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  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good evening all

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Back at work, and the lbs back on!

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

    Mx

  • February Challenge

    Day 17, UK, FD

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

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

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

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

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

    Adding myself to the pocket list 🙂

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

    Have a good day everyone 🌼

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good evening all. Great to read all your posts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Goodnight and sleep well.

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 Melb Aust CD

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

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

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

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

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

    Onward and downwards everyone!

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 UK FD

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

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

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 – Ireland 🇮🇪 -NFD

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

    😔

  • February Challenge

    Day 17, Cheshire, UK FD

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

    Happy Monday everyone.

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

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

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

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

    I am fasting today.

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

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

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

    I am with you today fasting..

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

    Jean x

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 FD

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

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning everyone

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • February Challenge

    Second post…

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

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

    Morning/evening all,

    Hi Wi,

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

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

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

    Have a good one everybody 😜

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 – Lake District UK – FD

    Good morning everyone

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

    Take care all

    Today’s pocket list-

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

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

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

  • February Challenge

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

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 – FD – Ireland
    Thanks for popping me on the pocket list @funshipfreddie! Better get up and face this day….

    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all,

    Been absent for a while, Steve’s been ill so its been a bit crazy for us. Fingers crossed we’re on the better side of things now, and I’m back at work today, although just half days for a few weeks. Also, back on the forum!!

    Its funny, despite everything I’ve managed to keep going with 5:2 and exercise and have lost some weight, albeit just a few pounds. For the first week I’d lost my appetite anyway which helped, although I’d rather the circumstances were different.

    Hope everyone’s okay .. I’m glad to be back with you all again.

    Speak soon xx

  • February Challenge

    Day 17, Emden Germany, FD

    @ciren2 and @cateaus we seem to be in the same boat, hardly any weight lost so far, only 900g. We have to keep on trying otherwise it will only get harder.

    @ciren2 I hope the pain is just a reaction of the slip, take care!

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

    Have a nice day everyone!

  • February Challenge

    @dykask. I’m similar to you, as I find it difficult to control my eating once I start.. I find zero calories fasting days easier too.
    Zero calories for me today.
    Pocket list,
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie
    @mr-shuggy

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all!
    Cakey-sounds like you’ve had a lovely time, how long are you staying? Enjoy the meal tonight!
    Tammy- hope you had a good time, back to earth with a bump now?!
    Jean- I have accepted the mess now- towels down by the back door, have a boot tidy thing by the door, but not all the boots fit on! We seem to be in & out alot & it takes long enough to get ready so like to keep some stuff handy! Glad your daughter is safely there…
    Kay- have a good day off!
    Nana- hope you have a good day!
    Mel- enjoy Norfolk…
    Sarah- hope yesterday wenr well!
    Typhoo- did you brave the scales yesterday?
    Dave- enjoy the last gym session! Don’t misbehave…
    Did try the scales this morning; 4lbs back on 😬😡 It does seem to come back very quickly, & please don’t say it’ll go quickly as it doesn’t seem to for me! So I will go back to at least 5 days of 800cal fasts, & sticking to keto.
    Dentist for a check up & then seeing a friend & her girls as they’re off for half term.

  • February Challenge

    Much-needed FD today, after an overindulgent Sunday. Saturday was fine; then I threw all caution to the wind yesterday.

    @ciren2 – sounds like you’re having a tough time of it? I hope your sciatica is just a temporary blip; there are few things worse than back pain.

    Wishing everyone a good week, & a successful February – Part 2!

    Pocket List – Day 17 🍏
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @dykask
    @matpi
    @funshipfreddie

  • February Challenge

    Day 17: Gloucestershire, UK, NFD:

    Start of a new week, and, hopefully get rid of some weight….ha…ha! For some reason it’s creeping UP, even though my eating patterns have not changed. The ONLY thing I’ve change during this last couple of weeks is that I’m taking a daily good gut bacteria capsule….but it can’t be that….surely….can it?

    This seemingly constant stormy weather is getting me down too, when I slipped in the wet and mud on Saturday, not only did I twist my knee but my sciatica seems to be back. I had spinal fusion in 2011, which cured it, until now.I hope the pain will be temporary…

    Today’s pocket list-
    @penz
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @matpi

    Good luck to today’s fasting crew xx

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Great to catch up on all of your posts. Sorry I’ve been away but I’ve been painting our bathroom cabinets with chalk paint, which is a new experience for me. I only heard of it about 6 months ago when someone on our local Nextdoor.com posted pictures of her kitchen cabinets that she painted with it. Has anyone here used it? We have 8 cupboard doors to be painted on both sides and it’s taking 3 coats. Then there’s the cabinet itself. I haven’t even started the drawers. https://imgur.com/a/xZl3p8C So that’s what I’ve been busy with, that and procrastinating about getting started on it each day. But at least the countertops and faucets are all in. Next, I’ll paint DS’s cupboards. She has even more than we do.

    LJ, I hope you’re planning to spend a lot of time with us. Cooper is anxious to meet his Auntie LJ. 😁 Between the dog, birds and cats you may feel like you’re staying in a zoo, but you are certainly welcome. We can make a list of things you’d like to see around here and also have some time to just hang out. You’ll probably enjoy some relaxing days after traveling around Canada. We use the Instant Pot pressure cooker a lot. You can see it when you’re here. Like Cinque said, it’s not really for vegetables because it cooks them too fast, except in stews or things like that. It’s easy to turn veggie to mush in just a few minutes. Artichokes are one exception. They are much quicker than the long time it takes to boil them in a pot. It’s great for meats, poultry, legumes and whole grains. OH loves to make hard boiled eggs in it. I don’t think it’s possible to have a pressure cooker that was made in the last 20 years blow up.

    Thin, your trip sounds wonderful. Barcelona is a place I’d like to see some day. It must be nice to be relatively close to all of those places. We can get to Canada or Mexico pretty quickly, Europe is about 11 hours by plane from the west coast.

    So glad to hear that many of the fires are out or under control. Hopefully much of the danger is over for the season. The damage already caused is heartbreaking.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi everyone

    It’s almost home time and I am so glad for that as I can go home and have dinner. It’s been my usual Monday FD today but it has been a really difficult one. I’m wondering if it’s because of the lack of sleep I have had for the last few (several) nights although I’m not really sure how that affects me when I hardly sleep anyway but we will put it down to that. I have a big veggie, bacon and four bean mix soup already cooked up so all I need to do is heat it up and eat. Mmmm I can’t wait.

    Talk to you all tomorrow 🙂

  • Weekly check in/ lose the last 10 pounds

    HEY lol here with an update lol sorry i’m late. so basically i started my menstrual cycle during the friday but i still fasted on saturday however, this is a factor that may have affecting my results.

    so i weighed myself today, a sunday. my result were 55.2kg. meaning i only lost 0.3grams. which is okay just as long as im losing but, im not going to lie. i have certainly been eating a lot and my water intake has drastically decreased.

    so my goal for next week is to eat with sense and increase my water intake. this time im hoping to actually lose 1-2lbs.

    still 5kg left to lose.

  • February Challenge

    Day 16 Ohio, US — NFD (63 bites)
    Day 15 — NFD

    The scales were pretty rough yesterday and said that I had gained 4 lbs (1.8 kg) last week. On the NFD’s I’ve kept quite closely to my general eating plan, so I’m not quite sure what caused the big weight gain. On the other hand for most of the week I’ve felt very tired and wiped out. So I’m going to try an experiment and return to bite counting and see what that does. For most of the day I’ve had more energy than I’ve had for the last week, so that may be able to translate into more activity and more calories burned per day. I hope I can correct matters with just small changes.

    @dykask At least your cheat food is cheese, a good protein. Not quite like chocolate chip cookies which are my big temptation. Ah, if only they made chocolate chip cheddar cheese!

    @lilymartin In Intuitive Eating they talk about “taste hunger,” which often comes for foods that a person hasn’t eaten for a while and has good memories about. In IE taste hunger is something that needs to be honored just as much as real hunger. Sounds as though the Fisherman’s basket was a great meal!

    Today’s pocket list-
    @penz
    @cateaus
    @lilymartin
    @matpi

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 – Japan – WFD #13

    I do find water fasting easy most of the time. At most I have a few hours where I feel like I would like to eat and sometimes an hour or so where I’m feeling a little light headed.

    However, it is my NFDs that I struggle with. Once I’m eating it is a challenge to stick to just a healthier diet, a super challenge not to snack and it is also hard to not overeat. I don’t normally overeat in a meal but I do with add-ons, so to speak. Snacking is my major weakness. So I find eating much harder to control than not eating. Fasting is easy, just no eating. It is the eating that is hard to control, at least for me.

    I think part of the problem is that I hit a point where I was really suffering with the move more eat less standard diet approach. Now even with my often not so great NFDs I still weight 10kg less than I was able to get too with the standard calorie restrictive diets. While I do still eat more food than I really need, at least it is much more nutritional food. In my mind I use a simple rule, if it is processed then I’m eating unhealthy, otherwise I don’t worry about it much. Now I do have some cheat foods, mostly cheese. Probably not that great, but I like it.

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 country West Australia FD
    Was trying for a CD yesterday until unexpected dinner out at the pub and I just had to try ….. the Fisherman’s basket!!! With chips!!!!
    I haven’t had one in years so not sure what I was thinking when I ordered. Nonetheless It was fresh and delicious.
    So a FD today and back on track.
    😅

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

    Keep up the good work, Wi!
    Thank goodness AirNZ rerouted. Such a special, rare, birthday to attend. Enjoy. P

  • February Challenge

    Day 17, Tas, Australia FD
    I’m not losing at all, but hanging in there. Also trying to stretch the fast until lunchtime.
    Today’s pocket list-
    @penz
    @cateaus

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

    Hello from warm windy Wellington.
    Good to hear news from you all.
    Good on you Amazon.
    I am on my Monday fast but quite hungry and it’s only 1pm.
    Yesterday I did the Round the Bays fun walk and at a good pace (for me) 4km per hour. I have been doing lots of training and my body feels much better.
    I have been a bit obsessed with the Covid 19 as my flight next week was supposed
    to go through Shanghai. Luckily Air NZ rebooked me via LA as they cancelled all flights through China. I am off to Italy for my grandson’s 29th February birthday, and will be the only non Italian speaker there. Italianizing French words sometimes works, and I mainly understand.
    I had a wonderful stay with Barata in Northland a few weeks ago and as I was drinking coffee in our usual meeting place, Z, today, I was sad you were not there Barata.Missing you!
    Thanks Happy for bringing the thread back to life.
    Wiwi

    I am planning a no sugar/flour March, which will coincide with Lent which begins next week.

  • February Challenge

    Day 17 – NFD- UK
    Well Dennis made his presence known in Devon… didn’t get much exercise in although did get out for a walk in the rain yesterday ….lots of time spent holed up in gorgeous country pubs but didn’t drink too much… that brings to 3 the number of nights I’ve had a drink this year but realising now that 2 drinks is enough for me where before I could drink for the night without really thinking about it…. The whole area was flooded this morning so it was a little hairy getting away from the hotel but we got out in time… the river was rising so quickly it was quite dramatic… 🚣‍♀️
    @ciren2 give yourself a chance 💕 its only been a week since your break… and don’t pay for radical fixes… you know what will work – come join us tomorrow for a quick fast? I’m going to be very tired as bad delays with flights back because of the storms so will find it hard but it has to be done as have eaten too well over here!!! 👍 💪
    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

  • February Challenge

    Day 17, FD, Aus

    Seems like there’s wild weather on both sides of the globe at the moment. I spent yesterday helping a friend put her fences back up. The paddocks had been dead dry – then there was heaps of rain, and that filled an empty dam which then rushed all the dead vegetation into the fence line causing a new dam wall of sorts which knocked a good section of fence over. Feeling quite stiff and sore today but v grateful that I’d developed some leg strength through the toilet squats routine.

    Last weigh in was ok – not down, but not up either. Stick that, mojo!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Jean it was delicious,Heidi enjoyed the bone, with quiet a bit of meat on it. I chucked all the sharp bits away. Gym and fast day tomorrow, could well be my last gym session.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dave…
    Lamb ummmm delicious

    Nana…
    Dennis has been back again tonight and now he’s gone….hoping it’s all calm again….

    Hedgehog…
    We have had two good dry walks…our park is horrendous wet and muddy, flooding in parts, had to stay on the concrete path, went round four times….Daughter is away for a week, she’s just rang, they tried to land at Malaga touched down and took off again and circled and then went to Seville…She’s arrived and settled now.

    Tammy..
    Glad to have you back and nearly back on board….get back in the mode….

    Cakey..
    Lovely to have shopping time with the girls and buying a few new things..my boots and things, I don’t usually like things about, trying to get organised, think they may fit under the cupboard under the stairs.

    Kay..
    Enjoy your day off tomorrow…will you be fasting, I am….all calm here now.

    Jean x

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

    I can see an obvious opening Amazon… a Gourmet Cooking for One blog? As you know, you’d have lots of followers 🙂 What about it? P

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi Anzac, posts crossed!
    Hi Maxx!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning,
    Monday morning, a lovely one here in my part of Melbourne,
    My health has improved enough to make some grandma commitments, which I love, but goodness they are playing havoc with 5:2!
    (And housework).
    I think especially because I am just getting back into it.
    Anyway, I am going to play around with my fast days and see how they settle.
    I did have a good fasty fast day on Saturday. And I bet yours has been too, Thin. Inspite of the lack of an immersion blender.

    LJoyce, such a treat to feel that bit smaller, and see it reflected in the scales. Yay, I bet you wriggle nicely down into the 70’s now.
    Still humid here, hasn’t it been weird, but not so humid this afternoon when the temp is heading up toward 30. thanks goodness.

    So so glad I have some success with the fruit experiment, but I stuffed up badly with the chocolate.

    Thin, I spent a night in Barcelona on my way to Peniscola, and so wished we had longer there. If only I could travel, I’d be the cat sitter!

    The news of floods in the UK is awful, I think Penguin is still out of the country, I think he lives closer to the trouble than your longboat is?

    So glad you live on a hill, Penguin.

    Betsy, what a wonderful story of those orchids! That’s more than 40 years!
    And hooray that you are saying goodbye to the 80’s too, you will love to have them done and dusted. I hope the small meals are still keeping your reflux under control too.

    I’m looking forward to that Giles Yeo show, I still haven’t read his book, but I have respect for his science background and his kindness.

    Neil, hooray for a good weekend outside, and a great fast day today.

    Well, I’ve got the second load of washing on, and my friend, the one I haven’t been able to drive up country to meet for a while, is coming down here today (thanks to her lovely husband driving her), so that is a treat.

    Hoping those heading back to hectic workplaces had a lovely weekend.

    Sending good wishes.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Welcome back holiday makers!

    I was back to work proper today, but off tomorrow 😃

    Still rough weather here, but I dont think its too bad down here, hope everyone is ok!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning and happy Monday all

    Well the weekend at the Hunter was lovely but oh dear – the scales have jumped very very alarmingly. I don’t know how I could go 7 weeks on a big European/African holiday and only put on 4 kilos but 4 days of taking my eye off the ball could have a 2 kilo mega-jump. I do know the answer; (1) 5-7 hours of walking every day versus sitting on my backside doing nothing and (2) only having 2 meals per day mostly – and very few snacks. Gah! Back on the straight and narrow

    LJ I am SO enjoying reading about your holiday. Canada and the the Rockies and bears and – wow! And then a catch-up with Cali which will be just so awesome. I’m sorry you missed out on the Grizzly tour but as you said, next time for sure

    Barcelona sounds pretty amazing Thin. Friends of ours lived there for years and absolutely loved it.

    You are really on top of things diet-wise Betsy – congratulations. I need some to take some inspiration from you as I am heading in the wrong direction very quickly. If I’m not careful I will be back in the 90’s and THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

    Cinque, they said on the news this morning that Melbourne was going to be humid again today. It’s just awful isn’t it? It was very hot in the Hunter Valley but it is much easier to bear as it is a dry heat. We were glad to escape Sydney’s humidity for three days but coming back was draining. I chuckled at your fridge full of delirious portions…..I also get delirious over great food

    Neil. Chips. Totally my nemesis also – hubby opened a bag at the concert and honestly I just fed them into my mouth as though I hadn’t eaten in 10 days. Gross but every so delirious….I mean delicious 🙂

    Maxx had a great time a the kennel apaprently. His report card had words like ‘energetic’ and ‘playful’ and ‘loves to be the centre of attention’. It’s not hard to read between the lines. Oh dear. And when we picked him up yesterday the girl brought him into reception…..sorry I should say Maxx dragged the girl through the swing doors into reception and then she let him go. He streaked towards us like a yellow furry bolt of lightening, OH and I with our arms out to greet him when he did a sudden left hand turn and leapt with all four paws onto a young girl sitting on a couch waiting for her dog. My heart was in my mouth but she was fine. Then, thankfully, her dog came out and it was a chocolate labrador and he did exactly the same thing. What are we going to do with him? Most people ask ‘how old is he?’ and when you say ‘just over 2’ they nod sagely and say ‘ahhh….labradors are crazy until they are about 4’. I will have white hair by then.

    Here he is sporting his new bandana from the kennel….
    http://imgur.com/gallery/8zjxvFM

    Must start work friends, so have a great day. Hi to everyone I missed

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Morning all

    Had a good weekend, it was nice to have some decent weather for once. I got some tennis in on Saturday and lots of work done round the house on Sunday, I also got out for an evening ride on Sunday too. Today is fast day so I’m hoping for a nice easy one and I’m going to try to stick to around 1000 calories. I hope everyone joining me on a Monday fast gets a nice easy one too.

    I’ll have to watch out for that docco online, I’m assuming it won’t be too long before it’s up and ready for watching.

    Have a great day everyone.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Having a lovely weekend with my girls

    Left the boys at home with the woof and headed into Birm for bit shop and lovely long lunch together. Bought a couple of new things to wear. I like to fast on Mondays but supposed to be out for dinner so will move to Tues. It makes sense but it throws me all out. Me and you Casp for moral support on Tuesday.

    Welcome back – all the holiday makers, sounds like everyone had a good time in spite of the weather.

    What was the film Hh? We watched the Joker last night. I can see why it’s classed as a good film but too dark and depressing for me.

    Well done on your 800 Nana and hope you have a lovely walk tomorrow.

    Good idea Jean re the planter bottom. We had something similar until I relegated the wellies to the shed. It was better when they were handier though. Has your daughter arrived in Malaga?

    How was your roast Dave? We are having chicken but late for me to eat.

    Welcome back Minols, hello to Sarah, Kay, Typhoo

    CW

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Well all good things must come to an end
    Back to reality
    Had a really good few days away, even if it was freezing, ate way to much, but also walked alot, for me anyway, maybe it will help balance things out.
    Hope everyone is well, and look forward to being back on the forum, will need the encouragement, always find its difficult getting back on the horse.
    Not fasting tomorrow but hopefully Tuesday sees me back to fasting.
    Tammy x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Managed to stay dry on our 2nd walk- except for the sloppy kisses I got from a little staffy puppy we met in the park! Hope the weather’s better in the morning so we can walk in the woods, the park was very muddy! Eldest home safely.
    Enjoy the roast Dave!
    Well done Nana!
    Hope you hear soon that your daughter’s there- is she just going for a week?
    Mel- hope Norfolk is good!
    Hubby watching a horrible film, am pretending it’s not on!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening everyone, hope you’re getting on okay with storm Dennis . Managed to come in to just under 800 calories today and hope it’ll be even less calories tomorrow. Not had much exercise this weekend – must try and get out for a decent walk tomorrow weather permitting.
    Hope everyone has a good rest of the day.
    Nana x

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

    Well done Penguinchick on your exercise. I heard HIT is very good exercise and compliment fasting very well. I will try them sometime. Also I love your post, the longer the better.

    The fair went very well on Saturday. It was a sunny day and lots of people there. We sold about $700 worth (a good result) & distributed many pamphlets about Wellme – the charity we support, a local support group for M.E. sufferers. Talked to lots of people about plants, plant care etc. We had lots of fun.

    Official weigh in this morning showed a small but steady reduction. Will fast today, then will take a break for 3 weeks. Mum & sister visiting next 2 weeks, then daughter’s wedding in Sunshine Coast Australia in early March.

    Have a lovely Monday everyone!

  • February Challenge

    Day 16 UK NFD

    Mostly healthy light choices today. Abscess not settling down yet. Fingers crossed something helpful happens overnight or I’ll be back to the dentist tomorrow.

    Light supper, bath & early night. Looking forward to a quiet few days of all the really helpful stuff – the off to Paris for two days to celebrate DD birthday 🙂

    Whatever the day blows in, go gently x

  • February Challenge

    Day 16 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 NFD 🍷

    @ciren2 don’t go there! Weight loss pills have horrible side effects and DON’T WORK long term. I bought some from a private weight loss quack years ago and yes in the short term I had no appetite and lost weight but I became really ill, unable to go to work……and when I recovered I regained the weight I lost and some more for good measure. Better to maintain where you’re at and keep healthy until you feel motivated to do FDs. Chin up 😉

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Roast lamb tonight Yorkshire’s done, drooling now🤤🤤🤤.Any minute. It’s done 😄

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