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  • posted by SunnyB
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    Too early in the day for me to post positives, but thought I’d just drop in to say thank you to Verano and Julz for posting.
    V, I like that your positives are connected to decisions to make positive things happen…. that’s given me food for thought.
    Julz, your last positive is inspiring, as it is how we handle the more difficult days, which really shows what we’re made of – bring able to cope with them is a huge positive.
    Will return later with some positives.

  • posted by KrysiaD
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    Haven’t posted for ages, but still do read the posts every day.

    It was my four year anniversary at the end of April and I am still keeping to the BSD principles and very low carb.

    My positive for today is that as of this week I am now coded by my GPs surgery as diabetes resolved. I will still continue to get my annual checks and of course will need to stay low carb forever.

    My second positive is that I discovered Montezuma 100% chocolate – my special treat.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Krysia, wonderful to see you posting and congrats on the ‘diabetes resolved’ verdict ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ sure you must be thrilled. There are still a few of us around, who have been with the BSD for 4yrs this year. I love the Montezuma chocolate too, it’s really yummy! Sounds to me like you have maintenance cracked and I’m sure you’ll continue maintaining well. Sadly, too many people don’t understand that it’s necessary to remain low carb in maintenance and there IS no going back to old eating habits, if we don’t want to return to what brought us to the BSD in the first place. Anyway, you are definitely NOT one of those and I’m certain your yearly checks will be everything you want them to be.

    Okay, time for me to find some positives to post ….
    ๐ŸŽ  Have arranged to visit Mum and Dad soon.
    ๐ŸŽ  OH has had an at home day to day.
    ๐ŸŽ  An especially good meditation session today.

  • posted by Jennie10
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    Just wanted to pop on to say congratulations to KrysiaD
    KrysiaD – that’s great news about your diabetes resolved code. Yours has been one of the journeys I followed so I know it was far from easy. Huge congratulations.
    Mind, not so convinced about the Montezuma 100%. I bought a bar to try once – oh no, one step beyond for me! On the other hand my husband, who has never been a chocolate eater , loved it and now gets a bar for Christmas, birthdays and high holidays.
    Really pleased for you.

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    Hello Krysia! Great news about your diabetes being โ€˜resolvedโ€™. Iโ€™m still classed as โ€˜in remissionโ€™ but you have given me hope that one day I will become โ€˜resolvedโ€™ too! As you say we just have to stay low carb forever. I must admit I no longer have either the need or the desire for bread, pasta, potatoes and rice. As we have always said this becomes a WOL not just a โ€˜dietโ€™ to start and finish!
    Whilst Iโ€™m here Iโ€™ll add a few positives…..
    Yesterday wasnโ€™t my finest because I didnโ€™t keep my three promises but today is a new day and I will try harder today. But ….
    1. Managed to โ€˜hideโ€™ my roots yesterday with some Magic powder.
    2. Had a delivery of some non-stop begonias which I will hopefully be able to plant out if the rain stops!
    3. Had a lovely meal of hake baked with peppers, shallots, cherry tomatoes and Italian herbs. Very tasty!
    Have a great Thursday.

  • posted by KrysiaD
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    Thank you SunnyB and Jennie10. It is so nice to be posting back on the forum.
    SunnyB – I agree that we cannot ever go back to our old eating habits or the diabetes will come back.
    What is a another positive is that I absolutely love my low carb diet – which has now become my ‘new normal ‘.
    Jennie10 – I am amazed your husband likes the Montezuma chocolate as mine absolutely hates it. I think the 100% is a bit like marmite – you either love or hate it. I hate marmite and cannot understand how anyone could like it. My husband feels exactly the same way about Montezuma chocolate.

  • posted by KrysiaD
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    Verano – I was in remission for ages and was so happy to now be classed as diabetes resolved – especially as I wasn’t expecting it.

    I think we are really lucky that we have lost the need/desire for bread, pasta, potatoes and rice. They were so bland and tasteless – yet so addictive. You are so right that this has become a WOL.

    Your meal yesterday sounded delicious.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Getting in early (for me) with positives for today…..
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Received an invite yesterday, to attend a private post lockdown reopening of one of our favourite restaurants, which happened last night.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Consequently, a lovely impromptu evening out with OH.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Delicious meal which I didn’t have to plan or cook. I had wood fired hake, V, with kale, young bread beans and samphire.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Weather allowed for some gardening this morning. Really enjoyed being out there.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Roses drenched and dead headed; one plant repotted and two given their first proper home since arriving.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Arrangements made to visit my parents next weekend.
    Think that’s plenty to be happy about at the moment. Looking forward to reading your positives soon …. please post.

  • posted by Verano
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    Ahh Sunny …. a meal out …. how wonderful! I do hope you really enjoyed it. We have lunch booked for the second week in August! Roll on August!!!
    No positives for me today probably because Iโ€™m in a bit of a twizz with myself! Just one if those days but tomorrow WILL be better!
    Have a good weekend everyone.

  • posted by KrysiaD
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    Positives today – we are going to have our first meal out since lockdown started.
    It is at a hotel next to the National Trust ‘s Sheringham Park. So we will walk around Sheringham Park first and then go for our meal. Not been to the hotel before but it looks nice.

    Positive no.2 – had a lovely breakfast with smoked mackeral. Verano – I don’t know if you remember setting a challenge nearly 4 years ago to eat more fish. I didn’t eat fish at the time but during the challenge I discovered I liked fish. So far this week I have had tuna, salmon and now mackeral. I must be healthier as a result.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Hope you enjoyed your meal out, Krysia. I used to love smoked mackeral, but it repeats on me horribly these days, so is on my avoid list. Love other fish though, I’m with you on tuna and salmon.

    Posting positives a bit early today, but I did miss yesterday, so there must be extras to report ….
    1 Painted the fence posts – a job that’s been outstanding since I painted the panels. Interestingly, it’s given the fence an additional dimension.
    2 Took the garden waste to the recycling centre – also a job that’s been outstanding for some considerable time.
    3 My new rose arrived, a really healthy little plant. It’s a climber and has lots of growing to do, but looks like it have the vigour to do it.
    4 Still managing to hold off a cold …. just.
    5 Daughter has had a job offer, so she is assured of some work once her job is made redundant. It’s not the job she wanted, but as she said, better something than nothing.
    6 Lovely video chat with youngest granddaughter, who seems to be maturing rapidly these days. She really makes me laugh.

    Okay, so maybe not a vast list, but certainly better than nothing. If you have a positive, please tell us about it soon.

  • posted by Verano
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    Very quick โ€˜helloโ€™ to everyone. Hope you had a lovely meal Krysia. I was reading today about lots of people who booked restaurants but then were โ€˜ no showsโ€™ very sad for the restaurants.
    I donโ€™t remember that particular challenge ….. but then there were so many! So pleased you are now enjoying fish. I love it in every way, shape and form! I think so many people are put off because they only โ€˜recogniseโ€™ fish covered in bread crumbs or batter, so when they have โ€˜realโ€™ fish they encounter โ€˜bonesโ€™! Thatโ€™s the end for lots of people! Anyway, Iโ€™m delighted that you are a โ€˜convertโ€™.
    Sorry no positives for me today, lost a close friend, but will be back with some soon.
    Take care.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Big hugs, Verano, take care of yourself ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

  • posted by Britta
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    Hello all. I’m back feeling a lot more positive this week – a positive in itself!
    I’m happy about:
    1. I’ve made bookings for summer holiday which I am now very excited about
    2. I took a week off from calorie counting and feel like I have actually managed to shift my ‘diet fatigue’ so that I’m ready for the week and I feel like I have some tricks up my sleeve for when I eventually get to maintenance stage
    3. I have harvested the red currants and made syrup for my yoghurt/kefir and the kids’ pancakes
    4. We went and saw my parents in law for the first time since early March and it felt like a little bit of normality
    5. I have lost enough weight to fit into my ‘next size down’ pile which gives me a lot more choice when I’m getting dressed in the morning, and there is hope that I might still be able to wear one of my summer dresses this year (although I’m beginning to think weather might be more of an impediment that body size!)

    This is going to be a good week I think!

  • posted by WindyJulz
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    Thinking of you Verano, take care.

    Britta I’m with you on feeling more positive this week – diet fatigue is a good term, think I’ve been suffering from that a little. It comes and goes and as long as i keep my chin up and look for the positives…..

    – wee run yesterday, 4km in good time and felt easy (as much as running ever will be for me) and I think i have proven the theory to myself that running is easier with a stone+ less body weight to carry around!
    – first week of horsey rehab done, walking 30 mins twice a day with him, and although he is very annoying to walk out we are getting to more of an understanding as to what is acceptable behaviour!
    – had some days off work, it took a few days to be able to switch off, the past 4 have been nice. 2 days at work today and tomorrow, then a long weekend.
    – been able to sit on our new patio and enjoy some sunshine with some visitors! Bliss!
    – garden plans coming together, although it is slow progress and we still basically have a patio in the middle of a building site.
    – young horse learning to go into the horsebox (for coming vet visit *rolls eyes*) is going well, he’s such a nice big horse, just nervous, and so i really think there is an underlying vet issue causing us problems. Positive to have something to investigate, and that he is so sweet and that training is going well – 700kgs of terrified animal is not the easiest prospect to deal with!
    – our cat has an adorable relationship with one of the horses – she sleep in his hay rack and he snuffles her, she loves it, brings a smile every day! Such a trusting little animal and such a gentle big animal – heart warming!
    – I think I’m 12 weeks into this way of eating – had a slightly ‘easier’ weekend – 2 ciders in the sun, and a dark chocolate treat, felt like recognition of progress and a chance to draw a line and get right back to it. 6 weeks or so til my birthday, so I’ll stick at it til then when I’m hoping to be at target and then enter maintenance……. or some variation……
    – Caught up with some good friends over the past week or so, was lovely even if the bits that were sitting in an open-sided barn, drinking coffee in the rain!

    Trying to be up beat….. there are tough days….this post is great for helping! Thank you

  • posted by KrysiaD
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    Verano – I will never forget how horrified I was when you set the challenge. But so pleased that you did.
    So sorry that you lost a close friend – it must have been such a shock. I do hope that you have some more positives very soon.

  • posted by KrysiaD
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    Sunny and Verano – yes we did have a lovely meal. We sat in the large garden with tables at least 20 foot apart. It was so nice to have our first meal out since February. We couldn’t go out for a meal for my birthday nor our 51st Wedding Anniversary so it was so nice to celebrate on Sunday.

  • posted by Verano
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    Hi. Thank you all for your thoughts and hugs. It wasnโ€™t unexpected, as he had cancer, but itโ€™s still always a shock. But , as they say, โ€œlife goes onโ€, although thatโ€™s not always easy, especially for the immediate family.
    Krysia I think we have all missed out on birthday/anniversary and other celebrations and Iโ€™ve soooo missed my holidays! We were fortunate enough to celebrate our 50th last October with a party with all our friends and family. My OH was planning a big party for his next birthday but we had to cancel that even though it wasnโ€™t until September. In May we thought that very few people would be up for a โ€˜full on face to faceโ€™ party, so we cancelled. Think we were right! A shame but there you go.
    So, Tuesday is my normal weigh-in day and I realise that I have gained over โ€˜lockdownโ€™. Itโ€™s probably only around 7lbs but I need to take stock again now.
    Despite my lows I still do have some positives…….
    1. I have started using FatSecret again. I have been so lax for a long time now. I remember in the early days I even weighed lettuce! Life is definitely too short to weigh a lettuce leaf!
    2. Iโ€™m also back to my notebook where I list all the things that are sabotaging my eating plan, and give them a big โ€˜tickโ€™ when I resist them each day. Works well for me!
    3. Itโ€™s really difficult to find positives when you are โ€˜shieldingโ€™, although to be honest I think my โ€˜common senseโ€™ is probably as good as, if not better, than the โ€˜confusedโ€™ messages we seem to be getting at the moment. Sorry for the political bit ! Anyway, I had a really long conversation today with a very dear old friend. That was the so very very positive and lifted my spirits no end!
    It was really interesting because he told me about his โ€˜new dietโ€™ supervised by a โ€˜nutritionistโ€™ who gives him an added โ€˜tinctureโ€™. Guess what! We have been doing the same thing for years…… basically โ€˜low carbโ€˜.
    So, hope everyone is well, but before I go can I call out to
    YOWZER …. hope all is good with you and yours
    and WENDY ….. I know you post but …. no positives now you are retired!!!!!!
    Take care everyone.

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    Britta, really envious of you having firm holiday plans. Congrats on being able to use your ‘next size down’, pile of clothes.
    Julz, glad the horsey rehab is working okay. Lovely that you have been able to catch up with friends too.
    Krysia, really glad you had a wonderful meal out … sounds idyllic.
    Verano, glad you have been able to chat with your friend, who has helped to lift your spirits. It seems even in the midst of your sorry, you are still able to return to your BSD notebook and make a start at refocusing.

    Positives from my little corner of the UK…..
    ๐Ÿ’ Daughter has secured a job with the employer which is making her old position redundant. Phew!
    ๐Ÿ’ Made a start on building a website for a friend.
    ๐Ÿ’ Enjoyed little gardening, including pruning a shrub which was getting a bit wayward. Like to try and get out on the garden at some point each day it’s really grounding.
    ๐Ÿ’ Lavendar is completely abuzz with stripy foragers, the sound of which is strangely relaxing.
    ๐Ÿ’ No need to watering the garden tonight, as we had plenty of rain last night.
    ๐Ÿ’ OH got home early this evening.

    What little positives have popped into your day?

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    Sunny, I’m pleased for your daughter, but if her previous position was redundant, how come there is a new opening? I do hope there is no playing the system by the employer and that it isn’t an excuse to put her on inferior terms. Legal antennae twitching…

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    Thanks for the concern, 6T, but it is above board and is as good as it can get for her right now. In an attempt at surviving the covid fall out the business (a large hotel chain) is restructuring, taking out a level of management and generally streamlining. This has meant jobs being made redundant and others put at risk, with the people on those jobs, being given the opportunity to apply for the few new posts being made available. Whilst this is a dreadful process for those concerned, this is standard and legal practise in the UK. The good news is, that she will not be worse of financially and she is continuing to seek opportunities elsewhere.

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    Back to post some positives, bot easy when I’ve done nothing, been nowhere and the day has been grey, but there must be some ….
    ๐ŸŒผ Both of my favourite roses are blooming for the second time.
    ๐ŸŒผ Dozens of flowers on the nasturtiums.
    ๐ŸŒผ Reorganised one of my draws, so it feels much less cluttered now.
    Think that’s all I can manage right now. Hopefully you will join in and share a positive or two to help lift the spirits of our thread followers.

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    I had a few positives that I want to share today.

    I had a reason to drive out of the area on a shopping trip (for supplies for bee keeping) So was able to drive down the motorway and down country lanes singing at the top of my voice to my favourite Bon Jovi album. There is definitely something about the length of some of the words how they they are extended and the vibrations in your throat on some tracks that just make you feel good .

    I decided to invest in a better bee suit. I have been stung by my bees through my suit and gloves each time I opened my hives this year and I swell up a lot in response to each sting. So I decided to go for a special suit which is thicker than a normal suit so the stings dont reach you. The good news is style of the women’s bee keeping suits wasn’t a good fit. It was so narrow on the shoulders and so short in the body that it made me feel like I was close to doing a hulk impression. Why is that a positive. Because they only make their women’s size bee keeping suits in a pinkish tone, while men have the option of white or grey, which just doesn’t sit right with me. I preferred the grey option that they make the male version in. The male one is too long in the arm and leg that it would have been illogical to buy a male version if the female had been a better fit

    I had a lovely time this evening in a zoom meeting. – I have been taking part in a training program for farmers about profit from pasture. – I believe that working with nature, and species rich pasture is better for animals rather than using artificially created grass species which have a high auger levels .to maximise profitability by increasing weigh as fast as possible. Native grasses are up to 14% sugar, but rye grasses have been developed which are 47% sugar and farmers are encouraged to reseed their land with these grasses to maximise profit by maximising the number of animals and the rate at which they get up to slaughter weight. – This evenings session was with a researcher and lecturer to vet students who specialises in parasite treatments and trace element treatments for farm animals. – I had put forward a number of questions but the course organiser only asked one of the vet. You could hear and feel the disdain in the voice when he read out my question about the impact of herbal pasture on both topics. – The look on his face when the vet confirmed that there was a lot of evidence that herbal pasture is much better than rye grass for both issues. :-))))))) Wasn’t the answer he wanted to hear.

    Even better, the vet reminded us a t the end of the meeting of his email address and that he was willing to answer any questions we took to him directly. So for this section our course organiser can’t forget to include my questions in those passed on to the lecturer. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Iโ€™ve reported barr6 as spam

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    Good to see you on the positives thread, JGwen. I’m a big fan of singing at the top of my voice to uplifting songs …. not so good if you have to listen though!!

    Another quiet day, so hunting out positives might be a little tough, but here goes ….
    ๐ŸŒบ Spent sometime in the garden pottering.
    ๐ŸŒบ OH out, so I have sole control of the TV remote for this evening.
    ๐ŸŒบ Did a bit more work on friend’s new website, it’s slowly coming together.
    ๐ŸŒบ Looking forward to visiting with my parents over the weekend.

    Because we’ll be away for a couple of days, I might not get here during that time. Hope others will post positives to keep things rolling though.

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    Positives to start the day and weekend off on the right foot. Lockdown fatigue has reached almost unmanageable levels in our house, so it is important to focus on positives!
    1. Being short I was never a fan of BMI, but you have to take your victories where you can find them and I accidentally discovered that I am no longer obese!
    2. This morning we had pancakes for breakfast (I had yoghurt and fruit) to mark the beginning of the school holidays and the end of almost 4 months of “homeschool”! It has mostly been horrifically stressfull and whatever happens from here on we will never do that again!
    3. It isn’t raining.
    4. I played the lottery for the first time in years and it appears I have won ยฃ5!
    5. I’ve got all of August off work (which is another way of saying I’ll be unemployed) and I can’t wait!

    That’s it. Should at least get me through till this evening! Hope you all have good weekends

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    Hello positive people. We’ve had 2 weeks off work (well, OH has been off, I’ve worked a couple of days and half days, but still feel like its been a break). The result is that I’ve not been on line so much and although generally sticking to the WOE it has been challenging and I have eaten too much of the good stuff and a little of some not so good stuff…..really struggled on days where the weather was poor as i felt a bit trapped as there is no where to go and when outside isnt appealing i look for food……. however there are positives…..

    – the bottom third of our garden looks like a garden rather than a building site. We have a pond, a patio all surrounded by lawn. We have learned how to build a pond and lay turf and now we have a nice place to sit in the sun. Next up is weed membrane and building of veg patches etc.
    – 2 weeks into horsey rehab for one, going ok, he seems well. Another week of walking out twice a day for 30 mins then onto the next phase which will be less time consuming.
    – other horse who needs to go to vet but hasnt travelled other than to get here, is progressing with travel training…. he’s a (very big) nervous sort so being careful with him.
    – Little functional horse is epic! Progressing very well and is generally awesome. I’m supposed to sell him….. that’ll be hard, but he is ready and I’m so proud of him!
    – Hubby starts his new job today, he’s off to the office for an induction and we shall see how the working routine is going to look. A relief to get going, following his redundancy and seeing how the rest of the industry is struggling getting in the door is important.
    – had a few visitors to the ‘garden’ over our break which was lovely, not ideal from a trying not to eat too much point of view, but lovely to see actual people, sit down and catch up properly. This included a friend who is puppy walking so brought 3 pups along for the social. Dad had a great time with them.
    – close family fit and well, although family in Australia is having a rough time.
    – Oh and I ran 5k yesterday, surprised myself as I’m really not a runner, but gardening and horsing seems to have maintained some fitness and it would seem being a stone+ lighter actually makes it easier! Dont really enjoy the running part, but felt great for it!

    Happy Monday….. Hoping starting the week with a positive mindset will set me up for a good one!

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    Britta, hope you are coping with lockdown fatigue. Congrats on the lottery win!
    Julz, that is an impressive list of positives. Do pleased your garden is taking shape and you have an area you can use now.

    Apologies for being absent during the w/e, we were visiting my parents and there wasn’t much time for online stuff. Anyway, there are some positives for me to report ……
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Lovely visit with parents, hadn’t seen them since December, so good to catch up in person.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Enjoyed gardening with Mum.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Came home with a batch of plants …. just need to find them homes.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Shopped this morning, mainly for groceries, but also for a few other bits, like a birthday gift and some skin care.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Finished the village news letter and got it printed up …. first printed version since lockdown started.
    ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ A really tender steak eaten for dinner, with roast cauli and broccoli.
    If you have a positive, please tell us about it.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Another day, another batch of positives ….
    ๐Ÿ– Gloriously sunny day again
    ๐Ÿ– Sat outside deadheading pinks, listening to the buzz of bees and the burble of the water feature.
    ๐Ÿ– Bought myself a beautiful little orchid at Tesco – really unusual markings

    That’s it for today, just a few pleasing little things. What positive popped into your day?

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    Seems I wasn’t the only person not to post positives yesterday. Not sure what happened to the day, just seemed to disappear, but regardless, I’m here to post positives now, so …..
    ๐Ÿฆœ Long telephone chat with a friend. Good to catch up on news.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Planted up to planters, one for me and one for son’s partner for her birthday next week.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Made some pesto, using some of my basil which is growing like crazy.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Looks like we’ll get some rain this evening, which I hope will top up the water butt.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Son and family coming over tomorrow evening.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Daughter has her first shift in her new role tomorrow.
    Think that will do for me at the moment. Please take a moment to let us know about your positives.

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    Seems I wasn’t the only person not to post positives yesterday. Not sure what happened to the day, just seemed to disappear, but regardless, I’m here to post positives now, so …..
    ๐Ÿฆœ Long telephone chat with a friend. Good to catch up on news.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Planted up two planters, one for me and one for son’s partner for her birthday next week.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Made some pesto, using some of my basil which is growing like crazy.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Looks like we’ll get some rain this evening, which I hope will top up the water butt.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Son and family coming over tomorrow evening.
    ๐Ÿฆœ Daughter has her first shift in her new role tomorrow.
    Think that will do for me at the moment. Please take a moment to let us know about your positives.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Getting a bit lonely here guys!! Not going to give up though, I figure if I keep posting here, eventually someone else will join in again๐Ÿ˜ƒ.
    ๐ŸŒž Another little potter in the garden this morning
    ๐ŸŒž Took some great photos of a butterfly and bees foraging on the lavender
    ๐ŸŒž Lovely evening with family.
    ๐ŸŒž Messaging with grandson.
    Nothing amazing, but all small positives for me. Hopefully you will post your positives soon.

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    I’m here and positive Sunny…… mine for Friday night….
    – walked and ran 27,000 steps today, my body is tired! 5k run went well though, good time and felt ok.
    – young horse went for practice run in the lorry today, he coped remarkably well bless him.
    – got a food plan for the next 4 weeks, this removes some anxiety for me.
    – dinner with the boys tomorrow evening and hubby has decided to join me in the not drinking quest – this should make my evening easier
    – Dad has a zoom call tomorrow with his siblings – he’s one of 6 and they are spread throughout the world, i think he’s quite excited. Lovely for them.
    – only 3 more days 2 x 30 min walking rehab for other horse….whoop! He is lovely but is very annoying to walk out! Looking forward to the next stage.
    – busy weekend planned which is nice – food shop tomorrow morning then taking horse off for some training then dinner. Sunday going to see sister in law and her new pup. Might have friends across in the afternoon.

    Sure other folks have some positive things to remark on too…..

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    Some positives this week:
    ๐Ÿ’ It’s the weekend! (Not that that makes any difference these days) and the July winter weather is good for today with a bit of sunshine, so will get out to do some weeding.
    ๐Ÿ’ Melbourne people have embrace the mandatory masking which is good to see. Hopefully this will start to get the Covid numbers down.
    ๐Ÿ’ I am doing a Christmas in July dinner for tonight. A roast chicken, some lovely roast veg, and – off plan – a small Christmas Pudding left over from December that I will have with homemade egg custard (sugar free)
    ๐Ÿ’ Enjoy my regular Friday night Zoom with girlfriends last night – cheers me up to see them all and have a laugh!
    Have a good weekend everyone๐ŸŒบ

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    Hi Sunny and other positive thinkers. You are doing a great job. Feels like a bit of an effort – the coronacoaster is at work here. The number of new infections doubled in the last week. ๐Ÿ™ But if MerryMelba can do it from Melbourne, here is a contribution from the Netherlands!

    – We are all still healthy!
    – The garden is bursting with colour. Fuchsias, agapanthus, delphiniums, echinacea. Nature carries on regardless thank goodness..
    – Had a great morning on the beach this week. The sky was empty of jet trails, and intensely clean and blue. A perfect walk.
    – My son has passed an essential exam at the nth attempt, so should finish his studies in February.

    There you are Sunny, you are not alone!

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    Hi Sunny and other positive thinkers. You are doing a great job. Feels like a bit of an effort – the coronacoaster is at work here. The number of new infections doubled in the last week. ๐Ÿ™ But if MerryMelba can do it from Melbourne, here is a contribution from the Netherlands!

    – We are all still healthy!
    – The garden is bursting with colour. Fuchsias, agapanthus, delphiniums, echinacea. Nature carries on regardless thank goodness..
    – Had a great morning on the beach this week. The sky was empty of jet trails, and intensely clean and blue. A perfect walk.
    – My son has passed an essential exam at the nth attempt, so should finish his studies in February.

    There you are Sunny, you are not alone!

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    ๐Ÿ˜ƒMy favourite trousers which had got uncomfortably tight towards the end of the year – fished them out for the first time yesterday, now a good fit verging on a bit loose.
    ๐Ÿ˜ƒI went to London Zoo yesterday – lots more is open than a month ago, including the Rain Forest bit and the Lemur enclosure – had a great time.
    ๐Ÿ˜ƒWent to the Picasso exhibition at the Royal Academy on Thursday – Limited numbers and Social Distancing improve big exhibitions immensely.
    ๐Ÿ˜ƒTomatoes in my community garden plot grown from seed had been a bit too successful, so I thinned them out and put some of them on the roof garden; it’s quite windy up there, but they seem to be thriving.
    ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒLost 2.5kg in my first week back on BSD.

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    Big thank you to Julz, Merry, caronl and Frog for posting positives and giving us all a break from mine! So pleased that you are all finding so many positives too. I’ll pop in a bit later to post some positives, right now, I’m going to try to finishing reclaiming our third bedroom, so that it can again be used as a bedroom and not a dumping ground!

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    Waitrose has frozen cranberries – I can usually only find them at Christmas time.
    I made half a kilo of cranberry and orange compote to add to my breakfast. A generous dollop this morning was about 25g, so it will last a while – lovely zingy taste.

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    Thanks for the tip on where to get cranberries, Frog. I like to have some on hand, to chuck into casseroles and the like.
    Okay, so positives for today …..
    ๐Ÿฆš Lovely date night evening with OH yesterday.
    ๐Ÿฆš Bay tree had a serious “hair cut” and looks much more civilised how.
    ๐Ÿฆš Ditto for OH, who is no longer sporting the mad professor look!
    ๐Ÿฆš Good attempt at reclaiming the third bedroom, should get it finished tomorrow and then we can have the rowing machine set up again.
    ๐Ÿฆš Finally got the string of solar lights put along the fence and through the lilac tree … looking forward to seeing what they look like a light.
    ๐Ÿฆš Ordered a wall planter to put on the workshop wall … should be here by next w/e, so that will give me another little garden project.
    That’s me …. what about you?

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    Here I am again, to check in with some positives….
    ๐Ÿ’— The string of solar lights we put up yesterday, looked wonderful after dark
    ๐Ÿ’— Did some more sorting in the 3rd bedroom this morning and got if to the point where I could set up the rower again.
    ๐Ÿ’— Did two short sessions on said rower.
    ๐Ÿ’— Promising myself to do a morning and afternoon row daily and aim to increase duration/distance.
    ๐Ÿ’— Raining again today, so the water butts should be completely full again.
    ๐Ÿ’— Couldn’t garden due to weather, but did get out there between showers, to take a few photos. Captured some excellent photos of roses, jewelled with glistening rain drops.
    ๐Ÿ’— Aga on strike, so cooked some marinated chicken thighs on the Foreman grill for dinner. Was very tasty.
    ๐Ÿ’— Overnight fast of 19.5hrs today.

    So, what was your positive today?

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    Me again, another day, another post of positives.
    ๐ŸŒŸ Sunny day, which gave me a chance to potter in the garden. Deadheading, drenching roses etc.
    ๐ŸŒŸ Did more on the rower, with increased distance in less time.
    ๐ŸŒŸ Sunny weather meant I got some laundry done.
    ๐ŸŒŸ Flight to Turkey booked for 8th Sept ๐Ÿ™‚ everything crossed now, that nothing will happen to overturn our plans.
    ๐ŸŒŸ Aga back up and running again …. likd havingcan old friend recover from illness.
    ๐ŸŒŸ Loving my garden fairy lights along the fence and planning to buy another set now. Just need to decide where they will look best.
    Well those are my positives for today … please come and tell us about yours.

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    Iโ€™m SO sorry,SUNNY and all,i dint realise how long it was since i posted,didnt mean to leave it so long,will take me ages to catch up with the news,but just a quick scan back,I noticed VERANO s message saying has lost a friend ….
    I feel for you V, i lost my best friend,my daughters wonderful godmother..its so difficult ..
    good friends,like diamonds,are hard to find ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–
    sending hugs,,we ARE allowed cyber hugs arent we!?๐Ÿค”
    My positives..
    * an exciting day today….!!!
    to the hairdressers,my second visit since they reopened,then a drive to the beach,for the first time in a loooong time! What fun!
    * as we drove into the parking area,a guy leaving gave us his pay n display ticket with an hour left on it.Bargain!
    * Ordered some online crockery i have wanted for years..Denby.Monsoon Cosmic..got some half price in Debenhams sale( other stores available! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ) and some more on ebay..new and unused …all arriving in the next few days!!
    Love to all..and FROG! Was excited to see a post from you,I remember you from wayback when! XXX

    ~ โ€œ The secret to living well and longer is: eat half,walk double,laugh treble,and love without measure ~โ€
    (Tibetan proverb)

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    Hi Sunny I too am sorry for not posting for a while, guess Iโ€™ve been in the doldrums. Big โ€˜helloโ€™ to everyone and especially to Yowzer, Frog, caronl and MerryMelba. Good to see some familiar names posting again.
    Love your Tibetan proverb Yowzer it brought a smile to my face ….. good way to start the day.
    I stated to re-read โ€˜The Fast 800โ€™ again on Monday and itโ€™s given me a bit of a boost. I think after so many years Iโ€™ve just been feeling a bit stale. I know that in the middle of July I attempted to start logging on FatSecret again but that was very short lived. So, my first positive……
    1. Iโ€™ve started logging into FatSecret properly this time. No more fooling myself!
    2. Saw my grandsons last week for the first time in 6, yes 6 months. What joy!
    3. The weather looks set to improve over the next few days which Iโ€™m sure will brighten us all up a little.
    Thatโ€™s it for now but I promise to get here more often.
    Have a good day everyone.

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    Just dropping in to say – Yowser and Verano wonderful to see you both back here and posting …. hope you’ll both be doing so more frequently again. Love the quote Yowser and V, you and your grandsons must have been so excited to see each other again after such an extended period of absence.

    Okay, well it’s a bit too early for me to post positives, but I’ll be back later to offer some up for the day.

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    Love the quote too Yowser!!

    I like an early positive…… funny how i run out of positivity through the day! ha. So here goes……er……
    – Successfully took young horse to vet – big deal for him to travel – prognosis is guarded but we have a plan anyway.
    – Managed to walk 5+k on Monday in pouring rain and again yesterday in wild wind – tried to convince myself i ‘was at one with nature’ whilst battling uphill into the elements!
    – Put a photo on facebook of me walking with wild hair in the wind and got so many comments saying ‘wow you look great’ – this must be a reflection of my weight as its certainly not my lockdown, frizzy, greying, uncoloured mess of hair! Felt nice. Guess loads of people havent really seen me since i began this journey.
    – Weather for today, friday and saturday looks nice!
    – all still fit and well!

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    Hi
    Iโ€™m newbie. Can you please let me know what proportion of carbs/fats/protein should I aim for. Many thanks

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    Its not about proportions. – Proportions suggests that as you reach maintenance you would increase carbs, protein and fat in proportion.

    There isn’t any guidance in Dr MM’s book on levels of carbs, protein or fat, but there has been considerable research subsequently and all seems to come up with the same figures. –

    So carbs less than 50g and if you are insulin resistant its less than 20g.
    Protein for a woman is 0.6 to 0.8g per kilo of target weight, and its upto 1g per kilo for a man.
    With the rest of your calories coming from fat. This combination means that when you want your body to use your own fat stores for fuel your calories input have to be less than the level burnt. When you get to target body composition, then you increase the calories from fat to balance it out.

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    Thanks for providing a response to Cakebaker, JGwen. Sure there are others for whom that info will be useful too.

    Just popping in to post positives for today ….
    ๐Ÿ’ Lovely sunny day, but a really pleasantly cool morning.
    ๐Ÿ’ Easy visit to the supermarket …. actually, the car park was almost empty when I got there at nearly 10am, which was a surprise.
    ๐Ÿ’ Watered and fed all the container plants.๐ŸŒบ
    ๐Ÿ’ Quick visit to local garden centre to get a gift card for a friend …. also acquired a tray of very cute little violas for our garden ๐Ÿคญ.
    ๐Ÿ’ Date night dinner all planned and organised.
    ๐Ÿ’ Managing to stick with my new regime of doing some sort of exercise each day. Might not be much but every little helps.
    Do you have a positive you can tell us about, we’d love to read about it.

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    Hi Guys,

    I am having a positive experience that I wanted to share. I signed up with a system called workaway, where you offer accommodation for people in exchange for accommodation and food. There are going to be people who struggle as a result of covid and I thought this could be a solution for all of us.

    First guy turned up yesterday, turns out he loves working on old mechanical items, he is gleaming with the enthusiasm at the idea of getting my classic landie up and running, and also giving the tractor an overhaul. Thats going to be a big help.

    Jillie.

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