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  • posted by  Elle-Mae on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Steph2 absolutely brilliant weight loss well done. I had to look up the Beef Randang recipe online as had it once in Malaysia it was gorgeous, going to have to try it, maybe when weather cools down a bit. I have got back to below where I was before by 1/2 lb from going to Scotland, and OH who is half following the diet, just has the same dinner has lost 3lbs of weight he put on. My BMI is 25.9 😁 Couldn’t get back to walking as had bad sciatica but it’s improving now so 2nd day of back to walking. Having to wear a heart monitor for 3 days, be glad to get rid of it and take a shower tomorrow 👃😂. SG I chose my name because it was my name on a FB game Farmtown that I used to play.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Dawn, my two commemorative roses were gifts from my mum, which makes them that bit more special too. Well done on the 2lbs discard and avoiding evening snacks.
    Yowser, I’m like you, not a morning person. So much so, a manager I worked for years back, didn’t bother talking to me before what he called my ‘eleven o’clock watershed’!
    Okay, so what positives can I find …..
    🌧 rain has topped up my water butts and thankfully not battered too many plants.
    💃 really lovely date night last evening.
    👍🏻 last wall painted in the living room … one step closer to completion of this particular DIY project.
    Please tell us about your positives from the weekend too.

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Steph2, great results! Don’t worry about slowing of either inch or pound decreases. This process is not linear and there will be puzzling stalls and even inexplicable small blips upwards, but it will all balance out and overall your results will be on a downward trajectory.
    SG, picking up on the how and why we chose the names we have, my story is kind of similar to yours. As someone who historically has been a glass half empty type, a few years ago I decided to make a conscious effort to be more positive, in an effort to retain my thinking. So I started little exercises like checking my inner dialogue and actively looking for positives. In the early days, I would do things like make myself write down 10 positive words each day. Anyway, that’s all a rambling way of saying, I chose SunnyB to help as part of my personal positivity campaign.

  • posted by  Au secours on Advancing into Autumn – Stepping into Spring
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    Thanks for your encouragement DCT. I find it very strange that my willpower just seems to have disappeared. With the weather being so hot I have been wearing dresses every day but I had a shock on Friday when I put on a dress which I hadnt worn since last year. When I looked at myself in the mirror I immediately took it off again as every lb I have gained was cruelly emphasized in a dress which is more fitting than others which dont reflect my gains. Yet I am still indulging in one of my favourite treats,dried fruit, apricots and dates. I had stopped buying them as I knew I would be tempted to indulge myself but recently I purchased them again and temptation raised its ugly head. Every morning I say not today and then I succumb. Just stop it, you silly woman. Do you want to look like a little roly poly, no, so just stop it. I hope we can have a more disciplined week as I do so want to be slim again, and I know you have your wedding dress to encourage you. Lets just do it!!! 😎

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Hi everyone, nearly through the weekend with no damage and not given in to temptation. Still only lost 0.2 kg but think I have done too much, exercise – and only ate 600 cals yesterday – quite by accident as I didnt fancy breakfast so did 17 hrs TRE and then only had my 2 meals. I tell other people that doing more just doesnt work as your body wants to protect itself but then I dont take my own advice.

    Antigone – I didnt know anyone else was reading my blog except for Verano who has been there with me since day one. We were quite the trailblazers back then. I bet you all still get some snarky comments or strange looks when you talk about your diet. BTW I love your name. Are you a fan of Greek tragedy or the mythology surrounding it. BTW I am about 15km from Bergerac.

    Quetzal, you are another favourite name of mine on here. Do you have anything to do with Guatemala or do you just like the name.

    I wonder how some of you chose your names and are they really appropriate to you. I am sunshine girl because I used to call myself chubbychops and a psychiatrist friend said it was self name calling and I should change it to something cheery. Hence sunshine girl.

    Much cooler here at around 23 and just a little bit of welcome rain. Not enough to wet the plants though. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  • posted by  Dreamscometrue on Advancing into Autumn – Stepping into Spring
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    Cathy good to hear from you and I will join you in your reboot from tomorrow. Mine was supposed to be last Monday but I went completely off piste last week! Instead of being strict about diet and getting good exercise every day I slobbed in the garden in the sun with wine and snacks. Which means that I now have only 6 weeks till my wedding and I am pretty much back at where I started at the beginning of Jive to July.

    So here we go again . . . . !

    Hope everyone else is doing well and making some kind of progress? Look forward to stepping out in your lovely company this week X

  • posted by  Antigone on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Evening All- hope you are enjoying the weekend. STEPH2- 8k in 4 weeks is incredible. I am inspired 🙂
    LUE-Hope you are feeling better.
    ELLEMAE-1.5lbs in a day is some going..brilliant.
    RUBYG-Hope you coped with the wedding feast ok!
    SUNNYB-a good tip to take safe food with you ..
    JF- I haven’t eaten Indian food in soo long..my mouth is watering!
    QUETZAL – Good luck!
    WENDLEG- I am in Brittany. We may be a way North from you but it has been ridiculously hot here – thundery now.. Been here a while now so used to all the flippin paperwork now! It was a random post on a French FB group that brought the Fast 800 to my attention initially!
    Thank you for posting your blog SUNSHINEGIRL it’s really helpful – a brilliant resource.

  • posted by  Verano on 5 Years of BSD – A Blog of Memories
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    Sunshine-girl reading your blogs has been fascinating. I’ve probably said before that we are too hard on ourselves for not being ‘perfect’ but when I read you blog from 28/6/21, it just makes me realise how far we’ve all come. In theory (well the ‘old’ theory) we should be taking more medication not less and be in worse health not better. One of the, maybe silly, things that stands out for me is never having that ‘afternoon dip’ when blood sugar sank after a sandwich and crisps lunch, and then the need for those 40 winks. I never get sugar lows/dips anymore!
    Yes, it’s been quite a journey but not one that I want to end either. I enjoy my homemade Thai curry on a bed of sliced cabbage or tender stem broccoli and could never imagine eating a plate of rice or pasta again. Mind you once in a blue moon I love a few pieces of sushi! But then no harm in a those carbs very occasionally I guess.
    S-g thanks for this thread it’s been a good reminder of where we were and where we are now….. we all need to try and remember the positives and not dwell on the number on the scales.
    In your words I can only say …….. let’s keep on keeping on ……………….

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hi how’s everyone today!
    DAWN well done on resisting! And on 2 lb loss! Youre inspiring me to be ‘ good’ today…Saturdays and Sundays are harder than weekdays!
    SUNNY good news re yr distance vision improved! Mine did after having cataract ops,and it’s sooooo nice to be able to see further ( I remember an elderly fellow patient telling me that she was having her ‘ catamarans’ removed! )
    My positives for today..
    *~ Reading a lovely book called Mornings. All about people who like to get up at or before dawn. I’m an owl rather than a lark,but I do enjoy the occasional very early morning when the whole day lies ahead like a lovely promise. Specially summer mornings,as when the sun rises,it shines through the leaves on the tree outside my window and makes a pretty dappled leafy pattern on my kitchen wall.
    *~ Saw one of the two sets here of new young parents,out with their tiny baby daughter in her pram. They look tired but happy and proud!
    *~ Two deliveries today,one from well known health shop,3 products for price of one,absolute bargain! 👏👏👏👏
    Enjoy your weekend everybody! XX

  • posted by  DOGWALKER2 on Silent Reflux – will the BSD help?
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    Google Norman Robillard PhD. Fast Tract Digestion – Heartburn. He discusses starchy fibrous carbs which wreak havoc, causing gases & fermentation to occur. In turn causes acid reflux & LPR. Definitely worth a try. It helped with my LPR.

  • posted by  DOGWALKER2 on Acid reflux
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    Google Norman Robillard PhD. Fast Tract Digestion – Hearburn. He discusses starchy fibrous carbs which wreak havoc, causing gases & fermentation to occur. In turn causes acid reflux & LPR. Definitely worth a try. It helped with my LPR.

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on 5 Years of BSD – A Blog of Memories
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    A full 5 years of BSD. This is the final, final installment to celebrate 5 years on the BSD with an update of all my numbers.

    Including a few pounds I lost after I ditched the nutritionists diet but before starting BSD I lost a total of 25lbs. I am now on 15 units of insulin so even more improvement in the last 2 months.
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    28th June 2021

    Today it is exactly five years since I started the 800 calorie Blood Sugar Diet by Dr Michael Mosley. I was told to put a disclaimer at the start saying I wasnt recommending the diet etc etc. Today I can quite clearly recommend it for anyone who wants to get good control of their diabetes symptoms.

    I started the diet at 79.9 kilos and I was using between 37 and 40 units of insulin every night. I also took tablets for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. A total of 7 tablets daily. Today I am still diabetic but I only inject 16 units of insulin and still have hopes of stopping completely. I now take less medication and completely stopped the cholesterol meds as my cholesterol is well down at around 3.2 total. During the 5 years I have had no illness of any kind, not even a cold and my doctor says I have sort of stopped the deterioration in my health that he would expect of a diabetic. Cant say he totally approves of my diet but his attitude is ‘if it works for you and does no harm’. He cant get his head around me never eating bread. The French like to have their baguettes every day.

    On the subject of the actual diet. It is not always possible to stick to 800 calories every day but I have a menu plan with aims for that and I usually relax that a bit at the weekend but mainly with a few glasses of wine. There have been times when I have completely ignored the calories like on a cruise or at Christmas but I NEVER, EVER eat white starchy carbs.

    I have lost around 25 lbs in weight and never seem to get much further, mainly because I am not really bothered. However, my daughter has announced she is getting married in August 2022 and I would really like to be slim for that. To that end I am currently making a concerted effort to lose more. I am doing this by introducing intermittent fasting into my routine. I eat my last food at between 7.30 and 8.00 pm and cannot have anything at all until 10 am when I have breakfast. Over the past 2 weeks I have lost a further 2kgs but honestly they were what I had put on during covid lockdown. So I am now back to a 25lb loss and aiming to do better.

    So many people told me this diet was dangerous but it has done me only good. My blood glucose readings never go above 80 pre food in the morning. I was also told it was not sustainable but it was only meant to be for 8 weeks on the full strict version so that was not a problem but I am still sticking to it 5 years later. I continue to eat this way because it is healing me and protecting me from all the bad effects that diabetes can bring including leg and feet problems (ulcers and wounds), loss of feeling in hands and feet – I had started to lose the feeling in my toes but not any more. Eye problems, kidney failure, the list goes on for diabetics. I had a full medical just 3 weeks ago and all my numbers are just getting better and better. I would also be on more and more medication and then medication to stop the problems the other meds cause, yet I take less and less instead.

    I really cannot see myself going back to eating bread, potatoes, pasta, rice or any cereals and cant see why I should, they are not a necessary component to a diet and they turn to glucose in the blood which is why they are a problem for diabetics whereas most people think of cakes and biscuits (cookies) being the things to give up. Yes they are but a plate of potatoes is as bad as a slice of cake.

    I said I would recommend this diet or this way of eating now but with the warning that it is really hard to do and I wouldnt do it just to lose weight. But to gain control of my health it is worth the sacrifice of not eating starch.

    This site is closing down soon and I just thought I would post my last blog on this particular day and let people know how I am getting on. I doubt there is anyone reading this who were here 5 years ago but if they are then hi.
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    LETS GO PLAY – I am here – and happy you found what works for you!!!I think there is plenty there that will help others too

    POLSKARINIA -Thanks for sharing. I’m with you on the blood sugar diet. Because of Michael Mosley’s ideas, my hubby and I both feel heaps better and lose weight more easily. He is no longer pre-diabetic, I have lost over thirty pounds relatively easily and still going strong, despite not sticking to the 800 calories a day.
    Salut and santé!
    We too enjoy our French wine here just outside Perpignan and yes, I remember you from 5 years ago…

    MEADSBAY – Thank you so much for sharing!
    I’m so glad that you found a way of eating that is helping you regain your health in so many areas.
    Keep it up

  • posted by  Steph2 on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Fantastic to hear so many stories of success, even long term. I’m not in ketosis any more but still losing. It’s week four for me and I guess your body stops ketosis after a bit. Body fat % is still coming down and weight is now down nearly 8kg. Waist dropped 6 inches in the first two weeks and nothing since. Hmm, think that’s my cue for sit-ups but not looking forward to that. My BMI is almost normal now which was an aim and would like to lose another 3-4 kg and then, maintain. Maintenance may be a challenge! How do manage maintenance without the undoing all your good work? Easier to stick to salads in this lovely weather but there’s also a delicious mushroom soup in the Fast800 recipe book I can recommend along with the Beef Rendang which has become an obsession it’s so amazing. X

  • posted by  ellie666 on Need to make a major change so here I am!
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    thank you all for your messages of support 🙂

    so far not doing to bad, entered Ketosis after 2 days and am not feeling hungry really, just light headed a bit even though i am drinking litres of water. (flavouring it with cucumber, lemon, ginger,mint, raspberries, blackberries, limes, oranges – not all at the same time)

    my biggest thing i find hardest to do is going through the recipes and actually splitting them into portions as there is stuff my wife can’t eat (due to chrones)
    i am eating vegetables galore as extras so not sure i’m really sticking to the 800 calories from that point! 🙁

    it’s been 4.5 days now – let’s see how it goes 🙂

  • posted by  freester on Need to make a major change so here I am!
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    Hi Elliot, and welcome.

    You can do this. Your story sounds very similar to mine over 18 months ago (48yrs 6’3″, 17.5 stone, High BP).

    I spent a long time kidding myself that I was big boned, could carry the extra weight (I did a fair bit of exercise – cycling and used that as a justification I could eat and drink anything I wanted).

    Loads of good advice above. My advice would be to cut out the snacking. 3 meals a day. As for drinks, green tea, black coffee?

    Stick with it. The first thing I’d say was I was surprised that more often than not I didn’t feel that hungry during the 800 cal phase. Once or twice (after exercise) I was but satiated myself using a few nuts (as Dr M says better to snack on plan than off). I never snack now, don’t feel the need.

    Your tastes will change. I don’t miss the bread / potatoes. I’m enjoying foods and meals I’d never have looked forward to before embarking on this WoE.

    Plan a week’s meals and buy the ingredients.

    You can do this – if I can anyone can.

    Freester (now 14 stone, no longer snoring, BP acceptable and better health all round)

  • posted by  RubyG on New, starting BSD TODAY!
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    Weigh-in today:
    Hubby – 16st 5.4lb
    Me – 11st 6.4lb
    Both happy with that, after a more focused week of portion control and no snacks, but no active tracking either.
    Off to a wedding tomorrow, will do our best with the food choices available.

  • posted by  ADD6605 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hi everyone,Sunny what a lovely idea to have Capt Tom and Duke of Edinburgh roses! Some positive from me today:
    🎉Weighed myself this morning and had lost 2lbs which is encouraging
    🌼Someone came out to my Mums today and gave us a quote to have my Dad’s front garden landscaped.It’s sad that we are having to have it done but it’s so overgrown we just haven’t been able to get on top of it so my Mum would like it gravelled.My sister and I were impressed with the chap who called and we will try to save some of the plants/shrubs/roses by transplanting them into my Dad’s back garden and our gardens.
    🙂Was looking for Fast800 videos on utube tonight and found ones from about a year ago made by a grandad who was following the plan,really lovely videos and he had very good results.Hope he’s ok as there aren’t any recent videos.
    🤞This is the first night in ages I have managed not to be tempted by grabbing something to eat from the kitchen,long may it continue!
    Dawn X

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Dawn, good that you have had an outing with your Mum and sorted Sky for her, sure she appreciates it. Nice little bonus that DD did her room without prompting … good result!

    Some positives today …
    👓 we went for eye tests today and both ordered new distance glasses… OH as his distance sight has worsened, but mine because it’s improved!
    ☀️ nice and sunny but less humid today, which has made it very pleasant indeed.
    🌹 my Captain Tom and Duke of Edinburgh roses are both in bloom now …. both very pretty.

    Hope you have been blessed with some positives… do tell!

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    LUE, sounds like you got caught on a perfect storm last week, well done for not taking shelter in carnage. Starting the week with no gain and a missing half inch, seems to me very acceptable. Keep avoiding those carbs and you’ll be reporting a result on the scales soon. Have a good week.

  • posted by  ClarinetCathy on Advancing into Autumn – Stepping into Spring
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    Hello everyone – just wanted to say how excited I am about getting healthy again. I’m back in Stratford until Sunday when I go home. Cant wait to see my husband and my cat! Have missed them both! I have enjoyed my holiday but feel fat and bloated and am looking forward to getting back to basics. I am starting 8 weeks BSD on Monday but I am NOT weighing myself until the end of the 8 week stint. I won’t know what I weigh when I start but quite frankly it doesn’t matter. I’m overweight and my clothes feel tight and i don’t want to see the numbers on the scales so this is my plan. I will use Ketostix for the first week to check I am in ketosis and then do what I know works. When I did 8 weeks BSD in 2017 I lost 17.5 lb. I won’t know how much I have lost this time but I should start to feel comfortable in my clothes and I am going to use a pair of tight jeans as my weight loss gauge.

    I am away on two little mini breaks again in August but I am still going to be good and I am going to advance to autumn with determination once and for all. I will have my cholesterol rechecked at the end of my eight week stint and then when I weigh myself at the end of September I will know how much work I have ahead of me to get to where I want to be weight wise. I am aiming for 138 lb.

    DCT you will be a married lady by the time I complete my 8 weeks and weigh again and I have no doubt that you will look and feel amazing on your wedding day – you’re not far from goal now so keep chipping away and I am sure you will look fabulous on your special day. How exciting!

    To everyone who hasn’t got off to a good start, draw a line and start again. We can do this together one day at a time, one meal at a time.

  • What a week. Heatwave in the UK, antibiotics for a minor infection and my period showed up. Amazed I’ve not fallen completely off the wagon and into the biscuits!
    No loss to start week 4, but no gain (and my waist has dropped another half inch) so it’s not all bad. I’ll be pleased to have a few cool quiet days over the weekend where I have time to meal plan and prep for the next week, it’s just been so far from my mind these last 5 days when I’ve been feeling unwell.
    Great to read some positivity on here though! That’s lifted me right up.

  • posted by  Elle-Mae on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Boiling hot here! Back on diet and have lost 1 1/2 lbs since yesterday 😁. Quetzel one of the meals I had when away was an Indian, I chose a curry I fancied and had just the dips with a spoon but no poppodums, a chickpea dish and onion bhaji, no rice, no bread, probably would go for tandoori next time tho.

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Hi everyone, it is HOT HOT HOT here – 36 today. Fortunately it is a very dry heat but it is still draining.
    Quetzel, I dont eat Indian food so cant help you there. Also my experience of visiting family and eating out while travelling around UK to visit friends and family read like a comedy programme. Restaurant who served my chips on a separate plate just in case I got tempted. That was the whole point of asking them not to give me any, temptation. We were a long table of about 10 people so my chips went to the other end of the room. Family member who didnt understand no carbs but also didnt understand I dont eat fish – yes, she served us fish and chips. Well it was Friday and its not proper fish is it!!!! Try saying you dont eat – and keep it simple like potatoes, rice or pastam you might have to add chips to that list as that is not a carb believe it or not. Ask for extra veg or salad. Sometimes you just have to put up with it and it wont last for long.

    I havent lost any more weight although my daughter is down half a kilo – but this is for her. My blood glucose is steady and I have my insulin down to 15 units – down for an original 40 units. Would like to drop further but think I need a couple of kilos more off to bring my BG down further.

    Stay cool everyone.

  • posted by  RubyG on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    I order tandoori prawns and salad when eating out, basically anything without the sauce (I ordered like this even before this WOE).
    At other restaurants, I sometimes order a starter and a side salad instead of a main course, which usually resolves the problem of chips with everything.

    With family – recently we have been seeing elderly relatives in their garden, and they gently suggested if I would like to bring lunch for all of us they would pay one time and we could pay the next time (like when we used to go out to eat), as then they were sure of us eating what we wanted to eat. I thought that was very considerate, so took various bits of sliced beef/ham/chicken/prawns, salad, cheese, olives, coleslaw, potato salad for them, and some bread rolls for them. For dessert, we had berries and cream, and I bought them a small meringue nest each for their dessert. The last time we visited, they felt confident enough to cater, having seen what we were “allowed” to eat.

    We’re at a wedding this weekend, so no influence over what is served, and no idea of the menu either. We will eat what is available, to the best of our ability to keep low carb, but some alcohol will be consumed, and by Sunday evening we will be back on the wagon (if we do fall or falter).

    Sorry to hear about your postal woes Wendy, I know I very much take for granted the Royal Mail service in the UK, which despite people’s complaints is fantastic! I had family in South Africa, and postage was just not an option due to the high levels of corruption and theft.

    Have a good rest of your week everyone.

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Queyzal …. yes, I’d go with tandoori and either salad or a bhaji, like sag, gobi or brinjal (spinach, cauliflower or aubergine). Personally, I never get as far as dessert with an indian meal, but opt for tea if you still need something.

    On the visiting front, I tell people I’m eating low carb and explain that means no potatoes, pasta etc. then I take a few things with me, so I know I have some fall backs. To be honest, most people don’t really understand what low carb means, so best to have a work around if you can. Failing that, just do the best you can with what’s offered and then get back on track as soon as you can on returning home.

    Enjoy your down time though, that is really important after the stressful time you’ve had.

  • posted by  Jeremy Fisher on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Tandori chicken and salad is the way I go. In our local Indian it comes in sizzling and is absolutely delicious – so much so that I choose that when I go there now even when I’m not eating low carb (although I tend to add rice then!).

  • posted by  Quetzal on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Also Wendy – so disappointing with the package/mail not reaching your family as planned (that would mean so much in these times) and the court hearing outcome for your friend that you are helping. Your are such a wonderful and helpful person, for everyone here – and around you outside this forum. What a treasure you are. Take your time and space. Lots of warmth and gratefulness from me – and most likely so many other people here.
    -Quetzal

  • posted by  Quetzal on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Hello all – thank you again for setting up this inspiring thread.
    I have had some incredibly hard weeks, worked more than ever – terrible deadlines and postponed my holiday (and ate not so good – actually quite bad).
    I started my holiday today and have had a relaxing day, done nothing – I needed it – hope to sleep more and plan to be vey active. Tomorrow will be a fantastic day – will start the morning with a light breakfast – and go for a nice long walk and swim in the ocean – and plan superhealthy meals, bring salad with egg.
    We’re visiting family this holiday and I must have a plan to be able to eat as I want and need. I really need this forum this summer and during the coming year. I will work steadily towards my goal – Normal BMI – I give myself up to 12 months, but first: 8 weeks with fast800. Starting tomorrow. Wholehearted.
    So – I have two question;
    1) When visiting family (old relatives) – how do you inform them about your eating ‘regime’ – and how do they take it?
    2) I am invited to an Indian restaurant tomorrow -to celebrate several persons – do any of you have a super suggestion for what to eat in a typical Indian restaurant? (Some kind of grilled Chicken without two much high kcal sauce (maybe tandoori) and salad? Other vegetarian option (low carb, low fat). Skip the rice. Eat slow. Maybe only tea for desert, maybe add some fruit/berries? Any suggestions? Thank you so much in advance! I don’t feel like destroying my fantastic plan the first day. Wish me luck – and strength – I need it on several layers in life 🙂
    -Quetzal

  • posted by  ADD6605 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Thanks Sunny and Yowzer,it’s great hearing so many positive stories about hip replacement ops,will keep you posted as to how it goes.Some positives for today:
    🙂 Have had two pretty decent days food wise and feel much better for it.A linen dress I wore around the house on Monday feels much looser round the tum today,simply through a couple of days of healthy eating so less bloating,it really is amazing how much certain foods affect me.
    🙂DH and I took my Mum to a Sky store tonight to see what packages are on offer for her,she and my Dad had Sky many years ago but cancelled it because they got fed up with marketing calls,she’s wanted to have it installed again for ages so we got her signed up tonight and it will be set up ready for when she comes out of hospital.
    🎉DD has tidied her bedroom without me asking!
    Well that’s all from me today.Hope everyone has good sleeps/a good day.Night night.Dawn X

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    I’m curious to know where you are in France,Antigone. I’m in the South West ,the Tarn department.

    So sorry about lockdown Hopeful. Merry too ? Thinking of you .My boys have escaped that so far but I would like to think they could get vaccinated at some time. We need to show our health certificate / vaccination confirmation for gatherings now and even to get into a restaurant, café etc from the Ist August. It really is never ending .

  • posted by  wendleg on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Hi everyone. I’m here…needed a bit of space to digest some disappointing news. Without going into too much detail..a friend I have been helping got a very disappointing outcome from a court hearing last week,quite devastating in fact and the fall out continues. Added to that the parcel I sent from France to Australia on the 5th July still has not arrived and tracking shows no movement since the 7th. The Post Office customer services are unable to give me any precise information. I have been told to be patient . All very well if my parcel just contained a few French goodies..but you may remember I sent two photo books retracing my son’s life to surprise him on his 30th birthday which is this Sunday. So that made me very sad to think that he is unlikely to receive them in.time.
    The distance and this never ending Covid crisis is really getting to me now . I feel bombarded by confusing and conflicting information,friends due to come over from the UK have cancelled. The situation in France, now in our 4th wave we are told,is unsettling.
    So it’s been an emotional time but I am trying to be positive. I haven’t lost anyone and I am lucky in that.
    Lots of things are out of my control so I am just going to do my best to accept that.
    Sorry for the absence but I do read the thread . We are a good bunch on here and I feel bad about letting you down.
    Thanks Sunny and SG for keeping everything going. Xx
    Wendy xx

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Darn I’ve just run out of credit so can’t answer yr last text SUNNY …will top up when the weather cools a bit.
    I only do pay as you go on an ancient mobile that does nothing except texts and calls. 🙄
    I’m a city gal so will LOVE seeing your villagey newsletter! 😍
    Night night and sweet dreams xxx

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Yowser, great to see you posting. I’m fine thanks, enjoying the summery weather … living in sarong and sleeve less top at present. That is certainly steely will power to resist the pastries and congrats to DD and SIL on the wedding anniversary. Would happily send you a copy of the newsletter … just text me your email address to 07768 206353.

    My positives for today are ….
    🙂 arrangements made today, to have youngest granddaughter to stay for a week from next Thursday.
    📱 lovely long message exchange with friend in India, good to find him more upbeat than he’s been for awhile.
    🌱 three very healthy little salvia plants arrived today … feel another gardening session coming on!
    Whatever you’ve been doing today, hope there were some positives that you can tell us about.

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Advancing into Autumn – Stepping into Spring
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    Hiiii gang! Hope everyone’s advancing nicely!
    MARIET,it’s great you had a NSV! So lovely to lose from yr waist too,so nice to be more ‘ nipped in’!xx
    DCT hows yr wedding reboot going? Wise words as usual from you about locko and it’s effects.xx
    Au SECOURS… Lockos definitely made me greedier and lazier. Not great coping strategies,but these are not great times either. I’ve got a grip on the greediness lately,but still not moving enough. We have to let ourselves off the hook a bit and not judge ourselves too harshly.xx
    Come on DAWN I know you can do it!..ODAAT as our BUSYBEE says ( I miss her😢) Press that reset switch gently,it doesn’t have to be all or nothing,just baby steps and tiny changes til you feel stronger. These are stressful days,so be kind to yrself xx
    Onwards and downwards dear challengees! X ⭐️🥰⭐️🥰⭐️🥰⭐️🥰⭐️🥰⭐️🥰⭐️🥰⭐️🥰⭐️🥰⭐️🥰⭐️🥰

  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Elle, don’t panic, that isn’t a huge gain and you’ll soon see that disappear once you’re back on track. I agree it would be lovely if we ‘leaked’ fat instead of water in hot weather. I’d have lost several pounds this week alone.
    Antigone, sounds like a rough couple of weeks. Take things as easy as you can whilst recovering from your heat stroke. My guess is week 2 and 3 will counter balance each other and you’ll hit week 4 at around your end of week 1 status. So just do what you can this week and make a fresh start next week once recovered.
    Jeremy, perhaps reviewing what you did at the end of your weight loss period last year, will highlight what to avoid this time round to successfully maintain. Thing to remember I think, is returning to high carb intake isn’t an option if we don’t want to return to square one. So whilst the calories can increase by quite some margin, carbs still need to remain relatively low with a much smaller increase. I’m sure you will approach the maintenance phase more cautiously this time though and successfully maintain. In the meantime, I’m sure you’ll soon be getting into your smaller clothes again.

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hi everyone,hope y’all in UK keepin cool as an igloo!
    My positives…
    *~ A baby squirrel in the garden today…dead cute, up on his haunches nibbling the almonds and cobnuts I had for him,then carefully burying the monkey nuts I put down! His Mum has taught him well🐿
    *~ Doing well eating wise..seem to have found an iron will! Neighbours just knocked with two raspberry turnovers,it would have been rude to refuse,but I deffo won’t eat them. Hopefully DD and SIL will take them off my hands.
    *~ It’s DD and SILs wedding anniversary…and Ziggy the Cat has just turned seven years of age,think he’s on life 2 of his nine lives ( he had a v bad accident when about 2 yrs old,broke his pelvis,think he prob forfeited life 1 that day)
    💙💜💛💙💜💛💙💜💛 💙💜💛💙💜💛💙💜💛 💙💜💛💜💙💛💜💙💛💜💙💛💜💙💛
    SUNNY,hope you’re well again after being under par xx take care xx would love to read your newsletter!
    DAWN,to add to the positive hip replacement stories,I know three people who are so glad they went ahead with the op as they now have such a great new lease of life xx two of them in their 80s….keep us posted about yr Mum ( and yr Dad) xx
    ANNIE good to see you! I listen to a lot of audiobooks I borrow online from the library,but didn’t know I could find some on YouTube too,I will investigate! I love to fall asleep listening to a good story, xx
    VERANO,how fab to suddenly rediscover three new pairs of shoes! What a lovely unexpected surprise xx!

  • posted by  Antigone on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    This is week 3 for me ( this time around) and I thank you all for posting your stories – so motivating. Week 1 went really well – in fact I over did it a bit and averaged 650 cals (MFP). Week 2 went to hell in a hand basket as I had a poorly horse to worry about which derailed me ( horse fine now btw). This week the sudden rise in temperatures gave me a dose of heat stroke ( 3rd time since moving to France) so I have not been eating much at all. I shall use the heat stroke as a place to reboot from. Thank you posters, one and all, for getting me through a difficult week.

  • posted by  Elle-Mae on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Well back home, 3 1/2 lb back on ☹️. So back on the diet, planned meals on the ferry at 1 am , now making a shopping list. Why oh why when it’s this hot and you feel like you are melting can’t it be fat melting off instead of sweat. Jeremy I find maintenance is so much harder than losing.

  • posted by  Jeremy Fisher on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    ScottM – Interesting to hear that you’ve found throwing away the large clothes motivating. I’m trying to go the other way around and fit back into the clothes I can’t wear because I’m too large. I’ve resisted buying larger clothes (mostly!) and look forward to being able to get back into most of my wardrobe! That’s starting to happen already, but still a long way to go for most of my clothes!

    As another point worth sharing… I lost around 20lbs on a 1200 low-carb diet last year (all documented on here). And put all that back on within around 6 months, adding a few more lbs on top to reach my heaviest ever around 8 weeks ago (just 1lb short of 14 stone). That’s why I still have all my smaller clothes…

    And it’s also why maintenance is going to be so important for me. For the moment though, I need to get it back off!

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on 5 Years of BSD – A Blog of Memories
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    Hi there, I continued to write my blog on the odd occasion and this posting is after 5 months and is an update. Probably wont post any more for a while and there is a lot more of the same. One thing I noticed reading back on this is my HbA1c 5.9 and 24 units of insulin. Today I am at 5.8 but only using 15 units of insulin. I am still aiming to get rid of the needles completely and 5 years on I am still following this plan. It is a way of life now and I never want to go back to those dark days of crying over 180 / 190 BG reading and 40 units of insulin. My weight is still around a 19lb loss although I did get down to 25lbs. That still continues.
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    This is an update because I have had a further HBA1c blood test, which shows the sugar levels in the blood over a 12 week period.

    Starting HBA1c Pre-diet in Feb was 8.2
    Next HBA1c also Pre-diet in May was 8.2 – after trying my hardest to reduce this with a low fat high carb diet – as recommended by a nutritionist.
    HBA1c six weeks into the diet (August) 6.7
    HBA1c last week 5.9

    This indicates an improvement from the blood sugar diet which I did not achieve on the medically recommended diet.

    All other health markers also show an improvement with results in August showing total cholesterol down from 4.1 to 3.7, triglycerides down from 1.50 to 1.21 and blood pressure down from 140 / 80 to 130 / 70.

    Finally, the weight loss. This has been slow but steady and I have now lost 18lbs. This is not a massive loss but it is the most I have ever lost, looking back when I joined SparkPeople and have been on a diet forever. Some people show greater losses on this plan but usually have a lot more to lose than me. I probably only had 3 stone to lose so I am half way there. Also, I have had several weeks when, although sticking to the low carb principle I have had more calories whilst having people visiting us throughout the summer and 2 holidays totalling 3 weeks. One holiday travelling around, eating out every lunchtime and evening and staying with family who did not understand the concept of low carb and happily fed me fish and chips….. Hey ho.

    I am seeing my doctor on Monday 5th December but did not wait for this appointment to post my results as I am sure he will be very happy with me. I will do another blog if there is any significant news from that appointment, although it should just be routine for now. I continue to adjust my own medications and have gone from 3 x 30gm gliclazide to 2 x 30gm and have reduced my daily insulin from 38 units to 24 units. My current blood glucose of 5.9 would be considered non-diabetic if I were not helping it along with medication. My next big goal is to come off insulin completely and be a diet controlled diabetic. Reaching a point where I can be declared ‘cured’ is still a long way off for me due to the long duration of my illness i.e. 11 years.

    What have I really learnt from this experiment is that the traditional belief that diabetes is a chronic life-time lasting progressive illness needing more and more drugs to control it and its side effects is a thing of the past and no longer holds true for those of us who are taking health care into our own hands.

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  • posted by  SunnyB on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Julz, gosh you are dedicated …. can’t imagine running at all, let alone training for a marathon! I’m sure you’ll suss out the best way to eat for the exercise you’re doing. Might need a bit of trial and error, but you’ll get there.
    Hopeful, sorry you guys are facing lockdown again. Sounds like it might be a bit if a nightmare, juggling children, school work and work work. We’ll be here whenever you get a chance to drop in, meanwhile, take care, stay safe and take things as easy as you can, to keep stress levels in hand.
    Personally nothing of note to report at present. Confess the whole weighing, measuring and recording all consumed, has already slipped this week but making good food choices, so not worried if I just maintain for this week.

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on Week 2 – Gain?
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    Hi danoboo, first of all you have lost a fantastic amount of weight so dont get disheartened. Second, 700g is a poo or a wee or a glass of water or cup of tea – poetry. Weighing daily is okay as long as you can take the rough with the smooth and see the overall results at the end of the weigh in week. Thirdly, this is might anwer your question – you dont have a lot of weight to lose and your body has just seen a bit shift and is probably trying to hang on to it. This is not a big problem and not a sign that your metabolism has slowed down, just the natural result of your body wanting to hang onto what it has got. I have just watched a video by Dr Becky about reasons we are not losing weight and 2 of them are trying to boost it by eating less or trying to boost it by exercising more. These dont work as your body is already under a lot of changes. The final thing that doesnt work is throwing in the towel – or giving up. Just give it a couple of days and you will start to move again.

  • posted by  HopefulinOz on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Evening all – I hope you are all doing well. I am likely going to be a bit of an absent friend over the next week or two – we have gone into a lockdown here, and are juggling the kids learning from home, at the same time hubby and I work, all on two devices only, and he and I are both flat out! Feeling very grateful that we are both fully vaccinated. On the bright side, this morning I weighed in to find I am at my lowest weight yet – hoping to keep it going 🙂
    Stay safe everyone – will be back soon when the pressure and workload eases here x

  • posted by  WindyJulz on ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 20TH JULY 2021
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    Thanks for the thread and to all those contributing. I’m still here, doing my best, over on calories but mostly ok with food choices…. still want to find the oooomph to have another focused few weeks and really rein it in and see some progress. I’m still running a lot and that makes it hard – officially marathon training which is hilariously surreal, cant believe i have become ‘that’ person! finding the food balance is trick when running a lot, but i need to review my focus, look at nutrition for running not the whole “I ran 20k i can eat chips” mentality!

    ScottM – you are very motivational, thank you for posting! Your BSD BBQ sounds fab, especially the no buns in site part! BBQ meat and salad – yum! Although “scottish heat” – hahahahaha – I’m in the NE of Scotland and our idea of heat just isnt the same….anything over 18 degrees and its a struggle! I miss having my Fast800 shakes sometimes, being back at work means frozen berries arent an option and i did love some berries in my shake….might have to review and get back to it!

    Jeremy – I like a medium to long fast too……not been doing it much recently as timing it with running was a challenge – running on a fast day is fine, and i prefer to run fasted, but running the day after a fast day was horrid. Will look to find a way back to doing a weekly 36hr fast through i think….. thanks for the reminder that its a good tool. And for sure it is easier to fast when low carb the rest of the time, I’m not surprised you struggled if you were carbing in between fasts.

    Hava a good day folks