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

    Here we are now settled in the sunny North – or will be, once the current tropical storm passes. Thursday should be nice 🙂

    All went well with the move. Movers came in at the beginning of last week, and we travelled north over Wednesday and Thursday, staying the night with my brother and SIL in Auckland. It’s good to know we will be closer to them for more frequent visits. Then here for the furniture to arrive on Friday afternoon. Since then we have been unpacking boxes. Many will be left until we find a home of our own; as great as this apartment is, it doesn’t have enough storage space for our tools, books etc. And things like tax papers also need not see the light of day. We took a day off on Sunday to relax, and then the rain arrived so indoor stuff since, and shopping for necessary items. My computer is up and running with its two screens, ready for when the techie can sort out my remote access issues with the work’s computer. Then back into employment!

    The temperature is normally about five degrees warmer than Wellington – but not today! However, it will seem like holiday every day, living by the beach for the summer.

    Naturally one of the first things I did was to put some veggie plants in pots in my tiny courtyard. You can’t keep a good gardener down. 🙂

    I have decided to give 5:2 a rest, just eating two healthy meals a day, to see if my weight can stabilise – or even reduce, she says hopefully? I have been following the regime for six years, and something changed in my metabolism in the last couple of years and 5:2 is not now maintaining.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    For those wanting more veg in their day, I thought this was appealing. As the name suggests, the emphasis is on combining multiple veg (and some fruit) with different colours to achieve a wide range of vitamins/minerals.
    For those avoiding grains, this also contains a few recipes that use cauliflower rice as a substitute for grains in various salads and hot dishes.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi everyone

    Tuesday afternoon and I am doing a B2B FD. So far so good. I’ve had lots of water and now I am having a blood orange and mango mineral water (just flavoured, no sugar)
    I was feeling great after a very light FD yesterday and still had my positivity hat on this morning, so I thought why not? I do have a salad and a boiled egg if I get hungry later this afternoon. It’s amazing how being busy really helps on FD’s.

    Anzac, how are you doing? I hope your FD is going well 🙂

    Cinque, are you getting better?

    Also Happy Birthday to Betsy, Klondi and Cinque ( a little late or early, sorry!)

    Neil, thank you for the welcome back. I’m glad to be back. Funny how much I have missed fasting even though I couldn’t bring myself to do it properly when I have been at home. Back on the horse now.

    Lindsay, I hope you get your vision issues sorted out quickly.

    Intesha, sorry you have been having a hard time. It’s great to see you back here and we have missed you. Enjoy your holiday, despite the weather. It is usually terrible weather whenever I have holidays too!!

    Hi LJ, hope you are back on track now. I know you will be. It’s such a beautiful thing that even when we waver this WOE is there for us. It’s like riding a bike, we never forget how to do it. Although I’m not allowed to ride bikes anymore after the last several times of stacking it, motor bike or just pedal power. I need four wheels lol.

    Hi Merry, Crazy and Minka.

    I’m terribly sorry as I feel I have missed someone but I will catch up with you all soon 🙂

    thin, if you are still reading…’s ok we will forgive you for leaving us, as long as you pop in to say hi sometimes!! I hope your adventure is fun and exciting for you.

    OK will sign off now and get on with some more work. Take care all and hope you all have a happy day.

    PS. Hi Cali! I knew there was at least one person I have missed. Also Penguin. How’s that garden going?

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14 FD California

    Successfully completed a fast day today and will attempt another one tomorrow. Wednesday will definitely be an eating day as I will be at work late.

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14 Ohio, US — MFD

    This FD has gone well. I just finished my online work for tomorrow and am pretty wiped out. So I may soon toddle off to bed.

    @dykask Glad that you and your family weathered the storm well. On some stomach surgery websites many people comment that if they had eaten before the surgery the same way they had to eat afterwards, they wouldn’t have had to do the surgery. Eating reduced amounts over a period of time helps to shrink the stomach and a lot of satiety signals to the brain have to do with how full the stomach is. So that may be what has happened in your case, and I think that the same thing happens with most people in this WOL, but it has to be done over the long haul! What do you think?

    Peaceful dreams all!

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 15, Aus, NFD

    So much for accountability! Back at work after more than a week off – a week of laziness, far too much food and alcohol and no exercise or FDs. Where is that wagon??!

    Catching up on the posts so apologies for those important matters (and people!) I’ve missed. Some great new ATLs (@I hate lettuce, @rabbette). Welcome back to those who have been away (@Daffodil2010, @neilithicman; @jaifaim).

    So true @funshipfreddie that fasting ability is like a muscle that gets stronger the more we use it.

    Glad you and yours made it through the typhoon, @dykask. And how is your son going?

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 15 – Japan – NFD

    Thank you for all the concern, everyone I know of is fine. The rain was massive and there was flooding and concerns about landslides but not where I live. The 1958 typhoon killed over 1000 people, so far there have been 25 deaths and 15 people missing. The rest is property damage. Still horrible, but we are safe.

    Water fast went easy. I did feel a bit more empty last night but I’m doing fine now. I use word empty instead of hunger because it is really a different feeling. The folks talking about sugar making them ravenous the next day is more of what I feel hunger is. Hunger is being compelled to eat. I had greatly reduced my sugar intake before I started fasting. I found that once I reduced refined sugar consumption, the hunger feelings were greatly reduced. I’m not sure if that works for everyone, but at least some people seem to notice that.

    For me eating produces the hunger feeling. Right now I feel like I could eat, I don’t feel like I have to eat. However If I eat a little something, then in 10 minutes or so I start feeling like I really need to eat. To me that is the hunger feeling that really drove me crazy when I was trying to just the standard eat less move more approach. Eating less and moving more worked well enough until I was in my 50’s but I don’t think it was ever comfortable.

    The interesting thing is that after a few years of fasting, I’m finding my food consumption is declining on its own. I’m sure I could push it back up. However now I find feeling too full much more distressing that I used too. Somehow I had trained myself to tolerate feeling too full. The downside though is my body seems more efficient with food than it was before. So while eating is very enjoyable I have to eat slower to increase my satisfaction because I can’t down the plates of food I used too. It seems like I’ve given myself weight loss surgery without the actual surgery.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hi Ll – out and about sampling lovely local food today and the magnificent Doune castle… Fab audio tour done by thingummy out o monty python.

    Tomorrow I think we’ll head over the Rest & Be Thankful to Inveraray – haven’t been their in maybe 25 years!

    Bought some Blue Murder cheese – try that with oatcakes tomorrow.


  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning all

    Klondi, huge congrats to you and Mr Klondi for the 10km run! That is totally awesome. I ran the entire length of the rugby/Cricket park on the weekend and was pretty chuffed (about 300m LOL). We have had a lot of rain but now it seems to be over. I’m just waiting for it to warm up as we still had the heater on last night. Bizarre for this time of the year. It is our wedding anniversary in 11 days and it was in the high 30’s in 1992. At the moment we are struggling to get into the 20’s – although that is starting to rise this week.

    Glad that your workload might start to settle down soon Neil, now that you can get another person in. Our workload is steadily going to rise this week as we are going live this coming weekend (GAH). It irks me that our little team – the ‘Core team’ seem to be on the receiving end of every other team’s scope to fix up when they muck it up. Migration of loans and client static data is NOT in our remit. But they migrated into a pre-production environment last weekend ready to load into production next weekend and it is a complete [bad word]-up. So this week our little team of 9 have to trudge out to the training centre at Redfern where we can get a room big enough for us and the business people to go through thousands of lines of data and remediate it. Goodness knows what the migration team have been doing for 2 years. They must have sore thumbs

    Today is my first FD for 2 weeks so I know it will be challenging. I’m mentally steeled for it. It’s 8.10am and I’m already very hungry but it will wane. I’m here at the training centre this morning then have to trudge into the City for a meeting so I will get lots of walking in today with my heavy bad with my mobile office in it.

    Hi Intesha, glad you are having a nice time in Auckland despite the rain. I have bitter-sweet memories of Waiheke island. Hubby’s uncle (his Mum’s twin) used to live there and we would visit every time we went over to visit his family. He had a gorgeous house with 360 degree sea views. The silly man didn’t have a will and when he died two siblings who hadn’t spoken to him for 40 years came out of the woodwork and insisted on their share. So we had to sell the house for a song (about 300k) and we did see it about 2 years later advertised at 1.5 million NZD. Families!

    Maxx is sleeping less and less on the bed so that’s good. If he really wants to we let him but encourage him into his own other beds. He was an absolute nightmare on Saturday when our friends arrived. He has always had a ‘thing’ for my friend with Cystic Fibrosis – not sure if it is her laboured breathing or he just realises that she is an awesome person. But he jumped on her, would sneak under the dining room table where we were playing board games and nibble her fingers/toes/leg/arm or just suddenly appear beside her and try to jump on her lap. I ended up putting him outside but of course then all we could hear was ‘bark bark bark’…pause…’bark bark bark….intertwined with volleys of yelping howls that sounded like we were removing limbs with a blunt knife. I cooked two authentic Indian curries with all the side dishes and my friend took one bite and stopped eating. GAH. It turns out she has terrible reflux (a side condition of CF) and isn’t supposed to eat spicy food. She knew what I was cooking but didn’t say anything because she is on new medication for it and thought she would be ok. She wasn’t and could only eat the cucumber raita and some rice in the end. I was losing the will to live at this stage but thank goodness for wine. Anyway, Maxx finally calmed down and sat himself at her side quietly so she could pat him.

    Wow, sorry, what a rant. I hope I haven’t bored you all!

    Thanks Crazy, LJ, I think I will take your advice and get the jacket professionally altered. Much safer.

    Hope your FD continued ok Quacka and you are enjoying a post FD brekkie.

    Lindsay, I am so excited about your new pooch and can’t wait to see some photos. Will you drive all the way to Melbourne of catch a plane? Gosh your holiday sounds so amazing – meeting all those interesting people and enjoying a nice big relaxing time. I’m so excited about ours I can barely contain myself.

    Ok work time. I will lurk whilst telling myself ‘the hunger will wane’ and ‘it’s just one day’

    Take care

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

    Nice to hear all the happenings of our busy group.
    I’m with you, Wi, walking is a preferable food diversion to house cleaning! Ever since my guests left, I have done nothing but clean, vacuum, scrub and wash, constantly running in and out as the showers threaten to wet the nearly dry washing. I’m totally exhausted, but also too tired to eat!
    We’ve had an unusually chilly October so we have had to pull out jumpers, warm doonas etc, that should be away until March. 🙄 Luckily Mr P and I will flit off for a brief sojourn in the tropical North shortly. A bit of R & R, and snorkling will be perfect. Keep well gang. P

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14 – UK – FD500

    Wonderful restorative yoga class this evening ending with a fab yoga Nidra session – should sleep well tonight

    Logging on to check in for today and to stay away from temptation – teeth brushed, glass of water by my side so should complete today’s FD at just under 500cals

    Must make time tomorrow to read the posts and catch up a bit……time for an early 😴

    “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” — Winston Churchill

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening everyone,
    Welcome back home Jean hope you and Steve are feeling better for the time away.
    Hedgehogs hope the husband has had a nice birthday 🎂
    Just finished packing away a delivery – I only do an online shop every six weeks and buy my fruit and vegetables weekly. Before husband retired i would drive to Tesco and do a weekly shop on my own but since then it’s so much easier to do it online as he’s a nightmare when grocery shopping.
    Been to visit a friend today that we’ve been friends with her and her late husband with since before we got married and sadly her husband died of motor neurons disease a couple of years ago but we still visit each other on a regular basis and have lunch. So not a bad day eating wise as I’ve not had anything to eat since then. Will make tomorrow a FD.
    Enjoy the rest of your evening everyone.
    Nana x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WEEK starts tomorrow 😀😃😄😁😁

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    2nd post

    @betsylee – ooooo did I read that right you are about to take on a B2B2B2B2B?! I’ll join you 😉 4 days seems to be my routine lately, I’ll see if an extra day happens. Its just nice to have a relaxed/simple meal during the week. Drink your water! A funny thing I do now a days (or actually at night before bed.) About an hour before bed I try and drink at least 8oz of water. I drink it down and think for every swallow of water I can get in me that is more weight I can potentially lose for the next days scale reading with Mr. Particular. More or less a glass of water can help me let go of about a 1 lb the next morning. **If I have missed my water, I do not lose as much the next day (or that week for that matter)

    Today has been a challenging FD (and I had no sugar and didn’t over indulge the day before) if anything the day before was at lest a CD if not less calories b/c I didn’t feel very well, which if I’m being honest with myself I don’t feel very well today either.

    I’m really only teaching gentle classes. I get to sit down on the floor and lay over props. So these few classes are not too demanding. I made sure to take time off from all the classes that are much more demanding and/or required a bit go walking to get to (I love walking, but *sigh* walking does not love me right now.)

  • Starting today (5/20), but for anyone just starting

    Good to hear from you Alx. It appears you, Penguinchick and me are in a bit of lull. We will get through it.

    Fasting only lasted till noon yesterday. I’ll try cut back calories on NFD by eating more vege. I’m finding it increasingly difficult to skip both breakfast and lunch at fast days.

    Extremely busy at work and after work. Hope to get to the plants nursery after work today to tidy and record the plants for the charity plant sale this weekend.

    NFD today and have a lovely Tuesday everyone!

  • Related Science articles people might be interested to read

    Interesting Minka. I have no problem with fat. I cook and most cooks believe that flavinoids, and therefore the interesting tastes, are soluble in fat but not water. So I eat my share. But I try for a mostly veg diet. (says he who has just demolished a fruit cake made by OH. ) I entirely understand the issue of having a little then needing more. That pretty much describes my whisky consumption – none or several.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Don’t let hard work go to waist! I love that 😂

    Training is going really well, I went for some short rides on my real bike rather than my exercise bike when we were on holiday and I was surprised how easy I was finding it. Bring on labour weekend

    Have a great day everyone.

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 15 (halfway there) – New Zealand- FD

    Last of my 3 back to back fast days before weighing in tomorrow morning. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to hit my pre-holiday weight before waging an assault on my goal weight in the last 2 weeks.

    Have a great day everyone

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    He has enough trouble with 11, they seem to get one pair and they sold!

    Eaten and kitchen closed…Charlie’s paws have had the bees wax cream rubbed in see how we go…

    Jean x

  • I'm new here

    Hi Everyone. I signed up last week and began my 5:2 diet this week. Today is my first FD and right now, I have eaten 294 calories and my stomach is growling for more food. To help in my food crave until dinner (right now it’s 12:37PM EST – United States), I’m drinking water with Grapefruit essential oils (I use doTerra oils). It’s helping some. I feel like this is more of a mind game.

    About me, I’m a 52yo male with Stage 2 Heart Failure with 20% Ejection Fraction. (Ejection Fraction is the amount of blood your heart pumps out to your organs/body. Normal is 55-70%) My exercise is limited but I do a lot of walking. My cardiac doctor told me walking keeps me off the transplant list. My current weight is 202 pounds, which is good for me since back in February 2019, the last time I saw my cardiac doctor, I was 210 pounds. I like to get back down to 190-195.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Can find 11s easily,13 a bit harder.

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Today is Columbus Day here, so banks closed and no mail delivery. We all know the USA was discovered long before he got here, but I still celebrate it. I always taught the song “In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Helped even little ones remember the year.

    World Cub Rugby must be oh so fun to watch if you have an allegiance to a country. So who do we root for? I guess I will just be happy if they are good matches. I just saw our Fighting ILLINI football team will be opening their 2021 season in Dublin! It will be vs. Nebraska for the Big10 Season.

    @dykask – so glad to hear you and yours are all okay in Japan

    @ciren2 – I think we in the midwest USA are sending our rain on to you across the pond. We’ve had record rains this fall here. Our streams and creeks are still flooded.

    Onward and downward.

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    I don’t believe it…..I got ANOTHER soaking on my delivery this morning!
    @daffodil2010: Well, yes, it’s good to be here….but I’m STILL firmly OFF the wagon, I’m afraid. Hope you enjoyed your long holiday, and welcome back.
    @flourbaby: I’ve heard that tomorrow may (may?) be dry!

  • Breakfast

    Two eggs and two slices of whole wheat homemade bread with lots of vegetables! 🙂
    I just love this beakfast. It fill me for a long time

  • Newby Bloke saying hello

    Welcome to the forums and to the fast diet. My husband started the fast diet with me back in July and he’s still doing it. He’s been impressed at how easy it is to fit it into the weekly routine and he’s lost the ‘spare tyre’ he’d developed.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening All..

    A bit on the wet side again for walk…welcome to winter….still Charlie only needed towel dry…

    Getting ready for my egg a bacon a bit hungry now…..pushing for 5 nearly there….

    Size 13 that’s big, Steve is a 11…struggle to buy….

    Charlie is all happy now, I did the river run caught up with his friends…awning dry now, it’s a cheap thin one bought for that purpose, really need one with Charlie…our heavy summer one would be a nightmare..

    Glad hubby had a good day and birthday breakfast..I have bought some Sorel boots on line today, someone had a pair on the walk this morning I liked the look of them….more for wet/snowy weather…hoping they fit!..and yours too 😂

    Fingers crossed for your son hope he gets the job..sounds promising and he’s enthusiastic too..

    Hope all is well and you are getting out and about….

    Lovely to have a chilled day…hoping Neil can manage the boarding and it’s not too much….chocolate fondant pudding sounds really lovely I have never made those….your hair colour has changed, are you going back copper/auburnish again it suits you…

    I did ask on FB but they said Vets…last time which was the sore was worse the Vet looked and said it’s fine bathe in salt water and put a sock on it, keep clean as possible..I am going to have a look later and see how it is, now he’s in for the day…

    Well time to eat!!!

    Jean x

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    USA Day 14 FD

    Jumping in for accountability and to add myself to the pocket list.

    Pocket list Day 14

    Someone on here once mentioned that she was extra hungry the day after eating sugar. I find the very same thing the day after I drank wine (also sugar). I don’t understand why but I am ravenous today. I am glad I have decided to drink only on weekends and I think I will keep it to only one day. Have a great day, everybody! 🙂

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    No more chocolate it’s all gone☹️.The gym was ok only eight of us today think the rain kept the others away.Winter bowling starts on Thursday at 11am,not a league just the club members I think.Ruby the fitness trainer was talking about vegetables and did we all have 5 a day not counting fruit, Stuart said he does three peas and two sprouts 😄,she asked me and I told her it would never happen,don’t think I like 5 veggies.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Nice chilled day off, doing very little! Very grey day with a bit of drizzle so not tempted to get out in the garden to plant my spring bulbs!
    We had a quiet weekend and didnt do much, didnt go to the pub. We did have a wander around Bude and the beach, much nicer now its quieter.
    I made some chocolate fondant puddings yesterday, for the first time! Quite fun! Today Im making toad in the hole with veggie sausages, so another NFD!!!

    We are both off tomorrow so thinking about going on the body boards, if the conditions are ok, maybe the last time this year as the sea will start to cool down soon. Neil still has a pulled muscle so cant do any coastal walking as its not exactly flat! If we dont go on the boards, we might have a mooch around somewhere instead.

    Jean, glad you both enjoyed the break, in spite of the rain. Hope you can sort Charlies paws out, have you tried asking on the FB groups?

    Mel, I wouldnt worry about the fasting too much for now, putting on a pound with not being in control of your meals is very good going!

    Nana, your cooked meal from hubby sounded lovely! Im lucky too, that Neil cooks and will keep the calories down if I tell him its a FD.

    Minols, a lovely start to the holiday. A big step for the boy. Hopefully starting early will be beneficial in the long run. The novelty will be over before he gets older.

    Dave, enjoy the gym and maybe the chocolate..

    HH, hope that it all goes well for your son with the job, its all sounding good. Enjoy your day with hubby for his birthday.

    Im starting to look for some waterproof boots too, definitely need something with a good grip for walking though. Some of the ones Ive looked at are useless.
    And I definitely need a haircut and a colour refresh!

    Better get started on tea, we are going up to the pub in a bit for a game of pool and darts!

    Kay x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Mi ols- a good start to your holiday, have a lovely time!
    Jean-glad you’re back safely; wouldn’t worry about what Charlie’s thinking, both our dogs sensed it when you pack & get twitchy, & neither have had bad experiences! A pain drying out tge awning…
    Dave- hope the gym goes okay! Fast fay or chocolate diet day?!
    Hubby busy on Amazon spending his birthday vouchers! I’ve put a pair of boots in his basket too 😂 Breakfast good in the cafe, & he opened some of his chocolates, & have had a birthday bun- oops! Nibbles tonight, he wants to go out for a meal on Weds when the boys can come…sorry fasters, it’ll be me tomorrow! Has rained all day so no nice walk, will have a short walk with Xena when we pick her up, & hopefully she’ll sleep all evening!
    Youngest came with us this morning before work, he has an interview Friday, so chatty & enthusiastic about the job & what he’ll do if he gets it, he’s already studied all the manager’s training so knows what he’s talking about, very proud of him!
    Hope everyone’s okay!

  • Starting today (5/20), but for anyone just starting

    Hey everyone. Its a holiday here today, though you wouldn’t know it because I came into the office to work AND its a fast day for me! All good though.

    Weight has been remarkably consistent. I start the week on Mondays at 187lbs after weekends of less than best choices. By Friday I am at 184 after 2 fast days. No exercise. I am broken record.

    Fact is that I am getting what I put in. I could tighten up my NFD calories, but have not been all that disciplined. Its there for me and when I do it, I am sure I can drop a few more lbs on regular 5:2. There is also the option of going 4:3 occasionally, which I do occasionally, but not thrilled about making a regular thing. And then there the “move your ass” part. I’ll let you all know when that happens more than once in a row.

    Drink water everyone. Hydration is the key to hydration. I defy you to debate me otherwise.


  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14 Melb Aust CD

    Wow, just turn around and the posts have GROWN! The first day of my B2B, etc., became a CD, but hey, much better than the last few days. I thoroughly enjoyed my birthday celebrations, and am now settling down to “pay” for them. That’s okay, the weight will move downwards again.

    @brightonbelle, you probably won’t see this, but have a great Sicilian holiday!

    @suresh3101, hope the day 11 FD went well.

    @bellyblast, yeah, see above re the B2B2B2B2B, but I will persevere. Glad your day 10 FD went well, as did your day 11 OMAD.

    @rabbette, glad you’re listening to your body re whether to have FDs or CDs. I agree with you and to eat to your goal TDEE on NFDs is the way to go – haven’t got there yet, but I keep trying 🙂

    @EmmaTaylor, keep up the good work with your FDs, and good luck with your FD for day 14.

    @snowflake56 & @at, thank you for the birthday wishes. Indulged, but the brakes are now on again.

    @at, you had an impressive week last week, so I hope that was maintained over the weekend for you – yay for a good CD and resisting temptation!

    @jaifaim, welcome back from Italy, so relax back into this WOL now and press the reset button. Happy birthday to you for last week.

    @therealwil78, good to see you checking in, and hope the day 11 FD went well.

    @songbirdme, glad you’re doing well.

    @dykask, glad that FD #71 went well, but even more that the earthquake and typhoon damage in your area was minor. We’ve been concerned.

    @matpi, that detox really knocked you around. Hope you’re back to normal now.

    @ciren2, rain, rain and more rain. Glad it stopped so you could get your round done, but walking the dog when it’s wet? You have a sensible dog!

    @neilithicman, welcome back from holidays. Glad you’re back on track and enjoying the World Rugby. You are not the only one!

    @i hate lettuce, you’re another rugby fan – hope the results haven’t been too disappointing. Glad you’re feeling the positive benefits of carrying around less weight.

    @funshipfreddie, another rugby fan. Hope the Springboks win, just for you! Thank you for the birthday wishes, and yep, those little snacks that sneak in here and there can be devastating for weight loss. Good that you’ve put the brakes on there, and it’s good that the weight is already down again.

    @flourbaby, good that the day with your Mum went well. Irrespective of the eating, it’s important to have these memories to look back on.

    @tlc2, well done for 2 successful FDs last week.

    @ccco, great that the weight is moving downwards.

    @rafiki44, hope the day 12 FD went well, and yes, definitely avoid the candy corn.

    @daffodil2010, the Rally sounds like fun. Now comes the hard part, but it seems like you’re settling well back into routine,

    @lily martin, events like weddings are meant to be enjoyed. Now just press the reset button.

    @mia139, good that you’re following your 2 NFDs with a FD – hope it goes well!

    @rabbette, interesting that you enjoy your FDs, but couldn’t cope with 16:8. I find that if I eat early in the day, I’m likely to just keep eating all day. My 16:8 is just my normal preference to not get my mouth into gear too early in the day! But, we’re all different in what best suits us. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Note that you’re still teaching a few classes – is your toe coping okay with that?

    Okay, we’re nearly halfway through October. Let’s all make the second half of the month even better than the first half. Onward and downwards everyone!

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14, Emden Germany, FD

    @daffodil2010 welcome back!

    @jaifaim happy belated birthday wishes, I hope the upcoming year will be a good one!

    Pocket list Day 14

    Have a nice day everyone!

  • Anyone fasting (no caloric intake) on alternate days wants a buddy?

    Oct 14/136.6/FD

    Woke at 4am read until the alarm went off at 7am. Feeling restless. Yesterday I was feeling a touch under the weather as I didn’t find that my supper was very good. Yet my Sweetheart said it was delicious.

    I have the day off due to subbing out classes so I can give my toe a break (hummm not that kind, since I already did that… haha) I’m feeling board and not able to focus. I’ll work on some sit-ups and core work in a bit.

    Shoulder is weak. It droops when not in the sling, so I’m going to also work on strengthening for those muscles.

    I’ve got to sort out some workshops anyway so I could spend some time focusing on that, I’m glad today is a FD b/c I can tell I’d prob just snack all dang day! I’d like to do something more interactive than sit at my computer and layout a workshop. Maybe I can organize it while sitting on the floor with colored paper or something. (Make it more artistic) Then sit and type it into the computer once the ideas are all laid out.

    @165gw – Oh my gosh!!!! 169.5 you are almost at first goal! Eeeeeep! So exciting. Come to think of it… I’m close to first goal too. (Well maybe not today, but this weeks FDs will be getting me lower) I did hit 132.8 on Friday Morning last week! I’m waiting on 130 *or of course better yet 129*- WE ARE doing SO DANG GOOD! Yay I’m proud of us!

    BTW – feel free to send a PM in the app we use. Especially if the forum ever wonks up! Cheers!

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14, VA, USA, FD

    Was feeling a bit under the weather on Sunday. I was not enthused to eat the soup I made (this soup was loaded not simple broth) usually a soup that my Sweetheart and I love. They loved it and said it was great. I could tell I just wasn’t up to par. Sleep was weird I woke at 4am and read until we were to get up at 7am.

    @at – Yes do those PLANKS! I cue it, you do it! (Thats what I say to my students to the few classes I am teaching this week) and good on you with the CD this weekend!as for weightless – I had a weight incase during the incase of my yoga schedule. Yoga helped my mental discipline for everything EXCEPT food (which I realize was somewhat of a past trauma I had to deal with) I also just needed proper guidance for food. I tried the 16/8 fasting window and failed. It is amazing that fasting for a full day or a couple B2B does not seem nearly as challenging as 16/8.

    @betsylee & @jaifaim – ✿.。.:* ☆:**: Birthday Love and Hugs .:**:.☆*.:。.✿

    @dykask – So good to hear from you and that you and the family are safe.

    Pocket list Day 14

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    No Jean I only ware heels at the weekend,not easy getting size 13s.Took Heidi out, opened the front door and walked straight into two dogs one a little puppy, the owner had to pick it up because it didn’t want to leave Heidi 😄. Having a cuppa then off to gym.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All..
    Home safe..washer on and most things put away, just food to relocate back in cupboard …awning very wet so brought home and it’s on the line…

    I am fasting today, nothing eaten so far….a few cups of tea…

    Charlie gets so upset when we start packing I think he thinks we are dumping him somewhere like his previous life…..all fussy now back at home

    Have a lovely day….send hubby birthday wishes from us both….a beach cafe sounds just lovely.

    I love my boots now very comfy…since all my Charlie walking in flat shoes I struggle now with heels..still you won’t have that problem 😂

    Feeling quite hungry now hope it passes…park walk later get boy back into routine…

    Egg and bacon tonight..

    Jean x

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi all

    Merry. Wonderful that the wedding went so well, congratulations to the newlyweds. Well done on maintaining your weight in what must have been challenging circumstances knowing U.S. food. Hope your energy levels are ok and you are both doing well.

    Neil My body has coped ok with my running so far but I think any further than 10k would be asking too much from my joints and they might rebel. Saying that, I hope to continue doing the odd fun run just to make sure I don’t let all this good work go to ‘waist’. I’ll definitely keep up the 5k Parkruns as they are enjoyable and I have a great reward breakfast afterwards. How is your training going, looking forward to your challenge?

    LJ If I end up in Adelaide one day I will definitely end up on your doorstep. I hope to drive the Nullarbor in the not too distant future so there is quite a possibility we may meet. Great that your strategies are working, never doubted that they would.

    Cinque We can wave across the cafe, if you want, as long as you are well enough. Remember I can pick you up if driving is too much. New car is itching to go places.

    Anzac. That’s exactly why I chose red. The other colours are a bit boring, however they used to have two reds and now there is only one which is called Merlot so not very red at all. Suits OH but he prefers Cab Sav. That’s a great deal with your dog school, how is he going. Have you weaned him off using all your beds yet. Weather report looked pretty bleak for your area, did you get all the rain predicted.

    Lindsay. Bad luck with your eyes. I hope the next procedure fixes the problem but another reason to ease up. Hope your job situation resolves itself soon and you come out of it with what you want. So you are coming to Melbourne, will you be here long or is it a FIFO visit. You know we would love to say hi if you can make it. Where in Melbourne is the new boss of your family situated. Your holiday sounds wonderful, so often we don’t meet new people when we travel and we are poorer for it.

    Red Baron collected and of course, we went for a short drive. Very nice, it has so much more tech than our old one and we will have fun working everything out. It’s been quite a busy couple of days

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Jean I have some Timberland shoes, I also got them half price £50 I think,had them a few years,don’t ware them very often so will probably last me until I die, I have trainers on all the time except for when I go out for a meal or concert or similar.Fast day today and also gym so must take Heidi out first.

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

    Hi everyone,

    Heavy rain forecast for most of the day but it hasn’t arrived yet which meant I managed to go out and get a few things done without getting wet.


    I made a plan to get my pre Christmas cooking etc done early as I don’t want come back from my holiday and become stressed from having so much to do, the majority of which I thoroughly enjoy so don’t want it to turn into a chore.

    Christmas itself is usually low key for me as I’m surrounded by party poopers and members of the Bah Scrooge Humbug brigade. I would prefer to be partying but it’s simply not possible.

    Hi Wiwi,

    Good to hear from you, I was thinking yesterday that you’d not posted for a while and it’s good to hear you’re OK and fasting is going well.

    Have a good one everybody 😜

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Anzac, if you are still going to alter your jacket yourself would suggest sewing some elastic to the lining about waist level over the side seams about 2inches both sides of the seam on both sides but LJs idea sounds good….

    See im taking notice, stay safe everyone

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14, London, UK, NFD

    Once again, I’m aiming to stay busy today; lots to do, no time to eat is the theory!!

    @lilymartin, I’ve forwarded ALL of the rain we’re having here down under to you guys, enough is enough, we haven’t had one single dry day in October!!!

    Good to hear all is well with you @dykask, I think I’ll only plan to visit for the cherry blossom ………………….. Typhoon & earthquake season I’ll give a miss!!!!

    I’ll try to make today OMAD and guzzle lots of water. Have a great day everyone!!!

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14 FD London UK

    I’m with you @daffodil2010 – I’m praying my summer gain is the easy on easy off variety. And DH seems to have got the message. ‘So today is one of your starving days so I’ll sort out my own food’. Close. Close enough. Have a good day all. H

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

    Good morning/evening
    It’s good to hear all your news from around the globe.
    Last week we farewelled Barata and her OH, and hoping that life in the north is suiting. There are reports of a tropical cyclone up there with heavy rain in the next few days.

    Your talk of Christmas preparations is interesting. Here in NZ Christmas is low key in my family. We will prepare on 24th December if at all.

    My 36:12 is continuing reasonably well, and I am 24 hours through now. In fact because breakfast is not a meal I have, it becomes 40:8. I do find 36:12 easier to maintain than ADF with 400 calories. The hunger dragon is not awakened. A neighbour today noted I am slimmer again, but not yet back at my low of 2 years ago. My knee is deteriorating fast and I want to be back at that low before any operation on the knee. Recovery will be quicker like that. I get a bit cold on fast days which come rather often.

    Sounds like house cleaning is a good activity, Jojo, and conducive to fasting.
    For us, it’s leaving the car at home and walking.

    We live over 1 km from the train, and the walk up is challenging at the beginning. In the next few days I will climb to the ridge above Wellington, and look at the view. I wake up early at present to listen to the bird chorus. We live on the edge of the city (there are many edges here) and since the opossums have been eradicated here the birds are thriving.
    It’s bed time, and thus a way to escape the hunger pangs.
    xx Wiwi

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

    Morning All,
    Spending the day cleaning which is not my favourite pursuit but effective for Fasting. Lots of water on hand and green tea when hunger strikes.
    PVE – Wise words indeed I will try to take them aboard. I have a visitor staying which is a real strain on my nerves. It’s my BIL and he and my hubby rub each other up the wrong way. It’s going to be a long week. Both prefer high carb meals and high fat so I will not be preparing food. Leaving them to their own devices.
    Happy – I too find it hard to make good choices when I am feeling stress, easier said than done. Maybe you should treat yourself to a weekend away?
    Amazon – sounds like you have completed all your Xmas cooking, well done. Sounds like a plan having a trip just before Xmas. Enjoy!
    So many jobs to do, list never ending, finding it very hard to motivate myself.
    Still walking daily and doing classes but not really enjoying much at the moment. One day at a time.
    Went to a MacMillan Fundraiser yesterday – played eggbox ping pong on dining table. It was fun and a good fundraiser – simple idea. Lots of home made cakes so took a very small portion of carrot cake, very good. Raised £267 for Cancer Charity which funds nurses who support patients and their families. Several people at function have been through cancer treatment and are now advocates of choosing healthy lifestyle whilst others say ‘live each as if it’s your last’. One lady in middle of treatment for lung cancer but in the garden smoking – always been a heavy smoker, she simply can’t give it up, she has been trying for months. She lost her sister last month to cancer, also a heavy smoker. Thank goodness that is one habit I kicked many years ago.

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14 UK FD

    Back on track after2 days away on a course in London … wall to wall food which I did try to limit but no FD possible! Being part of this forum is what hauls me back into line!

    Good luck to everyone today?

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all-!
    Quick post- hubby’s birthday today, no fasting today for me, nor keto either! Planned to go to a lovely beach cafe for breakfast…no beach walk though as very rainy! Xena’s gone to doggy daycare for the day! (Hubby’s choice!)

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi all,

    LJoyce – having tight clothes become not so tight is a great way to monitor your weight rather than what you see on the scales.

    Cinque – hope you continue to get better

    Anzac – I hope your workload eases soon. News on that front for me, my workmate that has had the stroke has sadly handed in her resignation, We’ll miss her, but that does mean that our manager can now advertise for a permanent replacement.

    Quacka – great to see you again

    Lindsay – looking forward to pooch pics 😉

    Intestate – hopefully we can turn on some decent weather for you, the last two weeks have been worse than anything we’ve had over winter. It seems like we just had a 6 month autumn and a late winter 😉

    My weight gain was definitely mostly water weight. I jumped on the scales at the gym this afternoon and I was down over a kilo from last night. Another fast day and gym session tomorrow and I should hopefully be back to my pre-holiday weight.

    Have a great day everyone

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good evening all. A quick post while my dinner is cooking.

    Intesha, sounds like you are making the most of lovely New Zealand despite the weather.

    Lindsay, I love the idea that you can just sit in that courtyard and meet new and interesting people over breakfast.

    Anzac, With the jacket, I would suggest you go to one of those alterations kiosks – do you have them in Sydney – we have them in the city and most large shopping centres. Probably safer than tackling it yourself.
    The one benefit of a roomy jacket is that it will allow you to wear bulky woolens underneath and still be able to move freely.

    Hello to Cinque, Betsy, Quacka, Klondi, Cali, Neil, Merry, Minka and everyone else I’ve missed.

    Accountability for today’s aim of 800cals:
    2 pots of tea
    – one banana with 2 tsp peanut butter
    – smoothie (almond-coconut milk, kefir, vanilla, nutmeg, stevia, 1 heaped tblsp skim milk powder, water, ice, psyllium, inulin)
    – one apple
    20g cheddar cheese with 2 pickled onions
    – frittata (3 x 45g eggs, 40g very lean bacon, 1 tblsp grated parmesan, mushrooms, spinach, sorrel, sherry tomatoes, parsley)
    – will probably also have a cup of chai this evening

    As I was at the hospital all afternoon I took the opportunity to walk through the neighbouring hilly suburb and have done 10,000 steps. I didn’t feel like moving as my back is very sore after the heavy lifting and digging yesterday. I’m glad I did walk though as my back hurts less now that it did before the walk. (There’s a lesson there.)

    Have a good evening.

  • October 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 14 – Lakes – UK – FD

    Out for a meal and drinks with friends last night, great fun loads of laughs, there’s 3 of us couples/neighbours, we take turns hosting at home so we meet up once at each house and have a real good laugh and natter, really nice people and great fun. So todays FD should be easy, still full from last night!

    @lilymartin – crazy isn’t it, we’re awash with the stuff other end of our small country water shortage! We don’t have a national water shortage, we have a distribution problem! Sorry you’re a bit far off to package some up for you!

    @matpi – Japan Scotland was a fantastic game, Japan have played with endless energy, brilliant to watch, we were discussing it last night, the way they’re performing they may not be done yet … and good luck to them, a breath of fresh air.

    @dykask – Glad to hear you’ve avoided the worst of the recent storm, must be pretty scary stuff when they hit.

    @neilithicman and @funshipfreddie – the rugby is brilliant isn’t it, a few rule changes and a number of video ref have slowed it down a bit, but it helps to get the decisions as accurate as possible. I still think other sports have a lot to learn regarding the respect for officials, the number of times you hear rugby talking to the ref and it ends with ‘sorry sir’ or ‘thank you sir’ and the players who have been head to head throughout the game all get together afterwards and shake hands, mutual respect!

    Pocket list today


    Have a good FD and take care all.

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