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  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Have a fabulous birthday Anzac. The feast sounds so delicious. Home made naan would be hard to resist.

    Good job Quacka! Hope you had an enjoyable weekend away.

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Good morning everyone

    Today’s weigh in 67.9kg and I am surprised it is not higher. I think my light calorie Friday helped to keep it down. We were away on the weekend and ate out three times over the two days! I did make the best choices that I could find on the menu. One dinner was a lamb salad, lunch was a seafood and vegetable dish and breakfast was a brekkie bruschetta. I managed to stay away from the bacon and eggs or the smoked salmon and avocado (that I have had before and was delicious but way too filling.)

    I’m on a FD today. I’m hoping after Wednesdays FD I will be seeing the 66’s again.

    I have no more social commitments until Christmas day and I am really looking forward to it.

    Hope you enjoy your Indian feast tonight, Anzac. It really sounds delicious. 🙂

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9 – Eastern WA USA – NFD

    It is interesting how different folks have different schedules. I’m glad @snowflake56 & @dingping have each other on similar fasting schedules. Knowing someone else is in it with you is indeed encouraging.

    @ciren2 – so sorry to hear the injections don’t seem to have helped. May you enjoy your daughter. It’s nice to be able to work on some of it together as she transitions.

    @betsylee – I love the extra music and involvement of the children in this season. This morning, having a young lady of about 9 or 10 yrs old play a carol on her trumpet was a real treat. It was commented on how her progress from last year was really evident. She did really well.

    @judyjudes – yay! you’re trending downward 🙂

    @northerndawn – How our weight bounces! If I’m patient, in a day or two things usually settle down. I find I need to be sure to keep up the water intake to flush things out. I’ve taken to recording tally marks to actually be intentional in my water drinking.

    @kaywestern – Enjoying your friend was the focus of the week! That’s important! A FD should take care of things in no time. I’m working on practicing fasting before and after planned social events involving food in this season. That seems to help in mitigating damage.

    @michelinme – The lunch you had at the project for homeless refugees and migrants gave you food for thought. So too, my attendance at a fundraiser for refugees this past week did the same for me. At each table we had one or two refugees, and they shared their stories with the table. We also had a couple of other stories shared from the stage. It gives another picture of what it can mean to love our neighbors.

    I’m enjoying some yummy food today but will be ready for fasting tomorrow! But first, also I have a couple of young people coming over to help me stack a cord of wood that is to get delivered in the early evening.

    Together we can do this!

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Good morning all

    I’ve loved reading your posts and glad everyone seems to be doing well, or if there have been glitches everyone is quickly getting back on track. I’ve had an up and down 3-4 days due to social events and I gave in to the urge to graze nearly all day yesterday. Scales are being nasty, I am 87.7 so have gained of course. It feels a long way to my challenge weight of 86 right now. It’s my birthday today so we are having family over tonight and OH and I have prepared an Indian feast…I cooked a Goan pork curry which is tomato based and OH has done a whole tandoori chicken. I will make naan bread and we will have a big salad to go with it all. If I can avoid the naan the rest isn’t terribly high calorie. Either way, tomorrow’s FD will be very much required!

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9 – Iceland – NFD

    I too am guilty of EFS over the weekend🐍🍫 went way over 3000cals yesterday and have been trying to scale back today, finished at 1500cal despite some pastries at teatime. There has to be a serious reset tomorrow, hope to manage B2B2B Monday to Wednesday…

    @judyjudes – good idea to check the weekly calories, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that before, much more sensible! Congrats on losing the .4lb!
    @northerndawn – well done on finishing 2×500 FDs, great results!
    @michelinme – I hope the inflammation goes down quickly and wish you lots of energy for the week☀️🍀

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hockey was good but my hands were very cold,it’s one of the coldest rinks I have been in.I don’t like Christmas cake or mince pies so that’s not a problem, chocolate is though,and may have a beer or two,then again I might go without,I will be 65 in January so possibly have a beer then.I must sort something out about exercises now rehab has finished,and I have two weeks to go for an assessment or they will stop it.

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Fasting me, I still own a pair of ‘Two Fat Ladies’ oven mitts. They were a funny duo. And I’m giggling about your recipe for that favourite FD meal. Faced with that, I’d happily sacrifice the 293 calories! Totally agree with your assessment of daily weighing though and hope documenting on your other challenge helps cement some good habits. You mentioned before that the survey asks if you’ve eaten breakfast – is the inference that not doing so is an inferior strategy?

    LJ, hoping your dinner party was a screaming success.

    Minka, yes a Morgan is a car, not a horse in this case. The dessert we shared was fig pudding, smothered in some kind of sticky sauce and served with ice cream. To be totally honest, I didn’t slowly savour every bite as I should have. OH is not a ‘sharer’ and sharing food with him is more like a feeding frenzy in shark infested waters. Even if you make an imaginary line through the plate, he still ventures over to your side to scrape up your share. And now I realise I’ve also revealed quite a lot about myself in this paragraph!

    It’s good that your strategies are working well. I’m also pleased to read that you feel you are ‘maintaining quite wonderfully’. You need to pat yourself on the back occasionally. Remember, many people can’t do this so kudos to all of us. I, too, feel that fasting is a normal part of my life and hope it lasts until mine expires. I wonder if there will be 5:2 nursing homes. How is everything else going? Are you on holidays from work now?

    Yes, thank you, yesterday’s FD helped me avoid the ‘trigger weight’ of 60kgs. Another on Wednesday should get me back to the low 59s before the next event on Friday. As you say, a far better option than lamenting and regretting in January. Hope your FD goes well.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! I had a gorgeous sleep-in, until 7.30 which is 2 hours later than normal. I feel like a new person after 10 hours good sleep!!

    Glad you weekend damage has been mostly reversed Thin and enjoy your post FD brekkie Cinque.

    I’m WFH today so no nasty commute. Perfect! I ended up eating a LOT yesterday so the scales are now in danger of being thrown through the bathroom window but after today I will have two FD’s and very light NFD’s to hopefully make up for it.

    Happy Monday fasters to those who are fasting. I will be doing Tuesday and Thursday this week.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning Cinque! Yes, a sunny post FD morning. Weekend damage mitigated somewhat and another FD before the next event. Enjoy your breakfast. Happy fasting Monday fasters.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hello gorgeous ones

    Thinking of everyone in the group as Christmas approaches, more than our fair share of sadness for some this year and Christmas can be a mix of poignant emotions.

    I’ve got an early flight tomorrow, will need to be away by 5 am, back home late Wed then only one more trip before Christmas.

    Had the most lovely shopping day with my youngest and enjoyed the day off on a Friday. Unfortunately I had to work most of today to keep on top of things but worth every minute to have the time together. Most of my shopping done so now I can enjoy the wrapping and baking which I enjoy. Although haven’t even started my Christmas cake yet and I have 3 to make. Mine never get time to be fed and improve. This year I’m only going to make half the size as last year H ended up eating it all, I don’t think i had a single piece.

    Weight been up and down all week but had a controlled weekend so maintained. I’ll settle for that. Wondering if I can manage to fast tomorrow with an 18 hour day. In some ways it should be easier as no time to think about food, but still depends on that will power.

    Hope you all have a good nights sleep and wake up refreshed for the week ahead.


  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Happy Birthday To You!
    Happy Birthday To You!
    Happy Birthday dear Anzac!
    Happy Birthday To You!

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9, GR, NFD

    Still in Greece and still haven’t managed a proper FD. But its not all bad, I managed to follow 18:6 almost every day (thanks for the reminder about that strategy @at x) and apart from some mulled wine today (urgh!) I haven’t eaten all that bad 🙂 . When I go back home and step on the scales the truth will come out 🙈

    Haven’t had a chance to catch up properly on all posts but I definitely will because I saw a glimpse of some interesting conversations 🙂

    Have a great day/evening everyone ❤

  • The Fast Diet Tracker – some great results!

    Hi, I have a suggestion for the tracker. It would be really good to have body fat % on there. I have just started the diet. I don’t have a lot of weight to lose but would be great to see how my fat level is tracking.

  • New Book Fast 800 by Michael Mosley

    A U.K. relative (I’m here in the States) directed me to amazon where I found the new book by Michael Mosley she was talking about.

    I was very excited to find this, because I am starting back on 5:2 this month. I want to be in the losing mode again when 2019 hits us!

    This book is titled Fast 800 and apparently talks about 5:2 using 800 calories instead of 500, and also about different forms of intermittent fasting to go along the 800 calorie intake. That is the only information I can get on this book. Is it being discussed anywhere on this forum? Also, as of now it is only available through amazon U.K., release date 12/27. Does anyone know when it will be released in the United States?

    If anyone has anymore information, please share! I am very happy to be returning to 5:2.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9 UK NFD

    Yesterday turned into an EFS…. I decided not to make bread to avoid the carbs, but later raided the Christmas cupboard & ate a whole box of tiffin c1500 calories! My first carb/sugar blow out in a long while… I actually felt pretty unwell and ended up going to bed early, but woke up with massive headache and lots of nerve/muscle/joint pain. The moral of the story is…decisions have consequences! I’m amazed that my carbtastic tum hasn’t done its usual swelling thing; tho suspect there’s something going on on the inside. Sugar is clearly linked with inflammation for me, and I simply need to watch it!

    Lesson learned – again! – today has been 16:8 and vegetable-based! Cauliflower bake with salad for lunch at community project for homeless refugees & migrants, and more knitting & chatting than snacking over the afternoon. It was a real privilige to step outside my own experience and spend time simply being with people in such dire circumstances, be reminded of the many priviliges I take for granted … & given me much food for thought.

    I’ve been pretty breathless and tired this weekend, and the small outings have taken their toll. As a result I’ve done no card-writing or present-wrapping, not chutney lids & labels, no Christmas shopping or house-tidying, or even inbox-emptying! But there’s time this week, and hoping a good night’s sleep will set next week off with a little more energy and motivation for good eating & self-care too.


    @snowflake @dingping well done with your Saturday fast
    @northerndawn great reminder that it’s never to late to add ourselves for motivation & accountability
    @at hope you have a lovely week visiting your friends in Suffolk
    @dingping thanks for the Niacin reminder. it’ll be my second night tonight and I’m full of hope 🙂
    @flourbaby empathy with the EFS ! What can i say? We live and learn and hope to do better next time…
    @ciren2 sorry to hear you’ve had no results from your injections.. thinking of you as you help your DD to prepare
    @betsylee love the sound of your children’s church – hopefully bouncing up for the 5 gold rings will have burnt some calories too 🙂
    @judyjudes fingers crossed for more helpful GP response this time round. And for your scopes this week. Thank you for the reminder of adding up weekly calories – I’ve not done that for months and forgotten how helpful it is to have perspective. Note to self for this week
    @northerndawn yay for 2×500 FD! And for the amazing scale results. I know what you mean about feeling yourself again – it’s such a gift, isn’t it?!
    @redrockgirl302 i love the sound of your Sunday of lunch, walk with dog/mountains, afternoon tea and fire…. it sounds simply idyllic
    @ciren2 hopefully it’ll be easy on/easy off. Happy to start a new week and with fresh resolve alongside you…

    Amazingly we’re almost 1/3 of the way through December! We have a wonderfully active & supportive group this month, with a mixture of great results and difficult days. Here’s to hopeful Mondays, and wise decisions in the week ahead…

    “There are better starters than me, but I’m a strong finisher” Usain Bolt 🙂

  • 2nd time round in NZ! Kia Ora!

    Kia Ora! I’ve just started the diet. Lost a whole kilogram in the first two weeks so feeling really positive. Nice to see a fellow kiwi on here 😊

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9
    Been off the diet for a week. Had a cousin to come to visit the week and ate out a lot. Unfortunately, I have to pay the piper, gained 1.2 pounds. This may be a tough month with several parties. Oh well, this is the beginning of a new week. Will do my best.
    Hope everyone has a great day.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning,
    What a lovely day. 16c Monday Morning. 7:10

    Happy Birthday Anzac!
    I hope your Goan curry came out well, surely it did. Yum!

    Ooh LJoyce, fresh peas. What a delicious treat.
    All power to you getting through your tricky days.

    Thin, tricky days indeed. I hope you had a lovely reset fast day.
    And happy morning-after-fast-day to you. Mine is very happy.

    Hi Quacka.

    Best wishes to everyone.

    I’m off to make a veggie filled, post fast day, breakfast. Latkes with added radish and zucchini and lots of herbs.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!


    Hope you have a wonderful day x

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    Fasting_me, are you really trying to convince us that the Two Fat Ladies had LOW FAT hot dogs in their recipe???? 😉
    But what a quick tasty recipe that would be for us beetroot lovers.

    Cheers to all the Silly Season Challengers.

    I’m another making sure I have my five serves of veggies a day. I realised, even with my healthy food focus, I often don’t get all 5 in. I’m being creative with veg at breakfast time (except on fast days).

    Cheers everyone. The silly season is getting sillier by the day, and still a way to go!

  • Trapped wind, tight stomach, extreme pain

    Ooh, I am not sure. Hope the operation went really well!

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

    As a teacher, we all had to do a full First Aid course, including pediatric, every year as part of the terms of our employment. It means you know, automatically, what to do in a crisis.
    Last year, I witnessed a friend have a stroke when we were at a large public gathering. Help was on hand very quickly and calmly. Sadly, she died later that day. In her 80s, she would not have wanted to survive disabled and had lived life to the full right up until the end. A terrible shock for us, a quick release for her.
    Monday fast has started. I need it after overindulging this weekend. 😉P

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening All..
    We had a good couple of hours at daughters, a bit of more company joined us from the out laws but a change…a bit too much sort of buffet food so not good on calories, with cakes and mince pies…she is another baker never buys shop bought stuff…

    That’s a lot to loose to be in a healthy range…as Steve says no way…I don’t mind snow but I won’t drive in fog….

    Oooh that’s a lot you have put on…I think not posting sends you hay wire…you have lost before you can do it again…maybe a line drawn at the start of the new year…I think we will have to be stricter ourselves. I feel a bit podgy around my middle, I am not usually like that it’s after my holiday.

    Hope you soon feel better…Steve is much better today…I am gargling with whiskey for my throat, I feel a bit rough..I might have a hot whiskey and lemonade later…I am fasting but it’s medicinal!

    Jean x

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

    Sorry about that emergency, F-M: sad for the man and his wife, and a shock for you and the rest of the congregation. During my one and only sabbatical, I spent some of my allotted time (and cash!) updating my first aid skills to ‘workplace first-aider’ And ‘paediatric first aider’ Levels. I had to fight to convince the diocese that this was suitable use of the time – but it was worth every minute and penny, and I’m convinced that every church, like every workplace, should have a nominated first aider – preferably several, so that they can take it in turns. (Yes, another rota!)

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    @betsylee: Your church sounds great fun! Ours is pretty traditional, Catholic with a Nigerian priest.
    @northerndawn: Good for you and all successful fasters. You’re right about me and DD, yes, of course I’m SO proud of her….but also I do fret. Especially after hearing about the young back-packer who just got murdered in New Zealand and seeing pictures of her distraught father. She was just 22.
    We have to let them go and spread their wings though.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    2nd post

    @snowflake56 – OH works Wednesday – Saturday, with increasing long hours as the week progresses. He works for a national Sunday newspaper so Saturday means a late finish at 1.30am for him. He’s worked there for over 30 years so we are well used to being out of sync with everybody else!

    John Lewis adds are charming. Have bought Mog the Cat cuddly toy and book for a little ones Christmas pressie.

    @flourbaby – that carb dragon is so hard to suppress once woken, keep battling your plan this week should get those carb cravings back in their box and locked away.
    Having said all that I liked your indulgent slow start to Sunday!
    As for fasting on the w’end it’s easier for me because of OH’s working pattern.

    @well done @judyjudes.

    @northerndawn – I love soup and eaten with a green salad I don’t even miss the chunky bread I used to eat with it. Heard of a great one on the radio today with sweet chestnuts in it, will have to investigate and try.

    @redrockgirl302 – what a perfect Sunday, imagine you dog walk in snowy mountains and coming home after a decent romp to afternoon tea in front of that roaring fire!

    Enjoying hearing about everybody’s Christmas concerts and different family traditions, several last week mentioned marking advent Sunday’s, fellow brits will remember the Blue Peter Advent Candle Crown, now that’s a blast from the past!

    Off to make dinner and settling in to watch the final of I’m a Celebrity…. love it, better than a Brexit debate!!

    Have a good evening everyone.
    Ta x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    If I was to be what they say my healthy weight should be I would need to lose about 7 stone😁that’s not going to happen ever.Wouldnt want to be that light.At Blackburn Ice rink,very cool here,pity it’s not a summer sport.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Fasting today..just waiting for my veg burger to cook….

    Fridays weigh in saw me up by 1lb and goodness knows what I am now, after meal out and alcohol on Friday night and a sluggish day yesterday!

    Still waiting to see what is happening to the company who owns the holiday park where I work….KPMG doing an audit it seems and presenting options..
    Ho hum..

    Delayed the mince pie making until tomorrow so Im not tempted!

    Neil back on lates so Im home alone for 3 evenings, so need to stay strong!

    I feel really annoyed with myself for putting the weight back on. Ive done it before and I will do it again, and get back down again, but its annoying and I really cant afford to let go over christmas as it will be even worse ;-(

    1 stone needs to come off to get back to my lowest in last year or so and then another 4-7lbs to get to where I really want to get back to.
    Im going to have to find some other exercise to do now that we can’t go walking with Ellie.

    Hope everyone is ok and has had a good weekend.

    HH and Katie, thinking of you both.


  • Do you weigh daily?

    Yes, Samantha, I weigh every day, even on vacation if there’s a scale in the hotel room. Keeps me honest and on track. What did you have in mind for your Buddy?
    Saturday I was 107.1
    Sunday = 106.4 Cue the happy dance.

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

    Some recipes make it with pork. But do not use a recipe calling for green Bell Peppers. I was told by a Hungarian colleague that one never puts bell peppers in a proper gulyas.

    Horrible event in church today. The man behind me seems to have had a stroke or coronary event during the offering. [no bad jokes here, please] His wife looked terrified. Someone with medical training came over immediately, taking vital signs. But the man was unconscious and non-responsive. The service was ended and the ambulance arrived 15 minutes later. Scary.

    Lost weight since yesterday! Am still at my Sleek Weight. Am being very conscious of not snacking after dinner and it seems to be helping.
    Hug your husbands. Often.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9, Rocky Mountains, US, NFD

    Stayed a bit under TDEE yesterday. Plan on doing the same today.
    Today’s food will be chicken and Brussel sprouts. DH just made mini blueberry muffins for dessert. Will be lovely with tea in the afternoon sitting in front of the fireplace.
    Walking the dog and getting my steps is also on the agenda and possibly visiting elderly friends. Sun is elusive unless I drive high up in the mountains. The dreaded inversion!

    Have a good Sunday everyone! ⚘⚘⚘

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    OK, I won’t hold back: I love beetroot, broth fresh and pickled. In the summer, I prepare baby beets with their greens. Everyone I serve it to loves it [one friend calls it “Molly’s beets”], even my sister in law. In the winter we have lots of yummy ways to serve pickled beets [never had them with a burger, tho!] Here is a favorite for a Fast Day:

    Baltic Bake: 293 calories 5.5 g fat 7 g fiber 6.6 g fiber 12.8 g protein 33 g carbs 86.4 mg Calcium GF Believe it or not, this diet dinner is from the book Two Fat Ladies Obsessions. The meal has wonderful Eastern European flavors and is so simple to prepare that I assembled it in 16 minutes!!
    1.5 low-fat hot dogs [I like Hebrew National reduced-fat] ½ cup canned sauerkraut ¼ c pickled beets, drained ¼ c sliced onions ½ tsp horseradish 2 Tbsp white beans, drained and rinsed
    Put the hot dogs [frozen or thawed] and onions in a saucepan with a little water or some juice from the sauerkraut. Heat until the dogs are cooked and most of the liquid is evaporated. Remove the dogs and add remaining ingredients to the pan to heat. Cut the hot dogs into 5-6 pieces and put them back in the pan until all ingredients are heated through.

    As for the sprouts, my ODH long ago proclaimed a deep dislike. So our sons grew up not eating them. Now they are very happy roasting them and eating lots. Hooray! I love them and sneak them into a plate of roasted veg with bacon, which even the ODH will eat, sometimes.

    Minka, daily weighing is part of my routine. As you say, it keeps you honest and lets you know when things are getting out of control.
    The other thing that is working for me is the Challenge I’m on which asks me to record daily if I ate my 5 servings of fruit/ver and to certify that I did not snack after dinner. If I can assimilate those behaviors, I will have a good life lesson.

    LJoyce, I like your idea of the fruit platter on the table before the dessert. Brilliant!

    Thin, there’s always the next Fast Day…

  • If your clothes are looser but the scales are the same, read on

    Hi Cinderella,
    It sounds like you have a good plan. I had a measure yesterday and all remains the same although I would like to trim some off around the waist. Just got to get through next week at work(x2 Christmas Dinners) and then food all under my control for the next 3. The plan is to throw in some 24 hour fasts, which feels a bit dauting as I haven’t done that for a while.

    I am going to be 58 next month and while I look at the people around my age there is a distinct thickening of waists and lots of pot bellies amongst the men. I have no doubt that if I hadn’t adopted the 5:2 when I did, I wouldn’t have a waist either. I also know that if I want to trim some more off then I have to go back to the longer fasts and avoid the white stuff.

    I live in a university town with student houses locally. The result is a whole range of takeaways within a 10 minute walk of my house. I have no doubt there is a correlation between fast food outlets and obesity.

    You are not responsible for what your husband eats. It’s his choice. I found that ditching snacking was very easy and it also removes the mindless eating.

    How is everyone getting on?

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9 Minnesota, USA NFD

    Thank you @snowflake56 and everyone cheering on the fasters yesterday….I made it! Two in a row under 500 cals and this morning I am back to 153 lbs after being up 4.4 lbs at one point this past week (2 Kg).

    I feel like myself again, and like @flourbaby, I think I’ll try to do a week of the healthy choices, the ones I’ve come to enjoy the most and look forward to. That includes experimenting with different vegetable based soups, which I’m really enjoying on these cold, cold days. I use minimal to no “creamy” ingredients to keep the calories down, but use immersion blender to blend at least half the veg to thicken. Feels hardy and very filling that way.

    @ciren2…I’m sure you are struggling between pride in your daughter and sadness that she’s soon to be away. I have a lump in my throat just thinking of you and the bittersweet days ahead. Sending hugs.

    Heading out with OH to shop for Christmas. He likes to go early and get home early. Not a big shopper, that one. 😉 Next week my DD and I will do more serious shopping for Christmas Dinner staples and grandchildren That will be a lot more fun!

    Have a lovely Sunday, everyone. Thank you all for the support you give to me and everyone on this forum. It makes such a positive difference!

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    DAY 9 – UK – NFD

    @at sounds like you’ve had a great time and well done staying within your TDEE!

    I’ve just done a add up of my calories for this past week (Sunday – Saturday) and it come to 6134 for the week! My weight has been up down up down and finally settling .4lb down overall. Better than .4lb up.

    Wishing everyone a lovely Sunday Evening.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9 (end of) Melb Aust, NFD

    Well, rather blew it at the wedding buffet yesterday lunchtime, though not too much later in the day. Still over my calorie limit. The scales showed it this morning – yesterday a.m., 83.4 kg, down 1.6 kg from last Saturday. This morning, 84.2 kg, but I’m hoping that most of that is fluid retention due to salty Chinese food. Haven’t done too badly today, but will still keep to the 3 FDs this week, starting tomorrow. At least it’s cooler so I can catch up on some sleep, which really helps the self control. One victory – threw a few “naughties” out instead of eating them.

    Christmas fun in church today – had the children come into the service to do actions for the 12 days of Christmas, EXCEPT for the 5 gold rings, when the congregation all had to bounce up and raise our hands – eight times through the song! A few non-participants, but it was fun for both us and the kids. 🙂

    @dingping – Ha, ha! As a Trekkie, gave me a good chuckle.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    3rd post

    yes, the speedy carol is fun, perhaps we’ll have this later on in church! So many great ads, the Snowman,the one with the robin, the bear and the hare.

    love this one Mog’s Christmas Calamity, it’s fun to watch and has the right message about Christmas and music by Rachel Portman, I think it’s my favourite

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9: Gloucestershire, UK: NFD
    Drove over to Basingstoke this morning to take a ladder in order to help DD empty her loft ready for her Great Departure. While working in Australia she is renting out her flat. She leaves on Boxing Day….
    First day off work for a whole week, as I had to give up my weekday off to make up for having two the previous week for my injections….incidentally, they don’t seem to have helped me this time.
    @flourbaby: GROAN!! Ha…ha..

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Having a lunch at church with some missionaries – heard it’s pizza. Yes, I will indulge. Hopefully not too much.

    @flourbaby – Waitrose has not made it to America, so I found your advert online, that speedy carol and one of a couple under the mistletoe. Adorable indeed! I love any commercial that uses some play on a song! I will have to go back and read @snowflake56 and your discussion.

    Onward and downward.

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9, London, UK, NFD,

    I would love, love, love to get a weekend FD under my belt!!! One of these days, perchance?

    I seem to be struggling a bit…………………….. the EFS floodgates have been well and truly opened!!! Pizza & wine on Friday continued throughout Saturday, and this morning ………………………………….. I channelled my Sardinian SIL and had a cake & espresso breakfast with the Sunday papers!!!! Luckily, the only thing waiting in the fridge is bone broth or lentil soup…………………………. Phew!!!

    I’ll plan this weeks’ meals a little later, but I think the entire week will consist of Bone broth, greek yoghurt with fruit or honey, soups & salads. THESE are the craving I know and love!!!!

    @dingping, I love a ‘groaner’ too, that Capt’ Kirk one was new to me and you can be sure I’ll be repeating it regularly!!! However, my all-time favourite that I dust off every year mainly at Xmas is an old panto skit …………………..

    Comic: Sorry I’m late. I’ve been to the optician’s. He’s just told me I’m colour blind.

    Buttons: Colour blind?

    Comic: Yes, it came as a real bolt out of the orange.

    @snowflake56, I’m loving this years’ Xmas advert selection, the Waitrose speedy carol concert is my favourite so far!!!

    Onward & Downwards folks, I’m aiming to get ‘it’ together before the festivities begin in earnest!!!!

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

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    @dingping does he also have to work on Sunday’s? Made 2 smaller Christmas cakes this morning, somehow I did other things the last few days. Also made peanut butter, just ate a slice of bread with butter,endive and cheese. Forgot to buy tomatoes. No cooking today, have to go to church at 5:00 pm, the neighbours take part in the Christmas Concert, flute and violin. Going to watch the John Lewis ads, catis sleeping on my lower legs, he’s heavy.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon,my son has gone to watch Manchester City women play football so I might pick him up because we are going to Blackburn later.The chocolates In the kitchen are getting harder and harder to resist but so far they remain unopened.Nice sunny day here too,if anyone has go BT sports put BT sport one on and you will see.Late night and it will be 9-30 before I eat tonight,just had sausages on toast.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon all

    still got the lurgy and hubby coming down with it too was suppose to go to daughters for Sunday dinner but with her being due anytime soon have decided not to go as dont want her getting this cold.

    Jean hope you enjoy your lunch with your daughter.

    Hedgehog and Katie thinking of you both and sending you hugs

    Tabby xx

  • The Third Annual Silly Season Challenge

    I know it is early days, so to speak, though the daily weighing is already kicking in and serving as inspiration. For the first time in months I weighed less this morning than I did yesterday morning when I broke my fast. That heartens me to continue following this SS commitment strategy! Granted, it was only 200 grams less, though I’ve usually been a half kilogram + up when I’ve weighed two mornings and further after a FD.

    Thin, I trust that today’s FD has already taken you back to where you feel best being. Your description of the food served at the restaurant sounded like art work on a plate. Tee, hee, I’m dying to read what the dessert was that you shared with OH!! That dessert was probably something I would have enjoyed devouring too and doing so is in the spirit of this thread! We can celebrate the season with delicious food and end up not needing to make a New Year’s Resolution!

    Also Thin, it was also a delight reading about your and OH’s gift to the birthday boy and how practical is sounds to be; that it will be used to restore something, though I wasn’t sure what a ‘morgan’ actually is, so I googled it and came up with this definition, which I realized probably isn’t the correct type of ‘morgan’… “a horse of a light thickset breed developed in New England.” So, then I realized it is probably a car or motorcyle, so searched down that track and yes! I found it is a car! Wow! What a car that will be when restored, given this definition… “The Morgan Motor Company is a family-owned British motor car manufacturer that was founded in 1910 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan. Morgan is based in Malvern Link, an area of Malvern, Worcestershire, and employs 177 people.” Special because of its sounding of being originally from a boutique car manufacturer!

    Yes, I too admit that I can be very hard on myself, so I appreciate your care in reminding me how unnecessary doing this actually is. It is true that I’m maintaining quite wonderfully in many respects. I find FDs almost ‘second nature’ and feel devoted for life. FDS feel like a lifeline at times.

    LJ, yes there is peace in me knowing that I’ve reached my TDEE again for today and I have to chuckle because as I reflect on this I realize there is some part of me that is at ease because I know I will not starve! I know that this sounds ridiculous really and I can’t say why I would even fear starving, though when I feel the peace of why I’m at ease knowing my TDEE, that’s what comes up! I didn’t have parents who told me stories about only getting bread and drippings either during the depression or about starving kids in Africa so I can’t say this is what is there! Maybe it’s just what some call the ‘lizard brain’ being activated in me that feels fear in not knowing what the TDEE really looks like?

    I also wanted to add LJ, that the chicken paella sounds delicious and your chocolate mousse in wine glass sounds divine! A good chocolate mousse is one of my favorite desserts because it is usually made gluten free so is one I usually can enjoy and I’m a chocolate fan for sure! I’d be scoffing up everything you described and asking to take home left overs!

    It’s 10:26 pm here in New South Wales, Australia and I’m already into the start of my FD which is officially a Monday FD, ending on Tuesday morning! It will be quite a physically active day so I’m going to rely on some calories from my Ribose powder.

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    @snowflake56 – Sunday’s, because of the way OH works, means they are just like Friday’s for most. Yay it’s the w’end so like you it is a day of trying not be OTT. Good luck with your self control.
    Ta x

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9, Emden Germany, NFD

    @dingping you didn’t do too bad and you had 2 FDs last week. Just try not do overeat today, says the one that mostly overeats on Sundays!

    Have a nice day everyone!

  • Trapped wind, tight stomach, extreme pain

    Unfortunately there was more than trapped wind behind it. Just waiting go down to the operating theatre so you can guess what it is!

  • Holding Fast – the December 2018 Monthly Challenge

    Day 9 UK NFD

    @snowflake56 your FD was more diligent than mine which was more 800 cals, but I’m ok with that as I had two in the bag already this week. @northerndawn – hope you got through your dangerous time, good to have you covering our backs here in the northern hemisphere, thanks.

    Thanks @snowflake56, @jailaim, @borealis, @missybear, @ciren2, @annemarilyn and @judyjudes for the support yesterday always appreciated.

    @jaifaim – precious times are worth re balancing for, good luck on Monday.

    @annemarilyn – it’s the only joke I remember sadly!

    @michelinme – I’ve been back on niacin a couple of weeks now (one of those good habits I dropped) and really notice an improvement in the quality of my sleep.

    More DIY, sorting, present wrapping and card writing today. Start of our w’end here but wishing everyone a great finish to theirs.
    Ta x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All…

    A lovely blue sky morning….

    Going up to see daughter at 1 pm for lunch….taking my pies and made her two fruit loaves for next Saturdays School Fete….

    Next 10 days free of appointments so the calm before the storm 😂

    Hedgehog and Katie..
    Thinking of you both..keep your chins up..sending both of you ‘hugs’…we are here when you are ready to come back…

    Have a good day…

    Jean x

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

    Ah, goulash! OH has been striving to emulate the goulash he had on our first night in Budapest last May.. I’ll show him your recipe. Probably take screen shot and print it.

    Thank you. 👏👏👏

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