ONE WEEK AT A TIME – To Start March 5, 2019

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  • posted by alliecat
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    Hello friends! We are settin9 off on a new month, and I hope everyone will be postin9 results and 9oals for
    the new week soon. Please overlook my new alphabet, where the number “9” will be substitutin9 for the
    letter between “f” and “h” on my keyboard! Sometimes concessions and work arounds are necessary, if
    you melt a key on the board. Don’t ask how this happened! I can only share such clumsiness with my
    most intimate friends! 🙂 Newcomers, please join us! Everyone welcome!

  • posted by wendleg
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    Hi Allie ! I posted on the previous thread but I am back ! I will do my best to support you once I have stopped laughing at your keyboard misdemeanours 😉

  • posted by Barbara k
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    Hello , I’m new to this forum thingy but not new to dieting🙈 I am not diabetic just overweight by 3 and a half stone. Generally I’m in good health but at 67 I’m aware of getting out of breath if I exert myself like walking quickly uphill. I used to swim a mile before work every day and visit the gym 4/5 times a week but now have no desire to exercise. I did the bsd diet when it first came out and was very successful but I allowed lifestyle, events and a careless attitude to take over and hey presto put the weight back on.
    Can’t stand though having to wear clothes that fit rather than clothes I like.
    I’ve bought the fast 800 book which has been bedtime reading, I’ve re visited my bsd book, found the dietdoctor website and delved into the recipes and embraced time restricted eating as the science made sense.
    In my first week I have lost 10lbs, something I have never managed before, I can honestly say I have only been hungry once which was my own fault for taking the dog out walking and forgetting to eat first. I have made a concerted effort to drink more water especially in the time between my last meal and going to sleep. I’m trying to have more green veg and I’m finding 2 meals a day is more satisfying than 3 as I can have more calories divided into 2 meals. I have made the gut healing chicken broth in the fast 800 recipe section and this is a very comforting drink.
    I am now into week 2 and the recipe section on this site is very encouraging to keep me going. It’s great to know that if I falter there is support on here. I read the post of the lady who had plateaued and the advise she received re her carb intake. I hadn’t considered that in my 800 cals but I will be doing going forward.
    One of the very encouraging things for me is the 10lbs lost has been abdominal fat and the area in my back across the bra line. Still got a long way to go but somehow I feel different and more knowledgable on this journey, plus I know I can come here for support if I stall.
    Think this is the thread I should have posted on

  • posted by alliecat
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    A warm welcome to you, Barbara! Much applause to you for pickin9 up with the BSD a9ain! We all know
    that this works, and you are so very ri9ht to reco9nize that this IS THE PLACE to find support and friendship.
    We do this to9ether, so very happy to see you here! Now, if Wendy can only stop lau9hin9 at me for my
    new alphabet..I won’t feel like such a klutz! Very best wishes, and please just shout out if you have any
    questions or concerns…There are a lot of dedicated BSDers here, and we travel the road to improved health
    to9ether 🙂 You are nau9hty, Wendy! xxx

    Allie

  • posted by Scottishgal
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    Well that’s my 8 weeks finished and I’ve lost 15lbs 😁 My blood sugar levels are generally in the normal range too. I just test at random times now and occasionally in the morning. I bought a new swimsuit today 2 sizes smaller than my old one. All my clothes are getting too loose and I’m loving buying new skinny jeans. Only 2 more pounds to lose and I’ll be at the top end of normal bmi.
    This week I’m going away for a couple of nights with OH. Originally my plan was to have a blow out after the 8 weeks but I no longer want to do that. However, I still want to enjoy hotel breakfasts and meals out. So, my plan is to step off the WOE wagon (note step off and not fall off) for this week only. I won’t go over board and will be selective in my choices and try to make up for it in other ways. This is a whole new way of thinking for me! It used to be a case of “I’ve messed up so no point in continuing”. I really can’t believe my whole way of thinking has changed as well as my attitude to eating. I also can’t believe that I lasted the 8 weeks (with only a few small hiccups along the way) and even better that I really want to continue this WOE. Amazing!!!
    Good luck to everyone else with your weigh ins. Wishing you all a great week. And to those who have stalled with the weight loss- just keep plodding on. I’ve been there and it definitely works if you keep on going!

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    Congratulations Scottishgal, wonderful outcome when you feel great and need a brand new smaller wardrobe. And how amazing that the blood sugar levels are in healthy range.
    I’m really motivated all over again, and as I’m in that plateau, that Slough of Despond, you are the perfect antidote.
    Yeo Valley is delicious, but it’s wine that I’ll save for my treat. What a pity it makes my middle expand overnight. 😛
    I’m going on holiday next week, 7th week, so I’ll think about how to adapt so I can socialize.

  • posted by Aloha
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    Have just finished reading 8weeks bsd….and oh boy! So here goes….all those extra kilos and flab, hopefully….no definitely:-) bmi 29.2 today. My blood sugars are fine! Not my weight and fitness level:-( looking forward to supporting and being supported xx

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    Hi
    Newbie here!
    I’m on the 2nd week of thefast800. Not diabetic just have a fair bit of weight I need to lose.
    I followed the the meal plan in the book for the 1st week as closely as I could ( I’m gluten intolerant ) and lost 6lbs which I’m thrilled with.
    This week I’m going to be eating last weeks leftovers and choosing mostly recipes from the book but not following the menu plan for week 2 from the book so will see how that goes.

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    My W3D1 results:
    Wk1 – 5lbs off
    Wk2 – 3lbs off
    Wk3 – 2lbs off

    No particular issues this week. Towards the end of last week, I wasn’t hungry in the mornings and could easily have skipped breakfast, but then yesterday, ravenous as soon as I got to work! So I’m not moving to two meals per day just yet.

    I use my Fitbit for monitoring, it has some really interesting statistics. My resting heart rate has dropped from 80bpm to 69bpm, a very satisfying graph. My cardio fitness has moved from poor to fair. One thing I noticed is that I did more steps during Week 1 than 2 or 3, so maybe that is something that helps me to keep weight moving in the right direction. Sadly I have a lazy dog who doesn’t like to walk in the rain or the dark, which isn’t helpful when you live in Scotland, so I may need to start walking without him.

    And wow, the sleep! I look forward to going to bed, and regularly get 7-8 hours per night for the first time in a long time. Early days of course, but things are okay at the moment. Wishing everyone well 🙂

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    Congratulations Scottishgal. Enjoy the skinny jeans! It is amazing what can be achieved in just 8 weeks. And best wishes for the next phase.

    Also a big welcome to Aloha and Ria-tor. Do remember to drink plenty of water. And if you get headaches, around day 3, take a pinch of salt (literally!). We are all here to help , support and provide advice on our experiences to date. (And share the occasional wobble ourselves!). You will be so encouraged by the benefits of this way of eating, and very best wishes to you.

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    Good morning all. I could only read the posts last week as I didn’t have my laptop. It is back now hence why I am able to get on here.
    I am now going into my 6th week of the Fast 800 and I have lost 15lbs and I am extremely pleased with that outcome. At the beginning of last week I lost 2lbs and then over the week I gained and lost ending up with a 1.6lb today on weigh in.
    I am following the 2 meals a day plan as like Barbara K I prefer my allowances over 2 meals rather than 3.
    I try not to drink more than two cups of tea a day – with semi skimmed milk. The remainder of the time I drink tap water – at least 2 litres a day. If I want a hot drink I choose mint tea.
    Good luck for the week.

  • posted by Scottishgal
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    Hang on in their Patricia…….I know you can do it. And its such a great feeling when the scales start moving again.
    As for adapting and socialising…….the new way of eating is for life so I’m a great believer in adapting it and making it fit into my life, otherwise it would never work. For example my mum and I always go out for a coffee on a Thursday night. We have always halved a slice of cake between us (she could never eat a full slice herself). When I started the BSD I thought about missing out the cake but I knew that would be depriving my mum too so decided to keep doing it. In the grand scheme of things I’ve cut out so much junk from my diet that half a slice of cake isn’t too bad……and I’m still losing weight. Granted I may have lost more weight if I cut out the cake but it’s all about balancing life and prioritising. And anyway I’m really happy with how it’s going so far. I’m sure you’ll find a way that suits you and you can be a bit easier on yourself while on holiday and have a great time.

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    S-G I am thinking of getting low cal soda and slice lemon when the bottle of wine is open.

    I watch others eating toast and potatoes, carbs galore every day, I don’t mind anymore, but wine is the only thing I seriously can’t control once I taste it. I like the taste of dark rye crispbread with kerrygold butter slathered on, and one slice is enough. That’s nicer than a muffin – how my tastes have changed. But when I’m chatting over a bottle, it always seems to empty fast. A week of drinking could do damage to my progress.

    Main meals are easy as I eat vegetables and unsauced meat, and that is fine.

    I don’t want my diet to be a big deal for the rest of the group, though I don’t mind encouragement to continue. I don’t expect anyone to join me in dropping the carbs. How does your family view our woe?

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    Patricia1066
    My husband is a “picker” and it goes on constantly. I never purchase his “picky” foods he does that himself. He does offer me the odd thing but by and large he knows I will resist.
    One of my daughters is doing the Fast 800 plan and we live so close we tend not to eat together. My other two daughters are both very slim but they do have foods they avoid. They would never try to sway me away from what I am doing unless they thought it was dangerous to health.
    My step-daughter lives 250 miles away and I tend to buy all my own food when I am there.
    The big challenge is when you eat out try to find something that fits in with what you are trying to achieve.
    I don’t drink alcohol and I don’t like wine anyway so I don’t have a problem but I do appreciate others that do. I drink plain water whether in a pub or a restaurant.
    Good luck.

  • posted by Scottishgal
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    My family and friends all have different views but I do try not to ram my diet down their throats lol.
    My mum is quite old school and doesn’t believe in diets so I try not to say too much about it in front of her although she is pleased with my weight loss and is supportive and encouraging. My dad is full-blown diabetic and has been on insulin for years so he is really pleased that I’m tackling the diabetes and bringing down my by levels. My partner is trying to do the BSD with me and is brilliant. So supportive and encouraging. I don’t think I could have got this far without him. We are still “dating” and so are out a lot of the time. But we have changed where we go to eat and are trying to make better choices e.g. Carvery and having only meat with veg. My sister lives in Canada so no issues there yet lol. I have a friend who started the BSD last year and it was her who encouraged me to start it too. She has been great. However, I have another friend who thinks the BSD way of eating is a joke and finds it funny. So in answer to your question Patricia everyone is different and I alter depending on who I’m with at the time.

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    Hi Cockneylady, SG it would be simple if we ate alone, but very dull.
    I hope your dad picks up the amazing benefits of LCHF as he can immediately improve his health. Though you can’t preach! I have to avoid that temptation.
    Mum will be interrogating me about how balanced is the diet (in her words) and I expect I will hear all the stuff I used to say, like I can’t live without x and y.
    But I feel well and no other diet has stuck with me, so I plan to stay on it after 8 weeks, just calorie adjusted upwards gradually.
    I’m looking forward to seaside out of busy season. We will have a great time.

  • posted by 8WeeksOf800
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    Hi – well this is end of Week 8 for me and I have some good news to share.
    I have lost 12 kg.
    BMI down from 30.1 to 25.6.
    13 cms lost off my waist.
    And most importantly of all my HGBA1C which was 44 in late December – is now 40. I am in the normal zone.
    I am having a short break to celebrate in the sun of Marrakech.
    I think my next steps are to get my BMI down to healthy and lose more cms off my waist.
    Thanks for the encouragement of the forum I learnt a great deal along the way – and I know thsi is only the start of the journey to stay healthy.

  • posted by Nicola12
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    Hi all, and thanks Allie for starting this challenge! 2018 started so well for me… I stayed the BSD and went from 167lbs to 143lbs. I felt pretty amazing and was within about 10lbs of my target. But, my partner and I decided to leave our old life behind, move from the South of England to the North of Scotland, start new jobs, rent a room in a house (stressful!) and then eventually but our own home. All the space of 8 months.

    Fast forward to now, and I’m finally feeling settled in our new life. I’ve tried many times to get back on the BSD and each time it hasn’t happened. However, I’ve made exercise part of my life now, and that’s something I’ve never done before, so I am acknowledging the positives too!

    Having looked in the mirror yesterday, and not sucked in my tummy or tried to find the best angle, I realised that now is the time to make the change.

    So, tomorrow is the first day of lent, and this year I’m giving up eating crap! I am 100% dedicated this time, and it feels different to all the other times I’ve tried and failed. So, here’s to the next 7 days (and the 7 after that…!) x

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    Hi all and thanks Ali G for starting a new weekly challenge. Welcome to the newbies. I seem be to confusing myself with Scottishgal as people are calling her S-G which as we all know is me 🙂 🙂 🙂 . Anyway S-G number 2, a comment or two. You can have some good BSD friendly breakfasts on your holiday depending where you are going. On the continent even if it is all breads and croissants you can usually get some yoghurt and fruit – although watch out for the sugary tinned stuff. An omelette with cheese or even a good old fashioned English breakfast of eggs, bacon, beans or tomatoes are usually available. Enjoy. I hope your dad is picking up some of your habits even if you are not pushing him into it. My husband rarely has a carb serving with dinner now although he usually has bread for a sandwich at lunch. It is hard not to push your views as I notice when away people always ask me why I am not eating this or that and it ends up with a full blown conversation and my husband kicking me under the table to get me to shut up. But, people are genuinely interested, at least the first time you tell them.
    I am down 1.1 lbs without trying but I did stick to my pledge last week to not have any alcohol over the weekend. I seriously didn’t miss it and hubby didn’t tempt me by having some himself. Kept my exercise promise and done more than my pledged 35 mins per day. Reduced insulin from 26 to 25 units and BG are nicely down to 5.2 so I will be pledging the same for this week. i.e. exercise, insulin and BG levels. If I lose more weight in the process then all well and good.
    Have a good week everyone and keep on keeping on…
    Another call out to Verano – hope you are okay my friend.

  • posted by sixturkeys
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    Just to say happy non-pancake pancake day…. I did sneak a peak at carbs on some ready made ones…. I can’t remember who posted about heating up a few raspberries before adding to yoghurt. It is inspired and delicious – so much juice to stir through. I added a few broken up pecans. Yummy.

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    Oh and also as a PS; 8 Weeks that is fantastic! Very jealous of your Moroccan holiday!

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    Having been out of the loop for several days, due to visiting with a friend who doesn’t have internet connection, I’m feeling a bit adrift with all that’s been happening on the forum. I’ll try to catch up with all the posts on this new weekly thread, but I see we are welcoming a few new ‘faces’ again this week, which is wonderful and of course, there are many of us seasoned BSD travelers here too, which means we will have another busy week on the weekly thread, to keep us all on our toes.
    Anyway, just wanted to say I’m in for another week – starting at one pound up on last week, but given a very social w/e with alcohol and extra carbs, I’m content it wasn’t more of a gain. My aim for the week is to keep a check on hydration, as that slipped while I was away and also to try to wedge in at least one 22>24hr fast.
    Looking forward to sharing another lively BSD week with you all.

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    Today…(Well, actually yesterday) I’m restarting so eight weeks from today I’d like to report being 150.
    Today’s weigh-in was 161.4.
    I’m wish doing the Fitness Blender eight week FB FIT program in correlation with this go around so I’m hoping to also see some toning.
    I’m down fortyish pounds since the summer… But I’m also seeing loose skin now… I know it is a sign of my weight loss success, but I’d like to minimize or eliminate it if possible.

    Hello to everyone, welcome to all newcomers, big hugs to those who showed me love last week.

  • posted by Busybee
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    Hello fellow BSD’s
    I have managed to lose 3.5 pounds this week!
    I have been more in control with eating and have done 16/8 most days as I don’t find it difficult to miss breakfast.
    I have also been vaguely tracking my protein intake as well as portion sizes and have ‘enjoyed’ playing with my new breathalyser toy! My results vary quite a lot but I have seen 0.2 and 0.4 which I hope is ok.
    Three weeks to go before our week in the sun and I would like to lose a couple more pounds before we go.
    Onwards and downwards!
    X B

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    Hello everyone, new and old 😊
    End of week 4 1.1 kg down last week so that’s 8 kg altogether so far. My tum and waist are being v resistant to shrinking with no change in cms at all 😖 but I am losing from really useful places like my calf/ankles and upper arms 😂 I’m sure my belly will get the message soon! However, and most importantly I have been checking BG at times other than fasting/morning and they are all great……I am super pleased. I feel great despite things at home still being pretty tough.
    We went to a friends for dinner at the w/e I was worried but she had researched what to cook…it was amazing, we had a low carb version of Marbella chicken and celeriac dauphinoise with green veggies…I am blessed to have such a gd friend 😊
    My weight this morning was 90 kg as I’ve said before I haven’t been below 90kg for a vvv long time….even if I weight 89.9 kg tomorrow I will in the 80s that will be a huge milestone. Have lovely week everyone xxxx

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    Hi all – everyone seems to be doing great and I’m getting a lot of useful tips from reading the posts. However, I’m kind of at a standstill and I’m at a loss as to why. This is my fourth week and I lost a little over a stone (14.2lbs) the first two weeks (most of it in the first week). Last week, I was up and down and finally ended up with only a loss of 0.8lb. Then today, I’m back up and that loss is gone. It was an awful lot of work to lose so little and then have it gone again. I never go over 800 cals and I weigh and record my food religiously. My carbs are always under 50g, usually in the 30’s and to reduce further, I’d have to cut out vegetables since that’s the only place I’m getting them from. I don’t eat rice, bread etc and no added sugar. I’m exercising and for the last week have been eating in the 8 hour window only. I drink plenty of water, eating my protein and fat and all of this seems to be making no difference. I record my measurements each morning too and there has been no change there either. I thought at first that my body was just adjusting to all the weight I lost initially but I’m really at a loss and feeling very discouraged. From reading the book, my understanding was the weight loss would come off steadily (helping with motivation) and I’m trying so hard!!

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    Kafin13 I am no expert on the 800 Plan but me and a friend started around the same time – for me 29th January. This past week I have done exactly the same as you. I have lost 15lbs since 29th January. You lost that amount in 2 weeks and I know that doesn’t help because it is so easy to expect those sort of losses all the time. me and my friend are now complaining if we ONLY lose 1 – 2 lbs. However when we first started out on ediets (Tesco) we would have been highly delighted with that sort of loss.
    All I can say is don’t get disheartened and just keep going. From all the post the plan works and you will get there.
    Good luck.

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    Hi everyone, and the warmest of welcomes to all new members this week. We’re lookin9 forward to sharin9
    all victories on the horizon for each of you 🙂 This is a busy but very 9ivin9 thread, and I hope you will find
    it that way too!
    Some of you know me as one of the old timers, here…I don’t have have any new challen9es from week to
    week, as I’ve been in maintenance for 2 years come mid April of 2019. I believe that sharin9 the journey every
    week with all of you has been instrumental in keepin9 the 140lbs from returnin9, and I can’t thank you enou9h
    for bein9 a part of my success, and I’m deli9hted to be a part of yours as well.
    Amz and sunshine, you have shared deeply movin9 posts on the final day of last week’s challen9e, and by
    havin9 the coura9e to do so is a tremendous 9ift to others that have similar challen9es in their intrapersonal
    core relationships. Thank you! 🙂
    Shellbob, I was a PA for a neurosur9eon for a decade, and the complications and challen9es for patients
    with brain disease are well known to me. Life can shrink to exclude most of the world that doesn’t immediately
    concern what happens daily under your own roof. I think about you often, and I’m always so happy that you’ve
    found a home here. I sincerely hope that the fact that you are able to carve out a small portion of time for
    your own health has been 9ood for you. We are travelin9 with you 🙂
    This is a bri9ht new month, with all the promise for new life and 9rowth in our hands. A new awakenin9, a
    new Sprin9, and well within our 9rasp. There have been many positive posts today, so lets add to them,
    to9ether. Day 1, and we’re doin9 9reat! And thank you all for puttin9 up with my alternative alphabet!

    Allie

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    Kafin – stalls are very normal in weeks 3/4 and are due to the body making adjustments. Just keep right on doing what you are doing, keep a check on those carbs and the discard will begin again soon. Take a step back and look at what you have achieved so far, which is a very good result indeed. Remember that weight ‘loss’ is not linear and there will be frustrations like this along the way, but as long as overall the big picture is showing things heading in the right direction, it’s all good.

    I know it;s hard not to get disheartened and frustrated by things seemingly not happening when you are doing all the right things, but try to hold on to the fact you have done brilliantly so far, keep right on going and you’ll soon be posting positive results again soon.

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    Thank you!

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    Thank you – I’m really trying to trust the process 🙂

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    Shellbob – I looked back to check one of your earlier posts and am glad to see that the dreaded 93kgs “barrier” has been so resoundingly crashed through!

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    Hi, I’m new here. Started the fast 800 yesterday. I often skip breakfast so am planning on just 2 meals which is working ok upto now. I’ve felt completely shattered this evening. Have a headache too. I had lots of salt with my dinner. I guess my question is” is it normal to feel like crap and how long will it last”.
    I’m post menopausal and the weight has really crept on this last year. I’d like to lose at least 20lbs.
    It’s very inspiring to read your stories and about the weight your losing and how your getting healthier

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    Thanks Allie, it really is a journey, full of extreme highs and lows. I do feel very lucky to have found you all, and to share in your journeys too. What I am learning everyday from everyone here is not only guiding me with my health choices but it is opening up a whole new understanding of how my daughters condition can be more effectively managed. That truly is a gift 💖
    Sixturkeys….bless you for remembering! Yes 93kg is old news 😂😂 next interim target 88kg, that will take me to halfway to my primary goal. I will still have more work to do after that but making it seem less of a mountain.

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    Hi

    Day 9 of fast800 didn’t go so well and for the first time since I started I didn’t lose any weight this morning. After the 1st coupe of days I’ve been losing 1/2lb a day. I’m trying not to feel so frustrated, I did eat banana oat pancakes yesterday and I also had oats at breakfast as we were out of eggs and I couldn’t think what else to have. I haven’t gained though so that’s a positive.

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    Hello Ria-tor I am sorry to hear that you are feeling a little frustrated. You may be really experienced at recording what you are eating and calculating the food groups – protein, fats and carbs so forgive me if I am stating the obvious. What percentages do you have calculated for these groups?
    If you don’t feel you are losing sufficient then check out what you are eating for your 800 calories. As an example these are mine –
    Carbs = 50 grms
    Protein = 60 grms
    Fats = 40 grms
    This is only a guide as my friend (and we have lost roughly the same amount in the same amount of time) has her carbs set at
    40 grms.
    It really is a case of trial and error.
    I noticed that you mentioned banana pancakes and without knowing the ingredients could be high in carbs and sugar. The only fruit mentioned in the 800 plan is a few strawberries or raspberries and perhaps the odd apple or pear. I know one of the recipes includes a small amount of mango but there is an explanation attached to the recipe.
    Please don’t hesitate to post again. I can only offer guidance from my own experiences.

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    Good Morning, Campers,
    Checking in from (finally) sunny Cyprus to report a weekly loss ( as of yesterday) of 0.7kg. It’s not great, given that I’m just starting Week 7, but I know why the weight-discard has stalled. I had a bad week with a nasty throat bug, and now I have another cold. Grrrr. My son is ground zero for any illnesses that come into this house, but he is also blessed with a fabulously efficient immune system that makes him get over it quickly. I am not so blessed.

    On another note: I introduced my mother to the BSD. Previously unbeknownst to me, she was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and this diet could really be the best option for her. Unfortunately, while she has bought the books and seems to be enthusiastic, she has yet to start. I understand a certain amount of resistance to implementing and maintaining a whole new way of eating because she only has my Dad and my brother to think about when cooking, so making different for her is extra “faff”, as she would put it.
    I’m trying to be supportive, giving her hints and tips so that she doesn’t feel deprived (keto and paleo low carb bread recipes because she is a bread fiend) and money-saving options (buying almond and coconut flour online because supermarkets stick a huge mark-up on “health food products”. However, there is only so much I can do from 2000 miles away.

    My parents come to visit at the end of April, I’m planning for an even 3st (19.1kg, roughly) and I would like to see that Mum has actually jumped on board. It will even be easy to stick to the low carb WOE because I’m on it and my sister is Gluten-free (so many of my low carb recipes are ideal for her, too), and I will be doing the work for her.
    Perhaps my best course of action would be to enlist my Dad’s help, he does a lot of their cooking. And even my brother, who frequently climbs on and off the keto wagon.

    I know I can’t do it for her or harass her into action, I just want to give her as much support as she needs to make a lasting change.

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    Hi All,

    I started my weight loss journey (this time around!) in January like many others. I got gout between Xmas and NY which wasn’t very pleasant and kick started my desire to get healthy. I’m 34 years old and I want to be fit and healthy, not a size 18/20 and having knee and back pain and getting bigger and bigger. I lost 5.5kg by restricting calories to 1400 a day and exercising (swimming and walking mostly). But my boyfriend (who’s a personal trainer) mentioned that I may be insulin resistant after eating some sugar sent my weight skyrocketing over the course of a couple of days. I did some research on Insulin resistance and I’m pretty sure that I am. I have a lot of the symptoms.

    So I started on Monday 4th March after reading the Fast800 book over the weekend. It all makes so much sense to me, pulling together lots of advice I’ve heard over the last 10 years and combining it with science.

    So far I’ve lost 2kg in two days… is this normal? I’ve been drinking 3L of water a day, doing TRE and having my first meal around 2pm and finishing eating by 8pm. I’m having my 800cals and enjoying my food. My macros have been good, high protein, medium fat and low carb. I’m not hungry. I feel really good and positive. I am aware that some of my initial weight loss will be water weight, but I guess as I had already lost some weight previously I thought that I would have already lost my water weight.

    Hope everyone is having a good day!

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    kittykatnz

    What is “normal” in this healthy eating weight loss game? If it is there, and I am 71 yrs of age, I haven’t found the answer. Me and my friend joined Tesco eDiets around 2010 both using different eating plans. We were quite successful. I lost 2 stone in 6 months. Prior to Christmas 2018 I have never reach those dizzy heights again. Although I managed to maintain at a weight that I didn’t want to be. However I had a really rough year and gained 1.5 stones putting me around 3 – 4 stones overweight.
    I had the good fortune to seek advice from a health coach – she is a GP – and she helped me see the light as regards to a semi sugar free diet. That was September – December 2017.
    Me and my friend fully intended to use her plan and we hit upon Fast 800 and it married really nicely with what I followed with her. You are right the 800 has many ideas that I have learnt over time.
    From January 29th to last week I had lost 15lbs – more at the beginning couple of weeks – and less if the following weeks.
    In answer to your question your loss isn’t unusual. Keep going and I am sure you will enjoy the results.

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    Hi all, still keeping on. Missed my exercise goal today as I had a bad nights sleep – had to get up 3 times and felt, not ill, just weird. What I would call out of sorts. BG 5.8 still good. Did not have a Ryvita loaded snack last night but some left over roast chicken. Forgot to mention yesterday that one of my goals was getting carbs down to around 20 and hopefully I am counting correctly so yesterday was 21 and I have lost more weight (not a goal). Today I should be having exactly 20 but I switched my yoghurt and fruit breakfast for a homemade smoothie because I had some spinach going very limp. So, spinach, frozen raspberries, 5 almonds, tablespoon of pumpkin seeds and, instead of almond milk I used coconut water. Will have to do a calculation later.
    Kittykatnz, yes 2kg in 2 days is often the norm and you will probably continue with another couple of kgs before the end of your week. It is one of the things that motivates us to carry on.
    Have a good week everyone.

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    Just noticed MamieP’s post came up on my email. A start for helping your mum would be to tell her to continue with what she normally eats but to limit or eliminate the carb element. The rest of the family will still be getting what they like and it wont be too much of a faff. When she gets used to lower amounts of white carb she might (or your dad) might replace it with some good carbs like celeriac mash or cauliflower rice.

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    Kitty, Welcome, Welcome! I hope you realize all of your 9oals by joinin9 our community. There are very many
    experienced BSDers on the forum, particularly this thread, and nothin9 makes us happier than sharin9 what we
    have learned alon9 the way. Ask as many questions as you need to, and you can be sure of a response.
    I am a bit concerned by your cate9orization of your macros…The BSD is not a hi9h protein way of eatin9..
    It is low carb, MODERATE protein and HI9H (healthy fat) lifestyle. Excess protein 9ets stored as fat, much
    the way that carbs are. I’ve been at this since 6/2016, and have lon9 since reached by 9oals with a wei9ht loss
    of 140lbs. Losin9 that amount of wei9ht isn’t the measure of success, but keepin9 it off for just short of
    2 years is the true accomplishment. You have stated that you are just comin9 to 9rips with the concept
    of insulin resistance. It is indeed the precursor to becomin9 pre diabetic, and then diabetic. One of the
    most valuable resources to a full understandin9 of it that I found early on in my personal journey was
    9ary Taubes book, “Why We 9et Fat, and What to Do About it”. It is completely compatible with the
    information in MMosley’s teachin9s, so I would hi9hly recommend it. It has become “the Bible” for me.
    (sorry about all of the “9’s” that I use. It’s a work around for the key between “f” and “h” on my keyboard)
    The BSD is nothin9 short of a miracle, and every 9oal you mi9ht have can be achieved with it, if you make
    the principles a way of life permanently. There is a limitless supply of support here, so jump on board!
    I’m lookin9 forward to 9ettin9 to know you and sharin9 in your success 🙂 Best wishes,

    Allie

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    Hi Allie,
    Thanks for your kind message, I’m hoping
    Yesterday my macros were 75g Protein (39%), 45g Fat (52%0, 17g Carbs (9%). The day before was 70g protein (35%), 40g Fat (45%). and 41g Carbs (20%). Hopefully they’re in line with expectations on this diet. I guess I said high protein as it felt like a lot of protein!!
    My fat has mainly been from fish (salmon), full fat greek yoghurt and olive oil. I need to go to the supermarket and get some nuts and seeds. I bought the BSD recipe book which has some great ideas in it.

    I wanted to have an apple but I just put this into MFP and it jumped my carbs up from 4% to 23%!!!! I know it’s low carb and not no carb and that apples are on the list of ok foods but it seems like quite a large jump!

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    haha, I got side tracked and forgot to finish my opening sentence, it wasn’t meant to come across as I was hoping your message was kind!!
    I meant to say I’m hoping to have great successes on this way of eating.

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    🙂 🙂 🙂 ! I didn’t read it that way, Kitty! Your macros are lookin9 pretty 9reat, I have to say…Understandin9 their
    si9nicance puts you way out front, already. The only tweak I would su99est is to pull the protein down to
    60. You’re already primed for success, so be sure to share it with all of us 🙂 We like to celebrate!

    Shockin9 about the carb content in an apple, isn’t it? Even now, I only allow myself 1/2 of one, very occasionally.
    I just can’t 9et away with it! Wendy (wendle9) used to have beautiful bowls of exotic fruit front and center,
    but she’s 9iven that up, with fantastic wei9ht loss results to show for it! I think we all have tri99er foods,
    but the lon9er we separate ourselves from them, the easier it 9ets 🙂 Enjoy!

    Allie

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    Hi kittykatnz,
    The recommendations that people follow regarding daily macros are 20g to 50g of carbs (If you are insulin resistant then you may need to get down to under 20g of carbs to consistently loose weight. ) Protein, 0.6g per kilo of TARGET weight. With the rest of your calories coming from fat.
    ——————–
    Allie-g, have you looked into buying a second keyboard for your laptop? You can buy Wifi enabled keyboards or ones to plug in to your laptop which are more ergonomic than the keyboard of a laptop. – They are not expensive, in the UK you could get a decent one for about £20.

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    Oh Allie you are so right about my fruit . I was truly addicted. I allow myself frozen berries now and very occasionally some apple but it has meant a massive mind shift for me. I always keep in mind the description of fruits as ” confectionery on a tree” . I actually find bread, biscuits, pasta etc much easier to resist than fruit. When we were in Naples recently we saw samples of small peach stones which had been buried in the volcanic ash in Pompei. I must say they have nothing in common with the mega sized fruits we now see in our supermarkets, sort of Frankenfruit !!!

    I am joining Allie in welcoming everyone to the new weekly thread. Some great results already. Don’t expect weight discard to continue at the same rate though. Understanding this will help to manage any ‘disappointments’. We are in this for the long haul ,establishing a completely new way of eating and it takes time to get rid of certain addictions. Your cravings will ease and tastes will change.
    Skipping through the tulips, it’s early days for you and you are probably suffering a form of carb withdrawal . This will get easier and shouldn’t last more than 2/3 days so stick with us. Are you drinking enough water ? That’s a good paln to skip breakfast if you are not hungry. When I am working I frequently have just one meal a day (OMAD) in the evening which allows for a fasting period which works for me.
    All the very best everyone. I haven’t named you all but I am back checking the forums daily and cheering you all on !

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    YES yes, Wendy! This entire process is a marathon, and not a sprint 🙂 Happy to find you back with us!

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    OMG I’ve just had a steroid injection into my elbow….oooouuuuuuccccchhhhh been struggling with tennis elbow for weeks and finally given in….not going to be great for the BG but i do need to move my arm 😓
    On the plus side the scales said 89.6 kg this morn wooohooo below 90kg, bet they don’t stay that way after today’s shenanigans but its a glimpse of the 80s 😂

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    I flinched just reading that… funny bone??? I bet you will be at your 88kg mini target very soon! I completely agree about manageable goals; it will all add up (or down). Go us! PS: what is Marbella chicken?

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