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  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Busy being grandma. Write soon.

    Thin, pour boiling water on the dried mung beans to avoid having some that don’t swell.

    1 tbsp ghee or oil
    1 tsp fenugreek seeds
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    3 garlic cloves minced
    2cm ginger, grated
    4 green chillies, chopped (or if you are a wimp like me, one is enough)
    1 large onion, chopped
    2 capsicum, chopped
    1 potatoes in 2-3cm cubes
    1 tsp gr turmeric
    1 cup washed mung beans
    1.5 litres water or stock (adjust to make the consistency you prefer)
    500g chopped spinach
    3 tomatoes, chopped
    juice of two limes
    salt to taste

    Heat the ghee
    Fry the fenugreek and cumin seeds gently for a minute
    Add the garlic, ginger, chillies, onion and capsicum and saute until the onion is translucent
    Add the potatoes and turmeric and cook, stirring for a couple of minutes
    Add the mung beans and stock and simmer for 45 minutes
    Add the spinach and tomatoes and simmer for another 10 minutes
    Season with the lime juice and salt
    Garnish with coriander leaves.

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

    They all appeared to be eating white bread, Carol. Hmmm. I quite like the Atkins approach of counting ‘net carbs’ – ie total carb grams minus fibre grams. But I guess it’s still down to personal metabolism etc.

    2 weeks ago I started doing low carb/high fat/protein à la Volek – for neurological reasons, rather than weight loss/maintenance, as my carbs were already fairly low, and always complex, and I’d been happily maintaining goal weight, within a +/- 2lbs range, since 2014. . The first week I did one FD, one semi fast, and ate a lot (but no more that 50g complex carbs) on the other days – and allowed a few more carbs on the weekly ‘feast day’. I lost 2lbs. This week, I’ve had only one FD, one feast day, but kept the carbs to 35g per day. Weight has stayed absolutely steady, with no fluctuation between FDs and not regaining those 2lbs – despite generous amounts of nuts, cheese, eggs, salmon (fresh and smoked) avocado, cream, FF yoghurt, dark chocolate etc – all the things the medics warn you off – plus, obviously, mountains of veg, but slightly less fruit. Not necessarily the right way for every body, but mine seems to like it. I shall continue to fast, for all the reasons we all know – but it may be that my usually variable regime of ‘5:2 / 4:3 / 5.5/1.5 depending’ can be 6:1. Will monitor carefully!

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 17 – 21 all NFDs/Melbourne Australia

    Haven’t had time to catch up with posts. Hope all is well?

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 Sarasota, Florida CD Good reset FD yesterday, under 500 calories. CD’s today and tomorrow and I’ll meet my weekly goal of 6000 calories (I’m a small and forced to be sedentary person.) Erased my mindless 🍦 indulgences earlier in the week.Thanks for the laugh @songbirdme

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 NFD Oregon USA

    Well a check of the spreadsheet and I see that my goal for January was a pound lower than I thought.🤔 So…two pounds to go to meet January goal. I need to get serious these last ten days and stop the faffing!! @flourbaby do you have any of that fine resolve to share/spare? 😊

    @SongbirdMe–I loved the joke. Big Steelers fans here so last weekend was…disappointing.

    @LindaSue–thank you for that fabulous tip about the Dollar Tree pizza crust!! I love thin crust AND its so much lower in calories. You can make it really yummy at home for really low cal. So excited to try this. (And I see I can buy in bulk too)

    @leggit–just hop back on, push reset–you will be fine! 💪🏼

    @Bert1802–I am really curious what you do for your job. And never feel bad about sharing/unloading. As @michelinme said–if you don’t process those feelings they can end up influencing other things, like your food choices. (At least they do for me)

    @daffodil2010–so sorry for the travel struggles getting home. Ugh is all I can say. Nothing quite so miserable especially when you are really tired.

    @bigviking really hope your sinuses improve this week. Worst kind of unfairness, ill and not a friendly scale? As you said, it’s likely all fluid and gone by tomorrow.

    Glad so many are sticking with their pocket goals for January. After the first week and the gall bladder issues, I have really just focused on getting back to the two fast days. I know my NFD’s have been less than stellar and probably above TDEE too much. Also no exercise incorporated yet which was also a goal for January.
    Hoping that the last ten days can find proper motivation. I find the winters here in Oregon really challenging mentally–rainy gray for days–and know that exercise will improve that.

    “Figure out what’s good for you and then create a liking for it. You have to work at living!”

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

    Interesting to read that link thank you Happy.

    Very very small study, I didn’t see mentioned anywhere what the carbs actually were ie simple refined carbs or complex carbs because I would think that would make a difference.

    I eat complex carbs in the morning, been working for me so I’m going to stick with it!

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 North Wales NFD

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    A lovely meal …just finished a bottle of red…we are now fasting…a funny day Sunday to fast but away Monday evening….

    Hedgehog are you with us tomorrow is your day falling…..

    Kay…hope your day went well…. a lovely lazy day…something nice to eat I hope…I had prawns in the end my sort of meal…Steve had different but easy….lazy…..hope you feel better than earlier…

    Jean x

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 18 – nfd
    Day 19 – nfd
    Day 20 – nfd

    I have a fallen a little off the wagon, my friends. These past few days have been so busy, and normally that means I’m not eating, but I’ve been feasting on all bad foods since I haven’t had time to cook or anything. 🙁 all my exercise at the gym can’t make up for this! Hoping that checking back in will reset myself after today.

    Hope you are all doing well. Going to work on catching up on all your stories now!

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 UK NFD

    Yesterday turned into an unplanned FD due to a late lunch of salad & the leftover halloumi and only realsing I’d missed supper later in the evening. Harder to resist late evening carbs, but found quick healthy tasty food and finished at 800 calories.

    Awful headache this morning despite drinking 2litres water yesterday so not sure if i’m coming down with something again 🙁 Enjoyed a slow, quiet day baking bread and a beetroot & apple cake – and a lot of clearing up the kitchen afterwards!

    Looking forward to a bath and an early night, hoping to feel better tomorrow. Decided I’ll get myself ready tonight and if I feel well enough I’ll go, but if not I’ll take the day to rest up, potter & look after myself – there’s enough pressure on me already without me adding to it!

    @stevetoontaxidriver Congratulations on the new baby and hope your daughter in law is well and home again soon

    @daffodil2010 welcome back, and thanks so much for the excellent travelogue

    @bert1802 Always so hard when people criticise us for being who we are, and helpful to process that and let it go in any way that works. Otherwise we hold it in and then try and eat the feelings away 🙁

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 – 🇬🇧- NFD

    @stevetoontaxidriver – congrats grandad definitely a good reason to wet the baby’s head in light of Mum doing so well!!!

    Have a great weekend everyone! Still on track with fasting & exercising – 20 days into jan 2 out of 3 resolutions still intact 😊

  • I will do it this time

    I am going through a very hungry phase at the moment. I successfully fasted on Monday when I went to my language course at the university getting in my long walk to and from the train. But since then I have been so hungry and tired and have eaten beyond tdee every day and my weight is now higher than a month ago. 144lbs, six above my low point. A number of things may be behind this. Possibly the antibiotics, maybe tiredness and stress from the routine change and extra work from my middle son moving home again, maybe the cold and the time of year, maybe my hormones… Anyway I am not going to let it upset me too much. I am staying away from carbs and eating well, just rather a lot…

    I made a very delicious vegan swede gratin and a vegan cauliflower cheese tonight using coconut flour, vegan cheese and soya milk. Both gorgeous. I haven’t had seconds yet but it is probably inevitable…

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20, Rocky Mountains, US, NFD

  • First two weeks

    Good to know I’m not alone! Keep going everyone 🙂

  • Buttonboots – My weightloss journey….

    Buttonboots! You’re back! Yay!!
    And, a size 18- way to go, girl!!
    I keep in the shadows here, reading for motivation, and always look for a post from you. During what seemed to be a long silence, I offered a prayer for your good health now and then. I was thrilled to see your update. You made my day. 🙂
    Your new kitchen gadgets sound great. I received a Spiralizer for Christmas. I have made Zuchinni “pasta” noodles. Fun, healthy, and tasty.
    Regards. 🙂

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    steve, Congrats on the new baby, a new life brings such energy into a family! Hopefully your daughter in law is all better by now. And another new baby expected in your family this summer. You are truly blessed.

    Welcome home, daffodil. Hopefully the luggage snafu will be sorted out soon. Maybe your suitcases are at the Vatican! haha…


    Welcome back, johnny.

    Congrats on the new job, belfastsink.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dave, well done on the lb, all in the right direction.

    Jean, well done on the trail shoes! They shouldnt need wearing in. From my running days it was out of the box and onto the feet!

    DF, watching fishing….hmmmmm….not for me!

    We had a short walk planned but didnt go in the end. I woke up with a headache and sore neck so stayed in bed. This afternoon is windy and showery, so decided to stay put. Just back from taking ellie out. Neil is outside trying to get a seized wiper arm nut off his car!

    Had home made soup for lunch….yummy. Not sure what to have for tea yet.

    What to do with the rest of the day….


  • Losing weight is not my goal; reducing risk of cancer and cognition problems is.

    Also mainly doing this for health – fasting has removed my symptoms of endometriosis, but I’m also attempting to protect myself from cancer which runs in my family. I have definitely noticed that my mind is sharper when I’m doing 5:2 as well!

  • Is this Normal?

    I’ve been on the diet for 17 days I do at least an hours walk every day and I’ve lost 21 pounds.

  • fasting and menstruation

    Hi – fasting has helped me a lot with menstruation. I have diagnosed endometriosis and the symptoms have totally gone! I don’t have any PMT beforehand now, and only have a very mild ache before it starts and then no pain whatsoever, and a light flow. I used to have to take prescribed painkillers and weird tablets to stop the bleeding at one point it was so bad!

    I think it makes sense if you think about the theory that fasting does housekeeping and scavenges defunct cells, given that endometriosis is cells growing where they shouldn’t. I think this would be a great line of research to pick up, as well as investigating the effects on women due to the mixed responses above…Thank you from me though 5:2! 🙂

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Belle Vue…..home of speedway 😉

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 – USA – NFD

    Good FD yesterday, about 389 calories. @songbirdme, that was a good one, lol! My father-in-law sends the Sven and Ole jokes; there are many!

  • Not eating on fast days…

    I stared fasting from Sunday night at 8:00pm until Tuesday at 12:00pm then I do 16.8 until Wednesday night start fasting from 8:00pm until Friday at 12:00p, is this considered 4.3? I have done this for 2 weeks now and have lost 5lbs

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All…

    A good day I found some walking/ running shoes, from £80 down to £40.. I thought a good deal, waterproof and breathable…flexible soles…just to break them in to my feet now…not much choice in colour but they will be fine…

    Dave …
    Well done on the pound off…all in the right direction…a steady flow off is will start to see a pattern of your losses….

    Belle View…Steve came from the Manchester area…his family still lives there..

    Hope the fishing is going well and you are keeping warm while watching….

    Ironing is calling not a lot but to clear the decks…

    Jean x

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 (hard to believe the month is 2/3 over ! USA, Missouri Ozarks, NFD

    Hello all, today is a non fasting day but I am going to try and keep within a controlled eating guideline. Went out with friends for lunch yesterday, yes I had a Frostee (a Frostee root beer float, even). Just had small chili for lunch, no triple burger anything, no fries. Just chili. It was fine.

    Homemade veggie pizza for dinner – piled high with roasted red peppers and freshly grated cheese! Yummy. We use the thin baked crusts from Dollar Tree and make our own pizzas with all different combos. Sometimes twice a week.. After trying every single brand of frozen pizza and every single store brand of pizza crust – we finally found our favorite. Even tried making my own crust but could never get it as thin and crispy as we like.

    Now I buy the crusts in bulk online and pick them up at my local store (free, no shipping) to make sure I don’t run out. Also buy my Hormel pepperoni and my pizza sauce at Dollar Tree. We used to love Red Baron fire baked thin crust pizzas but they changed the recipe somehow and now I taste some sort of floral spice in the sauce and it doesn’t taste good.

    Got in lots and lots of exercise yesterday, will do the same today.

    Maintaining at goal weight.

    Wishing everybody a great day, it is going to be sixty degrees here so I can finally take the plastic containers with the holiday décor back out into the storage building.

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Hope no one minds my sharing a silly joke – this is NFL football season coming down to the last few teams this weekend in the USA. (Our football, not what others many call theirs… sorry.) Since the Chicago Bears are not in it (not even close) then I can enjoy those who are. Forgive me, Norwegian peeps here!

    Sven and Ole die in a snowmobiling accident, drunker than skunks, and go to Hell. The Devil observes that they are really enjoying themselves. He says to them ‘Doesn’t the heat and smoke bother you?’ Ole replies, ‘Vell, ya know, ve’re from nordern Minnesooota, da land of snow an ice, an ve’re yust happy fer a chance ta varm up a little bit, ya know.’
    The devil decides that these two aren’t miserable enough and turns up the heat even more. When he returns to the room of the two from Minnesota , the devil finds them in light jackets and hats, grilling Walleye and drinking beer. The devil is astonished and exclaims, ‘Everyone down here is in misery, and you two seem to be enjoying yourselves?’ Sven replies, ‘Vell, ya know, ve don’t git too much varm veather up dere at da Falls, so ve’ve yust got ta haff a fish fry vhen da veather’s dis nice.’
    The devil is absolutely furious. He can hardly see straight. Finally he comes up with the answer. The two guys love the heat because they have been cold all their lives. The devil decides to turn all the heat off in Hell. The next morning, the temperature is 60 below zero, icicles are hanging everywhere, and people are shivering so bad that they are unable to wail, moan or gnash their teeth. The devil smiles and heads for the room with Ole and Sven. He gets there and finds them back in their parkas, bomber hats, and mittens. They are jumping up and down, cheering, yelling and screaming like mad men.
    The devil is dumbfounded, ‘I don’t understand, when I turn up the heat you’re happy. Now its freezing cold and you’re still happy. What is wrong with you two?’
    They both look at the devil in surprise and say, ‘Vell, don’t ya know, if hell iss froze over, dat must mean da Vikings von da Super Bowl.’

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    @stevetoontaxidriver many many congrats. How wonderful.


  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 19, Guildford UK, feast day
    Day 20, Guildford UK, CFD

    Yesterday was my one day a month blowout day. I had pasta. I had potatoes and I had toast!

    @flourbaby still dry January, but I did tip the dregs of a bottle of red wine into my cooking……… Nothing in a glass though. I haven’t checked in how many driers are left. I struggled last week when offered a Prosecco…….

    @strawberriesandcream, I jive and do dance weekenders so yes there will be lots of opportunity to dress up! Recommended for flexibility. Thank you for asking.

    @songbirdme thank you for the article. Very interesting.

    Onwards and downwards.


  • First two weeks

    After my third week i have lost 8lbs up to now.

  • My Fast Diet Accountabilty

    @lotta, I am sorry for getting back to you so late. I usually don’t post so often. Don’t worry about making small progress, any progress is is still a progress. However, 3 lbs in 2 weeks is actually pretty awesome. I hope you have recovered from the flu now. Let me know if you have started a gym.

    I have only lost 1.5 lbs in last 3 weeks. I have started this new Jillian Micheal Body Shred program. It is the toughest workout I have ever done. I am getting pretty toned from this workouts. Lately people at works are asking me what is my secret.:-)

    Anyhow,I am feeling very good at this weight, I totally don’t mind losing at a slower pace now.

    Week # 32 Update
    Start## 168 Mid-May-2017
    Week #0 163lbs ( 36.6% BF ) June-7
    Week #1 160 lbs(-3 lbs) -3 lbs
    Week#2 157 lbs (-6 lbs) -3 lbs
    Week#18 140 lbs (-23.0 lbs) +0.2 lbs -> thanks giving week
    Week#19 139 lbs (-24.0 lbs) -1.0 lbs
    Week#20 138.8 lbs (-24.2 lbs) -0.2 lbs
    Week#21 139.8 lbs (-23.2 lbs) +1.0 lbs -> I am not sure why??
    Week#22 136.4 lbs (-26.6 lbs) -3.4 lbs *******Yayyyy GOAL weight******(5 month)
    Week#23 135.4 lbs (-27.6 lbs) -1.0 lbs
    Week#24 136.0 lbs (-27.0 lbs) +0.6 lbs
    Week#25 135.8 lbs (-27.2 lbs) -0.2 lbs
    Week#26 133.6 lbs (-29.4 lbs) -2.2 lbs
    Week#29 136.6 lbs (-26.4 lbs) +3.0 lbs – Still on goal weight on Jan-01-2018
    Week#30 136.4 lbs (-26.6 lbs) -0.2 lbs
    Week#31 135.4 lbs (-27.6 lbs) -1.0 lbs
    Week#32 135.0 lbs (-28.0 lbs) -0.4 lbs


  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Still got the lurgy, still watching afternoon TV. Currently watching The Tour Down Under – but no one is waving to me.

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20, Newcastle UK, NFD

    Congratulations @steve Toon Taxi Driver – glad all is looking well for Mother and Baby.
    Thanks for the recipe @michelinme. It’s saved for when I return from holiday.
    @penz – an insightful post re hunger (real or not). The apple test can come in handy here. If it’s real hunger, you’ll eat that apple, but if it’s boredom, the apple probably won’t appeal.

    Well sod’s law – we’ve our cruise in less than a week and I’ve got a streaming cold – this is day 2. Taking lots of vitamins and echinacea, am wrapped up and resting. I’ll likely be over the worst by next Friday – so the real worry is if OH comes down with it. Fingers and toes and anything else that’ll cross are crossed!

    Hope all my fellow cold sufferers are on the mend.

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20…..Florida……NFD, maybe

    I can’t believe January is gone by so fast, 10 more days and we’ll be walking right into Feb.
    it’s been a really tough week, the only thing that has never really bothered me was the minimal eating I did for the entire week. I know as crazy as it sounds, I have to have a NFD and really get some good amount of protein in today.
    At work, I had a burger and the protein tasted so wonderful and I did feel a little better after eating it. So, I’m thinking I’ve got to get more of it I my body.

    Speaking of work, being gone for two days, I sure did get an earful from the boss about the new girl and in an odd turn of events, I found myself negotiating her to stay.
    Apparently, while I was gone, the bosses were up front majority of the time and saw a few things they didn’t like and she received her second customer complaint.
    There three big things were passing off her work load and her attitude towards customers and lastly her inability to close the customer. Yes, she does try to pass the work load but that doesn’t fly with me, because I know she can do it, so I just tell her you started it you finish it. The other two unfortunately, those I’m not sure I can teach her.
    I did speak to her about her attitude not that it did me any good, what she said to me in return blew me away. Your sarcastic and snarky to the customer all the time, I cant believe your still here after all these years……. wait! what?
    Not sure where to go from there……
    I did try to help her…….but I guess, I’ll see next week, if she’ll take my guidance.

    Sorry guys, this was just weighing on my mind…….

    @steve toon…..Congrats on your new addition and the new arrival in Aug. I can’t wait to have little feet and hear little newborn cries in our home again!
    On the news yesterday morning, it seems like a lot of hospitals in the states are quarantining, people with flu symptoms away from those with low immune systems and only allowing a select few into the baby floors because of the high numbers of flu outbreaks this year.
    My friends daughter just had a baby, two days ago and that hospital would not even allow the grandparents on the floor. The only person they allowed with her was the father.
    My prayers to you DIL, I hope she has a safe and speedy recovery.

    I’ve rambled enough this morning, that you for your kind ears…..

    I’m going outside to stand, so if anyone ask just tell them I’m OUTSTANDING!

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Yesterday turned into a very CD despite the popcorn supper meal. Saw “The Post” about the 1971 Pentagon Papers and the feud between The New York Times and The Washington Post. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep were both fabulous. I expect to lose the water weight soon that I always gain from my addiction to the flavored salts I love on popcorn. Our theater gave away a free small popcorn to everyone! It was a 950 calorie day. Yeah for that.

    Interesting reason we may crave carbs:
    Also looked like some other good articles linked at the bottom of that page.

    @steve-toon-taxi-driver – good news for your daughter-in-law. I bet you’re a terrific grandfather!

    @daffodil2010 – glad you’ve made it home despite your luggage snafu. Hope that everything arrives soon.

    Onward and downward.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    I’m impressed that you are trying another self experiment. I thought it was iced water you were going to try, but maybe that was someone else who was talking about it.
    Thanks for the info on the Inbody scans – I was surprised that my results hadn’t included visceral fat when others had said that their Inbody scan did, now I know why.
    I’m not sure about that claim that we can’t grow new fat cells. I’m sure I’ve read research articles that say we do.

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20, Gozo, Malta, nfd

    I want to keep within my tdee despite the fact we order takeaway food this evening. I’ll just refrain from ordering any for me and eat something else as I already had a piece of Christmas cake this morning

    Onwards and downwards have a great Saturday everyone

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi Minka, thanks so much for taking the time to answer my specific questions which led me to believe that I should leave the Groupon deal alone especially as the Dexa scan isn’t particularly expensive (for the vital health information you’re receiving). I’m grateful that you explained the alternative as it would seem pointless getting some generic info based on the population at large. I did know that you’d specified Dexa because we used to have a (document) scanner called Dexxa so it was easy to remember the name. Now you’ve given me more info to check, so thanks.

    The rest of what you wrote was also interesting – good luck with the ice packs! I could have done with that today as it was quite hot over here in the west. If you’ve mentioned it before, I missed it.

    LJ, it seems the local councils are irritating ratepayers all over the country! It’s funny how they’ve forgotten how to represent us, instead preferring to decide what’s best for us.

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

    Hello All,
    You don’t need luck but you do need to commit to change what you eat/drink and when. Aim for full fat everything, avoid anything that is processed and avoid sugar. If you are going to have a glass of wine then remember that equates to a large piece of cake.

    This is not a diet, it is a new way of life. A change to how you view food and what you eat/drink and how often.

    You can’t outrun your fork!

    I dived in convinced that it wouldn’t work for me almost 5 years ago. I lost 26lb and 26 inches in the first 8 months and have continued to make changes along the way to improve what I eat and how often. My dear friend has lost 5 stone to date and not only fasts twice a week but also avoids rice, bread, pasta and potatoes…and I do too.

    Have a look at Robert Lustig and Jason Fung and see why shakes/fizzy drinks/sweeteners are best avoided and what will help nourish the body while trimming it too.

    I started at 52 and now at 57 I have a much better shape and eat far better than when I was 40. So many things that I wished that I had known then. Ho hum.

    No luck required Ladies, just make the changes and you will see the body change too.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    No i dont live in Wales.For people of a certain age i live near Belle Vue.I got on the scales and a loss of one pound,so going in the right direction,will try harder next week.

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

    Hi everyone – newbie here starting my first day to a new me 2018,I have over 3 stone to lose and blood pressure to lower. I am a kick in the butt off 50 and finding it hard to get motivated to lose weight or lose weight in general , I am beginning to think that ladies of a certain age find it more hard to shift the weight or i,m just not doing it right.

    I find it hard to do it on my own and have found this great thread of “all ladies of a certain age” love that and hopefully will get me motivated enough to get my booty moving again so to speak. I did managed 6 weeks on the NHS couch to 5k but was not feeling very well just before Christmas so have not been back out running, but I need to follow that up with healthy eating as well. So hopefully all you lovely ladies will help me get my mojo back…

  • my journey in 2018

    Hi I’ve gone right off the scale since I done my 2 fast days I done really well with the 2 but gone over board since, I’ve just ordered the 5.2 diet book and the recipe one so I’m going to read them and take it from their, good luck everyone and keep going

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20, London, UK, NFD

    Many congratulations @steve toon taxi driver on your new grandson, I’m glad your DIL is recovering nicely!!! I guess the safest place for them is in hospital away from all the visitors unknowingly harvesting these nasty lurgies going around!!!!

    Welcome home @daffodil2010, all that walking should (?) limit the damage!!!! I hope your luggage finds it’s way to you soon.

    I bounced out of bed this morning, despite reading in bed ‘til 2am!! I’m feeling so much more in control this week since I decided to stop faffing about and stick to the programme, 500 cals (or less) FDs, NFDs below TDEE simple!!! The closing of the kitchen is purely in my head, of course I could go in and eat anything I want but the accountability & determination to NOT post another ‘I fell off of the wagon’ post gives me strength!!! I now realise I COULD feel this way all of the time!!!

    Enjoy the weekend everyone, onward & downwards!!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi fellow Southern Hemispherites!

    Thin, from my research the only accurate visceral fat measuring services are the ‘Inbody’ and DEXA scans. The ‘Inbody’ scan is the lesser expensive option. Our local dietician and some of the gyms in our area offer scans on these machines for as little as $15. NOt all DEXA machine scan visceral, so if you go down that track, ask first. DEXA scans cost around $80. …If you do opt for an ‘Inbody’ scan, make sure that the machine is an ‘Inbody 550’ or higher. The lower numbered models are the older machines, made before the visceral measuring technology was available.

    Thin, I’ll add that from my research, I found that the Tanita scales use an algorithm which means that your results are based on averages from the general population. In other words, it does so by comparing your weight etc. with averages of others your weight and height, so the results can be misleading and inaccurate. My friends who own a Tanita and who subsequently got DEXA scans proved this to themselves by comparing the two results on the same day. The Inbody does not use algorithms, but rather truly measures only what is in your particular body at that moment in time. Hope how I explained it makes sense!

    Oh and I totally agree, Thin, that the fat freezing procedure sounds like something from the chamber of horrors! My friend said she felt a sharp pinch that was quite uncomfortable at the start of the suction process and some prickling sensations during the freezing segment, but that everything went numb for the 60 minute duration0 of the 70 minute session! After arriving home she reported that she’s had to take it easy and now sees bruising in the area, which she was told is a normal part of the process.

    LJ, I got my scan at the clinic that apparently distributes the Inbody units for the whole of Australia. When I asked about models, I think they said that the 570 and higher numbered models scan the visceral. My friend was scanned by an Inbody 570 which gave her a rounded number of 12 centimeters square, whereas the Inbody 770 that I utilized, gave me the more precise ‘69.2’ and ‘65.0’ cm m2 respectively.

    Cinque, yes I wondered about the long term implications of removal of ‘God-given’ cells (albeit fat) from our bodies! Since only a handful (literally) of cells is removed from strategic places, maybe it wouldn’t adversely affect the Adiponectin production? It would be interesting to know exactly!

    Calif, the medical practitioner at the fat freezing clinic adamantly stated that once a fat cell has died and been removed, that it never grows back or returns. However, like I said, the freezing method doesn’t remove all fat. I could see while the procedure was taking place that it only froze what could be ‘grabbed’ or sucked into the cup area of the hand piece. So, that left a thinner layer of live fat cells behined and I’m sure they too could swell, if one eats to excess. My friend who is unlike me and who never cares to binge or indulge is adamant that this will be a permanent reduction. I honestly couldn’t say the same were I in her shoes! As I’ve mentioned previously, my tendency for emotional eating is just too strong. Anyway, from studies I’ve read, fat cells can migrate (maybe from gravity?) from one part of the body to another (sagging). Also, if we gain weight post freezing or liposuction, fat cells in other parts of the body can swell to even larger sizes than we’ve previously seen. So, maybe the abdomen stays slimmer than expected post liposuction and/or freezing, but our bingo wings or turkey neck enlarge all out of proportion! In that way, we can begin to look lopsided and out of proportion and maybe similar to those I see with multiple face lifts that look a bit freaky! …Well that’s my take anyway! Maybe that’s what my friend foresees and is why she’s already booked in to have her thigh fat frozen!?!

    Have I said, I’ve decided to do my own other experiment using ice packs on my belly, not to rid it of fat, but to help turn both visceral and white fat into healthy brown fat, which will accomplish, what I feel is much more benefit than ridding the body of those cells, which I think is in line with Cinque’s research! …I’m even going to get another Inbody Scan once I’ve completed at least a month of applying the ice pack on my belly for 30 minutes a day! …So there, you all know my latest body experiment! …Maybe I already wrote about this? If so, I apologize for the redundancy. It is just that I’ve thought about writing about it so many times, and told enough friends, though I can’t remember if I actually went ahead and wrote about it in this forum (and I’m too lazy to scroll back and check)!

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 Wales NFD

    @penz thanks for the good advice and reminder to listen for true hunger.

    Enjoy the weekend everyone!

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – NFD

    Back home and sleeping for Ireland. So much sleep needed after two weeks at high altitude. It’s cold here in Ireland too 😒

    Our luggage did not make it back to Dublin with us so we had to faff about the airport filling in reports. So tiring after three flights. My brother collected us which was great, it was after midnight when we got home.

    Going to fast Monday. Right now I am scared to weigh in 😨

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All…

    Hope everybody is OK…?..all quiet…are you still keeping to plan?

    Going out today looking for some shoes for the Nordic Walking, my trainers are really too old a bit embarrassing, as I garden in them and they have been through the washer a few times…I need trail running shoes ….a laugh really me running…😂 need a soft bendy sole….I feel quite positive about the walking.

    I am saying to Steve…scarf, gloves and hat for Amsterdam …men never think!…fish and chips I can smell them, well done on passing over…I hate those days when fasting and the smell hits you…lol

    Free swimming not for us…do you live in Wales ?…we get it about £1.50 cheaper but at certain times only..

    Enjoy your lovey long weekend….it will soon be Camper time…I am getting itchy fingers to be off again I do miss it…just booked all of June and all sites confirmed..🌞..hopefully..

    Any luck with the house hunting…have a good weekend some walking I think…

    Is the bedroom about finished yet…don’t forget You Time…..

    Are you back home for the weekend?

    Pseu, Paula, Cakey Wakey, Mich, Lacewing, ?..are you alright..are you still with us…..sorry if I have missed anyone…

    Have a good weekend..

    Jean x

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    I missed the evening news so was catching up with ABC online. I saw that they’d chosen their best animal photos for 2017. They are all rather good. I thought you might enjoy. Cali, there are a couple of cockatoo pics. Penguin, there are lots of bird photos, but sorry no penguins.

  • January 2018 Monthly Challenge–Bring on the New Year!!

    Day 20, UK, FD
    77.2 kg. My sinuses are clearing, so I actually got a night’s sleep! With 2 FDs behind me, I’m peeved that my weight is up nearly 3 lb. I’ll put it down to water retention due to sleep deprivation, the cold and flights. With a 0 kcal fast and plenty of dog walking (in the rain) today, I’ll hopefully see a happier number tomorrow!

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

    0.8kg down in a week. Not enough, but still something. I hope to continue shedding weight, though these days we are visiting the children and it’s mostly wining and dining. I’ll catch up with the diet next week (hopefully), will try to be more patient with myself and enjoy even the smallest weight loss. It’s going to be a long and bumpy road to the slimmer me (sigh…)About the noodles,
    I used to order shirataki noodles, which are only 15cal/portion (you can find them in the US, also Skinny pasta).

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Lindsay, I think a few of us are on the same hobby horse. It seems that it’s part of the developers’ rule book:
    1. Cut down all trees, they’ll just get in our road. No one likes trees anyway, do they?
    2. Squeeze either as large a house or as many houses as you can on the block – no one needs a back yard do they?
    3. Do the cheapest fitout possible to maximise profits. That is unless a client is willing pay for all the upgrades of course, might be able to make a profit on that too.
    I’m sorry to hear they are pulling down the old Queenslanders, I think it’s a lovely style of house and unique. In Adelaide the inner suburbs are pretty safe as the villas and bungalows are highly desirable and have a high value so there is no profit in knocking them down. The 1950s-70s houses that are built in that area between the inner and outer suburbs are being bought by developers and knocked down pretty much every time one comes onto the market. I wish they were just putting 2 courtyard homes on those 1/4 acre blocks. Unfortunately they are trying to squeeze 3 or 4 3bed-2bath houses on them – it’s just too much of a squeeze.
    Because our population is comparatively small and stable, the rapid apartment building that’s happened in the eastern states hasn’t occurred here. I hope it stays that way.
    I find there is a lot of difference between councils. Some are very protective of the old houses and some will let developers do anything. I live in the Adelaide Hills council and they are quite restrictive on residential subdivision and tree removal, but they do seem to encourage commercial developments that many of us don’t like.

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