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  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Minols 6pm which day? Today?.Done the shopping at Sainsbury’s,still waiting for an email from Curry’s to go and pick my order up, should have come yesterday 😩.Must be December Christmas music in the supermarket and Slade have just been on TV.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi Everyone…trying a bit of a FD today, although feeling a little wabbit, so we’ll see how it goes.

    Dave – yes, it’ll be on the FB page at 6pm…if I’m done it right!

    Jean – I meant to ask, we have our service of thanksgiving and remembrance this Sunday afternoon – would you be alright with me lighting a candle for Steve and praying for you?

    Mx

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

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    Kia ora, everyone! I’ve been busy lately – much busier than when I was working! I’ve joined the executive of my writing group and also started learning how to self-publish books for the world market, have been spending lots of time with my 4 grandies and started working on the base for the Xmas trampoline my wife bought for the two boys (aged 1 and 4). I’m so thrilled younger daughter finally has her own home (with her hubby). She is being mentored by her uncle and auntie, who are garden whizzes, and it’s great to see her taking an interest in plants.

    I’ve also been organising a Xmas ride for our senior mountain biking group for Dec 12 and to that end I went for a ride this arvo on the planned 30km course. The pix show Macandrew Bay (artificial) beach beside Otago Peninsula, spectacular Highcliff Rd, described by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top 10 bike rides (I had to climb 300 vert m to get to this road, near tourist magnet Larnach Castle), and rugged Karetai Track, looking back to Dunedin City. We’ll be aiming for St Clair Beach in the distance, just under the big hill (not the volcano lookalike). Our Xmas party will be on the beach, weather gods willing.

    Not sure whether Neil will join us on his lovely new bike for the Xmas ride – I don’t think he’d be keen to take it down Karetai Track, as it’s pretty rough and demands a bike with full suspension. Tip for Neil – buy a really good bike lock, one thieves can’t open with bolt-cutters.

    Obviously everyone else has been busy, too, with some impressive weight losses notched up. This morning my scales hovered around the fabled 100kg mark before settling for 100.4kg, so it’s just around the corner. I might have to splash out on another bottle of Asti, as I opened the other one too soon! I’m now into my 10th week of 5:2 and am sticking to the rules on my fast days – Mon and Thurs. I’m now starting to look for ways of cutting back on non-fasting days and it’s funny – I had some fried blue cod the other day (usually my favourite) and I didn’t really like the taste, so maybe my taste buds are changing? I would now rather eat blue cod baked in the oven with nothing on it apart from a little lemon juice.

    Oh well, time for bed. After my hilly 30km bike ride, my legs are telling me they want to lie down. Yes, I do ride an e-bike but I’ve still got to pedal it. As yu get older, an e-bike allows one to keep riding, whereas in the past I would have defected to lawn bowls at 60, probably.

    Keep up the great work, troops! – John

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Thanks for hosting @basyjames You’ve certainly had a hectic month 🙌

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Day 1 – UK – FD

    Good morning, afternoon or evening depending on where you are in the world – First day of the final challenge for 2020!! Lovely to have @penz @dykask @i-hate-lettuce joining our merry band!

    For those new to these challenges a little bit about myself:-
    I am a 62y.o. female living with my OH, we have a married daughter who has 4 fur babies – 3 cats and an adorable beagle called Archie.
    Height = 165cm
    I started this WOL on my own in January 2016 as I was fed up with being overweight and wanted to get fitter!
    I decided to join the challenges in November 2016 as I had plateaued for around 3 months and managed to reach maintenance in early December 2016 with the help of these challenges and have remained in maintenance range of 54-56kg/119-123.5lbs and a BMI of just over 20 since then!
    Total weight loss = 22kg/3st 7lbs
    I retired in December 2013 and moved to the Lake District – best decision we ever made – OH and I love our new life here!
    In my retirement discovered a love for exercise, currently doing yoga 🙏 which I discovered over 5 years ago and it has just been the best thing for me, both physically and mentally. I also do Broga, Pilates, Aerobics and Hiking on the fells in my beloved Lake District ⛰ and in my spare time do some volunteering in my local community
    My personal motto since reaching maintenance has been “If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. and when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now”

    @penz – I have to admit that yesterday turned into a just below TDEE day and not alcohol free either 👿but today is a new day and a new month so trying to start the December Challenge on a positive note with a FD too
    @dykask – “as weight isn’t really an issue now” does this mean you have joined our small but merry band of maintainers?
    @daffodil2010 – did you mean that the menopause course you are doing recommends Intermittent Fasting – isn’t that just not fabulous!
    @kazoo – great to have you on board – I’m volunteering with the lunch service at the PC today but will try to fit in a brisk 8km walk this afternoon
    @i-hate-lettuce – Lovely to have you on board – I’m sure Mrs IHL has plenty of nutritious plain food planned for you until your mouth/throat heals – Relax and take it easy whilst allowing your mind and body to recover

    Pocket list Day 1
    @penz
    @daffodil2010
    @at

    ZBC Day 1
    @at

    DTF🚫🍸

    Exercise 🏋️‍♀️
    @at

    “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flew. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Day 1 – NSW, AU – MFD

    Another month over and a new one just begun. A bit about me – I’m a 38 year old woman, about 5’7″ and my heaviest weight was 106kg (234lb) although I had lost a bit since June it wasn’t a lot. I started doing Intermittent Fasting again (and a loose Fast800) at the beginning of October this year after putting on way too much weight due to poor diet choices. In the past 2 months I’ve lost 10kg (22lb) and as of my weigh in this morning I’m currently 93.7kg (206lbs).

    Don’t ask me starting measurements as I don’t have those, but took the idea I saw elsewhere of using pieces of strings with knots to represent future measurement and after I got out of bed did my first measurements, we’ll see how those change over the next few months.

    My goal weight is between 65-70kg (143-154lbs) and I hope to be there by this time next year.

    Today I fasted for 20 hours, and meal wise for lunch I had a serving of Bombay Potatoes with a slice of the turkish focaccia kind bread, as well as a fruit scone… it was a warm one down here in Australia and not wanting a hot dinner I ended up having the exact same as I had for lunch (but cold which was just as nice) and got in under my 800 for the day.

    I feel like Christmas time is going to be a hard one for me, I’ll be visiting my mother back in my hometown and no doubt she’ll be worried I’m not eating enough. I’ll just have to wait and see.

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Day 1 – Lake District UK – NFD

    Good morning everyone

    @at – Thanks for hosting December, I’ll be here again, although probably looking to try and recover some recent weight loss, followed by getting firmly back in the 5:2 WOL.

    I’m a 65 year old guy who over the last 18 months, having ‘discovered’ the Monthly challenges has managed to lose 50lb, 22.2 kg! Love gardening, baking bread, brewing ale, long walks and generally being in the outdoors. In fact, another ‘Lakelander’ here, just a little further South than AT & Kazoo.

    Have lost quite a bit of weight recently (not in a good way unfortunately) so will be looking to try and build up a little, then get settled back down into the 5:2 WOL properly once again.

    Take care all

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    D1 CD UK Lake District

    I am 64 years old, 5’4”. and female. I live with my DH in the north west of England, the Lake District. We have no pets but love our next neighbours dogs. They call to see us every day for a cuddle and play. In a couple of weeks they are having a new puppy so that will be exciting.

    The Lakes is a beautiful place to live @at would agree as we live very close to one another and often do similar walks. I do try to do some form of exercise most days, walking being the main the one at the moment (we gave up the gym due to Covid and don’t feel ready to go back yet). In the summer months we open water swim in Lake Windermere.

    I started my weight lost journey this time round early in 2019 calorie counting. I started TRE in May 2019 and in October 2019 found this WOL and did the Fast 800. I got to my goal weight of 60Kg in January 2020. Since then I have struggled to maintain and have put on a few pounds that needs to come off so doing the challenges does help.

    Looking forward to December. Welcome to all the newbies just make sure you keep posting.

    Happy Tuesday everyone.

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Day 1 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – FD

    A new month brings such promise…seeing out this year, celebrating and giving thanks for good health, friends and family, and even if we have had to live a more virtual life than we wanted to this year, we have made it through strong….lets do it for the last few weeks of 2020 👍

    I am 53, F, petite at 5’2″, living in rural Ireland with DH and our cat Missie, no kids of my own but 4 grown up stepchildren and 1 granddaughter. Never had a weight problem until I stopped smoking in 2002 ( still the best health decision EVER), but it started to pile on in 2003 when I stopped being a vegetarian and met future DH…in that order…and the wining and the dining of the wooing process meant I gained 3 stone in as many years 😱

    I found this WOL 2017, having been a veteran of WeightWatchers and other schemes, and in 6 months I had lost over 30lbs. I have never gone back to scary weight of 2013 (3 stone overweight and obese) but the past year I have been struggling with weight gain despite all my efforts.

    I know now that it’s most likely menopause so I am following a course which is making me understand that I need to change the way I do things, what I eat, how I exercise, in order to facilitate my changing hormones. It’s quite exciting and I feel so well already.

    I also swear by my grounding sheet on my bed, 8 hours uninterrupted sleep most nights, plus the odd bit of barefoot 7am morning coffee drinking in the garden….😆…

    Great to be on board. The new regime recommends Intermittent Fasting but I would have continued with this WOL anyway…as this is such a great way to good health.

    It’s a B2B FD for me today. Have a great first day of December

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all!
    Got confused with all the talk of the bad crash, thought I’d missed something! Realised the F1, it did look bad!
    Minols- I had some cream to use up, so that & a little sugar went on my porridge, as it was a nonFD! Great that you can read the advent stories! Hope fasting goes okay!
    Jean- enjoy today’s walk too. It’s so hard for you with Christmas talk, hugs…
    Dave- hope Heidi eats again! Well done keeping strong yesterday, my FD went well too…
    Hubby’s hair needs a trim so rashly offered to do the boys’ as well. I did give mum the talk about being more careful, today she usually meets with 3 others, so will see if she takes any notice! If she doesn’t go then I’ll pop round as she’ll be upset…
    Off to walk Xena now.

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Day 1 – Japan – NFD

    Water fast went well. I’ve been thinking of changing up my routine and maybe doing something different as weight isn’t really an issue now. However I’ll probably wait until I can get a covid-19 vaccine.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Afternoon everyone

    Well I have a new member of my family arriving today. I bit the bullet and bought myself a new bike. It’s a decent road bike to replace my current ride which is an old-school mountain bike with slick tyres on. I’ll definitely be looking for any chance to put some miles on that bad boy. 1st December today so I’m starting the 100k to Christmas challenge, I plan on heading out at lunchtime for an hour.

    Penguin, great to hear from you, sorry you have to rush on the packing, but as you say, at least you should be all in and settled in the new place for Christmas.

    Lindsay, well done on 7kg down, I hope you enjoy your little getaway. I love the Aussie place names. Toowoomba is such a fun word to say.

    And more success, Cinque, down half an inch in a week is a great result!

    Thin, walking is great, I enjoy it more than riding, the only issue I have with it is you can’t get as far and see as much as you can on the bike. WIth this 100k to Christmas challenge I’ll be doing a bit more walking than I otherwise would have, so it will be a nice change from biking.

    Well have a great day people and keep on shrinking

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning all, and thank you for the call-out Cinque. You have reminded me I’ve been MIA

    We are on the island, escaping Brisbane’s 40 degree temps forecast for mid-week.
    Hasn’t it been terrible in the southern states? Hope you’ve all coped.

    I have been reading but not posting, and I won’t go back so excuse me if I forget something or someone. It’s not intentional.

    Cinque, how lovely you are back in the swing with your sisters, Rose and the children. Birthdays, Christmas. Victoria is amazing. And hurrah for organisation….a quality I lack in great big bunches. Next year will be different (haha).

    I have been organising Mr Lindsay’s special big birthday treat ….a night away in a heritage house in Toowoomba (a place he loves) with the DD, DS, partners and kids. It’s been quite a feat, getting somewhere nice to stay. Despite border closures and the like, tourist accommodation is packed to the rafters. Also some impressive white lie telling to explain why Rosy and Davy (DD’s springer) are going to the kennels on the morning we go away (both being clipped, OH has been told).

    My weight loss has slowed, after my impressive start, but I am still plodding on. I was late getting to my birthday target (and why wouldn’t I have missed it, with such a round of meals and celebrations!) but got on the horse immediately afterwards and have now reached it and a little more. So, 7 kilos down, and hopefully a bit more before we go away Saturday week.

    Neil, your program sounds like it is really doing you the world of good, and how impressive to have people notice all over again that you are slimming. I admire your control, not jumping on the scales. Well done.

    Penguin, too much stress and changing deadlines can’t be good. Are you getting help with the packing and moving? I guess your family can’t help much, with the UK’s Covid lockdowns? I hope the chemo blip is sorted for you. Best wishes.

    Good for you, Thin, booking a trip to the Canary Islands. Who knows when the vaccines will reach us all, but so good to have something to look forward to. Your marina sounds a good compromise for your travelling life, just for the time being.

    Betsy, how frustrating your plumbing has turned out to be. But good that you are making progress with the transcripts. Plough on! Think of the sigh of relief, when you finally finish the last one. It will feel great.

    Yum, fresh zucchini LJ. So nice to have food from the garden. What is the bush in the final pic? Are you keeping well?

    Calif, I missed happy thanksgiving, but here’s a late message of good wishes. Your pics are very pretty – and wow, that lemon! Not long now til you have an adult back in the White House, and how good that will be. Hopefully with a combination of safer covid practices and vaccines, the US can start to recover. In the meantime, stay safe.

    Anzac, small targets are the way to go. Five, then 10, and you’ll be on such a roll the next 10 will fall off. Two kilos a month is very manageable to get to October looking great. As they say, eyes on the prize.

    I’ve been reading about rhubarb from many different posts – is that something I could grow in the tropics?

    OK Rosy has just gone into the bedroom where OH is have a post tea and toast nap, and has nicked a pair of my trousers. She’s only cuddling up with them, but (a) I don’t want them covered in red hairs, and (b) it’s such a short step from cuddling with my clothes, to using them as a playmate.

    And it’s time for breakfast ….16 hours since my very late lunch yesterday (and I’m not counting the G & T I had for dinner)

    Sorry for all I’ve missed. Best wishes all.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning all, and thank you for the call-out Cinque. You have reminded me I’ve been MIA

    We are on the island, escaping Brisbane’s 40 degree temps forecast for mid-week.
    Hasn’t it been terrible in the southern states? Hope you’ve all coped.

    I have been reading but not posting, and I won’t go back so excuse me if I forget something or someone. It’s not intentional.

    Cinque, how lovely you are back in the swing with Rose and the children. Birthdays, Christmas. Victoria is amazing. And hurrah for organisation….a quality I lack in great big bunches. Next year will be different (haha).

    I have been organising Mr Lindsay’s special big birthday treat ….a night away in a heritage house in Toowoomba (a place he loves) with the DD, DS, partners and kids. It’s been quite a feat, getting somewhere nice to stay. Despite border closures and the like, tourist accommodation is packed to the rafters. Also some impressive white lie telling to explain why Rosy and Davy (DD’s springer) are going to the kennels on the morning we go away (both being clipped, OH has been told).

    My weight loss has slowed, after my impressive start, but I am still plodding on. I was late getting to my birthday target (and why wouldn’t I have missed it, with such a round of meals and celebrations!) but got on the horse immediately afterwards and have now reached it and a little more. So, 7 kilos down, and hopefully a bit more before we go away Saturday week.

    Neil, your program sounds like it is really doing you the world of good, and how impressive to have people notice all over again that you are slimming. I admire your control, not jumping on the scales. Well done.

    Penguin, too much stress and changing deadlines can’t be good. Are you getting help with the packing and moving? I guess your family can’t help much, with the UK’s Covid lockdowns? I hope the chemo blip is sorted for you. Best wishes.

    Good for you, Thin, booking a trip to the Canary Islands. Who knows when the vaccines will reach us all, but so good to have something to look forward to. Your marina sounds a good compromise for your travelling life, just for the time being.

    Betsy, how frustrating your plumbing has turned out to be. But good that you are making progress with the transcripts. Plough on! Think of the sigh of relief, when you finally finish the last one. It will feel great.

    Yum, fresh zucchini LJ. So nice to have food from the garden. What is the bush in the final pic? Are you keeping well?

    Calif, I missed happy thanksgiving, but here’s a late message of good wishes. Your pics are very pretty – and wow, that lemon! Not long now til you have an adult back in the White House, and how good that will be. Hopefully with a combination of safer covid practices and vaccines, the US can start to recover. In the meantime, stay safe.

    Anzac, small targets are the way to go. Five, then 10, and you’ll be on such a roll the next 10 will fall off. Two kilos a month is very manageable to get to October looking great. As they say, eyes on the prize.

    Jony how’s your program going? Finding it all slipping into place and becoming habitual?

    I’ve been reading about rhubarb from many different posts – is that something I could grow in the tropics?

    OK Rosy has just gone into the bedroom where OH is have a post tea and toast nap, and has nicked a pair of my trousers. She’s only cuddling up with them, but (a) I don’t want them covered in red hairs, and (b) it’s such a short step from cuddling with my clothes, to using them as a playmate.

    And it’s time for breakfast ….16 hours since my very late lunch yesterday (I’m not counting the G & T I had for dinner)

    Sorry for all I’ve missed. Best wishes all.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning,

    I’m making my daughter’s birthday dinner today. A full day army manouevre since I am so slow with everything and want to get it all to their place as fresh and hot as possible. Nice simple food I have made before, so I am feeling confident (at the moment).

    But taking time to drink my coffee and catch up with you.

    Sunday fast day was good, my waist is half an inch smaller this week, 5:2 is wonderful.

    Penguin, omg I am so sorry moving day didn’t stay 8th January. Good luck! Sending so many good wishes that it all goes easily.

    Thin, good take on Anzac’s weekend.

    Anzac, it was not a time to sneakily do all the disgusting things you try not to do with Mr Anzac around! Listen to your friends on the forum!

    Re Christmas, my nieces are impressing me. One has the whole thing organised before December starts, because she grew up with a mum who did everything last minute and Christmas was always stressful and her mum never really enjoyed it. So my niece has tree up, decorations done, presents wrapped.
    Another niece is doing a version of the advent calendar for her two young children where she has a pile of 24 books wrapped up in a wonderful tall pile. Some are new books, some are from their bookshelf, but what fun for the kids to start the day opening the book on top of the pile.

    Pizza. My consumption has gone way down. I probably made it every fortnight when my daughter was growing up. And also had takeaway. Once every 6 years sounds good to me.

    Welcome to the marina, but I can imagine how you miss the sunsets and castle. Fingers crossed you get your trip to the Canary Islands.

    Betsy Woot! One transcript down and Woot! Woot! for a study pattern that works for you. I do hope it allows a post today.

    Neil, you definitely have lost weight. And I love that it is making you feel so good. We don’t need much sugar do we? Strawberries and some root vegetables and we are good. But given the huge gulf between the amount of energy you expend and the amount I expend… I probably don’t need any strawberries and root vegetables at all. (Indulgences!).

    That popcorn and bread will taste amazingly sweet when you get your first taste post Whole30!

    Re cornbread, I found the recipe with the least sugar added, and then left it out. Haha. I can’t remember if the corn-pone pie recipe had any in to begin with, or not.

    I have been smiling at my INDULGENCES sign on my fridge as I think it is doing the trick. Hooray.

    Sending best wishes,
    Lindsay I miss you, I hope you and Mr Lindsay are okay.
    Hello to the lurkers,
    Fast day for me tomorrow
    Ciao

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Day 1, FD, Aus

    What better way to start the month!! Thank you @at for hosting (and many thanks to @basyjames for November). I wish I’d seen your last November post @at re B2B FDs. But yesterday was pretty controlled and my mojo is back today. I’m wearing a dress I’ve not fit in for a few years and that’s always a mood lifter!

    Happy December everyone and welcome to the newbies. @kelliet – I’m usually a Mon/Thurs faster too so I’ll think of you this week.

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Welcome back to @stitchincarol @northgeorgia @missybear and also to the two newbies to these challenges – @nelsonaf9 @kelliet – I have added you both to the spreadsheet in case you want to use it for motivation and you will lots of advice and support given willingly by participants to these challenges and TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Day 0 USA FD

    29 years old
    252 lbs
    6 months post baby

    Hi! Total newbie here. I’ve been reading about this and decided Monday/Thursday will be my FD. Then I saw this challenge group and wanted to join, so today is day 0 for me. I’m a mom of 2 and have struggled with my weight for many years. I’ve tried all the diets and just can’t stick to the strict rules. This seems totally doable and I’m actually excited to start!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    @annabelle48 – good to see you pop in! After your previous post about the hot chocolate maker, I did order one for DH for a Christmas present from http://www.hotelchoclat.com. I’m anxious for him to try it as he just loves that beverage.

    Making acorn squash bisque for my FD meal. I’ve never made it before, but thought it sounded like a good fall, cold day soup.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 UK

    Still here but not been posting for a few weeks. I have been reading all the posts however.

    My end of month report is Must try Harder.

    I have just been jogging along and getting nowhere. I just can’t get my mind in gear and motivated at the moment.

    The freezer is on the blink and we have ordered a new one but we are having to run down stock in the old one prior to the arrival of the new one. I have several friends on standby to keep some bags of frozen food while the old one is defrosted prior to collection and the new one comes on line. This has resulted in eating what I have so no calorie counting. I can’t bear to waste food so it is what it is. On the plus side we have had to sort the garage out and get rid of a lot of things that should have been jettisoned long ago.

    Also had a call from my rheumatologist re the steroids. She wants me to go for an even slower rate of reduction which means i will still be on them next Autumn. She also said it would be several months after that before I would begin to see a reduction in the weight gain. It looks like Dangerous December will be a trying time and I don’t expect any change except probably some gain. Not complaining just stating a fact.

    I will be checking in from time to time and of course reading all your posts.

    TTFN

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    First time joining in on the challenge, but not first time fasting. Great to find a place for moral support. EOD works best for me, with zero calories during fasting days. Working towards getting insulin under control and peri-menopause brain fixed. Traumatic brain injury recently has me wondering which symptoms are from that and which are from age/insulin. Fasting 36+ hours helps a lot. I need to make several lifestyle changes to help my brain function again.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 Minnesota, USA FD

    It was an up and down month that has ended slightly up. I’m determined to do better this next month even with holidays and celebrations. I am planning another FD for tomorrow, either 500 or 800, and again on Thursday and Friday.

    @basyjames Thank you for hosting this month, and I hope you’ve been enjoying your time with your sister and new nephew! I’m sure she feels you have been a huge support and help.

    @at Thanks for hosting December and Happy 4 year anniversary of achieving your maintenance goal and staying there! It really is an amazing achievement that alludes so many of us! Congratulations!

    Pocket list day 30
    @penz
    @dykask WFD
    @at
    @missybear
    @snowflake56 FD800
    @kazoo FD800
    @toady FD800
    @stitchincarol
    @northerndawn

    ZBC day 30
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @northerndawn
    @snowflake56
    @kazoo
    @toady
    @ccco

    DTF🚫🍸
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @ccco

    Exercise 🏋️‍♀️
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @northerndawn

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    @at thanks for setting up December 💐

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 FD

    @snowflake56 thank you for putting me on today’s list, it’s good to have company 🙂

    November has been good as I regained some control, only lost half a pound though so still weighing in at a few pounds over goal. I have accepted that I will not lose weight by next weigh in at the end of December so I am going to be careful and try not to gain too much over Christmas 🤞

    @basyjames thanks for hosting, hope all is good with your family.

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Feeling under the weather, but feeling good about December. I’m in. Bring it on!

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    I’m in for December!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 – Rural Nebraska, USA – FD

    Well, I thought I was doing well, and then yesterday hit. Or, I should say, “the munchies” hit. Yikes! I was in that kitchen constantly, and ate far too much, and the scale showed it today at 150.4. I know exactly the reason I was in there constantly, however, and that’s a bit of insight I should remember, because it’s been true over and over: we didn’t have an actual brunch when we got home from church but did YOYO (you’re on your own). I’ve learned that I crave a range of flavors combined on a plate, and a presentation, and when I don’t get that, I keep going back to the kitchen in search of satisfaction. Had I simply done a “real meal,” I’d have been content, I believe. I’ve learned that lesson many, many times; think I’ll ever apply it without fail, LOL?

    @toady Well done on the FD800!

    @northgeorgia, you have my full sympathies on your seasonal allergies as well as my delighted congratulations on your 232!!!

    @i-hate-lettuce I keep wondering how much more weight you’d been planning to lose, and how the weight loss over the last six weeks impacts that. Is it better to gain a bit of weight now, for healthy body reasons, and then gradually begin to lose again, or what? I do hope your throat is healed in no time at all!

    @basyjames Thanks for hosting November, and @at thanks for hosting December!

    Pocket list day 30
    @penz
    @dykask WFD
    @at
    @missybear
    @snowflake56 FD800
    @kazoo FD800
    @toady FD800
    @stitchincarol

    ZBC day 30
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @northerndawn
    @snowflake56
    @kazoo
    @toady
    @ccco

    DTF🚫🍸
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @ccco

    Exercise 🏋️‍♀️
    @at
    @stitchincarol

    This weight I’ve gained will come off quickly I know, but I’m sad that I’ll be nowhere near 140 by the time Christmas arrives, the goal I’ve had since September. On the other hand, neither will I be anywhere near 166 at Christmas, which is where I was last year…OH, but that made it hard to dress in a way that looked lovely and felt lovely! So I’ll continue my FD500-FD800-FD800-FD500 approach to life on M-Th, and as decent behavior on weekends as I can and call it good. I am clearly not good at disciplined “dieting” because I don’t lose weight fast at all, but I liked @northgeorgia‘s point in the story, that there are no demerits if I arrive late, LOL! Like @northerndawn, I have a December birthday (on a Thursday FD, no less, unfortunately, LOL!), so that will interrupt my eating plans, but the rest of the month should be reasonably controllable.

    So have a grand day, everyone, and see you in December!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    USA. Day 30. FD

    Good morning, everyone! Just checking in and adding myself to the pocket list.

    Pocket list day 30
    @penz
    @dykask WFD
    @at
    @missybear
    @snowflake56 FD800
    @kazoo FD800
    @toady FD800

    ZBC day 30
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @northerndawn
    @snowflake56
    @kazoo
    @toady
    @ccco

    DTF🚫🍸
    @at
    @ccco

    Exercise 🏋️‍♀️
    @at

  • If your clothes are looser but the scales are the same, read on

    It seems to be that I start the week well and it gradually goes downhill as the week progresses! I got a couple of good fasts in last week and have just completed 16 hours today. Like you Annette I was amazed to see I have lost half an inch around the waist this week, despite the weekend “treats”. However I have been walking an average of 22,369 steps according to my Fitbit which I am very pleased about. I am off work now for 3 weeks so I am determined not to let that hijack my gains. Hope Thanksgiving wasn’t too damaging for all in the US! Still a few weeks to make some progress before the next holiday. Onwards and downwards fast friends.😃

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Welcome to @songbirdme @kazoo @ccco @daffodil2010 @toady and @brightonbelle – great to have you all on board 🤗

    “Remember This December, That love weighs more than gold!” – Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 – UK – FD500

    Here we are – the last day of this Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020 – what better way to end it than with an old fashioned FD500

    First of all a big THANK YOU to @basyjames for hosting us whilst helping out with her new nephew 👶 These are for you 🤗💐 and hope to see you in the December Challenge

    A drizzly grey day here so no walks but a 7am Broga class followed by a 3pm Pilates one and ending the day at 6pm with a Yoga session – enough to keep me focused and on track hopefully 🤞

    @songbirdme – loved your “Dangerous December” I wish I had thought of that when I was publishing our December Challenge……
    @penz – you could join me in doing a B2B FDs to end the old and start the new challenge on a positive note???
    @kazoo – I was out trekking the fells on both Saturday and Sunday too – Thank you for your good wishes re my maintenance – I have to stay vigilant to remain there as I love good food and wine perhaps a bit too much…….
    @i-hate-lettuce – great to hear from you and am glad that you are listening to Mrs IHL “rest and recovery” is as important a stage as was the intensive treatment you have undergone in your fight against the cancer – let her feed you up and use all your energy towards healing your body 🤗🤗 these virtual hugs are you both – hope to see you in the December Challenge
    @northgeorgia – way to go ending the challenge on 232 – 230 is definitely yours before Christmas!!!

    Looking forward to seeing you all in the December Challenge and perhaps some new names joining us – as @songbirdme said it’s “Dangerous December” but we can support each other through this most tempting of months 🤗

    Pocket list day 30
    @penz
    @dykask WFD
    @at
    @missybear
    @snowflake56 FD800
    @kazoo FD800
    @toady FD800

    ZBC day 30
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @northerndawn
    @snowflake56
    @kazoo
    @toady

    DTF🚫🍸
    @at

    Exercise 🏋️‍♀️
    @at

    It’s great to know that we have @northerndawn lined up to take us forward with the first Challenge for 2021 🤗

    DREAM IT. WISH IT. DO IT.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 USA (Illinois) FD

    End of November. Wow. Keeping at maintenance. Hope to get in a good FD or MFD today.

    @basyjames – thank you for being here for us this morning. Looking forward to December with @at for sure.

    @i-hate-lettuce – sure do hope your throat heals quickly and completely. Hugs to you.

    @northgeorgia – the dreaded cold and congestion, eh? Ugh. No fun, but you’ve got a great attitude.

    See you over in December!

    Onward and downward.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    So will it be on Facebook Minols? I may tune in.Rain here, a miserable day,roll on summer although I don’t mind winter.Just the snow I don’t like it once its thawed.Fast day today.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    The moving date slipped until 8 Jan and we relaxed. This morning we had a phone call changing it to 17 Dec. We are packing madly and surrounded by boxes and confusion. I am doing chemo and a CT scan next week, which will take three days out, so time is tight and we are going to be busy. You may not hear from me until the move is accomplished! At least we might be in the new place and unpacked for Christmas.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 – USA/GA – NFD

    Ugh, I woke up yesterday with a light sniffle and it progressed overnight into full blown congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose. Sounds like my seasonal allergies (although you always wonder, could it be COVID)? Taking a sick day from work today and will have to wait until fully recovered to return.

    Oddly enough, my weigh-in this morning was 232 lbs., meaning I actually met my goal for the month again on the final day of the month! That makes me feel good, well figuratively (achoo!)

    Going to spend the day drinking lots of liquids and resting.

    Good luck to everyone on the pocket lists today!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon all – thought it was still the mornigng!

    Nasty crash yesterday, and another that could have been, eh, Dave. They’ve done so much in recent years, can you can’t prevent absolutely everything, as we know too well this year.

    Kitchen still reasonably ordered – remarkably, JJ. HOpe you enjoyed te porridge. I make it thick – nearly solid, and I’m afraid, to my OH’s horror, swathed in demerara! THAT’s why I eat it so often! Not a fd today, but hopefully not too bad, and maybe one tomorrow.

    Busy every evening this week, but also trying to think ahead a little bit to post-Christmas…veterans may know my horror of ‘cliff edge’ when everything I’ve been writing for ever it seems is suddenly finished!

    Very excited just now, because a publishing company has given permission for me to read one of my favourite ever stories every night during Advent – The Christmas Mystery is just a wonderful book, with a chapter for each day in Advent. I recommend it every year, and until this year, have read it to the boy…so now I’m reading it to anyone who will listen! Just off to record the next section – have to record ahead of time, cos too likely I’d forget one day…not very good at discipline, and good habits, and that sort of thing!

    Mx

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

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    The study was an 8 week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled design involving 92 obese (mean BMI > 30 kg/m2) participants (37 males; 55 females; ages 19-52; mean age = 30.7). The participants were randomly divided into three groups: placebo (n = 30), Lepticore formula A (low dose) (n = 31) and Lepticore formula B (high dose) (n = 31). Capsules containing the placebo or active formulations were administered twice daily before meals with 300 ml of water. None of the participants followed any specific diet nor took any weight-reducing medications for the duration of the study. A total of 12 anthropomorphic and serological measurements were taken at the beginning of the study and after 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of treatment.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    CalifD, I’ve just read an item about, ‘The Crown’ in which its writer and producers state that it’s a work of fictional drama. This of course gives them licence to deviate from the facts without outcry. Even knowing this, I find that given that all the other attention to detail, it’s hard not to think of it as being grounded in truth. I was also relieved that there’ll only be one more series so we’ll be spared the Markle era.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All..
    Wet walk at the park..still raining now..walked around with Oreo and Natalie’s Mum, Nat’s working.

    Cooking for Charlie, his dinners for the freezer…chicken and mince….

    I have decided to put some Christmas up, it upset me to look at all the early Christmas decorations, I feel very left out now, Steve would be saying ‘ stop being miserable!’…so I shall see what I have…no tree as it’s been thrown away…so shall I say a Christmas token…I will let you know…

    Dave..
    Horrendous crash…he was very lucky.

    Nana..
    Nice on the mince pies..I should make some…

    Hedgehog..
    Sorry your kitchen will be open all day…keep strong…ooooh cheesecake 😀

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all!
    Lots of trees going up early this year! Dave, my sister’s son’s birthday is the 14th, they’d always let him have his birthday before the decorations go up, but now he’s left home, she’s put hers up already too!
    Nana- hope your delivery is all okay, I think out Tesco ones seem to be better here than asda, but asda are cheaper!
    Jean- hope you get some company on your walk!
    Minols- I’m guessing you’re very busy…is your kitchen keeping as tidy as planned?
    Fasting today, although there’s cheesecakes still in the fridge! & both boys are at home today, so it’ll be constant eating going on!
    Seeing mum this afternoon, nothing else planned.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Neil, this programme is working well for you. When others comment on your weight loss, you know it’s happening. You’re so right, feast and famine. I won’t be having pizza again for a long time. My OH does have a huge family but he was actually raised as an only child as his siblings are all a generation older from his parents’ previous marriages. So no excuses there. I’ve spent a lot of time analysing my own ‘issues’ surrounding food (as have a lot of us on this thread) and I don’t believe his are that dissimilar. Less identifiable because he’s never gained an ounce since high school. I know how you feel when you can’t get your exercise fix. Not that I do anything like your level but we do walk for several hours each day, rain or shine.

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    Thanks for picking up the reins @at See you tomorrow x

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 UK FD

    November has been another yo yo month so weight more or less where I started so not a disaster but going to try and get my act together for December

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 – Lake District UK – NFD

    Good morning everyone,

    Doesn’t look like a day for bimbling in the greenhouse or garden today, it’s still dark and raining quite steadily, might be a dodging showers walk sometime today!

    Thank you @basyjames for hosting this month, although I’ve not contributed much, I kept popping in to ‘keep in the habit’. I think it actually helps if you can make something a habit, although you may not follow the regime to the letter (5:2 is flexible by nature anyway) it’s very easy to return to.

    @toady – Hmmm the ‘sesame and garlic turkish focaccia kind of bread’ sounds interesting. I bake all our bread and it’s one of the things I’ve missed doing this last 6 weeks. Never find it a chore and love experimenting. The only one I haven’t mastered yet, Dark Rye bread ….

    My weight has dropped significantly this last month, but not really in a good way, my main objective was to try and maintain, but this has been impossible. I was warned it would happen and feel a little ‘punch drunk’ at the moment.
    Quietly trying to build things up again but will be back once the throat starts healing properly.

    Typical though, already looking for ‘house jobs’ seeing as it’s ‘Fairy Tale’ weather (Grimm) but even Mrs IHL has put a stop to that one, rest and recovery for now.

    Looks like feet up and reading today 😉

    Take care all

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    I’m definitely in!! Thanks @at for hosting!!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 – NSW, AU – MFD

    I did it!! For the first time in like a week I kept below the 800!! Weigh in was about the same as last time, so at least eating too much hasn’t made me put anything back on. Lunch was some homemade soup with a bit of sesame and garlic turkish focaccia kind of bread… and a small fruit scone and then a Cottage Pie for dinner.

    I really do eat better when I’m at work, and surprisingly I’m not getting the light-headedness that I used to get if I didn’t snack on something sugary.

    Better get my hindquarters over to the December thread, thanks @basyjames for hosting November!!

    Pocket list day 30
    @penz
    @dykask WFD
    @at
    @missybear
    @snowflake56 FD800
    @kazoo FD800
    @toady FD800

    ZBC day 30
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @northerndawn
    @snowflake56
    @kazoo
    @toady

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    D30 F800 Lake District UK

    Can’t believe how quick November has flown by. Not been a good month for me in many ways so I am just drawing a line under it and tomorrow is the start of a new month.

    Did a couple of nice walks over the weekend and hoping to get another in today.

    Thank you @basyjames for hosting and to @at for hosting December.

    @at Congratulations on 4 years of maintenance.

    Pocket list day 30
    @penz
    @dykask WFD
    @at
    @missybear
    @snowflake56 FD800
    @kazoo FD800

    ZBC day 30
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @northerndawn
    @snowflake56
    @kazoo

    Have a good day everyone

  • DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE

    @at you are a star to take on the December host mantle. Thank you. See you tomorrow ☺️

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – FD

    Maintained for the month of November, not that I want to be at this weight, but at least I am not gaining. Finish off November with an FD, it’s going to be DTF, then Fruday morning see how I got on with my new mainly plant based food diet.

    Restrictions are lifting in Ireland from this week, still restrictions on travelling inter county, but by the time Christmas comes we might have a bit of normality……then back to restrictions from January 6th.

    It’s gets so tiring doesn’t it?

    Thank you @basyjames for hosting November, and @at for setting up December….we will all keep it going together.

    Great to hear you back @i-hate-lettuce 👍

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 30, Emden Germany, FD800

    Another month is almost done, it went quite well but my weight stayed the same.

    @basyjames Thanks for hosting this month’ challenge and @at and @northerndawn for offering to host the next two months so the challenges can go on.

    Pocket list day 30
    @penz
    @dykask WFD
    @at
    @missybear
    @snowflake56 FD800

    ZBC day 30
    @at
    @stitchincarol
    @northerndawn
    @snowflake56

    Have a nice day everyone!

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