Latest 50 posts

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 29 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Did just OMAD yesterday, and lost overnight. Back to an acceptable maintenance weight.

    Our church is joining another for a Christmastime Handbell Choir, first rehearsal is this afternoon. After not being able to sing in a choir for 9 months, it will be great to make music in a COVID-acceptable manner. I’ve never played with these players, so who knows how it will all be!

    November is nearly done. Wow. And winter is soon upon us. Hugs to you all as we move into “Dangerous December!” Thank you, @at for agreeing to lead us. Of course, everyone on this board is most helpful to all our efforts. Congrats on your 4 years – I’m right there with you!

    Onward and downward.


    ABBREVIATION LIST – useful for those new to the challenges

    Common abbreviations used throughout this challenge and added to on an ongoing basis:
    16:8 – 16 hours fast 8 hours non fast
    5:2 – 5 days NFD:2 days IF
    ADF – Alternate Day Fasting (FD – NFD – FD – etc. etc. etc.…….)
    B2B – Back to Back (consecutive FDs)
    BMR – Basal metabolic Rate
    CFD – Controlled Fast Day (a FD below your goal weight TDEE, whatever that is!!!)
    DH,DD, DS – Darling Husband Daughter, Son
    DTF – Dry ‘Til Fri (for those limiting the booze to weekend only ………….. & aiming for sainthood!!!!)
    EE – Emotional Eating (reflex grazing out of a need for instant comfort instead of satisfying hunger)
    EFS – Epic Face Stuffing (we’ve all had one of those days……………. Definitely due to a faulty OFF button!)
    FD – Fast Day (500 cals)
    HUNGER DRAGON – that dreadful psychological beast that sometimes cannot be satisfied. Some people even name theirs (e.g. @i-hate-lettuce has an inner warthog!)
    IF – Intermittent Fasting
    Keto – way of eating that generates Ketones
    K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid!!!………………or Sexy!!!
    LC – Low Carb way of eating
    LCHF – Low Carb High Fat way of eating
    LFD – Liquid Fast Day (incl. tea, coffee, miso, bone broth & water)
    LOL – Laughing Out Loud
    M/WOAM – Man/Woman on a Mission (courtesy of @i-hate-lettuce)
    MFD – Modified Fast Day (800 cals) on the new Fast800, it’s a FD
    NFD – Non Fast Day
    OH – Other Half (eg spouse/partner)
    OMAD – One Meal A Day
    PFDS – Post FD Smugness (courtesy of @penz)
    TDEE – Total Daily Energy Expenditure (see the ‘how it works’ link on the home page to work out yours)
    TRE – Time Restricted Eating
    WFD – Water Fast Day (Water only)
    WFH – Working From Home ……………….. Covid-19 enforced!!!
    WOL – Way of Life
    WOCA – Women Of a Certain Age
    ZBC – Zero Breakfast Club

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon,we to have the tree up, very early for us, usually the 10th of December,my son’s birthday, when the kids were young and kept mythering about putting the the up Denise said to my son you can have it up on your birthday so we have kept to that date. But I said let’s put it up early this year.


    Welcome to this DECEMBER 2020 CHALLENGE – LAST ONE FOR 2020!

    I’m delighted to be your host once more for a December Challenge as it will be the 4th anniversary of my reaching maintenance 😇 with this WOL – I wish everyone good luck and a successful month in every way.

    It’s hard to believe that @coda started this series of monthly challenges way back in May 2016 and so many of us have had amazing support to start and continue on our 5:2 journey.

    So, here’s how this works (same as it has always been):

    1. Start your daily post with the day of the month, where you are from, and if you’re on a fast day (FD); a non-fast day (NFD) or a controlled day (CD) (e.g. for 1st of December it would go something like “Day 1 – UK – FD”).

    2. Give a quick intro about yourself in the very first post – mostly for the benefit of the newbies. A brief blurb about your journey so far and what you aim get from this way of life (WOL). Also if you wish, your starting weight and any other measurements (waist, hip, bust etc) you aim to keep track of throughout the month. You can record this on the spread sheet or if you are unable to I’m happy to fill it in for you!

    3. You can add any comments/questions/moans/whinges/triumphs… or anything you feel like you want to share with the rest of the forum. We all have good days and bad days, days we fall off the wagon and days when we hang in there for dear life………so if you want to share it – post it.

    Recipes, tips, tricks and questions can also be shared – most of us are logged on at one time or another and can clarify things, offer advise, support etc when needed – this is the great thing about this international forum, there’s always someone online!!!!

    Over the course of these monthly challenges, there have been small groups doing their own mini-challenges – called ‘pocket fasters’ or ‘pocketeers’ – they set a target and support each other through it. Anyone can join one of these groups or start a mini pocket fast – it’s entirely optional and flexible.

    5:2 basics – answers to many FAQs plus top tips:

    Here is the link to the spreadsheet – let me know if I have given you proper access

    My personal motto for this WOL is:-
    “If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now”

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Grey day here but dry at least, lots of squirrels on our walk for Xena to chase! Online Church done, Mum says she’ll be okay without me coming round today, which is good as I’ve got a roast chicken to cook! Will do her a plate & son can run round with it. Enjoying our Christmas decs up; hubby likes an old set of wooden ornaments; he put them all round the front of the tree, have been gradually moving them to the back & putting my favourite ones at the front 😂
    Eaten too much again today 😬 hope to do better next week (she says again!)

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 29 – UK – TDEE

    The last couple of days have seen some great food and wine consumed but also 9+km walks both yesterday and today

    So today sticking to below TDEE in preparation to a last FD tomorrow for this Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    @northerndawn – Thank you for offering to host the January 2021 Challenge 🤗
    @i-hate-lettuce – Good to hear from you and healing vibes coming your way – shame about the mizzly weather today – I managed a just over 9km wander with a friend this morning – at least it’s not cold and it was lovely to catch up with her

    I’ll set up the December Challenge sometime today as I noticed no one has volunteered as yet and I’m sure we will all play a part in hosting this most challenging of months – It’s my 4th maintenance anniversary month – so grateful to have found this WOL 🙏

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 29 – USA/GA – FD

    Well, Thanksgiving weekend has been a disaster. Fell into old habits really quickly and the scales refused to budge from 236 lbs. this morning. It’s a reminder of how 5:2 is a WOL, and I’m so thankful to be hopping back on the fast train this morning. I was surprised how sugary drinks that I really didn’t want were my downfall this time. Good to note for the upcoming Christmas holiday. I’ll be attempting a 4:3 this week to get myself back on track for December and firmly keep pressing the weight into the lower 230s. My goal is to be firmly in the 220s by the end of the year. So, who is hosting December’s Challenge? 🙂


    “We’re just kidding, Wesley,” I say. “There is no way we’re going to struggle up the orange trail to get to the Overlook. We’ll keep to the green trail. It may take a little longer to reach the Overlook, but better to keep a steady pace and enjoy the walk than to get all frustrated and be out of breath by the time we get there. Besides, it would likely take the same amount of time in the end!” Lola pats Wesley on the back as we walk past the crossroad and continue upwards through a patch of hardwoods.

    “I just didn’t want to hold you all back,” Wesley says. Lola looks at him, “what, you think we wanted to go up the orange trail? No way. That may work for some people, but I think none of us wanted to experience sliding down in the mud and grabbing hold of tree roots to lift us along the way.” I look back at both of them and say, “who really cares if it does take us a little longer to get there? This isn’t a race! This is something we are doing for ourselves. A little walk in the outdoors to enjoy the view of the Overlook. No one is going to give us a prize for getting there a little early or demerits for arriving late. We’ll get there just fine on this path. I’m so happy to have good friends to enjoy this little journey with!” A chipmunk suddenly chatters on the rock beside us and scurries off.

    “OK, let’s go,” Wesley smiles, now full of confidence. His stride quickens and soon he is leading Lola and I up the hillside along the green trail.


    Happy final November days!!

    Pocket list – Day 29




  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Just posting to say “HI”, I’m still around. No time to post, because it’s already 11:30 p.m. – it’s taken over an hour to catch up on all your posts – and because it ended up raining buckets last Sunday night and early Monday morning, the plumbers cancelled (I had already arisen at 6:30 a.m., to receive their text soon after 7 a.m., darn!) and re-scheduled for tomorrow morning, which will mean another really early morning for me.

    The plan is to be back with some kind of sensible responses tomorrow evening. And no, I didn’t get 5 transcripts done, just an additional one, but progress has been made, and I’m finally settling into a study pattern which works for me.

    For now, goodnight all, catch you tomorrow! 🙂

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 29 – NSW, AU – CFD

    I did a 20 hour fast overnight and ended up having a noodle bowl for lunch (410 calories) and a couple of muesli bars that I had floating around which was another 500 odd calories… it’s the weekends that get me, cause I usually stay at home and just chill out and once I eat something that awakens the beast and I just want to keep eating. So, by the time 4pm came around I wasn’t really hungry for my usual early dinner, so started fasting early, if I make it to 1pm tomorrow it’ll be a 22 hour fast… that I’ll be proud of. Today was under 1000 calories which I am proud of after my week of excess, now to keep it up (and weigh in tomorrow morning – only about 4kg-9lb til I’m out of the ‘200 club’)

    @i-hate-lettuce – I know what you mean, sometimes think if I had ‘supervision’ I probably wouldn’t eat half the crap that I do, but it is my fault for piling on the pounds due to bad food choices.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Cinque, ha ha. Next we’ll have the kiwis weighing in on Promite or whatever their particular brand of axle grease is called. Can’t imagine what those good qualities might be, I wouldn’t say I displayed many on here.

    Anzac, you’re all backwards – with Mr A. gone, this is your opportunity NOT to feel pressured to eat! No excuses! Brilliant idea to break it in to smaller goals because 20kg sounds so daunting. Get the first 5 knocked off and you’re on your way. I’m here waiting for news of your progress.

    Yes, take my advice – I’m not using it! OH talked me into a pizza last night. It was the first time I’d had one in over 6 years. I didn’t have any dairy products on it though, Neil. I can’t handle the way he eats shared food, (OH, not Neil) it’s like a feeding frenzy and I find myself trying to compete when I don’t want to. It was as if he’d scored a real coup. I do admit it was very tasty but I couldn’t believe the price. It made G’day’s butcher sound cheap. I won’t be having another one for another 6 years and hurray that today’s a FD.

    We’re now in the marina and have mixed feelings about that. We came in for services last week and the manager said we may as well stay now we’re in, which was kind. He’d already given us a gate fob so we could use the facilities. It’s good not to have to worry about battery power and to have a nearby alternate toilet while ours gets repaired. The people are all very cordial and the Christmas lights on the boats reflecting on the water are making it look cheery (I never mention the C word until December so I can’t put ours up yet) but I miss our expansive view across to the castle and the glorious sunsets. I felt despondent the first night so, to cheer myself up, I booked two cheap flights to the Canary Islands. Just something to pin hopes on – but if we can’t get vaccinated in time, it’s not a lot of money to lose.

    Have a wonderful day everyone. Next year is going to be fabulous.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 29 – Lake district UK – NFD

    Good morning everyone

    Should’ve made the best of yesterdays cool but sunny start, by the time I’d finished bottling the beer the clouds had come over and it had gone from dry cool and nice to cool and damp feeling! However, beer is in bottles and set for first conditioning and I am told by Mrs IHL, my sense of taste is quite dull at the moment, tastes really good already!

    Planning for Christmas is normally a big thing with us, feeding and watering us, ‘the kids’ plus friends and visitors (Mrs IHL is a ‘feeder’) is quite a lot of fun. But this year, the Kids aren’t coming due to travel restrictions, but as they live in the same city, son and DIL have invited little sis to theirs and we’re on for a virtual Christmas Dinner etc. I’ve not seen them since last Christmas, although been in touch regularly.
    I really feel for people who have struggled on or live in isolation, we have counted ourselves very lucky indeed! Our many plans for 2020 have gone by the wayside, but we’re still here, bimbling along waiting for the tide to turn.

    As for 5:2 WOL, that’s been turned upside down for me, actually trying to maintain weight ATM and stop losing! But, it was to be expected during treatment so I’m not particularly worried as listening to the ‘inner me’ I actually feel quite well, not sure where the ‘inner warthog’ has gone, but he’s very quiet!

    @toady – Advantage of not being allowed to go shopping, lack of temptation (and gravity) stopping the basket filling up, although I have been known to put things back when unsupervised!

    @stichincarol – Similarly with home made things, the spare freezer will be kicked into action very soon and all the Christmas foody treats will be small portions and not for ‘general’ consumption.

    Hope all our friends over the pond had a Happy Thanksgiving, don’t worry too much about short term weight gain, DIL always reckons quickly on quickly off!

    Take care all

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 29, Emden Germany, FD800

    @kazoo It’s good the most difficult day lies behind you now and you can look forward again. I looked up Łódź, it’s a large town with an interesting history and lots of cultural activities. I hope your son will be happy there but it’s really important he learns the language fast to feel more at home.

    Have a nice day everyone!

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

    Life is pretty similar here, Barata…. except for our 40 deg, incredibly windy, day. We are very lucky that our island nations have kept the international borders firmly shut.
    A cool southerly is due here this afternoon, so we should have some relief after a couple of horror days. At least I don’t feel hungry!!!
    Enjoy having your daughter around to share the kitchen 😉 P

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

    Sorry to hear about all the woes and lows, both physical and mental. Please send some of your rain north, Wi. Our forecast falls today have avoided this part of the island, but I see you have been cut off from the rest of us by flooding 🙁

    Our daughter and grandson have been back with us a fortnight now, settling in well and relishing the more temperate weather and relaxed environment. She’s taken over the kitchen for the weekend – no complaints here, she’s a better cook than I am – and we are planning to gather family here for Christmas lunch. Cold ham and salads, with lots of trimmings! She’s made the cake.

    We continue to enjoy the lowest Covid level, with the only restrictions being at the border, and mask-wearing on public transport, and the usual encouragement to wash hands and keep a little separated. Too many people are being lax regarding using the tracer ap though, just hope it doesn’t come back to bite us all.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good afternoon, it is Sunday fastday for me,

    I have been watching ‘May’s kitchen’ which is not a good thing to do on a fast day afternoon, too mouthwatering.
    I had seen the ads for it, LJoyce, and set my machine to record the series, but then was disappointed in the first one as I learnt nothing, and cancelled the recording. So I am very pleased that you wrote about it. I loved the episodes on Yemen and the Gulf states. As you say, cuisines we know so little about. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

    Anzac, I do hope you are in your pool.
    Scary to see that fire in Sydney’s north.
    Lindsay, how are you surviving this weather?
    Quacka, I hope you are lurking, keeping cool, and had a wonderful birthday.
    Intesha, have you found a new place to live yet. Hoping you and your dad are keeping cool.

    Oops I didn’t even manage to do my list yesterday, but I did realise that I hadn’t been drinking quite enough water to keep myself properly hydrated so I am catching up on that and getting a bit of oomph back.

    My pie does taste great, especially as I managed to heat some crust up under the grill, and warmed the middle bit separately. Not pretty, but delicious. I will have another serve tomorrow.

    Cali, I do prefer to buy fresh corn and cut it straight off the cob, but frozen corn would be MUCH better than tinned creamed corn! I am glad I used it up though.

    Thin has so many good qualities, Cali, but she is a total disaster when it comes to vegemite! 😉

    LJoyce, what a treat to pick your first two zucchini. They will taste so good, fresh from the garden.

    Now it is 2 pm I am cooking a big serve of non starchy veg to keep me going through the afternoon. Then soup this evening. My last scrape of miso. On my list to get more!

    Best wishes to all of you precious people.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 28 – NSW, AU – NFD

    Well I finished off the pizza and the last of the chocolate today, so those temptations are no longer in the house (@stitchincarol now I’ve just got to keep them from jumping into my shopping basket!!) probably a bit over my goal weight TDEE, so calling it another NFD… tomorrow shall be better, I need to behave myself! Here’s hoping for a OMAD, or at least a 20:4.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 28 Minnesota, USA NFD

    Many calories consumed Thursday and also with the leftovers yesterday. Today DD and family will come over to “walk” and we will do a little pie exchange: a couple pieces of pecan and pumpkin pie for a couple pieces of cheesecake. I will finish out the wine I have here, tonight. And DH is getting the majority of leftovers cleared from the refrigerator, so by Monday I should be ready for a FD.

    December is a difficult month for weight loss……the first week both my DH and I celebrate our birthdays, and the last week is Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I had better plan carefully if I want to maintain what I’ve already lost. Then I must get serious in January. In the mean time, I’ll be spending too much time online to get Christmas shopping done and also trying to get some family history booklets put together for my children and nieces and nephews for Christmas gifts. That’s a lot of sitting…..and probably snacking if I’m not careful.

    I have decided to volunteer for hosting the challenge in January…….It should help me, as well, to stay focused on 5:2 and like @at 2:5 with alcohol. That’s the goal. December will be too busy for me to host, I’m afraid. Really, though, I think we all participate and encourage each other, so maybe we can all be co-hosts together?

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 28 – Rural Nebraska, USA – FD800

    Yesterday wasn’t strictly a FD because I allowed myself a beer with that turkey-on-rye sandwich (possibly my favorite part of Thanksgiving, LOL!), and I had a piece of pumpkin pie also, but I was down to 148.4 this morning, so I’m headed back in the correct direction. DH is quite content to have leftovers in a YOYO fashion (“You’re on your own”) so I’m planning on the same today and am hopeful that tomorrow I’ll be 147-point-anything.

    The temperature is supposed to be around 57F/14C today so I think we’ll take this afternoon to put up Christmas lights. It’s always challenging to find a day at the right time where we have time AND the weather is reasonable, so although we neither of us feel much like dealing with lights, all the requirements are met (timing, sufficient time, decent weather) so we’ll just dig in and do it.

    @toady Clearing out all the junk food is a huge part of discipline, LOL–there’ve been many an evening when I would have snacked but I couldn’t find a single thing!!! So now your challenge is to only grocery shop when you have every bit of your discipline in play so you don’t buy more. Good luck with something I’m not always successful at! 😂

    @i-hate-lettuce Another thing to make me laugh out loud: “Stay positive and test negative” GREAT phrase! Have fun bottling!

    @dykask Yet another phrase to make me laugh out loud: “Even when the Japanese is written for preschoolers I’m painfully slow. Really great when you can’t keep up with a five year old.” You have my full sympathy! I was actually in Japan in 1971 for just over two months, in a Tokyo suburb called “Musashi Koganei.” I THINK that’s how it’s spelled; it’s pronounced moo SAH she ko gah NAY. It was easy enough to communicate because everyone either already knew English or was in the process of learning and was eager to practice with this random American girl. Fun summer!

    @songbirdme Yeah, the leftovers…yikes, but it’s a lot of food, LOL. I managed to send home the homemade dinner rolls with our two boys, the dressing was a disaster so it got thrown away (very sad story, and the punchline is: if you’re going to use stale bread you must still dry it completely, or use less broth…lesson well and firmly learned!) and I love the idea of freezing the leftover pie. I’m looking forward to Monday when our eating should be back to normal with all leftovers either gone or frozen.

    @northgeorgia Bummer on the weight bumping above 232, but it’s only a minor set-back; the lovely contrast to that disappointment certainly had to have been how much thinner you looked in the family selfie!

    Okay, time to get up and get some work done. Have a grand day, everyone!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 28 USA (Illinois) NFD

    I’m in the same ballpark with @northgeorgia that it seems Thanksgiving has caught up with me. The mincemeat pie I made especially for DH is going into the freezer for special treats, not normal dessert eating. Also the normal meal and leftovers have far too many carbs. Need to workout as well. Oh, just a minor setback. 🙂

    Onward and Downward.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All..
    A long river walk this morning really lovely a bit cold kept moving so ok…

    A few phone calls and watched James Martin this morning my Saturday treat…touch up painting finished only took 45 mins quicker than I thought…to do jobs up to date now 😀

    Raining all afternoon so looks like a wet walk in half an hour…

    Poor mum hope she can follow the rules..hard as I know when on your own…bend slightly but not too much 😂…tree up!!…
    I am thinking what to do, I know someone who would be cross at me not participating 😬

    I have missed a hair appointment too but have to wait in between Christmas and new year..I haven’t had porridge in ages it’s must for me to have again….

    Shame you have to re test…yes the dogs have better clocks than us..😀

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dave- you did well yesterday! Well done with the biscuits…shame about your sample & having to do that again 😱😬
    Shame you don’t get your lie-ins either!
    Dry here, had a nice long walk with Xena, & had porridge for breakfast, not had it for ages, & Minols keeps talking about it! Have done some cleaning & we’ve put the Christmas decs up, hubby’s idea! Have a pile of ironing to do though 😖

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 28 – Japan – NFD

    Water fast went well.

    My problem with doctors is my wife doesn’t trust me to make my own appointments. I don’t have Japanese insurance since I’m working for a US company but the local government will pay for the appoints with doctors they have chosen. However all the documentation is in Japanese. Speaking is one level of pain but reading Japanese is a crazy amount more painful. Even when the Japanese is written for preschoolers I’m painfully slow. Really great when you can’t keep up with a five year old.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 28 – USA/GA – NFD

    Oops, Thanksgiving is taking its toll. Barely managed to weigh in this morning at 235 lbs. But, so nice to fit into those faded jeans again! We took a selfie of the immediate family portrait around the table, and I could see how much thinner I looked compared to the past few years!

    Going to focus on the positives. Have a great weekend all!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon,8:05am and I got a big nose shoved in my face🙁Heidi must have a built in alarm clock.She comes down stairs and get in her bed 😡after getting me up😵.It’s pouring down here so no walkies yet.A low day yesterday but a eating day today.

  • hoping for success

    Google says 125 calories in a 5 fl oz glass of red wine. Just watch out if you react differently to the wine as you will be having it on a pretty empty stomach

    snaptube vidmate word to pdf

  • Any good exercise tips for loosing fat belly

    those tips are really very helpful-to help reduce the belly

  • 16:8 or more and beer

    That makes it one of the worst foods if you are trying to lose weight. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your beer or wine jpg to pdf

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

    I’m pleased you will be able to see the Christmas lights at Kew again this year, Amazon. I know how much you always enjoy them. Also pleased your back is making progress.
    I’m still incapacitated, but with the weather a massive heatwave this weekend, it’s ok being hunkered down. Very little hunger, too, so all is not too bad.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    D28 UK Lake District

    Going for a walk today with my next door neighbour and dogs.

    Belated Thanks Giving wishes for everyone who celebrates it.

    @snowflake56 DS and partner flew out to Poland yesterday and both myself and DH feel much better about it now. Yesterday was always going to be bad. They have gone to live in a town called Lodz which is smack bang in the middle of Poland. It is where she comes from and her family and friends are. She also has a flat there so that is where they are going to live for a while while they get sorted. It will depend where they can get jobs if they stay there. First thing he has to do is a crash course in Polish.

    @at must try your scone recipe

    @i hate lettuce Enjoy your bottling. Like your saying stay positive and test negative.

    Have a good weekend everyone

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 28/11/20 – Lake District UK – NFD

    Good morning everyone

    First cold and frosty morning here this morning, the sun is creeping it’s way upwards, potentially nice crisp day.

    @stitchincarol – You got me regarding your comment “Your suggestion that you’re not far from being “back to normal,” however, made me roar with laughter: you are NEVER normal, are you????? 😂😜🥳😁”

    Yup, well and truly ‘busted’ – normal and me seldom go in the same sentence 😉 Been on a bit of a high since Wednesday morning, ticking the final boxes and ending treatment.

    Without the travelling back and forth I’ll be able to catch up on the posts for this month a bit better. First bit of ‘normal’ grab coffee, turn on tablet and catch up with a few things!

    So being the guy who brews craft ale for a hobby, despite the fact can’t I drink alcohol at the moment and been ‘dry’ for the last month, this morning will be bottling the Christmas brew I put into fermentation two weeks ago, a little ironic, but normal!

    Hope everyone has been keeping safe and well

    Stay positive and test negative

    Take care all

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

    Morning/evening all,

    I hope everyone is well.

    The days are flying by and our “lockdown” will be over on Wednesday when shops, restaurants etc can open albeit with limitations.

    My back is slowly improving which has lifted my mood and since I posted on Wednesday morning I’ve completes 2 FDs and have managed to stop the comfort eating.

    My annual trip to Kew Gardens for their Christmas lights trail and dinner has been confirmed and I’m really looking forward to it in just over 2 weeks time. I’ve set myself a mini goal to work towards between now and then.

    Despite all the doom and gloom Christmas lights are appearing everywhere and people seem to be wearing their masks and getting on with life as it is right now.

    I am hoping the majority look at the future beyond Christmas and behave sensibly, having a quiet Christmas at home is the best way to keep everyone safe.

    I put a glazed nut topping on my Christmas cake yesterday and it was all I could do not to cut myself a slice there and then! It’s now safely tucked away out of sight.
    I have two more cakes to decorate but as I’m not keen on icing it won’t be so tempting.

    Enjoy the remainder of the weekend everyone 🤪

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Anzac, hope you can manage to stay cool today. 40 degrees is hot! Our high here tomorrow is supposed to be 15 with a low at night around 3 degrees. We’ve definitely traded weather now! Someone on one of the local forums had suggested that we postpone Christmas until summer, like in the Southern Hemisphere, when families could gather outdoors where the Covid risk is lower, given the high numbers and too many people ignoring suggestIons of celebrating within our own households only. Numbers are already going so high that I hate to even think where they will be In a couple weeks after all the Thanksgiving traveling and gatherings. Very frustrating.
    Anzac, enjoy your weekend alone and resist the temptation to overeat. Sometimes that’s easier when we don’t have to worry about what another family member is going to eat. Be strong! It would be a great weekend to go for a swim in your pool for exercise.

    Cinque, your chili corn pone pie looks beautiful! I wonder if setting it in a very low oven for a while would dry it out a little without burning it? But even though it’s a little too wet it will probably taste just fine, just messier to cut. Do your stores carry frozen cut corn? That’s the way I always buy it here, in 453 gram bags. It tastes fresh and it’s easy to portion out what’s needed and just reseal the bag. I use a plastic clothespin.

    Thin, it was actually about 3.5 years ago that you invited me over to this forum. I looked back and saw that I discovered 5.2 In May of 2017. It seems longer ago than that. I remember also asking about Vegemite and you telling me it tasted like axel grease or something like that. 😁.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Cinque, not sure if you’ve seen it yet, but I found a new cooking show on SBS food (channel 33). It’s called May’s Kitchen (May Yacoubi) and is all middle eastern recipes, but not the Lebanese, Moroccan, Egyptian etc that I’m used to. She’s done recipes from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, etc. Dishes I’ve never heard of before, but look delicious. The spicing really appeals to me, and I thought it might to you too. The only difficulty is that I haven’t been able to find her recipes published online, just videos – which means taking notes.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello all.

    Anzac, yes it was also hot here today (and 40C yesterday). If this weather system is moving east, you’ll be pleased to know we’ve just had a little rain and it’s starting to cool. Hot, but fairly short lived. Stay cool until then.

    Penguin, good luck with the frantic packing. Could you have a family working bee to get things in boxes, or do current covid restrictions prevent that?

    Cali, the thanksgiving decorations are very cute. I loved your descriptions of Cooper’s antics as he waited for his turkey dinner.
    I initially put the rhubarb in a large pot but it wasn’t happy. I found it a sheltered spot against the fence which helps protect it from frosty weather and also mush of the afternoon sun in summer. At the moment I’m trying to find neighbours who want some as I can’t keep up to it.

    Cinque, I don’t add sugar to cornbread either – I’ve always thought it was unnecessary.
    That pie looks very tasty actually – even if you think it’s to moist.

    John, very glad to hear that you got the last slice of birthday cake.
    I love the pictures of the view from your home – I wouldn’t want to leave either.

    Neil, it’s great that you can see the changes in your body. Hopefully you will be rewarded on the scales once the month is up.

    They arrived too late for thanksgiving, but I though I’d mention that I picked my first two zucchini this morning. There are more that are only a day or two away from picking size, so I’m going to have to dig out my zucchini recipe file.

    I’ve taken advantage of the hot weather (and the effect it has on my appetite) to do two B2B FD800s. I am looking forward to my dinner very much.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 28, Emden Germany, FD800

    Have a nice day everyone!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello from a VERY hot day in Sydney. The forecast is saying it is already 40 degrees in my suburb. Tomorrow is supposed to be worse

    I hear it is hot too in Adelaide LJ? What a wonderfully positive post, I’m so glad you are able to manage your illness as well as you do.

    Sorry about your pie Cinque, even the best cooks have little oopsies now and then. I hope you were able to tick lots of your to-do list.

    My calendar tells me it is dear Quacka’s birthday today. If you are reading, happy birthday!!

    Happy belated Thanksgiving Cali and I’m glad you had a wonderful day. Lucky Cooper with his turkey!!

    Such a sacrifice but well worth freeing up fridge space Jony 🙂

    So sorry about all the complications Penguin, good luck with it all. Don’t worry if you can’t post, we know you are out there keeping an eye on us

    Thanks for your encouragement Thin, I’m going to break the 20 kilos down into small targets. Mr Anzac has gone bush with the boys this weekend and boy is it tempting to overeat but I’m being strong. It’s too hot to do any outdoor exercise, aside from a very early walk with Maxx so I’ve got the air-con on and will get on the exercise bike shortly.

    I’m not surprised you had an energy slump Neil. I had to re-read the list of activities several times before it sunk in!

    Take care all, and those in the heat zones stay cool

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Saturday morning in Melbourne. A dull day, which is SO nice. My seedlings are getting a reprieve.

    Here is my chili cornpone pie out of the oven:
    It is so delicious, but due to a) making the filling too wet and b) making the crust too wet, it wasn’t up to my usual standard (mightily annoyed at myself, I think my brain was too wet!) and the crust didn’t brown properly on the bottom. So you don’t see a picture of a lovely wedge being cut with the golden crust, the red and orange middle and the cheesey top. Didn’t happen! However, I will make it again soon, as I now have an imperative to get it right.

    Cali,(surprise) I never add sugar to cornbread, and I do add fresh corn to the chili filling however the corn is awful in the shops here at the moment, and I had a tin of creamed corn (bought two and then decided I really don’t like creamed corn) so added that and hence too wet. Luckily the flavour is fine.

    Neil, you are right, that Whole30 program does seem to look after participants well. And especially ones like you who actually do what they say. I am glad there was a good fix for the energy slump.

    Jony, the Thanksgiving posts were my idea for us to celebrate with our Californian member because of the hard year she has had living in the states for 2020.
    I hope your San Fran family members had a good thanksgiving too.
    In Australia we are very like NZ, with Christmas the main celebration of family get-togethers. Yikes, isn’t it coming up quickly!

    Haha what a wonderfully post birthday, post fast day breakfast you had with that cake! So thoughtful of you to free up the fridge!

    And what a stunning view you have. (I have a factory over the road with a poor ornamental cherry tree on the nature strip that gets pruned into an ugly shape to avoid the power lines.) (from the sublime to the ridiculous).

    Cali, thanks for the pics, your decorations look wonderful, and your lovely Autumn garden too, ooh the lemon tree looks so laden, what pleasure to come.

    It is day before fast day for me, and I am just pottering around and trying to write so many little things on my to-do list that there will be lots ticked off at the end of the day!

    Best wishes all!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 27 – NSW, AU – NFD

    Another day off the wagon, started out innocently enough, some leftover pizza for a brunch. But after fighting the printer for about an hour trying to scrape off a sticker that had gotten stuck on rollers and had caused a paper jam I demolished an entire pack of hazelnut creme wafer biscuits. Still maintaining roughly the same weight, we’ll see if there’s anything after this weekend, maybe tomorrow I might try for OMAD, seeing as I’ve kinda cleared out all the junk food out of my room.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    I could do with a trim 😁 it’s almost 1/8 of an inch long now. Mother in law was ok, she tried to fill me up with biscuits but I resisted😇. Will be a low day today, very hungry so lowish will do. Just ordered an Nvidia shield pro, they don’t seem to come down in price so I will pick it up on Monday.Used one of them cashback sites, don’t know if it will work, will wait and see. I also got a letter from the NHS about my bowel cancer test they have lost the sample I have them 😲😲😲.So I requested another test kit.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon all!
    Considering I was up at 3.30am (Xena needed the loo & I couldn’t get back to sleep!) I can’t believe that I’ve only just got round to coming on here!
    Well done losers & Jean getting a pound back. Hard to go to the cemetary on your own- hope you didn’t nag Steve like Mum does with my poor Dad?!
    Had a long frosty, foggy walk with Xena, then did cooked breakfast for youngest before he went to do his late shift. Made 2 cheesecakes for the boys, we had to pop to our local shop for a couple of bits asda missed. Mum texted to ask me to pop in- thought her friend was coming so had hoped she’d be okay. Didn’t like to think she’d bern on her own, so went round; turned out her friend had been, she thought I might’ve been at a lose end 😬😬 So didn’t get the jobs done I’d planned this afternoon! I did have achat with Mum to try & get her to be more careful & stick to the rules, she was really upset…
    Not a FD, up too early for that!
    Yay, hairdressers have been on the phone to rebook my trim- missed appt because of lockdown.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 27 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in wobbled but settled on the 234 mark this morning. Lunch time and just finished off a Thanksgiving leftover plate. Waiting until Sunday to do a FD again. I’ll check in again soon! Yeah, the 220s are hopefully mine sometime next month, but I knew this holiday weekend would probably keep me firmly in the mid-240s most of this week.

    Best wishes, everyone!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 27 USA (Illinois) NFD

    I’m right with @markie99 with no loss but also no gain. Yeah for that one.

    Onward and downward.

  • 16:8 or more and beer

    That makes it one of the worst foods if you are trying to lose weight. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your beer or wine

  • hoping for success

    Google says 125 calories in a 5 fl oz glass of red wine. Just watch out if you react differently to the wine as you will be having it on a pretty empty stomach

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All,

    Usual walk 4 degrees but lovely no hat needed and no coat for Charlie. Lots of playing for Oreo and Charlie.

    I have been to cemetery to put my Christmas wreath on, as no head stone yet I don’t want nothing there.

    I have put on 1 lb but no worries about it, needed it really.

    Thanks I may chat to you Christmas…hope MIL is fine when you visit her today..

    I am getting my head around being on my own a Christmas, I will catch up with the walkers, Sam is on her own, she is in the police so I think it’s again iffy to have her around for lunch, outside is fine.

    Oh..I am not strong I keep crumbling…we are in tier 3, it said on the news it might be till Easter/Spring that’s depressing least you can have your daughter and family over at Christmas..

    Christmas at home for you this year…have a relaxing time…..we can chat it would be nice….

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi Everyone

    Thinking we’ll probably be by ourselves for Christmas too – but then in this job, we usually are! And if we don’t go away straight from church – which we can’t these days cos of the dog – then usually the poor boys get pretty short shrift cos I forget to plan something for them. Can’t usually see past allt he church stuff.

    Determined this year will be different – not noisey or people-y, but still, not my ‘leftovers’! So I’ll be around to be on here with you, Jean! No watchnight to both love and complain about. No Christmas Day service – we’re just going to open up Zoom to wish each other merry christmas, maybe do a wee nativity together…but that’s all. So the rest of the day will be hanging out with the boy and the OH.


  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 27 Wisconsin USA OMAD

    Good morning everyone. Well, one of the major food holidays in the US is over and I was brave enough to weigh myself today since it’s my designated day. No loss (no surprise) but surprisingly I didn’t gain, so still at 3 pounds down for the month at 157. I feel energized in moving forward. I still hope to lose one more pound this month, but happy to move that goal on to December, when I hope to lose 4 more pounds.

    Belated Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends.

    @ccco, although I didn’t golf, we had many firsts in common today. We still managed to have a lovely day and it sounds like you did too.
    @i-hate-lettuce, over the moon happy for you. You’ve shown such grace in the midst of challenges. I send all best wishes to you.
    @snowflake56, love those “rules”. I’m going to keep them at hand. Thanks for posting them.

    Sticking to my same boring plan, since it’s working.
    Plan for day 27:
    OMAD, avoid sugar and processed food
    Steps, yoga, tai chi

    Good luck to everyone today. Remember, we get fit in the gym, we lose weight in the kitchen.

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 27 – Rural Nebraska, USA – FAST DAY!!!!!!! LOL

    I haven’t had a spare moment to post since what I wrote on Tuesday, but I’ve thought of you all regularly. Wednesday was another FD800 (I’m guessing, based on what I ate, but I didn’t actually count the calories because it was too complicated to do so [we had homemade enchiladas that I pulled from my freezer] and I simply didn’t have time between piano lessons, my cleaning lady coming, getting pie dough made, practicing with DS24 for the worship service [he plays trumpet for me], the service itself, and then the beginning of food prep after the service. You tired just reading that? Yeah, I was too. Yesterday’s dinner was lovely, and it was fun to have our two guests here with us, one of whom is from India and brought two Indian dishes with him. Fun, fun day.

    And now it’s 5:35 and I’ve been awake since five. I’m beginning to see a clear correlation between the more calories I eat/drink, the more likely I’ll not sleep well. And my belly is whining loudly at me, asking why I felt compelled to put so much food/drink in it yesterday, LOL. As @songbirdme said, oh well, it’s once a year.

    I actually had a whoosh yesterday morning, and weighed in at 146.0. That was sure a sight to see, and not a sight I’ll see when I have the nerve to get on the scale this morning, LOL! But I’m determined to get as many leftovers out of the house as possible with our two sons, and fast at 500 or 800 calories today and tomorrow, and that should help return me to that lovely number.

    @snowflake56 I’d love to hear quotes from the book you’re reading! And that was interesting to hear how complicated and difficult that dance is! Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer made it look effortless. 😍

    @northgeorgia I’m so excited for you! The best part, and the part you haven’t mentioned yet, is that the 220s are getting tantalizingly close!

    @brightonbelle Thanks for admitting you’re another middle-of-the-night weigher, LOL!

    @kazoo I feel for you that your son is moving to Poland. I just looked it up, and the distance is about the same as Nebraska (where we live) to California (where most of my family lives). Cyber hugs to you as you make this transition!

    @at what a lovely, lovely quote

    Oh, my, @flourbaby, what an amazing quote!!! “Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent and underutilized antidepressant,” by Bill Phillips

    @dykask You made me chuckle at the thought of medical care with limited language skills! I hope it goes well, and perhaps you’ll find doctors who have great English skills!

    @i-hate-lettuce So delightful to get a report from you! I was guessing your silence was an indication of how tough a week it’s been, and your words seemed to confirm that. Your suggestion that you’re not far from being “back to normal,” however, made me roar with laughter: you are NEVER normal, are you????? 😂😜🥳😁 So I’m thinking the most normal you can hope for is to have your schedule back under your own control, right? Because, as another not-normal person (I’m told this regularly, and sometimes it’s clearly not a compliment, LOL), I would assert that “normal” is highly over-rated. 😁

    @snowflake56 You’re right, those are lovely quotes. Sometimes we just need common sense phrased succinctly and cleverly, huh?

    Well, I have a kitchen that needs cleaning up (I’m one who’s happy to go to bed and leave the mess for in the morning), but I’m thinking I’ll wait until DH is up to help; right now I’m going to read my novel. So good to connect with you all again, and thanks for all the good wishes for Thanksgiving. It’s rather a silly concept when you analyze it–Let’s all choose a day and cook an insane amount of food and then do our best to eat three times the calories we normally consume in one day and then say we’re doing it in order to be thankful”–but it’s such an ingrained tradition that I love it anyway. It was rather sad not to have the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. When I was a little girl in California, I had to turn on the TV at 7am to watch it, and I always feel a huge connection with my four-year-old self when the parade is on as I’m starting in on the cooking preparations. Oh well, next year will hopefully be back to “normal.”

    Have a grand day, everyone!

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    2nd post

    @i-hate-lettuce How glad you and Mrs. IHL must be today, the last day of treatments. Take care!

    @bellyblast Michael Pollan’s “rules” are common sense guidelines, there’s nothing new about them but they are short and easy to remember. Here are some of them, I found it hard to choose because they all make sense to me, others will find them nonsense or useless:

    “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

    “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”

    “Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.”

    “If you’re not hungry engough to eat an apple, then you’re probably not hungry.”

    “Avoid products that make health claims.”

    “Avoid foods you see advertised on television.”

    “Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.”

    “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.”

    “Eat only foods that will eventually rot.”

    “Eating what stands on one leg (mushrooms and plant foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs, and other mammals).”

    “Do all your eating at a table.”

    “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” (my favourite)

    “Break the rules once in a while.”

    Another good one from the No S Diet and posted a long time ago by @lindasue:
    “No snacks, no seconds, no sweets – except on days that begin with the letter “S”.”

  • Controlled November Monthly Challenge 2020

    Day 27 London OMAD

    @ Flourbaby – I’ve also started grinding my teeth this last year. Very disconcerting. Apart from the obvious, I don’t think I’m particularly stressed, but I wake up with aching jaws, and often find myself grinding my teeth together when I’m concentrating. Weird.
    Do you want a dry till Fri buddy? I’ve actually managed to do it this week – minor miracle. I managed doing DTF in June and July, then dropped it completely when we went to Norfolk in August. Since then, complete failure. But still did OMAD so weight steady but not dropping. Hopefully I’ll manage a bit better from now on.
    Have a good weekend all.

The next 50 posts are loading...
Content is loading