ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning June 1st 2020

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    Hi Wendleg, Thank you for the welcome and great intro information! So far so good, this is day 3 proper, feeling energised and motivated at the moment ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
    Waitaminute thank you for the welcome- hope you feel better soon.
    And everyone else on the thread, fascinating stuff, thank you x

  • posted by Bryla
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    Hi friends! A big welcome to you, Tulip. You are definitely in the right place. These folks have helped me more than they will ever know to change my life for the better. Those 3-4 stone will bite the dust, but I suggest focusing on the first few pounds and then you will be well on your way before you know it.

    So sorry to hear about the sickness, Waitaminute. Hope it eases off quickly. Great news about that 1/2 inch disappearing!

    Your activity levels put me to shame, ArcticFox! I haven’t been as dedicated with the exercise bike lately, so the penny has dropped that’s something I should be doing more of to boost my sense of wellbeing. Glad you are feeling the benefits.

    Julz- I realise you are spot on about the early excitement fading. Definitely true for me now I am working on maintenance. I think I need to find some clear goals for improving my strength to reset a bit. I have done some gentle routines with weights the last couple of days which has felt good.

    Great work Olive! You must be so chuffed. Although I find it irritating not having many clothes that fit, I love that for the first time it’s because everything is too big, not because I can’t squeeze in!! I would bet that it won’t be all that long before you are needing another size down again. I don’t have any experience of the same types of addiction as you (maximum kudos to you for your recovery), but I share the view of Dr Cywes about starchy carbs operating like a harmful drug for me. I just don’t want to open the door to them even a crack because they had such a hold on me for so long. I keep going back to Dr Cywes saying that every snack is an emotional event and it makes so much sense to me. Food will never fill the emotional gap for me, so like you I need to find other ways to take care of my emotional needs. We can do it!

    Love to everyone x

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    PS I made Esnecca’s chia pudding last night. I used coconut milk rather than cream. Yum! Very filling, satisfying and straightforward to make. I will try to track down some coconut cream for the next batch, I think.

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    Rosyapple your post made me smile! Good on you, so chuffed for you. I’m sitting on the 16lbs down too, weigh in on Saturday – I’m nervous as its been a ropy week.

    Welcome Tulip, glad you are feeling energised and upbeat after 3 days – you are through the hard part of making the initial change. Prepare to feel good and keep enjoying it!!

    I’m feeling good today, thats me done 36 hours of fasting and its been enlightening which what i hoped for. I’ve kept a diary, noting what i drank and when and how i felt. Interestingly, there has been the odd hunger pang or rumble but it is not exponential – i am no hungrier now than i was at 10:30 yesterday morning. Getting through the evening without eating was a big milestone for me and it felt good, despite being a fairly quiet night. All i’ve had since Tuesday evening is black coffee, water and one coffee whizzed with a teaspoon of coconut oil – which, by the way, was lovely!!! I had planned breakfast this morning, but it feels just like any other morning and I dont usually eat until lunchtime so I’ll just see how it goes. Marginally concerned once i eat i’ll open the flood gates but i have pointed out to myself that i am no more hungry than normal so therefore dont need to eat more than normal – i dont need to compensate, just eat as normal today.

    Me and hubby did a boxing workout on monday – we havent done a HITT type thing in a while, since gym closed, and although my cardio felt good (presumably due to running and walking) my legs are still stiff – its been a while since we’ve done weighted squats and burpees. I’m finding that amusing, but it does mean we have exercised less in the last two nights – I’m not sure if we should keep planning HIIT or go back to walking as at least it is very sustainable, if a little dull and un-inspirational in the colder wetter evenings! I think i will run today or tomorrow.

    Have a good Thursday lovely peoples

  • posted by ADD6605
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    Hi,I started Fast 800 last year in March.Lost 18lb but unfortunately โ€˜foundโ€™ most of that and now have about 2 stone I would like to discard.I have been reading posts on this forum on and off since last March but this is first time Iโ€™ve posted.I have restarted fast 800 many times this year and,even though I havenโ€™t managed to stick to it yet,I know this way of eating suits me and I felt miles better whilst I was following it.I found Birdy76โ€™s enthusiasm last year very inspirational when she started posting around the same time as I started reading the forum and hope to muster up some of that enthusiasm myself!

  • posted by zuzuvela
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    Hello everyone, I’m firmly back on track after not feeling very well for a few days. I noticed that I probably wasn’t taking in enough salt, plus drinking a lot in the warm weather. We’re cooking everything from scratch so there’s not much added salt. After upping the salt a bit, I’m feeling much better.

    I measured my waist again yesterday and it was 83cm, getting closer to the safe limit for women of 80cm. I measure myself occasionally when I order clothes online and my highest recent measure was 93cm, so this is a wonderful result. In addition to weight loss, I think the Pilates core exercises I’m doing are really helping.

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    Hello ADD6605, this is the third time I started Fast800/Blood Sugar Diet and the first time I lasted (I’m in the middle of Week 8 now and I’ll continue until mid-July). For me the main thing is that it’s easier to stay on track due to the lockdown: no socialising, restaurants or not organising my food well enough at work. I know that’s not the same for everyone on this forum, but it makes me more motivated. Once life gets back to normal-ish, I know it will be harder, so that makes it easier for me to push myself.

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    Bryla – thank you – “every snack is an emotional event” – love this. I have noted it down and will remind myself of it frequently.

    Welcome to the world of posting ADD6605 – I did the same a read a lot before posting, and i was re-starting and re-starrting, since posting I feel much more committed and even if i have a poor day i reflect here and jump back in. Join in, you know it’ll help you feel good and keep close to the good way of eating.

    Zuzuvela – brilliant on the waist measurements, bet that feels great. Salt is important, its probably the only thing i actually crave, so i now purposely include it in my meals, even a wee twist on salads.

  • posted by ADD6605
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    Thanks zuzuvela and WindyJulz,when lockdown started I thought it would be ideal opportunity to really get started on Fast800 but Iโ€™m an emotional eater and found many excuses to come off the plan but now that Iโ€™m posting I definitely feel it will make me more committed and whilst lockdown still pretty much in place it will definitely help me for first few weeks.i found when I did the plan last year that the first week or so were hardest and then,amazingly,from then my cravings for sweet and carby things completely disappeared and I really believed that I could stick to this way of eating for life which is my goal.unfortunately as soon as I went off plan it snowballed and all of my cravings returned.

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    Waitaminute – hope you’ll be feeling better soon.
    Articfox – sounds like you’re doing great, really buzzing!
    Rosy – even if the dresses are a little snuggly right now, it shows things are progressing and they’ll soon fit fine.
    Julz – huge well done on the fasting. Doubt very much that you’ll go overboard on breaking it. The most I have done is 24hrs and find I can only eat very modestly afterwards.
    ADD6605 – welcome! I hope that we will be able to help you stay the course this time. I know sure, that I would not have got to target without the support provided on the forum. Just shout out if you have a question, or a wobble and someone will be along to assist.
    Zuzu – glad you are feeling better and great that your waist is shrinking …. a total of 10cm down is a brilliant NSV!

    Keep on keeping on folks!!

  • posted by wendleg
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    Hi everyone
    Hope you feel better soon Waitaminute , glad you have recovered zuzuvela. Yes we sometimes overlook the need to keep salt levels up.
    Well done on all the successes recorded !
    Welcome ADD6605 ..I have added you to the list of contributors !! Make this time YOUR time . I have given Birdy a shout out . She did have a few blips because she was trying to give up smoking as well as dealing with the weight issues but she had great results and we miss her too !!

  • posted by GreenGal
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    WindyJulz.. excellent job! I think itโ€™s so good to give our digestive systems a break and hopefully with a bit of extended fasting you will have kicked off some autophagy too, clearing out the dead cells and replacing them with shiny new ones. I know everyone has to find their own path and itโ€™s not for everyone but for me fasting or TRE as a compliment to the 800cal/20gcarb is really working for me. I am behind you on the scales, I am at 12lbs down, I am really hoping to hit the stone by Tuesday which is my weigh in.. I am doing a 23/24 fast today then booked in the gym tomorrow, Sunday and Monday so I have all the tools in place to get to my goal. Letโ€™s keep shuffling forward… we can do it!
    ADD6605 & Tulip – ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ I have been on and off this WOE too but lockdown is giving me a chance to really focus..and posting and reading the comments definitely helps.. it took me a few days to adjust to the 800 cals and 20-50g of carbs so donโ€™t be too hard on yourselves but I must admit tracking has been important for me because then you can learn the right portion sizes and see what you are eating and where you can tweak things to help you stay on track! Bon Chance!
    Bryla, I also was tempted to make the coconut chia pudding, any tips now you have made it? GreenGal ๐Ÿฅฆ

  • posted by gyllyb
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    Hello one and all….I’m into my first week of the Fast800 and ONE WEEK AT A TIME seemed a good place to get support and find fellow dieters! I have about 2 stones to lose, 67 years old, but already feeling the benefits of more energy and lift in mood. My main hurdle is shift and rota work (NHS) but I am feeling positive that I can find ways to fit the diet to suit my erratic working pattern. Any advice will be most welcome! Gill

  • posted by GreenGal
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    RosyA- so happy to hear about your loss, you stuck at it and your conquered your mountain, now for the next one.. weโ€™ll all be expert mountain climbers if we stick with this WOE! Happy days! X

  • posted by ADD6605
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    Thanks SunnyB,Wendleg,Greengal.Im going to log meals on MFP at start of each day as I think itโ€™s probably the best way to keep me organised.My username is from when I signed up to do Fast800 plan online (which I paid for then didnโ€™t stick to! ) and it wonโ€™t let me change it so I will just sign off Dawn

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Gyllyb – welcome to the weekly thread ๐Ÿ™‚. Sounds like you have a plan to help you get in the swing of things. Please yell out if you need advice or encouragement, one of us will offer a friendly hand. Remember to hydrate well, this is often a stumbling block …. it’s so easy to forget to drink enough, especially when we’re busy. It really is important for our bodies functioning at optimum though and so helps with weight loss.

    Don’t worry about your id ADD6605 / Dawn, we’re not concerned with that here๐Ÿ˜, we’ll get to know you regardless.

  • posted by wendleg
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    Hi gyllb !
    Welcome to our merry band.I posted a message for newcomers yesterday which hopefully will be helpful.It sounds like you are going to need to be pretty organised if your working hours are erratic. You want to avoid just arriving home and eating the fridge because you are so tired and hungry. Can you find time to plan meals in your hectic schedule ?
    All the very best to you xx

  • posted by Olive_1
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    Hi all, so much activity here this week. Welcome to all new joiners.
    The forum is playing up for me a little this week – didn’t take my post and can see it was then added twice. Also am not getting notifications from the forum (which is a shame as I like to get the reminders throughout the day). Let’s see if it works after this post.
    I’m having a hungry day. Started with not eating enough for dinner last night – had a fish soup which was lacking in fat and protein I think. This lead to me waking up super hungry in the middle of the night – awake for hours and finally gave in and had some Greek yoghurt with nuts and chia seed. However, this has disrupted my daily rhythm and I’m more hungry than usual. Am trying to drink lots of water + tea and will have a better dinner tonight (chicken and lentil salad with olive oil, perhaps some avocado).
    @windyjulz – what an achievement with such a long fast. Well done!
    I’ve only managed 18 hours, not that I’ve been hungry after that, but rather a little scared to continue. Perhaps I will take the plunge and try for 24 hours, inspired by you.
    Something Jason Fung said stuck with me, that hunger comes and goes when you fast, normally at the same times that you would eat. The hunger goes away just like if you have had a meal – and he was saying that you actually have had a meal – from your own fat reserves. It made me think about eating up myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Funny picture in my head ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Olive – thanks – I certainly found i was no more hungry after 24 hours than i was after 18 and no worse at 36. I just didnt let myself dwell on or visualise meals and kept it at the back of my mind. I had some yogurt and berries about 09:30 this morning, i waited until the 9am hunger pang left so the food was by choice not through caving to a mental hunger. I’ve since had an omelette for lunch and will have a salad for dinner. To be honest, my tummy is rumbling a bit already which just goes to show its mental / routine / perception….. I’ve visualised dinner already and started planning saturday nights meal…. i think that makes me rumble. The psychology is fascinating! I do like the idea of eating my own fat reserves instead of a meal – great visual association for a bit of hungry feelings!!

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    One of my downfalls with food is that I always ate even when I wasn’t hungry. I often felt full, even when waking up. When I did 5:2 a few years ago, what was a real revelation was to have an empty stomach and not to feel uncomfortably full. I much prefer that feeling now and I’ve also learned that it’s better for your gut to get a chance to “clean” things up.

  • posted by Tulip1
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    Hello, thank you for the warm welcome everyone! Today I faced the
    biggest challenge of the diet so far, and only on day 3- one of my colleagues made my favourite kind of cake, lemon drizzle, and I had to not take a piece!!! Tell me I did the right thing? I can’t see that eating any biscuits or cakes is compatible with the initial 8 week diet right??

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    No Tulip, biscuits, cakes etc. don’t feature in the initial 8wks, but just as importantly, also not really in the period following. Huge well done on resisting temptation and putting yourself before cake today. Good news is, that the longer we’re eating this way, the less appealing those old favourites become.

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    Hi Sunny B- thank you! And yes, I understand these changes need to be permanent, was thinking as an occasional treat in future, when calories are not so severely restricted (correct me if I am wrong tho)? But I felt it must be an absolute no no during the 1st 8 weeks.

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    Well done Tulip, top job saying no and keeping away from the cake. You do know it would only have tasted good for about 3 minutes then your blood sugar would spike, youโ€™d feel a bit tired and the youโ€™d feel bad for making a bad choice. You made a good choice, you are in control and chose for your health!!
    I find of I donโ€™t think about it or visualise it it imagine how it would have been then itโ€™s much easier. Honestly, you will find other food become more appealing…. cheese, berries, yogurt, crunchy green things…. I now look forward to them all, I just put cake right out my head, it is not an option.
    PS – donโ€™t watch bake off – it will not help. ;-P
    Anyway, just thought you deserved a pat on the back. Go you!!

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    Guess that depends on if you feel you can do so as a very occasional event, or if there might be a risk of it becoming permission to allow things to slide. I find I’m able to transgress occasionally, but I know others would not risk doing so …. and still others who would not approve ๐Ÿ˜‰!

  • posted by Butterlover
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    Hi Everyone.I just lost a long post.I can’t be bothered to rewrite it.Any way slowly changing my eating behaviour.Not much change on the scale yet .next week I will plan meals more and count calories etc.Im still randomly snacking on stuff e.g. potato crisps but I’ve not had bread or butter for 2days which is a great achievement.Next focus is to only eat at meals and planned snacks.I hope you are all doing well.never give up

  • posted by Waitaminute
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    Hi all,
    Feeling a 100% better than yesterday..๐Ÿ˜
    Well done Tulip on not eating the cake. It’s hard to get your head around the foods you considered so yummy and a necessary part of life, will eventually not be tempting. It does happen, it takes a little bit of time tho. My downfall was cheesecake.. I still love cheesecake but I’ve found keto friendly recipes and they are just as delicious and filling.
    There is an alternative to quite a lot of recipes and the majority are yummy.
    Well done butterlover on not having bread and butter for 2 days that in itself is a major achievement ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š
    Hey zuzu I think we have all eaten when not hungry. Mindless eating is what got us here..but now we have the skills to do mindful eating. I used to gulp down food as if there was no tomorrow, finishing first in any meal I’d eat with others..so embarrassing.. I don’t think I even tasted some things ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.
    Now I am last to finish..and I savor every bite, it’s so nice to actually taste the food in my mouth and feel full without feeling so uncomfortably full.
    Onwards and downwards beautiful people..it’s Friday yay!!!
    ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ–๏ธ

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    Hi everyone,
    I was struggling a bit with wanting to do some reward eating this evening. After all the cleaning yesterday and this morning I was feeling like I deserved something. Luckily there is nothing in the house that I would usually indulge in when this urge hits. No chocolate or carby food, and I even finished the last of the greek yogurt yesterday. Pre-Covid I would have taken the opportunity to run out to get something (like frozen pizza – my nemesis), but now I’m very careful to only go into shops when I absolutely have to, so it is really curbing my style in a much needed way. I almost, almost did use it as an excuse to go out, but I ended up making myself a ‘treat’ of some nut butter mixed with cocoa powder and stevia and had some slices of cheese as well. I pick up my weekly supermarket order tomorrow anyway, and there are some treats in there as well, but in the form of vegetarian sausages, a new variety of nut butter, some coconut milk for chia pudding, and a few kiwifruit, so not off plan at all. I think that is another positive to come out of Covid is that I have discovered that when I order ahead and pick up my shopping, I am not tempted to buy junk. Just shows how much impulse was affecting my weekly shop before. We’re just at the beginning of strawberry season here as well, so hoping to find some this weekend at one of the local farms.
    No exercise today other than the cleaning. I am exhausted from everything, so thing a day off will do me good. Plan for tomorrow is a run and some yoga. I have a work colleague who is an experienced hiker who has offered to hike a local mountain with me once the snow is all gone (probably in July sometime), and although it is fairly beginner friendly, it is also quite a steep climb, so I am motivated to get my fitness level up in a hurry!

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    Hi all! I must say i agree, Arcticfox, that lockdown has been quite a good thing for me re: temptations – no social events = fewer slip up and fewer moments of feeling deprived of forbidden treats that other people regard as just regular foods.

    In excellent news, i have crushed the goal i set for myself at the end of last weeks goal and hit my lowest weight yet!!!! Thanks for keeping me accountable. 17.75 lbs lost!

    Congrats to everyone seeing progress, scale and non-scale alike! One is usually followed by another ๐Ÿ™‚ When i see a change on the scale I feel a sense of achievement and ‘goal hitting’ which is very satisfying and when i see a nsv (no cravings, feelings of control, face looking sharper etc.) it is more of a wholesome, positive reminder of why I’m doing this in the first place ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Thank you all for the (no) cake support and omg yes I also love cheesecake….yes, hoping this will all help me make a really big change to me eating long term, clearly my body has finally protested that I have been not treating it well for a long time x

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    Welcome Dawn and Gill!

    Well done for steering away from the bread, Butterlover! French bread and butter in vast amounts was a major downfall for me for years. Don’t forget you can still enjoy butter in your diet, though. It’s a good source of the healthy fat that we need plenty of to feel satisfied.

    Greengal- I don’t really have any extra tips for the chia pudding. I just followed Ensecca’s instructions and they worked like a dream. I did put the coconut milk in the fridge for a good few hours as she suggested before combining everything. And I used an electric whisk for mixing.

    I’m really interested in how many of us (me included) have such a strong idea of certain food as treats and rewards and how powerful that concept of deserving something can be. As Julz said, the physical feeling of reward only lasts a few minutes before all the negatives start to kick in, yet we are still so easily seduced. I suspect that for me the feeling of deserving something is partly a sneaky trick used by carb and sugar monsters to hide their dastardly plans. Another lie they tell to get their own way! As an ex-smoker I can link it to the thought process of ‘deserving’ a cigarette, which I now know was just a way of justifying a behaviour that I always knew was harmful but wasn’t ready to face up to.

    I also recognise that for me, when I think I deserve something that isn’t good for me (or that I don’t actually need for nutrition) it can be because I am somehow feeling badly done to or unappreciated. Rather than pausing to appreciate that my efforts are to my advantage in some way, or that there is pride and a sense of achievement in having done a good job, my default has been to reach for food as some sort of validation. In my case it’s another example of eating my feelings. What I probably need and deserve is to go for a walk or play with the dog or whatever will actually nourish me in the emotional sense. That might not be true for everyone, but I guess it might chime with a few people out there. I know Dr Cywes talks about these ideas. For years I have eaten because I was sad, happy, tired, bored, disappointed etc. A response to every emotion really and a way of not engaging with those emotions, I now realise. I am getting better at noticing what I really feel and acting on that, but it’s a work in progress!

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    Hi everyone! Well done on all your achievements and revelations ๐Ÿ†
    Bryla, I for one use carbs because I think I am deserving of them BUT in reality I deserve more, ie not eating them! I can also use them out of boredom, sadness, loneliness, anger, frustration, basically when emotions are running high. I also think that somewhere I use them as a punishment, another reason to beat myself up and then use that as an excuse to eat more and more and more…
    There are also many associations with different types of carbs, icecream or fish n chips at the seaside, cake on a weekend, at my Nan’s or on a special occasion, salty and sugary things while watching a film and the good old PMT chocolate!
    I think this is the hardest aspect of this WOE because it’s so emotionally driven. I do feel fortunate on so many fronts though, I like real food, I enjoy cooking and I have a program (NA) that I rely upon regarding addiction. Again, ONE IS TOO MANY, A THOUSAND NEVER ENOUGH! That’s not to say that I’ve got it nailed though, this is a lifetimes work, one day at a time, making the best decisions so as we don’t cause harm to ourselves. I think it is helpful to look at it all in terms of reservations, what reasons do we hold on to that will somehow lead us to making bad choices somewhere down the road. These could be big things in our lives that we think we might not be able to cope with or small things like going to the seaside or thinking that we deserve a ‘treat’ because haven’t we done so well? The justifications… We deserve to be looked after and treated with respect and the best person for that is ourselves! How many of us are good at caring for others but not so much when it comes to us?
    I have just been for my walk and I was thinking how all the effort that I’m putting into changing myself has got to be for me and that it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing or what they can or cannot eat or what they think. We know what we need to do and we can crack this! We can!
    All the best everyone ๐Ÿงก๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ

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    …. love Dr Cwyes! Got a real thing for the South African accent! I ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Hi RosyApple,
    I couldn’t agree with you more about all the reasons there is behind eating what is not good for us, and that it is deeply programmed so it keeps popping up in for example stressful situations etc when the reptile brain is on.
    I find that having done the WOE for quite a long time, I really start to reflect on how screwed up the eating patterns and consumption has become in society today. Going into a supermarket is really like an assault course to stay away from all the nicely displayed snacks and treats, especially before the weekend. And going to town or a shopping mall, there is easily accessibale food everywhere. And people think it is totally normal. But it is enough to look around at the levels of overweight and obese people to understand that it is not noomal and haelthy. If you looks at old films or tv-series from the 70ies I’m sure you would all react to how lean people are. That used to be the norm, but we have all been seduced by the fast food industry and the eat all the time culture.
    It was something else that Dr Fung said about beeing a kid in the 70ies – we didn’t have a snack/meal when coming home from school – you were told that it would ruin the dinner. At maximum a fruit perhaps. Now kids have so many eating events in a day.
    Sorry about the rant – I just think it is quite an eye opened when you start to look around with the BSD/fasting glasses on.
    And it is also to take way some of the personal blame from all of us – it’s not lack of willpower and bad personality that has got us all here – society has a lot to answer for here.
    Ps. Am also a Dr Cwyes fan, he has a way to put things into perspective that I like.

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    High-five Olive!! You are spot on adn i 100% agree with everything you said.
    Just watched my first Dr Cywes podcast – most excellent!!
    Real self -reflection going on here. My family has a history of addicts in various forms and I’m always been pretty black and white about it….and accepting myself as a carb addict is a big step, I’m hoping explaining it to my hubby will help with the ongoing management and life style – sabotage avoidance and all!
    Most fascinating morning

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    Spot on, Rosy A. We deserve more and we owe ourselves better treatment. And as Olive says, everything around us tells us we should be eating all the time, and unhealthily to boot. Plus government advice is that we should eat more carbs than anything else. Even many well-established diet schemes try to draw us in by telling us we can eat whatever we wish in moderation, when so many of us can never succeed (or succeed for long) on that basis.

    I feel very lucky to have found this WOE and to have learned so much about food and my own dietary needs. I agree that we should never have to feel shame, Olive. Now I have the information I need to inform different choices I feel it doesn’t matter whose fault it was that I didn’t know better. It’s knowing that I can take responsibility for what I choose to do/eat next that has been so powerful for me- and learning that owning my choices doesn’t and shouldn’t involve shame and self-recrimination. Aren’t mistakes are an essential part of any sort of learning? I think that society, or certainly the media, is obsessed with blame (as opposed to responsibility) and it’s tough not to internalise that.

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    Good evening!
    Just wanted to report that I just finished my first 24 h fast. Was a lot easier than I thought. A little light headed this afternoon but not bad, and not really hungry.
    Had a lovely home made curry with cauliflower rice.
    Have a great evening and weekend all! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    Hi everyone, lots of posts thus week. I’ve been a little quiet last couple of weeks as sorting out in my own head the diet and disappointment at my slower weight loss than it seems a lot of people have. I would agree with a few posts on here that 800 is just a little bit too impossible for me, so gave come to terms happily to make sure I clock in at under the 1000 cals a day. I am pleased with myself that I have resisted temptation with the “wants” – wanting something though I don’t really exactly know what, but I gave had one binge on a whole bar of chocolate. But then it’s not many weeks since it would be a full bar of chocolate every night, so it’s still progress!! The think that still confuses me is how high in carbs veggies are. We are meant to eat them but when you do it really bumps your intake up. I really struggle with the contradiction in that. I take my hat off to those of you keeping to the 800 cals and really low carbs, just don’t know how you do it!! Dx

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    Ugh my posts keep disappearing…this is a test one

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    Hello everyone ๐Ÿ˜Š
    A new day here in sunny Dorset! Which I am happy about. Yesterday was a tough one emotionally. I’m really feeling the effects of having had very little human contact. I’m missing hugs! I get the occasional one from Frida, age 5 when she feels the need which is lovely but not the same as hugging my friends and family ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I went way over 800 yesterday but stayed within my time frame and only had BSD friendly food. Definitely emotional eating though. (A small triumph).
    I’ve been for my walk, so nice to be back on my feet after my little injury which took nearly 3 weeks to heal. What a relief. I think it has definitely affected my mental health being stuck in for so long. I usually do 40 minutes brisk walking with 3 inclines along the way. I keep my pace up throughout the whole journey ensuring my heart rate gets raised. I’m looking forward to adding in another form of exercise somewhere down the road when the situation permits! I have always wanted to do a martial art but have let my body issues get in the way. Sad really as it would have done me so much good if I’d started sooner. Oh well, I am where I’m at!! Meanwhile I can work on my carb issues.
    I’m going shopping with the girls today, out in a car for the first time in months. Their Mum has taken pity on me and invited me along. (I’ve been part of their household whilst babysitting through the whole of lockdown, I don’t know why I feel the need to explain this!). It’s a 40 mile round trip so it’ll be lovely to be out on the open road. It’ll be along the coast which is such a beautiful thing. Small pleasures ๐Ÿ˜Š Need to be extra vigilant about food choices along the way!
    Have a good day and keep on keeping on ๐Ÿงก๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ

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    Rosy apple, it feels like we have been on similar journeys this week. Iโ€™ve had a….โ€™perplexingโ€™ one with definite emotional eating. Over calories but all BSD friendly.
    Plan was less walking more HIIT but I found we missed our walking and being motivated For HIIT is harder, so back to walking daily with occasional HIIT.
    For me, itโ€™s been a week of self discovery and honesty. Dr Cywes really has had an impact and Iโ€™ll watch more. I genuinely think my brain is getting toward the right place.
    Today is weigh in day – I didnโ€™t want to, wanted to put head in the sand as I know Sat, Sun, Mon & Tue were way over calories. Wed was fast day, Thursday was a little over and Friday was a good day. Step count was down. Oh and there may have been a small glass of wine consumed Thursday and Friday night. And I know last Sat Iโ€™d done a 20hr fast before standing on the scales. So I full expected an increase. Pleased to report Iโ€™m exactly the same. Feels like consolidation which is great. Last week wasnโ€™t a fluke. So still down 16lbs which is good.
    Brain now in place and hopefully Iโ€™m ready to settle down and get on with it.
    Tonight is family night, itโ€™s important to my Dad. I have 3 courses planned for the boys, just need to decide if I โ€˜treatโ€™ myself to a baked apple while they have pudding. As of yesterday and new mindset, Iโ€™m seriously looking at options and alternatives as o know my apple and whipped cream will push me over and ultimately it wonโ€™t satisfy me anyway – I am now certain I am a carb addict and think I need to take account and not have it. There we go. Decision made.

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    Julz, why not make some almond crackers and have them with a little cheese, instead of baked apple and cream. Pretty sure that would be lower is carbs, even if it pushes the calories up, because of the fat content it would be more satisfying.

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    Thanks sunnyB…. Iโ€™ll go look at cracker options. Was busy looking at cream and berry options but looking at recipes is a high risk activity. ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Diet doctor has a decent looking chocolate lava pud thyme thing….. tho I do wonder if I need to totally just steer clear of anything like that. Crackers and cheese sounds like a plan.

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    WindyJulz, well done on staying the same, not the result you’d hoped for but WAY better than an increase. Cheese sounds like a good idea and a much better habit to get into. I don’t know where you live but if you’re in the UK I know there’s some amazing cheeses on offer here. Could it be that you could have some with a small crisp apple? Best of both worlds! I’ve been enjoying passionfruit (17 cal, 4.21 carbs) with yogurt and toasted flaked almonds for breakfast, it would make a nice pudding also. Or a chia pudding, don’t want to encourage you to make ‘wrong’ choices but I think the lesser of 2 evils is sometimes a good option when you’re feeling wobbly…. Or a dose of smugness for having no afters at all!!! What a journey! Much love ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ

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    … I too have discarded 16llbs x

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    Thanks Rosyapple. (Are you called Rosie or do you just like shiny apples?)
    Iโ€™m in NE Scotland so might get after some posh cheeses.
    Iโ€™m going to make some coconut cream and berry puddings and freeze them so I have an ice cream, Iโ€™ll do them in single portions so I can have a small pud if I choose but can leave them if I donโ€™t want or need them, and enjoy the virtue. Also figure frozen is slower to eat etc.
    Coffee with cream might be just as good an after tho.
    Woohoo for the 16lbs. Iโ€™m chuffed to be the same. Ready for a step forward now.
    ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    WindyJulz, good idea with the frozen puds, have just invested in a couple of tins of coconut milk so might give that a go. My name is Jo, I have rosy (a nickname) cheeks and I’m (still) apple shaped!! The names Jo and Rosie were both taken.
    Is it freezing cold up there? It is here, wearing a jumper, I usually run on the warm side but I think having less padding is cooling me! Brrr. ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ

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    Hi all
    Hope your weekends are going well. I have had a couple of days of thinking after hitting my 10kg milestone this week, which is half of what I decided I need to lose as a minimum. I never thought I would lose so much in such a short time so I am kind of adjusting my goals a bit. So I spent the last couple of days reading the “After reading your target” thread on here (it’s long…). It was an amazing read, a bit like on of those films where you follow a group of friends over a number of years, this one interspersed by lots of bsd experiences, advice, trial and error…
    So I have a new plan, which is first of all to extend the 800 calories phase a bit. I’m about to embark on week 7 and I am still not quite ready to leave the structure of the 800 calories behind. I can do one or two days of not counting calories too strictly, but they seem to always lead to stall or gain, so I clearly haven’t quite developed a sense for it yet. So my plan now is to do 12 weeks, see where I am at and then begin to follow all the wonderful advice from the “After…” thread. Anyway, I’ll have to exit my philosophical corner as I have accidentally promised to play Star Wars on playstation with the kids…

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    I’m suffering from a cold and ear ache, but my weight loss is continuing so I’m hanging in there. The weather is just as variable as my health at the moment, but I managed to go for a walk without getting completely soaked. I have a mini-goal of hitting 80kg on Saturday 13th (I started the diet on April 13th). I was 80.9 this morning, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

    I’ll also have a look at the “After…” thread for some inspiration. I don’t expect to hit my target weight when I finish my Fast800 stint, so any inspiration is welcome.

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    Good morning ,
    Well hopefully this post stays!!
    Bit disappointed with myself..had a couple of glasses of wine last night, it’s so strange because the whole time I was drinking them I’m thinking why are u doing this when u know it’s not good for u but still did it ๐Ÿ˜•. I’m not a big drinker a glass every now and then, but now of all times I chose to do it ๐Ÿค.
    Hope u are feeling better zuzu .
    Windy Julz the puds sound yummy .. I made the coconut cream and chia pudding the other day and even a small bowl of that is quite filling..still got some left so it will be dessert tonight.
    Britta congrats on reaching your 10kg milestone ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‘
    I’m hoping for a discard when I step on the scales this morning but not holding my breath seeing as I had the wine. Maybe I’ll give this morning’s weigh in a miss so I’m not disappointed.
    We are planning a 6 kilometre bike ride at some stage today most of it is on a slight incline so that has to burn more calories ๐Ÿšด I’m quite looking forward to it. Never thought I’d say I look forward to exercise, but there u go, inside this lazy person is a budding athlete ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
    Well it’s 5:20 am I’ve been awake a couple of hours so I’m going to try to go back to sleep.๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค
    Onwards and downwards beautiful people ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ–๏ธ
    Hopefully this post doesn’t disappear ๐Ÿ™‚

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