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Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by AutumnTiger on Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:53 pm

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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by AutumnTiger on Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:07 pm

On Saturday, after writing my final post of the previous journal (but not posting it at that time), I made brunch and had some QT with DH before I then got on with some paperwork. Matching receipts to bank statements, some filing and general tidying up of paperwork, which is my nemesis for keeping tidy, But I made good progress on all the recent loose paperwork.

Then it was time for hockey, which was far from entertaining and with an early start planned for Sunday for once we walked away from the rink before the players even did Man of the Match.

Sunday morning we were up bright and early for Sunday Scramble, which is a fairly regular event held at the Bicester Heritage Centre, which specialises in old cars - from workshops that do them up, to artists using old cars for inspiration etc. There are some more modern and even some supercars that attend as Clubs, and their presence is as important to the event as the permanent workshops. The site is very interesting itself, too, as it is a working airfield - for light aircraft; and all its buildings are old workshops, hangars etc. It was just DH and I on this occasion. Sometimes we meet up with others from the MR2 club, although this has never been an event where we have had a club stand - you usually need a minimum number of cars in attendance to do "on stand" as it is known.

It was a beautiful day for it, not too cold and nice and clear, it was also very busy. We were very glad that we had taken along flasks of coffee - the queues were huge! We had a good mooch round and it was great to see some of the cars that were being worked on over our previous visits now finished, restored, and on display.

Later, I had Sunday evening to myself, while DH went to an away game with the ice hockey crowd. I enjoyed the quiet and a last evening with the Christmas tree lights.
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Plan for 2019

Post by AutumnTiger on Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:33 pm

So, to my - diet - intentions for 2019.

First and foremost is to get back to primal ways. I miss my food freedom.

Coming a very close second is weight loss; for both health reasons and vanity!

Over the last few weeks, maybe a couple of months, a plan has been forming ... it had elements of the blood sugar diet, Whole 30, primal, and intermittent fasting. I was wanting to commit to a Whole 30 kind of BSD for January, but as always debating with myself over dropping my morning cuppa. I'd pretty much resolved to do BSD, which is 800 calories per day, and leave in my morning cuppa accounting for it as breakfast.

Anyway, before the match on Saturday night, I popped in to the supermarket before the game to pick up some throat sweets to ease my coughing. I was having a browse of the magazine aisle when I noticed a lone copy of a new book by the 5:2 diet author, and my favourite diet-health writer of the 2010s - Dr Michael Mosley. His new book - The Fast 800 - is exactly what I had been planning for myself.

I'd never been able to commit to 5:2 because 500 calories was just too few for me, but after the Blood Sugar Diet came out, I began thinking I could manage 800 calories, hence my idea. Well, it turns out Dr Mosley had the same thought - and he's written the very book I need.

I had been hoping to jump in a bit sooner, but we have some leftover Christmas goodies - despite having given some of it away - and even in spite of really trying hard not to buy too much this year. I think part of the problem is that even buying less, it lasts longer, because we are just not as greedy with it as we used to be.

I've also still got something of a cold, and while it may be an excuse, I'm feeling below par enough for it to put me off committing to something new when I need to be strong.

I'm not quite sure when I am jumping in to the permanent 800 calories per day, but I am going to try and have a couple of 800 calorie days per week like 5:2 until I get a plan together.

Today, I have not counted calories, but I have only had two meals with no treats and no eating between meals, and I definitely felt real hunger between lunch and dinner, so that is a start.

I think I am going to need an actual menu plan to help this work and keep the calories right, and time to think about and implement that. We're also going up to visit my mum and grandma for a couple of days Monday and Tuesday next week, so I wont be getting into the 800 cals on those days. Plus I need to finish reading the book, but it certainly feels ordained that I am on the right lines with my idea.

Unlike the book I intend to keep it primal - no whole grains for me or wasting my precious calories on carbs.

My basic idea at this stage is to follow The Fast 800 until I have lost about 10% of my bodyweight, which according to the plan should happen relatively quickly, then have a maintenance period before aiming for the next 10% and so on. Maybe the book will have suggestions.

Best get on with reading more of the book.
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by The Walrus on Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:10 pm

Interesting! I’m also a great admirer of Mosley - have to check out the new book.
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by Meant2Move on Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:21 pm

Wow, 800 calories doesn't sound like much... I wish you all the best with it. 

Happy New Year!
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by AutumnTiger on Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:00 am

Sleep: no details but 7h 57m with only 4 mins of restless/awake.

HNY, to you also.

It's definitely "you know you are on a diet territory" but it is two good, or three small, meals of protein and vegetables.

Scales are playing games at the moment. Up 3lbs since the weekend, which was up 2lbs from previous weigh in. And after a light eating day yesterday I just know that it can only be general fluctuation. Interesting observation: both mornings were following oven chips the night before.
That's the last of them for me, anyway.

Read another chapter last night. While the science is basically sound bites, as is the style of Dr Mosley's books -written for the very general public - it was the chapter on autophagy and the studies being done in to the effects of intermittent fasting on dementia and cancer, particularly fasting prior to chemotherapy. It is good to be reminded that leaving at least twelve hours between dinner and break-fast brings great potential benefits, and longer is better if it can be managed.

The book refers to it as Time Restricted Eating (TRE).

Interestingly, at the geocaching event on New Years' Day, some caching friends were discussing another caching friend - a retired gentleman who had been overweight and had the health scares and warnings - who had slimmed down (that word gaunt came out!) tremendously using only time restricted eating. I get the impression that he is at the extreme end of the scale, i.e. eats only within an eight hour window (16:Cool but given that they were commenting on his geocaching adventures in a canoe, not an activity that would have been associated with his previous dimensions, I would say if it is working for him, good luck to him!

I'm attempting another low intake day today, not counted, just primal and only protein and veg. No potatoes, unlike yesterday. There is evidence that two days together is good as you might attain mild ketosis. Also, until I go full Fast 800, Thursdays are still my night home alone and that means a treat or two. The habit factor of that is something to be addressed at another time!

Eeks, speaking of time ... work time
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by perennialpam on Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:31 am

Good to see you back AT!

Many of us are back on Primal.
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by Rig D on Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:09 am

Suggest reviewing this recent article on calories from MDA:
Are all calories the same?

Good luck to you as you forge ahead.
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by Narrowminded on Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:38 pm

Good to have you back AT. I did read your entire last post on the old journal. Lots of thinking involved in future planning.

As to the tidying you may find the minimizing, instead of taking away the excuse of not flying free, may actually be very freeing within your currrent situation and what you need to get some things off of niggling your brain that may be causing unknown issues.
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by Annieh on Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:11 pm

Happy New Year, all the best for a healthy one too.
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by Heuristicfireflower on Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:39 pm

AutumnTiger wrote:...it was the chapter on autophagy and the studies being done in to the effects of intermittent fasting on dementia and cancer, particularly fasting prior to chemotherapy. It is good to be reminded that leaving at least twelve hours between dinner and break-fast brings great potential benefits, and longer is better if it can be managed.

IT is not hard if you last meal contained plenty of fat.  I've been doing this most every morning for about 4-5 years.  I'm sure it helped restore my blood sugar issues to normal along with a lot off water, last labs was 85 fasting glucose.  B4 that it was 92 with a ah1c of 5.7 (now 5.4 with room for improvement).

Blood Sugar Diet sounds interesting and not surprising that it and the time restricted eat window can make positive changes.  Will be watching your progress with interest.  Cheering you on!
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by AutumnTiger on Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:51 am

Thanks, Rig. Some great info in there. None of it at odds with the Fast 800. It's a good summary of things we know but perhaps need reminding of.

I am certainly hoping that any calorie monitoring/restriction will facilitate weight loss, and in fact, I would be kind of bemused if it didn't, but reading again about the benefits of intermittent fasting has reminded me that this is something that is about so much more than weight. It shows me how far I have drifted from primal principles in a way that is so much more than letting 80:20 slide. I have lapsed on the whole 10 primal blueprint rules, except perhaps avoiding stupid mistakes (in anything other than food choices!! Very Happy). As well as the health benefits of IF, I kind of see restricting calories as a way to eat more mindfully.

I'm loving the term "forge ahead" - it sounds so purposeful, and that is how I feel right now!
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by AutumnTiger on Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:56 am

NM: Very insightful thoughts on the tidying. I remember Marie herself realised that her wanting to tidy other spaces was the manifestation of being unhappy in her own space, which turned out to be more cluttered than she realised.
It would appear my tidying, and often lack thereof, is definitely related to other issues of dissatisfaction. But as with many things that are either a vicious circle or a virtuous circle, once you begin to address one of the issues you find yourself with more energy for more/all of them.

As I said at the end of the last journal, at the moment, following a week of good sleep, I am more fight than flight.

Sleep is my number one priority at the moment.
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by AutumnTiger on Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:56 am

Hi Annie, and to you, too thanks Smile
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by AutumnTiger on Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:59 am

HFF: Yes, an overnight twelve hours should be easy for me, and I am hoping to make about 14 the norm. With reflux, I like to have the eating done by 7pm, and because I work from home, I find it easy to go to 9am before I have that first loaded coffee. Not much later than that as that is when I start work and even though I drink decaf, which makes it ritual/habit rather than addiction to a substance, I just cannot break that habit.
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Post by AutumnTiger on Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:12 am

Reasonable sleep last night - certainly I didn't get up. Logged 7h 46m with only basic details again, but just 15 restless minutes. Appears I turned the light out later than I thought, but that is still good, and I feel fine!

Hair wash this morning, so not as much time before work to do things, but I have been pottering about doing basic tidying.
Last night I did the last of the recipts and bank statment matching from 2018, but I found a lone straggler receipt this morning, and ticked it off.

My environment, in general, is not very spartan, so it is easy for extra things to accumulate in areas, and then be very quickly overlooked.

FB memories gave me a reminder last night of something that happened five years ago, so less than a month after we first moved in to this house, and the lounge looks very bare compared to now. Specifically, the area to the side of DH's sofa, which now has a bookcase, with three large "ornaments" on top. It's amazing the light it has taken away from his corner.
Also, while the books on our bookcases are tidy, the areas in front of the books become a haven for small items that you could otherwise easily lose, for DH this tends to be memory sticks and headphones.

We both have "man tins" but it appears we need more and/or a better solution.

The mystery three pounds have disappeared again this morning. Yesterday was a reasonable attempt at eating less, but I faltered last night and ended up eating a slice of Christmas cake and some Matchmakers. Onwards.

Today I intend no food until lunchtime. My loaded coffee contains plenty of calories. Thursday night is my night home alone, and I have a plan for an episode or two of Merlin involving the last serving of orange and grapefruit gin liqueur and some chocolate. Otherwise, I intend for an 80:20 primal day.

Oh, and Sunday afternoon until Tuesday afternoon we will go up to see my mum and grandma, with the two days as unpaid leave, so as not to eat in to my holidays.

Oh. Oh! Speaking of holidays, it looks like B has booked to go and see his aunt and uncle in Malaysia during the first week of June, and DH are talking about a sunshine holiday for us, too. Nothing extravagant, but likely one of the Canary Islands, which we love so much. Yay!
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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by perennialpam on Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:51 am

I am hoping for success in the "eating window" changes. I feel it works well. Guess I need to read that article Rig told you to seek out.

Good news on the holiday and getting a break from B. Glad that he has something to do too though.

So glad you are back here.

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Post by Narrowminded on Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:39 am

Sounds like you plans are starting to take a much firmer foundation. Can’t wait to hear of all the progress.

I know for myself, if I get stuck focusing on the wrong thing, everything crumbles.
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Post by FrogPad on Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:41 am

AutumnTiger I hope the time restricted eating and intermittent fasting go well for you. There is definitely a lot more information out there now on the impacts and benefits of it. I’ll have to add the Dr Mosby book to my list of ones to read.

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Re: Tiger Tales of 2019

Post by AutumnTiger on Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:04 am

Welcome FrogPad *waves* I'll be following your journal with interest. Good luck!

Sleep: again no details, 7h 1m asleep with 12 restless minutes. I was later turning the light out than usual as I couldn't find a stopping point in my book. Hey hum. I also woke up earlier than normal due to next door being a bit heavy-handed with their patio doors. I only hear them occasionally but typical it would be this morning.

So, DH is now away for two nights. He will go straight to Scout Camp after work as it is already in the right direction.
Then, when he gets back on Sunday afternoon, we will head for Oldham to see my mum and grandma.
B will be around but doing his own thing, although I have a sneaky suspicion that while he was originally not meant to be here for tea tonight, as last night, I think he will be even though he hasn't told us directly. Or maybe he has told DH, in a round about way, and something is niggling in my mind. Anyway, as an apprentice chef he can sort his own food out!

We've not told B about the away trip yet. Because, we intend to leave him home alone.
I admit, I'm worried about it being for two nights. Though I accept that it has to start happening sooner or later. I also have to admit that, in some ways, I am more worried about the house than him. In terms of concern over him, I am pragmatic enough to think that seventeen year olds are perfectly capable of looking after themselves, and he doesn't hang out with us anyway, so he's not really going to miss us. Naturally, we do not have the same concerns over stupid life choices after the incident in the summer, but we do worry in general over his life choices: like choosing to smoke when he knew his mum was battling cancer before she died (of other causes), and grandad on his dad's side is doing likewise. Pretty dumb to be a smoker when you have cancer running through both parental lines; not to mention he used to suffer asthma because of smoking at his mum's house. Anyway, moving on ... So, we haven't told him yet so that he has no time to think about doing something dumb or arrange anything. Also, they are two school nights, so hopefully he will just go about his normal routine.
At the end of the day houses and stuff are just that, but I'd rather not come home to any hassle. Particularly, when we are going away to deal with a tough situation.

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So, I can tell the cold is on its last legs because the reflux lump-in-throat is back. Happy days!
When I get home next week I think I am going to ask the docs for an H. pylori test. Just to rule out a bacterial cause.

I enjoyed my treats last night - yes, I am monitoring to see if they are related to the lump return - but found it hard to relax in to them and let go. Can you believe it, being mindful over treats, LOL! Still, a good sign that I am getting back on track.

I'm hoping all the leftover Christmas stuff can be dealt with by the end of the weekend/trip. Then the real work can begin.

Speaking of ... time for work. Have a good day, all!
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Post by perennialpam on Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:10 am

I totally agree with not giving B time to plan anything. In fact, when still parenting I would be vague about when I would actually return. That helped to a point because I had two teens to deal with. Sad

Have a good weekend.
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Post by AutumnTiger on Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:29 am

Thanks, Pam. Its nice to know I'm not alone - although to be fair, it was DH's suggestion.

Have no concentration for work at all today - hence this, hopefully brief, hiatus. I managed, by more luck than management, to be "on target" this morning, but I can see this afternoon sliding away, which I cannot allow as I am not here on Monday to pick up the pieces, although there is always working late or the morning, I suppose.

DH and I are starting to build some new, more local, friendships to complement our camping pals, whom we only see occasionally. Our new friends are coming about through our hockey connections. Anyway, I had a lovely, thoughtful offer of a lift to the ice hockey tomorrow night as DH is away.
While I do drive, and could easily take myself, a. I would be a little nervous driving, and b. I am notorious for staying at home if I don't have company/plans.
Anyway, I have arranged to play it by ear because I want to go with the flow of being home alone tomorrow.
It's PoGo Community Day from 10am to 1pm tomorrow, but I am ambivalent about going out. The only part of me that wants to go is that part that will be cross/regretful afterwards, which kind of tells me that if I really wanted to go I would just get out there.

There is also a local monthly boardgames meet-up that I have been wanting to try and get to. The one time I did attempt it I didn't pay enough attention to the pin in the map compared to checking the address. I was in town anyway and tried to walk to the pin, which when I got there wasn't anywhere specific. When I checked the actual address I was in the wrong part of town. Anyway, again, not sure I will drag myself over there either.

On top of that, given very recent experience, I won't be going anywhere - just had to make a dash for the littlest room. No idea of the cause, although I was rather nervous of not fully re-heating my chicken at lunch yesterday. Anyway. Hopefully, a one-off.

Time for a mooch round the forum before trying to re-focus.
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Post by Annieh on Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:22 am

Pam, that is a sneaky trick.

AT, nice to be making new friends and if you accept their offer you will build that relationship a little bit more and be placed to invite them some time.
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Post by AutumnTiger on Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:30 am

We're now up in my hometown. Got here 9pm last night, Sunday, so only caught up with mum by phone.
It appears my grandma has been assessed for and accepted into the care home of choice but they wont have a bed for her until tomorrow. But none of this has been officially communicated to mum yet.

Not heard from mum that she is up and about yet.
We're showering and breakfasting and maybe we'll hear something during or after that.
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Post by perennialpam on Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:58 am

Good news about the care home of choice and the fact that there will be a bed available soon.

Hope your mum accepts this decision.

Have some enjoyment while there.
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