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  • posted by  SueBlue on Marching on through 2024
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    Congratulations Cathy! That’s wonderful news 🙂 it sounds like the NHS plan is sensible.

    I’ve also decided to re-focus on nutrition rather than being restrictive. Now that we are back from our short holiday I’m getting back into cooking and eating fresh foods. I managed to stay the same weight while away, although we ate and drank out a few times, we balanced that by walking around 15,000 steps each day.

    Yesterday I made a big pot of minestrone soup in my slow cooker. Yes it has pasta and potato in it, but I cooked and cooled the pasta separately and just added it in when we were ready to eat, that way I could control the amount of pasta in my serve. I read that cooking and cooling pasta makes the starch resistant which is good for the gut. Anyway, eating it felt like having a huge vitamin pill as it was full of veggies and red kidney beans, we really enjoyed it. I had salad for lunch and boiled egg and avocado with a piece of low carb toast for breakfast.

    Hope everyone else having a good week so far 🙂

  • posted by  1960smp on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Yikes we must all be in the spring clean mode…SG! I have been attacking our spare bedroom and decluttering….It is also my stored ‘canning meals’ room and looks much better now.
    Sorry to read your dh is not well V and hope he is better now. Hopefully you can get to enjoy what you missed later…

    *Giving items to a local charity to raise funds cheers my heart so.
    *Extra treats from Poland sent by relatives were too sweet but found a home for them all… ( wonder if one or two slipped my lips tho)
    *Booking a family trip to Poland later in Summer is on the cards now …..

  • Good to read that SG! It is so encouraging to see weight coming off…and the bonus being feeling fitter too.
    This week turned out differently, family dynamics meant a daughter back in hosp with horrid chest and as she has been diagnosed already with bronchiectasis, they had to deal with it asap. She is coming home today, thanku Lord. It meant the second week of the Easter break was interrupted but am still trying to eat bsd, although confess to slipping…

    Great to read others successes as it helps motivate me more so thansk for sharing.

  • Hi all, feeling super great today, lost another half a pound. Now at the lowest weight since I first did this diet when I lost 28lbs so this time I am down 24lbs. Don’t expect to do much better before the cruise but will be even closer if I can drop another 2 or 3 before we go. Just got wedding anniversary next week but it will be a glass or 2 of wine and a meal made by me.

    Merry, I am so grateful I can manage to do such a hard shift, moving the bed out, climbing over with the vac, washing floors – oh and while I have the mop out I might as well do the spare room and the bathroom floors. Cleared out the bathroom undersink cabinet where I found 6 bottles of shampoo, 2 conditioners, 3 bodywash, 4 nailvarnish remover and on and on. Everything is in separate baskets so can just be pulled out and everything is easy to find. Going to start on the guest room tomorrow. Just a couple of months ago I couldn’t get my breath or do anything for more than 4 or 5 minutes. I am 71 years old but back to feeling like 50.

    Have a good week everyone.

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Marching on through 2024
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    Hiiii CCATH! Thats great news about 1kg loss! You must be so pleased.🥳🥳
    Ive heard of intuitive eating..theres a woman where i live who runs courses in it. Im not sure I could trust my body enough to make good choices,but I love the idea. Like DCT said,theres so much info out there on diet. Intuitive eating sounds so straightforward and simple by comparison. As a kid in the 50s/ 60s,,i dont recall anyone fussing over food or talking about carbs,calories and diets,and nobody was fat!
    Best of luck with your blood tests!XX

  • posted by  ClarinetCathy on Marching on through 2024
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    Hello everyone
    I lost 1kg this week at my weight management class. I followed the nhs eat well food guide, increased my protein and veg and stayed low carb but did throw in a 36 hour fast in Monday so a combination of everything! Today we talked about intuitive eating. This is about trusting your body to make food choices that feel good for you without judging yourself! Very interesting indeed for me!!! They recommend a non diet approach to changing eating habits and a no rule approach to eating. I realise how many rules I have around food and how many food groups I’ve cut out and how hard I am on myself. I’ve got my blood tests scheduled tomorrow- let’s see if they’re Ok. This morning at home I weighed 155 lbs. They weigh in Kg and I was 71 kg. I enjoyed the class and we do 20 minutes of exercises after the talk. I’ve had cheese on toast for my lunch today!!!!
    I will continue to fast until lunch time if it suits me or have an egg for my breakfast. I will continue to eat low carb and am going to work on trying a non dieting approach to changing my eating habits.
    DCT- when you get back to work you’ll get back into a routine and soon lose the gain.
    Have a good week everyone.
    Let’s all make good food choices, focus on health and be kind to ourselves.

  • Hi all
    I’m in to my second week of this restart, and so far going fairly well. My clothes are feeling looser and the scales show a couple lbs loss. I went out for dinner last night with my brothers – a rare event – and went off plan, but back on track today with a good swim this morning.
    SG – I think 2 hours of spring cleaning equals exercise in my book!!
    Margaret – I hope you pre lunch salad is hitting the spot.
    Merry 🌼

  • posted by  Dreamscometrue on Marching on through 2024
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    Hi everyone – just catching up after a hectic few days.

    CATHY good luck with your weigh in and blood tests. I hope you find some answers as to what’s going on. Great news that you’re getting out and about a bit better too.

    DAWN it’s lovely to hear from you, and hang in there. And like you and YOWZER I hope that our summer clothes will be an extra motivator (it’s funny, I’m sure there was a similar discussion around this time last year? Let’s hope it’s the last time and this is the summer we nail it!)

    SUE and SUNSHINE GIRL thanks for the info and the links. I’ll take a look. Sometimes I find it a bit overwhelming the sheer volume of stuff that’s out there re diet and weight loss. There seems so much to remember . . . but at such times I just take a deep breath and try to go back to what has worked for me before. Which Is good self-talk for me right now as I’ve gained 3lb this journey so far. I did start it on my lowest weight for a long time, and I know that for various reasons I’ve not been as strict as I need to be, so I’m not beating myself up about it, but equally I hope to see an about turn next week when I’m back at work and will be in more of my normal routine again.

    Good luck everyone, and I hope the rest of the week goes well for you X

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Marching on through 2024
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    Oh thats great news about getting blood tests CCATHY! And i join DAWN in wishing you best of luck with the weigh in!X

  • posted by  ClarinetCathy on Marching on through 2024
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    Hi Dawn
    You’re still here and still trying. Well done for being open and honest about your struggles. With warmer weather hopefully around the corner it will be nice to put summer clothes on but they don’t hide the bulges so we need to get a wiggle on and get the fat moving! It’s so much harder than it ever was. I’ve just had a chat with my GP and told him I’ve lost 3lb since 1st January and he has kindly agreed to do some blood tests which I am having on Thursday. I’ve got my first weight in tomorrow at what I call “fat club” the NHS weight management programme I joined last week. I’ve eaten really healthily all week and have enjoyed eating from a healthy perspective rather than towards a body image perspective. I’ve done some walking with my heel strapped up and am feeling positive that I will make a difference albeit slow.
    Keep trying and keep trying and keep trying everyone.

  • posted by  ADD6605 on Marching on through 2024
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    Thanks Yowzer.That’s a good idea about looking at my clothes(same as yours, some still have tags on) and maybe that may give me a bit of a shove in the right direction🤞Dawn XX

  • Hi there, this is officially my first weigh in for the April thread with a loss of 1lb. Okay, so it is something but I reached that on around day 3 so hoped to do better. However, it is an incentive to keep on …. with just 2 weeks to sitters arriving so the holiday mood starts.

    The exercise has to wait as I spent about 2 hours spring cleaning my bedroom yesterday and today I am starting on the bathroom cabinet. Also have some small baskets at the end of the bath that things end up in so need a total clear out. Maybe there will be some room in the cabinet for the odds and ends.

    Have a good week everyone.

  • posted by  sunshine-girl on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Just read Veranos post, so sorry you have to cancel yet another trip. I hope hubby gets well soon. I am in a state of limbo waiting for our cruise to come and sticking to the diet and trying to fill my time without actually doing any packing. However –

    Started packing and done 3 evening dresses, 2 short cocktail style dresses, one jumpsuit with a sparkly top and one pair of cream palatzo (sp) pants, so that sees me through every evening on the cruise.
    Spring cleaned our bedroom, the amount of fluff and dust under the bed was disgusting even though I do the full job every year. We have 3 cats so that’s probably where most of the fur comes from – now it is sparkling clean and I feel like I can breathe better in bed.
    Starting on the bathroom cabinet today as the weather has come over rainy. Sorting out all those bottles of shampoo etc I didn’t know I had and keep buying more.

    Have a good week everyone.

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Marching on through 2024
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    SUNSHINE GIRL thanks for the link and the info…very useful X
    SUEBLUE,I just came across an article by Dr Salis thats been in my favourites for ages,Im going to go back and reread. X
    DAWN I feel for you,its not easy to get into the zone. As the saying goes..the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. It defo applies to me,I can keep going for a while,but I find it difficult to stay in the zone long term. However,yesterday,I took a deep look at all my clothes,I had forgotten about half of them,and there are so many items that are lovely but no longer fit. And some items still with their tags on 🫤I’m reluctant to leave them just hanging up in the wardrobe or folded in drawers,and I dont want to sell them or give them to charity,so Ive got an incentive to lose the weight and wear them again. So I need to get going with the wet lettuces,give my head a wobble,grit my teeth and get on with it!X

  • posted by  ADD6605 on Marching on through 2024
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    Hi everyone,
    Sorry I haven’t been posting, I appear to have lost the plot again😩Hope you are all doing better than I am!
    Dawn XX

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    V, I’m so sorry you are having to cancel another trip 😔 – can completely understand it making you sad, I’d be the same. Hope your OH will soon be well again and that you’ll get your May trip. Glad you found some positives to report, despite your disappointing news.

    Couple of positives from me while I’m here ….
    👗💕 wore the Phase Eight dress I bought in the charity shop a few days ago, it fits beautifully and got OH’S seal of approval
    🌿🪴 a plant I’ve been waiting to arrive has been delivered. Nice healthy specimen and I dodged the rain to get it planted into a bigger pot.

    Those will do for today. If you can identify a positive or two, please share them with us.

  • posted by  Verano on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Sunny this really makes for ‘sober’ reading. Yes our ‘1st world’ problems are really just ‘hiccups’.

    So I’m here now but not very happy. OH is unwell so our trip this Friday has had to be cancelled… another ‘1st world problem’ which is nonetheless making me feel sad.

    I do have some positives though…..
    🌸🌸🌸 Now we are here through April we’ll get to see our apple blossom!
    🧳🧳🧳 Don’t need to pack.
    🍓🍉🥑 Have an extra few weeks of ‘healthy eating’. ( all things being equal we will get away in May)
    Keep positive …. it’s far better than the alternative!

  • posted by  SunnyB on Positive Thoughts Thread Anyone?
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    Was reviewing doe old docs on my computer and stumbled on this …. it was copied on Nov 2003, so the figures may have altered slightly, but I fear not by much and not necessarily for the better. It is definitely food for thought and a call to count one’s blessings …

    If the World was a village …………..
    Among the 100 inhabitants …
    57 would be Asians, 21 Europeans
    14 from the Americas and 8 Africans
    52 would be female and 48 male
    70 would be white and 30 non-white
    89 would be heterosexual and 11 homosexual
    30 would be Christian and 70 non-Christian
    6 people would have 59% of the wealth, and all 6 would be from the United States
    80 would live in sub-standard housing
    70 would be unable to read
    50 would suffer from malnutrition
    1 would be near death and 1 newly born
    1 would have higher education
    1 would own a computer

    The following is also something to ponder…

    It’s a small, and for many, a troubled world. Figures show that by reducing the 6 billion population of the earth to 100, exposes the worrying extent of poverty and a wide gap between rich and poor – the haves and the have nots.
    When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education become glaringly apparent.

    Consider this ……………

    If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on you back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep then you are richer than 75% of the world.
    If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
    If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
    If you can attend a religious meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death…you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
    If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish someplace…you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
    If your parents are still alive and still married…you are very rare.
    If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world, that cannot read at all.
    The United Nations confirm that these figures are broadly correct.

  • Hi all, still no movement from me, dithering between 71.6 and 71.8 but still keeping on – although I would have loved a v&t last night. I am also having trouble sleeping and would like a nightcap but know it can go one or 2 ways, either I fall asleep straight away and wake up 2 hours later or I still cant get to sleep so makes not difference. It is my wedding anniversary on the 16th so trying to hold out until then. Not had a drink in nearly 3 weeks.

    Margaret, I am glad you have found GG helpful. As for the porridge breakfast, some yoghurt acts as a protiens or a berry fruit or nuts before you get down to the oats. The French tend to have a small green salad before their evening meal, wonder if that is their secret to staying slimmer than most other countries. For me now, I am usually the one prepping the meal so if there are veg I nibble on some raw or have a few olives to hand or cut a cucumber into chunks and nibble on that. Not sure if it is working but it is a simple thing to try. Hope the nicer weather cheers you up and you can get out of your SAD mood.

    I am aware of Pure White and Deadly but as someone who never eats true sugar in any form I never bothered to read it. I was once told at the age of 13 that sugar is a poison so I have never bothered, no honey or maltose, fructose, etc sugar by any other name except maybe lactose in milk. Although come to think of it, I don’t have milk either, black coffee or green tea. I don’t have a sweet tooth so I never envy those eating cake or chocolate (occasional 75% dark square) although when we are out with people they either apologise or try to get me to have something. Give me a pork pie any day – bad carbs are my thing 🙂

  • Thank you S-G I haven’t completely watched this yet & will finish doing so today but the thought occurred to me that a simple solution might be eating a green salad before lunch & supper each day to prime our bodies?. Also I don’t know if you have previously come across John Yudkin who wrote Pure White & Deadly about the effects of sugar on human physiology? He was way ahead of his time researching & writing in the 1980s who was ridiculed & ostracised by his academic community & I think he sadly went into isolation & died before being vindicated.
    I have plenty of salad in the fridge so will start eating it as a starter however for the occasional breakfast of porridge or yoghurt I have I’m not sure what to eat first perhaps an apple or some nuts? But most days I do TRE & don’t eat anything before lunch.
    It’s all most interesting & intriguing how our digestive system & particularly our gut micro biome interacts with our brain via the vagus nerve to affect mood as well as many other physiological processes & pleasing that research continues now. I certainly think that Kefir & organic yoghurt are helpful but I don’t like kimchi & some of the other recommended pre-biotic foods to eat that increase healthy & helpful bacteria but try to do the best I can. I’m still riding a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with SAD & still get sabotaged by my sweet tooth & actually found some madeleines in the freezer last night that I thawed out & ate two🙀I will try to do better today!🤞🤞
    I hope everyone has a good day.
    Margaret xx

  • Hi Margaret, it was the banana and honey that concerned me, not the yoghurt. Total carbs came to 58g but if you are not eating that every day we are all allowed a treat. I know a lot of people think honey is not as bad a sugar and is actually good for them but it simply is not true. Have you heard of the Glucose Goddess, she explains sugar and insulin spikes in non-diabetics and is worth a look/listen. She has loads of podcasts on YouTube but here is the first one I watched which certainly opened my eyes and I have been doing this for years.

    https://youtu.be/HEEUrIQ_3O4?si=xu4XAXDBkuMneFe-

  • No not shocked S-G & I rarely eat breakfast doing TRE until lunchtime during the week but occasionally have full fat yoghurt for the calcium because I have Oatley in my coffee that does have some added calcium & Kefir two or three times a week. I know dried fruit & bananas plus wine are high in sugar but I made a conscious choice to eat this today. I don’t feel affected by some sugar & I am fortunate in not being pre-diabetic or close to that blood sugar range although of course such foods are not recommended BSDiet food. I am recording calories but not usually the total carb content.
    Thank you for your concern.
    Margaret xx

  • Hi all, no further movement for me. Missed my exercise yesterday but spent about 50 mins in the garden digging and weeding.

    Margaret, have you put that breakfast into a carb and calorie counter. I think you will be surprised or even shocked. Hope you don’t mind me saying but we are all about educating each other.

  • Hi everyone, thank you for the welcome back, I really appreciate it 🙂

    I am not far off a stone short of my heaviest weight 🙁

    I originally lost 3.5 stone…..so, that’s a gain of over 2 stone again….

    I know getting rid of my larger clothws was in theory a good idea, but……a bit limited currently!!

    Any how, I’ve been eating ‘on plan’ for 3 days now, no naughty treats, and yesterday I re-started recording my food….I’m not right down on calories yet, I’m easing myself into it…..

    I’ve been able to restart some walks and light exercise after the chest infection, so slowly trying to build up without going too fast and injuring myself or getting over-tired. Not always working, but, well, I guess it’s progress.

    Lovely to hear everyone really working at this, whether it’s a good place or a struggle….

    Love to all
    xxxxx

  • Thank you ktea & welcome to this thread; it is lovely being able to post moans & groans on here & say honestly how we are getting on. I have completed my Jane Fonda dvd with light weights this morning & eaten 100g of organic full fat natural yoghurt with a banana two teaspoons honey & few cranberries. I am at the moment feeling quite pleased with myself😀By the way I’m not pre-diabetic so allow myself occasional honey but never add sugar to anything unless I have guests & make a pudding. I otherwise try to keep low carb occasionally eating small servings of sweet potatoes, or wholewheat couscous or brown rice.
    Onwards everyone then doing our best this next week👍🤞🤞
    Margaret xx

  • Good morning – Margaret good to read your post. It’s brilliant that you are having a spring clean despite feeling unmotivated, what an achievement! I know that if I can feel a bit more organised and less cluttered I start to feel better. 😊
    I am really doing my best to stick to 800 calories a day – I think I am probably landing at about 1,000. I am not weighing myself very often but notice that my trousers feel a bit looser… although it maybe they have stretched a bit after three days in a row wearing (we are camping at the moment).
    I am soooo looking forward to being part of this group. Thank you for including me. It can be lonely out there trying to get on top of too much weight and the impacts on your health… it has been for me!

  • Reporting in with a 3/4 lb weight gain which is rather irritating but realising I need to shake up the routine that I have fallen into since Christmas. I have been too sedentary with low energy mostly due to SAD & most days still feel depressed but the lighter evening & slightly brighter days are helping. This morning I will sit outside having coffee with neighbours hopefully in the sunshine & also force myself to exercise with my lights weights to my Jane Fonda dvd. I know that I must start including more activities from now on because I feel sluggish & unfit. I did spring clean our bedroom last week & must finish throwing out shoes I can no longer wear & clear out my wardrobe of clothes I no longer like & also throw out old toiletries & makeup. It’s difficult because my motivation & energy levels are low & I will only have a glass of wine over the weekend as a treat & not accompany it will favourite baked Italian nibbles substituting carrots sticks red pepper to nibble!!
    Well I’ve owned up & written it down so honour bound must do it now & really try to get stuck in with losing at a couple of pounds next week 🤔
    Margaret xx

  • Hi ktea, yes we are all regulars on this site but don’t actually know each other except here. After a couple of posts you will soon become a regular and hopefully be able to join in with the chat. Start by letting us know have you been getting on after 3 weeks. Have you come across any obstacles or problems. Nice to have a new ‘face’ with new experiences. By the way, if you don’t feel like joining in you can still be a lurker and just pop in and out when you feel like it.

  • Thanks Merry, have shaken off half lb, so looking good for making further progress. Gardening is a great way to keep occupied and away from snacks … and you get some exercise too, so it’s a win/win. I’d sort of forgotten about cauli mash, but needed to use a chunk of cauli and some celeriac and decided to cook them together as mash … delicious!

    It was lovely to have the dress fit so well, Margaret and hopefully there will be a chance to wear it again at some point. I’m sure if you’ve maintained focus, there will be a positive result tomorrow, let us know how you get on.

  • Still lovely you could get into your dress SunnyB👍
    I’m trying to stick to 800 low carb calories today & fasted overnight until supper last night & TRE every day until lunchtime. It seems really difficult at the moment but I’m making chunky courgette, leek & prawn soup for lunch & a duck stir fry for supper with a few lentil noodles for me.
    I weigh tomorrow so the moment of truth!🤔
    Margaret xx

  • Don’t worry SunnyB – you’ll shake that off in time ⭐
    I’m on late afternoon on day 4. Going well so far with a bit more energy in my step. That’s been helped by a beautiful warm autumn day here (sorry for the folks further north who are getting lots of rain!). I got into the garden and planted some seeds etc, so that took my mind off snacking.
    Tonight I’m making a fish pie with cauliflower mash topping, which will do me for 3 night, along with some veg.
    You are so determined when it comes to denying the carb cravings Wendy – I congratulate you. Your good health defeats carbs easily.
    Merry

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    Some positives for today …
    💕🙂 visit from ex-DiL and youngest GD this afternoon. Wonderful to get to spend sometime with them.
    📦🛍 took some things to a charity shop this morning, of course I had a browse too and bagged a 2 tops, a pair of cut off trousers and a beautiful Phase Eight dress, all for the princely sum of £18!!!

    Those will do for today …. they are plenty to make me feel good.

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    Thank you so much sunshine girl for taking the time to post about the glucose goddess. I’ve just watched her and she is very inspiring and obviously well read about the subject. I am a big fan of pre dinner apple cider vinegar and the video reminded me to start drinking it again. I tell myself I’m having a cider before dinner. I mix it with sparkling water. I haven’t come across her before so lots more information to help me on my way. I hope that when I can start getting in some steps I’ll feel better and shift some excess baggage. Strapping my foot has definitely helped this week and icing it so hopefully it will start to heal. I refuse to give up. This week I am fasting til lunch to give my insulin time to settle and eating low carb and unprocessed food. I am following the eat well guide and am eating more protein. So I’ve been putting chickpeas on my cottage cheese to bulk it up and eating an extra egg here and there.
    Thank you everyone for your support. I am like a scratched record of failure! Am chatting to my GP next Tuesday and asking if he will consider some blood tests. I do wonder whether my cortisol levels have been high during the last twelve months as I’ve been investigated for the nerve pain in my ankle which may have impacted on my inability to lose weight. I am honestly trying so hard. Looking at my Fitbit trend since January 1st when I started my weight loss journey it says I have lost 0.3 lb per week!! It’s a loss! It’s ridiculous! I won’t give up! I’m no heavier than I was in January when I started! That is a win. Onwards and slowly downwards. Thanks everyone and keep trying!

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    Just to jump in here. Cathy, have you seen the Glucose Goddess podcasts. I hear you when you say you cant lose weight and you don’t know why and you are eating all the right things, maybe just not in the right order. This is exactly what she tackles. It is all down to insulin resistance – it has nothing to do with diabetes just anyone who is struggling to lose weight. How we eat and what we eat always seemed a bit airy fairy to me until I listened to what she has to say. You can watch her most relevant podcast here – https://youtu.be/HEEUrIQ_3O4?si=xu4XAXDBkuMneFe-

    She has 10 rules for eating/losing weight and I can’t remember all but the first 4 make so much sense. 1. Start the day with apple cider vinegar in water. 2. Always have a savoury breakfast, like scrambled eggs, even if you want something like toast with it, eat the eggs first. 3. Always eat the leafy green veg first as it creates a mesh over the gut opening stopping fast transit foods like carbs from passing through and causing immediate glucose spikes. Obviously I cant remember the whole 10 and number 4 has gone from my mind for now but I will watch again. Started yesterday and lost 1lb after being on a plateau for about 4 weeks.

    Take a look, it might help.

  • Hi all, I very quickly got fed up of filling in the same details day in day out, with the exception of weight and exercise nothing ever changed. I have a chart on my fridge door with my weight plus I fill in a notebook with exercise, weight, date, blood glucose and insulin units, so I guess I do journal daily but without all the navel gazing type commentry.

    Nearly gave in yesterday as I was a bit fed up with my weight sticking at 72kgs. I picked up the telephone to reserve a table for Monday nights quiz but the restaurant was closed. Got weighed this morning and I have lost 0.4kgs or a pound so not bothering with the quiz. I would be so cross with myself if I went and ate a meal I don’t really want and had a few glasses of wine which I would be bound to have and then gained 1 or 2 pounds. Not long to go now with 4lbs and 3 weeks. If I can get down to just under 71kgs I will be over the moon.

    I am trying the Glucose Goddess way of eating. She has ten rules. Number one is always start the day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water, then have a savoury breakfast like eggs, even if you want to have a slice of toast, eat the toast after the eggs. I don’t have the toast. Next, always eat your leafy green veg first, so yesterday I had a chicken salad with the usual lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, spring onion with chicken and balsamic and oil dressing. Munched my way through the lettuce and cucumber first. It is supposed to form a mesh over the gut opening and stops higher transit foods like bread going down too fast and causing a sugar spike – that then makes you eat more because you digest that easily, glucose goes up then drops making you want to eat more. If anyone is interested I can include some of her other hacks and she is not even talking about diabetics. Just people who want to lose weight but find it difficult and cannot understand why. She recommends a supplement of mulberry leaf but I am giving that a miss. Or you could watch one of her podcast here – https://youtu.be/HEEUrIQ_3O4?si=xu4XAXDBkuMneFe-

    We are having some good weather so I am going to finally get out into the garden and clean up the cat poo in my little raised bed. Keep on keeping on….

  • posted by  SueBlue on Marching on through 2024
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    Cathy I’m sorry to hear of your struggles, I can only imagine your frustration when you are doing all the right things!
    At least if you see your course through for the 10 weeks and follow all advice and you still haven’t lost weight then I guess you know it’s not “you” 🙂
    I read all about weight set points about 20 years ago. There’s a doctor here in Australia, Dr Amanda Salis, who wrote books about it (Don’t go Hungry diet was one of them).
    I’m still pretty much the same weight that I was a few weeks into this journey, but to be honest I haven’t been trying that hard, with Easter too we were entertaining family. And now I’m away on holidays with the family for a few days. We’ve been walking everywhere and doing 17-18 thousand steps each day so keeping active. I’ve been eating fairly sensibly too, so hopefully will see a small loss or at least be the same weight when I’m home on Sunday.
    Hope everyone else is doing well!

  • Welcome back Merry ! Good to see you back with us . Think of April as your reset ? Hopefully we can keep you focused ! You know what to do 😉

    V however tempted I may be by the sugar monster still, I will never touch the nasty ultra processed foods as I know they are toxic and will muck me up .Hubby still munches his Magnums , packets of crisps and Tuc biscuits but I will not indulge . I agree, we had more natural , preservative free foods growing up .I hope my little grandson can be taught good eating habits too ! I won”t be buying him sweets that’s for sure . By the way 1960smp I would love to be babysitting him ! .Hope all goes well with yours .. and your progress of course !

    You will get where you want to be, SG .Not long until you go off on your travels V and Sunny B . Enjoy the special moments !

    About the journal .I did enjoy filling it in and tracking my progress but got a bit bored towards the end . I do believe a normal diary would suffice and that’s what I have for April and going forward .

    All the best everyone xx

  • Hey V, so we leave home the same day and like you, I won’t be around much for a couple of months, as we’re not due back in the UK until 12th July and I’ll be having a bit of a tech detox.

    Would like to say I was shocked about the ice cream ingredients, but sadly I’m not. And you’re right, who knows what problems may be laying in store for future generations, because of all these fake ingredients.

    Though I started the 12 week challenge with a journal, I confess I didn’t persist with it. Initially I found it helpful, but during our February holiday, my attention to it faded and I didn’t manage to claw it back.

    A non-scales victory today. On a whim I decided to try on the dress I wore for DD’s wedding nearly two years ago, when it was a very snug fit (so much so, I’d bought a backup dress just in case!). Today it did up easily and was comfortable…. just not got anywhere fancy enough to wear it at present. Nice to know I could though 🙂.

    Keep on keeping on, SG, I’m sure you’ll see some movement soon.
    Merry, good to see you posting again … hope you’ll be popping in here more frequently now.
    Keep the faith everyone.

  • Just popping in to say ‘Thank you’ for setting up a new thread.

    Sunny we are away the same day!

    So realistically I’m not going to be around much until June! But, I will continue with ‘my’ way of eating until we go away at least. I have decided that on the cruise part of our holiday I’ll pass on cheese and biscuits. I’m not a dessert person but I will try the odd hot soufflé!

    I had a real eye opener at the weekend. I needed to buy ice cream for my grandsons for dinner this weekend. I had some Carte d’Or (lots of other makes are available) in the freezer and took a look at the ingredients. I’ve never done this before as I don’t eat ice cream and I’d just ‘assumed’ it was a good make so all good. Wrong! The first, and probably only recognisable , ingredient is ‘dehydrated skimmed milk’! Who would have thought that ‘ice cream’ is just a load of E numbers. Anyway, I did find an ice cream made with ‘real’ ingredients. OH said the price was crazy. I said do you really want to feed your grandchildren this ‘ ‘UPF’ substitute? Obviously not. So we now have ‘real’ ice cream. I think when we were young there were no where near as many UPFs so we probably don’t suffer from the same problems as todays ‘fast food fans’ are going to have to contend with in their futures.

    Hope April is a good month for everyone … just one month at a time and we’ll all get there in the end.

    P.S. just interested to know how the 12 week journaler’s found the journey. Would you do it again? Was it helpful?

  • posted by  Yowzer49 on Marching on through 2024
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    Hi CCATHY! did you have to travel far for the ABL class? I know your walking is restricted.
    Frustrating that there was nothing new for you to learn, heartening to know that at least theyre starting to make some reference towards restricting carbs – at long last!
    Were there many people there? I have a feeling many of them would be a lot overweight ( like myself 🫤)xx

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    Thanks for your kindness Yowser. Just back from my ABL weight management class. To be fair it was well done. I was weighed and they set small targets of 3% and 5% goals initially. It was a talk about food groups today. We had to pick out from the various food groups what we would choose for a meal or a snack. I chose cheddar cheese/nuts and an apple. She said is that a snack and I said no it’s lunch! My personal goal for this week is to increase my protein. I don’t think there is anything else they can tell me that I don’t know about diet! They didn’t promote three meals a day which I was pleased about and they did mention about restricting carbs unless you were doing physical workouts or long hikes etc. We then had a 20 minute simple exercise class. I’m going to do a food diary this week. I’m hoping my blood tests will reveal some simple hormonal issue that can account for my lack of progress . I know I am restricted with walking at the moment so once I can start walking that might also help. Anyway, it was ok but I didn’t learn anything I didn’t already know. I have to attend for 10 weeks. Keep trying everyone!!

  • Hello everyone.
    Easter and hot cross buns are behind me, and we are into Autumn here. I need to get refocused (how often have I said this!!) and this is an ideal time. I have 2 good friends going away for May and June, so that will mean less theatre nights, meals and wine. I need to make the most of this quieter social time as I certainly indulged over summer.
    Today is Day 2 – early days. TRE. Lunch was some veggies and a poached egg, and dinner will be prawns, tomato and veg with Endame “pasta”, followed by a chia pudding.
    I’m trying to persuade myself to get out and swim. So by writing it here I may make it happen 🤣
    I always read the forums even when I am not doing 800/20 and it is always good to read all the news and happenings.
    Merry 🌻

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    I really feel for you CCATH. So frustrating! i almost hope tests show you have an underactive thyroid so you could go on meds and maybe solve the problem. I hope you get something from ABL. I have a feeling that,like you said,you prob know a whole lot more than they do. But you never know,they might just say one thing that you need to hear that really helps. Ive got my fingers,eyes and legs crossed for you. I admire you SO much. You have tried so hard,and I know everyone on the bus will join with me in saying we really want you to be where you want to be weight wise,and your health probs sorted, when you go on your cruise XX sending love and hugs to you and all the bus gang xx