The Inspirational 5:2 Thread

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eatriskier Mon 11-Nov-13 13:08:41


It has been suggested by the wonderful betsybell that a thread be started with some inspiring stories for us all.

I feel that there should be some disclaimers - we are all different, we gain weight in different ways and will lose differently. Similarly with health issues. Some stories here mine to start with may be extreme.

Umm, that's about it I think...

Sleepymumma13 Sun 09-Oct-16 12:10:53

Hi ladies
Wow, just read this whole thread, well done to you all - these results are seriously amazing. I did the 5:2 for a week (yes just one week!!!) Back in 2013 before I got married and dropped 5lbs. I've always been a size 14, but luckily am quite tall so don't look as chunky as I should do. Over the past year my weight has crept up and up and I'm now the biggest I've ever been not pregnant. I really want to get healthier but just find most diets hard to stick to. Am a bit of a chocolate and biscuit addict. Anyway, I'm sorting out the fact that I emotionally eat, but I think I'm a bit all or nothing. So going to start the 5:2 tomorrow, my first fast day.

Thanks for the inspiration and I hope to be able to add to this thread in a few months!!!!!!!!!

OohMrDarcy Thu 08-Sep-16 12:00:20

Eeek - Can't believe I've been doing 5:2 exactly one year today!!!

If I look at myself this time last year, and again today I'm like two different people. I have lost around 4 stone (currently a little under after holiday blips), and am well on the way to a healthier weight. This time next year I hope to be maintaining!
So what has changed?!
-My asthma has improved
-My running pace has increased very quickly (with almost no training and after a year off)
-My skin is clearer
-No joint pain (4 stone less to carry helps that one)
-Diet is generally much healthier
-I'm eating new things - including eggs, mushrooms, crab, samphire - I'm trying new things regularly and enjoying lots of them
-I'm eating more veg
-Eating less carbs
-Clothes size has gone from 20 top / 22 bottom to 14 top / 16 bottom

To anyone considering this WOE I strongly urge you to give it a go! I have more energy, I feel more positive and healthier than I can remember being. I've found ME again

user1471441917 Thu 18-Aug-16 01:51:42

Thank you for the lovely welcome! I'll definitely join you all there smile

Well done on your SV, User147
Do come join us on the 5:2 Fasting Thread #65 for friendly support & advice every day smile - always someone about there

user1471441917 Wed 17-Aug-16 16:53:36

I've joined today because I love this thread! I've been eating 5:2 for a month now and I've lost 7 pounds! This is so great for me as I'm on Carbimazole and Throxine for thyroid issues. Thank you everyone for your inspirational stories smile

Your SV (from the main thread #64) is 4 ½ stone - wow !

Brilliantly well done, AfterEight
A wonderful SV and then 100% maintained 4 years.
You are a fantastic inspiration flowers

Aftereightsarenolongermine Tue 16-Aug-16 07:13:45

Hello all. Just popping in to say hello. I've been doing this for 4 years now & ive managed to keep all my weight off. smile

Breadandwine Tue 26-Jul-16 00:18:19


Congratulations on maintaining 2 years, Mimi flowers
Great to see another maintainer who is post-meno. 5:2 gives us back our waist !
Don't just lurk on the main thread - do share what worked for you if you think it might help a struggling poster.

On any WOL, maintaining longterm is so much more difficult than losing weight. It requires permanent lifestyle changes. Most people just go back to their old habits, hence soon back to their old weight.

You have totally nailed maintenance. Well done indeed flowers

MyWonderfulMimi Wed 11-May-16 14:21:04

Recently completed my second year of maintenance successfully [smug grin]. I’m pleased to report that my weight has never gone above my old WW goal weight of 10:1, although it’s been very close a couple of times! My happy weight is 9:7, but pre holidays I like to get to 9:4ish if I can. I survived Xmas with no problems, but found Easter very difficult – I do love chocolate!! I struggled to get back on the waggon after my chocolate extravaganza, but after putting my mind to it I got back to my happy weight.

For any newbies reading this, 5:2 is a brilliant WOL and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Yes, you will have times when it’s hard, but just be honest with yourself about what and how much you are eating, and you will get there. Use the main thread for support, even if you only lurk (like me) and most importantly, MFP your food.

Everyone is welcome on very active main support thread, currently Main 5:2 / IF Thread #62

Congratulations on your success, 8kids It's great you can maintain on holiday.
5:2 is good at correcting issues related to insulin metabolism, such as PCOS. Many women on our 5:2 threads have reported their symptoms have greatly improved.
Also several have found their IBS, asthma or acne has improved amazingly.

8kidswhoscounting Tue 12-Apr-16 17:39:22

I am lurker and enjoy reading these threads and wanted to add my story.
I have lost just over 2 stones since starting on 5:2 Jan this year. I have just been on holiday where I didn't fast for 2 weeks and ate toooo much didn't count calories at all (cheesecake, cakes and eating out etc).
I fasted yesterday first time in 2 weeks and weighed myself this morning and I am so pleased to say I have not put on 1 pound I cannot believe it!!! I am the same as before going on holiday. smile
I have PCOS and I normally put on 2 lbs just by looking at cake. The fasting is repairing my body on the inside, my PCOS symptoms are improving greatly. I have another 10-15 lbs to lose to be comfortable in my skin. This will be my way of life from now on. Honestly the fasting does get easier......

redstrawberries101 Wed 23-Mar-16 21:59:06

Hi! I'm just on day 3, some really inspiring stories. I'm 10 stone with bmi of 25.8. Can anyone who started at a similar size tell me how long it took to see results?

Breadandwine Mon 22-Feb-16 23:16:40

Hi Sweet and Limurz!

I think we were all nervous when we began - it soon passes when you realise just how easy this WOL is! smile

I'm coming up to my 4yr anniversary, soon!

Why not try substituting almond milk in your tea and coffee, Limurz? Much lower in calories.

Come and join us all on the main thread - we're very friendly and supportive!

Limurz Mon 22-Feb-16 12:38:48

First fast day today. Not minding the lack of food but scaring myself at how much tea / coffee with milk adds up calorie wise. Any tips for hot drinks with less / fewer calories please.

SweetCheeks99 Mon 15-Feb-16 23:54:45

what a great thread.

I'm just considering starting this diet - weighed myself the other day & nearly fell off the scales in shock sad

I do feel nervous about the fast days, but it must be worth a try!

Breadandwine Mon 08-Feb-16 19:25:42

Good for you, Pidapie!

It does get easier, honest - but 4 months is a long time, I agree. IME, hunger comes in waves, it doesn't build up and up. So if you can have a glass of water, or distract yourself, the hunger passes.

You can do this - join us on the main thread for loads of support and advice! smile

Pidapie Mon 08-Feb-16 13:05:37

I will keep reading this thread every fast day I think. I have tried this since September, and still yet to do a proper complete fast :S That's how hard I find it, I just end up giving up! But it's 1pm now and I've not eaten yet. Have soup planned for dinner, but don't want anything until then (I have tried many different combinations of food and timing etc., and if I start eating, I can't stop). Have had 3 hot drinks though! Please, please, please let me make it this time. I have a holiday in 3 weeks, and want to lose at least a couple of pounds before then.

Elsasalterego Thu 21-Jan-16 18:00:54

Reading these posts has helped me to deal with hunger this afternoon- thanks to all who have posted- especially those who added photos!

Well done FrantasticO

Congrats on maintaining since June, chocolateteabag and on achieving a further SV.
You have the right approach to think longterm and not to stress if an FD doesn't go to plan.
Many of us here have decided this is our lifetime WOL, both for health and weight.

Yes, now you are an Inspirations poster, motivating newbies, some of whom in turn will later post their success here.
We have our new thread #60 (wow !) just starting, so do post there too if you ever need support, or just want to share.

Chocolateteabag Tue 29-Dec-15 20:21:34

Posting an update to my July post.

I read this thread this time last year - I remember feeling pretty low about how I looked but then thinking that if the people adding their posts to the thread could do it, then why couldn't I.

So I have managed to maintain 68kgs and even get down to a current (and hopefully stable) 66kgs through Dec. I have given myself a 5:2 break through Dec but back to it for January. I am kind to myself though and if I feel run down then I don't beat myself up about just doing one day or even just doing 1000 cal days. It's a WOL after all.

Big thanks as ever to BiGChocFrenzy - your posts are so helpful

FrantasticO Sat 28-Nov-15 18:31:47

11lbs off so farsmile
Keeping on keeping on .
Hope everyone has a good weekend x


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