Awwww was hoping it was a link to the neighbour repellants!!!
Anzac, I love all those palms and tropical plants at your back fence. It’s a jungle back there! It looks like a resort.
I just watched some videos of Harry and Meghan and it looks like it turned into a lovely sunny day after all. So sweet that they gave her baby Ugg boots and and a stuffed kangaroo with a Joey in her pouch. Very appropriate gifts, huh? Such happy news for their Australian tour.
Thin, plant a row of Italian Cypress trees behind the ones they trimmed back. https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ItalianCypress.htm Planted close together they form a wall. 😁
Do they sell them on Amazon? Silly question. 😆 Snake-away at your service. https://www.amazon.com/Snake-Way-Snake-Repelling-Granules/dp/B0042XAOJI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1539658350&sr=8-5&keywords=Snake+pellets
Morning all! (or good night Dave?!) Ugh, Xena has the squits- the joy of Labradors who eat grotty things & get upset stomachs- she woke us up barking to go out 3 times by 1.30am, so have given up now & sitting up… It will be a bad day for me foodwise, if I have a bad night my resolve is so weak & I’ll be comfort eating later!
Hope everyone has a better day than me!!
Anzac, brilliant. Goodbye neighbours! And beautiful. Very talented Mr Anzac. See reply above yours. “Cow wife” was so funny.
Day 15 Ohio, US —- FD(#19)
A good FD! Stayed on target all day.
And now time to take weekly stock of my monthly goals:
Being faithful to the 5:2 WOL — all fast days taken and completed.
working toward an hour of physical activity a day — 3 days meeting the minimum, up one from last week
working toward getting 8 hours of sleep a night — definite progress, although most nights only got between 7 and 7.5 hours of sleep at night.
limiting screen time a little — while I’m definitely doing less screen time, I’ve sort of given up on this one for the time being.
eating only my TDEE on NFD’s — definitely met for the whole week!
curtailing sweets/desserts — no sweets at all this after my trip a week ago. This is a definite improvement over the recent past.
@bert1802 You are definitely braver than me! I still avoid doing food shopping on FD’s!
Here is a picture of the fence separating us from the nasty neighbours at the back
Note the blue sky…it has finally stopped raining! More coming apparently but we were able to finally get some washing on the line as well as wash Maxx’s overdue bedding and get it on the line to dry and the house isn’t looking like a Chinese laundry any more 🙂
Lindsay, very glad to hear from you but so sorry things aren’t going as well as we all hoped. How distressing for you both. I’m so hoping Mr L. gets a good outcome and that this is just a post-surgical hiccup.
In light of this, my earlier rant seems ridiculous. I saw Quacka’s post first though and, because I’m perverse, I did read your snake story Quacka (appreciated the warning though). You are a very great story teller. It really made me laugh imagining those neighbours.
CalifD, your post crossed with mine. You have also made me laugh with the notion of snake pellets. Can you get them on Amazon? What about neighbour repellent?
Anzac, your post also arrived while I was writing. You have also made me laugh this morning. I bet you and OH are so quiet in your pool that no-one even knows you have one. And what rude neighbours! One of my friends in our street has a large, established right at the back of their property. Their neighbour over the back put in a spa right at the fence light and regularly shouts over the fence, “Oi, when are ya’ gonna’ trim yer tree, mate?”. It’s the “oi” greeting that makes me laugh whenever she tells that story. I have so many wonderful neighbours in my street who have become good friends.
Lindsay, I’m so sorry that things aren’t going well. I truly hope there is an improvement very soon
Thin…neighbours…when OH first embarked on the backyard renovation the couple at the back said he could take a panel out of the fence and access the road via their driveway. This meant he could get a digging machine in to do most of the hard work. Then they changed their mind and made him stop about 1 month in. This meant he had to take the rocks and dirt down to the road at the front of our house (we are on a sloping block) in buckets. He cleared tonnes of rubble and now has a bad back and knees. Also a 1.5 year project took instead 4 years. And the cow wife had the audacity to often hang over the fence and ask why it was taking so long and how much longer did they have to put up with looking at a building site? Well. Hubby is a gardener amongst all his other talents so he planted palm trees and other natives that quickly grew and grew and now their house is completely obliterated from our view from the backyard and they no longer have a view over our house. Oopsie
Congratulations on the good FD Quacka, mine was too. I didn’t weigh this morning but will do tomorrow or Thursday. Fingers crossed!
I’m working from home and just watched Harry and Meghan greet Daphne, the 98 year old war widow who has met Harry twice before and they spent ages with her and she didn’t want to let go of their hands. Have a few tears flowing, it’s so lovely to watch
Good luck with your FD Suz
Cinque – interesting information about Konjac. I’d never heard of it before so I googled it and did you know is also known as konjaku, konnyaku potato, devil’s tongue, voodoo lily, snake palm, or elephant yam.
Better get back to work…have a great rest of the day everyone
Lindsay, maybe there is just swelling or things just need to settle down with OH’s eye. I’m glad you got an appointment this morning. I will also light a candle and hope for a positive outcome.
Thin, your neighbor’s request that you cut down trees so they get more sun in their pool is outrageous. Sounds like the trees were there first. What were the owners thinking, building a pool under a bunch of trees? I’m surprised they had the audacity to even suggest such a thing. Do you get shade from the trees? How much would your energy bills increase in the summer? Tell them the trees are blocking the noise. Sheesh!
Quacka, a beeper to scare snakes away? How about an air horn aimed in their direction? Aren’t there sprays or pellets or something that are supposed to discourage snakes?
Cinque, I don’t think I’ve ever seen sorrel in a grocery store and the nurseries don’t seem to carry it. Amazon has seeds so maybe next spring I’ll try planting some.
Still day 15 –
@bert1802 – I have found with the miracle products, I just mostly rinse them off in a sieve until the smell is neutralized and their warmed up a little. I use them instead of the “real” thing to cut down carbs but don’t really cook them much. The other day I used some, just warmed them up as a base for the beef stew I’d made. They just took on the flavor of the stew. They take on the flavor of whatever you’re making.
I made it through a FD!!! yippee! Now the kitchen is closed! I came in at about 300 calories. This is only because I ate the funkiest thing know to man kind! I’m mean this stuff was odd! Had no taste and the texture was well peculiar!
So, I’m out of vitamins, after work, I ran up to the natural store. I was poking around their food section. Actually looking for a low calorie lunch option! Very tired of just veggies.
So, I’m in the pasta section, low calorie……not on your life. But I see this watery stuff in a bag that says Mircle pasta and Mircle Rice. I pick it up, oh my word! Even the bag feels weird! I flip it over 10 calories per serving! I look at every one of them and land on the Mircle rice.
So, a few YouTube videos later, I figure out how to cook them. Super easy!
So, I followedthe direction, put more spices in it that I can count. I figured they’d have little to no taste and the added some broccoli. Okay, so I added to many red pepper flakes so it was a bit spicy. they had no taste and the oddest texture.
It was an okay dinner for less than 70 calories!
I think next time, I’m going to boil them with a beef bouillon to see if that helps!
I know my discription was not the best, these things are just so hard to describe. But beside low in calories, they are packed with tons of fiber, gluten free, non soy, vegan and organic. The girl at the counter said a lot I’d diabetics and keto followers use them.
So,the didn’t have my vitamins so I got to go back tomorrow, I think I’m going to pick up the pasta ones and try them.
Weird just plain weird but what the hell…… I’m a glutton for punishment….. so I’ll keep experimenting and see what happens!
Oh Lindsay, so sorry for the distress. This comes with a wish for peace.
Thinking of you both Lindsay x
Lindsay: I lit three. xxx
Day 15 Minnesota, USA MFD
After posting last night I continued to add a couple hundred calories to my already over-TDEE day. Today under 800, so not so bad. I will hopefully do another FD tomorrow.
@strawberriesandcream; All the best to you. I hope your little break gives you a respite from some stress and brings you back to the forum refreshed and ready to continue on. I hope all goes well with your dad.
@snowflake56: so sorry to hear about your friend. Prayers for her, and for you, and for your OH and family for the situation with MIL. I’m sure your SIL felt terrible but they should have asked her before starting “reanimation”, and MIL’s records should have been right there for other GP to consult. It was not her fault. Hugs and positive vibes sent to you for a better time ahead.
@bert1802, I hope you can get out of jury duty…they usually have such a large group to call on that it should not be a problem. Show them your ticket receipts!
@judyjudes: welcome! You seem very positive, and glad to have you here.
@debster251; I hope your pup is feeling better; thank goodness your OH had an idea of what had happened or it could have taken forever to figure out what he ingested.
@claire-suzanne: Best of luck on getting the very best job “for you”! Prayers for you, it is so important to our emotional health to be happy in our work.
@ciren2; just do a couple of good, not perfect, FDs and see if you don’t feel better. Many of us are here to offer you a lift up into the wagon.
Stay strong everyone! And be kind to yourselves.
Pocket list for Day 16
Thin I am outraged for you. The idea of cutting down trees so you can suffer even more with noise from a warmer pool. Are the suburbs just getting noisier, or are people becoming less considerate?
Hello LJ, Thin, Calif, Cinque and any other of you kind souls I’ve missed. I’ve been reading sporadically but just can’t manage regular posting at the moment. Things aren’t going too well here. With his eye covered, OH was virtually blind for a day but when they took off the patch the following day he could see and read some of the chart. He’s gone downhill since then – he can get around, but can’t read or watch television. He is due back to the surgeon on Friday, but they have given us an emergency appointment this morning, so we’ll know more then. I guess it was unrealistic to think he wouldn’t have some after effects – it’s highly traumatic surgery. As my DD pointed out, if it was a kidney removal (yep, he’s had that too!) he’d be black and blue and with huge dressings and we would expect it. With the eye, there’s no wound to speak of, no dressings either. I will check in later with the news from the surgeon – do you have a spare candle Cinque? x
Good luck with your FD Suz 🙂
Weight this morning 68.9kg, checked three times lol. The scales must have just been having a wobbly yesterday.
My FD went very well thanks thin. Amazing how my attitude really helped to make it an easy one for me.
I know how it is with problems with neighbours. (warning thin…snake story coming up)
Both our side neighbours are lovely people although I think they are also a bit stupid. They both have these “snake repellants” around their back yards. These so called snake repellants actually emit a loud beeping sound at very regular intervals throughout the day and are worse in the warm sunny weather when of course we have all our windows open. This sound is purely to annoy the hell out of your neighbours as snakes do not have ears! It drives me a little crazy actually. The stupidest thing is that in the four years we have lived at this house those two neighbours are the only ones nearby that have had snakes in their back yards, my left hand neighbour has had two in this time! Obviously the snake repellants really work….not!!
The left hand neighbour has this old vegetable garden up the back which he has let get so overgrown that the weeds were higher than our fence line, which is not a low fence! Then the neighbour on the other side has a chicken coop which we know attracts rats/mice which in turn attract snakes. Our neighbour over the back also has chickens.
The snakes they have had are actually only red bellied black snakes and help to keep the other more venomous snakes in control. We live in an area where tiger snakes are common so I know which ones I would rather have.
Anyway sorry for my rant.
Hope you are all having a lovely day x
Day 15, Rocky Mountains, US, NFD
Having the munchies. Sometimes the sugar dragon comes out and does not leave. Who eats a whole bag of ginger chews? Me!!!🤔🙄😳 So I firmly closed the kitchen at 4:30 PM. Has to stay closed. No excuses!
Hope everyone had a good Monday. Will catch up on posts later. 😊😊😊
Just a quick hello, since I’m at work today. Love reading all the posts, hearing about life where you are.
It’s a FD for me, so I’m standing in solidarity with any others doing the same. The rest of you, holding good thoughts for you as you do your NFD.
Hope your day is filled with peace!
Fun reading all the posts on this page over my first coffee.
Anzac, good thinking about your first goal. We once had a discussion about why we use cake to celebrate birthdays. My OFMs were so disappointed when I announced that I no longer wanted a cake for my birthday. At that point I realised that it had little to do with celebrating my birthday. It had been a family tradition that we’d walk to the local patisserie, the birthday boy or girl would select the cake which was so enormous that we’d have a piece every day for about 4 days until it was gone. I achieved a mini victory the first year by convincing OH that we could freeze half of his and bring it out for mine a month later! Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! When I started this, I thought we were married a few weeks before you. But now I think it’s 27 years.
Quacka, your FD is complete, hurray. Did it go well? I hope you have an enjoyable NFD today.
CalifD, hope you’re feeling better. Your DS is a convert now. What a great op shop day. Yes, those Christmas treats are so tempting because we don’t see them all year. We will enjoy everything on offer, perhaps in lesser quantities. And we will make time for FDs.
LJ, don’t panic. We will get through it! Strength in numbers with like-minded people.
Cinque, I don’t think the purple carrots taste much different. I just use one or two when I’m making a salad platter as the colour is so spectacular on the plate. You and LJ have prompted me to buy some sorrel seedlings next time I’m at Bunnings. I do like their garden centre. I always check out the near dead plant stand and get a few bargains. These plants do so well in my garden as they’re apparently so grateful to receive some attention.
Pool season has begun next door! OMG, the shrieking. The cheeky tenant came round to ask us if our trees can be cut down because they don’t get enough sun on their pool. I told her that I really questioned the wisdom of installing a pool right at the fence line and under our tree line. The then-owner removed a row of beautiful mature trees to make way for the pool, which was his right, but it doesn’t follow that we must also take down our trees to accommodate pool activity next door. They’ve already been excessively pruned at the fence line which has removed all the screening properties just above fence height where it’s most needed. They’re allowed to do this although our local council now discourages it now due to significant loss of tree canopy in our suburb from people wanting to build on every inch of their block. We hired a tree surgeon at huge expense a couple of years ago to accommodate some other noisy tenants. We were left totally exposed and the tenants moved on. DD says we should put them on a gold star system. For every month they show some consideration wrt noise pollution, we lower the trees a metre!
First world problems, eh? Now it’s time for another coffee.
Day 16 Tasmania, Australia, FD
Today’s pocket list-
Good morning, grey and cool and drizzly rain in Melbourne. My garden is SO happy.
I’ve set the carrot drink up and if it works you’ll get photos! I do so hope it does as carrots are wonderfully cheap and yummy. The price of the purple ones have stopped me from buying them, but after hearing how sweet we are breeding veggies, and that we should choose heritage varieties, I wonder if they are worth the expense. Do they taste different, Thin?
A series of ‘The Diet Testers’ aka “How to Lose Weight Well” started on SBS last night and they had a little segment on konjac. Dr Xand was checking out if you could have zero calorie, or even negative calorie, foods: ie that use more calories to chew than you get from them. An experiment with celery indicates it is a myth, he did get some calories, but he went on to find the food with the least calories, and konjac was the answer. The chef whipped up an Asian salad that Dr Xand loved.
LJoyce, I used to have a big pot of French sorrel. It looked like this at it its best: https://www.mygardenlife.com/uploads/2011/10/6194_19.jpg and provided me with leaves for many years, and when repotting it I could give bits to friends. I popped it in everything that asked for greens, but my favourite recipe was this French soup, which makes just one serve, a good lunch, and was always a treat when I had lots of sorrel (and a leek):
Heat a little oil/butter
1/2 leek, chopped, and 1 small potato in 1cm cubes: saute 5 mins until glistening.
Add 2 cups stock and bring to a simmer
Have 6 – 12 sorrel leaves, julienned. Add half a few minutes before the potato is cooked, and then the other half, and salt and pepper, just as you serve. (The cooked sorrel goes grey, but flavours everything, the last added leaves just wilt and stay green and zingy).
Thin, such a sensible warning about the weeks leading up to Christmas. I am so much in the backwater now that I don’t have the run of Christmas parties and End of Year things on, for every workplace and social group. And avoiding sweet things makes any I go to much less damaging, but even with all that, the Christmas season is stressful and busy and messes with my routines.
I love how your Silly Season Challenges have allowed us to think ahead and make decisions about how we want to tackle the season, and break down expectations that we will sail along like we do the rest of the year.
Anzac, I hate cockroaches. (Survivor of a couple of infestations.) (Lucky for Miss 4, I don’t have one now!) (Touch wood and whistle).
How exciting to have your wedding anniversary coming up. Oh dear that hot windy day! As they say, if it doesn’t make for a wonderful day, it makes for a good story!
It sounds like yesterday was a very fasty Fast Day. Excellent. And sensible planning for the upcoming celebratory season.
Quacka, hooray for your Fast Day too. What cheeky scales you have.
I hope you are enjoying a lovely ‘morning after Fast Day’.
You too Anzac!
Sympathy to you LJoyce, moving house, family weddings and celebrations, and now Christmas thundering down on us. But you will do it, as you say, there are a few weeks yet. As my sister says: Don’t dare start thinking about Christmas until after her birthday (November 20th).
Cali, I do hope you are feeling fine now, and not coming down with something awful. You will be pleased to know the chairs are off my garden, and the seedlings are all bigger and stronger and enjoying some drizzly rain, so I mightn’t need to put the chairs back.
Re the silverbeet, when I was a kid, we thought silver beet and spinach were interchangable words as my mum used it whenever spinach was called for. It is chard of course, but we never called it that. I call rainbow chard ‘chard’ that has much more delicate stalks (red and orange and yellow ones) and I still call this ‘Fordhook Giant’ silverbeet. Can’t work out where the ‘silverbeet’ name came from!
Hi to Crickets, and congratulations on getting to goal weight. And now one more
pound! Great Op Shop trip! What a find, a platter you have been missing, you have a gain. And O I love those shoes too!
How are you going to manage your Halloween challenge? It seems to me to be even more difficult than Christmas.
Thanks for putting me back on the pocket list @snowflake56!!! I’m having enough trouble on FD without being bumped. Just got back from seeing A Star is Born. Bit of a curates egg. Very good in parts. Bit overlong. Happy Tuesday everybody. H
Day 15, UK, FD
I’m sorry for going AWOL, I was so busy last couple of days, than I got back home last night to find out that my laptop died (it died when I tried to turn it on) and than today I lost internet too! So I’m not having the best of times.
Managed to fast today though, which is good 🙂
But I haven’t managed to read all the posts, will do it when I sort out my tech problems.
Have a good day everyone 🌼
Pocket List day 15:
I never struggle to sleep on FD,just have an hot chocolate before I go to bed.
I’m having an early night so hopefully I don’t struggle too much. I had a glass of milk just now. I had some jelly myself last week and haven’t had it for a long time, it was quite enjoyable so I might buy some more
I never have any extra trouble sleeping on an FD. I did just have a nap though so I’ll be regretting that when I’m trying to sleep later.
I’m not struggling much today, had my jelly and roasted some kale, it’s not my favourite, I won’t be buying it again. B2B tomorrow.
day 15, Montana FD
I am starving today… But I have got this. I really enjoy readying everyone’s posts. I had so much to keep my mind busy. I am sending love and light to you @snowflake56. I am really going to add to this amazing group. I love the support you offer everyone. Pocket List day 15
Everyone have a wonderful afternoon. P.S. I hope I did the pocket list correct?
Chocolate week!!! 😬😬😬
I will try the small glass of milk before bedtime as I still have calories left to use. The stomach is rumbling at the moment but I’m out of the house so have a distraction 😊
I will try that, thanks Jean 😊
@snowflake56 Sorry to hear about your friend. Sending you hugs. xx
I should have put on day 15 not day 14 when I posted earlier, my mistake.
Claire- I’m okay sleeping on a FD if I have the 500cals, some of us have done liquid only FDs, then I do wake early…& dream about food…
Dave- why is it chocolate week?
Jean- don’t work Steve too hard!
It’s officially chocolate week, didn’t say I will be having any😫
I hate to say it but I always really struggle to sleep on a fast night….hope you do….sometimes a small glass of milk helps before bedtime…
Chocolate.?????? This week….
It’s chocolate week this week 😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋
@snowflake56 – what a dreadful day, so much awful news all at once.
Thoughts and best wishes for you, your friend and your OH and his mother.
Take care of yourself x
Taking son to football session now but have found today to be ok. I am feeling hungry but I don’t have the desire to eat like I usually would. I know it’s just an important part of what i’m doing so I accept im going to be hungry these fast days due to the limited calorie intake. My only concern at the moment is I’m wondering if I will be able to sleep with a rumbling stomach? 🤔😴 hope everyone is feeling ok
Well done Steve, don’t work too hard.
Glad the poached eggs still going well…must have a go myself it’s while since I have cooked any..
Forgot to say….Steve going on light household duties tomorrow….about time after 10 months!!
Cntryfolk from Maine
Hi all. I’ve been doing this for 3 weeks now and have gotten a lot of information from this forum – wondering how active this line is.
Most enjoyable meal,got the poached eggs down to a t now Jean.I use a mould with slits in otherwise just how you told me Jean.Will have a yoghurt then that’s it until I go shopping tomorrow at Sainsbury’s.
thank you all for your reactions, she’s my oldest friend, she became my dad’s secretary when she was 21. We’ve been trough so much together, I can’t imagine her not being there. DH on the phone with his sister, my MIL was in hospital after having to be reanimated at her GP. They went there because her BP was too high, her own GP wasn’t there, the loco gave her nitrospray, BP went down and her heart stopped. She has severe dementia and wasn’t supposed to be reanimated, but everything went so fast my SIL couln’t stop it. She feels so quilty, my DH told her it’s fine, everyone was shocked and the loco started the reanimation immidiately. I hope tomorrow will be a better day without any exitement! Going to bed now and look at something stupid on youtube, don’t have a TV.
Pocket List day 15
Have a nice afternoon/evening everyone!
Not hungry here now…al finished for the day…just drinking our tea….😀..chicken a bit spicy…
Quite a few hungry today hope you all keep strong….
Glad Xena had a happy day lots of fuss as usual….yes your grass will be getting hammered……Maxi had an accident with a wheel and paw while playing with the children on Friday, he’s much better today so no vets and fees…keeping him quiet with no walks or ball playing which he is missing and hard to do….
Sounds like everyone’s quite hungry! I find Monday worse; I think it’s because I eat more at the weekend maybe… Not too bad, soup made, pretty good I think!
Dave- that sounds like a real comfort food meal, great that it works out good for the cals…eat very slowly!
Claire- sounds like you’re doing well!
KL- good that the tummy is shrinking…
Pseudo- glad you’re feeling better- I felt quite sick after my lunchtime coffee, occasionally I do on FDs.
Jean- great that Steve’s been able to walk better today! Are you counting the minutes til dinner time?!
We took Xena with us to Tesco’s & hubby walked her a little bit outside, then she had lots of fuss from other shoppers. Popped into Pets At Home as well, she liked it in there! She’s had a really long sleep, & woke up much better. Have chased her round the garden, so we both got our exercise! Can’t imagine what the grass’ll look like over winter, it’s already starting to get a bit churned up in places!
Got a rumbling tum so popped back to take my mind off it.
@snowflake56 🤗 Maybe the best birthday gift your friend will have is a successful outcome for her surgery….. and many future birthdays to celebrate.
Hope my fellow Monday fasters are doing good! I’m so looking forward to my evening meal.
Day 15 – Eastern WA USA – LFD
So sorry to hear about your friend’s diagnosis @snowflake56, but glad she’ll be with you for a bit so you can love on her. Cancer is tough.
Can someone add me to today’s FD list? I’m on my phone & not adept at it. Thanks
@claire Suzanne- now you may have choices. Praying for wisdom for you.
@ciren2 – climb on back up on the wagon; I’m extending my hand. The weather’s better up here 🙂
Still weathering a fall cold but improving. Out keeping my appointments with teaching candidates. Just catching up on posts between schools. I’m enjoying this part time job.
We’re on this journey folks! Together we’re stronger!