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  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 UK NFD

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Take a week’s break from fasting Jean,you know you will soon lose it.Treat yourself life is to short.I imagine I have put on a lot of weight,it will give me something to do when I get home 😃

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 USA (Illinois) FD

    Going to join the pocket list for today – had plenty of calories yesterday with festivities and stuff.

    Day 17 Pocket List
    @neilithicman
    @lizzy-agatha
    @snowflake56
    @jaifaim
    @yo-yo
    @ccco
    @songbirdme

    @suki2 – how nice that you’re enjoying Portugal!

    @dykask – I admire you and water fasts. I always found them just too restrictive for me. Glad they work for you.

    @coda – oh wow. Joys and heartaches. Isn’t that the story of our lives? Still great to hear from you, and prayers from us for Wednesday.

    @annz – you are more than welcome to join at any time! This is a wonderful group, and all we ask is that you see the guidelines and recommended ways to post on the first opening screen. I’m an old-timer here in every way. 🙂

    Onward and downward.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Minols..
    Hope you soon feel better…I am past my miseries too…hot baths help a lot with a glass of wine…I only have a wet room now so no wine…don’t like watered down wine!

    Mel..
    Poor you hope your foot soon eases off…maybe you will be hopping on your walking holiday!!…I would like to see a man walking with a bad anything!!…rest up I think…Charlie went barmy when we came in from our walk, ignored Steve, over daughter like a rash 😂..

    Lovely hot pulled pork with apple sauce butty for lunch with vanilla slice…really tasty loads left for tomorrow.

    Good luck to the fasters today…a strange couple of weeks ahead, we have rattled lots of cages, our best man coming to stay over Saturday, Steves other daughter and his sister/BIL coming next Tuesday….now I can’t moan but what about my fasting 😂😂😂😂!!

    Charlie walk soon and eating out this evening…

    Jean x

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    @rafiki44

    I just saw this forum by chance while looking up Michael Mosley. Is it too late to join the September challenge?

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Mel- poor you! I’ve had that plantar fasciitis thing, the doctor suggested putting a tennis ball or small can on the floor, & rolling your foot backwards & forwards on it, it helped me- walking on it for long won’t!!

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    USA Day 17 FD

    Here I am again today adding myself to the pocket list to right yesterday’s wrong!!

    Day 17 Pocket List
    @neilithicman
    @lizzy-agatha
    @snowflake56
    @jaifaim
    @yo-yo
    @ccco

    It’s a new day so onward and downward. I must stick to drinking wine only on weekends! My new rule….

    Have a great day, everyone!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Mel – nightmare for your foot. Walking through – harrumph! Help it feels better soon.
    Mx

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

    Wahay! It’s so nice to log on and see a heap of posts from everyone!
    Welcome back from the work-pit Al – You’re doing great, keep the faith!

    Phoenix.. My FD didn’t go quite to plan – I was doing great until about 5pm, then I got aching tooth and headache, felt sick and dizzy – small tooth infection, insane hunger and taking so many painkillers meant I ate some leftover chilli – I have no real ‘snacks’ in the house, so eating naughty food wasn’t a problem, it was just ‘eating’ lol
    Fast forward a few hours, I was so sleepy by 8.30pm, that I did all my chores I have to do in the evening, ate a slice of bread, took more painkillers and was asleep by 10.30 pm! Slept right through, woke with no pain in tooth, but hard migraine, dizziness gone, but sickness (I know this feeling, it goes with my infrequent migraines) meant I had to eat something, so I had toast.
    I don’t think I went madly over a FD amount, as I’d eaten very little up to the point of the chilli, but I am pretty sure it was over 500 – never mind, I can’t do much else with the migraine needs, I have to do what my body needs so it doesn’t last for days.
    I’m not going to beat myself up over it, no change in weight this morning and I always drink plenty of water. I know I have a migraine sickness when I go off coffee and I can’t bear the smell of it right now, so I am on tea, salty crackers and water.
    It will pass and I can focus on the next FD on Thursday.

    Lilimar – Good for you not changing your routine, it’s your home, she’s your guest, if she has food preferences, she should bring them with her… I had a family member behave that way to me last year and after 2 days, I requested their departure, as I refuse to have negative energy in my home, or around my kids… Good for you, be strong and kind, but don’t take any sh*t either! 😉 Good luck with the housework! I feel your pain, I have so much to catch up on and I don’t even have guests this week, lots to do, put some music on loud and dance your way around the house, it’ll get done twice as fast and you’ll have a blast singing along! You can sweat off a lb or two, then have a long shower! (Yes, I do this! Haha!).

    We can be fab support to one another here and let all the angst out! xx

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all. Bit of a worry yesterday after shopping. Suddenly had this horrible pain in a middle toe which steadily got worse. Couldn’t walk at all in the night, really agonising. Think I know what caused it. I have plantar fasciitis in both feet intermittently. Trod on a very hard stone in my slippers on one heel and think that affected the tendon and inflamed it. Managing to walk a bit now in shoes which seems to support it so it should just get better. Paul was worried his walking holiday was going down the drain! Just walk through the pain he says. Easy for him to say! Anyway FD800 today, along with you HH. We’ve got this. Feel ok about it today. Jean, hope visit goes well, sounds like Charlie will have a whale of a time.

    Cakey loved the lamp story! I can only read one book at a time, mostly novels but across lots of different genres. Thrillers, history, a few SF. I normally have a choice of about eight on my ‘to read’ shelf.

    Well done Nana, you sound like you are back in the groove.
    And Dave, 40 pints! I didn’t know that was possible. I was a beer drinker in my twenties, always had pints along with the men and I think three was probably my limit.

    Cup of tea time I think. Lastly hi to Minols. Think your last post was on the previous page, can’t go back and check as I will lose this. Good luck if you are fasting today, enjoy if you aren’t!

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

    Hello!

    Have been back to the lake twice and walking loads and am down to 60.7 kilos as of this morning!!! Yay, 5.7 to go!

    I downloaded a fitness app to do a 30 day challenge to tone my abs, did first day and first day of another app and it nearly killed me!!! Was all red, sweaty and struggling to breathe! Wow! Am hoping it will get easier as time goes on!? My tummy area is unsightly, really flabby and I really want to tone that up. The swimming and walking has done wonders for my arms, shoulders and legs, but abdominal area is not a pretty sight!!! Has to change! Have to start somewhere!

    Mother in law coming to stay this weekend! Am not changing my eating routine for her, except will roast a chicken ( I’m pescatarian). She likes a bowl of soup every evening, followed by a main course, followed by salad, followed by cheese course and dessert. She’ll have to make do with garden tomato salad, no dressing, soup, followed by green salad. She can have the cheese and fruit for dessert but as far as I’m concerned the soup IS the main course!!! If she makes a fuss she can have some cold chicken with her salad! I do not want to put on any weekend weight!!! And she was quite iffy with me this summer about my weight gain.

    So, have to make an effort now with housework to get the place in shape for her arrival! That’s going to be a chore as they’ve announced 32 degrees here this afternoon!

    Have a good and virtuous eating day today everyone! Remember, whatever life throws at us we keep on going onwards and downwards!!
    💋

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    HI All
    Definitely less ‘meh’ today – had a hot bath and early night yesterday having felt quesay and head-achey all day.

    Interested in the roast cauli sopu – tell me more. Did it work out?

    Books – so very rarely get to read for pleasure/leisure these days, although I currently have a detective fiction on my audible walking to work/butchers just now. Have quite a lot of work stuff on kindle as it means I can always be ‘working’ when other people think I’m stopping for coffee – and it means I can find quotes easily with the search function. I also have quite a lot of kid’s ficiton so the boy and I can always settle down with something on my phone. I’ve always liked good children’s fiction – the familiar stuff is a good safe hiding place! But a young woman in the church recommended the Roman mysteries for me and the boy – fabulous! I think we’re now on the last, or the penultimate one, we’ve learned lots about life 2000 years ago, lots about friendship and courage (like Harry Potter for that, too), and techy as the boy is, I think this is one of his favourite bits of the day. We have at least 15 minus every night, or sneak out after school for aftrnoon tea and book reading.

    I have bookshelves half way up the stairs, and last night noticed a thick layer of dust on the books stacked on top – I’ve written my name with my finger on the cover of a George Eliot, I think it was, and a love heart! Maybe I should do some cleaning at the weekend!!

    Mx

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17, London, UK, FD,

    First of my B2B2B FDs this week, I’m looking forward to a small salad lunch and soup for dinner although when I planned this week’s meals, the weather wasn’t scheduled to be so hot!!! Anyway, soup it is!!!

    @coda, you and your family will be in my thoughts & prayers, particularly tomorrow. Justice WILL prevail!!! I hope your dad regains some confidence, I know exactly what you’re dealing with. On the bright side, I see a trip to Canada or China in your future!!!

    The weather is truly glorious, for September anyway, so I’ll make the most of it and get some steps in this lunchtime ……………. If only to stop me breakfasting too early!!!

    Happy fasting folks!!!

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 – Stratford Upon Avon, UK – FD

    B2B

    @ccco – thanks for adding me back on to the pocket list yesterday. My Monday FD was challenging, if I had realised I had been knocked off I might have taken it as a sign to Abandon Ship – lol! I hung on in there though despite having ‘The Grumps’
    @jaifaim – no worries, we were probably typing our posts at the same time! and in all likelihood I wasn’t on it when you copies and pasted!

    Happy FD Fasters!

    Day 17 Pocket List
    @neilithicman
    @lizzy-agatha
    @snowflake56
    @jaifaim
    @yo-yo

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All..
    A beautiful day here, a bit chilly but will warm up, blue skies..

    Awaiting (Wales) daughter, don’t know what time she set off….she did visit Steve in hospital …she is a loony with Charlie, she makes me dizzy, goodness where she gets her energy from ….he will go barmy when she arrives, I think he’s seen her three times, once in Wales in the caravan…

    Hedgehog..
    No baking, it will be vanilla slices from our local bakery, they are good….I read books usually from charity shops via my sister, just easy reading one at a time not much time since having Charlie….Steve and my American daughter can read three at a time, I can’t!

    Glad all the decorating is finished, I think we feel the same but at least it’s all done…looking now for new bits and pieces to fit in…

    Homemade bread …delicious…..I haven’t made any for a while, I used to make that Italian one…

    Cakey..
    What a shame on the new lamp it happens …I threw my ex hubbys suit out, I saw the dustbin man trying the jacket on, then he put it in the cab, I thought going to a good home …Yes it was the new suit the old one was still in the wardrobe oops 😂

    A new adventure in finding another lamp..

    Dave..
    You seem to have settled into your holiday routine very well….enjoy your open top bus ride..plenty of sun screen…

    Jean x

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Evening all

    Man that was really weird. Over the last week I’ve lost the ability to passively float. I used to just be able to lie back and float, but this week my chest floats because of the air in my lungs but my legs just sink like stones if I don’t gently kick. I must have gained enough muscle and lost enough fat to tip me over the point where my legs are denser than the water.

    Weigh-in tomorrow morning. I get to see how well I managed to reduce the bounceback from weighing in dehydrated last week.

    Have a great day everyone.

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 FD
    Good morning everybody! I’m going for another FD because I’d only be fooling myself if I counted yesterday as one… @coda it’s great to have you back and I’m so sorry to hear that your son is still having problems with access to his son… thinking of you and hoping tomorrow goes well for him.. also hoping that your dad regains his strength and independence…
    Sorry @yo-yo-fletch I might have dropped you off the pocket list yesterday 🥴
    Pocket list for today:
    @neilithicman
    @lizzy-agatha
    @snowflake56
    @jaifaim
    Onward and downward ⬇️
    We rise by lifting others 💕

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17, Emden Germany, FD

    @coda thanks for the update, life didn’t get easier for you and your family. I will be thinking of your son and grandson tomorrow. Hoping for a good judge and a better outcome. Hugs x

    Pocket List – Day 17
    @neilithicman
    @lizzy-agatha
    @snowflake56

    Have a nice day everyone!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all!
    Dave- wow, you can definitely hold your drink, I never could! Have a lovely day! 🌝🍦🍺
    Cakey- 3 books on the go? Can’t do that!! I’m ready the Supervet’s biography at the moment, don’t normally read any of those, but it’s really interesting! Thrillers are my thing usually.
    Jean- you like reading too, don’t you?
    Have a good day with Steve’s daughter! Hope it cheers you both up, & Charlie too!
    Minols- hope you’re feeling better today!
    Mel- if you do a FD today, hope it goes well, I’ll be with you!
    Nana- hope you have a good day off!
    Kay- are you back on 5:2, or doing 800 days?
    Will be fasting today, although eldest has asked for home made bread- haven’t made it for ages as it’s so hard to resist when I’m on keto, that’ll be a challenge! Dog training with Xena & then food shopping later.

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 Holland FD
    always getting those pocket lists wrong!
    ggrrr!
    thanks @funshipfreddie

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – NFD

    So glad yesterday’s FD is over. I don’t know why the Monday FD always seems tougher than the second one, but, as @rabbette said, ‘the next one is usually way easier’.

    @rabbette – the YouTube documentary is no longer available; no doubt thanks to the BBC. That’s why I posted the vimeo link https://www.vimeo.com/259080453

    @lizzy-agatha – that was the Day 16 pocket list 🤔

    Pocket List – Day 17
    @neilithicman
    @lizzy-agatha

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning all, it’s very hot today so plenty of sun cream on for open top bus ride.The last time we did this trip the guide said Denise could do it because we have done the trip a few times.We sat outside for breakfast today but the sun was so hot I was glad to get out of it.I have been looking at smartwatches, getting fed up with my Fitbit Versa.Seen a good one which has GPS on it so very accurate for distance walked.The only downside is WhatsApp doesn’t work on it at the moment but they are working on a solution.Looking back to when I was young,all the drinking we did, couldn’t do it now,The times I had a lot was so called morning drives from work when I was in engineering,a trip to York races and finished up in a club in Piccadilly until 5am the following day,and another trip to Sheffield, went to a nightclub to see Lulu😄,then back to club in piccadilly.These days if I didn’t go on holiday I could go a year without any alcohol 😇.How times change.I checked in on Heidi last night and she was fast asleep on the sofa.

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    day 17 Holland FD
    @neilithicman you are right
    keep training, I’ll keep training, we should all be training, I’ll go training, so more training
    I’m worried now I won’t make my goal at the end of September, but this is good advice, thank you
    train!

    @suki2 Congratulations!!

    todays pocket list (hope it’s right)
    @neilithicman
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @funshipfreddie
    @jaifaim
    @rabbette
    @yo-yo
    @ccco
    @lizzy-agatha

    good luck everyone,

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    Has anyone experienced Brain Zaps on fasting days ?

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 – New Zealand – FD

    @rafiki44 – Try upping your protein and weights/resistance training. Resistance training/weights won’t build your muscle unless you make sure you’re eating enough protein. Once you get the muscle mass up then the fat should sort itself out because the more muscle you have, the more calories you body needs to burn to maintain itself.

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16 California NFD

    Had my biometric scan/test today and had a BMI of 22 and low visceral fat and a body age of 10 years lower than my actual age of 52. Problem is I also only had about 25% muscle with about 33% total fat. Any thoughts as to how to get rid of that? I am 120 lbs and 5’3”and I don’t necessarily want to get thinner – just more muscle and less fat.
    I already exercise using a stair stepper for around 15-20 minutes a day.. to be honest I though that this was the same issue Michael Moseley had and he fixed the thin-fat problem with fasting but that didn’t seem to happen for me. 🤷‍♀️

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16 Ohio, US — MFD

    Just a usual fast day.

    @suki2 Congratulations on your new grand-niece! Seems as though you might have pleasantly warm days in Portugal. Were you able to visit any of the areas that were hit with the fires earlier this summer?

    @coda Thanks for the update about your sons and your father and you. I’ll keep your son and his son in mind on Wednesday. Let’s hope that the court acts with good judgment! And you seem to have all bases really covered well with your physical exercise and WOL. I find that doing that helps to keep me grounded in stressful times. Hope it is doing the same for you!

    Pocket list for Day 16:
    @dykask WFD
    @neilithicman
    @lilymartin
    @snowflake56
    @funshipfreddie
    @jaifaim
    @rabbette
    @yo-yo
    @ccco
    @matpi (the tail of the dog!)

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 – Melbourne Aus – NFD

    Was out on a site walk most of the day yesterday, which aided to a very successful 450cal FD.

    Much needed after my Sunday EFS day.

    Lots of posts to catch up on so looking forward to having a read later on.

    Hope all is well x

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 – Japan – NFD

    Water fast #66 went fine. Maybe slightly more hunger than normal but not enough to really bother me.

    This morning I eat before working out. Big mistake as my body isn’t used to it. Still I’m over 10000 steps before noon. However lots of work to do now.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello everyone,

    Haha Neil, this thread is always either too busy or too quiet. Congratulations on keeping that boy alive. What a livewire! Could he please give me a small percentage of his energy? I would be so grateful (and you might be happy too).

    I am feeling a bit energetic today, such a relief as my sister is coming over to show me how she makes chicken stock, and there is a good chance I can get the kitchen cleaned up before she arrives. Just sitting down to have my coffee and write a post 🙂

    LJoyce that throat swelling doesn’t sound very hopeful. I do hope the doctor can come up with a good plan. Interesting interview this morning about women and pain and how nearly all the research on pain has been done on men only, and yet women suffer so much because they are more likely to have painful chronic diseases. (They were interviewing this woman https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-06/the-tortuous-history-of-women-in-pain/11480722 )

    Quacka, hooray for a lazy day. And gardening.

    Lindasy, you might have to stop being so social! 😉 I hope you had a lovely walk and scored the early bird parking.

    Ok. Coffee is finished. Best wishes everyone.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    A quick good morning from me. I’m playing bridge this morning at a club that’s really close to where I live – not been there before.

    The skin tests were done and while I haven’t had any reaction on the actual skin, within an hour of leaving the hospital I did have some throat swelling. However the restriction didn’t get any worse than a case of mild tonsillitis and has almost returned to normal this morning. I see the doctor again on Thursday to review this and plan the next step. That’s likely to be trialing a full dose of one drug at a time.

    Have a good day all. And Neil try to keep that adventurous son of yours out of trouble.

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    USA Day 16 ?FD

    Oh, well! My fast day ended in a feast day! By 5 pm., I was starving. I did eat enough, so I don’t know what happened. I ate to TDEE. Tomorrow is another day and I will have another go at it! Hope everyone had a lovely day!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Ha Neil! If only that were true!

    I’m getting ready for work …sigh. Just three weeks and I’m on holiday. Whoo hoo…..three weeks in Vietnam, then home to collect my puppy. (sorry to rub it in, when you’ve had to postpone Fiji).

    I’m struggling to shift these extra kilos …. I seem to drop a couple during the week, then put them back on at the weekend, although I am not eating excessively. We have had lots of social engagements though – dinners out, and people here. Meals out always come with lots of hidden calories. I was so successful last year with 16:8, 5:2 and limited carbs. I just can’t seem to get a clear run at it (and I can hear Thin in the background, saying ‘yes you can, if you really want it to happen’).

    LJ I think it is just the camera’s angle that makes some of the pups look bigger than the others, although even at one week old the boys tend to be a little larger. How did you go with your allergy tests?

    Quacka sorry the weather has let you down, but maybe a day where you aren’t compelled to do anything too active might just be a good start to your break? Hope it clears in time for camping though.

    OK, off to work. I’m at Southbank today and if I get there early enough, I can go for a walk before my first workshop (and get the early bird parking, which at $16 is so much better than $38).

    Enjoy your day

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

    @Rabbette–fasting twins for real! What a fun journey we are on!

    Half a taco in their car! OMG I laughed! That was hilarious.

    You’ve done really well OMAD-ing on your trip, so I’m sure you’ll do great on your next trip as well.

    Today ended up being a true keto day, rather than a low calorie day. I decided to see if eating keto will help with my energy levels, and yes, it did! I had normal energy and a great day with no bricks-under-water effect. As I was contemplating miso soup, I read an article about the 30 days bacon experiment, so bacon it was. Bacon, eggs, chicken left overs, some wild mushrooms fried in butter (yeah, I risked my life), and coffee with a slice of really cold butter. Which was really nice! I’m not ready for 30 days of 1lb of bacon per day ha ha, but today was a good expriment.

    Tomorrow my breakfast WILL be a bagel with cream cheese and lox and coffee. That’s tradition! But I’ll order half a bagel rather than the whole bagel, and it will be still lower on carbs.

    We are doing it, Rabbette! By the end of October–138 for you, 168 for me–AT LEAST!!! lol No giving up!!
    I’ll report on Wednesday about weight and bagels!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    <crickets chirping>
    <Tumbleweed rolling>

    Hello? Is anyone out there?

    I hope everyone is quiet because you’re out having fun.

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

    Wow, I go underground and the list explodes! This is awesome! Welcome to Lilimar and Lisa! Thank you Pheonix and Penguin for keeping things rolling.

    I am in the last of a few very hectic work weeks. No real time for posting, but I am still on my 5:2 plan. In August I actually was 4:3 for a few weeks, but that has gone away and I am struggling to stick with 5:2. Still not exercising a lot.

    In all the chaos and without the best food choices on NFDs, I am holding 3 pounds above my lowest weight. I will take this with a smile, but I know that two things must happen before I will see loss to new levels, 1) better NFD food choices, and 2) get my lazy ass moving!

    Everybody else, keep on keeping on. You are terrific inspiration!

    Alex

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 17 – New Zealand – FD

    second of my back to back fast days today, I had a feeling that I was a bit dehydrated at my last weigh-in as my weight on the gym scales suggests I’ve gone up since last week’s weigh-in. Hopefully I can minimise the bounce-back on the scales this week and still be on track to hit my September goal.

    Have a great day everyone and an easy fast for those of you joining me on the fast train today.

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

    Penguinchick, good on you to take on so much exercise on your fast day. Hope your fast day has gone well.

    Working from home today, so no gym workout this morning.

    Doctor diagnosed inner ear infection. Fortunately the symptoms have been mild. I thought my lack of sleep caused the dizziness. Better sleep should help me to manage the spells of dizziness. This may be a long term thing so need to follow doctor’s instructions (less caffeine drinks, no screens near bed time etc).

    After a good night sleep I feel a lot better.

    NFD and working on sleep management today.

    Have an enjoyable Tuesday everyone!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    HH not had an hangover for almost 50 years,Had some mad spells of drinking when I was 19-21, actually drank 40 pints in a day a couple of times,and twenty many times.These days apart from holidays I don’t drink 20 pints in a year😄. Been out to see Michael Jackson tonight he was very good but not really my cup of tea.Onky had about six pints,so can take it or leave it these days.Open top bus tomorrow so guaranteed sun tan☀️☀️☀️😎😎😎.

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16 I think. Oxfordshire UK ( Portugal travelling)
    Hope everyone is staying strong. I’ve had 3 fast days this month. No scales, so fingers crossed. Lots of walking which I hope will offset the wine. I’ve been reading posts bit not able to put that as traveling an WiFi don’t seem to mix. Condolences to recent losses.
    We welcome our first great niece, Liliana, today. Mother and baby doing well. Stay strong.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Mel – oops I forgot to answer your questions about books. I’ve got 3 on the go:

    – The legacy of Elizabeth Pringle (Kirsty Wark) as going to listen to her talking about her new book at book festival next month
    – Girl waits with gun (Amy Stewart) which is the book club book
    – Rushing Woman’s Syndrome (Libby Weaver) – just one that caught my eye.

    I think the answer to the 3rd book might be to read one book at a time 😆. Might lend it to Minols after!

    I’ve only got back into gardening the last couple of years. I used to enjoy it when we first got married but then it took a back seat whilst the girls were growing up. Now I have an empty nest so have taken over the front and started meddling in the back.

    What do you like to read? I prefer proper books but usually read on IPad, just easier when travelling but not as satisfying.

    CW

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hello everyone

    It sounds like a few of us need a bit of cheering up. Shame we don’t live close by and we could have caught up together.

    You know the sort of night when you buy a lovely new bedside lamp to replace a broken one, with a stained shade. And H helpfully set it up yesterday.

    Mistakenly keeping the broken stained one and throwing out my best (expensive) shabby chic one.

    Apparently it’s my fault for not being specific about which lamp. I thought the broken shade and dirty marks might have given him a clue.

    That sort of night.

    It’s only a lamp!

    Roasted cauliflower soup for tea, new recipe / I’ll let you know

    CW

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening all!
    Jean- hope the antibiotics sort Steve’s cough out…again. I can understand people maybe not visiting to start with when he was very poorly & needed rest, but now he’s home it’s a shame he’s not seeing anyone! Often seems to be the same, some people are the helpers & do all the running around, others take & don’t give 😣 Definitely do some baking early tomorrow, not today on a FD!
    Minols- hope you’ve managed to get a few things done & feel a bit brighter…glad your dog is better.Monday blues?
    Dave- you are so lucky you don’t get hangovers! Enjoy Michael tonight,are you going to practice the moon walk?!
    Mel- hope getting out & the lunch cheered you up! You can change FDs about…
    Nana- will be lovely to see your grandson when he’s back from Cyprus I’m sure! Well done witb the FD!
    Cakey- hope today has gone according to plan!
    Kay- are you getting much work now?
    Decorating is done, hubby hasn’t done a great job with the glossing, he never rubs it down enough first, some bits peeled off already when I hoovered the edges! But the walls look good, pleased with the colour. We need to get another lamp, & new tablecloths too.
    Xena is asleep now, worn out from her busy day!
    Fasting was okay today, too busy to eat, cooked easy stuff for the others, told hubby we were not having a takeaway!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Dave..
    Only another seven weeks hopefully…I will do a week in Houston too at some stage….

    Enjoy your night..
    X

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    I am sure you will have plenty of caravan holidays in the near future Jean.And who knows maybe even America.xx

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    Mel..
    Your lunch sounded tasty was it so much over…bread maybe….glad all shopping done for both of you…better than me 😂

    Nana..
    We are fine, just gets you down when we visit everyone, even doing hospital visiting, giving people lifts to appointments when they are 100 or even 200 miles away, even my daughter 30 mins away and only a couple of visits..a 18 year old grandson not even asked how he is, Steve took him down to Wembley for a uni visit overnight a few months back…do people think or forget so easy…..Steve has been so ill, even some support for me…sitting thinking about it, people are so thoughtless..

    I don’t begrudge anyone’s holidays go while you can and fit to go….live life to the full……we have had a lot of abroad holidays in the past, hopefully some more in the caravan when he can drive…possibly another 7 weeks to go.

    Dave..
    Get those pints down to cool down…enjoy

    Fasting has gone ok for me, felt quite hungry today..

    Steves daughter visiting tomorrow and staying over…a penny must of dropped!

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Yes he will it was 35 today on the strip😅😅😅, kept out of the sun today, cooling down in the pub now🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

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

    Sept 16/144.4/FD

    Whew must had been one heck of a weekend! Up 4.4 lbs I will prevail tho, so I actually feel less flustered by the number. Now if I had been fasting and saw it went up I’d be livid to say the least.

    AND seriously I have to wonder how did we stay pretty much 30lbs apart? I think we started 30lbs apart and I think our final weight will be prob about 30lbs apart (we really do some kind of interesting connection – fasting twins!)

    I go away again for nearly a week so you may again have radio silence from me. Tomorrow I’ve got to load up the van/pack and then I’m traveling with a friend of mine to PA Wed-Mon.

    In other news I’ve seen some friends I had not seen in about a year and got the best/funniest compliment from one of them. Now you have to picture the whole thing being said straight thru without me really able to get a word in b/c at the are you sick question I shake my head no… and then they continue which I just burst into laugher… here is what they said.
    “hey so great to see you, wait, you lost weight, you look great!, were you trying? Wait, are you ok? You’re not sick?, Ok good, do you need a hamburger? Just checking, but for real do you need a hamburger? I have a 1/2 of a taco in the car…”

    That has got to be hands down the best reaction I’ve gotten so far. It was hilarious.

    @165gw – oh my gosh I feel that way from too many carbs like I’m walking in water perfect description. Mmmmm fresh baked cake thats a tough one. Otherwise if I waited I’m not as inclined. However, I’m a cake snob. Like really it must be super fancy cake – carrot cake is a good one that gets me. Otherwise I just wait till we go to shyndigs (which I’ve described their cake before to you)

    I started out way better observing my FDs more than my NFDs. I say what got me was really taking a moment on my NFDs to say (in my head) if I eat this how hard will I need to work to burn it back off? 1 FD? 2 FDs… that has put more things into perspective. And while I was on Vacation with (I still can’t believe no real FDs for 3 weeks) I did do the OMAD and did my best to MAKE better choices. Or eat less of something that was a not so great choice. Which is still challenging b/c I want to eat a huge portion but I’m learning.

    Have fun on your adventure day out for breakfast sounds super fun! Details when you get back! Cheers!

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    Evening everyone,
    Well have managed a fast day today with nothing until half past five and had a grilled chicken breast with salad .It’s been very hard really missing my holiday lunch time drinks and lunches😕
    Mel it has to be done you can always try again tomorrow.
    Jean hope both of you are feeling a bit more cheerful – doesn’t help with the likes of me talking about having had a lovely holiday.
    Hedgehogs your dress sounds lovely – you’ll look very glam in it I’m sure.
    Kay glad you had a good time away.
    Cakey I’m not much of a gardener my poor garden needs a good tidying maybe tomorrow .
    Minols glad your dog is perking up.
    Dave sounds like your holiday is going well. Our soldier grandson has been on a posting to Cyprus since March- but is coming home this Sunday by the sound of the temperatures you’re having he’s really going to feel the drop in temperature when he gets back.
    Hope everyone else is doing well.
    Nana x

  • September 2019 Monthly Challenge

    Day 16 NI

    Hi all and thank you friends for all your comments 🙂 – I will give you a brief update of where I and the family are.

    Son 4 if you recall left to go to NZ February 2018 – he loved it and thinks he found his true calling, working on a dairy farm. After 18 months he left for a 3 month stint in Australia and again worked on a dairy farm. While in NZ he met a girl from Canada and after a very brief visit home in August he has gone to work in Ontario, on another dairy farm. Not sure if the relationship will mature but I think he plans on staying in Canada for his 2 years anyway. He is very keen on the girl but not sure if she feels the same. It’s hard when you know he just needs a hug.

    Son number 3 lived in England and was trying to secure a permanent teaching position, he and his fiancee (he got engaged in April while on a holiday to Florida) then decided to just go travelling. He called the agency to remove his name as they were going travelling and they said well we have a position in China. So cutting long story short they were both able to secure positions in an international school and left toward the end of August. So far they are loving the experience. We had a lovely party to celebrate the engagement and their leaving for overseas when they came home in August.

    Son 5 – still heart breaking. Sadly he is back in court this Wednesday – our Grandson is now 1 year old, we have not seen him since he was 2 months old. Contact for our son has been up and down with his ex still extremely narcissistic and controlling. He had contact in a contact centre for a while but that broke down about 4 weeks ago as his ex took the child from him and walked out because he changed his son’s nappy. Even though she requested he bring nappies and wipes with him – she said this was just for show. We had requested a brief visit between the uncle’s before they headed over seas at the contact centre but this was denied. One has not seen his nephew at all and one only when he was born. As you can imagine this has been a very stressful time for all concerned and sadly all too common as I have discovered.

    Other boys are fine and we now have 6 chickens.

    My Dad was 90 in January and we had a party which he thoroughly enjoyed. He has gone down hill quite quickly of late and had a couple of falls which has knocked his confidence. He has carers come in to help him get dressed and undressed night and morning as he was diagnosed with polymyalgia Rheumatica which has caused loss of muscle power. Had a spell in hospital a few weeks ago but is doing his best to get back on his feet.

    and as for me – I am still going the gym twice a week. playing squash 2-3 times a week and still doing my fast days – at times with reasonable success, I lose a bit and then lose the plot but the guy that runs the gym is very good at working on the mindset which helps me understand a lot and helps me refocus. So I am approaching my lowest weight in a long while, hopefully I can keep the momentum going. I haven’t felt the need to reach for the wine gums or wine lol of late. I feel fitter and stronger which is all good but still very much on my journey. I also requested a 4 day week back in April from work – with all that was going on I needed some me time and I love having the extra bit of freedom.

    Think that’s you all brought up to date – if you can spare a thought think of us on Wednesday. I am praying that the court see through the manipulation and order proper contact for our son as I fear what could be ahead.

    I can’t promise I will check in every day or keep up to date with all the posts but I will drop in from time to time to touch base. I thought about you all often over the last few months.

    I know some of you have had difficult and sad times since I was last here, my thoughts are with you all – the only words I can think to leave you with are – if you can be anything, be kind, especially to yourself. Lots of love x

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