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  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -18st 2.2lb
    Me – 12st 2.6lb
    So a small gain for us both (his first gain other than Christmas), portion sizes have been creeping up, so I’m back to tracking everything on MFP again.
    Our new clothes that we have ordered in smaller sizes are fitting nicely, though, so that’s a good non-scale victory.
    ODAAT!

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    Well done!

  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -17st 12.8lb
    Me – 12st 0.4lb
    So a decent, steady loss week-on-week since last Friday, even though we both gained a bit over last weekend. I think we’re both comfortable with checking-in on a Tuesday and seeing a loss on a Friday.
    I’m on track to be in the next stone down by Easter, and he has already achieved that goal. His new aggressive goal is 17st by Easter, which I think may be a bit ambitious, but anything downward is an achievement.

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    OK good work. A bit of self disclosure here. Hopefully to give you a bit of encouragement. I keep records of my Weight / BP and had a look yesterday.

    I started maintenance about a year ago. I was 15 stone 7 lbs. I initially started 5:2 but didn’t do that for long and just stuck to the principles after that. Through the summer my weight very gradually kept going down. 2-3lbs a month until Oct / Nov when I levelled out around 14:2. This coincided with a minor medical procedure where I stopped cycling for 2 months. Weight stayed level, maybe went down a little to 14:0, even over Xmas where I was quite disciplined.

    Then in the New Year I noticed my weight creeping up slightly. Levelling around 14:4, my BP crept up a couple of points as well. Wasn’t eating or boozing any more than usual. I got to the point where I was allowed / able to cycle again it was damn icy and I don’t mind cold but I don’t do slippery! So I’ve only really got back on the bike the last 3-4 weeks. And low and behold my BP has crept back down and now I’m having to eat more to stop my weight dropping below 14stone.

    So I think what I’m trying to say is in my experience, not only is there the immediate, calories in vs calories out thing. But there’s also a longer metabolism thing that seems to affect the longer term trends.

    Not sure if I’m making sense but stick with it. You guys have done well…

  • posted by RubyG
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    Thanks Freester, your encouragement is much appreciated. You’ve done so well, inspirational!
    Today I charted his weight loss and he’s lost 50lb! That is a huge achievement, and no, he won’t be celebrating with a bottle of anything 🙂
    Neither of us has been particularly active over the winter, although he is worse than me – I seem to be able to do 4000 steps in a day just bimbling about the house.
    As the weather improves, he will want to get out on his motorbike, he’ll need some strength and agility for that activity anyway, and he’s got other garden and vehicle projects which will get him up and moving and lifting and generally working hard over the next few months. He also refurbished his bicycle over the winter, so that may get an outing one day too 😉
    He is feeling so much better health-wise and wants to maintain that, and it’s easier that we’re both trying to follow the same way of eating.
    I think we’re both looking forward to an active spring and summer working on our various projects, and being able to move about the country again.

  • posted by freester
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    One final word now we are getting some sunny weather. Barbecues. I can’t wait. Last summer was the realisation that a barbecue isn’t just about sausages and burgers between bread. I can’t wait!

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    I am a Southern Hemisphere import into the UK, I’ve never thought BBQ was sausages and burgers in between bread 😉
    But yes, I am looking forward to BBQ and salads, what’s not to like about this way of eating?
    Tuna salad for lunch today, after 4 days of soup Monday to Thursday this week.

  • posted by Blind Mango Patterson
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    People recommend MyFItnessPal as a good app to track food & exercise which it is. However, when I tell it what I have eaten, it tells me I have not eaten enough & will not save the diary. Has anyone else had this problem ? If so, how did you get around it ?

  • posted by JGwen
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    Hi Blind Mango Patterson

    MyFatSecret is a better app, – It doesn’t include fibre in the carb calculations and doesn’t nag about how many calories you have to eat.

  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -17st 13.2lb (+0.4lb since Friday)
    Me – 12st 1.2lb (+0.8lb since Friday)
    Again, a small gain over the weekend, where we are increasing the cals and not tracking, but staying low carb. The plan is to show a week-on-week loss every Friday weigh-in, and follow a reverse 5:2.
    Keeping on keeping on.

  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -17st 10.6lb (-2.2lb since last Friday)
    Me – 11st 13.8lb (-0.6lb since last Friday)
    Those numbers were completely unexpected as we both felt we’d had a bad week since our last weigh-in Tuesday morning.
    I have finally dropped into the 11st-something, a number last seen in 2016! Now I don’t want to mess it up over the weekend, so I’ll have to keep an eye on my cals this weekend.

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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -17st 10.4lb
    Me – 12st 1.0lb
    So he has shown a small loss since Friday and I have a bit of a gain, which I have come to expect over a weekend, so I’m not going to stress. Although I didn’t want to see 12st again, realistically 11st 13.8lb going into the weekend wasn’t enough leeway 🙂
    The week is on track so far, everything tracked in MFP yesterday and came in on 800cals, today is on track to be good too.
    ODAAT!

  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -17st 9.6lb
    Me – 11st 11.8lb
    A week-on-week loss for us both again (I am accepting my Tuesday small gains), even though I think we could have been more focused this week.
    Fish and chips (celeriac) for supper again tonight – last week’s fish supper went down very well, so tonight we have a fillet of sea bass each.
    Keeping on keeping on.

  • posted by WindyJulz
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    Just looked back to your first post RubyG – you have done and are doing so amazingly well!!
    Your fish n chips sound great too!!
    Well earned!!
    xx

  • posted by RubyG
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    Thank you!

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Oh Ruby I dont think I told you about my mushy pea disaster last week. Soaked the peas in bicarb but only for about 6 or 7 hours. Rinsed and put them in a pan of water but I think I drowned them as they just kept disappearing into the water. I ended up with pea soup which tasted vile and had to be poured down the loo. We ended up having frozen garden peas mashed with a bit of butter and mint sauce. Do you make your own mushy peas and can you tell me what I am doing wrong. We are having fish again tonight but without the mushy peas.

    Keep doing what you and your hubby have been and enjoy the good health you are now both experiencing. I think my hubby might be on a stricter plan after he sees the doctor 🙂

  • posted by Riverrock
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    Hi All,
    I am starting tomorrow too. I have {for starters} 16lbs to lose, good luck to everyone and it,s great reading the posts.

  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -17st 10.0lb
    Me – 11st 13.0lb
    So we both had a weekend gain, which is becoming the norm, but with a good few weekdays we can pull that back and show a loss again on Friday.
    However, I had my vaccine first dose yesterday and feel rubbish today, but it will pass and then I can focus on the eating plan again.

  • posted by WindyJulz
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    And you are down 2lbs from last Tuesday – you are doing brilliantly! Being able to enjoy your weekends with a bit more freedom will help you make this sustainable!

  • posted by RubyG
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    Thanks WindyJulz, we try to stay low-carb over the weekend but up the calories. Although this weekend, I have to confess a totally planned deviation – hubby bakes a really good wholemeal sourdough, probably the reason for his pre-diabetes diagnosis after eating it twice a day for the first 6 months after lockdown 1. We now allow ourselves 1 slice of toast a week, sometimes 2, on a weekend, so a loaf is sliced and frozen and lasts 2 months! He baked on Saturday morning, and we had a bacon and egg sandwich on hot bread for breakfast – I do have to admit it was amazing! Much better than the Jersey Royal potatoes we had last week. We switched straight back to low carb for the rest of the weekend to limit the damage 🙂

  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -17st 8.6lb
    Me – 11st 11.2lb
    So we’ve both shed the weekend gain and show a Friday-to-Friday loss, which is kind-of how we want this to work longer term.
    Keeping on keeping on!

  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -17st 8.8lb
    Me – 11st 12.4lb
    So again a small gain since Friday, but still down week-on-week from last Tuesday, and on plan to be down again week-on-week for Friday.
    This is doing a reverse 5:2, 5 days of close to 800cals and low carbs, and higher cals over the weekend (which is sometimes Friday to Sunday so 3 days higher cals).

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    Weigh-in Friday:
    Hubby -17st 7.0lb
    Me – 11st 10.8lb
    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby -17st 7.6lb
    Me – 11st 13.0lb
    No tracking over the 4-day weekend, water intake was sporadic, meal times were irregular, there was a small amount of alcohol and carbs consumed – some Gujarati savoury polenta cake from a friend, and a cracker with pate, and portion sizes generally were bigger than they should have been.
    Tracking again today, scrambled eggs and mushrooms for breakfast, Asian-style chicken broth for lunch, and fish pie for supper – plan to show a Friday-to-Friday loss again this week.
    ODAAT!

  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby – 17st 4.2lb
    Me – 11st 9.2lb
    Who knew – this diet actually works when you follow it 🙂
    I am pleased to announce that the Easter detour is back on track and we are both down week-on-week again, after a very disciplined 800cals and <30g carbs for the past 3 days.
    The weekend menu plan hasn’t been finalised, but I bought some fresh mussels for tonight, and we’ll probably have steak (onglet) and salad on Saturday night.
    Saturday morning we have our one slice per week of wholemeal sourdough with poached egg, and Sunday morning we have a full English (bacon, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms, sometimes a piece of black or white pudding or a lamb’s kidney for hubby) – we have done this since starting the BSD in Oct 2020 and so far so good.

  • posted by RubyG
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby – 17st 3.6lb
    Me – 11st 10.0lb
    So, a small loss for him and a small gain for me – Friday week-on-week will be a loss again – she says with determination!
    I don’t track or measure anything on a weekend, which may run 3 days from Friday through Sunday, and we aim to keep low carb but increase the cals. Saturday we did have carbs at all 3 meals though – our one allowable slice of wholemeal sourdough with poached egg for breakfast, a Scotch egg each for lunch, and 3 Jersey Royals each with supper – compared to the pre-BSD that is almost nothing, but not to be a frequent occurrence.
    ODAAT!

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