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  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 29 – Ireland – CD🚫🚶‍♂️✅ 🌾

    Hi all, another one of us with a quick post today.. up and out super early to a work event and then accupuncture later this evening. 😄

    Oh wow @merryapple that breakfast 🍳 😋

    Be well everyone!
    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 29 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – FD

    Last FD for November. Gotta run…

    Happy Hump Day! 🐫

    Pocket List – Day 29 🥚

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 29 NFD NZ 80.0kg

    Morning all! It’s a keep reigned in day in preparation for tomorrow’s weigh day so for breakfast I had porridge with cream and sourdough with ricotta and apricot jam. I can hear @funshipfreddie’s voice in my ear!! It’s all about quality not quantity!!
    @stitchincarol Every year I tell myself I am going to make lovely big red and green sox to hang up on the mantelpiece… Have I done it yet – no! I’ll get my decorations out on Dec 1, I think.
    Thanks for hosting December @northgeorgia. It’ll be busy but we’ll all chip in😄

    I have a busy few days coming up so will get going.

    Steely Resolve for the next 24 hrs!!!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dave- well done with your FD yesterday. Poor Denise, I hope the wait’s not too long for a new knee 😞
    Jean- nice to go somewhere different…glad grandson is enjoying Oz so far!
    Hemmy- I didn’t realise your birthday was Christmas Eve, & Kristy Boxing Day…a big celebration! I might try the Co-op mince pies, I’ve not bought any yet…Not made the cakes yet, it was going to be some point this week but have changed plans!
    Nana- you’re doing so well, it’s certainly working! A lovely idea for daughter’s anniversary present 🥰
    We have booked 2 nights away, just to the barns we’ve been to before, with Xena. We’ve wanted to go for a few weeks now but the weather has just been so awful… Must be careful not to over eat & spoil the good work! So the cakes will have to wait, I don’t usually make mine to early anyway, they get in the way!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Had a bit more to eat today1400 calories still miles below my tdee.Bowling again tomorrow,I don’t like Christmas food,mince pies, Christmas cake or any other Christmas stuff.Bought some Christmas garlands thought they would make a change, cost enough.My some birthday is the middle of December and my daughter’s the end of December. Must be a cold month March🤪.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi F B Brits hope all is well with you and yours. Xxxx

    Its been a lovely sunny day wth blue sky to match. .. A good 2 hr walk for us.

    Came back and did a bit more wrapping.. I think I had said over the years its my Birthday Christmas Eve .. and Kristy’s Boxing day. So we have 2 a day celebration on top of Christmas. lol.. That’s why Mum named me Carol Mary. lolol

    I have only just realised since Mum went I haven’t been able to really find the interest in Christmas the last few years she was so much part of it. I am sooo pleased I seem to have renewed my enthusiasm again.

    OMG for anyone buying in Mince pies.. The Coop have won “Which” best pie award.. I bought a box of six today to see. They are soo lovely you honestly would have a job to beat them.. Its their Best luxury range I think it was £2..75 for six. Gorgeous crumbly star cutout dusted with icing suger .. Ohhh dear I have eaten 3 lolol.

    Nana … Well do you think you will have time in between all these lunches to write those cards lolol Xxxx Actually once you get going you soon do it.. I did so many per day.

    Dave.. Well done on 800 cals yesterday.. How is today going?

    H H …. Hope Mum is careful as there seems a lot of Covid about again this year. I bet your cakes smell lovely while baking. A real Christmas smell.

    Sym.. Glad you enjoyed your Italian.. I haven’t been for ages to one but they used to be my favourite restaurant

    So glad your G Son is settling in.. a lovely experience for him.

    Enjoy your evening everyone. Every step is progress, no matter how small.Xxxx

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Great to have company.. was feeling lonely 😄
    Thanks for offering to host December @northgeorgia. We will all help out in that busy month ⭐️🎄⭐️

    Pocket List – Day 28 ⭐️
    @stitchincarol WFD

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening All..
    A better day quite nice walking out still very muddy… I felt warmer coming towards home…

    A lovely lunch out at an Italian, I don’t usually like them but I did enjoy it, 8 of out boules team.

    James seems to be enjoying Sydney, lots of walking and getting off and on trams really looking around the area. He has met quite a few different people and they all went out as a group last night. A walk organised from the hostel to Bondi Beach which he is going on tomorrow…he is on a high hope it continues.

    I must get some cards and get them sorted out, a job for tomorrow…running late this year.

    Bowling with a jumper on.. you must be very hardy!!

    Are you running late making Xmas cakes, I used to do them in late October …loads of colds about, 3 of the girls had them, one has had it for three months!!!.. hope I keep clear!
    Hope mums ok..

    A different anniversary pressy, good idea they always sound lovely.

    Jean x

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 28, London, UK, FD.

    Late on parade AND I’ve been MIA for a few days!!! Time definitely flies by, the older I get☹.

    Anyway, today’s FD is going well, Prawn & cauliflower fried rice with garden peas, high protein, low carb. I’m keeping it as my new FD favourite, I’ll just swap the type of protein.

    I hope everyone is doing well, no time to catch-up. Work has exploded in the run up to Xmas, if I wasn’t getting paid🤔………….. or if I won the lottery!!!🤑🤑🤑

    Must dash, Stay strong everyone!!!

    You can find inspiration from others, but determination is solely your responsibility.

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 28 – Rural Nebraska, USA – WFD

    DH and I went to visit his mom yesterday, and on impulse stopped at a Mexican restaurant afterward instead of coming home to yet MORE turkey leftovers. We’re still enjoying them, but they are becoming monotonous. But Mexican sure has inspired lots of bloating for me, so today’s WF is much needed!

    @funshipfreddie I mixed up and scooped one double-batch of cookies yesterday, and they’re in the freezer. I’ll do two more tomorrow, then thaw and bake them all on Friday. So, yes, the aroma is killer, but I set myself limits and generally succeed. It’s when I’m mixing them up that I struggle not to eat a bunch of cookie dough!! 😂😂

    @jaifaim Special time with your mum and family and friends is so lovely. As to the GF Thanksgiving foods, some of the less-than-stellar results were down to mistakes I made (for example, I toasted the breadcubes for the stuffing far too long), but the bread I made from the website I was using was STELLAR…my son’s expression as he ate a slice he’d toasted and buttered and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar? Priceless. Here’s that website and you can hunt around for other recipes. So far, I think her stuff is as good as it can possibly be.

    @merryapple I weigh every day, so have seen the up and down of the scale so often that it no longer troubles me. For example, weigh yourself. Go drink a FULL glass of water. Go weigh yourself. You’ll have “gained weight.” I learned that when I was still a teenager, and already working to be thin.

    @northgeorgia Thanks for agreeing to host December!! As to an all-you-can-eat buffet? You’ll have to do some serious mental arguing before you go, to ensure that you make good choices, and don’t get sucked up by the way food is displayed to tempt you into eating more than you usually would–and more than you actually want. Those are tough places to withstand, and it’s tempting to think “I have to eat more so I get my money’s worth.” Pizza Ranch is a place around here that is a struggle for me, because their pizza is really good and they also have fried chicken that is stellar. So, we just never go any more (largely because my MIL no longer goes out to eat, and that was her choice of restaurant)!

    It’s astounding to me how many of our regulars have dropped away, including our host for November. I miss their chatter! @daffodil2010 You’re one who popped into my mind today…how’s working from home going?

    Okay, I’m off. One of my adult students needs to buy a different piano, so instead of a lesson today, I’m meeting her at the house that has a piano she’s considering, where I’ll play it and give my thoughts as to whether it’s worth buying. Fun stuff!

    Have a grand one, everyone!

    Pocket List – Day 28 ⭐️
    @stitchincarol WFD

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon,I can see blue sky so that’s a good sign. I managed an 800 fast day yesterday and trying for a low one today. Denise as took good to get Spanish lessons, they all have so having a bit of a party, she said she’ll give me a ring when she’s ready to be picked up. She’s getting really bad now, can barely walk. I said well have to get a shopping trolley that she can get in and I’ll push her around. I’m hungry now only had 2 cups of tea

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 28 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 228 lbs. My goodness, I’ve seen that number way too many times in the past few days! I didn’t overeat yesterday, but I did have more carbs than usual, and it seemed to have worked its bloat magic. Doing a ZBC this morning, having my lunch meeting, and then it’s a long day — probably won’t be home until 7:30 or even 8:00 tonight, so I won’t plan on a big meal. I’m planning on a FD tomorrow.

    Sure, I can host December if need be! Unfortunately, December 1 is my work’s Christmas outing, and the only place we could find to host us all was the all-you-can-eat buffet! ‘Tis the season!

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 28 – Ireland – FD 🚫🚶‍♂️✅ 🌾

    Hi all, I didn’t get a chance to check in again yesterday but back on track after a busy weekend of family commitments and time spent with friends. All good and just what was needed after a sad day on Thursday.
    I think I can safely say that everyone here was in shock on Friday and embarrassed that Ireland was figuring in international news for all the wrong reasons…
    The events were not protests but out and out thuggery and looting by a minority of mostly young people of many ethnicities who like to rob, steal and instil fear in others because they have nothing better to do with their time…it’s worrying how quickly the call out can go to these people on social media following a shocking random incident and how little our police force can do in the face of such violence. Hopefully this will change now. 🙏 I work with fabulous young people from all over the world and it’s sad to know that didn’t feel safe and honestly still don’t..

    I had a lovely weekend with lots of fun times with friends and special time with mum 💕

    @stitchincarol well done for trying out baking with GF flour… it’s not great 😌 – and most GF baked goods are super dense and sweet. It means I’m cutting back big time on pastries etc. I’ll have to get my head around Christmas: stuffing, etc I’ll be at mums and my sister is cooking but I’ll have to have GF replacements.

    @merryapple – how cute to think of Mr Mac in his backpack.🐶🐶 well done to you carrying him – that’s a workout.

    Enjoy the meeting @funshipfreddie hopefully not too long drawn out..

    On a FD again.. yesterdays was ok until I met my pal for one little bulmers 🍏 🍻. It was just one but… I go again…👍

    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

    Pocket List – Day 28 ⭐️

  • Newbie – money thoughts

    Congratulations on completing your first fast day! It’s fantastic that you’re focusing on the health benefits of your new lifestyle and considering the potential financial savings.
    As you pointed out, skipping lunch a couple of times a week can add to significant savings over a year. It’s impressive how small changes in our daily routines can positively impact our well-being and wallets.
    If you’re looking for more ways to manage your finances or need quick financial assistance, you might find the information.
    I wish you continued success on your health journey and any financial goals you may pursue!

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 28 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – NFD

    @merryapple – I had the Kia back by 2 pm. It was just a minor service. I was irritated when they phoned me to say the wipers needed replacing though. I’ve only done 5000 km since last year’s major service (same service centre), & I could count on one hand how many times I’ve driven in the rain. If they think the blades need replacing at every service they should include it in the quote. I don’t weigh myself every day, just after a FD. I don’t want to see those daily variations! Maybe I should though.. 🤔

    @stitchincarol – good to hear you’re okay & feeling better. That’s a LOT of cookies?! The aroma must drive you crazy, no way I could do that on a FD?! 🍪

    @daffodil2010 – hope you’re okay..?

    Got to rush off early again to drop off laundry & then rush back for yet another Body Corporate meeting 💤

    “Being motivated is a fabulous tool when it comes to being able to push yourself, but motivation is fleeting. If you’re always waiting around for it to show up, you’ll likely never reach your end goal. Discipline is about sacrificing what you want now, for what you want so much more later.” ~ Maddie Rose

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening everyone, have had a nice quiet weekend.
    It’s our daughters 8th wedding anniversary shortly which is bronze apparently and as they both love their garden we thought we’d get them something bronze and ended up getting them bronze wind chimes from our local garden centre 🤞they’ll like them.
    I think the reason I’m managing to lose weight albeit slowly even though we eat out regularly is because I’ve realised that I used to view the meals out as a treat and never thought about the calories that much but it hit me that I need to think more carefully about my food choices and only have two glasses of wine . I’ve stopped drinking at home and will only do so if we have friends round for a meal.
    Bronwyn hope you can come back to us soon.
    Jean hope your grandson gets on alright.
    Hemmy you’ve made me realise that I need to get on writing our Christmas cards but am cutting down on the ones that I post and will hand deliver the ones that I can.
    Enjoy the rest of your evening everyone.
    Nana x

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 28 NFD NZ 80.5kg

    I’ve started filling in our monthly sheet because it’s amazing how much my weight bounces around. In the old days I would be ecstatic with a drop and lose enthusiasm with a rise. It’s helpful to see daily variations and not throw the baby out with the bath water (such a great quote!) I can keep tabs on the ebb and flow of weight variation without any loss of mojo. Does that make sense to anyone else?
    I’ve got out an old soft red nylon backpack I’ve had since I was a teenager and put Mr Mac in it on the walk home after dropping the Mini off. Much to my surprise he tolerated it really well although I did carry him on my front so I can catch him if he tries to wiggle out. Carrying 10kg of dog on one side for any distance was doing in my back muscles. I’m going to swap the arms over so they cross at the back and don’t slide off.
    @stitchincarol Hope your cold hasn’t come to much… what an amazing sleep! Gluten free flour can be a poor substitute for the real thing… I would cook the turkey with your usual stuffing and also make gluten free stuffing with a GF sausage and bread to cook in a separate tin… You can pour turkey juices over it later! That way everyone’s happy! Or use a GF crushed biscuit base (like for a cheese cake) instead of pastry for the cherry pie and fill it with your usual recipe. Just a thought!
    @funshipfreddie I’m off to collect my car this morning. I had a hose replaced. Need the back brakes done in 3 months. Otherwise it’s a clean bill of health! Hope it’s the same for your Kaha!

    3 days to go! Steely Resolve !!!

  • Weight training with fast exercise

    thats really nice post !

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hemmy- glad I’m not the only one doing Christmas cards already! Quite a few of mine went astray last year & didn’t arrive until late January, so doing them even earlier! Very wet & muddy here too, dark already!
    Dave- nice you had a dry day! Good Denise has hidden your chocolate…a normal FD for you today?
    Jean- glad grandson is safely in Oz, hopefully he’ll make new friends & a new life for himself …
    Got very wet with Xena, so didn’t walk Enoch, he gets stressed in the rain & wind anyway. Have planned my Christmas cakes but haven’t got all the ingredients so will get those this week, have done quite a few Christmas cards as well as cleaning. Mum’s got a cold, don’t want to catch that so she’ll have to have a day on her own!
    Doing a liquid fast again today.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Had a few hours bowling, no coat on but had my jumper on. It poured down this morning but the green was ok, drained off well. Only had 2 cups of tea so far so the fast is going well. I’ve had to hide the Christmas choccies before I scoff them all. Denise hid them so I’m safe now

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi FB Brits hope all is well with you. Xxxx

    Just lost a long post it sso annoying.

    Dark wet day here ..soaked on our walk.. so all is muddy again.

    Just having a quiet day .. finishing off Christmas cards .. just posted some..

    A sandwich lunch then just soup this evening .. so a low day. Must keep this weight now till Christmas week at least lolo.

    Sym.. So glad your G son arrived safely and settling in already A relief I am sure.

    Just off in the garden to do a bit of throwing for Pip I don’t usually go till 4pm but its got very dark.

    Enjoy your evening everyone. Be stronger than your excuses. Xxxx

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 27 – Ireland – FD 🚫🚶‍♂️✅ 🌾

    Hello all, I’m just checking in but no time to post. Will keep the focus and write a little more later. A very busy weekend and thanks so much for the thoughts 💕💕
    I hope everyone is ok. Still very quiet here..

    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

    Pocket List – Day 27

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 27 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD

    I woke up around 4am on Sunday morning and went to the bathroom since I was awake–and I also sneezed about two dozen times. That’s unheard of for me, and I was not happy with my body’s behavior! When I woke up for the day a bit before 7, I sneezed another two dozen times and blew my nose just as many times. I was miserable during church, going through a dozen tissues or more, and then had to work with the kids as they began learning their parts for their Christmas Eve service; by the time that was done, I was wiped out and was thankful to walk home (it’s a block). I found a medicine in our cupboard that promised to help with a runny nose and sneezing, so took it into the kitchen where the boys were already at work and had one of them read the label for me so I didn’t have to hunt up my readers. He made a joke about not being able to have alcohol, and I snorted, took the medicine and within twenty minutes felt FAR better; whew!

    So we cooked and cooked and had our appetizers (one of which we all loved, the other of which, based on a small wheel of camembert, I was the only one who loved) and got the turkey into the oven, and went and played pinochle. Dinner was finally served at 5pm, and the GF options were not the rousing success I’d hoped for, but they were fine, at least…and I fell asleep at the dining room table. Literally.

    Turns out my son wasn’t joking about not being able to have alcohol with that medicine. AND I’d taken a second dose too soon, not realizing my mistake. So, we’ll always remember this Thanksgiving dinner as the year Mom fell asleep over dinner, LOL! 😂😂 However, I slept last night for ten full hours–closer to eleven, actually–and feel far better than I did yesterday, so perhaps this cold is going to stay away.

    @northgeorgia I heard a small bit of determination in your voice today, and that’s a good sign. Hang on and you’ll eventually begin to make progress again!!! And, here’s a thought for you: we’ve often said that hosting helps increase the motivation and weight loss is more consistent during months someone hosts. Are you willing to host for December?

    I got all the fall stuff put away, and the Christmas stuff is all out, except for the Christmas dishes and the two trees, so I’m feeling quite virtuous about everything. This Saturday is the church’s annual Cookie and Candy Boutique, so this is the week I bake like a crazy woman. We’re only asked to bring 6dozen cookies, but I’ve baked as many as 70-80 dozen in some years, so you can imagine how much flour, butter and sugar I’m going through in one week. I have it down to a science where I mix up a double batch of the cookie dough, scoop it out with a scoop, squeeze it out close to the next ball of dough, and when the cookie sheet is full, I freeze them, then drop them into a freezer bag. Then when I bake on Friday, it’s a simple matter of thawing them and putting them onto cookie sheets. (I’m working hard to encourage myself, as I’m not entirely delighted to be baking this week, LOL!)

    Have a grand one, everyone!

    Pocket List

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Yesterday was the worst FD I can remember. I woke at 5.30am, already feeling hungry so I knew it wouldn’t go well. I was hungry all day long until my 5pm feeding despite several cups of coffee, tea and a miso soup. And then only a meagre 500g loss this morning. Bah humbug.

    Cinque, ha the lettuce, it didn’t wilt but it got a bit woody and inedible. I was saving it only because I needed something earthy in which to stick my solar lights. I kept the soil in the planters and might put in some colourful winter bedding plants when we get to a nursery not far from here.

    Nice job on the waist measurement maintenance, well below the recommended girth – 80cm is it?

    It warmed up all the way to 7C this morning so we headed off in the drizzle – just for an hour of cruising each – most of my half was spent in a tunnel which felt warm and was fairly dry. We have traded cows for sheep in the fields opposite.

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 27 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 224 lbs. Can’t do my normal Monday FD500 today due to a lunch meeting, but what I do have to do is be more mindful on NFDs like today. Fortunately, today’s lunch is at a farm to table restaurant, so it won’t be a lot of processed junk 🙂

    I will get back to the 210s, and eventually the 200s. Just going to take a little longer than anticipated…

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good morning cold here but dry at the moment.Going bowling this afternoon so will need a jumper. Looks like it’s been raining so will put my trainers with the good grip on.A fast day today but don’t think it will be a liquid one.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All…
    A very wet walk, coat dripping in the garage thought it seemed easier… cold too.

    James is in Sydney settling in. I was chatting with him by text all the way and on the plane, it’s all text savvy now. If it wasn’t me it was Katie and his mum. Very time consuming 🤣😂 I am sure it will settle down. He met 4 girls this morning and walked to the Opera House and had had lunch with them, a good 5 hours they are at a different hostel..they were German and Austrian.. he is sat now chatting to a Argentinian who is in his room. It will be bed soon.

    I am fasting today.

    I must find some gloves my hands are cold.

    The weather is so wet and muddy.. dark these mornings too.
    I must keep off the Xmas shelf…

    Keep off the Dutch biscuits I would have them too.. I am usually quite good… tbh I am not good eating them these days they make me feel unwell.

    I didn’t sleep well last night so a lazy day for me.. a snuggle with my boy and a book!

    Jean x

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 27 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – NFD 70.8 kg

    I finally got a mini-whoosh after my Fri/Sun FDs. I’m more or less back to where I was at the start of the month. One more November FD on Wednesday for me..

    @merryapple – what a coincidence? I’m also up & heading out early to put my Kia (no Kaha) in for its annual check-up. Thanks for the very festive-looking December spreadsheet 🎄

    Last few days of November. Have a good week everyone

    “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar

  • Starting Monday Nov 27, So Heavy and excited to begin.

    I am ending the denial and the comfort of eating and getting back to being conscious again. I am up to 216 and goal is 155. I appreciate everyone on here. so inspiring. Thank you PIO

  • 5 people in groups to Promote accountability, and motivation

    It would be helpful if a person could enter a group of women of similar weight loss goals and check in weekly to weigh and check others progress. Sort of fun to compete a bit.

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    2nd post

    Here’s the December sheet for us all.
    Does anyone want to host December?😃

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello Effelle!
    I am in Melbourne too (raining!),
    Haha and sympathy for obsessive eating the day after fast day, it can be tricky to avoid that, I know from experience.
    When I am in the mindframe to enjoy the lovely empty feeling (morning after fast day) I can often just coast on it through the day. But other times I am ravenous.
    And boredom! It’s the worst.

    As Thin said, in this thread people have just worked out for themselves if it is useful to post weight loss or not. (I don’t have scales but keep an eye on my waist measurement). We are all ready to cheer you on anyway.

    5:2 saved me when my weight started creeping up again (after I had lost 15kg very easily by cutting added sugar from my diet). 5:2 saw off another 15kg nicely over a couple of years and took me to the lower end of my healthy weight range. But maintenance has been important for me or else it just sneaks back on.

    I am now dealing with gerd/lpr and the small meals and good space between meals, that is needed for that, has been good for my general health and keeping my waistline around 75cm.

    Hello Anzac!
    So sorry to hear that work has undermined your 5:2. AGAIN!
    But cheers for managing to keep your weight stable. That is so good!

    I did do my gardening at just the right time! Everything has grown so much! A couple of little basil have been, or are being, eaten but I am doing my best to protect them (and I started with about 12 so I did have excess).

    Thin, brrr, your lettuces would be collapsed!
    Cold and a bad foot is hard! Sending best wishes.

    Best wishes to everyone reading!

    Coffee time. Woot!

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 27 FD NZ 81.2kg

    I had a friend for dinner last night. (Wasn’t that the immortal last line in Silence of the Lambs…?) I had 1 small overripe banana so halved the recipe and made a wee banana cake. I added the baking powder with the flour but forgot the baking soda sitting mixed with milk and ready to go on the bench… The flavour was OK but the texture looked and felt like a discus or a cow pat! Not that I’ve eaten either…😶
    @excelsior12309 Lucky turkey! Great stuffing is like a deluxe sausage!😋
    I hope all those who were keen at the beginning of the month but have fallen away will join us for December. It can take a bit to get going and it’s well worth it in the end. And you get to do a reset month by month. Cheers!
    I’m off to take my Mini in for a warrant of fitness and I hope a clean c/- of the BMWorkshop.

    4 days – with two FDs for me – to go before November is up!
    Kia Kaha everyone! (Stay Strong)

    Pocket List

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 26 – USA/GA – FD

    Weigh-in: 228 lbs. Glad to have made it to a FD. Next one will be Wednesday (I have lunch meetings on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday …egads)!

    Thanks to everyone for the support. Yes, I guess I do care — I just need to find comfort in something other than food 🙂 Having all of these leftover Thanksgiving cakes we made lying around doesn’t help, either. Got to take them to work haha

    I bought a couple of boxes of cereal this weekend (sale at 99 cents a box) — something I hadn’t done in a year or more. Had a small bowl yesterday morning, and within an hour or so, I felt horrible and it worsened throughout the morning. I ate some real food at lunch and that averted the troubles. I promptly gave those away to my niece and nephew. Temptation, quick delight, horrible consequence, and decisive action haha

    Anyway, I’m determined to run away from the 230 monster and head back into the arms of 210.

    Pocket List – Day 26 🎯

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hemmy- I am okay with the Christmas chocolate, I won’t eat that… unfortunately most of the Dutch biscuits we have I’m the only one who eats them!
    Jean- a great opportunity for your grandson, hope he gets on okay, the course is a great idea! Keep away from your spare room & the goodies! Although your maintaining now so you can relax a bit!
    Dave- hard to know what to do sometimes, cutting out bread worked well for you before?
    The fields are drying up at last here, so didn’t need wellies for a change, had a long walk with Xena. Cooking roast chicken tonight, first roast this winter! Hopefully another FD today, unless I get tempted by the roasties!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    I used to shout for Max in the Gp’s but he’s turned into a moaning mini.Red Bull are just to good, it’s ruining F1. When Hamilton was winning every year the cars and racing were much closer. Now you know who’s going to win before the start. Lamb for tea tonight, looking forward to it.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi FB Brits .. What a dark damp miserable ole day today

    For some reason I keep thinking its Saturday today.. It doesnt feel like a Sunday. lol It is the G P though … Come on Max.. lolol

    Back to a slippy muddy walk was just drying up a bit..

    Lolol H H and Sym..
    I have also opened some Christmas chocolate .. that why I don’t like it about too early lol One year I had to replace stockings about 3 times lolol

    H H well done with your 2 lb loss thats brilliant. Whatever you are doing is working. Xx

    Bronwyn.. stay safe.Xx

    Sym.. Hope your Grandson arrived safely its hard missing the young ones but you have to admire their get up and go Xx

    Well done everyone that’s lost weight this week. .. Xx

    Be stronger than your excuses.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Yes I may well do that Jean, Monday and Thursday.Bowling tomorrow weather permitting. Got my handwarmer Chloe likes the fire, as soon as it’s on she’s there next to it, think there is a bit of cat in her.

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 25-No. VA USA-NFD

    So nice to have a “long weekend” of Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun off work!. I am doing activities around the house that have been waiting for a while. Also, yesterday was an indulgent day, in which many starchy foods were consumed…by me…because I felt like it at the time…so now my weight was up 2 # from yesterday. Of course.

    @merryapple, a heritage turkey refers to an older breed, not much in commerce anymore. I believe these live trotting around the fields, in the fresh air. They really are more flavorful than the more standard ones we have always eaten in the past. But on Thanksgiving, many people enjoy the side dishes like stuffing and roasted vegetables more than the turkey!

    @northgeorgia, you will get there; right now, we need to wheel the wagon over to you to climb up.
    I am right behind you!

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 26 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – FD

    @stitchincarol – I don’t think I over-consume. Which probably sounds a bit pompous; but I think it’d be a different story if my circumstances were different. Living with a family, maybe having to cook for other people, &/or going out to work. I imagine the biggest obstacle for most people is – other people. Living with people who don’t share the same goals, habits, lifestyle or aspirations, that can’t be easy. I tend to eat at the same times every day. But I do ‘pick’ sometimes, especially maybe the day after a FD, between lunch & dinner. If I’m getting a drink, then I’ll maybe peer into the fridge or cupboard & look for something to nibble on. But there’s never really anything there that’s going to do much damage 😇

    @northgeorgia – ditto what Carol said. You do care; enough to still be here anyway. Just keep posting & keep trying, one day at a time..

    Pocket List – Day 26 🎯

    “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Thomas Jefferson

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 26 NZ NFD 80.7kg

    0n Friday I went to a memorial lecture at the Art History Dept for the husband of one of my close friends who died 5 yrs ago. His area of expertise was Nthern European art and the Hapsburg Tapestries. It was very touching to see how moved his students were about his guidance and scholarship. We then adjourned back to their house and had delicious food and drink.
    I spent some heavy duty time in the garden y’day which I haven’t done for some time.

    @jaifaim OMG I read the news on the BBC ap after I read your post. How awful… and unsettling for you. Sadly social media has created a platform for some of the worst attributes of human nature to rise to the surface.

    @stitchincarol Great to hear you had such a lovely Thanksgiving Day.
    I’ve never been to Africa…
    I know what you mean about being busy over Christmas and New Year. However it was always the left overs after the big days that got at me – mince pies, Xmas pud and brandy butter, shortbread, ham etc etc!

    @northgeorgia If I can use my own experience as an example, the first year after my DH died I was having to deal with both his and my mother‘s estates plus carrying on our timetable which was always set down a year in advance. It was the second year I crashed and I ate for comfort and put on a lot of weight very quickly. By the time I got to 93kg I thought I’ve got to reign myself in and start taking care of myself. I used my New Year’s resolutions as a motivator and I rejoined 5:2 last January. Don’t be too hard on yourself but do recognise the effects of grief as you’re doing. As your feelings of grief become more conscious you can experience them without so much psychic pain and begin to reduce trying to push them down with food. Another factor that comes into play is that no longer do you have a father to protect you, his son, so you have to step into your new adult role. I don’t know if this is any help to you – I’m not a psychologist, these are my observations from the school of life and I didn’t have any counselling as I felt my grief was personal and private. My heart goes out to you and I’m sending strength. Kia Kaha.

    @funshipfreddie In reference to your quote, my father used to say the best time to study is when you’re a little cold and a little hungry!
    I did notice Dolly’s not standing as straight as she might so I guess age is catching up.

    @excelsior12309 I assume a heritage turkey is one that actually got to run around a paddock?!

    Go well everyone!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Some lovely Dutch things to hide away.. I am naughty I have had some Christmas nougat I had the need…
    James course really is a meeting of people who are wanting to work in Aussie.. just meeting up and doing some holiday things in the area, a one to one for a work placement and what they want to do, NI number, open a bank account and SIM card…getting to know the area. His flight is going at 8.40, he is just starting to board now..
    I will miss him but it’s an opportunity of a life time… or he may be back in two months…

    Why don’t you do a regular 5.2 week see how you go, then go back to liquid for a week..

    Jean x

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 25 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD

    I’m up another 0.2lbs this morning, which is more what I was expecting, and rather negates the surprise of the 2lb gain yesterday morning. It’s already noon and my lunch was just a sandwich (turkey, of course, LOL) without any of the other calories that could be tempting, so I’m on track for a well-behaved day.

    I’m slowly getting Christmas decorations out; the trees will be the last thing I do and probably not until next week. I’m about ready to start the GF bread I need for tomorrow’s stuffing, and I’m stopping occasionally to take a break and knit on the sleeves of a sweater I have in progress. Oh, and a football game is on the TV; I don’t care about it but it’s a lovely soundtrack to the day. In other words, it’s a glorious day.

    Which leads to my comment/question. I have often lost weight during December over the years, and that’s because much of my eating is because of boredom and lack of focus; because I so love the holiday season, and I’m busy doing things I love–even baking!–I tend not to eat as much and have lost weight fairly easily. So I’m focusing on making excellent food choices during this time that historically helps me lose weight. (Yeah, weird, I know.)

    Why do you eat? When is it toughest for you not to over-consume and when do you find it easier? Is there anything that almost guarantees you’ll over-eat?

    I think that kind of self-examinatino is very helpful–at least it is for me–so I thought I’d raise the question.

    @jaifaim I almost never watch any news, so had heard nothing, but I’m so sorry for the heartache you’re experiencing. But, I saw the good news that you’re really close to being back at your target weight!

    @northgeorgia I can hear the indifference you’re feeling, but don’t let it be what guides you. You DO care: I know you care, everyone else on here knows you care, and YOU know you care, way under all the pain and commotion that your days are this year. We’re all holding on to you as tightly as we can, and will help you stay on this wagon until you manage to be holding on all by yourself. 💞

    Okay, back to my to-do list!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    I’m undecided how to proceed this week. I may have a change just got a week and do what the app I’ve put on says.It does have intermittent fasting on it so will see. No steak today having a change, Denise is making a pie.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Posting because I’m putting off doing some sewing 😂
    Bronwyn- hope you’re okay, please let us know how you’re doing 🤗
    Jean- sounds really good for James the grandson, having people to meet up with as soon as he’s there should be very helpful, what course is he doing? Well done getting back to your goal, I’ve a way to go yet!
    Hemmy- I’m sure even if you put a few pounds on over Christmas you’ll soon lose it! Definitely worrying how long the dates are on some foods, they must be full of chemicals!
    Dave- well done losing 2lbs, the new scales were nice to you!
    Nana- well done with your loss again, it’s certainly working how you’re doing the eating …hope your night out & weekend are good!
    I lost 2lbs as well last week, probably back on after yesterday with the yummy Toblerone cookies I made! Feeling a bit fragile today, I get like that if I’ve got used to less sugar & then have more, a carby hangover! Had a lovely time catching up with our friends, Tom seems to have aged since we last saw him, he’ll be 80 on new year’s eve. They bought lots of Dutch Christmas goodies I’ll have to hide them away!
    Walked Xena, & then Enoch, he seemed so hungry, snatching biscuits from me, I did tell Linda he needs to have more food…my sister is seeing mum today, must get something productive done, 2 pairs of trousers to shorten, I hate sewing! A FD here…

  • 🍁 November 2023 Challenge 🍁

    Day 25 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 228 lbs. Egads, things are getting out of control. Tomorrow will be a FD. I did manage to average out as the same weight as last week, though — so not bad for a Thanksgiving week. But I am worried. I find myself caring less and less. I think it must be another stage of grief, but I’m punishing my body for some reason. I need to reset my mind and get back to good choices on NFDs.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All…
    Very very bitter this morning wrapped up well.. nose was icy cold on the riverbank.. cozy now under my blanket with a cuppa, heating on too…

    Just had a lovely chat to William and girlfriend in Perth, he will be home for a few days in two weeks..

    James is already to leave catching the 1.30 train to the airport .. I shall speak later to him…

    Chloe all wrapped up for the winter.. Charlie wouldn’t keep a hat on!!

    Look after yourself and hope all goes well.. pass by and keep us up to date…🤗

    You eat lots of wonderful things .. well done on your weight loss…

    Enjoy your metro with your Dutch friends…

    Have a good weekend everyone..

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Don’t go for too long Bronwyn, and let us know how your doing from time to time. It was below zero last night, very cold.Its very sunny outside but only 2°C. And another freezing night tonight. Going to finish setting up the scales now.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good Morning FBBs
    A beautiful sunny day here in W Yorks.

    I am going to stop posting for a few weeks. After a routine visit to the docs this week I am being sent to the hospital next week for some tests. I have been sent a very quick appointment. Not sure what to make of it all but I am keeping cheerful. Will keep reading your posts. I am doing well with the weight loss at the moment as I have lost my appetite! Catching up with jobs while the sun is out. Have a nice weekend.
    Regards Bronwyn

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Welcome effelle90, I’m so happy to have another faster joining me here. Yes, feel free to post your weight loss. I believe it makes us more accountable when we say it out loud. I think we’ve all been guilty of eating a little too much the day before and/or the day after a FD when we started out. It settles down as we learn that we won’t starve to death on a FD. I’ll be fasting tomorrow as I practice 6:1 maintenance (it’s my tenth year of IF without ever missing a single FD and it works well for me). I lost 23 kg in 2014 and now weigh 60kg.

    Anzac, I’m sorry we’ve lost you to fasting. It sounded like it had been going well. And sorry that you have to go in to the office more often. Fun that you’ve started considering travelling again. And quite an ambitious trip by the sounds of it. I can’t get motivated.

    Cinque, lovely to read of your activities and increased energy. Hurray! How nice to have a little garden, that’s very rewarding. I’ve just taken my rooftop lettuce down. It is SO cold. -2C overnight. Frost on the ground this morning but sunny.

    Neil, good job on the downhill weight slide.

    Have a great weekend all.

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