100 day Journey to Easter

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    Calafornia!

  • posted by Mariet
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    Day 4 today and so far so good, scant drop on the scales, mostly water I am sure but I’m in ketosis now so hopefully progress is in sight!
    Greek salad for lunch today and salmon with coleslaw for tea tonight. It’s not so humid here today which is lovely and I’m enjoying the last day of my holidays. Back to the grind on Monday, though I am still working from home, holding on with my fingernails because my boss would really prefer me back in the hospital (I do the reporting for the maternity service)- that is full of Covid patients! No thank you.
    Yowser, I think the fires are in Western Australia and the floods are in Queensland so a long way from SueBlue and me but yes, dreadful. It feels like the past few years, starting well before Covid, have just been fire, flood, plague and pestilence in Australia. Hopefully we’ll get a break soon 🙂 .

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    Hi everyone,it’s great reading how determined everyone on the bus is,resisting temptation.I’ve had a few wobbles(I know MM says to clear the house of anything tempting for best results and,once DH and DD’s Christmas goodies are finished I will be buying very little of those things or at least buy stuff I don’t like)but decided to weigh myself this morning and am relieved to see I’ve lost 3lb (DCT I’m going to leave measuring my waist until the Monday at the start of week 3 in the hope it will show some change)so that has given me the best incentive to go forward wobble free(apart from my stomach’s movement! ) as I’m now only 2lb away from the 11’s again so when I weigh myself on Monday I would love to have lost another 2 or 3 pounds.As in the past,reading all of your posts is really helping me and there is probably no way I would have lost any weight so close to Christmas if it wasn’t for this forum.Yowzer I haven’t made a sparkly chart yet but I’m using a nice weight loss/goals journal a got either last year or year before (the past 2 years have merged into one for me now! )and barely used so I’ve put white labels over the few entries I made so that I can use it again from the start.My Mum and Dad aren’t too bad thanks,my Mum has to have a procedure at the end of this month (if it’s not cancelled) to remove the polyp which she’s understandably worried about but we are trying to reassure her.I last saw my Dad two weeks ago and he was very confused and when my sister took my Mum to see him last week he was mainly asleep bless him.My sister and I are due to go next Wednesday so fingers crossed that goes ahead.I hope you are having a lovely time away.Hope everyone has a good day.Dawn X

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    Hi everyone,
    Small NSV for me today. I was really struggling the last couple of months with enjoying my food. It seemed like everything just tasted of cardboard and I wasn’t motivated to eat, but felt I should, so that is why I was falling back into eating quick and easy convenience foods.
    I noticed today that I am actually enjoying what I’m eating now. So I’ll take that small win for now.
    Pomegranate and chia with greek yogurt again today for breakfast. Salad of chickpeas, romaine lettuce with a bit of boursin for lunch. Low carb spaghetti with garlic in olive oil and parmesan cheese for dinner. Dinner was after another round of snow shovelling as we had another 7cm of snow. Hoping it doesn’t snow too much overnight as I have to go into town tomorrow morning to get my booster!

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    Arctic fox – I can totally relate to your comments about how food tastes 🙂 I remember before I started BSD I was so totally bored with food – I really wasn’t enjoying cooking or eating at all.
    Then it was like my taste buds were awakened and I really began to enjoy food (healthy food I mean!), and I began to love cooking again 🙂

    I had a good ‘proper’ first day today, I actually stuck to plan and kept my carbs right on 50g. I made the Bircher recipe for breakfast and the Salmon & cream cheese power wrap for lunch (both from the new book) – the wrap was nice, I made the egg wrap in the morning and then assembled the rest at lunch time. I liked the consistency, adding the tsp of flour meant the wrap kept its shape really well and folded nicely. I especially enjoyed the addition of capers, something I don’t usually eat. For dinner I was going to make something from scratch but was tired – still not Feeling 💯 since my booster on Wednesday, so I reheated a small serving of lentil curry I had in the freezer and ate that served on a bed of baby spinach leaves.

    Cathy – I sometimes feel hungry after lunch too but i find a hot cup of tea or coffee straight after my meal helps make me feel more full. If I’m still hungry after that then I have a tablespoon of yoghurt or a couple of nuts.

    Dawn – well done! Sounds like you are off to a good start and I love your idea of using white labels in the journals – I’ve never thought of doing this! I have a couple packed away somewhere, I wrote in pencil but it’s still a pain rubbing old entries out and then reusing, labels are a much better idea. I’m just using a cheap student diary I bought from the supermarket at the moment. It’s got some useful features though – I use the monthly planners for meal plans and then the daily pages for what I actually eat, any exercise I’ve done, whether it was an A/F (alcohol free!) day or not, and my weight if I’ve weighed that day.
    In the back of the diary I’ve written out the date for each Friday from now until the end of the year so that I can have a progressive weight loss record. This is as well as using My Fitness Pal and Happy Scales! They all help me to keep on track and stay motivated (well most of the time anyway!).

    A tip for anyone else that uses MFP – as I’m making the new recipes from the book I add it into MFP – I don’t add all of the ingredients, I just add it under “My foods”, call it Fast 800 salmon wrap (or whatever) and then put in the calories, protein and carbs. That way it gets saved and I can easily find it again. I know that in the past there have been discrepancies between the book calories and the actual ones, but I just don’t have the time always to enter every ingredient in, and I think why bother when it’s all worked out already?
    It is Friday today and my weigh day, but I decided not to weigh this morning and will weigh tomorrow instead, when I’ve had at least one good day behind me!
    I’ll try using the keto sticks in a day or 2, I still have loads left from when I was trying keto/low carb a few months ago.

    JGwen – nice to see you back on here again and sorry you were so ill,
    take care and I hope you continue to feel better. A good diet will help I’m sure. I also can personally relate to insulin resistance and inflammation. About 9/10 years ago I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and my Rheumatoid arthritis was not being controlled by medication so I had elevated inflammation readings all the time – and then put on about 10kg over the next 5 years or so. My inflammation levels have significantly improved since 2017 when I started BSD and I haven’t been in the pre-diabetic range for a long time now.
    Happy Friday all – I look forward to reading about more of everyone’s successes soon 🙂

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    Happy Friday everyone! Welcome Tracy 😀As Cathy said, the three of us are at a similar stage and can hopefully follow the same downward trajectory over the next 100 days.

    I had a good day yesterday and the scales showed 2lb off for me this morning, which I’m pleased about as I only started on Tuesday. Though my steps weren’t up to scratch yesterday so I need to work out a way of fitting them in despite anything else happening that day. Like you Dawn, I’m not going to measure just yet, I think I’ll leave that till the end of next week when hopefully there might be some shift🤞

    Am loving all the recipes on here too. Yesterday I had cheese omelette for brunch then salmon and green veg for dinner, followed by Greek yoghurt with a dash of maple syrup just for fun.

    Lots of good tips about fitness apps too. Can I ask a question about keto sticks? I have never used them but would like some way of checking whether I’m in ketosis. I notice from MM’s new book that he still recommends them but I remember several posts on previous threads saying they don’t work too well. Someone also recommended a breathalyser, which I think Jax16 referred to in an earlier post. So any thoughts welcome as to whether any of these are worth bothering with? So far I’ve just bumbled along and hoped for the best 🙀

    Hope that everyone has had a good week so far and is pleased with their progress. Have a great weekend X

    welcome to the 100 day bus journey and I have no doubt that you will enjoy riding with us all towards your goal. You are a similar weight to Dreamscometrue and me and we have a similar goal so it will be great to share our progress along the way. I really want to get the bulk of my excess baggage off by Easter- this seems to have been a perpetual journey for me and I am getting fed up of myself!

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    (Author’s note: just realised I had copied part of Cathy’s previous post into mine when drafting it – as it resonated so much! – so ignore the last paragraph at the end!)

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    Hi Dreamscometrue.

    The pee sticks for ketones are measuring surplus ketones produced by your body and thrown away. – They do not measure your body using ketones. At the start your body will be inefficient and will generate more ketones than you need getting rid of the excess. But as your body gets more used to being in ketosis it will only produce as much is needed to be burned for fuel. So purchasing the pee sticks is always a waste of money.

    There are two places in the cycle of burning fat for fuel that you can measure ketosis, in the blood, or exhaling the byproduct of burning ketones for fuel.

    Most American and Canada sites talk about using blood tests, but this involves purchasing both a monitor and test strips. There is a make which apparently does not charge high prices for the test strips, but they do not sell their product in the UK or Europe.

    Both specialist breath testers and also cheap breathalysers are used to test for the byproduct of burning ketones. Using either involves a knack of holding your breath for a count and then emptying your lungs blowing the last of your breath into the monitor. The advantage with using breath testers is that once you have the knack you can test as often as you like over the course of the day all it costs you is eventually you have to replace the batteries. Apparently both the expensive testers and cheap breathalysers use the same mechanism for testing so you may as well save your money and use the cheap breathalyser from Amazon. Don’t worry about ketosis and false positives if the police test you for alcohol. Formal testing kit for alcohol uses a different method and will not pick up if someone is in ketosis.

    There was a guy who did some articles on using the cheap breathalyser. I put some links on the “Take a look at this” thread that we used to use on this forum to share interesting articles and links to research. If you search that thread looking for AT6000 (the make of the cheap breathalyser) you should find them.

  • posted by ClarinetCathy
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    Morning everyone

    Well done to everyone for their first week of commitment, non scale victories and weight loss. I have lost 2lb since Monday when I started, We will be welcoming even more passengers on our bus next week I am sure. I know in previous years I have waited until mid-January or even later to get going but I wanted to nip things in the bud early this year. I really do want to make this next 100 days count once and for all!

    I am happy with my weight loss of 2lb this week. I weighed in at 150.4 lb. If I can lose 12 lb – 14 lb in the next 100 days then I will be pleased with myself and will be where I want to be for maintenance. I was happy with my weight at 138 lb,

    I have felt very hungry this week but I have eaten well with lots of vegetables and low carb meals. Its been difficult detoxing after Christmas with higher than usual blood sugar levels! There are some chocolate leftovers looking at me from Christmas (Two chocolate oranges- my favourite) but I am not going to undo my hard work! I usually have a Friday evening “treat” but I have decided there will be no “Friday treats until I have lost 5lb. I find that a Friday evening treat (usually nuts and a G&T) keeps me on the straight and narrow.

    My plan for the week ahead is to keep my eye on the prize. I hope this week will be easier as I head into ketosis. I’ve got some nice meals planned and hopefully next Friday I will weigh under 150 lb. The few days are always the most difficult but being part of this thread has been really encouraging.

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    Congratulations Cathy on the weight loss. “Keep my eye on the prize” is a good way of looking at it. It’s always difficult to remember that short-term gratification is a damaging diversion! I am going to dig out a pair of the trousers I really want to wear (and look good in), and shall try them on each week. Fingers crossed.
    Yowzer, thanks for the encouragement. My resistance to ginger cake weakened yesterday, so I have put the rest in the freezer. Lesson learned. I am not sure if that was the sugar-dependent gut bacteria messing with my head. Or feeling a bit down about the continuing lockdown here. But I am back on track today. Yoghurt and berries; smoked trout and red cabbage coleslaw; and some roast chicken and veg tonight. I came across a recipe for Menemen (Turkish eggs) yesterday and will give that a go at the weekend. Sounds tasty. Perhaps Sunny knows more!

    Best wishes for a good day for everyone.

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    DCT thanks for asking ketone test info,I need to know too.
    Have never used them. Thanks JGWEN for all the details! 💕
    Very well done CCATHY on your great start! 👏👏 xx

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    Hi Yowzer49

    Thank you for the reminder about L-cysteine. I remember there is some research that its important in encouraging the body to convert muscle cells to using fat for fuel as it has a role in the development of increased numbers of mitochondria in the cell. If my memory serves me right a muscle cell which is fat adapted as 5 mitochondria against 2 in a muscle cell used to being fueled by carbs. – The brain fog is finally starting to lift thankfully. ——– Interestingly Dr Bikman has recently been repeatedly stating on his podcasts that its not possible to get all nutritional needs from plant protein sources, meat is a much better source of nutritional needs. – I have asked via their website if they could cover this topic in more detail in one of their podcasts but my suspicion is that this is one of the key amino acids you get from meat but not plant protein.

    Your post inspired me to order both some extra supplements of that but also Caprylic Acid, which is anti viral as well as helping to deal with any yeast infections in the gut or on the surface of the skin. I have been back to childish ways, so if I was feeling cold and sore from the coughing a tin of rice pudding would make a meal without even a reference to the carb levels. So it will be wise to presume that I need to give my gut a helping hand and its an easier way of reducing the number of sugar fueled bacteria in my gut.

    I have been taking heavy doses of magnesium which includes zinc. – I have been having some very strange cramp like experiences. But rather than being like pins and needles its just complete pain and an inability to move the body part involved. Sometimes its hands but normally its been legs and ankles which have become heavily swollen. I have to put my foot to the ground and then use weight bearing to change the angle of my ankle for example during an attack as I loose the ability to move my foot any other way. My legs have swollen so much that I am struggling again with socks cutting into my legs and even getting trainers to fit. No chance of getting wellies back on at present 🙁

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    JGwen, the pain and swelling you describe sounds awful :Have you sought any medical attention?
    I’ve been taking magnesium also, as I read that it helps with joint and muscle pain. Last year I decided I wanted to try and reduce some of the medication I’m
    on, and replace with supplements where possible. So far I’ve been able to halve one medication and have reduced another from 75mg to 25mg. I take fish oil, turmeric and magnesium.

    Weight update – I have lost 1.3kg this week 🙂 that’s 2.86lb. I’m down to 89.8kg, so I have reversed my Xmas/NY gain and am just under where I was on Christmas Eve. I was SO hungry yesterday evening – had a couple of cups of tea with a dash of milk and didn’t give in to temptation and eat – although if hunger had kept me awake I would have had some yoghurt or something. I kept busy so didn’t miss my usual Friday evening glass or 2 of wine. My husband has decided to have a few weeks without beer, not quite Dry January but it helps me as I’m not then tempted to join him when he has a drink.

    It’s 5.45am here. I want to go out early for when the supermarket opens to try and buy the groceries that were missing from my online order (chicken, steak, veggie sausages, salmon – all of the proteins I needed to make meals!), if there’s still supply issues then I’ll plan some vegetarian meals instead as I have tofu, cans of different beans and legumes etc. I’ve been trying to avoid public places (hence the online order), but figure it should be safer first thing when there are less people around. I also shop for my elderly MIL and some of her food was unavailable too, so I promised her I’d try and get it today.

    I haven’t read all of MM’s new book yet but will be interested to see the suggestions for vegetarian diets, to be able to get adequate protein but still keeping carbs low. I’m not vegetarian, more flexitarian I guess, my youngest daughter is though, and my husband has gone off of a lot of meat dishes and prefers plant based foods.

    Have a good weekend all 🙂

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    Watching the ATP cup tennis and walking round house, running up the stairs (several times), star jumps, running on spot, sit up, press ups in between games. I love that Amazon Prime shows so much tennis. I’ve now found a way to watch it without feeling guilty that I’m sitting down for too long!
    Made the tandoori halloumi recipe tonight from MMs new book. Really enjoyed it, very tasty.
    You are all amazing with the information and advice you give.
    I’ve lost 6.6 lbs since Sunday, I think I must have been holding onto so much water. My fat % has reduced a little according to my scales. I know it will slow done or stall so not getting too excited about rate of loss. I’ve always lost 5lbs in the first week before and then it goes up and down or nowhere.
    I’m happy!

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    Hi everyone
    I have snuck on the bus a day or 2 late but lovely to see so many joy riders!! I have been catching up with all the posts and I am never good at posting my own bits here. I am painfully slow and keep checking!!
    I think I need to order the new book as everyone seems to be enjoying the new recipes. I am going to try to get my head around the macros as having started with the Newcastle diet in June 2016 followed by BSD I have never concentrated on the finer details focus was on low carb and calories, often too much protein not much else, often I don’t think I ate enough.
    I missed my target by 8lbs in early 2020 and then sabotaged myself for all of 2021. I now realise I do not see myself as I am. When I lost all my weight I couldn’t see it I looked no different in my head and now I have been putting on weight I don’t see that as I am always ‘fat’!!
    I have my son and daughters graduations (delayed from 2020) in May and I am determined to get into the dresses I bought. I also have a wedding in June and another dress I bought for it in 2020 so not focusing on the scales too much but body shape is going to be crucial.
    I am aiming high as I am a very slow looser (did 6 months in 2019 and lost nothing then 3.5 weeks and a stone dropped off!! ) but hopefully tightening the Macros will help. Aiming for 2lbs a week. Weigh-in later today after my open water swim!!
    Well done everyone, I love hearing about all the ups and downs, good to know others have the same struggles. It some how makes them easier to overcome.

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    Denise Susan welcome aboard! It’s good to have you with us for the journey 🙂

    I’ve had another good on-plan day with carbs under 50g (just!) and protein at 55g. I must admit I haven’t really paid much attention to macros in the past, so it will be interesting to see the difference it makes this time around.
    For dinner I made the Black bean chilli recipe from the new book – this was really yummy and so cheap & easy to make with mainly store cupboard ingredients. My daughter had a serving with rice and I had mine with some sautéed shredded cabbage and a dollop of yogurt. There’s enough left for a couple of lunches too. I definitely recommend this one ☝️

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    Hello everyone
    Welcome Denise Susan- I recognise you from the forum. Well done for sneaking aboard the bus. I am glad you have secured a seat. This is the perfect time for you to join us as it will give you plenty of time to fit into the lovely dresses for the graduations and the June wedding. My younger son got married in 2018 when I was at goal weight and I felt fantastic. I weighed 138 lbs which was 5lb heavier than my actual goal weight but I’ve decide that 138 lb is a weight I will be able to maintain longer than 133lb which I couldn’t maintain and so that is where I am heading to once again!

    I had another jump on the scales this morning and I was 0.2 lb lighter than yesterday. I have been feeling really hungry this last few days, I think I need to eat a little more. I have noticed that if I eat more I seem to lose more weight! I didn’t believe it at first but I think I am right! Today I had coffee for breakfast and I’ve just made some little gem lettuce cups with red pepper hummus, roasted red peppers and pine nuts and they were delicious. My evening meal is kale and bean and pesto soup from the fast 800 recipe book – one of my favourite recipes. It more like a stew and I always enjoy it. I am of Hungarian heritage and I always feel it would be something my Hungarian family would have enjoyed making and eating (how funny is that)! I don’t know what made me even think of that!

    Regarding the new keto book I was disappointed that there were not many vegetarian recipes in it. It’s hard to do keto as a vegetarian but I will use the information from the book to increase protein, follow the plan and mix and match with the blood sugar diet and the fast 800 and intermittent fasting and TRE. It will take me a week or two to build up to fasting properly. I need to get all this sugar out of my body. I am good at fasting 16:8 and my longest fasts are usually 42 hours which are easy once you get past 24 hours. I haven’t done a long fast for quite some time so I will build up to that by doing 16:8 and then increasing to 24 and 36 hours etc. I think mixing things up works for me and as a slow loser I need to keep my body guessing!

    Lovely to read the posts every day and I am finding them very motivating,

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    Hello all
    I would like to join you all on this journey to Easter if that’s ok I am going to start on Monday 10th bit late 🥲 but I did the diet few years ago and did really well
    But since then I have dabbled in fast 800 done it for a few weeks then tried some thing else
    I have been really silly as I have not stuck to anything so only have myself to blame I have put all weight back on and some more!!!
    I want to focus again and feel if I join group it will help me
    I have purchased the new mm keto book but I am getting in a muddle!! Think I should maybe stick to the 8 week plan as I have all my notes from last time is anyone else starting again
    Good luck every one look forward to doing this journey with you all
    Lv Nokie x😍

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    Hi NOKIE! welcome to the best bus in town!🙂🙃
    I too am starting Monday as I’m on Hol til then,and like you,I’ve done this before,from July 2016- July 2017,did very well,and regrettably regained a lot between 2017-2020 🙄
    I was on the previous two buses and lost some (again! ) but it feels like many pounds were regained over the festive period. (Haven’t weighed in as yet,dreading doing it Monday!)
    But every days a new chance to start,so fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. There’s a really lovely gang of likeminded,helpful,and understanding people here,so jump aboard,only thing to lose is unwanted pounds! XX

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    Hi everyone,
    I’m not feeling great today. I had my booster yesterday and I’m really feeling the side effects. Headache, low energy, nausea, aches and pains, etc. Not as bad as after my second jab, but enough to keep me on the couch most of the day. Better than catching the actual virus though.
    I haven’t had much to eat today as a result. I’m hungry, but nauseous at the same time, so haven’t felt like much. Hopefully back on track tomorrow.

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    Hi all
    Lovely that so many of us are on the journey.
    Nokie you really are in the right place. There is so much experience here xx
    This really is one day at a time. When I am struggling I put a few Kg’s of vegetables in a backpack and carry it around for a few hours or more constantly reminding myself that is what just a few pounds feels like. So even if you only manage 4/7 days which is every other you are 4 days better off xx

    I have lost 4.25 lbs this week, so over the moon as I now have a cushion for when I loose nothing!!
    I am trying to not weigh too often as any increase on the scale I take really negatively and although I know it is temporary the brain works over time!!

    Let’s buckle up, there is going to be some rough patches ahead, but we have everything we need here to get us through.
    A 100 days is plenty of time to be successful so have
    a good week everyone xx

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    Hi there
    I’d also like to join. I’ve done keto before but never the fast800. I’m really curious to combine and really enjoyed the book. I reckon I have about a stone to lose but have no scales so am going with body measurements. My goal is just to fit back comfortably in all my clothes and definitely to get my stomach shrinking. I started keto previously due to chronic ear, nose, throat issues. A friend with similar had great results and I did also but have slipped back into carby habits which aren’t helping. Maybe some extra motivation for everyone, as well as my general health improving around week 3 the glowing skin phenomenon kicked in. You hear this a lot from people who’ve gone low carb and it’s VERY noticeable. I’m looking forward to that. I also found that my appetite was dramatically reduced after a week or so presumably due to better blood sugar control which meant I could introduce stricter fasts and things later. I’ve started today and for first couple of days I’m just going to keep it really low carb and not count calories to help me get through the carb flu fun and then start monitoring calories on Tuesday. I don’t have any electrolytes but a pinch of salt in my water also helps. In the past I’ve found http://www.dietdoctor.com to be super helpful for all things low carb/keto related so I’ll use MM’s book and that. It’s good to search for recipes for things that you really fancy and usually there is a low carb option. It also has lots of motivational stories and details of the science behind it all for those who are interested to learn more. I’ll probably be eating around 90g protein. Higher than it says in the book but I’ve done a lot of reading around this before and this seems to be a safe healthy level. The higher protein helps with my appetite control and I do plan to do some strength training. Very important for this perimenopausal woman! I’ve downloaded the 7 minute exercise app that MM uses and am planning a short routine for my mornings which I’m going to test this week: 10 min mindfulness practice on waking, 15 minute walk outside (see Huberman Lab for info all about the importance of morning light) then back for the 7 min work out before getting ready for work. I might be too optimistic but will test for a couple of days to see how it goes and tweak from there. Really love hearing about your early successes and top tips. Very motivational. Hopefully I can share some soon!

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    Happy Monday all 🙂

    Welcome Stevoka – sounds like you have a plan 🙂 I too have used the Diet Doctor site before and have found it useful for recipes and resources.

    I’ve had a good day today – carbs only 35g (very unusual for me!) and protein at 59g, I think calories were 885. I’m focussing on keeping carbs under 50 and protein over 50g as per the book, and not too focussed on calories. I’m averaging around 900 calories and it’s working well. I didn’t feel hungry at all today, and had some nourishing food. I made the Keto pancakes with berries and yoghurt for breakfast, then had leftover Black bean chilli with some shredded cabbage for lunch – this was really delicious, the flavour had more depth than when I first made it 2 days ago – I always find curries, bolognaise & chilli tastes better after a day or 2 🙂 For dinner I made the Sesame salmon with cherry tomatoes and broccoli – this recipe is in the F800 red recipe book and is one of my favourites.

    I can recommend the Keto pancakes, they were quite filling and less than 200 calories per serve – they were quite small and I thought it wouldn’t be enough but it was, I didn’t feel hungry all morning. The chilli is “good value” calorie wise too at something like 180 calories per serve.

    I still have more of the book to read – I’ve been diving in and out of it! Will aim to do so in the next few days.

    I’ve managed to fit in 90 minute walks for the last 2 days and am planning to walk for an hour before work tomorrow, as at least it’s cool at 7am and no UV to worry about!

    Hope everyone else is doing well 🙂

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    Hello and Happy Monday!

    Welcome to all our new travellers – Denise susan, Nokie and Stevoka – and hope that more will join now we are into our first “proper” week in January (in the UK last Monday was a Bank Holiday so it still felt slightly like holiday season!). Nokie I feel like I’m always starting again! But why not? If you have a plan that works then it’s a great idea to repeat it.

    Hope you all enjoy the journey and hope we all have a great week.

    Not much to report this end – weekends always seem to fly by but I also find it much harder to stick to plan. We had friends round on Saturday then watched an online Bowie tribute show on Sunday and I confess to consuming too much wine with each. But as Denise susan said earlier, even if you don’t have a good day every day, at least if you have some good days – ideally more than bad days – you are moving forward.

    Jax61 I love your idea of building exercise into other things. I used to do a 7 minute belly workout first thing in the morning in amongst clearing the kitchen, feeding pets, making coffee etc. A really good habit that I must get back into, as I think it was having a good effect. A friend keeps some dumbbells in her kitchen and does a few bicep curls every time she’s waiting for the kettle to boil, so will take that on board too. And am off for another long walk this morning (poor dog!). Stevoka I’ll be interested to hear how your MM routine goes too – I’m always looking for new exercise ideas.

    Sue thanks for all your food ideas as always. I did the halloumi tray bake (with kale and broccoli) from the new book on Friday night. It didn’t turn out well but I think that was me (as mentioned before, cooking is not my forte). It had a nasty tang to it: I suspect maybe I used too much olive oil, and I also noticed that the pine nuts were well past their use by date. No untoward consequences thank goodness, and I will give it another try as I love all the ingredients. Just didn’t work this time for some reason 🙀

    Go well everyone, and keep posting X

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    Hello everyone,hope you all had a good weekend.I had quite a quiet one which was nice.Have weighed myself this morning and am 5lb lighter than last Monday which has pleased me as I’m now down into the 11s.I know I could have had a better week food wise so am hoping I can stick 100% to my planned menu for the next 7 days.Leaving measuring myself until next Monday.Have a good day everyone.Dawn X

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    Hi all. Still here! I am down 1.5kg in the first week. Not bad given that I started to wobble from Day 4. So planning a better week. Good luck and wishing everyone a good week.

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    Hi folks! Happy Monday! My Carb Monster is trembling in her boots as Ive woken full of optimism and unshakeable iron will! I won’t let that sly ol’ creature hide round corners and trip me up any more 😃
    DAWN so pleased for you with that 5lb down!👏👏 what a great incentive to keep going..it’s what I love about low carbing! X and DENISE also,and CARONL,well done 👍👍 X
    DCT I loveJAX’s idea too…this morning,in between little tasks, I’ve incorporated stretching,deep breathing exercises and a little rebounding.
    NOKIE hope you’ve got started as planned today. I’ve been weighed and damage not as great as feared. Today I’m starting with a fast ( easy to do that today as I ate so much on my last-day-of-holiday yesterday 🙂)then dindins of broccoli and veggy sausage. X
    ARCTICFOX hope you’re feeling better now after side effects from booster.X
    SUEBLUE think I’ll follow your “keeping carbs under 50 and protein over 50g,and not worrying too much about calories” for now. Sounds like a great mantra! XX
    🌷🌷good luck everyone,the bus is speeding up,flying past fields and forests,on its way to a healthy happy and very sleek Easter!🌷🌷

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    A few people have mentioned squeezing in some exercises into their kitchen routines. Dr Rangan Chatterjee calls these exercise snacks and he has a routine he does every day: https://youtu.be/jtZB95-AVZM

    Maybe some ideas to add to what you’re already doing. He’s another big proponent of fitting lots of small bite size exercises in throughout your day.

    I did MM’s 7 minute exercise routine this morning using the recommended app. It was hard but because each section was short it was very doable. The only equipment you need is a chair and perhaps a mat. All of the exercises could be modified as needed eg push ups were definitely on my knees! I coupled this with a 10 minute brisk walk to get outside and warm up then a few stretches after.

    Also saw someone mention about sleep. Mine was a bit rocky last night but I will aim to have more carbs and mostly in the evening which should help (yesterday I think I was under 30gs) and I also remembered the pleasant fact that once I’d switched to ketones I actually needed less sleep to feel just as refreshed as when I was carb heavy so looking forward to that 😁

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    Hi all,

    I’ve been on one of the other threads on and off for the past two years, but could do with setting another goal. Back in 2020 I started on the Fast 800 and lost 11 pounds, but then the pandemic struck and I gained them back and more. By the end of the year I was the heaviest I’d been. I shifted that weight almost immediately in 2021, but have spent most of the last year hovering around the 11stone7 mark. I briefly got under 12 in the summer, but birthdays and booze soon put pay to that. So here I am at 11 stone 10 and desperate to make it to 10 stone 5. I am determined and keen to be part of an inspiring and motivating group. So day one is done. Let’s hear it for the next 97 days!

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    Hi all,

    I’ve been on one of the other threads on and off for the past two years, but could do with setting another goal. Back in 2020 I started on the Fast 800 and lost 11 pounds, but then the pandemic struck and I gained them back and more. By the end of the year I was the heaviest I’d been. I shifted that weight almost immediately in 2021, but have spent most of the last year hovering around the 11stone7 mark. I briefly got under 12 in the summer, but birthdays and booze soon put pay to that. So here I am at 11 stone 10 and desperate to make it to 10 stone 5. I am determined and keen to be part of an inspiring and motivating group. So day one is done. Let’s hear it for the next 97 days!

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    Hi everyone,
    checking in for my first completed week. No change on the scales but then I had far too much wine at a party on Saturday. But I have a happy NSV, an inch each from midriff, waist and belly. Yay! That’s really given me a lift.
    No trouble so far sticking to fresh veg, healthy fats and lean protein. It’s so hot and sticky here I hardly feel like eating at all so my daily carbs are under 25. Apart from that champagne blip on Saturday that is.
    I have bought a puppy, she will be coming next month. I have previously always had rescue dogs but the last one was such a disaster, ending up having to go live with my mother and her dog because he could not cope when I went to work. Now I feel quite nervous about another rescue dog so have bought a little Shih Tsu from a nearby registered breeder. I’m really excited, I’ve waited seven years until I could be home with a puppy, can’t wait! So when she is old enough, walks with her will be another impetus to get out each day. With my last darling dogs, the moment I got home from work they would start jumping up and down un front of the broom cupboard where their leads were kept 🙂 As a result I walked every day.
    Dawn I am delighted for you, 5lb! That’s fantastic, well done.
    Onwards and downwards everyone!

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    Hello everyone and thanks Mariet.Well done on losing an inch off your middle,that’s brilliant!Losing inches off my middle is my biggest goal and would make a vast difference to which clothes I feel comfortable wearing (along with all of the health benefits of course! ) How lovely that you’re getting a puppy,we have an 8 year old shih tzu and they’re a lovely breed.Food wise I rolled off my bus seat yesterday😩 The visit to my Dad has been cancelled because there have been two cases of Covid (amongst the staff I think) in the care home so I think I used that as an excuse to go way off plan.Back onto it today though.Hope everyone has a good day.Dawn X

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    Dawn 5lb is fantastic – well done 👍 it’s a shame that you couldn’t see your dad, hope you can visit him soon.

    I’ve had another good day, with carbs at 35g. I was up early (5.30am) and walked for just over an hour before work.
    Breakfast was the Baked eggs, spinach and chorizo recipe from the new book, I enjoyed this one. I had prepared the spinach and chorizo last night so just had to finish it off in the morning.
    For lunch I reheated the leftover salmon from last nights dinner and then for dinner tonight I made some lentil curry, husband and daughter had rice and flat breads with theirs and I had cauli rice with mine.
    I just put another online grocery order in for the end of the week as the time slots were quickly filling up. Again lots of unavailable items so I’m going to have to get a bit creative with my meal plan! At least I have loads of recipes to choose from, between all the BSD & Fast 800 books I have!

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    hello everyone
    Great to read some fantastic first week results! I am so glad we all got ourselves back in control early in January. I haven’t found this first week easy at all, I’ve really struggled with hunger. I am hoping to be back in the 140s on Fridays weigh in! I’ve increased my intake a little bit because I think my weight loss stalls when I eat too little so I’ll do an experiment over the next couple of weeks. Before Christmas I managed to get down to 147 lb eating a little more so I’ll see how things go. Today I’ve had coffee for breakfast and egg and cottage cheese salad for lunch. I will have broccoli and Stilton soup for my evening meal and some yoghurt with raspberries and dark chocolate. I need to increase my water consumption.

    I am hoping for a pound or two to be gone when I weigh myself on Friday, when I first starting this way of eating I used to weigh every day but once a week is enough for me now as I get upset when I see it go up and down during the week. To be honest I think weighing once a fortnight would even be better for me but I will stick with weekly weigh ins to keep me on the straight and narrow. I don’t like to give the scales too much power and I admire those who don’t weigh themselves. Clothes are a perfect way to know if your losing/gaining.

    Have a good week everyone.

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    Oh gosh folks I have to confess,yesterday went very well,but today I’m afraid I’ve succumbed to eating a few goodies still in the freezer after Christmas. I’ve slapped myself with the wet lettuce and taken the bumpiest seat on the bus as punishment. Will do better tomorrow,pinky promise! X love to all and hugs xx
    MARIET well done on the trimmer middle! It really makes a difference when you whittle down round that part of yr body,healthwise and looks wise! 👍
    Hi and welcome aboard the bus RUSSIANROULADE! 🎶🎶X

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    Hi everyone,
    Wow, I was hit hard by the booster. Finally feeling better today, although the headache did reappear this evening, but not as bad, so that’s a big improvement. Nausea has finally gone away today as well. Here’s hoping that I have superpowers against Covid now as a result of my immune system reacting so strongly to the vaccine! Last couple of days have not been so good on the eating front as a result, but after having lentil soup out of a tin for the last several meals, I will hop back on board the bus now.
    I haven’t been shopping for groceries since Dec 28th as I’m trying to use up my store cupboard and freezer ingredients. I am getting to the point where a bit of creativity is necessary to use things up without resorting to going to the supermarket for more ingredients for a particular recipe. I definitely chose the right month to stay away from shops as omicron is now ripping its way through the population. My boss is off sick with it, but I don’t work in the same region as her, and work from home anyway, so was never exposed, luckily. I am making a list of things for pickup at a major supermarket that is about 40 min away for when I do go shopping again. Will be nice to have avocados again. Just used up the last of my frozen blueberries today, so will need more of those too.
    I’m going to have a few serves of chia pudding this week as I have lots of coconut milk and chia seed on hand.

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    Welcome Russianroulade! I hope we help you to achieve your goals and I’m sure you will also inspire everyone else along the way. I have a spreadsheet to track weight loss – with varying degrees of success! – and Dawn has been known to create sparkly chart masterpieces for her fridge 😀 But your goal of 19lb sounds do-able in our remaining time so good luck!

    And Dawn, wow, 5lb off is amazing. Well done. Add an extra sparkly bit to your chart to celebrate! Hope you can see your dad soon.

    Mariet an inch off is great! I daren’t measure myself just yet because – like you Yowzer – I’ve had a couple of wet lettuce days.(Newcomers needs to know that Yowzer threatens us with wet lettuce slaps if we’re wandering off piste!) I do need to keep motivated as I stray far too easily. But I did christen the soup maker the other day – it made butternut squash soup from raw to bowl in 20 minutes and was delicious. So I will read up on more soup recipes before my next shop.

    Arcticfox glad you’re starting to feel a bit better and hope you can top up your supplies soon. Though I agree with you that sometimes necessity leads to great creative genius!

    Stevoka thanks for all the exercise tips, I will look at that video. Which MM exercise app is it that you use? (Sorry, I’m sure it’s in the book, just being lazy!)

    Cathy and Sue great to hear from you both and – as always – it sounds like you are ploughing forward in style. Hope you get some really good results this week.

    Hello to everyone else too. Do keep posting to let us know how you are doing.

    One last question . . . vitamins and supplements. Do you take them and if so what? I’m sure there have been many different posts on this over the years , but it can all get a bit overwhelming. I tend to think that if you’re having a balanced diet you don’t need them, but then we are on a very low carb diet so perhaps we do. And I’m aware that some of us on this thread (including me) are women of a certain age so may need extra this, that or whatever anyway to keep us strong. Just wondering if/what people use to supplement their diet and if anything seems particularly helpful? Thought for the day?!

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    DCT, I take occasional multivitamins, once or twice a week. I don’t know if they make any difference.
    I am using oat fibre that was recommended in another thread to increase my fibre because I can’t get enough fibre in 800 calories. It has no calories, no carbs, nothing but fibre. I add it to my first two coffees, it’s bearable but it doesn’t improve the taste 😂
    I have in order inulin because it’s supposed to be a pre biotic that encourages the bacteria that we want to encourage.
    Nothing else.

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    Thanks DCT I was going well and on the straight and narrow but went a bit off piste myself this evening with a few wines… but tomorrow is another day! And still expecting a loss this week as have been on plan until now and walked 10,000 steps today

    As to supplements – I take Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Fish oil, Turmeric and Magnesium. The fish oil and turmeric are for joint pain (and heart health), the vitamin D because my levels are always low unless I take supplements, magnesium because I read it helps with joint and muscle health and vitamin c to
    Support immunity, important with the current COVID situation. I’ve found with magnesium I’ve been sleeping better and also it helps with regularity if you know what I mean! I’ve been able to reduce some of the heavy duty meds I’m on for Rheumatoid Arthritis since increasing fish oil and turmeric – however my diet has improved too so I don’t know how much of my improvement is due to diet changes and how much is due to supplements – but I figure it can’t hurt to keep taking them 🙂

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    I posted this over on the weekly thread too, if this helps:
    I have always (as long as I can remember) supplemented with Brewer’s Yeast, and as a woman of a certain age I include a Calcium/Magnesium (with VitD3) supplement. As we are eating less fruit (i.e. hardly any) I have added 1000mg VitC daily, and at the start of COVID added Vit D and a general Vit B complex too.
    We do try to eat oily fish at least once or twice per week, fermented veg once or twice a week too, and milk kefir with a single Brazil nut every day. I use fresh turmeric in curries and soups whenever I can, and add ground turmeric to scrambled eggs – apparently turmeric is better absorbed with black pepper?

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    Great useful and interesting question DCT!
    I take these daily….
    magnesium ( seems to help a bit with insomnia )
    calcium and vit D (both prescribed by doc as I have osteoporosis)
    a good quality selenium as from what I’ve read the soil is very poor in most places now.
    flaxseed ( I don’t eat oily fish so this is a source of omega 3)
    sometimes take evening primrose ( for arthritis)
    and rosehip ( vits B,C,E)
    One cranberry tablet daily as I’ve found taking it regularly has stopped the urinary tract infections that started plaguing me as I got older.
    XX

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    Hi All, just catching up with all your posts as I haven’t been on line for a few days. Nice to see a few more boarding the bus. After having lost over 6 lbs in week 1 I have now had a few days of no progress. I haven’t gone off plan, so I know the weight should shift at some point. I didn’t measure myself when I started. I am determined not to let slow or nil weight loss stop me!
    I went for a bike ride on Sunday and found out that 16:8 fasting doesn’t work when I’m doing longer periods of exercise. I had a period of dizziness where I had to sit down on the side of the road, but this improved when I had something to eat. Next time I will have breakfast!

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    Hello everyone

    Confession time – I have had a bad day! I started well with Greek yoghurt and raspberries for breakfast and had broccoli and Stilton soup for lunch and then after lunch I became ridiculous and ate a mince pie and some chocolates! I feel very bad about letting myself down! Tomorrow I will dust myself down and try and have a better day. I hope I’ve not scuppered things for my Friday weigh in! I can’t believe how weak I was today. I’ve been so good since Monday last week. Back to it again tomorrow! I am sitting in the naughty seat on the bus ready for a swipe of the wet lettuce 🥬 from Yowser!

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    Hi CCATHY I don’t feel I can wet lettuce you after being so bad myself yesterday,and being punished by sitting on the bumpiest seat on the bus😁
    I was awful yesterday but I’m up on my horse again … clippety clop! ( Not easy to ride a horse inside a bus,I know!)
    We can do this CC! We know it makes sense. We aren’t weak,we just had a little blip! 💜 onwards and downwards 💜 we’ll do great – as usual- tomorrow! X we’ll Don our Pashminas of Determination…as LUCKY MANEKI used to say! X

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    Cathy I belong in the naughty seats too after my few wines last night! Maybe we should sit on the back seat – we’ll make that the naughty row!

    But I’m back on track today…. a leftover roast veg frittata for brunch and I’m making bolognaise for dinner which I’ll have with steamed green beans (family have wholemeal pasta). I was going to have some Greek salad for lunch but am not hungry so may just have salad on the side for dinner tonight – would prefer to eat lettuce than to be slapped with it to be honest!

    Main thing is to keep going and not let a blip derail us! My daughter has set a wedding date now for mid-October, so I have exactly 10 months to get into shape – 10kgs in 10 months is certainly doable if I stay on track 🙂

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    @dreamscometrue the app that MM uses and that I’ve started with is called 7M workout. There were a couple when I checked on the App Store but the original that MM uses is a red square with a circle of white dots. It was free.

    For supplements, I’m perimenopausal and my supplement regime is heavily influenced by Lara Briden’s book ‘Hormone Repair Manual’. It’s an amazing resource and useful for women from 35 through to those significantly post menopause. I use a sublingual multi vitamin B complex (good for absorption) that’s primarily to keep B6 elevated; I use a high dose combined magnesium supplement that mixes mag threonate, mag glycinate and mag taurate ; I take zinc every morning alongside a probiotic and I take a pill called Violet that is a particular form of iodine that is important for breast health. I’m also going to start taking choline for several reasons one of which was a recent study that showed it having similar effects on the brain as estrogen. I can share more if interested in terms of brands etc only because it took me ages to figure out my own routine so I’m always happy to pass it on. Can’t recommend Briden’s book enough and her website is also a really helpful resource larabriden.com

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    For anyone who’s fallen off the bus and needing to get back on, I’ll share my favorite phrase that I repeat to myself when I do the same: “Begin again”. It’s so simple yet so powerful and it really takes the edge of when I fall into self-judgement. It also gets used fairly regularly! 🙂

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    Oh sorry and one more, I’m also starting omega 3 supplement which provides 1000 EPA. Also for the peri and apparently does wonders for mood.

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    I feel like I’m on a roll as far as keeping to the WOE is concerned. I’m trying to stick to the 50 and 50 but honestly my biggest problem is getting 50g protein each Day. Today I had barramundi and roasted Cherry tomatoes for lunch and sausages with various non carb vegetables for dinner.

    As a life long hater of running I can’t say how shocked I am to report that I have started jogging as a change from walking. I am actually enjoying it although I’m only one gear above walking speed 😂 and also I can only go about one km before I have to drop down to walking. And so far this month I am averaging 10 thousand steps a day which is encouraging.

    I hope everyone else is having a good day and sticking on our bus!

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    Hi Stevoka…thanks for your insight into supplements etc.
    I just wanted to say for anyone interested in.the Lara Briden book you recommended, it’s currently 99p on Kindle Amazon UK. It might be a bit late for me at 63 but I’m always interested in how to maintain good health getting older ! So I will get a copy !
    All the best to everyone on the bus !

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