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  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 1 UK CD

    Thanks @penz for hosting July – I’m in!

    Brief intro: I’m f57 who put on weight due to health issues limiting mobility/energy, stopping smoking and menopause. I started 5:2 in Dec 2017 weighing 178lb and lost 35lbs over the next 9 months, shrinking 3 clothes sizes but never quite reaching my goal. I stayed fairly steady for a couple of years until I fell off the waggon just before pandemic.

    I caught covid in Feb 2020 and have had long covid ever since, inc ME fatigue making me largely housebound, POTS, hypertension, peripheral neuropathy, cognitive impairment and digestive issues. I recovered to about 60% by April 2022 and restarted 5:2 on 27 May weighing 189lb/85.72kg, hosting the Jump In June! challenge for extra motivation. This morning my weight is 180lb/81.65kg: I’ve also lost 1.1 from my BMI and shrunk my fat suit by 2″ bust, 1″waist and 0.5″ hips. This WOL works!

    I’ve also started on a supplement routine which was developed by Cambridge University medics to address long covid fatigue and that’s working really well for me. It’s the busiest time I’ve had in years and I’m not falling off the waggon or getting wiped out – win / win / win ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t eat breakfast and try to eat between 12-8pm tho sometimes supper slips. I rarely drink alcohol bc it really doesn’t work with medication, hypertension, fatigue or cognition. I don’t eat gluten or grains bc joint & gut pain. After 30 years vegetarian I had a vegan year but ate too much junk food and lacked key nutrients; now I’m a vegan who eats eggs – or a veggie who doesn’t eat dairy! I love cooking from scratch and find I eat even more veg on 5:2.

    My July goals are to get under 80kg /175lb, drink more water and do gently daily stretches for 10 mins every other day. I’m away at a super busy conference for one week then going straight to stay w DD for 2 weeks after her surgery. I’ll switch my FDs to travel days when I’ve got more control and can just have OMAD supper. The challenge will be not to eat insta food or succumb to sugar for energy during long days on campus, nor to comfort eat when with DD.

    @lilymartin lovely to see you again – look forward to cheering each other down the road
    @linda.b love your post and your quotes always encourage me ๐Ÿ™‚
    @at thank you for the spreadsheet. And great to have you here again, we missed you x

    Time to crack on! I’ve had a lovely lazy morning after a full on week. Now to top up clean spare room for my lovely friend staying tonight, make a gf loaf for Sunday’s community gatherine, wash – maybe colour – hair ahead of big service tomorrow and get a couple of hours’ project work done so I can enjoy lovely gardening time later this afternoon before my friend arrives. So looking forward to journeying with you all in the 31 days of July, one day at a time…

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Had a very good fortnight lost over 6lbs, do it does work the 5-2 way of life.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good morning everyone,a dull day today.No bowling tonight so a rest day but will go for a practice this afternoon.Trying for a low day today, done 2 fast days this week.

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 01 -Friday โ€“ Gold Coast Queensland Australia โ€“ (NFD)๐ŸŒžโญ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿต๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ

    For the newbies, I started my mission on 1st February to lose overall 10-11 kg (the 11th kg is for wriggle room!) by Easter…. but didn’t quite make it. However, reached my goal on 17th June and very happy about it too! That’s 19 weeks & 3 days by following 5:2 Mondays & Thursdays and rigidly keeping to the plan. Since then I’ve happily dropped another kilo to give some wriggle room on the WOL maintenance plan.

    Iโ€™ve actually done the 5:2 in 2019 and successfully lost 11 kg in 11 weeks, maintained for a year and then failed to follow through with the 6:1 maintenance WOL. Silly me because 6:1 just isnโ€™t that hard but you obviously need to stick with it. The upshot was the fat just came backโ€ฆ. itโ€™s not rocket science and totally my own fault.
    I am a lady of a certain age (WOCA or I prefer LOCA ๐Ÿฅฐ), still working, newly single again and rebuilding my life after some significant changes. In February I set myself some REWARDS to inspire my RESOLVE to a) stick rigidly to the 5:2 IF until I met my goal, and, b) NO ALCOHOL until I met my goal and then review my relationship with alcohol at that time. In truth, after 5 months, I actually no longer miss the wine at all but do see that I might imbibe (only) socially in time to come. My REWARD for these efforts are a) NEW HAIRSTYLE b) update my wardrobe c) a TRIP somewhere, anywhere (probably a walking holiday). So far I have achieved the first reward.. a new hairstyle and am working on the next two.

    There are 187 days left in 2022 and I am RESOLVED to maintain my new ATL weight to ring in 2023! ๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””. But first, there are 31 days in July to set my RESOLVE to stay the course and this forum is the best support ever to do just that.

    If you are new to this forum, I can assure you will find all the support and advice to assist you…. and such a friendly bunch of guys and gals too.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฅฐ
    @penz.. thanks for hosting this month… You won’t have any problems with Dry July…. same as FDs, just make sure you have some alternatives at the ready. You can do it! I’m feeling for you with the wintry temps down there… wow that’s cold! I have a dear friend in Canberra and her daughter is marrying in July….. oooooh! โ„โ„โ„
    @lilymartin… wonderful to have you jumping back in. I hear your pain with the computers & technology… you can’t live with ’em and you can’t live without ’em! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ
    @at… good to see you here too.. thanks for the spreadsheet set-up… it really does help๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    @mariaelena… don’t underestimate yourself, it is a lot and no mean feat!๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ Congratulations! ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ† You have nailed it and you are such a testament to 5:2. I’m following in your footsteps!๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ I’m hoping by end of July I can go to FD800 as well.
    @funshipfreddie,@matpi,@NorthGeorgia,@SongBirdMe, @brightonbelle so good to see you all here today and the others no doubt will be along any minute ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ
    @michelinme not here yet, but hey, thanks for last month’s big hosting effort with nearly 400 posts! and it was so great to be part of JUMP IN JUNE!

    cheerie dearies

    Everything is permitted but not everything is beneficial ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜›

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 1 UK NFD

    Hi all , Iโ€™m a WOCA living in Brighton , south coast of England with DH , Been taking off and putting back on the same 20lbs most of my adult life , with varying degrees of success. 5 2 works for me when I knuckle down .Given myself a stern talking to and I mean business this month , thanks for guiding us @penz . Looking forward to it ๐Ÿ’ช

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 1 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    About me:- David, 60. Originally from Manchester in the UK, living in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, on the east coast of South Africa. I’ve been fasting on & off since 2014. I got serious with fasting after I retired in 2018 & realised I was gaining weight & turning into a couch potato. I’ve been more or less maintaining for quite a while now, with the occasional holiday/festive season glitches. I now follow TRE, seldom eating before noon. I do mostly 5:2 & I donโ€™t eat before 6 pm on fast days. Occasionally if I feel my resolve waning I’ll re-watch Dr Mosley’s ‘Eat Fast & Live Longer’ documentary, to remind myself that fasting isn’t just about weight loss/maintenance, but it can maintain & improve our health in numerous ways.

    @penz – what will I achieve this month? I’m not really looking to achieve anything, but I’m wanting to retain my sanity during my relocation challenge. But I suppose starting a new life in a new province where I know very few people will be an achievement for me!

    Sending everyone RESOLVE for the July Challenge! ๐Ÿ’ช

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 1 โ€“ South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ NFD

    Anyone else having problems posting. I’m getting: ‘Error:Duplicate reply detected, it looks as though you’ve already said that!’ But the post isn’t there ๐Ÿค”

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 0 Ohio, US

    Please count me for all 31 days!

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 Ohio, US — NFD

    The morning weigh-in gave some good news: 181.6 lb (82.4 kg), definitely not as bad as I feared. On the other hand, the same weight as of Day 10 and higher than at the start of the month. During the last week and a half or so, my diet has had to change rather drastically. I worked at being careful of how I ate and it seems that there’s more latitude possible in my diet than I thought possible. Interesting …

    @michelinme Thanks for being a wonderful and supportive host this month! How do you do your eggs & beans? Scrambled eggs mixed with baked beans?

    @northgeorgia Fortunately weight loss is not like horseshoes — close does count! Great job on getting to within 2 lbs of your goal.

    @goal10kg 2.5 kg loss is great! Kudos!
    @funshipfreddie I certainly boil a cup of water in the microwave and then put a tea bag in it for a few minutes. Most Americans love coffee and instead of a kettle, the coffee-pot/coffee-maker is a standard kitchen fixture here. I don’t drink coffee due to an unfortunate childhood incident.

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 1 country west Australia NFD 85 kgs.
    Hopefully back and able to stay with posting for accountability and reading others’ journeys.
    Last few months have been a nightmare with computer hacked, lost phone, you name it technology whacked me with it!!!
    Supposedly all sorted now.๐Ÿคž
    Have spent so much tie at Apple Bar and talking with Apple support that I do feel as though I know all the Apple technicians by name !!!
    Been Han ing around 5:2 since November 2016.
    Did very well initially, got healthier, watched portion sizes, adhered to 5:2 with 2 good fast days etc etc, lost weight.๐Ÿ˜‡
    Got on a plateau, Fell off the wagon and rolled my rather considerably larger form ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณdown the road, round the corner and out of sight.
    Dallied with 5:2 for a few years.
    Jumped ( well more heaved my bulk on to the edge of the wagon nearly dislodging everyone else!!) ๐Ÿ˜ฑearlier this year. Was doing OK.
    Got Covid, lost weight, resumed poor eating habits, lost focus, made a myriad excuses, computer problems, no posting, no accountability, yada, yada, yada. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„
    Now determined to finish the second half of the year better than the first half.๐Ÿค”
    Hi to all the oldies; welcome to all the newbies.
    Here’s to a good next 31 days.๐Ÿ˜
    Plan for July – just to get right back to basics , 5:2 as I originally started, lose 3 kgs, exercise more and see how that goes…… ๐Ÿคž

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good morning everyone,

    Going very slowly this morning, I was going to be minding the girls but they are too snotty and coughy, which is probably good for me, but I miss them.

    I have had a bit of a tricky, busy week, but what a treat it has been to see posts from more of you. I do hope you are able to post more regularly.

    Weightwise, I haven’t been able to fastyfast. I am keeping stable (judging by my clothes) eating lightly and happily…. but still too many days when I eat more than I need: from tiredness or frustration or needing comfort generally.
    However my habits are getting so much better. (Touch wood and whistle). So I am overeating on better food and having less of it.
    Persistence does pay off!

    After a very confusing meeting to get promotion organised for my Healthy Weight Support Group (took 2 hours instead of 10 minutes and I needed a couple of days recovery) I have posters to pin up around the place. The worker accidentally printed lots of A3 posters and put 4 up in the Centre so at least my group will be prominent. ๐Ÿ˜€
    LJoyce, I think you are right that midwinter could be a tricky time. Hopefully, if so, I am not dispirited, but can take this term as a trial run and really get it going next term.

    I had my fourth covid vaccine on Wednesday so lovely to have that boosting my immunity.

    I’ve also sent off my old car to Kids Under Cover charity (they auction it off) and I am driving around my new lovely one, gradually working out all the amazing electronics.

    Thin, good luck with wordle, nailing it in three is always my aim too. Took me four today.
    Enjoy those lazy hazy crazy days of summer. How lovely to have that weekend with DD.
    I’ve lost track, when is your holiday?
    Yay for smaller portions. So key. I am getting better at it.

    LJoyce, nice reversal after pizza and cake. I hope the infusion was an easy one, and yay for whittling away that excess weight.

    Neil, sympathy for the covid, I hope you are right and you are over the worst, and just need to look after yourself to give yourself the best chance of recovering completely. And the same for the rest of your family! Best wishes all.

    Lindsay, lovely to hear your news. Best wishes to Mr Lindsay. And Rosy!
    How tricky to deal with Mr Lindsay’s changing food needs, while looking after your own.
    Portion size is such a good strategy. I have been managing it but there is that half hour after eating where my brain is sure I haven’t had enough and I need to really argue with it to wait and see.

    Anzac, hooray for that beautiful weekend away! I have been to Mollymook, just before Rick Stein opened his restaurant there, such a beautiful place. I also want to hear about your meals there!
    Good work losing weight now.
    The only person I know who had a belly bag and a reversal had no problems, so fingers crossed the same is true for Mr Anzac.
    Yikes, I have seen the maps of rain coming down from the north! I am glad you are prepared.

    Special good wishes for your next job. I really do hope you can find one that pays what you need, and allows WFH, but doesn’t pile on the stress and ridiculous hours and meetings. Your health is most important!

    Hello to Maxx too!

    Gday, lots of good wishes,

    Okay off to write a list of places to put those posters up at. And I had better buy some veggies too, the pantry is bare.

    Cheers all

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Morning everyone, great to see everyone starting to check in again.

    Anzac, great to hear you got away for your getaway, I remember you mentioning that you were going to be going to Rick Stein’s restaurant. What kind of food were you eating there?

    Ljoyce, good work on the loss, I’m not doing fast days while I’m sick, just trying to stick to 1800-2000 calories, but switching to fats over carbs still saw me drop half a kilo.

    Lindsay, must be hard having to eat the same things with your OH trying to increase calories and you trying to reduce it. I’ve been doing separate meals for myself or just switching out some components of it.

    Well my health is improving, I feel like crap in the morning and evening but ok during the day. Each morning and evening has been a bit better than the last one, so hopefully I’ll be better in a couple of days. I still have 3 more days of isolation after today, so freedom day is Tuesday

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 1, NFD, Aus

    It’s the start of the month, and half way through the year. Time to check in, commit, and say hello.

    It’s day one of Dry July for me too and I have to say I’m looking forward to the challenge. This is something I can get my teeth into and throw my won’t power at it.

    A question to start off with: what will you achieve this month? For me, it’s successfully doing Dry July. Not a tipple for 31 days!

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    I know it’s still June somewhere in the world. Thank you @michelinme for being such a fabulous host. See you in July!

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

    Congratulations Grandma!

    I hope all went well, amiya. I cannot have anything treat wise in the house, or I will eat it and not as a weekly treat ๐Ÿ™‚

    Well, that is 3 days solid of cake and chocolate leaving do’s all done. I now have to cope with the final 6 days of school with not much to do. So boring when I love to be busy.

    I shall have to see what the numbers are this weekend and then next before the great lard shift. The task ahead does seem rather overwhelming but I have done it before and know that it’s never as bad as I imagine. I will continue with a weekend measure/weigh/clothes try on.

    Onwards and downwards fast friends ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 FD UK

    Last day of Jump in June! Yesterday was my first brown basmati rice in ages and I made it into a chocolate rice pudding to have with strawberries – yummy – after a carbtastic speedy supper of eggs & beans So today has been easy to fast not least because i’ve been full on busy and just stopping now.

    Forgot to weigh myself this morning but looking forward to my regular Friday weigh day tomorrow to weigh myself out of one challenge and into the next. Supper is a big salad with eggs and a half a baked sweet potato, followed by strawberries. Tomorrow I’ve got a lovely friend staying for the night but I’ve carefully planned supper /Saturday brunch already – woop woop.

    @penz whatever day it turned out to be, hope it was a good one! look forward to seeing you over in July ๐Ÿ™‚
    @matpi it certainly seems to have knocked you out big time!
    @funshipfreddie well done on your 0.3kg loss!
    @jaifaim sometimes a small gain is a big victory – and a sign we’ve been living life to the full ๐Ÿ™‚
    @5413.5 glad you’ve had a good challenge
    @goal10kg wow, well done on your 2.5kg loss in June! There’s nothing like the sense of feeling better in our own skin
    @northgeorgia close is good enough! And it’s very close now….
    @funshipfreddie @mariaelena kettles – who knew?!
    @songbirdme always good to hear your tales of maintenance and busy life
    @stitchincarol what a revelation – self-talk on NFDs to build up the mojo. I will try that rather than letting my hair down ๐Ÿ˜€

    It’s been a pleasure to host the Jump in June! Challenge. It’s certainlygot me back on the waggon which is wonderful. I hit my goal of 182lb early and don’t think i’ve quite hit my revised goal of 180lb but I’ll keep that for an easier start to July. It’s all progress! The difficulty will be as I hit July and am away for 3 weeks, including one at a conference with Very Long Days…

    Thank you everyone – it’s been great to journey with you – see you over in July!

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Dear All

    Apologies for my absence but June has been a difficult month – despite managing 6 FDs my NFD were mostly well over my TDEE – sadly have definitely gone off the rails…….and need to find my MOJO sooner than later…..

    Will brave the scales tomorrow and press my RESET button with the 31 days of July 2022 with @penz

    Many thanks to @michelinme for hosting the Jump in June Challenge ๐Ÿ’

    โ€œIf 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 nowโ€

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening everyone a successful fast day until other half suggested going to our local pu for a drink to pre start our holiday tomorrow so ended up having a 1000 calories. Auntie will be hospital for a few days having investigations done.
    Last post for me until 11th July as on holiday until then.
    Stay safe everyone as it seems Covid is on the rise again.
    Nana x

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 0

    Iโ€™m a WOCA who lost 50+ pounds in the past year. Wow that sounds like a lot – but was a mostly a steady 4-6 lb a month. 5:2 500 was the key, and now that Iโ€™m more or less maintenance I have transitioned to 5:2 800. I also pretty strictly keep to 16:8 ZBC on non fast days, easy for me because Iโ€™m almost never hungry in the morning. I loosely watch the calories, pay lots of attention to protein and fiber intake, do not eschew fat, and have tried to eliminate processed carbs unless it is a homemade treat. My somewhat stable current weight is 128.5 – pretty much middle of BMI range for my height.

    Exercise has been a key component as Iโ€™m working to be as healthy as possible. 20 -30 minutes cardio daily (hula hoop or exercise bike – walk if weather allows, but it doesnโ€™t during the summer) and twice a week strength training.

    Iโ€™m a photographer, an original geek gal, and have recently learned I very much enjoy cooking. The support of the board members here has been wonderfully helpful and a key part of working toward my healthy goals.

    Many thanks to @penz for hosting.

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 – Rural Nebraska – FD500 or perhaps WFD

    I’m pleased with myself: yesterday’s NFD was well-behaved. Every time I thought of eating, I reminded myself what my planned meals were for the day, and got myself to wait to eat. So this morning, for the first time after an NFD in ages, my gut is entirely happy since I didn’t put too, too much food in it yesterday. Small victories lead to big success!

    @funshipfreddie Deep sympathies to you! Similar real estate problems are happening in many areas of the states, and it’s frustrating for buyers/renters!

    @mariaelena I chuckled at what you are forced to snack on, LOL!

    @funshipfreddie After our trip to Germany in 2017 (or was it Israel in 2019?) I came home and bought an electric kettle and absolutely adore it. But, no, I still don’t use it to make tea. Because the only tea I drink is decaf unsweetened iced tea. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    And that’s all the chatter I have time for today; it took a long time to water, and I need to get to my secretary job. Thanks so much @michelinme for hosting us in June; you were wonderful about responding so nicely to each and every one of us. And @penz, thanks for stepping up to host July!

    See you all “over there”!

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    @penz – thank you for taking the helm for July! I’ll be here as I am able! Haven’t really missed a challenge since May 2016!

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 USA (Illinois) NFD

    June has jumped by faster than I thought it would! Whew. Thanks so much @michelinme for guiding us through. I hope to be a more consistent poster in July, but won’t promise. I have a few major activities in my life now (new car, Children’s Museum, and Choral Society) that I have obligations with.

    Hugs to you all!

    Onward and downward.

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 – 16:8 CD

    @funshipfreddie It has been my experience that most Americans donโ€™t have an electric kettle. Some Americans do drink tea and I would guess that tea drinkers would be more likely to have an electric kettle, but it is not unusual for an American to just not drink tea. Iโ€™ve never seen anyone microwave tea, people I have seen microwave a cup of water and put the tea bag in when the water is hot out of the microwave. Some but not many (older?) Americans have a stovetop kettle for boiling water. Iโ€™ve been on team electric kettle all my adult life as we got used to them living in London. Even converted my DH. I now have (thanks to goodwill store) a stovetop kettle as well for power loss emergencies, of which I endure many times a year.

    As I grew up in many different countries I donโ€™t think of myself as particularly American – but what I donโ€™t understand (which does paint me as American) is the practice of dunking cookies into tea! Not an appetizing mix of tastes imo. Dunking a cookie in milk or coffee is a yum to me tho.

    @goal10kg Your described workouts do impress me! HIIT training has lots going for it! But even reading descriptions tires me out, lol.

    @matpi lol the memories of my mom trying to shoo me outdoors when Iโ€™d rather curl up with a good book. She gave up and enrolled me in swimming. But I walked everywhere. Even when we lived in cities with good public transport one often had a good walk to and fro. I certainly wasnโ€™t sedentary but not a high energy child either. More of my childhood was spent in Chicago than any other place and it was not unusual to walk a mile or more to visit friends homes, and at least 1/2 a mile to school. Come to think of it, She never had to shoo me outside in Chicago winters, playing in snow or ice skating was always a treat – I even volunteered for sidewalk shoveling chores (tho, I still do that if I visit my family there in winter.)

    @michellinme Good on you! Better fitting clothes is such wonderful progress!

    Thanks to hosts past and future, Iโ€™m so happy I found these boards – so very helpful for my weight management and FD resolve.

    Have a wonderful day all!

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

    Congrats! to the lovely grandchild!

    Yes stay strong, I’m on 23 hr fast today, going well so far, about 6 more hours to go..I found some recipes for low carb biscuits, and have made and frozen them for a weekly treat..Very easy to make, only 3 ingredients and you can freeze them for months, if you use Stevia sugar use less as they can be too sweet.

    Let’s stay strong

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day 0 – USA/GA

    I’m in for July, too!

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 – USA/GA – OMAD

    Weigh-in: 214 lbs. Didn’t meet my goal this month, but came within 2 lbs of it. Will try again in July! Thank you for hosting @michelinme

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Good evening everyone.

    Anzac, how wonderful that you actually managed to do your pre-booked trip and enjoyed it. You both really needed that little recharge time.
    My brother-in-law took years to adjust after his reversal surgery and 6 years on he is still very cautious about his food choices and stresses about being away from home. He is not someone who will reach out for help though, so dealt with it with just my sister trying her best to help. I did wonder whether the support of a dietitian might have helped – there are some that specialise in post surgery issues.
    Good luck with the job hunt – it does sound like it’s a job hunters market at the moment, and it does seem that your reputation is well known in your industry, which should also help.

    Neil, wishing you and your son a big well soon.

    Lindsay, I’m glad you have avoided covid , despite the family members succumbing.
    How frustrating with the weight gain, although perfectly understandable in the circumstances. The only thing I can suggest is that you boil/steam some lower cal veg options as part of the meal and select mostly those for yourself and avoid the roast veg.

    Thin, it sounds like a lovely time hiking the Yorkshire Dales. It’s probably why your 8 days between FDs was ok.

    Cinque, I hope the restart of the healthy weight group goes well. Has the community centre managed to do enough advertising to make it well known?
    It has occurred to me mid-winter may be a challenging time for some people to start something like this – there is always more interest in dealing with weight challenges as the summer approaches. Although I’m well aware that we probably need the support more in winter when we are tempted to seek hot comfort foods.

    My FDs were difficult but OK and both resulted in weight loss. I’ve lost a total of 1.4kg this week. I have seen avoiding sugar and starch and it is making this easier most days – unless I’m confronted with meals out that have difficult options.

    Take care everyone. I hope those of you who are not doing well at present start to find life a little easier.

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 UK FD

    Thank you for hosting @michelinme ๐Ÿ’

    Iโ€™m weighing tomorrow morning but Iโ€™m optimistic that Iโ€™ve stayed the same or May even manage a small loss, given that I had 3 weeks on holiday , Iโ€™ll take that .Have good day all See you in July x

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30, NFD, Scotland, start weight 98kg, weight today 95.5kg

    Well ive managed to sneak in a wee half kg weight loss this week, HURRAH! I am delighted and buzzing, and im really feeling trimmer and in my eyes looking slimmer!

    So all in all 2.5 kg weight loss in June, over the moon with that.Can I do the same again in July? I hope so ๐Ÿ™‚

    I ended up doing a different class last night and boy it was tough but enjoyable. LES MILLS GRITโ„ข Strength is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, designed to improve strength, cardiovascular fitness and build lean muscle. This workout uses barbell, weight plate and bodyweight exercises to blast all major muscle groups. LES MILLS GRIT Strength takes cutting-edge HIIT and combines it with powerful music and inspirational coaches who will be down on the floor with you, motivating you to go harder to get fit, fast.

    And id read somewhere that HIIT classes are good for burning fat on fast days, so think I will stick to this class on a Wednesday.

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 Uk
    Down to 88.10
    Thanks for a wonderful June
    Keep strong in your commitment to maintain health
    We are all doing really well ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 – Ireland – NFD โœ… ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
    161 lbs

    Good morning everyone. Iโ€™ll take my June weigh today as I am out for dinner tonight at a lovely Italian and then curry tomorrow night. ๐Ÿ˜‹ itโ€™s been a while and curry is my favourite ๐Ÿ˜

    Up 1.5 lbs since start of the month but thatโ€™s actually not so bad and not a huge surprise๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฉ ๐Ÿฅ‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

    I know what to do to get back to my recent ATL 157.3 and beyond so will do that this month after holidays. It is frustrating to do well and then sabotage yourselfโ€ฆ but we do thisโ€ฆ. We come backโ€ฆ we go againโ€ฆ

    Well done to those who are seeing a maintain or a loss today ๐Ÿ‘

    Thank you so much @michelinme for being a fantastic host and inspiring those of us who really needed it this month ๐Ÿซข

    And of course @penz thanks for offering to look after us in July – I look forward to it! Thanks @at as always for the spreadsheet! ๐Ÿ‘

    Very little sleep, very busy day, fun night out planned ๐Ÿฅ‚ – itโ€™s all good. We are here! Thatโ€™s the most important.

    Onward and downward โฌ‡๏ธ
    We rise by lifting others ๐Ÿ’•

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

    Baby arrived on Tuesday little girl 7lb11 no name yet and absolutely gorgeous – ok Iโ€™m a bit biased!

    Trying to lower my carbs and feeling better for it! Scale tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
    Stay strong ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Day-01 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    @penz – thanks again for offering to be our host, & thank you @at for the spreadsheet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 – South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ – NFD

    Well there’s June all but done and dusted?! Down a whopping 0.3 kgs. Which I’m delighted with, because I feel like I’ve been fairly mindless regarding food, & haven’t put in anywhere near the effort I could have.

    I have to ask. Is this true?! Americans don’t use kettles; and make tea… in the microwave?!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

    @michelinme – thank you for being our gracious host ๐Ÿ’ Congratulations to everyone who successfully maintained, hit targets or at least moved in the right direction ๐ŸŽฏ

    Se y’all next month ๐Ÿค

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30 โ€“ Thursday โ€“ Gold Coast Queensland Australia โ€“ FUN DAY (FD) ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿฅฆ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅฆ

    Well this is it…. the last FUN DAY of JUMP IN JUNE! hooray! RING THE BELLS!๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””

    Everyone has put in a fabulous effort this month and I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the July challenge!

    EOFY today…. so busy tying up loose ends…. see you all tomorrow!

    cheerie dearies

    Pocket list Day 30

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Ooooh, well that was nice to wake up your respective reports and enjoy over coffee – thank you!

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 29 Ohio, US — FD800

    This morning the pants were a little tight around the waist, so after the “new normal” breakfast I decided to see if I could make this a fasting day. And it appears to have worked! This is in contrast to last Saturday when I started the day off fasting and then felt so bad that it became a NFD. Amazingly enough I was able to both do my regular yoga practice and get the daily walk in. This makes the first time in twelve days that I’ve been feeling well enough to do that. Yay!

    I suppose that tomorrow I’ll have to weigh-in and see how much damage the infection and medical/dental treatments have done.

    @michelinme In one sense, the infection hasn’t been all that bad — certainly not like getting the big C. On the other hand, it has been sapping my energy for a long while. My dentist said that it probably had been going on for some time, so that might explain all the little health stuff going on. It does seem as though it takes me a long time to get over infections, which is why I am so scrupulous about taking precautions to prevent getting Covid. I’m optimistic that this new antibiotic will clear things up completely.

    @stitchincarol Of course there’s something that 5 year olds used to do that I’ve not done in a very long time: At that age my mother would send us outside to play for 3 or 4 hours and we’d run all over the woods near by and climb trees or just ride our bicycles up and down the street. Maybe if I did that every day (ha!) weight wouldn’t be a challenge.

    Pocket list Day 29
    @jaifaim (a late runner ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ˜‚)

  • 31 days of July 2022 – One day at a time monthly challenge

    Hello all!

    Thank you @at for the spreadsheet.

    To any newbies who join us this month, I thought I’d introduce myself. I’m an Aussie, living in nation’s capital. The radio weather man seems to take great delight at the moment in announcing the overnight temperature (in minus degrees C) and the even lower apparent temperature. I hate the cold so I am most envious of our northern hemispherites at this time of year.

    I’m married, with 2 blue Australian Cattle Dogs. I’m a naturally lazy person so having a pair of high energy working dogs is just what I need to get my moving in the morning.

    I’ve been dabbling with 5:2 for about 5 years now. And dabbling is the honest word for it. When I stick to the plan – 5 days of sensible eating and 2 days of fasting – it works. I lose weight. Whodathunk! But I’ve never stuck with it long enough to become a truly ingrained habit and enter maintenance. I get complacent, and the weight creeps back up.

    I have a milestone birthday next year and I am determined to look and feel glamorous. Therefore, I need to knuckle down and properly commit to this way of life. I need to commit to me! I am going to do Dry July as a way to kick start my way into healthy habits. I do like my gin and red wine so it will be a struggle. But I know with the wonderful support of this group, you will help me cling on to that wagon with everything I’ve got!

    I look forward to re-acquainting with old friends, meeting new ones and continuing this fabulous group with the June crowd.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello all, apologies for the long break in posting

    I hope you are ok G’day, my thoughts are with you daily

    A few months ago we booked a weekend away for Mr A’s birthday (last Friday) but were not sure we would make it due to his health. It was a great special through Qantas with 2 nights, 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts at Rick Stein’s Bannisters in Mollymook – 3 hours south of Sydney. I’m very pleased to say we went and had a totally awesome time. The weather was spectacular; 23 degrees and sunny on the Saturday so we went for a lovely walk along the beautiful beach (not too far so Mr A didn’t get too tired). Gosh we needed it; a whole weekend of relaxing! We had a hot tub on our balcony so watched the sun go down both nights with two kinds of bubbles ๐Ÿ™‚ Soap and champagne!

    My weight has jumped up, mostly due to the feasting last weekend so I have been very disciplined this week and so far so good

    Sorry to hear about your family’s Covid woes Neil, I hope you are feeling better.

    Yorkshire sounds amazing Thin and especially wonderful to spend time with your daughter. I went there the very first time I went overseas when I was 19; the friend I travelled with had family in Barnsley (near Manchester) and I have a vivid memory of sitting in a loungeroom surrounded by people talking a different language. Seriously, I couldn’t understand a word and I was jet-lagged and homesick but I soon got over that

    It really is too hard to cook two different meals Linsday and Mr A lost so much weight he too has to eat a lot of calories. It truly doesn’t help but what can you do? I also try to keep my portions small but will-power isn’t a strength of mine (obviously)

    We’ve had a lovely dry June as the long winded La Nina has finally been declared over. However there is a dire warning of flooding rains this weekend so sigh…here we go again

    Mr A’s next surgery (the reversal) has been booked for mid July. He will have a very long recovery from that as his body needs to be re-trained to tell his brain when it’s ‘time to go’. The Bowel Cancer Australia FB page is full of people saying how difficult this is to get over and many are still suffering years later. Everyone is different so I just hope and pray that Mr A has an easier time

    Work continues to be frantic but I have been told that the project is going to wind up soon. This means another job search and sadly I presume I won’t find another one with permanent WFH. Damn! I won’t take a role that is full time in the office but hopefully I can get at least 3 days WFH. There are plenty of jobs around so I have bargaining power on my side (I hope). Wish me luck

    Take care all

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 30, OMAD?, Aus

    Oh dear, it’s the last day of the month, I’m dithering over whether it will be a FD or not. Problem is DH declared he is making kung pao chicken tonight – and he makes it really really good!

    Lovely energy in the forum still. Let’s roll it into July!

    @funshipfreddie, your luck is not running strong for your housing situation. I’m sure that’s because the right place is waiting for you.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Morning all

    Thin, I think many members have quite a bit going on in their lives that’s a bit more pressing. Hopefully the silence is just temporary, I enjoy catching up with what people are up to.

    Well the Covid finally got me, I was feeling pretty crap on Monday night then Tuesday morning I tested positive for Covid. My symptoms were cough, sore throat and tightness in my chest. I described it as being like a medium sized dog sitting on my chest. I was pretty bad on Tuesday, yesterday I was bad in the morning, ok during the day, then bad in the evening. This morning I woke up feeling crap, but not as bad as yesterday morning, so hopefully that’s a sign that I’m past the worst of it. I was feeling well enough during the day yesterday to get out for some light exercise and fresh air. I was getting fatigued after 30 minutes though so I called it quits (I was just doing some laps on the flat along my street and back down the next street up)

    My weigh-in yesterday I was down half a kilo, I’m reasonably pleased with that. At the moment I’m not reducing calories too much, just switching to lower carbs, medium protein and high fats, my goal is 10% carbs, 25% protein and 65% fats, it’s slightly higher protein than regular Atkins style keto, but this way is supposed to be better for people like me who are quite active because it will reduce muscle loss.

    Well have a great one everyone, I hope you can all come back and post soon.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hello all …Thin, you’ve given me a nudge. I love this thread and our friends on it, so I will try to post more. How lovely to be in Yorkshire ….a favourite part of the world. And Cumbria. I had a brother who lived in Kendall for a few years, so our annual trip to the UK started in London (to visit another brother) and then north. Happy memories.

    Neil, sorry about the family Covid. Very difficult. Hope you’re feeling OK. My nephew around the road has also tested positive, then my brother a few days later. But my SIL is so far negative, which is a great relief because she had open heart surgery a few weeks ago and is still very much in recovery mode. It’s frustrating not being able to help them.

    Thin there are great waves of Covid here – combined with the flu season, it’s not looking great. Fortunately the high levels of vaccination mean it’s less deadly, but people are quite complacent about prevention.

    Pizza and cake LJ…2 kilos is a killer gain for what some people would eat routinely. But that’s not us, so we compensation with more fasting. How wonderful we know what to do, to combat it. Hope the infusion goes well.

    My weight is waaay above what I got down to last year, but I’m gradually whittling away. Because OH needed more calories, our meals changed so instead, for example, of grilled chicken and salad for dinner, I’d been cooking a roast chicken and vegetables. He’d get really touchy if I ate something different, so I’d do a metaphoric shrug and eat it, although I tried to keep the portions much smaller.
    Cinque, very pleased to read the support group is going ahead. I wish I could attend. It would really help… I hope people get on board. A terrific initiative.

    It was good to see posts from old friends – Intesha, Merry, Calif.

    Gday I wish I could say something that would help ….just know you are in our thoughts.

    Anzac, keen to know how Mr A is faring. What troubling times. Are you OK?

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 29 UK NFD

    Late post after another full on day – fencers started at 8am and me zipping round like a headless chicken before that. But yay! I have new fences, my garden is fully enclosed once more after 4 months of open plan living ๐Ÿ™‚

    I forgot to weigh in this morning but feeling okay if a little puffy after mindfully eating a post-supper bowl of popcorn, making for a very solid CD. I also didn’t have lunch before rushing into town for a meeting, but picked up some olives and sweet chilli peas on the way home. I also then sat at my laptop and mindlessly ate half a packet of grated vegan cheese.

    Now looking forward to tomorrow for the last FD of the month and the end of the Jump in June challenge which has helped me jump in with both feet. And I don’t have to be up and cleared/prepped for builders by 8am tomorrow which feels epic

    @penz my mouth often waters on FDs reading everyone else’s recipes/menu plans! Thanks again for hosting July ๐Ÿ™‚

    @matpi glad you are beginning to feel better, this infection sounds really bad

    @goal10kg another tasty menu today!

    @northgeorgia yay for yesterday’s WFD! I’ve been thinking similarly – it’s really easy to think we have to lose constantly in order to be making progress, but as long as we are eating well and fasting twice a week our bodies are doing something good with it

    @fastingnurse Congratulations on a solid FD!

    @5413.5 @penz is kindly hosting July and will put up a post tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

    @stitchincarol Well done on your solid FD too. You are definitely moving closer to the eating pattern you’ve chosen to serve your goals. Alas too soon with your congratulations – yesterday’s extra FD went with the popcorn, but it was mindful popcorn and i’m happy with that. Learning my body doesn’t really like popcorn so that will help me avoid it next time

    @funshipfreddie o bummer about the house! Fingers crossed for not being back at square one – and for a good FD

    @mariaelena i had that lovely feeling again today, wearing a stretch denim tunic dress a size smaller than i started last month – and it fit! AND I didn’t look like a sausage in a skin – result ๐Ÿ˜€

    @jaifaim that’s amazing! Yes, great idea to look back and work out why things are working well to make today a good unplanned FD

    Just ONE DAY left of Jump In June! A chance to take a running jump into next month’s challenge….

  • Jump in June! – June 2022 Monthly Challenge

    Day 29 – Ireland – FD โœ… ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

    Still on a downward track which is good as Iโ€™m
    out tomorrow night. โฌ‡๏ธ Little dropโ€ฆ nothing huge but the right direction

    Today was an unplanned FD but here I am
    at 19h30 with a good dayโ€™s work done, a cycle, garden tidied up and calls made to familyโ€ฆ and not much eaten so I feel like a winner. Iโ€™ll savour this feeling as it does not happen very often andโ€ฆ what I must think about is what I ate yesterday as feel it may follow on from that?
    Woke super early, tired and really hungryโ€ฆ went for cycle and had a nice latte and itโ€™s gone from there reallyโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿค—

    Thatโ€™s funny @penz! But I get itโ€ฆ reading about the delicious food here is enough to set me off

    @matpi sorry to hear that you felt rough for so many days but glad to hear that you are on the mend now. Iโ€™ve started eating frozen baked potatoes (cooked of course) and bread Iโ€™m very glad to hear there are benefits to this system! ๐Ÿ‘

    Like you @brightonbelle I like things crispy, near burnt and well done except for steak etc.
    And Iโ€™ve been in a real hunger zone @mariaelena so can sympathise but honestly donโ€™t know whatโ€™s working in my favour todayโ€ฆ

    To those who are losing – well done.. (@northgeorgia et al) doesnโ€™t matter how much youโ€™re on the right trackโ€ฆ for those who arenโ€™t, it just takes a day or two to get back into the zoneโ€ฆ July is nearly here and it CAN be your month ๐Ÿ’ช . Thanks @penz ๐Ÿ’•

    @gardenlily enjoy your holiday!

    Off to do my wordle and chill for the rest of the evening.

    Bonne nuit!

    Onward and downward โฌ‡๏ธ
    We rise by lifting others ๐Ÿ’•

    Pocket list Day 29
    @jaifaim (a late runner ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ˜‚)

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Neil, how frustrating about covid and the regulations. It’s barely mentioned here. Hope your weigh-in went well.

    I had a good FD on Monday but it doesn’t seem right not doing a Sunday fast after all these years.

    Is our thread falling apart? This must be the longest silence ever.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Hello all! Keep forgetting to post on here…
    Welcome to Teabird & Gardenlily! I hope the 5:2 works for you both!
    Jean- such a shame you’ve had covid while Katie was here, good job you saw them lots at the start of their trip…hope you get back on form soon!
    Dave- you’re doing well with your FDs!
    Nana- hope poor Auntie can get home soon!
    Kay- wow, you are busy! You’ve got back into the swing of fasting well!
    Have not managed a FD this week- Monday we tried fish & chips from the van which comes to the village, yesterday was dropping mum off with aunt & uncle for her holiday, we meet at an M&S cafe off the M25…& today was a lovely meet up with Cakeywakey from this group so had to make shortbread- sorry all of you who are doing well with your FDs…tomorrow we’re going out for lunch to use some vouchers!

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    762 calories after eating, so room for a cuppa later.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Only 40 calories so far today. My giant lapdog is on my knees again, greyhounds are to big to be lapdogs but she dosent think so.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Good afternoon everyone,I lost at bowls to a lady called Irene. The team won by one point so we’re 3rd from the top, might have a chance of going into the top league, not sure how I would feel about that.

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon everyone and welcome to our new members Teabird and Garden Lily. We’re a friendly bunch on here and try to help with any queries. Garden Lily I’m also a Fen girl and live seven miles north of Cambridge.
    Have had my usual Wednesday lunch with friends which was very nice as always.
    No visit to Ely tomorrow as Auntie has been taken into hospital suffering from severe dehydration ๐Ÿคž she’s back home soon. Will have a fast day tomorrow now.
    Enjoy the rest of your day everyone.
    Nana x

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