryland USA CFD

    Back to work 🙁 Going to add myself to the pock list. Love fasting on Mondays I don’t feel alone in this.

    Thanks everyone and enjoy your Monday. In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

    Day 25 pocket list
    @cornish-jane
    @daffodil2010
    @missybear
    @rainbowsmile day 1 of b2b2b
    @debster251
    @sarahbob
    @beedoo
    @shinything
    @bert1802
    @arelkade
    @cjfrench
    @emma1202
    @kaywesterman
    @kerryn73
    @michelinme
    @molij
    @moukinator
    @slippers-clayton
    @ding
    @at – Day 2 of B2B2B2B2B 800cal or less days
    @basyjames
    @redrockgirl302- Day 1 of B2B2B2B2B 800cal or less
    @annemarilyn
    @diana123

    Together we are stronger!

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    Welcome Sarah,

    I am a 61year old female, I started this way of life (WOL) Mid January 2018. I do 17:7 everyday and I do a 37 hour fast starting Sunday until Tuesday at 12:00pm.and again Wednesday night until Friday at noon. I drink 3 to 4 liters of water and mineral water on my fast days and I keep my calories below 500 on fast days. By the first part of May I had lost 20lbs. I reached my goal weight for the month of June I have been doing maintenance and lost an other 2lbs so far for June.

    I really starting losing weight 2 to 3 pounds each week, I did hit one plateau in March but it was short lived. The best tip I have received from this forum, is to keep your TDEE’s at your goal weight and not your current weight.

    Good Luck

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25 – SW WA USA – FD

    Thank you @debster251, @shinything and @at for your supportive comments

    I’ve also been into the carbs for the past few days as a few have mentioned. Reining things back in today and will join the FD group. Going to take out a fellow retiring colleague for a brunch at a French creperie but that will be the only meal for the day.

    @bert1802 – that cancer is so nasty. Will be praying for your brother-in-law.

    Day 25 pocket list
    @cornish-jane
    @daffodil2010
    @missybear
    @rainbowsmile day 1 of b2b2b
    @debster251
    @sarahbob
    @beedoo
    @shinything
    @bert1802
    @arelkade
    @cjfrench
    @emma1202
    @kaywesterman
    @kerryn73
    @michelinme
    @molij
    @moukinator
    @slippers-clayton
    @ding
    @at – Day 2 of B2B2B2B2B 800cal or less days
    @basyjames
    @redrockgirl302- Day 1 of B2B2B2B2B 800cal or less
    @annemarilyn

    Together we are stronger!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Had my meal,still got 500 calories to play with, so will probably be under 600 calories today.Will have a yoghurt and an apple and orange when I get home from speedway.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Caz- 1st grandchild, congratulations & very exciting!! Hope you don’t get too hot doing your housework today. FD going all right for you?
    Minols- I forgot how early the Scottish schools break up, hope the week goes okay, enjoy just watching at the leavers assemblies! Which islands are you visiting for your holidays? Lovely! Well done on going back to running!
    Pseudo- well done on the weight loss, that’s great! You’re obviously doing it right! Hope the sunburn gets better quickly- I did a strip of my back working in the garden last week, sore… Are you back to running, how’s the hip?
    Dave- enjoy the football & your dinner!
    Hemmy- have a good holiday week!
    Dropped off SIL’s birthday present- she’s a funny one & often moody, Mum rang last week to drop her present off & she was too busy to see them, so we were just going to leave it in the porch, she opened the door, invited us in & we had a lovely chat! Shame she can’t be like that all the time… Did sit out in the sun for a bit too, making the most of it, & sorted out some of my pots. Too nice to be indoors!
    Fasting going well, ignoring the cheesecake still… Stay strong everyone!

  • Just starting today – first fast day (yuck!)

    If you actually want a break from cooking, at least give yourself some real protein to eat. It keeps you full longer. I love to cook involved meals too, which is how I got into recipe development. Not as a job, but to get some great Fast meals with good nutrition.

    Try this:
    Salmon Roasted with Tomatoes: 288 calories 14.5 g fat 2.9 g fiber 27.6 g protein 7.9 g carbs 268 mg Calcium PB GF One of the earliest meals we made when starting the Fast Diet, this recipe hails from the Fast Diet book in a slightly altered form. Still a favorite. Quick and delicious.
    4 oz salmon 10 cherry tomatoes [5 oz] 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated ½ cup green beans or 2 oz sugar snap peas seasonings to taste
    Spritz a small oven-proof pan with olive oil or non-stick spray. Put the salmon in the pan and sprinkle with seasonings of your choice. Arrange the tomatoes on/around the salmon. Sprinkle with parmesan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Meanwhile steam the green vegetables.

    Or this:
    White Fish Baked with cheese: 145 calories 5.9 g fat 0 g fiber 33 g protein 0.2 g carb 129 mg Calcium PB GF Another winner from the Fast Diet book.
    6 oz firm white fish fillets such as haddock or cod 1/2 oz cheddar cheese, grated Your choice of vegetables to add up to 125 calories: ½ cup pickled beets [74 cal] 3 oz green beans [26 cal] ½ cup peas [62 calories] ½ cup carrot coins [12 cal] 3 oz broccoli florets [30 cal] 2 oz parsnip, sliced as coins [42 cal] 1 cups salad greens + ½ tsp lemon juice + 1 tsp olive oil [48 cal] 3 oz tomatoes [15 cal]
    Heat the oven to 400 F. Put the fish in an oven-proof dish which has been lightly smeared with olive oil. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables of your choice.

    These meals go together in minutes and could be served to the whole family if you added some pasta or rolls for them to eat.

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

    Hi, fasting, more than balmy! It’s hot, hot, hot! And I love it.

    The American branch arrive on Wednesday, we are having the boys to ourselves for three days! Castles first on the order list. Then Chester Zoo which is huge.

    Maintaining going well, although losing a bit as I support OH.

    Pol. 🙋🏼

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

    ItalianGal, how goes it?
    Polly, are you having balmy summer days in Wales?
    PVE + Barata, how is Winter treating you so far?

    Fasting today: Camembert Baked Eggs with strawberries. Dinner will be a salad with feta, white beans, tomato, red bell peppers, tuna.

  • Americans! And anyone else who might like to join :)

    Am in NH, but later in the summer we go to PEI, Canada.
    Fasting today: Camembert Baked Eggs with Strawberries for breakfast. Salad with feta, tuna, white beans, tomatoes for dinner.
    Enjoying a beautiful summer day. Went for a walk with the ODH after breakfast, work in the apple trees after that. One of the last cool, clear days before the heat-waves begin.
    Happy Fasting.

  • How many weeks did it take for this diet to feel "normal" to you?

    Regina, are you eating on Fast Days or water fasting?
    We Fast on 600 calories [lean protein, lots of veggies] each Fast Day, <300 calories/meal. It did get easier the longer we did it, so it should for you. You talk about Fasting on a day when you didn’t have to be too productive…. I find it much easier to Fast on a day with a lot going on because it takes my mind off food. Think about that. When I get busy it is much easier to Fast.
    Good luck.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Feeling hungry now,my son just cooked sausage,egg,bacon and mushrooms, Having a Kirsty meal only around 300 calories so can have a yoghurt when I get back from speedway.

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    You sound a bit like me. I have gained most of my weight over 18 months of studying nursing. I have 2 kids, husband works long days. I neglect myself in terms of health. I never exercise, and I never learnt to cook. I was raised on fish fingers, comfort foods and convenience food like I lot of people I suppose from busy working families. I have no advice. Just want to commiserate.

  • How many weeks did it take for this diet to feel "normal" to you?

    I just finished my first fast day yesterday and just had a normal breakfast. Have been thinking about nothing but food and this diet for about 36 hours now. Yesterday was Sunday, so I didn’t need to be too productive, and I was able to hide somewhat from kids when I got hangry (which was the better part of the day). I’m worried about the next fast day when somehow I have to perform at work, be pleasant, and come home and do stuff with kids too. I have to believe that since people live this way, it gets easier. What I want to have is a goal in mind. Like “get through the first 4 or 6 fasts…” and all will feel normal somehow. Thanks for any insights on this!

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25, Rocky Mountains, US, FD 800 cals

    @at: I am joining you in your 5 days 800 cals or less. It will be fun doing it together. 😊😊😊

    Day 25 pocket list
    @cornish-jane
    @daffodil2010
    @missybear
    @rainbowsmile day 1 of b2b2b
    @debster251
    @sarahbob
    @beedoo
    @shinything
    @bert1802
    @arelkade
    @cjfrench
    @emma1202
    @kaywesterman
    @kerryn73
    @michelinme
    @molij
    @moukinator
    @slippers-clayton
    @ding
    @at – Day 2 of B2B2B2B2B 800cal or less days
    @basyjames
    @redrockgirl302- Day 1 of B2B2B2B2B 800cal or less

    Happy fasting! 🌻🌺😊

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 24 USA (Illinois) NFD

    No breakfast for me today because I have lunch and supper out with different friends. Will be judicious in what I order and eat!

    Onward and downward.

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    Sarah

    You wanted some advice for your first few days. I suggest sticking to the recommended 5:2. This may sound obvious but on these forums you will find people doing all sorts of variations on the theme. You can develop your theme later on with experience if you want to.

    – My advice is to count calories properly to start with on fast days. I don’t avoid any macro-nutrients (eg fats, carbs, proteins) in particular, just choosing unprocessed foods that I like up to 500 cals per day.

    – Fast days are easier when you skip breakfast (or have 2 meals a day) then you have 250 calories for each meal and you can eat a decent meal for that. Try and like herbal teas and black coffee, then you don’t have to add milk.

    – Just ignore hunger or drown it with a drink that you like (my favourite is Marmite tea – really crushes the hunger for a while). Hunger comes in waves and goes away after a while – it does not build up during the day. Tell yourself it is only one day – its easy to diet for one day – and you can have some favourite foods tomorrow.

    – Have emergency fast day snacks to hand – celery sticks with salt works well!

    – Keep some control over the non-fast days, as the feast-and-fast-approach could backfire. If you have a good fast day, you find you don’t want to ruin it by pigging out the next day. But this takes time, as you may have to change some bad habits, and give yourself time/space to do it properly so you don’t feel too deprived, otherwise you will give up.

    – And if you have a lot of weight to lose, don’t expect people to notice until you’ve lost quite a bit (eg 1/3rd of your planned loss). Keep waist and hip measurements too and that will help you keep going!

    Join us on the monthly challenges if you like!

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25 FD North Canton OH

    Its the last week of June. This year is flying by. Weekend was ok, I ate more than I wanted to and did not stick to my LCHF preference – self sabotage in spades with glasses of red wine to top it all off.

    I will be gone in July for a couple of weeks else I would host again, its really not that much work, just set up a spreadsheet and start the thread. It’s pretty self sustaining because we all support each other. I took on additional work responsibilities and I am trying to find my happy medium, but in the meantime it’s a juggle.

    @at I agree, there is plenty of time to make a difference. for the last week of July, I am going for LCHF OMAD.

    Let’s make June count!
    Day 25 pocket list
    @cornish-jane
    @daffodil2010
    @missybear
    @rainbowsmile day 1 of b2b2b
    @debster251
    @sarahbob
    @beedoo
    @shinything
    @bert1802
    @arelkade
    @cjfrench
    @emma1202
    @kaywesterman
    @kerryn73
    @michelinme
    @molij
    @moukinator
    @slippers-clayton
    @ding
    @at – Day 2 of B2B2B2B2B 800cal or less days
    @basyjames

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25, Gozo, Malta, fd

    I had a fab time Saturday at my granddaughter s party. I enjoyed eating her rainbow cake. I even had second helpings. Yesterday ate Chinese food for lunch with all my family and in the evening when out with my eldest daughter and sister in law and ate a risotto with smoked duck.

    Today is a fast day for me. I weighed at 69.3 kilos. I gain what I lost last week.

    Have a great day everyone. Onwards and downwards

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    @ sarah. Avoid all sugar and added sugar. Avoid processed carbs like bread, pasta, rice, cereals, cakes etc. Doubly so on fast days. Even eating small portions of processed grain based carbs on fast days will make your task almost impossible. Get your carbs from veggies (no potatoes) and some fruit. Eat lots of legumes/beans. Don’t be scared of fats like cheese, avocadoes. Avoid anything that says low fat!! It means high sugar. Avoid fruit juice, pure junk. Avoid breakfast cereals pure junk.

    Drink lots of water on your fast days. Good luck.

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    thank you so very much !

    Sarah

  • How to stay motivated when nobody around you is on diet???

    Yes! it is really difficult to motivate yourself when no one is with you. Just set your goal and do it as a task, you have to pass this hurdle at any cast. Remember one thing, nothing is bigger than thought and implementation.

  • Back again… any support appreciated!

    Hey everyone, and a very happy Sunny Monday to any of you in the UK! Its absolutely glorious in the North East and is set to stay this way for the rest of the week which would be ideal as I am at a wedding in Northumberland on Saturday.

    Fasting_me – thank you so much for the advice. I will up the calories on fast days if I feel like its too little, however Friday was much better than Monday in terms of how I was left feeling. I had a detox shake where you put all the ingredients in and blend and it kept me full from 6.30pm all the way through til breakfast time on Saturday. It was definitely the killer workout on Monday that made my day more difficult than it had to be so I wont be doing that again in a hurry!

    I managed to stay away from the sweet stuff over the weekend (except the fruit pastille ice-lolly I had yesterday while I was sat outside in the sun) but food wise it could have been better – I went out for lunch on Saturday with my husband and I’m not going to lie to you, there was a lot of cheese involved(!)

    I’m fasting again today; like LittleDragon I feel I need to reset after the weekend. Also getting one day out of the way at the beginning gives me the motivation needed for the rest of the week.

    Hope everyone else is having a good Monday – Im loving reading everyone’s comments on this thread!

    – HB

  • I don't hate breakfast, just all the breakfast foods

    You can eat fruits and salads with some chat masala…..

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hope all you fasters are doing well,just on my first cup of tea,I looked in the fridge and I have a kefir honey and mint smoothie, trouble is it’s 156 calories 😂😂😂, football soon then take Heidi out, speedway later,so will miss the second game.Weather like being abroad 😎😎😎😎😎

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25 – UK – FD (600cals)
    Day 2 – UK – FD (634cals)

    I attended a brilliant all day Yoga Workshop yesterday to celebrate the Summer Solstice – we spent the day deepening our Yoga practice to help us culivate a sense of connection to the earth and the sun – great day of physical and mental strength – slept like a log last night 😴

    My friend with cancer started this WOL last week and texted me this morning to report a 5.5lb loss in her first week and she is also doing at least 10,000 steps a day and is already feeling the change in her mindset – to hear her positiveness made me feel so good!

    After some over indulgence on Friday and Saturday I am feeling the need to eat less for a few days even though the scales report that I’m staying just below the top of my maintenance range. But as I am feeling bloated I am planning on doing B2B2B2B2B 800cal or less days – healthy foods only and no cakes or alcohol – so today is Day 2 of 5 days – I can do this 💪

    @cornish-jane – what has changed is how you see yourself and how you see those around you – weightless changes your frame of mind and gives you a more positive outlook on life – I firmly believe if you are happy in yourself you see the world differently – anyway that has been my experience with my journey with this WOL.
    @bert1802 – good to hear that you had a fab day hanging out with your OH yesterday – join me for a week of healthy eating 😇
    @redrockgirl302 – your Day 24 sounded just perfect too and the food a great balance of healthy and a bit of a treat with the homemade ice-cream
    @ccco – great to hear that you are feeling better
    @annemarilyn – loved your honest reflections – as Marilyn Monroe once said “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” 🤗
    @rainbowsmile – love your image of 5:2 😊
    @snowflake56 – 🤗
    @mogaman – welcome back – your month in Sicily must have been fab!!
    @daffodil2010 – good to hear your motorcycle weekend was most enjoyable – we have been having some great weather here in Cumbria too and it looks set to continue this week – making the most of it!
    @missybear – hello
    @kerryn73 – will miss you but looking forward to hearing from you in August
    @sarahbob – you can do this FD!

    Today’s pocket list: I have copied everyone’s name from the spreadsheet who said they are fasting today – this should keep us strong to achieve today – TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER
    @cornish-jane
    @daffodil2010
    @missybear
    @rainbowsmile day 1 of b2b2b
    @debster251
    @sarahbob
    @beedoo
    @shinything
    @bert1802
    @arelkade
    @cjfrench
    @emma1202
    @kaywesterman
    @kerryn73
    @michelinme
    @molij
    @moukinator
    @slippers-clayton
    @ding
    @at – Day 2 of B2B2B2B2B 800cal or less days

    Just under a week to go for this June challenge – plenty enough time to make a difference!

    Has anyone volunteered to host the July Challenge yet – if anyone is in need of some extra motivation with this WOL – taking this role on is a great way to keep you accountable and motivated…………..

    EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT STARTS WITH THE DECISION TO TRY

  • Diet and Body muscles

    Patilpooja,
    Thank you for your reply.
    When we talk about nutrition, I do care about it. I make sure that I have vegetables, protein, cab etc. I try to eat everything but in a controlled way. The reason I had my daily food intake mainly within 10 hours was because there was a research showing food intake with 8 hours in a day is a better way to control weight.
    I have started to change my diet since last year, however I am struggling to keep the weight down at around 58kgs.
    Regards
    Jan

  • A long road……

    Hi everyone!

    Happy Monday! Hope you all had a good weekend and welcome SlackNZ. Do join us for the ups and downs of trying to be healthy and lose weight. I think with fasting, how you do things is up to you. Personally, like LittleDragon, I like to keep my precious kcals mainly for dinner and also use My Fitness Pal to make sure I don’t go over 500. But I do not count calories on NFD’s because I hate it. Seeing those numbers tick down and down over the day and worrying I won’t have enough for the dinner I want to eat etc etc. It’s weird how psycho I can get over numbers (the scales too- feel your pain LittleDragon!) when losing weight so I am trying to limit it to one weigh-in a week, one measurement session a month and counting kcals on FDs only).
    I still save apx 100 kcals so I can have my morning tea and mid morning coffee with milk. I don’t function well without them!

    One of my little tips- diet fizzy drinks! I don’t like them most of the time but a Pepsi Max on a FD is my lunch. It’s not filling but it does seem to shut my stomach noises up for a bit. Then herbal teas- peppermint is my fav. Also, see if you can find any food which you vaguely like which is really low kcals in case you really feel you need ‘something’. For me- celery, cucumber, raspberries, rice cakes. A rice cake with a thin spreading of low fat cream cheese and some cucumber, salt and pepper comes in about 50kcals. Have a can of fizzy diet pop too and voila- a low cal snack to save the day!

    With regards to the sleeping issue I actually find the opposite. I am a good sleeper anyway but I find I sleep even more like a log on an FD night. Maybe it’s because my body isn’t focusing on digesting food. Sorry to hear you have problems. Maybe if you can eat more for dinner you won’t wake up because you are hungry? It’s all trial and error to see what suits your body I guess.

    So, anyway- really long post from me! Apologies if you are dying of boredom.

    This week’s results.

    12 stones 10lbs so that’s 2lbs off. Much better!

    That being said- after putting on 3lbs the week before I am still heavier than when I started fasting. 🙁

    I have been thinking of trying to really cut back the sugar from my diet too as I am totally aware of my addiction to it. I know I said last week I wouldn’t eat any biscuits etc but I did. Yes, I’m going to be really honest on this forum. I have these Nature Valley bars which have a peanut butter filling. My partner loves them and so I buy them for him and then eat them myself. And then I did eat some chocolate and an ice cream bar thing and maybe a couple of other ‘bits’. It’s always the weekend and it’s always the evenings!

    So this week I am going to challenge myself and go sugar free- sort of! Tomorrow I am not going to have a 1/2 tsp sugar in my coffee. I realise there is sugar in things like ketchup and baked beans which I will still eat a bit of (mainly for convenience) but I’m going to try and not eat the usual favs- cake and those Nature Valley bars.

    So, I declare it here- Sugar free week for me! Let’s see if it helps! See you next Monday for the next weigh in and I think since it’ll be the start of July I will do some measurements. Hopefully I would like to lose at least 1lb. And even though I have not got off to a great start with the 5 2 this time I feel I am kind of in the swing of it now. Got to do some tweaking (hello, biscuits) and I think I will start to get the weight off.

    Hope you all have a good week!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good evening everyone,

    Cali, so sorry to hear of the death of your beloved Aunt and Godmother. It is clear how precious she has been in your life.
    I am so sorry you won’t be able to go to her funeral and mourn with the family, but it is important that you look after your own health. I am glad your sister will be there and will keep you in touch with everything.
    I hope you have worked out special things you can do to say good bye to her from where you are. If you would like, tell me the time of her funeral and I will light a little teacandle in my beautiful porcelain candle dome. A little light from Australia in appreciation of a good life.

    Thin, I hope your bridge game went well.
    I’m glad you have a professionally trained daughter to work out plastic free dog poop problems 😉 .

    Quacka, My sugar munchies are the brain signal I get that I really need to keep eating, even though I am not hungry, and no matter if I am full.
    However your symptoms are common. I googled them. Not the best science, but the only explanation I could find is that the nerves in your hands (and sometimes your feet) swell and cause numbness or tingling. And it was also called a ‘sugar rush’
    So you get sugar rushes and I get sugar munchies. I also get awful poisonous hangover symptoms from eating sugar, which is the main reason I don’t have it any more.

    Sybs, yours sounds more like a hypoglycemic symptom. I guess you retrained your body to get its energy more healthily.

    Penguin, so many celebrations in your neck of the woods. Enjoy your lovely fruit. I hope the hot dry spell doesn’t last too long. Hooray for water butts.

    End of a busy day. Best wishes all.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi Everyone

    You all sound like you’re enjoying the summer! We did a quick hop to Copenhagen at the weekend for one of Runrig’s farewell gigs…just brilliant. Kept the food fairly restrained, though.

    Today is the start of the last week of term for the 3 schools I dip in and out of…farewell services for all those heading up to High School, too, so a bit busy. Always strange – a mix of things I need to be at, but I’m not doing a lot at…just watching, but loving being there. then I stand up, so a few things, and we all head off until I do it again with a different set of people! Add a couple of funerals into the mix, and a Holiday Club to prepare for next week, and you’ve a recipe for over-heating – especially this week! July is going to be a ‘stay off the biscuits and use MFP to keep me right’ sort of month, as we head off to the islands after holiday club. Just need to get to the end of this week without gaining, so I can draw a line under this month…and then start again for July trying to stay the same!

    Went out for a run first thing this morning – just beautiful. The boy came too, but decided not to run, so just brought his drawing things so he could sit at the swings and draw a dragon…like you do!

    If you’re fasting, have a good one!

    Mx

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    @quacka – yes, when I cut out rice and most other carbs. I have never added sugar to anything in my life, so that could not have been the problem. It only lasted for about 2 weeks for my body to get used to no rice, no bread, no pasta etc.

  • A long road……

    Thanks LittleDragon.
    Yeah I definately feel far less bloated and better in my skin even only after 3 fast days(i am half way thru my 2nd week). So thats good. And i had a super salty/carbfuelled meal the night before I got on scales that second time so I am hoping it was just water. I fasted again today and man am I peeing like crazy! So maybe that’s all the water coming off. I might modify my fast slightly as I often have a little snack for bfast but from now on I might try just a tea or coffee instead, to prolong the fast like you said. I drink a hell of alot of tea when it’s my fast days!
    I think I will start measurements tonight….. oh god I might be traumatised! Will keep u posted.

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25…..Florida….FD

    Had a wonderful day, tons of relaxing, but this morning, I’m dreading the work week, but it’s the adult thing to do so I will go to work.
    Went to Walmart yesterday but found nothing in the aspect of lunches for work. It seemed that everything they had was just high calorie junk. So, I’m leaving this early this morning and stopping by a real market for lunches.
    I think my biggest down fall is the planning, I’m not doing it so, I’m suffering the consequences.

    I got to get my crap together…… we found out my brother in law has cancer about a year ago which they removed and gave him treatment then about a month ago they found another spot which is untreatable so they are giving him less than a year of life. So, they moved up his sons wedding, my husbands God son, to Nov. So, I definitely have to do something.
    It’s going to be a happy but rather sad time. We’re all praying for his recovery!

    Well……I’m off!

    Japanese legend says that if you are not sleeping at night it is because you are awake!

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    For a person starting the diet, you may find books in the Carbs and Cals series helpful. I have the book ‘Very Low Calorie Recipes and Meal Plans’, by Chris Cheyette, which is no longer in their list of publications. (But others in the series are still available.) Actually, I have settled on a few favorite foods/dishes, which, after 5 days of full eating, are do-able restrictions for the fasting days.

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    I agree with cornish-jane. I began in 2016, and was steadily on the plan for more than a year. Losing weight was not my objective, but I did steadily lose some 40 pounds. More important to me was reducing my blood sugar readings to border-line diabetic. (I was definitely Type 2 diabetic before.)

    My doctor recommended that I take a break, which I did, for nearly 6 months. Several weeks ago I started again, doing the 2 days of fasting per week. I am SO glad to be back on it again! I have control back. One day a week keeps me steady. Two days of fasting per week, plan-style, lets me lose weight.

    I am 78 years old, so I, too, have tried various approaches to weight-loss. This one makes sense. Aging makes my body run slower. Fasting gives my body a chance to ‘catch up’. I feel so much better on the plan. I now hold it as my ideal normal way to live.

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25, UK, FD

    Didn’t get a chance to post yesterday but I did read all the posts, always do as its supportive :). I need this FD because I sabotaged myself last week so much you wouldn’t believe 😓 . Want that nice not bloated feeling back! Hopefully after today’s FD 🙂

    For @ccco and @annamariav and people who felt with no energy and tired after FD …. its worth remembering that while fasting and reducing calories for certain period of time, our bodies still need nutrition. Sticking to basics really works :). Just my opinion.
    @ccco glad your energy is coming back and you are feeling better 🙂

    @michelinme – love your “In true carb queen fashion i celebrated with yoga &
    meditation, then bread & cheese” but you have some fierce competition here for that title 😂

    @annemarilyn sending you virtual hugs , you’ve done well to get out of abusive relationship, its a tough thing to do. 🤗

    @kerryn73 enjoy your holidays and see you next month 😀

    @beedoo that feeling of bigger size clothes not looking right is what I try and keep in mind when I’m struggling, its so nice 😀

    Today’s pocket list:

    @cornish-jane
    @daffodil2010
    @missybear
    @rainbowsmile day 1 of b2b2b
    @debster251
    @sarahbob
    @beedoo
    @shinything

    Have a great day everyone, lets do this together 💪

  • Help me… I’m new… does this work

    Hi All, thank you so much for the encouragement. I am aware that the motivation ultimately needs to come from myself but hearing your stories is very supportive thank you.

    As a starter do you have any suggestions on my first few fast days?

    Sarah x

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25 London UK FD

    Having had 4 NFD, I’m back! Yesterday was almost a FD without planning as I got to mid afternoon and hadn’t eaten because I was so busy. However I made up for it in the evening with pasta and a few very generously sized G&Ts. Still under TDEE I think but with not so nutritious food and drink! Never mind, today is a new day and I’m feeling good!

    Weight isn’t down by much, only 0.5kg since I started a couple of weeks back but I really feel different. I am wearing an outfit today that used to be so uncomfortable that I ended up buying it one size up. Now the size up doesn’t look right. I love that feeling!

    @flourbaby and @michelineme I am so with you on the carb/bread front. It is my vice, my greatest weakness! I have days and days of being really good and only eating good carbs and then I have an evening like yesterday when I ate enough pasta to feed a family.

    @flourbaby I just cannot get myself started on 30 Day Shred. I don’t know why but I have a serious mental block. Actually, it’s probably because I know how tough it is! But I also know how quickly the results show….if I could just get one session under my belt I know I would be hooked. Any motivational tips?

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi Sybs
    Just double checking did you get the shakes when u gave up the rice? I think that’s what you meant but wanted to make sure.

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25, London, UK, NFD,

    Another CD planned for today, it’s soooo hot that salads and water are what I need!!!

    It won’t surprise ANYBODY, after-all it’s in my name!!!, but “Been there, Done that” says it all. @michelineme, I couldn’t have said it better…………………… “Yesterday was entirely brought to me by bread” LMAO!!

    I’m still keeping up with my 30day shred and although the scales are being harsh, I’ve definitely lost inches, maybe there’ll be a corresponding whoosh this week, fingers crossed. Funnily enough, when I tried the 30Day shred last year on 5:2, I panicked and stopped after day 6 when there was an unprecedented weight gain!!! So stupid!!!!

    I actually used to have this as a screensaver on my laptop …………………. “I exercised once, but found I was allergic!!!! My skin flushed, my heart raced, I got sweaty and short of breath. VERY Dangerous!!!!!!!” ………………………….. How things have changed, still funny though!!!!

    Keep the faith people!!!!!!

  • A long road……

    Hey SlackNZ – firstly well done on your first week – getting started can be a challenge but you did it. You can actually use your calories as you wish but personally I find that saving my calories for the evening meal is better for me. I have read that the benefits are better the longer fasting window you have, which is what it sounds like you’re doing i.e. Dinner to dinner.

    Your scales dilemma sounds like mine, which is why I have decided not to weigh myself at all. Yes it can be great to keep you on track but it’s not called the sad step for no reason. I found myself becoming obsessed with the numbers. Massive emotional highs when I saw that I’d lost weight, but then lows when I felt like I had gained. I didn’t want to be a slave to the numbers anymore, and in any case, the scales don’t actually represent loss accurately, because you bloat, retain water, and it does make a difference. Maybe think about going on measurements and how your clothes feel rather than stepping on the scale and feeling demotivated when you don’t see numbers dropping?

  • Back again… any support appreciated!

    Hi fasting me, you are a font of knowledge & encouragement- I read and get a lot from your posts.

  • Back again… any support appreciated!

    Hi Little Dragon & Candys dog and others

    So encouraging to hear from you.

    Let’s say this is my first week but I can’t fast til Thursday as I’m away with friends til then but I’ll be careful.

    11.6 today! I weigh daily but will check in with weight on Mondays. I’ll probably usually fast Monday & Tuesday xx

  • Back again… any support appreciated!

    Hi Candysdog and marsupial, welcome to the thread. Great to hear from you both, and wishing you the best of luck on the journey.

    Candysdog – agreed that might be the best way to keep you on track – to ignore the scales and focus on how you’re feeling and the health benefits etc. I am the same – I fell off too quickly when I didn’t see the numbers on the scale change but I’m determined to not get too caught up in the figures this time. It’s too up and down emotionally when I do. I know myself so I think this is the best way forward. I’m just wanting to fit back into my 12s comfortably, 10s would be a bonus but we will have to see. I’ve set myself an initial target of 5 months to stick to this consistently.

    Marsupial – Is today your first day? Good luck! Look forward to hearing all about your journey. I think fasting is far more sustainable than dropping carbs which just doesn’t work for me. Let’s do this and get back down to 10 stone! I look at pictures of myself at that weight and like what I see. Shame I didn’t appreciate it enough at the time to fight to keep the weight at that level!

    Fasting_me – would love to know more about your journey, how long you have been doing it and what benefits you’ve seen?

    I’m fasting again today – Mondays are a good day for it, I feel. Particularly after the weekend – it’s really good to reset I think. Meal wise on t he weekend I was pretty good. I had sushi for dinner on Friday, avo and egg on toast on Saturday with lots of fresh fruit, and chicken wrap for dinner but then had some chocolate both on Saturday and Sunday. Veggie sausages and with beans on toast for lunch on Sunday and roast chicken in the evening.

    Hope Monday is good to you all! Let me know how you are all doing.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good morning FB Brits. Xx

    What glorious weather we are having … looks like more of it all the week.

    Pseu… Well done on the 7lbs loss … you must be so thrilled. Its a lovely feeling. Xx

    Caz.. how very exciting waiting for the arrival of your first grandchild. Think its so much better not knowing boy or girl. I always think knowing takes part of that wonderful experience away somehow. Xx.

    Decided on a holiday at home this week.. lol House and garden can fend for its self. Lol

    Weight good after the week-end so pleased with that. . Just doing one fast this week being tomorrow.

    Having lunch out Wed… and tea at the opening of a new local tearoom on Friday. So going to enjoy.

    Have a good day all

    Brit lovelies…
    Laugh when you can,apologize when you should,
    and let go of what you can’t change.
    Life’s too short to be anything… but happy.

  • June 2018 Monthly Challenge – Hello Summer!!!

    Day 25 UK FD

    I have woken up feeling hungry which isn’t a good start to my fast day but I WILL stay strong. Adding myself to the pocket list.

    Today’s pocket list:

    @cornish-jane
    @daffodil2010
    @missybear
    @rainbowsmile day 1 of b2b2b
    @debster251
    @sarahbob

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