Thanks Karen! WE CAN!!!
We have not checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you are have any health related symptoms or concerns, you should contact your doctor who will be able to give you advice specific to your situation.
I also walk, bike and swim. Retirement is nice!
Catherine I do hope that writing your story down has been cathartic. I read your story and I read ‘habits’ and they can be broken. Ok it may take time, a lot of hard work and a few stumbles along the way but it can be done. My personal thoughts are that whilst alcohol doesn’t play a part in the fast 800 it doesn’t mean that it has to be off limits forever. Obviously if one drink leads to many more then maybe there is a case to become ‘dry’ but if an odd drink can be incorporated in maintenance then why not. I guess it’s horses for courses and we each deal with our demons in our own way.
Karen, welcome. Just one thought MM calls beer liquid bread! Maybe something to think about. Enjoy your journey.
Thanks, Verano, actually it was! Did not plan to go on and on but as I was writing I started thinking of the past and where all this started as I really did not have alcohol in the house from ages 20-40. It is definitely connected to dating and romance in the last 20 years. And now, love my hubby but find no benefit in the alcohol. As Craig Beck says all the time, “The only drink you choose is the first one. After that, the alcohol does all the decision making for you” I would add: Including what you eat! I am much more interested in ordering pizza delivered after a manhattan, than a cup of tea.
Thank you Wendy, Verano and Catherine for your advice. I shall look up some more hearty recipes. I’ve got a Fitbit and log all my meals. I’ve done many low-carb diets in the past but any slight lapse and I’m back to where I started. I’m in ketosis at the moment. I think what I find most frustrating on any diet is that I find it difficult to cook for me and then for the rest of my family. My husband won’t eat ANY vegetables or salad and in 31 years of marriage all I’ve succeeded in doing is getting him to eat onions, mushrooms, etc. added to casseroles. Seriously. He is a nightmare and the strops aren’t worth the stress! It’s a real pain trying to use up bought ingredients on one serving dishes or meals that cannot be frozen. I end up throwing away a lot of food. So, I think trying to find freezable dishes for me is key. With my restriction I can only eat small portions anyway and you’d think that would be enough, and it should be if I ate healthily all the time, but obviously alcohol and snacks all go down fairly easily.
It’s good to hear from you. It’s taken me a long time to identify the psychological issues surrounding my eating and drinking habits. I was always loathe to find what I thought might be excuses but I don’t think so anymore. I was always “chubby” as a child, not fat but overweight, and I think I sought comfort in eating. I’m not sure because I just liked food. It wasn’t really snacks either, it was the meals my mum made and I’d always have seconds. I’ve studied a lot of psychology and counselling in the past and I’m now convinced that my anxiety issues contribute to my issues as I was always described as shy and introverted as a youngster but, as an adult suffering severe depression and social anxiety, I think there was more to it. I’m 53 and have two demanding and challenging children. I say children – they are 29 and 22! My daughter had ADHD as a child and now has adult ADHD. She causes me constant stress. My son has autism (learning disability, communication, etc.) and I suffer stress every day worrying over what will happen to him when I die. Life was awful when he was little. Too much to write here but I’ve suffered from severe reactive depression for the last 20 years as a result and that does contribute to you not really caring what you do in terms of stuffing your face with alcohol and food. My husband was in the Armed Forces, serving in the first Gulf War liberating Kuwait, and now he is suffering from Follicular Lymphoma (could be as a result of exposure to DU and vaccinations given but hard to prove) and regularly having treatment for that. My reaction to it all is to drink and eat and that has to stop. Even after 2 bariatric surgeries I’m still wrecking my health and I have to ensure I’m around as long as I possibly can be for my son as there’s no one else to look after him in the future.
So yes, let’s do this together. I’d like that.
Whereabouts in Florida are you? My best friend lives near Clearwater and I was there last year!
Love to All
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Good day, all!
Catherine, I’ve been roaming around in our time zone since @ 4:00am, too! Thank you for sharing your complete
history 🙂 We know parts of it, of course, but I always appreciate hearing each story in its entirety. Four children
must have kept you hopping! Who won the battle of the wrecking hour yesterday?
Welcome aboard, Karen! I’m happy to see you here 🙂 You will find many here that have alcohol habits to work on,
and very much relate to those particular challenges. Including liquid bread (beer) is a non starter when it comes
to the Fast800. Have a peek at the carb load…disaster! When I did 10 months straight through on 800cal.20g carbs,
alcohol just had to go. It brought weight loss to a standstill for me. I’ve been maintaining the loss of 50% of my
body for 21 months, but even now I have to keep a close eye on wine consumption (my poison of choice) or I begin
to see erosion of my wriggle room. I use the term “wine creep”! Using fridays and tuesdays as weigh in days helps
to keep me on the straight and narrow most of the time. We all look forward to sharing your journey with you 🙂
Just shout out if you have any questions or concerns…One of us will have the answer, or experience to share.
Very best to you!
Thank you so much for your post, Catherine.I feel I know you a lot better now ! 10 kids ! Wow …there were 7 of us but our parents were definitely not posh enough for cocktails 😉 You had had 4 children by the age of 26 ! That is the age of one of my sons. You are a absolute superstar to cope with that plus the first husband. Then going to college to study for a professional career.I totally take my hat off to you Catherine !
I know what it means to finally find the right partner and I am so happy that you did too.
So Catherine you are a STRONG, CAPABLE WOMAN . You are AMAZING. I believe you therefore have the strength to break those long established habits. Wrecking hour is a dangerous time so is there another ‘pleasurable’ activity you can slot in to break the pattern ? Someone said somewhere that it takes 9 days of not eating/drinking something for cravings to lessen. Please correct me if this is wrong.
I think in my humble opinion that alcohol , like sugar and junk, processed food has to be seen as the enemy rather than an old friend. It will stall weight loss, fill you with sugar and damage your liver.
I have said this before that I can’t handle alcohol so I am not best placed to advise but I think in terms of addictions and loss of control.I don’t want to feel food etc is controlling me.I want to be in control and make serene choices. You are not in control of the dreaded Wrecking Hour right now but you can be.
You know what to do , Catherine. I am sure that all your readings will improve as you make changes .Is your lovely hubby on board with you ?
Ask yourself why you are hanging on to the habits of the past ?
You can break them !
I just had to reply to Catherine in my lunch hour ! I will be back this evening. I admire the honesty on here and feel humbled that our Wallie thread inspires such openness. That means you feel safe and that is wonderful.
Goodness Helen …what a tough time you have had.You are in the right place . We will be by your side as you tackle all those challenges.
I iwll be back later ! Allie keep watching over everyone ! xx
Thanks, Wendy, Lovely Hubby is way too ingrained in the cocktail hour to stop. I have to be the strong example first. I need to muster all that discipline I have had all my life to get this done THIS MONTH. It will happen!
Thanks Verano, I won.
Wow, you have really made progress!! I am in Port Charlotte, Florida. At age 60, I retired from an accounting career and moved with retired hubby to Florida. My huge family is all over the world and I see them often as we all travel.
Looking forward to doing this with all of you.
Hi Allie! Yes, I am an early bird, for sure! Thanks for all your support along with all the people here!
Hello all, and there are a lot of you posting here. Great to see and great to see all you newbies although I hate that word. Enjoy your journey with this diet plan and ask as many questions as you think of them. Hi Catherine, good to hear to can overcome the dreaded pull of the wine. I love a glass myself but find one leads to another and another and…….. Here in the UK we have dry January which, although I live in France, I am doing. 24 days in and hardly a thought about a drink, although I nearly crumbled when I received a threatening email from the ba-st-d hackers wanting Bitcoin payment or they would share my porn and pleasure habit with the world. Quite funny really as they think I am a man – I’ve got one of those names.
I had a little increase yesterday of 0.3kg and today that has gone down by 0.1 so nearly back to Tuesdays weight. It is week 3 and I always struggle, just have to be strong and keep on keeping on… To help I had a particularly light food day yesterday and did a 50min exercise routine. Will be sticking with it. Have a good rest of the week all.
Have been reading the posts from Violinist and our new friend Cookiemonsta and am completely humbled by the array of issues they have both been tackling to take control of their weight.
Alcohol is or has been an issue for many here and I admit in the past it has been for me too. Luckily I’m finding it less and less attractive these days, not least because I’ve learnt how negatively it impacts on my weight and having avoided it (almost) totally during the Fast 800 phase, my body doesn’t tolerate it so well these days. Like Allie though, I cave to the red wine or a single malt scotch occasionally. If you can manage it during the Fast 800, it really is best avoided though, but if you slip up forgive yourself for being human and make an immediate fresh start.
As others have said, we are all here to support you in whatever way we can, so please shout out if you need us and feel safe to unburden yourself as necessary, there is no judgement here.
Thanks Sunnyb! For soooo many reasons I need to change the wrecking/witching/not so happy hour habits. Thanks for the bote of support!
Marsie, how weird is that?
I have opened up this forum for the first time in months and see that you have asked about me!
I am so pleased that many old (as in experience) friends are still around and obviously living the BSD way of life.
I won’t go into the ups and downs of last year but surfice to say that my weight is back up to where I started the BSD in October 2016.
Ignoring the shame and self loathing I have been feeling lately, I now intend to start afresh and deal with my bad eating and drinking habits.
I have bought the new Fast 800 book, have bought a new journal to record my daily intake and will now take a big breath and begin the journey (sorry about that word!) again.
Hi BumbleBee – sorry you have had a rough year and find yourself in need of a reboot, but there’s no judgement here and we’ll look forward to sharing you new journey with you. Have every confidence you will be successful and we’re here for support as needed. Good to see you back!
Hi BusyBee seems that 2018 wasn’t the best of years for many of us but we still have our weekly thread ….. new day, new week always a chance to draw a line and start again. Good luck!
This is for Verano, who is interested in the FutureLearn courses. Anyone can join a course and it is free and not too difficult. I have completed Week 1 in 4 days and now started on week 2. Superfoods: Myths and Truths – from the course. One thing that is true of superfoods is that they are usually nutrient dense in antioxidants or minerals and contain good fibre etc and usually low in saturated fats and sugars. Another truth, because they have been marketed well or they are difficult to get they tend to be expensive, however there are lots of equally super but everyday foods to exchange. For example, chia seeds exchange for flax seeds which have the same (similar amounts) B vitamins, fibre and much cheaper. Kale, although not expensive it can be seasonal and can be replaced by spinach which is a better superfood. Goji berries – very popular and expensive, can be exchanged with most other berry fruits for the same benefits. End of lesson.
The rest of this week the course is going to be about what else are not only super but cheap and readily available.
Some interesting stuff there SG, especially the flax info. I use chia daily, so might well look at making that swap. Thanks for keeping us informed.
Busybeeeeee!!!!! Hop on the fast800 express and strap yourself in!!!
Welcome back Busybee ! Yes absolutely you must ignore any ‘shame’ or ‘self-loathing’ . Banish those thoughts.You are back and that’s the main thing. You will soon be flying ! xxx
I am new to this forum and to the BSD. Was diagnosed as prediabetic just after Christmas…so am trying to shift the weight. I was 80kg at outset – and this will be my third week. So far I’ve kept to it – using the book of recipes for guidance.
I have lost 5.5 kg so far which is great but I do worry how I can keep this up. Unsure how one transitions from the 8 weeks to something that continues a more gradual weight loss and then maintenance. My GP hasnt given me much guidance at all other than saying losing weight is a good idea.
Thanks s-g. Very interesting. I know I should really be doing the course myself but the time isn’t right so I really do appreciate your summaries. The marketing angle rears it’s ugly head yet again! Thank you!
You have had so much to deal with I feel a bit overwhelmed and ill qualified to help. Where to start ? So much stress. You are so brave to share your expériences with us.
Let’s focus on the positives …you have made the decision to address your health and you are here ! Your weight is going down!
Keep going !
You seem to have lost yourself along the way with so much else going on and so many people to care for . I think it’s time to put yourself first and concentrate on your own health.
That’s too much pressure trying to prepare different meals for everyone . Can the cooks on here help with batch cooking ideas ( one pot/slow cooker ) to satisfy Helen’s low carb requirements and the fussy hubby ?
The lovely lovely people on here will offer you all the support you need to urge you to keep going. You have made a massive first step deciding to post and join us . Stick with us Helen . All the very best to you xx
Hi 8 weeks/C !
Well done on your 5.5kg discard ! That’s a great start. You don’t mention if you have a target but I would say to continue with BSD even after the 8 weeks if you are comfortable and have established a pattern that suits you.Don’t worry if the weight comes off more slowly. It’ s important to think in terms of long term goals and healthy eating rather than a quick fix. You are addressing the diabetes risk and that is a massive achievement.
You could consider transitioning to 5:2 after the 8 weeks which would allow for continuing loss at a slower rate but giving you more flexibility. I find fasting helps me and I always incorporate it into my Week but it doesn’t suit everyone.
It will be a question of trial and error to find a healthy way of eating whch allows you to continue to discard the weight or maintain and accept you will never be able to go back to carb laden and processed foods.
Your GP will be pleased to see how well you have done . Keep going and you will find a pace which suits you . All the best !
Welcome 8weeks – You’ve made a great start and sticking with BSD will make the difference to your health you are seeking. Personally I think week 3 is perhaps too early to be worrying about what happens after week 8. I’d say give yourself time to fully embrace the 800, allow your body to really adjust and then evaluate in week 7 and formulate a regime going forward. Giving it a few more weeks will mean you can get a bigger picture of the rate of ‘discard’, which will give you more data to work with when deciding how you want to move forward after your eight weeks.
Meanwhile, keep doing what you are doing, it’s obviously working. Be sure to keep us updated on your progress and shout if you hit any bumps, ‘cos someone here will be along to offer a steadying hand.
Wow! So many posts it’s hard to sift through them all. Welcome to all the new posters!
Finished my first 800 BSD week on Wed and total loss was 4.5 pounds. Woo hoo!
Began the 2nd week today and I’ve decided to take the plunge and go Keto! So far, so good.
I hope everyone is doing well. Stay focused and stay strong!
Good morning, BSD early birds! I missed the evening posts (and new arrivals!) due to time differences on my side
of the pond. A very warm welcome to you all. 🙂 We accomplish miraculous things here, so I’m very happy to have
you with us!
Cookie, I think we were cross posting yesterday, so I’ve just now read your story. What a courageous post! I think
Wendy is very insightful to recognize that you haven’t had the luxury of focusing on yourself for a long while….I
hope being part of the community will change that for you. I can certainly relate to your weight history. I began
the BSD in june 2016 at 285lbs. Today that statistic is 140lbs. This way of life got me to this place 21 months
ago. No more yo yoing, just blissful maintenance. I know everything is possible for you, too, when you get into
the groove with this lifestyle. My friends here know that I have a very special place in my heart for “ladies with
lots to lose”, so travel with us and we will get you there. How does the bariatric surgery impact on what and
when you can eat? Or the quantity? Probably 1 or 2 meals won’t be practical for you, but you must tell us what
your restrictions are. I think you’re our first post bariatric surgery patient 🙂
See you all later..Stay strong…the weekend is fast approaching 🙂
Busybee, how great that you’ve come back here after, like me, a few months away. You must have felt the “vibes” of my message💆.
I think it was wendleg (forgive me if I’m wrong) who started using ‘discard’ instead of ‘lose’ as too often when we lose weight we go and find it again. I like this way of thinking, it has such a definite feel to it. Plus, tossing those negative thoughts ‘shame and self-loathing’ and the like to the discard pile can only be beneficial to our well-being.
I’m trying to hold my focus, to be aware when it wavers during the day, especially later in the day, and avoid the careless snacking. So, Busybee, regain your focus and we will journey on together again. Best to you 😃
Hi Busybee, it’s marvelous to see you back with us! You have taken the first step, acknowledged your set back, and
I know you will soon be back on track. You know how to do this 🙂 I missed out on getting to know you your first
time out, but I’m looking forward to rectifying that now, a week at a time! Welcome home : 🙂 🙂
PS: Marsie, are you enjoying that lovely pool of yours? It sounds heavenly to me now with snow and ice ordering
Hi Allie. Not me with the pool, we’re by the beach on the West coast. If memory serves, it is Natalie on the East Coast who spoke often about her pool last summer. I do imagine it had had full use this summer as the eastern states have had/are having a simmering, singeing summer while ours has been fairly mild so far. We’ve only had 2 widely separated days over 40°celcius, tho that may change in February. Today, it’s only low 20s and although we walked down to the beach with 10yo g/son the sea breeze was in early with a vengeance, making for very choppy water and being sandblasted on the beach so we walked the extra couple of hundred metres into the marina for a cold drink & churrros for g/son, hot choc for OH, green tea for me. School holidays here and we are so lucky to be this close to the beach and wonderful entertainment venue eg boat harbour/Marina. We are in the southern half of our state (western Australia) but it’s such a large state, 1/3 of the continent, and the northern half and the inland of WA have it much hotter. Places like Broome and Kunnunnurra on the coast are also very humid.
Hmm, OK, I’ll stop now. Allie, I’m sure you didn’t expect a geography lesson in response to your simple question but there we are 😌.
Thought I’d check in with what’s been happening on my back to basics approach. Has been a real eye opener! Day one the carbs were a jot over 40g and cals a little over 1150 – not good! Yesterday carbs came in at 24.2g and cals were 1022 – better, but the cals still need work. On a fast today and planning to get through to around 21hrs overnight fast, so hoping for better things from today.
So far, no shift on the scales since starting to measure, weigh and log all consumed, which is dead on target weight. Aiming to claw back 5lb wriggle room, but nothing good to report yet.
Hope others are successfully discarding pounds/kilos and look forward to reading results soon. Have a great BSD w/e all!
Oops, Marsie! Yes, you are right, it is Natalie that I was thinking about…At least I got your country of origin, correct!
I think those of us who haven’t traveled in your part of the world do forget what a large country it is. 🙂 I really enjoy
hearing about everyone’s immediate surroundings, so I’m very pleased to read your narrative. It sounds as though you
had a perfectly lovely day with your grandchild. What could be better?
Hi Sunny! I think you and I have been successfully maintaining for so long, and that it seems so effortless and second
nature to us, that we allow little chinks in our plan, because thus far there haven’t been any repercussions. Getting
back to strict carb counting will set us right, with our wriggle room restored. I’m very much with you on this, and I’m
sure that we will be there soon. I’m sure that your new wardrobe still is as comfortable on you as mine is, but best
that we attend to this NOW, before we have any regrets 🙂 Let’s walk the walk together, as we have always done.
I hope everyone is feeling strong as we head into the weekend. Today is always a good day to have a look at the
scales, too. It stiffens my resolve to avoid wine creep on the weekend, and if I see good numbers, I want to keep
it going and not lose any ground!
Newcomers, how are you feeling today?
Hey there Allie – Yes, the clothes are still fitting fine, but as you say, we need to be cautious about becoming complacent. Feel like I’m beginning to get a handle on things again and hoping to see some movement on the scales in the right direct again soon. More than happy to have your company on this walk to gaining wriggle room. How is it going for you?
Hi everyone !
It was Cheerleader Duckie who suggested using “discard ” instead of” lose ” and it has been wholeheartedly adopted!
Thanks WoodDuckie !
I have to read through the posts now, haven’t had a minute today and a meeting is scheduled later than previously announced so I was feeling a bit grumpy about that ! However I have prepared my teaching materials right up till the holiday during the waiting time . I am NOT working this weekendf , so there !!
I will be back later !
Afternoon, all! Maxi, even we old timers are having a problem keeping up with all of the glorious traffic on our
thread! I manage it by popping in and out several times a day 🙂
Wendy, that’s a shame that you had the rug pulled out from under you on a friday evening! I know you will be home
soon though, with a warm fire and loving husband waiting for you with a beautiful repast. You lucky duck!
Sunny, I’ve been meditating on what little indulgences I’ve allowed that have diminished my wriggle room, as I’m
sure that you have been doing the same. I think it’s a combination of a few things…I haven’t seen any fluctuations
on the scale in ages, so I often fail to weigh in each week. I haven’t gone anywhere near the white carbs or sugar,
and no longer have any interest in them, either. Niether of us do, I don’t think. I haven’t seen any improvement with
respect to insulin resistance though, and anything over a max of 35g carbs is my tipping point. I’ve been using more
chutneys and other embellishments to my lean proteins, which do contain some sugar…NOT good, as well as
allowing weekend wine to sometimes put in an appearance mid week if I’ve made something special for dinner.
I’ll be devastated if my newly acquired size small clothing begins to get a little tight, so I’m serious about addressing
this now. Speaking to others everyday keeps this always forefront in my mind, and the weekly thread keeps me
committed. I think of Esnecca and her trademark phrase, “Not One Step Backward!”. Can’t you just hear her
pronouncing it? I can. 🙂
Staples now out, V.? That must feel liberating. Stay in your positive frame of mind! It’s doing great things for
you, and keep us updated on your progress in recovery…We care! 🙂
Talking about carbs I’ve been guesstimating the weight of my food these last few days and the results are quite shocking. I have been having a couple of crispbreads and two tiny satsumas each day and they have pushed my carbs to close to 50g! I know that if I just cut out those two items I’ll drop to closer to 30g which is the level at which I’m most comfy. Sometimes it just takes a few little tweaks to get everything under control. Can’t wait to get back on the scales again, hopefully, by the end of this week then I’ll know the real damage!
It certainly has been hard to keep up with all the posts this week – seems to have been crazy busy. Like you Allie, I try to pop in for an update a few times a day, when possible.
Yes, I think it has been the hidden sugars in condiments and the like, which have been tripping me up too. And wine/alcohol occasionally – like when we were in Marrakesh, when I confess I did drink some alcohol everyday. I try not to drink alcohol at home – yes, it happens occasionally but I do try to make a conscious effort to avoid it. I think for me, it’s not just a case of keeping the carbs down though, if I want to discard pounds, I have to pull the calories down as well and they have for sure crept up, as this current exercise has shown me. Getting them back down far enough is going to be my main challenge I think and certainly hasn’t been proving easy.
Yes, I remember Essneca’s “Not one step backward.”, it’s a good motto to live by if we don’t want things to slide. However, you are absolutely right that staying with the forum, helps to keep what we should be doing well focused in our minds. No way do I want to have to buy larger clothes again or have to hide in baggy coverall garments like before, so good maintenance is essential and the weekly thread is a great way of staying on track. We can definitely get that wriggle room back Allie, step by step together.
Thank you all so much for your kind comments, especially you Marsie – isnt it strange that we both fell off the wagon last summer and now have returned virtually at the same time. It must be an omen to us both to support each other let’s hope that this time we will succeed.
Busybee, both you and Marsie have succeeded before and you will again and we’re all here to support you both in the endeavour. What happened last summer stays in last summer, eyes forward and march on!
The Week is done ! Lie in tomorrow ! Wishing everyone a great weekend whether you are roasting in the sunshine or shivering in the sleet and snow.
The weekend can be quiet on the thread but we hope you find a few minutes to check in.
Just a little shout out to new members :
Helen , stay with us .
Nee ? How are you doing ? Keep walking past the pub 😉
Catherine ..are you resisting Wrecking Hour ? Catherine is not ‘ new’ but very determined !
Frankie13 has gone quiet ? Come back any time…
HorsegateSavannah …are you ok ?
Mariet are you still with us ?
How did your Week go, Amz ? Stay strong
So pleased you are recovering well, Verano …any weight discard will just be a bonus !
I am still holding out hope that Eclectic will come back.If you are reading this, Eclectic we would love to see you back among us.
I haven’t forgotten the ‘regulars ‘ on here . You are always a massive support and inspiration .You are what makes this thread such a special place xx
SO it is Friday and the end of Week 3 for me – without a hitch so far. And also my first day off work for a fortnight. I have a few challenges in the week ahead – and I wonder how you all approach this kind of thing. It is a nice problem to have but this weekend I hav ebeen invited to Brighton for a night – they do know I am on this diet – but it does take the fun away not being able to enjoy the food and wine alongside other guests. And then on Tuesday I am attending an evening event in the city of London – with a formal meal. I have survived the past two weeks of working abroad without temptation but it is a little wearing knowing that I have to maintain this for at least another 6 weeks. How did you all keep going? The weight loss so far is encouraing me and I have an imoportant motivation BUT it is still tricky…
Yes Wendleg I’m still here and keeping focused thanks to all the posters.
Like others I find the traffic on the thread a bit daunting to respond to but I do appreciate reading all the posts. I’m very happy to see some old familiar names appearing again as well as the newcomers.
I’ve been off work for a week and another week to go after a procedure on my feet which has meant I am only able to do about 4000steps, way down on my normal activity but I’m delighted to say it’s not affecting my progress. In fact I’m discarding weight more quickly than when I’m more active, go figure.
Today is Australia Day here and a challenge as we’re going to watch a friend’s gig at a pub, all afternoon and evening with great music and food and drinks flowing. Oh well, I’ve resisted before, I can do it again! Can’t even use the excuse of driving as we have accommodation there. It’s going to be hot, 41 (106) so I’ll want lots of water anyway.
Enjoy the weekend all, whatever you are doing 😊
Hi Mariet, I also find the traffic here too busy for me to keep up with. I totallly get it. Good luck!
Hi wendleg! Thank you for the pom pom waving!! A long time ago now I discovered differing energies, excuses, negativity and positivity in words AND behaviours we use every day 🙂 Over the years, by altering my vocabulary and outlook, I am much free-r mentally and emotionally. Reaching for the draft works for another example, first word coupling I read – (for the first time in a long time) . . . gave me goosebumps . . . “Admission/Decision”. Its all very well to make an admission . . . first step. When you first actually admit to something . . . AND it may take some gumption to do so! because we may “think” or even “believe!!!” it is distasteful to do so . . . but like most things . . . when all is said and done it doesnt seem so bad after all!!! The arrival of a certain amount of relief buoys us. This helps us to actually face and make a decision as to where to go AFTERWARDS! That is where we need to go to find the/our real strength. Then with that outcome, comes (a measure of) self-respect, self-esteem, resolve and knowledge. (Maybe how to do things even better with a little tweaking!!!) Those things dont come without or even with the admission alone. Just like in the journey we are all sharing here 🙂 Every day I read of someone doing exactly this . . . Admission/Decision. And Id like to know if they are aware of the depth of their actions – (which may be just mental musings!) . . . and what gift they are giving themselves every time they do it!!! Hope this helps someone to see actions whether they be physical or mental from a different angle – go looking somewhere else which may be needing an admission then decision . . . and see it for what it is . . . a subtle unforeseen opportunity for personal gain which NO-ONE else need know about 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone!!!
Mariet! Aussie Aussie Aussie! ??? (Oi Oi OI I hear!)!!! Have a great time celebrating! Hope they have some fun stuff like Thong Throwing, cockroach races, backyard rules cricket to add to the atmosphere! Your post reminded me there are celebrations at a nearby beautifully restored old country pub to day. After checking out three venues yesterday – (two pubs and a cub) – I had a wonderful lunch with a longtime friend yesterday. In all three venues, it was SO difficult to find something on the menu which after 6 months of BSD-ing . . . was even sufficiently lowcarb to have me keep my resolve! ALL FABULOUS offerings one way and another . . . BUT everything seemed to involve crumbs or batter or had chips, mash or roasted veges attached . . . (half the meal!) – so I opted for a grilled chicken breast atop a rocket, feta and quinoa salad. Able to put MOST of the quinoa aside . . . I thoroughly enjoyed the outing and the (well chosen) meal. With my return visit to endo in two weeks still having me on tenderhooks to present as well as possible – I dont believe I had too much of a reaction to the different and unusual amount of carb from my regular day . . . but will be doing my best to busy today and see if I can get to lunchtime for a 14hr fast – just in case. Happy Australia Day to all the Aussie posters on the BSD train 🙂
Hello there 8weeks!!!! well done on your achievements thus far and we know you will do your best to make decisions to your benefit when faced with choices 🙂 Yes this thread is one week at a time but sometimes it even comes down to one hour at a time . . . if it is seen as a challenge to kinda “beat the system or circumstances at the time!!!” you may well succeed in mind training quicker. IF everytime you are faced with a meal decision you “succumb” with oh well a little wont hurt . . . or . . . wont matter . . . or will have to do . . . then the transition will be LONGER and more painful. Body will adapt to . . . oh well Ill just “push” in THAT direction for THAT tasty morsel and I KNOW ILL GET IT! Yippee!!! Ive been told Im stubborn, determined and strong willed . . . and maybe I am because I found by choosing close as possible, denial or abstaining altogether when faced with an antiBSD decision . . . (one day I just had two coffees for lunch out with a friend who ate what she chose!!!) – this worked for me. When I go to the supermarket now, as I browse the aisles . . .if I glance at the cereals or biscuits sections – I can feel a distinct reaction in my body and mind – simultaneously. I just keep walking. SO one step at a time sometimes will be collectively later on 🙂 Keep up the good work and keep visiting please 🙂
Mariet! Have a wonderful celebration of the day! Sounds like GREAT fun and yes typically Aussie summer heatwave temp will be daunting! Hope there is some shade or crossbreezes for respite!
Oops, thanks Wendleg for reminding me that it is the clever woodduckie who introduced ‘discard’ to us. Thanks duckie.
As you say Mariet, Australia Day. I’m about to go for a walk along West Coast Drive, beach side. It’s so much fun on this Day – many families on the grassed areas adjoining the beach (Sorrento beach, 5mins walk from home, lucky me) having breakfast, sharing the BBQs, playing cricket, just sitting and chatting, lots of people down on the beach, the surf club kiosk open for coffees. This morning, too, a local group sets up a sausage sizzle/gold coin donation for charity and while I don’t indulge, the aroma of the bbqing sausages & onions is wonderful, lots of smiling faces all around, I love it. Mariet and other eastern staters, our forecast temp today is a good 10° lower than yours, so take care of yourselves over there.
I’d better stop writing now, if I’m ever going to have that walk 🙋