Countdown to Christmas reboot

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  • posted by ADD6605
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    Morning all,thank you Cathy,Yowzer,Linda and hubby,DCT for your kind words,my mum has improved a bit over the last few days,her GP suggested she take Imodium whilst we are waiting for various tests and results.DD seemed to be feeling better,no vomiting after Wednesday night,then it started again on Friday night,then nothing yesterday but she is feeling light headed and pretty grotty again today,it’s a weird bug,seeming to come and go a bit.Yowzer my Dad seems to be ok thanks but we have kept away whilst my mum and DD have been poorly as scared we pass anything on.
    I’m enjoying reading about everyone’s progress,hoping to make some myself this week🤞Our closest friends go to Disneyworld Florida every few years and we are going with them next year for the first time (assuming Covid not still causing so much trouble! ) and they’ve texted this morning to say it’s a year today we travel so that’s an added incentive for me to focus on healthy eating😃 Dawn X

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    HIIIIIIII there ReBooters! Keep doing it!
    ANTIGONE very well done on the 800 cals! I usually can’t quite manage it,but I am keeping to around 1000 cals. Damage limitation! Great that you are reaping the rewards for being so good! Sorry about yr sweet potato shock,but you have the right attitude,knowing that you can average it out later in the week. It took me a long time to change panicky thinking “I’ve blown it” to thinking “I can sort that out “…X
    DCT and LINDA! We are three of a kind on EBay! I start typing in my bid at the 20+ sec mark,then when it’s getting down to 10 secs I quickly put in my max bid! Like LINDA said,if sbody else puts in a higher max bid that theyre happy with,good luck to them! I love the thrill of that last minute gamble! And so often as L said,you get the item at well below the max bid you offered!
    Makes me wonder tho,what wd we three be like, gambling in a casino!😀😀😀
    DCT!Hope you’re having / had lovely time in London ! Where did you go? X
    SUEBLUE I ‘m like you,still cautious,still getting online food deliveries ( tho the last couple of weeks I’ve ventured into smarket for things missing from orders..very fast in and out tho! Far too many people no longer taking the very simple steps to keep each other safe. I want to shout “ It hasn’t gone away”.)
    I’m glad you’re enjoying yr walking…it feels good to walk and feel energetic while doing so doesnt it! X
    LINDA a farm shop! Wd love to have one of those nearby! 💜 X
    Well guys I’ve rambled on too long and some of the passengers have fallen asleep because the seats on our coach are so comfy!
    Keep going everyone..it will be so worth it when Christmas comes and we’re all in our sparkly party frocks,singing all the festive songs! Everyone will want to kiss us underneath the mistletoe 🙂🙃
    🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶

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    Antigone you are doing well keeping to 800 calories. I’m averaging around 1000-1100 on 5 days a week, and keep to 800 calories on 2 days. I may try a week or 2 of 800 calories every day again soon though.
    I had a good online shopping experience this week – for the past few months there have been out of stock items, or wrong items delivered, and this week I had 2 beautiful pieces of fresh salmon fillets in with my groceries that I hadn’t ordered – a delicious bonus 🙂 I cooked some of it last night in my air fryer just with a Dukkah crust and really enjoyed it, I had it with broccolini and cherry tomatoes.
    Tonight I’m going to make the salmon salad bowl recipe from the Fast 800 recipe book and have it for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.
    For lunch today I had some broccoli soup , I had loads of broccoli in my crisper so it was a good way of using it up. Although it is Spring here we are having a cool, rainy spell so it’s good soup weather 🙂
    I had some oranges too that had been in the fridge for a few weeks so made the Fast 800 orange and almond loaf. This is really lovely. I cut it up and freeze slices then warm in the microwave when I feel like a piece – I have it for lunch sometimes with some Greek yoghurt.
    Although it was raining quite heavily this afternoon I still went out for a 90 minute walk, I really miss it when I don’t go out some days, it’s certainly become a habit for me now.
    I enjoyed reading everyone’s eBay stories – I used to sell on eBay, when it first started in Australia. At one point I was selling craft supplies and was doing so well I was able to cut down my hours at work and go part time. Then eBay started charging higher fees, postage rates went up a lot too and it became mandatory to take PayPal as payment which again involved more fees – when I worked out the hours I was putting in it worked out that I was earning $3 or $4 an hour so I packed it in and went back to being a full time wage earner 🙂 it was good while it lasted though.
    I hadn’t thought of selling my old clothes, if I had anything of value I would, but many are pieces I bought ages ago from chain stores, or they are charity shop buys. I keep promising myself a new wardrobe when I get to goal weight… one thing I am liking about being able to fit into size 16 again is that almost all clothes ranges go up to 16, whereas when I was a size 18 or 20 not everything was available in the “plus size” range.
    Dawn, I hope your mum is doing a bit better now, how awful for her being ill while recovering from surgery.
    Hope everyone else is doing well. I’ll check in again at the end of the week when hopefully I’ll be reporting a loss 🙂

  • posted by ClarinetCathy
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    Hello everyone
    I am enjoying some really lovely and delicious food on the reboot. I have gone back to basics with my way of eating, I’ve just made an omelette wrap which is cooling and I’ll be having hummus and a little carrot in that. I made the ratatouille and Halloumi bake last night and I’m going to make mushroom soup later with milk not cream (still careful about my cholesterol after the raised count earlier this year). Nobody would guess I am “dieting”and I’m not feeling any hunger. I am still firmly in ketosis and although I am hoping for a loss on Friday, I won’t be surprised if this week I don’t lose but hopefully, I will next week, I have got used to how my body “performs”. I am having simple lunches, a couple of babybel cheeses and some pecans, broccoli and stilton soup. No refined carbs have passed my lips. I watched a Jason Fung clip yesterday to remind me that fasting and low carb is the way to lose weight and not calorie deficit. Even if I don’t lose every week, I should still see the fat melt away over the next few weeks.
    On a rather sad note, my lovely friend who had brain surgery two weeks ago has been given devastating news and a dreadful prognosis. It has been a lot to take on board and so very unexpected. 2021 has not been a good year at all but I am still here, still positive, still trying and still hoping. Reminds me of the song “I get knocked down but I get up again”. It has given me a lot to think about and when my husband comes back from his retreat, we need to sit down and have a good chat about how we plan to enjoy our life together over the next few years. I’ve always assumed I wouldn’t get old because my mum died very young and now with this blow it has made me realise we have to grab every opportunity to enjoy life now.
    Have a good week everyone, do your best every day. Weigh day is Friday for me and I’d love to be able to report a loss.

  • posted by Dreamscometrue
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    Hi everyone

    Just checking in particularly to send Cathy my love and best wishes. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. So sad, and just wish there was something more we could all do to help. I agree that we should make the most of every minute. I’m so glad that your eating is going really well at the moment and that you are managing to keep positive. Well done!!

    Yowzer I had a lovely time on Monday thank. you. We had a wonderful tapas lunch in Fitzrovia (an area where I used to live many years ago) then onto somewhere near Carnaby Street for drinks. Totally blew the carbs and cals but had a fab time and am trying to make up for it now!

    Dawn I’m glad your mum and daughter are both improving. And it’s great that you have a wonderful holiday to look forward to next year.

    I have to say I’m not doing well on eBay at the moment. No-one seems to buy any of my clutter, which is a shame. But I’ll keep plugging away and see how it goes. Will keep you posted!

    Take care everyone, and keep in touch X

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    Cathy I’m so sorry to hear about your friend – sending you some virtual hugs 🤗
    I did want to ask you a quick off topic question about the booster shots you are giving – approx how long after peoples 2nd jab are they having a 3rd booster?
    Our govt has recently approved boosters for the group I’m in (compromised immunity) and they are saying 2-5 months after the 2nd. I do have an appointment with my doctor on Monday to discuss, just interested in what you are doing in the UK.
    Take care Cathy x

  • posted by ClarinetCathy
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    Thank you Sue and DCT.

    Sue, here in the Uk we are giving Pfizer vaccines at no sooner than six months following your second vaccination. Everyone is getting Pfizer irrespective of what your first vaccines were unless you had anaphylactic reaction to Pfizer. Everyone over 50 will be notified when it’s your turn to book your booster appointment. Those who are younger and fall into certain health conditions will also receive a booster.

    I’ll be back on here tomorrow with a weight update. Even if I haven’t lost weight (I feel heavier) I am happy that there is no sugar in my body and am enjoying not feeling hungry or having cravings.

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    CCATHY so sorry to hear about yr friend. You’re right,we have to make the most of every single moment.
    Good luck for tomorrow’s weigh in x
    Oh gosh DAWN,a holiday in Florida! And plenty of time to get beach ready 👏👏👏👏 That will be a lovely break for you.
    Hugs to Mum and DD X
    DCT glad you enjoyed yr meal out.I lived in London in the 70s and remember Fitzrovia well and Carnaby Street. I still love and miss London.x
    Hope you get yr booster soon SUEBLUE..my Beau has his next week,pretty much exactly 6 months after he got his second one. I shd be a week or two behind him. X
    Anyhoo,I just popped up to see if anyone fancies a singsong on the coach?How about ..ten green bottles hanging on the wall ..or how about I Spy ! 😀😀x

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    Cathy – thanks for the info 🙂

    Yowzer – love songs and games 🙂 I’m going to start with I spy with my little eye something beginning with O….
    OVERWEIGHT (person) – or alternatively OVERJOYED 😁
    Today is Friday, weigh in day, I stepped on the scales to find I’ve lost 1/2kg this week – now this may not sound like much but for me it means a lot as I’ve FINALLY reached a weight where I’m Overweight rather than Obese! I know that the BMI scales are not the be all and end all, but it’s nice to have a BMI in the 20’s (just – it’s 29.89!) rather than in the 30’s.
    Another thing I realised is that at 90.5kg I’m also finally under 200 lbs 🙂
    So onwards and downwards for me, now I need to focus on losing the next 2.5kg to reach my 2021 goal.

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    Sorry to see your sad news Cathy.
    I agree about making the most of now..I guess we are all improving our health so that is a good start.
    Congrats SueBlue that is awesome!
    Hoping tomorrow’s ( for some of us) weigh-in is a pleasant surprise.

  • posted by ClarinetCathy
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    Hello everyone

    I am pleased to see I have lost 1lb this morning. I really wasn’t expecting it but was hoping for a loss. I really don’t feel any different. I am enjoying being back in control and so a reward on the scales has cheered me up. I’m going to push on again this week and my next goal is getting back into the 140s. Last Christmas Eve I weighed 144 lb and my plan is to weigh less than that this Christmas and then I hope to be at goal 138 lb early in the New Year. I’m looking at my goals in small steps…
    Step 1- 149 lb
    Step 2 – 147 lb
    Step 3 – 145 lb
    Step 4 – 142 lb
    Step 5 – 140 lb
    Step 6 – 138 lb
    I’ve lost 4lb in two weeks so that is a good start. I’m going to try to lose 3 lb this week to take me to step 1. I’ll walk more, drink more water and incorporate two long fasts before Friday.
    Looking forward to seeing how you have all done this week. Off to work now – another day of boosters for me!

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    Hi Everyone
    I have lost 1lb this week which takes me into the 12’s (just!) so I am happy with that as I haven’t been too strict this week. I need to increase my exercise. I have been using the excuse that it is dark so early now, but there is no reason that I can’t go for a walk in the dark where I live … I’m just being lazy !!
    I am planning a walk along the cliffs at Arbroath this weekend which is 8 miles so that should blow the cobwebs away.
    Yowzer – I love games (can’t sing !!) ………… I spy with my little eye something beginning with P … Planning and positivity will be my watchwords for this week.
    SueBlue – well done. All these smaller goals keep us focused.
    Cathy – Congrats on the loss however, I’m so sorry to hear about your friend.
    Dawn – Hope your Mum and daughter are on the mend.

    Finger crossed for a good loss for everyone this week. Have a good weekend x

  • posted by ADD6605
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    Hi everyone and thanks for your kind wishes.I think I may be away from the forum for a few weeks but will check in when I can.Have had a bit of a worrying few days,phone rang early hours Thursday and it was M-i-l calling to say F-i-l had woken extremely confused,fallen twice and didn’t know where he was.It sounded like a stroke.They luckily live just 5 miles away so DH told her to ring for an ambulance and he went straight along.Ambulance came within an hour and F-i-l was taken to hospital.Various tests done,they don’t think it was a stroke and he came home last night and he’s been referred to his GP,they are looking at cognitive tests so may be thinking dementia.I was sick last night so think I have caught bug from DD(she is fine now and back at school) My sister rang me this afternoon to say my Mum’s GP had rung to say stool sample results had come back positive.She said that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cancer but it needs urgent investigation.I really want to stay on the Countdown bus but am struggling at the moment to concentrate on healthy eating though I know,hearing about all of the illness around me,it’s more important than ever.My thoughts are with everyone going through difficult times at the moment and I will still try to read posts every day,just may not be posting myself.Dawn X

  • posted by Dreamscometrue
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    Oh Dawn I’m so sorry to read your post. My heart goes out to you as you’ve had so much to deal with recently. I hope you get over the tummy bug soon, and also that there is some better news soon about both your mum and your father-in-law.

    Don’t worry if you can’t post for a while. We completely understand, but also you need to know that you are an important part of this strange little tribe and we will be thinking of you – and missing you – while you sort stuff out. And if you ever need encouragement or inspiration please do check in and we will do our best to help.

    Lots of love Dawn. I hope that everything goes better for you than you fear right now X

  • posted by ADD6605
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    Thanks so much DCT,my eyes are filling up reading your post,you are all so supportive.I will stay in touch when I can.Dawn X

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    Dawn so sorry to read your post. Take care of yourself and your family that’s the most important thing right now xxx

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    Thanks Sue.Dawn X

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    Hello all, just jumping in quickly to
    share this quote I read today on Facebook, it really resonated with me and i think it makes a good mantra as we get ready for another week on our journey:

    “It’s not about perfect, it’s about effort.
    And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s when TRANSFORMATION happens.”
    Jillian Michaels.

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    Hello Dawn
    Look after yourself and stay strong during this really difficult time. We will all be here when you are able to come back and join us. Sending you a big hug. What a difficult time you have been having recently. Life is certainly challenging at times. Lots of love.

    Cathy

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    Hi Dawn
    Love from me too. Take care of yourself
    Jennie xx

  • posted by Jennie10
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    Hi Everyone
    I’ve been really struggling this year with motivation to keep with the BSD woe and lifestyle. But, here I am again. I’m determined to start the New Year in a better place than I’m in now. I remember when I first did BSD what a difference that first 8 weeks made so I’m going right back to basics from tomorrow; meal planning, weighing, measuring, 800 calories s & very low carbs.
    SueBlue, I really like that quote, it hits the nail on the head for me so I’m going to put that in my new notebook and read it every day!
    Hope everyone else has had a great weekend. If not, it’s the start of a brand new week tomorrow. Hurrah!
    Jennie xx

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    Hi Jennie

    Nice to see you back on the bus. Stay near the front with me and I reckon you’ll do well. Going back to basics is the best way forward and once you’ve got the sugar out of your system it get so much easier. It usually takes me three days to get into ketosis. We have got over nine weeks until Christmas so enough time to make a big difference.

    Thanks for the great quote SueBlue. It’s hard when the effort to reward ratio is slow but if we are patient we will definitely see the transformation. I have been pleased with the non scale victory of not being hungry this week. It has really kept me focused even when the scales didn’t show what I had hoped for. Keep going everyone. We can do this and nobody can do it for us.

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    Hello friends,another week starts with the coach wheels rolling round,taking us closer to our destination! Enjoy the journey!
    SUEBLUE 👏👏👏👏👏 going down from obese to overweight is absolutely fantastic! AND getting into the 20s BMI ! All headed in the right direction isnt it 👍👍👍👍x ps That quote is perfect! ❤️ The big E for Effort really does lead to Transformation,we just need to apply effort every day,and forego short term pleasures for long term satisfaction!
    CCATHY a well done on two weeks of heading downwards despite the temptations in work 👏👏👏👏 and thank you for continuing yr booster work,making us all safer x
    LAURAKNITS wow another passenger who’s dropping down! High five! X
    being in the 12s sounds so much better than the 13s doesnt it!keep on..onwards and downwards 👍👍
    it’s lovely to have a passenger aboard who knits….Soothing to hear yr needles clicking!
    DAWN I can only echo what yr other pals on here are saying..you have had so much to contend with lately,far too much!..sending big hugs and love to you and the family. Surely things will turn the corner for the better very soon.
    Like DCT said,you’re part of our gang,and still will be even if you can’t post. Your seat is still here for you and
    We are all thinking of you!💜xxxx
    Hi JENNIE I agree with CC..Get thru the first few days and it does get easier. Those first days are the hardest. Keep holding on tight in your seat and all will be well X
    Coach stopping any minute now for us to get out and stretch our legs and take some deep breaths of fresh country air…mmmm delicious! 😀 how about a few jumping jacks….
    🎶🌻🌻 “Today is a blessing wrapped up in grace; it’s an Alleluia!” ( Mary Davis) 🌻🌻🎶

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