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  • Gosh that is a long time. I was diagnosed a year after my daughter was born. There was discussing that I might have had diabetes during pregnancy. Undiagnosed, it was just urine strips in those days. My daughter, first child, was 10lb 15ox (4.93 kilos). I wasnt given any dietary advice just told losing weight would be good. I dont think I had an HBaiC for 4 years. I was put on metformin but had such bad side effects I had to come off, they tried other pills for a couple of years then I went on insulin. Basically more and more medication which then needed more and more medication. I was even told to have snacks of digestive biscuits to avoid hypos!!!! I went to Egypt in 2003 on a mixtard and whilst there swapped to basal/bolus. When I came back summer 2018 I was on 40 Lantus and 24-28 Humanlog before each meal and 111 kilos!

    I went low carb as it is easy here, almost imposible in Egypt, typical meal and potato tagen with rice and bread. Then my partner who has studied science told me you can reverse diabetes. I poo pood it as a fad but he pointed me at the science. I read and watched articles by Michael Mosely and then got the book. Went and saw my diabetic nurse who was massively supportive and started in Dec. I am now 88 kilos and still losing but slowly. I have mobility problems so cant exercise.

    It has been an interesting journey

  • That is an absolutely excellent article from Dr Fung. Thank you for posting it – I have bookmarked it as I think it is such a clear explanation of what is going on.

    It looks like, from your profile, that you are like me – that coming off the insulin and staying off it is not an easy road as it is harder to keep good numbers if you had T2D for years and years. I also had the scary hypos when coming off insulin.

    My hba1c was 125 on diagnosis and my diabetes nurse thinks that I had undiagnosed diabetes for maybe 20+ years.

  • posted by  Jess65 on Attentively awesome August
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    Hi Amethyst & DCT I try to read all forum posts each day, it seems to help to keep me focused and motivated. I came across the BSD book in April 2017 and started the next day, so you started a little bit before me DCT. I’m going to try and post a bit more.

  • posted by  Julie58 on Just starting the BSD
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    It will be 4 weeks on Monday 26th August. The freezer is still well stocked with good home made food and, although my weigh in is on Monday, I could not resist stepping on the scales today. I have just cracked the first stone. Hurrah! There are some favourite recipes that I stick to, and which freeze well, but I would love to see a second BSD book on the shelf. I’ve looked at many cookery books and have a shelf full of books from famous chefs but rarely do you see a carb and calorie count in them. Can we have another book please or can anyone recommend one.

  • posted by  Elky on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hello all, my positives for the day:
    1. It has been a magnificent day here weather wise, a real promise of spring.
    2. I got all the laundry dry on the clothesline, in the sunshine and the breeze, including the sheets. Line dried sheets = bliss 😌
    3. Heading around to a friend’s for dinner this evening, which is always lovely.

    Cheers, Elky

  • posted by  Dreamscometrue on Attentively awesome August
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    Hi Wendleg and thanks for the nagging and bossing – it’s what I need! I’m a complex mix of being a very creative person yet also craving a daily routine, and with going through some major lifestyle changes at the moment that routine has gone completely out of the window. But until a new life pattern stabilises I just need to harness the creativity to continue to make BSD work even when times and places are different from normal. I know I can do it – and look forward to journeying with you all over the next few weeks and months.

    Thanks Amethyst too, and I’m glad you’re doing well. You mention not being as experienced as some on here, but everyone’s experience is very unique – though sometimes with similarities to others. So you are already experienced in your own experience – if that makes sense?! Yes you will have questions and frustrations along the way, and someone on here may well be able to help, but you will also have just as much to give as many of the old-timers: perhaps more so in the sense that you are coming to this afresh so can re-inspire those of us who have been on the road for longer.

    Talking of which, welcome Jess and well done for your success so far! You did really well to lose so much a couple of years ago (perhaps we started around the same time? I was January 2017) and then especially to re-lose the pounds that had snuck back again. Well done. I’m sure that now you are travelling with us you will start to make a dent in those remaining 14lb. I think the nearer you get to goal, the harder it is to lose the pounds so do stay on here and keep posting when you can: I don’t post that often but it does give you a sense of accountability and it really helps when others can either celebrate your losses or give you a nudge when you’re beginning to wander off-piste – as happened to me yesterday 😉

    Have a great weekend everyone X

  • posted by  Amethyst on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING AUGUST 20TH 2019
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    Hi,
    Id like to join this weekly thread to help me stay committed. I’m just coming to the end of week 1 (round 3 🙄) and am determined to keep on with this woe once I’ve lost the weight. Previously, old habits crept in far too quickly and the weight piled on again.
    Great to hear all your stories… I didn’t know that about jeans either but it totally makes sense!
    Well done LK for getting back on this after your holiday. Inspirational and you must feel great.
    Kafin, love the idea of saying positive things, I love my collar bone/top of shoulders. Am thinking that some decently fitted bras could be my treat when I hit my goal.
    Bee girl ~ id also like to be in your kitchen with a lovely cup of tea surrounded by all those aromas… beats my Yankee candles!
    Happy Saturday ☀️

  • posted by  Amethyst on Attentively awesome August
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    Hi Jess,
    I’m probably more of a stalker too 😂 but thought if I joined in on a few threads it might keep me focussed so I started here.
    Well done on achieving what you have so far and good luck with the next 14 👍

    Wendy, sorry about your husband and I hope his recovery goes well. What an amazing year with your weight loss achievement, I’m still learning who is where, so to speak, on their journey. I’m still impressed by your focus though as I always use food during emotional times and I know that I need to fix that.

    DCT, sounds like you have some lovely things to look forward to. I want to reiterate what Wendy says though (although I’m clearly not as experienced as you all) and see if you can look beyond these fun times and look at the longer goal. It is so hard to get back on the wagon 🙄 Have fun doing what you’re doing and make choices you’ll be proud of.

    I’m going out tonight and have opted to drive. My friend is disappointed I’m not being a partner in crime drinking with her but only being four days on this plan I really need to stick with it. Alcohol and snacks are my downfall (or one of them anyway 😉). I hope that I will feel better for it in the morning and I have to look to the future where, once I’m at a healthy weight again, I can indulge mindfully.
    Happy weekends everyone ☀️

  • posted by  LouiseKangooroo on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING AUGUST 20TH 2019
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    Glorious Saturday morning here, the sun is shining and it’s cold and crisp, one of those beautiful winter days.
    I can log my results for my 10th week on this WOE and I’m pumped cause I have maintained my loss from before holidays. So I effectively maintained weight despite 10 days with daily beers and more carbs than I would have wished for. All meals were rice based. However I stayed away from all other carbs outside of beer and rice and focussed on fat/proteins and feeling satiety.
    I’ve been back 5 days and dropped all the water gain or whatever else thanks to an egg fast and 2 water fast days. Loving this WOE 🎉
    It’s a revelation for me to know that I was so much looking fwd to getting back to it and that I can easily maintain while relaxing a bit for some special occasions.
    No more special occasions until Christmas, so I’ll have a lot of time to shift the 7lbs that keep me away from my initial goal.
    KOKO!

  • Hi Jane
    You are right – it is Dawn Phenomenon where your liver releases sugar at the start of the day. It happens to everybody but if you are insulin resistant your insulin doesn’t work as it should so you will run high blood sugars. Also, if you are T2 your liver is probably stuffed with sugar.

    As you continue with low carb this will improve as you won’t have so much stored sugar in your body. The morning blood sugars are usually the last to improve.

    I think that it is good to get rid of this stored sugar as it will help the body to become less insulin resistant. I wouldn’t have thought it would have affected weight loss – but losing weight will definitely improve the Dawn Phenomenon.

    Have been off insulin for almost 3 years and rarely get Dawn Phenomenon now.

  • posted by  Jess65 on Attentively awesome August
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    Hi I’m probably more of a stalker than a poster I discarded 2 1/2 stonr a couple of years ago following BSD or 800 Cals less than 50 g carbs.. I found about 10lb in the last year .. not sure where from they just sneakeaked up and latched on as they do when your not paying attention. I’ve now managed to get rid of hopefully never to be found again 😂. I only want to give the boot to another 14lbs to be in the middle of my happy healthy weight but I know that this is going to be the hardest part of my journey and the maintenance will be even harder … 💕 how I feel eating low carb and know I can get there reading all your posts …. even though I don’t feel confident to always join in with your conversations xx

  • posted by  Jess65 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    First time I have posted on this thread but I look at all posts daily ….. hope you don’t mind my positives
    1 managed too find 2lb on an all inclusive week away with my daughter….amazing holiday drank alcohol, restricted carbs … I allowed some bad carbs 😞
    2 discarded holiday gain within 3 days of getting home
    3 Lowest weight I’ve been for ……. not sure how long probably 10 years or more, need to discard another 10lb to be in the healthy weight range hopefully in September 😃

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING AUGUST 20TH 2019
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    Just wishing everyone a good weekend whatever you are doing. Birdy will be returning soon after her holiday.🤗 It seems lots of people are away at the moment I hope lots of you will find your way back to the thread as the summer holidays begin to draw to a close. I am not thinking about work just yet…plenty of time xx Happy Bank holiday weekend to those in the UK xx

  • posted by  wendleg on Attentively awesome August
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    Hi DCT..try to do your best to stay as low carb as possible over the coming weeks. I fear you might be facing a difficult re start in October otherwise ? That would be such a shame and so demoralising to undermine your achievements DCT ! You don’t have to fear you will slide into bad habits if you stay determined to make healthy choices which you can sustain long term .Why can’t you get into a regular routine now ?
    I am nagging and bossing you a bit..in.the nicest possible way 😉

  • posted by  Dreamscometrue on Attentively awesome August
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    Hi everyone

    Wendleg, I’m glad your husband is on the road to recovery. That’s really good news. I’m sure you make a tremendous nurse, just try to look after yourself as well: easier said than done I know. But well done for not falling into the comfort eating trap.

    Amethyst it sounds like you are doing really well! How wonderful it will be to go back to work being able to wear some of your old favourites again. And it’s good that you are seeing the value of NSVs (Non Scale Victories) as much as what the numbers are saying. Keep going!

    Cathy – WOW! 7lbs. That’s fantastic and I am so pleased for you. You’ll be in that slinky jumpsuit before you know it 🙂 And how great that your son is also adopting this WOE. Have a wonderful time in London.

    I need a bit of a kick as (still!) not been very attentive this week. Too many bad carbs. My weight is ok-ish but I’m feeling bloated and splodgy. My one excuse is that it’s a weird time at the moment, just having retired from full time working and needing to establish new routines. Which I know I will, but probably not until October as I’m away on various short breaks over the next few weeks (including to Ragdale Hall Cathy, which I know you love. First time so will report back in due course!). So whilst I can’t yet get into the same kind of regular routine that I have been in until recently, I will just try to do my best for the rest of August and into September. My concern is that I’m going to slide into loads of bad habits and start undoing all the efforts of the past couple of years. But I know that you lot will help to keep me on track 🙂

    Happy weekend everyone – especially those in the UK who have our hot sunny Bank Holiday weekend to look forward to!

  • posted by  Californiagirl on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hello to all! Good to “see” you here Elky! Glad that your husband is recovering Wendleg (stay away from those vintage linens); fantastic numbers and news WoodDuckie; that puppy has a good momma Caron; Kafin, your shoot sounds busy and fun; Verano, so good to see you posting; happy orchid potting SunnyB — oh dear, I’m sure I have missed some people!
    I have had an all-day every-day class this week so I apologise for not posting. I will catch up over the weekend and wish you all a great day and weekend.
    And I heard there’s an anniversary — HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ALLIE!!

  • posted by  Elky on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hi All

    That’s a great list of positives, Duckie, you must be so pleased 😊

    Allie, hugest congratulations on your anniversary, I hope you have a wonderful day. Big hugs!

    Sunny, thank you for your welcome to this thread, I think it is very good for me to post here.

    And on that note, my positives:
    1. It’s Friday. I know Friday happens every week, but this has been a long week for me and I’m very glad to see the weekend on the horizon.
    2. Wearing a pair of jeans that I haven’t previously fitted into (one of those items of clothing I bought years ago with a plan to lose weight). I think they’ll be a fairly fleeting feature in my wardrobe because while they fit in the backside they are too big in the waist, so are belted in, but I think they’ll do for the rest of winter. With a jumper over the top you can’t tell that the belt is there.
    3. Catching up with a friend this weekend who I haven’t seen in about 18 months—based in the US these days and doesn’t make it back here very often.
    Hugs, Elky

  • posted by  wendleg on Attentively awesome August
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    Hi Amethyst, my hubby is slowly recovering after a fall in which he sustained several fractured ribs and a fractured collarbone…so I am on nursing duty !
    Thanks for your good wishes . I am a year and almost 5 stone down the line so I have had time to establish very sound eating habits which are my way of life now. Hubby’s injuries , however serious, would never make me eat buns 😉
    I am far from being rare in staying focused on the forum but most importantly, those who stay are very much devoted to helping others by sharing their experiences.
    Yes, please stick to it , Amethyst ! You definitely won’t feel alone ! Good luck and believe in yourself !

  • posted by  Amethyst on Attentively awesome August
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    Hi Wendy,
    I’m not sure exactly what’s happened with your husband being a newcomer to posting but I am hugely impressed that despite everything happening you are still being conscious of this WOE. It is such focus of you all on here that is helping me stick to this. I don’t feel so alone on this journey. 🤩

  • posted by  wendleg on Attentively awesome August
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    Hello everyone.
    This has not been the best August ever …I am not used to seeing my lovely hubby ‘diminished’ and in pain but I know he will get better. I doubt I will hit my 11 stone target by the end of the month although I have some days left. Will see what happens. I am not concerned with the number on the scales right now.It feels good to be wearing smaller clothes after my sister’s alterations. She has given my dresses a more fitted shape which I am enjoying getting used to 😉

    Of course you should be proud of yourself, Amethyst ! Keep going !
    Well done, CC ! Fantastic achievement and you are right to be so thrilled !!
    Sorry I have been a bit out of touch with this thread and am not addressing you all indiviually but wishing you all a successful end to the month xx

  • posted by  wendleg on Weight loss help
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    Hello Merry !
    How have you been ? We have missed you on the threads ! Good to see you back xx. Come and chat to us on the usual meeting places ? xx

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING AUGUST 20TH 2019
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    Elky , I wouldn’t dream of telling you off 😉 Good to see you back and I am glad you are recovering from recent stresses .Like 6T I had never heard of ‘coolsculpting’ . Is it a speciality from Oz like Vegemite ??
    Oooh the idea of a bag of frozen peas on your ( I am sure not so jelly) belly makes my eyes water, 6T !
    I am with you on the curves, Elky ! Embrace those curves! I often mention my (ample) bosoms and bloomers on here and have always accepted my generous dimensions but it appears I have been wearing the wrong size bra 😉 so I am not so ample any more !!! 🙂 I think my dresses look better now my boobs have been correctly hoiked up.

    Sorry if this is too much information ( I should possibly post this on the Positives Thread too 😉 )
    Hope everyone is having a good Week xx

  • posted by  sixturkeys on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING AUGUST 20TH 2019
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    Boo to the great jeans conspiracy….My size 12s might have been bottom of the cutting pile, and the size 10s at the top….
    Elky, I had not heard of “coolsculpting”. I do have some frozen peas in the freezer, so might try a DIY approach. I will report back on my findings. But from what I have gathered, it claims to “destroy” fat cells, whereas from what I have read on here, at best they just collapse on the “whoosh” principle. In Anglo-Saxon terms, it strikes me as possible b*ll*c*s. But hey ho. Anyone else with cash to splash, let us know! My waist is re-emerging, so I’m rather envious you’ve always had one! It was a great idea Kafin to get us to accentuate the positives! And lovely to hear from Duckie! All best to all.

  • posted by  Kafin13 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Congrats, Duckie – nice to hear from you and that’s a real achievement on both accounts!
    My positives – on the final countdown, just four more days until we wrap! Today is a shopping and prepping day so I don’t have to be on set, which means less sweating and being yelled at! I can’t think of anything else because my mind is on my lists so I’m off and running!

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Allie, all possible best wishes to you and your man, for your 50th anniversary … Big hugs.
    Caronl, really good to see you here and posting some positives, despite things still being a less than ideal for you right now. Hope things will get better for you soon.

    Have a few positives to post now ….
    1). Grandson picked up his exam results today and has acquitted himself well. He’s very happy with his results and so are we.
    2). Got the laundry up to date.
    3). Didn’t get around to sorting out the utility room, but I did spend a couple of hours repotting orchids and giving them some TLC, which was a bit overdue. Caught a couple of them in time, as they had very little viable under-soil root left, but they should be fine now.

    Has been great to see so many people posting on the thread today and hope to see many more.

  • posted by  LouiseKangooroo on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING AUGUST 20TH 2019
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    Elky, I didn’t know either about the way jeans are cut. That makes so much sense!
    I went to buy a couple of pairs the other day and went to a fancy brand that make beautiful jeans in a sustainable way. While I was in the shop, a man came in and wanted to purchase a pair for his gf who was a size 10. The sales person strongly advised against buying before trying which I found odd. But then I picked two jeans of the same size and same model/cut just different colour and the fit is completely different! One fits me well now, I can put it on, zip it up, while the other will need me to shift 4-5kg before getting there…!

  • posted by  caronl on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    HI all
    Lovely to read your positives, and welcome back Duckie. Thanks V for reminding me of Allie’s anniversary. Do have a lovely day tomorrow Allie. I was wondering where you had gone to, but it sounds as if you have been happily busy preparing for a special day??

    I am still finding it hard work to bounce along as usual, but there are always positives to savour:
    1) a lovely walk this morning by a still lake – baby grebe paddling along.
    2) the puppy listened and didn’t jump in. Cream cheese in a tube can achieve many miracles with a labrador..
    3) gorgeous blue sky and a summery weekend around the corner. Enjoy one and all – at least in this part of the world.

  • posted by  Amethyst on Attentively awesome August
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    Hi all, I’m on day 3 of AAA and am missing carbs a bit but getting into the habit of eggs mid morning is helping. Hoping to feel proud of myself by the end of August and am looking forward to the September challenge. Good to have a focus 😊

  • posted by  JGwen on Best Ketone tester/meter
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    Hi Tululah,
    I am doing really well thank you. – I am down 7 stone so far which takes me half a stone below my initial target. – But my initial target was to get back to my “traditional” adult weight which I admit was overweight. – Now I am working on achieving a healthy body both metabolically and body composition.
    For me the BSD book (and its promise of lots of lbs lost in a few weeks) was the doorway into learning more about nutrition and understanding that the model of calories in/calories out is a myth, but there are problems with it. The most important of which is a lack of coverage on what to do after the initial round if you have a lot of weight to loose. However, for me that omission has become an advantage because it provided me with the motivation to look at the work of the different low carb experts out there and read up on the latest research.

    To answer your questions based on my experience.

    One of the reasons it can be a struggle when going into ketosis is due to a fluctuation in electrolyte levels which causes “carb flu” where people feel like they are coming down with flu when they cut out carbs. – A high carb diet tends to be higher in salt than a low carb diet. – Also when we go low carb our kidneys automatically release electrolytes with the stored water our bodies release. This drop in electrolytes is easy to fix by increasing our salt intake. Maybe this time you happened to have more salt in your diet? – Also the more time we spend in ketosis the more our bodies heal and become what is known as metabolic flexible which means we can go in and out of ketosis easily.
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    I think you are right to spend the time researching the impact different carbs have on your ability to enter ketosis. – The figures on the carbs in each food source is not the same as its impact on insulin. – The level of fibre in a food will change the rate at which it is digested, changing the rate at which it impacts on blood sugar and therefore insulin levels. However, it gets even more personal. – the mixture of gut bacteria you have will change how rapidly your body processes food. – The research in Israel using a continuous blood sugar monitor and food diary was about comparing the results with tests on the range of gut bacteria that person has to produce a personalised diet.

    Also a persons level of Insulin Resistance will effect the background level of Insulin, how high and long the Insulin spike for each carb level. Which is why Dr’s working with elite endurance athletes describe < 100 g carb as a ketogenic diet, while at the other end of the scale someone who is very Insulin Resistant as a result of being overweight and eating a high carb diet for decades has to be under 20g of carbs a day to be sure of being in Ketosis.

    Staying under 20g of carbs for months at a time to loose the weight is difficult, so knowing your personal response to different meals has the potential to give you a wider diet range.

    Those who are very IR and have to stick to the 20g limit because just a small error in calculating the carbs could be enough to knock them out of ketosis for 48 hours, not only benefit from knowing that is where they are at, but also by tracking their ketone levels they gain useful information on their progress on reversing IR.

    Which is better yo yoing between being in and out of ketosis by including carb intake during each week, or staying in ketosis for a number of months? -There are some people who are so addicted to carbs that they can not face the idea of not including carbs in their week, and for them its obviously better to be low carb / fast occasionally rather than do nothing. However, the benefits of ketosis, including its potential for healing various health problems, is an area where there is a lot of research being undertaken.

    I believe that the science demonstrating that being in ketosis for longer periods results in the body repairing so it can use fat for fuel suggests its better for me to stay in ketosis so thats why I am choosing to monitor my response to different meals.

    The following link is written at a very general level. – Me being me I have been watching hour long podcasts that talk through the chemical processes within cells on burning fat. I have had a few aaaahhhhh moments when I realised that I have been showing signs of being very IR since my 20’s, so I am under no illusion that its going to be a long journey for me personally, not just a eat keto for 6 weeks and you will be fixed. – But I think it gives a good explanation.
    https://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-metabolic-flexibility/?fbclid=IwAR2POVph2BXUxG77qIgPuSa8I4Vr-5tA1MTMWo6poMdkLUzA9okJKaFb6o8

  • posted by  ClarinetCathy on Attentively awesome August
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    Hope everyone is still on track- Ten more days left in August to make a difference – I started being attentive on 5th August and it has made a massive difference. I am aiming to lose another 2lb before 31st August and if I do then I will have lost 7lb this month!!! WOW! I am still feeling focused and visualising a smaller me seems to be helping me stay on track- I really want to get back to where I was two years ago, less than 138 and ideally 133. I am going to see my son in London this weekend, he is a low carber too. I plan to fast during the day and eat one meal in the evening whilst staying with him. I won’t be able to weigh until Tuesday when I get home. I may try and incorporate a fast or two next week to help me achieve my goal for August,. Keep chipping away everyone, Super September (can’t remember what name was decided) is around the corner! 🐢

  • posted by  SunnyB on Parsnips and sweet potatoes
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    Welcome Julezannie – it is best to avoid root veggies, as these are high carb items. Better to go for green above ground veg. However, if you feel you need it, a VERY small and very occasional portion of parsnip, carrot or sweet potato probably wouldn’t have much impact.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Too early in the day for me to post positives, but wanted to drop in and welcome Elky to the thread, thank you for posting here. Also wanted to say it’s good to see you posting V and who CAN resist champagne – certainly not me!
    And good to see you back too Duckie, you have been missed, had been wondering where you had got to and if you were okay. Good to see you posting positives.
    Pleased things are still going well for you and you OH, Wendy.
    I’ll be back later to post some positives and with luck there will be others letting us know their pluses during the day.
    Thanks to all, for keeping this thread alive.

  • posted by  WoodDuckie on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    WTG Kafin and such rewards for your compassion and understanding! Raise one of those mocktails to yourself and two for the young lady. Courage could well be her middle name 🙂 Hugs from Duckie . . . Quack Quack!!!

  • posted by  benji875 on A Breath of Fresh Air!!
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    I started using a meditation app that helps me become calmer and more appreciative. I used it to fall asleep and to start into the day.. when the weather is nice I go to the park and meditate there. It is just great. I recommend everyone to just take a minute and appreciate just what is around you 🙂

  • posted by  WoodDuckie on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    How about it indeed SunnyB!!! Hi all . . . been while since I was around . . . LOADS been happening down by the duckpond . . .. No BSD F’m notifications coming through to my emailbox reminding/prompting me, so I tend to skim the (other) titles and run off to do accomplish “stuff” for hours weather permitted . . . BUT here are my mindblowing (for me) positives 🙂
    1. Ive invested more $$$s than usual around my garden lately 🙂 And it has been SO worth it! Cyclamen, stocks, pansies, pretty pretty pretty. As I live “in the bush”, there are no streetlights, so I have many and varied solar lights for guiding the way after dark. Some were: some werent working. All have been retrieved . . . tinkered with: replacing batteries, checking globes and cleaning glass covers etc.. Those rejuvenated stayed: others have left in the recycling bin 🙂
    2. Back to GP for 6 monthly blood results. HbA1c has lowered to 5.9. Im aghast at this extra drop . . . so now . . . in 14 months from 12.9 to 5.9 just goes to show how wonderful this WoE is 🙂 Words fail me – (I hear some saying for once . . .? THATS AMAZING!! hehehehe!!!)
    3. Along with the above news received today . . . last Monday I gently stood aboard the bathroom scales at my son’s home. Imagine my surprise when there were 3kgs missing from the screen . . .3KGS missing from over winter . . . after MONTHS of stabilising at around 81.? and to now be seeing 78.? I vowed not to give up hope of stagnating ever again.
    4. I bought a lottery ticket today . . . they say things come in three’s so HbA1c down, weight down . . . win win . . maybe another coming 🙂
    Hang in there everyone . . . GREAT things ARE in store for us all . . . maybe not just at the exact minute we would like them to be 🙂 OH I forgot one – no two – other joys. (1) Doc said I was now officially not considered diabetic and (2) I received ticks all the way on my Medical papers required here in Oz for the over 75yo driver 🙂 Loads off my mind there so guessing thats why Im a little weary tonight! Too much elation for one day 🙂
    Quack! Quack! Quack!

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  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Finally managed to get online! So that’s a real positive.
    Just want to wish Allie a wonderful ‘50th Wedding Anniversary’ tomorrow ( just in case I am without a connection again!) . Have a wonderful day, wishing you many more happy years together. Sending you all my love and best wishes x

    But I will find a few more positives while I’m here …..
    1. Sun is shining beautifully here in the Mediterranean.
    2. Making some lovely memories.
    3. Low carb eating really is ingrained in me now. So easy to refuse bread, croissants, cakes, crisps and all manner of the ‘not so goodies’ on offer! Champagne not so easy to refuse though!
    Hope everyone is well and keeping positive.

  • posted by  JGwen on Newbie needs advice please
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    Hi 175Target, As a vegetarian there were so few recipes in the BSD book that I could follow that I didn’t bother. – Initially I cut out all the “big white” carbs, sugar, bread, pastry, rice, pasta, chocolate etc then I moved on to using the fatsecret app to log everything I was thinking about eating and work out the carbs in them.

    I find that using an app on my mobile phone is the easiest way to have flexibility in my eating patterns, it breaks the link with eating only what is planned in advance. – I know that one of the criticisms of the BSD book is that the calories are out in the recipes so I don’t think I would have trusted that the carbs would be accurate if they had been provided.

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    Hi Maisiebeth. Each litre of water we drink weighs a kg. – So if you are following the advice to drink a couple of litres of water a day your weight will fluctuate upto 2 kg (4.4lbs) over the course of a day depending where you are on the cycle of water in / out. – Then there is the difference in the weight of the food you have eaten in your digestive system. 800 calories of cheese weighs a lot less than 800 calories of celery. 🙂 This is why its more important to monitor trends in weight than taking the reading on the scale for that day as gospel.

    There are a couple of reasons our weight increases if we eat carbs. – Some of the carbs we eat will be stored as glycogen in our muscles as energy. – for each g of glycogen our body needs to store 2 to 3 g of water. The other reason is changes in the level of salt intake, a carb high diet tends to be high in salt which causes fluid retention. However, then as we burn glycogen and release water our kidneys release electrolytes with the water so the pendulum quickly swings to needing to supplement salt to prevent cramps.

  • posted by  Elky on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING AUGUST 20TH 2019
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    Hi All

    Sorry for my silence, I’ve missed checking into my “home” thread for a while but I’ve had a bit to deal with.

    Kafin, I really like your idea of talking about the parts of our bodies we like, rather than the bits we don’t! I’m with you, Sunny, I’m quite pleased to see my collarbones beginning to appear. And weirdly, I’ve always liked my waist. OK there’s still way too much of it, lol, but it’s always *there*, even when I was at my absolute heaviest. So it always lets me keep a curvy silhouette, even if the curve is rather larger than it should be. I like that. (But don’t worry folks, I still really dislike my stomach lol)

    And I did not know that jeans are cut out in huge piles, so measurements are not at all consistent, depending on where they are in the depth of the pile!! That explains so much, where the fit of something can change significantly just because it’s in a different colour. And indeed, that it could change fit even in the same colour, though I wouldn’t normally try two apparently identical garments on. Though maybe I will in future, now that I know how they’re made…

    6T, I shouldn’t say this (and Wendleg will no doubt tell me off!) but have you looked up coolsculpting? I’m not recommending it, I’ve never had it, I don’t know if it works, but it would be less invasive than lipo (which to be honest makes me slightly queasy, it just seems so *violent*). So I just thought I’d mention it in case you hadn’t found it. But like I say, please don’t think I’m recommending it!!

    My scales are mostly creeping down just now, and while there are a few blips I think the trend is encouraging. But as I have said often, my weight yo yos so I’m not counting chickens yet. I think a lot of it may be down to recent stress to be honest, and on balance I don’t think it’s worth it. But then again, I could have had the stress with no change on the scales, so I guess this is a better outcome 😊

    Hope everyone’s having a good week,
    Elky

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    Hi All

    I don’t usually post on this thread—in fact I don’t think I’ve ever posted here before—but a few things have happened recently that make me think I really should. I have an awful lot to be positive about and thankful for, even on days when the scales/tape measure/breathalyser don’t do just what I want. In the grand scheme of things, I’m incredibly lucky. Hence I’m posting here.

    My positives for today:
    1) Wearing a dress that I bought years ago—so many years ago that I cannot remember exactly when I got it—and it has never fitted me before. I bought it because I was going to lose weight and get into it, and I never actually managed to lose enough until now.
    2) A bonus positive related to the above: I still like the dress!!
    3) The sunrise this morning was a real stunner, worth stopping on the front step to admire it despite the cold breeze.
    4) Following a prompt from Kafin I remembered I had cod in the freezer, so I thawed some and had it for dinner last night, and it was delicious.

    Hugs, Elky

  • posted by  LouiseKangooroo on Newbie needs advice please
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    It’s normal to put back on water weight once we eat carbs again. And not a small amount either. Once you reintroduce carbs you can gain 6-10 lbs of water…

  • posted by  wendleg on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    I will check in too, SunnyB !
    I left hubby relaxing in the garden today ( I dared to leave him !) and had a day out with my sister, seeking out wool and soft fabrics for baby items for our niece expecting her first baby in January. We also had a wander around Emmaus and I resisted buying yet more vintage linens ! That is positive because I am incorrigible when faced with vintage items !
    We ended up not eating till we got in and then we had a kale /chard omelette and salad. It’s good to be eating fresh garden produce.
    Hubby was ok when we got back but recovery is painfully slow …
    Hope everyone is well xx

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Well done on finding positives, Kafin – great news about your Mum, hope she continues to make a good recovery. Must be really worrying for you with the geological distance, but it sounds like she’s doing well.

    Positives from me today …
    1). One of my roses has bloomed again and it smells wonderful – took a couple of opportunities to smell it during the day
    2). One more load and the laundry will be completely up to date again
    3). Going to clear out the utility room tomorrow, to give me space to do an art project

    Calling all followers of the thread to post their positives too, even if it’s just one small thing – how about it?