FEBRUARY 2024 : Twelve week Reset one week one month at a time to end March 2024

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  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Great to see you here Californiagirl and also in the UK. I personally am a Yorkshire lass and like York very much.

    Just watching a talk programme where they were discussing government putting sugar and salt taxes on foods. Well the uproar of people saying we don’t want to be controlled by the government. Why not. As Californiagirl says a massive percentage of supermarket shelves are technically off limits to us and we don’t have freedom of choice in what we eat. We have to eat what is there and it is controlled by conglomerate manufacturers. They purposely fill our food with salt and sugar because it is addictive and makes us go back to buy more. So who would you rather be controlled by – big business or a government that is trying to stop a juggernaut in its tracks. The view is that prices will go up. Look at the sugar tax on drinks, did the price go up. No, big business saw people would buy less so they reduced the amount of sugar so avoiding the tax. Maybe the same would happen with sugar and salt. Someone needs to be protecting us because big business has so much control over our lives.

    On the subject of big pharma keeping us ill. When I pick up my monthly prescription it costs the state around €110. Sometimes I don’t need certain things like needles, bandalettes or insulin injection pens. When I dont get these the bill goes down to €37. Just think how much money the government would save if all diabetics were on this diet and no longer needed so much medication or apparatus. Very short-sighted of them in my view unless as V say, doctors get paid more to keep us labelled as diabetics and keep us taking the drugs.

    That’s my rant for today.

    After a weekend of not being very good I have had a small gain but fully back on track today and looking forward to a month of heavenly healthy food.

    Have a good week.

  • posted by Verano
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    Well yesterday was a ‘damage limitation’ day preparing for today’s weigh-in!
    Not the best of news still had a gain but less than it might have been. Anyway, back on track after a wayward 5 days.
    Hope everyone is doing well and reaching goals.

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Hi all, I guess mine was damage limitation too after my birthday. Even when you eat healthy but have just a small treat and a couple of glasses it is disheartening that it can do so much damage. Luckily for us we have a chance to correct that very quickly. Just one day back on track – and I exceeded 800 cals by around 100 – and I have lost half of my gain. Back to being determined.

    Had to go back to the hospital today as the machine that checks your breathing whilst asleep didn’t work. Hubby said it was my fault as I kept fiddling with the neck connection. When we went in she said it was totally her fault. She hadn’t set it up properly. She programmes the computer to start recording at the time I say I go down to sleep and for it to stop at the time I get up. She forgot to press the set button. So much for it being my fault.

    Just a small enquiry. My daughter has just has a series of annual bloods, pooh checks, BP etc and it came back that she should see her doctor. She also has a skin condition that means she breaks out into rashes whenever anything touches her, or if she eats certain foods. She has tried everything. She saw a dermatologist this morning and was told to stop the antihistamines she has been on for 8 years and to get checked out for metabolic syndrome. Any advice. I think I was probably the same as her at her age (45) but they didn’t call it that just high BP and high cholesterol and a bit plump around the middle. I hope she can sort herself out. She has changed her diet to plant based although not totally vegan but still needs to cut out booze (although she did dry January). Hopefully, if she gets it right now she can avoid the next stage which is diabetes.

    She is very knowledgeable about food as a chemical scientist working in the food industry and knows what not to eat but tends to have fads so she has done 5:2, Fast 800, TRE, fasting and now plant based. She does really well and takes it very seriously but puts too much pressure on and eventually gives up and beats herself up. We talk almost daily and I try to encourage her but she needs her mum there to keep her on track.

    Here’s to another week. Yes, almost forgot it is my weigh in today. So I have gained 1lb. Not too bad.

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    S-g sorry to hear about your daughter. Knowing and doing are two so totally separate things. We all know what to do but do we do it?

    Too much pressure …. haven’t most of us been there and done that! I guess until your daughter works out that this isn’t a ‘quick fix ’ but rather a way of life, that can include the odd ‘treat’ , she will continue to expect to reach the moon when in fact she can only reach the stars!

    I’m guessing this isn’t a weight related issue? But if it is, I know everyone is different, but I find small goals far easier to achieve (well not this week,) than huge ones in a short timescale.

    Is she eating enough protein on plant based diet?

  • posted by LittleDrummerGirl
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    Morning!

    Didn’t get the chance to drop in and report weigh in – life seems to be mad at the moment!

    0.4lb loss for me this week – frankly, I was expecting a gain, so I’m happy with that! Had an afternoon of much booze and carbs, while watching rugby at a friend’s house on Saturday so expected to pay a bigger price!

    Managed a 3.6k swim last week, which was encouraging, and have started some swimming lessons last night to improve technique. Also started back to bass guitar lessons on Monday, so that was fun 😁

    I’m comfortable with how things are going – very happy with no longer eating after lunchtime (except on special occasions!) and feel it’s made a massive difference to me both health wise and from an ability to stay on track perspective. I’m enjoying the swimming and feel my health is improving; resting heart rate is down from 79/80 at the start of the year to around 62/63 now. HRV is up from mid-teens to high 40s and my blood pressure is well withing normal range. The weight will do as it will, but as long as these three measures are going in the right direction, I’m comfortable things are improving. It helps to focus on non scale things – I love numbers and targets, but with so much weight to lose, the scales aren’t the most satisfying thing to track obsessively 😆

    Have a good week everyone 😊

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Hi everyone,

    You are doing great LDG, you are keeping active, discovering how new habits have crept in and health markers are improving. Keep going.

    V, my daughter does have weight issues but she weighs exactly the same as me but is 3 inches taller so she is not obese on the BMI scale but is in the overweight range. The only thing is she wants results today and has very little patience so easily gives in. Also, she has the problem of having 5 kids aged between 18 and 9, all with different tastes and fads and veggie dodgers. 3 of the children are hubbys and he does his share but sometimes it is just too much. An example is, she got out all the ingredients for a healthy meal. He came home and cooked it. 2 youngest girls said, but daddy you promised us a take-away, so take-away it was. The food went into the freezer for another day but when it comes out at a later date the older boys say they don’t want left-overs (even though they are not technically left over). Daughter could have had the already prepped meal and let them have the take-away but you know how hard it is when they are all sat there sharing great looking, but crap food. So she gave in and was so angry with herself she had a few glasses of wine to console. This is such a familiar scenario.

    If I was to read that out to her she would see just how ridiculous it was to have the take-away. I must say, when I stay with them it is so hard to stick to my plan and have a salad when they are all tearing apart a large tiger bread. I manage to a certain level but find it so hard, especially when the stuff I can eat (good meats etc) get snaffled by kids grazing the fridge. We had a long chat and she is getting back on plan. She has managed to get an doctors appointment to discuss the metabolic syndrome and by then she will have all her blood results the NHS doctor recommended – they wouldn’t accept the tests she had done by the private hospital on her annual well woman check up. Appt is for 23rd Feb so not too long to wait. I think she is also feeling a bit put on by having to look out for everyone else and no-one looking out for her. Even hubby is a bit guilty. He made up for it with flowers and a card for Valentines but added in a bottle of Prosecco – hope that stays in the fridge – so he know she it trying to be good but……

    How am I doing. Back down to pre-birthday weight, so I am pleased with that but it was a waste of 2 weeks worth of better results. Still, what is past is gone and back to being super motivated.

    Have a good week and keep on keeping on…

  • posted by happysnap
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    S-G, I can fully relate to your daughter!
    I am also the mum of 4 kids and it is excruciating to try and diet when they are having their carby stuff! I try very much to serve healthy foods, and veggie sides rather than carby ones for them. But honestly, it is really challenging! My kids are extremely fussy, one will only eat pizza and fruit. Second is a great eater and likes exotic stuff like liver! 3rd and 4th fussy but will try a variety of things they’re used to. Introducing new stuff is a nightmare, nobody wants to try it!
    So on most days I prepare 2 separate dinners, one for the kids and one for hubby and me- but honestly its not easy and its expensive too. And there are days when its so hectic and I just don’t manage 2 different meals and then guess what? I eat the rubbish food…
    Just saying how much I appreciate the struggle your daughter has. It just ain’t easy…

    As an update, I have lost 1/2lb last week- a small loss, but a victory nevertheless.
    I have seen 2 specialists in the last weeks for papilledema and haemorrhoids and from the research I’ve done I suspect that autophagy might just be the tool in sorting out these 2 problems (as opposed to surgery which obviously I am reluctant to do!) so another reason to really dive into my longer fasts. I need JGwen to encourage me! Has anyone heard from her lately??

  • posted by JGwen
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    Hi Snapchat,

    Reporting for duty, how can I help?

  • posted by Verano
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    Hi s-g. I sympathise with your daughter and with you too Happysnap.
    It just isn’t easy when you have so many people to please. Also, she’s probably still of an age when she still feels ‘invincible’!
    We all know that there are no quick fixes so I guess until she ‘really wants it’, in her head, she won’t be successful. Who knows maybe her appointment with the Dr. might just give her the impetus to stick to a plan.

    S-g glad you’re back to your pre-birthday weight. I’m almost back to my ‘pre-madness’ week weight. As you say wasted two weeks but it’s gone, still keeping on keeping on ………

  • posted by happysnap
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    Hi JGwen!

    How are you doing? I need your encouragement to keep fasting! I need autophagy now more than ever- how about getting back onto the fasting thread?
    Hope everything has been OK with you, we’ve missed you here!
    BTW I like my new nickname 🙂 🙂

  • posted by JGwen
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    Sorry, I am sure I didn’t type snapchat in, but you never know. my message was before I had my first coffee.
    i want to knuckle down on fasts as well so will join you on the fasting thread.

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Hi there, thank you happysnap (snapchat 🙂 ). I think a little bit of help and appreciation would go a long way with my daughter, especially from the hubby. She is doing all she can to get and keep healthy but is battling fussy eaters, takeaways etc. I should also have mentioned she has an underactive thyroid which doesn’t help with weight loss and I don’t think her meds have been looked at for several years. Latest blood tests showed her levels hitting the floor so she needs it looked at. Yes, hopefully the doctor will now sort it out.

    We send our daily weigh ins via WhatsApp each morning – it is a way of keeping in touch without saying much. At the moment we are mirroring each other gram for gram so I might suggest a small competition, first to reach a certain number. Nothing too stressful, just 1kg which takes us down to a specific number. I will mention it to her.

    Just one minor problem for me, cant seem to get back into the exercise. Must try harder but have had to go somewhere most days over the past 2 weeks. Tuesday I had to go back to hospital to have apnea machine re-fitted as it didnt work, then that means I have to go back the next day to return all the apparatus – so that’s 2 days out of a week and I had the same last week. Today is my supermarket shop. So tomorrow is a new day with nothing to get in the way.

    I have been looking in my diary and besides the chiropodist on 22nd Feb I have no other medical appts (except my regular 3 months check in with GP) until end of June. Hurray!!!

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Just briefly, slight gain but I will say this over and over – I always gain weight around the 15th 16th of the month as this would have been my menstrual time (even though not had a period of 25 years). I can feel my body bloating up. Also I had a very healthy dinner last night of cauliflower and chickpea curry. Too carby for me and that showed in my bg this morning. Normally around 80, this morning 148. Highest it has been for a long time. Need to still keep carbs low even if they are ‘healthy’ carbs.

    Weekend is nearly upon us, although I thought it was Saturday when I woke up so I will have a longer weekend….

  • posted by wendleg
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    Hi everyone.
    I tried to log in yesterday to wish Tulip/ Clare a happy birthday but I somehow got blocked from the forum…go figure ? So I am sending this from my phone. Hope you has a good day Tulip 🌷!
    Talking of tulips…our daffodils are already in bloom here. I hope they don’t get zapped by any frost.
    Still on track here…well into our 7th week, feeling comfortable in my clothes which is one of my markers.
    I understand about légumes and beans SG which are off bounds for me at the moment. My blood sugars/ ketones are still stable. I thought of you as hubby has made a chickpea and spinach curry for when our friends come to lunch tomorrow. I eat my food and nobody cares !
    Have a good weekend everyone xx

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Just checking in with a 1.75 lb weight gain due to eating & drinking more carbs this week with our son staying with us because he is going through a difficult time at the moment. I’m sure I will be able to lose that weight gain but this last week have felt that supporting my son was more important than minutely watching what I ate!

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Hi all, weight back on track after a 600 calorie day (from the 5:2 plan) and BG back down to normal (my normal is under 100).

    Margaret, forget about it. Back on track and no looking back.

    Wendy, it seems us long term users are quickly blocked yet the scammers manage to get through even though they are so obvious. Looks like we are both the same with beans and pulses. I am okay if I have small amounts like some hummus dip with carrots or even chickpeas in my favourite Spanish Chickpea and Spinach soup. Just the curry we had called for a large tin and I had half so probably around 200g. Too much.

    We don’t have any daffs or tulips as the moles ate all our bulbs as soon as they went in. Although we did have a few in a pot I don’t know where it has disappeared to. Just had a look outside and seen we have a clump of daffs but still in leaf.

    I said earlier in the week my only downfall right now is lack of exercise. Well I gave myself a talking to – get your backside out of that chair – and did aerobics twice during the week and will again today. I look at it as 30 mins out of 1440 mins in my day, so not too much to ask.

  • posted by LittleDrummerGirl
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    Morning!
    Dropping by to report week seven weigh in: -6.4lb this week. Suspect a good half of that is the delayed loss from last week, so I’m more than happy to see it show up. Now at my lightest since March 2022, so that’s good progress.
    Having a week off swimming and music lessons this week as I have a rotten cold – started with a shocking sore throat on Sunday (which has fortunately mostly retreated) and now my sinuses are bunged up and I have a raging headache – no chance am I being able to breathe if I swim 😂 Unfortunately, I do have to travel for a work meeting, which means a night away tomorrow, with associated food and drink. And I’m really not in the mood for it! Still, if I keep on track the rest of the time I will hopefully limit damage – then I have younger son’s birthday on Saturday, so if I get through the week without a gain I’ll be amazed 😂
    Onward to week eight. Good luck everyone, hope your week’s going well and your heads are less stuffy than mine!

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    reported and obviously encouraging cheating. Don’t know what happened there, I reported a thread about someone doing your online exam for you. If I have accidently reported anyone here I apologise.

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Well done LDG, that is a great loss. Just be a carb dodger at your meeting. Enjoy your sons birthday.

    Still sticking to the plan with 9 weeks to go lose 4 lbs but I am aiming to do that by the end of February. Basically wasted 2 weeks but now moving down again. Although, this is a 12 week challenge so running to end of March. I know I will do it, and more.

    Back on with exercise but have had an upset tummy for the last 2 days so not been much good at jumping up and down but doing some weights on arms and chest.

    Nothing much else to report. Chiropodist on Thursday but I don’t count that as medical, just a relaxing half hour being pampered and chatting away in French.

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  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    maggie-messer, I am not sure what you are doing on this site and thread. You can see we are already doing a 12 week reset so not in need of your services. I have reported your post to Admin.

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    Hi all, feeling good as my weight is on the downward move and I am hoping to reach my next kilo point by next Tuesday. I should be going to a quiz in a couple of weeks but I am more determined not to interrupt my regime as the 12 weeks is not too long to make a sacrifice of a night out with rubbish food and alcohol that I wouldn’t be able to resist. I have my 3 monthly appt with Dr on 12th March and I really want to be down another 1.5kgs by then. Besides that, this is all for my cruise in late April when I want to look gorgeous is some lovely new clothes or even old ones that fit better than the last time I wore them.

    Just had my sleep apnea test results back from the pneumonologist. No sign of apnea, no sign of hypoxia and only light snoring. Yeah, tell my husband that last one, I am sure he will disagree :):)

    Hoping to do 30 mins aerobics this afternoon but we have to go out to get some computer components which will be interesting. I don’t understand computer speak in any language never mind French.

    Have a good week.

  • posted by Verano
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    Hello. Just popping in to say “I’m still here” !

    Just spent two soggy days in East Yorkshire. So lovely to be waited on and not have to wonder … ‘what should we have for dinner tonight’!

    But back to reality and late weigh-in tomorrow..

    As sunny says just keep on keeping on …….

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