Staying Mindful in May despite the Mayhem: one week at a time May 2024

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  • posted by wendleg
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    Well we are embarking on the month of May and this is a continuing thread which began in the New Year.
    It’s a busy time for many of us but the ongoing support is a great help when we have a few wobbles or tough moments.
    I mention mayhem because it does feel a bit like that at times when we have to navigate life events ! We are thinking long term so if you have a family event or holiday coming up..enjoy it ( within reason 😉) and know that someone will be available here when you get back….on track.

    I am focused on the next few weeks until we go to Greece. Pop in when you can so we can keep the thread alive even though we are not all around at the same time.
    Stay well and be happy !
    Wendy,sunshine girl and Sunny B

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Hello Wendy & thank you for setting up this continuing thread. I will be trying to complete a fast day today after succumbing to a sweet tooth attack yesterday & having a glass of white wine, a piece of dark chocolate & some tinned pineapple in juice! I have four weeks until my Seine cruise weeks holiday so must try to get back on track. I will weigh on Saturday. On we go into May 👍🍀🍀
    Margaret xx

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    Thank you for the new thread Wendy!

    Yes you’re right ongoing support is important. I’ll do my best to pop in during the first part of the month. I know we are only on day 2, but May has started well for me. Just had my hair done and pleased that the biotin I’ve been taking seems to be working to strengthen my hair. Had a lovely spinach omelette for lunch and sea bass for dinner. It’s all just so much easier to ‘feel’ healthy and stay in control when the sun is shining!
    Have a good week.

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    Unfortunately I have gained 1/2 lb & my Seine cruise starts on 30th May with included three course meals 🤔
    I must do much better & stick with low carb eating!!
    May the force be with us 😀
    Margaret x

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Have been out of touch for a few weeks now, so thought it a good time to check in. Really like the title of the May thread, Wendy.

    I’m urrently not weighing daily at present, but I am keeping and eye on things. When we left home, I was approx 1.5lb off my target weight and currently I am 6lb off target, so a gain of 4.5lb, but on the upside that seems to be stable.

    Margaret, half a pound is really nothing to be concerned about, as you still have time before 30th to ditch that and more. And if you are concerned about the 3 courses whilst away, perhaps make up your mind now, not to eat everything put in front of you, either skipping courses, or by trying a little of everything but not eating it all. Having said that, it will be an exceptional and limited period and can be compensated for later. We need to be able to enjoy life, so relax and make the most of your trip, even if it includes a little foodie indulgence.

    Will be reading post and will pop in from time to time to stay accountable.

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Hi everyone, we are not home yet but thought I would log in so I can ‘subscribe’ and keep up with the thread. We are currently at our daughters and will probably be eating healthier than on the cruise, more about that later. I did get weighed this morning but my daughters scales are always a kilo heavier than ours but it gives me something to help me keep track. We had a pub lunch today and I was very disconcerted at the amount of carbs on my plate that I left most of the food.

    Margaret, I am sure you will get to your goal before the cruise and I will tell you what I do on a cruise to keep within a reasonable limit but still allow myself some enjoyment.

    I will be back home on Monday 13 when I will be looking at getting back on track.

  • posted by Verano
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    S-g hope you enjoyed your cruise. Funny thing about carbs is that I can resist them relatively easily now. But, on Sunday I made roast lamb and made the choice to cook a small handful of new potatoes with the meal. I had two and the next day my blood sugar had shot up from a mid 5 average to 6.9.! I was really quite shocked. Anyway it had righted itself by this morning.

    I seem to be in the doldrums at the moment. Not really sure why I’m floundering but it’s back to that I/2 pound down/up/ down scenario. Probably need to juggle my food choices around again. I think I get stuck in a rut almost having the same brunches and dinners again and again. Maybe time for a change to more seasonal foods.

    Hope everyone is having a good week.

  • posted by wendleg
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    Hi everyone ! Looking forward to hearing about your cruise experience, SG ! Enjoy your time in the UK. Hopefully you will return to brighter weather. It has been a bit wet and gloomy here but due to improve from tomorrow..fingers crossed !

    Yes V. It’s easy to get bored and then the doldrums set in but your choices are pretty healthy .We need sunshine and salad !

    I’m focusing on our upcoming trip to Greece,trying to sort through my summer outfits,selling a few and resisting the temptation to buy!

    Keep on doing your best everyone!

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    I hope you have a wonderful time on your cruise S-G 👍& thank you cruise eating tips will be helpful😀
    I am pleased to say that I have just weighed & have lost 3lbs in weight. I know a lot of that must be fluid because I have tried to go back low carb & eating less than 900 calories for the last five days. I know that weekends are my real challenge because I relax & have a glass of wine 🙀however I will keep a close eye on my calories & try to increase my exercise until I go on holiday on 30th May. I am also sorting out some summer clothes now & it’s nice that they fit well now but because a lot are linen I have lots of ironing to do!
    I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend in this lovely sunshine at least here in England 🌝
    Margaret xx

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    Hiya, love the new thread title! It’s sunny here….just tried to find some Summer clothes that fit….errr…..minimal success……I wonder if I was rash when I got rid of all my bigger clothes a couple of years ago at target? But it felt/ feels like it’s an extra source of encouragement to not go back there….unfortunately I am 2/3 of the way/ weight back there 😳….just a slow slip over time….I know I can rationalise it with stress etc, but, I really do need to urgently lose the weight….!!! Mmmmmm……it would be sensible, right, to really get back on track……all encouragement welcome! xxx

    p.s. one thing that IS going well is I am really upping the exercise, so that’s good 😁…..but that won’t lose the weight!!

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Well the warmer weather is a great incentive to tuck into healthy salads, Tulip and start back on the right track. When I got rid of my larger clothes, I allowed myself to keep a very limited number of items one size up, so if I get to the point only those fit me, I know I have to knuckle down and trim off weight and inches.

    I’m sure your exercise will help with toning, so now you just need to refocus and refresh your food approach. All sorts of things can knock us off track, so don’t waste time and energy beating yourself up, just use the tools you now have to do something positive about those extra pounds. We’ll be here to offer support and help keep you accountable, so don’t forget to keep us posted on progress. You’ll soon be getting into those smaller summer clothes.

  • posted by SunnyB
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    Have a great holiday, SG 🛳🥳

  • posted by Tulip1
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    Hi SunnyB, thank you, that’s great advice 🙂

    Tulip xx

  • posted by 1960smp
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    Morning!
    I am late to the new thread for May but do love the appropriate title!
    I am chuffed as my weigh in this morning showed another 2.2kg loss which is remarkable for me. It does create a motivation emotion to keep going and just do what I know to do.
    My goal this week is to cut out bread even gluten free stuff and try the other versions such as like a thin rolled omelette or cloud bread using eggs and cream cheese.. it is just the effort of doing and preparing..
    Looking forward to hearing about your cruise SG, an d if you are presently in the UK, we have had some lovely weather this past week!!
    It seems 2 of my 3 daughters are also embarking on a healthy eating regime so that inspires me a lot, too.
    Have a great week everyone!

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Very well done 1960smp for your inspirational weight loss. It really does feel encouraging & motivating to lose some weight & I am also trying hard to keep focused this week eating low carb although I’m going to have to sort out some meal planning for each day.
    Let us all keep going 🤞👍
    Margaret xx

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Hi everyone, back from my holidays and looking at your postings. Glad some of you are doing so well, the main thing is you are here and sticking with us.

    I won’t talk about the cruise so much, we were a little disappointed as standards seemed to have dropped and corners cut since our last cruise before Covid. We might try a different cruise line next time but not really thinking that far ahead.

    First thing is my weight. I kept an eye on things at my daughters but she eats out at every opportunity. I managed to keep to my cruise gain and not put on any more weight. So I have gained 1.9kgs or 4.25lbs which I am quite happy about. It takes me to 73,9kgs and I want to be just under 72kgs by the end of May so a loss of 2kgs is my goal starting today.

    For anyone who is going on a cruise for the first time I have a few food related tips. First of all you will very quickly become bloated and possibly have swollen feet and ankles. This is due to the amount of salt used in the meals. You can ask for a salt free diet but it is such a faff as you have to pick your meal from the menu the night before and we don’t always know what we will fancy or on a big ship, which restaurant you will be eating in. Just put up with it but make sure you have some comfortable shoes that you can get into even if you swell up. Also, you will put on weight so make sure you have an outfit that will still fit at the end of the cruise, even if you have a weight gain.

    Food will be a big thing on the cruise, it is one of the pleasures of luxury travel and you should enjoy it, realising it is not a long term event and you have looked forward to it and spent a lot of money. If you do want to ‘try’ to be a bit healthy this is what I do. Always have a savoury breakfast or fruit like melon, stay away from the cereals so, as a diabetic, I still want to keep within a reasonable carb level. Next I always say no when the bread comes around, or save it until later in the meal. I ask for a small green salad for my starter if possible. I almost never have a dessert but if you want one, don’t fret over it – as I said above, just enjoy. When I did have an end course I sometimes had a cheese plate or fruit based desert. However, when I had a real dessert I choose something like a mousse or creme brulee rather than sticky toffee pudding or – as was on one menu – treacle sponge and custard.

    All in all accept that you will put on weight and if you have a medical issue you might have to (in my case) increase your meds. Just do what is right for you. Most of all enjoy the experience and worry about diet when you get home and get straight back on plan. Bon voyage.

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    Welcome home s-g!

    We have sailed on three different lines over the last two years and all were ‘disappointing’ compared to pre 2020. I just think that most, if not all, lines are trying to recoup their vast loses during their non-operational years. In saying that lots of cruise lines have upped their prices for this year and further on. Maybe there will come a time when ‘pent up travel’ is finished and the prices have to be lowered again but who knows.

    I have to agree with you about eating on a cruise s-g. I never eat three meals a day at home but on a cruise I have yogurt/berries or eggs no bread for breakfast. Lunch is often a burger or prawns with salad, no bread, and dinner, depending on the restaurant, meat and vegetables. If there is a soufflé I try that occasionally!

    We have to ‘live life’ so the odd ‘delights’ on holiday aren’t really a major concern in the grand scheme of things. I’ve always found the 3 or 4 extra cruise pounds disappear really quickly!

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    Lovely to hear everyone’s news….I am really working hard to get back into the swing of the WOE this week, and already feel less lethargic just from dropping the carbs again (I keep saying to myself, remember how it feels, you feel so much better when you are on plan, but white carbs are so addicitive and tempting it’s easy to get off track, until you are properly in the habit, but this is the tricky bit at the start before the habit’s fully formed, isn’t it, and those pesky gut microbes that crave sweet things are still very numerous 😅😅😅)….so, I’m trying!!
    Love to all xxx

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    Hi all, yes Tulip1 remember that feeling. I tell myself that every time I do some exercise, remember how good I feel. It doesn’t always work but I try my best to keep going.

    Your stomach is your second brain and shares control over things like hormones and those releases of ghrelin telling us we are hungry. It is up to us to give it some good gut microbes which repress the ghrelin. If you starve your gut of the sweet stuff it quickly forgets about its cravings. Watch the glucose goddess on YouTube.

    I have made a good start and already lost 1.5lbs since yesterday – yes, mainly fluid – but enough to spur me on even though it did fancy a drink which is a habit that has crept in on holiday. I resisted and felt better for it. Not yet got back into exercise but did a few reps of arms with weights just to get the muscles going. It is raining constantly right now so not in the mood for doing much except wading through my washing and unpacking.

    Have a good week.

  • posted by Wendy1947
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    Welcome back S-G & well done already also losing weight 👏👏
    I hadn’t ever considered swollen ankles & legs because of an increase in salt intake with cruise food 🙀I’m hoping French food might be better on my Seine cruise but it will be interesting finding out. I’m almost back to my pre-Christmas weight & hope that will be so when I weigh myself on Saturday. On the cruise I fully expect to gain weight but I will eat a protein rich breakfast although I don’t usually eat any & before on a river cruise I had a daily omelette. I will also try to have salad as an entree & stick mainly with protein & vegetables & try to choose wise desserts😀but I know that wine will be my downfall as an aperitif & with a meal 🍷🙀
    Keep on going everyone I have two more weighings before my cruise on 30th May 🙂
    Margaret xx

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    Margaret, I hope the French cruise has better food choices but watch out for all the bread, the French love their bread.

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    Morning!
    Good to have you back SG, sorry you relaised corners have been but on the cruise…I watched a few youtube vids and seems a few lines have done so, for whatever reason but most absolutely praise the Royal Caribbean, which was our 1st cruise years back. Who knows, my hubs cousin (88) just came off a Princess one and was horrified at the change, not only in standards but in passengers….

    Anyway, seems we are all losing some this week so great news!

    Actually, I wanted to mention, not sure if my hormones messing about but this last few weeks I have sort of developed an aversion to some foods….eg/ quiche, eggs and cheese , meat with veg, or full meals and can happily sit with a chunk of cheese and a tangerine…I have even gotten out of planning ahead as when it comes to it I don’t fancy the planned meal, so bizarre YET give me sweets I can lives on them lol…Obv not a good idea.

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    Hi everyone!

    I’m back here again, determined to stay the course and actually lose the weight this time!
    I need to be here to help me stay on track, because in the last while since I’ve stopped checking in (I don’t even know why I stopped- life just happened I suppose!) I’ve gained back most of what I had lost… which is depressing but on the other hand, I’ve done it once and I can do it again.

    I just read “Life in the Fasting lane” by Eve Mayer, Megan Ramos and Jason Fung, and found it super motivational and helpful for IF and longer term fasting, which I want to give another try.

    I have been diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, which is most common in women age 30-40 (which I am), and overweight /obese(ditto). Most people who have lost 15% or more of their body weight were able to put the IIH into remission, I’ve learned from my research. I do not want to have to repeat the Lumbar Puncture i’ve just had, and of course I don’t want to lose my vision- so I know what i’ve gotta do…
    And i’m super grateful to all the members on this site for offering support and friendship on this journey. (My GP has unhelpfully referred me for weight management where the advice is to eat- what else? carbs… so I know I am on my own- no support from the GP or any other medical establishment, but I gotta do what I gotta do and I know this is the way to do it)

    So- weight loss- here I come!!!

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    Hi all, welcome back happysnap, stay with us to keep on track. Sorry about your diagnosis but look at it as a strong motivator for weight loss. Also sorry your doctor is a dick. Most are, even my Dr Gorgeous who doesn’t believe in my diet. When I had a slight blip up on my HbA1c 6 months ago (only went from 6.0 to 6.3) and I said I was disappointed he told me I am getting older and things are only going to get worse. I was pleased on my next test to be down to 5.9 and weighed in at 2kgs less. So much for me getting old.

    1960smp, I quite often go off some foods and sometimes off all foods – just want something really nice to eat. That for me is something like strawberries – memories of childhood illness and mum buying them for me. Treat yourself kindly and have some nibbles to hand.

    I personally am not feeling great today. Constipated (return to a different diet), queasy, weak and dizzy. I did a BG test and it was very high 179 so that could be the cause of the symptoms but don’t know why it is so high as I only had scrambled eggs for breakfast. Fortunately, I can take it easy until I feel better. Not checking my weight as it might impact on my weekend resolve so I will leave it until my weigh in on Tuesday.

    Just hung out some heavy washing – jeans – and within 5 mins I had to bring them back in as black clouds are coming over. We seem to be having a lot of rain right now. Still waiting to get into the pool – maybe next week.

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    I hope you are feeling better now S-G & sorry to hear about your diagnosis happy snap & hope this way of eating will help👍
    I’ve just weighed & Ive lost 1.5 lbs & am pleased that I have finally lost my Christmas weight gain & I am back to having lost two stone. I have a further 1.5 stones to lose now & less than two weeks to lose more weight until my Seine cruise. I’m preparing food for my family coming on Sunday plus making a carrot chocolate birthday cake. I will have courgetti not spaghetti with the bolognese sauce & a favourite side salad of baby spinach, mushroom, avocado & bacon & fruit salad as a pud but the wine & garlic bread will tempt me!
    I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!
    Margaret

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    No let up in the rain and forecast for the next week. Went and bought 30 geraniums to put in pots but it might have to wait until the skys clear.

    1960smp I have just remembered I bought some Purition shakes for those days when I don’t feel like having anything. They are simple and tasty. I have mine with almond milk which is very low in calories.

    No news here as not weighing and hoping I won’t be disappointed on Tuesday. The weekend is nearly over for have a good week.

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