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  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello everyone, happy Friday. Where has the week gone?

    I am down 500g so far this week so pretty happy about that. 90.3 this morning so very tantalisingly close to getting back in the 80’s. Best FD for ages yesterday, 700 calories and my dear OH got fish and chips from up the road and I managed to restrict my thieving to 4 small chips from his plate

    That was a scary raid Turn, glad you are ok. My work is crazy but yes I get paid very well I must admit. I know banking isn’t known for high salaries (unless you are an executive) but after 30 years I have managed to build up knowledge and experience in a niche area that is, thankfully, very much in demand for banking IT projects. So the last 10 years we have been able to be a one income family which is fantastic because hubby suffered terrible anxiety when he was working. He was a sales rep but inside all he ever wanted to do was design. He did 2 years at TAFE to become and architectural draftsman but couldn’t find work in that area. Anyway, since ‘retiring’ he has single-handedly turned our run-down house into an architectural dream home. Our backyard is like a resort and has a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and a beautiful pool. We have an private outdoor bath and shower that feels like you are in the tropics with huge rocks and plants and inside now is stunning. It has been back-breaking at times as he does it all himself (apart from the occasional plumber or electrician) including carrying tonnes of soil and rocks etc down from our backyard to the street below where he had a constant stream of large bins. So anytime work drives me crazy I remember that I am actually lucky to have it and it allows a great work/life balance. I can’t fathom how we got by when we were both working full time.

    Betsy, yay for the 68’s!

    I hope you can get your family issue sorted quickly Cinque. Sorry to hear your daughter is in a lockdown area

    Neil, another holiday! Hope you have lots of fun with the family. Ha ha ha….shaken not stirred.

    We had such a lovely day yesterday – 23 degrees in the middle of winter. The wind was even warm and it was stunning. Back to 17 today

    Lindsay, another thing I try when Maxx nicks something is to throw a few pieces of kibble sharply down on the floor so he drops whatever it is and gobbles up the food. I also do the same swap exercise that you do. He has been really good on our walks for the past week (with the one big exception of the running off). I think the extra focus and training is working. His kibble has had to be reduced due to the extra treats during training and he knows it! He gives you a look as if to say – are you SERIOUS? I yam STAH-VING.

    I had to get my car serviced the other day so we had to leave him at home which is something we do rarely. We drove to the garage in OH’s car and I drove mine home. I took a peek up the side stairs to find this https://imgur.com/a/oYeGkx2

    Who says dogs can’t show emotion on their face? What do you reckon he is saying?

    Have a great day all. Hi to everyone I haven’t mentioned

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Still in pain going to bed now, Heidi is good.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 3 OMAD London UK

    @basyjames – that is shocking news. I’m sorry to hear about your breakup. It must be very traumatic, but it may be for the best. You only really know that some time later, I think. Lots of people here missed you. It’s good you are back. Best wishes and keep strong. H

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2……Florida…….EFS

    I don’t know what in hell got into me today, but I was starving all day….. so much that every my water and gum did nothing to help! Then at lunch, I went and bought some naughty, naughty and I ate it all……then I got some even more naughtiness for dinner with a glass of wine. What the hell is wrong with me…… because now all I want to do is go to sleep! It’s not even dark yet!

    I have the next three days off and I know, it is not going to get any better!

    But, I have made a decision…… hopefully, it will help!

    So tell me what ya’ll think……..

    We own a hunting camp near where we are from, we normally stay there a couple times a year but when we went up in May, we discovered a nice leak in the roof. I say nice but it was not nice at all….. Anywho long story short, we could not stay, the mold I’d horrific. Now, we were there in Nov., hubby stayed for almost a month, I was only there 2 weeks, no leak…… hubby closed it up a week before Christmas….. so between Christmas and the first week in May…… the roof leaked….. we believe that it happened when the snow melted. Since then the house has stayed open to dry and air out, the roof fixed. So, the hubby, is headed up there to clean up and fix the house up…… He’s thinking 6-8 weeks…… anyways tons to do…..

    Wow…… get to the point would ya?!?

    So, since the kids do their own thing and he’ll be gone…..I’ll be on my own food wise! I was thinking, of starting a 30 min. walk before work while it’s still semi cool out and trying to cut carbs going more keto in my diet.

    What do you think? Any easy keto meals out there, I must try?

    So that’s where I am…….

    I’m totally lacking the zip-a-dee part in my doo-dah day!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Cinque, I certainly enjoyed the chocolate, although I got a big energy crash the following day and regretted the decision.

    Is there any truth to the rumours going round that the new coronavirus cases stemmed from some people in isolation sleeping with the security guards? They mentioned on the news last night that that was one of the possible explanations that officials were investigating.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning everyone,

    Quacka, thankyou so much for letting us know how you are. Life is changed for ever when a parent dies. Sending so many heartfelt wishes that his legacy, and your dear family, can comfort you. https://img1.goodfon.com/wallpaper/nbig/4/d4/tyulpany-krokusy-iris-cvety.jpg

    I’m sorry that terrible reflux is still ongoing. Are you all small meals and going for a walk after eating? At least, not lying down.
    Feel free to post here about the things you are doing at the moment, we miss being in touch. Otherwise, hoping you are in a space to get back to fasting soon, and we will see you then.

    Hi Lindsay, haha, some more warm air from the north please! Yes, 3 things are much easier than 7. Sometimes I am down to 1.

    The reorganisation sounds wonderful. What a pleasure. Good luck with the new fence happening too.

    It is 4 weeks lockdown for the suburbs affected, including my daughter’s, and hopefully that will be enough to bring numbers under control. Otherwise it will go longer, and more suburbs might have to join. Hanging out for today’s numbers, with fingers crossed.

    While issues with safety factors at quarantine hotels brought covid back into the community, the relaxing of Covidsafe practices in families spread it, and then it looks like the mad shoppers etc have spread it even further. I do so hope that everyone gets back into gear, and keep social distancing and hygiene practices going. Everywhere! All the time! The whole world!

    Anzac, so sad to hear of the death someone you knew so well and long, cancer still kills so many people, so young. Thinking of your mutual friend.

    Betsy, hooray. So glad you got a move down, And hooray that you have another stay before the statins are called for. All power to you.
    Ice cream is a good one to cut out. (Maybe you can have a nice one in a couple of months). Luckily there are plenty of other delicious foods for us to eat.

    Hi Neil, hooray for a nice little centimetre gone from your waist. Oops re the chocolate binge. I hope that at least you managed to enjoy it while you were eating it.

    Turn, Betsy and Intesha’s inspiration helped me though until mid afternoon and I got a lovely shop done for veggies and also visited the op shop. But then, oh dear.
    It might be that I am more effected than I realised by a bit of a family issue my sisters and I are discussing how to respond to. I am feeling ok now, and looking forward to feeling hungry between meals today. My sisters and I are having our zoom session in a couple of hours and I think it will be good to talk together (it was emails yesterday).

    LJoyce, hoping you haven’t posted because you have been doing lovely busy things, but sending you good wishes in case it is ill health or similar. Missing you!

    Hello to everyone else and sending you best wishes from cold grey Melbourne.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 3, NFD, Aus

    Glad you’re finding the LFDs easy, @flourbaby. Mine yesterday was good. PFDS for me today!

    I’ve got a semi-work dinner out tonight, at a Thai restaurant. I’m not really looking fwd to it. It made me realise this will be the first time I’ve been out to a restaurant in MONTHS!! We’ve only done takeaway once since COVID really started to bite here. I think part of my reluctance is Friday nights are our homemade pizza and red wine night and I’m feeling a bit resentful of the interruption to my routine.

    @veggiegirl – 10 pets??!! An aquarium full of fish or a more diverse menagerie?

    Re the Palahniuk quote. I always mentally think “and hard is only temporary”.

    Hello @basyjames. So sorry to hear of the breakdown of your relationship but I am in awe of your mental pick-me-up. You go!

    @mia139, I also love crisps (chips in my lingo) and wine. I’m lucky that my OH does the grocery shopping and when he asked if there was anything I wanted added to the list I bit down on my read answer “salt and vinegar chips!” So no temptation in the house for me this weekend.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

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

    It’s interesting how small changes can make a big difference. I’ve cut back white cards this week and the weight dropped. Who would have thought? 😅😅🤣

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

    Hi PVE – I cut out my weekend alcohol, cut my daily flat white coffee down to just on my 3 bigger calorie days, and continued my exercise regime. I’ll keep that going for the rest of July and see how I get on.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Morning everyone

    Intesha, sorry to hear about your dad’s fall. I’ve heard there are online videos of simple exercises for the elderly that are supposed to improve balance and reduce falls, perhaps that may be something he could look into when he’s feeling better after this fall?

    Quacka, sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I hope you can get on top of the reflux soon. Did you ever get a test for the H pylori bacteria I think I mentioned a few months back? My wife had really bad reflux and she turned out to have the bacteria, a course of antibiotics later and she hasn’t had issues since.

    Turn, We didn’t get any snow, it was mostly in Central Otago. We just got miserable rainy cold grey weather. I’m on holiday next week and the nasty weather is supposed to continue 🙁

    Anzac, more bad news, sorry to hear about your friend, this year really is going down as one I would like to wipe from the history books.

    Lindsay, Sean Connery is your builder? When you offer him a cup of tea do you ask if he wants it shaken not stirred? 😉

    Betsy, I only weigh myself once a week so I don’t know how the scales have been treating me yet, but my waist measurement was down by 1 cm to 87 cm (37¼ inches) so I’ve got to be happy with that. Although on my last non fast day I did have a slip and ate what seemed to be almost my own bodyweight worth of chocolate. I had a fast day yesterday and hefty gym session where I managed to run 8.6 kilometers in my 45 minute session, so hopefully that will counteract the chocolate binge.

    Last day of work and then I get one week of holidays, so hopefully the weather forecast does not come true and we’ll be able to get out and about during our break.

    Have a great day everyone

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

    Spot o, Neil! How did you do it? P

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    2nd post

    Hi@Bellyblast! Thanks for the invitation to the ” 60 kg ” challenge! Happy to join you and @snowflake56 chasing down the last few kilos to target.

    @basyjames, sorry to hear of your bad time recently.. thinking of you and sending virtual hugs.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 UK FD

    Safely navigated another FD! I’m always very motivated at the start of the month but need to manage weekends better as tend to go off the rails a bit. My big downfall….. crisps and wine! So being aware of this I’m approaching this weekend determined not to be derailed! Report of success to be reported on Monday!!

    Rather late post as working today and very busy evening catching up on the phone with friends not seen since February lockdown. Hopefully will be able to meet up soon.

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

    I had a good week last week, I had a drop on the scales for the first time in about 7 weeks. I dropped a whole 0.9 kilos to sit right on my goal weight.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 Second Post

    Oh, @basyjames, I’m so sorry to hear about your horrible June, and especially your separation. My first instinct is to turn to prayer, and with your permission, I’ll keep you and your DH in prayer that you can come through this together and stronger.

    Together we ARE stronger.

  • Iflytoohigh's Journey | 4:3 + 20:4

    Not related to my eating, but I found out today that I was offered the state position. I’m so excited! Among so many candidates and applicants, I was selected. What a privilege and honor to move into this. Tonight was supposed to be a fasting evening/low kcal evening, but I also do want to celebrate. Maybe I’ll do a middle-ground evening of eating and try to remain around 1200 kcal. Not quite the 800 or less that I want to achieve, but better than a full-blown celebration. I’ll save that for Friday when I meet with my friend.

    What a great day it’s been so far.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 Canton OH WFD

    I am a day late to committing to the challenge this month, but I am in.

    I had a very rough June! OH and I separated after an inconsequential argument escalated out of control. It was terrible, and I really tried not to descend into despair but some days were just so difficult that I just gave up the fight. Refined carbs and alcohol became the mainstay of my diet, which led to me feeling terrible, which led to more carbs. Ring around the rosy stuff.

    I am re-emerging because I cannot allow this to be my story, and July will better- so help me God. Relationships are important of course, but regardless of what happens in my relationships, I have to love myself enough to fight for my health and wellness.

    I have packed on quite a few unwanted pounds and I need to unload them. Good thing I have my good friends on this forum to hold me accountable.

    I plan to navigate this one day at a time, with the refrain “Not today!” when I am tempted to indulge my baser instincts. 36 hour water or liquid fasts sandwiched between controlled days, aim for 10,000 to 15,000 steps a day and daily commitment to a beachbody program I have fallen in love with “morning 100”

    Congratulations to everyone who is crushing their goals, and maintaining as needed.

    Together we are stronger ❤

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    @bellyblast — Thanks for asking! OH (73 yr old) is getting stronger day by day. His sepsis in January was awful, but it seems the double pneumonia in the end of May has taken longer to fully recover. He’s spent the last couple days more like normal, doing some deferred maintenance on the back yard bricks and pavers with the pressure washer water sprayer. Still lots of concrete to clean!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening everyone, up early and out for our daily constitutional walk at 6:45am has made it a very long day and feeling tired now. Weighed this morning and was pleased to see a pound had been lost so decided against doing a FD today but have eaten sensibly.
    Dave hope you feel better soon – dos’nt sound very pleasant. Hope Heidi is alright also after yesterday.
    Jean sounds a sensible thing to consider moving to a more suitable location within your village if possible. Last one of the week for Steve tomorrow am I right in thinking that he’s got two more weeks to go. Does he have to be on a special diet ? Husband had to avoid eating or drinking anything that would create gas in his stomach but he was allowed a curry and a pint on a Friday evening.
    Hedgehogs you’ve been busy again. How did sons visit to girlfriend go ? A Tesco delivery for us tomorrow morning did the final additional items this afternoon and their site was so slow at least you can order 95 items now and some of the order item restrictions have been lifted.
    Endellion some thinking needed to be done by you.
    Have a good evening everyone and stay safe.
    Nana x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening…
    Endellion- alot extra to think about with the holiday then 😞 must admit going to an airport & flying wouldn’t really appeal right now, but you’re young & an experienced traveller, I’m sure you’ll have a great time! Hope the therapist session helps, I guess online?
    Dave- hope your stomach improves soon 😬. Have fun with phone & watches! If the scales are unkind tomorrow, you don’t have to share!
    Jean- moving is a real wrench if you love the area…are there any bungalows you could keep an eye out for in your village? Although obvs needing a car would still be an issue! Hubby’s sinuses do seem a bit better, thanks, hopefully no more antibiotics! I used to live in Scunthorpe as a child…Well done with your FD, hope you’re not too hungry this evening!
    Nana- hope you’ve had a good day!
    Mel- hope you’re okay, you’ve gone quiet again!
    Feel like I’ve been ‘on fire’ today- as the nursery teacher I used to work with would say, the poor children were never sure if that was a good thing! Have done lots of cleaning, a good workout, tidying…kept thinking it was Friday (because we had our shopping delivery yesterday & usually have it Thursday!) so feel I’m ahead of myself 😀. And no picking, even made my favourite seed crackers & wasn’t tempted.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 UK FD
    Good Morning/Afternoon Evening depending on where you are in the 🌎 As usual for a Thursday bumper pocket list

    @endellion – no problem , we have quite a few maintainers , we have room for everyone
    Pocket List – Day 2
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @judyjudes
    @snowflake56
    @annabelle48
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @funshipfreddie
    @shinything
    @fasterjo
    @at
    @hedwig6
    @stitchincarol
    @suki2
    @bellyblast
    @brightonbelle

    DTF pocket list
    @emma-taylor
    @penz?
    @funshipfreddie?
    @suki2
    @brightonbelle

    I’m liking @flourbaby s quote – “It’s going to be hard, but hard is not impossible.” Chuck Palahniuk

    Be kind to yourselves See you tomorrow x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Not looking forward to the weigh in.I think the pain I am having could be my irritable bowl as returned. Not sorted the lights out yet, not tried. Been pairing my watches with the phone and using smart lock to open my phone. Will try again with the lights maybe tomorrow.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon…

    Shopping finished and got Steve back all fine just a delay with someone else…

    I have bought two nice taster whiskey glasses, they look really nice for spirits in general..they have arrived…I think Mel will like them..
    Been into Scunthorpe we had a problem with our back wiper on the car, Steve broke it…..It was repaired free.
    Three rounds of the park now eaten and kitchen closed….glad we have been busy as I got quite hungry.

    Hedgehog..
    I always liked a bikini, we went on a cruise 5 years ago and decided the time had come for a one piece or two full halves…we will keep looking for a bungalow detached or semi not really bothered..I think Steve worries about the neighbours at a later date if one of us is left alone, also driving as we get older to go nearer shops, I can understand were he’s coming from but I do like my village.

    Lots for you to do this morning with different meal times, Mum does get upset easy, a good job hubby has patience …how is he, any better?

    Mel..
    What was the outcome this morning…did the builders understand??…it was a worry..

    Dave..
    Hope you are feeling better now….have you got your lights sorted on the phone?…our weigh ins in the morning 🤞

    Jean x

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Endellion my phone is the Samsung galaxy s20 ultra.I have it paird up with my watches, so all is good, almost got it setup how I want it. Changed about 40 things on it. Heidi had a good birthday apart from when a dog jumped on her back and knocked her down, then when she got up it mounted her, I had to get hold of it by the collar and move it away. It was a very broad staff/ pit bull type dog. Glad it didn’t bite me when I got hold of it. Weight in tomorrow, and it’s going to be very bad 🥺🥺.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 Canada FD

    First of nine FD’s for me and I am raring to go:)

    @snowflake56 we have definitely got this and I am sure we will be seeing 60kg by the end of the challenge. @mia139 we 3 are all around the same weight and hoping to end up in the same place at the end of the challenge, you are of course welcome to join the partnership

    @songbirdme I am sure you are missing your choir, how is your OH doing these days?

    @brigtonbellee your walk must have been wonderful

    @northgeorgia those sort of goodbyes are the best

    Pocket List – Day 2
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @judyjudes
    @snowflake56
    @annabelle48
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @funshipfreddie
    @shinything
    @fasterjo
    @at
    @hedwig6
    @stitchincarol
    @suki2
    @bellyblast

    DTF pocket list
    @emma-taylor
    @penz?
    @funshipfreddie?
    @suki2

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon everyone!

    Dave – your new phone sounds incredible! Which one is it again? Hope Heidi had a great birthday.

    Mel – haha, maybe you’re right about the bikini excitement. Glad you had a good walk too!
    I’m surprised they’re allowed to make so much noise so early in the day. I hope Paul comes back in one piece…

    HH – I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed about the holiday if I’m honest. There seems a lot to think about. I’ll have to do a test on arrival and self-isolate for up to two days awaiting test results. Or take a test before I go, but I feel a bit cheeky doing one here, when you’re only really supposed to if you’re showing symptoms. Hmm..
    Wow, you’ve been non-stop! I hope you have a relaxing afternoon to make up for it.
    Your poor mum.. it really can’t be easy. Sending hugs.
    Yep, I’ll still be here! I don’t want to undo my progress!

    Jean – in theory I go on Tuesday! Eek!
    Exciting about starting to look for a new home! My gran had a lovely bungalow surrounded by a huge garden that she lived in for years and years, since she was about 60, I think. As kids we loved running riot outside but it was also very easy to live in. Worth looking until you find the perfect place…

    Gah, all this talk of rats! Are we done yet?!

    I spent a long time lying awake last night, thinking and worrying. I’ve booked a preliminary session in with a therapist on the weekend, to try and help understand my worries. It’s a bit scary but I think it’ll ultimately be a good thing.
    Despite such a late night, I woke bright and early, and although I wasn’t feeling it, joined for the 8am workout this morning… and loved it!

    I’ve just been tapping away on my laptop in bed the rest of the day. Sooo tired! Just browsing trainers, sunhats, writing a little bit… I’m thinking a little nap?

    x

  • Iflytoohigh's Journey | 4:3 + 20:4

    I had a rather successful “down day” yesterday (Wednesday)! Managed a 25 hour fast, and my kcal intake was only 765. Pretty darn good, if I do say so, myself. I’m aiming for today to be an equally low consumption day. Not sure what dinner will be yet, but I’m thinking some sort of soup?

    Work continues to be a little bit crazy, but thankfully we are off tomorrow/Friday for the US Independence Day extended holiday weekend. I’ll be spending Friday and Saturday at my friend’s home. I’m hoping for a fairly active weekend that will keep us outside, on our paddle boards, and traversing many trails.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 UK NFD

    Hello everyone! Late joining here, but anyway! So, I don’t think I’ll be doing any FDs this month. Which is perhaps slightly counter-intuitive given the site I’m on, but the encouragement and accountability is what I need to stay on track, I think.

    Over the past few months I’ve dropped about 9 pounds, and while I’d like to see a few more come off, I’m very happy with my progress, and ready to take a break from actively losing for a little bit.

    So, my aim is to eat around my TDEE every day, but listening to my body. I’m pretty active working out most days so will be carrying on with that. My aim is to maintain or lose a tiny amount.

    x

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 Oxon, UK FD
    FD today. Walked the dog, had my run, just Yoga left today which I’ll do around 6pm when I get the munchies before dinner.
    Thanks to @penz, @at and @songbirdme.
    My aim this month is to maintain by having 2 FD800, 3 CD1000, 2 stick to TDEE, per week. I’ll see how that goes and fine tune as needed. Its one thing to lose but quite another to maintain. Its taken me 11 months to get to this point.
    ‘It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.’ Confucius
    Pocket List – Day 2
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @judyjudes
    @snowflake56
    @annabelle48
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @funshipfreddie
    @shinything
    @fasterjo
    @at
    @hedwig6
    @stitchincarol
    @suki2

    DTF pocket list
    @emma-taylor
    @penz?
    @funshipfreddie?
    @suki2

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 – Rural Nebraska, USA – FD

    Achieved yesterday’s goals of 10K steps and no more than 1400 calories. Although, I don’t actually know how many calories it was: I did OMAD, and DH and I bought two gyros to go, then took them to a brew pub where you can bring in your own food. So, one gyro, my own beer, half of DH’s second beer, then for dessert a piece of bread with jam when we got home. Figuring generously, that’s 450 plus the gyro. But how much was the gyro???? Information online said 380 to 740, so whatever it was, I was under 1400.

    And this morning, I’m up a full pound. See, @annabelle48 and @judyjudes, many of us are in this perplexing position, LOL! Oh well, today’s FD should remedy that.

    @flourbaby, your quote really hit home for me: “It’s going to be hard, but hard is not impossible.” Chuck Palahniuk

    @northgeorgia, such a sweet surprise; congratulations!!
    @EmmaTaylor, you made me chuckle to think things had gotten quiet. I was startled when I got here on the 1st to discover people had already been posting in June, so I think you and I are simply different sides of the same coin. 🙂

    Pocket List – Day 2
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @judyjudes
    @snowflake56
    @annabelle48
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @funshipfreddie
    @shinything
    @fasterjo
    @at
    @hedwig6
    @stitchincarol

    DTF pocket list
    @emma-taylor
    @penz?
    @funshipfreddie?

    “You can find inspiration from others, but determination is solely your responsibility.” Wishing you all bucketloads of determination today!

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 – 2nd Post

    @northgeorgia – great job on the new record! 🏋

    @flourbaby – well done on another successful LFD! Love the quote, “It’s going to be hard, but hard is not impossible.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk. I’ll have to remember that when I eventually try a LFD. You make it sound easy though?!

    @emma-taylor – thanks for starting the DTF list. I must confess – I had a sneaky vodka last night; but only one! Not today though, not on a FD.

    Pocket List – Day 2 🍏
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @judyjudes
    @snowflake56
    @annabelle48
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @funshipfreddie
    @shinything
    @fasterjo
    @at
    @hedwig6

    DTF Pocket List ☕️
    @emma-taylor
    @penz?
    @funshipfreddie

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2, NFD, U.S.-MI

    Good morning everyone!

    I forgot to include a bit about myself with my post yesterday, and since I’m new to the group here’s a very long story, condensed lol.

    Back in 2012 I hit my highest weight and found out I was a pre-diabetic. Type 2 runs in my family and that was the wake up call I needed. I had never tried losing weight before and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Somehow I ended up on a low carb forum that had a sub-forum for JUDDD, (Dr. Johnson’s Up Day, Down Day diet ie ADF). The small group of ‘Judders’ were so positive about what they were doing, that I jumped in with both feet 🙂 Fast forward a few months and I lost around 50lbs and normalized my glucose numbers.

    Since then I’ve maintained pretty well, experimenting with different IF protocols, different ways of eating and mixing in the occasional exercise. Last year I became interested in Keto, which led me to Dr. Ken Berry, which then led me to Dr. Shawn Baker and from that-the wacky world of ‘carnivore’ eating, or an animal based diet. Tried it, loved it, and did it for about a year. In that time I had a very thorough blood panel/tests run, (was applying for a life insurance policy), and my numbers came back so good that I was rated ‘ultra preferred plus’ by the insurance company 🙂

    I was enjoying my woe, I was effortlessly maintaining a BMI of around a 20, and I was in the best health of my life, (eating 90% animal products). And then Covid19 hit. And at the beginning of all of that I made a conscious decision to take a break from my woe. Grocery shopping was very sporadic, my husband was home all the time, we had no income coming in and it was just too much to still try and balance everything. Within 3ish months I’ve gained around 15lbs. It’s time to get back at it and get back to a lower carb woe and then mix in IF to get rid of the weight creep.

    I’m 41 yrs old, mom of 3 teenagers, 10 pets and I’m an avid reader who loves listening to audio books on my daily walks 🙂

    Yesterday I had another solid FD and woke up this morning clear headed and feeling really good. Today’s a NFD and then I’m going to do one more FD tomorrow, before we go into the long holiday weekend.

    This morning’s weigh-in: 142.8lbs (goal: 130lbs)

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon, phone more or less sorted, only problem I have not sorted out is the lights all around the edges are supposed to flash when you receive a message.No fishing this week. Weather not very good. Will go next week hopefully.Heidi enjoyed her chicken yesterday, just half a chicken breast left. I will give her that after her walk.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon!
    Jean- shame the bungalow’s too small…would be nice for you to get away from those neighbours! Hope you didn’t get too wet! Keep strong fasting- you always do anyway! I’m impressed at how long you wore bikinis for!!
    Mel- I hope Paul survives! That’s ridiculous starting building work at 7am! Nice to have a humane trap for the rats, we did use one for mice, but felt rats maybe a bit too big…Hope you catch them quickly, they can do alot of damage 😱 a friend had one gnaw through cables in her car, v expensive!
    Nana- glad you had a good day yesterday & well done fasting!
    Dave- were you going fishing again? Or busy working out the new phone? Hope Heidi is okay after all the excitement yesterday!
    Endellion- have a good & busy day! Are you sticking around with us now you’re maintaining? Hope so!
    Was out very early with Xena for a couple of hours, came back & straight into cooking- breakfast for youngest as he’s on a late shift, then doing 2 different dinners tonight for the others so got ahead with that, made extra for Mum, she hates cooking! Lots of washing up, a bit of tidying, so didn’t sit down at all from 7am- 12.30! Fasting going okay. Hubby had to go & help Mum with her TV, she burst into tears on him because ‘everything was going wrong’- just the TV & a lightbub! All easily sorted…must be hard to not be able to do things yourself though 😞

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2, Boston, USA, FD, Run 3-4 miles

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    Day 1 recap
    – did not fast, and in fact had *checks notes* an EFS because we were celebrating my daughter getting her black belt 🙂
    – did not run, which was a lost opportunity because today is going to be HOT.
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    Ah well. Guess today will be a retake of yesterday. My computer is dead and I dislike typing on the phone so I’ll keep this short. Hope someone can add me to the pocket list!

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Fairly good OMAD yesterday. Today will be a little more eating.

    @suki2 – Welcome to the “Maintenance Shack!” Hmm… what to give you as a welcoming gift? Just lots of pats on the back and “well done” I suppose.

    Onward and downward.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 OMAD London UK

    I thought things had got a bit quiet. I forgot to log onto the July Challenge. OMAD is still working well, and I can have a drink tomorrow. In Battersea Park with my mates. Yippee!!!
    Speaking of which

    DTF pocket list
    @emma-taylor
    @penz?
    @funshipfreddie?

    Happy Thursday all.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 – USA/GA – NFD

    Had a good FD yesterday. Worked on a work project most of the day and didn’t get ready to eat until around 2 p.m. or so. I’m on the FD500 and my parents are doing the FD800; with me living next door and working mostly from home, I’ve adopted their M/W schedule for fasting for now. Lately, I’ve been reaping the benefits as in the evenings there is often a cut 3 oz. piece of grilled chicken or pork tenderloin just begging me to make a nice final meal (usually shredded into a salad…mmm). No! They’re spoiling me! haha

    Nice weigh-in surprise this morning at 255 1/2 lbs. A new record! I last weighed 255 lbs. on June 23, 2018. Today I am convinced that I left the 260s back in June, so here’s a big kiss goodbye to you, 260s!

    Best wishes to all on the pocket list today!

    Pocket List – Day 2
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @judyjudes
    @snowflake56
    @annabelle48
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @funshipfreddie
    @shinything
    @fasterjo
    @at

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    3rd Post

    You’re welcome @annabelle48

    @flourbaby You did great with your loss last month, really impressive. I’ve never lost that much in a month. My body doesn’t give itself up easily 😬 I think the best I’ve ever done is 6lbs in one month. That was at the start of my journey. Wishing you another great month.

    @betsylee Welcome to the Imperial Club 😊

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2, London, UK, NFD,

    Yesterday’s LFD was a good one, on average I find liquid fasting is no more difficult than 500 calories, in fact it may be easier since I don’t even have one single solitary thought of food – unless I think about what I’ll breakfast on the following day; as someone who’s been fasting for a while, I’m used to the ebb & flow of those pesky hunger pangs 🐉. I KNOW how to white knuckle that particular ride, the thing I struggled with the most was putting the brakes on once I started eating, now I don’t have that problem and breaking my fast on NFDs as late as possible means I’m not too strict and small portions of ALL the things I love (bread, bread, wine, cheese & bread!!!) keep me satisfied but no gorging or bingeing!! Thanks for all the congratulations on the ‘almost’ 10lb loss😎, I wish the same is visited upon each and every one of you this month!!!!🙏🙏

    @veggiegrl, your handle completely threw me when I read about your no veggie/ meat only lifestyle!!! 🍗 🍗 🍗

    @bert1802, glad to see another chuckle worthy ending for this month!!! 😂😆

    @funshipfreddie, I totally get it!!! I just want someone to cook for me & then clean up after me!!! I would kill for a Thai meal at my favourite restaurant, they’re doing take-aways which I’ve indulged in (just to support them of course!! 😂) but it’s NOT the same!!! 😟

    I’m waiting for @daffodil2010 to post, how did yesterday’s FD go? Back on track I hope 💪!!! Thinking of you & sending some mojo your way!!! 🤗🙏

    “It’s going to be hard, but hard is not impossible.” Chuck Palahniuk

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

    The croc sausages were great, and as Mr P said, “Better than them eating us!” 😅😅
    Etihad are flying from here to the UK, but our COVID cases, even in hotspots in Melbourne are negligible compared with the UK.

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

    Yes, our friends complained about the private security firm – Boris type jobs for mates? Their son has finished his hospital stint in Melbourne and needs to restart in Coffe Bay. They’ve been told they can travel as key workers and our friends as key carers. They are desperate to get home here, though NO indication of when Quantas will fly internationally though

    Crocodile sausages! eeK!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Quacka, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dad. It has only been 14 months since my Mum passed and it leaves a hole in your life. The thing that gets to me the most is that I will never see her again even though we had already lost her a few years ago to the dementia it doesn’t lessen the pain.

    Be kind to yourself and remember the memories of the good times.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 – UK – FD
    Day 1 – NFD

    Apologies for not posting yesterday but time just got away from me……

    Good start to my day – Usual Thursday routine with a 7am Broga Class followed by a 9am Aerobic Class – now showered and logging in here before I head out for some volunteering around 1130

    For those new to these challenges a little bit about myself:-
    I am a 62y.o. female living with my OH, we have a married daughter who has 4 fur babies – 3 cats and an adorable beagle called Archie.
    Height = 163cm/5ft 4in
    I started this WOL on my own in January 2016 as I was fed up with being overweight and wanted to get fitter!
    I decided to join the challenges in November 2016 as I had plateaued for around 3 months but managed to reach maintenance in early December 2016 with the help of these challenges and have remained in maintenance range of 54-56kg/119-123.5lbs and a BMI of just over 20 since then!
    Total weight loss = 22kg/3st 7lbs
    I retired in December 2013 and moved to the Lake District – best decision we ever made – OH and I love our new life here!
    In my retirement discovered a love for exercise, currently doing yoga x 3 🙏 which I discovered over 5 years ago and it has just been the best thing for me, both physically and mentally. I also do Broga x 2, pilates x 1, aerobics x 1 and hiking on the fells in my beloved Lake District ⛰ and in my spare time do some volunteering in my local community

    Welcome on board to those new or returning to this WOL – IT WORKS and best of all you don’t feel deprived – these challenges are friendly and lots of advice and support given

    @suki2 – congratulations for moving into maintenance!
    @veggiegrl – that’s a lot of salt and in coffee too!!! just out of interest do you now eat fruit and vegetables? or are you still on the no veggies-just meat/eggs/some dairy?

    Joining today’s pocket list for motivation

    Pocket List – Day 2 🍏
    @penz
    @jaifaim
    @judyjudes
    @snowflake56
    @annabelle48
    @i-hate-lettuce
    @funshipfreddie
    @shinything
    @fasterjo
    @at

    “If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. and when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now”

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

    We had crocodile sausages for dinner tonight. Sustainable, farmed salt-water crocs. Healthy, tasty food.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Day 2 Melb Aust TDEE

    Very happy this morning as my 3 “mild” B2B2B FDs finally showed as a 500 gm loss on the scales.

    @annabelle48, @i hate lettuce & @judyjudes, I still think in imperial measurements, too, but use cms and kgs to report as most folk here in Australia (everyone significantly younger) use them. I grew up with stones and pounds, and still have to consciously convert to kgs if communicating to others.

    Okay, let’s start as we mean to go on – downwards, everyone!

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good evening all.

    Cinque, you were right – the scales this morning were on 68.8, so finally a move DOWN, yay!

    Quacka, so sorry to read of the loss of your father recently. As others have written, it really hurts now, but that pain will ease.
    Re the acid reflux – does reducing your food intake make it worse? I find that eating more, and weighing more makes mine worse, and now I’ve lost some significant weight, the reflux is much less. Just a comment.

    The doctor’s appointment was okay. He’s not making me start statins yet, though he’s concerned about the cholesterol result. I have to have another test in 3 months, then see him again and we’ll discuss it. In the meantime, I will have to more diligently limit my NFD indulgences, in particular ice-cream. Sigh! Better to be healthy.

    Intesha, my reason for fighting statins is that I already have quite a bit of foot and hand pain from osteo-arthritis, and from what I’ve read and heard from friends, statins often have the side-effect of increasing joint pain. Admittedly, it might not happen, but I will have one more go at bringing my cholesterol down myself, and if that fails, I guess statins it will be. I understand all the heart risks, having had both a mother and older brother with high cholesterol and each having multiple heart attacks.

    Cinque, great that you’ll be able the Zoom the grandkids. Hope you found some suitable vegetables; seems that panic buying is now extending to them now, too.

    LindsayL, hope the fence is built up before Rosy clues on to its possibility as an escape route.
    Yes, I am using APA Referencing in my doctorate. I have the APA version 6 book, which often isn’t a lot of help, but also have a summarised version from one of the local unis which gives me nearly all the guidance I need to reference things accurately.

    Anzac65, so sorry for your loss of a friend, too.

    LJoyce, you haven’t posted since the 30th. I hope everything is okay?

    Thin, any solution found yet re OH’s visa?

    Neilithicman, how are the scales treating you now?

    Hi to everyone else. Keep well, stay safe.

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

    Poor you, Polly. Teeth cutting into your mouth is horrible. I wear a mouth guard at night to limit teeth grinding and to stop the damage I do to my tongue!
    I don’t think any of our Maintenance gang are from Melbourne. I’m from Sydney. Sadly, they’ve become the pariahs of Australia now, just when their school holidays were starting and they thought they could travel. It seems the Vic Govt has mishandled their quarantine system by employing dodgy private security firms. In Sydney, wr use the Navy. They had that option too. The numbers are still low (70 today), but we all know a lot about exponential growth now!
    I agree, put on weight and the last place it goes, when you are older, is on the face. 😏 The tummy and upper arms do well on it. 😉😁
    I hope you sort your dental problems. P

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    3rd post.
    Oops should read cheers me up.

  • July 2020 Monthly Challenge

    D2-UK -FD

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