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  • posted by  MrsH22 on Newbie – question about breath
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    Hi 👋🏻
    That’s really reassuring that it’s a phase.
    I had read about the blood glucose going low being a reason but also that it may be a complication (I definitely don’t need any of them).
    Thank you for your reply!
    Laura

  • Hi all, we are back to the hot weather so hoping for a swim today. Natalie the cruise doesnt have to be cold. We were in Norway about 4 years ago and I think it was April. They had snow the day before we landed and all day we had 26 degrees so my fake fur coat stayed on the boat while we went to see a glacier. Norway is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. Big advantage to going somewhere cooler (not cold in June) is that most of the oldies want the heat and go on Med cruises. Also when people go past me swimming up and down and ask how it is I tell them it is freezing even though it is heated to around 28 degrees, more room for me. I just love the absolute luxury, the dressing up, the 5 star accommodation and meals. It is like being one of the super rich for a couple of weeks. I dont think I would enjoy whale watching in a small boat that bobs up and down. I would be sick.

    Nothing exciting to report, weight still around the same and BG still down to around 90. However, it is my daughters birthday and I am going to share a bottle of rose with hubby this evening. For me this is a way of life not a diet so I have to live my life with moderation and allowances. Not had a drink for around 3 weeks so it will be a rare treat.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on Newbie – question about breath
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    Hi MrsH22 welcome to the site. You for you finding this way of eating and for your doctor allowing you the time. Medication is a downward slope of more and more meds so do try really hard to stick to the very low carb way as that is the key to getting your diabetes under control.

    The bad breath could be because of ketosis but dont worry, it wont last very long. I can also be a by product of your BG going quite low, which is pretty much the same thing. It will pass.

  • Hi all, bloke 41, julia, 54&,…
    Yeah I sometimes (recently 3 times over last 2 mths -opps) make sourdough now and then instead of the waffles once a month ! And me too, it’s just too good to only have one mini slice (always very small ‘loaves’!! But I ‘can’t stop’ either, so now, for me too, is ‘back on strict good menu!!
    I think carbs are like sugar and are hot wired to the brain !! But I do also find that my stomach bloates a bit when I have carbs/bread which is curious!
    So need to go shopping and get in more yummy greek yog especially, so any tempting will be resolved by that!!! 🙂
    I can often only have 2 meals a day but now and then get a ‘hungry day’, when I want to much more frequently!?
    Good luck to all of us, as we continue on our ‘good eating, & way of life’!!
    We.will get slimmer again.

  • Gday 54, aurora & Julia & anyone else that is that’s still posting. Bread is also my nemis, can’t do portion control. Gout has come back to haunt me, been suffering since starting my journey. Last 3 or so days been agony. Went to the quack got some meds, back on wallking wagon. Not gonna let it beat me, weigh in tomorrow, not as much exercise this week, will report back. Have a good one! And Just remember never bloody give up!

  • posted by  MrsH22 on Newbie – question about breath
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    Hi,
    Just been diagnosed with T2 diabetes with 72 mmol/mol. GP wanted to put me straight on meds but I asked for a chance to change my lifestyle. She’s gives me 6-7 weeks.
    I weighed over 18st to start but started BSD on 14th May and lost 8lbs already. I’m really encouraged by this.
    I’ve just started noticing the bad breath that is associated with low-carb but today I’ve noted it’s more of a chemical taste. I’ve read about acetones due to being in ketosis, is this normal or do I need to change anything?
    I’m feeling very determined and seeing this as a positive that I will finally get healthy and lose my excess weight for good.
    Thank you for reading.

    Laura 😃

  • Hi Bloke’s, 54, Aurora, all…
    Inspired by you all. Had lost 5 kgs at beginning of year to get sugar levels improved. 3 business trips to India for 2-3 weeks each since January mean it’s really hard to stay low carb and also it’sjust hard to resist such lovely bread when it’s fresh made to order in the hotel. Doing fast800/IF to drop back down again as I suspect much of the weight has gone back up. Power to you all!
    Like many, for me it’s best to avoid completely as I have no self control if I have some… I then want carbs again, and again… fortunately I love veg. Best to focus on the good stuff I can eenjoy 😊
    Good luck all.

  • hello Bloke41 and Aurora

    Good to see you writing here again

    It is a long journey !! (Or many short ones !!)

    I too have a re start date of 30th MAY (I need a date to focus)

    BREAD is my nemesis !!

    I cant do a bit, I cant do a little, I cant do just wholemeal, I cant do just at weekends. !!

    SO NO BREAD FROM MONDAY

    (Or white flour things either!!)

    I have promised myself a good 8 weeks using the BSD book recipes so will log DAILY progress here to keep me focused !!

    Good luck to us all !!!

    54

  • posted by  Natalie on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Verano I don’t mind looking at myself in the mirror (except naked) but it’s photos that bother me! Do I really look like that? In the mirror my face is in motion, smiling etc, and I generally feel quite pretty. I think I’m generally kind to myself, too.
    Yowzer I agree the compliment thing is a tricky issue. Praising someone for weight loss can reinforce in their mind that it is their thinness that makes them valuable as a human being. I have a teenage daughter who has never had weight issues but she is an athlete so has quite muscular legs and a tiny waist – luckily that is ok these days but some clothes don’t fit her. With my memory of my own mother’s “helpful” comments still ringing in my ears I’ve tried to stay away from ever commenting on her weight except when it’s come up to say she is the perfect weight/shape for her height/sport. If she is specifically showing me how she looks in a new dress or asking my opinion in a change room I comment then, but that is not unsolicited. I would struggle with what approach to take if she was overweight, I’m very lucky. I’m slightly disappointed that at 18 she never wears makeup except for gymnastics comps (like me, she has white-blond eyelashes that are improved by mascara, in my opinion) but I keep my mouth firmly shut!

  • Oh that cruise sounds kind of freezing. Probably magnificent though. I always wanted to go on a (warm) cruise, but after a 2 hour whale-watching thing a couple of years ago my (very green in the face) daughter and I vowed never to get on a boat again! I doubt I’ve ever thrown up so much in such an (endless-seeming) short time. I know a cruise on a huge ship is different but we’re not going to commit all that time and money just in case.
    I think medieval castle style furniture sounds great, I’m definitely on his side. I can’t quite imagine what your compromise looks like!

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Oh VERANO, I’ve only just seen this! 💕
    That’s a fab exercise,very empowering,we practised it when I was training as a counsellor. I can do the first part quite easily now,but all these years later,I can still struggle at times with the second half,saying kind words.
    It’s weird isnt it,we can be kind to friends and family but often find it harder to extend that to ourselves?
    And the other side too,the UNkind things we may often tell ourselves about ourselves,we wdnt dream of being as critical of someone else! XX

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hi V! Thanks for responding X Good points well made!
    Twiggy! I loved her,she was an idol, and she still looks good doesnt she!
    But at an influential time of our lives for us sixties girls,I wonder now why Twiggy was the image to aspire to,when looking back,she was straight up and down,while the rest of us curved in and out,which really is much more pleasing to the eye.
    And more realistic!
    I too only knew one girl who remained skinny and stayed that way despite how much she ate…and she LOVED cakes,biscuits and sweets,grrrrrr…🤨
    I think it must have been easier for us in the 60s though,than it is now…I really feel for the young ones,including the very young ones,still children,who are obsessed with how they look and the ‘ likes’ they feel they need from social media such as Instagram in order to feel ok about themselves.
    And…Yes! I was only thinking yesterday of how in some cultures being fat was or still is the ideal,a sign of success, as it means you have enough money to eat plenty! 😀
    And I agree,we can worry far too much about what others think. I want my youthful figure back, I’m sensitive about my body image,I’ve never been physically or mentally comfortable with becoming heavier since my mid to late thirties,but in all other matters,I firmly believe in the maxim “What others think of me is none of my business”.
    I think for me the main point in that article is the danger that commenting on others’ sizes up or down can be damaging even if meant sincerely,and even if complimentary.
    Many people have eating disorders,and can easily return to unhealthy ways like bingeing or purging if a comment about shape affects them,when of course it’s even more important they look after themselves if their self worth gets shaky.
    So many of us are emotional eaters, I’m well aware that I am,but don’t know how to change it so that my mood doesn’t affect what I eat.
    Couple of Friday positives…!
    *~ Just back from a nice afternoon out in the fresh air…May is such a lovely month,bright colours to enjoy everywhere!
    *~ DD and SIL both away til tomorrow so I’m enjoying some Ziggy pussycat time,watching him rolling round bunny kicking his woolly animal toys,and following an ongoing feud he’s having with a cat from a few doors down who keeps coming on “ Ziggys” wall,and not being scared off even when Ziggy growls right in her face! Love how he floofs up all over to make himself look bigger in these situations..bigger is always to be admired in the cat world it seems! 😸😻😼
    *~ DD and SILs 20 th anniversary of their first ever date in a few days time,10 th wedding anniversary shortly after that…they had a long engagement! …so I’m busy looking for appropriate ( small) gift for the date anniv,sthing larger for 10 th wedding anniv!
    Enjoy your weekend everyone and SUNNY you must be so excited about the events of next week!🥳
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  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    I just wanted to share this ….
     
    If you do nothing else this week… 
    Look in the mirror. A lot of people try to avoid mirrors, but looking at yourself intentionally – with a compassionate gaze – impresses upon your subconscious mind that you really matter. That you are seen and heard for who you really are. This is a powerful exercise that can help you transform the relationship you have with yourself. 

    Look right into your eyes and see if you can smile with affection. If you’re not sure how to start, imagine how a close friend, your partner or child would look at you. They will likely see the wonder and beauty within you, whereas you might be focusing on all your perceived faults and imperfections.

    Over time, see if you can expand this exercise and say a few kind words to yourself while looking in the mirror. How does it feel when you do this? If you find this uncomfortable, it’s a sign that self-compassion is something you definitely need to work on. Try your best to be patient – it gets easier with regular practice. 

  • Hi Bloke41

    A serious well done for getting back onto the good wayofeating wagon! 😀
    I too recent had a few ‘wrong things’ and just reminds me too that I cannot indulge or before I know it I’ll be back into sweet snacks and carbs and so on.
    Partly driven by trying to empty old cupboards of old foods and ‘do the final final clear out … plus I’d been away from the property for some time!
    Anyway I too am now looking to also lose a stone (again) 🙁 It is demoralising but the wonderful thing is that I KNOW I have done really well for YEARS now and can ‘just’ be sensible and eat things I like… and curiously even dark choc (of which I had too much – comfort eating through winter) doesn’t seem to satisfy a ‘craving’… but I do find nuts or a Tesco greek yoghurt does!!! That and fruit… I still eat blueberries, black berries and strawberries. I do miss bananas and had one at a neighbours about 2 mths ago and it was v nice but it didn’t satisfy me like it used to!
    It’s interesting how our flavour preferences change as we rid ourselves of sugar especially (I think) ?!
    So keep in touch… I know I need to do some serious work over the next 2 mths to get things down. But sadly I seem to do things slowly and wish I could be seriously strict and lose more more quickly. I’m about to completely redo my garden and been doing a lot of DIY so lots of activity going on and ahead so that all helps!
    Good luck and keep in touch! 😀

  • posted by  ADD6605 on Jubilee Journey
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    Hi everyone, Cathy I was sorry to read your post, you sound really fed up bless you.As Sueblue and Yowzer have already mentioned, I have also heard about people not eating enough to lose weight, could it be that maybe.I wish I had half your will power in resisting goodies offered so it must be very disheartening when the scales don’t show the effort you’ve put in.I can understand why you want to have a good think about how to go forward.I’ve decided for the next couple of weeks not to count my calories, just to eat as healthily as I can in an 8 or 9 hour eating window as I’ve read about quite a few people recently who haven’t cut down on calories but have managed to get to a healthy weight just by doing that.Looking at the NHS BMI calculator I have almost 2 stone to lose to get to the top of the healthy BMI for my height, I honestly don’t think I could get much lower than that, I do wonder if the BMI calculation is unhelpful sometimes! Dawn X

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hi Sunny and Natalie!
    Yowzer ….. we’ll what a question! In short I think we worry far too much about what others might be thinking about us, when in fact, the majority of people are far too busy thinking about themselves to even notice others!
    We grew up in the age of ‘Twiggy’, mini skirts and Carnaby Street when life was (supposedly) full of tall skinny long legged girls and I guess we all aspired to look like Twiggy. In reality very few girls, let alone women, actually did look like her. I do have one friend with a natural Twiggy figure but given that I know, and have know, lots and lots of people over the years she is definitely the exception that proves the rule!
    I think that it’s very difficult to change the way you think when we have grown up with certain ideas of how things ‘should’ be. We all want to fit in and conform to the ‘ideal’ but whose ‘ideal’ is it anyway?
    When you think about it realistically ideal ‘weight’ is a cultural concept and in some cultures ‘fat’ is seen as desirable.
    Yes compliments are good but lack of them doesn’t really mean people are thinking negatively. Sometimes the less said the better!
    I have just one positive today …. I have taken a good look into my freezers (yes plural!) and realise that I need to stop shopping and start using the food I have! A bonus will be that I won’t need to cook everyday because I have so many portions of ‘left over’ food!
    Have a good weekend!

  • Hi all, a little blip up on the weight but well deserved as I bought a baguette yesterday. Went to get my roasted chicken from the hot counter and they only had some at €13.90 whereas I usually pay €6.50 for a small one, big enough for me for one lunch and a week of snacks. So I didnt know what to have. Gave in and bought the baguette – although I didnt have much but it will be holding fluid. Thats what happens when you dont have a back up plan.

    Lauren, you are still with us so dont beat yourself up, always nice to hear from you.

    Julz, 100% is great. keep going.

    Welcome to Jess. You are doing very well and probably over the worst of the dreaded carb-flu. Looking at the 4.5 you tested as I would say that is near perfect. Honestly I dont know much about low blood sugar as a condition as all you have to do is eat something to bring it back up. We all (non diabetics) suffer at some point by not eating enough or doing something strenuous like exercise or heavy work. What I would say is that the advice is pretty much the same for diabetics – eat something. Although I am sure some people suffer from it as a more serious thing in their lives. Here is the problem. For years I was panicking and heading for the sweets or spoon of jam/honey etc and just messing with my diet until I found the BSD. Now I head for that poor chicken I couldnt (wouldnt) afford this week or some ham or cheese or even a few spoons of natural yoghurt and a couple of prunes. Dont see it as a reason to break your diet, it isnt necessary.

    Looks like I might be going back in for a swim this weekend. My temperature gauge was misreading and the water is warmer that we thought. We bought a new one and it is showing 23 so nearly there.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Jubilee Journey
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    I just read sthing that really made me think,wanted to see what SUEBLUE!CC and all you bus folk think
    it was saying,be very careful before you compliment people on weight loss,because weight loss can happen for so many reasons.
    I remember when I lost all my excess weight,some people I didn’t know well,didn’t comment at all,but I knew that they had noticed.
    I think they thought I must be really ill. Or perhaps bereaved or very depressed. And for some people,those reasons may be exactly why they’ve lost weight.
    This article said that another big reason not to comment on a weight loss is because that person may well hold the belief that their body isn’t good enough. If they have spent time feeling unattractive /unworthy because of their body shape/size, and then when they have lost weight, they constantly get complimented and admired,it reinforces their fear that to be loved, accepted and acknowledged,they need to be thin.
    This really resonates with me,I loved being complimented,but deep underneath lurked the thought,
    did I really look THAT bad when I was fat?
    Did fat make me less of a good person?
    I’m now getting so much approval for being slim,were people looking down on me when I was bigger?
    The other side of those questions,having regained some weight,nobody refers to it at all.
    Nobody mentions it,and I can understand that. l would find it difficult to comment on sbodys weight gain,unless that person opened the conversation themselves.
    But it does add to the sense that people must be thinking ‘oh,you succeeded …but now you failed again.’
    it does feels like unspoken disapproval,to me anyway,and just reinforces my anxiety about size,when really at my age,shouldn’t I just be more concerned about eating for good health.
    I dont know what the answer is,obviously compliments can be encouraging,obviously it’s crass to say to somebody,oh wow you’ve put weight back on!
    I guess all we can do is think twice before speaking either way. All I do know is that I’m an emotional eater and I’ve no idea how to change that 🙂🙃🤔 I think getting to the bottom of all that would end the ( exhausting at times) losing and gaining weight.
    There’s a Simon and Garfunkel song,Still Crazy AfterAll These Years ..my version is Still YoYo Dieting After All These Years!🙄😄
    Love to all,and happy weekend!

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    SUNNY!V and NATALIE,lovely cheery news from all of you… 👏👏
    I just read sthing that really made me think,wanted to see what you folk think
    it was saying,be very careful before you compliment people on weight loss,because weight loss can happen for so many reasons.
    I remember when I lost all my excess weight,some people I didn’t know well,didn’t comment at all,but I could tell that they had noticed.
    I think they thought I must be really ill. Or perhaps bereaved or very depressed. And for some people,those reasons may be exactly why they’ve lost weight.
    This article said that a big reason not to comment is because that person may well hold the belief that their body isn’t good enough. If they have spent time feeling unattractive /not good enough,because of their body shape/size and then when they have lost weight, they constantly get complimented and admired,it reinforces their fear that to be loved, accepted and acknowledged,they need to be thin.
    This really resonates with me,I loved being complimented,but deep underneath lurked the thought,
    did I really look THAT bad when I was fat?
    Did fat make me less of a good person?
    I’m now getting so much approval for being slim,were people looking down on me when I was bigger?
    The other side of those questions,having regained some weight,nobody refers to it at all.
    Nobody mentions it,and I can understand that. l would find it difficult to comment on sbodys weight gain,,unless that person opened the conversation themselves.
    But it does add to the sense that people must be thinking ‘oh,you succeeded …but now you failed again.’
    it does feels like unspoken disapproval,to me anyway,and just reinforces my anxiety about size,when really at my age,shouldn’t I just be more concerned about eating for good health.
    I dont know what the answer is,obviously compliments can be encouraging,obviously it’s crass to say to somebody,oh wow you’ve put weight back on!
    I guess all we can do is think twice before speaking either way.
    Any thoughts,people? I know this isn’t really Positives For Today,but it’s food for thought!
    ⁣xXx

  • Gday been a few years since I posted. I was unable to maintain my weight loss and once again weight crept up over the years. I have been lucky not to suffer any health issues baring gout attacks from time to time. I have managed to lose over 60kg several times on different diets from vegetarian, 1200cal, 800cal to eating several small meals a day. But always failed at maintaining. On 25th of Jan 2022 I weighed in at a whopping 164.8kg. Almost 5kg over my starting weight on this thread when I started way back. My journey has commenced once again. The only thing that I have kept up with is not drinking any soft drink. The carb monster started off with some chips and snowballed to free for all. I know without a shadow of doubt I can not introduce any carbs in my diet, I just can’t resist. This time I’m doing a keto base diet with fasting. I have not counted any calories this time. I’ve avoided all carbs, sugars and fruits. On 22nd of May I weighed in 127.8kg. 37kg down another 28.8kg to go to hit my target of 99kg. I’m not sure what the future holds, I’m hoping it’s more sustainable this time, but I do know I will never bloody give up!

  • posted by  SueBlue on Jubilee Journey
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    Yowzer I read Dr Amanda’s book years ago and so much of it resonated with me. I remember she discussed one of her obese patients who was out on a very low calorie diet but didn’t lose weight – her previous medical team were basically saying she was lying about what she was eating as she wasn’t losing weight on the VLCD, but she was strictly sticking to the plan. It was only when she was under Dr Amanda and given a higher calorie allowance that she began to lose weight. Anyway food for thought (pardon the pun!)

    Cathy – another thought I had was that perhaps you could change your view of the new woman you wanted to become. Perhaps instead of focusing on a particular weight, focus on health and well being? So if you are eating healthily, regularly doing some exercise that you enjoy, working in a meaningful role, accepting (or even better, embracing) your body, then you are being the best version of yourself that you can be. I hope that makes sense!
    I was talking to my youngest daughter yesterday and she mentioned her weight. She’s 69kg and a size 10 (she’s also 6ft tall), and I realised I was a similar weight at her age (actually all through my 20s and much of my 30s) For a time I was only 62kg – At 56 years old I really couldn’t imagine getting down to that sort of weight now! And I don’t want to spend the rest of my life stressing over weight goals and what food I can and can’t eat… Maybe we just have to find that balance – eating enough food that we enjoy and that nourishes us, occasionally having small amounts of ‘not so healthy’ foods and just aim to get to a reasonably healthy weight? Rather than aiming for a possibly unsustainable number on the scales?

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  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Jubilee Journey
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    I feel for you CC,that’s really demoralising when you’ve been so strict with yourself,avoiding treats like the box of biscuits.
    My first thoughts,like SUEBLUE,is maybe you’re not eating enough,so your body’s clinging on as hard as it can to any extra pounds. I think it’s called going into starvation mode. I seem to recall this being discussed when I was on the fasting forum. It will feel counterproductive,but up your calories for now.
    I’ve just tried to find an old post on the fasting site..think it’s this..
    “I heard of Amanda Sainsbury- Salis when i was fasting and hit an adverse reaction after about three months of 5:2 and v good results weightwise…. Body was telling me it was time to eat a little more..I ate more,without going mad,for a week or so, and was able to return to fasting/ losing.
    I think her book is called Dont GO Hungry or Dont Go Hungry Again ”
    Might be worth giving it a try? XX

  • posted by  SueBlue on Jubilee Journey
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    Cathy so sorry to read your post, especially after all of your efforts! The first thought that struck me was are you eating enough? Ive read that not eating enough can slow your metabolism and therefore slow weight loss. I wondered also if not eating enough could cause weight gain?
    I’ll check my weight tomorrow but tbh I’m not expecting much this week!

  • Echo Lauren in saying welcome Jess and well done!! The first 5 days are definitely the hardest and you have got through that and over the hump – welcome to the view at the top of the hill, you got this now!!
    I’m restarting and at day 4 of my restart (did very well in 2020, maintained through 2021 and let it slip the past 6 months!) so i am going to grab your coat tails and follow you over the hump!!

    Lauren – I am chuckling away at your furniture selection issues. Hilarious. I hope it looks fabulous and feels homely!! I totally feel for you, understand where your mind is at and wish there was a magic wand to help you with getting your pants pulled up….but you gotta find your own way with this and when you are ready you will…and we will be here to cheer and help you every step of the way. If you can fight those first 5 days you know you’ll feel fabulous, but the struggle is real!

    xx

  • posted by  ClarinetCathy on Jubilee Journey
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    Hello everyone
    Apart from the piece of coffee and walnut cake on Sunday with my son for his birthday I’ve stuck to plan. I’ve worked four long days this week and not eaten one biscuit at work. A patient brought me in a lovely box of M&S biscuits as a thank you which I shared and didn’t eat one!!! I’ve had small lunches without bread so salad, cheese, hummus and celery or apple and cheese and I’ve weighed myself this morning to find I am 3lb up from last Friday. A small piece of cake doesn’t weigh 3lb! I’ve had omelette, cauliflower cheese, crustless quiche and salad for my evening meal etc etc so I am absolutely gutted. I haven’t had one alcoholic drink- I drink water all the time or red bush tea without milk. Because I haven’t weighed every day since last Friday I cannot see the trend but this is ridiculous. My scales are accurate, digital scales so there is no margin for error there. I am doing something very wrong. I am now only 1lb lighter than I was at the start of the jubilee challenge and nowhere to being the new woman I hoped to be when my husband comes home in July. This is when I could easily throw in the towel. This way of eating is not working for me anymore. I will give it another week and I’ll weigh daily until next Friday when I do my first jeans try on and then I’m going to have to have a radical rethink. Those jeans are going to be exactly same as they were at the start of this month! I am so disappointed. I know there are a few of us who are not making the progress we hoped to. What can we do? I literally will have to starve myself to lose weight at this rate. I had a chat with my colleagues yesterday when I declined a biscuit (I had also declined cake earlier in the week when the pharmacist treated everyone to a cake from a local cake shop) and they said why are you always so strict on yourself? I do want to maintain my self control and have some pride in my appearance and be as healthy as I can be but maybe I need to accept that I am a 61 year old woman who weighs 153 lb and can’t achieve 138 lbs any more. I wonder if accepting myself will be easier than aiming for the impossible? It’s a genuine question I need to reflect on this week.

    Have a good week everyone. Sorry for the rant!

  • Hi Jess!

    Welcome to our little band of travellers, you sound like you’ve done a great job of starting out this week.

    I’m sure sunshine girl will offer some pearls of wisdom soon, she and SunnyB usually host the thread when wendleg is away, but I just wanted to say hi and welcome on wendleg’s behalf as I volunteered to host this week so I’m trying to channel Wendy!

    Keep going though, sounds like you’ve done amazing, don’t be too disheartened if your loss slows quite dramatically next week, that’s normal, and it sounds like you’ve got past the keto flu and hunger issues and are now in the swing of things so just keep chipping away! Sounds like you’ve found looking through the forum helpful which is great! Feel free to ask any questions you have, nothing is silly to ask and I’m sure someone on here will have an answer for you, just remember none of us are “technically” medically trained! (I say technically because there are those of us on here who are medically trained but not necessarily in this field!)

    I think the keto flu probably is one of the main reasons I just can’t get back on track, I don’t want to do it to myself! But I’m going to be brave tomorrow (she says) and just blinking get on with it. Pull your pants up girl, as my darling Nan used to say.

    Pip pip

    Lauren x

  • Well done Julz! Keep going!

    I’m still here in spirit, I wish I could say on plan but that would be lying, perhaps less not on plan than a week ago which I’m taking as a bonus!

    Our new midway between scandi and medieval castle furniture arrives tomorrow so I’m going to use the fact I’ll be insanely busy cleaning etc. to try and start again. Also having my currently mid back length hair cut today to just below my chin, soooooo I’ll lose some weight guaranteed!

  • Hi all, new comer here! I thought I’d share my first week experience!

    Completed my first week and lost 7lb! Very happy with that.

    The first 4 days were very, very tough. I thought the hunger would never go, and the headaches and irritable mood were pretty intense.

    I read one of the older forum posts and realised I probably wasn’t eating enough fat and salt and I’d been sticking to 2 meals a day as I’m used to not eating breakfast.

    BUT, day 5 I had Greek yogurt, strawberries and linseeds for breakfast (130 cals), microwave scrambled eggs, milk and lots of cheese for lunch (312 calories) (had to do it very fast as I came home for a meeting and we we’re having a smart meter fitted and the engineer was waiting to switch of the power so didn’t even grab any veg 🤦🏻‍♀️), and dinner was the red Thai curry from the recipe book slightly adapted to add chickpeas and more veg (280 calories). I fit in a walk picking up my little one from childcare too.

    Day 5 I wasn’t hungry at all throughout the day. Not at all! I still can’t believe how my appetite has adjusted, I never thought it would happen. It’s been pretty stable since day 5, and I felt like the normal amount of hunger just before eating when not dieting.

    I’m around 20-30g of carbs a day.

    Just wanted to add my experience as I know it’s something people worry about going through this. I’m definitely in the camp of people who ALWAYS feels hungry not long after I’ve eaten even when I’ve overeaten, and this was even the case when I was under 10 stone, many years ago.

    I had a test done at the chemist a couple of days after I started (couldn’t get an earlier one) and it was normal according to them (4.7 don’t even know what it really all means to be honest!) but even so, I’ve suspected for a few years, even when I was a healthier weight that I was affected by the impacts of low blood sugar, but didn’t know what it really meant or what to do to feel more normal until I read the Low Blood Sugar diet book.

    Anyway, I hope my experience helps anyone struggling with getting started or in their first days. I know reading old posts definitely helped me pull myself through those first 4 days!

  • Oh fab sounding cruise S-G!! That will be very beautiful!! You are doing great with the weight and insulin – what an inspiration!!

    I’m still here and still on plan 100%, 3 days in a row! Standing on the scales daily to try and keep me focused through the first week and I’ve seen a wee loss every day which is nice!! Feeling good for it, if a little obsessed. 🙂

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    Yowser, congrats to your young friend … heard yesterday of friends of our expecting later this year too. Wonder of there’s going to be a post covid baby boom?
    V, you’re so right, making the most of time with friends and family is so important.
    Natalie, how lovely to be asked to read to the children and I’m sure it’s because you do it so beautifully. When my son was small, I once read Thomas the Tank Engine to him in a hotel lobby, voices and all, at the end of which there seemed to be a lot of men sitting around ‘reading newspapers’ or drinking coffee!

    Positives from me are ….
    🌞 grandson feeling confident about his A levels …. First two seem to have gone well.
    🌞 packing begins today, ready to start our trip to Gibraltar for DD’s Wedding next week.
    🌞 sudden flurry of work on our villa build, means I should actually be able to walk into it for the first time when we come back after the wedding. Up to now, only access has been via a wonky wooden ladder …. nooo thanks!
    🌞 parents have enjoyed visiting us in Turkey and will be coming to the wedding with us too.

    Looking forward to more family time next week and celebrating DD’s marriage to her lovely fiance.

    Hope you had/have a great day and will share some positives with us soon.

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    Hello all!
    Sorry for being absent for so long…. sometimes we just need to take time to ‘re-group’!’
    Well I’m living in a world of ‘contentment’ at the moment,
    Happy with health and all the ‘health measures’ and especially happy that my ‘hips’ review which has come back with no change over the last two years…. definitely a reason to celebrate.
    Time to move on…….
    Lovely lunch out with family today …… we need to stay close to our friends and family …. just in case!
    Looking forward to ‘Jubilee’ garden party at our neighbours next week.
    Just KEEP POSITIVE!

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    Hi everyone, I’m definitely on board too when the next trip to August comes along!Hope everyone is having a good day.I’m still not 100% sticking to my food plan but trying harder than last few weeks which is something.Dawn X

  • Another success today with another quarter pound down. Been looking at an Iceland cruise for next year. We were booked on one pre-covid and had to cancel. I think it is pretty much the same cruise, Norway, Iceland and Belfast. I think this will be our last big splash out and it is to ‘celebrate’ my 70th and our 30th, so 2 big events. Point being I did applied for a quote for insurance. Did 2 quotes both declaring diabetes + BP and cholesterol. On one I put I used insulin and on the other I put I didnt. Both quotes came out exactly the same. At the time of taking out the insurance I will probably still be using (sound like an addict) and that is what you are declaring, not what you are hoping for in the future. On the subject of insulin I am now down to 11 units. I remember doctor said when I get to 8 I can stop. What with our week away in June I think I will stay with it.

    All for now.

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    Hello all
    Well today is our wedding anniversary and out for a meal tonight so I am jumping off 🚌 bus just for tonight!!😊
    Glad we are continuing the next stop August I haven’t done very well but am hopeful that I will stick to it with all your help
    Have a good weekend everyone
    Love nokie xx💕

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    Hello all . . . . and another week whooshes by!! Nokie, Yowzer, Cathy – and anyone else who’s mentioned it – I’m also up for another bus.🚐 Nokie, I like the idea of an August target so will definitely be keeping you company. Perhaps if we do the next bus from early June to end of August, which is about 12 weeks?

    I’m really disappointed with my progress (lack of!) during this Jubilee Journey. I started off very motivated and full of good intentions but as of today am pretty much back where I started. I know why: it’s been a busy week firstly visiting my mum and going out for lunch with her every day, then entertaining friends on my return. So I confess I’ve gone off piste for those family/social reasons which isn’t really an excuse but just life happening I guess.

    I know the re-gain will come off quickly again but it does feel like for me this journey has just been losing and putting back the same 3-4lb all the way through. Yowzer I know what you mean about sometimes feeling like not caring any more – and I guess I’ve been a bit like that this week in terms of eating anything without fussing – but I definitely feel worse for it, sluggish and bloated, so I want to keep going for that reason as well as anything else. But Yowzer you’ve made amazing progress this journey – really inspiring – so give yourself a big pat on the back! 👏

    Today is another day so here’s hoping 🤞 Dawn I’m glad you’ve had some better days this week and hope that continues. Pass over those wet lettuces! Cathy I really hope you meet your goal this week, you are working really hard at it and it would be so motivating for you.

    Take care everyone, and good luck over the next week or so for the last leg of our journey X

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    📖 Yesterday was the annual National Simultaneous Storytime, where libraries, schools and childcare centres around Australia all read the same book at the same time. And no matter which library I’m in, I always get asked to do it, even if like last year it was about the only week’s work I got all year and they called me in specially! Maybe everyone else just hates doing it? (As academic libraries, we don’t see small children very often.) I prefer to believe they all think I have a lovely clear reading voice and a good way with children.
    🚘 I finally got my parking pass card so I no longer need the security guard to open the boom gate for me every morning.
    🫖 The cute blobby pink tea set my husband gave me.

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    Hi friends! SUNNY ..glad you’re enjoying family time!
    My day..
    *~ Just reserved some books from the library. What a great service! 90pence to reserve three books that I really want to read.👍👍
    *~ Bumped into someone yesterday that I haven’t seen for many years. It’s amazing that we recognised each other instantly even though she’s now in her 60s,me in my 70s,and we were in our 30s last time we spoke! Good to catch up.
    * ~ Lovely news.. a young friend is pregnant! Only five weeks so she hasn’t really told people yet. I was really touched that she confided in me. She said she told me because she knew I would be excited for her. I am! She recently got back with her partner after splitting up..I’ve always felt they’re made for each other. For the past few weeks I’ve had a feeling someone’s expecting a baby girl,so maybe this is it!🙏xx
    I know I always say it..but suddenly Thursdays rolled back round again tomorrow! 😄
    Love to all xx be happy !X
    💕🌷 The best time for new beginnings is now 🌷💕

  • Bit late to the party. Well done Natalie, S-G you are our inspiration, Lauren your wedding video is gorgeous.
    I put 2lbs on with our eating for football and brunch last week, but have it gone now with one day of 800 cals and a 24 hr fast yesterday.
    On the furniture front I like minimalism (less clutter, less cleaning).

  • Ooh, I forgot the furniture discussion 🙂
    I am maybe more like Craig than you Lauren, but there are some areas where I like clean Scandi too. I do like natural/durable materials though, so wood, leather, canvas/cotton, wrought iron, etc.
    We have a lot of second hand furniture from charity shops, but if we are looking for something I have a picture in my head which I cannot describe. All I do know is when I see it, I’ll know, and everything else gets a “no, not enough………. or too much ………… or too light/too dark – you get the Goldilocks process here? Hubby does get more than slightly annoyed, but I think he is learning to trust my instinct and my fatalistic approach that the right piece will show itself, we just have to be a little bit patient 🙂
    I am neither magnolia nor lilac, but we both agreed that the leopard print feature wall in the lounge here had to go – immediately!

  • Lauren WOW what a beautiful bride you were and what a lovely celebration of your wedding and commitment to each other. Just wishing you both only a happy, healthy and good life together.
    Furniture …. well! I have been married for coming up to 53 years …. am I really saying that! Anyway, furniture is the least of your worries! Maybe go very very slowly one piece of furniture at a time and you’ll end up with your ‘scandi’ look!
    Natalie thank you for posting you success. I can only agree wholeheartedly with s-g we are all here to improve our health, weight and self perception. Go for it Natalie! keep telling us about your successes because they spur us all along.
    I’m feeling really relaxed with my way of eating at the moment. Just eating good food and feeling well. Anything more, like weight loss, is just a bonus. Now health is the priority for me and whilst weight loss would be good that’s really mainly for vanity …. which is also important, but may just not be quite as important as it was many moons ago.
    Anyway, as sunshine-girl says …… we just have to ……. keep on keeping on ……..
    no matter what our motivation and goals.

  • Yes, well done Natalie, and please always post successes, we need more of those!
    As many others on here seem to be in the same position, I just cannot get my head in the game.
    I am in a difficult position in that my weight is lower than it was for many years, my clothes fit (some newer aspirational purchases maybe not quite………..) and to my knowledge my bloods are OK (they were OK pre-BSD so shouldn’t have got worse) and I have always had low BP, so there is no major consequence driving me to lose the weight I do actually want to lose.
    Not that I’m looking for drama, but I need to engage my head and find a new “why”.
    Like your friend, sunshine-girl, when I’m not in a good place I withdraw into my own world and don’t contact friends.
    We had thunderstorms here yesterday in the NE England, blue sky one minute and lashing down the next, today is similar but a bit more subdued.
    Have a good rest of the week everyone.