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  • posted by Dreamscometrue
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    Hello and welcome to the latest 2 month thread, following on from Marvellous May and Joyful June. It will run from Monday 1st July until Saturday 31st August.

    Many of us have been on this ongoing thread for sometime, but anyone is very welcome to join in at any stage. It would be lovely to see some new passengers . . . . for some reason we tend to refer to the thread as a bus journey, which will hopefully help move us towards our individual destinations in terms of our own weight, health and fitness goals.

    We’re a friendly, honest and supportive bunch, all aiming to be lighter, trimmer and healthier by the end of August, and have fun together on the journey. So if that sounds like something you’re aiming for too, please jump on board!

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    Hello everyone
    Thank you dreamscometrue for setting us up once again.
    I’m in my seat and will be staying on the bus until 31st August. I go on my two week Mediterranean cruise on 1st September so anything I can lose beforehand will be welcome. I hoped to start this leg of the journey at 149 but I can’t seem to lose the fat! I am starting at 151 and aim to be less than 145 by the end of this bus journey. 6lb in two months doesn’t sound much but I can’t tell you how difficult it is to lose weight at the moment. I am going to be eating low carb healthy food as I also have to attend for a repeat blood glucose test in august and hope to have reversed my pre diabetes. I will be doing everything I learned from Michael Mosely to help me. Eating well, walking, fasting, low carb. If I can just get under the 150 lb mark in the next two weeks I will be thrilled. I started this year at 163 lb so I am heading down into a healthy weight. My BMI is currently 28.5 so I am making slow progress.
    It will be lovely to share this journey with so many friends and it looks like many of us are going to be committed until the end of this year. Let’s see what we can do.

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    Hi everyone and thanks DCT for setting up this new thread,
    Well done Yowzer and Cathy on your great results.I’ve weighed myself this morning and haven’t lost anything on the last trip.Yowzer your post about dieting off and on since your 20s really resonated with me.I’m 58 now and have done the same and when I started dieting I weighed less than the goal weight I have in mind now!!!When I look back at photos from that time I wish I had just accepted the weight I was and had known about the damage carbs can do as the only ‘overweight’ bit of me was probably a pudgy tummy, the rest of me was pretty slim.After a long hard think I have decided to sit out this next bus trip.I am just going to write a healthy food plan at the start of each week and do my best to stick to it.I intend not weighing myself again until 1st September.I’m hoping this approach will stop me from thinking about food ‘all the time’ which I think has become a bit of a problem for me.I think the maintenance bus sounds like a brilliant idea and would love to be in a position to join that🤞🤞🤞
    Good luck for this trip everyone.Dawn XX

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    Hello everyone thanks Dct for setting up this bus trip u also have climbed on board the bus i need to loose a stone my blood tests came back I am still pre diabetic it’s my own fault too many carbs !! I am going to really try and by the end of august when I go to Switzerland 🇨🇭 to see my sister I want to look and feel better
    I just have to remember all mm taught us so here goes I am strapped firmly in my seat 💺 and not getting off till the stone had gone 🤣goodluck everyone
    Lv nokiexx

  • posted by Yowzer49
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    Yay everyone,the bus is on the road! All welcome. Newcomers,jump on! X

  • posted by arcticfox
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    Hi everyone, please count me in, and thanks DCT for setting up the thread.
    I don’t think I made much progress weight wise on the last journey, but I do finally feel like some things are starting to click for me. I have been distressed about not being able to be consistent with healthy meals or being able to fast, but I am starting to figure out what I can and can’t eat, and some aspects of the counselling I’ve been having are also starting to make a difference in my ability to just cope with the overwhelm of my life. I have had a bit of a change in my mindset this weekend following my last session on Friday that has suddenly had a big difference in how I am looking at things like self-care. Less of being an authoritarian disciplinary, and more of being kind and compassionate towards myself.
    So I’m hopeful moving forward on this next part of the journey. I would like to lose some inches around my waist by September, if not weight.
    Keep on keeping on everyone. Good to see so many people on board!

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    DAWN we will miss you. Good luck and let us know how you are 1 st Sept. If you ever feel like calling by to say hi,please do!
    ARCTICFOX im glad counselling is helping. XX

  • posted by 1960smp
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    Am getting on and staying on…thanks DCT!! Always lovely to see fellow travellers too…
    I am restarting and have picked recipes out of the several BSD books I own and planned a menu around them because I know I NEED to do this.
    I look forward to seeing those numbers reduce…o yes! I am off on annual holiday in 5 weeks so have a goal…altho am not putting a figure on that just yet…

  • posted by ADD6605
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    Thanks YOWZER, I will definitely check in in September, if not before!

    Dawn XX

  • posted by ClarinetCathy
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    It’s seems a few of us are thinking along the same lines and finding the years and years of dieting taking its toll. I am up and down the same two pounds. My husband has come back from Glastonbury and tested positive for Covid so I am bracing myself for a positive result any day soon. It’s two years since I had it last. I have come up with a plan for myself which Is exciting! My son and his wife are staying in a lovely spa hotel in Buxton after being at Glastonbury for some pampering . I’ve decided that when I get to 140/142 lbs I am going to book myself in for a two night spa break for a treat. 10lb away from a treat!!! What an incentive. These little things will keep me inspired as we move along. It would be ideal for me to go in October/November.
    Hope everyone is feeling strong as we work hard to do our best before the end of the year.

  • posted by Yowzer49
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    Thats a great idea CC! Really encouraging when theres something nice awaiting just over the horizon.
    Ive now lost 16 lbs in just under 4 weeks,6 june – 1 july -not boasting,but hoping to inspire anyone like me who has a lot left to lose,and is feeling a bit defeated…I did…
    low carb does seem to get the best results,specially in the first weeks,when you really need that incentive to keep going.
    Im so sorry about yr husband getting covid and hope you escape it. Hope he will soon be better. I wonder how many other people came home with it

  • posted by ClarinetCathy
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    Yowser well done on your incredible and inspiring weight loss in just four weeks’! No matter how hard I try I dont seem to lose much weight these days. I can be up and down the same pound for a whole month!
    I am testing positive for Covid today and feel achy with a raging throat. My husband is still in bed sleeping but I got up to feed Monty and to do a test because I felt so unwell. Not a welcome Glastonbury present but now I’ve got it it should give me some immunity for a few months so I can go away in September without having to be nervous of catching Covid pre holiday.
    I’ll be listening to my body for the next few days. I won’t be walking and I’ve no biscuits or treats in the house so I’ll be on the straight and narrow!
    Be careful everyone as Covid seems to be on the increase.

  • posted by arcticfox
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    Sorry to hear you’ve got Covid, Cathy. Cases and hospitalizations have been on the upswing here again too, unfortunately. I just had a new order of masks arrive as I’ll start wearing them in the office, etc. again. Unfortunate because summer has finally arrived with sweltering heat (high of 38 forecasted for a few days next week), and it’s really too hot to be masked up.
    Self-care with kindness continues. Some of the dietary changes I’ve made this week (really, just being consistent and making healthy, vegetable-based meals) seem to have made a bit of a difference. My abdomen doesn’t feel as bloated and I’m maybe slightly smaller around the waist too. My legs and joints don’t hurt as much either. I’m considering doing a full elimination diet to try to figure out if I’m sensitive to certain foods that might be making me bloat and swell (and possibly causing the gastritis). I think it will take a fair bit of planning and organizing though.
    Having a lazy afternoon as I was interrupted in my morning work in the garden due to having to take the cat to the vet suddenly. She’s stable for now, but might have to go back on Monday for more tests. Anyway, by the time I got home again, it was already over 30 degrees. Normally I would already be adapted to working in those temperatures, but this is our first real hot spell so far this year, so haven’t had time to adjust yet. Hopefully I will get more done tomorrow morning while it is still relatively cool.

  • posted by Dreamscometrue
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    Hi everyone, just catching up.

    YOWZER well done on your ongoing loss. I’m really pleased for you and you’re right, it’s really inspiring to show that it can be done, especially when many of us have been on this journey for a while now.

    CATHY I’m so sorry you have Covid. Please take care and look after yourself. And as you say, at least you should now be immune for your cruise.

    ARCTIC FOX I’m glad you are starting to see results, and the elimination diet sounds like a good idea if you can find a time to make it work. I hope your cat is ok too.

    I’ve lost 1lb so far this journey. I head off on holiday on Wednesday, rather heavier and flabbier than I’d hoped to be by this stage, but I’m being kind to myself. It’s been a tough year, and the main aim of the holiday is to spend time with my daughter, rest, relax and get a bit of sun . . . not to be comparing beach bodies! I will do my best to try and maintain and then really want to throw myself into low carb and high fitness once I get back. I’ve been feeling very weary and flat recently so I’m hoping to get back bounding with energy and enthusiasm for a fresh start.

    I’l try and check in again before I go. Meanwhile, hope everyone else is doing ok?

  • posted by Nokie
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    Hello everyone
    Just caught up with posts my sister was over from Switzerland 🇨🇭 this past week so been busy !
    Dct hope you enjoy your time away with your daughter relax and I have been feeling just like you I hope to knuckle down and sort these points out !! We are trying to get away for some sunshine ☀️ but as my husband can’t fly( docs won’t let him) as he is waiting for open heart surgery we are looking at last min cruise 🚢 or trying to get to south of France on train think it
    will do us both good 😊
    Sorry to hear you have covid Cathy my youngest son has it too hope you feel better soon
    Yowzer well done on your loss!!
    One quick question do any of you pay monthly £12 to mm 800 club I rejoined but as I have all the books 📕 not sure it is worth it just wondered if anyone did it also
    Have a good week all
    Be in touch soon Nokie x💞

  • posted by arcticfox
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    Hello everyone,
    I have definitely lost inches, and quite a few at that! I didn’t measure to begin with, so unfortunately I don’t know how many. I went swimming yesterday and the same swim suit that was tight on me when I wore it last week was actually almost loose. After struggling for so long and just thinking I was weight loss resistant, it seems I may have finally found the issue. Even my mum who can be quite critical about my appearance said “Your legs are looking so slim, even in this heat”. I have been swelling up in the heat so much the last few summers, so nice to see some improvement there too.
    It is 36 C today, but I’m so far managing to keep the house at a relatively cool 25 C. My temperature sensor out in the garden was reading 48.5 C at one point, but it was sitting on a brick in the sun, so doesn’t really count, thank goodness, but speaks to the intensity of the sun beating down on us at the moment. Tomorrow and Wednesday will be hotter, but then we will gradually get a bit cooler again which is nice.
    One final NSV – I am able to get up and down the stairs without my knees and hips hurting and I was struggling a bit with some tennis elbow from all the weeding in the garden, and it has magically improved as well. So it seems I was dealing with a lot of systemic inflammation that was preventing me from losing the fluid and weight. Hope it continues!
    Hope everyone is doing well. If I could send some of this sunshine your way I would!

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    ARCTICFOX what great news! I’m so pleased that you are starting to see significant differences, and hope that it continues. I know you were talking about an elimination diet, but it sounds like you have already found some kind of pattern that is working for you. You mentioned healthy, vegetable-based meals : is there anything else that you have changed too? Whatever the answer is, I’m so glad it’s working for you and look forward to hearing how you get on.

    CATHY I hope you are beginning to feel better ? And YOWZER how is your weight loss going? I’m so excited for you, you have done really well recently!

    NOKIE I have just seen your question about the £12 800 club subscription. I don’t pay that, in fact I have never joined or paid anything since first getting involved with this way of eating in 2017. I have gradually bought most of the books, but have managed my own meal plans etc – with varying degrees of success 😀

    1960SMP welcome back and how are you doing? Only 4 weeks to go now to your. holiday! I hope you’re getting on well too. It seems that many of us on here either have events to look forward to, or some other time goal in mind, so I hope we all continue to do well on this journey. Keep us posted!

    And hello to DAWN lurking in the. background 😀 Hope all is well with you and yours and look forward to catching up soon.

    I’m off on my hols tomorrow so will go quiet for a couple of weeks then hopefully report back without too much collateral damage, and ready to plunge forward again. Till then, lots of love and keep on going! X

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    Morning everyone
    I’ve had a rather terrible dose of Covid. I am beginning to feel better and have got dressed! I’ve had no appetite and have ached from head to toe. I am over the worst now and looking forward to getting back to full health. My weight has stayed the same! I honestly hoped I’d have lost a few pounds because of my reduced appetite but I think I may have inflammation and my body has been using all its energy to fight Covid! . My pulse rate and my breathing rate increased a lot over the last five days according to my Fitbit .i am so glad to be feeling better.
    Have a wonderful holiday DCT and we will be here when you return. Enjoy every day and the precious time spent with your daughter. I am really looking forward to my holiday and have 7 weeks to try and lose some more flab. It’s a battle but even if I don’t manage to lose any more i am still down 12 lbs since January and once I feel stronger a combination of walking and low carbing might result in another couple of pounds to take me under 150 lbs. Today I was 151 lbs.

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    Hello all
    Hope everyone ok this is just a quick note to say my husband and have booked a last minute holiday to escape our terrible weather!! And he needs some sunshine 🌞 before his op so we are going to La Rochelle in France on Sunday back 23rd July I won’t be posting while I am away but will catch up on my return
    Take care all Lv nokie xx💞

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    Hi folks!ARCTIC FOX! how is your cat now?
    im glad youre seeing some results,specially in your legs,not easy to lose there,especially when you have lymphodema like we do. And you have an impressive list of NSVs. They all feel so good dont they,specially less joint pain and more ease of movement – and looser clothing is a BIG favourite of mine! 🥳 XX
    DCT is it tomorrow you go away with DD? I hope you both have a marvellous time,you really deserve it XX
    CCATHY how are you and Hubby. Im so glad to hear youre feeling better,it sounds like youve had a really severe dose of Covid. At least now you can look forward to a germ free holiday,which you really deserve,just like DCT XX
    NOKIE! A Happy and well deserved holiday to you and your husband too! South of France sounds idyllic. I havent paid anything to MM apart from buying the books…I get emails about fast 800 but no idea how that happened..i didnt subscribe to anything. Is your son any better yet after getting covid? Hope he is well soon. There seems to be a summer increase doesnt there.XX
    Im still doing well weightwise but have sciatica at the moment which makes getting around a bit difficult,have started using a stick,which making me feel dreadfully elderly and crabby! 😄
    The bus is emptying out for people’s summer breaks,but it keeps bowling along and always ready to welcome passengers back aboard. XX
    A big yoohoo to DAWN if she sees this and big welcome back to 1960SMP,great to see you, XX
    MARIET!SUEBLUE! and all other bus members…Keep on folks,onwards and downwards! xxx⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️xxx

  • posted by Lucy1771
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    I’m jumping onboard from a thread I started today so you can read about me there. I’m new to this, need to lose weight, drop blood pressure and reverse diabetes.
    Struggling with hunger at the moment. But have been good so far. 4 days and counting
    Thanks

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Lucy this is not the thread I am on right now. It is the Join Us InJuly One Month At A Time thread. But you can be where ever you want.

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    Thankyou yowzer for your kind wishes my son is feeling much better from the covid
    I will be in touch after my hols
    Stay healthy everyone
    Lv nokie x💞

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    Hi everyone,
    DCT – yes something is working, but I don’t know what it was exactly. I deliberately cut out all sources of gluten, but I also failed to have any eggs or nuts this past week. Hence the thought of doing a full elimination diet and adding things back in one at a time to see what it might have been that was causing the inflammation and fluid retention. I wasn’t eating much bread or other sources of wheat, but I was still getting some gluten from the rye crackers I was eating a few times a week and from things like soy sauce, etc. I was really reading labels and making sure that I cut it out completely. It’s amazing all the things that contain wheat or gluten when you start looking. I actually ended up eating more carbs than usual because I replaced the rye crackers with brown rice cakes and I had some brown rice to bulk out meals as well, and still I lost inches. I was still eating gluten free yesterday but something bothered me because my legs were very sore during the night and I didn’t sleep very well as a result. I had a shrimp and cucumber salad for dinner with a mayonnaise dressing that had mustard in it as well, so might have been something in that.
    Yowzer – the cat seems to be improving. Still not sure what happened with her. Vet thinks she may have become allergic to even more foods, so she’s going back on a hydrolyzed protein diet. Interesting that we maybe have similar issues that are just manifesting in different ways!

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    Just want to share a delicious dessert I just made. Six frozen raspberries slightly defrosted topped with some M&S authentic Greek Yoghurt and a passion fruit drizzled on top! It was absolutely delicious. Raspberries and passion fruit are a fantastic combo!

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    Hi cc
    Thankyou its sounds delicious 😋 I will make it tomorrow 😉
    Hope everyone is ok be in touch after my holiday
    Lv nokie x💞

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    thanks CCATHY! I often have greek yog and rasps,but have never thought of adding passion friit. Sounds yummy! Defo putting passion fruit on my shopping list for Saturday
    I often have greek yog with crushed walnuts on top and pretend its an ice cream 😋
    Happy hol Nokie and husband,enjoy the choo chootrain! I went to Austria by train years ago,lovely scenery en route. Pleased to hear that yr son is feeling better xx

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    I love Fage Total 5% Greek yogurt and have it every day (along with home made kefir). I also love Yeo Valley’s version of 5% Greek yoghurt but it doesn’t have so many live cultures in it as the Fage. I usually put a teaspoon of cocoa, not hot chocolate powder, (15cal, 0.8g fat, 0.4g carbs and protein 0.8g) in my yoghurt for a lovely chocolatey dessert, along with various seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, frozen raspberries and/or blueberries, walnuts, almonds, chopped prunes – not all at once obviously!

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