ONE WEEK AT A TIME, beginning January 8, 2019

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  • posted by alliecat
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    A new year and a new week, everyone! V. is in our thoughts, and I’m dedicating the upcoming week’s successes to
    her fighting spirit. This will be a “Wallie” effort, so please join us, one and all!

    aLLIE

  • posted by Nelliecat
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    Whoop whoop! Here we go!
    Best wishes to V in her recovery and to all of us trying to do our best on BSD.
    A good day today from my end, much more focused and on track, just feeling a little hungry but probably need to drink more.

  • posted by Californiagirl
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    This is the Wallie thread โ€” love the title!

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Hi all, not sure I understand the wallie title but I am keen to get back on with the plan. During the holidays (nearly 3 weeks away) I only gain 2lbs and another half since we got back. Back on it tomorrow with 8 weeks taking me to 5th March. With a total of 14 weeks before I go on my next holiday. If V is looking in, keep on keeping on…

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    Happy to join in, in tribute to Verano. I confess I will only be around a few days though, as we go to Marrakesh on Friday through to Tuesday. My commitment is to make good BSD choices whenever I can during my time away.
    Wishing everyone success during this week’s challenge.

  • posted by GangreneHeart
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    Hello, I’m going to join this time as well… Let’s continue to get along

  • posted by wendleg
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    Verano ! Allie and I ( Wallie ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) would never change the title of your thread.We will keep it going Week by Week in your honour as long as it takes .

    I don’t know if you are facing bilateral hip replacements which is quite daunting but if this allows you increased , pain free mobility after the fall that is a good thing.In my experience a hip replacement transformed my life as pre op I could not walk very far without pain or intense discomfort . Your surgeon knows you and I am sure will be well placed to treat you effectively. You definitely won’ t be on any endless NHS waiting lists ,thank goodness.
    Stay positive and yes, the trip to Asia was not meant to be right now but project yourself to the time when you wll be able to enjoy that trip with the comfort of being pain free.

    We will be here to give you all the support you need V . Update us when you can.If we could send food parcels we would !

    Take good care
    Wendy

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    Hi all,
    Thanks for setting up the thread Allie and Wendy on behalf of Verano. Verano hope the hip op all goes well and your not in too much pain. Hoping the Asia trip is rescheduled and something to look forward too! You sound positive with it all and thanks for those vibes.

    Goodheart thanks for sharing re your family that must have been tough that’s pretty much what my hubby went through. It really is a physical manifestation of a mental health illness. Its a hard one but with support and help I know we got this. Thank you for all your well wishes. My FIL it’s up and down he’s have a good couple of days so ๐Ÿ™
    Health is so important and something I take for granted. So here’s to good health for all ๐Ÿ˜˜

    Unfortunately, all that wine and non BSD foods means ๐Ÿ˜ฌ gain too embarrassed to say how much but I’m just going to have to start again. I have found this festive period tough and stress emotional eating is a habit I’m struggling with. But logging in with you folks always helps. 2019 some time for me to focus on losing and being a healthier me. So here I go again…

  • posted by Marsie
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    Thanks for the set-up WALLIE, appreciated.
    Starting this week at 62.8kg. As a 5ft nothing shorty this remains well outside my “normal” weight range. My aim is to get closer and to lose some of the swim rings I’m still carrying around – not necessarily this week, but working towards it.
    Need focus…. focus…. focus….
    Good wishes all.

  • posted by Butterlover
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    Hi .Im in this week after reading MM’s new book and keeping it close at hand I want to loose at least 1kg as his book states is easily possible. Starting wt 87.2 kg Now to stay on track and keep busy. Cheers to All

  • posted by caronl
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    Hello everyone, and welcome in particular to the newcomers and returners! I’m in for this week, though on my travels from Thursday so I may not be around much. Wishing everyone a successful time.

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Day 1 and had my weight done. Over the next 8 weeks I want to lose a total of 6kg but starting with 1kg this week.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Well done to those who achieved a weight loss last week. Disappointingly, I am not one of that merry band this week and I am starting the week half a pound up on my start weight last Tuesday. This means I am now 1.6lb over my target weight.

    I’m conscious that I need to make a concerted effort now, so to this end I have eaten early this evening and am aiming for a 24hr overnight fast tomorrow, which should be manageable. I am hoping that this will mitigate the damage of the last week and as we are away for a few days over this w/e, I will be very cautious on Thursday and then over the w/e period, will be applying the BSD principles as tightly as I can.

    Next week, once we are home, I will be starting the 800/20 again, as I have to get under target weight again before we go back to Turkey in April.

    Best wishes to one and all for a successful week.

  • posted by happyitsworking
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    Thanks for setting this up Allie. I will join in on the weekly challenge. Last week was off to a good start for me, lost all of the weight I gained over the holidays.

    Hope everyone is having a good day.

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    Congrats caronl and sunshinegirl.I know the relief of having the reassurance of permanent residency. I have both French and British passports but it was a long, laborious process.

    A few thoughts : I have been reading lots about how to achieve success in a new weight loss rรฉgime and I thought I would share a few ‘tips’ We can all struggle with motivation at times or feel discouraged . Maybe the following will help you to stay focused.

    1) Take the time to write down the reasons you want to lose weight ( for health, to look better, wear smaller clothes, reverse T2, be more mobile etc etc) Collect all the reasons and list them on a piece of paper/card/in a notebook and make a conscious effort to read them several times day , particularly when you find yourself struggling with cravings, temptation or sabotaging thoughts.Don’t let those thoughts convince you that it’s ok to eat a certain(off plan) food.

    2) Eat sitting down to avoid impulse eating and spontaneous munching (me and the almond jar !!) No sneaking of titbits from the fridge as you walk past

    3) Ask yourself if a moment or two of pleasure of eating a certain food is more important than losing weight

    4) Give yourself credit .Try not to be too self-critical. Say positive things to yourself..build your confidence. You are fabulous ๐Ÿ˜‰

    5) Eat slowly and mindfully. Give your brain time to get the message that you are full.Focus intently on the food, flavour and texture. Minimize distractions when you eat.
    6) You are more likely to succeed if you accept this is a long term way of eating, not a quick fix.

    Simple tips but sometimes simple ideas are effective. I will let you know if I pick up any more .

    So glad to see you posting Eclectic. You have had many stresses to deal with. I hope you can find some time for you. We are always here to support you . Keep going Amz, Nelliecat,Marsie,sunshine-girl, Butterlover.

    Enjoy your trip to the Uk caronl and tell us all about Marrakesh Sunny B !
    I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone !
    Wendy x

  • posted by wendleg
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    Sorry ! Hi happyitsworking ! Well done for losing the holiday weight !

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    Violinist( Catherine), Squidge, WoodDuckie, KrysiaD, SueBlue, Julia, greenjanet

    Hope you find the way over to this new weekly Wallie thread.

    Hope all is well with you JGwen

    …and of course Verano you are always in our thoughts.

  • posted by happyitsworking
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    Wendleg some great tips.

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    Hi Allie, and all posters here ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes a new year and a new week . . . youngest “child” is 47 today, and Im reflecting on not only how fast, but where those years have gone! But this heading spurred me to comment and ask direction please. I dont normally have scales around but as Im pet/house-sitting elsewhere, and there ARE scales here . . . I ventured to investigate. Despondency has been the result. Feel like Ive played snakes and ladders and landed on a snake!!! Two kilos up since 6 weeks ago. Seemingly unexplained and Im asking advice or ideas please. As family and friends were all on separate missions during the holiday time . . . I was alone travelling/visiting and there were no extravagant or calorie/carb speedhump Christmas celebrations to deal with . . . Ive definitely not exceeded the now well “mentally gauged” calories nor carb intake anywhere – (mostly only eating 2 meals a day – and then I wouldnt call them meals! – all ingredients are my chosen tried and true BSD friendly things as after 6 months I’ve sorted out what I like, is “GoldStar” choice for me and I dont think any other way!!! PLUS . . . its been too hot to eat . . .) The past 5 days Ive drunk more water, cold tea and coffee than ever before – also due to the extreme heatwave we Aussies have had tossed up to us . . . so Im very curious as to what might be the reason for this gain. Food on offer for this week while Im not at home . . .? Bagged mixed kale salad, leek, off the bone ham, atlantic salmon portion, avocado, a brie type cheese, full cream milk and pure cream, eggs, raspberries, blueberries and cherries. (Im not a lover of fruit so these are more for having two or three of each with coconut yoghurt if I feel like a sweet or cool thing. Any ideas please friends?

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    Hi woodduckie, I have two sets of scales but only use one because the other one consistently weighs me 2-3kg heavier! I wouldnโ€™t pay any attention to it. Theyโ€™re all calibrated a little differently. Stick with how your clothes fit and measurements and keep on keeping on ๐Ÿ˜Š donโ€™t let it spoil your headspace.

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    Thank you for that reminder Mariet. Clothes are fine . . . in fact SO MANY pieces have been recycled Ive started to realise just how much overtime Ive hoarded things Ive liked but which were unsuitable or unwearable ๐Ÿ™‚ Many have been grateful for their “changes!!” However . . . as I dont keep records of measurements . . . can only go on specialist visit mid October and tape doesnt lie . . . just one centimetre less than mid October . . . better than the same guess ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe its just fluid retention as feet are swollen today in this debilitating humid heat. Just focus on doing whats been holding me in good stead for 6 months . . . accepting this may be where my body is happy and . . . soldiering on ๐Ÿ™‚ Almost at the 3/4 of a century mark, I think demands, directions, orders and rules can be relaxed a little to enjoy each hour of each day to the fullest. No two of us are the same . . .not even siblings ๐Ÿ™‚ Again thanks for the scale info ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes so much sense.

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    I’m finding it difficult to get back on track with my eating… But I keep trying despite my failure. I find it easier when I plan this ahead. So Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday are my fast days…. And also when I work on C25K. The rest of the week I will walk an hour and do strength training (except on Friday probably.) my food goal is still 800 calories and less than 20g carbs. I go back to the menu I previously made. I’m around 179/180…. I still want to work towards my goal of regaining the ground I had won in December, namely the low 160s. I also want to make an effort to be more active on the forum, which I know will encourage me. Hope everyone is well. Night.

  • posted by JGwen
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    Hi Woodduckie,
    The scale tells us our total body weight. It tells us how much fat mass, muscle mass, bone mass and water mass our bodies are composed of.
    Apparently its normal for a bodies to fluctuate in weight by upto 5 lbs during the day, all of which is due to fluctuations in water levels and contents of digestive system.
    If you are not feeling like eating, so are having periods of fasting you will have increased levels of growth hormones, with will be helping the body heal, creating thicker bones, stronger muscles in response to any work you have been doing.
    I no longer focus on the scales as a guide to progress. My results over the last month has been one inch down on both waist and hips, and 1kg gained. ! So be it.

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    JGwen thank you so much for that comprehensive, informative reply in response to my post. It was greatly appreciated and very comforting. In future, Ill be doing my best not to knee-jerk react, just allow whatever is . . . and get on with doing what is working for my overall well-being in general. Again sincere thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Hi all. Wendleg I loved your post. I reckon you must be an excellent teacher – a good eye for each of us, and your 6 Thoughts are a very good basis. There are two I would add:
    1) ask WHY we want to eat something. I have a mental “TUBA” checklist: do I really want this or am I Thirsty, Unhappy, Bored or Angry? I must have picked it up somewhere along the way, on one of the many diets. I am not claiming ownership! If the snack passes that test, then I try to enjoy it mindfully!
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    2) if you slip up, don’t berate yourself. Don’t write off the whole day. Dust yourself off and press on. Think of yourself driving. If you get a speeding ticket, you don’t then jump the lights as well!

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    Lots of good ideas, tips and reminders Wendy, Jgwen and Caronl, there’s so much going on physically and mentally, I really like your TUBA checklist Caron, I’m going to try and remember that.
    WoodDuckie, my scales at home weigh me in at around 6lbs heavier than when I use my Mum’s so although mine say heavier I try not to take any notice of everyone else’s! You sound like you’re doing all the right things. I know I swell up in the heat so maybe it has got something to do with that. Send some heat this way, had to de-ice the car this morning and the cold is making me grumpy.
    Am trying to do my accountancy homework but as you can see I’m getting sidetracked ๐Ÿ˜ much prefer to be on here!

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    Hello all, recognise most of the names so shout up if you are a newbie. Lots of good tips from Wendleg and JGwen. The comment about scales and other measurements reminds me that when I was in the UK in September I was at the gym which has a Boditrax system and measures everything from weight to bone density, fat mass, BMI, water content and muscle mass along with other bits. I set myself several goals for my return at Xmas and was pleased to have reduced my BMI, weight and fat mass but was surprised to see I had also reduced muscle mass and bone density. Food for thought as I had been doing weights for my arms but I had cut out aerobics and taken up yoga. I think a bit of everything might be needed – especially keeping up with the aerobics while I dont get to swim so often in the colder months.

    I set myself a goal of 6kg in 8 weeks when I logged yesterday. I suddenly thought it was too much but then I read some tips from DrM in the Sunday paper (always get it late) where he says to set high goals. I find if I set a lower goal I can reach that in say 5 weeks so spend the next 3 weeks just messing around and giving myself some leeway. So I am sticking with 6kg and will keep on pushing. The advice doesn’t apply to exercise as you cannot go from couch potato to marathon runner without a longer lead in.

    Have a good day everyone.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Hello All – some excellent hints and tips here – useful ideas and many of them ring true for me, as I’m sure they will for others.

    What I would add though, is we all have to find what works for us personally – for instance, I only ever weigh myself on my scales and first thing in the morning wearing nothing, if I forget in the morning, it has to wait to the following day; I find setting mini-goals which are quickly attainable, more motivating than setting big goals and I need to consciously check my self-speak for self-sabotaging negativity. But that’s me, I’ve learnt these are things I need to do to keep myself motivated – for others there may be other approaches which work best for them.

    caronl – your TUBA list is one that I might well use in future, as I do try to check whether or not I really need it, when I’m tempted to have a little unplanned something and your list would make a good addition to that evaluation.
    Woodduckie – the calibration on scales can be hugely different, so if you are not using the same one each time, I wouldn’t worry about the results. Especially as your clothes are telling a different story. And of curse, our weight fluctuates day on day anyway – fluid retention, slow transit, etc. etc. – what I’m saying is ‘one swallow does not a summer make’, or in this case, one scales result does not provide your full weight picture.
    GH – looks like you have a good solid plan for moving forward. Write off the gain to experience, the thing to be gained by beating yourself up about it is negativity and that is destructive. You know you can get back to the 160’s, because you did it before and you have the tools to get back there – which is just what your plan speaks of.

    Yesterday I was feeling disheartened and quite negative, but after a chat with myself, eating early last evening and powering through a day of fasting today, I’m feeling more positive and back on track. We’ll all get there, facing in the right direction and one step at a time.

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    Right it’s Motivation with Wallie time !
    Amz โ€ฆ.I am going to be very direct with you. I think you should ban the word failure from your vocabulary . Nobody fails .Relax ! I have said this before..you have a life time to be healthy so stop putting so much pressure on yourself to be a certain weight, certain size by a certain time.
    It will happen but not if you are frantically chasing unrealistic goals.
    I agree.Forward planning is helpful.Are you logging your foods ? Being aware that you will be writing it down might help you to avoid unplanned foods. Don’t be too self-critical. If you eat something unplanned just get back on with your day. Remember you have been ill and your body needs healing time.Listen to it.
    Ease off on the scales a bit to give yourself time to catch up your December weight loss.No panic !
    I like to do occasional fasting during the Week too but it’s not set in stone.
    You are doing lots of exercise so congratulate yourself for that. You show great determination. It will relieve the stress too.
    You have also shown courage in not giving up and you are in the right place here whenever you need a bit of support and TLC. Yes, please keep posting and reading the excellent advice on here.
    I am sounding a bit bossy now but please believe me it is done in the spirit of support and encouragement. All the very best Amz xx
    What is C25K ?

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    I really appreciate the sound , sensible advice on the thread. SunnyB , JGwen, caronl you are WALLIE motivational super stars ! I am sure the advice will be invaluable to anyone feeling a bit discouraged or negative right now and that is the spirit of our amazing forum. Woodduckie you have had some tremendous results with your blood tests and other markers and you should be PROUD of yourself. Don’t let the scales diminish any of your fantastic successes. JGwen is spot on as always.

    Remember that each and every one of us has made the monumental decision to lose weight and to be healthy and that has to be celebrated. Don’t let the scale fluctuations get you down. Banish the negativity. You are taking charge and as SunnyB says we have to find what works for us and that means a bit of trial and error . It’s not a question of ‘failure’.
    Thanks caronl for the TUBA tip ! Something I read recently was about differentiating between true hunger, desire for food because it is around and cravings. I have definitely struggled with this in the past when I feared being hungry. I am not afraid of it anymore because I know there is no danger. Occasional fasting actually helps me connect with true hunger and it is a lot more manageable than I thought it would be.

    Is anyone struggling with cravings ? They do become less intense and it is very empowering not to give in to them .

    Sending a big hug to everyone., especially Verano x

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    Good morning WALLIE-WONDERS!!
    Wendleg, you are such a down-to-earth cheerleader โ€” such solid support โ€” I agree with your comment that fasting teaches us an understanding of โ€œtrueโ€ hunger โ€” after I had learned to fast, I could easily identify REAL hunger as opposed to Caronlโ€™s TUBA hunger (tired, inhappy, bored, angry).
    I am like so many people here, I use, and have used, food for emotional support and to relieve boredom and anger โ€” which was a big part of my journey to losing the weight. Fasting helped me in all those areas. I discovered I could find different things to address those issues, rather than uncontrolled eating. So fasting has huge psychological benefits too.
    WoodDuckie, I agree, we should relax and live, even while on BSD โ€” itโ€™s NOT โ€œall or nothingโ€ every single day. That black and white all or nothing thinking pattern is part of what we have to learn to modify โ€” some days we will manage a โ€œperfectโ€ BSD day, and other days we will eat something off-plan. The key is to avoid the โ€œwell now Iโ€™ve blown it, so I will just go back to eatingโ€ mind-set.
    The great thing about this way of eating (WOE) is that it works even when we do it imperfectly!
    Hello to Goodheart, Sunshinegirl, SunnyB โ€” whereโ€™s Allie?

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    I’m here, julia, straggling in late because my laptop went beserk overnight! Waiting for the good/bad
    news from our I.T.guy, as to whether or not I have “killed off'” another device.. I’m older and wiser
    now, and at least we have insurance. ๐Ÿ™‚

    All wonderful thoughts and suggestions today, from WALLIE World! WoodDuckie, high humidity
    certainly does promote fluid retention for some of us. You are doing everything right,
    so try not to allow the scales to affect your good spirits and accomplishments to date. They
    are stellar ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amz, I think Wendy is right. You may be putting too much pressure on yourself by having
    preconceived ideas about what your scales should show by a particular date. Some of us
    lose weight consistently, and others are subject to fits and starts. That’s why we always refer
    to a learning curve here, and it’s only with time and practice that we learn how to influence
    our particular bodies for optimal outcomes. Getting healthy and staying healthy is a marathon
    and not a sprint, and 2 1/2 years in, i’m still learning new things each day! We’re all a work in
    progress ๐Ÿ™‚

    Very interesting post, Caron! There are numerous self help 12 step programs this side of the
    pond. One well regarded one is AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), and suggests that newly sober
    individuals use “H.A.L.T.’ as an acronym. When one is contemplating giving in to cravings, it’s
    often helpful to ask yourself first if you are really either Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. Same
    principle, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sunny, i don’t want to leave it to the last minute, so i’m wishing you a fantastic getaway to
    marrakesh! Gather up some wonderful spices while you are there. xx

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    Awww thanks Julia. Wallies are always happy to help ! Don’t forget I benefit tremendously from all the support , advice and general kindness on the forum as well as the humour. It’s great to feel part of a Community , all of us looking out for each other . Like Allie I am learning all the time . What have you done to your computer again ?? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Caronl you must be packing and getting ready for your trip to the Uk. I hope there are no pesky drones hovering above Heathrow or Gatwick. Have a great time.

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    Good afternoon. Thanks for all the encouragement, support, and tough love. I admit I am a pessimistic person when I encounter setbacks. I get flustered and frustrated…. But I want to change that and focus on positive happenings. Using TUBA OR HALT I think we’ll be super helpful for me…. One habit I want to break is eating the leftovers. I’m from a very poor family and I hate the idea of wasting food so I feel very pressured into eating the leftovers instead of letting them be thrown away. From now on I’m going make smaller portions of the dinners I cook for my family and right away freeze half. That way it won’t go bad if they decide they don’t want to eat the same meal again a few days later. That will also help me on days when I’m pressed for time; I can just pop one of the entrees out of the freeze and reheat it.

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    Hi Amz ! That’s a great plan ! I understand about the fear of wasting food .That was instilled into us too (I am the eldest of 7 kids and waste was not an option in our family either) Freezing left over food is sensible as it saves you time and energy. That way you won’t be tempted to hoover up what is left.

    You are sounding more positive and that is the way to go.You can do this and you can always come on here when you are feeling flustered and frustrated. There will always be someone to help and advise and keep you on track.

    Noone is perfect.It’s trial and error for us all . We learn from any slip ups and that means we are better prepared to approach them next time.
    Keep going Amz !

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    The ‘ W’ element of Wallie was missing yesterday as I was Wacked Wendy !! I honestly had to think hard if I had truly only been back at work for 1 Week !!!!
    It’s good to have arrived at Friday with the prospect of a bit more sleep.

    How is everyone doing ?

    Thinking of caronl in the UK, Sunny B in Marrrakesh !

    Is it still cold Nelliecat ? Minus 3 here this morning. Hope you are keeping up with your accountancy homework ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Send us a lovely image of Florida Sunshine, Julia ! In the same vein,hope all is going well sunshine-girl ( like the name right now ;-)mariet,JGwen , WoodDuckie ………..
    Wallies would love to hear from Violinist( Catherine), Squidge, , KrysiaD, SueBlue, , greenjanet and happyitsworking !

    Eclectic !! Come back soon !!
    Verano ,we hope you are coping there . Any date for the op ? Lots of love from everyone on your thread

  • posted by wendleg
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    I have been catching up on the forums and I have spotted a few of you on Kazee’s thread and the Positive Thread so I am glad to hear you are trucking on ! xx

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    Still catching up !
    So sorry to hear you are feeling unwell JGwen. I hope the healthy Welsh outdoors chases away those flu bug and you are feeling better soon. You deserved a break after the busy festive season with your holiday lets.

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    Hello, I started on 6 January. I have got down from 111.1 to 107.3 (this morning). I guess that rate of weight loss will be hard to keep up.
    William

  • posted by wendleg
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    Hi qpp
    That’s a great loss and very motivating ! I lost 10kg in the first 8 Week BSD programme which is not unusual .10% of body weight is achievable so keep going !

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    Morning everyone !
    I am a bit shocked this morning as my weigh in showed I was 2 kgs down this week so creeping much closer to the 12 stone bracket . My weight loss had been much slower after the initial 8 weeks and the ensuing stretch up to Christmas but things are moving again. I am not expecting to lose that much every Week but I suppose it’s due to being back in my usual work routine and away from that dreaded almond jar and dark choc lurking in the kitchen !

    I am not suggesting this is the way to go but my Week has been like this
    I always eat brunch on Sunday and dinner following BSD /low carb
    I never eat breakfast as it is too early for me and I am not at all hungry then.
    I fasted all day Monday and ate at 6pm on Tuesday. This sounds a bit extreme but OMAD is pretty standard for me so doing a longer fast was not that difficult. Being at school means lots of work to do and no temptations.
    I had a delicious dinner on Tuesday evening. Full fat Greek yoghurt and a few berries and chia seeds is always part of my day. As is a square of choc at least 85% with an espresso coffee ;–) I drink LOADS of green tea as you know !!!
    Wednesday I work until midday so I have lunch and dinner .

    I then fasted all day Thursday and had dinner on Friday.

    It sounds a bit scary but honestly I feel great. I recognise hunger and I enjoy my healthy BSD /low carb meals .

    The weekend is always brunch after a lovely lie in and dinner.

    So keep going everyone and don’t let a stall or occasional blip set you back. Being healthy is not a luxury.We owe it to ourselves ! I told Kazz yesterday I am going to be FABULOUS when I retire ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ and hopefully running after my grandkiddies ๐Ÿ˜‰ I keep banging on about them don’t I ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I am off to make a pot of green soup now !
    Wallie wishes for a great weekend and check in when you can xx

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    Verano posted an update on the January 1st thread.Here it is !

    Just a quick update โ€ฆ I thought I would use this thread rather than โ€˜sullyโ€™ another thread with my issues. Anyway have had a quick look through some posts and delighted to see the enthusiasm is still bubbling away.
    So surgery over, surgeon pleased with his work , which is great because my femur and prosthetic were in a real mess. Starting to feel a little better just canโ€™t wait to get back on my feet again. Bizarrely itโ€™s possible, even after 6 surgeries on the same leg, that my overall outcome will leave me in a better position than before this last mishap โ€ฆ..Not that I recommend this course of action to anybody!
    Hope everyone is still walking forward one step at a time

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    posted by wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME: Tuesday January 1st 2019
    on 12 Jan 2019 at 10:06 in Fast 800

    Oh Verano I am so glad I spotted your post here !! ( There is a more recent weekly thread )
    You would NEVER โ€˜sully โ€˜a thread with your issues !!! We have all been anxiously waiting for an update.
    So glad your surgery was succesful and that is brilliant news that the outcome may be so much better for you !! So a positive in that fall !
    When can you leave hospital ? You will no doubt be looking at lots of physio ? I am sure you will be trying out those new spare parts very soon and I understand your impatience.
    Take good care V. I am so relieved your news is positive. We have all been thinking of you and wishing you well xx

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    Hi Everyone.so glad Verano is doing well.Im ok reading the new book has given me a bit more focus and feeling Im on top of what Im doing .On average Im loosing 0.3 kg every day when I eat properly so steady and stay focussed.I hoope you all have a great weekend

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    Oh Wendy, what a fantastic week you’ve had! You’ve certainly found the formula that works for you ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you so much for spotting V’s post, too, and reporting it here so we can all share the good news.
    I’ll travel over to that thread and post a message!

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    Hi all, not posting every day but reading all your posts as it is linked to my email. Sort of up and down week for me. The first 3 days I lost 3lbs and have stuck at that since. This diet is a live style for me being a diabetic but as we all know, life can get in the way like Xmas and holidays when I gained a bit of weight. My joining the thread is to fulfil the short-term goal of losing some weight but I still need to keep my BG steady. I have been looking at where it could have gone wrong and come up with the following. Normally I would never ever eat a starchy carb even if it is considered a ‘good’ one like wholemeal or brown etc. However, I did have a bowl of porridge (20g of oats) with some dried fruit and a few seeds. Looking at my logging it came in at nearly 300 cals and 50g of carbs – so that was a shock as I dont usually eat such things. Next I made a BSD chicken curry but decided to have a mini wholemeal pitta with it – shock again – the curry came in at 200 cals and 14 carbs and the pitta was 150 cals and 22 carbs. I think this is why my weight loss has stuck and it has also put up my BG, although only by a small amount. From now on I will continue to eliminate ALL starchy carbs and do as I have always done and been successful with in the past. Maybe the brown stuff is good for when I reach maintenance – one day but not right now.

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    Hi sunshine-girl
    I agree. I am not diabetic but I have not eaten any sort of bread , oats, grains or high carb beans and peas etc since I began BSD in September. It is trial and error but I prefer to have my carbs in the fruit and veg I enjoy. I don’t think it would work for me if I allowed myself ‘just a bit of bread” or some grains albeit wholemeal
    Good luck as you continue on your Journey !

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    Good afternoon, just poking in to say hello. I’m working hard on eating right and exercising, but also maintaining a positive attitude, which is actually the hardest of the three for me…
    Today I weighed in at 167.8, so I’m slowly trucking back to where I was. I’m feeling at lot better healthwise and I’m hoping that since the last bout of illness was so bad that I will be well for the next little while.
    I’ve tried to refocus myself on the reasons why I’m losing weight; keeping those in mind seems to help me stay in a better mood…
    I want to feel comfortable in my body and wear the clothes I want to wear. I want to be able to run around with my daughter and play soccer with my husband. I want to as healthy as possible, putting aside the limitations from my accident. I want to rebuild my confidence in myself and get over the shyness i have developed over the years to hide my weight. These thoughts Have really inspired me to continue forward.

    On and I bought myself a goal dress – a vintage beauty in medium (measures like a size 8.) I’ve been having fun the past few days looking for accessories and such. My husband is a painter and really influenced by impressionist artists like Monet so I think he will really like it too. Here, put the pictures on this site so you guys could see. FYI, the cutie in the dress is just the person who sold it on etsy.
    This week, my goal is to try to freshen up menu by adding new foods like cloud bread and onigiri.

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    Well done for maintaining a positive attitude Amz and it’s great that you are getting back to your pre illness weight. There have been lots of motivating posts lately with some very useful tips. Keep going and believe in yourself. Your health will continue to improve and your energy and confidence with be boundless. Focus on your goals . You will get there . We are proud of you !

    I love the sound of your vintage dress ! No links to pictures though ?? I love Etsy ( Allie does too !) It’s a fantastic site , bursting with creativity.

    Have a great Week !

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    Amz, I think you have turned a corner, and this delights us all! I think you are focused on the positives
    and personal growth, and are now seeing this process as completely within your power to achieve the results
    that you are seeking. I know you will succeed if you travel along with us, and do it one meal or one week
    at a time. If home front support is sometimes lacking, trust that we are always here for you. You will amaze
    yourself! STAY in touch, and Wendy and I will continue with this thread until V. is back. I just love the
    weekly thread! We can all be successful for 7 days….Wallie power to us all ๐Ÿ™‚

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