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  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Betsy, wow those are some seriously old orchids. I’m not sure if it’s warm enough here for orchids. Hopefully you’ll have good results in your February re-boot and it will roll into March.

    Ljoyce, I’d love to do more with Turkey because it’s supposed to be one of the best meats, high protein and low fat. But you can’t really get it over here for a decent price. Occasionally we can get the wings or drumsticks, but they are always pretty tough and unappealing.

    Calif, I’ll definitely take some pictures, but the boys aren’t coming, it’ll just be me riding it. I doubt they would cope with the distances you need to be able to ride each day. Maybe in a couple of years when they’re a bit bigger with better bikes.

    Weigh-in tomorrow, I had a good fast day of around 1000 calories yesterday and got 2 hours of cycling in. Today I’m having a control day, I had my home-made muesli for breakfast, leftover chilli beans and vegetables for lunch, then Lamb shanks casserole with lentils for dinner, then it’s weigh-in time tomorrow morning. Hopefully I can break the cycle of gain-loss-gain-loss-gain-loss that I’ve been doing recently. I’d love to see an 86 on the scales, but with the muscle I’m building with my cycling that’s getting less and less likely.

    Have a great day everyone.

  • February Challenge

    Day 18, OMAD (?), Aus

    Like many of you, I find a water-only (read: coffee) FD easier than trying to limit my calories. But yesterday’s FD almost came unstuck. I am quite underemployed at work which means I eat to fill in the time. Silly, huh. I had a ham and cheese toastie and almost chucked in the whole day. I managed to plonk my lazy butt on the couch last night and avoided the kitchen. So a FD success but I’m barely still on the wagon, clutching at my mojo somewhat trailing behind.

    Wishing you all a speedy return to good health: @ciren2, @michelinme, @daffodil2010. When the aches and pains sets in, it’s hard to stay mindful re food intake. Look after yourselves first. However, this WOL will be waiting for you when you’re ready.

    Welcome @judyk9 – this is a great group and I hope you find it useful.

    Welcome back @rabbette!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good Morning everyone

    Well I survived yesterday’s FD and I can tell you that my soup tasted amazing. I felt like something more after dinner so I also had two corn thins with mighty mite on them and that did the trick.

    Today is a whole new day. I managed to get some sleep last night even though I woke up at least 5 times but at least I went back to sleep. I looked up Dr Weil’s 4,7,8 breathing technique which is supposed to help you relax (and fall asleep). Maybe it works, maybe it was psychological but I think it helped me last night. I’ve also tried another technique that the soldiers apparently use to help them get to sleep really quickly. You imagine you are lying in a canoe on a beautiful blue lake with a crystal clear blue sky and the warm sun shining down upon you. I also like to think I’m in a blue canoe but I don’t think that’s part of it LOL. I didn’t use that one last night and I think it works best if you are already relaxed.

    Really busy at work at the moment as it’s winter stock influx time so I better go start my work day.

    Hope you all have a lovely day and a nice easy FD for those who are on one.

    I love reading all your posts so keep them coming! 🙂 🙂

  • February Challenge

    USA Day 17 NFD

    Today turned from a FD to a NFD on purpose. Instead, I will be doing a WFD tomorrow and Friday. I usually can’t do this unless I have eaten enough the day before, so that is what I am doing. Hope everyone is doing well today! 🙂

  • February Challenge

    Day 18, NFD, Tas, Aus
    Weighed today, after yesterday’s 450 cal fast & 18 holes of golf on Sun. No loss still. I’ll stick with it as it surely must work. Everyone’s success stories in here will be what keeps me going.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Just back from hospital…his bloods show his potassium levels extremely high at 5.5, he has a drip to wash it through his body. He has had a X-ray. More bloods to be taken in the night, tomorrow CT scan and Doppler test.
    I shall visit at 1 pm…he looks better than this morning.

    I am feeling shattered going to bed soon…Thanks for all your wishes…

    I will dip in and out as I can…

    Jean x

  • My Journey – Pernetty

    I’m cheering your 5:2 future too, Pernetty. Isn’t it lovely when you can see it will be your way of life. 🙂

  • My Journey – Pernetty

    FD #7

    I never thought this would work for me. I somehow believed it could work for everyone, and I would be the exception.

    But it is working! And I’m over the moon about it.

    Dieting background:

    My lowest adult weight was 115 pounds, when I was about 30 years old, eating very little and exercising a lot. Then, I met my would-be husband, and started eating and drinking wine. Little by little, pound by pound, my weight increased in small increments over 2 decades until I hit my all time high of 156 pounds.

    I dabbled in Weight Watchers, (hated it), low carb, (I lost a few pounds but then I stalled). In hindsight, I was making too many low carb cakes. I tried intuitive eating, (that didn’t work either) and read about every diet book out there.

    Then I stopped weighing myself. That was about five years ago. I know I haven’t gained much more since all my clothes still fit.

    I am not a binger eater, I am not a yo yo dieter (I have never really lost weight, just gained), and thought I was destined to be this size as a fifty-something woman.

    In fact, when I first came across the 5:2 diet a few years ago, I thought it was the craziest idea I had ever seen! But then I started to investigate it and finally realized there was something to it.

    I started my 5:2 journey on February 1st. My first couple of fasts were clunky: I allowed myself up to 800 calories, just in case I got too hungry. Last week, I did three fasts in one week, M-W-F, to see how that felt and it was amazing.

    That’s when I knew the magic was happening.

    My plan is to do 4:3 when time allows. This week, with my son home from university, I’m doing a 5:2 with plans for a 4:3 next week.

    I am not counting calories on NFD; to me, this defeats the purpose of giving the 5:2 a real college try in its plain vanilla style. I really don’t want to overcomplicate this or make it another DIET.

    I have no final goal weight in mind. In my mind, I’ve already met my goal – TO LOSE WEIGHT. I believe my body will let itself use fat as fuel as I continue to fast. I already am feeling lighter on NFD, really enjoying the food, instead of feeling guilty about it.

    So, here I am on FD #7. It’s 1 pm and I’ve only had coffee and tea and am looking forward to my instant cup of soup (50 calories) before my Pilates class.

    Here’s to my 5:2 future!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    LJ, so glad that you are planning a good amount of time here. I was afraid that by the time you arrived in Calif there wouldn’t be much time left. We have a big washer and dryer so you’ll have clean clothes. 😁 We can figure out a plan that includes some of the things you want to see as well as relaxing. It will be a good incentive for both of us to lose a few kg before then so we can take you to a few of the restaurants around here and not have to worry too much. I know it’s possible to have fun without eating a lot, but it’s also fun to try the local restaurants.

    Betsy, I had no idea either that orchids were so long lived. I’ve never tried growing them, but maybe I will now. I need to get my mojo back on the fasting too. It hasn’t been going well. I seem to have as many over-the-top days as FD’s and the FD’s don’t offset the other. I need to get my brain back on track.

    Neil, that rail trip sounds like so much fun. I hope you’ll take some pictures. I imagine the boys are excited.

    Penguin, since you mentioned your house is on a hill, it sounds like it will be safe from flooding. Thin, good thing your UK home is a boat! There has been unprecedented flooding in some of the US southern states too. Mississippi and and Tennessee have been hard hit. The whole planet seems to be having extreme weather. It’s unsettling.

    Quacka, lack of sleep seems to affect my eating too. I’ve developed a habit of falling asleep around 9 or 10 and then waking up around midnight and being awake til 2 or 3:00 am. Then back up at 6:00. It doesn’t feel like very good sleep when it’s only a few hours. I get away from added sugars for a while and then go right back again. I need to be more disciplined. I know you have a lot going on in your life now. That can make it hard to turn off your brain when it’s time to sleep.

    Hope you are all having a good day. I need to get back to the painting.

  • Rabbette and 165GW kicking ass with great focus in 2020. Everyone welcome.

    Feb 17/138.4/FD

    jeeeez I sure know how to flux! It was my fault between this odd over indulgence with peanut butter filled pretzels that I hand dipped in chocolate (what! Why on earth did I think I was making them for my sweetheart) AND then ATE 1/2 the bag *and it wasn’t a small bag either… Also a whole evening of stouts did not help the numbers that I read on the scale.

    Well I’m just going to have to stick to my FDs really well again and see what I can do about that whopping hike of a gain.

    @165gw – Yay a run in the snowfall sounds awesome and built a snowman! awe that sounds so cool. I built a snowman last year and the next day as it was melting it turned into mmmmmm something else from the view from my window (thank heavens it only looked like a mmmmmmmm man part from the POV of our house) I did burst out laughing tho when I drove past it out of our driveway.

    Got to go and teach. Take Care

  • February Challenge

    Day 17, VA, USA, FD

    Missed you guys and gals. I’m here, just not online that much right now.

    Mostly have stayed with 3 B2B FDs M-W. However on Thursday I got this bright idea I was going to put chocolate on these peanut butter filled pretzels (and then proceeded to eat 1/2 the bag some with and without chocolate!) After that terrific example of what NOT TO DO on a FD I threw the rest of the bag away. I didn’t even care that I put work into them. I just needed to be rid of them.

    So between that chocolate peanut butter frenzy and a whole evening of stouts with 2 different warm cheese dips! I did go up a whopping 6lbs. This was at a friends party (ha I know how to take one for the team…) I did manage to bring fresh made guacamole and fresh cut carrots and red pepper to eat. Which I am happy to say the other party go-ers must have also liked b/c it was all gone. Yay fresh veggies for the win.

    <<Pressing Reset>>

    I made chicken broth yesterday and tried a new brand, which is suppose to be organic (its hard as I don’t know what to find organic chicken here) none the less I have to say when I boiled it (as I always do) it did not smell nearly as tasty… I mean boiling chicken is somewhat a bit pooty smelling, but this was more than usual. I tasted the chicken itself and it seems to taste as normal, but still not overly excited about how it smells. 🙁 I may not be getting that kind again as it is not very appetizing. On the up side I totally don’t want as much broth and I’m drinking more water on my FD.

    @ciren2 – awe, I sure hope you aren’t in pain too long. You may have to get one of the FDs by the horns and ride it like a bucking bronco (maybe with no wagon… or maybe thats what is pulling the dang wagon and why we fall on the thing.)

    @dykask – I’m with you on the FDs being easer than the NFDs. I have found typically when I do several FDs in a row (like at least 4-5) I usually do better on my first NFD. I also do better if I plan my NFD *and don’t snack while cooking! OH MY GOSH i’m my worst enemy!*

    @daffodil2010 – ugh flu. Sending well wishes for you. Get your rest and fluids!

    @basyjames – dude… you and me both with the chocolates – Like I didn’t have/want any for V-day (probably b/c I over indulged the day before) but wow when I went for it I just went for it!

    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear
    @saffy420
    @brightonbelle
    @shinything
    @suki2
    @emerald32
    @basyjames WFD1

  • February Challenge

    @judyk9:
    Welcome to the group. I think you will find a lot of support and encouragement here. Everyone is friendly and kind….we also come from all over the world, to add to the interest!

    So the day is the same as the date, and we do a new challenge every month, have done since @coda started them in 2016!

    The “Pocket List” is a list of people fasting on a particular day….copy/paste and add your name if you’re fasting…..it’s a kind of strength in numbers feeling!

    And…good luck xx

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening everyone,
    Jean so sorry to hear about Steve hope things are getting sorted.
    Welcome back Dragon Fly and hope your Steve is on the mend.
    Mel hope you’re enjoying Norfolk.
    Had another day of just under 800 calories but I’m still hungry. Will see what the scales say tomorrow morning.
    Well done to everyone whose completed a FD today.
    Nana x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Sorry to hear about Steve, hopefully he will be fine.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening…
    Jean- thinking of you & sending hugs for you both…such a worry; hoped all that was behind you. 🙏 again…wish we were nearer so could help.
    DF- so sorry I blanked your post earlier- lovely to have you back, hope things are better for your Steve. Let me know if you want to join the WhatsApp group…
    Minols- enjoy the audio book & cooking- are you a picker when you cook like I am?! hope it stops that if you are…
    Sarah- Hope you’re managing the hunger now? Was getting a bit hangry earlier, took it out on the ironing!
    Cheese omelette eaten- with a measly 25g cheese! One more cuppa in a bit & I’m done!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Jean so sorry to hear this. What a day for you both. Physically and emotionally so wearing. I hope with these extra tests they can work out what’s going on now.

    Go easy on yourself re food for a bit. You can always fast a bit later.

    Sending hugs and the most positive wishes through cybersoace xxx

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Oh Jean, what a shame for you both. Sending loving thoughts from sunny (today anyway) Norfolk. Hope he is back home soon after they get him sorted.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening All…
    A hectic day…Steve was sent into hospital by his cancer nurse he felt quite unwell this morning, they are doing bloods, X-ray, another CT scan and a Doppler test..looks like they may keep him in a couple of days…I shall be going back shortly just having a cuppa now…

    Charlie walked…

    Speak later..chasing time

    Jean x

  • Weigh Gain with 3 day fast

    Hi there, I’m a bit perplexed with some weight gain since the new year. I returned to fasting last October and steadily lost weight, by Christmas I was delighted with myself. Gained a bit of weight over the holiday but got back fasting in January. The weight loss was pretty steady but slower than before. I was due to go away for a weekend at the start of Feb, so to see if I could drop a few more pounds I introduced an extra days fasting for two weeks in the run up. So fasting days were Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It was hard going and definitely sparked the binging impulse in my brain-thinking of food all the time, fantasizing about salty, fatty, sugary food. However, on breaking my fast and eating whatever I wanted to satiety (which wasn’t all that much as my stomach couldn’t take much) the rest of the day I would have a much diminished appetite. Despite all this, I’ve definitely gained weight on my tummy. It’s so frustrating as the three days fasting was bloody hard work – I do a total fast.
    I would love to hear from anyone who has experienced this, it seems so counter intuitive. Was I just over-compensating without realizing it…I don’t know how it’s possible though!
    Thanks B x

  • February Challenge

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Fg8PMYPf_Wch-cJS7t6ApJocpcRELLUQR115-fBOr4U/edit?usp=sharing

  • February Challenge

    The list of acronyms & abbreviations from previous Challenges. Updated!

    IF Intermittent Fasting
    WOL Way of Life
    FD Fast Day (500 cals)
    MFD Modified Fast Day (800 cals) on the new Fast800, it’s a FD
    WFD Water Fast Day (Water only)
    CFD Controlled Fast Day (1200 cals)
    NFD Non Fast Day
    EFS Epic Face Stuffing (we’ve all had one of those days!)
    5:2 5 days NFD:2 days IF
    ADF Alternate Day Fast, FD, NFD
    16:8 16 hours fast 8 hours non fast
    B2B Back 2 Back (days of FD or WFD)
    Hunger Dragon – that dreadful psychological beast that sometimes cannot be satisfied
    DD, DS Darling Daughter, Son
    OH, Other Half
    LOL Laughing Out Loud
    Keto, way of eating that generates Ketones
    LC, Low Carb way of eating
    LCHF, Low Carb High Fat way of eating
    TDEE: Total Daily Energy Expenditure (see the ‘how it works’ link on the home page to work out yours)
    TRE: Time Restricted Eating
    OMAD: One Meal a Day
    M/WOAM: Man/Woman on a Mission (courtesy of @i-hate-lettuce)
    PFDS: post FD smugness (courtesy of @penz)

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 Ohio WFD1

    I also find zero calorie days to be easier than NFD

    Yesterday I epically fell into chocolate. Did not eat any Valentine’s Day or the day after. Went to church were they were giving away boxes of chocolate and brownies, I ate some and passed out in a food coma from all sugar. Not my finest moment I am afraid, just confirmation that I am human and will slip up sometimes

    Next week, OH and I are headed to New Orleans (Mardi gras) to celebrate our 19th Wedding Anniversary. I expect food and booze will abound and to prepare for it I am embarking on a 5 day WF effort. Water fasting before an occasion like this does 2 things for me; diminishes my appetite thereby minimizing my tendency to overindulge, and creates a deficit so that I can indulge guilt free.

    @ciren2 please don’t be so hard on yourself and more importantly do not turn to pills. When I worked in the ICU there was a beautiful 18 year old who died on my shift from taking those things. They don’t work otherwise everyone would be using them, there are worse things than being overweight; disability caused by diet pills that don’t work would have to be on the list. So you could be disabled + overweight. Give yourself time, and maybe take baby steps. Maybe fast for 12 hours, then 15 hours, then 16 hours, then reduce the amount you eat- bit by bit. Every step that you take is a win. Pulling for you.

    @daffodil2010 drink up and feel better. The flu has been nasty this year

    @judyk9 welcome to the group

    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear
    @saffy420
    @brightonbelle
    @shinything
    @suki2
    @emerald32
    @basyjames WFD1

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Snow here this morning, so we opted to stay home rather than drive a few hours to see friends.

    @judyk9 – welcome to our forum group! We’ve had these challenges for about 4 years, and the procedure isn’t our own “day” but the day of the month. You can keep track of your own progress on our spreadsheet. I will find it and post it shortly. Those of us here have had wonderful camaraderie and support, and even in maintenance (like me) now doing 6:1 for my regimen. I lost 35 pounds from March 2015 to January 2016 doing 5:2 and being on this challenge forum.

    Onward and downward.

  • February Challenge

    USA Day 17 FD

    Welcome, Judyk9. So many of us have lost weight doing this program. I hope it works for you!

    Adding myself to the pocket list.

    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear
    @saffy420
    @brightonbelle
    @shinything
    @suki2
    @emerald32
    @ccco

    Have a great day, everyone! 🙂

  • February Challenge

    Day 17, MD US, FD

    Sitting here with my water and coffee, catching up on posts and not in the mood for work today. The kids are home from school and DH is off for the holiday. Going to have to focus harder so I can get thru this FD. Add me to the pocket list. Hope everyone has a good one and those not feeling well, get better!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    HI all
    Got through the day, with just some nuts added. I’m about to go and start the pan haggerty and to add to the enjoyment of the food prep, I’ll maybe treat myself to a bit more of Pride and Prejudice on the audiobook…it’s my go to comfort reading, and while I could get nothing else at the cottage, this still worked because it’s actually downloaded onto my phone. I love falling asleep to it…but obviously mustn’t while I’m prepping food with sharp knives!

    Nice to have you back on DF…and especially because it marks a turning point for you and your OH.

    Mx

  • February Challenge

    Day 1 Loveland, Colorado, FD

    I am 68 yr old woman, I have AH, DD, DS. This is my day one unless I’m supposed to count yesterday, I stopped eating at 6:30 pm. I have a life time of dieting. Still looking for the perfect diet. Here I am once again, on another new adventure. I new about 5:2 from the news several years ago and have read the FD book. Decided to see for myself if this would be the diet/live it that will work for me. It looks doable and from your entries I read it’s easy, so I’m all in. My goal is to weigh 135, I have 31 pounds to lose. I have always had to get off blood pressure medicine as my “Why”. For some reason it hasn’t been enough. I want to avoid having a heart attack or stroke, and yes, diabetes. I’m somewhat active, occasionally I still think I can do anything as a 30 yr old and end up recuperating. I do aqua exercise in a Silver Sneakers program. I am ready to start this challenge. Ready for a healthy and sexy looking me. Let’s just do this!

  • February Challenge

    @michelinme: It occurs to me that your weight gain of 4 lbs may be due to the anti-biotics you’re taking. However they are helping you with the abscess, so carry on until you’ve completed the course, then you may find the 4 lbs comes off?
    @emerald32: The sciatica is a bit improved today. Nothing like it for make you feel miserable.
    @snowflake56: Yes, I’m hoping it is just temporary extra pain caused by slipping up on Saturday.
    @betsylee: I know what you’re saying (in my head) but (in my heart) I’m wondering it THESE diet pills might just quell my appetite if I use then two days a week to fast?? So….which to go with, head or heart, eh?
    @suki2: Get those two FDs under your belt before DH’s birthday and you’ll be fine.
    @daffodil2010: Poor you with flu’….do look after yourself, rest easy and get well soon xx
    @dykask: @mr-shuggy: Like you, I’m an “all or nothing” person…..if I eat (which, actually I always do…) I go the whole hog! Being able to fast would be great, if I could.
    Big pocket list today….Good luck, all of you xx

    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear
    @saffy420
    @brightonbelle
    @shinything
    @suki2
    @emerald32

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 UK ?FD

    I’ve been feeling tired and hungry since I woke. But also weighed in at 4lb up on Friday at year to date high of 158lb which is what has kept me from toast and avocado.

    This is also heaviest since April 2018.im feeling puffy and miserable. And my clothes don’t fit. Off to Paris w DD on Thurs…14lb heavier than I was when we booked it!!!

    On the bright side, a tiny improvement in abscess pain. Yay! At exactly halfway point of antibiotics and balance has tipped. Phew!

    I must drink gallons of water, prep loads of cauliflower for early supper and get to bed super early. Small steps make for big progress, with time.

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 – FD – Ireland

    The weekend went ok apart from the weather which makes it so hard to get out for a walk. I really felt for you @ciren2 getting soaked and then falling, I hope your feeling better soon.
    I’m adding myself to the pocket list

    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear
    @saffy420
    @brightonbelle
    @shinything
    @suki2
    @emerald32

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Jean- poor Steve, thinking of you. Maybe another infection? Hope that you can get to see someone…
    Minols- hope you feel better soon, not good being dizzy. Well done resisting the chocolate!
    Dave- hope your FD goes okay…
    Sarah- dog clothes rule here too. Is it far to your allotment?
    Dentist was fine- she grabbed me as I got in the door & I was out before my appt. should’ve been! Lovely to see my friend’s little girl, we made some buns but didn’t eat them 😇
    Just had seaweed for lunch & a few tiny squares of 99% chocolate my son bought me, yum.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Everybody is eating except for me ☹️.Heidi found a new patch of her weed so she’s been eating too, that reminds me I better give her some tuna.The sun is out now so roll on spring.

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 Oxfordshire, UK – FD
    This week I need to be really strong. Friday is DHs birthday. We have guests coming to stay at the weekend. I don’t want to be worrying about what I’m eating all the time but I don’t want to have a blow-out either. So I’m aiming for FD, CD, FD, CD. I’ve planned the main meals so no excuses.
    Adding myself to the pocket list today.
    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear
    @saffy420
    @brightonbelle
    @shinything
    @suki2

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    My son’s just texted me,he’s landed so should be home in an hour or so.Fast day today and gym.HH three of us men are in the naughty corner as Ruby says 😄. Still windy here but dry for the time being. Time to take Heidi out.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good evening all

    I’ve just finished a FD. I decided to cook American diet food – chilli con carne made with ground turkey! To be honest with all that chilli in it, I couldn’t tell that it wasn’t beef. It’s pretty rare to even find turkey mince here, but it was both available and cheap a week ago so I put some in the freezer.
    I will cook some frekkah grains tomorrow to go with it for my NFD. Plenty left over to freeze too.

    Quacka, I hope your difficult FD ended well. Having a meal ready to go really helps.

    Cinque, so pleased that you are able to spend the day with your friend. Is this the one who’s car you had thought to buy until your mechanic talked you out of it?

    Betsy, it’s lovely that those orchids have been in the family for long.
    One of my orchids was my Dad’s, when he was in the nursing home. When it flowered the first Christmas after he’d died, it was like he was popping back in to say hello and merry christmas.
    Betsy you may find that weight loss reduces your need for the CPAP machine. It would be worth revisiting the diagnosis when you are close to your goal weight.

    Anzac, I agree that it’s easy to manage your weight when you walk all day around Europe – I actually lost weight the one time I went there on holiday because of all the extra exercise – even with treats like sacher torte.
    Maxx always seems to look so innocent in the pics you post. Not sure how he manages that.

    Neil, that’s quite a ride. I hope the weather is good for you. You will definitely have earned that train trip home.

    Cali, yes I am hoping to be with you for 8-10 days. Enough time for both sightseeing and also relaxing. I suspect the first thing I’ll need to do when I arrive is laundry – I’m likely have a suitcase full of dirty clothing. It’s either that or raid the nearest op shop – although I want to do that anyway!

    Time for me to head off to bed – I’ve had too many late nights lately and it’s catching up with me.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Back at work, and the lbs back on!

    Just had a fabulous, late bowl of porridge today, and resisted a seriously considered bar of chocolate, so trying to stay positive. Yesterday my cold hit with a vengeacne and my world was actually spinning faster than everyone else’s. Dizziness is not normally my thing (no comments please about my management style!) A couple of meetings today to get me back int he swing, but hopefully the porridge will keep me until tea, when I’m planning ribs for the boys and pan haggerty for me. Shoul dmake it a sub800 day. Going to try and do quite a few of these this week to make up for last week.

    Mx

  • February Challenge

    Day 17, UK, FD

    Thank you for all the support and encouragement to stay strong and continue with this wol, its really helpful and uplifting 😃 , you guys rock! ❤
    I plan to fast today and will do my best to stick with it.
    Had a rough time over the weekend when my car broke down on a motorway during the storm Dennis, it was not fun 😐. Still trying to sort out car situation, which again is not fun 😂. But hey, I’m fine and and not injured so I am really grateful for that! Everything else is just inconvenience and material 🙂

    @lilymartin its good to see you back and posting, you’ve been missed 🤗

    @daffodil2010 welcome back 😃 , sorry to hear you’ve come down with flu now, get better soon 🤗

    @michelinme I hope your tooth infection gets better. I had to have a root canal done in December, ouch, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you cos I know how painful and uncomfortable it is 🤗

    @snowflake56 hiiii 😃, its that time of the year, birds are busy and our eagles too, lots of nestorations going on 😁, I’m getting ready to watch them again, will you? For all who wonder what I’m talking about, some of us here like watching eagle live cams during the breeding season, bringing up their young, really fascinating 😍

    Adding myself to the pocket list 🙂

    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear
    @saffy420
    @brightonbelle
    @shinything

    Have a good day everyone 🌼

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good evening all. Great to read all your posts.

    Getting excited for you, LJoyce, re your trip. Won’t it be nice to have time with CalifDreamer, and you can report back on how good all her bathroom renos look. By the way, I think it may just be Cymbidiums which get a “shock” when they’re re-potted. Some may still flower, but fewer than normal. On the other hand, I re-potted a couple of orchids which were different varieties in the 2018-2019 summer, and they both still flowered okay, so yours may be fine.

    Thin, thanks for the imgur info. My mother had orchids from the late 1960s, so some are more than 50 years old. They keeping putting out fresh bulbs, and when the bulbs mature, you get a flower spike. I remember my mother being permitted to buy a “parent” orchid from an orchid grower in NSW around 1971 – the grower bred new orchids by cross-breeding from particular parent plants. Mum had to promise that she would never sell the plant (or any of its offspring) to any NSW growers. Fifty years on, I wonder if that orchid breeder is still in business, but I don’t remember any names. It was somewhere around Sutherland, I think – is that south of Sydney, or south of Woollongong?

    Anzac65, join me with a new mojo for February and on into the year. We can do this!

    Neilithicman, have a great bike ride! You’ll have to get your boys interested so you can ride more together.

    Hi Quacka, good that you’re persevering. Hope the soup was yum!

    Cinque, good that you’re feeling well enough again to be able to take on a few grandma duties. Yes, the smaller meals are controlling the reflux. Still have a mild sore throat most of the time; maybe it’s from coughing?

    Time to close and spend time with my book before going to bed. Haven’t been using my CPAP machine now (for sleep apnoea) for about 4 weeks, and it’s been so nice to not be waking in the middle of the night with my whole head sweating. I feel that I’m sleeping well, too. Not sure my doctor will be happy about it when I tell him, but I have really tried.

    Goodnight and sleep well.

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 Melb Aust CD

    Doing okay over the past couple of days. Slightly indulgent, but as a teetotaller, don’t have to worry about the alcohol calories. But then, chocolate has a siren call for me, so win some, lose some 🙂 .

    To all the U.K. post-ers, hope you doing okay with storm Dennis. Looks like it’s caused quite a bit of damage.

    @ciren2, hope the back and wrenched knee have settled down a bit now. Please don’t go the “diet pill” route; it doesn’t give anything other than short-term benefits.

    Also that @michelinme‘s tooth abscess is responding to antibiotics.

    @daffodil2010, you definitely need to give yourself some TLC. Very sensible to take time off work – both for you, and for your work colleagues, who wouldn’t thank you if your “bug” got passed on to them.

    Onward and downwards everyone!

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 UK FD

    Giving the scales a miss for a few days concentrating on eating healthy and getting in lots of exercise
    Don’t be so hard on yourself @ciren2

    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear
    @saffy420
    @brightonbelle

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 – Ireland 🇮🇪 -NFD

    I am floored with a flu since Saturday and can barely get out of the bed. Just about to ring my boss to tell her I won’t be in. Simply cannot go into work feeling like this. Aches, pains, sore throat, coughing…..but I don’t have fever so that’s a bonus. Lots of liquids today.

    😔

  • February Challenge

    Day 17, Cheshire, UK FD

    Well yesterday’s FD was a pipe dream after all. I lasted until mid afternoon when I decided I was going to cook “proper roast potatoes “ to have with dinner. My husband decided this was a reason to open a bottle of wine, then the Valentines choccies came out. Oh well, today will be a FD, apple for lunch then fish and salad. Should undo some of the harm from the weekend.

    Happy Monday everyone.

    Adding myself to the pocket list,
    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear
    @saffy420

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All…
    A riverside walk this morning….then it’s hair colour after….Steve has a hospital appointment, mans things, so he is going on his own.

    He is feeling quite rough today, breathing not good…..we are thinking his surgeon will be on half term holiday and has gone back home to Greece…ringing McMillan nurse later see what’s happening.

    I am fasting today.

    Hedgehog..
    I like your thoughts, I am trying to have a tidy mess 😂…holidays lovely but a weight a pain!..like you it comes back on easy and stays..I am 4 lbs up from my pre Xmas weight…I am trying to have a strong low week, it’s now more difficult as Steves mind isn’t on it….
    Hope dentist checkup goes well and catchup with friend.

    DF..
    Lovely to have you back and things have settled down a bit. I have been thinking about you. Things not so good with my Steve too 🤞. Glad work has been understanding and you can slowly get back to a normal…good news on the weight front not the way you want but a bonus…

    Sarah..
    I laughed at the dog clothes leading into painting and granddaughter stuff…mine too big now..I try and make an effort if visiting people but the dally glitter follows you everywhere …looking forward to summer, shorts and trainers…more easy..

    I am with you today fasting..

    Dave..
    Up late again….oh lamb….

    Jean x

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 FD

    Today’s pocket list-
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56
    @missybear

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning everyone

    Welcome back DF. Glad things are better now and huge well done for sticking with 5/2 and losing weight too.

    Cakey I agree re Joker I can see why he got best actor but I didn’t enjoy it and neither did OH. My son on the other hand thought it was sensational.

    We saw two films over the weekend. Emma which was lovely and Parasite. Don’t be put off by the subtitles. It’s an amazing film. Hilariously funny, perceptive and wonderful. It is also very dark in places but it’s just a must see. We saw 1917 a while ago and really liked it but I can see why Parasite won the Oscar. Not usually an Oscar junkie but this time the choice of Parasite as best film was on the nose for us.

    Jean, we are both the same as regards to living in our scrubs. We start off in our dog walking stuff and rarely come out of it. It’s a bit better in the summer but even then unless we’re away or doing something that isn’t allotment or dog related we are the same. On Thurs/Fri I go into granddaughter stuff which is pretty similar as it needs to withstand playgroup, painting etc.

    HH commiserations on the 4lbs but we do have to have holidays or what’s the point and you will deal with it. Yesterday I cooked a couple of chickens with cranberry and caraway stuffing, cauliflower salad, red cabbage with sausages, harrissa roast potatoes and chocolate and tahini brownies. It all went and i gave away the remaining brownies except one for OH. Did eat plenty though…lucky you with licks from a staffie puppy. I love them.

    Fasting today. Was going to do tomorrow too and might but having a day with daughter and two of the grandchildren so may or may not. Good luck to anyone fasting xx

  • February Challenge

    Second post…

    @matpi I’m with you in term of surprise at weight gain… decided, being the masochist that I am to see what happened over the weekend on the scales and I’m back up … 4lbs…
    Did have some but not lots of alcohol… did have delicious sweet treats and good pub food… but I sometimes wonder if flying ✈️ also affects the results… whatever … I’ll have to apply myself today!!!

  • Keep Fasting with JoJo(continued from Lose 2 lb per week)

    Morning/evening all,

    Hi Wi,

    Good to hear from you, enjoy your trip to Italy.

    I’m also aiming to give up flour products for Lent and as I won’t be eating any bread there won’t be any butter either!

    The stormy weather appears to have passed and I’m looking out of the window at a clear blue sky, so a walk is on order today. I’ve not been very diligent with my exercise these past two weeks and I need to pick it up again.

    Have a good one everybody 😜

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 – Lake District UK – FD

    Good morning everyone

    Busy early Monday morning this morning and a nice pocket list building!
    Don’t know about 4 x B2B days this week, will see what happens, my first target is creeping ever nearer!
    Weather not settled here yet, blowing quite hard and rain predicted. Garden is calling so might give it a go after my morning walk.

    Take care all

    Today’s pocket list-

    @i-hate-lettuce
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy
    @dykask
    @snowflake56

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    So excited, I have everything booked to ride the Central rail trail this weekend! The accommodation is reasonable. $50 for a cabin for the night including bedding and continental breakfast. 152 kilometres await my tyres, and then I get a train trip back on the way home 😁

  • February Challenge

    Snowflake56- I’m going to weigh tomorrow after today’s fast, which I’m getting through easier than usual. I’m then staying off the scales for a month. I’m not giving up. I’m aiming for 450 cals max today.

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