Taking myself by the scruff of the neck

Yeah, there’s no other way to describe it. I’m not going to offer excuses, I enjoyed a good year – at least – of baking during lockdowns and celebratory cooking. The result: gout, hypertension and increasing immobility. The party must stop!

So – my doctor suggested I get a book titled The Fast 800 by Dr Michael Mosley and put into practise the diet regimes contained therein. Actually, a large portion of the regime is familiar already from my earlier wild success at weight loss when I got meal plans from a nutritionist. And so far so good!

I have no problem with intermittent fasting – and for the first couple of months or so I am happy to skip breakfast altogether and eat in the window between noon and 7pm. It’s been two weeks so far and I’m already 5kgs down. If you’d seen the endless reels from my security camera whose primary purpose seems to be an eye-opening revelation of what I actually look like in 3D – you would understand the importance of what I do. See pic.

No, that’s not wide-angle lens

My current focus is to eat no more than 800 calories per day within that window described. I must say, despite missing my usual fatty sweet treats, I have not felt hungry and enjoy the various salads and low carb meals I’ve been eating, many based on menu plans in the book. These are what they look like:

And I have eaten out a couple of times and found food to suit!

This was at Little Sister cafe
The Collins

So – here’s to a steady decrease in the kgs and an increase in energy and accompanying exercise.

Onward and upward!


  1. inklequeen · March 6, 2022

    I tried cutting out carbs like bread, pasta, rice and root veg and it worked for me. I substituted those parts in meals with extra green veg. I found I had more energy and generally felt better.
    As soon as I re-introduced those carby foods I slid back into weight gain and feeling bloaty.
    The key is to change the mind-set….eat low carbs and exercise as a way of life.


    • jennyjeffries · March 6, 2022

      I agree – those particular carbs (which I love of course) pack on the weight over time. Fortunately I love my veggies too, and just need to get into the habit of cooking or preparing a variety of food using alternatives for those carbs.


  2. Pamela Saville · March 6, 2022

    Well done Jenny, I must get that book. I have his first book and recipe book. Not much motivation though 🙂

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  3. moragnoffke · March 9, 2022

    Well done! 👏💖


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