Monday 12th October starters?

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  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Hello I am wondering if anyone else is starting today? I am going to try getting back to 800 daily calories & have three stone to lose & painful arthritic knees🙁 I have previously followed 5:2 & still fast twice weekly but I have slipped back into bad eating habits although my fridge is packed full of fresh veg! My go to temptations are a glass of wine, Kelly’s ice cream or a mini Magnum! My husband is a Type 2 diabetic & successfully lost his extra weight three years ago following this diet but I then only lost 10 pounds & last year also completed the Fast 800 12 week programme & lost one stone but I have regained 12 pounds since January & Covid lockdown!. My knees are now very sore & I must do something to help myself & hope that anyone else is starting today & we could encourage each other?
    Margaret

  • posted by Puppyluv
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    Hi Wendy, yes I’m starting today too. I did 5;2 about three years ago and lost 30K quite easily but over the last two years had personal issues which have set me back And have gained 12K, shock horror. I too have arthritic problems but in my spine, so weight loss is a must For ease of movement. I’m hoping the 800 is doable and I’m willing to give it a try, as well as it would be nice for my clothes to fit again.

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Hello Puppluv
    Thank you for your post and I am going to try to keep to a daily 800 calories. My husband and I still have two Fast Days a week usually on Monday and Friday when we don’t eat until around 6_0pm and have only coffee, tea and water until then. Supper tonight will be scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and a portion of an M and S roulade and I am clearing my fridge of left overs and tempting foods.
    Good luck with the rest of your week 😀

  • posted by Puppyluv
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    I wondered if you still fasted being on the 800 golly, I’ll be hungry on those nights. Might just stay with the basic 800 for a week or two to get a foothold. I have been having very low carbs the last few days, and had no chocolate for six weeks! I thought that would be impossible, haha…..😂

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    My husband & I have played short mat bowls this morning that was very enjoyable exercise. I just had a small glass of kefir for breakfast so I could take an Ibuprofen & paracetamol & my knees have felt much less stiff & painful today. I’m wondering if my Fast Day yesterday may also have helped because fasting is reputed to help reduce inflammatory responses in the body? My husband likes the BSD homemade soups so I made spinach & broccoli soup with some added pancetta for lunch served with a spoon of natural full fat yoghurt because I have no sour cream. It was delicious & we had some stewed rhubarb with ginger for pud that’s another BSD recipe so I’m getting back into again cooking fresh food from scratch. My husband has sharpened my kitchen knives so it is easier preparing vegetables. For supper we are having some frozen breaded cod, so partly processed🤔 with lots of veg & I have some Brambly apples to stew. So far so good with my motivation high & I am not hungry. Roll on Saturday when I will weigh myself so only five days dieting but at least I’ve got started.

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Saturday 17th October 2020
    I have just weighed after 5 days back on this diet & have lost 3.5 lbs. I am feeling pleased with myself & have not really felt hungry. I would like to lose one stone as quickly as possible & sadly no family with our two granddaughters coming to stay next weekend because of wretched Covid because they live in higher tier London with me in lower tier Sussex. I suppose it’s good on the diet front because I usually push the boat out food wise & have cancelled my order of croissants that are usually served for breakfast with smoked salmon & scrambled egg!!
    I have to write down everything I am planning to eat to keep track & mostly kept to around 800 calories & any puddings left in the fridge were gallantly eaten by my husband😂 He doesn’t need to lose anymore weight but also lost two pounds last week😀
    I know I’m going to miss wine & ice cream but must try to stay strong!!
    How are you doing puppyluv?

  • posted by Puppyluv
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    Going quite well Wendy, been an easy week, but today has been a bummer, I guess I need one every so often 😩 bit of white bread roll and frankfurters, but down 1.2K so happy with that. As I get more used to the 800 I know it will become second nature, yet I have no sweet tooth calling me which is amazing, even chocolate biscuits with my nighttime coofee sit nervously waiting, but I leave them alone😂 You have had a fabulous loss, so I’m hoping for better next week. Oooo those croissants sound so yummm, I can almost tast it
    ,❤️

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Well done puppyluv losing 1.2 kg I think that is nearly 3 lbs? 👏👏👏 I weigh in stones & pounds so haven’t gone metric yet!
    It’s also very good losing your sweet tooth. Today I am allowing myself 900 calories & a treat of 100ml glass of white wine & a mini Magnum ice cream stick. For lunch I have just eaten fish pie with lots of veg & for supper it will just be soup.
    After our first successful five days we need to keep going!
    Good luck with next week!👍👍🍀🍀

  • posted by Puppyluv
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    Definitely Wendy keep going. From memory no loss doesn’t mean it’s not still working, just the body processing differently. I enjoy a whiskey and coke, and calculate that into my daily calories, I know they are empty cals, but I see it as a way of life, not a jail term without privileges 😃, so life goes on without suffering 😂😂and I find I still lose.weight. I don’t think of 5;2 or this 800 as diets, just a way of eating healthier without greed. Enjoy your week, I hope to post daily, to keep me honest 🌻

  • posted by Jennie10
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    Hi both
    Just wanted to pop on to say hi to Wendy1947 (Margaret).
    Margaret, It’s lovely to see you back posting again. Like you, I stopped posting for a while but managed to put 10lbs on again during the initial lockdown so jumped back on in August (or Sept?). I’m now on the Countdown to Christmas thread but will come visiting now and again if that’s OK. I was thinking of you just the other week when I pulled out my Jane Fonda exercise CDs – a sure sign of Winter drawing in. Sounds like you’re having a great start – nice food! Take care xx
    Puppyluv – I agree, even when things aren’t happening visibly externally all sorts of good things can be going on internally. Great idea posting daily. I’ll look forward to coming over and reading them.
    Jennie xx

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Hello Jennie
    Lovely to hear from you😀👍like you lockdown also made me gain weight & I have been bouncing up & down in weight since January🙁 I know I’ve said it before but now because of Covid risks & my arthritic knees I must keep focusing & lose my excess weight.
    I hope you are doing well & your family is also well? So far my family is keeping virus free & we all have to just keep on going keeping safe & well.
    Margaret xx

  • posted by Rainey
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    HI Margaret-

    I wonder if we’re close in age and co-morbidities. I was — well, let’s face it, the *world* was — hunkering down and giving way to comfort/anxiety/boredom eating. When I thought about my co-morbidities they included my age (73), my asthma and my weight (37 BMI). There was *one* I could change. So I started taking control of my eating back in mid-August. Not only is the BMI coming down (currently under 32 in 8 weeks), but with every pound I feel the difference in the burden my joints have been freed of. I’m also now on the barest minimum of asthma meds with perfectly clear lungs and the ability to exercise vigorously without any difficulty at all.

    We’re going to emerge from this lockdown in our best shape yet! I’m soooo glad I did this!

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Hello Rainey
    Yes I was born in 1947 & will be 73 next month😀
    Gosh very well done losing so much weight in 8 weeks 🌟🌟🌟👏👏 I doubt I will manage that but hope I can. My BMI is currently 31.4 & I need to lose 2.5 stone!! & I’m 5ft 3 inches tall 🙀 My main problem is osteoarthritic knees & occasionally my fingers join in & I had breast cancer twenty years ago & luckily still in remission. I gained weight taking Tamoxifen & have never really been able to lose that weight & have been trying ever since. It was almost as though my body became reprogrammed into that mode as though I was pregnant with accompanying side effects including new gynae problems so I had to have a D & C! It was all very annoying! However I’m still here & battling on & I have joined a Silver Swans Ballet class that’s now on zoom & enjoy short mat bowls that restarted a couple of weeks ago.
    What do you enjoy doing?
    Margaret

  • posted by Rainey
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    Well, Margaret-

    Happy Almost-Birthday!

    I wish I could say I enjoy gardening but, as I’ve just finished trying to take out a tomato plant that’s rooted in Hell, “enjoy” has taken on a new meaning. My arms are all scratched and itchy but I got that sucker onto the compost pile! And I made some room for lettuces and garlic. If I make some more room in the messy planting beds that have done their duty and are now finished, I could put in some potatoes (but then that doesn’t sound like the thing to do….). But there are lots of other jobs to do. Just got to get to them.

    Actually, I *do* enjoy gardening or at least attempting to. My issue is I’m in very hot and very dry Southern Calfornia so 1/4 of the year I plant, 1/2 the year I have to stay indoors by the air conditioning and 1/4 of the year I’m ripping out what’s burned out. Guess what part of the year I’m in…

    Meanwhile, I got a FitBit and it turns out doing this garden clean up has about the same cardio effect as the time I spend on a stationary bike. That was a bit of good news.

    My other great love is baking. How ironic is that?! I used to make wonderful breads. Locked in, I’ve got all the time in the world to be making gorgeous things, but now I just *remember* them. Still read the baking and cooking blogs, though. No carbs in that!

    Shall I bake you a virtual Birthday cake?

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Hello Rainey
    Ah lemon drizzle cake or carrot cake with a cream frosting yummy!!😀
    On the sunshine front we have some here today in West Sussex in England but because it’s October we also have much lower temperatures but not frost yet. The tree leaves are changing so do look pretty & I’m pleased a couple of bushes in our garden are covered in autumn red berries so the birds have food. On the gardening front I don’t have much success but the lettuce & tomatoes I planted have done well with some tomatoes still trying to ripen but my runner beans that I planted in a pot produced few beans that were as tough as old boots. I don’t know what to do with the tomato plants once they are finished! Are they annual or perennial? Do I have to plant fresh seed or plants each year? I know that I do that for lettuce.
    I have been rather sedentary lately firstly knitting pairs of pink hearts to give to bereaved families at my local hospital & now poppies to go on our village display that will be put up in a couple of weeks to form a waterfall effect over the yew arch outside the church for Remembrance Day. Then it will be making Christmas decorations to hang on a tree that they will have for the first time outside the church. I enjoy crafts & was part of a small beading group making jewellery that rotated around each other’s houses but of course Covid stopped that. During lockdown I went into cotton mask making overdrive making masks for my family & grandchildren so now some of my collected material will be used to make the Christmas tree ornaments. I have to have a new project on the go or I easily become bored & restless. My husband & I also enjoy visiting historic properties & I have studied Latin & regularly attended Ancient History classes before all that also stopped as well as the lectures from our local Arts Society. I now keep my brain ticking over with daily puzzles on the free ap WordScapes & studying a variety of free courses online with FutureLearn! I also enjoy doing the Jane Fonda dvd workouts for “wrinklies” & I also did her other ones when much younger “going for the burn”😂 I must admit she seems to be wearing very well!!
    Oh well today is Fast Day for us & I have a Silver Swans Ballet class at midday. It’s supposed to be a dress up day for charity to donate money for research into the horrible Motor Neurone Disease that is still incurable. I have a Venetian painted face mask & with my long grey hair hanging down I will be The Venetian Witch😂🙀
    I hope you, Puppyluv, & Jennie have a good week.
    Margaret

  • posted by Puppyluv
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    Golly (Wendy) Margaret you have a busy life, when did you fid time to gain weight? Tomatoes come out and new seedling planted each year. I have just put mine in here in Australia . Yes MND is an awful disease, and you sound to be in for a fun time. Good luck with any fasting 🌻

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Thank you Puppyluv & I will buy new tomato plants next spring😀 Gosh what an international group we are with Australia, USA & England.
    Supper tonight will be griddled garlicky steak with a mushroom sauce, one sweet potato, 2 carrots, 1 courgette, a handful of spinach & for pudding one kiwi fruit. Total calories 754 including four coffees with a little milk so room for a small apple if I’m starving 😂 I am feeling virtuous having just completed 45 minutes with Silver Swans Ballet.
    Good luck everyone & keep going.
    Margaret

  • posted by Jennie10
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    Hi Margaret – yes, we – my husband and I (oh, sound like the Queen) are doing well and my family are all doing well, too. I do worry about some of them at times but I try not to do it overly much. I remember someone on here saying something like ‘don’t bring your troubles forward or towards you’ so I’m trying to practice that! We’ve been luckier than some of our friends so really do keep counting our blessings. That sounds like a great community you have around you.
    It’s a virtuous day for you, no doubt about it. The steak dinner sounds great.

    Hi Rainey – that’s a great drop in your BMI. Good news about the Fitbit result for clearing the garden. It’s something I keep meaning to do, but then don’t. My husband tends to do it. I think I might try to do a bit more.

    Hi Puppyluv – Hope things are going well for you this week.

    Jennie xx

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