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  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 6 Wales TDEE

    A strange thing happened yesterday evening. DH recovered from his tummy upset so we went for a lovely beach walk then for a 🍷at a bar overlooking the beach. I had allowed for two🍷but only had one and when we got home for dinner I happily drank water! On a Friday!! 😇

    The mojo is strong at the moment so I am taking full advantage of this new enthusiasm, one day at a time 🙂
    Tonight I am planning on drinking a couple of alcohol free gins with low cal tonic totalling 45 calories. There is method in this madness……we are planning on visiting a new marina development mid week so I want to save up some alcohol calories for then 😉

    @stitchincarol my weight also fluctuates madly. I now prefer to judge success by how I feel and how clothes fit. A disappointing number on the scales has been known to send me off track. I won’t step onto the scales again this challenge until 31 August.

    Wishing you a all a happy and enjoyable weekend.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 6 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD

    We got MIL moved yesterday, but not without LOTS of emotion. She is extremely angry at all of us for moving her against her wishes, and didn’t hesitate to say whatever cutting or sarcastic thing she thought of. The toughest part of the day was when she broke down in tears and sobbed in the heartbreak that everyone thought she was “crazy.” Honestly, I’m sad to say it wasn’t that tough for me because after liking me for the first few years of our marriage, she hasn’t liked me since, so yesterday wasn’t all that different from her normal behavior to me (although, in front of others, she has always mostly ignored me, so the others probably don’t realize it), but her daughter, the sweetest woman in the world, was suffering horribly at her mom’s anger and harsh words. Dementia is an awful disease.

    Today, I go back to the shop where I rent a long-arm machine and quilt–put in the actual stitches that are seen, that hold the top, the back, and the batting together. I have three baby quilts to do and spent the week getting them ready, so am hopeful I can get all three done today; we’ll see how fast I am and if any problems pop up, or if I just sail through the process. The wonderful thing about today’s agenda is that I’m busy all day, which will help tremendously with not over eating/snacking.

    @matpi So sorry you’ve been under the weather, and glad you’re finally out of it.

    @linda.b Thanks for the article on weight fluctuation. It basically told me what I know, but it was interesting to read, and when I followed the information on getting sufficient potassium and magnesium, I realized I haven’t been cooking/serving spinach for MONTHS. Don’t know why not, since that used to be a normal part of our weekly diet, sometimes as salad, sometimes sauteed as a veggie; it will be included again starting now!

    As to Spam, it’s not known for certain as it’s a secret, but the assumed meaning is…am I supposed to say?? I’ve been seeing lots of advertisements for it over the past few months, and haven’t had any since I was a kid, so I bought a can a couple months ago and sliced it up for Sunday brunch on a day when both sons were here. We could barely eat it–and the eldest had only one bite–because it was so horribly salty. That’s unfortunate, but it’s sure handy and actually sorta tasty…if you can separate the taste from the salt.

    @funshipfreddie I’ve wondered what was up, and VERY glad to know you’re still alive!! Bummer on the dead laptop.

    @gardenlily Oh, that’s RIGHT. I’d forgotten you were off to Scotland. I look forward to your descriptions that will make me envious, as I’m certain I will be!

    Because MIL moved from a one bedroom apartment to a one-room apartment, she had lots of stuff that had to go into storage; we don’t know yet if she’ll get a one-bedroom apartment in the assisted living wing when one comes available, or if she’ll just stay where she is, but for now DH and I brought home her MASSIVE TV and will borrow it. We’ve always wondered if we actually want a larger TV than we have so this is our chance to find out for free; we got home too tired and too late yesterday to care, but DH and I are going to set it up shortly. I’m rather looking forward to such a large picture, LOL!

    Have a grand one, everyone!

  • New 5:2 Diet

    Has a new 5:2 diet book been published yet? If not, will there be one? I rely on the books and wouldn’t be without them as I cannot afford to join the online programme.

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica

    I developed PMR after having the covid vaccines. I also found out that I had pre-diabetes. Following the Fast 800 recipes I was able to reduce blood sugars and the last test revealed I was no longer pre-diabetic.

    I am experiencing a flare at the moment and the question I wanted to ask: is the Fast 800 good for people with PMR? I know a lot of people follow a keto diet which is high in good fats, but having grown up with low fat advice all my life it’s hard to change. Any opinions appreciated.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 6 UK NFD

    Getting in early (ish) today , think I’ve been concentrating on getting my 30 day yoga in each day I’ve been postponing logging in – then I forget !

    Good to hear you’re still with us , looking forward to hearing more @funshipfreddie

    Didn’t know yesterday’s but have todays @linda.b✅

    Have a good weekend all

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 6 – UK Cam – NFD
    Just checking in to August – been on holiday in Scotland since Monday morning so not had time to catch up with posts (no internet). Will read some posts, catch up with everyone’s news and make you all very envious of my holiday later on today – loads of chores to deal with back home (DH left in charge with lunatic labrador assistant).

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 6 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – NFD
    Days 4 & 5 – NFD

    I’m here! Still alive, I’m sure you’ll all be delighted to know. My laptop is dead though 😪 Off to look for a new one.
    Will post properly tomorrow.

    Have a lekker weekend 🌤 🌈

  • Week two and my stomach appears to be larger

    Is it normal on the first and second week for your stomach to appear larger – is this water?

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Morning All..
    These days come around fast….Saturday again!
    Ladies boules and on to a lovely cafe…

    I played with Mick yesterday at boules, we had a cracking game.. we won and ruffled a few feathers, lots of banter..😂 on to cafe…

    I managed to get the grass cut and a wipe over of the car
    ( trying to keep on top of it and not use too much water)

    Grandson thought he was having a informal chat yesterday with Perth, Aussie, yesterday but turned out more like an interview two top people in the company on a conference call….they offered him the job..his contract is on its way…. Depending on the visa they would like him to start asap.. a couple of months?
    Jacqui will be so upset she was getting back off her holidays yesterday…. A year’s opportunity for him he can come back to his original job here after a year or stay..

    Hedgehog..
    Hope your mum has settled after the upset of the washer. Chris rang me yesterday she was quite perky..a surprise.. hope to see her Sunday.

    Dave..
    Hope you had a good holiday and a safe journey home.

    Jean x

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 06 – Saturday – Gold Coast Queensland Australia – (NFD) 🎵🎶🔔🎼🎶🔔🎵🥁🥁🥁🥁 2nd post

    @matpi … we cross-posted. That plateau is stubborn! 😣😣😣

    Re: Good-oh ….. I think we caught it (it’s infectious) from our Kiwi pals from over the ditch (New Zealand). Yes, we do hear it quite a bit as we have a very large cohort of Kiwis who’ve migrated permanently in Australia and, of course, we are a major tourist destination for them as well. BTW, Ngaio Marsh, the author, is also a Kiwi. You also know you’re chatting with a Kiwi when at the end of most sentences they tack on “eh”. I have a lovely friend who arrived here 50 years ago and at the end of most sentences she still says “eh” and it also can be contagious, eh! 🤣😂🤣
    Good-oh, have a great weekend, eh!🎈🪁🪁

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 06 – Saturday – Gold Coast Queensland Australia – (NFD) 🎵🎶🔔🎼🎶🔔🎵🥁🥁🥁🥁

    @stitchincarol … ha ha ha ha ha 🤣😂🤣🤣 your weather related stories had me laughing out loud….. hilarious! Re your up hill and down dale ride….it must be so frustrating. Does MM ever talk about this mysterious daily weight fluctuation syndrome that happens for some and have possible solutions? I found this website about it:https://www.healthline.com/health/weight-fluctuation …… might help to understand it a little, no solution though. That all said, I guess the mathematics must win out in the end, hey? That is the 5 x NFD @ TDEE-2 x FDs=⬇🔽. On another note, very sad news about your DH’s mother, dementia is just evil… especially for the family around them, so cruel. Fortunately the ones who have it are usually blissfully unaware of it. You have a very big day ahead which, no doubt, will be emotional for you both too… 🥰🤗🥰🤗 . PS: you gave us a nice explanation of the Pocket List too, thank you… you’re a champ!! 👏👏👏

    @mariaelena … oh those temperatures… more than 30 days of 100+…. I’m melting just thinking about it🔥🔥🔥. Must say you get big kudos for still maintaining any sort of exercise in that heat.😅😅😅 Hope there is change soon!

    @anicecupoftea …you are such a good planner! ✅ It really pays to plan ahead as we never want to undo our wins but, of course, we want to enjoy life too!🎈🎠🪁 The nice thing about holidays is that we can usually build in more activity ie walking, exercise etc. Combined with TDEE and TRE on some days you should be able to maintain your level until you come back to your normal routine… Several of the group have luckily had lovely holidays over the past few months and most of them quite successfully maintained (more or less) without spoiling their holiday fun. After all, it’s a holiday, right? 🌟🌞🌟 So number one priority is fun, recreation and rest. This should never be about deprivation because essentially this is NOT a diet but rather a Way of Life (WOL)… and hey, manana! You’ll be able to offset any gains anyway when you come home! I’m green 💚 with envy about your holiday abroad… Enjoy it! 😀😊😎🤩

    This is interesting reading if anyone would like to reinforce their thinking about IF… it’s the mathematics, so trust the science!
    https://thefivetwodiet.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/the-math-of-intermittent-fasting/
    The math of intermittent fasting
    Posted on July 21, 2013 by Erik Torsner
    There’s a math behind intermittent fasting, and it’s quite easy to understand. All in all, it’s about restricting your calorie intake. Most traditional diets have the calorie restriction set up so that you make sure you eat less on each and every day. With the 5:2 diet and other forms of Intermittent fasting, the difference is really only that you measure the calorie restriction on a weekly basis instead. Let’s look at an example:

    Let’s take Lisa, a middle aged, slightly overweight female. Her normal calorie intake per week to remain her current weight would be 14000 calories. That’s 2000 calories per day x 7 days a week = 14000.

    Let’s put Lisa on a normal calorie restricted diet where she can only eat 1600 calories per day. Her weekly calorie intake would now become 1600 calories per day x 7 days a week = 11200.

    Now instead, let’s put Lisa on the 5:2 diet. Lisa will eat normally for 5 days and but only 500 calories for 2 days. That would add up to: 2000 x 5 + 500 x 2 = 10000 + 1000 = 11000 calories per week

    As you can see, a little depending on what diet we compare to, the calories consumed in an intermittent fasting diet is about the same as when in a diet with constant calorie restriction. At the end of the week, both diets saved roughly 3000 calories. As it happens, 3000 calories is almost the same as 1 pound of body fat. So for every week that you’re on this diet, you will lose 1 pound.

    Enough of that.. let’s have some fun….it’s TRIVIA TIME!🥁🥁🥁📣📣📣

    ⭐Yesterday’s Trivia (Day 05) – (Promise I didn’t make this one up.. it’s a thing apparently!🤣😂🤣)
    If you have Mageirocophobia, what are you afraid of?
    Mageirocophobia is a fear of cooking. It’s actually extremely common but is only considered a “phobia” when the fear is so extreme that it interferes with day-to-day life.

    ⭐Today’s TRIVIA (Day 06)
    “Spam” is a popular food in Hawaii. Which two words were combined to create the brand name? hmmmmm?😵😵🤔🤔

    That’s your lot for today, have a blissful weekend everyone 🎈🪁🪁🪁

    cheerie dearies from downunder🦘🦘🦘🦘🦘

    Thought for the day
    They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol

    Pocket List – Day 06 🎯 (anyone catching up on their FDs over the weekend? You have the power to do this 🚀🚀)

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 5 Ohio, US — NFD

    Finally, just an ordinary NFD! Today’s weigh-in showed 181 lb (82.4 kg), so the weight is still holding steady, i.e., still on the plateau.

    @mariaelena That’s an incredible heat wave! With any luck the days getting noticebly shorter will help to break that string of 100+ degree days.

    @stitchincarol Sorry to hear about your MIL. It’s good that all the siblings are helping out with the move.

    @daffodil2010 A couple of years ago I had a course that met on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I found out that if I fasted on Thursday, I would get too tired after class. So for quite some time then I fasted on Fridays. It can be done — and on the bright side Friday fasting ties in with the old practice of doing penance on Fridays. So a Friday fast can kill two birds with one stone 🙂

    @linda.b A little question: I just finished a Ngaio Marsh novel in which one of the characters gives himself away as an Australian by his use of the phrase “Good-oh.” Is that still a popular phrase? I’ve never heard it used in “Blue Heelers”, or “Wellington Paranormal.”

  • 5:2 with weight training / running

    Protein is not the best supplement, especially for beginners. And generally, supplements are not as crucial for exercising as some think.
    They help you reach the desired results faster or improve some of your physical imperfections. Sometimes people with chronic diseases take them to improve general well-being and help them fight the disease. I take Ibutamoren from https://purerawz.co/product/ibutamoren-mk-677/ to gain muscle mass faster and help my bones grow faster. I have a disease that causes my bones to be thinner and weaker, and this supplement helps me to grow more bone tissue and become stronger.

  • Related Science articles people might be interested to read

    Australian researchers are trialling a ‘purple diet’ to prevent dementia. This world 1st research project will involve incorporating purple-red foods like blueberries & cherries into the diet of people @ risk of dementia! It will be interesting to follow this

    https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/7834118/can-a-purple-diet-help-prevent-dementia/

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Evening!
    Jean- well done with your 3FDs, shame about the scales, hopefully a whoosh next week!
    Dave- hope your holiday has been good!
    Nana- good luck with the scales!
    Gardenlily- how are your FDs going?
    Had an early start to get Xena walked & then had a hair dressers appt, Mum’s washing machine got fixed, hubby went round to make sure she was okay but she still got herself all worked up & then didn’t want to do anything this afternoon, so we took Xena to the beach. Had a takeaway tonight so no FD!

  • Supplements

    I’m using supplements. I take Ikaria Lean Belly Juice specifically because I want to lose weight. So fat it works for me. Every morning, I drink it to curb my appetite and boost my metabolism. You might be interested in my review. https://supplements.thehealthytaste.com/ikaria-lean-belly-juice-review

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    third post

    @gardenlily Where are you????

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    second post

    @anicecupoftea The pocket list started way back when one of the forum members made a list of everyone who was fasting that day and literally put it in her pocket; whenever she was tempted to break her plan, she’d pull out the list, look at the names, and know she had to stay strong. I doubt any of us make a list and put it literally in our pockets these days, but it’s simply a list, and thinking of those who are fasting on a given day can help give us strength and RESOLVE to persevere.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    @stitchincarol – thanks for the holiday advice, I think I’ll apply “mindful” eating and bear in mind your methodology – luckily I don’t drink alcohol so I don’t need to consider that – volume and sweet stuff will be the things I’ll have to watch…

    can I ask – what is a “pocketlist” of names?

    🫖

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 5 – 16:8

    I forgot to post yesterday but the day’s eating and exercise went well.

    @stitchincarol I loved the irony in that headline and did a google dig – True Fact, but from 2019. Still it made me giggle. Kudos for staying the course this week! And like you (once again) I’m a migraine sufferer- but oh so thankful that the debilitating ones I suffered when younger seem to be firmly in the past.

    @dafodil2010 FD on a Friday! I have never attempted that as I am pretty sure I would not succeed. I relish knowing that on 5:2 I do not have to do that on my weekend days a CD will suffice. Mentally that makes a big difference to my mojo.

    @matpi I hope you’re on the mend soon. Sinus problems in the summer heat are no fun at all!

    @penz I feel that! I’m another who’s DH can seemingly effortlessly lose weight when he puts his mind to it. Of course we are happy for them, but I do wish the genetic/metabolic lottery were more fairly distributed – lol, he has the long lush eyelashes I really could use too. But we joke together – I could use a bit of his excess blood pressure and he could use a bit of my acute sense of smell. Lol.

    Ok, cats acting up again this morning so I’m gonna act the cat wrangler now. Have a good day and weekend all.

    Today’s high predicted to be 105° – that makes it over a month of continuous triple digit temps. Yes, we usually get some days over 100° but not 30+ of them in a row with many exceeding 105!

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 5 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD

    Yesterday’s WF went fine, and the migraine was gone within an hour of posting; I’m never casual about being thankful for migraine meds!!

    I’m struggling to know if I’m losing weight or still eating enough on NFDs that I’m only maintaining, because my weight fluctuates so extremely. For example, last Sunday, I weighed 156.0. Boy oh boy, did I gasp at that, having no idea why it was so bad! At noon, I weighed again. I was 153.0. See what I mean?? This morning I’m 148.6, and startled it’s not just a bit lower, which would be typical after a second WFD. But, my goals for August are to WF on T&Th, to have only 5 alcoholic drinks per week, and not to eat before noon on the other five days, and I’ve succeeded with that this week, so instead of second-guessing my approach, I’m celebrating that I’ve been successful so far this week and stay the course.

    This morning, DH and I are driving an hour to the town where his mom lives, and joining his three siblings to move his mom from her independent living apartment to an assisted living apartment; her dementia has suddenly become really bad. She was given a 30 question dementia test and could answer only 8 of them; the information on the test says that if you can answer 9 or fewer, you have “severe” dementia. We’re all wondering how we missed the signs, and realizing we’ve simply been ignoring them, thinking it was just typical “old person confusion” (she’s 92). So I’ll get a workout carrying boxes and stuff from one apartment through the hallways to her new place in a different wing! 😇

    Welcome back, @litprof! Congratulations on your promotion, and on your successful loss of 10 kg!!!

    @linda.b I have two weather-related stories. First, DH went outside last night to sit and enjoy the starlight. When he came in a half hour later, he said he couldn’t stick it out any longer because he was too chilly. It was 80/27. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 We do get used to the heat, you know! Second story: don’t know if you all know about the Noah’s Ark in Kentucky, but it’s a replica of the ark according to the instructions in the Bible. I’ve been there, and it’s fascinating–google it. Anyway, there was a headline the other day: “Kentucky Noah’s Ark sues insurance company over damage from heavy rain.” Oh, we laughed and laughed!! Oh, and FUNNY word! (I had to google it to know.)

    @anicecupoftea Advice for a holiday? Don’t eat as if there’s no tomorrow. Sounds simplistic, but that’s really the answer. One of the questions I like to ask myself is, “If I eat this, will I still be glad tomorrow? Next month? In a year?” So, my mom’s Date Nut Swirls at Christmas? Yup, and looking forward to them this December. That extra glass of wine I had on vacation two months ago? Nope. Not at all. Try this approach, and see if it doesn’t work for you.

    @missybear Bummer on your hubby feeling under the weather; hopefully he’s much better by this evening so you can still enjoy your plans!

    Okay, off to fold the load of laundry that just finished and wash a few dishes, and then we’ll be off. Have a grand one, everyone!

    Pocket List – Day 05 🎯
    @at
    @daffodil2010

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 5, CD, UK.
    Reframing NFD to CD seems to work – so far so good….

    Few challenges upcoming, meal out this weekend, will “CD” that one – and choose wisely. 12 Days holiday abroad too – all inclusive hotel so currently trying to figure out what I’ll do. I think it would be unrealistic to have any FDs but might be able to do some 18:6 etc. – any advice?

    Figured out that it’s easier to post here using my computer than my phone so hopefully I’ll be a little more interactive.

    Have a good day everyone.
    🫖

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 5 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 212 lbs. Yikes, got to run and get on the road before the school traffic hits!

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 5 Wales TDEE

    Feeling good with 2 FDs and 2 CDs achieved this week, already my trousers are feeling less uncomfortably tight 😊

    DH and I had plans to go for an early evening beach walk then a drink at a beach bar which would work well with low tide and lovely sunshine, but he currently has a tummy upset…..just hoping he feels better as the day progresses 🤞 I have planned my meals for today to include a couple of glasses of wine and still be within TDEE. I am aiming to keep NFDs within TDEE this month.

    @daffodil2010 your weather is usually similar to Pembrokeshire and we are forecast lovely sunshine for next week, should be good for your motorbike trip, enjoy 😎

    @linda.b loving your trivia questions, but haven’t a clue today 🤷‍♀️

    Have a good day everyone!

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 5 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – FD

    FD on a Friday, first time for everything. We plan a busy motorbiking day tomorrow, leave house at 6.30am, we do a photo rally which tomorrow will involve a drive around 630km round trip, hopefully home by 6pm, and a healthy dinner will await. So today is FD, dry Friday, and early to bed.

    Oh my @stitchincarol, I never thought of that, ie how would the gang here on the forum know if anything happened to us 😨

    Have a great Friday all.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 05 – Friday – Gold Coast Queensland Australia – (NFD) 🎵🎶🔔🎼🎶🔔🎵🎺🎺🎺 3rd post
    @matpi … sorry cross-posted with you too! That allergy is not good… are you sure you’re not in Qld Autralia??? ….. the wattle have come out here and the pollen creates havoc with us hayfever sufferers! Hope you feel better soon. 💐

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 05 – Friday – Gold Coast Queensland Australia – (NFD) 🎵🎶🔔🎼🎶🔔🎵🎺🎺🎺 2nd post

    Hi and welcome back @litprof – we cross-posted! Great to have another Aussie 🦘🦘🦘on board … our devious plan is to take over the world, and then the universe! Keep it quiet 🤫🤫from the others though! ha ha😂😁

    Fantastic results with only the last 2 kg to go… fantastic effort ….. I found the last 2 kg the hardest to budge in May/June, so hopefully that won’t be your experience and you’ll soon hit your target 🎯 and be joining the WOL maintainers for spring in just 4 weeks time! Go girl… you’re an inspiration to us all!👏👏👏

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 05 – Friday – Gold Coast Queensland Australia – (NFD) 🎵🎶🔔🎼🎶🔔🎵🎺🎺🎺

    Well here we are……almost at the end of our first week in Audacious August 2022. How are we doing, guys and gals???

    Quite a few of you held your RESOLVE to follow your plans and knocked off two FDs for the week already. Well done! 👏👏👏👏
    For others, don’t let a misstep so early in your plan to undo you….. there are three (today, Saturday, Sunday) more wonderful days left in the week to follow through with your plan…… you can do it!
    @at is a great example of how to move her FD along🤩🤩. Just imagine the pride you’ll feel on Sunday night when you can review your week and see that you stuck to your plan after all? Nothing stopping you….. just find the RESOLVE to do it and catch up. That is the truly wonderful aspect of FDs….. life has a way of getting in the way of our RESOLVE but with FDs it’s easy fixed by moving your FD along a day or two. Right?? You know it! It ain’t 🚀🚀science!

    @daffodil2010…. woohoo… you’re on your way… down! (and your DH too!)⭐🌟⭐

    @stitchincarol..😣😥😕 that migraine sounds terrible. That prolonged heat must have contributed to it…… you have really been suffering weather extremes there. The news is full of the awful flooding in Kentucky and surrounds…. the extreme heat and bushfires in the Continent and UK …. Australia with our recent floods and the unprecedented bushfires a little while ago … good grief… I keep hearing that word ‘unprecedented’ over and over again in relation to world climate events. Alarming, hey? 🥴😵🥴

    @missybear.. oh my .. just read your post about “simple baked salmon fillet with green veggies”. It’s approaching lunch time here and found myself licking my lips for such a delicious meal! hmmm!… yep that’s what I’ll have today too… won’t be baked though as don’t have time in the middle of workday.. but can quickly poach in the microwave… Ha! I can feel the anti-MWers recoiling in horror… but honestly it’s such a simple thing to place the fish in a glass dish, cover with water and slices of lemon, pop in the MW and voila! poached fish dish to devour!🥳🥳

    @penz … re “(The downside is he’s one of those super annoying people that drop weight easily and quickly.)”…. why is life so unkind? 😫😯😪😝😜… re the sardines…my coat is shiny too! woof!🐕🐕🐩🐩🐕🤣😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    @brightonbelle… that’s ok, we’ll catch you tomorrow or sometime soon! Busy is as busy does! Life is a juggling act 🤹‍♀️🤹‍♀️🤹‍♀️. That’s another great thing about this forum… we’re all flexible, we can drop by whenever!

    @northgeorgia… how’d that FD go yesterday (Day 04)??? Hope you didn’t get side-tracked! If so, then we have three days left of the week Friday, Saturday, Sunday to catch up, hey? 😋😊😉 We’re all cheering you on!📣📣📣📣

    @anicecupoftea… I love that little teapot at the end your posts! Every time I see it I pop on the kettle for another nice cup of tea! ☕☕

    ⭐Yesterday’s Trivia? (Day 04)
    What is the common name for Allium sativum? GARLIC 🧄🧄🧄

    ⭐Today’s TRIVIA (Day 05)
    If you have Mageirocophobia, what are you afraid of?
    hmmmmm???😕🙃😕

    The day is flying past… it’s lunch time already and I have a piece of salmon fillet to poach🐟😋😋😋

    Cheerie dearies

    Thought for the day (I have an endless supply!😂):

    Imagine yourself 6 months from now. Don’t stop it’ll be worth it! 😍😍😍😍

    Pocket List – Day 05 🎯 Anyone up for it?

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 5 AUS FD

    Hi all! I’ve been off the forum since March-ish: I got a promotion at work that caused my workdays to spiral, and then I got covid (like everyone).

    Naturally, this was not great for my weight control, but I started righting course at the beginning of last month, and did mostly the Fast800 program over July. Am now 4.5k (almost 10 lbs) down, with 2k to go.

    I’ve been sitting on 55k (121 lbs) for the past week, so I’m switching over now to the traditional 5.2 fasting plan, and am doing the 500 cals today.

    My first goal is simply to get under 120 lbs, but my final goal is 53k (and ideally 115 lbs, which is just under).

    This is actually manageable this month, and I’d like to fit back into all of my clothes properly! I am mostly there now, which gives me motivation, but there is some muffin top happening with my jeans, so I am back on the forum to keep myself focused, and to encourage all the new members, too!

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 4 Ohio, US — MFD
    Days 2 and 3 — NFD

    This is just to check in. Have made it through the MFD in good shape, but have been down with some sort of sinus infection/allergy for the last few days. Hope everyone has had good fasting!

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 5, NFD, Aus

    I love Wordle but I often forget to do it every day. Problem is I usually do it in the morning so posting the answer here is a big no-no as half the forum are yet to do the day’s problem!

    Last night DH announced he’s going to do keto next week. This is great news as he will be focused on what he’s consuming which will make it easier for me too – I won’t do keto but him ‘behaving’ will help make sure I don’t over-indulge on NFDs. (The downside is he’s one of those super annoying people that drop weight easily and quickly.)

    *phew* @daffodil2010 for your hubby’s quick reflexes. It could have been so much worse! Oh morbid thought, @stitchincarol – I miss regular names like @flourbaby and just assume life has got too busy but what if something worse has happened. You’re right, we might never know!

    Sorry call, I cannot do sardines!! Our dogs get a can of sardines once a week (it’s amazing for their coat) and the smell of it is enough to put me off. Let alone my association of sardines = dog food!

    Have a good weekend everyone.

  • Hello Southern Hemispherites!!

    Hi all, G’Day so heartbreaking for you. Nobody knows how it feels unless they have to go through it. I sit here with tears in my eyes. They say it takes 5 years to get over major trauma and yours is so recent. You have to take care of you and your daughter the best way you can. Life will never be the same but unfortunately life does go on eventually although you can’t see past tomorrow.

    Well my friends I am sending this post from my daughters in the UK. So much has happened in my life since June when Dad was admitted to hospital. He was there for 5 weeks which was a big adjustment for me. After having such a structured life I felt like I was driving without a rudder. Unfortunately Dad’s mobility decreased and I can no longer look after him. Two weeks ago he was admitted to a nursing home and as of today is a permanent resident. Life certainly throws curveball’s.

    When I return my life will change back to living on my own and being free to plan without having to consider my Dad. Big adjustments all round.

    Anzac happy to hear your OH is on the mend. So much illness and trauma in our thread over recent months. Really brings home how tenuous life can be. We really have to make the most of the time we have.

    Thinking of you all and sending blessings to you all.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 4 UK FD

    Haven’t had time to read last 24 hours posts , catch you tomorrow x

    Pocket List – Day 4 🎯
    @linda.b
    @northgeorgia
    @stitchincarol
    @missybear
    @brightonbelle

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 4 Wales FD

    Today has flown, busy with household stuff and setting up a new phone but managed to get in a decent walk. No time to think about food or hunger so perfect for a FD. My Fitbit seems pleased with my performance so far this week.

    Got to dash, just time for a quick shower before my dinner of simple baked salmon fillet with green veggies.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 4 – UK – CD

    Today was going to be a FD but I decided to move that to tomorrow but should come in for CD today 🤞

    Lovely few hours spent on the coast dog walking with DD today – blue skies and sunshine, the tide was out and we had the beach at Haverigg Point all to ourselves…..until a group from my DD’s riding school came along for a beach ride.

    @michelinme – lucky you and DD for getting to see live athletics at the CG – shame about the hiccup with your travel plan. Yes I do have access to some Pilates zoom classes and will also do YouTube “Yoga with Adrienne” so will keep going during the holidays.
    @funshipfreddie – hope you find something more permanent soon and you and Boo Boo are reunited
    @anicecupoftea – I find it easier to stick to OMAD on my FDs and I drink lots of water and cups of tea (semi skimmed milk accounted for) to keep me going during the day – another trick is to keep busy making sure I include a couple of hours for exercise e.g Yoga or a walk
    @linda.b – I remembered 4 of yesterday’s question – had to google the others but being a keen 👩‍🍳 I know today’s Trivia question! BTW my DH also loves tin sardines – I like the ones in chilli oil on toast 😋

    I have my book club meeting tonight – probably the real reason why my FD has been moved to tomorrow as I knew that I would enjoy a glass of wine with the group and have accounted for that in my allowance for today 😇

    “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”

  • Fat Busting Brits!!

    Afternoon All..
    A hot day again nice walk this morning..
    My third fast day on the trot, j must have eaten a lot over Sunday/ Monday as my weight hasn’t moved..
    Back to twice a week next week but I may have visitors and Jacqui is coming up Monday so a tricky week. Best I can.

    Busy all day today so just thinking now feeling peckish.. a hours sit then off walking..

    Julie..
    I would be nervous about your court case I hope you can help the lady out..
    Good you know what the problem is with the fusing and you sorted mum out .

    Jean x

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 4 – Rural Nebraska, USA – WFD

    I slept with a headache all night, took some Excedrin at dawn and gave up and took migraine medicine at 7am. It’s still bothering me, but not as bad, so mostly it’s simply slowing me down. I’m so thankful I don’t get them as often and as debilitatingly (is that even a word??? 😂) as I did when I was younger.

    Yesterday’s eating was almost on target; what I ate beyond my stated intentions doesn’t trouble me because I didn’t capitulate and drink a beer or margarita, even though we ended up going out to dinner to a Mexican restaurant–exactly where beer or a margarita complements the food perfectly. Today’s WF should be fine because I’m assuming my migraine meds will finally kick this thing by the time I need to be strong.

    @funshipfreddie Well done on swerving a sketchy place! What’s a garden cottage?

    @anicecupoftea Nice reframing of NFDs to CDs. @basyjames was a regular last year until she got down to goal weight, and regularly assured us that success is far more mental than physical, so your reframing is a perfect response to your EFS the other night.

    @linda.b I may have to try a tin of sardines at some point; you make them sound so lovely. 🥰 I was doing Wordle, but when I discovered Nerdle (the same, except with numbers) and then Binerdle (two at the same time), I fell in love and haven’t looked back. Do it every day and almost always succeed. 😇 As to today’s trivia question: I recognized “allium” but didn’t put two and two together and had to google the answer. Great question!

    @daffodil2010 Oh, my word. Your description of the near-accident gave me chills. So very thankful it all turned out okay. And my first thought when I read this yesterday? Who would have told us all what happened if the worst happened and you and DH were killed in the accident??? We all of us need to tell dear ones that if we die, they have to be sure and post on the forum. I mean, not to be morbid, but just think how awful that would have been. So, as I said, SO glad you’re okay, and so is the German lady, and the family in the other vehicle.

    @northgeorgia Your stubbornness is what’s going to give you success; we’re cheering you on!

    My headache is finally nearly gone; I’m so thankful for migraine meds, and feel so sorry for all the millions who had migraines in the past without any effective medicine for them! I probably got it from the heat (?) since I had one last week also, but didn’t have one for perhaps a year before that. 🤷‍♀️ Today is only going to get to 88/31, and right now it’s a wonderful 63/17. 88 is lovely when the night before cools way down like that.

    Okay, I’m off. Have a grand one, everyone!

    Pocket List – Day 4 🎯
    @linda.b
    @northgeorgia
    @stitchincarol

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 4 – USA/GA – FD

    Weigh-in: 216 lbs. My body is being stubborn and so am I. I enjoyed our meal at work yesterday completely, and now a FD awaits today. August must move in the right direction, no question.

    Pocket List – Day 4 🎯
    @linda.b
    @northgeorgia

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

    Thanks, Polly. My niece-in-law was delirious for a day, has no memory of that day. So the symptoms are all over the place.

    We haven’t had the virus in the household before, and OH is still resisting being brought down! So only daughter is feeling the full effects.

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

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry to hear some of you are suffering with Covid. I’ve not had it and continue to take precautions to prevent catching it.

    Wi, good to hear you’re on your way to your Southern hemisphere home.

    We’re having a very nice summer weather wise which I’m enjoying but now there are the inevitable conversations regarding water supplies with hosepipe bans imposed in parts of the country but no talk of water companies doing something about the millions of gallons lost every day due to ancient leaky pipes.
    They aren’t poor as their shareholders can confirm and they should be held to account and forced into action rather than telling us to sacrifice water use due to their profligacy with the supply.

    My annual trip to Herefordshire is coming up and I filled the car with petrol in preparation. My car is 15 years old and it now costs four times as much to fill the tank as when I bought it.
    No dent in the profit margin and all of the increase passed on to the consumer……

    I’m very much looking forward to getting out of the city for a few days especially as the forecast is looking good for days spent outside in the fresh air.

    My foot is still sore but once I get moving it’s not preventing me from working out or walking. I’m still massaging, icing, stretching etc in the hope it resolves soon.

    Take care everyone.

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

    Barata, your daughter’s Covid is the worst I’ve heard since vaccinations were available. The poor thing. I hope she feels better soon and that you and your husband are not too bad, either. Like Wiwi, I slept for the weekend, or rather in the day, because I couldn’t sleep at night.

    There was an article in the Observer on Sunday saying that immunity seems to be shrinking with BA 4 and 5. That’s probably why daughter and partner caught it a second time.

    We went out a lovely, family run Indian restaurant last night. I was nervous stepping on scales but still 131lbs.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 4 – Ireland 🇮🇪 – CD

    Happy to report a 2.2lb loss overnight, and DH is also down 7lbs since Monday so we are happy with the progress.

    @linda.b I too have realised that although I can and have fasted and gone ZBC and hours without eating, I do much prefer to have breakfast, lunch and then I don’t feel like a thing possessed when it comes to evening meal. Just keep the calories low. Lots of protein for me, and on alternate days, huge amounts of fresh salad and veg too.

    Oh, and being a gardener I know the answer to today’s trivia 😇😇. I got 6 of the stans too…the Takistan got me though.

    @stitchincarol, the accident near you sounds terrible. Ours could have resulted in a similar fate. We were driving on this rural road in our big 5 ton camper van, a German camper van was coming towards us, and suddenly this small red car just kept coming out of a junction, clipped the rear of the German van and continued into our path 😱 DH did some serious swerving, we ended up going over a ditch but back into the road…..I reacted by putting my hands over my eyes and waiting for the bang. Thankfully we just missed her. When we got out of the van her car was a right off in the middle of the junction, but thankfully she was standing uninjured by her car, in deep shock. She had never stopped at the Stop sign. The German couple and their baby were also ok. But some damage to their van. We hadn’t got a scratch!!!

    Just one split second could have meant a fatal incident as she would not have stood a chance against our tank of a van. We counted our blessings indeed.

    So, off to work. @funshipfreddie, I hope you get the dream place soon, and Boo-Boo will come around.

    Take care all.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 04 – Thursday – Gold Coast Queensland Australia – FUN DAY (FD)😎😍🤩😎 2nd post

    Hey @penz… medal for you for knowing the whole 7 stans! You’re a legend! 🥇
    @stitchincarol … you were correct with the ALMONDS are SEEDS🥇

    I did GLOBLE in two hits today …. ok it was a fluke of course..but I’ll take it!.. However WORDLE was in 4…..

    Lunch was yumm!😋😋

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

    Hi Wi, that explains the time – I thought 4.30 am was a bit early for you. I hope we can catch up with you this trip.

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

    Sorry to hear about the Covid in the family Barata. I hope your daughter is improving quickly. I got the 7th French wave a few weeks ago. I slept for 72 hours. I still don’t have 100% of my taste and smell back.
    We are in Singapore airport. An 11 hour wait for the next leg to Christchurch.
    After 30°+ everyday for the past 2 months, winter will be a shock.
    Keep well everyone.
    Wiwi

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 04 – Thursday – Gold Coast Queensland Australia – FUN DAY (FD)😎😍🤩😎

    Perhaps I’ll call it FOCUS DAY today?? hmmm? 🤓🧐🤔🤔 Nevertheless it’s really a FAST DAY (FD)… but that sounds so boring. FUN DAY makes it sound…. well.. fun! 🤣😂😁🤣

    So for the newbies, for lunch, my main meal today, I’ll be eating a tin of sardines🐟🐟 … not everyone likes them but I find them so tasty on a FD and good for me too. My accompanying salad will be al dente 🥦🍆🥕🍄🍄🥦🥦 and fresh 🥑🌶🍅🍅🥕🥒 and anything else in the bottom of fridge! Dinner will be just the veg and salad without the sardines. Easy peasy!🎈🎈

    @funshipfreddie… glad you’re exploring your surrounds… that golf course walk sounds just the thing…. and then there’s the 19th hole at the end of it. Nice way to get to know the locals too! 🤩🙂😊

    These time zones are interesting🕐🕙🕟🕝🕛… so as we, on this side of the globe, are starting on our Thursday, the others on the other side of the globe are completing their Wednesdays. It makes for a strange little disconnect. 😊😉

    Re the trivia… cheating permitted.. (I prefer to call it research!😜) … where would we be without Google? @penz, the questions come from all over the internet and yesterday’s came from my daily frustrations with GLOBLE! All those ‘stans’ to remember🙃😕🤯🤯!

    Here’s a question, how many of us are into WORDLE? Quite a few I suspect. Self-inflicted addiction … and just another way to slowly drive us all a little crazy😵🥴

    @michelinme .. Lucky you⭐⭐⭐…. going to the Commonwealth Games with DD. Your train trip there sounded like a nightmare though! We had the last C.Games right here on the Gold Coast in 2018 and I went to the opening ceremony with my DD.. we’ve been watching on tv (in the middle of the night here!) and really gives you a sense that ‘all’s right with the world’ for a little bit! These athletes from so many different big and small countries are just so inspiring to watch.

    @mariaelena… agree with you about the food logging….doesn’t suit me either… but I know it’s helpful for some. How lucky you found that you already own some training equipment… woohoo! …no stopping you now! 🏃‍♀️🚶‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🚴‍♀️🤸‍♀️

    To all yesterday’s (Wednesday) pocketlisters…. Hope it all went well and can’t wait to see your results in a few days!

    ⭐Yesterday’s Trivia? Day 03: Seven (7) countries in Central Asia with the suffix “-stan”: Name five (5). (@stitchincarol… in fact two of them start with ‘K’… ) Anyone get them all? Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

    Still here? Ok then…
    ⭐Today’s TRIVIA (Day 04)
    What is the common name for Allium sativum?
    .. hmmm???? 🤪🥴😳

    Must get back to work…… it’s 11.30am and I’m looking forward to lunch in an hour…

    Cheerie dearies

    Thought for the day:
    If it’s not there, you can’t eat it (so wise!🤩)

    Pocket List – Day 4 🎯
    @linda.b

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

    I have discovered the source. My nephew and his wife, who came for lunch on Sunday, have tested positive. My brother, who flew in from Florida on Monday and came for a cup of tea before going on to their home further north, is most upset that I could have suspected them of being the carriers. Silly man. It had to have come from somewhere, and they were an obvious possibility.

    There’s no isolation from family members. OH and I will still share a bed – the house is full – and he just has to take his chances.

    We had had our fourth vaccination last week, possibly why I am having a mild bout. Daughter has only had two (source of contention that she was putting us at risk), plus her job has been very stressful, so I am not surprised that she’s been hit so badly.

    OH’s cooking skills are limited, and his desire to learn even more so, so he’s on barbeque duty this evening 🙂

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

    Your poor daughter, B. I hope she improves quickly.
    I caught it last weekend from a grandy, neg RAT, followed straight away by a positive PCR. Mr P is still neg, so I’m having to isolate in the bedroom to protect him. 4 vaccines and anti-virals and it is more like a mild cold. Just frustrating to be stuck alone in my room.
    At least he is learning, fast, how to cook! 😉 P

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

    We have managed to elude the dreaded Covid so far, but at 3 am yesterday I was aware of cold symptoms coming on. I wouldn’t have tested except that daughter is also afflicted. She woke up in horrible pain – legs, back, migraine – but tested negative. After listening to her for hours screaming and sobbing, I got an ambulance to take her to hospital. They were able to stablise everything and we brought her home in the evening. So she has a serious bout of it. The paramedics said they had not seen such symptoms.

    Fortunately mine is like a mild cold, but of course the household is required to isolate for week. Next door has already offered to collect anything we need – no doubt I will be calling on her next week for things like milk.

    OH and grandson have no symptoms or positive test results.

    So after one day in the garden, with my healing foot, I am now resting. Grrrr, it’s ideal gardening weather, too.

  • All Aboard for Audacious August 2022…31 days, 1 day at a time challenge!

    Day 4, FD, Aus

    You’re an excellent host @linda.b! Are you getting your trivia questions from your weekly trivia night out? I seem to recognise the –stan one from one of our pub trivia nights from a few weeks ago. (So I know the answer!)

    If you don’t mind I’m going to borrow your old churches reference, @missybear, I love it.

    Tagging a name is easy, @anicecupoftea – you simply put the @ symbol in front of the name.

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