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  • posted by  RubyG on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    Update – the GP tele-appointment went well, he is supportive of our plan and has given guidance on the BP number at which we need to contact him to consider reducing the meds ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lunch was soup with a bone broth base, peppers, courgette, onion, tinned tomatoes, garlic, paprika and cumin – nice and warming.

    Day 5 still going well (it will feel good to have a full week under our belts).

  • posted by  RubyG on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    Thanks once again freester!

    You sound like my kind of food guy ๐Ÿ™‚ I do want to ahve some special food over the weekend, while still keeping within the 800cal.

    Tonight I have planned venison burger with celeriac chips and fried egg!
    Tomorrow will be venison curry for supper, and Sunday we have planned a Full English for brunch which then means something lighter for supper.

    Just got back from the local market veg stall, so all stocked up for the week now.

    Also, he has shed 5lb this week (weighed himself this morning), so is happy. I plan to weigh Tuesdays and Fridays (someone on here suggested this, as I think having a good weigh-in on Friday keeps the focus for the weekend).

    Day 5!

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Oh nhatha I symphathise ! My new laptop arrives tomorrow which will be a massive relief. I am unfortunately very dependent on my machine…even more so now. As Sunshine girl has said we are in lockdown again in France so many bad hair days to come. That’s trivial really when you consider the exploding numbers here. We have to do this and make it work (Melbourne managed it..hi Merry !)
    Being positive I will concentrate on daily exercise…and my continued search for interesting recipes. Not so much to forage in the garden this time round but we have lots of kale and rainbow chard. My list will be retrieved. Even though my computer could not be repaired after being drowned in tea,they did manage to retrieve files and docs so that is A Very Good Thing. Consoled myself with 85% choc….๐Ÿคญ. It’s all gone now and no trips out planned any time soon.
    Enjoying pilates..so does George our cat who finds it intriguing !
    We are well. My friend and my.niece have both recovered from their encounter with Covid. It did unsettle me for sure and I am.just glad they are feeling better.
    Hubby is making cauliflower rice and I will make a halloumi and spinach (well chard probably ) curry to go with that.
    Sorry it’s difficult to check previous posts on.my phone. I promise to do that and update the list when my laptop is set up.
    Take care everyone โค xx

  • posted by  freester on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    So for the weekend I used to allow myself some ‘treats’. By this I mean I stayed on plan, but just nice meals, not leftovers!
    Maybe a nice steak, or fresh piece of fish with some Celeriac Chips, or one of my other favourite recipes. Saturday I used to skip breakfast, shop for the week, come home and have a bigger brunch. Quite often the fry up from the Recipe book (Sausage, Egg, Bacon, Black Pudding, Tomatoes, Mushroom and Spinach).

    I think you’ve got this!

  • posted by  Rainydays42 on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Hi Rainy. No story behind my name only that its absolutely pouring rain outside and its the first thing that came into my head. ๐Ÿ˜€(Sorry to be so boring your story is much better). We are hearing a lot about the election over here (Ireland) I wouldn’t blame you for been anxious a lot going on over there. Anyways I have learnt its best to concentrate on the things we can control. And hopefully starting next week it will be my way of eating. Thank you for your support and kind words

  • posted by  Rainey on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Hi Rainydays-

    So funny that my post would land right under yours! My Rainey is short for Lorraine — which I *never* use because I’ve been Rainey as far back as I can remember. That’s why mine has that odd “e” in there. Is there a story to your Rainydays?

    The good news about this way of eating is you form a habit and the habit supports you. Meanwhile, if you stick to the plan, metabolic changes are occurring inside your body and you’ll find that the usual cravings settle down in the most marvelous way making it far easier than you imagine. I started with 5:2 fasting and, honestly, I felt great on my fast days. Like my body *needed* that rest from processing all the food I typically ate and was enjoying the down time fasting provided.

    Anyway, welcome and know we’re here to hold your virtual hand and help you through the initial stage. I find that going to bed each night telling myself that the following day will be a fast day or a day when I eat mindfully helps set the ball in motion. Good luck with it!

  • posted by  Rainey on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Good to hear that so many are doing so well and that everyone’s hanging on!

    Last week was a tough one for me. LOTS of anxiety with the election in the US so close. I’d like to hope it will be over soon but I anticipate a couple months of turmoil and hostility and who knows what else! Add to that that it was a particularly busy week with extended career drama and our aging cat is losing ground fast. I had no time to exercise and, god help me, there was no discipline in my eating. I ended the week in a full on binge of cheese, nuts and potato chips. BUT I kept my sanity, so there’s *that*!

    I suppose no one will be surprised, reading the above, that I gained nearly a pound. I’m rather surprised that it wasn’t considerably more. It should have been but I was lucky. I hope I’ve gotten it out of my system. Is there a dunce’s cap to wear or a corner to go stand in somewhere around here? ::chuckles::

    I’m back on track with 2 days of my full workout regime, a clean day of food yesterday and 1/2 of a day of fast under my belt today (it’s only 3pm here so quite a while to go to know I stuck to my fast). Maybe it takes gaining a pound to make clear that there are *consequences* for pushing those boundaries…

    Re cocoa nibs, I’ve always thought of the flavor as kind of smokey. They’re by no means sweet or even very chocolatey, in my opinion. but I wouldn’t call them bitter. Not in the way that cocoa powder or baking chocolate are. I think they’re quite pleasant in a crunchy smokey sort of way. Now I have to go look up whether or not they roast the beans before they break them into nibs.

  • posted by  Rainydays42 on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Hi Everyone. I have just ordered books so am hoping to start next Thursday. Just wondering has anyone any tip before I get started. Willpower and organizational skills are seriously lacking. ๐Ÿ˜” But really fed up of feeling like this. Any advice would be great thanks

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Snap V, I too had sea bass for dinner this evening … delish!!! For weak and cracking nails, I found that Lime Curticle Butter by Bert’s Bees is excellent! (Actually can’t swear that is the exact name, but think it’s a combination of those words not necessarily in that order!)

    Positives for today only going to report one …
    ๐Ÿก Hunt is over, decision made …. this afternoon we committed to buying a plot of land here in Turkey, with a view to building a villa on it. All rather scary, but we figure if it doesn’t pan out, we can sell the land on and not lose on the deal …. fingers crossed!

    Whatever has happened for you today, hope there were positives and that you will find time to tell us about at least one of them.

  • posted by  RubyG on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    Day 4 done, with no between meal snacks!

    Found my motivation by fitting into my lined outdoor trousers which I haven’t worn for well over a year!

    He reckons he has a couple more weeks to fit into his, so we’re all good mentally for now.

    We can do this!

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    VERANO Is series 4 the one with the blonde aussie twins? Ive seen that one and hoping youโ€™ll say its not,as I wd love another series to get into! Far more in depth than the MAFS Uk series. If it IS the one with the blonde twins,youโ€™ll enjoy it! X

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hello Yowzer, Busybee and any other readers.
    I sometimes wonder if my freezer has some sort of reproduction mechanism …. every time I take a look it seems to have filled itself up again and I really am trying to get it empty!
    Really struggling today to find some positives but I will try ……
    ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿšต๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธCousin has gone to rehab so hopefully the physios will have him back on his feet soon.
    ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿ’… Iโ€™ve finally found a โ€˜treatmentโ€™ for my nails. My nails are ridged and split and are really a mess. Iโ€™ve got a lip salve that I used by accident initially on my nails and WOW my nails are really hydrated now. They will never look like these nails but they at least look loved and cared for!
    ๐Ÿ–ฅ๐Ÿ–ฅ Found Married at First Sight Australia series 4 on catchup ….. thatโ€™s me hooked again!
    ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฅฆ๐ŸŸ So for tonight …. sea bass with lemongrass sauce, mashed cauliflower and green beans. Really am delighted to have my meals planned just once a week now. Donโ€™t know why I didnโ€™t do it years ago.
    5pm and itโ€™s dark ….. roll on the spring!

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    VERANO and BUSYBEE…me too re ordering too much on grocery deliveries..too easy to just keep clicking!
    *~ And thats my first pozz…how fortunate are we to be able to do that
    *~ A small but important pozz..nobody really likes wearing a mask,but wearing a-newly washed and fresh smelling mask is pleasant. Ditto all the other sweet smelling items that came out of the machine this morning. Plus remembering how mums and nans used to scrub and rinse and rinse..had a twin tub if lucky..then put everything thru the wringer,which in our case,lived in what was called the wash house,a shed in the back yard.
    *~ Driver had nice cheery Bob Marley songs playing on the bus this morning
    *~ one more pozz..well done Sainsburys for banning the sale of fireworks because of how distressing they are to animals. Hope others follow suit. In fact,ban them altogether apart from organised displays of colourful fireworks that dont bang.
    Obvs,no organised displays this year tho xx
    ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’• This day will never come again. Make it Count. Be kind. Be Love ๐Ÿ’˜ ๐Ÿ’œ

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Hi all, did a big shop today *โ‚ฌ175 instead of our usual โ‚ฌ100. Then a trip to the local vineyard to stock up on wines. Turns out they are not going to be closed at all, classed as essential service. I love France. All ready for the hunker down for the next 4 weeks at least. Difference this time is cold wet and dark weather whereas before it was sunny, warm and we had the pool. I think it is going to be a long winter. Never mind, we are ready for it. Keep on keeping on and stay safe.

  • posted by  RubyG on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    Thank you for the encouragement freester, and well done on avoiding the meds.

    He’s been on that slippery slope of BP meds for 5 years now after being put on them before some shoulder surgery, with increasing doses and an additional tablet at the beginning of lockdown, and that is something he wants to avoid on the diabetes front.

    Between us I think we’ve got confused as to when the doctor’s appointment was supposed to be – he told me the 29th but has it in his diary for tomorrow, so we shall see.

    Still on track today, but realistically the novelty is wearing off a bit and I know we need to be on guard this weekend – we both know we’re in for the long haul, just need to keep motivation up.

    Part of the reason I am posting here is to get some good tips and advice, and clarification of the stuff I don’t understand (like pulses and good carbs vs no carbs), but also to keep myself accountable.

    Day 4 almost done.

  • posted by  Wendy1947 on Monday 12th October starters?
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    Hi Puppyluv
    Thank you for your recipe that I will make using up my spare veg. Iโ€™m trying to keep to 800 calories each day with the Fast days on Monday & Friday slightly less & not eating until supper & through the day having water & coffee & generally all low carb. I do take a daily multivitamin pill & also a vitamin D tablet with k2 because of our winter lack of sunlight. I do write down what Iโ€™m planning to eat each day with the calories to try & keep control but circumstances do get in the way like my husband making a loaf of white bread today & me having a slice with butter on it!!๐Ÿ™€I fall down on the exercise front & need to start doing one of my exercise dvds to keep toning muscles. Losing muscle is a side effect of dieting & getting older which is a real pain.
    Iโ€™m sorry to hear about your dog & hope your vet can can help get him better.๐Ÿ‘
    Keep plodding on๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Margaret xx

  • posted by  Puppyluv on Monday 12th October starters?
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    Hi Margaret, Iโ€™m watching carefully how much and what I eat, but the scales arenโ€™t too happy๐Ÿ˜กbut I keep plodding knowing I am at least half to three quarter less intake than before. I must measure too. I have a sick dog at the moment so not concentrating on anything much but him. Back to the Vet tomorrow……$$$$$……but I adore him and heโ€™s worth it. My soup is very easy, just veggies from the fridge, celery, zucchini, carrots onion even the last of a bit of cabbage whatever is on hand, plus a tin of diced tomatoes, fresh herbs and itโ€™s delish and filling ๐Ÿ˜€no real recipe, sometime I add a tin of beans or chic peas, but itโ€™s always yummy, and low cal. I cover the veg in either stock or water too. Add a stock cube if using water. Are you sticking to 800 cals or the 500 twice a week. I feel I did better on that, but will stay with the 800 a few more weeks ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒป

  • posted by  Busybee on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    I realise my post regarding freezers was contradictory, saying full to the rafters and then that we defrosted one.
    Very complicated but took all the meat out and replaced it With bread, veg and soft fruit from the other freezer, hoping that the meat will stay frozen for a couple of hours!
    Is this all too much information!!?

  • posted by  Busybee on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Verano, I know exactly what you mean about ordering on line groceries- I have far too much of everything at the moment and am trying to eat up the freezers and just buy fresh veg and dairy.
    I love the thought of your cauliflower curry and will try it over the weekend.
    Another mission accomplished this morning, as we defrosted one of the freezers which was groaning under the weight of ice!
    Itโ€™s pouring with rain here so it looks like another afternoon catching up with iPlayer – we never used to watch tv in the daytime but at present gives us a bit of escapism.
    X B

  • posted by  Wendy1947 on Monday 12th October starters?
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    Gosh 24 hours not eating? and veggie soup sounds excellent๐Ÿ‘I hope your week is going better.
    Iโ€™m actually trying to find a good lower calorie & filling soup recipe at the moment. A favourite is sweet potato with lentils & pancetta but itโ€™s over 300 calories so to balance the stuffed aubergine Iโ€™m making for supper itโ€™s got to be lower than that. I will look on this site for soup ideas. Iโ€™ve had a couple of slightly higher calorie days going up to 1100๐Ÿ™€but still below my BMR so hoping to do better today & Friday is a Fast day. My husband & I did have two hours short mat bowls this week that was some useful exercise ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    Itโ€™s rainy, miserable & chilly here with grey skies but supposed to be brighter tomorrow. Unfortunately the clocks went forward one hour last Sunday so itโ€™s now dark at 4-30pm which I hate. I am definitely a summer not winter person & used to have SAD & bought a light lamp that really helped but that seems to have gone now perhaps due to my better diet๐Ÿ˜€
    Oh well letโ€™s keep battling on๐Ÿ‘
    Margaret xx

  • posted by  freester on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    Your husband situation has some similarities to mine.

    Spent years being monitored by my GP for ‘marginal’ BP. A little around the threshold for high but never high enough to do anything about it. I’m a keen cyclist, was always hungry and used the cycling as an excuse to eat / drink what I wanted.

    About a year ago I saw my GP about something else. He took my BP and told me I was creeping up above the threshold and would have to consider meds. I asked for one last chance – he pointed me in the direction of the Blood Sugar Diet.

    I started Sat 4th Jan. He wanted to see me the following Friday. Already my BP was just below the threshold. Even my GP said ‘wow’. I wasn’t pre diabetic but I have no doubt I would have been if I hadn’t taken any action. As my GP said ‘ you can’t exercise away from a bad diet forever’.

    6’3″ male. Originally over 17.5 stone. I lost 2 stone in 6 weeks (over my 10% aim). I have been maintaining ever since and my weight slowly crept down to just over 14 stone where I’ve levelled out now. My BP well under the ‘high’ threshold.

    I feel less tired, I don’t feel hungry like I used to. I’m faster than ever on my bicycle! I don’t miss any of the food (I was awful for Bread and Potatoes) and after the initial 6 weeks of 800 cals I now allow myself the occasional drink, a beer cider or glass of wine.

    If I can do it – anyone can!

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Countdown to Christmas
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    Hi there Countdowners and hurrah,more Pinky Promisers! One thing we can say..weโ€™re honest,we admit it when we are struggling! And we empathise with each other
    Lovely pledge BUSYBEE! MARIET i agree,somehow good health doesnt seem as urgent as the wish to look good on a special day. SHOEGIRL theres always space on the bus,congrats on yr pledge to be beach ready!XXX
    Have a great Chase the Carb Monster day everyone…the Carb Monsters will be quaking in their boots! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

  • posted by  shoegirl on Countdown to Christmas
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    Love this idea, Busybee!! Can you keep me a seat on the bus? I need to shift a couple of kilos before Christmas and now is the time to do it! Unfortunately here in Melbourne Christmas is also summer and beach time, so no hiding under winter layers! Iโ€™m ready to add my stars to the chart and make it shine. We can do this, bb and Mariet! I pledge to drop 3cm off my stomach and lose 3kg by Christmas!! ๐Ÿ‘ 

  • posted by  Mariet on Countdown to Christmas
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    Busy bee, I am so with you. Each weekend I do something to negate any wins from during the week.
    Just showing up isnโ€™t enough really is it! I guess it has to come down to how much do I want this, what is it worth to me. Thatโ€™s how I did it last time, it was hugely important to me. Now i have no event on the horizon (last time it was my sonโ€™s wedding) so itโ€™s got to be my desire to be well and healthy- doesnโ€™t seem to be quite as imperative as vanity!

  • posted by  Mifoz on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Hi all, still trying hard here. Weight still slowly moving down, but pants looser so thatโ€™s a good sign. Iโ€™ve even had to tighten my watch strap by one hole, so at least my wrists are getting there ๐Ÿ˜‚
    I found some seed crackers in the health food section of Coles that are low carb, so Iโ€™m happy to have some crunch back in my life. It was the โ€œdry crunchโ€ I was missing, if that makes sense.
    Watching the COVID situation in Europe with sadness for you all living there. Hang in there.

  • posted by  Busybee on Countdown to Christmas
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    We all seem to be struggling at the moment. I certainly have been self sabotaging over the past few weeks which has resulted in an overall loss of ….. nil!!.
    I tend to think in weeks of weight loss and when things go pear shaped, I end up giving in for the rest of that week and each Monday I start again.
    Therefore I have decided to tackle each day separately just like AA, so if I fall of the bus I will get back on the very next day.
    โ€˜My name is Busybee and I will not eat (nasty) carbs todayโ€™
    I hereby make a Pinky Promise to get on the Christmas bus each day and will show my mojo to the conductor along with my senior bus pass!
    X B

  • posted by  RubyG on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    Day 3 in the bag!
    Doctor’s call this morning, so hope that goes OK.

    Day 4 on track so far – same breakfast as yesterday, ratatouille with poached egg/s, lunch is yesterday’s green soup, supper will be fish pie with the trimmings from this week’s fish and a cauliflower mash topping.

    I plan to head to the town tomorrow morning for their Friday market, haven’t been there for ages but I’m hoping they still have a veg stall. Butcher order placed yesterday for pick-up tomorrow – chicken breast fillets and eggs mostly ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a freezer full of venison from last season still, which will fulfil the red meat requirements. I’m thinking a venison curry for Saturday night will feel like a real treat. The lamb dhansak in the Hairy Bikers diabetic cookbook looks good, so I’ll substitute the lamb for venison and I’ll skip the red lentils.

    Day 4 here we come!

  • posted by  Gooner on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Hi all Iโ€™ve been falling behind a little as work/home balance has been knocked out so finding my feet.
    Wondering if anyone can help with this- Iโ€™m in the pre-diabetic range and after eating carb heavy meals Iโ€™ve found I start to feel a little light headed. Is this common for pre-diabetics ?

    Thanks for any advice.

  • posted by  Waitaminute on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Hi all,
    EC you will do it, it took me ages to get down to the 61.8kg I was up and down like a yo-yo..some days I just wanted to give up and accept no matter what I ate I was going to stay at around the 63kg mark..
    Thank you Merry Melba..my furbaby is a dog not a cat tho๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    The bread mix is at Cole’s as well as Woolies, just incase you don’t find it in one.
    One of my granddaughter’s turns 6 today and it’s so hard not being able to be there , had to make do with an early morning phone call and her excited little voice…I miss them all so much…still it’s not long now till we move over to Queensland (February) then I can go back for visits.. .then for good once we buy a place back in Tassie.
    It’s not hard to stay restrictive here, not a very pleasant place to live with daily crime, the youth here are out of control. They go to court and get let off with a slap on the wrist. It must be so frustrating for the police, they deserve a medal for what they do.
    Ok I’m outta here have a great day/ night everyone.
    Stay safe,happy and healthy ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ–๏ธ

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    As we expected, France in full national lockdown again. Even though our area is in a green zone it is a national thing. Wont make much difference to us and at least we know where we stand re: Christmas. One last big shop tomorrow.

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Countdown to Christmas
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    Yayyyyy! Sparkle fest! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸNothing nicer than lots of sparkly glitter!!!! Anyone else joining our pinky promise! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Countdown to Christmas
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    Hi DAWN,Im the same,some days committed,others not. I just pray the Inspector doesnt get on the bus! ๐Ÿ˜จ
    Its hard right now isnt it,the times we live in make lots of us want to reach for the comfort foods, whether they be cakes,choc etc or whatever else cheers us up.
    Not entirely our faults,sweets,sugary foods,desserts etc were given as rewards when we were kids or to dry our tears when we fell over..so we still see them as treats that will make things better,even tho theyre far from being treats when it comes to our health and welfare.
    Shall we make a pinky promise to make the committed days outweigh the โ€˜lost my mojoโ€™ days ๐Ÿ’–
    Lets see that sparkle chart become a blindingly sparkly chart!!!!!!Twinkling like a Christmas tree full of fairy lights!X

  • posted by  ADD6605 on Countdown to Christmas
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    Sorry have been meaning to post regularly but keep getting distracted!I downloaded a book recommended on Sara Cox book show and couldnโ€™t put it down so spent more or less a whole day reading that.had really sore back for couple of days after that,probably through lack of movement๐Ÿ˜€ Have been doing some much needed tidying around the house today.Due to do my next weigh in for my sparkly Christmas chart tomorrow but I will be amazed if I have a loss to put on it as I think I have probably been gaining and losing the same few pounds for the last 6 weeks.Some days Iโ€™m 100% committed and others Iโ€™m 100% not๐Ÿ™ Am feeling very positive today though so going to run with that hopefully until Thursday next week at least to get some more losses on my chartโ„๏ธIโ€™m enjoying reading about everyoneโ€™s progress.Iโ€™m staggering about on the bus a bit Yowser but havenโ€™t fallen off๐Ÿ˜€ Dawn

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Countdown to Christmas
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    Hi Countdowners One and All…
    Ding ding all aboard the Battle of the Bulge bus!
    A special hi and thanks to BUSYBEE!SUNSHINE GIRL! SHOEGIRL! for yr posts,as its been quiet here and im as guilty as anyone for not posting for several days.
    Think Iโ€™ll have to tie myself to the back of the bus and run behind it to use up some calories…Ive been looking thru my tops and theres about a dozen that dont fit and several are borderline…a shame as theyre all nice and my own stupid fault they used to fit and now i cant squeeze into them!
    Last two days Ive been doing a little detox to shake things up a bit.
    Anyway keep well losers ( in the nicest possible sense!) keep safe and warm,and remember..
    Drink sensibly,dont spill any Xxxx
    ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽˆ ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽต๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ˜€ ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽˆ ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽต๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ˜€ ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽˆ ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽต๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ˜€ ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽˆ ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽต๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽต

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    SUNNYB enjoy eating with friends. Nothing nicer than sharing food and chat round the table is there!
    VERANO dont feel guilty,while Ive been wrapping,youve been much more gainfully employed with yr lovely recipes making tasty nourishing meals! I follow the FOP school of cooking..Freezer!Oven! Plate!…leads to boring unadventurous meals. I should try harder.
    Some things that have happened in my life recently……
    *~ This isnt a positive,just what DD told me..my poor DD went to put her boots on and found a pretty little field mouse inside one,placed there by her cat. Cat enraged when the mouse was taken to the rugby field and set free to return to his family. ( that bit is positive๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปNot all of hisโ€™ trophies โ€˜ survive)..hence my nickname for him โ€œMurder Mittens…โ€œ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ˜ผ
    *~ Received a book in the post,passed on from my old schoolfriend,lives in Shrewsbury now. It was a nice unexpected surprise…From one of my favourite authors but not one ive yet read. Very happy as I now have a little pile of four books to delve into thru November
    *~ Will see my DD tomorrow! She lives just a few yards away from me,but since โ€œ all thisโ€ havent seen her or SIL nearly as much as we wd like.
    Looking forward to seeing her at the hairdressers..Shes having colour put on her hair and while it takes,I โ€˜ll arrive for a wash and blow dry,then I โ€˜ll leave while she has cut and blow..at opposite ends of the salon but will be able to chat and enjoy a catch up together and with our lovely hairdresser ๐Ÿฅณ
    Keep warm folks! Keep safe! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’–xx
    ~ โ€œ All things are our relatives; what we do to everything we do to ourselves. All is really One ~
    ( Black Elk )โค๏ธ

    ยธยธ ๐Ÿ*โ€ข.ยธ๐ŸŒผยธยธ.โ€ข*ยจ๐Ÿฆ‹ยจ*โ€ข.ยธยธ๐Ÿ’žยธ.โ€ข*โ€ขยธ๐ŸŒฟ.โ€ข*ยจยธ ๐Ÿ*โ€ข.ยธ๐ŸŒผยธยธ.โ€ข*ยจยธ.โ€ข*ยจ๐Ÿฆ‹ยจ*โ€ข. *โ€ข.ยธยธ๐Ÿ’žยธ.โ€ข*โ€ขยธ๐ŸŒฟ.โ€ข*ยจยธ ๐Ÿ* ยธ๐ŸŒผยธยธ.โ€ข*ยจ๐Ÿฆ‹ยจ*โ€ข.

  • posted by  Verano on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Hello everyone. Sorry I canโ€™t address each post individually but good to see some new and nearly new travellers.
    Wendy hope your laptop survives. I hate having to use my phone…. itโ€™s ok with a magnifying glass!
    S-g I can see why you are so concerned but you are managing to stay positive and really these things are out of our control …. life goes on ….. dig in …. and keep on keeping on…….you are doing so well …. we will get out on the other side …. that side will be sunny and bright. Hold on xx

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hello all.
    Sunny hope your evening went well. Iโ€™m sure you food was lovely.
    Yowzer well done on your virtuous day …. everyday is going to be mine but havenโ€™t managed it in a while now!
    That brings me to my first positive…..
    โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒˆโ˜€๏ธ Managing to stay on an even keel weight wise. Up a bit down a bit but no real damage done. Eating well, probably too well!
    ๐Ÿง„๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿง… Last nights cauliflower was wonderful…. cut cauliflower into florets and include the tiny bits (they are great burnt) put into a plastic bag, add a tablespoon of olive oil, garlic granules, salt and pepper and massage well. Add a tablespoon or more of red curry paste and a few tablespoons of either yogurt or creme fraiche. Massage well and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes or so. Bake spread out on baking paper on a large baking tray around 200c for about 35/45minutes until cooked and the โ€˜crumbsโ€™ are โ€˜burntโ€™. Wonderful! Could just eat that as a meal by itself.
    ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽŠ Starting to think about โ€˜presentsโ€™. Really must get ahead of the game soon. I think Yowzer makes me feel guilty …. as you are all wrapped up now!!
    I realise Iโ€™m cooking far too much food, probably because Iโ€™m getting home deliveries where Iโ€™m ordering too many things! So tomorrow Iโ€™m going to go through my fridges and freezers …. yes plural! …..and make an inventory. Iโ€™m going to use what I have at the moment …. sounds like a big cook-in is on the horizon!
    Have a great Thursday…. the weekend Iโ€™d just over the horizon!

  • posted by  Verano on Full Fat
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    Hi just want to let you know there is a thread called โ€˜Take a look at thisโ€™ search in the box above right. The thread is full of links to videos, articles podcasts etc. Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll find lots of useful information. Enjoy the journey!

  • posted by  RubyG on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    Hi Freester, no apologies needed, I admire all those who have been doing this for a lot longer than 2.67 days!

    Previously my husband would forage in the fridge while I was cooking as he was absolutely starving and couldn’t possibly wait 20 minutes until food passed his lips – I think late afternoon is his problem time, the working day has finished and he is bored until supper and the evening starts.

    The benefits of working from home right now are that he is not travelling (so no grabbing lunch at a station somewhere) and I am able to prepare decent food for the day.

    I was quite worried as last week we prepared for this week, so shed all the white refined starchy carbs and reduced intake to about 1200-1500 cals per day – he gained 2lb while I shed 2.6lb. So far this week he has shed 3lb and I have shed 3.4lb. Do I assume correctly this is probably due to his insulin resistance?

    Anyway, he has a conversation booked with his GP tomorrow, we’ll see what the outcome is.

    Supper tonight is haddock with various green low-carb and low-cal veg.

    Day 3 almost done!

  • posted by  freester on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    Apologies RubyG re-read my reply appears a little short not my intention to distract from the good work already done!
    Reasons for snacking understood – little steps and all that (or maybe some quite big ones with hubby already).
    As for the water weight loss as long as you know the weight loss will slow down after week or two…
    Well done both!

  • posted by  girlwiththeredface on Full Fat
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    Hi there t1nkerbell – I am new to this (in Week 2) so don’t necessarily have a lot of advice to offer you but if you have access to Amazon Prime I would encourage you watch a documentary called Fat Fiction. It is very insightful into low fat diets – it may help you get your head around the science of low carb eating and a new way of living ๐Ÿ™‚

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on Full Fat
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    Glad to be of help. I am diabetic and I bought the BSD 8 week diet book and followed that. For the first 2 weeks I used their menu plans, just altering things I didnt like i.e. replaced sardines (or was it mackerel) with tuna for the pate type dip but always careful for swapping like for like in calories and fats etc. Although I have never managed to put my diabetes into remission, I have been injecting for 12 years when I found the plan, I have put my numbers into a healthy range and stayed pretty much on the plan for 4 years now. Not really worrying about weight except for vanity but always concentrating on my health.

    Why would you pay when it is so simple to follow and there is so much help here. Someone on here recently did the 12 week paid plan and after a couple of weeks asked for her money back as it was too prescriptive and impersonal and dictated the diet plan. Here you can get ideas for variations, no-one forces you to follow a particular plan, you are free to mix and match and there is always someone here to help. Pick which diet you are on i.e. med, 5:2, BSD, Fast800 and try to stick with that for simplicity and when you get the hang of it you can experiment a big.

  • posted by  t1nkerbell on Full Fat
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    Thanks for replying and well done with lowering your cholesterol so well.

    Can I ask did you just follow the diet in the book or did you subscribe to the 12 week plan?

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on ONE WEEK AT A TIME beginning October 27th 2020
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    Hi all, seem to be running out of things to say – unusual for me. Feeling a bit worried about the looming political situation that we dont discuss (B) as we are under threat of losing our UK bank accounts where our pensions are paid into. No more to be said – no politics. Anyway, on the bright side, even with a small glitch I lost 1.75 lbs and with 8 weeks still to go I have to lose 7.75 lbs to reach my Christmas goal so I am well on the way. Still exercising even when I really dont feel like it. I talk myself round by saying it is only half an hour out of a very long and boring day. Like Wendleg I too am worried about a further lockdown here in France although it seems inevitable the way things are going. Luckily I live in a green zone (very low Covid) and will just contine to make all the safeguards – did I say this yesterday??? Anyway, KOKO and enjoy the week.