Hello all,sorry that yet again I haven’t posted this week.My mind hasn’t really been on sticking to my food plan and I’ve just caught up on posts over the last day or so.Very well done to everyone who is managing to sit firmly on their bus seat and to those,like myself who aren’t,we still have 54 days until Easter (thank you Sue for reminding us of that,I was starting to feel all was lost as far as managing to get a big chunk of weight off by then! ) so there’s plenty of time to make a huge difference to our health.I have lots of weekly food plans to refer to over those 54 days so really have no excuse (apart from my tendency to emotionally eat still) to not make a huge effort.I still haven’t seen my Dad since Christmas Eve and his care home contacted my sister this week to say he now has Covid so we aren’t sure when we will next see him (luckily he wasn’t showing any symptoms so we hope that continues) I feel as if I have been in a sort of daze over the last couple of years and really need to pull myself out of it in order to concentrate on things properly.I stumbled upon a nice utube channel whilst I was looking for TRE/IF videos,a lovely American lady who does such calming videos on ‘homemaking’ (sounds so much nicer than housework! ) and other things, which I have been watching this last week and they have been helping me focus on things which I had let go and they’ve helped me feel more like myself again.She has a few books out so I may get one some time.Anyway,my hope is that I DO manage to hold on tightly to my Easter bus seat until we reach our destination.Also it’s about 33 weeks until our WDW Florida trip so, even if I just managed to lose a pound a week I would be at my goal weight by then which is a happy thought😄 Hope everyone has a lovely day/evening.Dawn X
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I’m finally ready to get back on this bus. After the stress of hubby saying he thought I had signs of Alzheimer EEK! I thought to myself “How would he know, as the last 2-3months he’s spent 90% of his time on Ancestry or with headphones over his ears!” I had a good talk to him & told him we need to talk more often, like we used to, as I’m losing it because he’s the only person I talk to as he’s still shielding & me being a dutiful wife is shielding too, as I don’t want to bring anything back to him. Fair play to him he now uses headphones a LOT less frequently & we talk a lot more! Ancestry yearly subscription he’s also now allowed to run out as he’s been doing it for 10years & there are no more hints on his trees. After 2 weeks he commented that he’s changed his mind as I’m losing far fewer nouns now I have someone to talk to. YAY! I didn’t think I was heading there BUT given a few more months of just talking in my head to myself I might well have done. Both of us are feeling a LOT better after finally getting back to frequently talking again.
OK, I have a goal in mind that I’d dearly love to make by my 70th birthday on 11th April. Failing that by Good Friday – my 2nd birthday as I was born on Good Friday. (Mum always said it was the worst Friday she’d ever had as she was in labour for the 2 days before I arrived late in the day). However the goal means I’d have to lose 2lb a week & I’m not sure I can do that. Ain’t going to cry about it if I can’t! Willing to try however & have seen yowser lost nearly 12lbs in 12 days. Bleeding heck girl – well done & then some!
This has taken me to page 1 & as I’ve only very briefly skimmed the posts all I can really remember is Yowsers amazing loss. Welcome to all new comers, Hi to all of us oldies & keep on keeping off everyone. Love Linda XXXX
Hi folks xx The bus is setting off tomorrow from its pit stop,it needed the rest, and I like to think while it was getting checked over,we were all in a spa having lovely treatments and thoroughly enjoying ourselves! We can dream can’t we! 🥳
SUEBLUE Storm Eunice has passed,thanks for asking,leaving devastation and loss in its wake for many. 🙏🙏🙏 for all affected. No bad effects where I am,just a tile fallen off a neighbours roof,and DD unable to travel today on business ( hopefully going tomorrow instead)
Well done on being back on track 👏👏 and I agree,fruit and veg from greengrocer much better and far less packaging as well
DAWN So sorry to hear yourDads got covid,hope he ‘ll recover soon and you will all see him again ..sending love and thoughts xx
can you give me the American home maker lady’s name? Sounds interesting.
LINDA sooo pleased you’re not losing yr marbles! I didn’t ever believe you were as you always write so well. Very good to hear that you and OH communicating better,it’s so important to keep those channels open.
Lately I’m in the mood for completing tasks,have done the Feng Shui decluttering 27/9 task twice now,getting rid of almost 500 items,and am doing the daily Ta Dah! task,where instead of writing a To Do list before you tackle what needs doing,you do your list AFTER completing that days tasks,shouting Ta Dah!as you write them down 😀… for some reason it seems to motivate me to get things done just so I can have the joy of those Ta Dah! moments in the evening. I’ve got through some niggly small things needed fixing that had hung round for ages 🥳
I’m going to do the 12 day “mini challenge within the 100 days challenge” again starting Monday if you feel like having a go as well. (About 5 or even more of the nearly 12 was water but it’s still several pounds of nasty fat off so it was worth the extra effort) Our cat weighs about 20 lbs I think,he’s a big chap,so I lost about a quarter of a large 🐈! not bad for 12 days..you can’t beat this WOE for good results in a short time! X
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Thanks Yowzer, we are keeping everything crossed we can see my Dad soon.The videos I’ve started watching on utube are by The Daily Connoisseur and her books are the Madame Chic ones, I think she’s written a few.Good luck on your second mini challenge,you did so brilliantly with the first one!I may join you if that’s ok.Dawn X
DAWN thanks for that and yes please join me! This challenge and the spring forward one last year are the only two challenges I’ve had any success with..failed miserably on the others! 😀 But we live to try another day💜xx
I think I’ve missed something along the way. What is the 12 day challenge? I definitely need a bit of a boost!
HIIII STEVOKA! ..I’m not sure but it might have been CCATHY or DCT who came up with the idea? ..apologies if I’ve got it wrong..anyway,somebody mentioned MM saying in the fast keto book that he lost ..( I can’t remember how many…) lbs in the first 12 days…
So the idea on the 100 day challenge here was to try a 12 day mini challenge within the bigger challenge,see how well we could do …keeping the carbs as low as poss,cals around 800 and making sure at least 50 g of protein a day.
It started some time in Jan,but I had false starts and eventually did feb 1- feb 12. Am going to do it again,from Monday,DAWN too, so join us if you fancy,nothing to lose but some fat! It will deffo give you a boost 🙂🙃 ..and of course our bus trip to Easter is still rolling along,we’ve still got about 8 weeks I think xx
I will get organised tomorrow Yowzer so that I’m all set for Monday😀 Dawn X
DAWN yay!!! See you there buddy! X
I just wish the pit stop for our bus hadn’t included an all you can eat buffet….
Well I wasn’t that bad really but I was babysitting my young nieces yesterday and the lunch wasn’t so diet-friendly and then I may have had a few bits and pieces throughout the afternoon. The scales added nearly a kilogram overnight! (So mean) I know a lot of that is just the water clinging to the crumbed chicken and the drop scone/pikelet (I only had one but the girls helped make them so how could I say no?) and the raspberry licorice (which I chose to buy as a treat because I don’t like it but I ate some anyway!!!!)
Right well I’m firmly strapped in to my seat and the bus is moving again so I’m waving goodbye to the Carbage Buffet out the window.
Ready for the mini challenge!
Thanks Yowzer! Well I’m in my half term break. I’m a teacher and so I know this week is going to be naughtier than usual so I think a 12 day focus after that will be exactly what I need!
Carbage Buffet I love it! 😀 👏👏welcome to the mini challenge NATALIE! X
STEVOKA enjoy half term and join in next week for a 12 day focus! 👏👏X
Sue thank you for reminding us we’re only about halfway through. That gives me hope!
I’ve not had a brilliant week: had a nasty cold (def not Covid) so been feeling sorry for myself and comfort eating accordingly. Still don’t feel great this morning but I feel remotivated and my target is to lose an average 1lb for each of the remaining weeks, which should take me down to 136lb 🤞
Yowzer, Dawn and Natalie I will be resuming my mini challenge tomorrow too, at least up till Thursday when I travel north to see my mum. Was meant to go this week but put it back a week cos of the storms. And probably just as well as wasn’t feeling up to it anyway, it’s a long drive then quite intense once I get there. I think the mini challenge for me has become a series of mini mini challenges 🙀
Stevoka yes as Yowzer said the original idea of the mini challenge was inspired by an article from Michael Mosley in which he’d mentioned losing 9lb in 12 days on the Fast 800 diet sometime before Christmas. It surprised me as I didn’t think he had much to lose, and also assume he’s on this WoE pretty much all of the time anyway. So I started it at towards the end of January and lost 4lb in a week. Had to press Pause for various reasons but let’s see what the coming week brings. Enjoy half term! I was a teacher until just over 2 years ago so I know what precious times school holidays are. And I know there is so much to do, not just school work but also catching up on the rest of life. So get some good R&R too!
How are you doing this week JGwen? Is it easy to get back to eating more normally again? A really useful analogy about the laminitis horses diet. I hope that all your efforts result in you being able to have a bit more flexibility on the carbs. Natalie your post about a man fasting for 382 days is incredible too.
How’s the decorating going Cathy? My hubby started painting the bedroom yesterday which is great news, though had me coughing even more during the night! I am gradually tackling a long overdue declutter. I enjoy it once I get going, it’s the thought of it that can be overwhelming. And am treating it a bit like this Journey to Easter – one small step at a time!
Hello to everyone else. Good to see you back Linda. Like others have said, I’ve not posted much recently but do read everyone else’s posts and keep up with it all remotely!
Take care everyone X
Yowser I think I also need to join you on this 12day diet push. I did wonderfully well when all carbs like biscuits etc. were banned from the shopping. Hubby hasn’t been too well so I’ve allowed him his ‘treats’ the trouble is I have very little willpower so when he was partaking I often joined him. I’ve told him he needs to hide everything bad away from me – I think he hid most of them in his stomach? TBH we’re still mostly eating the BSD way, neither of us has ever gone out of ketosis since march 2021. It may be because we’ve kept up the intermittent fasting daily, eating in an 8hr period? I’d love to lose as much as you did during your last 12 day push. 12 days isn’t a long time so I’m up for the challenge, starting today. YAY!
Take care all, keep on keeping off & I will try to get on here a bit more often. Love Linda XXXX
Linda good luck on your 12 day mini challenge. You’ve done so well so far that I’m sure it will be an ideal reboot for you. Yowzer did amazingly well and I know you can too. I’m so glad you feel better in yourself too, and reassured about your overall well being.
So . . . in my last post I said that my nasty cold definitely wasn’t Covid? Well it turns out that actually it is 🙀 I did a couple of lateral flow tests last week which were both negative, then felt much worse over the weekend but we were waiting for another batch of tests to arrive (hubby needs them for work but they were delayed by the storms). Anyway, they arrived this morning and when I got back from a short dog walk, feeling wiped out, I did one and hey presto, a lovely extra line appeared.
So that’s me self-isolating for the next few days until either (a) I test negative on 2 consecutive days and/or (b) Boris changes the self-isolation rules for England again (being debated as we speak).
Will keep reading your posts and cheering you on but going to focus on resting up and getting better rather than counting carbs & cals!
Stay well and safe lovely people X
LINDA and DAWN,hope Day 1 going well for you!💕so far,so good for me,am fasting til dindins time.
Get well soon DCT …sending hugs! X
Hope everyone is comfy on our hardy bus,travelling on undeterred by high winds and lots of rain! XX
🌸🌷Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. -Anthony J. D’Angelo.🌷🌸
Thanks Yowzer,my day has gone quite well.I’ve made a food plan out for the next 8 days so hopefully I will stick to that🤞Sorry to hear you have Covid DCT,hope you’re feeling better soon.Dawn X
Sorry to hear that DCT. My extended family all had COVID spread through from Boxing Day onwards, many of us tested negative for a few days after feeling unwell so I guess it takes a few days for the viral load to get high enough to show on the tests. I hope you feel better soon.
I just had breakfast, my last real food for about 36 hours fasting for a procedure. I hate fasting! And nearly two whole days seems so long. I’m allowed clear fluids like chicken (no noodle) soup and apple juice. I know juice is not keto friendly but I may resort to it for some calories if I need to. I made sure I had a protein-rich breakfast.
Oh well, a fast may balance out the naughtiness of the weekend.
Sorry to hear you’re unwell DCT, how eager I am for this to be all over- sometimes I don’t think It ever will be.
I am treading water, no weight gain or loss, no further inch loss. I am eating one meal a day (not hungry until tea time) but I am having a couple of drinks at night- scotch and water, no carbs but it’s still cruelling me so I guess that will have to go as well ☹️
NSW has changed the health orders so that working from home is employer discretion so I am expecting to be hailed back into the hospital. I would just suck it up but puppy is only 11 weeks old and 9hrs is a long time to be left alone. I could come home at lunch time, it’s only 4km. Or I could gently hint about changing to part time or retiring- that would scare the crap out of them, despite my frequent comments they have no ideas for succession planning.
Frankie is the cutest thing and as she gets older and learns more I can see her being a fabulous companion. Still a way to go with housebreaking but no doubt we’ll get there 😜
My children and their partners and kids are coming for dinner tonight, so excited! Pork fillets roasted with roasted veggies. And spaghetti bolognaise for Miss 3 who only loves pasta.
It’s great to be part of this group! Keep on everyone, there’s room for all of us on this bus!
DCT – sending you good wishes for a speedy recovery x I was shocked too to hear that the Queen has COVID, so you are in good company!
Marie – I hear you re returning to work in the office – I received a blanket email sent to all staff today asking us to come back next Tuesday. I need to get some advice though as have suppressed immunity – I know that case numbers are going down but I just don’t feel safe. I read a sad story today about a lady with auto-immune conditions in the UK who died from COVID as although she was vaccinated twice her suppressed immunity meant that the vaccines had no effect 🙁 I’m going to chat to my specialist next month to see if I can get a test to see if I have any immunity, I’m not sure how easy this is to test for though.
I feel that I’ve been living a half-life for so long, being careful, avoiding going out, avoiding seeing friends and family. After 2 years I’m more than ready to start living a “normal” life (whatever that is!) again but still hesitant….I’d hate to see the efforts of the last 2 years wasted.
I had been all set to join the 12 day mini challenge this week, and prepped some healthy meals yesterday, but I’m ashamed to say that the stress of the thought of being forced back to work meant that I ate half a packet of biscuits 🙁 I don’t eat biscuits as a rule, I’d bought them for MIL as they were on sale but hadn’t taken them to her yet! Oh well tomorrow is another day 🙂
Linda – glad that you were able to sort out your worries, and hope your hubby feels better soon.
Natalie – hope your procedure goes well.
I’ll check in again at the end of the week and update on how I’ve gone this week. At least it’s only Tuesday so time enough to reverse any gains by Friday!
I remember someone asked about my fasting experiment and someone else about refeeding but I am sorry I can’t remember who asked the questions. It was a bit of a hectic weekend. While the maps published on the boundary of red weather alert for South Wales suggested we were in Amber area, obviously no one told the weather that. – But of a busy time having to adjust plans due to trees down and the local petrol station lost its roof.
I feel that as this forum is for Dr MM followers it isn’t appropriate to start conversations but I am happy to respond questions.
After the 7 day fast, I took it easy the first day, very light meals but still had one issue when a pot of humus and celery was just too much for my digestive system and I brought most of it back up. Thanks to work load I did a brief 36 hour fast thursday / friday. And I am going to do a longer fast this week. I find that focusing / describing fasts as finishing digesting meals that I have already eaten is the best mindset.
I am seeing some changes to the reading of the scale, but it does seem to by yoyo ing with fluid stored. (the rate of change is too rapid to be the result of gaining and discarding fat) I think this article from the blogs by Dr Fungs team is quite relevant for me, years of periods of dieting have damaged my metabolic rate, and it will be interesting to see if the water fluctuation resolves itself after a few weeks of fasting.
DCT – so sorry to hear you’ve caught Covid and I wish you well for a speedy recovery. Hopefully your vaccines will protect you. Look after yourself and being kind is the most important thing now to give your body time to heal.
Mariet and SueBlue- a worrying time for you both as you contemplate the return back to work. We have all been through such a turbulent couple of years. I am still scared of getting Covid and do all I can to protect myself and others from this nasty virus.
I am still chugging along and not making any weight loss progress. Two steps forward and three back! We had no electricity this weekend so resorted to another takeaway! I am doing my best and making sensible choices this week, I am stressed today because I am going to an interview. I thought my vaccination role was coming to an end but the government have announced a fourth vaccine for over 75s so I may be able to stay on. I am sure there will be a booster for many of us in the autumn too so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I can stay.
I fear another month may have gone by without any significant loss! I am ashamed of myself to be honest. Let’s see what I can pull out of the bag before the end of February. I really don’t want to be a disgrace on this bus anymore!
Have a good week everyone and good luck to those of you who are joining Yowser on her 12 day challenge. I don’t feel I am ready to embark on it at the moment but I will when the time is right. I am having to take things slowly at the moment for fear of being a disappointment.
Hiiii! How’s everyone especially my 12 day challenge buds?
Today is a magical day,it’s 22.2.22..all the twos and on a Tuesday too ( Twosday)
I’m going ok,day 2 of 12 day challenge mark 2,but it’s been a struggle today ! Had to go into supermarket ( for celery,it’s all I bought,plus 10 cal jellies) and it was hard passing my favourite biscuits ….and I stood and stared longingly at the pick n mix! But I got through! Note to self,avoid food shopping for a while!
DCT how are you feeling? X
CCATHY how was yr interview!X
JGWEN Kudos..I admire your fastings ! I’ve never managed longer than 21 hours,and that only a few times. X
NATALIE I feel for you..how’s yr fast going. Good luck with yr procedure and make sure you have something really nice to eat afterwards💜
SUEBLUE i feel same as you.. quote… “I feel that I’ve been living a half-life for so long, being careful, avoiding going out, avoiding seeing friends and family. After 2 years I’m more than ready to start living a “normal” life (whatever that is!) again but still hesitant….I’d hate to see the efforts of the last 2 years wasted.”
This whole thing is such unknown territory for everyone the last two years,like nothing we ever encountered before.
Wd you be able to see your consultant any sooner than next month re going back to yr workplace?
MARIET enjoy yr evening with the family! X
Keep onwards and downwards folks,we’ve nothing to lose but a whole lot of ugly fat! Beep beep get out of our way! XX
Morning everyone. I’m so glad I’ve been on 800 calories for a couple of weeks before having to fast, I think it’s really eased the transition and that part of it hasn’t been too bad (the side effects from pre-procedure drink have been very unpleasant tho!). Only a few more hours then I’ll be unconscious and when I wake up I can eat. Yowzer I’ll definitely have something yummy, but what I’ve been craving is Cheezles!
ClarinetCathy thank you for your work on the front line!
I’m new to the forum. I’ve been lurking for a while and on the diet since feb 1st. I started at 189 and am at 175. I have a goal weight in mind, but I’d be happy if I just stayed the course until Easter regardless of the scale!
So let me on that party bus 😆
Just dropping by to say a quick Hello to OlivesAndTomatoes and wow! Great progress so far. That’s a stone in just over 3 weeks. Brilliant. On the bus 🚌 you hop and welcome aboard.
I’m in sick bay at the moment but will be back on board very soon. Probably with any remaining recent weight to lose again, as I seem to have gained the appetite of a horse these last few days. Even my hubby was astonished last night with the amount I was tucking away. But will cross that post-Covid bridge when I come to it! And thanks for all your good wishes, much appreciated.
Hope the rest of the week goes well for everyone X
Well my 12 day mini challenge isn’t going as well as I’d hoped. I thought the imposed fast would help, but it was a very dehydrating medical fast which may be quite different, I think maybe my body is now trying to restock on salt and water. My rings are tight, and my digestive system is quite uncomfortable. After a tiny dip, I now weigh the same as I did Tuesday morning. Sigh.
Hi everyone,last couple of days on the 12 day challenge haven’t been great (emotional eating again)but back on track today so still hoping to have some weight loss on weigh day🤞🙂 If we didn’t have this forum I would for sure have given up this week and put off trying to lose weight for a few months.Dawn X
I hear you Dawn! Definitely agree that our bus group helps me stay on track overall.
I’ve had an up and down week and put on a few hundred grams, so at this stage it’s looking like I’ll end February at the same weight I started it!
Work is ok for now, it’s been agreed that I can continue to work from home for the time being, at least until I’ve had my hospital appointment anyway which is in the middle of March.
Diet wise I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind this week…I didn’t go overboard or anything but did have toast/sandwiches for a few meals and had a few of my husbands fun size chocolate bars, plus a few G & Ts last night.
BUT I’m back on track today, I’m making some of the keto pancakes for breakfast to have with the fresh berries that came in my shopping order this week, and for tea I’m having one of my favourites Sesame salmon. I don’t have any baby broccoli but it’s lovely with regular broccoli and green beans.
It’s raining here today (has been for most of the last few days), so I might make some pumpkin soup too as I have some to use up.
Hope everyone has a good weekend! We have a new month starting on Tuesday and from then on Easter will be next month (eek!) 🐣 🐣 🐰 💐 🍫
I’m sorry I haven’t been posting very much – not a lot to report to be honest. I am not weighing myself and haven’t been on the scales since beginning of the month. I don’t feel like I’ve lost any weight to be honest. I feel I’ve most likely maintained this month, two steps forward and three back most weeks. However, I decided to try on some of my nice summer clothes and surprisingly, they fit me. If I lose half a stone then they’ll look even better. I found it inspiring!
I’ve been feeling upset recently with things in general and have made a conscious decision to turn off news alerts and will watch the news only sporadically during the week. The constant barrage of doom and gloom is having an affect on my well-being. I’ve two friends who are terminally Ill and life in general is hard at the moment so I am trying to “live in the moment” and enjoy every day whilst being mindful of being kind to myself as well as looking after my body, I spoke to my rheumatologist about my osteoporosis infusion and we have decided to defer my treatment until after another DEXA scan early next year. I don’t want to pump more toxic substances into my body after already having four vaccinations this year! I am happy with my decision. The interview I attended earlier this week was woeful so thankfully the government have announced a fourth vaccine to over 75s here in the UK so hopefully I will be working a little longer than I expected to. I think I’ll have summer off and look for something next autumn – who knows I might even be back on boosters! I’ve enjoyed reading about your progress and journey and ups and downs. We are all doing our best and that is what counts.
DCT I hope you are feeling better – let your body heal and do what it needs. This is not the time to be strict.
Dawn- I agree with you, this forum keeps me accountable. Many times Ive considered throwing in the towel and giving it all up but I dread to think of the consequences.
Olivesandtomatoes- welcome aboard- great weight loss already. Well done to you. This way of eating is great for weight loss and so much more. We are all at different stages of our journey and even those like me who did once achieve goal but lapsed are so thankful for the support of our friends on the bus.
Lots of love to everyone travelling on the Easter bus and thank you for your continued support, fun and advice. Keep going everyone.
I am going to weigh myself next Friday and record my weight – not strictly the end of the month but it seems the right time to weigh myself for me. I will try hard this week to be sensible and see what the scales show. To be honest, I feel that my clothes are a better indication of where I am at.
Have a lovely weekend and keep strong.
Hi OLIVESAND TOMATOES! Welcome on to the party bus! and hearty congratulations on how well you’ve done in just a few weeks!👏👏xx
Hello to all my lovely bus chums and I agree if it wasn’t for here,I might well have given up the ghost! But I don’t want to get off this fun bus,so I’m gritting my teeth and looking ahead to how fab we’ll feel at Easter when we’ve all dropped those pounds,stones and kilos and are strutting round in our spring finery! XX🥳
Yowzer I love the thought of strutting around in Spring finery 🙂
It’s the first day of Autumn here and very, very wet! Sadly thousands of homes have been flooded in Queensland and northern NSW. I am thankful to be safe from flooding where I am, much further south.
I had a look at my count down timer and can see that there’s now only 45 days until Easter… time for me to lift my game!
February was a bit meh to be honest – I ended up losing 300g, better than a gain I guess but a lot less than what I had planned on losing!
Cathy it’s great that your clothes are fitting better – and a timely reminder that it’s not all about the scales 🙂
I did a big cook up/meal prep on the weekend to use up the fruit and veg I’d ordered and not used, so I have pumpkin soup, some keto zucchini slice (I found a good recipe online), Pear & Brazil nut brownies, berry compote and lentil curry in the fridge & freezer – no excuse to eat the wrong thing!
I have tried to keep up with walking, I headed out in the rain on Saturday with my daughter and we got drenched, even with umbrellas. We also went yesterday afternoon and am planning to go today after work too. I figure that even if I do 5,000 steps that’s better than none.
Have a good week everyone 🙂
Hi everyone! Just checking in to say hello.
Well this Bus Tour hasn’t gone as expected but I’m excited that there are still almost 7 weeks to go. As anticipated, I have put back on most of the (modest) weight I lost earlier in the journey. But the good thing is that I know if I knuckle down and am strict, the weight does come off. So, soon I will clamber back onto my allocated seat on the bus!
Cathy I’m delighted your clothes are fitting better. That, for me, is more important than scales. I find it so discouraging when – forgetting the numbers altogether – clothes don’t fit. I have a weird assortment of stuff in my wardrobe now. All the larger stuff – from pre and early BSD days – has gone, but some of the things I bought at my lowest weights a year or two ago is now tight. So I’m at that awkward in-between stage of not much fitting really well, but I have no intention of buying bigger stuff again 🙀 It seems to be a particular issue with my summer stuff, so I need to get my act together before the warmer weather comes.
Sue your food preparation sounds amazing as always. I just wish I was as creative as you! Well done with the walking too. I’ve come to the conclusion that walking is my best way forward for now. I’m not up to running at the moment, and I’ve finally got round to leaving the gym that I paid for but rarely used. What I’ve done instead is sign up to a lovely spa not far from me. I pay £18 per month which entitles me to three full spa days a year, plus use of the facilities for a small extra charge if I want to do that at any other time. That works better for me: gives me nice things to look forward to without a hefty payout. But does also mean that I need to crack on with big walks and home workouts to make up the fitness gaps in between. All in good time . . . . .
I’m beginning to feeling better post-Covid, though still very tired and a bit headachy. I’m now testing negative but needing to take it easy this week. I’m still doing bits of work but have called off all social engagements. We’re off on holiday (in the UK) next week so I’m just trying to rally round for that. And my daughter has just got engaged which is such happy news 😀 so I hope we can see her before heading off.
Cathy I know what you mean about the news. My hubby likes to have it on a lot and I just find it really difficult to watch. Which sounds very shallow when we’re sitting here in comfort and safety; but what can we do?? I find it so incomprehensible that all this is happening with the world watching on. I found the images this morning of that 40 mile Russian convoy absolutely terrifying. All very awful, and – sadly – puts everything else into perspective.
As many have said – and in spite of everything that’s going on in the world – I really value the support and friendship of this thread, and indeed all the other forums (fora?!) on this website. We all have our ups and downs but keep plodding on, and it’s great to have company on the way.
Love to you all X
Ding ding! Hi buspeople,just popping in to see how buds are doing now on 12 day challenge. Day 9 for me and a tricky one coz it’s pancake tuesday! I’m not having any today but going to have two on Saturday when my 12 days are done!
How’s everyone? ..SUEBLUE the pear and Brazil brownies sound wonderful 😋X
DCT are you better yet,I hope so ..X
CCATHY how fab that yr summer togs fit! X
Springs in the air folks,Feb has gone,bye bye Feb,hello March! 💜💚
Hi DCT! We must have posted at same time!..I’m so glad you’re feeling a bit better ..hope you’ll be tiptop by the time your Hol rolls round! Congrats to DD 💕
I agree with you re how distressing it is hearing/ seeing the news..if only we could have a peaceful world..
There’s a great saying..
When the love of power turns to the power of love the world will know peace
I pray for that day but I won’t hold my breath….I just keep praying for better days to come 🙏🙏🙏🙏 xxx
Hello everyone and HAPPY WEEKEND!
I’m finally beginning to feel better and have some energy flowing in. Thank goodness. Am able to function on a daily basis again: get some work done, walk the dog, keep the house from descending into chaos … and so on.
But the whole thing of feeling unwell, plus the dreadful happenings in the Ukraine, has really shaken me tbh. I do still want to lose weight and get fitter and all those goodly things. But I’m now putting them much more in perspective.
Also to add into the mix is the fact that I weighed myself on Wednesday and was 143.8lb – which is back on track – but the next day, and on the same scales under the same conditions, was 147.8. So am a bit all over the place in lots of ways. Have no idea what’s going on!!
As I’m starting to feel better but my main aim is to get more active again, and begin to fit into clothes whatever the scales might say. But I’m still feeling a bit depleted and “CBA” about everything. We go on holiday for 10 days on Wednesday so hopefully that will recharge the batteries and I’ll come back eager to race ahead to the end of this Easter Journey and progress to the next milestone after that. Yet again (sigh!) I don’t think my ultimate goal of 133lb is in reach this time.
But the good news is that I know what works for me. When I’m strict, the weight comes off. And this time it’s had various glitches along the way. But I’m still hoping for a few pounds off by Easter and will wrap up after that.
Love to you all X
Glad you’re starting to feel better DCT and I really hope yr Hol gives you a needed lift in spirits x
Oh gosh I know,that awful “I can’t believe my eyes “ feel when the scales mysteriously jump up! It’s absolutely disheartening isnt it and it makes me want to hurl the scales through the nearest window.
Don’t forget it can be caused temporarily by TOTM or other things,the body’s hard to understand sometimes…
Dont pay too much attention on what the scales say. You know to watch out for those NSVs!
This is day 12 for me of the mini challenge and I don’t think I’ll have lost much more on top of the 11 3/4 pounds I lost on the previous 12 day mini challenge that i did,first two weeks Feb…it wd be lovely if I had reached a stone but I doubt it ..but will find out in the morning and report back xx take care my buddy busriders! Xx
Dreamscometrue- so much of your post resonated with me. Like you I am feeling down. Two years post pandemic and just when we thought we could see some light at the end of the tunnel, the whole world is appalled at what’s happening in Ukraine and it does put things into perspective. I didn’t get weighed this morning- I couldn’t be bothered. It doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things. I hope your holiday does you some good and you can enjoy it. I am glad you’re feeling more energetic post Covid. I had another track and trace scare this week- my sixth! Thankfully, I’m still testing negative. I was tracked after a trip to my dentist!!
I seem to have lost momentum and enthusiasm for losing weight and am fed up of making no progress. I was so positive when we set off on our journey after Christmas and I thought it would be easier to get to goal weight than it has been. I feel like I’ve let myself down and everyone else on this journey and I wonder whether I might lie low for a few weeks, collect my thoughts and take the pressure off myself. I just can’t get into a losing weight frame of mind.
Yowser, well done on your second 12 day challenge. I wish I could channel some of your enthusiasm. I have always been so strong willed but I am struggling to stay focused and really just can’t be bothered anymore.
Tomorrow is another day so let’s keep trying.
Thank you Yowzer for your cheerful encouragement as always. I do hope that you’ll have more loss after your current mini challenge. I intend to do another once once I’m back from holidays.
Cathy good to hear from you as always. Its funny you should use the phrase “lie low” because that exactly what I’ve been saying to friends when I’ve cancelled things post Covid. Cos I don’t think it’s just Covid: I feel “quiet”, as if I don’t really want to be making the effort to be sociable.
But just to say Cathy, you haven’t let anyone down!! If you plateau for a while, that’s fine. And if you need to lie down on the back seat of the bus – or get off for a stopover – that’s fine too. Life happens, and sometimes you need to revise your goals to fit with where you’re at.
That’s what I’m doing. I started off this Eater journey slowly, then picked up momentum, then got caught up in other stuff. I’m going to take it easy for the next few days, hopefully have a fab holiday, then get back on the wagon when I come back – at which point I’ll have a month till Easter so hope I can lose another 4-5lb. 🤞
Lots of love to everyone, and keep posting how you’re doing X
CCATHY NO wonder you’re feeling down at the moment. We’re battlescarred from all the covid stuff,and especially you working in the thick of it.
I do think it’s probably fatigued you more than you realise.
And now,all the latest awful news…plus some months ago,the terrible Afghanistan news.
It does mean agonising over weight gain /loss can seem like just a first world problem and not that important the way things are right now.
Somehow so far 2022 has been a time when I’ve felt for the most part in the zone and focused,in the right mindset to make positive changes,but I could wake up tomorrow and it’s gone again. I can easily lose enthusiasm …I must have done,to regain a big portion of the weight I lost in 2017.. but we know on this bus we can report our downs and be understood and accepted,and we’ll cheered on when we do well again.
Actually I think you may be really listening in to what your body,mind and soul wants right now when you say you want to lie low,collect your thoughts and release the pressure. For now give yourself a break,just be kind to yourself,try to eat well without worrying too much about carbs or cals
Your seat will be saved,and we’ll be here when you come back,all the better for some time out,ready to try again on another new day.
PS just seen your post DCT! Heartily agree with yr words ! X
DCT, Cathy & Yowzer thank you for your posts x
DCT – glad you are starting to feel better after COVID. Your holiday is good timing 🙂 I’m sure you’ll come back refreshed and ready to continue on our Easter trip.
CATHY – I hear what you are saying and have been feeling much the same way to be honest – despite all my good intentions at the start of the week, meal prepping, cooking and planning, my enthusiasm waned during the latter part of the week and I just couldn’t be bothered to be honest. It’s been a week of more bad news here, Ukraine of course but also closer to home the awful floods and people losing not just their homes but their lives too. It seemed silly in comparison to be stressing over carbs and calories when others don’t even have any food security at all, or a roof over their head.
Then this morning the news that Shane Warne had died at only 52 years of age 🙁 I’m by no means a cricket fan (in fact I detest watching it!), but Warnie was such an iconic Aussie, like Steve Irwin I guess, and so his death has come as a complete shock.
I did weigh in this morning, and am exactly the same as I was a week ago. I’m not surprised seeing as I only put in maybe 50% effort this week!
Hope everyone else is doing well, enjoy the weekend wherever you are x
DCT, CCathy and SueBlue I am the same. I am just treading water here, no change since Christmas and I don’t seem to be able to get into gear. The news is relentlessly bad both at home and overseas. I think my SIL is going to lose his job- he has ADHD and I think he is depressed and can’t concentrate at all at the moment. That will be very hard for my daughter who will probably have to go back y to full time work and their baby is only 9 months old. My mother now needs a pacemaker which she doesn’t want to get. Everywhere I look there’s something to worry about, it’s all getting a bit much.
Sorry, now I feel like the Minister for Doom and Gloom! It’s been a tough few years for everyone. At least we are having a dry day today after weeks of rain and apparently weeks of rain to come. And I am looking after my grandson for a few hours and playing with the puppy while he is asleep so it’s not all bad!
Hello everyone,sorry to hear so many of us are not feeling great at the moment,not surprising with everything that’s going on in the world and other worries we have too.My 12 day challenge really started last Friday and lost momentum by the middle of this week.When I weighed myself last Tuesday I had lost 4lbs but that had dropped to 3 by this morning.I was able to visit my Dad for the first time since Christmas Eve on Wednesday,I went with my sister and it was a very sad visit,he’s not in a good way at all.I have planned this coming week’s meals on MFP and will try my best to stick to it but not going to be hard on myself if I don’t.Sending you all much love.Dawn X
Good day / night bus dwellers xx !
DAWN Good to hear you’ve seen yr Dad but I’m so sorry he’s not doing well at the moment. That’s distressing for all of you x
but it’s fantastic you’ve lost 3 lbs so far on the mini challenge 👏👏👏👏 Hope your Dad picks up as the weather improves,we’re heading towards April now,and the warmer brighter longer days might help him xx
MARIET sorry to hear about your SIL and yr Mum. You’re not the Minister of D and G! but it did make me smile!
I’m glad you have your baby grandson and puppy to have fun with.X
SUE I heard about Shane W passing,RIP,I’m sorry you’ve all lost a legend at a time like this,when there’s so much bad news around X
Well on my second mini challenge I lost 3 and a half lbs,bringing grand total of 1 stone 1 and 3/4 lbs off since Feb 1. Not too shabby especially as I had about a week inbetween both challenges when I wasn’t very ‘ good’ at all food wise.
I’m deffo having pancakes this weekend-so the number on the scales will no doubt have risen again by Monday🙄 ..but we live to try another day!..onwards and downwards folks..this low carb WOE gets results!
On Slimming World or similar,at most I would lose 8 – 9 lbs in a strict month and it just feels too slow.
How about a song to cheer us all up on the bus,as we fly past streets and houses..?
🎶 She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes ..yee- haw!🎶
Love and hugs to all 🥳
🎶Singing aye aye yippee yippee aye….!🎶
Aww Dawn, sorry to hear about your dad, Be kind to yourself, we all seem to be in the doldrums at the present time. XXX
Olive & tomatoes, welcome. great losses & OMG celery – stringy water drink. YUCK!
Mariet – sorry for your SIL & your mum. The news seems nowt but gloom & doom but hopefully all this will pass soon. We don’t watch any TV – the internet is enough for us.
SueBlue – Yea I agree with you, weight loss/gain is nothing compared to what’s going on in the world. Shane Ward – bless him, 52 is FAR too young. I don’t really enjoy cricket & hardly ever watched it, except for a few I enjoyed when Ian Botham was anaihilating(sp) every ball & then when Warnie was bowling.
DCT – Enjoy your holiday & just come back feeling wonderful. Glad you’re over the dreaded Covid. Hope you feel SO much better after your break.
Cathy, you’ve done SO well, keep on this bus girl & it doesn’t matter if you take a break, stay on the bus until you feel better about everything. I think this last week has hit everyone for six.
Yowser – you never cease to amaze me, you are keeping this bus going with all your positive energy. I wish I had half your positivity. Bless you girl!
Anyone I’ve missed – sorry but as I write this I’m back on page 1 & I know if I go to the last page I’ll lose what I’ve written. Keep on keeping off everyone & if you need a break take it BUT keep coming back on here as these threads will keep you going.
Well Hi All,
I’m back on the last day of the 12 day challenge. Lost I think 2.8lbs so now down to 11st 12lbs. Scales have been up & down like a yoyo. I think hubby has lost around 5lbs but he’s too unsteady to get on the scales. WD him! I know when we first started this diet back on March 10th last year we very slowly lost the 1st 2 weeks then gained momentum. We’re hoping this time it’s the same, fingers crossed.
Was just remembering when we had our villas in Turkey & spent 50% of the year there for numerous years. Our best friends were Cenk from Turkey, his wife Olga from Belarus. We used to sit there with them very often, out for a meal, with my hubby from the US & me from the UK & set the world to rights – a mini UN. We all were after the same thing – peace in the world & everyone of us treated as equals. No famines, wars etc. Politicians just need to listen to the ordinary people of this world – life would be SO much better.
I need to start posting more often as these forums keep us going, I’m sure it’s the same for many of us, lose these forums & we’d lose our battle with the carbs. We’re still having groceries delivered & I’m trying hard not to let the carb monster share any delivery with me.
We’re still enjoying my home-made soups, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Spinach are our staples. I’m craving Aldi 3 roast fish as is hubby. I usually go to Aldi around 9pm BUT we’ve had roadworks on the main road out of this little village for a month & they still have another month to go. Can’t really go anywhere between 6pm & 7am – which is a total pain! Aldi is opening another store just 3 miles away in late summer, it was scheduled to open 2 years before then but Covid stopped it. The store in Cwmbran is SO busy most of the time & we look forward to another Aldi, nearer but on a very busy roundabout.
Take care all, be kind to yourselves & everyone else. Linda XXXXX
Thank you for your kind words Yowzer and Linda,hopefully my Dad may pick up a bit.Linda now you’ve mentioned Aldi three fish roast I’m craving it too! I tried it after hearing about it on the forum(probably from you) and really enjoyed it.I tried halloumi for the first time today,I made a recipe from this website,fried halloumi with roasted peppers and tomatoes on a bed of rocket for lunch.I missed off the capers and anchovies and it was still lovely.Well I think I’m going to have a ‘floppy’ afternoon watching some stuff on Apple TV and reading magazines then bolognese for tea(without the pasta) Dawn X
Just quicky,haven’t time to read everything but will be back to catch up,
Hi LINDA! good to see you X will return to read yr news X
DAWN I love halloumi..it’s low carb tho high calorie but the carbs are more important. I have it with veggy saus and scrambled egg coz it makes it a bit like a traditional brekky. Halloumis salty so a bit like bacon. And we’ll done on trying sthing new.X
Well done Yowzer, Dawn and Linda & Hubby on your results 🙂
I’ve had a bit of a change of heart since yesterday, or rather a change of mindset. It was a couple of small things that did it. One was taking my measurements this morning and realising I’d lost another couple of centimetres from around my middle. I’m measuring once a month and am glad I did. The other was when I was going through my email inbox today, deleting old emails. I came across a health report I had from 2016, from my local chemist (it has one of those stations that check BP, weight etc). Looking at the stats I saw that I weighed over 14kg more than I do now (over 301b), my BMI was 34.4, my BP high and the system had given me a high score for diabetes risk! Anyway it made me realise how far I’d come since then, and of course not just me but Cathy, DCT, Mariet Yowzer, JGwen, Dawn and all of our bus passengers who’ve been around on the forums for a while 🙂
So what if we have a temporary lull? Or pause our journey for a while? We have come so far overall! I love the idea that I’m so much healthier now at 56 than I was at 50 🙂
So with that in mind I set out for a walk this afternoon, even though it was raining. And I’m making a healthy dinner of baked salmon and veggies for dinner. I’m just going to take it one day at a time for now.
DAWN – sorry to hear that your dad is not doing so well, I hope he feels better soon x
Well done Yowzer, Linda, Dawn – to name but a few – for your recent losses. That’s great news 😀 Linda we have an Aldi opening near us very soon so I will try that three fish roast! Thanks for the tip. More lovely food ideas in other recent posts too.
Dawn I’m so glad you finally got to see your dad, and hope that him being able to have visitors again will help to give him a boost. And Mariet I hope that something works out job-wise for your SIL. I’m so glad that you have the joy of your grandchild and fur baby at this time.
Sue I completely agree with you about looking at the bigger picture. It’s frustrating when we have a blip, or don’t feel in the zone, but it’s a great idea to look at how far we’ve come, especially when we have weights, measures and medical info there in black and white. So I’d encourage anyone who is having a slow or difficult patch just to look back and be grateful for how far you’ve already come. Yes there may be further to go but you’ve proved that you can do this, and your body and mind will thank you for it.
As many others have said, these forums are so helpful at keeping us positive, especially in these turbulent times. I really appreciate the honesty, understanding and lack of judgement: it’s a safe place to say when we’re feeling down or demotivated, and also the best place to be when we deserve a pat on the back. Thank you all X
Like many of you, I haven’t felt very motivated this week. I haven’t even weighed myself for a while. But tomorrow isn’t just another day, it’s Monday. A fresh new week. I really want to lose even a little weight so I can fit back into more clothes as the season changes. I hope everyone has a great week.