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Daily Diary for Wednesday 21st July 2021

Grigid profile image

Hi Everyone

It's my first go at hosting today and I wanted to share something I've come to understand more and more over the years, and it's taken a long time let me tell you!

LOVE YOURSELF!

Whatever you do, wherever you go, do it with love for yourself. If you're having a bad day, week, month - do something kind for yourself. Treat yourself like you are your own dearest friend.

If you want to support yourself (and others) with your daily eating plan, join in here!

The idea is simple:

1 record your daily food plans. This helps in firming them up and make it more likely they'll be adhered to.

2. share your good ideas and pick up ideas from others

3. support others by making constructive comments about their plans.

Remember that everyone here offers support based on their own personal understanding, beliefs and experience and comments should be offered in the spirit of being helpful not as a form of criticism and will be up to the recipient to act upon, or not.

When posting let us know what sort of plan you are following, e.g. if you are calorie counting, include your calorie range, as per the NHS BMI calculator and the calorie count for their menus, or any alternative method of recording your intake that you're using.

I've been "off plan" for a couple of weeks having come down with Covid (doubly vaccinated by the way!), but thankfully my sense of smell is slowly but surely coming back and so my plan for today is:

Breakfast: Greek yoghurt and banana

Lunch/dinner: Spanish omelette with some salad

Tea/dinner: Goat cheese risotto with walnuts

A couple of coffees and water with lemon and lime.

Exercise will depend on the heat! A bit of gardening will be the least I do, but I hope to have a "good walk" too.

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morelessAdministrator

Great first post, Grigid and nice and early, thank you :)

Thanks for hosting!Tomorrow will be day 2 of intermittent fasting. My main aims are to reduce my sugar intake and stop eating off the kids plates! After that I'm going to try and reduce my carbs.

B: homemade low sugar granola and yogurt

L: cod mediterranean tray bake

T: gammon salad and jacket potato

Finding it difficult to find time to workout at the moment so I'm going to try a kids one to do as a family, better than nothing!

Grigid profile image
GrigidHost in reply to Lauratb

Family exercise sounds like more fun 😊Thumbs up for the homemade granola too!

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Walkinggranny1st 7lbs in reply to Lauratb

Your menu looks yummy have a good day.

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator in reply to Lauratb

Hi Laura, that bit about the kids' plates made me smile! You're not a human dustbin, that's what I tell myself when there's still a spoon full left in the pan.

Enjoy that Mediterranean tray bake. That sounds yummy. :)

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Lauratb3lbs in reply to TheTabbyCat

I might say that! How yummy can cold carbonara possibly be haha

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator

Good evening Grigid and thanks for having us. I'm sure you'll enjoy your 1st hosting experience.

What a shame catching covid even doubly vaccinated. I hope that meant you recovered quicker. I'd heard that it was possible but you're the 1st person I've "met".

Your food looks lovely and healthy. Snap to the water and 🍋.

I'm following LCHEALTHYF No snacking, mindfulness with alcohol. At the moment I'm struggling a bit keeping the healthy fats up, partly because of the heat. After a couple of cooler days we're back to 35°C . Anyway tomorrow looks like this.

B: Pre packed toast with butter and a scrape of jam. 🍋🍵If I'm hungry midmorning I'll enjoy a coffee with cream.

L: Boiled eggs with HM mayo and lettuce.

D: Chicken thighs with more salad.

I hope everyone has a good "hump day"

🌈🌈🌈

Grigid profile image
GrigidHost in reply to TheTabbyCat

Aren't you good making your own mayo?!

Your temperatures make me feel even hotter!

I've heard of quite a few people now who have gone down with Covid after being doubly vaccinated. I'm just grateful I am vaccinated as we are on the whole avoiding any intervention and experiencing a much milder illness.

Enjoy your day :)

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator in reply to Grigid

Thanks Grigid, it's expected to reach 35° again today. I've just been round the local market. It's well worth the walk but I was out of the house at 7.15 :) Both for the heat and the people even though I'm vaccinated I'm keeping my mask on and the people at bay.

HM mayo is ever so easy , once I've got the base I can turn it into any of the mayo based sauces, cocktail, aioli,ranch dressing, tartar.

Love yourself,💖

Grigid profile image
GrigidHost in reply to TheTabbyCat

Mmmmmm aioli, now you’re talking!

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator in reply to Grigid

I have to ration that one. I serve a dsp and put the jar away or I end up eating it like garlic ice cream!🤣🤣🤣

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GrigidHost in reply to TheTabbyCat

I’d be wrestling the spoon from you 😂

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MonLewis7lbs in reply to TheTabbyCat

Lovely food planned as always, keep cool today and enjoy that lemon water. I have a full jug of lemon water chilling in a fridge too:). x

Hi Grigid thanks for hosting , I agree with your sentiments you have to love yourself first before you can offer any love to others how many times have I heard 'im my own worst enemy' when as you say we should be our best friend. My menu for tomorrow isB. Overnight porage with mixed fruit.

L. Salad sandwich with coleslaw , fruit yoghurt.

D . Mushroom omelette and side salad

Snacks coffee and crumpet and fruit. Do hope you .make a swift recovery from covid.

Grigid profile image
GrigidHost in reply to Walkinggranny

Love the sound of your menu.

I'm much better thanks - the sense of smell is returning now so I can enjoy my meals again :)

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Walkinggranny1st 7lbs in reply to Grigid

Thanks

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Greendream1231 stone in reply to Walkinggranny

Enjoy your meals, I haven't tried overnight oats in ages. :)

Walkinggranny profile image
Walkinggranny1st 7lbs in reply to Greendream123

Thanks, I don't seem to get the correct proportions, either too stodgey or too sloppy. I'll have to consult. The three bears.

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Greendream1231 stone in reply to Walkinggranny

Maybe they know the answer!! They've been a bit chewy when I've tried them before...

I hope you enjoy hosting Grigid, I'm sure you'll be great. :)

I had a lovely, busy day with my son and mum at a major tourist attraction today. I learned a lot too.

Sadly, just 2 or 3 minutes of the day have really dampened it - I was accompanied part of the way home (after being followed) by a man on a bicycle. My partner overreacted and rushed out looking for him before calling the police and ranting about it for over an hour. I've managed to relax a bit now but dinner ended up being not the healthiest and I had my partner telling me to binge.

Back to work (from home) tomorrow. My son is at my mum's house so I'll try to fit in exersize, a walk and healthy cooking.

B: smoothie

L: sweet potato with mixed beans

D: stir fry with tofu

E: home workout, walk

S: fruit

Have a good Wednesday all. :)

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setterlover2021 April in reply to Greendream123

Greendream what a miserable experience. I do hope it doesn’t have a lasting impact on how you feel about being out and about on your own. I hope you have a good day tomorrow. Enjoy your menu. Have you tried floating the tofu in iced water and eating it chilled with a sauce. It’s lovely this time of year.

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Greendream1231 stone in reply to setterlover

Thank you, to be honest the man didn't make any sense so it was laughable really. Floating tofu in iced water? I've never heard of that! Do you cook it first and then let it cool? Do you marinade it? I'm intrigued!

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setterlover2021 April in reply to Greendream123

It’s a Japanese dish called Hiyashi-dofu (chilled tofu) and. You use silken tofu. It doesn’t need any cooking. You can use any shoyu-based dressing and or top it with cooked drained spinach and sesame seeds. A sesame dressing is also nice, or a citrus one.

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GrigidHost in reply to setterlover

Thanks, this is one of the things I love about this forum :)

Grigid profile image
GrigidHost in reply to setterlover

Iced tofu! That’s something I’ve never heard of before either. What sauce have you had it with?

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GrigidHost in reply to Greendream123

That sounds like an awful end to your lovely day. You sound as if you have it in perspective so I hope it doesn’t have a lasting impact.

Enjoy your tasty menu! What smoothie is it?

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator in reply to Greendream123

Oh Greendream that must have been frightening for you.

Enjoy your healthy cooking.

Greendream123 profile image
Greendream1231 stone in reply to TheTabbyCat

Thank you, it was more frustrating than anything as the man kept asking me if I wanted business but wouldn't tell me what business it was. 🤣🤣

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setterlover2021 April

Hi Grigid. Well done on your first hosting and on sharing such a tempting menu. I too have been off plan for a few weeks and as I work out a new approach to healthy eating that I can stick to I am just cutting out alcohol, and drastically reducing sweet foods. I seem to have become addicted to pomegranate seeds so they will definitely figure in tomorrow’s menu along with a mixed salad with egg and Cheshire cheese and some rye bread. I think I may also have some cold soup.

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GrigidHost in reply to setterlover

I love pomegranate seeds too, especially with a delicious goat cheese salad! Rye bread is another favourite of mine. Good luck with your new approach 😊

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setterlover2021 April in reply to Grigid

You are making me hungry! I’m trying again to do a semi/fast today with lots of liquids. My personal barista (daughter-in-law) is here so I’m going to have endless iced coffee.

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator in reply to setterlover

Well done for cutting out alcohol. Snap to the salad and eggs. Have a good day.

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Tank_EGMaintainer in reply to setterlover

Morning setterlover,

I have a sweet tooth so I can fully understand how sweet foods can creep in. Well done on spotting your weaknesses and addressing them 👍

Enjoy your food today, especially your pomegranate seeds 😀

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setterlover2021 April in reply to Tank_EG

Thanks Tank. I wish sweet things were my only downfall: I also like creamy things, oily salty things, wine, cheese. There is not a lot I don’t get cravings for!

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Big677lbs

Grigid thank you for doing today's post and glad you are feeling better after catching Covid19.

I had my plan all set for yesterday my breakfast went ok then I had call from my son asking if I could look after my grandson for a few hours. My lunch ended up being two cracker bread with small amount light cream cheese sandwiched between them and cup of tea and Tea was egg and tomato sandwich I was too hot and tired to eat anything else so will try again tomorrow. I am on a calorie control plan with between 1765 - 2269 which I am having problem eating enough Kcal's at present.

B Weetabix Mini 80grm 300 Kcal, slice wholemeal toast and marmalade 140Kcal cup of decaf tea. TotalKcal 440

mid morning Glass diluted juice with ice Kcal5

Lunch 1 slice wholemeal bread Kcal 97, boiled egg Kcal 78 , one tomato Kcl 18 ,low fat spread 5grm Kcal 20, Banana, Kcal 89, Cup of decaf tea. Total Kcal 308

mid afternoon, Coffee Kcal 93 or diluted juice with ice Kcal5 Total Kcal108

Tea Chicken burger Kcal 330, Peas 80g rm Kcal 71, Beetroot 50 grm Kcal 14, Activia no added sugar yogourt Kcal 58 Cup Tea Total Kcal 473

200mls semi skimmed milk for cereal, tea and coffee Kcal 95, handful cherries Kcal ,50, Pear 57, Total Kcal 202 Total for day 1546

Grigid profile image
GrigidHost in reply to Big67

Best laid plans eh?I’m following calorie control too and am surprised at the range I have (I’ve set myself 1997 which is the midpoint of my minimum and maximum).

I hope you’re able to stick to your plan today :)

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Big677lbs in reply to Grigid

Grigid I hope so too I am looking after my granddaughter today while my son and his wife are at work she is eleven and is a fan of Monster High dolls she is bringing some with her so we can play with no seeing her regularly due to covid I have forgotten most of the dolls names but we should have a nice day. I think the higher end of my calorie level too high but that is what came up due to my BMI, I prefer to have snacks rather that big meals but I am trying to work with three meals.

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GrigidHost in reply to Big67

Maybe try a day or two with a couple of snacks included to make sure you meet the lower end of your calorie count?

Have a good day with your granddaughter :)

Big67 profile image
Big677lbs in reply to Grigid

Grigid I have managed to keep to my meal plan but it has been very very hot and I have drank lots of diluted juice but that's not to bad calorie wise and I had lovely day with my granddaughter who is growing up so fast and is already taller than me as I am only 5 ft. i also had a quick trip out to take my grandson to nursery it gives his mum who is a nurse a rest.

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GrigidHost in reply to Big67

Sounds like you had a busy day! Well done for sticking to your plan :)

Big67 profile image
Big677lbs in reply to Grigid

Grigid it was a busy but a very good day with my granddaughter who is growing up so quickly and behave's way beyond her age except for when it comes to her dolls.

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Tank_EGMaintainer in reply to Big67

Morning Big67,

I wouldn't worry too much about meeting your calorie range, your body will soon tell you if you are eating too little. A lot of these ranges seem to include calories burnt through exercise which can be difficult to record accurately. My suggestion is eat what you are comfortable with for a few weeks and see how you get on 👍

However your food sounds amazing, definitely my kind of food 😀

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Big677lbs in reply to Tank_EG

Tank_EG _ thank you apart from housework and a little tidy outside and a shopping trip I get very little exercise as such as unable to walk some days and very short distance other and get left in pain due to arthritis for which I take a lot of types of painkiller's . If my weight loss starts to stall or drop I will cut my carlories.

Tank_EG profile image
Tank_EGMaintainer in reply to Big67

Sounds like a plan 👍

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Walkinggranny1st 7lbs in reply to Big67

Your daily plan looks good do hope you are able to keep to it. This weather certainly takes it out if you and like you I have no inclination to eat let alone cook, so it's mostly sandwiches or salad.

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Big677lbs in reply to Walkinggranny

Walkinggranny Thank you I did manage today I just could not be bothered to work out the calories for another Tea it is so hot and it was easier to go with what I had planned.

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Shev112021 July

Morning GrigidWhat a lovely first hosting post with a timely reminder to love ourselves. As a wife and mum (even though they are now young adults) I so often put my needs last so need to remember more often to take some me time even if it’s just going for a swim or doing some meditation (I love the Aura meditation app- other apps are available

😀).

Sorry to hear you had Covid, even with so many of us vaccinated, we’re not free of it yet just won’t hopefully get it as bad. Hope you feel much better soon.

My meal plan is following low calorie as per NHS BMI which is around 1862 cals at the lower end:

B: Wholemeal slice toast, flora light, skinny co. marmalade. Greek yoghurt with mixed berries (329 cals)

L: Prawns, salad, new potatoes (308)

D: Bolognese on bed of cabbage (319 cals)

S: Cream cheese on crispbread (68 cals) Apple (80 cals), Iced oat milk latte (71 cals) and an ice lolly (55 cals) (372 cals)

Total: 1328

I’m struggling to see how to fit another 500 cals in. Anyone got any good suggestions for other snacks?

Have a good Wednesday all! 🌞 X

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GrigidHost in reply to Shev11

Morning Shev11

You’ve got a great menu there.

Do you have any other drinks included that have calories? Or perhaps some sort of dessert? I’m not being entirely helpful there am I?! Maybe others can pitch in with actual practical suggestions 😊

I’m going to have a look at Aura. I have Calm on my phone which I find helpful.

In my experience young adult children are no less demanding, albeit in different ways, to little ones. Don’t tell them I said that though 😂

Have a lovely day.

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to Shev11

Prawns with salad sounds great. I follow a Mediterranean approach to eating, so I don’t calorie count but the weight has fallen off me since I stopped eating anything that said low fat or diet on the packaging. I find produce with healthy fats fill me up like nuts, mixed seeds, almond butter with apple slices is my fave. Do you go for full fat cheese?

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CTink2021 July in reply to YoYo80

I started using calorie counting but find it quite stressful looking up everything and then finding I’m still 600 cal short in my day. Mediterranean diet sounds good

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to CTink

I have been there and done that with calorie counting and it just made me a bit obsessed and sucked out all the fun of eating. Now I eat whole foods, cut out processed foods and really savour my meals. I eat wholegrains, veg, legumes, fruit, nuts, poultry, fish and seafood (I live by the sea and everything is sustainable, caught by local fishing crews). I’m much more aware of eating seasonally now and grow a lot of my own veg. I use extra virgin olive oil and eat dairy in moderation. I do enjoy a little bit of chocolate on Saturday evenings and try to only drink a glass of red wine when I’m eating with friends - I live alone and my drinking definitely increased when I was shielding alone. I love food again and enjoy cooking from scratch (something I never used to do); even though I have a very demanding career, I find batch cooking really helps😀

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Walkinggranny1st 7lbs in reply to CTink

I felt the same with calorie counting and I am retired and have plenty of time I did it for the twelve weeks and now I am continuing without counting and so far I have kept on losing. Once you know what are the healthy foods and you have got portion control worked out 🤣🤣 most times it works.😎

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Big677lbs in reply to Walkinggranny

Walkinggranny I am towards the end of my 4th week of 12 week calorie plan and it takes time out to find enough things for a meal to make up the calorie's but I have written down what I have had and hope after week 12 I can do as you have done and just use portion sizes I have been having.

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to Big67

Do let me know how you get on. It’s really about experimenting and finding what works for you. I definitely find the combo of healthy fats and protein works for me. It fills me up, gives me energy and stops me reaching for sugary foods

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Big677lbs in reply to YoYo80

YoYo80 I an struggling some days to fit more snacks to reach calorie target. I love nuts and I like the sound of almond butter with apple slices will have to look in my supermarket for some almond butter. I have Red Leicester when I have jacket potatoes but less than I would normally which helps some days. Thank you for your suggestions I know they were not aimed at me but will help me.

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Tank_EGMaintainer in reply to Shev11

Morning Shev11,

we definitely all need to take some me time, to learn to love ourselves and to invest in ourselves 👍

Your food looks amazing. Also I wouldn't worry too much about being below the number of calories recommended by the NHS BMI calculator. It includes exercise which isn't as efficient as reduced calorie intake when it comes to weight loss. I was always below my recommended intake but still managed to lose weight (around 9 stone and now maintaining) plus had enough energy to do couch to 5k 😀

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Walkinggranny1st 7lbs in reply to Tank_EG

Wow that's great.

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BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to Shev11

Not snacks but ideas for getting more substance into your meals.

An olive oil dressing on your salad, or homemade mayo; or a blue cheese dressing - I do half and half HM mayo and crème fraiche or yoghurt or sour cream, them crumble cheese and mash it in. You can thin it with a little cream if you like: it works well as a dip, too.

Butter instead of the flora spread. An egg with your salad, or for breakfast. Nuts and seeds with your yoghurt (full fat, 10%) and/or sprinkled on your salad.

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Shev112021 July in reply to BridgeGirl

Some great suggestions there BridgeGirl, thank you. Will definitely give them a go. Love the sound of the dressing with blue cheese. 😀

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BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to Shev11

It really perks up a salad :)

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YoYo802st 7lbs

Gosh Grigid, sorry to hear you caught covid. Hope you’re on the mend. So nice of you to host us all 🙏

Had a lovely early morning brisk walk and will do some hula hooping tonight when it cools down. Also getting in another zoom practise session with my friend for the wedding set.

Plan for today: roasted red pepper, courgette and goats cheese frittata; black bean, avocado, tomato and mango salad with chilli, onion, coriander, lime zest and juice; and leftover paella. Snacks: Greek yoghurt with strawberries, and mixed seeds.

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GrigidHost in reply to YoYo80

Your menu sounds delicious!

Hope the zoom practice goes well and it cools down enough to enjoy your hula hooping 😊

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to Grigid

Thanks - I survived a dumbbells and body weight exercise session last night so hula hooping should fine👍 The one thing I can’t survive at the moment is evening walks - I have been bitten to death!!

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Dave10002 stone in reply to YoYo80

Glad you enjoyed your walk this morning YoYo80 and hopefully it cools down enough for you to fit in those hula hoop exercises later. 😅Enjoy you lovely sound breakfast 😂 Food choices today sound amazing x

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to Dave1000

Love a bit of leftover frittata for a tasty breakfast. The shell on prawns are to die for at the moment👍

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Dave10002 stone in reply to YoYo80

Hi YoYo80 apologies For not responding as grandchildren duties just finished. Have a great evening and catch up soon x

Thank you for the lovely 1st host Grigid,

Good morning everyone , very quick on and off today , up to mum as usual in a wee while then she has a 2 -3 hour appt with the ophthalmologist in afternoon, which is about a 30 min drive from us so I will just mulch around waiting for her . Hubby back home from his course this afternoon too 😃.

I’ve no meal plans in place today but will stay on track . Sorry for no comments today but hope you all have a lovely day ☺️ X

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GrigidHost in reply to Granoh3

Hope all goes well for your mum and you have a nice mulch 😊

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to Granoh3

Hope the appointment runs to schedule and you find something tasty to eat today

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Dave10002 stone in reply to Granoh3

Hope your Mum has a successful treatment and that you find plenty to keep you occupied while your are waiting. Have a lovely day x

Hello Grigid and fellow DDs,

Thank you for hosting and really sorry to hear about you having Covid despite vacinations, hope you are getting back to normal!

I’m trying to eat LCHF with an allowance for 50 grams of carb and 1800 cal.

Day2 of Goddess programme - her tiara is slightly askewed from too much wine yesterday but she has drawn the line under and planned a nice food for today all under 50g. Amazingly the scales still says 1pound loss since Monday, there's hope yet:)

B: 50g pear, with greek yogurt, almonds and a coffee.

L: egg, cauliflower bake, french beans and seeds

Snack: yogurt

D: salad: french beans, soya patty with dill sauce.

E: Tidying up / yoga / little walk / some gardening.

Have a nice day !😊

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GrigidHost in reply to MonLewis

Hahaha, I’m guessing the pounds wouldn’t dare go near the goddess? 😂

Your meals sound amazing. Do you make your own soya patty?

Our family has a real love of dill - enjoy!

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MonLewis7lbs in reply to Grigid

thank you Grigid, hee hee love it! The wine slid off me like off the ducks back :D!I have found in Netto the soja patty with herbs and tomoatoes that only has 5g of carbs and tastes lovely. Normally I make my own bean/chickpeas burgers but since hubby is away i am not cooking as much and having light meals.

OMG dill, i have grown a ton of it and we absolutely love it:)! nom nom

Have a fab day x

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to MonLewis

Pesky 👸 🤣 Really nice lunch combo planned there

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slipstickMaintainer in reply to MonLewis

I'm glad your programme is going at least reasonably well, perfection is too much to expect for most of us mere mortals. Food for today looks good and will definitely keep you on track.

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MonLewis7lbs in reply to slipstick

Thank you slipstick:), that's a lovely thing to say and you are perfectly right:).Have a fab day x

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springersruleModerator

Good morning fellow diarists and Grigid. Thank you for hosting us today and what a fabulous first post 💖. Loving yourself is such an important thing yet so difficult for a lot of us. I'm happy to report that whilst starting my journey here feeling a total failure and worthless (i've felt like that most of my life 😪), i have graduated, in small stages to actually loving being me. I have been taught that i do have a value, i am worthwhile and being confident actually makes me a better person 😁. We should all celebrate being who we are 💖

So yesterday was a bit all over the place. I got all the 'had to do ' things done in the end but spent a lot of time just keeping an eye on Ecko. She's still quite wobbly on her legs from the ear infection, but yesterday she decided she wanted to mooch round and sniff every blade of grass in the garden (its not a small garden lol). The thing is i have a stepped path and a few retaining walls with steps in and i was worried she'd get herself into trouble or hurt herself. She did actually keep herself away from the danger points but i still watched her like a hawk. As a consequence of that, my step count yesterday was 10,083!!! The even better news is my knee held up through it all, i still only needed the 2 doses of pain killers and my knee is still fine today 😁. Not that i'm suddenly going to increase my activity to that level now!! I'm still aiming for slow steady progress 😊

Today i'm getting to go out out twice 😱😂 A friend is going to take me shopping - i need more than my mum can carry along side her own shopping, but not enough for an online shop, so i'm going for an adventure... Shopping without walking aids for the first time in a whole year, woohoo. Sad i know but i'm really looking forward to it 😂😂 Then this evening it's wednesday Claire and the pub night. Today we're going to take her dog Ash and my Mr Pringle for my evening walk and then to the pub for a drink and more chitchat. I'm so looking forward to it all.

Another fanfare for yesterday is that the clearing stage of the dining 'dump' room is almost complete. I can actually see the whole room again 😂 Nearly ready for a clean and putting back together as a proper dining room. Well on course for it being ready to use in August 😁💖

My LCHF TMAD plan for today is:

L: Scrambled egg and mushrooms on toasted courgette bread

T: salmon on cabbage pasta with a creamy sauce 😋😋

Exercise: 3x physio rehab, 2x daily walks, seated upper body workout and puppy sitting at lunchtime 💖

Have a great wednesday folks, half way through the week already!!! Xx

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GrigidHost in reply to springersrule

Hi springersrule That was very moving about your journey to loving you, thanks for sharing it. If only we could click our fingers at people we know who haven’t embarked on that journey yet to somehow get them into the “loving me” zone eh?

I’m so pleased that you’re op recovery is going so well too, and that Ecko is on the mend (won’t mention your dump room ‘cos I’m jealous!)

Enjoy your outings and your lovely meals :)

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springersruleModerator in reply to Grigid

Thank you Grigid, it's been quite the mental journey for me as well as weight loss and healthy eating. Oh if only clicking our fingers worked 💖 xx

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator in reply to springersrule

Good morning partner, I wondered where you'd got to! I love the way you look after Ecko, it's always sad when they reach their twilight years isn't it. I hope the infection has cleared up and she'll be back to being your PT 💪🐾🐾

I hope you enjoy that lunch! It's always been a hit when I've done that sauce on pasta. So simple but very effective.

Ah I wanted to share my yesterday salmon fillet. Marinated in grated ginger, garlic, soy sauce and just a dribble of runny honey. I left it in the fridge for a couple of hours before I pan seared it , in a not stick frying pan with a drop of peanut oil. Very yummy thanks again.

Pan seared salmon+green beans with melted butter
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springersruleModerator in reply to TheTabbyCat

Morning partner. Oh she deserves the looking after 😊 Its awful seeing her wobble about and the vet said it could take a month for her balance to come back fully. She has improved massively from barely being able to stand on sunday so if she wants to mooch i don't want to stop her 💖 Mr Pringle is coming with me tonight for a trial walk. Claire will be with me so if i struggle with him she'll take over 😊

Oh your salmon does look good and i'm glad you like it with the ginger. I'm really looking forward to my salmon with sauce tonight 😁

Have a great day xx

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Caroline62Ambassador in reply to TheTabbyCat

Looks good TheTabbyCat. 😊

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TheTabbyCatAdministrator in reply to Caroline62

Thanks Caroline it's easy to make and yummy to eat. xx

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to springersrule

I’m feeling jealous of all this courgette bread - will do some picking and give it a whirl this weekend - will have to think of something nice to stuff in the flowers too

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springersruleModerator in reply to YoYo80

Its gorgeous YoYo, especially toasted 😁 xx

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to springersrule

How well does it keep? Can you slice and freeze it?

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springersruleModerator in reply to YoYo80

Its kept ok so far in the fridge (i've got 2 slices left for friday lunch), i made it sunday pm. Yes you can freeze it too 😊 x

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YoYo802st 7lbs in reply to springersrule

Thanks for the info. I think being able to freeze half would work well for me, as I like a good variety in my meals.

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MonLewis7lbs in reply to springersrule

Aww, I am glad you are now a dazzling star and your day sounds very exciting:)! Enjoy it xx

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springersruleModerator in reply to MonLewis

Thanks MonLewis. Definitely dazzling. No more head to toe black clothes too 😁. Going out food shopping with my friend was great. We had a lovely chat and i got to walk round the supermarket with 2 hands on the trolley like a normal person 😂😂. Xx

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Caroline62Ambassador in reply to springersrule

So sorry about Ecko hope she gets well very soon. It’s awful when our pets are ill as they Cannot tell us. I am sure she is getting plentiful of love from you. Well done getting the dining room sorted. Love the food springersrule. Enjoy your time at he pub. 😊

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springersruleModerator in reply to Caroline62

Thanks Caroline she's improving slowly and full recovery could take a while 😊 Oh it was awful. I thought she'd had a stroke! The vets were amazing being able to do everything by video link due to me not driving yet. A friend very kindly drove over to collect her prescription on monday morning. When they are Ecko's age you really do think the worst first and i'm not ready for her to go yet 💖

I'm so chuffed to get this far with the dining room, it really has been a mammoth task. Now to find room for all the camping gear elsewhere lol.

I will. Hope you're having a great day xx

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slipstickMaintainer in reply to springersrule

So yesterday was busy and today looks like being busier still. Your "slow steady progress" seems to be moving along rather rapidly. Lunch looks great and I'm sure you'll enjoy your dinner even if cabbage pretending to be pasta is really not my thing.

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springersruleModerator in reply to slipstick

Hi Slipstick, lol yes it does doesnt it. I've actually done more than an hour on my feet today, in one go, without my leg feeling tired which is good. It's the stamina I'm trying to build now so i can get back to my proper dog walking duties 😊.

After hating cabbage as a child and younger adult i really love it now. I'm pleased i can have it instead of pasta and it would win a taste challenge for me any day 😂 Do you not like cabbage? Xx

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slipstickMaintainer in reply to springersrule

When I think about it I don't much like any brassicas except perhaps broccoli and swede on a good day. It does exclude me from many of the recipes shared round here but it doesn't mean that I'm short of things to eat😊.

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slipstickMaintainer

Congratulations on your first hosting Grigid, you're doing great so far. I had a fairly lazy day yesterday but stayed on my food plan. Today for the first time I'm meeting a new walking group for a stroll round a local lake/reservoir and a chat. Probably not a great deal of walking but how nice to get out and meet some people in the real world. So today should look like

B Porridge/ banana/grapes

L Tinned tuna salad

D Pork steak / mixed veg / ratatouille

E some gentle strolling in the heat then I'll try the Qigong session I didn't get round to yesterday. I might even get a little more weeding done.

Enjoy your Wednesday everyone.

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GrigidHost in reply to slipstick

Thanks slipstick I just had to look up Qigong - have you been practicing it for long?

New walking group sounds nice, enjoy! :)

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CTink2021 July

Tomorrow is shopping day and our son still insists on doing it when he does his. I already have quite a few new items on the list so hopefully will be able to try some of the wonderful recipes you all share.

Food Today

Breakfast- toasted tea cake with butter

Lunch - Ham & coleslaw sandwich in brown bread cake

Teatime - Prawns, salad leaves and avocado followed by Strawberries from allotment with cream

Snacks - Banana, Kiwi, several Camomile and honey teas 2 x coffee and plenty of water

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GrigidHost in reply to CTink

Oooh, allotment strawberries 🍓 Have you managed to keep the birds away from them?

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CTink2021 July in reply to Grigid

We cover a lot of them but leave some so the birds can get them. My hubby has had to cover his blueberries as the birds have usually eaten them before breakfast. We have late raspberries which are coming on nicely and we should be able to start picking next month. We are so lucky that our allotments are literally at the bottom of our garden.

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GrigidHost in reply to CTink

Sounds ideal! I have my strawberries in hanging baskets which seems to work to some extent. How kind of you to leave some for the lucky birds :)

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Dave10002 stone

Thank you for a great first DD Post today Grigid and I look forward to future posts from you. Loving yourself is a concept that I have never felt particularly comfortable with, as it is so easily confused with the more aggressive trait of being over confident, cock sure of yourself and bolshy to others, traits that I have grown up to hate, but I know this is absolutely not what you are talking about. HU and the DD particularly has helped me to appreciate the fact you that certainly on the weight front, I am not one of life’s perennial under achievers. Seeing success is obviously one thing, but gaining self control is entirely another. I know this self controlled state of mind isn’t in any way permanent, but it is far more resilient that the self deprecating alternative state where I used to exist. I now know I have strength and the ingrained ability to succeed. I have had to learn to moderate expectations and be realistic about time frames. I have also taken time to look at the wider range of benefits that losing even the weight I have lost to date has had on my health and well-being and this has resulted in me loving myself a whole lot more. Finally I have recognised that people love me and albeit from afar (Co members of the DD) I love them and care what they think and care how they are doing and feeling. This forum has delivered so much for me and posts like yours give me the chance to reflect on just how much. Thank you 👍Following LCHF and TMAD with regular exercise

Long walk completed in the sunshine and made your Bly slightly shorter as we didn’t fancy being caught out in the open during a thunderstorm. Yesterday’s first try of Herbalife was fine but TMAD and occasional OMAD forays have made it easier and I’m sure. Not sure I could have done it if I had an expectation of three meals a day?

Today will be a mixture of work this morning and grandson’s visiting this afternoon while my daughter visits the hairdressers. ❤️❤️❤️

L: LO Fish Curry and cauliflower rice

D: BBQ meat with salad

S: blackberry mousse

E: if time allows a spin class with the fan on full blast 😂

Wishing everyone a great day. 😘x

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GrigidHost in reply to Dave1000

Thanks Dave1000 You’re absolutely right about looking back to where your journey started and how far you’ve come.

I know “loving yourself” has some not very nice interpretations, like the ones you’ve described, and ironically, people that behave in that way are most likely to be the ones who have low self esteem. Maybe we should look at it as appreciating ourselves :)

As ever, I’m in awe of your spinning!

Enjoy your day.

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Dave10002 stone in reply to Grigid

Hi Grigid apologies For not responding as grandchildren duties just finished. Have a great evening and catch up soon x

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GrigidHost in reply to Dave1000

Thanks Dave1000

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Rabbit815lbs in reply to Dave1000

I think the difference (in my head, at least) is between loving yourself and thinking you are better than other people. The former should be encouraged, the latter discouraged, but I agree there can be a fine line between the two. Anyway, glad you are feeling better about yourself since joining the forum! Enjoy your day - I'm jealous of that mousse! 😊

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Dave10002 stone in reply to Rabbit81

Hi Rabbit81 apologies For not responding as grandchildren duties just finished. Have a great evening and catch up soon x

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Tank_EGMaintainer

Morning all and thanks to Grigid for hosting today's DD - great first time of hosting and it's so important to love ourselves so we can take control of our health 👍

Hoping to get out for a run again today, looking at the weather it looks like it's going to be another hot one 🥵

Food today is:

B: Cereal, bowl of fruit & yoghurt plus a slice of scrambled egg on toast

L: Crumpets and peanut butter, an apple & banana

D: Breaded chicken and cheesy pasta plus a yoghurt for dessert

Snack: H/M cereal bar

E: 10km run plus walks with Tilly 🐶

Wishing everyone a wonderful day 😀

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GrigidHost in reply to Tank_EG

Thanks Tank_EG

Reporting back on the pikelet’s from a couple of weeks ago - don’t bother, you’ll be bitterly disappointed, they are a mere shadow of a crumpet!

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Tank_EGMaintainer in reply to Grigid

Thanks Grigid 😀

Thanks for the heads up on the pikelets. By the sounds of it I'm better off sticking with my crumpets 👍

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Rabbit815lbs in reply to Tank_EG

Good luck with the run - I have been postponing all runs for myself until we're out of this heat. I've very prone to heat exhaustion... 😓 Lovely menu for today, too. I am loving that dinner! Yum!

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Tank_EGMaintainer in reply to Rabbit81

Thanks Rabbit81 😀

I may shorten my run and go along a disused railway line near us. Plus most of it is under the cover of trees so nice and shady 👍

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zinza3kg in reply to Tank_EG

Hello Tank_EG. Yes, it`s really hard to run in this weather. I do have one scheduled for tomorrow and I`m planning to go for it as early as possible. Hope the bed will help me. 😂

Have a nice day!

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Tank_EGMaintainer in reply to zinza

Thanks zinza 😀

All the best for your run tomorrow, hopefully it won't be so warm 👍

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Caroline62Ambassador in reply to Tank_EG

Fab food Tank to hot for walking never mind running. Take care. 😊

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Tank_EGMaintainer in reply to Caroline62

Thanks Caroline62 😀

I thinking of altering my run to stay more in the shade 👍

Thanks for hosting Grigid! Lovely first post! Sorry to hear you've come down with Covid, though. I suspect many of us are going to be saying the same over the next couple of months or so...

I am not loving this heat, but mercifully, I found out last week that my US driving license actually does work for the e-scooters, so my having to go in to the lab yesterday was not nearly as draining as it would have been if I'd had to walk. Yes, it's less exercise, but it's also less risk of overeating due to exhaustion! Anyway, my food today is cold (mostly) and reflective of the heat:

Breakfast: Bacon, egg, tea with milk, water

Lunch: Egg mayo sandwich with no-added-sugar wholegrain bread, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, carrots, nectarine, water

Dinner: Full fat Greek yogurt with berries; cold plate of: peppers, snap peas, avocado, pepperoni, cheese, olives; rose wine, lemon sorbet (it was this or dive into the B&J ice cream I'm saving for my buns' 'gotcha day' next week!), water

Snacks: Homemade iced coffee, hopefully nothing else, but if I get hungry I have chilli cashews or popcorn

Exercise: Minimal - I don't deal with heat at all, let alone well....

jd65 profile image
jd654 stone in reply to Rabbit81

I'm with you on the heat - it only works when I am on holiday next to a pool, with an umbrella for shade, reading my book.

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Rabbit815lbs in reply to jd65

Exactly!

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GrigidHost in reply to Rabbit81

Your meals sound perfect for the heat!

Enjoy the e-scooter ride :)

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zinza3kg in reply to Rabbit81

Sounds like a refreshing meal plan. Have a nice day, Rabbit81!

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Caroline62Ambassador in reply to Rabbit81

The heat is horrible give me Autumn any time. Fab food well done 😊

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siggie1st 7lbs

Good morning and a fabulous first hosting, normally a day off for me, but am working today. Following LCHF and have a limit of 100g carbs a day. First thing: coffee

Breakfast: blueberries, greek yogurt and almonds

Lunch: cheese,egg and ham salad with salad cream

Tea: another salad ( you can't eat too much salad in this heat !) With tandoori chicken

Water and SF Cordial to drink at work

A chilled glass of wine to drink at home!!

Hope everyone has a great day x

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jd654 stone in reply to siggie

Ooh tandoori chicken - delicious. Hope work isn't too taxing.

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GrigidHost in reply to siggie

Enjoy your well earned wine :)

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Reving2st 7lbs in reply to siggie

Hi biggie some good food and more ideas for me thank you.

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zinza3kg in reply to siggie

Great weather for a responsible glass of wine. Enjoy!

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Caroline62Ambassador in reply to siggie

Hello siggie salad is good enjoy.😊

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Drodie6lbs in reply to siggie

Nice menu for the weather. I agree that you can't have too much salad in this heat, it's about all I can manage myself. Have a great day.

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jd654 stone

Good morning Grigid . Good to hear you are returning to normal after your bout of Covid.

Another hot day started here but I have opened windows and doors to let a breeze through.

I'm calorie counting, 1500-1900, 3 meals, no snacks, reduced carbs, no alcohol

B. Greek yoghurt, plums

L watermelon feta salad

D. Meatballs, tomato sauce, roasted veg, small portion pasta

Have a good day all.

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GrigidHost in reply to jd65

Thanks jd65 I’ve got my eye on your watermelon feta salad - yum! Might try it with the vegan feta I still have in the fridge.

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Reving2st 7lbs in reply to jd65

Mmm Jd thats just reminded me I bought some greek yogurt yesterday. I also bought a melon might have some of that with my salmon later. thanks you for the prompt.

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Reving2st 7lbs

Hello Grigid thanks for hosting

Still struggling to feel well at the moment so day at a time.

Lunch salmon salad

D: Not sure yes I'll try to come back later.

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GrigidHost in reply to Reving

Sorry to hear you're still not feeling well. Nice healthy lunch, enjoy!

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Caroline62Ambassador in reply to Reving

Get well soon Reving just eat what you are able. 😊

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Drodie6lbs in reply to Reving

Hi Reving. Sorry to hear you are still not feeling well, I daresay the weather doesn't help either. Hope you recover soon. Best wishes.

Hello everyone!

Congrats for your first hosting day, Grigid!

Feeling awesome and ready for today after a bike indoor class at 7:15. Can you hear me Dave1000 ? 😂😂😂

(16:8 Intermittent Fasting + LCHF + 5k run twice a week)

Brunch:

Stir fry chicken + mixed peppers + onions + broccoli

Dinner:

Haven`t decided yet. Steak or grilled shrimp.

salad

Snacks:

Emmental cheese

Exercise:

45min bike indoor class - done! \o/

Have a nice day!

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GrigidHost in reply to zinza

Hi five to you for that early morning bike class - 45 minutes too! You've earned your brunch, enjoy your day :)

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zinza3kg in reply to Grigid

Thanks! \o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/

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Dave10002 stone in reply to zinza

Hi zinza i hear you. apologies For not responding as grandchildren duties just finished. Have a great evening and catch up soon x

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Caroline62Ambassador

Welcome to the hosting Grigid. And thank you. I am a bit earlier than yesterday but not a lot. First thing is my coffee.

Breakfast was strawberries with some Greek yogurt. Run out of other berries till my shopping comes Thursday morning.

Dinner, A plain omelette with lots of salad.

Tea. Salad again far to hot for me to do any cooking.

I am now looking for some of my Neighbours to take Roxie out for her toilet breaks as I have been ping by the track and trace team. I have been told it is not law any more to stay at home. So at 6 am when no one is around I will take Roxie out also at 9 pm. I will do the same lucky I have enough meds and a online shop tomorrow.

I am so fed up it’s the first time for about 2 yrs I have had a restaurant meal out and I get ping. ☹️😊😊

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GrigidHost in reply to Caroline62

Hi Caroline62

What a pain to be pinged! There's so much confusion around with what you have to do and what isn't law, but taking the responsible approach is by far the best.

When is your self-isolation until?

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Caroline62Ambassador in reply to Grigid

8 more days it says. 28 July. 😊

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slipstickMaintainer in reply to Caroline62

If you were just pinged by the NHS app it isn't and never has been a legal requirement to isolate. It's a "should" not a "must". But if you were phoned by Track and Trace then you are legally required to isolate. It's no wonder confusion reigns. Either way it's a pain.

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Caroline62Ambassador in reply to slipstick

I have had no phone calls from any one. I phoned some one after looking on line. I am doing what they told me. 😊

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Drodie6lbs in reply to Caroline62

Nice cool menu for the day Caroline. I think salad is the way to go in this awful heat.

Sorry to hear you've been pinged. Seems totally unfair to have been caught by that app on your first meal out in so long. Have the best day you can in the circumstances. Best wishes.

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honeybees442021 July

Hello all! First time posting so hopefully I will get the hang of it

I am doing calorie counting aiming for about 1800kcals a day, I also prefer to eat a bit more protein.

Breakfast: yoghurt with sugar-free granola, berries and some seeds

Lunch: bacon, eggs and mushrooms with a bagel thin

Tea: spicy salmon with cauliflower rice and veg

Snacks: rice cakes with peanut butter, apple, nectarine

I've injured my foot so can't do much walking but was going to do a 'chair' workout later!

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GrigidHost in reply to honeybees44

Welcome honeybees44 !

Perfect post :)

Your menu sounds delicious. Hope your foot gets better soon, but in this weather maybe a chair exercise is the way to go!

Enjoy your day :)

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Drodie6lbs in reply to honeybees44

Hello honeybees, you will soon get the hang of the Daily Diary. It helps to make weight loss that bit more fun. Have a great day.

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IndigoBlue61Maintainer in reply to honeybees44

Well done for posting on the Daily Diary, I have always found it helps to keep me accountable 👍

You have my sympathy regarding the injury, hope you’re soon on the mend

I love a cooked breakfast/brunch, and add lots of extra veg, spinach or courgettes at the moment as I have them n the garden! Somehow filling my plate with colour makes it look more substantial 😊

Hope you have had a good day so far 😊

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honeybees442021 July in reply to IndigoBlue61

Yes I think I need to think of ways of adding more veg to my meals because it does make them more filling! your colourful plate sounds delicious

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Drodie6lbs

Good morning Grigid. What a marvellous first hosting and reminding us to love ourselves. If we don't take care of our own needs then we won't be in any fit state to care for others.

B. 1 small slice low carb bread, 1 tablespoon baked beans, 2 rashers lean bacon.

L. Not hungry at the moment so probably just a bit of fruit as required.

D. Cold meats and salad.

I don't really feel like eating much in this heat. I 'm looking forward to some rain and cooler temperatures at the weekend.

Have a great day everyone and stay safe in the heatwave.

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GrigidHost in reply to Drodie

Ooh yes I would love a little downpour right now 🌧

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IndigoBlue61Maintainer in reply to Drodie

Salads are always a good option aren’t they? And wise to not eat lunch if you’re not hungry, well done 🎉

Have a good day

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Drodie6lbs in reply to IndigoBlue61

Thank you. Neither hubby nor myself want hot food in a heatwave so salads are a good option. I really should look in some of my cookbooks for some other salad ideas. I usually do a cooked breakfast because it's cool enough at that time of day.

I think we're all having to be wise at the moment, not just in terms of not eating when not hungry but also wise in staying safe from the heat. You have a good day too.

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IndigoBlue61Maintainer

Hello Grigid and nice to meet you. I’m a returnee and like to use the DD so will write out today’s plan, even though it’s almost over

I usually eat twice a day, am trying to reverse a gain, and also get out of the sweet snacking habit. Today is day three of no sweet things

Brunch was Shakshuka with two eggs and one small slice whole meal toast and butter 600 calories

Dinner tonight is a Really Big Salad with dressing, grated cheese and walnuts. Aiming for about 400 calories

With milk and cream in coffee I’m about 1200. My target is 1200-1500 but I’m out for lunch tomorrow so trying to bank a few calories

Exercise was a 4 km walk, 38 brisk minutes according to the Active10 App. I’ll also do 5 HIIT minutes on my exercise bike tonight when it’s cooler.

Onwards and downwards

Indigo 😊

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GrigidHost in reply to IndigoBlue61

Hi IndigoBlue61

Nice to meet a maintainer :)

I love Shakshuka, and I'm impressed that you're staying away from the sweet things. Good luck with the reversing the gain, but tbh you sound like you're smashing it :)

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honeybees442021 July

Ooh your meals sound delicious IndigoBlue61 - I absolutely love shakshuka. Well done on the exercise! I will have to look up the Active10 app

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morelessAdministrator

Thanks for a fabulous DD, Grigid :)

See you all on Rabbit's DD, diarists :)

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