Countdown to Christmas

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    Thanks for your continued support Yowser!Im off to bed myself now.Im still having quite a few vivid/anxious dreams (quite common at the moment apparently)so hoping tonight that I have some lovely peaceful ones🙂 Dawn

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    Sleep tight DAWN ! XX 😴😴😴

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    Hi JGwen – good to see you back and hopefully feeling a bit better again today – I didn’t watch it live but woke up very early today so watched it this morning. I’m concentrating on designing my physical activity/exercise routine and getting it back on track at the moment so I found it quite helpful.
    I’m off out for my early morning walk but will check in with everyone later today.
    Jennie xx

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    Hello everyone and happy weekend. Lovely to read all your posts and I had fully intended to post sooner but have had one of those weeks where everything seems to be happening and you end up just rushing around all the time. In fact, just looking at the time I am off out yet again soon so will make this brief.

    Yowzer, I agree, Cathy should get our first award – for sheer determination. It’s great to see and very inspiring for everyone else. Well done Cathy! Why don’t you keep an eye on the thread and give someone else an award of your choosing in a week or so?

    It’s really good to see many of you reporting inch loss and loose clothes. This is all about our overall body health, not just what the scales say. I had to smile at Mariet’s earlier work pants post as I remember when I first did this that was the really exciting thing for me. The loo at work had a full length mirror, and as the weeks went by I would stand sideways and pull the trousers forward, seeing a bigger and bigger gap between the fabric and my tummy. Till in the end they were sliding off me and I had to buy the next size down.

    Annoyingly though, it’s still my tummy that is the main area of fat for me. If I could just lose a few more inches from there I think I’d be happy just to stick there and go into maintenance, whatever the scales were saying. It really is the last bastion of resistance! But I know I need to up my game a bit as well. I do 16:8, eat (mostly) BSD friendly, and am doing lots of exercise. But I’m not doing strict Fast-800 most days so I think for the next couple of weeks I might get myself back into the routine of 5:2 so that I definitely do it “properly” for 2 specific days a week, then up it from there as needed.

    I’ve also finally caught up with the 3 part Michael Mosley TV series. Still need to see the final episode, but enjoyed the first two episodes. In fact seeing the table of different food combinations, and then the BSD recipes that the participants are following, made me realise that I do eat most of the right food most of the time. I was interested though in the fact that whoever is doing the voiceover has stressed at least a couple of times that the 800 calories a day diet is only suitable for those whose BMI is in the overweight or obese range. Did anyone else notice that? My BMI is currently at the higher end of the healthy weight range but I’d like to get it lower, and reckon I still need to lose around 10lb. But I wonder if the diet becomes less effective if you have less weight left to lose?

    Anyway, I really do need to go now so had better stop waffling on and get moving! Love to you all and have a great weekend X

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    Hello everyone and thank you for nominating me for this week’s award for determination! I am going to have to dig deep this week as the scales have not been kind despite another strict week. My husband who is furloughed and therefore at home to see what I eat has been quite shocked at the effort I’ve put in and the lack of success I’ve had on the scales . My total weight loss/gain wont count until Tuesday but just look at these stats so far this week!
    Monday 148.2
    Tuesday 1482.
    Wednesday 148.4
    Thursday 149.2
    Friday 149.4
    So an increase of 1.4 lbs so far this week from last Friday! I won’t lose hope though as my weekly weigh in on Tuesday and that is what I will count and if I don’t lose then I reckon I can still achieve my goal by Christmas given that I won’t lose every week.

    I’d think what DCT has said about this way of eating being less effective the less weight you have to lose maybe true. It certainly has been more difficult than I thought losing weight this time. My BMI according to the app I use with my scales is 28.2 so I definitely need to lose weight and have plenty to lose! Yesterday I ate a little more than usual just to give my body a jolt! It is apparent that when I don’t do BSD I am only about 5lb heavier than when I do strict low carb. I wonder if moving to a 5:2 approach might help. I am going to evaluate things week by week and try new things if I don’t see any progress.

    Anyway, I AM still determined and I am going to keep going, there is no alternative for me. It did this before and I’ll do it again. I don’t eat breakfast, just coffee. Lunch has been longley farm cottage cheese and an egg, yoghurt and passion fruit or raspberries, evening meals have been quorn fillet with mushrooms, courgette and halloumi bake, cauliflower cheese, vegan sausages with roasted cauliflower. I felt quite light headed and dizzy a couple of days this week. I have kept walking this week and have walked 3.5 km every day. I am doing everything right and so will just have to keep going.

    I hope that you are having a good week and that you will see success whether on the scales or clothes fitting more comfortably. The scales are not by any means the only way of seeing success. I did fit into a pair of jeans this week that felt comfortable and I was happy with that. . I haven’t tried the elusive white jeans I wanted to get into earlier in the summer!

    Have a great weekend everyone, I know that here in the UK things are getting tougher again with lockdowns and I live in Greater Manchester where we are seeing a huge rise in Covid numbers and are on strict lockdown rules so it is important to be in peak health as we prepare for a second wave.

    I’ll post my progress or lack of on Tuesday and dust myself down for yet another DETERMINED week ahead.

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    Yes well done Cathy. I always find your posts inspiring – even if the weights you list are well beyond my hopes and realistic aspirations! I know not to compare. I am still sticking with this. Now back to 2019 weight, and determined to get to the healthy range. Onwards and downwards. Once the mini heatwave is over next week, I shall be dusting off the lovely soup recipes on here, and going with those. I made a good Mediterranean soup from cooking juices, paprikas, garlic and a tomato this week. Now eyeing up my favourite from here – Verano’s cauliflower and red pepper concoction. Hope you are all doing well. And that Yowzer’s DD’s result comes back negative. xx

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    CARONL Thank you for yr support💖 Hoping we get a result v soon,they said between 2 – 4 days X
    CCATHY well deserved …You get this weeks QUEEN OF COUNTDOWN Award! X 👸 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
    JGWEN thks for the link! Going there now
    Happy weekend everyone! 🍁🌻🍁🌻🍁🌻🍁🌻🍁🌻🍁
    ‘ the beautiful thing about today is you get the choice to make it better than yesterday’ X

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    Hi everyone,I agree Cathy should definitely get award this week for positive thinking and determination!
    I’ve had a decent week food wise and can feel a difference in my clothing so am looking forward to weighing myself on Thursday but won’t feel too stressed if scales don’t show as big a loss as I would expect as I can definitely feel it (saying that,I may feel differently once I’m actually ON the scales:/ )
    I decorated the Coundown to Christmas chart I’ve stuck on the fridge,I found some sparkly Christmas sticker books my daughter has probably had for about 10 years and not used so I’ve put lots on my chart🙂
    Continued good luck everyone! Dawn

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    Hello everyone Not posted for a while Felt a bit down and succumbed to naughty things and consequently up goes the weight But hey it’s Monday and back on the wagon again .It’s great to feel you are not alone in this and there are others who feel exactly like you .Got to lose 6 kilos by Christmas Can she do it ? YES SHE CAN ! ( sorry reference to too much watching Bob the builder with grandchildren ! )

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    Hi Everyone

    Another new week ahead everyone so let’s draw a line under last week and let’s do this, slow and steady wins the race 🐢 it’s 14 weeks to make a difference and even when we have bad weeks we can make a difference. I have to confess to being a little relaxed over the weekend. I had an ice cream in Southport yesterday, a glass of wine on Friday and a gin and tonic on Saturday. There said it!

    Scales are up 2lb this morning which is no surprise and I am going to see how doing a more relaxed week affects the scales this coming week. I will weigh every day but the last two weeks have had little effect on my weight and I am therefore going to try 5:2. Today I am being strict. I think experimentation might be the way for me to go over the next few weeks.

    I think there are a few of us struggling to get the results we so desperately want and I wish there was a guaranteed solution! The current situation with the rising Covid cases isn’t helping our mental state but yet we are still trying so I think we should all be proud of ourselves. This week I think we should all concentrate on being the best we can be, healthy and happy. Have a good week everyone.

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    Hi folks!
    C CATHY they were quite modest blips and I bet they were really enjoyable,and as you said,its a fresh new week now!
    Southport,sounds like you live not far from VERANO and I,we’re in Lpool? Or was it a day trip from further afield?
    LOGIE ,me too,have made mistakes,but like CC said,draw a line and start a new week
    DAWN i LOVE the sound of yr chart,I love all things sparkly,youve given me an idea now,I think a countdown on the fridge could well be the key to thinking twice before I open the fridge door 😄😋
    Have a great week Countdowners! And remember :
    You cant pour from an empty cup,so look after yourself first 🌞🌼🌞🌼🌞🌼🌞🌼🌞🌼🌞

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    Well ClarinetCathy I felt so encouraged by your post It really lifted me and renews my determination
    Does anyone think going from 800 to 5:2 kick starts the weight loss again ? I might have a bash but will worry about coming off the 800 in case I pile the weight on again . Yes the Covid news is grim but the sun is shining and let’s all enjoy it Cheers

  • posted by ClarinetCathy
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    Yowzer, I live in Greater Manchester. We had a lovely day trip to Southport yesterday and really enjoyed it.
    I really enjoy the inspirational quotes you post for us all. Thank you for inspiring us!

    Logie, we are all in this together. Glad you’re feeling better about things.
    Cathy

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    C CATHY I love MAnchester! Up til lockdown was visiting a professor there to buy chinese herbs in the hope they wd help reduce lymphodema in my legs…
    I love the Manchester vibe..v lively and bustly like Lpool…we used to have lunch in the Waldorf pub,near the station ( piccadilly i think) Nice food and friendly staff
    Looking forward to going again when things get back to normal xx

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    Hi Yowser,I’m pleased you like the sound of my chart🙂I was looking forward to putting my first results on it on Thursday until I did 2 VERY SILLY things today…..I added a free gift onto my M&S sparks card,a box of flaked chocolate truffles,then while I was shopping there today I got them and ATE THEM ALL when I got home,what the HECK I was thinking is beyond me!!!!!!I should have just ignored the fact they were a free gift and not put them on my card as,once I had them,it was too tempting.I felt really sick afterwards and have had very little today since.I never eat whole boxes of chocolates so not sure what got into me but it’s behind me now and I really hope it doesn’t scupper a good weight loss.Im pleased it sounds as if everyone else is having a much more sensible time than me today! Dawn

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    HI Logie I’m sure I remember you from a previous thread. Welcome on board! Re possibly switching from 800 to 5:2, I think if you’re managing the 800 a day and doing ok on it (bar the odd blip) then maybe stick with that. But otherwise I think it can sometimes help to mix things up a bit. I did really well when I first started 16:8 (aargh! all these numbers!) but now it doesn’t seem to have much effect. I’m not good at sticking to 800 so am thinking about doing strict 5:2 (or maybe 4:3) just to kick start things again, rather than vaguely try 800 a day and never hit the mark. Good luck with it anyway.

    Lots of us posting about blips over the last couple of days. I’m saying nothing 😉 But wise words from Cathy about drawing a line and moving on.

    Have a great week everyone X

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    Hi everyone,
    checking in after another week- very modest downward result though as I also had some blips over the weekend I am quite relieved to have a loss at all!
    Dawn, I have so much fellow feeling- yesterday I added a bar of Lindt dark chocolate with cranberry to my shopping, why!!? It’s not as if I didn’t know it would be a temptation. All gone now 🙁 but like others, drawing a line under that and onward and downward.
    We are having some warmer weather here so it’s easier to get out and about, I’ve been happy to exceed 10000 steps on most days- apart from the glow of achievement I feel for hitting at least one of my aims, I feel a whole lot better just for doing the exercise.
    Stay strong everyone and KOKO.
    Mariet

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    Good morning Countdowners!
    DAWN and MARIET,I so know that feeling! For me it boils down to bloodymindedness..
    suddenly I think “I can,so I will! Despite the consequences!”…
    when I know Im going to buy/ eat sthing thats just gonna spoil my WOE..
    Official name is self sabotage.
    The thing about any restriction we put into our lives,any discipline,good habits take will power and sometimes we snap,coz its hard being “ good” all the time,and we’re only human.
    When it comes to food,we have to eat,we cant go ignore it as with cigarettes,booze,drugs..so its even harder.
    Problem never disappears coz even if we get to the desired weight,we then have the prob of keeping it off!
    If i ever come back again,Im coming back as a person who stays naturally slim no matter what they eat!
    All we can really do is take each day as a new opportunity to eat as healthily as possible and be grateful for the food we have! X
    “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.“🌞🌻🌞🌻🌞🌻🌞🌻🌞
    (Anthony J. D’Angelo)

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    Thanks Mariet and Yowser,I’ve definitely put that episode behind me now and am determined to make the most of the next 2 days before my first weigh in since 31st August,yikes!Im trying a couple of Fast800 recipes today so have just had poached plums with cinnamon,Greek yoghurt and toasted nuts and really enjoyed it.I’m going to make smoked salmon breakfast muffins for lunch with salad.Hope everyone has a good day! Dawn

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    Hi everyone, still around and doing okay. Had a 5 lb loss in the last 3 weeks and just had a very successful visit to the doctors with all my blood test results being very good. Don’t know if Christmas is going to be with family this year as we might not be able to spend it with them unless the regulations are lifted or at least eased a bit. That doesn’t mean I am not still motivated and would like to lose a further 5 lbs in the next month. Going out for a meal tomorrow so will take the hit as it will be the first time since 7th Feb, my birthday treat. But will be straight back on plan on Thursday. Have a good week and, as my catch phrase goes, keep on keeping on…

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    SUNSHINE GIRL,Hope you thoroughly enjoyed your meal out,youve deffo got this sussed-out,youre still KOKO,still onwards and downwards XX 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    DAWN,how were the brekky muffins X

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    Hi Yowser,the breakfast muffins were nice thanks but I only had one with a big salad and it felt a bit overwhelmed with the other flavours so I think when I next have one(I froze some) I will just have one by itself for a quick breakfast.
    Weighed myself this morning and I’ve lost 7lbs which I’m happy about but am going to weigh myself again in a couple of days as I’m really bloated today and can’t fasten the jeans I was wearing comfortably yesterday!I really need to drink more water as I felt I may be getting a water infection last night and I know I don’t drink enough and certainly haven’t in the last couple of days.I will still write the loss on my sparkly Christmas countdown chart though🙂I live in the north east of England and it looks as though we are going into local lockdown from tomorrow unfortunately.

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    Hi folks…..DAWN,thats a lovely big 7 lb chunk of discard! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Thunderous applause!
    I hope you dont have a water infection..I take a cranberry pill every day,andit seems to keep infections at bay.
    At the moment Im just maintaining,which is better than nothing,but not heading me towards my goal of fitting into everything in my wardrobe!
    My Carb Monster has reared her head again,hiding round corners,waiting to jump out at me and trip me up!
    I can resist potatoes,pasta,rice but not bread..today I had a bagel for blunch,with a chaser of a mini Twister!😋
    Nice thought for today…
    ~ Your time as a caterpillar has expired..your wings are ready! ~💜🦋🦋💜 xx~

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    Hi Yowser,thanks for the applause🙂 I might start taking cranberry supplement to see if it prevents any further infections.Hope you enjoyed your evening meal.Dawn

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