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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
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    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread
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    • 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread 29th Oct 15 at 2:22 PM
    Hello lovely alphabettys old and new and welcome to the new Alphabetty thread



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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 6th Feb 18, 5:01 PM
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    I claim another crisp and alcohol free day

    Actually I'm dosed to the eyeballs so don't fancy anything. Just settled on the sofa wrapped in a blanket, fire blazing, drinking lemsip - other cold remedies are available
    Originally posted by suki1964

    Well done!





    Although I'm sorry to hear you're feeling poorly ....






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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 7th Feb 18, 7:07 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well on this thoughtful and
    blissful day!






    Welcome

    UK Marriage Week runs from February 7th to 14th each year. The
    theme for Marriage Week 2018 is Think Ahead! Focus on planning
    your future together. Follow us on social media and be inspired to
    make the most of your marriage! #plan5for5



    MARRIAGE WEEK 2018 will be a week to focus on thinking ahead
    and planning your future together – ‘Decide, don’t slide!’ We are
    encouraging you to set five goals for your relationship for the next
    five years – #plan5for5. Are there things you’ve been talking
    about together but never made a decision on? Maybe you’ve been
    thinking and hoping for something but haven’t even discussed your
    idea with your other half.

    The latest research makes it abundantly clear that
    planned/intentional relationships, and especially married
    relationships, are the gold standard. This is particularly true if
    children are involved. And those couples who plan ahead seem to
    be those who are more likely to stay together, so it is a really good
    exercise and strategy for your life going forward to plan ahead to
    stay on top. And it can be great fun dreaming and thinking the
    unthinkable together!

    Marriage Week 2018 is setting you the challenge to plan five goals
    for your relationship for the next five years.

    To help you on your way, we’re giving you five categories as a
    starter for what you might like to consider planning. You don’t
    have to choose one goal per category and you can plan more than
    five – it’s up to you, but we think aiming for five goals is a good
    plan!

    - Marriage and Family
    - Fun
    - Finances
    - Work
    - Home




    Perhaps during marriage week 2018 (7-14 February 2018), plan a
    night in or a dinner out to ‘plan 5 for 5’ and ‘Think Ahead’ using
    these starter ideas to inspire you and plan your way forward.



    Are you thinking ahead? Try our Quiz.

    http://marriage-week.org.uk/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    Everyone loves and appreciates their friends, and we all just
    assume that they know how much we care and that we are always
    thinking about them. Sadly, many of our friends will experience
    loneliness and feel under appreciated from time to time. That’s
    just how life goes. That’s why Send a Card to a Friend Day exists,
    and why year after year it is so popular!



    A small gesture that we may not think make any difference could
    actually make our friends’ day. All it takes is a cute little card with
    a nice personal message in it to put a smile on their face. This
    could be an e-card that you send to them online, a store bought
    card, or better yet, a home made one that oozes thoughtfulness,
    ideal for your extra special besties. Whatever you do, don’t miss
    out on celebrating your friendships on this special day!

    https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/send-a-card-to-a-friend-day-2018/









    The Jurassic Coast Trek is back! Discover the UK’s first natural
    UNESCO World Heritage Site on a challenging 13 or 26 mile trek
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    The 26 mile trek will set off from the beautiful horseshoe bay of
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    Worth Matravers where you will make your way along one of the
    most scenic sections of the South West Coast Path. The trek
    finishes in the magnificent grounds of Harry Warren House,
    offering stunning views over Old Harry Rocks and Studland’s
    famous sandy beaches. Celebrate with a delicious hog roast and
    glass of prosecco, which will be waiting for you at the finish line!

    Sunday 10th June, 2018

    Book now >>>



    https://www.juliashouse.org/event/jurassic-coast-trek?

    https://www.juliashouse.org/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
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    • colinw
    • By colinw 7th Feb 18, 8:03 AM
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    Morning Alfie and everyone else
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 7th Feb 18, 10:41 AM
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    Morning Alfie and everyone else
    Originally posted by colinw



    Good morning Colin


    How's your 'no-no-no to biccies February' going on the seventh day?

    Are we talking Heavenly or Hellish?





    Alfie xxx
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    HELP for HEROES
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 7th Feb 18, 11:16 AM
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    Good morning fellow Shakers!


    GO THE SUGAR-SHAKERS!


    ALFIE's 'sugar free February' no-no chocolate blog.



    Day 6 - Tuesday February 6th

    6 down, 22 to go!



    Another chocolate-free day done and dusted!


    I'd initially put the 5:2 diet on my no-no list because
    I hated the sound of it ..... but may reconsider .......
    just need to get my head round it a bit more.



    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th Feb 18, 1:02 PM
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    Good morning fellow Shakers!


    GO THE SUGAR-SHAKERS!




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    Day 6 - Tuesday February 6th

    6 down, 22 to go!
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    Another chocolate-free day done and dusted!


    I'd initially put the 5:2 diet on my no-no list because
    I hated the sound of it ..... but may reconsider .......
    just need to get my head round it a bit more.



    Alfie xxx
    Originally posted by AlfieBlue
    Well done that Alfie!





    As regards the 5:2, I strongly recommend you read the book first. Understanding the 'science' behind it really helps.
    However, don't do unless you really want to, and if you do, the first four fast days are the worst, but then you get into the swing of it.

    And remember, you can eat normally the next day.

    The other thing to remember is that, although the fast day is called a 'day', it is actually around 36 hours.
    Say you have your last food on Tuesday at 8pm, the you go to sleep and Wednesday is the fast day, during which you only have 500 calories max. Then you go to sleep again, Wednesday night, and when you wake up on Thursday morning, you can eat what you want.

    If you eat breakfast on Thursday at 8am, then the fast day has lasted 36 hours. Of course, if you eat at 6am, it's 34 hours, but it's the principle of going to bed on the fast day while still fasting, ifswim.

    Basically, the fast day doesn't end at 8pm on Wednesday, iyswim.

    Pick your very first fast day when you are really busy, so you're less likely to think about food.
    Also, you might need to experiment with what and when you eat the 500 calories.

    I found that it was best to leave it as long as possible before having them, as the evenings are the worst time for me, hungerwise. I tend to steer clear of carbohydrates, as you don't get much for 500calories!

    It might sound horrid, but one of the best things was a huge plate of steamed cabbage, with lots of seasoning and things like a few fennel seeds. Having a full plate was psychologically good.

    It takes a while to work out what's best for you, as you can choose what to have and when to have it, whether all at once or in dribs and drabs.

    I didn't feel weak and faint on fast days, in fact I felt energised! A very full stomach can slow you down, after all.
    Last edited by Pyxis; 08-02-2018 at 8:32 AM.
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 7th Feb 18, 4:22 PM
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    Thanks for the info and for explaining Pyxis. I might give it a try after my break away next week.
    I (usually) do whatever the little voices in my wife's head tell me to
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th Feb 18, 4:32 PM
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    Thanks for the info and for explaining Pyxis. I might give it a try after my break away next week.
    Originally posted by Sleazy


    Do get the book, though!
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 7th Feb 18, 8:46 PM
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    Not sure how I would manage a 5:2 !!!!
    I get really hungry after a run
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th Feb 18, 9:47 PM
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    Not sure how I would manage a 5:2 !!!!
    I get really hungry after a run
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    You could always not run on those two days?








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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 8th Feb 18, 6:40 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well on this thoughtful day!




    The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs (7th February 2018)

    Published jointly by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
    (BHPS) and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). This
    report is the only comprehensive review of the status of Britain’s
    hedgehogs in the UK.

    It shows that hedgehogs in the countryside are in a serious
    decline. However, the picture is not so bad for our towns and
    cities. Although the species has declined by a third in urban areas
    since 2000, the rate of decline is slowing, and where hogs are
    found, numbers appear to be growing in some places. This shows
    why campaigns like Hedgehog Street are so important, and could
    actually help bring this species back from the brink.

    You can download the report by clicking here >>>

    https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/launched-today-state-britains-hedgehogs/




    What is Hedgehog Street?

    Hedgehog Street is a joint campaign run by the People’s Trust for
    Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
    (BHPS), concerning people, gardens and wildlife.

    People love gardens (especially British people).

    People love hedgehogs.

    Hedgehogs love gardens – they need to access to lots of gardens
    to survive.



    Hedgehogs need connected neighbourhoods of gardens, rich in
    insects and free from hazards.



    Hedgehogs are currently in severe decline in the UK, with around a
    third lost since the millennium. That is why we started the
    campaign in 2011 as a means of engaging British people about the
    wildlife that depends on them and their gardens.

    Hedgehog Street is about joining up the dots. It’s about
    empowering people with an understanding of hedgehogs, why they
    are declining, and how easy it is to help them.

    This website has everything you need to ensure that hedgehogs
    remain as much a part of the British countryside as tea and
    scones.



    https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/about-our-hedgehog-street-campaign/whats-hedgehog-street/

    https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info







    March for Men

    After last year’s amazing charity walks by Jeff Stelling and
    thousands of our supporters, we’re marching again in 2018.

    Why? Because prostate cancer has now overtaken breast cancer to
    become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, taking one man
    every 45 minutes.



    So step up on a March for Men and help us raise the £120 million
    we need to create the better testing and treatments that will halve
    prostate cancer deaths by 2026.

    Thank you for bringing us one step closer to stopping prostate
    cancer being a killer.



    Liverpool
    Sunday 10 June 2018

    Manchester
    Sunday 10 June 2018

    London
    Saturday 16 June 2018

    Bristol
    Sunday 17 June 2018

    Glasgow
    Sunday 17 June 2018

    Leeds
    Saturday 23 June 2018

    Nottingham
    Saturday 30 June 2018

    March to the arch
    Sunday 22 July 2018
    THE FOOTBALL MARCH FOR MEN >>

    Organise your own
    Any time you like!
    HOW WE'LL HELP >>>

    Any questions?
    How to, when, where and why
    YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED >>>

    FIND OUT MORE >>>



    https://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/march-for-men

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Feb 18, 8:00 AM
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    Doing well!

    Went into my local Coop for the first time in a few weeks, and managed to avoid their scrummy cinnamon whirls!
    Got some cheese and onion patties and strawberries on their meal deal instead.
    Was a bit worried about buying strawberries, due to the airmiles, but as they were from Egypt and not Chile, so a bit nearer, I thought I'd risk the wrath of the airmiles god and have some as a non-sugary treat.

    If that was naughty, I apologise.

    Still not buying alcohol or the other stuff on my list!

    Went to a meeting last night, and refused the cake that was offered round.

    I'll probably do my second fast day tomorrow.
    There's a costume I need to wear for AmDram in June, and at the moment I look like an elephant in it, so that's a good incentive!

    (Note: elephants look good as elephants. I'm not being elephantist. Humans, though, do not look good as elephants.
    Anymore than elephants would not look good if they were as thin as humans).
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 8th Feb 18, 8:26 AM
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    Hope the meeting wasn't AA

    I bought some bottled real ale that was reduced in Morrison's a few days ago, please note that it has gone into my cupboard ... this is day 10 alcohol free for me. My wife is still imbibing in the evening, but I have my flavoured water and don't actually miss not having a glass or three of wine, so I might continue longer term but haven't decided yet.

    What I did find more difficult yesterday was when she opened a bar of hazelnut chocolate ... but I resisted ....

    Oh and I bought Hula Hoops and dry roasted peanuts which also went into the cupboard ... we'll take them away with us next week, and I'll perhaps partake ...
    I (usually) do whatever the little voices in my wife's head tell me to
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Feb 18, 8:31 AM
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    Hope the meeting wasn't AA
    Cheeky monkey! It was an AmDram meeting!

    I bought some bottled real ale that was reduced in Morrison's a few days ago, please note that it has gone into my cupboard ... this is day 10 alcohol free for me. My wife is still imbibing in the evening, but I have my flavoured water and don't actually miss not having a glass or three of wine, so I might continue longer term but haven't decided yet.

    What I did find more difficult yesterday was when she opened a bar of hazelnut chocolate ... but I resisted ....

    Oh and I bought Hula Hoops and dry roasted peanuts which also went into the cupboard ... we'll take them away with us next week, and I'll perhaps partake ...
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    ............but well done you on desisting thus far!



    Yes, it's amazing how you lose the palate for things you ate or drank a lot of, isn't it? Shows that a lot of it is just habit that we become slaves to!
    Last edited by Pyxis; 09-02-2018 at 5:46 PM.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Feb 18, 8:38 AM
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    By the way, I've been thinking for a long time that I might have developed an intolerance to lactose or wheat, so I think I deed to do an exclusion trial.

    I thought a good time would be next month, so I think I'll try a dairy-free March, and see if that helps.

    If it doesn't then another month I could try the wheat exclusion.

    While I'm on this giving up things roll, I might as well!


    Hahahahahaha! Just thought, I'd be on a wheat-exclusion roll! Hahahahahahahahahaha! Roll, wheat, gettit?
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 8th Feb 18, 8:39 AM
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    You could always not run on those two days?

    (Stands well back to avoid flak).
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Not much use as a diet if it stops you doing exercise that you enjoy is it? Does that not defeat the purpose?
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Feb 18, 8:46 AM
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    Not much use as a diet if it stops you doing exercise that you enjoy is it? Does that not defeat the purpose?
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    It was a joke.

    Mind you, I find my best fast days are the days I do Zumba and/tap. Not as extreme as running 20plus miles, I grant you.

    Also, given that your diet seems to be pretty good anyway, and you get a lot of exercise, then doing a 5:2 might be superfluous.

    Having said that, it is a lifestyle diet, not (just) a weight-loss diet, and the benefits to one's overall health are pretty impressive.

    I can't remember if it says anything about combining it with a lifestyle that's heavy on exercise. I'd have to look into that.
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 8th Feb 18, 8:50 AM
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    Also, given that your diet seems to be pretty good anyway, and you get a lot of exercise, then doing a 5:2 might be superfluous.

    Having said that, it is a lifestyle diet, not (just) a weight-loss diet, and the benefits to one's overall health are pretty impressive.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    haha my diet is terrible! But I do a fair bit of exercise. I do find that I struggle on anything over about 15 miles if I haven't eaten that day. Short stuff I can run happily before breakfast.

    Maybe I could try in on a low mileage day.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Feb 18, 10:30 AM
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    Inde!

    I have found some excellent info on combining the 5:2 with running schedules..........

    https://therunningbug.com/fitness/weight-loss/running-and-the-52-diet



    All of it is very useful, but this in particular stood out:

    QUOTE Dr Mosley says, “There is good evidence that people who exercise in the fasted state burn more fat. In one study men who exercised before breakfast burnt more fat than those who exercised afterwards.” We know that running ‘on empty’ first thing in the morning can be a useful tool to help teach the body to use fat as its primary fuel source, something that it will need to do when running for long periods, such as during a marathon. Fasted training can help marathon runners avoid hitting the wall on race day..............



    ............The 500/600 calorie restriction should be used as a guide, if you are doing a lot of exercise, don’t beat yourself up about adding in a few extra calories. You will know if you’re really cheating or not!

    If you are aiming for a particular target weight, once you have reached your goal weight, you can switch to 6:1, in other words fasting for just one day a week in order to maintain your target weight and still get the health benefits of fasting.
    UNQUOTE
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 8th Feb 18, 10:53 AM
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    Thanks Pyxis although I do believe that is a bit of a simplistic view of it. Ketosis isn't simply a process that begins when you are hungry and it does take some serious training to deplete glycogen stores! Its part of the reason I do back to back long days.

    The last thing I want to do is lose any weight! I am down by many stone since I cut out the beer! If I lose any more then I will be heading into the realms of thin bony runner! Which isn't a look I am going for and will happily have slightly slower times to look normal.

    I quite like the idea of a fasting day just so that I don't have to cook though lol
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
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