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  • Evening all. Good news about SG. Thanks for letting us know. Do pass our love to her via her hubby. It is always nice to know people are thinking of you, when you are ill.
    Sorry to hear some of you are struggling. I find this weather can be a bit challenging, as all you crave is stodge. Don’t be too hard on yourselves and remember one day at a time.
    I had a bit of a rogue week. I have endometriosis which is killer and causes me anaemia. I was so anaemic this time, that I had to have an emergency blood and iron transfusion yesterday. I do get dreadfully fatigued, which means I can reach for the chocolate and carbs. However I fought against this last week and generally kept to below 1000 cals. Which means I have been maintaining my initial 8 pound loss. Am already feeling so much better, which means I can now consider getting back out doing g some exercise. I am going to really hammer the next 3 weeks with the diet, before my next period, just to see if I can shifts another 8 pounds, which will get me to the stone mark.

  • posted by  Elle-Mae on 8 weeks Fast 800 Week 4 beginning 24th January 2023
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    Well Sunny the Valentine menu will be low carb but not low cal 🤣. At the moment I’m thinking of halloumi wrapped in bacon as a starter, steak with crispy fried onions, I may make a sauce with marscapone and harissa with either cauliflower mash or roasted butternut squash cubes, and for dessert I have just found a recipe on Diet Doctor for peanut butter cup cheesecake. However I have also just realised that Fiance has to work that evening so we will have to have it the following night.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Arctic, a sunny day makes such a difference doesn’t it … an instant mood lift. The broccoli salad sounds interesting, would love to know more. Glad you are making progress on the work front, sounds like you’ve had a testing time, so hope it all gets sorted soon.

    Positives from my chilly corner ….
    🌿 another little gardening session today … again, only long enough for my fingers to freeze, but was lovely to be out there.
    📞 nice long phone chat with an old friend.
    🙂 can’t think of anything more specific, but it’s been an okay and fairly productive day.

  • posted by  SunnyB on 8 weeks Fast 800 Week 4 beginning 24th January 2023
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    Elle, you must be thrilled to have your help cooker at last. What’s on the menu for valentines day? I’m completely hooked on harrisa and use it a lot, sometimes just as a condiment, so I always have a spare jar in the pantry.
    V, like you I’m trying to just to go with the flow and not stress about targets etc., but still be conscious of what I’m consuming and keeping low carb. I’m confident we’ll both be reporting better things soon though.

  • posted by  Minnie23 on 10 week countdown – starting Jan 23rd.
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    On track for a 900 cal day today – 60g protein and 50g carbs. Boiled eggs for breakfast, Mackerel pate and rocket for lunch, tofu stirfry later. Snack of small apple and teeny bit peanut butter. OK so far filling up on tea and coffee and getting to bed early are my tricks. Need to get more walking in but it’s so cold! Managed an hour at lunchtime but that’s not enough.

  • posted by  Verano on 8 weeks Fast 800 Week 4 beginning 24th January 2023
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    Thanks Elle-Mae and pleased to hear you’ve lost your Christmas gain.
    I spent quite a bit of time reading and thinking this afternoon.
    Looks like I’m still looking for that ‘silver bullet’ …. more fool me!
    I have fallen into the trap of needing to lose x number of pounds in x weeks …. nonsensical really.
    After a lifetime of yo-yo diets I should know that there are no ‘silver bullets’ and even more importantly, looking to lose a specific number of pounds over a short timespan is a recipe for (the word we don’t use here) Failure!
    So, I’m very fortunate in that we have several trips planned over the next few months. I can’t try and lose x pounds in x weeks between trips because it becomes self destructive.
    I know I just have to relax, eat low carb, day by day and let it become the way of life it used to be for me. I guess that really means just ‘relax into the process’. Sunny maybe you should adopt the same philosophy too???

  • posted by  Elle-Mae on 8 weeks Fast 800 Week 4 beginning 24th January 2023
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    I’m doing ok thank you Sunny. I have lost my Christmas gain. Just in time for Fiance’s birthday, and Valentine,’s 🤣
    I have had my new cooker delivered and installed today. It was ordered in November! Was supposed to arrive beginning of December so I had to cook Christmas dinner in the small oven.
    My back has seized up again, but I have just done my 2 mile walk. I didn’t go at all the last week due to the weather so maybe too much (less) exercise has caused it.
    Last night’s dinner was too have been coconut harissa meatballs but I dropped the glass jar of harissa paste and smashed it, so put in various spices to make my own mix, which worked but the harissa would have been nicer. Oh well as Fiance said next time I make this recipe it will be right.

  • posted by  Elle-Mae on 8 weeks Fast 800 Week 4 beginning 24th January 2023
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    Verrano, Sunny, I’m sorry you are both struggling. Just try to stay low carb but don’t worry too much about the calories until you are feeling in the right mindset. The time will come and your mojo will be back, until then treat yourself to some TLC xxx

  • Thanks Sunshine Bloke 41

    yes second time harder BUT as you say bloke now im into a routine (24 days done) its easier

    and yes sunshine, the balance of a 200 cal buiscuit and what the alternative 250 cal healthy eat would be (Ie tasty and more quantity) is a very good incentive not to be bad

    Im being sensible. had cake at Daughters 21st and a Beer on a non driving theatre trip so i dont feel I’m ‘Missing Out’

    Im still following the original meal planner (8 weeks) and am supplementing with extra veg (Veg is the key to long life I saw on the TV recently aka Japanese lifestyle)

    so weight today is 21st 11 pounds so still on target with a 4 pound average drop per week !!

    Holiday and wedding to go to next week so will see how it goes

    It does take effort but you are all right when you say its worth it in the long run

    I think Bloke is right. Its hard until it becomes a natural habit !

    54

  • posted by  SunnyB on 8 weeks Fast 800 Week 4 beginning 24th January 2023
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    Thanks for the thread, Wendy and the SG update… glad she is doing fine and will soon be home.

    V, I can sympathise with your dilemma, but sadly don’t have any inspiring advice. I too have been struggling to get properly in the groove again. For me, it’s very connected to the time of year…. SAD has really hit me this January. So my current approach is to do what I can (OMAD, TRE etc.), with the intention to fully commit to 800/20 when my mood lifts. It’s a definite that if I want to ditch pounds, at some point a move back to basics is a must …. at least for me.

    Really hope others are successfully discarding pounds/kg and seeing some non-scales pluses too. 🤞🏻Verano and I will be joining you soon.

  • posted by  Verano on 8 weeks Fast 800 Week 4 beginning 24th January 2023
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    That’s good news. Thanks for keeping us up to date with s-g Wendy and for setting up yet another thread.
    I’m just over 2 weeks into this 8 week challenge and last night I decided not to continue. I have a net gain of 1.8lbs since January 6th. This morning I realise that this definitely isn’t the time to quit. BUT I’m in a quandary.
    I’ve been following this way of eating, even though it’s only been very loosely at times, for 6.5 years now. I just think I need a bit of a change. I tried a Noom trial but didn’t like the philosophy. I’ve checked out a diet doctor trial but the recipes are too ‘fat’ & ‘meat’ based for me and I’m not really happy following recipes. So, that brings me back to BSD.
    I’m not sure what to do really.
    Eating low carb keeps my blood sugar normal so I have to stay low/ish carb. As so many others have commented it’s so much harder the second/third etc.etc. time around. Maybe it’s just January blues and it will pass but I do have lots of weight to lose so any ideas to boost my motivation would be gratefully received!

  • posted by  wendleg on 8 weeks Fast 800 Week 4 beginning 24th January 2023
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    Here we are..phew
    If you are following the 8 week programme…approaching the half way stage.
    If you have gone AWOL or having a wobble,it’s ok…come back any time it feels ok.

    You can also start with us at this stage…everyone is welcome.

    I can’t post the merry band list until I can copy and paste !

    Have a good week everyone xx

  • posted by  caronl on 10 week countdown – starting Jan 23rd.
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    Hi Minnie23, Just popping in to say welcome to the site and good luck on your journey. I’m not sure if you noticed that there are a couple of threads on the site already doing multi-week challenges. The weekly approach (8 WEEKS FAST 800 : WEEK 3 :ONE WEEK AT A TIME BEGINNING 17TH JANUARY 2023) and the New You thread. If you find that no-one joins you here and you want some company, feel free to join in on one of those. Very best wishes on your healthy journey, and for a super holiday in due course!

  • posted by  SueBlue on 2023 – A Healthy New Me!
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    Marie – congratulations on your big loss last week! That’s a fantastic result for a week 🙂

    Nokie and DCT – how are you going with your modified plans? I have to admit I haven’t managed ONE 800 calorie day in the past week! I’m on annual leave this week, haven’t gone anywhere but am using the time to finish off the admin tasks I needed to do for MIL’s move into care, plus catching up with all the tasks I’ve got behind in at home due to being so busy these last few months. I’m also using the time to do a stocktake of foods I have here and what I can use in my meal plan.
    Although my calories are over each day, I am getting back into Healthy Habits – less reliance on takeaway, more home cooked meals, eating more fresh fruit and veg etc and upping my exercise. Im hopeful that when I weigh in on Friday I’ll definitely have had a small loss!
    While out shopping today I found a lovely summer dress in a charity shop, it was only $6 so I bought it. It’s only a size 14 but I’m planning to lose enough to fit into it nicely before the cooler weather starts here in a few months. I still find myself looking at size 18 and 20 clothes sometimes, then remember I’m a 16 now, so next target is 14. The dress does fit but it’s clingy around my tummy which I definitely need to reduce!
    Hope everyone is having a good week so far – let’s make the most of this last week of January!

  • posted by  arcticfox on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    I’ve had a rough start to my week at work, so thought it might be difficult to find some positives, but then I thought of a few:
    1. It was a brilliantly sunny day made all the brighter with the fresh snowfall we received over the weekend.
    2. I made an asian broccoli slaw salad for dinner that I haven’t had in a while. I had forgotten how delicious it was.
    3. I had to report the person causing me problems at work to the union again, but the labour relations person responded really quickly and compassionately, making me feel that they are really on my side.
    4. I applied for a job tonight. Even if I don’t get it or even get an interview, it felt good to finally be doing something about my work situation, and now that my resume has been dusted off and updated, it should make it even easier to apply to other jobs as they come available.

  • posted by  Mariet on 2023 – A Healthy New Me!
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    My report for the last week- best result for one week in years, 2.8kg or 6lb. I was pretty unwell over the weekend with a nausea and headache thing and didn’t eat much but wow! Very happy. I measured as well but sadly the only difference is in my upper arms and my thighs, down 1 and 2cm respectively. I remember last time my waist was the last place to give it up.

    Onward and downward!

  • Telling diabetics on this forum about a scam called Transcend Foods, whose CEO is Ethan Lewis. Transcend Foods claims to make diabetic supplements for athletic diabetic people. This is a lie. Transcend Foods are dangerous and not FDA approved. The “CEO” Ethan Lewis is a scam artist. He’s been caught doing similar things over the past 2 decades.

    A friend of mine who has type 1 tried Transcend Foods. She wound up in the hospital and nearly lost a limb. This is what happens when diabetics try Ethan Lewis’s products. Not only is he jeopardizing people’s finances, he’s jeopardizing lives. To repeat, do not try any of Transcend Foods products and do not trust a man named Ethan Lewis. The products are dangerous and potentially lethal. I know this isn’t the right part of the forum, but I have to tell people, especially diabetics, otherwise they might get a Transcend Foods product.

  • posted by  Minnie23 on 10 week countdown – starting Jan 23rd.
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    Day 1 fine so far. Kept going with coffee til mid afternoon then had some tofu and salad greens. About to make a stir fry with eggs and more tofu then have an early night. Will be an 850 cal day including the green veg.

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    V, thank you for your increased posting here, I’ve been a bit low and appreciated reading your positives, which have help to keep this special thread live too. Really hope that nothing gets in the way of you trip in March and that you have a lovely birthday lunch with your grandsons.
    Caronl, hope you enjoy your UK visit, especially time with your parents.

    My positives are …..
    ⚖ not a great BSD week, but am counting no gain as a plus …. 🤞🏻hopefully I can make this week a better BSD week and show a loss this time next week.
    🙂 lovely visit with OH’s cousin and wife yesterday.
    🌿 got out in the garden today and made a start on tidying it up. Felt really good to spend time out there, even if it was for just about half an hour … only stayed out there until I couldn’t feel my fingers🖐
    🛏 looking forward to climbing into fresh sheets tonight.

    I’m sure you must have a positive or two, so please take a moment and post them here for us to share.

  • Pleased to hear SG is doing well … at least the op is out of the way now. Hopefully she’ll recover quickly and can get back to normal soon.
    Verano, I’m with you …. the last week didn’t go as well as hoped, although I’m counting no gain as a plus. Have fasted 27hrs today and only had homemade soup fur dinner this evening, so 🤞🏻I can make this coming week really count.

  • Hello everyone.
    I am sending a quick message from my mobile as our internet has gone down. Oh the joys of living in rural France 🙄

    I just wanted to let you know that I have heard from SG’s hubby. Denise has had her surgery and everything went well . The surgeon said it was a much needed operation so I am glad that ordeal is over for her now.
    Poor SG though…she arrived at the hospital expecting her surgery to be in the morning but an emergency meant it was delayed until early evening. …so a long ,tedious wait for her.
    I will send her a message later as she is in recovery now.

    Sorry for the delay in setting up the new thread. I will try again from my laptop later this evening when hopefully our internet connection will be restored.
    Back soon xx

  • posted by  Verano on Greek Yoghurt Alternative?
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    Lulwind welcome. I must admit I was never really a fan of yogurt just couldn’t get used to the ‘sour’ taste. BUT Greek yogurt especially 5% fat or even 19% to start, actually has the texture of cream and definitely has no sour taste. I like Total, Tim’s and Krikri but there are others of course. Why not try a small pot, Total have a small size, you might be pleasantly surprised. As you guessed there isn’t really an alternative but you can do BSD without any yogurt at all!

  • posted by  Lulwind on Greek Yoghurt Alternative?
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    I think I already know the answer to this but you never know you’re luck! Is there an alternative to the Greek Yoghurt? I absolutely HATE yoghurt with passion, always have done. Any advice most welcome. Thank you.

  • posted by  Minnie23 on 10 week countdown – starting Jan 23rd.
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    Heyo. I’m on a 10-week pre-holiday countdown so starting today. I also want to curb my carb cravings (flour is my downfall: bread, pasta, crumpets, pizza, wraps – cannot resist!). If anyone wants to join me on this countdown to Spring feel free.

    I’m targetting 15kgs down over 10 weeks. I have one of those bodies that gains and loses very quickly so hopefully this isn’t too ambitious.

    Will post food and losses here to keep me honest.

  • I hope your surgery goes well sunshine-girl 🍀🍀
    Happy Birthday JGwen 💐💐
    Thank you wendleg for your encouragement! I’m nearer 1000 calories today because I chose to have the 800 cinnamon porridge with apple for breakfast mid-morning so still keeping to TRE, broccoli & spinach soup & an apple for lunch & teriyaki salmon with a large stir fry variety of veg for supper & a little quinoa. I will try to get nearer to 800 tomorrow 🤞
    I hope you all have a good week!
    Margaret

  • posted by  caronl on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hi Verano, Good for you that you keep finding the positives! Some positives from me:
    1) Heading to the UK this week to see my parents and some UK friends. It feels good to get over regularly and (touch wood) Eurostar has been a really good service.
    2) Have been enjoying the bright blue skies of the last few days after quite a period of grey skies and drizzles. The crisp cold feels good and natural in January. I just need to make sure I don’t slip on the frozen hail!
    3) The garden is beginning to wake up. Snowdrop leaves and bulbs are poking out. And the vibernums will be covered with flowers soon. I love the days getting longer and seeing the sunshine finally reach our garden again.

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Hello.
    Just want to pop-in and say “Hi”.
    Hope everyone is well.
    I’m so-so ok. No real problems but it’s difficult to find the ‘positves’!
    Anyway here I go …..
    🌗🛏️🛏️ I’ve discovered that when I wake up in the middle of the night 4:2:4 works. Inhale for the count of 4, hold for 2, exhale for 4. After several goes I’m asleep! So I guess it really works.
    🛫⛱️🛩️ Planned a trip to see son and family in March …. really looking forward to that.
    🥗🥂🎉Lunch with grandsons next weekend to celebrate their birthdays! Just one week apart, plus two years!
    Yes, so when I think about it I do have positives …. maybe we just have to think harder, scrape the bottom of the barrel.
    If we really try I’m sure we can all find those ‘POSITIVES’?

  • Hi everyone . Had a chat with Denise/sunshine-girl this afternoon and she is all set for her surgery tomorrow. I will keep you all updated when I get news .It will be an early start in the morning but after the delay it will be good for SG to get sorted finally and then hopefully able to put the health stresses behind her and enjoy life .

    Amz, just do your best , adapt to the circumstances , don’t put too much pressure on yourself . You are making good choices and if you can fit in some fasting periods, that’s great .

    Margaret , don’t get down by what you perceive as slow weight loss ( JGwen calls it discarding weight as we don’t intend to find it again !!) I reckon 8lbs in 2 weeks is a good result ! Some of us like to weigh frequently .Others like me tend to wait a while. It depends how the numbers on the scale make you feel ? This is where JGwen will come in and say those numbers don’t paint the whole picture .It may be that your measurements are shrinking , clothes feeling looser etc ? Don’t let it get you down . In my opinion you are making healthy food choices and you will continue to make progress. One suggestion could be to cut out any grain, beans etc, no fruit apart from berries as that would put you in very low carb territory and quicker fat burning ? I think it depends how keto strict you want to be ? Remember weight loss fluctuates and stalls but stick with it .You are doing great and yes, every day of healthy eating is progress !

    Something that I have to constantly remind myself about is drinking enough fluid .It’s easier in the summer but in the winter I have to make a conscious effort to drink… green tea, herbal teas etc as well as water .

    Well done caronl !!!! Keep going Al !! Verano, pop in when you can !

  • posted by  caronl on Pre-menstrual cravings
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    Hi FM, I can’t speak from experience since I started BSD after the menopause. But googling suggests that some supplements may help – B6, calcium and magnesium. Have you done any research on whether something like that might help? Wishing you lots of success.

  • Hi all, great to see so many of you doing so well, those who are struggling are at least trying their best – like me. Still no weight loss in the last 2 weeks. So much for dry January, still doing it but where is the impact on my weight. I am not replacing a drink with snacks, as a diabetic I just don’t do snacks except some nuts, a bit of cheese and cold meats. I have also been doing TRE because that is also now my habit. Nothing after 8pm and before 10.30am.

    I am all set for the hospital tomorrow and will keep in contact with Wendy so you will know how I am getting on. Expect to be in until Thursday if everything goes to plan. Then I will be rearing to go (after a recovery period) and do some exercise. Hopefully I will be back to my old self although not as old as I have been feeling. Worst year (2022) ever.

    Take care everyone, see you soon.

  • posted by  Future Martian on Pre-menstrual cravings
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    Hello all,
    This is my 5th attempt at the Fast 800.
    I usually find the first 2 – 3 weeks are great and I even managed 5 weeks once! However, I usually get derailed in the week before my period. No matter what I try I end up craving, and eventually giving in to, crisps and chocolate – mainly the latter.
    I’ve tried eating more non-refined carbs, eating more protein, eating more good fats, exercising more. I’m not keen on dark chocolate but I’ve even given that a go.
    Can anyone offer any ideas as to what I can do to prevent the cravings or to diminish them?
    Thanks! FM

  • G’day all,
    Well done 54 keep sticking at it, I found it hard 2nd time around at the start, just takes a while to form a good habit. Good stuff sunshine staying dry for January.
    Week 52 of my journey, weighed in at 97.00kg, 0.70 kg loss for the week. 67.80kg loss to date.
    Weights really stalled under 100kg, been up and down for couple months. Have to look at my portion sizes, and avoid cheeses as I can’t seem to moderate that.
    Have a good one all, keep at it we can do it!

  • G’day all,
    Well done 54 keep sticking at it, I found it hard 2nd time around at the start, just takes a while to form a good habit. Good stuff sunshine staying dry for January.
    Week 52 of my journey, weighed in at 97.00kg, 0.70 kg loss for the week. 67.80kg loss to date.
    Weights really stalled under 100kg, been up and down for couple months. Have to look at my portion sizes, and avoid cheeses as I can’t seem to moderate that.
    Have a good one all, keep at it we can do it!

  • Wow caronl what a great weight loss 👏👏👏 I am trying to be focused & determined but on Thursday when I weighed to see how I was doing & it showed no weight loss plus my knees were very sore, I became really depressed & fed up. However I managed to keep going & having some sunshine always helps my mood so now I’m mentally back on track!!
    Well done for keeping on going Al it must be more difficult working away & having to cope with restaurant meals with all that temptation! How great you have lost your sweet tooth 👍😂 & you sound as though you are on track so good luck for when you weigh on Monday.
    I have been used to having some chewing gum after meals to refresh my mouth with a minty taste but it suddenly occurred to me that of course that contains artificial flavouring & sweeteners so I’ve stopped doing that now. I do have some desire for something sweet so my treat after lunch of homemade broccoli & spinach soup was a nice juicy pear 😀Supper today will be the Keto recipe black bean chilli with quinoa. But I do miss a weekend glass of wine🙁
    I have been out sitting in the sun at my neighbours weekly coffee meeting in their front garden which we haven’t been able to get to because of our catching Covid, Christmas & lots of rain!! It was lovely chatting & actually feeling warm in the sun although we were well wrapped up.
    Good luck everyone for next week!!
    Margaret

  • Went out for lunch today and was a bit worried about what the options would be, but the place did a roast half butternut squash instead of a potato at 122cals, with a potato filling – with a lovely side salad is was one of the best lunches I’ve ever had!
    This week was tough as had a lot of commitments and have been away working, but stuck to 16:8 and made sure at least one meal a day was low carb… I’m hoping come Monday weight in I can be static (fingers crossed!).
    I’ve found I’m not really hungry when I’m fasting now, which was a problem in week 1, I was sat in a hotel looking at their amazing breakfast options and just wasn’t interested! Equally lost all interest in sweet things (I’ve cut out added sugar and sweeteners) – I think I’m broken 🤣

  • Well done Amz. Your meal sounded delicious. And adapting portion size is a good way to go when there is no alternative. Hope you have a good weekend.

    Margaret, you sound full of determination. Well done! It is always a bit demoralising when weight loss slows, but you are still going in the right direction. It sometimes helps to remind yourself what you would have eaten – and this is a much better outcome.

    This morning I weigh 3kg less than last Sunday. So feeling pleased and motivated. Though I know this coming week will be probably a standstill! Wishing everyone a good weekend. x